July 19, 2021 Committee/Council Meeting Minutes

PUBLIC HEARING: HISTORIC OVERLAY ORDINANCE
MONDAY, JULY 19, 2021

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the Public Hearing for the Historic Overlay Ordinance to order at 7:05 P.M.

*Notes of testimony were prepared by Tim Kurek and can be found on our website and are attached to the meeting minutes.

MOTION – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 1067, known as the Historic Overlay Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

COMMITTEE MEETING
MONDAY, JULY 19, 2021

PRESENT – President Bollendorf, Councilwoman Anzinger, Councilwoman Benjamin, Councilwoman McMenamin, Councilwoman Reichner, Councilwoman Ostrander, Mayor Schultz, Chief Gardner, Manager Hegele, Assistant Secretary DeRenzis, Superintendent Frydlewicz, Deputy Superintendent Dermer, Treasurer Rich, Solicitor Geiser, and Engineer Hyne were present.

ABSENT – Vice President Stockton, Engineer Goff, Tax Collector/Fire Company President Mount, Fire Marshal Hauser, and Librarian Celec were absent.

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the July 19, 2021 Committee Meeting to order at 7:13 P.M.

INVOCATION – Mayor Schultz gave the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – Chief Gardner led the Pledge of Allegiance.

MEETING NOTES – President Bollendorf reviewed the Public Comment Policy on the back of the agenda with regards to addressing Council.

PUBLIC COMMENT – Amy Haigler, 560 N. York Road, stated that the Heritage Tree Ordinance was only advertised once, and that the ordinance was very confusing because she thinks we would want to save trees. Councilwoman Anzinger stated that this ordinance is to protect trees of a certain age that would otherwise be taken down in the event of new development.

NEW BUSINESS
Public Safety Committee

  • ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman Ostrander stated that this is to approve the Enterprise Fire Company Expenditure List for the Month of June 2021 in the amount of $10,838.63. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman Ostrander stated that this is to approve the Enterprise Fire Company Capital Expenditure List for the month of June 2021 in the amount of $ 8,868.00. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.

Finance/Grants Committee

  • QUARTER TWO BUDGET UPDATE – Manager Hegele gave a presentation comparing the 2020 to the 2021 end of Quarter 2 Budget.
  • EARL LANE CURB RAMP PROJECT AWARDING OF BID – Councilwoman McMenamin stated that this is to award the Earl Lane ADA Curb Ramp Project to NJS Concrete in the amount of $52,800.00. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • FEE SCHEDULE UPDATE – HATBORO POOL – Councilwoman McMenamin stated that this is to approve Resolution 2021 – 38, updating the Memorial Pool Fees for Non – Resident guests and holidays. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION FUND RESOLUTION – Councilwoman McMenamin stated that this is to approve Resolution 2021-39 ratifying the application to the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant Application for the York Road Sidewalk Project approved May 2021. This item has been moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVE SET-ASIDE GRANT PROGRAM – Councilwoman McMenamin stated that this is to approve the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Grant for the Byberry Road Sidewalk Expansion Project. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • UNION LIBRARY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman McMenamin stated that this is to approve the Union Library Expenditure List for the month of July in the amount of $18,643.48. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.

Community Outreach & Events Committee

  • BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: COUNTY LINE PHARMACY, PPC, UPS STORE – Councilwoman Reichner stated that the July Business Spotlight for July is County Line Pharmacy, Philadelphia Compounding Pharmacy, and the UPS Store which is located at 25 S. York Road.
  • SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: HATBORO ROTARY LOBSTER POT – Councilwoman Reichner stated that this is to approve the Special Event Request for the Hatboro Rotary Lobster Pot in Memorial Park on September 11, 2021 from 6:00 P.M until 10:00 P.M. The Chief stated that he would permit alcohol during the hours of the event only. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: SKELETON SKURRY – Councilwoman Reichner stated that this is to approve the Chamber of Commerce Special Event Request for the Skeleton Skurry on October 30, 2021. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council meeting Agenda for approval.
  • SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: MICHAEL STRANGE FOUNDATION – Councilwoman Reichner stated that this is to approve the Special Event Request for the Michael Strange Foundation Event on August 14, 2021 at Miller Meadow from 10:30 A.M until 1:30 P.M. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • NEW BUSINESSES – Councilwoman Reichner stated that the new Businesses in Hatboro for the Month of July are:
    • JD Signature Homes – 41 Byberry Road
    • Genbeth, LLC – 244 E. County Line Road
  • EVENTS – Councilwoman Reichner announced the events for the rest of July 2021.
  • ZONING SUB-COMMITTEE UPDATE – Councilwoman Reichner stated that met to continue the discussion about the zoning rewrite and they focused on the business district along York Road. She also stated that they focused on a wide variety of business types.
  • WAWA – Councilwoman Reichner stated that at the Planning Commission recommended the Final/Preliminary Land Development Application go to Council to be voted on. She also stated that Wawa is revising the plans and will have the resubmission before the August Committee/Council Meeting.

