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Board of Supervisors
5/22/2019 7:00 PM

The agenda meeting of the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors was held at 6:30 pm.

 

Present were:

Barry Moore

Eileen Silver

Dr. Kimberly Rose

Frank O’Donnell

Adam Selisker

Robert Pellegrino

William Wert

Joseph Pizzo

Amanda Fuller

Agenda items were reviewed and discussed.

 

The regular business meeting of the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 7:30 p.m.

 
Members of the Board present were:

Barry Moore

Eileen Silver

Dr. Kimberly Rose

Frank O’Donnell

Adam Selisker

Others present were:

Robert Pellegrino, Township Manager

Amanda Fuller, Township Engineer

Joseph Pizzo, Township Solicitor

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Chairman Moore led the Pledge of Allegiance and held a moment of silence in support of military and emergency services personnel. 

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Saint Katherine Drexel Regional Catholic School

 

Ms. Laura Clark, Principal of St. Katherine Drexel stated in the closing of Police week, they had invited officers to the school where they presented the Police Department with a plaque and thanked them for their service. Tonight they presented Chief Clark with a framed picture taken that day and thanked him and the Police Department for all that they do on a daily basis.

 

 

Pollutant Reduction Plan Update

 

Ms. Amanda Fuller, of Gilmore Associates and the Township Engineer, stated the

the Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regulate discharges into the Neshaminy Creek via Northampton Township's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and requires the Township to hold a permit for these discharges. The permit is required to be renewed every 5 years, and Northampton received approval on its permit renewal from the PADEP on May 15, 2019. This began the 5-year timeline for complying with the new regulations established during this permit cycle, which includes reducing sediment and phosphorus pollutants in the Neshaminy Creek. The Township has proposed to retrofit several stormwater basins throughout the Township in order to comply with this regulation and is currently seeking grant opportunities to fund construction.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

None was heard.

CONSENT ITEMS

The Board meeting minutes of May 22, 2019, was approved by unanimous consent.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

The accounts payable for May 8, 2019, in the amount of $591,901.02, and May 22, 2019, in the amount of $1,474,604.05, was approved by unanimous consent.

NEW BUSINESS

Consider Resolution Authorizing a Grant Application with the Commonwealth Watershed Restoration Protection Program to Retrofit the Detention Basin on Jennifer Lane and Make Improvements to the Pond on Norton Drive

Ms. Silver outlined the resolution and stated the Administration recommends the Township apply for a grant through the Commonwealth Financing Authority Watershed Restoration Program to naturalize the detention basin on Jennifer Lane as part of its obligations under the Municipal Separate Stormwater System (MS4) permit requirements. As you know, the Township has five years from the permit issuance date to complete naturalization of approximately six detention basins to meet the requirements for sediment and phosphorus reduction in the Neshaminy watershed, encompassing most of the Township's land area.

The Eagle Valley Basin and Norton Pond Restoration project will retrofit the basin on Jennifer Lane and will also remove the sediment build up in Norton Pond. The basin will be retrofitted with new plantings to reduce runoff, bio-retention areas will be installed to improve water quality, and stormwater management improvements will reduce sediment. The project will also restore Norton Pond to its original depth.

 

The project is intended to protect the Ironworks Watershed and is planned to be used as credit towards the MS4 requirements. The total projected cost is $250,000. The grant application is for $212,500 and requires a 15% match from the Township of $37,500.

The grant program requires a Resolution from the governing body authorizing an individual to file the application on behalf of the Township. A draft Resolution is attached for your review.

A motion was made and seconded (Silver-O’Donnell) to adopt Resolution R-19-8 authorizing the Township Manager to file a grant application with the Commonwealth Financing Authority's Watershed Restoration Protection Program to naturalize the detention basin on Jennifer Lane and restore the depth to Norton Pond, and to execute all documents required by the grant program.

Chairman Moore called for public and Board comment. None was heard.

Motion Passed 5-0.

Consider Bids for Civic Center Improvements

Dr. Rose stated the Bids were opened on May 13, 2019, for the second phase of the Civic Center Improvement Project. There were a total of 8 bids received. Five bids were for the site improvements and 3 bids were for electrical work associated with parking lot lighting.

       
   
     

The project consists of grading and seeding two soccer fields, installing new trails that include a connection to Tyler State Park, installation of bleacher pads for ADA compliance, paving the access drive, reconfiguring, enlarging and paving the middle parking lot, reconstructing and paving the rear parking lot, installation of parking lot lighting, and stormwater management.

