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12/20/2011 Meeting Minutes

PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

DECEMBER 20, 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

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 December 6, 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.

 

Planning Commission Items

          Dewey Minor Subdivision – Terry Martin, Martin and Robbins, was present for the applicant.  Mr. Martin explained that the minor subdivision is to adjust four (4) existing

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parcels of land into three (3) new parcels.  Lot 1 will consist of 13.940 acres, Lot 2 will consist of 36.465 acres, and Lot 3 will consist of 272.127 acres.  There will be no new construction or development proposed by this minor subdivision.  Mr. Martin stated that three modifications are being requested:   

1)  Section 131-37.A.(7.) – relief from the requirement to locate wetlands and other significant features, 2)  Section 131-37.A.(8.) – relief from the requirement to provide contours at 2' intervals, 3)  Section 131-39.A. – relief from the requirement to provide a scale of 1"=50' on the plan.  Brady stated that the Paradise Township Planning Commission, Monroe County Planning Commission, and Hanover Engineering recommended approval of the requested modifications and approval of the minor subdivision. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to grant the request from Section 131-37.A.(8.) requiring contours at 2' intervals and accept the plan showing 20' contour intervals.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to grant the request from Section 131-39.A. requiring a scale of 1"=50' and accept the plan showing 1"=200'. 

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to grant the request from Section 131-37.A.(7.) requiring location of wetlands and other significant features.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve the Dewey Minor Subdivision Plan as submitted contingent on legal review by Solicitor Prevoznik of the notes on the plan.

Motion carried 3-0.

Troutman stated that the Pocono Heritage Land Trust has received a grant to purchase the 272 acres of the Dewey property as open space land.

          Moore Minor Subdivision – Terry Martin, Martin and Robbins, was present for the applicant.  Mr. Martin explained that the minor subdivision is to subdivide the existing 28.192 acre property into two (2) parcels.  Lot 1 will consist of 3 acres with an existing dwelling, well and septic and Lot 2 will consist of 25.192 acres with an existing dwelling, well and septic.  Mr. Martin stated that two modifications are being requested:   

1)  Section 131-37.A.(8.) – relief from the requirement to provide contours at 2' intervals, 2)  Section 131-39.A. – relief from the requirement to provide a scale of 1"=50' on the plan.  Brady stated that the Paradise Township Planning Commission, Monroe County Planning Commission, and Hanover Engineering recommended approval of the requested modifications and approval of the minor subdivision. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to grant the request from Section 131-37.A.(8.) requiring contours at 2' intervals and accept the plan showing 20' contour intervals.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to grant the request from Section 131-39.A. requiring a scale of 1"=50' and accept the plan showing 1"=100'. 

 

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Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve the Moore Minor Subdivision Plan as submitted.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

New Business         

          Adopt 2012 Budget – Briglia stated that the proposed budget was advertised on November 22 as required by the second-class township code.  Briglia stated that the General Fund revenues are $2,746.350 with expenses at $2,396,350. with a $350,000. surplus.  The total budget with all account revenues (including carryovers) are $4,059,282. with expenses at $2,948,803. 

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to adopt the proposed 2012 budget as advertised.

Motion carried 3-0.

          PARC Budget, PARC Audit, Other Issues – Troutman stated that she did not have the PARC budget.  Troutman stated that PARC does not have an audit by a certified public accountant.  After discussion, Briglia was instructed to contact Ellen Gnandt for an estimate on the PARC audit.  Troutman also had questions on who did the plans for Seven Pines Park.  Brady recommended that Troutman speak with both Hanover Engineering and Barrett Township.

          LSA Grant – Briglia stated that she received an email today from Dara Bostic, DCED, requesting the "least amount" of grant funding necessary to complete the project.  The project is the repair/replace of the four bridges and culverts.  Briglia stated that the total project cost is $1,103,362. and that the Township applied for $827,521.50.  After discussion the Board agreed that the least amount of funding is that same as the original grant of $827,521.50.

 

Unfinished Business

          New Employee – Troutman stated that the Board had conducted several interviews for the position of maintenance laborer. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to offer Frank Boehme Jr. the position at $14.25 per hour plus benefits as established by the Union Agreement.

Motion carried 3-0.

Briglia questioned what the start date should be.  The Board agreed to January 3, the first working day in January.

          Benecon – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that his would be an executive session item.

 

Solicitor’s Report

          Solicitor Prevoznik reported that a conference call with Attorney Vinsko has been scheduled for next Thursday regarding the EconoLodge. 

         

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

          Barrett Paradise Friendly  Library – Troutman summarized the letter updating the Township on their programs and services.  Troutman also stated that a copy of the      

 

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their financial statements for 2009 and 2010 were submitted.

 

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to accept the Barrett Paradise Friendly Library Financial Statements for 2009 and 2010.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Other Business/Public Comment

          There was no other business or public comment.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting at 7:07 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 8:16 p.m.  Troutman stated that personnel, real estate, and litigation issues were discussed.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Adjournment

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to continue the regular meeting to Tuesday, December 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Reda Briglia

Secretary