TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

MINUTES – FEBRUARY 21, 2005

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on February 21, 2005.  Chairman Stainthorpe called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. noting that the Board had been meeting in Executive Session since 6:30 p.m. to discuss legal matters.

 

Those present:

           

Board of Supervisors:               Pete Stainthorpe, 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

 

Absent:                         Scott Fegley, Vice Chairman

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

There was no public comment at this time.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Santarsiero seconded to approve the Minutes of 2/7/05 as written.  Motion carried with Mrs. Godshalk abstaining.

 

 

APPROVAL OF FEBRUARY 7 AND FEBRUARY 21, 2005 WARRANT LISTS AND JANUARY, 2005 PAYROLL

 

Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the February 7, 2005 and February 21, 2005 Warrant Lists and January, 2005 Payroll as attached to the Minutes.

 

Mr. Fazzalore noted the report from Ms. Heidi Sheridan and asked if the Township has received the check from RCN.  Mr. Fedorchak stated they have.

 

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LOWER MAKEFIELD SENIORS/CAPITAL PROJECT FUNDS BILL NO. 2004 DISCUSSION AND MOTION

 

Ms. Ada Derr, President of the Lower Makefield Seniors, was present.  She stated she did receive several phone calls from seniors who do not drive at night but indicated they would be present on this matter if they could.  Ms. Derr stated the Capital Project Funds Bill No. 2004 contains $1.5 million for a Lower Makefield Township Senior Center.  She noted Mr. Steil had put this in and it has been passed by both Houses.  They do, however, need to have Governor Rendell sign off on the money.   She stated the seniors are circulating petitions in support of releasing the Capital Project Funds Bill No. 2004 in the amount of $1.5 million to build a Lower Makefield Township Senior Center.  Ms. Derr stated that based on the 2000 Census, seniors comprise 27% of the Lower Makefield Township voters.  This is those sixty and over.  She stated they are asking the Board of Supervisors to support the petition and allow them to put a petition in the Township Building for residents to sign.

 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated Mr. Steil worked hard to get this money put into the Capital Spending Bill for this year, and $1.5 million would go a long way to fund a Senior Center as they felt it would cost about $2 million, the last time they costed it out.  This would not significantly burden the Lower Makefield Township taxpayers.  He stated in the Capital Spending Bill there is about $4 billion and the Governor would have to release the funds in order for anything to proceed.  This is where they need help from the residents as this is totally at the Governor’s discretion.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated he has personally made phone calls to Senator Conti and Representative Steil asking them to reach out to the Governor about this.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is in favor of moving this forward and would ask that the public not only sign the petition, but also send e-mails or call the elected representatives. 

 

Mr. Fazzalore asked if the Board of Supervisors can write a letter to the Governor, and it was noted the Board can do this. 

 

Mrs. Godshalk asked about the petitions, and Ms. Derr stated they did go to McCaffrey’s and were able to get 189 signatures in two hours.  The seniors have also gone around their neighborhoods.  Mrs. Godshalk suggested that they set up in the vestibule with a display and literature of what they would like to see for a Center along with the petition. 

She stated the table could be unmanned.  She stated they can also advertise it on the Township TV Channel. 

 

Mr. Santarsiero also suggested they put it on the Township Website.  He stated he was the Governor’s Chair of his Election Campaign in 2002 for this area, and he will involve himself and do what he can.  He stated the Democratic Party in the County will do this as well.  He is also in favor of the Board of Supervisors writing a letter. 

 

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Mrs. Godshalk moved and Mr. Fazzalore seconded to commit to having a Petition at the Township, on the Website, and the Township Channel, and to send a letter in support of release of the funds to the Governor and other representatives.

 

Mr. Bob Slayman, 50 Bedford Place stated there were 3,000 people opposed to the construction of a Senior Center when it was placed on the Referendum.  He stated he is still against it.  He stated just because it is coming from the State, it is still taxpayers’ money.  He stated the Township would still need additional funds to complete construction and for ongoing costs.

 

Ms. Helen Sheehey, 8 St. James Place, stated the Referendum included a theater which was going to be very expensive; and they put those two uses together.  She stated she feels Lower Makefield should be able to support a Senior Center when all the surrounding communities are able to do so.  She stated the seniors have been taxpayers for many years and she feels they should have a Senior Center. 

 

Ms. Ethel Humany asked where the funds will go if the Governor does not release them.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated they authorize up to a certain amount of spending; and if the Governor chooses not to spend it, it goes away.  It would have to be re-voted on in next year’s Capital spending bill and would not automatically roll over.  This is the reason why there is some urgency in getting action this year.

