March 10, 2016 - Regular Monthly Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on March 10, 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:

No public comment.

 

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made, by Ms. Ebright, seconded by, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of February 11, 2016.  Motion carried.

                                                           

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $24,113.70. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the Special Police Fund in the amount of $359.74. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the Highway Fund in the amount of $5134.74. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve bills to be paid from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $11,679.34.  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 February in the amount of $912.75.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright seconded by Mr. Mullen, 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. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to ratify General Fund check # 11800 for $64.80 Motion carried.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

PUBLIC SEWER:

STP OPERATOR’S REPORT:

John Bauer, Sewer Treatment Plant Operator, reported that sewer plant operation was running nicely.  He had recently received a new NPDES Permit from the DEP.  He believes there will be a slight change in the lab testing fees.  Mr. Bauer also states that there is a possibility that minor modifications to the front of the tank may be needed. There was further discussion on this topic.

 

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:

There is nothing new to report.

 

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.

There is not much to report as it is still early in the year and taxes have not yet come in.

 

SEWER CD RENEWAL:

Mrs. Hampton stated that one of the Sewer CD’s is up for renewal and reported the current fixed and flex rates.  There was much discussion as to what would most benefit the Township. 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Ms. Ebright to keep the Sewer CD for 6 months at a fixed rate of .20%.  Motion carried.

 

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:

Ms. Woodward mentioned that she had been in contact with Senator Gordner’s office, to ask about the Grant money that was advertised in the Press Enterprise as the Townships. Terry Hoover, Flood Officer has information on this matter and is out of town at this time.

 

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 Township office.  Rich Roberts, Township Solicitor explained the process for adopting the Comprehensive Plan.

The draft Plan will be sent to the appropriate entities for their 45 day review.

A Public Hearing will be held in the Township meeting room on May 19, 2016 at 7:00pm.

 

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

There is nothing new to report.

 

SMALL CELL TOWERS:

Solicitor Roberts mentioned that he has been in contact with the Cohen Law Group which is putting together a draft of the proposal and will get it to Solicitor Roberts for review.

 

Mr. Bennett mentions that he attended a Bloomsburg Town Council Meeting, at which they stated that Verizon is putting 36 towers up in Bloomsburg.  He also states that Bloomsburg is being compensated for these towers.

 

BROUSE/SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY RV LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN:

Ms. Woodward states the plan has been sent to Glace.  As long as the engineers comments comeback ok, the Planning Commission recommendation will come through next month.

 

LIGHT FOR TOWNSHIP FLAGPOLE:

Mr. Mullen mentioned that Terry Hoover, along with his son-in-law will make arrangements to begin work on the Township flagpole later this month when he returns.

 

EMILY DEWALD RETIREMENT-ACOUNTANT REPLACEMENT:

Mrs. Hampton stated that she has received quotes from all of the accountants mentioned at the previous meeting.  All of whom seem to charge significantly higher fee’s than what Emily Dewald was charging.  She also mentioned that Mrs. Dewald has been in contact with her and feels that with her training, Mrs. Hampton could do the work herself in the office.  Some research needs to be done to find out what system upgrades would be needed.  Mrs. Hampton asked permission to close the Township Office one day for her and Mrs. Berkes to go to Mrs. Dewald’s Office for training.

 

SOBECK SUBDIVISION:

This issue has been tabled until next month.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

LAPTOP FOR SALE:

Mr. Mullen announced there is a laptop, owned by the Township which is not being used and they would like to sell.  Mrs. Hampton mentioned a few of the features and gave a price range that she has found online for the same computer.  It was decided to put an advertisement on the Township website to accept bids for purchase.

 

PURCHASE OF A NEW TYPEWRITER FOR OFFICE:

Mrs. Hampton asked that she be allowed to purchase a new typewriter for the office as the current one is not efficient.  She has found one on the Staples website for $153.49 and the same typewriter on Amazon for $109.99.

A MOTION was made Ms. Ebright, and seconded by Mr. Bennett, to purchase a Brother typewriter from Amazon for the amount of $109.99 with a 3 year Protection Plan for an additional $9.19. Motion carried.

 

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, reported the following permits being issued;

            Ronald Hileman-Sign Permit

            Susan Karnes-Playhouse Construction Permit

            Mr. & Mrs. Gotschal-Fencing Permit

            Wayne Brouse-Temp. Storage Permit

            Jacob’s Telecommunications-Cell Tower Repair

 A full report was submitted by Mr. Mauk.

