Terre Hill Borough Council: Goodville Sewers project progresses, tree removal requested on Toddy Drive

Terre Hill Borough Council reported progress on the Goodville Sewers project.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has accepted an updated 537 plan in cooperation with Terre Hill Borough said Dave Zimmerman, Council Chairman, during the March 11 meeting.

Our engineering firm estimates the cost of designing and getting the waste water management system for Goodville and getting it accepted will cost between $60,000 and $70,000.

There is a 12 month time from February 2014 to get it done. There is an opportunity to analyze costs and there is an extended timeline. The opportunity is huge in itself, said Jeff Sweater, engineer with ELA Group, Inc., headquartered in Lititz.

In other news, Trail Side Express wants to trim or remove several ash and elm trees along Toddy Drive, said Zimmerman.

We need official action because of what is on the plans, said Judy Weaver, owner of Trailside Express. We went to Keystone Nursery. We saw a tree that doesnt grow too high. It has berries. They are called Winter King Southern Hawthorn trees. PP&L wants most of the trees replaced, she said. When they trim the trees, they grow faster. We might remove six or seven trees or take them all down. The new trees would be the same age and size. That preference in the long run may be the best solution. We will consider any suggestions. We must have something. The plans call for that.

The subdivision ordinance requests that, said Zimmerman. It is a good plan. As long as they are replaced. If you leave some, it is OK.

Supervisor Joe Shriver thanked the owners for maintaining the outside. It is good for the community, he said.

Police

Traffic accidents doubled during the snowy weather said East Earl Chief of Police Kevin McCarthy.

During the month of February, the East Earl police Department responded to 122 calls for service, investigated 22 traffic accidents and conducted 10 criminal investigations. In Terre Hill Borough there were 20 calls for service and a criminal investigation. The department issues 52 traffic citations and arrested five individuals for crimes codes violations said McCarthy.

On March 19, Terre Hill Borough Officials, East Earl Officials and the Police Department will meet at the East Earl Municipal Building for the biannual review for the police contract with the Borough said Zimmerman.

McCarthy requested permission to hire Jeremy Sorenson as a part time police officer. At present an officer is out on disability and another officer may be leaving, he said. Sorenson would be offered a conditional contract after a background check, psychological and physical testing, physical ability and a drug test which are standard. He is certified for police work in the Commonwealth.

The police department will soon be selling two Ford Crown Victoria vehicles said McCarthy.

It is customary to sell such things as police cars on MuniciBid said Zimmerman.

Lancaster County will be getting a new emergency radio system costing $24 million, said McCarthy. It has taken 10 years to set up. Each police department is getting new radios. Our new radio system is costing $31,000. The new radio system should be working by the summertime.

Reports

Also, the road crew has been trimming trees along Gault Road said Zimmerman. We have been filling potholes and are replacing broken signs, he said.

Because of severe snow storms, the Safety Committee was not able to inspect the water tower or the pump station at Blue Ball Commons said Zimmerman.

Safety Committee Chairman Bill Shirk said before the last snow storm a snow emergency was established but it was not needed. There was no feedback from the government about any reimbursement for services.

On April 8 and 9 a training session will be held at the Peach Bottom power station that is relevant to identifying and combatting possible terrorism said Shirk.

In February Zoning Officer Shaun Seymour issued 23 permits with a value of $140,000. Fees of $1018 were collected.

PennDOT has hired a new bridge inspector said Zimmerman.

The storm water management ordinance was approved for advertisement. Gross said it has to be adopted before the May meeting. It has to be adopted by May 7.

The storm water management ordinance does not provide any exemptions for agricultural in construction said Seymour.