SCHUYLKILL TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MEETING DATE: January 3, 2017 -- Reorganization Meeting

Duly advertised in The Pottstown Mercury and posted at www.schuylkilltwp.com

Board of Supervisors Members Present

Barbara Cohen, Susan Guerette, Martha Majewski, Jim Morrisson, Fred Parry

Also Present

Mary Bird – Township Manager, William Brennan, Esq.-Township Solicitor, Madeline Harbison-Township Secretary, Mary Lou Lowrie, P.E. – Township Engineer

Township Representatives Present

Nicholas Cinciripino-Schuylkill Township Roadmaster, Curt English-Schuylkill Township Planning Commission, Chief James Fetterman-Schuylkill Township Police Department, Fred Honigman-Schuylkill Township Emergency Management Coordinator, Evan Taylor – Schuylkill Township Fire Marshall and Fire Chief, Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company, James Shaughnessey-Schuylkill Township Recycling Coordinator, Morris Quigg-Schuylkill Township Planning Commission

Call to Order

The 2017 re-organization meeting of the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with Supervisor Parry leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Appointment – Temporary Chairman

Mr. Brennan was appointed as temporary Chairman of the meeting to accept nominations for the 2017 Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.  Mr. Brennan called for nominations for Chairman of the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors.

Appointment - Chairman

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Majewski and unanimously passed, Supervisor Parry was appointed as Chair of the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors for 2017.

Mr. Brennan relinquished the Chair to Supervisor Parry at this time.

Appointment – Vice Chair

Upon motion by Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Guerette, and unanimously passed, Supervisor Cohen was appointed as Vice Chair of the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors for 2017.

Appointment - Treasurer

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, Supervisor Majewski was appointed as Treasurer of the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors for 2017.

  1. Upon motion by Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Schuylkill Township Treasurer’s Bond was set at $2,000,000.00 (two million dollars) for 2017, with the cost of the bond to be paid by the Township.
  2. Upon motion by Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors stipulated that the Treasurer serve without compensation for the year 2017.

Other Appointments

Upon motion by Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, Madeline Harbison was re-appointed as Schuylkill Township Secretary and Mary Bird was re-appointed as Schuylkill Township Manager for 2017.

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, Jim Morrisson was re-appointed as Schuylkill Township Zoning Committee Chair for 2017.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the following Schuylkill Township appointments were made for 2017.

  • Supervisor Morrisson as Ordinance Committee Chair, Planning Commission Liaison, Open Space Commission Liaison, and alternate Regional Planning Committee Liaison
  • Supervisor Guerette as Police Committee Chair and Fire Committee Vice Chair
  • Supervisor Parry as Police Committee Vice Chair,  Fire Committee Chair, township Administration Liaison, Phoenixville Area School District Liaison
  • Supervisor Cohen as Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee Liaison
  • Supervisor Majewski as Tax Collection Liaison

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Guerette, and unanimously passed, Supervisor Majewski was re-appointed as Schuylkill Township Environmental Advisory Council Liaison for 2017.

Supervisor Parry moved to nominate himself as Emergency Declaration Officer.  Supervisor Morrisson stated that there may be a procedural conflict in that if the Emergency Declaration Officer is unable to perform his/her duty, it devolves to the Chair of the Board of Supervisors.  As a point of order, no second was made on the emergency declaration officer nomination.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Morrisson, and passed, with Supervisor Cohen dissenting. Supervisor Guerette was appointed as Schuylkill Township Historical Commission Liaison for 2017

Supervisor Parry nominated himself as the Phoenixville Area School District Liaison.  Supervisor Majewski seconded.  Supervisor Cohen indicated her interest in the school district liaison appointment.  Supervisor Parry suggested that Supervisor Cohen become the alternate school district liaison.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, Supervisor Parry was appointed as the 2017 Schuylkill Township Phoenixville Area School District Liaison.

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Morrisson, and unanimously passed, the position of alternate Phoenixville Area School District Liaison was duly created for 2017.

Upon motion by Supervisor Guerette, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and passed, with Supervisor Parry dissenting, Supervisor Cohen was named as the 2017 alternate Phoenixville Area School District Liaison.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, Fred Honigman was appointed as Emergency Management Coordinator for 2017.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the following Schuylkill Township appointments were made for 2017.

  • Moujon Toloubadei as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Sandra Henzie as Vacancy Board Chair
  • Supervisor Morrisson as Deer Committee Chair
  • Jim Shaughnessy as Schuylkill Township Recycling Coordinator and Chester County Solid Waste Committee Representative

Appointments to Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Councils

Planning Commission

No appointments were made to the Planning Commission.

Members of the Schuylkill Township Planning Commission for 2017 are:

  • Michael Bauer..................................... Term Expires January 2020
  • Curt English....................................... Term Expires January 2018
  • Morris Quigg...................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Eric Rahe............................................ Term Expires January 2020
  • James Reading.................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Vacancy.............................................. Term Expires January 2018
  • Vacancy.............................................. Term Expires January 2021

Zoning Hearing Board

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Parry and unanimously passed, Jim Lombardi was re-appointed to the Schuylkill Township Zoning Hearing Board for a three-year term to expire January 2020.

Members of the Schuylkill Township Zoning Hearing Board for 2017 are:

  • Sean Dempsey.................................... Term Expires January 2018
  • Uday Patankar.................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Jim Lombardi...................................... Term Expires January 2020
  • Vacancy 1st Alternate.......................... Term Expires January 2018
  • Vacancy 2nd Alternate........................ Term Expires January 2019

Environmental Advisory Council

Upon motion by Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Cohen and unanimously passed, Stephen Kunz was re-appointed to the Schuylkill Township Environmental Advisory Council for a three-year term to expire January 2020.

