Lamar Twp. residents, Amish settle issues

ROTE — It’s always fresher over in the valley, and Lamar Township residents may start treading smoother with less horse manure on roadways.

A compromise was made involving horse manure on roadways and hired drivers speeding in the township. The announcement was made during August’s Lamar Township board of supervisors meeting.

At July’s meeting, supervisor Dan Chappell said he was going to make phone calls to the local Amish churches for the speeding and horse manure concerns.

“I learned there are five churches in Lamar Township. I called one of the bishops and he said he would handle it. He then called all the contractors,” Chappell said.

Since making contact with the community, allegedly much of the speeding has increasingly slowed down in the township, Chappell said.

“Just by my observation, I think I have noticed a significant slow down of those contractors. It was by unanimous consent that they all agreed that they’re driving too fast and for what reason?” Chappell said.

Chairman Wade Vonada proceeded to question Chappell about the manure side of the issue. Chappell said the manure issue went nowhere with him.

“They (Amish) feel bad about it… turns out if one horse poops in one spot, when the next horse comes, it likes to poop in the same spot. I didn’t know that,” Chappell said. “They (Amish) said if they were enforced, they would want no loud mufflers, they didn’t want to listen to this, they didn’t want that. Basically, just making a point that can’t we all live together.”

However, Vonada has been in contact with several of the Amish churches in the area. According to him, all of the churches received a letter about the concerns on manure on the roadways. With his help, he said the community has been cooperative about it.

“They (Amish) have seen where you guys are coming from and I have said what I’ve thought the public was coming from,” Vonada said. “All except one of them said there are things they can do and they are doing them. For instance, as soon as they start out on a trip, a lot of times a horse has to go to the bathroom pretty quick. Many of them have asked their kids to pull off the road and go down a little ways.”

Residents in attendance during the monthly meeting agreed with the noticeable changes, whether small or large.

In other business, the supervisors approved a resolution to form a public safety committee. The Public Safety Committee will be comprised of township residents John MacMillen, Len Eisenhower and Rick Leland. Each member will serve on the committee for a three, two and one staggered year term limit. Each member will eventually serve a total of three years unless terminated by the supervisors. Members will be re-appointed each January during the township’s organizational meeting.


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