Lanchester Landfill changes charter to make larger donations

“The Chester County Solid Waste Authority, owner of the Lanchester Landfill, plans to work with the Chester County Commissioners to make changes in their charter with the intention making it easier to provide larger donations to local service organizations,” said Bob Watts, general manager of the Lanchester Landfill.

About 87 percent of the Lanchester landfill is in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County.

“Local non-profit organizations such as fire companies and ambulance associations had benefited from larger donations before Act 73 was passed by the Pennsylvania legislature,” said Watts. “Act 73 limited many yearly donations to $1,000 and left the local library scrambling for alternate funds.”

“The squabble began when the water and sewer authority in a southeastern Pennsylvania city misused public funds,” he said. “Hopefully after anticipated changes, the Authority will be able to make larger donations to the community.”

In 2014, a donation of $10,000 was made to the Caernarvon Fire Department because it is considered as a service provider, said Watts. A donation of $1,000 was made to the Historical Society.

“The four ambulance associations that provide services to Caernarvon Township will receive a donation of $25,000, which will be divided according to the areas they provide service,” said Supervisor Gary VanDyke.

Notes of appreciation were received from the Honey Brook Community Library and the Eastern Lancaster County Library. Each had received a donation of $5,000.

“Three wooded lots totaling 25 acres located on the Welsh Mountain have been accepted into the Agricultural Security program,” said VanDyke. “The Agriculture Advisory Committee is finalizing the Transfer Development Rights program where farm land can be preserved by calculating the number of housing units that can be located on a parcel while considering zoning and transferring the proposal to an area of higher density development.”

A brochure from Historic Poole provides activities planned for 2014. Historic Poole Forge is planning a Children’s Trout Derby on April 26. Registration is at 8 a.m. at Poole Forge and the derby is planned from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. The fall plant swap will take place on Sept. 12. Poole Forge Day will be on Sept. 13. Cruise to the Forge for antique car enthusiasts will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28. There will be a work day on Nov. 1, to close for the season. Christmas at the Ironmasters is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 and 12 from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 and 11 from 12 to 8 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 7 and 14 from 12 to 5 p.m. Please call HPF Cell 484-797-5302 or www.historic poole forge.org.

Antique Quilts will be on display at the Poole Forge Mansion on March 10 to 15. Admission charged. A light lunch will be served. Quilts can be appraised. Please call 1-717-445-1217 for an appointment.

“Since 2005 when Poole Forge was purchased, many improvements have taken place there to create a safe and inviting park where visitors can indulge in passive recreation,” said Robin Buckwalter, manager of Historic Poole Forge. “Historic Poole Forge wants to thank Caernarvon Township and all of the volunteers who have helped to create a delightful place to visit.”

“Free leaf mulch will be available at the Lanchester Landfill on March 22 at the area beyond the recycling area,” said Watts. “Free paper shredding will be available near the office building at the entrance to the landfill from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.”

The Lanchester Landfill is obtaining waste material from the MetEd Power Plant off of Route 176 near Reading to use as a daily cover at the landfill,” said Watts.

“FEMA has updated its designation of flood plain areas in Caernarvon Township,” said VanDyke. “Therefore the township will have to revise its flood plain ordinance. That may affect the insurance premiums of homeowners who live in an area effected by the flood plain ordinance.”

“About nine townships in northeaster and Lancaster County are participating in a program in which they can purchase needed materials together at a cheaper cost and obtain services or equipment at a better cost,” said VanDyke. “Ephrata is assuming the leadership in the endeavor to save in costs.”

The Zoning Hearing Board will consider the application of Daniel Zook Jr., Narvon on the behalf of Ivan Smucker of Narvon to allow the construction of a parochial school at 1110 Narvon Road, Narvon.

Zook is requesting permission to construct an accessory building of 1,370 square feet on his 2.3 acre property. It is located in an agricultural district.

The Run for the Cows is planned for Saturday, Oct. 4. The event is run over local roads. The proceeds help to protect open space. Please call 717-445-4244 for more information.