Board of Commissioners
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP
REGULAR MEETING AUGUST 28, 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|
|Jack Simpson||Daniel Flint, Community Development|
|Carolyn Holtzman||Leon Crone, Police Captain|
|Richard Grove, Finance|
|Steven P. Miner, Solicitor|
|Julie Echterling, Recording Secretary|
President Black called the August 28, 2017 Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners to order at 7:00 pm. He followed with a prayer and the Pledge of the Allegiance. He announced that Proof of Publication was available for review.
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to approve the minutes from the August 14, 2017 meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Commissioner HOLTZMAN seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: ANY ITEM ON THE AGENDA
There was no response.
CORPORALS’ PROMOTIONAL CEREMONY: CORPORAL EDWARD C. CURTIS & CORPORAL JEREMY E. READ
Director Holl stated that Corporal Curtis started as an officer with the Township in 2003 after receiving his degree in Political Science. He works with the TEAM program and has been honored by the West Shore School District. Judge Clements administered the oath of office to Corporal Curtis. Vice-President Young pinned the new badge on Corporal Curtis, and Mrs. Curtis pinned on his Corporal stripes.
Director Holl stated that Corporal Read started as an officer with the Township in 2013. He spoke about his degree, his prior work in private security and his training with the Township. Judge Clements administered the oath of office to Corporal Read. Vice-President Young pinned the new badge on Corporal Read, and Mrs. Read pinned on his Corporal stripes
Director Holl thanked Judge Clements, the Board and the Civil Service Commission for making tonight possible. The Board congratulated Corporals Curtis and Read on their promotions.
President Black advised that any Commissioner, staff member, or anyone in attendance could request 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:
a. Approval of the West Shore Recreation Commission’s 2018 per capita contribution rate of $2.50, for a total 2018 contribution of $36,155.00.
b. Approval of Release of Improvement Security for SLD Docket No. 2013-06, Vibra Office Building, 4600 Lena Drive.
c. Adoption of Resolution 2017-R-25, the Township’s 2018 pension Minimum Municipal Obligation (MMO) and Pension Budget.
d. Accept Department Reports for the month of July for Assistant Manager, Community Development, Township Engineer, Public Works, Fleet Maintenance (June and July), and Public Safety.
e. Approval of SLD Docket No. 2017-03, 1106 Carlisle Road: Subdivision and Land Development Plan for a 2,140-square foot restaurant with drive-through, contingent upon the following:
i. Providing a copy of the cross-easement agreement for parking, access and disposal facility, for review and approval.
ii. Providing the executed Developers Agreement and associated improvement security
Commissioner SIMPSON seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Approval of Check Registers
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the Check Register of August 17, 2017 in the amount of $235,294.15. Commissioner SCHIN seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Resolution 2017-R-24- Frank Wirth, Jr. – Fire Captain
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to adopt Resolution 2017-R-24, a Resolution of the Commissioners of Lower Allen Township appointing Frank Wirth, Jr. as Fire Captain, effective September 18th, 2017 at a starting annual salary of $52,000. Commissioner SCHIN seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Resolution 2017-R-26- Kimberly D. Floyd – Police Officer
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to adopt Resolution 2017-R-26, a Resolution of the Commissioners of Lower Allen Township appointing Kimberly D. Floyd as a Police Officer, effective August 29, 2017 at a starting hourly wage of $28.2872. Commissioner SIMPSON seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Resolution 2017-R-27 Sewer Revenue Bond Series of 2017
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to adopt Resolution 2017-R-27, a Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, concluding that adequate analysis has determined that risk levels are acceptable relating to Lower Allen Township Authority’s proposed guaranty of the Sewer Revenue Bond Series of 2017. Commissioner SIMPSON seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
ORDINANCE 2017-06 – Guaranteed Sewer Revenue Bond Series
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to enact ORDINANCE 2017-06, an ordinance of the Board of Commissioners of Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, determining to incur lease rental debt in the principal amount of $9,950,000 in connection with the financing of the refunding of the Guaranteed Sewer Revenue Bond Series of 2012 and the Guaranteed Sewer Revenue Bond Series of 2013 of the Lower Allen Township Authority, and other actions.
Roll Call Vote: Commissioner Simpson – Aye
Vice President Young – Aye
President Black – Aye
Commissioner Schin – Aye
Commissioner Holtzman – Aye
Ordinance 2017-06 was approved by a 5-0 vote.
ANY BUSINESS PERTINENT TO THE TOWNSHIP
Ms. Sharon Rubin, 6 Kensington Dr., spoke about concerns with certain larger vehicles parking on the street. She spoke about trailers, RVs, and boats being parked on the street. She expressed concerns for safety with them on the street and the eyesore they are for the neighborhood. She asked what steps can be taken to resolve this issue. President Black stated that this is an item the Township is working on. Mr. Vernau asked her to contact him about the issue to see if there is an ordinance that can be applied for this situation.
Dedication of Streets – Heights of Beacon Hill, Phase 3
Mr. Flint stated that he is working on the documents for dedication of four streets to the Township. He stated that this would be ready for action at a later date. He stated that once the streets are dedicated, we would be eligible to receive liquid fuel monies from PennDOT for them.
HB 1620 Opposition
Mr. Vernau provided a draft letter to the Board to consider opposing HB 1620. He stated that this bill would preempt local management of our rights-of-way. He stated that this legislation was introduced to benefit the wireless industry’s deployment of cell towers in the public right of way.
Vice President YOUNG made a motion authorizing the Township Manager to send a letter to Rep. Delozier opposing HB 1620. Commissioner SCHIN seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.
Tour of Municipal Public Work Facilities
Mr. Vernau stated that Public Works would like to take the Commissioners on a tour of other municipal Public Works facilities to show them what we would like to do with ours. He will send an email and arrange these tours for the Board.
Boy Scout Donation for Trees
Mr. Vernau stated that the Township received a check for $1,000 from the Smith family as a donation for trees for the Cedar Spring Run Park. He spoke about the Eagle Scout project and the ability to purchase eight trees for the park as part of this project. They should be planted by the end of October.
Railroad Crossing Repairs
Mr. Vernau stated that he filed informal complaints with the PUC on the condition of the Township’s three railroad crossings. Maintenance on the Slate Hill Road crossing will be done on September 4-8th. The road will be closed during this time. An emergency repair order has been requested for the 18th Street crossing. The repairs can be done once PennDOT has the detour plans completed. He stated that after the repairs are done to the two crossings, a PUC representative will be out to inspect the crossings, including Rossmoyne Rd. He stated that no work is scheduled for the crossing at Rossmoyne this year.
The Board welcomed Mrs. Trone back. She stated that she had a good week her first week back.
Director Holl stated that the Green Lane Farm bridge will reopen on Friday, one month ahead of schedule.
Vice President Young attended the check dedication ceremony at Cumberland County recognizing the Township for their $1,000 donation toward the County’s Household Hazardous Waste program. He read the certificate the Township received and spoke about their facility. Commissioner Simpson also attended the ceremony.
Mrs. Echterling thanked the Board and staff who attended the Lisburn Community Fire Company’s Festival and Texas Roadhouse night.
ADJOURNMENT TO EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners adjourned at 7:43 pm to discuss the following:
- Triple Crown Corporation