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September 10, 2015 - Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on September 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., by Chairman Gerald Powers. All members were present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

A Moment of Silence was observed.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

No Public comment at this time.

Lori Ebright introduced Danielle Berkes, as new Township Clerk, and Theresa Hampton as new Township Secretary.

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made Dr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of August 13, 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 $41,522.25. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Dr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright., to approve bills to be paid from the Special Police Account in the amount of $1903.62. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Dr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the Highway Fund in the amount of $2,813.39. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Dr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $13,403.24.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the Debit Card Account for the month of July in the amount of $313.89.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Dr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the Fire Tax Account in the amount of $5,804.64.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Dr. Powers, seconded by, Mr. Mullen to ratify the Fire Tax check #1029 in the amount of $1,753.64. Motion carried. 

Dr. Powers announced that Nick Fritz, Codes Officer, was in a motorcycle accident and will be out of work until he has healed.  Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, has consented to perform both duties until Mr. Fritz returns.

Dr. Powers also mentioned that Solicitor Roberts will be on vacation until September 14th.  When he returns a Public Hearing will be scheduled to discuss the proposed Comprehensive Plan from the Planning Commission. 

Lind Woodward, Planning Commission chairperson, explained the timeline of the approval process.  She suggested to the Board that if they want any changes, please let the Planning Commission know as soon as possible.

REGIONAL DIRECTOR for DEP, MARKUE KOHL:

Dr. Powers introduced Markus Kohl, North-central Regional Director for the DEP.  Mr. Kohl is a member of the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force along with Dr. Powers and was invited here to discuss the general permitting process for the Pipeline that the DEP is involved in.  The goal of the Task Force is to more efficiently plan, and more efficient planning will allow for better resource protection.  Mr. Kohl then discussed the general permitting process that DEP is involved in.  There are 4 major permitting categories on the DEP’s side:

            -Erosion & Sediment Control

            -Wetlands Encroachment 

            -NPDES discharge permit

            -Compressor stations

Mr. Kohl explained that there are General Permits.  This is a permit issued by the department that is generally conservative. There are set standards and if they are met the permit is issued.  Also there are Individual Permits.  With this permit, they have the ability to apply conditions to the permits. With the Individual Permit, the department has more flexibility to gather public input.  Part of the Sub Committee that he and Dr. Powers are on, is looking at ways to enhance public participation.  To give the public more information & the public can give the Task Force information that the agency can consider.

Connie Giger asked if then the DEP would give the permit to Williams or would FERC.

Mr. Kohl explained that there are multiple agencies involved.   DEP – State Permitting is the environmental side and FERC is the Energy/Need side. 

FERC is traditionally involved early in the process, and from whom a Certificate of Need would be obtained.  A Certificate of Need, if received, would give them Power of Eminent Domain for a FERC regulated pipeline on transmissions.

Ms. Woodward asked that since DEP is under staffed, who will be following up on the permits.  Mr. Kohl responded that DEP will use the Conservation staff as well. 

It was mentioned about the impact on well water surrounding the pipeline.  Mr. Kohl suggests that the surrounding residents that will be involved should have their well water inspected prior to construction so that there is a reference point if there would be issues.

Mr. Kohl also mentioned that as the department gets into the review of the applications, if a resident is so inclined to request a public hearing or meeting, the department has the discretion to hold these.

Mr. Kohl stated that he welcomes phone calls, letters, or emails with any further questions and concerns.            Markus Kohl

Regional Director, North-central Region

208 West Third Street, Suite 101

Williamsport, PA 17701-6448

P 570-327-3695/F 570-327-3565/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Powers thanked Mr. Kohl for his attendance at the Township meeting.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

PUBLIC SEWER:

STP OPERATOR’S REPORT:

There is nothing new to report.

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:

There is nothing new to report.

BEVERLY DEITERICH – 5 Perry Avenue Sewer Bill:

There is nothing new to report.

SEWER COLLECTIONS:

There is nothing new to report.

