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February 12, 2015 - Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on February 12, 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.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:
There was no public comment at this time.  
        
MINUTES:
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of January 12, 2015.  Motion carried.
                                
BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $69,042.58.  Motion carried.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the Special Police Account in the amount of $536.34.  Motion carried.  
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Highway Fund in the amount of $5237.14.  Motion carried.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $12,272.44.  Motion carried.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the Debit Card Account for the month of January in the amount of $956.23.  Motion carried.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Fire Tax Account for February, in the amount of $1,753.46.  Motion carried.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to ratify General Fund Check # 11303 in the amount of $201.03 for the 4th Quarter, 2014 LST Tax, and General Fund Check # 11304 in the amount of $649.00 as down payment to Joe Hampton for the office computer update.  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 January, 2015.  Mr. Bauer arrived later in the meeting and reported that the NPEDS needs to be signed, this is a renewal permit for the Sewer Treatment Plant.  He also noted that Max Stoner, Township Engineer asked him to mention the onsite Sewer Treatment Plant at the Stone Castle Property.  Susquehanna RV purchased the property.  The existing building will be demolished and a new facility will be constructed.   The owner would like to do away with the existing STP, however it is also connected to Mustang Sally’s.  This plant cannot be closed.  John is working with the owner, Mr. Brouse.  Mr. Brouse would like to hook to the run of the line up.  Mr. Bauer spoke to DEP and they stated that this would be an expensive permitting project.  
Solicitor Roberts stated that he has spoken to Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, concerning this project.  The owner will need to get a permit for the demolition, then when demo is completed he will need a Land Development approval through the Planning Commission and the Supervisors before a Zoning permit can be issued.  
Linda Woodward stated that this would be a good time for the Township to look into where they want to go with the sewer line.

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

REMIT CORP. PROPOSAL/TERMINATION WITH ARB:
Solicitor Roberts reported that the contract with Remitt Corp. was received.  There are some revisions needed to the contract.  Solicitor Roberts will contact Remitt for the changes.  

CHARGE FOR INSUFFICIENT FUNDS:
Garey Bittenbender suggests that the Township should have a notice posted somewhere in the office that there will be a charge for returned Non Sufficient Fund checks and make it a policy.  We have been getting some returned checks.  Solicitor Roberts stated that this policy should be a revision in the Fees section of the Township Code of Ordinances.  He will look into it.  
                        
BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:
Ms. Ebright reported that the Township budget looks good.  She stated that it is still early in the year, but if we stay on track we should be ok.

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

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:
A discussion was held earlier in the meeting.  Mr. Powers asked Theresa Hampton, Township Clerk, if the Township had received the flood reimbursement check yet.  Mrs. Hampton stated that we are still waiting.  The latest e-mail stated that it would be approximately 6 to 7 weeks for the check to be processed.  Terry Hoover and Sharon Ferry are now working on the final closeout binders and reports.  

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

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:
This matter is on hold.  Linda Woodward commented that someone at the recent Planning Commission meeting mentioned that they had an empty house in Rupert and were planning on renting it to students, possibly a Fraternity or Sorority.  She mentioned that the Fraternity or Sorority can’t be, because the township has a limit on unrelated people living in a residence.  Ms. Woodward suggests asking Bloomsburg for their ordinance concerning this for our review.  Mr. Powers asked Ms. Woodward to contact Bloomsburg.
John Bauer stated that we did receive the insurance reimbursement for the pump station electrical surge.  He also thinks that he will need two starters at the Spade Ave Pump Station at a cost of approximately $600 to $800 each.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:
Linda Woodward spoke to Michelle Brummer and they would like to finalize by the March Planning Commission meeting and have their recommendation to the Board by April/May for advertisement for public meetings.  There will be a mockup of the Zoning map if all the recommendations are accepted.  

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 is on the board but not finalized.  
                    
OFFICE COMPUTER SYSTEM
It was reported that the parts have been ordered and as soon as the system is built, a time will be scheduled for installation.  

SMALL CELL TOWERS:
Solicitor Roberts stated that he and Mr. Mullen had a phone conference with an attorney that was the co-author of the article on this.  She explained some things to be concerned about.  Solicitor Roberts asked her if she had a model ordinance that we could use.  He thinks they have one, but thinks they want to be paid for it.  She did mention a township that had one and Solicitor Roberts will look into it.  

ENERGY ORDINANCE:
Solicitor Roberts stated that the ordinance is in its final form.  Jerry Walls, Planning Commission consultant, e-mailed him the final revisions and they have been incorporated into the ordinance and it has been e-mailed to J. Walls and L. Woodward, so we are ready to go now to advertise.  Solicitor Roberts stated that in order to adopt the ordinance, there must be a public hearing with public notice published two times.  A copy of the proposed ordinance must be provided to the Township Planning Commission and the County Planning Commission 30 days prior to the hearing.  In order to accommodate this 30 days, Solicitor Roberts suggests that the Township do one of three options, wait till the April Regular meeting, have a Special Meeting or move the March Regular meeting date to March 19, 2015.  A discussion was held and it was decided to move the March Regular Meeting to March 19, 2015.  He will need to check with his schedule and if that date is ok he will send the advertisement to the Press Enterprise.  
Linda Woodward stated that the Planning Commission has reviewed the revisions and recommended by motion to the Supervisors that the ordinance be advertised and discussed.  

