SWAN Newsletter #72

August 1, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

PennDOT – Several committee members are in the process of developing a power point presentation for their meeting with the Tri-County Planning Commission on November 30th to discuss trails and bikeways in the township. The meeting was set up on the advice of representatives from PennDOT to familiarize the commission with the township’s greenway plan and the committee’s efforts to develop additional walking and biking opportunities.

Fundraising – Two committee members have volunteered to join the township taskforce to promote the raising of funds for township improvement projects. They will attend the first meeting of the new group and will promote contributions to the walkway and bikeway projects the committee has been planning and working to develop in the township.

Trail Signs – P&R Department Director Brian Luetchford showed the members the final design for the trail marking signs that the Vo-Tech students will be making. The first trail that will be marked is the new one at the Autumn Oaks development.

Darlington Trail – The committee has scheduled October 27th as the date for members to take an exploratory hike along the old Darlington trail east of the Blue Mountain Parkway along the top of the mountain. Parts of the trail are not presently passable and parts cannot currently be located.

Easement – The committee decided to further investigate the possibility of creating a trail along the sewer easement from Oak Park Circle south to Locust Lane and perhaps on south to the Osteopathic Hospital. They will create a list of landowners along the easement that would need to be contacted and approval gotten for a trail to cross their properties.

Nyes Run – The committee plans to contact the one private landowner whose land would be crossed by the proposed trail along Nyes Run south of Union Deposit Road. The trail would be on township property except for the short stretch across his property where a right-of-way would be needed.

August 1, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Fireworks – Parks & Recreation Department director Brian Luetchford reported to the board that after the recent holiday fireworks show at Koons Park, five unexploded ordinance rounds were found in the area of the park. One round exploded when it was struck by a mower. In the interest of public safety, the supervisors at their recent meeting voted that at least for the time being they would cancel any further fireworks shows in township parks. This would include the Labor Day show at George Park sponsored by the Paxtonia Fire Department.

Park Planning – Design firms will be interviewed on August 8th leading up to the selection by this board of one to be hired to prepare a master plan for the design of Wolfersberger Park and the improvements to Koons Park. The supervisors recently voted to accept the matching funds grant from the state to prepare the master plan. The planning will start in September and it needs to be completed in the next ten months. Implementation of the plan will not begin until sometime in the future.

Forest Hills Trail – An Eagle Scout candidate presented details of his recent project to make improvements to this trail. He created new trails at two locations in the park.

Kickball – An application was submitted by a new group to use park facilities. A question was raised whether this organization met the township restrictions on groups using the parks and it was determined that at this time there was no reason to deny them use of the fields.

Wolfersberger Park – The township had developed a plan to accept clean fill from contractors needing a place to deposit fill. The fill would be used to create level areas in the park for future playfields. However, the federal Corps. of Engineers has now determined that in order to change the topography a new wetlands survey will be required. The cost of the survey would be approximately $11,000.00. This decision will be appealed but if this fails the township will need to make a decision whether to scrap the plan or prepare the survey.

Updates – Reports were submitted from the Arts Council and the Greenway Committee on the various projects they are working on and planning. These township groups function under the oversight of this board.

Soccer Fields – The Capital Area Soccer Association (CASA) has a contractor rebuilding the large soccer fields at George Park including a complete irrigation system for the fields. It was reported that the new grass is beginning to come up on the fields.

August 7, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING (7:30 PM – 8:10 PM)

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

OLD BUSINESS:

The Supervisors unanimously approved an eleven member Study Committee to develop the Koons Park/Wolfersberger Park Master Plan. Committee members are from the Parks and Recreation Committee, the Planning Commission, and the general public.

NEW BUSINESS:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Change Orders Nos. 8 and 9 to the contract with Liberty Excavators for work in the PC1A/1C mini basin. Change Order No. 8 was a time extension with no price increase. Change Order No. 9 was a reduction of $409,000.00 in this contract.

The Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement with PennDOT for utility work in the Linglestown Project. This is standard operating procedure for contracts with PennDOT.

August 8, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

John & Sandra Byerly – Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan #12-04 – This project involves the subdivision of a ten acre parcel of land into three building lots of various sizes. The property is located on Parkway West north of Linglestown Road in the R-1 Low Density Residential Zoning District. The lots will be served by on site water and sewage. Several waiver requests were agreed to. One was to allow the storm water management plan to be delayed until a building permit is applied for and this will be noted as a deed restriction. Others were to waive the requirement for curbs and sidewalks and the requirement to widen the roadway. They also agreed to accept the existing highway sight distance as adequate. With these conditions the commission recommended approval of the subdivision.

Autumn Oaks Phase 11A – Final Subdivision Plan #12-10 – This submission was removed from consideration at this meeting.

Grove Road Property – Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan #12-11 – This submission involves the subdivision of a 6.23 acre parcel located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Union Deposit Road and Grove Road into four single family home building lots. The four homes will have wells and will be connected to the public sewer. Storm water will be retained on the site by an underground detention system. A sight distance problem will be addressed by some minor regrading and by removing some trees. The need to widen the existing road at the entrance was waived. The commission recommended approval of the subdivision.

