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June 11, 2015 - Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on June 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., by Chairman Gerald Powers. Lori Ebright was absent.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited

A Moment of Silence was observed.

Solicitor Roberts noted that there were Executive Sessions held on May 14, 2015 and May 21, 2015 to consult with counsel concerning litigation. 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Forrest Bennett asked if Solicitor Roberts was planning to go to the Susquehanna RV hearing since Attorney Roger Wiest recused himself.  Attorney Wiest found someone to replace him therefore, Solicitor Roberts will not be attending the hearing. 

There will be a meeting on 6/16/15 at 6:00 at the Links at Hemlock Creek regarding the pipelines for concerned citizens.  Gerald Powers mentioned that the pipe that blew up was a 27’ pipe whereas the one proposed to go through the Township is 40’.  

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of May 14, 2015.  Motion carried.

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $37,074.62. 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 $964.99.  Motion carried. 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the Highway Fund in the amount of $2,515.12 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 $11,530.51.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the Debit Card Account for the month of May in the amount of $97.66.  Motion carried. 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to ratify the General Fund check #11450 in the amount of $350.35 and General Fund check #11499 in the amount of $40.00.  Motion was carried. 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

  

PUBLIC SEWER:

STP OPERATOR’S REPORT:

John Bauer, STP Operator, reported that the call out machine quit after the last storm. He has ordered another automatic dialer for approximately $1,700. There is also an air line leak in need of repair at the cost of $50.00 per foot for the hose. 

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:

There was nothing new to report.

BEVERLY DEITERICH – 5 Perry Avenue Sewer Bill:

There is a question as to whether or not this property is officially classified as abandoned or condemned.  The building has been boarded up and is not habitable and the sewer bill has been due since 2011. Solicitor Roberts will check with Steve Bielski to see if the building has been condemned or not.  Typically in the past, we have charged for sewer, unless the home owner gives up the connection.     

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

We currently have $304,000 in the money market account.  A suggestion was made that we transfer some money to a CD.  Nancy Powers asked if we should hire a financial planner.  Mr. Mullen explained that by law a municipality is limited to a safe investment and needs to be able to access the money quickly. Therefore, there is no need to hire a financial planner.    A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to transfer $150,000 to a CD account at First Columbia Bank.  Motion carried.  

UNITED WATER SERVICE – UPDATE:

There was nothing new to report.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:

There was nothing new to report.

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:

This matter is on hold.

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:

This matter is on hold.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:

The Planning Commission finalized the comprehensive plan and zoning map and are waiting to get it back from their consultant.  Mr. Mullen discussed the Zoning Map.  He wanted to confirm that the area that has Perry Avenue, Fishing Creek, Route 11 and Hemlock Run is a conservation area.  

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

There was nothing to report.

STONE CASTLE ZONING CHANGE:

This was discussed as part of the Comprehensive Plan & Zoning Map

SMALL CELL TOWERS:

Solicitor Roberts was able to obtain a Comprehensive Ordinance for Cranberry Township. To change our Ordinance with regard to towers would be a major undertaking.  Solicitor Roberts will get a copy of the Ordinance to share.

EMERGENCY WATER SOURCE:

There are still none available.  Terry Eckart, Police Chief, will continue to check.                                                 

EMA DIRECTOR:

There was nothing to report.

TOM LONG ZONING VIOLATION:

The hearing was continued at the request of Mr. Long.  The new hearing date is scheduled for June 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

 

STONE CASTLE STORMWATER RUNOFF:

Plans have been provided to Max Stoner, Township Engineer, for review.  Mr. Stoner has made comments on the plans and is working with Mr. Axtman. Susquehanna RV has been told that they need certification that the filling operation would not impact flood plains, wet lands or utilities. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

AIR CONDITIONING UNIT FOR TOWNSHIP OFFICE:

The air conditioning unit in the office currently leaks and needs to be replaced. We have a residential unit from a flood home that may be able to be used. 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, and seconded by Mr. Mullen to get an estimate for the duct work and installation of the residential unit as well as an estimate for replacing both of the smaller units we currently have.  Motion carried. 

 

NORTH SHORE RAIL ROAD BOX CULVERT:

Max Stoner, Township Engineer, reported that SEDA-COG wants to replace a bridge on Legion Road. They also want to raise the culvert two feet from its existing elevation. They need to get a joint permit from the DEP and Army Core of Engineers and need a letter form the Township stating that it’s compatible with our storm water regulations. 

Mr. Mullen made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve the installation of a new culvert based on the engineer’s recommendation that it will not affect the flooding in that area.  Motion carried.    

 

NEW COMPUTER QUOTE: 

2 quotes for a new computer, to replace the Planning Commissions computer, were received and reviewed.  A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Mr. Powers to accept the quote by Joe Hampton in the amount of $649.00.  

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S  REPORT:

Nick Fritz, Code Enforcement Officer, reported that he talked to the owners of two dogs who have been barking.  Eugene Eddy mentioned these dogs at the last meeting.  He has since spoken to a neighbor of the dogs who stated that they have not been barking. 

