July 13, 2017 Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on July 13, 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:

A representative from Susquehanna RV questioned where they stood with the project.   Max Stoner stated the site is 99.5 percent complete, everything looks good.  Just a couple small things need to be done.  Max requested that $817,540 be paid out less 2 previous payments that have been made.  Mr. Roberts said he is asking we release the security except for 10 percent.

Sean Reif has purchased a property on 207 Boone Road.  He is asking to have the sewer fee lifted until the final renovations are complete in the next several months.  Mr. Roberts stated that unless the line is capped, the sewer bill must be paid.  He asked about cutting the line, but then he would need to pay a reconnection fee.  Mr. Roberts stated the charge is for having the service available.  Discussion was made about how difficult it is to make exceptions.  We previously adopted a policy to charge sewer rates unless the line is capped.  It was decided to stick to the policy.

MINUTES:                   

A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennet, seconded by Mr. Mullen to accept the minutes of both the May and June regular meetings. 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, Highway Fund total $967.05, Sewer Fund $12,545.05, Debit card purchases $374.32 and Fire Tax Bills $1,753.46.  Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

Public Sewer:

Mr. Bauer had nothing new to report.

SEWER FUND SAVINGS:

There was discussion regarding Sewer Fund Savings and future repairs, and upgrades.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Bennett to authorize Max Stoner to open the bid process for Indian Head and Cross Road to raise the electrical boxes and make it flood proof.  Motion carried.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

Mr. Bennett had nothing to report.  It was reported that the FEMA project 2 is closed now.

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:

No change

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:

Planning Commission has their hearing on August 30th then it will come before the board and we will decide on a public hearing date.  There have been some small changes. 

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

This matter is on hold.

TOWNSHIP BUILDING ROOF:

No change. 

NEW BUSINESS:

MONTOUR TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY NIGHT:

Mrs. Ebright brought up the fact that Montour Township needs something to put a positive outlook on the Township.  We would like to hold a night out with the Fire and Police Department to invite residents and possibly have snacks and items to give out to children.  We are going to consider this and hopefully do this in the early fall.

CODE ENFORCEMENT REPORT:

ZONING OFFICE REPORT:

A monthly report was submitted by Mr. Mauk.  An executive session was held regarding possible litigation.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mrs. Ebright to reject the four bids for excavation on Tower Road and rebid the project with the new specs set by Greg Dibble.

Motion carried.

The Conservation Department has given us a grant for $36,000.  Quarry Road has all pipes installed and inspected.

 A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Bennett to approve a raise for Mr. Rasumssen to $12.00 an hour effective immediately.  Motion carried.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Mullen to hire Tyler Sobokeski and Ray Tomkinson as part-time officer’s at a rate of $15.00 per hour. Motion carried.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

Fire Chief Brian Fosse brought up the issue of PennDot wanting us to remove the sign across the road.  Mrs. Ebright gave the information to our solicitor to review.  A group met about the emergency committee.  Binders will be in place for emergencies.  We also need to begin to restart the process of opening up Perry Avenue.  Chief Eckart is on board and looking at a grant.  Max Stoner will help us get this moving again.  Mrs. Ebright and Mr. Bennett will meet with the county commissioners to see what they can help with. 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Bennet to adopt the ordinance to provide no parking on Reading Street in the cul-de-sac.  Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mrs. Ebright   asked that we release $56,570.27 an additional to Susquehanna RV. Motion carried.

Council will hold an executive meeting to discuss possible litigation and personnel matters.

MEETING DATE:

The next Regular Meeting will be held on August 10, 2017 at 7:30p.m..

 A MOTION by acclimation to adjourn at 8:55 pm.

                                                                                                Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                Lori Ebright    

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