February 22, 2000
The Board of Supervisors of Pennsbury Township held a regular meeting on Tuesday,
February 22, 2000. Messrs. Holloway, Reynolds, Patten and Ms. Howley were present
and the minutes approved a submitted.
Ms. Howley reported the following:
Looking into changing the accounting package from One Write Plus to Quick Books. If I do this, it will be done at the end of the first quarter.
The supervisors signed an agreement with the County for the extension of one year for the grant money for open space acquisition.
Shore Slurry is doing core samples of the roads in Chadds Ford Knoll and will give a report to the township regarding the resurfacing of roads. This information will be used to budget road work.
Mr. Holloway drafted a letter to Mr. Swayze regarding the drainage problems in front of his home on Wedgewood Drive. He also received a call from a resident in Ponds Edge regarding the lack of speed limit signs along the road. The township has not taken over this road yet. These signs will be erected when the road is dedicated.
Mr. Reynolds received a call from a Cartmel resident asking the township to attend their monthly meeting on March 20th at 3 p.m. to give an overview of how the township works. Mr. Reynolds and Ms. Howley will attend.
The township received notification from an attorney representing Deborah
Schenikel advising us that she is suing the township because of an accident she
was involved in on Dec. 29, 1999 at Rt. 1 and Hickory Hill Road. Mr. Patten sent
a copy to our insurance agent, Bob Hall.
Code Enforcement Officer Rusty Drumheller reported he received a complaint about
a truck being parked at the home of a resident on Raintree Road. Dave Patten will
research this legality of this and report back to the Board. Rusty also stopped and
talked to Mrs. Bowersox regarding the accumulation of items on their property. It was
reported that Father Nature has a portable sign on Rt. 1. Rusty will check this out for
any violation. Mr. Patten reported that he will try to resolve the parking of the truck by
Brandywine River Antiques on the ramp before it goes to the Zoning Hearing Board. If
the hearing takes place on March 2nd the Board instructed Mr. Patten to appear and
oppose this application. There is parking along West Pennsbury Way and signs are
posted for "no parking". The township will remind residents that there is no parking
along one side of the road and they will be cited if cars are parked there.
February 22, 2000
Mr. Houtmann reported the following:
Brintons Bridge Inc. has requested a reduction of their escrow. Will follow up on this sometime this week as the weather gets better to make inspections.
Whitestone Farms - have not received "as builts" from Jay March therefore, there has been no dedication of the road.
Ponds Edge Drive - will do a site inspection to follow up on items to be
completed for dedication of the road.
Reese Reynolds reported the following:
EMS meeting had been canceled because PennDot could not attend. This will be rescheduled.
Would like to follow up on the "left turn" at Brintons Bridge Rd. and Rt. 1 by the Sinton property. This is dangerous and should be eliminated.
The County is not going to designate ambulance coverage for townships. The Board asked Mr. Reynolds to have Longwood Fire Co. who covers 100% of the township to come into a meeting to discuss coverage.
Reese will look into getting 911 monthly reports for our township.
Traffic is still coming out onto Brintons Bridge Road from the driveway at the
Victorian House. The township will write Mr. McFadden. This is a "one way in"
only. Mr. Drumheller stated Mr. McFadden is proceeding with the planning and
installation of the new driveway.
The Township Code Ordinance was duly advertised for adoption. With no further
discussion the ordinance was signed by the Board. A resolution for the revised fee
scheduled was also passed by the Board.
Mr. Patten reported he did review the proposed storm water management ordinance
done by the Brandywine Conservancy. Mr. Patten asked Mr. Houtmann if the land
disturbance permit is still necessary and Mr. Houtmann responded yes. The final draft
has not been submitted by the Conservancy. When it is, the township will advertise for
The township received a letter from Adelphia advising us that there may be some
interruption in cable TV during February and March because of sun outages.
February 22, 2000
A draft of the township audit from Tim Umbreit was reviewed by the Board. The
following was noted:
Under expenditures, for more clarification, the principal and interest for the loan should be shown separately.
Delaware Valley Reg. Finance will be asked to report on the benefits of a fixed versus a variable rate for our loan.
Mr. Umbreit will be asked to contact the township auditors to keep them
apprized of the progress of the audit.
Rusty Drumheller wanted clarification on the setbacks for swimming pools in the
township. It was agreed that the setback is 50ft. in all zoning districts except R4 which
is 25 ft. This pertains to those communities that have used lot averaging, cluster and
the open space design ordinance.
Mr. Patten reported that Mr. Bailey has refused offers from the township regarding the
purchase of his property. A permit from PennDot for intersection improvement has
been received by the township. The Board advised Mr. Patten to proceed with
condemnation for the portion of the property needed for the improvements.
Paul Ruane of West Pennsbury Way has submitted an application for a zoning hearing
board. He wants to tear down his home and build another beyond the present
footprint. The Board stated Mr. Ruane has a set of extenuating circumstances and
sympathize with him. However, they would like to know exactly what the extent of the
encroachment is, gross square footage of present and future home and if the basement
will be built for living space.
The Board authorized a contribution of $5000 to the Regional Planning Commission for
their share of a traffic study which will be done. The Board advised Mrs. Forsyth that
the township would like access to the software for our own planning purposes.
MaryAnna Ralph will replace Bill Holloway was our representative on this board. Mrs.
Forsyth reminded the Board that the comprehensive plan will be introduced to the
public at a meeting on March 22nd at the Unionville High School, LGI room.
Dick Stewart wrote a letter to Bill Holloway advising the township of possible grants for sewage replacement and installation in the township.
The written YMCA decision should be rendered shortly. When this is signed and sent out there will be 30 days for appeals to be filed. A bill list dated Feb. 22 numbering 1705-1734, State Fund #134, PLGIT126 was submitted and approved for payment.
February 22, 2000
With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 10 p.m..