SCHUYLKILL TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MEETING DATE: May 3, 2017

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

In Attendance

Board of Supervisors

Fred Parry - Chairman, Barbara Cohen – Vice Chair, Martha Majewski – Treasurer, Susan Guerette, Jim Morrisson

Township Administration

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

Other Township Representatives

Mark Donovan-Schuylkill Township Planning Commission, Curt English-Schuylkill Township Planning Commission, Chief James Fetterman-Schuylkill Township Police Department, Evan Taylor – Schuylkill Township Fire Marshall and Fire Chief Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company, Morris Quigg-Schuylkill Township Planning Commission, Jim Shaughnessy-Schuylkill Township Recycling Coordinator

Call to Order

The monthly public business meeting was called to order at 7:33 p.m. with Supervisor Parry leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  The meeting was chaired by Supervisor Parry.    

Supervisor Parry advised the audience that meeting attendees not on the agenda who wished to address the Board of Supervisors will wait to be recognized by the Chair, then proceed to the microphone and identify themselves for the record.  Supervisor Parry further stated that statements to the Board will be limited to 3 minutes and comments by unrecognized persons will not be acknowledged.

Consent Agenda

  1. Approval and acceptance of the Minutes of the April 5, 2017 Board of Supervisors 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 April 2017.

Upon motion by Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township accepted and approved the April 5, 2017 Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting Minutes, and all departmental, committee, commission and council reports as posted and received by the Board of Supervisors for the month of April 2017.

Board Member Reports

PSATS Conference – Supervisor Morrisson gave a brief report on the 2017 PSATS Spring Conference highlighting several topics discussed at the general members’ sessions, i.e., unfunded mandates and PSATS’ advocacy for municipalities in this matter before the legislature, municipal mapping, stormwater MS4 municipal responsibilities and Act 172 2016 tax breaks to fire companies.

Supervisor Parry mentioned several bills currently in the state legislature with which residents may want to become familiar.

Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee (PRPC) – Supervisor Cohen announced a public meeting sponsored by the PRPC on June 22, 2017, 7:00 PM at the Kimberton Fire Company.  The purpose of the meeting is to garner public input on the regional comprehensive plan update.  The regional plan encompasses Schuylkill Township, East Pikeland, Charlestown Township, West Vincent Township and the Borough of Phoenixville.  Supervisor Cohen also mentioned that a plan is being developed for a cross-municipal trail system across the region.

Police – Supervisor Guerette announced that Lt. William Fitzsimmons of the Schuylkill Township Police Department has been accepted to attend the FBI Training Academy. Supervisor Guerette mentioned that the appointment is very prestigious and selective and the township is very proud of the Lieutenant.  The FBI Academy is the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s law enforcement training and research center is located near the town of Quantico, Virginia and it provides training opportunities in leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal and international agencies.

Multimodal Transportation Task Force – Supervisor Majewski reminded residents that the Chester County Planning Commission will be holding a public meeting on May 25, 2017, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Colonial Theater to allow the public to comment on the multimodal transportation plan being developed for the region.

Environmental Advisory Council – Supervisor Majewski reported that two very successful clean-up campaigns had been sponsored by the EAC in April; one at the Maine and Massachusetts monuments in the Medal of Honor Grove at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and the other at the Pickering Preserve on State Road.

Treasurer’s Report and Payment of Bills

Supervisor Majewski, Treasurer, advised the Board that as of April 30, 2017, the Township’s general fund shows a balance of about $4.2 million and township expenses are under budget year to date.  Supervisor Majewski reported that the bills for April 2017 have been reviewed and she recommended payment of these bills. 

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Guerette, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and accepted the Treasurer’s Report for the period ending April 30, 2017 and authorized payment of Township bills for the period ending April 30, 2017.

Announcements

Supervisor Parry announced the following:

May 1 – 5: Annual Township Road Sweeping
May 6: Community Shred Event
May 6: Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company Golf Outing
May 6 & 7:  World War II Weekend
May 16: Municipal Primary Election
May 17: Dog License Inspections by County
2017 Golf for Schuylkill Township Residents at Phoenixville Country Club

Supervisor Cohen invited residents to a free lecture by John Dobbyn, Esq. taking place Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.at the Schuylkill River Heritage Center on the unlawful trade of endangered wild animals.

Supervisor Morrisson questioned the continued lane closure on Valley Park Road.  Ms. Bird, Township Manager, advised that PennDOT is temporarily stabilizing the culvert bridge at this time but at some point the culvert will have to be replaced.

Supervisor Parry asked that all residents take the time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the country’s veterans.

Board Discussion Items

Old Business

Legal Matters

Solicitor Brennan advised the Board that there was nothing to report publically.

New Business

2017 Oil & Chip Work on Certain Township Roads – Advertise Request for Bids:

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and authorized the advertisement of a Request for Bids for the 2017 Oil & Chip work on certain township roads-Creek Road, Clothier Springs Road and Diamond Rock Road.

