Newtown Township

Board of Supervisor Minutes

September 14, 2005


MINUTES WERE APPROVED at the regular meeting September 28, 2005. Minutes of regular meeting of September 14, 2005: Mrs. Goren moved to accept the minutes of September 14, 2005. Mr. Harp seconded and the motion passed 4-0.


The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 in the Township meeting room at 8:00 PM. In attendance were Supervisors: Chairman Richard Weaver, Vice-Chairman Scott R. Harp, Secretary/Treasurer Anne Goren, Member Thomas Jirele and Member Raymond Goodnoe. Also present were: Stephen B. Harris, Township Solicitor; Gerald W. Smith, Township Engineer; and Robert M. Pellegrino, Township Manager.

Call to Order: Chairman Richard Weaver called the regular meeting to order at 8:00 PM with a moment of silence.

Invocation: The invocation was given by Rabbi Howard Cove of Kol Emet Congregation, Yardley. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Additions and Changes to the Agenda: Mr. Pellegrino informed the Board that there would be no reports from the Park and Recreation Board or the Sycamore Street Committee. The JDNC Report would be added to the agenda. He would also be requesting payment number 22 for the Sycamore Street Project.

Minutes, Bills Lists and Reports:

Minutes of regular meeting of August 24, 2005: Mrs. Goren moved to accept the minutes of August 24, 2005. Mr. Harp seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Bills List: Mrs. Goren moved to approve bills totaling $908,576.23. Mr. Harp seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Mrs. Goren moved to approve interfund transfers totaling $335,608.89. Mr. Jirele seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Reports of Committees Boards and Commissions:

JDNC: Main Streets Manager Chris Ortwein reported that they have the DVRPC draft transportation policy for the Main Streets area. The Borough Council has recommended bringing it to the Borough Planning Commission for comment. In response to her question, Mr. Jirele suggested waiting until the Borough Planning Commission has made comment before presenting in to the Township. The money from DVRPC will be used for the wayfinding project.

The September AHA! Friday, themed “Peaceable Kingdom” was a tremendous success. October 7th AHA! Friday theme will be “Toasting Newtown” and will celebrate the receipt of a Five County Arts Fund Grant.

JDNC is working on its Web site, www.newtownpa.org, and a database of businesses in Newtown. They hope to expand the Web site to include links to small businesses in the Main Streets area.

Ms. Ortwein provided copies of the fall issue of “Destination Newtown Magazine” to Board members and asked that extra copies be left in the upstairs lobby.

In response to Mr. Harp’s question, Ms. Ortwein explained that to qualify for the JDNC façade program, the same application that is used for HARB certificate of appropriateness would be used. She understood that Mr. Harp might be inquiring about a decision made about Freestyle, and she said that there had been some concern that the application for vinyl shutters had been submitted after work had been completed. The Board will be reviewing this matter.

Land Development

Conditional Use - Soccer and Lacrosse Corner – 53 German Avenue: Mr. Don Marshall represented the applicant. Mr. Marshall said that he is here for a decision; the record is complete.

Mr. Goodnoe expressed his concern about access to this business through a private street. He said that he is reluctant to approve the conditional use without some agreement with the neighbors for road maintenance and cross-easements.

Mr. Jirele agreed with Mr. Goodnoe, noting that German Avenue is only 12 feet wide.

Mr. Marshall said that such an agreement would be between the neighbors and the applicant, and that he is seeking conditional use approval, a separate issue. He said that he had asked for a work session meeting to discuss these matters. He expressed concern about the CC zoning designation for this area.

Mr. Harris questioned whether the parties in opposition would be able to resolve the matter of maintenance agreements.

Mr. Neuhard, the party in opposition to this application said that the road was closed by court order. This is now a private road for residents only.

Mr. Marshall said that the street has been vacated, but the public still has access to it.

Mr. Goodnoe said that Mr. Neuhard’s attorney is not present to advise him, and the matter should be continued.

Mr. Marshall asked for thirty days continuance, during which time he will attempt to work out differences with the neighbors. He noted that there are already six other businesses on this street.

Mr. Goodnoe moved to continue the conditional use of Soccer and Lacrosse Corner to October 26, 2005. Mr. Harp seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Conditional Use K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons – Buck Road and the Newtown By-Pass: Mr. Harris noted the time as 8:35 PM. He reminded the Board that Mr. Heinrich, K. Hovnanian’s traffic engineer, is to be cross-examined by the parties in opposition to the application. Mr. Heinrich is still under oath.

