Driveway projects to face close scrutiny in Pequea Township
BY ELAINE J. JONES, Correspondent
Altering a driveway without a permit could cost Pequea Township residents up to $1,000 in fines.
The township supervisors approved an ordinance on April 17 after holding a public hearing prior to the regular board meeting.
Zoning officer Mark Deimler said driveways would be inspected for defects based on "engineering values or judgments that are considered safe."
The ordinance states, in part, that the township has suffered damage to its public roads as a result of improper connection of driveways and faulty drainage, causing hazardous conditions. Sight distance and slope also are spelled out in the regulations.
The board then began its regular meeting by introducing the township's new treasurer, Lori Leach. Secretary Connie Kauffman has been serving in the role on a temporary basis.
"It's a tough job to have," Chairman Harry Lehman said.
The board then heard the annual police report for 2012, given by Officer Jesse Blank of the Southern Regional Police Department.
Although the department continues to have high clearance rates that are above the state average, Blank said a 17 percent decrease in calls for service from 2011 is attributed to two officers being injured last year.
The force, which also serves Conestoga Township, has seven full-time and three part-time officers. Blank said goals for the coming year include hiring more police and purchasing hand-held radios.
Officer P.J. Ondeck, who last year was disciplined for failing to get his credentials recertified in 2011, has resigned from the department to pursue a job in the private sector, Blank said.
In other business:
n The board announced the township's annual Community Day event is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, in Silver Mine Park.
n Seven volunteer firefighters were sworn in to serve on the West Willow Fire Department.
n Lehman announced that the Friends of Southern Regional Police will hold a benefit pig roast on Oct. 20 at the Farm at Eagles Ridge. A band is lined up and will play for free. The group hopes to raise $8,000 to $10,000.
"I'd like to thank the Herr family for their generosity," Lehman said.
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