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 20, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes

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, Fire Company President Mount, Engineer Goff, Solicitor Kilkenny, and Solicitor Grieser were present.

ABSENT – Fire Marshal Myers and Treasurer Zollers were absent.

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the May 20, 2019 Council 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.

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

SWEARING IN: K-9 OFFICER LOUIE
Chief Gardner thanked Mayor Guenst, Bob Dougherty and everyone at the University of Pennsylvania, PennVET, PennVET’s foster family, and neighboring police departments who were essential in the establishment of Hatboro’s K-9 program. Chief Gardner stated that the establishment of the K-9 unit would not have been possible without the help of the community and thanked everyone who made a donation. He noted these donations not only helped create the program, but will help sustain it into the future. Chief Gardner also thanked Warrington Police Department for helping with policies and promotional material for fundraising, Elm St. Hatboro, Hatboro Federal, Crooked Eye Brewing, Magerks of Horsham, Mayor Guenst, and Borough Council for their help throughout the process. Lastly, Chief Gardner thanked Officer Ryan Allen who began the preparation for a K-9 Unit years previous and who dedicated so much time and effort into establishing Hatboro’s first K-9 unit. Chief Gardner and Mayor Guenst then presented Officer Ryan Allen with a certificate of recognition for his work in developing the K-9 unit.

Chief Gardner stated Louie will be deployed in a limited capacity over the summer and will then attend patrol training in the fall.

Chief Gardner and Mayor Guenst presened K-9 Louie with his badge, #59. Mayor Guenst stated she couldn’t be prouder of Officer Allen and K-9 Loie’s hard work and determination throughout this process.

PUBLIC COMMENT – Ron Battis, W. Moreland Ave., asked if someone could turn on the lights.

Tim Schultz, Orchard Ave., handed out petitions to Borough Council which contained names and addresses of residents in opposition of the proposed Wawa.

Lou Polanecsky. Spring Ave. stated he is in attendance because of the proposed Wawa appeal. He stated that as a taxpayer looking at the appeal subjectively, it would be a waste to spend good taxpayer money on appealing the Wawa decision any further. He added that from a personal standpoint, he is more worried about Victorian Village than Wawa. He asked why the Borough would waste money if the Court would turn down the Borough’s argument. He stated that the Borough previously saw a similar situation with the construction of the TD Bank at York and Lehman; however, the Borough was able to negotiate a nice looking facade, traffic improvements, etc. He concluded that the Borough should aim for negotiations with Wawa instead of appealing the judge’s decision if that is still possible.

Linda Klauser, Mill Rd., asked if Wawa does come in if they could help resolve the water that accumulates in the area during periods of high rain. President Bollendorf stated this would have to go through the Land Development stage if Wawa gets past the Zoning phase. Linda Klauser asked what tax revenue the Borough would get from Wawa. President Bollendorf stated BPT in the amount of $632.50. Ms. Klauser asked if there were traffic studies performed. President Bollendorf stated yes, they were performed and satisfactory according to the courts. President Bollendorf stated the turn lane on Horsham Road would be widened and there would be a right turn only lane into the Wawa from York Rd. Ms. Klauserasked how much money was spent on the Wawa appeal so far. President Bollendorf stated the Borough has spent $21,470 on the Wawa appeal thus far and the Borough budgeted $70,000 for the appeal for 2019. President Bollendorf stated the Borough has spent a total of $77,252.84 throughout the entire project. Ms. Klauser asked if the Borough could get something from Wawa to benefit the Borough if they are to move in. President Bollendorf stated those suggestions and requirements would come through Land Development. Ms. Klauser asked if any of these details could be included with Zoning. President Bollendorf stated this idea has been discussed. Ms. Klauser asked if there is anyone who would move into the property if Wawa does not. President Bollendorf stated Council does not know that information.

Robert Griffinberg, Horsham Rd., urged Council to appeal the judge’s decision and appeal as far as the Borough can. He stated that the Wawa would affect the residents in the area and traffic would negatively impact the area. He stated the Borough is losing parts of itself and that it needs to preserve every bit of Hatboro that it can.

Kim Doney, Horsham Rd., encouraged Council to appeal the judge’s decision for the Wawa. She stated that the Wawa has hazardous substances that would go in a residential neighborhood next to a water source. She stated that when Wawa would regrade the property, they would affect the flood zone. She stated that Wawa did not look at the area during rush hour and that none of the plans included things outside of what motorists do during rush hour to begin with. She stated that the residential property they want to use will add a huge dumpster, parking spaces, and 24/7 traffic. She noted that this is not a residential use, but a highway business use.

Leslie Jones, Crooked Billet Rd., stated as a taxpayer, she believes the Wawa appeal should be pursued. She stated that Wawa is a gas station no matter what they claim their zoning is. She added that she expects Hatboro’s laws to be vigorously defended by taxpayer money.

Ed Morris, Harding Ave., asked if the Borough would receive payroll taxes from Wawa. President Bollendorf stated the Wawa employees would pay Earned Income Tax. Manager Hegele stated if the workers live in another municipality, they must give a portion of the earned income tax to their town. Manager Hegele added each employee pays an LST tax that stays in the Borough.

MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Guenst stated that this past week was Law enforcement week and thanked all of the law enforcement officers for their service. Mayor Guenst stated the Enterprise Carnival starts Tuesday, May 21. Mayor Guenst reminded people to vote on primary election day. Mayor Guenst stated fireworks will be taking place at the carnival on Friday. Mayor Guenst stated Congresswoman Madeline Dean is holding a town hall meeting at Montgomery County Community College on May 29th.