In response to Mr. McGuigan’s questions, Mr. Heinrich said that K. Hovnanian contacted him about this project in late 2003. This is his only project for K. Hovnanian, and it makes up only a very small percentage of his work. He prepared his own curriculum vitae and Exhibits A-7 and A-8 for this hearing.

Mr. McGuigan read into the record from Exhibit A-8, page four, paragraph two, “ All eleven trips will be oriented initially to the west on Buck Road (PA Route 532), but four trips will U-turn or travel around the block to travel along or cross the Newtown Bypass (PA Route 413).”

In response to Mr. McGuigan’s questions on exhibit A-8, Mr. Heinrich said that he has been involved in design of communities with right in, right out access, but he does not know whether any involved a U-turn.

Mr. McGuigan entered as exhibit M-1, “Trip Generation, 7th Edition, Trip Generation Handbook, 2nd Edition” order form.

In response to Mr. McGuigan’s questions, Mr. Heinrich said that he used this “Trip Generation” as a guide in preparing a mathematical formula based on the number of units in the proposed development to help him reliably predict the trips shown on table 1 of Exhibit A-8. Based on “Trip Generation” and the size of the community, he has predicted about 280 trips per day.

Mr. McGuigan asked if this study had been used at the October 2004 Planning Commission presentation.

Mr. Jonas objected, noting that this Planning Commission meeting is irrelevant to this application.

Mr. Harris advised Mr. McGuigan to confine his questions to the reports, and not to ask about the Planning Commission.

In response to Mr. McGuigan’s questions, Mr. Heinrich said that he did not attend the Planning Commission meeting. He said that he did not know the difference in the count between Exhibits A-7 and A-8. He noted that there would be a total of 280 trips, 140 exiting and 140 entering the development. His study focused on peak hours, and the numbers would be lower during non-peak hours. He was guided by the Township engineer, and estimated that all exiting cars would make a legal U-turn. He disagreed that the U-turn on Mill Pond is illegal. A U-turn is legal except where posted signage prohibits it. There is no legal definition of a road width for a safe U-turn, nor is he familiar with any specific level of traffic for a safe U-turn. He explained that “Trip Generation” has nothing to do with U-turns. He had not been told that the Mill Pond Road U-turn would be an obstacle to conditional use approval. He did not agree that cars would U-turn far from the median divider on Mill Pond Road; a safe U-turn can be made close to the median. Under different conditions, all U-turns are safe. It is not necessary to make a three point, or K-turn. It is not necessary to veer right to complete a U-turn on Mill Pond Road, as the road is sufficiently wide.

Mr. McGuigan entered as Exhibit M-2, the cover and pages 32, 34, and 37 of the Pennsylvania Driver’s manual.

Mr. Jonas objected to this incomplete copy that could not be authenticated.

Mr. Harris advised Mr. McGuigan that the exhibit would be accepted subject to his producing the full copy of the manual.

Mr. McGuigan asked if Mr. Heinrich agreed that it is dangerous to make a U-turn because drivers might not signal properly.

Mr. Jonas objected, noting that he is asking Mr. Heinrich to anticipate illegal driving practices.

Mr. Harris agreed with Mr. Jonas.

In response to Mr. McGuigan’s questions, Mr. Heinrich said that a left turn signal is the proper signal to indicate a U-turn. A vehicle with certain turning radius, such as a semi-trailer, would not be able to make a U-turn on Mill Pond Road, but most vehicles can make a safe, continuous U-turn on this street, which is about 42 feet wide.

Mr. McGuigan entered as Exhibit M-3 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, The Vehicle Code (title 75) part III, Operation of Vehicles. He read into the record §3332.(a).

“General Rule. – The driver of any vehicle shall not turn the vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction unless the movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic”

In response to Mr. McGuigan’s questions on the “General Rule”, Mr. Heinrich said that the average car can make a U-turn from the departure lane, around the median island back to Buck Road, without having to make a three point turn. He said that he has done so in his own Explorer. He would be surprised if someone could not make this turn.

Mr. Jonas objected to Mr. Harris’ guiding Mr. McGuigan as he formulated his questions. He said that in an adversarial proceeding Mr. McGuigan does not have the right to guidance from the solicitor. Mr. Harris said that Mr. McGuigan is not an attorney and he is allowing some guidance as to procedure.

