SWAN NEWSLETTER #87

August 20, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM)

Attended by Eric Epstein, Watson Fisher, Mark Levin, Elda & Robert Klinger, Dan Altmose, Betty Miller and Ted Robertson; Reported by Ted Robertson.

Old Business:

Resolution 13-12 amending the land use designation from Institutional Campus to Low/Medium Density for a 44 acre parcel north of Union Deposit Road and west of Page Road (Montrail) was continued to the September 3, 2013 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Ordinance 13-02 amending the designation of the above parcel in the Zoning Ordinance from R-1 to R-2 was also continued to the September 3, 2013 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Mr. Wolfe presented the second quarter Key Indicator Report. At this point in the year, the Township’s financial standing is significantly better than the past several years.

The Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from HRG for engineering services for earth moving and the placement of fill at the Wolfersberger Tract in the amount not to exceed $43,900.00.

New Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-32 authorizing the submission of a Dauphin County Local Share grant application in support of the Heroes Grove Amphitheatre project in the amount of $230,000.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-34 supporting a PA Redevelopment Assistance Grant to Bishop McDevitt High School for the Spring Creek Road project.

Subdivision and Land Development:

The Supervisors unanimously approved an amendment of the phasing plan and schedule as a part of the preliminary subdivision plan for Stray Winds Farms. This plan was detailed in the August 13, 2013 Board of Supervisors Workshop meeting report. This plan calls for a density of 374 units pending the outcome of ongoing litigation. An attorney for several residents neighboring SWF opposed the plan. It should be noted that these same residents were “OK” with 374 units when the plan called for a density of 449 units.

The Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the preliminary/final land development plan for the Longhorn Steakhouse (13-06). The point of contention included the entrance off Rt. 22 to Mountz Jewelers and an adjacent entrance to the Mall just west of the Mountz entrance. Apparently PADOT saw no problem with the existing entrances, but HRG did see a problem. The Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve Resolution 13-53, the Planning Model for the Longhorn Steakhouse. Gary Crissman cast the dissenting vote in both the above actions.

August 22, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Warren Lee Swanger – Docket #1342 – This variance request is for the applicant to be allowed to construct a carport that encroaches into the minimum side yard setback at his house located at 5012 Utah Avenue in the R-2 Medium Density Residential Zoning District. The ordinance requires a 5 foot setback and the planned carport roof would be 2 feet from the property line. Many of the nearby neighbors on the same street have carports that extend into the setback either because they were built before the current zoning requirements were established or because they were built without formal approval. Many of the neighbors including the owners of the adjacent houses have carports that extend closer than 5 feet to the property line and those two owners stated that they have no objection to Mr. Swanger’s plan to do the same. The board voted to approve the request.

Patricia Rinebold – Docket #1343 – The applicant leases the home at 4210 Locust Lane in the R-1 Low Density Residential Zoning District where she wants to establish a family day care business. This activity is allowed for up to 3 children but she wishes to be able to provide care for up to 6 children. The code also requires an outdoor play area enclosed with a 6 foot high secure fence and she proposes a fence a portion of which is only 4 feet high. This existing residence is on a fairly large piece of property which is adjacent to commercial areas. The property owner has agreed to this proposed activity and the applicant will comply with all state and local requirements regarding the business. The board voted to approve this request.

August 27, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY – (6:15 PM – 7:35 PM)

Attended and reported by Ted Robertson.

New Business:

Mr. Weaver reviewed a draft of the 2014 Authority Budget. At this point in time, the rate will remain at $120.00 per quarter.

Township Reports:

Mr. Weaver reviewed the annual meeting with PADEP. Suffice to say that DEP thanked Lower Paxton Township for their efforts in meeting the DEP mandates.

Mr. Weaver proposed a significant change order for the PC1G/H mini basin contract (Mountaindale). Improper original installation has resulted in numerous sewer back ups in this area. Since the original contract will be approximately 1.5 million dollars under contract price, there will be no net cost increase for this project to the Township.

August 27, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (7:55 PM – 8:05 PM)

Attended and reported by Ted Robertson.

Old Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved the low bid of $263,500 for Progressive Services, Inc., for the replacement of the roof of the Municipal Center.

September 3, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (7:30 PM – 9:05 PM)

Attended by Eric Epstein, Watson Fisher, Mark Levine, Betty Miller and Ted Robertson; Reported by Ted Robertson.

