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07/20/2010 Meeting Minutes

                                                  PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

JULY 20, 2010 – 6:00 P.M.

 

Call to Order

Vice Chair Flood called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.

 

Roll Call

Officials Present

Louise Troutman – Chair (6:04)

Michael Flood – Vice Chair

Reda Briglia – Secretary-Treasurer

John C. Prevoznik – Solicitor

Charles Unangst – Engineer

Debra Brady – Zoning Officer

 

Pledge of Allegiance

Vice Chair Flood led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Public Comment Statement

Chair 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:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve the June 29, 2010 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Briglia presented the Treasurer’s report as attached. 

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Planning Commission Items

Snyder Minor Subdivision Plan – Mr. Terry Martin, Martin and Robbins, was present for the client.  Mr. Martin explained that the purpose of the subdivision plan is to join four lots to create a single lot of approximately 47 acres.  Mr. Martin stated that the Monroe County Planning Commission and the Paradise Township Planning Commission has recommended approval.  Mr. Martin explained that four waivers from the Paradise Township Code of Ordinances are being requested: plan sheet size, showing of all bearings and distances on all tract lines, showing of wetlands, and the contour lines at 2-foot intervals.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to grant the waiver for Chapter 131.39A of the Code of Ordinances, which requires the plan to be drawn at a scale of 1” = 100’ on an 18” x 24” sheet.  The plan is at a scale of 1” = 400’ on an 11” x 17” sheet.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

 Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to grant the waiver for Chapter 131.37A.5a of the Code of Ordinances, which requires the entire parcel illustrate accurately all the tract lines with bearings.  The plan illustrates the property lines as obtained from the Monroe County GIS maps except for the most westerly lines, which were field verified.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to grant the waiver for Chapter 131.37.B.7 of the Code of Ordinances, which requires the plan to illustrate wetlands.  The plan does list the Special Wetlands Notes to cover this requirement.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to grant the waiver for Chapter 131.37.B.8 of the Code of Ordinances, which requires contour lines at a 2-foot interval.  The plan shows the USGS 20-foot interval contour lines.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the minor subdivision/lot consolidation plan for Michael and Nancy Snyder as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Henryville Conservation Consolidation Plan Revision – Mr. Jason Smith, Hanover Engineering, was present for the client.  Mr. Smith explained that the Lot Consolidation Plan dated 8/14/2008 is being revised to correct an error relating to an old “quit claim” transaction between the Henryville Conservation Club, Inc. and the Brodhead Forest and Stream Association.  Mr. Smith stated that the Monroe County Planning Commission and the Paradise Township Planning Commission has recommended approval.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the revised Lot Consolidation Plan for the Henryville Conservation Club, Inc. as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

  

Cingular Wireless and Extension Request Form- Troutman read the waiver and extension request form completed by New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC granting the Township until the 21st day of September 2010, in which to approve or disapprove the Land Development Plan and Stormwater Plan before the Board.

Motion:        Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to accept the waiver and extension request submitted by New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC to September 21, 2010.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

New Business         

          Internet auctions for procuring goods and services online – Briglia explained that municipalities are able to do online auctions to solicit bids for products and services.  Briglia stated that this might be a cost effective way to obtain bids on the municipal roofing project, the construction maintenance for the “Roof”, and the generator.

 

          State budget included “to automatically extending most state and municipal development permits, authorizations, and agreements until July 2, 2013” – Solicitor Prevoznik reported that several entities such as Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) and the County Planning Directors Association are working on analyzing ACT 46.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that PSATS has worked with Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to place the required notification in the PA Bulletin.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that ACT 46 also includes the fees permitted to be charged for verification of the extension period.  Briglia will prepare a resolution to include the verification fees in the Township’s Fee Schedule for the next Board meeting.

   

          PSATS urges Supervisors to oppose legislation to eliminate townships – Troutman read the draft resolution prepared by PSATS opposing forced local government mergers and consolidations.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to adopt Resolution 07-2010 opposing legislation to eliminate townships.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Welcome Packet – Elaine Diaz, Administrative Secretary, had submitted a draft “Welcome Packet” for the Board’s review.  Troutman reviewed the draft and had several comments.  Troutman will contact Diaz to discuss further and ask for a revised draft be forwarded to the Board for consideration.

 

Public Hearing – Farmer’s Market

          Proposed Ordinance 182 – Revisions to Chapter 1 to include definition for farmer’s market @ 6:30 p.m.

                      Proposed Ordinance 183 – Revision to Chapter 160 to include farmer’s market @ 6:45 p.m.

