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					                                  COUNCIL MEETING

                                                     January 12, 2011

The regular meeting of the Rose Valley Borough Council was held on January 12, 2011
in the Borough Office, 9 Old Mill Lane, Rose Valley, Pa. President of Council Lynn
Kelley called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. In addition to Ms. Kelley those
Councilmembers present were: Dave Firn, Bob Giorgianni, Bill Hale and Al Meyer;
Mayor Tim Plummer; Treasurer Jennifer Rimerman; Solicitor G. Guy Smith; and
Secretary Paula Healy.

Councilperson Penny Sass and Controller Don Boyd were absent.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, the Minutes of the December 8, 2010 were approved on a
motion made, seconded and unanimously passed.


Mr. Firn reported that the permit needed by Eccologix for the deer cull is still being
processed by the State Game Commission. The cull in Rose Valley was to begin on
January 31 and last for 30 days, but this may have to be delayed until the permit is
received. After some discussion it was decided that the deer cull would begin shortly
after the permit is received. It would last for 30 days. The hunters will be allowed to
hunt Monday through Friday from1 hour before sunset until 2 hours after sunset. The
residents will be notified ahead of time what the actual dates turn out to be. The cull can
only be conducted on Borough owned land.

Anne Murphy from CRC is working on obtaining a matching grant from PECO for the
stream bank restoration grant it received from Boeing.


Mr. Hale informed Council that the Rose Valley Folk held a Mote in which the
membership approved the purchasing of part of the Stopford property. The Folk is
working with their attorney, John Kell, on the agreement of sale. The agreement would
also include an easement from the Stopford’s in favor of the Borough for the path along
Vernon Run connecting the Valley Green to Old Mill Lane. It is expected that Mr.
Stopford will submit his subdivision plan to the Planning Commission in February. Chip
Vaughan is also expected to present his plans for developing the Belson property to the
Planning Commission in February.


Mr. Giorgianni reviewed the Police and Fire Reports. The Police Report cited 3 false
alarms, 1 traffic accident, 3 reports of criminal mischief and 1 theft from an auto. The
Fire Report for November showed a house fire on 11/7/10 at 16 Long Point Lane and a
response to a fire alarm tripped by cooking on 11/24/10 at 38 Todmorden Drive. The
December Fire Report showed response to a fire alarm tripped by contractors on 12/14/10
at 119 West Rose Valley Road and a response to a fire alarm tripped by cooking at 116
West Rose Valley Road.

Mr. Giorgianni reported that in 2010 there were 46 false alarms. The last time the
Borough had this many false alarms was in 2000.

The Town Watch program is proceeding as usual.

Mayor Plummer reported that the speed device is working well.


Mr. Meyer reported that the snow removal for the storms so far has been good.

Mr. Meyer plans on contacting Senator Pileggi about the prevailing wage act. Engineer
Houtmann estimates that the Borough’s road repaving projects will cost 40% more
because of having to meet the wage rates set in this act.

The Workmen’s Compensation Insurance has been renewed for 2011.


Mr. Josbena reviewed the income reports for the month of December and the Status of
Funds for December. He explained that we were able to pay back the loan from Capital
Reserve to the General Fund that we incurred in 2010 because of the large snowplowing

Ms. Rimerman reviewed the Bills for Approval for January and answered questions. On
a motion made, seconded and unanimously passed, the Bills for Approval in the amount
of $27,665.64 from the General Fund were approved.


Resolution 1 – 2011 appointing Robert M. Healy to be Chairman of the Vacancy Board
for a one year term was approved on a motion made, seconded and unanimously passed.


Mayor Plummer delivered the 2011 State of the Borough Address as follows:

This is the start of our Borough’s 88th year. We are more than 1,000 strong and growing.
On behalf of all my predecessors and myself, I am pleased to present to you my annual
State of the Borough Address. Rose Valley is unique in many ways. It includes many
caring people who value neighborly interaction in our small residential community,
treasure our natural environment and perpetuate the traditions of our unique arts-and-
crafts heritage. We have been blessed with many volunteers who, individually and
collectively, have brought a wealth of talents and a spirit of public service to our


