SWAN Newsletter #51
October 19, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
(7:30 – 7:55 PM)

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

Under Old Business, the Supervisors approved Resolution 10-29, the mission statement,
goals and objectives of the Public Safety Committee, unanimously.

Under New Business, the Supervisors approved Change Order No. 1 to the contract with Rogele for paving and storm sewer rehabilitation by a vote of 5 – 0. This was in the amount of $82,435.00 and includes work on Raspberry Alley, Gerald and Irene Drives. Gaming Grant money will pay for part of this work.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 10-28, authorizing the execution of the renewal of the Cable Franchise Agreement with Comcast of Southeast PA, LLC.

Under Subdivision and Land Development, the Supervisors unanimously approved the extension of the preliminary plan and phasing schedule for Shadebrook (07-04). This is the TND proposed for the area along Fairmont Drive, southeast of Dauphin County Vo-Tech.

October 21, 2010
VILLAGE OF LINGLESTOWN COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

The design engineer gave the committee a status report on the Linglestown Road project. The major item is the need to complete the road paving on both lanes by PENNDOT’s cut off date for road paving which is October 31st. At the present time the south lane and the west half of the north lane are completed except for the wearing course. Finished sub grade still has to be placed on parts of the east half of the north lane after which paving of that area can be started. If that is done in time the final wearing course for both lanes can be placed. Finishing the wearing course before October 31st is critical otherwise snow plows may damage the storm water inlets which are raised above the level of the binder course.

If the paving is finished the contractor would plan to open the road to two way traffic by the middle of November. PENNDOT would need to install signage and do street marking to control traffic. The curbs and sidewalks on the south side of the road are almost complete and the work on the north side will be completed in November. Other work including some paving on North Mountain Road will be done over the winter as the weather allows. The two round-a-bouts will probably not be built until spring at which time there will be one-way traffic again. At that time the flag pole, the trees, the street lights, the benches, etc. will be installed.

Township Manager George Wolfe reported that the township will be finishing the paving projects on Raspberry Alley east and west of Mountain Road and on Blackberry Alley west of Mountain Road to the Parkway. Paving of Blackberry Alley east of Mountain Road is not included in this project.

Mr. Wolfe reported that updates on the road project are posted on the township’s web site.

October 22, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION WORKSHOP

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

The commissioners continued their work on the possible creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) along the Route 22 business corridor. The BID organization would be able to make improvements and do promotional work for the businesses in the specified area paid for by funds from assessments of all the business owners in the area as allowed by the enabling legislation.

The commissioners are working to complete the required preliminary plan. The plan includes a detailed map of the district which has now been completed. It also includes a proposed budget for the first fiscal year which was revised at the last meeting and was finalized at this meeting. Also required are proposed by-laws which had been drafted and which were discussed in detail and revised at this meeting.

Items of discussion regarding the by-laws included the number of members of the board of directors, their terms, how they are selected, how they can be removed, the slate of officers of the board, the frequency of the board meetings, the responsibilities of the executive director and the administrative assistant, financial responsibilities, the type of annual audit required, and the need for personal liability insurance. Most of these items were resolved and will be incorporated into the by-laws for final review and approval at next month’s meeting.

Final approval of the plan by the township supervisors will then be required. After that the preliminary plan will be submitted to the property owners and then a public meeting needs to be held. Property owners will then have 45 days to object to the plan and unless 40% of them vote to disapprove it the plan will stand. Finally a township ordinance will be prepared formally creating the BID.

October 26, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
(6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)

Attended and reported by Ted Robertson.
Absent: Bill Hornung

Under New Business: The Supervisors approved Ordinance 10-04 by a vote of 3 – 1 with Gary Crissman casting the dissenting vote. This authorized the issuance of General Obligation Bonds to replace older series of bonds at an estimated total savings of $318,000.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the Subsidy Agreement between the Township and the Authority with respect to the Series 2010 Bonds.

October 26, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY MEETING
(6:20 PM – 6:30 PM)

Attended and reported by Ted Robertson.

Under New Business: The Authority voted 5 – 0 to approve Resolution 10-22 authorizing the Subsidy Agreement with Lower Paxton Township concerning the series 2010 Bonds mentioned above.

