LANCASTER, Penna. (October 21st, 2021) – The Manheim Township Board of Commissioners held a public meeting on Monday, September 13th at the Manheim Township Public Library where the creation of a temporary Stormwater Management Task Force was discussed and approved. This was a staff recommendation that was made during a Stormwater Workshop that Commissioners held in June.
The purpose of this task force is to conduct research and present the Board of Commissioners with information and advice on the best course of action for Manheim Township in regards to stormwater management permit regulations, community stormwater improvement projects, and the potential introduction of a Stormwater Management Utility (Fee).
Manheim Township’s Engineer and Public Works Director reported in June that by 2023 the Township will need to allocate over $3 million per year just to keep up with EPA and DEP mandates. Manheim Township Commissioner Sam Mecum stated, “the Task Force will need to explore creative ways to pay for these mandates.”
The Manheim Township Stormwater Management Task Force will consist of 11 members. Seats, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 are open with separate qualifications for each seat and applications currently can be found on the Manheim Township website by clicking here. Applicants will select “Special Task Force or Study” on the application, and email the application to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
7 members shall be legal residents of Manheim Township. The Manheim Township School District will be represented, as well as representatives from a few Municipal Boards. Two members may be residents, or non-residents, owners or managers with companies that lease locations within Manheim Township, including those that are Agri-businesses.
One may be a resident, or non-resident, representative of a church, synagogue, or other faith-based organization located within Manheim Township. Additionally, one member may be a resident or non-resident that will represent non-profit organizations.
All members will be appointed by the Board of Commissioners for a term on the temporary Stormwater Management Task Force, which shall sunset and expire on April 12th, 2022.
The Township and other Lancaster County municipalities participated in a University of Maryland study in 2013 that examined stormwater problems in our region and encouraged the creation of a dedicated funding source to address them.
The task force will hold one regular monthly meeting with public record of such meetings and minutes to be posted on the Manheim Township website. The Stormwater Management Task Force will complete its work and present their report to the Board of Commissioners on or before Monday, April 11th, 2022. At which point, the task force will have completed their assigned task and shall then cease to exist.