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Board of Supervisors
7/26/2016 7:30 PM

SUPERVISORS PRESENT:

Stephen Paccione, Chairman

Kathleen Hunsicker, Vice-Chair

Dr. J. Richard Booth

Mark Grey

 

ABSENT: Edward J. Brandt

 

STAFF:

Craig T. McAnally, Township Manager

Carole Culbreth, Assistant Secretary

Michael Savona, Esq., Solicitor

Craig Kennard, Gilmore & Associates, Inc., Township Engineer

Ken Amey, Zoning Officer

 

Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. in the Lower Gwynedd Township Municipal Building and led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance. The Chairman stated the Board of Supervisors met in an Executive Session before the meeting on a real estate matter. The Chairman stated Edward Brandt is not in attendance due to knee surgery.

 

Russ Bellevance, President and Joan Duxbury, of the Wissahickon Valley Historical Society, were present tonight to briefly discuss and ask for approval of the Lower Gwynedd Display Case which would display artifacts relating to Penllyn and Spring House. The Board approved the Display Case to be located in the Municipal Building lobby.

 

BUSINESS & FINANCIAL

 

Receipt of Meeting Minutes:        June 28, 2016

The Board of Supervisors received the minutes of the June 28, 2016 Regular Meeting. The Chairman asked if there were any questions or corrections on the above minutes. There were none. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Dr. Booth to approve the minutes of June 28, 2016 Regular Meeting. The motion carried 4 - 0.

 

Receipt of Invoice History by General Ledger Account for June, 2016

The Board of Supervisors received the Invoice History for the month of June, 2016 in the amount of

$1,100,068.93. The Chairman asked if there were any questions or comments. There were none. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to approve the Invoice History by General Ledger Account for June, 2016 in the amount of $1,100,068.93. The motion carried 4 - 0.

 

Receipt of Year-to-Date Budget Report for June, 2016

The Board of Supervisors received the Year-to-Date Budget Report for June, 2016. The Chairman asked if there were any questions. There were none. The Board accepted the Year-to-Date Budget Report for June, 2016. The motion carried 4 - 0.

 Balance Sheet – 2nd Quarter

The Board of Supervisors received the Balance Sheet for the 2nd Quarter. The Chairman asked if there were any questions or corrections on the Balance Sheet – 2nd Quarter. There were none. The Board accepted the Balance Sheet – 2nd Quarter. The motion carried 4 - 0.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS


The Chairman opened the meeting for public comment for items not on the agenda.

 

Larry Tornetta, 625 Dager Road, asked the Board of Supervisors to have the overlay districts on Bethlehem Pike reviewed. He believes there is a discrepancy with the zoning map. Mr. Tornetta has a problem with townhouses abutting the single home residential area. Mr. Savona stated different uses do not equal a mistake. Mr. Paccione stated the reason we now have the new Whole Foods Shopping Center development is because of progressive thinking. Ms. Hunsicker stated any new construction will need to come before the Board as a Conditional Use.

 

Mr. Tornetta stated the dog kennel behind his property is no longer sound proof and all you hear are barking dogs. Mr. Paccione stated Mr. Amey will look into it.

 

Frank Wagner, 621 Dager Road, understands new development in the Township, but would like to have their beautiful homes protected.

   

There were no other comments.

 

BUILDING AND ZONING

 

Public Hearing: Ordinance No.    : Authorizing the Preparation of the Wissahickon Watershed

                                                            Alternative TMDL Plan (Tabled to future meeting)

This item has been tabled.

 

Public Hearing:  Ordinance No. 505:      Mixed Use Amendment to F Industrial District Zoning Ordinance (Ambler Yards)

Mr. Savona stated Matt Sigel and Marc Policarpo, owners of Ambler Yards are present tonight. He stated Ordinance No. 505 amends the Codified Ordinances of Lower Gwynedd Township, Part 12 (Planning and Zoning), Title 6 (Zoning), Chapter 1287 (F-Industrial District), Section 1287.02 (Permitted Uses), to Permit a Mixed-Use Campus by Conditional Use. Mr. Savona entered the following exhibits: Proof of Publication; Montgomery County Review letter; Lower Gwynedd Township Planning Commission review letter and the property posting. Joe Catuzzi, Esq., representing Ambler Yards stated after a series of meetings with township staff the text amendment was drafted. He stated Conditional Use Approval by the Board of Supervisors will be needed for Ambler Yards Master Plan.

