BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES – SEPTEMBER 20, 2006
The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the
Board of Supervisors: Steve Santarsiero, Chairman
Ron Smith, Vice Chairman
Greg Caiola, Secretary
Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor
Others: Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager
David Truelove, Township Solicitor
James Majewski, Township Engineer
Kenneth Coluzzi, Chief of Police
Absent: Grace Godshalk, Supervisor
Mr. Richard Adams,
Mr. Truelove stated he has been directed to make a response and is in the process of doing so. He stated prior to the Board’s next meeting, he will have a response to him.
Mr. Adams stated the developer is threatening to close off
Ms. Sue Herman thanked Mr. Fedorchak and Mr. Majewski who
gave an update on the status of
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that normal traffic patterns could be resumed after which
PennDOT was going to take counts on the Newtown By-Pass and area roads for one
week and then do the design work to make the lights traffic responsive on the
By-Pass. She stated
Mr. Fedorchak stated he contacted the Manager of
Ms. Herman stated the residents hope this will not push back
for another six to eight months making the lights traffic responsive on the
By-Pass or push back the
Mr. Fedorchak stated the traffic signal enhancement project
is a joint PennDOT/
Ms. Herman asked that they be asked to do whatever they can
Mr. Santarsiero asked why there is a delay. Mr. Majewski stated he has been told by a Toll Bros. representative that the delay was created by the power outages experienced a month or two ago when PECO had to pull their crews off who were re-locating the poles. He stated this then pushed back the rest of the work that had to be done. He stated they have started to do some of the work around the poles to the extent possible.
Mr. Santarsiero agreed to raise this issue at the League of
Municipalities meeting scheduled for next Thursday in
Ms. Herman asked when they will know the timing for
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met with PennDOT after reading their review letter and also met with the consultant who generated the review letter for PennDOT as well as representatives of PCS. He stated they discussed what items of work needed to be altered, and PennDOT did give some relief on some of the requirements which should help push the process along.
Mr. Fedorchak stated he will make a report on the meeting he
is trying to set up with PennDOT,
Ms. Marie McGowan,
She stated in the back of the brochure it gives Seniors
information on how to get to the
Mr. Fedorchak stated he discussed the possibility of the Seniors losing this room due to the installation of the television equipment and the construction activity some time ago and it was communicated to certain officials within the Seniors organization.
Mr. Santarsiero asked if there are any rooms they could use in the interim. Mr. Fedorchak stated they could use Elm Lowne for certain activities. He stated he feels it will only be for a short period of time before they can again use the Township meeting room.
Mr. Smith asked Ms. McGowan if they could use Elm Lowne on a temporary basis, and
Ms. McGowan stated she is not an Officer of the group, but they use card tables which they put up and take down and there are no card tables at Elm Lowne. She stated she is also not sure the restrooms could accommodate their needs. She stated they have now called everyone and told them that meetings have all been cancelled. She stated she still feels it should not have been handled the way it was. Mr. Smith asked if the Township could look into the restroom facilities and make arrangements to have their card tables there, could they use Elm Lowne; and Ms. McGowan stated it was not worth it now as the meetings have been canceled.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Caiola moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of September 6, 2006 as written.
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APPROVAL OF SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 AND SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 WARRANT LISTS AND AUGUST, 2006 PAYROLL
Mr. Caiola moved, Mr. Smith seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the September 5, 2006 and September 18, 2006 Warrant Lists and August, 2006 Payroll as attached to the Minutes.
Mr. Andy Hamilton of Carter Van Dyke Associates was present
with Rae Pinchuk of the Historic Commission.
Mr. Hamilton stated they had previously worked on the Edgewood Village
Design Guidelines and continued through the process of developing a Traditional
Neighborhood Design Overlay Ordinance for the Historic/Commercial area of
Mr. Hamilton stated J. G. Park and Mr. Troilo are proceeding
with their design process, have had discussions with the Township, and are
doing revisions to the Site Plans. He
stated at yesterday’s Historic Commission they showed one area of the project
they are working on, and Mr. Hamilton showed this Plan this evening. He noted the location of three small tenant
Mr. Caiola asked if it is permissible to move a historic structure within the Historic District, if the historic significance follows with the house, and does it matter whether the house is relocated to an area that is within or outside of the Historic District. Mr. Smith stated he was in attendance at the Historic Commission when this was discussed, and there was a difference of opinion as to how moving the house would impact its historic registry. Mr. Pinchuk stated they are continuing to look into this. Ms. Pinchuk stated
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they must consider how this impacts the historic designation of the structures and the District itself. Mr. Smith stated some members of the Historic Commission were very passionate about this subject and the potential of losing the designation. Mr. Hamilton stated Mr. Troilo and J. G. Park were made aware of this concern, and they hope to have an answer on this and other questions by October when he assumes a special meeting will be held to move this matter further.
