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Folks, perhaps it is time once again for more residents in this township to start attending public meetings. The new board is doing a good job, but they need to know that all of us from town to town are sharing concerns like:

  • Concerns with over development and density, and the desire for government to be a bit more proactive versus reactive with regard to density issues - i.e. take a long hard look at a neighborhood and poll the residents before any more condo projects or McMansions come to fruition. There is also a need to examine what kinds of commercial entities take up residentce on Lancaster Avenue Corridor- for example how many car dealerships do we need really and do they all have to be so big and allowed to grow further? How many auto body and repair shops do we need?
  • The overwhelming need for a Comprehensive Plan to be implemented ASAP; The overwhelming need to control unwelcome density through adjustments to our zoning code; The overwhelming need for more historic preservation.

Anyway, as a public service, here is the agenda for tomorrow's Board of Commissioners meeting. It can be found on www.lowermerion.org under "Township Meetings". This is a board that has been demonstrating tremendous caring and concern, so if you have an issue, come voice it - it's o.k., the water's fine.

Board of Commissioners
Bruce D. Reed, President

October 18, 2006
Preliminary Agenda
Call to Order

Approval of Minutes

Minutes from a Special Board of Commissioners meeting held September 13, 2006, the stated meeting of the Board of Commissioners held September 20, 2006, a special Board of Commissioners meeting held September 25, 2006 and a Special Reorganization meeting held September 28, 2006.

Announcements

Report Out - that the Board met in a budget workshop on September 27, 2006.

Report Out – that the Board met in a workshop regarding NIMS on September 28, 2006.

Report Out – that the Board met earlier this evening to receive reports from its professional staff.

Report Out – There are certain actions which will be taken tonight that, if approved, will result in the scheduling of the following:

a. Two Public Hearings on the Proposed 2007 Budget. The first will be held at the Wednesday, November 15, 2006 meeting of the Board of Commissioners at approximately 8:00 p.m., and the second will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at approximately 7:00 p.m.

b. Public hearing on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 and adopt Ordinance No._______ an Ordinance to amend the Code of the Township of Lower Merion, Chapter A167, Fees, as such fees pertain to Chapter 51 to provide for the increase in fees as they relate to alarm systems.

Public Hearing

AN ORDINANCE Amending The Code Of The Township Of Lower Merion, Chapter 155, Entitled Zoning, Article XXXIII, Rock Hill Overlay District, To Provide For Fitness Centers As A Permitted Use; To Increase The Permitted Floor Area Ratio, Building Height And The Impervious Surface Ratio Where All Surface Parking Is Enclosed And To The Rear Of A Permitted Use; And To Revise Forgiveness Standards For Disturbance Of Steep Slopes And STE Soils.

Public Comment

The Floor is now open to provide the opportunity for the public to address the Board on matters relating to agenda items, which will be voted upon at this meeting.

Response to Public Comment - Appropriate time for any member of the Board, the Township Manager, or designated staff person to address or respond to any statement made by a member of the public during the Public Comment portion of the agenda.

Public Privilege of the Floor

The Floor is now re-opened to provide the opportunity for the public to address the Board on any non-agenda item or any other public matter in which the Township has jurisdiction or authority.

Response to Public Privilege of the Floor - Appropriate time for any member of the Board, the Township Manager, or designated staff person to address or respond to any statement made by a member of the public during the Public Privilege of the Floor.

Consent Calendar

The Consent Calendar items are indicated with a "(Consent)" notation in the immediate left-hand column next to each Committee item on the regular monthly Board agenda. If there were no request from any member of the Board for separate discussion of any item listed on the consent calendar, in which event the item would be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered in its normal sequence on the agenda.

Building and Planning Committee – Ms. Rogan, Chair

Finance Committee – Mr. Zelov, Vice Chair

Police Committee – Mrs. Phillips, Chair

Telecommunications Committee – Mrs. Phillips, Vice President

Old Business

New Business

Adjournment

BUILDING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE
MS. ROGAN, CHAIR OCTOBER 18, 2006

PRESENT FOR ADOPTION ORDINANCE NO. _________.

