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03/19/2012 BOS Minutes



MARCH 19, 2012


Call to Order

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


Roll Call

Officials Present:

Michael Flood – Chair                                     Charles Unangst – Hanover Engineering

Louise Troutman – Vice Chair                          Debra Brady – Zoning Officer

Reda Briglia – Secretary-Treasurer                   John C. Prevoznik – Solicitor


Pledge of Allegiance

Flood led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


Public Comment Statement

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 March 5, 2012 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.


Roof Kitchen Renovation Bid

Briglia stated that three bids were received for the kitchen renovation at the "Roof".  The bids were opened and read aloud on March 14, 2012 at 1:05 p.m. as advertised.  Briglia reported that Hanover Engineering and Solicitor Prevoznik have reviewed the

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bids.  Hanover Engineering's review stated that D&M Construction Unlimited had included the major electrical items in this project in the general contractor bid proposal instead of in their electrical bid proposal and therefore, their proposal was inaccurate as it was excessively higher than necessary.  D & M Construction Unlimited submitted a letter stating that the electrical items were included in the wrong bid but did not specify the corrected amounts for either the electrical or general contractor bids.  Solicitor Prevoznik reported that the stove included in the bid specifications was manufactured in Canada and if the steel used to manufacture the stove was also made in Canada that the stove would not meet the Steel Procurement Act.  The Board discussed the issues.  See Exhibit 1. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to reject all bids for the kitchen renovation and rebid the project this fall.

Motion carried 3-0. 


Planning Commission Items

Ordinance Revisions – Brady stated that the current planned residential development (PRD) zoning ordinance conflicts with other parts of the zoning ordinance and recommends rescinding the PRD zoning.  The Board agreed and instructed Brady to prepare the necessary ordinance to do so.


New Business

          Little League – Jerry Rinker was present for the Little League Association.  Mr. Rinker thanked the Board for the progress being made on the two little league fields at Seven Pines.  Mr. Rinker also questioned what needs to be done to move forward with the dugout, concession stands, etc.  After further discussion, the Board agreed that Little League should attend the joint meeting of the elected officials from Mt. Pocono Borough, Barrett Township and Paradise Township being scheduled to discuss PARC.  Briglia will inform Mr. Rinker when a date is scheduled for the joint meeting.


          Monsignor McHugh – Flood summarized the letter from The Friends of Pocono Catholic Schools.  The Friends are planning a 5K run/walk in September and requested the temporary closure of Koerner's Road.   

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to close Koerner's Road for the 5K run/walk.  Briglia will notify The Friends of Pocono Catholic Schools that the road closure must be advertised and for them to contact Pocono Mountain Regional EMS, Pocono Volunteer Fire Co., and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Briglia will also request their Certificate of Insurance naming Paradise Township an additional insured.

Motion carried 3-0.


          Kubsch – Briglia explained that Mrs. Kubsch is requesting a refund of the difference of the penalty tax payment and the discount tax payment.  Briglia stated that the Monroe County Commissioners Office confirmed in their letter that Mrs. Kubsch address was inadvertently inputted incorrectly into the county computer system and


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therefore she never received her tax bills.  The County refunded the difference of the penalty amount and the base rate for the County portion of the taxes only.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to refund the difference of the penalty amount and the base rate which is $15.22.

Motion carried 3-0.


          Run-for-the-Red – Flood read the email from Mr. Bob Werts requesting the Township to write a letter to the Monroe County Fire Police asking for their assistance for traffic control for the Run-for-the Red.  Mrs. Merli was present and explained that the Monroe County Fire Police will only consider requests from the municipalities.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to write the letter to the Monroe County Fire Police requesting their assistance for the Run-for-the-Red.

Motion carried 3-0.


          Spring Clean Up – Briglia stated that Mr. Safin requested the Board to consider not charging for tires during the clean ups.   Briglia stated that the recylcling charge for the tires were $1.50 each last fall.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood not to charge for the first four tires and that no commercial tires will be accepted.  The charge will remain at $2.00 for any tires over four.

Motion carried 3-0.


Unfinished Business

          Chipper Agreement – Briglia stated that she has not found the original agreement regarding the payments.


          Woodland Road (Signage Plan) – Mr. Unangst presented the signage plan for no parking, no passing, and no jake brakes. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to install the no passing signs, but not the no parking and no jake brakes signs.

Motion carried 3-0.


          Recycling Centers – Troutman stated that a group of citizens toured the Chestnuthill and Polk Township recycling center.  The cost of such a center was discussed.  Although grants are available, municipalities of over 10,000 who are mandated to offer recycling are favored to receive any grants.  Briglia asked if the costs of a recycling center to serve 3,000 people would be a wise decision.  Briglia recommended that the Monroe County Municipal Authority or the Monroe County Commissioners be contacted to have county recycling centers strategically located throughout the County.


          Posie's Park Walkway  -- Briglia stated that Ross and Ross Nursery informed her that the quote of $3,200.00 for the walkway did not include the edging and that the edging would be an additional $300.00.

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Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the additional $300.00.

Motion carried 3-0.

Briglia stated that a color also needs to be chosen.  After discussion the Board agreed that the Compassionate Friends should choose the color.


          Joint PARC IGA Meeting – This was discussed earlier this evening with Mr. Rinker from the Little League Association.


          SEO – Briglia stated that Jeryl Rinehart was happy to help Paradise Township until a sewage enforcement officer can be hired, but that she could not do it on a permanent basis.  Briglia stated that Mrs. Rinehart has given her some names of SEO's that may be interested.  After discussion the Board instructed Briglia to advertise for an SEO from 6 to 10 hours weekly.


          Bank Information – Briglia reported that PLGIT would be starting to charge for certain items such as wire transfers, lock box deposits, and checks.  Briglia also stated that other banks may be following suit with Citizens Bank and no longer offer government accounts including PennStar.  Briglia requested that the Township keep the funds currently at Citizens and not to move to PennStar at this time.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to rescind the motion to move the Citizens accounts to PennStar.

Motion carried 3-0.


          SEO Flowers – Briglia stated that a previous motion was to spend up to $100.00 on flowers for Dean Woodling's funeral.  Briglia stated that the flowers were ordered for $150.00.

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the $150.00 for Dean Woodling's funeral flowers.

Motion carried 3-0.


Solicitor’s Report

          Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he had no report for this evening.



          Pocono Mountain Council of Governments Dinner – Briglia asked if any of the Supervisors wanted to attend the dinner and to approve Safin attending at the cost of $28.00.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to approve Safin attending the dinner and for the Township to pay the cost and mileage.

Motion carried 3-0.


          Monroe County Municipal Waste Authority – Flood summarized the letter from the MCMWA stating that a standing committee has been created for the prevention, control and cleanup of litter and that their first meeting is scheduled for Thursday,


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March 22 at 8:30 am at the Monroe County Conservation District.  Flood stated that he would try to go.


Other Business/Public Comment

          There was no other business or public comment.



Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to adjourn meeting at 8:00 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully submitted,




Reda Briglia