TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES - DECEMBER 6, 1999
The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on December 6, 1999. Chairman Hackman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. noting that the Board had been meeting in Executive Session prior to the meeting to discuss legal and personnel matters.
|Board of Supervisors:||Wesley Hackman, Chairman|
|Frank Fazzalore, Secretary/Treasurer|
|Fred Allan, Member|
|Scott Fegley, Member|
|Grace Godshalk, Member|
|Others:||Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager|
|Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor|
|Jan Gouza, Township Engineer|
|Joseph Bainbridge, Acting Chief of Police|
Ms. Gay of 21 Spring Lane expressed concern with the Spring Lane water problems that she felt were to be discussed this evening. Ms. Gouza stated he suggested to Mr. Fedorchak that possibly a special meeting with the impacted homeowners and the Board of Supervisors could be held to go over his offices recommendations as opposed to doing this at a regular public meeting. He can provide information on this matter to the Board prior to that meeting. Mr. Hackman stated the Board will review the material and announce at the next meeting of the Board of Supervisors what the next step will be. He stated he agreed it would be a good idea to have a special meeting with the residents. Mr. Fedorchak stated he would be able to contact the residents involved. Mr. Hackman stated the problem with this area is the roads need to be repaired but the Board is reluctant to do so until they are ready to install public water and sewer.
Ms. Sue Herman stated she was alarmed by Mr. Steils comments at the December 2 traffic meeting held in Newtown Township indicating that quarry trucks and college students do not mix. She stated it now appears that he is willing to shield one group but not another which is forced to bear a heavier burden. She read a letter which was sent to Senator Conti in September regarding Swamp Road and the improvements to the culvert. She stated Senator Conti never responded to their letter. She stated at the Newtown Township meeting, Representative Steil and Mr. Warren indicated they could not make public the bridge inspection report because of liability reasons. She stated the residents would like to see something in writing regarding the culvert.
Mr. Richard Storm of 428 Ramsey Road noted the Queens Grant Development has not had leaves collected in more than six weeks. Mr. Hackman stated Mr. Coyne does not go out and pick up the leaves until there are enough leaves to be picked up. He stated there are five or six crews currently working on leaves. Mr. Fedorchak asked that Mr. Storm call the office to get an estimated time of pick up for his area. Mr. Fazzalore stated he has heard complaints about the leaf pick-up operation all the years he has served as a Supervisor and they never seem to be able to improve this system. He stated he feels they should investigate the cost of hiring someone to do this job. Mr. Hackman asked that Mr. Fazzalore look into this. Ms. Susan Merr of Sylvan Terrace stated there have been times in years past when their leaves were not picked up at all.
Ms. Merr stated there were discussions regarding installation of a stop sign on South Drive. She stated since stop signs were installed at S. Crescent and W. School Lane the South Drive area is now becoming a drag strip. She stated she feels the children in the area should be able to ride their bikes and play hockey on a quiet street. Mr. Hackman stated the streets are not playgrounds. Ms. Merr stated while she recognizes this, people are using their streets now as a cut through in order to avoid the two new stop signs and she feels their street should be safe as well. Mrs. Godshalk stated they would have to put the stop sign on the West side because there are no through streets on the other side. Ms. Merr asked about a speed bump, and Mr. Hackman stated it has been determined that this would not be a correct way to proceed since cars hitting speed bumps can also cause problems. Mr. Hackman stated he feels they should look into whether the traffic patterns have changed since the installation of the stop signs. Acting Chief Bainbridge agreed to look into this with Mr. Gouza.
Ms. Diane Mays stated she called two weeks ago about the leaves near her home which is near a School. She was advised by the Township staff that they would advise Mr. Coyne of this. She also called the Police Department because of the safety concerns and was told this was a job for the Road Department. She noted if the residents do not plow the sidewalk, the Police have indicated in the past they will be fined. She stated this year the leaf pick up seems to be later than ever.
Ms. Sally Conlon stated she does not want to have to bag leaves if they are considering this as an alternative to the current leaf pick-up system.
