EAST MARLBOROUGH TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MINUTES
Meeting of the Board – August 4, 2014.
Chairman Cuyler H. Walker called the public hearing to order at 6:47 p.m., immediately following an executive session to discuss a pending legal matter.
Billboard Ordinance – 2014-01.Solicitor Crawford summarized the details of the ordinance, which permits principal-use billboards in the M-U and C-2 Zoning District, with regulations for size, height, set-back distances, etc. Supervisor Weer asked about the requirement for 24-hour repair for any structural damage to a billboard. By unanimous vote (5-0), the ordinance was adopted.
Public Meeting.Mr. Walker called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. by leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Supervisors John Sarro, Robert F. Weer, Eddie G. Caudill, and Richard P.S. Hannum were also present, as were Solicitor Fronefield Crawford, Jr. and Engineer James W. Hatfield.
Public Comment Period.
Steve Silver, Principal of the Onix Group, spoke about his concerns with lack of enforcement of encroachments onto his property, which is adjacent to the Bank of America construction project. He said that he wants the electric conduit and the curbing, which had been placed along the access drive, to be removed. He also said that he preferred that the sidewalk along the front his property on Schoolhouse Road be installed, pursuant to an agreement with Bank of America and an insurance certificate in the amount of five million dollars in liability coverage.
His attorney, Dick Beck, also requested that the name of the corporate entity on the Land Development Plan be corrected and re-recorded. Mr. Crawford said that that would be done.
Minutes of July 7, 2014. By unanimous vote (4-0, with Mr. Hannum abstaining, because he was not in attendance at the meeting), the minutes were approved, as prepared.
Sewer Bond Refunding.The Township is able to refund certain of the bonds to achieve a lower interest rate, thereby saving several hundred thousand dollars. By unanimous vote (5-0), the Supervisors appointed Robert Baird Bond Underwriter and Lamb McErlane Bond Counsel.
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Hoods BBQ – Establishing Escrow Amount. By unanimous vote (5-0), the Supervisors accepted the engineer’s recommendation of $12,130 for public improvements at the site.
Cocks Minor Subdivision Plan. Jesse Condon, P.E. of Regester Associates represented the request for the separation of a two-acre parcel from the remainder of the tract, leaving approximately 113 acres in the main tract. The property owner will request approval from the easement holder regarding the ability of the property owner to offer additional frontage along Mill Road for an ultimate right-of-way, totaling 25 feet from centerline of the road. By unanimous vote (5-0), the Supervisors approved the waivers requested. In a separate unanimous vote (5-0), the Supervisors approved the subdivision plan, subject to the applicant addressing all of the items raised in the VanDemark & Lynch review letter of July 22, 2014, and with the understanding that the additional right-of-way may not be permitted under the terms of the Chester County easement agreement.
Provo-Pineville – Bank of America. Matt Bush, an engineer from EB Walsh was present to request the release of escrowed funds. By vote of 4-1, with Mr. Caudill opposed, the Supervisors approved the release of $92,464. It was agreed that the Township and Bank of America will continue to work for a resolution of the sidewalk construction, to be installed on the property owned by The Onix Group.
Unionville Community Park.Jim Hatfield presented a list of options for items that could be included in the funding for Phase I of the Park, including a) installation of additional walkway from Route 82, along Firehouse Drive south to the Park entrance, b) additional fencing along that sidewalk, c) landscape trees along the sidewalk, d) extension of walking path from the second wetlands bridge about 300 feet to the west, e) fencing along two sides of the four-acre outparcel. Mr. Hatfield reminded the Board that the Township could spend an additional $130,000 (+/-) on Phase I construction that would be eligible for matching reimbursement funds from the DCNR grant. Mr. Hatfield estimated that the additional work items would fit within this limit, but will need to procure construction costs (change orders) for the additional work. By unanimous vote (5-0), the Supervisors authorized Mr. Hatfield to seek firm amounts for the additional work outlined.
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Building Code Appeals Board.Seven people had expressed an interest in serving on the Appeals Board. By unanimous vote (5-0), the Supervisors appointed a local builder, Richard Basilio, a local engineer, Dean Musser, and a local architect, John Rosecrans. In a second vote of 4-1, with Mr. Caudill opposed, the supervisors appointed a local engineer, Joseph Viscuso and a local building inspector, Richard Hicks, to serve as alternates on the Appeals Board.
Certificate of Appropriateness. Attorney Denise Yarnoff and builder Charles Ginty represented the owners in the request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the garage apartment at 1700 W. Doe Run Road. By unanimous vote (5-0), the Supervisors accepted the recommendation of the Historic and Architectural Review Board in approving the revised building plans, as submitted.
New Computer, Server, and License Contract. By unanimous vote (5-0), the Board approved the purchase of a new server, one new computer and a program license for the operating system for $4274.77.
Bills.By unanimous vote, with each supervisor abstaining on a single item with a perceived conflict of interest, the Supervisors approved the attached list of invoices, with the following totals:
General Fund $65,165.04
Sewer Fund $20,738.00
Unionville Park $36,179.27
State Fund $10,014.32
Treasurer’s Report. By unanimous vote (5-0), the Supervisors accepted the attached report, as prepared.
The public meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m. at which point the supervisors went into executive session with the solicitor to discuss a pending legal matter.
EAST MARLBOROUGH TOWNSHIP
Jane R. Laslo, Manager/Secretary