SWAN Newsletter #44

January 19, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
(7:30 PM – 8:20 PM)

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

Gene Wallace was recognized for her 20 years of service on the Lower Paxton Township Arts Council.

Under Old Business, Bill Hornung was re-appointed to a 5-year term on the Lower Paxton Township Authority.

Under New Business, Resolution 10-05 was passed by a vote of 4 – 1. This is a yearly action to eliminate employee contributions to the police pension plan for fiscal year 2010. Gary Crissman cast the dissenting vote.

The request from Triple Crown Corporation for forgiveness of penalty and interest on delinquent 2007 and 2008 real estate taxes due on the Colonial Country Club property was pulled.

The Supervisors voted to reject the bids for the sale of the 1982 Pierce Arrow Engine 5 – 0.

Under Subdivision and Land Development, the Supervisors voted 5 – 0 to approve the preliminary/final subdivision plan 09-22. This was a minor lot line adjustment between the two properties.

The Supervisors voted 5 – 0 to approve Resolution 10-04 accepting Deaven and Yorkshire Roads as public streets.

February 2, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Old Business

PENNVEST The loan from the state under the PENNVEST program to finance approximately 14 million dollars in sewer work that is under way in the township was accepted by the township authority in July. The loan now needed to be formally transferred to the township, which will repay it out of sewer rental fees. The action to transfer the loan was approved.

New Business

Municipal Records Manual – Resolution #10-06 This proposal would adopt the 2009 updated version of the Municipal Records Manual as prepared by the PA Local Government Records Committee. This revised version of directives for municipal record keeping was prepared at the state level for use throughout the commonwealth. The resolution to adopt it was approved.

Sanitary Sewer Construction – Resolutions #10-07 and #10-08 These two resolutions relate to the borrowing of funds to provide interim financing for the above mentioned sanitary sewer projects that are now underway. They declare the township’s intent to use General Obligation funds as interim financing for the construction projects. The funds will then be reimbursed by PENNVEST proceeds. The resolutions were adopted.

PENNBID Agreement This agreement prepared by the township solicitor provides for the township to be able to distribute bidding documents and receive bids electronically in addition to the normal way using printed material. The agreement was approved.

Authority Audit A separate audit of the Township Authority’s receipt of a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority is required. The board approved a proposal from Brown Schulz & Fritz in the amount of $1000 to perform this audit.

Monticello Heights – Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan #09-10 This plan involves a resubmission of a residential project that had first been submitted in 2006 and had received final approval in 2009. The only changes to this previously approved project are its name and its change from a condominium development to a planned community. The plan was reapproved.

February 2, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher,

Hankin Property – Resolution #10-07 This resolution relates to the property at the northeast corner of Colonial Road and Earl Drive. It is to authorize relinquishment of the sanitary sewer condemnation in place on the property. The work involved in the previously directed condemnation order has not been completed but the developer appears to be changing their plan and has requested that the condemnation be relinquished. The authority formally approved this request.

February 3, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Brochure The committee reviewed the latest draft of the brochure they are preparing on existing walking opportunities in the township. It will be finalized after a satisfactory base map that can be used to indicate the locations of all the trails becomes available.

SALDO A draft of the revised Subdivision and Land Development Plan has been reviewed by the committee to identify those sections that relate to trails and greenways. They discussed a series of questions and concerns regarding those sections and will come up with specific recommendations that can be submitted to the Planning Commission before the plan is considered for final approval.

Sidewalks The committee members were given copies of township maps that were part of the Greenway Plan for them to use to identify possible new sidewalk connections between developments. The committee continues to emphasize the use of existing and future sidewalks to help to create walking opportunities in the township.

February 3, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

This was a joint meeting for the Parks & Recreation Board to get updates from the township Arts Council and the township Greenway Committee regarding their activities during the past year and their projects planned for the coming year and beyond. It was also an opportunity for the P&R board to report to these two groups what they have been and will be involved in.

Arts Council The council was formed in 2004 to raise awareness and promote all forms of art in the township. They have a 5-member board and four of the original members are still serving. They have been involved in some exhibits of local artists at several locations in the township and have sponsored music, theater and dance programs. They are currently planning a bus trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Greenway Committee This committee was created in 2008 following the completion of the township’s Greenway Plan, which established a master plan for the future development of hiking and biking trails in the township. The committee has developed a mission statement, identified goals, developed a brochure identifying and describing existing walking trails in the township, and is developing input regarding the revisions to the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance that apply to trails and sidewalks.

P&R board member Tom George reminded the representatives of the two groups that the board had seen the need for these two groups as its extensions and with the approval of the supervisors had created them. In order for the three groups to work together it is necessary that the P&R board coordinate everything and where needed submit recommendations for actions and projects to the supervisors for approval.
February 4, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING
Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.

The board voted to table Docket # 1272 for a recommendation from the township engineer. This was an application of Szeles Real Estate Development Company for a variance from maximum area, setback, and triangle restrictions for a proposed identification sign to be located off Lyter’s Lane at the entrance of Spring Hill Road and Spring Creek Hollows, an R-1 residential district.

The Board voted 3 to 2 to approve Docket #SE 10-01 with restrictions. This was an application of Duane and Susan Barrick, of 4332 Crestview Road to operate a single chair hair salon in an R-1 residential district.

February 16, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP SESSION

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Storm Report Staff members gave a report on the township’s response to the large snow storms on February 6th and 9th. The Public Works Department had 40 pieces of equipment out during the period to deal with heavy snow on the 400 lane miles of roads they are responsible for, some of which required more than one pass to keep open. They also answered emergency calls for medical and other problems. The consensus was that the township responded well to the snow emergencies.