Mr. McGuigan entered as Exhibit M-4, a map of a portion of the Newtown Crossing area.

Mr. Jonas objected.

Mr. Harris allowed the map subject to it being authenticated.

Mr. McGuigan asked if the curve in Mill Pond Road limits the driver to a sight distance of less than 200 feet.

Mr. Heinrich said that the sight distance is 400 to 500 feet on Mill Pond Road.

Mr. McGuigan read into the record from exhibit M-3, § 3332 (b):

“Turns on curves or grades.—No vehicle shall be turned so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve, or upon the approach or near the crest of a grade, where the vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within 500 feet. “

In response to Mr. McGuigan’s question about making a U-turn at the median of Mill Pond Road, Mr. Heinrich said that he has not scaled it out but estimates that the sight distance is at least 400 to 500 feet. He did not know what the distance is, stop sign to stop sign at the intersection of Cherry Lane and Mill Pond Road, and he is not aware of any bus stops at this intersection. In response to questions about Exhibit A-8, Two Way Stop Control Summary, Mr. Heinrich said that the software used does not differentiate between cars and trucks.

Mr. McGuigan entered as Exhibit M-5, 3 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, The Vehicle Code (title 75) part III, Operation of Vehicles § 3334. He read into the record paragraph (b):

“Signals on turning and starting –At speeds of less than 35 miles per hour, an approximate signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.”

Mr. McGuigan noted that previous testimony had established that the distance from the edge of the By-Pass to the entrance to the proposed development is about 200 feet.

Mr. Jonas objected to Mr. McGuigan’s statements, which are not in the record, and to any questions about conditions that are already in existence.

Mr. McGuigan entered as Exhibit M-6, a copy of a Memorandum from Chief Duffy re: statistics requested by Jay McGuigan.

Mr. Jonas objected to acceptance of an unauthenticated copy, and to the irrelevance of existing conditions.

In response to Mr. McGuigan’s questions, Mr. Heinrich said that he does not know whether the number of accidents is high or low, and would need more information, but that the 14 injuries noted are below the number for a need to improve. He said that the addition of 280 trips a day is insignificant for the volume of traffic on the By-Pass, which has about 40,000 cars a day, and Buck Road, which has about 20,000 cars a day.

Mrs. Marge Golden, 74 Fair Oaks Court made some statements about making U-turns on Mill Pond Road at different times of day, and Mr. Harris reminded her that at this time she may only ask the witness questions. In response to her question, Mr. Heinrich said that he does not know how many cars are backed up on Mill Pond Road at 8:30 AM.

Mrs. Barbara Jankowski asked Mr. Heinrich how familiar he is with traffic in Newtown.

Mr. Heinrich reviewed his experience on a number of traffic studies, as had been listed in his qualifications as an expert witness and on his curriculum vitae. He said that he is familiar with the intersection of Buck Road and the By-Pass. He repeated that he was contacted by K/Hovnanian in late 2003, and conducted two studies in 2004. He was not in touch with PENNDOT because York Lane is not a state highway. This project accesses a Township road. During his involvement in the 1980’s with the previously proposed project for this property, he had some contact with PENNDOT.

In response to Mrs. Jankowski’s questions, Mr. Heinrich said that school buses are included in the traffic count Exhibit A-8 estimates that 14 trips will be generated during the peak AM hours. He noted that this type of development generates fewer peak hour trips and more off peak trips.

Mr. Harris reminded Mrs. Jankowski that she could only ask this witness about traffic, and could not ask him about demographics of a 55 and older community.

In response to Mrs. Jankowski’s questions, Mr. Heinrich said that he has done a number of traffic studies for developments with only one access point. He has made the U-turn on Mill Pond Road before 4:00PM and after 6:00PM. During peak evening hours he was involved in counting cars. He said that cars exiting York Lane must wait for a gap in traffic, created by the signals at the By-Pass. It is unlikely that there could be a back up of cars waiting to make a U-turn on Mill Pond Road. Cars exiting York Lane must yield to a stop sign. He said that the traffic study includes patterns for an existing access road. He had studied the traffic from York Lane on a Sunday, and observed 40% of exiting cars making an illegal left turn. He affirmed that Mill Pond is wide enough and sight distance sufficient to make a safe, legal U turn.

In response to Mr. Jirele’s question, Mr. Heinrich said that Mill Pond Road is 53 feet wide.

