SWAN NEWSLETTER #54

January 18, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY BOARD
(7:40 PM -7:45 PM)

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

Under New Business: The authority approved the Agreement of Sale for reserve sanitary sewer capacity in the Swatara Waste Water Treatment Plant.

January 18, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
(7:45 PM – 8:15 PM)

UNDER OLD BUSINESS:

The Supervisors unanimously approved Amendment #1 to the Installment Sales Agreement for real estate between the Township and James Spangler (Wolfersberger Tract).

The Supervisors unanimously approved the Agreement of Sale for reserve sewer capacity in the Swatara Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the Sub-Grantee and Cooperation Agreement for PA Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds with Bishop McDevitt High School of Harrisburg. The grant is in the amount of $725,000.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the Sub-Grantee and Cooperation Agreement for Dauphin County Local Share Capital Program funds with Bishop McDevitt High School of Harrisburg. The grant is in the amount of $250,000.00 for improvements to Page and Spring Creek Roads.

The Supervisors unanimously approved the 2011 Municipal Animal Protection Services Agreement with the Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area. This agreement contains provisions to prevent non-Township residents from “scamming” the system.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 11-02 an annual state requirement for the preparation, updating, and maintenance of an emergency operation plan.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 11-03 terminating the Recycling Committee.

The Supervisors unanimously approved a right-of-way agreement with PPL to provide for maintenance of an electric transmission line running along the frontage of Hocker Park.

Under Subdivision & Land Development, the Supervisors unanimously approved the preliminary/final subdivision plan for BA properties 1, LLC (10-15). This plan merely divides the property into two (2) parcels with no further projected development.

February 1, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SPECIAL WORKSHOP SESSION
(6:10 PM – 7:00 PM)

George Wolfe presented a model being developed to estimate future General Fund revenues and expenditures for the five year (5) plan. This model uses the 2011 budget as the base year. This is going to be an excellent tool for Township Management.

February 1, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
(7:30 PM – 8:15 PM)

Under Old Business: The Supervisors unanimously passed Resolution 11-04 which adopts a report maintaining the administrative employee compensation plan, an annual requirement.

Under New Business: The Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of an unused scoreboard from the Friendship Center by the Northern York School District for $1,750.00.

The Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from Lane Cleaners for dry cleaning services for police uniforms and plain clothes officers clothing.

Under Subdivision and Land Development: The Supervisors unanimously approved Resolution 10-35 the planning module for Pleasant Meadows.

February 2, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP GREENWAY COMMITTEE MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

With only three of the seven committee members present this was not an official meeting. The following items were discussed by those present:

Nyes Run Greenway In order for the proposed trail to be developed along a portion of Nyes Run a trail easement will be required from one private property owner. He owns a short stretch along the run between a strip of township property and the Kendale Oaks development which has already committed to providing an easement through their properties. The township will contact Penndot to obtain as built drawings showing the recent road improvements before contacting the property owner to begin negotiations on obtaining the easement.

Montrail Development It was reported that S&A Builders, owners of the tract of land east of the CD East Middle School where this approved housing development was to be located, has decided to sell the property and has found a potential buyer. Committee member Jim Seidler has contacted a representative of the buyer who indicated that his company would look favorably on the construction of the proposed future trails envisioned by the township on the tract.

Sidewalk Tour The committee has been investigating locations in the township where short sections of new sidewalks could connect adjacent developments with sidewalks to complete walking opportunities. Committee members have taken different areas in the township to investigate. It was suggested that in the spring the committee take a road tour to prioritize the various locations before a formal submission is made to the supervisors for their consideration for future sidewalk projects.

Street Markings Repaving of a portion of South Houcks Road and Prince Street will take place this spring. The committee would like to investigate the possibility of stripping the streets in this area to provide bike lanes and/or to designate cross walks, especially where middle school children walk to and from school. Time is short to possibly get this accomplished.

February 2, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

2010 Park Incidents P&R Department Director Brian Luetchford distributed a summary of the incidents in the last six months of 2010 in the township parks that required police involvement. There were 44 such reported incidents during the period which is in the normal range for half a year. Six to ten could be considered to be criminal in nature, four involved dogs, and most of the rest were relatively routine involving lost or stolen items, minor injuries, vandalism, mischief, etc. Koons Park had the most but it is the most heavily used of the parks.

2011 Ballfield Requests Mr. Luetchford reported that the end of February is the deadline for requests for ballfield reservations for the season. New activities include a women’s rugby team which has submitted a request. Pickleball, which is played on a tennis court, will probably be popular in another year requiring the stripping of several courts.

Park Projects Mr. Luetchford presented an overview of his department’s administration, operation and recreation programming budget for 2011 which specifically included a list of normal planned park maintenance and improvement projects. Because of the township’s budget constraints in all departments for 2011 many needed items had to be curtailed or reduced. Final payment for the purchase the Wolfersberger Park property was postponed until 2012 for budget reasons. The matching grant that would provide $40,000.00 for park planning will not be available until the property is totally paid for and will be lost if this doesn’t happen by the end of 2013.

Heroes Grove Nothing has changed in the status of this proposed non-township project to build an amphitheater in Brightbill Park. The township has received only very preliminary concept drawings to date.

Greenway Committee A report was given to the board on the several items discussed at the committee’s meeting earlier in the evening. The meeting was unofficial since there was not a quorum in attendance.

February 3, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Reorganizational Meeting The board elected Richard Freeburn to be Chairman, Gregory Sirb to be Vice-Chairman and James Turner to be Solicitor for the 2011 year. It also established meeting dates for the year.

Anchor Signs, Inc. – Docket #1294 This request was for a variance from the maximum area of a wall sign permitted for a multi-tenant building. The proposed sign would be on the Lifeway Christian Store which is in the Colonial Commons Shopping Center on Jonestown Road. The ordinance allows a sign of 60 square feet based on the size of the leased store space for a store that is not an anchor store in the shopping center. The applicant requested to be allowed to erect a sign that would be 94.53 square feet in size.

The reasons for the request were that the store’s location in the shopping center was far away from the entrances from Jonestown Road making it difficult to find without a more noticeable sign and that what were identified as anchor stores at the back of the shopping center all had much larger signs than this store could have. The board noted that numerous requests for larger signs had been made in the center but few were felt to be worthy of a variance based on the store location. The board felt that people did not have trouble locating any of the stores in the center, that this was one of the smaller stores in size, and that the requested increase in the size of the sign was quite large. They did not feel this qualified as a significant hardship and they voted to deny the request.