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Conewago Trail Crossing @ Route 743 Public Review Period

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to participate in online public information display regarding the Route 743 Conewago Trail Crossing. The objective of the information display is to identify treatment options at the Conewago Trail crossing of Route 743. Users of the Conewago Trail Crossing at Route 743 are encouraged to provide input on candidate treatment options at the crossing.

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, plans and information displays will be held online only. A digital version of the information will be available to view online through November 20, 2020. Information including a comment form, can be found by visiting the PennDOT District 8 website, www.penndot.gov/District8, by clicking on Public Meetings listed under the Resources heading, and choosing the Lancaster County box then the tile marked PA 743 Conewago Trail Crossing Study. The purpose of the study is to introduce the project and receive public input regarding any questions or concerns.

The project documents can be made available in alternative languages or formats if requested. If you need translation/interpretation services or have special needs or have special concerns that require individual attention, contact Michelle Tarquino, PennDOT Project Manager, at mtarquino@pa.gov or 717-783-5007.

For a safer parking choice when using the Conewago Trail, please visit Mount Joy Township’s newest community park, Old Trolley Line Park on Beverly Road.  There is trail head parking with a connection to the trail.  You will also find walking paths and ballfields at the park.  Next spring we will be installing playgrounds, pavilion, picnic tables and benches.

 

COVID-19: Mount Joy Township Office – Closed to Public

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Mount Joy Township municipal office will be closed to the public for the coming weeks. We are open during typical working hours and performing all services except for residential rental inspections. Payments, permit applications, and other paperwork can be mailed to us or left in the secure drop box in front of our offices. If you need leaf and woody yard waste bags, please call 717-367-8917 or email Kristina Kirchner (kkirchner@mtjoytwp.org) and the bags will be placed under the covered entrance to the building for pick-up. Contact Kristina for extra service trash tags as well.

As always, call us at 717-367-8917 or visit our website at www.mtjoytwp.org for email addresses of the Township staff. We will provide assistance with permit applications or other forms remotely or in person upon appointment.

Part-time Help Wanted: Parks Maintenance

Mount Joy Township is accepting applications to assist with the maintenance of our three public parks.  We are looking for help with mowing and general maintenance at our three parks facilities.  The seasonal position is available from April through September for an average of 25 hours/week.

If interested, please submit an application to the Mount Joy Township Municipal Office located at 8853 Elizabethtown Road as soon as possible.

2020 Budget – Adopted 12/16/2019

Mount Joy Township adopted the 2020 annual budget on Monday, December 16, 2019 At the core of the 2020 budget are the fundamental responsibilities of local government: infrastructure and public safety.  In order to maintain a proper level of service to meet these obligations, an increase in the Fire Protection Tax Fund and the General Fund real estate taxes is proposed.

Fire Protection Tax Fund: An increase from 0.4 mills to 0.7 mills is needed to provide a more equitable contribution to the four volunteer fire departments that serve our community.  Mount Joy Township relies on the volunteers of Elizabethtown Friendship Fire & Hose Co., Fire Department of Mount Joy, Mastersonville Fire Co., and Rheems Fire Co. to provide this important service.  Most of this additional revenue will go towards the capital reserve contribution that helps to pay for expensive apparatus and facilities used by the emergency service providers.

General Fund: An increase from 1.84 mills to 2.04 mills will account for the rising costs of public safety and infrastructure repairs.  Local police and EMS funding is budgeted to rise by $80,000, while bridge replacement and repairs are expected to cost approximately $400,000 next year.  The additional revenue from this 0.2-mill increase will enable us to meet these obligations without compromising on the implementation of our Road Improvement Plan.

The Township Board of Supervisors and Township Administration do not take the impacts of a tax increase lightly. The Fire Protection Tax would rise by 75% and the General Fund tax would rise by 10.9%; an aggregate increase of 22.3%. This 0.5-mill total increase in municipal real estate tax will burden the owner of property assessed at $200,000 by $100 in 2020 for a total municipal tax bill of $548.

Should you have any questions on the 2020 budget, please feel free to contact Township Manager Justin Evans at justin@mtjoytwp.org or 717-367-8917.

Proposed Budget – 2020

 

Line Painting

Line painting is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 30th and 31th on all Township roads.  Please do not attempt to pass the trucks while they are spraying the paint.  Please drive carefully!

Bear Creek Road Construction – Beginning October 2nd

Construction on Bear Creek Road between Campus Road and Sheaffer Road (Bear Creek Elementary School) is scheduled to be closed to thru traffic on October 2nd.  The Bear Creek Road/Spring Road intersection will be realigned in a several-week project that should be finished by the end of October.  Local access to Clover Lane, Shybrook Court, and Honeysuckle Court will be maintained during the intersection project, but not by way of the Spring Road intersection.

Updates can be found at mtjoytwp.org.

Cloverleaf Road Bridge

The Lancaster County Engineer has closed the Cloverleaf Road Bridge over the Little Chiques Creek for an indefinite period due to structural deficiencies.  The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners has indicated an intent to replace the bridge in 2021. Further information will be passed along as it is provided by the County.

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Bridge Closure – Aberdeen Mill Road Bridge

The Aberdeen Mill Road Bridge over the Conewago Creek was closed in summer 2018 due to structural deficiencies identified after repeated storm events.  We jointly own and maintain the bridge with Conewago Township and have contracted with Rettew Associates for the design of a replacement bridge.  The replacement will be a single-span bridge with brand […]

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