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The Annville Township Board of Commissioners discussed the new property maintenance code and drop-off center permit fees at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 2.

Ordinance 689, which was advertised at previous board meetings, was unanimously approved. The ordinance allows for the adoption of the 2018 version of the International Property Maintenance Code.

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The new maintenance code will be enforced by township manager Candie Johnson, who is now designated as the property maintenance enforcement officer.

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The board also unanimously accepted resignation from BCI Code Compliance, the company that previously conducted property inspections. Commonwealth Code Inspection was unanimously approved to conduct all future property maintenance code inspections.

The township’s administrative staff can answer specific questions about the new maintenance code. The Annville Town Hall is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached by phone at 717-867-4476.

Commissioners also informally discussed feedback about the new drop-off center.

Since the drop-off center is for residential use only, commercial uses, such as those by landlords and companies, are not permitted. Commissioners reported that this policy is in place to prevent the excessive dumping of garbage by those who do not live in Annville Township and to protect the safety of drop-off center staff.

Johnson also stated that the annual permit fee is subject to change in the future. The permits currently cost $50 for Annville Township residents and $200 for residents of neighboring municipalities.

While there has been negative feedback about the cost of the drop-off center permits, the board assured residents that the fee is in place to prevent a tax increase that would apply to all township residents — even those who do not utilize the drop-off center.

The board also heard from community member Matthew Woolson, who requested the use of the township’s chainsaw to remove fallen trees on the Quittie Creek Nature Park trail. Woolson’s general release form and covenant were unanimously approved.

Additionally, Johnson provided an update on Woolson’s request for a crosswalk to be painted at the intersection of Route 422 and Zeigler Street. The township is moving forward with the project, which is intended to make crossing Route 422 safer for pedestrians.

The board also discussed the following topics:

  • Recommendations from the Historical Architectural Review Board for Lebanon Valley College’s project at 209 E. Main St. were unanimously approved.
  • Resolution 20240402, which adopted township fee schedule updates, was unanimously approved.
  • Amendments to the Regional Police Agreement were unanimously approved. The amendments pertain to pension funding for any police department that joins the regional department in the future. All future collaborating departments must be 95% funded when joining the regional department and reach 100% of their funding within three years.
  • Johnson reported that the police substation’s construction is nearing completion.
  • Doug Nyce’s request for an updated letter of recommendation for grant applications for Friends of Old Annville was unanimously approved.
  • A motion to purchase the 2024 Ford F-350 was unanimously approved. The sewer authority will pay for half of the cost.
  • A salary increase for police secretary Michelle Enterline was unanimously approved.
  • There are several Annville Goes Green events this month. View the full schedule.
  • A motion to add the items of the Friends of Old Annville letter of recommendation and Woolson’s general release form to the agenda was unanimously approved.
  • The March regular meeting minutes, reports of standing and special committees, and payment of township bills were unanimously approved.

The Board of Commissioners of Annville Township meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the township building at 36 N. Lancaster St. and are open to the public. Next month’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2.

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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.