253 Municipal Drive
Thorndale, PA 19372
May 10, 2018 minutes
Call to order and Salute to the Flag
Attendance – Jennifer Breton-President, George Chambers-Vice President, Joshua Young-Commissioner, John Contento-Commissioner, Lorraine Tindaro-Commissioner, Kristin Camp-Solicitor, Kristen Denne-Township Manager/Secretary, and Denise Miller Assistant Township Secretary.
Citizens to be Heard
Commissioner Breton called for citizens to be heard. There were none.
Township Solicitor – Ms. Camp
Christian Faith Church – Ms. Camp noted the Church was granted a Special Exception for a religious use in June 2004, and then obtained a Preliminary Land Development approval for an 8,000 square foot worship facility on April 14, 2005. In that preliminary Land Development Approval there were conditions they appealed to the Board of Common Pleas in which that appeal was resolved with one condition not stricken, by the Board which was that they had to connect to public water. She also noted they scaled back the project and now want to do to the project in two phases with the first phase being a two story 12,000-14,000 foot print. They also would be agreeable to a condition where if the church needed on-site storage of water for fire suppression, his client would agree that the storage tank could not be filled from the well, if the fire code required it. She noted the Churches’ Counsel wanted her to have a discussion with the Board of Commissioners to see if they would not oppose a zoning application seeking a variance to not require public water, if they filed an application. Commissioner Young noted he will recuse himself in the decision process, because it is fairly close to his property and if they have to utilize PAW, the proposed waterline would go right by his house. After Board discussion and Commissioner Breton noting that she is comfortable with Phase I, as discussed, but to come back before the Board for Phase II. After further Board discussion, consensus was that the Board would like to think about this further.
Eagle Disposal – Ms. Camp noted a letter sent to the Township from Eagle Disposal stating that there is no longer a market for recyclables, and they are requesting the Township does not honor the contract where they pay the Township $11.50 per ton, and only pay $2.00. Ms. Denne noted this is a bid situation and she is not inclined to negotiate. After Board discussion, Ms. Camp noted she will look further into the matter, and get back to the Board.
After Board discussion, the Board scheduled a hearing for the Acme Liquor License Application on June 14, 2018 at 6:30 PM, and a Conditional Use application, for a Taco Bell drive thru, on June 28, 2018.
Township Manager – Ms. Denne
2018 Road Program Update – Ms. Denne noted she met with the Finance Committee earlier this week and there is a cash surplus growing from 2017. The Township needs to be within the GFPO standards therefore some of it needs spent. After discussion with the Board Members, they felt the best way to do that is put some of the money into the road program. The additional streets would be, the entirety of Hazelwood, West Summit Avenue, and the entirety of 3rd and 1st avenue which would finish the entire area up behind Hazelwood. The rough spots that need fixing are West Morgan Drive and the area under the underpass on South Bailey. Ms. Denne also noted that she will confirm that the water company will be paving Reed Street. For Board consideration, Ms. Denne offered this work to be done for a cost of $500,000. After Board discussion;
Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to authorize $500,000 towards the added roads in the 2018 Road Program. Moved by Commissioner Chambers and seconded by Commissioner Contento. Vote passed 5-0.
MS4 Training Work Order – For Board consideration and as part of the MS4 Program, Ms. Denne offered a MS4 Training Work Order for Cedarville Engineering to conduct a one day training course to the Public Works Employees. After Board discussion;
Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to authorize the Work Order for the MS4 training in the amount of $4,700. Moved by Commissioner Young and seconded by Commissioner Tindaro. Tony DiSario had comments on the motion. Vote passed 5-0.
Establish Conditional Use date for Taco Bell on Lloyd Avenue – Scheduled under the heading of Township Solicitor.
Donation of a vehicle to Thorndale Fire Department – Ms. Denne noted Chief Cordisco from the Thorndale Fire Department has requested the old police vehicle for their Assistant Chief’s use. After Board discussion;
Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to authorize the donation of the vehicle to the Thorndale Fire Department. Moved by Commissioner Young and seconded by Commissioner Chambers. Vote passed 5-0.
