August 11, 2016 - Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on August 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:
Chris Young, Columbia County Commissioner and Columbia County Traveling Library Board Member, and Ammon Ripple, Traveling Library Director, presented information about the Traveling Library. Mr. Young stated that the Bookmobile is aged and spending more time in the shop. The Traveling Library Board is going to each Municipality that it serves to ask for help with funds to replace the current Bookmobile which would cost approximately $250,000. They are asking for a donation of $2,000 a year for the next five years. There was further discussion on this topic.

MINUTES:
Ms. Woodward asked that a word be added to the Motion pertaining to the Comprehensive Plan that was made at the July 14, 2016 meeting. She feels there is some confusion as to what the Supervisors are asking the Planning Commission to do. Mr. Mullen stated that it will be discussed later in the meeting.

A MOTION was made, by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of July 14, 2016 with no changes. Motion carried.

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:
A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $32,231.54, Special Police Fund $810.99, Highway Fund $59,407.58, Sewer Fund $16,897.03, Debit Card Purchases for the month of July in the amount of $100.65, and Fire Tax Fund in the amount of $80.00. Also to ratify Fire Tax Fund check #1047 in the amount of $1,053.00, and General Fund check #11991 in the amount of $600.00. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
BLOOMSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY:
A MOTION was made by Lori Ebright, and seconded by Forest Bennett, to donate $1,500 a year for the next five years to the Columbia County Traveling Library. Motion carried.

Ms. Ebright mentioned Montour Township's $600 donation was delivered to the Bloomsburg public library. She stated that a Librarian from the Bloomsburg Library will attend the W. W. Evans Open House on August 25, to help students sign up for a library card.

PUBLIC SEWER:
STP OPERATOR'S REPORT:
John Bauer, Sewer Treatment Plant Operator, stated that there was nothing new to report at this time.

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UP:
There is nothing new to report.

SEWER COLLECTIONS:
There is nothing new to report.

Theresa Hampton, Township Secretary, asked Mr. Bauer if he had looked into a Sewer grant that could help the Township replace old grinder pumps as needed.

Mr. Bauer stated that he has looked into it and would like to speak to Max Stoner, Township Engineer about it before applying.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:
Ms. Ebright reported on the Townships financials. Everything is doing well. The Township has received the second half of Catawissa's payment for Police Service.

Mrs. Hampton asked that she be allowed to make Sheetz Fuel Credit Card payments electronically due to the fact that billing cycles and meeting dates overlap which will cause late charges to the account.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright and seconded by Mr. Bennett, to allow the Township Secretary to set up electronic payment for the Sheetz Fuel Credit Card. Motion carried.

RIGHT- TO-KNOW REPORT:
There is nothing new to report.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:
Terry Hoover, Township Flood Mitigation Officer, stated that after a very long process Project #1 is finally being closed and the Township will be receiving $45,802. The second part of this project will involve the ICC which will partially reimburse those residents and the Township who had flood insurance. Work on Project #2 will begin once Project #1 is closed. There was further discussion on this topic.

Dr. Gerry Powers stated that he greatly appreciated the work that Mr. Hoover has put into this project.

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:
There is nothing new to report.

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:
Solicitor Roberts stated that he has a First Draft of the Landlord Ordinance for the Supervisors to review and discuss at next month's meeting. The draft is based on an Ordinance that is being used by a number of several surrounding municipalities.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:
Ms. Woodward stated that at last week's Planning Commission meeting, a general discussion was held and it was decided that there was confusion as to what the Supervisors were asking the Planning Commission to do. She mentioned that the Planning Commission is not opposed to sitting down with the Supervisors to clarify each wanted or unwanted change.

Mr. Mullen felt that it was premature to bring in a consultant until they clarify what the Supervisors wanted the Planning Commission to do.

Ms. Woodward agreed with Mr. Mullen and suggested a Special Meeting be held to see if they can come to some consensus or decision.

After much discussion Solicitor Roberts recommended a Special Meeting, stating it was going to be fairly extensive.

It was decided that a Special Meeting will be advertised and then held on August 30, 2016 at 6:30pm.

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:
There is nothing new to report.

SMALL CELL TOWERS:
Solicitor Roberts mentioned that he asked Natasha Horton, of the Cohen Law Group, to provide in Amended Ordinance the wireless facilities will be permitted only with Special Exceptions. He also stated that Ms. Horton asked if there are any areas in the Township where the density is such that it might not be appropriate for these facilities. Solicitor Roberts stated that Ms. Woodward, along with the Planning Commission will review this information, make a recommendation to the Board, and after discussion it will be sent back to Ms. Horton.

BROUSE/SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY RV LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN:
Solicitor Roberts stated that Mr. Brouse has complied with the permits that were submitted and has begun work.

HOWE SUBDIVISION:
MOTION to grant the following waivers to the Subdivision Addendum Plan for Michael E. Howe and Mary Lenzini Howe:

  1. Waiver from the requirements of Section 301 to allow submission of a combined Preliminary/Final Plan.
  2. Waiver from the requirements of Section 702 (1) to allow a standard sheet size of 24”x36”.
  3. Waiver from the requirements of Section 702 (2) to allow a plan scale of 1”=40'.
  4. Waiver from the requirements of Section 702 (2) (F) to allow a location map scale of 1”=1 mile.
  5. Waiver from the requirements of Section 703 (1) to allow a standard sheet size of 24”x36”.
  6. Waiver from the requirements of Section 703 (2) (F) to allow a location map scale of 1”=1 mile.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Mr. Bennet, as so stated in the above mentioned Waiver's. Motion carried.

