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12/21/2010 Meeting Minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

DECEMBER 21, 2010

 

Call to Order

Chair Troutman called the meeting to order at 6:00 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:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the December 7, 2010 Board of Supervisors regular meeting minutes as presented.

Troutman-aye, Briglia-aye, Flood-abstained.

 

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.

 

 

 

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Planning Commission Items

Sewage Facilities Proposed Ordinance – Brady stated that the proposed ordinances for the sewage facilities Chapter 1 – Definitions, Chapter 110 – Sewage Facilities , Chapter 131 – Subdivision and Land Development, and Chapter 160 – Zoning have been reviewed by the Paradise Township Planning Commission and only minor changes have been made.  Brady stated that the proposed ordinances were delivered to the Monroe County Planning Commission on December 17.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the public hearings would need to be rescheduled to allow the 45-day review period per the Pa. Municipal Planning Code for the county to review the proposed zoning ordinance.  The Board discussed available dates and times.  The Board agreed to move forward with the public hearings for proposed ordinance Chapter 1 – Definitions and Chapter 142 – Vehicles and Traffic to include the weight limits for the bridges on Hulbert Hill Road and Koerners Road, as previously scheduled for January 18 at 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. respectively.  The Board discussed holding the public hearings for the proposed sewage facilities ordinances on February 15.  Briglia reminded the Board that the proposed sign ordinance has been scheduled for February 15 at 7:00 p.m. and recommended starting the regular meeting at 5:00 p.m.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to schedule the regular Board of Supervisors meeting at 5:00 p.m. on February 15.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reschedule the public hearings to February 15 as follows:

Chapter 1 – Definitions                                                                         5:30 p.m.

Chapter 110 – Sewage Facilities for Community Sewage Systems              5:45 p.m.

Chapter 131 – Subdivision and Land Development                                   6:00 p.m.

Chapter 160 – Zoning                                                                          6:15 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

New Business         

          Mt. Airy #1, LLC HOP Improvement for Intersection of Route 390/940 – Attorney Belardi and John Pocius, Engineer, were present for Mt. Airy #1, LLC.  Attorney Belardi explained that Mt. Airy #1, LLC has been working with PennDOT to complete the improvements at the intersection of Routes 390/940.  Mr. Pocius explained that PennDOT is requiring that the Keokee Chapel Road right-of-way, where it meets Route 940, be deeded to the Commonwealth to allow full ownership of the shoulder by PennDOT without any offsets.  (See Attachment 1)  After further discussion, the Board asked Mr. Unangst to review the plans and approved Attorney Belardi to work with Solicitor Prevoznik on how to accomplish turning the right-of-way over to PennDOT.

          George Brosius – Mr. Brosius submitted pictures and a copy of the PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit for his neighbor’s driveway.  Mr. Brosius stated that the Township did not do the proper inspections prior to issuing the Certificate of Occupancy.  Brady explained that the Township is not responsible to inspect driveways that are permitted by PennDOT.  Mr. Brosius was told several times that this is a

 

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PennDOT issued permit and that the Township could not do anything for him.  Solicitor Prevoznik recommended that Mr. Brosius hire an attorney.

 

Unfinished Business

Traffic Planning and Design/Special Event Study – The Board discussed the Jeep Grand Cherokee Giveaway scheduled for January 29 and if this event should be studied as part of the Special Event Study.  After discussion, the Board agreed that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Giveaway should be studied as the second event even though the Giveaway does not occur on a holiday weekend.

 

          Community Center Funding – Mr. and Mrs.  Bill Raczko were present for the Friendly Community Center.  Mr. Raczko thanked the Board for considering funding for the Friendly Community Center.  The Township was unable to make an appropriation for the geo-thermal system for the Friendly Community Center per the Second-Class Township Code.  Solicitor Prevoznik did state that the Township could make appropriations for programs for the poor, disabled and aging.  The Board encouraged Mr. and Mrs. Raczko to return when they have programs up and running.

