SWAN Newsletter #43

December 1, 2009
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
(7:00 – 7:20 AM)

Attended and reported by Ted Robertson.

Under New Business Resolution 09-52 was passed unanimously. This added a County pass through fee of $23.50 per lot for the recording of subdivision plans in addition to the existing subdivision application fees.

The Supervisors approved an amendment to the lease with the Township Authority for the maintenance building property at 5979 Locust Lane by a vote of 5 – 0.

The Supervisors approved an amendment to the lease with the Township Authority for office space at 425 Prince Street by a vote of 5 – 0.

December 2, 2009
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Brochure on Walking Opportunities For some months the committee has been working on the development of a brochure with a working title of “Trails, Paths and Other Locations for Walking in Lower Paxton Township.” The current version of the brochure that was presented had an expanded list of trail locations but upon review it was decided that several should be removed because a portion of the particular trail or path crosses private property. Also another one was removed because, even though it is in a township park, there is no identifiable trail in that park. The list was also reviewed to determine which of the trails could be identified as ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible meaning that they would comply with the federal law for wheelchair accessibility. The trails were also identified by their degree of difficulty for hikers. When a final draft is agreed upon Parks & Recreation Department director Brian Luetchford will review it with the Parks & Recreation Board and with the township manager before it is printed and circulated.

Mission Statement and Goals This document was reviewed and several changes were made to the project list. Specifically, there is a need to establish a list of priorities regarding where sidewalks are most needed and to review to what extent provisions for pedestrians will be included in the Linglestown Square project.

SALDO Committee member Roy Newsome, who is also a member of the Planning Commission, had received a copy of the final draft of the SALDO (Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance) that has been under revision for several years. He will review it and copy the portions that are of particular interest to the Greenway Committee for their information.

Township Property Mr. Luetchford advised the committee that the township had received a parcel of land along Nyes Road that could be become the location for a trail. It is 4.62 acres in size, approximately a half-mile long and averages 120 feet in width, is south of the Union Deposit Road intersection with Nyes Road and is between the road and the creek. It is adjacent to the Huntleigh development. The Greenway Plan identified this stretch as part of an off road trail. A sewer easement runs the length of the parcel. Penndot’s project to improve Nyes Road is scheduled to begin soon and Mr. Luetchford will contact them to see how their work might impact the location of a future trail along the road.

Other Business There is an interest in increasing the number of committee members from 5 to 7 and Mr. Luetchford will contact the supervisors to see if they would agree to that change.

December 2, 2009
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Firearms on Park Property At previous meetings the township’s policy of prohibiting firearms in their parks has been questioned as being in contradiction to the state gun law and the matter was referred to the township solicitor. A meeting was held recently with the solicitor and other township officials at which time it was decided to recommend to the supervisors that all signs at the parks be changed to eliminate reference to this ban.

Koons Pool Parks & Recreation Department director Brian Luetchford reported that after last month’s meeting, when this board voted to support the pool’s leadership group’s request that the township provide some financial help, the supervisors voted to provide $8000.00 to cover the remaining bills from the 2009 season. The supervisors had agreed that the pool management group had done a good job in turning the situation around but cautioned that they should not expect the township to continue to support the pool’s budget in future years.

Greenway Committee Mr. Luetchford reported that the committee reviewed and approved the revamped mission statement and discussed the proposed brochure identifying walking opportunities in the township. He also advised them that the township had received a parcel of land along Nyes Road that can be an important link in the trail that is planned for the stretch between the road and the creek.

Other Reports All scheduled work at George Park has been completed.

Mr. Luetchford has met with representatives from a number of churches to coordinate efforts to provide a skate board facility for the young people in the township. The facility could possibly consist of temporary ramps on the property of one of the churches.

Dogs are allowed in parks if they are on leashes but the board may decide to post signs banning them from some enclosed playfields.

Forms will be going out to the approximately 30 sports organizations for field reservations in the parks for the coming season.

December 8, 2009
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING
(6:10 – 6:15 PM)

Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.
Absent: David Blain

The Authority approved resolution 09-14 which authorized the submission of the HOP Condition Statement to PENNDOT for the Asylum Run Mini Basin work reported previously.
December 8, 2009
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP
(6:15 – 9:20 PM)
Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.

The Supervisors heard a presentation by the Delta Development Group regarding strategic planning services.

Dauphin Engineering Company made a presentation to the Supervisors regarding municipal engineering services. Comments on this presentation will be forthcoming at the next SWAN meeting.

The South Central EMS 2010 budget and 5 Year Plan were presented to the Supervisors. The consensus on the budget was that the estimated income was overstated and the estimated costs were understated. Further discussion will be required on this subject.

