UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF JANUARY 8, 2019

 

 

 

Call to Order and Roll Call

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Eugene Fried followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Township Supervisors in attendance were Dorothy Diehl, Richard Fain, Eugene Fried, Ben Fiorito and Steven Rothenberger.  Staff members in attendance were Joseph Bresnan, Township Solicitor, Thomas Latshaw, Road Foreman, Mike Wetzel, Fire Marshal and Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.

 

Citizen Comments

 

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Loretta J. Miree, Community Service Officer, Troop K, Skippack Station was introduced to the Board of Supervisors.

 

Members of the Township Historical Committee including Thomas Henry, Larry Roeder, David Conrad and Dennis Harpel presented photographs and art works donated to Upper Hanover Township by the Renninger family.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the December 10, 2018 Workshop Meeting Minutes and the December 11, 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

A.  Previously Paid Bills Authorization and Monthly Bills to be Paid

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve previously paid bills in the amount of $426.10 and to approve the monthly bills payment in the General Fund in the amount of $44,807.32, Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $1,063.15, and Escrow Fund in the amount of $12,015.55.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger 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

 

Fire Marshal Wetzel entered the Fire Marshal Report into the record. 

 

E.  Road Report

 

Road Forman Latshaw entered the Road Report into the record.

 

Special Items

 

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

 

1.  Public Hearing – Ordinance #2019-01, Zoning Ordinance Amendment -

     Group Homes

    

In the presence of a court reporter, Township Solicitor Bresnan explained the purpose of Ordinance #2019-01 and entered exhibits into the record.  Questions and comments were not presented by the public or the Township Supervisors in attendance. 

 

The Chair of the meeting was returned to Chairman Fried.

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to adopt Ordinance #2019-01.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

2.  Ordinance #2019-02, No Parking List Amendment – Montgomery Avenue

 

Mr. Bresnan explained the purpose of the proposed ordinance.  Mr. Fain moved to approve Ordinance #2019-02.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.

 

Cathy Davidson of Montgomery Avenue inquired who should be contacted for enforcement issues related to the no parking.  The Board of Supervisors indicated that enforcement would be up to the Pennsylvania State Police.

 

Planning and Zoning

 

A. Planning

 

1.  Butter Valley Golf Port, Inc. Minor Subdivision Waiver Recommendations

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to approve the following waivers for the Butter Valley Golf Port, Inc. Minor Subdivision:

 

      1.  Section 425-402.G(2), 425-403.D.(4) & 425-403.E.(4)(b) – Roadway Widening

      2.  Section 425-410 – Sidewalks, Curb, Storm Sewer

      3.  Section 425-411 – Traffic Impact Study

      4.  Section 425-141.B – Lot Depth

      5.  Section 425-500.D.(3)(d) – Street Trees

      6.  Section 425, Appendix A, 14.2 – Metal Markers       

 

The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously.

 

2.  Resolution #2019-05, Bossert Planning Module, 1305 Klinerd Road – Small

     Flow Treatment Facility

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to adopt Resolution #2019-05.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

B. Zoning

 

1.  Solar Energy Ordinance

 

The Board of Supervisors reviewed and discussed the Planning Commission recommended solar energy ordinance.  The ordinance was referred back to the Planning Commission for further review concerning proposed set-back restrictions.

 

Committee Reports

 

A.  Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

Mr. Fiorito reported upon the status of the placement of new certificates of deposit.

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

D.  Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger

 

A report was not presented.

 

E.  Sewage and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

Mr. Fiorito reported that the Upper Hanover Authority selected the same officers in 2019 as were in place in the prior year.  Mr. Fiorito reported that Grant Boyer was officially placed in the position of Operations Manager.  Mr. Fiorito provided an update concerning scheduled Authority projects for 2019.

 

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

 

Brandon Reed inquired concerning damage to Peevy Road that occurred during the Peevy Road bridge reconstruction project.  Manager Seitzinger reported that he was reviewing the matter with Montgomery County officials.

 

 

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

 

Mr. Fried reported upon a proposed vehicle computer purchase for the Upper Perkiomen Police Department.  Mr. Fried reported that he requested placement of the speed limit radar unit on East Buck Road in response to several complaints about speeding.

 

Township Engineer’s Report

 

Manager Seitzinger entered the monthly Township Engineer’s Report into the record.

 

Township Manager’s Report

 

A.  Community Development Block Grant Agreement

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to authorize Township signature to the Community Development Block Grant Agreement for the ADA improvements project at the municipal building.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

Township Solicitor’s Report

 

A report was not presented.

 

Old Business

 

A.  Perk-Up and Project Live

 

Discussion ensued concerning providing a 2019 donation for the Perk-Up Project and Project Live Program.  Mrs. Diehl moved to authorize a 2019 contribution in the amount of $300 for the Perk-Up Project and $300 for the Project Live Program.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried affirmatively with Mr. Fried abstaining from the vote.

 

New Business

 

A.  Pennsburg Fire Company Grant Application

 

The Board of Supervisors authorized sending a letter of support for a Pennsburg Fire Company grant application. 

 

Adjournment

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:26 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously. 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                                    Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

Township Manager