February 8, 2006


            The Regular Meeting of the Lower Oxford Township Board of Supervisors was held at the Township Building, 220 Township Road, on Wednesday, February 8, 2006.  Those present were: Supervisors Arthur A. Astle, Kenneth L. Hershey and W. Ronald Kepler; Code Enforcement Officer, Deborah Kinney; Building Inspector, John Jackson; Roadmaster, Steve Price; and Secretary, Ruth W. Libby; and 16 guests.


Chairman Astle called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.


There was no public comment concerning items on the agenda. Jim Palita requested that the Township petition PennDot for a reduction in the posted speed limit on Baltimore Pike from the Oxford borough line to Rt 896. Since it is a PennDot road, the Township must make this request.  After discussion, Kepler moved and Astle seconded that the secretary write a letter to PennDot requested a reduction of the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph.  Charles Fleischmann suggested that Mr. Palita attend the Upper Oxford Township meeting next Monday and have them do the same.


Hershey moved and Kepler seconded to approve the minutes of the Re-Organizational Meeting held January 3rd as presented.  MOTION CARRIED.  The secretary said the minutes for the Conditional Use Hearing held January 23rd were not complete.


Report of the Auditors:  Sara Laganelli read the report from the auditors and said all was in order.  The Supervisors thanked the auditors for doing a great job.


The Secretary/Treasurer presented the bills totaling $400.15 for the Open Space Fund, and $52,920.50 for the General Fund. A copy is attached to the minutes. The Secretary/Treasurer said that the Township Solicitor’s bill was received after she had prepared the bill listing and wished permission to pay that bill also. Kepler moved and Hershey  ershey seconded that the list of bills including the Township Solicitor’s bill be approved for payment. MOTION CARRIED.


Fiduciary Transfers: The Secretary/Treasurer presented a request for fund transfers. Hershey moved and Kepler seconded that transfers of $2,434.90 be authorized from the Escrow Fund to the General Fund. MOTION CARRIED.


The following correspondence was noted:

Liquid Fuels Audit report for 2004 from Dept. of the Auditor General,

Letter from McMinn’s on substantial increases in road materials,

Letter from Lincoln Community Association on use of Community Center,

December & January State Police reports,

December reports from Union Fire Company.





Reports: John Jackson read his December and January reports that showed 14 inspections in December and ten in January.  Included were three CO’s issued and one plan review.  Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that the Building Inspector’s reports be accepted.  MOTION CARRIED.


Code Enforcement Officer’s report: Deborah Kinney presented her January report that showed two permits were issued with a construction value of $75,200 resulting in permit fees of $409.00. She reported no Certificates of Occupancy or sign permits were issued.


Violation report:  She reported only one complaint on Scroggy Road with junk cars and they have been removed.


Subdivision Report:

Beiler 3-lot Subdivision: A non-building waiver is requested and has been approved by the Chester County Health Department.   Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that the non-building waiver for the Beiler 3-lot Subdivision be approved. MOTION CARRIED.  


Roney 2-lot Subdivision:  The Sewage Facilities Planning Module needs a Component 2 because of high nitrates in the area.  Comments have been received from both the Chester County Planning Commission and the Chester County Health Department.  Hershey moved and Kepler seconded that the Component 2 of the Sewage Facilities Planning Module for the Roney 2-lot Subdivision be approved. MOTION CARRIED.  


Shoppes at Lower Oxford Phase I extension approval:  Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that Resolution 2006-6 extending the contingent approval of the Shoppes at Lower Oxford Phase I by 90 days be adopted.  MOTION CARRIED.


Sidlow Lot Line Adjustment: Since it is only a lot line adjustment needed because of sewage needs, a non-building waiver is being requested.  DEP must approve it before the plan can be recorded.  Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that the non-building waiver for the Sidlow Lot Line Adjustment Plan be approved.  MOTION CARRIED.  After a discussion on the driveway, Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that the Sidlow Lot Line Adjustment Plan be approved.  MOTION CARRIED.


Wyncote Commercial Subdivision:  Three waivers are needed on this plan before approval.  Mrs. Kinney said a note has been added to the plan saying there could be separate driveways.  This will be determined at the Land Development Plan stage.  Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that the non-building waiver be approved for Lot 10C.01.  MOTION CARRIED.  Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that both waivers for contours and elevation datums be granted. MOTION CARRIED. Then Kepler moved and Hershey seconded to approve the Wyncote Commercial 2-lot Subdivision. MOTION CARRIED. The plan may not be recorded until the non-building waiver is back from DEP.


Mrs. Kinney said she had received a letter from DEP saying no planning modules are required on a plan that may be submitted by Gary Hopkins. He had submitted a sketch plan several months ago but no plans have been received.


She also requested permission to attend a PSATS workshop on Comprehensive Planning and Sewage Facilities Planning to be held March 18th in West Chester.  Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that the Codes Enforcement Officer be permitted to attend the workshop with expenses to be paid by the Township. MOTION CARRIED.


She also indicated she would like to attend a three week course in West Chester on Zoning which is sponsored by PSAB also being held in March. Hershey moved and Kepler seconded that she be permitted to attend this class on Zoning at the Township’s expense. MOTION CARRIED.  


