Moore supervisors discuss concerns of horses at rec center, trail
At the April 6 meeting, Moore Township Board of Supervisors discussed Resolution 2021-10 regarding recreation center rules about horses.
According to township Solicitor David Backenstoe, the resolution, if passed, would not permit horses on Moore Township Recreation Center property or on any township trails. Reported issues include horse waste not being cleaned up, liability concerns and damage to the trails and rec center property.
Supervisor Richard K. Gable said he is concerned about liability issues if the township continues allowing residents to ride horses at the rec center and on township trails. Chair Daniel Piorkowski noted the rec center and trails were never constructed for horses.
“It’s a little too harsh,” said Supervisor David Shaffer regarding the proposed resolution.
Shaffer said he has not received many complaints about horses at the park.
Shaffer suggested the idea of a fine for those equestrians who do not clean up after their horse. It was noted it can be hard for riders to know when the horse expels waste.
Township Manager Nicholas C. Steiner weighed in, saying the issue is less about the cleanup, but more about the property damage to the rec center and trails caused by horseback riding.
The supervisors wanted police Chief Gary West, who was absent from the meeting, to share his thoughts about horse waste fines, so the resolution was tabled until the May meeting.
In other business, Steiner reported the federal American Rescue Plan Act might yield up to $900,000 for the township. He said more information is forthcoming.
Steiner also reported the township is working with Bath Borough on an electronic recycling event, currently planned for June 12.
In another matter, bids for a generator purchase to provide emergency power to the administration office and police department were discarded. The generator project will need rebidding due to specification issues.
Backenstoe reported the livestock ordinance is being developed. He explained the ordinance needs to be a two-tract approach: developing a nuisance ordinance for the police to enforce and a zoning ordinance.
Action on the ordinances was tabled until the May meeting so West can offer his thoughts.
The township is also considering a bamboo ordinance.
Zoning hearing board member Freddie Lutz resigned from the board, and Lyle Woodard was appointed to fill the position.
There were 22 fire calls during March, including one fire and five motor vehicle accidents. There were 68 ambulance calls during March.
The public works report indicated street sweeping in the township is expected to be completed by April 30.
In his First Regional Compost Authority report, Gable reported staff is expecting a busy year.
“Everything is up and running,” Gable said.
Lois Kerbacher, Community Days Committee leader, said there is a community yard sale planned for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 15 at the park, Monocacy Drive and English Road. The committee is also planning a summer band program at the rec center, possibly beginning June 11 running through September.
Mike Terrell said the recreation committee wants to apply for a grant for the McCandless Field lights. He also relayed the committee is requesting pickleball court markings be painted on both tennis courts so the courts can be used for either sport.
The recreation committee also plans to place an additional disc golf practice tee at the center’s disc golf course.
The topic of developing a skate park at the recreation center was broached. Supervisors hastened to say liability issues and proposed locations have been discussed in the past without resolution.
Edward Marshall was appointed to the township historical commission.
The Moore Township Land and Environmental Protection Board reported it is preserving an additional 28 acres of open space. This increases the open space acreage preserved to about 190 acres. Total farmland acreage preserved is 2,658 acres.
The next board meeting is 6 p.m. May 4. The meeting will be held in person at the rec center pavilion, English Road.