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October 14, 2019 – BoS Meeting Minutes

LANCASTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
MINUTES
October 14, 2019

I. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, CALL TO ORDER, AND ROLL CALL
The duly advertised Lancaster Township Board of Supervisors meeting was held on Monday, October 14, 2019 in the township building at 1240 Maple Avenue, Lancaster, PA. The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by Chair Thomas H. Schaller. Vice Chair Steven P. Elliott, Treasurer Benjamin H. Bamford, and Township Manager William M. Laudien were also present. Others in attendance included township staff and interested parties. Mr. Schaller led those assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance.

II. Public Hearing – Cable Franchise Renewal for Lancaster Township
Mr. Schaller opened the public hearing at 7:01pm. Mr. Schaller stated that the purpose of the public hearing was to review the past performance of the cable operator, Comcast, and to identify the future cable-related community needs of the township. Citizens were invited to testify.
There was no input from the public. Mr. Schaller provided a personal comment indicating he would really like a system set up where we could pick our channels and pay for those instead of paying for three-quarters of the cable which is nothing but junk.
As there were no other comments, the public hearing was closed, and the regular meeting of the board of supervisors was reconvened at 7:04pm.

III. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS
Laura Knarr—636 Bean Hill Road: Ms. Knarr commented on the property she and her husband own on Wabank Road which is part of the rezoning proposal listed on the agenda. They find it difficult to support the rezoning now. The agreement of sale with their buyer expired at the end of September and at this time he is not willing to enter into another agreement. She and her husband would like to know if anyone is willing to explain why it was not referred to the planning commission for review. She has no reason to support the zoning change without a buyer. Mr. Schaller stated her comments will be addressed later in the meeting.

IV. SECRETARY’S REPORT
The minutes of the September 9, 2019 board meeting were approved by general consent.

V. TREASURER’S REPORT
Mr. Bamford presented the treasurer’s report as of October 14, 2019:
            General Fund………………………………………………………………………… $7,437,335.98
            Highway Aid Fund…………………………………………………………………….. 935,240.00
            Capital Reserve Fund…………………………………………………………………. 839,221.66
            TOTAL………………………………………………………………………………… $9,211,797.64
Mr. Schaller stated the treasurer’s report would be filed for audit.

VI. PAYMENT OF BILLS
On a motion by Mr. Bamford, seconded by Mr. Elliott, the board unanimously approved the payment of bills (September 9, 2019 thru October 14, 2019):
         General Fund…………………………………………………………………………… $798,857.11
         Escrow Fund………………………………………………………………………………. 12,259.26
         State Highway Fund…………………………………………………………………… 315,494.62
         Capital Reserve Fund…………………………………………………………………………… 0.00
         TOTAL………………………………………………………………………………… $1,126,610.99

VII. REPORTS
A. Lancaster Township Fire Department (west side): Chief Ron Comfort Jr. reported there were eleven calls in the township, and twelve calls for mutual aid during the month of September 2019, making a year-to-date total of 344 calls. He reminded everyone that with the cold weather coming, this is a good time to get your furnaces and chimneys looked at and serviced, and to make sure your CO detectors are working. Chief Comfort also requested approval from the board for the fire police to participate in event assistance. Mr. Bamford moved, Mr. Elliott seconded, and the board unanimously approved the Lancaster Township Fire Police to patrol the township during Trick or Treat Night (Thursday, October 31, 2019, 6:00pm to 8:00pm), and to assist with traffic control for the Millersville Community-University Parade on Saturday, October 26, 2019 starting at 9:00am.
B. Lafayette Fire Company (east side):  September 2019:  Nine calls.
C. Police Report: Sgt. John Donnelly gave an overview of the September 2019 police report. Sgt. Donnelly reminded everyone again to lock their vehicle doors, and to not leave cars running unattended.
D. Recycling Report:  September 2019 2019: 21.61%
E. Sewer/Other Reports:  Reports are available for public inspection at the board meeting and during regular business hours.

VIII. ANNOUNCEMENTS
A. October 7: Board of Supervisors held an Executive Session to discuss a contract.
B. October 14: Board of Supervisors took part in a road tour to look at potential roads for paving projects
C. October 15: Yard waste facility hours change, 2pm-5pm
D. October 15: Leaf collection begins; parking restrictions remain in force through January 16, 2020
E. October 30: Trash/recycling bills due
F. October 31: Trick or Treat Night, 6pm-8pm
G. November 4-7: Large appliance/tire collection week; purchase tags at the office
H. Next Board of Supervisors Meeting is Monday, November 11, 2019
Workshop starts at 6:00pm; regular meeting at 7:00pm, Lancaster Township.

