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12/06/2011 Meeting Minutes

PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 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.”

 

Approval of Minutes

Motion: Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the November 15, 2011 regular meeting minutes and special meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Executive Session

Troutman stated that an executive session was held on December 2, 2011 for personnel issues.  No action was taken.

 

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Hulbert Hill Bridge Bid Results and Easements

Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the Township has obtained the necessary easement from Lake Swiftwater Club and Robert Nothstein to do the necessary work to top the scouring at Hulbert Hill Bridge.  

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to sign the temporary construction easement and the permanent easement with Lake Swiftwater Club to construct and install rip rap on property adjoining Hulbert Hill Bridge abutment.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to sign the temporary construction easement and the permanent easement with Robert Nothstein to construct and install rip rap on property adjoining Hulbert Hill Bridge abutment.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to award the bid to do the necessary repairs on Hulbert Hill Bridge to Pioneer Construction for $50,800.00.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Public Hearing - Echo Farm Acquisition

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting and open the public hearing.

Motion carried 3-0.

Solicitor Prevoznik stated the purpose of the Public Hearing (See Exhibit 1).  Solicitor Prevoznik summarized the sales agreement and addendums, the purpose of the ordinance, and the intergovernmental agreement. There were no questions from the public.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to close the public hearing and reconvene the regular meeting.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to adopt Ordinance 198 authorized entering into an intergovernmental agreement with Price Township to purchase 777.122 acres for open space.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to release the $10,000.00 good faith deposit to Attorney Williamson upon receiving the Price Township executed ordinance to enter into the intergovernmental agreement.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to ratify hiring Scott Miller from Riley Associates to review the tax certification for Echo Farm.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

New Business

       Employment

Chad Nauman -- Troutman stated that Chad Nauman has bid on the job opening for road crew member per the union contract.

 

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Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to approve Chad Nauman's request to become a road crew equipment operator.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Temporary Employee – Briglia stated that an office staff person is working on a temporary basis (four weeks) through Manpower two days a week while Kathleen Kelly is on leave.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to ratify the agreement between Paradise Township and Manpower for a temporary basis.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

New Employee – Troutman stated that the Board has received numerous applications for the position of maintenance laborer that the Board will review.

 

       Annual Audit – Briglia stated that the Board would need to make a motion to advertise for a certified public accountant to do the Township's audit 30-days prior to appointing an accountant.  Briglia stated that the Board previously discussed changing the Township Board of Supervisors meeting to Monday nights for 2012.  Briglia stated the re-organization meeting also needs advertised.  Briglia stated that the re-organization meeting must be held on Tuesday, January 3 and but needs the Board to choose the time.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to advertise appointing a CPA to complete the Township's audit at the Board meeting on January 16, 2012.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to advertise a work session at 5:00 followed by the re-organization at 6:00 with the regular Board meeting to follow the re-organization meeting on January 3, 2012.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

       Proposed Ordinances – Brady submitted four proposed ordinances; commercial water extraction, land use requirements, definitions, and oil and gas development.  Brady will submit the proposed ordinances to the Paradise Township Planning Commission for review and recommendations.  Brady asked the Board to schedule public hearings for the proposed ordinances in late February.  

Motion:  Briglia moved to advertise proposed Ordinance 199 – commercial water extraction at 6:30 p.m., Ordinance 200 – land use requirements at 6:45 p.m., Ordinance 201 – definitions at 7:00 p.m. and Ordinance 201 – oil and gas development for February 27, 2012.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

       New Preliminary Flood Plain Maps and Outreach Program – Brady explained that new preliminary flood plains have been submitted to the Township and that an outreach program is required.  Brady stated that she has a draft letter from the Monroe County Conservation District to be sent to the effected homeowners. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve Brady holding a flood plain meeting for the public and mailing out the letters to the effected homeowners.

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Motion carried 3-0.

 

Unfinished/Old Business

          PennDot Liquid Fuels – Motion to include waiving the liquidated damages with the time extension for the paving project completed by Hanson Aggregates.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to clarify that the liquidated damages were waived along with the extension for the paving project by Hanson Aggregates.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Generator -- Solicitor Prevoznik reported that labor was not included in the Cleveland Brothers contract through CoStars.  Briglia has requested a breakdown of cost from Cleveland Brothers but has not received the breakdown yet. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to table the generator purchase and installation until further information is obtained.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

          Monroe County Municipal Authority – Mr. Lambert was present to discuss placement of blue bins in the Township.  Mr. Lambert submitted definitions for municipal recycling program and municipal waste.  Mr. Lambert stated that he has permission from Mr. DeNaples to place the recycling bins on Merry Hill Road.  There was further discussion on the need and placement in the Township.  Brady was instructed to write a draft ordinance for the Planning Commission's review next Tuesday.

 

          Resolution 06-2011 – Troutman read Resolution 06-2011 providing for an exemption to CMV driving time limits during emergencies.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to adopt Resolution 06-2011 as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Reports

Roadmaster (attached) – Safin read his report. 

 

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

 

Zoning Officer (attached) – Brady stated her report was self-explanatory.  Brady reported that a pond has started to be built on Devil's Hole and that the Monroe County Conservation District, PA Fish and Boat Commission, and she are following up on this. 

 

PARC – Patti O'Keefe was present and explained that the Open Space Committee would like to be a subcommittee of the Regional Open Space and Recreation Commission.  Ms. O'Keefe explained that the other regions have remained together and did not split into separate entities.  Ms. O'Keefe requested that the PARC Intergovernmental Agreement that is being

 

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worked on by PARC include the Open Space Committee.  Troutman reported that the liner for the ice rink has been ordered.

 

 

EAC – Carol Hillestad was present and asked if the flower planters for the bridge that has been approved by PennDOT has been ordered.  Briglia stated that it has not but that she will add it to her to do list.  Ms. Hillestad also asked about a forest management plan for the Echo Farm property.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that a forest management plan is included in the intergovernmental agreement with Price Township.

 

PMREMS – Briglia stated that everything is fine with PMREMS.

 

Solicitor – Solicitor Prevoznik updated the Board on the following:

Guardian Inspection Services – Brady and Prevoznik had met with Guardian and Brady will be going up to the Guardian office to catalog the residential files that will be sent to Paradise Township.  Guardian will work on the open  and commercial files.

Econo-Lodge – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Brady and he met with the owners and attorney of Econo-Lodge.

Mt. Airy Casino Resort – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he has contact Attorney Belardi several times but has not heard back from him on the outstanding issues discussed previously.

Hulbert Hill Bridge – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that this was discussed earlier this evening.

Generator – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that his was also discussed earlier this evening.

          Executive Session – Solicitor Prevoznik requested an executive session prior  to adjournment.

 

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

          Mrs. Hillestad was present and reported on the progress of the Barrett Paradise Friendly Library on paying off their loan for the building.

          Mrs. Hillestad reported that the Paradise Historical Society met at the Ace Hardware Store and that Troutman toured the store during their holiday open house.

 

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 8:20 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 8:32 p.m.

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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 8:36 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Reda Briglia

Secretary