UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 14, 2017

 

 

 

Call to Order and Roll Call

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Eugene Fried followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Township Supervisors in attendance were Ben Fiorito, Eugene Fried and Steven Rothenberger.  Staff members in attendance were Joseph Bresnan, Township Solicitor, Thomas Latshaw, Road Foreman, Michael Wetzel, Fire Marshal, John Weber, Township Engineer and Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.

 

(Chairman Fried indicated that all agenda listed matters relating to the Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School would be tabled at the meeting.)

 

Citizen Comments

 

John Walsh expressed concern regarding existing and future vehicle traffic and pedestrian traffic conditions on Montgomery Avenue.

 

Ray Haslum expressed concern for the safety children in the vicinity of the current and proposed school facilities.  Mr. Haslum indicated that increased truck traffic would occur over the planned two years of construction for the middle school.

 

Bill Chrisman indicated that he did not wish to have sidewalks located on his property on Montgomery Avenue.

 

Chairman Fried indicated that the recent news article in the Town and Country Newspaper was incorrect in that Upper Hanover Township was not planning on installing sidewalks on Montgomery Avenue at the cost of the Township.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the January 9, 2017 Board of Supervisors Workshop Meeting Minutes and the January 10, 2017 Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting Minutes.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively.

 

Monthly Invoices

 

A.  Previously Paid Bills Authorization and Approval of Monthly Bills to be Paid

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to approve the previously paid bills in the amount of $27,336.90 from the General Fund and to approve the monthly bills payment in General Fund in the amount of $123,358.08, Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $473.50 and Escrow Fund in the amount of $7,998.60.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively.

 

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

 

Fire Marshal Wetzel entered the Fire Marshal Report into the record. 

 

E.  Road Report

 

Road Foreman Latshaw entered the Road Report into the record.

 

Special Items

 

A.    Resolution #2017-07, Ten Year Service Recognition Award, Parks and Recreation Committee - Catherine Hummel Fried

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to adopt Resolution #2017-07.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively.  A copy of the service recognition award was presented to Catherine Hummel Fried.

 

Planning and Zoning

 

A.  Zoning

 

There was not any zoning business to report.

 

B.  Subdivision and Land Developments

 

Matters relating to the proposed Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School were   tabled.

 

John Kennedy, representing the Loft at Sweet Water, presented information regarding the proposed installation of a deck with a tent structure at the Sweet Water Golf Course and The Loft.  Bob Irick, P.E. presented additional information concerning the proposed seating capacity. 

 

Discussion ensued.  The Board of Supervisors requested that the revised project obtain an amendment to the previously approved conditional use order along with a required filing of a land development plan.  The Board of Supervisors requested that the maximum capacity would remain at 425 seats for multiple events.

 

Committee Reports

 

A.  Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

Mr. Fiorito reported upon two new certificates of deposit obtained at Embassy Bank.

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

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

 

Mr. Fried reported upon the ongoing trail improvements at the Mill Hill Preservation Area.  Mr. Fried reported upon planned electric improvements at the Camelot Park pavilion in order to eliminate difficulties with the current breaker system.

 

D.  Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger

 

Mr. Rothenberger provided an update.

 

E.  Sewage and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

Mr. Fiorito reported upon recent discussion concerning the 537 Plan Update project, the Upper Hanover Authority garage/lab building project and the Hereford water line replacement.

 

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

 

The Board of Supervisors discussed the current and future status of the detours in place as a result of the bridge replacements on Route 663.

 

John Weber provided an updated list of resurfacing projects.  The Board of Supervisors indicated that they will further consider the roads scheduled for inclusion in the 2017 Road Resurfacing Programing.

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

Township Engineer’s Report

 

A.  Escrow Releases

 

Township Engineer Weber entered the monthly Engineer’s Report into the record.

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to approve the Reserve at Macoby Run Phase 3, Escrow Release #10 – Final in the amount of $124,356.00.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively.

 

B.  Resolution #2017-08, Accepting Dedication of Macoby Run Phase 3

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve Resolution #2017-08.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively.

 

Township Manager’s Report

 

A report was not presented.

 

Township Solicitor’s Report

 

A report was not presented.

 

Old Business

 

A.  Propane Proposals Award

 

The Board of Supervisors authorized awarding the 2017 Propane Contract to Eddinger Propane for the amount of $.45 Bidder Added Margin.

 

New Business

 

A.  Champion Energy Electric Agreement

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the electric agreements with Constellation Electric and Champion Energy Electric.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively.

 

Mr. Fiorito commended the efforts of Marita Thomson from the Upper Hanover Authority for coordinating the electric purchase agreement.

 

B.  Authorization to Solicit Turf Care Proposals

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to authorize staff to solicit turf care proposals.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively.

 

C.  Authorization to Bid Road Materials, Equipment Rental and Bituminous Seal

      Coat

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to authorize bidding of the Road Materials, Equipment Rental and Bituminous Seal Coat In-Place.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively.  It was recommended that the Township review available Co-Stars costs relating to the asphalt materials to determine how competitive the Co-Stars may be with the bid prices obtained.

 

 

 

Other

 

Melanie Cunningham commended the Township Road Crew for their excellent snow and ice clearing work.

 

Adjournment

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:33 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively. 

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

Township Manager