UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF AUGUST 11, 2020
Call to Order and Roll Call
The meeting of August 11, 2020, 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 Eric Frye, Township Solicitor, John Weber, Township Engineer, and Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.
Suzanne Cleary reviewed the status of the Powderbourne Gun Club with the Board of Supervisors.
Approval of Minutes
Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the July 14, 2020 Regular Meeting Minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.
A. Previously Paid Bills Authorization
Mr. Woodward moved to approve the previously paid bills in the amount of $118,190.00 from the General Fund. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl 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 $230,622.81, Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $947.47, State Aid Fund in the amount of $62,475.34 and Escrow Fund in the amount of $12,089.17. 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. Resolution #2020-10, Act 537 Plan Update – Perkiomen Study Area
Mr. Fiorito provided an overview of the Perkiomen Study Area Act 537 Plan Update. Discussion ensued. Mr. Rothenberger moved to adopt Resolution #2020-10. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.
Planning and Zoning
A. Northgate, Basin #5 and Relocating Conflict Trees
Shawn Hackman, TH Properties, John Sartor, P.E., Gilmore and Associates and the Board of Supervisors reviewed and discussed the status of Northgate Basin #5. The status of the established ecosystem was reviewed. TH Properties will be required to install additional plantings even if the established ecosystem is not revised. A discussion ensued concerning whether or not a safety fence around the basin is appropriate. Mr. Hackman noted that the Northgate Homeowners Association was reviewing the matter of a possible safety fence installation. The matter was left that Mr. Sartor and Mr. Hackman would provide additional information for review and discussion at the next meeting.
A further discussion ensued concerning the relocation of conflict trees. It was recommended that additional trees could be relocated to the open space area, particularly in the vicinity of benches at the trail and at the tot lot in order to provide shade for the visiting public.
A. Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito
Mr. Fiorito reported upon an updated certificate of deposit.
B. Personnel Committee – Mrs. Diehl and Mr. Woodward
A report was not presented.
C. Open Space, Parks and Recreation Committee – Mr. Fried
Mr. Fried provided an update on the Trout Unlimited Project to occur in October. Future maintenance needs at Centennial Park were reviewed.
Mr. Woodward moved to authorize the purchase of a twelve by sixteen gazebo from Wood Naturally Inc. in the proposal amount of $9,136.00 plus the additional installation of 5 benches at $475.00 total. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.
Mr. Fried indicated that updated dog and leash signs were ordered for installation at Township parks.
D. Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger
Mr. Rothenberger provided an update.
E. Sewage and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito
Mr. Fiorito reported upon a review concerning the possible hook-up of public sewer through The Upper Hanover Authority for Glenwood Chase and the Kershner Tract.
F. Bridge and Road Committee – Mr. Fried and Mr. Fiorito
It was reported that work on the municipal building parking lot repaving would commence shortly. The Board of Supervisors agreed that additional base work was necessary and should be incorporated into the final design.
Chairman Fried reported upon the status of Township roads and bridges after the recent tropical storm.
G. Public Safety Committee – Mr. Fried and Mr. Woodward
Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the purchase of a portable speed limit radar unit from Kustom Signals, Inc. in the total amount of $2,778.00. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.
Township Engineer’s Report
A. Tagart Road Bridge Contract Award
Mr. Fiorito moved to award the Tagart Road Bridge replacement bid to the low bidder Lobar Site Development Corporation in the amount of $439,961.42. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.
Township Engineer Weber reported that the MS4 grant application was submitted by LTL Consultants.
Mr. Weber provided an overall update on current Township projects.
Township Manager’s Report
A report was not presented.
Township Solicitor’s Report
A report was not presented.
A. Hough Associates Recycling Data Collection Agreement
Mr. Rothenberger moved to authorize a one year extension of the Agreement with Hough Associates for the recycling data collection. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.
B. 2021 DVHT Health Insurance
Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the continuation of the 2021 health insurance through the Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust without revision for the 2021 calendar year. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.
A. 13 Acre Farm Land Lease
The Board of Supervisors agreed to enter into a 5 year lease agreement to be prepared by the Township Solicitor concerning the lease of the 13 acre farm land at Camelot Park to Jim Yerger.
B. Municipal Building Polling Location – Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The Board of Supervisors approved the use of the Upper Hanover Township Municipal Building as a polling location for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 election date.
C. Historical Committee Facebook Page
The Board of Supervisors agreed that the Upper Hanover Township Historical Committee could create a Facebook page that would be used only for Historical Committee information and not general Township information.
D. Business Raffle Program
The Board of Supervisors decided not to participate in a proposed business raffle program.
Mrs. Diehl moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:17 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.
Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.