Franklin Board of Supervisors reorganizes for upcoming year
● By J. Chambless
By John Chambless
The Franklin Township Board of Supervisors joined other township boards on Jan. 4 in reorganizing for 2016.
Supervisor John Auerbach was unanimously re-elected Chairman. David Snyder was re-elected Vice Chairman.
Joan McVaugh was re-elected as Township Manager and Township Treasurer. Sharon Norris was re-elected as Township Secretary, and Lamb McErlane as Township Solicitor. LTL Consultants was named as Township General and Traffic Engineer, URS/AECOM Corporation as Township Sanitary Engineer and Hydrologist, McCormick Taylor as Township General/Traffic Engineer, The Brandywine Conservancy as Township Planner, and LTL Consultants as Township Building Inspector/Zoning Officer and Code Enforcement Officer.
David Philipp was appointed to the Vacancy Board. Chuck Phillips was reappointed to a four-year term on the Planning Commission, to expire on Dec. 31, 2019. Harold Walls was reappointed to a one-year term as the Emergency Management Coordinator, to expire on Dec. 31, 2016. Connie Chiasson was reappointed to a five-year term on the Zoning Hearing Board, to expire on Dec. 31, 2020. Sara Beth Kohut and Dolores Hughes were reappointed to five-year terms on the Historical Commission, to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
Auerbach appointed Tracey Schreiner to a five-year term on the Historical Architectural Review Board, to expire on Dec. 21, 2020. Bill Finch was reappointed to a five-year term, and Eric Brindle was appointed to a five-year term on the Uniform Construction Code Appeals Board, expiring on Dec. 31, 2020.
Three resolutions were adopted on motions made by Auerbach:
Resolution 2016-03, authorizing the use of National Penn Bank and PLGIT (Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust) as designated financial institutions;
Resolution 2016-04 – a fee resolution, outlining the costs involved in doing business within the township;
Resolution 2016-05 – the signer’s resolution, authorizing the current supervisors and the treasurer to sign township checks.
The 2016 meeting schedule was also adopted. Board of Supervisors meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of every month, and if deemed necessary, on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings will be held on the first Thursday of each month, beginning at 7 p.m. Historical Commission meetings will be held the first Wednesday of each month beginning at 7 p.m.
Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) meetings will be held the first Wednesday of each month immediately following the Historical Commission meetings.
The board discussed new legislation allowing for the addition of alternate members to the Planning Commission. The alternate members would be able to participate only when a quorum of regular PC members was not available. The board agreed to appoint three alternate members to the Planning Commission. There will be more discussion of the topic at the Jan. 20 Board of Supervisors meeting.
For more information about the township, visit www.franklintownship.us.
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