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Police Log-August 21, 2017

  1. Institutional Vandalism, August 18-20, 2017, 2000 block Wabank Road (LT) – Unknown person/s shot and broke a window with a small caliber firearm or BB gun resulting in $250.00 in damages.
  2. Criminal Mischief, August 18-19, 2017, 300 block Abbeyville Road (LT) – Unknown person/s “keyed” a vehicle as it sat parked overnight.  $300.00 loss.
  3. Institutional Vandalism, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 19, 2017, Second Lock Road (LT) – Unknown person/s threw a rock through a window resulting in $200.00 in damages.
  4. Burglary, August 14-16, 2017, 1400 block Passey Lane (LT) – Unknown person/s entered an apartment at this location and removed two lawn chairs valued at $40.00.  The chairs were later recovered.
  5. Criminal Mischief, August 17-18, 2017, 600 block North School Lane (LT) – Unknown person/s smashed a window of a parked vehicle as it sat overnight.  $200.00 loss.

Police Log-August 17, 2017

  1. Burglary / Conspiracy / Theft Arrests, Between 9:08 and 9:19 p.m., Thursday, August 10, 2017, 1100 block Millersville Pike (LT) – Cortney Michelle Nelson, F/34, and James Robert Devonshire, M/36, were both charged with the above offenses following a burglary that occurred on August 10, 2017. Officers were able to determine that Nelson and Devonshire were responsible for breaking into an apartment and stealing $3,455.00 worth of property. Warrants for their arrest were obtained as their whereabouts are unknown.  They remained wanted at this time.
  2. Public Drunkenness Arrest, 9:18 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2017, 1200 block Millersville Pike (LT) – Raymond Bruce Walters, Jr., M/30, was charged with Public Drunkenness after being observed in public, and causing a disturbance while under the influence of synthetic marijuana. A citation was filed on August 11, 2017.
  3. Warrant Arrest, 11:24 p.m., Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 600 block South West End Avenue (LT) – Asia Marie Hollis, F/23, was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for food stamp fraud, following a traffic stop. She was turned over to the Lancaster County Sheriff.
  4. Theft, August 9-16, 2017, 300 block Rosedale Avenue (LT) – A registration plate was stolen from a vehicle parked in the area. $100.00 loss.
  5. Theft From Motor Vehicle, August 15-16, 2017, 1300 block Spencer Avenue (LT) – An unlocked vehicle was entered as it sat parked overnight. $4.00 in loose change was taken.
  6. Warrant Arrest, 12:05 p.m., Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 600 block Wyncroft Lane (LT) – Raul Rivera, Jr., M/25, was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for drug paraphernalia, after he contacted police to report being the victim of a crime. Rivera was turned over to the Lancaster County Sheriff.
  7. Theft From Motor Vehicle, August 15-16, 2017, 500 block Misty Drive (LT) – A vehicle was entered as it sat parked overnight. An iPod, valued at $50.00 was taken. It is unknown how entry was made into the vehicle.
  8. Theft From Motor Vehicle, August 15-16, 2017, 600 block Wyncroft Lane (LT) – A vehicle was entered as it sat parked overnight. A Canik 9mm pistol with ammunition, headphones, and cash were all taken from the vehicle; $975.00 loss. It is unknown how entry was made into the vehicle.

Police Log-August 16, 2017

  1. Vehicle Theft, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 500 block Misty Drive (LT) – A silver 2004 Honda Civic was taken sometime between 8:45 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. this date. The vehicle was locked at the time of theft. Total loss was $3,380.00.
  2. Criminal Mischief, August 14-15, 2017, 900 block East King Street (LT) – Two tires of a vehicle were slashed overnight. Total loss was $250.00.
  3. Theft From Motor Vehicle, August 14-15, 2017, 900 block East Orange Street (LT) – Unknown person/s entered a locked vehicle as it sat parked overnight in a parking lot and moved items around inside the vehicle; nothing was taken.

