SWAN NEWSLETTER #82

April 25, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Dwayne Gilbert – Docket #1336 The applicant wishes to construct an addition to his home at 4914 Killington Drive which would encroach approximately 10 feet at its closest point into the 30 foot required rear yard setback in the R-1 Low Density Residential Zoning District. The one story addition would contain a bedroom with a bath and a recreation room.

The house sits on a corner property so what is referred to as a rear yard could be considered by code as a side yard with a smaller setback requirement. In any case the resident agreed to plant trees and bushes for visual screening along the property line and the rear yard neighbor has no objection to the planned construction. The board agreed to approve the request.

Benjamin Slotznick – Docket #1337 This variance request involves the required minimum lot width measured at the building setback line related to the re-subdivision of three adjacent lots at the end of Hillside Road in the R-1 Low Density Residential Zoning District. The one and three quarter acre parcel containing the three proposed lots is surrounded by developed properties and the only access to the undeveloped tract is by an extension of Hillside Road which currently dead ends at the property line. The parcel had been subdivided into three building lots many years ago but never developed. Access to those lots would have been from a road that would have been built along the southern boundary of the tract but that road cannot now be built since it is in the floodplain.

The re-subdivision plan presented showed three building lots branching off from the end of Hillside Road extended. This was considered to be the most reasonable way to develop the tract that would conform to the requirements that for the lots be served by municipal water and sewer they must face on a public road. The proposed plan would comply with this requirement but the odd shaped lots would not all comply with the lot width requirement in the code. The board agreed the proposed plan was the best solution available and voted to approve the variance request.

May 1, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Trails The committee set Saturday, June 15th as the tentative date to make an exploratory hike along Nyes Run south from Union Deposit Road and along the proposed Oak Park Trail south from Oak Park Circle to near the Osteopathic Hospital. Committee member Jim Seidler reported that he had recently walked south along Nyes Run and unfortunately found that the location where the trail might go was wet under foot potentially making a permanent trail more difficult to construct.

Greenway Projects The Eagle Scout applicant who is planning to prepare a detailed map of the old Darlington Trail along the top of the mountain east and west from Hockers Park is waiting for approval of the project by the scout committee. Maps of the area do not agree on the locations of the many private and public property owners and the location of the old trail. By using GPS technology and old records, maps and deeds he plans to create an accurate map that can be used in recreating portions of the trail that cannot be located.

Safe Routes to School The grant application for this project continues to be worked on by several committee members.

Community Engagement Committee This group which has been in existence for only four months, was created by the supervisors to coordinate fundraising activities for the township’s Parks, Friendship Center, Arts Council and Greenway Committee. The CEC’s first activity was to investigate and discuss the best ways to go about the general fundraising effort. They generated a comprehensive list of tasks they needed to accomplish to be ready to initiate the actual fundraising. They then developed a list of action items they plan to undertake during 2013 in order to get the effort started. The committee requested that each of the four township groups approve the contents of the memorandum. The Greenway Committee voted to approve it with a minor rewording of one of the goals.

May 1, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Paxtonia Athletic Association A representative from this organization made an initial contact with the board concerning the possibility of their group developing a field on a part of the lower section of George Park with funds they have raised. They now play on one of the fields behind the Paxtonia Elementary School but it is close to the wetlands and sometimes too wet to use. Also there is a problem with parking for games on the field at the elementary school since the township does not want fans parking on their adjacent garage property and it is dangerous if they park in the private lot on the east side of the busy Nyes Road and walk across to the field.

To build the new field the association would provide the cost of the labor from funds they have raised but they are asking the township to contribute the required amount of infield mix to construct the field. The board agreed to take this request under consideration.

Vacancy The board interviewed Luisa Lassova to fill a vacancy on the Greenway Committee. She has attended the last three committee meetings and has a personal interest in the committee’s work. The board voted to recommend that the supervisors appoint her to serve on the committee. Another vacancy is expected in a few months with the planned resignation of Michael Smith.

Paint Ball A rental agreement has been signed with Dan Summey for his continued use of a portion of the eastern section of the Wolfersberger Park property for his paintball operation. The agreement includes new conditions on the structures that can be placed on the property and the termination of the agreement.

