Derry Township Supervisors move forward on Kish Park

YEAGERTOWN – The tree project for Kish Park is going to start moving forward with the replacement of 25 trees to be planted this spring.

At its regular Monday, the Derry Township Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of the trees from S & S Trees. Chairman John McCullough said the trees are all native to the area.

“The trees being planted are a combination of swamp white oak, black gum, sugar maple, and willow,” McCullough said.

McCullough continued to say the timeline for planting should occur by the end of April. The 25 trees will be purchased for $3,030, which includes the watering bag system.

“The watering of the trees will come from ‘gator bags,’ which are reusable,” McCullough said. “Young trees die easily without proper watering. These bags can hold up to a week of water, which will help to keep the trees healthy and ease with the care of them while they mature.”

Park staff and members of the Derry Township Tree Committee will plant the trees at a later time.

The supervisors also discussed the possibility of erecting a stop sign in all four directions at the intersection of First Street and Mann Avenue. During a discussion it was discovered that residents and patrolling police officers believe the four-way stop is necessary to the safety of the residents on the street. After the discussion it was decided to be advertised and the ordinance will be adjusted to show the change in the ordinance.

In other business:

Residents with questions about their flood insurance rates were directed to contact the township office to see if a refund can be given for the insurance rate increase;

Two park use applications were approved;

The board accepted the donation of two elm trees for Kish Park;

The Derry Township Board of Supervisors regularly meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at the Derry Township Municipal Building in Yeagertown.