SWAN NEWSLETTER #84

June 11, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP

(6:15 PM – 8:20 PM)

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

The Chairman of the Community Engagement Committee presented a progress report to the Supervisors. The Committee has established criteria for the submission of projects to be undertaken. Several projects were recommended by the Committee to move forward. As reported earlier, this Committee was established to provide new funding streams for the Parks and Recreation Department primarily for the Friendship Center.

The Supervisors reviewed a Request for Proposals for engineering services for the replacement of the Friendship Center natatorium HVAC units. The estimated costs will be $650,000.00. These costs will be covered by the new bond issue.

The Supervisors were in general agreement to support a request by the Paxtonia Athletic Association to the Dauphin County Local Share Grant Fund for lighting at the George Park baseball field.

Mr. Wolfe reported on the DEP inspection of the Township’s compost facility. In short, the compost facility exceeds the 5 acre limitation mandated by DEP and will require a new permit.

Mr. Wolfe reviewed state legislation which could affect Lower Paxton Township. The Senate Bill involved transportation infrastructure funding and Prevailing Wage Reform. (A copy of this will be put on the web site).

Mr. Wolfe presented the Executive Summary of the Townships 2012 Annual Report as mandated.

Mr. Stine reviewed Act 46 of 2010 and Act 87 of 2012 which concerns Township approval of extensions of contracts and improvement guarantees. With these new acts, extensions could run to 2020 by law.

June 12, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Koons Park Bocce Courts Two representatives from the local Sons of Italy Lodge appealed to the board to be allowed to reserve the courts at a specific time each week for their league games in exchange for their maintaining the courts on a regular basis. The courts currently are used on a first come first served basis but can be reserved by adult sports organizations for a nominal fee. The board said they would consider the request after they discussed it at the end of the meeting but at that time they decided not to change their established policy.

Paxtonia Athletic Association A representative from this organization reported that they are in the process of submitting a grant request to the gaming commission to help pay for the installation of lights on the major softball field behind the Paxtonia Elementary School. The project will cost $70,000.00, the association has raised $20,000.00 and the grant request is for the remaining $50,000.00. The request needs the prior approval of the school district and the township. Township approval involves approval by the P&R Board and they voted to provide that approval.

PHR Storage Building This new two story storage building at Brightbill Park adjacent to the baseball field is being constructed by the PHR baseball organization. The work is now nearing completion.

Koons Softball The construction project at the softball field has included new dugouts, backstop and a storage building. The work being done by the athletic association had been delayed by electrical and storm water problems but they are again underway.

Park Master Plan The master plan project for Koons and Wolfersberger Parks that was started in the fall of 2012 by the firm of Simone Collins is nearing completion. The last committee meeting is scheduled for June 18th and the final plan presentation to the supervisors will be on July 16th.

June 18, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP

(6:00 PM – 7:25 PM)

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

Absent: David Blain

The consultant presented the Final Draft plan for Koons/Wolfersberger Parks. A copy of the plan will be available at the next SWAN meeting. In summary, modifications to Koons Park will be accomplished in four phases. The development of the Wolfersberger tract will be done in three phases. The total cost of this project is estimated to be 18 million dollars. The time frame for completion is flexible. A listing of possible sources of revenue for this project will be presented to the Supervisors at a later meeting. The Supervisors commended the consultant and the committee for an outstanding effort in putting this plan together.

June 18, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING

(7:25 PM– 7:45 PM)

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

Absent: David Blain

New Business:

The Authority unanimously approved Resolution 13-12 authorizing the relinquishing of the condemnation of property for a temporary construction easement for sanitary sewer work.

The Authority unanimously approved Resolution 13-13 authorizing the submission of a grant application to the PA Department of Community Economic Development for sanitary sewer work.

The Authority unanimously approved a tapping fee payment plan agreement which allows for quarterly payments. This plan is for existing properties and not new developments.

June 18, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

(7:45 PM – 8:20 PM)

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

Absent: David Blain

Old Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-18 supporting reforms to the PA Prevailing Wage Act by the General Assembly. (June 11 Workshop report)

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-19 supporting adoption of approved Senate Bill 1 by the General Assembly providing for transportation infrastructure funding. (June 11 Workshop report)

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-20 authorizing the submission of a Dauphin County Local Share Grant application on the part of the Paxtonia Athletic Association. (June 11 Workshop report)

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 18-21 authorizing the Community Engagement Committee on accepting its plan of work. (June 11 Workshop report)

New Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-22 authorizing the submission of a Dauphin County Local Share Grant application for HVAC system improvements at the Friendship Center. (June 11 Workshop report)

The Supervisors unanimously approved a bid of $548,051.00 for the 2013 Storm Water Contract.

Subdivision and Land Development:

A provision for the Care Street widening for the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for bumper cars at Meadows Frozen Custard will be re-written for submission at the next Supervisors meeting.

June 27, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Daniel and Nancy Weinzierl – Docket #1339 This variance request involves the conversion of an existing covered deck on the rear of the house at 810 Thetford Court in the Springford Manor development off Nyes Road into a permanent room in the existing house. The property is in a R-1 Low Density Residential Zoning District where the rear yard setback requirement from the house to the property line is 30 feet. The new proposed room would be less than 15 feet from the rear property line.

In 1993 these homeowners got permission from the board to construct the existing covered deck at the same location based on the fact that the rear of the lot abuts a common easement drainage area which is owned and maintained by the homeowners association and which will never be developed. Based on the same reasoning the board voted to approve the variance request for the construction of a permanent room on the same footprint as the existing covered deck.

Longhorn Steakhouse – Docket #1340 This request is for a variance from the number of wall signs allowed at the proposed new restaurant on the north side of Jonestown Road at the Colonial Park Mall in the CG Commercial General Zoning District. There was no representative from the applicant present for this hearing so the request was tabled until the next meeting of the board scheduled for Thursday, July 18th.