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January 16, 2014 - Regular Monthly Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on
January 16, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., by Chairman Gerald Powers, with all members present.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. A moment of Silence was observed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Josh Knorr of Columbia Excavating, Inc. asked about the balance owed to his company for flood
demolition work done.
Attorney Roberts explained that the Township is going to vote tonight to acquire a Tax Anticipation Loan
and that the remaining balance owed to him will be paid out of that.

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Carl, to approve the Minutes of the Regular
Monthly Meeting of December 12, 2013 as drafted. Motion carried.

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

A MOTION was made by Ms. Carl, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the General
Fund in the amount of $51,799.08. Motion carried.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the
Special Police Fund in the amount of $841.70. 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 $42,310.68. Motion carried.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Carl, to approve bills to be paid from the Sewer
Fund in the amount of $12,303.97. Motion carried.

RECOGNITION OF SERVICE TO THE TOWNSHIP:

Mr. Powers recognized Sharon Ferry for her 5 years of service as Montour Township Zoning Officer and
thanked her for her dedication. He then presented her with a plaque and card from the Township.
Mr. Powers recognized Terry Hoover for his 24 years of service on the Montour Township Planning
Commission and Board of Supervisors and thanked him for his dedication. He then presented him with
a plaque and card from the Township.
Mr. Hoover stated that it had been a pleasure working with the Township and he learned a lot over the
years. He thinks the Township is amazing and was proud to serve the community.
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RESIGNATION OF BRADLEY PRATER FROM THE PLANNING COMMISSION:

Bradley Prater submitted his resignation from the Planning Commission.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by, Mr. Mullen to accept Bradley Prater’s resignation
from the Planning Commission. Motion carried.
It was asked of Bradley Prater if he accepts the position of Zoning Officer. Mr. Prater accepted.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by, Ms. Carl to appoint Bradley Prater as Zoning Officer.
Motion carried.

RESIGNATION OF CHRISTOPHER SNYDER, POLICE OFFICER:

The resignation of Christopher Snyder, Police Officer, was presented to the Board, he has taken a
position with Locust Township.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to accept the resignation of Christopher
Snyder effective January 31, 2014.
It was stated that Rodney Witherite, retired State Police Officer was interviewed for the open full time
police position.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to appoint Officer Witherite at a salary of
$33,280.00 as a full time officer effective February 1, 2014. 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 December, 2013.
Mr. Bauer reported that the sewage treatment plant is running good. He stated that with the cold snap,
a hydrant has split. Mr. Bauer stated that he has spoken to Rotor Rooter to repair/replace it.
A MOTION was made By Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to repair the hydrant as indicated By Mr.
Bauer with the cost not to exceed $700.00. Motion carried.

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:

Still waiting for information from Mr. Kurian.
RAISING OF PUMP STATIONS:
Max Stoner, Township engineer, stated that PPL is backed up approximately 90 days. The project is on
the schedule probably for early spring.
DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS – COLLECTION AGENCY:
There was nothing new to report.
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EXTENSION OF PERRY AVENUE TO ROUTE 11:

There was nothing new to report.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

Ms. Carl stated that the Tax income is higher than expected. Expenses were over budget in Engineering
and Office expenses. It was indicated that these expenses are up mostly because of the added business
from the Sponenberg Swine Nursery.
Ms. Carl also indicated that the total expenses are on target, & 2013 is within 8% of budget.

DANGEROUS STRUCTURE ON READING STREET:

It was reported that the building has been demolished. The debris and tree branches have been cleaned
out and it looks as if the property is being worked on. Mr. Prater, Zoning Officer, will look into this
matter more in the spring.

SUNKEN HIEGHTS WATER ISSUE:

There was nothing new to report.