Mr. Santarsiero asked if the houses were to be moved, assuming the issue can be resolved, what would Mr. Troilo propose to put in their place. Mr. Hamilton stated he was looking at a combination of uses along Stony Hill Road which would be first-floor Commercial and second-floor either apartments or businesses. Mr. Santarsiero stated he assumes that the three existing structures are not suitable for those purposes, and
Mr. Hamilton stated they are too small from a marketing standpoint in order to obtain a tenant who would stay at the location long-term which is their goal. He stated Mr. Troilo is looking for flexibility and space options. Mr. Santarsiero asked the age of the houses, and Ms. Pinchuk stated they feel they are between 1840 and 1890. She stated they are considering restoring the houses to how they would have looked, put them in the park-like setting, and use them to house the Historic Society’s and Historic Commission’s records, photo, etc. She stated Makefield Women’s Association has also discussed using one of the structures but nothing has been confirmed.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated if moving these structures is critical to the success of the Village perhaps it is a good idea, but he has serious concerns about moving any structures; and he feels the Village should be developed around what is existing. He stated he does not feel there is a need for additional Municipal space. Mr. Santarsiero stated the Board of Supervisors has not been approached about the possibility of using these buildings.
Mr. Santarsiero asked if there is anything further the Historic Commission would like to report, and Ms. Pinchuk stated they are trying to listen to all the options. She stated they do sympathize with Mr. Troilo’s concern with getting a tenant that will stay in the area for an extended period of time. She stated they also recognize that these are small structures. She stated they are working cooperatively with Mr. Troilo.
Ms. Elizabeth Christopher,
Mr. Hamilton stated a traffic engineer will be studying this for the Township. He stated the traffic engineer’s office also works as a consultant for PennDOT so there have been discussions with them as well. He stated it is too early to know exactly what will occur. Mr. Hamilton stated the traffic calming guidelines that have been put together should slow down the speed of the cars but still allow vehicles to continue to move through. He stated they want to have a continuous flow of traffic although not at the speeds they are
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accustomed to. Ms. Christopher stated she feels it is the number of cars in the area that is the problem and not the speed being traveled. She feels they will have to widen the road. Mr. Hamilton stated they will wait to see what the traffic engineer comes up with. He stated they want to make the situation better but still maintain the historic character of the community.
Mr. Santarsiero stated no Plans will be approved without a plan to deal with the traffic issues in that area. He stated any Plan that will be approved will have to improve the situation. He stated he feels it will be in the developers’ best interest to come up with a workable plan as this will help “sell” the community.
Mr. Richard Cylinder,
Mr. Cylinder stated he is a retired Urban Planner and has never heard of Plans being presented without going to the Planning Commission. Mr. Santarsiero stated when they have what they feel is a workable Plan, they will go through the ordinary Application process with the Township which will include Plans in front of the Planning Commission. He stated they are not at that point yet. He stated at this point they are only discussing conceptually what they are considering and listening to public input so that they can shape what is being proposed before there is an actual Plan that is submitted to the Township for consideration. He stated the only thing that is occurring now between the developer and the Township is a review of an Ordinance that the developer is proposing and a very preliminary discussion between the Township’s traffic engineer and the general engineers about various issues that might exist if they propose one idea as opposed to another.
Mr. Cylinder stated he has never worked anyplace where the Zoning Ordinance proposal is presented to a governing body before it goes to the Planning Commission.
Mr. Santarsiero stated what is happening is the developer is working on an Overlay Ordinance, and they are asking for some preliminary feedback from the Township professionals. When they have the Ordinance, they will present it to the Township; and it will go through the review process as would any other Ordinance being considered by the Township. They are not at this point yet.
Mr. Cylinder stated the Township is also working on another project, and the Planning Commission received enormously detailed Plans which were to have been based on a Concept Plan which the Planning Commission never received. He stated the Planning Commission is now in a position where they have to review more than one hundred details reviewed by the Township professionals without the Planning Commission ever having reviewed the Plan itself. He stated he feels the Planning Commission should see
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what the overall plan is about so that it will give them a background before all the details are presented. Mr. Santarsiero stated what has been presented in public is what the Township is aware of at this point. He stated the purpose of this phase of the Edgewood Village proposed development is merely to keep the public apprised of what the developer is thinking about doing and to give the public an opportunity to comment on the initial ideas being considered so that if it seems that there is substantial opposition to one idea or another, the developer will have an opportunity to address that. He stated at other meetings that have taken place and at meetings which will occur in the future, they will try to continue to get every party that has an interest to come together so that it can be discussed in whole before any Plan is finalized and sent to the Township to go through the formal process. Mr. Santarsiero stated if the developer is prepared in a month or two from now to come with a more comprehensive plan, and the Historic Commission is ready to give their preliminary recommendations, they will then have a meeting similar to that which was held in January to which anyone who has an interest including the Planning Commission members, Zoning Hearing Board, or any Township resident can come and make a comment. He stated while this does not ordinarily occur, they are doing it this way because this is such an important project. He stated they had an entire meeting devoted to this project in January, have had several lengthy updates including tonight since then, and they will again have a special meeting devoted to this Plan. He added it is inaccurate to state that no opportunity has been given to make comments.
