BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES – OCTOBER 4, 2006
The regular 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
David Truelove, Township Solicitor
James Majewski, Township Engineer
Kenneth Coluzzi, Chief of Police
DISCUSSION OF DEDICATION OF
Mr. Santarsiero asked that Ms. Godshalk speak about the
recent Dedication of the
Ms. Bane thanked everyone who helped with the last minute work to get the project ready for the Dedication. She stated it turned out beautiful and everyone should be proud to have the Memorial in the Township.
Mrs. Godshalk stated she has been there a number of times since the Dedication and has heard many positive comments. Ms. Bane stated it is good seeing so many people visiting the site.
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Mr. Santarsiero thanked Ms. Bane, Mrs. Godshalk, and the rest of the Committee on behalf of the Township. He stated Liuba Lashchyk did a wonderful job in designing it, and he also commended those who spoke at the Dedication. He stated they want to make sure that they work with the Committee on a going-forward basis to insure that it is maintained and that there is appropriate security. Mr. Santarsiero stated he feels the Chief should look into this to make sure it is properly protected.
Mrs. Godshalk stated they have had volunteers from landscape companies perform services.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated the Dedication ceremony was fabulous. He stated at times he was concerned that the Memorial would not be completed, but stated it is truly visionary. He stated Liuba Lashchyk and the Committee did an excellent job.
Mr. Bob Slamen,
Mr. Smith stated there have been a number of problems with
vandalism in the Township in the past at
Mr. Paul Krupp,
Ms. Holly Bussey,
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Ms. Bussey commended the Township on the Memorial noting she studied monument architecture in college and has visited monuments all over the world, and feels the 9-11 Memorial is one of the best she has seen. She stated she feels this will be a stopping point for architecture and Memorial design students.
Mr. Smith asked the feedback BRRAM received at Community Pride Day, and
Mr. Krupp stated many of the people were familiar with the situation but many were not. Ms. Bussey stated they had a very good response at Yardley’s Harvest Day. She stated while some people indicated they might fly out of the airport two to three times a year after the expansion, she asked them if they felt this was a fair trade off for the thirty to sixty planes flying over their neighborhood. Mr. Santarsiero asked that they come back with an update after the Court Hearing.
Ms. Lisa Gayle,
Mr. Santarsiero stated Ms. Virginia Torbert, who is present
this evening, is the Traffic Commissioner for this area from the Citizens Traffic
Commission. He stated he feels she, the
Chief, and Mr. Coyne should look into this to see what can be done. Chief Coluzzi agreed to meet with the group
to go over some ideas on the site and come up with some additional
measures. He stated
Mr. Santarsiero stated the Citizens Traffic Commission is in the process of identifying trouble spots in each area, will elicit public comment, and will then come up with a Plan to be presented to the Board of Supervisors. He stated he does not feel they have to wait for that to occur before working on this particular situation.
Ms. Torbert stated she is aware of the situation and she would be happy to attend a site visit when the Chief meets with the residents. Chief Coluzzi agreed to contact
Ms. Torbert when this site visit takes place. Ms. Torbert stated she does not feel the School crossing area is well marked. She stated she rarely sees a crossing guard crossing children at this location. Ms. Gayle stated currently there are thirty children walking there from her neighborhood.
Mr. Fedorchak stated he lived in that area for six to seven years; and during that time once or twice a year, he would get a car in his front yard. He agrees it is a speed issue.
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Ms. Sue Herman,
by-pass. Ms. Herman
asked Mr. Fedorchak if there was an update on the meeting he was trying to set
up with regard to the by-pass lights. Mr.
Fedorchak stated he did contact
Mr. Fedorchak agreed to call again. Ms. Herman asked about
Ms. Dorothy Bueller, Heacock Meadows, asked if the Township
is considering anything in the future for the Seniors other than using the
Township meeting room. She stated she
moved to Lower Makefield from
Mr. Sam Conti,
Mr. Scott Burgess,
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detention basins that drain into the streams that go into
hoping these could hold back more water and infiltrate it.
