Channels Schuylkill Township September 3rd 2014 - Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors Meeting

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For full meeting minutes go to: http://www.schuylkilltwp.com/Minutes/bos/September3_2014_bos_minutes.htm

BOARD DISCUSSION ITEMS

Old Business

Legal Matters

Mr. Brennan updated the Board on certain legal matters:

DePolo Radio Tower-Zoning Hearing Board Tredyffrin Township – briefs have been submitted; awaiting a decision from the Tredyffrin Zoning Hearing Board.

On the matter of Kandi Sheller, a hearing has been scheduled for January 20, 2015.

Ozorowski Matter – legal costs have been awarded to the Township.

Horseshoe Trail Stormwater Drainage - Discussion

Mr. Sartor gave a synopsis of the Horseshoe Trail stormwater drainage investigation conducted by the Township Engineer within the public right of way, referring the Board to his memo of August 4, 2014. Mr. Sartor explained that the analysis resulted in three separate conceptual scenarios with differing Opinions of Probable Construction Cost (“OPCC”). Scenario 1 is an underground stormwater pipe detention system within the Horseshoe Trail right of way designed to reduce the 2- through 100- year storm discharges from the existing culvert at an OPCC of $244, 103.00. Scenario 2 is an underground storm inlet and sewer system connecting to the existing culvert and conveying discharges through downslope properties to the existing stormwater system in Continental Drive with an OPCC of $461,828.00. Scenario 3 would construct an aboveground channel to collect stormwater from the existing culvert under Horseshoe Trail and conveying the discharge through downslope properties to the existing stormwater system in Continental Drive with an OPCC of $520,193.00. Mr. Sartor emphasized that the costs of each option are based on conceptual scenarios, do not include legal costs associated with potential private property issues, and refined engineering design may result in modifications to the scenarios and OPCC.

Mrs. Cohen asked about the cost/benefit of these scenarios; how many township residents would actually be affected by this work, and is there grant money available for projects of this type. Mr. Sartor responded that the property owner at 1630 Jones Lane would reap the immediate and primary benefit. Mrs. Cohen said her preference would be to conduct an in-depth study of stormwater management issues on a township-wide basis, using whatever grant monies might be available. Mr. Sartor advised he did not know what, if any, grant money would be available for stormwater management studies. The Township Manager advised Mrs. Cohen that the assistance she has come across for stormwater management is low-interest loans for construction, not studies.

Mr. Parry commented that these stormwater management issues keep coming back to the fact that most problems are on private property in developed areas, and that it is an expensive proposition to address.

Mr. Parry asked the Township Engineer what would be the cost of the proposed study. Mr. Sartor said that a township-wide stormwater management study would be very labor and time intensive, and he could not hazard a guess on what the cost might be without a meeting to discuss the scope and level of detail being requested for the study. Mr. Sartor said he would meet with Ms. Bird on the matter.

Noxious Weed Control - Discussion

Mr. Morrisson said that the Township had responded to residents’ requests and contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (“PDA”) regarding the issue with the large vacant property at the intersection of Pothouse Road and Route 29. Subsequently the PDA identified and confirmed noxious weeds being present on the property. Ms. Bird added that the PDA had responded to the Township and would be contacting the property owner directly. Mr. Pete Mercuri, President of the Pickering Glen HOA, informed the Board that the 58 homeowners in Pickering Glen had been given the PDA complaint form to submit to Harrisburg, and asked the Township Manager how many had been received by the PDA and how many might be necessary for action to be taken. Ms. Bird said the PDA would be letting her know how many forms had been received by their office.

New Business

2015 Financial Requirement & Minimum Municipal Obligation for Township Pension Plans

Motion. On a motion by Mrs. Cohen, seconded by Mr. Handforth, and passed, the Board of Supervisors accepted and authorized the Schuylkill Township Pension Plans’ 2015 Financial Requirement and Minimum Municipal Obligation in the amount of $234,992.00 for the Police Pension Plan and $33.681.00 for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan.

2014/2015 Equipment Rental and Snow Removal Bids

Motion. On a motion by Mr. Handforth, seconded by Mrs. Cohen, and passed, the Board of Supervisors approved and authorized the advertising a Request for Bids for the Schuylkill Township 2014/2015 Equipment Rental and Snow Removal Contract.

2014/2015 Bow Hunting – Pickering Preserve

Motion. On a motion by Mr. Morrisson, seconded by Mr. Handforth, and passed, the Board of Supervisors approved and authorized Whitetail Associates to hunt the Township-owned Pickering Preserve on specific dates from September to January during Bow Hunting Season, said dates being September 20 and 27; October 4, 11, 18, and 25; November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; December 6, 13, 26, and 27 in 2014, January 1, 2, 3, 10, 17 and 24 in 2015.

Resolutions / Ordinances

Draft Public Facilities Zoning Ordinance (“PFZ”) Amendment

Mr. Bellwoar briefly discussed the Draft Public Facilities Zoning Ordinance as drawn up by the Township’s staff, Township Solicitor and Zoning Committee Chair last month and came up with a draft which was distributed to the Board. Mr. Brennan informed the Board that Mr. Morrisson had some changes he wished to discuss and summarized the September 3, 2014 changes requested by Mr. Morrisson.

Motion. On a motion by Mrs. Cohen, seconded by Mr. Morrisson, and passed, the Board of Supervisors approved the Draft Public Facilities Zoning Ordinance as amended by Mr. Morrisson on September 3, 2014, with the exception of the deletion of Section 8.which shall remain in its entirety, and authorized the circulation of the Draft PFZ Amendment to the Chester County Planning Commission, Schuylkill Township Planning Commission, and the Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee for their respective 30 day reviews.

Cable Franchise Agreement Update Ordinance

Motion. On a motion by Mr. Handforth, seconded by Mrs. Cohen, and passed, the Board of Supervisors approved and authorized the advertising of an Ordinance updating the Cable Franchise Agreement between Schuylkill Township and Comcast of PA, LCC.

Resolution 2014-11: Township Repair of Water Drainage and Stormwater Drainage Issues on Private Property

Mr. Brennan explained to the Board that the purpose of this Resolution was to present a general statement of Township policy on how to address requests to review and/or repair water and stormwater drainage issues on private property. Mr. Brennan said it is a point of law that water problems on private property which are not directly caused by a municipality are not the responsibility of the municipality.

Mr. Morrisson stated that he had issues with some of the wording in the Resolution. It was the consensus of the Board that this item be tabled to the October 1, 2014 agenda, and both the original version of the Resolution and a copy as amended by Mr. Morrisson would be available for review.

Resolution 2014-12: PECO Green Region 10th Anniversary Bonus Round Grant Application

Motion. On a motion by Mr. Handforth, seconded by Mrs. Cohen, and passed, the Board of Supervisors approved and adopted Resolution 2014-12: the submittal of the PECO Green Region 10th Anniversary Bonus Round Grant Application for $10,000.00 for the additional of an Environmental Education Area in the Township-owned Pickering Preserve.

Resolution 2014-13 Recognition of the Valley Forge Christian College

Motion. On a motion by Mrs. Cohen, seconded by Mr. Handforth, and passed, the Board of Supervisors approved and adopted Resolution 2014-13 in recognition of the obtaining of University status by the Valley Forge Christian College.

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