SWAN NEWSLETTER #122

 

August 2, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Public Comment  A resident, representing homeowners in Phases 4 and 5 of the Quail Hollow development, asked the supervisors to remember the problem they had last winter with snow removal. There were a few empty lots remaining so the streets had not been finished and turned over to the township. This meant that the developer was still responsible for snow removal. However, the developer did not clear the streets after the first couple of snows last year, the homeowners complained to the township, the township contacted the developer and the developer arranged for a company to do the plowing. She reported that the streets are still not finished and the residents are concerned that the same situation might occur again this year. She wanted the supervisors to be aware that they might be asked to intervene again.

 

Dauphin County Library System The new executive director of the county system introduced him-self to the supervisors and discussed the activities of the system in general and the East Shore branch in particular. There are eight libraries in the system and the branch located adjacent to the Colonial Park Mall is the largest of the eight. He mentioned the system’s outreach program, day care, book vans, senior citizen centers, programs in the parks, etc. He thanked the township for their support of the system and the supervisors thanked him for the system’s work in the township.

 

Stormwater Management  A representative from HRG Engineers reported on the state Department of Environment Protection checklist regarding the township’s 2015-16 Municipal Storm Water Program report. The new state regulations require the township to provide the citizens with information on the status of the work to meet the new requirements. The township will need to secure a new state permit in 2018. The engineer stated that the main concern is planning to meet the new requirements for work in the Paxton Creek mini basin. Since Beaver Creek is not yet impaired, repair work there can wait. The engineers will be providing the township with their annual report later.

 

Earl Drive Culvert  At several previous meetings HRG engineers had discussed with the supervisors proposals for their services to design, secure the necessary state permits and supervise the work now required to repair and stabilize this culvert’s stream banks. Questions were raised about some of the items in this earlier proposal and the matter was tabled. At this meeting, the representative submitted a revised proposal addressing the previous comments. It contained their proposed design fee for the project which was not to exceed $102,800.00. The board voted to approve the agreement.

 

Deavon Woods  At the March 8th supervisors workshop session, the contractor building houses on Plowman Ridge Road in this one street development requested permission to remove the center one, of the three curbed islands, which were built to keep traffic speed down. The street is straight, but the middle island seemed unnecessary, and it adds to a problem for the snow plow and for parking, and the supervisors then agreed. At this meeting, the developer asked the supervisors to allow him to get the property owners to finally sign off on removing the island and the supervisors voted to approve his request.

 

August 3,  2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING Reported by Bill Bostic

 

Commissioner Steve Libhart was absent.

 

Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Queen Street Village (now called Wind Chase)  Triple Crown Corporation is proposing to build 14 town homes and 1 single-family home on a tract located behind the shopping plaza along Jonestown Road with a Sherwin-Williams Paint Store. The property is along Byron and Queen Avenues. The commission recommended the plan for approval.

 

Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Commerce Drive, LP  The plan calls for a nearly 19-acre lot along Commerce and Russell drives to be subdivided into two lots. No construction is planned. The commission recommended the plan for approval.

 

Final Subdivision Plan for Stray Winds Farm, Phase 3  Triple Crown Corporation plans to construct 84 dwelling units on a nearly 39-acre tract in this phase. The commission recommended the plan for approval.

 

Review of model Medical Marijuana Ordinance  Dauphin County has developed a model ordinance to regulate businesses involved in the medical marijuana industry. The issue was tabled to gather more information and to determine whether the Planning Commission is supposed to develop a draft ordinance.

 

Comprehensive Plan  The Planning Commission asked the township staff to proceed with developing a request for a proposal to hire a consultant to assist the township with revising the current comprehensive plan.

 

August 3, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING  Reported by Vera Stuchinski

 

Bill Jones, applicant –  The committee unanimously voted to appoint Bill Jones to the Greenway Committee. Mr. Jones has attended both Greenway and Parks & Recreation meetings, offered to serve on either one, but expressed a particular interest in Greenway.

 

Hodges Heights – Since there is no suitable land for a new park, the current thinking is for residents to use Kings Crossing for active recreation, with Hodges Heights for passive recreation. The pavilion & courts will be maintained until they are no longer usable. Benches and trees will be added. A walking trail can be built with Hodges Heights Park as the anchor. On Saturday there will be a neighborhood meeting chaired by the community representative, Mr. Banks. He will discuss these ideas with residents. Mr. Seidler will attend as well as the representative from the Parks & Recreation Board.

 

CASA Update & Tournament– At George Park, there will be a Labor Day weekend soccer tournament. CASA (Capital Area Soccer Association) requested, and was granted, approval for additional parking on the grass. They are responsible for repairs if there is any damage. CASA has invited vendors, which they have done for some time now. That is actually against a township ordinance. This issue needs to be brought to the supervisors’ attention, and a policy created that assesses a vendors’ fee.

 

Parks & Recreation Ordinances – There will be a workshop on August 9th for supervisors and board members to develop policies for using signage and sponsorships as an income stream. We need to do more than just enforcing the current policies.

 

Arts Council – There was a very good turnout and participation in the craft activity provided by the Arts Council on the National Night Out.

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Greenway Committee – Mr. Chianos continues to meet with the supervisors. The “handshake” legal agreement and written specifics for the proposed Oak Park Trail may not be completely agreeable to Mr. Chianos. A financial arrangement may be in the works.

– Next year, the committee would like to distribute information about the July 5K race earlier in the year. Some of the proceeds from this year’s race will be reserved for advertising the 2017 race. The committee would also like to sponsor additional races. There was some discussion about safety issues.

 

Community Engagement Committee –  An applicant for a position on the committee will attend the upcoming meeting.

 

Other Business – The Paintball Park overnight event was held on July 9th. It went very well, and they would like to do it again. They’ll be in contact with the board.

– Koons Park porta-potty issues have arisen again. The coach of a girls’ team and some senior citizens have asked for additional facilities. Also, the dugouts are not yet finished.

– The 2017 budget is being worked on. There are many projects in the works. Priorities must be established.

– Grant applications have been submitted for funding Possibility Place improvements.

