Articles

April 9, 2015 - Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on April 9, 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:

George Welliver presented the board with information on the Shariah Law. He asked the township to consider passing an ordinance to prohibit Shariah law in the township. Mr. Powers said he will review the document and will be on the agenda for May to discuss writing an ordinance, if warranted.       

Ms. Ebright asked Solicitor Roberts to explain why only township residents and taxpayers can speak at meetings.  Solicitor Roberts explain that the Sunshine Law states that you have to allow for public comment by tax payers and residents at some point during the meeting; you can allow for others, but you don’t have to do so. 

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of March 19, 2015.  Motion carried.                                                             

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $39,032.97.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the Special Police Account in the amount of $465.28.  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 $3,375.94.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Power, to approve bills to be paid from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $12,972.57.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Debit Card Account for the month of January in the amount of $535.85.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Fire Tax Fund in the amount of $4,591.00.  Motion carried.

 

Mr. Powers mentioned that there were 2 individuals, not from the township, who needed to speak first:

 

NORTH BRANCH CANAL TRAIL PROJECT:

Bob Stoudt, Director of the Montour Recreation Commission in Montour County, spoke about the progress of the North Branch Canal Trail Project.  5.1 miles of the 6.2 miles of trails have been cleared thus far, and the land transfer is expected to occur next month or the month after. Mr. Powers commented that he feels the river is an asset, despite the flooding, as it can promote tourism.  Mr. Mauck asked about the trail leading into Bloomsburg. Mr. Stoudt asked if a parcel on Legion Road, that was a flood property, could be used as an access point. In return, they will mow and maintain the parcel.  Rich will draft an agreement with The Montour Area Recreation Commission. 

 

JENNI THOMAS BUCHER LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN:

Verizon must post a bond to guarantee the improvements and also need Engineer, Max Stoner, to review. Solicitor Roberts recommends gathering this information and having everything ready to vote in the May meeting.

Charlie Manges asked about Verizon DSL not being in our area.  This will be brought back to Verizon for discussion.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

PUBLIC SEWER:

STP OPERATOR’S REPORT:

John Bauer, STP Operator, reported that the Spade Avenue pump station has been having issues and shutting down. They will have an electrician look at the pump.

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 $63,906.00 in taxes and $10,719.00 from the fire tax.    

Bob Clark asked what other revenue the township receives.  He also asked why the tax anticipation loans were needed. It was explained that the majority of the revenue comes from taxes and the loans were taken out because our reserves were short due the flood.   

UNITED WATER SERVICE – UPDATE:

There was nothing new to report.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:

There is still approximately $25,000 - $30,000 yet to be received.

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:

On hold.  Solicitor Roberts stated it is on the agenda as a reminder that this needs to done when the comprehensive plan is finished.

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:

This matter is on hold.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:

Linda W. was not present at the most recent meeting.  Forest Bennett stated this matter is on hold.

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

There was nothing to report.

STONE CASTLE ZONING CHANGE:

There was nothing to report.

OFFICE COMPUTER SYSTEM

Theresa Hampton stated that the hardware for the upgrade has been installed.  Joelene Sponenberg and Theresa Hampton’s computers are updated with password protected log ins.  The Planning Commission computer has been finished.  

SMALL CELL TOWERS:

Solicitor Roberts reported last month. Tried to get a sample ordinance, however were unsuccessful. Cranberry Township does have an ordinance that we will try and look at. 

ENERGY ORDINANCE:

Solicitor Roberts received a review letter from the County Planning Commission with 42 recommended changes the day of the meeting. Solicitor Roberts recommended having another hearing.  He will make changes and schedule the hearing.  Mr. Powers received an email from Bob Webber with information about the plant in Chesapeake Bay potentially being canceled.  Mr. Mauk mentioned that Williams has put a legal notice in the paper that they have filed the formal application with FERC.  

EMERGENCY WATER SOURCE:

There was nothing new to report on this matter.                                                                                            

EMA TRAINING & DIRECTOR:

The township has had no one willing to accept the Emergency Management Director position. Chief T. Eckart has been acting as the interim EMA Director.  Mr. Powers mentioned that he was told that the police chief should not be the EMA Director.  A list of requirements is available for anyone who may be interested in being the EMA Director. 

