BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the
Board of Supervisors: Pete Stainthorpe, Chairman
Scott Fegley, Vice Chairman
Grace Godshalk, Secretary/Treasurer
Frank Fazzalore, Supervisor
Steve Santarsiero, Supervisor
Others: Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager
Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor
James Majewski, Township Engineer
Kenneth Coluzzi, Chief of Police
Ms. Robin Stelly,
Ms. Stelly stated the electronic machines leave another layer of insecurity and they could be tampered with system wide. Mrs. Godshalk asked how the paper ballots would be counted. Ms. Stelly stated they are not sure how it could be counted yet. She stated the counts would not occur until after the Polls close. Mr. Garton stated he assumes the paper ballots would not be counted unless there was a challenge, and Ms. Stelly stated this is true except for the 5% which would be counted by virtue of the Bill currently pending. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he understands they are currently considering three different machines and only one of these has a paper ballot. Ms. Stelly stated there is a feeling that they would not even be able to consider a paper ballot machine unless the Bill is passed.
Mr. Santarsiero moved to pass a Resolution supporting this measure for machines that would entail some kind of paper ballot and a count of a randomly selected 5% of the Precincts to determine the accuracy of the machines. The Bills are S977 and HB2000.
Ms. Stelly was asked if she had the actual Bills which the Board could review, and she stated she could get them to the Board by the next meeting.
Mr. Santarsiero withdrew his Motion.
Mrs. Godshalk stated she would like to see something prior to the next meeting so it can be reviewed.
RECOGNITION OF FRANK FAZZALORE AND SCOTT FEGLEY
Plaques were presented this evening to Mr. Frank Fazzalore and Mr. Scott Fegley in recognition of their service to the Township. Mr. Stainthorpe thanked them for their outstanding contributions to the Township through their years on the Board of Supervisors adding that they have been major participants in what has occurred in the Township over their terms.
Mr. Fazzalore thanked the citizens of
Mr. Fegley stated he wanted to make the Township a great place in which to raise children and he is stepping down now in order to be able to spend more time with his own children. He noted the importance of public service.
Mrs. Godshalk thanked Mr. Fegley and Mr. Fazzalore for their service to the community and commended them on being fair and open.
Mr. Santarsiero stated while he is new on the Board, he recognizes that being a Supervisor takes effort and commitment to do it right; and as a resident of the Township, he appreciates their commitment over the years.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated they should also acknowledge Begley, Carlin & Mandio who have been the Township Solicitors for forty years; and with a regime change, the new members of the Board of Supervisors have decided to bring in a new law firm. He thanked Mr. Garton, Mr. Koopman, and the other members of their firm for their good counsel over the years.
A member of the Public asked the name of the new Solicitor. Mr. Santarsiero stated the new Solicitors will be announced in January.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated that with the transition to the new Board, Mr. Santarsiero and the two new Supervisors have campaigned often on a theme of open government and what they have now seen with the Solicitor change is not open government. He stated there was no consultation made with Mrs. Godshalk or himself, no interview process took place, and there was no discussion of hourly rates. He stated changing Township professionals is very expensive as they will now have to look up information that the prior Solicitors were very familiar with and they had, in fact, written many of the Ordinances. While they are doing this research, it will involve billable hours. He stated while he does not challenge their right to do this, as they move forward he hopes this will be a Board of five Supervisors and not three. He stated open government is more than televising meetings and he is concerned if decisions are going to be made in a back room before a public meeting. He encourages the future Supervisors to be inclusive of all the Supervisors and the public to make sure decisions which are made are made for the benefit of the taxpayers and not for partisan, political purposes.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is also disappointed that the incumbents have chosen to do away with a long tradition in the Township which is rotating the Chairmanship. He stated Syd Lehman, the last Democrat to serve, was rotated through the Chairs and there was true, bi-partisan rule. He stated if they continued with their usual rotation,
Mrs. Godshalk would serve as Chairman in 2006 and Mr. Santarsiero would have served as Vice Chairman. He stated this tradition has served the Township well and prevented partisan politics and divisiveness and encouraged inclusiveness giving everyone a voice. He encouraged the new Board members to carry on that tradition if not in 2006, then to do so going forward.
