BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES – APRIL 10, 2006
A Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the
Board of Supervisors: Steve Santarsiero, Chairman
Ron Smith, Vice Chairman
Greg Caiola, Secretary/Treasurer
Grace Godshalk, Supervisor
Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor
Others: Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager
Mr. Santarsiero stated Ms. Torbert is interested in serving
on the Citizens Traffic Commission. Mr.
Santarsiero asked if Ms. Torbert had anything further to add aside from what
was included in her resume and cover letter, but Ms. Torbert had nothing
further at this time. Mr. Santarsiero
asked why she was interested in the Traffic Commission. Ms. Torbert stated she has been coming to the
Township meetings for a long time and has called for the creation of such a
Commission. She stated she has a
personal interest in this issue as she has trouble getting out of her own
driveway. She has also heard at the
meetings discussions on the traffic issues which have arisen out of various
developments and she felt the Township should look at traffic in a
comprehensive manner. She noted
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upgrading. She stated
sometimes there is matching money available but oftentimes there is not. She stated they must determine how much
Ms. Torberts’ property from other areas has difficulty getting into her property with his equipment, and Ms. Torbert stated he does. Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels they should look into this as they want to keep faming in the community. Mr. Smith asked what
Ms. Torbert feels will be the role of the Commission. Ms.
Torbert stated initially she feels they should be an information-gathering
Commission and then prioritize and help the Supervisors. She stated they could also be a forum for
people to use rather than going to the Board of Supervisors as some people may
not want to have to wait to speak at a lengthy Supervisors’ meeting. Mr. Smith stated he has found that the
information from Ms. Herman and others has been quite helpful and he would like
to see the information portion be a key part of this Commission. He would also like recommendations on what
they can do to remedy situations. Mr.
Santarsiero stated the way the Resolution was worded was for the Commission to
prioritize the problems and then come back to the Board of Supervisors with
recommendations on ways to solve the problems and help identify funding sources. He stated they should also keep in mind the
issue of State and local roads and how to put pressure on the State to move
more quickly than they have with respect to improving State roads. Mr. Smith stated during his recent campaign,
every neighborhood had concerns with traffic which were different from concerns
being expressed in other neighborhoods.
Ms. Torbert stated there may be some common ways to resolve
problems. She stated she has done some
research and found that if you have a certain type of engineer in your
Township, you can change speed limits on your own. Mr. Smith stated when they had the Edgewood
Village meeting, one resident indicated she was not in favor of the project as
she felt it would keep her from getting up to I-95 quickly; however, he feels
most people in the Township would be in favor of traffic calming and slowing
down the traffic. Ms. Torbert stated she
feels this is correct for their own neighborhoods, but in the morning when they
are trying to get to work, they may not want to have traffic slow down so it
will be a balancing act. Mr. Santarsiero
asked given Ms. Torbert’s background working in
Mr. Santarsiero stated they did intend to create traffic zones which may or may not work based on the people applying for the Commission. He stated this will be on the Agenda for the next meeting of the Board of Supervisors as Mr. Majewski has prepared a map which they will consider as proposed zones for the Traffic Commission.
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MARGARET FINE LEVY
Mr. Santarsiero stated Ms. Levy is interested in serving on
the Economic Development Commission. He asked if she had anything further to add to
what she submitted in her cover letter
and resume. Ms. Levy stated she also
works part-time as a consultant primarily doing legal research and packaging
mortgages. She stated she feels her
strengths are in this area. She stated
she was the head of the Housing Development Commission in
Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels part of the way would be to
be ahead of the developers and market the land before a developer comes
in. She stated this would be true for
Mr. Santarsiero stated this is why they felt there was a
need for this Commission to try to keep themselves ahead of the curve and to
market the Township. Ms. Levy stated in
her work in
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Mr. Santarsiero stated Mr. Davino is interested in serving on the Citizens Traffic Commission. He asked if there was anything beyond what was already provided, he would like to add, but Mr. Davino had nothing further to add at this time.
Mr. Santarsiero asked the major challenges to the Township from a traffic perspective.
Mr. Davino stated he feels they need to get rid of some of
the jogs in the road. He stated there
are not really any good direct routes to get from the north to the south. He stated some of these are on the Master
Plan for eventual improvement which would create a facsimile of a north/south
system. He stated a lot of this is
caused by offset intersections which are not only inconvenient and cause
congestion, but are also dangerous. He
stated more attention should also be paid to the planning of intersection
designs when they approve Subdivision Plans.
He noted his position as the Director for Environment Design Traffic
Operations and Safety for Region 3 of the Federal Government. He stated he has seen some things built in
the last seven to nine years in the Township and if the configuration had been
submitted to his staff for consideration for Federal funding, they would have
been eligible for improvement. He stated
they could then have been done for less money or better for the same
money. He stated sometimes it is better
to have a fresh set of eyes review projects.
Mr. Smith asked what specific project does he feel could have been done
better. Mr. Davino noted
He stated going south on Stony Hill Road in the northwest
quadrant when you reach the intersection, the curve to go west on Oxford Valley
Road is approximately 130 degrees and the curbing is out too far, and you can
see from the tree line which has been cleared
for sight distance purposes that there was more room and the radius should have
been bigger. Mr. Smith asked if they
made a mistake on
Mr. Santarsiero stated Ms. Herman is interested in serving
on the Citizens Traffic Commission. Mr.
Santarsiero asked why she was interested in serving on this Commission. Ms. Herman stated she has two children and
two months after moving into her home, a loaded quarry truck had to swerve
around a stopped School bus on
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Ms. Herman stated she feels the goal for
She stated she is also a member of the Regional Citizens
Committee which is a sub-Committee of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning
Commission which is an advisory Committee comprised of community volunteers who
are interested and knowledgeable in traffic.
