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03/20/2010 Meeting Minutes





Call to Order

Troutman called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m.


Roll Call

Officials Present:

Louise Troutman – Chair                               

Michael Flood – Vice Chair                             

Reda Briglia – Secretary-Treasurer                  

John C. Prevoznik – Solicitor

Charles Unangst – Engineer

Debra Brady – Zoning Officer


Pledge of Allegiance

Troutman led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


Public Comment Statement

Troutman read the public comment statement “Ladies and gentlemen, before the Board of Supervisors votes on any matter, the Board will allow for public comment on that particular item.  If you wish to be heard at that time, please raise your hand, and you will be recognized.  A public comment period will be held at the end of the regular agenda for any other business.”


Approval of Minutes

Motion: Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the February 16, 2010 minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.


Unfinished/Old Business

A.     Little League Utility Field – Turning the middle field at Monsignor McHugh into an utility field was discussed with Rob Romagolo.  Briglia will contact Monsignor McHugh for permission to change the field to a clay infield. 

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to purchase 145 tons of infield mix contingent on Monsignor McHugh’s approval.

Flood-aye, Briglia-aye, Troutman-abstained. (Troutman stated she has children in Little League.) 


B.      Groomer – The quote for the 42-00F Smithco model Super Star SP 3-WD Series Parallel Traction Drive with 16 HP vanguard Engine was discussed. 

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to purchase the Super Star SP 3-WD as quoted on the Pa. State Contract for a total cost of $19,096.00 with attachments.

Motion carried 3-0.


Mr. Evans was present and recommended that the Board obtain prices for local contractors to haul the infield mix.  After discussion, Briglia stated she would obtain quotes from local haulers.


C.   Revisions to Parks Fee Schedule – Briglia stated that Kathy Kelly has presented a memo requesting changes to the Parks Fee Schedule to allow two teams from Pocono Sunday Softball League to use one of the available fields on Sundays.  The Board reviewed the requested changes.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to allow additional teams to use the available fields and to change the Parks Fee Resolution (using the next available Resolution number) as follows:





B) OTHER USE OF FILEDS: (not to exceed total of 4 teams per season)

    1) POCONO MT. MEN’S SOFTBALL (WEDNESDAY NIGHT) LEAGUE (not to exceed 4 teams per season) (max 2 teams in same league per available field)

    2) OTHER ADULT LEAGUES: (only if 2 of 4 teams drop out, to avoid scheduling conflicts)

·        Put on waiting list (for after Feb. 28th deadline)

·        Max 2 teams in same league per available field

·        Commitment by February 1 each year for the prior year’s team

(commitment means submission of application and fees – otherwise reserved for other teams within league until February 28)

Motion carried 3-0.


D.     Kiosk-Received Specs – Briglia stated that she has received the specs for the kiosks and asked if an ad should be placed in the Pocono Record.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to run a short ad in the Pocono Record for the kiosks and signs.

Motion carried 3-0.


E.      BWA Grant Resolution – Briglia stated that this has not been prepared.


F.      Reschedule April 20 Meeting – The Board briefly discussed available dates.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to reschedule the April 20 Board of Supervisors meeting to April 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


G.     Reports on Web Page – Troutman read the memo from Elaine Diaz regarding putting the Roadmaster’s, Sewage Enforcement Officer’s and Zoning Officer’s reports on the Township web page.  The Board agreed that these reports would not be posted on the web page.  These documents are available upon request under the “Right-to-Know” Act. 


H.     Allocation to Library – Troutman read the email from Carol Hillestad requesting permission to use $8,000.00 of the $30,000.00, which was allocated to the Barrett-Paradise Friendly Library, to pay the last interest payment due before the loan converts to a mortgage.  Briglia stated that the original request from the library stated that the allocation would be used to pay down the debt.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to allow $8,000.00 of the allocation to be used for the interest payment.

Motion carried 3-0.



A.       Roadmaster (No report)


B.    Sewage Enforcement Officer (on file) – Troutman read the report.


C.       Zoning Officer (on file) – Brady explained Item 5. D. on her report which states that the Subdivision and Land Development Plan Ordinance needs to be revised to accommodate subdivisions recorded prior to enactment of conservation subdivision in 2005.


D.       PARC -  Troutman reported that the meeting was cancelled in February.


E.        EAC  (on file) – Flood summarized the annual report from the EAC.  The Township - Wide Yard Sale held by the Board before spring clean up was discussed.  The Board agreed to hold a Township - wide yard sale again this year.  Flood inquired how to get more volunteers for the spring road clean up on Carlton Road.  After discussion, it was decided to include spring road clean up in the Township newsletter.


F.        PMREMS – Briglia stated the PMREMS continues to interview for the Operations Director.  Briglia also reported that Barrett Ambulance covered for one EMS call in January.


G.       Solicitor - Solicitor Prevoznik updated the Board on the FNCB review and stated he had executive session items.


The Board of Supervisors took a short break.


RGC Development, L.P. Conditional Use Public Hearing

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting and open the Conditional Use Public Hearing for RGC Development, L.P. at 7:07 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that RGC Development, L. P. had submitted a Conditional Use Application for the construction of a sewage treatment plant building and sewage disposal area.  Solicitor Prevoznik summarized the previous hearings. 

Attorney Ralph Matergia was present for RGC Development.  Attorney Matergia called Joseph Valentine as his next witness.  After Valentine’s testimony Attorney Matergia called Jeffrey Clark as the next witness. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to continue the Conditional Use Public Hearing for RGC Development, L.P. to Tuesday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. with a 3-hour time limit.

Motion carried 3-0. (See Panko Transcript)


The Board took a short break.


Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 9:12 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Planning Commission (Meeting Cancelled)

A.           Letter of Interest – Briglia stated that Benito Cid had submitted a letter of interest   for the Planning Commission and Building Code Hearing Board.  Briglia stated Mr. Raczko also intends to submit a letter for the Planning Commission.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Mr. Raczko cannot serve on both the Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board.  The Board recommended that Mr. Raczko submit a letter stating his preference.  The Board agreed to table any appointments until the next meeting.


New Business

A.     Paradise Township Recreation Board – Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m.  Troutman stated she would coordinate the prizes with Elaine Diaz.  Troutman also stated that the Township should purchase a new “bunny outfit”.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to purchase a new “bunny outfit” not to exceed $500.00.

Motion carried 3-0.


B.      Prizes – Scranton Wilkes-Barre Baseball Tickets – Briglia stated that the Township normally purchases a set of four tickets for one of the Easter Egg Hunt prizes.


Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to purchase 2 sets of four tickets for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Motion carried 3-0.



Paradise Historical Society – Briglia stated that the Paradise Historical Society has requested to use the Township’s mailing address.  The Board approved the Society using the Township’s address but the Township will only set aside their mail for pick up.


Other Business/Public Comment

There was no other business or public comment.


Executive Session

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 9:12 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reconvene the regular meeting at 9:22 p.m.  Troutman stated litigation and personnel issues were discussed.

Motion carried 3-0.


Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to have Michael Mader attend the H & K Group breakfast on March 23 at 8:30 a.m.

Motion carried 3-0.



Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn the meeting at 9:23 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully submitted,

Reda Briglia