Board of Commissioners
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP
REGULAR MEETING APRIL 24, 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 G. Trone, Assistant Township Manager|
|Richard F. Schin||David Holl, Director of Public Safety|
|Carolyn Holtzman||John Eby, Building and Zoning Coordinator|
|Jack Simpson||Leon Crone, Police Captain|
|Steven P. Miner, Solicitor|
|Julie Echterling, Recording Secretary|
President Black called the April 24, 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 SCHIN made a motion to approve the minutes from the March 25, 2017 Strategic Planning Meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Commissioner SIMPSON seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the minutes from the April 10, 2017 regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Commissioner SCHIN seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
BID OPENING: REAR PARKING LOT VISUAL BARRIER PROJECT
The following two (2) bids were received. Each contained a bid bond or check for 10% of the bid.
Millcreek Structures, Inc. $21,785.00
Pro Max Fence Co. $30,544.00
The bids were referred to the Solicitor for review. An award will be made at the May 8th regular meeting.
INTRODUCTION OF TOWNSHIP LIBRARY REPRESENTATIVE
Mr. Vernau introduced the Township’s new Fredricksen Library representative, Dave Schmidt. He spoke about how much he and his family use the library and is looking forward to serving. The Board welcomed and thanked him.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: ANY ITEM ON THE AGENDA
There was no response.
President Black asked for a motion to adopt Resolution 2017-R-11, a resolution of the Board of Commissioners of Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County Pennsylvania, proclaiming May 2017 as Building Safety Month. Vice President YOUNG made that motion, which was seconded by Commissioner HOLTZMAN. Motion carried 5-0.
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 a request. There was no response.
Commissioner SCHIN moved to approve the following Consent Agenda items:
a. Department Reports for the month of March for Community Development, Township Engineer, Public Works, Fleet Maintenance, Economic Development and Public
b. Tax Collector’s March 2017 monthly
Vice President YOUNG seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Approval of Check Register
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the Check Register of April 14, 2017 in the amount of $377,605.80. Commissioner HOLTZMAN seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
ANY BUSINESS PERTINENT TO THE TOWNSHIP
There was no response.
Renewal of Improvement Security for SLD Docket 2003-06
Mr. Eby discussed the renewal of improvement security for SLD Docket 2003-06, Final Subdivision Plan for Manor at Fair Oaks, Phase 2-Lot 27 which would establish a new amount of $3,639.12, and a new expiration date of April 24, 2018.
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to approve the renewal of improvement security for SLD Docket 2003-06, Final Subdivision Plan for Manor at Fair Oaks, Phase 2-Lot 27 which would establish a new amount of $3,639.12, and a new expiration date of April 24, 2018. Commissioner SIMPSON seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Fairview Township Slate Hill Rd Bridge Rehabilitation
Mr. Vernau discussed the resolution adopted by Fairview Township concerning the Slate Hill Bridge. He spoke about the condition of the bridge and Fairview’s desire to keep the bridge and rehab it with the same character. He spoke about the weight limit of the bridge (3 tons) and that if it isn’t a vehicle bridge maybe it could be used as a pedestrian bridge. He spoke about Fairview wanting to install an overhead railing to stop tall trucks from crossing this structure. Discussion ensued. The Board directed staff to draft a resolution which would include maintaining the bridge with its character.
Update: Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner 2 Pipeline Project
Mr. Vernau provided the Board a map and update for the Mariner 2 pipeline project. He stated that they are following the existing pipeline easement through the Township for this project. Commissioner Young asked why the path of the new pipeline didn’t follow the old easement exactly, and Mr. Vernau explained that Sunoco Logistics had to go around other existing easements and utilities, such as the Buckeye Pipeline. Discussion ensued. Mr. Vernau stated that they have the easements they need and don’t anticipate any protests.
Mr. Eby spoke about the 1852 Sheepford on-lot septic system issue. He stated that the owner did install a temporary system and the occupants may return later this week.
Vice President Young stated that he will attend the Eagle Scout ceremony for the Township on Sunday.
Commissioner Schin spoke about the Locust Street develop and a question from a resident about new through-streets. Mr. Eby stated that there are no plans for a road that would allow traffic through the area. Commissioner Schin stated that he received a question from a Bethany Village resident about the Comp Plan meeting. Mrs. Trone stated that they would be asking them questions about what they would like to see in the Township and that they would receive assistance that day to complete the online survey.
Commissioner Holtzman stated that she received a call from Jill Itterly stating that the noise from Ward Trucking has started back up. Mr. Vernau stated that they have been contacted and reminded. Solicitor Miner stated that he could speak to staff about legal options in an upcoming staff meeting.
Solicitor Miner added the Macy’s Tax Appeal to the executive session.
Mrs. Trone spoke about the communication regarding Visioning week. She stated that there are posters all over the Township about it. They have received 300 surveys so far. She stated that Tuesday she will be at PSATC to speak on Economic Development.
President Black asked about the Cedar Run Park and the play structures. Mr. Vernau spoke about the natural items to be added in addition to the play equipment coming this summer.
RECESS TO EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners recessed at 7:45 p.m. for the following personnel and legal discussions:
a. Zoning Hearing Board Docket 2017-01, William Holjes 1785 Sheepford Rd.
b. Haubert Homes Bankruptcy
c. Macy’s Tax Appeal
RECONVENE REGULAR MEETING
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners reconvened at 8:43 p.m.
Macy’s Tax Appeal
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the settlement stipulation with Macy’s for tax appeals. Commissioner SCHIN seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners adjourned at 8:44 pm.