Mr. Santarsiero asked if the final report including cost estimates will be completed by the
next Board meeting, and Mr. Majewski stated it will. Mr. Santarsiero agreed to put this matter on the Agenda for the next meeting.
Mr. Smith asked how long it would take for some of the short-term measures to be implemented, and Mr. Majewski stated some of the short-term measures are out of the Township’s control as they involve the Canal and they would need approval from other agencies. Mr. Smith stated he would like to see something implemented before next spring. Mr. Majewski stated he feels some items could be done by the spring.
Mr. Burgess asked if they have any other updates on the suggestions his group presented at the last meeting. Mr. Santarsiero stated he feels theses are items being considered by Schoor DePalma. Mr. Santarsiero stated much of this depends on the financial resources that are available. Mr. Burgess stated before the next meeting, he would like to come up with a list of items they would like to see addressed so that they can be considered and answered at the next meeting.
Mr. Fedorchak stated Mr. Burgess has asked about the Army
Corps of Engineers, and it is his understanding that the Corps is unable to
fund the hazard mitigation project outlined by Schoor DePalma. He stated they will sponsor projects by
offering technical support. He stated
they have stated that they would be willing to undertake a study of the
Delaware River including
Mr. Burgess asked for an update on the backflow preventers, and Mr. Majewski stated he is supplying the manufacturers with calculations so they can properly fabricate the backflow preventers.
Mr. Ray Weddington,
twenty-six feet of water and asked what their solution would be for this. Mr. Santarsiero stated even if they could produce a Plan that had full funding, and if it could have been accomplished within the last two months, it would still not be sufficient to handle this level of storm. He stated the Board’s resolve has not lessened. He stated the Final Plan will be on the Agenda by the next meeting, and if RAFT has a list of items to be addressed, he would agree to accept this. He stated the local Government has tried to
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move this matter forward. He stated much of this rests with the Federal and State Government in terms of funding. He stated they just heard that the Army Corps of Engineers is unlikely to come through with funding this year. He stated the Board previously discussed in the summer the need for both the Township and the residents to engage in as much public relations pressure as possible on the Federal Government to come through with money, and they will have to work together on this. He stated the Board considers this a pressing issue and all Board members toured the area after the last flood and understand that they have to try to do something.
Mr. Majewski stated there are a few things the Township can do if there was a flood next week. He stated they have identified areas where water has been backing up and they could block off those pipes so that less water could get to the areas to which it is currently going. He stated there are other areas that have been identified where they can clean out culverts and other areas that tend to clog and spill water, and this could be done on a three-day notice.
Mr. Weddington stated he was happy that Yardley Borough had
been invited to the meetings, but feels Morrisville and the DC & R should
also be included. He also asked about
the availability of sand bags. Mr.
Santarsiero stated at the Southeastern Bucks League of Municipalities, he discussed
this matter with the Morrisville representative and advised her that the
Township engineer would contact their engineer so they are being included. Mr. Santarsiero stated the Morrisville
representative indicated it did not appear that anything
Chief Coluzzi stated with regard to sandbags, it would depend on the extent of the problem whether or not the National Guard would have sufficient sandbags to handle all the requests. He stated they would try very quickly to get sandbags. Mr. Smith asked if the Township could have sandbags on hand, and Chief Coluzzi stated they would have to consider how they would store them, fill them, transportation etc. Chief Coluzzi was asked to look into this. Mr. Santarsiero stated during the walk through of the area they also discussed the need to organize the residents in the area so that they can be there to help.
Ms. Alison Smith,
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TOWNSHIP ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
Mr. Stainthorpe stated the Township has already been recognized for its purchase of wind power. He stated the Township has also received an award from PennFuture Foundations recognizing the Township as a Green Power purchaser for State and Local Governments. He stated the Township has now received another award from Community Energy.