Mr. Santarsiero stated he is heartened that the Republican
colleagues are now in favor of open government.
He stated in November of 2005 and in November of 2003, the voters of
Mr. Santarsiero stated with respect to the Chairmanship, there was one Democratic Supervisor who was made Chair at some point during his six year tenure on the Board. He stated people have voted for change and there will be three Democrats on the Board and they will set an Agenda which they will discuss on January 3. He stated for them to pursue this Agenda, it is appropriate for one of them to be the Chair. He stated they do not intend to exclude Mr. Stainthorpe and Mrs. Godshalk from discussions and they want
to lead the Board as a five-member Board. He stated he was never included in any discussions about who would be hired in the Township and it was always presented at the Re-Organization meeting with no choices given. He is concerned that he is now hearing these objections when this has been done this way for years. Mr. Santarsiero stated he feels had there been a different result in November, he would not have been in line to become the Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for 2006. He stated he is also unclear about the rotation being discussed as he feels if there was some kind of rotation, he would have served as one of the Officers in 2005 and this did not happen and there was no discussion about this prior to his entering the Re-Organization meeting in 2005.
Mr. Santarsiero stated they will be an inclusive Board and they will provide open government. He stated from now on whenever there are vacancies on the various Boards and Commissions, they will interview people in public. He stated when Board terms come to an end, they will also stop the current practice of “rubber-stamping” the people whose terms have come to an end and re-appointing them. He stated it will be open to them if they wish to continue to serve, but they will also solicit other members of the Township to bring in new ideas. They will then choose the most qualified candidate.
He stated he does not feel that there has been open
Mr. Fazzalore stated in the thirteen years he has been on the Board he has never heard the Township Solicitor discuss politics.
Mr. Fegley stated it is disturbing that on his last night serving on the Board that it ends with such partisanship. He stated in the two years that Mr. Santarsiero has been on the Board, he felt that he had treated Mr. Santarsiero with respect and not viewed him as a Democrat but as a fellow Supervisor and Board member. He takes exception to the statement that they have not been open with the public. He stated he respects the right of the new Supervisors to try different things; but he feels that by not choosing Begley Carlin, they are losing a substantial amount of knowledge and experience. He stated with regard to the rotation of the Chairmanship, if he were on the Board when it was
Mr. Santarsiero’s turn to be Chairman, he would have fought for his right to be Chairman as that is the tradition that the Board has always followed; and it gives every Supervisor, regardless of Party, the opportunity to serve as Chairman. He noted that the Chairman really only has a single vote as do the other Board members. He asked that the Board avoid the partisan bickering that has disgusted the public across the county. He stated he feels what is best for the people is what should be done regardless of party affiliation.
Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels that whatever she has done has been non-partisan. She stated eighteen years ago she was the Supervisor who initiated the Chair rotation, and they have followed this for years. She stated Mr. Santarsiero knows that she has not
always sided with the Republicans
and at one point had been asked by Mr. Santarsiero to speak before his group to
try to advise them. She stated it was
her turn to be the Chairman in 2006 and she discussed this with Mr. Santarsiero
following the Election and was told that they were in control and had an
Agenda. She stated she feels what they
have done over the last twenty-seven years that she has been involved has been
good for the Township and this is why people want to move to
Mr. Santarsiero stated the voters have spoken for a change, and this is what they will do. He stated he did not want this to be a partisan evening as it was Mr. Fazzalore and
Mr. Fegley’s last evening. He stated he did not inject partisan politics into this, but he will respond to it. He stated he hopes when they begin in 2006, they will work in a true
Bi-partisan effort on both sides to do
what is right for the people of
Mr. Stainthorpe stated there is an easy solution and it is that they should ask for all of the Supervisors’ advice and this is what was missing with respect to the Township solicitor.
