Regular Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting December 2, 2003
A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors was held on Tuesday December 2, 2003 commencing at 7:00 p.m. Chairman Mr. Garris called the meeting to order. Present were Supervisors Mr. Doratt and Mr. Franciscus, Mr. Pompo Township Solicitor, Mr. MacCombie Township Engineer, Mr. Lowry Township Zoning Officer/Building Inspector and members of the community.
A moment of silence and pledge of allegiance was recognized before the Board motioned to temporarily adjourn the regular business meeting to conduct a public hearing.
Mr. Garris motioned to re-convene the regular Board of Supervisors meeting. Seconded by Mr. Doratt, with all members being in favor the motion passed.
The Board agreed to table the decision of the Ordinance until a later time.
Township Police report. Chief Groce reported for the month of November that the police patrolled 2,246 miles and handled 255 incidents. The incidents were as follows: 3 harassment, 1 disturbances, 3 burglaries, 45 stationary patrols, 1 911 hang up, 72 business checks, 9 alarms, 19 assist to other departments, 4, animal, 2 suspicious persons, 8 accidents, 4 domestic. The Chief reported 47 citations issued for the month 41 traffic, 6 summary, and arrest were 3 for disorderly conduct, and 3 harassment. Chief Groce requested employment for Kevin Simmons as part time police patrolman.
Mr. Garris made a motion, seconded by Mr. Doratt, to hire Kevin Simmons as a part time police patrolman. With there being no questions from the public, the Board voting aye, the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Garris stated that the Board would be increasing police coverage for the 2004 year. Mr. Pluck requested more coverage at the Stottsville area.
Township Engineer report. Mr. MacCombie reported that the sanitary sewer project has begun in the Pomeroy Heights area. Notices have been sent out to those residents asking them to place a marker on their property where they want their lateral located. Herb MacCombie will be in the Township to assist residents with any questions. Mr. MacCombie stated that the Carr Subdivision is nearing completion, Mr. Carr submitted as built plans regarding site improvements, which need some revisions. Mr. MacCombie stated a Conditional Use Hearing was held on November 5, 2003 with Mr. Carr wanting to maintain the height of the existing berm. Mr. MacCombie has prepared a construction release certificate for David Carr in the amount of $14,580.00 for the Boards approval and a construction release for Gateway Grace Church in the amount of $840.45 for the Boards approval, and Sadsbury Village construction release in the amount of $58,518.43 for the Boards approval.
Mr. Doratt made a motion, seconded by Mr. Garris, to approve a construction release to David Carr in the amount of $14,580.00 per Mr. MacCombies recommendation. With there being no questions from the public, the Board voting aye, the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Doratt made a motion, seconded by Mr. Garris, to approve a construction release to Sadsbury Village in the amount of $58,518.43 per Mr. MacCombies recommendation. With there being no questions from the public, the Board voting aye, the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Doratt made a motion, seconded by Mr. Garris, to approve a construction release to Gateway Grace Church in the amount of $840.45 per Mr. MacCombies recommendation. With there being no questions from the public, the Board voting aye, the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. MacCombie stated that the final paperwork for the completion of the Bert Reel Park project has been submitted. Mr. MacCombie stated the next phase of the sanitary sewer has begun. Mr. MacCombie stated that he has been in contact with Pennsylvania American Water Company to seek interest in putting in public water to the Pomeroy Heights residents while the sanitary sewer project is underway. Mr. MacCombie reported that Pennsylvania American has no interest in placing public water in Pomeroy Heights. Mr. MacCombie has contacted JD Eckman to replace the Greenbelt Drive Bridge and stated they are not interested in the bridge project.
Township Solicitor report. Mr. Pompo reported that he received a letter from the EPA regarding the Barkman Landfill matter and the project is on hold until early summer 2004.
Township Zoning report. Mr. Lowry stated that he performed 56 inspection and answered 76 inquires. Six permits were issued for 4 single-family dwellings and 2 decks. Mr. Lowry stated that a Zoning Hearing was held on November 25, 2003 and were granted a variance from section 1304.E.2 to permit the loading docks of the building to face street frontage. Mr. Lowry stated a Conditional Use hearing was held on November 5, 2003 for the David Carr property Mr. Carr is seeking to leave the berm at 8 feet and a previous conditional use hearing decision mandated the height of 6 feet. Mr. Lowry stated that all Township residents received a letter from the DEP regarding that Sadsbury Township within a radon survey area and they encouraged participation by buying a home kit at a discount cost. Mr. Lowry stated the results of the radon survey showed Octorara Road and Whitetail Lane were identified as an area of concern with high readings.
Township Planning Commission report. Mr. Yeoman reported the Planning Commission reviewed Zoning Ordinance changes of re-zoning of certain RR parcels east of route 10 to C-1, and R-2 multi family zoning changes concerning the proposed density of 11 units per acre. The Planning Commission felt that 8 units per acre were more appropriate. Institutional use and signs were discussed a motion was made and seconded to accept the ordinance with change was unanimous. Christine Flynn of Octorara Glenn discussed the review letter from the Township Engineer and stated they will be in full compliance with the items in this letter. A motion was made for approval of the Octorara Glenn plans contingent upon a re-design of the storm water management plan and a clean letter from Mr. MacCombie. Mr. Howell from DL Howell representing AIM was present and stated they are in receipt of the Township Engineers letter dated November 10, 2003, no action was taken. Mr. Szewezak representing Electronics Boutique to discuss the review letter from Mr. MacCombie no action was taken. Ms. Boswell representing Doug Howe discussed the possibility of allowing a change in the I-1 to permit a convenience. The Planning Commission members stated that this was not a good idea, however a motion was made to approve the Morris Lane zoning changes was seconded and approved. The Planning Commission Chair made a motion to approve the plans of the Skiles subdivision contingent a clean letter from the Township Engineer. The motion was seconded and approved.
