New Britain Borough
June 11, 2013
The monthly meeting of the New Britain Borough Council was called to order by President Robert Belchic at 7:30 PM. All council members were present. Also present were Mr. Mark Hintenlang, Mr. Lloyd Vansant, Ms. Robin Trymbiski, Mr. J. Thomas Yatsky, Mayor David Holewinski and Solicitor Michael Goodwin. Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore motioned to approve the minutes of the May 14, 2013 meeting as written; seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza and approved.
The first guests of the evening were Ms. Mary Biagioli, engineer Robert Showalter and Ms. Biagioli’s son-in-law. They were before Council for Preliminary approval of the proposed subdivision, TMP# 25-006-023, 30 West Sandy Ridge Road, New Britain. A discussion was held on placing a bike and hike trail along the Sandy Ridge border of the subdivision. It was decided that, as long as there is a safe area to cross from the Fluehr Funeral Home side of Sandy Ridge to the existing Bike and Hike path, the Fluehr side is better suited for a path. Mr. Hintenlang will check to see if the easement in the Fluehr Land Development Plan has been dedicated. A fee in lieu of the trail was recommended by Mr. Mark Hintenlang. A short discussion was held but the recommendation is unresolved and Mr. Hintenlang will contact Michael Baker Inc. for width of a trail and location of a safe crossing to the existing trail. PennDot asked that the subdivision exit be lined up with the Fluehr Funeral Home exit. Mr. Showalter’s List of waiver requests dated May 23, 2013 was reviewed and acted on. It was determined that #6 Sec. 502.E –Street Grade does not apply to the proposed subdivision. Mr. Peter LaMontagne motioned to approve waiver request #16 Sec. 605- Monuments requesting to provide the required concrete monuments along Sandy Ridge Road and iron pins along the shared access easement, proposed utilities, proposed lot lines, and any other areas as required; seconded by Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore and approved. Mr. Joseph Cangelosi motioned to approve wavier request #1 Sec. 502.A.8-Streets requesting to allow a 14 foot, one-way, shared private street that does not meet the Borough standards; seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza and approved. Ms. Margaret Remmey motioned to approve waiver request #2 Sec.502.C.1-Street Width to allow a 25 foot access easement and a 14 foot cartway; seconded by Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski and approved. Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore motioned to approve waiver request #3 Sec. 502.D.2-Street Centerline to allow for 40 ft. centerline radii; seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza and approved. Mr. Joseph Cangelosi motioned to approve waiver request #4 Sec. 502.D.3 Street Radii allowing for a series of shorter curves, #5 Sec. 502.D.4 Street Intersections allowing for a 40’ minimum straight course, #7 Sec. 502.F.3 Clear Sight Triangles, #12 Sec. 507-Curbing allowing no curbing along both the shared use driveway and Sandy Ridge Road, #14 Sec. 602.D-Streets requesting from this ordinance item including roadway widening, curbing, sidewalks, and stormwater improvements along Sandy Ridge Road, Sec. #15 allow for existing street lighting; seconded by Mr. Joseph Cangelosi and approved. Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore motioned to approve waiver request #8 Sec. 505.B-Lot Frontage allowing for 2 of the 5 lots frontage being contained within the shared access drive easement, #9 Sec. 505.C-Double Frontage Lots to allow Lot 1 (the existing home) to have double frontage as a result of the proposed shared use driveway, #10 Sec. 505.D-Side Lot Lines to allow side lot lines that are not perpendicular to the shared use driveway, #17 Sec. 701.A.1-Plan Scale allowing for the proposed plans to be drawn at a scale of 1’’=30’; seconded by Mr. Joseph Cangelosi and approved. Mr. Craig Sturza motioned to approve waiver #11 Sec.506.C-Easements allowing the construction of the driveways and applicable stormwater management within the shared driveway access easement; seconded by Mr. Joseph Cangelosi and approved. Mr. Mark Hintenlang’s letter dated May 14, 2013 was reviewed. Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve Preliminary Approval contingent on compliance with the above motions from the list of waivers and compliance with Mr. Hintenlang’s letter dated May 14, 2013; seconded by Ms. Margaret Remmey and approved.
Correspondence: for the month was reviewed.
May Treasurer’s Report: was reviewed
May Tax Collector’s Report: was reviewed.
Fire, Building, Zoning, Road and Phone/Visitor Reports: for the month were reviewed.
President’s Report: President Belchic explained that the work session held earlier in the evening was to discuss the possibility of obtaining a grant for Bike & Hike. Council is looking at all options to see which option is the best way to move forward.
Ms Marie Coia, on the President’s request, reported on the latest Community & Business Committee’s meeting. It was reported that Mr. Borden and Mr. Stout, the design class instructors, summarized the students’ designs. Buck County Planning is also working on how to enhance the look of the Borough and uses for vacant properties.
Administration: The Borough received a proposal for grant writing from Barry Cassidy. He will provide the Borough a completed Community Development Block Grant application for handicapped access to the Borough Meeting Hall. His cost will be $2,500. President Belchic added that the grant is the first step in keeping the Borough Hall. Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore motioned to approve the grant writing proposal; seconded by Ms. Margaret Remmey and approved.
