UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

WORKSHOP MEETING MINUTES OF JANUARY 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.  Also in attendance were Joseph Bresnan, Township Solicitor, Thomas Latshaw, Road Foreman, John Weber, Township Engineer and Stanley Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.

 

Citizen Comments

 

Cathy Davidson of Montgomery Avenue inquired on the status of her previous request regarding Upper Hanover Township revising the no parking ordinance status on Montgomery Avenue. Chairman Fried reported that the request is under review.

 

Cathy Davidson expressed concerns about proposed blasting relating to the construction of the Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School on Montgomery Avenue. Township Engineer John Weber reported that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regulates and permits blasting.

 

Brian Ackerman of Bridgeport Avenue inquired about the status of recycling in Upper Hanover Township. Chairman Fried reported that Upper Hanover Township does not hire one recycling contractor with all contracts in Upper Hanover Township on a private basis. Manager Seitzinger reported his understanding that the Northgate Subdivision has one hauler hired by the homeowners association.

 

A resident inquired about the anti-middle school signs placed in public right of ways. Solicitor Bresnan indicated that he is researching current law on the matter.

 

Several residents located on Layfield Road in the vicinity of the current detour expressed concerns about the number of vehicles turning around in driveways and on local roads. It was recommended that Upper Hanover Township discuss changes to existing signs at this location.  Further discussion ensued concerning other required changes to signs throughout the entire detour.

 

Resolution #2017-01 – 2017 Fee Schedule

 

The Board of Supervisors agreed to include a fee of $85.00 per hour for electrical inspections on page 4 item 2B, Electrical Plan Review of the 2017 fee schedule.

 

Discussion ensued concerning proposed increases in the various zoning application fees. Mr. Fain moved to authorize increasing the application fee to $500.00 for Zoning Hearing Fees, Conditional Use Hearing Fees, Request for Rezoning Fees, Curative Amendment Fees and Application for Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively with Mrs. Diehl voting no and with Mr. Fried, Mr. Fiorito, Mr. Fain and Mr. Rothenberger voting yes.

 

Mr. Fain moved to adopt Resolution #2017-01 – 2017 Fee Schedule. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried unanimously.

 

Landis Road

 

The Board of Supervisors discussed a proposal requested from McMahon Associates for a review of traffic changes on Landis Road. The matter was tabled for further review.  

 

Hough Associates Recycling Grant Agreement

 

Discussion ensued on renewing the Hough Associates Recycling Grant Agreement for an additional year. Chairman Fried appointed Steven Rothenberger and Ben Fiorito as a committee to meet with Mr. Hough in order to discuss the agreement further.

 

Appointments Update

 

A.  The Upper Hanover Authority

 

 Mr. Rothenberger moved to appoint Ben Fiorito to The Upper Hanover Authority Board of Directors for a term of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2021. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl. The motion carried affirmatively with Mr. Fiorito abstaining from the vote.

 

B. Parks & Recreation Committee

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to appoint Melanie Miller to the Parks & Recreation Committee for a term of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

C. Assistant Emergency Manager Coordinator

 

Mr. Fain moved to authorize the appointment of Jim Fry as the Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator as per a mutual aid agreement with Upper Hanover Township and East Greenville Borough. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried unanimously.

 

Review of January 10, 2017 Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting Agenda

 

The agenda was reviewed.

 

Other

 

Mr. Bresnan reported on a letter received from Stephen Cunningham regarding concerns about a possible conflict of interest on the Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School Project due to Township Supervisor Richard Fain’s employment with Barry Isett & Associates.

 

Adjournment

 

Mrs. Diehl moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:43 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously.

 

 

 

                                                            Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                            Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

                                                                        Township Manager