The base bids received are as follows:

Ankiewicz Enterprises, Inc., Tamaqua, PA                 $905,532.60

Meco Construction, Inc., Bensalem, PA                     $925,499.80

A.H. Cornell & Sons, Inc., Jamison, PA                       $959,540.95

B.Blair Corporation, Ivyland, PA                                 $1,247,823.14

Twining Construction,Richboro, PA                           $1,451,423.80

 

In addition to the base bid, the Township bid documents included an Alternate Bid #1 for repairs and resurfacing of Parking Lot #2, and a Deduct Bid #1 for paving the western access drive.  The bids for the alternate and deduct are as follows:

                                                                                    Alternate Bid #1          Deduct Bid #1

Ankiewicz Enterprises, Inc., Tamaqua, PA                 $104,922.50                $143,250.00

Meco Construction, Inc., Bensalem, PA                     $95,259.50                  $114,742.50

A.H. Cornell & Sons, Inc., Jamison, PA                       $91,439.00                  $153,800.00

B.Blair Corporation, Ivyland, PA                                 $111.841.75                $156,507.50

Twining Construction,Richboro, PA                           $143,558.50                $198,970.00

 

The Base bids and Alternate Bids for electrical work are as follows:

 

                                                                                       Base Bid              Alternate Bid #1

AJM Electric, Inc., Chester, PA                                       $37,994.60               $30,995.20

Bonavitacola Electrical, Inc. Huntingdon Valley, PA      $38,724.10               $27,963.60

A.N. Lynch Co, Inc., Spring City, PA                               $44,000.00               $38,000.00

Dr. Rose explained the Administration evaluated 4 options based on the bids received and recommends awarding a contract to Ankiewicz Enterprises, Tamaqua, Pa in the amount of $867,196.10. This includes the Base Bid, Alternate Bid #1, and Deduct Bid #1. Under this proposal, the Public Works Department will pave the access drive as part of its paving program this year.

The Administration further recommends awarding a contract to Bonavitacola Electrical, Inc. in the amount of $66,687.70. This includes the Base Bid and Alternate Bid #1.

Dr. Rose noted based on these recommendations, the total bid awards will be $933,883.80. Our budget for this project is $1,024,000.

A motion was made and seconded (Rose-Selisker) to award contracts for Civic Center improvements to Ankiewicz Enterprises, Inc. in the bid amount of $867,196.10 to include the Base Bid, Alternate Bid #1, and Deduct Bid #1, and to Bonavitacola Electrical, Inc. in the bid amount of $66,687.70 to include the Base Electrical Bid, and Alternate Electrical Bid #1, and to authorize the Township Manager to execute all contracts associated with this project.

Chairman Moore called for public and Board comment. None was heard.

Motion Passed 5-0.

 

 

Consider Bids for Road Milling

Mr. Selisker noted the bids for the 2019 Roadway Milling Project were opened on May 14, 2019, through the Penn Bid system.  A total of six (6) bids were received for milling thirteen (13) roadways throughout the Township. The bid results are as follows:

 

Haines Paving, Inc., Rushland, PA                                         $63,910.17

James D. Morrisey, Inc., Philadelphia, PA                              $94,804.56

Associated Paving Contractors, Warminster, PA                    $112,169.94

Blooming Glen Contractors, Perkasie, PA                              $118,153.95

Rota-Mill, Inc., Oley, PA                                                          $145,102.98

Olivieri & Associates, Inc.                                                       $173,966.28

GoreCon, Inc., Chalfont, PA                                                    $215,457.90

 

The bid includes milling on the following Township roads for a total of 3.81 miles:

 

            Road Name                                         From -To

           Spencer Road                                    Almshouse Road to Aspen Dr.                       

            Hatboro Road                                    Almshouse Road to Tanyard Rd.

            Renee Circle                                     Blue Fox Lane to Cul de Sac

            Blue Fox Lane                                   Temperance Lane to Cul de Sac

            Ponderosa Drive                                Briarwood  Dr. to East Holland Road

            Palomino Circle                                  Ponderosa Dr. to Ponderosa Dr.

            Standing Tree Circle                          Ponderosa Dr. to Cul de Sac

            Mayflower Circle                                Ponderosa Dr. to Cul de Sac

            Briarwood Drive                                 Ponderosa Dr. to Ponderosa Dr.

            Zelkova Drive                                     Briarwood Dr. to Cul de Sac

            Pheasant Drive                                  Swallow Dr. to Lark Dr.

            Swallow Drive                                     Lark Dr. to Cameron Dr.

            Lark Drive                                           Pheasant Dr. to Cameron Dr.

 

Mr. Selisker stated the Administration recommends a bid award to Haines Paving, Inc. for roadway milling in the amount of $63,910.17.

 

A motion was made and seconded (Selisker-Silver) to award a bid to Haines Paving, Inc., of Rushland, PA for roadway milling in the amount of $63,910.17 based on the quantities outlined in the bid documents and specifications for roadway milling bids.

 

Chairman Moore called for Board and public comment. None was heard.

