SWAN NEWSLETTER #83

May 14, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP

(6:00 PM – 9:00PM)

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

There was a discussion of waiver requests for sidewalks and curbing for the Meadows Bumper Cars Subdivision and Land Development Plan. This property is located along Care Street north of Route 22. The property includes a miniature golf course, batting cages, and an ice cream parlor. Care Street will be widened several feet with this plan. Full widening of Care Street is limited by the location of a private home. The developer stated that full widening of Care Street will be done when this home is demolished in the future. The Supervisors appeared to favor the waiver requests.

A commercial development group asked the Supervisors to consider rezoning a parcel of land east of Weis Markets and north of Linglestown Road. The property is presently zoned CN (Commercial Neighborhood). The request was to rezone part of the property to R-3. The Supervisors denied the request and asked the group to re-study the parcel and come back with another plan.

Mark Levine presented a storm water flow control plan to slow the release of storm water to down stream areas. The plan consists of a series of catch basins with restricted discharges to reduce downstream flow of storm water. The Supervisors asked Mark to meet with HRG to discuss the plan. Mark suggested a pilot plan to include an area south of Earl Drive in the area of Creek Drive and east to Mountain Road. The Supervisors appreciated Mark’s time and effort and interest in developing this plan.

A final draft plan for the modification of Koons Park and the development of Wolfersberger Park was presented to the Supervisors. This comprehensive plan has too much detail to be included in this report. The Supervisors commended the Consultant, the committee organized to bring the plan to fruition, Parks and Recreation staff input and the input of the citizens of the Township. The total estimated cost of this plan is 18 million dollars to be spent over 15 years.

The Supervisors reviewed five proposals to provide consulting services for the analyses of the financial impact of six specific conceptual program/facility modifications for the Friendship Center. The Supervisors appeared to lean toward Brailsford Dunlavey to provide the services.

The Supervisors reviewed a License Agreement with Cedar Realty Trust for the use of parking spaces in Colonial Commons to accommodate Heroes Grove. This will be approved at a future meeting.

Mr. Wolfe reviewed the 2012 Township financial results. In summary, the General Fund ended the year with a 1.25 million dollar surplus. This puts the total cash on hand at 6.0 million dollars which is over the 25% of budget required. Income increased 7% while expenses increased 3% in 2012. The financial status of the Township is significantly better than that of the past several years.

May 20, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

(7:30 PM – 8:15 PM)

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

Old Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from Brailsford and Dunlavey, Inc., to perform specified market analyses for proposed Friendship Center modifications pending contract approval by Mr. Stine. The contract amount was $32,130.00.

New Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from Dallas Data Systems, Inc., in the amount of $127,201.00 to provide a financial management system for the Township. This system should be operable by January 2014.

Mr. Wolfe reviewed the first quarter 2013 Key Indicator Report. It was a good report. Suffice to say that no tax anticipation note will be needed this year for the first time in several years.

The Supervisors voted 4-0 to allow the Township Manager to provide consulting services on a limited basis through a third party to the PA State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS). Mr. Blain abstained.

May 23, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Christopher Cole – Docket #1338 This variance request involves the proposed construction of a wood deck at the rear of the house at 5940 Linglestown Road in the Village Zoning District in Linglestown. The proposed deck would be approximately 28 feet wide and 33 feet deep and would cover much of the existing lawn between the house and the rear paved parking lot. The zoning problem is that the maximum allowable impervious coverage in this district is 80%, the deck is considered to be impervious coverage, and with the deck the impervious coverage would exceed that amount.

The applicant explained that the small house has become the Linglestown Gathering Place for community groups. It is supported by a local church and they need the deck space for their events. The board recognized that with the deck area added the impervious coverage would still be similar to that of a great many other properties in the center of the village and that the deck probably would in fact be somewhat pervious. The board voted to approve the variance request.

May 28, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING

(6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)

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

New Business:

The Authority unanimously approved Resolution 13-10-01 through 13-10-03 authorizing condemnation for sanitary sewer easements in the PC1 GDA/GDB mini basin project.

The Authority unanimously agreed to approve Resolution 13-11-01 through 13-11-07 authorizing condemnation for temporary construction easements for private sewers in the PC1 GDA/GDB project.

The Authority unanimously approved the Oakhurst Interceptor Agreement which includes Susquehanna Township, Vartan Properties, and Rena Construction. This project does away with the obsolete Gale Road pumping station. It is estimated that this project will take 1 ½ years to complete. NOTE: It was stated that Union Deposit Corporation will re-submit its project for development in this area when this project is complete.

The Authority unanimously approved the 2013 Swatara Agreement. This will give Lower Paxton Township additional capacity at the Swatara Treatment Plant. It will also greatly reduce the risk of overflow in the Beaver Creek basin.

Township Reports:

There are presently five (5) mini basin projects under construction worth 19 million. This increased activity is necessary to expend the bond funds by the 2015 deadline.