IX. OLD BUSINESS
No old business.

X. PLANNING AND ZONING BUSINESS
A. LTPC 187 – Hawthorne Ridge Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan
Mr. Bamford moved, Mr. Elliott seconded, and the board unanimously approved a request dated August 5, 2019, from Paul Minnich, Barley Snyder, on behalf of Lennar, for the township to delay increasing the financial security for LTPC 187, the Hawthorne Ridge Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan, until January 1, 2020, and any and all other increases are in effect after that.

B. LTPC 267 – Strong-Gallagher Stormwater Management Site Plan, 1523 Marietta Avenue – Stormwater Management Agreement Modification
Mr. Elliott moved, Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved an agreement to amend the existing Stormwater Management Agreement for LTPC 267, Strong-Gallagher Stormwater Management Site Plan, 1523 Marietta Avenue.

C. LTPC 279 – 640 Bean Hill Road Final Land Development Plan
Mr. Bamford moved, Mr. Elliott seconded, and the board unanimously accepted the withdrawal of the Final Land Development Plan for LTPC 279, 640 Bean Hill Road, per the request submitted by Mark Stanley of McNees, Wallace, & Nurick LLC, on behalf of C-B Tool and Wenzel Holdings LLC, in a letter dated October 11, 2019.

XI. NEW BUSINESS
A. Bean Hill Road Rezoning
Pursuant to Sections 607 and 609 of the PaMPC, the Supervisors request that the Township Planning Commission prepare the text of an ordinance, and take all other necessary steps, for consideration of the rezoning by the Supervisors for the following parcels of land:
1. Owner Daniel & Laura Knarr; Parcel #340-79447-0-0000
From Residential R-3 Zoning District to Industrial I Zoning District
2. Owner Wenzel Holdings, LLC; Parcel #340-72865-0-0000
From Residential R-3 Zoning District to Industrial I Zoning District
3. Owner Wenzel Holdings, LLC; Parcel #340-44430-0-0000
From Residential R-3 Zoning District to Industrial I Zoning District
4. Owner: Daniel & Laura Knarr; Parcel #340-69652-0-0000
From Residential R-3 Zoning District to Residential R-2 Zoning District
5. Owner: Ryan Bleacher & Kimberly Laubisch; Parcel #340-25570-0-0000
From Residential R-3 Zoning District to Residential R-2 Zoning District

Mr. Elliott moved, Mr. Bamford seconded, and board unanimously approved the action stated above for the consideration of rezoning for the parcels of land listed.

Feedback was provided to address Laura Knarr’s earlier comments. Mrs. Knarr said that she and her family could not support the current petition to rezone as she no longer had a buyer for the property, and questioned why a previous petition (from Gary Price) to rezone was not considered by the Board. While an explanation outlining the township position was provided, Mrs. Knarr still had concerns. It was also stated that the previously mentioned rezone also called for the self-storage use to be permitted by-right as opposed to a Special Exception hearing in front of the Zoning Hearing Board. This concept has never received support from staff or the Board of Supervisors, each having made public their opposition more than once. Further discussion ensued regarding the economic feasibility of different types of development.
Mr. Laudien presented that our current petition would provide what she and the other affected property owners were seeking.
Mrs. Knarr requested, and the township agreed to, a meeting with staff, Mrs. Knarr and Mr. Price to attempt to further clarify some of the outstanding issues.

B. Lancaster Country Day School – Certificate of Approval
Mr. Bamford moved, Mr. Elliott seconded, and the board unanimously approved the issuance by Elizabethtown Industrial Development Authority, a Certificate of Approval for Lancaster Country Day School in its financing through the Elizabethtown IDA.

C. Lancaster Township Fire Police Confirmation
Mr. Elliott moved, Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously confirmed Joann Jones as Special Fire Police for the Lancaster Township Fire Department.

XII. GUEST RECOGNITION AND PARTICIPATION
No guest recognition and participation.

XIII. ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50pm.

Respectfully submitted,
William M. Laudien, Secretary

Leaf Collection for Tuesday November 12th 2019

Finishing Zone 1 : Wheatland, Woods, River etc.

