If: Meeting of the city executive committee of Martich on September 6.
What happened: Martic resident Sarah Creel of Hilldale Road complained about the behavior of township attorney Joselle Cleary at a recent meeting of the township’s zoning board. Creel said it was her first time attending a zoning meeting and she was horrified by Cleary’s behavior and the way she conducted herself as a township representative. Ryan Anastasio of Creamery Road echoed Cleary’s comments, saying Cleary was acting like an attorney who was trying township residents at the meeting.
Quoted: “She was reaching out to the people of our township,” Creel said. “I don’t know if this is how she normally behaves because this was the only meeting (zonal meeting) I attended, but she was very hostile and very aggressive and I don’t see the need for that. She represents our village.”
Village answer: Board of Supervisors Chairman Duane Sellers asked Creel to clarify which attorney she was referring to, since the zoning board and the board of supervisors are represented by two different attorneys. Creel confirmed that Cleary, the attorney for the board of supervisors, was the attorney she was concerned about. Sellers did not respond to requests for comment from Cleary or Anastasio, other than to say Cleary has “represented the township very well over the years.”
In another business: Sellers said municipalities served by Lancaster EMS, especially in the southern part of the county, should step up their support for the ambulance company. He said that the weak financial support of the only ambulance service in the region does not bode well for the residents of the settlement and other residents of the area.
Why it matters: As one example, Sellers said the city of Lancaster, which has the highest call volume in the Lancaster EMS service area, underfunds the ambulance company by more than $177,000. He gave the example of when there is a drug overdose in the city and an ambulance from the Willow Street station needs to come to the city, the ambulance stationed in Baku then moves to Willow Street to fill the void. That, Sellers said, leaves township residents vulnerable to longer response times.
Quoted: “The requested donation for Lancaster Township was $81,887. The township gave them $7,500. Some townships don’t provide any (financial support),” Sellers said, citing examples of townships that do not fully support Lancaster EMS based on the company’s per capita schedule.
Harrisburg observes carefully: Sellers said the decline in financial support for ambulance companies has not escaped the attention of leaders in the state capital, and he warned that if the government steps in, costs are likely to rise.
What’s next: The next meeting of the supervisory board will take place at 19:00 on October 3.
— Dean Lee Evans, for the LNP | Lancaster Internet