October 26, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP
(6:30 – 10:15 PM)

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

This meeting was a presentation of the status of revenues and expenditures against 2010 budgets and a second look at budgets for the 2011 fiscal year.

In summary, the Township is in better fiscal condition at the end of the 3rd quarter of 2010 than the previous quarters of 2010. The Township should come close to breaking even on its operating budget by the end of fiscal year 2010. The 2011 operating budget, as presented at this meeting, is expected to show a loss of $280,000.00 at the end of fiscal year 2011. At present there are NO tax increases expected. A final draft budget will be reviewed at the November 9, 2010 Workshop.

November 1, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVSIORS MEETING
(7:35 PM – 8:50 PM)

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

Under Old Business: The Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance 09-16, which is the Lower Paxton Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) of 2010. During the Public Hearing SWAN’S Mark Levin presented several items that should be included in SALDO for more clarity in the Ordinance. The Supervisors indicated they would discuss these items with the Planning Commission for possible inclusion in SALDO at a later date.

SWAN’S Eric Epstein thanked George Wolfe for his detailed response to SWAN’S proposed changes to SALDO on very short notice. SALDO was advertised October 13, 2010 leaving little time for review and response to a rather voluminous document which essentially determines how the Township will be developed. Eric withdrew SWAN’S intended request to delay the approval of SALDO as a result of Mr. Wolfe’s response. John Trish questioned the need for all the waivers requested for the approval of plans in the Township. The Supervisors responded that they needed some recourse to alleviate unforeseen problems in land development.

Under New Business: The Supervisors unanimously approved the low bid of A. J. Fisher Associates, in the amount of $24,800.00 for survey services for the SC-1E and BC-6A, 6B, 6C sanitary sewer mini-basin projects.

Under Subdivision and Land Development, the Supervisors unanimously approved the preliminary/final land development plan for the expansion of Holy Name of Jesus Church. Representatives of the church reluctantly agreed to the fencing of the detention basin on the property.

November 4, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING
(7:00 PM – 8:55 PM)

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

The Board unanimously approved Docket SE10-03, the application of Amy Hoezer of 6003 Blue Ridge Avenue for a special exception to conduct a massage therapy business in her residence with the stipulation that the business be conducted on weekday evenings between 4 and 8 PM. Neighbors contacted apparently had no objection.

The Board unanimously approved Docket No. 1288, the application of Calvin Clements of 4905 Jonestown Road for variances from landscape buffer requirements and off street parking setback requirements in connection with the development of a parking lot for the property at 4903-4905 Jonestown Road. Much of the variance request is for that portion of the property which faces an unpaved alley of unknown ownership.

Docket No. 1289, an application for variances from sign illumination, number, height, and area regulations in connection with the proposed sign plan for the hospital facility at 4300 Londonderry Road, was approved unanimously. The variances requested were primarily for signs for directional and instructional purposes.

Docket No. 1290 and Docket No, SE10-04 were applications for variances and special exceptions on the part of South Central EMS for their property at 5531 Poplar Street. The variances were for side yard landscape buffer requirements, side yard setback requirements and maximum impervious coverage requirements. The special exception was necessary to expand a nonconforming use by more than five (5) percent in connection with the proposed expansion if the existing medical services facility. The Board unanimously approved both requests.

November 9, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHO
(6:15 PM – 7:35 PM)

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

Mr. Weaver presented proposed agreements to purchase sanitary sewer capacity in the Swatara Waste Water Treatment Plant from both the Swatara Township Authority and Hummelstown Borough. The Swatara Township agreement for 100,000 gallons of capacity appeared to be a go. The Hummelstown agreement for 100,000 gallons of capacity is being negotiated.

The Supervisors appeared to agree with a proposed phasing schedule for Sunny Hill Farms South subdivision plan (06-07). This project was originally submitted as a single phase, but the builder (Altieri) “withdrew” from the project.

A discussion of the proposed 2011 fiscal year budgets was continued. At this point in time, the combined budgets would leave a shortfall of approximately $530,000.00 in the emergency fund previously mandated by the Supervisors. Several alternatives were discussed to alleviate this shortfall including a possible tax increase.