In response to Mr. Goodnoe’s questions Mr. Heinrich said that the sight distances referred to in Exhibit M-3 are calculated from Diamond Drive; it applies to the road itself, and does not include intersections or driveways.

In response to Mr. Jonas’ questions on redirect, Mr. Heinrich said that all homes access internal roadways in Newtown Crossing and there are no driveways directly onto Mill Pond. Mill Pond is a collector street. The local and state police are responsible for enforcing traffic regulations on Buck Road and on the By-Pass. The intersection of Buck and the By-Pass was fully operational in September of 2004, when the second study was conducted.

Mr. Jonas entered as Exhibit A-18 a diagram showing U-turning maneuver Mill Pond Road.

Ms. Piette objected, as it is not the full document. Mr. Jonas said he has full document available.

Referring to Exhibits M-2 and A-18, Mrs. Goren asked whether a car could signal the right turn onto Mill Pond Road and then signal the left for a U-turn for at least 100 feet. She asked whether it is possible to switch the turn signals that quickly.

Mr. Heinrich said that it is possible and he has done this. He said that PENNDOT requires the length of the median to accommodate such maneuvers.

In response to questions from Mrs. Goren and Mr. Jirele, Mr. Heinrich said that the white stripe on the road begins after the median, and that large cars have sufficient room, with a turning diameter of 42 feet, to complete a U-turn without veering right. This street meets the standard that PENNDOT requires for U-turns.

In response to Ms. Piette’s questions, Mr. Heinrich referred to exhibit A-18 and pointed out that the white striping begins at the point where the road narrows to a two-lane road. This designated shoulder is 6 feet wide on each side of the road. This shoulder is not within the path of U-turning cars, as shown in Exhibit A-18. Crossing a double yellow line is permissible.

In response to questions from Mrs. Goren and Mr. Jirele, Mr. Heinrich said that he did not agree that a car, veering right to make a wide U-turn could be passed on the left by a driver who thinks the veering car is pulling over. He said that this road has only one lane in each direction. He does not know if it is illegal to drive two abreast on a road that does not have lane lines painted in.

Mrs. Goren said that she does not think that a driver making a right onto Mill Pond Road and then making the U-turn would have time to first signal the right turn, then immediately signal the left for the U-turn without breaking the turn signal.

Mr. Harris noted that the time is now 10:48 PM.

Mrs. Goren moved to continue the conditional use hearing of K. Hovnanian Four Seasons to September 28, 2005. Mr. Jirele seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Member Comments: Mr. Weaver commended all who helped to make the parade honoring the Little League and Girls Softball League such a success. He especially thanked the Public Works Department.

Community Comments: Sue Herman of Lower Makefield asked that Stoopville Road Improvements be removed from the BCTIP because it is a residential road and the quarry truck traffic is dangerous. She said that she thinks that the improvements to Stoopville Road are part of a proposed Northern By-Pass.

Resident Henry Piatrowski expressed concern about motorists’ disregard for pedestrians throughout the Newtown area. He asked the Supervisors to establish an awareness campaign.

Mr. Jirele, Mrs. Goren, Mr. Weaver and Mr. Harp all expressed agreement with Mr. Piatrowski, suggesting a sign campaign and an article in the Newtown Newsletter.

Mr. Piatrowski asked the Board to pass a resolution requiring that the State Legislature repeal Act 44.

Mr. Jirele said that it is not the Supervisors’ place to make such resolutions.

Resident Walter Iwaskiw asked whether there was any update on the Township’s appeal of the Rosebank Winery Zoning Hearing Board decision.

Mr. Harris said that this is still ongoing.

Resident Karen D’Aprile thanked the Supervisors for allowing the shoulder of the By-Pass and Richboro Road to be used for right turns and asked that the same be done at Buck Road.

Mr. Pellegrino said that this would hopefully be addressed by PENNDOT in the next year.

Resident Brandon Wind commended the parties in opposition to the Hovnanian application for all of their hard work in preparation. He commended everyone who worked on the parade for the Little League. He announced the upcoming Newtown Grant Garage Sale. He asked anyone interested in volunteering for the Newtown Library Company to check its Web site www.newtownlibrary.com

Reports of Officials

Manager

Plan Expirations: none

Resolution acknowledging transfer of State Grant Funds to JDNC Main Streets Project: Mr. Jirele moved to approve a resolution acknowledging transfer of State Grant funds to JDNC Main Streets program. Mr. Goodnoe seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Bucks County Transportation Improvement Program Submission: Mr. Pellegrino asked the Board to review their recommendations for the Bucks County Transportation Improvement Program (BCTIP). He said that the Board had previously discussed adding the widening of the By-Pass at Penns Trail and improving Richboro Road from the By-Pass to the bridge.

