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									                           BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS
                                  MONTHLY MEETING
                             WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009

SUPERVISORS PRESENT:                Eric P. Schaffhausen, Chairman
                                    Morgan Cowperthwaite, Jr., Vice Chairman - absent
                                    Glenn A. Wismer, Member

STAFF:                              John T. Terry, Manager
                                    Jean Herstine, Secretary/Treasurer
                                    John Rice, Township Solicitor
                                    Thomas Fountain, Township Engineer


Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance:
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Township Building in the Village
of Bedminster, leading those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag.

Public Comments:
With today being Veterans Day, Chairman Schaffhausen asked if anyone in the audience was a veteran.
John Spiegel, Bedminster Road acknowledged his military service. The Board took the opportunity to
thank Mr. Spiegel and all veterans for the freedoms we enjoy everyday.

Joe Bauer, Pipersville requested the township expedite and reduce the time needed to process township
permits. Mr. Bauer told the board because of the bad economy he has had to layoff workers this early.
Chairman Schaffhausen agrees with regards to reducing, wherever possible the turn around time needed
to process township permits. Chairman Schaffhausen also informed the audience that the preliminary
2010 budget would not bring about an increase in taxes.

Presentations: Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center & Pennridge Community Senior Center
Kim Gasper center manager for the Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center, which is located at 8040 Easton
Road in Ottsville and serves moderate to low income seniors was present. The center provides a number
of activities such as cards, board games, Wii bowling, dancing, yoga, Tai Chi, covered dish luncheons,
knitting club, and computer classes. The center will be holding more fundraisers such as cars shows and
concerts in the future.

Patricia Guth and Patricia Siwert representatives for the Pennridge Community Senior Center located at
146 East Main Street in Silverdale were also present. The center has 652 members of which 31 members
are residents of Bedminster Township. The center provides various services both recreational and
educational. Some of the center expenses are offset by fund-raising and hall rentals.

Chairman Schaffhausen informed both senior center representatives that the township would donate
$500.00 each in support of the senior’s centers and the services they provide the community.

Approval of Meeting Minutes:
On a motion made by Glenn Wismer, seconded by Eric Schaffhausen the Board approved the minutes of
the agenda work session held October 13, 2009. The motion carried unanimously.

On a motion made by Eric Schaffhausen, seconded by Glenn Wismer the Board approved the minutes of
the executive session, agenda work held October 13, 2009. The motion carried unanimously.

On a motion made by Eric Schaffhausen, seconded by Glenn Wismer the Board approved the minutes of
the monthly meeting held October 14, 2009. The motion carried unanimously.
Board of Supervisors
Meeting Minutes – November 11, 2009
Page 2 of 3

Approval of the November Invoices:
On a motion made by Eric Schaffhausen, seconded by Glenn Wismer the Board approved the November
invoices totaling $145,162.31. The motion carried unanimously.

                                 Subdivision and Land Development

Escrow Release No. 12: Cliffside Manor – TH Properties
Escrow Release No. 12 for Cliffside Manor – TH Properties was presented by the Township Engineer in
the amount of $4,692.20 for work completed on the project. On a motion made by Eric Schaffhausen,
seconded by Glenn Wismer the Board approved Escrow Release No. 12 for Cliffside Manor. The motion
carried unanimously.

Highway Occupancy Permit Condition Statement: Telvil Corporation / Linwood Rice
The township received a Highway Occupancy Permit Condition Statement for the Telvil Corporation /
Linwood Rice Subdivision from PennDot.

On a motion made by Eric Schaffhausen, seconded by Glenn Wismer the Board approved the Highway
Occupancy Permit Condition Statement as presented for the Telvil Corporation / Linwood Rice
Subdivision. The motion carried unanimously.

Status of Route 611 & Deep Run Road Land Development Projects: Glen Neebe
Glen Neebe has two land development projects on Route 611, the Piper Veterinary Clinic, and the Route
611 Shopping Center. Mr. Neebe is requesting the release of 2-letters of credit, $15,000.00 for the
shopping center and $43,000.00 for the veterinary hospital. In lieu of the required parking space
bumpers for the shopping center, Mr. Neebe will contribute $1,000.00 towards the traffic signal at the
intersection of Route 611 and Deep Run Road. In addition, the Board waived the requirement of an 18-
month maintenance period and the 50% maintenance bond for an additional $5,000.00 contribution by
Mr. Neebe to the cost of the traffic signal.