Mr. Cylinder stated he has indicated that it has not been presented to the Planning Commission at all. He stated he is not talking about a Plan that is ready for approval, but is talking about a general concept of what they are proposing. He stated he feels there should be a discussion with the Planning Commission to see if they would like to have an informal review.
Mr. Santarsiero suggested that when they have the next meeting where they devote most if not all of the meeting to this issue, the Planning Commission should attend. He stated if they want a formal invitation to this, it can be provided. He stated this phase of the process is to give everyone the opportunity to comment.
Mr. Matthew DeSanto,
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Mr. Jim Keela,
Mr. Messick. He stated they indicated in January that they hope to have this project viewed in one piece so that there is consistency and so that they do not jeopardize the historic status of the Village.
Mr. Jim Bodnar, representing the Masonic Lode, stated they asked in January that their property be considered for this Zoning as well; and he has not heard anything further.
Mr. Santarsiero stated in the last seven to eight months their main focus has been with Mr. Troilo as he is the largest landowner, and his ideas will probably drive everything else. They have focused on the need for Zoning changes to accommodate what
Mr. Troilo may propose. Mr. Santarsiero stated he does recall that in January the issue of the Masonic Lodge was raised; and he personally feels that given its proximity, it does make sense to try to include the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Bodnar asked when they should work with someone on this, and Mr. Santarsiero asked Mr. Fedorchak to set up a meeting with the engineers, Mr. Troilo, Mr. Messick, a representative of the Planning Commission, and a representative of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Bodnar agreed to contact Mr. Fedorchak about this.
Ms. Joyce Bigley,
Mr. Troilo was considering re-locating the three buildings, and she felt that in the original proposal the buildings were supposed to be added onto and remain in place.
Mr. Hamilton stated Mr. Troilo, in working with his marketing people, was looking at the relationship of the street, retail, and scale of structures. He stated they are still considering a number of options. Ms. Bigley asked about the percentage of percolation. Mr. Majewski stated he does not have detailed analysis from the developer’s engineer on this. Ms. Bigley stated she does not feel that they can make any decision until they have good numbers. Mr. Santarsiero stated he agrees and added nothing will get approved unless those numbers are dealt with. He asked when these numbers would be available, and Mr. Majewski stated he can get this information but noted the testing was very preliminary, and they only did random sampling of the site. They will have to do additional testing to get detailed results in the area where they are contemplating doing work.
Ms. Bigley noted that further on the Agenda this evening is
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Mr. Santarsiero asked that they try to be in a position to get back to the Board of Supervisors by the second meeting in October or the first meeting in November. He stated they would like to have all the stakeholders, including Mr. Messick and Mr. Troilo, present at that time so there can be a fuller discussion of the entire area. Ms. Pinchuk stated she understands that Mr. Messick was going to wait for the Final Approval by
Mr. Troilo. Mr. Santarsiero stated the Board of Supervisors would like to see his ideas come along around the same time as Mr. Troilo’s. He added he would be hesitant to start any formal approval process before they have a sense of what Mr. Messick will propose since they do not want to look at this piecemeal. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is hesitant to rush the process too much noting it cannot go too much further until the Ordinance is created. He feels they should move forward with the Ordinance and have it in front of the Planning Commission since this is the next logical step. Mr. Santarsiero stated while he agrees, he also feels they should consider any conceptual issues at the same time. He stated he does not want the project to continue to lag since the March Associates report came out in 1999. He asked that they come back with some conceptual ideas as well as coming forward with the Ordinance. Mr. Smith stated they should extend an invitation to the Planning Commission as well. Mr. Santarsiero stated he agrees that they should extend a formal invitation to the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, and any other Township entity that might have an interest in this when the matter is next before the Board of Supervisors. He stated all residents who have an interest in this are also invited. Mr. Smith asked that Mr. Cylinder advise the Chairman of the Planning Commission that they would like them to attend the next meeting when this is before the Board.
A Short recess was taken at this time. The meeting was re-convened at 8:50 p.m.
FLOOD MITIGATION DISCUSSION
Mr. Santarsiero stated RAFT had a meeting at the
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Mr. Tim Prior,
Mr. Caiola stated if they are looking to do temporary fixes and the long-term fixes, it will be even more expensive; and he stated they must consider the benefit from temporary fixes and how this fits into the big picture if they ultimately want to put the money toward the long-term fixes. He stated he would be willing to listen to suggestions from the residents.
Mr. Smith stated he would also like to see how much money, if any, that they will get from FEMA and PEMA. He stated he would be in favor of temporary measures to see what reasonable options there are to help out the residents.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels they should have a discussion with the representatives from Schoor DePalma noting they have already paid them $30,000 and they are also the Township engineers. He stated he would like to know if there are temporary measures that are worth doing. If there are, they should determine what it would cost to put together a proposal. He stated if they do not feel there are any temporary measures worth doing, there would be no reason to proceed further. He stated there may be some temporary steps such as sand bags, etc. and a determination could be made as to where these should go.
