Wiker continues as chairman Elizabeth Twp. staff receives wage increase

By on January 4, 2012

By: MELINDA S. ELMER Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

The Board of Supervisors, staff and subcontractors for Elizabeth Township will remain essentially unchanged for 2012.

Reelected supervisor Jeff Burkholder was sworn into office with his right hand raised and his left hand on the Bible. After repeating the customary pledge to support and defend the constitutions of the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and so on, Burkholder added, " . . . so help me, God."

The board then elected the supervisors to the same positions they held in 2011: Brian Wiker, chairman; Jeff Burkholder, vice-chairman; and Rodney May, secretary-treasurer.

The hourly staff will receive a two percent wage increase. They include Rita Snavely, assistant secretary-treasurer; Glenn Martin, road supervisor; and Tim Shreiner, road laborer.

Amos Miller, sewage enforcement officer, and Barry Wagner, zoning officer and nuisance enforcement officer, were reappointed with no changes in fee schedules.

The township’s law firms were retained for another year. Morgan, Hallgren, Crosswell and Kane remains the township solicitor, and Nikolaus and Hohenadel will continue to represent Zoning Hearing Board. Hanover Engineering Associates will continue to manage storm water.

Bonnie L. Peters/Peters Upholstery will clean the township offices for the same hourly rate as last year.

Rodney May was appointed voting delegate to 2012 Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors convention.

Burkholder made a motion to recommend to the auditors an increase in wages of $1 an hour for the supervisors when working in a capacity other than elected supervisor.

"I don’t do road work," said Burkholder, seemingly indicating that he felt comfortable recommending a pay increase because it did not apply to him. He noted that Martin’s other helpers for snow plowing earn $16 an hour, and this increase will make all the occasional workers’ pay equal.

The supervisors voted to continue the monthly recycling program. Some waste haulers that service the township do not offer recycling, and some residents do not contract with trash haulers but depend on the township for recycling. The large roll-off dumpster "is about two-thirds full each month, on average," May said.

Elizabeth Township will continue to participate in the Lancaster County Purchasing Co-op Program at an approximate cost of $60. This program provides needed materials at a lower prices. The supervisors also agreed to renew the traffic signal preventive maintenance and response maintenance agreement with C.M. High Inc.

The supervisors acknowledged and authorized fund-raising activities of the Brickerville Volunteer Fire Company, as well as emergency and non-emergency traffic control activities of the fire police.

The only other agenda items for Tuesday’s meeting involved road work. The supervisors discussed the bridge on Old Pike that was damaged during heavy rains and flooding last autumn.

"Four things come up on the inspection reports," Martin said. "Scouring at the bottom of the bridge, pockets in the beams, cracks through the block and the guide rail is not up to code."

"I’d like to get it fixed and get (traffic) moving for the neighbors who live there," Wiker said.

Rip-rap will be placed in the creek to alleviate scouring at the bridge footers, and the guide rail will be replaced. Martin will get prices to install a half-inch spray-on material to repair cracks in the bridge supports. The road crew will replace the deck of the bridge. The repaired bridge will continue to have a weight limit.

For another project, the supervisors decided not to proceed with improvements. Rather than spending more than $25,000 for minor improvements to the Route 501 intersection with Brubaker Valley Road, Martin was instructed to get prices for marking the southeast corner "No Turns from Shoulder" to improve safety.

In other business:

The Brickerville Fire Company responded to five calls, the Brickerville Ambulance answered 45 calls and the Brickerville Fire Police assisted at seven incidents in December.

The zoning officer (ZO) issued one permit in December for the pavilion at Elizabeth Township Park. For the year, the ZO received 87 permit applications and approved 82 for work valued at $3,184,429. There were 16 permits for additions to existing homes, eight for sheds, seven for new single homes, seven for agricultural buildings and others for various heating and mechanical systems. In 2010, the ZO issued 92 permits out of 95 applications for work valued at $5,893,000. In 2009, 69 permits of 82 applications were valued at $3,133,000.

The sewage enforcement officer issued no permits.

Recycling will be received on Jan. 6 from 8 a.m. until noon at the municipal building. Christmas trees will be accepted for mulching through the first Saturday in February in a temporary fenced area at the municipal building. Residents are asked to remove all lights, ornaments and other metal parts. Volunteers to man the recycling station are needed the first Saturday morning of some months during 2012. Contact the township office at 626-4302 for information.

The next meeting of the Elizabeth Township Supervisors will be on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building on South View Drive. More ELIZABETH TWP., page A14

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