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Latest News, Minutes, and Announcements

Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center is offering free trees

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

This inspiring proverb is very timely as the township faces new stormwater regulations and needs to reach out to the public for your involvement.

The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center is offering free trees to landowners interested in planting riparian buffers or converting turf-to-trees. A simple application is due by July 14th and can be found online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017treeapplication.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Sarah Xenophon at 570-294-5229 or sxenophon1@gmail.com.

Also, don’t forget to place a PA One-Call (on-line or dial 811) before you dig.

Manheim Twp Police News Release-June 21, 2017

Coffee With A Cop

The Manheim Township Police Department is excited to announce that it will be participating in the nationally-recognized Coffee With A Cop Program on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at the Starbucks,1850 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

This event provides an opportunity for the community to have informal one-on-one interactions with Manheim Township officers. Common goals and interests for the community can be discovered as you talk with a cop over a cup of coffee. What better way to get to know the men and women in uniform who are there to serve you and your community!

Special thanks to Starbucks and store manager Stephanie Upton for partnering with us and offering to host this worthy event.

Police Log-June 19 & 20, 2017

June 19:

  1. Vehicle Theft, 11:00 pm – 11:00 am, June 16 – June 17, 2017, 400 block
    Rosedale Ave (LT) – Unknown actor(s) stole the victim’s gold 2012 Toyota
    Camry, PA registration plate DBG 9807. Anyone with information is asked to
    contact the Manheim Township Police Department at (717) 569-6401 or the Tip
    Line at (717) 569-2816.

June 20:

  1. Vehicle Theft, 9:00 pm – 5:55 am, June 18 – June 19, 2017, 400 block Rosedale Ave (LT) – Unknown actor(s) stole the victim’s sliver 2006 Infiniti G35, PA registration plate KFL5121. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manheim Township Police Department at (717) 569-6401 or the Tip Line at (717) 569-2816.
  2. Motorcycle Theft, 10:45 am, Saturday, June 17, 2107, 1885 Wilderness Rd (LT) – The victim met an unknown male who was interested in buying his dirt bike. The male took the bike for a test ride and never returned. The suspect is described as a white male, 20s, dark hair and beard. The bike is a red and white 1994 Honda 250XR. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manheim Township Police Department at (717) 569-6401 or the Tip Line at (717) 569-2816.

Mulch

Lancaster Township has a state-approved composting facility located behind the Maintenance Facility at 1357 Meadowcreek Lane.

All mulch/compost is untreated and free to Lancaster Township residents only, and only while supply lasts. No contractors will be serviced.

Please note:  At this time, mulch is only loaded by appointment Monday through Thursday, from 3:00pm to 3:30pm. Call (717) 293-1733 to set up an appointment.

BoS Meeting Minutes-May 8, 2017

LANCASTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
MINUTES
May 8, 2017

I.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, CALL TO ORDER, AND ROLL CALL
The duly advertised Lancaster Township Board of Supervisors meeting was held on Monday, May 8, 2017 in the township building at 1240 Maple Avenue, Lancaster, PA. The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm by Chair Kathy Wasong. Vice Chair Benjamin H. Bamford and Treasurer Thomas H. Schaller were also present. Township Manager William M. Laudien was not in attendance. Others in attendance included township staff and interested parties. Ms. Wasong led those assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance.

II.        PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS
No public comments.

III.      SECRETARY’S REPORT
The minutes of the April 10, 2017 board meeting were approved by general consent.

IV.       AUDIT PRESENTATION
Krista Gardner of Stambaugh Ness presented to the board a brief review of the results of the 2016 township audit. Ms. Gardner provided the board with a copy of the presentation.

V.        TREASURER’S REPORT
Mr. Schaller presented the treasurer’s report as of May 8, 2017:
            General Fund………………………………………………………………………… $5,237,930.52
            Highway Aid Fund…………………………………………………………………….. 652,669.73
            Parks Fund…………………………………………………………………………………. 35,347.30
            Capital Reserve Fund…………………………………………………………………. 694,038.29
            TOTAL………………………………………………………………………………… $6,619,985.84
Ms. Wasong stated the treasurer’s report would be filed for audit.

