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March 19, 2015 - Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on March 19, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., by Chairman Gerald Powers All Board members were present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited

A Moment of Silence was observed.

Mr. Powers mentioned that Solicitor Roberts requests that, due to illness, when we come to the Business section of the agenda, we go through items first that concern or involve him, so he can leave when they are concluded.  
                        
MINUTES:
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of February 12, 2015 and the Special Meeting of March 9, 2015.  Motion carried.
                            
BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $36,371.50.  Motion carried.
A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the Special Police Account in the amount of $334.87.  Motion carried.  
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Highway Fund in the amount of $5,735.03.  Motion carried.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $13,580.48.  Motion carried.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Debit Card Account for the month of January in the amount of $75.98.  Motion carried.
There were no bills for the Fire Tax Account for the month of March.

PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TOWNSHIP’S ZONING ORDINANCE PERTAINING TO NATURAL GAS FACILITIES:
Mr. Powers mentioned that the Ordinance was presented to the Township Planning Commission and the Columbia County Planning Commission.  The County PC returned a letter with 42 changes or comments.
Solicitor Roberts stated that the Pennsylvania Municipality Planning Code provides that before you can adopt or amend an ordinance it must be presented to the Township Planning Commission and the County Planning Commission.  The Ordinance was sent to the County on February 13, 2015.  We received from the County today, 42 suggested revisions.  Since they were received today, there was no time to review them and make changes.  

Solicitor Roberts forwarded the suggestions to Planning Commission Consultant, Jerry Walls.  After a conversation with Mr. Walls, It was decided that there are some suggestions that should be considered and the Township Planning Commission should have a voice in that also.  Solicitor Roberts suggests that the hearing be held tonight, then he, the Supervisors and the Planning Commission look at the suggestions and if the suggestions are Significant Changes, we will be obligated to re-advertise and have another hearing.  If it is concluded that they are ALL Technical Changes, a new hearing is not needed and the Ordinance can be adopted at the April meeting.  

PUBLIC COMMENT for the purpose of the hearing:  
Nancy Powers wanted to make it clear to those that may not have been present previously, that the Ordinance does not prevent the pipeline from coming through.
Louise Miner asked if putting Home Rule on the ballot this election would supersede the pipeline coming through.  Solicitor Roberts stated that it would not.  
Veronica Klesh, Mt. Pleasant Twp., stated that, that township is in the process of getting Home Rule, it will be on the ballot in May.  She also stated that Home Rule stopped the pipeline in State Collage PA. Solicitor Roberts was not aware of this.

PUBLIC COMMENT for general purposes:
Linda Woodward, Planning Commission, stated that it has come to her attention that DEP can do assessments on water sources and how they will be impacted by the pipeline.  If the municipality requests, DEP will do assessments of every property along the line and whether water sources will be interrupted or problematic after the line goes in.  
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to send a letter to DEP to evaluate the water supply in light of the pipeline to be placed in Montour Township.  Motion carried.  Ms. Woodward is to write the letter for Mr. Powers signature.  
John Reibsome commented that with the spring thaw and the run off on Tower Drive, the roads have gotten worse.  Is there any relief in sight.  
Mr. Mullen commented that he will be making a motion later in the meeting to have this year’s project be Tower Drive from Brobst to Susies Ln.  It will be a Full Depth Reclamation with a new base.  Unfortunately there is not enough money to do an asphalt surface, it will be a tar and chip surface.  Mr. Mullen also commented that he will look for County assistance with the monies.  
Mr. Reibsome asked if anything could be done now for some of the problem areas.  Mr. Mullen stated that he will have the Road Foreman look into the area.
The Following business was discussed at this time so that Solicitor Roberts could participate and then leave due to illness.

REMIT CORP. PROPOSAL/TERMINATION WITH ARB:
Solicitor Roberts reported that the contract with Remit Corp. was received.  He reviewed the contract and asked Remit for some minor revisions to the contract.  Remit agreed to the changes.  
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by, Mr. Mullen to accept the contract with Remit Corp.  Motion carried.  

JOHN BAUER-MONTHLY INCREASE AS STP OPERATOR:  
Solicitor Roberts stated that an addendum needs to be made to Mr. Bauer’s current contract, then it can be approved at next month’s meeting.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve an addendum to increase John Bauer’s contract from $1755 to $1855 per month.  Motion carried.
Solicitor Roberts stated that he will he will take care of the addendum and get it to the office for signatures.

TOM LONG ZONING VIOLATION:
Solicitor Roberts stated that an enforcement letter was sent to Mr. Long and received.   Mr. Long retained counsel and filed an appeal.  It has gone to the Zoning Hearing Board for a hearing to be scheduled.  

