LOWER OXFORD TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

MEETING MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 12, 2006

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Lower Oxford Township Board of Supervisors was held at the Township Building, 220 Township Road, on Tuesday, September 12, 2006.

 

The following were in Attendance:  Chairman Arthur A. Astle, Vice Chairman Kenneth L. Hershey, Supervisor W. Ronald Kepler, Building Inspector John Jackson, Zoning Officer Debbie Kinney, Roadmaster Steve Price, Secretary/Treasurer Sara Laganelli, and eleven guests.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Art Astle called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & MOMENT OF SILENCE

Chairman Art Astle led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and then asked for a moment of silence.

 

Mr. Kepler moved to recess for the Fire Hydrant Tax Ordinance Hearing.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

The Regular meeting reconvened at approximately 7:25 p.m.

 

ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE

Mr. Kepler moved to adopt the Fire Hydrant Tax Ordinance 1-06.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT CONCERNING ITEMS ON THE AGENDA

None

 

RECOGNITION OF THOSE ASKING TO APPEAR ON THE AGENDA

None

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Mr. Kepler moved to approve the minutes for our regular meeting on August 9th.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

TREASURER’S REPORTS

 

Presentation of Bills – Mr. Hershey moved to approve and pay the bills.  Mr. Kepler seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Budget Transfers – Mr. Kepler moved to transfer $10,000 to account 413.10 Code Enforcement Officer’s Wages from account 438.25 Highways Maintenance & Repairs.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Fiduciary Transfers – Mr. Kepler moved to transfer $1,926.15 to the Master Escrow account to reimburse the General fund for legal & engineering fees Keystone Ballymeade & BK Campbell Shoppes at Lower Oxford as well as refund Twin Jets Office LDP.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

ü      An e-mail from Jane Smeltzer requesting that the agendas for meetings be published on the website.

ü      An e-mail from Don Orner that says “congratulations on the website.”

ü      Letter from Chester Water Authority stating a schedule change in the hydrant flushing.  It will be done in October.

ü      Copy of a letter from Winnie Sebastian to Joanne Grakoff.

ü      Letter from Fulton Bank regarding new branch & regional offices.

ü      Request for a donation in 2007 from Neighborhood Health Agencies, Inc. 

ü      Memorandum from PSATS updating us on the Telecom Legislation.

ü      Copies of “WaterWays” newsletter from Chester County Water Resources Authority.

ü      Letter from the Grafton Association – a land use planning firm.

ü      2005 Annual Report from PIRMA.

ü      Booklet from Chester County Dept of Community Development about the 2005 year in review.

ü      Letter from Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services requesting funds for 2007 in the amount of $17,246.00

ü      July Incident Report from PA State Police.

ü      Union Fire Co. Incident Listings for July and August.

 

Comments about the Correspondence:  Mr. Kepler commented that the EMS request for donations is an item to be budgeted for.  Mr. Hershey asked if the EMS request increased from 2006.

 

BUILDING INSPECTOR

Mr. Jackson read the Building Inspector’s August Report.  Mr. Kepler moved to approve the Building Inspector’s Report.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

Mrs. Kinney read the Building Permits & Zoning Violations Reports.

 

Subdivisions & Land Development Plans – Mr. Astle moved to deem the Biedekapp 2 lot subdivision plan null and void if an extension is not received by 9/16/06.  Mr. Kepler seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED. 

Mr. Kepler moved to deem the Fisher 2 lot subdivision plan null and void if an extension is not received by 10/10/06.  Mr. Astle seconded the motion; Mr. Hershey abstained.  MOTION CARRIED.

 Mr. Astle moved to deem the Hopkins land development plan null and void if an extension is not received by 10/10/06.  Mr. Kepler seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 Mr. Astle moved to deem the Lincoln University New Science & Classrooms land development plan null and void if an extension is not received by 9/16/06.  Mr. Kepler seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.  Mr. Kepler moved to grant a 1/3 parking reduction for the Lincoln University new science building.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.  Mr. Kepler moved to approve the Lincoln University new science building plan for Kling Architects contingent upon the NPDES permit.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

Mr. Kepler moved to adopt Resolution 31-2006 for the Roney Subdivision.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

Mrs. Kinney noted that a conditional use for building height was granted to Lincoln University at a hearing on August 30th.  Also, on September 5th, Wilkinson Affinity was granted a slope exception.

