PALMER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
A general business meeting of the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors was held on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Palmer Library with four Supervisors in attendance: Dave Colver, Bob Lammi, Ann-Marie Panella and Bob Smith. Mike Mitchell was absent. Also in attendance were the Township Manager, Public Services Director, Police Chief and Township Solicitor. Chairman Colver convened the meeting and led those present in the Pledge to the Flag.
2. APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS NOVEMBER 16, 2009
The report will be provided at the meeting.
On motion by Smith, seconded by Panella, and agreed by all, the Board approved the disbursement of funds for November 16, 2009.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – NOVEMBER 2, 2009
On motion by Lammi, seconded by Smith, and agreed by all, the Board approved the minutes of November 2, 2009.
4. TOWER ONE PROPOSED LOCATIONS AND AGREEMENT APPROVAL
The Board needs to approve/disapprove the proposed tower locations and agreement.
Larry Romanowski, Principal and Nicholas Pullen, Partner of Tower One were in attendance. Colver reviewed that they were before the Board a few meetings ago and we reviewed their proposal and asked them to return with the proposed sites for the towers.
Romanowski thanked Tom Adams, the township
Public Services Director, for giving them a tour of the township. Romanowski said they identified five sites
within the township: the municipal
complex, community center, recycling center, fire station #2 and the yard waste
Frank Farraina asked the board why they are wasting time putting something on public land. Colver reviewed the prior meeting discussions where it will allow the township to control where the towers get placed and it will also generate revenue for the township. Ferraina said he doesn’t believe the Board should let public land be used for private use.
5. LOCAL SERVICES TAX ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
The Board needs to approve/disapprove the local services tax ordinance amendment.
On motion by Panella, seconded by Smith, and agreed by all, the Board approved the amendment to the Local Services Tax ordinance.
6. STREET LIGHT RESOLUTION
obsolete and malfunctioning 250 watt mercury vapor street light at the corner
motion by Lammi, seconded by Smith, and agreed by all, the Board approved the
street light resolution for upgrade to the light at
7. FIRE TRUCK BID AWARD
Bid information will be distributed to the Board at the meeting. The Board needs to approve/disapprove the bid awards.
Colver said a few months ago we discussed the bidding process for a new fire truck. Final payment for the latest truck we purchased was made in 2009 and with changes coming related to new engines in 2010 the Board agreed to allow the department to go out to bid in 2009. Colver said a single bid was received on Friday from Pierce Manufacturing in the amount of $559,479.00. Lammi asked what we will be replacing. Delmar Grube, Fire Commissioner, said it was a 1989 Ford. Colver said $475,000 is the number that would be paid by the township and the fireman’s relief association will cover the rest of the cost. Colver said he looked into a loan for that amount and it comes to an approximate $78,000 annual payment. Colver said there is also a credit of $7,000 for making a large payment up front that is worth considering. Bruno recommended the bid be awarded conditioned upon the approval of the purchase of the new fire truck in the 2010 budget.
On motion by Colver, seconded by Lammi, and agreed by all, the Board awarded the bid to the sole bidder, Pierce Manufacturing, Inc., in the amount of $559,479.00, contingent upon the Board approving the new fire truck purchase in the 2010 budget.
8. PUBLIC COMMENT
Carol-Lee Parr, 3510 Nazareth Road, said when Gary Strausser wanted the land across from her home to be rezoned we formed a committee against him. Parr said she was the secretary of that group and at that time the land was rezoned residential/commercial. Parr said at the zoning hearing board meeting they said it is zoned business/commercial. Parr said it is not. Lammi said those two options couldn’t combine together. The Board at that time voted to change it from business to commercial but we never combine commercial with residential. Colver said your side of the street is zoned residential and at a later date there was an overlay district put into effect for Route 248. Colver said, for example, if you sold your home to a doctor they could go through a process to change your home to an office use. The change on the other side of the street was to change the zoning from industrial to commercial use. Parr asked if this Board would allow a Sheetz, CVS, etc. on that property. Colver said those uses are allowed in that zoning district. Parr asked who on this Board will approve this proposal. Colver said Mr. Strausser has to submit plans on the project and this Board cannot make any kind of decision without reviewing a plan and working out a lot of issues. Colver said the process also needs to get through zoning and then the Planning Commission before it gets to the Board of Supervisors. Parr said she doesn’t understand why they want to face the signs on their property toward our homes. Lammi said they rejected the sign on the canopy banner that is usually at a Sheetz location. Lammi recommended Ms. Parr attend the Planning Commission meetings to express her concerns. Parr said the Morning Call talked about three proposals – one indicated a turn around loop. Parr asked if the Board knew if they wanted to take their homes. Lammi said he saw a sketch plan but nothing included any kind of loop. Parr said she would like to see Mr. Strausser build this across from his home. Colver suggested Ms. Parr call the township Planning Director and make an appointment to review the sketch plan for the project.
· Bruno had one real estate item for executive session.
Public Services Director
· Smith said the football season ended and the varsity team won the championship. Smith added basketball practice has started.
· Lammi said he put graphs showing comparisons from 2008 vs. 2009 on how we are doing with township recycling on the website. We are running about the same as we have in the past for waste recycling. Lammi said from a curbside recycling standpoint we are doing terribly. The recycling center is doing better but it doesn’t make up for the decline in curbside recycling. Lammi said when we start to look forward to the next contract we need to do something to help these numbers.
· Colver said a few years back we received a request from the Chrin Landfill for letters of support from users of the landfill. Colver said he received another request from Chrin today because they are going through the process to renew their permit. A public hearing is scheduled for December and they are asking local municipalities for letters of support. The Board agreed to send a letter of support. On motion by Colver, seconded by Lammi, and agreed by all, the Board agreed to have the Township Manager draft a letter of support for the Chairman’s signature.
On motion by Smith, seconded by Panella, and agreed by all, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m. with one real estate item for executive session.
Robert G. Anckaitis