Members of the Schuylkill Township Environmental Advisory Council for 2017 are:

  • Earl Cram........................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Michelle Garg..................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Mary Ellen Heisey.............................. Term Expires January 2019
  • Tom Heisey........................................ Term Expires January 2018
  • Steve Kunz......................................... Term Expires January 2020
  • Jerry O’Dell........................................ Term Expires January 2018
  • Vacancy-Associate Member................ Term Expires January 2018

Historical Commission

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, Dorothy Bedford and John Gregory were re-appointed to the Schuylkill Township Historical Commission for a three-year term to expire January 2020.

Members of the Schuylkill Township Historical Commission for 2017 are:

  • Dorothy Bedford................................ Term Expires January 2020
  • Dianne Cram...................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • John Gregory...................................... Term Expires January 2020
  • Kahlil Hihi.......................................... Term Expires January 2018
  • David Kiefer....................................... Term Expires January 2018
  • Sandy Momyer.................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Jay Stearly........................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Virginia Stearly................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Vacancy-Alternate Member................ Term Expires January 2020

Open Space Commission

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen seconded by Supervisor Majewski and unanimously passed, Bereth Graeff was re-appointed to the Schuylkill Township Open Space Commission for a three-year term to expire January 2020.

Members of the Schuylkill Township Open Space Commission for 2017 are:

  • Robert Cooney................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Bereth Graeff...................................... Term Expires January 2020
  • Robert Kahn....................................... Term Expires January 2018
  • Robert Mauch..................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Julie Wenger....................................... Term Expires January 2018
  • Bud Emig-Alternate........................... Term Expires January 2019

Valley Forge Sewer Authority

No appointments were made to the Valley Forge Sewer Authority Joint Board.

Schuylkill Township Members on the Valley Forge Sewer Authority Joint Board for 2017 are:

  • Daniel Reese....................................... Term Expires January 2019
  • Norman Vutz..................................... Term Expires January 2020

Administrative Appointments

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the following administrative appointments were made for 2017, or until such time as amended by the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors

  • Valley Forge Sewer Authority Joint Board Liaison...... Supervisor Barbara Cohen
  • Tax Hearing Officer................................................... Keystone Collections Group
  • Prime Depository....................................................... BB&T Bank
  • Independent Certified Public Accountant................... Barbacane Thornton & Co., LLC
  • Township Engineer.................................................... Gilmore & Associates, Inc., John Sartor, P.E.
  • Township Solicitor..................................................... Butera, Beausang, Cohen & Brennan, William J. Brennan, Esq.
  • Township Roadmaster................................................ Nicholas J. Cinciripino
  • Township Zoning Administration Officer.................. Kimberly J. Yocom-Garcia
  • Township Code Enforcement Officer........................ Keystone Municipal Services, LLC
  • Township Fire Marshal............................................... Evan Taylor
  • Township Deputy Fire Marshals................................. Jason Cole & Raphael Henin
  • Fire Police Captain..................................................... Thomas Cole

Meeting Dates, Holidays and Other Business

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Parry, and unanimously passed, the official meeting date for Board of Supervisors meetings in 2017 shall be the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Schuylkill Township Hall, 111 Valley Park Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460 except if such date falls on an official federal holiday in which case the Board will meet on the day following such holiday unless otherwise advertised.

Upon motion by Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board set and approved for advertising the following as regular meeting dates in 2017 with all meetings taking place at the Schuylkill Township Hall, 111 Valley Park Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460 unless otherwise advertised.

  • Board of Supervisors – first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. except if such date falls on a holiday; the Board will meet on a day following such holiday unless otherwise advertised.
  • Planning Commission – third Wednesday of the month at 8:00 p.m. except for August when no meeting will be held.
  • Zoning Hearing Board – second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. as required.
  • Historical Commission – third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. except for January and February when the meeting will be held on the fourth Monday, at 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively.
  • Environmental Advisory Council – fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. except for December when no meeting will be held.
  • Open Space Commission – last Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. except for May and December when no meeting will be held and June when the meeting will be on the third Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee – last Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. except for December when the meeting no meeting will be held.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Schuylkill Township mileage reimbursement rate was set to follow the Internal Revenue Service’s standard mileage rate of $0.535 per mile for the year 2017.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the

Board of Supervisors approved the official 2017 Schuylkill Township holiday schedule for Township non-uniformed personnel.

2017 Schuylkill Township Holiday Schedule

Monday

January 2

New Year’s Day

Monday

January 16

Martin Luther King Day

Monday

February 20

Presidents’ Birthday

Monday

May 29

Memorial Day

Tuesday

July 4

Independence Day

Monday

September 4

Labor Day

Monday

October 9

Columbus Day

Thursday

November 23

Thanksgiving Day

Friday

November 24

Day after Thanksgiving

Monday

December 25

Christmas Day

Admin & Roads employee choice w/manager approval

Day before OR Day after Christmas

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors approved the list of Annual Activities of the Valley Forge Volunteer Fire

Company for the year 2017.

Resolutions

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors approved and adopted Resolution No. 2017-01 designating the Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company to provide fire protection to Schuylkill Township for the year 2017.

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Parry, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors approved and adopted Resolution No. 2017-02 Township Fee Schedule until such time as amended by the Board of Supervisors.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors approved and adopted Resolution No. 2017-03 Disposition of Township Records.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors approved and adopted Resolution No. 2017-04 Affirmation of Code of Conduct for Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township.

Adjournment

The re-organization meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m. upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed.

Next Board of Supervisors’ Meeting

Board of Supervisors Regular Business Meeting............... immediately following Re-Organization

Board of Supervisors Regular Business Meeting............................... Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Respectfully submitted,

Madeline Harbison
Township Secretary