Friendship Center The supervisors are underway with an in depth fiscal study of the operation of the center. They are exploring many options and will probably be involving a professional consulting firm. It will be some time before any recommendations are forthcoming.

Heroes Grove The grant application for $230,000.00 to help finance the first phase of the planned amphitheater project at Brightbill Park has been approved. The request to have National Guard personnel assist in the initial earthmoving phase of the project was denied. The township has prepared and signed a letter agreement with the Heroes Grove Memorial Committee outlining a variety of concerns and forwarded it to the committee for their action.

Having adequate parking for future events at the amphitheater could be a serious problem. The township plans to send a formal letter to the adjacent Colonial Commons Mall shopping center requesting to be allowed to use a certain parking area when major events are scheduled at the amphitheater.

Park Projects The baseball association at Brightbill Park is completing the expansion project at their building. At Koons Park the softball association is underway with the replacement of the backstop and dugouts. At Kohl Park, pavers purchased by the dog park organization have been installed at the entrances to the dog park by township personnel. VoTech students are creating signs to be installed at the entrances to a number of walking trails in the township.

May 1, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

(7:00 PM – 8:00 PM)

Attended and reported by Ted Robertson.

New Business:

A representative for the Longhorn Steakhouse presented a Preliminary/Final Plan (13-06) to the Commission. The structure is to be built in the parking area in front of Sears store just west of the entrance to Sears from Route 22.

The primary sticking point appears to be the entrance road to Sears. The Township would prefer removing the guide rail and installing sidewalk and a narrow green buffer. The Planning Commission raised a point of concern regarding pedestrian and traffic safety in the parking area for the restaurant.

The representative stated he would take these concerns back to the owners for discussion. This plan will have to come back to the Planning Commission at a future date.

It should be noted that the plan as presented, will reduce the impervious area by 13,000 square feet.

May 4, 2012

SOUTH CENTRAL EMS RIBBON CUTTING DEDICATION CEREMONY

Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson represented SWAN at the ribbon cutting dedication ceremony for the new South Central EMS facility behind the Paxtonia Fire Station on May 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM. A tour revealed a first class state of the art facility. Township residents can take pride in not only the new structure, but the dedication of the entire staff of South Central EMS to serving the Township.

May 6, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING

(2:30 PM – 3:40 PM)

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

Old Business:

The Fire House software has been installed and is operating. This should save significant man hours in compiling the mandatory reports concerning the (3) volunteer fire companies’ rosters, training, and various inspections.

New Business:

August 6, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM has been designated as Public Safety night out.

A question was raised concerning the reimbursements from storm Sandy. Apparently these monies are going to the Townships General Fund. It was suggested that a portion should go to the Township fire companies and police. Public Safety Director Johnson will investigate.

A preliminary plan for the purchase of new fire equipment for the three (3) fire companies was presented. It was hoped that a purchase contract could be signed by the end of 2013 so that equipment could be purchased in 2014.

A concern was raised for traffic safety and emergency vehicle response particularly on home football game nights and at the new Bishop McDevitt High School. This issue will be investigated.

May 7, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING

(7:30 PM – 7:37 PM)

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

New Business:

The authority unanimously approved Resolution 13-09-01 through 05 authorizing the condemnation of property for temporary construction easements for public sewer work in the BCIA mini basin.

May 7, 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 a proposal from RSR Appraisers and Analysts to provide appraisal prices for the Friendship Center in the amount of $3750.00.

New Business:

Chairman Hawk proclaimed the week of May 12th, 2013 as National Police Week.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of Louisa Lesova to serve on the Greenway Committee.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-15 authorizing the Townships participation in PADOT’s adoptive traffic signalization project for the Route 22 corridor. PA DOT will assume all costs for the first five years. After five years, the Township will assume maintenance and repair costs.

The Supervisors unanimously approved a lease agreement with M&T Bank for the purchase of four (4) police vehicles in an amount not to exceed $105,000.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Change Order No. 1 to the 2013 bridge maintenance contract with Redrock Contractors. This increase was minimal.