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02-10-2020 - Board of Supervisors Minutes

MINUTES OF MEETING

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

FEBRUARY 10, 2020

            At 6:30 p.m., Chairman Tanya C. Bamford called to order the Executive Session at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 1001 Stump Road, Montgomeryville PA.  In attendance were Vice Chairman Matthew W. Quigg and Supervisors Candyce Fluehr Chimera, Annette M. Long and Beth A. Staab. Also in attendance was Township Manager Carolyn McCreary, Director of Finance Brian Shapiro and Township Solicitor Robert J. Iannozzi, Esquire.

            At 7:00 p.m., Chairman Tanya C. Bamford called to order the Action meeting at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 1001 Stump Road, Montgomeryville PA.  In attendance were Vice Chairman Matthew W. Quigg and Supervisors Candyce Fluehr Chimera, Annette M. Long and Beth A. Staab. Also in attendance was Township Manager Carolyn McCreary, Township Solicitor Robert J. Iannozzi, Esquire, Police Chief Scott Bendig, Director of Finance Brian S. Shapiro, Director of Administration and Human Resources Ann Shade, Assistant to the Township Manager Stacy Crandell, Director of Planning and Zoning Bruce Shoupe, Director of Public Works Kevin Costello, Director of Recreation and Community Center Floyd Shaffer, Public Information Coordinator Kelsey Whalen, Recording Secretary Deborah A. Rivas and Director of Information Technology Richard Grier.   

            Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Tanya C. Bamford called for public comment from the audience. Richard Roller, 1142 Knapp Road, and the Montgomery Township representative to the Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission presented a check to the Board of Supervisors for $69,159.81, representing the Township’s 2018 share of the Commissions Act 209 Recycling Performance Grant. The Board thanked Mr. Roller for his continued work on the commission and for bringing the check to the Township.

            Solicitor Robert J. Iannozzi, Esquire announced that the Board had met in an executive session prior to this meeting at 6:30 p.m.  The Board discussed two matters of potential litigation and three personnel matters. Mr. Iannozzi stated that these matters are all legitimate subjects of executive session pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Law.

            Supervisor Candyce Fluehr Chimera made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 27, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting and Vice Chairman Matthew W. Quigg seconded the motion.  The minutes of the meeting were unanimously approved as submitted.

            Chairman Tanya C. Bamford reported that on November 15, 2019, the North Penn High School Boys Soccer Team won the 2019 PIAA, Class 4A, State Championship in the title game against Central Bucks West High School at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey PA. North Penn defeated Central Bucks West 2 – 0, and finished the season 25-1, also winning the Suburban One League Continental Conference and the PIAA District I Championship. Chairman Bamford and the Board of Supervisors recognized and congratulated the players who are residents of Montgomery Township by presenting a certificate to each member. Coach Paul Duddy thanked the Board of Supervisors for recognizing the student athletes on this proud accomplishment. Resolution #20-41 made by Chairman Tanya C. Bamford, seconded by Supervisor Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, recognized and congratulated the following students on their state championship: Riley Baker, Kyle Brophy, John Graber, Jason Johnston, Nathaniel Kim, Ryan McCann, Sawyer Meade, Dan Sanchez, Andrew Schuyler, Jacob Sinn, Collin Staab, Trevor Staab, Hunter Stites, Starett Vesper and Dan Wagner.

            Chairman Tanya C. Bamford announced that Item #7, the swearing in of a new Sewer Authority Board Member, Mr. Manish Ingle, would be postponed until the next Board meeting on February 24, 2020, as Mr. Ingle was not able to attend the meeting this evening.

            Chairman Tanya C. Bamford reported that Township resident Daniel F. Shallow, Jr. expressed an interest in being appointed to the Public Safety Committee. Resolution #20-42 made by Vice Chairman Matthew W. Quigg, seconded by Supervisor Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, appointed Daniel F. Shallow, Jr. to the Public Safety Committee for a one year term expiring on January 1, 2021.

