YEAGERTOWN - As a result of safety concerns, Burnham resident Buck Headings made a request for the installation of no-parking signs along Cedar and Eighth Streets to the Derry Township Supervisors at their regular meeting Monday.
Headings illustrated his concerns by diagramming the narrow dimensions of each street and the large width of an average fire truck. He also voiced his concerns of safety, saying "if we have a major fire out there during an event, they're not gonna' be able to get there."
Headings said a previous event at the Indian Valley High School left many parked vehicles in dangerous locations.
"People will park anywhere and everywhere during an event," Headings added.
He also said he has spoken with other area residents who share the same concerns.
"With all the bus traffic, it might be a good idea," Supervisor Manager Peg Stewart said.
Headings also made a second proposition of "bag your buggy," requesting all horse and buggies clean up their manure. He believes it is a major issue throughout the greater northeast and some parts of the midwest. Headings also said he would do his part in notifying Amish communities if the township opted to enact such an ordinance.
However, the supervisors were not receptive to his second proposition. Chairman John McCullough asked Headings to take this concern to Brown Township.
In other business, area resident Lynn Thompson asked council to consider permitting the use of a sewage system at 213 Old Park Road, which is not in compliance with the Department of Environmental Protection. Thompson said his son David and his wife Ruth had recently bought the property, but are unable to move in until the sewage system is approved.
Township Solicitor Jeff Snook said the township would be liable with the Department of Environmental Protection if they were to allow such an action.
"Permission would condone what exists, which is a clear violation of law," McCullough stated.
The supervisors told Thompson they would have to design a new sewage plan in order to inhabit the home.
Council also agreed upon the following actions:
unanimously approved the consolidation of a vehicle and traffic ordinance and unanimously approved an update of an outdated fire code ordinance.
permitted the use of the Derry Township Park walking trail to Eileen Krabill and United Cerebral Palsy for a fund-raising event from 7:30 to 11 p.m., April 21;
permitted the use of Derry Township Park to Kim Richert on April 16. Richert will host a Relay-For-Life dog walk called Bark for Life. Richert said it will be a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society;
accepted changes to the December per capita tax exoneration, which was altered from $75 to $65.
announced local resident Tim Ruggieri has donated $1,872.54 to the Derry Senior Center;
discussed the need for township residents to remove snow from their sidewalks within a 24-hour period;
agreed to pay the Community Development Block Grant bills;
approved minutes of the auditors reorganizational meeting;
approved a motion to pay the 2010 fire tax of $236,270.37;
approved a motion to pay the January bills;
approved the January meeting minutes.