Quarryville to fine owners of stray dogs
BY DEBBIE WYGENT, Correspondent
Owners of stray dogs that have to be picked up by Quarryville police and taken to the Lancaster SPCA will be fined $300 plus any expenses under a new ordinance unanimously passed by Quarryville Borough Council on Monday.
Animal control measures and an ordinance to cover fees have been a topic of discussion for several months at council meetings.
In another matter, council unanimously decided to join the county and numerous other boroughs and townships in appealing Lancaster County's state-mandated stormwater management plan, which was approved Feb. 5 by the Department of Environmental Protection.
According to borough Manager Al Drayovitch, all local municipalities must within six months enact updated stormwater ordinances consistent with the county plan.
The Lancaster County Planning Commission has requested an April 9 meeting with DEP to discuss the deadline, best management practices, possible modifications to some conditions and DEP approval of waivers.
Also according to Drayovitch, borough solicitor Josele Cleary is coordinating an appeal by local municipalities and the Building Industry Association. He said there are no significant initial costs to join the appeal, and council will have to determine what action to take, if any, following the April meeting.
As for another ongoing topic of discussion, council asked police Chief Ken Work, council member Jeff Minnich, Mayor Joy Kemper and the police committee to work with southern end officials later this month to come to a consensus about choosing an official ambulance company for the southern end.
Work recently held an informational meeting for local townships, who said they plan to place the matter high on the agenda when the Southern Lancaster County Intermunicipal Council meets at 7 p.m. March 19 at the East Drumore Township building.
Supervisors and council members also are likely to speak about the pros and cons of funding ambulance companies by a tax, municipal donation, tax increases, or not at all. When a municipality names an official ambulance carrier, the company also may solicit subscriptions within that municipality.
Council also approved Quarryville Fire Police to work at the upcoming Bob Bard 5K Race, July 13 SECA Fest, May 5 Make a Wish Motorcycle Ride and April 6 Robert Fulton Fire Company Mud Sale.
Drayovitch also informed council the zoning hearing board will on March 25 hear a request from Sycamore Energy to install by special exception a propane tank and distribution center on land owned by Howard Groff Jr. at 344 E. State St., in the commercial industrial district.
He also said John Bomberger has been asked to submit to the planning commission his plans and DEP permits for stormwater drainage pipes installed at 306 S. Hess St.
Council also heard from residents concerned about two recent door-to-door solicitors. One resident said she was concerned because the sales people seemed to want to look beyond the front door and into the house.
Work said all door-to-door sales people must register with the police department. He said they can't use high-pressure sales tactics. Work said the department checked on the companies, which were legitimate businesses.
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