            Director of Public Works Kevin Costello proposed the purchase of capital equipment for the Public Works Department utilizing the PA Co-Stars State Purchasing Program. The vehicles being replaced or repurposed are on the capital replacement schedule for 2020. Resolution #20-43 made by Chairman Tanya C. Bamford, seconded by Supervisor Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, approved the contracts for the purchase of the following equipment: a 2020 F-550 Truck Chassis to Whitmoyer Auto Group (Contract #025-162) for a total of $55,300.00; a 2020 Custom Aluminum Dump Body for installation on the F-550 Chassis to Triad Truck Equipment (Contract #025-060) for a total cost of $38,750.00; a 2020 F-350 Pickup Truck Chassis to Whitmoyer Auto Group (Contract #025-162) for a total cost of $39,000.00; a 2020 Composite Utility Body for installation on the F-350 Chassis to Levan Machine and Truck Equipment (Contract #025-072) for a total cost of $38,949.00; and a 2020 20XPT Equipment Trailer to Eagle Power and Equipment Corp. (Contract #440020087) for a total cost of $29,485.76.

            Chief of Police J. Scott Bendig reported that in 2020, the Police Department is scheduled to replace two police vehicles. The Police Department is proposing to replace those vehicles and purchase two 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility models and equipment as approved in the 2020 Final Budget using the PA Co-Stars State Purchasing Program. Resolution #20-44 made by Chairman Tanya C. Bamford, seconded by Supervisor Beth A. Staab and adopted unanimously, awarded the contract for the purchase of two 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles to Fred Beans Ford Lincoln (Contract #013-142); and awarded the contract for the purchase and installation of equipment for these vehicles to Havis, Inc., (Contract #012-161) at a total cost of $25,931.41.

            Chief of Police J. Scott Bendig reported that the Police Department is proposing to enter into an agreement with Lexipol LLC to provide professional services to assist police department staff in improving the policy manual and related training for a cost of $27,934.00. Lexipol, LLC, is a leading provider of risk management services and resources for public safety organizations, delivering its copyrighted content and unique services through a web-based development system with an integrated training component. Lexipol has established a unique set of risk management tools for public safety organizations by integrating agency-specific, customized policy manuals with daily training modules that are accessed through a web browser or a mobile application. The service also provides regular and urgent updates that address necessary changes as a result of Supreme Court rulings, safety specific issues, and Pennsylvania specific legal updates. The services include a one-time implementation fee that will allow police department staff to work in cooperation with the team at Lexipol to develop, train, and apply this tool in a manner that is less time consuming and more flexible that the version that is currently utilized. Funding for this initiative is included in the 2020 Final Budget and Delaware Valley Property and Liability Trust will also provide the township with a $4,500.00 grant for the Lexipol Risk Management Solution. Resolution #20-45 made by Supervisor Candyce Fluehr Chimera, seconded by Vice Chairman Matthew W. Quigg and adopted unanimously, authorized the proposal from Lexipol LLC, per their Professional Services Agreement dated August 6, 2019, at the cost of $27,934.00.

            Resolution #20-46 made by Chairman Tanya C. Bamford, seconded by Supervisor Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, authorized a construction escrow release in the amount of $820,641.45 as recommended by the Township Engineer for FedEx Ground, LDS#696.

            Resolution #20-47 made by Chairman Tanya C. Bamford, seconded by Supervisor Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, authorized a construction escrow release in the amount of $450.00 and the start of the maintenance period as recommended by the Township Engineer for the RMS Development Company, LP – 150 Domorah Drive, M-17-99.

            Assistant to the Township Manager Stacy Crandell reported that in October of 2019, the Board of Supervisors granted approval for the Department of Fire Services to submit a grant application through the Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner’s Office annual Volunteer Firefighter/Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program for funding not to exceed $15,000 for the purchase of personal protective equipment and fire hose equipment. On January 21, 2020, the Township received notification that the Department was awarded the grant in the amount of $13,837.24. The Department of Fire Services is requesting approval to accept the grant funding. Resolution #20-48 made by Chairman Tanya C. Bamford, seconded by Supervisor Annette M. Long and adopted unanimously, granted approval to accept the grant in the amount of $13,837.24 to purchase personal protective and fire hose equipment.

            A motion to approve the payment of bills was made by Vice Chairman Matthew W. Quigg, seconded by Supervisor Beth A. Staab, and adopted unanimously, approving the payment of bills as submitted for February 10, 2020.

            There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Deborah A. Rivas, Recording Secretary