Board approves ash tree removal

YEAGERTOWN – The Derry Township Board of Supervisors approved at its regular meeting Monday the removal of numerous trees at Derry Township Community Park.

Board President John McCullough said the ash trees in the park had been infested by emerald ash borers several years ago and the majority of the trees need to be removed. There have been some problems with tree limbs breaking off and whole trees getting blown down during storms.

McCullough said more than 100 trees have already been taken down with many more slated for removal and the board hopes to sell the lumber from the trees to be able to start the process of replanting the park.

The board is going to allow an opportunity for people to bid on the lumber of the trees with an estimate of more than 200 trees total.

The board then approved a motion to remove affected trees from the campground area of the park and approved a motion to advertise the sale of the lumber from the trees.

The board approved a motion to advertise Ordinance 2013-1 which would change the name of Derry Township Community Park back to Kishocoquillas Park. The park was known as Kishacoquillas Park from 1919 until 1978.

During a reorganization period of the meeting the board approved of the current staff to stay in their appointed positions. The board approved Resolution 2013-1 which accepted William D. Page and Polly M. Graybill as Sewage Enforcement Officers. Also all Derry Township employees will receive a 30-cents-per-hour wage increase effective Jan. 1 and a 20-cents-per-hour wage increase on July 1, dependent upon a satisfactory employee review to be given prior to July 1.

The board approved a motion to support Keystone Communities Program with a pledge of $1,000 a year for three years and a letter of support.

The Derry Township Board of Supervisors regularly meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at its building in Yeagertown. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 21.