TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

MINUTES - JANUARY 18, 1999

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on January 18, 1999. Chairman Strahle called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. noting that the Board had been meeting in Executive Session since 6:30 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel matters.

 

Those present:

Board of Supervisors:

William Strahle, Chairman

 

Wesley Hackman, Vice Chairman

 

Frank Fazzalore, Secretary/Treasurer

 

Scott Fegley, Supervisor

 

Grace Godshalk, Supervisor

 

 

Others:

Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager

 

Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor

 

Jan Gouza, Township Engineer

 

Charles Ronaldo, Chief of Police

 

Tom Roche, Police Department

PRESENTATION OF EAGLE SCOUT PROCLAMATIONS

Mr. Strahle read into the record and presented the Eagle Scout Proclamation to David Podrasky. Mr. Fegley read into the record and presented the Eagle Scout Proclamation to Geoffrey Moody.

 PUBLIC COMMENT

Chief Peranteau, Chief of Police of Bristol Borough, stated he was present with a contingent of thirteen fellow Chiefs of Police from Bucks County to speak on behalf of one of their members and friends - Charles Ronaldo. He stated they are reacting to the articles in the newspaper about the hiring by Lower Makefield Township of a Public Safety Director. Chief Peranteau stated Lower Makefield has a progressive Police Department. He stated he feels Chief Ronaldo is a fine administrator and was personally helpful to him when he became a rookie Police Chief. He stated Chief Ronaldo is also the senior Chief in their organization and remains extremely progressive. He stated in some Townships issues involving the fire and EMPs are handled by the Chief of Police as a liaison. In their opinion, this would be proper in Lower Makefield Township. Chief Peranteau stated he has read comments in the paper that the Board has indicated they are not unhappy with the job being done by Chief Ronaldo. He stated he and the other Chiefs would like to see the Lieutenant’s position put back in place and allow Chief Ronaldo to continue to do the fine job he has done in the past. Mr. Strahle thanked all of the Chiefs for attending this evening’s meeting.

Mr. Charles Podhaizer, Sally Road, stated he was also present to speak on behalf of Chief Ronaldo. He stated he feels the Chief and the Police Department, under his guidance, have done a tremendous job. He feels to hire someone to look after an individual who has done a good job sets a poor precedent. He stated if the Board wants to get rid of the Chief, they should do it and not do it in this underhanded way and ask him to answer to someone else. He stated he feels the Board of Supervisors has also done a good job over the years. He stated he feels they should re-establish the Lieutenant’s position and break that individual in to take over the Chief’s position in a few years.

Ms. Mary Borkovitz stated she would like to discuss the Referendum vote on the Community Center which took place in November. She stated they did receive almost half of the votes in favor of the Community Center despite the fact that there was another Referendum for the purchase of additional open space. She stated people have asked her not to give up the fight for a Community Center. She asked the Board of Supervisors what they plan to do about a Community Center. Mr. Fazzalore stated he has not given the matter much thought since the time of the Election. Mr. Hackman stated many people worked very hard to get the Referendum passed. He stated over 4,000 people voted in favor of a Community Center while 4,800 voted no. He stated the fact that it did not reach a majority does not mean that the problems will go away. He stated there is a Senior Citizens group with over 500 members and an active Performing Arts Group as well as other organizations which need space to meet. He feels the Board of Supervisors should come up with a proposal on what they will do to satisfy this requirement. Mrs. Godshalk stated for more than ten years she has been in favor of a Community Center. She felt the Board of Supervisors should plan for this need and did not feel the Referendum was necessary. She would be in favor of proceeding with a Community Center. Mr. Fegley stated they operate under a system of majority rule and the majority indicated they did not want an increase in their taxes for a Community Center at this time. He stated possibly in the future they could address this again and there could be another Referendum.