Mr. Smith asked Mr. Majewski if there is something they can do on a temporary basis. Mr. Majewski stated as part of their study, they first looked into what could be done which would be inexpensive and fairly easy to implement. In their presentation, they presented the more long-term measures which involved more cost and involved Permitting and obtaining funds. He stated in the short-term, there were not many options they saw that were available to help with the flooding other than some of the back flow valves in areas where water was coming up through the storm drainage system.
Mr. Smith stated they are doing some of these back flow preventers already, and
Mr. Majewski agreed and stated he was in the area today to look into another area which might be feasible for one of these valves. Mr. Majewski stated he will continue to work with those at Schoor DePalma who are working on this project. He also stated if the residents have an idea they would like them to consider, they could look into that as well.
Mr. Santarsiero asked that this matter be considered again on October 4.
Mr. Burgess stated he will make sure that their Engineering Committee has a meeting in the interim as well.
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Mr. Santarsiero stated they did give a scope of work in July which was two part – the first being to come up with structural changes that could be done in the Township to alleviate the problems, and they have come back with a report on that. The second part was to give the Township their best sense of what is causing the flooding problem apart from the heavy rain. He stated whatever regional solution is discussed, the Township wants to be involved in this as well as advocate their position, and they cannot do this until they have some sense from the professionals as to the problem.
Mr. Caiola noted an article in the Courier Times which
Mr. Smith stated he would like to see if something can be done before the winter to help avoid problems in the spring.
Ms. Peg Murphy,
Mr. Burgess stated next Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. the DRBC is
having a meeting on
Mr. Burgess asked if any communication has taken place with PECO regarding
re-gridding so that if an area has to be shut down, they would not have to cut off a whole area. Mr. Fedorchak stated he will follow up on this.
Mr. Burgess asked if there was any progress regarding the Applications for monies from the Army Corp of Engineers year end surplus. Mr. Fedorchak stated there is a process they have to go through, and there are certain eligibility requirements.
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Mr. Santarsiero asked if they had a request submitted before the end of the fiscal year, could they possibly get some of these funds. Mr. Fedorchak stated he could try but his experience with the Corps has not been good over the years in terms of getting money for these types of projects. Mr. Smith asked if this would impact their ability to get money from FEMA, and Mr. Fedorchak stated he did not feel it would. Mr. Burgess suggested they apply for funds from this source for dredging of the Canal which is not being considered in the Schoor DePalma proposal. Mr. Fedorchak stated he feels their best opportunity to obtain funds for the flood walls, etc. would be through the Hazard Mitigation Project for which they have made application on September 15. The Letter of Intent requested $23,268,000, $18 million of which was for the flood walls, etc. proposed by Schoor DePalma. He stated there is also another opportunity with the State Department of Environmental Protection and their programs which they will look at for next year.
Mr. Burgess stated he feels if there is a possibility of getting some money from the Army Corps, they should consider it; and Mr. Fedorchak stated they will do this as well.
Mr. Burgess asked for the status of the back flow preventers. Mr. Majewski stated they have ordered several of the back flow preventers, and he is working with the vendors now to work out details on the configuration and how they can attach them to the pipes or end wall structures.
Mr. Burgess stated he understands that
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION #2124 COMMITTING TO PURCHASE A MINIMUM OF 20% OF ENERGY FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES BY 2010
Mr. Stainthorpe stated a few months ago he introduced a
Motion that the Township move 10% of their electric purchases to wind
energy. He stated at the time gasoline
was $3.25 per gallon and expected to rise even more. He stated the need to move to energy
independence for the Country is very clear.
He stated the Country’s energy supply is very precarious noting that the
Country currently buys 20% of its oil from the
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Mr. Stainthorpe stated while it is not possible to do much as to the Nation’s energy supply, he does feel there are things that can be done in the Township. He stated he asked Ms. Kerry Enright, of SmartPower which is a Connecticut-based non-profit organization committed to creating clean energy, to speak to the Board this evening about how they might take some next steps to increase Lower Makefield’s energy independence. He stated Ms. Enright will also discuss how the Township can turn the premium they are paying for the wind energy from being an expense into an investment.
Ms. Enright stated she is the Program Coordinator for SmartPower and she has provided a packet of information to the Township about their organization. She stated they are a non-profit marketing organization. They do not sell any specific products. She stated they sell the idea of clean energy and do market research to try to determine what the consumers need to hear in order to support renewable energy. She stated they also have the Clean Energy Communities Campaign which they hope will be successful in
Ms. Enright stated of those twenty-eight communities, twelve
have qualified for a one kilowatt solar energy system. She stated since they have less funding in
there is an Energy Harvest Grant put out by the Department of
Environmental Protection. She stated other
Municipalities she is aware of have capitalized on getting systems through that
Grant. She stated the State of
Mr. Stainthorpe asked what they could do to help promote this to the citizens.
