Wayne Township Planning Commission
Minutes for Monthly Meeting, November 13, 2018
Attendance Board: Terry Condo, Carl Bathurst, John Noltee, Roxanne Embick, Rod Shemory, Steve Simcox, Mae Johnson Public: Robert Maguire, Jim Maguire, Russ & Marie Johnson
Meeting was called to order at 7:00PM.
Pledge of Allegiance led by Terry Condo.
Approval of the minutes: The minutes from the October meeting were reviewed. Rod Shemory made the motion to approve the minutes. John Noltee seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Public Hearing re: Conditional Use request by Russ Johnson – A request has been made for Conditional Use of the property at 330 McElhattan Dr for business and Insurance offices located in Village Center: parcel nos. 35-017267 and 35-017268. The letter lists the properties as currently zoned Highway Interchange, but the actual zoning is Village Center. Mae noted that the only difference in the two regarding use are the set-backs. A letter will be sent to the Board of Supervisors regarding changing the initial request from Highway Interchange to Village Center. Terry stated that he has a concern regarding the potential for truck traffic due to the limited space available. He further recommended that truck parking not be permitted. Carl inquired about the number of parking spaces required. After reviewing the Zoning Ordinance regarding Off Street Parking and Loading; Commercial/Retail Use; Retail Stores or Business Establishment; the requirement is 1 for each 300 sq ft of gross floor area and +1 for each employee in the maximum work shift. John Noltee made a motion to recommend approval of this request with the following requirements: change the request from Highway Interchange to Village Center, no truck parking be permitted on the premises, and currently meets all parking requirements as listed above. Mae Johnson seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Robert A. Maguire Zoning Change Request – Robert Maguire appeared tonight with another letter regarding his request of September 2018 to rezone properties that abut Truck-Lite on Reservoir Rd. The parcels include Big Woods Land Company Parcel # 02-01-0039-A, Robert A. Maguire Parcel # 02-01-0039-007, and William and Marilyn Bitner Parcel # 02-01-0039-003. The single letter again asks for “urgent” rezoning of the three properties from Low Density Residential (R-1) to Highway Interchange (HI). The letter appears to be signed by Robert A. Maguire, William Bitner, Marilyn Bitner, and James A. Maguire. Robert Maguire stated that there are no current plans for development.
One of the requests made by the Planning Commission before offering recommendation was for Robert Maguire to include some proposed buffers to protect current and future land owners on Brittan Lane. The letter presented at the meeting does not address this request. Terry Condo feels that the buffers that currently exist are inadequate and they are being addressed in the new Zoning Ordinance, which is currently being completed for review. He feels that it would not be appropriate to offer the Planning Commissions favorable recommendation without those provisions. Robert Maguire feels that the current buffer requirements are adequate and that he should not have to wait. When asked by Carl Bathurst what the hurry was if there were no current plans, Mr. Maguire stated that he did have plans for a business on the current residential property. When asked what type of business, Robert Maguire declined to answer. Terry stated that he did not feel comfortable making a recommendation without provisions made for a buffer. Mr. Maguire interrupted and stated that the Planning Commission needed to follow the current guidelines. Terry gaveled the meeting and excused himself for a 5 minute break. He then returned, stated that he did not feel that he could continue to preside over the meeting and turned over the gavel to Rod Shemory, vice-chair.
Roxanne stated that in the future, it might be best to request to be placed on the agenda prior to the evening of the meeting. Robert Maguire and Jim Maguire both shared that they felt that the requirements that the Planning Commission were requesting were unreasonable and outside the current regulations. Roxanne Embick expressed that we were merely asking for provisions to be made to protect current and future owners from encroaching development. She further reminded Robert and Jim Maguire that the Planning Commission need not make any recommendation on this matter, particularly when our requests have not been addressed. We had requested a letter from Mr. Bitner and Big Woods Land Co. We received one letter with un-notarized signatures at the bottom. This is not a substitute for a letter from the current landowners. Jim Maguire showed the board members the area in question using his phone. Mae Johnson expressed our concerns for current and future residents on the R-1 lots that will about the proposed rezoned parcels. She shared the ways in which our current regulations have failed residents in the past and that we were trying to protect the citizens of the township.
