11-13-17 TIF Ordinance

NOTICE OF PROPOSED ORDINANCE

NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of East Lampeter Township,
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (“the Township”), at its regular meeting on Monday,
November 13, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., at the Township Municipal Building, 2250 Old Philadelphia
Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602, will consider adoption of an Ordinance creating a Tax Increment
District as authorized by Section 5(a)(6) of the Tax Increment Financing (“TIF”) Act of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 53 P.s. § 6930.5(a)(6), to be known as the Lincoln Highway
TIF District (“the TIF District”), approving a Project Plan for the TIF District, designating the
East Lampeter Industrial and Commercial Authority (“ELICA”) as the holder of TIF funds,
allocating real property tax increments in the TIF District to said holder for the purposes of
paying costs associated with the Project Plan, authorizing execution and delivery by the
Township of a TIF Agreement, authorizing and directing the proper officers of the Township to
take and authorize all acts necessary to implement the Project Plan and said Agreement, setting
forth related matters, and repealing all ordinances and resolutions or parts of ordinances or
resolutions insofar as the same are inconsistent with the Ordinance.

The following is a brief summary of said proposed Ordinance:
Section l sets forth the definitions of certain words and phases.
Section 2 sets forth the boundaries of the TIF District to encompass a geographic area
located within the Township.
Section 3 sets forth the creation and term of the TIF District.
Section 4 sets forth that the name of the TIF District.
Section 5 sets forth legislative findings of the Township Board of Supervisors.
Section 6 approves the Project Plan for the TIF District.
Section 7 designates the ELICA as the TIF authority for preparing, implementing,
monitoring and directing the Project Plan.
Section 8 prohibits the ELICA from issuing any bonds or notes.
Section 9 allocates to ELI CA 100% of all tax increment revenues of the Township
received from the date on which the TIF District is created until that time, after completion of all
improvements specified as part of the Project in the Project Plan, when ELI CA has received
aggregate Tax Increment Revenues allocated to it by the participating local government units in
an amount equal to the aggregate of all expenditures made or monetary obligations incurred for
Project Costs.
Section 10 requires the finance officer of the Township to deposit certain real property
tax revenues with the ELICA.
Section 11 authorizes the Township to enter into an agreement with ELICA and other
local government units participating in the TIF District.
Section 12 provides for amendments to the Project Plan and the TIF District.
Section 13 provides that authority granted to officers of the Township by the proposed
Ordinance may be exercised by their successors in office.
Section 14 ratifies certain prior actions.
Section 15 provides for severability of any parts of the proposed Ordinance that may be
deemed invalid.
Section 16 repeals any inconsistent ordinances or resolutions.
Section 17 requires the publishing of a notice of enactment and the recording in the
Township Ordinance Book.
Section 18 provides for the effective date of the proposed Ordinance.

Copies of the full text of the proposed Ordinance may be examined without charge or
obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof at the Township Municipal Building at the
address set forth above Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., and during
regular business hours at LNP Media Group, Inc. 8 West King Street, Lancaster, PA 17608 and
the Lancaster County Law Library, Lancaster County Courthouse, 50 N. Duke Street, Lancaster,
PA17602.

Ralph Hutchison, Manager
East Lampeter Township

Lancaster Farmland Trust Conservation Plan Workshop 7/12/17

Lancaster Farmland Trust & Team Ag Partner with East Lampeter Township

By Charity Kadwill

If you are a farmer in East Lampeter Township, you have probably had the pleasure of receiving a visit from a staff member of the Lancaster Farmland Trust (LFT) within the last few months.  In an effort to bridge the gap between farmers and the Municipality, East Lampeter Township teamed up with the folks at LFT, as well as local agricultural engineering firm,  TeamAg to get more farms in compliance with Agricultural Erosion & Sedimentation (Ag E&S) Plans and Manure Management Plans (MMPs).

LFT visited 38 of the 50 East Lampeter Farms Identified

The Township and LFT identified certain target areas based on data that LFT had gathered on which farms already had an Ag E&S or MMP, and which areas the Township is trying to concentrate its water quality efforts in through the MS4 program.  Through an inventory process, LFT identified 50 farms within the Township’s target area with which to make personal site visits to see if farmers were indeed interested in getting into compliance with these plans.  Understanding that increased regulations often pose a financial burden to farms, the partnership between the Township, LFT, and Team Ag decreased the out of pocket cost to the farmer significantly.  Between financial contributions from the Township, time and engineering efforts from LFT and Team Ag, and REAP tax credits, these plans which originally would cost the farmer upwards of $2,000-3,000 out of pocket, will now cost around $300 out of pocket.