Public Works Committee

  • SALE OF ITEMS ON MUNICIBID – Councilwoman Benjamin stated that this is to approve Resolution 2021-36, authorizing the sale of items on Municibid. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • COVANTA UPDATE – Councilwoman Reichner stated that our contract is up, and we will need to decide if we will need an extension.
  • MASCARO 6 MONTH CONTRACT EXTENSION – Councilwoman Benjamin stated that this is to approve Resolution 2021-37, authorizing the 6-month contract extension with JP Mascaro. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • AWARDING OF BID: 2021 LIQUID FUELS PROJECT – Councilwoman Benjamin stated that this is to award the 2021 Liquid Fuels Road Program Project to Bray Brothers in the amount of $111,644.60. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.

Environmental Affairs & Parks Committee

  • HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE – Councilwoman Anzinger stated that this was to adopt ordinance No. 1068, known as the Heritage Tree Ordinance. President Bollendorf stated that this item will be tabled.
  • JOHN KULICK PLAQUE PURCHASE (MILLER MEADOW GAZEBO) – Councilwoman Anzinger stated that this is to approve the purchase of a plaque for the John Kulick Memorial Gazebo in the amount of $2,140.00. This item was moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • EAC UPDATE – Councilwoman Anzinger stated that the EAC meet earlier this month and updated Council on some of the topics that were discussed.

Administration Committee

  • VICTORIAN VILLAGE II ESCROW RELEASE NO. 1 – Councilwoman McMenamin stated that this is to approve Escrow Release NO. 1 in the amount of $ 226,167.70 for the Victorian Village Phase II Project. This item has been moved to the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda for approval.
  • AUGUST 2021 MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS – Councilwoman McMenamin announced the meeting schedule for the month of August 2021.

OLD BUSINESS AND UPDATES – There was no old business or updates.

PUBLIC COMMENT – Ron Battis, 317 W. Moreland Avenue, stated he did not hear anything mentioned by the Planning Commission regarding the signage for the Wawa project. Manager Hegele stated that the applicant asked the Borough to table the matter for the time being and that it why it was not addressed by the Planning Commission. Solicitor Geiser stated that the applicant will make an application to the ZHB when it is appropriate.

ADJOURNMENT – President Bollendorf adjourned the July 19, 2021 Committee Meeting at 7:42 P.M.

COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, JULY 19, 2021

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting to order at 7: 42 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENT – There was no public comment at this timer.

MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Schultz stated that the EAC is a group that are looking to “green up” Hatboro and make our energy more efficient so therefore the Ready for 100 Program as well as the National Wildlife Certification project have taken off. Mayor Schultz showed his certification and stated it is important residents and business get certified.
Mayor Schultz also stated that the Chamber of Commerce has a busy schedule the next few months and that we are 2 ½ weeks away from Moonlight Memories. He also stated that that Hatboro Summer Nights is still rolling through September and if you are interested in putting up a table, the cost is $10.00. He also stated that there are two more cruise nights.

Mayor Schultz also stated that is the 10th year for National Night Out and this year it will take place at Miller Meadow Park.

Mayor Schultz read a Proclamation for Charlie Gracie Day.

OFFICERS REPORTS

  • President’s Report – President Bollendorf stated that he apologized for the AV issues as this is only the Borough’s second meeting with the new equipment.

