PALMYRA TOWNSHIP – WAYNE COUNTY NOVEMBER 4, 2019
PUBLIC MEETING AND TOWNSHIP MEETING
Chairman Steffen called the public meeting to order at 6:15 PM. Roll call of the Supervisors showed that Chairman Steffen, Supervisor Kmetz and Supervisor Hamby were present.
Chairman Steffen explained that the purpose of the public meeting was to make a corrective amendment to the Palmyra Township-Wayne County Zoning Ordinance Section 125-23.J regarding sign permits. Solicitor Treat stated that the language needed to be changed in Section 125-23.J as there were inconsistencies in the ordinance. The sentence to be amended reads (Signs of thirty-two (32) square feet in size or less or temporary signs, however, shall not require permits) will be amended to just read (Temporary signs, however shall not require permits.) Solicitor Treat opened up the meeting for public comment. There was no public comment and Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to adopt the corrective amendment to Section 125-23.J with a second by Chairman Steffen and all Supervisors voting yes. Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to adjourn the public meeting at 6:20 PM with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Chairman Steffen called the regular monthly meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Supervisor Hamby made a motion to accept the previous month’s minutes as written with a second by Supervisor Kmetz with all Supervisors voting yes.
Treasurer’s Report is on file as well as posted on the back wall. Chairman Steffen made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
The bills are on file as well as posted on the back wall. Chairman Steffen made a motion to pay the bills with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to advertise the 2020 Budget coming in at $148,280.00 for the general account and $70,670.00 for the state road account for a total of $218,950.00 with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to advertise for Certified Public Accountant to conduct the 2019 audit with second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Police Report was given by Officer Bertholf and is on file.
Fire Report is on file.
Ambulance Report - Chairman Steffen turned the floor over to Bob Boogertman to explain the crisis that is facing ambulance corps throughout the nation. Mr. Boogertman explained that he is helping to lead the effort to address the lengthy time the public experiences at having an ambulance respond. He has been working with Gary Shepard, President of Tafton Fire Company on the issue. They are proposing a paid ambulance service for the Lake Wallenpaupack Region that would be funded through a local tax. Their first meeting was in mid-October and they are hoping to have monthly meetings until the issue is resolved, with the next regional ambulance meeting set for Wednesday, November 20th at 7PM, at the municipal building on Daniels Road, Lakeville. He went on to say that they expect initially that the regional ambulance service will include Paupack Township, Palmyra Township-Wayne County, Hawley Borough and Palmyra Township-Pike County. He said that Blooming Grove Township and possibly Lackawaxen Township could be interested. The goal is to be ready to have a referendum on the spring 2020 ballot. Chairman Steffen speaking for the Board of Supervisors expressed optimism that the township would support the measure.
Road Report was given by Road Master Kmetz and is on file. Supervisor Kmetz stated the Mike Woods of Woodland Designs is working on the Wayne County Trail Feasibility Study and has asked if the township would be open to a trail being constructed along Riverside Drive to Texas Township. Chairman Steffen made a motion to send a letter of support to Woodland Designs with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Wallenpaupack Hometown Heroes Jana Kilduff made a presentation about the Hometown Hero Banner program. She explained that a group of interested persons is organizing the program which would hang large, colorful banners on PPL utility poles. Each banner will honor a particular U.S. military veteran or active-duty military personnel with connections to the area. Their goal is to hang banners along Route 6 through Palmyra Township-Wayne County, Hawley Borough and Palmyra Township-Pike County. To fulfill this goal they will need a letter of support and approval sent to the Wallenpaupack Hometown Heroes@gmail.com account. Chairman Steffen stated he would send a letter of approval and support the Gmail account.
Correspondence - The Township received its normal newsletters, pamphlets, brochures and magazines that are posted on the back wall. The township received the Hawley Area Authority minutes. Aqua Water Company notified the township that OSHA and the Federal and State Safe Drinking Act require that the township install backflow valves on the fire hydrants and the township has ninety days to comply.
The Wayne County Commissioners and the Wayne County Conservation District are working with USDA, NRCS (National Resource Conservation District) to develop a dam rehabilitation plan for 4 dams on the Lackawaxen River Watershed – Garret, Varcoe, Martin and Finkleday dams. There will be two public scoping meetings held on November 19th at the EOC, Honesdale, Pa. at 2:00 PM and 6:00PM.
Woodland Designs has requested as part of the Wayne County Trail Feasibility Study, if the Township would be open to trail being constructed along Riverside Drive to Texas Township.
The Wayne Conservation District sent approval for the Erosion & Sediment Control Plan for Harmony in the Woods.
The Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School invited the township to the Veteran’s Day program on Monday, November 11th at 6PM in the Wallenpaupack Area High School.
The Wayne County Department of Planning has reviewed the amendment for C-2 Zoning District on the Zoning Map and has no comment. After the official adoption, they will need a signed copy of township’s new zoning map.
The Wayne County Department of Planning reviewed the Baldwin/Mosher land subdivision/addition and noted 1 correction, tax map parcel10-0-0001-0004 has been illustrated twice on the plan.
Earth Resources notified the township that E.R, Linde (Middle Creek Quarry) is renewing their NPDES permit.
Zoning Report was given by Mr. Natale and is on file
Planning Commission -A representative of Kiley Associates explained that they had made the corrections for the Baldwin/Mosher Lot Consolidation and Minor Subdivision that the Wayne County Department of Planning had requested. After some discussion, Chairman Steffen made a motion to approve the lot consolidation and minor subdivision with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Public Comment - None
Emergency Management - Supervisor Hamby stated that there was nothing to report.
Crime Report - Supervisor Kmetz stated there was nothing to report.
Solicitor’s Report - Mr. Treat stated that the Board would need to vote on the Conditional Use for Harmony Presents and suggested that the Board use what Zoning Officer, Mr. Natale’s had wrote up. It was brought up that one of the conditions would be all proposed development shall take place on one (1) parcel as determined by the tax map and according to the tax map there is more than parcel. Mr. Treat stated a letter needs to go out stating that we need a copy of the deed indicating that it is meets and bounds of one parcel not multiple parcels for our records. Solicitor Treat will write the letter. Solicitor Treat asked the Board the approve the actual list that Mr. Natale put together as being the final conditions consolidated on one form. Chairman Steffen made a motion to approve the document with the amended conditions as the official conditions with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes. Conditional Use requirement are attached. In reference to Edward McAndrew Conditional Use, Mr. Treat stated that the new owners had to have the security lighting installed within 60 days. He stated the time was getting close to the sixty days. He requested that the Board have Mr. Natale inspect the property. Mr. Natale was informed of their request.
Public Comment - None
Supervisor Hamby made a motion to adjourn at 7:15 PM with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM.
1. The theater shall have a maximum capacity of 150 persons.
2. The theater shall be used primarily for performing arts, including music, theater, dance, lectures, and educational activities on occasion.
3. The hours of operation shall be between 9:00 AM and 11:00 PM. During the first phase (open air theater) events will be conducted between May and September.
4. The township, borough, and local emergency services providers shall be provided access to the gate on Woodland Avenue where the road meets the Skier property. If the gate is opened by the theater the Hawley Borough Police shall be notified. If others need to open the gate the theater manager will be notified.
5. The applicant shall provide a Lighting Plan as part of the Land Development Plan for the revised project site. Permanent lighting shall be established where the access road meets SR 6 – this will include lighting of the access off of Rte. 6 - this will be a dusk to dawn type standard. In addition, there will be lighting for the parking area, as well as for the access path up to the stage site. The site lighting shall only be on during performance events and up to one hour after the event ends.
6. A valid Highway Occupancy Permit issued by PennDot shall be obtained prior to operation of the venue.
7. All proposed development shall take place on one (1) parcel as determined by deed control.
8. Applicant shall submit a Traffic Control plan for post-performance traffic onto Route 6. Preparation for traffic control at SR 6 shall be in place if either the borough police department or Palmyra Township deems traffic control necessary.
9. The open side of the venue (open to grass seating) shall be oriented away from existing residential development.
10. A gate shall be installed at the Route 6 entrance, to be located fifty (50) feet beyond the highway right-of-way, with an access code or key to be provided to emergency responders.
11. Applicant shall submit an Emergency Management Plan.
12. Applicant shall submit an Accessibility Plan, identifying the UTV vehicle and the procedures that will be used to provide access to handicapped persons.
13. A Noise Test shall be conducted to verify that the noise at the property boundaries does not exceed the Zoning Ordinance decibel limits. One test shall be done prior to the opening of Harmony in the Woods and additional testing to be done when requested by the Township, as needed.
14. The performance stage for Phase I shall not be fully enclosed, but shall have a roof and walls/supports, back wall or backstop.
15. During Phase One temporary, ADA compliant bathroom facilities, with enclosed holding tanks shall be in operation on site during all performances.
16. The 15 conditions set forth above shall be set forth on the Land Development Plan, which shall be recorded with the Wayne County Recorder of Deeds once it is approved by the Township.