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Municipal Emergency Services Authority of Lancaster County to Begin Providing 911 EMS Ambulance Service

Publicly funded municipal authority to replace Northwest EMS

After a two-year process of study, public meetings and planning, the Municipal Emergency Services Authority of Lancaster County (MESA; pronounced māy-sah) on Feb. 4 will begin providing 911 emergency medical ambulances services in Northwest Lancaster County previously provided by Northwest EMS. MESA is a first-of-its-kind regional municipal authority in Pennsylvania formed to address the region’s emergency medical services crisis.

Like so many EMS agencies, Northwest EMS was facing insolvency due to insufficient revenue and rising costs. MESA is a new publicly funded municipal authority formed to replace Northwest EMS and ensure that 911 ambulance service is available to member municipalities on a sustainable basis. MESA’s founding member municipalities are Conoy Township, East Donegal Township, Elizabethtown Borough, Marietta Borough, Mount Joy Township and West Donegal Township.

“Municipalities are responsible for many things including recreation facilities, police services, stormwater management and snow removal to name a few,” said MESA Board Chair Debra Dupler. “In Pennsylvania, municipalities are also required by law to ensure the provision of emergency medical services. In the tradition of Northwest EMS, MESA looks forward to continuing to provide outstanding 911 EMS service and 24/7 readiness to respond to EMS calls in the region.”

Unlike ambulance agencies that generate revenue through voluntary contributions, which leaves them deeply underfunded, MESA will charge property owners and employers in member municipalities a mandatory annual fee to fund its operations and ensure 24/7 readiness to respond to EMS calls. The first annual fee bills to property owners and employers will be arriving by mail in mid-February.

Benefits to residents of MESA member municipalities include: No residual bills for EMS services if the patient’s insurance pays; 50 percent off EMS bills if the patient does not have insurance coverage; and 50 percent off EMS bills if the patient’s payment applies to an insurance deductible.

“Northwest EMS is tremendously grateful for the community’s partnership through the years,” said Scott Kingsboro, authority manager for MESA and formerly executive director of Northwest EMS. “We look forward to serving the community with the same outstanding service for which Northwest EMS is known as we proudly wear a new uniform. And just as it was for Northwest EMS, health and safety education and community outreach events will continue to be an important part of our mission.”

For more information about MESA including frequently asked questions, visit mesalancasterpa.gov.

Regional Comprehensive Plan Update

Public Meeting For the Regional Comprehensive Plan:  6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at the Masonic Conference Center Patton Campus (1244 Bainbridge Road, Elizabethtown). Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

With the help of the Lancaster County Planning Department (LCPD), Mount Joy Township is updating its Comprehensive Plan through a regional planning effort. The 2010 Regional Strategic Plan for Elizabethtown Borough and the Townships of Conoy, Mount Joy, and West Donegal was adopted as our Comprehensive Plan.

The update process was kicked off by rebooting last year’s public opinion survey in early 2023. Redistributing the survey paid off, returning around 360 responses through mid-May as opposed to just 50 received in 2022. You can view the public survey findings summary and survey comments matrix by clicking the links. Notes from the April 12, 2023 Regional Elected Officials Meeting also provide feedback gained from the public at large and elected officials that evening.

LCPD kicked off our region’s process by working with our 2010 Regional Plan and Lancaster County’s Places2040 to create a framework for an implementable comp plan versus an encyclopedic document with an extensive list of tasks to complete. The goal is to identify key strategic issues to explore and develop impactful action items to implement.

2023 Comp Plan Working Documents

Mount Joy Township Update Review Committee 

A local committee has been created to review the draft plan, provide feedback, and develop strategies to implement the key objectives. The committee meetings are scheduled for 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 6th
  • Wednesday, June 28th
  • Monday, July 31st

EAWA – Rain Barrel Sale

The Elizabethtown Area Water Authority is holding their Annual Rain Barrel Sale now through May 2, 2024 for residents in Elizabethtown Borough, Mount Joy Township and West Donegal Township. The cost is $85.00, and MUST be paid at time of order.  Details are on their website (www.etown-water.com) under “Special Announcements”. The rain barrel is on display in their lobby.

Penn Waste – Collection Update

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – Due to inclement weather, all Penn Waste routes will not be operating on February 13. They will be operating on a holiday schedule for the remainder of the week. Tuesday customers’ materials will be collected on Wednesday. Wednesday customers’ materials will be collected on Thursday, and so on through the remainder of the week through Saturday. We apologize for any issues this may cause. Penn Waste, Inc. made this decision for the safety of the public and their crews. Normal operations will resume starting next week.

1/16/2024 – Penn Waste – Working on Holiday Schedule

PENN WASTE IS NOW OPERATING ON A HOLIDAY SCHEDULE!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 – Due to the inclement weather, all Penn Waste operations will be operating on a holiday schedule for the remainder of the week. Tuesday customers will be collected on Wednesday and Wednesday customers will be collected on Thursday, and so on through the Saturday.

