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11/15/2011 Meeting Minutes

PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

NOVEMBER 15, 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

Charles Unangst – Hanover Engineering

 

Pledge of Allegiance

Vice-Chair Flood led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Public Comment Statement

Vice-Chair Flood 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 18, 2011 Board of Supervisors regular meeting minutes as presented.

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.

 

Hulbert Hill Bridge Bid Review and Award

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the easement agreements needed to complete the repairs on the Hulbert Hill Bridge are not yet in place.

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Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to table the Hulbert Hill Bridge repair bid until the next Board of Supervisors meeting.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Planning Commission Items

Draft Ordinance – Brady stated that the draft ordinances are not ready to be presented.

 

New Business         

          BC/NEPA - Benecon – Troutman explained that the Supervisors have researched other health insurance options.  Solicitor Prevoznik explained that Benecon is a consortium of local municipalities and government agencies that are self-insured.  Solicitor Prevoznik explained that the rates are slightly less than the current rates with a possibility of rebates depending on claim amounts and that Medicare-aged employees/spouses can remain on the group plan.    

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to change the Township's health insurance carrier to Benecon starting January 1, 2012 and to enter into an agreement with Pa. Municipal Health Insurance Coop.

Troutman-aye, Flood-aye, Briglia-abstained (affects Briglia)

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to schedule a public hearing to adopt the ordinance to enter into an intermunicipal agreement to join Benecon on December 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          A Sound Strategy – Briglia presented information on a contract with A Sound Strategy for annual website maintenance.  Upon review of the contract the verbal and written contract are different.  Briglia will follow-up on obtaining a written document per her conversation with A Sound Strategy.

 

Unfinished Business

Road Project Complete – Briglia stated that the road paving project has been completed and that the Township has received the statement from Hanson Aggregates.  Briglia explained that Penn DOT Municipal Services needs to approve the work and materials before payment can be made.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to make payment to Hanson Aggregates upon Penn Dot's approval.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Generator Quote including Labor –The Board reviewed the quote from Cleveland Brothers for a generator and installation.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he is comfortable that the generator is on the Co-Stars contract but that it needs to be verified that labor is also part of the contract.  Briglia will follow up with Cleveland Brothers on the labor issue.

 

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Budget Advertisement -- The Board has completed the proposed budget for 2012. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to advertise the proposed 2012 budget for adoption on December 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Hanover Engineering Plans to update the "Roof" kitchen – The Board approved Hanover Engineering to draw up the plans necessary to update the "Roof" kitchen.

 

Solicitor’s Report

          Solicitor Prevoznik presented the resolution to enter into a lease agreement with PACCAR Financing to purchase the 2011 Peterbilt truck.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to adopt Resolution 03-2011 to enter into a lease agreement with PACCAR Financing.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

          Paul Reisch - Letter of Resignation from the Vacancy Board and the EAC/Open Space Board – Troutman read the letter from Rev. Reisch.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to accept Rev. Reisch's letter of resignation with regrets.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Tony Kuchinski - Letter of Resignation – Troutman read the letter from Tony Kuchinski.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to accept Tony Kuchinski's letter of resignation with regrets.

Motion carried 3-0.

  

          Monroe County Commissioners re: Parkside Chapel – Troutman read the letter from the Monroe County Commissioners asking the Board of Supervisors to support (monetarily) the preservation of the Parkside Chapel.  Briglia explained that late this afternoon she was given a notebook with other letters of support.  The Board agreed to discuss this at a work session next year.    

 

Public Hearings

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for proposed Ordinance 196 at 6:00 p.m.   

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Solicitor Prevoznik read the summary of the proposed ordinance, Chapter 1, as advertised.  See Exhibit 1.  Solicitor Prevoznik called Debra Brady as the Township's witness.  Mr. Steve Braunstein from Hampton Court Inn was present.  Mr. Braunstein      

 

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stated that he purchased and installed an electronic message sign without realizing that he needed a permit to do so.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that his testimony would be more appropriate at the second hearing scheduled for tonight on the requirements for installing an electronic message sign.  There were no further questions or comments.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to close the Public Hearing and reconvene the regular meeting.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to adopt Ordinance 196 as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for proposed Ordinance 197 at 6:27 p.m.  

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Solicitor Prevoznik read the summary of the proposed ordinance, Chapter 601, as advertised (see Exhibit 2).  Solicitor Prevoznik called Debra Brady as the Township's witness.  Mr. Steve Braunstein from Hampton Court Inn was present.  Mr. Braunstein       stated that he purchased and installed an electronic message sign without realizing that he needed a permit to do so.  Mr. Steve Braunstein asked what his options are at this time.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he could either go to the Planning Commission and ask that they recommend revisions to the Board of Supervisors for consideration to allow electronic message signs to be closer than currently allowed in the proposed ordinance to neighboring properties/residents or go to the Zoning Hearing Board to request a variance.  There were no further questions or comments.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to close the Public Hearing and reconvene the regular meeting.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to adopt Ordinance 197 as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to recess the regular meeting at 7:17 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for the Special Meeting and Public Hearing.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to open the Special Meeting with Price Township at 7:38 p.m.  See separate Special Meeting minutes dated November 15, 2011.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 9:06 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

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Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting at 9:07 p.m. and go into an executive session.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 9:16 p.m.  Troutman stated that personnel issues were discussed.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to extend Kathleen Kelly's personal leave until December 19 per her request.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to advertise the position of Maintenance Laborer on November 18, 19 and 20 with applications being received by November 28.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Adjournment

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn meeting at 9:24 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Reda Briglia

Secretary