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The South Londonderry Township Board of Supervisors discussed the revised zoning ordinance, crosswalk project and upcoming township events at its March meeting.

Supervisors unanimously passed a motion to send the revised zoning ordinance (PDF) to the county for approval.

Resident J.V. Bennett expressed his concerns about the revision process for the ordinance, stating that the board has not taken enough public opinion into consideration.

“The effort started out because a lot of people in this community couldn’t figure out if they could build a shed,” supervisor William Bova said. “The [revision process] began trying to make things easier for the residents. There’s nothing nefarious about this.”

Chairwoman Faith Bucks also stated that the revisions allow residents to avoid paying $500 to $550 in hearing fees when nearly all applications are approved.

After the revisions are approved by the county, the board can move forward with advertisement.

Visit the South Londonderry Township website to see more information about township ordinances.

The supervisors also heard updates about graffiti at Dinosaur Rock by community member Pat Krebs.

Volunteers have previously worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to clean graffiti off of Dinosaur Rock, but Krebs says that community efforts are needed again.

“It just takes a lot of folks being willing to make a difference,” she said. “If [volunteers] didn’t have to work 7-hour shifts or 6-hour shifts, it [would be] a lot easier.”

The Game Commission previously installed cameras near Dinosaur Rock to hold vandals responsible; however, the cameras were needed elsewhere during hunting season. The cameras are set to be reinstalled at the rock in the near future.

Read More: Local community and officials clean up Dinosaur Rock; cameras installed

Because of the lack of surveillance during hunting season, Dinosaur Rock saw a steep increase in vandalism. Krebs reported that nearly $5,000 was collected in fines from vandals between the ages of 17 and 21. Many of the perpetrators were from the Palmyra area.

Previous clean-up efforts were facilitated by the Lebanon Valley Conservancy, but the board of directors has yet to decide how it will respond to the graffiti. To contact the conservancy, email or call 717-273-6400.

Also, supervisors unanimously passed a motion to award D. E. Gemmill a bid of $15,850 for line painting as a part of the ongoing crosswalk project.

This project is in response to the township’s 2021 Crosswalk Evaluation (PDF). Painting is the first step in renovating crosswalks to make them safer and more visible at intersections along Route 322.

In other news, township manager John Eberly provided updates on various township happenings.

South Londonderry Township has not heard any new information about PennDOT’s Lingle Avenue project. Eberly stated that he regularly contacts PennDOT for updates but encourages residents to reach out as well. The District 8 PennDOT Engineering office can be reached at 717-787-6662.

Read More: PennDOT shares plans for Lingle Avenue reconstruction & stream restoration

As previously discussed at the February meeting, the bridge on Prospect Road has been closed due to safety concerns. Detours are in place.

The Tri-County Conewago Creek Association will host an educational Earth Day event on Wednesday, April 24, from 12 to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Lawn Community Park. Other details have yet to be solidified.

Campbelltown Community Alliance (CCA) will sponsor its 2024 Spring Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the South Londonderry Township building at 27 W. Market St. For more information, visit the CCA’s website.

Supervisors also:

  • Unanimously passed a motion to approve the Lebanon County 2023 Hazard Mitigation Plan (Resolution 09-2024) with revised language.
  • Unanimously passed a motion to approve the disposal of paper township records (Resolution 10-2024).
  • Granted a continuance to the previously discussed cell tower variance application. A meeting date has not been set.
  • Noted the planning commission meeting on Tuesday, March 19, has been canceled.
  • Noted the Lawn Fire Company driveway project is underway.
  • Tabled the CCA shed request and Mount Gretna Triathlon Event agenda items.
  • Unanimously passed motions to approve the February regular meeting and workshop meeting minutes.
  • Unanimously passed motions for the payment of township bills and payroll.

The South Londonderry Township Board of Supervisors meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the municipal building at 27 W. Market St. and are open to the public. Next month’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9.

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Jess Benninger is a reporter for LebTown. She is currently earning a bachelor's degree in English at Lebanon Valley College. When she is not writing, she enjoys hiking, listening to music and learning new things.