 

Ms. Derr stated the Lower Makefield Seniors have been in existence for ten years in the Township in the Township Building.

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

MOTION TO DIRECT SOLICITOR TO DRAW UP RESOLUTION REQUESTING STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA TO DESIGNATE GARDEN OF REFLECTION AS AN OFFICIAL STATE MEMORIAL

 

Ms. Ellen Saracini was present and stated they are asking the Board of Supervisors to send a letter to Dave Steil so that he would have permission to put in a Resolution indicating the Garden of Reflection should be recognized as the official 9-11 Memorial in Pennsylvania.  This would only be the Memorial and not the whole Park.  She stated if Lower Makefield decides that the Park should be an official State Memorial Park, then they could do that as well.  Mr. Fazzalore stated he does not feel they have been provided enough information as they do not know what the ramifications are of this.

 

Mr. Fedorchak stated his understanding is this is an endorsement by the State of recognizing the significance of this Memorial not only to the State, but to the Country.  They are asking the Board of Supervisors to adopt a Resolution which Mr. Garton will

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prepare for later signature asking the State to make this designation.  This does not mean that they would receive any State aid for construction or maintenance expenses; however, he feels that if the State would be willing to honor the Board’s request, then this gives a “leg up” on that sort of thing. 

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated this will not cost the Township anything and the Township would not lose any autonomy over the Memorial itself.  She stated before Mr. Steil can go to the State, the Township would have to approve this.  She stated there are no other Memorials in the State that have been certified as a State Memorial.  She stated there will be a

Flight 93 Memorial but this is a Federal Memorial.   Mrs. Godshalk stated Ms. Saracini has met with Mr. Steil, and he stated this is the first step.

 

Ms. Saracini stated Mr. Steil did ask if they wanted the Park to be a State park, and she stated this is not what this is about. 

 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated he would have problems with the Park becoming a State Park as the Township has acquired the land and made certain recreation plans and would not want to cede control over that;  but he would not have a problem with the Memorial being the Official State Memorial.  Ms. Saracini stated Mr. Steil understands this. 

Mrs. Godshalk stated they already have money which came from the State through the County which was used in the purchase of the land.  Mr. Fazzalore stated he felt they were paying the County back for this.  Mr. Fedorchak stated they are paying back the principal.  It was interest free.

 

There was no public comment.

 

Mr. Fazzalore stated he would like to know what they will be compelled to do after they give the State the authority to declare this the Official Memorial, and would like to know from the Township Solicitor and Mr. Steil what the ramifications are. 

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to direct the Solicitor to draw up the Resolution requesting the State of Pennsylvania to designate the Garden of Reflection as an Official State Memorial.

 

 

DISCUSSION AND DIRECTION  TO DRAW UP DRAFT AGREEMENT FOR PROPERTY OWNERS TO ESTABLISH ESCROW ACCOUNTS WITH THE TOWNSHIP FOR DESIGN GUIDANCE FOR PROJECTS WITHIN EDGEWOOD VILLAGE

 

Mr. Garton stated it is not unusual to have professional services agreements in situations where special expertise is requested that does not necessarily fit within the purview of the Municipalities Planning Code.  He stated in that situation, they would prepare a specimen

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agreement; and if someone wanted to do something of substance within Edgewood Village, the Township would have a standard agreement and execute it together with the Applicant, with money to be posted for specific purposes.

 

Ms. Michelle Stambaugh and Ms. Ann Langtry were present.  Ms. Stambaugh stated they are present to discuss their proposal for an Escrow Account that would be established by property owners and developers in the Edgewood Village Historic District.  After discussion and review with their Commission and Mr. VanDyke, they came up with a tiered account for the fees and this has been well received by some of the developers. 

 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated the amounts look very reasonable and he asked if they feel they are sufficient.  Ms. Langtry stated they would like to discuss this with the Solicitor.  They would also like to have Mr. VanDyke make an estimate of the costs and have the developer set that amount aside.  If they exceed that amount, they would have to put more in; and if they do not need that much, they would return it.  They feel a sliding scale would be based on the number of hours estimated for a project.  Mr. Garton stated he feels this is only a guideline.  He stated a small project could still take a lot of time and effort.  Mr. Garton stated they would structure it on the basis of arriving at a figure and there would be a provision that if they exceed this amount, they would have to replenish it.  He stated they already do this with Subdivision and Land Development Plans. 

