Saturday, May 05, 2007

BoS Meeting 5/3/2007

A brevity record may have been set at the May 3rd Board of Supervisors meeting! The main part of the meeting lasted just under 13 minutes. It was preceded by a 6:30 PM workshop - we missed it - to review the (ESWA) Easton Suburban Water Authority Backflow Prevention Program.

Supervisor Comments
  • Chairman Hoff said that he received a letter from the American Legion inviting members of the Board to the Nazareth parade on May 28. RSVP requested.
  • Supervisor Miller announced that the annual doll show in the Community Center is on Sunday, May 6th from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Treasurer’s Report - Secretary/Treasurer Howell detailed the debits (cash paid out) since the last Supervisors meeting. Acceptance of the debits and transfers was approved 4:0. (Nicholas was absent.)

Standing Committee Reports

  • Public Safety - Chairman Hoff reported that the Tuesday meeting was cancelled and he will work with Nicholas to set up another one.
  • Public Works - Supervisor Ackerman said that Mark Roberts, new Director of Public Works started work on April 30. He was given a couple of days of orientation with Ackerman, Miller and staff.
  • Parks & Recreation - Supervisor Miller - Miller gave no committee report. His announcemt of the annual doll show has been moved to Supervisors' Comments above.
  • Community Relations - Supervisor Howell said that the committee's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9 at 9:30 AM. Ackerman asked if the "newsletter" had been mailed yet and was told that it had.
  • Finance & Administration - Chairman Hoff said that the committee had a second meeting with the Principal Group and received the 2006 financial report on the police department pension fund. Hoff said too that the committee is looking into a replacement mailbox. The next meeting will be on May 9 at 3 PM.

Township Manager's Report - Schnaedter provided the Board with a written report. He also told the Board that honor society students from C.I.T. spent three days helping with the landscaping and mulching around the (Municipal Complex) area. And, he thanked the staff for helping with Roberts' orientation.

Zoning Officer - Tim Weis told the Board that he has three applicants so far for the upcoming Planning Commission vacancy. It was decided that interviews as well as the apppointment will take place on the June 7. - Weis also announced that an open forum for candidates will be held at the fire department on Monday, May 14 at 8 PM. (At least ONE of the four candidates present was surprised to learn of the event. - seems this was the first he heard about it.)

Engineer's Report - Fred Hay said that he is preparing a "mini spec" for the Arndt/Bushkill blinking lights. The bids will be opened June 1st, reviewed by his office and Solicitor Kline, and presented to the Board at the June 7 meeting.

Solicitor's Report - Karl Kline - agenda items only.


ADOPTION OF ESWA BACKFLOW PREVENTION PROGRAM - This was tabled in a 4:0 vote pending Kline's review of the ordinance that will be provided by the Easton Suburban Water Authority.


RIVERVIEW RECREATION CENTER - DEVELOPER'S AGREEMENTS - The agreements were accepted by the Board after confirmation from Kline that a total of $24,000 of escrow money had been received and that all other documents, including an irrevocable letter of credit, were in order. The vote was 4:0.

RIVERVIEW ESTATES/CONDITIONS OF TIME EXTENSION/RESOLUTION #0705-03-1 - Kline said that he, Schnaedter, and Hay met with the developer (Strausser Enterprises), some of Strausser's staff, and Strausser's attorney at 5:30 PM before this night's BoS meeting to review the resolution for Riverview Estates (conditions of a time extension). A few minor changes were agreed to and the final document will be ready for the Board's May 17th meeting.

EXECUTIVE SESSION - The session was held to discuss both a personnel matter and the non-uniformed employees' contract negotiations. No action was taken by the Board during the executive session and the meeting was adjourned.

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