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April 10, 2014 - Regular Monthly Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on
April 10, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., by Chairman Gerald Powers, Joseph Mullen was absent but arrived at 8:15
p.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

A moment of Silence was observed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Bob Stout, Montour Recreational Commission, stated that they will be working on the North Branch Trail
Project, the trail will be 6.2 miles, they have approximately 3 miles as of now. Mr. Stout stated that the
Commission would like to use the property owned by Montour Township on Legion Road to park
vehicles and equipment during the time that they will be working on the trail.

Mr. Powers stated that he has recently applied for a grant with the water company to remove debris
and clean out the canal. He also spoke to the water company about extending the water lines further
into Montour Township.

Solicitor Roberts stated that he was not sure if FEMA would allow the use of the property, he would
have to check with FEMA. He also stated that a Release and Indemnity Agreement would have to be
signed.

Linda Woodward asked if there would be EMA access on this trail. Mr. Stout stated that the trail will be
used for foot or bike traffic, but will be wide enough for an ATV to have access for emergencies.
Solicitor Roberts asked when the proposed time to start using the trail was. Mr. Stout stated that there
was no specific date, just whenever it is ready.

Debbie MidKiff of Boone Road would like to know if Boone Road will get fixed, especially the part near
the stream. When the stream floods, the road floods. This issue will be tabled until Mr. Mullen arrives.
Mike Hinkle stated that the monies are already allocated from last year to repair this road, the bid has
been accepted but he is not sure when the work is scheduled.

Mr. Vanderpool asked when the antiskid on Colonial Ave. will be cleaned from the winter.

Mike Hinkle stated that he has been looking into acquiring a street sweeper, they are very expensive.

This issue will be discussed with Mr. Mullen when he arrives.

Mr. Reibsome asked if there were any update on the road work grant monies. Mike Hinkle stated that
the grants have not been awarded, the county will do that April 18, 2014.

Mr. Powers stated that he received an e-mail from Terry Hoover with flood reimbursement information.
Most all of the paperwork has been submitted and the Township is slated to receive approximately
$105,000.00 from FEMA, $7500.00 from ICC and $35,000.00 from the closeout on the buyout
properties. The total of these is approximately $147,500.00.

Mr.Powers stated that if all this money is received and the township is not put in jeopardy, he will
recommend reducing the taxes for 2015.

Mr. Reibsome asked is some of the FEMA money going to cover repairs to Tower Drive. Mr. Mullen has
re-applied for FEMA money to fix lower Tower Drive.

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Carl, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve the Minutes of the Regular

Monthly Meeting of March 13, 2014 as drafted. Motion carried.

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Carl, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from the
General Fund in the amount of $52,175.97. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mrs. Carl, to approve bills to be paid from the Special
Police Fund in the amount of $690.22. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mrs. Carl, to approve bills to be paid from the
Highway Fund in the amount of $5,442.47. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mrs. Carl, to approve bills to be paid from the Sewer
Fund in the amount of $12,888.94. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Carl, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve bills to be paid from Debit Card
for the month of March in the amount of $409.79. 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 March, 2014.

Mr. Bauer reported that the hydrant that froze over the winter has been repaired. Two exhaust fans
were also repaired. The Hock & Cross Road Pump Stations had problems on Sunday and it is half fixed, it
needs an electrician to complete the work. The cost will be approximately $1200.00. Everything else is
ok.

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:

There was nothing new to discuss.

RAISING OF PUMP STATIONS:

John Bauer referred to Max Stoner, Township Engineer. Mr. Stoner stated that they are still waiting to
hear from PPL to be ready to do the work, probably one month.

Mike Hinkle stated that he has done the PA One Call for this two times.

Mr. Powers asked what work was being done on Rt 42 and Perry Ave. Chief Eckart explained that the
Pedestrian Crossing Pole was struck by a vehicle and was being replaced. The pole is being moved back
to reduce the chance of this happening again.

DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS – COLLECTION AGENCY:

The Township received one payment from ARB. Mr. Powers asked Solicitor Roberts where do we go
from here with this. Solicitor Roberts stated that the Township should wait and see how ARB does from
here.

ARB CONTRACT RENEWAL:

The contract with ARB has automatically renewed.

REQUEST OF WAYNE SNYDER-ELIMINATE SEWER BILL -255 FISHER St.

The Board of Supervisors decided to waive the Sewer Bill for 255 Fisher Street with the condition that
Mr. Snyder has the sewer line capped and he has that verified by the Columbia County Sanitary
Administration, Jim McDeavitt, and that if the sewer line is ever opened again the property owner will
be charged a Tapping Fee to reconnect the line.

Mr. Powers asked Theresa Hampton to create a letter to Mr. Snyder stating what was decided on this
matter.

