May 12, 2016 - Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on May 12, 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.

Rich Roberts, Township Solicitor announced that an executive session was held before the meeting regarding personnel matters.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

No Public Comment.

 

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made, by MS. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of April 14, 2016 as well as the Special Meeting held on April 25, 2016.  Motion carried.

                                                           

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $48,720.28. Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Special Police Fund in the amount of $1,546.59. 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 $2,183.33. 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 $11,122.15.  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 April in the amount of $248.10.  Motion carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennet seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the Fire Tax Account in the amount of $3,921.30.  Motion carried.

 

ROAD PROJECT BIDS:

Mr. Mullen announced that after reviewing the bids received, a Special Meeting was held on April 12, 2016.  Having a budget of $188,000, the Township can only afford to repair Upper and Lower Tower Road at this time.  An amendment was made for the aggregate which was to be used on Tower and Quarry Drive.  A Change Order was drafted and sent to the contractor and was accepted.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

PUBLIC SEWER:

STP OPERATOR’S REPORT:

John Bauer, Sewer Treatment Plant Operator, reported that there was nothing new to report. 

Mr. Mullen mentioned there is a grant that can deal with flooding that may impact infrastructure and asked Mr. Bauer if there are any more breaker boxes at any pump stations that should be raised. 

Mr. Bauer states there are two, one at Indian Head and one at Hock Rd. There was further discussion on this matter.

 

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:

Solicitor Roberts reports nothing new at this time.

Ms. Woodward states that she has spoken with a member of the Cooper Township Sewer Authority who is exploring connection by going directly to Danville’s system.  They are interested in running their line to connect to our line at Grovania Drive.

 

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.

 

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:

There is nothing new to report.

 

RESIGNATION OF TRACY MAY FROM PALNNING COMMISSION:

The Board received a letter of resignation from Tracy May of the Planning Commission. 

 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Ms. Ebright to accept the resignation of Tracy May from the Planning Commission. Motion carried.

 

Linda Woodward, Planning Commission Chairperson, asked that the open position be advertised on the Township website.

Mr. Mullen mentions that the Township Code does allow alternates to be part of Planning Commission and if needed may be designated to be a voting member.

Solicitor Roberts will check on this, however the Township Ordinance will need to be amended for this change.

 

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:

 There is nothing new to report.

 

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:

There is nothing new to report.

 

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:

Mr. Mullen stated that the Hearing is scheduled for May 19, 2016.  Ms. Woodward mentioned that Michelle Brummer will attend the meeting with a hard copy of the map with minor changes and corrections.  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 the Cohen Law Group had sent a draft of the Ordinance. There are a couple of minor changes that Solicitor Roberts will recommend. Copies have been given to the Supervisors for review.

Mr. Bennett mentioned that Verizon may have recently filed to be covered under PUC. There was further discussion on this matter.

 

BROUSE/SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY RV LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN:

Solicitor Roberts states that he has not been in contact with Mr. Axman.  There are conditions that were agreed upon.  If these conditions are not met the plans will not be signed and approved.

 

LIGHT FOR TOWNSHIP FLAGPOLE:

Mr. Mullen stated the flagpole light was finished.

Theresa Hampton, Township Secretary stated the Township had received a donation of $100.00, from Mr. Cleve Hummel to help pay for the work and Mr. Hoover did the work for only the cost of the materials.

Mr. Mullen commended Mr. Hoover’s work and Mr. Hummel’s generosity.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Chief Eckart needed to leave the meeting early therefore he submitted the following written report of activities for the month of April, 2016 at this time:

Fines issued - $5,725.00 – Montour Township

$4,888.00– Catawissa Township

62 Traffic Citations – Montour Township

67 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

2 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township 

2 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

3 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township

1 Criminal Arrest – Catawissa Township

66 Incidents in Montour Township                       

38 Incidents in Catawissa Township

Chief Eckart announced that Monday May 16, 2016 will begin a new Buckle Up Grant for the next 4 weeks. A $2,300.00 grant has been given to be used for speed and seatbelt enforcement.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to terminate Nicholas Letcavage and Sean Coombs as Montour Township Part Time Police Officer’s effective immediately. Motion carried.

Mr. John Reibsome asked if the Township should be concerned regarding the termination of the part time Officers’.

Chief Eckart stated that is no reason for concern.

