The agenda meeting of the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors was held at 6:30 pm.
Dr. Kimberly Rose
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:
Dr. Kimberly Rose
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.
Szymon Bartnik Eagle Scout
Mr. Selisker presented a certificate to Szymon Bartnik for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and for the work he did at Demobowski Memorial Park as part of his project to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.
Parks and Recreation Month
Chairman Moore outlined the duties and responsibilities of the Parks and Recreation Departments. Dr. Rose read a Proclamation setting July as Parks and Recreation Month. Mrs. Nancy Opalka, the Parks and Recreation Director accepted the Proclamation on behalf of her Department and Staff.
Bocce Tournament Seniors vs. Supervisors
Mrs. Silver presented a plaque to the seniors for this year’s win and stated going forward the names of the winners will be placed on the plaque and displayed. Mr. Palestina presented Mrs. Silver with a picture of George Komelasky, John Long, James Kinney and himself from when this tournament first started taking place.
None was heard.
The Board meeting minutes of May 22, 2019, was approved by unanimous consent.
The accounts payable for June 12, 2019, in the amount of $968,963.02, and May 22, 2019, in the amount of $1,324,913.31, was approved by unanimous consent.
Consider Resolution for Planning Module – Spring Mill Country Club
Mr. O’Donnell stated as the As Spring Mill Country Club progresses forward to ultimately begin construction on the townhouses, a planning module is required to be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection. As part of that process, a resolution must be passed by the Board of Supervisors.
Mr. O’Donnell stated the Municipal Authority has no objection to this moving forward.
A motion was made and seconded (O’Donnell-Rose) that the Department of Environmental Protection resolution for Plan Revision for New Land Development be approved for Spring Mill Associates, LP related to the Spring Mill Country Club
Chairman Moore called for public and Board comment. None was heard.
Motion Passed 5-0.
Consider Resolution to Amend the Traffic Signal Permit Plans for the Bristol/Jacksonville Road and Bristol/Hatboro Road Intersections
Dr. Rose explained as part of the Spring Mill Country Club development project, improvements to the traffic signals at Jacksonville/Bristol Road and Bristol/Hatboro Road are required to be completed by the developer. These improvements were identified during the review of the land development plan and traffic study submission. The following improvements are associated with each intersection and will improve intersection operation and further standardize our traffic signal equipment.
The signal improvements at Jacksonville Road and Bristol Road consist of updating the traffic signal timing and installing video detection, radar dilemma zone detection, and countdown pedestrian signals. Improvements at Bristol Road and Hatboro Road consist of updating the traffic signal timing and installing video detection and radar dilemma zone detection. The dilemma zone refers to the area where drivers can have indecision of whether to stop at a signal or proceed through when there is a yellow light.
Northampton Township holds the PennDOT permit for the traffic signal at Bristol and Hatboro Roads, and Northampton and Warminster Townships hold a joint permit for the signal at Bristol and Jacksonville Roads. In order to modify the signal permit plans, PennDOT requires a resolution from the governing body of the municipality authorizing the application for signal modification to be filed with the District office and designating an individual to execute the application.
Dr. Rose also noted the Township traffic engineer, McMahon Associates, has reviewed the proposed signal modifications and agrees with the changes.
A motion was made and seconded (Rose-Selikser) to adopt resolutions R-19- 9 and R-19- 10 authorizing applications to be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for traffic signal plan modifications at the intersections of Jacksonville and Bristol Roads and Hatboro and Bristol Roads in connection with the Spring Mill Country Club development project.
Chairman Moore called for Board and public comment. None was heard.
Motion Passed 5-0.
Authorize Sale of Surplus Property
Mr. Selisker 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 (Selisker-O’Donnell) to authorize the Township Administration to sell surplus equipment at public auction as recommended by the Department of Public Works in a memorandum dated June 20, 2019.
Chairman Moore called for Board and public comment. None was heard.
Motion passed 5-0.
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.
- Parks and Recreation have many great programs for all ages check out the Park and Recreation website at www.northamptonrec.com for more information.
- Tickets for various trips are available now, check the Parks and Recreation website for more information.
- Registrations for Pre-School are now taking place. Check the Parks and Recreation website for more information.
- 4th Graders from Richboro Elementary visited the Senior Center on June 13th, they wore Red, White, and Blue, and sang songs.
- The Senior Center is collecting plastic bags to create sleep mats for the homeless and Veterans.
- The Senior Games will take place June 3rd – June 14, 2019. Join the Center and participate in this great event.
Mr. O’Donnell made the following announcement:
- The Veterans Advisory Commission annual Memorial Day and Flag Day Ceremonies were huge successes. Major General Tom Matthews was a wonderful speaker at the Memorial Day Ceremony. A recording of Red Skeleton citing the Pledge of Allegiance from 1966 using every letter from the Pledge was a fun learning experience for all who attended.
- Check the Library’s website for information on their various programs.
- Preparations have started for the 3rd annual Fall Gala. Ticket information with be coming soon.
- The Municipal Authority sent out a letter to over 500 residents, although it applies to all those that are hooked up to the public sewer system. The flyer contained questions and answers on the impact of the high sanitary usage and groundwater into the public sewer system. Any further questions should be directed to the Municipal Authority.
Mr. Selisker made the following announcements:
- Due to the high amount of Rain the Police Departments reminds everyone not to drive through standing water or ignore barricades that have been put in place. Doing so puts not only the person driving but the first responders that have to put rescue actions in place in danger.
- The Fire Company received a grant in the amount of $15,000 which will go towards repairs at the Holland Firehouse.
- Congratulations to Michael Golembieski, the newest hire at the Police Department. Mr. Golembieski was also a Volunteer Firefighter in New Jersey.
- Due to a few weather delays, the new Police Department should be ready to be moved into by the end of July.
- The Ring Camera is turning out to be very useful and was a big help in a recent Police investigation.
- Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad just received the Gold Medal Award.
- The Spotted Lantern Fly, is an invasive pest that has been spotted in Bucks County. For more information on this species, you can google it or call 1-888-4bad-fly.
Mrs. Silver made the following announcements:
- Milling of the roads will begin towards the end of July and paving starting in August to be completed by the end of September.
- The project on Newtown-Richboro Road and Second Street Pike is moving along and will be completed in 60 days, the restriping will be finished and the barrels will be removed.
- The Council Rock School District’s redistricting plan will go into effect in September and approximately 700 students will be involved in the transition. For more information on this matter, go to the Council Rock School District’s website and read the end of year letter from Dr. Frasier.
- Congratulations to our area resident’s recent graduates and good luck in your future endeavors such as college, the workforce, or the armed forces.
- 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.
- On July 3, the annual Patriotic Concert will be held at St. Bede’s. Bring a lawn chair, a bell, and your patriotic spirit.
- Congratulations to Chairman Moore on the marriage of his son.
Mr. Moore made the following announcements:
- From a Planning and Zoning standpoint, it has been very quiet.
- The Spring Mill Country Club Townhome project is moving forward and it appears by September there should be some building permits being issued.
Cliff Locasale, 3225 Lilac Avenue, Trevose, spoke on the Municipal Authority and Pennoni Engineers report on PFOS and PFOA’s and stated he believes there are discrepancies in these reports. Also, made comments on the Neshaminy Creek Interceptor and flooding issues.
Joe Johnson, 41 Grant Drive, questioned the use of fireworks and the discharge of firearms in Northampton Township. Regulations were discussed between the Township Manager, Mr. Johnson, and the Township Solicitor. Regarding the discharge of firearms, it was stated the first course of action is to call 911 immediately.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 p.m.
Frank O’Donnell, Secretary