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01/16/2012 BOS Minutes

PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

JANUARY 16, 2012

 

Call to Order

Chair Flood called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.

 

Roll Call

Officials Present:

Michael Flood – Chair                                     John C. Prevoznik – Solicitor

Louise Troutman – Vice Chair                         

Reda Briglia – Secretary-Treasurer                            

 

Pledge of Allegiance

Chair Flood led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Public Comment Statement

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: Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve the January 3, 2012 Board of Supervisors reorganization minutes and the January 3, 2012 Board of Supervisors regular meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Briglia presented the Treasurer’s Report as attached.  Briglia stated that the $100,000.00 certificate of deposit that matures on January 31, 2012 should be transferred to Citizen's General Fund.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to transfer the $100,000.00, plus interest, certificate of deposit with Sterling National Bank, NY to the Citizen's General Fund upon maturity on January 31, 2012.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

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Briglia explained that she has opened an account with PLGIT for the $350,000.00 to be held in escrow per the intergovernmental agreement with Price Township for Echo Farm.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to ratify the action of opening an account with PLGIT for the title escrow account agreement between Paradise Township, Price Township and Echo Farm, LLC to be used in the event that there is a challenge for the enumerated items therein.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve the Treasurer's Report as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

The Board discussed the monies due Pocono Property Abstract.  Solicitor Prevoznik explained that Pocono Property Abstract did the majority of the work for the title insurance but was unable to issue the title insurance and therefore the Township needed to pay Pocono Property Abstract for their work.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to pay Pocono Property Abstract the $2500.00 withheld at closing plus the $474.50 previously billed.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Unfinished Business/Old Business

Mrs. Carol Hillestad was present with Mr. and Mrs. Lawson from the Paradise Township Historical Society to discuss the Historical Society's recommendation to appropriate monies to Parkside Chapel.  The Board discussed the need for the Township to work on a prerequisite appropriation procedure for the Historical Society's recommendation and also the request from the Community Center for program funding.  After further discussion the Board agreed to discuss this at the work session scheduled for February 27, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. 

 

Planning Commission Items

Dewey Minor Subdivision Plan and Planning Module – Mr. Terry Martin was present and reviewed the subdivision plan and planning module with the Board.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he reviewed the notes on the subdivision plan and that his recommended changes have been added to the subdivision plan.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the Dewey Minor Subdivision Plan as revised and dated January 15, 2012.

Motion carried 3-0.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the Dewey Planning Module as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Proposed Ordinance – Brady stated that previously four proposed ordinances were scheduled for public hearings on February 27, 2012.  Brady stated that the two proposed ordinances for Chapter 1/Definitions have now been combined. 

 

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Motion:  Briglia moved to schedule the proposed ordinances for public hearings on February 27, 2012 as follows:

          Chapter 1 Definitions – 6:30 p.m. (water extraction and oil and gas)

          Chapter 160 – 6:45 p.m. (oil and gas development)

          Chapter 160 – 7:00 p.m. (commercial water extraction)

Motion carried 3-0.

 

New Business         

          Act 125 Approval – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that Ballard, Spahr, Ingersoll and Rand estimated $2,000.00 to $2,500.00 to prepare an Act 125 agreement.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that an Act 125 agreement is a cafeteria plan that allows employees to choose between different types of benefits from a selection of two or more benefits consisting of cash or qualified benefit plans.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to approve Ballard, Spahr, Ingersoll and Rand to prepare an Act 125 agreement.

Motion carried 3-0.

          Appoint Auditor – Briglia stated that notice was given to appoint an auditor for the 2011 audit in the Pocono Record on December 13, 2011.  Briglia stated that one proposal was received from Ellen Gnandt. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to appoint Ellen Gnandt to complete the 2011 Township audit per her estimate of $8,250.00.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Unfinished Business/Old Business

          Echo Farm Committee – Briglia recommended that Bob Safin be appointed to the Echo Farm Committee per the intergovernmental agreement between Paradise Township and Price Township.  After discussion, the Board agreed to wait until after the Township's newsletter is mailed, which includes the different vacancies on the Township's boards/committees, to see if anyone is interested.  The Board however will direct Robert Safin to attend the meetings once the committee is formed.

 

Solicitor’s Report

          Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he had an executive session item.

 

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

          Monroe County 2020 Task Force – Briglia explained that included in the Board of Supervisors agenda packet were the January 20 Monroe County 2020 Task Force agenda, December 16 meeting summary, Roadscape policy points, legislative policy update, and legislation distributed by the Monroe County 2020 Task Force.  It was noted that task force only includes representatives from Chestnuthill Township.  Solicitor Prevoznik will follow up on the task force.

          Upcoming Work Sessions -- Briglia stated that the following work sessions have been scheduled:

          February 6 at 5:00 p.m. – PARC Intergovernmental Agreement

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          February 27 at 5:00 p.m. – George Boeze/Forest Management and Pre-requisite appropriation procedures.

          March 5 at 5:00 p.m. – Dick Carey/Forest Management.               

 

Other Business/Public Comment

          There was no other business or public comment.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to recess the regular meeting and go into an executive session at 6:55 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 7:12 p.m.  

Motion carried 3-0.

Troutman stated that personnel, real estate and potential litigation were discussed.

 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to move forward with an appraisal on the property discussed in the executive session.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Adjournment

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to adjourn meeting at 7:15 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Reda Briglia

Secretary