OFFICERS’ REPORTS
PRESIDENT’S REPORT
– President Bollendorf congratulated Borough staff and the Borough engineer for obtaining a $200,000 Montgomery County grant for improvements to Miller Meadow. He noted these improvements will include walking trails, a gazebo, and wildlife preservation areas with more phases to follow. He stated that the Borough received the largest grant funding in the county and noted the Borough’s match is around $70,000.
President Bollendorf stated that Community Day at the pool was very successful and that the Borough sold over $10,000 in membership sales on this day.

President Bollendorf stated that he previously asked for emails with names and addresses with regard to the Wawa. He stated he received a lot of emails and noted that Council exists to serve the people of Hatboro. He stated that most of the emails received were in favor or pursuing the appeal; however, the ones he received about not moving on with the appeal were for financial reasons as noted during Public Comment earlier. He stated he received an email from the company that sent out the pro-Wawa postcards which had 700 names on the petition, none of which had full names or addresses.

President Bollendorf stated the Borough received information on imminent domain and why the Borough does not move in and take control of the property itself. President Bollendorf stated Solicitor Kilkenny noted that this method would be extremely lengthy and expensive for the Borough. President Bollendorf stated if the Borough was successful, which is not likely, the Borough would have to pay the highest and best use of the land in order to take control. Mayor Guenst statated the cost of the land would be the profit of wawa times 30 years. President Bollendorf stated the Borough did look into it, but it’s just not possible. President Bollendorf stated his personal opinion is to move on with the appeal. He noted that there will be 6 councilmembers voting as Councilwoman Anzinger submitted an abstention letter.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Zollers was absent. Vice President Stockton gave the treasurers report. Vice President Stockton stated through April 2019, the Borough maintained a balance of $4,485,666.71, with a year to date interest in the amount of $3,108.21.

President Bollendorf stated that Treasurer Zollers is moving out of the Borough and as a result the Borough will be conducting interviews to locate a new Treasurer.

SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Kilkenny stated his office has been working on Zoning matters including the RAV Collision Zoning Appeal, additional hearings for the 333 N. York Road zoning meetings, revising the rental ordinance to include AirBnbs, and a revised commuter parking ordinance. Mayor Guenst asked how close his offices are to completing the AirBnb ordinance. Solicitor Grieser stated he met with the Fire Marshal and is expecting to have a draft ready for the next meeting. Councilwoman Benjamin asked if they are still looking into Zoning for the medical Marijuana Ordinance. Solicitor Kilkenny stated yes.

ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Goff stated her offices have been working on the preliminary permit plans for the Jacksonville & Montgomery traffic signal. She stated the environmental clearance for the Corinthian Trail project was submitted and approved and RVE has submitted the safety study for review. Engineer Goff stated RVE is compiling the project plans and the DEP application for the Eaton Memorial Streambank Restoration project. Councilwoman Anzinger asked if Engineery Goff knows when the MS4 permit for the creek restoration would be submitted to DEP. Engineer Goff stated it will be submitted within a month or two.

MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated the Planning Commission will be meeting on June 4th to discuss an application for a zoning change at the YMCA property. Manager Hegele stated she met with DVRPC for the Safe Routes to Transit grant and Council can expect a draft plan in late June/Early July. Manger Hegele stated she is continuing to work with the US Census Bureau to update Hatboro Demographics. Manager Hegele stated the Army Corps of Engineers inspection of the Pennypack Creek was delayed and she is working to reschedule for a date in June. Manager Hegele stated Pool Memberships will be on-sale May 22nd in the evening from 5-7 PM. Manager Hegele stated the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement will be going door to door in Montgomery County and reminded people to obtain dog licenses. Manager Hegele stated that Kindness Day is taking place on May 23rd and that this day will encourage residents of the Commonwealth to be kind throughout the entire day. Manager Hegele stated that May will also be busy with National Public Works Week, National Law Enforcement Week, EMS week, and more.

STAFF REPORTS
POLICE REPORT
– Chief Gardner stated Fireworks will be taking place on Friday at 9 PM. He noted that Fulmor Ave. will be closed during the night of the fireworks and residents in the area were notified.

Chief Gardner thanked Crooked Billet/Hallowell Elementary, Pennypack Elementary, and Moreland Towers who wrote letters and cards to the Police Department in honor of Law Enforcement Week.

TAX COLLECTIONS REPORT – Tax Collector Mount read her report for the month of May.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT – Superintendent Sine stated he attended a PennDOT Preconstruction meeting for the milling and paving of Montgomery Ave./Jacksonville Road. He stated that PennDOT authorized Highway Materials to begin this project immediately; however, they intended to work overnight. Superintendent Sine stated PennDOT established a September 2019 deadline for this project and that he will pass information along as it is available.

Superintendent Sine stated he inspected parks for the Spotted Lanternfly and while he did not see any signs of the insect, he is expecting to see it at some point this season. He noted he and Foreman Young will be attending a seminar hosted by Penn State Extension regarding the Lanternfly in the coming week.

Superintendent Sine state Aqua milled and paved Horsham Road. He stated he is pleased with Aqua’s cooperation in this matter.

Superintendent Sine stated the Borough began taking its yard waste to Upper Moreland’s compost site. He noted that the Borough previously took its yard waste to Abington Township; however, taking it to Upper Moreland is now quicker and cheaper. He thanked Upper Moreland Township, Manager Hegele, and everyone else involved in orchestrating this.

FIRE MARSHAL REPORT – Fire Marshal Myers was absent. His report was submitted electronically.

FIRE COMPANY PRESIDENT REPORT – President Mount reminded everyone that the Carnival will begin the following day and last until Memorial Day.