AN ORDINANCE Amending The Code Of The Township Of Lower Merion, Chapter 155, Entitled Zoning, Article XXXIII, Rock Hill Overlay District, To Provide For Fitness Centers As A Permitted Use; To Increase The Permitted Floor Area Ratio, Building Height And The Impervious Surface Ratio Where All Surface Parking Is Enclosed And To The Rear Of A Permitted Use; And To Revise Forgiveness Standards For Disturbance Of Steep Slopes And STE Soils.

This Ordinance was authorized for advertising at the September 20, 2006 meeting of the Board of Commissioners and duly advertised in the October 4 and October 11, 2006 issues of Main Line Life.

CONSIDER FOR DENIAL a Certificate of Appropriateness for 24 E Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, Absolut Nails to install a flat panel wall sign.

On October 4, 2006 HARB recommended denial.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL a contract with Economics Research Associates for continuing services for implementing the merchandising mix plans and recruitment strategies for the various Township business districts. The scope of services will include ongoing training for and assisting the retail recruiter with prospecting, continuing to meet with landlords and retail tenants, design review assistance and providing an historic district workshop. The contract will extend for three months in the amount of $8,000 per month with expenses not to exceed $1,200.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL a contract with Economics Research Associates for a retail analysis and merchandising mix plan for the Bryn Mawr business district. The scope of services will include a business inventory, data analysis, retail and market assessment, merchandise mix plan and recruitment strategy. The contract amount is $55,000 plus $1,500 for expenses for a total of $56,500.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL THE FOLLOWING PRELIMINARY SUBDIVISION PLAN

721 & 725 Matsons Ford Road, Villanova, SD# 3536, Ward 6.
Expiration Date – 10/22/2006 ..................................... Zoning – R 2
Consider a Preliminary Subdivision Plan prepared by Howard W. Doran Engineering and Surveying, dated June 17, 2005, last revised September 13, 2006, showing the subdivision of the two lots, demolition of all existing improvements and the construction of two new residences. The following conditions shall be complied with prior to recording the Final Plan by means of plan revision, completion or financial guarantee, unless specifically exempted.

The Building and Planning Committee recommended approval subject to the following conditions:

Design:

The applicant shall work with staff to redesign the proposed improvements on both lots to preserve at least two of the existing mature maple trees.
Grades around the existing trees to remain shall be maintained and stormwater piping shall be removed from within the driplines of trees to the greatest extent feasible.
Second Stage Plan approval may be waived by as directed by Planning staff
The applicant shall utilize the services of an architectural salvage company, to preserve architectural details such as windows and interior and exterior details including but not limited to fixtures and any wood, glass and metalwork of quality and good condition.
Stormwater Management:

At a minimum, the stormwater management facilities shall recharge the increased volume of runoff generated during the 25-year storm event for the development. Calculations shall be submitted.
The Cn number for the pre-development conditions on the site shall be considered as meadow for all stormwater analysis. A Cn value of 58 shall be used as meadow for the pre-development condition.
Areas shown to be graded which will not be controlled by the basin shall be included in the analysis as by-pass or uncontrolled drainage area. Code required rate control improvements shall be provided for all disturbed areas. Compensatory control shall be required.
Hydrographs shall be revised to include analysis of all uncontrolled areas that are graded or developed and compared with Code required peak rate limits. Recharge volumes shall be determined considering all graded areas.
Discharge from the temporary stormwater basin shall be converted from a concentrated flow to a sheet flow. Rip-rap energy dissipaters shall be added between the outflow pipes and the construction entrance. The size of the stone required shall be calculated and shown on the plan.
Soil permeability tests shall be performed to a depth adequate to demonstrate the functioning of the system. The location of the percolation tests shall be indicated on the plan. The tests do not appear to be made deep enough to satisfy this requirement.
All ADS pipe shall be further specified as HDPE, smooth lined interior.
All inlets in non-paved areas shall be shown to be graded in a twelve (12”) inch sump condition in order to increase the efficiency of runoff collection. Spot elevations shall be added to the plan to clarify grading.
Erosion Control:

