regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the
Board of Supervisors: Scott Fegley, Chairman
Grace Godshalk, Vice Chairman
Wesley Hackman, Secretary/Treasurer
Frank Fazzalore, Supervisor
Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor
Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor
Robert Williams, Township Engineer
Kenneth Coluzzi, Chief of Police
Mr. David Di Fiore,
Mr. Frank Ricci,
Mr. Norm Shore,
Ms. Carol Cowley,
morning and evening rush hours and wrote a number of tickets to residential drivers. Ms. Cowley asked if
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the police could hide better so that trucks won’t see the police cars and slow down before getting caught speeding.
Ms. Virginia Torbert,
Ms. Dawn Cosmarski, stated she
lives off of
Ms. Nancy Louis, mother of Danielle, lives near
Mr. Richard Storm,
Ms. Sue Hermann, stated there is
a meeting scheduled in October between Wrightstown and
TABLED APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and the motion
was unanimously carried to table the Minutes of
APPROVAL OF GOLF COURSE PUMP HOUSE DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE BUILDING DESIGN AND TABLING OF THE CLUBHOUSE DESIGN
Mr. Fegley turned the meeting over to Mrs. Godshalk and excused himself as Chairman for this portion of the meeting. Mr. Hackman stated the Board received design plans for the maintenance building, pump house and clubhouse in their package tonight and would like the Board’s approval of the plans. Mr. Fazzalore and Mr. Stainthorpe asked why the plans needed to be approved tonight. Mr. Garton replied Mr. Hackman is asking the Board for conceptual approval of the plans. Mrs. Godshalk asked what the roofing material would be made of on the pump house and Mr. Taylor replied fiberglass shingles.
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Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded to approve the pump house design. The motion was carried four in favor with Mrs. Godshalk, Mr. Hackman, Mr. Stainthorpe and Mr. Fazzalore voting yes and Mr. Fegley abstained from the vote.
Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded to approve the maintenance building design. The motion was carried four in favor with Mrs. Godshalk, Mr. Hackman, Mr. Stainthorpe and Mr. Fazzalore voting yes, and Mr. Fegley abstained from the vote.
Mr. Fazzalore stated he would like more specifics, such as color artist rendering, type of materials to be used and elevations for the clubhouse before he will vote on the clubhouse design. Mr. Hackman asked Mr. Fazzalore if he would like the architect to speak before the Board about the clubhouse design and Mr. Fazzalore replied yes.
Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded to table approval of the clubhouse design until a future meeting. The motion was carried four in favor with Mrs. Godshalk, Mr. Fazzalore, Mr. Stainthorpe and Mr. Hackman voting yes, and Mr. Fegley abstained from the vote.
APPROVAL OF EASEMENT AGREEMENT WITH TRANSCONTINENTAL PIPELINE
Mr. Garton stated he reviewed the Easement Agreement with Transcontinental Pipeline, found the Agreement acceptable and recommended that the Board approve the Agreement. Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Fazzalore seconded to approve the Easement Agreement with Transcontinental Pipeline.
Fazzalore stated he is concerned about the liability the golf course may have
being built on a gas pipeline and a possible gas explosion. Mr. Garton stated there are a number of
The motion was carried four in favor with Mrs. Godshalk, Mr. Fazzalore, Mr. Stainthorpe and Mr. Hackman voting yes, and Mr. Fegley abstained from the vote.
DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH
Mr. Fegley stated there is an agreement in principal with
Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels the take back provision
should not be taken out of the Agreement.
