The regular monthly meeting of the Bridgeton Township Board of Supervisors was held on September 10, 2015, as advertised, at the Township Building, 1370 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania. Present were Supervisor/Chairman Gard Holby, Supervisor Roger Keller and Supervisor Michael Lynch. David Shafkowitz, Township Solicitor was also present. An Executive Session was held prior to the meeting to discuss a matter of personnel.
Supervisor Holby called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.
Supervisor Holby called for public comment on the regular meeting agenda. No public comment was received.
PERSONS TO BE HEARD:
- State Police Presentation. Sergeant David Nosal and Trooper Bill Griffith were in attendance at the meeting and provided an incident report for Bridgeton Township from January 2015 to the present. The Officers explained the incident numbers in the report and were able to reach the conclusion that Bridgeton is a safe and quiet community. The Officers took questions from those members of the public and Board. The Officers agreed to place more focus on speeding along River Road.
- Arianne Elinich from the Bucks County Concerned Citizens against the Pipeline was present to discuss the event held on behalf of the Organization earlier in the month and wanted to thank the Board for their assistance and support.
MINUTES: Upon motion by Supervisor Keller, seconded by Supervisor Holby, which carried 2-0, the July 9 and August 13, 2015, minutes were approved. Supervisor Lynch abstained.
BILLS/PAYROLL: Upon motion by Supervisor Keller, seconded by Supervisor Lynch, which carried 3-0, the expenditures and payroll reports for August 2015 were approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Upon motion by Supervisor Holby, seconded by Supervisor Keller, which carried 3-0, the treasurer’s report for August 2015 was approved.
- UBE Fire Company Report. Jim Serfass provided the Township with an update on Fire Company activity
- B/N/T Groundwater Management Committee. A representative of the provided a report on the Committee’s current activity. The July 2015 minutes were received and are on file with the Township.
- Open Space Committee. Supervisor Holby presented a resolution for the Board’s consideration from the Heritage Conservancy with regard to the pursuit of the potential purchase of the Pursell Property. Supervisor Holby explained that the Heritage Conservancy has expressed an interest in pursuing grant dollars on the Township’s behalf from State and County sources. There will be no matching requirement from the Township. The Resolution is required by the Conservancy which essentially commits the Township as a sponsor of any state or county funds. Upon motion by Supervisor Holby, seconded by Supervisor Keller, which carried 3-0, the Resolution was approved.
- Planning Commission. Supervisor Keller reported that the Noise Ordinance was delivered to the Township Solicitor for review and re-submission to the Planning Commission for their next meeting. Additionally, Supervisor Keller reported that the Planning Commission reviewed the proposed zoning amendment involving townhomes in the VC and VR Districts and the Planning Commission recommended adoption of the ordinance to the Board of Supervisors.
- Secretary/Treasurer. None.
- Solicitor. The Solicitor advised the Board that the Proposed Zoning Ordinance regarding townhome use in the VC-VR Zoning District has been advertised for a hearing at the October meeting of the Board.
- Road Master. None
- Zoning Officer. None
- Emergency Management. Supervisor Holby reported to the Board that a request was received for the Board to consider a Mutual Aid Agreement for emergency services between Bridgeton, Nockamixon and Tinicum Townships. Along with the Agreement came a draft Ordinance. Before the Township’s executes intergovernmental cooperation agreement, an Ordinance must be advertised and adopted at a public meeting. Upon motion by Supervisor Holby, second by Supervisor Keller, which carried 3-0 the proposed Ordinance was authorized for advertisement.
- Internet/Phone System Changes. Supervisor Lynch reported that proposals have been solicited for upgraded phone and internet service for the Township. Service Electric provided the best proposal, as compared to the current service. The proposal was presented to the Board by Supervisor Lynch. Upon motion by Supervisor Holby, seconded by Supervisor Lynch, which carried 3-0, the proposal from Service Electric was approved.
- Fire Police Request, Borough of Riegelsville. Upon Motion by Supervisor Holby, seconded by Supervisor Lynch, which carried 3-0, the Board authorized the Township’s Fire Police to assist in the Riegelsville Fall Roll Out Car Show schedule for November 1, 2015.
- Website. Supervisor Lynch provided an update on the scanning of ordinances for the Township’s website, which Supervisor Lynch explained was now complete.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Public comment was received from CC Hopf with regard to parking during fire company carnival and shooting at the Sportsman’s Club.
Being no further business, upon motion by Supervisor Keller, seconded by Supervisor Holby, which carried 3-0, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm, with the next meeting to be held on October 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Township Building.