BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the
to interview candidates for vacancies on Township Boards and Commission and to review legal matters.
Board of Supervisors: Scott Fegley, Chairman
Wes Hackman, Secretary/Treasurer
Frank Fazzalore, Supervisor
Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor
Others: Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager
John Koopman, Township Solicitor
Robert Williams, Township Engineer
Kenneth Coluzzi, Chief of Police
Absent: Grace Godshalk, Supervisor Vice Chairman
Ms. Virginia Torbert asked if the Board has heard from PennDOT on the redesign plans for the I-95 ramp. Mr. Fedorchak stated the last contact the Township had was three weeks ago when they were visited by representatives from the Right-of-Way Department, and they talked in generic terms about procedures. They have not received any revised lay-out.
Ms. Torbert noted the inability to access the Agenda on the Township Website for the last several weeks. Mr. Fegley stated the Agenda is approved Friday morning and is usually put on the Website Friday afternoon. Mr. Fedorchak agreed to look into the matter.
Mr. John Cowley, Silverwood Drive, asked if any of the Supervisors plan to attend the upcoming meeting to discuss Swamp Road. Mr. Fegley stated he plans to attend.
Mr. Cowley provided a letter from Pennoni regarding the downgrade of the culvert on Swamp Road.
Mr. Pat Frame, Delaware Rim, asked about a pipe opening about which he had expressed concern to Mr. Williams. Mr. Williams stated he has looked into this and will make recommendations.
Ms. Sally Conlon asked if the final price to be paid for the Golf Course property has been determined. Mr. Hackman stated the Board of view has not concluded their meeting.
Mr. Koopman stated they are still waiting for the date of the reconvened Hearing.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to
approve the Minutes of
APPROVE REFINANCING 1997 BONDS AND ADDITIONAL BORROWING
Mr. William Taylor was present with Mr. Chris Monahan. Mr. Monahan stated they are recommending
refinancing the 1997 Bond Issue in the amount of $4,540,000. Due to lower interest rates, this could
result in savings of approximately $300,000 given today’s bond market. He
stated to date they have not been able to take advantage of the lower interest
rates because of restrictions on the Bond Issue. However, this will be available to the
Mr. Monahan stated they are requesting approval this evening to get the process started.
He estimated they would come back to the Board in the middle of January. It was noted that these are fixed interest rates.
Mr. Fegley asked the likelihood that the interest rates will increase within the next few weeks. Mr. Monahan stated he cannot guarantee what the rates will be although the tendency is that the rates are going up.
Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Fazzalore seconded to approve the bond refinancing as discussed.
Ms. Dana Weyrick,
Motion to approve carried unanimously.
DIRECT PARK & RECREATION BOARD TO BEGIN PLANNING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SAMOST TRACT
Mr. Fazzalore noted concern with the size of the mulch pile on the tract at the present time, and Mr. Fedorchak stated that they will continue to work on this problem.
Mr. Hackman moved to direct the Park & Recreation Board to begin planning for the use of the Samost Tract.
Mr. Fazzalore asked if this planning includes Roelofs fields, and Mr. Hackman stated that it does. He stated they should look into extending the road that currently dead ends.
Mr. Stainthorpe seconded the Motion, and the Motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Fegley stated although he is voting in favor of the Motion, he does not want it to be constructed that he is in favor of proceeding with the Senior Center given the results of the past two Referenda.
Ms. Virginia Torbert stated she
feels that if the Park & Recreation Board is going to consider a
Mr. Fegley stated anyone is welcome to attend the Park & Recreation Board meetings.
He noted there are design plans for the
Mr. Fedorchak stated the Park & Recreation Board will need assistance from PCS to help lay out the Plans, and this was acceptable to the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Fedorchak stated they will notify the seniors when this matter is put on the Park & Recreation Board Agenda.
DENY DEDICATION OF
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to deny
the requests for Dedication of Afton Crest,
SIGNING OF MYLARS FOR
Mylars were signed following the meeting.
ZONING HEARING BOARD MATTERS
Mr. Koopman noted that adjacent neighbors are invited to the Zoning Hearing Board and he could then determine their concerns at the meeting. The Board asked that the Solicitor obtain additional information and report back to the Board of Supervisors.
DISCUSSION AND TABLING OF ORDINANCE NO. 334 AMENDING THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO PERMIT AN AGE-QUALIFIED COMMUNITY
Mr. Edward Murphy, attorney, was present. Mr. Koopman stated the Ordinance was advertised for a Hearing this evening on a proposed Amendment to the Township Zoning Ordinance. It was also forwarded to the Bucks County Planning Commission and the Law Library as required under the MPC. Mr. Koopman noted the review letter from the Bucks County Planning Commission but the Board indicated this was not included in their packet.