Erosion control measures shall be provided on the plan downgrade of all earthwork for the sight distance improvements.
A detail of the retaining wall shall be provided. Top and bottom of wall elevations shall be indicated. Calculations must be provided if wall heights exceed four (4’) feet.
Construction Phasing and Details:

A tree protection fence shall be shown for the thirty-eight (38”) inch ash tree on the adjacent property at 715 Matsons Ford Road.
A sequence of construction activities shall be added to the plan. Installation of tree protection fence, silt fence, construction entrance, temporary basin, seepage bed, roof collection system, and level spreader system shall be listed. Notification of the Township Engineer shall be listed in the sequence following installation of protective barriers and prior to earth disturbance. The demolition of the existing structures shall be listed. Notification of the Township Engineer for inspection shall be listed prior to installation of the seepage bed and piping.
The rock filters shall be detailed on the plan.
Calculations for swale capacities shall be submitted.
Sediment control shall be placed at the temporary outlet control lower orifice.
Utilities:

The existing sanitary sewers shall be shown within fifty (50’) feet of the development.
Existing electric utility service locations and any gas service line shall be shown for each property. The existing water line shall be shown for 725 Matsons Ford Road.
The location of the existing sanitary lateral shall be shown for 725 Matsons Ford Road.
The size, material and slope of the proposed sanitary laterals shall be shown on the plan.
Traffic:

The actual sight distance shall be demonstrated to meet the desirable sight distance as specified by PennDOT. A sight line profile shall be submitted documenting the adequacy and limits of the proposed grading. If desirable sight distance is not feasible, it must be demonstrated that minimum safe stopping distance is provided as required by PennDOT Publication Title 67, Chapter 441.
A speed study shall be conducted to determine the eighty-fifth (85th) percentile speeds in each direction. The Traffic Safety Unit of the Lower Merion Police department must approve the final driveway configuration.
A PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit shall be obtained for the new driveway. The Township shall be copied on all correspondence.
The width of the driveway at the cartway shall be dimensioned on the plan. The radii shall be dimensioned on the plan at the driveway access. The common portion of the driveway, the individual driveways, the parking areas and pull-out areas shall be dimensioned on the plan.
Easements:

The access easement for the common driveway shall be shown as dotted on the record plan. Metes and bounds shall be indicated. The Township Solicitor shall approve the easement language.
Landscaping:

A planting plan complying with Natural Features Code Sections 101-9, 101-5B, Zoning Code Section 155-167 and conditions herein shall be prepared and sealed by a Registered Landscape Architect.
The wooded lot calculation shall be revised to accurately depict all of the existing trees on the property. No trees shall be removed from the calculations.
The spruce tree along the northeastern property line shall be transplanted or be otherwise unaffected by the development.
All trees in the right-of-way shall be trimmed. Dead or diseased trees shall be removed and replaced. New street trees shall be planted as required by the Shade Tree Commission.
Standard Conditions:

The mean grade of the structures shall be calculated and shown on the plan. The architectural plans must be coordinated with and must comply with the grading proposed with this application.
New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting on the property. The address numbers shall be a minimum of four (4) inches (102mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch (12.7mm).
New deeds shall be recorded for all lots concurrent with the recording of the Final Plan. The following restriction, to be verified by the Building and Planning Department, shall be placed in the deed for each lot:
The continued operation and maintenance of the individual stormwater management facility is the responsibility of the owner.
The Final Plan, complying with all applicable requirements, shall be filed with the Department of Building and Planning within twelve (12) months from the date of approval by the Board of Commissioners.
A copy of the revised plan shall be submitted with any changes highlighted and accompanied by a letter indicating how each requested revision has been addressed.
The owner will make payment of fees and expenses of the Township’s professional consultants who perform services on behalf of the Township with respect to these plans and the work contemplated thereunder and will establish and maintain with the Township those escrows for the payment of such fees required by Township Code. Owner agrees that any statement from the Township for such fees which remain unpaid for a period of 30 days may be recorded against the property as a municipal lien.
The owner shall make payment of the Township Engineer’s and/or Clerk of the Works’ inspection fees within 30 days of presentation. A penalty of 1.5% per month will be due for late payments from the date of presentation. If any shares are not paid within 60 days of presentation, the Township may elect to suspend any outstanding permits until all pending charges are settled.
The property owner(Drunk shall comply with all applicable federal, state, local and Lower Merion Township ordinances and laws regardless of specific mention herein.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL THE FOLLOWING PRELIMINARY LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN

16 & 28 N Buck Lane & 520 Old Lancaster Road, Haverford, SD# 3553, Ward 4.
Expiration Date – 10/31/2006 .................................. Zoning – R 6A
Consider a Preliminary Land Development Plan prepared by Momenee and Associates, Inc. dated June 23, 2006, last revised September 15, 2006 showing the construction of a three-story, 20-unit residential condominium building. The following conditions shall be complied with prior to recording the Final Plan by means of plan revision, completion or financial guarantee, unless specifically exempted. The Building and Planning Committee recommended approval subject to the following conditions:

Building Design and Parking:

The applicant shall incorporate additional physical articulation and projections into the building façade including an articulated cornice in cooperation with and subject to the final approval of Township staff. The applicant shall shift the rear parapet to the front to wrap the parapets around the building.
The HVAC units shall be screened on all sides whether placed on the roof or on the ground. The applicant shall investigate whether the manufacturer of the units proposed provides additional screening mechanisms for the units to further reduce noise. If such screening exists, it shall be installed by the applicant. The applicant shall also investigate alternative manufacturers and units and shall adopt best in class for acoustical performance and shall investigate higher capacity scroll type units.
The applicant shall utilize the services of an architectural salvage company to preserve architectural details such as windows and interior and exterior details, including but not limited to, fixtures and any wood, glass and metalwork of quality and good condition. The length of the building shall not exceed 160 feet as required by Zoning Code Section 155-50C.
All trash dumpsters shall remain inside the building. On trash removal days, the trash removal company shall be responsible for rolling the dumpsters out of the building for access by the trash removal truck and shall return the dumpsters to the inside of the building once they are emptied.

Traffic and Circulation:

The sight distance for the new driveway location shall be approved by the Traffic Safety Division.
The applicant shall coordinate with the Traffic Safety Division of the Lower Merion Police Department to codify parking restrictions on North Buck Lane in the vicinity of the driveway.
The applicant shall explore opportunities to provide additional guest parking spaces in the garage and surfaces spaces elsewhere on the property.
A post development study of the intersections of Booth Lane and Lancaster Avenue, North Buck Lane and Lancaster Ave., and Old Lancaster Rd. and Lancaster Ave. shall be performed. The signal timings shall be optimized as necessary. The schedule for the post-development study shall be approved by the Township Engineer, and shall not be longer than eighteen (18) months following issuance of Certificates of Occupancy for the buildings.
Maneuverability for trash removal services and emergency service vehicles shall be clearly demonstrated on the plan.
The applicant shall install sidewalks along the entire frontage of the consolidated parcels. The applicant shall also consult with the owner of 32 N. Buck Lane to request permission to install sidewalks on the property. If permission is granted, the sidewalks shall be installed. The Township shall be copied on all correspondence.
The applicant shall provide pedestrian access to Old Lancaster Road.

Stormwater Management and Erosion Control:

Prior to the issuance of any permits, an NPDES Permit shall be obtained from the Montgomery County Soil Conservation District, if the total disturbed area exceeds one (1) acre. The Township shall be copied on all correspondence.
A detail of the retaining wall shall be provided. Calculations shall be provided for wall heights exceeding four (4’) feet.
Inlet No. 14 shall be dimensioned to be located a minimum of five (5”) feet from the development driveway radius in order to reduce the potential of damage by vehicles exiting the site.
The twelve (12”) inch sumps at the bottom of Inlet Nos. 14 and 15 shall be removed.
The pipe diameter of the roof conveyance lines shall be increased to ten (10”) inch diameter in order to provide reserve capacity to accommodate any reduced slopes caused by field adjustment of the inlet inverts.

