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2-13-17 Minutes

Board of Commissioners
2-13-17 Minutes

MINUTES

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.

MEETING MINUTES

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.

CONSENT AGENDA

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.

PRESIDENT BLACK

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.

Ordinance 2017-01

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.

Resolution 2017-R-04

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.

PUBLIC SAFETY

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.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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.

MANAGER

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. 

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS

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.

ADJOURNMENT

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners adjourned at 7:52 pm.