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, and the Upper Moreland Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority Minutes, and Historical Commission Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Forgeng, 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 May 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
APRIL 22, 2019 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
– Vice President Stockton motioned to approve the April 22, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes. Motion seconded by Councilman Rich all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

MAY 6, 2019 COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the May 6, 2019 Committee Meeting Minutes. Motioned seconded by Vice President Stockton all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Hegele motioned to approve the Fire Company Expenditure for the month of April 2019 in the amount of $15,838.52. Motion seconded by Councilman Rich, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

TAN PAYMENT – Councilman Rich motioned to approve the early payment of the Tax Anticipation Note in the amount of $700,000 plus accrued interest. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

APPROVAL OF TRANSFERS TO GENERAL CAPITAL FUND – Councilman Rich motioned to transfer $526,979.61 from the General Fund to the General Capital Fund. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

2019 MICRO SEALING – Councilman Hegele motioned to authorize the micro-resurfacing of Rorer Avenue from York Road to Fulmor Ave, Drexel Rd. from Rorer to Rorer, and Park Ave. from Drexel to Lehman in the amount of $39,327.66. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

GOOSE REMOVAL IN MEMORIAL PARK – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to contract The Goose Squad for goose removal services in Memorial Park. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUESTS: HATBORO YMCA SWIM MEETS
Vice President Stockton motioned to approve the YMCA Swim Meet for June 25, 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

Councilwoman Benjamin motioned to approve the YMCA Swim Meet for July 9, 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

Councilwoman Benjamin motioned to approve the YMCA Swim Meet for July 16, 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

CAMERA UPGRADES TO BOROUGH FACILITIES
Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the camera upgrades to the Memorial Pool in the amount of $6,183.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

Councilman Hegele motioned to approve the camera upgrades to Borough Hall in the amount of $6,997.00. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

HIRING OR EXPERT WITNESS FOR ZHB – Councilman Rich motioned to hire John Kennedy as an expert witness for the Zoning Hearing Board application submitted by 333 N. York Rd. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

DESIGNATION OF ALTERNATE FOR ZONING HEARING BOARD – Councilman Rich motioned to designate Christine Giovinazzo by resolution as an alternate member for the Zoning Hearing Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

YORK AND HORSHAM RD. APPEAL (WAWA) – Councilwoman Benjamin motioned to appeal the decision rendered by Judge Eisenberg for the Wawa case. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich. President Bolllendorf noted Councilwoman Anzinger will be abstaining and called for a role call vote: Councilwoman Benjamin voted aye, Councilman Forgeng voted aye, Councilman Rich voted aye, Vice President Stockton voted aye, Councilman Hegele voted aye and President Bollendorf voted aye. Motion carried 6-0 with Councilwoman Anzinger abstaining.

President Bollendorf noted that the Borough’s argument in the appeal is hinged by the Plumstead case that is ongoing. He stated that if a decision is rendered in the Plumstead case and this decision favors Wawa, the Borough will have to re-evaluate its decision.

SPECIAL UPDATES – There were no special updates.

OLD BUSINESS – There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS
2019 POOL RATIFICATION LIST – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the 2019 Pool Ratification List. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton. Councilwoman Benjamin asked if all of the employees obtained the proper clearances and background checks. Manager Hegele stated yes. A vote was cast, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Ron Battis, W. Moreland Ave., if Council’s salaries will be adjusted because they will only be holding one meeting per month for June/July/August. President Bollendorf stated that the salary is set by Borough Code. Solicitor Kilkenny noted that Council is only required to meet once per month to begin with. Mr. Battis asked if Council will be giving some of that money back to the Borough. Councilwoman Anzinger noted that these summer meetings will be combined meetings and are expected to be lengthier. Mr. Battis asked why the Engineer did not mention the Memorial Park Streambank Restoration Project when both that and the Eaton Park project are fully funded. Mr. Battis stated that soft engineering costs eat up a project budget. He noted he is concerned with the engineering costs of the streambank and Wawa projects. He stated the previous engineering firm was excellent with providing guidelines and knew the Borough’s ordinances. He stated he expects RVE do the same and provide this information to the Planning Commission. President Bollendorf stated based on what RVE has done for the Borough already, he has complete confidence in the engineering firm. Mr. Battis asked is there will be a shovel in the ground for the Eaton Park project in 2019. Engineer Goff stated RVE’s landscape architect advised the restoration begin late winter, so they are expected late February 2020. Councilwoman Anzinger stated there are DEP restrictions and limitations when working with a body of water, so the timeline needs to be carefully determined.

Mr. Battis says it doesn’t matter, the engineering should be done. Mr. Battis stated he is asking why the soft costs take so long. Councilwoman Anzinger asked what soft costs is he referring to. Mr. Battis told Councilwoman Anzinger to say something that makes sense. Mr. Battis stated that the money should be spent in 2019. President Bollendorf stated the grant does not expire. Mr. Battis asked why the Memorial streambank restoration cannot be performed at the same time. President Bollendorf stated they are different projects and Eaton Park is being done first because the grant was obtained first. Councilwoman Anzinger asked if Mr. Battis has worked in environmental work before. Mr. Battis said no. Councilwoman Anzinger stated there are many regulations that need to be followed with the projects and performing the projects the correct way takes time. Mr. Battis asked why both projects cannot be performed at the same time. Councilwoman Anzinger stated both projects can be submitted jointly; however, the start date for the projects would be pushed back. Mr. Battis stated there have been flooding issues in the area for upwards of 50 years. President Bollendorf noted that they are the first Council to do something to help with the flooding because they realize there are problems. Mr. Battis stated they are not working as fast as he would like. President Bollendorf stated Council is proactive with this and he does not believe that RVE is padding the bill and if they were, the Borough would certainly not be using their firm.

