Channels Lower Providence Township November 20th 2014 - Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors Meeting

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For full meeting minutes go to: http://www.lowerprovidence.org/documents/MinutesBOS2014-11-20.pdf

New Business
A) Consideration and submission of application to PennDOT District 6-0 for a multi-way stop at
Eagleville Road, Pinetown Road and Sunnyside Avenue.Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors Meeting
November 20, 2014
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i) Lt. Turtle explained the need for the application, stating this was one of most travelled
intersections in the Township and has one of the highest rates of accidents. McMahon &
Associates have studied the intersection to determine how to reduce accidents and
determined the next step is to place a multi-way stop at the intersection. Lt. Turtle is seeking
authorization from the board to submit the application to PennDOT.
ii) Chairwoman Eckman stated this intersection has been studied numerous times. A flashing
yellow light was considered but was not able to be installed due to right-of-way issues. Lt.
Turtle confirmed that was the case and this was the next best proposal. Chairwoman Eckman
inquired as to how to avoid accidents at the intersection due to the new signage. Lt. Turtle
acknowledge there will be an adjustment period but said the Township will work on
educating motorists about the changes via the use of additional highway markings, preadvanced
warning of stops as well as a temporary sign boards advising motorists of the
change. Supervisor Duffy applauded these steps noting that this is a very dangerous
intersection.
iii) MOTION: Supervisor Duffy made a motion to authorize the submission of application to
PennDOT District 6-0 for a multi-way stop at Eagleville Road, Pinetown Road and
Sunnyside Avenue. Supervisor Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 5-0.
B) Authorization to advertise the appointment of Maillie as the Township Auditor for the year 2014
at the Reorganization Meeting.
i) Mrs. Golas said that according to Second Class Township Code the Township must advertise
at least 30 days prior to appointing a CPA firm to replace the elected auditors to perform the
annual audit. The appointment will be made at the reorganization meeting in January. She is
seeking authorization to advertise the appointment of Maillie as the Township Auditor for the
year 2014.
ii) MOTION: Supervisor Zimmerman made a motion to advertise the appointment of Maillie as
the Township Auditor for the year 2014. Supervisor Sorgini seconded the motion. The
motion passed 5-0.
C) Discussion and consideration on collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME District 88.
i) Mrs. Golas said that the agreement represents a positive and professional process conducted
by the township team. The agreement is effective from January 1, 2015 through December
31, 2018. She noted the changes are reflected in her November 12, 2014 memo addressed to
the Board of Supervisors and Richard Gestrich. (Attached)
ii) Supervisor Duffy clarified that this agreement reflected a 1.5 increase for the pension. Ms.
Golas said this was an increase from 0% for non-union members and an increase from .5%
for union members.
iii) Chairwoman Eckman stated that the collective bargaining team came up with an agreement
that was fair, and put forth considerable effort. Supervisor Duffy noted that the negotiations
were cooperative, professional and amicable and thanked the negotiating team. Supervisor
Sorgini said that the collaborative process allows the Township to provide excellent service
to residents while maintaining fiscal responsibilities. It also showed the value the Township
places on its AFSCME members.
iv) MOTION: Supervisor Sorgini made a motion to accept the collective bargaining agreement
with AFSCME District 88. Supervisor Duffy seconded the motion. The motion passed 5-0.
D) Authorization for staff to execute renewal policies for property, liability and auto insurance.
i) Mrs. Golas explained this was requested for renewal of insurance and that since the
Township’s insurance broker continues to solicit proposals she is seeking authorization for Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors Meeting
November 20, 2014
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staff to execute all necessary documents and contracts, providing the best quote to the
Township that will secure the necessary coverage, prior to the November 30, 2014 renewal
date.
ii) MOTION: Supervisor Zimmerman made the motion to authorize staff to execute renewal
