September 13, 2012 - Regular Monthly Meeting

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors was called to order by Chairman, Gerald Powers on September 13, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., with all members present. 


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

A moment of Silence was held.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Wayne Snyder, 221 Rupert Drive, presented pictures of Fisher Street during last year’s flooding.  He and his wife use Fisher Street as their main entrance to their property.  They have a son who is disabled and they put a ramp to the back of their property.  The Township does not own Fisher Street.  There are only three (3) property owners who maintain the street.  The Snyders have heard that Fisher Street is going to be closed.  They would like access to their property by way of Fisher Street.  They are also asking for help in maintaining Fisher Street.

 

Donna Artley, 215 Rupert Drive, stated Fisher Street is her only access to her property.  Recently, some Penndot pylons were at the intersection of Hunter Street and Fisher Street.  She thought Fisher Street was closed.  Ms. Artley was told the pylons were put there temporarily when some coal patch was put in the alley.  After the Lee Flood, Fisher Street was a disaster. Ms. Artley and the Snyders put in a lot of stone on Fisher Street.  The Township does not plow Fisher Street.  In the early 2000s, the Township did plow Fisher Street.  But there were complaints about the stones being moved.  It was determined to be a private drive and the Township does not plow or maintain it.

 

Solicitor Roberts will research his files to see if Fisher Street is shown on any Plans as a “Paper Street”.  The Board discussed what would need to be done to turn the street over to the Township.  The Board asked Ms. Artley and the Snyders to talk to their neighbors to see if they would be interested in granting approval to turn Fisher Street over to the Township.

 

Steve Kurian, owner of Wild for Salmon, 521 Montour Boulevard, was present.  He  asked the Board if he extended the sewer main, is it mandatory that everyone connect.  Mr. Kurian has talked to his neighbors.  They will grant permission if two of them do not have to connect.  Mr. & Mrs. McCarthy are already connected.  Mr. Clark is retired and does not want to connect.  Mr. DeFrancisco would need a grinder pump.  Mr. Kurian suggested that when the Clark and DeFrancisco properties are sold the new owners be mandated to connect.  Solicitor Roberts will research this matter.

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:

Nick Fritz, Code Enforcement Officer, gave his report to the Board.  There were complaints of garbage and high grass.  Both have been taken care of.

 

MINUTES:

Mr. Hoover made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve the Regular Monthly Minutes of August 9, 2012, as drafted.  Motion carried.

 

BILLS DUE FOR PAYMENT:

Mr. Hoover made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to pay bills from the General Fund in the amount of $81,667.87.  Motion carried.

 

Mr. Hoover made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to pay bills from the Special Police Account in the amount of $2,749.21.  Motion carried,

 

Mr. Hoover made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to pay bills from the Highway Fund in the amount of $1,591.88.  Motion carried.

 

Mr. Hoover made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to pay bills from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $11,539.18.  Motion carried.

 

Mr. Hoover made a MOTION to approve the Debit Card purchases for August in the amount of $773.51.  Motion carried.

 

PUBLIC HEARING FOR FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE UPDATES:

Solicitor Roberts stated the Public Hearing was held last month.  The Board deferred action until Solicitor Roberts talked with DCED and Jerry Walls, Township Planning Consultant. 

Mr. Hoover made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to adopt the Ordinance amending the Flood Plain Management Ordinance.  Motion carried.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

PUBLIC SEWER:

 

 

STP OPERATOR’S REPORT:

John Bauer, STP Operator, submitted a report of activities for the month of August, 2012.  He also reported that he replaced a Grinder Pump on the Girton property located at 20 Clearview Avenue.  The Township has twelve Grinder Pumps that they maintain.  The manufacturer of these pumps is no longer making parts for them.  Mr. Bauer has one more pump and he will purchase more to keep on hand.  The Pumps have a lot of plastic parts and are in the bottom of the tank.  New tanks are estimated to cost $2,000.00 plus the digging and installation.  Mr. Hoover stated the Board will consider this for the 2013 Budget.  Mr. Stoner and Mr. Bauer will try to estimate the cost to put a new pump in the top of the pump station and run new piping   Solicitor Roberts will do some research to see if the Grinder Pumps could be turned over to the property owners.

