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04-10-2017 - Board of Supervisors Minutes

MINUTES OF MEETING

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

April 10, 2017

 

            At 7:30 p.m. Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera called to order an executive session. In attendance were Supervisors Robert J. Birch, Michael J. Fox, and Richard E. Miniscalco. Supervisor Jeffrey W. McDonnell was absent. Also in attendance were Township Manager Lawrence Gregan, and Township Solicitor Frank Bartle, Esquire.

            Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera called the meeting to order at 8:03 p.m. In attendance were Supervisors Robert J. Birch, Michael J. Fox, and Richard E. Miniscalco. Supervisor Jeffrey W. McDonnell was absent. Also in attendance were Township Solicitor Frank Bartle, Esquire, Township Manager Lawrence Gregan, Police Chief Scott Bendig, Director of Fire Services Richard Lesniak, Director of Finance Ami Tarburton, Director of Administration and Human Resources Ann Shade, Assistant to the Township Manager Stacy Crandell, Director of Planning Bruce Shoupe, Director of Public Works Kevin Costello, Director of Recreation and Community Center Floyd Shaffer, Director of Information Technology Richard Grier, and Public Information Coordinator Kelsey McMeans.

            Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera called for public comment from the audience and there was none.

            Solicitor Frank Bartle announced that the Board had met in an Executive Session prior to this meeting to discuss one matter of personnel and one matter of litigation. The personnel matter was regarding the police union negotiations. The litigation matter involved the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for case No. 15-3171 brought against the Township, and the Township Supervisors by Maureen and John Mirabella. The Township and Township Supervisors prevailed in that matter. Mr. Bartle stated that these matters are legitimate subjects of executive session pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Law.

            Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 27, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, and Vice-Chairman Robert J. Birch seconded the motion. The minutes of the meeting were unanimously approved as submitted.

            Board Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera introduced the Odyssey of the Minds Program Participants. The Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that challenges teams of five to seven students to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to solve short-term “spontaneous” problems and a long-term problem that ranges from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Students learn to work together, to manage their own time, and ultimately to take responsibility for every part of their final solution. At the end of the Odyssey season, teams bring their solutions to competition at a regional level. The Odyssey Program is open to all grades and academic levels under the guidance of adult volunteer coaches. Students from Montgomery Elementary and Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish School were recognized for their participation and accomplishment in the 2017 program and competition. At the April 24, 2017 Board Meeting, students from the other North Penn Schools will be recognized.  

            Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera welcomed the following students:

Montgomery Elementary- Division 2 (Coached by: Lisa Upright and Linda Pelletier)

This team from Montgomery Elementary includes the following students:

  • Cameron Pelletier
  • Hannah Upright
  • Grace Macnamara
  • Ella Notte
  • Jillian Upright
  • Swaroop Joglekar
  • Katie Sanborn

            On Saturday, March 4, the team participated in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament at Pennsbury High School. At the tournament, the team presented their solution to the “Odd-a-Bot” (Technical problem). The team placed 1st in Division 2, which qualified them to move on to the State Tournament.

            On Saturday, April 1, 2017, the team went to the Pennsylvania State Tournament held at Moon Area Middle/High School. Montgomery Elementary placed 9th in their division.

Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish School- Division 1 (Coached by: Mrs. Rubino)

This team from MMR includes the following students:

  • Giana Rubino
  • Patrick Vorobec
  • Thomas Wolpert
  • John David Pletcher
  • Reagan Phillips
  • Avery Phillips
  • Kaleigh Costello

            On Saturday, March 4, the team participated in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament at Pennsbury High School. At the tournament, the team presented their solution to “To be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger” (Performance Problem). The team placed 7th in their division.

Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish School- Division 1 (Coached by: Mrs. Veal and Mrs. Kenefic)

This team from MMR includes the following students:

  • Courtney Kenefic
  • Alyssa Veal
  • Calleigh Christensen
  • Elyse McGlynn
  • Adysson Fleming
  • Aidan Fleming
  • Molly O’Neall

            On Saturday, March 4, the team participated in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament at Pennsbury High School. At the tournament, the team presented their solution to “Odd-a-Bot” (Technical Problem). The team placed 3rd in their division.

Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish School- Division 1 (Coached by: Mrs. O’Connor)

This team from MMR includes the following students:

  • Alysa Howard
  • Norah McGlynn
  • Katie Vierick
  • Emilie O’Connor
  • Katherine Dougherty
  • Megan Krumenacker
  • Julia Klein

            On Saturday, March 4, the team participated in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament at Pennsbury High School. At the tournament, the team presented their solution to “It’s Time. OMER” (Classics Problem). The team placed 3rd in their division.

Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish School- Division 2 (Coached by: Mrs. Shea)

This team from MMR includes the following students:

  • Michael O’Connor
  • Brendon Nguyen
  • Matthew Bagnarelli
  • Frances Dougherty
  • Jack Shea
  • Patrick Cresko
  • Nolan Krumenacker

            On Saturday, March 4, the team participated in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament at Pennsbury High School. At the tournament, the team presented their solution to “To be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger” (Performance Problem). The team placed 5th in their division.

Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish School- Division 2 (Coached by: Mrs. Ziff)

This team from MMR includes the following students:

  • Katie Ziff
  • Sophia Sattertwaite
  • Devon Migliorini
  • Nicole Conwell
  • Emily Friel

            On Saturday, March 4, the team participated in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament at Pennsbury High School. At the tournament, the team presented their solution to “To be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger” (Performance Problem). The team placed 12th in their division.

Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish School- - Division 3- High School Team (Coached by: Mrs. Bull, Mrs. Ensanian, and Mrs. Higgins)

This team representing Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish School includes the following students:

  • Nick Orlando
  • Christopher Kelm
  • Jack Pilewski
  • Reanna Bull
  • Taylor Molitierre
  • Mairin Higgins
  • Nathaniel Ensanian

            On Saturday, March 4, the team participated in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament at Pennsbury High School. At the tournament, the team presented their solution to “To be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger” (Performance Problem). The team placed 1st in their division and advanced to the State Competition.

            On Saturday, April 1, 2017, the team went to the Pennsylvania State Tournament held at Moon Area Middle/High School. They placed 1st in their division and will be advancing to the World Finals which will be held at Michigan State University on May 24-27, 2017.  

            Resolution #1 made by Supervisor Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice- Chairman Robert J. Birch and adopted unanimously, recognize the students from Montgomery Elementary School, and Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish School for their outstanding accomplishments in the Odyssey of the Mind program.

            Director of Finance Ami Tarburton reported that on April 13, 2009, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution #7 declaring the Township’s intent to follow the schedules and procedures for disposition of records as set forth in the Municipal Records Manual dated December 16, 2008. The procedures under the Act require that the Board of Supervisors adopt a resolution to authorize each individual act of destruction of non-permanent records.

            Lists of non-permanent records of the Township that may be destroyed in accordance with the approved retention schedule were presented as exhibits to the report. The Exhibit lists the particular documents, years requested for destruction and required retention period. Resolution #2 made by Supervisor Michael J. Fox, seconded by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco and adopted unanimously, authorizes the disposition of the public records as listed in the attachment in the packet.

            Public Works Director Kevin Costello reported that as part of the approved 2017 Capital Replacement Budget, the Township is proposing to replace HVAC Unit#7 at the Administration Building at a cost $17,890. Funding has been set aside in Capital Reserve to replace this unit in 2017 and subsequently all of the other units (12 total) as they reach the end of their life cycle. In accordance with the Township’s Purchasing Policy, three quotes were obtained with the lowest quote provided by Scatton’s Heating and Cooling, Inc. for a total of $17,890. Resolution #3 made by Vice-Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco and adopted unanimously, approved the contract to Scatton’s Heating and Cooling, Inc. for the purchase and installation of a Carrier 15-ton Rooftop HVAC unit for Administration Building for a total projected cost of $17,890.

            Police Chief Scott Bendig reported the Police Department has been reviewing the traffic ordinances in the Township Code to ensure the information is accurate and up to date. Township staff recently audited the listing of ordained “Right Turn Prohibited on Red Signal” intersections, comparing it to those intersections that have Right Turn Prohibited signs installed and those permitted by PennDOT. He requested consideration to authorize the advertisement of Proposed Ordinance#17-304. This proposed ordinance will ensure that Right Turn Prohibited signs throughout the Township are consistent with Township Ordinances and PennDOT Traffic Signal Permits. Resolution #4 made by Vice-Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco and adopted unanimously, authorized the advertisement of Proposed Ordinance #17-304- amending Section 222-11 of the Township Code Right Turn Prohibited on Red Signal for consideration and adoption at the Board of Supervisors Meeting to be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 after 8PM in the Township Building.

            Police Chief Scott Bendig reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is presenting its 25th annual Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar from Sunday, June 11 through Friday June 16, 2017 at Princeton University. This educational opportunity is designed to provide training for law enforcement executives of police departments with 75 or fewer officers. Participants have the opportunity to exchange plans, problems, and solutions with their peers; to develop new thoughts and ideas; and to share successes of their own communities. It is recommended that Lieutenant Gerald Dougherty be authorized to attend this seminar. Resolution #5 made by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco, seconded by Vice-Chairman Robert J. Birch and adopted unanimously, approved the request for Lieutenant Gerald Dougherty to attend the FBI Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar from Sunday, June 11 through Friday June 16, 2017 at Princeton University.           