EXTENSION OF PERRY AVENUE TO ROUTE 11:

There was nothing new to discuss.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

Ms. Carl stated that the Budget is doing well. The Secretary/Treasurer line is a little over budget due to
a large office supply order. Also the Engineering line is over, due to the Planning Commission and
Zoning Hearing Appeals. Payroll is over budget due to Police DUI & Drug Task Force overtime, however
most of that will be reimbursed.

Mr. Mullen arrived at 8:14 p.m. and addressed Debbie Medkiff’s concerns about Boone Road. He stated
that it is scheduled to be done.

Mr. Reibsome also redirected his question about the road work grant to Mr. Mullen.

Mr. Mullen stated that he dropped off the grant application and is waiting for the grants to be awarded.

DANGEROUS HOLE ON READING STREET:

Brad Prater, Zoning Officer, stated that he has observed the property and there doesn’t seem to be a
danger, there is brush still on the property. He will continue to monitor the property and if the brush is
not removed he will proceed further.

SUNKEN HIEGHTS WATER ISSUE:

Max Stoner, Township Engineer, stated that he was out with the road crew to review the area. As soon
as the area dries out, they will start work on the area and create a swale to reduce the water issue.

UNITED WATER SERVICE - UPDATE:

Mr. Powers spoke to the water company about extending the water lines. They want to present their
information at a public meeting.

Linda Woodward, Planning Commission Chairperson, stated that they will be having a meeting next
Tuesday for the Comprehensive Plan and she will ask the public for their input.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM - UPDATE:

Mr. Powers thanked Terry Hoover and Sharon Ferry for all their hard work. The Township is expected to
receive approximately $147,500.00 in reimbursements.

CODE OF ORDINANCE – UPDATE:

There was nothing new to report.

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:

The Planning Commission recommends putting this on hold to see how the surrounding areas do with
their ordinances.

There was discussion of the codes issues with the Stone Castle property. Solicitor Roberts stated that to
gain access to inspect the property, the Township can first ask permission to enter and perform the
inspection. If the property owner denies access, the Township can then apply for an Administrative
Search Warrant to enter and do the inspection.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN:

Linda Woodward stated that she was not in attendance at the last Planning Commission meeting when
the Comprehensive Plan was discussed. There were approximately 8 people there. Some of the
questions brought up were, Why is the Township doing the comprehensive Plan and How are they
proceeding with it? The first public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

PREVAILING WAGE – ADDITION TO TOWNSHIP SHED:

Max Stoner stated that he sent the proposal from the ceramic tile company for $3,160.00 to the
contractor, Northwood Homes, Inc. He did not like the total amount. Mr. Stoner stated that the
contractors 15% overhead profit is approximately $1500.00. If the Township would settle for that
amount the contractor may agree to that to be deducted from the change order.

Solicitor Roberts stated that the Township could sue the contractor but that would not be cost effictive.
It would be better to settle with him for the smaller amount.

Chief Eckart stated that the new contractor said that he could possibly replace the tile with a less
expensive product to help save some money.

Mr. Stoner suggests to propose to the contractor to reduce what is owed to him by the 15% overhead
profit. The Township will proceed when the contractor responds to this proposal.

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

There was nothing new to discuss.

WEBSITE SURVEY:

Linda Woodward indicated that it is going well. There have been approximately 20 to 25 responses.

They are showing consistency.

STONE CASTLE ZONING CHANGE:

Linda Woodward stated that the Planning Commission is still working on this issue.

VERIZON LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN:

Verizon has submitted all the necessary information. Solicitor Roberts stated that it would be
appropriate for the Board to approve the Improvements Agreement and the Land Development Plan.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mrs. Carl to approve the Verizon Wireless
Improvements Agreement and Land Development Plan, dated March 26, 2013, revised July 23, 2013.

Submitted by Cellco Partnership, d/b/a Verizon. Motion Carried.

NO LEFT TURN AT CROSS ROAD & RT. 11:

Mr. Mullen and Chief Eckart met with a PennDot representative and they stated that the accident
numbers do not support them taking any action. Installing a light at that intersection would cost ¼
million dollars. Chief Eckart suggested to PennDot to change the intersection to a no left turn area,
PennDot was in agreement with that. The question was brought up does the restriction need to be only
in the evening or into the morning or all day?

Mr. Mullen asked Chief Eckart to monitor the traffic flow in that area to see what would be the best
time to restrict the left turn. He is to bring the information to the next monthly meeting. The Township
will then go forth with an ordinance to give to PennDot.

Linda Woodward asked that if the Planning Commission asks that there be 2 lights placed in that area, is
the Township in a position to do so?

Mr. Powers stated that it is a state road and the Township has no say in it, but would petition PennDot
for it.

NEW BUSINESS:

TAX ANTICIPATION LOAN:

There was approximately $98,000.00 drawn down on the Tax Anticipation Loan. The Township has
received approximately $62,000.00 in tax revenue this month. After paying all the regular monthly bills
there will be a balance of approximately $41,000.00 in the General fund. It was questioned to pay on
the Tax Loan from this or wait for the next tax payment.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen to pay $10,000.00 on the Tax anticipation
Loan. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION APPOINTING HERRING, ROLL & SOLOMON TO DO AUDIT:

It was stated that if the Township wants to have Herring, Roll & Solomon do the Township Audit for
2014 we will need to get a price quote from them and then adopt a resolution accepting them as
auditors.

