SWAN NEWSLETTER #81

April 2, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING – (7:30 PM – 7:40 PM)

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

The Authority unanimously approved Resolution 13-07 for the condemnation of land at 4907 Jonestown Road for a temporary construction easement for sanitary sewer work.

April 2, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING – (7:40 PM – 8:10 PM)

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

Old Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Ordinance 13-03 authorizing the issuance of 2013 General Obligation Bonds in the amount of $4,060,000.00. This is a 14 year issue with $3,000,000.00 for storm water projects and $1,000,000.00 for the Friendship Center projects.

New Business:

Following a public hearing, the Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-10 allowing a transfer of a restaurant liquor license for the proposed Longhorn Steakhouse to be built at the Route 22 entrance to Sears.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Robert Little to the South Central EMS Board of Directors.

Subdivision and Land Development:

The Supervisors unanimously approved the final subdivision and land development plan for Union Deposit Properties at 4200 Union Deposit Road (13-02). This property is at the intersection of Interstate 83 and Union Deposit Road and will provide the demolition of the existing building and replacing that with a 7500 sq. foot office building.

April 3, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

There was not a quorum present at this meeting so no official action could be taken.

Maps The Parks & Recreation Department created a detailed map identifying the parcels of land along the top of Blue Mountain running east and west from Hockers Park. The map shows the individual property owners both private and public along what was a portion of the Appalachian Trail which is now identified as the Darlington Trail. This old trail runs along the top of the mountain and about 4 miles of it is through the township. The committee has had a long interest in possibly reopening sections of the old trail for hiking and needed an accurate map identifying the property owners before proceeding further with this effort.

The department also has created a map identifying property owners on what could become a walking trail along the sewer line right-of-way running south from Oak Park Circle to near the Osteopathic Hospital.

Hikes This spring before the foliage comes out members of the committee plan to hike the length of what could become the Oak Park trail and as much as possible of the proposed Nyes Run trail from Union Deposit Road south along the stream.

The remaining agenda items will be discussed at the May meeting.

April 3, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Meadows Frozen Custard – Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan #13-03

This project involves the construction of a bumper car facility as part of a newly constructed recreational complex at 4636 Jonestown Road and Care Street on the north side of the highway in the CG Commercial General Zoning District. The complex now consists of a miniature golf course and a group of batting cages. The bumper car attraction would be contained in a small building north of the batting cages.

At their February meeting the Zoning Hearing Board approved a variance from setback and fencing location requirements for the new structure. At this Planning Commission meeting the commissioners addressed the request for relief from the requirement to construct a sidewalk along the east side of the portion of Care Street that abuts the property. An existing house creates an interference with the required sidewalk extension. The commissioners voted to approve the plan for the project but denied the request for relief from the sidewalk requirement.

Comprehensive Plan – Resolution #13-12 This request was to make a change to the township’s 2004 comprehensive plan for the use of a parcel of land to the north of Union Deposit Road and to the east of Central Dauphin East Middle School from low density to medium density residential housing. Information on this requested change was presented but the matter was not resolved. The meeting moved on to the next agenda item which was the rezoning request on the same parcel.

Montrail Development – Ordinance #13-02 Text Amendment The parcel of land noted above had in the past been considered for a low density residential development but with the housing downturn it has sat idle. The developer’s intent now is to create a medium density housing development on the southern portion of the tract and he presented a text amendment to change the zoning from R-1 to R-2.

The earlier proposed development was for 56 single family homes. Under R-2 zoning the developer is proposing to build 44 single family homes and 77 townhouses for a total of 121 units. This could be allowed under a text amendment changing the zoning ordinance. The single entrance to the development would be off Union Deposit Road with an emergency entrance through the school property. Some commission members expressed concern for this location for a higher density development. After a lengthy discussion the applicant asked that the request be tabled pending further review by both parties and the township solicitor.

Park Planning Parks & Recreation Department Director Brian Luetchford gave the commissioners a brief review of the status on the professional planning project underway on the future upgrading of Koons Park and the development of Wolfersberger Park. The planning effort is scheduled to be completed in June.

April 4, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

This scheduled meeting was cancelled. The next meeting of the board will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm in the Friendship Center.

April 9, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP – (6:00 PM – 7:15 PM)

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

Absent: Gary Crissman

The Supervisors reviewed the existing agreement for the sale of single stream recyclable materials with Penn Waste. If neither party indicates they want to cancel the contract by June 1, 2013, the existing contract will remain in place. This contract has provided an income for the Township of approximately $100,000.00 per year over the last five years.

Mr. Stine reviewed some proposed amendments to the Storm Water Management Ordinance. A clearer definition of new and added impervious areas was a significant change that the Supervisors appeared to favor. These changes will have to be approved at a subsequent Supervisors meeting.

A representative of the Linglestown Fire Company presented a comprehensive fireworks safety plan to the Supervisors. Representatives of the company providing the fireworks display were present to answer some Supervisors questions. The Supervisors will have to take action at a future meeting to reinstitute the fireworks display.

April 16, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING – (7:00 PM – 7:30 PM)

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

The Authority unanimously approved Resolution 13-08 items 1 thru 4, for the condemnation of property along Linglestown Road for temporary construction easements for sanitary sewer work.

April 16, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING – (7:37 PM – 9:10 PM)

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

Old Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved the continuation of a License Agreement for paintball operations at Wolfersberger Park.

The Supervisors approved Resolution 13-13 accepting operational and safety procedures for a fireworks display at Koons Park proposed by the Linglestown Fire Company.

New Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from HRG to provide engineering services for the replacement of the roof of the Municipal Center in the amount of $24,000.00. The total estimated cost of this project is $400,000.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-14 authorizing the submission of a grant application to PA-DCNR for the Friendship Center energy improvements ($20,000.00) and Heroes Grove construction ($230,000.00).

There were four requests for waiver of real estate tax penalty and/or interest. The Supervisors unanimously approved one request and denied three requests. The amounts involved were minimal.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the single bid for cleaning services for the Municipal Center, Friendship Center and the Public Works and Sewer Facilities. The contract price has remained the same at $36,035.00 since 2009.

Subdivision and Land Development:

The Supervisors unanimously approved the Preliminary/Final land development plan for Copperstone Estates (12-28). This property consists of six lots on thirteen acres at the intersection of Copperstone and Union Deposit Roads.