EMERGENCY WATER SOURCE:
There was nothing new to report on this matter.
                                
EMA TRAINING & DIRECTOR:
The Township has gotten notice of required NIMS training for Township staff.  Mr. Powers is to attend classes on February 14 & 28.  Ms. Ebright and Mr. Mullen are to take the classes online.

TOM LONG ZONING VIOLATION:
Solicitor Roberts stated that he had been working with Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, to prepare an enforcement letter to be sent to Mr. Long.
Mr. Powers announced that the Board held an Executive Session to consult with counsel concerning litigation, before the meeting on this date.  
Linda Woodward mentioned that the Planning Commission made a motion to recommend to the Board of Supervisors to have Jerry Walls to provide a report to revise the Township fee schedule.

NEW BUSINESS:

RESIGNATION OF AMANDA LEE FROM ZONING HEARING BOARD:
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by, Ms. Ebright, to accept the resignation of Amanda Lee from the Zoning Hearing Board.  Motion Carried.  
Mr. Powers asked if anyone was interested in the opening.  John Reibsome expressed interest in the position.  
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to appoint John Reibsome to the Zoning Hearing Board.  Motion Carried.  
                                
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S  REPORT:
Nick Fritz, Code Enforcement Officer, submitted a report for the month of January.  Nancy Powers commended Mr. Fritz for the work he does in the sticky situations that he must deal with.  Mr. Fritz reported that Solicitor Roberts sent him some paperwork in January on cleaning up the trailer park in a legal manner.  He has not been able to do anything with this due to the cold weather.  He stated that he will start in a few weeks and go to the residents and explain the process and if they do not comply he will issue citations.  Hopefully by the end of March things are taken care of. He reported that he received a complaint of construction without permits at 148 Cross Road.  He spoke to the owner of the property and she stated that the construction that was done was done before she purchased the property.  Mr. Fritz did some research and found this to be true.  He stated that he received a call from Mr. Mauk, Mr. Mauk received a call from a neighbor that another neighbor’s Ginny Hens were out and digging up the neighbors properties.  Mr. Fritz spoke to the owners and he would keep them under wraps, and when the weather breaks he will install a fence.  He then stated that he received a call from a resident on Perry Ave. with a complaint of roaches at the neighbors.  He contacted the owner and told them they had 10 days to have a professional pest control company to exterminate.  He did receive a receipt of treatment.  

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:
Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, has submitted a written report of activities for the month of January, 2015.  He stated that he issued a permit to Steve and Catherine Mercurio, 419 Ridge Road to construct a 50 x 40 pole barn.  Mr. Mauk then stated that he received two calls concerning the Kreekside Restaurant signs and lighting.  There is a new sign on the building and two offsite signs, one on a PPL pole and another on Rt. 11 and Tower Drive.  Mr. Mauk contacted the owner and he was not very cooperative, one week later the signs were still there.  Solicitor Roberts spoke to the owner and was told that the sign on the building is not new it is just over the existing sign.  The sign on the pole is a PPL pole and is a PPL issue.  Solicitor Roberts is to get together with Mr. Mauk to sort things out and try to resolve this issue.  In the issue of the lighting, Mr. Mauk found that there was a Variance with this property and with the Variance was a condition that there be no neon lights used.  The new owner has been using them more regularly than the previous owner.  
Mr. Mauk reported that Wayne Brouse purchased the Stone Castle property and as Solicitor Roberts mentioned, he will have to go through a Land Development.  

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:
Hollow Road Culvert:
Mr. Mullen reported that there is money from FEMA concerning any leftover infrastructure damage from the 2011 flood. Mr. Mullen put in for three projects, however did not receive for any of them.  The Conservation District came forward for Hollow Road.  Money will be coming in to put in another 5 foot pipe, the work will be done by an outside contractor.  It will be done sometime later this year.  
Mr. Mullen asked to be approved to attend a Spring Road Safety and Maintenance workshop on March 31, 2015 at a cost of $50.  
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, for Mr. Mullen to attend the Spring Road Safety and Maintenance workshop at a cost of $50.  Motion carried.                                                      
POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:
Police Chief Terry Eckart has submitted the following written report of activities for the month of January, 2015:

Fines issued:
$2,115.00 – Montour Township
$1,344.00 – Catawissa Township
27 Traffic Citations – Montour Township
19 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
7 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township    
1 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
6 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township
0 Criminal Arrests – Catawissa Township
91 Incidents in Montour Township                        
48 Incidents in Catawissa Township

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to accept the resignation of Part Time Police Officer Tracy Francioni.  Motion carried.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:
Fire Chief Brian Fosse has submitted a written report of Fire Company activities for the month of January, 2015.  

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:
Linda Woodward addressed Mr. Mullen and mentioned that they had been contacted by Larry Belmont concerning Tower Drive erosion from heavy rains.  This area will be looked at.  Mr. Mullen is to contact Rich Kissner, County Commissioners Office, to see if there is an overlap on this issue.  
Ms. Woodward then mentioned that Williams Gas Co. will have grants of up to $10,000.  She had anticipated putting in for the grant to do some work in the Township, there was a 15 day time period for the grant, however when information was received, the documentation needed for the grant was too elaborate for that time frame.  She stated that she did not put in for the grant, however the Susquehanna Greenway Project did put in for a grant for the Canal project.

MEETING DATE:
Mr. Powers reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will tentatively hold their next Monthly Meeting on March 19, 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