CD RENEWAL:

A MOTION was made by Dr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to renew the Sewer CD which contains $40,015.74. Motion carried.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

Ms. Ebright reported on the Townships financials.  Everything is doing well.

Our Solicitor expenses are running higher due to pending lawsuits.

UNITED WATER SERVICE – UPDATE:

There is nothing new to report.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:

There is nothing new to report.

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:

There is nothing new to report.

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:

There is nothing new to report.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:

There is nothing new to report.

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

There is nothing new to report.

SMALL CELL TOWERS:

There is nothing new to report.

EMERGENCY WATER SOURCE:

Terry Eckart, Police Chief, found a Water Buffalo that is located in PA near the MD border. Chief Eckart believes it would be a 500 gallon supply of non-drinking water.  A Township vehicle can pick the Water Buffalo up on site for just the cost of the item, $150.00, or it can be delivered to Harrisburg, where a Township vehicle would pick it up from, with a delivery fee of $300.00 for a total of $450.00.  

A MOTION was made by Dr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright to make arrangements for pick up on site at a cost of $150.00 to purchase the Water Buffalo. Motion carried.

EMA DIRECTOR:

Mrs. Hampton stated that the application for EMA Director was given to Carmen Calleri, which has been returned and forwarded to County. Columbia County also requires Mr. Calleri to provide a background check, which he is currently working on. Mr. Calleri cannot be named EMC until all required paperwork is handed in.  Until then Joe Yeager still stands as EMC.

Mr. Mullen stated that he spoke with Mr. Yeager regarding no longer being EMC and he had no problems with the decision.  Mr. Yeager did request that he be named Assistant Director.

A MOTION was made by Dr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen that Mr. Yeager is made Assistant Director so long as he finishes all paperwork and training required by FEMA.  Motion carried.

TOM LONG ZONING VIOLATION:

Rich Roberts, Solicitor, was not present.  There was nothing to report.

BROUSE LAND DEVELOPMENT

Wayne Brouse and Deborah Brouse submitted a request for a sixty (60) day extension for their Land Development Plan.  At its meeting, the Planning Commission made a Motion to recommend that the Board approve the extension. 

A Motion was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Dr. Powers, to approve a sixty (60) day extension for the Brouse Land Development Plan.

AIR CONDITIONING FOR THE TOWNSHIP OFFICE:

Mike Hinkle, Road Forman, was not present.  Mr. Hinkle has taken measurements and has given Mrs. Hampton information and pricing to be reviewed by the Supervisors.

A MOTION was made by Dr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to purchase an AC unit with a budget of $400.

NORTH SHORE RAIL ROAD BOX CULVERT:

Max Stoner was not present.  Mr. Mullen commented that there is no change to report.

RE-ACTIVATE SIRENS:

Chief Eckart will have Emergency Text Alert System information ready for the October 8th Regular meeting.  He is also getting quotes to have the sirens re-activated.

LIGHT FOR TOWNSHIP FLAGPOLE:

There is nothing new to report.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

AUDIT ENGAGEMENT LETTER:

We have received an Engagement Letter from Herring, Roll & Soloman regarding a new contract for the 2015 audit.  The total cost for the audit was $5,800.00, $250.00 goes towards the preparation and DCED report, and $5,550.00 was for the audit itself.

A MOTION was made by Dr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to approve the Audit Engagement letter for the 2015 audit.  Motion carried.

PIPELINE TASK FORCE:

Dr. Powers stated that he has invited Michael Chilek, Gas Safety Supervisor for the PUC to speak at the October 8, 2015 Regular Township Meeting.  He has also invited Lynda Farrell, Executive Director of Pipeline Safety Coalition, to speak at the November 12, 2015 Regular Township Meeting.

Dr. Powers attended a PUC Seminar on Sept 9-10, 2015 and has asked to be reimbursed $289.74 for mileage and lodging. 

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, and seconded by Mr. Mullen to reimburse Dr. Powers for mileage and motel cost for attending the PUC Seminar.  Motion carried.

