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01-07-2019 - Board of Supervisors Minutes

MINUTES OF MEETING

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

JANUARY 7, 2019

 

 

            At 6:30 p.m. Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera called to order an executive session.  In attendance were Supervisors Michael J. Fox and Jeffrey W. McDonnell.  Supervisors Tanya C. Bamford and Matthew W. Quigg were absent.  Also in attendance were Township Manager Lawrence J. Gregan and Township Solicitor Robert J. Iannozzi, Esquire. 

            Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera called the re-organization meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  In attendance were Supervisors Michael J. Fox and Jeffrey W. McDonnell. Supervisors Tanya C. Bamford and Matthew W. Quigg were absent.  Also in attendance were Township Solicitor Robert J. Iannozzi, 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 and Zoning 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 Whalen.

            Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera 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 and discussed personnel matters related to the reorganization meeting.  Mr. Iannozzi stated that these matters are legitimate subjects of executive session pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Law.

            Supervisor Michael J. Fox made a motion and Supervisor Jeffrey W. McDonnell seconded the motion to nominate Candyce Fluehr Chimera to serve as the Temporary Chair until a new Chairman was elected.  Approval of the nomination was unanimous.

 Temporary Chair Candyce Fluehr Chimera nominated Michael J. Fox to be the Chairman for 2019, Supervisor Jeffrey W. McDonnell seconded the motion.  By Resolution #1, made by Temporary Chair Candyce Fluehr Chimera and seconded by Supervisor Jeffrey W. McDonnell, Michael J. Fox was elected unanimously to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for 2019.

Newly Appointed Chairman Michael J. Fox presented an engraved clock to Candyce Fluehr Chimera and thanked her for her service as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the year 2018. 

Supervisor Jeffrey McDonnell nominated Candyce Fluehr Chimera to be the Vice Chairman for 2019, Chairman Michael J. Fox seconded the motion.  By Resolution #2 made by Supervisor Jeffrey McDonnell and seconded by Chairman Michael J. Fox, Candyce Fluehr Chimera was unanimously elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for 2019.

Chairman Michael J. Fox commended all of the Township’s Volunteer Boards and Committees for their service during the year 2018 and expressed the Township’s appreciation to the Board and Committee members for their dedication and time in serving on Township committees.

Resolution #3, made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously re-appointed committee volunteers with expiring terms of January 1, 2019 to new terms in accordance with the bylaws of their respective committees and boards. 

            Resolution #4, made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, established the official holidays that Montgomery Township offices will be closed in the year 2019. 

Resolution #5, made by made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice-Chairman  Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, established the meeting dates for the Board of Supervisors for the year 2019. 

Resolution #6, made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice-Chairman  Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, set the Treasurer’s Bond at $2,500,000.

Resolution #7, made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice-Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, appointed the Township Officials and Consultants for the year 2019.

Resolution #8, made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice-Chairman  Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, certified Supervisor Tanya C. Bamford as the voting delegate to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors conference for 2019.

Resolution #9, made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, established the Board liaisons to the various Township Volunteer Committees and Boards. 

Resolution #10, made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, approved the list of authorized drivers of Township-owned vehicles for commuting purposes for 2019.

Resolution #11, made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, re-appointed the following Fire Police to serve Montgomery Township in 2019:  William Adams, Mitchell Barrer, Gary Davis, Gregory Fitzgerald, Michael Goldberg, Robert Gruber, Maryanne Mogensen, Lee Morano, Joel Silver and William Tuttle.

Resolution #12, made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, adopted the 2019 Fee Schedule including building and related permits, zoning permits, subdivision applications, highway occupancy permits, per diem rates, fees and hourly charges for the Township Engineer, Traffic and Street Light Engineer, Landscape Architect, Township Solicitor, Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor, Planning Consultant, Special Legal Counsel, Labor Counsel, Building Inspector, Business Tax Auditor and Court Reporter, as detailed in the Fee Schedule.

Resolution #13 made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Supervisor Jeffrey W. McDonnell and adopted unanimously, approved the maximum departmental salary/wage increases for 2019, in accordance with the adoption of the 2019 budget.

Chairman Michael J. Fox called to order the Action meeting and made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 17, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting, and Vice Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera seconded the motion.  The minutes of the meeting were unanimously approved as submitted.

Director of Public Works Kevin Costello announced that Glenn Heberlig is scheduled to retire on January 17, 2019 from the Township’s Public Works Department after 32 years of dedicated and faithful service to Montgomery Township and the residents of this community.  Glenn’s responsibilities included overseeing the maintenance of all Township-owned buildings, street lights, traffic lights and signs.  He also directed one of the two snow crews and handled numerous snow and other emergencies throughout the years.  Glenn also filled in as a liaison to the Public Safety Committee, served as a member and Chairman of the Employee Safety Committee and he also served on the Employee Appreciation Committee.  These are just a couple of examples that exemplify Glenn’s hard work and dedication to Montgomery Township.

Resolution#14 made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, recognized Glenn Heberlig for his 32 years of dedicated and faithful service to Montgomery Township and the residents of this community and ex[pressed the Township’s gratitude to him for his service. 

Township Manager Lawrence J. Gregan reported that the Township is looking to apply for grant funding through the Green Light-Go Program for a full signal modernization to four traffic signals.  Three of the traffic signals are along PA 309 (North Wales Road, Montgomery Mall- North, and Montgomery Mall- South) and the fourth intersection is Horsham Road and Pheasant Run.  The equipment at these signals are dated.  The funding from the grant will allow the Township to upgrade the signals to increase mobility and reliability by fully modernizing these four critical corridor intersections in Montgomery Township. The Township is seeking $753,788 for this project through the grant program and the Township’s local match would be $188,447.

Resolution#15 made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, authorized the submission of the application for the Green Light Go Grant for the Bethlehem Pike and Horsham Road Traffic Signal Modernizations in the amount of $753,788 with a 20 percent match from the Township in the amount of $188,447.  

Director of Planning and Zoning Bruce Shoupe reported that the Township is ready to go out to bid for the next phase of the Ash Tree Forestry Management Program, involving cutting down approximately 450 dead and diseased ash trees at Fellowship Park, Addison Lane Open Space, Applewood Lane Open Space, and Nature Area off Knapp Road.  Resolution #16 made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice-Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, authorized the Township Manager to advertise for bids for the next phase of the Ash Tree Forestry Management Program at Fellowship Park, Addison Lane Open Space, Applewood Lane Open Space, and Nature Area off Knapp Road with a bid opening date of February 13, 2019.

Resolution #17 made by Chairman Michael J. Fox, seconded by Vice-Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera and adopted unanimously, authorized a construction escrow release#4 in the amount of $13,481.00, as recommended by the Township Engineer for the LDS 693 Joseph Ambler Inn Project. 

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

Under other business, Vice-Chairman Candyce Fluehr Chimera thanked the Fire Department of Montgomery Township for the Santa Run that was held before Christmas.  She understands that this program by the volunteers of the Department takes time away from their families but it is a great event for the community and everyone looks forward to it every year.

            There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.