 

Ms. Langtry stated this would be based on a per hour basis plus a 10 percent surcharge to cover in-house costs.

 

Mr. Fazzalore asked if this will be in accordance with the Master Plan that was put together, and Ms. Langtry agreed.

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels in the long run, this will result in saving the property owners money since this will give them access to work with the Township’s planner.

 

There was no public comment.

 

Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Fazzalore seconded and it was unanimously carried to direct the Township Solicitor, Township Manager, Mr. VanDyke, and the Historic Commission to work on a Draft Agreement for the Board of Supervisors’ review.

 

 

STATUS REPORT ON MESSICK PROPERTY

 

Mr. Edward Murphy, attorney, was present with Mr. Chris Messick.  Mr. Garton stated Mr. Messick purchased this property last summer.  Mr. Messick has met a number of times with the Historic Commission to address his submission last fall for a demolition

 

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permit.  At the meeting last Tuesday, it was suggested to Mr. Messick that he consult with Mr. VanDyke now that he is the consultant for the Edgewood Village and

Mr. Messick has had this discussion and is prepared to move forward with Mr. VanDyke on the future of the building and then come back to the Board of Supervisors on the coordinated decision.

 

Mr. Messick stated his original intention was to buy the property and wait until the new Ordinances were passed and then come to the Board with a plan.  Ms. Frick came to him with about sixteen to eighteen Code violations and stated he had to do something about these and could not wait.  He came in with a request for Demolition Permit the next day.  He went before HARB twice and they also had a field trip.  HARB indicated they did not want the building demolished.  He had to then take his Appeal before the Board of Supervisors.   He stated in the interim, they were waiting for the Ordinances to be drawn up.

 

Ms. Langtry stated they would like to see him recreate or maintain the outside wall as this would help retain the feel of the Village.  They recognize that there will be infill construction on the site. 

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated this is an example of a project that would benefit from the proposal just discussed so that they will have the opportunity to work with the Township professionals and be able to proceed. 

 

Mr. Messick stated he purchased the property the end of August and his demolition permit was submitted two weeks later.  His original idea was to create a strip similar to the one that exists across from Goodnoe’s in Newtown.  He stated if they want to permit foot traffic in the Village, he feels it will have to come from this property.  He showed pictures of some of his conceptual ideas.  Ms. Stambaugh stated she feels considering these ideas is premature at this time.  Ms. Langtry stated they did not want to get into

in-depth discussion on any particular plans tonight.  Mr. Fazzalore asked if the Master Plan would permit what is shown in the pictures, and Ms. Langtry stated the Master Plan calls for mixed use.

 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is concerned that this house is still going to sit until they get a resolution.  Mr. Murphy stated Mr. Messick has committed to replicating the front façade of the building and the Board of Supervisors may want to wait until they get input from

Mr. VanDyke on whether or not they want to agree to the demolition of this building. 

Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels they should wait until they hear from Mr. VanDyke.  She stated in 1981 the Village of Edgewood went on the National Register.  She stated the more intrusions they have, and the more buildings you lose, you have a chance to lose your designation.  She feels they should carefully monitor anything that is demolished.

Mr. Stainthorpe asked if this is a historic building, and Ms. Langtry stated it is on the Registry.  Mr. Stainthorpe asked how it got to its present condition.  Mr. Messick stated

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the individual he bought it from wanted to renovate it but then ran out of money.  He had removed the roof some time ago, and then ran out of money.  Mr. Messick stated his office is in the area, and he is very excited about this new project.  He does feel the structure needs to go, but he is willing to go through the process.

 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is concerned about people who neglect a building and then they have to tear it down.   Mr. Messick stated he has only owned the building since August.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels whatever they do, it should be done expeditiously. 

Mr. Santarsiero asked the schedule for meeting with Mr. VanDyke, and Mr. Messick stated he is meeting with Mr. VanDyke tomorrow.  Mr. Fazzalore asked that this be put back on the Board of Supervisors Agenda for the next meeting.

 

Ms. Langtry stated Mr. Messick has been attending more Township meetings than any of the other property owners in Edgewood Village.  She stated his office is also in the Village.

