Meeting - Minutes
TOWNSHIP, LEHIGH COUNTY
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
Councilwoman Hayden, Councilmen Atkinson, Dreisbach, Kovacs,
J Jackson Eaton III, Esquire;
-------------------- Frederick P. Hay, P.E.; Sandra A. Pudliner;
It should be
noted for the record that Councilwoman Hayden attended the meeting
via telephone conference as a result of a disability, which does
not permit her attendance in person.
of the Floor: None
of Minutes: ------ November
19, 2008, Regular Council Meeting
I move we waive the reading of the Minutes of the November 19,
2008 Regular Council Meeting and accept same as present.
Moved and Seconded
Atkinson, Dreisbach, Hayden, Kovacs, Paulus: ------- Aye ---------- Unan
Township Manager advised the Board that she has provided them
with information regarding the 2009 Winter Convention of the
Lehigh County Association of Township Officials. Mrs. Pudliner
noted that the Convention would be held on Friday, January 9,
2009 at the Fogelsville Volunteer Fire Company, Fogelsville,
Pennsylvania. Councilman Kovacs indicated he would attend the
Convention. The Township Manager advised the other Board members
that should they wish to attend she would register them along
with Councilman Kovacs.
Township Manager reminded the Board that the adoption of the
2009 Budget is scheduled for Monday, December 15 at 4:00
P.M. It was noted that the end of year bill meeting would be
held on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 4:00 P.M.
W. Hay, P.E
The Township Engineer advised the Board that with respect to
the low spot on Catasauqua Rd. as a result of the construction
for the shopping center project, the Township has received the
fourth redesign to correct the flooding issue on Catasauqua Rd.
He noted that upon brief review it looks like the proposal will
work. He noted that they have to fix the problem. The proposal
to remedy the flooding problem is to raise the paving starting
at the beginning of the bend in Catasauqua Rd. running toward
With respect to the Race St./Willowbrook Rd. Signal Light Project,
the Township Engineer advised that Penn DOT has sent another
review letter with 15 comments on it. There was considerable
discussion with respect to the continual comments by Penn DOT
on the Township’s proposed signalization of the intersection.
The Township Attorney suggested that the Township document, all
the submittals to Penn DOT from the conception of the project
to the present time and after that has been accomplished a meeting
could be scheduled with the State Senator to determine if anything
can be done to expedite this matter. With respect to finalization
of the right of way, the Township Engineer noted that it will
be necessary to extinguish the easements and then execute a permit
with the state. That has to be accomplished by PPL, UGI and Verizon.
With respect to lighting at the Airport Rd./Schoenersville Rd.
intersection, the Township Engineer noted that his firm has done
a survey and has exact elevations for the runways. This information
will be submitted to the FAA for their approval.
With respect to the construction on Schoenersville Rd. within
the City of Bethlehem which tied into the swale (F.L. Smidth
formerly Fuller), the Township Engineer indicated that Penn DOT
requires drainage release when going onto private property. In
this instance, the property of Tri-City Powersports located within
the Township was never approached for such drainage release.
The Township Attorney indicated that he will speak with the Township
Manager and Township Engineer regarding this matter and have
a recommendation for the next meeting.
was some general discussion with respect to the construction of
the Airport Rd. Shopping Center. Councilman Atkinson raised a concern
with respect to the two lanes southbound on Airport Rd. up to the
entrance of the shopping center becoming one lane after that point.
He noted that it appears nothing is being done to necessitate the
one lane. There was also some discussion with respect to the owner
of the Microtel meeting with Township staff and the engineer for
the developer of the Airport Rd. Shopping Center to discuss his
with respect to the entrance to his hotel and the impact of the construction
resulting in loss of business to that establishment. That meeting
it was noted is scheduled for Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 1:30
P.M. at the Township Municipal Building.