Mr. Santarsiero stated this was not done in the past either.
Mr. Zachary Rubin stated he was present the first week in
January when the Board engaged Begley Carlin for a one-year term and he assumes
they are still the Solicitors until the first meeting in January when he is
sure rates and other issues will be discussed.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated technically and legally this is correct and
Begley Carlin will remain the Solicitors until
Mr. Jerry Mayes,
Ms. Carolyn Fegley,
Mr. Stainthorpe have been notified of the firm they plan to retain. Mr. Santarsiero stated they have been notified. Mr. Garton stated the Board has the right to choose the Township Solicitor. He added it has been a pleasure to serve the Township.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was
unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of
CONFIRMATION OF EAGLE SCOUT PROCLAMATION FOR GABE CALVIN
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he presented this to Mr. Calvin on Saturday. Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to confirm the Eagle Scout Proclamation for Gabe Calvin.
DISCUSSION AND TABLING OF APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE AND REQUEST FOR TAX-FREE FINANCING
Mr. Garton stated the Board is aware of the litigation involving
Mr. Stainthorpe stated this is a legal matter which was discussed in Executive Session and since the Release is not satisfactory, he feels they should table this matter.
Mr. Santarsiero moved and Mrs. Godshalk seconded to table Approval of the Settlement Agreement and Release.
Mr. Santarsiero stated hopefully by the first meeting in January they will have some resolution as to the Release issue.
Motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was
unanimously carried to table consideration of the request by
PUBLIC HEARING AND APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE NO. 355 AMENDING THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A USE ENTITLED AGE QUALIFIED COMMUNITY AND RELATED STANDARDS
Mr. Garton stated he advertised for consideration this evening an Ordinance which would permit an additional use within the C-2 and C-3 Zoning Districts of the Township that use being an age-qualified community which would include some retail and office space as well. The Ordinance arises from issues related to the Matrix development which have been the topic of discussion with the public, Township Supervisors, RAM and the Courts for over two years. He stated the Board has been provided comments which have been
received from the Lower Makefield Planning Commission and the Bucks County Planning Commission. He added that Mr. Fries, who provided expertise as to the preparation of the Ordinance, is present this evening.
The matter was opened up for public comment, and there was no public comment at this time.
Mr. Santarsiero stated they have been in Settlement
discussions for approximately two years, and he feels all parties were working
in good faith to try to resolve the matter.
course of the discussions, various Court actions took place. The
Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Fegley seconded to approve Ordinance No. 355.
Mr. Gary Cruzan stated they expected Matrix and the Township to honor the Agreement and he does not feel the Ordinance should be passed until there is an Agreement. He stated if they pass the Ordinance without an Agreement RAM may be forced to appeal it.
Mr. Michael Upton,
Mark Brookman, attorney on behalf of Matrix, stated the
reason there has not been the ability to finalize a Settlement Agreement is due
to the fact that under
is the first step in a Land Development Approval process. This Ordinance approval will enable the process to begin.
Mr. Garton stated he did advise the Board of Supervisors to this affect in the past as well as this evening with regard to the issue of Contract Zoning.
Mr. Santarsiero stated in light of that advice, he does not feel what they are proposing is a written Agreement as they had originally contemplated. He stated the problem is the Courts decided to end the litigation. He stated he would like there to be a written Memo of Understanding that would not rise to the level of putting them at risk of some claim of Contract Zoning. He feels this would at least give them assurance as to what everyone has agreed to in good faith. He stated he has been sensitive to Mr. Brookman’s concerns about timing, and he had hoped that they could have accomplished this a long time ago. He stated he does not feel waiting three to four weeks will put them in any disadvantage and will have them in a position where the Land Development process can take place in an expeditious manner.