Utilities:

The planning module exemption shall be approved by the City of Philadelphia and the DEP prior to recording the Final Plan.
The opening diameter of the pre-cast doghouse manhole shall be compatible with Township standard manhole frames and covers. The manhole cover designation shall be shown and match Township standards.
Existing utility service locations for 520 Old Lancaster Road shall be shown on the plans.
All new electric, telephone and communication service facilities shall be provided by underground cables, installed in accordance with the prevailing standards and practices of the utility or other companies providing such services.
Landscaping and Buffering:

The six foot high stockade fence along Old Lancaster Road shall remain during construction and then removed and replaced with a six foot high estate fence which shall run the entire length of the property frontage along Old Lancaster Road.
The applicant shall revise the grading plan to relocate the proposed berm and shall realign the stormwater piping and inlet to reduce impacts to the 26-inch oak tree on the northern side of the building.
A minimum of 10% of the total number of new trees provided shall be increased in size to 4 inches in caliper for deciduous trees and 10-12 feet in height for evergreen trees. If trees are damaged during construction and die within 18 months of the conclusion of construction, compensatory trees shall be planted at the same height noted in this condition.
If the impacted 36-inch Oak located adjacent to the northwest corner of the proposed building is irreparably damaged during construction and dies within eighteen (18) months of the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy, it shall be replaced with one deciduous shade tree, in accordance with Section 101-9A(2). Additional evergreen trees and shrubs shall be added, as directed by staff, to create a visual screen within the required buffer area if the oak tree is removed. The location, type and number of species shall be shown on the revised landscape plan.
A revised planting plan complying with Natural Features Code Sections 101-9, 101-5B, Zoning Code Section 155-50A(6) and conditions herein shall be prepared and sealed by a Registered Landscape Architect and submitted with the Final Plan.
All trees in the right-of-way shall be trimmed. Dead or diseased trees shall be removed and replaced. New street trees shall be planted as required by the Shade Tree Commission.
Construction Details:

The proposed construction entrance shall be shifted away from 32 N. Buck Lane. The new location shall use one of the permanent driveway entrances on N. Buck Lane.
Construction vehicles shall only enter the site from N. Buck Lane via Lancaster Avenue. No construction vehicles shall use Old Lancaster Road to access the site.
Construction vehicles shall remain on-site during construction.
Standard Conditions of Approval:

A lighting plan, including illuminance patterns, shall be submitted and approved by the Director of the Building and Planning Department. Lighting shall be designed to shield the source of illumination and to prevent glare on adjacent properties. Fixtures shall be full cut-off.
New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting on the property. The address numbers shall be a minimum of four (4) inches (102mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch (12.7mm).
Any changes to the approved plans shall require the submission of an as-built plan prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. Building and Planning staff can waive this requirement if the changes are determined to be insignificant.
A Deed of Consolidation shall be recorded with the final plan. The Final Plan, complying with all applicable requirements, shall be filed with the Department of Building and Planning within twelve (12) months from the date of approval by the Board of Commissioners.
A copy of the revised plan shall be submitted with any changes highlighted and accompanied by a letter indicating how each requested revision has been addressed.
The owner shall make payment of the Township Engineer’s and/or Clerk of the Works’ inspection fees within 30 days of presentation. A penalty of 1.5% per month will be due for late payments from the date of presentation. If any shares are not paid within 60 days of presentation, the Township may elect to suspend any outstanding permits until all pending charges are settled.
The owner shall make payment of the Township Engineer’s and/or Clerk of the Works’ inspection fees within 30 days of presentation. A penalty of 1.5% per month will be due for late payments from the date of presentation. If any shares are not paid within 60 days of presentation, the Township may elect to suspend any outstanding permits until all pending charges are settled
The property owner(Drunk shall comply with all federal, state and applicable Lower Merion Township ordinances and laws regardless of specific mention herein.
Waiver:
In addition, the Building and Planning Committee recommended a waiver of Natural Features Code Section 101-5C(2).

