SWAN Newsletter #67

March 20, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (7:35PM – 8:55 PM)
Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.

Under Old Business: The Supervisors approved a contract with the Commonwealth of PA Office of the Budget for Redevelopment Assistance Funds for the Spring Creek Project. This fund, in the amount of $750,000.00 is a pass through fund from the Township to the Catholic Diocese.

The Supervisors unanimously approved a three (3) year lease agreement for the purchase of four (4) Ford Taurus police vehicles in the amount of $105,000.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved a Revised Stipulation and Joint Motion for Agreed Upon Order regarding the real estate tax assessment appeal of Crown Club L.P. This corrected a date error in the previously approved order.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the Conditional Use (12-01) request from Sheetz, Inc. to operate a convenience store with vehicle fuel pumps at the Union Depost/Briarsdale Road intersection. Mr. Stine conducted the Public Hearing for this request.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Change Order No. 7 for a time extension to the contract with Liberty Excavators, Inc., for the sanitary sewer work in the PC-1A/1C mini basins. No cost increase was mentioned.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the termination of the agreement with Berkheimer Tax Administrator for the collection of the Local Services Tax.

The Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement with Keystone Collection Group for the collection of the Local Services Tax.

March 27, 2012
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP SHADE TREE COMMISSION – to be submitted at a later date

March 31, 2012
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS AND RECREATION

This was a “special Saturday morning meeting” called for regarding long range planning. SWAN did not attend. Reporter Watson Fisher stated that since nothing was mentioned at their subsequent meeting on April 4, 2012 (see following report). Watson felt the planning is “probably” a work in progress and nothing was finalized. Watson will follow up on this issue.

April 3, 2012
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING – (7:35 PM – 9:10 PM)
Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.

The annual AWARDS CEREMONY was conducted by Public Safety Director, Dave Johnson. Awards were presented to residents, volunteer Fire Department personnel and members of the Police Department.

Ms. Janine Parks of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TRPC) presented a list of education and training programs available to county leaders and residents. Such subjects as Transportation, Zoning, and Planning will be available in upcoming months.

Under Old Business: Ordinance 12-05 was passed unanimously after a public hearing. This amends the time period to initiate construction following issuance of a building permit in the Paxton Creek Basin from 60 days to 180 days.

Under New Business: The Supervisors unanimously approved a 3 year lease agreement in the amount of $34,700.00 for an asphalt roller for the Public Works Department.

The Supervisors unanimously approved a 3 year lease agreement for the purchase of three (3) Ford 350 trucks and one (1) Ford 550 truck for the Public Works Department.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the low bid of Wexcon Co., in the amount of $832,975.00 for twelve (12) storm water projects for 2012. Six (6) bids were received for this contract. Engineering and Design have been completed on (7) of these projects which will allow construction to start in the near future. A list of the projects may be obtained at the Township.

The Supervisors unanimously approved a Stipulation and Joint Motion for Agreed Upon Order regarding the real estate tax assessment appeal for 5125 Jonestown Road (Target).

The Supervisors unanimously approved a Stipulation and Joint Motion for Agreed Upon Order regarding the real estate tax assessment appeal for certain parcels within Old Iron Estates.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 12-12 supporting reforms to the PA Prevailing Wage Act by the General Assembly.

April 4, 2012
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING
Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

There was not a quorum for the meeting so some agenda items including the nomination and election of officers for 2012 were not addressed. The following items were discussed.

Grant Committee chairman Rogette Harris reported on a state grant that might be available in the future for improving walkways and street crossings for school children who walk to school. There are safety concerns at the CD Middle School and at other buildings and it would be necessary for a study to be conducted to identify the particular locations. Part of the project would be to educate students about safe routes and safety measures. The grant could be applied for in the future by the township alone or in conjunction with the school district or with other community organizations.

Volunteer Solicitation Many of the projects the committee considers need outside help so they will be placing a notice in the township’s newsletter stating that they are “searching for volunteers interested in establishing and maintaining pedestrian and bicycle paths throughout the community” including a contact name and number.

Brochure The “Walking Opportunities Guide” created by the committee locating and describing thirteen trails, paths and other locations for walking in the township will now be available on the township’s website.

Darlington Trail This trail which runs along the top of Blue Mountain on the northern boundary of the township is used by hikers and runners. They can start at Hockers Park and go west to the Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area but the trail is not open to the east of the park. The committee reviewed a recent aerial photo of the area and discussed what might be done to make the trail to the east accessible. They plan to walk portions of the trail on April 14th.

