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05/14/2012 BOS Minutes

                                                                                                                                                    

PARADISE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

MAY 14, 2012

 

Call to Order

Chair Flood called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m.

 

Roll Call

Officials Present:

Michael Flood – Chair                           Charles Unangst – Hanover Engineering

Louise Troutman – Vice Chair                John C. Prevoznik – Solicitor

Reda Briglia – Secretary-Treasurer         Robert Safin – Roadmaster

Debra Brady – Zoning Officer

 

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: Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the April 16, 2012 Board of Supervisors regular meeting minutes as presented.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion: Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to approve the April 27, 2012 Board of Supervisors special meeting minutes as presented. 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion: Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve the April 30, 2012 Barrett Township, Mt. Pocono Borough, and Paradise Township Joint meeting minutes as presented. 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Unfinished Business

  Parkside Chapel – Mrs. Carol Hillestad and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Byrnes were present.  Solicitor Prevoznik distributed a draft agreement for the provision of funds for historic preservation.  Mrs. Hillestad questioned if an audit was necessary or if an accountant's review would be sufficient.  The Board agreed that an accountant's review would be sufficient.  Mrs. Hillestad also questioned if the Historical Society along with the Parkside Chapel needed to agree that the Township shall be reimbursed its funds with 6% interest if the Chapel was sold within five years.  Solicitor Prevoznik explained that the agreement would be recorded and put anyone interested in purchasing the property on notice that the repayment of funds is required.

 

Bids/Quotes

   Road Paving Bid Proposal

Briglia stated that the bid was advertised on April 16 and 23 in the Pocono Record, that a pre-bid meeting was held on April 30, that the bids were due by 1:00 p.m. on May 10, and opened and read by a committee on May 10 at 1:05 p.m.  Briglia read the results of the bids (See Exhibit 1). 

Motion:  Flood moved and seconded by Troutman to award the bid to Hanson Aggregates for $298,911.90.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

  Bituminous Seal Coat Bid Proposal                

Briglia stated that the bid was advertised on April 16 and 23 in the Pocono Record, that a pre-bid meeting was held on April 30, that the bids were due by 1:00 p.m. on May 10, and opened and read by a committee on May 10 at 1:05 p.m.  Briglia read the results of the bids (See Exhibit 2). 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to award the bid to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions for $68,296.90.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

  Material Bid Proposal

Briglia stated that the bid was advertised on April 16 and 23 in the Pocono Record, that the bids were due by 2:00 p.m. on May 10, and opened and read by a committee on May 10 at 2:05 p.m.  Briglia read the results of the bids (See Exhibit 3). 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to award the bids to the lowest bidder on each item. 

Motion carried 3-0.

                                      

Treasurer’s Report

Briglia presented the Treasurer’s Report as attached.  Briglia reviewed the options for investing approximately $500,000.00 to $600,000.00 through PLGIT Certificates of Deposits.

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

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Planning Commission Items

  Cid, Benito and Myrna – Mr. Cid was present and reviewed the sketch of the minor subdivision plan indicating that to subdivide his current parcel of 10.8 acres to create one additional lot would require a 730' flag stem.  The Paradise Township Code of Ordinances requires that flag lots cannot exceed 500' in length.  Brady clarified that this was only a sketch plan and not the minor subdivision plan.  The Planning Commission had reviewed and recommended approval of the 730' flag stem.  The Board agreed that they would consider the minor subdivision plan favorably with the 730' flag stem. 

                                     

New Business

  Mt. Airy Supplemental Transportation   Chair Flood read the letter from Ceco Associates stating that based on the conclusions of this supplemental transportation analysis, it is Traffic Planning and Design's and Ceco's opinion that further iterations of the three-year period supplemental transportation analysis (TIS) should be deferred until such time that future development of additional property is proposed along Woodland Road.  The Board agreed to have Hanover Engineering review this further.

         

  SEO Appointment – Troutman stated that the Board interviewed three people for the Township's SEO position.  Troutman stated that Building Inspectors Underwriters (BIU) is offering the Township the lowest price and that BIU currently handles the Township's building code enforcement. 

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to appoint BIU as the Township's  SEO.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

  Bridge to Success Article  – Flood reviewed the article from PennDOT regarding "Bridge to Success".  The article refers to a Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS), a bridge alternative technology that could be constructed in a short period of time.  The Board agreed to have Hanover Engineering review this further.

 

  Barrett Township Monthly Clean Up – Briglia stated that Barrett Township and some other municipalities have started to hold monthly clean-ups in place of their spring and fall clean ups.  Briglia stated that she included Barrett Township's ad on the agenda tonight for the Board to think about.

                                     

    Government Day – Flood stated that Medico Industries will be holding their Government Day on Thursday May 24 in Wilkes-Barre.  Safin stated he would like the road crew and laborers to attend.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to approve the road crew and laborers attend Government Day on May 24.

