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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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Honorary Chair:     Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.

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will be 32.8 miles long in Lebanon County upon completion.  Phases Outlined on the map to the left (click on maps to enlarge.):  

Completed Phases 1-5, which total 15 miles in length:  Conewago Township, Lancaster County Line to Chestnut Street in the City of Lebanon.

BenefitsOn a weekend as may as 1700 people use the Trail


Gets Families Outdoors for a healthy lifestyle through recreation.


Promotes alternatives to driving and road congestion--hike, bike, and in Swatara State Park, horseback ride.


Provides an alternate exit from town during an emergency evacuation. 


Provides a safe pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. Also,


Educates and brings an appreciation of our history, land and water to the public.


Links to businesses enhancing our economy--Jigger Shop, Rite Aid (S 9th St), Jubilee Ministries, HA Boyd, Lebanon Valley Mall, Supreme.


Connects schools, communities, and other trails--Mt. Gretna, CCHS, the LV Expo, South Hill Park, Fisher Park, City of Lebanon, Lebanon High School, Lebanon Catholic HS, future Wengert Memorial Park, #GloningerMeadowsPark, Friends of Coleman Memorial Park, Union Canal Tunnel Park, Swatara Water Trail, Jonestown, Friends of Memorial Lake and Swatara State Parks, future Allwein Park, Appalachian Trail Communities, and


Allows passage for wildlife and in some instances, alternatives to road crossings.


Evidenced by inclusion in real estate listings, increases value to properties along the Rail Trail.

Phase 6 is 1.3 miles long: Chestnut Street to Route 422.  

Three parks will be connected using this route:

Across from Lebanon Catholic, Wengert’s pocket park will be built honoring John Wengert who owned Wengert’s Dairy; and then west on Chestnut to 22nd Street where just around the corner, North Cornwall Township completed Gloninger Woods Park.  A new bridge is due to be installed across the Quittapahilla Creek heading towards Lebanon Valley Mall.  The crossing is being designed.  People will get to the back of the Mall, and go through the tunnel. 

Phase 7 is 1.7 miles long:  25th Street on the N side of the tunnel behind Lebanon Valley Mall on the old rail bed along Union Canal Tunnel Park through to Long Lane.  As of 7.20.2017, “grubbing” is taking place on the old rail bed on the west side of 25th Street north of the “Mall” tunnel.  25th Street separates North Lebanon and West Lebanon Townships.  At any rate, the Trail will connect to the Union Canal Tunnel Park property, and we are working on a crossing under Tunnel Hill Road that should be finished by the end of October 2018.

Farms and Farmers are Valued.  The goal is for the farm and Rail Trail to co-exist.

Handouts:  MeetingHighlights/12.15.2016 Commissioner Presentation with attachments.pdf

Rail Trail Phase 7:  The Meily's, Rail Trail members, commissioners and others met during our regular meeting. The goal is for the farm and Rail Trail to co-exist. Commissioners support farms and farmers through farmland preservation and Clean and Green, which waves higher real estate taxes on productive land. The Meily farm is enrolled in both programs. All segments of the farm are accessible. Pink lines on the attached map represent existing farm lanes and crossings. Lime green lines represent potential farm lanes. 

Phase 8 is 2.8 miles long:  Long Lane to Bunker Hill.  Some paths are still being negotiated. 
Phase 9 is 1.7 miles long: Bunker Hill to S of Route 22/78 Jonestown and Supreme Area.

Completed N of the old iron tress Lebanon to Tremont Railroad Bridge over the Swatara Creek.  From this point north, the Rail Trail often parallels the Swatara Water Trail. To facilitate Phase 9 N of Jonestown, commissioners signed an agreement for an easement with the Lebanon Water Authority to pass through their property. Pending approval of funding, both the deck and Trail S of the RR bridge should see construction in 2017.


Phase 10 is 3.0 miles long: N of Route 22/78 to Lickdale:  Also, the "Z-Truss" Ironwood Bridge will be restored and placed at the Trailhead (in red on the map).


Completed 7.3 miles in Swatara State Park:  The Appalachian Trail crosses over the Swatara Creek.  Other great features are:  Union Canal Locks to explore; the rustic Armar Bordner Cabin and Aycrigg's Falls, Lebanon County's only waterfall; and a bank of prehistoric fossils that you can dig through.  Hike, bike or horseback ride both sides of the Swatara Creek.  Watch for paddlers on the Swatara.
The Big Picture is a regional trail connecting counties and other trails like Stony Valley:  

Tourism/FINAL MPO RailTrail CCAP article 11.2016.pdf

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