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02/15/2011 Meeting Minutes

                                                   PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

                                                       REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

                                                           FEBRUARY 15, 2011

 

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 Flood to approve the February 8, 2011 Board of Supervisors regular 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

None – Brady stated that both the January and February Planning Commission meetings were cancelled.

 

New Business         

Mt. Airy #1 LLC Casino Resort Trails  Troutman stated that approval of the Mt. Airy #1, LLC Casino Resort Trails Plan was tabled at the February 8, 2011.  Mr. Unangst stated that the revised conditional use permit dated April 27, 2010 extended the completion of the trails and education facilities for one (1) year after the pending DEP 105 permit was issued (Issued on December 3, 2010) or May 31, 2012 whichever was earlier.  Mr. Unangst also stated that the bond ($488,574.35) shall continue until such time as the trail network and the education facilities are completed and open to the public.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the Mt. Airy #1, LLC Trails Improvement Project Erosion and Sedimentation Pollution Control Plans.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

 Computers/Discussion – Briglia stated that she has received one quote for replacement of four computers from Perfect PC Fix and that she will be meeting with Dennis Jeter from A Sound Strategy tomorrow for an additional quote.  Briglia stated she would present the quotes at the next Board of Supervisors meeting.

 Gazebo Application Questions—Troutman read the memo from Kathleen Kelly regarding renting of the Gazebo at Posie’s Park.  The Board agreed that the reservation application should state that parking is limited at Posie’s Park, that limited parking is available at the Lower Park, all decorations and trash must be removed from the park, and that the gazebo has no utilities including sewer and water.

          20-year Service Pins – Troutman summarized the memo from Kathleen Kelly regarding 20-year service pins.  After a brief discussion, the Board agreed that service pins are normally never worn and therefore did not approve purchasing the service pins.

 

Solicitor’s Report

          Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he has not made any progress on the Pocono Gardens Lease with Attorney Belardi and that he had executive session items.

 

Unfinished Business

          Township Stormwater Analysis  -- Donna Alker, Achterman Associates, presented the Stormwater Management Analysis prepared for Paradise Township to address the stormwater problems, specifically, the periodic flooding of the municipal parking lot and access driveway.  Ms. Alker reviewed the site/study area, soils study, wetlands, existing stormwater conditions, stormwater runoff calculations, and the options and cost for construction.  See Exhibit 1- Stormwater Management Analysis Summary.  Ms. Alker also reviewed the charts titled, Flood Elevation (Peak Flows) in Township Driveway/Parking Area at Culvert 6 and Route 191 Flood Elevations (Peak Flows).  See

 

Exhibit 2 – Charts.   Ms. Alker reviewed the five maps showing the different options to reduce flooding on the Township property.  Maps are on file at the Township.  The analysis shows minor improvement for flooding potential of large storms, 25 and 50-year storms.

 

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to accept the Stormwater Management Analysis Plan prepared by Achterman Associates dated July 27, 2010.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

PARC Budget – Troutman reviewed the PARC 2011 Budget.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Attorney Ferrari is working on the Intergovernmental Agreement.

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

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Roof Quotes – Briglia reported that Safin gave her quotes from Weatherproofing Technologies, Inc. (WTI) for replacement of the roofs on the maintenance office and storage building.  Briglia also presented the quotes from 2009 for the same.  Briglia explained that WTI’s quotes are through the Pennsylvania Education Joint Purchasing Council (PAEJPC).  Solicitor Prevoznik stated he believed an Intermunicipal Agreement would be necessary to purchase through (PAEJPC).  Briglia stated a decision to either follow through with joining PAEJPC or putting the roofs out to bid would need to be made to move forward.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to put the roofs out to bid and for Hanover Engineering to prepare the bid specs.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

          Troutman stated that she has spoken with some other people and that they also felt that Red Rock Road is not the proper place to put recycling bins provided by Monroe County Municipal Authority.  Troutman asked about a different property also owned by Pocono Gardens Realty.  Brady stated it is next to Paradise Creek and that it is in the floodplain.  Mr. Unangst stated the Township would not want to put a recycling area in a floodplain.  Briglia suggested buying property off Route 940 and Devil’s Hold Road for a recycling station to include mulching.

 

Other Business/Public Comment

          There was no other business or public comment.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting at 6:54 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS (Signs) 7:00 P.M.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reconvene the regular meeting and open the public hearing at 7:03 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the purpose of this evening’s public hearing is to revise Chapter 1 (General Provisions) to modify Section 1-16 (Definitions) to change and/or add definitions for dissolve, glare, fade, frame and frame effect related to electronic message signs.  Paradise Township seeks to revise and/or add definitions to Section 114-3 of the Paradise Township Sign Ordinance including flashing sign and electronic message sign and finally Paradise township seeks to add Section 114-10.1 to the current Paradise Township Sign Ordinance providing reasonable regulation of electronic message signs, including where such signs can be constructed, setbacks, size restrictions, lighting standards and landscaping standards.

          Solicitor Prevoznik called Debra Brady, Zoning Officer, as the Township’s witness.  Brady went through the steps that brought the Paradise Township Board of Supervisors to consider the above revisions to the Paradise Township Sign Ordinance.  See Panko Reporting transcript (on file) for full hearing testimony.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to close the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting at 7:29 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Michael Flood has recused himself from voting on this matter since he did not attend the negotiation meeting held on December 18 and because of his working relationship with Mt. Airy #1, LLC.  

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adopt Ordinance 183 as presented.

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

 

          There was no other business or public comment.

 

Executive Session

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 7:35 p.m. after short break.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 8:05 p.m.  Troutman stated litigation and personnel issues were discussed.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Adjournment

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to adjourn meeting at 8:06 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Reda Briglia

Secretary