 

 

 

August 9, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP  Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Local Share Municipal GrantResolutions #16-32-01 to #16-32-08  Dauphin County provides grants to the municipalities from funds they receive from gaming. The funds come primarily from the Hollywood Casino and the Penn National Race Course. The township received requests for funds from four local organizations and the township staff listed four projects they would use funds for these projects. The supervisors needed to determine by secret ballot the order in which the available funds would be distributed. The result of their voting in the order of importance to them was as follows:

 

  1. Possibility Place   The replacement of the flooring at the township’s large children’s play structure.
  2. Earl Drive Culvert   The repair of the stream banks through the development.
  3. Linglestown Fire Company   An addition to and the partial renovation of the fire house to provide for a larger training area and housing for emergency vehicles.
  4. Heroes Grove   Addition of rest rooms and landscaping around the amphitheater.
  5. Nyes Road Sidewalk   Construction of a sidewalk along the west side of Nyes Road from Jonestown Road to the entrance to George Park.
  6. Partnership for Hope  Funding for help with the non-profit organization’s many projects which include help for the homeless, offenders, single parents and collection and distribution of donated furniture.
  7. Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg  Contribution of listening devices and other materials to improve residents’ lifestyle.
  8. Comcast Facilities  Contribution of materials.

 

Parks & Recreation  Stanley Smith and other members of the P&R board had met in April with the supervisors to discuss the consideration of allowing signage and advertising in township parks. The existing township ordinance dated 1973 prohibits advertising, but over the years temporary signs have appeared and park sponsors and contributors have been recognized. The P&R board and the parks department want to work with the supervisors toward agreeing on a comprehensive sign policy.

 

The individual supervisors expressed differing opinions on the matter. Several of them strongly supported a policy that would result in generating needed funds for park maintenance and expansion. They noted that more park facilities will be needed as the township grows, and the development of the Wolfersberger Park property should be a priority. One supervisor felt that the entire matter should be carefully analyzed before any decisions are made. At the end of the long discussion, the supervisors agreed to move forward and directed the P&R board to develop an overall long term plan for park improvements, based on the recognition that outside funding will be needed.

 

Berlin, Maryland  Board Chairman William Hornung gave a slide presentation showing how this town had developed a large successful community center. It has a visitors’ center, stores and shops, organized activities, artist displays, and so forth, somewhat like a much larger version of the center area of Linglestown. He commented that it might be possible for Lower Paxton Township to develop a similar community visitors’ center and activities hub.

 

Public WorksResolution #16-31  This resolution was to approve the Planning Module to allow the discharge of the water, used to wash vehicles at the Public Works facility at their location on Locust Lane, into the sanitary sewer system. That water would eventually end up at the Swatara Township treatment plant. The supervisors voted to approve the resolution.

 

August 15, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Fire Trucks  Each of the three fire companies are in the process of acquiring new fire trucks under the Fire Equipment Capital Plan, Phase IV. Public Safety Director David Spotts asked each company for a status report on the process of their work with the manufacturer. The Linglestown Fire Company chief stated that they were finalizing the necessary paperwork. The Colonial Park Fire Company and the Paxtonia Fire Company chiefs said they had not yet received word back from the manufacturer on the status of their projects.

 

Rescue Task Force  Mr. Spotts reported that the task force exercise is now scheduled for April 2017 at the Central Dauphin Middle School on Locust Lane.

 

ISO Fire Insurance Classification  Director Spotts stated that the necessary information is in the process of being supplied to the insurance company.

 

Fire Apparatus Inventory  Mr. Spotts reported that he has received the listing of the companies’ wheeled equipment from the Colonial Park company, but not yet from the  Linglestown and the Paxtonia companies.

 

Firehouse Software Mr. Spotts asked each company to report on the status of their software upgrades. The chiefs reported that they were still considering what to do and would advise him when decisions are reached.

 

National Night Out For Safety  Mr. Spotts had been unable to attend the annual event and asked the companies for a report. They said it was well attended and very successful. There was a report however that in the future, consideration should be given to improving the handicapped access to where the fire trucks are located in the park.

 

Fire Box System  Mr. Spotts requested that he receive something in writing from the chiefs in the next two months regarding the change in the system.

 

Paxtonia Fire Company Change  It was announced that the company’s long time chief has stepped down and that they now have an acting chief.

 

Fire Marshall  The committee members discussed the question of how best for the Fire Marshall to coordinate his work with that of all of the fire departments. The chiefs said they were sometimes frustrated when there were missed communications between them and the Fire Marshall.  Mr. Spotts said that he would set up a separate meeting with the chiefs and the Fire Marshall to work for better coordination with them in the future.

 

August 16, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BUDGET WORKSHOP Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Budget Review  Township Manager George Wolfe opened the meeting by reviewing for the supervisors the procedure the township needs to go through each year to prepare budgets for the various departments for the upcoming year. He coordinates the preparation of the proposed budgets with the department heads and after midyear, his office develops draft budgets for each one. At this meeting, he presented the drafts to the supervisors. The supervisors will review and revise them in the coming months and they typically approve them at their last business meeting in December.

 

Key Indicator Report   Mr. Wolfe presented details of the township’s financial status at the end of the second quarter of this year. He reported that after difficult financial times some six years ago the township rebounded starting around 2011 and has been on solid financial footing ever since. He said that a larger part of the tax revenues, particularly the real estate taxes, are gotten in the earlier part of the year. He reviewed, in some detail the expenditures to date and those expected for the rest of the year, and he stated that the township finances are in good shape. He noted that the expenses for the continuing extensive road repair work and for the upcoming storm water projects and park improvements are being included in the budgeting.

 

Strategic Financial Plan  Public Safety Director David Spotts reported that the Police Department has had some officers retire and some new officers hired. He wants to have 57 officers on the force, but with retirements he is now down to 52 officers. He presently has 4 candidates, but he expects to have 4 or 5 retirements yet this year so he is working to recruit more to reach 57. He is working to make needed upgrades to the in-car computers. He reported that the police dog is working well, with in-school activities and with drug enforcement and is receiving help with contributions from the public. He finished by saying that he is comfortable that the existing budget for the department will be adequate for 2017.

 

Other Items   Reports were given on the status and planning of other township projects as follows:

 

The Public Works Department is looking to hire additional staff to meet the growing activities of the department.

 

Planned repair work at George Park is nearing completion but more work is needed. The Parks & Recreation board and staff will have to prioritize and budget for that.

 

There are problems on Spring Creek Road and major construction work would be needed to keep it open. To widen it would be very expensive. It could be made one way or it could be abandoned altogether and the houses on the road bought by the township.

 

The upgrade to a number of traffic signals has started.

 

The township has received a $50,000.00 grant from the county to completely update the township’s Comprehensive Plan. Work on that by the Planning Commission may have already started.

