September 14, 2017 Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on September 14, 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:

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett to accept the minutes of the September meeting.  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 $21,151.15, Special Police Account in the amount of $21,413.550, Highway Fund total $66,490.46., Sewer Fund $12,996,73, Fire Tax $5,408.38 ,and  Debit card purchases $506.16.  Motion carried.

SLOPE BIDS:

A bid was received from Don E. Bower Inc., for $27, 620.20 and a second bid from Multi Scape Inc.  for $59,293.00. 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen to accept the bid from Don E. Bower, seconded by Mr. Bennett. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

Public Sewer:

Nothing new to report.

SEWER FUND SAVINGS:

Mr. Mullen stated that Max Stoner recommended we not put aside funds for future sewer use.  Mr. Mullen proposed we pay off some of the sewer debt.  There is over $627,000 in the money market, cd’s and savings in the sewer fund.  He is asking that we pay off $350,000.  Pay the sewer bill at the current rate we have now.  The current rate is 3.06%.  Much discussion was held.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Bennett to take $300,000 and pay on the principle and continue to make payments.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

Mr. Bennett had nothing to report.  

The Budget meeting will be held on Monday, October 23rd beginning at 3:30 PM.  We will set aside Tuesday, October 24th if we need to continue.

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:

Discussion was held regarding the Roberts property.  Jerry Walls agrees there is a problem with zoning rules versus working.  Mr. Bennett suggested we hold a workshop to discuss different problem areas.  It will be held on Wednesday, September 20th at 4:30.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:

Planning Commission has their hearing on August 30th at 6:30 pm.

 WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

This matter is on hold.

MONTOUR TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY NIGHT:

Community Night will be held Monday October 9th from 6:00-8:00 PM at W. W. Evans Elementary School.  Postcards will be sent to residents.

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Ebright to set aside $250.00 for Community Night expenses, seconded by Mr. Mullen.

PERRY AVENUE EXTENSION:

Linda Woodward questioned the possibility of having the alley behind R.D.’s Roadhouse opened up as a possible emergency access road.

NEW BUSINESS:

SUSQUEHANNA GREENWAY RIVERTOWN PROGRAM

Trish Keruthers reported on the progress that is happening.  She talked about the benefits the trails will bring to the community.

EMPLOYMENT OF TINA RAUP:

A MOTION was made by Forrest Bennett, seconded by Mrs. Ebright  to accept the engagement letter provided by Tina Raup to work for the township in the capacity of financial assistant.  She will take care of keeping the financial reports updated and in order.  Motion carried.

TOWNSHIP SAFETY INSPECITON:

Mrs. Ebright met with the township safety inspector in August.  She made several suggestions including:  Updating an employee handbooks, installing carbon monoxide detectors, active shooter training and drug testing for full and part time employees.

HOUSE BILL 1620:

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mrs. Ebright to recommend House Bill 1620.

SUEZ WATERLINE PROPOSAL FOR MONTOUR TOWNSHIP

A 60 foot line would run from Bloomsburg through Montour Township.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to send a letter of support of this project to Suez Water Company.

ZONING OFFICE REPORT:

Mr. Mauk gave his monthly report.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

Mr. Hinkle gave his report.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen, seconded by Mrs. Ebright to approve the most current job description for Road Master.  Motion carried.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Chief Eckart had nothing new to report.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

Chief Fosse had nothing to add.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

No public comment.

MEETING DATE:

The next Regular Meeting will be held on Octoberr 12, 2017 at 7:30p.m..

 A MOTION by acclimation to adjourn at 9:11 pm.

                                                                                                Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                Lori Ebright    

E: Aug10Reg                                                                            Assistant Secretary