UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF April 13, 2021
Call to Order and Roll Call
The meeting of April 13, 2021, conducted remotely through the Zoom platform, was called to order at 7:00 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.
Citizens in attendance did not present comments.
Approval of Minutes
Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the March 9, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.
A. Previously Paid Bills Authorization
Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the previously paid bills in the amount of $1,360.59 cents in the General Fund and $26,246.25 in the Parks and Recreation Fund.
B. Tagart Road Bridge Project Payment Application #1 and Approval of Monthly Bills to be Paid
Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the Tagart Road Bridge Project Payment Application #1 and the monthly bills payment in the General Fund in the amount of $220,471.01 Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $431.80 and Escrow Fund in the amount of $15,824.70. 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.
A. Vacant Building at Geryville Self Storage
Discussion ensued concerning the possible future use of the vacant building located at the Geryville Self Storage near the intersection of Route 663 and Geryville Pike as a history museum. The Board of Supervisors requested the scheduling of a zoom meeting in order to discuss the project further with the Township Historical Committee.
Planning and Zoning
There were not any planning items scheduled for discussion.
The Board of Supervisors reviewed and discussed the David Seewagen Zoning Hearing Application, the Donald Powers Zoning Hearing Application and the Scott Ferguson Zoning Hearing Application and chose not to take a position for or against the applications.
A. Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito
Mr. Fiorito provided an overview of the American Rescue Plan, reporting that Upper Hanover Township is expected to receive a total of $794,700 with one half paid to the Township in June of 2021 and the other half to be paid in 2022 and with a requirement that the funds are expended no later than December 31, 2024.
B. Personnel Committee – Mrs. Diehl and Mr. Woodward
Mr. Rothenberger moved to authorize the hiring of Kristin Figueroa as a part-time Administrative Assistant in the Administration Office and the hiring of Steven Rhoads as a full time Equipment Operator/Laborer as per the associated official hire letters dated March 29, 2021 and April 6, 2021. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously
C. Open Space, Parks and Recreation Committee – Mr. Fried
Mr. Fried provided an update on planned 2021 Eagle Scout Projects and reported that the bench cover/dugouts were scheduled for construction completion by the end of April.
D. Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger
Mr. Rothenberger reported upon the status of the Multi-Regional Greenway Plan.
E. Sewer and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito
The Board of Supervisors discussed the proposed update to the Perkiomen Study Area Act 537 plan and agreed that the plan would not move forward unless funding was in place from future users.
Mrs. Diehl moved to adopt Resolution # 2021-06, Act 537 Plan Update – Perkiomen Study Area. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.
F. Bridge and Road Committee – Mr. Fiorito and Mr. Fried
Mr. Fried reported that the Tagart Road Bridge Replacement project was completed.
Discussion ensued concerning moving ahead with the engineering and permitting for the Otts Road Bridge Replacement Project and the St. Paul’s Church Road Bridge Replacement Project.
Mr. Fiorito reported that a 2021 road paving and oil and chip preliminary road list was being prepared. Discussion ensued concerning the scheduling of a 2021 road inspection.
G. Public Safety Committee – Mr. Fried and Mr. Woodward
Staff was asked to verify the delivery schedule for the radar signs to be installed at James Road.
Township Engineer’s Report – Mr. Weber
Township Engineer Weber entered the monthly Township Engineer’s Report into the record.
Township Manager’s Report – Mr. Seitzinger
A report was not presented.
Township Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bresnan
Mr. Bresnan provided an update on the Powderbourne status.
Old business was not presented.
A. Zoning Hearing Board Regular and Alternate Vacant Positions
Discussion ensued concerning one regular and one alternate appointment to the Upper Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board.
Mr. Woodward moved to appoint Eugene Marks to the regular appointment position to complete the term of Shannan Bieler and to appoint Carey Brinckman to the open alternate position. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.
Mr. Rothenberger moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.
Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.