April 4, 2012
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING
Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Interview The board interviewed Angela Sedun for a vacant position on either the Greenway Committee or the Arts Council. At a previous meeting they had interviewed Patricia Crawford for the position on the Arts Council. They felt that Mrs. Sedun would be an asset to either group but that she seemed to have a greater interest in the issues the Greenway Committee addresses. They voted to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that they appoint Angela to the Greenway Committee and Patricia to the Arts Council. The board was then advised that there will be a vacancy on the P&R board.

Park Planning At a previous meeting the board discussed the issue of preparing a long range plan for recreation and park development. They realized they needed to dedicate an entire meeting to that one issue and they accomplished that on March 31st.

Arts Council The board received an update on the council’s planned activities for the year which includes band concerts and an arts festival.

Greenway Committee A representative from this committee updated the board on items the committee is working on as discussed at their April meeting which was held just prior to this P&R board meeting.

Koons Pool The sewer connection required by DEP has been completed and the pool is now ready for the season. The pool now will be responsible for the sewer connection fee and the quarterly water bill.

Koons Softball Field The backstop has been removed but the new one has not yet been constructed. The needed sewer connection has not yet been made. The plan is to install a temporary tarp for a backstop until a permanent one is put up.

Brightbill Park Construction of the new batting cages by the PHR baseball organization is almost complete. The Public Works Department has been working on correcting the stream and storm water problem at the northwest corner of the park, some of which is on private property. The work is being paid for entirely from rebates from fines charged by the county.

George Park The Capital Area Soccer Association (CASA) is exploring a way to improve the fields at the park with a procedure that would punch through the level of clay which is below the grass. The P&R department needs more information before it would approve CASA going ahead with this work.

Program Discounts The board is considering eliminating discounts for fees now in effect for programs at the Friendship Center. These discounts include those for senior citizens and for additional family members. The Operating Board felt that this was a worthwhile change. After discussion the board felt that it needed to know the approximate amount of additional fees this would generate to weigh against a new burden to families and individuals before they approved the change.

Board Meetings The meeting scheduled for May 2nd will be held at Koons Park and the one on June 6th will be held at Brightbill Park.

April 10, 2012
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP – (6:00 PM – 8:50 PM)
Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.

The Supervisors heard a proposal from representatives of PNC Capital Markets LLC regarding the refunding of certain municipal bonds. Since this bond issue, approximately $10M,

has already been refunded, a second refunding is not possible at this time by law. This would involve a bank loan/bond swap transaction with some risk. The Supervisors took the proposal under advisement and will make a decision at a later date.

Residents from Dunmore Drive in Fairway Estates presented some alternatives to correct severe storm water problems in the area. In pipe camera photos, taken at the residents’ expense, it was revealed that the existing storm water pipes were practically non-existent. The Supervisors will inspect the area on their road tour April 17th. The fact that this storm water easement is on private property creates some difficult issues to overcome.

The Supervisors reviewed a proposal implementing the Pennsylvania Intrastate Mutual Aid Act in the Township. This would allow the Township Fire and EMS personnel to be utilized across the State with the approval of the Public Safety Director. This would also apply to training for these personnel.

A discussion with the Townships Volunteer Fire Companies revealed that the Paxtonia Fire Department wants sole control of its share of the Firemen Relief Fund. This fund is now managed by a nine (9) member committee made up of representatives of all three (3) Township Fire Companies. Apparently, by regulation, Paxtonia can do this without Township approval. The Supervisors stressed the need for everyone to work as a team to insure public safety for the residents. Stay tuned.

The Supervisors unanimously passed Resolution 12-12 naming the Stephen F. Foltz Clubhouse in Koons Park.

April 11, 2012
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Sheetz, Inc. – Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Sheetz, Inc. #12-05. This project is the construction of a Sheetz store on a 1.39 acre lot on the southwest corner of Union Deposit Road and Briarsdale Road. This is the location of the existing Your Place Restaurant building which will be demolished. The property is zoned CG Commercial-General and is adjacent to the Union Square Mall.

Sheetz had received approval from the commissioners at their April meeting for a conditional use to be allowed to install gasoline pumps which are not allowed by right in the CG zone. At that meeting the overall plan was tabled to allow the applicant to complete his submission. At this meeting the completed plan was submitted and the commissioners voted to recommend approval of the plan.