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:

Mr. Mauk reported garbage littered at the top of Grovania Drive.  He stated that he had stopped at a home near the debris to find the owners of the property.  The owners of the home were out of town but will contact Mr. Mauk when they return so they can figure out who is responsible for cleanup.

There was a call from a resident about RV’s that are being kept at Mustang Sally’s property.  Mr. Mauk made a phone call to the club owner and it was agreed the RV’s would be moved.

A called was received from a resident of the trailer park at Perry Ave who wanted to put up a fence.  An application for a permit was given to the resident.  Mr. Mauk also asked that the property be cleaned up to improve the appearance of the Township. He reports that a few days later he drove by the lot and the property looks somewhat cleaner.

Wayne Snyder of Fisher Street who owns two parcels of land would like to put up a garage.  There is some legality to be worked out with Tri-Cog before the process can begin.

Brennon sign in front of Morris Family Restaurant has been taken down.

REGIONAL CODES APPEALS BOARD:

Mr. Mullen stated that Solicitor Roberts will find out whether or not Tri-Cog Appeals Board applies to both Building Code and Code Enforcement.  If they do not we may have to go through a multi County Board.

INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE UPDATE:

Mrs. Hampton mentioned that we are using a Codes Update from 2006 and suggests updating to the most current version. 

Solicitor Roberts states that the Ordinance will have to be updated to say the most current Codes book will be used.

MS4 STORM WATER REQUIREMENTS:

Mr. Mullen attended the meeting at Sawmill Road that was in regards to the effort that the States involved with the Susquehanna River are making to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.  Mr. Mullen explained in further detail about what needs to happen in order to regulate storm water that flows from Route 42 and Route 11.

Another meeting will be held on May 12, 2016 which Mr. Mauk will attend.

There was much discussion on this topic.

 

FLOOD RISK STUDY, UPPER SUSQUEHANNA WATERSHED:

Mr. Mullen mentioned that he has received a letter from the Federal Government stating that the Court of Engineers will be updating our flood maps within the next year.

 

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

HOLLOW ROAD CULVERT:

Nothing new to report.

 

CROSS ROAD; QUARRY DRIVE; TOWER DRIVE:

Bids for total reclamation of the above mentioned roads will be accepted until April 14, 2016.

            1. Bid for Upper Tower Drive

            2. Bid for Upper and Lower Tower Drive

            3. Bid for Upper and Lower Tower, and Quarry Drive

            4. Bid for Upper and Lower Tower, Quarry Drive, and Cross Road

            5. Bid for materials

 

Mr. Robert O’Neill asked if drainage would be part of this process.

Mr. Mullen explained that drainage issues would need to be taken care of by the Township prior to road work beginning.  There was much discussion on this topic.

Mr. Bennett mentioned that he received a phone call from Mr. Vanderpool regarding vines and branches hanging over a Township Road that need to be taken care of. 

Mr. Mullen has spoken to Mr. Hinkle about this matter and it has been put on the Township clean up schedule.

Mr. Bennett stated that has received an email from Fire Chief, Brian Fosse about several lights in the fire stations meeting room which are not working properly.

Mr. Mullen states that the Township will look into having the lights repaired.

Mr. Mullen announced that the Township will receive $63,490.59 from Liquid Fuels.

Mr. Mullen stated that Williams Pipeline has given him an unofficial map of access routes to the construction site.  A spread sheet was included to give an idea of how many loads would be taken onto each road. 

Mr. Mullen was given an article by Mrs. Hampton regarding sign ordinances. The article talked about 1st Amendment Rights and sign content, which Mr. Mullen stated is not an issue in our Township.

Chief Eckart asked if the Township will be having their annual spring road inspection.  Mr. Mullen stated that they have already made a decision on road projects for the time being.

 

 POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

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

Fines issued - $2,726.00 – Montour Township

$770.00– Catawissa Township

22 Traffic Citations – Montour Township

16 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

83 Incidents in Montour Township                        

43 Incidents in Catawissa Township

 

Chief Eckart asked for funds to replace springs and pins in two of the Police rifles.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Ms. Ebright, to purchase repair equipment for Police rifles, up to the amount of $250.00.  Motion carried.

 

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

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

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

There was no public comment.

 

MEETING DATE:

Mr. Mullen reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly Meeting on April 14, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m., on a MOTION of Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Mullen.  Motion carried.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Theresa M Hampton

Township Secretary

 

Danielle Berkes

Township Clerk