Mr. Brookman stated a Memorandum of Understanding would
still be an Agreement and a writing signed by the parties
which is the only way they can reach an understanding that can be enforced, would
be a Contract and would be prohibited under
Mr. Santarsiero stated he is unwilling to go into detail with the discussions that they have had with Counsel regarding these issues, but feels short of actually executing an Agreement, they can do a lot better at understanding what the Understanding is before they agree to pass the Ordinance change.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated the change in the Ordinance does not mean this land would definitely be developed in this matter, and Matrix still has the right to sell the land if they so choose. He stated all other uses remain in effect. He stated this is not approval of a Plan, and any Plan would have to be fully engineered and go through the whole planning process.
Ms. Virginia Torbert stated she feels the Board should postpone this as she does not feel Matrix has shown good faith. She stated she feels all they have done over the past two years is try to market the property. She stated by changing the Zoning, they will be making the property more profitable for Matrix.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels the issue is what is best
for the Township, and the thinking was that this would give a developer the
option to construct age-restricted housing which would generate less traffic
and not add children to the
Ms. Torbert stated she does not feel the Township is getting anything for doing this as she feels this is the only incentive they have to bring Matrix to the table. She feels their only desire is to sell the property.
Mr. Gary Cruzan stated this Ordinance allows them to build Age-Restricted housing and “Big Box.” Mr. Stainthorpe stated “Big Box” has always been there. Mr. Cruzan stated this may be incorrect as it was not really decided by the Court. He stated if they approve the Ordinance tonight, he will be back on January 3 to ask that the Board overturn it. He stated Matrix has had sixteen months to put their promises in writing, and they only included “flip-flop” clauses. He stated no one wants “Big Box,” and thousands of people are in support of RAM because of this.
Mr. Jerry Mayes stated they have been debating this for years, and he feels if the Board caves under the threat of an Appeal, they are making a mistake. He feels the Board should vote their conscience.
Mrs. Godshalk stated when the Plan came in five years ago, she was the only person that voted against it. She stated she has not been invited to be on the Committee over the years although she did attend some of the meetings which were open to the public. She stated she feels this is a way to escape the bad decision that was made five years to vote for the Big Box. She stated she feels this will be one of the largest housing developments to ever come into the Township. She stated these are high-density units, and she questions who will police this to insure that there are not children living in this development who will add to the School enrollment. She is concerned that when the original owners are no longer living, the heirs may have problems selling the units with the age restriction in place. She would be interested in something on a smaller scale. She stated she is not in favor of changing the Ordinance to include senior housing in this area.
Motion carried with Mr. Fazzalore, Mr. Fegley, and Mr. Stainthorpe in favor and
Mrs. Godshalk and Mr. Santarsiero opposed.
APPROVAL OF EXTENSIONS FOR FIELDSTONE PLAN NO. 496-N, FIELDSTONE PLAN NO. 549, PRATICO SUBDIVISION, AND BODINE SUBDIVISION
Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Santarsiero seconded to approve Extensions as follows:
Plan No. 496-N to
Plan No. 549 to
Pratico Subdivision to
Motion carried unanimously. Mrs. Godshalk was not present for the vote.
DENIAL OF DEDICATION OF MAKEFIELD CROSSING A/K/A FOLEY TRACT
Mr. Santarsiero moved and Mr. Fazzalore seconded to deny the
request for Dedication of Makefield Crossing a/k/a Foley Tract for the reasons
set forth in Nancy Frick’s memorandum dated
TABLE REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF
Mr. Garton stated this is a development of three to four lots; and the Township, by virtue of necessity, has been maintaining the streets as the developer has disappeared.
Mr. Coyne would like the Township to accept Dedication so
that the Township can receive liquid fuel monies; however,
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to table the request for Dedication of Island Woods Estates for sixty days.
Mr. Fedorchak stated he will initiate discussion with Falls.
DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 2100 ESTABLISHING THE 2006 BUDGET
Mr. Fegley moved and Mr. Santarsiero seconded to approve Resolution No. 2100 establishing the 2006 Budget.