She stated they have made a difference on the regional level and are a
watchdog on the DVRPC Board. She stated
she feels that
Mr. Santarsiero stated Mr. Ferrara is interested in serving on the Economic Development Commission. Mr. Santarsiero asked if he had anything further to add to what he had already submitted. Mr. Ferrara stated this would be his first time serving on a Committee of this kind. He feels as a Realtor he can bring a different perspective. Mr. Santarsiero stated they would like the Committee to look at the entire Township and see where they can get ahead of the curve so that when a developer comes along, it is a development that the Township would like and is a use that makes sense for the Township in the long run.
Mr. Santarsiero asked what Mr. Ferrara sees as steps they
could take in
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have a general knowledge of the ebb and flow of the real
estate marketplace and what would make
Mr. Smith asked how he feels about the original Matrix project compared to what they are now proposing. Mr. Ferrara stated he feels it was interesting how the residents had a say in this. He stated he feels anytime they can eliminate big box stores and that type of commercial development not far from an area where there are already vacant stores, it is a good idea. He stated he was surprised as a Realtor how the populace was able to change the Zoning. He stated he is pleased to see that they are getting more residents involved in the decisions-making. He stated he is not sure what will happen with 600 age-restricted condos in the future due to changing demographics and stated he is not sure how it was set up and whether there is the ability to change the age restriction if the market dictates that first-time homebuyers need to buy those properties.
Mr. Santarsiero stated Ms. Bosley is interested in serving on the Golf Committee. He asked if she had anything further to add other than what she had submitted, and
Ms. Bosley thanked the Board for the opportunity to appear before the Board. She stated she has attended a number of the Golf Committee meetings. Mr. Santarsiero stated it is in everyone’s interest to see that the Golf Course succeeds, and he asked how the Golf Committee can work with the Township toward that end. Ms. Bosley stated the Golf Committee provides oversight in terms of the management company and in bringing external ideas. She stated with respect to long-term success, she feels there are issues that face every large project. She stated they need to consider how to adequately
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maintain the Golf Course.
She stated the Committee can also help make it a success and be diligent
in terms of how they do that vis-à-vis the competition, programs, and build on
their reputation. Mr. Santarsiero asked
if there is something specific they should do at the Course over the next few
years, and Ms. Bosley stated she would like to see some additional outreach
programs in terms of women golfers. She
stated she has put forth a number of ideas in terms of the demographics of the
surrounding area and economic conditions.
She stated the private clubs are almost pricing themselves out of the
market and she feels there is some feeding that the Township can do in terms of
making programs attractive to some of those individuals. Mr. Smith asked the percentage of male and
female golfers using the Course, and Ms. Bosley stated it is 7% females. She stated this may be a place to build. She stated
Mr. Stainthorpe noted Ms. Bosley has been attending Golf Committee meetings for approximately one year and asked how she feels the Golf Committee should define its role in terms of oversight versus strategic planning. Ms. Bosley stated she does not understand where any of the numbers are vis-à-vis the management company and how it operates. She stated she feels there is a role to be played by the Golf Committee in terms of a strategic plan with a five to ten year forward-looking plan. She stated she does not feel they can always rely on the Management Company in terms of having this perspective. She stated they have great people in terms of knowing how to run a Golf Course and she feels they should be trying to maintain the Course. Mr. Smith noted
Ms. Bosley’s background and asked if she would have any interest in serving on any other Committees. Ms. Bosley stated she would consider this although she has not attended any of the other meetings, and she has been attending he Golf Course meetings. She would consider the Economic Development Committee or the Budget Commission.
Mr. Shanks apologized for not attending the prior Interview meeting as he was called out of town on short notice for business. Mr. Santarsiero noted Mr. Shanks is seeking
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re-appointment to the Sewer Authority. Mr. Santarsiero asked how he feels about the possibility of potentially selling the sewer system. Mr. Shanks stated he feels they need to weigh pluses and minuses and make a determination based on this. He stated he appreciates that there is the potential for a large check to the community but from a citizen’s standpoint he is concerned with the potential for ramping up the costs and the Township can control this to a certain degree based on whether they sell it to a profit versus a non-profit organization. He stated he has served on the Sewer Authority for two years. Mr. Stainthorpe asked if they keep the system, what does he see as the long-term work they will need to do to keep it viable and affordable. Mr. Shanks stated if they keep it, there will be a cost impact to the community. He stated to have your own system is very costly and it will continue to cost significant dollars to maintain the system. He stated they do have a fairly viable system that has been upgraded so that if they are going to sell it, now is the time to do so since they will get the most money for it. He stated if they keep it, it will continue to be a continuing maintenance issue for the community.
Mr. Santarsiero asked to what extent can they keep control
of the system if they keep it, noting that recent increases they had to impose
were due to matters being dictated to them by outside forces. Mr. Shanks stated they have to have
preventative maintenance. He stated if
they put off maintenance, it will eventually cost more. Mr. Santarsiero stated they must also
consider who they would sell to, as if it is someone closer by, they may have
more of a chance of influencing. Mrs.
Godshalk stated she feels they will have to pay whether they own the system or
not. She noted a property she owns in
another area where the costs are much higher than she is paying in
Mr. Shanks stated they should recognize that they will need to properly educate the community on the reasons why or why not they should sell the system. Mr. Smith noted Mr. Shank’s background and questioned why he did not interview for the Environmental Advisory Council. Mr. Shanks stated at the time he wanted to give back something to the community and there was an opening on the Sewer Authority. Mr. Shanks also stated he would be willing to help with the Golf Course on the hydrology issues.
Mr. Dotson was not present this evening for his interview for the vacancy on the Golf Course Committee.
It was agreed to schedule another Interview meeting for Monday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
Greg Caiola, Secretary