PRESENT – President Bollendorf, Vice President Stockton, Councilwoman Benjamin, Councilwoman McMenamin, Councilwoman Reichner, Mayor Schultz, Manager Hegele, Assistant Secretary DeRenzis, Solicitor Geiser, Engineer Goff, Chief Gardner, Superintendent Frydlewicz, Deputy Superintendent Dermer, and Librarian Celec were present.
ABSENT – Councilwoman Ostrander and Councilwoman Anzinger were excused.
CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the October 25, 2021 Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
INVOCATION – Mayor Schultz gave the invocation.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – Chief Gardner led the Pledge of Allegiance
PUBLIC COMMENT – VOTING ITEMS ONLY – There was no public comment.
CVS BUILDING PRESENTATION – Robert W Gundlach Jr from Fox Rothchild, attorney for the applicant Mike Tulio, gave a presentation to Council on the project at 24-28 S. York Road (Former CVS building). He explained the proposed project of a mixed-use four -story building with two commercial spaces on the first floor and a total of 36 units, 14 two bedroom and 22 one bedroom. He also stated that they have been doing parking studies as according to Hatboro Ordinance, 2 spots per unit are required but after their studies they reconfigured and found they need 1.25 spots per unit. He stated on average, they found there are about 47 spaces that are occupied and based on their study, it leaves about 93 available for parking. He also stated that they are planning for two spaces per unit, but their studies show a lot less because some units will only have one person, and some will not have a car at all. He also asked for consideration to advertise for a hearing in December and work with Borough staff modifying the text amendment.
Solicitor Geiser stated that respectfully, she thinks that is premature because they do not have the recommendation for m the Planning Commission and borough Staff yet and they can consider it at the November meeting as it is not on the agenda for tonight.
Jeff Kochanowicz, 110 Summit Avenue, asked how they were going to accommodate parking for the tenants as a lot of spots are already permit parking, Artifact, or shoppers parking. Mr. Gundlach stated that would be part of the Land Development Process and the Planning Commission would have to make a recommendation to Council. President Bollendorf stated he is not about “fend for yourself’ and the parking is something they would have to review.
Tom Smith, 237 Jacksonville Road, asked if a parking garage/structure could be constructed just for the tenants to take care of the parking. Mr. Gundlach stated that they cannot because the rents would be too high.
Bob Wipplinger, 36 S. York Road, 17 S. York Road, 18 E. Moreland Avenue, and 25 E. Moreland Avenue, stated he has several tenants and that 2 parking spots were required per unit and he wants to know how this project is compensating Hatboro for all of the spots they propose they will be using and how many spots do they currently have and how many they are losing. Mr. Gundlach stated they have 24 and are losing 4 with the new development and that there is a cross parking easement. Mr. Wipplinger stated that he is excited the Mr. Tulio is in town and about his plans for the building, he is just concerned with the parking situation, especially for the future which includes a concern for stormwater.
President Bollendorf stated that Engineer Goff will be doing a study regarding stormwater. President Bollendorf stated that they can continue and come back in November for further discussion.
MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Schultz stated now that it is the holiday season, that throughout the month of October is the food drive and you can drop off food at Lehman and St. Johns Churches.
Mayor Schultz also stated that this past week they had decorate a pumpkin and this week is the Skeleton Skurry and the stroll on York Road.
SWEARING IN OF NEW FIRE MARSHAL TIMOTHY PRISTATSKIY – Mayor Schultz swore in Timothy Pristatskiy as the Hatboro Fire Marshal.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Bollendorf stated they had a Friends of Cressbrook meeting.
President Bollendorf stated that this Sunday is Halloween and for motorist to be careful driving.
President Bollendorf stated that November 2nd is election day and encouraged everyone to vote and wished all candidates that are running good luck.
BUDGET WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021 @ 6:00 P.M.
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS – President Bollendorf announced the following vacancies that need to be filled and if anyone is interested can email Manager Hegele.
• ZONING HEARING BOARD ALTERNATIVE
• HISTORIC COMMISSION
RECOGNITION OF DAVE RICH – President Bollendorf presented Dave Rich with a plaque recognizing his dedication to the Borough.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated that the end balance in September 2021 was $5,635,933.96 with interest earned in the amount of $ 675.72.
SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Geiser stated this month she was working on obtaining the tax-exempt status for Friends of Cressbrook and will continue to work with Manager Hegele to make sure they have the appropriate documentation
Solicitor Geiser stated she attended the last Planning Commission meeting and there are follow up items from that for the presentation on CVS and will be working with them.
ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Goff stated under our road program, they are developing the punch list and giving to contractor to address the items and tonight she recommends payment #1 to Bray Brothers in the amount of $83,055.83.
Engineer Goff stated under our Earl Lane ADA Ramp Project, they are also developing the punch list.
Engineer Goff stated under our streambank project, they had a kick-off meeting with DEP earlier this month and informed them of the various requirements for this project and gave advice how to get the most MS4 credit.
Engineer Goff stated under our MS4 program, our required annual report was submitted at the end of September.
MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated at the MC Commissioners meeting last week the Commissioners voted to award eight County Transportation grants totaling $1,073,464 as part of the 2021 yearly cycle and she is happy to report that our project, Crossing Improvements, was chosen and awarded $142,748 in funding. She stated she would like to thank the Commissioners, staff, engineer Goff for all their work on this application and once we receive the grant paperwork, we will begin preparing to get it out to bid. Manager Hegele stated the Planning Commission met earlier this month and heard the application from 2 Home Road for a zoning change, which the PC sent a favorable recommendation to the homeowner and council to proceed to the next steps. She also stated they heard the application from Best Dentist for Kids at Warminster/County Line, this applicant has to gather some more information before proceeding and they also heard a presentation for the CVS property, no action was needed as the developer is before Council tonight with a sketch plan presentation. Manager Hegele stated Wawa has submitted a zoning hearing board application for signage at York/Horsham, the application was reviewed by herself and Planner John Kennedy and the matter is scheduled to be heard by the ZHB at their November meeting. Manager Hegele stated Staff has presented budget requests to the finance committee and they are still working on changes and will be ready to present to council at a budget workshop next Thursday and the meeting is here at 6PM. She also stated if all goes well, she will be asking council to adopt the preliminary 2022 budget at the November Committee meeting, followed by public inspection and then final adoption at the December Council meeting. Manager Hegele stated at a previous meeting, residents from Manor Road were in attendance to discuss flooding concerns and we have received the report back from our engineer, which has been shared with Council and one of the residents. She also stated she has yet to receive pictures from the other resident who has been in attendance a few times and she is hoping that the rain tonight and tomorrow is not as heavy as expected but I will be out and about checking this location and others.
Manager Hegele stated as a result of calls from residents, staff is working on amending Borough ordinance to address parking issues in the area of Tanner Avenue, and we are currently coming up with alternatives and will present those to Council at the November meeting. Manager Hegele stated the events committee is busy working on checking out houses/businesses for the Halloween Haunts Decorating contest and thanks to everyone who has entered and to the businesses that donated prizes. She also stated she even got into the Halloween spirit and our house is decorated although she cannot enter, it was fun. She also stated the committee is busy planning the December Sip and Shop event in Miller Meadow, this is going to be a fun night and for those who ask where they can spend local, in addition to our many great businesses in Hatboro, this is a great event to come out and support local. Manager Hegele stated she would like to congratulate on Treasurer Rich on his retirement as Treasurer for Hatboro and that she has had the pleasure of working with Dave for many years in so many different capacities. She also stated here is a man who has devoted so much time and given so much back to make Hatboro a great place to live and work. We will miss you Dave, your late-night walks with the dog, but know you are close by and you and Ellen can still come back to Hatboro to visit.
POLICE – Chief Gardner stated he wanted to thank everyone for their support for Officer Ryan Allen and his family who suffered a serious medical event about a week and a half ago and he remains in critical but stable condition.
Chief Gardner stated the Skeleton Skurry is this Saturday so there will be road closures which will include York Road and for motorists to be patient and careful.
Chief Gardner Stated they had a drug take back event that was County wide and the Hatboro PD collected 31.4 lbs. of unwanted, expired medications and turned in a total of 79lbs that was safely exposed of.
Chief Gardner stated Halloween is October 31 and reminded everyone to drive carefully.
Chief Gardner stated COVID 19 boosters are available for anyone eligible and the information is ion the County website.
TAX COLLECTIONS – Tax Collector report was electronically submitted.
PUBLIC WORKS – Superintendent Frydlewicz stated Public Works has been busy the past month or so and he has accompanied Engineer Goff looking at storm drains and complied a list of any issues with por drainage.
Superintendent Frydlewicz stated they have been around town repainting stop bars.
DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT PARKS REPORT – Deputy Superintendent Dermer stated he had nothing to report.
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT – Cindy Bollendorf stated that she made Business owners aware of the app and those who have responded think it is a great idea and are excited about it and thanked the Borough.
Cindy Bollendorf stated Manager Hegele has tasked Deputy Superintendent Dermer and herself with the application for the T Mobile grant and we will keep Council updated. She also stated that the deadline is 12/31 but we discussed having it together by 12/1 in case we need extra time for adjustments etcetera and she will let them know when officially submitted as well as when or if we are chosen to receive funds.
Cindy Bollendorf also stated she is getting everyone’s availability for a meeting regarding the Gold Star Family Memorial Garden project.
Cindy Bollendorf also stated that Bindy is attending and is busy getting ready for the Stroll this Saturday as she will be all decked out in a costume.
FIRE MARSHAL – Fire Marshal report was electronically submitted.
FIRE COMPANY – There was no report.
UNION LIBRARY REPORT – Librarian Celec stated the Library is open and masks are required, and they have extended their hours.
Librarian Celec stated story times have returned and are outdoors.
Librarian Celec stated they are expecting money from the American Rescue Plan and is waiting for more details but last week found out they are being awarded $18,000.00 in grant money by the end of the year.