He stated there was a press conference yesterday to announce to the public the commitment made by the Township to Smart Power to purchase 20% of the Township’s energy from renewable sources by 2010. He stated there is one other task to be completed in order for the Township to receive a one kilowatt solar panel system. He stated they need to have 7% of the residents to commit to renewable energy or sign up 200 new households. He stated sign-up forms are available and information will be on the Township Website and TV Channel. He stated the Board encourages the residents to support this effort so the Township can get the free system and also because it is the right thing to do for our economy, our foreign policy, and for the environment.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Smith moved and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of September 20, 2006 as written. Motion carried with
Mrs. Godshalk abstained.
APPROVE RE-ADVERTISEMENT OF ORDINANCE #363 AND ORDINANCE #364 LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCES
Mr. Closser and Mr. Bray were present. Mr. Santarsiero stated at the first meeting in August the Board of Supervisors voted to advertise the new Low Impact Development Ordinances. There were comments made and he understands that the Task Force made revisions following those comments and are present again to request re-advertisement in light of the changes made.
Mr. Closser stated the Lower Makefield Township Planning Commission did see the changes and have recommended approval of the Ordinances. The main change was the topsoil removal provisions in the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.
He stated there were also some changes made to ensure that there was consistency from Section to Section concerning references to the Best Management Practices Manual and steep slope regulations.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mr. Caiola seconded to approve re-advertisement of Ordinance #363 and Ordinance #364 – Low Impact Development Ordinances.
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Mr. Smith commended the EAC and the Planning Commission for working so well together.
Ms. Torbert asked how the topsoil will be handled in the Ordinance, and Mr. Majewski stated it was attached to the erosion and sediment control section and indicates that topsoil cannot be removed from the site.
Motion carried unanimously.
AWARD BID FOR KINGS ROAD DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Mr. Majewski stated the Township received four bids to replace failing pipe and
re-construct a head wall. He stated they reviewed the bids and found the low bidder to be appropriate. The bid matches the estimate that he had given.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was unanimously carried to award the bid to S & H Landscaping at a cost of $84,808.
Mr. Fedorchak noted there was $100,000 in the Budget for this project.
AWARD PUBLIC WORKS BIDS FOR SNOW PLOWING AND LEAF COLLECTION
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Smith seconded and it was unanimously carried to award the snow plowing and leaf collection bid as recommended by the Public Works Director.
FIORELLO GROVE PRELIMINARY PLAN APPROVAL
Mr. Henry VanBlunk, attorney, was present with Mr. Marrazzo. Mr. VanBlunk stated this is a ten acre site at the intersection of Big Oak and Derbyshire Roads. He stated it is a heavily-wooded area and Rock Run Creek runs through part of it. They propose three building lots and one lot will remain as an open space area. One building lot will be one acre, one 1.7 acres, and one 2.3 acres. They have been before the Planning Commission on four occasions and revised their Plans twice. On 8/28/06, the Planning Commission recommended Preliminary Plan Approval. The last engineer’s review letter dated 7/17/06 was noted, and Mr. VanBlunk stated they will comply with all items.
Mr. VanBlunk stated they do need to discuss Item #3 regarding
lot frontage improvements. He stated there
is already a sidewalk on
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Boehm as there are three existing homes that do not have sidewalks in that area.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he would be in favor of the sidewalk
Mr. Marrazzo stated they are willing to follow the Board’s recommendation.