Lyn Magaha, president of the Millbrook Society, asked for the status of the improvements to Borough Hall. President Bollendorf stated that Council is waiting on a report for improvements to the HVAC system and the Bell Tower and can expect them in the next month. He stated Council will pass it over to Millbrook through the Historical Commission.

Katrina Nuss asked about the YMCA zoning change. Manager Hegele stated a potential developer wants to change the zoning of R-1 to include active adult communities.

Vice President Stockton reminded everyone to vote on the Library Referendum.

Lynda Klauser asked if Wawa would make the intersection of York and Horsham wider because of the truck traffic. She also asked if cameras would be placed on the corner. Chief Gardner stated there are no cameras there or plans for cameras. He noted there are video detection cameras there to regulate the signal; however, they do not record. Lynda Klauser asked if the turn lane could the moved. Chief Gardner stated improvements would be taken care of during land development.

Vice President Stockton stated that as a part of the proposed plans for Wawa, they have included a wider turn and a softened curb as a result of these issues. Chief Gardner stated he can watch the intersection as a part of directed patrol to look out for people who go over the stop bars in the area.

Ms. Klauser stated there are less lanterns on the Old Mill side of York Road and asked if they could be placed there. Superintendent Sine stated he can look through plans and will see why they were not placed there or missing.

ADJOURNMENT – The May 20, 2019 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:03 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Deena DeRenzis
Assistant Borough Secretary

Transcribed by Deena DeRenzis

April 22, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes

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

ABSENT – None

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the April 22, 2019 Council 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.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT – None.

MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Guenst welcomed Eagle Scout Ben Feenstra who was attending the Council Meeting to earn credits toward his community service badge. Mayor Guenst wished everyone a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY VICTIM SERVICES PROCLAMATION – Chief Gardner and Mayor Guenst read a proclamation for Montgomery County Victim Services. Representatives Erin Milbourne, Lynn Williams, Jessica Rice, and Samantha Comer were present to accept the proclamation. Chief Gardner stated Victim Services often does not receive the recognition they deserve as they often perform work behind the scenes after a crime has occurred. Chief Gardner thanked the women of Victim Services who were present and stated he has been lucky enough to work alongside their organization closely throughout the years. Chief Gardner stated the month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is the perfect time to recognize Victim Services for their leadership, dedication, and courage.

Lynn Williams of Victim Services thanked Chief Gardner and Mayor Guenst for their recognition. She stated over 25% of residents in Hatboro will be affected by sexual assault directly and that this impact extends to the family and friends of those affected. Lynn stated Victim Services provide free support and clinical services as well as raise awareness. She added that they have pledges for those in attendance to complete should they wish.

LEXI BROOKS – MISS MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACKNOWLEDGMENT – Mayor Guenst welcomed Miss Montgomery County, Lexi Brooks to the meeting. Ms. Brooks stated she is a Hatboro native and won Miss Montgomery County on March 24th. She stated she will now compete for Miss Pennsylvania and then Miss America should she win the state competition. Ms. Brooks stated. Ms. Brooks stated she was extremely excited to be at the Council meeting as she first attended wen the Human Relations ordinance was first discussed. She stated that her advocacy truly began at this time and since moved on to major achievements. Ms. Brooks stated she is now advocating for her own platform SOS (Silencing the Opioid Stigma) which raises awareness for those affected by opioid addiction. She thanked Council for allowing her to attend the meeting and noted it is great to see so many females in important positions such as Borough Manager, Mayor, and President of the Fire Company.

OFFICERS’ REPORTS
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Bollendorf stated that the Borough held a table at the Chamber’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13th. He said she event was a great success and thanked the Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing hard work with community events.

President Bollendorf wished everyone a happy Earth Day and noted that the Borough’s recycling mascot will be attending Earth Day events at Pennypack Elementary School and Crooked Billet/Hallowell.

President Bollendorf announced that the annual Enterprise Fire Company Carnival will be taking place from Tuesday, May 21st to Monday, May 27th in Miller Meadow.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Zollers stated at the end of March 2019, the Borough had a total account balance of $3,459,600.57 with a year to date interest earned in the amount of $2,009.12.

SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Kilkenny stated the oral arguments for the Wawa appeal will be taking place on Friday, April 26th in front of Judge Eisenberg of Montgomery County. He noted these arguments are open to the public and will take place at 9:30 AM in Courtroom #6 at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.

Solicitor Kilkenny stated he and his firm have also been working on various zoning matters/zoning oppositions, various personnel matters, right to know matters, and other various legal issues.

ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Goff stated RVE continues to work on the safety study and the environmental clearance report for the Corinthian Trail project as well as working on permitting with the DEP for the Eaton Park Streambank Restoration Project.

MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated PennDOT has completed the milling and paving of York Road and will be back in town to sweep remaining chunks of asphalt and debris from the sidewalks. Manager Hegele stated that PennDOT will also be repainting traffic lines as it was discovered that the center turn lane along York Road was painted too wide. She noted they will be fixing this issue as soon as possible.

Manager Hegele stated the Memorial Pool opens on Saturday, May 25th. She reminded residents that the pool rules need to be followed and all members sign/receive a copy of the rules upon joining the pool. She also noted that children must be at least 13 years old to enter the pool by themselves.

She stated there will be a Community Day taking place at the Pool on Saturday, May 18th from 10 AM to 2 PM. She stated pool memberships will be for sale this day; however, there will not be swimming allowed due to limited lifeguards.

Manager Hegele stated Borough Hall will have extended hours for pool membership sales on Wednesday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 22nd from 5 PM to 7 PM. She noted if anyone is not able to make it to Borough Hall during operating hours, they can contact her and she will accommodate.

Manager Hegele stated the documentation for the RAV Collision Zoning appeal will be filed later in the week and that there will be two Zoning Hearing Board Meetings on May 8th. One for 430 Oakdale Avenue and one for 333 N. York Rd.