 

KURIAN SEWER HOOK UPS:

This matter was discussed earlier.

 

RAISING OF PUMP STATIONS:

Mr. Bauer and Mr. Stoner have done the measurements to raise the Pump Stations.  They do not have any pricing.    This matter was tabled.

 

EXTENSION OF PERRY AVENUE ATO ROUTE 11:

This matter was tabled.

 

TRAFFIC LIGHT AT PERRY AVENUE AND ROUTE 11:

The completion of the traffic light is scheduled for November, 2012.

 

BUDGET VS. ACTUAL EXPENSES AND REVENUE UPDATE:

The Board reviewed the Budget Report as prepared by Mr. Hoover.  Mr. Hoover stated the Township has received money from both PEMA and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the emergency work done on Valley Road.  The money issued from PEMA will need to be returned.  PEMA has given the Township the money for the repair work to be done on Hollow Road.

 

BUDGET WORKSHOP:

The Board scheduled a Budget Workshop for October 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.  Mr. Hoover asked all departments to submit their budgets prior to October 25, 2012.

 

DANGEROUS STRUCTURE ON READING STREET:

This matter was tabled.

 

SUNKEN HEIGHTS WATER ISSUE:

This matter was tabled.

 

TOWNSHIP WEB SITE:

The web site is up and running.  There are still some changes to be made.  Mr. Hoover thinks someone from Intrada should maintain the web site.  Intrada is charging $1.00 per month per email account.  Mr. Powers questioned the purpose of the web site.  Is it  just for email or is it for public notification?  Linda Woodward stated it is the public’s right to know what is going on.  Mr. Powers wants the Public to come to Meetings to find out what is going on.  Mr. Hoover stated the web site is a way for communication.  Ms. Woodward suggested sending notices announcing the web site with the tax notices and putting a notice on the Fire Company’s Board across the street from the Municipal Building.   It was suggested that emergency notices be put on the web site such as road closures.  There were questions about the privacy statement on the web site.  It was stated the privacy notice is the standard Intrada uses.  Mr. Hoover would like to see better oversight.

 

UNITED WATER SERVICE – UPDATE:

There was nothing new to report. 

 

TOWNSHIP RECYCLING:

 

 

GOT TRASH LAW SUIT:

The Law Suit was withdrawn.  Solicitor Roberts reported he did get a copy of a signed Agreement with Got Trash, but it was not an original.  Solicitor Roberts has emailed the Agreement to Got Trash and asked them to sign it and return it back to him.

 

WATER SOFTNER FOR MUNICIPAL BUILDING:

There was nothing new to report.  Chief Eckart stated they will get the parts needed to install it.

 

FLOOD MITIGATION PROGRAM – UPDATE:

Sharon Ferry reported forms are being put together with financial offers to each property owner.  Preliminary specifications have been made for the demolition bids.

 

ADDITION TO SHED FOR POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Chief Ecakrt reported things are moving along.  There are some issues with the exterior of the Building.  They are planning to start moving the first week of October.

 

CODE OF ORDINANCE UPDATE:

This matter is on hold.

 

LETTER FROM KLINGERMAN  - UPDATE:

Mr. Stoner has spoken with Mr. Klingerman.  The sight distance has been measured.  Mr. Klingerman is to request a waiver for the sight distance for the driveway permit.  DEP is in favor of removing the pipe from under the present driveway.  Mr. Klingerman will cut back the vegetation to improve the sight distance.

 

NORTH BRANCH CANAL TRAIL PROJECT:

There was nothing new to report.  This matter can be taken off the Agenda.

 

SALE OF FORMER RED SHED PROPERTY:

Mr. Hoover stated he tried three (3) times to reach the Blackledges.  Mrs. Ferry had some question regarding deed restrictions.  Solicitor Roberts will call Mr. Blackledge.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY:

Mr. Mullen stated he is working on this matter. 