BoS Meeting Minutes-July 10, 2017

LANCASTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
MINUTES
Monday, July 10, 2017

I.         EXECUTIVE SESSION
An executive session was held to discuss personnel issues.
II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, CALL TO ORDER, AND ROLL CALL
The duly advertised Lancaster Township Board of Supervisors meeting was held on Monday, July 10, 2017 in the township building at 1240 Maple Avenue, Lancaster, PA. The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by Chair Kathy Wasong. Vice Chair Benjamin H. Bamford, Treasurer Thomas H. Schaller, and Township Manager William M. Laudien were also present. Others in attendance included township staff and interested parties. Ms. Wasong led those assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III.      PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS
            No public comments.
IV.       Presentation of Township Progress on the MS4 Program
Township Engineer Ben Webber gave a presentation on the progress of the MS4 program. Some of the topics he covered included public education and outreach, the public involvement and participation program, the illicit discharge program, employee training program, and the pollutant reduction plan. Mr. Schaller moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously accepted the MS4 program presentation.
V.        SECRETARY’S REPORT
The minutes of the June 12, 2017 board meeting were approved by general consent.
VI.       TREASURER’S REPORT
Mr. Schaller presented the treasurer’s report as of July 10, 2017:
            General Fund………………………………………………………………………… $6,140,500.38
            Highway Aid Fund…………………………………………………………………….. 641,501.71
            Parks Fund…………………………………………………………………………………. 25,514.61
            Capital Reserve Fund…………………………………………………………………. 694,500.39
            TOTAL………………………………………………………………………………… $7,502,017.09
Ms. Wasong stated the treasurer’s report would be filed for audit.
VII.     PAYMENT OF BILLS
On a motion by Mr. Schaller, seconded by Mr. Bamford, the board unanimously approved the payment of bills (June 13, 2017–July 10, 2017):
         General Fund…………………………………………………………………………… $388,112.14
         Escrow Fund………………………………………………………………………………… 3,675.25
         State Highway Fund………………………………………………………………………. 6,388.33
         Parks Fund…………………………………………………………………………………. 10,719.15
         Capital Reserve Fund…………………………………………………………………………….. -0-
         TOTAL…………………………………………………………………………………… $408,894.87
VIII.   REPORTS
A.    Lancaster Township Fire Department: Chief Ron Comfort Jr. gave an overview of the June 2017 fire department report. There were twenty-two calls reported in the township, with eight calls for mutual aid, during the month of June 2017, making a year-to-date total of 223 calls.
B.    Lafayette Fire Company: There were five calls answered on the east side of Lancaster Township during the month of June 2017.
C.    Police: Officer Michael Piacentino gave an overview of the June 2017 police report. Officer Piacentino introduced Lieutenant Wagner who is the new MTPD special operations officer.
D.    Sewer/Other Reports: Reports are available for public inspection at the meeting and during regular business hours.
E.    Recycling Report: June 2017: Not available
F.   Lancaster Intermunicipal Committee Report: Mr. Laudien reported that the next LIMC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at West Hempfield. He also indicated that the Chamber of Commerce Lancaster City/Lancaster Township Consortium would be taking place on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
IX.      ANNOUNCEMENTS
A.    Next Board of Supervisors Meeting: Monday, August 14, 2017, 7:00pm, workshop at 6:00pm, Lancaster Township.
X.        OLD BUSINESS
            No old business.
XI.      PLANNING AND ZONING BUSINESS
A.        LTPC #227 – Conestoga View
1.     Mr. Schaller moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved the updated cost estimate for financial security, setting the amount to be $170,018.20 for LTPC #227, Conestoga View.
2.     Mr. Schaller moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved to amend the 2009 development agreement for LTPC #227, Conestoga View.
B.        LTPC #260 – School District of Lancaster – Buchanan Elementary School
Mr. Bamford moved, and Mr. Schaller seconded, and the board unanimously agreed to grant the modification request for LTPC #260 for a waiver of a preliminary plan process. The board did not act on the other two modification requests.
