Mount Joy Township supervisors voted unanimously to reject a request to offer lower fees for apartment inspections to large apartment complexes.
The vote came at the supervisors meeting on Monday, Jan. 15, after Supervisor Lisa Sargen Heilner said the fees are not based on the time it takes to inspect the apartments; Supervisors Chairman David Sweigart said research has shown Mount Joy Township’s fees to be competitive with other municipalities.
The request came from the president of the company that owns the Featherton Crossing development. Kevin Timochenko, president of Metropolitan Management Group Inc., told supervisors at their Dec. 18 meeting that he might sue the township if the fee is not lowered. Timochenko said in December that it took six hours for 120 apartments to be inspected and he was billed $6,000 for the inspections. Timochenko said he was OK with paying $200 per hour, but said the current fees are unreasonable and he should get a discount for economies of scale.
It was unclear what would happen next. Timochenko was not at the Jan. 15 meeting; a lawyer for his company, Jill E. Nagy, was present and asked to discuss the matter, but supervisors would not allow discussion. Nagy left immediately after the vote to reject the request; she did not immediately respond to a question about whether a lawsuit was planned.
In other business, supervisors heard from the Mount Joy Township Forest Fire Company about its plans to establish a fire police department.
“There is strictly a shortage of fire police in the area,” said Joe Link, the fire company’s chief engineer.
Officials from the fire company said they wanted to be able to offer mutual aid to the regular fire departments in the region by doing things like providing traffic control at fire and traffic accident scenes. Township supervisors voted unanimously to defer action until February while awaiting information about insurance costs and for any advice their solicitor might offer.
Also, supervisors voted unanimously to approve the use of the Fairview Municipal Complex from 10 a.m. t 4 pm. on Saturday, June 23, for a fundraising event for the Northwest Regional Lancaster County Police Department’s K-9 unit. A motorcycle ride is to begin and end at the municipal complex and other events are planned such as first responder demonstrations and displays. In the event of rain on June 23, the event is to be postponed until Saturday, June 30.
Also, Northwest Regional Police Chief Mark Mayberry said progress is being made on setting up a safe space for people to meet to buy and sell items from strangers. Many people make agreements with strangers to buy and sell items advertised online, but there are times when the purported seller is actually trying to lure a victim with a large sum of cash to the site of a robbery. Police are setting up an area with video monitoring so there will be a place monitored by police for completing the transaction.
“They just started putting the camera up today,” Mayberry said.