TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING - MINUTES - JANUARY 7, 2002

 

 

The Organizational meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on January 7, 2002.Mr. Fazzalore called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

 

Those present:

 

Board of Supervisors

Scott Fegley, Chairman

 

Grace Godshalk, Vice Chairman

 

Wes Hackman, Secretary/Treasurer

 

Frank Fazzalore, Member

 

Pete Stainthorpe, Member

 

 

Others:††††††††††††

Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager

 

Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor

 

Duke Doherty, Town Engineer

 

Kenneth Coluzzi, Chief of Police

 

SWEARING IN OF ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

Grace Godshalk was sworn in by District Justice Adamchak as a Lower Makefield Township Supervisor.

 

Pete Stainthorpe was sworn in by District Justice Adamchak as a Lower Makefield Township Supervisor.

 

Walter Bray was sworn in by District Justice Adamchak as a member of the Board of Elected Auditors.

 

Rebecca Cecchine was sworn in by District Justice Adamchak as Tax Collector.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

There was no public comment at this time.

 

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

The meeting was turned over to Jeffrey Garton as Chairman pro-tem.He called for nominations for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for 2002.Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Fazzalore seconded the nomination of Scott Fegley.There were no further nominations, and the Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Garton called for nominations for Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for 2002.Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Fegley seconded the nomination of Grace Godshalk.There were no further nominations, and the Motion carried unanimously.

 

The meeting was turned over to Mr. Fegley who thanked for Mr. Fazzalore for his leadership during 2001.Mr. Fegley stated he is looking forward to a challenging year ahead.

 

Mr. Fegley called for nominations for Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Supervisors for 2002.Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mrs. Godshalk seconded the nomination of Wes Hackman.There were no further nominations, and the Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Fegley called for nominations for Assistant Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Supervisors for 2002.Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Fazzalore seconded the nomination of Terry Fedorchak.There were no further nominations, and the Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

APPOINTMENT OF TOWNSHIP SOLICITOR FOR 2002

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint Begley, Carlin & Mandio as Township Solicitor for 2002.

 

 

APPOINTMENT OF TOWNSHIP ENGINEER FOR 2002

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Hackman seconded the appointment of PCS as the Township Engineer for 2002.Motion carried with Mr. Fegley opposed.

 

 

APPOINTMENT OF TOWNSHIP SEWER ENGINEER FOR 2002

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Hackman seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint CKS as the Township Sewer Engineer for 2002.

 

 

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN OF THE VACANCY BOARD

 

Mr. Hackman moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to

re-appoint Marge OíReilly-Allen as Chairman of the Vacancy Board for 2002.

 

 

APPOINTMENT OF DELEGATE AND ALTERNATE DELEGATE TO THE ANNUAL CONVENTION OF PENNSYLVANIA TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

 

Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint Scott Fegley as the delegate to the annual Convention of Pennsylvania Township Supervisors to be held April 14 to 17 at the Hershey Lodge.

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Hackman seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint Grace Godshalk as the alternate delegate.

 

It was noted that all Supervisors plan to attend the Convention.

 

 

DISCUSSION OF BUCKS COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS ANNUAL CONVENTION

 

Mr. Fazzalore announced that he is being installed as President of the Association at the Convention which will be held Saturday, February 9, 2002 at the Warrington Motor Lodge.†† It was noted all Supervisors with the exception of Mr. Hackman will be attending.Mr. Fazzalore asked that the Township Managerís secretary submit a list of the new Township Officers for 2002.

 

 

ESTABLISH COMPENSATION OF TREASURER

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to establish compensation of Treasurer at $3,000 per year subject to approval of the Board of Auditors.

 

 

ESTABLISH AMOUNT OF TREASURERíS BOND AND ASSISTANT TREASURERíS BOND

 

Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to establish the amount of the Treasurerís Bond at $2,000,000 and the Assistant Treasurerís Bond at $2,000,000.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Hackman seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of December 17, 2001 as written.

 

 

DISCUSSION AND TABLING OF APPOINTMENT OF AN ARCHITECT FOR GOLF COURSE CLUBHOUSE, MAINTENANCE BUILDING AND PUMP STATION

 

Mrs. Godshalk moved to table this matter since the Board just received the information in their packets Friday. She stated she feels they should have interviews before they appoint an architect for a project of this magnitude.There was no second to the Motion.

 

Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Fazzalore seconded to appoint the firm of Wiencek and Zavos Architects.

 

Mr. Fazzalore noted Rainmaker has recommended the appointment of this firm.

Mr. Hackman noted they were shown a plan four to six weeks ago of a similar clubhouse to what they are considering in Lower Makefield.Mr. Hackman noted he, Mr. Taylor, and Mr. Fedorchak did meet with the firm.