We have made remarkable progress toward achieving the goals we set for ourselves at the
beginning of 2010. Highlights of the outstanding work of Borough Council, under the
able leadership of President Lynn Kelley, the Planning Commission chaired by Bill Hale,
and Environmental Advisory Council chaired by Roger Latham are as follows:
     Budget. Closed the budget gap we had at the start of the year by reducing
        expenses in 28 categories, benefiting from the sale of the Borough’s Waste Water
        System, and obtaining grants.
     Deer. Created and implemented the first year of a Multi-year Comprehensive Plan
        to control our burgeoning deer population.
     Historic District. Created a Historic District within the Borough listed on the
        National Historic Registry by the US Department of Interior.
     Zoning. Updated the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map by creating, overlaying,
        modernizing and consolidating a number of outdated regulations. Amended the
        Traymore Planned Residential Development.
     Invasive Plants. Conducted workshops to identify and control invasive plants
        within our wildlife sanctuaries. Replaced significant numbers of invasive plants
        with native species.
     Stream Bank Erosion. Obtained a grant to control stream bank erosion within
        the Saul Wildlife Sanctuary.
     Gate House Property. Landscaped and began beautification of the Gate House
        property at the entrance of Old Mill Lane.
     Website. Upgraded the Borough Website to make it more user-friendly and easier
        to update.
     Traffic. Continued to implement traffic calming strategies on Rose Valley Road.
     July 4th. Celebrated July 4th with the 13th annual parade, flag raising, pool party
        and picnic enjoyed by more than 250 participants.
Each of these achievements was aided and supported by our outstanding Borough
Manager, Paula Healy. Significant counsel and advice at each step of the way was made
by our Borough Solicitor, G. Guy Smith who routinely rose above the call of duty to help
us move forward for the betterment of the Borough.
We embarked on a three-year plan to balance the budget, preserve capital reserves and
minimize long-term tax increases. The plan led to a 2010 budget that was approximately
$150,000 lower than in 2009 due to the elimination of previous expenses associated with
the sewer system and reductions in expenditures across 28 different expenditure
categories. We were also successful in our grant applications for recycling, snow plowing
relief, and preservation of the stream bank in the wildlife preserve. As a result, revenues
were slightly higher than expenditures for 2010.
In 2010, after much debate and public input on an issue on which there were strong
opinions on both sides, the Borough formulated and approved a long-range plan to
control, but not eliminate the burgeoning deer population in the Borough's parklands.
The Borough determined that the preservation of our woodlands in their natural state for
the benefit of current and future Borough residents dictated that steps be taken to reduce
the current deer population. In addition, deer are increasingly seeking food sources
outside of the parklands, causing roadway accidents and increasing the transmission to
humans of serious deer tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease. The plan required
achieving a difficult balance between reducing the deer population in a safe, humane way
and preserving access to the woodlands by residents and other visitors. Thus, a limited
bow hunt was permitted during the fall of 2010 by a professional hunting group.
Depending on the level of success, the plan provides for limited maintenance hunting
and/or culls during 2011 and beyond. The plan also provides for steps to be taken by the
Borough’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) to monitor the effects of the deer
reduction efforts on the ability of the woodlands to regenerate native plant growth.
Historic District
After nearly three years’ of effort, the Rose Valley Historic District was approved by the
US Department of Interior and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission’s proclamation of July 19, 2010 reads
as follows:
        “Rose Valley Historic District has been entered in the National Register of
       Historic Places, our Nation’s official list of properties significant in American
       history, architecture and culture. These places contribute to our understanding of
       the historical and cultural foundations of the United States.”
The creation of the Rose Valley Historic District is a national honor in recognition of
Rose Valley’s unique historic legacy. The US Department of Interior has recognized
Rose Valley as one of the premier arts-and-crafts communities in the United States. We
should take great pride in this singular achievement. Our Historic District is a gift to our
present and future generations of Rose Valley residents. The Rose Valley Historic
District consists of 123 resources: 105 buildings, 7 sites, 10 structures and 1 object (the
Minquas Path Historic Marker on Rose Valley Road).
The Planning Commission modernized the Zoning Ordinance by updating the Borough
Zoning Code of 1983 by establishing maximum building height requirements, maximum
levels of impervious surfaces and regulations for flag lot subdivisions. The new
ordinance also consolidated existing ordinances relating to the planned residential
development overlay district, wireless communication facilities, and storm water
requirements. The Ordinance also created an Open Space Preservation Zoning District for
permanent protection of Borough-owned open space, an Institutional Overlay for non-
residential uses within the Borough, and updated the Zoning Map and Sign Ordinance.
Invasive Plants
The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) has made continuing progress toward
restoring the woodlands to their natural balance through the invasive plant workshops
that were conducted during the spring and fall of 2010. Volunteers, under the direction of
Dr. Roger Latham, removed significant quantities of non-native invasive vegetation by
hand pulling and cutting. Native plant species, acquired through grants provided by the
Delaware County Conservation District, were planted to replace the removed invasive
plants. In addition, the EAC oversaw the continued removal of invasive bamboo,
Japanese knotweed and goutweed species through herbiciding programs funded by the
Stream Bank Erosion
The EAC, with assistance from the Chester-Ridley-Crum Watershed Association,
received a grant from the Boeing Corporation to control sites of significant stream bank
erosion within the Saul Wildlife Sanctuary.
Gate House Property