HONOR MARLA CHAET ON BEING RECIPIENT OF THE GOVERNORS AWARD FOR CRIME PREVENTION
Ms. Marla Chaet was present to receive a Proclamation from the Board of Supervisors honoring her on being recipient of the Governors Award for Crime Prevention for her work in crime prevention in Yardley Crest. Ms. Chaet thanked Mary Healy as well as all of the Block Captains. Mr. Hackman stated the Bucks County Commissioners have also gone on record with their own Proclamation which was presented to Ms. Chaet this evening as well.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF LOWER MAKEFIELD TOWNSHIPS RECEIPT OF GOVERNORS AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE
Mr. Hackman showed the Plaque received by the Township honoring them for their preservation of open space and critical natural features. Mr. Hackman noted in the last four to five years the Environmental Advisory Council has been in the forefront in looking into environmental affairs. He stated the Township has also received Proclamations from the State Senate and House offering congratulations on this Award. Mr. Fazzalore stated the previous Supervisors and members of other Township Boards and Commissions were foresighted and should not be forgotten.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of the October 26, 1999 Budget Work Session as corrected.
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of the November 1, 1999 Public Meeting as corrected.
Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mrs. Godshalk seconded to approve the Minutes of the November 3, 1999 Budget Work Session as corrected. Motion carried with Mr. Fegley abstaining.
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of the November 15, 1999 Public Meeting as written.
APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 1041 SUPPORTING BUCKS COUNTYS EFFORTS TO OBTAIN A COMPLETE COUNT FOR CENSUS 2000
Mr. Fegley moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 1041.
DISCUSSION AND TABLING OF RESOLUTION NO. 1042 SUPPORTING THE LOWER DELAWARE RIVER CONSERVATION PLAN
Mr. Fegley stated over the last year and a half to two years the Township participated in a joint project with other Municipalities in the Lower Delaware River Conservation Plan. He stated John Ryder was the Township representative and did a tremendous amount of work on this project. He added that out of the project, which was funded completely by Grant money, came this Plan which is the subject of the Resolution. Mr. Fegley stated the entire Plan is available for review in the Township Office. Each Municipality identified areas of environmental concern which they would like to do something about if there were funds available. Having this Plan to cite will make future Grant money more available. In order to be eligible for Grant money, the Township Board of Supervisors must approve a Resolution endorsing the Plan.
Mr. Hackman stated he did review the Lower Makefield portion of the Executive Summary and is concerned that it cites a number of things the Township will do. Mr. Fegley stated this does not obligate the Township to do anything - it is simply a "Wish List."
Mrs. Godshalk asked why the Board did not get a copy of this. Mr. Fedorchak stated the Township received it in September but he was not sure whether or not it had been distributed to the Board.
Mr. Hackman suggested that this be put on the Agenda for the next meeting so that all Board members have an opportunity to read it. Mr. Fazzalore stated they have been in support of this for a number of years and he questioned why they should not vote on this matter tonight. Mrs. Godshalk stated if an item is on the Agenda, she would like to have the information in the packet for review. Mr. Fegley stated he did not feel it would be a problem to table this matter until December 20.
Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to table approval of Resolution No. 1042.
APPROVE GRANT OF EXTENSION TO MINNES MINOR SUBDIVISION
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant an extension of time to Minnes Minor Subdivision Preliminary/Final Plan to February 20, 2000.
APPROVE GRANT OF EXTENSION TO WILSHIRE GLEN
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant an extension of time to Wilshire Glen Preliminary Plan to March 11, 2000.
DISCUSSION OF SIGNAGE FOR HAMPTON INN & SUITES
Mr. Clarke Blynn was present . Mr. Hackman stated there was an issue about signage and the Chairman of the Board at the time, Dr. Strahle, was involved in these discussions. Mr. Blynn stated they had made a presentation in early August with the main issue being the back-lit versus externally-illuminated signage on the building. They asked the Board to come to the site and look at it. Currently they have externally-illuminated signs on the side facing I-95 and on the side facing the office building which are very unattractive. Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels they should have back-lit signs. Mr. Hackman stated he was told there were also questions about the number of signs as well as the location of signs.
Mr. Fedorchak stated the last time they asked for two signs more than are currently on the site. Mr. Fegley stated he feels they should all go out to the site and have Mr. Blynn indicate where they want signs located. Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels the entrance signs are inadequate and are too small to be seen. Mr. Hackman stated he does not feel Mr. DeLuca has installed his main signs yet. Mr. Allan asked if the existing signage meets Township Ordinances, and Mr. Blynn stated it does.
