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Island cottages along Susquehanna will have to go

Written by Teresa Boeckel/York Daily Record | Apr 5, 2016 7:59 AM
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Sherri Krehling, left, a resident of Shelly Island, prepares yard signs at the Tri-County Boat Club near Middletown Sunday April 3, 2016. Krehling first experienced the Island with her parents in 1969. James Brady, right at table, has been a resident 15 years. (Photo: Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record)

Many summer cottages on the islands will have to go next year.

Summer homes on Shelley and Bashore islands in the Susquehanna River will have to go next year based on a compliance agreement approved Monday night.

Londonderry Township supervisors voted to approve the agreement between the municipality and York Haven Power Company, according to Jim Diamond, the township's attorney.  It states in the agreement the leases for recreational lots will be terminated next year.

The federal government has told the township it has to come into compliance with flood plain management regulations, or the failure to do so will have major implications for the entire municipality, Diamond has said. For example, residents might be unable to get flood insurance, or the township might not receive federal disaster relief.

"The Board of Supervisors simply could not allow such consequences to befall the residents of our Township," township manager Steve Letavic said in a news release issued Monday night.

Residents who have summer homes on the islands have been fighting to keep their summer places. The residents own the homes but lease the land from the power company.

A spokesman for the Lake Frederick Home Owners Association could not be immediately reached for comment Monday night.

The agreement impacts about 300 lots owned by the power company, the news release states.

According to the news release, here's how the agreement will affect the area:

  • Some lot leases will not be renewed immediately. This will affect lots that have been abandoned or have damaged structures that have not been brought into compliance. Users who haven't paid their security deposit also will not be able to renew their leases.
  • Seasonal recreational lot licenses will be terminated at the end of the 2017 recreation season.
  • Many structures on the islands will have to be removed by mid-November 2017.
  • The power company will have to devise a plan for removing all structures that owners fail to remove. The power company has to implement that plan by Oct. 31, 2019.

Without the agreement, the power company had planned to end the recreational lot leases sooner, the news release states.

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The school house on Shelly Island Sunday April 3, 2016 Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record

*This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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