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4-9-18 Minutes

Board of Commissioners
4-9-18 Minutes

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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS                                                          LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP

REGULAR MEETING                                                              APRIL 9, 2018

The following were in ATTENDANCE:

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TOWNSHIP PERSONNEL
H. Edward Black, President Thomas G. Vernau Jr., Township Manager
Jack R. Simpson Jr., Vice President Erin G. Trone, Assistant Township Manager
Richard F. Schin David Holl, Public Safety Director
Dean W. Villone Daniel Flint, Public Works Director
Carolyn Holtzman Richard Grove, Finance Director
  Leon Crone, Police Captain
  John Eby, Building & Zoning Coordinator
  Steven P. Miner, Solicitor
  Julie Echterling, Recording Secretary

President Black called the April 9, 2018 Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners to order at 7:00 pm followed by a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. He announced that Proof of Publication was available for review.

MEETING MINUTES
Commissioner SIMPSON made a motion to approve the minutes from the March 26, 2018 meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Commissioner SCHIN seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: ANY ITEM ON THE AGENDA
There was no response.

Mr. Flint introduced Mr. Brian Plank to the Board. He is the 9-month Public Works employee recently hired.

CONSENT AGENDA
President Black stated that that any Commissioner, staff member, or anyone in attendance who would like to have an item on the Consent Agenda removed for further discussion can request so now. There was no response.

Commissioner VILLONE made a motion to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda:

1. Adopt Resolution 2018-R-12, a resolution of the Board of Commissioners of Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County Pennsylvania, approving the destruction of certain Township records in accordance with the Pennsylvania Records Retention Schedule.
2. Adopt Resolution 2018-R-14, a Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, authorizing the President of the Board of Commissioners to Execute Documents for Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for Grant Agreement Signature Page.
3. Tax Collector’s March 2018 monthly report.

Commissioner SIMPSON seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

PRESIDENT BLACK
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to approve the Check Register of March 30, 2018 in the amount of $112,769.14, and the Voided Check Register for March in the amount of $150.00. Commissioner VILLONE seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

ORDINANCE 2018-02, Alarms.
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to enact ORDINANCE 2018-02, amending the code of the Township of Lower Allen by deleting Chapter 61, Alarms and enacting a new Chapter 61, Alarms.

Roll Call Vote: Commissioner Holtzman – Aye
                           Commissioner Schin – Aye
                           President Black – Aye
                           Vice President Simpson – Aye
                           Commissioner Villone – Aye

Ordinance 2018-02 was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Resolution 2018-R-13, Transfer of Restaurant Liquor License No. R-15960 Into Lower Allen Township
Commissioner SIMPSON made a motion to adopt Resolution 2018-R-13, approving the transfer of restaurant liquor license No. R-15960 into Lower Allen Township. Commissioner VILLONE seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0-1. Commissioner Holtzman abstained as she was absent from the public hearing held at 6pm tonight.

Resolution 2018-R-15-of April 2018 to be Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month.
Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to adopt Resolution 2018-R-15, a Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, proclaiming the month of April 2018 to be Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging month. Commissioner HOLTZMAN seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

ANY BUSINESS PERTINENT TO THE TOWNSHIP
There was no response.

TOWNSHIP ENGINEER
Traffic Signal Modifications: blanket resolution for PennDOT
Mr. Flint stated that PennDOT has changed their process for requesting modifications to signals. PennDOT now requires a full application with resolution. He asked the Board to pass a resolution which would allow the manager to sign for routine changes and updates on signals. The Board agreed, and this will be ready for action at the next meeting.

Right-of-Way Ordinance
Mr. Flint stated that they are working on the Right-of-Way Ordinance. He will send the draft to the Solicitor for comments and will bring it to the Board for review. He stated that Board discussion is needed on this prior to action. The Board agreed.

COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
May “Building Safety Month”
Mr. Eby asked about recognizing May as “Building Safety Month” with a resolution. The Board agreed. This will be ready for action at the next meeting.

Zoning Hearing Board
Mr. Eby discussed the results of the March meeting. He stated that the ZHB agreed with Ruby Partners’ (applicant) request for a height variance. The ZHB stipulated the following conditions for the decision: monitor and maintain security of the blighted building, demolish the blighted building within 6 months of the written decision, and remove a pile of debris within 30 days of the written decision.

There are two dockets for the April ZHB meeting. The first is Docket #2018-02 for 1 West Shore Drive. They are asking for a variance for height of fence. They will be replacing bushes with a six-foot fence. He showed the Board the location on the map. The second docket is #2018-03 for 1425 Main Street, Lisburn. They are asking for a variance to exceed the 50% floor area expansion limit for a building with a nonconforming side yard setup. He showed the Board the location on the map. They will be adding an attached garage, porch and additional living space. He spoke about the mitigating circumstances. Discussion ensued.

MANAGER
Advertise Ordinance 2018-03, Authorizing our Fire Companies to Bill for Materials and Equipment
Mr. Vernau provided an updated Ordinance which would authorize the fire companies to bill for materials and equipment. Commissioner Schin asked if there were any exemptions and Mr. Vernau said no. Solicitor Miner spoke about ensuring equality in the ordinance. Discussion ensued.

Commissioner SCHIN made a motion to authorize the advertising of Ordinance 2018-03, authorizing the fire companies to bill for materials and equipment. Commissioner SIMPSON seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

Fair Oaks Sewerage Project: DOLI Corp. won the Authority’s bid to install sewer lines in Fair Oaks.
Mr. Vernau stated that the Sewer Authority awarded the Fair Oaks sewage project to DOLI Corp. to install sewer lines.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Mr. Flint stated that the paving at LACP starts Thursday.

Mr. Grove spoke about the positive interest collected through the Board’s 2016 decision on investing idle cash.

Mr. Vernau spoke about the closing of Sheepford Road for the Mariner 2 pipeline work at the end of April. He showed the Board the award received for 20 years of membership in the Benecon health insurance trust program. He spoke about the savings they have experienced with Benecon.

Mrs. Trone stated that the sidewalk letters would be going out on Monday.

Commissioner Simpson asked about receiving information before July on Detective McNair as being part of the Drug Task Force anniversary. Director Holl stated that he would provide information.

Commissioner Schin commented on the new fencing at Wass Park softball field. He asked about a plan for a new house at Hartzdale and Slate Hill Road. Mr. Eby and Mr. Flint sent back comments on the submission and haven’t heard back on the plan.

ADJOURNMENT
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners adjourned at 7:54 pm.