Mr. Blynn stated there are a number of people who come from the Princeton area to the Inn and they do not know where the building is. Mr. Allan suggested they contact the people in charge of the Exit ramp and ask that a sign be installed at that location. Mr. Blynn stated this is a possibility but they would also like to put up a three foot sign facing the intersection.
Mr. Hackman stated it would be helpful if the Board could be provided with a drawing of the building showing where signs are currently located. Mr. Murphy stated if they are going to go out to the site, it would be helpful to provide the Board with a drawing prior to the site visit. Mr. Murphy stated the Ordinance prohibits internally-illuminated signs and they would have go to the Zoning Hearing Board to get relief.
Mr. Murphy stated DeLuca Enterprises made a presentation in the summer and obtained Zoning Hearing Board relief to put up the Campus signage and they are waiting for Permit approval. The Permit Application was rejected in November and it is being re-submitted. The signs have been fabricated and are ready to be installed once the Permit is approved.
The Board agreed to visit the site on Thursday, December 16, 1999 at 5:30 p.m. Mr. Fedorchak was asked to provide the Board with a copy of the Ordinance as it relates to the Hampton Inn, and Mr. Blynn agreed to provide the Board with a drawing of the site and the existing signs.
DISCUSSION AND MOTION ON NEWTOWN OFFICE COMMONS
Mr. Hackman stated he feels the Board should intervene in this matter because of the effect on Lower Makefield Township. Mr. Garton stated they should participate promptly and get a copy of the approved Plans as well as the Letter of Approval.
Mr. Fegley moved and Mrs. Godshalk seconded to direct the Township Manager to take all necessary steps to facilitate Township participation in this matter with PennDOT and to obtain all necessary documents relating to this from Newtown Township.
Mr. Len Franckowiak stated there was concern expressed at the Newtown Township Planning Commission meeting with regard to the speeds on the road and the Township engineer indicated the average speed is 40 miles per hour on Lindenhurst Road. Mr. Franckowiak stated he does not feel they should build an intersection for the average speed but should build it to handle the expected highest speed.
Ms. Gay asked if the Plans are available to the public. Mr. Hackman stated they would be available at Newtown Township now for review by the Public and when Lower Makefield gets a copy they could be reviewed at the Lower Makefield Township Office as well. Mr. Gunkel stated they do not yet have final drawings in Newtown Township but the Grading and Utility Plan is currently available in Lower Makefield.
Ms. Herman asked if this Plan will eliminate some of the solutions in the McMann Study for improvements to the intersection, and Mr. Hackman stated he feels it will eliminate some of the solutions. Ms. Herman stated unless Newtown Township or PennDOT takes action to condemn the land for future improvement, the developer has the right to develop the property. She asked if the Lower Makefield Township traffic consultant will review the Plan, and Mr. Hackman stated he feels they should.
Motion carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF STEWARTS FIELD AT YARDLEY DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT
Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Allan seconded to approve the Stewarts Field at Yardley Development Agreement.
Mrs. Godshalk questioned the cobblestone curbing indicating she did not feel they received approval for this. Mr. Murphy stated Belgian block curbing was included in the estimate and he felt the Board of Supervisors had approved this.
Mr. Fegley moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the use of Belgian block.
Motion to approve Development Agreement carried unanimously.
DENY REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS IN PEAKE FARM
Mrs. Godshalk moved and Mr. Allan seconded to deny the request for Dedication of public improvements in Peake Farm based on outstanding issues in the CKS and PCS letters, and since there are no Final Certificates of Occupancy for lots.
Mrs. Godshalk stated the Township agreed to accept certain sections of the woodlands and there was to be a complete inspection of the trees after which the developer was to clear out anything that was considered to be a hazard.
It was agreed that denial is also based on problems with trees in the area to be dedicated.
Motion to deny carried unanimously.
DENY REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM IN ROLLING GREENE
Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to deny the request for Dedication of sanitary sewer system in Rolling Greene based on outstanding items in the CKS letter dated 12/1/99.
DENY REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM IN VALLEY GREEN
Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to deny the request for Dedication of sanitary sewer system in Valley Green based on outstanding items in the CKS letter.
SIGN LINENS FOR STEWARTS FIELD AT YARDLEY
Linens were signed following the meeting.
