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Board of Supervisors
9/27/2016 7:30 PM

SUPERVISORS PRESENT:

Stephen Paccione, Chairman

Dr. J. Richard Booth

Mark Grey

 

ABSENT:       Edward J. Brandt

                        Kathleen Hunsicker, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF:

Craig T. McAnally, Township Manager

Jamie Worman, Assistant Township Manager

Carole Culbreth, Assistant Secretary

Michael Savona, Esq., Solicitor

 

Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium at Foulkeways 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.

 

Mike Peasley, Foulkeways’ Executive Director, welcomed everyone and thanked the Lower Gwynedd Supervisors and staff for their service.

 

Bill How, President of the Residents Association, welcomed the Supervisors and staff and thanked them for holding their Board Meeting at Foulkeways.

 

BUSINESS & FINANCIAL

 

Receipt of Meeting Minutes:        August 23, 2016

The Board of Supervisors received the minutes of the August 23, 2016 Regular Meeting. The Chairman asked if there were any questions or corrections on the above minutes. There were none. Dr. Booth made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to approve the minutes of August 23, 2016 Regular Meeting. The motion carried 3 - 0.

 

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

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

$709,850.27. The Chairman asked if there were any questions or comments. There were none. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Dr. Booth to approve the Invoice History by General Ledger Account for August, 2016 in the amount of $709,850.27. The motion carried 3 - 0.

 

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

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

 

Chairman’s Presentation – Township Update

The Chairman welcomed the residents of Foulkeways in attendance and thanked Mr. Peasley and Fran Rhodes for their hospitality this evening. He introduced the Board of Supervisors and Township staff present tonight.

 

The Chairman presented a brief history of the Township and the new development of the Spring House Village Shopping Center. He stated this new development of the dilapidated site was a public/private partnership between Stoltz and the Township. The Chairman stated two public Board meetings were held to roll out the plans for the redevelopment of the Spring House Village Shopping Center. He stated the new CVS will be one of their gold standard buildings with stone facade and metal roofing. The Chairman stated the Whole Foods will have multiple levels. He stated Arpeggios and Starbucks will open first and the Whole Foods will open around Thanksgiving/Christmas 2017 if the schedule holds.

 

The Chairman asked if there were any questions.

 

The residents questioned the medical office and the deplorable road surface at the entrance of the shopping center off Sumneytown Pike. Residents complained of flat tires. The Chairman stated in two weeks a base layer of macadam will be applied. Residents also questioned why all the trees at the medical building were removed by the contractor. The Chairman stated the developer owns the medical building and will be replacing those trees.

 

Residents questioned the signal upgrades to the intersection of Bethlehem Pike and Sumneytown Pike. The Chairman stated a Multi-Modal Grant for $1 million was awarded the Township for those improvements. The Township is also applying for another grant from PennDOT. Mr. McAnally stated the Township is awaiting a left turn arrow with fiber optics for that intersection.

 

The Chairman stated across from the Spring House Village Shopping Center is the old Texaco Station which the Township is in the process of acquiring for open space. He stated Carriage Homes will be built on Penllyn Pike to Sumneytown Pike. The Chairman stated the Township hired Barton Partners to update the Township’s Comprehensive Plan and Open Space Plan.

 

A resident question the Pike Restaurant status. The Chairman stated the current owner is leasing the building.

 

Mr. Grey stated the Township has thirty miles of trails. He stated townhome communities are connected to the Merck Property and their three damns to Gwynedd Mercy University and the 309 Theatre to the Penllyn Trail. Mr. Grey stated, however, there are orphan trails; one right on Route 63.  Residents from Tennis Avenue want to walk to the YMCA on Route 63. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Dr. Booth to have the Township Engineer study this walking trail on Route 63. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Ms. Rhodes thanked the Chairman for his presentation and the efforts of the Supervisors.

