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06-26-2017 - Board of Supervisors Minutes

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MINUTES OF MEETING

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

JUNE 26, 2017

            At 7:00 p.m. Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch called to order an executive session. In attendance were Supervisors Richard E. Miniscalco and Jeffrey W. McDonnell. Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and Supervisor Michael J. Fox were absent. Also in attendance were Township Manager Lawrence Gregan and Township Solicitor Robert J. Iannozzi, Esquire.

            Chairman Robert J. Birch called the action meeting to order at 8:05 p.m. In attendance were Supervisors Richard E. Miniscalco and Jeffrey W. McDonnell. Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and Supervisor Michael J. Fox were absent. Also in attendance were Township Solicitor Robert J. Iannozzi, Esquire, Township Manager Lawrence Gregan, Police Chief Scott Bendig, 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 Recreation and Community Center Floyd Shaffer, Information Tech Lance Allen, Public Information Coordinator Kelsey McMeans and Recording Secretary Deborah Rivas.

            Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch called for public comment from the audience and there was none.

            Solicitor Robert J. Iannozzi, Esquire announced that the Board had met in an Executive Session prior to this meeting to discuss two matters of potential litigation and an update on the Police Contract negotiations. Mr. Iannozzi stated that these matters are legitimate subjects of executive session pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Law.

            Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 12, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, and Supervisor Jeffrey W. McDonnell seconded the motion. The minutes of the meeting were unanimously approved as submitted.

            Chief of Police J. Scott Bendig reported that Detective Sergeant Joseph Bennis retired from the Montgomery Township Police Department on June 19, 2017 after 46 years of service to the community. Detective Sergeant Bennis began his career with the Montgomery Township Police Department as a patrol officer on June 12, 1972. On May 16, 1980, Officer Bennis was promoted to the rank of corporal. On January 2, 1987, Corporal Bennis was promoted to the rank of sergeant. On January 6, 1992, Sergeant Bennis was reassigned to serve as the Detective Sergeant of the department’s Detective Division. In addition to these duties, Detective Sergeant Bennis has also served as a founding member of both the department’s Canine Unit in 1978 and Special Operations Unit in 1990. Detective Sergeant Bennis was also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy 162nd Session. During his 46 year career, Detective Sergeant Bennis has received numerous departmental commendations for his actions as an officer as well as numerous letters of appreciation from township residents and neighboring law enforcement agencies. In addition, Detective Sergeant Bennis has shown exemplary dedication, leadership, and professionalism in the execution of his duties to the residents, businesses and coworkers of the community and he will be sorely missed. Kevin Andrews, Chief of Staff from Pennsylvania Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s office presented proclamations from the United States Senate (Senator Toomey), Pennsylvania State Senate (Senator Greenleaf), the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives (Rep. Todd Stephens) and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office to Detective Sergeant Bennis. Resolution #1 made by Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Jeffrey W. McDonnell and adopted unanimously, recognized Detective Sergeant Joseph Bennis and expressed gratitude to him for his dedication and faithful service to the Montgomery Township Police Department and Montgomery Township community.

            Director of Planning and Zoning Bruce Shoupe reported that long serving staff member, Marita Stoerrle, will be retiring effective June 30, 2017. Prior to working for Montgomery Township, Marita worked for Warminster Township in various roles, including receptionist, part time tax collector, administrative assistant, assistant manager and occasionally as acting manager. Marita joined Montgomery Township in October 1996, serving as the Development Coordinator for the Township, completing almost 22 years of service. In her role as Development Coordinator, Marita witnessed over 2,150 dwelling units being constructed in the Township. Marita ensured that the coordination and distribution of information for over 230 residential and non-residential land developments in the Township was done in a professional and timely manner. Resolution #2 made by Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Jeffrey W. McDonnell and adopted unanimously, recognized the retirement of Marita Stoerrle and thanked her for her commitment to public service during her employment at Montgomery Township.

            Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch acknowledged the resignation of volunteer committee member Andrew Terreri from the Montgomery Township Planning Commission. Mr. Terreri served on the Planning Commission since October 2016. Resolution #3 made by Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco and adopted unanimously, accepted the resignation of Andrew Terreri from the Planning Commission and thanked him for his service on the commission.

            Public Information Coordinator Kelsey Whalen reported that the Township staff is requesting the Board’s approval to move forward with a Township website redesign with the same website provider that the Township has been using over the last seven years, eGov Strategies. With the changeover seven years ago, staff has been able to update the majority of the content on our website. Staff would now like to take advantage of new technology and redesign the current website. The cost for the basic redesign is $7,750 and the cost for the Marketing Micro Site Design Add-On is $2,450. Resolution #4 made by Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco and adopted unanimously, authorized staff to undergo a website redesign with eGov Strategies and to approve the proposal for those services at a cost of $10,200.

            Director of Administration and Human Services Ann Shade reported that in 2006, the Township entered into an agreement with Citigroup Global Markets to manage the investment of and to maintain custody of all cash, securities and other investments of the Police Pension Fund. Citigroup subsequently merged with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management to form Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC. Morgan Stanley has advised the Township that they are changing the platform of their current services agreement from their former “Fiduciary Services Agreement” that was executed in 2007. The new agreement is titled “Single Advisory Contract”. Because of increased account values held with large investment managers such as the Township’s Police Pension Fund, Morgan Stanley has been able to negotiate lower fees from these investment managers. The Single Advisory Contract will restructure the fee schedule to pass the savings on to the Police Pension Plan. Otherwise the terms of the Single Advisory Contract do not represent a change in service of any kind being provided by Morgan Stanley. Resolution #5 made by Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Richard Miniscalco and adopted unanimously, authorized the execution of the Single Advisory Contract with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC for the Police Pension Plan Funds.

            Resolution #6 made by Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco and adopted unanimously, approved the surety bond release to the Cutler Group for LDS#679GPE – Parkview subdivision grading in amount of $238,718.70.

            A motion to approve the payment of bills was made by Vice Chairman Robert J. Birch, seconded by Supervisor Richard E. Miniscalco, and adopted unanimously, approved the payment of bills as submitted.

            There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 8:26 p.m.


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