Colonial Park Fire Company The company requested permission to amend their 2010 budget to include repairs to their Truck 33. There was no request for additional funding from the township.

HRG Proposal Township engineers HRG submitted a proposal to provide engineering services for energy saving improvements to the Friendship Center and the Public Works building. The energy improvement projects will be funded mostly by a Community Development Block Grant and will include new lighting and insulation at the Public Works building and sound and energy insulation in the gymnasium at the Friendship Center. The engineering work will have a maximum cost of $17,900.00.

Friendship Center Pool The liner on the bottom of the large leisure pool that was installed a few years ago has come loose at the drains and is being entirely replaced under warranty. The new liner will be properly secured at the drains with double flanges and the work should be completed in a week.

PEG TV The board had previously heard presentations by two companies, TelVue and Innermedia, regarding providing PEG TV programming services to the township for the creation of a 24-hour information channel. After a discussion of the feasibility of moving ahead with the project and the merits of the two companies it was agreed that the project should be pursued and that TelVue was the preferred provider.

Strategic Planning Services The board and staff had agreed that it was time to consider upgrading the township’s Strategic Plan, which was last revised in 2006. Recently they had heard presentations by two planning firms, Rettew and Delta Development, and had received formal proposals from both. After reviewing the proposals and discussing what was needed it was decided that the work could be handled in house by staff.

Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map This map, prepared by FEMA updating their 1974 map, shows their current delineation of the 100-year flood plain. It will be used by the insurance companies and will be added to the township’s zoning map to identify areas that cannot be developed. Most changes show reductions in the flood plane area but a few show increases. It is mandatory that the township adopts the new map.

SALDO Comments The Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance has been in the process of being revised for some time and is scheduled to be approved in the near future. Suggested changes were submitted by SWAN and by Triple Crown Corporation and they will be reviewed by the Planning Commission at their March 10th meeting before the final version of the ordinance is submitted to the supervisors for their approval.

Raspberry Alley Some Linglestown residents have requested that the township take over ownership of Raspberry Alley as a public street as they did with Blackberry Alley. To do that a land survey and a plan will be required. With the detours that will be needed when the construction project reduces Linglestown Road to a single lane one or both of the east west alleys could be used as one-way relief routes. Before anything is done with the alley it is necessary to determine how the detour matter will be handled. It was decided that at the March Workshop Session, business and property owners and citizens would be invited to attend and discuss the issue before any decision is made.

Home Sprinklers The building code adopted by the township, (PA UCC) Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, has been amended effective in 2011 to require all new single family homes to be equipped with sprinklers. The homebuilders associations are appealing this change but unless it is overturned it will become mandatory.

February 16, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
(7:30 – 8:20 PM)

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

Under Old Business: Resolution 10-09 was approved unanimously to accept a Solar Energy Program grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority in the amount of $3,000,000.00. This will be a 3-megawatt system with a total estimated cost of $14,000,000.00.

The Supervisors approved a proposal from HRG, Inc., to design lighting and insulation improvements to certain municipal buildings at a fee not to exceed $17,900.00.

The Supervisors approved engagement letters with Bond Counsel and the Township Solicitor for legal services necessary to process a PENNVEST loan totaling $16,630,000.00 for sanitary sewer work. The nominal fees for these services had to be stated in order to be included in the loan monies.

Under New Business: The Supervisors unanimously approved Disaster Declarations 10-01 and 10-02 providing for snow emergencies on 2/6/10 and 2/9/10 respectively.

The Supervisors unanimously approved an offer of damages from PENNDOT for right-of-way for Township property necessary for Nyes Road reconstruction in the amount of $5,200.00.

February 16, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING
(8:20 – 8:25 PM)

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

The authority unanimously approved the Solicitors request to appeal the Dauphin County Courts ruling on a South Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board decision concerning use of property.

February 23, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
@CET ENGINEERS (6:15 – 7:40 PM)

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

The first order of business was the annual reorganization meeting. All members of the Authority, the authority Solicitor, and the Authority Engineer were re-installed for 2010.

Under Old Business: The Authority approved Change Order #1 for the PC4B/6C Contract, a net decrease of $10,000, by a 4 – 0 vote.

Under New Business: Several storm water/clear water alternatives were put forth by CET for the BCIA mini basin. It was determined that the Supervisors could take action on this at a March meeting.

The Township Reports and Engineers Reports can be summed up by stating that the work done to date has had a positive effect on reportable overflows. There were no reportable overflows in 2009.

February 25, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING
(7:00 PM – 8:10 PM)

Attended and reported by Ted Robertson.

Docket #1272 was again continued. This was an application for a variance from maximum area, setback, and sight triangle restrictions for a sign to be located off Lyters Lane at Spring Hill Road and Spring Creek Hollows.

Docket #1273 requested a variance from minimum lot area requirements for properties at 418 and 420 Trudy Road. This involved a minor movement of a lot line and was approved by a vote of 4 – 0.

Docket #1274 was an application for a variance from minimum lot width requirements in connection with the proposed subdivision of property at 6990 Linglestown Road. This is a three-lot subdivision with the owner and his son occupying 2 of the 3 lots. This was approved 4 – 0.

Docket #1275 was an application for variances from sign requirements in connection with the movement of an existing sign 150 feet to a new location. This is in conjunction with the expansion of the Giant store in the Point Shopping Center. This was approved by a vote of 4 – 0.