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					EAST PENNSBORO TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING, MARCH 1, 2006

Regular Session

8:30 p.m.

The Regular Meeting of the East Pennsboro Township Board of Commissioners was held on Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at 8:30 p.m. at the Community and Municipal Center, 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola, Pennsylvania. Those present were: Commissioners - George DeMartyn, President, James Hertzler, Vice President, John Kuntzelman, E. Thomas Fry, and Dolores McAlister; Robert L. Gill, Township Manager; Henry F. Coyne, Esquire, Township Solicitor; John Pietropaoli, Assistant Township Manager; Joseph Bonarrigo, Township Engineer; John B. Owen, Codes and Zoning Officer; Deborah Thornton, Administrative Assistant, James Bumgardner, Fire Marshal; and Chief McMaster and Mark Green, Police Department. I. CALL TO ORDER

President DeMartyn called the meeting to order at 8:30 p.m. A moment of silent meditation was observed in memory of Marine Sergeant Brian Willard, a graduate from East Pennsboro School District, and a township summer employee for two summers, who was killed in the line of duty on February 14 in a helicopter accident off the coast of Africa, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Mr. Gill noted the township lowered its flag to half-mast and will keep it there until after his burial at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

MOTION approving the minutes of the Regular Meeting of February 15, 2006, was made by Mr. Fry, seconded by Mr. Hertzler, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. III. BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR

Mr. Robert Redfeur, 101 Second Street, Summerdale, addressed the board about an ongoing problem with a rental property on his street. Last month residents of Summerdale addressed the board regarding a garage that is being rented to an individual who was parking vehicles on the street. Since that meeting, the individual is now parking his panel truck in front of their house, out of spite. The police have said since it is a registered vehicle on a public street, there is nothing they can do. Mr. Redfeur presented pictures to the board. The Codes and Police Departments had the gentleman remove from the street the one vehicle which bore the license to a different registered vehicle. The gentleman was upset so he

parked his properly registered truck right in front of their house, two feet from their gate going into the front door. The residents of the street indicated they feel as if they are being held hostage in their neighborhood by a garage renter who does not even live in the area. Chief McMaster suggested the board approve parking restrictions on that block, possibly similar to what was done on Carlisle Avenue to discourage the high school kids from taking the neighbors' parking places, no parking from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The board discussed possibly adopting permit parking for the residents and property owners of the four houses, whereas a renter of a garage would not have a permit to park in those places in front of the individual property owners. He would still be able to park in his garage and in front of it, but he would not be able to park in the permit zones. Township staff and Chief McMaster will review the suggestions and report back at the next meeting. Mr. Jeff Parker, Parker Auto Sales, 20 Susquehanna Avenue, addressed the board regarding the recent decision to remove parking from both sides of Susquehanna Avenue. He asked for some type of compromise, possibly parking on one side, or a temporary zone for a few minutes, because it will hurt his business. President DeMartyn informed Mr. Parker that the board has had requests from the fire department and a number of residents to adopt such a measure. Mr. Pietropaoli noted hew ill measure the width curb to curb to see if no parking on one side would work. He indicated the sensible place to have parking such as a temporary zone, which admittedly is hard to enforce, would be a limited area of parking on the old Dominoes Pizza side. The logical place would be between the two entrances that are there, where there is very little curb area. Mr. Bumgardner, Chief McMaster, and Mr. Pietropaoli will review the matter and report back at the next meeting. President DeMartyn told Mr. Parker that disabled vehicles or wrecks are not permitted to be dumped on the street, and if he does not have enough space on his lot, he will have to find some space to park the vehicles. Mr. Tom Schwartzer, of New Cumberland, addressed the board about the proposed rental inspection ordinance. He is a real estate investor and rental property owner in the township and objects to the possibility of having an inspection of rental properties and having a fee for this. He indicated this would discourage investors to invest in the township because it will raise the price of business, since they will have to pass this on to a renter. He also questioned the constitutionality of having an owner-occupied house not identical to a rental property. President DeMartyn informed Mr. Schwartzer that the township has been reviewing the

idea for two or three years. Mechanicsburg Borough recently passed an ordinance exactly like the one proposed, and most neighboring municipalities are getting copies of East Pennsboro's proposed ordinance because they are considering such a measure. The township is still reviewing the language to make sure that whatever is adopted is constiutionally legal and fair. Rental propery inspections have been done in the past under a complaint basis, and without a court order, the township cannot get into the property to inspect it. Because of the volume of failures to comply with codes, the township needs to regularly be able to inspect these properties. Thirty percent of the properties in East Pennsboro Township are rental properties. President DeMartyn noted it is the board's responsibility to act on behalf of the safety of its residents. Mr. Owen stated New Cumberland, Camp Hill, Lower Allen, and Susquehanna Township are currently reviewing East Pennsboro's proposed ordinance. IV. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL

MOTION authorizing payment of invoices and payroll pending review and signatures of Commissioners, was made by Mr. Kuntzelman, seconded by Mrs. McAlister, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. Board of Commissioners March 1, 2006 Page 3

Items 2 and 3 on the agenda were tabled. MOTION to adopt ordinance number 708-2006 of the Township of East Pennsboro, Cumberland County, erecting speed limit signs of 15 miles per hour on Magaro Road from its intersection with Randall Road to its intersection with Wolfe Road, was made by Mr. Kuntzelman, seconded by Mr. Fry, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION to adopt Ordinance no. 709-2006 of the Township of East Pennsboro, Cumberland County, amending Township Ordinance no. 145-66 incorporating the provisions of the Local Tax Enabling Act and authorizing the waiver of interest and penalties, was made by Mr. Fry, seconded by Mr. Kuntzelman, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION to adopt Ordinance no. 710-2006 of the Township of East Pennsboro, Cumberland County, requiring 48-hour parking permits for recreational vehicles, was made by Mr. Hertzler, seconded by Mr. Fry, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION authorizing the payment of Requisition no. 1996-409 to East Pennsboro Township in the amount of $4,134.27, plus interest, which represents the principal and interest to close out the 1996 General Construction Fund Account, was made by Mrs. McAlister, seconded by Mr. Kuntzelman, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION to approve payment of Requisition no. 1998-2006 to East Pennsboro

