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.
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.
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 #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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Rothenberger moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:08 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.
Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.