July 15, 2019 Committee/Council Meeting Minutes

BOROUGH OF HATBORO
COMMITTEE/COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

PRESENT
President Bollendorf, Vice President Stockton, Councilwoman Benjamin, Councilwoman Anzinger, Councilman Hegele, Councilman Forgeng, Councilman Rich, Mayor Guenst, Manager Hegele, Assistant Secretary DeRenzis, Superintendent Sine, Chief Gardner, Engineer Goff, Fire Marshal Myers, and Solicitor Grieser were present.

ABSENT – Treasurer Polin, Solicitor Kilkenny and Fire Company President Mount were absent.

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the July 15, 2019 Committee Meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

INVOCATION – Mayor Guenst gave the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chief Gardner.

PENNDOT NOISE ORDINANCE WAIVER REQUEST
President Bollendorf called the Public Hearing for the PennDOT Noise Ordinance Waiver Request to order at 7:00 PM. President Bollendorf stated PennDOT is requesting the ability to mill and pave State Route 332 (Jacksonville Rd. and Montgomery Avenue) during the overnight hours. Representatives from Highway Materials, Hatboro Lofts, Burgess Homes, and Montgomery Avenue were present.

Manager Hegele stated staff notified residents of this noise ordinance waiver request via certified mail.

Kathy Burgess, Jacksonville Road, asked if working overnight would quicken the work. Robert Reynolds from Highway Materials stated working overnight would allow them to complete the project in 3 nights with one night to mill and two nights to pave. Ms. Burgess asked if there would be any line changes on SR 332. Manager Hegele stated there will be a bike lane installed; however, there is another contractor through PennDOT that would come in to paint. Superintendent Sine stated this bike lane will begin at the former Worstall Stationary store and proceeds south toward the Police Station.

Ed Murr asked if there was any utility work or manhole jackhammering to be done overnight. Mr. Reynolds stated any loud jackhammering work would be performed during the day. Mr. Murr asked when the work would be done. Mr. Reynolds stated the work would be performed in the fall.

Ashley Kilcoyne stated that access to the residents’ parking lots is a concern during the work. Mr. Reynolds stated everyone will have access to their driveways, parking lots, and businesses.

Councilwoman Benjamin asked that the work be performed as scheduled unlike the York Road project that was delayed a year. Manager Hegele stated she spoke with PennDOT who stated the work will most likely take place at the end of September/early October.

The public hearing was closed at 7:10 PM. Councilman Hegele motioned to approve the noise ordinance waiver request submitted by PennDOT, allowing Highway Materials to mill and pave State Route 332 during the overnight hours. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

MEETING NOTES – President Bollendorf reviewed the Public Comment Policy found on the back of the agendas.

EPA TESTING UPDATE
Alex Mandel and Jose Redmund from the EPA were in attendance to provide an update on the Raymark Superfund Site. Mr. Mandel stated the EPA is working on a 5 year review and will be releasing a study detailing all of the data collected and their analysis. Mr. Raymark stated the EPA tested 14 wells in the area of the Superfund site for PFCs, specifically for PFAS. He noted that none of the wells sampled showed levels of concern and were all below the health advisory level. He stated that the EPA does not see a need to retest for PFCs at this time.

Mayor Guenst asked why the levels of the PFCs in the wells cannot reach 0. Jose Redmund stated the health advisory level for PFCs is 70 parts per trillion while means that any levels below this concentration will not cause any health concerns. He stated that PFCs are just beginning to be studied and since they are used in waterproofing materials, it is impossible to remove them entirely. Mr. Mandel stated experts have created the health advisory level for PFCs and that a lot of the wells sampled were showing non-detect. Mr. Mandel stated these levels of PFCs are great news. He added that they are testing groundwater that is treated by AQUA and because the levels are so low, they are doing a great job. He stated that a copy of the EPA’s 5 year review will be available at Borough Hall and at the Union Library.

MS4 PRESENTATION
Engineer Goff delivered a presentation on what an MS4 program is as well as ways residents can reduce their impact on the Borough’s stormwater system. These methods include cleaning up after pets, not littering, and removing debris from stormdrains. A copy of this presentation was uploaded to the Borough’s website and Facebook.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None.

MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Guenst stated she will be attending the State Mayor’s conference in Harrisburg later in the week and indicated this is always an informative event.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Bollendorf reminded everyone he has office hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays which can be scheduled through contacting Borough Hall. President Bollendorf stated the Parking Commission will be holding a meeting to discuss parking on Springdale Avenue on July 24th and encouraged residents in that area to attend. President Bollendorf stated PCN was filming in Hatboro to create a feature on Hatboro. He noted this experience was very positive for the Borough and noted that once the air date is announced, he would like to have a viewing party.

MANAGER’S REPORT
Mayor Guenst stated she and Manager Hegele met with Grover Silcox who films the TV show Counter Culture on PBS. She stated they will be visiting many stores and businesses throughout town during this filming.

Manager Hegele thanked President Bollendorf, Mayor Guenst, Chief Gardner, Officer Allen, Tim Schultz, and all of the businesses who helped throughout filming.

Manager Hegele announced the Planning Commission meeting for August 6th to review a proposed Zoning Change submitted by Victorian Village. Manager Hegele also announced the Zoning Hearing Board denied the application for a clinic submitted by 333 N. York Rd.

Manager Hegele stated there is a map of Hatboro neighborhoods floating around and encouraged residents to share information on areas throughout the Borough.

Manager Hegele stated the DVRPC Safe Routes to Transit grant has a draft plan in review. She stated she will have a copy for Council shortly.

Manager Hegele stated there will be an Upper Moreland Hatboro Trail meeting on Wednesday, July 17th in Upper Moreland.

Manager Hegele stated Borough Hall staff is proceeding forward with scanning, renaming, and file organization in preparation for the Records Management System.

Manager Hegele stated the School District will be at the August Council Meeting to provide an update on the new Crooked Billet School.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT
Superintendent Sine stated Warminster Road was milled at Byberry/Warminster and between Lycoming/Newton Avenue. He stated this project is an Upper Moreland paving project and are scheduled to be paved within two weeks. He encouraged motorists to drive carefully.

Superintendent Sine stated there are two samples of recycling bins in the back of the room. Superintendent Sine stated he and the Public Works men tested the bins for durability and is recommending the bin that is slightly more expenses. He stated every person whom pays for refuse collection by the Borough will receive a bin and that there will be about 700 extra. He stated that this is all a part of the 902 Recycling Rant. President Bollendorf asked if there is an expected delivery date. Superintendent Sine stated that since 4,200 of the bins are being delivered, they are planned to arrive in late September and will be stored at the pool. Superintendent Sine stated he is determining the best way to get the bins to each residence and will release more information when available.

Councilwoman Benjamin asked if residents can use a bin other than one provided by the Borough. Superintendent Sine stated yes.

Superintendent Sine stated the recent rainy weather has caused delays and flooding. He stated Public Works has been working to keep drains clear. He noted there are many stormdrains ridden with grass and yard waste and reminded people to keep them clear and not to drive through floodwaters. Superintendent Sine stated he and Chief Gardner noticed a lot of areas that they have never seen flood before. Councilman Hegele asked where these areas are. Chief Gardner stated Montgomery/York, Moreland/York and Byberry/York all flooded during the recent storms because of the volume of rain in the short period of time. Councilwoman Benjamin asked if the flooding is due to a reduction in permeable surface. Councilwoman Anzinger stated it is because the volume of rain is exacerbating the stormwater system.

President Bollendorf asked if Upper Moreland and Hatboro work together to pave an entire street in areas where the streets are split between the two municipalities. Superintendent Sine stated he can begin conversations with Upper Moreland. He stated he is already working with Upper Moreland to arrange for a joint paving of Warminster Road in 2020 and stated he would try to collaborate in more areas.

CHIEF OF POLICE REPORT
Chief Gardner thanked everyone in the Hatboro Community for their support during the passing of Parking Enforcement Officer Ottey and who attended his services. Chief Gardner stated that part time operations Joe Kovach will be taking the position of Parking Enforcement Officer and substitute crossing guard. He stated Mr. Kovach is a former Philadelphia Police Officer and is a great fit for the job.

Chief Gardner stated the department is 100% through the policy phase of the accreditation process and is 42% through the assessment phase. He added the department is on track for completion in 2020.

Chief Gardner stated the Verizon lines for the LiveScan software were installed and the system should be live within a few weeks.

Chief Gardner reminded everyone that the Car Show is taking place on July 27th and reviewed road closures for the event. He also noted the Moreland/Orchard lot will be closed to vehicles, including permitholders as in years previous and that flyers will be distributed to vehicles in the coming days. Chief Gardner stated these parking restrictions for the lot will also be in effect for National Night Out.

FIRE MARSHAL REPORT
Fire Marshal Myers stated the fire prevention materials awarded through the State Farm grant have been ordered. He stated he has been working alongside Manager Hegele and Solicitor Grieser to create the Short Term Rental Ordinance. Fire Marshal Myers stated that preparation for the RMS system in Borough Hall is ongoing. Fire Marshal Myers stated the YMCA will be holding a superhero day in Miller Meadow that will feature the landing of a medical helicopter.

ENGINEER’S REPORT
Engineer Goff stated that the Borough’s MS4 application has been submitted to the DEP and is available for review at Borough Hall. Engineer Goss stated the plans for the Jacksonville/Montgomery Green Light Go Project will be ready to bid at the end of summer. Engineer Goff stated RVE continues to meet with PennDOT for the Corinthian Trail project. She stated RVE has applied for the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant for pedestrian bump outs at York/Williams and York/Summit. She indicated there is no match requirement for the grant. Engineer Goff stated she is working with Hatboro Station on the drainage issue occurring at Fulmor/Warminster that was unaccounted for in Hatboro Station’s plans.

Engineer Goff stated she also continues to work on the closeout of the Stoveworks Project. Mayor Guenst stated that Stoveworks has a lot of project elements that were not performed. She stated they were supposed to install crosswalks and make improvements to the traffic light at Jacksonville and Montgomery. Mayor Guenst asked if they would be required to do these things. Engineer Goff stated a letter was sent to Stoveworks with a list of improvements that were not done and that the project is still under a line of credit. Manager Hegele also stated that the Kilcoynes are eager to move the project along.

Mayor Guenst asked if the drainage issues at Hatboro Station are a result of an engineering shortfall. Engineer Goff stated that the original engineering review did not account for the drainage issue that would result of the townhomes. She noted that Hatboro Station are liable for this work. Engineer Goff stated Hatboro Station is surveying the area in preparation to make the improvements along with the crossing improvements and would be done by the fall. She noted they are required to complete these before they finish the project. Manager Hegele added there are a lot of improvements the developer needs to make including the crosswalk at Byberry Road.

Ron Battis, W. Moreland Ave., stated Stoveworks is on a LERTA. President Bollendorf stated Jacksonville Green is on a LERTA and the Lofts is not.

SOLICITOR’S REPORT
Solicitor Grieser stated the RAV Collision appeal is ongoing and they are preparing the Borough’s response due on August 2nd. Solicitor Grieser stated the Borough entered its notice of appeal with the Commonwealth Court and now Judge Eisenberg must enter his law briefing. He expects the judge to do this soon so that the Borough can enter its briefing. Solicitor Grieser stated his firm has been working on several Right to Know requests and congratulated Solicitor Geiser on the birth of her baby girl.

NEW BUSINESS
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
2019 GOAL UPDATE

Councilman Forgeng provided an update on the goals established at the beginning of 2019:

  1. Continue to promote partnerships within the community and other communities: Councilman Forgeng indicated a great example of this is the K-9 program. Chief Gardner stated Louie and Officer Allen have already been helping the District Attorney and other investigations.
  2. Continue to explore technology: Councilman Forgeng noted there have been many improvements including the LiveScan system.
  3. Work on the Accreditation Process: Councilman Forgeng stated the accreditation process is proceeding well as indicated by Chief Gardner earlier in the meeting.
  4. Hold an emergency management tabletop drill: Councilman Forgeng indicated one was held during the spring and was a great training exercise.
  5. Community Involvement: Councilman Forgeng noted events like the car show aand National Night Out as well as deploying the Bike Patrol helps residents interact with the department and build a better relationship.

FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Forgeng stated Council is in receipt of the Fire Company Expenditure List for the month of June in the amount of $4,325.07. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

FINANCE/GRANTS COMMITTEE
2019 GOAL UPDATE
Vice President Stockton stated a lot of the goals established by the finance committee involve a budget update, so they have decided to move these updates to the August meeting where they will be giving a budget presentation.

Vice President Stockton stated the other goals established include:

  1. Preventing the need for a TAN in the future: Vice President Stockton indicated that as they see how revenue comes in, they can better budget and allocate funds in the future.
  2. Obtain and execute grants, specifically for Miller Meadow: Vice President Stockton stated staff has done a tremendous job seeking, applying for, and obtaining grants. He noted one of the grants awarded includes the Montco 2040 grant for Miller Meadow improvements.

