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Supervisors Make Decision on Municipal Sewer Sale
After much time and consideration, the West Manchester Township Board of Supervisors have decided not to sell the Lincolnway sewer system to the York Water Company.
This summer, the Board held an exploratory meeting to investigate if and why the Township should consider a sale of the system and what conditions they might attach to a sale.
The primary reason for consideration of the sale was the mandated expansion by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Projection (D.E.P) to the Lincolnway sewer system in the Bair Station, Dunedin and Lincolnway Estates areas of the Township.
At that meeting, the Board received public input and reviewed some of the pros and cons of selling the collection system. Several residents spoke in opposition to the privatization of the municipal sewer system, many citing the trust that they have in our municipality, the loss of control in the rate structure as well as impact on the rural character of our Township that the future expansion of the system a sale could potentially bring.
The Board concluded while the sale could possibility provide a short-term financial solution to the residents that will be required to connect to the public sewer in the affected areas, there were many others factors that needed to be examined and considered.
The Board’s main concerns were the long-term projection of the sewer rates and the preservation of rural and agricultural property which could be threatened by the loss of control of the system. Our research concluded that only about 2 % of the population is serviced by private sewer systems and that potentially there could be many other hidden costs as well as the issue of why the Township would allow a private entity to collect a profit on the system when the Township could continue its operation of the system.
Another area of concern of the Township was the obligation of the Township even after the sale was complete. State regulations mandate that the Township is ultimately responsible for the sewer needs of is community, so even a sale of the municipal system would not totally alleviate the Township or its residents of this burden.
Ultimately, while the Township concluded that the York Water Company is an outstanding organization with a long and distinguished record of service to our community, it would not be interested in the system if it didn’t have value. The Township believes that this value can and should be used to upgrade our system rather than for it to be distributed among shareholders of a private corporation.
While Township believes in the short term there may be a benefit to selling the sewer system, the loss of control of the rate structure, potential impact to the rural identity of the Township and the risk of additional mandatory upgrades from DEP that the Township may ultimately be responsible for is too high of a burden to the current and future residents of the Township.
By making a decision not to pursue the sale, the Township and our residents must be committed to generating the necessary revenue to invest back into the infrastructure
by making the required repairs and upgrades needed to reduce inflow and infiltration and satisfy DEP’s required upgrades.
Therefore, the Township is continuing to investigate and develop a financial strategy to provide the mandated expansions, upgrade infrastructure and maintain the necessary manpower and supplies to keep our system operational at the lowest possible costs to our residents.
The West Manchester Township Board of Supervisors
Activities & Events
YARD WASTE PICKUP
The next scheduled Yard Waste Pickup is Saturday, February 25, 2017. Please have your prepared yard waste at the curb by 6:00 am.
SNOW AND ICE ON SIDEWALKS
Do not shovel or blow snow into public streets.
Any person owning property along a street or highway in West Manchester Township is required to remove the snow and ice from the sidewalks at least 24 inches wide for the entire length of their property. The path must be cleared within eight hours after the snow/ice has stopped. Snow and ice may NEVER be thrown, pushed, cast, blown, shoveled, plowed or dumped into the street.
Tee Ball for Boys and Girls
Deadline for Registration: March 31, 2017
Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00 – 7:30 PM starting May 2, 2017 through May 25, 2017. Ages 5-6 years old and 7-8 years old.
Summer Softball for Girls
Deadline for Registration: February 10, 2017
7U Micro (Ages 5-7), 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under and 18 and under. Players may not be older than the age group they are in as of January 1, 2017. Season goes from April to August.
DAIRY QUEEN SNOW SCULPTURE CONTEST
Deadline April 7, 2017
All Township Residents both Young and Old, Tall and Short…simply create your own snow sculpture and take a photo of it with the creators in the picture too! Send your photo to the West Manchester Township Parks and Recreation Dept., 380 E. Berlin Road, York, PA 17408. You may also e-mail your photo to: email@example.com. Please include the name(s) and phone number(s) of the creators. Your sculpture will be judged by the West Manchester Township Rec Advisory Committee and winners will be awarded a special treat.
2017 Meeting Dates
Board of Supervisors
Reorganization Meeting, January 3 at 12:30 pm
All other meetings begin at 7:00 pm: January 26; February 23; March 23; April 27; May 25; June 22; July 27; August 24; September 28; October 26; November 9; December 14.
Board of Auditors
January 4 at 4:00 pm.
Recreation Advisory Committee
Meetings begin at 7:00 pm: February 15; April 19; June 21; August 16; October 18; December 20.
Meetings are held at the Authority Office, 2115 Log Cabin Road, York, PA 17404: Reorganization Meeting, January 9 at 7:00 pm; all other meetings begin at 8:00 pm: January 25; February 22; March 29; April 26; May 31; June 28; July 26; August 30; September 27; October 25; November 22; December 20.
Plan Filing Dates
Filing dates close at 12:00 noon: January 23; February 27; March 27; April 24; May 22; June 26; July 24; August 28; September 25; October 23; November 27; December 22.
Meetings begin at 7:00 pm: January 10; February 14; March 14; April 11; May 9; June 13; July 11; August 8; September 12; October 10; November 14; December 12.
Zoning Hearing Board Submittal Deadline
Plan filing dates are as follows and must be filed by 12:00 noon: January 27; February 24; March 24; April 28; May 26; June 23; July 28; August 25; September 22; October 27; November 22; December 22.
Zoning Hearing Board
Meetings begin at 7:00 pm: January 24; February 28; March 28; April 25; May 23; June 27; July 25; August 22; September 26; October 24; November 28; December 27.
In-House Plan Review
Reviews begin at 2:00 pm: January 3; February 7; March 7; April 4; May 2; June 6; July 5; August 1; September 5; October 3; November 8; December 5.
Fire Services Advisory Committee
Meetings begin at 7:00 pm: February 6; May 1; August 7; November 6.
All of the above meetings, except the Water Authority meetings, are held at the West Manchester Township Municipal Complex, in the public meeting room, located at 380 East Berlin Road, York, Pennsylvania, 17408. West Manchester Township complies with the American with Disabilities Act (Public Law 101-336) and will, in carrying out the requirements of the Act, accommodate persons with hearing disabilities which require an auxiliary aid or service. However, persons requiring such services must provide adequate notice prior to the public meeting.