Mr. VanBlunk asked if the Board of Supervisors would consider granting Final Approval at this time, and Mr. Truelove stated it has only been submitted as a Preliminary Plan; and while the Final Plan may not deviate substantially, it would be best to grant only Preliminary Plan at this time.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mr. Smith seconded to grant Preliminary Plan Approval to Fiorello Grove Subdivision, Plans dated 7/7/05 last dated 6/26/06 subject to the following:
1) Applicant shall comply with the Lower Makefield Township Subdivision
and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO), the Lower Makefield Township Zoning Ordinance, and all applicable local, State and Federal Ordinances,
statutes and/or laws;
2) Receipt of all permits, authorizations and/or approvals from all agencies
with jurisdiction including, but not limited to PADEP and NPDES;
3) Compliance with Schoor DePalma review letter dated 7/17/06;
4) Applicant to pay, pursuant to SALDO Section 178-92, the Fee-In-Lieu
of Recreation land, said amount to be determined;
5) Applicant to pay, pursuant to SALDO Section 178-39 an Impact Fee
payable for off-site public transportation capital improvements as authorized under the applicable Impact Fee Ordinance that the Township adopted under Article V-A of the MPC, said amount to be determined;
review memorandum dated 8/30/06;
7) Compliance with Deed Restrictions regarding impervious surface
conditions for Lots 1, 2, and/or 3 of the respective Plans, and which
are more specifically defined and set forth in a “Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions” which was drafted pursuant to discussions
with the Township Solicitor;
8) Where applicable, Applicant shall comply with all comments from the appropriate authorities responsible for approval of the proposed utilities.
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Ms. Karen Gates,
Ms. Torbert asked where the driveways will be located for the three lots, and
Mr. VanBlunk stated they are all on
Motion carried unanimously.
DISCUSSION OF ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR TRAFFIC FLOW
Mr. Thomas Gillette, Director of Physical Plant &
Facilities, was present. He showed a map
Mr. Gillette noted one option and showed a location where
they could add a road which would go out to
Mr. Gillette stated the third option would be to have an
exit across from
Chief Coluzzi stated about one year ago he did a
vulnerability assessment of all the Schools and brought this problem to Mr.
Sherwood’s attention. He stated there
was some concern with residents from
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“blue” option is the best option provided Mr. Majewski insures that there is a proper setback from the intersection.
Mr. Smith asked if the Citizens Traffic Commission should look at this as well.
It was noted that they will have to submit a Plan to the Township. Mr. Stainthorpe
stated he would be in favor of proceeding with the Chief’s recommendation.
ZONING HEARING BOARD
With regard to the Jerry Kaye Better Living Patio Rooms Variance Requests for property located at 752 Gordon Drive to construct a three-season sunroom on a new deck resulting in greater than permitted impervious surface and non-conformity with rear yard Special Setback, it was agreed that the Solicitor should participate to insure that they limit the increase as much as possible.
Mr. Smith stated the Planning Commission is going to invite
the Historic Commission to come to their meeting to discuss
Mr. Caiola stated the Park & Recreation Board discussed scheduling athletic events around some of the key holidays. He stated they will try to make sure that everyone is aware of these holidays when they schedule events.
Mrs. Godshalk stated there is still work to be done at the Memorial such as directional signs, benches, trash cans, etc. and they are still fundraising. Mrs. Godshalk stated she has heard that CAPS is moving on to another location, although Mr. Fedorchak stated he has received nothing official on this as yet. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he did have two different individuals approach him at Harvest Day indicating that CAPS was not handling the facility in a way that was acceptable. He stated if they are moving out, this is a non issue, but if they have plans to stay, the Township needs to look into this further.
Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels it was an internal situation in CAPS and did not have anything to do with the Township.
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APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 2125 – AUTHORIZING APPLICATION TO
THE 2007 BUCKS
Mr. Fedorchak stated the staff has made application to
Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 2125.
Mr. Santarsiero stated last year when they approved the Budget one of the comments made during Public Comment was that the Board had held their meetings in the late afternoon which made it difficult for the public to participate. He stated the Board indicated that they would make an effort this year to address that and schedule meetings at times when the public would be more able to attend. Mr. Santarsiero stated the Board should consider what evenings they are available. Mr. Stainthorpe stated they usually need at least three meetings to review the Budget. Mr. Santarsiero stated they will try to work out a schedule that works for the members of the Board, and they will put the schedule on the Township Website so that the public knows when there will be meetings.
Mr. Caiola stated Philadelphia Magazine ranked
Mr. Caiola moved, Mr. Smith seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint Cheryl Gublo and Susan Steiner to the Special Events Committee.
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There being no further business, Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m.
Greg Caiola, Secretary