 

 

DISCUSSION OF LINDENHURST ROAD TRAFFIC CALMING PLAN

 

Mr. Majewski stated last month his office met with PennDOT representatives to discuss traffic calming measures for which the Township received Grant funds.  At that meeting PennDOT was receptive to the ideas they had sketched out and gave the guidance necessary to go forward with the design work.  Mr. Majewski stated they have proposed at 532 heading south on Lindenhurst Road a four foot wide median island just before Amber Drive.  This island is approximately 125 feet long.  On the south side of Amber Drive, they propose a textured crosswalk across the intersection.  PennDOT rejected the raised crosswalk.  PennDOT has indicated they have had good success with the textured crosswalk.  South of Amber Drive, they propose a four foot wide median island  the entire length of the road down to Steeplechase Drive.  This will create a four foot wide shoulder, a twelve foot wide lane, a four foot wide median island and on the other side a twelve foot wide lane and four foot wide shoulder. This will tend to slow drivers down as the island will be in the middle.  Mr. Majewski stated PennDOT was also receptive to putting in another textured crosswalk at Steeplechase Drive.  South of Steeplechase, they propose a short four foot wide raised median island.  At Dolington Estates II at Trowbridge Drive, they  have a four foot wide decel lane into the development for buses to pull over and another crosswalk.  At the Woodside Road intersection, PennDOT suggested that a stop sign could be put in at the intersection and this would significantly slow down the traffic in the area and discourage a lot of the truck traffic.  He stated they did investigate this but it did not meet the required warrants.  It does meet the warrants for a traffic signal and this is what they are currently pursuing.  They also proposed in front of Heather Ridge another island which would be eight feet wide and could be landscaped with low-growing vegetation or just a concrete island.  Finally on the south side of Twining Road just beyond the traffic light, they propose another island at that

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location.  This can all be accomplished within the Budget that they received in the Grant including the traffic signal.  They would separate out a few items as alternates just in case prices go up significantly.  Mr. Fazzalore asked if all of the improvements are in Lower

Makefield, and Mr. Majewski agreed.

 

Ms. Herman asked the current lane width of Lindenhurst Road, and  Mr. Majewski stated it is 12’ wide with an 8’ shoulder.  With the proposed medians they are putting in front of Dolington Estates, it would be a 4’ shoulder and a 12’ lane.  Ms. Herman asked if they could shrink the lane width as a traffic calming measure, and Mr. Majewski stated they could look into this and could possibly reduce it to an 11’ lane.  Ms. Herman stated she feels the raised crosswalks are preferable and asked if Lower Makefield is planning to pursue this.  Mr. Majewski stated while they could, PennDOT does not feel they would allow this at this time although they could re-visit this at a later time.  Ms. Herman thanked the Township for working on this and asked that they get back to them regarding narrowing the lanes to 11’.

 

Mr. Sam Spera, Tomlinson Lane, asked where the funds are coming from, and

Mr. Stainthorpe stated they received a Grant from the State in the amount of $250,000

noting Mr. Steil’s involvement in this Grant.

 

It was the consensus of the Board of Supervisors to move forward on this project.

 

 

REVIEW OF INFORMAL SKETCH PLAN FOR FERRI TRACT ON BIG OAK ROAD

 

Mr. Edward Murphy, attorney, Mr. Bill Briegel, and Mr. Greg Blitzer were present. 

Mr. Murphy stated approximately one month ago they appeared before the Planning Commission to present the Sketch Plan for the Ferri Tract.  The property is a little over eighteen acres located directly across Big Oak Road from Charles Boehm.  The tract is zoned R-2.  They showed a plan showing the existing home, the wooded area, floodplain, and wetlands.  They are proposing a Subdivision of fourteen new homes and the retention of the existing home with access from a single point of ingress/egress off Big Oak Road with a cul-de-sac.  Mr. Murphy noted on the Plan the dividing line between Falls Township and Lower Makefield which is to the rear of the site.  He noted residents from Falls Township who were at the Planning Commission were generally not in favor of an inter-connection to Falls Township.  This Plan does show a proposed emergency access from Hilltop Drive to the internal street.  This was the subject of a lengthy discussion at the Planning Commission. 

 

Mr. Murphy stated they also showed an alternate plan which could have extended the cul-de-sac through the woods and out to Big Oak Road, and this was discussed as it related to an extension of the public sewers.  Currently public sewers are off site to the east on Big Oak Road, and the Sewer Department has recommended that this be extended so that

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they can pick up some properties in the area.  In order to do this, they would have to extend the sewer line along the property line and cross over to the cul-de-sac so that the new lots would not have to be served by a grinder pump.  If they did this, they could have the emergency access in that area rather than out to Hilltop.  The Sewer Department also recommended that a sewer line be extended across Big Oak Road and out to the west which would pick up another small subdivision currently in the discussion stage off Derbyshire Road so that some properties on Big Oak Road could also be publicly sewered. 