UNITED WATER SERVICE - UPDATE:

There was nothing new to report.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM - UPDATE:

Terry Hoover stated that all properties have been demolished. The Township is still waiting on
settlement from FEMA. He has been working on the paperwork to finalize it. Mr. Hoover is to have
some of the numbers for the next meeting.
Attorney Roberts asked if there are still insurance checks to come in. It was indicated that there are
three more that the Township should receive.
Sharon Ferry asked if she should keep track of her upcoming flood hours for reimbursement. It was
indicated that she should.

CODE OF ORDINANCE – UPDATE:

Attorney Roberts stated that the Code of Ordinance should be updated as soon as possible when the
funds are available.

KLINGERMAN UPDATE:

There was nothing new to report.
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LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:

There was nothing new to report.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN:

Linda Woodward was not present, nothing new to report.

A. ZONING MAP:

Linda Woodward was not present, Nothing new to report.

PREVAILING WAGE – ADDITION TO TOWNSHIP SHED:

Max Stoner, Township Engineer, stated that the total amount of the Change Order is $13,736.97, with
an overhead profit of $1,791.00. The contractor has indicated that he will deduct $1500.00 for work
not completed or not done correctly. The estimated cost of repairing and finishing the job is
approximately $2100.00.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Carl to accept the Change Order #2 for
$13,736.97. Motion carried.

JACKSON STREET RAILROAD CROSSING:

Mr. Mullen stated that the work was finished this week. There are three barriers and it is illuminated.
Mr. Mullen stated that he spoke to Jerry Walls about making this area into a walking path. Mr. Walls
had 3 concerns. (1) If changed, the area would have to be re-engineered. (2) The Township would have
to accept responsibility of liability. And (3) if it is opened again, the Township would have to reimburse
the monies that were given to close the area. Mr. Walls did not think it was a good idea.
It was also mentioned that the $15,000.00 was originally to go into the General Fund, however after
rethinking the matter, the monies will go into the State Fund.

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

Linda Woodward was not present. Nothing new to report.

WEBSITE SURVEY:

Linda Woodward was not present. Nothing new to report.

STONE CASTLE ZONING CHANGE:

Sharron Ferry stated that the developer submitted paperwork to the Township Planning Commission;
however it was not done correctly or didn’t have the correct information. They were told by the
Planning Commission to work on it and re-submit it.
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VERIZON LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN:

The current Ninety (90) day extension is up on February 9, 2014. Verizon Wireless requested an
additional ninety (90) day extension. The extension was granted.

SEPTIC TANK PUMPING – LETTER FROM JOHN C. KLINGERMAN:

Solicitor Roberts stated that this is not a septic tank pumping issue, it is a holding tank and they are not
the same. He must have tank inspected.

NEW BUSINESS:
TAX ANTICIPATION LOAN:

Solicitor Roberts read Resolution #1-16-14-1 to authorize the Board of Supervisors to enter into an
agreement with First Columbia Bank & Trust for a Tax Anticipation Loan. It will be a Line of Credit in the
amount of $160.000.00 at an interest rate of 2.05% for 6 months. This will allow the Township to pay
Columbia Excavating and other upcoming expenses until the tax revenue comes into the Township.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Carl, to adopt Resolution #1-16-14-1 as indicated.
Motion carried.

FIRE COMPANY CONTRIBUTION & FIRE TAX:

Solicitor Roberts stated that a Resolution was passed to adopt a 2 mill Fire Tax. Mr. Powers indicated
that the purpose of the Fire Tax is to provide a separate account to purchase and maintain the Fire
Company’s apparatus and equipment. The Board will no longer contribute the annual $7,000.00 to the
Fire Company.