Civil Service Board – For Board consideration, Ms. Denne offered Mr. Robert Dintino as an alternate to the Civil Service Board. After Board discussion;
Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to appoint Mr. Dintino to the Civil Service Board, as an alternate. Moved by Commissioner Chambers and seconded by Commissioner Contento. Vote passed 4-1.
Township Engineer – Mr. Kulakowsky
50 James Buchanan Drive CU 2018 April 29, 2018 Memo – Mr. Kulakowsky noted his memo regarding the Conditional Use.
Bondsville Road Apartments LD 2013 April 29, 2018 Memo – Mr. Kulakowsky noted he received an extension request today for their Counsel to work on the draft agreements, before it is brought back before the Board. He also noted the Planning Commission recommended approval, contingent upon all comments of Cedarville Engineering’s April 13, 2018 review letter. Discussion was held on the Applicant wanting to find a piece of property to donate to the township instead of a “fee in lieu of” for recreation.
Discussion held on Med-Tex, the asphalt services, noting the completion of the 2017 Road Program at Dogwood and Scott.
Discussion was also held on submission of a 60 day extension to the DEP for the MS4 PRP Plan. Also, noted was the Township proposal showed an increase in the existing pollutant therefore, more work needs to be done.
Ordinances and Resolutions for Consideration
Resolution 2018-21 Disposal of Township Property – Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to adopt Resolution 2018-21 for the Disposal of Township Property. Moved by Commissioner Contento and seconded by Commissioner Chambers. Vote passed 5-0.
Resolution 2018-22 Destruction of Park and Recreation documents – Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to adopt Resolution 2018-22 for the Destruction of Park and Recreation documents. Moved by Commissioner Contento and seconded by Commissioner Tindaro. Vote passed 5-0.
Resolution 2018-23 Park West Rain Garden – Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to adopt Resolution 2018-23 Park West Rain Garden official to execute all documents/agreement. Moved by Commissioner Chambers and seconded by Commissioner Contento. Vote passed 5-0.
General Checks 41515-41606 – Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to approve the bill list for general checks 41515-41594. Moved by Commissioner Contento. Commissioner Breton entertained an amended motion to approve general checks 41515-41606. Moved by Commissioner Contento and seconded by Commissioner Tindaro. Vote passed 5-0.
Minutes for Approval
April 16, 2018 and April 26, 2018 – Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to approve the April 16, 2018 and April 26, 2018 minutes. Moved by Commissioner Contento and seconded by Commissioner Chambers. Vote passed 5-0.
Boards and Commissions Updates-Summary by applicable Board Liaison
Park and Recreation – Commissioner Young noted there is a poll online for the next Summer Series movie. He also noted a concert for the second Summer Series.
COG – Commissioner Breton noted a speaker from the United Way of Chester County introducing an 8 month program which meets once a month, for people who are interested in serving on non-profit boards.
Municipal Authority – Commissioner Contento noted no report.
DARA – Commissioner Young noted discussion on the sale of capacity from Downingtown Borough to East Caln.
Fire Board – Commissioner Young noted a meeting was not held.
Planning Commissioner – Commissioner Tindaro noted a memo will be sent on what was discussed.
Historical Commission – Commissioner Tindaro noted a memo will be sent on what was discussed.
Lincoln Highway/150th – Commissioner Chambers noted they are looking for a trolley for the Historical Society home tour, and other events were discussed.
Political Sign Discussion – After Board discussion, consensus was to remove the permits and remove the rights of way, at the discretion of the township.
Commissioner thanked everyone who volunteered for Caln Pride Day.
Commissioner Breton called for public comments. There were none.
Adjournment – Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to adjourn the May 10, 2018 meeting, at 8:45 PM. Moved by Commissioner Chambers and seconded by Commissioner Contento. Vote passed 5-0.
Assistant Township Secretary