August 9, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING (2:30 PM – 4:10 PM)

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

OLD BUSINESS:

There was a lengthy discussion concerning age restrictions on drivers of emergency response equipment. There was a comment that the CDL (Commercial Drivers License) test given every 3 years should be adequate. There are three (3) categories for the CDL, A, B, and C. Paxtonia has instituted an age limit of 70 years for their emergency equipment drivers. It should be noted that there have been no successful court challenges of the establishment of an age limit for the drivers of emergency vehicles.

Dauphin County’s plan to establish a program for the fire call box assignments continues to be under investigation.

The establishment of the position of Fire Administrator in the Township is still on the table.

Lower Paxton Township Supervisor Blain has volunteered to review the lease versus buy option of obtaining fire trucks.

NEW BUSINESS:

There was a brief discussion concerning the use of Fire House Software by the various Fire Departments. All are using the software. The only drawback is the need for a computer to accumulate the data.

MEMBERS REPORT:

Colonial Park Fire Company noted that adjoining municipalities were using Lower Paxton Township’s Fire Police without providing for the Fire Police needs for long assignments. Some municipalities have no Fire Police. Mr. Johnson will investigate.

Paxtonia provided a list of fire call box assignment changes for approval.

South Central EMS reported that two (2) new ambulances were added to their fleet on August 1, 2012.

August 14, 2012

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

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

There was a discussion with a representative from Waste Management concerning the potential extension of the solid waste and recyclables collection contract which expires on July 1, 2013. The representative indicated that Waste Management would waive the 2.2% increase for the next two years which is allowed in the present contract. The Supervisors will vote on this issue at the September 4, 2012 meeting.

The Supervisors heard a presentation by representatives of the Heroes Grove Committee concerning issues with the development of the memorial in Brightbill Park. Essentially, they want the Supervisors to commit to maintaining the memorial site. Since this is supposedly a county project, the Supervisors asked about commitments from surrounding municipalities and the county. The Committee has $100,000.00 on hand including a $45,000.00 Gaming Fund Grant. Mr. Wolfe reminded the committee that certain permits will be required before any earth is moved.

Colonial Park Fire Department representatives asked for further discussion concerning the discontinuation of public fire works. They indicated the possibility of other reasons for finding unexploded fireworks in the Koons Park area weeks after the July 3rd show. They will bring the Supervisors a plan to improve the safety aspects of a fireworks show. The fireworks show sponsored by Paxtonia Fire Company for Labor Day is still cancelled. Next year’s shows are up for discussion.

The request for waivers for the preliminary land development plan for the Longhorn Steakhouse at the Colonial Park Mall will be continued. Lower Paxton Township Staff has to verify the cost figures presented by the representatives of Longhorn Steakhouses.

Mr. Stine stated that the formation of a municipal authority for storm water systems and management cannot be done in the Township under present law.

Mr. Wolfe reviewed the Penn DOT Policy and Procedure for Consultant selection that is required on the Jonestown Road Bridge project over Beaver Creek. Lower Paxton Township and West Hanover Township share 5% of the total construction cost. This is a convoluted process.

Lower Paxton Township Staff will continue to review the Property Maintenance Code requirements for weeds and high grass to develop an enforceable code.

Mr. Wolfe reviewed a proposal to obtain Dauphin County Local Grant Share funds for the Colonial Park Fire Company. This, along with other requests, will have to be prioritized by the Supervisors and submitted to the County.

The “Otta Know” presentation was postponed until the September Workshop meeting.

August 21, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP (5:10 PM – 7:20 PM)

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

Life Team, a fully owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Health, and South Central EMS provided presentations to the Supervisors for emergency health care to the Township. The Supervisors will take both proposals under consideration.

August 21, 2012

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING (7:30 PM – 8:20 PM)

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

PUBLIC COMMENT:

A Township resident had questions concerning the new Storm Water Management Ordinance as it applied to the installation of a swimming pool with over 1,000 square feet of impervious material. Comment: This Ordinance is another unfunded mandate from on high, which will result in significant increased costs for developers and residents.

OLD BUSINESS:

The Supervisors unanimously approved the submission of an application for Dauphin County Local Share Grant funds for the Colonial Park Fire Company in the amount of $160,000.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the ranking of two (2) submissions for Dauphin County Local Share Grant funds for submission to the County as follows:

1. $160,000.00 Colonial Park Fire Company

2. $ 95,000.00 to replace Police car radios

The Supervisors voted 4-1 to adopt
Resolution 12-27 to enact the Penn DOT Policy
and Procedure for Consultant Selection to be used for the Jonestown Road (Beaver Creek) bridge replacement project.

NEW BUSINESS:

The Supervisors unanimously approved action to authorize the Chairman and Secretary to execute closing documents in the sale of the Township lease of a cell tower to AP Wireless in the amount of $308,000.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 12-25 authorizing the Sewer Department Manager and Director to sign certain documents on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. These documents involve previously approved contracts.

SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT:

The Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the preliminary/final subdivision plan for a 3 acre plot located south of Valley Road and east of the Route 81-83 overpass. This will result in dividing a three (3) acre lot into two ½ acre lots and one (1) 2 acre lot.

The Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a waiver request for sidewalls in the Lemar Manor subdivision plan.