Manager Hegele stated the Upper Moreland Hatboro Trail Committee will be meeting on May 8th as well and the meeting will be open to the public.

Manager Hegele stated she spoke with the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs who will be in Hatboro during the month of July to film a video about Hatboro. She noted the video will be played on the PCM channel and that this video will aim to promote tourism. President Bollendorf asked Miss Montgomery County, Lexi Brooks if she would be available to be a part of the video. Ms. Brooks stated yes.

STAFF REPORTS
POLICE REPORT – Chief Gardner stated Louie will graduate from Penn Vet’s narcotics scent training program on May 17, 2019. He stated Louie obtained a 196.8/200 on the certification and is one of the earliest to graduate from the program.

TAX COLLECTIONS REPORT – Tax Collector Mount read her report for the month of March 2019.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT – Superintendent Sine stated Public Works attended Earth Day events at local elementary schools alongside the Recycling Mascot. Superintendent Sine stated that Montgomery County residents are able to attend Hazardous Waste collection events throughout Bucks/Montgomery Counties and Philadelphia. He noted a complete list of dates/events is on the Borough’s website.

Superintendent Sine stated Upper Moreland Township has completed their storm drain replacement and road widening at Byberry/Warminster Rds. He thanked PennDOT for the free storm drain pipe and noted that traffic signal improvement will begin soon via the PennDOT Green Light Go Grant.

Superintendent Sine stated the Memorial Pool has been cleaned and public works is working diligently to prepare the pool for the 2019 Season. Superintendent Sine noted that the red slide at the pool is nearing the end of its life and may need to be replaced as early as 2020.

Councilwoman Anzinger asked if there have been any sightings of the spotted Lanternfly this season. Superintendent Sine stated he has not seen any yet, but will be walking the parks and looking more closely.

FIRE MARSHAL REPORT – Fire Marshal Myers stated he has been working alongside the Hatboro YMCA to arrange their Superhero Day for their summer camp. He stated this event will showcase real-life super heroes (first responders) and he is even trying to get a medical helicopter to land in Miller Meadow for the event.

Fire Marshal Myers stated that he and employee Jake Miller have been working on property maintenance issues throughout the Borough.

Fire Marshal Myers stated he also worked on zoning for the 333 N. York Road ZHB application and also met with two companies for emergency management services (Lewis Environmental and Moyer).

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

VOTING ITEMS
ACKNOWLEDGMEENT OF STAFF REPORTS – Councilwoman Anzinger 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 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 April 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MARCH 25, 2019 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Forgeng, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

APRIL 12, 2019 COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the April 12, 2019 Committee Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Forgeng, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Rich motioned to approve the Fire Company Expenditure for the month of March 2019 in the amount of $7,403.91 Motion seconded by Councilman Forgeng, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

FIRE COMPANY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Hegele motioned to approve the Fire Company Capital Expenditure List for the month of March 2019 in the amount of $149,657.76. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

TORNADO SIREN PROGRAM – Councilman Hegele motioned to discontinue the use of the emergency tornado siren. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

2019 PSAB CONFERENCE VOTING DELEGATE SELECTION
Vice President Stockton motioned to select President Bollendorf as the primary voting delegate for the 2019 PSAB Conference. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger. President Bollendorf abstained. A vote was cast, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

Councilman Rich motioned to select Vice President Stockton as the secondary voting delegate for the 2019 PSAB Conference. Motion was seconded by Councilman Forgeng. Vice President Stockton abstained. A vote was cast, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

COMMUTER PARKING ORDINANCE – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to draft an amendment to the Commuter Parking Ordinance to include E. Moreland Avenue between New Street and E. Montgomery Avenue. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin.

Vice President Stockton asked if Chief Gardner is confident that this will be the last time that the Ordinance will have to be expected. Chief Gardner stated that it is hard to predict how far the commuters will go to save money from parking in paid lots; however, his evaluation of the boundaries shows this extension is needed. President Bollendorf asked Chief Gardner to keep an eye on the parking situation.

A vote was cast, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

ORDINANCE ALLOWING AIRBNB RENTALS IN HATBORO – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to authorize staff to draft an ordinance allowing AirBnb rentals in Hatboro. Motion was seconded by Councilman Forgeng, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

MEMORIAL POOL SNACK STAND RFP – Councilman Rich motioned to approve the Memorial Pool Snack Stand Lease for the 2019 Pool Season. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

SPECIAL EVENT APPLICATION: YMCA SUPERHERO DAY – Vice President Stockton motioned to approve the special event request for the Hatboro YMCA Superhero Day. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes Motion carried 7-0.

SPECIAL UPDATES – There were no special updates.

OLD BUSINESS – None.

NEW BUSINESS
ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH REQUEST FOR RELIEF FROM FEES
Manager Hegele stated that St. John’s Lutheran Church approached the Borough for a fee waiver for the use of the Memorial Park ballfield from April to July. Manager Hegele stated they have used the park for their softball league for years and are requesting a waiver. Darren Shaw of St. John’s stated that he is the manager of the team and a member of the church. He noted that they have used the field for years and that they have paid in the past. He stated they take good care of the field when using it and clean it up if needed while they are there, so it would be beneficial to obtain a fee waiver.

Councilwoman Benjamin asked if the Rotary could get a fee waiver as well if they used the field. Manager Hegele stated fee waivers are granted by Council on a case by case basis.

Vice President Stockton motioned to approve the request for relief from fees submitted by St. John Lutheran Church for the use of the Memorial Park Ballfield for the summer of 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
Michael Celec of the Union Library thanked Public Works for taking care of the unsafe tree at the Library that was noticed over the weekend.

