"I thought we were going to end up living here,' noted Supervisor Randy McEwen, just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Morgantown resident Scott Moyer got the meeting, chaired by Chairman Paul Whiteman, started by recounting an incident that happened on Saturday, May 5. Moyer stated that while he and his wife were away on an errand, they allowed their son and his friend to ride the family four-wheeler around the train property near their residence. When the Moyers arrived home, they found out that the boys were in police custody, and the four-wheeler had been impounded.
Seeking answers, Moyer was told by Officer Pfifer that a resident claimed the boys were riding the four-wheeler on his private property. As Moyer went to find out the exact location of where the boys had ridden the four-wheeler, words had ensured between Moyer and Officer Pfifer.
Moyer stated, "Officer Pfifer was simply out of control.' When it became apparent that the boys hadn't ridden on private property, but indeed on the train property, the boys were released, but the four-wheeler still remains impounded. Officer Scalia, who was at the scene and present at the meeting, stated "no citation was given to the Moyers.'
Moyer stated that he is being fined for the impoundment of his four-wheeler along with daily storage fees. He proclaimed that his family has been traumatized by this situation and wanted to bring it to the board's attention.
Supervisor Charles Byler stated that since there hasn't been any charges filed "the four-wheeler should be released to the Moyers.' Chairman Whiteman stated that once he has spoken to the police regarding this matter, he would be in contact with the Moyers.
As the board of supervisors were approving the payment of monthly bills, it was noted that Valley Ponds would be receiving a tax refund check in the amount of $27.47.
David Levinson, president of Valley Ponds, Inc. indicated that he wasn't there for the money, but to tell his story regarding the property for which the tax refund is being paid to him. Levinson stated that he has been paying taxes on the property located by the Chevrolet Dealership in Morgantown, near Valley Ponds, even though the property isn't his. The property actually belongs to Ed Weingarter. Levinson also has been maintaining the property since it is close to his other properties.
The presumption in the area is that the property in question has always belongs to Levinson when, in fact, he doesn't own it. Levinson stated that he has been paying taxes on that property for five years in hopes that the county would place a lien upon Weingarter for not paying taxes, clearing the way for the property to go to sheriff's sale so Levinson could have the opportunity to purchase it. Township Solicitor Brett Huckabee mentioned that a meeting between himself and Levinson's counsel should be arranged soon.
Levinson and Valley Pond were also granted waivers and approval of Phase 3 of their preliminary plan. The approval is based upon a $20,500 contribution to the improvements along Valley Road. Levinson first stated that he had offered to make a $5,000 commitment for landscaping around the entrance near the Chevrolet Dealership to beautify the area and to enhance the visibility of the entrance.
However, due to recent development in the area (i.e. Morgantown Crossings), Levinson was not prepared to make a $30,000 commitment that other developers are being asked to make.
Huckabee stated that all improvement commitments should be solidified before the board makes any further plan approvals, especially the Phase 3 approval of Valley Ponds.
Levinson stated that he is willing to make a commitment, but not one that high. Levinson wants to start development in Valley Ponds immediately. McEwen asked Levinson, "what figure are you willing to commit to?' to which Levinson replied $15,000.'
Huckabee stated that "the preliminary plan approval is key to development and that the figure was unacceptable.'
As the board discussed figures, a compromise of 70 percent was agreed upon to which the preliminary plan was approved in conjunction with a $20,500 commitment to Valley Road improvements.
Architect Richard Keiffer, representative of Darby Square, was present before the board as Darby Square, a retail development proposed on Route 23 across from Morgantown Crossings, hoped to get preliminary plan approval. However, the plan presented to the board was without sidewalks and an easement assessment.
The Planning Commis-sion approved this same plan, much to the dismay of Morgantown resident Donna Jeffrey. Jeffrey, a strong proponent for pedestrian sidewalks in Morgantown, was in attendance in regards to this issue. However, the board allowed Keiffer a 45-day extension to meet with the owners of Darby Square to contact the neighbors in regards to the easement.
Secretary John Burdy gave an update of the proposed Township Park activities. The township has received one bid of $31,000 for playground equipment. The proposed bid includes digging and installation where the equipment may be moved, if needed. The equipment would be made in Pennsylvania out of recycled material. The board agreed that more bids for equipment along with pavilion work would be welcomed.
Huckabee brought up that potential bidders should "provide proof of insurance coverage along with workman's compensation.' Township Engineer Bill Witman stated that he would be meeting with some fellow engineers to work on a master plan for the township park. McEwen stated that soon "community events should be taking place at that area.' Burdy is looking to "firm things up' and would like to see the township park open by Labor Day.
Burdy stated that the DCNR Grant application still needs some formalities finalized. An additional deed, which will state that the township will maintain the area as a park and will not sell the property without notifying DCNR, is required along with an additional area survey, to be provided by Witman. Burdy will meet with a DCNR representative Friday, May 17, at the East Brandywine Township Building to go over the paperwork.
Whiteman announced that Dale Kilghus resigned from the board of supervisors effective May 1. The board now has 30 days to fill the vacancy before the Vacancy Board meets to discuss the situation. This means there will now be three board openings in the November primary. Interested parties in becoming a member of the board of supervisors must be registered voters in the county for one year and may contact Burdy for further details.
McEwen noted that the police department handled 172 calls in April, while the maintenance department did 440 hours of roadwork.