REQUEST FOR FUNDING UNDER MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION GRANT PROGRAM – Vice President Stockton stated this application will be for the installation of pedestrian bump outs at York/Williams and York/Summit. He added there will be no match for this grant. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

RESOLUTION 19-18: RESOLUTION REQUIRING SUBGRANTEES OF RACP GRANTS TO PAY REVAILING WAGE TO BUILDING SERVICE WORKERS
Vice President Stockton stated this resolution will require anyone receiving RACP grant funds to pay prevailing wage.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE
2019 GOAL UPDATE
Vice President Stockton gave updates on the goals as follows:

  1. New Borough Website: Vice President Stockton stated the new website will be going live on September 1st. He noted there will be some things added after September 1st, but the core of the website will be ready.
  2. Business Spotlight: Vice President Stockton stated they continue to create the Business Spotlight and it is a great way to promote local businesses.
  3. AV Project: Vice President Stockton stated the Borough is parting ways with the company previously used because they could not provide an itemized list of equipment to be used for bidding. He stated that money is earmarked for the project, so he wants to get the ball rolling with another company.

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS – Councilwoman Benjamin announced numerous events including those at the Union Library, Car Show, Summer Nights/Cruise Nights, Christmas in July at the Pool, Adult Night at the Pool, and the Kat Hall Whiffle Ball Classic.

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
2019 GOAL UPDATE
Councilman Hegele stated Public Works does a lot of work for the Borough including collecting trash/recycling, clean and maintain streets, plow/salt during winter storms, maintain streetlights, manage parks, clean stormdrains, clean York Road, maintain the pool, and more. Councilman Hegele stated that the Public Works department now does a lot of work in-house and it saves the money a lot of money. He stated their expertise in carpentry, plumbing, and vehicle repair, among others allows them to complete projects efficiently.

Councilman Hegele stated there have been improvements to services, personnel management/training, and more performed already this year.

Superintendent Sine stated Public Works also wanted to install more LED streetlights in 2019. He stated this goal was also achieved. He noted this project resulted in $3,215 in PECO rebates. He noted he wants to continue to replace lights as the years move on.

Superintendent Sine stated the Volleyball court was finished and is ready for play. He noted he also wanted to improve the baseball field at Memorial Park this year; however, moved this to 2020 due to the Volleyball court and trails that will be installed shortly.

Superintendent Sine stated he also wanted to replace damaged concrete at the Borough facilities. He noted these improvements were completed.

Superintendent Sine stated he is working with the Public Works Committee to revise Trash and recycling ordinances as planned. He also stated he is still waiting to hear when the Borough’s contract with Covanta is up so that he can work on renegotiating for cost savings as planned for 2019.

Superintendent Sine stated Public Works wanted to increase enforcement of recycling and that the department has been interacting with residents through stickers, education materials, the recycling mascot, and a recycling education video.

Superintendent Sine stated Public Works wanted to improve employee performance. He stated he conducted a performance review for the department and the employees responded well to it. He also indicated that training is ongoing for both him and the department. He also noted that he is networking with other municipalities to build a better partnership.

Superintendent Sine thanked the Public Works employees and appreciates their hard work. He stated he challenges the department and their projects makes the department very well-rounded.

Councilman Hegele stated the committee started 2019 with all of these goals and Public Works is already achieving so many of them.

RECYCLING BIN QUOTE – 902 GRANT – Councilman Hegele recommended the Borough purchase 3,200 recycling bins from Rehrig in the amount of $60,384. He stated that Superintendent Sine noted these bins are more durable than the others quoted. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

LOLLER ROAD PAVING DISCUSSION – Manager Hegele stated the area of 37 Loller Rd. has a low point that causes water pooling in the road. Manager Hegele stated she is working with the Engineer in order to determine a cost to alleviate the pooling of water in the road. Manager Hegele stated the Borough could use Liquid Fuels money for this.

2019 ROAD PAVING PROGRAM – Councilman Hegele stated the Borough was thinking about paving Madison Avenue in 2019; however, there is a considerable amount of curb work to be done. Councilman Hegele stated S. Chester Avenue would require no concrete work and Abbotts Lane would require minimal concrete work.

Engineer Goff stated that the Borough could roll the 2019 Liquid Fuels money over to 2020 to pave Madison Avenue if they wanted to. She indicated that PennDOT stated smaller municipalities do tend to roll money over and pave every other year. Engineer Goff stated S. Chester Avenue could be paved this year; however, paving would not be able to be performed before school starts, so traffic around Pennypack School would be affected.

President Bollendorf stated the Solicitor recommends the Borough does not replace curbs. He added he does not want to force property owners on Madison Avenue to replace their curbing on such short notice. Manager Hegele stated staff will work on getting the 6-8 properties on Madison to fix their curbs over the next year so that the road can be paved in the coming years. Manager Hegele stated if the Borough is not going to pave this year, she needs to get permission from PennDOT to roll over the liquid fuels money. Councilman Hegele asked what will happen if PennDOT denies the request to roll over funds. Manger Hegele stated the Borough would have to perform some sort of paving work; however, she never recalls the Borough rolling money over before so she does not believe it would be a problem. Councilwoman Anzinger said Abbotts would be the easiest choice if the Borough needed to do something. Superintendent Sine stated yes; however, it is only a small section of Abbotts lane. President Bollendorf stated the Borough needs to have a backup in case PennDOT says no to rolling over the funds.

Vice President Stockton stated that if any of these roads are not paved in 2019, they will be a priority in the following year.

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
2019 GOAL UPDATE
Councilwoman Anzinger stated she attended the Montgomery County Clean Energy Conference and received a lot of information.

Councilwoman Anzinger gave updates on the Committee’s 2019 goals as follows:

  1. Engineering studies for Parks: Councilwoman Anzinger stated a lot of these studies are ongoing as a part of grant projects in Eaton, Memorial, and Miller Meadow
  2. Recycling Program: Councilwoman Anzinger stated the recycling program is ongoing. She noted they are planning to have a big recycling push when the truck and bins arrive as a part of the 902 Recycling Grant.
  3. Pool Committee/Pool Capital Fund: Councilwoman Anzinger stated the Pool Committee was established to use money generated from 2018’s membership fees.
  4. Playground Equipment: Councilwoman Anzinger stated she is working on budgeting for new playground equipment for Memorial Park and exercise equipment for Eaton Park.
  5. Environmental Advisory Board: Councilwoman Anzinger stated she is working to establish an environmental advisory board by the end of the year and already has interested parties.

Mr. Ron Battis stated the bridge in Memorial Park is not ADA compliant. Councilwoman Anzinger stated Council is already looking to replace this bridge. She stated that the shoreline of the creek will be altered as a part of the streambank stabilization project, so it makes sense to wait to replace the bridge.

Councilman Forgeng asked if there can be a Memorial installed in Miller Meadow. Mayor Guenst stated there were talks about a Memorial for Memorial park, but none yet for the Meadow.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
2019 GOAL UPDATE
Councilwoman Anzinger gave updates for the Committee’s goals as follows:

  1. Aesthetics Ordinance: Councilwoman Anzinger stated research for the Aesthetics Ordinance is ongoing.
  2. Business Meeting: Councilwoman Anzinger stated there will be another Business Meet & Greet held in the fall.
  3. Events: Councilwoman Anzinger stated there is ongoing outreach in order to co-sponsor an event with the Chamber.
  4. Murals: Councilwoman Anzinger stated she has talked to the PA Arts Council regarding grants for murals and is working with Montgomery County Community College students to see who is interested in painting the mural on Public Works.

JULY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: BOGGS PRINTING – Councilwoman Anzinger announced July’s business spotlight is Boggs Printing two is celebrating 40 years in business in Hatboro.

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
2019 GOAL UPDATE
Councilman Rich stated the goal for the Administration Committee was to handle items requested by the Borough Manager and to inform residents of the Borough about important documents or announcements. He noted this goal is accomplished at every meeting and is ongoing.

ZONING HEARING BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT: 335 LANCASTER AVENUE – Councilman Rich stated the Zoning Hearing Board meeting on Wednesday, July 17th to review a proposed dimensional variance at the property located at 335 Lancaster Avenue.

ACCEPT RESIGNATION OF JOHN DEMCISAK FROM THE ZONING HEARING BOARD
Councilman Rich stated John Demcisak is moving away from the Borough and is therefore resigning from the Borough of Hatboro Zoning Hearing Board. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

RESOLUTION 19-19: HONORING JOHN DEMCISAK – Councilman Rich read the Resolution honoring John Demcisak:

RESOLUTION NO. 19-19
RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF HATBORO HONORING JOHN DEMCISAK FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE BOROUGH OF HATBORO

WHEREAS, John Demcisak is a long-time resident of the Borough of Hatboro; and

WHEREAS, John Demcisak was elected to Borough Council in 1979 and continued his service as a Councilman for a total of 12 years; and,

WHEREAS, following his departure from Borough Council in 1991, John began serving on the Zoning Hearing Board in which he served from 1991 through 1999 and again from 2006 through June of 2019; and,

WHEREAS, in addition to serving on Borough Council and the Zoning Hearing Board, John Demcisak also spent many years serving on the Union Library Board, YMCA Board, Elm St. Hatboro, and as a member of the Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association; and,

WHEREAS, John Demcisak dedicated years of his life to serving the Borough of Hatboro wherever and whenever possible; and,

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Borough Council of the Borough of Hatboro and Mayor Guenst recognize John Demcisak for his years of service to the Borough of Hatboro and wish him the best in his retirement.

RESOLVED this 15th of July 2019.

RESOLUTION 19-17: APPOINT ZHB ALTERNATE CHRISTINA GIOVINAZZO TO THE ZONING HEARING BOARD – This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY DIGITAL DATA LICENSING AGREEMENT – Manager Hegele stated this licensing agreement is for the Borough Hall Records Management System and allows the vendor to gather information from Montgomery County that is needed to obtain information for the RMS. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: OVERDOSE AWARENESS WALK – Councilman Rich stated Council is in receipt of a special event request for an Overdose Awareness Walk on October 6th. Chief Gardner stated there may be a bill from the Fire Police associated with the walk. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: LEUKEMIA & LYMPHONA AWARENESS WALK – Councilman Rich stated Council is in receipt of a special event request for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Walk on September 22, 2019. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

HATBORO STATION LINE OF CREDIT RELEASE #7 – Vice President Stockton stated Council is in receipt of a recommendation for Line of Credit Release for Hatboro Station in the amount of $117,500 for elements completed thus far. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

SHORT TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE (ORDINANCE 1077) – Solicitor Grieser stated Council will not be voting to advertise, but voting to forward the ordinance to the Planning Commission for review. He noted because there is a zoning element, the ordinance must go through a County and local Planning Commission review. This proposed ordinance was forwarded to the County Planning Commission and then the local PC.

Vice President Stockton stated this ordinance should be incorporated into the Borough’s existing rental ordinance and should not be used as a revenue source. He indicated it should be used as a way to keep people honest.

COMMUTER PARKING ORDINANCE – This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

VERRICHIA COMPANY LLC DCED MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION GRANT FOR YORK & HORSHAM REQUEST FOR SUPPORT – Vice President Stockton stated the Verrichia Company LLC asked the Borough to support their application to the Multimodal Transportation Grant in which the Borough is also applying. Vice President Stockton stated he does not recommend the Borough support this project as it competes with the Borough’s application. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

YMCA SUPERHERO DAY FEE WAIVER REQUEST – Vice President Stockton stated the YMCA would like a fee waiver for the use of Miller Meadow for their Superhero Day. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

SEPTA CROSSING EXTENSION REQUEST – Engineer Goff stated the PUC agreement for the SEPTA crossing at Fulmor Avenue has a deadline of September 30th. As a result, the PUC recommended the Borough request a 1 year extension. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

JOHN KENNEDY ZONING SERVICES – Vice President Stockton stated John Kennedy has helped with various Zoning Hearing Board matters and the Borough would like to use him for Zoning Services. He believes Mr. Kennedy is a great fit as he has years of experience and many qualifications. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

OLD BUSINESS AND UPDATES – Councilman Hegele stated Council is in receipt of a letter from Governor Wolf thanking the Borough for their the support of his Restore PA program and thanked Governor Wolf.

ADJOURNMENT – President Bollendorf adjourned the July 15, 2019 Committee Meeting at 8:54 PM.

COUNCIL MEETING

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the July 15, 2019 Council Meeting to order at 8:55 PM.

PUBLIC COMMENT (VOTING ITEMS ONLY) – None.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Polin was absent. Manager Hegele delivered the Treasurer’s Report. Manager Hegele stated the Borough earned interest in the mount of $2,609.78 and maintained an account balance of $3,319,673.94.

ORDER OF BUSINESS & VOTING ITEMS
ACKNOWLEDGMEENT OF STAFF REPORTS – Councilman Rich motioned to acknowledge the receipt of the Public Works Report, Fire Marshal Report, Tax Collector Report, Treasurer’s Report, and the Upper Moreland Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority Minutes, and Historical Commission Minutes.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

APPROVAL OF WARRANT LIST, PAYMENT OF BILLS, MANUAL CHECKS, AND TRANSFERS – Vice President Stockton motioned to approve the warrant list, payment of bills, manual checks, and transfers for the month of July 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
JUNE 17, 2019 COMMITTEE/COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the June 17, 2019 Committee/Council Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Forgeng, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Hegele motioned to approve the Fire Company Expenditure for the month of June 2019 in the amount of $4,325.70. Motion seconded by Councilman Forgeng, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

RECYCLING BIN QUOTE – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the recycling bin quote from Rehrig in the amount of $60,384.00 under the 902 recycling grant.