Ron Battis, W. Moreland Ave. congratulated everyone for speaking clearly.

Chief Gardner stated the County-wide drug take back event will be taking place on Saturday and that the information is on the Borough’s website.

Mayor Guenst stated that Tom Murt will be holding a disability awareness walk at 1 PM on Saturday as well.

ADJOURNMENT – The April 22, 2019 Council Meeting was adjourned at 7:38 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Deena DeRenzis
Assistant Borough Secretary

Transcribed by Deena DeRenzis

March 25, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes

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

ABSENT – None

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the March 25, 2019 Council 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.

ORDINANCE AMENDMENT APPROVAL
A public hearing was held beginning at 7:00 PM for Ordinance No. 1055, Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 15 – Provisions of the HI-MU Heavy Industrial Mixed Use Zoning Districts. A court reporter was present to document the proceedings in an official transcript.

VOTING ITEMS
ORDINANCE NO. 1055: AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 27, PART 15 – PROVISIONS OF THE HI-MU HEAVY INDUSTRIAL MIXED USE ZONING DISTRICT – Councilman Rich motioned to approve Ordinance No. 1055: Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 15 – Provisions of the HI-MU Heavy Industrial Mixed Use Zoning District. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

ADJOURNMENT – The Ordinance Amendment Hearing was adjourned at 7:14 PM.

CONDITIONAL USE HEARING
A Conditional Use Hearing was held beginning at 7:14 PM. The Conditional Use Hearing was for the application submitted by 451 Oakdale Avenue, Re-Defined LLP, proposing a retail sales area in the existing building for the sale of art, home goods, and other general merchandise, including items created by the manipulation of scrap metal and a café for the sale of beverages and pre-packaged food. A court reporter was present to document the Conditional Use Hearing and an official transcript of the hearing was taken.

VOTING ITEMS
CONDITIONAL USE REQUEST

Councilman Rich motioned to approve the Conditional Use Application submitted by 451 Oakdale Avenue, Re-Defined LLP, for a retail sales area for the sale of art, home goods, and other goods including items created by the manipulation of scrap metal and a café for the sale of beverages and pre-packaged food in an HI-MU Industrial District subject to a time restriction on operating times. Motion was seconded by Councilman Forgeng, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

ADJOURNMENT – The Conditional Use Hearing for 451 Oakdale Avenue was adjourned at 7:35 PM.

COUNCIL MEETING
CALL TO ORDER – The March 25, 2019 Council Meeting was called to order at 7:35 PM.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT – None.

PENNDOT WARMINSTER ROAD CONSTRUCTION & DETOUR PRESENTATION
Judith Arina, project manager for the Warminster Road Bridge Construction project and detour was present to discuss the 2020 Warminster Road Bridge Construction project and the proposed detour for the project. She stated that PennDOT has contracted WBCM as the design consultant for the project and a representative from their firm was also present this evening.

Joe O’Neil from WBCM stated that this bridge replacement project will replace the current bridge with a wider bridge with a 100 year life so it will last longer. He stated that the bridge will have a larger opening underneath with fewer piers to reduce sediment and encourage a smooth flow of water. He noted that they could not raise the road as an alternative to the flooding in the area because of the train crossing and truck traffic in the area. He stated that this project has been in development for 10 years and that the work is expected to take 7 months to complete. He stated that the current schedule for the project is set for April-October 2020.

Mr. O’Neil stated that the proposed detour for the project directs traffic down Terwood Road to Davisville Road to Byberry Road and back to Warminster Road. He stated he and the Borough will be meeting with Provident Trucking, a local trucking business, to discuss plans for their trucks and receive feedback from them with regard to the proposed detour. He noted that this business is the primary reason that PennDOT chose not to detour trucks up York Road. Mr. O’Neil stated PennDOT is aware of proposed improvements to intersections in the detour area, including the Borough’s Green Light Go project at Warminster and Byberry. He also noted that turn radiuses at Byberry and Davisville that will be taking place around the time of bridge replacement project. He stated that contractors will monitor traffic conditions throughout the length of the project and neighboring projects in order to improve the flow of traffic and detours. He noted that Village Green Apartments were considered in the detour plans as the size of the property requires two points of access. He stated that PennDOT will accommodate the apartments and make sure not to restrict access to the apartments, nor the residential property on Warminster Road.

Councilman Hegele asked if York Road is definitely not a possible detour route. Mr. O’Neil stated that PennDOT will place a lot of preemptive signage and warnings to route traffic in other directions; however, stated that trucks do have the option to ignore the detour. Councilman Hegele asked why the bridge construction will take so long when the bridge is so small. Mr. O’Neil noted that the 7 month timeframe is only an estimate at the moment, so the project might be shorter or longer. He stated that the bridge replacement will require the removal/replacement of walls and piers that have mandatory curing times. He also noted that they are working on a constricted work zone that also gives limitations. He added that all construction will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM as per PennDOT regulations.

Mr. Bill Tompkins, Spring Ave. stated that they mentioned detouring traffic down Byberry and Davisville Roads; however, if there is going to be construction in this area as well, will the construction at Byberry and Davisville be completed before the bridge detour. Mr. O’Neil stated that the Byberry and Davisville Road work will be completed in 2019 and will not affect the 2020 bridge detour.

Mike Foley asked for clarification on the detour routes. Mr. O’Neil stated the plan is to route trucks from Byberry Road to Davisville Road to Terwood Road and back to York Road. He noted that some trucks still use GPS systems, so they are going to place adequate signage in the areas to direct trucks the right way. Mr. Foley asked if PennDOT could place signage stating “No Trucks”. Chief Gardner stated that trucks are permitted on all of the roads for the detours, but PennDOT wants to direct the trucks in other directions because of tight turn radiuses and congestion that can make driving difficult. Mayor Guenst stated this bridge project is long overdue and that while motorists and trucks will be inconvenienced, it is necessary.

