SWAN NEWSLETTER #88

September 10, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS – (6:00 PM – 7:55 PM)

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

Absent: Bill Hornung

Lower Paxton Township Fire Companies Extraordinary Equipment Repairs:

The Supervisors asked the Township Fire Companies to provide a better definition of extraordinary equipment repairs. The Public Safety Committee will provide the Supervisors with the Fire Companies recommendations at a later meeting. This is to determine which costs will be covered by the Fire Equipment Capital Fund.

Phase IV Fire Equipment Replacement & Fire Equipment Capital Replacement Fund:

The Public Safety Committee will present the three Township Fire Companies recommendations for equipment replacement to the Supervisors at a later Workshop meeting. In addition, it became evident that the Township yearly contribution to the Fire Equipment Capital Fund will have to be revised upward.

Ordinance for Emergency Response Cost Recovery:

After some discussion it appeared that the Supervisors favored drafting an Ordinance to recover certain emergency response costs.

Connection Between Estates on Forest Hills & Autumn Oaks on Kensington Way:

Mark McNaughton presented a plan to convert a cul-de-sac on Kensington Way into a round-a-bout for traffic calming on the connection between the two developments. Mark apparently has the consent of all parties involved to make the change. The Supervisors favored this plan.

Benjamin Slotnick Hillside Road Subdivision Plan:

The Supervisors remained concerned about common driveways & road maintenance in particular, snow plowing for this project. The Supervisors requested an alternate plan.

Stormwater Management Authority:

After much discussion, the Supervisors asked Mr. Wolfe to put together a list of pros and cons for the establishment of an Authority before a decision is made. Mr. Wolfe will also consult with engineers who are presently involved with such Authorities.

September 17, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS – (7:30 PM – 8:00 PM)

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

Absent: Bill Hornung

Old Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-38 for the lease of four (4) police vehicles in the amount of $102,130.00 for a period of three years.

New Business:

After a Public Hearing, the Supervisors unanimously approved Ordinance 13-06 amending the definition of land development with the SALDO Chapter 180 of the Codified Ordinances. This allows an additional structure up to 1000 square feet to be exempt from certain regulations on residential properties.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 13-36 setting certain fees for the elected Tax Collector.

The Supervisors unanimously approved resolution 13-37 accepting the Minimum Municipal Obligation for the police and non-uniformed employees pension fund for the year 2014.

September 26, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Andrew Rose – Docket #1344 This request was for a variance from the zoning code requirements for fencing at his home located at 1601 Buckingham Road in the R-1 Low Density Residential District. His corner property fronts on Buckingham Road and his side yard faces Union Deposit Road. He wanted to install an open fence enclosing most of his rear yard but with a side yard solid privacy fence 6.5 foot high along Union Deposit Road. The zoning code states that fences in front yards shall not exceed 4 feet in height and be 50% open and that on corner lots these same requirements apply in yards along both streets. This would apply to the fence along the side yard facing Union Deposit Road.

The property slopes up sharply from front to back and there are mature evergreen trees along the highway. The proposed privacy fence along the side yard was not considered to create a visual problem for any of the neighbors. The board voted to approve the request.

October 1, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OS SUPERVISORS -(7:30 PM – 8:30 PM)

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

Absent: Gary Crissman

Old Business:

Representatives of S&A Homes presented a revised plan for the Montrail Development to the Supervisors for discussion. The revised plan reduces the total units from 121 to 102. Town home units are reduced from 77 to 55. Single family units are increased from 45 to 47. The Text Amendment will essentially remain the same with the acreage limitation likely reduced from 44 to 35 acres. S&A representatives plan to meet with representatives of surrounding developments in October, go to the Planning Commission in November and have a plan ready for the Supervisors in December.

New Business:

The Supervisors unanimously approved proposals to provide the Township and the Authority with property and liability insurances. The cost for the Township policy will be $118,286.00. The cost for the Authority policy will be $33,370.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Change Order #1 to the PC-1G/H sanitary sewer replacement contract. There will be no change in cost. Work will be changed from sewer line replacement to manhole replacements in the Forest Hills area.

October 2, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Reported by Watson Fisher.

Safe Routes to School Two committee members are finalizing the application for a state grant for the school district to submit for funds to improve the safety for students walking to the Linglestown Elementary and Middle Schools.

Lingle Park The mile long walking trail at the park had become overgrown and difficult to hike. Personnel from the township’s Public Works Department recently cleared the entire length of the trail and it will be easy to walk now for some number of years.

Montrail Parks & Recreation department director Brian Luetchford showed the committee a sketch plan of the S&A Homes’ revised proposed plan for the Montrail Development located north of Union Deposit Road and east of the Central Dauphin East Middle School. The committee discussed the potential for walking trails as part of the revised plan. S&A made a complete presentation of the plan to the Parks & Recreation board at their meeting immediately following this meeting.

Map Reviews The department is continuing work to develop updated comprehensive mapping of the township using several government sources. This is an important tool in the ongoing planning of potential new trails which currently include Oak Park, Nyes Run and the Vo-Tech School.

