December 18, 2000
The Board of Supervisors of Pennsbury Township held a regular meeting on Monday,
December 18, 2000. All members, Mr. Patten and Ms. Howley were present and the
minutes approved as submitted.
MANAGER Kathy Howley reported the following:
Asked Dave Patten to research what, if anything, we have to do to comply with Acts 67 & 68. It was noted that we are a part of the Kennett Regional Planning Commission and we may be in compliance already.
Work will start on the township building the first week in January.
Interviews were conducted for a park consultant. This will be announced at the next meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2001.
Cossart Road will reopen in January. Mr. Patten submitted a memo to the Board advising them to reopen the road. It was suggested that we research the possibility of putting up signs to discourage through traffic.
Ridge at Chadds Ford - the plans are ready to be signed but the easement
agreement has not been recorded. Ms. Howley will contact Conservation
Advisors to see where this document is. Mr. Berlin has revised the first two
pages of the plan to reflect public water. Mr. Patten has not heard anything from
the courts with regard to the Duke property and compensation for the taking. Mr.
Reynolds reminded Mr. Patten to check with Mr. Wood regarding the appraisal
and if it was accurate. Mr. Berlin will secure the project with a performance
Proposed Budget for 2001 was duly advertised for adoption. Proposed revenues
total $796,750 and expenditures of $692,250 with a surplus of $104,500. There will be
no tax increase and in fact taxes have been reduced because of the elimination of the
library tax of .2 mils. The 2001 tax bill will be at .4 mils. Berkheimer should have an
insert in the bills to point this out. With no further discussion the budget was passed.
Code Enforcement Office Rusty Drumheller reported the following:
Megill Barn - Mr. Megill was present to discuss the barn. He is concerned with the
total cost of the barn renovation. The township wishes to obtain permission to go into
the bard with a professional to estimate what the cost of renovation would be. This
would be a township expense. Mr. Megill would like to demolish the barn but cannot
because of the restrictions placed on it when the property was subdivided. He refused
permission to the township. Mr. Reynolds instructed Mr. Patten to take the necessary
steps for the township to have access to the barn. Mr. Megill stated he would not take
the barn down illegally.
December 18, 2000
Courts at Longwood - the Board advised Rusty that there will be no inspections or CO
issued until Mr. D'Agostino comes into compliance with the subdivision plan with regard
to the taking down of dead trees and the signing of an agreement with the township in
regards to the replacement trees. Mr. Houtmann wrote a letter to Mr. D'Agostino in
October advising him that the trees must be taken down and replaced by December
15th. This has not been done. He also wrote a letter to him advising him that the trees
now pose a danger to residents since there has been high winds and branches falling.
Mrs. Groh and Mr. Harrison were present to complain about this and other issues. Mr.
Patten was asked by the Board to research the escrow agreement and make sure it has
solid backing from the bank.
Emergency Management Coordinator Reese Reynolds reported that he received a
call from the County about the water level early on Sunday morning. He was leaving
the area as was Bob Updegrave and Pat Barron was put in charge of communication.
Route 1 southbound was reduced to one lane in Delaware County around 6 p.m.
Sunday but it never got worse. The river crested at 10 p.m. Information we gathered
throughout the day will be given to the County. The process worked well.
Township Building Renovation Loan - The township advertised an ordinance for the
borrowing of $550,000. This represents $300,000 for the renovations and we are
taking the existing loan of $250,000 (park land acquisition) and rolling it into this loan.
The loan will be for 20 yrs and principle and interest per year will be approximately
$40,000. It has a variable rate which is now under 4%. The township will act as their
own general contractor and have hired Rusty Drumheller to oversee the project.
The Board advised Ms. Howley to distribute excess interest in the pension fund to the
municipal account and active members accounts according to the number of years in
Matt Houtmann will send a copy of the Rt. 52 & Hickory Hill Rd. Plan to Mr. Bailey
before Dave Allen continues with the job.
A bill list dated December 28th numbering 2303-2341, State Fund #144 was submitted
and approved for payment by the Board. With no further business the meeting
adjourned at 10 p.m.