SCHUYLKILL TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MEETING DATE: October 4, 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, John Sartor, P.E., Township Engineer

Other Township Representatives Present

Nicholas Cinciripino-Schuylkill Township Roadmaster, Mark Donovan-Schuylkill Township Planning Commission, Curt English-Schuylkill Township Planning Commission, Chief James Fetterman-Schuylkill Township Police Department.

Call to Order

The monthly public business meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. with Supervisor Parry leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  The meeting was chaired by Supervisor Parry.  Supervisor Parry advised attendees that the meeting was being videotaped by the township and asked that anyone else recording the meeting make it know to the public.    

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 September 6, 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 September 2017.

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and accepted the September 4, 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 September 2017.

Board Member Reports

Planning Commission – Supervisor Morrisson stated that the University of Valley Forge along with the Endeavor Group presented concept plan #3 for the former National Christian Conference Center property. He advised that the concept presented showed more open space and fewer homes. The developer is working on a draft zoning amendment proposal for the Township’s consideration.

Open Space Commission – Supervisor Morrisson stated that the commission continues to do outreach to property owners regarding potential open space preservation opportunities.

Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee (PRPC) – Supervisor Morrisson advised that the committee continues to march forward with the revision of the Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan and 2018 Budget.

Historic Commission – Supervisor Guerette stated that the commission had a successful cleanup day with the Phoenixville Area School District at the Meadowbrook house on September 23. 

Multi-Model Steering Committee – Supervisor Majewski advised that at the September 29 meeting hosted by the Township the committee reviewed the results of the May 2017 public meeting. Chester County Planning Commission representatives at the meeting asked that the municipalities in attendance prioritize those comments. Supervisor Majewski stated that the process is being handled by the Chester County Planning Commission.

Environmental Advisory Council – Supervisor Majewski stated that the EAC had a table set up at the Green Festival held on September 30 in the Borough of Phoenixville. She stated that the event was well attended. She advised that the EAC’s attendance at the festival adds to education credits with the Township MS4 program. Supervisor Majewski reported that the EAC received interest from about 10 people who would like to volunteer for EAC township cleanup projects. She advised that Mr. Jerry O’Dell, Chairman of the EAC who has been a council member since April 2008 will be resigning at the end of the year. Adopt-A-Highway cleanup is on Saturday, November 18 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am on Valley Forge Road. The Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Police will be providing traffic control.

Treasurer’s Report and Payment of Bills

Supervisor Majewski, Treasurer, advised the Board that as of September 30, 2017, the Township’s general fund shows a balance of $3,790,410.54. Supervisor Majewski reported that the bills for September 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 September 30, 2017 and authorized payment of Township bills for the period ending September 30, 2017.

Announcements

Supervisor Parry made the following announcements:

The Township Police Department is holding a food drive at the Township building from October 1 – October 31.

Fire Prevention week begins October 9.

The first Township budget meeting is at 6:00 p.m. Monday, October 23 in the Township hall.

The Medal of Honor Grove at the Freedoms Foundation is closed to visitors until further notice due to tree clearing by Aqua Pennsylvania in their easement area.

The next conditional use hearing for the Whitehorse-Phoenixville LLC convenience store application will be on Thursday, October 26th in the township hall at 6:00 p.m.

The township is hosting a free Cybersecurity seminar at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19th in the township hall.

Board Discussion Items

Old Business

Legal Matters

Mr. Brennan advised that after about 5 years the Reeves Property-Pohlig Builders Planned Residential Development plan may be coming back before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Brennan stated that a Police Arbitration hearing will be held on October 10.

Mr. Brennan advised that the Faggioli/Delaware Valley Paving matter has been resolved. Permits for fencing and electrical that are required have been applied for and the zoning code enforcement issues have been resolved and zoning representatives are satisfied that Mr. Faggioli has complied with the requirements.

Creek Road Bridge Replacement

The Board of Supervisors discussed the recommendations that they considered should passed along to Chester County regarding the replacement of Bridge No. 175 over the Pickering Creek on Creek Road.

On motion by Supervisor Parry, seconded by Supervisor Cohen and passed, the Board made the following recommendations to Chester County regarding the replacement of Bridge No. 175: 1)Constructing the bridge as a 2-lane bridge; 2) Incorporating a walking/bicycle lane if need be as a cantilevered area since it is part of Bicycle Route “S”; 3)Facing the new bridge with the stone salvaged from the existing historic bridge; 4) Retaining open wood or wood-like railings on both sides of the bridge; 5)      Retaining and repairing the stone wall along the northwest side from the bridge to the corner of Route 29; and 6) that Gilmore & Associates, the Township Engineer, also review and comment on the plans for the bridge.

2017/2018 Equipment Rental & Snow Removal Bid Opening and Contract Award

The Township Manager announced that one (1) bid was received in response to the Request for Proposals for the Schuylkill Township 2017/2018 Equipment Rental & Snow Removal Contract.

