BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES – MAY 16, 2007
The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the
Board of Supervisors: Ron Smith, Chairman
Greg Caiola, Vice Chairman
Steve Santarsiero, 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
CONFIRMATION OF PROCLAMATION FOR EAGLE SCOUT, KEITH RANKIN
Mr. Keith Rankin was present with Mr. John Heilferty, Naturalist, at the Five Mile Woods. Mr. Heilferty reported on the work done by Mr. Rankin in the Five Mile Woods.
He stated Mr. Rankin’s Eagle Scout project of trail marking became so complex that they had to re-do the map and the Map (which was shown this evening) became part of his project. He also fabricated and hung kestrel boxes in the Woods. Mr. Smith presented the Proclamation to Mr. Rankin and congratulated him on behalf of the Board.
SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE DISCUSSION
Members of the Special Events Committee were present. Mr. Smith stated several weeks ago they held
the First Annual Spring Fling at Elm Lowne.
A representative of the Committee thanked the sponsors – McCaffrey,
Shady Brook, and SuperFresh, as well as Jo Norum and the rest of the Elm Lowne
Committee for their help. She reviewed
the activities which took place that day.
She also thanked the Police Department, EMTs, Fire Department, the
Mr. Smith stated a video was prepared by
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representative stated they look forward to Community Pride Day to be held on Monday, September 3.
Mr. Caiola stated this was a good opportunity to appreciate the Elm Lowne property.
He stated he feels 75% of the people present that day had never been on the property before. He thanked all members of the Special Events Committee and all those who worked on this event.
Mrs. Godshalk stated she has written to the Committee thanking them for their work and made some suggestions for the future as was requested by the Committee.
Ms. Barbara Petrush, 47 Sutphin Pines, thanked Ms. Frick for all her hard work on the Marrazzo’s matter. She asked if they have checked the records in Doylestown, and
Mr. Truelove stated they are still looking into this and
hope to have information by the next meeting.
Ms. Petrush showed pictures of the view from
Mr. Smith stated they are following the process; and in order to limit liability to the Township, the policy must proceed. He stated they will turn the pictures over to their Solicitor and the Zoning Department. Mr. Smith stated he did receive information from
a group called
Mr. Caiola asked who owns the property on the other side of the fence, and Ms. Petrush stated it is the Sutphin Pines common area. Mr. Smith stated at some point this matter will go before the Zoning Hearing Board, and the residents should participate in that process. Mr. Truelove stated the Marrazzo’s have a certain period of time within which to submit responses to the Notice received from the Township. He stated they had to submit forms for Application to the Zoning Hearing Board within five days of receiving the letter from the Township which should make it next week. Ms. Petrush stated she hopes an Ordinance is passed so that this cannot occur again. Mr. Smith stated they are trying to work on issues which relate to quality of life.
Ms. Cynthia Osofsky provided additional pictures.
Mrs. Godshalk stated the present Ordinance has a Stipulation that when there is a change of Zoning to a higher use, they are required to have a certain buffer. She asked if they are exempt from this because they are grandfathered. Mr. Truelove stated they are required to obtain Variances as Ms. Frick’s letter has indicated; and while he did not want to
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comment until he had more information, he stated a buffer could be something that would be implicated. Ms. Petrush stated since Matrix will be built, she does not want those homeowners to have to face what her neighbors are facing. Mr. Smith stated he is also concerned about noise pollution. Ms. Petrush stated they had a refrigerated tractor trailer on the property, and all weekend the generator was running all night long.
Ms. Cynthia Osofsky stated she would like to thank Ms. Frick for the work she has done. Mr. Smith asked Mr. Fedorchak to communicate this to Ms. Frick. Ms. Osofsky stated Ms. Frick is referring to the new addition as a greenhouse, but Ms. Osofsky stated she does not feel it is really a greenhouse. She stated the yellow tape is strictly ceremonial as there were shoppers there all weekend. Ms. Osofsky stated Ms. Frick indicated that when she had visited the property, the Marrazzos indicated that because they were concerned about the neighbors that they had brought all the lawnmowers into the greenhouse structure. Ms. Osofsky showed a photograph of lawn mowers that are still outside.
