UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF APRIL 12, 2017

 

 

 

Call to Order and Roll Call

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by Chairman Eugene Fried followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Township Supervisors in attendance were Dorothy Diehl, Ben Fiorito, Eugene Fried and Steven Rothenberger.  Staff members in attendance were Joseph Bresnan, Township Solicitor, Thomas Latshaw, Road Foreman and Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.

 

Chairman Fried announced that an executive session concerning matters of litigation had preceded the meeting. 

 

Township Solicitor Bresnan reported that the Board of Supervisors’ executive session preceding the meeting concerned the conditional use appeal of the Upper Perkiomen Valley School District regarding the middle school project.  Mr. Bresnan indicated that the Board of Supervisors will advertise and hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. for a vote concerning the stipulation of settlement. 

 

Mark Hosterman, Upper Perkiomen Valley School District Solicitor indicated that the school district is willing to provide safe sidewalks off-site.  The estimated cost to the school district will be $880,000.00.  Dr. McGloin presented comments concerning the sidewalks.  Mr. Hosterman indicated that the school district will strive to work with the Counsels or the interveners.

 

Citizen Comments

 

Carol Guzman presented concerns about storm drainage issues that recently occurred in the vicinity of the Parklands Subdivision during recent heavy rains.  Chairman Fried reported that the Township Engineer was aware of the storm drainage issues and was directing the developer to proceed with the finalization of improvements. 

 

Len Matheson of Montgomery Avenue stated his position that sidewalks at the middle school project were necessary.

 

Will Pike of Newman Road and the Upper Perkiomen School District Board stated that the Upper Perkiomen School District wants sidewalks for the safety of the students and that the school district is committed to providing safe access to the facility.

 

Len Matthews inquired as to whether sidewalks would be extended on 8th Street in Pennsburg Borough.  Chairman Fried indicated his understanding that Pennsburg Borough was reviewing the matter.

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Lightcap of Pennsburg Borough commented upon the intersection at 8th Street and 11th Street.  Mayor Lightcap inquired if Pennsburg Borough can have input into the land development process for the middle school project.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the March 13, 2017 Board of Supervisors Workshop Meeting Minutes.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried affirmatively.

 

Monthly Reports

 

A.  Treasurer’s Report

 

Manager Seitzinger entered the monthly Treasurer’s Report, State Police Report, Building Inspector Report and Fire Marshal Report into the record.  Road Foreman Latshaw entered the Road Report.

 

Special Items

 

A.  Resolution #2017-09, Five Year Service Recognition Award, Dorothy J. Diehl,

      Board of Supervisors and Resolution #2017-10, Five Year Service Recognition

      Award, Steven R. Rothenberger, Board of Supervisors

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to adopt Resolutions #2017-09 and #2017-10.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fried and carried affirmatively.  Copies of the service recognition awards were presented to Township Supervisors Dorothy J. Diehl and Steven R. Rothenberger.

 

Planning and Zoning

 

A.  Zoning

 

1.  Sweet Water Golf Course Conditional Use

 

Manager Seitzinger reported that the Sweet Water Golf Course Conditional Use Public Hearing held at the April 11, 2017 Board of Supervisors Meeting was continued to May 9, 2017.

 

B.  Northgate Phase 6B Waiver Recommendation

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the waiver from the requirements of the Upper Hanover Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance Sections 500.4.A, 1001.8.A, 1002.4 and Appendix B relating to street trees for Northgate Phase 6B.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively.

 

 

 

C.  Northgate Phase 6B Preliminary and Final Approval

 

Manager Seitzinger reported that the Upper Hanover Township Planning Commission recommended preliminary and final approval of the Northgate Phase 6B Project.  Discussion ensued concerning recreation requirements and parking.

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve preliminary and final plan approval of the Northgate Phase 6B Subdivision Plan as per the plan prepared by Van Cleef Engineering Associates dated July 25, 2013, last revised November 4, 2013 and subject to the following:

 

              As per Gilmore & Associates, Inc. review letter dated March 31, 2017.

 

        T.H. Properties will revise the Subdivision Plan to eliminate the sidewalk on the   

         south side of Woodland Court from the southernmost driveway apron at lot

         #225 to Northgate Boulevard.

