BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES – FEBRUARY 16, 2004
The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the
Board of Supervisors: Frank Fazzalore, Chairman
Pete Stainthorpe, Vice Chairman
Steve Santarsiero, Supervisor
Others: Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager
Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor
Robert Williams, Township Engineer
Kenneth Coluzzi, Chief of Police
Absent: Scott Fegley, Secretary/Treasurer Board of Supervisors
Grace Godshalk, Supervisor
Ms. Sue Herman asked if the Township was able to send any
correspondence out regarding the
Mr. Henry Harrison,
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was wrong to honor Dr. King and feels now they should look at the rest of the year and to the extent that there are other holidays that fall on a Monday, they could consider changing those meeting dates.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of February 2, 2004 as written.
APPROVAL OF FEBRUARY 2, 2004 AND FEBRUARY 16, 2004 WARRANT LISTS AND JANUARY, 2004 PAYROLL
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the February 2, 2004 and February 16, 2004 Warrant Lists, and January, 2004 Payroll as attached to the Minutes.
DISCUSSION AND MOTION REGARDING CHANTICLEER SEWER SYSTEM
Mr. Edward Murphy and Mr. Michael Stadulis were present. Mr. Garton stated at the last meeting there was some discussion as to the appropriate manner in which this project should be sewered. Issues were raised with respect to impact to the Golf Course.
Mr. Fazzalore asked the Solicitor if he should excuse himself from this matter because of the location of his home with respect to this development and the issue of public sewers.
Mr. Garton stated if his decision would impact him personally, he should excuse himself; however, he suggested that they listen to the presentation and make a decision subsequently.
Mr. Murphy noted the memo provided to the Board from Mr. Hoffmeister dated 2/10/04 which summarizes two staff meetings which occurred since the last Supervisors’ meeting. All the different parties present at both of those meetings are in agreement with the summary presented by Mr. Hoffmeister in his memo. Mr. Murphy stated Mr. Stadulis has shown on the overlay the approved Preliminary Subdivision Plan and the route of the sewer line. They feel they have been able to avoid any intrusion on the limits of the Golf Course which was the direction of the Board of Supervisors two weeks ago.
Mr. Stadulis showed the proposed route on the overlay. The system will flow by gravity to the pump station both from the north and the south. A 2” force main was also shown to the Kimbles Field pumping station. They will build the 4” force main to be dry capped on both ends; and whenever the Township decides that they want to build a regional
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pump station, the line would be in place to go up Delaware Rim or some other way if the Township chooses.
Mr. Garton stated he does not feel this has any impact on Mr. Fazzalore personally at this point and he does not feel he needs to excuse himself from voting on this matter.
Mr. Fazzalore stated there was some concern about going to
Mr. Fazzalore stated it appears the grinder pumps have been eliminated, and Mr. Stadulis stated this is true for the most part although there are some adjoining properties that cannot get into the gravity system. The plan for the most part however, is a gravity flow.
Mr. Stadulis stated there is some discussion about whether Mr. Shaffer may want to tie into the gravity line. He stated they will make provisions for adjoining property owners to tie in.
Mr. Garton stated tonight they are just approving the concept plan as submitted. Amending the Act 537 will involve a Public Hearing and is not being considered this evening.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the sewering of Chanticleer on the premise of the Plan and Hank Hoffmeister’s memo dated 2/10/04.
DISCUSSION AND MOTION ON KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE
Mr. Garton stated some years ago the Legislature adopted the
Keystone Opportunity Zone to create incentives for new businesses to move into
certain areas which had fallen onto hard times.
An area was established around the U.S. Steel site in
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this being created for a period of fifteen years such that
no real estate taxes are imposed on the land, no corporate income tax for
Because of the extension, U.S. Steel has filed a new
application asking for an area of
Mr. Fazzalore stated he is not in favor of this because he does not feel this will create any more jobs for people in this area. He stated he would be in favor of writing a letter in opposition. He also feels that School taxes will be increased if this is approved. He agreed to table this matter until the full Board is present.
Mr. Santarsiero stated he is not opposed to a KOZ, although
this property may not be the best candidate.
He stated this issue does underscore the need for the Lower Makefield
Township Supervisors to have a mechanism to discuss regional issues with Townships
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is not in favor of a KOZ at this
location. He stated Falls is a well-off
community and other surrounding communities may lose businesses that may
relocate to this area if the KOZ were approved.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels the best way to pursue this is for
individual citizens to lobby the County and the School Board not to approve
this. He would also suggest the Board
write a letter to the County and the School Board indicating that
Mr. Stainthorpe stated there is a mechanism in place for
neighboring Townships to discuss issues and that is the
Mr. Santarsiero stated he would like there to be something more on a regional basis which would meet more often possibly once or twice a month.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, and Mr. Santarsiero seconded to write
a letter to the School District, the
Mr. Zachary Rubin stated he feels that this is corporate welfare. He stated at one time U.S. Steel had significant funds and had they chosen to modernize at that time; they would still be in existence.