  • Cedar Springs Construction Co., 24 Sawmill Road, Pottstown, PA……………..$284,100.00

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed the Board of Supervisors approved and authorized the award of the Schuylkill Township 2017/2018 Equipment Rental and Snow Removal Contract to Cedar Springs Construction Company based on the schedule of described equipment that was submitted as part of the bid submitted on October 4, 2017 pending a bid compliance review by the Township Manager and Roadmaster.

RFP and Interview Committee for Proposed Land Planner

Supervisor Morrisson stated that the current ordinance that allows for cluster development to preserve open space is only for properties of 100 aces or more. He advised that a land planning consultant could assist the Township in crafting an ordinance that would be flexible enough to deal with properties in the FR, R-2 and R-2 districts. Supervisor Cohen stated that the Township has enough expertise & flexibility with its current consultants and commission to craft an ordinance and that the Township does not need to spend the money. She advised that the Township should explore its ordinance inconsistencies. Supervisor Morrisson stated that hiring a land planner to assist with a clustering/open space option ordinance would help the Open Space Commission in obtaining open space when the OSC has tried their best to educate a property owner about conserving land. Currently, if the OSC is not successful a property owner or developer is left with developing a property as a by-right plan.  Supervisor Parry advised that he was not in agreement with Supervisor Morrisson.  Supervisors Morrisson advised that a land planner has a level of expertise that the Township currently does not have.  

Supervisor Cohen advised that maybe there should be better communication from the Open Space Commission to the landowners. She stated that it was premature to spend money on a consultant and that the Township needs to explore outreach and ordinance inconsistencies.  Supervisor Guerette advised that she did not want to see interviewing of candidates delegated to an interview committee. She stated that the Board of Supervisors should own and control the process. 

Supervisor Morrisson advised that the matter should be tabled.

New Business - No Agenda Items

Resolutions / Ordinances

Consideration of Proposed Ordinance No. 2017-10: Amending Chapter 340 Vehicles and Traffic

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township adopted Ordinance No. 2017-10; Amending Chapter 340 Vehicles and Traffic, §340-19 . Certain classes of vehicles prohibited on certain roadways, with the addition of Clothier Springs Road.

Consideration of Proposed Ordinance No. 2017-11: Amending Chapter 154, Disturbing the Peace

Upon motion by Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township adopted Ordinance No. 2017-11; Amending Chapter 154, Disturbing the Peace, §154-1. Prohibited conduct, with the addition of language regarding loitering.

Consideration of Proposed Ordinance No. 2017-12: Amending Chapter 370. Article II. Terminology: Establishment of Districts

Upon motion by Supervisor Majewski, seconded by Supervisor Cohen, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township adopted Ordinance No. 2017-12; Amending Chapter 370. Article II. Terminology; Establishment of Districts, §370-7. Definitions and word usage: YARD

Advertisement of Proposed Ordinance No. 2017-13: Amending Chapter 370, amending Section 370-151 by adding a section to permit amateur radio antenna and related support structures as accessory uses in certain residential districts.

Mr. Brennan advised that the State allows the height of ham radio towers to be 65’. The Township ordinances may be in violation of State law. The proposed ordinance before the Board is modeled after an ordinance from Tredyffrin Township. He advised that advertising the ordinance affords the Township some protection under the Pending Ordinance Doctrine.  Supervisor Cohen stated that the ordinance would protect all Township residents regarding the height of these type of radio towers.

Upon motion by Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Morrisson, and unanimously passed, the Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township approved and authorized advertising proposed Ordinance No. 2017-13; Amending Chapter 370, amending Section 370-151 by adding a section to permit amateur radio antenna and related support structures as accessory uses in certain residential districts.

Subdivision / Land Development – No Agenda Items

Additional Business

Nothing to report.

Public Participation

John Mraz, 34 Meadowbrook Lane, informed the Board of Supervisors that the Phoenixville Area School District is utilizing temporary lighting on one of the fields associated with the Manovan Elementary School. He advised that they are using portable generators. Supervisor Morrisson advised that the Township has a lighting ordinance and that there should be no glare on neighboring properties.  Additionally, there was to be no lighting on the new fields.

Trisha Way, 100 Powderhorn Drive, informed the Board of Supervisors that there is an increase in volume of cut-through traffic and speeding on Powderhorn Drive both in the morning and the evening. Chief Fetterman advised that the Township cannot stop cut-through traffic.  Ms. Way stated that motorists seemed entitled as they speed through the development. Chief Fetterman stated that he would have more patrols in the development. Supervisor Guerette stated that Ms. Way’s concerns are part of the traffic calming process and her request for speed monitoring and police presence should have the buy in from her neighbors. The Board requested that Chief Fetterman investigate how to cut down on traffic volume.

Supervisor Parry called for a five minute recess at 8:55 p.m.

Executive Session

An executive session was called to order at 9:00 p.m. 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.  The public meeting resumed at 9:05 p.m. Supervisor Parry reported that litigation and personnel matters had been discussed.

Adjournment

There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m. upon motion of Supervisor Cohen, seconded by Supervisor Majewski, and unanimously agreed by the Board of Supervisors.

Next Board of Supervisors’ Meeting

Board of Supervisors Regular Business Meeting........ Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Bird
Township Manager