Mrs. Goren and Mr. Jirele suggested discussing the widening of the By-Pass with Lower Makefield, and extending the project from I-95 to Penns Trail.

Mr. Goodnoe suggested that Newtown include widening from Penns Trail to Lindenhurst Road onto its TIP. He suggested taking this to Representative Steil’s task force.

Regarding the improvements to Richboro Road, Mr. Goodnoe suggested speaking to representatives from Northampton to learn what their plans are for improving their side of the bridge and coordinating efforts jointly.

Mr. Jirele suggested getting some input from residents from that part of Newtown.

Mr. Jirele moved to include the original four projects, Newtown Yardley Road Improvements, Stoopville Road Rehabilitation, TEA21 Recreational Trail, and Newtown Rail Reactivation, to the 2005 TIP. Mr. Harp seconded.

Discussion of Motion: In response to Mrs. Goren’s question, Mr. Goodnoe said that the Board had been advised not to include traffic calming for Stoopville Road at this time, but at the time that the project is funded.

Sue Herman of Lower Makefield said that she disagrees with inclusion of Stoopville Road Rehabilitation without including traffic calming measures. In response to Mrs. Goren’s question she said that Lower Makefield has asked for horizontal and vertical deflectors for Lindenhurst Road in their application. She urged the Board to withdraw this request, as she thinks it is part of a northern by-pass.

Mr. Jirele said that Mr. Wursta has advised that traffic calming not be included in the request for improvements. He also noted that a traffic study is being conducted on Stoopville Road.

Mrs. Herman again said that Lindenhurst traffic calming is on Lower Makefield’s TIP and that Representative Steil has gotten a grant for raising crosswalks in 2007.

Mr. Jirele said that widening of Stoopville Road is necessary, and he disagrees with Mrs. Herman about including traffic calming or withdrawing Stoopville from the TIP.

Resident John D’Aprile said that he resents non-residents taking the podium and chastising the Supervisors. He said that Stoopville road needs to be improved, and that our bills list includes engineering bills for traffic calming on Stoopville.

Mr. Iwaskiw said that residents have asked for shoulders along Stoopville Road.

Mr. Harp said that Gilmore Associates is preparing a study with recommendations for traffic calming in response to requests from residents of Eagleton Farms and Rosefield.

The motion passed 4-1, with Mrs. Goren voting nay.

Sycamore Street Payment #22: Mrs. Goren moved to make payment number 22, in the amount of $89,964.45 for the Sycamore Street project. Mr. Harp seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Engineer’s Report

Escrow Release #5 for Newtown Office Park: Mr. Goodnoe moved to approve escrow release number 5, in the amount of $227,447.88, as recommended in the letter of Pennoni Associates dated September 8, 2005. Mr. Harp seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Escrow Release #2 (final) Newtown Friends Village: Mrs. Goren moved to approve escrow release number 2 in the amount of $42,336.30, as recommended in the Pennoni letter of September 8, 2005. Mr. Harp seconded.

Discussion of motion: Mr. Pellegrino asked if a maintenance bond could be required where there are no public improvements. Mr. Harris said yes.

The motion passed unanimously.

Escrow Release # 6 The Reserve (Heston Tract): Mrs. Goren moved to approve escrow release number 6 for the Reserve, in the amount of $39,143.61, as recommended in the Pennoni letter of September 8, 2005. Mr. Jirele seconded.

Discussion of Motion: In response to a question from Mr. Iwaskiw, Mr. Harris said that it is the Hoffa Tract, not the Heston Tract that was to have connected to the trail system.

The motion passed unanimously.

Escrow Release #5 Overlook (Hoffa Tract): Mr. Smith reported that the developer has been working with the Homeowners Association because some shrubbery must be moved in order to connect with the trail system. This issue is being addressed.