June 4, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

(7:30 PM – 8:30 PM)

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

Old Business:

After a public hearing, the Supervisors unanimously approved Ordinance 13-04 to re-enact and amend the Townships Stormwater Management Regulations, Chapter 170 of the Codified Ordinance.

New Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Change Order No.2 to the 2013 Bridge Maintenance Contract in the amount of $6,631.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the 2013 Agreement for the Swatara Waste Water Treatment Plant and Joint Use Interceptor. This agreement gives Lower Paxton Township more capacity at the Swatara Treatment Plant; eliminates the restrictor in the Joint Use Interceptor; and should postpone the necessity for any storage capacity in the Township.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-16 authorizing the destruction of identified municipal records.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-17 to authorize the submission of a grant application to the PA DCNR for the Friendship Center energy improvements.

Subdivision and Land Development:

The Supervisors unanimously approved an amendment to the preliminary/final subdivision plan for Devon Woods (07-24). This involves the elimination of a sidewalk on the inner circle of a very large cul-de-sac.

June 5, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Action Plan The committee reviewed the short term and long term project action plan for their projects for the remainder of 2013. They voted to approve the plan.

Mapping The proposed Eagle Scout project to prepare a detailed map of the old Darlington Trail along the top of the mountain using GPS technology was not approved by the scout committee. Such scout projects cannot be done on private property. The committee will explore other ways to develop the information to create this map.

Hike Committee members will meet on the morning of June 8th to hike a portion of the proposed Nyes Run trail along the stream south from Union Deposit Road and the full length of the proposed Oak Park trail from Oak Park Circle south to the Osteopathic Hospital.

Park Master Plan Parks and Recreation Department director Brian Luetchford reviewed for the committee the latest conceptual plans for the future improvements to Koons Park and the development of Wolfersberger Park. The park planning is in its final phase and some of the remaining efforts include meetings with representatives from the school district and the adjacent landowners and a study of the needed coordination between the park plans and the township’s Comprehensive Plan. The planners will make their final presentation to the Board of Supervisors on June 18th.

Community Engagement Committee This group involved with fundraising for Parks and Recreation projects is working toward a possible major event at the Friendship Center in the late summer or early fall.

June 5, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher

Longhorn Steakhouse – Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan #13-08 This project is the construction of a new restaurant on the north side of Jonestown Road south of the existing Sears department store on a parcel of land Longhorn will lease from Sears. The property is zoned CG Commercial-General. The details of the project had been resolved except for several items regarding the vehicular access to the restaurant from Jonestown Road. The items included curbing, guard rails and landscaping. The commissioners voted to recommend approval of the plan contingent on the resolution of the few items regarding the access road.

Montrail Development – Resolution #13-12 Proposed Change to Lower Paxton Township 2004 Comprehensive Plan and Ordinance 13-02 Text Amendment These two agenda items were regarding issues on the same project and the commissioners agreed to consider them together.

This proposed development involves a parcel of land to the north of Union Deposit Road and to the north and east of the Central Dauphin Middle School. The tract is zoned R-1 Residential Low Density. The developer is requesting that the zoning be changed to R-2 Residential Medium Density by way of a change to the Comprehensive Plan and a Text Amendment. These proposals were presented to the Planning Commission at their April meeting but after much discussion the matter was tabled.

At this meeting the requests were presented again. The developer is proposing to build 44 single family homes and 77 townhomes on the southern portion of the property. Since the last meeting he has reviewed the project with representatives of the school district and has gotten approval from PennDOT for the entrance drive and the emergency access drive. An improved buffer between the existing homes and the development was agreed to. After much discussion the commission, on a split vote, 4 to 1 (with Roy Newsome being the “nay” vote), recommended approval of the change to the Comprehensive Plan and approval of the Text Amendment. This item now moves to the Board of Supervisors for approval.

Amber Fields – Subdivision Plan Phase VI #13-07 Phases 1 through 5 of this project have been completed. The development is located on Devonshire Heights Road west of Nyes Road in the R-C Residential Cluster zoning district. This phase consists of 18 single family homes. There was a concern expressed about wetlands on the property but they are not at the location of this phase and will be addressed in the next two phases. The board voted to recommend approval of plan.

Shadebrook – Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan #13-09 This project is a continuation of an earlier proposed development in the recently created TND, Traditional Neighborhood Development Overlay District, located south of the Vo-Tech school in the area north of Union Deposit Road around the intersection of Fairmont Drive and Cider Press Road. This new zoning district allows for a mixture of residential and commercial uses. This proposal is a smaller version of the earlier proposed large development which was abandoned primarily due to storm water problems.

This proposed development would consist of a smaller core of commercial buildings surrounded by 280 residential lots. The developer indicated that the final submission for this project will include many of the same waiver requests from the requirements as with the previous project. The architectural drawings are being completed and will be submitted in several weeks in time for the next review by the commission. The commissioners voted to table action on the preliminary plan.