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01/03/2011 Meeting Minutes





Call to Order

Troutman called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.


Roll Call

Officials Present:

Louise Troutman – Chair

Michael Flood – Vice-Chair

Reda Briglia – Secretary-Treasurer                  

John C. Prevoznik – Solicitor

Charles Unangst – Hanover Engineering

Debra Brady – Zoning Officer

Robert Safin – Roadmaster


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.”


Troutman stated that an executive session was held this evening after the reorganization meeting and prior to this meeting.  The executive session was for real estate, personnel, and pending litigation matters.


Approval of Minutes

Motion: Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the December 18, 2010 special meeting minutes as presented.

Troutman-aye, Briglia-aye, Flood-abstained (not present). 


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Motion: Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve the December 21, 2010 regular meeting minutes with the inclusion of the discussion on the PARC budget.

Motion carried 3-0.


Unfinished/Old Business

Ellen Gnandt – Briglia stated that Ellen Gnandt is offering a 15% discount ($787.50), for the audit, if paid in full by January 10. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to pay for the audit before January 10 to take advantage of the 15% discount.

Motion carried 3-0.

          Revised Proposed Sign Ordinance (Revisions by Planning Comm.) – Troutman asked if the draft ordinance dated August 10 is the latest draft by the Planning Commission.  Brady confirmed that it was.  The Board discussed the best way to move forward.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman for Solicitor Prevoznik to meet with Brady, Attorney McManus, Tom Shepstone, and anyone else necessary to work on the proposed sign ordinance.

Motion carried 3-0.


New Business

        January 18 – Briglia stated that neither Flood nor Troutman would be available for this meeting and that the Public Hearings scheduled for the 18th would need to be rescheduled and readvertised. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reschedule the public hearings to February 1 for Chapter 1 – Definitions at 6:30 p.m. and Chapter 142 – Vehicles and Traffic at 6:45 p.m. regarding bridge weight limits.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to cancel the January 18 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Motion carried 3-0.

The Board discussed the work session scheduled for January 18 regarding the Infantine/Szczesniak rezoning request and rescheduled that work session to February 1, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to pay the bills due in the normal course of business to be approved at the February 1 meeting.

Motion carried 3-0.



Roadmaster (on file) – Safin read his report.

Safin reported that he had replaced the end-of-school-zone signs for Monsignor McHugh at no charge since he had the signs in stock.  Briglia recommended that a letter be sent to Monsignor McHugh explaining that the signs were replaced this time by the Township but to be aware that it remains their responsibility.  The Board agreed.  Safin stated the a roadcrew


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member has an additional four hours (over the 40 permitted) to be carried into the following year.  The Board agreed that the union contract would need reviewed before a decision is made.


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


Zoning Officer (on file)  Brady requested to attend a Marcellus Shale free seminar in Allentown on February 24.  Brady stated she is working on a proposed Marcellus Shale ordinance. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to approve Brady’s request to attend the free seminar.

Motion carried 3-0.

Brady submitted proposed ordinances for Chapter 1 and Chapter 160 to include agricultural uses and Chapter 160 to include solar energy systems.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to schedule public hearings as follows on March 1:

Chapter 1 – Definitions (Agriculture)      6:30 p.m.

Chapter 160 – Zoning (Agriculture)        6:45 p.m.

Chapter 160 – Zoning (Solar Systems)             7:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


PARC – Troutman stated that there was no meeting in December.


EAC – Flood stated there was no meeting in December.


PMREMS – Briglia stated PMREMS did have a meeting in December, but that everything is going well and no need for a report.


Act 32 – Flood stated there was no meeting in December.


Upper Brodhead/Paradise Creek Greenway Plan – Briglia stated that there was no meeting and asked if Troutman and Flood have reviewed the Plan for consideration for adoption.  They have not, but will.


Solicitor – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he his waiting on Attorney Ferrari regarding the Intergovernmental Agreement for PARC.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the sales agreement for Echo Farm has been signed by all parties and that Price and Paradise Township have signed the amendment and is waiting for the seller to sign the amendment.  The date of the last signature will start the time clock for the Township’s due diligence. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to update the appraisal (about 2 years old) on Echo Farm as soon as the amendment is completely executed.

Motion carried 3-0.


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Solicitor Prevoznik reported that he has not heard from Attorney Belardi regarding the Pocono Gardens Lease.  Briglia stated she would call Attorney Belardi.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated he is waiting for the development agreement from Verizon.  Solicitor Prevoznik asked if the Township has received the bond from AT & T.  Brady stated the Township has not.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated he would contact Attorney Wiesmeth regarding the rescheduling of the work session for Infantine/Szczesniak. 



       Sanofi Pasteur – Troutman stated that Sanofi Pasteur has informed the Township of the regulated substances stored at Sanofi Pasteur.  Briglia stated she would notify Sanofi Pasteur that Logan Evans is now the Emergency Management Coordinator.


Other Business/Public Comment

       Greenway Monitoring Plan – Jason Smith, Hanover Engineering, has reviewed the proposal from F.X. Browne for the ongoing Greenway Monitoring at Mt. Airy Casino/Resort.  After discussion, the Board agreed that Jason Smith should meet with the Paradise Township Environmental Advisory Council; a tentative date of February 10 was chosen pending everyone’s availability.


       Police Study – Jeff Evans requested a work session to discuss the Police Study.  Briglia stated that Barrett Township and Barrett Police have requested the same.  Briglia stated she would schedule a work session.


       There was no further business.



Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn the meeting at 6:52 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully submitted,




Reda Briglia