With a goal of 20 new farms in compliance by the end of the exercise, LFT scheduled a free Ag E&S and Manure Management Plan Workshop on July 12th, hosted by East Lampeter Township.  LFT visited farms and sent mailers in order to spread the word about the event.  We had an attendance of about 10 farmers, and many more farmers who weren’t able to attend indicated that they were interested in LFT following up with them after they visited their farm to advertise the workshop.

Representatives from East Lampeter Township, Team Ag, and LFT spoke about the regulatory compliance aspect of the plans, as well as how having current plans aids in the ability to receive permits and contributes to better water quality within the Township’s and Chesapeake Bay’s watersheds.  The message was generally well received and farmers had the ability to ask questions and get clarification on how the plan process works.  Team Ag and LFT are following up with farmers and getting folks on board to reach our 20 farm goal by August of 2018.

How to Help Survivors of Hurricane Harvey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 29, 2017

How to Help Survivors of Hurricane Harvey While Making Smart Choices

Harrisburg, PA – As a tremendous number of people, businesses, and service organizations throughout the country begin collecting and donating goods and services to assist storm survivors in Texas, the Pennsylvania Department of State, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro want Pennsylvanians to know how they can best help and not hinder rescue and recovery efforts while also protecting themselves.

While donations of goods such as food and clothing are well-intentioned, unsolicited materials can overwhelm organizations that are tasked with helping survivors but are unprepared to store, sort and distribute large quantities of donated goods.

“This storm’s impact will be felt for years to come along the Gulf Coast,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn, Jr. “Many people feel compelled to help those impacted by the storm, but please do so in a way that will truly help storm survivors, while also protecting yourself financially from those who might try to take advantage of your generosity.”

The most useful form of assistance is donations of money. Make check and credit card donations to well-established, charitable organizations that are assisting the flood relief effort. Monetary donations allow charitable organizations the flexibility to purchase items that are needed most, and, unlike material donations, entail no transportation costs.

All three agencies offered the following tips:

• Do not give to a charity you know nothing about. Call the charity or do some research on your own. Search the name online — with the word “complaints” or “scams.” Check with the Better Business Bureau.
• Do not donate over the phone unless you are familiar with the organization.
• For door-to-door solicitors, ask to see the person’s identification and consider avoiding them altogether. Do not feel pressured into giving and allowing someone into your house.
• Do not give credit card numbers, bank account numbers or other personal financial information over the phone. Never wire money to someone claiming to be a charity.
• Whenever possible, write a check payable to the charity so you have a record of your donation. Or make a donation directly through a legitimate organization’s secure website, rather than a third-party website.
• Don’t click links in unsolicited emails or on social media. Unless you previously donated to an organization, assume that an unsolicited donation request by email is a scam. Plus, links in emails or social media can unleash malware.

“It is a terrible thing to see the devastation that is occurring in Texas and throughout the Gulf region,” Secretary of State Pedro Cortés said. “As in any time of great need, generous Pennsylvanians are looking for ways they can help. We want to ensure their donations go to reputable organizations with a proven record of good service.”

Charitable organizations that solicit contributions in Pennsylvania must register with the department’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations if their gross annual contributions are more than $25,000. There are some statutory exclusions and exemptions to the registration requirement, for groups such as religious institutions, hospitals, and police, firefighter or veteran organizations.

To determine if a charitable group is properly registered, the public can search the Charities Online Database. The website also provides a list of organizations that have been subject to corrective actions taken by the Bureau. The public may also call 1-800-732-0999.

The Annual Charities Report online contains detailed information about charitable organizations registered in Pennsylvania and professional solicitors and fundraising counsels. For instance, the report outlines what percentage of every donated dollar goes to the charity and how much is charged by the solicitors or counsels for their services.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro noted the importance of protecting yourself while helping others.

“We care deeply about the victims from this terrible storm and want to help any way we can,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “We also want Pennsylvanians to be careful as they donate, and want to help them avoid the scam artists who always surface after natural disasters like this one. Our office is here to help you avoid being scammed.”

More helpful tips about informed giving can be found at the Charities section of the Department of State’s website.

To file a complaint about any charity soliciting donations in the commonwealth, contact the Division of Investigations/Audits at 717-787-0700, by email at ra-stbeiciu@pa.gov, or by mail at 401 North St., Room 212, Harrisburg, PA, 17120.

If you believe you’ve been scammed, call the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. 1-800-441-2555 or email at scams@attorneygeneral.gov.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ruth A. Miller, PEMA, ruthmiller@pa.gov
Wanda Murren, State, 717-783-1621
Joe Grace, OAG, 717-574-9095