Ms. Julie McKenzie,
a tax increase. Mr. Stainthorpe stated they started this process in August when the Department Heads submitted Budgets and eventually presented these to the Board of Supervisors in September/October. The Budget was discussed in Public Workshops.
Ms. McKenzie asked if the Budget is on the Website. Mr. Fegley stated it is a huge amount of
information to be put on the Website.
Mr. Fedorchak stated the Preliminary Budget which was approved in
November was made available at the
Mr. Fedorchak stated there has been considerable amount of input from the public to add items to the Budget rather than to take things away. Ms. McKenzie stated she feels 16% is a significant increase. Mr. Fegley stated they also need to take into account the increased cost of fuel, supplies, and insurance, etc.
Mr. Fazzalore stated he will not vote in favor of this Budget as he feels a 15% increase in expenditures when there is inflation of under 3%, is wrong.
Ms. Virginia Torbert asked about spending throughout the various Departments.
Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels the largest increase was in
the General Fund. Ms. Torbert asked what
percentage of the increase is a result of the two additional Police Officers
and the lights at
Mr. Tom Stevenson,
Mr. Stevenson asked the expected revenue, and Mr. Fedorchak stated there are Operating Revenues of $816,000 combined with the $220,000 Fund Balance for total Revenues of
$1,036,000. Mr. Stevenson asked if they will run at a deficit this year, and
Mr. Fedorchak stated for 2005 they will have a carry-over balance of $220,000, and they will finish 2006 with a $67,000 surplus. Mr. Fazzalore stated it is a Deficit Budget because the Expenditures are higher than the income.
Mr. Santarsiero stated when they discussed this at their last meeting a number of people raised questions about the time when the Budget meetings are held and the Board agreed that they will have to do a better job of scheduling those so people can participate. He noted hopefully they will also televise them next year as well.
Mr. Dave Young,
Mr. Young stated he feels the Board of Supervisors needs to direct the Police Department to do a better job at controlling the traffic in the Township as what they have been doing is not satisfactory.
Chief Coluzzi noted they have been out to Mr. Young’s residence many times in response to his calls to the Police Department. He stated at one point Mr. Young had a homemade sign on his lawn indicating the speed limit and “Watch Children,” and the Police Department received numerous calls from Mr. Young’s neighbors complaining about that sign. He stated the Police Department recognized that this was an important issue for
Mr. Young. He stated when the sign was vandalized/stolen, within three days an official “Watch Children” sign was installed at that location. He stated the Police have also responded to other calls made by Mr. Young. He stated they did do speed monitoring on the street over which Mr. Young expressed concern; and with a 25 mile speed limit, they found that the average speed was 30 miles per hour.
Mr. Young stated he is talking about the Township in general. Chief Coluzzi stated prior to his arrival, the Township never had selective enforcement areas and they now have seventeen locations which the Officers focus on which are high accident areas. They feel they have made a substantial dent in reducing traffic accidents. Chief Coluzzi stated they have serviced Mr. Young many times and acted on his complaints.
Mr. Young stated he feels they should be proactive rather than only responding to his calls. He asked the Board of Supervisors to direct the Police Department to do a better job of controlling traffic in the Township as he feels it is not as well managed as it should be. Chief Coluzzi stated he is very attuned to public safely and he wants more Police Officers so that they can do a better job. He stated he is asking for two Officers in this Budget to maintain the staff. He stated he could make a justification for many more Officers in the Township.
Mr. Fegley stated he takes satisfaction in bringing the Chief on board and the changes that have been made in the Police Department. He stated he feels they have one of the
finest Police Departments in
Mr. Stainthorpe suggested that they schedule a meeting in the future to discuss traffic issues.
Chief Coluzzi stated when he came to the Township there was one active Town Watch group and they now have twenty-two who meet with him regularly to discuss traffic, crime, etc. and they recognize the need for Police Officers.