 

The township has a three year lease on the Mater Field park area from the local organization that owns it. There are some difficulties with the owner’s new officers regarding how the fields, the township pays to rent are being used. The township wants to continue to use the fields and might consider offering to buy the park. A meeting with the park officers to discuss that was suggested. The township’s possible purchase of the open strip of land that, from the park south to Locust Lane and beyond, could become a trail will be considered. The owner of the northern part of that strip of land has in the past attended supervisors meetings to discuss the possible purchase.

 

The present parking area at Koons Park is not sufficient for the many large events there. Consideration should be given to purchasing adjacent vacant land from Carl’s Auto Shop for additional parking.

 

The staff reported that the separation, six months ago, of the Parks & Recreation  department and the Friendship Center department is working well and there are already some saving in personnel expenses. The construction of the climbing wall at the center is out to bids and the other planned renovations at the center will begin very soon.

 

The board asked for an evaluation of the many projects engineers HRG are doing for the township. The staff reported that they are pleased with HRG’ services and with their rates.

 

Mr. Spotts reported that all school children in the township will have access to school buses, so for this school year there will be only two crossing guards that need to be hired.

 

Supervisor Robin Lindsey gave the other supervisors an update on Hodges Heights Park. She reported that the search for available land for a new park in the southeast corner of the township has been unsuccessful. The existing park is on unstable landfill and the plan was to abandon it and build a new park. The neighbors have continued to request to not close the park. Now Mrs. Lindsey suggested that the existing park should remain open for the time being and some minor improvements to the pavilion and the playground equipment be made.

 

August 16, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Greenway Committee  The supervisors approved the appointment of Bill Jones to fill a vacancy on the Greenway Committee.

 

Michael F. Ronca & Son, Inc.  This company has the contract for the Beaver Creek 4A/B/C sanitary sewer mini-basin replacement project. The company submitted Change Order No. 3 to the contract for additional work in the amount of $54,621.00. The work was to repair damage to the sewer caused by a contractor for PP&L. PP&L will reimburse the township for the cost of the change order. The supervisors approved the change order.

 

Hoffman Ford  The company is planning several small additions to their large showroom and garage building at 5200 Jonestown Road. There is a problem because the flood plane map, which has not been updated for 25 years, indicates that some of the area where the building is located is in the flood plain, where in fact it is clearly not. The company is requesting a waiver to be allowed to build the additions before the map is corrected. Solicitor Steven Stine was asked if the township could be liable if they approved the waiver before the map is upgraded and he said it would not. The board voted to approve the waiver request.

 

Hoffman FordResolution #16-07  This resolution was to approve the land development plan for the proposed additions to the building noted above. The applicant requested waivers from the requirements to construct sidewalks along Jonestown Road and Jaycee Avenue and to plant trees along the two streets. The supervisors agreed that because of the unique site situation sidewalks would not be required. The applicant stated that street trees would obscure the view of the vehicles displayed along Jonestown Road and trees planted on the very steep slope along Jaycee Avenue would not survive. However they said that they would be willing to plant the required number of trees at a township park or at any other location in the township the board chose. The board agreed with that and they said that they would ask the Shade Tree Commission to recommend a proper location for the trees. The supervisors approved the resolution.

 

CVS PharmacyResolution #16-09 A representative from CVS submitted a land development plan for the construction of a new pharmacy building to be built on the northeast corner of Jonestown Road and Devonshire Road in the CG Commercial-General zoning district. The Planning Commission has approved the project and the township staff supports the needed waivers. They agreed that there will be adequate parking on the site and the potential storm water concerns will be addressed. The board voted to approve the resolution.

 

Amber Fields, Phase 8AResolution #16-12  This development is located on Candlestick Drive in the R-C Residential Cluster zoning district. The plan for the seventh phase of this residential development was approved by the Planning Commission and the supervisors reviewed it and voted to approve it.

 

Commerce DriveResolution #16-16  The owner of the undeveloped property at 2800 Commerce Drive, which is partly in Susquehanna Township and partly in Lower Paxton Township, wants to divide the property into two lots. The portion of land in Lower Paxton Township is in the BC Business Campus zoning district. No improvements to the property are planned at this time. The supervisors voted to approve the subdivision request.

 

 

 

 

 

SWAN NEWSLETTER #122

 

August 2, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Public Comment  A resident, representing homeowners in Phases 4 and 5 of the Quail Hollow development, asked the supervisors to remember the problem they had last winter with snow removal. There were a few empty lots remaining so the streets had not been finished and turned over to the township. This meant that the developer was still responsible for snow removal. However, the developer did not clear the streets after the first couple of snows last year, the homeowners complained to the township, the township contacted the developer and the developer arranged for a company to do the plowing. She reported that the streets are still not finished and the residents are concerned that the same situation might occur again this year. She wanted the supervisors to be aware that they might be asked to intervene again.

 

Dauphin County Library System The new executive director of the county system introduced him-self to the supervisors and discussed the activities of the system in general and the East Shore branch in particular. There are eight libraries in the system and the branch located adjacent to the Colonial Park Mall is the largest of the eight. He mentioned the system’s outreach program, day care, book vans, senior citizen centers, programs in the parks, etc. He thanked the township for their support of the system and the supervisors thanked him for the system’s work in the township.

 

Stormwater Management  A representative from HRG Engineers reported on the state Department of Environment Protection checklist regarding the township’s 2015-16 Municipal Storm Water Program report. The new state regulations require the township to provide the citizens with information on the status of the work to meet the new requirements. The township will need to secure a new state permit in 2018. The engineer stated that the main concern is planning to meet the new requirements for work in the Paxton Creek mini basin. Since Beaver Creek is not yet impaired, repair work there can wait. The engineers will be providing the township with their annual report later.

 

Earl Drive Culvert  At several previous meetings HRG engineers had discussed with the supervisors proposals for their services to design, secure the necessary state permits and supervise the work now required to repair and stabilize this culvert’s stream banks. Questions were raised about some of the items in this earlier proposal and the matter was tabled. At this meeting, the representative submitted a revised proposal addressing the previous comments. It contained their proposed design fee for the project which was not to exceed $102,800.00. The board voted to approve the agreement.