Mr. Strahle stated he has not given the matter much thought either since the Election. He agrees, however, that there is going to continue to be a need for meeting space for organizations in the Township. He encouraged the groups not to give up. Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels it is too early to overthrow what the voters told the Board they wanted them to do. He feels proceeding with the construction of a Community Center would be a slap in the face of the majority who voted against this. Ms. Borkovitz stated a lot of the constituents stated they felt the Community Center was sabotaged by putting the other Referendum on at the same time. Mr. Fegley stated he does not feel it was the Open Space Referendum that sabotaged the vote but the divisiveness displayed between the Senior Citizens and the Performing Arts Group. Ms. Borkovitz stated she took offense to this statement.

Ms. Carla Risoldi, Lindenhurst Road, stated she would like to keep Lower Makefield Township the way it is as much as possible. She stated she does not want Community Centers, a lot of buildings, and administrators which would make the Township similar to Philadelphia. She stated the Chief of Police and the Police Department have always been responsive to the community. She stated she is not in favor of a bureaucrat coming in from the outside.

Mr. Bob Slayman, Bedford Place, stated he has lived in the Township for thirty-eight years and never addressed the Board of Supervisors until now. He objects to spending $70,000 for a Public Safety Director which he does not feel is necessary. He stated the Township has done an excellent job fiscally until now.

Ms. Irene Herpley stated in the nineteen years she has lived here she has required police assistance three times and each time their response was prompt and caring. She stated she does not feel they need a Director of Public Safety and if the Township has $70,000 extra they should give it to the Rescue Squad to help them build the new facility.

Mr. Jack Werst, a forty-nine year resident of the Township, stated the Board of Supervisors should recognize that they are taking away incentive for other officers in the Police Department when they take away the Chief’s power and do away with the Lieutenant’s position.

Ms. Dorothy Vislosky stated she has dual residency in Lower Makefield and Falls Townships. She stated when she heard about the possibility of hiring a Director of Public Safety, it alarmed her. She sent a letter outlining her concerns to the Township. She stated she was involved in the Courts for sixteen years and dealt with Police Departments from all over the County. She complimented the Board of Supervisors on the Lower Makefield Township Police Department. She stated in Falls Township they have a number of problems due to poor leadership but this is not the case in Lower Makefield Township because of Chief Ronaldo. She stated she came tonight in strong support of Chief Ronaldo and is willing to do whatever she can to keep Chief Ronaldo as the Chief of Police so he does not lose his tenure. She asked that things remain status quo in Lower Makefield.

Mr. Cal Marshall, 266 Oxford Valley Road, stated he is here to support Chief Ronaldo. He stated he is concerned that if the Police Officers are not promoted, the Township will not be able to draw good people to work for the Township. Mr. Marshall stated he has read nothing about problems with the Police Department, Rescue Squad, or Fire Department which would require them to have someone overseeing them. He stated if the Board brings someone in over these groups, they are making a mistake. He stated at the last meeting, the Board of Supervisors indicated they were responsible for the police, fire and emergency squads but stated he has never seen any of the Board members present at accidents, etc. He stated they should not change what they have now. Mrs. Godshalk stated at the last meeting, she indicated the elected officials under the Second Class Township Code are responsible for all emergency services in the community to protect the lives and welfare of the citizens. She stated they bought land for the Fire Company and they have asked them to staff a northern station. They also gave land adjacent to the Township building to build a new rescue squad facility. They are also going out for the loan for them to build the building. While the Board does not get involved in the daily operation at this time, some day they may have to and they may have to hire a staff instead of relying on volunteers. She noted the Rescue Squad currently has some paid employees. Mr. Hackman stated the Township does have good volunteer organizations and it is not the Board’s intent to change the way they operate. What they are doing is setting up something where there would be an official liaison.

Ms. Lisa Pellegrino, 294 Cinnabar Lane, stated she is present in support of Chief Ronaldo and is opposed to hiring a Director of Public Safety. She stated four years ago someone tried to break into her home and she had to call the police. They were at her home within seconds. They were quick and thorough and even checked in on her later in the day. She later learned they did apprehend the individual who tried to break into her home. She feels Chief Ronaldo has long-time ties to the community and has proven his ability and skill as a leader. Rather than bringing someone from outside and changing the infrastructure, she feels the $70,000 would be better spent to provide additional equipment or training.