Hershey asked if the house trailer on Reedville Road had been removed. She will check on its status.


The Board read the January report of activities from the Township Engineer. Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that the engineer’s report be accepted. MOTION CARRIED.


Delduco Letter of Credit Release:  As-built plans have not been received.


Frost Development (Evans/Elk Ridge) letter of Credit Release# 3: Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that Release # 3 for the Elk Ridge Subdivision for $40,903.00 be approved.  MOTION CARRIED.


Regional Act 537 Plan: Bob Yeatman reported that they are very close to having the Act 537 plan ready to present to the municipalities for their review.  He asked about the availability of Lower Oxford Township for this meeting since the fire house may not be available and costs a lot to rent.  The Supervisors agreed for them to use the Township garage provided they rented the chairs for the public.  Hershey asked about the new lagoon and Mr. Yeatman said they were still waiting for the permit.


Roadmaster: Steve Price read his January Roadmaster report, which is on file. Several possible roads for the state projects were discussed.  With the costs of road oil going up, adjustments may have to be made.  Hershey moved and Kepler seconded that the Roadmaster’s report be accepted.  MOTION CARRIED.


Regional Recreational Authority:  Lee Towner reported that the site plan will be finalized at their next meeting.  He announced that there are plans to hold a soccer camp July 24 to 28th from 9 a.m. to noon.  They will possibly be using Bernard Park.


There are also plans to hold an Oxford Fair over the Labor Day weekend – August 29th to September 4th and will be held in Lower Oxford Township.  The location was not disclosed.  Plans are to have 19 carnival booths, a midway, exhibits and plenty of parking on about 18 acres of land.  The Rec Authority land is not suitable because the land is not ready.


Old Business:  Bernard Park:  The Supervisors discussed the letter received from the Lincoln Community Association.  Astle moved and Hershey seconded that the secretary write a letter to the Lincoln Community Association confirming that they have first choice for the use of the community center. 


7-year review of the Ag Security Area:  The Hearing is set for March 8th at 6:30 p.m.


Planning Commission vacancy: Several people have indicated interest in the position. The Supervisors decided set up a night and hold interviews before making a decision.


Fee Resolution # 2006-7:  The Building Inspector and the Codes Enforcement Officer have revised the fee schedule and the way building permits fees are calculated.  The permit fees will be less, but the inspection fees will be separate in the future.  Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that Resolution # 2006-07 setting fees for the Township be adopted.  MOTION CARRIED.


New business: Authorize Open Space Hearing – Sapp & Johnson:  Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that the Township Solicitor be authorized to advertise the Open Space hearing to purchase the Johnson and Sapp farm development rights.  MOTION CARRIED.


Authorize commitment for new applications:  Two more applications for selling development rights have risen to the top of the county’s list.  They are 50 acres for the Gill farm and 15 acres of the Huff property.  Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that the county be notified of the Township’s willingness to commit toward these two properties.  MOTION CARRIED with Astle abstaining.


Other business:  Kepler said our existing pickup has 90,000 miles on it and is 10 years old.  The Roadmaster has looked into purchasing a new one with plow on a piggyback with the city of Harrisburg.  The plans would be to sell the old truck.  Kepler moved and Hershey seconded to authorize the purchase of a pickup and plow through the City of Harrisburg’s Vehicle and Equipment Contract and the secretary to write to the City of Harrisburg of our intent. MOTION CARRIED.


He also informed the Supervisors that the Letter of Credit for the Wyncote roads has been extended for six months.


Kepler mentioned that HB 881 affects local Townships and could potentially impose time restrictions and double the UCC permit fee from $2 to $4 to provide training for contractors.  After discussion, Kepler moved and Hershey seconded that the secretary write a letter to Art Hershey opposing this legislation.  MOTION CARRIED.


Under Public comments, Vickie asked who were the applicants for the Planning Commission.  They are Sara Laganelli, Jim Pierson, Teri Dignazio, Jack Rucker and Steve Hubley.


Teri Dignazio asked questions about the zoning classes and placement of signs at the bypass exits. She asked Mr. Yeatman where the new sewer plant would be located.


Mary Rucker thanked the Supervisors for the Amish buggy signs on Township Road.


Kepler said he had one more item.  He moved and Hershey seconded that the Township Engineer be directed to update the Open Space Plan. MOTION CARRIED.


Kepler moved and Hershey seconded to authorize the Township Engineer to look into grants for extending sewer lines in the Lincoln University area.  MOTION CARRIED.


The Building Inspector suggested that the Township have a list of certified electrical inspectors that the homeowner and builders should call for electrical inspections.  He stated that electrical problems are the number one cause for fires in homes.  Kepler moved that the Codes Enforcement Officer issue a list of electrical inspectors when issuing permits.  After a bit of discussion, Kepler withdrew his motion and it was decided to ask the solicitor about this. 


The Secretary said the Auditors had made a suggestion concerning the cell phone used by the Building Inspector.  Kepler moved and Astle seconded that the Township bear the expense of the basic plan for John Jackson’s phone. MOTION CARRIED.


With no further comments, Astle moved and Kepler seconded that the meeting be adjourned.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m.


                                                Respectfully submitted,



                                                Ruth W. Libby