 

Motion carried 3-0.      

  Close the Loop/Give or Take Day – Troutman reported that she attended the Chestnuthill Township Give or Take Day.  Troutman explained that Give & Take Events are a great way to recycle. They offer you the chance to pass on items you no longer want, that are in good condition and working order for others to reuse.  No money is exchanged and lots of useful items are diverted from landfill. Troutman stated that the Close the Loop organization runs the event.  After discussion, Briglia will arrange for the Close the Loop organization to attend an upcoming work session.

  Blue Bird Nest Boxes   Troutman reported that Jackie Speicher has contacted her requesting permission to place blue bird nest boxes on Paradise Township properties. 

Troutman explained that building of the nest boxes is a Boy Scout project.  The Board agreed that blue bird nest boxes can be placed on township property.                                       

  July 2 Meeting – Briglia stated that the Board's regularly scheduled meeting for July is on Monday July 2 and that Wednesday is the July 4th Holiday.  Briglia asked if the Supervisors would be available for the July 2 meeting.  Flood stated that he would be and Troutman stated she may be.  The Board agreed not to reschedule the Board of Supervisors July 2 meeting.

                                     

Unfinished Business

  Hanover Engineering Update Flood Map – Flood summarized the letter from Hanover Engineering stating that after review of the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map and Flood Insurance Study for Paradise Township that there is nothing being proposed or depicted that Hanover Engineering would recommend that the Township appeal. 

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman to accept Hanover Engineering's letter regarding the updated proposed Flood Insurance Rate and Flood Insurance Study and that no action by the Board is recommended.

Motion carried 3-0.

                                               

  Parkside Chapel – This was discussed earlier this evening (See Page 2).

                  

  Kubsch Tax Letter  – Briglia stated that Mrs. Kubsch has written a follow-up letter requesting the difference of the base and discount tax rate of $3.05 on the Township taxes.  The Board previously approved refunding the difference of the base rate and discount rate due to an addressing error made by Monroe County.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to refund the $3.05 per Mrs. Kubsch request. 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

  Mt. Airy Trail Bond – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that the extension of the Mt. Airy Trail Bond has been received extending the bond until May 20, 2013.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that a second addendum to the developer's agreement also needs to be completed by May 20, 2012.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Flood to enter into an acceptable second addendum of the 2009 Developer's Agreement no later than Thursday, May 20, 2012.  If a new developer's agreement is not entered into by May 20, the next necessary action is to contact the bonding company because the trails are not complete.    

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Reports

  Reports

  Solicitor – Solicitor Prevoznik stated that an executive session was held this morning, May 14, at 9:00 a.m. for potential litigation and that no action was taken at the executive session.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated that he does not have an answer on Watch Children Signs at this time.  Solicitor Prevoznik stated he had executive session items. 

 

  Roadmaster (attached) Safin read his report. 

 

   Zoning Officer (attached) Brady stated that in addition to her report that the Final Land Development Plan for the Mt. Airy Golf Club has been received.

 

   PARC Troutman stated that the three elected officials from each municipality representing PARC would be meeting on Wednesday to discuss the revisions to the current intermunicipal cooperation agreement.

 

  EAC/Open Space – Flood stated that he did not attend the meeting.  Briglia stated that Mrs. Carol Hillestad, Chair of the EAC, submitted the EAC/Open Space completed forest stewardship survey.  Briglia stated she would schedule a work session to review the EAC/Open Space comments.

 

  PMREMS – Briglia stated that the personnel committee is in the process of interviewing for an administrative manager.

 

Correspondence/Miscellaneous

  Jason Smith, Hanover Engineering, attended the work session this evening at 5:00 p.m. and reviewed his comments on the Greenway Monitoring Report submitted by Mt. Airy Casino and Resort.  Solicitor Prevoznik requested a motion for him and Jason Smith to work on the comment letter.

Motion:  Briglia moved and seconded by Troutman for Solicitor Prevoznik and Jason Smith to work together on the comments regarding the Mt. Airy Casino and Resort Greenway Monitoring Report.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

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 7:17 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion: Briglia moved and seconded by Flood to reconvene the regular meeting at 7:46 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

Flood stated that potential litigation and personnel matters were discussed.

 

Other Business/Public Comment (Continued)

  Resolution

  Briglia stated that the Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors is requesting that the municipalities adopt a resolution to amend the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Law (Act 442 of 1961) to increase the threshold for compliance from $25,000.00 to $185,000.00 and forward to their respective legislatures.

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to adopt a resolution (to be numbered consecutively) to amend the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Law to increase the threshold for compliance from $25,000.00 to $185,000.00 and forward to the Township's legislatures.

 

Adjournment

Motion:  Troutman moved and seconded by Briglia to adjourn meeting at 7:48 p.m.

Motion carried 3-0.

                                                                                                        

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Reda Briglia

Secretary