    President Bollendorf also stated that the Borough was very fortunate to receive $785,000.00 in stimulus money
    And it is a nice amount to get back and Council will be transparent regarding the transfers and where this money will be used, and it will help fill the holes where the budget was short last year due to COVID.

    President Bollendorf also stated that we were fortunate to be contacted by Congresswoman Dean’s office and she was gracious to put in the fiscal budget for the government, a $460,000.00 grant for Hatboro for an ADA playground and Council would like to build the playground in Memorial Park to enhance the playground that is currently there and if this comes through, the Borough will get an entire playground. He also stated that the Borough is fortunate that Congresswoman Dean, Senator Collette, and State Rep Nancy Guenst are always looking out for Hatboro.

    President Bollendorf also stated that he attended a couple of meetings for events and the pool.

  • Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Rich stated that at the end of June 2021, the balance is $6,258,702.92.

SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Geiser stated that they received the ruling from the Commonwealth Court regarding the RAV matter which was for the appeal for 318 Springdale and the Borough did win which is good news for the Borough and they still have the opportunity to appeal the decision but does not think they will.

Solicitor Geiser stated that she attended the Planning Commission Meeting regarding the Wawa development moving forward and will continue to work with Borough Staff and the applicant to keep it moving smoothly.

ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Hyne stated that for the MS4 services, they have completed the 2020-2021 permit cycle and June 30 was the end of the term and the annual report is due in September.

Engineer Hyne stated that for the Memorial Park Streambank Project, the survey has been completed and they are developing the base plans and will be moving into the design.

Engineer Hyne stated that for the Loller Building project, they are currently reviewing initials from the contractor and are working to get a schedule from them and will share with the Borough when they get it.

Engineer Hyne stated that the field work has been completed regarding the Borough’s energy audit and will be handed out in a few weeks to the Borough.

MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated that the Borough has been working with the County on finalizing the detour plan for the replacement of County Bridge #38 (West Moreland Avenue) in Hatboro and Upper Moreland Township and while we do not have a firm date for closure, the current timeline for the project is to begin as early as the end of 2021 and extend approximately 12-18 months dependent on weather and utility issues. She also stated that the Borough will update residents as we receive information, and we suggest residents follow our Facebook page, electronic newsletter, website and sign up for NIXLE if not already registered.

Manager Hegle stated that the GLG Grant project at Jacksonville and Montgomery has resumed and the contractor received the necessary approvals from Septa and have resumed work.

Manager Hegele stated that the Borough recently was notified that we received the Montgomery County 2040 Grant for the Hatboro Station/Station Park Trail in the amount of $125,300 and that staff is working with the engineer and property owners to start this project. She also stated that the scope of the project is to fund the installation of solar powered pedestrian scaled streetlight along the walking trail adjacent to the Septa Line and that the lights will allow patrons and area residents to safely use this walkway during off hours.

Manager Hegele stated that the Corinthian Trail Project is scheduled to begin no later than 8-16 and that the contractor will be hand delivering notices to area residents soon.

Manager Hegele stated that the First ever Boro Brews and Blues Event will be on Friday, September 24th from 6 to 9 PM at Cressbrook and to please mark your calendars and like the event Facebook page at 1st Annual Boro Brews and Blues Beer Fest for ticket sales and information. She also stated that tickets will be limited and thanked all the businesses who have sponsored the event.

Manager Hegele stated that as you know the Borough assumed operation of the snack stand this year due to not finding a vendor to operate and that it has been doing great and Council will receive a full accounting of sales at the end of the season. She also stated that the Borough is partnering with local restaurants to offer their food at the stand and this week McDonald’s will be offering cheeseburgers for sale. She also stated that we are working with other restaurants for this initiative and will advertise at the pool, on Facebook and on the pool remind app for members. She also stated that despite all the rain, the pool has been busy and membership sales along with guest passes have been up this year.

Manager Hegele congratulated Councilwoman Elle Anzinger on her recent wedding.

STAFF REPORT’S
POLICE – Chief Gardner stated that the annual citizens police academy is back this year and this is a joint program they have conducted with Horsham Police Department and it has been very successful and very well attended and that this year they are bringing in Upper Moreland Township. He also stated that it will be held Tuesday nights from 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. from September 14th and November 23rd in Horsham Township. He also stated that the information for this program is available on our website.