 

Deavon Woods  At the March 8th supervisors workshop session, the contractor building houses on Plowman Ridge Road in this one street development requested permission to remove the center one, of the three curbed islands, which were built to keep traffic speed down. The street is straight, but the middle island seemed unnecessary, and it adds to a problem for the snow plow and for parking, and the supervisors then agreed. At this meeting, the developer asked the supervisors to allow him to get the property owners to finally sign off on removing the island and the supervisors voted to approve his request.

 

August 3,  2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING Reported by Bill Bostic

 

Commissioner Steve Libhart was absent.

 

Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Queen Street Village (now called Wind Chase)  Triple Crown Corporation is proposing to build 14 town homes and 1 single-family home on a tract located behind the shopping plaza along Jonestown Road with a Sherwin-Williams Paint Store. The property is along Byron and Queen Avenues. The commission recommended the plan for approval.

 

Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Commerce Drive, LP  The plan calls for a nearly 19-acre lot along Commerce and Russell drives to be subdivided into two lots. No construction is planned. The commission recommended the plan for approval.

 

Final Subdivision Plan for Stray Winds Farm, Phase 3  Triple Crown Corporation plans to construct 84 dwelling units on a nearly 39-acre tract in this phase. The commission recommended the plan for approval.

 

Review of model Medical Marijuana Ordinance  Dauphin County has developed a model ordinance to regulate businesses involved in the medical marijuana industry. The issue was tabled to gather more information and to determine whether the Planning Commission is supposed to develop a draft ordinance.

 

Comprehensive Plan  The Planning Commission asked the township staff to proceed with developing a request for a proposal to hire a consultant to assist the township with revising the current comprehensive plan.

 

August 3, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING  Reported by Vera Stuchinski

 

Bill Jones, applicant –  The committee unanimously voted to appoint Bill Jones to the Greenway Committee. Mr. Jones has attended both Greenway and Parks & Recreation meetings, offered to serve on either one, but expressed a particular interest in Greenway.

 

Hodges Heights – Since there is no suitable land for a new park, the current thinking is for residents to use Kings Crossing for active recreation, with Hodges Heights for passive recreation. The pavilion & courts will be maintained until they are no longer usable. Benches and trees will be added. A walking trail can be built with Hodges Heights Park as the anchor. On Saturday there will be a neighborhood meeting chaired by the community representative, Mr. Banks. He will discuss these ideas with residents. Mr. Seidler will attend as well as the representative from the Parks & Recreation Board.

 

CASA Update & Tournament– At George Park, there will be a Labor Day weekend soccer tournament. CASA (Capital Area Soccer Association) requested, and was granted, approval for additional parking on the grass. They are responsible for repairs if there is any damage. CASA has invited vendors, which they have done for some time now. That is actually against a township ordinance. This issue needs to be brought to the supervisors’ attention, and a policy created that assesses a vendors’ fee.

 

Parks & Recreation Ordinances – There will be a workshop on August 9th for supervisors and board members to develop policies for using signage and sponsorships as an income stream. We need to do more than just enforcing the current policies.

 

Arts Council – There was a very good turnout and participation in the craft activity provided by the Arts Council on the National Night Out.

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Greenway Committee – Mr. Chianos continues to meet with the supervisors. The “handshake” legal agreement and written specifics for the proposed Oak Park Trail may not be completely agreeable to Mr. Chianos. A financial arrangement may be in the works.

– Next year, the committee would like to distribute information about the July 5K race earlier in the year. Some of the proceeds from this year’s race will be reserved for advertising the 2017 race. The committee would also like to sponsor additional races. There was some discussion about safety issues.

 

Community Engagement Committee –  An applicant for a position on the committee will attend the upcoming meeting.

 

Other Business – The Paintball Park overnight event was held on July 9th. It went very well, and they would like to do it again. They’ll be in contact with the board.

– Koons Park porta-potty issues have arisen again. The coach of a girls’ team and some senior citizens have asked for additional facilities. Also, the dugouts are not yet finished.

– The 2017 budget is being worked on. There are many projects in the works. Priorities must be established.

– Grant applications have been submitted for funding Possibility Place improvements.

 

 

 

August 9, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP  Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Local Share Municipal GrantResolutions #16-32-01 to #16-32-08  Dauphin County provides grants to the municipalities from funds they receive from gaming. The funds come primarily from the Hollywood Casino and the Penn National Race Course. The township received requests for funds from four local organizations and the township staff listed four projects they would use funds for these projects. The supervisors needed to determine by secret ballot the order in which the available funds would be distributed. The result of their voting in the order of importance to them was as follows:

 

  1. Possibility Place   The replacement of the flooring at the township’s large children’s play structure.
  2. Earl Drive Culvert   The repair of the stream banks through the development.
  3. Linglestown Fire Company   An addition to and the partial renovation of the fire house to provide for a larger training area and housing for emergency vehicles.
  4. Heroes Grove   Addition of rest rooms and landscaping around the amphitheater.
  5. Nyes Road Sidewalk   Construction of a sidewalk along the west side of Nyes Road from Jonestown Road to the entrance to George Park.
  6. Partnership for Hope  Funding for help with the non-profit organization’s many projects which include help for the homeless, offenders, single parents and collection and distribution of donated furniture.
  7. Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg  Contribution of listening devices and other materials to improve residents’ lifestyle.
  8. Comcast Facilities  Contribution of materials.

 

Parks & Recreation  Stanley Smith and other members of the P&R board had met in April with the supervisors to discuss the consideration of allowing signage and advertising in township parks. The existing township ordinance dated 1973 prohibits advertising, but over the years temporary signs have appeared and park sponsors and contributors have been recognized. The P&R board and the parks department want to work with the supervisors toward agreeing on a comprehensive sign policy.

 

The individual supervisors expressed differing opinions on the matter. Several of them strongly supported a policy that would result in generating needed funds for park maintenance and expansion. They noted that more park facilities will be needed as the township grows, and the development of the Wolfersberger Park property should be a priority. One supervisor felt that the entire matter should be carefully analyzed before any decisions are made. At the end of the long discussion, the supervisors agreed to move forward and directed the P&R board to develop an overall long term plan for park improvements, based on the recognition that outside funding will be needed.

 

Berlin, Maryland  Board Chairman William Hornung gave a slide presentation showing how this town had developed a large successful community center. It has a visitors’ center, stores and shops, organized activities, artist displays, and so forth, somewhat like a much larger version of the center area of Linglestown. He commented that it might be possible for Lower Paxton Township to develop a similar community visitors’ center and activities hub.

