UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF MAY 9, 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 Dorothy Diehl, Richard Fain, Ben Fiorito, Eugene Fried and Steven Rothenberger.  Staff members in attendance were Joseph Bresnan, Township Solicitor, Michael Wetzel, Fire Marshal, John Weber, Township Engineer and Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.

 

Citizen Comments

 

Christopher Mullaney and Ethan O’Shea presented comments regarding the stipulation of settlement between the Upper Perkiomen School District and Upper Hanover Township as voted upon at the April 20, 2017 special meeting of the Upper Hanover Township Board of Supervisors.  Township Solicitor Joseph Bresnan reviewed the stipulation and the vote approving the stipulation of settlement. 

 

Joseph Clemens, representing the Upper Perkiomen School District, presented comments on the stipulation of settlement. 

 

Tracy Sankar of East Buck Road requested that the Board of Supervisors review the current location and configuration of the storm drain pipe recently installed by T.H. Properties in the stormwater easement located across a portion of her property.  Discussion ensued.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve the April 6, 2017 Joint Meeting Minutes, April 11, 2017  Workshop Meeting Minutes, the April 12, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes and the April 20, 2017 Special Meeting Minutes.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively with Mr. Fain abstaining from the vote on the April 11, April 12, and April 20 Meeting Minutes.

 

Monthly Invoices

 

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

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the previously paid bills in the amount of $13,953.50 from the General Fund and to approve the monthly bills payment in General Fund in the amount of $77,916.59, Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $8,656.89 and Escrow Fund in the amount of $8,633.27.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito 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

 

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

 

E.  Road Report

 

Manager Seitzinger entered the Road Report into the record.

 

Special Items

 

A.  Resolution #2017-17, Five Year Service Recognition Award – Rebekah S.

      Putera, Representative to Upper Perkiomen Valley Library

 

Mr. Fain moved to adopt Resolution #2017-17.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.  A copy of the resolution was presented to Rebekah S. Putera.

 

B.  Resolutions #2017-18, Five Year Service Recognition Award – William P. Fenley,

      Parks and Recreation Committee and Resolution #2017-19, Five Year Service

      Recognition Award – Stephen J. Grourke, Parks and Recreation Committee

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to adopt Resolutions #2017-18 and #2017-19.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously.  Copies of the resolutions were presented to William P. Fenley and Stephen J. Grourke.

 

C.  Upper Perkiomen Valley Library Update

 

Jeanne Cove and Becky Putera of the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library thanked the Board of Supervisors for their continued support and presented an update on current and scheduled activities.

 

 

 

 

Planning and Zoning

 

A.  Zoning

 

1.  Continued Public Hearing – Sweet Water Golf Course Conditional Use

 

The Chair of the meeting was turned over to Township Solicitor Joseph Bresnan.  In the presence of a court reporter, the conditional use hearing was continued and concluded.

 

Mr. Fain moved to approve the Sweet Water Golf Course Conditional Use Order.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.

 

The Chair of the meeting was returned to Chairman Fried.

 

B.  Subdivision and Land Developments

 

1.  Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School Waivers

 

Manager Seitzinger presented the waivers as previously recommended by the Upper Hanover Township Planning Commission.  Discussion ensued.  Mr. Fiorito moved to approve the following waivers:

 

1.   Section 415-18.B.8 of the Upper Hanover Township Stormwater Management

                  Ordinance – Toe of Slope of Detention Basin.

 

2.      SALDO Section 425-402.6 and Section 425-403.E(4)(b) – Road Widening on Walt Road.

 

3.      SALDO Section 425-405 – Intersection Spacing.

 

4.      SALDO Section 425-410 – Sidewalks, Curb, Storm Sewer along Walt Road – Approved subject to installation of asphalt walkway along Walt Road from corner of school property closest to Walt Graber Road to Montgomery Avenue.

 

5.      SALDO Section 425-500.D(1)(c) – Street Trees along Walt Road.

 

6.      SALDO Section 425-500.D(3)(a) – Location of Street trees along Montgomery Avenue.

 

7.      SALDO Appendix B – Approved Plant Material – Substitution of tree species.

 

8.      Stormwater Management Ordinance Section 415-18.B.12 – The section requires a minimum bottom grade of 2% for a detention basin. A waiver is approved to allow a bottom slope of 1% for the proposed Area 2 basin.

 

The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl.  The motion carried affirmatively with Mr. Fiorito, Mrs. Diehl and Mr. Fried voting yes, with Mr. Rothenberger voting no and with Mr. Fain recusing himself from the vote.

 

 

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

 

Manager Seitzinger reviewed the proposed resolution.  Cathy Davidson inquired if the resolution covers two school warning flasher locations.   Mr. Fried indicated that the application, if approved, would be submitted to cover two school warning flasher locations.

 

Mr. Fiorito moved to adopt Resolution #2017-06.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl.  The motion carried affirmatively with Mr. Fain recusing himself from the vote.

 

3.  Resolution #2017-20, Sanitary Sewer Service Extension Approval Resolution –    

     Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve Resolution #2017-20.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito.  The motion carried affirmatively with Mr. Fain recusing himself from the vote.

 

Committee Reports

 

A.  Budget and Finance Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

A report was not presented.

 

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

 

Mrs. Diehl reported that an executive session was held the previous evening to discuss a possible new hire in the Upper Hanover Township Highway Department.

 

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

 

Mr. Fried reported that the Parks and Recreation Committee met and inspected Centennial Park and Macoby Run Park.  The next meeting will entail an inspection of Camelot Park.

 

D.  Regional Planning and Planning Committee – Mr. Rothenberger

 

Mr. Rothenberger provided an update.

 

E.  Sewage and Water Committee – Mr. Fiorito

 

Mr. Fiorito provided an update on the Upper Hanover Authority Building Construction Project and the Hereford Water Line Project.

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

 

 

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

 

A report was not presented.

 

Township Engineer’s Report

 

Mr. Fain moved to approve the following escrow releases:

 

1.      Reserve at Macoby Run, Phase 4A, Release #8 - $23,998.96

2.      Reserve at Macoby Run, Phase 4B, Release #2 - $23,888.37

 

The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

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

 

A. Resolution #2017-21 – Penn-Dot Agreement on Wayfinding Sign Project

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to adopt Resolution #2017-21.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.

 

New Business

 

A.  Tax Refund – Kain J. Wentz - $125.41

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve a tax refund for Kain J. Wentz in the amount of $125.41.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

B.  Tax Refund – Gruner Jahr Printing Assessment Appeal – Stipulation to Settle –

      $27,907.00

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to approve the tax refund for the Gruner Jahr Printing Assessment Appeal as per the Stipulation to Settle in the amount of $27,907.00.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.  Farmland Preservation – Wentz Trust Agreement of Sale for Agricultural

     Conservation Easement

    

Mr. Fain moved to approve Township signature to the Agreement of Sale for the Agricultural Conservation Easement.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

Recess and Call Back to Order

 

The meeting was recessed to an executive session at 8:44 p.m. and called back to order at 8:53 p.m.

 

Equipment Operator

 

Mr. Fain moved to authorize the hiring of William Brant, Jr. as a full time Equipment Operator/Laborer in the Highway Department at a rate of $20.00 per hour with a starting date to be determined during the week of May 29 to June 2, 2017.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried unanimously.

 

Adjournment

 

Mr. Rothenberger moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:54 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously. 

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

Township Manager