She also noted there is more stone and more lawn mowers than before. She asked why landscape material such as trees and plants are not being displayed out front as opposed to lawn mowers, stone, and mulch. Ms. Osofsky stated it also appears that the roof is leaking in the new structures as they have black plastic on the roof. She stated she understands Ms. Frick has been there a number of times, but she would ask that the Board of Supervisors visit the facility as well. She stated the street sweeper is being run at
6:00 a.m. and mulch is loaded very early in the morning and continuously all day long.
Ms. Sue Herman stated they have not yet received a copy of
the letter which was to be written to get the
By-Pass function optimally by 1) making the lights traffic responsive with the goal being
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to move traffic as efficiently, and 2) insuring that the traffic-responsive light system is continuously monitored and maintained to keep the By-Pass functioning optimally.
These measures are relatively simple and inexpensive compared to the horrific consequences and possible lawsuits that could occur if they are not done.” She stated the residents expect that the project will begin by the end of May as promised in
Mr. Majewski’s letter to them, and they will be greatly disappointed and begin asking questions if the project does not start by then.
Mr. Fedorchak stated today they opened bids for Phase II of the Lindenhurst Road Traffic Calming project; and he anticipates that at the next public meeting, Mr. Majewski will be making a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. Ms. Herman stated it has been two and a half years since the Grant was approved, and residents are out of patience.
Ms. Herman stated on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. the Lower Makefield Citizens Traffic Commission encourages the public to come out to discuss traffic problems they have in their neighborhoods and elsewhere in the Township. Mr. Santarsiero stated residents from the entire Township are invited to attend.
Mr. Smith stated he and Mr. Caiola serve on the Task Force
as representatives from
Mr. Caiola stand there on a local level strongly in support
of Ms. Herman’s group in respect to getting the traffic calming on
She stated four to five years ago when the Lower Makefield
Board of Supervisors applied for
A woman asked if Township Officials will be present at the Citizens Traffic Commission to hear the complaints from the public; and Mr. Santarsiero stated he is present as the Supervisor Liaison along with the Township Traffic engineer. He stated if a concern is something that is of a more immediate nature that can be handled quickly, they ask the Traffic engineer to look into it and work with Mr. Fedorchak. If it is a long-term issue, this would be one of the things the Traffic Commission would review and then make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Smith asked when they anticipate the Traffic Commission will present their findings; and Mr. Santarsiero stated this is the last Public Hearing, and he feels by early fall they will have recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Ms. Herman stated the residents are welcome to attend their meetings any time, and they meet the third Monday of every month. Mr. Santarsiero stated the three special meetings were a special opportunity where the only business before the Commission was to hear residents’ comments.
Mr. Paul Cecilio, President of the Sutphin Pines Homeowners Association, stated the only property Marrazzo’s touches is Sutphin Pines. He stated he too has some photos of
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the pits where they put their mulch and the photos have been time-stamped three different days. He submitted these to the Board this evening. Mr. Caiola stated Marrazzo’s do have a responsibility to maintain their property.
Mr. Al Laurer, Heacock Meadows, stated he is concerned with the sound from I-95.
He stated he has lived there for sixteen years, but because
of the increase in the size of the road and potential improvements to
Mr. Smith stated this is available at the Township, and he may wish to view the tape.
Mr. Laurer stated he understands that they intend to install sound barriers at least part way, but he asked if they were going to extend them past 332. Mr. Smith stated they are not.
Mr. Santarsiero stated for the highway south of 332, it
would be under PennDOT jurisdiction. The
construction being done from 332 north to the River, across the Bridge, and
Mr. Laurer asked if there is someone the residents should contact to put on more pressure, and Mr. Santarsiero suggested that they get a petition together, and the Township could put this on as an Agenda item and bring someone in from PennDOT to discuss this.