Masonry work was completed on the Gate House ruins to stabilize and protect the
foundation walls and the Spring House brick barrel vault. Workers restored the walls of
the old pump house and garage assisted by Eagle Scout Jacob Roberts. The flower beds
near the Gate House ruins were also cleaned out and replanted.
The Borough’s website was completely redesigned during 2010. It is now much easier to
update and expand. As a result the Borough has an enhanced ability to provide additional
information in a more timely manner. The website is averaging 10-12 visitors per day.
Some of these “hits” are very quick looks - just to the home page and out. Some of our
visitors browse around several pages and others go directly to an interior page, such as
the Minutes of our previous Council Meeting. (The website can be accessed by
Googleing, “Rose Valley Borough.”)
Public Safety and Traffic Control
The Borough’s Town Watch program, over sixty members strong, continued to provide
an effective deterrent to criminal activity by conducting three radio-controlled patrols
daily. The Borough's speed control device has proven to be effective in calming and
recording the speed of vehicles along Rose Valley Road. The data accumulated by the
device indicate that a significant number of drivers are traveling on Rose Valley within
the posted 35mph speed limit and 98+% are traveling under 45 mph.
Road Repair
The Borough's ongoing responsibility to maintain Borough roads is likely to become
substantially more expensive in the light of a judicial decision that mandates the Borough
include "comparable wage" specifications in future Requests For Proposals for road
paving. Comparable wage for these purposes means union wage. The Borough Engineer
has estimated that this judicial interpretation will increase the cost of a paving job by
approximately 40%.
July 4th
The Borough celebrated July 4th with its 13th annual parade, flag raising ceremony, pool
party and picnic enjoyed by more than 250 participants. Hedgerow Players assisted in a
skit that reenacted the events leading up to July 4th, 1776. Over 30 volunteers helped with
the events that made it a flag-waving day of patriotism within the Borough.
Some Reflections by Borough Solicitor, G. Guy Smith
“I think an ongoing accomplishment during the past five years or so is the continuing
improvement to the walking trails throughout the Borough. The addition of new
Traymore trails along Rose Valley Road and the connector trail to the Saul Wildlife
Preserve and the improvements to the existing trails, like the new bridge on the trolley-
path trail that the Boy Scouts built, are all parts of what we all love about Rose
Valley. The open spaces, the trails, the lands from Traymore that increased the Saul
Wildlife Preserve by 50%, all work together to make Rose Valley unique in its concept of
maintaining our communion with nature. And they are the result of a longstanding plan
that is part of the ongoing commitment by Borough Council and the Mayor, not a closed
plan, but a changing and encompassing concept, that we always seem to be ready to
embrace for the improvement of what we already have. Traymore is a perfect example.
The Scouts improving the bridge is another. The acquisition of the Borough Green
another. Separate, yet working together and fitting together like pieces of a puzzle that
make a wonderful picture when assembled. This year’s changes to the Zoning Code and
the Zoning Map fit into this concept perfectly. They are another essential piece of the
puzzle that adds to the finished picture. Add in the Gate House property acquisition, and
our traffic calming speed sign on Rose Valley Road, and you see how it all fits together.
 Add to these pieces the creation of the Rose Valley Historic District during 2010 and you
can see what this picture is starting to look like, not just for now but for the future. Rose
Valley is a far different place than it was just a few short years ago. In the most difficult
economic times since the great depression, our Borough government has managed to
move the Borough forward in ways that no one, individually, not any one of us who sit at
the Council table month after month, could have predicted as recently as five years ago.
But, collectively, as a group, our public servants who sit at the table seem to work
together like a choir or an orchestra, to bring these pieces of the puzzle together. Maybe
not a perfect analogy, but you get the idea.”
Our financial goals for 2011 include: (a) continue the 3-year process of achieving a
balanced budget, (b) continue to apply for available grants, (c) continue to support
responsible building projects that will increase the Borough’s tax base, and (d) develop a
long-term budgetary plan for extraordinary expenditures related to street paving and
support of local fire companies.
Continue to implement the long-range plan, modify as required.
Historic District
Conduct walks to acquaint our residents with historical aspects of our Borough.
Planning Commission
Review the plans to incorporate the Belson property into the Traymore Planned
Residential Development to ensure the development adequately addresses Borough
objectives, such as preserving additional open space, managing storm water runoff and
enhancing the Borough trail network. Update the Borough Zoning Map to reflect the
incorporation of the Belson property into the Traymore PRD and improve the accuracy of
the map.

Environmental Advisory Council
Continue to implement the programs to remove invasive pants and replace them with
native species in the wildlife sanctuaries and provide information to residents on how
they can best do the same on their own properties. Stabilize the banks of Ridley Creek
downstream of the old dam site. Investigate requirements for the repair of the dam and
restoration of the wetlands in the small pond below the Traymore Bridge. Determine
what would be required for the Borough to receive a “Tree City” designation.
Gate House Property
Improve the appearance of the property by adding flagstone, additional garden plantings
and a bench. Plan for the site to include a Veterans Memorial.
Road Repair
Develop a plan for more frequent and smaller road paving projects to avoid the higher
wage costs associated with larger projects. Meet with Senator Dominic Pileggi to address
what could be done, including possible legislation that would exempt small
municipalities like us from the comparable wage requirement.
Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan (MMCP)
Encourage cooperation among the municipalities in the MMCP planning area by
sponsoring the third annual MMCP meeting.

There being no further business, on a motion made, seconded and unanimously passed,
the meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

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