SWAN NEWSLETTER #85

July 2, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING – (7:30 PM – 8:20 PM)

Attended and reported by Ted Robertson.

New Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-23 establishing a minimum Application Submission Fee for building permits for other than residential construction.

After a public hearing, the Supervisors unanimously approved Ordinance 13-05 allocating building permits for the Beaver Creek sanitary sewer basin.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the low bid of Handwerk Construction in the amount of $620,035.00 for 2013 road paving projects. Three bids were submitted.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Change Order #1 for the Forest Hills Interceptor Project. This involves a 30 day extension with no change in cost.

Subdivision and Land Development:

The Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the preliminary/final subdivision and land development plan for bumper cars at Meadows Frozen Custard (13-02). Gary Crissman cast the dissenting vote.

July 3, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Shadebrook – Revised Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan #1309

This combination residential and commercial project is a somewhat scaled down revision of a similar previously proposed development on the same site which was not approved. The site is located on the north side of Union Deposit Road and south of the Vo-Tech School at the intersection of Fairmont Drive and Cider Press Road. The 108 acre parcel is zoned R-1 Residential Low Density with a TND Traditional Neighborhood Development Overlay. The portion of the tract to be developed consists of 84 acres and would contain 251 residential lots and 2 commercial lots. The design includes 22 apartment units on upper floors of the commercial buildings with provisions to possibly add up to 35 more apartment units to these two buildings in the future.

At their June meeting the commissioners tabled action on this project until complete drawings and the architectural design guidelines were available. At this meeting the complete drawings were presented and reviewed but the architectural guidelines were still not available. The commissioners voted to recommend approval of the revised plan with a number of waivers and on the condition that the architectural guidelines are submitted and approved.

Quail Hollow – Final Subdivision Plan for the Resubdivision of Lots 93-96 of Quail Hollow, Phase V #13-10 The intent of this revised subdivision plan is to eliminate two building lots from this last phase of the development. Four adjacent lots along the stream on the east side of the development will become two larger lots thereby greatly reducing the originally planned retaining wall adjacent to the flood plain area. The commissioners voted to recommend approval of the requested change.

July 9, 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 appraisal for the Friendship Center by RSR Appraisals and Analyses LLC was reviewed by the Supervisors. The method used was cost of replacement less depreciation for wear and tear. This was deemed necessary in order to better determine the financial affect of capital improvements to the Friendship Center.

A representative of the Colonial Park Fire Company proposed an ordinance to the Supervisors in order to facilitate the collection of costs of fire services. Steve Stine will check the legality of this proposal. The Public Safety Committee will also review this proposal at its next meeting.

Five organizations requested the Supervisors support for their requests for Dauphin County Local Share Grant funds. The Supervisors will combine these requests with others received. The Supervisors will decide which of these projects will be accepted. These projects will then be prioritized and sent to Dauphin County by the August deadline.

A representative of Longhorn Steakhouse noted that PA DOT had no problems with the existing entrance off Route 22. It appears the only sticking point now would be the two entrances to the parking area east of Mountz Jewelers. The representative will approach Mountz Jewelers with a single entrance proposal.

Mr. Wolfe proposed a $25.00 Zoning Application Fee and a $50.00 Storm Water Application Fee. These fees are for changes to existing structure or structure additions.

The Supervisors decided to retain ownership in a single lot in the Kendal Oaks Phase IV development at the Townships compost site.

July 10, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Lingle Park Trail This meeting was held at Lingle Park and the committee members hiked the trail adjacent to the park. They set a work date in early August to trim the underbrush along the trail.

Committee Hike In June the committee members hiked portions of the proposed Nyes Run and Oak Park trails. At Nyes Run they were unable to hike very far along the stream because of wet conditions. They did meet with members of the local pigeon club who have their headquarters in a building at the trailhead and they expressed interest in helping to develop a parking lot in the area for themselves and for hikers.

Committee members also walked parts of the proposed Oak Park trail which would run along the sewer right-of-way from Oak Park Circle south to near the Osteopathic Hospital. Much of land this trail would occupy is owned by a single individual and an effort will be made to discuss with him the possibility of the township acquiring this land. It was felt that this proposed trail would be much less expensive to create than the Nyes Run trail and would be used by more hikers. The members felt that creating this trail should be the higher priority.

Safe Routes to School The submission of the application for the grant for funds for this project was delayed because the photos were not satisfactory. They will be redone so the application can be submitted in September.

There will be no August committee meeting. The next meeting will be on September 4th.

10 July 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Koons Park Softball Field Work was started some time ago on the project to install a new backstop, build a storage building and new dugouts at the softball field but this summer has been slow. Sam Hartley from the Linglestown Softball Association reports that he will get the project restarted and will work through the fall to get things finished.

PHR Storage Building Expansion The second floor expansion to the storage building at the Brightbill Park baseball field being done by the PHR organization is almost complete. The project that the board had approved has been very well done by the group and the board will inspect it on their next park tour.

Arts Council Stan Smith reported on the various projects the council has underway. They include within the next month movies, a craft fair, authors’ night at the library and a writers’ workshop.

Greenway Committee Jim Seidler reported on the members’ current efforts regarding the Nyes Run and Oak Park trail projects.

Koons & Wolfersberger Park Master Plan A year ago the supervisors with the help of a state grant authorized the development of a comprehensive long term plan for the future upgrading of Koons Park and the development of Wolfersberger Park. After a year of planning meetings and plan revisions the consultants have finished their work and will make their final presentation to the supervisors at their meeting on July 16th.

Community Engagement Committee This committee that was created to do fundraising for park related projects will be meeting with professional fundraisers for a review of their planning. The committee has a number of possible projects lined up for the near future.

Grant Requests It was noted that a grant request for funding for the Heroes Grove project will be submitted to the state in the near future. A question was raised whether or not some control or coordination was needed for applications for projects on township property.