Township in the amount of $15,004.94, plus interest, which represents the principal and interest to close out the 1998 General Construction Fund Account, was made by Mr. Fry, seconded by Mrs. McAlister, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION to tentatively approve the Collective Bargaining Agreement between East Pennsboro Township and Teamsters Local Union No. 776 for the period of January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2010, per the Township Manager's memo dated February 2, 2006, was made by Mr. Hertzler, seconded by Mr. Fry, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION to accept the recodification proposal from Keystate Publishers, Inc., per the costs outlined in their proposal dated February 1, 2006, with a base price of $7,275.00, was made by Mr. Kuntzelman, seconded by Mr. Hertzler, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION to accept the letter of resignation from Harry J. Nazzaro as CSO for East Pennsboro Township to be effective March 14, 2006, and send a letter of appreciation on behalf of the board, was made by Mrs. McAlister, seconded by Mr. Fry, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. Item no. 12 on the agenda was tabled. MOTION to accept the letter dated February 22, 2006, from Richard S. Dougherty concerning the outlined conditions and mutual understanding relative to the cancellation of current health insurance with East Pennsboro Township, was made by Mr. Fry, seconded by Mr. Hertzler, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote.

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MOTION to approve payment to Henry F. Coyne, Solicitor, for professional services during the period of January 26, 2006, through February 22, 2006, in the amount of $4,389.70, was made by Mrs. McAlister, seconded by Mr. Hertzler, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION to adopt Ordinance no. 711-2006 of the Township of East Pennsboro, Cumberland County, amending Section 306 of the ordinance restricting truck and other vehicle parking and traffic on certain streets with regard to Class V or other higher trucks of 11,000 pounds or greater, was made by Mr. Fry, seconded by Mr. Kuntzelman, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. Mr. Gill informed the board the engineering firm of K&W, which represents The Townes of Bungalow, have requested a 60-day extension with regard to preliminary/final subdivision

plan submission. They have asked for an extension to address additional comments with regard to the conservation district. MOTION granting a 60-day extension to K&W Engineering, on behalf of The Townes of Bungalow, was made by Mr. Kuntzelman, seconded by McAlister, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. Mr. Bumgardner updated the board regarding the preemption of vehicle installation. Five units are still to be installed of the 18 purchased, one on a police car and four to be put in the fire trucks. They have had some positive responses with regard to the use of it. Silver Spring Township is now moving in the same direction. Mr. Gill stated he has met with Ed Black, who will be at the March 15 meeting to review the Fish and Boat Commission plan, the Master plan, and also the lighting plan. Mr. Gill submitted a $10,000 DCED grant for play equipment. Mr. Coyne informed the board that through the efforts of Deb Thornton and Bob Gill in researching unclaimed property at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Treasury, the township has a chance to recover unclaimed property from Continental Insurance Company in the amount of $1,084.02. MOTION authorizing the Township Manager and Township Solicitor to take appropriate action to file claim with the Department of Treasury for unclaimed funds, was made by Mrs. McAlister, seconded by Mr. Hertzler, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION directing the Township Manager to start the necessary paperwork to create and establish the position of Fire Administrator, to have it up and running by the month of August, was made by Mr. Kuntzelman, seconded by Mr. Fry, and failed due to a lack of a majority of aye votes, with Mr. Hertzler, Mrs. McAlister, and Mr. DeMartyn voting in the negative. Mr. Hertzler respectfully disagreed with the motion stating he thinks it is important to encourage the recruitment and retention of fire personnel, but he checked with the Bureau of Local Government Services and a Fire Administrator is not a required position, although some local municipalities have hired such a position. He noted the Department of Labor and Industry, with respect to those municipalities that did not opt in, considers the new BOCA building codes essentially applying to new construction. As far as day care centers, Mr. Hertzler thinks the Board of Commissioners March 1, 2006 Page 5

township is moving in the direction of having qualified people in the zoning and codes department conduct the inspections, and he does not believe the township needs a separate person as Fire Administrator, but suggested the board review the matter a little bit longer.

Mr. Bumgardner stated the municipalities that do not have a Fire Administrator are using their paid firefighter force to do the inspections, and right now he cannot keep up with all the inspections. Hampden Township has a Fire Administrator, and Lower Allen and Fairview Townships are looking for one. Mr. Bumgardner stated that once the township adopted the statewide BOCA code, Labor and Industry does not come into the township anymore to inspect fire and panic codes. Mr. Fry noted the board has to consider the safety of the community, which is why he agreed to appoint such a position. Mr. Hertzler suggested the township instead train the codes staff to do the inspections. MOTION amending the previous motion to hire a Fire Administrator to in addition hire a Community Relations Specialist, was made by Mr. Hertzler, which was later withdrawn. Mr. Hertzler did not recall the amount for a Fire Administrator being in the adopted budget. Mr. Gill stated $20,000 was put in for a Fire Administrator or for the inspections to be done by somebody else. President DeMartyn suggested a personnel meeting. MOTION to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 p.m., was made by Mr. Kuntzelman, seconded by Mr. Fry, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. Respectfully submitted,

ROBERT L. GILL Township Manager

ANN-MARIE P. SWEENEY Recording Secretary


				
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