FEE SCHEDULE CHANGE:
Solicitor Roberts stated that he has the Fee Resolution documents.  A fee for returned checks was added.  
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to adopt the Fee Resolution.  Motion carried.

MONTOUR AREA RECREATION COMMISSION-REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO USE ROADWAY:
Solicitor Roberts stated that he recommends that they have insurance coverage for the event and they do.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to approve the request by Montour Area Recreation Commission to use the roadways.  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 February, 2015.  Mr. Bauer had nothing new to report.  

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:
There was nothing new to report.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:
Ms. Ebright reported that the Township budget looks good.  She also stated that the Township received approximately $78,621.00 from PEMA for the flood reimbursement.  The final closeout is being worked on now.  We also received the Liquid Fuels and Turnback moneys.  

UNITED WATER SERVICE – UPDATE:
There was nothing new to report.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:
A discussion was held previously.

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:
There was nothing new to report.  

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:
This matter is on hold.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:
There was nothing new to report.

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:
There was nothing to report.

STONE CASTLE ZONING CHANGE:
This Zoning change will be one that they will be overlaying Highway Commercial.  The Planning Commission will be looking at perhaps multi-family homes, such as apartments, ect.  It will be addressed with the Comprehensive Plan.
                    
OFFICE COMPUTER SYSTEM
T. Hampton stated that the hardware for the upgrade has been installed.  J. Sponenberg and T. Hampton’s computers are updated with password protected log in’s.  The Planning Commission computer is being worked on and will be up and running soon.  

QUICKBOOKS UPGRADE:
T. Hampton presented a request to upgrade the current QuickBooks programs.  There is currently 2 versions on 2 different computers running 2 companies each.  The upgrade would change the software to multi user in the current year’s version so all the companies can be accessed in the same version.  Ms. Woodward expressed concerns about the urgency of the QuickBooks upgrade as opposed to upgrading the Planning Commission computer.  She was concerned of the age of the computer that is would crash and we would lose the information on it. T. Hampton stated that with the upgrade, all of the computers are being backed up on the server and an external hard drive.  T. Hampton felt that with some upcoming changes, the QuickBooks upgrade is a higher priority.  The new computer for the Planning Commission is in the 2015 budget, it will just be delayed.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright to purchase the QuickBooks 2015 upgrade at a cost of $409.95.  Motion carried.

SMALL CELL TOWERS:
There was nothing new to discuss

EMERGENCY WATER SOURCE:
There was nothing new to report on this matter.
                                
EMA TRAINING & DIRECTOR:
Mr. Powers stated that the Township’s interim Director is Chief T. Eckart and he has been filing reports as needed.  He then stated that he received information stating that the Police Chief cannot be the EMA Director because of the duties he will have as Chief in an emergency.  The Township is still in need of someone to be the EMA Director.

TOM LONG ZONING VIOLATION:
This item was previously discussed.

NEW BUSINESS:

FEE SCHEDULE CHANGE:
This item was previously discussed.

NIMS COMPLIANCE:
Mr. Powers stated that he was informed by the County that the Township staff must take two NIMS training workshops, either online or when they are offered.  Those who are required to take them are:  Supervisors, Office Staff, Police personnel, Fire personnel, Zoning Officer, Codes Officer and Road Crew.  In essence, anyone employed by the Township that will be involved in an emergence situation.  So for, Ms. Ebright, Mr. Mullen, Mr. Powers, T. Hampton and the Fire Department are certified.
    
MONTOUR AREA RECREATIONAL COMMISSION:
This item was previously discussed.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S  REPORT:
Nick Fritz, Code Enforcement Officer, submitted a report for the month of February.  He was not present at this time for comment.

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:
Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, has submitted a written report of activities for the month of February, 2015.  He stated that Jill Hoag applied for a sign permit for the Daycare she recently opened.  
Kreekside Restaurant sign issue has been resolved, however there is a lighting issue.  There have been a few calls received concerning the brightness of the lights.  Solicitor Roberts spoke to the owner and they will dim or turn the lights off at night.
Tom Long received an Enforcement Letter concerning the trailer storage on his property.  He has appealed this decision with the Zoning Hearing Board.
The Catawissa Legion applied for a permit for a small addition.  It was approved under a Non-Conforming Use.
The Stone Castle Motel property has been purchased and a demolition permit is to come.  The owner is removing, giving away and auctioning some of the contents before the demolition.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

Hollow Road Culvert:
There is no update.

