Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Pequea Township to come clean
Moves to enhance pollution-control efforts Pequea Township to come clean BY ELAINE J. JONES, Correspondent
Pequea Township is moving ahead with a new effort to reduce pollution entering streams through the township's stormwater system.
Supervisors on March 20 signed an agreement with Rettew Associates to draft a plan that will combine public education, outreach and erosion control to address the issue.
At the meeting, Rettew representative Jim Caldwell fielded questions and described the new effort.
"It's a very wide and all-encompassing program," said Caldwell, whose firm is working with about 20 municipalities in and around Lancaster County to bring them into compliance with new regulations by next March.
Caldwell said he's working with Pequea Township zoning officer Mark Deimler and the planning commission "to provide residents with a more user-friendly ordinance to work with."
For private property owners, the new effort will mean changing the way they dispose of liquids such as motor oil and chlorinated water from pools.
Caldwell said the township plans to re-enact, rather than amend, its stormwater ordinance.
"Our price is based on us doing virtually everything in this township," Caldwell said.
The contract is for $25,500, but supervisor chairman Harry Lehman said that cost might be spread over more than one year.
In other business, the board of supervisors voted to move forward with budgeted road improvements, including the use of cold-in-place recycling on a number of township roads.
Cold-in-place recycling has been an approved method for several years, but roadmaster Bruce Frymyer said it is still "fairly new" in this area.
The state, he explained, brings in a large milling machine to grind up the street, add an emulsion and lay the mixture back down as new blacktop. "It's economical, and it does a great job," Frymyer said.
He suggested beginning with Lark Lane because it is not heavily traveled.
Road improvements are slated for Arrowhead Drive, Eckman Road, Leaman Road, Leesburge Drive, Ship Rock Road, Bean Road and Radcliff Road. The township will open bids for microsurfacing and polypatching, but Frymyer said "a lot of (roadwork) will be done in-house."
The township budgeted $330,000 for road improvements this year.
"The plan is to save what we can now," Lehman said.
The board also voted to hold a hearing on an updated driveway ordinance on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:45 p.m., just prior to the next board meeting.
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