SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR MEETINGS
The following policies will be strictly adhered to for all submissions for both the Board of Supervisors and East Earl Township Planning Commission meetings. These deadlines are being imposed to allow the Supervisors, Planning Commissioners and staff sufficient time to review materials and prepare for the respective meeting.
Board of Supervisors: All information for the agenda or requests to be placed on the agenda must be submitted to the Township office by no later than noon on the Thursday before the monthly meeting.
Planning Commission: New submissions must be at the Township office by no later than 14 calendar days prior to the monthly meeting. A new submission must be accepted by the Township as complete before it is placed on the agenda. Information relative to a plan in process must be at the Township office no later than seven calendar days prior to the monthly meeting.
Any information or documents submitted after the above deadlines will not be considered until the following month's meeting.
July 4th is rapidly approaching. The information contained in this article will answer questions about Fireworks and the law changes included in House Bill 542 that was signed into law on October 30, 2017 by Governor Tom Wolf.
Fireworks Frequently Asked Questions
House Bill 542 was signed into law on October 30, 2017. Under the new law, the Fireworks Act of 1939 was repealed and replaced in its entirety. The complete version of the new law can be viewed on the link at the end of this article. However, the questions and answers below highlight the most noteworthy changes.
Q: Which fireworks are Pennsylvania residents now allowed to purchase and use?
Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.
“Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.
Q: Who can purchase fireworks?
Anyone 18 years of age or older can purchase them.
Q: What are the restrictions on where they can be used?
- They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
- They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
- They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
- They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
- They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
Also, it is recommended that you check with your local municipality, as you may also be subject to applicable local ordinances.
Q: Where can the fireworks be purchased?
They can be purchased at any licensed facility, including temporary ones. The licenses are issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Examples of temporary facilities include tents or other structures found in parking lots. These temporary structures can sell fireworks between the dates of June 15-July 8, and December 21-January 2 each year.
East Earl Township Police Department
Chief Kevin C. McCarthy, Sr.
**Reprinted from the Pennsylvania State Police Website: https://www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/Pages/fireworks-safety.aspx
Firefighters reach out using Video
Lancaster County Firefighters are Using Video Message to Reach Prospective Volunteers
On-camera interviews highlight the need for more volunteers and the adrenaline, camaraderie, and overall satisfaction of being a volunteer firefighter
Lancaster County, PA: The men and women who volunteer with local fire companies can’t personally tell every Lancaster County resident about the need for more volunteers and the amazing experiences that volunteering offers, so they’re doing the next best thing.
As part of an on-going county-wide recruitment effort, volunteers speak about their lives as volunteer firefighters and rescuers in two new videos.
“No one can describe the amazing, exciting, and rewarding experience of serving your neighbors in such a vital role better than those who do it,” said Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association Recruitment and Retention Committee Spokesman Duane Hagelgans. This makes the videos, which have been shared via YouTube and Facebook, an extremely important part of the Association’s ongoing volunteer recruitment campaign, he said. Watch the new videos here: https://youtu.be/Ls0XasPLr4Y and here: https://youtu.be/MLPB5V50w-g
Tracy Tomlinson, 51, is one of the firefighters who took part in the video project. Just 16 when he followed his dad into the fire service, Tomlinson volunteers at both Robert Fulton Fire Company in Peach Bottom, where he was chief from 2013 through 2017, and Quarryville Fire Company.
“A lot of times, it is an adrenaline rush,” he said. But firefighting is way more than that to Tomlinson. “Everybody needs help now and then,” he said. “I think it’s a big, important thing to get out there and help others when you can give the help.”
The video project is already having an impact: Since they debuted, numerous people have contacted the Association about their interest in volunteering in a variety of capacities through the association website.
The fact that there are so many emergency and non-emergency roles available are a key component of the videos’ message. “Providing medical treatment, putting out fires, or finding someone who is lost are all incredibly important jobs,” Hagelgans said. “But so too are educating children and adults on fire prevention and safety, tending to the business of administratively running the station, holding fundraisers, directing traffic at accident scenes, and many other tasks that county residents may not realize need to be filled.”
To learn more or sign up to volunteer, visit www.becomeafirefighter.org.