Mr. George Oppenheimer, 381 Ramsey Road, stated he has been a member of the group that was formed some years ago for the purpose of organizing Neighborhood Watch Groups in Lower Makefield. This group was implemented by Chief Ronaldo and proved quite successful. He stated he has been involved in the formation and re-formation of approximately 25 different Neighborhood Watch Groups and in every case when they discussed the cooperation of the Police Department, the citizens with whom he was involved with spoke of the rapidity with which the Police responded to emergencies and the arrest and prosecution of criminals. He stated as the ex-Director of the Citizens Crime Commission of Bucks County he has repeatedly found Chief Ronaldo to be one of the leading Chiefs in the County in advocating the technical advancement of police work in the County and the support he has given to the success and efficiency of police work.

Mr. Oppenheimer stated the number of police officers has basically been unchanged since he moved to the Township in 1970 because of the efficiency of the Police Department, despite an increase in road miles and number of citizens. He stated there has also been a decline in the crime rate. He stated he understands a number of Townships may want to hire a Public Safety Director because it gets them away from the Tenure Act, but he is opposed to this at this time in Lower Makefield and feels the Board should wait until Chief Ronaldo retires. He asked that they follow the feelings of a majority of the Township citizens in this instance as they indicated earlier in the evening they are doing with respect to the Referendum.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of December 21, 1998 as corrected.

Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Hackman seconded to approve the Minutes of January 4,

1999 as written. Motion carried with Mr. Fegley abstaining.

 

ACCEPT CONCEPT OF RELOCATING COMMUNITY POOL/KIDS’ KINGDOM ENTRANCE AND AUTHORIZE ENGINEER TO GO TO PENNDOT

Mr. Gouza showed on the overhead the existing entrance to the parking area. He stated there has been concern expressed that the existing entrance, which is currently two-way, causes safety problems for people exiting the facility and trying to make a left-turn. He stated they are forced to cross not only the left turn lane but also the through lane and the lane going eastbound. He stated the right turn lane is exceedingly wide and with the stop bar back short of the bikepath, by the time the driver looks in each direction and decides to proceed, too much time passes. They have discussed the matter with PennDOT since Edgewood Road is a State highway. They have looked into a number of options and are recommending that the existing entrance be made an entrance only and that they create another exit 150 feet west of the existing entrance. This exit would line up with the exit/entrance for Stoddart Field across the street.

Mr. Fazzalore asked if this will address the sight distance concerns, and Mr. Gouza stated it will. He stated while they do meet the criteria for sight distance at the current exit/entrance, it takes too much time to look in all directions before you can proceed.

Mrs. Godshalk stated she would like to see where the Library wall starts and the location of the parking area near the interior road. Mr. Gouza noted the parking area on the overhead and did not feel there should be a safety concern in this area. He stated there are rarely cars parked in this area. Mrs. Godshalk asked how this new plan would impact any future addition to the Library. Mr. Gouza stated he did not feel this would be a problem but agreed to look into the matter and report back to the Board. Mr. Hackman stated there is currently an unsafe situation, and he feels they should address this now and not be concerned about future plans of the Library.

Mr. Fazzalore asked about the possibility of going east around the barn. Mr. Gouza stated he did not do this because they would have had to align it with Oxford Valley Road, and there are problems with the grades in that area.

Mr. Hackman moved to accept the proposal and instruct the engineer to go out to bid.

Mr. Gouza stated if this is the concept the Board would like to proceed with, he will go back to PennDOT and get their reaction first.

Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Fazzalore seconded to accept the concept and authorize the engineer to go to PennDOT.

Mrs. Godshalk asked about a traffic light. Chief Ronaldo stated the proper place for a traffic light would be the Oxford Valley/Edgewood Roads intersection. He feels the plan being proposed by Mr. Gouza should correct the problems they are having.

Mr. Strahle asked that records on accidents and near misses in this area be presented to PennDOT.

Mr. Bob Strempeck asked about people trying to exit the Kids’ Kingdom parking area crossing the lane of cars trying to enter. Mr. Gouza noted the arrows will show the way the traffic can proceed. He stated the first turn after the "in-only" entrance would be for right turns only.

