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05-08-2017 - Board of Supervisors Minutes

MINUTES OF MEETING

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

MAY 8, 2017

 

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

            Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. In attendance were Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch and Supervisors Michael J. Fox, Richard E. Miniscalco and Jeffrey W. McDonnell. 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 Recording Secretary Deborah Rivas.

            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 two matters of personnel. One was the ongoing status of police contract negotiations and the other involved volunteer committees and boards. In addition, the Board discussed the litigation matter of Mirabella v. Montgomery Township, #14-7368 in the US Federal District and under potential litigation, ongoing David Cutler development issues. 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 April 24, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, and Supervisor Michael J. Fox seconded the motion. The minutes of the meeting were unanimously approved as submitted.

            Director of Public Works Kevin Costello welcomed Robert Parker and asked the Board to recognize him for completing his Eagle Scout Project which provided the Township with a detailed map of the William F. Maule Park at Windlestrae (including Zehr, Rose Twig and Wiseman Tract sections of the park). Robert, along with help from fellow Montgomeryville #399 Scout Troop, friends from school and his parents, utilized GPS and other various measuring devices to record the size and features of the park. Full color maps will be placed in kiosks at the various trail entrances to assist the residents and visitors with finding their way through the trail system located within the park. Supervisor Michael Fox reported that the Park and Recreation Board is thrilled that Robert completed the project. Resolution #1 made by Supervisor Michael Fox, seconded by Supervisor Richard Miniscalco and adopted unanimously, recognized Eagle Scout Robert Parker for the outstanding job he did creating the comprehensive map of William F. Maule Park at Windlestrae.

            Police Chief Scott Bendig presented the resolution to recognize the week of May 14th – May 20th as National Police Week. Police Week pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Chief Bendig reported that this is a significant week in our community as Montgomery Township Police Officer David Hancock lost his life on December 11, 1976, while protecting the citizens of Montgomery Township. Resolution #2 made by Supervisor Robert J. Birch, seconded by Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, recognized May 14th to May 20th as National Police Week.

            Police Chief Scott Bendig reported that in honor of Police Week, the Board is requested to recognize several members of the Police Department law enforcement community for their outstanding performance in the line of duty as recommended by the Police Department’s Award Committee.

            Letters of Official Commendation were awarded to Officer James Matlack, Officer Jeff DePolo, Officer Taylor Jones, Detective Todd Walter, Montgomery County Detective Paul Bradbury, Montgomery County Detective Edward Schikel, Assistant District Attorney Laura Bradbury and Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden for their response, handling and prosecution of the Keystone Fellowship church shooting incident on April 24, 2016.

            Letters of Official Commendation were awarded to Corporal Thomas Ward, Officer Brian Gerrard and Officer Peter Byrne for saving the life of an unresponsive subject by performing CPR and administering Naloxone to counteract Opioid ingestion on April 30, 2016.

            A Letter of Official Commendation was awarded to Officer Timothy Woch for his handling and investigation of an assault charge on November 5, 2015 resulting in charges being filed under the domestic violence statute.

            Official Commendations for Life Saving were awarded to Officer Andrew Dalton and Officer Michael Jenkins for their response and saving of an unconscious choking victim on March 26, 2017.

            An Official Certificate of Commendation was awarded to Corporal Thomas Ward for his actions on December 1, 2016 during a traffic stop which resulted in an arrest for firearms violations, and violations of the Drug Act, including possession with the intent to deliver.

            Official Commendations for Heroism were awarded to Officer Andrew Dalton, Officer Michael Jenkins and Officer John Rushin for their actions on November 26, 2016 while responding to a home with an armed subject and family members present. The officers were able to physically disarm the subject and take him into custody. No one in the home was harmed.

            The Board of Supervisors congratulated all of the officers for their outstanding actions. Resolution #3 made by Supervisor Robert J. Birch, seconded by Vice Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, commended the officers for their outstanding performances in the line of duty.

            Township Manager Lawrence J. Gregan reported that Director of Administration and Human Resources Ann Shade has requested to attend the Delaware Valley Workers’ Compensation Trust (DVWCT) conference being held on June 21 to June 23 in Annapolis, Maryland. The Trust is responsible for payment of the costs associated with the conference. Conference workshops are designed to inform members about the operations of the Trust, trends in workers’ compensation issues, coverage and claims management. Resolution #4 made by Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Michael J. Fox and adopted unanimously, approved the request by Ann Shade to attend the out-of-state DVWCT training conference on June 21 – June 23, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland.

            Township Manager Lawrence J. Gregan reported that every three years, Montgomery County is required to identify those municipalities that wish to participate in the County’s Community Development Block Grant Program. By participating in the program, the Township would be eligible to compete for CDBG grant funding with other Montgomery County communities and non-profit organizations. The Township has participated in the County’s CDBG program since its inception in the late 1970s. Resolution #5 made by Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera, seconded by Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch and adopted unanimously, authorized the Township to continue to participate in the Montgomery County Community Development Block Grant Program for the program periods of 2018 to 2020 inclusive.

            Director of Planning and Zoning Bruce Shoupe reported that the Township’s Landscaping Consultant, Boucher and James, Inc., has made some recommendations for updates to the Shade Tree Commission’s Fee-In-Lieu replacement schedule. The cost of trees has increased significantly in recent years. The recommendation is to change the current language in the fee schedule from one general cost to costs associated with various types and sizes of trees. Resolution #6 made by Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera, seconded by Supervisor Michael J. Fox and adopted unanimously, amended the 2017 Fee Schedule to include the recommended changes to the fee in-lieu schedule, effective immediately.

            Township Manager Lawrence J. Gregan reported that the Township has been involved in negotiations with the Montgomery Township Police Officer’s Collective Bargaining Unit on the terms of new agreement effective January 1, 2017. In anticipation of potential participation in an Interest Arbitration Hearing currently scheduled for July 13, 2017, Township Labor Counsel has recommended that the Township engage a consultant to provide labor negotiations and Interest Arbitration Support at this hearing. The Kapoor Company has provided a proposal to perform services as needed in support of the Township in the Arbitration Hearing. The Township previously utilized the services of The Kapoor Company in the 2016 arbitration with the Montgomery Township Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4890. Resolution #7 made by Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera, seconded by Supervisor Michael J. Fox and adopted unanimously, authorized the execution of the Agreement with The Kapoor Company to provide Labor Negotiations and Interest Arbitration Support at an hourly rate of $200/hour with an estimated cost not to exceed $16,500.00.

            A motion to approve the payment of bills was made by Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera, seconded by Supervisor Michael J. Fox, and adopted unanimously, approved the payment of bills as submitted.

            There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.