West Donegal Township supervisors voted to approve spending $2,400 a year to use a web-based mapping application that will make it easier to comply with state storm water management regulations, among other benefits.
Township Manager John O. Yoder III told supervisors at their meeting on Monday, March 11, that he expects he will soon have to submit reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental protection about storm water runoff and he checked with Elizabethtown Borough and Mount Joy Township, which already have to submit such reports, for advice. Yoder said both of those neighbors advised using the CSDatum application developed by the civil engineering firm C.S. Davidson Inc.
Yoder said CSDatum eliminates the need to buy geographic information system software and to get training to operate GIS software. He said township staff needs to input data into the website and it will generate the storm water management report automatically.
“I just fill in fields, basically,” Yoder said.
He said it can be used for many things besides compliance with storm water reports, such as keeping track of when the last time the township’s road crew worked on a particular stretch of road and what was done to it, or to track the locations of township road signs.
“Anything you could GIS map can be put into this system,” Yoder said.
Supervisor Douglas Hottenstein said what would happen to the township’s data if it decides to stop using CSDatum in the future. Yoder assured him that the township would still own all data it puts on the CSDatum website and would be able to download it at any time for use elsewhere.
The vote to use CSDatum was unanimous among the supervisors present; Supervisor Philip Dunn was absent.
In another matter, supervisors voted to name John K. O’Connell to the boards to the Elizabethtown Area Water Authority and the Elizabethtown Regional Sewer Authority. He is filling seats vacated by David Lewis, who had to resign because he moved out of the township. Yoder said O’Connell has extensive experience with wastewater and water supply. The water authority runs the public water systems for West Donegal and Mount Joy townships as well as Elizabethtown Borough; the sewer authority runs the public sewer systems for West Donegal and Mount Joy townships.