January 14, 2016 - Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on January 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., by Chairman Joseph Mullen.  All members were present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

A Moment of Silence was observed.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Bob Clark, of Valley Road asked about the Public Notice that was advertised in the newspaper about water that was to be pumped out of the Susquehanna River in Montour Township.  Solicitor Roberts stated that the Township had just recently received an application by Williams to take water but it had not yet been reviewed. 

Mr. Clark expressed his concern with how much water would be taken vs. how much water would be used.

Mr. Mullen stated that it is out of the Townships Jurisdiction. 

At this time, Theresa Hampton, Township Secretary, handed out the applications to the Board Members for their review.

Police Chief Terry Eckart mentioned that he received an email stating there will be test drills at the Rohrbach Farm on Jan 18.

Mr. Mullen read the application letter to the public.  He then mentioned that the application asks for the maximum amount of water, however, that much may not be used.

There was much discussion on this matter.

Jim Yoncuski of 270 Hollow Road expresses much concern over a neighboring property belonging to John and Valerie Mensch of Grovania Drive.  He feels the property is full of junk and dilapidated builds which is a health and fire hazard to him, his wife, and their property. Mr. Yoncuski would like the property to be inspected. 

Codes Officer Nick Fritz, stated that he has been to the property and at the time it was within Code. 

Solicitor Roberts stated that the Township will give the information to Tri-Co. Cog to look into the matter.

Keith Mensch asked if a map had been approved yet of where the gas pipeline will be.

Mr. Mullen stated that he has not been notified of any changes.

Solicitor Roberts mentioned that it hasn’t received final approval yet.

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made, by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennet, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of December 10, 2015.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve the Minutes of the Special Meeting held December 22, 2015.  Motion carried.

Mr. Mensch asked what decision was made at the Hileman Conditional Use Hearing.  Mr. Mullen briefly stated what was decided at hearing.

Solicitor Roberts read to the public the Conditions of Use.

A MOTION was made Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to approve the Minutes of the Reorganizational Meeting held January 4, 2016.  Motion carried.

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $37,015.11. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to approve bills to be paid from the Special Police Fund in the amount of $533.77. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the Highway Fund in the amount of $3,917.96. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to approve bills to be paid from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $11,655.12.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Debit Card Account for the month of December in the amount of $238.30.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Fire Tax Account in the amount of $2,808.46.  Motion carried.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

PUBLIC SEWER:

 

STP OPERATOR’S REPORT:

John Bauer, Sewer Treatment Plant Operator, reported that there was some extra pumping at the equalization tank and the Indian Head Pump station was cleaned out as well.  All else is as normal. 

 

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:

There is nothing new to report.

 

BEVERLY DEITERICH – 5 Perry Avenue Sewer Bill:

Mr. Fritz, Codes Officer mentioned that he spoke with Mr. Wally Wynn who stated that the property was condemned 7-8 years ago.  Mr. Wynn also mentioned to Mr. Fritz that he was living at the property when the sewer was run to the property and it was never hooked up to the house.

Solicitor Roberts states that the Township should confirm whether services were connected.

Mr. Fritz states that the Deiterich’s plan on having the building demolished in the spring.

 

SEWER COLLECTIONS:

There is nothing new to report.

 

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

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

Ms. Ebright stated that the Township income for 2015 is more than budgeted, which is good and that the total income and expenses were right on track with the expected budget. 

 

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:

Theresa Hampton stated that Terry Hoover was in the office to file the quarterly report.  She has not heard from the FEMA representative regarding any further information that is needed, and hopes that means they are getting near the end of the project.

 

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:

 There is nothing new to report.

 

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:

There is nothing new to report.

 

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:

Planning Commission Chairman, Linda Woodward stated that she received an email from Michelle Brummer who will send copies of the proposed map within the next week.

 

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

There is nothing new to report.

 

HILEMAN CONDITIONAL USE OPINION:

A  MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright to approve the Hileman Conditional Use Opinion.  Motion carried.

 

SMALL CELL TOWERS:

Mr. Mullen stated that we have no jurisdiction over the approval of cell towers, only the location of the towers.  Making any changes would mean having to rewrite the entire Ordinance.   It was recommended that the Township contact someone who specializes in this matter. 

Solicitor Roberts mentioned that he has a proposal for the rewriting of the Cell Tower Ordinance.  It proposes that the Ordinance will be rewritten at a rate of $225.00 per hour, with a maximum charge of $2,800.00.

 

EMA DIRECTOR:

Mrs. Hampton stated that the Township has received notice that Carmen Calleri has been accepted as EMA Director of Montour Township.  She also mentioned that she will let Joe Yeager know that he is officially Assistant EMA Director.

 

EMERGENCY WATER SOURCE:

There is nothing new to report.

                                                                                   

BROUSE/SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY RV LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN:

Solicitor Roberts mentioned that the most recent extension granted to Mr. Brouse will expire February 17, 2016.  He spoke with Charles Axtman, Engineer for Mr. Brouse/Susquehanna Valley RV and told him that another extension is needed.  Mr. Axtman said he would submit it next week.

