SWAN Newsletter #55

February 8, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP
(6:00 – 7:15 PM)
Attended by Ted Robertson,Watson Fisher, Andy Snyder, Harry Ulsh, William Gannon. Reported by Ted Robertson.

Mark and John DiSanto gave a brief summary of the proposed text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance for the Stray Winds Farms property. They also stated they were meeting with SWAN representatives on Thursday, February 10, 2011. Andy Snyder asked the Supervisors if they were aware of the chronology of events in regard to SWF, particularly the courts overturning TCC’s request for increased density on the property. The Supervisors assured him that they were aware of the complete chronology. The Supervisors asked the SWAN members present to keep them apprised of any future actions taken by SWAN. They were assured that this would be done.

The text amendment will be presented to the Planning Commission at the March 9th, 2011 meeting.

The 2011 budgets for the Paxtonia, Colonial Park, and Linglestown Fire Companies were presented to the Supervisors for review. It was suggested that the Fire Companies use a common system for their fiscal presentations.

Mr. Wolfe reviewed portions of PA Act 90 of 2010, the Neighborhood Blight, Reclamation, and Revitalization Act which takes effect April 18, 2011. In effect, this Act puts some teeth in code enforcement, particularly for those who have continuing or outstanding violations.

February 9, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Reorganizational Meeting The commission members voted to reelect Fredrick Lighty as Chairman and Ernst Gingrich as Vice-Chairman for the 2011 year.

Lower Paxton Volunteer Fireman’s Association, Inc. – Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan #10-11 This project proposes an addition to an existing building on Poplar Street adjacent to the Paxtonia Fire Company building. The building is occupied by the South Central Emergency Services ambulance organization and is on a small totally impervious lot. The project would involve a 1275 square foot addition to the building and the construction of a second floor.

Previously the Zoning Hearing Board approved variance requests regarding setbacks, buffering and the expansion of a non-conforming use. At the December meeting the commissioners expressed concerns about waiver requests involving storm water control, curbs and sidewalks and locating existing utilities. The project was tabled at that meeting to allow these items to be addressed. Concerns about these items have been resolved and at this meeting the commissioners voted to approve the plan.

Business Improvement District Three years ago the supervisors authorized the Planning Commission to begin work on a plan to create a Business Improvement District in the township as allowed by state law. This BID would allow beneficial improvements to be made in a specific commercial area funded by assessments of the business property owners. The commissioners selected the Route 22 business corridor as the proposed location for the BID.

The legal requirement to create a district is to develop a Preliminary Plan which includes specific information on the organization of the district and the proposed improvements to be made. The commissioners have now finalized the Preliminary Plan and they will present it to the supervisors for their approval. The district can then be created if not more that 40% of the property owners in the district oppose its creation. The district would be officially called the Colonial Corridor Improvement District (CCID).

February 15, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
(7:10 PM – 8:00 PM)

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

UNDER NEW BUSINESS: The preliminary/final subdivision and land development plan for the Colonial Park Animal Clinic (10-14) was approved by a vote of 4-0. This combines two (2) plots into one (1) and adds a 2,000 sq. foot structure to the Animal Clinic. The representatives also agreed to install a sidewalk in front of the properties along Route 22.

February 22, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
(6:00 PM – 9:00)

Attended by Watson Fisher, Eric Epstein and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.
This meeting was at CET.

The Annual Reorganization meeting of the Authority was held. The Authority Officers, the Authority Solicitor, and the Authority Engineer remain the same as in 2010.

UNDER NEW BUSINESS: The Authority unanimously approved Resolution 11-01 establishing new Standard specifications. These were of a minor nature.

The Authority unanimously approved an agreement with the Hummelstown Borough for the sale of reserve capacity at the Swatara Treatment Plant in the amount of $525,000.00. This is essentially the same as the agreement with Swatara Township.

The Authority unanimously approved the developers Agreement for the new Bishop McDevitt High School.

The Authority unanimously approved Resolutions 11-02-01 through 11-02-25 authorizing condemnation proceedings for the PC2C/2D project.

The Authority voted 5 – 0 to approve Resolution 11-03 authorizing the PADOT Permit condition statement for the PC2C/2D project.

Under Township Reports: Several residents in the area of 5782 Catherine Street (PC2C/2D Project) proposed relining the existing asbestos concrete sewer line in their area, which includes wetlands, rather than replacement. This area includes a rather lengthy run in wetlands. This area also has a history of high infiltration flows into the sanitary sewer system of storm and ground water. It should be noted that the Authority Engineers (CET) and the Authority staff strongly recommended replacement. A rather long “discussion” ensued with the result that Authority staff and CET representatives will meet with individuals to try to resolve their concerns, and report back to the Authority.

A discussion involving the building sewer replacement options at 4010 McIntosh Road (Stray Winds Farms opposite the Manor House) took place. Since the contractor encountered hazardous material during sewer construction in this area, work was stopped. The Authority staff is proposing that the Authority pay the owner of the property, Mr. Pleasants, the contract bid price for the sewer installation and let him do the work. Mr. Epstein provided some salient facts to Mr. Pleasants and the Authority from the findings of DEP and the ruling from the litigation between Mr. Epstein and DEP. All concerned agreed that a meeting between the Authority staff, Mr. Pleasants, and DEP should take place to determine the proper procedure for installing the sewer lateral through an area known to contain hazardous material.

Comment: It will be interesting to see if DEP follows its own mandates for remediation of a hazardous material site.

The Authority staff indicated that if the projects mandated by the consent decree with DEP are to continue at an accelerated pace, there would be a shortage of construction site inspectors. Several alternatives were proposed. The Authority will have to decide on a direction to proceed.

March 1, 2011
LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
(7:30 PM – 7:50 PM)

Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson.

UNDER OLD BUSINESS: The Supervisors unanimously approved the settlement agreement and general release between Mione Family Management Service, Inc., and Lower Paxton Township.

UNDER NEW BUSINESS: The Supervisors unanimously approved the bid of Canteen Vending Services for the provision of concessions at the Friendship Center. This agreement is expected to provide the Township an income of approximately $5,500.00 per year.