         

          CPA Quotes – Troutman stated that the Board has advertised for proposals for a certified public accountant to complete the 2010 Department of Community and Economic Development Audit and Financial Statements.  Troutman stated three proposals have been received.  The lowest proposal quote was from Ellen Gnandt, MBA, CPA for $5,250.00.  Riley and Company, Inc. quoted $9,400.00 for 2010 only or $6,500.00, $6,700.00, and $7,000 for 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively.  Gneiding, DeSanctis, Blizard & Co. quoted $10,000.00 for 2010.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to hire Ellen Gnandt, MBA, CPA for the 2010 audit.  Briglia amended her motion and seconded by Flood to include signing the proposal agreement.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Proposed 2011 Budget – Briglia stated that the $50,000.00 budgeted for the Community Center - Line 458.31 has been moved as discussed at the last Board meeting.  The Historic Society - Line 459.31 was increased by $30,000.00 and  Park (Playground etc.) - Line 454.28 was increased by $20,000.00.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the proposed budget as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Infantine/Szczesniak – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Attorney Wiesmuth had sent a letter requesting an answer to Infantine/Szczesniak’s request to consider rezoning their property on Woodland Road.  Brady stated that the Board previously discussed updating the Township’s Comprehensive Plan but that this request will need to be addressed prior to that.  Briglia recommended that Hanover Engineering do the update of the Comprehensive Plan since they are already familiar with the Township. 

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After further discussion, the Board scheduled a work session for January 18 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the Infantine/Szczesniak’s request and for a planner from Hanover Engineering to attend.  Solicitor Prevoznik will contact Attorney Wiesmuth.    

 

          Mt. Airy Greenway Monitoring Report – Troutman stated that she reviewed the contract for services between Mt. Airy Casino Resort and F.X. Browne for the Greenway Land and Common Facilities Monitoring Program.  Troutman stated that the scope of work does not include everything that was in the previous scope of work between Mt. Airy Casino Resort and Kingfisher Group.  After discussion, Brady stated she would pull the original agreement between Paradise Township and Mt. Airy Casino Resort regarding the Greenway Monitoring Report, compare the scope of work, and update the Board at their next meeting.

 

          Brodhead Watershed Response – Briglia stated that the BWA responded that they have paid more fees to the PA Department of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations and that a Form 990 was required to be filed due to the donation from Sanofi Pasteur.  BWA stated that this is why they have not passed the interest onto the Township with the check for $15,600.00 donated by Sanofi Pastuer for the Paradise Stream Bank Project that has been assigned to Paradise Township from BWA.  After discussion, the Board agreed that Sanofi Pastuer should be contacted and asked if this use of the interest is all right with them.  Briglia stated she would follow up on this.

         

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

Pocono Pony - Troutman stated that Margaret Howarth, Executive Director, Monroe County Pocono Pony Transit Authority, has written a letter thanking the Supervisors for allowing their agency to use the Big Daddy’s parking lot while they completed their construction project.

 

United Way – Troutman stated that United Way is requesting a donation.  Troutman asked if the Township budgeted for this.  Flood stated he was fine with making a donation.  Briglia stated that the Township is getting more and more donation requests and cautioned that the Township needs to consider these requests more thoroughly.  Briglia stated that she personally gives to the United Way but is uncomfortable giving taxpayers monies to the United Way when they could personally donate if they so desired.  The Board agreed not to make a donation at this time.

 

Other Business/Public Comment

          PARC Budget – Troutman stated that it is on her cell phone and will forward for Briglia to print and discuss.

 

Solicitor’s Report

          Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he had the cemetery file from Attorney Deetz with information regarding a public hearing on the cemetery held in 1993 and other

 

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information from when Attorney Deetz was the Township’s Solicitor.  Briglia will keep the original and make copies for the Paradise Township Historic Society.

 

          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 8:05 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reconvene the regular meeting at 8:25 p.m.  Troutman stated litigation, real estate, and personnel issues were discussed.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

The Board discussed the PARC budget.  Briglia questioned the $43,234.00 expense for Seven Pines.  Troutman stated she thought it was the grant that Barrett received for Seven Pines.  Briglia stated that the grant is not listed under the revenues.  Briglia also questioned the $5,000.00 for signs for disc golf, stating that when Mike Oser made the proposal for disc golf he stated several times that no PARC money would be spent on the disc golf.  Troutman stated she would ask PARC to review and make any necessary changes to their budget. 

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to approve Chad Nauman’s request for Medical Leave – Non-Work Related Illness or Injury beginning December 16.  Briglia also included paying Chad Nauman for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to accept the offer to purchase Echo Farms Hunt Club property for $3,925,000 or $5,000 per acre and to sign the agreement of sale and addendum and further to pass the executed agreement to Price Township for action.   The acceptance of the offer is contingent on both the addendum being signed by Seller and for the Price Township Board of Supervisors accept and sign the agreement of sale and addendum there to. 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Adjournment

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to adjourn meeting at 8:22 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Reda Briglia, Secretary