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Board of Supervisors
8/23/2016 7:30 PM

SUPERVISORS PRESENT:

Stephen Paccione, Chairman

Kathleen Hunsicker, Vice-Chair

Mark Grey

 

ABSENT:       Edward J. Brandt

                        Dr. J. Richard Booth

 

STAFF:

Craig T. McAnally, Township Manager

Jamie Worman, Assistant 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. He stated two supervisors are absent tonight; Mr. Brandt due to a medical procedure and Dr. Booth is vacationing in Maine.

 

Presentation by the American Heart Association (Alex Kuhn) to the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler (David Fleming) for winning the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award

Alex Kuhn, American Heart Association (AHA), gave a brief background on the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award. He presented the Award to David Fleming.

 

Presentation of Annual Donation by LGT EMS Subcommittee to Community Ambulance Association of Ambler

The Chairman made a presentation of the Township’s annual donation to David Fleming, Community Ambulance Association of Ambler (CAAA) in the amount of $15,000. Mr. Fleming thanked the Board for the generous check, and stated the CAAA is celebrating its’ 75th Anniversary this year.

 


 

BUSINESS & FINANCIAL

 

Receipt of Meeting Minutes:        July 26, 2016

The Board of Supervisors received the minutes of the July 26, 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 Mr. Grey to approve the minutes of July 26, 2016 Regular Meeting. The motion carried 3 - 0.

 

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

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

$694,222.35. 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 July, 2016 in the amount of $694,222.35. The motion carried 3 - 0.

 

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

The Board of Supervisors received the Year-to-Date Budget Report for July, 2016. The Chairman asked if there were any questions. There were none. The Board accepted the Year-to-Date Budget Report for July, 2016. The motion carried 3 - 0.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS


The Chairman opened the meeting for public comment for items not on the agenda. There were none.

 

 BUILDING AND ZONING

 

Conditional Use Hearing: Ambler Yards

                                                300 Brookside Avenue

                                                Ambler, PA

Mr. Savona stated the Board of Supervisors received the following Conditional Use Application from 300 Brookside Commercial LLC, Ambler, PA 19002: The Application concerns 300 Brookside Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002 and the owner is BASF Corporation. He stated Christen Pionzio, Esq. will represent the applicant. Mr. Savona stated Marc Policarpo and Robert Showalter were duly sworn and will testify for 300 Brookside Commercial LLC. He entered the 300 Brookside Commercial LLC’s Master Plan dated August 23, 2016 as Exhibit “A”. Mr. Policarpo explained commercial, retail, warehouses, offices and special events will fit into the Master Plan requirement. Mr. Savona stated there are two conditions to be met: 1) Construct entire trail; and 2) additional vegetative plantings. Ms. Pionzio answered in the affirmative. He asked the Board if they had any comments. There were none. Mr. Savona asked if there were any comments from the public.

 

Robert Smith, 423 N. Spring Garden Street, lives across the street from Ambler Yards. He stated last year it went well, but the very last gathering was loud. Mr. Smith stated it should be addressed so neighbors don’t have to listen to Ambler Yards music. Mr. Policarpo asked Mr. Smith to call him on his cell phone when that occurs and he will make adjustments.

There were no other questions or comments. Mr. Savona closed the hearing and asked the Board if they would like to make a motion tonight.

 

Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to grant the Conditional Use to 300 Brookside Commercial LLC to permit mixed use at 300 Brookside Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Public Hearing: Ordinance No. 506:       Approving the Participation in an Intergovernmental Agreement to Establish a TMDL Plan Alternative

Mr. Grey gave a brief synopsis of the Intergovernmental Agreement to establish a TMDL Plan Alternative. He stated he reviewed the materials and spoke with many individuals and believes this is an opportunity to look at the watershed objectively and find ways to improve it. Mr. Grey recommended the Intergovernmental Agreement to Establish a TMDL Plan Alternative. The Chairman thanked Mr. Grey for being part of the subcommittee with Dr. Booth. He asked if there were any questions or comments. There were none. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hunsicker to adopt Ordinance No. 506: Approving the Participation in an Intergovernmental Agreement to establish a TMDL Plan Alternative. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Rick Collier, Chairman of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, thanked the Board for their commitment to the Intergovernmental Agreement. He stated thirteen communities agreed to work together and to establish a TMDL Plan Alternative. Mr. Collier stated the treatment plants have also agreed to send letters of support.