 

Mr. Murphy stated the other question was a design issue as it relates to the distance between driveways/streets.  He stated the Ordinance indicates that streets must be offset by a minimum of 175’.  He stated the original sketch did not show this, but the one being shown now does show the required separation distance.   These are the driveways into Boehm. 

 

Mr. Murphy stated since they met with the Planning Commission, they have had discussions with Mr. Hoffmeister and felt that rather than to disturb the wetland margin and the trees, they could possibly obtain an easement from the property owner in the front and bring the sewer line down the existing driveway to minimize the wetland disturbance. 

He stated Mr. Sanford was present at the Planning Commission meeting and indicated he does not require public sewers.  The location of his home was shown on the Plan. 

 

Mr. Fazzalore stated if they want to make the emergency access a permanent street, he feels they would need permission from Falls.

 

Mrs. Godshalk asked if the business that is currently on site will be retained, and

Mr. Murphy stated it will not.  He stated the house will be restored and sold on a lot.  It was noted the lot as shown will be almost eight acres.  Mrs. Godshalk asked if there will be a Note that there will be no further Subdivision, and Mr. Murphy stated there will be such a note.  He stated they could do a unilateral declaration to be recorded in addition to the Note on the Plan. 

 

Mr. Murphy stated Ms. Gates asked at the Planning Commission if they could make public sewers available to her property, and Mr. Murphy stated they do feel there are some options in order to do this. 

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated when they are selling the homes, they should notify the purchasers that there will not be a business on the site.  Mr. Blitzer stated if the lot area as proposed is something that allows a nursery use, the lot area of Lot #15 could be reduced so that it is more in line with the rest of the lots. 

 

 

 

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Mr. Stainthorpe asked if it would make more sense to have the emergency access from Lower Makefield since most likely Lower Makefield emergency services would be responding to incidents in the development and to go into Falls would not be the best way

to do that.  Mr. Murphy agreed. 

 

Mr. Fazzalore stated the cul-de-sac shown in very long.  Mr. Murphy stated they are trying to disturb the wetlands as little as possible, and they recognize that they will need a waiver on the length of cul-de-sac.  Mr. Fazzalore asked what they would do if they did not get the waiver.  Mr. Blitzer stated they did look at this, and he showed a sketch which resulted in splitting the community in two.  This would also result in a through-street to Hilltop.  Mrs. Godshalk asked if they could take the road down and run it along the property line and mitigate the wetlands so that they could have two entrances.  

Mr. Blitzer stated although this is an option, they felt the Township wanted them to preserve the wetlands.  Mr. Murphy stated he did not feel the Township would encourage them to do this.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated he would prefer not to disturb the wetlands and would prefer that they have a slightly longer road. 

 

Mr. Majewski stated they can provide emergency access out to the road in Falls Township, but they should consider where the emergency vehicles are coming from.  If they are coming from Lower Makefield, this would not make sense.  The other way is to go along the east side and cut through the wetlands buffer when they go in this area with the sanitary sewer.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated this makes more sense from a safety aspect. Mr. Santarsiero agreed.   Mr. Murphy stated the Sewer Authority also wants the sewers extended in this way.   Mrs. Godshalk stated emergency accesses do tend not to be maintained over the years. 

 

Mr. Mark Sanford stated his home is located on the eastern side.  He stated he is concerned that running a road out with even an emergency access puts it across from the Charles Boehm School which is already a crowded area.  Mr. Majewski stated the only time this would be used would be for emergency reasons if the main access was not open for some reason.  Mr. Sanford asked if it will be gated, and Mr. Murphy stated there could be bollards.  Mr. Sanford asked what type of access he would see on his driveway, and Mr. Murphy stated he would not anticipate anyone using it unless the main road was blocked.  No regular vehicles would ever use it as it would be for emergency vehicles only.  Mr. Sanford asked how much clearing would have to be done, and Mr. Murphy stated if they use the existing driveway, probably none would be needed if the Sewer Authority authorized them to work within this.  Mr. Murphy stated they would have to discuss this with the property owners first.  The emergency access would be paver blocks with grass growing through.