Beth Budeshiem – Special Exception Request. This request is for the applicant to conduct a counseling practice, which is considered a Major Home Occupation, at 1161 Fairmont Drive in the R-1 Low Density residential district. The commissioners considered the location to be acceptable for this activity since there would only be one client at the office at a time. They were concerned that clients’ vehicles would have difficulty turning around to safely exit the property. The applicant’s representative agreed to have the driveway widened to allow for an easy turn around. The request will be officially decided later in the month by the Zoning Hearing Board. The commissioners voted to advise the ZHB that they found the request unobjectionable if the turnaround was created.

April 17, 2012
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS – (7:35 PM – 8:30 PM)
Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.

OLD BUSINESS

The Supervisors unanimously approved one appointment each to the Arts Council and the Greenway Committee.

After a public hearing, the Supervisors unanimously approved Ordinance 12-02 amending Article V, Section 180,522 of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance as it relates to recreation land development or payment of a fee in lieu thereof. The new “fee in lieu” will increase approximately one percent (1%) with the new formula.

After a public hearing, the Supervisors unanimously approved Ordinance 12-03. This deletes Article V, the Flood Plain from the Zoning Ordinance. The recently approved stand alone Flood Plain Management Ordinance will go into effect August 1, 2012. Note: SWAN backed the new Flood Plain Management Ordinance. See previous report.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 12-10 implementing the PA Intrastate Mutual Aid Act of 2008. This allows Lower Paxton Township emergency responders to go throughout the State in response to emergencies and to attend training seminars. Approval of the Township Public Safety Director is required.

The Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement with FEMA under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for a grant to be used to correct a problem on a property located in a flood plain.

NEW BUSINESS

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 12-14 accepting the proposal of AUS consultants to conduct a review of sanitary sewer rates charged by the City of Harrisburg.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 12-15 authorizing a reduction in rates paid for sanitary sewer services paid to the City of Harrisburg. This will be in effect until the above study is completed.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Action on Stipulation and Joint Motion for Agreed Upon Order regarding the real estate tax assessment appeal for Weis Markets, Inc.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Action on Stipulation and Joint Motion for Agreed Upon Order regarding the real estate tax assessment for Pep Boys, Inc.

Under Subdivision and Land Development, the Supervisors unanimously approved the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development plan for the Meadows Mini-Golf Course and Batting Cages (12-01).

The Supervisors unanimously approved the Preliminary/Final subdivision plan for 2521 Patton Road for Triple Crown Corp., (12-03). This involves a five (5) lot subdivision covering 3.5 acres.

April 17, 2012
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP – (8:35 PM – 9:10 PM)

The Supervisors unanimously approved the Capital Area Soccer Association (CASA) request to make improvements to fields # 10 and #11 in George Park. CASA will underwrite the total expense estimated to be $126,000.00. These fields will be out of service for the rest of the year.

April 19, 2012
VILLAGE OF LINGLESTOWN COMMITTEE MEETING
Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Entrance Signage The committee has been working on the possibility of erecting street signs saying “Welcome to the Village of Linglestown” on Linglestown Road at the east and west entrances to the village and on North Mountain Road at the south entrance to the village. Committee member Stefan Klosowski presented a report on the existing signs at these locations and on two possible designs for a new sign. He also showed a series of photographs of the three approaches to the village. It was agreed that the larger of the two suggested designs was not realistic. It was understood that some of the old existing signs should be removed and that any new signage that was considered would have to be approved by Penndot.

The committee agreed that their suggestion should be presented to the township supervisors and this was scheduled for the board’s May workshop session. They also agreed that any further effort toward the development of this project would need to involve the services of an engineer. Funding for this project might include some state money through Representative Ron Marsico and contributions from local community organizations.

Village Zoning District The township’s zoning ordinance covers requirements for all districts in the township including the Village District. This district consists of most of the area commonly thought of constituting the village of Linglestown. The committee had discussed the need to reexamine the ordinance in detail to see if any of the specific provisions might need to be revised. It was agreed after a review that nothing significant was found that needed addressing.

Linglestown Merchants Association Detailed plans for the Spring Fling scheduled for May 5 were presented by the association’s member on the committee. Many businesses and organizations are participating in the event which starts at 10:00 am.

Miscellaneous With the completion of the highway project the Village of Linglestown Committee feels they are down to only a few remaining items to address. One is the highway signage project mentioned above. Others are the need for additional public parking for the merchants and to help the many special events in the village and the possible beautification of the western traffic circle.