2019 ROAD PAVING – This item was tabled.

RESIGNATION OF JOHN DEMCISAK – Vice President Stockton motioned to accept the resignation of John Demcisak from the Zoning Hearing Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

RESOLUTION 19-19 HONORING JOHN DEMCISAK – Councilman Hegele motioned to approve Resolution 19-19 honoring John Demcisak. He added John will be missed greatly. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

RESOLUTION 19-17: APPOINTING ZHB ALTERNATE TO ZONING HEARING BOARD – Councilman Rich motioned to approve Resolution 19-17 appointing Christina Giovinazzo to the Zoning Hearing Board. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

RESOLUTION 19-18: RESOLUTION REQUIRING SUBGRANTEES OF RACP GRANTS TO PAY PREVAILING WAGE – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve Resolution 19-18 requiring subgrantees of RACP grants to pay prevailing wage. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton. Councilwoman Anzinger asked how prevailing wage is determined. President Bollendorf stated this rate is defined by the average rates in a geological area for the specific trade. A vote was cast, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

RESOLUTION 19-20: REQUEST FOR FUNDING UNDER MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION FUND GRANT PROGRAM – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve Resolution 19-20, requesting $274,056 to be used for the York Road improvement projects from the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant Program. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY DIGITAL DATA LICENSING AGREEMENT – Vice President Stockton motioned to approve the Montgomery County Digital Data Licensing Agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: OVERDOSE AWARENESS WALK – Councilwoman Benjamin motioned to approve the special event request for an overdose awareness walk on October 6, 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Hegele, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA AWARENESS WALK – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the special event application for a Leukemia and Lymphoma awareness walk on September 22, 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

HATBORO STATION LINE OF CREDIT RELEASE NO. 7 – Councilman Rich motioned to approve the Hatboro Station Line of Credit Release No. 7 in the amount of $117,500 for the Hatboro Station project. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

COMMUTER PARKING ORDINANCE – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve Ordinance No. 1056, Ordinance amending the Commuter Parking Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

VERRICHIA COMPANY LLC DCED MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION GRANT YORK & HORSHAM – A vote was cast. No motion was made and thus item died on the floor.

FEE WAIVER REQUEST: YMCA SUPERHERO DAY – Councilwoman Benjamin motioned to approve the fee waiver request submitted by the YMCA for their Superhero Day in Miller Meadow. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

SEPTA CROSSING EXTENSION REQUEST – Vice President Stockton motioned to approve the extension request for the Fulmore Avenue SEPTA crossing. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

JOHN KENNEDY ZONING SERVICES – Vice President Stockton motioned to approve the contract for Zoning Services from John Kennedy and appoint John Kennedy as the Zoning Officer. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele.

Councilman Forgeng asked what amount of money he will be paid. Councilwoman Anzinger stated she will be paid hourly. A vote was cast, all ayes, motion carried 7-0.

Mr. Battis asked if he will replace the old zoning officer. President Bollendorf stated yes and state he will also be looking at the Borough’s Zoning Laws to make sure they are up to date. Mr. Battis asked if Mr. Kennedy could assist at Planning Commission meetings and if he will help with codification. President Bollendorf stated yes.

SPECIAL UPDATES – There were no special updates.

OLD BUSINESS – There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS

PUBLIC COMMENT

ADJOURNMENT – The July 15, 2019 Committee/Council meeting was adjourned at 9:06 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Deena DeRenzis
Assistant Borough Secretary

Transcribed by Deena DeRenzis

June 17, 2019 Committee/Council Meeting Minutes

PRESENT
President Bollendorf, Vice President Stockton, Councilwoman Benjamin, Councilman Forgeng, Councilman Rich, Councilwoman Anzinger, Councilman Hegele, Mayor Guenst, Manager Hegele, Assistant Borough Secretary DeRenzis, Superintendent Sine, Chief Gardner, Detective Sergeant Goold, Fire Marshal Myers, Tax Collector/EFC President Mount, Engineer Goff, and Solicitor Kilkenny, Solicitor Geiser, and Solicitor Grieser were present.

ABSENT – None.

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the June 17, 2019 Committee/Council Meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

MEETING NOTES
PUBLIC COMMENT – President Bollendorf reviewed the Public Comment Policy on the back of the agendas with regard to addressing Council and Time Allotment.

President Bollendorf reminded everyone that this is a dual Committee/Council Meeting and will be the only meeting of Council for the month of June.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None.

STATE FARM GRANT CHECK PRESENTATION
Fire Marshal Myers stated he and local State Farm Agent Bob Johnston teamed up to obtain a State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Safety Grant for $2,500. He stated these grant funds will be used to improve the Borough’s Fire Safety program. Fire Marshal Myers stated these grant funds will be used to purchase smoke detectors, kiddie handouts, and other materials to help educate the community. Fire Marshal Myers stated this grant funding would not have been possible without the help from Mr. Johnston.

Bob Johnston thanked Erick for his hard work with this grant and for his daily dedication to Hatboro on a daily basis.

MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Guenst stated she, President Bollendorf, Vice President Stockton, Manager Hegele, and Assistant Secretary DeRenzis attended the Pennsylvania State Association of Borough Conference in Hershey. She noted this year’s conference was very educational, with classes all day long, and she brought home important information that can be utilized within the Borough.

Mayor Guenst stated she was personally able to spend the day with State Representative Tom Murt and visit the State House alongside him.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Bollendorf stated there was recently a primary election in which voting issues and inaccuracies took place. President Bollendorf stated these issues are unacceptable. He stated the ballots were not being read correctly by the machines which resulted in these inaccuracies. He noted he has contacted various party leaders and the County about these issues. He stated Montgomery County assured him that the new voting system will be accurate in time for Election Day in November. President Bollendorf also requested a trial run through of the voting system prior to Election Day, but he has yet to hear back from the County.

President Bollendorf stated the Library Referendum passed on Election Day. He noted the County claimed there was a 12 vote difference; however, there was a 400 vote margin. Mayor Guenst that the printing of the ballots was the cause of these errors. President Bollendorf congratulated the Library and noted that those who voted against the referendum simply did not want another tax in Hatboro. President Bollendorf tasked the Finance Committee to do whatever they can not to raise taxes in the Borough in the year 2020.

President Bollendorf stated the budget process will begin at the end of June. He stated Council will be hosting a budget presentation in August to educate the public about where tax money goes within the budget.

President Bollendorf stated he will be holding office hours by appointment on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For anyone interested, they can email Danielle Pettinato in Borough Hall.

President Bollendorf stated the Parking Commission met to discuss the Springdale Avenue Parking conditions. He stated residents on Springdale Avenue are invited to attend the July Parking Commission meeting to discuss their ideas for improvements.

President Bollendorf stated he asked each Committee to establish a list of goals in January. He stated each committee will be giving updates on their goals at the July meeting.

MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele thanked Fire Marshal Myers, Bob Johnston, and State Farm for the grant funding and for allowing the Borough to further its fire safety education program.

Manager Hegele thanked Council and Residents for allowing her to attend the PSAB Annual Conference. She noted she learned a lot of information and the training was very beneficial. Manager Hegele stated she also met Governor Wolf during this conference.

Manager Hegele stated the Zoning Hearing Board will be meeting on June 27th to render their decision for the application submitted by 333 N. York Rd. She stated that ZHB Chairman John Demcisak is retiring after many years of service and he will be honored at both the Zoning Hearing Board meeting and the July Council Meeting.

Manager Hegele stated the Planning Commission had multiple questions regarding the plans submitted by Victorian Village II and will need to return to the Planning Commission for further review. She noted representatives from Victorian Village II are present at the meeting and will be presenting later on.

Manager Hegele stated she and Superintendent Sine met with the Army Corps of Engineers for the Pennypack Creek inspection.

Manager Hegele stated PennDOT will be coming to the July Council Meeting for a public hearing for a noise ordinance waiver request. She noted they would like to Pave Jacksonville Road and a portion of E. Montgomery overnight in September.

Manager Hegele stated work will be performed to County Bridge #38 on W. Moreland Avenue by the pool beginning on June 24th. She noted this work will consist of locating utilities.

Manager Hegele stated that the Pool is officially open 7 days a week for the summer. She noted membership sales are going well; however, some bad weather is keeping people from swimming as much as they’d like. She stated that the Borough has also been receiving a lot of questions regarding the new volleyball court as well.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT – Superintendent Sine stated he attended a Hazard Mitigation class at the Montgomery County Fire Academy. He stated this class was geared toward understanding potential disasters, reduction of loss of life and information about recovery costs.

Superintendent Sine stated Public Works has been delayed in their work on the volleyball court due to inclement weather. He stated if the department can get 10 dry days, the court will be completed.

Superintendent Sine sated the new recycling truck through the Borough’s 902 grant is scheduled to be delivered mid to late September. He stated more information will be released in the coming months.

Superintendent Sine stated Public Works will be playing in the Kat Hall Wiffle Ball event again this year and challenged Administration, Police, and Council.

CHIEF OF POLICE REPORT – Chief Gardner stated Montgomery County released a draft MOU that will be between the County and municipalities for the delivery of fuel to the scene of major incidents where it is needed. Chief Gardner stated he is going to enter the MOU with the County if there are no objections and all fuel gained through the MOU must be paid for within 60 days.

Chief Gardner stated he has been reassessing the MOUs for the Borough’s warming centers. He stated Victorian Village, St. John Lutheran, and Lehman Methodist Church are all included in these updates.

Chief Gardner acknowledged the Borough’s crossing guards when have a 100% safety record and thanked them for their dedication.

FIRE MARSHAL REPORT – Fire Marshal Myers the Borough’s EOC was operated in the past month due to weather. He stated in the last storm, 19 properties were damaged and noted most of these properties have been assessed and are back in shape.

Fire Marshal Myers stated he has been actively working with Manager Hegele and Solicitor Grieser on the short term rental ordinance.

Fire Marshal Myers stated he prepared a list of vacant properties in the Borough for Manager Hegele over the last few weeks.

Fire Marshal Myers stated he has been working on getting the Borough’s Records Management Software up and running as well.

Fire Marshal Myers stated he had the opportunity to work alongside Second Alarmers in an emergency situation. He noted the Borough is in extremely good hands and commended Second Alarmers for their great work.

FIRE COMPANY PRESIDENT REPORT – Fire Company President Mount thanked everyone who volunteered/assisted at the carnival and thanked everyone that attended.

ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Goff stated that she had a field meeting with Septa for the Jacksonville and Montgomery Avenue signal upgrade project and is addressing their comments. She stated the safety study was submitted for the Corinthian Trail project and noted that once the study is returned, the right of way plans will be submitted. Engineer Goff stated the QAQC permit is underway for the Eaton Park Streambank Restoration Project. Engineer Goff stated she is working on the Multimodal DCED grant application for pedestrian bump outs at Williams Lane and Summit Avenue. Engineer Goff also stated Council will be reviewing options for the 2019 road paving program later this evening.

SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Kilkenny stated his firm is regularly working on the AirBnb/short term rental ordinance as well as the ongoing Wawa Appeal which will be certified and due at the end of July to the Commonwealth Court. Solicitor Kilkenny stated Solicitor Geiser and Solicitor Grieser attended the Zoning Hearing Board meetings for the 333 N. York Road matter.

Solicitor Kilkenny stated his firm has also been working on the amendment to the Commuter Parking Ordinance and various day to day issues with staff.

Mayor Guenst asked how close the AirBnb ordinance is to advertising. Fire Marshal Myers and Solicitor Grieser are very close to giving the ordinance to Council for review. Then the Ordinance can be advertised.

President Bollendorf asked how far Plumstead is in their Wawa appeal process. Solicitor Kilkenny stated they are a few months ahead of Hatboro and submitted their documents to Commonwealth Court; however, they do not have a date yet.

PUBLIC SAFETY
ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST
Councilman Forgeng stated that Council is in receipt of the Enterprise Fire Company Expenditure List for the month of May in the amount of $11,571.84. This item was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE LIST
Councilman Forgeng stated that Council is in receipt of the Enterprise Fire Company Capital Expenditure List for the month of May in the amount of $2,122.63. This items was moved to the voting agenda at the end of the meeting.

AUTOMATIC LICENSE PLATE READER EQUIPMENT GRANT
Chief Gardner stated Montgomery County Department of Public Safety selected the Hatboro Police Department to receive an Automatic License Plate Reader. He stated these tag readers are mounted to the exterior of the police car and are used to detect suspended, expired, etc. He noted these often lead to other violations and that this equipment often helps with locating stolen vehicles, wanted persons, people with PFAs, assists with amber/silver alerts, as well as help search the department locate vehicles that may be present in a crime scene. Chief Gardner stated that most departments have this equipment already and Montgomery County Public Safety selected HPD to receive a grant. Chief Gardner stated the equipment usually costs $24,000, but through this grant, the acquisition and installation is covered by the Federal Government. Chief Gardner stated future software upgrades and maintenance will have to be paid by the Borough in the future in the amount of $1,800 after the year 2020.

Chief Gardner stated there is no formal action needed by Council; however, he wanted to discuss it in case there are any objections to the recurring costs for the system. Chief Gardner stated that this software will help reduce costs and save the department time.