FULL DEPTH RECLAMATION PROJECT FOR TOWER DRIVE:
Mr. Mullen stated that this project will start sometime in the spring.  He received from G. Dibble, PennDOT representative, an estimation of cost at approximately $120,000.  
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers, to put out for bid, the Tower Road project with specifications from G. Dibble.  Motion carried.

LIQUID FUELS & TURNBACK:
This item was previously discussed.

COL. CO. LIQUID FUELS GRANT APPLICATION FOR TOWER DRIVE & QUARRY DRIVE:
Mr. Mullen stated that similar to the Township receiving Liquid Fuels monies, the County also receives Liquid Fuels monies and makes it available to the municipalities.  He said that he will be asking the County for some of this money for a Quarry Drive project and a Tower Drive project.  The Quarry Drive project is the north section above Ridge Road.  He received an estimation of cost from PennDOT rep. G. Dibble for $58,115.20.  He will be asking the County for $25,000 towards this project.  
He then stated that the section of Tower Drive between Valley Road and Rt. 11 will be another project that he asks the County for monies toward.  The estimated cost of this project is $25,000.  He will be asking the County for $10,000 toward this project.  
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers, to ask the County for $25,000 for the Quarry Drive project and $10,000 for the Tower Drive project.
Mr. Clark asked what the weight limits would be after they are done.  Mr. Mullen stated that they will stay the same.
The motion was carried.
Mr. Mullen then stated that shortly before the meeting he met with the Township Road Foreman, M. Hinkle to look at Cross Road.  It is in bad shape.  He commented that he will be asking to fix Cross Road with next year’s budget with a Full Depth Reclamation.      

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S  REPORT:
Mr. Fritz arrived to the meeting and reported on the following:  He received a report of a mobile home with a leaky roof with mold and mildew.  He spoke to the owner and the owner removed the moldy panels and replaced it with a temporary patch and will permanently repair it when the weather gets nicer.  He then mentioned as a follow up on Lot 30, he rechecked and there are no more bugs there.  Mr. Fritz commented that he noticed on Lot 9 the porch was full of stuff.  He will be working on that situation.
Mr. Fritz stated that he and Mr. Mauk have received reports of illegal tire dumping on Deussen Drive.  They investigated and there are hundreds of tires.  Mr. Fritz went to all the local garages to see what the protocol in getting rid of tires was and found that they all had ways of removing tires.      Mr. Fritz found a grant to help with illegal dumping to acquire survival cameras.  The grant process is extensive and you can only have the cameras for three months.  He would like the Township to purchase a wildlife camera for approximately $100 for now to see how it works out.  
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to purchase a wildlife camera at a cost of $100.  Motion carried.
Mr. Fritz tried to contact Mr. Brennan with DEP to see if they would help with the clean-up.  He was not available, Mr. Fritz will try again.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:
Police Chief Terry Eckart has submitted the following written report of activities for the month of February, 2015:

Fines issued:
$825.00 – Montour Township
$669.00 – Catawissa Township
12 Traffic Citations – Montour Township
15 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
2 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township    
0 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
1 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township
1 Criminal Arrests – Catawissa Township
58 Incidents in Montour Township                        
39 Incidents in Catawissa Township

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve the resignation of Police Officer Ryan Travelpiece.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to accept the contracts for Office Jimmie Hill and Officer Tyler Soboleski.  Motion carried.
Ms. Ebright mentioned that Chief Eckart was injured while on a call on Christmas day.  He is recovering, however, is still in a lot of pain.  She asks that everyone keeps him in their thoughts.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:
Fire Chief Brian Fosse has submitted a written report of Fire Company activities for the month of February, 2015.  
The State grant money is in, $10,000, it went toward the truck payments.  The Department is now certified as a QRS.  (Quick Response Service)
Ms. Woodward mentioned that Chief Fosse sent notice of a CPR class to be held April 11, 2015 for anyone wishing to attend.  The cost is $20 each or $35 if you take both.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:
Linda Woodward would like to thank whoever is responsible for the lowering and raising of the Township flag each day.  
John Reibsome also gave compliments to the Police department for the fine job on the robbery at his home.  Because of the good work of Officer Soboleski and Officer Francioni, the perpetrator pleaded guilty.  He also thanked Mr. Mullen for the follow through to the Tower Drive issue.  
Max Stoner, Township Engineer mentioned that the NPDES permit renewal has been submitted.  The Chapter 94 report for 2014 is done and ready to be submitted.  It needs to be signed by the Secretary.  
He then mentioned that the North Branch RR would like to replace a box culvert.  They are requesting a Flood Consistency Letter.  He will go to the County for information.

MEETING DATE:
Mr. Powers reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly Meeting on April 9, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 8:45 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