DISCUSSION OF SWAMP ROAD BRIDGE RIGHT TO KNOW
Mr. Garton stated he has heard nothing further with regard to the Right To Know Matter as it relates to the Swamp Road Bridge. He did discuss this matter with Mr. Conti who agreed to make a good faith effort before the Township filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court. He stated they did acknowledge receipt to the letter Mr. Garton sent by Certified Mail but he has received no further response. Mr. Garton suggested they give Senator Conti until the first of the year to work on this matter.
Mr. Franckowiak stated Mr. Warren advised him that this does not come under the Right To Know Act.
AUTHORIZATION TO OBTAIN BIDS ON POOL HEATERS
Mr. Gouza stated they submitted a report to the Pool Board regarding cost estimates for pool heaters and PECOS response regarding supplying fuel for the heaters. Installation costs from PECO were $21,000 but they indicated they would waive this charge if the Township agreed to heat all of the pools. Mr. Gouza was not aware if the Pool Board made a recommendation on this matter to the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Hackman stated the Pool Board has gone on record as agreeing this would be a good idea.
Mr. Fazzalore moved to authorize the Township Engineer to get firm bids on what it would cost to heat the pools using alternates of heating one pool, two pools, three pools, and all four pools.
Mr. Fazzalore noted the competition to the Pool is getting fierce and if they do not upgrade the Pool, there will be a decline in memberships. Mr. Hackman stated he does not feel this will result in an increase in the Membership Fees and there are more than adequate funds in the reserves for this project. Mr. Hackman stated the Swim Team has run fund-raisers and is willing to donate funds to the cost of the heaters.
Mr. Fegley seconded the Motion and the Motion carried unanimously.
DISCUSSION OF BIKEPATH - LINDENHURST TO WOODSIDE ROAD
Mr. Hackman stated Toll Bros. will shortly be installing the bikepath along Lindenhurst Road and they need to determine how they will handle two properties in the area - the Minehart property and the Gas Pump Station. Mr. Hackman stated he would like to have Mr. Gouza look into this and determine how the bikepath can be run up to the corner.
Mr. Gouza stated the approved Plans for Section II include extension of the bikepath to Woodside Road. The bikepath is to be constructed across Mr. Mineharts property along the existing right-of-way and there is a need for a sixteen foot bikepath easement across Transcos pipeline in order to install the bikepath through this area. He feels the Township in approving these plans assumed the responsibility of obtaining the easement so Toll Bros. could build the bikepath. Mr. Garton stated they also agreed to take the money for this portion if the easement could not be obtained expeditiously and the Township would complete it when the easement was obtained.
Mr. Gouza stated part of the design does include a depressed curb and to provide access for Transco and Mr. Minehart to get to his tree operation. Mr. Garton stated he will begin the process with the PUC.
DISCUSSION OF CREATING AN ADDITIONAL LANE AT MACCLESFIELD PARK ENTRANCE
Mr. Gouza stated the eventual plan for Macclesfield Park was always to have an additional lane and he could provide a sketch and estimated cost for this project. Mr. Fazzalore stated this was not discussed during the Budget discussions but depending on the cost, they may still want to consider this project. Mr. Gouza stated he would estimate the cost could be $30,000. It was the consensus of the Board that they did not want to proceed with this project next year.
DISCUSSION OF REDESIGN OF STOOPVILLE/532 INTERSECTION
Mr. Gouza stated this project is under design. He stated these are State roads and the State will design what they are going to do. Mr. Hackman stated he would like to know what they are doing since it involves the Township. Mr. Fedorchak stated he just received a Fax which does have a sketch. Mr. Fedorchak was asked to put this together in some form for the Boards review.
DISCUSSION AND MOTION ON SWAMP ROAD BRIDGE
Mr. Gouza noted his memo on this matter. He stated his office has experts on staff who are familiar with these types of inspections. He stated bridges are classified by span and those twenty feet or more in span basically get a full-blown published report and those less than this amount get a full-blown inspection but the report is not formalized in the typical way. He stated these programs are funded by the Federal Government and the cut off is twenty feet. The inspection is the same, however. Mr. Gouza stated his people have given the structure a cursory review and he feels the Township is not getting the information they have requested because there is not an official report because of the size of the bridge. He stated this particular structure is a stone arch which is very difficult to analyze by any quantitative method. He stated PennDOT has apparently done this inspection every two years and has rated the bridge.