Mr. Hackman thanked Sgt. Roche for working with the Township on this matter.

The motion carried unanimously.

 AUTHORIZE STAFF TO BID RECONSTRUCTION OF OXFORD ROAD BRIDGE

Mr. Gouza stated they needed both Municipalities to sign the application for the permits needed. They did get these signatures and all necessary permits for construction have been received. He noted there is still some debate as to the allocation of costs. Mr. Garton stated briefs were submitted by both sides in November and they are waiting for a date from the Commonwealth Court. He expects a decision to be made sometime after March.

Mr. Hackman moved and Mrs. Godshalk seconded to authorize the staff to bid reconstruction of the Oxford Road Bridge.

Mr. Fazzalore stated he does not have a concern with going out to bid at this time, but he will not vote in favor of proceeding with construction prior to the Court ruling. Mr. Fegley stated the Board agreed to only challenge the amount of the assessment and not the total cost of the project since the Board felt the work needed to be done. He added Mr. Garton contacted Yardley Borough and advised them that they were going ahead with the $200,000 project as opposed to the $45,000 project. Mrs. Godshalk stated there is a safety issue at this location. Mr. Strahle asked Mr. Garton if the Township can spend Township residents’ money to purchase property outside the Township. Mr. Garton stated they can acquire property interest outside the Township, although they cannot condemn it.

Mr. Strahle stated he has a problem spending Lower Makefield Township money for land in Yardley Borough, and 50% of the property they are discussing is in Yardley Borough.

He stated he hopes the Court will uphold the notion of property rights and boundaries.

Mr. Garton stated the Court will not order Lower Makefield to fix the bridge. All they will say is how the cost will be allocated. Mr. Fegley stated he felt the Board already agreed to go out to bid and repair the bridge at the higher cost. Mr. Strahle stated this is not the question. He feels Yardley Borough should pay 50% of the cost since they own 50% of it.

Mr. Fegley stated the issue before the Board tonight is whether they should go out to bid on the plans prepared and the Township would not have gotten to this point if they had not earlier agreed that it was necessary to build the bridge to the proper specs. Mr. Fazzalore stated he questions why they are going to the Commonwealth Court. Mr. Fegley stated if the Court comes back with a decision that Yardley Borough must pay 50% of the costs, they will have to pay it. Mr. Fazzalore stated Yardley Borough could appeal that decision.

Mr. Fegley stated he feels the Supervisors voted previously to go ahead with the construction of the bridge at the higher cost. Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels a majority of the Board is willing to proceed at this time. Mr. Fazzalore stated he will agree to go out to bid but will not vote in favor of construction until the Court reaches a decision.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

AUTHORIZE STAFF TO GO OUT TO BID FOR MAKEFIELD MANOR STORM SEWER PROJECT

Mr. Gouza stated they presented a plan about a year ago in three phases to correct drainage problems at Makefield Manor. The first phase has been completed. They are now requesting permission to go out to bid for the second phase.

Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Hackman seconded to go out to bid for the Makefield Manor Storm Sewer Project.

Mr. Fazzalore stated he would have liked to see something on this in the Board’s packet.

Mr. Gouza stated he did provide a set of documents to the Township.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

DISCUSSION AND TABLING OF PAYMENT TO MCMAHON ASSOCIATES

Mr. Gouza stated McMahon Associates is requesting payment of $520.10 for services performed beyond the scope of work on the Newtown/Lower Makefield Joint OR District Study. Mr. Gouza stated he feels this was for attendance at some additional meetings and re-doing some of the charts. He added they also billed Newtown Township for additional work as well.

Mrs. Godshalk stated she does not feel any additional meetings were held with Lower Makefield Township. Mr. Gouza stated he provided to the Township whatever was submitted to him by McMahon Associates. Mr. Fegley asked that McMahon be asked to provide additional information on the 9.5 hours they have shown on the bill and that they specify exactly what this represents and the Board will consider the request again after that information is received. Mr. Fedorchak was asked to look into this.

Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Fegley seconded to table.

It was noted the Township has already paid $5,500.

Mr. Hackman stated he has been trying to set up a meeting with the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors to discuss this proposal and nothing further has happened.

Mrs. Godshalk stated she has written three letters in the past two months and Newtown is ignoring Lower Makefield. She stated Newtown only wants to meet with the engineer, Township Manager, and Road Master. Mr. Hackman suggested that Chairman Strahle contact the Newtown Township Board Chairman and request a joint meeting. Mr. Strahle agreed to do so and report back to the Board at the next meeting. Mr. Fegley suggested that in the meantime, they allow the two staffs to meet first as Newtown has requested.

Mrs. Godshalk stated she felt this would be a waste of time. Mr. Fegley stated he feels such a meeting could lay the groundwork for a joint meeting of the Supervisors in the future.

Motion to table carried unanimously.

Mrs. Godshalk noted the Board of Supervisors will discuss the proposed jughandle to be built at their first meeting in February. Prior to that meeting, the Board will meet on the site, and Mr. Fedorchak is trying to set up a date. Mr. Fedorchak suggested January 25 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Fazzalore stated he hopes that the historic people will also take into consideration the safety of the interchange and he would not want to build an interchange that will result in over-turned trucks.

 

APPROVE SUBMISSION OF DEP SECTION 319 GRANT APPLICATION TO RETROFIT SEDIMENTATION CHAMBERS AT SILVER LAKE

Mr. Fedorchak noted this application was put together on behalf of the Township at no charge. He stated the total project cost is $67,700 and of this $19,7000 would be for quality monitoring, $6,500 to Makefield Lakes for education, and the remaining would cover Township costs. Mr. Fazzalore asked how the $6,500 for education would be spent, and Mrs. Godshalk stated they could put out a Newsletter to the residents.

Mrs. Godshalk moved to approve submission of the Grant Application.

Mr. Fegley asked that Mr. Fedorchak review this with Mr. Brookens of Skelly & Loy, and ask the impact this will have on the Grant application Skelly & Loy prepared for the Township. Mr. Fedorchak agreed to do so.

Mr. Hackman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 DISCUSSION AND TABLING OF HIRING RICHARD BIBY, P.E. TO SERVE AS EXPERT WITNESS FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS TOWER SITING MATTER

Mr. Fedorchak stated after an exhaustive search, Mr. Richard Biby agreed to act as the Township’s expert witness. He noted a number of the people he contacted have been hired by the large communication companies. Mr. Biby has submitted costs of $150 per hour for engineering time and $225 for testimony before the Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Fazzalore asked how many hours Mr. Biby estimated this project would take.

Mr. Fedorchak was not able to answer this. Mr. Fegley suggested they put a cap on the amount of money to be spent. Mr. Fazzalore noted this individual is from Arlington, Virginia, and he feels they will have to include travel expenses as well.

Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Fazzalore seconded to table the matter and ask Mr. Fedorchak to get answers to concerns of the Board of Supervisors on time to be spent and cost of traveling expenses.

Mr. Gunkel asked if the applicant should not have to pay this expense. Mr. Garton stated the Board is acting in a quasi-judicial function since it is a Conditional Use Hearing, and they cannot impose these costs on the applicant. Mr. Gunkel stated there is another location being proposed for another tower.

Mr. Leonard Franckowiack stated the new tower at 332 is very unsightly. Mr. Fegley stated he feels they should make any new applicants prove that they cannot co-locate on existing towers.

Motion to table carried unanimously.

 

APPROVAL OF JANUARY 4, AND JANUARY 18, 1999 WARRANTS LIST AND DECEMBER, 1998 PAYROLL

Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Hackman seconded to approve the January 4, 1999 and January 18, 1999 Warrant Lists and the December, 1998 Payroll as attached to the Minutes.

Mr. Fazzalore stated normally they get the monthly statements and asked when they will receive this for December. Mr. Taylor stated it will be sent on the 29th of the month.

Motion to approve carried unanimously.

