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02/08/2011 Meeting Minutes

PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

FEBRUARY 8, 2011

 

Call to Order

Chair Troutman called the meeting to order at 6:05 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 January 3, 2011 reorganization meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the January 3, 2011 regular meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Troutman and Briglia discussed the change requested by Mr. William Raczko on the December 18, 2010 special meeting minutes regarding moving the sentence, “Judge Cahn also recommended tasking the Paradise Township Planning Commission to work

on a proposed ordinance regarding off-premise LED signs.  Troutman and Briglia agreed not to make the change as suggested.

 

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.

 

Unfinished/Old Business

Mt. Airy Casino Resort Trails  Dave Osborne, Ceco Associates, was present for Mt. Airy #1, LLC.  Mr. Osborne stated that all of the permits have been obtained for the Trails Improvement Project and the trails have been started.  Mr. Osborne stated that the Mt. Airy Casino Resort Trails Plan needs to be officially approved by the Board of Supervisors.  Mr. Unangst stated that Hanover Engineering has reviewed the plans and all of Hanover Engineering’s comments have been satisfactorily addressed.  There was discussion on inspections by Hanover Engineering on an interval basis and a final inspection in regards to releasing the bond being held by the Township for the trail network.  The Board agreed that Hanover Engineering should inspect the trail network and for a schedule to be worked out between Hanover Engineering and Ceco Associates.  There was further discussion on maintenance of the trails in the future.  The Board agreed to review the latest addendum to the Mt. Airy Trail Network Agreement prior to final approval of the plan.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to table the Mt. Airy Casino Resort Trails plan until the Board’s next meeting scheduled for February 15, 2011.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Pocono Gardens Stormwater Management Plan  Dave Osborne was also present for approval of the Pocono Gardens Stormwater Management Plan for demolition.  Mr. Unangst stated that Hanover Engineering has inspected the site and that the site is stable and correct per the plans.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to approve the Pocono Gardens Stormwater Management Plan.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          DCNR Resolution – Briglia explained that Resolution 01-2011 is for the $40,000.00 grant for improvements at the “Roof”.

Motion:   Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to adopt Resolution 01-2011.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Zoning Hearing Board Letter of Interest – Troutman stated an email was received from Brian Coyne stating his interest in serving on the Township’s Zoning Hearing Board.  Briglia stated she had responded to the email asking for his qualifications and has not heard from him.  Briglia stated she would follow-up. 

 

          Park and Recreation Letter of Interest – Troutman stated a letter was received from Ellen Davis stating her interest in serving on the Township’s Park and Recreation Board.  Briglia stated she has spoke with Ellen Davis and answered her questions.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to appoint Ellen Davis to the Township’s Park and Recreation Board to complete Wendy Swiderski’s term.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Elaine Diaz Class – Briglia explained that Diaz was approved to attend the Administrative Assistants Conference previously but was unable to attend and that the Township had received a credit for the conference.  Diaz has informed the Board that the Conference is scheduled for this area and is requesting to go.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia for Diaz to attend the conference using the credit received.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

New Business         

          Commercial Motor Vehicle Regulations/Woodland Road – Briglia recommended a work session be held with the roadmaster and assistant roadmaster regarding these items.  Briglia recommended changing the start of next week’s meeting to 6:00 p.m., since the proposed ordinances are no longer on the agenda, and holding a work session at 5:00 p.m.  The Board agreed.

Motion:   Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to advertise a work session at 5:00 p.m. and regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. on February 15, 2011.   

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Records Retention Resolution for Disposal – Briglia explained that she has eight boxes of records to be destroyed which includes cancelled checks. Briglia stated that the Township previously burned the records, which is no longer permitted, and requested that Burnley Workshop be hired to shred the documents.

Motion:   Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to adopt Resolution 02-2011 to destroy the eight boxes of records.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:   Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to hire Burnley Workshop to shred the documents at a maximum of $10.00 per box.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Reschedule April 19 and May 17 Meetings – Briglia stated that the April 19 meeting is during the PSATS Convention and that May 17 is Election Day.  There was discussion regarding alternative dates.

Motion:   Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reschedule the April 19 work session (if needed) and meeting to Thursday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

Motion:   Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reschedule the May 17 work session (if needed) and meeting to Wednesday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Proposed Dates for Township Functions – Troutman read the memo from Kathleen Kelly as follows:

Egg Hunt                April 16 (Raindate April 17)

Spring Clean-Up      May 5, 6, and 7

Community Day      September 11

Fall Clean-Up          October 6, 7, and 8

Halloween Party      October 29.

The Board approved the dates.  The Board discussed the Township-Wide  Yard Sale.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to hold the Township-Wide Yard Sale on October 1, hours to be determined.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Reports

Roadmaster (attached) – Troutman read the report.

Safin inquired if the Township is going to replace the new street signs that are damaged.  After discussion, the Board agreed to replace the signs as necessary.

Motion:   Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to replace the street signs as necessary.

Motion carried 3-0.

Troutman read the memo from Pocono Mountains Council of Governments regarding the mandatory flagger training.  Briglia stated she contacted Sherry Predmore, PMCOG Secretary, to include the Township’s roadcrew.

 

Sewage Enforcement Officer (attached) – Troutman read the report.