Chief Gardner stated that Pennsylvania did away with registration materials, so it is harder to enforce registration violations because tags have to be run manually.

Vice President Stockton asked if the license plate reader will generate more revenue to offset the licensing fees. Chief Gardner stated that there will probably be additional revenue coming in from fines as this automatic plate reader makes finding violations easier; however, he does not expect the fines to cover the licensing fees completely. Chief Gardner stated the true benefit of this equipment is the protection of the community as it is a valuable recovery/arrest/crime fighting tool.

Councilman Hegele asked if the car needs to be stationary for the equipment to read plates. Chief Gardner stated no, the equipment works whether the car is stationary or moving and will set off an alarm when it gets a hit.

FINANCE/GRANT COMMITTEE – Vice President Stockton stated there was nothing on his agenda for the evening.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE
KAT HALL WIFFLE BALL CLASSIC – Councilwoman Benjamin announced the Kat Hall Wiffle Ball Tournament will be taking place on Monday, September 2, 2019. She stated registration is currently open and costs are available on the event’s website. Councilwoman Benjamin stated the Kerr family will be benefitting this year.

Mayor Guenst stated it was a fun event and encouraged everyone to participate.

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
2019 ROAD PAVING PROJECT – AUTHORIZATION FOR BIDDING
Councilman Hegele sated the Borough received $206,000 in Liquid Fuels funding for 2019. He stated that each year, this funding is used for Micro-Resurfacing and road paving. He stated Madison Avenue is on the top of the paving list; however, this street would require curbing work.

Superintendent Sine stated there is substantial concrete curbing work that would need to be performed when milling/paving Madison Avenue. Superintendent Sine stated this curbing work is estimated to cost $40,000 on top of the cost to perform the milling/overlay work. Superintendent Sine stated this might make paving Madison Avenue cost prohibitive at this time.

President Bollendorf asked if this is private concrete work or Borough concrete work that would be required. Superintendent Sine stated this curbing is on residential property; however, the Borough has funded the concrete curbing replacement on roads in these types of situations. President Bollendorf asked Manager Hegele to look into whether the Borough paid for curbing in the past.

Councilman Hegele asked if Madison would be the only street paved this year. Engineer Goff stated in the past, the Borough repaired the concrete curb when milling and overlaying a road because it is more effective. Engineer Goff stated the Borough does have an ordinance that requires the abutting property owner to repair the curb in instances like this, Section 21-106. Engineer Goff stated that curbing is not an eligible cost under the liquid fuels funding unless it is immediately adjacent to an ADA ramp. Solicitor Kilkenny stated that if the Borough uses general funds for curbing, the Borough would have to receive a release from the property owner in order to perform the work. Solicitor Kilkenny also stated repairing the private curbing with Borough funds will also raise the question of who is responsible for the future maintenance. Solicitor Kilkenny stated the other municipalities he represents will notify property owners far in advance should they need to repair their curbing, allow them a reasonable amount of time to make the repairs, and if the repairs are not made the Borough can perform the repairs and lien the property. President Bollendorf stated he wants staff to research the matter because he and Council do not want to lien anyone’s property.

Engineer Goff stated this matter can be pushed back another month. She noted that she would not delay the bidding any further than 1 more month.

PECO STREET LIGHT BUYOUT
Superintendent Sine stated in the 1980s, the Borough bought streetlights, mast arms, and equipment from PECO which resulted in the Borough having maintenance responsibility and a lower electric rate. Superintendent Sine stated that 5 streetlights not purchased for unknown reasons. Superintendent Sine stated there were 4 streetlights at the Police Station that were unnecessary and removed per Chief Gardner. Superintendent Sine stated the last light is located at Summit & Springdale Avenues. He stated this light is needed at the intersection due to a nearby park and the AQUA tower. Superintendent Sine stated PECO has placed a value of $91.67 on the fixture and mast arm. He stated he would like to purchase the light from PECO which will result in a discounted electric rate.

This item was moved to the voting meeting at the end of the agenda.

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
HOUSE BILL 1400
Councilwoman Anzinger stated House Bill 1400 is currently under review at the State House of Representatives. She stated that if passed, this bill will override the local zoning code and will allow wireless facilities and towers to be installed wherever within the Borough. She noted the Borough is very landlocked as is and encouraged everyone to reach out to Tom Murt asking him to reject this bill.

UPPER MORELAND HATBORO TRAIL COMMITTEE MEETING
Councilwoman Anzinger stated the first public meeting for the Upper Moreland Hatboro Trail Committee Meeting took place in May. She noted there were not many Hatboro Residents present. She stated the next meeting will most likely be in September at Borough Hall. She noted information on a date and time will be announced once finalized.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
NEW BUSINESSES
Councilwoman Anzinger read a list of new businesses including Sterling Kitchen & Bath, Hatboro Art Lounge, and the Lavender Spa. She also noted that existing business Salon On Main expanded their business and Bogg’s printing is celebrating their 40th Anniversary.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: HHH RECORDS – Councilwoman Anzinger announced that HHH Records is the June Business Spotlight. She encouraged residents to visit their store at 21 N. York and see their collection.

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
ADVERTISEMENT OF COMMUTER PARKING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
Councilman Rich Stockton stated the solicitor has prepared the amendment to the Commuter Parking Ordinance. He noted that E. Moreland Avenue from N. Warminster Rd. to S. New St. and S. New St. is the proposed addition to the affected areas of the ordinance.

This item was moved to the voting meeting at the end of the agenda.

2019 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT UPGRADES
Vice President Stockton stated Council is in receipt of a proposal for a computer refresh from Integra1. Vice President Stockton stated the initial proposal came in at $83,411.43, so he would like to see some of those costs reduced. Vice President Stockton asked what the $2,750.00 setup fee includes because that cost is high for taking computers out of the box. Mr. Bird stated there are three elements to this project: equipment upgrade, server upgrade, and firewall upgrade to both Admin and the Police Department. He noted a 4G Sim Card backup for the police department is also included. Chief Gardner noted this backup is necessary since the Police Department’s records management system is cloud based and without internet cannot be used.

Vice President Stockton stated server and firewall fees make sense to him, but the hardware costs and setup fees are concerning. Mr. Bird stated the personal systems for the offices and vehicles are being refreshed. He noted that all of these devices would have to be configured, have data transferred, etc.

Vice President Stockton stated he is concerned about the admin staff rather than the Police Department and does not want the Borough to pay so much money for taking computers out of the box. Mr. Bird stated that the devices will be unboxed, imaged, loaded with antivirus and the managed service agent. He added the old machines will also be wiped according to Department of Defense guidelines and recycling. He noted these costs are included in the $2,750.00 setup cost.

Vice President Stockton stated he has some more questions as to Admin’s need for certain devices and stated he would like to table the matter until he meets with Integra and staff himself.

VICTORIAN VILLAGE II ZONING RELIEF REQUEST
Christopher Mahoney, the attorney for Victorian Village stated Victorian Village has made an agreement for the purchase of the YMCA property located at 440 S. York Rd. and the other 3 parcels owned by the YMCA. He stated that Victorian Village would only expand onto the property where the current YMCA building resides. He also noted that the Cressbrook house may also be donated to the Borough. Mr. Mahoney noted that the problem with expanding to the YMCA property is that the parcels are currently zoned R-1. He noted they originally went to the Planning Commission with the idea to get active adult added as an acceptable use in the R-1 District; however, this did not make sense. As a result, he stated they would like to change the zoning of the main YMCA parcel at 440 S. York Rd. to an Office District to permit the active adult community. He stated Victorian Village 2 would be only 3 acres and the zoning require 8 acres, so by combining Victorian Village I and II would make a 12 acre parcel.

Mr. Mahoney stated Victorian Village II would be a 52 unit, 4-story building and the historic house currently at the YMCA property would be preserved and incorporated into the offices for Victorian Village. He noted there was also some discussion about getting the house on the National Historic Registry.

Tim Schultz, Historian, stated he is pleased the house will be maintained, but asked what will be done with the inside of the house. Lance Kramer stated the inside of the historic house will be office space with a vestibule into the new building. He noted that the new building will be a backdrop behind the house. Tim Schultz stated they will basically be preserving the integrity of the building. Mr. Kramer stated yes.

Lynn MaGaha asked if they will be restoring the interior so it would meet National Historic Registry guidelines. Mr. Kramer stated the interior would be renovated, but not restored because restoration would be too costly seeing that the current interior is not in great shape. He noted that is why they’re focusing on maintaining the existing exterior of the building. Mr. Magaha stated the interior would need to be registered to make it to the Historic Register.

Dave Shannon, Millbrook Society, stated the historic home is a national landmark qualified building if everything other than the original footprint is removed. Mr. Shannon asked if they are aware of the history of the building. Mr. Kramer stated his offices did extensive research and his staff has an expert on historic grants/restoration. Mr. Kramer noted everything other than the original building would have to be removed; however, the Borough stated they wanted the building to remain the same because that is how it’s recognized. Mr. Shannon asked if that was the Borough’s official position. President Bollendorf stated the Borough’s position is to refer to the historian/historical commission.

Mr. Magaha stated the building cannot be on the national register if the interior is going to be renovated because its integrity as a historical site will be lost. He noted the building has immense importance to the Borough and should be preserved.

Mayor Guenst stated that the YMCA dramatically changed the building and thus it can’t even meet historical guidelines now. President Bollendorf stated the Borough wants to see the historic building preserved and it’s not fair to ask Victorian Village to restore the interior of the building when it wasn’t required with the YMCA.

Tim Schultz stated there are multiple levels of historic registration and can work with Victorian Village to get the building on a registry. Mayor Guenst noted Loller Academy is on the historic registry and the building has drastically changed over the years. President Bollendorf asked if the YMCA building can be registered without the interior being restored. Mr. Kramer noted that the building can be historically certified which means the exterior of the building will be historic; however, the interior does not have to be restored. Tim Schultz stated it is a very important building and he will work with Victorian Village to help get the building registered.

Mr. Magaha asked if the building will be attached. Mr. Kramer stated the historic building will be attached to the new complex and will serve as a vestibule into the units in addition to serving as office space. Mr. Magaha stated he will defer to Tim Schultz and will look to Tim to do what is right and coordinate with Victorian Village.

President Bollendorf asked if the intent is to donate the Cressbrook house to the Borough. Nancy stated that is extremely generous.

Vice President Stockton stated another developer could purchase the property and tear the entire building down; however, Victorian Village cares about Hatboro’s history and is trying to preserve it where possible.

Councilman Hegele stated it would be great for the building to stay intact and that was the first priority thought of when the rumor first arose of the Victorian Village II development.

Ron Battis, W. Moreland Ave. asked when Council previous discussed the Victorian Village development and the donation of the Cressbrook House because it did not take place in a public meeting and asked if it was an appropriate discussion. Solicitor Kilkenny stated there were preliminary meetings with staff with less than a quorum of Council present to meet with the developer to get initial input. He emphasized this is not a violation of the sunshine law and that it happens in Hatboro and every other municipality.

Manager Hegele noted Victorian Village II will have to go back to the Planning Commission and Montgomery County Planning Commission for further review. Mayor Guenst noted MCPC seemed to favor the project, but stated they needed to go about the correct zoning.

RESOLUTION 19-16: TREASURER APPOINTMENT
Councilman Rich stated council is in receipt of a resolution to appoint Heather Polin to the position of Treasurer. He stated Ms. Polin is a resident of 13 years with a stong financial background. This item was moved to the voting meeting at the end of the agenda.

DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL POOL PAVILION
Councilman Rich stated the Sutton family of Hatboro is the longest member of the Hatboro Pool. He stated their family has attended the pool, helped run the pool and more over the years. Councilman Rich stated they would like to dedicate the new pool pavilion in honor of the Sutton Family. This item was moved to the voting meeting at the end of the agenda.

AIRBNB ORDINANCE UPDATE
This item was tabled until the July 15, 2019 Council Meeting.

RESOLUTION 19-13: RESOLUTION SUPPORTING RESTORE PA
Vice President Stockton stated Restore PA is designed to help spread broadband internet access and infrastructure updates to municipalities across the state. He stated it is designed to help smaller towns like Hatboro who do not have access to larger funding sources like bigger towns do. Vice President Stockton stated it would bring 4.5 billion dollars for infrastructure upgrades to the Commonwealth. This item was moved to the voting meeting at the end of the agenda.

RESOLUTION 19-14: RESOLUTION APPROVING/ADOPTING COMCAST CABLE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT
Vice President Stockton stated the Borough needs to review the Cable Franchise Agreement every so often. He noted the Borough is finally in agreement and can sign the Comcast agreement. This item was moved to the voting meeting at the end of the agenda.

RESOLUTION 19-15: RESOLUTION AMENDING 2019 FEE SCHEDULE
Vice President Stockton stated the 2019 Fee Schedule needs to be amended to include the locker rental fees for the Memorial Pool. He stated the fee will be $30.00 per season. President Bollendorf thanked Public Works for building the lockers.

OLD BUSINESS & UPDATES – None.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None.

ADJOURNMENT – President Bollendorf adjourned the June 17, 2019 Committee Meeting at 8:13 PM.

JUNE 17, 2019 COUNCIL MEETING

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the June 17, 2019 Council Meeting to order at 8:13 PM.