 

Motion Passed 5-0.

 

Authorize Sale of Surplus Property

 

 

Mr. O’Donnell stated, Gary Crossland, Public Works Director has indicated that we are able to sell surplus items. These items are expected to be valued at more than $2,000 and as a result, can only be sold when authorized by the Board of Supervisors.

The Administration requests your approval to sell this equipment at public auction on the Municibid website.

A motion was made and seconded (O’Donnell-Rose) to authorize the Township Administration to sell surplus equipment at public auction as recommended by the Department of Public Works in a memorandum dated May 15, 2019.

Chairman Moore called for Board and public comment. None was heard.

Motion passed 5-0.

REPORTS

 

Dr. Rose made the following announcements:

  • The Township Historical Commission will be updating the cabinets in the Administration Lobby stop by and check out a piece of Northampton’s History.
  • The Senior Games will take place June 3rd – June 14, 2019. Join the Center and participate in this great event.
  • Tickets for various trips are available now, check the Parks and Recreation website for more information.
  • Parks and Recreation have many great programs for all ages check out the Park and Recreation website at www.northamptonrec.com for more information.
  • On Memorial Day all Active Duty and Veterans can swim for free from 1 pm – 5 pm.
  • The annual Spring Fling at the Senior Center took place on April 26, 2019, from 5-9 pm, another great success by the Senior Center.
  • The Annual Bocce Challenge between the Board of Supervisors and the seniors will take place on June 18 at 6:00 pm at the Senior Center.

Mrs. Silver noted Eleanor Satterly celebrated her 100th Birthday, on May 21, 2019, at the Senior Center on and is recognized as the oldest member.

Mr. O’Donnell made the following announcement:

  • The Veterans Advisory Commission is preparing for the annual Memorial Day and Flag Day Ceremonies and Major General Tom Matthews will be the speaker.
  • Check the Library’s website for information on their various programs.
  • The Libraries annual donation drive took place and a big thank you to all that contributed.
  • The Library now has mobile printing, sign in and you can send documents to the printer from the Library computers using your email or from your phone, and for a nominal fee, your documents can be printed with ease.

Mrs. Silver announced the Marine Corps League will hold a flag raising on Memorial Day at 8:00 am in front of the Administration Building.

Mr. Selisker made the following announcements:

  • Congratulations to Joe Fortunato, the newest graduate from the Fire Academy.
  • Make sure your address is visible on your house to make it easy for First Responders to find you.

Mrs. Silver made the following announcements:

  • Acknowledged Public Works Week held from May 19 – May 25, 2019, and the outstanding work our Public Works Department does on a daily basis.
  • The last day of school for Council Rock is June 20, 2019. Senior graduation is scheduled for June 17, 2019.
  • The Council Rock School District holds several meetings a month, and their minutes and topics can be found on their website at www.crsd.org.
  • The Council Rock School District has a new Finance Advisory Committee which will consist of three to five community members, the Financial Advisory Committee will act as an independent, Board-appointed group. TheCommittee will analyze current business practices, suggest areas for financial improvement, and explore areas outside of the current financial practice with the support of the Council Rock Administration. Interested community members are invited to submit a letter of intent to Council Rock Director of Business Administration, Mr. Bill Stone, Letters are being accepted now until Friday, May 31. Committee work will begin this summer.
  • Council Rock School District is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $48,000 grant from PCCD School Safety and Security Grant Program. The funds will be used for acute crisis counseling and districtwide teacher training in Trauma-Informed Care.
  • The Churchville Nature Center has many exciting programs coming up and all details can be found on their website at www.churchvillenaturecenter.org.
  • The annual Police Memorial Service was held on Monday, May 20, 2019. Beautiful ceremony. Thanked Chief Clark and Officers that attended. Encourages all residents to attend and pay tribute.

Mr. Moore made the following announcements:

  • The Zoning Hearing Board and the Planning Commission did meet this month, quiet meetings some minor variances were approved.
  • The Addisville Commons is really shaping up with additional restaurants coming. Dine locally to promote these new businesses.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Helmut Gauss, 1851 Bristol Road, Churchville asked the Board to honor Mr. Maury Battleman for his contributions to the community.

The following persons addressed the Board asking for Hampton Drive, Leemar Drive, and Virginia Drive to be paved.

  • Anthony Pizone, 28 Hampton Drive
  • Timothy McMullan, Hampton Hills
  • Eileen Simkis, 6 Hampton Drive
  • Dan McCartney, 44 Hampton Drive

Discussion ensued between the Board, the Township Manager and the persons listed above. The Board determined these roads will need to be evaluated and asked the Township Engineer to look at the roads in question and report back at the July meeting with a determination of the findings.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 _____________________

 Frank O’Donnell, Secretary

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