Organized for 2014 New borough council members take oath No changes in Warwick Twp. Business as usual in Elizabeth Twp.

By on January 8, 2014

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PATRICK BURNS Record Express Staff pburns.eph@lnpnews.com

PATRICK BURNS Record Express Staff pburns.eph@lnpnews.com

MELINDA ELMER Record Express Correspondent

, Staff Writer

The Lititz reorganization meeting created a 2014 local government that is a mix of new and old.

District Justice Edward Tobin swore in three officials at the meeting Jan 6, including new mayor Timothy Snyder, who replaced outgoing mayor and Lititz Fire Co. Chief Ronald Oettel Jr.

Joining Snyder in a is re-elected councilwoman Karen Weibel, who was also reappointed borough president by the board for 2014.

The board and Tobin welcomed first-year board members Cory Van Brookhoven, Christine Sensenich and to four year terms. They replace outgoing councilman Todd Fulginiti and Kevin Zartman.

Mayor Snyder swore in Samson Cassel-Nucci as junior council person.

The borough leadership remained the same as 2013 with Weibel as president; Shane Weaver, vice president; Doug Bomberger, pro tem.

Council reappointed: Sue Barry as secretary treasurer; ARRO Engineers and Consultants as borough engineer; Barley Snyder, Borough Solicitor.

Weibel said she is excited to take on the challenges the borough faces in 2014 and beyond.

“We’ll be continuing streambank restoration, economic development initiatives, watching how WESC moves forward, and prioritizing our IMPACT 2017 goals,” Weibel said.

New councilwoman Christine Sensenich was away when The Lititz Record Express asked new board members on-the-record profile questions. Here is her belated profile”

Election Day Q & A

Personal background (education, age, family, professional, civic, etc.): Whatever you’d like to share so our readers have a better understanding of who you are.

B.S. in Business Administration, Millersville University

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Owner of Main Street Peddler for 7 1/2 years

Volunteer for Lititz Historic Area Advisory Committee for 5 years

Married to Troy (who is often called the “un-official” Mayor of Lititz by his co-workers)

Why do you want to serve in this elected position?

I love Lititz. I appreciate the people who volunteer to serve our wonderful town and I want to do my part as well.

What is the most important issue facing Lititz as we head into 2014, and what can you do to impact its outcome?

Lititz is growing, as all great towns do, but it’s important to strive to maintain the unique hometown charm that Lititz has while continuing to thrive and adapt to changes.

Lititz has changed considerably in recent years in regard to the downtown landscape, increased tourism, local pride, etc. What is your assessment of the changes, the direction Lititz his heading, and your hope for future progress?

Lititz has done a great job of being “America’s Coolest Small Town” for its residents and for visitors as well. Many, many, many people have contributed to making Lititz a wonderful place to live, work and visit. I’m confident that will continue for the future.

If you could change one thing about Lititz, what would it be, and how would you change it?

If you could add one new attraction to the borough, what would it be and how would it improve the community?

Lititz has many historic attractions, and many great fund raisers and events that support the entire community. It’s wonderful to see these succeed and to see the local residents support all of them. I’m excited to see what attraction or event someone comes up with next.

What is your favorite local tradition or event, and why?

I like them all. I love that Lititz has so many great traditions, and Hometown Christmas is one of my favorites. It always reminds me of what a great giving town Lititz is.

Regarding local politics, Republicans have dominated Lititz elections for many years. Is the lack of representation from other political parties good or bad for Lititz? Does it have a negative impact on voter turnout, or do you think it makes some residents feel disenfranchised?

I hope it doesn’t make anyone feel disenfranchised. Everyone’s opinion matters and that’s why it’s so important to vote and become involved in the community.

How important is political affiliation on the local level, and if we’re electing people/neighbors more so than Republicans or Democrats, why have political parties at all?

What did you do on Election Day (or what will you be doing)?

I walked my new puppy, voted and then went to work.

You might say Warwick Township Board of Supervisors’ reorganized government ias a familair ring to it.