PUBLIC COMMENT – VOTING ITEMS ONLY – None.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele gave the Treasurer’s report for the month of May. Manager Hegele stated in May 2019 the Borough retained a total account balance of $4,166,566.22 with a total interest earned in the amount of $3,448.94.

VOTING ITEMS
ACKNOWLEDGMEENT OF STAFF REPORTS – Vice President Stockton motioned to acknowledge the receipt of the Public Works Report, Fire Marshal Report, Tax Collector Report, Treasurer’s Report, Historical Commission Minutes, and the Upper Moreland Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority Minutes.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

APPROVAL OF WARRANT LIST, PAYMENT OF BILLS, MANUAL CHECKS, AND TRANSFERS – Councilman Rich motioned to approve the warrant list, payment of bills, manual checks, and transfers for the month of June 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MAY 20, 2019 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
– Vice President Stockton motioned to approve the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Hegele motioned to approve the Enterprise Fire Company Capital Expenditure List for the month of May in the amount of $11,571.84. Motion was seconded by Councilman Forgeng, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

FIRE COMPANY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the Enterprise Fire Company Capital Expenditure List for the month of May in the amount of $2,122.63. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

2019 ROAD PAVING PROJECT – AUTHORIZATION FOR BIDDING – This item was tabled.

PECO STREETLIGHT BUYOUT – Councilwoman Benjamin motioned to approve the purchase of the Summit Ave/Springdale Ave. Street Light from PECO in the amount of $91.67. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

ADVERTISEMENT OF COMMUTER PARKING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the advertisement of Ordinance No. 1056, amending the Commuter Parking Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

2019 COMPUTER UPGRADES – This item was tabled.

TREASURER APPOINTMENT – RESOLUTION 19-16 – Vice President Stockton motioned to approve Resolution 19-16, appointing Heather Polin to the position of Treasurer. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL POOL PAVILION – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to dedicate the new Pool Pavilion after the Sutton Family. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

RESOLUTION 19-13 SUPPORTING RESTORE PA – Vice President Stockton motioned to approve Resolution 19-13 supporting Restore PA. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

RESOLUTION 19-14 APPROVING/ADOPTING COMCAST CABLE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT – Councilwoman Benjamin motioned to approve Resolution 19-14 approving/adopting the Comcast Cable Franchise Agreement. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

RESOLUTION 19-15: AMMENDING 2019 FEE SCHEDULE – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve Resolution 19-15, amending the 2019 Fee Schedule to include a locker rental fee for the pool. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

SPECIAL UPDATES – None

OLD BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS – None

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

ADJOURNMENT – President Bollendorf adjourned the June 17, 2019 Council Meeting at 8:18 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Deena DeRenzis
Assistant Borough Secretary

Transcribed by Deena DeRenzis

May 6, 2019 Committee Meeting Minutes

PRESENT
President Bollendorf, Vice President Stockton, Councilwoman Benjamin, Councilman Forgeng, Councilman Rich, Councilwoman Anzinger, Councilman Hegele, Manager Hegele, Assistant Borough Secretary DeRenzis, Superintendent Sine, Chief Gardner, Fire Marshal Myers, Treasurer Zollers, Tax Collector/EFC President Mount, Engineer Goff, and Solicitor Geiser were present.

ABSENT – Mayor Guenst was absent.

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the May 6, 2019 Committee Meeting to order at 7:00 PM

MEETING NOTES
PUBLIC COMMENT – President Bollendorf reviewed the Public Comment Policy on the back of the agendas with regard to addressing Council and Time Allotment.

President Bollendorf announced Council held an executive session from 6:00-6:36 PM to discuss a legal matter and a personnel issue.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Guenst was absent this evening. Manager Hegele read a prepared statement left by Mayor Guenst expressing her apologies for missing the meeting as well as her vehement opposition to Judge Eisenberg’s ruling on the Wawa case as well as hoping Council votes to appeal his decision at the May 20th meeting.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Bollendorf wished everyone a happy Mother’s Day. President Bollendorf stated he attended the first Summer Nights/Farmers Market event with staff on Friday and it was very well attended. President Bollendorf stated the main item on the agenda this evening is the Wawa decision.

He noted that residents have to be civil to one another, no matter what your personal stance may be. He stated that he has received a lot of emails regarding the Wawa matter and noted that anyone contacting him must include their name, address, and opinion. He asked that no one send vulgar emails or use the emails to harass anyone or any neighbors. He noted that his emails are public record and anyone can access them through public records, so people should be civil when contacting him. President Bollendorf stated they will decide whether or not to appeal on Monday, May 20th and encouraged residents to contact Council before that meeting via email or other means.

MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated the pool will open Memorial Day weekend and Community day will take place on May 18th. She added Borough Hall will have extended hours for membership sales on Wednesday May 8th and Wednesday May 22nd. She noted anyone who cannot come into Borough Hall for a membership should contact her.

Manager Hegele stated the Zoning Hearing Board will hear two applications on May 8th, one for 430 Oakdale Avenue and the other for 333 N. York Rd. She stated that the Upper Moreland Hatboro Trail steering committee will also have a public workshop on May 8th at 7 PM. She apologized for the conflicting times as Upper Moreland was unaware of the Zoning meeting.

Manager Hegele stated that staff and some Council members attended the first Summer Nights event on May 3, 2019 and noted the event was a success.

Manager Hegele stated the Borough received notification that it received 3rd place in the PSAB newsletter contest for the 2018 newsletter. She stated a new newsletter is in the works and staff is aiming for first place.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT – Superintendent Sine stated Public Works stated the York Road paving project is wrapping up. He stated Guide Mark is marking lanes and PennDOT will be completing punchlist items in the next two weeks.

Superintendent Sine stated Upper Moreland Public Works completed the lane/traffic improvements at Byberry and Warminster and noted that Armour & Sons will be in the area to begin traffic signal improvements soon. He added that timelines are currently not available due to PennDOT’s schedule, so as soon as they are available, he will release the information as soon as they are available.

Superintendent Sine stated the Pool is almost ready for this season. He noted that the sand volleyball court was delayed due to weather, so he is hoping for a mid-June opening should the weather permit.

CHIEF OF POLICE REPORT – Chief Gardner stated the accreditation process is moving along well and the department is 75% through their policy phase and they are on target to complete it by 2020. Chief Gardner stated that the new session of the citizens police academy will begin soon and anyone interested in attending should complete an application online.

Chief Gardner stated that North Wales Borough is holding an anniversary celebration which will require the New Hope Railroad to bring a steam engine through the Hatboro Train station. Chief Gardner stated he does not know exactly what time the train will be coming through Hatboro; however, he asked that spectators watch the train in safe locations.

FIRE MARSHAL REPORT – Fire Marshal Myers stated that he and employee Jake Miller have been working on property maintenance issues. He stated there was some confusion amongst issuing high grass notices some properties received notices without having high grass. He apologized for the confusion and noted people can call him if they have any questions. Fire Marshal Myers stated he attended a meeting for the annual Fireworks at Miller Meadow. Fire Marshal Myers reminded residents that fire pits are legal as long as they are contained and not hazardous. He also noted he has been helping Chief Gardner with some accreditation documents.

FIRE COMPANY PRESIDENT REPORT – Fire Company President Mount reminded everyone that the annual Carnival will be taking place in Miller Meadow from May 21st to May 27th.

ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Goff stated that RVE is working on the Borough’s PRP plan. She also noted that PennDOT approved the Corinthian Trail environmental study and concluded that the project has no environmental impact. RVE will now submit the safety study for review.

SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Geiser stated that the oral arguments for the Wawa appeal were held in front of Judge Eisenberg. She noted Judge Eisenberg ruled in favor of Wawa under the ruling that the Borough’s Ordinance excludes the legitimate land use for the Wawa development. She stated the Borough has the option to appeal this decision within 30 days and if appealed, the case will go to the Commonwealth Court. Solicitor Geiser stated her firm will be attending the zoning hearing board meeting for 333 N. York Road to oppose the application. She also stated that she drafted an opinion and decision for the Conditional Use for 451 Oakdale Avenue and handled various issues that arise in the Borough.

PUBLIC SAFETY
ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST
Councilman Forgeng stated that Council is in receipt of the Enterprise Fire Company Expenditure List for the month of February in the amount of $18,605.57. Councilman Forgeng stated there was a water bill for $2,795.00 and asked if this was correct. President Mount stated that was an error and that she will submit a revised bill to Council. This item was moved to the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

FINANCE/GRANT COMMITTEE
EARLY TAN PAYMENT – Vice President Stockton stated Tax Collector Mount is doing extremely well with collecting taxes thus far and the Borough can pay the TAN monies early. He noted this early payment will be $700,000 in principal funds as well as an estimated $6,825.00 in interest. This item was moved to the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

APPROVAL OF TRANSFERS FROM GENERAL FUND TO GENERAL CAPITAL FUND
Vice President Stockton stated that the Borough made transfers from the General Capital Fund to the General and payroll funds prior to getting the TAN monies earlier this year. He noted these transfers are not abnormal and were made to cover bills and payroll expenses. Vice President Stockton stated these transfers totaled $526,979.61. This item was moved to the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE – Councilwoman Benjamin stated that the Digital Outreach Committee has now become the Community Outreach Committee. She stated that this restructuring was performed in order to increase engagement between council, the borough, and the community as a whole. Councilwoman Benjamin asked that everyone email her community events so they can be posted to the Borough’s website and facebook.

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
2019 MICRO RESURFACING – Superintendent Sine stated that in years previous, the Borough has used a portion of Liquid Fuels money in order to micro-resurface roads. He noted that micro-resurfacing extends the life of the roads immensely. Superintendent Sine stated he would like to use $40,000 in Liquid Fuels money in order to micro-resurface Rorer Ave., Drexel Rd., and Park Ave. He stated that they will use the remaining Liquid Fuels money for milling/paving work. Superintendent Sine stated this project piggybacks off of the Whitpain Township contract so no bidding is required.

Councilman Forgeng asked if Horsham Road was micro-resurfaced.  Superintendent Sine stated yes, but he is unhappy with that work as the micro-resurfacing should not be used for high volume roads. At the time, Horsham Road was deemed a candidate by the prior manager; however, it should be used for neighborhood roads instead. This item was moved to the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
GOOSE REMOVAL IN MEMORIAL PARK 2019 – Councilwoman Anzinger stated that the Borough obtained proposals for two geese removal companies. Upon the recommendations from staff, she would like to hire the Goose Squad two will visit the parks twice a day, 6 days a week which will help keep geese out of the parks. This item was moved to the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

MASTER TRAIL PLAN MEETING AT UPPER MORELAND – Councilwoman Anzinger announced there will be a Master Trail Plan Meeting at Upper Moreland Township on May 8th at 7 PM. The meeting will be open to the public.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: JORDAN ALEXANDER – Councilwoman Anzinger stated Jordan Alexander is the business spotlight for the month of May.

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: HATBORO YMCA SWIM MEETS – Councilman Rich stated Council is in receipt of a request from the YMCA to use the Memorial Pool for Swim Meets on June 25, July 9, and July 16th. He noted none of these dates coincide with the Hatboro Storm Meets. This item was moved to the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

CAMERA UPGRADES TO BOROUGH FACILITIES – Manager Hegele stated Borough Staff and the Hatboro Police Department visited Borough Facilities to determine locations for new security cameras in Borough Hall and the Pool. She noted that there will be a policy in place to determine who views the cameras and that the insurance company is always an advocate for cameras/security. Councilman Hegele asked if the cameras previously installed at Borough Hall could be moved downstairs for safety. Manager Hegele stated that is part of the plan. Manager Hegele stated the pool cameras will cost $6,412.00 and the Borough Hall cameras will cost $6,997.00. Chief Gardner stated that there is no audio with the cameras and that the policies will help avoid conflict with who reviews footage and the video feed in both locations. This item was moved to the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

HIRING EXPERT WITNESS FOR ZHB – JOHN KENNEDY – Councilman Rich stated the Borough has received a proposal from expert witness, John Kennedy, to aid in the Borough’s opposition of the Zoning Hearing Board application submitted by 333 N. York Rd. He stated that Mr. Kennedy will aid in land planning and evaluating the requested special exception. Solicitor Geiser stated Mr. Kennedy will not be needed until June. This item was moved to the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

DESIGNATE ALTERNATE FOR ZONING HEARING BOARD – Manager Hegele stated Mr. John Demcisak notified the Borough that he will be moving out of the Borough, meaning he can no longer serve as chair of the ZHB. Manager Hegele stated that Council should appoint an alternate that would immediately take his place should Mr. Demcisak need to leave in the middle of a hearing process. This item was moved to the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

DISCUSSION OF VERIZON CABLE FRANCHISE PUBLIC HEARING – Vice President Stockton stated the Borough is in the process of negotiating the cable franchise agreement with Verizon and will need to hold a public hearing. Council had a discussion with regard to possible hearing dates and determined July will be the best time so Borough staff has time to reach out to residents.

DISCUSSION OF YORK & HORSHAM RD. (WAWA) APPEAL) – Vice President Stockton stated he has been following a lot of the discussion online and is excited that so many people are concerned and active about what is going on in their community. Vice President Stockton stated that a lot of people think it is up to Council whether or not Wawa can build there; however, Council can only determine whether or not the Borough appeals the judge’s decision. He added that everyone should keep the discussion civil and asked that residents call or email Council with their opinion. This item was moved to the May 20, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

ANNOUNCEMENT: COMMUNITY DAY, MAY 18 – Vice President Stockton announced the upcoming community day at the Hatboro Pool and that more information is online.

