February 11, 2016 - Regular Monthly Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on February 11, 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:

John Reibsome mentions that the netting and temporary poles that were put up by the Road Crew on Tower Drive, next to the Sponenberg farm, has been knocked over due to high winds and bad weather.  Joe Mullen, Township Chairman stated that he will make Mike Hinkle, Road Foreman aware of this issue.

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made, by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennet, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of January 14, 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 $36,725.60. 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 $509.09. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to approve bills to be paid from the Highway Fund in the amount of $1,987.29. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $13,193.51.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to approve bills to be paid from the Debit Card Account for the month of January in the amount of $587.66.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Fire Tax Account in the amount of $1,753.46.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to ratify General Fund check #’s 11737 for $28.08, 11752 for $128.51, 11758 for $225.00, 11760 for $112.99, 11761 for $197.88 for a total of $692.46 and Sewer Fund check #’s 4646 for $88.00 and 4647 for $2,665.00 for a total of $2,753.00. Motion carried.

Mr. Reibsome asked why additional checks need to be ratified.  Danielle Berkes, Township Clerk explained that these were checks for the bills that came in after checks had been signed.

Mr. Mullen took a moment to wish Mrs. Berkes a happy birthday.

 

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

PUBLIC SEWER:

STP OPERATOR’S REPORT:

John Bauer, Sewer Treatment Plant Operator, reported that sewer plant operation was running nicely.  There was a call on one of the grinder pumps which will need to be replaced. That will be taken care of the next time Mr. Bauer is in Muncy.

 

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:

There is nothing new to report.

BEVERLY DEITERICH – 5 Perry Avenue Sewer Bill:

Sewage Enforcement Officer, Jim McDeavitt has informed Mr. Mullen that there is no record of the property being hooked up to the sewage line.  As per Steve Bielskie the property was condemned. Therefore the Board decided to forgive the debt.

 A MOTION was made Mr. Mullen, seconded Ms. Ebright, to forgive any incurred sewage fees for the property of 5 Perry Avenue belonging to Beverly Deiterich. Motion carried.

SEWER COLLECTIONS:

Mr. Mullen states that Garry Bittenbender has given a list of 10-12 individuals/homes to be sent to collections. 

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

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

There is not much to report as it is still early in the year.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:

Mr. Mullen read a letter that had been forwarded to us from Mr. Shubeck, asking to please close out Montour Township at their Project Worksheet amounts.  This close out is for the flood road projects and does not affect the flood mitigation projects and reimbursements.

Mr. Reibsome asked if that will include funds to repair the damage that was done to Tower Drive.

Mr. Mullen explained that a FEMA Representative was taken to areas of concern in the Township by the Road Foreman and the FEMA Rep made the determination of what roads the Township would be paid for to repair. 

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 a copy of the Comprehensive Plan Update should be in the office.  The Planning Commission recommends the Supervisors review the Plan and if acceptable it then be sent to Solicitor Roberts and Michelle Brummer.  There was further discussion on this matter.

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

There is nothing new to report.

SMALL CELL TOWERS:

Solicitor Roberts mentioned that he has a proposal from the Cohen Law Group 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.

Mr. Mullen explains the need for a Small Cell Tower Ordinance. 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Ms. Ebright, to authorize the Cohen Law Group to rewrite the Small Cell Tower Ordinance for all wireless facilities, with the provision that it will be written at the rate of $225.00 per hour, with a maximum of $2,800.00. Motion carried.

Mrs. Woodward asked if it was possible to update the current ordinance.

Solicitor Roberts mentions that it will likely be a complete rewrite.

Sue Yoncuski asked if the ordinance has anything to do with wind towers.

Mr. Mullen states that it is completely different.

                                                                       

BROUSE/SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY RV LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN:

A MONTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to grant Susquehanna Valley RV a 90 day extension which will extend the date to May 15, 2016.  Motion Carried. Mr. Brouse was informed that he is required to obtain a permit for the storage of trailers on the property at this time.  Mr. Mauk stated that the permit was submitted.

 

LIGHT FOR TOWNSHIP FLAGPOLE:

Mr. Mullen mentions as per Mr. Hinkle, Terry Hoover’s son-in-law has volunteered to install a light for the flag pole, with labor being free of charge.

 

EMILY DEWALD RETIREMENT-ACOUNTANT REPLACEMENT:

Mrs. Berkes mentions that Theresa Hampton, Township Secretary has been in contact with Tax Service Plus, who will send us a price sheet. Dan Brewer was left a message and she is still waiting for his response.  Michelle Fessler was left a message as well and Mrs. Hampton was told she will either receive a call back or an email with information.

NEW BUSINESS:

SOBECK SUBDIVISION:

Mrs. Woodward mentions there are some minor changes that need to be made to the plans; however a letter from Glace states there is nothing that is going to hold it from being recommended.

Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer recommends a tree buffer be put between the Sobeck and Miknich properties.

Mrs. Woodward states that plans were received but they were not notarized.

This item was tabled until the notarized copies are received. 

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:

Mr. Mullen mentioned that due to personal reasons Mr. Fritz has submitted his letter of resignation. 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to accept Nick Fritz’s letter of resignation.  Motion carried.

Mr. Mullen and Ms. Ebright commended Mr. Fritz work as Zoning Officer.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, and seconded by Mr. Bennett, to appoint Mr. Mauk as acting Codes Enforcement Officer. Motion carried.

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, stated there were no permits issued this month.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

HOLLOW ROAD CULVERT:

Mr. Mullen has spoken with our PennDOT Representative, Greg Dibble, who will have paperwork for us to request total and separate bids for full depth reclamation to Cross Road, Quarry Drive, Tower Road to Route 11, and Tower Road to the Township line. We should have this information sometime in March.

 

CROSS ROAD:

Mr. Mullen announced that the Township has been granted $10,100 from the Conservation District to put pipes into Quarry Drive before it is reclaimed.

Mr. Mullen mentions that Mr. Bennett had received a phone call from a resident stating Surrey Lane is misspelled.

A  MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Mr. Bennett to hire Paul Kreisher as a new part-time Road Crew employee. Motion carried.

Mr. Mullen asked Solicitor Roberts to review a model ordinance regarding storm water drainage from residential driveways which causes erosion to Township Roads.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Chief Eckart has submitted the following written report of activities for the month of January, 2016:

                                Fines issued - $3,384.00 – Montour Township

                                               $1,641.00 – Catawissa Township

                                                  29 Traffic Citations – Montour Township

                                               22 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

                                               6 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township  

                                               0 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

                                               3 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township

                                                   1 Criminal Arrest – Catawissa Township

                                               77 Incidents in Montour Township                       

                                              31 Incidents in Catawissa Township

 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Ms. Ebright to terminate Brenton Bacon as a part time Police Officer for Montour Township. Motion carried.

 

Mr. Mullen mentioned that Mrs. Hampton is interested in attending a PMRS Seminar to further understand the paperwork involve with the Police pension.

Police Chief, Terry Eckart states that there are complaints from the school bus drivers about the many potholes on Cross Road.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Ms. Ebright to hire Shawn Kuhns and Alan Jadush, as part time Police Officers for Montour Township, at a rate of $14.50 an hour, effective immediately, with a 6 month probationary period.  Motion carried.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

Fire Chief Brian Fosse submitted a written report of Fire Company activities for the month of January, 2016.

Mr. Reibsome asked what the Fire Tax is used for.

Mr. Mullen explains that the monthly allowance they receive is to go toward the Departments regular bills.  The remainder of the Tax money is ideally held for future large purchases.

Mr. Mullen mentioned that after reading an article in Township News, he has learned that all Elected and Appointed Officials have to take an Oath of Office.

Mrs. Woodward asked if Mrs. Hampton, being a Notary, can swear in all Officials.

Solicitor Roberts states that she may swear in all Officials except herself.

Mr. Mullen mentioned that Mr. Hinkle will be attending a seminar held by the Dirt and Gravel Program at the Pine Barn Inn this spring. Attending this seminar once every five years will make the Township eligible for funds to repair low volume surface roads that erode into streams in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Mullen read a letter that Mrs. Hampton submitted stating that she received a phone call from Linda Kashner, Catawissa Borough Codes Department Representative, who states she has recently learned that, the Borough does not have an Appeals board. Mrs. Kashner has suggested that the communities join together to form one Appeals Board for the use of all parties involve, with Board members from each community.

Solicitor Roberts mentions that Tri-Co Cog does have an Appeals Board, and because we work with them we are eligible to use their Appeals Board.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

Mr. Reibsome asked if the model ordinance regarding storm water drainage from residential driveways would be reviewed to determine if existing driveways would be affected.

Mrs. Woodward asked if the Township could work with the property owner to help solve some of the problems they may be having.

Mr. Mullen states that there are many individual situations that would need to be reviewed.

Mr. Mauk mentioned that Eric Stahley has contacted him asking that each Township send an Official to Saw Mill Road on February 29, at 6:30p.m., in regards to Storm Water Management.  Mr. Mauk has volunteered to attend. 

Mr. Mullen also mentioned that on April 5 at 10:00a.m., there will be a meeting dealing with communities that are flood prone and what the County can do along with Municipalities.  This meeting will be held at the Commissioners Meeting Room.

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

MEETING DATE:

Mr. Mullen reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly Meeting on March 10, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

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

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Danielle Berkes

Township Clerk