On a motion made by Eric Schaffhausen, seconded by Glenn Wismer the Board approved the above
modifications to the Glen Neebe Land Development Plans for the Piper Veterinary Clinic and the Route
611 Shopping Center and the conditional release of both Letters of Credit. The motion carried
unanimously.

                                         Manager’s Report

Authorize the Advertisement of a Speed Limit Ordinance: Scott Road and Bucks Road
Authorization to advertise the reduction of the speed limit to 35 mph on portions of Scott Road and
Bucks Road between Route 113 and Elephant Road. A traffic speed study conducted by the Township
Police Department establishes the maximum speed limit of 35 mph. On a motion made by Glenn
Wismer, seconded by Eric Schaffhausen the Board authorized the advertisement of the speed limit
ordinance for Scott and Bucks Road. The motion carried unanimously.

Authorization Bedminster Land Conservancy: Ermentrout Stewardship Endowment
The Bedminster Land Conservancy Stewardship Endowment for the Ermentrout Conservation Easement
TMP 1-1-65 and 1-6-11 was presented for authorization at the one-time cost of $8,405. On a motion
made by Eric Schaffhausen, seconded by Glenn Wismer the Board approved the Ermentrout Stewardship
Endowment. The motion carried unanimously.
Board of Supervisors
Meeting Minutes – November 11, 2009
Page 3 of 3

Agreement of Sale Conservation Easement: Anita Meyers
An Agreement of Sale to purchase the Conservation Easement for Anita Meyers, 108 Smith School Road
was presented. The property consists of approximately 25.5 acres TMP# 1-18-2 and 1-18-2-1. The
conservation easement cost to the Township is $6,000.00 per acre. On a motion made by Eric
Schaffhausen, seconded by Glenn Wismer the Board approved the Agreement of Sale for the Meyers
Conservation Easement. The motion carried unanimously.

Application for Township Agricultural Security District: Anita Meyers
An application was received for inclusion into the Township Agricultural Security District for Anita
Meyers The property consists of 25.5 acres, TMP# 1-18-2 and 1-18-2-1 and is located at 108 Smith
School Road.

Resignation of Minute Taker for Work Session of the Planning Commission: Ted Mullen
The Board accepted the resignation of Ted Mullen and thanked him for his service as the minute taker for
work session of the Planning Commission. All residents interested in serving the township in that
capacity are encouraged to contact the Township Manager Jack Terry.

Police Department Activity:
The Police Department’s Activity Report for October 2009 is on file.

Public Comments:
Chairman Schaffhausen announced PennDot’s approval of the traffic signal design for the intersection at
Route 611 and Deep Run Road. The township is looking into state funding with assistance from Senator
Charles McIlhinney and Representative Marguerite Quinn.

Joe Bauer, Pipersville was informed that the design is to widen the intersection at the Route 611 and
Deep Run Road in order to eliminate the turning problems.

Frank Peiffer of Creek Road who won a position on the Pennridge School board in the November’s
election was present.

Kenneth Bupp, Rolling Hills Road was informed that the school district has not agreed to freeze real
estate taxes on preserved properties; however, the board is hopeful this will happen in the future. Mr.
Bupp was also advised that the Public Works Director, Jeff Heacock, will look at the approach to the
bridge on Rolling Hills Road.

Mary Lennon, Pipersville stated that the well monitor in Pipersville needs repair and the committee is
looking into private grants. The monitor in Tinicum Township is working.

Kim Gasper thanked all veterans past and present for their service to our nation.
Adjournment:
There being no further business before the Board, on a motion made by Eric Schaffhausen, seconded by
Glenn Wismer, the meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.
                                             Respectfully submitted,
                                                     Jean L. Herstine
                                                     Office Administrator
                                                     Secretary/Treasurer

								
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