Mr. Foley stated there is some gray area about the length of the work and that some businesses in Hatboro could be forced out of business because of the increased traffic on York Road. Mayor Guenst asked if he thought there will be too much traffic on York Road. Mr. O’Neil stated the locals will find their way around. Vice President Stockton stated that the bridge has to be replaced and as a result traffic has to go somewhere. Mr. Foley stated traffic can be sent to County Line Road to Blair Mill Road. Chief Gardner asked if PennDOT considered using 611 to County Line Road as a detour because it is 4 lanes of traffic. Mr. O’Neil stated that they are open to this possibility, but it may be confusing to have multiple detours. Councilman Hegele stated routing trucks to 611 makes the most sense.

Mr. O’Neil stated that SEPTA will be replacing the railroad crossing gates as a part of this project. Councilwoman Benjamin asked if the construction work will affect the SEPTA train schedule.  Mr. O’Neil stated that the contractor will comply with all trains and the apartments. He stated that the contractor will not be stockpiling material or parking equipment on-site because of the floodplain as well. He noted that the staging area has not yet been determined.

Ms. Arina stated that the Borough will have to maintain a small section of sidewalk once this bridge is replaced. Manager Hegele stated Council will be considering this item later in the meeting.

Councilman Forgeng asked if the water flow under the bridge will still be restricted by the railroad. Mr. O’Neil stated that the railroad does slightly affect the water flow in the area, but that the new construction of the bridge will help with free flow of water.

MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Guenst stated that the Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place on Saturday, April 6th. She stated that the Hatboro Little League will be having their opening day on April 12th and that the Hatboro Horsham Education Foundation is having their Casino Night at the Talamore Country Club the same night. Mayor Guenst stated that the Emergency Management team will be conducting a tabletop drill on March 26th. Mayor Guenst thanked the Gardeners of Crooked Billet for their work on the Borough’s Gardens, specifically the Welcome To Hatboro Sign.

OFFICERS’ REPORTS
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Bollendorf stated that the Parking Commission has been meeting regularly to work on solutions to various parking issues in the Borough.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Zollers stated at the end of February 2019, the Borough retained a total account balance of $1,644,521.96 with a year to date interest in the amount of $1,075.39.

SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Kilkenny stated his offices have been working with staff on the Conditional Use Hearing for 451 Oakdale Ave., the Zoning Change approved earlier in the meeting, and researching a medical marijuana ordinance for the zoning district of Council’s choosing due to a requirement by the state. He also stated that the Borough received notice of a zoning appeal for 385 Springdale Ave., RAV Collision. He stated that his offices was sent to appeal the application at the Zoning Hearing Board decision issued to deny the variance requested. Solicitor Kilkenny stated that Council can vote to send his offices in opposition to the appeal in front of Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Goff stated RVE has been working with Borough staff on the Borough’s CDBG application for a project in Celano Park. She stated that she is working with the DEP to finalize the Borough’s MS4 Map and PRP. Engineer Goff stated that RVE is also developing the preliminary design plans and performing a safety study for the Corinthian Trail project.

MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated that the Borough will receive $204,891.97 in Liquid Fuels funding on April 2nd. She noted that these funds are determined by the total mileage of locally owned roads and the most recent census figures on record.

Manager Hegele stated that she filed all of the yearly pension reports.

Manager Hegele stated that the DVRPC Trail Steering Committee will hold their first meeting on April 1st in Upper Moreland. She stated she will be attending and will provide updates as the steering committee progresses.

Manager Hegele stated she reached out to PennDOT again with regard to the York Road Paving Project and they were not able to provide her with a date.

Manager Hegele stated that PennDOT will the closing the bridge on Byberry Road near Masons Mill on April 1st and advised that motorists should seek alternative work. She stated that all information about this and the detours presented by PennDOT earlier on the Borough’s website and Facebook.

Manager Hegele stated that she received emails from two business owners, Heilman’s and Stutz, with regard to the Warminster Road bridge detour. She noted that she will reach out to both business owners to inform them of PennDOT’s detour plans.

Manager Hegele stated that Montgomery County will be debuting a new voting system. She stated they will be holding a demonstration for voters on April 6th at Ambler Borough Hall.

Manager Hegele stated that Pool Memberships will be for sale beginning May 1st. She stated that staff will put together the brochure following Council’s approval of the fees.

Councilwoman Benjamin asked if PennDOT will have to seek another noise ordinance waiver from Council. Manager Hegele stated it would not be a bad idea for PennDOT to come back before Council for another waiver in order to perform overnight.

STAFF REPORTS
POLICE REPORT – Chief Gardner stated that Officer Ryan Allen began narcotics scent training at University of Penn earlier in the day with K-9 Louie. He stated this training will go through May and Louie will be available at a limited capacity for narcotics detection over the summer. He stated that Louie will then attend patrol school in September.

Chief Gardner stated the K-9 vehicle was ordered and manufactured. He stated that the Borough is currently waiting for shipment.

Chief Gardner stated that the Emergency Management Team will be participating in a tabletop drill through PEMA and Montgomery County on Tuesday, March 26.

Chief Gardner stated that the Police Department’s Accreditation Manager, Mr. Benson, has been working on policies and establishing a foundation for the department. Chief Gardner stated he went through minutes and determined that George Palmer was the Borough’s first police officer in 1903. He added that Mr. Palmer only made $25.00 per year.

Chief Gardner stated that representatives from the PA Chief’s Association visited the station and the State Police will also be visiting the Police Station for the LiveScan system. He noted that the LiveScan system should be up and running within 2 months.