 

Zoning Officer (attached)  Brady stated her report is self-explanatory.

 

Brady submitted recommended dates and times for public hearings on proposed ordinances.

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

                        6:30       Chapter 1 – Local Traffic definition

                        6:40       Chapter 142 – Weight Limits

                        6:50        Chapter 1 – Sewage Disposal definitions               

                        7:00       Chapter 110 – Sewage Disposal

                        7:30       Chapter 131 – SALDO pertaining to sewage disposal

                        7:45       Chapter 160 – Zoning pertaining to sewage disposal

Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to schedule public hearings as follows on March 15:

6:30       Chapter 1 – Definitions pertaining to agriculture

                        6:45       Chapter 160 – Zoning pertaining to agriculture

                        7:00       Chapter 160 – Zoning pertaining to solar energy systems

Motion carried 3-0.

 

PARC – Troutman reported that PARC would be holding a sledding day on February 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Troutman asked if Briglia received a revised budget, Briglia stated she has not.  Troutman stated that more hay bales have been placed at Skywood Park for sled riding.  Briglia stated that she had emailed Troutman that the NPDES permit for Seven Pines has been received.

 

EAC – Flood reported that the Mt. Airy Greenway Monitoring Report was reviewed.  Flood stated that the EAC would be doing a spring road clean-up throughout the Township.  Flood asked about the official map. Brady stated that after meeting with Solicitor Prevoznik and Carson Helfrich that Carson Helfrich was going to ask for a meeting to go over the proposed ordinance.  Briglia stated she would follow-up with Carson Helfrich.  Flood asked about commercial construction guidelines ordinance.  Brady stated she is working on a proposed ordinance, which went to the Planning Commission.  Briglia will forward a copy to  Flood.  Flood reported that the EAC would like the Township to put the blue bins provided by the Monroe County Municipal Waste Authority for recycling on property owned by Pocono Gardens Realty on Red Rock Road.  After further discussion, Solicitor Prevoznik stated he would discuss this with Attorney Belardi who is currently working on the Merry Hill Shale Pit lease.  Flood asked  Brady if there is a proposed solar panel ordinance for review.  Briglia stated that the Board just scheduled the public hearing for Solar Energy Systems for March 15 at 7:00 p.m.  Flood asked about the forestry planning of the open space properties.  Briglia stated that she has contacted DCNR Forestry regarding grants and also requested a quote to include in the budget.  Don Miller stated that he had a forester do a quote on Forest Management for the Nothstein Preserve early last year.

 

PMREMS – Briglia stated PMREMS will be meeting with Barrett Township Supervisors next Tuesday (February 15 at 7:30 a.m.) and that she would be attending as Vice-chair of PMREMS.

 

Act 32 – Flood stated there is a meeting Thursday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m. and that he will attend.

 

Upper Brodhead/Paradise Creek Greenway Plan – Briglia asked if Flood and Troutman have reviewed the Plan.  After discussion, the Board agreed to accept the Plan.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to approve and accept the Upper Brodhead/Paradise Creek Greenway Plan.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Solicitor – Solicitor Prevoznik reported that he has been working with Attorney Belardi on the Pocono Gardens Shale Pit lease.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated he has briefly reviewed the Pa. in Education Joint Purchasing Council (PAEJPC) contracts and had many questions.  Briglia will follow up with PAEJPC.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Attorney Ferrari is working on the Intergovernmental Agreement for PARC.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Brady sent a letter to FNCB indicating that their permits are extended until January 2013 per Act 56.   

Solicitor Prevoznik reported that Brady and he met with Shepstone regarding the sign ordinance and Shepstone will be rewriting the proposed sign ordinance for the Board’s review.  Solicitor Prevoznik reviewed the letters from RKR Hess Associates regarding the proposed sewage ordinance.  The Board agreed that RKR Hess Associates should attend the public hearing.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated the Mt. Airy Casino Resort did not hold the January 29 special event monitoring and that Mt. Airy Casino Resort had a year, per the Development Agreement, to accomplish five special event monitoring studies.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the year would be coming up in May or June.   

 

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

Pocono Heritage Land Trust – Troutman summarized the letter from PHLT regarding the gate being closed at the Kurmes preserve.  PHLT requested to meet with the Board at a work session.  Briglia stated she would schedule a work session with PHLT.

Monroe County Commissioners Office – Troutman summarized the letter from the Commissioners regarding the County’s 175th anniversary. 

 

Other Business/Public Comment

          Don Miller informed the Board that the Upper Brodhead Paradise Creek Greenway Committee is considering reverting back to the Regional Open Space Committee.  Mr. Miller also discussed the forest management of the open space properties.  Briglia stated that the Township will be applying for a grant and that forest management was discussed and budgeted for during the 2011 budget process.  Mr. Miller also recommended that the Open Space Committee meets with the Pocono Area Recreation Commission (PARC) a few times a year.  Troutman stated she would bring the recommendation to PARC.

 

          There was no other business or public comment.

 

Executive Session

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded Flood to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 7:52 p.m. after short break.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reconvene the regular meeting at 8:20 p.m.  Troutman stated litigation, real estate, and personnel issues were discussed.

 

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                                                                      Minutes approved on:

Secretary                                                                          February 15, 2011