 

Public WorksResolution #16-31  This resolution was to approve the Planning Module to allow the discharge of the water, used to wash vehicles at the Public Works facility at their location on Locust Lane, into the sanitary sewer system. That water would eventually end up at the Swatara Township treatment plant. The supervisors voted to approve the resolution.

 

August 15, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Fire Trucks  Each of the three fire companies are in the process of acquiring new fire trucks under the Fire Equipment Capital Plan, Phase IV. Public Safety Director David Spotts asked each company for a status report on the process of their work with the manufacturer. The Linglestown Fire Company chief stated that they were finalizing the necessary paperwork. The Colonial Park Fire Company and the Paxtonia Fire Company chiefs said they had not yet received word back from the manufacturer on the status of their projects.

 

Rescue Task Force  Mr. Spotts reported that the task force exercise is now scheduled for April 2017 at the Central Dauphin Middle School on Locust Lane.

 

ISO Fire Insurance Classification  Director Spotts stated that the necessary information is in the process of being supplied to the insurance company.

 

Fire Apparatus Inventory  Mr. Spotts reported that he has received the listing of the companies’ wheeled equipment from the Colonial Park company, but not yet from the  Linglestown and the Paxtonia companies.

 

Firehouse Software Mr. Spotts asked each company to report on the status of their software upgrades. The chiefs reported that they were still considering what to do and would advise him when decisions are reached.

 

National Night Out For Safety  Mr. Spotts had been unable to attend the annual event and asked the companies for a report. They said it was well attended and very successful. There was a report however that in the future, consideration should be given to improving the handicapped access to where the fire trucks are located in the park.

 

Fire Box System  Mr. Spotts requested that he receive something in writing from the chiefs in the next two months regarding the change in the system.

 

Paxtonia Fire Company Change  It was announced that the company’s long time chief has stepped down and that they now have an acting chief.

 

Fire Marshall  The committee members discussed the question of how best for the Fire Marshall to coordinate his work with that of all of the fire departments. The chiefs said they were sometimes frustrated when there were missed communications between them and the Fire Marshall.  Mr. Spotts said that he would set up a separate meeting with the chiefs and the Fire Marshall to work for better coordination with them in the future.

 

August 16, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BUDGET WORKSHOP Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Budget Review  Township Manager George Wolfe opened the meeting by reviewing for the supervisors the procedure the township needs to go through each year to prepare budgets for the various departments for the upcoming year. He coordinates the preparation of the proposed budgets with the department heads and after midyear, his office develops draft budgets for each one. At this meeting, he presented the drafts to the supervisors. The supervisors will review and revise them in the coming months and they typically approve them at their last business meeting in December.

 

Key Indicator Report   Mr. Wolfe presented details of the township’s financial status at the end of the second quarter of this year. He reported that after difficult financial times some six years ago the township rebounded starting around 2011 and has been on solid financial footing ever since. He said that a larger part of the tax revenues, particularly the real estate taxes, are gotten in the earlier part of the year. He reviewed, in some detail the expenditures to date and those expected for the rest of the year, and he stated that the township finances are in good shape. He noted that the expenses for the continuing extensive road repair work and for the upcoming storm water projects and park improvements are being included in the budgeting.

 

Strategic Financial Plan  Public Safety Director David Spotts reported that the Police Department has had some officers retire and some new officers hired. He wants to have 57 officers on the force, but with retirements he is now down to 52 officers. He presently has 4 candidates, but he expects to have 4 or 5 retirements yet this year so he is working to recruit more to reach 57. He is working to make needed upgrades to the in-car computers. He reported that the police dog is working well, with in-school activities and with drug enforcement and is receiving help with contributions from the public. He finished by saying that he is comfortable that the existing budget for the department will be adequate for 2017.

 

Other Items   Reports were given on the status and planning of other township projects as follows:

 

The Public Works Department is looking to hire additional staff to meet the growing activities of the department.

 

Planned repair work at George Park is nearing completion but more work is needed. The Parks & Recreation board and staff will have to prioritize and budget for that.

 

There are problems on Spring Creek Road and major construction work would be needed to keep it open. To widen it would be very expensive. It could be made one way or it could be abandoned altogether and the houses on the road bought by the township.

 

The upgrade to a number of traffic signals has started.

 

The township has received a $50,000.00 grant from the county to completely update the township’s Comprehensive Plan. Work on that by the Planning Commission may have already started.

 

The township has a three year lease on the Mater Field park area from the local organization that owns it. There are some difficulties with the owner’s new officers regarding how the fields, the township pays to rent are being used. The township wants to continue to use the fields and might consider offering to buy the park. A meeting with the park officers to discuss that was suggested. The township’s possible purchase of the open strip of land that, from the park south to Locust Lane and beyond, could become a trail will be considered. The owner of the northern part of that strip of land has in the past attended supervisors meetings to discuss the possible purchase.

 

The present parking area at Koons Park is not sufficient for the many large events there. Consideration should be given to purchasing adjacent vacant land from Carl’s Auto Shop for additional parking.

 

The staff reported that the separation, six months ago, of the Parks & Recreation  department and the Friendship Center department is working well and there are already some saving in personnel expenses. The construction of the climbing wall at the center is out to bids and the other planned renovations at the center will begin very soon.

 

The board asked for an evaluation of the many projects engineers HRG are doing for the township. The staff reported that they are pleased with HRG’ services and with their rates.

 

Mr. Spotts reported that all school children in the township will have access to school buses, so for this school year there will be only two crossing guards that need to be hired.

 

Supervisor Robin Lindsey gave the other supervisors an update on Hodges Heights Park. She reported that the search for available land for a new park in the southeast corner of the township has been unsuccessful. The existing park is on unstable landfill and the plan was to abandon it and build a new park. The neighbors have continued to request to not close the park. Now Mrs. Lindsey suggested that the existing park should remain open for the time being and some minor improvements to the pavilion and the playground equipment be made.

 

August 16, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Greenway Committee  The supervisors approved the appointment of Bill Jones to fill a vacancy on the Greenway Committee.

 

Michael F. Ronca & Son, Inc.  This company has the contract for the Beaver Creek 4A/B/C sanitary sewer mini-basin replacement project. The company submitted Change Order No. 3 to the contract for additional work in the amount of $54,621.00. The work was to repair damage to the sewer caused by a contractor for PP&L. PP&L will reimburse the township for the cost of the change order. The supervisors approved the change order.

