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01/04/2010 Meeting Minutes

                           PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2010

 

Call to Order

Troutman called the meeting to order at 5:29 p.m.

 

Roll Call

Officials Present:

Louise Troutman – Chair

Michael Flood – Vice Chair

Reda Briglia – Secretary-Treasurer

John C. Prevoznik – Solicitor

Charles Unangst – Engineer

Robert Safin -- Roadmaster

 

Approval of Minutes

Motion: Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the December 15, 2009 minutes with three corrections which include the word “four” at the bottom of Page 1, the word “service” on Page 2 should be “surface”, and the word “advise” on Page 7 should be “advice”.

Troutman-aye, Briglia-aye, Flood-abstain.

Briglia submitted to the Board a copy of the Pennsylvania Township News Article regarding agendas, meetings, and minutes.  Briglia also submitted Resolution 07-2005 adopted on June 7, 2005 outlining the agenda, submission dates to be on the agenda and the public comment period.  Briglia stated she would have Kathleen Kelly include this information in the newsletter.      

 

Oath of Office

Briglia stated that Michael Flood submitted his Oath of Office for the Township records prior to the Organization Meeting.

           

Unfinished/Old Business

A.        Work Sessions

1.       Mt. Airy #1, LLC –Greenway Monitoring Plan

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to schedule a work session with King Fisher Group, Jason from Hanover Engineering, and Ceco Associates to review the Greenway Monitoring Plan on January 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

2.       Official Map –EAC/Pl. Comm./ – Carson Helfrich

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to schedule a work session with Carson Helfrich, Monroe County Planning Commission, Paradise Township EAC, and the Paradise Township Planning Commission on February 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

3.    Pocono GIS

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to schedule a work session with Pocono GIS on February 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

B.           Roof Bid

The letter from Hanover Engineering was reviewed and is attached as Exhibit I.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to rescind the motion made on December 15, 2009 to award the bid to the lowest bidder based on Hanover Engineering’s review letter, which states that the proposals did not comply with project specifications or excessive cost of some of the bids.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to re-advertise the bids for the roof in late February.

Motion carried 3-0.

                         

Greensprings – Conditional Use Hearing

Briglia stated that the Greensprings Conditional Use Hearing is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and the Board would need to wait until 6:00 p.m. to open the hearing.

 

Reports

A.    Roadmaster (on file).  Safin read his report.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood for the office staff to obtain quotes on maintenance agreements for the traffic signals at SR 611 & Woodland Road, SR 940 & Carlton Road, and the School Bus Crossing Warning Devices on Woodland Road.

Motion carried 3-0.

B.           Sewage Enforcement Officer (No report for tonight)

C.           Zoning Officer (on file) - The report was distributed to the Board, Solicitor Prevoznik, and Charles Unangst.  Brady was not present.  Briglia recommended that the Board review Brady’s report and if they had any questions to contact Brady.

D.          PARC - Troutman referred to the three letters submitted to the Board from PARC requesting assistance in preparing for their Family/Community Day, in preparing the sled riding hill, and for the three intergovernmental municipal roadmasters to discuss installation of a permanent ice rink.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood for the Paradise Township roadcrew to remove large boulders and scrub brush from the sled riding hill weather permitting at the roadmaster’s discretion.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

RGC Development (Greensprings) Conditional Use Public Hearing

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to recess the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for RGC Development’s Conditional Use Application.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the RGC Development Conditional Use Public Hearing for a sewage treatment plant was advertised in the Pocono Record on December 20 and 27.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated the Hearing was advertised to be held Tuesday, January 4, 2010 and submitted the advertisement as Exhibit I.  Solicitor Prevoznik read the letter from Attorney Matergia requesting a continuance to February 2, 2010 and submitted the letter as Exhibit II.   (See Panko Transcript) Solicitor Prevoznik explained the advertisement is confusing since Monday is January 4 and Tuesday is January 5 and recommended to the Board to continue the Public Hearing to Tuesday, January 5.  The Board agreed to then continue the meeting to Tuesday, February 2 at 5:30 p.m. per the applicant’s request.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to continue the Public Hearing to Tuesday, January 5 to clear up the confusion of the advertisement.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reconvene the regular meeting.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:   Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to continue the RGC Development Conditional Use Public Hearing to tomorrow, Tuesday, January 5 at 6:00 p.m. to set the new date for the continuance to Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Reports (Continued)

         PARC (Continued)

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to recommend that PARC buy the firewood needed for the bonfire for PARC’s Family/Community Day and have it delivered on the day of the event (February 7).

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to authorize the roadmaster to meet with the three intergovernmental municipalitiesroadmasters along with an elected official of each municipality and Briglia volunteered to represent Paradise.

Motion carried 3-0.

