Articles

May 8, 2014 - Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on
May 8, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., by Chairman Gerald Powers, all members present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

A moment of Silence was observed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Debbie MidKiff, 315 Boone Rd. would like to know when the road work will be done. It was stated that Midland Asphalt will contract Bower for the prep work for this project. The target date is the end of May as long as the weather holds.

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mrs. Carl, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of April 10, 2014 as drafted. Motion carried.

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $42,154.02. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the Special Police Fund in the amount of $1,056.08. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the Highway Fund in the amount of $3,257.24. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $12,377.56. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from Debi Card for the month of April in the amount of $391.69. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Carl, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the Fire Tax Account in the amount of $2,953.46. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Carl, seconded by Mr. Powers, to ratify the payment of bills for April from the Fire Tax Account in the amount of $4,587.46. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

PUBLIC SEWER:

STP OPERATOR’S REPORT:

John Bauer, STP Operator, has submitted a written report of activities for the month of April, 2014. Mr. Bauer reported that the meters were calibrated this week. He stated that the Flow Meter Chart is made up of two parts. Mr. Bauer stated that he was offered to purchase a used one that was removed from another plant and they would like to sell it for approximately $200.00. To purchase a new one would cost $1300 to $1400. Mr. Bauer asked if the Board would consider purchasing it as a backup. Mr. Powers asked the likelihood of replacement of the current one in the next two years. Mr. Bauer stated that both pieces are approximately 15 to 16 years old.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mrs. Carl, to purchase the used Flow Meter Chart for $200. Motion carried.

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:

There was nothing new to discuss.

RAISING OF PUMP STATIONS:

It was stated that this project is still in process. We are still waiting for PPL and they are four to six weeks out.

DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS – COLLECTION AGENCY:

The Township received one payment from ARB for $618.06; however, the Township received another invoice asking that the payment be returned because the check from the customer was returned to them for insufficient funds.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to pay $618.06 to ARB for the delinquent sewer account payment returned for insufficient funds. Motion carried. Mr. Powers requested that ARB be asked to verify payment before remitting payment to the Township to avoid this situation in the future.

EXTENSION OF PERRY AVENUE TO ROUTE 11:

There was nothing new to discuss. Max Stoner to move forward with it and draft a letter to PennDOT.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

Ms. Carl stated that the Budget looks good. The building budget is a little over due to utilities. Payroll is over also due to taxes.

It was stated that there was an income received of just over $169,000 from taxes paid in April.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen to pay off the Tax Anticipation Loan. There was no second.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to pay $50,000 on the Tax Anticipation Loan. Motion carried.

DANGEROUS HOLE ON READING STREET:

Brad Prater, Zoning Officer, stated that he has observed the property and there doesn’t seem to be a danger, the hole is approximately 20 feet wide and 3 feet deep, there is brush still on the property. He will continue to monitor the property.

Mike Hinkle, Road Foreman, asked Brad to contact the owner to cover or fill the hole so no one gets hurt.

Linda Woodward asked about the fill that the Township has that was mentioned last month. The owner is aware it is available and when he has time he will take care of it.

SUNKEN HIEGHTS WATER ISSUE:

It was stated that this will be addressed when the ground dries out.

UNITED WATER SERVICE - UPDATE:

Mr. Powers spoke to the Water Company about extending the water lines. They are unwilling to come to a public meeting, but will meet with one Supervisor. They want $150.00 per foot to extend the lines.

This is not feasible for the Township to do. The cost would have to go to the homeowners.

Terry Hoover stated that there are grants available. Mr. Powers asked Mr. Hoover if he would join him to apply for these grants. Mr. Hoover stated that he will research this.

Linda Woodward would like to sit in on the meeting with the Water Co. as a Planning Commission member.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM - UPDATE:

Terry Hoover stated that all the monies are in for the buyout properties. The last step is for the 407 account for reimbursement for demolition. All the paperwork has been accepted by FEMA and is being processed.

Mr. Hoover stated that Sharon Ferry deserved a lot of the credit for the work done on this project.