ANNOUNCEMENT: ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING, MAY 8th – Vice President Stockton stated the Zoning Hearing Board will be meeting on Wednesday, May 8th to hear the applications submitted by 430 Oakdale Avenue and 333 N. York Rd.

ANNOUNCEMENT: TREASURER VACANCY – Vice President Stockton stated that the Borough is looking for a new Treasurer. He noted anyone interested should reach out to Borough Hall with a letter of interest. He thanked Treasurer Zollers for her work the last few months.

OLD BUSINESS & UPDATES
President Bollendorf stated that he will be reviewing an assessing progress on Council’s goals at the July meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Bev Harrison, Horsham Rd. asked if Council has a projected cost for the Wawa appeal and how the Borough plans to pay for the appeal. President Bollendorf stated that the Borough budgeted $70,000 for Zoning Hearing Board appeals. He stated that the first round of appeals cost $21,470. President Bollendorf stated the solicitor estimated another $20,000 for the next round of appeals. President Bollendorf stated that the $70,000 budgeted does include other appeals; however, they are under budget as of now.

Kim Doney, Horsham Rd. asked if the judge’s ruling for the Wawa is public record and if the Borough has a copy. Solicitor Geiser stated that residents can obtain a copy online and that there are no notes of testimony available yet. She added these notes of testimony will be available through the court and the Borough will not have them. Ms. Doney asked what was not approved by the judge during the appeal. Solicitor Geiser stated that the judge did not approve a dimensional variance which means Wawa would need to comply with the zoning ordinance. Ms. Doney asked if the Wawa was approved to build in the residential area. Solicitor Geiser stated yes.

Luann Kline, Academy Rd. asked what the process for the appeal is. President Bollendorf stated Council will vote on whether or not to appeal the decision at the May 20th Council Meeting. He noted that Councilwoman Anzinger will not be voting and that Mayor Guenst may need to break a tie. President Bollendorf stated Council will make their vote how they see fit and that the vote will be a roll call vote. Councilwoman Benjamin stated she will be making her decision based on the feedback she received from residents and urged more residents to contact her. Ms. Doney invited Council to walk through her property to see how the lighting and noise of the Wawa would affect the residents on Horsham Road.

Katrina Nuss, Academy Rd., asked if there are any plans for the YMCA property when they move out. President Bollendorf stated there are discussions with Victorian Village who would like to buy the property. He noted that they are involving the Historic Commission due to the historic house and that they would like to preserve a part of the house. He noted that the Borough does not own the property, so they ultimately cannot control what Victorian Village does, but they are having discussions in an attempt to save the property. Ms. Nuss stated that the Millbrook society should be involved to create a protective order to preserve historic buildings in the Borough. She also asked if it is possible for Victorian Village to negotiate the reusing of the property. President Bollendorf stated that Council would be able to negotiate the use of the historic building during land development should the property reach that stage and ensure the historic commission and the Millbrook society would be involved in that stage.

Pat Webster, Madison Ave., asked if the Borough has a strong case should it appeal the Wawa. President Bollendorf stated that there are no odds; however, the judge did not rule against the zoning, rather he ruled that there is no specific location designated for the Wawa business (retail store with motor vehicle fuel sales). President Bollendorf stated there are other municipalities going through the motions with Wawa and there is no precedence set yet. He stated that Plumstead is going through the case and no one knows what the odds are.

Noreen McAneny, Crescent Rd., asked how the dimensional variance denied by the judge affect the Wawa. President Bollendorf stated Wawa could change their plans and resubmit them to get around this denial.

Marcia Jocelyn, 420 S. York, asked if there was a problem with underground gas tanks at the proposed Wawa site. Solicitor Geiser stated there is no zoning issue with the location of the gas tanks, but is a land development issue. Vice President Stockton stated that the gas tanks are proposed to be in an acceptable location as of the plans on file now.

Austin Mosby, S. York Rd. asked when the steam train will be coming through Hatboro .Chief Gardner stated they cannot reveal the exact time because of safety issues and reminded everyone not to trespass.

Vice President Stockton stated that with regard to the Wawa, he will be making his vote based on the feedback received from residents.

Irene Lennon, 420 S. York Rd., asked where they can find Council’s contact information. President Bollendorf stated they are on the Borough website.

Eileen Shafrin, 420 S. York Rd. asked if there have ever been problems with Wawa gas tanks. Vice President Stockton stated Wawa testified during the ZHB meetings that there were no problems with their tanks to that affected the water supply.

Luann Kline asked what kind of fire retardant Wawa uses. President Bollendorf stated he does not know.

Ms. McAneny stated that Wawa has not had the underground tanks for long and does not know the long term problems they could run into. She asked if anyone in the Borough has reached out to other municipalities who have gone through the transition to having a super Wawa. President Bollendorf stated that Hatboro is different because houses are extremely close. Ms. McAneny stated other towns have houses close too and the buffers for Wawa do not work. Councilwoman Benjamin stated she hopes Council does not have to address the issue of buffers; however, if they do, Council will do whatever they can to minimize the impact the Wawa would have. Councilman Hegele asked if the buffer would come under Land Use as well. Solicitor Geiser stated yes and that the appeal is very narrow to what was discussed before the Zoning Hearing Board.

Warren Joseph, 420 S. York Rd. urged that Council talk to Doylestown Borough because at 202 & 313, they had a Sunoco gas station tank that leaked and contaminated the water supply. He noted that they still need to drink bottled water as a result.

Geri Weideman, Academy Rd. stated she received a post card in the mail and asked if there are any economic advantages to the Wawa. President Bollendorf stated that the Borough has a business tax which maxes out at $632.50 as well as property tax Wawa would pay. Vice President Stockton noted that the Borough did not send out that mailer. Ms. Weideman stated it is a wash with economic advantages. President Bollendorf stated the Borough certainly is not going to be able to lower taxes because of a new Wawa.

Noreen McAneny stated fans of Wawa are boasting a huge economic advantage that will create new jobs. She noted that Wawa already has employees and will not be bringing in a lot of jobs. She asked if the Borough is going to be responding to the mailer sent out by Wawa. President Bollendorf stated the Borough could issue a statement or put something on the website. Solicitor Geiser asked that anything is run by their office before being posted.

Ms. Nuss asked if Hatboro and Plumstead could file a joint appeal. President Bollendorf stated Plumstead is a lot further in the appeal process and the Borough has a unique case.

Ms. Webster stated she is concerned for the environment and the people who live near the Wawa site. She asked if flooding can be considered in the court. Solicitor Geiser stated it is strictly zoning matters in the appeal court. President Bollendorf stated if the project reaches Land Development, this matter would be discussed then.

Councilman Hegele wished Manager Hegele a happy birthday.

ADJOURNMENT – President Bollendorf adjourned the May 6, 2019 Committee Meeting at 8:01 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Deena DeRenzis
Assistant Borough Secretary

Transcribed by Deena DeRenzis

April 8, 2019 Committee Meeting Minutes

PRESENT
President Bollendorf, Vice President Stockton, Councilman Hegele, Councilwoman Benjamin, Councilwoman Anzinger, Councilman Forgeng, Councilman Rich, Mayor Guenst, Manager Hegele, Assistant Borough Secretary DeRenzis, Superintendent Sine, Chief Gardner, Fire Marshal Myers, Fire Company President Mount, Treasurer Zollers, Engineer Goff, and Solicitor Geiser were present.

ABSENT – None.

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the April 8, 2019 Committee Meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

MEETING NOTES PUBLIC COMMENT – President Bollendorf reviewed the Public Comment Policy on the back of the agendas with regard to addressing Council and Time Allotment.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Guenst stated on Saturday, April 6, 2019 she attended Tom Murt’s opioid awareness event. She stated it was a great turnout and very educational. Mayor Guenst stated this Friday is the opening of the Hatboro Little League season followed by the Hatboro Horsham Education Foundation Casino Night. Mayor Guenst stated she received information from an organization called Feast in Warrington who is providing free home cooked meals for Easter. Mayor Guesnt also announced that Upper Moreland High School will be providing free Summer Meals to all school students up to the age of 18, and stated students should arrive at Upper Moreland High School every weekday in order to receive their meal.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Bollendorf stated that he and Mayor Guenst met new K-9 officer Louie at the police station in the previous week. President Bollendorf thanked Superintendent Sine and the Public Works Department for their hard work in preparing the Memorial Pool as well as performing the improvements to the Eaton Park Parking Lot.

MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated she previously reported not knowing the exact start date for the York Road Paving Project; however, Borough Hall received a call the next day stating that PennDOT was coming to Hatboro Sunday, April 7th. She stated staff was very proactive and notified residents and business owners immediately upon hearing the start date. She noted the contractor plans to be in Hatboro for two weeks: one week for milling and one week for paving/painting.

Manager Hegele stated that the mulch pile has been moved to Memorial Park to free up parking spots in Eaton Park. She stated the mulch pile now resides behind the backstop in Memorial Park.

Manager Hegele stated she is currently working with Montgomery County on transportation related grant opportunities, specifically a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant through DVRPC. She stated she will sit down with county transportation planners to discuss possible projects and report back to Council.

Manager Hegele stated she is regularly reaching out to the YMCA for dates for their swim meets. She noted they still do not have the dates available and will inform her as soon as their swim league releases them.

Manager Hegele stated the Spring egg hunt will be taking place on Saturday, April 12th from 11 AM to 3 PM. She stated Council, the Recycling Mascot, and Happy the Hatter will have a table and encouraged people to stop by. She also stated the “Name the Recycling Mascot” contest will kick off at Pennypack School’s Earth Day in Friday, April 11th. She noted students will be able to interact with the mascot and see a recycling truck during the event.

Manager Hegele thanked all of the Hatboro businesses that donated door prizes and silent auction prizes for the Hatboro Horsham Education Foundation Casino Night.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT – Superintendent Sine stated Public Works crews have been extremely busy now that spring has arrived. He stated these projects include road patching, storm drain repair, preparing parks, improving the Eaton Park parking lot, and preparing the Memorial Pool.

Superintendent Sine stated Public Works has allocated 10 man hours per week to clean up sidewalks along York Road. He stated this cleanup work begun in the previous week and he has received positive feedback from the work thus far.

Superintendent Sine stated Public Works has begun maintenance work on the Bank Street Storm Drain Culvert which runs from the rear of the Red Barn Mall to W. Lehman Avenue. He noted there is evidence of illegal dumping in the area and reminded residents not to dispose of any refuse or waste into the culvert. He stated a letter will be sent to all homeowners on Williams Lane and W. Lehman Avenue regarding the cleanup work and the illegal dumping.

Superintendent Sine stated Public Works is now accepting applications for Seasonal Laborers and noted it is a god job for college students.

Councilwoman Anzinger asked if there was an opening date for the pool. Superintendent Sine stated the pool always opens the Saturday before Memorial Day. Manager Hegele stated Community Day at the pool will be taking place May 18th.

CHIEF OF POLICE REPORT – Chief Gardner stated officer Ryan Allen and K-9 Louie are progressing well in their training and that Louie was released to Officer Allen on Friday and will now live at home with the officer while they complete training. Chief Gardner stated that officer Allen is scheduled to graduate in Mid-May and the K-9 car should arrive around the same time. He noted that Louie will be available in a limited capacity over the summer, will attend patrol training in the fall and will be fully deployed late 2019 or early 2020.

Chief Gardner stated that the Emergency Management tabletop drill through PEMA was a success. He stated all of the Borough’s disciplines were represented and the drill was very educational. Chief Gardner stated there were many takeaways from the drill including the relocation of the radio system for the Borough’s local radios. Chief Gardner stated he met with a radio company who informed that it is better to leave the current system on top of Garner House due to the high elevation of the building. Chief Gardner stated Emergency Management also discussed the future of the tornado sirens. Chief Gardner stated Emergency Management also met with Victorian Village who graciously offered the use of their community room as a warming center in emergency situations. He noted this location is great because it is south of the emergency shelters and will be useful in times of extreme flooding. Chief Gardner stated the Emergency Management team had a large role in the exercise and determined it would be useful to have real-time Hatboro Weather information and as a result installed a weather station on the top of the police station. Chief Gardner noted that training is always a good thing and recommended that staff continue with training going forward. He added that most of the training is available online and is free. Chief Gardner stated that he has also been working on small damage assessment kits for squad cars.

Chief Gardner stated that the accredidation process is going very well. He noted they are almost through all of their chapter 1 policies and are about 25% finished with their policy phase.

President Bollendorf commended Chief Gardner and Mayor Guenst as getting a K-9 program up and running in a short period is impressive. Chief Gardner stated it would not have been possible without Officer Allen and the support of the community.

FIRE MARSHAL REPORT – Fire Marshal Myers stated he attended a Montgomery County Zoning Officers Meeting where they discussed AirBnb rentals and how they relate to rental ordinances. Fire Marshal Myers stated they also discussed properties with hoarding conditions and how to deal with those issues when they arise.

