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Flow of good news out of Londonderry: Editorial

Posted 4/24/19

Londonderry Township stands to suffer if the Three Mile Island nuclear plant shuts down this year.

Dauphin County, Londonderry Township and Lower Dauphin School District combined receive about …

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Flow of good news out of Londonderry: Editorial

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Londonderry Township stands to suffer if the Three Mile Island nuclear plant shuts down this year.

Dauphin County, Londonderry Township and Lower Dauphin School District combined receive about $1.5 million each year in real estate taxes and payments in lieu of taxes from Exelon because of TMI, according to Sen. John DiSanto.

Officials also learned recently that plans to build a Dollar General in the township are dead.

But there are several recent developments that residents should be excited about.

Hiking trails

The township wants to construct hiking trails that would start in Sunset Park — one trailhead across from the clubhouse at Sunset Golf Course and the other near the public works facilities.

According to township engineer Andrew Kenworthy, there will be 2.4 miles of trail and sidewalk. Township manager Steve Letavic said the township wants to dedicate the trail to veterans.

Eventually, they plan to connect with other regional trails such as the Conewago Recreation, Jonathan Eshenour Memorial and Northwest Lancaster County River trails.

What a great thing this will be for township residents and visitors alike, to be able to enjoy the beauty of our area.

Rugby field

The trails would run along the new Harrisburg Rugby Football Club field. Ground broke on the field in November at Sunset Park. The club recently received $25,000 in gaming grants awarded by Dauphin County commissioners for design and construction of rugby fields with lights. The estimated completion is by spring 2020.

We welcome the rugby team and the fans it will draw that might not otherwise come to our part of Dauphin County.

Development

The long-awaited Lytle Farms development project as well as School Heights Village behind Saturday’s Market might be moving ahead as new developers take over the projects.

Granted, these developments will, if they come to full fruition, have a huge affect on the township. Lytle Farms alone would have 1,600 residences that include single-family homes, condos, townhomes, and apartments along with commercial space, offices, community and recreation area and dedicated space for a new elementary school. Londonderry Township has a population of about 5,200. If each residence averaged just two people, that would grow the size by 3,200 people, assuming they aren’t moving from another part of the township.

But if water, sewer and other infrastructure challenges can be worked out, we welcome this growth in Londonderry Township.

Bridge grant

Also part of the gaming grants was $150,000 to Londonderry Township toward replacing the Lauffer Road Bridge. Township engineer Andrew Kenworthy previously told the Board of Supervisors that this was the last critical bridge following a study of township bridges. The original cost of the project was $702,000, but the township was able to offset $571,260 through the gaming grant and the Dauphin County Bridge Bundling program. Design should take place in 2019 and construction in 2020.

This is a great deal for the township.

Town hall meetings

Londonderry Township officials recently held three town hall meetings at the township municipal building on consecutive Saturdays.

Letavic said officials wanted to hold the meetings to give residents a chance to ask questions about township governance and hear concerns. He said officials got the idea after a meeting with residents who said they thought the township should keep people better informed.

Two supervisors attended each.

We are happy to see the township board trying to be more transparent.

Stars & Stripes donation

The Londonderry Township Board of Supervisors presented a check for $10,331.59 on Feb. 4 to the Lebanon VA Medical Center from funds raised from the township’s Stars & Stripes Salute.

While we all can enjoy the fireworks and music the annual event offers, it’s good to remember that there is more to it than just the joy from that single night. It gives year-round.

Thumbs up, Londonderry Township, for these recent developments. Yes, a potential closure of TMI looms, but there is still plenty of good things going on there. Congratulations to all who made them happen.