 

BLOOMSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY:

Ms. Ebright stated that as of now, Montour Township residents must pay to use the Bloomsburg Public Library. There are currently 23 residents who are paying for library services.  Ms. Ebright mentions that she has recently learned that the Township can make an annual donation on behalf of the Township residents which will allow them to use the library free of charge.

Mr. George Webber mentioned that the Library is losing Federal funding, and thinks it would be very beneficial.

Mr. Reibsome also agrees that it would be beneficial.

Ms. Woodward mentions that this service would also be great for the Senior Citizens of the Township.

 

Solicitor Roberts mentions that the Second Class Township Code should be reviewed before any decisions are made; to be sure it is permissible.

 

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, was not present, Mr. Mullen read Mr. Mauk’s report and  reported the following permits being issued;

Walter & Amy Shepperson – Pool Permit

Cynthia Barnhart – Demolition Permit

Jeffery may – Parking Lot Permit

 

Permits Denied:

Joshua & Rebecca Turner- Pool Permit

A full report was submitted by Mr. Mauk.

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:

Mr. Mauk mentioned that he received several phone calls regarding trash/junk as well as a trailer fire and demolition on Grovania Drive. He also received a phone call for garbage at Perry Ave. Lot #4.

Mr. Mullen states that there are five counties in Pennsylvania, Columbia County being one of them, which FEMA has allotted $3.5 million dollars to help heavily damaged areas caused by the 2011 flood.  Funds are to be used to lift houses and/or utilities. Montour Township has been allotted $350,000.  Based on how much need there is after claims are put in, there would be a selection process that the elected officials would be a part of.

Mr. Mullen asked that Mr. Mauk be designated to handout material regarding this process. There was further discussion on this matter.

 

REGIONAL CODES APPEALS BOARD:

Mrs. Hampton stated she was in contact with L. Kashner to express interest in this matter, however an Appeals Board has already been assembled and Mrs. Kashner would have to talk to the other Board members about adding our Township. This matter was tabled at this time.

Mr. Mullen mentioned that Mr. Mauk has taken over the duties of the Codes Enforcement Officer for the Township. 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Mr. Bennett, to appoint Mr. Mauk as the Township Zoning Officer/Codes Enforcement Officer, with a pay increase from $13 per hour to $14 per hour effective immediately. Motion carried.

 

MS4 STORM WATER REQUIREMENTS:

Mr. Mullen asked that Township pay a $50 registration fee for him to attend an MS4 workshop this summer.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, and seconded by Mr. Bennett to pay a $50 registration fee for Mr. Mullen to attend an MS 4 convention this coming summer. Motion carried.

There was further discussion on the MS4 storm water project. 

 

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

 

HOLLOW ROAD CULVERT:

Nothing new to report.

Mr. Mullen stated that there was an interview shortly before the meeting for a part time road crew worker.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Ms. Ebright, to hire Mr. Timothy Simons as a part time road crew worker at a rate of $12 per hour, effective immediately. Motion carried.

Mike Hinkle stated that Catawissa Township has mentioned to him that the person who currently runs their boom mower has not been able to and the equipment they have is very old.  They have asked that Montour Township provide an operator and equipment to do their mowing for this year. Catawissa will pay the hourly rate as well as $200 per cycle for the use of the equipment.

Mr. Mullen mentions that Williams has a $10,000 grant.  He states that he would like to put in for the grant in September with the hopes of possibly developing FEMA properties along Perry Ave. to be used as a Township park, or to be used for a Perry Ave. emergency extension.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Mr. Bennett, to authorize Catawissa Township the use of personnel for mowing at the hourly wage of the employee as well as $200 per cycle for the use of the equipment, and the cost of any damage done to the equipment while being used for Catawissa Township. Motion carried.

 

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

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

Chief Fosse requested to Mr. Mullen that the Township develop a Township emergency plan.  Mr. Mullen stated the Carmen Calleri, Montour Township EMC is out of town at this time, but he will speak with him about this matter when he returns.

Chief Fosse asked the Supervisors to lift the burning ban in the Township.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Bennett to lift burning ban in Montour Township. Motion carried. 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

Mr. Reibsome thanked the Supervisors for the work they have done to get Tower Drive repaired.

 

MEETING DATE:

Mr. Mullen reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly Meeting on June 9, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m., on a MOTION of, Ms. Ebright seconded by Mr. Mullen.  Motion carried.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Theresa Hampton
Township Secretary

Danielle Berkes
Township Clerk

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