January 11, 2018 Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on January 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., by Chairman Lori Ebright.  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 Mr. Bennett, seconded by Ms. Woodward to accept the minutes of the December meeting.  Motion carried.

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

A MOTION was made by Ms. Woodward, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to approve bills to be paid from the General Fund in the amount of $15,862.88 , Special Police Account in the amount of $688.04, $1,366.00 , Sewer Fund $12,171.86, Debit card purchases $573.78 and Fire Tax bills $1,366.00.

 Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

Public Sewer:

Everything is going well.  Only one call out to one pump station.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

Mr. Bennett had nothing to report.  Mrs. Berkes stated the auditors set the rate for the bond at $100,000. They also set the rate for secretary and laborers at $15.00 for supervisors.

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:

We need to hire someone to update our codes.  It made sense to wait until Comprehensive Plan was complete and the zoning changes are complete.  Mr. Roberts said it will be a major undertaking.  We used General Code in the past.  We need to get an estimate to get that done.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:

Ms. Woodward has emailed for a quote to get an update of the zoning map. 

HAZARDOUS WASTE PICK-UP AREA:

This will be removed from the agenda for the time being.

PERRY AVENUE EXTENSION:

Max Stoner sent a letter to PennDot asking them to take the next step in the process.  Mr. Roberts stated the big hold up will be finding the funds for the project.

SUSQUEHANNA GREENWAY RIVERTOWN PROGRAM

Ms. Woodward said we can’t answer the questions they have asked.    She will tell them we will help how we can.

SUSQUHANNA RV RELEASE #4

Nothing new.  Max Stoner is waiting for documentation from them to make the final release.

SPONENBERG APPEAL

The Commonwealth Court has reversed the decision of the Columbia County Court of Common Please, thus denying Sponenberg’s application for a special exception.

NEW BUSINESS

SEDA-COG SUBDIVISION APPROVAL:  

  A MOITON was made by Ms. Woodward, seconded by Mr. Bennett to grant a waiver of requirements of Chapter 22, Section 704 (C) (4) of the Montour Township Code of Ordinances and to approve SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority Subdivision Plan dated January 4, 2010, and last revised July 11, 2017, contingent upon compliance with the planning commission recommendations. Motion carried.

HB1620 RESOLUTION:

PSATS has asked us to adopt a resolution to oppose the Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Bill, House Bill 1620.  A MOTION was made by Ms Woodward, seconded by Mr. Bennett.  Motion carried.

VOICE RECORDING RECORD KEEPING:

Mrs. Berkes has placed a sign stating our minutes are recorded.  Mr. Roberts made a resolution that the recordings will be kept until the minutes are approved by the board.    A MOTION was made by Mrs. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett to adopt the resolution.  Motion carried. 

JERRY WALLS 2018 CONTRACT:    

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett to approve the 2018 contract for Mr. Walls.  Motion carried.

TRAINING FOR MUNICIPAL SECRETARIES AND ADMINISTRATORS:

Mrs. Ebright requested that Mrs. Berkes and she be able to attend a training in Williamsport for secretaries and township administrators on March 22, 2018 in Williamsport.  The course is $80.00 per person.  A MOTION was made by Ms. Woodward, seconded by Mr. Bennett to have them attend.  Motion carried.

PSATS ANNUAL CONVENTION:

Ms. Woodward and Mr. Bennett will attend the conference.  

UPDATE OFFICE DOOR LOCK:

A quote was received for a new keypad lock for the office.  The quote was $2,946.  Mrs. Ebright look into some other systems.

ZONING OFFICE REPORT:

A monthly report was submitted.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

We have not been reimbursed yet for Quarry Road.  Mr. Hinkle has tried to contact them and had no results.  Mr. Mullen will try to contact the commissioners tomorrow.  It is approximately $15,000.  Tower Road was around $12,000.  They will be reimbursing this money next year.   It is difficult getting people to plow roads.  We will be considering raising the wages for our road crew.  We are looking for additional people interested in plowing roads.  A MOTION was made by Mrs. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett, to rescind the Board’s action concerning placing unused funds in the Public Works budget in the Equipment Fund and providing that grand funds will still be placed in the Equipment Fund.  Motion carried.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Ebright, seconded by Ms. Woodward approve the contract for 2018 for Chief Terry Eckart. A MOTION was made by Mrs. Ebright, seconded by Ms. Woodward to approve the 2018 contract for Corporal John Stoker and a motion was made by Mrs. Ebright, seconded by Ms. Woodward to approve the 2018 contract for Officer Brant Morris.  Motions carried. A motion was made by Ms. Woodward seconded by Mrs. Ebright     to accept the addendum to the Catawissa Contract for police services.  For 2018 the cost will be $78,000.   The Pipeline has been asking for police presence to be on scene during their work.  They have offered to pay over time for police officers and the use of the vehicle.  Mr. Roberts will work up a contract with them not holding the township responsible for any accidents, etc.   This will not take away from any officers currently on duty.  A MOTION was made by Ms Woodward, seconded by Mrs. Ebright to approve a contract for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project to provide a police presence while they are working. Motion carried.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

A monthly report was submitted. 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Ms. Woodward required about getting the zoning maps laminated.  A MOTION was made by Mr. Bennett, seconded by Mrs. Ebright to have Ms. Woodward get the laminating completed.  Motion carried.

Mrs. Ebright noted that the March meeting date will be moved to March 15, 2018 so that Mr. Roberts can be in attendance.

MEETING DATE:

The next Regular Meeting will be held on February 8, 2018 at 7:30p.m.

 A MOTION by acclimation to adjourn at 8:27 pm.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                Lori Ebright    

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