Residents opposed to a walking trail in Cumberland Village got what they wanted before the township became involved.

Last month, several residents of Cumberland Village urged the Cumberland Township supervisors to prevent a proposed trail that would link phases 1C and 1A of the development. Since the township already approved the plans, it would not be able to make changes without the developer’s involvement, township Solicitor Sam Wiser said at the time.

The board discussed the issue at length during its Thursday morning workshop last week, township Manager Ben Thomas said at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday. Just as supervisors were considering asking the developer to remove the trail from the plan, they learned the developer had pulled the plug. The township received an email Tuesday morning from the developer’s engineer stating the trail is out of the picture, according to Thomas.

“Uniquely, we did not contact them. But obviously, somebody did,” Thomas said.

The board will consider the change an amendment, which will require review by the planning commission and then supervisors will vote on the matter, according to Thomas.

Oak Lawn cemetery was also once again on the board’s radar.

The township and property owner recently forged an agreement to ensure the cemetery is cleaned up and brought into compliance with township ordinances. On Tuesday, the board had financial matters to consider in relation to this agreement.

Adams County National Bank (ACNB) will serve as the new escrow agent for Oak Lawn after PNC Bank ended its trust account, Wiser said.

The township and county objected when the cemetery’s owner tried to get the funds back and they requested the money stay in escrow, according to Wiser.

In the event Oak Lawn’s owner fails to clean up the cemetery by deadline, the township may contract employees to take care of the property and then seek reimbursement from the bank, Wiser said.

An escrow agreement was drawn up and approved by the county and property owner to allow for this. The board approved authorizing the chairperson to execute a stipulated escrow agreement with Oak Lawn.

In other business, township Engineer Tim Knoebel said the developer of a group home is still working on a solution to flooding.

The township received information from Keystone Service Systems (KSS) May 8 for the property at 960 Barlow-Greenmount Road, Knoebel said.

“They’re still interested in pursuing a particular option for de-watering of the storm water basin and they’ve provided a little more information than what we had,” Knoebel said.

Neighbors have complained of flooding from the property over the last year.

Additionally, Thomas warned residents about impending stormwater regulations, known as Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System or MS4.

MS4 forces municipalities to reduce runoff, erosion and other sources of water pollution or face hefty fines.

There will likely be a “brand new ordinance in the future” to deal with stormwater, according to Thomas.

“This is going to be an extremely important program in all of our futures depending on where you live,” Thomas said. “There is going to be a lot more public information coming about this unfunded program that actually began back in 1990. We want to be very, very public and transparent about this.”

It was also noted the police department has new wheels on the way.

The township purchased a 2019 Dodge Charger for $34,733 to replace a 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, which will be sold.

The board also authorized spending 10 percent of the 2019 Pennsylvania liquid fuels allocation to help cover the cost of a new dump truck, which is currently on order. The percentage equates to about $8,400, according to township documents.

Times Staff Writer

Mary Grace has been a Gettysburg Times Staff Writer since December 2016. She covers Carroll Valley Borough, Cumberland Township, Liberty Township, Mount Joy Township, Straban Township, and Littlestown Area School District. Mary Grace lives in Gettysburg.

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