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Council discusses Legacy Park roads

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By Chris Sardelli

csardelli@thelancasternews.com

Several residents from Indian Land’s Legacy Park neighborhood showed up at Lancaster County Council’s meeting June 1, hoping to have their roads incorporated into the county system.

Leslie McCorkle, president of Legacy Park’s homeowner’s association, had been working with Legacy Park’s developer Keith Bell and County Council to get the roads accepted.

In a letter to council, McCorkle said many residents in the neighborhood could not afford to pay for maintenance on the roads. She said this would “put an impossible monetary hardship on many homeowners that would undoubtedly lead to foreclosures.”

Bell answered questions from council members concerned that the roads did not meet current county standards.

Bell said at the time the roads were built, the county inspector approved the stone thickness and asphalt, to make sure they met the specifications at that time. He said the roads should be accepted because they met the county’s standards at that time.  

The county approved a new ordinance last fall regarding road standards. The ordinance sets much stricter guidelines for accepting roads into the county system, and requires at least an inch more asphalt on roads than previous standards.

Councilman Rudy Carter said he supports incorporating the roads, but reminded the residents that incorporation doesn’t mean preferential treatment. If incorporated, he said Legacy Park will be considered for maintenance, but there’s no guarantee as to when that maintenance will be done.

“Everybody in that neighborhood pays taxes and everyone in that neighborhood deserves to be looked at, but all it means is you get put on the same list as everyone else,” Carter said. “We need to put everyone on the same list and then let them take their turn.”

Councilman Cotton Cole worried about adding new roads, when others road issues in the county should take precedence.

“When do we stop accepting roads?” Cole asked. “I don’t know how many miles of dirt road in my district need to be paved. Sometime we’ve got to quit taking roads in.”

Based on a recommendation from Public Works, Council Chairman Fred Thomas said the roads should be brought up to the new standards.

Thomas said it should be moved to an action item, but acceptance of the roads should be made conditional, based on meeting the county’s standards.

Councilman Larry McCullough made a motion to move the issue to an action item. The motion was approved, 5-2, with Councilmen Cole and Jack Estridge dissenting.

County Council will vote on the issue at the end of June.

This is not the first time council has discussed the issue of incorporating a neighborhood’s roads. In April, council heard from residents in Indian Land’s Glen Laurel community requesting that their roads be accepted.

Other issues

Council discussed several other items at the meeting:

u Council approved a motion to fund $16,000 toward the Artisan’s Center. The vote was 6-1, with Carter voting against the funding.

Located on Main Street in downtown Lancaster, the center received funding from Lancaster City Council earlier this year.

u Council considered a motion to expand the county’s vehicle fleet to include a bariatric ambulance for EMS and a pickup truck for the tax office. Council approved moving this to an action item, by a vote of 5-2. Cole and Estridge dissented.

u No members of the public spoke at council’s public hearing regarding the proposed 2009-2010 county budget. Council will hear third reading of the budget at the end of the month.