UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING MINUTES OF JUNE 8, 2021

 

 

Call to Order and Roll Call

 

The meeting of June 8, 2021, was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Fried followed by the pledge of allegiance to flag. 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; Sandy Koza, P.E., McMahon Associates; John Sartor, P.E., Gilmore & Associates; and Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.

 

Citizen Comments

 

Citizens in attendance did not present comments.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the May 11, 2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

A.  Previously Paid Bills Authorization

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to approve the previously paid bills in the amount of $193,380.28 from the General Fund. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.

 

B.  Approval of Monthly Bills to be Paid

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve the monthly bills payment in the General Fund in the amount of $81,692.80, Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $1,501.94, Road Improvement Fund in the amount of $67,125.70, and Escrow Fund in the amount of $30,904.37. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward 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

 

Manager Seitzinger entered the Road Report into the record.

 

Special Items

 

A. Route 663 and Geryville Pike Traffic Signal

 

Sandy Koza, P.E., of McMahon Associates presented a review of cost estimates for general upgrades to the Route 663 and Geryville Pike Traffic Signal and also presented a proposal for the submittal of a grant application to PennDOT under the ARLE Grant Program for a further upgrade of the traffic signal. Discussion ensued.

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to adopt Resolution #2021-09 to authorize McMahon Associates to prepare and submit a grant application to the ARLE PennDOT Grant Program. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.

 

Planning and Zoning

 

A. Upper Perkiomen Middle School – 18 Month Maintenance Program

 

Township Engineer Weber reviewed the status of the Upper Perkiomen Middle School project.

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to approve Upper Perkiomen Middle School escrow release #2 in the amount of $264,385.07 and to authorize the entry of the Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School Land Development Plan into the 18 month maintenance period. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

B. Robert and Sharon Schnaars Zoning Hearing

 

The Board of Supervisors did not take a position for or against the application.

 

C. Green Meadows Planning Module, Resolution 2021-08

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve Resolution 2021-08 in order to approve the Green Meadows Planning Module for submission to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fried. The motion carried affirmatively with Mr. Rothenberger abstaining from the vote.

 

D. Northgate – PPL Electric Lines

 

David Engleman, PPL, discussed the provision of a Phase 3 electric service to the proposed Wawa facility at Northgate Boulevard.

The Board of Supervisors expressed concern about the proposed overhead electric service since the ordinance provisions for the Northgate subdivision call for underground electric utility service.

 

Committee Reports

 

A. Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

Mr. Fiorito reported that Upper Hanover Township opened an American Rescue Plan checking account at QNB and reported that the application for receipt of the funds was submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development.

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

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

 

1.   Book Drop-off Project

 

Chairman Fried reported that the Upper Hanover Township Parks and Recreation Committee recommended proceeding with a proposed book sharing project to be located at Camelot Park. Chairman Fried reported that the construction of the case for the books could be handled through a scout project. The Board of Supervisors expressed support for proceeding with the proposed Book Drop-off Project.

 

2.   Scout Cabin Restroom Facilities

 

The Board of Supervisors reviewed and discussed the type of restroom facilities to provide at the Scout Cabin at Mill Hill. Township Engineer Weber will research possible design options and provide cost estimates for further review.

 

3.   Bench Shelters/Dugout Project Wood Costs

 

Discussion ensued concerning the impact of commodity cost overruns for wood materials relating to the Bench Shelter Project at Camelot Park.

 

Mr. Woodward moved to authorize reimbursing John Membrino, contractor, in the amount of $4,356.00 in order to cover the cost overrun for the lumber compared to the original approved proposal. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

4.   Pavilion Naming

 

The Board of Supervisors discussed a proposal for the naming of the pavilion at Camelot Park as The Heimbach Pavilion.

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to accept the proposal from Mr. Heimbach and to authorize the naming of the pavilion. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.

 

D. Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger

 

A report was not presented.

 

E. Sewer and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

A report was not presented.

 

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

 

1.   Mr. Fiorito moved to authorize proceeding with an installation of storm water improvements at Peevy Road and the Mary Bush property in order to correct ongoing drainage issues. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively.

 

2.   The Board of Supervisors discussed the possibility of abandoning Swinging Bridge Road. Manager Seitzinger indicated that he was awaiting a response from the Upper Montgomery Joint Authority concerning Mensch Dam Road.

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

Township Engineer’s Report – Mr. Weber

 

1.   Township Engineer Weber reported that his review of recent traffic data on East Buck Road indicated that the data was in support of the currently posted 40 mile per hour speed limit. Discussion ensued concerning whether to proceed with a further speed study on East Buck Road.

 

2.   Township Engineer Weber reported on the status of the Otts Road bridge replacement project.

 

Township Manager’s Report – Mr. Seitzinger

 

A report was not presented.

 

Township Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bresnan

 

A report was not presented.

 

Old Business

 

A. Trailer Purchase Status

 

Manager Seitzinger reported that the previously awarded proposal for the purchase of a trailer was canceled since the low vendor and second low vendor were unable to guarantee a firm cost due to ongoing commodity price increases.

 

New Business

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the Gehman tax refund in the amount of $2,074. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

 

Adjournment

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously. 

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                                    Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

Township Manager