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04/06/2010 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 March 16, 2010 minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.


Unfinished/Old Business

Mt. Airy #1, LLC Lot Consolidation Plan – Attorney Belardi and John Pocius, Ceco Associates, were present for Mt. Airy #1, LLC.  Mr. Pocius stated that the Paradise Township Planning Commission and the Monroe County Planning Commission reviewed the lot consolidation plan and have recommended approval.  Mr. Unangst stated that the plans have been revised to reflect Hanover Engineering comments as discussed at the Paradise Township Planning Commission.


Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the Lot Consolidation Plan adding the two parcels known as the Mader and Nauman properties contingent upon Solicitor Prevoznik reviewing the joiner deed.

Motion carried 3-0.


Mt. Airy #1, LLC, Court Decision and Curative Amendment – Solicitor Prevoznik reported that Mt. Airy #1, LLC has filed a curative amendment to the Paradise Township sign ordinance on March 30, 2010 and the Board will need to hold a Public Hearing within 60 days.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Mt. Airy #1 LLC has also filed an appeal to the Monroe County Court on the Zoning Hearing Board’s decision revoking the sign permit issued by the Zoning Officer and that Mt. Airy #1, LLC has presented a new sign permit application for a static sign. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to schedule the Public Hearing for the curative amendment filed by Mt. Airy #1, LLC on May 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0


Mrs. Stevens inquired if the joint work session between the Planning Commission and the Board has been scheduled.  Briglia explained that it has not due to lack of availability of the people involved.  Mrs. Troutman stated that she would be attending the next Planning Commission meeting on April 13. 


Cingular Land Development Plan (EAC Letter) – Solicitor Prevoznik recommended that the Board of Supervisors not consider the letter at this time but that the letter be forwarded to Cingular to be discussed when Cingular is in attendance.


AMMRE Holdings – Solicitor Prevoznik reported that Attorney Worthington, representing AMMRE Holdings, has again requested the Board to consider waiving the bonding requirements in the Developer’s Agreement.  This request was originally presented in April of 2008 and the Board declined to waive the bonding requirements.  The current Board agreed not to waive the bonding requirements.


Seven Pines Park NPDES Permit – Mr. Unangst stated that he would be meeting with the Monroe County Conservation District on Thursday, April 8 to discuss the review of the Seven Pines Park Parking Lot.  Briglia will also attend the meeting.


PARC – Resolution for Skywood Park Master Site Plan – Troutman read Resolution #04-2010 stating that Paradise Township on behalf of the Pocono Area Recreation Commission accepts the Master Site Plan prepared for Skywood Park.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to adopt Resolution #04-2010.

Motion carried 3-0.


Resolution for DCNR Grant – Troutman tabled Resolution #05-2010 pertaining to a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant for open space.


Cove Haven Assessment Appeal – Troutman read the letter from King Spry representing the Pocono Mountain School District regarding the Cove Haven tax assessment appeal inquiring on how to move this matter forward.   The Board agreed that the Pocono Mountain School District would need to move forward with an appraisal.



Roadmaster (No report)


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


Zoning Officer (on file) – Troutman summarized the report.


PARC - Troutman reported that the Little League Fields at Seven Pines Park are not ready for play until outfield fencing and backstop fencing is installed and that PARC has applied for a grant to complete the fields and is waiting to see if the grant is approved.  Troutman stated that Mike Oser is now the secretary of PARC and he will be forwarding the minutes to the municipalities.  Troutman also reported that PARC would be meeting with a group regarding installing a disc golf course at Skywood Park.


EAC – Flood reported that the EAC letters were discussed at tonight’s work session held at 5:00 p.m.


PMREMS – Briglia stated that PMREMS has hired an Operations Director and that the by-laws do include members at-large from the municipalities’ to be appointed to the Board.  Briglia stated anyone interested in serving on the PMREMS Board should write a letter of interest including his or her qualifications.


Solicitor - Solicitor Prevoznik stated he had executive session items.