November 10, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Colonial Park Animal Clinic – Preliminary/Final Subdivision & Land Development Plan # 10-14 The existing clinic is located at 4905 Allentown Boulevard on the south side of Route 22 at the corner of Byron Avenue. The project includes the combination of the existing lot with an adjacent lot to provide a single larger lot and the construction of a 2000 square foot addition to be built onto the existing clinic building. The project will also include the addition of the required number of parking spaces. The commissioners voted to recommend approval of the plan.

BA Properties 1, LLC – Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan #10-15 This plan would divide an existing lot into two separate lots. The property is located on the north side of Jonestown Road in the 6100 block at the Nyes Road intersection. Lot 1 will be 2.4 acres and will contain two existing small utility company buildings and Lot 2 will be 1.2 acres and will be for future development. The plan involves only the legal subdivision of the existing property. It does not involve any improvements. The commissioners voted to recommend approval of the plan.

Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance SWAN submitted some comments on this ordinance which was recently approved by the Board of Supervisors. The Planning Commission will review the comments at their December meeting.
November 15, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION WORKSHOP MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

A long series of workshop meetings have been held to develop the plan required to create a Business Improvement District (BID) along the Route 22 business corridor from Colonial Road to beyond Mountain Road. If approved, the BID would be able to make improvements along the corridor with funds from assessments of the business property owners.

This meeting was solely to complete the extensive BID’s proposed by-laws that had previously been drafted and revised several times. The final items that were resolved included a seven member Board of Directors with one member selected by the Supervisors and one a member of the Planning Commission, a President and Vice President who are board members and a Secretary and Treasurer who need not be board members, duties of the various officers, board meetings to be scheduled for every other month with one an annual general membership meeting to which all the property owners are invited and when an annual report is presented, particulars as to how the organization’s finances are handled, the need for an annual audit, and where the organization’s office should be located.

The commissioners voted to approve the by-laws including the final changes as agreed to. The by-laws are a part of the required preliminary plan which when completed will be submitted to the supervisors for their approval. They will then be free to revise the by-laws if they wish. Following that, there will be a public meeting and an opportunity for property owners to object to the creation of the BID before it can be formally created by a township ordinance.

November 16, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
(7:30 PM – 8:10 PM)

Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.
Absent: Bill Hawk and Bill Hornung.
UNDER OLD BUSINESS: Resolution 10-31, authorizing the advertisement of the intent to appoint Zelenkofske-Axelrod, LLC to perform municipal audits for the fiscal year 2010, was approved unanimously.

UNDER NEW BUSINESS: The Supervisors approved Supplement F to the agreement with Aurora and Associates, P.C., for engineering services related to the Linglestown Corridor Improvements in the amount of $30,199.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the annual Municipal Planning Advisory Agreement for 2011 with the Dauphin County Planning Commission.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 10-30 authorizing the destruction of municipal records as specified.

November 17, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

DCNR Grant Awards – Parks & Recreation Department director Brian Luetchford reported that the two grant applications that had previously been submitted to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have been approved. One is for additional energy saving improvements at the Friendship Center building. The other is for planning for the developing of the Wolfersberger Park property and the upgrading of Koons Park. The park planning grant is for $40,000.00 which would have to be matched with the same amount from the township. The supervisors will have to decide within a period of time whether or nor to accept the matching funds grant.

Paintball License Agreement – Don Heintzelman, who has operated the Linglestown Paintball business on the rear portion of the Wolfersberger Park property for many years, reviewed the proposed license agreement with the township to continue the operation when ownership of the property is transferred to the township. That will either be in January or later depending on when the final payment to purchase the land is made. All particulars in the agreement have been resolved except for the final price which will be determined by the supervisors

Trees in Parks – Forty trees have been planted in the various township parks. They were paid for by funds rebated to the township by the state from fines paid for storm sewer overflows during major storms.

Heroes Grove – In spite of recent reports to the contrary no work has been done to date on this project which is to construct an outdoor amphitheater at Brightbill Park. The Parks & Recreation Department expects to be getting a formal presentation on the project in a few months. There is a report that there will be an endowment fund created to provide for the future maintenance of the facility.

