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07/19/2011 Meeting Minutes

PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

JULY 19, 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

Debra Brady – Zoning Officer

John C. Prevoznik – Solicitor

Robert Mack – Hanover Engineering

 

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 July 5, 2011 Board of Supervisors regular meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Briglia presented the Treasurer’s Report as attached.  Troutman asked what First Priority and PACCAR payments are.  Briglia answered health insurance and truck payment respectively.

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

Proposed Sign Ordinance – Brady stated that the Planning Commission has recommendations for the proposed sign ordinance.  After a brief discussion, the proposed sign ordinance was scheduled for the next regular work session on August 2 at 5:00 p.m.  Brady was instructed to type recommendations showing the deletions and changes as she normally would.

 

Mule Farm Stormwater Plan – Mr. John Pocius was present for Mt. Airy #1, LLC.  Mr. Pocius stated that the plan has been reviewed by Hanover Engineering.  Mr. Unangst stated that the plan has been reviewed and everything is in order but he has not typed the final report. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to table the Mule Farm Stormwater Plan until August per the applicant’s request.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Mt. Airy Golf Clubhouse – Mr. John Pocius was present for Mt. Airy #1, LLC.  Mr. Pocius stated that the land development plan and stormwater plan has been reviewed by Hanover Engineering.  Mr. Unangst stated that the plans are being currently reviewed.  Attorney Prevoznik asked if a stormwater agreement has been done.  After further discussion, it was agreed that Mr. Pocius would send Hanover Engineering revised plans and cost estimate for review.  Solicitor Prevoznik will work with Mt. Airy on the stormwater agreement. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to table the Mt. Airy Golf Clubhouse Land Development Plan and Stormwater Plan until August per the applicant’s request.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Unfinished Business

Computers and Web Page – Troutman stated that Roy Emiliani, Business Computer Systems Consultant, attended the work session at 5:00 p.m.  Mr. Emiliani reviewed the quotes received previously by the Township for new computers and server.  Mr. Emiliani also met with the office staff to review their workstations and applications and current server set-up.  Mr. Emiliani provided a report of his conclusions and recommendations.  Mr. Emiliani recommends not replacing the server but to upgrade the ram from 2 Gigs to 4 Gigs, to replace the 10/100 network switch with a Gigabit switch, to research that the current applications used by the Township are compatible with Windows 7 Professional, to purchase Windows 7 Professional Quad Core computers from Dell (one at a time) to replace the current computers, and to continue to use the current Office 2007, virus protection and Adobe Standard that are currently being used.  (See Exhibit I)

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to accept Mr. Emiliani’s recommendation report on how to move forward. 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

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Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood for Briglia to contact the current IT provider, Perfect PC Fix, to upgrade the ram and network switch and to contact Mr. Emiliani to research that the current applications used by the Township are compatible with Window Professional 7 before ordering any computers.

Motion carried 3-0.      

Briglia reminded the Board that the current web page was also discussed at the work session.  Troutman reviewed the quote from A Sound Strategy Inc. to update the current web page.  Mr. Emiliani had also reported that web page designs and functions have changed significantly over the last few years.  Troutman questioned the SEO/pay-per-click consulting and ASSI uploading products on the quote.  Briglia will contact A Sound Strategy, Inc. for clarification and place on the next regular agenda for further discussion/action.

 

          Settlement Agreement for Brodhead Forest and Stream Association – Solicitor Prevoznik reported that the parties (Brodhead Forest and Stream Association vs. Monroe County Board of Assessment Appeals) have amicably settled the issues on appeal subject to one remaining tax authority’s approval.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the appeal was for an Act 319 violation on property that was sold by the Brodhead Forest and Stream Association to the Henryville Flyfishers.  Solicitor Prevoznik recommended that the Board accept the settlement agreement.

          Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to accept the settlement agreement as agreed upon by the above parties.

          Motion carried 3-0.

 

New Business         

          Upper Pottsgrove Request for Support of House Bill 951 – Troutman summarized the letter from Upper Pottsgrove requesting support to change the current act authorizing local government units to preserve, acquire, or hold land for open space uses and providing for local taxing options to include “engineering and development”.  Troutman stated that the bill considered last year also included “maintenance”.  After further discussion, the Board agreed to write to Upper Pottsgrove stating that Paradise Township would support the bill if it also included “maintenance”.

 

          Recycling Bins on Merry Hill Road – Troutman reported that Mr. Lambert, Monroe County Municipal Waste Authority, received permission to place blue recycling bins on Mr. DeNaples property on Merry Hill Road.  Brady stated that the only classification she could use, from the Code of Ordinances, would be storage and that storage is only permitted in B2 Districts.  There was further discussion on whether blue bins are needed and if appropriate in Paradise Township.  After discussion, the Board agreed to wait until after the Comprehensive Plan’s survey is completed which includes information on blue bin recycling.  The Comprehensive Planning Committee is currently working on the survey.  

 

 

 

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          Clock Repair – Troutman read the note from Betty Williams giving the Township permission to take any means necessary to repair the clock that was given to the Township in memory of her father.  After discussion, Briglia was instructed to check with clock repair shops (Duckloe’s and Clock Works) and have the clock repaired.

 

          Seal Coat Quotes – Briglia read the quotes received for seal coating part of the municipal parking lot and the emergency service building parking lot on Woodland Rd.  (See Exhibit II.) 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to award the bid to CSI for a total of $5,575.40 for both parking lots contingent on the price being for the entire job, not lineal feet as quoted.  

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Solicitor’s Report

          Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he had executive session items.  Solicitor Prevoznik reported that talks between Greensprings and Mt. Pocono Borough are stalled regarding waste disposal.  Solicitor Prevoznik reported that he is working with Brady regarding a piece of property that does not have clear title due to the property being separated from another property without Township approval.

 

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

          Troutman stated that there was no correspondence/miscellaneous for tonight’s meeting.            

 

Other Business/Public Comment

          There was no other business or public comment.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 6:37 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 6:58 p.m. 

Motion carried 3-0.

Troutman stated that real estate and potential litigation was discussed.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to open the Public Hearing for Mt. Airy #1 LLC’s Conditional Use Application at 7:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

 

 

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PUBLIC HEARING

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that this is a continuation of the Conditional Use Public Hearing from July 5, 2011.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the Conditional Use application filed by Mt. Airy #1, LLC is to modify an existing on-premise sign to include an electronic message insert. Attorney Belardi called his witness for Mt. Airy #1, LLC.  After testimony, the Board agreed to continue the Public Hearing.  (See Panko Transcript)

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to continue the Public Hearing for Mt. Airy #1, LLC’s Conditional Use Application to August 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Troutman-aye, Briglia-aye, Flood-nay.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 8:23 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Adjournment

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn meeting at 8:24 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Reda Briglia

Secretary