A proposed change to Colerain Township's zoning ordinance would prohibit the construction of tiny houses in campgrounds.
"Campgrounds are not intended for permanent residences," said Walter Todd Jr., chairman of the township's board of supervisors. "A tiny house is a permanent structure."
The issue came up because there is a tiny house in a campground in Colerain, Todd said. When supervisors checked, they determined the zoning ordinance does not address the issue.
Following a year of controversy, Colerain's supervisors amended the township's zoning ordinance regarding how many animals may be kept on properties.
The revision, passed January 5, sets limits by lot size and animal category. The ordinance defines one animal unit as an animal of 1,000 pounds live weight. It also defines each animal - a horse regardless of the animal's weight, is one animal unit, while a dairy cow is 1.5 animal units.
He's not retiring because the work has become more complex.
Nor is he getting out to have more Wednesday nights free.
Rather, at 70, Doug Eaby has decided he cannot commit to another term on Colerain Township's zoning hearing board.
Members of the Amish community are working on an alternative to proposed changes in Colerain Township's zoning ordinance.
Township officials are considering an amendment that would not allow horses to be kept on properties of less than two acres. It also spells out how many small animals would be permitted.
The amendment, if adopted, would make Colerain's zoning the most restrictive of any township in the Southern End.
One Southern End township is working to allow Amish residents to keep a horse on a one-acre lot while a neighboring township will mandate at least two acres for one horse.
The changes come as an increasing number of Amish residents move into homes on one-acre lots, township officials said last week. Most townships allow one or two horses, known as travel horses, to be kept on a one-acre lot if the horses are the family's only means of transportation.
A snowy winter and rainy spring have delayed roadwork throughout the Southern End.
"We're getting farther behind by the day," Bart Township roadmaster Ned Trout said last Friday.
The township's crew is now doing work it would normally have completed a month ago, he said.
Colerain Township's supervisors want to limit the size of properties eligible for farm-related businesses.
That's one of two zoning changes planned for later this year, said Walter Todd Jr., chairman of Colerain's board of supervisors.
As the thermometer reached new record low temperatures last week, some Southern End residents were planning picnics, reunions, and ball tournaments.
Three townships and Quarryville Borough have been taking reservations for their municipal parks since January 1.
It will take Colerain Township just over two months to replace the tiny bridge that carries Liberty Ln. over Gable's Run.
It will take about three times that long to have the bridge designed and to get the necessary state permits for the work.
That's if everything goes well.
Fire destroyed a tobacco barn and most of its contents Tuesday afternoon, September 24.
The fire broke out at the Emanuel Esh farm, 132 Academy Rd., Colerain Township, shortly after noon.
By the time family members noticed the blaze, it had begun to engulf the barn.
Responding volunteers could see a column of black smoke from five miles away and called for additional equipment before the first apparatus arrived.
Firefighters prevented the flames from igniting an adjacent building and saved several stacks of lumber behind the barn.
The fire was ignited by a kiln used to dry the lumber, Chief Welk said.
The 50 foot by 70 foot barn was destroyed by the flames. Family members, neighbors, and firefighters managed to pull some equipment from the barn before they were driven back by the fire.
The fire caused an estimated $45,000 damage to the building and its contents, Quarryville Fire Chief Jamie Welk said.
Volunteers and equipment from Bart Township, Oxford, Robert Fulton, Refton, Cochranville, Willow Street, and Elkton, Md., assisted at the scene.
About 100 volunteers had the fire under control by 2:25 p.m.; firefighters remained on the scene until 4:05 p.m.
One family member sustained minor burns to his right arm. He was not transported to a hospital for treatment.
A trailer loaded with bales of shredded paper overturned on Kirkwood Pike (Rt. 472) in Colerain Township early Wednesday afternoon, July 24. The trailer, pulled by a pickup truck, was southbound on Black Rock Hill between Wesley Rd. and Black Rock Rd. when it crossed the highway. The rig ran up an embankment and jackknifed, flipping the trailer and its load onto the northbound lane. The driver was shaken up in the crash but was not injured. The highway was closed for more than half an hour as firefighters moved the bales to one side of the road. Quarryville firefighters and fire police were still on the scene at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.