Begin Zone 5B: Abbeyville Manor, Schoolhouse, Passey etc.

See the map here:  http://www.twp.lancaster.pa.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Leaf-Pickup-Zone-Map.pdf

 

Reminder – ONLY LEAVES WILL BE PICKED UP – grass clippings and branches clog and can damage the machinery.  If your leaf pile contains grass clippings from your mower and branches WE WILL NOT PICK IT UP.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Leaf Collection for Monday November 11th 2019

Finishing Zone 1 : Wheatland, Woods, River etc.

See the map here:  http://www.twp.lancaster.pa.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Leaf-Pickup-Zone-Map.pdf

 

Reminder – ONLY LEAVES WILL BE PICKED UP – grass clippings and branches clog and can damage the machinery.  If your leaf pile contains grass clippings from your mower and branches WE WILL NOT PICK IT UP.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Leaf Collection plan for Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9

Finishing Zone 4: Valley, Quarry, Wilson Etc.

Both Sides of Marietta from River to Race

Zone 1: Wheatland, Woods, River etc.

See the map here:  http://www.twp.lancaster.pa.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Leaf-Pickup-Zone-Map.pdf

 

Reminder – ONLY LEAVES WILL BE PICKED UP – grass clippings and branches clog and can damage the machinery.  If your leaf pile contains grass clippings from your mower and branches WE WILL NOT PICK IT UP.  Thanks for your cooperation.

LANCASTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
1240 Maple Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
P: (717) 291-1213; www.twp.lancaster.pa.us

November 11, 2019

6:00pm WORKSHOP AGENDA
Presentation: LEMSA
Public Comments
Updates:
·       Planning & Zoning
·       Township Engineer
·       Public Works
·       Township Manager

7:00pm REGULAR MEETING
I.          Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order, Roll Call

II.         Public Hearing:  Ordinance 2019-02 – Vacating a Portion of Riverside Avenue
225 Riverside Avenue (City of Lancaster Operations Center)
The board will hold a hearing to consider and, if appropriate, enact Ordinance 2019-02, Vacating a Portion of Riverside Avenue. The ordinance authorizes the board of supervisors to vacate a portion of Riverside Avenue, and to transfer title to the same to the City of Lancaster, the adjoining landowner. At the conclusion of the hearing, the board will act on Ordinance 2019-02.

III.       Public Comment on Agenda Items
IV.       Secretary’s Report
V.        Treasurer’s Report
VI.       Payment of Bills
VII.      Reports
·       Lancaster Township Fire Department (west side):  October 2019:  Twenty-five calls in the township, and thirteen calls for mutual aid, making a year-to-date total of 382 calls.
·       Lafayette Fire Company (east side):  October 2019:   Seven calls.
·       Police Report:  October 2019
·       Recycling Report:  October 2019:  19.38%
·       Sewer/Other Reports:  Reports are available for public inspection at the board meeting and during regular business hours.

VIII.     Announcements
·       November 23:  Last Saturday for yard waste drop off
·       November 27:  Yard waste facility closes for the season
·       November 28:  No trash/recycle collection. It will be collected Friday, November 29th
·       November 28 & 29:  Office closed
·       Next Board of Supervisors Meeting: Monday, December 9, 2019. Workshop at 6:00pm; regular meeting at 7:00pm, Lancaster Township.

IX.       Old Business
No old business.

X.        Planning and Zoning Business
A.        LTPC 224 – Conestoga Reserve – Amendment to Stormwater Management Agreement and Declaration of Easement
The board will act on an amendment to the Stormwater Management Agreement and Declaration of Easement for LTPC 224, the Conestoga Reserve development, due to the alteration of the location of certain Storm Water Drainage Facilities from the locations originally contemplated under the terms of the agreement.

B.        LTPC 291 – 1780 Wabank Road – Stormwater Management Site Plan
The board will act on a Stormwater Management Site Plan for LTPC 291, 1780 Wabank Road. The Lancaster Township Planning Commission recommended denial of this plan at their meeting on October 15, 2019 based on township engineer Ben Webber’s review letter dated October 9, 2019.

XI.       New Business
A.        Presentation of 2020 Proposed Budget
The board will act on directing the township manager to advertise the 2020 proposed budget for public inspection. The document will be on public display at the township office from 8:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday, and on the township website starting, November 15, 2019 through December 9, 2019, at which time the board will vote on the proposed budget.

XII.      Guest Recognition & Participation
XIII.     Adjournment