BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES - AUGUST 1, 2007
The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the
Board of Supervisors: Ron Smith, Chairman
Greg Caiola, Vice Chairman
Steve Santarsiero, Secretary
Grace Godshalk, Supervisor
Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor
Others: Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager
David Truelove, Township Solicitor
James Majewski, Engineer
Kenneth Coluzzi, Chief of Police
Mr. Smith introduced Ms. Rachel Koretsky and Ms. Rebecca
Friedman of “It Could Be Me,” a teenaged service organization involved in
raising awareness and funds for local and international crises. They reviewed work they have done in the past
and noted particularly their work for
Mr. Jim Bray,
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Mr. John Beherken,
Ms. Mariellle Wolf,
reminded everyone that Community Pride Day will be held on Labor Day. She reviewed some of the events to take place beginning with a 5K and Fun Run. Ms. Wolf stated they are still looking for volunteers to help that day. Mr. Smith stated they will have fireworks, celebrity guests, and food vendors. All Township user groups are invited to set up booths. He stated they need volunteers for this event as well as members to the Special Events Committee. Mr. Smith stated there will be activities all day for all ages.
Ms. Wolf noted they will have a “Wheel Your Way Into Lower Makefield” parade with information on this on the Website as well. Prizes will be awarded. Ms. Wolf also noted the upcoming November 11 Veterans’ Day Event. Information on this event is also on the Township Website.
Mr. Patrick Frain, 16
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of 7/18/07 as corrected.
DISCUSSION AND DEFERMENT OF ORDINANCE NO. 373 ESTABLISHING
AN AMATEUR RADIO OVERLAY DISTRICT AND
Mr. Truelove stated this matter is being deferred at the request of the Planning Commission in order to give them the opportunity to get input from the Police Department as well as from the amateur radio enthusiasts.
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Mrs. Godshalk stated at the Planning Commission meeting the members were concerned that there was no one present to represent why they wanted this Amateur Radio Ordinance. Mr. Truelove stated he did discuss this with one of the proponents who indicated they would be present at the Planning Commission when this matter is again discussed. Mrs. Godshalk stated they should also get a report from the Police Department. Mr. Smith stated he understands the Planning Commission also wanted information on the proposed height of the towers which could be up to 65 feet.
APPROVE REQUEST FOR DEDICATION OF THE WOODS AT MAKEFIELD
Ms. Gena Rafielli, attorney, was present. She stated this is a seventeen lot Subdivision,
and they are seeking Dedication of the public improvements. The project is north of
Mr. Santarsiero asked about the detention basin noting there is still water in the basin and he does not feel the plant growth is where it should be. Mr. Majewski stated the basin was designed as a wetlands style basin, designed to have 6” of water even during dry times; and the developer has planted wetlands vegetation throughout the basin. The wetlands expert’s opinion is that it is a functioning wetlands and has the right variety of vegetation and aquatic life such that mosquitoes should not be an issue. Mr. Santarsiero stated he lives 200 yards from this basin, and mosquitoes are a problem. Mr. Majewski stated there was some sedimentation at the inlet and outlet of the basin which caused some ponding water which had mosquito larvae in it; but this matter has since been resolved. Mr. Fedorchak asked if the Township would be required to annually larvaecide the detention facility, and Mr. Majewski stated he did not believe so.
Mrs. Godshalk stated even though the owner of
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Dedication and give them back their money, the owner of
Ms. Rafaelli stated there would still be the maintenance period. She stated the owner has received notice. She also noted that there has been a review of the items on the TCO, and those items were not related to the public improvements.
Mr. Truelove agreed. He stated the individual did get notice of this evening’s meeting, and has not been cooperative. He stated he does not feel there is a legal remedy to hold over the developer since it involves a property owner whose property is not part of the public improvements. He stated there is an 18-month Maintenance Bond which could provide some cushion. Mrs. Godshalk questioned what would happen if the home were to be put up for sale, and Mr. Truelove he feels this would be the responsibility of the seller, and not the Township or the developer.
Mr. Santarsiero asked Mr. Majewski the last time he looked at the basin, and
Mr. Majewski stated he was there on Thursday. Mr. Santarsiero asked Mr. Majewski’s view in terms of what they were to plant and what the Township felt would be in the basin; and Mr. Majewski stated he feels it is as it was designed.
Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mr. Caiola seconded to accept Dedication of the Woods at Makefield. There was no public comment. Motion carried with Mr. Santarsiero opposed.
DISCUSSION OF ORDINANCE NO. 372 AMENDING THE ZONING
ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT OVERLAY DISTRICT
Mr. Carter VanDyke was present. He stated for five years they have been consultants to the Historic Commission. He stated this is the ninth draft of the Ordinance and has been reviewed numerous times by the Historic Commission, Planning Commission, the Environmental Advisory Council, and the Economic Development Committee.
Mr. VanDyke made a power point presentation reviewing the
accomplishments over the years including updating the Master Plan, hiring of
March Associates to prepare the initial study for the re-vitalization of
Edgewood Village, Ordinance amendments, design
guidelines, inventory of the Historic District, and creation of new forms. He reviewed the goals for
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Mr. VanDyke showed pictures of some of the existing conditions. He stated they are proposing gateway signs and possible locations for such signs were shown. They are proposing streetscape improvements and traffic calming.
Pictures of the proposed Messick tract were shown with proposed infill development structures including the replication of a structure which was taken down. Pictures of the proposed Troilo/Flowers Tract were shown of a mixed-use development including retail, banks, restaurants, and various types of housing.
Mr. VanDyke stated the intent of the Ordinance is to provide
for neighborhoods with a diversity of uses and dwelling types. It will promote walkability and will
encourage new development. He stated
they intend to reflect the character of
A map of the proposed Overlay District was shown. Uses permitted in the District are
single-family detached, retail, restaurants, inns, apartments over Commercial
uses, two-family homes, townhouses, multi-family, manor house units, Civic
buildings, signs, and some accessory uses.
He stated they want to control drive-in windows; and these would only be
permitted for banks by Conditional Use.
Supplemental regulations were noted, one of which requires that while infill and new development are permitted, you cannot take down historic structures. He stated the Ordinance is flexible in this regard recognizing that if a historic structure is structurally unsound, with approval of the Historic Commission and the Board of Supervisors it can be replicated or relocated if necessary.
Mr. VanDyke stated key design elements are included and there are detailed design standards. He stated there are also detailed design standards for stormwater management and they require on-site stormwater management for ten year storms with underground systems using Best Management Practices, and handling larger storms in a regional system which would benefit all the properties in the District. He stated properties would be reviewed by HARB if they face the major highways as well as infill buildings not facing the State highway. HARB would also maintain jurisdiction if any historic building is relocated.
Mr. Truelove stated it is not appropriate to take action on this Ordinance this evening.
He stated three weeks ago the Township received information from the Bucks County Planning Commission that they had given an official letter but had not yet voted on this.
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Mrs. Godshalk stated they could open the matter up this
evening for the Public Hearing and then bring it forward when they hear from
Mr. Stainthorpe asked about the manor house concept. Mr. VanDyke stated it is four units with each one on a corner and the whole building being designed as if it is a large, single-family house. Each façade looks like a front. He stated this provides a different scale building on the street if it is used.
Mr. Stainthorpe noted the square footage laid out for apartments and asked if a marketing survey was done on these as they seem very small. Mr. VanDyke stated they were larger in the original draft, and it was suggested by the Historic Commission and the Planning Commission to make these smaller to encourage more of these types of units.
Mr. Santarsiero stated from a marketing standpoint he questions if they will really be encouraging more of these units as he questions whether people will be interested in moving into such a small space. Mr. VanDyke stated this would be the minimum, and the marketplace will establish what is appropriate.
Mr. Stainthorpe asked about the parking standards. Mr. VanDyke stated this was developed in
concert with the Township’s Traffic engineer based upon the
Mr. Stainthorpe asked if the potential developers have looked at the proposed Ordinance, and Mr. VanDyke state the two main developers – Messick and Troilo – have been active participants working with the Historic Commission and Planning Commission and have reviewed each of the drafts and provided input. He stated there has also been participation by some of the neighbors in helping them design the limits of the Overlay District. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he felt a lot of the Ordinance was somewhat vague, offering a wide range of choices; and he feels if these are only suggestions to a developer, he questions what will occur.
