SCHUYLKILL TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MEETING DATE: June 5, 2019

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

In Attendance

Board of Supervisors

Martha Majewski – Chair, Fred Parry – Vice Chair, Jim Morrisson – Treasurer, Mark Donovan – Member, Susan Guerette - Member.

Township Administration

William Brennan, Esq.-Township Solicitor, Madeline Harbison – Township Secretary, E.J. Mentry – Township Manager, John Sartor, P.E. – Township Engineer.

Other Township Representatives Present

Rick Beittel, President, Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company, Nicholas Cinciripino, Schuylkill Township Roadmaster, Robert Cooney – Schuylkill Township Open Space Commission, Curt English – Schuylkill Township Planning Commission, James Fetterman-Chief, Schuylkill Township Police Department, Corporal Brian McCarthy – Schuylkill Township Police Department

Appearing before the board

Mr. James Falco - FBW Storage, L.P. d/b/a Stirling Storage

Mr. Michael Sodl, P.E. – Wilkinson Associates & Associates, Inc.

Call to Order

The monthly public business meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was chaired by Supervisor Majewski.  Supervisor Majewski announced that an executive session was held this evening at 6:00 p.m. to discuss litigation matters. 

Consent Agenda

  1. Approval and acceptance of the Minutes of the April 25, 2019 Board of Supervisors Work Session and the May 1, 2019 Regular Business Meeting. 
  2. Acceptance of all departmental, committee, commission and council reports as posted and received by the Board of Supervisors for the month of May 2019.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Donovan, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and accepted the Consent Agenda.

Board Member Reports

Supervisor Morrisson reported that the audit report for the Schuylkill Township 2018 Current Real Estate Taxes and Interim Taxes has been completed.  The tax records are in good shape and no discrepancies or irregularities were found.  Supervisor Morrisson noted that the assessed value of real property in the Township is $771 million.

Treasurer’s Report and Payment of Bills

Supervisor Morrisson, Treasurer, reported to the Board that as of May 31, 2019, the Township’s general fund shows a balance of $3,948,784.33.  Supervisor Morrisson reported that the bills for May 2019 have been reviewed and he recommended payment of these bills. 

Upon motion by Supervisor Morrisson, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and accepted the Treasurer’s Report for the period ending May 31, 2019 and authorized payment of Township bills for the period ending May 31, 2019.

Board Discussion Items

Old Business

Update:  Creek Road YMCA Easement

Mr. Mentry advised the Board that the agreement is still in the review process and requested that this agenda item be tabled to the July 3, 2019 Board of Supervisors meeting.  The Board concurred.

Update:  Route 23 Sidewalk Project Grant Applications – CMAQ/McMahon & MTF/Gilmore

Mr. Mentry reported that the Township, with Gilmore & Associate’s assistance, is moving forward with the Multimodal Transportation Fund (“MTF”) grant application.  The application is due at the end of July.  Mr. Mentry informed the Board that upon further consideration and consultation with McMahon Associates and the DVRPC, the consensus was that because it is a federal grant with consideration restrictions and could require significant design changes, it is not the right time to move forward with the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality  (“CMAQ”) grant.  Mr. Mentry said the Board may wish to revisit this grant program next year.  The Board concurred.

New Business

Municipal Garage Construction Project

Mr. Mentry summarized the background of the garage project, noting that $70,000.00 had been budgeted for the project – engineering about $25,000 and construction.  He reported that the bids solicited via PennBid were received last week with the lowest bid being $108,428.00. 

Dutchman Contracting LLC............................ $ 108,428.00
LA Building Contractors, Inc........................... $ 133,000.00
Amric Construction, Inc................................... $ 143,641.00

Mr. Mentry advised the Board that both he and Mr. Cinciripino are of the opinion that the bids are much higher than the Township anticipated spending this year and the best option may be to postpone this project to next year.  Mr. Mentry reminded the Board that it has the option to either award the lowest bid or reject all the bids.  Discussion ensued regarding the garage project.

Upon motion by Supervisor Guerette, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township unilaterally rejected all bids received for the Schuylkill Township Road Department Garage Project.

Resolutions / Ordinances

Nothing to report.

