December 18, 2008
On behalf of both Franklin & Marshall College and Lancaster General, we are writing to update you on the progress of the proposed Norfolk Southern Dillerville Railyard Consolidation Project.
Through much of the last year, the project partners sponsored numerous community meetings to keep our neighbors informed about the status of the project. These meetings ranged from small groups held in the communities that are near the project site, to a large public forum, attended by approximately 300 people, on June 19, 2008.
Most recently, on November 13, 2008, Manheim Township officials held a public meeting regarding the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Act 2 Program and our approval under it to remove the contents of the former municipal dump where a portion of the consolidated railyard will be located. About 60 residents attended the meeting.
Our desire, through these meetings and our Web site about the project, is to keep our neighbors informed about every aspect of the project. We also have committed to keeping the residents up to date as we reach milestones in the project’s schedule.
The purpose of this letter is threefold: first, to inform you about the tentative start date for removing the trash from the former municipal dump and transferring it to the Frey Farm Landfill; second, to renew our offer of additional neighborhood meetings as a means of keeping everyone informed about the project; and third, to provide another edition of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the project.
A contractor has been selected to perform the project’s environmental remediation work, which involves the safe removal of the contents of the former municipal dump on the property owned by the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA). Mobilization is expected to begin at the end of this month and sitework is scheduled to begin by mid-January. The contractor for the work is Days Cove Reclamation Company and the project manager is ARM Group, Inc. We want to assure you that the work undertaken by these experts will be done according to federal and state guidelines. These firms have extensive experience in performing waste removal projects and will use industry best practices to ensure the work is done properly and safely.
The majority of the removal action likely will take six months to complete. Please see the attached FAQ sheet for more details about the work to be performed.
Although we have done significant outreach to the neighborhood about this project, we understand that there may be residents who have been reluctant to raise questions in the larger public meetings. We came to this conclusion based upon several conversations we had with residents who attended the November 13, 2008, public meeting in Manheim Township. To encourage their participation, we have decided to offer additional small "living room" gatherings to discuss the project. If you are interested in hosting such a small meeting in your home for your immediate neighbors, please contact either of us to discuss possible dates.
Finally, we invite you to read the attached FAQ sheet covering the waste-removal process as well as several other topics for additional project information.
If you have any questions during the course of the project, please contact Keith Orris at 291-3868. We will continue to send letters as project milestones are achieved so that you are informed.