Correction: An earlier version of this article reported erroneously that Nikolaus & Hohenadel represents the property owner in an upcoming Conoy Township conditional use hearing. The corrected version is below.
A representative of the Lancaster County Conservancy briefed Conoy Township supervisors on a plan to plant 270 trees and shrubs within weeks that will grow edible fruits and nuts that can be enjoyed by users of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail.
Brandon Tennis, the director of stewardship for the nonprofit land trust, said the organization acquired 21 acres of land along the Susquehanna River about a year and a half ago. Tennis said the land is about a quarter mile south of Fisherman’s Wharf, which is the northern end of the trail.
Tennis said the trees and shrubs in the Falmouth Edible Forest Garden will be planted in clumps, not in rows.
“That allows us to fence off an area,” Tennis said, in order to keep deer from damaging the vegetation.
In other business, supervisors agreed unanimously to reschedule their June meeting from the usual second Thursday of the month to Wednesday, June 13. Supervisors Chairman Stephen L. Mohr said this was to accommodate Jill Nagy, the lawyer who will represent the township in a conditional use hearing; he said she has a scheduling conflict on June 14, when the meeting was previously scheduled. The township is normally represented by the Lancaster firm of Nikolaus & Hohenadel, but that firm has a conflict of interest because it represents the property owner in another matter. Nikolaus & Hohenadel does not represent the property owner in the conditional use hearing.
Supervisors also heard from Rebecca Sollenberger, who manages state Sen. Ryan Aument’s district office in Lititz. Mohr told Sollenberger that Conoy Township wants the nearby Three Mile Island nuclear plant to remain open. Sollenberger replied that Aument had met earlier that day with more than 70 business representatives from the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry where that was discussed.
Also, Supervisor Clyde H. Pickel said he has gotten complaints about the intersection of the south end of Falmouth Road with Route 441. Pickel said the road should be widened 6 to 8 feet more so school buses will not have to stop on Route 441 to wait for cars to pass. Mohr said the state had given specifications for the intersection, but the township can look into what can be done. Route 441 is a state highway, so the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation must approve changes there.
“We can measure it and see if everything’s according to Hoyle, and it it’s not, we can make it convenient for those buses,” Mohr said.