Mr. Fritz handed out 12 property maintenance violations at the trailer park at 522 Montour Blvd.  He then cited 2 people out of the 12 who didn’t get the clean-up done within the 30 day time frame. 

Mr. Fritz handed out 6 notices at Perry Avenue.  No citations should be needed as most have cleaned up. 

Mr. Fritz worked with Tim Mauk and Solicitor Roberts regarding a trailer at Club and Spade Avenue.  A letter was sent and the trailer has been moved.  A letter was also sent regarding the grass and the grass was mowed. 

Several unlicensed and unregistered vehicles were spotted at a property on Hollow Road.  The property owner was given notice.  

Barbara Deitrich was sent a letter about 4 unregistered vehicles on her property.  She has since removed 2. 

A letter was sent to Ron Hillman due to high grass.  He has since mowed the lawn. 

Long’s Supply was given a notice regarding high grass and it was mowed. 

There have been a number of fires in the Perry Avenue trailer court.  Mr. Fitz talked with Fire Chief Brian Fosse, who is not able to give out citations.  Therefore, Mr. Fosse will notify Mr. Fritz when he knows about fires.  Then, Mr. Fritz will hand out appropriate citations.    

Mr. Mauk brought to Mr. Fritz’s attention, a house at 229 Legion Road to be condemned.  There is 220 wire improperly installed.  Mr. Fritz talked with the Realtor and person purchasing the property.  They are planning to renovate the house, so Mr. Fritz will not condemn the building. 

Mr. Fritz attended a seminar and is now able to condemn buildings.

Mr. Fritz will start monitoring restaurants and their grease traps.

Bob Stoudt from the Rails to Trails asked for access to the trails at 208 Legion Road at a previous meeting.  Solicitor Roberts will contact him. 

Mr. Fritz apologized for his mistake which lead to his recent arrest.  Mr. Powers stated that he feels that the right to know law does not superimpose on personnel matters.  He also thanked Mr. Fritz for his apology. 

 

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, reported the following permits issued:

Frank Drumm at 206 Valley Road, for a chain link fence;

Fred Guzevich at 316 Jackson Avenue for an above ground pool installation;

Betty McMahan at 106 Hawk Ridge Road for a roof over a deck;

Mr. Mauk reported the following permits denied:

Hylda Mynch at 28 Perry Avenue for large deck on a trailer.  The deck would be too close to other trailers and can’t attach anything to a trailer.  Mr. Mauk sent a letter to the homeowner on 6/28/15. 

Mr. Mauk reported the following permits pending:    

Bright Beginning Day Care at 302 Montour Blvd. still needs to meet 2 stipulations before they can open the basement. 

Indian Head Camp ground under appeal.  Hearing will be held on June 17, 2105 at 7:00 pm

 

Mr. Mauk reported on the following approved projects:

Steve and Kathryn Mercurio have a pole barn under construction.

Wild for Salmon finished their addition.

Catawissa American Legion is still under construction.

Justin Temple on Rt. 11, has a deck that is still under construction.

Sue Yuncuski finalized her boarder fencing to keep the guinea hens in.   The guinea hens were out again yesterday.  They are now selling them.

Tracy May’s finalized their shed.

Paul Kreisher is putting up a garage, a deck and a shed.

Korey Unger is still refurbishing their house.

Wayne Brouse - Susquehanna RV is still under construction.

 

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

 

HOLLOW ROAD CULVERT:

Nothing new to report.

FULL DEPTH RECLAMATION PROJECT FOR TOWER DRIVE:

Mr. Mullen reported that they have the specifications to put out a bid for Tower Drive and Quarry Drive. We will advertise the bids which have to be in that day.  The bid will end at 1:00 pm on July 9, 2015.  The plan is to reclaim both roads and then put a tar and chip back on top of them. 

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

Mr. Mullen reported that we received the liquid fuels grant in the amount of $26,000.  We asked for pipes to be installed along Quarry drive, however this application was not approved. 

Mike Morris called Mr. Mullen about putting up warning signs regarding deer crossing.  The state is responsible for providing these types of signs.  Research shows that these types of signs do not change behavior.  Therefore, the state is reluctant to put up these signs. 

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Police Chief Terry Eckart reported that a speed limit sign was taken out as a result of an accident.  The sign was there until recently and is now missing.  Mr. Mullen will handle the replacement of this sign at 111 Rupert Drive. 

 

Mr. Eckart has submitted the following written report of activities for the month of May, 2015:

Fines issued - $2,763.00 – Montour Township

$2,522.00 – Catawissa Township

48 Traffic Citations – Montour Township

48 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

1 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township

1 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

2 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township

1 Criminal Arrests – Catawissa Township

81 Incidents in Montour Township

51 Incidents in Catawissa Township

 

QUOTED FOR PAVING POLICE DEPARTMENT PARKING LOT:

All the quotes have not yet been received. Next meeting we will have them all.    

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

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

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

There were no public comments made.

MEETING DATE:

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

There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m., on a MOTION of Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Powers.  Motion carried.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Joelene C. Sponenberg

Township Secretary

 

Nicole Cummins

Township Clerk