Mr. Hackman stated in the General Activity for the month of December it was good to note that the transfer taxes received were $1,143,927 which was the highest ever. He stated the real estate market is stronger than it has ever been.

 

APPROVE CONTINUANCE OF THE CONDITIONAL USE HEARING FOR AT & T UNTIL FIRST MEETING IN MARCH

Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to continue the Conditional Use Hearing for AT & T until the first meeting in March.

APPROVE EXTENSION TO BUCK HILL FARMS, II PRELIMINARY PLAN

Mr. Hackman moved and Mrs. Godshalk seconded to grant an extension to Buck Hill Farms, II Preliminary Plan until 4/30/99.

Mrs. Godshalk asked if this is the same Realty company, and Mr. Garton stated it is.

Mr. Fazzalore asked how long this matter has been before the Township. Mr. Gunkel stated it has been since they started Afton Chase. Mr. Fazzalore asked what would happen if they did not grant an Extension. Mr. Garton stated they would have to turn it down and it could be tested in Court. He noted this property does have other issues. He stated there is litigation over the ownership of this property and he has been in discussion with another party involved. He stated he felt it was the recommendation that they grant an extension one more time. He stated the individuals requesting the extension do have the right to do so.

Motion to approve extension carried unanimously.

 

APPROVE EXTENSION FOR BIBLE FELLOWSHIP EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH FINAL PLAN

Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant an extension to Bible Fellowship Evangelical Free Church Final Plan until 4/30/99.

 

SIGNING OF MYLARS FOR YARDLEY-MAKEFIELD RESCUE SQUAD BUILDING (REVISED BUILDING HEIGHT) AND CLEARVIEW ESTATES (CORRECTING REAR LOT LINE OF LOT NO. 60)

Mylars were signed following the meeting.

 

DISCUSSION OF 1477 REVERE ROAD ADDITION

Mr. Fedorchak stated they notified Mr. Richard Nappi about the meeting this evening but he would not give a firm answer whether or not he would attend. He is not present this evening. Mr. Gouza stated he did have a congenial conversation with Mr. Nappi today who indicated he would be out of town and asked that they put this matter on the Agenda for the next meeting. Mr. Fedorchak stated Mr. Nappi asked to be on the Agenda for this evening and when his secretary spoke to him today first he said he would not attend and then indicated he might attend. Mr. Fedorchak was asked to advise Mr. Nappi that the Board will be very busy for the next several months. Mr. Fegley stated he should be advised to come to a meeting and bring up his concerns during Public Comment and if it seems it will take a substantial amount of time to discuss the matter, he can then be scheduled for a future Agenda.

 

ZONING HEARING BOARD MATTERS

It was decided no action will be taken on the Wilson Application, 505 Keating Drive. There was discussion on the Shady Brook Farm entertainment use matter before the Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Garton stated at the last Zoning Hearing Board meeting the Board requested submission of briefs. A decision will be made after these are submitted.

The Chairman of the Zoning Hearing Board did request that they define "educational tour."

The Solicitor was asked to appear in opposition to the Koretsky variance request to construct a tennis court within the flood plain soils for the property at 1064 Buck Creek Circle.

It was decided that no action will be taken on the Tang variance request for the property at 1636 Thistlewood Drive.

 

SUPERVISORS’ REPORTS

Mrs. Godshalk asked that the Board members review the letter received from Ms. Stark.

She stated Realen appeared before the Historic Commission with sketch plans for the Loberg Estate. She advised Mr. Dwyer that the Board of Supervisors had already picked a sketch. She stated she has also asked him to indicate who on the Planning Commission recommended an alternative sketch. Mr. Gunkel is looking into this.

