Food venue moves forward at Elizabeth Farms

By on June 5, 2019

The Elizabeth Township Board of Supervisors moved one step forward to approvals for a proposed farm-to-table food venue on a tree farm on Hopeland Road.

Bill Coleman, owner of Elizabeth Farms Christmas Trees requested approvals for various stages of his proposed farm to table food venue at the May 13 supervisors’ meeting.

Supervisors approved a waiver for the land development plan contingent upon DEP approval of the on-lot sewage disposal system and a use and operation approval from the Lancaster County Agricultural Preservation Board.

The venue will offer local, sustainably-grown meal prepared on-site in BBQ pits and food trucks. Meals may be taken out or eaten under a seasonal tent.
Coleman hopes the venue will be ready by this fall and will be open one or two evenings a week for dinner.

Also related to Coleman, resident Melissa Sounder requested permission to plant a memorial tree in Elizabeth Township Park near the play area.

Sounder is the bereavement coordinator for the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association. She had a baby who passed away at age 19 months last July 5 from a congenital heart defect.

She and her family would like to plant a tree to provide shade for children playing in the park. She would provide a commemorative plaque and care for the tree. Coleman spontaneously offered to donate a tree.

Park Board Chairman Tom Moyer said he would work with Sounder to finalize the details. Board Vice Chairman Jeff Burkholder reminded Sounder and Moyer that tree species need to be native to Pennsylvania.

In other discussions at the meeting, a resident explained rainwater runoff problems on his Long Lane property — something he first brought to the board in December.
A resident there said he noticed that the stormwater catch basin near his home had not been cleaned out after recent rains, and asked if that meant that more permanent repairs were in store for his summer.

The problem according to the resident is runoff coming down Acorn Lane, a privately owned and largely unimproved hillside road. Heavy rain washes mud, stones and other debris onto properties near the bottom of the hill, he said.

The resident said he must frequently shovel debris from his driveway, and has even had to rent a power washer to clean up the mud.

The resident suggested the replacement of the existing catch basin and pipe. The current pipe exiting the basin makes a dog-leg to the right, or uphill, before exiting to farmland on the opposite side of Long Lane.

He proposed that a catch basin with an exit pipe to go across Long Lane that exits into a “scrub patch.” The resident believes a riprap or a detention basin would be needed at the water’s exit site and result in less water being diverted onto the neighbor’s farmland.

Road Superintendent Glenn Martin said the township may not legally divert rainwater onto someone’s property without permission. The township has no rights or responsibilities on the private road in question.

Miller will talk to the township’s solicitor to see what can legally be done. He noted that each property owner is responsible for runoff from his/her property only and cannot be held responsible for water that runs onto the property from upstream.

In other business,

• Road Superintendent Glenn Martin met with Hershey Engineering do lay out specifications for the construction of a wash bay for the township’s equipment. This project will meet the state-mandated stormwater runoff control requirements.
• The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be on Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m.
• A strawberry social is the featured June 8 event at Old Zion Church on Reifsnyder Road in Brickerville, overlooking the beautiful Brubaker Valley. The event features chicken corn soup, homegrown strawberries with cake, ice cream and whipped topping, as well as iced tea. Please bring your lawn chairs and food trays from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
• The Ringgold Band will play at the Brickerville Lutheran picnic grove on Saturday, July 6, from 3 until 8 p.m.
• The Brickerville Volunteer Fire Company sponsors Bingo on Tuesday evenings at 7 at the fire hall on Hopeland Road. Come early for supper.

Melinda Elmer is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at

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