Librarian Celec stated they have been making repairs on the building and are repaving the entrance to the driveway the first half of November.
Librarian Celec stated their basement has flooded and from Hurricane Ida and they are taking measures to regrade that side of the building along with a few other things to prevent future flooding.
ORDER OF BUSINESS AND VOTING ITEMS
ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF REPORTS – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to acknowledge the receipt of UMHJSA Minutes, EAC Minutes, tax Collections, Public Works, Fire Marshal, and Treasurer’s reports. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
APPROVAL OF WARRANT LIST, PAYMENT OF BILLS, MANUAL CHECKS AND TRANSFERS – Vice President Stockton made a motion to approve Warrant List, payment of Bills, manual Checks, and Transfers for the month of October 2021. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2021 COMMITTEE/COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve the September 27, 2021 Committee/Council Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
OCTOBER 11, 2021 COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES – Vice president Stockton made a motion to approve the October 11, 2021 Committee Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman Benjamin made a motion to approve the Enterprise Fire Company Expenditure List for the month of September 2021 in the amount of $8,909.35. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to approve the Enterprise Fire Company Capital Expenditure List for the month of September 2021 in the amount of $ 1,559.35. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
TORNADO SIREN – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to authorize staff to begin research and obtain quotes for the purchase of a tornado sire. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
POLICE COPIER LEASE – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve the police Copier Lease through KDI in the amount of $ 201.00 per month. Motion was seconded by Vice president Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
APPOINTMENT OF FIRE MARSHAL – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to appoint Tim Pristatskiy to the position of Fire marshal. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL – Councilwoman Benjamin made a motion to appoint Matt Hauser to the position of Deputy Fire Marshal. Motion was seconded by Vice president Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
UNION LIBRARY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to approve the Union Library Expenditure List for the month of October 2021 in the amount of $ 16,625.22. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Barbor, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
CORINTHIAN TRAIL PROJECT PAYMENT #2 – Vice president Stockton made a motion to approve Corinthian Trail project Payment request #2 in the amount of $ 47,357.07 to Marino Corporation. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
FRIENDS OF CRESSBROOK PROPERTY SURVEY – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to authorize the survey of the Cressbrook property. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
SALE OF TAILGATES ON MUNICIBID – Councilwoman Benjamin made a motion to approve the sale of two tailgates on Municibid. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
PENNDOT TRAFFIC MAINTENANCE – Vice President Stockton made a motion to approve the Penndot Traffic Maintenance Agreement Resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
REPLACEMENT OF EATON PARK ROCK VANES – Vice president Stockton made a motion to approve the installation of additional rock vanes to repair the stabilization work at the Eaton Park Streambank in the amount of $7,200.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
RESIGNATION OF EAC MEMBER –Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to accept the resignation of EAC Member Jill Murray, effective immediately or 12/31/21. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
FLOODPLAIN ORDINANCE – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to authorize staff and Engineer Goff to proceed with the advertisement of the Flood Plain Ordinance. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
BOROUGH HALL WINDOW PROJECT – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to authorize staff and engineer Goff to proceed with the Borough Hall Window Installation Project. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
APPOINTMENT OF TREASURER – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to appoint Tom Smith to the position of treasurer. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
APPOINTMENT OF ZONING HEARING BOARD MEMBER – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to appoint Laurie Vasoli to the position of Zoning Hearing Board member for a term of 2 years. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
OLD BUSINESS AND UPDATES – There was no old business or updates.
POLICE CAR PURCHASE – Vice President Stockton made a motion to approve the purchase of a Ford Interceptor Vehicle with a hybrid engine, including upfitting in the amount of $ 49,000.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
PENNDOT MULTIMODAL GRANT – Councilwoman Benjamin made a motion to apply for the Penndot Multimodal Grant Program for the West Monument Avenue Bridge Replacement Project for a total grant amount of $499,349.00 and a total match requirement of 30%.
FEMA/PEMA REQUEST FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE – Vice President Stockton made a motion to authorize the application for PEMA/FEMA Public Assistance Funding for damages and costs associated with the September 2021 Hurricane Ida Storm and to authorize James Gardner as the Borough’s agent for funding assistance. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
2021 PAVING PROJECT PAYMENT #1 – Vice President Stockton made a motion to authorize payment #1 to bray brothers in the amount of $ 83,055.83 for the 2021 Road paving Project. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0.
TAX COLLECTOR RATE RESOLUTION – This item was tabled.
PUBLIC COMMENT – Tom Smith, 237 Jacksonville Road, stated that the Haunted Historical Tour was very successful as there were about 50 people for the first tour and 30 for the second. He also stated he hopes the Borough does this annually.
Karen Shubick, 37 Fulmor Avenue, stated that she attended the Historical Tour and that she thought it was successful as well and enjoyed it.
ADJOURNMENT – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to adjourn the October 25, 2021 Council Meeting. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benjamin, all ayes. Motion carried 5-0. President Bollendorf adjourned the October 25, 2021 Council meeting at 8:06 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by:
Diane C. Hegele, Borough Manager
Transcribed by Cindy Bollendorf