Mr. Smith stated at the meeting with the Joint Toll Bridge Commission they sent them a message to go back to whoever is the head of their organization and advise them it would be unfair not to have the sound barriers on both sides from beginning to end. He also suggested that they write to their State Representatives, Congressmen, and the Governor.
Mr. Laurer provided a letter to Mr. Fedorchak to this evening.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF GLOBAL WARMING CONFERENCE
Mr. Santarsiero noted the presence of Mr. Bray. Mr. Santarsiero stated they will hold the Global Warming Conference this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Charles Boehm with Congressman Murphy making the Keynote Address.
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Mr. Santarsiero stated they are sponsoring this with the
EAC, the Pennsylvania Land Use Coalition, and the
Mr. Bray stated Registration is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. He stated they will have well-respected local scientists discussing global warming and defining solutions. They will have a panel Q & A period. In the afternoon, they will have break-out sessions where action plans will be prepared. Several environmental organizations will be present with displays. Congressman Murphy and Representative Steil will be present. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome. He stated there is no cost to attend.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Caiola moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of May 2, 2007 as corrected.
APPROVE REQUEST BY
Mr. Bruce Jones, Ms. Carla Carter, and Pastor Doug Hoagland were present.
Mr. Jones stated they are faced with a situation that their Church is growing; and following their expansion of 1988, they need to expand the facility again. He stated as they were going through the planning process, they recognized that a significant portion of the Church will need to be replaced, and they will lose a lot of their local storage capabilities which are essential to keeping the Preschool and Church operation functioning. They would like to bring in some temporary storage facilities close to an entrance of the Church so that they can continue their operations.
Mr. Jones showed a Plan of the property including some locations where they would like to keep the storage facilities. He stated a final decision on the exact location has not yet been made.
Mr. Stainthorpe asked how big they feel these would be, and Mr. Jones stated they would have two 10’ by 18’ units with height not to exceed 9’. Mr. Smith asked how long they anticipate they would be at that location, and Mr. Jones stated they would need to be placed before construction, during construction, and following that they would be removed. Construction is expected to take eleven to twelve months. He stated both locations they have suggested are relatively secluded and should have limited visibility from the street.
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Mr. Santarsiero moved and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded to grant permission to site the temporary storage units. Motion carried with Mr. Caiola abstained.
APPROVE ORDINANCE NO. 362 AMENDING THE ZONING REGULATIONS
RELATED TO THE
Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mr. Santarsiero seconded to approve Ordinance No. 362.
There was no public comment.
Motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Truelove stated this will be effective five days after this evening.
DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF PROPOSAL FOR A FARMERS’ MARKET AT
Ms. Jeanne Bray,
Ms. Sandy Guzikowski,
Mr. Santarsiero, who is the Liaison for the EAC. Mr. Bray stated during the last Community Day, the EAC took on a project of sponsoring a farmers’ market and they set up a Sub-Committee with Ms. Guzikowski, Ms. Bray, and Ms. Lisa Grayson heading up the Sub-Committee. They contacted local farmers and during Community Day, there were six farmers in attendance. It was a very successful trial run. After Community Day
Ms. Bray and Ms. Guzikowski prepared a proposal, and the EAC endorses this project.
Ms. Guzikowski stated they are looking to have a seasonal market on Thursday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting the middle of June to the end of September. They hope to have six to ten vendors including farmers from within the Township and the surrounding areas. It will be open air and producer-only. The market will be outdoors and the farmers will come in and park in the area and sell from the back of their truck with a canopy and their own tables. The farmers can sell only what they produce themselves which is considered the highest standard for farmers’ markets and guarantees that consumers are receiving what is produced locally and that the vendor has complete knowledge of the production practices, harvest dates, etc. They hope this will be a positive community experience for residents and will support the family farmers as well.
