Rapho Twp. retains leadership for 2013
ROCHELLE A. SHENK, Correspondent
Leadership of the three-person Rapho Township Board of Supervisors will remain the same for 2013.
At its annual reorganizational meeting on Jan. 7, Lowell Fry was reappointed chairman and Jere Swarr vice chairman. Duane Martin will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer.
The supervisors reviewed several annual reports for 2012, including the building and zoning permit report and the emergency management coordinator's report.
Lori Shenk, the township emergency management coordinator, discussed technology needs. She said a Wi-Fi connection would better equip her to send information through the Internet to aid emergency responders onsite.
Supervisor Duane Martin suggested that Shenk present a request for the items that are needed and it will be considered.
Tax collector Melva Kready presented a report on tax collection. She said the township sent out 4,549 real estate tax bills in 2012. There are 91 outstanding tax bills, totaling $31,791. The outstanding bills have been turned over to Lancaster County for collection.
The board made a number of board reappointments. Carrol Ehrhart was awarded a four-year term on the planning commission, and Leon Martin was given a three-year term on the zoning hearing board.
The 2013 fee schedule also was approved. The dog recovery fee for stray dogs increased by $10, from $50 to $60. The fee schedule also includes recreation fees such as shade silo, concession stand and field rental rates. Rental fees for the two pavilions at Rapho Township Community Park.
In other action, supervisors approved filing 12 liens against residents who had not paid their street light tax. The outstanding amount is $705.