Mr. Hackman questioned the width. Mr. Gouza stated it is a two-lane bridge with guardrails on both sides. Mr. Hackman stated there is a narrow bridge in front of his home and the side supports have been hit a number of times. He feels possibly this bridge should be downgraded for the same reason the Swamp Road Bridge was closed to certain traffic. Mr. Gouza stated he feels there is a report on the bridge in front of Mr. Hackmans home as well. He stated it is a different construction and they can analyze it better. He suspects the integrity of that bridge may be decent and does not warrant rating it for a weight limit. He stated the Swamp Road Bridge is of a type of construction that warrants a judgment to be made which is different from the bridge in front of Mr. Hackmans home.
Mr. Hackman asked the Board if they feel they should look into the bridge in front of his home. Mr. Fegley stated he feels Toll Bros. is scheduled to replace that bridge. Mrs. Godshalk asked if the bridge should be used now if it is not safe. Mr. Gouza stated he is not aware of the last time they inspected the bridge although he suspects it would have been within the last two years since they are on a two-year cycle. He stated he could look into the matter to see if the bridge is safe to be used.
Mrs. Godshalk moved and Mr. Allan seconded to authorize the Township engineer to inspect the bridge in front of Mr. Hackmans property and see if it is safe for use. Mr. Fegley asked for a cost estimate of this inspection, and Mr. Gouza stated he would charge nothing at this point. Motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Franckowiak stated he did go out and look at the Swamp Road Bridge and he felt it was in good shape. Ms. Gay stated stone arch bridges are used in Philadelphia and carry truck traffic.
DISCUSSION AND MOTION ON STORMWATER BASIN MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Mr. Gouza stated he provided information on recommendations for improvements to certain basins based on their observations during Hurricane Floyd. They have made recommendations on eighteen basins where modifications could be made. These are fairly modest and involve reducing the size of the outlet structure so that they can retain more water. This work does not need to be done all at one time and they might want to discuss with Mr. Coyne whether or not he could do some of this work.
Mr. Gouza noted particularly the Spring Lane and Hillside area and their concern with the basin at the intersection of Quarry and Lindenhurst Roads which is currently not holding water. They had made suggestions on modifications to this basins, and Mr. Coyne has completed this work.
Mr. Fazzalore noted there are a number of developments involved which are not old developments, and he is concerned why this was not done correctly the first time. Mr. Gouza stated all of the basins in the Township they have been involved with were designed and built in accordance with the Township Ordinances which are theoretical. He stated some of them function the way they are intended while some do not function as anticipated by the theoretical calculations. Mr. Gouza stated they do not anticipate they will have another major list after this one. He stated there are some basins in developments which have not been officially dedicated to the Township and they will be pulling those out and going back to the developers to have them make the modifications before the Township accepts dedication.
Mr. William Taylor stated there is money provided under Street Projects for these types of projects.
Mr. Allan asked if the Township staff will be doing this work or will the projects be put out to bid. Mr. Fedorchak stated he will discuss this with Mr. Coyne but feels much of this can be done by the Township staff.
Mr. Hackman asked why this work was not done previously if they were aware of the problems. Mr. Gouza stated they had two lists. The Board of Supervisors authorized the work from the first list to be done but took no action on the second report which was basically the report now being discussed.
Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Fegley seconded to authorize proceeding with this work.
Ms. Gay stated there is a basin on Lindenhurst Road across from Mr. Kratz home that is flooding her neighborhood and she asked why this is not on the list. Mr. Gouza stated it is his opinion that the dam across from Mr. Kratz property is functioning well and did an excellent job during Hurricane Floyd. He stated if that basin had not been there, a number of houses downstream would not be there today. He noted they do recognize there are still problems downstream and the Board has authorized them to look at this in conjunction with improvements at Hillside and Spring Lane. They are looking into some modifications to the basin. They are planning to address the release rates from the basin forward since it appears it drained too quickly. Mr. Gouza stated it overflowed the emergency spillway which is the concrete structure but it did not overflow the berm. He stated it functioned as it was supposed to function. He stated they recognized the small basin at the corner was not holding any water and they did make some modifications to this so that during the next storm it should be full.
Mr. Gunkel noted Hurricane Floyd was greater than a 100 year storm and the design standards are for a 100 year storm.
Motion carried unanimously.
