Board of Commissioners
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP
REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 13, 2017
The following were in ATTENDANCE:
|BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS||TOWNSHIP STAFF|
|H. Edward Black, President||Thomas G. Vernau Jr., Township Manager|
|Peddrick M. Young, Sr., Vice President||Erin Trone, Assistant Township Manager|
|Richard F. Schin||David Holl, Director of Public Safety|
|Carolyn Holtzman||Leon Crone, Police Captain|
|Richard Grove, Director of Finance|
|Daniel Flint, Community Development|
|Steven P. Miner, Solicitor|
|Julie Echterling, Recording Secretary|
President Black called the February 13th, 2017 Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners to order at 7:00 pm. He followed with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. He announced that Proof of Publication was available for review. Commissioner Simpson was absent with excuse.
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 23, 2017 meeting of the Board of Commissioners as written. Vice President YOUNG seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
NEW MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Mr. Vernau introduced Ben Peters to the Board. He spoke about his history with the Township.
BID OPENING: GETTYSBURG ROAD – HARTZDALE DRIVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PROJECT (REBID)
The following bid were received with the correct bid bond:
Farhat Excavating, LLC = $247,300
Rogele Inc = $244,358
The bids were given to the Solicitor for review.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: ANY ITEM ON THE AGENDA
Mrs. Jill Itterly, 4124 Rosemont Ave., asked if there was anything done about her Ward Truck noise complaint. Mr. Vernau explained that he has been trying to put together a meeting with the general manager, but availability with him and Commissioner Simpson has been a problem. He will continue working toward a solution.
President Black advised that any Commissioner, staff member, or anyone in attendance could request that any item on the Consent Agenda be removed for further discussion and asked if there was such request. There was no response.
Commissioner SCHIN moved to approve the following Consent Agenda items:
- Purchase of Additional Access Door Controls from Choice Security Services for $16,394.00. This is a budgeted item.
- Purchase of a Jacobson 14-foot wide Area Rotary Mower on State contract in the amount of $69,015.76. This is a budgeted item.
- Purchase of a Sign Plotter System from URW America in the amount of $10,358.00. This is a budgeted item.
- Authorize the Police Department to proceed with police officer testing, posting and testing to develop a promotional list for Sergeant and Corporal, and remove the physical agility requirement for promotional testing from Section 4.6 a. and b. of the Civil Service Procedures.
Commissioner HOLTZMAN seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
Approval of Check Register
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the Check Register of February 3rd, 2017, in the amount of $486,875.29. Commissioner HOLTZMAN seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
Adjudication on Ordinance 2017-01
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the adjudication on Ordinance 2017-01, a change to zoning designations for two parcels. Commissioner SCHIN seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to disapprove Ordinance 2017-01, an Ordinance of the Board of Commissioners of Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, amending the Code of the Township of Lower Allen, Section 220-8A, the Zoning Map of the Lower Allen Township Zoning Ordinance of 2009, as amended, to rezone two (2) tracts of land from R-2 Single-Family Rural Residential to R-3 Multi-family Residential.
Roll Call Vote: Commissioner Holtzman – Aye
Commissioner Schin – Aye
President Black – Aye
Vice President Young – Aye
Ordinance 2017-01 failed by a 4-0 vote.
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-R-04, authorizing the Township Manager to sign and submit the application for permit to install and operate traffic signals at the intersection of Wesley Drive and Century Drive, and the application for permit to install and operate traffic signals at the intersection of Wesley Drive and Gettysburg Road to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Vice President YOUNG seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
ANY BUSINESS PERTINENT TO THE TOWNSHIP
There was no response.
Bureau Commander of Operations Job Description
Director Holl discussed the Police Sergeant position. He spoke about the responsibilities of the Sergeant, including the supervision of the patrol Corporals, and serving as the Operations Bureau Commander reporting to Lieutenant Thomas. He stated that a letter outlining the request for 12-hour shifts will be coming to the Board soon. Discussion ensued.
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to approve the Bureau Commander of Operations job description. Vice President YOUNG seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
Drainage Plan No. DP 2016-05-4601 Gettysburg Road
Mr. Flint showed the Board the location in the map. He stated the location was an office in recent years, but will be changed to a restaurant. He stated that there would not be a development plan submitted at this time, just a drainage plan.
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to approve Drainage Plan No. DP 2016-05-4601 Gettysburg Road. Commissioner HOLTZMAN seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
Reduction in Improvement Security for SLD 2007-05 – Marzoni’s Restaurant
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the request for a reduction in Improvement Security for SLD 2007-05, Marzoni’s Restaurant, 4925 Ritter Road, establishing a new amount of $809.74 and a new expiration date of February 13, 2018. Commission SCHIN seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.
Annual MS4 Public Participation Meeting – February 27, 2017
Mr. Flint stated the annual MS4 Public Participation Meeting will be held on February 27, 2017, at 7:00 PM.
Ward Trucking Update
Mr. Vernau stated he is working with Commissioner Simpson to setup a time to meet with the new site manager who starts on February 6th. They are going to check out the location and the loading dock bumpers. Mrs. Jill Itterly provided Mr. Vernau a petition from the neighbors who support her noise complaint.
Commissioner Schin spoke about attended the Authority meetings. He spoke about a resident’s positive feedback about the Police Department.
Director Holl spoke about the Public Safety Academy he is starting for the community.
Mrs. Trone spoke about the upcoming Citizens Advisory Council meetings for the Comprehensive Plan. She stated there would be a presentation about the Fun Fort at the next Recreation and Parks Board on February 22nd.
Mr. Vernau spoke about two events the Board has been invited to attend. He reminded the Board about the Strategic Planning on March 25th starting at 9am.
President Black spoke about the memo the Board received from Mr. Eby. He spoke about the West Shore Recreation Commission. He congratulated Director Holl for his appointment to the 911 Board. He congratulated the Police Department, including Officers Sentman and Claeys, for their assistance in the capturing of two bank robbers.
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners adjourned at 7:52 pm.