UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF JUNE 9, 2020
Call to Order and Roll Call
The meeting of June 9, 2020, conducted remotely through the Zoom platform, was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Chairman Fried. Township Supervisors in attendance were Dorothy Diehl, Eugene Fried, Ben Fiorito, Steven Rothenberger and Timothy Woodward. Staff members in attendance were Joseph Bresnan, Township Solicitor, John Weber, Township Engineer, and Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.
Sue Cleary requested a status update on the Township’s communications with the representatives of Powderbourne related to concerns about shot landing beyond the Powderbourne property line. Mr. Bresnan provided an update.
Joseph Van Wagner inquired as to when Upper Hanover Township was due to open up the local economy. Chairman Fried reported that Upper Hanover Township is following the guidelines established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the expectation that Montgomery County would soon be approved for a green classification.
Further discussion ensued concerning the Powderbourne Gun Club matter.
Approval of Minutes
Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the May 12, 2020 Regular Meeting Minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.
A. Previously Paid Bills Authorization
There were not any previously paid bills listed for approval.
B. Approval of Monthly Bills to be Paid
Mr. Woodward moved to approve the monthly bills payment in the General Fund in the amount of $125,477.63, Open Space Fund in the amount of $300.00, Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $913.94 and Escrow Fund in the amount of $3,627.03. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.
Mrs. Diehl moved to approve the list of contributions for payment in the month of June as per the contributions specified in the 2020 Upper Hanover Township Budget. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.
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
Manager Seitzinger entered the Road Report into the record.
There were not any special items listed for discussion.
Planning and Zoning
A. Pedersen Zoning Hearing – June 17, 2020
Discussion ensued concerning the Pedersen Zoning Hearing as scheduled for June 17, 2020. Manager Seitzinger reported that the Township Planning Commission did not provide a recommendation on the Pedersen application. The Board of Supervisors recommended that the Pedersen Zoning Hearing proceed as scheduled without recommendation for or against by the Township.
A. Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito
Mr. Fiorito reported upon an updated certificate of deposit at a .55% rate.
B. Personnel Committee – Mrs. Diehl and Mr. Woodward
A report was not presented.
C. Open Space, Parks and Recreation Committee – Mr. Fried
The Board of Supervisors directed that no pavilion or field rentals will be allowed at any of the Upper Hanover Township parks until Montgomery County is designated in the green classification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additionally, new rentals will not be accepted until the classification green is in place.
Mr. Fried reported upon the Trout Unlimited projects to improve creek areas at the Perkiomen and Hosensack creeks.
Discussion ensued concerning adding additional leash signs at Township parks.
The status of the bench shelter/dugout installation at Camelot Park was reviewed.
D. Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger
Mr. Rothenberger provided an update.
E. Sewage and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito
A report was not presented.
F. Bridge and Road Committee – Mr. Fried and Mr. Fiorito
Mr. Fried and Mr. Fiorito reported upon scheduled activities.
G. Public Safety Committee – Mr. Fried and Mr. Woodward
Mr. Fried suggested consideration for the purchase of a small portable radar speed limit sign.
Township Engineer’s Report
Mr. Fiorito moved to approve the Traynor Tract escrow release No. 1 in the amount of $98,932.32. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.
The Board of Supervisors agreed that the Township Engineer could proceed with a release of a portion of the contingency for the Macoby Run Subdivision in order to cover increased costs for the project.
Mr. Weber provided an update on ongoing projects.
Mr. Rothenberger moved to authorize advertisement of the Tagart Road Bridge replacement project. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.
The Board of Supervisors thanked Township Solicitor Bresnan and Township Engineer Weber for their excellent work related to the truck depot at Pillsbury Road.
Township Manager’s Report
Mrs. Diehl moved to appoint Joseph Bresnan as the Township Solicitor through December 31, 2020. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.
Township Manager Seitzinger reported upon a street opening and detour route related to work Texas Eastern Gas Line will complete on Kraussdale Road.
Township Solicitor’s Report
A report was not presented.
A. Perkiomen Service Area Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan Update
Manager Seitzinger reported that the Township Planning Commission recommended adoption of the Perkiomen Service Area Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan Update as prepared by Gilmore and Associates. Discussion ensued. Mr. Fiorito moved to authorize advertisement for public comment on the Perkiomen Service Area Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan Update. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.
B. Crossing Guards Inter-Municipal Agreement
Chairman Fried reviewed the Agreement. Mrs. Diehl moved to approve the Crossing Guard Inter-Municipal Agreement with the Upper Perkiomen School District and Red Hill Borough. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.
A. Newman Road Culvert Replacement Bids
Mr. Fiorito moved to award the Newman Road Culvert Replacement Project Bid to the low bidder Construction Masters Services, LLC in the amount of $66,494.50. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.
B. Unleaded Fuel Tank Pumping and Closing
Mr. Fiorito moved to award the project for the unleaded fuel tank pumping and closing at the maintenance building to Island Pump and Tank Corp.in the amount of $2,000. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.
C. Line Painting Proposals
Mr. Woodward moved to authorize the Township to solicit proposal for the 2020 line painting program. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.
D. Office Staff Work Schedule
Manager Seitzinger reported that the Township office staff is working the regularly scheduled hours.
Mr. Rothenberger moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.
Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.