Mr. Fedorchak stated they did make several revisions to the Budget based on information that has come out over the last thirty days. He stated in the Capital Reserve Fund, in anticipation of adopting the new Agreement with Comcast on the Revenue side, he inserted $100,000 from Comcast for the Educational Access Grant; and on the expenditure side he put in a like amount in anticipation of televising the meetings sometime during 2006. He stated they also received $275,000 from PennDOT as the first payment for the acreage they needed to condemn at Patterson Farm in order to install the loop. He stated they also added the $750,000 Grant to the 9-11 Memorial Construction Fund and were therefore able to eliminate the $250,000 transfer from the Capital Reserve Fund into the Memorial Fund. He added Mr. Coyne requested a $75,000 truck and they were able to shift some expenditures within the Liquid Fuels Fund without changing the total dollars to accommodate this request.
Mr. Tom Stevenson stated in his experience following the Budget process for the lights and recognizing how the Park & Recreation Board operates, he feels the Park & Recreation Board has the opportunity to have phenomenal leverage in the Township. He stated the people on the Park & Rec Board are all “insiders” and all members of the athletic teams and do not give objective opinions. He stated the taxpayers are funding all of the Park & Recreation proposals whether the taxpayers participate or not. He stated it is a special interest group and they get special privileges. He stated one of the Supervisors ran on a promise that he will cut the User Fee for those playing sports and this is a Department which is already running a deficit. He stated he is wiling to pay for health benefits, Police Officers, etc. but he does not feel he should pay for discretionary items. He would like to see if there is a way to restructure the Park & Recreation Board.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated the Park & Recreation Board does not get everything it asks for. He stated the new administration will populate the Boards with people of their choosing. He stated the idea of the Park & Rec Board is not to only have the professional Director make decisions, but also have the opportunity for citizen input. He stated most of the Leagues have had members on the Park & Rec Board and it may be advisable to have citizens from the various neighborhoods that have a general interest. Mrs. Godshalk stated there are current vacancies on the Park & Rec Board and suggested that
Mr. Stevenson send in a resume.
Mr. Santarsiero stated the Board of Supervisors as a whole will decide who will serve on the Park & Rec Board. He also stated in terms of the User Fee he feels there is a need to reduce this. He stated when it was increased two years ago, it was increased to pay for bike paths and not to do with anything that had to do with the fields. He stated many of those involved with the various teams put in a tremendous amount of time and effort into maintaining the fields themselves. He stated many of those paying the User Fee do not play on Township fields so there is an inequity.
Mr. Zachary Rubin,
Motion to approve Resolution No. 2100 establishing the 2006 Budget carried with
Mr. Fazzalore opposed.
APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 2101 FIXING TAX RATES AND SPECIAL LEVIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2006
Mr. Fegley moved and Mr. Santarsiero seconded to approve Resolution No. 2101.
Motion carried with Mr. Fazzalore opposed.
APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 2102 PROVIDING THAT NO CONTRIBUTION BE REQUIRED FROM POLICE OFFICERS TO FUND THE 2006 POLICE PENSION PLAN
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 2102.
APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 2103 PROVIDING THAT NO CONTRIBUTION BE REQUIRED FROM ANY NON-UNIFORMED EMPLOYEE TO FUND THE 2006 NON-UNIFORM PENSION PLAN
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 2103.
APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 2104 ESTABLISHING THE 2006 PARK AND RECREATION FEE-IN-LIEU OF FEE
Mr. Stainthorpe noted this is what a developer pays if he chooses not to install a recreation area within the development. Mr. Stainthorpe reviewed the various amounts to be paid.
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 2104.
APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 2105 ESTABLISHING THE 2006 TRAFFIC IMPACT FEE
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 2105.
APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 2106 DESIGNATING 2006 DEPOSITORIES FOR TOWNSHIP FUNDS
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 2106.
DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO.
2107 ANTICIPATING ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS TO FINANCE A
Mr. Garton stated the Township is considering some expenditures to improve the Canal Interceptor and this Resolution permits the Township to recover their out-of-pocket expenses from the Bond Issue if they choose to go forward with the project. It does not commit the Township to a Bond Issue.