 

Public Hearing: Ordinance No. 507:       Zoning Map Amendment to MF-3-A Foulkeways 1529 &

                                                                        1533 Sumneytown Pike

Mr. Savona opened the Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 507: Zoning Map Amendment to MF-3-A Foulkeways 1529 & 1533 Sumneytown Pike. Ms. Pionzio stated this ordinance amends the zoning map of Lower Gwynedd Township by changing certain parcels of land from A Residential to MF-3-A Multifamily District. Mr. Savona asked if there were any questions or comments from the Board or those in attendance. There were none. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hunsicker to adopt Ordinance No. 507: Zoning Map Amendment to MF-3-A Foulkeways 1529 & 1533 Sumneytown Pike.

The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Public Hearing: Ordinance No. 508:       Plumbing Ordinance

Mr. Savona stated the above is an ordinance amending certain provisions of the Code of Lower Gwynedd Township; specifically amending the Plumbing Code, Chapter 1444, to repeal certain technical modifications of the International 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. Mr. Savona asked if there were any questions or comments from the Board or those in attendance. There were none. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hunsicker to adopt Ordinance No. 507: Zoning Map Amendment to MF-3-A Foulkeways 1529 & 1533 Sumneytown Pike. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Public Hearing: Ordinance No. 509:       Dog Leash Law

The Chairman thanked Leola Hubbard, Dick Target, and Kathy Morris of the Park and Recreation Committee members for attending the Board meeting tonight. The Park & Recreation Committee recommended Ordinance No. 509: Dog Leash Law. Mr. Savona stated Ordinance No. 509: Dog Leash Law amends certain provisions of the Code of Lower Gwynedd Township; specifically amending Chapter 620 (Animals) and specifically amending Section 620.01 providing for dog regulations; establishing certain prohibitions regarding dogs running at large; providing for certain leash requirements; repealing all inconsistent ordinances or parts thereof; providing a severability clause; and providing an effective date. He asked if there were any questions or comments from the Board or those in attendance. There were none. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hunsicker to adopt Ordinance No. 509: Dog Leash Law. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Resolution No. 2016 – 26:   Authorize Township Manager to Submit Traffic Signal Plan Application for the Installation of a New Traffic Signal at Sumneytown Pike and Swedesford Road

Mr. McAnally stated that an application to install a new traffic signal at Sumneytown Pike and Swedesford Road is being prepared. He stated this Resolution No. 2016 – 26 will allow him to sign and submit the application which will be completed in a couple of months. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to adopt Resolution No. 2016 – 26: Authorize Township Manager to Submit Traffic Signal Plan Application for the Installation of a New Traffic Signal at Sumneytown Pike and Swedesford Road. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

“Welcome to Lower Gwynedd” Sign on 309 Overpass Abutment

Mr. McAnally stated he received approval for the installation of letters on the 309 Bridge Abutment on Bethlehem Pike to allow us to install letters to read “Welcome to Lower Gwynedd Township Founded 1698”. He stated these letters will mirror the same lettering we have at the Veterans Park Wall to remain consistent. Mr. McAnally stated three estimates were received and the low estimate was from City Sign Service Inc. in the amount of $3,267.00. He stated $10,000 was budgeted for the Welcome Sign and asked for authorization to move forward. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to approve the “Welcome to Lower Gwynedd Sign” from City Sign Service, Inc. in the amount of $3,267.00. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Township Parking Lot and Sidewalk Upgrades for ADA Compliance

Mr. DeStefano stated curb repair, six handicap ramps with truncated dome will bring us into ADA compliance. He stated replacement of approximately 600 square feet of damaged sidewalk will be completed. Mr. DeStefano stated the public works department will remove the damaged concrete and complete any preparatory work prior. Mr. DeStefano stated the public works department asks permission to accept the lowest estimate in the amount of $7,650.00. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to approve the estimate in the amount of $7,650.00 for curb repair, six handicap ramps with truncated dome and replace approximately 600 square feet of damaged sidewalk. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

 

 

 

LGT Takeover of Old Penllyn Pike from Montgomery County (Resolution No. 2016-27)