AWARD CONTRACT FOR ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION EQUIPMENT UPGRADE AT SHERWOOD PARK PUMPING STATION
Mr. Fedorchak stated this contract will change the motor controls at the Sherwood Park Pumping Station. Mr. Zarko stated the equipment currently in place was installed in the early 1960s and they are having problems getting replacement parts and with the system shutting down. They received ten bids and the low bid was lower than anticipated. He stated they did sit down with the low bidder to make sure he had addressed all items. They were advised that the low bidder is receiving a Grant from a Union to do this work using their workers. They have discussed the matter with the Township Solicitor and they have found it is not a reason to turn down the bid. They have also checked his references. Mr. Zarko stated the bid amount is not contingent on the contractor obtaining the Grant.
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Allan seconded and it was unanimously carried to award the bid to A.C. Scott Electric for $12,000.
APPOINT CLARKE CATON HINTZ TO PREPARE SCHEMATIC FLOOR PLAN AND COST ESTIMATE FOR PROPOSED COMMUNITY CENTER
Mr. Fedorchak stated they have before the Board the comments from Clarke Caton Hintz relative to modifications to the Community Center Concept Design that had been placed before the voters over one year ago relative to the Referendum. They have indicated that for $2,500 they will look into adding a gym/youth wing and establish a construction proposal for a building not to exceed $5 million.
Mr. Fegley stated he felt an explanation for the benefit of the public was in order. Mr. Hackman stated the Board of Supervisors has decided to take a step forward to see if they can come up with a plan for a Community Center to go out for a Referendum. They hope it can be put together in a way such that they can proceed with a Community Center and this is the first step.
Mr. Allan moved and Mr. Fegley seconded to appoint Clarke Caton Hintz to prepare the schematic floor plan and cost estimate for the proposed ll provide an overview to the public to try to let the people know what they are looking at. Mr. Hackman stated there was previous discussion about where this would be located and the Township is now about to own land across the street from the Municipal Building so they can tell the public where the Community Center would be located, how much it will cost, and what it will provide.
Mr. Richard Storm stated a local paper published a letter written by Barry Wood the day of the Referendum which he feels impacted the vote. Mr. Hackman stated hopefully they can explain the Plan to the people in a way that will help them vote in favor of it.
Mr. Fazzalore stated he was interested in a Senior Center and was taken aback at a meeting they had when it was decided to add a youth wing. He stated the Referendum did not pass when they were only looking at a Performing Arts/Senior Center, and now they are adding something else. He feels they should have a Senior Center only or at least a wing of the building where it is for Seniors only. He feels the emphasis should have been on a Senior Center only since this would have been much less expensive.
Motion carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF 1999 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN SUBMISSION
Mr. Fedorchak stated last week he submitted on behalf of the Township eight projects to be considered under the 1999 Transportation Improvement Plan. He stated some time ago they put together a bikepath project for funding under the T-21 and he understands there is a placeholder specifically for bikepaths and he would like to add this as an amendment to the submission. This would be the Afton Road bikepath.
Mr. Franckowiak asked about the traffic signal at Woodside and Twining. Mr. Fedorchak stated he will look into this but feels it falls under a different category.
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the 1999 Transportation Improvement Plan Submission with the addition of the Afton Road bikepath project. Mr. Allan was not present for the vote.
DISCUSSION OF ROLL-OVER SCALES
Acting Chief Bainbridge presented pictures of the roll-over scales. He reviewed how the scales are used to determine the total weight of the truck as well as the weight of any single axle. If it is determined to be overweight, they would then use the weight scales so they can impose the fines. He stated this makes the process much quicker than the existing system and they can then stop more trucks.
Mr. Fazzalore asked if the Board is being asked to approve the purchase of these at this time. Acting Chief Bainbridge stated he was asked to look into this equipment. Mr. Hackman stated it was mentioned that Falls Township uses these, and he asked the Police Department to look into this equipment. Acting Chief Bainbridge stated the new model will not be out until February, 2000 and the approximate cost is $17,000. He stated currently they have certified scales but the process is much slower than using the roll-over scales. He noted the scales they have were purchased many years ago. The roll-over scales can also be set up very quickly.
Mr. Fegley suggested that if they feel there is a need for these to be purchased that they review the Police Department Budget to see if these would be a greater priority than some other budgeted item. Mr. Fegley asked for an update on this matter at the second meeting in January. Mrs. Godshalk stated possibly they could recoup the cost of the equipment through the fines imposed for overweight trucks.
ZONING HEARING BOARD
Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to authorize the Township Solicitor to appear in opposition to the King variance request for the property at 1 Walnut Lane. They are requesting a variance of the setback requirements to permit construction of a single family residence.