CODE OF ORDINANCE – UPDATE:

There was nothing new to report. On hold.

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:

There was nothing new to report. On hold.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN:

Linda Woodward stated that the Comprehensive Plan is moving along. The Survey is up on the website until June 3oth. She would also like to get the survey out to businesses. Mrs. Woodward stated that she will be contacting John Bauer, Max Stoner and Chief Eckart also.

They will then have a public meeting in July for discussion.

Mrs. Woodward stated that last month a map of the Township was passed along to the Supervisors. The Planning Commission recommends that this map be used as the “Official” map from now forward. This map will also be used as a before map for the Comprehensive Plan.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mrs. Carl to confirm that the Zoning map dated May 8, 2014 is the current Zoning Map for the Township. Motion carried. Larry Sponenberg suggested that this map be stamped official and be the only map to be used for the Comprehensive Plan discussions.

Mr. Powers requested that Theresa Hampton, Township Clerk, write on the map, “Official Map as approved by the Montour Township Supervisors, May 8, 2014.”

Mr. Powers & Linda Woodward attended a Gas Pipeline meeting last Monday. Mrs. Woodward stated that the Pipeline is going to go in, it is already Federally approved. Williams Gas Co is tentatively set to hold a public meeting for June 5, 2014 at the Bloomsburg Fire hall. They will contact Mr. Powers when date is set. Other meeting dates are May 12th at the Millville Greenwoods School and June 3rd Township Planning Commission Meeting.

PREVAILING WAGE – ADDITION TO TOWNSHIP SHED:

Max Stoner stated that he spoke to the contractor and he agreed to the reduction of the Prevailing Wage in the amount of $2300 for what we feel is deficient work.

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

There was nothing new to discuss.

WEBSITE SURVEY:

Linda Woodward indicated that the survey has fallen off a little. She asked to have a message placed on the Fire hall marque. It was stated that it was already on the marque.

STONE CASTLE ZONING CHANGE:

Linda Woodward stated that as discussed last month, the Stone Castle request was removed. The Planning Commission agrees that the Zoning change to Highway Commercial is needed and it will be discussed with the Comprehensive Plan.

NO LEFT TURN AT CROSS ROAD & RT. 11:

Chief Eckart stated that the observation of traffic at Cross Rd. shows that the time between 6:30 am and 8:30 am is heavy with the heaviest traffic being in the hours between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm. He also stated that the afternoon is worse and that the road can’t be No left Turn all day because it will affect the surrounding businesses and residents too much.

It was stated that the Board should define the time frame for No Left Turns and present it to PennDOT and they will have an engineer draw up the plan and drawings of where signs should be placed and the Township will do the work.

Richard Vanderpool suggests that the Township try the No Left Turn from 3:00pm to 6:00 pm and see how it works.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers, to make Cross Road onto Route 11 a No Left Turn from the hours of 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Motion carried.

ESTIMATES FOR LIGHTING OF FLAG POLE:

Mr. Mullen stated that Mike Hinkle, Road Foreman, spoke to a Solar Representative and they said that the Solar light will not work in this application. A second quote for lighting the pole was presented by GM Electric in the amount of $961.00. Jarrard Electric previously presented a quote of $1200.00.

It was suggested that instead of installing lighting, that the police raise and take the flag down each morning and evening. Chief Eckart agreed to this however stating that if the officers were involved in an incident it would not get done at that time. No lighting is to be purchased.

VACANCIES ON PLANNING COMMISSION & ZONING COMMISSION:

The Township is in the need of a Planning Commission member and a Zoning Hearing Board member.

Linda Woodward representing the Planning Commission nominated Robert Webber to the Planning Commission.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers to appoint Robert Webber to the Planning Commission effective immediately. Motion carried.

It was suggested to appoint Richard Vanderpool to the Zoning Hearing Board. Lori Carl asked Mr. Vanderpool if he could be unbiased if he was appointed. He stated yes, on the merits of the issues & residents.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to appoint Richard Vanderpool to the Zoning Hearing Board. Motion carried.

