Clay supervisors OK June county meeting, merger of plots for retirement | Community news


When: Supervisors meeting, September 28.

What happened: Supervisors voted 3-0 to approve a request from Lancaster County Commissioners to hold a meeting in the township building at 870 Durlach Road, Stevens, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Background: Township manager Bruce Leisey told supervisors that the current Council of Commissioners has set a goal of visiting and holding a meeting in every municipality in Lancaster County. They have not yet visited Clay Township.

Planning: In a September 17 email, Tammy Moyer, deputy chief clerk of the county commissioners office, wrote that she was in the process of organizing the 2022 schedule for the council. The commissioners have held evening meetings at various locations in Lancaster County for residents who cannot attend the regular morning meetings. The township manager told supervisors the only thing Clay needs to do is provide his facilities and make sure the meeting doesn’t conflict with the 2022 meeting schedule.

Supervisor’s comment: President Tim Lausch asked if supervisors could attend the meeting as citizens, with Leisey responding yes. Vice President Keith Martin asked if a reminder could be sent to supervisors closer to the event. Leisey said there would be a lot of correspondence between the township and the county.

Quote: “It would be nice if you were here, ”Leisey told supervisors.

Furnace Hills: Supervisors also voted unanimously to strike a plot merger deal with Reinholds-based nonprofit Furnace Hills Retreat, with six of the total 10 plots merged into one plot. The agreement grants 6,000 feet of stormwater exemptions. Lausch called the agreement “fair enough”.

Background: The property has a total of 160 acres of notarized land at 1610 Girl Scout Road, Denver. The Reinholds-based group was granted a special exemption to develop the property as a year-round spiritual growth retreat in a Township Zoning Hearing Panel hearing on July 2, 2020. Furnace Hills Retreat purchased the property in May 2019 for $ 1.2 million. The property once housed a Girl Scout camp, Camp Furnace Hills, which closed in February 2017 due to wind damage.

Details: The merger of the plots occurred with the intention of constructing a new building on the property and removing the remaining structures. Furnace Hills Retreat will be entitled to a 1,000 foot exemption and a 1,500 foot small storm water project on each lot in accordance with the Township Stormwater Management Ordinance. An additional lot of zoned land in the Township of West Cocalico will also be included.

Quote: “If they’re happy I think it’s a big win for us,” said Martin.

And after: Supervisors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on October 11 at the Township Building.


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