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Ms. Bray stated they are looking at the field at the end of
Ms. Bray stated Mr. Bray had discussed traffic concerns with Chief Coluzzi who indicated it would not be a problem. Chief Coluzzi stated he feels the traffic would be minimal, and the pedestrian crossings would be handled by placing some temporary signage at the location and possibly assigning an Officer if necessary for a short period of time.
Mrs. Godshalk stated she is pleased to see this historic
area put to good use. She stated this
was the former site of the original
Mr. Smith stated he is pleased to see this Township-owned
property put to good use. He also is
pleased to hear that the Church is willing to work with them on this. He hopes this is a forerunner of the rebirth
Mr. Stainthorpe asked how many farmers have lined up for this, and Ms. Guzikowski stated currently she has interest from Charlann, Shady Brook, Tom McGowan, Snipes, Styers, Tall Pines, and Back Yard Bison. Mr. Stainthorpe stated one of his concerns was with Charlann and Shady Brook as they are already operating stands. Ms. Guzikowski stated because the farmers’ market will only operate on a Thursday, it will not compete with their weekends which are their big times. She added that both Charlann and Shady Brook were very pleased with this and felt it would bring in more customers.
Mr. Caiola agreed he does not feel it will result in traffic problems, and is pleased that there is a lot of interest already.
Mr. Stainthorpe asked if they would have banners, etc. Ms. Bray stated they were going to ask about signage. She stated she does feel they could have a sign at the entrance to the property listing the days and the times. She stated she is not sure if they need a Permit, and Mr. Stainthorpe stated they would need a Permit for a permanent sign.
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Mr. Santarsiero stated initially he feels it would be better to have a temporary sign and they could see how it goes first to determine their needs. He feels given the line up they have put together, he feels this will bring in a lot of traffic. He suggested they start out with temporary signs and then come back if they need a permanent sign. Mrs. Godshalk stated the Township does have frames for signs that could be used. Mr. Santarsiero stated they could also include this in the next Newsletter and put the information on the Website.
Mr. Santarsiero stated Ms. Bray and Ms. Guzikowski have done a great job on this and done a tremendous amount of work. He stated when Ms. Guzikowski came before the EAC with this idea, she was very enthusiastic; and the people on the EAC were in favor of this to help out the local farmers. Mr. Santarsiero stated when you purchase locally; you also cut down on the amount of energy needed to be used to transport produce and other foods.
Mr. Santarsiero moved and Mrs. Godshalk seconded to approve the proposal for the time period requested.
Mr. Stainthorpe asked the contact point within the Township, and Mr. Bray stated he felt it would be the EAC. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels it should be a Township staff person, and Mr. Fedorchak was asked to decide who will be in charge of this within the Township. Mr. Stainthorpe stated they must ensure that the trucks are not tearing up the lawn and that the area is left clean.
Mr. Truelove stated Mr. Fedorchak has provided a License Agreement which has been used by the Church and Mignoni Real Estate Group for the use of the road next to their buildings which could be a model also between the Township and the Church for the use of the parking lot.
Motion carried unanimously.
AUTHORIZE ADVERTISING OF ORDINANCE NO. 370 TO ALLOW FOR A TEMPORARY HOLDING TANK AT A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SITE
Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mr. Caiola seconded to authorize advertisement of Ordinance No. 370.