November 17, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS PLANNING INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

The Parks & Recreation Department held a public meeting to provide information on the upcoming initial planning for the development of Wolfersberger Park and the upgrading of Koons Park. Department director Brian Luetchford made a detailed presentation covering the existing township park system and the procedure that will be followed to plan for the use of the 93 acre Wolfersberger tract and the related modifications to Koons Park. The two park properties are fairly close to each other and the intent is for them to become sister parks. Therefore the planning for the use of the new clear tract and the upgrading of the forty year old cramped old park will be done together.

A grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to help pay for a professional planning consultant has been approved. If accepted by the supervisors the grant would provide $40,000.00 and the township would provide an equal amount toward the park planning. The preliminary schedule indicates that the professional planning process would take approximately one and a half years. If it is not accepted, initial information gathering and planning would still begin but only by the board and department staff. It is expected that the supervisors will make a decision on the grant by the end of the year. It was made clear that in any case there is no money available in the foreseeable future for actual park development or upgrading. However the supervisors had approved the department’s moving ahead with planning to be ready when funds can be made available.

The Wolfersberger tract consists of 93 acres on the east side of Wenrich Street between Linglestown Road and Blue Ridge Avenue. There are areas of wetlands on both portions of the tract. Wenrich Street provides the only access to the property and it is narrow and very hilly. Development of the park property would require a major improvement to the road. Public comment on problems at Koons Park were noted including inadequate parking, the closeness of the play fields to adjacent houses, poor drainage, traffic congestion and control, and lights and the public address system bothering neighbors.

Mr. Luetchford and the board members stated that the planning process would be similar to that used at George Park. This included a series of public meetings as the process continued to report to the citizens what was being planned and to solicit public input regarding what they wanted in their parks.

November 18, 2010
VILLAGE OF LINGLESTOWN COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

A status report on the Linglestown Road replacement project was given to the committee by the design engineer Jeff Case. He reported that the contractor expects to have the road through town open to two way traffic by Thanksgiving weather permitting. The parkway and the new bypass will also be open to two way traffic soon. Almost all of the sidewalks and the handicapped ramps are finished. Top soil, seed and mulch have been placed in most areas for the winter and all the areas will be replanted in the spring. PP&L has installed some street lights in the square area and may install the rest before winter.

When the road is open to two way traffic there will be stop signs on Mountain Road but none on Linglestown Road. Safety concerns were raised at the initial 35 mph speed limit PENNDOT will put in place with no stop signs. Township Manager George Wolfe reported that PENNDOT will not use stop signs for speed control. The community wants the speed limit to be 25 mph and it is possible that PENNDOT may be willing to make the change in the future.

Concern was raised that where the red stamped brick sidewalks are the adjacent handicapped ramp areas are white concrete instead of concrete stained red to match the sidewalks. It was reported that the contractor said that since the ramps did not have the stamped brick pattern the red stain would not have been applied in the same way and would have looked very different and he was told to make them white. The committee asked Mr. Case to investigate to see what was specified and to see if the white ramps which unfortunately stand out could be stained to match the sidewalks to a reasonable degree.

George Wolfe reported that the township’s paving of the three sections of Raspberry and Blackberry alleys has been completed except for the installation of the speed tables and that 15 mph signs will be installed. Speeding in the alleys especially the section along Koons Park continues to be of concern.

November 20, 2010
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE TRAIL TOUR

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

The Greenway Committee members took a road tour led by Parks & Recreation Department director Brian Luetchford to see some locations in the township that are potential sites for future walkways and trails. These included the strip on the west side of Nyes Road along Nyes Run from Union Deposit Road south to the county line, an existing partial trail east from the CD East Middle School, a stream to the north of Locust Lane from Fairmont Drive west, a strip from north of Shoops Cemetery south to near the Osteopathic Hospital, and a partial trail west of the Vo-Tech School and the township Maintenance Building. The group also toured the area around the township’s compost facility.

It is recognized that except for volunteer help and a possible scout project nothing can be done to develop trails at this time. But plans should be in place identifying priority locations and doing any groundwork needed to be ready when the opportunity arises.

A future tour will be conducted to help establish priority locations where the addition of sidewalks could connect two nearby areas where sidewalks exist. These could include areas near schools where children could safely walk if there were continuous sidewalks.