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10/04/2011 Meeting Minutes

PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 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.”

 

Executive Session

Troutman stated that an executive session was held on September 29 for personnel issues regarding employee health insurance.  No action was taken.

 

 

Approval of Minutes

Motion: Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the September 20, 2011 regular meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

 

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Hulbert Hill Bridge Bid Award and/or Extension

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he is working on obtaining the necessary easements for the bridge repair and a meeting with the adjacent landowners is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8:30 a.m.  After further discussion, the Board agreed to table the bid award.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to table the award of the Hulbert Hill Bridge repairs until Tuesday, October 20 at 6:05 p.m.  Briglia stated she would notify the bidders of the scheduled award date.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Unfinished/Old Business

Proposed Park Ordinance – Briglia distributed the proposed park ordinance for the Boards review before scheduling a Public Hearing to adopt the ordinance.

 

November 1 Meeting – Troutman stated that neither she or Briglia would be available on November 1 for the meeting.  The Board agreed to cancel the meeting and for Briglia to contact the Board if a special meeting is needed.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to cancel the November 1 meeting.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Mt. Airy Work Session – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that a work session has been scheduled with Mt. Airy Casino Resort to discuss several outstanding issues for October 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman for Briglia to advertise the work session for October 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Road Paving Project – Hanson Aggregates – Briglia stated that she confirmed with PennDOT and Hanover Engineering that Liquid Fuels monies could be used for the paving project if completed by November 1.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to ratify the decision to extend the completion date on the paving project with Hanson Aggregates to October 14, 2011 per their request.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

New Business

Pocono Mountain Volunteer Fire Company

          – Annual Meeting – Flood stated the would be attended the PMVFC annual meeting on October 19 at 7:30 p.m.

          – Volunteer Fire Relief Association – Briglia stated that the Department of Auditor General has deposited the Volunteer Fire Relief Association payment into the Township’s General Fund in the amount of $49,830.79.  Briglia reported that this is $23,674.90 higher than last year.  Briglia stated that a check has been cut to the PMVFC Relief Association for the $49,830.70 as required by Act 205 of 1984.

 

 

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Subdivision Violation Issue – Attorney Farley was present for her client, Jeff Meiskin, representative of the Estate of Fred Frankel.  Attorney Farley explained that her client owns a small piece of property, approximately .64 acres (tax code 11/8/1/27-27), that has been separated from a larger parcel (tax code 11/112518) in violation of the Township’s subdivision restriction.  Attorney Farley stated that apparently in June 1993, Mt. Airy Lodge owned the smaller parcel and that entity conveyed it to PNC Realty Holding Corporation by way of a deed in lieu of foreclosure.  Attorney Farley was looking for assistance from the Board on what steps would need to be taken to remedy this title defect with Paradise Township.  After discussion, the Board authorized Solicitor Prevoznik to put in writing to Attorney Farley the steps that need to take place.

 

Municipal Pension System State Aid – Briglia stated that the Department of Auditor General has deposited the General Municipal Pension System State Aid payment into the Township’s General Fund in the amount of $45,708.15.  Briglia stated that the Township cannot accept any monies over the actual cost of the pension plan for 2011.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Briglia should make sure that is the case, believing that it may go back to 2008, and the Township may be able to keep the monies.  Briglia also reported that the Township has been using a credit created when Elaine Diaz was laid off and was not vested.  Briglia stated that she did not know if this credit would be considered an actual cost.  Briglia will follow-up with the Department of Auditor General.

 

Reports

Roadmaster (attached) – Safin read his report.  Safin reported that the Township Wide Yard Sale held on Saturday, October 1, was successful.

 

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

 

Zoning Officer (attached) – Brady stated her report was self-explanatory.  Brady reported that the Township received new floodplain maps.  Brady will also be meeting with Solicitor Prevoznik on October 10 to review proposed ordinances.

 

PARC – Troutman reported that PARC has approved purchasing a liner for the ice rink at Skywood Park.  Troutman requested for Safin to obtain quotes for the bales of hay needed at the bottom of the sledding hill.

 

EAC – Flood stated the EAC/Open Space discussed open space acquisitions, recycling, trails and hiking.

 

PMREMS – Briglia stated that Scott Freeden, Director of Operations, would be attending the October 18 meeting to introduce himself. 

 

Solicitor – Solicitor Prevoznik updated the Board on the following:

AT & T – Solicitor Prevoznik provided the Township the original developer’s agreement for AT & T, the consent to assign, the stormwater management agreement and the memo of consent to assign.

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Echo Farm – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he has the third addendum to the Echo Farm Sales Agreement setting forth the purchase price of $3,300,000.00 calculated at $4,200.00 per acre, due diligence by the buyer to be completed by December 15, closing to be held on or before December 28, and the $10,000.00 paid to the escrow agent.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to sign the third agreement contingent on Price Township acceptance and signatures. 

Motion carried 3-0.

          Echo Farm – Solicitor Prevoznik stated a Public Hearing to pass a Resolution to purchase Echo Farm and adopt the Intergovernmental Agreement with Price Township for the Echo Farm property has tentatively been scheduled for November 15.  Briglia will confirm the date, time, and location and then advertise the Public Hearing.

 

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

Robert Safin – Safin requested that snow plowing of Woodland Road be added to the work session scheduled with Mt. Airy Casino Resort.  The Board agreed to discuss the snow plowing/winter maintenance of Woodland Road with Mt. Airy Casino Resort.  Solicitior Prevoznik will contact Attorney Belardi.

 

Other Business/Public Comment

There was no other business or public comment.

 

Executive Session

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 6:59 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 7:22 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

Troutman stated that real estate and personnel matters were discussed.

 

Adjournment

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to adjourn the meeting at 7:23 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Reda Briglia

Secretary