She stated she wants a meeting between Lower Makefield Township Board of
Supervisors and Newtown Board of Supervisors to get this issue in to the public
eye. Mr. Stainthorpe stated the
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Ms. Sue Hermann stated the Board voted for four provisos
as contingencies of the Agreement and now the Board is going back on their
promises to the residents of
Mr. Fegley stated the
Mr. Fedorchak stated that when the Lower Makefield Board
started negotiating with
Mr. Fegley stated if the Township revokes the I-95 loop,
which he will not vote to do, it would not influence
Mr. Stainthorpe stated there are two problems that need
to be addressed, first look at the take back of the
Ms. Hermann stated the Board should go to the table with
Mr. Fegley moved and Mr. Fazzalore seconded to approve
the Intergovernmental Agreement with
UPDATE ON FUNDRAISING EFFORTS FOR THE 9-11 MEMORIAL
Mr. Fedorchak stated he made application on behalf of the Township through Representative Conti and Steil’s office for $20,000 each. He stated he also made application through Representative Greenwood’s office that informed him that the Township’s request would be looked at in the summer of 2003. Mr. Fedorchak stated he was hopeful for $40,000 and more money from others.
Mrs. Godshalk stated the 9-11 Memorial received
approximately $72,000 so far. She stated
a resident from
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APPROVAL OF BID
Mr. Williams stated the bid from Tulio Landscaping should be corrected to add alternates 2 through 5 in spring 2003. He stated $54,000 is in the Park & Recreation budget already. Mr. Hackman asked if the path gives children access to the middle schools from homes in that area. Mr. Williams replied yes.
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and the
motion was unanimously carried to approve the bid for
APPROVAL OF DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENTS FOR THE WOODS AT MAKEFIELD a/k/a D’AMATO
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Development and Financial Security Agreements for the Woods at Makefield a/k/a D’Amato.
AUTHORIZE ADVERTISING PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO CREATE AN AGE-QUALIFIED COMMUNITY IN THE TOWNSHIP’S R-1 LOW-DENSITY DISTRICT
Mr. Fazzalore asked Mr. Garton if approved, would this type of apply to all properties within the Township. Mr. Garton replied this discussion is only for advertising, but it does include two or three properties. Mr. Hackman asked Mr. Garton if age-qualified is a defined age. Mr. Garton replied he would specify age 55 on the advertising.
Mr. Al Roeper from the Planning Commission stated when the change is made to add the age specification, the Zoning Board then the Planning Commission should review any plans for a development. Mr. Garton stated both entities will have a chance to review the plans when and if the Township gets to that point stating again this is only for advertising a change to the Zoning Ordinance.
Ms. Virginia Torbert asked what prompted this and Mr. Fegley replied a developer approached the Township about a proposed age-qualified development.
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to authorize advertising a proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to create an age-qualified community, with specific age definition, in the Township’s R-1 residential low-density zoning district.
APPROPRIATENESS GRANTED TO DEMOLISH EXISTING SHED AND ERECT NEW SHED AND FENCE
Garton stated the removal of the shed at
TABLED MOTION TO ENACT ALARM COMPANY LICENSING FEE
Chief Coluzzi stated the Township currently has an ordinance to register residents and businesses with security alarms with a one-time fee. He stated the ordinance also allows the police and fire departments to enforce a violation fee of $25.00 if a resident has two or more false alarms in one calendar year. He stated
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the alarm companies must also register with the Township, but there is no fee for registering, therefore the Township has no way of monitoring the alarm companies that do business in the Township. Chief Coluzzi recommended that the Board enact a change to the ordinance instituting a one-time fee of $125 and a $100 fee every year thereafter to license alarm companies as well as allowing the Chief of Police to increase the fee if necessary. Mrs. Godshalk asked if there are a lot of companies that go out of business in the Township and Chief Coluzzi replied yes.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated this is a very large project and asked how the police could get caught up with obtaining all of the names and addresses of the alarm companies. Chief Coluzzi stated this is a very large
project, but it is necessary to have this information and it is good place to start. Mr. Stainthorpe asked if other Townships have a similar ordinance with fees to license alarm companies. Chief Coluzzi stated yes, this is very common among other Townships. Mr. Fazzalore stated alarm systems are a very good deterrent to crime in this Township but he is concerned a $125 fee to a good company that only services one customer will turn them away.
Mr. Fegley moved, Mr. Hackman seconded and it was unanimously carried to table the motion to enact a change to the Ordinance to add an alarm company licensing fee to companies who do business in the Township until the next meeting.
