Municipal Report: Caernarvon Lancaster hit with government mandate

A mandate has been passed down to the local level from the federal government that all township documents must be recorded by scanning into computerized files managed by Doc Star by 2015.

According to Layton Forbes, a spokesman for Doc Star, there are three huge data banks managed by the federal government in the United States. One of these is in Ohio. The federal government claims the data banks provide more security in preserving files than permitting data to be only stored locally or on paper.

An open house is planned at the Lanchester Landfill on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Features include a chicken barbecue, tunnels and moon bounce for the kids, information about all of the programs offered by the Lanchester Landfill and tours of the landfill area.

Those going on the bus tour of the landfill can see the preparations for the new expansion area. They will visit the scenic overlook and will see where the new scenic overlook will be located, said Bob Watts, general manager of the Lanchester Landfill.

The Run for the Cows is also planned for Oct. 5. The 5k race draws attention to the importance of agriculture and farmland preservation. The race will start at 9 a.m. at the covered bridge at Poole Forge Park. Register online at www.caernarvonlancaster.org or by calling 1-717-445 4244. There were about 60 runners last year. Runners can participate in age categories. There will be cash prizes for the top three overall runners.

The Caernarvon Agricultural Advisory Committee is focusing on developing a receiving area for development privileges using the Transfer Development Rights strategies, said Chairman Gary Van Dyke. This program is one of several being developed to control development sprawl. Efforts are underway to expand the project throughout the Elanco area. Now Caernarvon and East Earl Townships are working on a joint effort to make the project work.

An ordinance was approved to regulate alternative energy, such as the generation of power by wind turbines or solar panels. Included in the ordinance is agri-tainment. This includes commercial hay wagon rides, petting zoos and farm-oriented programs open to the public.

An application to the Zoning Hearing Board to construct an accessory building of 2,400 square feet was denied. Located on 7.3 acres at 2300 Valley View Road, the building would be used for a horse, carriage and equipment barn. Van Dyke said there are other options available.

An ordinance was approved to create an inter-municipal agreement where Caernarvon Berks County and Caernarvon Lancaster County would cooperate to share manpower and road equipment when the need arises. Caernarvon and East Earl already have a similar agreement.

Poole Forge Day is planned for Sept. 21 and there will be a plant swap on Friday evening, Sept. 20. The first floor of the Iron Master’s Mansion is being decorated and restored to the historic era when the furnace was in blast. It will be open to the public on Poole Forge Day. A car cruise to the Forge is planned for Sept. 29.

There will be an open house at the Caernarvon Historical Society on Nov. 9. For more information, please call Yvonne Styer at 1-717-445-5040.