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL a Certificate of Appropriateness for 16 W Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, Super Suppers, to install an internally illuminated channel letter sign and logo to the front façade.

On October 4, 2006 HARB recommended approval subject to the following conditions:

To the extent feasible, the transformer shall be installed on the interior of the building. If determined not feasible, the raceway shall be reduced in depth to approximately five inches;

The raceway shall be painted to match the background color of the sign band;

The existing gooseneck lighting shall be removed and capped; and

The sign band shall be repainted to match the color of the existing sign band.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL a Certificate of Appropriateness for 1025 Youngs Ford Road, Gladwyne, Superfresh to install an internally illuminated channel letter sign and logo sign on the Youngs Ford Road facade.

On October 4, 2006 HARB recommended approval subject to the following conditions:

Revised drawing no. 2 with the halo effect letter at the logo including the circle S and leaf shall be implemented;

Green and blue lexan shall be wall mounted immediately behind the logo to match the design as proposed; and

The sign shall be subject to zoning review and approval.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL a Certificate of Appropriateness for 351-355 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne, OMGorgeous, to allow a recently installed pole light to remain and allow a projecting sign and bracket to remain that differs in style and location on the building than previously approved by the HARB.

On October 4, 2006 HARB recommended approval subject to the following conditions:

The “suburban” style lamp shall be mounted on a metal post in the same location; the height shall not exceed that of the existing lamp;

The light pole and fixture shall be painted matte black; and

The pole shall be of a simple colonial revival design.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL a request to construct an addition on to the existing kitchen at 1022 Spring Mill Road, Class 2, Villanova.

On September 28, 2006, the Historical Commission recommended approval subject to final review of details and materials by the Township’s Historic Preservation consultant.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL a request to construct an addition at 936 Rock Creek Road, Class 2, Bryn Mawr.

On September 28, 2006 the Historical Commission recommended approval as submitted.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL a resolution to appoint two members to the Board of Directors of the Ardmore Initiative Business District.

RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, vacancies currently exists on the Board of Directors of the Ardmore Initiative, also known as Ardmore 2000 Business District Authority, and

WHEREAS, the Articles of Incorporation of the Ardmore Initiative provide that a Board of Director's seat be appointed by the governing body of the Township of Lower Merion through a resolution of the Board of Commissioners.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Lower Merion hereby appoints the following individuals to the Ardmore Initiative Board of Directors:

Name & Term Expiration Date

Brett Swain - January 1, 2007
Bernie Halfpenny, Jr. - January 5, 2009

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL the release of funds held in escrow as Improvement Guarantees in accordance with Section 135-5 of the Township Code for:

510 W Lancaster Avenue
Escrow Release No. 5 - $21,350.00

200 Haverford Road
Congregation Beth Hamedrosh
Escrow Release No. 1 - $10,666.00

Appaloosa Development
Phase I
Escrow Release No. 12, Final - $3,630.00

Appaloosa Development
Phase II
Escrow Release No. 10 - $54,881.00

190 Presidential Boulevard
The Corinthian
Escrow Release No. 9 - $107,391.00

450 W Lancaster Avenue
The Haverford School
Escrow Release No. 1, Final - $448,970.00

These items were referred to the Board at a meeting of the Building and Planning Committee held October 11, 2006.

FINANCE COMMITTEE
MR. ZELOV, VICE-CHAIR OCTOBER 18, 2006

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL in accordance with bids received on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. prevailing time for the Basketball Court Renovations at Gladwyne Park, it is the recommendation of the Purchasing Agent with the approval of the Director of Parks and Recreation that a contract be awarded to the following responsible low bidder.