TAX COLLECTIONS REPORT – Tax Collector Mount stated the collectible balance at the beginning of March 2019 was $3,600,781.23 and the collectible balance at the end of the month was $3,257,618.27. She also announced that tax payments are also now being accepted online.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT – Superintendent Sine stated he assessed the Borough’s storm drains after the winter and there is minimal damage. He stated Public Works crews are fixing potholes and performing road maintenance throughout the Borough. Superintendent Sine stated the street sweeper is making its rounds throughout town. Superintendent Sine stated that Public Works is performing upgrades to the parking lot at Eaton Park, will be opening the pool, and beginning construction on the volleyball court. He added that the baseball field at Memorial Park has also been cleaned up for spring.

Councilwoman Benjamin asked is it is possible to paint parking spots in the Eaton Park Lot. Superintendent Sine stated it is difficult to paint lines on crushed stone; however, he is going to try. President Bollendorf stated there are also plans to construct a trail from the Memorial Park lot to the pool to encourage more people parking in the that lot.

FIRE MARSHAL REPORT – Fire Marshal Myers stated that the emergency management team will be participating in a tabletop drill on March 26th. He stated there was an incident where the emergency management team was active to clean up a large hazardous spill in the center of town. He noted that everyone worked well together.

FIRE COMPANY PRESIDENT REPORT – Fire Company President Mount stated that Montgomery County is requiring Enterprise to upgrade their radios, so they placed an order to do so. She stated the radios should be active within a week of receipt.

VOTING ITEMS
ACKNOWLEDGMEENT OF STAFF REPORTS – Councilwoman Anzinger 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 Vice President Stockton, 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 March 2019. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
FEBRUARY 25, 2019 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
– Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the February 25, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

MARCH 11, 2019 COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES – Councilman Rich motioned to approve the March 11, 2019 Committee Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger. Councilman Hegele abstained as he was absent from the meeting. A vote was cast, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.  

FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman Benjamin motioned to approve the Fire Company Expenditure for the month of February 2019 in the amount of $15,211.10 Motion seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

EATON PARK SIGNAGE – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the purchase of a new sign for Eaton Park in the amount of $2,880.00. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

SALE OF 2010 FORD CROWN VICTORIA ON MUNICIBID – Vice President Stockton motioned to approve the sale of a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria on Municibid. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

PURCHASE OF ROCK THEME KIDDY SLIDE FOR POOL – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve the purchase of a rock theme kiddy slide for the Memorial Pool in the amount of $11,383.00. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

President Bollendorf stated this expense will be coming out of the pool fund and that it will be installed for the 2020 season.

AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCE – MEDICAL MARIJUANA – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to authorize staff to proceed with the drafting of the medical marijuana ordinance. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

WARMINSTER ROAD BRIDGE SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT – Councilman Rich motioned to approve the Warminster Road sidewalk maintenance agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

RESOLUTION 19-09: SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE SIGNATURE AUTHORIZATION – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve Resolution 19-09, authorizing Manager Hegele to sign the PennDOT sidewalk maintenance agreement for the Warminster Road Bridge reconstruction project. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

RESOLUTION 19-10: 2019 POOL FEES – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve Resolution 19-10, establishing the 2019 Memorial Pool Fees. Motion was seconded by Councilman Rich, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

RESOLUTION 19-11: CDBG PROJECT – Councilwoman Anzinger motioned to approve Resolution 19-11 for the 2019 CDBG Grant application for the Windsor Avenue and Meadowbrook Avenue Improvement Project. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

SHADE TREE APPOINTMENT – Vice President Stockton motioned to appoint Ashley Bianchimano to the Shade Tree Commission for a term of 1 year. Motion was seconded by Councilman Forgeng, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

UPPER MORELAND HATBORO JOINT SEWER AUTHORITY BOARD APPOINTMENT – Councilman Hegele motioned to appoint Bill Tompkins to the Upper Moreland Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority Board for a term of 5 years. Motion was seconded by Councilman Forgeng, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

Mayor Guenst thanked Mr. George Lewis for his service over the years and for staying on the board until the Borough was able to find a replacement.

EATON PARK PLANTS – Borough Council selected tall plants for the Eaton Park Streambank Restoration Project.

SPECIAL UPDATES – There were no special updates.

OLD BUSINESS – None.

NEW BUSINESS
FIREHOUSE GRANT EXTENSION
– Councilman Rich motioned to approve extension request No. 6 for the Fire House Grant. Motion was seconded by Councilman Hegele, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

AUTHORIZATION TO SEND SOLICITOR TO OPPOSE RAV COLLISION APPEAL – Vice President Stockton motioned to appoint Solicitor Kilkenny to contest the Zoning Appeal by RAV Collision. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 7-0.

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR – Bill Tompkins, Spring Ave. advised that Council look at previous zoning opinions with regard to the Medical Marijuana Ordinance as the dispensing facilities are covered under the Retail Commercial Districts and the Manufacturing Facilities are covered under the Industrial district, so there will not be a need to separate Medical Marijuana. Solicitor Kilkenny stated he has dealt with this situation in other municipalities and disagrees. President Bollendorf stated he is going to specify a specific location in which the facilities can open as neighboring municipalities have done. Councilwoman Benjamin requested that the ordinance contains aesthetics and sign requirements be addressed with the ordinance. Solicitor Kilkenny stated he will address this in the ordinance.

Librarian Michael Celec stated that the Library Referendum is on the ballot for May 21st and people can vote regardless of their party. He noted more information is available at www.yeshatborolibrary.org.

ADJOURNMENT – The March 25, 2019 Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:29 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Deena DeRenzis
Assistant Borough Secretary

Transcribed by Deena DeRenzis