EAST MARLBOROUGH TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Meeting of the Board – September 10, 2018
Chairman Richard Hannum, Jr. called the public meeting to Order at 7:00p.m. Those in attendance included: Supervisors John Sarro, Christine Kimmel, Julia Lacy, Robert McKinstry, Attorney Ross Unruh,as well as Planning Commission Chairman Cuyler Walker.
Pledge of Alliance and Public Comment Period. No public comments.
Approval of Minutes. The Supervisors voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the minutes for the August 6thmeeting.
Longwood Preserve Escrow Release #2. Based on the recommendation of Engineer Jim Hatfield an escrow release was requested in the amount of $224,445.08. The amount included $217,278.65 for construction and $7,166.43 for inspections. Mr. Hatfield briefed the Supervisors on an ongoing situation regarding silt leaving the construction site in spite of the fact that all required sediment control measures are in place. Mr. McKinstry motioned to approve this escrow release with the provision that if there are problems downstream there may be a need to adjust the escrow schedule. The Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the release.
Final Plan Approval request for Northridge Development. Supervisor McKinstry stated that he was not in favor of granting final plan approval at this point. He said the Township’s Landscape Planners comments had been repeatedly ignored and the plan didn’t reflect what was required by the Conditional Use Order and the Zoning Ordinance. He stated without a revised plan and a clean review letter from the township consultants the Board of Supervisors can’t review the plan for final approval.
Attorney Mike Gavin represented the project and disputed the fact that they had ignored recommendations and stated that they met with the Chairman of the Planning Commission Cuyler Walker and Landscape Planner Lisa Thomas on Friday, August 31st to determine what needed to be added in order to comply with the Order and Zoning. He said the applicant agreed to adjust the plan to show the quantities and types of planting that are required. He also said the applicant had received a recommendation from Preliminary Plan approval from the Planning Commission with the condition that they meet all of the requirements to the satisfaction of the Landscape Planner.
Developer Doug White appealed to the Supervisors to conditionally approve the final plan and reiterated they would meet the requirements to the satisfaction of the Landscape Planner.
Planning Commission Chairman Walker said the meeting between Doug White, Mike Gavin and Lisa Thomas and himself was productive and that Mr. White would agree to the quantities and types of plants would be determined by Lisa Thomas so the plan would comply with the Conditional Use Order and the Zoning Ordinance.
Mr. McKinstry stated that while the Supervisors rely on the Township Consultants, the decision to grant approval rests with the Board of Supervisors and he wasn’t willing to make that decision without complete final plan.
Mr. Hatfield statedthat are two outstanding issues including the amount that Mr. White would contribute to the Township to offset the loss of Liquid Fuels money from the state. Mr. White agreed to contribute $31,666 which would be escrowed for future maintenance on the roads. The other issue is whether a waiver is needed for the distance between the street trees which on the plan is less than 60’ in some areas. Mr. White agreed to place the trees based on Lisa Thomas’ input to comply with the Ordinance.
Mr. Hannum stated that he felt Mr. McKinstry’s reasoning was sound and thought it was important to have a clean review letter and a completed plan. He stated it would be appropriate for the Supervisors to consider the application at the meeting on October 1.
Longwood Funeral Home Expansion. Ken Hoffman with Gilmore & Associates represented the business owner, Matt Genereaux. He asked the Supervisors to make a modification to the Conditional Use Order that was issued in 2004. The modification would allow Longwood Funeral Home to put on an addition of no more than 1,300 square feet to their current building. Mr. Hoffman stated that the Order required Board of Supervisors approval for any modification to the building. He confirmed that with the addition the site would remain under the 55%impervious coverage allowance. He also stated they would use the simplified storm water management process to manage the additional run-off.
The Supervisors voted 5-0 to make a modification of Condition #2 in the Conditional Use Order dated July 27, 2004 which would allow an addition to the existing building not to exceed a total square footage of 3,800 in rough conformance with the exhibit presented (dated 8/29/2018) and consistent with Township Zoning requirements.
Presentation of the Municipal Minimum Obligation (MMO). Manager Prysock provided the Supervisors with the MMO worksheet which predicts the amount of money the township will need to contribute to the cover the current and retired employee’s pension. The amounts for 2019 are projected to be $34,524.15 for the Police Pension Plan and $49,828.10 for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan.
Resolution 2018-15. The Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve Resolution 2018-15 for the Land Development Planning Module for the Northridge Development.
Bills. By a vote of 5-0 the Supervisors approved payment of invoice with the following totals: Ms. Lacy is on record to recuse herself for the vote on the URS & AE Com invoices due to a conflict.
General Fund: $398,841.95
Payroll: $ 54,714.89
Sewer Fund: $21,715.79
Park Fund: $ 341.90
Treasurer’s Report. By a vote of 5-0 the Treasurer’s Report was accepted as submitted.
Remarks from Supervisor Kimmel. Mrs. Kimmel expressed her thanks as this was her last meeting as a Supervisor.
Public Comment. Resident Joe Benti asked the Supervisors for assistance to deal with a neighbor who is parking a 18-wheel vehicle on a residential property in Unionville. Mr. Benti said they truck was carrying oil and he thought it shouldn’t be allowed. Manager Prysock updated the Supervisors on the situation and reported that Zoning Officer Charlie Shock had been working on the matter and had already issued a zoning violation letter to the property owners.
The Supervisors voted 5-0 on Resolution 2018-16 to authorize the Township Solicitor to take such enforcement actions as authorized under law to address the issue.
The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
Laurie Prysock, Township Manager
EAST MARLBOROUGH TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
AGENDA – September 10 – 7:00 P.M.
Subject to change
1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
2. Public Comment Period
3. Approval of Minutes of August 6, 2018
4. Longwood Preserve Escrow Release
5. Northridge/Doug White Final Plan Review
6. Longwood Funeral Home Request for Modification of Conditional Use Order
7. Presentation of the MMO
8. Resolution 2018-15 New Land Development Plan for Northridge
10. Treasurer’s Report
Note: There will be an executive session immediately following the public meeting to review a personnel matter