The township’s 2014 government begins like it ended with the same staff assuming the same roles.

At the board’s Jan 6 meeting, supervisors voted to return Logan Myers as board chairman and Mike Vigunas as vice-chair.

Rounding out the board are Anthony Chivinski, Herbert Flosdorf and C. David Kramer.

Dan Zimmerman, who returns as Dan Zimmerman as township secretary, treasurer and manager of the day to day operations of the township.

He said the focus of the board’s committees, which remain the same as well, will be to “continue on economic development, emergency services – fire and ambulance and regional recreation.”

Other appointments included : Barbara Kreider, assistant secretary; Lynn Reapsome, assistant treasurer; Laura Bowman, human resources director; Thomas Zorbaugh, zoning officer & building code official.

Dean Saylor remains as roadmaster and public works supervisor; Larry Schultz as emergency management coordinator; and Warwick’s solicitor is William C. Crosswell of Morgan, Hallgren, Crosswell and Kane.

Grant Hummer, of the ELA Group, Inc. is the township engineer with Darrell Becker, Arro Engineering as the alternate engineer. John Theilacker, of Brandywine Conservancy is the township consultant.

Susquehanna Bank is the temporary depository; Joseph McSparran was appointed to the vacancy board and Donald F. Engle lands a five-year term on the municipal authority.

It was a cold and quiet night in Elizabeth Township for the annual reorganization meeting on Monday. The audience was sparse.

Rodney May was sworn in for another six-year term as township supervisor. He has served five six-year terms and one four-year term, for a total of 34 years.

All positions on the board remain unchanged, with Brian Wiker as chairman, Jeff Burkholder as vice-chairman, and May as secretary-treasurer.

Other township employees retaining their positions are road supervisor Glenn Martin, road laborer Tim Shreiner and assistant secretary-treasurer Rita Snavely. Each will receive a 2.5 percent wage increase.

Leonard Spencer was appointed sewage enforcement officer and Barry Wagner was reappointed zoning officer.

The hourly wage paid to the supervisors for performing work other than their supervisorial duties (office work or snow plowing, for instance) will remain at $16, $1 less than the rate for the cleaning lady.

The mileage rate for personal vehicles used for township business was set at $0.65 per mile, as per the IRS recommendation. That is a half-cent less than last year’s rate.

May asked if the other supervisors would agree to postponing the voluntarily budgeted professional audit of the township’s books until next year. The audit would need to be submitted to the state in March.

Snavely is currently spending a lot of time revamping the township’s website. Undertaking both projects simultaneously would be very time-consuming. Discussion to determine the time of the last outside audit was unsuccessful, but guesses were in the 30-years-ago range.

The outside audit will be postponed.

A township resident who works for Hewlett-Packard has volunteered to assist with the website update. The supervisors are very grateful for her assistance.

Mr. and Mrs. E Dean Dirian contacted May to ask who to thank for the quick work on the Fox Road bridge replacement project. May mentioned the township road crew, Hanover Engineering Associates and Musser Excavating.

The project received an Honorable Mention in the October 2013 edition of The Blaze, the newsletter of the Horseshoe Trail. The author “wish(es) all bridge replacement projects went this quickly.”

In other business:

·The Brickerville Fire Company responded to 13 fire calls, 31 ambulance calls and 11 fire police incidents in December.

·The Zoning officer issued three permits in December for work valued at $26,995. In 2013, the ZO reviewed 105 permits and approved 97, for a total value of $3,945,959. In 2012 there were 76 permits approved with a value of about $2.3 million. The most popular projects were shed placements, followed by decks, patios and additions.

·The Sewage Enforcement officer issued one permit in December.

·Road Superintendent Glenn Martin reported snow removal as well as general road and equipment repairs and maintenance for the month. Burkholder stated that he had received positive comments about the state of the roads during and after recent snow events.

·The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, February 10, at 7 p.m. at the municipal building at 423 South View Drive, Brickerville.

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