Ms. Enright stated they are a marketing company and they have done TV, radio, and press ads and will get involved with Web ads as well. She stated they will help the
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Township reach their thresholds. In other Townships they have done Press events for the community to build awareness. She stated the Township is receiving the Green Power Award tomorrow, and they would want to publicize this as well. She stated they would send invitations to those already signed up for renewable energy to attend events and to bring a friend or neighbor. She stated they have also found it to be successful to have competition among nearby Townships. She stated they also educate on the environmental benefits noting the more diversification in the energy portfolio, the cleaner the air will be.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated they do have vehicles to promote this
in the Township noting the Township Website, Newsletter, and once the meetings
are televised, they have the capability of full-motion video on the Community
Channel on which they could run some of the commercials. He stated PECO will also contact all their
customers to come to Press events. He
stated he looked at the value of the $10,000 solar power system as a way to
start recouping their investment, but also feels this is the first building
block of moving the Township further into solar energy. He stated through the Energy Harvest Grant
there is money available to Municipalities in the amount of $20,000 to $100,000
to install solar power systems. He
stated a one kilowatt system would power a portion of the
Ms. Enright stated price caps are going to come off in 2010, and she feels the State will be very surprised about what the costs of energy will be so that on-site generation would be advisable.
Mr. Smith asked how many other Townships in
Mr. Santarsiero asked the average time it takes for a Township from the time they commit to passing the Resolution to when they get the requisite numbers of households to sign up, and Ms. Enright stated this depends on the commitment of the Township. She stated in Townships which have an Environmental Advisory Council or Task Force that meets monthly with her, they usually reach their goals in six months. She stated they like to work with a group of citizens who are committed to this project and who can come up with good ideas on how to get people to sign up.
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Mr. Santarsiero asked if the timeframe to get the solar panels would be after the three thresholds are met, and Ms. Enright stated it is. Mr. Santarsiero noted they have already done one part and if they pass the Resolution and get the required percentage of residents to sign on, the Township would be eligible for the solar panels provided they were one of the first ten, and Ms. Enright agreed.
Mr. Smith asked Mr. Bray, Chairman of the EAC, his opinion of the project.
Mr. Bray stated he feels this is a good idea. He noted there are some issues with wind power as it impacts native birds but he understands this is being looked into as to where they can place these facilities.
Mr. Santarsiero stated
Mr. Stainthorpe stated there is nothing in committing tonight to 20% that would prevent the Township from looking to do further things as well. He stated the additional 10% needed to meet the 20% required does not have to be wind power. He stated if they make the commitment tonight for 20%, he feels they will be set up for the solar panel system and it could also help them with Grant Applications. He stated he does want the EAC to
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get involved in this from this point on. He suggested that they change the wording such that they would commit the Township to “a minimum of 20%.”
Mr. Smith stated he agrees they should refer this to the EAC. He stated having heard about the program this evening, he sees no downside in the language of the proposed Resolution and would like to be in the vanguard and move forward.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mr. Smith seconded to approve Resolution #2124 committing the Township to purchase 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2010 and work diligently to promote the values of renewable energy to all of our citizens.
Mr. Santarsiero moved to amend the Resolution to read “a minimum of 20%”.
Mr. Caiola seconded.
Mr. Bob Slamen,
Mr. Santarsiero stated the Board feels that this is a major issue they have to address in terms of the cost of oil and with respect to the environment so it is not just what the current costs are compared to what alternative energy might cost but they must also consider the cost which is hard to quantify which is what happens to the environment.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated his intent in the future is he would
like to see
Mr. Zachary Rubin,
Mr. Stainthorpe stated the premium does not go to PECO and actually goes back to Community Energy which is the company which operates the wind farms and this helps them build more wind farms.
Mr. Santarsiero stated there is only so much that the Township can control and this should not be a reason not to act in order to do something to help the environment.
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Mr. Smith stated the Board members are in some respects role models; and if the Supervisors do not take these steps, they cannot expect their fellow residents or their children to follow this. He feels the Board should take these steps and move ahead with this type of proposal.
Mr. Burgess asked if the Township has done a cost analysis
on what this would cost since it appears 97% of the residents do not want
it. Mr. Santarsiero stated there is no
basis for that comment since they do not yet know how many residents would be
in favor of this. Mr. Stainthorpe stated
they do know that it will cost the Township approximately $4500 a year for the
wind purchase. Mr. Santarsiero stated
they do not yet know how many people in the Township are going to buy into
this. Mr. Burgess asked how many have bought into it to date. Mr. Smith stated he does not feel it is a
matter that the Township residents have rejected it, but rather a lack of
communication of the process at this point.
He stated part of the proposal is to promote the value of renewable
energy to the citizens. Ms. Enright
stated while 97% have not signed up for it yet, it does not necessarily mean
they are opposed to it. She stated
market research shows that 10% to 20% of the
Mr. Santarsiero stated he feels in this community, they will be able to reach the percentage required.