Mr. McAnally stated that he has been in discussions with Montgomery County for the Lower Gwynedd Township takeover of Old Penllyn Pike. He stated Montgomery County has completed all maintenance items regarding the paving, repairs to the culvert and cutting back of the landscaping to the right of way line of Old Penllyn Pike as requested by the Township. Mr. McAnally stated that the acceptance will include the roadway from Penllyn Pike to Pershing Road (Train Station) and from Pen Ambler Road (Train Station) to Penllyn Pike. He stated along with Resolution No. 2016-27 is an agreement that needs to be completed along with a legal description of the roadway. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to adopt Resolution No. 2016-27 accepting dedication of a portion of Right-of-Way known as “Old Penllyn Pike” and execute and complete the Pike Ownership Agreement. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Lance Coar, 347 Old Penllyn Pike, asked if there were any plans to connect to the trail. Mr. McAnally stated the County trail connects to the Green Ribbon Trail. Mr. DeStefano stated same side as the Wissahickon Water Shed side and your property should not be affected.

 

Sara Coar, 347 Old Penllyn Pike, stated commuters’ park on Old Penllyn Pike for more than three hours. She is requesting no parking signs on both sides of Old Penllyn Pike.

 

Leola Hubbard, 920 Pershing Road, suggested that parking spaces be metered with no free parking. Ms. Hunsicker stated that would be SEPTA’s decision.

 

Authorize Advertising to Collect Bids of Excess Equipment through Municibid

Mr. DeStefano stated the Public Works Department asks for permission to advertise and receive bids to dispose of the below items through Municibid.

 

  • Powerware 15 KVA  UPS Unit
  • 1992 Pro Cut Walk Behind Saw
  • 1999 New Holland Tractor with Brush Hog Mower Attachment
  • 2004 GMC Pick Up Truck with Myers Snow Plow
  • 2004 Ford Explorer
  • 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Used 19.5 L 24 Backhoe Tires and Wheels
  • 10’ Aluminum Row Boat
  • Miscellaneous emergency lights and equipment from old police vehicles

 

He stated the acceptance of the bids will take place at the September 27 Board of Supervisors Meeting. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hunsicker to authorize advertising to collect bids of excess equipment through Municibid. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

 

 

 

 

Authorize Advertisement to Bid the Mowing Contract for Township Owned Land – Bid will be for Three Years with a Two-Year Option for Extension

Mr. McAnally stated we are at the end of our Mowing Contract and ask for authorization to advertise to Bid the Mowing Contract for township owned land. The bid will be for three years with a two-year option for extension. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to authorize advertisement

to bid the mowing contract for Township Owned Land – Bid will be for three years with a two-year option for extension. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Removal of Bocce Court & Horseshoe Pits at Oxford Park

Mr. McAnally stated on May 24, 2016 the Park and Recreation Committee met at Oxford Park. He stated they recommended the Bocce Court Horseshoe Pits be removed and filled with top soil and seeded with grass. Mr. McAnally stated the Park and Recreation Committee recommended that the horseshoe pits be removed and trees be planted in its place since there is run off that occurs from the outfield of the softball field. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hunsicker to approve the removal of Bocce Court and Horseshoe Pits at Oxford Park. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Appointment of Assistant Treasurer

Mr. McAnally recommended Jamie Worman, Assistant Treasurer, to fill the appointment of Assistant Treasurer which was vacant. Ms. Hunsicker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to appoint Jamie Worman as Assistant Treasurer. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

MANAGER’S REPORT

 

Report from the Manager – Municipal activities, projects

 

Mr. McAnally stated the Township’s newsletter has been delivered to the Post Office and should be in residents mailboxes shortly.

 

Mr. McAnally stated the Road Program should be finished by the end of September.

 

Mr. McAnally announced the September 27th Board Meeting will be held at Foulkeways at 7:30 p.m. He also stated this is the last meeting before the Pike Fest on September 17th 10 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. The location is Penllyn Pike to Dager Road.

 

SUPERVISORS/STAFF COMMENTS

 

Ms. Hunsicker thanked Mr. Grey for his detailed work on the Intergovernmental Agreement.

 

Ms. Hunsicker stated September 17th will be a great day for the Pike Fest.

 

Mr. Paccione wished everyone a great and safe Labor Day Holiday. He noted the Whole Foods

 Shopping Center is progressing nicely.

 

 

There being no further questions or comments, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m. until the next

Regular Meeting scheduled on September 27, 2016 at Foulkeways Auditorium.

 

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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