March 15, 2018 Regular Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order on March 15, 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:

Nick Fritz questioned the Perry Avenue property owned by Mr. Nathan Roberts.  He was informed we are working on the issue.

MINUTES:

A MOTION was made by Ms. Woodward, seconded by Mr. Bennett to accept the minutes of the February 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 $19,348.73, Special Police Account in the amount of $473.30,

Sewer Fund $14,812.82, Debit card purchases $607.21 and Fire Tax bills $1,753.46.

 Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

Public Sewer:

The main blower kept shutting down.  The warranty period was 18 months, we had 17 months and 2 weeks.  Mr. Bauer decided to have it checked.  It was a build up of rust which they are cleaning out.  The rails on the first tank are rusted all the way.  They are in the process of making new ones themselves. It will be much cheaper. Chapter 90 report wants more facts and figures on the hours the pump station runs.  The hour meters are not running properly.   He ordered new hour meters and they have arrived.  He will install them when it gets a little warmer.

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

Mrs. Berkes stated taxes should start coming in next month.  She is working on consolidating phone bills to see if Verizon can do all long distance and local calls.  She would like to cancel the current fax line and begin using My Fax.  A MOTION was made by Ms. Woodward, seconded by Mr. Bennett to switch over and begin using My Fax.  It will save around $20.00 per month.  The cost will only be $10.00 per month.

CODE OF ORDINANCES UPDATE:

We need to do this once the zoning is complete.  The Code of Ordinance has not been updated for quite some time.  It was last updated in 2008. Mr. Roberts suggested we budget money to have this done next year.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING MAP:

We need to adopt a new zoning map.  Make changes in ordinance.  Jerry Walls will be used for this and Ms. Woodward will contact him to move forward.

PERRY AVENUE EXTENSION:

Max Stoner is still working on this project.

SUSQUHANNA RV RELEASE #4

Nothing new to report.

OFFICE COMPUTER:

Mrs. Ebright received a quote for a desk top computer.  The difference between that and the laptop is $83.88.

To total cost is $1,332.88.  A MOTION was made by Ms. Woodward, seconded by Mr. Bennett to purchase the desktop.

 

NEW BUSINESS

CROSS ROAD:

Ms. Woodward stated the signage at Cross Road and Route 11 gives specific hours for the left turn to be made.  She wondered if it was best to state no left turn at any time.  Chief Eckart said they did meet with PennDot and it was not recommended they do this.  He does not believe it should be done and stated the hours were set for the highest traffic times.

141 CROSS ROAD:

Ms. Woodward stated the supervisors looked at the property and would need to take some action to have the property cleaned up. An enforcement notice was sent.

SUSQUEHANNA GREENWAY:

Susquehanna Greenway has requested a $500.00 donation.  Ms. Woodward stated we do not meet the criteria to become a River Town. A MOTION was made by Mrs. Ebright, seconded by Mr. Bennett to make a $250.00 donation.  Motion carried.  Ms. Woodward abstained. (Abstention on file)

HUMAN RELATIONS COURSE:

A course is being held May 30th in Williamsport for office secretaries.  Mrs. Ebright requested that Mrs. Berkes and she be allowed to attend.  The cost is $149.00 per person. A MOTION was made by Ms. Woodward, seconded by Mr. Bennett to have Mrs. Ebright and Mrs. Berkes attend the training.  Motion carried.  Mr. Roberts will get a schedule for the office stating how long certain records need to be maintained.

ZONING OFFICERS REPORT:

Mr. Mauk presented his report and submitted a copy.  Ms. Woodward sent an email to Mr. Dibble concerning Ridge Road. It is a Pen Dot road.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

Mr. Hinkle requested permission to go ahead and purchase the truck body.  The cost is $36,634.68.  A MOTION was made by Ms. Woodward, seconded by Mr. Bennett to approve the purchase of the truck body from Bradco Supply pursuant to Costars contract.  Motion carried.  Mr. Hinkle is waiting until next month to get a bid to repair Cross Road.  He will wait to see what monies are left before he decides on new project. He questioned how often the Perry Avenue property should be mowed.  If it gets too high, it is difficult to mow.  He feels comfortable doing it 3 or 4 times in the growing season.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

Chief Eckart submitted a report.  Mrs. Ebright reported the police parking lot needs repaved.  It is dangerous in icy conditions.  Chief Eckart has gotten some quotes.  The concern is that it is strong enough to hold the oil truck that backs in.  It needs to be at least 4 inches in that spot. He is working with the District Attorney to get some help.  The original quote was $9,200 back in 2015.  It will cost more to add the additional inch.  Chief Eckart will obtain three quotes.

FIRE COMPANY REPORT:

A monthly report was submitted. 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

No comments

MEETING DATE:

The next Regular Meeting will be held on April 12th, 2018 at 7:30p.m.

 A MOTION by acclimation to adjourn at 8:15 pm.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully Submitted,                                 

                                                                                                Lori Ebright    

E: March. 8. Reg                                                                     Assistant Secretary