Robert Maguire continued that the letter showed the intent of the property owners involved. Roxanne asked why he did not invite Mr. Bitner to come to the meeting with him. He stated that he did not think it appropriate to “bother an 85 year old man with this” and that was why he brought the letter. Roxanne pointed out that there is no way to validate that the signatures were those of the people listed. Roxanne continued that we only received the new letter, dated October 31, 2018 tonight and that no request had been made to be included on the agenda. This would have given the members the opportunity to further review the request and perhaps have a better answer. Robert Maguire then stated that he would like the record to reflect that there was an official request made to the Planning Commission and that “the clock was ticking.” Roxanne noted that his request appeared in the minutes for both the initial contact in September and today’s request. Robert Maguire then left the meeting.
Roxanne Embick made a motion to continue the rezoning request until the next meeting, on December 11, 2018. Mae Johnson seconded the motion. All were in favor. The matter will be reviewed again at the December meeting.
Comprehensive Plan Approval Process – Roxanne Embick stated that, in early October, she provided Darlene Macklem, Township Secretary, with the letter asking the contiguous municipalities and the school district to review the proposed comprehensive plan. Darlene Macklem was to have the proposed Comprehensive Plan printed at Reese’s Print Shop and send them, along with the letter, to the above mentioned. Roxanne has not received any word on any further activity on this matter.
Public Participation: None
Adjournment: John Noltee made a motion to adjourn. Steve Simcox seconded the motion. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 7:59pm.
Respectfully submitted by,
Roxanne Embick, Secretary
WAYNE TOWNSHIP MEETING
December 18, 2018
The Wayne Township Board of Supervisors held a meeting on December 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, with David W. Calhoun, James B. Maguire and Brad Rote present.
Those also in attendance: Rob Bowmaster and Malcolm Stabley of the Wayne Township Fire Company, Carolyn Hanna, John Noltee, Steve Simcox, Linda Calhoun, Carl Bathurst, Marci Orndorf of the Wayne Township Landfill, Robin Condo, Mae Johnson, Bob Johnson, Rod Shemory, John Segursky, P.E. of Uni-Tec, Peggy Fanning, Zoning Officer Paula Kibler, and Paul D. Welch, Jr., Esquire
Rod Shemory reported that he contacted First Quality again about the noise heard at his residence believed to be caused by the vacuum pump and was told that there may be changes made to something on the heat exchanger or they may try turning it to a different angle.
Rod Shemory asked the Board if they were going to consider the request made at the November meeting by his wife to have trucks exiting H2O turn right rather than left onto Shoemaker Road.
Chairman Maguire indicated that the Board discussed the matter at their work session and decided not to take action on the request.
John Noltee pointed out that his name was omitted from the list of attendees for the November, 2018 meeting minutes.
Rob Bowmaster of the Wayne Township Fire Company pointed out that during the November meeting the Supervisors advised him that they had not received an audit from the fire company for the past two years but in the minutes it states the audits were not received for 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.
Approval of Meeting Minutes
Chairman Maguire asked if there were any questions or comments on the minutes of the November 19, 2018 meeting.
Chairman Maguire noted the Mr. Bowmaster’s correction as to the dates of the fire company audits being added to the meeting minutes in error as the dates were not discussed during the meeting.
Supervisor Calhoun then made a motion to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
Supervisor Calhoun made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted; seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
Pine Creek Township Police Chief Dave Winkleman was not present for the meeting.
Zoning Officer’s Report
Zoning Officer Paula Kibler reported issuing two Land Use Permits from the date of the last meeting to Mike Haffley for a 34 ft. x 64 ft. outbuilding and driveway and to Steve Johnson for a 10 ft. x 16 ft. shed.
Mr. Merrill of 1597 Youngdale Road requested a letter to his bank stating that the property he is purchasing is not in the floodplain. Chairman Maguire confirmed the property is not in the floodplain and a letter was provided to Mr. Merrill.
The Supervisors scheduled a public hearing for January 21, 2019 for a zoning map amendment noting the properties will be posted in mid-January.