Mrs. Godshalk stated the uniqueness and historical value of
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people on the newly-established Historic Commission. She stated Edgewood Village exists today is because the Zoning at the time when they did the registration was all Commercial and Edgewood Village would have disappeared into a strip shopping center under that Zoning. She stated they put in Historic/Commercial Zoning at that time which allowed certain things to take place. Other than the homes which were occupied by residents, the other buildings were owned by investors. She stated the largest open tract of land was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Flowers who wanted to keep it open with the two homes they owned on ten acres of land. She stated eventually Mrs. Flowers wanted to sell her land to a person that could bring the Village the credit it deserved and to protect the historic value of the homes. She stated the reason the homes still exist here is because water and sewer was not brought to this area. Under this Zoning, this will now be brought to the area. She stated those living in the area will have an opportunity to stay in their homes and their taxes will not change unless significant improvements are done to the homes for which they would have to get a Building Permit. She stated this Ordinance will give people an opportunity to change their property into a Commercial venture and will have the infrastructure to do so. She stated this will be a walking Village where people can live and support the small shops within the Village. She thanked the Historic Commission, Mr. VanDyke, and all those who have worked on this for many years.
Mr. Smith commended the work done by the Historic
Commission. He asked about the availability
of sewers, and Mr. VanDyke stated Mr. Fedorchak has been working on this with
Mr. Troilo. Mr. Smith stated for
approximately one and a half months they have had a Farmers’ Market in
Mr. Caiola asked about infill structures, and Mr. VanDyke stated “infill” is new building between existing historic buildings. Infill would have to meet design guidelines and complement what is already on the parcel.
Mr. Santarsiero stated the Zoning change is only the first step, and he asked that
Mr. VanDyke discuss the next steps that would be taken. Mr. VanDyke stated the Historic Commission has been working with developers on three parcels that have not yet gone before the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will look at these as to how they comply wit the Ordinance and look for input from the EAC and the Economic Development Committee. He stated the Historic Commission will do an overview to see if they are in keeping with the Plans, and HARB will also review any proposals. The Plans would be reviewed by Township professionals as well including both the Township engineer and the Township Traffic engineer. He added that the Historic Commission is actively seeking Grants for streetscape improvements as well so that the existing properties can be enhanced. Mr. Santarsiero stated when they had the initial meeting in January, 2006, the existing residents were concerned with traffic and stormwater issues,
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and these will be considered as Plans come in and go before all the Boards and Commissions as well as the Township professionals to make sure they comply. He stated there will be ample opportunity during that process for further public comment.
Mr. David Miller,
Mr. Santarsiero stated the Ordinance was advertised for
public comment and is available to the public.
Mr. Miller stated the letter he received inviting him to the meeting had
nothing in it that something was available for him to read ahead of time. The Board noted they are not voting on this
tonight so there is time to for the public to review the document. Mr. Miller stated he is very concerned about
sewer and water. He stated there has
been encroachment with sewer and water into the Village or close to the Village,
and the line has gone up to
Mr. Miller asked about the permitted uses and asked if they would be for every parcel in the Village or only those of a certain size. Mr. VanDyke stated the uses are for every parcel, but for parcels over five acres there is a requirement that there be a mixture of uses so that there is not just five acres of Commercial. Mr. Miller stated he feels banks should be stricken as a permitted use as they could have three to four banks in the Historic District. Mr. Santarsiero stated while he agrees with Mr. Miller, he noted it is permitted as a Conditional Use. Mr. Miller stated he does not feel they should permit any drive-ins.
Mr. Miller stated the greatest offender of stormwater in the Village is the Patterson Farm. He stated the corner of Patterson Farm behind is property is like a river coming down to the adjoining properties. He stated stormwater management must take into consideration the surrounding area.
Mr. Jim Bodner, member of the Masonic Lodge, stated he has indicated previously that they would like to be included in the planning and from the presentation tonight he has
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seen nothing about the Masonic Lodge. He stated there is also nothing included about taking them out of the Historic Zone. He stated one group says they are in the Historic Zone and another says they are not. He asked how this will impact their building.
Mr. Smith stated if they are not in the District, it will not be applicable. Mrs. Godshalk stated a lot of the buildings in the area of the District were required to come into a Committee for architectural approval. She noted particularly the shopping centers.
