UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

 

 

Call to Order and Roll Call

 

The meeting of September 14, 2021, was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Fried followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Township Supervisors in attendance were Dorothy Diehl, Eugene Fried, Ben Fiorito, Steven Rothenberger and Timothy Woodward. Staff members in attendance were John Weber, Township Engineer; Joseph Bresnan, Township Solicitor; and Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.

 

Citizen Comments

 

Citizens in attendance did not present comments.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve the Upper Hanover Township Board of Supervisors meeting minutes of August 10, 2021. 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 $3,060.50. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.

 

B.  Approval of Monthly Bills to be Paid

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the monthly bills payment in the General Fund in the amount of $111,383.03, Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $4,879.21, State Aid Fund in the amount of $92,843.36, and Escrow Fund in the amount of $17,563.24. 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. Resolution #2021-25 Marcia D. Roshon 25 Year Service Recognition Award

 

Mr. Woodward moved to approved Resolution #2021-25. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

A copy of the resolution was presented to Marcia D. Roshon.

 

B. Acorn Lofts – 802 Gravel Pike

 

Representatives of the developer presented general information on the status of the project.

 

Planning and Zoning

 

A. Deerfield Subdivision Waivers

 

Discussion ensued. The waivers were tabled for further review.

 

B. Resolution #2021-24, Deerfield Subdivision Plan Revision for New Land Development

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to adopt Resolution #2021-24. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.

 

C. Ferguson/Vitale Lot Line Amendment, Walt Road – Waivers Approval and Preliminary and Final Approval

 

Bob Irick, P.E. and Scott Ferguson presented information concerning the proposed lot line amendment that was recommended for approval by the Upper Hanover Township Planning Commission.

 

Mr. Woodward moved to provide preliminary and final approval for the Ferguson/Vitale Lot Line Amendment as per the plan prepared by Irick Eberhardt and Mientus, Inc. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

D. Powers Sewage Facilities Planning Module – 1086 Palm Hill Road

 

Township Engineer Weber reviewed and explained the purpose of the planning module.

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the Powers Sewage Facilities Planning Module. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

E. Swamp Creek Properties, LLC Zoning Hearing

 

Manager Seitzinger reported that the Township Planning Commission recommended the issuance of a letter of support for the proposed project. The Board of Supervisors agreed to provide a letter of support with Mr. Rothenberger abstaining from the vote. 

 

Committee Reports

 

A. Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

Mr. Fiorito provided an update on the budget schedule and the creation of two new certificates of deposit.

 

Staff reported that they were awaiting final rules on the American Rescue Plan.

 

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

 

Mr. Woodward moved to approve the six month probation completion for Kristin Walcott to be effective October 4, 2021 and the six month probation completion for Steven Rhoads to be effective October 11, 2021. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

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

 

Mr. Fried provided an update.

 

It was noted that the first wedding was held at Camelot Park on September 11, 2021.

 

D. Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger

 

Mr. Rothenberger provided an update.

 

E. Sewer and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

Mr. Fiorito provided an update on an infiltration matter located at the Palm Hill Pumping Station.

 

Discussion ensued concerning the proposed relocation of a water main at the Otts Road Bridge.

 

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

 

Mr. Fried reported that the damaged Hendricks Road Bridge was repaired shortly after the recent flooding event.

 

Mr. Fried also reported that the township road crew did an excellent job of repairing flood damage at the gravel parking lot at Macoby Run Park making use of the newly purchased skid steer equipment.

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

Township Engineer’s Report – Mr. Weber

 

1.   Mill Hill Boy Scout Cabin Privy

 

Township Engineer Weber provided an update on the proposed septic tank installation that would be scheduled for 2022.

 

2.   Otts Road Bridge Utility Location

 

Discussion ensued concerning the needed relocation of a water main. The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to propose a 50/50 split for the costs associated with the water line replacement with The Upper Hanover Authority.

 

3. Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School Escrow Release.

 

The Board of Supervisors decided to table proposed escrow release number three.

 

4. Frye Road Storm Water Drainage Project

 

Township Engineer Weber presented a proposed cost estimate and proposed design. Mr. and Mrs. Richard requested the scheduling of an onsite meeting to determine how the proposed project may impact their property located on Frye Road.

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to authorize proceeding with the plan for the Frye Road storm drainage improvements. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.

 

5. Code Enforcement

 

The Board of Supervisors agreed to authorize the Township Code Enforcement Office to proceed with citations concerning an hours of operation complaint concerning a trash hauler.

 

Township Manager’s Report – Mr. Seitzinger

 

Manager Seitzinger reported upon a Notice of Acquisition received from PennDOT concerning proposed work at the PennDOT owned bridge on Church Road located near Camelot Park.

 

 

 

 

Township Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bresnan

 

Mr. Bresnan provided a status update on the proposed Powderbourne Agreement.

 

New Business

 

A. 2022 Township Pension Minimum Municipal Obligation

 

The minimum municipal obligation was entered into the record.  

 

B. Public Officials Liability Insurance Limit of Liability

 

The Board of Supervisors agreed to revise the public officials liability insurance limit of liability to $4,000,000.

 

C. YMCA

 

The Board of Supervisors requested that a $1,500 one-time donation be listed on the October bills list in support of the Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA.

 

Adjournment

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:08 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                                    Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

Township Manager