           

Brady stated that the Paradise Township Planning Commission has recommended changes to the proposed ordinance to include only goods produced in Paradise Township and by owners of property that reside in Paradise Township should be permitted to participate in the Farmer’s Market and that no arts or crafts should be sold.  Brady stated that if the Board were to consider the recommendations that the proposed ordinance would need to go back to the Monroe County Planning Commission (MCPC) for review.  The MCPC has reviewed the original proposed ordinance and has recommended approval.  There was further discussion on holding the Farmer’s Market on municipal owned property which could be considered competing with private enterprise.  Brady stated that there is a Farmer’s Market in Stroudsburg, Canadensis, and Mt. Pocono currently. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to cancel the Public Hearing scheduled for Chapter 1 at 6:30 p.m. and Chapter 160 at 6:45 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

There was further discussion on whether to send the proposed ordinance back to the Planning Commission or to table the proposed ordinance.  The Board agreed to see how successful the Mt. Pocono Farmer’s Market is over the summer.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to table the proposed ordinance at this time.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Solicitors Report

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the Woodland Road Right-of-Way Work Development Agreement has been completed and is ready for signatures.  Solicitor Prevoznik verified that the $12,000.00 Performance Guarantee has been received and deposited in an interest bearing savings account.  Briglia confirmed that it has been.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated he had an executive session item.  Solicitor Prevoznik also reported on the meeting held at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection with representatives of RGC Development regarding their proposed sewage facility.

                                                                   

Unfinished Business

          Bridge reports for Hulbert Hill and Koerners Road – Mr. Unangst reported that the 2010 bridge reports were received for Hulbert Hill and Koerners Road and Hanover Engineering has compared the new reports with the 2008 reports.  Mr. Unangst stated that both bridges should be posted with the new recommended load limit signs as soon as possible.  Mr. Unangst also recommended that the undermining at Hulbert Hill Bridge be repaired as soon as possible. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to post the bridges with the new load limits, Hulbert Hill as “17 ton except combinations of 21 tons and  Koerner’s Road as “26 ton except combinations of 37 tons.  Robert Safin, Roadmaster, is to discuss the posting with Mr. Mack at Hanover Engineering.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to have Hanover Engineering look into obtaining an emergency permit for the required work on Hulbert Hill Bridge.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Readdressing Project/Street name signs/House numbers and sign blanks/House number draft ordinance/ Notification of house numbers (newsletter) – Briglia submitted a memo to the Board reporting that the new house numbers and addresses are to be released by the Post Office on August 13 for Paradise Township.  After discussion, the Board agreed that information on readdressing and posting of house numbers should be included in the “Community Day Newsletter”.  The Board agreed to update the previous quotes received last year on the house numbers and sign blanks and move forward with the order to have them available for “Community Day”.  The Board also agreed to hold off on ordering the street name signs until a final updated database is received from the County.  Briglia requested that the public hearing on the proposed house number ordinance be scheduled.  The Board discussed dates to schedule the public hearing.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to schedule the public hearing for the proposed ordinance regarding the new addresses and posting of the house numbers on September 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Rules and Regulations for Open Space Properties-Draft Ordinance/Signs for Open Space Properties – There was discussion on campfires, camping, hunting, fishing, picnic tables, and charcoal grills on the Nothstein and Knauf Preserves.  The revised Parks and Recreation ordinance was reviewed.  Troutman had several comments and changes regarding the original ordinance and the revisions.  Briglia will make the recommended changes and forward to the Board for review.

 

East Penn Technical Search and Rescue – Briglia stated that she had contacted the Monroe County Control Center and was informed that there are many Search and Rescue groups in the area and the each fire company requests which group to call when needed. 

 

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

Edie Stevens – Troutman read the lab report forwarded to the Township from Edith Stevens regarding the Forest Hills Run at Carlton Road fecal coliform count of 620.  There was much discussion on the results of the test, other testing sites, the Township doing testing, and more.  The Board agreed that Debra Brady, Zoning Officer, should discuss further testing of township-wide sites with Jason Smith of Hanover Engineering.

 

Cemetery at Merry Hill Road – Troutman read the email from Mr. Koerner inquiring about the Merry Hill Road cemetery.  Briglia had replied that the deed is listed under George Bowman Charles Hilliard Trustees Paradise Lutheran and that he should follow up on the trust at the Monroe County Courthouse. 

 

Other Business/Public Comment

          Mr. Connor commented on the Pocono Record article on Lisa DeNaples and the future plans for a larger hotel, housing, amphitheatre, and a city within itself.   Brady responded that there are no land development plans before the Township at this time.  However, Mt. Airy #1, LLC’s conditional use public hearings did include discussion on the future plans as in the Pocono Record article.

 

          Brady reported that the she has received a proposed model ordinance from the Monroe County Planning Commission on solar energy that she will review and forward to the Board.

 

          Brady reported that the solar/geothermal grant applied for has been changed to a 1% loan.

 

          Brady reported that Mr. Raczko, Planning Commission member, questioned what is being done with the Monroe County Conservation District violation reports. Brady had explained at the Planning Commission meeting that this is the MCCD and DEP’s jurisdiction.

 

There was no further business or comments.

 

Executive Session

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 6:40 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reconvene the regular meeting at 7:48 p.m.  Troutman stated real estate and personnel issues were discussed.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Adjournment

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn meeting at 8:12 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectively submitted,

Reda Briglia

Secretary