Mr. Truelove stated at the 4/18/07 meeting, Mr. Wilson was present regarding his request with regard to Towering Oaks for a modification in his plans relating to sewer structures; and the Board of Supervisors appropriately approved a holding tank arrangement until such time as a more permanent hook up could be arranged. Mr. Truelove stated
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Mr. Hoffmeister then determined that the DEP requires that
the Township enact an Ordinance to allow a holding tank structure to be
constructed. Mr. Truelove stated he has
reviewed the model for this from
There was no public comment, and the Motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith stated last week at the corner of Heacock and
Mr. Santarsiero stated the Sunrise Application came before
the Board prior to the time that Mr. Smith and Mr. Caiola were on the Board; and
a number of the Supervisors were against the Sunrise facility going in at that
location because they felt it was not an appropriate use for this site because
of the traffic and other issues. The
Zoning Hearing Board approved it, and the Township appealed the Decision; but
the developer made some changes which mooted their Appeal, and the Township
Solicitor advised that they should withdraw their Appeal. Mr. Santarsiero stated the modifications made
will hopefully limit the impact to the surrounding community. He stated this is an example of land that is
being developed in the Township such that if this kind of thing continues unchecked,
it will in time change the character of
APPROVAL OF EXTENSIONS FOR SHADY BROOK FARM SUBDIVISION AND
Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant an extension to Shady Brook Farm Subdivision to August 31, 2007.
Mrs. Godshalk moved and Mr. Santarsiero seconded to grant an extension to Harmony Lane Subdivision to September 7, 2007.
Mr. Patrick Frain, 16
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issues that need to be resolved in the Land Development process, and both the Applicants and the Township need more time in order to address those issues. Mr. Truelove stated under the Municipalities Planning Code, there are time limits within which Plans must be acted on unless the parties involved agree to an Extension. Mr. Frain asked
Mr. Fedorchak that when an issue regarding anything around Delaware Rim is being considered, all the residents should be notified rather than the small number of residents that were notified in the past. Mr. Fedorchak stated it would be easy to expand it to include those in the area since it is a relatively contained area. Mr. Frain stated in the past only certain residents were getting the Notice; but all the residents in the area are impacted because there is only one way in and one way out, and he would ask that all those in Sunny Knolls be notified.
Motion carried unanimously.
ZONING HEARING BOARD
With regard to the Elayne Klein,
Mr. Stainthorpe stated the Golf Committee had their Annual Tour of the Course, and the Course is in great shape. He added the Superintendent has done a good job and all they need is good weather to make their numbers.
Mrs. Godshalk stated a number of trees have been planted at
Mr. Santarsiero stated the Park & Recreation Board met last week with the main topic of discussion being a Sketch Plan for the Samost Tract. They are considering one 90’ baseball field, possibly two 70’ fields, and a number of tennis courts. He stated the tennis facilities in the Township are not in the best shape, and there has been discussion for some time about constructing tennis courts on the Samost Tract. He stated Schoor DePalma will be looking at two concepts – one for up to 12 tennis courts, and two baseball fields and the other for 8 to 12 tennis courts and three baseball fields. They will go back to the Park & Recreation Board with these Plans and then come to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation.
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Mr. Caiola stated the Historic Architectural Review Board met and discussed the fact that what is currently an Eckerd will become a Rite-Aid shortly so there will be a change to the sign.
Mr. Smith stated the Regional Traffic Task Force will meet
on May 30 in
Mr. Fedorchak stated at the conclusion of last year, the
Township submitted three Hazard Mitigation Grant Applications to PEMA. The first was a $2.8 million Grant
Application for various structural flood control measures. The second was a $1.125 million Grant
Application to purchase two properties, and the third was a $1.1 million Grant
Application to elevate nine homes within the
Mr. Stainthorpe asked if there is a possibility of
re-submitting and getting the State Representatives involved since nothing in
Mr. Caiola stated he feels the acquisitions for property in
the Townships which were approved was considerably less than would be for those
Mr. Scott Burgess,
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Mr. Burgess stated with regard to the reservoirs in
Mr. Burgess stated he saw in the newspaper that all appointees for the Bucks County Task Force have been made, but they have not yet had their first meeting. He stated when they do meet, his first priority will be the reservoirs.
Ms. Virginia Torbert,
SET DATE FOR SPRING ROAD INSPECTION
It was suggested that the Road Tour be held on Saturday, June 2 at 8:30 a.m. Ms Torbert asked if a member of the Citizens Traffic Advisory Commission could attend, and this was acceptable to the Board.
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There being no further business, Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m.
Steve Santarsiero, Secretary