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Resolution No. 2016 – 28: Processing Charge for General Fund and Sewer Fund Escrow

Mr. McAnally stated Resolution No. 2016 – 28 is an administrative charge to the Municipal Authority sewer escrows that will allow the Township to collect a processing charge for the General Fund and Sewer Fund Escrow. Dr. Booth made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to adopt Resolution No. 2016 – 28: Processing Charge for General Fund and Sewer Fund Escrow. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

2017 Minimum Municipal Obligation

Mr. McAnally stated the actuary completed the year 2017 estimated funding requirements for the Township’s Pension Plans as follows:

 

                        Plan                                                                Contributions

                        Policemen                                                        $787,387

                        Non-Uniformed Employees                            173,265

                        Total                                                                   $960,643

 

Dr. Booth made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to approve the 2017 Minimum Municipal Obligation for the Policemen in the amount $787,387 and Non-Uniformed Employees in the amount of $173,265 for a total of $960,643. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

904 Penllyn Pike Settlement Agreement

Mr. Savona stated he recommends a Settlement Agreement for outstanding litigation between Lower Gwynedd Township and EPM, Inc. in the amount of $90,000.  He stated EPM, Inc. originally had the 904 Penllyn Pike property under contract. Mr. Savona stated the Township will still save over $340,000 over market value. Dr. Booth made a motion, seconded by Mr. Grey to approve the 904 Penllyn Pike Settlement Agreement between Lower Gwynedd Township and EPM, Inc. in the amount of $90,000. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Acceptance of Bids for Sale of Excess Equipment

Mr. DeStefano stated surplus equipment was advertised for sale on Municibid and recommends that the following bids be accepted:

 

  • 4) Used Backhoe Tires – Vince Tulio - $175.00
  • 2) Code Light Bars – Steven Senn - $110. Each
  • 1) 14” Pro Cut Walk Behind Saw – Vince Tulio - $610.00
  • 1) 1999 New Holland Farm Tractor & Brush Mower – Sean Corr - $17,900.00
  • 1) 2004 GMC Truck with Plow – John Gera - $11,600.00
  • 1) 2004 Ford Explorer – Paul Norris - $2,000.00
  • 1) 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe – Joe Palansky - $8,200.00

 

Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Dr. Booth to accept the above equipment for sale through Municibid. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation

Mr. DeStefano stated the televising of the sanitary sewer main were able to determine that there was approximately 2117 lineal feet of sanitary sewer main that needs CIPP lining, 14 point repairs totaling approximately 80 lineal feet and 3 sanitary manholes that need rehabilitation. He stated the total cost to complete the rehabilitation work and repair is $146,338.00. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Dr. Booth to approve the sanitary sewer rehabilitation work and repair in the amount of $146,338.00. The motion carried 3 – 0.

 

Firehouse Floor Drain Replacement

Mr. DeStefano stated the steel support of the Firehouse Floor Drain eroded and needs repair work. He stated the 2016 budget allocated $10,000.00 for the replacement of the firehouse floor drain. Mr. DeStefano recommends the low bid from TD Construction Company in the amount of $9,850.00. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Dr. Booth to approve the Firehouse Floor Drain Replacement by TD Construction Company in the amount of $9,850.00. The motion carried 3 – 0.

                                     

MANAGER’S REPORT

 

Report from the Manager – Municipal activities, projects

 

Mr. McAnally stated MCATO is on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

 

SUPERVISORS/STAFF COMMENTS

 

Mr. Grey thanked Foulkeways for their invitation and hospitality.

 

Dr. Booth thanked Foulkeways and Fran Rhodes and stated he always enjoys coming to Foulkeways.

He wishes everyone a Happy Fall Season.

 

The Chairman thanked Foulkeways for inviting the Township come to their community. He stated the

Pike Fest held on Saturday, September 17th was a great success with over 3,000 people in attendance. He

stated the Pike Fest for 2017 will be held on Saturday, September 16th.

 

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

Regular Meeting scheduled on October 11, 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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