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, Ben Fiorito, Eugene Fried and Steven Rothenberger. Also in attendance were Thomas Latshaw, Road Foreman, Edward Skypala, Township Solicitor, John Weber, Township Engineer and Stanley Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.
Chairman Fried announced that the meeting of Tuesday, April 11, 2017 is the rescheduled monthly workshop meeting and that the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors would be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Chairman Fried reported that an executive session regarding matters of personnel would follow the April 11, 2017 workshop meeting and that an executive session on matters of litigation would precede the regular meeting of Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
Joe Borgesi presented a statement in favor of the Upper Middle School Project and requested that residents in attendance in favor of the project stand up.
Cathy Davidson from Montgomery Avenue inquired when construction would commence on the Route 663 bridge over the west branch of the Perkiomen Creek. Chairman Fried reported that the latest information obtained from PennDOT indicated a plan start date of May 8, 2017.
Patrick Nolen reported that there was misinformation on possible tax increases related to the Middle School Project on local websites.
Glen Matheson requested that the Board of Supervisors delay a decision on the stipulation of settlement until after the Montgomery County Court rules on the intervener requests.
Christopher Mullaney of Layfield Road presented comments on the current litigation and discussed the need for pedestrian safety.
Labrea Huff stated that safety is a major priority for the project. Chairman Fried indicated that the school district is also very concerned about pedestrian and student safety.
A resident inquired as to why one member of the Board of Supervisors was considered to have a conflict of interest. Chairman Fried indicated that Township Supervisor Richard Fain recused himself from participating or voting on the project due to his employment with Barry Isett & Associates, the engineering firm employed by the school district for the project.
Glenn Mathews of Pennsburg indicated that sidewalks and pedestrian safety was a paramount concern.
Donna Steinhaurer recommended that the decision on the stipulation not be made in haste or under any pressure.
Bill Christman of Montgomery Avenue requested that the vote on the proposed settlement be postponed.
Melanie Cunningham presented comments regarding the safety of students.
Chairman Fried reviewed the status of the appeal.
James Hagen, Marlborough Township, indicated that he expects sidewalks to be installed regardless of the outcome of the litigation.
John Walsh inquired if residents may be required to pay for sidewalks. Chairman Fried indicated that the costs of sidewalks would be paid by the school district. Township Supervisor Fiorito commented that walkability to the school is the major issue under review. Mr. Fiorito reported that Upper Hanover Township chose to allow the interveners to be heard and that it was up to the Montgomery County Judge to make a decision regarding the interveners.
Paid Bills Authorization and Monthly Bills to be Paid
Mr. Rothenberger moved to approve the previously paid bills in the amount of $31.99 from the General Fund and $10,220.00 from the Parks and Recreation Fund. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Diehl and carried affirmatively.
Mrs. Diehl moved to approve the monthly bills payment in General Fund in the amount of $217,226.00, Parks and Recreation Fund in the amount of $4,452.70 and Escrow Fund in the amount of $10,114.32. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively.
Public Hearing – Agricultural Security Area, Marlborough and Upper Salford Townships – George Leidig and Eleanor Vallone
The Chair of the meeting was turned over to Township Solicitor Edward Skypala. Mr. Skypala called the Agricultural Security Area public hearing to order. Mr. Skypala entered the following items into record as exhibits:
Mr. Skypala requested comments from the Board of Supervisors and members of the public. Comments were not presented. Mr. Skypala closed the hearing and turned the Chair of the meeting back to Chairman Fried.
Mr. Fiorito moved to adopt Resolution # 2017-11 – Addition of Leidig and Vallone Property to Agricultural Security Area. The motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively.
Ten Year Service Recognition Awards – Upper Hanover Township Historical Committee
Mrs. Diehl moved to adopt the following resolutions:
· Resolution # 2017-12 – Gregory E. Albanese
· Resolution # 2017-13 – Robert A. Borneman
· Resolution # 2017-14 – David S. Conrad
· Resolution # 2017-15 – Larry J. Roeder
· Resolution # 2017-16 – Henry J. Whittaker
The motion was seconded by Mr. Fiorito and carried affirmatively. Copies of the resolutions were presented.
Public Hearing – Sweet Water Golf Course Conditional Use Hearing
Edward Skypala assumed the Chair of the meeting. In the presence of a court reporter Township Solicitor Skypala entered the following exhibits into the record:
John Kennedy, Planner, Robert Irick, P.E. and Jeff Vietmeir of Sweet Water Golf Course presented project information and responded to questions. The public hearing was recessed and continued to May 9, 2017.
The Chair of the meeting was returned to Chairman Fried.
Discussion ensued concerning Project Live, a grass roots effort mobilized in response to the accelerating impact of substance use disorder in the Upper Perkiomen Valley.
Review of April 12, 2017 Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting Agenda
The agenda was reviewed.
The Board of Supervisors approved the proposed detour for maintenance work at the Montgomery County owned Peevy Road Bridge.
Mrs. Diehl moved to adjourn the meeting to an executive session at 8:30 p.m. the motion was seconded by Mr. Rothenberger and carried affirmatively.
Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.