policies for property, liability and auto insurances at the best and lowest quote. Supervisor
Sorgini seconded the motion. The motion passed 5-0
E) Discussion and consideration of execution of revised agreement with Susquehanna Trust.
i) Ms. Golas gave background on the Township’s relationship with Susquehanna trust. Due to
2014 changes in Susquehanna Municipal Trust’s by-laws a revised agreement needs to be
executed. This agreement has been reviewed by the Township solicitor and is a housekeeping
issue on behalf of Susquehanna Trust.
ii) The revised sections are:
(1) The agreement now contains actual term definitions rather than references to the terms
(2) The percentage of membership required to call a special meeting increased former 25%
to 51%
(3) Members are permitted to vote by proxy
(4) Members are required to adopt the Trust’s Safety Manual
iii) Solicitor Rice clarified that this was the Trust that managed the Township’s worker’s
compensation insurance.
iv) MOTION: Supervisor Duffy made the motion to execute the revised agreement with
Susquehanna trust. Supervisor Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 5-0.
F) Request for Road opening permit from Sewer Authority
i) Supervisor Sorgini attended the Sewer Authority meeting and clarified the issue of the
waiver. He explained that a contractor, working on behalf of the Sewer Authority, suffered a
malfunction, which, after exhausting other avenues, required a road opening. Supervisor
Sorgini was unable to determine if the $150 fee would have been charged back to the Sewer
Authority.
ii) MOTION: Supervisor Sorgini made a motion to waive the road opening permit fee.
Supervisor Zimmerman seconded the motion.
(1) Supervisor Sorgini noted that the contractor did a considerable amount of work over the
summer for the Sewer Authority and that the relationship is amicable.
(2) Supervisor Duffy stated that the Township needs to re-address road opening permits as
the ordinance also covers sidewalk repair which can be seen as deterrent to homeowners.
The motion passed 5-0.
4) Announcements:
A) Bid opening for the Trash & Recycling Bid has been extended to December 2, 2014 at 10 a.m.
i) Mr. Woodrow reported that he held a bid meeting with prospective bidders noting that the
Township was asking for a lot of information on a complicated bid form. The prospective
bidders felt they could provide a better bid if they had more time. Mr. Woodrow stated it
would benefit the Township to extend that date and he hopes to report back to the Board at
the December 4, 2014 Board of Supervisors meeting with the results and, hopefully, award a
contract at the end of the month. Chairwoman Eckman asked if that needed to be put in the
form of an addendum. Mr. Woodrow said that there were three addendums: 1) setting the
date for the pre-bid meeting; 2) the minutes for the pre-bid meeting; and 3) answers to
questions submitted by prospective bidders to the Township.
B) Zoning Hearing Board will meet on November 24 at 7 p.m.Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors Meeting
November 20, 2014
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i) Mr. Mrozinski said two items were to be continued from last meeting, J&K Excavation and
Taco Bell. He announced that the applicant from J&K Excavation has withdrawn their
application.
C) Annual Community Tree Lighting will be held Friday, December 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
D) Caring & Sharing holiday food collection is underway. Items can e dropped off at the Township
Building during business hours.
5) Comments and Other Business
A) Supervisor Thomas stated that the library fundraiser had a good turnout and the event was a
success.
B) Supervisor Duffy attended the Parks & Recreation monthly meeting. The Board continued to
plan for the Tree Lighting ceremony. He also attended the Planning Commission monthly board
meeting. On the agenda was the electronic sign ordinance, which garnered a spirited debate. The
Planning Commission made a motion to allow electronic signs on Township Property but not on
school property. Gambone Development presented a concept plan to the Planning Commission.
Kimco also discussed subdividing Eagleville Plaza into condominium-style ownership.
C) Chairwoman Eckman stated that the Police Department recently put out a series of Public
Service announcements regarding break-ins in the Cold Springs section of the Township. Lt.
Turtle explained that the break-ins were minor; forced-entry break-ins involving the cutting of
screens to access unlocked doors and unlocked car doors. The message to residents was to lock
their doors and make it difficult for these break-ins to happen.

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