Mr. Cylinder stated he recently went to the Golf Course and felt this may be a good location to have a wind farm. Mr. Santarsiero stated while they have not looked into this, there may be properties in the Township which could be used for this purpose. He stated the EAC could look into what else could be done in the Township to promote and create alternate energy.
Ms. Alison Smith asked if the EAC could look into solar power for emergency power such as during flood events. Ms. Enright suggested that they look into fuel cells for emergency power. Mr. Bray was asked to look into this matter.
Mr. Santarsiero stated the EAC is also looking into what they can do by way of the vehicles being used by the Township to promote lower emissions and lower fuel costs. Mr. Bray stated the EAC is involved with a firm which will hopefully do a comprehensive energy audit of the Township. In addition, they are also looking into the Cool Cities Program although he does not want to discuss this in detail as it has not yet been presented formally to the EAC. He stated during their next EAC meeting, they will have a representative from the Cool Cities Program make a presentation. He stated one of the items under the Cool Cities Program includes looking at the Municipal vehicles to see if they can be turned into green vehicles.
Motion to approve the Amendment carried unanimously. Motion to approve the Resolution as amended carried unanimously.
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Mr. Stainthorpe stated
REJECT BID FROM PRECISION ELECTRIC SIGNAL FOR THE TRAFFIC SIGNAL MAINTENANCE CONTRACT
Mr. Majewski stated the Township received two bids to perform traffic signal maintenance of the twenty-nine traffic signals and ten pedestrian flashing signals in the Township. He stated the apparent low bidder, Precision Electric Signal, has not complied with the specifications as outlined in the bid documents; and they would therefore recommend that the bid be rejected as non-responsive.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Smith seconded and it was unanimously carried to reject the bid from Precision Electric Signal as it was non-responsive.
AWARD THREE YEAR CONTRACT FOR TRAFFIC SIGNAL MAINTENANCE CONTRACT
Mr. Majewski stated they recommend that a three year Contract be awarded to Armour & Sons Electric.
Mr. Caiola moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to award the three year Contract for Traffic Signal Maintenance to Armour & Sons Electric at a cost of $13,440.
AWARD THREE YEAR CONTRACT FOR TRAFFIC SIGNAL EMERGENCY SERVICES
Mr. Majewski stated they recommend that a three year Contract for traffic signal emergency services be awarded to Armour & Sons Electric at the rates outlined.
Mr. Smith moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was unanimously carried to award a three year Contract for traffic signal emergency services to Armour & Sons Electric at the rates outlined in the information provided by Mr. Majewski.
AWARD BID TO WIDEN MACCLESFIELD PARK ENTRANCE
Mr. Majewski stated the Township received three bids for
widening the entrance at
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back-up problems exiting the Park. He stated they also recommend that the
alternate bid be awarded which is repaving an older section of the bike path at
Mr. Smith moved and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded to award the
Bid to widen
Mr. Stainthorpe questioned the disparity in the Bids, and asked Mr. Majewski if he is comfortable that S & H is qualified. Mr. Majewski stated they are the original contractors on the Park, and are very familiar with it.
Motion carried unanimously.
DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED
Mr. Smith stated one week ago he attended a meeting of the
Newtown Planning Commission. In
attendance were a number of residents from
Karen Friedman from
Mr. Santarsiero stated the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors
did advertise an Ordinance without the Stipulation Mr. Smith just referred
to. He stated they have been in contact
with Upper Makefield, and they are willing to allow
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Township is not involved in the process, the process can proceed and the Township will be left with a situation the residents will have to deal with.
Mr. Smith stated some of the Newtown Township Planning Commission members wanted to get more data, but he felt there was a lot of pressure on them to move this ahead quickly.
Ms. Herman stated there has been extreme Political pressure
regarding this for the eight months that she has been attending the
Mr. Fedorchak stated they did send a letter to Upper
Makefield, Wrightstown, and
Ms. Herman stated they feel the official entrance route to
the Cemetery should be
Ms. Torbert asked if they know where the Cemetery stands as
far as approval. Mr. Smith stated he
feels they are still trying to come to an Agreement. Ms. Torbert stated she understands that Toll
Bros. has a series of demands that may impact the project. She stated both she and Ms. Herman sit on the
Citizens Traffic Commission, and they have a difference of opinion on this
issue. She stated she does not feel it
matters where the entrance to the Cemetery will be; but assuming it is on
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Mr. Santarsiero stated at this point it is only speculation, and he would prefer to defer the discussion until they have had a chance to see what they mean when they state that they will include Lower Makefield; and whether in fact they will do a traffic study, what the parameters will be, and where the entrance to the Cemetery will be located. He stated he feels where the entrance will be is driving a lot of these issues.