Chief Gardner also stated that the car show is only a few weeks away on July 31, 2021 and they will start closing York Road down around 12:30 P.M. and will be reopened around 11:00 P.M between County Line Road and Horsham Road. He also stated that there will be Fire police directing any traffic at cross streets and assisting pedestrians.

Chief Gardner also stated that there was a storm this past weekend and the PD lost power and went on the generator and now they are having HVAC issues, but the electrician will be out tomorrow and hopes it isn’t anything serious.

TAX COLLECTIONS – The Tax Collector Report was submitted electronically.

PUBLIC WORKS – Superintendent Frydlewicz stated that the message board has arrived, and Public Works will be working on that so we can post messages to the community.

Superintendent Frydlewicz also stated that crews are dealing with a lot of rain and sun, so they are busy cutting grass.

DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT PARKS REPORT – Deputy Superintendent Dermer stated that he submitted the grant application which was for $20,000 with no match to remove mugwort in Miller Meadow.

Deputy Superintendent Dermer stated that they have been doing mid-season upgrades to the pool and the Wifi has been recently updated. He also stated that they are working on a member’s only access to the pool for next season.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT UPDATE – Secretary Bollendorf stated that last week Manager Hegele and herself met with the Downtown Development Committee and we talked about a few grant possibilities that are available. T Mobile partnered with Smart Growth America and Main Street America, two consulting partners with a combined experience of over 60 years working to help build stronger, more prosperous small towns and rural communities. With their Hometown Grant program, they’re investing big in small towns by awarding up to 100 town’s a year over the next 5 years with project funding—up to $50,000 each. Manager Hegele is working on some project ideas and stay tuned as it will be on the August agenda.

Secretary Bollendorf stated that when a new business owner comes to BH we give them a packet which is a folder the County designed of the demographics of the Borough, U&O paperwork, tax office paperwork, and some newsletters and that currently staff is working on a packet for new businesses that open in the Borough which will be added to what we currently give them except this is a step by step process on opening a business in the Borough which includes information on zoning, U&O, permits, as well as tax office information so that they are registered with the tax office. She also stated that once we have everything complete, Manager Hegele and I discussed making sure all commercial property owners receive a few to give to their new tenants.

Secretary Bollendorf also stated that last week she was out on York Road delivering flyers regarding parking for the car show and was able to talk with some business owners who are getting ready for the event. A few asked if they could stay open later and I let them know not only can they, but we encourage them to take advantage of all the people who will be in town that day. I also personally handed out emergency contact forms for them to update for fire and police and have been receiving those back in which copies are given to PD staff for updating.

FIRE MARSHAL – The June 2021 Fire Marshal Report was submitted electronically.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT – The June 2021 Fire Company Report was submitted electronically.

UNION LIBRARY REPORT – The Union Library Report was submitted electronically.

ORDER OF BUSINESS & VOTING ITEMS
ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF REPORTS – Councilwoman Benjamin made amotion to acknowledge the receipt of UMHJSA Minutes, Historical Commission Minutes, Tax Collections, Public Works, Fire Marshal, and Treasurer reports. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Ostrander, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

APPROVAL OF WARRANT LIST, PAYMENT OF BILLS, MANUAL CHECKS, AND TRANSFERS – Councilwoman Anzinger made a motion to approve Warrant List, Payment of Bills, Manuel Checks, and transfers. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

JUNE 21, 2021 COMMITTEE/COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – Councilwoman Anzinger made a motion to approve the June 21, 2021 Committee/Council Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, President Bollendorf and councilwoman Benjamin abstained as they were not present for the meeting. Motion carried 4-0 with 2 abstentions.

ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to approve the Enterprise Fire Company Expenditure List for the month of June 2021 in the amount of $10,838.63. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

AWARDING OF BID: EARL LANE CURB RAMP PROJECT – Councilwoman Anzinger made a motion to award the Earl Lane ADA Curb Ramp Project to NJS Concrete in the amount of $ 52,800.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

POOL FEE SCHEDULE UPDATE – Councilwoman Anzinger made a motion to approve resolution 2021-38, updating the Memorial Pool Fees for Non-Resident Guests and holidays. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Ostrander, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION FUND RESOLUTION – Councilwoman Ostrander made a motion to approve Resolution 2021-39 ratifying the application to the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant Application for the York Road Sidewalk Project approved in May 2021. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES SET-ASIDE PROGRAM GRANT – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to approve the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside grant for the Byberry Road Sidewalk Expansion Project. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