The summer camp will start on July 1, 2013. Andy Durie will be the camp director for the 4th summer. There are 100 children registered so far.
Finance: The auditors, Styer and Associates, met with the office staff to review their findings of the Borough’s finances for 2012. Their report and the staff’s response were available for review.
Police: The first Police Commission meeting was held June 5, 2013.
Zoning: The Delaware Valley College Zoning Hearing took place on May 16, 2013 and has been continued to June 20, 2013.
Roads: The Borough received a proposal of $1,500 from Jeff L’Amoreaux to perform the Mathews Avenue traffic/engineering study in accordance with the requirements of Ordinance 348. Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve Mr. L’Amoreaux’s proposal; seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza. Mr. Peter LaMontagne would like to see signage be part of the study. The motion was considered and approved. Ms. Linda Strong, of Unami Trail, attended the council meeting for the second time to reiterate her unhappiness and concerns about the Mathews Avenue closure. She feels that it is unfair for her to have to pay for her private neighborhood and now the Borough has created a private neighborhood with no cost to the residents. She also feels that 1,000 cars traveling on Mathews in 24 hours is incorrect. Her calculations were far less. Mr. Al Marciante, a resident of Mathews Avenue, informed Ms. Strong that he has lived there for 33 years and that when he first moved in there were 5 businesses at the end of the road and now there are a dozen. He has counted as many as 580 cars.
Bike & Hike: Approval of a Standard Client Agreement from Michael Baker, Inc. is needed for the Destination Peace Valley Trail. It is being split between Doylestown and New Britain with the Borough’s share being $22,933. The DCNR grant includes the reimbursement of $20,000 to New Britain. Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve the Standard Client Agreement with Michael Baker, Inc.; seconded by Ms. Margaret Remmey and approved.
Community Garden: The community garden has been enlarged to allow for 16 individual plots. The fence price has increased from $2900 to $3400. Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore motioned to approve the increase in price; seconded by Mr. Joseph Cangelosi and approved. Mr. Peter LaMontagne expressed his concern with the possibility of problems with the garden rules etc. and that the Borough needs to ultimately be in charge. Mayor Holewinski attends the garden meetings and said he would make sure the Borough was informed of and approve the by laws being written.
Mayor’s Report: Mayor Holewinski reviewed the list of the police commission members (New Britain Borough – David Holewinski, Robert Belchic, Margaret Remmey, alt. Joseph Cangelosi. Doylestown – Det Ansinn, Dennis McCauley, alt. Susan Madian) Robin Trymbiski and John Davis have also been in attendance at commission meetings. He informed Council that a bargaining committee had been put in place with the following members: Robin Trymbiski, David Holewinski, Robert Belchic, John Davis, Det Ansinn and Dennis McCauley.
Mayor Holewinski also reported that Delaware Valley College has plowed, disked, raked and added compost at the Community Garden.
Expenditures: Mr. Craig Sturza motioned to pay the monthly expenditures; seconded by Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore and approved.
Old Business: Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore motioned to approve Ordinance 350 authorizing the participation of New Britain in the Delaware Valley Workers’ Compensation Trust in accordance with the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act and the Pennsylvania Inter-Governmental Cooperation Law; seconded by Mr. Joseph Cangelosi and approved.
Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve Ordinance 351 reducing the speed limit on South Tamenend Avenue/Almshouse Road from forty miles per hour to thirty-five miles per hour; seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza and approved.
The process for the annexation of the Apple Orchard Open Space Property was explained. It was decided that there should be people at the poles in November in New Britain and in Doylestown Township getting signatures on the necessary petitions for annexation and then having a referendum put on the ballot in the spring.
New Business: Mr. Craig Sturza motioned to advertise an ordinance directing the erection and enforcement of stop signs at the intersection of Frances Meyers Road and Tamenend Avenue; seconded by Mr. Joseph Cangelosi. Ms. Mary Pat Holewinki voted nay, the ordinance was approved for advertisement.
Resident’s Remarks: Bob Showalter announced the Chal-Brit Community Day which will be held at the Town Center on October 5, 2013 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. There will be venders, bands, a flea market etc. Mr. Showalter asked that an announcement be put in the New Britain newsletter and on the new website. President Belchic thanked Mr. Showalter for all his hard work on the Chalfont New Britain Business Alliance.
Robyn Kelleman of Mathews Avenue asked that the intersection of Mathews Avenue and South Tamenend Avenue be part of the traffic study approved at the meeting. She is concerned with sight distances and making sure the intersection is “up to code”. President Belchic added that the closure has reduced the number of cars leaving the neighborhood at the above reference intersection.
Ms. Kelleman also asked if there are defibrillators in the Administration Office and the Borough Hall Meeting Room. The answer to that question is no, grants will be looked into to remedy that situation.
Mr. Joseph Cangelosi motioned to adjourn; seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza and the meeting ended at 8:39 PM.
Council went into executive session immediately following the meeting to discuss a personnel issue. Council reconvened at 9:00 PM. Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to accept Ms. Marie Coia’s application for the Treasurer’s position which will be left vacant after Mr. Lloyd Vansant’s retirement and approving her training by auditors Styer and Assoc. and a Quickbooks class; seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza and approved. Council adjourned immediately following.