Ready to rock

By on December 23, 2014

Rock Lititz addresses vibration problem; next band set to rehearse in January


It looks like Rock Lititz will be rockin’ again soon, just not so loudly as to disturb the neighbors.

At the Dec. 17 meeting of the Warwick Township supervisors, township manager Daniel Zimmerman reported that testing is still going on to make sure sound remediation is working. The concrete lining in the building is in place, and now it is a matter to testing to see how effective it is.

Neighbors of Rock Lititz have been kept apprised of developments and have been providing input as the studio tests its equipment. According to Harriet Smith, who lives near the studio, she has been in contact with Troy Clair of Clair Global, letting him know if there are any issues.

So far, so good, she reported. Neighbors have been pleased with the responsiveness and efforts on the part of Rock Lititz to remedy the situation. They have also heard that the first live band, since problems arose in October, is scheduled to rehearse in the studio in late January. They are hoping the concrete wall and other sound abatement measures will work and restore peace to the neighborhood.

“This will be a continuing two-part effort of mitigation and self-monitoring,” said Zimmerman.

Budget Approved

In other business, supervisors approved the 2015 General Fund budget of $4,299,908

There will be no increase in real estate tax, keeping the millage rate at 0.0274 since 1990. The balanced budget has no deficit.

According to Zimmerman, the township has seen little growth on expenditures, while enacting an aggressive wellness and safety program that has brought about savings and refunds through the insurance programs. Regionalization of the police force has been a major factor in reducing costs, reported Zimmerman.

The township has been able to increase its donations to the Lititz Public Library and to local emergency services, including fire companies and ambulances.

More than half the revenue comes from earned income tax, with the rest coming from real estate taxes, fees, licenses and permits. With revenues of $4,299,908, the township’s expenditures are estimated at $4,265,421.

Support of the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department accounts for 45 percent of expenditures, with 10 percent going to public works. Roadwork being planned for 2015 includes a center turn lane on Route 501 north of Lititz, work at the intersection of Meadow Valley and Millway roads, and Sixth Street extension design.

Completion of the cooperative project to install adaptive signal control technology along the Route 501 corridor is another priority. The federally-funded $875,000 project will be done by Telco Inc. of Reading. It will involve placing traffic detection cameras on the traffic lights from Owl Hill Road in Warwick Township to Marshall and Keller avenues in Manheim Township. The purpose is to allow for a smoother, more efficient traffic flow based on camera images that indicate when volume is on the rise.

The budget also provides for much-needed repairs to Lions Park in Rothsville. The park was built more than 40 years ago. Improvements are planned for the fencing, as well as the tennis and basketball courts.

Laurie Knowles Callanan is a freelance reporter who covers the Warwick Township municipal beat for the Record Express. She welcomes your questions and comments at

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