 

Hoffman Ford  The company is planning several small additions to their large showroom and garage building at 5200 Jonestown Road. There is a problem because the flood plane map, which has not been updated for 25 years, indicates that some of the area where the building is located is in the flood plain, where in fact it is clearly not. The company is requesting a waiver to be allowed to build the additions before the map is corrected. Solicitor Steven Stine was asked if the township could be liable if they approved the waiver before the map is upgraded and he said it would not. The board voted to approve the waiver request.

 

Hoffman FordResolution #16-07  This resolution was to approve the land development plan for the proposed additions to the building noted above. The applicant requested waivers from the requirements to construct sidewalks along Jonestown Road and Jaycee Avenue and to plant trees along the two streets. The supervisors agreed that because of the unique site situation sidewalks would not be required. The applicant stated that street trees would obscure the view of the vehicles displayed along Jonestown Road and trees planted on the very steep slope along Jaycee Avenue would not survive. However they said that they would be willing to plant the required number of trees at a township park or at any other location in the township the board chose. The board agreed with that and they said that they would ask the Shade Tree Commission to recommend a proper location for the trees. The supervisors approved the resolution.

 

CVS PharmacyResolution #16-09 A representative from CVS submitted a land development plan for the construction of a new pharmacy building to be built on the northeast corner of Jonestown Road and Devonshire Road in the CG Commercial-General zoning district. The Planning Commission has approved the project and the township staff supports the needed waivers. They agreed that there will be adequate parking on the site and the potential storm water concerns will be addressed. The board voted to approve the resolution.

 

Amber Fields, Phase 8AResolution #16-12  This development is located on Candlestick Drive in the R-C Residential Cluster zoning district. The plan for the seventh phase of this residential development was approved by the Planning Commission and the supervisors reviewed it and voted to approve it.

 

Commerce DriveResolution #16-16  The owner of the undeveloped property at 2800 Commerce Drive, which is partly in Susquehanna Township and partly in Lower Paxton Township, wants to divide the property into two lots. The portion of land in Lower Paxton Township is in the BC Business Campus zoning district. No improvements to the property are planned at this time. The supervisors voted to approve the subdivision request.

 

 

 

 

 

SWAN NEWSLETTER #122

 

August 2, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Public Comment  A resident, representing homeowners in Phases 4 and 5 of the Quail Hollow development, asked the supervisors to remember the problem they had last winter with snow removal. There were a few empty lots remaining so the streets had not been finished and turned over to the township. This meant that the developer was still responsible for snow removal. However, the developer did not clear the streets after the first couple of snows last year, the homeowners complained to the township, the township contacted the developer and the developer arranged for a company to do the plowing. She reported that the streets are still not finished and the residents are concerned that the same situation might occur again this year. She wanted the supervisors to be aware that they might be asked to intervene again.

 

Dauphin County Library System The new executive director of the county system introduced him-self to the supervisors and discussed the activities of the system in general and the East Shore branch in particular. There are eight libraries in the system and the branch located adjacent to the Colonial Park Mall is the largest of the eight. He mentioned the system’s outreach program, day care, book vans, senior citizen centers, programs in the parks, etc. He thanked the township for their support of the system and the supervisors thanked him for the system’s work in the township.

 

Stormwater Management  A representative from HRG Engineers reported on the state Department of Environment Protection checklist regarding the township’s 2015-16 Municipal Storm Water Program report. The new state regulations require the township to provide the citizens with information on the status of the work to meet the new requirements. The township will need to secure a new state permit in 2018. The engineer stated that the main concern is planning to meet the new requirements for work in the Paxton Creek mini basin. Since Beaver Creek is not yet impaired, repair work there can wait. The engineers will be providing the township with their annual report later.

 

Earl Drive Culvert  At several previous meetings HRG engineers had discussed with the supervisors proposals for their services to design, secure the necessary state permits and supervise the work now required to repair and stabilize this culvert’s stream banks. Questions were raised about some of the items in this earlier proposal and the matter was tabled. At this meeting, the representative submitted a revised proposal addressing the previous comments. It contained their proposed design fee for the project which was not to exceed $102,800.00. The board voted to approve the agreement.

 

Deavon Woods  At the March 8th supervisors workshop session, the contractor building houses on Plowman Ridge Road in this one street development requested permission to remove the center one, of the three curbed islands, which were built to keep traffic speed down. The street is straight, but the middle island seemed unnecessary, and it adds to a problem for the snow plow and for parking, and the supervisors then agreed. At this meeting, the developer asked the supervisors to allow him to get the property owners to finally sign off on removing the island and the supervisors voted to approve his request.

 

August 3,  2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING Reported by Bill Bostic

 

Commissioner Steve Libhart was absent.

 

Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Queen Street Village (now called Wind Chase)  Triple Crown Corporation is proposing to build 14 town homes and 1 single-family home on a tract located behind the shopping plaza along Jonestown Road with a Sherwin-Williams Paint Store. The property is along Byron and Queen Avenues. The commission recommended the plan for approval.

 

Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Commerce Drive, LP  The plan calls for a nearly 19-acre lot along Commerce and Russell drives to be subdivided into two lots. No construction is planned. The commission recommended the plan for approval.

 

Final Subdivision Plan for Stray Winds Farm, Phase 3  Triple Crown Corporation plans to construct 84 dwelling units on a nearly 39-acre tract in this phase. The commission recommended the plan for approval.

 

Review of model Medical Marijuana Ordinance  Dauphin County has developed a model ordinance to regulate businesses involved in the medical marijuana industry. The issue was tabled to gather more information and to determine whether the Planning Commission is supposed to develop a draft ordinance.

 

Comprehensive Plan  The Planning Commission asked the township staff to proceed with developing a request for a proposal to hire a consultant to assist the township with revising the current comprehensive plan.

 

August 3, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING  Reported by Vera Stuchinski

 

Bill Jones, applicant –  The committee unanimously voted to appoint Bill Jones to the Greenway Committee. Mr. Jones has attended both Greenway and Parks & Recreation meetings, offered to serve on either one, but expressed a particular interest in Greenway.

 

Hodges Heights – Since there is no suitable land for a new park, the current thinking is for residents to use Kings Crossing for active recreation, with Hodges Heights for passive recreation. The pavilion & courts will be maintained until they are no longer usable. Benches and trees will be added. A walking trail can be built with Hodges Heights Park as the anchor. On Saturday there will be a neighborhood meeting chaired by the community representative, Mr. Banks. He will discuss these ideas with residents. Mr. Seidler will attend as well as the representative from the Parks & Recreation Board.

