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December 2010

2011 BUDGET

The Township's proposed 2011 Budget is available for review at the Township Office. It's anticipated that the Board of Supervisors will take action on the budget at their regularly scheduled meeting on December 21, 2010. The Board faced a significant challenge balancing this year's budget as a result of shrinking tax revenues brought about by the current economy and the ever increasing costs of providing services coupled with the financial problems of the Township's Sewer Authority. As many of you are aware, during 2010, the Sewer Authority increased user rates to $250 per quarter, one of the highest rates in York County. Even with this increase, it's anticipated that the Authority's expenditures will exceed revenues by approximately $340,000 in 2011. This loss is largely attributed to the Authority's inability to connect the Colonial Crossings subdivision to the sewer system due to a ruling by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). This development represented approximately one-third of the customers that were originally anticipated to support the cost of operating the sewer system and paying the associated debt. Connection of the development would have resulted in $720,000 in connection fees and $400,000 per year in user fees. The lack of these funds has been a significant contributing factor in the Authority and the Township's current financial problems. The Authority and the Township are working diligently with the developer, Cornerstone Development, to resolve the legal issues and get the development connected. It's our hope that the PUC will issue a new ruling within the next six to nine months which will allow this connection to occur. Revenue Highlights The proposed budget reflects a real estate tax rate of 2.45 mills or $2.45 on every $1,000 of assessed value, this is an increase of .95 mills. The average residential parcel in the Township is assessed at $129,324 and would pay $316.84 in township taxes. The increase in real estate taxes will primarily be used to assist with the Sewer Authority's financial problems. The other primary source of tax revenue for the Township is the Earned Income Tax. It's anticipated that the amount collected in 2010 and 2011, will be approximately $100,000 less than the amount received in 2009. This is an indication of the current state of the economy. In the upcoming year, the Township anticipates selling various real estate parcels that it owns including one on Bentz Road, one on Martin Road and the Community Building on Firehouse Road; however, there is no income reflected in the 2011 budget because of the uncertainty of the sales. Expense Highlights In 2010, the Township incurred a significant amount of legal fees in an attempt to get the Colonial Crossings subdivision connected to the sewer system. The 2011 budget reflects an additional $50,000 in legal fees for the resolution of the various legal proceedings filed against the developers of Colonial Crossings. Residents that have visited the Township office have noticed that two part-time office staff positions have been eliminated, in addition to the Sewer Authority's office staff, in an attempt to cut expenses. It's anticipated that in 2011 a parttime person may be hired to replace at least a portion of these hours. In addition, it's anticipated that the staff of the Public Works department will be increased by one individual midway through the year to assist with the expanding duties of the department. One other significant increase in expenditures is the debt service reflected in the wastewater collection budget. In 2010, the Township borrowed funds to purchase excess sewer capacity from the Sewer Authority. The Sewer Authority used these funds to cover the shortfall in meeting their debt service payment. If we are unable to resolve the sewer connection issue with the Developers of Colonial Crossings, it will be necessary to borrow additional funds in 2011 and again in 2012. A cut in service that has caused a renewed debate at the Board of Supervisor's meetings is the elimination of curbside leaf collection by the Public Works Department. This is referenced in an article on Page 2; in addition, the last page of this newsletter includes a survey for you to provide the Board with your opinion on leaf collection for 2011. Please take a moment to complete and return the survey to us.

OFFICE CLOSED

Monday--Friday for lunch from 12 noon to 1:00 PM Christmas Holiday Dec. 24th & 27th 2010 New Year's Holiday December 31, 2010 Presidents Day February 21, 2011 Good Friday April 22, 2011 Memorial Day May 30, 2011

TOWNSHIP MEETINGS Board of Supervisors December 21 6:30 PM January 3 reorganize 3:30 PM January 18 6:30 PM February 15 6:30 PM March 15 6:30 PM April 19 6:30 PM May 17 6:30 PM June 21 6:30 PM Planning Commission 4th Tuesday each month 7:00 PM (No Dec. meeting) Zoning Hearing Board Held on an as needed basis the 3rd Thursday each month 7:00 PM Recreation Board 4th Monday each month 7:00 PM (No May, Nov. or Dec. meeting) Sewer Authority 3rd Monday each month 7:00 PM All meetings are held at the Township Municipal Building located at 1986 Stoverstown Road Regional Police Board 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:00 PM Southwestern Regional Police Building, 6115 Thoman Drive, Spring Grove (across from Porters Fire Station)

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www.northcodorustwp.com

USED MOTOR OIL ACCEPTED

Wilmer Miller's Garage at 931 Trinity Road accepts used motor oil and antifreeze. Please call ahead to see if they accept other automobile fluids. The telephone number is 717-792-1000 for hours, directions and other information.

CURBSIDE BY 6 A.M.

Just a reminder that your trash, recycling and large bulk item MUST be curbside by 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. In many areas, the collection does begin at 6 a.m.

SAFETY IN CUL-DE-SACS

PLEASE NOTE: Cul de sacs are NOT a parking lot or parking area. There is a danger to the public when snow plowing trucks and trash trucks have to back up due to vehicles parked there.