Associated Paving Contractors, Inc.
2569 Huntingdon Pike
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Total Bid: $48,750.00

Budget estimate for CIP project #4459 was $45,000.00. Additional funding of $3,750.00 will be made available through the unallocated fund balance of the Capital Projects Fund.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL in accordance with bids received on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. prevailing time for the Fence Replacement and Repair and Color Coating of Five (5) Tennis Courts at South Ardmore Park, it is the recommendation of the Purchasing Agent with the approval of the Director of Parks and Recreation that a contract be awarded to the following responsible low bidder.

Pro Max Fence Systems, Inc.
2621 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19605
Total Bid: $67,994.00

Budget estimate for CIP Project #4460 was $140,000.00. Initial scope of work has been reduced after budget estimate was developed.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL in accordance with bids received on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. prevailing time for the Removal of Existing Roadway Street Lights and the Installation of New Cobra Head Style Luminaires, it is the recommendation of the Purchasing Agent with the approval of the Director of Public Works that the bid submitted by Matrix Service Industrial Contractors be rejected since the required bid security and Contractor’s Qualification statement did not accompany their bid, and that a contract be awarded to the following responsible low bidder.

Carr & Duff, Inc.
2100 Byberry Rd
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Total Bid: $99,450.00

Budget estimate for CIP project #4222 was $350,000.00. This CIP project is composed of multiple contracts.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL in accordance with bids received on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. prevailing time for the Bala Avenue Park Comfort Station, it is the recommendation of the Purchasing Agent with the approval of the Township Engineer and the Director of Parks and Recreation that contracts be awarded to the following responsible low bidders.

General

Torrado Construction Company, Inc.
3311-13 E Thompson St
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Total Bid: $81,300.00

Plumbing

Torrado Construction Company, Inc.
3311-13 E Thompson St
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Total Bid: $16,700.00

Electrical

Alfred J. Fry, III, Inc.
902 Camaro Run
West Chester, PA 19380
Total Bid: $15,395.00

Budget estimate for CIP Project #4455 was $79,000.00. The total bid amount for this project is $113,395.00. Additional funding of $34,395.00 will be made available through the unallocated fund balance of the Capital Projects Fund.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL authorizing the Township Manager to enter into an agreement to dispose of various surplus vehicles, trucks and construction equipment by public auction, or, in the event of unsatisfactory bid(Drunk, the Purchasing Agent shall have authority to arrange for disposal or re-bid at a future date.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL authorizing the President of the Board of Commissioners to enter into an agreement with the Waste System Authority of Eastern Montgomery County for Operating and Amortized Cost Sharing for Lower Merion Transfer Station for the period January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2014.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL that the Township Secretary be authorized to advertise notice of two Public Hearings on the Proposed 2007 Budget. The first will be held at the Wednesday, November 15, 2006 meeting of the Board of Commissioners at approximately 8:00 p.m., and the second will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at approximately 7:00 p.m.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL authorization of a Resolution required by State Act 205:

WHEREAS, the Township of Lower Merion has notice from the Township Actuary of its 2006 Commonwealth allocation from the General Municipal Pension State Aid program; and

WHEREAS, Act 205 of 1984 provides that pension allocations must be deposited in municipal pension plans within 30 days of receipt; and

WHEREAS, Act 205 of 1984 requires that the Municipality’s governing body authorize by Resolution the amount that each pension plan will receive; and

WHEREAS, calculations from the Township Actuary have been received regarding the amount to be deposited to the pension plans; and