Mr. Sam Spera,
Motion to approve carried unanimously.
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TABLE DISCUSSION OF
Mr. Fazzalore stated he is not in favor of this proposal and will vote no.
He recommended that the matter be tabled until the next meeting when the full Board would be present.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to table the discussion of Newtown Rental proposal regarding Elm Lowne.
APPROVE REQUEST OF ROBERT AND DONNA ALEXANDER TO INSTALL SWIMMING POOL
Mr. Garton stated Robert and Donna Alexander,
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to permit the Alexanders to go to 16.54% which is 1% over the Subdivision approval but lower than the Zoning permits.
SIGN REVISED MYLARS FOR THE ESTATES AT PROSPECT MANOR
Mylars were signed following the meeting.
GRANT EXTENSION TO MINEHART PRELIMINARY PLAN
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant an extension to Minehart Preliminary Plan to 5/21/04.
GRANT EXTENSION OF TIME TO TOLL BROTHERS’ REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF DOLINGTON I, PHASE IV
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant extension of time to Toll Brothers’ request for Dedication of Dolington I, Phase IV until 3/15/04.
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GRANT EXTENSION OF TIME TO TOLL BROTHERS’ REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF DOLINGTON ESTATES II
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant extension of time to Toll Brothers’ request for Dedication of Dolington Estates II until 3/15/04.
DENY REQUEST FOR DEDICAITON OF
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to deny the request for Dedication of Mill Road Estates based on outstanding issues with respect to sewer matters and because not all lots have Final Certificates of Occupancy.
Mr. Fazzalore stated they are considering putting out the Newsletter in June this year.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated Kemper is up and ready with regard to the Golf Course. He stated they participated in a Golf Expo and over 450 people signed up to be on the e-mail list. He has spent time with Kemper and is very pleased with what he is seeing. He stated their marketing plan is solid, and he feels the Township is well on its way to having a successful venture.
Mr. Santarsiero stated the Farmland Preservation Corporation met last week and a number of issues were discussed including their desire to look at revising their By-Laws. They will be writing at letter to the Board of Supervisors in this regard. Mr. Santarsiero stated they want to have a clear Mission Statement. They do still have a vacancy on their Board, and the Board of Supervisors should address this. Mr. Fedorchak stated there is at least one application and perhaps more for this vacancy. Mr. Santarsiero stated they also have issues dealing with the buffers. They went before the Planning Commission in January to discuss this and some questions were raised about how they should proceed. At the last Farmland Preservation Corporation meeting, they agreed that in the spring when they make their annual walk, Mr. Santarsiero will go with them to look at the areas of concern.
DISCUSSION OF REQUEST BY MARY BORKOVITZ FOR OFFICE SPACE FOR
THE SOCIETY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS IN THE
Mr. Fedorchak stated he does not have a problem with this request. Mr. Stainthorpe stated Ms. Borkovitz has been running the Society out of her home for twenty-five years.
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Mr. Stainthorpe stated she is moving and no longer has the space in her home.
Mr. Garton suggested that the Board go forward with this on a consensus basis, and he will prepare a Lease. He stated he assumes that they would not charge rent, and this was acceptable to the Board. Mr. Fazzalore stated the Agreement should indicate that she would be given sixty days notice to vacate. It was the consensus of the Board that
Mr. Garton proceed to prepare a Lease as discussed.
APPROVE PURCHASE OF NEW POLICE VEHICLES
Chief Coluzzi stated $100,000 was Budgeted for the purchase of five new police vehicles and they can purchase these in the amount of $97,200. This includes all items including lights and decals.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the purchase of five new police vehicles consistent with the memo from the Chief dated 2/2/04.
Mr. Fazzalore moved, and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded to appoint Karen Friedman and Cynthia Harrison, Alternate, to represent the Planning Commission and Patricia Bunn to represent the Park & Recreation Board on the Environmental Advisory Council.
Mr. Santarsiero asked if there is another vacancy on this Board, and Mr. Fedorchak stated there is. Motion to approve carried unanimously.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to re-appoint Darrell Kates, and Patrick Frain to the Golf Committee.
There being no further business, Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.
Frank Fazzalore, Chairman