West Donegal Township supervisors discussed changes to the Elizabethtown Regional Emergency Management Agency, including a change to its headquarters and a possible successor to the volunteer director.
The Elizabethtown Regional Emergency Management Agency is responsible for coordinating responses to disasters, such as the flooding that came from Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. But the current Emergency Operations Center is in the Elizabethtown Fire Department’s station next to the Conoy Creek. West Donegal Township Manager John O. Yoder III told supervisors at their meeting on Monday, March 12, that the operations center’s location was a problem during the floods.
“It all but flooded itself,” Yoder said, adding that another place would be wise. He said he had discussed the problem with the managers of neighboring Elizabethtown Borough and Mount Joy Township they reached a consensus that the lower level of the West Donegal Township building would be a good place.
“It’s not going to flood; it has generator backup; this might be a good place for it,” Yoder said.
The agency is now led by volunteer director Warren Mueller Jr., but Yoder said Mueller plans to retire. He introduced supervisors to Gene Galeschewski, who has been volunteering with the agency for more than six years, according to his profile on the business networking website LinkedIn. His LinkedIn profile said Galeschewski has a master’s degree in emergency management from Millersville University.
“Gene is hopefully the perfect fit,” Yoder said, though he noted that the county and state emergency management agencies will need to give their approval for Galeschewski to take over from Mueller.
All supervisors present voted to approve waivers and modifications sought for construction of a new warehouse in the Conewago Industrial Park along Distribution Drive near Zeager Road. (Supervisor Philip Dunn was absent.) Brian Cooley of D.C. Gohn Associates said the planned 100,000-square foot office with a small office will be used by TVH Parts, which supplies parts for construction equipment. The waivers and modifications were all previously approved by the Planning Commission.
Supervisors also decided not to accept a $7,560 upgrade to lighting in the Road Department Shop, instead telling Yoder to get a price on an LED lighting system. An LED system should cost more up front but be cheaper to operate.
“I don’t want to spend this kind of money on outdated technology,” Supervisor Douglas Hottenstein said about the proposed lighting upgrade.