 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated when he saw this matter on the Agenda, he felt that there was going to be a presentation.

 

Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to table this matter and ask them to come to the next meeting to make a presentation.

 

DENY REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF MILL ROAD ESTATES

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Hackman seconded and it was unanimously carried to deny the request for dedication for Mill Road Estates based on outstanding items in the PCS letter and because not all lots have Final Certificates of Occupancy.

 

 

DENY REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF PEAKE FARM

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to deny the request for dedication for Peake Farm due to outstanding items in the CKS letter dated 12/13/01.

 

Mrs. Godshalk asked that they make sure that the open space area is cleaned out before they take dedication.Mr. Fazzalore stated there were water problems with this project, and Mr. Doherty stated this has been taken care of to his knowledge.

 

 

DENY REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF ROLLING GREENE

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to deny the request for dedication for Rolling Greene due to outstanding items in the CKS letter dated 12/14/01.

 

 

DENY REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF VALLEY GREENE

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to deny the request for dedication for Valley Greene due to outstanding items in the CKS letter and because not all lots have Final Certificates of Occupancy.

 

 

ZONING HEARING

 

No action was taken on the Sutton, 231 W. Ferry Road, Variance request to construct a foyer resulting in a non-conforming front yard setback.The matter will be handled by the Zoning Hearing Board

 

 

DISCUSSION OF SANDY RUN BRIDGE

 

Mr. Fedorchak stated he and Mr. Doherty met with two of the three residents who would be impacted by this project, and they were shown the revised bridge design.Mr. Doherty showed how it would effect their properties.Mr. Fedorchak stated the reaction was favorable.He noted there is a substantial difference in the amount of taking required in this revised design, and it met with the overall approval of the two residents they talked to.

Mr. Fedorchak stated he has been trying to work out a time to meet with the third family, and they will meet with them in the near future.He stated Mr. Garton will be putting the easements together and sending them to the residents, and they will then get their final reaction.

 

Mr. Fazzalore asked if they have gone back to the contractor on this, and Mr. Fedorchak stated they have discussed this with him.Mr. Doherty stated with the change in design, it should cost $40,000 less.

 

 

DISCUSSION OF PATTERSON FARM SIGN

 

Mr. Fedorchak stated the sign has been erected at the Patterson Farm.He asked if the Board was satisfied with the location.Mr. Fegley stated the location is fine.

Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels the lettering is difficult to read; however, other Supervisors indicated they were satisfied with the lettering.

 

 

SUPERVISORSí REPORTS

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated she would like to take the opportunity to thank all the people in Lower Makefield who voted for her for her fifth term of office.She stated this has been very rewarding for her over the years, and she will do her best to serve the people of the community.†† Mrs. Godshalk noted she understands a Recording Secretary has been assigned to the Elm Lowne Committee, and she would prefer that the Committee take their own Minutes without having a paid Secretary.Mr. Fazzalore agreed with this procedure.

Mr. Stainthorpe stated it appears that some of the other Township Boards and Commissions are not getting their Minutes to the Board of Supervisors in a timely fashion.

 

Mr. Fazzalore thanked the people who came out to the meetings in 2001.He stated the Board of Supervisors had a good year in 2001 and considered a lot of difficult issues and accomplished a great deal.

 

Mr. Hackman stated they are trying to move the Golf Course issue along, and he would therefore like to have a meeting regarding the clubhouse architect prior to the next regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting if the Board is available.Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels the Golf Course Committee should be invited as well.Mr. Hackman stated the Golf Committee does not have to be involved in every decision.Mrs. Godshalk stated she still feels they should be invited to attend the meeting.Mr. Hackman stated he would like to keep the project moving forward.Mrs. Godshalk stated the Golf Course Committee has their next meeting on Monday, January 14.†† Mr. Fedorchak was asked to try to set up the meeting for next Monday night at 7:00 p.m.

 

Mr. Stainthorpe thanked the members of the Township who elected him and stated he will take his position very seriously.

 

Mr. Fegley noted the letter received from Yardley Borough Council requesting to meet with the Board of Supervisors for an informal exchange of ideas.The meeting will be January 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Library in Yardley Borough.He stated he hopes that the Supervisors will attend.He stated no official business will be acted on.

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated she understands Mr. Koch may be moving out of the Township and is considering submitting his resignation from the Planing Commission.Mr. Fazzalore stated the Board cannot do anything until they get the official resignation.

 

Mr. Fegley advised the Board that he will have their Committee assignments shortly.

 

 

There being no further business, Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m.

 

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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Wes Hackman, Secretary