WHEREAS, also as a result of the Township Actuary’s analysis and the new 2006 -2009 Lower Merion Township Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #28 labor agreement, the police officer employee pension contributions to the Township Municipal Police Pension Fund will be 0% for 2007.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Lower Merion, does hereby resolve that the 2006 Commonwealth allocation of $1,389, 277.32 from the General Municipal Pension System State Aid program will be distributed to the Township’s Municipal Police Pension Fund, $896,852 and Non-Uniform Pension Fund, $492,525.32. In addition, $16,216.68, funded by the General Fund will be deposited into the Township’s Non-Uniform Pension Fund.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL the adoption of the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Joseph McCaffrey, Township Treasurer and Tax Collector has requested the Board of Commissioners to approve his appointment of Desiree Riccardelli Deputy Township Treasurer and Deputy Tax Collector for the period beginning October 19, 2006 and ending December 31, 2006; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioners of Lower Merion Township are satisfied to grant this request, subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Desiree Riccardelli is hereby approved as Deputy Township Treasurer and Deputy Tax Collector for the period beginning October 19, 2006 and ending December 31, 2006. The approval is contingent upon the corporate surety bond of Joseph McCaffrey approving the said appointments and that said appointments will not prejudice or affect in any way the obligation of the surety on its bond to the Township of Lower Merion or increase in any way the cost to the Township.

10. CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL that the Township Secretary be authorized to advertise Notice of Intention to hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 and adopt Ordinance No._______ an Ordinance to amend the Code of the Township of Lower Merion, Chapter A167, Fees, as such fees pertain to Chapter 51 to provide for the increase in fees as they relate to alarm systems.

These items were referred to the Board at a meeting of the Finance Committee held October 11, 2006.

POLICE COMMITTEE
MRS. PHILLIPS, CHAIR OCTOBER 18, 2006

PRESENT FOR ADOPTION ORDINANCE NO. __________.

An Ordinance To Amend The Code Of The Township Of Lower Merion, Chapter 145 Thereof, Entitled Vehicles And Traffic, Article XV, Schedules, §145-117, Schedule XVII: Parking Prohibited Certain Hours, By Rescinding the "No Parking 8 am to 6 pm” Regulation On The West Side Of Buck Lane From Lancaster Ave. to Old Buck Rd.; §145-115, Schedule XV: Parking Prohibited At All Times, By Establishing A "No Parking Any Time” Regulation On the West Side Of Buck Lane From Lancaster Ave. to Old Buck Rd; §145-119, Schedule XIX: Special Purpose Parking Zones, By Establishing A Loading Zone On The East Side of Cricket Ave. From A Point 65’ North of Cricket Terrace North For 23’; §145-118, Schedule XVIII: Parking Time Limited, By Establishing A "2 Hour Time Limit, 8 am to 6 pm, Except Sat. and Sun.” Regulation On Both Sides Of Regency Circle From Old Lancaster Rd to the Dead End.

This Ordinance was authorized for advertising at the September 20, 2006 meeting of the Board of Commissioners and duly advertised in the October 4, 2006 issue of Main Line Life.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL that the Township Secretary be authorized to advertise a notice of intention to adopt an ordinance amending the Code of the Township of Lower Merion Chapter 145-____ to change the parking restriction on the south side of Old Lancaster Road, Merion. The current “No Parking Between Signs” would be replaced by a “No Parking Any Time.” This will remove all sight obstructions for the people exiting the Latches Lane Condos.

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL a recommendation to adopt a resolution to initiate the process for the Board of Elections to place the question of permitting small games of chance in the Township on the ballot of the Spring 2007 primary election. If approved by the Board of Commissioners and subsequently ratified by majority vote in the 2007 primary election, this action will allow eligible organizations to apply to the County Treasurer for a license to conduct small games of chance.

These items were referred to the Board at a meeting of the Police Committee held October 11, 2006.

TELECOMMUNICATION COMMITTEE
MRS. PHILLIPS, VICE PRESIDENT OCTOBER 18, 2006

CONSIDER FOR APPROVAL the following two appointments to fill the current vacancies on the Cable Television Advisory Committee:

Bonnie Squires to a three year term, such term to expire July 2009

J. Thomas Moore to a three year term, such term to expire July 2009.

This item was referred to the Board at a meeting of the Telecommunication Committee held October 11, 2006.

ADJOURNMENT

RESOLVED, that this stated meeting of the Board of Commissioners
of the Township of Lower Merion stands adjourned.

The next stated meeting of the Board will be
held on November 15, 2006
All meeting will be held at the
Township Administration Building
75 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, PA

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