SWAN Newsletter #31

October 21, 2008

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

(7:30 – 8:50 PM)

Attended by Ted Robertson and Watson Fisher. Reported by Ted Robertson. Absent: Bill Hornung.

Under Public Comment:

Larry Robinoltz of First Impressions of Linglestown asked of the Supervisors to consider improvements to Raspberry Alley before construction starts on the Linglestown project. A petition will be forthcoming from the businesses in Linglestown.

Dr. Geist reiterated his concerns about silt washing onto his property from a neighbor’s property. This has been going on for two years in Forest Hills. He has contacted DEP. DEP has stated it is a township problem. Dr. Geist has received an estimate of $6,000.00 from a contractor to remediate the problem. Comment: Another fine example of DEP failing to look out for the environmental protection of individuals.

In the Manager’s Report, George Wolfe noted that the next Supervisor’s meeting will be held Monday, November 3, 2008 at 7:30 PM. The Supervisors Workshop will be held Monday, November 10, 2008 at 6:00 PM.

Under Old Business:

The Supervisors approved 4 – 0 a fixed rate note of $421,435 for a 3%/year for 20 years for the Paxtonia Fire Company for capital improvements to the Fire Station.

The Supervisors also approved 4 – 0 a bill of sale to transfer the George Park water line to United Water.

Under New Business:

Resolution 08-45 was approved 4 – 0 to appoint the Finance Manager as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Township’s employee pension plans.

Resolution 08-43 authorizing the advertising of the Township’s intent to retain Brown, Schultz, Sheridan, and Fritz to audit the accounts of the Township for the 2008 fiscal year was passed

4 – 0.

Under Subdivision and Land Development, the preliminary/final land development plan for the Community General Osteopathic Hospital Oncology Center (08-13) was approved 4 – 0.

October 23, 2008

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING

(7:00 – 8:25 PM)

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

The application of T-Mobile Northeast LLC of 250 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 for a special exception to erect a monopole for support of an antenna array to be located on tax parcel 35-077-021 (PPL substation property) south of Spring Creek Road, west of Page Road in an R-1 Residential District was approved 3 – 2. This was docket 08-04. Comment: It is very interesting to note that Ordinance 08-13, adopted on 9-16-08 made such an installation by special exception possible.

October 28, 2008

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING

(7:00 – 9:00 PM)

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

Mr. Weaver reviewed the Authority budget for 2009. This budget, along with a sewer rate increase to $116.00 per quarter will be presented to the Supervisors for approval in a November meeting.

Mark DiSanto, representing Triple Crown Corporation, asked for action on Resolution 08-10 to acquire a sanitary sewer easement across the property of Park Sheesley along Colonial Road and into the Colonial Road pumping station. There was a wide disparity in the dollar amounts presented by both parties. After some discussion both parties agreed to try to come to a mutual agreement to avoid taking and subsequent legal actions. The results of these discussions will be presented to the Authority within two weeks.

Mickie Molinari requested action on Resolution 08-11 for acquiring a sanitary sewer easement across the property of Mark Hankin at the northeast corner of Colonial Road and Earl Drive. The Authority granted the request 4 – 0.

The $400,000,000 bond issue on the November 4 ballot was discussed. These monies are to help local municipalities with the necessary upgrading of sewer and storm water facilities. The Township is ready to move pending the outcome of the election.

An $800,000,000 bond issue has already been passed by the State for dam and flood plain maintenance. However, no guidelines have yet been issued to determine the distribution of these monies. The Township is ready to act pending the receipt of these guidelines.

November 3, 2008

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

(6:30 PM – 8:15 PM)

Attended by Watson Fisher, Eric Epstein, Cindy Storm, Jim Storm, Ken Parmer and Betty Miller. Reported by Ted Robertson. Absent: David Blaine.

Mr. Wolfe reported that the Supervisor’s Workshop Meeting would be held Monday, November 10, 2008 at 6:00 PM.

Under new business bids were approved for the sale of Township vehicles and equipment by a vote of 4 – 0. The two exceptions were bids received on two pieces of equipment purchased with 90% state funds.

The Supervisors approved the 2009 Municipal Planning Service Agreement with the Dauphin County Planning Commission by a vote of 4 – 0.

Resolution 08-46 designating the Zoning Hearing Board to hear appeals of code officers actions in the enforcement of the Property Maintenance Code was approved 3 – 1 with Mr. Seeds opposed to the non-returnable fee.

