SWAN Newsletter #71

July 10, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING (6:00 PM – 6:10 PM)

Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson; Reported by Ted Robertson.

Absent: Bill Hawk and David Blain.

NEW BUSINESS:

The Authority unanimously approved Resolutions 12-07-01 through 12-07-23 authorizing condemnation for temporary construction easements for sewers in the PC 2C/2D, PC 1E/1C and the PC1G/1H projects.

The authority unanimously approved contract time extensions for Change Order # 3 on the Rogele Contract, Change Order # 6 on the Abbonizio Contract and Change Order # 7, on the Ronca Contract.

July 10, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP (6:10 PM – 8:30 PM)

A representative from Waste Management gave a preliminary presentation of potential changes in their contract which expires in June of 2013. A more detailed presentation will be forthcoming at a future workshop session.

A representative of the Longhorn Steakhouse asked the Supervisors to review a request for waivers for the preliminary land development plan for said property at the Sears entrance from Route 22. The Supervisors asked for more accurate cost information pertaining to the changes in the waiver request before making a decision.

Mr. Fleming reviewed the Winfield Street Storm Water Drainage Study. Using a 10 year event, this study indicated a cost of $800,000.00 to allow this area to handle such an event.

Mr. Robbins presented several specific storm water management issues which required a legal decision regarding private storm water easements. This led to a discussion of the overall Storm Water Management problem facing the Township. A “guesstimate” of $20,000,000.00 was quoted to correct this problem.

Mr. Wolfe reviewed a proposed Resolution amending the fee for a building permit. The residential fee will essentially remain the same. The commercial fee will more accurately reflect the true Township costs. The Supervisors asked Mr. Wolfe to finalize the Resolution for approval.

Mr. Wolfe reviewed a proposed amendment to the Property Maintenance Code regarding weeds and high grass. The Supervisors asked Mr. Wolfe to finalize the amendment and submit the same for final approval.

The Supervisors unanimously agreed to go ahead with an application for Dauphin County Local Share Grant funds for digital in-car video equipment for the Police Department.

July 11, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

PennDOT – At a previous meeting representatives from PennDOT were asked about the township’s desire to develop walking and cycling trails in the future along state roads at locations indicated on the township’s Greenway Plan. The representatives suggested that committee members attend a Tri-County Regional Planning Commission meeting to make them aware of the Greenway Plan and to discuss how the township’s planning can mesh with the commission’s and the state’s long range plans. A date for the committee representatives to meet with the commission was set for November 30th.

Marking Trails – A decision has been made on the standardized signs to be used to mark trails. The signs will be made as a Vo-Tech school project. The students will also be constructing a footbridge in Brightbill Park over a portion of a stream that had been contained in a pipe. The pipe has recently been removed and the open stream bed has been lined with rocks.

Safe Routes to School – A state grant will provide funds for school districts to make improvements to sidewalks and crosswalks in order to give more students the opportunity to walk safely to school. The simple grant application must be completed by the administration of each school and committee members are contacting the administrators to make them aware of the grant and to provide them with the materials they need to make a submission if they are interested.

Fundraising – A township taskforce is exploring how best to create a way for township entities including parks, recreation organizations, arts council, etc. to receive tax free donations from individuals, foundations and businesses. Several possible ways include 501c3’s and the creation of non-profit foundations. Several members of this committee volunteered to join the taskforce.

Possible Walking Trail – The sewer department recently cleared the sewer right-of-way from Oak Park Circle south along Oak Park Drive and across Locust Lane south to near the Osteopathic Hospital. With the permission of the property owners along the sewer line this now could become an attractive walking trail through the woods.

Darlington Trail – Committee member Jim Seidler has continued to walk portions of the trail on top of the mountain to evaluate the possibility of reopening it for hiking. To the west of Blue Mountain Parkway it is mostly walkable but to the east it is not. The township owns the 40 acre Buchanan Tract south of the eastern trail but it is not accessible now from the trail. Mr. Seidler will continue to research landowners along the trail and will explore the possibility of opening a portion of the old trail.

July 17, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUERVISORS MEETING (7:35 PM – 9:35 PM)

Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson; Reported by Ted Robertson.

Chairman Hawk gave the Oath of Office to two fire police officers and gave Public Safety Director Johnson a Crime Prevention Award on behalf of the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Police Chiefs’ Association.

OLD BUSINESS:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 12-10 amending the fee for a building permit. (Previously reported during the July 10, 2012 Workshop.)