BURNING ORDINANCE

North Codorus Township has a Burning Ordinance that is still in effect. Just a few reminders: Burning in suitable enclosed containers is permitted Monday thru Saturday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Open burning is ONLY allowed on Saturday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. No fires or open burning are permitted within 100 feet of any dwelling. The Township reserves the right to ban all burning. Items that are not permitted to be burned, according to DEP's website, are: demolition waste, insulation, shingles, treated wood, paint, painted or stained objects or furniture, tires, mattresses, box springs, metal, insulating coating on wire, television sets and appliances, automobiles, automotive parts, batteries, PVC products, waste oil and other petroleum products (plastics or Styrofoam of any type).

HOUSE NUMBERING REQUIREMENTS

In May 2010, the Board of Supervisors passed Ordinance # 216-05-2010 which changes certain requirements for house numbering. "If the building to be numbered is located more than 75 feet from the paved cartway of the road on which it fronts or to which it has access, the owner or occupant shall place the numbers on either side of the driveway or entrance, as well as on the principal structure. The numbers shall be of durable, lightreflecting material and at least 3 inches in height. The color of the numbers shall be in contrast with the immediate background and shall be so placed as to be in full view from both directions of travel on the street upon which the driveway or entrance is located. When numbers are posted at the entrance of a property, the numbers must be placed a minimum of three feet above the surface of the ground and shall be situated 5 to 10 feet off of the paved cartway." "If the building to be numbered is located within 75 feet of paved cartway of the road on which it fronts or to which it has access, the owner or occupant shall place the numbers on the principal structure."

LEAF COLLECTION

The Public Works Crew is almost finished with leaf collection for the year. This will be the last year the Township will collect the leaves due to the age of the leaf truck, numerous expensive breakdowns of the equipment and limited availability of repair parts. More information will be available in June's newsletter about how the leaves will be collected next year. Composting and mulching the leaves is the best method. Mulched leaves decompose and act as a natural fertilizer, reducing the need to buy commercial fertilizer.

SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES

All public roads in North Codorus Township are included in the Township's snow emergency route. All vehicles must be removed from the roadways to allow the snow plowing trucks to clear the roads. Remember, do not shovel, blow or throw snow out onto the roadways.

2010/2011 NCT ADULT CO-ED VOLLEYBALL YORK NEW SALEM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Playing Dates - The following Mondays 6:45 pm to 9:30 pm December 6, 13, 20; January 3, 10, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4,11, 18; May 2, 16, 23 Cost: $1.00 per session payable on arrival each night. No sign-up required. More information, contact Ken Hoffman at 225-4831.

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING December 26, 2010 through January 31, 2011 Drop off locations for Christmas trees: William H. Kain County Park (Lake Redman Boat Launch Area), the York County Solid Waste Authority's Yard Waste Transfer Facility or H & H on Old Hanover Road. PLEASE REMOVE: Ornaments, tinsel, lights and protective bags from the tree. Trees may be placed curbside for paid refuse customers.

RENT-A-KID North Codorus Township Week at the 27th edition of Christmas Magic A Festival of Lights December 5 - 11, 2010 Rocky Ridge County Park Coupon is redeemable for Buy One, Get One Free Admission Maximum is 2 free regular admissions This coupon is valid only December 5 - 11, 2010 Coupon is good for a one-time use.

The Rent-A-Kid program, sponsored by the York County Area Agency on Aging, is a unique, intergenerational program bringing senior citizens and teenagers together. Senior citizens, 60 years of age or older, who need help with household chores, odd jobs, and yard work are matched with a teenager in their area who can assist. The recommended payment is $5.00 per hour. Don't wait until the snow is on the ground! Arrange for help with your chores BEFORE you need it. Call (717) 771-9103 or 1-800-632-973 for information on Rent-A-Kid participants in your area.

York County Department of Parks and Recreation Proudly Presents... Christmas Magic ­ A Festival of Lights At Rocky Ridge County Park November 26--December 31 CLOSED December 24th and 25th Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6:00-9:00 pm Sat. & Sun. 5:00-9:00 pm 400,000 lights trains and props new restroom and food Admission Rates Adults - $8.00 Children (4-12) - $6.00 Under 4 Free Seniors (over 59) - $7.00 Adult Group (11+) - $7.00 Children Group (11+) - $5.00

CLEAR VEHICLES BEFORE TRAVEL

The upcoming winter season will soon be upon us. This could bring a host of driving challenges. Motorists should be aware of laws pertaining to operating a vehicle during adverse weather conditions. Under PA law, if snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the vehicle's operator is subject to a fine of $200.00 to $1,000.00 for each offense. Police may cite motorists for not clearing their vehicles' windows; the citation carries a fine of $25.00 plus associated costs. Motorists are reminded to clear all the snow and ice from their vehicles before driving.