            Director of Fire Services Richard Lesniak reported that in 1999, Pennsylvania adopted legislation that enacted the Uniform Construction Code (UCC). One aspect of the UCC is the requirement for inspectors to receive and maintain certification based on the type of inspection work performed. Inspectors are required to complete 15 credit hours of continuing education credits in courses relating to the professional competency of code administration. An applicant with multiple certification areas must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of continuing education credits for each certification but not more than 45 credit hours during each three-year certification cycle. Firefighter Robert Hedden currently holds three certifications in the State of Pennsylvania and has recently submitted an application for renewal of those certifications for a new three-year cycle (2017 -2020). He is requesting approval to take a course titled “Sprinkler Systems for Storage Occupancies” courses to satisfy 16 of his required 45 Continuing Education credits. The course is being offered on May 16, 2017, through the New Jersey Center for Services at The Inn at Lambertville Station, Lambertville, NJ. Courses offered through the Center for Government Services are offered free of charge. Resolution #6 made by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco, seconded by Vice-Chairman Robert J. Birch and adopted unanimously, adopting a resolution authorizing Firefighter Hedden to attend the “Sprinkler Systems for Storage Occupancies” course on May 16, 2017.

            Public Information Coordinator Kelsey McMeans reported that Montgomery Township is celebrating Local Government Week from April 17, 2017 to April 21, 2017. The event will bring area school children to the Township Building for outside demonstrations of the Fire Department, Public Works Department, and Volunteer Medical Services of Lansdale. The students will also get a tour of the Police Department and learn about the Township’s Government Activities. The Board is requested to recognize students from Montgomery Elementary and Bridle Path Elementary for taking an active role in learning more about the Township and how students can become further involved residents. Resolution #7, made by Vice-Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco and adopted unanimously, recognized and honored Local Government Week and area elementary schools, Montgomery Elementary and Bridle Path Elementary, for sponsoring student government programs and for their commitment to developing the leaders of the future.

            Assistant to the Township Manager Stacy Crandell reported that Saturday, April 22, 2017 was the Spring Curbside Leaf Waste Collection Date. In order to participate in the collection, residents must place the collected leaf and yard waste materials in biodegradable paper bags at the curb prior to 7:00AM that day for collection. In addition to the curbside leaf waste collection on that day, the Township will be conducting their monthly leaf and yard waste drop off collection at William F. Maule Park at Windlestrae (Main Section/Kenas Road) from 8AM to Noon. This drop-off occurs monthly on the third Saturday of every month.

            Assistant to the Township Manager Stacy Crandell reported that the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) will host their second annual “Anything with a Plug” E-Recycling Event on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9AM-Noon at the Township Building Parking Lot. There is a cost for some items to be recycled like televisions, computer monitors, microwaves, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. This event is for Township Residents only.

            Planning Director Bruce Shoupe reported that the Shade Tree Commission sponsors an annual event to celebrate Arbor Day. This year, the Annual Arbor Day Tree Give-Away will be held on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at the Montgomery Township Community and Recreation Center. Montgomery Township has also been named as a 2016 Tree City USA recipient with a presentation of the award by our State Forester scheduled during the event as well. Resolution #8, made by Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera, seconded by Vice-Chairman Robert J. Birch and adopted unanimously, urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect trees and woodlands.

            Planning Director Bruce Shoupe presented a construction escrow release requested by Aspen Mill Properties, LLC, for 985 & 987 Horsham Road, as recommended by the Township Engineer. The original amount of the escrow was $28,101.34, held as a Cash Escrow. This is the first escrow release for this project. The current release is in the amount of $17,430.00, which would leave a balance of $10,671.34. Resolution #9, made by Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera, seconded by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco and adopted unanimously, authorizing a construction escrow release in the amount of $17,430.00, as recommended by the Township Engineer for Aspen Mill Properties, LLC, for 985 & 987 Horsham Road.

            Planning Director Bruce Shoupe reported that a waiver of special event permit fee was requested by State Representative Todd Stephens for a shredding and electronic recycling event on Saturday, April 22nd. The permit fee would be $100. Resolution #10, made by Supervisor Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice-Chairman Robert J. Birch and adopted unanimously, approved the request of State Representative Todd Stephens to waive the $100 special events fee for their shredding and electronic recycling event to be held on April 22, 2017.

            A motion to approve the payment of bills was made by Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera, seconded by Vice-Chairman Robert J. Birch, and adopted unanimously, approving the payment of bills as submitted.

            There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 8:47 p.m.