Fire Marshal Myers stated he is meeting with Lewis Environmental and Moyer Service Group whose services are valuable in emergency situations, specifically hazardous spills.

FIRE COMPANY PRESIDENT REPORT – President Mount had nothing to report.

ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Goff stated she is working on the permitting application with DEP for Eaton Park and noted RVE’s landscape architect will be out to the park soon to identify trees that can be removed and locations in which new trees can be planted. She stated RVE is working on preliminary design plans, right of way studies, and safety studies for the Corinthian Trail Project as well as submitting the Borough’s MS4 map to the DEP. Councilwoman Anzinger asked when RVE will hear back from DEP. Engineer Goff stated that the DEP is extremely backlogged and that they have not even heard back for the first round from some of the other municipalities.

SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Geiser stated the RAV Collision Zoning Hearing Board Appeal is moving forward. Solicitor Geiser stated on April 26, 2019, her offices will be representing the Borough in oral arguments for the Wawa appeal in front of Judge Eisenberg.

She stated the Borough will argue, the Zoning Hearing Board solicitor will argue, and the Wawa attorneys will argue. She stated that the judge will hopefully then render a decision in a few weeks. Mayor Guenst asked what happens if the judge rules in favor of Wawa. Solicitor Geiser stated Council can authorize her offices to appeal the judge’s decision to Commonwealth Court and the process will continue. Mayor Guenst stated the floodplain is an issue for the site and it is very important that the issue is addressed. Councilwoman Benjamin asked what happens if the judge rules in favor of the Borough. Solicitor Geiser stated that Wawa would have the option to appeal as well and the case would move up to the Commonwealth Court. She noted that it is a very lengthy process.

PUBLIC SAFETY
ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Forgeng stated that Council is in receipt of the Enterprise Fire Company Expenditure List for March 2019 in the amount of $7,403.91. This item was moved to the April 22, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Forgeng stated that Council is in receipt of the Enterprise Fire Company Capital Expenditure List for March 2019 in the amount of $149,657.76. He noted this amount is high due to the necessary purchase of radios. This item was moved to the April 22, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

TORNADO SIREN PROGRAM – Chief Gardner stated back in 2006 Council and Emergency Management established a policy to use the Fire Company siren in Civil Defense mode for tornado warnings. He stated the siren was traditionally tested the first Saturday of the month and the siren system is no longer working correctly. He noted that the siren needs a new circuit board and new radio equipment at the police station for the siren which totals around $10,000 worth of work to get the system running again. He noted that Montgomery County has emergency alert systems called ReadyMontco, and cell phones receive emergency alerts, which reduce the need to use the siren going forward. He also noted that the police station does not receive any special alerts in weather emergencies, so there is a possibility that they could miss an alert and not set the siren off. He stated that the siren can’t be heard in certain areas in the Borough and the Borough is one of the only places in the county that has a tornado siren. Chief Gardner noted that these sirens are typically used out west and there is a town in South Carolina where tornados were more common than even discontinued the use of their siren in favor of an alert system like ReadyMontco.

Councilwoman Anzinger asked if the insurance will have any problems with discontinuing the use of the siren. Chief Gardner stated that the insurance company was consulted when the policy was enacted due to liability concerns with accepting the responsibility of the siren, but they represent municipalities that do not have sirens, so he does not believe they will have a problem with the Borough’s discontinuation of the siren. Chief Gardner stated that $10,000 is a lot of money to fix the system and with today’s technology, he does not see the need to continue the siren’s use.

Councilwoman Benjamin asked what residents would do if they do not have a cell phone. Chief Gardner stated it would be the same as it has been: Television weather alerts, NOAH weather radios, and regular radio stations. Chief Gardner stated that the siren was never designed to replace these other notification avenues and that they have always encouraged other ways to get notifications.

Councilman Hegele stated they activated the siren during the emergency management drill and they could barely hear the siren in the driveway of the station.

Manager Hegele stated she will blast information about ReadyMontco and radio information should Council choose to discontinue the use of the siren.

This item was moved to the April 22, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

FINANCE/GRANT COMMITTEE – Vice President Stockton stated he and Councilman Rich would like to meet with Staff to have an informal check-in with the 2019 budget to make sure they are adhering to the budget and to see if there are areas that need to be adjusted in preparation of the 2020 budget. Vice President Stockton stated he and Councilman Rich would then like to give a presentation of the findings at the June Council Meeting.

DIGITAL OUTREACH COMMITTEE – Vice President Stockton stated there was nothing on the agenda for this evening

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE – Councilman Hegele stated there was nothing on his agenda for this evening.

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
EXERCISE EQUIPMENT FOR EATON PARK – Councilwoman Anzinger stated she has been talking to manufacturers for exercise equipment for the path in Eaton Park. She stated she is looking at sizing options before any pricing is performed. She stated she will have more information by the end of May or at the June meeting.

UPPER MORELAND HATBORO MASTER TRAIL PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE – Councilwoman Anzinger stated she attended the Upper Moreland/Hatboro Master Trail Plan Steering Committee Meeting with Manager Hegele. She stated the meeting went well and there is a survey on the Borough’s website, Facebook, and in the back of the Council room. Manager Hegele stated people can complete the surveys and return them to Councilwoman Anzinger or herself.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Vice President Stockton stated Quig’s Pizza is the business spotlight for April. He noted it is always nice to see the community feedback on the spotlights.

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
2019 PSAB CONFERENCE VOTING DELEGATE SELECTION – Councilman Rich stated the Borough must select a primary and secondary voting delegate for the 2019 PSAB Conference. He stated he nominates President Bollendorf as the primary delegate and Vice President Stockton as the alternate. This item was moved to the April 22, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

RAV COLLISION ZONING HEARING BOARD APPEAL – Councilman Rich stated the solicitor will be representing the Borough in the Zoning Hearing Board Appeal for RAV Collision.

COMMUTER PARKING ORDINANCE UPDATE – Councilman Rich stated that the Parking Commission and the Police have observed an increase in commuters parking on E. Moreland Avenue due to the Commuter Parking Ordinance enacted last year. Chief Gardner stated that the extension of the boundaries of the Ordinance was discussed in November and Moreland Ave. East of New St., specifically the 200 block of E. Moreland has seen an increase in commuters. Chief Gardner stated he checked the status of the street and the Station Park SEPTA lot earlier in the day and the lot was empty. Chief Gardner stated that he will find his recommendation from November and give it to Council. Solicitor Geiser stated Council will have to amend the ordinance to include the new addresses. This item was moved to the April 22, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

ORDINANCE ALLOWING AIRBNB RENTALS IN HATBORO – Councilman Rich stated AirBnb rentals have been a topic of discussion throughout the state. Solicitor Geiser stated her firm has worked with this issue in Whitemarsh Township and has reviewed a similar ordinance from the Pocono Mountains. She stated her firm will look into the issue with Council’s authorization and develop an ordinance with the help of staff to regulate these short term and long term rentals. Councilman Forgeng stated he has stayed in an AirBnb in Spain and it is fantastic. Mayor Guenst stated she has also stayed in one and it is a wonderful idea because it will help people make money and bring people into town. President Bollendorf stated the fee schedule will have to be addressed for these inspections as well. Councilwoman Benjamin asked if the Borough can look at these rentals as a possible revenue source. Solicitor Geiser stated the inspection fees will cover the cost of the inspection, but they cannot be a profit source for the Borough. Solicitor Geiser stated they would probably be covered in Business Privilege Taxes. Fire Marshal Myers stated he will reach out to his counterparts in other municipalities to see how they are handling the issue. This item was moved to the April 22, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

ZONING HEARING BOARD APPLICATION: 333 N. YORK ROAD – CROSSROADS OF PENNSYLVANIA MANAGEMENT LLC REQUESTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION FOR A USE REGULATION TO ALLOW AN OPIOID TREATMENT CENTER IN AN R-4 RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT – Vice President Stockton stated the Borough is in receipt of a Zoning Hearing Board Application for the property located at 333 N. York Road by Crossroads of Pennsylvania Management LLC requesting a special exception for a use regulation to allow an opioid treatment center in an R-4 Residential District. Vice President Stockton stated he has some safety concerns because it is a residential area and does not think this is a good fit for Hatboro. Vice President Stockton recommends sending the solicitor to oppose this application. This item was moved to the April 8, 2019 Voting Meeting Agenda for consideration.

MEMORIAL POOL SNACK STAND RFP – Vice President Stockton stated the Borough is accepting proposals for the snack stand for the 2019 season. He stated that proposals must be submitted by 11 AM on Friday, April 19th.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: HATBORO YMCA SUPERHERO DAY – Vice President Stockton stated that Council is in receipt of a special event request from the Hatboro YMCA for a superhero day that would require emergency services and first responders be present. Vice President Stockton stated he is not opposing the application, but is wondering what services they would require from the Borough. Manager Hegele stated this event is being set up with the help of Fire Marshal Myers. Fire Marshal Myers contacted various first responders in order to arrange the event. Fire Marshal Myers stated the YMCA has a superhero theme and would like to focus on real life superheroes in the form of police, fire, and ems. He stated he would like to utilize Miller Meadow to land a medical helicopter. Councilman Hegele stated it wouldn’t be a bad idea because it could be a helicopter trial for emergency services. President Bollendorf asked for staff to check with the Borough’s insurance company first. This item was moved to the April 22, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

Councilman Hegele asked if there are pre-planned areas to land helicopters in the Borough. Deputy Chief Anders stated there are multiple areas in the Borough in which are designated landing spots, including Miller Meadow.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR POSITION – Vice President Stockton stated he would like to move the separation of the Downtown Development Director to the voting meeting at the end of the agenda. This item was moved to the April 8, 2019 Voting Meeting Agenda for consideration.

OLD BUSINESS & UPDATES – None

PUBLIC COMMENT – Ron Battis, W. Moreland Avenue asked what happened to the Downtown Development Director. President Bollendorf stated it will be discussed at the voting meeting.

ADJOURNMENT – President Bollendorf adjourned the April 8, 2019 Committee Meeting at 7:51 PM.

VOTING MEETING

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the April 8, 2019 Voting Meeting to order at 7:51 PM.

PUBLIC COMMENT (VOTING ITEMS ONLY) – Ron Battis asked if administration looked into why the Downtown Development Director left the Borough. President Bollendorf stated yes.

Ron Battis asked how the job will be advertised again and if the search will be more open than before. Mayor Guenst stated the search was extremely broad and the Borough received a lot of resumes for the position. Mr. Battis stated the ad was not on the Borough website. Mayor Guenst stated it was and she will show him after the meeting. Mr. Battis asked what happened to Mr. Barth. President Bollendorf stated he was under contract and the Borough wanted to make the position a full time job.

ORDER OF BUSINESS AND VOTING ITEMS
333 N. YORK ROAD ZONING HEARING BOARD APPLICATION – Vice President Stockton motioned to send the solicitor in opposition of the Zoning Hearing Board Application submitted by 333 N. York Road requesting to open an opioid treatment center. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele. A vote was cast with Councilwoman Benjamin in opposition. Motion carried 6-1.

DISMISSAL OF THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR – Councilwoman Benjamin motioned to dismiss the Downtown Development Director with cause. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich. President Bollendorf noted this dismissal is due to violations of the personnel manual and he noted that all employees are held to high standards. Councilwoman Anzinger and Mayor Guenst noted they were very disappointed. A vote was cast, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

ADJOURNMENT – President Bollendorf adjourned the April 8, 2019 voting meeting at 7:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Deena DeRenzis
Assistant Borough Secretary

Transcribed by Deena DeRenzis

March 11, 2019 Committee Meeting Minutes

PRESENT
President Bollendorf, Vice President Stockton, Councilwoman Benjamin, Councilman Forgeng, Councilman Rich, Councilwoman Anzinger, Mayor Guenst, Manager Hegele, Assistant Borough Secretary DeRenzis, Superintendent Sine, Chief Gardner, Fire Marshal Myers, Treasurer Zollers, Engineer Goff, and Solicitor Geiser were present.

ABSENT – Councilman Hegele and Fire Company President Mount were absent.

PUBLIC HEARING

CALL TO ORDER
ORDER OF BUSINESS

PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED TRANSFER OF RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSE NO. CC-408 TO 18-20 EAST MORELAND AVENUE – A public hearing was held for the proposed transfer of Restaurant Liquor License No. CC-408 to 18-20 E. Moreland Avenue for the Moose Lodge at 7:00 PM. Property owner Robert Wipplinger and Bill Dougherty from the Moose Lodge were present and a court reporter was present to document the proceedings.

VOTING ITEMS
RESOLUTION 19-08: TRANSFER OF RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSE NO. CC-408 TO 18-20 EAST MORELAND AVENUE – Vice President Stockton motioned to approve Resolution 19-08 to transfer restaurant liquor license no. CC-408 to East Moreland Avenue. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

ADJOURNMENT – President Bollendorf adjourned the public hearing for the transfer of liquor license at 7:07 PM.

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the March 11, 2019 Committee Meeting to order at 7:07 PM.

