Board to restructure planning commission

YEAGERTOWN – The Derry Township Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance on Monday, which creates and establishes a planning commission and also abolishes the current Derry Township Planning Commission, originally established in 1968.

Ordinance 2013-4 would create a new planning commission effective Jan. 1, 2014 to take the place of the current commission which will be abolished on the same day. The board said the members of the current planning commission would be appointed to new terms. Two members would be for four-year terms, one member for a three-year term, one member for a two-year term and one member for a one-year term.

The change will allow one member of the planning commission to be up for re-election each year instead of all five being up for election in the same year.

The board said the new planning commission would finish any unfinished tasks from the previous commission. Also, the board said the members of the commission would continue to have no compensation.

The board heard from Ann Aumiller during the public comment portion of the meeting and she spoke about a rat infestation on a neighboring property of hers. Aumiller said she lives on Parcheytown Road and her neighbor’s home is infested with rats. She asked the board what they can do to help her.

An amendment to the current nuisance ordinance was discussed by the board, which will be up for adoption at the next meeting with an update which includes structure infestations with insects and rodents.

In other business, the board:

Granted a time extension for the Waters Edge Campground Prelim/Final Land Development Plan.

Accepted the quote of liability and workman’s compensation insurance from H.C. Kerstetter.

Voted to post no parking and no alcohol signs at the Kish Park baseball fields.

The Derry Township Board of Supervisors meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at its building in Yeagertown.