 

Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to adopt Ordinance No. 505 “Mixed-Use Campus Amendment to F Industrial District Zoning Ordinance. The motion carried 4 - 0.

 

 Public Hearing:  Ordinance No.    :         Zoning Map Amendment to MF-3-A (August 23, 2016)

                                                                       Foulkeways 1529 & 1533 Sumneytown Pike

This item is for informational purposes only.

 

Authorize Advertisement of Changes to Plumbing Ordinance

Mr. McAnally stated the Plumbing Ordinance will be amended to repeal certain technical modifications of the Lower Gwynedd Township Plumbing Code to remove requirements related to the use of cast-iron or copper piping underground within a building; repealing all inconsistent ordinances or parts thereof; providing a severability clause; and providing an effective date. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to authorize the advertisement of the Changes to the Plumbing Ordinance as stated above. The motion carried 4 – 0.

 

Public Works HVAC Unit

Mr. McAnally stated the Heat Pump system for the Public Works Department has failed and he asked to move forward with replacement. He noted the 2016 budget allocated $30,000 for the replacement of the heat pump units throughout the township building as needed. Mr. McAnally recommended a proposal from SILO Heating and Air Conditional in the amount of $7,172.00 putting us slightly over budget by $642.00. Dr. Booth made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to approve the proposal from SILO Heating and Air Conditioning in the amount of $7,172.00. The motion carried 4 – 0.

 

LGT-1137 McKean Road (Cameron) NWWA – Sewer Easement

Mr. McAnally stated the recently built home at 1137 McKean Road (Cameron) was granted a sewer easement by Lower Gwynedd Township and the North Wales Water Authority. He asked that the Board approve and execute the Sewer Easement after which it needs to be forwarded to North Wales Water Authority for execution and returned for recording. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hunsicker to approve the Lower Gwynedd Township-1137 McKean Road (Cameron) NWWA – Sewer Easement. The motion carried 4 – 0.

 

Contract for Professional Services

Mr. McAnally recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve the Contract for Professional Services incorporating the internal process of the Township’s legal, engineering, and planning team services for developers to be paid out of their escrows accounts instead of the Township General Fund. He stated the Township’s Contract for Professional Services will pass the expense to the developer. Dr. Booth made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to approve the Contract for Professional Services. The motion carried 4 – 0.

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Authorize Advertisement of Dog Ordinance (Leash Law) (August 23, 2016)

Mr. McAnally stated the Park and Recreation Board recommended the update of a Dog Ordinance. He asked the Board to authorize advertisement of the Dog Ordinance. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to authorize advertisement of the Dog Ordinance. The motion carried 4 – 0.

 

Resolution No. 2016 – 23: “Green-Light-Go” Grant/Reimbursement Award for Traffic Signal Modernization Project from PennDOT

Mr. McAnally stated the Township received the above award last month for the Traffic Signal Modernization Project from PennDOT. He stated Resolution No. 2016 – 23 allows Craig T. McAnally, Township Manager as the official to execute all documents and agreements between the Board of Supervisors of Lower Gwynedd Township and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation. Dr. Booth made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to adopt Resolution No. 2016 – 23: “Green-Light-Go” Grant Reimbursement Award for Traffic Signal Modernization Project from PennDOT. The motion carried 4 – 0.

 

Resolution No. 2016-24: Requesting a Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant from the Commonwealth Finance Authority to be Used for the Spring House Roadway Improvement Project

Mr. McAnally stated the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant in the amount of $1,901,710 from the Commonwealth Finance Authority was awarded to the Township to be used for the Spring House Roadway Improvement Project. He stated Resolution No. 2016 – 24 designates Craig T. McAnally, Township Manager, as the official to execute all documents and agreements between the Board of Supervisors of Lower Gwynedd Township and the Commonwealth Financing Authority to facilitate and assist in obtaining the requested Grant. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to adopt Resolution No. 2016-24: Requesting a Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant from the Commonwealth Finance Authority to be Used for the Spring House Roadway Improvement Project. The motion carried 4 – 0.