The Supervisors voted 3-2 to amend Ordinance 12-07 of the Property Maintenance Code regarding weeds and high grass after a public hearing. Several residents complained that this change created problems for residents of adjoining lots. The Supervisors will re-visit this Ordinance change at a future workshop.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 12-24 authorizing the submission of an application for Dauphin County Local Share grant funds for digital in car video equipment for the Police Department.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 12-21 establishing a Uniform Construction Code Appeals Board for the Township. This Board will likely consist of members of the former COG Uniform Construction Code Appeals Board. There were no responses from Township residents for positions on the Board.

NEW BUSINESS:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 12-23 approving the transfer of a liquor license into the Township from Halifax Township. This will be for a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in the Colonial Park Mall.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the low bid of Ronca Inc., in the amount of 4.23 million dollars for sanitary sewer repairs and replacement in the PC 1G/1H mini basins pending approval by Counsel.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Change Order No. 1 to the contract with Wexcon, Inc., for storm water improvements in the area of Blue Mountain Parkway running north from Blueberry Alley. This was made necessary by interference with a potable water line not accurately shown on the drawings.

The Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement with Derry Township and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Co., in regard to police officer motorcycle training.

The Supervisors unanimously agreed to authorize the Township Manager to execute closing documents in the acquisition of 5805 Linglestown Road.

SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT:

The Supervisors unanimously agreed to a waiver request for the final land development request for Laurel Ridge (11-09). This will allow the use of excavated material for backfill for utility trenches for private roads in the development. A contractor will certify the compaction of the layers of backfill for this variance.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the final subdivision plan for Amber Fields Plan V (12-06) for 18 units on 13 acres.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the preliminary/final land development plan for Community General Osteopathic Hospital N/S Nursing Expansion (12-09).

July 26, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Pinnacle Health – Docket #1317 – This request is for a variance from the maximum building height regulations regarding an addition to the existing Community General Osteopathic Hospital at 4300 Londonderry Road. In the Institutional Zoning District the maximum building height is 60 feet and the proposed vertical addition to the medical services facility would rise to 70 feet. An almost identical request was approved in May for the same building involving the vertical expansion of the adjacent central nursing section. This first project will begin soon while the adjacent medical services addition involved in this request would not start for at least a year. Approved variances are effective for 6 months so the request included the request for an extension of the approval to begin construction to 18 months. The project will include a new parking area and visitors’ entrance at the south end of the building. The board voted to approve the variance request.

Bishop McDevitt High School – Docket #1318 – This variance request is to be allowed to erect an entrance sign at the new high school that is larger than the very small signs allowed in a residential district. The sign would be brick matching that in the building and would be located at the school entrance onto Spring Creek Road from Page Road. The school project has included the reconstruction of this rural intersection including the addition of traffic signals and street lighting. The school wants an entrance sign that can direct traffic from Page Road to the school which sits back some distance from the intersection. The sign itself would not be illuminated. The board felt the design of the sign was appropriate for the school project and voted to approve the request.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet – Docket #1319 – This company is requesting a variance for the modification of its free standing pylon sign at its store at 6295 Allentown Boulevard. The existing sign exceeds the size allowed by the code. It presently has a sign at the top showing Ollie’s face below which is the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet identification and below that are the signs of the other stores in the building. The proposed modification is to replace the Ollie’s face sign with a slightly smaller LED message sign with changeable electronic messages showing the time and temperature and advertising sale items, etc. After the proposed change the sign will be slightly reduced in size. The board voted to approve the request.

July 31, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BUDGET WORKSHOP (6:00 PM – 9:10 PM)

Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson; Reported by Ted Robertson.

After a discussion concerning unexploded fireworks found at Koons Park, the Supervisors decided to cancel the Paxtonia Fire Company George Park Labor Day fireworks. Future fireworks displays in the Township will be up for discussion.

The Supervisors agreed to hear proposals from Pinnacle Health and South Central EMS to provide the Township with emergency medical services.

The Supervisors agreed to a request for proposals for Bond Counsel, Financial Advisor, and Underwriter including standard specifications and conditions.

George Wolfe and Staff reviewed the 2012 Second quarter Key Indicator Report and the proposed 2013 budget. Without going into detail, the Township’s financial position at present is in better shape than it was at the same period of time for the last several years. It is estimated that the operating budget at the end of fiscal year 2012 will show a $204,000.00 surplus. The proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2013 is estimated to show a $548,000.00 surplus. In a general discussion concerning the future of the Township, it was generally agreed that the top priority will be Storm Water Management.