E.           EAC  - Briglia reported that there are two letters from the Environmental Advisory Council later on the agenda.

F.    PMREMS - Briglia reported that PMREMS is currently accepting applications for the Operation Manager and that she is now serving on the personnel committee.

G.     Solicitor -  Solicitor Prevoznik reported on AMMRE-no further action, Cingular Appeal-continued to February 1, Bodine-outstanding invoices, FNCB-letter regarding easement agreement for the Board’s review, Woodland Road-No further action, and executive session items.

The Board directed Solicitor Prevoznik to follow through on the judgment against Bodine.

 

New Business

A.           Paradise Township Environmental Advisory Council

1.          Trash/recycling/composting education plan - Troutman read the letter from the EAC   requesting permission to apply for grants to do educational recycling postcards.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to approve the EAC applying for grants and proceeding with a trash-recycling-composting education plan.

Motion carried 3-0.

2.   Monroe County Open Space Bond to include use and maintenance monies – Troutman read the letter from the EAC requesting the Board to request that the Monroe County Commissioners include “Use and Maintenance” monies in the County’s next bond issue.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman that both the Township and the EAC write letters to the commissioners with the request.

Motion carried 3-0.

B.     Township Supervisors Class – Flood was asked if he would like to attend the Newly Elected Township Officials workshop.  Flood stated he would attend both sessions.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to approve Flood attending the Newly Elected Township Officials workshop on January 16 and 23 at the Settlers Inn in Wayne County and the Township to pay the $175.00 fee.

Motion carried 3-0.

C.    PSATS Convention - Briglia stated this was completed during the Organizational Meeting.

D.     Building Code Appeals Board Appointments - Troutman stated that Dominick DiPaolo, P.E. and Dennis Keesler have requested to be appointed to the Building Code Appeals Board.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to appoint Dominick DiPaolo,   P.E. and Dennis Keesler to the Building Code Appeals Board.

Motion carried 3-0.

E.     Building Code Official – Name Guardian (Bureau Veritas) as the Building Code Official to complete outstanding permits and name Building Inspection Underwriting, Inc. (BIU) as the new Building Code Official.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to appoint BIU as Building Code Official for Paradise Township for all building code matters arising on or after January 1, 2010 as well as take any action necessary in order to coordinate with Bureau Veritas in finalizing any pre-January 1, 2010 building code matters.  The motion are contingent upon reaching a mutually satisfactory agreement with BIU of PA.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to appoint Bureau Veritas as Building Code Official for Paradise Township for the purpose of finalizing building code matters which occurred or will develop from building code matters that existed prior to midnight, December 31, 2009.  Bureau Veritas is to enforce and/or finalize any building code matters which arose during its tenure as Building Code Official of Paradise Township.  Bureau Veritas shall coordinate its efforts with BIU of PA; the current Paradise Township Building Code Official.  This Motion is contingent upon obtaining a mutually satisfactory agreement with Bureau Veritas.

Motion carried 3-0.

                                                             

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

A.     Census – Troutman read the letter from the US Census Bureau requesting use of the Township Building for Questionnaire Assistance Centers.  Briglia stated that in 2000 the Township had many problems with the use of the building for the US Census.  Carol Hillestad stated that the Barrett Paradise Friendly Library may be a better location.  The Board tabled the request until further information is received from Carol Hillestad.

B.     Staubly Letter – Troutman read the email from Dr. Staubly requesting the Board to consider allowing seniors to pay a flat fee to have the roadmaster clear the ends of driveways bordering on township roads as well as mailboxes. The Board decided due to manpower, liability issues, competing with business owners, and other factors that this request is not feasible.

                       

Other Business/Public Comment

A.           Troutman requested that Donna Alker, Achterman Associates, be appointed to represent the Township in regards to RGC Development, Inc. (Greensprings).  Briglia stated that she

thought the Township has already done this.  Mr. Unangst confirmed that the only plan they have looked at is the planning module.  

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to have Donna Alker, Achterman Associates, work in conjunction with Hanover Engineering on Greensprings.

Motion carried 3-0.

B.             Troutman asked about the BWA grant request being reviewed by Attorney McDonald regarding transferring the grant to Paradise Township.  Briglia stated that Brady was involved in this and did not know the answer.  Troutman asked for this to be placed on the Board’s next agenda.

 

Executive Session

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session after a short break.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reconvene the regular meeting.  Troutman stated personnel, litigation and contract issues were discussed.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Lazy Rock

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to waive the Township’s part of the back County/Township taxes that were not received from Lazy Rock at the closing.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Route 314

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to write a letter to PennDOT regarding the dangerous condition of Route 715 with the large holes at the culverts left by PennDOT.

Motion carried 3-0.

                                     

Adjournment

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn the meeting.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Reda Briglia, Secretary