MOTION to approve the Subdivision Addendum Plan for Michael E. Howe and Mary Lenzini Howe dated June 20, 2016, and revised July 28, 2016.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen and seconded by, Ms. Ebright to approve the Subdivision Addendum Plan for Michael E. Howe and Mary Lenzini Howe. Motion carried.

MS4 STORM WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Mr. Mullen stated that in the near future MS4 is going to require a lot of data collection to demonstrate what was normal in certain areas of the Township to reduce pollution. After being briefly reviewed by an MS4 representative, a Township map showed that Montour Run had the most relevance to the Chesapeake Bay. A workshop will be held to help advise Municipalities on how to gather information and fill out forms that will be needed.

NEW BUSINESS:
TOWNSHIP NEWSLETTER:
Mr. Mullen states that he would like to send out an annual Township Newsletter to residents to advertise the Townships website. He mentioned that PSATS has many informative videos that can be uploaded for resident's information. He suggested possibly sending them out with the sewer or tax bills.

Mrs. Hampton mentioned that she had spoken to Bert Leiby, Township Tax Collector, about adding the Newsletter to the February tax bill and making up for any extra cost in postage.

OPEN RECORDS OFFICER:
There is nothing to report at this time.

ZONING OFFICER'S REPORT:
Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, reported the following permits being issued;
Leroy Long–Trailer Demo
William Reed–Fireworks
Sherri Abbatiello–Sub/Gift Shop
Micheal Lizardi-Moving Shed

A full report was submitted by Mr. Mauk.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER'S REPORT:
Tim Mauk, Code's Enforcement Officer, reported on the following code enforcement activities for the month of July 2016:
Valley Road–Swimming Pool/Fencing Violation
Grovania Drive–Tall Grass/Trailer Demo
Perry Ave. (Swartzlander)–Dog Mess
Perry Ave. (Fetterman)-Road Repairs
Grovania Drive-Garbage
A full report was submitted by Mr. Mauk.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

HOLLOW ROAD CULVERT:
There are (2) 3' pipes that are to be replaced with (1) 5' pipe. This work is being held up due to some confusion as to who has the authority to approve the work, the County Conservation District Agent or Engineer.

TOWER DRIVE:
Mr. Mullen stated that the Conservation District was out earlier this week to look at funding for the bank that runs along the unnamed stream on Tower Drive. The Conservation District thought it would be more practical to put concrete block in rather than cutting the road up and creating a stone bank. They have already approved $9,500 for the project but suggested asking for more funding as the project will be more than initially expected.

QUARRY ROAD:
Mr. Mullen stated that the Township received a grant to put pipes in at Quarry Road. That work will begin in September.

RECYCLING AGREEMENT:
Mr. Mullen stated that he will look into whether or not the Township is allowed to do an occasional brush drop off at the Bloomsburg Recycling Center, and what the cost would be.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Chief Eckart submitted the following written report of activities for the month of July, 2016:
Fines issued - $1,914.00 – Montour Township
$2,617.00– Catawissa Township
30 Traffic Citations – Montour Township
44 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
5 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township
0 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township
1 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township
1 Criminal Arrest – Catawissa Township
63 Incidents in Montour Township
44 Incidents in Catawissa Township

Chief Eckart stated that Officer Soboleski has enlisted in the Military and will be leaving later this year. He would like to work part time starting September 1 until he leaves, so he can spend time with his family. Officer Soboleski has accumulated 18 days of paid vacation and is requesting that he not use them but receive a payout.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Ms. Ebright, to grant the request of Officer Tyler Soboleski to go from a full time Officer to a part time Officer effective September1, 2016 with his compensation remaining at $16.50 per hour.

A MOTION was made by Ms. Ebright, and seconded by Mr. Bennett, to hire Travis Stotelmyer as a part time Officer commencing August 12-31, then become full time effective Sept 1, 2016 with a full time Officer starting compensation of $16.00 per hour with a probation period of 6 months.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:
Fire Chief Brian Fosse submitted a written report of Fire Company activities for the month of July, 2016.
Chief Fosse requested to Mr. Mullen that the Township develop a Township emergency plan. Mr. Mullen stated that Chief Fosse had injured himself earlier in the day and was not about to attend tonight's meeting. Mr. Mullen asked Carmen Calleri if could attend next month's meeting so a Disaster Preparedness Committee can be discussed.

Mr. Mullen, stated that an executive session was held before the meeting to interview Officer Stotelmyer, and to talk about a legal issue regarding Ordinances.

Mr. Mullen stated that the CDBG offers a grant that helps trailer court residents seek legal counsel to discuss their rights as a trailer owner or lessee.

Mr. Mullen also mentioned that he would like to put in a request for a grant from Williams Pipeline Company to propose possibly purchasing certain properties on Perry Ave. and turning the land into a low-grade park.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:
Ms. Woodward mentioned that signage on the corner of Rupert and Grovania is worn and very hard to read.
Mr. Mullen stated that all of the signs in the Township need to be replaced due to misspelling and specific script that is required by the Federal Govt'. He mentioned that Mike Hinkle, Township Road Foreman, will speak with Scott Township about making corrected signs.

MEETING DATE:
Mr. Mullen reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly Meeting on Sept 8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 8:55p.m., on a MOTION of, Ms. Ebright seconded by Mr. Bennett. Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

Theresa Hampton
Township Secretary

Danielle Berkes
Township Clerk