C.        Chadwick
Mr. Schaller moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved entering into an agreement with Joseph Witt to revise the location of a drainage easement
XII.     NEW BUSINESS
A.        Resolution 2017-07
Mr. Bamford moved, and Ms. Wasong seconded the approval of Resolution 2017-07 in support of a citizens’ commission for legislative and congressional redistricting. Mr. Schaller was opposed. Several residents at the meeting supported the decision to approve the resolution.
B.        Confirmation of Special Fire Police
Mr. Schaller moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously confirmed Jeremy Leon Hertzog as special fire police for the Lancaster Township Fire Department.
XIII.   GUEST RECOGNITION AND PARTICIPATION
·       Paul Groff, Waypoint Drive—Asked about the status of Basin A at Southern Village. Mr. Laudien stated the vegetation has grown, the problem is it is not the right vegetation. There needs to be some maintenance. Some of the vegetation needs to come out, and we need to see the establishment of plants that were prescribed in the plan. We do not think the basin ever reached its class A condition which is our standard. We’ve not released the letter of credit associated with that basin, and not done a final inspection. Our position is to support the HOA in compelling the developer to make the necessary changes and comply, and then allow the developer at that time to request dedication of the basin. The board directed the township manager and staff to write a letter of support, and to move forward in compelling the developer to fulfill their obligation.
·       Mark O’Neil, Wheatland Avenue—Asked about an update on traffic analysis on Race and Columbia. Ms. Wasong explained that PennDOT is supposed to be doing a study right now about having a no left turn out of there to see if that alleviates the problem. If we can eliminate left turns out of there, it might solve the issue short of a light because all a light is going to do is back up traffic on Columbia Avenue. Mike Keiser, the District 8 executive for PennDOT, is working with the township on this. Mr. O’Neil asked if there was any update on piano keys or crosswalks. Mr. Laudien explained that Mr. Hamlin is out of the office this week, but he will talk to him about it when he returns.
·       Devon Miller, Abbeyville Road—What do you guys do about Abbeyville? People go really, really fast. Ms. Wasong explained that the problem there is the hard curve, and you cannot put any kind of patrol there. Officer Piacentino said that the 500 block of Abbeyville is their best shot, and there are VASCAR lines at that location. Another tact the township can use is bollards to make the road seem smaller, thereby causing people to slow down. Mr. Laudien pointed out that the township has done that. Lt. Wagner suggested residents talk to state legislators. Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that does not allow municipal police officers to use radar detectors. With that, we could sit anywhere and use radar.
·       Ron Comfort Jr., Springhouse Road—Thanked the township road crew for all the work they did in the park. Cleaned up trees and brush. It’s really nice, and they did a good job.     
XIV.    ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40pm.

Respectfully submitted,
William M. Laudien, Secretary

Police Log-August 14, 2017

  1. Burglary, Friday, August 11, 2017 to Saturday, August 12, 2017, 600 block Wyncroft Lane (LT) – A cell phone was taken from an apartment at this location. There were no signs of forced entry, a suspect has been developed and the investigation continues. $500.00 loss.
  2. Burglary, Thursday, August 10, 2017 to Friday, August 11, 2017, 1100 block Millersville Pike (LT) – Cash and jewelry were taken from an apartment at this location. $3,150.00 loss.
  3. Theft, Friday, August 11, 2017, 400 block Judie Lane (LT) – A tow-behind pig roaster was taken from a residence sometime during the day. $3,045.00 loss.
  4. Theft, Thursday, August 10, 2017 to Friday, August 11, 2017, 900 block East King Street (LT) – A stroller and snow blower were taken from the backyard of a residence. $1,700.00 loss.
  5. Institutional Vandalism, Thursday, August 10, 2017, 1100 block Columbia Avenue (LT) – The side panel to a window air conditioning unit had been cut resulting in $40.00 in damages.