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06/04/2012 BOS Minutes



JUNE 4, 2012


Call to Order

Chair Flood called the meeting to order at 6:10 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         Robert Safin – Roadmaster

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 May 14, 2012 Board of Supervisors regular meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.


New Business

  September 3 meeting (Holiday)                              

The Board agreed to cancel the September 3 meeting and to reschedule if necessary later.


  Electronics  (MCMWA)

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to accept electronics for recycling during the roadcrew hours (Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), to have a sign made for electronic drop-off area, and to include that the Township is now accepting electronics for recycling in the Township newsletter.

Motion carried 3-0.



  Township Accountant (Appoint)

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to request quotes from accountants for Township business, such as tax questions, and to help with Quickbooks as needed.

 Motion carried 3-0.


  Macrosmith, Inc. (Agreement)

Mr. Grier Yartz was present from Macrosmith, Inc. and reviewed his company's electronic document management solution program.  Solicitor Prevoznik reviewed the Microsmith, Inc. contract.  Briglia will contact the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission regarding municipal records retention and digital imaging policy and guidelines.  Briglia will also contact  Coolbaugh Township who currently uses Macrosmith, Inc.


  Act 26 of 2011 Divert EIT         (Discussion)

Briglia was instructed to contact Berkheimer Associates to request what impact the diversion of Earned Income Tax by residents of Paradise Township working in Allentown would have on the Township.


Unfinished Business

  Act 125 (Date for public hearing)

The Board agreed that Solicitor Prevoznik would work with Briglia to clarify particular items in the Act 125 Plan prepared by Attorney Calpas before scheduling a Public Hearing.


  PA Forest Stewardship Plan (EAC and Appoint/Hire )

The Board agreed to review the Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program Survey completed by the EAC/Open Space prior to the next Board meeting scheduled for June 18, 2012.



  SolicitorSolicitor Prevoznik stated he had executive session items.

Historical Society – Mrs. Carol Hillestad presented changes requested by the Paradise Historical Society to the draft agreement for the provisions of funds for historic preservation for Parkside Chapel.

Motion: Flood moved and seconded by Briglia to approve the changes as requested.  The  Paradise Historical Society should then execute the agreement and forward to the Board for their signatures.  (See Exhibit 1)


  Roadmaster (attached) Safin read his report.  Safin also reported that the bridge planters on Route 940 were installed today and that the paver walkway at Posie's Park has been started.


   Zoning Officer (attached) Brady stated her report is self-explanatory.  Brady reported that her report will now include inspections by the Sewage Enforcement Officer and the Discharge Monitoring Reports review. 


   PARC Troutman reported that PARC has received one quote for their annual audit of $1200.00 and is waiting on a quote from Ellen Gnandt.  Troutman stated that the three elected officials have held two work sessions and one PARC meeting was held.  PARC has agreed to hire an attorney and engineer.  PARC would like to cap attorney costs at $5,000.00.  Solicitor Prevoznik suggested that Troutman contact Attorney McManus to discuss this.  PARC also would like to remain a 9-member commission.  The Board agreed that it should be a 3-member commission and an addendum can be done to increase the size of the commission later if desired.


  EAC/Open Space – Flood reported that the bridge planters were installed on Route 940 today and that the EAC/Open Space has completed the Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program survey.


  PMREMS – Briglia stated that several interviews were held for the administrative manager position and a final interview is scheduled for this Thursday.



   Design Matters (Work Shop)

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman for Brady to attend the Design Matters work shop in Jessup on June 20.

Motion carried 3-0.


Other Business/Public Comment

  Shawn Garber inquired if a gas line pipe is being installed in Paradise Township.  Brady stated that it is not at this time.


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 7:46 p.m.  The Board took a short break before starting the executive session.

Motion carried 3-0.


Motion: Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 8:16 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Flood stated that real estate and personnel matters were discussed.



Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to adjourn meeting at 8:17 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully submitted,




Reda Briglia