VERIZON WIRELESS SPECIAL EXCEPTION:

Verizon agreed to an extension of their application with a new Hearing scheduled for June 6, 2014 before the Zoning Hearing Board.

TAX ANTICIPATION LOAN UPDATE:

This was previously discussed.

RESOLUTION APPOINTING HERRING, ROLL & SOLOMAN TO DO AUDIT:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers to approve the Resolution as read by Solicitor Roberts. Motion Carried.

HOLD SAFE AGREEMENT—DANVILLE AREA COMMUNITY CENTER:

There was no certificate of insurance at the time of the road closing request, the Township has received a copy of the insurance certificate. Solicitor Roberts stated that it would be appropriate to make a motion to approve the application.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers to approve the Danville Area Community Race on June 14, 2014 for the use of Legion Road for the DACC Sprint Triathlon. Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:

Nick Fritz, Codes Officer, went last month to the Perry Ave. trailer court. He issued 3 verbal 15 day warnings. Two of the residents have complied. The third resident had approximately half of it cleaned up. He also stated that he gave a 15 day notice to the residents at 329 Reading St. There was no compliance. A certified letter was sent and the next 15 days is almost up, nothing has been removed.

He will most likely issue a citation.

Mr. Fritz also issued four 15 day notices to residences at 522 Montour Blvd. Two have complied, the third was sent a certified letter and the fourth 15 day notice was up today, a certified letter is to be sent.

Mr. Mullen asked chief Eckart to investigate a property on Perry Avenue for a dangerous structure.

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

Brad Prater, Zoning Officer, submitted a report for the month of April 2014. He stated that he issued 2 permits and has 3 pending.

Mr. Prater submitted his letter of resignation to the Board.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to accept Mr. Prater’s resignation.

Motion carried.

Mr. Powers gave Brad his compliments on a job well done.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

Mr. Mullen stated that the work has been started on the Mariano property.

The Township received notice that the Liquid Fuels Grant that the Township applied for was denied.

The Township received the resignation of Gordon “Charlie” Brown, Road Worker.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers to accept the resignation of Gordon “Charlie” Brown. Motion Carried.

Mr. Mullen stated that Bowers fixed parts of Deussen this week. They needed additional materials to finish at an additional cost of $3,200.00.

There are three FEMA Grants: Hollow road has been temporarily approved and Gipple & Tower are not formally approved.

It was stated that it is required by the State that all regulatory road signs have a minimum % of reflectivity. All signs that do not meet this requirement must be replaced. The Township road crew is working on this. It should all be finished by June 13, 2014.

Police Chief Eckart stated that he has received complaints about the intersection at Deussen Drive. He asked that after the road work is finished on Deussen, could there be a line painted to clarify the center to avoid future problems.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Police Chief Terry Eckart has submitted the following written report of activities for the month of April, 2014:

Fines issued

$5,338.00 – Montour Township
$4,742.00 – Catawissa Township
82 Traffic Citations – Montour Township
62 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
1 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township
0 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
4 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township
4 Criminal Arrests – Catawissa Township

Chief Eckart had nothing more to report.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

Fire Chief Brian Fosse submitted a report of Fire Department Statistics for the month of April 2014. He was not present to comment further.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

Linda Woodward, Planning Commission Chairperson, brought up a report of the condition of the Stone Castle.

The Planning Commission made a Motion to recommend to the Board of Supervisors a regulation that all commercial property that is sold or has a change of occupancy are subject to a safety inspection by The COG.

The Board authorized to have Solicitor Roberts draft an Ordinance as recommended by the Planning Commission.

Terry Hoover asked if the Township would consider employing a Zoning Officer from another municipality. Mr. Powers said yes they would.

MEETING DATES:

Mr. Powers reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly Meeting on June 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 9:50 p.m., on a MOTION of Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers. Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

_____________________________

Joelene C. Sponenberg, Township Secretary

Theresa M. Hampton, Township Clerk