SWAN Newsletter #78

January 15, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP – (6:00 PM – 8:50 PM)

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

Absent: Gary Crissman

There was a lengthy discussion with the Financial Advisor, Underwriter, and Bond Counsel regarding the refunding $10 million dollars of existing debt; the potential of increasing new debt primarily for storm water projects; and possibly extending the debt of the Friendship Center. The refunding of existing debt would save the Township approximately 1.5 million dollars over the life of the new bond issue if done at this time.

Sam Robbins reviewed the more stringent reporting requirements for DEP for the MS-4 Storm Water Remediation for the years 2013 to 2018.

The consultant and members of the Wolfersberger/Koons Park planning committee presented an update of their progress to date. Several plans for each park were shown. The consensus was that the installation of a walking trail in the Wolfersberger tract would be the first priority in order to save the Township tax dollars.

A representative of the McNaughton Company presented some proposed changes for the Autumn Oaks Subdivision Plan. The first was to eliminate the reconstruction of Patton Road. This money would be used instead for significant storm water improvements in the area. The second proposal was to increase the density for the overall plan from 1.5 units to 2.0 units per acre. Mr. Hawk noted that another developer was also seeking a density increase. He questioned whether this could set a negative precedent.

Mr. Wolfe presented a proposal to extend and reduce the cost of electricity from Constellation New Energy on behalf of the Municipality Utility Alliance over a period of 47 months. The Supervisor consensus was in agreement. A contract will be presented for adoption at the next business meeting. It should be noted that this is for the generation portion of the electric bill.

As a result of a recent actuarial valuation for the LOSAP Plan (volunteer fire fighters and fire police), Mr. Wolfe noted that the Townships contribution will have to be increased from $60,000.00 to $76,000.00 per year. The necessary ordinance, resolution, and plan documents will be submitted to the Supervisors for approval at a future business meeting.

Mr. Hawk noted that the Township was awarded first place in the Community Revitalization category for the Linglestown project. This award was presented by the Tri-County Regional Planning Agency.

January 24, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARK MASTER PLAN MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

This was the third Master Plan Study Committee meeting since the park planning project started in September 2102. It consisted of another presentation by representatives of the planning firm of Simone Collins who are preparing a master plan as a guideline for the future redevelopment of Koons Park and the development of the new Wolfersberger Park. At previous meetings they solicited input from the committee and from the public on what they felt the parks could or should contain.

At the last committee meeting the firm presented three concept plans for Koons Park to provide their ideas as to how the park could be reconfigured to incorporate a better plan for play fields and parking, an improved drainage system, and a better situation regarding the parks’ impact on neighboring residential areas.

At this meeting they made a similar presentation of three concept plans for the development of the now overgrown Wolfersberger tract for a future new sister township park. The concept plans vary from one with a number of play fields, one with mostly passive activities, and one with a combination. Major concerns are the amount of wetlands that will need to be worked around and the problems with safe vehicular access to the park from Wenrich Street. A traffic engineer did make a preliminary report on the access situation. The possibility of also having vehicular assess to the park through adjacent private properties is also being considered.

Following this committee meeting there was a public meeting where park neighbors and representatives from the various sports organizations could continue to provide input to the planning process. Regular committee and public meetings will continue each month until early June.

January 22, 2013

LOWER PAXTOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING – (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM)

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

Absent: Bill Hawk

OLD BUSINESS:

The Supervisors unanimously approved the acquisition of the Wolfersberger Tract from James Spangler in accordance with the Installment Sales Agreement. The final payment will be $40,000.00.

The Supervisors voted 4-0 to ratify the electric pricing agreement with Constellation New Energy in accordance with terms of the PA Municipal League for a period of four years.

NEW BUSINESS:

The Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of Deborah Degado to the Arts Council.

The Supervisors unanimously adopted Resolution 13-04 which amends the Township’s Emergency Operations Plan to conform with the County Plan.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the 2013 Municipal Domestic Animal Protection Services Agreement with the Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area in the amount of $12,500.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-05 adopting a report maintaining the administrative employee compensation plan.

SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT:

The Supervisors unanimously approved the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Community General Osteopathic Parking Expansion (12-25). This will provide more parking capacity closer to the main entrance.

The Supervisors tabled the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for a building addition for the Memorial Eye Institute (12-23). A variance request for sidewalks on Linglestown and Dover Roads will be discussed at the February Workshop Meeting.

January 24, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Todd Gelbaugh and DAG, L.P. – Docket #1329 This request was for a variance from the minimum separation requirements between residential dwellings and outdoor recreation uses in the CG Commercial General Zoning District on the properties known as 4636 Jonestown Road and 9 Care Street in the township.

At the February 2012 meeting the board approved a request for the owner to construct a miniature golf course and batting cages on this same property. These attractions are presently in operation. This proposal was to be able to add a bumper car ride to the existing recreational facility. This new attraction would be just north of the existing batting cages and would consist of a thirty foot square building housing the bumper car pad and an adjacent six car parking lot.

The board expressed concern for possible noise from the bumper cars affecting the neighboring residential properties but the applicant explained that the small cars will have electric motors making almost no noise and that there would be only six cars in the building. As a condition for approval the applicant agreed to close one side of the building earlier in the evening to minimize any late evening noise in the direction of the closest homes. There was also concern for visual screening from one nearby residence and the applicant agreed to install an adequate screen of new planting at that location. With these conditions the board voted to approve the application.