MEETING NOTES
PUBLIC COMMENT – President Bollendorf reviewed the Public Comment Policy on the back of the agendas with regard to addressing Council and Time Allotment.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Guenst did not have a report for this evening.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Bollendorf stated that the Parking Commission met on March 6, 2019 and had Superintendent Sine give a guest presentation. He stated that the commission went over details about parking and that the commission will be coming to council with recommendations for signage, paving, and lighting improvements. President Bollendorf also stated that the Commission is also looking at extending the boundaries for the Commuter Parking Ordinance and addressing the parking needs for the Memorial Pool in Memorial Park.

MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated that Council held an executive session prior to the meeting to discuss a personnel issue. Manager Hegele stated that she received the event request forms from Crooked Billet School and Pennypack Elementary School for their annual Pool Days. She stated that Crooked Billet is tentatively set for June 13, 2019 and Pennypack is tentatively set for June 11, 2019. She stated she is working with the pool manager on scheduling and determining rain dates for the events. Manager Hegele stated that she has still not received event requests for the YMCA despite their desire to use to pool during the 2019 season.

Manager Hegele reminded community organizations that submissions for the Spring/Summer newsletter are due to Borough Hall by March 15, 2019.

Manager Hegele announced that Restaurant Days will be held March 15-17.

Manager Hegele stated that staff is continuously working on the Fire House Grant reimbursement and hopes to have further information for Council later in the month.

Manager Hegele stated that Council will be discussing a sidewalk maintenance agreement later in the evening for the Warminster Road bridge. She stated she has invited PennDOT to attend the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting for a Q&A about the project, detours, stormwater maintenance, and maintenance agreement. She noted she will let Council know when PennDOT confirms.

Manager Hegele thanked Public Works for their work during the last snow storm.

President Bollendorf asked how many events the YMCA has per pool season. Manager Hegele stated they typically hold 3 meets during the summer; however, last year there were only two.

President Bollendorf stated that Council should definitely meet with PennDOT prior to voting on the Warminster Road sidewalk maintenance agreement. Chief Gardner stated that there is a lot of truck traffic on Warminster Road which will need to be considered with the bridge closure. Manager Hegele stated that PennDOT was supposed to present to Council prior to signing the sidewalk agreement; however, they changed their mind. Mayor Guenst asked if there were any engineering drawings or plans for detours. Chief Gardner stated he has seen some plans and the detours proposed routing trucks down Byberry Road which would not be ideal. He also added that County Line Road and Blair Mill Road would be more logical. Chief Gardner stated that this project is scheduled for a tentative 2020 start date. President Bollendorf stated Staff should meet with Provident Marketing on Warminster Road when determining possible detours for the project. President Bollendorf stated the Sidewalk Maintenance Agreement will be tabled until after PennDOT can meet with Council.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT – Superintendent Sine stated Public Works is beginning the transition into their aggressive spring schedule. He noted that the street sweeper will begin its rounds soon as will pool upgrade work in preparation of the 2019 season.

Superintendent Sine announced that the mulch bin has been relocated from Eaton Park and now resides in Memorial Park off of W. Monument Avenue. He noted that more mulch will be available as spring approaches. President Bollendorf stated that the mulch bin was moved out of Eaton Park to fee up parking spaces to be used for the Pool and visitors of Eaton. Superintendent Sine added that the Borough will advertise when more mulch is available on the website and facebook page.

CHIEF OF POLICE REPORT – Chief Gardner stated that the Hatboro Police Department will soon have a new accreditation manager, Lee Benson from Upper Dublin Township Police Department. Chief Gardner stated Mr. Benson is a good choice with an impressive resume and will help get the accreditation process back on track. Chief Gardner stated that the terms with Mr. Benson will have the same terms and conditions as the previous accreditation manager and that the department has $15,000 in capital funds and another $15,000 in operating funds for 2019 to use toward the accreditation process and that this funding is expected to get the department to the assessment phase in early 2020 or 2021.

FIRE MARSHAL REPORT – Fire Marshal Myers stated that Borough Council, Mayor Guenst, Chief Gardner, and Manager Hegele hosted an event at Moreland Towers to go over safety.Fire Marshal Myers stated that he attended a cub scouts meeting as well to go over fire safety and fire education.

Fire Marshal Myers stated that the Fire Company recently addressed dispatching issues that were affecting how the addresses appeared when dispatched. He noted that these issues were addressed by the County.

Fire Marshal Myers stated that spring time is right around the corner and reminded residents to maintain their properties and ensure grass is cut throughout the summer.

Fire Marshal Myers stated that the Emergency Management Team will also be holding a tabletop drill on March 26, 2019.

FIRE COMPANY PRESIDENT REPORT – Fire Company President Mount was absent.

ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Goff stated that RVE is working on addressing the comments for the Borough’s MS4 plan. She stated that RVE is also working on the trail design, plans, and safety study for the Corinthian Trail Project. Engineer Goff stated that RVE has also worked on grant applications with Borough Staff for projects in the Loller building, Miller Meadow, and Celano Park.

SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Geiser stated that her offices have been working on a number of items including the inter-municipal transfer of liquor license that took place tonight. She stated that she has also worked on the Conditional Use text amendment to the zoning code that will be up for consideration at the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting. She stated, if applicable, there will also be a Conditional Use Hearing on March 25th submitted by 451 Oakdale Avenue.

Solicitor Geiser stated that since Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana in 2016, the state requires municipalities to permit dispensaries/growing processing plants to be allowed somewhere in their jurisdiction. She noted that if an ordinance regulating permitted locations is not in place, it opens the doors for these facilities to essentially open anywhere. Solicitor Geiser stated that she and staff have been researching possible ordinances and have given council an option from a municipality in the area to review.

PUBLIC SAFETY
ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST
Councilman Forgeng stated that Council is in receipt of the Enterprise Fire Company Expenditure List for the month of February in the amount of $15,211.10. This item was moved to the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

FINANCE/GRANT COMMITTEE – None

DIGITAL OUTREACH COMMITTEE – Councilwoman Benjamin announced that credit card payments are now being accepted as payment for taxes. She also stated that credit card payments will be accepted for pool membership sales beginning this year. Vice President Stockton noted that the Borough and the Tax Collector had to create two new accounts for the Municipay service in order to begin accepting these payments due to Pennsylvania Budget Law.

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
EATON PARK SIGNAGE – Superintendent Sine stated that Council wanted to standardize the Borough’s Parks signage. He stated that this proposed sign for Eaton Park matches the one previously placed in Celano Park and will cost $2,880. He stated that the funding source for this sign will be the Parks & Recreation Fund. Mayor Guenst asked if Eaton Memorial Park was the official name for the Park. Superintendent Sine stated he found plans from when Eaton Park was established and the official name is Eaton Memorial Park. This item was moved to the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

SALE OF 2010 FORD CROWN VICTORIA ON MUNICIBID – Superintendent Sine stated that this 2010 Crown Victoria began at the Police Department and was then moved to the Codes Department. Superintendent Sine stated he would like to retire this vehicle and sell it on Municibid as it has outlived its use to the Borough. He also noted that the Admin department now has another retired police SUV as its vehicle in place of the 2010 Crown Vic. This item was moved to the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

PURCHASE OF ROCK THEME KIDDY SLIDE FOR MEMORIAL POOL – Councilwoman Anzinger stated that Superintendent Sine has researched a kiddy rock slide for the pool; however, the slide may not be installed for this season. Superintendent Sine concurred, stating that because this slide will be placed in the zero-entry side of the pool, the manufacturer requires sloping and pitching measurements. Superintendent Sine stated that he cannot obtain these measurements until the pool is uncovered for the season. He stated that the manufacturing of the slide could take up to 12 weeks following their receipt of the measurements, so it’s not likely that the slide will be ready this season.

Councilwoman Anzinger stated that this slide costs $11,383.00 including freight charges. President Bollendorf stated this was one of the improvements to the Memorial Pool as determined by the Pool Committee.

This item was moved to the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

NEW RECYCLING TRUCK UPDATE – Superintendent Sine stated that production of the chassis for the new recycling truck is scheduled for early August instead of September. He stated he is expecting to have the body installed and on the road by early September.

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE – Councilwoman Anzinger stated she continues to research an environmental advisory board for the Borough.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – There was nothing on the Downtown Development Agenda for the evening.

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCE – MEDICAL MARIJUANA – Councilman Rich stated that as discussed by Solicitor Geiser, Council will have to consider an ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries/growing processing plants in specific locations within the Borough. This item was moved to the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

2019 MEMORIAL POOL FEES – Councilman Rich reviewed the list of the proposed 2019 Memorial Pool Fees. He stated that resident rates are not increasing from 2018 and that non-resident rates are increasing $5.00 each from the 2018 rates. This item was moved to the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

WARMINSTER ROAD BRIDGE SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT – This item was tabled until Borough Council speaks with PennDOT.

CDBG PROJECT – Manager Hegele stated that the Borough is applying for a CDBG grant for road work and a bump out at the intersection of Windsor, Meadowbrook, and Lancaster. She noted these intersection improvements came up during the Borough’s Steering Committee meetings. She stated these improvements will increase safety, improve stormwater management, and create open space for residents to enjoy. This item was moved to the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

ORDINANCE NO. 1055: AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 27, PART 15 – PROVISIONS OF THE HI-MU HEAVY INDUSTRIAL MIXED USE ZONING DISTRICT – Vice President Stockton stated that as Solicitor Geiser noted, Council will be considering Ordinance 1055, amending chapter 27, part 15 – provisions of the HI-MU heavy industrial mixed use zoning district at the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting. This item was moved to the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

ANNOUNCEMENT: CONDITIONAL USE APPLICATION – 451 OAKDALE AVENUE, RE-DEFINED LLP – Vice President Stockton stated that Council is in receipt of a conditional use application submitted by 451 Oakdale Avenue requesting the sale of art and homegoods and a small café space in an existing industrial use. He stated this hearing will take place on March 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM prior to the Borough Council Meeting.

SHADE TREE APPOINTMENT: ASHLEY BIANCHIMANO – Vice President Stockton stated Council met with resident Ashely Bianchimano. He noted she has a great resume and was extremely interested. This item was moved to the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Agenda for consideration.

OLD BUSINESS & UPDATES
EATON PARK LANDSCAPING OPTIONS – Engineer Goff delivered a presentation on vegetation options for the Eaton Park Streambank Restoration and Stabilization Project. Engineer Goff provided Council with a packet of photos provided by RVE’s landscape architect. Engineer Goff stated that herbaceous plants are smaller, provide easier access to the stream, and knit the soil together; however, they can create an unkempt look. Engineer Goff stated that taller plants require less maintenance, are better overall for the ecosystem, provide more shade; however make accessing the stream more difficult. Engineer Goff stated that Council can choose a mix of the two types as well. Engineer Goff noted this project will create a 30 ft. buffer from the creek in which will contain this vegetation. Councilwoman Anzinger asked if the streambank is losing a lot of ground to create the 2-1 slope for the streambank. Engineer Goff stated she is unsure of the exact measurement, but will find out.

Ed Henry, Bonair Ave. stated that anything that can be done to stabilize the streambanks is a plus and that it will also help with wildlife in the area.

Councilman Forgeng asked if this stabilization will occur on both sides of the creek. Engineer Goff stated yes and that there is a small area that overlaps Upper Moreland Township. She noted that she, Superintendent Sine, and Assistant Borough Secretary DeRenzis met with Upper Moreland Township to see if they would be interested in participating in getting involved in this project and stated that they are. Engineer Goff stated there is a 15% match for this grant and that Upper Moreland will be contributing funding if they do get involved.

Councilwoman Anzinger stated she prefers the taller plants because they root faster. Engineer Goff agreed that she believes the taller plants will do a better job.

Ron Battis, W. Moreland Avenue stated that most of the stream resides in Upper Moreland Township and that Hatboro only owns half of the creekbank. Mr. Battis asked if RVE’s survey determined that Hatboro owns part of the creek on the Upper Moreland Side. Engineer Goff stated yes, that 730 feet in length along the centerline of the creek belongs to Hatboro. She noted that part of one side of the stream is in Upper Moreland. Mr. Battis stated that she is talking about the length of the stream and asked for the width of the stream that Hatboro owns and insisted that Hatboro only owns one side of the streambank. Mayor Guenst stated that 730 feet of the streambank including both sides of the bank is in Hatboro and only a small portion of the bank that is in Upper Moreland.

Mr. Battis stated that when the designation of the creek took place, Hatboro only owned half of the stream and Upper Moreland owned the other half. He stated that the streambank was only Upper Moreland and stated he does not think Engineer Goff is correct. He encouraged Engineer Goff and RVE to look at blueprints for the stream to determine the dividing line between Hatboro and Upper Moreland. He stated that Hatboro only has an island of the creek now. President Bollendorf asked if RVE performed a survey. Engineer Goff stated yes and that she will send a copy to Council. Mr. Battis stated the surveyors did not know what they were looking at because the surveyors kept telling him they were in Hatfield, not Hatboro. He also stated that since Upper Moreland owns more of the creek, they should pay more for the project than Hatboro. Mr. Battis noted that Eaton Park boundaries are not as clear as the Memorial Pool creek boundaries and emphasized that RVE should re-do the survey to determine the proper boundaries. Mr. Battis also stated that Upper Moreland should pay for half of the project because they own half of the creek.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None.

ADJOURNMENT – President Bollendorf adjourned the March 11, 2019 Committee Meeting at 7:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Deena DeRenzis
Assistant Borough Secretary

Transcribed by Deena DeRenzis