Supervisors’ Emergency Declaration Ends After Explosion at Rapho Township Public Works Building

MANHEIM, Pa. – The Rapho Township supervisors held their first meeting at the township municipal office since the explosion of the public works building on July 5. The explosion had caused damage to the municipal office, leading to the relocation of office space and meeting locations. However, with repairs completed, the supervisors were able to convene at the original location on 971 N. Colebrook Road for the first time in months.

The meeting marked the end of the disaster emergency declaration put into place after the explosion, granting the board permission to make necessary purchases and hire temporary workers without cumbersome procedures. Additionally, the supervisors agreed to purchase a property that adjoins the municipal complex land, which had sustained heavy damage from the explosion and was condemned.

In a move to expand the recycling center, the supervisors took the first step to acquire additional land from a nearby farm. The expansion is aimed to improve traffic flow and provide separation for public works vehicles and residents who frequently use the yard waste center. This decision also serves to shift the facility further away from the site of the leveled public works building.

Supervisors also made the appointment of White, Rudy LLC as the township’s auditor for the next three fiscal years, replacing the previous auditor. The next meeting of the supervisors is scheduled for February 15 at the township municipal office.

These decisions and actions are significant for the Rapho Township as they continue to recover and rebuild following the explosion that had disrupted operations and forced the relocation of the municipal office. With a focus on property purchase and infrastructure expansion, the supervisors are addressing the aftermath of the explosion while also planning for the future development and functionality of the township.