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09/20/2010 Meeting Minutes

                                                PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 – 6:00 P.M.


Call to Order

Vice Chair Flood called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.


Roll Call

Officials Present

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

Vice Chair Flood 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.”


Executive Session

Flood announced that an executive session was held tonight at 5:00 p.m. in which Troutman, Briglia, Solicitor Prevoznik, and he attended.  Flood stated litigation, personnel, and real estate issues were discussed.


Approval of Minutes

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the September 7, 2010 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 2-0.


Treasurer’s Report

Briglia presented the Treasurer’s report as attached. 


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

Motion carried 2-0.


Planning Commission Items

     Mt. Airy Land Development Plan – Attorney Belardi and John Pocius from Ceco Associates were present for Mt. Airy.  Attorney Belardi reported that the comments from Hanover Engineering’s review dated September 14 have or are currently being addressed.  Mr. Pocius stated he reviewed any outstanding issues with Mr. Unangst today and that Ceco Associates would be submitting revised drawings by this coming Friday.  Attorney Belardi requested to be on the October 5 agenda for the Board to consider approval of the land development plan.  Mr. Unangst reviewed the work that needs to be completed on the basin and stated that the basin is stabilized sufficiently to move forward with the reconfiguration of the basin.  Mr. Unangst will provide a letter stating the same to Ceco Associates.  Attorney Belardi requested that the Board consider reducing the monies being held in escrow for Parking Lot G.  The Board agreed that Ceco Associates should work with Mr. Unangst to come to an agreement on the amount to be held for the Board’s approval for the remaining work.


New Business         

          2011 Minimum Municipal Obligation (MMO) – Briglia explained that every year the governing body needs to submit the MMO for the Paradise Township Pension Plan to the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System.  Briglia stated that the 2011 MMO is $51,340.00.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the 2011 MMO as presented. 

Motion carried 2-0.

          Fall Clean-up Quotes, Rates and Address Signs – Briglia stated that quotes have been requested and received for fall clean-up.  Briglia read the quotes.  See Exhibit I. 

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to award the fall clean-up contract to Palmisano Containers.

Motion carried 2-0.

Briglia stated that the Board had approved waiving all fees for the spring clean-up except for tires ($2.00 each) and requested the Board approve the same for fall clean-up.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to waive all fees for fall clean-up except for tires at $2.00 each for passenger tires only.

Motion carried 2-0.

Briglia reviewed the fall clean-up hours and requested that the Board approve overtime for the office staff to distribute the address signs during clean-up.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to approve overtime from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and also 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 7 and Friday, October 8 and from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9.

Motion carried 2-0.



Paradise Township Historical Society (PTHS) – Carol Hillestad was present for the PTHS and requested monies for PTHS to apply for their 501C3.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the second-class township code specifically states that a Township can give to a organized non-profit historic society and that PTHS is not yet an approved non-profit and recommended that the Board does not make an appropriation until such time as the PTHS receives the 501C3 status.  Debra Brady informed the Board of a grant that is available for technical assistance that could be used for professional services for the old cemetery off of Red Rock Road.  Ownership of the cemetery was discussed.  Solicitor Prevoznik offered to research the cemetery pro-bono.


Solicitors Report

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Briglia and he had met with Attorney McDonald regarding the engineering contracts for the stream bank restoration grant.  Solicitor Prevoznik reviewed the letter from Attorney McDonald to Skelly and Loy Engineering.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Skelly and Loy have agreed to revise their contract to meet the Township’s requests but that Item 8 – Ownership, Maintenance and Use of Documents needs further clarification.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to accept the proposed contract from Skelly and Loy contingent on Attorney McDonald’s satisfaction. 

Motion carried 2-0.

          Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he has also been working with Attorney Wolfe on the FNCB agreements.


Unfinished Business

          Briglia stated that she had double scheduled a work session and regular meeting for 5:00 p.m. on October 5.  Briglia asked that a motion be made to hold the work session at 5:00 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. to clarify the meeting times.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to hold the October 5 work session at 5:00 p.m. and regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. as regularly scheduled.

Motion carried 2-0.



Flood stated that there were no correspondence/miscellaneous for tonight’s meeting.


Other Business/Public Comment            

There was no further business or comments.


Executive Session

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 6:45 p.m.

Motion carried 2-0.



Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 7:18 p.m.  Flood stated litigation issues were discussed. (Troutman joined the executive session at 7:05 p.m.)

Motion carried 3-0.



Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn the meeting at 7:19 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully submitted,

Reda Briglia