Ms. Friedman stated having attended the meeting, she feels
Mr. Santarsiero stated he feels that the intention is for
PUBLIC HEARING AND APPROVAL OF CONDITIONAL USE APPLICATION FOR T-MOBILE
Mr. William Benner was present representing the Applicant. Mr. Truelove stated he and Mr. Benner have had a number of discussions on this matter. He stated this is a Conditional Use Hearing required by the Zoning Ordinance.
Mr. Caiola read the Notice which was advertised for this evening’s Conditional Use Hearing for T-Mobile Northeast, LLC seeking approval to construct tele- communications facilities on Tax Parcel #20-16-41-5. They will add an additional facility to the current tower and place certain structures at ground level to service the antenna facility. The Conditional Use is pursuant to provisions of Article 22 Section #200-91 of the Lower Makefield Township Zoning Ordinance of 1996 as Amended.
The property is located at
tower is located on the property identified as the Lower Makefield Corporate Center North Campus located at the southeast corner near the intersection of I-95 and
Mr. Truelove stated the Board will hear the evidence and testimony. If there are people who would like to participate, they can do so as interested individuals and/or as Parties.
Mr. Benner stated this Application is to attach antenna to an existing tower. Also present with Mr. Benner were Mr. Christopher Milotich, the Zoning Manager for the site who was responsible for the assembling of the site specific reports filed with the Application on August 1, 2006; Mr. Hooman Parsia and Kemi Unuigee, who are the radio frequency
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engineers for Omnipoint who were involved with the design of the site, and Mr. John Rathman who is a Civil Engineer with a specialty in structural engineering.
Mr. Benner stated on 8/1/06 T-Mobile made its formal Application; and accompanying that Application were attachments including the Radio Authorization License, a License Agreement or Lease with the owner of the tower, American Tower Corporation,
a Structural Evaluation, an RF report with propagation plots showing existing coverage and projected signal coverage assuming the Application is approved, a Structural Certification, an FCC Compliance Report, and a Removal Bond all as required by Lower Makefield’s Tele-Communications Ordinance. Also included with the submission were Decisions issued previously for this property, one being the Decision issued 3/98 for Comcast, now Cingular Wireless, which received approval to develop the facility. Also included was an additional Conditional Use issued 7/01 authorizing Sprint to attach their antennas and place their equipment at the base.
Mr. Benner stated they feel the Plan submitted and the attachments show compliance to the Ordinance requirements for a tele-communications facility. He stated among the exhibits Mr. Truelove included into the record was a report issued by the Lower Makefield Township Planning Commission which reviewed the Application on 9/11/06. They recommended that the Board of Supervisors grant Conditional Use Approval but suggested that the Applicant submit revised drawings to address some technical issues raised by Mr. Majewski. He stated on 9/14/06, T-Mobile filed ten revised Conditional Use Plans, and it is the intention of T-Mobile that the Plans filed under his transmittal letter of 9/14/06 supersede and substitute for the original drawings. Among the points noted by Mr. Majewski and the Planning Commission was the fact that the structural load report submitted with the Application assumed that the antenna configuration would include nine antennas in a triangular array. He stated the Conditional Use Plans formally filed and supplemented show twelve antennas in a rectangular array. He stated they feel it would be appropriate, that if the Board of Supervisors believes that the Application is otherwise conforming, that they grant Conditional Use Approval, authorize the Use, but that a Condition be attached that would require T-Mobile to submit a new structural evaluation based upon the Conditional Use Plans of record that show twelve antennas rather than nine; and that before any Building Permits are issued, that the Township engineer would have to review the structural report and make a finding that the structural report is adequate. He stated he is confident that the revised structural report would continue to show that the Tower has more than ample capacity to accommodate the additional loads associated with more antennas. He stated the structural report made part of the record shows that with the mounting of nine antennas, the tower is only at 63% capacity; and they believe that the additional antennas would be barely measurable. He stated Mr. Rathman can speak to this issue if the Board has any questions. He asked that the Board grant the Conditional Use Approval in a manner similar to that previously given to T-Mobile’s predecessors with the Condition he has noted.
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Mr. Truelove identified the Exhibits which have been submitted. Supervisors’ Exhibit 1 is the 8/1/06 Application letter Mr. Benner referred to. Supervisors’ Exhibit 2 is the Notice information which includes a memorandum dated 9/1/06 from Nancy Frick to
Mr. Truelove which includes Notice information that demonstrates that the Application was properly noticed and advertised. Supervisors’ Exhibit 3a is Section 200-50.1 and accompanying Sections of the Lower Makefield Township Code referring to the Conditional Use process for the Radio and Tele-Communications Facility Overlay District. Supervisors’ Exhibit 3b is Section 200-91 of the Lower Makefield Township Zoning Ordinance which refers to general conditions for Conditional Uses. Supervisors’ Exhibit 4 is the 9/12/06 memorandum from Nancy Frick to Mr. Fedorchak of the Planning Commission recommendation referenced by Mr. Benner as well as the attached letter from Mr. Majewski that discussed some of the Conditions and concerns the Planning Commission had at their meeting on 9/11/06.
