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04/05/2011 Meeting Minutes

                                                     PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

                                                                 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

                                                                   TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011


Call to Order

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 – 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.”


Approval of Minutes

Motion: Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the March 15, 2011 regular meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.


Spring Clean-Up Quotes

Briglia stated that eight requests for quotes were sent out for spring clean up.  Briglia read the results.  See Exhibit 1. 


Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to award the bid to Palmisano Container Inc. for $17.50 per yard for trash and $2.50 per yard for metal.

Motion carried 3-0.


Unfinished/Old Business

          Computer Quotes – Briglia stated that she has requested three quotes for four new computers.  After discussion, the Board agreed that the quotes were not comparable and instructed Briglia to contact an IT person to write specifications and then request quotes based on those specifications.


          Fence Replacement Update  -- Briglia reported that three quotes have been received for the removal and replacement of the 300’ of damaged/stolen fence at the Lower Park.  Briglia read the bids:

          American Fence Co.           $5,500.00

          Mount Pocono Fence         $5,700.00

          Keystone Fence                 $7,250.00

Briglia stated that she has submitted an insurance claim and has received $4,400.00 with the balance to be paid by the insurance company upon completion of repairs to the fence.  Briglia stated that there is no deductible.


Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to award the work to American Fence Co. for $5,500.00 and to pay the $2,000.00 deposit as required.

Motion carried 3-0.


          NPDES for Seven Pines – Mandatory meeting with MC Conservation District/Engineer –

Safin reported that Barrett Township is anxious to complete the parking lot at Seven Pines Park now that the NPDES permit has been received.  Safin stated his concern on the work being done without proper guidance due to the NPDES permit being in Paradise Township’s name.  Briglia recommended that the PARC Chair and Vice-Chair meet with the three municipal road masters and Rick Scrudato to discuss the project and the grant requirements.  Troutman stated she would set-up a meeting.


          General Code Information – Troutman read the email from Michael Peter in regards to purchasing the Code on an editable disk.  Briglia stated that all of the ordinances passed since 2001, which includes #128 to #192, would need to be added to the disk.  The cost of the editable word disk is $699.00.  Briglia was instructed to request a quote for General Code Publishers to update the entire code.


          Hanover Engineering Revised Scope of Work for Comprehensive Plan – Troutman read the letter from Steve Dellinger of Hanover Engineering reducing the estimated fee by at least $1,000.00.


          Skelly-Loy Engineering Update -- Brady reported that she had met with Gerry Longenecker of Skelly Loy, that the firm has been in the Township conducting preliminary evaluations of the Paradise Creek at Red Rock Road, but that the Township had not yet received an invoice for those services.  She explained that the project would occur in four phases.  Forensic analysis of both the local stream conditions and the larger watershed would be followed by a conceptual and a final design for the stream bank restoration.  This will result in a permit from the PA DEP.  Brady requested permission for the Township to request an extension of the grant period before the June 1 deadline.  The Board approved Brady requesting an extension.


          Robert Myrtle Wage  -- Briglia stated that the Board approved hiring Robert Myrtle for temporary summer employee.  Briglia reported that Robert Myrtle was last employed by the Township on November 1, 2005 and at that time he was making $12.00 an hour.


Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to hire Robert Myrtle at $13.00 per hour for forty (40) hours a week (to include weekends) with Robert Safin as his Supervisor until November 1 or until Chad Nauman returns to work.

Motion carried 3-0.


Community Center Fitness Program for Adults – Joyce Raczko made a presentation for LifeTrail Advanced Wellness System for older adults.  The system would include seven (7) exercise stations and be installed at the Community Center in Barrett Township.  The Raczkos’ are asking the Township for $50,000.00 for purchasing and installing the LifeTrail System.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated he would need to research if this would be an allowable expense for the Township.  Briglia will look into the Co-Stars pricing.


New Business

          PSATS Resolutions/Bylaws – Briglia stated that she has included the proposed resolutions that will be voted on at the PSATS Convention in the Supervisors’ meeting packets and asked Troutman and Flood to let her know if they disagree with any of the recommendations for either passing or opposing of any of the resolutions.  Briglia stated that she would be voting on these as the voting delegate at the PSATS Convention.


          Easter Egg Hunt Expenditures – Troutman requested a motion on a budget for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to approve purchases for the Easter Egg Hunt not to exceed $1,000.00.

Motion carried 3-0.



Roadmaster (attached) – Safin read his report.

      Peterbilt 10-ton dump – Safin presented the quote for a 2011 Peterbilt 10-ton dump under Co-Stars contract #25-017 for $87,989.00 including the equipment (hydraulics, dump body, spreader, tarp, strobe light, etc) from John Bonham Road Equipment and Supplies under Co-Stars contract #25-094 for $46,391.00 for a total of $134,380.00.


Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve the purchase of the 2011 Peterbilt 10-ton dump under the Co-Stars contract for a total of $134,800.00 as quoted.

Motion carried 3-0.


       “Roof” Restroom Renovations – Safin reported that the restroom renovations have been advertised for bid opening on April 14 by a committee appointed by the Board with an award date of April 21.  Briglia stated that she would send the bids to Hanover Engineering and Solicitor Prevoznik for review prior to the April 21 meeting.


Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to appoint Reda Briglia and Robert Safin as the committee to open the restroom bids on April 14 at 3:05 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


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


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


PARC – Troutman reported that the EAC/Open Space met with PARC to discuss their goals and working together in the future on projects.  Troutman also asked Hanover Engineering for help with plans for dugouts at Seven Pines Park.


EAC – Flood stated the EAC/Open Space discussed the blue recycling bins and the proposed ordinance for construction guidelines.


PMREMS – Briglia stated PMREMS made a presentation to provide 911 services to the Barrett Township Board of Supervisors this morning.


Solicitor –  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he has executive session items. Solicitor Prevoznik updated the Board as follows:

PARC                     No Intergovernmental Agreement from Attorney Ferari.

Pocono Gardens      No response from Belardi.

FNCB Trailhead       Driveway installed but who will be responsible for maintenance.

Cingular                 Development Agreement with Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC for co-location has been signed.

Mt. Airy                  Waiting for confirmation that the appeal with the Court of Common Pleas has been withdrawn.

                             An event study was done on March 26.  Briglia will follow-up on the reports from Hanover Engineering and Traffic and Design.  Briglia will also follow-up on scheduling the upcoming event studies.

                             Trail Bond will expire May 30.  Briglia has notified Mt. Airy and will follow-up.

Sign Ordinance     A meeting with Tom Shepstone was held on Monday, March 21, and  a follow-up meeting is scheduled for April 7.


Solicitor Prevoznik stated he would schedule a meeting with Briglia to discuss the CDL Emergency definition and other issues.



       There was no correspondence for tonight’s meeting.


Other Business/Public Comment

        There was no other business/public comment for tonight’s meeting.


Executive Session

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 7:38 p.m. after a short break.

Motion carried 3-0.


Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to reconvene the regular meeting at 8:08 p.m.  Troutman stated litigation, real estate, and personnel issues were discussed.

Motion carried 3-0.



Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn the meeting at 8:09 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully submitted,

Reda Briglia