New Business

May 18 meeting (Election Day) – Reschedule

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reschedule the May 18 meeting to May 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


RCG Development Public Hearing

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to ratify the continuation of the RGC Development Conditional Use Hearing to May 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Porta Pottie Quotes – Briglia stated that requests for porta-pottie quotes for the parks had been sent to Pocono Porta John, Gotta Go Potties, Allstate Septic, Johnny on The

Spot, and Biros Utilities.  Briglia read the quotes for 4-regular and 1-handicapped accessible porta potties for six months as follows:

       Johnny on The Spot   - $ 3,138.00

       Allstate Septic           - $ 2,460.00

       Pocono Porta John     - $ 2,250.00

       Gotta Go Potties        - $ 1,950.00

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to award the bid to Gotta Go Potties for $ 1,950.00 for the summer season.

Motion carried 3-0.


Spring Clean-Up Quotes -- Briglia stated that requests for dumpsters for spring clean-up quotes had been sent to Mid Valley Contracting, Palmisano Container, Inc., Waste Management, Keystone Container Service, RLE Enterprises, G & S Containers, J. P. Mascaro, Middle Smithfield Materials, and Scotta Equipment.   Briglia stated two quotes were received as follows:

       Mid-valley Contracting         30 yd $ 575.00 (19.17 per yd) Trash

                                                40 yd $ 195.00 (4.88 per yd) Metal

       Palmisano Containers          20 yd $ 340.00 (18.00 per yd) Trash

                                                20 yd No Charge for Metal

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to award the bid to Palmisano Containers for spring clean-up.

Motion carried 3-0.


Softball Fundraiser – Troutman summarized the letter from James Wagner, Jr. requesting the fees for their softball fundraiser be waived.  Troutman read that a beneficiary of the fundraiser has not been chosen yet.  Briglia recommended that Troutman contact James Wagner Jr., to ask the sponsor to consider a donation to PARC.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to waive the fees for the softball fundraiser.

Motion carried 3-0.


Marcellus Shale Work Shop – Troutman stated that a PSATS workshop would be held regarding Marcellus Shale in Williamsport on April 7.  Briglia stated that she has registered Troutman to attend per her request.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to approve Troutman attending the workshop.

Motion carried 3-0.


Monroe County Tax Collector Committee By-Laws – Troutman reported that the Monroe County Tax Collection Committee (TCC) has forwarded the by-laws that must be adopted by the TCC to meet the Department of Community and Economic Development

requirements.  The TCC will be holding a meeting on April 8 at 4:00 p.m. to adopt the by-laws.  No action is necessary by the Township.


Monroe County Hazard Mitigation Plan – Troutman summarized the letter from the Monroe County Public Safety Center requesting “past incidents” over the last 20 years.  There was discussion on “past incidents” which include droughts, extreme heat,

lightning, thunderstorms, etc.  Briglia stated that she would complete the form to the best of her ability but many of the “past incidents” would be difficult to complete and had just wanted to bring this to the entire Boards attention.



PennDOT Spruce Cabin Road Bridge Replacement – Troutman read the letter from PennDOT regarding bridge replacement on Spruce Cabin Road.  Briglia stated that the detour would probably affect Paradise Township.  Troutman stated that the bridge replacement plans, including detour routes, would be presented during the regularly scheduled Barrett Township Board of Supervisors meeting on April 14 at 7:00 p.m.


Other Business/Public Comment

BWA Grant – Mrs. Edith Stevens was present and stated that the Township needed to write a letter to Ron Yablonsky at the Department of Environmental Protection stating that the Township has agreed to the transfer of the Paradise Streambank Restoration Grant awarded to BWA to Paradise Township.  Briglia stated she would follow up on this with Attorney McDonald as well.


Planning Commission Alternate Member – Troutman stated that she has spoken with Mr. Benito Cid and that he is willing to serve on the Zoning Hearing Board, Planning Commission and/or the Building Codes Appeal Board.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to appoint Bill Raczko as alternate to the Planning Commission.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to appoint Benito Cid as alternate to the Zoning Hearing Board to fill Bill Raczko’s position.

Motion carried 3-0.


Executive Session

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 7:28 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reconvene the regular meeting at 8:48 p.m.  Troutman stated litigation and possible real estate acquisition were discussed.

Motion carried 3-0.


Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to hire Special Counsel to represent the Board of Supervisors in action against the curative amendment filed by Mt. Airy #1 LLC pursuant to the MPC.

Motion carried 3-0.


Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood not to intervene in the Mt. Airy #1, LLC pending Zoning Appeal.

Motion carried 3-0.



Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn the meeting at 8:52 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully submitted,

Reda Briglia