Board of Supervisors: Cordial and Noncommittal

Standing room only in the room and outer hall as people came in opposition to the boat ramp

Standing room only in the room and outer hall as people came in opposition to the boat ramp

On March 27th at 7:00 PM the Lancaster County Board of Supervisors met in regular session and was confronted by a crowded room of opponents to the proposed ramp and parking lot. Residents stood and addressed the Board during their “public input” period before regular business: not a hearing, but the only opening available for residents to be heard.

The Board chairman began by giving County planner/land use director Don Gill the opportunity to review the history of the County’s comprehensive plan and his efforts since 2012 to develop the site on Simmons Cove.

County planner Don Gill speaks on the 14-month process to bring the boat ramp proposal to the public

County planner Don Gill speaks on the 14-month process to bring the boat ramp proposal to the public

Opponents of the ramp were each limited to five minutes. Dozens of citizens spoke, with facts about boating safety, water quality and depth, dredging effectiveness and cost, habitat destruction, poor comparison to open water at other public ramp facilities, underdeveloped cost estimates, critical expenditure needs elsewhere in the county, and alternative ramp solutions. Several spoke with passion regarding the secrecy the County used this time in developing the Simmons plan, and how it was presented as a fait accompli. Adjacent property owners, whose families have resided on the land for generations, spoke about the County planners’ disrespect for them by giving only a day’s notice before information appeared in the newspaper and the Board’s acted publicly for the first time.

Resident Mick Kendrick describes the inadequate cost analysis by the design firm

Resident Mick Kendrick describes the inadequate cost analysis by the design firm

Citizens spoke for two hours. Board members were cordial and listened quietly, asking no questions. Clarification was given about a Board member’s interest in fishing piers as apart from boat ramps. The County planner was directed to meet with anyone interested after he developed responses to the issues raised. There was no further indication given of the Board’s plans for this issue.

Adjoining property owner George Simmons addresses the Board of Supervisors about the secrecy employed by the County in developing the ramp proposal

Adjoining property owner George Simmons addresses the Board of Supervisors about the secrecy employed by the County in developing the ramp proposal

2 thoughts on “Board of Supervisors: Cordial and Noncommittal

  1. Maria Holdsworth

    I was proud to see so many members of our community turn out for this meeting. Many passionate residents who can see clearly that this spot is totally inappropriate for a public ramp. beseeched the Board to reconsider this plan. Primarily, the cove is too narrow, way too shallow, inhabited by scores of eagles and waterfowl and 2 miles from the Bay. It is an unsafe option, considered only because a developer donated the land to the county. Surely there are better options for a public ramp, especially in more accessible, appropriate locations.

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    1. Ann Sullivan

      I think the presenters were very informative telling the Board of Supervisors why Simmons Cove of Dymer Creek is not a good option for a boat ramp and pier. The cove is too shallow. Someone might go out in a high tide but when they get back and the tide is low, what are they going to do? They very well might get stuck in the mud!!

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