She stated when the
Mr. Bodner asked if the Masonic Lodge would be able to do anything with their property such as putting in a Commercial property so that they could generate some income since their membership is down and it is getting hard to maintain the building. Mr. Caiola stated he feels they would have to go to the Zoning Hearing Board for a Use Variance. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels this would be an issue totally separate from the Traditional Neighborhood Development and would require a Zoning change of the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Smith stated if they were going to introduce something Commercial on that side of the street, they would have to get input from the residents in the area.
Mrs. Godshalk stated the Masonic Lodge was allowed to go in the Residential District as Churches are. She stated the whole area was zoned Residential. She stated the Fire House was originally on the land where McCaffrey’s is, and McCaffrey built the Fire House so it was allowed to go into the Residential District since fire houses are allowed in Residential Districts. She stated the professional building was allowed to be developed at that point by McCaffrey as well since they built the Fire House. Mr. Smith stated there is a difference between a Fire House and Commercial development.
Ms. Gail Freedman,
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along since some of the buildings have resulted in demolition by neglect, and they hope to correct this by moving the process along.
Ms. Virginia Torbert,
Ms. Torbert asked what “Regional Management” means in this
context and asked what they mean by “the Region.” Mr. Majewski stated it is the area in and
Mr. Miller and there is some thought being given to
capturing some of the water and taking it away from the Village to make the
situation better. He also noted the area
near the CVS where there are two detention basins separated by a berm, and they
are considering the possibility of enlarging this area into one larger basin to
gain more storage volume. He stated with
the underlying soils in
Mr. Jim Hilo,
Mr. Hilo stated he understands that he could sell it as a Commercial property, and
Mr. Stainthorpe stated if it were sold as a Commercial property and the home were taken down, the development would come under the new Ordinance. Mr. Hilo asked if they
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could put a business in and have apartments above, and Mr. VanDyke stated they could do this in the existing building. He stated because there are minimum setbacks, if the house is set further back, they could also expand the front to meet the new setback requirements. Mr. VanDyke stated the intent of the Ordinance is to provide more opportunities for the property owners.
Mr. Hilo stated he is also concerned with the streetscape, and he has been assured that he would not be required to install sidewalks. He stated if they are going to have on-street parking and there are not sidewalks in front of his property, people will be walking on his property. Mr. VanDyke stated as a homeowner, he would not be required to install a sidewalk in front of his property; but if he was going to change it to Commercial, he would be required as part of Land Development to install the sidewalk. Mr. VanDyke stated they are looking into Grants to hopefully get some of these improvements in.
Mr. Hilo stated he does not want a sidewalk in front of his home. He noted there is a bikepath currently behind his home. He stated in the artists’ rendering, there is a sidewalk in front of his house.
Mr. Jim Bray, Chairman of the EAC, stated the EAC has looked at the Ordinance with respect to stormwater management; and while they feel this could be an incredible asset to the Township, stormwater management is extremely crucial and they will take a hard look at it.
This matter was deferred until September 19, 2007. Mr. Smith asked that the Ordinance be put on Website if it is not already and that the residents in the area again be invited to the meeting when this is scheduled for discussion.
UPDATE ON TOWNSHIP WELCOME SIGNS
Ms. Doreen Albaharry and Helen Heinz, Historical Commission, were present.
Mr. Smith stated the Board of Supervisors was interested in
having Welcome Signs to help identify
Mrs. Godshalk asked if they are going to do a prototype, and Ms. Albaharry stated she will and will move forward with pricing.
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Mr. Smith asked how many signs they feel are necessary, and Ms. Heinz stated they are working with Ms. Liney and they have identified the major gateways coming into the Township and feel they will need seven large signs and two to five small signs. They have identified where the signs should be placed and looked for public property or large institutional parcels where they feel they would be willing to have the signs. Ms. Heinz stated the Historic Commission all agreed that they wanted something elegant and simple.
Mr. Stainthorpe asked if it should not say “
Mr. Santarsiero asked if they wanted it to say “Welcome To;” and Ms. Heinz stated while they did consider this, they felt it was best to simply state “Settled 1682.” Mr. Santarsiero asked if they were not welcoming people to the Township, and Ms. Heinz stated they felt the sign itself does this.