George Wolfe reported that the Verizon EGTV Channel carrying the Lower Paxton Township’s meetings should be up and running the first quarter of 2010. Discussions concerning the filling of airtime ensued.

December 9, 2009
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Gerald & Janet Miller and Norman & Doris Kintzer – Final Subdivision Plan #09-22 This request is to adjust a lot line between two residential properties in the 6400 block of Lyters Lane. The properties share a driveway between the two houses and the adjustment would give each property ownership of one half of the driveway. A required variance was previously approved by the Zoning Hearing Board. The plan involves no construction or improvements. The commissioners recommended approval of this plan.

Spring Creek Hollows – Preliminary/Final Re-Subdivision Plan This change is to a previously approved subdivision plan that created lots in this development. The requested change is to realign lot lines that will affect seven lots and will create three new lots. No actual construction is involved. The commissioners recommended approval of this plan.

Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) – Ordinance #09-16 The commissioners had been given the final draft of the SALDO to review prior to this meeting. When they approve the draft it will be sent on to the supervisors for their enactment. After the commissioners had an opportunity to review the document in detail prior to the meeting they brought up a number of questions and concerns about the specific provisions and they discussed them at length. The items in question included but were not limited to:

> Clarification as to where the zoning ordinance or the SALDO takes precedence

> Reorganization of the requirements for electronic documents submissions

> Revisions to some of the site lighting requirements including use of available standards

> Street classification designations need to be accompanied by an official street map

> Specifics regarding the design of cul-de-sacs

The commissioners voted to table action on the ordinance pending their resolution at the next meeting of all of the outstanding items.

December 15, 2009
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
(7:30 –8:35 PM)

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

Three L.P. Township Police Officers were promoted at the start of this meeting.

Under Old Business, the Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 09-54, the 2010 fiscal year budget with NO tax increase.

The Supervisors voted 5 – 0 to accept Supplement E to the agreement between the Township and Aurora Associates,P.C. for engineering services relative to the Linglestown Corridor Improvements. The Townships portion of this Supplement will be approximately $1,700.00.

Under New Business, the Supervisors unanimously approved the amendment of the lease between the Township and Pinnacle Health for use of the Friendship Center west annex.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the low bid of Pro-Mark Landscaping in the amount of $41,890.00 for tree removal services in certain sanitary sewer mini-basins.

The Supervisors approved Change Order No. 1 to the contract with Handwerk Site Contractors for the Briarsdale Road restoration contract by a vote of 5 – 0. More base repairs were required than originally specified in the contract at a cost of $26,503.00.

Under Subdivision and Land Development, the Supervisors unanimously approved the revised final subdivision plan for Autumn Oaks, Phase 1 (08-15). This involves the re-paving of Patton Road from Centennial Drive to the construction site rather than widening a shorter section as originally agreed to.

The Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement between the Township and the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg providing for certain public improvements associated with the preliminary/final subdivision and land development plan for Bishop McDevitt High School (09-02).

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 09-35 accepting certain public streets in the Township. This is done on an as needed basis for recording in court records.
December 15, 2009
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP
(8:45 – 9:05 PM)
Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted. Robertson.

Mr. Grubic of HRG made the 2010 proposal for Engineering Services.
January 4, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
REORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS MEETING
(7:30 – 8:25 PM)
Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.

The Reorganization Meeting was chaired by Township Solicitor Steve Stine. The Board of Supervisors and Authority appointments remain the same as last year. Other staff positions and appointments also remain the same.

Under New Business, the Supervisors approved Resolution 10-01 appointing the firm of Brown, Schultz, Sheridan and Wolfe to audit the Township funds for the 2009 fiscal year.

Under New Business, the Supervisors voted 5 – 0 to renew the license of the Hutch Junk Yard.

Resolution 10-02, to increase the Greenway Committee from 5 to 7 members was approved unanimously.

Resolution 10-03 was approved unanimously. This amendment of the engineering services with CET, Inc., was made necessary by requirements of State Penn Vest funding to transfer the responsibility for this funding from the Authority to the Board of Supervisors.

January 4, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING
(8:25 – 8:50 PM)

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

The Supervisors approved Resolution 10-01 and 10-02. This is an interim-financing letter of no prejudice required by the transfer of funding for Penn Vest funded sanitary sewer projects from the responsibility of the Authority to the responsibility of the Supervisors.

The authority unanimously approved Resolution 10-03 authorizing the Penn DOT HOP (Highway Occupancy Permit) condition statement for work related to Paxton Creek 1A/1C projects.

