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After Many Delays, Conoy Township Accepts Dedication of Development’s Streets

Conoy Township supervisors unanimously approved accepting dedication of the streets of the Townsedge development at the north end of Bainbridge as long as the developer meets certain conditions.

The township has been working with the developer for years for getting things improved to a point that the township was willing to accept dedication of the streets for public use. The dedication means the township will be responsible for snow removal and future maintenance.

Township Solicitor Matthew J. Creme Jr. told supervisors at their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, that there had been several issues keeping the township from accepting dedication: a lack of healthy street trees, a lack of pole lamps on individual lots for street lighting, the propensity of street signs being stolen and a sizable sinkhole between two lots. The plan to address that involves replacing the trees that were ailing, dead or removed, the developer offering to install the pole lamps on homeowners’ lots at the developer’s expense, replacing the fasteners on the street signs with more secure ones and an 18-month guarantee on the developer’s sinkhole repair work.

Creme said the sinkhole repair work appears to be working, but since it was done before the township’s engineering firm looked at it, there was no way for the engineering firm to assure it wouldn’t fail. The developer has agreed to put up a $10,000 security deposit in case it fails, he said.

“I think we’ve gotten as much as we can out of them,” Creme said.

In another matter, supervisors unanimously approved drawing $15,000 from the township’s capital reserve fund to pay the Lancaster County Conservancy for the purchase of an island in the Susquehanna River. Supervisors Chairman Stephen L. Mohr said the island identified on the deed as Brush Island but popularly known as Pole Island is a 3.89-acre island in the middle of the river that had been privately owned for many years. He said it can be a stopping point for kayakers, canoers and people floating down the river in inner tubes before reaching the Shocks Mills Bridge.

Also, Mohr said the township had been getting a lot of complaints about cats. He said nuisance cats are a problem all over the township, but especially in the village of Bainbridge, where he said there are 450 housing units and about 2,000 cats. He said there is one block in Bainbridge where 200 to 250 cats can be seen on any sunny day.

“Inside cats, there’s not a problem, but outside cats, we have a major problem,” Mohr said.

Creme said he would draft an ordinance to deal with cats and let supervisors decide which parts of it they would like to enact and which they would like to leave out.

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