June 8, 2017 Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on June 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., by Chairman Joe Mullen.  All members were present.

                                                                                                                                              

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.                                                                                              

A Moment of Silence was observed.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

No comments. 

MINUTES:          

The minutes of the previous meeting will be approved at the next meeting. The Solicitor just received his copy and has not had time to review them.

 A MOTION  was made by Mrs. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett to accept the minutes of the special meeting on May 30th. Motion carried.

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Mrs. Ebright, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $30,950.26, Highway Fund total $967.05, Sewer Fund $12,545.05, Debit card purchases #374.32 and Fire Tax Bills $1,753.46.  Motion carried.

OPENING OF BIDS:

Mr. Mullen stated they rejected the bid for the reinforcement of Tower Road.  Mr. Mullen opened 4 bids for the Slope Repair  Don E. Bower, $46,620.50, Sikora Brothers Paving, $42,340.00, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., $91,816.75, Columbia Excavating LLC., $57,670.00, Midland   Mike Hinkle requested that we review the bids before they are accepted. Mr. Mullen withdrew his motion to accept bids, second by Mr. Bennett. 

A MOTION  was made by Mr. Mullen, second by Mr. Bennett to table the bids for tabulation for now. Motion carried

OLD BUSINESS:

Public Sewer:

There was much discussion over who is responsible for grinder pump maintenance. An agreement was reached that we would provide the pump and they would need to do the modifications.  Mr. Bauer will provide the specs and we will work on the letter to send out.  They will be put on notice that the practice is changing and we will need to change the ordinance again.  Mr. Bauer will talk to the homeowner who has a broken lid and inform them the township will not pay for it.  They will need to replace it themselves.  John will offer to fix it or they can find someone else.

SEWER FUND SAVINGS:

Mr. Mullen stated we have about half a million dollars in the Sewer Fund.  He spoke to Bert Leiby regarding what the savings would be if we paid off principal of $200,000.  It would be about $86,000 on interest.  He thinks we should pay off a substantial amount of on the principal.  We could place some in a high maturity cd.  He will present more info at the next meeting.  Paying some of the principal is the best way to save money.  Linda Woodward brought up the fact that in the future that money may be needed to extend the line toward Danville.  Much discussion was also held on this topic.

SEWER COLLECTIONS:

There is nothing new to report.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

Mr. Bennett had nothing to report. 

5 YEAR PLAN:

Mr. Mullen stated we would ask Mr. Bauer how much money would be needed over 5 years and to make future repairs.  Mr. Hinkle would be asked what roads need to be prepared and an estimate of what is needed.  Also, we need to look at equipment needs and salaries in each department.  He will provide more info next month.  Ms. Woodward remarked that it is good to be proactive instead of reactive.  Mr. Mullen asked each department to come up with a 5 year budget plan.

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:

Mrs. Berkes spoke with Jerry Burke and he received the cleared check.  It went through him and Harrisburg and is now in Philadelphia with the Feds.  They just need to say it is closed and we will be finished.

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:

This matter is on hold.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:

Ms.  Woodward presented the revised Comprehensive Plan.  They have been sent back and corrected.  They need approval from the supervisors and then a public meeting will be held.  Mr. Mullen wanted the item removed about the drainage due to a waiver from MS4.  Ms. Woodward said it should be left on and modified.  Small changes can be made later.  Ms. Woodward will have the paragraph in question changed.

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Ebright, second by Mr. Bennett, to go forward with the public meeting.  Mr. Roberts stated after the Comprehensive Plan is adopted we will update the zoning map.  Jerry Walls can update the map at a rate of $64.00 per hour.

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

This matter is on hold.

TOWNSHIP BUILDING ROOF:

Josh Turner was going to give an estimate.  Mr. Hinkle will check with him.

NEW BUSINESS:

ZONING OFFICE REPORT:

A MOTION  was made by Mrs. Ebright, second by Forrest Bennett to appoint Terry Eckart to serve as acting zoning officer in the absence of Tim MauK.  Motion carried. 

SUSQUEHANNA GREENWAY PARTNERSHIP:

Ms. Woodward said they are working in Catawissa and Bloomsburg getting them designated as River Towns. This will allow them to get grants for working on the trail.  The trail should open to Catawissa by the fall.  Next step is to open from Catawissa to Bloomsburg. A representative would like to come to a meeting to present all the facts.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

Mr. Hinkle reported they will start putting pipes in at Quarry Drive. He asked if anyone could be hired a one-time temp for 2 or 3 days to assist.  Mr. Hinkle has a brother available to help.  Mr. Roberts said we can hire a part time person to serve as needed with no legal issues.

 A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, second by Mrs. Ebright to hire part time, Thomas Hinkle, as needed. Motion carried.  Mr. Mullen requested if he could also help.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennett, second by Mrs. Ebright to hire Mr. Mullen if needed at the wages set. Motion carried.   Everything else is moving along.   Mr. Hinkle declined taking a raise now and will wait until the reorganizational meeting.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Chief Eckart’s report was given.  A part time officer has resigned and moved to Danville.  Danville’s officers start at $48,000.  That is full time officer for the first year.  There was much discussion around the problem of paying salaries that enable us to keep our officers.

A MOTION was made by  Mrs. Ebright , second by Mr. Bennett to give 50 cent an hour raises to Chief Eckart, John Stoker and Craig Johnson beginning July 1 through December 30. Motion carried.  With salaries being worked on at the budget meeting.  The increase for this 6-month period would be $1560.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

Fire Chief Brian Fosse submitted a written report of the Fire Company activities for the month of May 2017.  The fire company would like to collect from insurance carriers to replace supplies used at accidents.  He would not be collecting from residents.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, second by Mrs. Ebright to adopt a resolution to send claims to insurance for cleanup excluding Montour Township residents. Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:

Ms. Woodward wanted to thank the Fire Chief for getting the flag fixes out front.

MEETING DATE:

June 8, 2017

A MOTION by acclimation to adjourn at 8:35 pm.

                                                                                                Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                             

                                                                                                Lori Ebright    

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