Jackson Eaton, III, Esquire
The Township Attorney advised that the Township has received
the Letter of Credit for the Firestone project on Airport
The Township Attorney advised that Liberty Property had appealed
two parcels; namely, 974 and 944 Marcon Blvd. to the Lehigh
County Assessment Office. No relief was granted and they
have now taken an appeal to the County Court. The Township
Attorney advised that it was his opinion that we follow our
standard procedure and allow the county and the school district
to fight this matter and that he would monitor that progress
on behalf of the Township.
The Township Attorney advised that no agreement could be
reached with the Witkos relative to the Witko Condemnation,
even though appraisals were exchanged between the parties.
Accordingly, this matter will be going to a Board of Review
discussion at this point in the meeting relative to the Woodlawn
Cemetery property which had been proposed for rezoning. Additionally,
there is the subject of the proposed new ordinance regarding
the box stores. The Township Attorney noted that the Developer
most likely felt that they would like to discuss with potential
developers what is proposed by the Township. Attorney Eaton
felt that possibly they thought it was a better idea to advise
potential developers of what the proposed law is up front.
It was noted that the Township does not need to take any action
with respect to rezoning the property. The proposed ordinance
regarding box stores also does not need to be acted upon at
Resolution No. 2008-37, A Resolution Establishing
an Open Records Policy in Hanover Township (Vote)
Township Attorney advised that further revisions
to the draft provided to the Board involves fees.
The state has indicated that paper copies would cost
between 10 and 25 cents. We have inserted 15 cents
per page per side in the proposed resolution since
that is the charge which currently exists in the
Township’s Fee Resolution. With respect to
certifications, the Township charges $2.00 and the
state has indicated a $1.00 certification fee. The Township
Attorney noted that he had called them and emailed
them regarding this issue. If the state responds
that the Township may charge $2.00 for a certification,
then we can revise that figure. It was noted that
the Township should review its Fee Resolution to
make sure that same confirms to the fees. In resolution
of this matter, the Board made the following motion:
I move that Resolution No. 2008-37, A Resolution Establishing
an Open Records Policy in Hanover Township be adopted as
Kovacs: Moved and Seconded
Atkinson, Dreisbach, Hayden, Kovacs, Paulus: ------- Aye ---------- Unan.
this point in the meeting, the Township
Attorney gave Council a copy of a memo
he has sent to Sandra Pudliner concerning
the new Right to Know Law which will be
effective January 1, 2009. The Township
Attorney has reviewed the new law and noted
new procedures must be followed. He has
condensed this into a summary showing the
applicable points for Hanover Township.
A Resolution will need to be prepared to
appoint an Open Records Officer. He also
noted a standard form must be used of which
he has given a copy to the Board.
Resolution No. 2008-38, A Resolution
Appointing an Open Records Officer
and an Alternate Open Records Officer
in Hanover Township (Vote)
was noted that this Resolution will
provide for the Appointment of a Records
Officer, that being the Township Clerk
and an Alternate Records Officer that
being the Township Manager. In resolution
of this matter, the Board made the
I move that Resolution No. 2008-38, A Resolution
Appointing an Open Records Officer in Hanover
Township and an Alternate Open Records
Officer in Hanover Township be adopted
Dreisbach: Moved and Seconded
Atkinson, Dreisbach, Hayden, Kovacs, Paulus: ------- Aye ---------- Unan.
was discussion with respect to an article which appeared
in the Morning Call regarding surveillance cameras in the
City of Allentown. The Township Manager was asked to look
into that issue. There was discussion regarding the installation
of surveillance cameras in the Township’s parks as
well as the one currently in place at Canal Park. Chairman
Paulus commented that if the police actually pulled the tape
at the Canal Park location they would have a crystal clear
picture depicted on same. However, it appears that the problem
is the transmission. It was determined that the Township
Manager schedule a meeting with the State Police to review
these issues involving surveillance and that the Chairman
of the Board and the Township Manager would attend such meeting.
Councilman Kovacs commented on an incident in the Troxell
Street area where the State Police had been called in noting
that the State Police do have a presence in the Township.
meeting was adjourned at 8:15 P.M.
Sandra A. Pudliner