Leading the news at the Honey Brook Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Dec. 12 were the decision by Honey Brook borough to not renew its police contract with the township and the decision to stop trash disposal at the township building parking area.
By: Tory Lingg
Chairwoman Michal Jany said the Honey Brook Township Police Department will no longer provide service for Honey Brook Borough after Dec. 31. The borough did not renew the contract with the township. Chester County officials have been notified about the decision.
A resident of Honey Brook Township asked what might have caused township officials to make a decision that the township will no longer provide for trash disposal at the township building parking area after the end of 2001. Jany said there have been a variety of problems over the years. The population has increased. There is limited space. Traffic back up. There is a safety hazard. There is fighting. She said that trash disposal is too much of a hazard at this particular site. People get nasty with township employees and truck drivers. They have abused the system. Objects have been included in trash that shouldn't be there.
She said there is the Lanchester Landfill which is open six days a week. The landfill accepts recyclable containers and newspapers. Homeowners may take one to five bags of trash to the Lanchester Landfill for a fee of $6. A fee of $20 is charged for a pick up truck with up to 700 pounds of rubbish.
Jany said there has not been concern from residents yet about the decision to end township-sponsored trash disposal. "We are trying to deal with it the best we can,' she said.
Township Secretary-Treasurer Ruby Witman is retiring after 20 years of dedicated service to Honey Brook Township. Jany said Mike Brown will be township manager starting in 2002. She said Honey Brook Township taxes will be collected by Berkheimer Associates. "We will have no person from the township to serve as tax collector,' she pointed out.
A resident said large trash items are often dumped on his property. He said he picks up about a truck load each year. Jany told him to notify the police department.
Jany said an ordinance offering directives in construction of accessory dwellings or "douty houses' will be advertised for adoption in January.
The December 2001 issue of the Honey Brook Township Newsletter will be the final one, said Jany. She said she has spent two to two-and-a-half days putting together the newsletter, and has been doing it since 1991 at her own expense. The time and expense is a factor. Honey Brook Township is considering creating a web site for minutes from the supervisors meetings and planning commission meetings.
There has been an agreement for a donation of $50 per lot at Shanahan Farms to the police department. The development on Beaver Dam Road near Route 10 contains 47 lots. Conditional final approval was granted.
Conditional final approval was also granted for Grow's Icy Delights along Horseshoe Pike just outside the Borough of Honey Brook. There will be 11 parking spaces for patrons and for an apartment. The hours of operation will change seasonally. Plans are to be open at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast.
A review was made of development by Lawrence Goldberg which is mostly located in West Caln Township. About 17 lots of 60,000 square feet each are located in Honey Brook Township.
Preliminary final plan approval was granted for King's Picnic Tables located at McConnell Park.
Jany said the court challenge to the Conservation Design Ordinance by the Dovin Family was successful. Their objection was based on plans for the development planned on Cambridge Road for residents 55 and older. Jany said she did not know what township officials will do.
Honey Brook Township officials plan to reorganize Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. The regular meeting will follow. The 2002 budget has been advertised for adoption. Some changes will occur in the police department because the township will no longer provide police protection for the borough. Jany said the borough hired a policeman for 40 hours a week. Other hours will be covered by the State Police. Honey Brook Township will provide mutual assistance if they run into trouble she said.
In November, the police department had 328 calls for service. There were 40 traffic tickets issued with two non-traffic citations. There were five reportable traffic accidents. Two adults were arrested on a warrant. One adult was arrested for DUI.
Township taxes will be .9 mils. Taxes have increased by .2 mils to cover increases in wages, law suits, etc. There is a 1 percent real estate transfer tax of which half goes to the township and half goes to the Twin Valley School District. Also, there is a 1 percent earned income tax of which half goes to the township and half to the school district.
The Lanchester Landfill is planning an expansion to provide for trash disposal from 2002-12. Jany said the township has a right to take a position on the matter.
The planning commission will meet Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. hearings before the zoning hearing board will be scheduled for William Deihm and Aaron King.