October 13, 2016 - Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on October 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., by Chairman Joseph Mullen. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.                                                                                              

A Moment of Silence was observed.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
There was no public comment.

MINUTES:
A MOTION was made, by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Ms. Ebright, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of September 8, 2016, and the Minutes of the Special Meeting of August 30, 2016. 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 $63,664.87, Special Police Fund $801.45, Highway Fund $802.33, Sewer Fund $21,296.26, Debit Card Purchases for the month of September in the amount of $169.89, and Fire Tax Fund in the amount of $2,774.46. Ratify State Fund check # 1542 for $43.20 and check # 1544 for $137.24. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

PUBLIC SEWER:

STP OPERATOR’S REPORT:
John Bauer, Sewer Treatment Plant Operator, stated that all operations are good, and the new blowers have been replaced. There was further discussion on the maintenance of the Sewer Treatment Plant.

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

SEWER COLLECTIONS:
There is nothing to report.

SMALL WATER AND SEWER PROGRAM GRANT:
Mr. Bauer stated that the grant application is due at the end of this month.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:
Ms. Ebright reported on the Townships financials.  Everything is doing well.  Project 2 from FEMA is nearly completed and we should be receiving funds soon.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:
Reported in Budget vs. Actual Expenses.

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

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:
Rich Roberts, Township Solicitor, stated that a draft of the Ordinance was given to the Supervisors. He will report back to the Supervisors after he reviews their comments.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:
Linda Woodward, Planning Commission Chairperson, reviewed with the Supervisors, the discussions that were held during the Planning Commission’s regular monthly meeting. There were a few questions that were sent to Solicitor Roberts and Mr. Jerry Walls which they are still awaiting replies on.

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

SMALL CELL TOWERS:
Solicitor Roberts stated that notes and revisions from the Planning Commission and himself have been submitted to Natasha Horton. She will review the notes and submit a new draft.

MS4 STORM WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Mr. Mullen mentioned that he spoke with Eric Stahley regarding, Montour Township joining the County MS4 vs. the township acting on its own. There was further discussion on this topic.

NEW BUSINESS:

RESOLUTION OF AUDIT SERVICE:
Solicitor Roberts stated that the Resolution of Audit Services will be advertised and can be put on the December 8, 2016 agenda to be adopted.

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:
Tim Mauk, Zoning Officer, reported that there were no permits issued this month.

A full report was submitted by Mr. Mauk.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:
A full report was submitted by Mr. Mauk.  Tim Mauk, Code’s Enforcement Officer, reported on the following code enforcement activities for the month of September 2016:

            Perry Ave.–Burning Ordinance

            Grovania Dr.–Tall Grass/Trailer Demo

            Perry Ave. Lot#1-Demolition

            Perry Ave. Lot#5-Deck/railing

            Perry Ave. Lot#5-Mice/roach infestation

            Perry Ave. Lot#11-Family removal/trailer condemned

            Perry Ave. Lot#23-Roach infestation

            J. Kashi -Dumpster removal

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

HOLLOW ROAD CULVERT:

There is nothing to report.

 

TOWER DRIVE:
Mr. Mullen stated that the grant for Tower Road was approved. Work will begin next year.

QUARRY ROAD:
Mr. Mullen stated that work on Quarry Rd. may have to be done next year due the lack of road crew employees.

FUTURE ROAD PROJECTS:
Mr. Mullen mentioned that Township roads cannot be repaired and maintained with Liquid Fuel monies only and we can in fact use General Fund monies. He has done some research and gathered information to be used at the Supervisors Budget meeting.

RESIGNATION OF CRYSTAL STOKER:
A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, and seconded by Mr. Bennett, to accept the resignation of Crystal Stoker of the Road Crew. Motion carried.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:
Chief Eckart submitted the following written report of activities for the month of September, 2016:

Fines issued - $3,273.00 – Montour Township

$2,085.00– Catawissa Township

15 Traffic Citations – Montour Township

57 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

4 Non-traffic Citations – Montour Township 

0 Non-traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

4 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township

3 Criminal Arrests – Catawissa Township

75 Incidents in Montour Township                       

45 Incidents in Catawissa Township

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:
Fire Chief Brian Fosse submitted a written report of Fire Company activities for the month of September, 2016.  

Mr. Mullen read a quote that he had received for roof repair.

Chief Fosse stated that Josh Turner inspected the roof and gave him a list of repairs that need to be done. He has not yet submitted a quote.

Chief Fosse also mentioned the spot in parking lot that needs to be repaired.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:
Ms. Woodward asked if Mr. Mullen he had looked into borrowing the money for road repair opposed to using the General Funds.

Mr. Mullen mentions that Williams Pipeline is going to use Valley Road to access their pipeline, and he had received a letter stating that Williams is going to notify the Township 60 days before they bond it.

Mr. Mullen passed out reports concerning the upcoming Budget Meeting for residents to review.

Ashley Morgan stated that from what she sees in her profession, the Police Officers put their lives on the line every single day, and in her opinion that is the last place that should be cut.

Chief Fosse asked Mr. Mullen why the Township can’t use part of the EMS tax for the roads. He didn’t feel that the Police budget should be cut when there others place where the Township could be looking for funds.

Ms. Ebright stated that the children of W.W. Evans are learning about community service and giving back to the community. The students are collecting for the Montour Fire Department, Hemlock Fire Department, and Montour Police Department.

Mr. Mullen mentioned a letter that was received regarding signage on State roads that need better regulations or it could run the risk of losing Federal funds.

MEETING DATE:
Mr. Mullen reported that the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will hold their next Monthly Meeting on November 10, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., and the Budget Meeting on October 19, 2016.

There being no further business to discuss, the Meeting was adjourned at 8:45p.m., on a MOTION of, Ms. Ebright seconded by Mr. Bennett. Motion carried.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Theresa M Hampton
Township Secretary

Danielle Berkes
Township Clerk