Conoy Township supervisors accepted a bid of $183,000 to install two bridges for an extension of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail and discussed concerns with representatives of American Legion Post 197 about the trail.
Jo Ann Becker, the post’s adjutant, told supervisors at their meeting on Thursday, Spet. 13, that she was concerned that trail users were parking on the grass and in other places not within the trail’s easement. She said there should be signs explaining parking restrictions to trail users. Supervisors Chairman Stephen L. Mohr said as the trail is extended to the north, there will be three more parking areas, which should cause there to be less demand for parking at Race Street in Bainbridge.
“I’m hoping that when it’s complete, it solves itself,” Mohr said. He said the township will pay for signs directing trail users where to park.
Mohr and Gina Mariani, the vice chair of the supervisors, said the township had discussed the trail and its easement through the Legion post’s property at length back in 2012 with the post’s leadership at the time. Becker said she and the people with her weren’t part of the board at the time and were not familiar with what was discussed, but said she wanted to have a good working relationship between the Legion and the township.
Becker said there was a problem with people driving on the trail and said orange cones were being ignored; she asked that a barrier be put in place. Mohr said construction vehicles need to use the trail now, but that could be done once the work is finished.
In other business, supervisors decided to put off accepting dedication of streets in the Townsedge development until at least the October meeting. They concluded that there is still work to be done on the development and that accepting dedication of the streets would leave the township with no leverage over the developer.
Supervisors also agreed to send a letter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expressing the township’s opposition to closing the magisterial district court in Elizabethtown. Mohr and his daughter Kendra Mohr, a lawyer who serves as chair of the township Zoning Hearing Board, both noted that studies by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts showed that Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas judges had the lightest workload of Common Pleas judges in any third-class county and that at least two Common Pleas judges could be eliminated to bring Lancaster County in line with the rest of the state. Kendra Mohr said she thought it would be a bad idea to eliminate two Common Pleas judges, but said it would save far more money than eliminating the magisterial district court in Elizabethtown.