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Wednesday, January 16 2019

HORSHAM LAND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

MEETING MINUTES

WEDNESDAY • JANUARY 16, 2019 • 3:30 PM

 

In Attendance:

Authority Board

W. William Whiteside, III, Chair      

Joanna M. Furia Esq., Vice Chair                  

William Donnelly                                          

Dr. Curtis Griffin                               

Mark McCouch (absent)

HLRA Staff

Michael J. McGee

Tom Ames

Larry Burns

William Walker

Mary Eberle, Esquire

                                             

 

Chairman Whiteside called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in the Horsham Township Library at 435 Babylon Road, Horsham PA 19044 and led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Mr. Whiteside noted that the Board had just finished an Executive Session to discuss litigation. 

Mr. Whiteside asked if there were any questions or comments from the public, there were none.

Mr. Whiteside asked for the will of the Board regarding the Election of Officers for 2019. It was moved by Mr. Donnelly, seconded by Dr. Griffin to nominate W. Winston Whiteside as Chair, Joanna Furia for Vice-Chair and William Walker as Secretary/Treasurer for 2019. All voted in favor, motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Whiteside asked for the will of the Board regarding minutes of the HLRA meeting on October 17, 2018. It was moved by Dr. Griffin, second by Ms. Furia to approve the minutes for the October 17, 2018 HLRA meeting. All voted in favor, motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Whiteside asked Mr. McGee for the Executive Director’s Report.

Mr. McGee stated that the HLRA staff and consultants have been evaluating different options in light of the delay(s) in property transfer by the Navy.  Mr. McGee also stated that the HLRA staff had recently provided briefings to PADEP officials and our new Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) project manager.  Each visit included a visit to one of Horsham Water & Sewer Authority’s GAC filters at a well to illustrate the size of the filter needed to address the PFAS contamination.  Mr. McGee noted that OEA continues to support the HLRA’s program through its grants and he expected this support to continue.  There has been a change in timing on reimbursement payments and advances due to OEA internal changes. 

Mr. McGee also briefed the Board on a meeting held with the Navy on January 15, 2019.  The Navy is now indicating that the date of the first FOST/property transfer has moved to 2021.  He noted that the slippage was due to the Navy’s plan to implement two pilot pump & treat plants at the base in an effort to come up with a plan to address the PFAS contamination.  He also noted that Navy is conducting a soil removal project at the base.  The FOST for the SE Clear Zone parcel was also discussed; Mr. McGee stated that the approval on the FOST (which was initiated in June 2018) is still at least six months away due to the lack of agreement between the EPA and the Department of Defense on liability issues.

The HLRA staff also attended the PA Department of Health briefing on the results of blood testing on local residents relating to potential exposure to PFAS contamination as well as the first public meeting of Governor Wolf’s PFAS Action Team in Harrisburg.  The next meeting of the Governor Wolf’s PFAS Task Force is scheduled for February 12, 2018 in Upper Dublin and the HLRA is expected to provide a briefing to the Task Force.

Mr. McGee also noted that for the HLRA’s next meeting in April 2019, he expected to have a proposal to extend the lease and license with the Navy for the Delaware Valley Historical Aviation Association (DVHAA) activities on the base as well as the related sub-lease and sub-license between the HLRA and the DVHAA.

Mr. Ames briefed the Board on the Navy’s Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting held in December 2018.  The afternoon meeting included briefings by the Navy and the Air National Guard on environmental matters.  The Navy noted that the remediation at Site 5 was continuing to work well and the Sites 3 and 12 feasibility studies were in the final stages after comments from the regulators were received.  The proposed remedial action plan and records of decisions for Sites 3 and 12 were expected in 2019.  He noted that the PFAS Remedial Investigation Phase I report had been received by the HLRA in January 2019; the Navy’s soil removal project was underway and the Navy was proceeding with a plan to install a pilot pump and treat plan.  The Air National Guard also presented information on their PFAS investigations.  He also noted that the public that was in attendance at the meeting was frustrated at the lack of progress by both the Navy and Air National Guard on the PFAS issue.

Mr. Whiteside asked Ms. Eberle for the Solicitor’s Report. Ms. Eberle stated she continues to support the HLRA on various matters including evaluation of options as referenced earlier by Mr. McGee.

Mr. Whiteside asked for the will of the Board regarding the list of checks. It was moved by Ms. Furia, seconded by Dr. Griffin, to approve the list of checks in the amount of $59,508.95 covering the period from October 27, 2018 to December 31, 2108 and the list of checks in the amount of $4,789.15 for the period January 1, 2019 to January 16, 2019. All voted in favor, motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Whiteside indicated the next item on the agenda was the approval of the quarterly meeting schedule for 2019 a copy of which is attached.  Mr. McGee noted that the proposed schedule included meetings at the Horsham Township Library in April 2019 and July 2019 and at the new Horsham Township Building in October 2019 and January 2020.  Mr. Donnelly moved to approve the HLRA quarterly meeting schedule as presented. The move was seconded by Dr. Griffin. All voted in favor, motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Whiteside indicated the next item on the agenda was the approval of HLRA’s annual budget for 2019.  Dr. Griffin moved to approve HLRA Budget Resolution #2019-01 setting forth the proposed budget for 2019. The motion was seconded by Mr. Donnelly.  All voted in favor, motion passed unanimously  

Mr. Whiteside stated that the next item on the agenda involved approving a policy detailing retention and disposition of records.  A question by Ms. Furia was answered by Mr. McGee that the HLRA policy was consistent with procedures established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and followed by many municipalities. Mr. Donnelly moved to approve the HLRA Disposition of Records Resolution #2019-2 which adopts the procedures for the disposition of records as set for in the Retention and Disposition Schedule for Records of Pennsylvania Municipalities issued on December 16, 2008 and further approves the disposition of appropriate HLRA records that may be disposed of at this time, in accordance with those procedures. The motion was seconded by Dr. Griffin.  All voted in favor, motion passed unanimously  

The proposal for auditing services for the year end December 31, 2018 was next discussed. It was moved by Ms. Furia, seconded by Dr. Griffin, to retain and engage Maille to provide audit services for the HLRA for the year ending December 31, 2018 per their November 28, 2018 proposal. All voted in favor, motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Whiteside announced that the next Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority meeting would be on April 17, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. in the Horsham Township Library. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:45 pm.

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William T. Walker

HLRA Secretary

HLRA – Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority

1025 Horsham Road, Horsham PA 19044 | Telephone: (215) 643-3131 | Fax: (215) 643-0448 | mail@hlra.org

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