FIRE COMPANY CONTRIBUTION & FIRE TAX:

The new Fire Tax Account has been set up and a monthly allocation for the Fire Company will be paid to
them. All bills over the monthly allocation must be submitted to the Board for approval.

ESTIMATE OF JARRARD ELECTRIC FOR LIGHTING OF THE FLAG POLE:

Veronica Klesh stated that she had given an estimate for solar lights for the pole to Forrest Bennett. Mr.
Powers stated that he never received the estimate. The Township received an estimate for $1200.00
from Jarrard Electric to install and hard wire regular electric lights for the pole. They did not
recommend solar lights for this purpose. It was questioned why solar lights could not be used. The
Township will look into other proposals and also what the reason solar lights should not be used.

RESIGNATION OF LLOYD STEGENGA PLANNING COMMISSION:

The resignation of Lloyd Stegenga from the Planning Commission was received.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mrs. Carl to accept the resignation of Lloyd Stegenga
from the Planning Commission. Motion carried.

HOLD SAFE AGREEMENT-DANVILLE AREA COMMUNITY CENTER:

The DACC would like to use township roads to hold their annual DACC Sprint Tri to be held Saturday,
June 14, 2014. A certificate of insurance is needed from DACC, Solicitor Roberts is to contact DACC for
this.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:

Nick Fritz, Codes Officer, has been to the Perry Ave. trailer court. He issued 3 verbal 15 day warnings.

Two of the residents have complied. He will be sending a letter to the remaining resident. He also
stated that he gave 3 notices at Baker Trailer Court.

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

Brad Prater, Zoning Officer, submitted a report for the month of March 2014. He stated that he issued 2
permits, 1 Demo permit and 1 Fence permit.

Pending permits are the Sponenberg Swine Nursery, The Zoning Hearing Board granted the Special
exception but with the appeal it is still on hold. The Verizon permit and The Jacobs permit. Mr. Prater
stated that there is no update on the zoning map. He also stated that Mericle Real Estate was notified
concerning a sign on Rt 11.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

Mr. Mullen stated that when there is nice weather work will be started on the Mariano property. Also
issues at Sunken Heights will be worked on soon.

COLUMBIA COUNTY LIQUID FUELS GRANT ASSISTANT PROGRAM:

There have been grant applications for Tower Drive and 3 other roads. It was thought that Seda-Cog
would develop Cross Road but it is not a big enough project for them. The road crew is scheduled to do
the work once the weather breaks.

Linda Woodward asked if the DSA materials held up. Mr. Mullen stated that he thought that they did.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Police Chief Terry Eckart has submitted the following written report of activities for the month of March,
2014:

Fines issued
$4,134.00 – Montour Township
$2,166.00 – Catawissa Township
56 Traffic Citations – Montour Township
35 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
5 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township
1 Non-traffic Citation – Catawissa Township
7 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township
3 Criminal Arrests – Catawissa Township

Chief Eckart had nothing more to report.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

Fire Chief Brian Fosse submitted a report of Fire Department Statistics for the month of March 2014. He
was not present to comment further.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

Bob Clark requested a copy of the March minutes.

Mr. Webber asked if there was an update on the gas pipeline.

Brad Prater stated that he met with a Right of Way agent from the gas company. He asked questions
about the Townships Land Development procedures.

It was asked if there is a map of the proposed gas line. The one that is on the web site is not readable.

Linda Woodward stated that there is not. She suggests following the high tension lines and that will
probably be close to the route. She also stated that the compression stations that will be going in are
very noisy and put off an odor.

Mr. Mullen stated that there is a formal process to cut across our roads, will the gas company be cutting
our roads. Can we use a Highway Occupancy permit?

Veronica Klesh stated that the Township will deteriorate (pig farm, compressors, cell towers). She and
others want the Board to meet with other townships, they want the authority to take back their
township. They feel that their survey and protests were ignored and a waste of time.

Linda Woodward stated that the Planning Commission heard the citizens. But the law is the law and
they had to vote with the law. She also stated that the Planning Commission represents the Township
and if they would have fought the pig farm it would have bankrupt the Township.

Mr. Powers stated that if they want to change the laws they need to go to the County Commissioners
and further up to Legislature to change the laws.

Mike Hinkle commented that there is a property with a hand dug well with no cover and he is concerned
about it. Brad Prater is to look into this matter.

MEETING DATES:

Mr. Powers reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly
Meeting on May 8, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m., on a MOTION of
Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mrs. Carl. Motion carried.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

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Joelene C. Sponenberg
Township Secretary

Theresa M. Hampton
Township Clerk