 

Mr. John Boslan, Falls Township, stated Hilltop is a short street and they are concerned with people using this as a cut through.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated the plan for the through road is not on the table.  Mr. Boslan stated Falls Township did indicate that Lower

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Makefield would have to get approval for this.  He noted that the property involved has a hydric soil, and there is water that filters down onto Hilltop and Howie Drive.  He stated there are also underground springs in the area.  He is concerned with the stormwater management proposed on the Plan.  Mr. Blitzer stated the road will cut off some of the water from this area and send it to the stormwater management area.  They are creating more wetlands in some areas as well.  He stated there are also areas which have well-drained soils.  Mr. Blitzer stated the whole development will drain toward Big Oak Road.

 

Mr. Wes Plaisted, Howie Drive, stated he is concerned with lights shining through from the new homes to his home.  He asked about plantings. Mr. Blitzer stated there is existing vegetation, but they will also do a detailed landscaping plan.  Mr. Murphy stated they can fill in areas were there are gaps.   Ms. Susan Plaisted stated she attended the Planning Commission meeting and looked at the drawings and the trees are much sparser than what is shown on the Plan.  She would request that additional evergreen trees be planted in this area.

 

Ms. Nancy Voss, 2008 Trowbridge, stated she is not a neighbor to this property but asked where children will get picked up by the School bus.  Mr. Murphy stated the Pennsbury School District will make this determination.  Ms. Voss stated she feels the bus stop will be out on Big Oak Road as buses will not turn on the cul-de-sac.  She stated in order to have a bus stop within the neighborhood, they must have a second road.  She stated her neighborhood would have been better designed if there was a connecting road. 

Mrs. Godshalk stated people in the other development did not want that connection made. 

 

Ms. Karen Gates stated the buses do pick up on Big Oak Road and this is done in several developments.  She stated the Elementary School students may be able to walk to Eleanor Roosevelt if there is a connection to Falls Township.  The Middle School children will most likely walk.  Mrs. Godshalk stated at Afton Chase they did make a walking path through the development out to the street and the School District could discuss this. 

 

Mr. John Bosman, 15 Hilltop Drive, asked if there is any assurance that there will not be a cut through to Hilltop, and Mr. Stainthorpe stated ultimately the Board of Supervisors will have to approve the Plan noting this is just a Sketch Plan.  He stated he personally is not in favor of even an emergency access.  Mrs. Godshalk stated the School Board may want there to be some kind of right-of-way for walking through Hilltop for walkers to get to the Elementary School. 

 

One gentleman asked if Lower Makefield ever looked at this for open space, and

Mr. Stainthorpe stated they did look at this but the opportunity never presented itself. 

He stated they did preserve the property next to it, the Gates’ property, where they purchased a Conservation Easement.  That property owner did approach the Township as she wanted to preserve the property. 

 

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Mr. Mike Voss, Roelofs Road, stated he would not want to see any cut through or emergency access onto a dead end, five house street in Falls Township, although he would not be opposed to a 3’ wide macadam path.

 

Mr. Plaisted asked about public water, and Mr. Blitzer stated it is in Big Oak Road. 

 

 

AWARD BID FOR PURCHASE OF GOLF COURSE CHEMICAL PRODUCTS

 

Mr. Jeff Damcott, Superintendent, was present and stated when the bid went out, it went out with “products or equal.”    They received seven qualified bidders.  Some of the substitutes were not deemed “equal” and those were broken out.

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to award the bid for purchase of Golf Course chemical products as per the memo dated 2/18/05.

 

 

SUPERVISORS’ REPORTS

 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated at the second meeting in March, Kemper will be in to review the operations at the Golf Course.  They recently received word that they have received an award as the fifth best Municipal Course in the U.S. in terms of customer satisfaction.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated they are also moving forward with lights at Macclesfield Park. 

He stated some of the neighbors from Rivergate were present at the Park & Recreation Meeting and expressed some concerns, but he feels they were able to come to an agreement.   They are also going to do some additional berming and are doing light studies so that they are as unobtrusive as possible. 

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated the Historic Commission is proceeding with the Edgewood Village Guidelines and proceeding with development of the infill.  With regard to the 9-11 Memorial, they hope to go out to bid within a month.  They are still looking for donations.  They just received $2500 from the Middletown Community Association in memory of three victims who were residents of Middletown Township. 

 

Mr. Fazzalore stated the Sewer Authority is still wrestling with problems with sewers that have dramatically deteriorated.  They are televising the lines and in May will have a complete assessment.  They feel they will most likely have to do repair/replacements in the lower end of the Township.

 

 

 

 

 

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APPOINTMENTS

 

Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to

re-appoint Ron Smith to the Park & Recreation Board.

 

 

There being no further business, Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m.

 

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Grace Godshalk, Secretary