Mr. Kepler moved to approve the Zoning Officer’s reports.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

ENGINEER

The Board read the Township Engineer’s August report.  Mr. Hershey moved to approve the Township Engineer’s Report for August.  Mr. Kepler seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Mr. Hershey moved to release the Maintenance guarantee for Wyncote Drive with the condition that Mr. Pepple pays for repainting the lines when the Township completes the line and direction arrows.  Mr. Kepler seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

Mr. Kepler moved to release the Maintenance Guarantee for the Field Crest/Hilt Subdivision as recommended by the Township Engineer.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

Mr. Kepler moved to reduce the improvement guarantee as approved by the Township Engineer in the amount of $35,862.64 to $187,548.08 for the construction of Austin Drive and Essex Court.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

Mr. Kepler moved to release the entire improvement guarantee of $16,231.16 for Amos Stoltzfus’s Oxford Farm Market as recommended by the Township Engineer.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

REGIONAL ACT 537 PLAN

No Report

 

ROADMASTER

Steve Price read the Roadmaster’s Report for August.  Mr. Hershey moved to approve the Roadmaster’s Report.  Mr. Kepler seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

REGIONAL RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY

Lee Towner reported that the Oxford Fair was a success.  He thanked Mr. Kepler for all his help and hard work.  Mr. Hershey asked if all the members of the Recreational Authority participated equally in helping with the Fair.  Mr. Hershey then moved to approve the Recreational Authority’s report for August.  Mr. Kepler seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Bernard Park – No report.  It was brought up that the steps at the Community Center may be in need of some repairs.  Mr. Astle said the Park Board should send a written request.

 

PENNDOT Bridge at Scroggy & Cream Roads – PENNDOT is still seeking a maintenance agreement for the inlet boxes they plan on installing with the new bridge.  Mr. Kepler moved that the Supervisors refuse to sign the agreement.  The secretary will send a letter to PENNDOT stating so.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Application for Traffic Signal at Baltimore Pk. & University Dr. – Mr. Hershey moved to have the Secretary fill out the Application as requested by PENNDOT in order for them to proceed with our request for a traffic light at the intersection of Baltimore Pike & University Drive. Mr. Kepler seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

NEW BUSINESS

NIMS Resolution 2006-30 – Mr. Kepler moved we adopt Resolution 2006-30 to designate the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the basis for all incident management in Lower Oxford Township.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Road Closing – Mr. Kepler moved to authorize the Township Solicitor to start the Road abandonment process for T345.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Planning Commission Recommendation – The Lower Oxford Planning Commission recommended that the Board of Supervisors send out Request for Proposals (RFP’s) for the Comprehensive Plan.

Mr. Kepler moved to have the Secretary send out letters to East Nottingham, Upper Oxford, and the Oxford Borough asking if they would like to join us in revising the Comprehensive Plan.  He also moved to send out Requests for Proposals to different engineers.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motions.  MOTIONS CARRIED.

 

OTHER BUSINESS

Trash Day – The Board agreed to schedule Trash Day on Friday, September 29th 7am–3pm and Saturday, September 30th 7am-Noon.

 

Secretary’s Salary – Mr. Kepler moved to set the Secretary’s annual salary at $30,000.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Agendas on Website – Mr. Kepler moved to have the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisor’s Agendas put on the website.  Mr. Hershey seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Teri D’Ignazio – Asked what the letter from Grafton Assoc. was about.  Asked what the Supervisors thought of roundabouts.  Informed Mrs. Kinney that there was a Planning class coming up in October.  Asked about a public notice regarding Wilkinson/Wilson Subdivision.  Said there was an article in the Daily Local News about a total analysis on recreation and open space.

Jane Downs – Asked the Secretary to make a correction in the August 9th Meeting Minutes – the Oxford Fair’s website should be www.theoxfordfair.org

Lee Towner – Said the Recreational Authority is working on an ordinance that would help fund recreation.  When they get it together they will present it to the Township.

 

Note:  Copies of all reports mentioned are available at the Lower Oxford Township Building, 220 Township Road, Oxford, PA.

 

Mr. Hershey moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:27 p.m.  Mr. Kepler seconded the motion.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Sara B. Laganelli

Secretary/Treasurer