VI.       PAYMENT OF BILLS
On a motion by Mr. Schaller, seconded by Mr. Bamford, the board unanimously approved the payment of bills (April 10, 2017–May 8, 2017):
         General Fund…………………………………………………………………………… $482,886.40
         Escrow Fund………………………………………………………………………………… 7,863.75
         State Highway Fund………………………………………………………………………. 6,742.81
         Parks Fund…………………………………………………………………………………. 10,014.12
         Capital Reserve Fund…………………………………………………………………………….. -0-
         TOTAL…………………………………………………………………………………… $507,507.08

VII.     REPORTS
A.    Lancaster Township Fire Department: Chief Ron Comfort Jr. reported there were twenty call in the township, with two calls for mutual aid, during the month of April 2017. The LTFD is hosting the 2017 Lancaster County Firemen’s Association Convention & Parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017.
B.    Lafayette Fire Company: There were twelve calls answered on the east side of Lancaster Township during the month of April 2017.
C.    Police: Officer Michael Piacentino gave an overview of the April 2017 police report.
D.    Sewer/Other Reports: Reports are available for public inspection at the meeting and during regular business hours.
E.  Recycling Report:  March 2017: 20.99%; April 2017: 28.03%
 Annual report for 2016 provided by LCSWMA:
·       Residential: 60.7%
·       Commercial: 34.2%
F.   Lancaster Intermunicipal Committee Report: Nothing to report.

VIII.   ANNOUNCEMENTS
A.  Monday, May 29, 2017 (Memorial Day): Township office and yard/woody waste facility will be closed. There will be no trash/recycling pickup. Penn Waste will be operating on a one-day delay schedule for the week.
B.  Next Board of Supervisors Meeting: Monday, June 12, 7:00pm, workshop at 6:00pm. The meeting will take place in the Hawthorne Ridge Community Center located at 229 Pennshire Drive, Lancaster.

IX.      OLD BUSINESS
            No old business.

X.        PLANNING AND ZONING BUSINESS
A.        LTPC #250—630 North School Lane, Financial Security Release Request
Mr. Schaller moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved a request from David and Mary Roda for the full release of the financial security for this Subdivision Land Development Plan. This request was submitted via a letter dated March 30, 2017, and requested the release due to the sale of the property. Township Engineer Ben Webber recommended the release of $18,923.71, leaving a balance of $0.00, in his letter dated April 17, 2017.
B.        LTPC #257—Elderwood Senior Living, Stormwater Management Site Plan
Mr. Bamford moved, and Mr. Schaller seconded, and the board unanimously approved a request for an extension of time of six (6) months from May 1, 2017, for the commencement of construction at 120 Rider Avenue. This extension request was submitted in a letter dated May 1, 2017 from Benjamin Craddock, Lancaster Civil Engineering Company.

XI.      NEW BUSINESS
A.        2017 Street Paving Contract
Mr. Schaller moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously awarded the 2017 contract for street paving in Lancaster Township to Pennsy Supply, in the amount of $149,969.75.
B.        Southern Village Development Phase II
Mr. Bamford moved, and Mr. Schaller seconded, and the board unanimously authorized township staff and township solicitor Matthew Crème to proceed with enforcement of violations by the Developer, and in conditions of the development’s approvals, specifically the absence of required financial security and the failure of completion of remaining items. This enforcement could include the filing of a lawsuit to compel the necessary compliance, and is limited to Phase II of the Southern Village Development.
C.        Fulton Bank CDs
Mr. Schaller moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously authorized the township manager to open CDs with Fulton Bank on behalf of the township.
D.        Resolution 2017-05
Mr. Schaller moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved designating Fulton Bank as a depository of Lancaster Township, and authorizing William Laudien, Kathleen Wasong, Thomas Schaller, and Benjamin Bamford to act on behalf of Lancaster Township, and in its name, in accordance with the rules and regulations applicable to the account.
E.        Lancaster Township Fire Department Finances
Mr. Bamford moved, and Mr. Schaller seconded, and the board unanimously gave approval to the township finance officer Diana Hess to start the process of turning the Lancaster Township Fire Department finances over to the fire department.

XII.     GUEST RECOGNITION AND PARTICIPATION
·       Paul Groff, Waypoint Drive (Southern Village): Mr. Groff asked about the violation enforcement with regard to Southern Village. Mr. Daniels explained that this pertains to Phase II only, and that as soon as the legalities become public knowledge, the township will disclose it.
·       Bernie Grimm, Fairview Avenue: Commended the MTPD for the job they do. Asked about the special meeting that the supervisors had in April. Ms. Wasong explained that it was a meeting requested by the fire department so they could discuss what they hope for in the future, and what equipment they want to buy. The meeting was advertised and open to the public, and it was held at the township building. Mr. Grimm asked what the status was of the new fire house. Mr. Schaller explained when they get the money, you will see a building, and the township does not have the money to build that new building. Mr. Grimm asked if the township has ever considered contracting or consolidating with the city of Lancaster for fire service. Mr. Bamford said the direct answer to the question is no.

XIII.   ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:47pm.

Respectfully submitted,
William M. Laudien, Secretary