We apologize for the inconvenience. The safety of our crews is our priority.

Mount Joy Township Proposes 2024 Budget

At a special meeting held on November 6, 2023, the Mount Joy Township Board of Supervisors proposed a budget for calendar year 2024 of $5,350,393.70. The budget centers on the provision of core Township services including public safety, road and drainage system maintenance, and parks and recreation. The final 2024 budget is anticipated to be adopted at the December 18, 2023 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Mount Joy Township is proposing no tax increase for 2024.

  • The general revenue rate would remain the same at 2.34 mills.
  • The fire protection tax rate would reman the same at 0.90 mills.

The proposed 3.24-mill rate equates to $3.24 per $1,000 of taxable property value, or $648.00 in annual municipal real estate tax for a property assessed at $200,000.

The proposed budget can be viewed and downloaded here and is available for inspection at the Township Office during office hours. Please visit www.mtjoytwp.org or call 717-367-8917 to speak with Township Manager Ryan Minnich (ryan@mtjoytwp.org) with any questions or comments.

Zoning Ordinance Amendment Petition: General Commercial District (Pennmark)

Ordinance NOT ADOPTED by a 3-2 vote of the Board of Supervisors on January 15, 2024.

Petition to Amend the Zoning Ordinance (rezone 22 acres from C-1 to C-2 General Commercial)

LCPC Comments

Timeline for Proposed Ordinance:

1/15/2024 – Public Hearing Before the Board of Supervisors (scheduled)

12/18/2023 – Public Hearing Before the Board of Supervisors (postponed)

12/4/2023 – Township Planning Commission Review; tabled until 12/20/2023 meeting

10/30/2023 – Petition Accepted by Board of Supervisors

Zoning Hearing Board File – Case #230003 (Elizabethtown Mount Joy Assoc., LP / Pennmark)

The decision to deny the requested variances in Case #230003 was rendered by the Zoning Hearing Board at their Wednesday, October 4, 2023 meeting. You can view the written decision here.

ZHB Case #230003 – Applicant/Landowner: Elizabethtown Mount Joy Associates, L.P. (a.k.a. Elizabethtown Associates, Inc. and Elizabethtown Associates), 1000 Germantown Pike, Suite A-2, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 – Property Information: The site consists of two parcels generally located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Cloverleaf Road and West Main Street: 1) Cloverleaf Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552; Tax Parcel ID #461-00486-0-0000, and 2) W. Main Street, Mount Joy, PA 17552; Tax Parcel ID #461-82176-0-0000; both are within the C-1 Limited Commercial District – Applicant is seeking approval of the following sections of Chapter 135 of the Code of Ordinances of the Township of Mount Joy, i.e. the Mount Joy Township Zoning Ordinance of 2012, as amended: variances of 1) Article XIII, §135-122 to permit a shopping center in the C-1 District, 2) Article XIII, §135-122 to permit vehicular fuel pumps in the C-1 District, 3) Article XXII, §135-256.A(1) to permit a shopping center in excess of 50,000 sf. in the C-1 District, and 4) Article XXII, §135-256.A(3) to permit vehicular fuel pumps in the C-1 District. The applicant desires to develop the site as a retail shopping center.

Case #230003: Elizabethtown Mount Joy Associates, L.P.

Continuance Letter from Applicant

Application

Scheduling Letter for June 7, 2023 Hearing

Applicant’s Exhibit Package Submitted at 6/7/2023 Hearing (A-1 thru A-21)

Applicant Exhibit A-22

July 26, 2023 Meeting Minutes

June 7, 2023 Meeting Minutes

Applicant’s Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

 

UPDATED SUBMISSION MATERIALS:

Letter Amending Application

Addendum to ZHB Application

Exhibit “A” – Deed

Exhibit “B” – Site Plan

Exhibit “C” – Lighting Plan

Exhibit “D” – Landscape Plan

Exhibit “E” – Traffic Study Vol. 1 / Vol. 2

Exhibit “F” – Transportation Details and Design Incentives

Exhibit “G” – Streetscape Details

Exhibit “H” – Aldi Rendering / Shopping Center Rendering

Exhibit “I – Wawa Rendering

 

ORIGINAL SUBMISSION MATERIALS:

Addendum to ZHB Application

Exhibit “A” – Deed

Exhibit “B” – Site Plan

Exhibit “C” – Lighting Plan

Exhibit “D” – Landscape Plan

Exhibit “E” – Traffic Study Vol. 1 / Vol. 2

Exhibit “F” – Transportation Details and Design Incentives

Exhibit “G” – Streetscape Details

Exhibit “H” – Architectural Rendering

Case #230003 Scheduling Letter (3/13/2023)

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