BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the
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
There was no public comment at this time.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Fazzalore moved and Mr. Santarsiero seconded to approve
the Minutes of
APPROVAL OF FEBRUARY 7 AND
Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was
unanimously carried to approve the
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.
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
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
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.
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,
Ms. Helen Sheehey,
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
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
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
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
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
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
permit. At the meeting last Tuesday, it was suggested
to Mr. Messick that he consult with Mr. VanDyke now that he is the consultant
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mr. Murphy stated they also showed an alternate plan which
could have extended the cul-de-sac through the woods and out to
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
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
Mr. Stainthorpe asked if it would make more sense to have
the emergency access from
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
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
Mr. John Boslan,
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
Mr. Wes Plaisted,
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
Mrs. Godshalk stated people in the other development did not want that connection made.
Ms. Karen Gates stated the buses do pick up on
Mr. John Bosman,
One gentleman asked if
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.
Mr. Mike Voss,
Mr. Plaisted asked about public water, and Mr. Blitzer
stated it is in
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
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
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
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.
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
Grace Godshalk, Secretary