253 Municipal Drive
Thorndale, PA 19372
January 10, 2019 Minutes
Commissioner Breton noted a 6:30 pm Executive Session, prior to tonight’s Board of Commissioners meeting.
Commissioner Breton called the January 10, 2019 meeting 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
Cheryl Spaulding of 406 Lloyd Avenue spoke on a water issue and Regal/Wild Meadows. Discussion was held between Mrs. Spaulding, the Board of Commissioners, and other residents on Regal/Wild Meadows. Ms. Denne noted that staff is reviewing resident concerns and working with the developer. Mrs. Spaulding also thanked Mr. Gill and Mr. Fragale for their help regarding the water issue.
Geoffrey Moody of 416 Dogwood Lane voiced concerns with the timbering behind his house, and asked why they do not have to follow the Conditional Use to maintain a 100 foot buffer. Ms. Camp noted that Conditional Use is a specific use for a Solar Farm. She also noted they do not have land development to develop a solar farm, and do not have the ability to move forward until they go through the process for land development approval. Commissioner Young noted they would have to recreate a 100 foot buffer if they moved forward with a solar farm.
Mr. Cichowicz of 1202 Scott Drive had comments on the timbering permit and asked the zoning of the property. Commissioner Young noted that it is zoned “Institutional” meaning anything to do with the VA or a school. Ms. Denne added educational uses, heliport, religious uses, hospitals/medical centers, and assisted living are also included. She noted the township code is on the township website.
Township Solicitor – Ms. Camp
150 Parkside Avenue Easement Discussion – For Board review, Ms. Camp presented and noted her approval of an temporary easement for 150 Parkside Drive, a 17.8 acre parcel on the west side of Parkside Drive in the Industrial Zoning District, proposing forty seven mobile homes. She noted as part of the plans, currently being reviewed by the Engineer, there is a stormwater basin on their property and in order to construct the basin they have asked the township to grant them a temporary construction easement in order to access township land, in order to do the appropriate grading. Commissioner Young noted he would like stone access, like a driveway. Mr. Kulakowsky noted that he will check with the applicant.
Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance Amendment – Not originally on the agenda, Ms. Camp offered advertisement for adoption, at the January 31, 2019 meeting, of an amendment to the township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, mainly for the procedural requirements for plan submission. Ms. Camp noted a review letter from the Chester County Planning Commission in which they had no comments on the proposed ordinance.
Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to authorize advertisement of a proposed ordinance amendment regarding procedural requirements for plan submission. Moved by Commissioner Chambers and seconded by Commissioner Tindaro. Vote passed 5-0.
Township Engineer – Mr. Kulakowsky
Planning Commission Update – Mr. Kulakowsky gave a brief presentation
1) January meeting was moved to January 22 with Taco Bell and 150 Parkside to be discussed.
2) January 15, 2019 meeting with the Township Manager and Road Master to start planning the 2019 Road Program.
Township Manager – Ms. Denne
Leonard Smoker Griffith Farm Lease – For Board consideration, Ms. Denne offered an extension to the Griffith Farm Contract with Mr. Smoker. Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to authorize an extension for the Griffith Farm Lease for 2019 in the amount of $31,356.00. Moved by Commissioner Contento and seconded by Commissioner Chambers. Tony DiSario asked what fund the money goes to. Ms. Denne noted it goes into an escrow fund for future recreation improvements for open space. Cheryl Spaulding asked if the county originally bought it with open space grant money. Commissioner Young noted that he is not sure. She then asked the long term plan for the farm. Commissioner Young noted a 2007 park plan costing 4.5 million to construct. Vote passed 5-0.
Teamsters Contract – For Board consideration, Ms. Denne offered a 2018-2019 Teamsters Contract. Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to ratify the Teamsters contract for 2018-2019. Moved by Commissioner Young and seconded by Commissioner Tindaro. Vote passed 5-0.
Ordinances and Resolutions for Consideration
Resolution 2019-01 Appointing a Township Zoning Officer and Assistant Zoning Officer – Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-01 appointing a Township Zoning Officer and Assistant Zoning Officer. Moved by Commissioner Chambers and seconded by Commissioner Young. Commissioner Breton noted Ray Stackhouse as the Zoning Officer and ARRO as the Assistant Zoning Officer. Vote passed 5-0.
Motion to Approve the Bill List
General Checks 42711-42763 – Commissioner Young made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Tindaro, to approve general checks 42711-42763. Vote passed 5-0.
Minutes for Approval
December 27, 2018 – Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to approve the December 27, 2018 minutes. Moved by Commissioner Young and seconded by Commissioner Chambers. Vote passed 5-0.
Boards and Commissions Updates-Summary by applicable Board Liaison
Park and Recreation – Commissioner Young had no report.
COG – Commissioner Breton had no report.
Municipal Authority – Commissioner Chambers noted a combined meeting with the Board of Commissioners and the Municipal Authority where they voted as a Municipal Authority to move forward with the construction of a pumping station. He noted this will help with the DARA issues, and hopefully resolve that.
DARA – Commissioner Young noted their meeting was cancelled.
Fire Board – Commissioner Young noted their meeting was cancelled.
Historical Commission – Commissioner Tindaro noted Mary Coyne has resigned and Leah Jennings was recommended for reappointment for the 2019-2023 term. She also noted the next Planning Commission meeting will be held on January 22, 2019.
Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to reappoint Leah Jennings to the Historical Commission for a 5 year term ending in 2023. Moved by Commissioner Young and seconded by Commissioner Chambers. Vote passed 5-0.
Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to accept the resignation of Mary Coyne from the Historical Commission. Moved by Commissioner Young and seconded by Commissioner Tindaro. Vote passed 5-0.
Lincoln Highway – Commissioner Young noted their meeting was cancelled.
A resident of Lloyd Avenue asked for stop signs at the intersection or lower the speed limit. Commissioner Breton noted if they were to bring a development forward they would have to go through traffic studies and traffic improvements that would be required depending on the development, and they would have to put in signals or stop signs. He then asked if something could be done now. Mr. Reich of 400 Lloyd Avenue noted the Police Chief put speed control lines across the street around Stonebridge. He also noted that you could ask the Chief if they are going to proceed with any type of enforcement. Commissioner Young noted a speed study performed ten years ago, by PennDot’s standards, and the speed limit went from 25 to 35.
Cheryl Spaulding suggested videoing the meetings and putting them on YouTube.
Commissioner Breton called for public comment. There was none.
Adjournment – Commissioner Breton entertained a motion to adjourn the January 10, 2019 meeting, at 8:25 PM. Moved by Commissioner Young and seconded by Commissioner Chambers, Vote passed 5-0.
Assistant Township Secretary