 

CASA Update & Tournament– At George Park, there will be a Labor Day weekend soccer tournament. CASA (Capital Area Soccer Association) requested, and was granted, approval for additional parking on the grass. They are responsible for repairs if there is any damage. CASA has invited vendors, which they have done for some time now. That is actually against a township ordinance. This issue needs to be brought to the supervisors’ attention, and a policy created that assesses a vendors’ fee.

 

Parks & Recreation Ordinances – There will be a workshop on August 9th for supervisors and board members to develop policies for using signage and sponsorships as an income stream. We need to do more than just enforcing the current policies.

 

Arts Council – There was a very good turnout and participation in the craft activity provided by the Arts Council on the National Night Out.

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Greenway Committee – Mr. Chianos continues to meet with the supervisors. The “handshake” legal agreement and written specifics for the proposed Oak Park Trail may not be completely agreeable to Mr. Chianos. A financial arrangement may be in the works.

– Next year, the committee would like to distribute information about the July 5K race earlier in the year. Some of the proceeds from this year’s race will be reserved for advertising the 2017 race. The committee would also like to sponsor additional races. There was some discussion about safety issues.

 

Community Engagement Committee –  An applicant for a position on the committee will attend the upcoming meeting.

 

Other Business – The Paintball Park overnight event was held on July 9th. It went very well, and they would like to do it again. They’ll be in contact with the board.

– Koons Park porta-potty issues have arisen again. The coach of a girls’ team and some senior citizens have asked for additional facilities. Also, the dugouts are not yet finished.

– The 2017 budget is being worked on. There are many projects in the works. Priorities must be established.

– Grant applications have been submitted for funding Possibility Place improvements.

 

 

 

August 9, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP  Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Local Share Municipal GrantResolutions #16-32-01 to #16-32-08  Dauphin County provides grants to the municipalities from funds they receive from gaming. The funds come primarily from the Hollywood Casino and the Penn National Race Course. The township received requests for funds from four local organizations and the township staff listed four projects they would use funds for these projects. The supervisors needed to determine by secret ballot the order in which the available funds would be distributed. The result of their voting in the order of importance to them was as follows:

 

  1. Possibility Place   The replacement of the flooring at the township’s large children’s play structure.
  2. Earl Drive Culvert   The repair of the stream banks through the development.
  3. Linglestown Fire Company   An addition to and the partial renovation of the fire house to provide for a larger training area and housing for emergency vehicles.
  4. Heroes Grove   Addition of rest rooms and landscaping around the amphitheater.
  5. Nyes Road Sidewalk   Construction of a sidewalk along the west side of Nyes Road from Jonestown Road to the entrance to George Park.
  6. Partnership for Hope  Funding for help with the non-profit organization’s many projects which include help for the homeless, offenders, single parents and collection and distribution of donated furniture.
  7. Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg  Contribution of listening devices and other materials to improve residents’ lifestyle.
  8. Comcast Facilities  Contribution of materials.

 

Parks & Recreation  Stanley Smith and other members of the P&R board had met in April with the supervisors to discuss the consideration of allowing signage and advertising in township parks. The existing township ordinance dated 1973 prohibits advertising, but over the years temporary signs have appeared and park sponsors and contributors have been recognized. The P&R board and the parks department want to work with the supervisors toward agreeing on a comprehensive sign policy.

 

The individual supervisors expressed differing opinions on the matter. Several of them strongly supported a policy that would result in generating needed funds for park maintenance and expansion. They noted that more park facilities will be needed as the township grows, and the development of the Wolfersberger Park property should be a priority. One supervisor felt that the entire matter should be carefully analyzed before any decisions are made. At the end of the long discussion, the supervisors agreed to move forward and directed the P&R board to develop an overall long term plan for park improvements, based on the recognition that outside funding will be needed.

 

Berlin, Maryland  Board Chairman William Hornung gave a slide presentation showing how this town had developed a large successful community center. It has a visitors’ center, stores and shops, organized activities, artist displays, and so forth, somewhat like a much larger version of the center area of Linglestown. He commented that it might be possible for Lower Paxton Township to develop a similar community visitors’ center and activities hub.

 

Public WorksResolution #16-31  This resolution was to approve the Planning Module to allow the discharge of the water, used to wash vehicles at the Public Works facility at their location on Locust Lane, into the sanitary sewer system. That water would eventually end up at the Swatara Township treatment plant. The supervisors voted to approve the resolution.

 

August 15, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Fire Trucks  Each of the three fire companies are in the process of acquiring new fire trucks under the Fire Equipment Capital Plan, Phase IV. Public Safety Director David Spotts asked each company for a status report on the process of their work with the manufacturer. The Linglestown Fire Company chief stated that they were finalizing the necessary paperwork. The Colonial Park Fire Company and the Paxtonia Fire Company chiefs said they had not yet received word back from the manufacturer on the status of their projects.

 

Rescue Task Force  Mr. Spotts reported that the task force exercise is now scheduled for April 2017 at the Central Dauphin Middle School on Locust Lane.

 

ISO Fire Insurance Classification  Director Spotts stated that the necessary information is in the process of being supplied to the insurance company.

 

Fire Apparatus Inventory  Mr. Spotts reported that he has received the listing of the companies’ wheeled equipment from the Colonial Park company, but not yet from the  Linglestown and the Paxtonia companies.

 

Firehouse Software Mr. Spotts asked each company to report on the status of their software upgrades. The chiefs reported that they were still considering what to do and would advise him when decisions are reached.

 

National Night Out For Safety  Mr. Spotts had been unable to attend the annual event and asked the companies for a report. They said it was well attended and very successful. There was a report however that in the future, consideration should be given to improving the handicapped access to where the fire trucks are located in the park.

 

Fire Box System  Mr. Spotts requested that he receive something in writing from the chiefs in the next two months regarding the change in the system.

 

Paxtonia Fire Company Change  It was announced that the company’s long time chief has stepped down and that they now have an acting chief.

 

Fire Marshall  The committee members discussed the question of how best for the Fire Marshall to coordinate his work with that of all of the fire departments. The chiefs said they were sometimes frustrated when there were missed communications between them and the Fire Marshall.  Mr. Spotts said that he would set up a separate meeting with the chiefs and the Fire Marshall to work for better coordination with them in the future.