Resolutions / Ordinances

Advertisement of Certain Proposed Ordinance Amendments

Upon motion by Supervisor Morrisson, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and authorized the advertisement of ordinance amendments for specific sections in Chapter 370 – Zoning, Chapter 320 – Subdivision and the rescinding of Chapter 299 – Soil Erosion, Sedimentation and Grading Control

Advertisement of Proposed Ordinance #2017-03: Disability Benefit for Police Pension Fund.

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and authorized the advertisement of proposed Ordinance #2017-03 amending Ordinance #2003-04 dated August 6, 2003, Disability Benefit for the Police Pension in order to comply with certain benefit provisions that have become mandatory under Act 30 of 2002.

Ordinance #2017-02: Communication Amplification System Ordinance.

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Morrisson, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township does hereby ordain and enact Ordinance #2017-02 establishing minimum regulations applications to Chapter 157-Emergency Communications Systems of the Schuylkill Township Code as recommended by the Chester County Emergency Services.

Resolution #2017-08: Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week Proclamation.

Resolved upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township does hereby proclaim May 15, 2017, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 15 through May 21, 2017, as Police Week, and encourages residents to recognize the positive impact of the Peace Officers in our township, and to thank those who serve with honor and courage.

Subdivision / Land Development

Phoenixville Area School District Early Learning Center – Escrow Release #5

Upon motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and authorized Escrow Release No. 5 for the Phoenixville Area School District Early Learning Center located at 1 Phantom Way, Phoenixville, PA (UPI #27-5D-1) in the amount of seven hundred eighty-three thousand, four hundred twenty-three dollars and thirty-five cents ($783,423.35) as recommended in the Gilmore & Associates, Inc. letter of April 27, 2017 (File No. 13-12010T1).

Phoenixville Area School District Middle School – Escrow Release #4

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and authorized Escrow Release No. 4 for the Phoenixville Area School District Middle School located at 1330 Main Street, Phoenixville, PA (UPI #27-5D-13) in the amount of three hundred seventeen thousand three hundred fifty-seven dollars and sixty-eight cents ($ 317,357.68) as recommended in the Gilmore & Associates, Inc. letter of April 6, 2017 (File No. 09-05070T1).

Additional Business

Nothing to report.

Public Participation

Mr. James Keller – 22 Second Street, presented to the Board his repeated complaints about no playground in his manufactured home community, perceived lack of police patrols and other issues he has with Mr. Andrew Fifer.  Mr. Keller reiterated his opinion regarding emergency services access at the new early learning center and questioned the lack of turn arrows on the light at Pothouse and State Roads.

Mr. Peter Mercuri – President Pickering Glen HOA, addressed the Board with his repeated complaints regarding certain aspects of the Phoenixville Area School (“PASD”) District Early Learning Center building project; specifically the curbing at the intersection of Trotters Drive and Pothouse Road; the trail and easements.  Mr. Mercuri was advised by the Board that the Pickering Glen Homeowners Association had signed an agreement with the PASD regarding these items and the township is not a party to that agreement.  The Board further advised Mr. Mercuri that the aforementioned agreement required that any disputes go to arbitration and advised Mr. Mercuri that if he is dissatisfied with any part of the agreement he should pursue that course with the school

Mr. John Mraz – Meadowbrook Road, asked if the township was aware that construction would be taking place at Route 29 & Pothouse Road on Saturday.

Mr. Edward Brennan – 306 Buckwalter Road, informed the Board that he was informed that a major subdivision would be going in at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (“CCIU”) Technical High School on Charlestown Road and asked if any information was available regarding the project.  Mrs. Bird told Mr. Brennan that the CCIU came before the Schuylkill Township Planning Commission in July 2015 to present a concept sketch plan.  No formal inquiry, proposal, or plan has been submitted to the township.  Supervisor Guerette advised Mr. Brennan that the Board of Supervisors would be looking for public comment and input should any formal plan(s) be submitted to the Board.

Supervisor Parry called for a five minute recess at 8:40 p.m.

Executive Session

An executive session was called to order at 8:45 p.m. upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Majewski and passed. Present were Supervisor Cohen, Supervisor Guerette, Supervisor Majewski, Supervisor Morrisson and Supervisor Parry. Also present were the Township Solicitor, Mr. Brennan, Township Manager, Ms. Bird, and Township Secretary, Mrs. Harbison.  The public meeting resumed at 9:00 p.m. Supervisor Parry reported that litigation and personnel matters had been discussed.

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen seconded by Supervisor Parry, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township authorized and agreed to proceed to arbitration in the Officer Gray police matter.

Adjournment

There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m. upon motion of Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Morrisson, and unanimously agreed by the Board of Supervisors.

Next Board of Supervisors’ Meeting

Board of Supervisors Regular Business Meeting.................. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Madeline Harbison
Township Secretary