Subdivision / Land Development

Discussion: Request for Waiver from SALDO Article V. §320-23 Alleys, driveways and parking areas. C. (1)(a). Stirling Storage, 305 Kimberton Road UPI#27-2-81

The Board recognized Mr. Sodl, project engineer for Stirling Storage.  Mr. Sodl advised the Board that the construction of the 2nd phase of the Stirling Storage facility was completed over the winter.  On April 24, 2019, an inspection of the constructed paving was performed by the Township Engineer at which time a discussion was held regarding the possibility of a waiver from installing the wearing course layer on the paving.  Mr. Sodl said that per the Township Engineer’s recommendation, a paving core sample program was conducted, and the results forwarded to the Township Engineer in May of 2019; said results showing an as-built pavement section with a higher structural number than the minimum ordinance section.  Mr. Sodl said the Township Engineer indicated agreement with the structural analysis in an email dated May 20, 2019, apart from a few areas of rutting in the parking area; noting that these should be repaired.  Mr. Sodl said the developer is agreeable to making these repairs and requested that the Board consider the granting of the requested waiver from the final wearing course paving requirement.  Discussion ensued regarding the paving requirements.

Upon motion by Supervisor Morrisson, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and granted a Waiver from SALDO Article V. §320-23 Alleys, driveways and parking areas. C. (1)(a). – final wearing course pavement requirement for the Stirling Storage site located at 305 Kimberton Road UPI#27-2-81.

Mr. Falco, owner of Stirling Storage, thanked the Board for the Township’s assistance over the years and commended the Township staff for their support.

Additional Business

Agendas for the May Board of Supervisors Work Session

  • Thursday June 27, 2019 7:00 p.m. – Continued discussion on May agenda items.

Chester County Tax Lien Exoneration

Upon motion by Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Donovan, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and authorized the removal of tax liens on Parcel ID 2702 0093040T in the amount of forty-two dollars and twenty cents ($42.20) for the years 2017 and 2018 and on Parcel ID 2705H0045036T in the amount of two hundred eighty dollars and fifty-one cents ($280.51) for the tax years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.2016 and 2017.

Announcements

Wednesday, June 12.... Free Concert MOH Grove – Irish Thunder Pipes & Drums.  Visit www.friendsmohgrove.org/events  for details

Thursday, June 13....... Open Space Commission meeting – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 13....... Chester County Town Tours & Village Walks begin.  Brochures available in the lobby or visit the Chester County Historic Resources website.

Saturday, June 15........ Monthly grooming of the Grove.  Email contact@friendsmohgrove.org for details.

Tuesday, June 18........ Stop the Bleed Training/ Fire Company Main Station 6 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18........ Continued Zoning Hearing 1695 Knob Lane/ Detached Garage 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 20....... Schuylkill Twp History in 10 Waterways Presentation 7:30 p.m. Phoenixville Country Club

Supervisor Majewski shared with residents the news of the passing of a long-standing member of the Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company’s Fire Police, Mr. Thomas Cole.

Public Comment

Mr. Steven Schumacher, 101 Forge Hill Lane, addressed the Board regarding a problem with a loose dog in his neighborhood which has physically attacked several people in their yards or while they were out walking.  Mr. Schumacher said the dog belongs to a resident of the neighborhood who cannot or will not keep the dog confined.  Mr. Schumacher said that a severe attack by the dog took place on the evening of Friday, May 31, 2019 and requested that the Board take immediate action to prevent any further harm being done by this dog.

Ms. Molly Carroll, 121 Pennsylvania Avenue, Phoenixville, relayed to the Board the circumstances of an attack on her and her 5-year old daughter made while she was visiting her parents at 116 Flintlock Lane the evening of Friday, May 31, 2019.  Ms. Carroll said that the dog approached her and her daughter on the street where they were walking and, without provocation, leapt up and bit her in her face.  Ms. Carroll said the attack continued while she was trying to hold her daughter up out of harm’s way and make her way back to her parents’ house.  When the Schuylkill Township Police responded to the 9-1-1 calls, they discovered that Ms.  Carroll had sustained serious wounds on her face and torso which required emergency hospital care.

A number of additional residents of the neighborhood recounted their encounters with this particular dog and how they cannot use their yards, collect their mail, or take a walk without fear of being mauled.

The Board asked Chief Fetterman for a report on the situation.  The Chief and Corporal McCarthy advised the Board that the dog was immediately placed in a quarantine facility.  This quarantine is in effect for a minimum of 10 days but may be extended.  Chief Fetterman said his department is moving to have a dangerous dog designation put in place for this animal which will be determined during a hearing in Chester County Court.  Corporal McCarthy advised all the residents to attend the hearing.  The residents asked if they could be kept informed of the investigation’s progress.  Corporal McCarthy and Chief Fetterman agreed to do so and asked residents to provide their email addresses.

Adjournment

There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m. upon motion of Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Donovan, and unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township.

Next Board of Supervisors’ Meeting

Board of Supervisors Work Session................................... Thursday June 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Board of Supervisors Regular Business Meeting................. Wednesday July 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Madeline Harbison
Township Secretary