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08/16/2011 Meeting Minutes

PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

AUGUST 16, 2011

 

Call to Order

Chair 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

Debra Brady – Zoning Officer

John C. Prevoznik – Solicitor

Charles Unangst – 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 19, 2011 Board of Supervisors minutes with two corrections.  Page 1, Paragraph 3 the word solution should be Solicitor and on Page 3, Paragraph 3 emergent repairs should be emergency repairs.

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.

 

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Planning Commission Items

Mule Farm Stormwater Plan – Attorney Jeffrey Belardi and Mr. John Pocius were present for Mt. Airy #1, LLC.  Mr. Unangst stated that the plan has been reviewed and everything is in order. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to accept and approve the Mule Farm Stormwater Plan.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Conditional Use Written Decision – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the Conditional Use Written Decision has been prepared and is ready to be signed by the Board.  The Board signed the Decision and handed Attorney Belardi a copy of the signed Decision.

 

          Mt. Airy Golf Clubhouse – Attorney Jeffrey Belardi and Mr. John Pocius were present for Mt. Airy #1, LLC.  Mr. Pocius stated that the Preliminary Land Development Plan and Stormwater Plan had been reviewed by Hanover Engineering.  Mr. Pocius stated that the Monroe County Conservation District’s concerns regarding the stockpile have been addressed.  Solicitor Prevoznik inquired if the Golf Clubhouse is included in the Act 537 Plan.  Dean Woodling, Sewage Enforcement Officer, has verbally approved the Golf Clubhouse.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated Mr. Woodling’s decision should be in writing.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the Preliminary Land Development Plan and Stormwater Plan for the Golf Clubhouse contingent on Dean Woodling’s written decision that no changes to the Act 537 Plan are required for the Clubhouse, and entering into a Land Development Plan and Stormwater Easement and Maintenance Agreement and Erosion and Sediment approval from both the Monroe County Conservation District and the Department of Environmental Protection.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Unfinished Business

The “Roof” Sign and Rules/Proposed Park Ordinance – Briglia stated that when the “Roof” was painted that the sign “The Roof” and the board with the rules and regulations were removed.  Briglia stated that the letters for “The Roof” need to be replaced which the Roadmaster has on his “to do” list.  Briglia stated that the rules and regulations board is rotted and out of date.  Briglia requested that Board review the proposed park ordinance for adoption before a new rules and regulation board is ordered.  The Board agreed to review the new proposed park ordinance.

 

New Business         

          Community Day/September 11 – Troutman read the memo from Kathleen Kelly stating that the Township’s Community Day falls on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  In addition, 2011 marks Monroe County’s 175th Anniversary.  Kelly is requesting that the

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Township consider the following:  holding a moment of silence; decorate with red, white and blue including small American Flags, a poster of the twin towers/skyline, a

tribute song and lighting candles.  The Board agreed with all of the suggestions except for lighting of candles.  Troutman stated that she trusted Kelly’s judgment including other miscellaneous needs.

 

Solicitor’s Report

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he had three executive session items and updated the Board on the following:

Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Systems request for the Township to adopt a resolution setting forth how professional services are chosen for its pension plans-PMRS is working with the Auditor General’s office regarding the interpretation of Act 44 governing this issue;

Echo Farm purchase extension addendum-motion needed, the Frankel/D’Alessandro subdivision non-conforming lot-Attorney Farley should contact Township requesting resolution;

PARC-no action on the Intergovernmental Agreement; FNCB-will schedule work session with attorney Marc Wolfe;

PennDot issued permit for traffic light at Route 390/940-PennDot continues to hold bond;

Cingular/AT&T-Berman property permit being assigned to American Tower Company;

Mt. Airy Traffic Study for July 4-Hanover Engineering will follow-up;

Mt. Airy Trail Network-waiting for Mt. Airy to schedule walk through with Township Engineer; Emergency Work resolution-Briglia will prepare;

Tunkhannock Township Building Code Hearing Board-Briglia will follow-up; Hulbert Hill Bridge repairs-easements needed from Lake Swiftwater and Robert Nothstein;

Parkside Chapel-waiting for Historical Society’s recommendation; Sign Ordinance-Brady presented the enforcement actions for review; and

Echo Farm fishing rights-will have Pocono Abstract follow-up.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the addendum extending the due diligence and settlement dates on the Echo Farm properties contingent on receiving the signed addendum by August 18, 2011 at noon from the Wellbrocks and giving Solicitor Prevoznik the authority to extinguish the current sales agreement if the addendum is not received.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Chapter 1

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing at 7:07 p.m. for proposed Ordinance 194. 

Motion carried 3-0.

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Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Paradise Township seeks to revise Chapter 1 (General Provisions) to modify Section 1-16 (Definitions) to revise the definitions for “Forest Management/Timber Operations” and to add definitions for “Basal Area,” “Comestibles,” “DBH,” “Felling,” “Green Roof,” “Green Wall,” “Haul/Skid Road,” “Landing,” “Lop,” “Logging Plan,” “Parking Garage,” “PennDOT,” “Pre-Commercial Timber Stand Improvement,” “Professional Forester,” “Skidding,” “Slash,” “Solar Energy System,” “Stand,” and “Top.” 

 

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 revision to the Paradise Township Code of Ordinances.  See Panko Reporting transcript (on file) for full hearing testimony.  

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to close the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting at 7:18 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adopt proposed Ordinance 194 has presented. 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Chapter 160

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing at 7:20 p.m. for proposed Ordinance 195. 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Paradise Township seeks to revise Chapter 160 to modify and/or replace existing standards for forestry and timbering operations, to establish standards for parking garages,  to revise and clarify lot clearing standards in all Zoning Districts, to revise standards for Off-street parking and loading,  and to require roofs on all new or substantially improved non-residential buildings be pitched at least twenty-five (25) degrees and to prohibit flat roofs unless they are green roofs, as defined.

 

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 revision to the Paradise Township Code of Ordinances.  See Panko Reporting transcript (on file) for full hearing testimony.  

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to close the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting at 7:37 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adopt proposed Ordinance 195 as presented. 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

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The Board directed Brady to prepare amendments to the Code of Ordinances including that forestry and timbering operations exclude working on Sundays, overnight camping/facilities, flea market requirements and completion of the proposed sign ordinance.

         

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

Troutman stated that the  Pocono Mountain Council of Governments Dinner would be held on September 26 at Lake Naomi Club.  Briglia asked the Board to respond to her if they are interested in attending by the RSVP date (September 16).

Troutman stated that the Monroe County Association of Township Officials Dinner will be held on October 14 at the Stroudsmoor.  Briglia asked the Board to respond to her if they are interested in attending by the RSVP date (August 19).

         

Other Business/Public Comment

          There was no other business or public comment.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 7:47 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 7:58 p.m. 

Motion carried 3-0.

Troutman stated that real estate, litigation, and personnel matters were discussed.

 

Adjournment

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn meeting at 7:59 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Reda Briglia

Secretary