 

August 16, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BUDGET WORKSHOP Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Budget Review  Township Manager George Wolfe opened the meeting by reviewing for the supervisors the procedure the township needs to go through each year to prepare budgets for the various departments for the upcoming year. He coordinates the preparation of the proposed budgets with the department heads and after midyear, his office develops draft budgets for each one. At this meeting, he presented the drafts to the supervisors. The supervisors will review and revise them in the coming months and they typically approve them at their last business meeting in December.

 

Key Indicator Report   Mr. Wolfe presented details of the township’s financial status at the end of the second quarter of this year. He reported that after difficult financial times some six years ago the township rebounded starting around 2011 and has been on solid financial footing ever since. He said that a larger part of the tax revenues, particularly the real estate taxes, are gotten in the earlier part of the year. He reviewed, in some detail the expenditures to date and those expected for the rest of the year, and he stated that the township finances are in good shape. He noted that the expenses for the continuing extensive road repair work and for the upcoming storm water projects and park improvements are being included in the budgeting.

 

Strategic Financial Plan  Public Safety Director David Spotts reported that the Police Department has had some officers retire and some new officers hired. He wants to have 57 officers on the force, but with retirements he is now down to 52 officers. He presently has 4 candidates, but he expects to have 4 or 5 retirements yet this year so he is working to recruit more to reach 57. He is working to make needed upgrades to the in-car computers. He reported that the police dog is working well, with in-school activities and with drug enforcement and is receiving help with contributions from the public. He finished by saying that he is comfortable that the existing budget for the department will be adequate for 2017.

 

Other Items   Reports were given on the status and planning of other township projects as follows:

 

The Public Works Department is looking to hire additional staff to meet the growing activities of the department.

 

Planned repair work at George Park is nearing completion but more work is needed. The Parks & Recreation board and staff will have to prioritize and budget for that.

 

There are problems on Spring Creek Road and major construction work would be needed to keep it open. To widen it would be very expensive. It could be made one way or it could be abandoned altogether and the houses on the road bought by the township.

 

The upgrade to a number of traffic signals has started.

 

The township has received a $50,000.00 grant from the county to completely update the township’s Comprehensive Plan. Work on that by the Planning Commission may have already started.

 

The township has a three year lease on the Mater Field park area from the local organization that owns it. There are some difficulties with the owner’s new officers regarding how the fields, the township pays to rent are being used. The township wants to continue to use the fields and might consider offering to buy the park. A meeting with the park officers to discuss that was suggested. The township’s possible purchase of the open strip of land that, from the park south to Locust Lane and beyond, could become a trail will be considered. The owner of the northern part of that strip of land has in the past attended supervisors meetings to discuss the possible purchase.

 

The present parking area at Koons Park is not sufficient for the many large events there. Consideration should be given to purchasing adjacent vacant land from Carl’s Auto Shop for additional parking.

 

The staff reported that the separation, six months ago, of the Parks & Recreation  department and the Friendship Center department is working well and there are already some saving in personnel expenses. The construction of the climbing wall at the center is out to bids and the other planned renovations at the center will begin very soon.

 

The board asked for an evaluation of the many projects engineers HRG are doing for the township. The staff reported that they are pleased with HRG’ services and with their rates.

 

Mr. Spotts reported that all school children in the township will have access to school buses, so for this school year there will be only two crossing guards that need to be hired.

 

Supervisor Robin Lindsey gave the other supervisors an update on Hodges Heights Park. She reported that the search for available land for a new park in the southeast corner of the township has been unsuccessful. The existing park is on unstable landfill and the plan was to abandon it and build a new park. The neighbors have continued to request to not close the park. Now Mrs. Lindsey suggested that the existing park should remain open for the time being and some minor improvements to the pavilion and the playground equipment be made.

 

August 16, 2016

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Reported by Watson Fisher

 

Greenway Committee  The supervisors approved the appointment of Bill Jones to fill a vacancy on the Greenway Committee.

 

Michael F. Ronca & Son, Inc.  This company has the contract for the Beaver Creek 4A/B/C sanitary sewer mini-basin replacement project. The company submitted Change Order No. 3 to the contract for additional work in the amount of $54,621.00. The work was to repair damage to the sewer caused by a contractor for PP&L. PP&L will reimburse the township for the cost of the change order. The supervisors approved the change order.

 

Hoffman Ford  The company is planning several small additions to their large showroom and garage building at 5200 Jonestown Road. There is a problem because the flood plane map, which has not been updated for 25 years, indicates that some of the area where the building is located is in the flood plain, where in fact it is clearly not. The company is requesting a waiver to be allowed to build the additions before the map is corrected. Solicitor Steven Stine was asked if the township could be liable if they approved the waiver before the map is upgraded and he said it would not. The board voted to approve the waiver request.

 

Hoffman FordResolution #16-07  This resolution was to approve the land development plan for the proposed additions to the building noted above. The applicant requested waivers from the requirements to construct sidewalks along Jonestown Road and Jaycee Avenue and to plant trees along the two streets. The supervisors agreed that because of the unique site situation sidewalks would not be required. The applicant stated that street trees would obscure the view of the vehicles displayed along Jonestown Road and trees planted on the very steep slope along Jaycee Avenue would not survive. However they said that they would be willing to plant the required number of trees at a township park or at any other location in the township the board chose. The board agreed with that and they said that they would ask the Shade Tree Commission to recommend a proper location for the trees. The supervisors approved the resolution.

 

CVS PharmacyResolution #16-09 A representative from CVS submitted a land development plan for the construction of a new pharmacy building to be built on the northeast corner of Jonestown Road and Devonshire Road in the CG Commercial-General zoning district. The Planning Commission has approved the project and the township staff supports the needed waivers. They agreed that there will be adequate parking on the site and the potential storm water concerns will be addressed. The board voted to approve the resolution.

 

Amber Fields, Phase 8AResolution #16-12  This development is located on Candlestick Drive in the R-C Residential Cluster zoning district. The plan for the seventh phase of this residential development was approved by the Planning Commission and the supervisors reviewed it and voted to approve it.

 

Commerce DriveResolution #16-16  The owner of the undeveloped property at 2800 Commerce Drive, which is partly in Susquehanna Township and partly in Lower Paxton Township, wants to divide the property into two lots. The portion of land in Lower Paxton Township is in the BC Business Campus zoning district. No improvements to the property are planned at this time. The supervisors voted to approve the subdivision request.