TOM LONG ZONING VIOLATION:

Solicitor Roberts restated what he reported at the last meeting.

An Enforcement Notice was sent to, and received by, Mr. Long.  Mr. Long is taking an appeal to this matter. There is a hearing scheduled for April 29, 2015 at 7 pm before the Zoning Hearing Board.

The Planning Commission is trying to schedule a special meeting for April 20, 2015 to discuss this appeal and have a letter for the zoning hearing board.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

NORTH BRANCH CANAL TRAIL PROJECT:

Previously discussed at the beginning of the meeting.

JENNI THOMAS BUCHER LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN:

Previously discussed at the beginning of the meeting.

EMPLOYMENT OF NICOLE CUMMINS AS TOWNSHIP CLERK:

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Powers, to employee Nicole Cummins as Township Clerk at $10.50/hour.  Motion carried.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S  REPORT:

Mr. Fritz arrived to the meeting and reported on the following:  He received a report last month about tire dumping. He contacted DEP who met with him at the tire dumping site. Nick is waiting on DEP for an update.

Nick Fritz received a call from a resident that his neighbor’s Guiney hens were on his property; they are going to put up a fence.

Nick Fritz received a call from a resident that his neighbor’s ducks and chickens were on his property.  Nick Fritz talked to the neighbor who said he’d keep them on his property.

Nick Fritz received a call from someone at the Perry Avenue Trailer Court where someone was dumping their broken furniture on a neighboring lot. Nick had him put it back on his own property. 

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, has submitted a written report of activities for the month of March, 2015. 

Wild for Salmon, at 521 Montour Boulevard, was given a permit for a 21 x 19 addition to the building.

The Catawissa American Legion Hall was given a permit for a small addition on the back of the building. 

Indian Head Camp ground has a permit pending.  There is meeting on April 29, 2015 to discuss this permit. 

The Stone Castle Motel demolition permit application was received. 

 

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

 

HOLLOW ROAD CULVERT:

There is no update.

FULL DEPTH RECLAMATION PROJECT FOR TOWER DRIVE:

Greg Dibble will be writing up the specifications for the advertisement for the bid.

COL. CO. LIQUID FUELS GRANT APPLICATION FOR TOWER DRIVE & QUARRY DRIVE:

There is no update.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Police Chief Terry Eckart has submitted the following written report of activities for the month of March, 2015:

Fines issued - $1,123.00 – Montour Township

$1,897.00 – Catawissa Township

26 Traffic Citations – Montour Township

32 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

5 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township

1 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

2 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township

1 Criminal Arrests – Catawissa Township

100 Incidents in Montour Township

46 Incidents in Catawissa Township

 

There is a problem with the station’s locker room / break room.  There is no lighting as one was bad and the other has now gone bad.  T. Eckart contacted Melchorri Electric and was told that the cost to fix this would not exceed $300.00.  A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright to fix the lighting, not to exceed $300.00.  Motion carried. 

T. Eckart asked Supervisor Mullen to come to the station to look at the mud and ice situation in the parking lot at the station.  He had Steve Crawford, from  Crawford and Sons, look at the lot and was given an estimate of $9,200-$10,000 to pave the entire parking lot. The District Attorney committed to giving the township $7,500.00, from the Columbia County Drug Task Force, toward paving the lot. The township would have to put up approximately $2, 500.00. Solicitor Roberts suggested that 3 quotes be given and to seek approval at the May meeting.  

 

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

Fire Chief Brian Fosse was not present but submitted a written report of Fire Company activities for the month of March, 2015.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Powers mentioned that there will be an executive session after the regular meeting to consult with counsel to discuss possible litigation.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

George Welliver asked previously about the gas line location.  He wants to see the existing mapping locations.  Mr. Powers will follow up with Chief Brian Fosse as to the locations of the gas line.

Connie Giger asked for confirmation of the gas ordinance

Mr. Mullen brought to the supervisors’ attention that PSATS sends out a quarterly newsletter.  A recommendation was made to put this newsletter on our website.

 

MEETING DATE:

Mr. Powers reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly Meeting on May 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m., on a MOTION of Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright.  Motion carried.

  

Respectfully Submitted,

 Joelene C. Sponenberg

Township Secretary

 

 Theresa M. Hampton

Township Clerk