The Supervisors approved the Third Addendum to the municipal agreement that provides for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Swatara Waste Water Treatment Plant by a 4 – 0 vote.

Under Subdivision and Land Development, the Supervisors approved the preliminary subdivision plan for the Estates at Autumn Oaks. Joel McNaughton thanked all involved, SWAN, Centennial Acres Citizens, and the Supervisors, in particular Bill Hawk, for their time and effort to resolve concerns with the development of Autumn Oaks. Cindy Storm and Ken Parmer spoke on behalf of the Centennial Acres residents and Eric Epstein spoke on behalf of SWAN. (See SWAN Press Release November 3, 2008) Also, there was an article in the November 5, 2008 Paxton Herald.

The preliminary/final subdivision plan for 4220 Linglestown Road (08-01) was pulled.

Resolution 08-47, the Planning Module for Community General Osteopathic Hospital Oncology Center, was approved 4 – 0.

November 5, 2008

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended by Eric Bucher and Watson Fisher. Reported by Watson Fisher.

Election of Officers This was the third formal meeting of the reconstituted committee. Chris Johnson was elected committee chairman and Priscilla St. Jacques-Glusko was elected vice chairman. They agreed to serve until the reorganization meeting in January of 2010.

Draft Mission Statement Parks and Recreation Director Brian Luetchford prepared a draft mission statement based on the committee’s discussion at their October meeting. The wording was reviewed and refined to more clearly state the intended mission and to recognize that they were an advisory body to the supervisors. They agreed that the statement needed to include a clear definition of what a greenway is. Mr. Luetchford will revise the statement for review and approval at the next meeting.

Draft Goals/Objectives Mr. Luetchford prepared a revised draft of the committee’s goals and objectives, which are divided into short-term and long-term goals, and objectives. In addition to the election of officers and the preparation of the mission statement the short-term goals included monitoring potential grant opportunities for funding of projects and review of the proposed Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. Long-term goals included developing a methodology for prioritizing potential projects, seeking funds for projects, developing a process for measuring progress, and performing a periodic review of the Greenway Plan and the pertinent sections of the Comprehensive Plan. Mr. Luetchford will revise the draft goals and objectives statement for review and approval at the next meeting.

Project Priority List The committee listed five projects that they wish to review.

1. A grant has been submitted for funds for “Safe Routes to School” for a project to improve areas around Phillips and Southside Elementary Schools and CD East Middle School for walking and biking to school.

2. Survey work has begun for a project for Darlington Trail from Hocker Park to Boyd’s Big Tree Conservation Area.

3. The donation to the township of four acres of land along Nyes Road gives the township an opportunity to begin planning for the Nyes Road greenway project.

4. The approval of the Autumn Oaks and the Autumn Oaks Estates projects, which includes bike paths and a trail from Patton Road up to the power line, will give the township the beginning components of the greenway plan for that area.

5. The Linglestown Square project includes improvements for pedestrian movement along the main streets.

Miscellaneous The committee agreed to begin an on going effort to identify any projects which involve areas of the greenway plan. They suggested that they might be able to regularly review development projects in their early planning stages, which will be in those areas. They also discussed the need to try to establish an overall approach identifying where in the township sidewalks could be added in order to complete links in the pedestrian network. Mr. Luetchford reported that Swatara Township is planning to do a Greenway Plan. He also reported that HRG’s survey of the area between Hocker Park and Boyd’s Big Tree Conservation Area will provide information for contacts to be made with the current landowners in that area.

November 5, 2008

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Koons Park Pool Representatives from the newly reorganized Koons Pool operating committee made a presentation to the board to explain the work they have underway to ensure that the pool will operate successfully in 2009. They had recently attended a supervisors’ workshop meeting to request financial assistance to help cover their shortfall from this year and their opening costs for next year. The supervisors expressed a willingness to again help the community pool but as a condition requested that the committee prepare a marketing plan that they would follow to raise money and increase pool memberships and a list of the committee members and officers. The supervisors said that these together would give them some assurance that the lapses of leadership that led to problems this year would not be repeated.

The pool group presented a detailed plan involving many fund raising and membership enrollment efforts by a large number of people. The board felt that the plan appeared to represent a workable and comprehensive effort. The group reported that after a thorough evaluation an engineer reported that there are no major problems with the pools or the pool equipment. The board advised the group that the supervisors will need to be shown that the proposed plan will succeed and that their contribution will be worthwhile. The pool group’s presentation of the plan to the supervisors later this month may be critical to the future operation of the pool.

