Channels Schuylkill Township June 4th 2014 - Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors Meeting

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Board Liaison Reports

Trail Feasibility Study Grant Committee: Mrs. Cohen announced that Schuylkill Township has been awarded a $30,000.00 grant from the Chester County Vision Partnership program to offset the cost of conducting a feasibility study for a proposed trail from Valley Forge National Historic Park to the Borough of Phoenixville. The Township previously received $5,000.00 from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation for the feasibility study.

Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee (“PRPC”): Mrs. Cohen advised the Board that the PRPC has issued a Request for Proposals for an advisory planning consultant.

Rt. 23 Sidewalk Feasibility Study Committee: Mr. Morrisson reported that the grant application has been submitted to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission requesting $75,000.00 for a sidewalk feasibility study. Mr. Morrisson added that the grant award announcement is expected in September, and that this particular grant would require a $25,000.00 match from the Township.

Treasurer’s Report and Bills To Be Paid

Ms. Majewski reported that the Treasurer’s Report for May 2014 showed a General Fund Balance of $1.7 million and that expenditures for the year were at 40% of budget. Ms. Majewski informed the Board that that she has reviewed the Township’s bills for the period ending May 31, 2014; they are in good order and recommended payment of these bills.

Motion. On a motion by Mr. Handforth, seconded by Mr. Morrisson, and passed, the Board accepted and approved the Treasurer’s Reports for the period ending May 31, 2014, and payment of Township bills for the period ending May 31, 2014.


Mrs. Cohen reminded residents that the Schuylkill Township Historical Commission and Historical Society of Phoenixville are sponsoring a lecture by American Revolution book author, Janet Uhlar, at the Phoenixville Country Club on Thursday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Mrs. Cohen announced that as part of the 2014 Chester County Town Tours & Village Walks program, on July 24, 2014, the Historical Society of Phoenixville and the Schuylkill River Heritage Center are co-sponsoring “At Phoenix – It’s the People that make the Difference”; a walking tour through Phoenixville focusing on its multi-cultural heritage and historic architecture.

Mrs. Momyer added that on June 26, 2014, Historic Yellow Spring, Inc. is also sponsoring a Town Tour event, “Redcoats and Raincoats”; all about the American Revolution’s Battle of the Clouds, and how the Revolution came to Chester Springs.

Public Participation (any topic that is on the agenda for discussion)

Nothing to report.


Old Business

Legal Matters

Mr. Brennan updated the Board on several on-going matters:

Police Officer Robert Gray: An arbitration session for Officer Gray’s Heart & Lung benefits application was held on May 28, 2014 at the Township building. A decision will be rendered within 30 days.
Former Police Officer Kandi Sheller: This matter is pending; Mr. Brennan requested that he update the Board in executive session
Communication Tower Lease – lease terms have been defined with one exception; Mr. Brennan requested a discussion of the lease in executive session.
Police Contract Negotiations: the first contract negotiation meeting has been scheduled.
Proposed Ham Radio Tower-1240 Horseshoe Trail: Mr. Brennan reported that the next Tredyffrin Township Zoning Hearing Board on this matter is June 26, 2014 and that he would be present on Schuylkill Township’s behalf.
New Business

Discussion: Stormwater Concerns 1637 Jones Lane

Mr. Brock Riffel, property owner of 1637 Jones Lane, summarized his May 7, 2014 presentation to the Board regarding his stormwater issues on his property and again requested the Township to initiate a study to investigate his complaint.

Mr. Morrisson stated that the Township controls stormwater on Township roads, berms, curbing, etc., and suggested the problem with runoff from Horseshoe Trail onto Jones Lane could be redirected with curbing. Mrs. Bird asked where the stormwater would be redirected; would it create a bigger problem somewhere else? Mr. Brennan cautioned the Board about involving the Township in private property issues and setting precedents that could place a significant financial burden on residents of the Township.

Motion. On a motion by Mr. Morrisson, seconded by Mrs. Cohen, and passed, the Board of Supervisors authorized and directed the Township Engineer to review the area of stormwater runoff only within the Township Right-of-Way at the intersection of Jones Lane and Horseshoe Trail.

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