Mr. Truelove asked if anyone wished to be identified as a Party or to ask questions; and no one so identified themselves.
Mr. Truelove asked if this is a co-location facility, and Mr. Benner agreed it is.
Mr. Truelove asked if he submitted the supplemental information he has asked to supersede the prior Application but for the final piece which would be the structure report which he is awaiting, and Mr. Benner stated this is correct.
Mr. Smith stated the Planning Commission went through the Application and were satisfied with Mr. Benner’s responses. Mr. Benner stated the Planning Commission did note some Plan discrepancies, and the Plan of substitution should have addressed those inconsistencies and the record should be clear that the Plans and materials filed are all internally consistent.
Mr. Truelove asked Mr. Benner if all the information he has presented would have been testified to by the individuals he named to support the information provided, and
Mr. Benner stated this is correct.
Mr. Majewski was asked if he had any observations with
respect to the Application, and
Mr. Majewski stated he has no objection to the request being made.
There was no public comment.
T-Mobile to submit a new structural evaluation based upon the Conditional Use Plans of record that show twelve antennas rather than nine; and that before any Building Permit is issued, the Township engineer would have to review the structural report and make a finding that the structural report is adequate.
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APPROVAL OF EXTENSIONS OF TIME TO CLOVER TRACT, LOTUS TRACT, AND O’ROURKE TRACT SUBDIVISIONS
Mr. Smith moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant extensions of time as follows:
Clover Tract Subdivision to 1/7/07
Lotus Tract Subdivision to 1/7/07
O’Rourke Tract Subdivision to 1/21/07
GRANT CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR
Mr. Caiola moved, Mr. Smith seconded to grant a Certificate of Appropriateness for
ZONING HEARING BOARD MATTERS
Ms. Truelove noted it has been agreed to leave to the Zoning
Hearing Board the Michael and Amy Buondonno,
With regard to the Richard May, 1270 Creamery Road, Variance requests to remove two dead trees in an easement area within the 100 year floodplain, Mr. Truelove stated
Mr. Majewski has indicated that eight trees were removed and they were not dead. The Board has asked that the Solicitor participate in this matter to insure that eight trees are replaced as well as other Conditions outlined in Mr. Majewski’s recommendation.
With regard to the Andrew and Lisa McCan,
APPROVE EXECUTION OF H.U.D. SPECIAL PROJECT GRANT AGREEMENT
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was
unanimously carried to approve execution of H.U.D. Special Project Grant Agreement
in the amount of $742,500 for the purpose of constructing the
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Mr. Santarsiero stated there will be a League of Municipalities meeting Thursday,
September 28 at
Mr. Smith stated the Historic Commission would like more
time to clarify the historical designation if they were to relocate the three
He stated he did not attend the last Farmland Preservation Corporation meeting as he was asked to attend the Newtown Planning Commission meeting discussed earlier this evening. He stated the Citizens Budget Commission met on Monday, and they are going to review last year’s Budget as well as the upcoming Budget for 2007. He stated they will also meet with many of the Township Department Heads to get input on what they require for next year. He stated Mr. Fedorchak is working on this, and they will then report back to the Board.
Mr. Santarsiero stated with regard to the Budget, in October the Board of Supervisors will begin their public workshop sessions, and will try to accommodate the interest they had last year to have these sessions in the evening so the public can attend and participate. He stated hopefully the TV process will be involved in this as well so that these meetings can be televised. Mr. Smith stated there was a concern that the Budget process was not followed to any extent in the media last year, and the hope was the media would follow the process as opposed to only reporting about the end product which last year involved a tax increase but not the justification for same. They hope the Yardley News and Bucks County Courier Times will be in attendance at the Budget workshops.
Mr. Caiola stated CATV did not have a quorum but they did discuss the vacancies on the Board as well as the fact that the Consortium determined that Verizon will now be in the community. He stated the Economic Development Committee is going to start meeting in October on the last Monday of the month.
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Mr. Rubin asked if the Township needs an Ordinance to bring Verizon in.
Mr. Santarsiero stated there is an Ordinance but they still need to sign the Agreement with them, and they are working on this. Mr. Truelove stated they will need a
Right-Of-Way Ordinance, and the deadline for completion for this is December 1.
They are working on this, and will hopefully have it to the Board of Supervisors by their next meeting.
Mr. Santarsiero noted the
Mr. Smith stated there is a problem with parking on the
Chief Coluzzi stated they have issued a number of citations. Mr. Smith stated YMS does send out communications to their members to stay off the grass. Chief Coluzzi stated additional signs have also been posted, but there are still violations. The Board of Supervisors indicated they were in favor of continuing to ticket violators.
Mr. Caiola moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint Ed Miller and Dave Kelleher to the Cable TV Advisory Board.
There being no further business, Mr. Smith moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 10:50 p.m.
Greg Caiola, Secretary