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Mill Road Bridge Replacement Makes Progress

Mount Joy Township supervisors approved sending a letter proposing an intergovernmental agreement with Conewago Township, Dauphin County, for work to replace the Aberdeen Mill Road Bridge.

Township Manager Justin Evans told supervisors at their meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, that the agreement would be similar to ones the township already has with Elizabethtown Borough and Mount Joy Borough for road projects that cross municipal lines. Evans said he has already met with Conewago Township supervisors and they are on board with Mount Joy Township’s desire to replace the bridge that has been closed since summer over safety concerns with another one-lane bridge.

Evans said he is awaiting estimates from three engineering firms for design work and expects to have those estimates within a week. The township could act on the matter at its reorganization meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 7.

Supervisors voted 4-1, with Chairman David W. Sweigart dissenting, to get a legal opinion from Solicitor Josele Cleary if there is a way to allow for-profit groups to use its parks for educational purposes without opening up the parks to all for-profit uses. Sweigart said getting the opinion would be a waste of money.

Supervisors Debra Dupler said she would like to find a way for the environmental education Tinkergarten classes to use the parks.

“It’s kids. It’s plants. It’s animals. It’s outside,” Dupler said.

Supervisors identified the Cloverleaf Road interchange and the intersection of Route 743 and Beverly Road as the problems to be sent to the county for inclusion in the transportation plan. The Cloverleaf Road interchange with the Route 283 expressway has a problem with congestion; the intersection of Route 743 (also known as Hershey Road) and Beverly Road has many accidents.

Also at the meeting, supervisors unanimously approved a budget for 2019 and a new property tax rate. The 2018 general fund tax rate was 1.74 mills plus 0.39 mills for the fire protection tax, a total of 2.13 mills. The 2019 general fund rate is 1.84 mills plus 0.40 mills for the fire protection tax, a total of 2.24 mills. This means that for every $100,000 of assessed value, the total local tax is rising from $213 to $224, an increase of 5.14 percent.

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