Farms that preserve the town of Konevo | Local news

The Conservation Township Supervisory Board on Monday expressed a desire to continue conserving farmland in partnership with Adams County and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Some previous discussions of land use have found that overseers are divided, but they are united in their desire to protect farms from development.

Chief Tom Clank summed up the board’s position, saying, “I would like to see more of our towns preserved.”

Ellen Deihoff, head of the county for the conservation of agricultural land, told the supervisors: “Konevago and Union are our bright children, the villages that worked with us the most.”

So far, 488 acres of Conewago farmland have been permanently set aside under the program. If the requested federal funds are received, an additional 742 hectares could be protected over the next few years.

According to Deygoff, part of the financing of the easement township could cost between $ 30,000 and $ 40,000.

Farm owners receive payment in exchange for signing permanently binding agreements that insist on preserving the land in a particular type of farm.

She explained that in addition to preserving rural landscapes and open space, the program helps strengthen the economic impact of agriculture.

A recent study of horses, for example, found that horse farms bring in $ 49 million annually to the county’s economy. The county has 5,700 horses, 8,500 acres used for grazing, breeding and recreation.

“Whatever happens, these farms are very important for the county and agriculture in the region,” Daihoff concluded.

In another land use measure, supervisors approved a $ 22,800 contract with Gannett Fleming Engineering of Camp Hill to upgrade the integrated township plan.

A series of public hearings and polls will give residents the opportunity to contribute as the plan develops. The survey will be available online, in the free Merchandiser paper and at the city office.

In the hot spot at the meeting was a representative of Waste Management, a garbage collection company with which the village is under contract until March 2022.

The phone of the township has been ringing constantly in recent weeks as frustrated residents have complained that their garbage is not being cleaned.

Tom Steng of Waste Management took responsibility on behalf of the company and outlined the steps being taken to rectify the situation. He reported that pickup monitoring was introduced twice a day.

Steng links recent problems with difficulties with hiring and retaining carriers, which he said is currently a situation for the entire industry. He said another factor is equipment breakdown.

City lawyer Timothy Schultis reminded Steng that “turn everything around for you” that a letter from the city about a possible breach of contract by the carrier is awaiting a response.

During the seminar, which preceded the official meeting, Albana Saidi of the accounting firm Brown, Schultz, Sheridan & Fritz offered comments on the 2020 audit submitted to the board.

The auditors concluded that the township’s financial statements “fairly reflect in all material respects the assets, liabilities and equity of the Conewago Township”. The audit will be posted on the site of the village,

Revenues in 2020 exceeded spending by $ 956,000, increasing the city’s total balance sheet to $ 6,250,000.

During public comments, resident Bob Miller urged supervisors to consider tax cuts or even discounts for property owners.

Chairman Luan Boyer reminded Miller that the township had canceled a tax increase of ½ million in 2020.

Police Chief Gary Baumgardner said officers are involved in a variety of training modules, many of which are offered online.

While calls for police reform are being heard across the country, he said, the department is committed to “a lot of training”.

Baumgardner also called for a follow-up report on the department’s implementation of recommendations made in 2015, when Pennsylvania officials conducted a comprehensive police management study.

The supervisors unanimously voted to confirm the chief’s recommendation. Government services for the township will not pay.

Baumgardner noted that all city police vehicles have cameras to record the interaction between officers and citizens.

The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for Monday, June 21, at 18.00 in the city executive committee. The main topic will be increasing the number of requests for use of the recreation park “Plum Creek”.

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