Mount Joy Township supervisors got word that their new municipal building is nearly complete, with only a few punch-list items remaining to be done and furniture already delivered.
“Your project is well into the home stretch,” John Eck of the construction management firm Fidevia told supervisors at their meeting on Monday, July 17.
Eck said newly renovated building at 8853 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, (the former Fairview Elementary School building) is expected to be in use before the next meeting of township supervisors on Monday, Aug. 21. The old building at 159 Merts Drive, Elizabethtown, has become too cramped for its use as both the site of township offices and the headquarters of the Northwest Lancaster County Regional Police Department, which serves both West Donegal and Mount Joy townships.
All supervisors present voted to approve a change order for $2,798 for additional lighting for exit doors to comply with building codes as well as another change order for $1096.12 for additional electromagnetic locks on a door. (Chairman Gerald F. Becker was absent.) Supervisors decided against approving a $513 change order that would have allowed a soda machine to be accessible from the public areas of both the township offices and police station; they decided instead to have it in an area only accessible to staff.
The township must decide what to do with the old building, which sits on land that has grown in value because of its location near an exit from the Route 283 expressway. Township staff has a meeting scheduled with executives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to see what is holding up PennDOT approval of township plans to install a new exit from Route 283, which might require using some of the old township building’s land for a road going from that exit to Cloverleaf Road. But if PennDOT will not approve that plan or will not give answers the township is seeking about its objections, the township has other options.
“If they don’t give us an answer, we just abandon the project, sell the building and move on,” Supervisors Vice Chairman David W. Sweigart said.
In other business, supervisors approved a bid of $135,692.70 from Telco Inc. for a new traffic signal on South Market Street at the entrance to the shopping center anchored by Kmart. Two other bids were slightly lower, but Township Manager Justin Evans said the lower bids did not meet specifications for pavement marking, so he recommended rejecting them, which supervisors did. The signal is funded by money from the Automated Red Light Enforcement program, which fines drivers who are caught on camera running red lights in Philadelphia and one township in the Philadelphia suburbs to fund road safety and mobility projects statewide.
Supervisors also authorized their solicitor to prepare an ordinance allowing vendors to do business in the new park being constructed on a 48-acre site between Beverly Road and the Lancaster County Conewago Trail. Jennifer Stumpf approached township supervisors about sales of snack foods in Old Trolley Line Park.
“Right now, the township’s code says private sales cannot take place on public property,” Evans said, but there is nothing preventing township supervisors from changing that.
Supervisor Gerald G. Cole said there should be limits on the number of vendors operating in the park, the hours they operate and what products they may sell. For example, Cole said vendors should not be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages. Supervisor Lisa S. Heilner said the policy should address liability issues so the township will not be responsible for any damages caused by vendors.
Also, Supervisor Debra E. Dupler said the township ought to use social media to correct misconceptions about the park project. Some rumors spreading on social media about the construction there are far off base, she said.
“People have Wal-Mart going in there,” Dupler said.