UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 14, 2017

 

 

Call to Order and Roll Call

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:21 p.m. by Chairman Eugene Fried followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Township Supervisors in attendance were Dorothy Diehl, Richard Fain, Ben Fiorito, Eugene Fried, and Steven Rothenberger.  Staff members in attendance were Joseph Bresnan, Township Solicitor, Thomas Latshaw, Road Foreman and Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.

 

Chairman Fried announced that an executive session concerning matters of litigation had preceded the meeting.

 

Citizen Comments

 

Melanie Cunningham, Raeann Hofkin, John Farris, Burt Shive, George Bonekemper and John Walsh presented comments regarding the status of the Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School Project.

 

Township Solicitor Bresnan explained that an emergency petition to stay the project was filed and that a November 29, 2017 court date in Montgomery County was established.  Mr. Bresnan reported that the position of the Upper Hanover Township Board of Supervisors was not to take a position on the request.  Mr. Bresnan reported that an executive session regarding a discussion on the matter had preceded the November 14, 2017 meeting and that Township Supervisor Fain was not present at the executive session.  Mr. Bresnan requested questions from those in attendance at the meeting.  Questions were not presented.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the October 9, 2017 Workshop Meeting Minutes, the October 10, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes, the October 23, 2017 Special Meeting Minutes and the November 1, 2017 Joint Meeting Minutes.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

A.  Previously Paid Bills Authorization

 

Previously paid bills were not listed for the month of November.

 

B.  Approval of Monthly Bills to be Paid

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the monthly bills payment in the General Fund in the amount of $93,876.39, Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $602.18, and Escrow Fund in the amount of $15,799.53. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

Monthly Reports

 

A.  Treasurer’s Report

 

Manager Seitzinger entered the monthly Treasurer’s Report into the record.

 

B.  State Police Report

 

Manager Seitzinger entered the State Police Report into the record. 

 

C.  Building Inspector Report

 

Manager Seitzinger entered the Building Inspector Report into the record.

 

D.  Fire Marshal Report

 

Manager Seitzinger entered the Fire Marshal Report into the record. 

 

E.  Road Report

 

Road Foreman Latshaw entered the Road Report into the record.

 

Special Items

 

A. Resolution #2017-40, Thomas C. Latshaw, Forty Year Service Recognition Award

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve Resolution #2017-40. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously.  A copy of the resolution was presented to Mr. Latshaw.

 

B.  Public Hearing – Ordinance #2017-03, An Ordinance Amending the Township

     Code Providing a new Article for Volunteer Service Earned Income Tax Credit

 

The Chair of the meeting was turned over to Township Solicitor Bresnan.

 

In the presence of a court reporter Mr. Bresnan entered exhibits into the record.  Mr. Bresnan explained that regional criteria for the implementation of the tax credit ordinance was not yet finalized.  Mr. Bresnan requested questions or comments.  Jim Friedman of Eagle View Drive expressed his support for the tax credit for emergency volunteers.

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve Ordinance #2017-03.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.

 

C.  Public Hearing – Ordinance #2017-04, An Ordinance Amending the Township  

      Code To Add an Additional Stop Sign at the Intersection of Montgomery

      Avenue and Walt Road

 

Chairman Fried reported that the Board of Supervisors would table proposed Ordinance #2017-04.

 

Sandy Kassel of the Upper Perkiomen School District presented comments regarding the proposed stop sign.  Discussion ensued.  The proposed ordinance was tabled.

 

D.  Proclamation #2017-01, Larry D. Buck Day in Upper Hanover Township

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to approve Proclamation #2017-01.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously.

 

Planning and Zoning

 

A.  Zoning

 

Zoning business was not presented.

 

B.  Subdivision and Land Developments

 

1.  Resolution #2017-41, P&B Partitions Preliminary Land Development Approval

 

Tom Roach, P.E., represented the applicant and reviewed the status of the land development plan.  Discussion ensued.  Mrs. Diehl moved to approve Resolution #2017-41 to grant preliminary land development approval for the P&B Partitions Land Development Plan.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito.  The motion carried affirmatively with Mr. Rothenberger abstaining from the vote.

 

2.  Northgate Phase 4A Acceptance into 18 Month Maintenance Program as of

     August 8, 2017

 

Mr. Fain moved to accept the Northgate Phase 4A Subdivision into the 18 month maintenance program as of August 8, 2017.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

3.  Glenwood Chase Minor Subdivision Preliminary and Final Plan Approval and

     Glenwood Chase Amended Final Plan Approval

 

The Glenwood Chase Minor Subdivision Preliminary and Final plan approval and the Glenwood Chase Amended Final Plan Approval were tabled for further review.

 

Committee Reports

 

A.  Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

1. Authorization to advertise the 2018 Township Budget

 

Mr. Fiorito presented an overview of the proposed 2018 Upper Hanover Township Budget.  Mr. Rothenberger moved to authorize advertisement of the 2018 Township Budget.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

B.  Personnel Committee – Mrs. Diehl and Mr. Fain

 

A report was not presented.

 

C.  Open Space, Parks and Recreation Committee – Mr. Fried

 

Mr. Fried provided an update on the status of the trail project at the Mill Hill Preservation Area.

 

D.  Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger

 

A report was not presented.

 

E.  Sewage and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

Mr. Fiorito provided an update on the Upper Hanover Authority garage construction project.

 

F.  Bridge and Road Committee – Mr. Fiorito and Mr. Fried

 

Mr. Fried provided an update on the repairs at the Lesher Mill Road Bridge.

 

G.  Public Safety Committee – Mr. Fiorito and Mr. Fried

 

A proposal to loan the radar speed limit sign for inter-municipal use was tabled for further review. 

 

Budgeted municipal contributions for the purchase of police equipment was discussed.

 

Township Engineer’s Report

 

Manager Seitzinger entered the monthly Township Engineers Report into the record.

 

Mr. Fain moved to approve The Reserve at Macoby Run Phase 4A Escrow Release #11 in the amount of $9,375.88.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Fain moved to approve Andrews Lane Subdivision Escrow Release #4 in the amount of $9,242.03.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried affirmatively with Mr. Rothenberger abstaining from the vote.

 

Township Manager’s Report

 

A.  Road Department Computer

 

Manager Seitzinger presented additional information regarding the proposed purchase of a computer for use in the Upper Hanover Township Highway Department.  The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of a computer from Freedom Systems in the amount of $1,201.00. 

 

Township Solicitor’s Report

 

A report was not presented.

 

Old Business

 

Old business was not presented.

 

New Business

 

A. Three Year Auditor Proposals

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve the appointment of Barbara Akins, Certified Public Accountant, to conduct the Upper Hanover Township Audits for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 as per the submitted proposal.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.

 

B. 2018 Health Insurance

 

Manager Seitzinger presented information regarding the proposed health insurance renewal.  The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to continue the current DPOS Platinum Preferred $10/$20/$100 Program for the 2018 health insurance coverage.

 

C.  Macoby Creek HSCA Site Consent Order and Agreement

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve the Macoby Creek HSCA Site Consent Order and Agreement.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously.

 

Other  

 

John Walsh expressed concern about the health, safety and welfare of students walking on Montgomery Avenue.

 

Adjournment

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:09 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously. 

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                                    Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

Township Manager