Mr. Fazzalore stated they have had some sewer lines collapse
at the lower end which was costly to repair.
They then had the engineers do a TV of the whole line up to
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 2107.
ZONING HEARING BOARD MATTERS
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was
unanimously carried to have the Township participate in the Michael & Robin
It was agreed to leave to the Zoning Hearing Board the following matters:
Mark Raniello Variance requests to construct a dwelling at
Thomas Mack Construction Variance request to
construct an addition at
Mr. Stainthorpe stated the Newsletter is complete and should be received by the residents either the last week of December or the first week of January.
APPROVAL OF 2006-2009 PBA CONTRACT
Mr. Fedorchak stated he and Mr. Garton have been engaged in negotiations with the PBA Union for almost a year. He stated they are coming off a three-year arbitration award set to expire the end of this month. The results of the negotiation are now before the Board of Supervisors as follows: A four-year term, wage increases of 3.75%, 4%, 4%, and 4.25%, survivor’s benefit will increase to 75% of the retired Officer’s pension.
Mr. Fazzalore stated in industry it is normally not even 50%. Mr. Fedorchak stated it is currently 50% and this benefit will cost the Township approximately $3,500.
Clothing allowance increased by $25. There will be a longevity increase of $150 in
the first and third years with the addition of two new tiers. After twenty-five years of
service, $2,800 per year and thirty years of service - $3,200 per year. With regard to severance, currently in the
Contract there is a severance pay requirement of $8,000 per Officer paid upon
retirement. He stated he and Mr. Garton
have been trying to get this item out of the PBA Contract for the last ten
years. He stated now for all new Police
Officers hired after
interested in controlling health
care costs and a proposal was made to the PBA to completely restructure the
health care program. He stated in May
the Township experienced a 21.8% increase in hospitalization costs, and he and
Mr. Garton explained to the PBA that the Township cannot afford this type of
increase every year. After considerable
discussion, the PBA did agree to completely restructure the program increasing
co-pays and deductibles. This program
will go into effect on
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the PBA Contract.
APPROVE ADVERTISING NEW CABLE TV FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH COMCAST
Mr. Garton stated they must approve a Contract by Ordinance and they need to authorize advertisement. He stated some comments have been received which will be circulated to the Board.
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to authorize advertisement of the Cable TV Franchise Agreement with Comcast.
APPROVE AUTHORIZING ADVERTISEMENT OF ORDINANCE REQUIRING
RAPID ENTRY SYSTEMS FOR COMMERCIAL AND
Mr. Stainthorpe stated they discussed this at the last meeting. Chief Coluzzi stated
Mr. Garton has prepared the Draft which is ready for advertisement.
Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to authorize advertisement of the Ordinance.
RENEW CONTRACT WITH M.L.E. ENTERPRISES TO OPERATE THE SNACK BAR AT THE COMMUNITY POOL FOR THE 2006 SEASON
Mr. Fazzalore asked if they went out and asked for other bids, and it was noted they did not. Mr. Fazzalore added that the last time they did go out to bid, M.L.E. was the only
firm which responded. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels the Pool members are generally satisfied with the service.
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to renew the Contract with M.L.E. Enterprises in the amount of $3,100.
Mr. Fedorchak noted she also pays the electric costs at the Snack Bar.
AWARD BID FOR TREE PLANTING AT MEMORIAL PARK
Mr. Majewski stated they received six bids for the tree planting at Memorial Park/Garden of Reflection. He stated the plants includes 55 bowhall maples and 17 beech trees. The low bidder and the second lowest bidder submitted non-responsive bids. The lowest responsible bid for the project was from Land-Tech Enterprises Inc. in the total amount of $52,845. Mr. Fazzalore noted this is $6,245 more than the lowest bidder.
Mr. Stainthorpe asked if the lowest bidder could come into compliance, and
Mr. Fedorchak stated this was discussed with Mr. Garton and it is his recommendation that they award the bid to Land-Tech.