Mr. Hackman asked if the Township Planning Commission has reviewed this, and
Mr. Koopman stated while it was on their Agenda for their meeting last Monday evening, they did not have a quorum available and were unable to meet. Mr. Albert Roeper, Chairman of the Planning Commission, was present and stated he did poll the members of the Planning Commission and prepared a letter dated 11/26/02 which he sent to the Township to be given to the Board of Supervisors. It was noted that the Board did not receive this in their packet. Mr. Hackman stated while they can discuss the matter this evening, he does not want to make any decisions before reviewing the Planning Commission recommendations and would also like to give Mrs. Godshalk who is absent this evening, the opportunity to comment. Mr. Hackman stated he feels the Planning Commission should discuss this at a regular public meeting.
Mr. Roeper read from his letter
Mr. Roeper stated what is currently proposed in this Amendment is far more generous to the developer than it is to the Township.
Mr. Hackman moved to table the matter and ask the Planning Commission to review it at a public meeting and provide their suggestions to the Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Murphy stated he does not feel anyone would disagree if the Board were of a mind to expand the scope of the Ordinance to include other districts besides R-1. The only reason they limited it to R-1 was because there really was not any land in the other districts to make effective use of the Ordinance. He stated he does not feel the standards proposed will create havoc in the Township. He stated they are dealing with an occupant that wants a smaller lot. The smallest lot they are proposing is 8,500 square feet. The standards they applied to the draft Ordinance were geared to an active adult lifestyle which does not require a large lot. As a trade off, they provide more open space and natural resource protection. The site would not qualify unless at least one quarter were natural resource ground.
Mr. Murphy stated he does have a hand-out from the Bucks County Planning Commission summarizing the existing Ordinances in areas where age-qualified communities are permitted.
Mr. Hackman stated the Board has not seen any of the information related to this matter and asked that it be provided to them.
Mr. Stainthorpe seconded to table
the matter to
There was some concern that the Planning Commission may not
be able to get all the information to the Board by this date. Mr. Roeper noted
their next meeting will be the public meeting to discuss the Master Plan Update,
and they wanted to keep the Agenda as light as possible. It was noted that if the matter is not
continued to a date certain, it would require re-advertisement. It was agreed that the matter will be
Motion to table carried unanimously.
DISCUSSION OF MIGNONI/GRANGE PROPERTY AND
Mr. Fegley stated he will not vote on this matter since he is a member of the Woodside Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Murphy stated the Grange building has been vacant for an extended period of time.
A number of tenants have wanted to use the building but failed to be approved by the Township because of the lack of on-site parking. The Mignoni family has now prepared a plan showing how additional on-site parking spaces could be created without depending on an Agreement with the church. The Planning Commission reviewed a Sketch Plan showing an additional fifteen on-site parking spaces and supported the Application recognizing that it would require relief from the Zoning Hearing Board specifically with respect to the rear and side yard setback from the property line. Five feet is proposed and twenty-five feet is required by Ordinance. The Planning Commission recommended that approval be subject to comment and approval by the Church. Mr. Murphy stated they met with the Pastor of Woodside Presbyterian Church who presented the matter to the Church Committee, and Mr. Murphy received a phone call indicating that the Church was in support of the Plan presently before the Board of Supervisors. The Pastor indicated he would like the opportunity to have their parishioners use the spaces on Sunday, and this was acceptable to the Applicant. All access between this property and the Church would be preserved.
Mr. Murphy noted with regard to the parking spaces proposed for the rear, that there is an Agreement between the Township and the Mignoni family that the Township reserves the right to trigger the installation of those spaces if the Township felt the need. He stated they are asking this evening if the Board would oppose their going before the Zoning Hearing Board to seek relief for the parking setback. He added that the Pastor of Woodside Presbyterian Church was not in favor of the grass strip between the two parking areas which could create problems with ease of movement. It was noted that the License Agreement with the Church is currently in effect, but it is terminable so that any future user of the property would not be guaranteed future use of the Church parking. Mr. Murphy stated this proposal will provide twenty-one, on-site parking spaces which should be suitable for an office use. He noted the only Variance they are requesting is for parking setbacks. They will provide some innovative plans for underground seepage to control run off.
Mr. Koopman asked if they feel the
parking installation will be considered Land Development. Mr.
Murphy stated he feels this would be a Grading Permit issue and
Mr. Stainthorpe asked if the plan is to build the spaces right away or wait until they get a tenant, and Mr. Murphy stated the plan is to install the parking right away.
Mr. Hackman expressed concerned with the underground seepage proposal. He stated if they did away with the driveway into the Church, they could get three additional parking spaces. Mr. Murphy stated the Pastor expressed a preference that the existing driveway through the Church be maintained and the Applicant has agreed to do so. Mr. Fegley stated even though the church has its own driveway, this additional driveway helps the flow of traffic since they then can have one way in to the Church and one way out.
Mr. Murphy stated with the additional parking, they can still meet the impervious surface requirements.
A majority of the Board was in favor of the Applicant proceeding to the Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Williams will review the Plan after it goes through the Zoning Hearing Board process.
Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to direct the Solicitor to appeal to the Court of Common Pleas in connection with the Loftus Zoning Hearing Board matter.
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint Richard Jutkiewicz to the Park & Recreation Board.
There being no further business, Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at
Wes Hackman, Secretary