 

        T.H. Properties will revise the Subdivision Plan to eliminate the sidewalk on

          Lynwood Court from the easternmost side of the driveway apron at lot 239

          To the westernmost driveway apron at lot 238. 

 

        T.H. Properties will provide at least eight (8) new parking spaces on the

         southern side of Lynwood Court in the area between lots 239 and 238.

 

         The above stated revisions to the Subdivision Plan shall be reviewed and

         approved by Gilmore & Associates.

 

The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried affirmatively.

 

D.  Northgate Boulevard/East Buck Road Recommendation for Change in Sidewalk

 

Manager Seitzinger reported that the Upper Hanover Township Planning Commission voted unanimously at the meeting of April 5, 2017 to recommend a revision in the sidewalk configuration at the Northgate Boulevard intersection with East Buck Road to end the sidewalk heading in the direction of the Roshon property at the intersection as opposed to the current configuration that was previously approved to extend the sidewalk to the end of the THP property line.  Discussion ensued.  Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the revision in the sidewalk configuration as recommended by the Planning Commission.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively.

 

E.  Northgate Boulevard Grass Strip

 

Discussion ensued concerning a request from T.H. Properties to revise the 4 foot grass strip previously approved along Northgate Boulevard to a 2 foot grass strip.

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve allowing a reduction in the previously approved size of the grass strip along the portion of Northgate Boulevard on both sides in the vicinity of the cell tower and the Roshon property extending to East Buck Road from the previously approved 4 foot grass strip to a 2 foot grass strip.  The sidewalk will remain at a four foot width.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively.

F.  Conditional Use Appeal

 

The item was tabled. 

 

G.  Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School Waivers

 

The item was tabled.

 

H.  Resolution #2017-06, Application for Traffic Signal Approval

 

The item was tabled.

 

Committee Reports

 

A.  Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

A report was not presented.

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

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

 

Chairman Fried reported upon a request to the Parks and Recreation Committee concerning the construction of a community garden project at Centennial Park.

 

Chairman Fried commented upon the clean-up work performed as part of an Eagle Scout Project at the Mill Hill Preservation Area. 

 

Discussion ensued regarding appropriate signs for the parking lots at the Mill Hill Preservation Area and the proposed mounting of a sign on the netting for the batting cage rules and regulations.

 

D.  Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger

 

Mr. Rothenberger provided an update on the Greenway Stewardship Project and the Wayfinding Sign Project.

 

E.  Sewage and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

Mr. Fiorito reported upon the joint meeting between the Upper Hanover Authority Board and the Board of Supervisors on April 6, 2017.  Mr. Fiorito provided an update on the Upper Hanover Authority Building Project and the Hereford Water Main Replacement Project.

 

The Board of Supervisors agreed that future joint meetings with the Authority were not necessary since Mr. Fiorito is now serving on the Upper Hanover Authority Board.

 

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

 

1.  2017 Road Work Plan

 

The Board of Supervisors approved the following 2017 Road Work Plan:

 

                                  2017 Oil & Chip

                                                 

Mill Hill Road and half of Warner School Road                                1.28 mi.

 

West Buck Road                                                                                   .65 mi.

 

Hoch Road                                                                                            .73 mi.

 

Gene Road                                                                                            .30 mi.

 

Oak Road                                                                                              .24 mi.

 

Kraussdale Road                                                                                 1.07 mi.                      

 

Station Road                                                                                         .74 mi.

 

Adams Road                                                                                         .81 mi.

                                                                                                            ________

 

                                                                           Total:                        5.82 mi.

                                   

1 ˝” Overlay

 

Mill and pave sections of Schoolhouse Road.

 

State Street

 

Reconstruct Landis Road

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

Township Engineer’s Report

 

The monthly Township Engineers Report was entered into the record.

 

Township Manager’s Report

 

A report was not presented.

 

 

 

Township Solicitor’s Report

 

A report was not presented.

 

Old Business

 

Old business was not presented.

 

New Business

 

A.  2016 Audit Year Auditor Appointment

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to appoint Maillie, Accounting Firm, to complete the 2016 Township Audit.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried affirmatively.

 

Adjournment

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:48 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried affirmatively. 

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

Township Manager