Board of Supervisors On November 10 Parks and Recreation Director Brian Luetchford and members of the P&R board will meet with the supervisors at their workshop session. They plan to discuss the current status and future plans for Wolfersberger Park including the status of the possible sale of a portion of the park to the Capital Area Soccer Association, the proposed change to the developers’ donation of land for recreation vs. making a fee-in-lieu payment and the amount of such a payment, and future planning for the entire park system.

George Park Construction work at the park is almost complete. Unfortunately an inspection by DEP apparently showed that the area of wetlands along the entrance roadway has increased. The result is that work has been stopped and it will be necessary to apply for a new joint permit before work can resume.

Miscellaneous The terms of P&R board members Chris Johnson and Ken Beard will expire soon and they agreed to be reappointed to new five-year terms. Mr. Luetchford reported that the Greenway Committee met prior to this meeting and he gave the board an update on their deliberations.

November 10, 2008

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP

(6:00 –8:25 PM)

Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Written by Ted Robertson. Absent: Gary Crissman.

There was a discussion with John Murphy, representing the Village of Laurel Ridge, concerning a zoning ordinance amendment to expand housing types allowed in an R-2 District. Apparently the Township Ordinance does not mention vertically separated condominiums as opposed to horizontally separated condominiums. The Supervisors seemed to agree that such a specification should be added to the ordinance since there will be no increase in density in the proposed plan.

An extended discussion was held with the parks & Recreation Board concerning the following items:
1.The Parks & Recreation Board was looking for clearer direction from the Supervisors with regard to park planning and facility use. The proposed use of the Wolfersberger Tract by CASA as an exclusive soccer facility was the core of this discussion.
2.There was a continuing discussion regarding the continued operations of Koon’s Pool. Apparently a new association board is in place and is aggressively pursuing expanded marketing efforts and operating efficiencies to reduce yearly operating losses, which now stand at approximately $10,000. It was suggested that the association seek a private loan with the Township as the guarantor.
3.The Parks & Recreation Board suggested that a new fee in lieu of fee be raised to $3521.00 per unit, based on a 2007 fair market value of land. This would be incorporated in the new SALDO regulations. The Supervisors generally agreed to this proposal.

A discussion was held with Dr. Papandrea concerning the re-zoning of the property at 4300 Devonshire Road. (Northeast corner of Devonshire and Colonial Roads.) The Supervisors are leaning to a Business Campus designation with the possible inclusion of adjacent properties.

The proposed Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) for volunteer firefighters is near completion. This program is aimed at the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. The program will be retroactive to January 1, 2008. The Supervisors have already approved $60,000 in funding for this program.

In the “Otta Know” category, a new State Labor & Industry ruling has determined that the Township must use the “Prevailing Wage” in construction contracts. This will result in a significant increase in the cost of these contracts. Comment: Another unfunded mandate.

November 13, 2008

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING

(7:00 – 8:00 PM)

Attended and reported by Ted Robertson.

The Committee voted to meet every other month starting January 2009.

Under Old Business, it was reported that two items were brought to the attention of the Supervisors two years ago.
1.The need for an outside consultant to determine the needs of the Township Fire Service for a five-year period.
2.Initiate the full time paid position of a Fire Services Administrator.

There has been no response to these proposals to date. The reason stated for the above was the increased time required on the part of the volunteer officers for training and administrative duties.

Under New Business, the Committee voted to make the requirements of drivers of fire equipment the same as those of the Police Department and ambulance service. This vote also included increasing the re-certification period from one to three years. This recommendation will be sent to the Supervisors for approval.

The Committee voted to recommend that a Supervisor or Supervisors attend a future Committee meeting to clarify the objectives of the Public Safety Committee. It was stated that recommendations from the Committee regarding safety concerns in new developments are being ignored, and no reasons given to the Committee. A specific example was given with respect to reconstruction of the Video Store at the Northeast corner of Linglestown and Colonial Roads. The Committee never reviewed these plans. Essentially, there is now a building within a building. The original building was sprinklered. The present building is not. The Fire Department representatives were concerned about sending their men into buildings to fight a fire without knowing construction details. For example: Kokomos, just across the street.