Ms. Albaharry stated she will be meeting with the sign manufacturer shortly, and they hope to come back to the Board of Supervisors in September.
DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF ELECTRICITY USE INVENTORY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSESSMENT PROPOSAL
Mr. Fedorchak stated at the March 21 Board of Supervisors meeting,
the Board unanimously endorsed participation in the Cool Cities Program as
recommended by the EAC. The first step
was to adopt the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement which set out a goal of
reducing the Township’s contribution to carbon dioxide pollution to 7% of 1990
levels by the year 2012. The Board then
signed an Enabling Resolution which authorized the Township’s participation in
the non-binding Agreement. The second
step is for the Township to conduct a global warming emission inventory and a
comprehensive energy audit of Township facilities. In late 2006 he and Mr. Bray began working on
this and met with a number of firms which had experience with energy audits;
and as a result of these meetings, they were able to customize a scope of work
to best suit the needs of
Mr. Jim Bray for his assistance in this matter.
Mr. Bray stated this proposal was before the EAC on 6/13/07
and was unanimously endorsed. He stated
Mr. Sheehan is one of the principals and founders of
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Mr. Sheehan stated he was asked to prepare a proposal regarding an energy efficiency evaluation for the Township and renewable energy opportunities. They will do a detailed electricity usage inventory for all the Township facilities. They will put together a comprehensive spread sheet which will show what they are using, how much, and when. They will do some modeling based on discussions with Township staff and will also provide some remote monitoring at certain locations. They will look at the Pool and see what savings could be done through using the sun to heat the pool water. They will look at HVAC, appliances, and lighting. They will also make comments on the building envelope. They will look at areas where it may be appropriate to develop renewable energy opportunities and present a comprehensive report so that the Township can develop an energy plan. Mr. Sheehan stated he feels the entire process will take three months.
Mrs. Godshalk stated they should consider the heating system, and Mr. Fedorchak stated this will be a very important part of Mr. Sheehan’s report.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated the price of up to $15,000 is significant but they could get estimated savings of 10% to 40%. While he feels 10% would be easy to do, he feels 40% would require additional investment over and above the study. He asked Mr. Sheehan what are the ranges of additional investment to get to a 40% savings. Mr. Sheehan stated HVAC is a significant item. He stated there are 30 to 40 different items that they could consider. Mr. Sheehan stated he cannot state that they will save $15,000 in the first three months; although they have seen savings from 10% to 40% and they will identify the easiest proposals to start with. He stated they will also identify building improvements that would be necessary so that they can make choices in a long-term plan.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is interested in having the
Township apply for a Pennsylvania Energy Harvest Grant, and he asked what Mr.
Sheehan would do to get the Township in position to get one of the Grants. Mr. Sheehan stated they have been involved in
completing Energy Harvest Grants for other clients and part of the document
they will submit to the Township will identify the best opportunities to
prepare for an Energy Harvest Grant Application as well as other Grants. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he would like to know
if it is possible to run the
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Mr. Smith stated during the last one and a half years, the Board of Supervisors has taken some major steps toward Low Impact Development, conservation, and energy efficiency; and he feels this is the next step.
Mr. Stainthorpe move and Mrs. Godshalk seconded to award the contract to Suntechnics as per the proposal presented.
Ms. Helen Bosley,
Mr. Fedorchak stated they use electricity and natural gas. Ms. Bosley asked how much is spent each year, and Mr. Stainthorpe stated when he looked into this when they were considering the wind energy proposal, 10% of the yearly use was $30,000 so electricity was about $300,000 per year. He feels gas would possibly be the same. Mr. Sheehan stated rate caps are going to come off the energy costs, and this could result in 25% to 75% increases.
Mr. Santarsiero stated what is being considered this evening is an outgrowth of the EAC and the Cool Cities Program. He stated with the rate caps coming off, he feels it is very important to proceed.
Mr. Smith stated they are encouraging the Township residents to save energy, and he feels the Board of Supervisors needs to take this step with their own facilities as well.
Motion carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE NO. 370 CREATING PROCEDURES AND STANDARDS FOR THE USE OF A TEMPORARY HOLDING TANK FOR A DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Ordinance No. 270.
APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 2147 APPROVING SEWAGE FACILITIES PLANNING MODULE FOR TOWERING OAKS SUBDIVISION
Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 2147.
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AWARD CONTRACT FOR 2007 ROAD PAVING PROGRAM
Mr. Majewski stated two weeks ago they issued a Notice of
Intent to Award. They posted the Notice
that it be awarded. It is part of the Responsible Contractor’s Ordinance to allow the public opportunity to comment.
Mr. Santarsiero moved and Mr. Caiola seconded to award the Contract to General Asphalt Company in the amount of $158,850.
Mrs. Godshalk asked if they have an Apprentice Program, and Mr. Majewski stated they do.
Ms. Helen Bosley asked how many firms responded to the RFP, and Mr. Majewski stated there were nine. Ms. Bosley asked if the lowest bidder has an Apprenticeship Program, and Mr. Majewski stated General Asphalt Company was the low bidder and they have a valid Apprenticeship Program. Ms. Bosley asked if all nine bidders had Apprenticeship Programs, and Mr. Majewski stated he only checked the low bidder.
Motion carried unanimously.
DEFER AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR THE
Mr. Majewski stated the Township received four bids, and he is still checking the qualifications of the apparent low bidder. It was agreed that the matter be deferred.
STATUS REPORT ON DCNR’S CANAL DREDGING AND BLACK ROCK ROAD CULVERT REPLACEMENT PROJECTS
Mr. Majewski stated the Township received an update from the Larsen Design Group, DCNR’s consultant for design of the culvert replacement at the Canal. He stated they are planning this month to do additional survey work and begin preliminary design and construction plans which should be completed by the end of October. They will then do the hydraulics for the design, soil borings, and a geo-technical report with design work to be completed by the end of the year. In the spring they will do the right-of-way plans for DCNR’s approval. This should be approved in March, and Plans for the structure will then be done. Plan specs and estimates should be to DCNR by the middle of next year. They hope to have final plans and engineering completed with their permits by October of 2008. He anticipates they will then let the project out to bid. They plan to put the
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project for the culvert replacement together with the canal dredging as one bid package. Construction could begin the beginning of 2009.
Mr. Santarsiero stated he assumes the bikepath along
Mr. Sam Spera stated he would like to see the Canal filled
in since he feels it is a drain on the economy. He stated it will cost $35
million to repair the Canal and he feels there are better uses for these funds. Mr. Scott Burgess,
Mr. Spera stated he feels the costs of the floods will add up to more than $35 million.
Mr. Smith asked the status of the backflow preventers. Mr. Majewski stated one is in at the ditch
that is parallel to the Canal off of
ZONING HEARING BOARD
With regard to the Nancy and John Mitsos, 1464 Hidden Pond Dive, Variance request to permit construction of a fence in drainage and sewer easements it was agreed that the Solicitor should participate.
With regard to the Robert Amweg,
With regard to the Dale Pinchot,
With regard to the Martin Knappe,
With regard to the Ralph Nuzzolo, 628 Stony Hill Road, Variance request to construct a landing and stairs resulting n encroachment into the side yard setback, it was agreed to leave the matter to the Zoning Hearing Board.
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With regard to the Stephen Buch,
With regard to the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, Stony Hill & Heacock Roads, Variance request to construct a detached garage/accessory building exceeding permitted height, it was agreed to leave the matter to the Zoning Hearing Board.
With regard to the Craig & Page Peters,
Mrs. Godshalk stated work is continuing at the
Mr. Santarsiero stated the Citizens Traffic Commission is working on methodology for ranking traffic issues throughout the Township. This is the first step toward drafting the report that will be presented to the Board of Supervisors sometime in the fall.
Mr. Caiola stated there was an article in the Bucks County
Courier Times regarding the Regional Traffic Task Force held last evening. October 29 is the date set for a potential
vote on the recommendations. That
meeting will be held in
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Mr. Smith stated there was concern expressed about trucks
by-passing the weigh station and comments were made on the need for more enforcement. Chief Coluzzi stated there is a task force involved in enforcing this and there are fines for trying to by-pass the weigh station.
Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint Thomas Delate to HARB and the Elm Lowne Committee.
There being no further business, Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 10:25 p.m.
Steve Santarsiero, Secretary