Pomeroy Fire Company report. 8 alarms were answered, for 1 appliance, 1 auto accident, 2 automatic alarms, 1 barn, 1 gas leak, 1 stand by, 1 vehicle fire. Total hours in service was 7 hours and 43 minutes.
Sadsburyville Fire Company. No report given.
Township road report. Mr. Franciscus reported that most roads are in good shape, the road crew cut the gutter along Compass Road. No parking signs were erected on Newport Avenue North and South of Valley Road. The road crew have been cutting back all brush along roadways for winter. Repaired the walking trail at the Bert Reel Park and replaced the roof on the storage building.
Mr. Garris made a motion, seconded by Mr. Doratt to pay the November bills in the amount of $41,254.39. With there being no questions from the public, the Board voting aye, the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Garris made a motion, seconded by Mr. Doratt, to pay the November payroll in the amount of $18,723.93. With theyre being no questions from the public the Board voting aye, the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Garris made a motion, seconded by Mr. Doratt, to pay the sanitary sewer bills in the amount of $10,879.95. With theyre being no questions from the public the Board voting aye, the motion passed unanimously.
Ms. Flynn representative of Octorara Glenn requested preliminary/final subdivision plan approval. With comments made from Mr. MacCombie reflecting the storm water management plans needs revised. Mr. Taylor from Pomeroy Volunteer Fire Company questioned Ms. Flynn on the street names and signs being placed due to emergencies. Ms. Flynn stated that street signs would be placed in a timely manner. Mr. Dalmas questioned the number of fire hydrants being placed within the subdivision.
Mr. Garris made a motion, seconded by Mr. Doratt to grant preliminary/final subdivision approval to Octorara Glenn contingent a clean letter from the Township Engineer. With there being no questions from the public, the Board voting aye, the motion passed unanimously.
The Board set a date of December 31, 2003 to conduct a public meeting to close the books and adopt the 2004 budget.
The Board discussed the decision and order of the application of David J. Carr & Catherine C. Carr to amend condition no. 2 of the conditional use Decision and Order dated November 6, 2000 in order to allow the height of the berm of the storm water management basin to remain at 8 feet. Mr. Pompo read the Order as follows: On the bais of the evidence of record and following the resolution of all conflicts in the said evidence, the Board grants the Application and amends condition no. 2 of the November 6, 2000 Decision and Order to allow the storm water management berm to remain at eight feet in height, subject to the conditions specified. Compliance with these conditions shall occur prior to the final acceptance and dedication of the public road and the final release of financial security for the development. The Applicant shall submit to the Township revised plans showing the removal of the fore bay, the finalization of the basins outlet structures, and the stabilization of the ground, so as to allow the basin to drain property and eliminate the possibility for standing water in the basin. Following review and approval of the revised plans by the Township Engineer, the Applicant shall undertake the work as shown on the plans as approved or modified by the Township Engineer. All terms of the conditions of the November 6, 2000 Decision and Order shall remain in full force and effect.
Mr. Garris made a motion, seconded by Mr. Doratt, to grant No. C-2-03 Decision and Order to Mr. Carr. With there being no questions from the pubic, the Board voting aye, the motion passed unanimously.
The Board discussed updating the current office copier in the Township office with an upgrade that includes a fax machine and networks to the computers.
Mr. Garris made a motion, seconded by Mr. Doratt, to upgrade the Township office copier. With there being no questions from the public, the Board voting aye, the motion passed unanimously.
Elmer Pluck- complaint regarding Stottsville Inn with noise and liquor license they obtained to serve alcohol in the outdoor patio area. Mr. Pluck wants the Board to protest and help re-voke their license. Mr. Doratt volunteered to meet with the owners to hear their side.
Stephanie Silvernail- Wanted to know how long Old Wilmington Road was going to be closed? Answer temporarily.
Jerry Ranck- How long will Greenbelt Drive Bridge be closed? Mr. MacCombie is seeking bridge replacement costs.
Tammy Pawling- Requesting the Board opposes the Zoning Change for Routes 10 and 30.
Ann Garrett- Stated that Pomeroy Post Office will remain open for at least 6 more years, and welcomes the Township to advertise meetings at the post office.
John Lymberis-Complimented the Board for considering putting full time police on in 2004.
Mae McGuigan- Announced that December 22 is the Historical Society Dinner.
Mora Mason- Requested the Board opposed the Zoning Change for Routes 10 and 30.
Robert Silvernail- Made a public comment regarding Terry Franciscus and how much he will be missed.
Jackie Shade- Questioned the updating of the minutes posted on the Township web page.
With there being no further business the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully Submitted, Lisa Myers Secretary/Treasurer
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