Old Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-12 amending the Comprehensive Plan, Future Land Use, and Transportation Map to change the land use designation of a 44 acre parcel of land on the north side of Union Deposit Road west of Page Road extended (Montrail) from Institutional Campus to Low/Medium density (R2) Residential.

After a Public Hearing, the Supervisors voted 4-1* to deny Ordinance 13-2 amending the Zoning Ordinances of the above property to change the designation from R-1 to R-2. Approximately 20 residents representing developments in the Montrail area were in attendance. Several residents spoke in objection to the Ordinance change from R-1 to R-2. Their objection was primarily to the increased traffic due to the increased density. The developer also proposed a Text Amendment to accompany the Ordinance. The Text Amendment limited the development parcel size to 44 acres or less. This also reduced the side yard set back and the minimum front yard width required for R-2 zoning. SWAN did not object to the zoning change. However, SWAN did express concern about the ten other properties in the Township which met the Text Amendment’s 44 acre limit and are presently zoned R-1.

* Mr. Horning stated after the vote on the motion to deny the Ordinance and subsequent discussion, he misunderstood the motion and voted “NO”. He stated the vote should have been 5-0 to deny the Ordinance 13-02.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-35 establishing contributions for health care benefits for administrative employees starting 1/1/14.

New Business:

The Supervisors unanimously agreed to an amendment to the agreement with Modern Recovery Solutions in regard to fees charged for the collection of delinquent sanitary sewer accounts.

The Supervisors unanimously approved a recommendation from the Public Safety Committee to cover the cost of extraordinary repairs to Engines 33 and 33-1 from the Fire Companies Capital Fund.

September 4, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

LingleTrail Hike – The committee’s planned August hike of the trail at Lingle Park was not held and will be rescheduled. Public Works personnel were not available for trail maintenance so committee member Jim Seidler cleared much of the trail himself last month.

Nyes Run Trail and Oak Park Trail Hikes Last month committee members visited both potential trail locations to update themselves on their current conditions. At the proposed Nyes Run trailhead location on Union Deposit Road they found wet conditions which reinforced the realization of the difficulty they would need to deal with in constructing a trail along the stream bed. At the Oak Park trail location generally along the sewer right of way from Oak Park Circle south they found dry conditions and stretches where homeowners have mowed and maintained their properties along the proposed trail location. The committee restated that their first priority for possible new trail development will now shift to this location and they will proceed with the initial planning efforts.

Safe Routes to School The committee’s ongoing efforts toward submitting grant applications for this project will be reviewed at next month’s meeting.

Community Engagement Committee This group had some time ago considered a possible professional wrestling fundraising event for September at the Friendship Center but that effort was not felt to be appropriate and has been abandoned.

Autumn Oaks Trail The McNaughton company will be extending the paved trail that they had built at this housing development and they plan to build one at the adjacent Autumn Oaks Estates development now under construction.

Nyes Run An old school house on the south side of Union Deposit Road at Nyes Run has been used for years by the Harrisburg Pigeon Club. Parks & Recreation Department Director Brian Luetchford met with a club member to discuss the possibility of it being used as a trail head for parking if a trail is developed along the stream and possibly by the Arts Council as a studio.

September 4, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

PHR Storage Building Expansion This project enlarging the storage building at the baseball field at Brightbill Park is being done by the PHR organization and is almost complete. The board plans to tour the project immediately following their October meeting.

Koons Park Softball Field Project Work had been delayed on the construction project for a new storage building, a new backstop and dugouts being done by the Linglestown Softball Association’s leader Sam Hartley. He had suffered an injury but now plans to complete the project this fall.

Arts Council Report Leader Stan Smith reported on the recent authors’ night at the library event and noted the planning for future similar projects. These could include movie night, children’s craft event, writing group event, friends of the parks get together, etc.

Master Site Plan Study Committee Report Parks & Recreation Department director Brian Luetchford stated that parks’ planner Simone Collins would complete the final version of the Koons and Wolfersberger parks plan in several weeks for final submission to the supervisors. He also reported that HRG engineers are preparing a plan for the depositing of excess construction fill from ongoing sewer projects at the Wolfersberger site and that the plan will be coming to this board for approval.

Heroes Grove Mr. Luetchford reported that November 2nd has been mentioned by the organization involved as a possible date for a ground breaking ceremony. He had no further information or confirmation regarding this.