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10/19/2010 Meeting Minutes








                                                                            PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


OCTOBER 19 – 6:00 P.M.


Call to Order

Chair Troutman called the meeting to order at 6:03 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

Chair Troutman 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:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the October 5, 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


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Proposed Ordinance 142 –  Brady presented two proposed ordinances.  A proposed ordinance to include definitions referred to in Chapter 142 (Vehicles and Traffic) and a proposed ordinance to revise Chapter 142 to include bridge maximum gross weights on Hulbert Hill Road and Koerners Road. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to schedule public hearings for the proposed Chapter 1 revisions at 6:30 p.m. and Chapter 142 revisions at 6:45 p.m. on December 7, 2010.

Motion carried 3-0.


New Business         

          Dog Park and Disc Golf at Skywood Park – Mike Oser was present for PARC and introduced Pat and Joe Coyle representing the Monroe County Dog Park Alliance regarding the installation of a dog park at Skywood Park.  The dog park would consist of a large and small fenced in area for large and small dogs respectively.  There would be no cost to PARC.  The Board requested a plan showing the fenced in areas. Mike Oser introduced Mike Solt and Pat Luchowski regarding Disc Golf.  Again there would be no cost to PARC.  After the presentation on Disc Golf the Board asked that the disc golf course also be shown on the plan with the dog park.  Mike Oser will present a plan at the Board’s next meeting.

          Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) – Briglia reported that Act 1 of 2010 requires an annual report on all distributions of local share assessments (Gaming Funds) to counties and municipalities.  The first report for the 2009 distributions will be due to DCED by December 1, 2010.  DCED will be providing a form.  Briglia stated that she would complete the report by comparing the 2008 and 2009 budget expenses and file the report.

          Gilmore Associates – Troutman stated that the Township has received the Stormwater Analysis Plan prepared by Gilmore Associates for the municipal complex.  The Board agreed that Donna Alker, Gilmore Associates, should present the plan at a regular Board meeting.  Briglia will contact Donna Alker. 

          Beth Martin – Training for Tax Collector Qualification – Briglia stated that Mrs. Martin requested if the Township would consider reimbursing her for the tax collector training.  Discussion followed if tax collector training is an allowed expense under the Second-Class Township Code.  Briglia will contact PSATS for verification.

          November 3 Meeting – Briglia stated that Troutman and herself would not be available for the meeting on November 3.  There was discussion on alternate dates.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reschedule the regular November 3 (originally November 2) Board of Supervisors meeting to Monday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. and a work session for the budget at 4:30 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

          County Hazard Mitigation Plan – Troutman reported that she attended the first Executive Committee meeting at the Monroe County Public Safety Center on October

13.  The Executive Committee will be meeting to update the County Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Troutman will be the representative for Paradise Township.


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Solicitors Report

Skelly-Loy Contract – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the Township has received an acceptable contract agreement with Skelly-Loy for the engineering through the BWA grant for the Paradise Stream at Red Rock Road.

Draft Lease Agreement –  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the draft lease for the storage area on Red Rock Road should be forwarded to Attorney Belardi for review if the Board found the draft agreement acceptable.  The Board agreed to send the draft lease agreement to Attorney Belardi for his review. 

Mt. Airy Curative Amendment – Solicitor Prevoznik asked the Board to set a Public Hearing date for the Mt. Airy curative amendment.  Solicitor Prevoznik reported that the time extension to commence the Public Hearing would expire on November 30, 2010.  The Board discussed dates.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to schedule the Public Hearing for the Mt. Airy curative amendment on November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

Monroe County Tax Collection – Solicitor Prevoznik reviewed the information from the Monroe County Tax Collection Committee.  The Township can choose to appoint Monroe County Tax Collector starting January 2, 2011.  Berkheimer has included a letter stating that any municipality appointing the MCTCC as their tax collector would be considered adequate notice of termination in accordance with the terms of their current contract with Berkheimer.  Solicitor Prevoznik recommended that an individual letter to Paradise Township be requested stating that the current contract would become null and void upon appointing the MCTCC.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to appoint the MCTCC as Paradise Township’s collector of Earned Income Taxes and Local Service Taxes as of January 1, 2011 contingent on receiving a letter from Berkheimer as above.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the schedule of Collection Cost to be imposed and added to delinquent taxes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

          Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he had executive session items.


Unfinished Business

          Hanover Engineering/Mt. Airy Special Event – Briglia stated that she had forwarded the report from Hanover Engineering to Attorney Belardi and John Pocius. She will follow up and request that they attend a meeting to discuss further.

          Trailer Purchase – Briglia read the three quotes for a 14,000 lb GVWR, 20’ flat deck, ball hitch, and ramps as follows:

S & S Home Builders            $5,240.00

Medico Industries                $7,300.00

Fayette Trailers                   $3,800.00

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to purchase the 14,000 lb GVWR trailer from Fayette Trailers for $3,800.00.


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Motion carried 3-0.

          Budget Work Session –  Briglia stated this was scheduled earlier for November 8 at 4:30 p.m.



Pro Paradise Valley/Marcellus Shale – Troutman read the letter from Rev. Paul Reisch regarding their concerns on Marcellus Shale drilling.  Troutman read the draft response from Briglia.  The Board approved the draft response (both letters on file.)

PIRMA – Troutman read the letter from PIRMA requesting nominations for their Board of Directors.  The Board was not interested in serving on the Board at this time.

PMVFC – Troutman read the letter from PMVFC stating that their next meeting would be held on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.  Flood stated he would attend.


Other Business/Public Comment

          Brady reported that she had met with Solicitor Prevoznik and Carson Helfrich regarding the Official Map.  Brady stated that many issues were raised and requested a work session with Carson Helfrich to discuss the issues.  Briglia will contact Carson Helfrich.

          Brady requested permission to put together a task force to begin work on a Community Wildfire Protection Plan as recommended by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  The Board agreed.

          Troutman questioned if the Township should plan an employee Christmas Party.  The Board agreed to contact the local restaurants for prices for a Friday night in December.


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 7:41 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reconvene the regular meeting at 8:11 p.m.  Troutman stated real estate, litigation, and personnel issues were discussed.

Motion carried 3-0.



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

Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully submitted,



Reda Briglia, Secretary