UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF AUGUST 8, 2017
Call to Order and Roll Call
The meeting was called to order at 7:07 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, Michael Wetzel, Fire Marshal and Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.
Citizens in attendance did not present comments.
(Mrs. Diehl departed the meeting room at 7:08 p.m.)
Approval of Minutes
Mr. Fain moved to approve the July 10, 2017 Workshop Meeting Minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively. Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the July 11, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively with Mr. Fried abstaining from the vote since he was not in attendance at the July 11, 2017 meeting.
A. Previously Paid Bills Authorization and Approval of Monthly Bills to be Paid
Mr. Fiorito moved to approve the previously paid bills in the amount of $15,809.76 from the General Fund and to approve the monthly bills payment in General Fund in the amount of $56,903.46, Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $866.44 and Escrow Fund in the amount of $29,680.14. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively.
(Mrs. Diehl returned to the meeting room at 7:09)
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 Foreman Latshaw entered the Road Report into the record.
A. Resolution #2017-30, Five Year Service Recognition Award – Stefan R. Laessig,
Mrs. Diehl moved to approve Resolution #2017-30. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously. A copy of the resolution was presented to Stefan R. Laessig.
B. MS4 Program - Pollution Reduction Plan for Green Lane Reservoir
As part of the MS4 Program, the pollution reduction plan for the Green Lane Reservoir was presented for the receipt of public comment. Questions or comments were not presented. An overview of the MS4 Program was presented.
C. Public Hearing – Ordinance #2017-01, An Ordinance Amending the Code of the
Township of Upper Hanover, Chapter 500, Zoning, Article VIII, Section 814,
Fences and Walls
In the presence of a court reporter Township Solicitor Bresnan explained the purpose of the proposed ordinance and entered the following exhibits into the record:
Nobody in attendance presented questions or comments.
Mr. Fried moved to adopt Ordinance #2017-01. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.
D. Authorization to Advertise Ordinance #2017-02, An Ordinance Amending the
Code of the Township of Upper Hanover to Remove All References to the Rates
And Regulations for the Palm Collection System and the Now Defunct Waste
System Authority of Western Montgomery County
The Board of Supervisors reviewed the purpose of the proposed Ordinance. Mr. Fried moved to authorize advertisement of proposed Ordinance #2017-02. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.
Planning and Zoning
Zoning business was not presented.
B. Subdivision and Land Developments
1. Geryville Self Storage Final Plan
Karl Leitner. P.E. of Barry Isett & Associates reported that the applicant had not yet received the NPDES permit approval. John B. Haines, IV presented comments regarding the requested conditional final approval.
The Board of Supervisors tabled the Geryville Self Storage Land Development Plan for further review.
2. The Sosnin Tract Minor Subdivision Waivers
The waivers were tabled for further review.
3. Resolution #2017-31, Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School Planning
James Mazeika, P.E. of Barry Isett & Associates reviewed the status of the Planning Module application. Mr. Fiorito moved to adopt Resolution # 2017-31. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively with Mr. Fain recusing himself from the vote.
4. Glenwood Chase Minor Subdivision Preliminary and Final Approval and Glenwood Chase Amended Final Plan Approval
The plans were tabled for further review.
A. Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito
Mr. Fiorito reported upon recent general fund Certificates of Deposit obtained by the Township at the rates of 1.52%, 1.50%, 1.45% and 1.45%.
Mr. Fiorito further reported upon an increase in the rates provided for the Township accounts located at QNB.
B. Personnel Committee – Mrs. Diehl and Mr. Fain
A report was not presented.
C. Open Space, Parks and Recreation Committee – Mr. Fried
Mr. Fried reported upon the proposed concession stand at Camelot Park. It was noted that signs were installed at the Mill Hill parking lot and the highest point in Montgomery County. Further discussion ensued concerning the proposed community garden at Macoby Run Park. It was reported that at a meeting with Red Hill Borough it was agreed that a water line will run through Centennial Park to the adjacent housing project with a water surface provided for use at Centennial Park.
D. Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger
Mr. Laessig reported upon housing data provided by the Montgomery County Planning Commission at the most recent Regional Planning Meeting.
E. Sewage and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito
Mr. Fiorito reported upon the status of The Upper Hanover Authority laboratory meeting, and the Hereford water line reconstruction. Mr. Fiorito reported that a water rate service increase took effect as of July 1, 2017.
F. Bridge and Road Committee – Mr. Fiorito and Mr. Fried
Mr. Fried reported the guiderail installation at the Leshers Mill Road Bridge will be conducted the last week of August. Mr. Fried reported that the Route 663 Bridge over the West Branch of the Perkiomen Creek should be completed by early to mid-September. Mr. Fiorito reported upon the efforts to coordinate a meeting with Montgomery County officials regarding the planned replacement of the Fruitville Road Bridge.
G. Public Safety Committee – Mr. Fiorito and Mr. Fried
A report was not presented.
Township Engineer’s Report
Manager Seitzinger entered the monthly report into the record.
A. Escrow Releases
Mr. Fiorito moved to approve the final subdivision escrow release for the Wood Tract in the amount of $255.62. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.
Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the following escrow releases:
1. Northgate Phase 4A – Financial Security Reduction No. 4 Final
Completion Bond No. 019-039-311 - $50,246.31
2. Northgate Phase 5A (Site) – Financial Security Reduction No. 6
Completion Bond No. 019-043-547 - $371,394.00
The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.
Township Manager’s Report
A report was not presented.
Township Solicitor’s Report
A report was not presented.
Old business was not presented.
A. Real Estate Tax Refund – Salvatore & Susan DiMarco - $179.00
Mr. Fain moved to approve the Real Estate Tax Refund for Salvatore & Susan DiMarco in the amount was $179.00. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.
B. PennDOT Winter Services Agreement for 2017/2018
The Board of Supervisors agreed to continue the current Agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Mr. Fiorito reported upon the lane mile payment increase provided by PennDOT for the 2017/2018 year.
C. Approval of Treatment Order for Spotted Lantern Fly
Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve treatment orders with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for the Peevy Road Open Space Area and the Soffa Road/Palm Hill Road Open Space Area regarding the removal of Ailanthus altissima trees (Tree of Heaven) at these locations. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously.
Mrs. Diehl moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:09 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously.
Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.