Mr. Fegley moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to authorize the Township Solicitor to appear at the Zoning Hearing Board meeting to obtain more information on the Brown variance request for the property at 1405 Westover Road. They are requesting a variance to construct a driveway resulting in greater than the permitted impervious surface.
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to authorize the Township Solicitor to appear at the Zoning Hearing Board meeting to obtain more information on the Moore variance request for the property at 88 Manor Lane South. They are requesting a variance to construct an addition resulting in greater than the permitted impervious surface.
No action was taken on the Weiner variance request for the property at 2049 Silverwood Drive.
Mr. Fegley stated he has been advised that the Park & Recreation Board will hold their meeting on December 21 and will review the fourth plan for North Park. This Plan is a result of the comments received at the last meeting. He feels the Board of Supervisors will be considering this matter at their second meeting in January.
Mrs. Godshalk asked if the Township staff has advertised the new meeting dates for the Historic Commission, and Mr. Fedorchak agreed to look into this.
Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels they should publicize the Farm Business Ordinance amendment. Mr. Fedorchak was asked to give the Board of Supervisors a copy of this for their review.
Mrs. Godshalk reported they had a successful Open House at Elm Lowne with approximately five hundred people in attendance. She noted there were no parking problems and the Police Cadets were helpful in this regard.
DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF ANTIQUE SHOW AT ELM LOWNE
Mr. Hackman noted the letter written by Mr. Garton to Mr. Fedorchak which was provided to the Board for their review regarding the Antique Show proposed to be held at Elm Lowne on May 19, 20, and 21, 2000. Mr. Hackman stated he feels the promoter should have insurance. Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels the individuals should have insurance as well. Mr. Fedorchak stated there is a letter explaining the insurance. He has no knowledge of any special electrical service requirements and feels whoever is handling the show should attend a meeting as soon as possible and they should discuss their requirements. Mr. Hackman stated he also feels they should provide their own security. Mrs. Godshalk stated she is aware that they hire their own security and provide overnight security as well. Mr. Allan asked about the rent to be received. Mrs. Godshalk stated the promoter pays all the expenses and the Township receives 25% of the profits after expenses which should be $4,000 to $5,000.
Mr. Fazzalore stated he is concerned about parking. Mrs. Godshalk stated the promoter indicated there would not be any more than 100 cars at any one time. Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels the Township engineer should give an estimate on the cost of a parking lot. He is concerned that cars may get stuck if it rains. Mr. Fedorchak stated the back parking lot was used for the Elm Lowne Open House following a rain storm and there were no problems. He stated it seems the drainage in the back area is good. Mr. Fegley suggested they monitor the situation at this time. He stated any parking they install should be pervious.
Mr. Fegley stated while he commends Mrs. Godshalk for the ways she is using the property, there should be a discussion in the not too distant future about the long term use of the property. Mrs. Godshalk stated the Committee will be visiting other sites and is planning to set up regulations for use of the property. They will then bring their recommendations to the Board. She stated because of the Open House they will most likely get additional requests for use of the property.
Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels the serving of food requires Department of Health approval and they should look into this.
Mrs. Godshalk stated she would suggest with regard to the parking that they put more seed into the field since if they have a better base there will be less likelihood of having problems.
Mr. Gunkel stated the Ordinance limits certain activities per year at any one location and asked if the Township will be violating the Ordinance and encouraging others to do the same. Mrs. Godshalk stated they are looking into this.
Mr. Fegley moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the antique show proposed for May 19, 20, and 21, 2000 at Elm Lowne.
Ms. Marie Mallon asked about restroom facilities. Mrs. Godshalk stated there are three and a half baths but the antique show promoter will also have portable facilities.
Mr. Franckowiak stated he feels the Patterson Farm is starting to look unattractive.
Mr. Fazzalore stated they are working on this.
Mr. Franckowiak asked if they will have discussions on the cloverleaf at I-95. Mr. Fazzalore stated the I-95 Loop was approved by another Board many years ago and PennDOT is proceeding on this and there will be no further discussion. Mr. Hackman disagreed. Mr. Franckowiak stated there is currently a serious problem with the stacking of cars coming off I-95 trying to go north and they are not addressing this. Mr. Hackman stated he feels the Board of Supervisors may reconsider this matter regardless of what a previous Board decided.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:30 p.m.