Supervisors deal with Night Out, park issues | Local News

Conewago Township supervisors learned on Monday of ongoing efforts to improve the safety and well-being of residents.

Conewago Township Police Chief Gary Baumgardner showed supervisors flyers that will be distributed at the annual National Night, which will take place on August 2 this year.

Conewago will join neighboring municipalities in recognizing the national campaign when police hold public rallies in cities across the country on the first Tuesday evening in August each year.

Advice for parents on supervising children’s online activities, avoiding fraud and scams and preventing suicide were among the materials available to the police department.

The chef provided sample materials for children and young people, including coloring books and brochures to help them make healthy lifestyle choices.

Baumgardner praised the local businesses that contributed to the effort.

“It cost taxpayers nothing,” he said.

Baumgardner also shared statewide statistics on “Steer Clear/Move Over” enforcement in Pennsylvania.

Since 2001, drivers have been required by law to slow down and change lanes when near a flashing emergency vehicle.

The law was expanded in 2021.

First-time offenders are fined $500 for non-compliance and points are awarded to violators.

From January 2018 to March 2022, 77% of the 15,210 accused offenders pleaded guilty, Baumgardner said. It had no breakdown by counties or local jurisdictions.

The township’s most contentious issue in recent months has been the Plum Creek Recreation Center.

Use of the leisure park, located on the site of the old Hannover airport, has increased to the point that supervisors have refused to renew agreements with several football leagues until development of the park is complete. more advanced.

Residents of homes adjacent to the park have complained about noise, traffic generating clouds of dust, and illegal parking.

At Monday’s meeting, Dessie Bowers, whose home adjoins the park, told supervisors park users trespassed on her property, made rude comments and created hazards by parking illegally.

Speaking of the clouds of dust created by heavy car traffic, Bowers said, “I had my house washed. I can never open my windows. Residual chemicals applied to the pavement as dust abatement efforts “ruined our vehicles,” Bowers said, saying the chemicals seeped into his well.

Council chair Charlotte Shaffer acknowledged the challenges faced by residents living adjacent to the park.

The council took short-term action to lessen the problems by limiting park use to just two sports leagues, Shaffer said.

She reminded residents that the development plan for the park includes redesigning roads and additional parking areas, which should alleviate the problems. Implementation has been delayed due to the pandemic, Shaffer said.

“We plan to break ground in 2024,” Shaffer said, while acknowledging that in the short term the township has limited ability to remedy the situation.

Shaffer and other supervisors have encouraged Bowers to attend their future shop meetings where his concerns can be addressed in more detail.

” It is your house. You should be worried,” Shaffer shot back when Bowers said she didn’t want to become a burden with her complaints.

The supervisors then meet on Monday July 18 at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a 5:30 p.m. workshop open to the public. Meetings are held at the township office at 541 Oxford Ave., Hanover, with live and recorded streams available on Facebook.