 

Resolution No. 2016-25: PennDOT 2014 – 2017 Master Casting Agreement

Mr. McAnally stated that Resolution No. 2016 – 25: PennDOT 2014-2017 Master Casting Agreement changes the signees from the Former Township Manager and Chair to himself and Mr. Paccione. Mr. DeStefano stated this covers the adjustment of the manholes in the Township. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to adopt Resolution No. 2016 – 25: PennDOT 2014 – 2017 Master Casting Agreement. The motion carried 4 – 0.

 

Sumneytown and DeKalb Pike Traffic Signal Upgrade

Mr. McAnally stated PennDOT completed enhancements to Sumneytown and DeKalb Pike and the Township is required to upgrade the traffic signal at that intersection. He stated the upgrades to the intersection consist of controller modifications, the installation of a new overhead signal to accommodate the left turn arrow, and the installation of one video detection camera. Mr. McAnally stated five vendors were solicited and only two estimates were returned. He stated the Public Works Department recommends the lowest estimate submitted by Charles a. Higgins & Sons, Inc. in the amount of $15,144.00. Mr. McAnally stated this item was not budgeted for 2016 and will come out of the Traffic Impact Fund. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hunsicker to approve the Sumneytown and DeKalb Pike Traffic Signal Upgrade submitted by Charles A. Higgins & Sons, Inc. in the amount of $15,144.00. The motion carried 4 – 0.

 

 

Playground Mulching Services

Mr. McAnally stated Delaware Valley Insurance Trust (DVIT) Risk Manager examines Township equipment and playground mulch for any omissions at Township parks. He stated DVIT requires the Township to use a softer playground mulch. Mr. McAnally stated a Co-Stars proposal from

River Valley Organics was received in the amount of $10,374.00 which will cover the Township’s three parks. He stated this item will come out of the Capital Reserve Fund since it was not budgeted for 2016. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hunsicker to approve the River Valley Organics playground mulching services in the amount of $10,374.00. The motion carried 4 – 0.  

 

Engagement for Verizon Franchise Renewal

Mr. McAnally stated the Verizon Franchise Renewal is due for renewal on July 6, 2018. He stated the Montgomery County Consortium (“Consortium”) received a proposal from Cohen Law Group which includes the scope of services for the project as well as the cost of services on a flat fee basis with a Consortium contribution of $1,000 per partnering Consortium municipality. Mr. McAnally stated the cost for Cohen Law Group to review the Verizon Franchise Renewal for Lower Gwynedd Township is $4,625 which includes the Consortium’s $1,000 contribution. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to approve the Cohen Law Group Proposal to Perform Verizon Cable Franchise Renewal Services submitted to the Montgomery County Consortium in the amount of $4,625 including the Consortium’s $1,000 contribution. The motion carried 4 – 0.

 

MANAGER’S REPORT

 

Report from the Manager – Municipal activities, projects

 

Mr. McAnally stated at the request of Dr. Booth a letter (signed by the Board of Supervisors) will be sent to Officer Shawn Sweeney in response to the Naloxone he administered to an overdose patient on July 11, 2016.

 

Mr. McAnally stated Spring House Travel is sponsoring the Mattie Dixon Food Drive for the month of August.

 

Mr. McAnally stated the Building and Zoning meeting for August has been cancelled.

 

Mr. McAnally stated he will be on vacation from July 29 – August 10.

 

SUPERVISORS/STAFF COMMENTS

 

Mr. Grey thanked our Police Department for their professionalism.

 

Ms. Hunsicker said it starts at the top with the Police Chief.

 

Dr. Booth also thanked the Police Department for all they do.

 

The Chairman congratulated Officer Sweeney for his response to the overdose patient on July 11th.

 

Mr. DeStefano stated the 2016 Road Program is underway and will wrap-up by Labor Day.

 

Dr. Booth questioned the gas line project. Mr. DeStefano stated there are anomalies in depressurizing the

main. He stated they are welding for new pipe and once they start they must continue.

 

The Chairman wished Ed Brandt a speedy recovery from knee surgery.

 

There being no further questions or comments, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. until the next

Regular Meeting scheduled on August 23, 2016 at the Lower Gwynedd Township Building.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Carole Culbreth

Assistant Secretary

Township Government

Lower Gwynedd Township

Administration Building
1130 N Bethlehem Pike
PO Box 625
Spring House, PA 19477

Phone: (215) 646-5302
Fax: (215) 646-3357
contactus@lowergwynedd.org

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