2016 BUDGET MEETING DATE:

The 2016 Budget Workshop has been set for October 15, 2015 at 4pm, and will be advertised in the Press Enterprise on October 12, 2015.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:

Nick Fritz, Code Enforcement Office, was absent. There is nothing new to report.

BARKING DOG ORDINANCE:

There is nothing new to report.

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

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

Fetterman/Spickard, 28 Perry Ave Lot #3.  6’x6’ deck on side of trailer.

Richard and Tracy May of 243 Jefferson St. Storage shed, Train St.

Justin Temple, 403 Surrey Ln. Privacy fence.

Bill and Sandy Heier, 228 Welliver Dr. 30’x40’ patio and 16’x20’ pavilion

There were no permits denied.

There was a discussion regarding how long a trailer is permitted to sit on a property. There are several properties that house these trailers and what is the protocol for having them moved. Mr. Mauk asked what the Supervisors would like him to do.  Ms. Woodward stated that this issue has been going on for years because the Township has not had a Zoning Officer that was willing to enforce these issues.  She suggested that if it is let to continue it will only get worse. 

It was suggested that Mr. Mauk speak to the Township solicitor and get a letter addressing the issue to send to the property owners in question.  Ms. Woodward suggests to give them a longer than 30 days to remove the trailers, she suggested 6 months. 

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

HOLLOW ROAD CULVERT:

There is nothing new to report.

ROAD PROJECT BIDS:

There is nothing new to report.

Mike Hinkle, Road Foreman, informed Mr. Mullen that the Township is in need of a new salt spreader.  A quote was received for $4200.00 and Mr. Mullen made a proposal to purchase the new salt spreader.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Dr. Powers to purchase a salt spreader at a cost of $4200.00.  Motion carried.

Mr. Mullen mentioned that the State will be having an Open House at the fire hall in Buckhorn concerning the Perry Avenue Bridge Replacement, September 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm. 

Mr. Mullen also mentioned that he was invited to participate in the Columbia County Hazardous Mitigation Planning Process and he is planning on attending.

QUOTES FOR PAVING POLICE DEPARTMENT PARKING LOT:

Mr. Mullen presented quotes received by Chief Eckart for the paving of the Police parking lot. They are as follows:

                        Crawford Inc.              $9200.00

                        Douthat                      $9150.00

                        Wells                          $9000.00

Mr. Mullen recommends going with Crawford Inc. for $9200.00.  As mentioned before, $7500.00 will come from the DA’s office from seized drug money, leaving $1700.00 to come from the Township’s funds. 

A Motion was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright to accept the quote from Crawford Inc. for $9200.00 pending the check from the DA’s office.  Motion carried.   

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Chief Eckart has submitted the following written report of activities for the month of July, 2015:

                                Fines issued - $7362.00 – Montour Township

                                                   $4128.00 – Catawissa Township

                                                   130 Traffic Citations – Montour Township

                                                   84 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

                                                   7 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township      

                                                   0 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

                                                   11Criminal Arrests – Montour Township

                                                   4 Criminal Arrests – Catawissa Township

                                                   102 Incidents in Montour Township                       

                                                   45 Incidents in Catawissa Township

 

The Aggressive Driving Grant has been completed.  The officers did a great job.  There was a DUI Checkpoint in August, half was done in Catawissa and half was done in the Township.  It was the most productive checkpoint for the month of August in the county.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

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

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

Mr. Welliver asked if water from the old quarry could be used as an emergency water supply.  The Supervisors agreed that it would be unsafe to access the water supply in an emergency. 

Clair Manges asked about DSL being provided by Verizon.  There is nothing to report.

MEETING DATE:

Dr. Powers reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly Meeting on October 8, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m., on a MOTION of Dr. Powers, seconded by Ms. Ebright.  Motion carried.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Theresa Hampton

Township Secretary

 

Danielle Berkes

Township Clerk