 

LIGHT FOR TOWNSHIP FLAGPOLE:

Mike Hinkle, Road Foreman, is not present. 

Mr. Mullen stated that Mr. Hinkle had gotten word from the electrician hired to do the work.  He is currently too busy to do the work.

Mrs. Hampton stated that a new electrician had been in the office today to take measurements for the light to be installed.

 

EMILY DEWALD RETIREMENT-ACOUNTANT REPLACEMENT:

Mrs. Hampton stated that she spoke with Bert Leiby, Township Tax Collector who has given her the name of 2 accounting firms, Tax Service Plus, and Dan Brewer.  Emily DeWald has also given contact information for Rochelle Fessler from Bloomsburg.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

PSATS CONVENTIONREGISTRATION:

Mr. Mullen asked for monies from the Township to cover one of three days at the PSATS Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show, to be held in Hershey from April 17-20.

Mr. Bennett also expressed interest in attending the convention.  Ms. Ebright will not attend due to her work schedule.

 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Ms. Ebright to authorize funds for the first full day of the PSATS Educational Conference & Trade Show.  Motion carried.

 

AUDITOR APPOINTMENT:

Mr. Mullen announced that Jolene Sponenberg has agreed to volunteer as the 3rd Township Auditor.

 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Mr. Bennett to appoint Mrs. Sponenberg as Township Auditor effective immediately.  Motion carried.

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:

Nick Fritz, Code Enforcement Officer, reported that there were no calls last month. He has been through Perry Avenue several times and it appears as if Lot 42 is starting to be cleaned up.  Alice Walters is cleaning up and has many piles of trash.  Mr. Fritz told her that the trash must be put in dumpsters.

John Reibsome asked who he would speak to regarding the chickens on Tower Drive that run wild.  Mr. Mullen advised him to call Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer.

Mr. Clark thanked Mr. Fritz for his attention to the overgrown grass at the end of his property. 

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, was not present; Mr. Mullen reported the following permits issued:

R. Hileman---3 sign permits (West side of bldg., East side of bldg.., Dbl sided LED scrolling sign)

T. Farr----Sign Permit

Brouse/Susquehanna RV----Temp Storage Permit

 

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

 

HOLLOW ROAD CULVERT:

Mr. Mullen mentions that the Redevelopment Office approached FEMA asking for funds to replace two existing pipes that go under Hollow Road, with larger pipes.  Mr. Mullen said he has left a message for Ron Kishner regarding the status of this project, but has not received a response.

 

CROSS ROAD:

Mr. Mullen stated that he will be contacting Penn DOT representative Greg Dibble to have him re submit bid specifications for Tower Road and Quarry Road. 

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

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

                                Fines issued - $1,397.00 – Montour Township

                                              $725.00 – Catawissa Township

                                                  14 Traffic Citations – Montour Township

                                               17 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

                                               5 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township  

                                               0 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

                                               2 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township

                                                   1 Criminal Arrest – Catawissa Township

                                               78 Incidents in Montour Township                       

                                              31 Incidents in Catawissa Township

 

It was mentioned that the Township recently hired a part time Police Officer, Brenton Bacon.  Mr. Bacon did not meet the hiring requirements and is not employable.  Solicitor Roberts will research to see if any further action is required to terminate Mr. Bacon’s employment.

Chief Eckart announced that one of the full time Officers is in the process of enlisting in the Military and will be leaving sometime between March and July.  Chief Eckart is asking that an advertisement be placed in the paper to hire a part time officer so that the transition will be easier at that time.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Mr. Bennett to approve advertising for a part time Officer.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Mr. Bennett to approve 2016 Police Contracts for Terry Eckart, Jimmie Hill & Tyler Soboleski.  Motion carried.

Mr. Clark asked if Chief Eckart has looked into other health insurance options for the Officers.

Mr. Mullen stated that only the full time Officers are covered and contribute 10% of the cost and that the yearly renewal is in the Police Contracts.  There was much discussion on this topic.

 

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

Fire Chief Brian Fosse submitted a written report of Fire Company activities for the month of December, 2015.

 

A Motion was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright to approve the following as Montour Township Fire Department Fire Police:

Gordon Brown, Carmen Calleri, Mike Coleman, Paul Creasy, Brian Fosse, Brian Hons, Carl Harner Jr., Myron Keller, Donald Long, Tom Snyder, Joe Yeager, Bill Bingaman Jr., Bob Baigis & Douglas Fetterman.   Motion carried.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

Mr. Vanderpool asked if the Small Cell Tower Ordinance will only be modified or changed completely. 

Solicitor Roberts clarifies that the ordinance will be redone in its entirety.

 

Mr. Yoncuski mentions that it was his first time attending a Township Meeting and thanked the Township for all that they do.

 

MEETING DATE:

Solicitor Roberts asked that a brief executive be held immediately following the meeting to consult with counsel concerning litigation.

 

There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m., on a MOTION of Mr. Bennett, seconded by Ms. Ebright.  Motion carried.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Theresa M Hampton

Township Secretary

Danielle Berkes                                                                                                                                   Township Clerk

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