For more information and trail updates, call (717) 840-7440 Visit the website at www.yorkcountyparks.org

FREE HISTORICAL MUSEUM

The Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society has a free museum on Pine Avenue in Spring Grove. Items on display are from the Spring Grove `area' which includes the boroughs of Jefferson, Seven Valleys, Spring Grove and York New Salem, as well as the Townships of Heidelberg, Jackson, North Codorus and Paradise. Colorful and neatly arranged exhibits chronicle the lifestyles of our grandparents and great-grandparents from the 18th Century to the present day. The museum features: Exciting Memorabilia Antique furniture, toys and tools Ladies' & Men's apparel from the 19th & early 20th Centuries A unique collection of local photographs Local historical records The Museum presents the best of our area's culture, heritage and achievement. It is open every Thursday morning from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and the second and fourth Sunday each month (except holidays) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more details or information, call the museum at (717) 225-0732 any Thursday morning before 11:30 a.m. or send an email to [email protected] Call (717) 225-3411 to schedule special group tours.

Remember...PA state law requires that headlights be turned on whenever windshield wipers are on.

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING

York County Solid Waste Authority will continue to collect electronic items for recycling. Answer machines, CD players, electronic typewriters, fax machines, hard drives, laptops, mobile phones, modems, microwave ovens, pagers, personal computers (CPU, monitors, keyboards, mouse and peripherals), printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, stereos, tape players, telephone/telephone equipment, televisions and VCRs. Collection takes place at the Authority's Waste Transfer Site located at Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, call (717) 845-1066 or visit www.ycswa.org

REMINDER: A 10% penalty shall be imposed on refuse bills not paid by January 31st. See Section 154-11 of the North Codorus Township Code available on the website: www.northcodorustwp.com

NORTH CODORUS TOWNSHIP 1986 STOVERSTOWN ROAD SPRING GROVE, PA 17362 PHONE (717) 225-4812 www.northcodorustwp.com

TOWNSHIP OFFICE HOURS

MONDAY thru FRIDAY

CLEAR SNOW FROM HYDRANTS

Please make sure the snow is cleared away from all fire hydrants in your area. In the event of a fire, this will help the firefighters locate and access the fire hydrants to protect your property. Continued assistance from residents for clearing hydrants on or near their property, is truly appreciated. The term "fire plug" dates from the time when water mains were made from hollowed out logs. The fire company (usually volunteers) would head out to the fire, dig up the cobbles down to the main, then bore a hole into the main so that the excavation would fill with water which they could draft using their pumper. When finished fighting the fire, they'd seal the main with--you guessed it--a "fire plug". The next time there was a fire in the neighborhood, they'd dig up the plug and not have to cut into the main.

8:30 am to 12:00 pm 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

Nelson R. Brenneman (225-3076) Dennis G. Luckenbaugh (225-3304) Tanya L. Crawford (741-9672)

REMINDERS FROM THE FIRE CHIEF

As we enter into the heating season, there a few items I would recommend that you do to help keep you and your family safe while using an alternative heat source. First--if you are using a wood stove, pellet stove or coal stove, BEFORE you use it, clean and inspect the chimney and stove pipes. Continue to clean and inspect the chimney and stove pipes monthly. Second--smoke detectors are a life saving tool. Please replace the batteries every six (6) months. A good way to remember to change the batteries is in the spring and fall when we change the clocks, replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are to be replaced every ten (10) years. Third--kerosene heaters are an alternative heat source. Please remember to use the proper fuel and to always fill them outside. Fourth--carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are very important. If you are using any kind of fossil fuel appliance (gas dryer, gas stove, etc.), it is recommended that you have one. The detector will detect the odorless gas that is emitted when the appliance is not burning gas properly. If the CO detector activates, immediately remove yourself and your family from your home, to the outside fresh air and call 911. DO NOT open windows and doors. This will make it very hard for the Fire Company to detect the gas leak with the multi-gas meter. If anyone is in need of a smoke detector, the Fire Company has them on hand and will issue them for FREE!! Just call the station at 717225-6026 and we will arrange to get one to you as soon as possible. Tot stickers are also available upon request. All Fire Companies in the North Codorus Township area are supported by volunteers. Financial support by you is really appreciated by each and every fire station. Fire Chief Larry Wildasin

Mark your 2011 calendar for: North Codorus Township Fire Company's Chicken Bar B Q June 4th August 6th September 24th

THANKS!! FOR YOUR SUPPORT

The Fire Company would like to thank the Township residents for their support and contributions for this past year. In August, the North Codorus Township Fire Company used an "outside" company to mail letters to solicit donations for the Fire Company. THANK-YOU!! To all those that sent in donations. Those that did not send in a donation, a second request was mailed to them on November 1st. Your support to any local volunteer fire companies is needed and welcomed.

Leaf Collection

In anticipation of discontinuing leaf collection in 2011, the Board of Supervisors have requested that a survey be included in the newsletter to obtain resident's input on providing the service. Responses with no name or address will be discarded. I do not use the leaf service and am opposed to having my tax dollars pay for the service. I would like to the garbage contractor to provide the service at no additional costs and am willing to bag my leaves in kraft bags which can be purchased at various retail stores. The contractor would also pick up yard waste. I would like the Township to re-consider providing the service and would be willing to pre-pay a fee of $25 to $50 for the service. Name: __________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________

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