UNION LIBRARY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman Anzinger made a motion to approve the Union Library Expenditure List for the month of July in the amount of $18,643.48. Motion as seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: ROTARY LOBSTER POT – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to approve the Special Event request for the Hatboro Rotary Lobster Pot in Memorial Park on September 11, 2021. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion caried 6-0.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: SKELETON SKURRY – Councilwoman Benjamin made a motion to approve the Chamber of Commerce Skeleton Skurry on October 30, 2021. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUEST: MICHAEL STRANGE FOUNDATION – Councilwoman Ostrander made a motion to approve the Special Event Request for the Michal Strange Foundation at Miller Meadow on August 14, 2021 from 10:30 A.M. until 1:30 P.M with fees waived. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

SALE OF ITEMS ON MUNICIBID – Councilwoman Ostrander made a motion to approve Resolution 2021-36, authorizing the sale of items on Municibid. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

MASCARO 6 MONTH EXTENSION – Councilwoman Benjamin made a motion to approve Resolution 2021-37, authorizing the 6- month contract extension with JP Mascaro. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Ostrander, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

AWARDING OF 2021 LIQUID FUELS PROOJECT – Councilwoman Benjamin made a motion to award the 2021 Liquid Fuels Road Program Project to Bray Brothers in the amount of $ 111,644.60. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Anzinger, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE – This item was tabled.

JOHN KULICK PALAQUE PURCHASE – Councilwoman Anzinger made a motion to approve the purchase of a plaque for the John Kulick memorial Gazebo in the amount of $2,1400.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Ostrander, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

VICTORIAN VILLAGE II ESCROW RELEASE NO. 1 – Councilwoman Anzinger made a motion to approve Escrow Release No. 1 in the amount of $226,167.70 for the Victorian Village Phase II Project. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

OLD BUSINESS AND UPDATES – There was no old business or updates.

NEW BUSINESS – VOTE – Councilwoman Ostrander made a motion to waive the parks fee/permit and to permit alcohol in Memorial Park for the Rotary Lobster Pot event from the hours of 6:00 P.M until 10:00 P.M. only. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT – Dan Lavery, 17. N Chester Avenue, handed to Council what they have been experiencing the past few years as well as the past couple of months with the amount of traffic flow on N. and S. Chester Avenue regarding the cut through and everything that is coming off York Road and their street is not prepared for that kind of traffic. He also stated that on an average day, the resident who lives across the street has a camera mounted by her driveway and it registered close to 600 cars in a day between Monument Avenue and Moreland Avenue. He also stated that the last several months, it has been tractor trailers cutting through and doesn’t feel the roads are big enough for them. He also stated that the residents in the area feel the same way and they want something to be done as there are no speed limit or watch children signs or speed bumps of any type and that there are a lot of young children in the area now and it isn’t safe. He also stated that he wondered if the lights need to be timed better, so the traffic isn’t as heavy and doesn’t cause motorists to want to cut through the neighborhoods. Chief Gardner stated that they have ben looking into flashing stop signs to gain more compliance and he was asked for a recommendation for what intersections they should be placed at and the Borough ordered and received them, but they have to get a permit from PennDOT because of the flashing signal which has already been submitted. Chief Gardner also stated that they have equipment they can put out there that tells them exact volume and speeds. Chief Gardner also stated that it is in the PennDOT manual that you cannot use a stop sign to control speed and the first thing they will do is the speed volume study to get some data. President Bollendorf asked Superintendent Frydlewicz to get some watch children signs for that area.
Louis Pino, 60 W. Moreland Avenue, stated that he agrees as it is getting bad with speeding and cutting through in the area and there are a lot more children now than when he first moved in. President Bollendorf stated that they will order the signs tomorrow and get the speed study done.

ADJOURNMENT – Councilwoman Benjamin made a motion to adjourn the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0. President Bollendorf adjourned the July 19, 2021 Council Meeting at 8:47 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted by,
Diane C. Hegele, Borough Manager

Transcribed by Cindy Bollendorf