Update - Support Reconstruction of Risser's Mill Covered
August 7, 2005 -Greetings to our Bridging Friends:
We had a very interesting and thankful visitor at our TBCBSP meeting this afternoon -- Mr.
Sam Allen. Mr. Allen is the gentleman from Lancaster County who is spearheading the effort to
have Risser's Mill Covered Bridge rebuilt as a traditional covered bridge. He was interesting
because he shared his enthusiasm and hopes for the success of his mission. He was thankful
because of all the support our society has shown toward this project through the physical
presence of many of our members at the public meeting on July 26; and, through the letters and
emails that have been sent in support of the reconstruction of the covered bridge.
While talks and fact-finding continue, the final
decision will be made by the Lancaster County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on
Monday, Sept. 26, at 1:00 p.m. This is not a public meeting as such, but Mr. Allen indicates that
the public may attend. He encourages those persons that can be available at that time of the day to
do so to show support for the rebuilding of the bridge. The meeting will be held at the Old
Southern Market Building, Queen and Vine Streets, Lancaster (next to St. Mary's School.)
Mr. Allen also suggests that emails or letters be sent
to the 21 members of the MPO to continue to show our support. We have attached a list of the
members of that organization which Mr. Allen provided. It will not be too late until the final vote
is cast on Sept. 26.
Thank you, once again, for your continued support on
behalf of covered bridge preservation, rehabilitation, and replication.
Happy Bridging, Ben and June Evans
July 27, 2005 - Greetings to our Bridging Friends:
Last evening we attended the meeting regarding the Risser's Mill Bridge replacement. We
estimate that there were over 100 persons in attendance. We heard one estimate of 150. We felt
that the Lancaster County Planning Commission members were overwhelmed by the
After about a thirty minute powerpoint presentation
outlining the five proposals being considered, the floor was opened for comments from anyone
wishing to speak on behalf of any of the five proposals. The comments went on for about one and
We estimate that there was at least a ninety percent
response in favor of replacing the bridge with another covered bridge similar to the original
Risser's Mill Bridge. Some of the ten percent that responded otherwise were not necessarily
opposing a covered bridge, but had other comments about traffic in the area and problems with
flooding in the flood plain in which the bridge was originally located.
We felt that it was a very good meeting with
outstanding support in favor of a covered bridge replacement.
After the meeting, Sam Allen, who is spearheading
the local drive on behalf of a covered bridge, suggested that if any of our contacts had not had an
opportunity to write emails in support of the covered bridge project, there is still time to do so.
Simply address your support to: firstname.lastname@example.org We understand that a final
decision on the project will not be made until the last week of September.
The planning commission indicated that a "fact
finding" report including information on last evening's meeting and progress on the project will be
available in about two weeks on its web site at:
Thank you for your continued interest and assistance
in this bridge rehabilitation project.
Happy Bridging, Ben and June Evans
July 21, 2005 - Greetings to our Bridging Friends:
In our email of 7/16/05 requesting support of the replication of the Risser's Mill Covered
Bridge, we promised that we would notify you if we could acquire the email address of Mr. Sam
Allen who is spearheading the efforts to build the covered bridge.
Mr. Allen contacted us this evening indicating he
would be delighted to receive a copy of your emails supporting the rebuilding of the bridge. His
email address is:
Thank you, again, for your support. We look forward
to seeing many of you at the meeting in Mount Joy on July 26 at 7 p.m.
Ben and June Evans
Support Reconstruction of Risser's Mill Covered
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005
From: Ben and June Evans
On July 8, 2002 - Pennsylvania lost one of its Lancaster County covered
bridges to arson - The Risser's Mill Bridge. Little had been heard
about its replacement until recently. As stated on our TBCBSP web site:
"Some officials and residents would like to see a concrete span built in
its place while others would like to see a new covered bridge rebuilt in
Obviously, we're sure that all of us would like to see it replaced with
a replica of the Risser's Mill Covered Bridge.
Email support and attendance at public meetings has played a major role
in having other covered bridges replaced with replica structures - Books
Bridge in Perry County, the Ryot Bridge in Bedford County, and most
recently the assurance that Mood's Bridge in Bucks county will be rebuilt.
There is strength in numbers! We encourage each of you to write an
email in support of rebuilding Risser's Mill Bridge as a covered
bridge. Please send all emails to Bob and Judy Kuether at:
They will make sure they get to the meeting
scheduled for July 26. Copies might also be sent to the Lancaster
County Planning Commission at:
Mr. Sam Allen, a local business man, is spearheading the effort to
rebuild the bridge as a covered bridge. If we can acquire his email
address, we will send it along also so that supporting emails can also
be sent to him.
Also, if you are in a position to attend the public meeting being held
at 7:00 p.m. on July 26, in the Donegal High School Auditorium, 915
Anderson Ferry Rd , Mount Joy, PA 17552-9747, we encourage you to do so
! ! !
We look forward to seeing many of you there, or to hearing that your
email has been received.