Exeter to combat spotted lanternflies with sticky bands


The Exeter Township supervisors directed township Manager John Granger to purchase sticky bands of tape to help the township and its residents control the spreading infestation of the spotted lanternfly.

The invasive insect, first discovered in Berks County in 2014, has now spread from eastern Pennsylvania into Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia.

Granger noted that the tape is in short supply, and that is driving up the price, but that he will "get as much as we can" and negotiate to buy up to a truckload of tape. Township residents will be able to buy two rolls of tape per household at the cost the township pays the vendor.

Spotted lanternflies are often found moving up and down on tree trunks. The moving insects can be captured on the sticky surfaces of bands placed around trees. The method can effectively destroy many spotted lanternflies without using insecticides. Sticky bands are usually placed about four feet from the bottom of a tree and secured to the tree with a push pin.

Fireworks ordinance The supervisors discussed a proposed ordinance to amend fireworks regulations to make them consistent with the new state law. Sam Cortes, the townships solicitor, told the supervisors that he made a small addition to the township ordinance that would allow the township fire marshal to suspend the fireworks regulations if a dangerous condition existed, such as a drought. The supervisors authorized the advertising of the ordinance.

Variance request Mark Koch, representing Exeter Realty MGT, LLC, asked the supervisors for a dimensional variance to establish additional parking spaces at businesses located at 3701 and 3703 Perkiomen Avenue. As a result of the Perkiomen Avenue construction project, the properties lost 12 parking spaces along the highway, he said.

The company wants to create seven new parking spaces behind the buildings and one on 37th Street. The supervisors advised the company to create an easement in case one of the properties was sold and said that a variance would be granted with that addition.

Other business The supervisors discussed a request from the Crestwood South Homeowners Association requesting that the township accept the dedication of Colin Court to the township. Joseph P. Rogosky, the township's engineer, advised the board that the proposal "needs to be reviewed in the field." The consensus of the supervisors was not to accept the request. The board was reminded that the current contract for recycling expires December 31, 2018. Township administration is recommending to the supervisors that they consider weekly collection to replace the current every-other-week cycle now used. Also, drop off at the Trout Run recycling facility would be eliminated. The supervisors approved an escrow release of $4,379,417.09 for Exeter Commons storm water modifications, leaving an escrow balance of $226,843. Also, the board approved an escrow release of $130,709.75 for completion of Storage World site work, leaving an escrow balance of $28,538. A proposal from the Exeter Township School District to conduct a joint audit of the tax collector was discussed. On the recommendation of Granger, the supervisors decided to use existing county information and review it themselves at a lower cost. Deputy police Chief Matt Harley asked the board to buy four 12-inch "speed boards" at a cost not to exceed $5,500 per board. Harley said the new speed boards were needed due to the high volume of traffic disruption caused by the high amount of road construction in the township. The speed boards could be paid from an $89,000 grant recently received from PennDOT. The balance of the grant will be used to buy two new traffic lights. The supervisors approved retaining a consultant at the rate of $150 per day, not to exceed $9,000, for specialized administrative work needed by Granger.

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