Mr. Santarsiero stated at the last meeting they discussed using native species in Township plantings. He asked if they are following the spirit of that proposal. Mr. Bray was present this evening to discuss the trees under consideration to determine if they are native; and if they are not, if there are other varieties they could choose which would be equally good for the site in terms of their appearance, longevity, etc.
Mr. Bray stated he did do research on the European beech
which is not native. He stated in the
spirit of the Ordinance they agreed to at their last meeting, he feels they
should give consideration to using native species in the
Mr. Stainthorpe stated they received a Grant from the U.S. Forest Service which has been extended a number of times; and while he agrees they should consider the spirit of the native plant Ordinance they are considering, he does not want to jeopardize the Grant money. Mr. Fedorchak stated they have until May and he wanted to get the project awarded this evening so that the contractor can complete the paperwork and have the trees planted by May. He stated it would take thirty to forty days to re-bid and they would need at least thirty days for advertising.
Mrs. Godshalk noted the amount of effort that has already gone into researching this as well as field trip time looking at the trees. She stated they have had these trees included for more than three years, some because of the colors which matched the stone. She stated the bowhall maples were chosen because they grow in a columnar fashion, and they wanted this look as you go into the entrance of the Park so that it will be open and you will be able to see the flagpole. She added that everyone that died that day was from another country originally, and she does not feel native species should be required in this instance.
Ms. Ellen Saracini stated there are five family members on the Committee who are in favor of the trees suggested; and if the family members of the deceased are satisfied, she feels they should proceed with those selections. She added this will be paid for through a Grant and is not money coming out of the Township. She stated she is not opposed to considering native species for other trees in the Park in the future.
Mr. Stainthorpe asked if it is an invasive species, and Mr.
Bray stated the European Beech is not known to be invasive and has been grown
Mr. Santarsiero asked if they were able to consider native plants when they were looking initially at this project, and Ms. Saracini stated they were not aware that the Township was considering this when they first researched this project.
Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mrs. Godshalk seconded to award the bid for tree planting at Memorial Park to Land-Tech Enterprises in the amount of $52,845.
Mr. Santarsiero stated while he will vote in favor of this because of the Committee’s desires, he would ask that on a going-forward basis that they focus on native plants. He stated he feels Mr. Bray would be willing to help with his expertise. Ms. Saracini stated they have already agreed to changing two other trees they had chosen to two natives.
Motion carried unanimously.
AWARD CONTRACT FOR 2006-2007 REFUSE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL
Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to award the Contract for the 2006-2007 Refuse collection and disposal to McCullough Rubbish Removal, Inc. in the amount of $28,080.
Mrs. Godshalk moved, and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded to re-appoint Janet Smith to the Elm Lowne Committee. Motion carried with Mr. Santarsiero opposed and
Mr. Fazzalore abstained.
Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to
re-appoint Duane Doan to the Farmland Preservation Corporation.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mrs. Godshalk seconded to appoint Dean Dixon to the Planning Commission. Mr. Santarsiero stated he understood that there were to be further interviews and they are now considering this appointment which is not on the Agenda.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he had wanted to discuss this at Executive Session but they did not have time. Mrs. Godshalk noted this individual was interviewed. Mr. Santarsiero stated he recalled that Mrs. Godshalk had indicated previously that she wanted to hold off on this until she had an opportunity to interview the other candidates that she had not seen as she had been absent. Mrs. Godshalk stated they did not come back in. Mr. Santarsiero asked if they were re-scheduled to come back in. Motion carried with Mr. Santarsiero opposed and Mr. Fazzalore abstained.
Mr. Jim Bray thanked Mr. Fazzalore and Mr. Fegley for their
years of service to the Township. He
stated to be a member of the Board of Supervisors is often a thankless job and
feels they have been dedicated public servants.
He stated he feels
Mr. Stainthorpe thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve as Chairman this year which has been an enjoyable opportunity.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at
Grace Godshalk, Secretary