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10/18/2011 Meeting Minutes



OCTOBER 18, 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

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 October 4, 2011 Board of Supervisors minutes as presented. 

Motion carried 3-0.


Treasurer’s Report

          Briglia presented the Treasurer’s Report as attached.  Briglia reported that an additional check payable to David Williamson for $10,000.00 representing the deposit on Echo Farm has been added to the accounts payable for tonight.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted including the additional $10,000.00.

Motion carried 3-0.


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Hulbert Hill Bridge Bid Review and Award

          Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he is working on obtaining the necessary easements for the bridge repair.  The bid documents were reviewed and the bidders may not withdraw their bids for sixty days after the date of the bid opening.  The bid opening was held on September 13, 2011.  The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for November 15 and the bids would need to be awarded by November 12.  Solicitor Prevoznik recommended that Hanover Engineering obtain a 30-day extension from all the bidders and to schedule a special meeting prior to November 12 if the extensions cannot be secured.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood for Hanover Engineering to request a 30-day time extension for the bid award from all bidders.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to advertise a special meeting for Thursday, November 10 at 5:00 p.m. to award the bid if the time extensions from all bidders are not received.

Motion carried 3-0.


Planning Commission Items

          Brady reported that there was no Planning Commission meeting due to lack of agenda items.


New Business

          Scott Freeden/Pocono Mountain Regional EMS Director – Briglia stated that Mr. Freeden was unable to attend tonight.

          Joyce and William Raczko/Senior Center – Mrs. Raczko explained that at the work session held earlier that she and William presented information on purchasing and installing exercise equipment at the Community Senior Center located in Barrett Township that serves Paradise Township as well.  The Raczko’s are asking for a $50,000.00 donation to purchase the equipment and for a trained physical teacher.  Solicitor Prevoznik will review the law regarding purchasing of equipment for the senior center.  Mr. Sauers stated that the equipment could be considered as part of the programs permitted per the second-class township code since you cannot have programs without the equipment. 

          Barbara Camlet/Memorial Walkway – Barbara Camlet was present to request $3,200.0 for a memorial walkway for children at Posie’s Park.  Mrs. Camlet reviewed the information on the walkway and the soldier pavers that would be replaced with memorial pavers as the memorial pavers are purchased.  After discussion, the Board agreed to include $3,200.00 in the budget for this request.  Quotes for the memorial walkway will be solicited by the Township.

          Paradise Historical Society/Request for Payment – Troutman read the letter from Carol Hillestad requesting payment of $2,550.00 for expenses including but not limited


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to legal fees, website design, website hosting, office supplies, etc. (Request attached as Exhibit 1)

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to reimburse the expenses as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

          Budget Work Session – Mrs. Raczko asked what the next step would be for the Senior Citizen request.  Solicitor Prevoznik will research the issue and respond to Troutman to pass on to the Raczkos’.  The Board discussed the need for an additional budget work session for revisions to the budget after speaking with the Roadmaster at the work session held earlier this evening and his request to redo the kitchen and the electrical service at the Roof.  Troutman stated that the regular Board meeting scheduled for November 1 had been cancelled previously.  After discussion, the Board agreed to start the November 15 meetings at 4:00 p.m.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to hold a work session on November 15 starting at 4:00 p.m., the regular meeting at 5:00 p.m., the public hearing for Chapter 1 and 160 regarding signs at 6:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. respectively followed by the public hearing for the Intergovernmental Agreement for the purchase of Echo Farm at 7:30 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

          Paradise Historical Society/Request Board to tour the Ace Store – Troutman stated that she would love to see the inside of the Ace Store.  Briglia stated that the invitation to tour the Ace Store could lead to a request for  financial help in purchasing the store.  The Board agreed that the Township is not in the market to buy historical properties at this time.  Briglia will speak with Carol Hillestad regarding the purpose of the tour.

          Run for the Red Marathon/Request to close Merry Hill and Red Rock Roads – Troutman summarized the letter from the American Red Cross requesting the Township close Upper Swiftwater Road, Carlton Road, Merry Hill Road, Red Rock Road and Route 191. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve closing the Township Roads, Merry Hill Road and Red Rock Road, for the Run for the Red Marathon.

Motion carried 3-0.

          Briglia will write to the American Red Cross stating that the Township only has the authority to close township roads, not state roads, and that the American Red Cross must contact PennDOT in regards to closing the state roads.  The letter will be copied to PennDOT.

          Monroe County Public Safety Center/Public assistance for Hurricane Irene  -- Troutman summarized the letter from the Monroe County Public Safety Center regarding the mandatory meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Pocono Mountain East High School Auditorium to apply for FEMA and PEMA monies for Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee damages.  Briglia was excused from the Board meeting to attend the mandatory meeting.

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2012  Proposed Budget – Advertise for Adoption on December 20

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to advertise the 2012 budget.

Motion carried 2-0.


Unfinished Business/Old Business

          Mt. Airy Items from Work Session on October 13 – Solicitor Prevoznik reported the following:

  1. FNCB – Solicitor Prevoznik will be working on language for an agreement.  No motion required.
  2. Trails – As-builts have not been submitted for review yet.  It was agreed that McLean Associates must review and submit a report on the as-built plans and that the Board will need to approve any changes.  No motion required at this time.
  3. Traffic – Robert Mack needs to meet with TP&D and Mt. Airy. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to authorize Robert Mack to attend the meeting.

  1. Snowplowing – Solicitor Prevoznik will write an appropriate agreement.  No motion necessary.


PMVFC Minutes – Troutman read portions of the minutes from 2010 and  verified that Flood will be attending the meeting.

Comprehensive Plan Survey – Flood has not reviewed yet.  Flood will contact Brady with any questions or changes by Thursday.  The Board instructed Brady to add a statement to call her if they are unable to locate their home on the map and to put the map on the Township’s web site.

Motion:  Flood moved seconded by Troutman to move forward with the survey if Flood had no requested changes by Thursday.

Motion carried 2-0.


Solicitor’s Report

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he had executive session items.



Mr. Raczko belatedly introduced Dr. Emily Sauers  - Professor from ESU, Sonny Naus – liaison to Barrett Paradise Friendly Library and Nate Sauers from VNA Hospice.


Other Business/Public Comment

          There was no other business/public comment.


Executive Session

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 7:25 p.m.

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Motion carried 2-0.


Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 7:54 p.m.

Motion carried 2-0.


Troutman stated that real estate and litigation issues were discussed.


Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to have Attorney McDonald review and render an opinion on the Frankel matter.

Motion carried 2-0.


Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to have Briglia schedule a meeting with Price Township to review and discuss the Intergovernmental Agreement for Echo Farm. 

Motion carried 2-0.



Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully submitted,




Reda Briglia