Mr. Fedorchak stated
Mr. Paul Krupp, stated there is a political problem going on right now with the Freeholders. He stated several of the Freeholders are up for re-election and don’t want to stir things up. He stated they are in a holding pattern until after re-election to see how this will work out.
Fegley stated he would attend a meeting between BRAMM,
Mr. Fedorchak stated with the recent weather we’ve had, certain Township soccer fields are out of commission for the season and the Park & Recreation Board needs an additional soccer field. Mr. Fedorchak and Mr. Williams stated the field is flat, no parking facility is needed, nor is any digging required only the placement of two goals and lines to be painted. Mrs. Godshalk stated she has a problem with a soccer field at this location for safety reasons and will not vote for it. She stated why couldn’t soccer fields be put in Memorial Park. Mr. Hackman stated the soccer fields are needed now.
Mr. Hackman moved and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded to approve placing one soccer field on the Snipes tract. The motion was carried three in favor to two opposed with Mr. Fazzalore, Mr. Stainthorpe and Mr. Fegley voting yes and Mr. Hackman and Mrs. Godshalk voting no.
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TABLED AUTHORIZATION TO BID LMT POOL PROJECTS
Mr. Fedorchak stated the Park & Recreation Board prepared a schedule for capital construction projects at the LMT pool. The schedule includes handicap access ramp to the olympic sized pool, replacement of the tot pool fountain (both included in the 2002 budget), bathhouse and lap pool projects (both included in the 2003 budget). Mr. Hackman stated the Township should do all of the work at once in 2003 to save money.
reconfigured to allow access for a handicap person. Mr. Williams stated he did not know but would into that.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to table authorization to bid LMT pool projects for 2002
APPROVED SECOND ADDENDUM TO THE LEASE AGREEMENT
Mrs. Godshalk stated the lease should be changed to require either party provide at least sixty days prior notice to terminate.
Mr. Godshalk moved, Mr. Hackman seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Second Addendum to the Lease Agreement with Robert Hilson relating to the Elm Lowne Carriage House with sixty days notice by either party to terminate.
APPROVED CONSORTIUM PIPE BID
Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the 2002 Consortium Pipe bid to Modern Concrete in the amount of $54,524 for pick-up of materials or $57,994 for delivery of materials to job site.
ZONING HEARING BOARD MATTERS
The Carolyn Sundstrom,
APPROVED WARRANT LISTS
Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the September 2 and 16 Warrant Lists and August payroll as attached.
APPROVED APPOINTMENT OF MAILLIE FALCONEIRO & CO.
Mr. Taylor stated the contract for Auditing Services has expired and the Township received a proposal from Maillie Falconeiro & Co. to perform auditing services for three years. Mr. Fazzalore asked Mr. Garton what the Township must do to change Township auditors. Mr. Garton stated the Township would need to petition the Court with twenty signatures from Township residents to appoint a new auditor or the Township could advertise in the newspaper of its intention to do away with the present auditor. Mr. Fazzalore stated the
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Township should only stay with present company for 2002 through 2003, during the mandated Government Accounting Standards Board transition.
Mr. Hackman moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and the motion was unanimously carried to approve the appointment of Maillie Falconeiro to conduct the 2002 and 2003 audit.
Mr. Fazzalore and Mr. Stainthorpe stated they had nothing to report.
Mrs. Godshalk stated Elm Lowne would be holding its annual fund-raiser on October 4th and tickets will be $35 this year.
Mr. Fegley stated the Environmental Advisory Committee would be receiving an additional $31,000 for the Brock Creek study which would take place in 2003. Mr. Fegley stated the Township newsletter is underway.
Mr. Hackman stated the contract with Wadsworth Construction to construct the golf course would be signed within the next day. He asked the Board if they could agree to a date for the groundbreaking of the golf course. The Board members agreed if they were available, to a groundbreaking the second week in October. Mr. Hackman stated the Golf Committee is struggling to come up with a name for the course. The Golf Committee will choose a few names and the Board will pick a name from that list.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at
Wes Hackman, Secretary