LOWER OXFORD TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
AUGUST 9, 2006
The Regular Meeting of the Lower Oxford Township Board of Supervisors was held at the Township Building, 220 Township Road, on Wednesday, August 9, 2006.
The following were in Attendance: Chairman Arthur A. Astle, Vice Chairman Kenneth L. Hershey, Supervisor W. Ronald Kepler, Roadmaster Steve Price, Secretary/Treasurer Sara B. Laganelli, and 14 guests.
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Art Astle called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & MOMENT OF SILENCE
Chairman Art Astle let the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and then asked for a moment of silence.
PUBLIC COMMENT CONCERNING ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
RECOGNITION OF THOSE ASKING TO APPEAR ON THE AGENDA
Lee Towner – Commented on his thoughts about the Comprehensive Plan.
JoJo Campbell – Presented the Board with a packet of information about spray fields.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Mr. Kepler moved to approve the minutes for our regular meeting on July 12th. Mr. Hershey seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
Presentation of Bills – Mr. Kepler moved to approve and pay the bills. Mr. Hershey seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
Fiduciary Transfers – Mr. Hershey moved to transfer $1,447.40 to the Master Escrow account to reimburse the General fund for engineering fees for Oxford Commons LD Plan. Mr. Kepler seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
ü One letter from Art Hershey in response to our letter regarding the cable franchising legislation. Another letter with information about the local government committee 2005-2006 sessions.
ü One letter from Chester Water Authority regarding the Pine Grove Dam 2006 Emergency Action Plan Exercise. Another letter informing us of public fire hydrant flushing in August.
ü Three letters from the Chester County Association of Township Officials: 1.) regarding proposed resolutions submittal deadline. 2.) 2007 is the 100th year for the Association and they are making a special Directory. They would like all townships to participate in doing a half or full page ad about the history of each township. 3.) Deadline for NIMS Training is Sept. 1st.
ü SECCRA letter regarding Community Landfill Expansion Poll. Also the Annual Financial Reports for 2004 and 2005.
ü Copy of letter that Loretta Stanton sent to the Attorney General regarding the PA ACRE law.
ü Letter from DEP regarding Floodplain Management Provisions Update.
ü Copy of letter from Chester County Planning Commission sent to Oxford Borough regarding Final Land Development for First Financial Bank.
ü Fax from Safe Disposal Systems, Inc. regarding fees for CFC disposal--$10 per CFC(refrigerant) unit and $3 non CFC unit picked up. $3 dropped off.
ü Meeting minutes for Lower Oxford Park Commission for July 24th meeting.
ü June Report from PA State Police
ü Letter and report from McCormick Taylor Engineers & Planners regarding New London Township’s Transportation Impact Fee Ordinance.
ü 2005 Earned Income Tax and Open Space Tax Audit reports.
Comments about the Correspondence: Mr. Kepler will be attending all meetings regarding the Pine Grove Emergency Action Plan. Mr. Kepler moved that the township do a full page ad in the Chester County Association of Township Officials 100th Anniversary Edition. Mr. Hershey seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
Mrs. Laganelli read the Building Inspector’s July Report. Mr. Kepler moved to approve the Building Inspector’s Report. Mr. Hershey seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Mr. Kepler summarized Mrs. Kinney’s Building Permits & Zoning Violations Reports. There were two zoning violations that have a deadline of August 10th to be reconciled. Mr. Kepler will follow up on them in the absence of Mrs. Kinney.
Subdivisions & Land Development Plans – The Township Solicitor is reviewing the Lincoln Univ. Classrooms/Labs & International Cultural Center requests for conditional use for building height and parking reduction. Mr. Hershey moved to approve the Zoning Officer’s reports. Mr. Kepler seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
Mr. Kepler moved to approve the Township Engineer’s Report for July. Mr. Hershey seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
REGIONAL ACT 537 PLAN
Steve Price read the Roadmaster’s Report for July. Mr. Hershey moved to approve the Roadmaster’s Report. Mr. Kepler seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
REGIONAL RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY
Lee Towner reported that with the help of David Sweet, the Authority has applied for two Matching Grants for a total of about $500,000. They hope to start Phase 1 of the site development in the Fall of 2007. They are now entering the major push for advertising for the Oxford Fair. For more information visit www.theoxfordfair.org. Yard signs were available after the meeting for anyone who wanted to help with the advertising.
Bernard Park – No report
Ordinance for fire hydrant tax – Mr. Kepler moved to authorize the Township Solicitor to advertise for a hearing about the Fire Hydrant Tax Ordinance on September 12th at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Hershey seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
PENNDOT Winter Traffic Services Agreement – Mr. Kepler moved to accept the 2006-2007 Winter Traffic Services Agreement from PENNDOT as it was presented. Mr. Hershey seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
Open Space Hearing – Mr. Kepler moved to authorize the Township Solicitor to advertise for an Open Space Land Preservation hearing for the Astle, Huf, & Robinson Farms on Sept. 12th at 6:45 p.m. Mr. Hershey seconded the motion. Mr. Astle abstained from voting. MOTION CARRIED.
Park & Ride – Mr. Kepler reported that across from the Park & Ride at Routes 1 and 472, PENNDOT has added another site for parking. They dug it out and spread stones. The Township has ordered a sign. If PENNDOT will put up a light, the Township will pay the electric bill for it.
Farmer’s Market Stand – Mr. Hershey reported that there is a young man interested in having a produce stand at the Township building. He just has to get organized.
The next BOS Meeting is Tuesday September 12, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Teri D’Ignazio – Announced that the Historic Committee will be meeting at the Township Building on August 22nd. She asked if the Supervisors were surprised by the presentation that Wilkinson Builders had done regarding a possible traffic light.
Chris Kettlety – Requested a “format” to address the Planning Commission regarding the Ordinances that the Ordinance Task Force is reviewing.
Jane Downs – Suggested that the Planning Commission have a line item on their agenda for the Ordinance Committee as well as “working sessions” outside of the monthly meetings.
JoJo Campbell – Suggested that the Township look at Comprehensive Plans outside of our area. She wants everyone to keep a well open mind.
Vicki Brown – Asked if there is an actual Ordinance Committee that is supported by both the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
Ruth Galantino – Asked if there were any engineering reports about Oxford Commons.
After much discussion, Mr. Kepler moved that the Board of Supervisors authorize the Ordinance Task Force Committee to work with the Planning Commission and to be a line item on the Planning Commission’s agenda. Mr. Astle seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
Note: Copies of all reports mentioned are available at the Lower Oxford Township Building, 220 Township Road, Oxford, PA.
Mr. Astle moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 p.m. Mr. Kepler seconded the motion. MOTION CARRIED.
Sara B. Laganelli, Secretary/Treasurer