Mr. Harp moved to approve escrow release # 5 in the amount of $105,940.80, as recommended in the Pennoni letter of September 8, 2005. Mrs. Goren seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Escrow Release # 3 Linton Hill Chase (McLaughlin Tract): Mr. Harp moved to approve escrow release number 3 in the amount of $97,958.70, as recommended in the Pennoni letter of September 8, 2005. Mrs. Goren seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Authorization to sign Mylars for Holland Floor Covering: Mr. Harp moved to authorize the signing of Mylars for Holland Floor Covering with the following conditions:

Mrs. Goren seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Authorization to sign Mylars for Segel/Brilliant Minor Subdivision: Mrs. Goren moved to authorize the signing of Mylars for Segel/Brilliant minor subdivision, with the condition that signed Mylars are held until an acceptable deed of easement for future sidewalks is provided to the Township. Mr. Goodnoe seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

New Business

Appointment to Economic Development Committee: The Board agreed to postpone this appointment until all Board members have had opportunity to review all resumes submitted in response to the advertisement.

Mr. Jirele announced that there is also an opening for a non-specialist on the HARB, which meets on Tuesday afternoons.

Community Comments: Resident Robert Ciervo asked that the Township consider repairing or replacing sidewalks along lower State Street from New Life Church to the Borough. Regarding his recently submitted financial analysis and one submitted by Jennifer Dix, Mr. Ciervo noted that neither analysis took into account any traffic impact fees. He expressed concern that there are still five parcels in the office research zoning district that could be developed for residential housing. He expressed support for the Zoning Hearing Board’s recent decision to allow a bridge and connector road on the Brandywine property, which he believes will help alleviate traffic in the surrounding residential developments.

Resident Phil Calabro expressed concern that the name offered for appointment to the EDC is a high ranking Republican Party official. He also expressed concern that a homebuilder has purchased the old Acme site and that it was not used for a community center because it would have been too expensive.

Mr. Jirele responded that the Acme building would have needed major renovation to retrofit it as a community center that would have been temporary.

Mr. Calabro expressed concern that the Township might accept dedication of the bridge on the Brandywine property, which could have large maintenance costs.

Mr. Smith said that a maintenance cost estimate of $3500 is very high for this type of bridge.

In response to Mr. Calabro’s comments that Brandywine’s bridge would be a hardship to many residents, Mr. Jirele noted that without the bridge 100% of the traffic to the Brandywine office complex would use Penns Trail or Upper Silver Lake Road to access the site. This bridge will alleviate some traffic congestion.

Mrs. Goren said that many Wiltshire Walk residents are very concerned about this road being used as a cut-through and becoming part of the Township roadway system.

Mr. Calabro expressed concern that some of the Supervisors are favoring developers over residents, and he did not think that the Township solicitor should have been sent to the Zoning Hearing Board to support Brandywine’s application. He expressed disapproval of the use of the survey on the Stockburger question. He said that he thinks Newtown needs a community center and better ball fields.

Resident Ethel Hibbs asked if the proposed Brandywine Bridge would be similar to the bridge on North Drive in Newtown Grant.

Mr. Smith said that the bridge would be similar to the one on the By-Pass near the Brandywine property. In response to Mrs. Hibbs’ question he said that $3500 is not budgeted each year to maintain that bridge.

Mrs. Hibbs said that she thought that this issue had been blown out of proportion, and asked if there could be a maintenance bond to insure that this does not become a public expense.

Mr. Jirele noted that the interest on the $750,000 impact fee would cover any maintenance costs.

Mrs. Hibbs asked the manager to look into the recent repairs on Eagle Road at Wrights Road, as the dips have changed, not disappeared.

Mrs. Hibbs said that she is concerned about lack of respect when attention wanders during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Resident Jerry Shenkman said the Zoning Hearing Board record states that the maintenance of the bridge could be $10,000 to $20,000 per year. He also suggested that the parties involved in the German Avenue conditional use participate in voluntary mediation.

Mr. Weaver moved to adjourn at 1:00AM. Mrs. Goren seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

 

Respectfully Submitted: ____________________________________
                                          Mary Donaldson,  Recording Secretary

 

Minutes Approved as submitted __________ as corrected___________

 

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           Robert M. Pellegrino, Manager                                                            Richard Weaver, Chairman

 

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                                                                                                                        Scott R. Harp, Vice-Chairman

 

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                                                                                                                        Anne Goren, Secretary/Treasurer

 

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                                                                                                                        Thomas Jirele, Member

 

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                                                                                                                        Raymond Goodnoe, Member