Mr. Hackman stated he was not able to attend the last meeting of the Sewer Authority but understands there was discussion on the Robinson Place sewer proposal. This matter will be on the Board of Supervisors’ Agenda for the first meeting in February. Mr. Fazzalore asked if the Sewer Authority decided on a recommendation. Mr. Leonard Franckowiack stated they voted on a proposal to install the low pressure system (grinder pump) but there was concern about the amount of money the homeowners will have to pay, and they are looking for the Board of Supervisors to pay additional funds. Mr. Fazzalore

stated the Board of Supervisors agreed to pay $150,000. Mr. Franckowiack stated they are looking for $300,000. Mr. Hackman stated the low pressure system could result in the Township paying even less than $150,000. Mr. Franckowiack stated there are health concerns with the on-site systems. Mr. Fazzalore stated he read that four houses could

flow by gravity to Yardley. Mr. Franckowiack stated it has been suggested that because the sewers were not put in two feet deeper at Florence Avenue, this has caused some problems for those on Robinson Place. Mr. Strahle stated this is the Yardley system.

Mr. Franckowiack stated apparently Lower Makefield Township did have some input into this. Mr. Fazzalore asked Mr. Fedorchak the legitimate cost for most people who have to install sewers. Mr. Garton stated this depends on where you are located.

Mr. Fedorchak agreed to find out the average cost. Mr. Franckowiack stated there has been precedent in the past where the Township helped people with installation of public sewers. Mrs. Godshalk stated this is why the Board voted to pay $150,000. She stated she will not agree to spend any more money. She stated the residents can get a loan or have a lien placed on their home. She stated they could get these funds back when they sell their home. Mr. Strahle stated he asked that they advise them how many houses are involved and he understands from Mr. Koopman that this has not been resolved.

Mr. Strahle stated there was also a question as to whether to allow the residents who have a working system to delay tapping in, and the Board should be prepared to discuss this. Mrs. Godshalk stated they must also discuss those property owners who have lots that can be subdivided.

Mr. Hackman stated the Park & Recreation Board reviewed plans for the building to be constructed at Oxford Valley/Roelofs Park and asked Mr. Gouza to put together plans so they can bring this to the Board of Supervisors for approval and to go out to bid.

Mr. Hackman asked about the Community Pool Snack Bar. Mr. Fedorchak stated in mid-December he met with Mr. Gouza, Mr. Sharp, Ms. Menard and Ms. Sherron on this matter and the possibility of reducing the cost of the Snack Bar expansion. Mr. Gouza has been working on this and recently submitted a revised Snack Bar Addition plan which would cost approximately $24,000. This will be presented to the Board of Supervisors in the near future.

Mr. Fegley stated last year they approved participating with Middletown and Yardley Borough to apply for a Section 319 Grant Application for a long-term project to restore Brock Creek. He noted he also applied for a small Grant to pay for the Skelly & Loy fee for preparation of the Grant Application, but they did not receive this small Grant.

Mr. Fegley stated he spoke to Skelly & Loy as to the status of the Application, and they have done what groundwork they feel then need to do; however, DEP has not provided them with the official application forms yet.

Mr. Strahle stated they are working on the Newsletter, and he thanked everyone for their input. He stated Lisa Doyle is currently setting the Newsletter in the appropriate format and will have the "blue copy" to the Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Strahle stated the Board needs to appoint Alternates to the Zoning Hearing Board.

 

DISCUSSION ON CHANGING A PORTION OF POWDER HORN DRIVE TO PARK DRIVE

Mr. Fedorchak stated they had a discussion some time ago about changing Powder Horn Drive to Park Drive or Park Avenue before the homes were constructed so as to alert the new residents that this would be an entrance to the Park. He stated it appears they are too late to do this since homes have already been sold or are under Agreement of Sale.

Mr. Garton stated the Township does have the right to change the names of streets, but they cannot be changed on the plans since they have already been recorded. Mr. Gouza stated currently the stub street is named "Stub Road" so they could call it anything they want. It was suggested that this portion be changed to Park Drive.

 

APPROVE SALE OF OBSOLETE IBM RISC 6000 AND FOUR CONCENTRATOR BOXES

Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the sale of obsolete IBM RISC 6000 and four concentrator boxes to Pace-Butler for $1,000.00 including shipping.

 APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN OF THE VACANCY BOARD FOR 1999

Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint Margaret Reilly as Chairman of the Vacancy Board for 1999.

 There being no further business, Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 10:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

   Frank Fazzalore, Secretary