MEETING DATE: July 26, 2018 -- Work Session

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The Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors held their regular monthly public work session meeting on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:30pm.  This is an informal meeting to discuss township related business with the public, without making any motions or voting on any discussed items.  Martha Majewski, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.  In attendance were Board of Supervisors members Fred Parry, Jim Morrisson, Susan Guerette, Mark Donovan, and Township Engineer, John Sartor P.E. The Township Solicitor was excused from this work session.  Supervisor Majewski chaired the meeting.

Supervisor Majewski announced that an executive session was held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to discuss legal matters.

Zoning Ordinance & SALDO Review: Ms. Majewski briefly recounted the reason the review was requested; that being the titles and associated responsibilities noted in Chapters 320 SALDO and 370 Zoning Ordinance were not clear and/or in line with standard township practices.  Ms. Majewski noted that at the June 6, 2018 Board meeting, the Supervisors instructed the Township Engineer to complete the review and correction of titles and processes in the  SALDO and Zoning Ordinance and invited the Township Engineer to go over the suggested edits.  Mr. Sartor, Township Engineer, commenced with SALDO Chapter 320-13 and advised the Board that his recommendation was no changes were required in this section; that the waiver requests are referred to the Planning Commission and Township Engineer for review and advisory comments.  Mr. Sartor also recommended no change to SALDO Chapter 320-57 as the text has been take verbatim from the Municipal Planning Code.  Regarding the Zoning Ordinance review, the Township Engineer is recommending certain title and/or responsibility changes to Chapter 370-60 A., B., C., D., and E.(1),  E.(2); Chapter 370-63 A., B., C., D., & E.; Chapter 370-64 A., B., C., D., & E.; Chapter 370-64 B.; Chapter 370-73 F.(2)(a), & F.(5)(c); Chapter 370-184 C.; and Chapter 370-191.

Paul Lemen Drive Stormwater Issues – Mr. Sartor, Township Engineer, presented to the Board a preliminary design alternative to address the erosion and subsidence issues engendered by stormwater runoff on certain portions of Paul Lemen Drive.  The preliminary design calls for improvements to be made to the upstream and downstream culvert locations including enlarging the culvert diameters, installation of gabion baskets and retaining walls as well as drop manholes and riprap aprons. Mr. Sartor’s outline of the plan is incorporated herein by reference.  The preliminary estimated cost is about $95,000, excluding surveys, design & construction plans and management services, easement acquisitions and other “soft” costs.  Discussion ensued regarding various aspects of the construction process.  It was the consensus of the Board that the improvements presented by the Township Engineer were reasonable and necessary and that the project would be included in the 2019 budget.

Natural Lands (“NL”) Land Use Ordinance Review – Mr. Morrisson advised the Board that the Natural Lands ordinance review proposal has been signed by both the Township and NL so the project can move forward.  Mr. Morrisson said NL has advised that a township review committee be set up and his recommendation that this committee consist of 2 Planning Commission members, 2 Open Space Commission members, 2 Environmental Advisory Council members, 1 or 2 Supervisors and the NL representatives.  Ms. Guerette said she would prefer that the entire Board of Supervisors take part and that the committee sessions should take place as public meetings.  It was suggested that these land use review committee sessions be scheduled for the Board’s monthly work sessions on the 4th Thursday of each month.  The Board requested that Mr. Morrisson present this proposed meeting schedule to NL and report back at the August 1, 2018 Board meeting.

Building Inspection & Code Enforcement Services – The Board discussed the termination of services letter presented to the Township by Keystone Municipal Services and the need for a replacement third-party consultant to provide building inspection, plan review and code enforcement services.  The Township Secretary will draw up a draft Request for Qualifications package for the Board’s review at the August 1, 2018 meeting.

Landscapes 3 – there being no Planning Commission members present as expected, the Board briefly discussed the Landscapes 3 map designations for Schuylkill Township; those being Growth Areas (Urban Center, Suburban Center, Rural Center, and Suburban); Resource Areas (Rural, Agriculture) and Other Features (Protected Open Space).  Mr. Curt English, Planning Commission member had previously submitted to the Board his thoughts on how these designations should apply to Schuylkill Township along with a redrawn map.  Mr. Morrisson also reclassified some areas of the Township and provided his version of the Landscapes 3 map to the Board.  Discussion ensued regarding the two suggested maps focusing on the classification of certain developments on the western end of the township as “Urban”; designation of the Route 23 corridor as “Urban” and a certain property on the northern boundary of the township as “Rural.”  Mr. Morrisson was tasked with incorporating the results of the discussion into a new map to be reviewed at the August 1, 2018 Board meeting for possible submission to the Chester County Planning Commission Landscapes 3 project.  Supervisor Guerette requested that the Township Solicitor prepare a codicil to the map indicating that the Landscapes 3 designations were in no way binding to the Township for any particular type of development in designated areas.

Mr. Bill Micklow 762 Pickering Lane, addressed the Board on his concerns regarding stormwater runoff and maintenance responsibility for the stormwater drainage swale in the backyard of his and neighboring properties.  The Board advised Mr. Micklow to bring his concerns to the August 1, 2018 Supervisors’ meeting and that in the meantime, a letter outlining maintenance responsibility would be sent to the affected property owners.

With no further items to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

The working session meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of every month, at 7:30 pm.  The next working session meeting will be Thursday August 23, at 7:30 pm in the Township Hall.

Respectfully Submitted,

Madeline Harbison
Township Secretary