Committee Goals They reviewed the short and long term goals they had previously identified. These included the reprinting by the Vo-Tech School for distribution of the Walking Opportunities Brochure that the committee had created and the creation of an article about their activities to be included in an upcoming township newsletter.

Budget With the preparation of the 2014 budget Mr. Luetchford reported that he had included funds for potential matching grant projects including planning for the Nyes Run trail, construction of a walkway from Nyes Road to Possibility Place, and the construction of some short sidewalk connections between adjacent neighborhoods. The supervisors will vote on the budget at their December meeting.

October 2, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD

Reported by Watson Fisher.

Montrail Representatives from S&A Homes made a presentation to the board of a second plan for their proposed residential development located on a 44 acre tract north of Union Deposit Road and east of the Central Dauphin East Middle School. Their earlier plan showing more homes was rejected last month by the township supervisors. This revised plan showed fewer units and included the dedication of 13 acres to the township for public recreation. It also showed the development of three athletic fields on that land adjacent to the existing school athletic fields. They indicated that the cost of constructing the new fields would be credited to S&A against their fee-in-lieu payment for the housing project. S&A presented this proposal to the supervisors a week earlier and plan to do the same to the Planning Commission in November and again to the supervisors in December.

The Parks & Recreation board stated that they are always looking for suitable land for recreation. However, they expressed concerns that the location, topography, access to the property and adequate parking seem to make it questionable that it can effectively be used by township residents for recreation. Regarding access, S&A stated that they plan to meet with school district officials in the near future to discuss the possibility of allowing access to the tract across school property.

PHR Storage Building A representative from the PHR baseball organization reported that they are completing the expansion of the storage building at Brightbill Park. With the approval of the board they plan in the future to build a dugout on the visitors’ side of the baseball field and possibly construct dugouts at the Pony Field.

Koons Park Football Field The present electronic scoreboard is old and in poor condition and the football organization is planning to replace it with a new board before next year’s season. The work will entail running a new underground electric line across the field to the scoreboard. They plan to complete fund raising for this project before that time and they will submit information to the board for their approval before they start work.

Arts Council Board member Stan Smith outlined the council’s planned activities for the upcoming months. He said that they are beginning to consider what activities the council could undertake if and when the planned Heroes Grove facility is constructed.

2014 Budget P&R Director Brian Luetchford reviewed next year’s department budget which he will present to the supervisors at their next meeting. He reported that most items are similar to last year. He also reviewed the state grant applications for improvements to the park facilities that he is planning to prepare for submission in the coming year.

Parks Master Plan The comprehensive plan prepared over the past year by the design firm of Simone Collins for the future development of Koons and Wolfersberger Parks is finished and should be approved by the supervisors at their next meeting. The township is moving ahead with planning at Wolfersberger Park to use excess fill from the sewer projects to do initial grading for the proposed playfields. The planning for this project was done by HRG, the township engineers. A state permit is required for this earthmoving work.

Community Engagement Committee The committee met last month to interview consultants to guide the fundraising efforts for Parks and Recreation projects. Further information on the results of that effort will be available next month.

October 2, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION – (7:00 PM – 7:35 PM)

Attended and reported by Ted Robertson.

New Business:

The Commissioners unanimously approved a Special Exception for an addition to the New Hope Church on Colonial Club Drive. The 6,300 square foot addition will be for office space and classrooms.

The Commissioners unanimously approved the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan and Storm Water Management Plan for the Arlington Group for a 23,000 square foot three story office building on Sir Thomas Court. This is north of Londonderry Road and west of the Rt. 83 overpass.

October 8, 2013

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP – (6:00 PM – 9:25 PM)

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

Heroes Grove Project:

A representative of the Heroes Grove Committee gave the Supervisors an update on the progress of this project. The Committee has $135,000 on hand with several grant requests outstanding. A problem remains with obtaining parking permission from the Colonial Commons Mall owners.

Benjamin Slotznick Hillside Road Subdivision:

This three unit subdivision plan was the third presented to the Supervisors. This plan included a private shared driveway & an area for plowed snow storage. The Supervisors and Staff appeared to favor this plan.

Friendship Center Market Analysis:

Representatives of Brailsford & Dunlavey gave the Supervisors an update on their work in assessing six general areas of the Friendship Center. This study will provide the Supervisors with a plan to maintain the Friendship Center as a self sustaining operation in the future.

2014 Budget for the Friendship Center and Parks & Recreation:

The preliminary operating budget for the Friendship Center indicates a loss of over $200,000.00 for 2014.

The preliminary budget for Parks & Recreation for 2014 remains the same as the 2013 budget.

Storm Water Management Authority:

A discussion with representatives of HRG & CET concerning the formation of a Storm Water Management Authority was held. It was agreed to formulate the “next steps” necessary to assist the Supervisors in making this decision. It was strongly suggested that the residents be educated with respect to the magnitude of cost of the storm water problem and state mandates regarding the same.