LANCASTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
June 11, 2018
I. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, CALL TO ORDER, AND ROLL CALL
The duly advertised Lancaster Township Board of Supervisors meeting was held on Monday, June 11, 2018 in the township building at 1240 Maple Avenue, Lancaster, PA. The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by Chair Benjamin H. Bamford. Treasurer Steven P. Elliott, and Township Manager William M. Laudien were also present. Vice Chair Thomas H. Schaller was not present. Others in attendance included township staff and interested parties. Mr. Bamford led those assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance.
II. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS
No public comment on agenda items.
III. CONDITIONAL USE HEARING
Mr. Bamford closed the regular meeting at 7:01pm, and opened the conditional use hearing per Article XX, Chapter 280, Section 2001, for applicant Allon Lefever’s request of a Conditional Use per Section 404.3 of the Lancaster Township Zoning Ordinance in order to construct a four-unit apartment building on a vacant lot located at 122 City Mill Road. Mr. Elliott moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously agreed to continue the Conditional Use hearing until the August 13, 2018 board of supervisors meeting at 7:00pm. Mr. Bamford closed the conditional use hearing, and reconvened the regular board meeting at 7:02pm.
IV. SECRETARY’S REPORT
The minutes of the May 14, 2018 board meeting were approved by general consent.
V. TREASURER’S REPORT
Mr. Elliott presented the treasurer’s report as of June 11, 2018:
General Fund: $7,372,533.54
Highway Aid Fund: $783,270.84
Parks Fund: $31,653.63
Capital Reserve Fund: $730,617.98
Mr. Bamford stated the treasurer’s report would be filed for audit.
VI. PAYMENT OF BILLS
On a motion by Mr. Elliott, seconded by Mr. Schaller, the board unanimously approved the payment of bills (May 14, 2018–June 10, 2018):
General Fund: $349,951.32
Escrow Fund: $3,278.48
State Highway Fund: $12,306.16
Parks Fund: $2,584.94
Capital Reserve Fund: -0-
A. Lancaster Township Fire Department: Chief Ron Comfort Jr. reported there were eighteen calls in the township, with eleven calls for mutual aid, during the month of May 2018, making a year-to-date total of 193 calls. The LTFD community day was held on June 2, 2018, and went well.
B. Lafayette Fire Company: There were five calls answered on the east side of Lancaster Township during the month of May 2018.
C. Police: Officer John Donnelly gave an overview of the May 2018 police report. There have been no major issues to date with the no left turn restriction on Race Avenue.
D. Recycling Report: April: 25.29%
E. Sewer/Other Reports: Reports are available for public inspection at the meeting and during regular business hours.
A. Wednesday, July 4, 2018: No street sweeping. Township office & yard waste facility closed. No trash/recycle collection—there will be a one-day delay schedule for the Wednesday & Thursday pickup days.
B. Next Board of Supervisors Meeting: Monday, Monday, July 9, 2018, 7:00pm; workshop at 6:00pm, Lancaster Township.
IX. OLD BUSINESS
No old business.
X. PLANNING AND ZONING BUSINESS
A. LTPC #268 – 1140 Columbia Ave – Stormwater Management Site Plan
Mr. Elliott moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved a Stormwater Management Site Plan, including requested waivers, for the property located at 1140 Columbia Ave. The Lancaster Township Planning Commission recommended conditional approval of this Stormwater Management Site Plan at their meeting on May 16, 2018, subject to the conditions of Township Engineer, Ben Webber’s, review letter dated May 1, 2018.
Waiver requests include:
SWMO 229-34.5 – Plan in a Recordable Form
SWMO 229-36 – Major Land Disturbance
SWMO 229-56 – Ownership and Maintenance Program
SWMO 229-57 – Performance Guarantee
B. LTPC #269 – Kensington Club Apartments – Stormwater Management Site Plan
Mr. Elliott moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved a Stormwater Management Site Plan, including requested waivers, for the Kensington Club Apartments located at 1330 Wabank Road. The Lancaster Township Planning Commission recommended conditional approval of this Stormwater Management Site Plan at their meeting on May 16, 2018, subject to the conditions of CS Davidson’s review letter dated May 11, 2018.
Waiver requests include:
SWMO Article V – Stormwater Management Standards
SWMO 229-57 – Performance Guarantee
C. Valentino’s Café—Temporary Extension of Liquor License
Mr. Elliott moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved a request from Valentino’s Café at 132 Rider Avenue, for a one-day temporary extension of their liquor license for Saturday, August 4, 2018, for a summer party event.
XI. NEW BUSINESS
A. Handicapped Parking Sign Application
Mr. Elliott moved, and Mr. Bamford seconded, and the board unanimously approved an application for the installation of a handicapped parking sign at 12 Race Avenue.
XII. GUEST RECOGNITION AND PARTICIPATION
· Kathy Hopkins, South School Lane—asked if there was any follow-up on the water tower project since the Mayor of the city was here in April. Mr. Elliott explained that numerous attempts have been made to set up a meeting with the mayor since that time, but nothing has happened, and no meeting has been scheduled as yet.
· Gordon Snyder, Gloria & Mike Nash, Abbeyville Road—Expressed concerns about additional traffic occurring when the bridge on Columbia Avenue is taken out for a repair project. They want the alley behind the 300 block paved. They feel it is a safety issue. They also have concerns about utilities who damage property whenever they use the alley. Mr. Nash indicated that he can’t waste his time to sue a company every time they come through there and knock his wall down; he is going to put a fence across. Ms. Nash said if it’s private, we are going to fence it off. Mr. Snyder also indicated speeding on Abbeyville. The township addressed the concerns: Mr. Laudien explained it is a private alley, not owned by the township. Mr. Laudien stated the township does not own it, we are not going to go on private property, and there is an inherent liability if we do. Mr. Hamlin indicated if they want to pave the alley, they can pave it. Mr. Elliott also reiterated that the township does not own it, and if you would like to improve the alley by having it paved, then that is your right. For the fencing issue, Mr. Laudien explained if your deed requires you to keep that as an open alley, or that alley is to provide access to the rear of the home, the only way you can close the alley is if all the property owners agree, but you cannot block an alley and prevent your neighbor from getting to their home. We can try to help you work with the county to find ownership, but what you should do is contact a land use attorney. As far as the speeding, there have been several discussions regarding this, and we are working on some ideas. The township has also had discussions with the police as well. Speed bumps will not be put in.
· Joel Walker, Spring Grove Avenue—when we first moved in there is a storm drain right in front of the intersection (Spring Grove & Spencer). There is a flashing light that is flashing into our bedroom, and my wife is a light sleeper, and I am wondering if someone can come get it. Mr. Groff explained that he is aware of it, and that the inlet is on the replacement list this year to get replaced by the end of August. The flashing light is for safety to keep cars from going in there. Tomorrow we will go over and see what we can do.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:27pm.
William M. Laudien, Secretary