The authority approved Resolutions 10-04, 10-05 and 10-06 authorizing the condemnation of rights of way for the Asylum Run sewer replacement project.

The Authority approved change order #1 for the 4B/6C sewer replacement contract.

Authority approved an amendment to the Engineering Agreement with CET as noted in the Township Business Meeting this date.

January 6, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Election of Officers The committee officers from 2009, Chris Johnson, Chairman, and Priscilla St. Jacques-Glusko, Vice Chairman, were reelected to serve during 2010.

Resolution to Add Two Members to the Committee The supervisors approved a resolution to increase the size of the committee from five to seven members. The committee has approached Jim Seidler, the CD East Track Coach, to become a member. They decided they would begin the selection process for the other new member by reviewing the applications from citizens who had previously expressed interested in serving, add anyone else who the committee thought might be a good candidate, and conduct interviews at an upcoming meeting.

Walking Opportunities Brochure Committee member Roy Newsome, who has been preparing drafts of the proposed brochure, asked that further review of this item be postponed until the next meeting.

Linglestown Square Project Review The committee reviewed the construction drawings for this project to see what provisions were going to be made for pedestrian traffic along Linglestown Road. The locations for new sidewalks, cross walks and handicapped ramps were noted.

Nyes Road Parks & Recreation Director Brian Luetchford presented detailed drawings of the area along Nyes Road, Paxton Creek and Nyes Run, including land that was recently deeded to the township, which has been designated as a potential site for a township trail in accordance with the Greenway Plan. The drawings show the approximately one and one half mile length of the potential trail which includes township property, a small portion of private land, and an area of the Ken Dale Oaks development that the developer had previously agreed to make available to the township for the trail. It was noted that the Penndot Nyes Road improvement project is now on the fast track so it would be best if a trail plan were developed soon even if township or grant funds are not immediately available to allow any work to begin.

SALDO Roy Newsome gave the committee members copies of the portions of the newly released draft of the revised Subdivision and Land Development Plan that relate to greenways. The members will review the material and discuss needed changes at the next meeting.

January 7, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Reorganization Meeting The board voted to retain Jeff Staub as Chairman, Sara Jane Cate as Vice-Chairman, Michelle Hiner as Recording Secretary and James Turner as Solicitor for the year 2010.

Service Select Signs – Docket #1268 This request was for a variance from the maximum area of a wall sign for the AT&T Device Support Center adjacent to the AMC theaters at the Colonial Commons Mall at 5114 Jonestown Road. There are currently three standard AT&T signs, one on each of three of the four facades of the storefront, and the proposal is to replace the three signs with one sign that would read “AT&T Device Support Center.” The sign code allows a maximum of 32 square feet of signage for a single tenant and the request is to be allowed to replace the three signs with a single sign of 50 square feet, 18 square feet larger than the code allows.

The board members noted that because of the unique layout of this mall there have been numerous variances to the sign requirements granted over the years and they felt that this request was justified. The variance request was approved.

January 12, 2010

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP

(7:05 PM – 10:00 PM)

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

There were two presentations for programming services for the Township’s PEG-TV channel. One was by TelView and the other by Innermedia.

A representative of Growth Options for the 21st Century (G021) requested that the Supervisors back Federal legislation for increased rail transportation by personal contact and letters.

There was a lengthy status report and discussion regarding the development of a solar generating facility on the Township’s landfill site. There has been a delay in obtaining hard cost data from PPL for their costs in this project.

Another lengthy discussion ensued involving the 2010 minimum municipal obligation for the Township’s employee pension plans. Suffice to say that a Resolution regarding this matter will be presented at the January 19th, 2010 Supervisors business meeting.

January 14, 2010

LOWER PAXTONTOWNSHIP PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING

(7:00 PM – 7:40 PM)

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

Under Old Business, the Sub-Committee reports were as follows:
1.The Mission Statement has been sent to Mr. Wolfe for approval by the Supervisors.
2.The model Fire Suppression Ordinance and the Fire Service Study are on hold until the financial position of the township improves.

The changing of the Committee’s meeting dates was discussed. Dates will remain as published.

The bids for the surplus engine at the Linglestown Station came in low. Twenty five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) was the high bid. Alternative solutions are being investigated.

In light of the Townships financial position, a discussion was held whether or not to hold the Emergency Responders picnic this year.

Under New Business, the budgets have been received from all the Fire Companies. The EMS budget is still outstanding.

Personnel rosters and driver rosters have been submitted.

A question was raised as to whether the Police Department could conduct background checks for Fire Department applicants.