Code Enforcement Officer
A complaint was made on the Jim Johnson property of two sea sheds tied together with an awning never had a permit and is now considered a permanent structure. Terry visited the property and agrees with the complaint and the Johnsons agreed to purchase a permit for the structure.
Code Enforcement Officer Terry Crawford is going to re-inspect the Bowmaster property after the holidays.
Chairman Maguire indicated that one or two of the Supervisors would accompany Terry Crawford when he inspects the Bowmaster property.
Dave Thomas has moved the shed out of the stream back to its original site and temporarily secured it due to the weather he has had problems making permanent repairs to be in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance. Code Enforcement Officer Crawford plans to return to the property in a few weeks to check on the progress of the situation.
Monthly Engineer’s Report
John Segursky, P.E. asked when the Board of Supervisors would like to schedule the bid opening for the storm water drain repairs in Linnippi Village and suggested the Supervisors open the bids at the February work session and award the bid at the February 18, 2019 township meeting.
It was the consensus of the Board that the bids be opened at the February work session and award the bids at the township meeting on February 18, 2019.
Recreation Committee Report
Supervisor Calhoun reported that an inspection was held at the ball field and everything was approved except the handicapped painting was not completed on the concrete and the parking lot did not have the stone screenings placed on it and the signs were required to be replaced.
Supervisor Calhoun stated that new metal signs were installed, the handicapped painting has now been completed and the stone screenings will be in place prior to the next inspection scheduled for Wednesday.
Supervisor Calhoun made a motion to hold an executive session at 7:15 pm; seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
Chairman Maguire reconvened the regular meeting at 7:20 pm and explained that the executive session was held to discuss legal matters.
Vacant Auditor Position
Chairman Maguire explained that the Supervisors advertised the vacant auditor position and Yvonne Hughes was only one person interested in the position.
Supervisor Calhoun made a motion to appoint Yvonne Hughes as a township auditor; seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
Supervisor Calhoun made a motion to adopt the 2019 Budget; seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
Tax Levy Resolution 12.19.18
Supervisor Calhoun made a motion to adopt Tax Levy Resolution 12.19.18 setting the real estate tax rate at .00 mills for 2019; seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
Schedule Reorganization Meeting
Supervisor Calhoun made a motion to schedule the 2019 Reorganization Meeting for January 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm with the regular monthly meeting to immediately follow the Reorganization Meeting; seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
The Board previously discussed hiring a part-time employee to plow snow as needed and advertised the position and received one application from Greg Walizer who has over 20 years experience as an operator and foreman for PennDot and 20 plus years of snow plowing experience.
It was the consensus of the Board to schedule an interview with Mr. Walizer and move forward with hiring him as a part-time as needed employee for snow removal.
The Board discussed purchasing a new pickup truck and whether it would be beneficial to purchase a CNG or Diesel fueled truck and agreed to continue to gather information on different models of trucks.
Chairman Maguire reported that the 1987 truck has been listed on Municibid and currently the high bid on the truck is $2,150.
Rob Bowmaster – Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Company
Rob Bowmaster of the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Company said he was contacted recently about calls that the fire company did not get out on.
Chairman – yes Board discussed some of the issues fire company at the work session.
Mr. Bowmaster stressed the point that members of the fire company are all volunteers and that is why there is a mutual aid system where neighboring fire companies assist each other.
Supervisors Maguire & Rote said the Supervisors understand and appreciate that fire fighters volunteer their time and also work for a living and may not be able to respond to all calls.
A discussion was held regarding the decrease in the number of volunteer fire fighters across the State and appreciating volunteer fire fighters serving the township. The importance of the Supervisors and members of the Wayne Township Fire Company working together was also discussed.
In addition, the request for audits from the Fire Company by the Board of Supervisors was also discussed and whether or not the Fire Company is required to provide audits to the Supervisors or is only required to provide financial information as to what the township money is used for.
It was the consensus of the Board to meet with the Members of the Fire Company to discuss various issues.
Chairman Maguire asked if there were any questions on the invoices, there being none, Supervisor Rote made a motion to approve the invoices as submitted; seconded by Supervisor Calhoun, MCU.
Chairman Maguire wished everyone a Merry Christmas on behalf of the Supervisors, and then made a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Darlene S. Macklem, Secretary