MOTION TO ADOPT MUNICIPAL RESOLUTION #1-16-14-2 PERTAINING TO ELECTRONIC ACCESS TO
PENNDOT SYSTEMS:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to adopt Municipal Resolution #1-16-14-2
authorizing electronic access to PennDot Systems, for the purpose of submitting annual PennDot
Reports on-line. Motion carried.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:

Nick Fritz, Code Enforcement Officer, stated that he has spoken to Solicitor Roberts about some kind of
protocol giving him some authority in giving notices and following through with consequences. Mr. Fritz
was at R. Lawton’s office to be sworn in and they told him he needed a letter from the Township stating
that he was the Township’s official Codes Enforcement Officer. Ms. Carl stated that she would generate
a letter for Mr. Fritz and get it to him.
Sharon Ferry asked what was torn down at Frank Baker’s trailer court. It was indicated that it was a
trailer. Ms. Ferry commented that there should have been a demolition permit issued. Mr. Powers
asked Mr. Prater to look into this issue.
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ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

Sharon Ferry, Zoning Office, submitted a written report for the month of December, 2013.
She had nothing further to discuss.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

Mr. Mullen indicated that Mike Hinkle took one of the Township’s trucks to General Sales and that it
needs new springs installed at a cost of approximately $1500.00.

FLOOD REPORT – MARIANO PROPERTY:

Mr. Mullen reported that the swale work will be completed in the spring.

SALE OF EQUIPMENT:

Mike Hinkle, Road Forman, submitted the information to the office and the bid information will be
advertised out for bid.

BACKHOE LOAN:

Mr. Mullen mentioned that Mr. Hoover recalled that the Township can use 20% of the cost per year for
the purchase of the backhoe from the Liquid Fuels monies.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Carl to approve a Resolution authorizing a Lease
Purchase Agreement to purchase a Case 580 Super N backhoe at the State Contract Price of $88,950.00.
Motion carried.
Mr. Powers expressed his concern for the Township’s Finances.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Police Chief Terry Eckart has submitted the following written report of activities for the month of
December, 2013:
Fines issued - $2,705.00 – Montour Township
$1,605.00 – Catawissa Township
29 Traffic Citations – Montour Township
15 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
2 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township
3 Non-traffic Citation – Catawissa Township
6 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township
3 Criminal Arrests – Catawissa Township
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Police Chief Terry Eckart has submitted the following End of Year written report of activities for the year
2013:
Fines issued - $59,351.00 – Montour Township
$28,049.00 – Catawissa Township
649 Traffic Citations – Montour Township
404 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
91 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township
19 Non-traffic Citation – Catawissa Township
1306 Incidents – Montour Township
590 Incidents – Catawissa Township
Chief Eckart reported that Montour Township was third in the area for incidents.
Chief Eckart also reported that the $12,000 Speed Trailer that was purchased several years ago has
circuit panels that are no longer working. The trailer is still in good condition and he would like to
update it with a new Speed Alert Message Sign to install on the existing trailer. He stated that it would
also help the Road Crew, that they would be able to use it as a message board for work done on the
Township’s roads. The cost of a new message board would be approximately $2,920.00 with an
additional $500.00 to repair the facility. Chief Eckart indicated that the monies could also come from
the Catawissa Township monies, or since the new police officer that was hired does not need health
insurance, the money budgeted for that could be used.
A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to purchase a new Speed Alert Message
Sign at an amount not to exceed $3,500.00. Motion carried.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

Brian Fosse previously submitted a report of Fire Department Statistics for the month of December
2013. He was not present so there was no further comment.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:
There were no further comments from the general public.
Mr. Mullen indicated that Chuck Bennett commented that the lighting at the Township building is
inadequate. Mike Hinkle looked into this matter. He will have an electrician come look at it.
Mr. Mullen also commented that there is no light on the flag pole in front of the building. Mr. Mullen
asks that a light be installed on the flag pole. Mr. Hoover indicated that he would like to contribute to
have a light installed.
John Bauer commented that 2 lights and exhaust fan motors at the plant also need to be looked at by an
electrician.
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MEETING DATES:

Mr. Powers reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly
Meeting on February 13, 2014, 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. Powers, seconded by Ms. Carl. Motion carried.
Respectfully Submitted,
Joelene C. Sponenberg
Township Secretary
Theresa M. Hampton
Township Clerk
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