Lower Frederick Agenda Packed For Tuesday

Meng Sanctuary boulders spray-painted by vandals sometime during December

LOWER FREDERICK PA – Two township police-related matters – one dealing with past vandalism, the other regarding traffic – are among many items that appear on a packed, two-page agenda for the Tuesday (Jan. 30, 2018) workshop meeting of the Lower Frederick Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors are scheduled to hear a follow-up on an investigation of spray-paint vandalism that occurred sometime during December (2017) within the 100-acre Eva R. Meng Wildlife Preserve and Bird Sanctuary on Delphi Road. They’re also expected to discuss formation of a traffic calming committee to address concerns about speeding, parking, and other problems in some township residential communities.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 53 Spring Mount Rd. It is free to attend and open to the public. Parking is available on site. A copy of the agenda can be viewed or printed from the township’s Facebook page, here.

The sanctuary vandalism was discovered by a hiker during the Christmas holiday week. It occurred along the popular “yellow-marked” Stone Hill Trail that extends through forested property donated to the Valley Forge Audubon Society. Several large boulders and other natural elements were defaced with graffiti and symbols in a variety of colored paints.

Police had few if any leads when the case was opened, but the society has since reminded the public of its interest in finding the perpetrators and periodically asked anyone with information to call the police department at 610-489-9332.

For traffic calming, township Manager Kevin Tobias since early January (2018) has been collecting names of persons interested in volunteering to serve on the committee. It could advise supervisors or Police Chief Paul Maxey of areas in which traffic signs have been damaged or lost, draw attention to intersections and other portions of roadways that are sites for speed or movement problems, and report on other vehicular issues.

The board may designate committee members, or discuss policies for and expectations of volunteers, during the meeting.

Also Tuesday, the agenda states supervisors are scheduled to:

  • Publicly hear from the solicitor regarding executive session meetings held Jan. 2 and 12;
  • Talk about advertising a proposed ordinance that adopts a fee structure for certificates of occupancy on re-sold single and multi-family residences;
  • Address several matters with the township engineer regarding the sewer treatment plant project, related water and sewer grants, 2018 road maintenance, and proposed development;
  • Hear from Tobias regarding proposals for observed holiday dates in 2018; and a memorandum of understanding, and terms and conditions of his employment;
  • Consider approval of annual criteria by which volunteer firefighters could qualify for local tax credits;
  • Consider approval of the earlier-discussed and later modified township Agricultural Security Area, and hear an update regarding its advisory board; and
  • Discuss a proposed policy regarding public attendance and participation at meetings.

Related (to the Lower Frederick Board of Supervisors’ Jan. 30 meeting):

  • Lower Frederick Agenda Packed For Tuesday

Photo from the Friends of Lower Frederick via Facebook