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7-13-15 Minutes

Board of Commissioners
7-13-15 Minutes

MINUTES

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS                                                  LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP

REGULAR MEETING                                                                                 JULY 13, 2015

The following were in ATTENDANCE:

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS                                                                 TOWNSHIP PERSONNEL
H. Edward Black, President                                                                     Thomas G. Vernau Jr., Township Manager
Peddrick M. Young, Sr, Vice President                                                    Erin Trone, Assistant Township Manager
John T. Titzel                                                                                          Frank Williamson, Chief of Police
Lloyd W. Bucher                                                                                      Daniel Flint, Community Development
                                                                                                                Richard Grove, Finance Director
                                                                                                                John Eby, Building and Zoning Coordinator
                                                                                                                Steven P. Miner, Solicitor
                                                                                                                Julie Echterling, Recording Secretary

 
President Black called the July 13, 2015 Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners to order at 7:00 pm followed by a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. He announced Proof of Publication was available for review. Commissioner Schin was absent with excuse.

APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
Solicitor Miner asked that the number of lots he discussed on page 4 be changed from three to four.
Commissioner BUCHER moved to approve the amended minutes for the June 8, 2015 regular meeting. Commissioner TITZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: ANY ITEM ON THE AGENDA
President Black inquired if anyone in the audience wished to address any item appearing on the agenda. Anthony Faranda-Diedrich asked if necessary to speak on item 9c.

CONSENT AGENDA
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. President Black asked that item c and d be removed and voted on separately.

Commission BUCHER moved to approve the items on the Consent Agenda as submitted, those items being the following:

a. Department Reports for the month of April for Assistant Manager, Fleet Maintenance, Public Safety, and Public Works.

b. Tax Collector’s Monthly Report for May, 2015.

Commissioner TITZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Item c & d Resolution 2015-R-18 and Resolution 2015-R-19
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-R-18, a motion appointing Laura M. Castle as a Police Officer, effective July 13, 2015. Commissioner TITZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-R-19, a motion appointing Torrie M. Shiley as a Police Officer, effective July 13, 2015. Commissioner BUCHER seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

PRESIDENT BLACK
Wass Park Backstop and Fence Project
Commissioner TITZEL made a motion awarding a contract to BMW Fences and Decks in the amount of $4,850.00 for the Wass Park Backstop and Fence Project. Commissioner BUCHER seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-1, with Vice-President Young opposing.

Highland Park Playground Perimeter Fence Project
Vice President YOUNG made a motion awarding a contract to Paramount Fence LLC in the amount of $4,900.00 for the Highland Park Playground Perimeter Fence Project. Commissioner TITZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Highland Park Playground Pavilion Roof Project.
Commissioner TITZEL made a motion awarding a contract to Raul Godinez-Navarro Roofing in the amount of $2,340.00 for the Highland Park Playground Pavilion Roof Project. Vice President YOUNG seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Improvement Security Reductions
Commissioner TITZEL made a motion approving Request No. 2 for Improvement Security Reduction for SLD Docket No. 2014-01, Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Highpoint, Phases 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4., establishing a new amount of $2,135,387.00 and a new expiration date of July 13, 2016. Vice President YOUNG seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Commissioner TITZEL made a motion approving Request No. 1 for Improvement Security Reduction for SLD Docket No. 2014-06, Bridge Street Parking, LP, establishing a new amount of $8,321.17 and a new expiration date of July 13, 2016. Commissioner BUCHER seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Approval of Check Registers
Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the Check Register of 6/12/15, in the amount of $300,595.92. Commissioner TITZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the Check Register of 6/26/15, in the amount of $289,420.42, a voided check and replacement check on 6/29/15 for $50.00. Commissioner BUCHER seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the Check Register of 7/10/15, in the amount of $247,006.87. Commissioner TITZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

ANY BUSINESS PERTINENT TO THE TOWNSHIP
There was no response.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Probationary Periods
Commissioner TITZEL made a motion to approve David Ickler, Public Safety Services Specialist, to regular full-time status, as he has successfully completed his six month probationary period. Commissioner BUCHER seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve Ashley Krajcsik, EMT-II, to regular full-time status, as she successfully completed her six month probationary period. Commissioner TITZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Revised Improvement Security
Commissioner TITZEL made a motion to approval of revised Improvement Security for SLD Docket No. 2007-12, Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Linlo Properties, establishing a new amount of $135, 512.83 and a new expiration date of July 13, 2016; and authorizing Staff to act on the existing Improvement Security if the additional amount is not received or the work is not completed by the current expiration date of July 17, 2015. Commissioner BUCHER seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Revised Improvement Security
Commissioner TITZEL made a motion to approval the revised Improvement Security for SLD Docket No. 2003-06, Final Subdivision Plan for Manor at Fair Oaks, Phase 2, Lots 6 & 27, establishing a new amount of $5,335.95, accepting a cash escrow in place of a letter of credit, and establishing a new expiration date of July 13, 2016. Commissioner BUCHER seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Substituting cash escrow for a bond
Commissioner BUCHER made a motion to approve substituting cash escrow for a bond as required financial security to guarantee operation and maintenance of a small flow sewage treatment facility being installed at 1852 Sheepford Road in accordance with PA DEP planning module and permit approval, and in accordance with terms of a recorded Installation and Maintenance agreement between Lower Allen Township and the property owner, CPR Property Rescue LLC. Commissioner TITZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Zoning Ordinance 2015-01
Mr. Flint stated a public hearing was conducted at 6:00pm to discuss this proposed ordinance. Mr. Anthony Faranda-Diedrich stated he was here to answer any questions.

Vice President YOUNG made a motion to approve the adjudication for Zoning Ordinance 2015-01 in the positive and ask the Solicitor to prepare the required documents for the ordinance. Commissioner TITZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

MANAGER
Memorandum of Understanding with Fairview Twp for sanitary sewer services
Mr. Vernau discussed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) necessary for the sale of Fairview Township’s sewer system to PA American Water Company. He stated he is waiting for the signed copy of the MOU from the other parties involved before recommending approval and execution of the MOU.

Changes to Civil Service Rules & Regulations
Mr. Vernau discussed the proposed changes to the Civil Service Rules and Regulations pertaining to the position of Captain. Chief Williamson discussed the testing issues and why the changes are proposed. Discussion ensued. The Board agreed to the changes and asked a resolution be prepared for the changes.

Utility Service Line repair program
Mr. Vernau spoke about the request from Utility Service Partners (USP), partnering with the National League of Cities, to send promotional materials for a service line insurance program to Township residents with the Township’s endorsement. He stated there is a potential for revenue to the Township based on participation. Mrs. Trone stated other companies offer the services and the proposed rates from USP are in line with other companies. Discussion ensued.

Commissioner BUCHER made a motion to agree to endorse Utility Service Partners as presented in the July 10, 2015 memo. Vice President YOUNG seconded the motion. Motion failed 2-2, with President Black and Commissioner Titzel opposing.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Mr. Eby discussed the Yellow Breeches cleanup day. He stated they filled one dumpster and discussed the trash they found around the creek.

Chief Williamson discussed the busy July 4th holiday for the police department.

President Black discussed the report from Fleet Maintenance showing the savings of having someone internal versus using third parties. He thanked them for preparing the report.

ADJOURNMENT TO EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners adjourned to Executive Session at 7:50 pm to discuss the following:

Executive Session: Personnel and Legal.
a. Public Safety Director and Police Captain Positions.