Meeting - Minutes
TOWNSHIP, LEHIGH COUNTY
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
Councilwoman Hayden; Councilmen Atkinson, Dreisbach, Kovacs;
A. Pudliner; Vicky Roth
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
Paulus determined at this point in time to move to the item
listed under New Business.
No. 2006-37, Budget Transfers for the Year 2006
Manager advised the Board that it has become necessary
to appropriate funds back into the department for Planning
Zoning since the department has exceeded the budget
appropriation. By way of further discussions, an issue
arose regarding the
fees charged by the Township for Zoning Hearing Board
hearings. The Township Manager noted that the current amount
per hearing does not in any way cover the costs incurred
by the Township for advertising, attorney fees, Board
compensation, stenographic services, etc. Council
determined that the fees should be increased to $750 per
with the exception of residential hearings, which would
remain at the $50 figure. To that end, the Board made the
I move that we update the Township’s Fee Schedule
for Zoning Hearing Board Hearings from $500 to $750 effective
immediately upon adoption of an amended fee resolution.
Kovacs: Moved and Seconded
Atkinson, Dreisbach, Hayden, Kovacs, Paulus: ------- Aye ------- Unan.
respect to Resolution No. 2006-37, Council made the following
I move that Resolution No. 2006-37, Budget Transfers
for the year 2006 be adopted as presented.
Dreisbach: Moved and Seconded
Atkinson, Dreisbach, Hayden, Kovacs, Paulus: ------- Aye ------- Unan
Hearing – Proposed 2007 Operating Capital Reserve,
Liquid Fuels, Water and Sewer Budgets (Review Discussion)
Paulus opened the Public Hearing with respect to the Proposed
2007 Budgets. The Township Manager proceeded to give the
Board an overview of the Budget and it was determined that
at the next Budget Hearing to be held on Monday, October
30, 2006, at 7:00 P.M., the Township Engineer would be in
attendance to review the Water and Sewer Budgets for the
year 2007. There was a discussion relative to the new line
item added to the Budget for the purchase of a Ford 350 Pickup
with plow. There was also some discussion with respect to
the calculation for cost of living increase for Township
employees. The Township Manager advised that the formula
had been utilized as in the past to calculate the cost of
living using the National Averages from June, 2005, through
June 2006. The Township Manager also advised the Board that
the health insurance costs would increase by 8% for the year
2007. Additionally, the Township Manager advised that the
Township will be placing the health insurance plan with the
Benecon Group which represents a consortium of municipalities.
However, the Township Manager noted that the type of coverage
and costs will remain stable.
point in the meeting, Council began a review of the revenues
portion of the Operating Budget. The Township Manager noted
that Surplus Funds is shown at a figure of $400,000 which
will need to be adjusted either higher or lower depending
on availability of funds and further information to be gathered
before the end of 2006. With respect to the Department for
Taxes, Council determined to revise Occupational Privilege
Tax from $75,000 to $70,000. With respect to the Department
for Licenses and Permits, Council determined to revise Cable
TV Permits from $27,000 to $24,000. With respect to the Department
for Department Earnings, Council determined to revise Zoning
Hearing Board filing fees from $3,000 to $5,000. There was
a discussion with respect to the line item for Recycling
Grant and the Township Manager was requested to question
the Recycling Coordinator as to why the grant funds have
been decreasing and report back to the Board on that matter.
point in the meeting, Council determined to close the Public
Hearing on the Proposed 2007 Budgets with the next hearing
to be held on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 7:00 P.M.
was adjourned at 7:45 P.M.
Sandra A. Pudliner