 

FLOOD RECOGNITION:

Mr. Hoover stated the plaque is at the engraver’s.

 

TRI-COUNTY COG INSPECTION OFFICE – PARTIAL RELEASE OF POSTED ESCROW:

Mr. Stoner has inspected the Tri-County COG Inspection Office Building.  There are some minor issues.  Mr. Stoner will prepare a letter to the Board.

 

PSATS – TOWNSHIP EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION:

There was no action taken.  This matter will be taken off the Agenda.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

DRAINAGE ISSUE AT 401 MONTOUR BOULEVARD:

Mr. Mullen stated he received a phone call and email from a landscaper regarding a drainage ditch at 401 Montour Boulevard.  The ditch is on private property.  The Township has no responsibility.

 

SEWER FUND CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT RENEWAL:

The Sewer Fund Certificates of Deposit are up for renewal.

Mr. Hoover made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to renew the Certificates of Deposit with First Columbia Bank & Trust Company.  Motion carried.

 

DELINQUENT SCHEDULE OF COST RESOLUTION – BERKHEIMER:

Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania, Inc. went out of business.  Berkmeimer has been appointed to take over for Central Tax.  In preparation for the transition, Berkheimer has asked for a Resolution approving the imposition of the Act 192 Schedule of Costs.  Solicitor Roberts has prepared the Resolution.

 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to adopt the Resolution pertaining to Act 132 Schedule of Costs.  Motion carried.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY CONTACT RESOLUTION – BERKHEIMER:

Berkheimer has asked for a Resolution appointing an individual to represent Montour Township in requesting and receiving tax records of a confidential nature from Berkheimer.  The Resolution appoints Mr. Hoover to represent Montour Township.

 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to adopt the Confidentiality Contact Resolution naming Terrin Hoover as the liaison for Montour Township.  Motion carried.

 

BETTY MCMAHAN SUB-DIVISION PLAN WITH CONTINGENCY:

David Drumheller, Surveyor, representing Betty McMahan, was present.  Mrs. Ferry stated the Township Planning Commission had an issue regarding the sewer.  The Public Storage Unit and the home are on the same parcel.  There is no sewer connection to the storage unit.   Should the Public Storage unit put in an office, they would need to be connected to the public sewer system.  When the owner of the storage unit wants to put in an office, the issue of sewage would need to be addressed.  The Township Ordinance also requires buffering which is not on the plan.

 

Mr. Hoover made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve the Betty McMahan Sub-division Plan, dated July 6, 2012 and received August 6, 2012, contingent upon (1), adding a note to the Plan providing that the addition of an office or anything else requiring sewer will need approval to connect to the Public Sewer System,( 2) the Plan be amended to include buffering according to the Township Code of Ordinance.  Motion carried.

 

MOFFIT REQUEST FOR PLANNING WAIVER & NON-BUILDING DECLARATION:

This matter was deferred until the Moffit Sub-division Plan is approved.

 

ZEISLOFT REQUEST FOR PLANNING WAIVER & NON-BUILDING DECLARATION:

This matter was deferred until the Zeisloft Sub-division Plan is approved.

 

FIRE COMPANY – WORKMAN COMPENSATION:

Mr. Hoover stated he wanted the Board to be aware that there are new regulations for Workman Compensation for Fire Companies.  The Township Insurance Agent, Tom Mertz, is working on a new provider.  The premium will be increased.

 

LANDLORD REGISTRATION ORDINANCE:

Solicitor Roberts has a sample Ordinance.  He will review it.

 

MOTEL TAX:

Mr. Hoover would like the Board to consider a Motel Tax, Amusement Tax and Student Housing Ordinance.  Solicitor Roberts will look into this matter.

 

PMRS 2013 MINIMUM MUNICIPAL OBLIGATION:

The PMRS Minimum Municipal Obligation Worksheet for the Montour Township Police Pension Plan is included in the folders tonight.  In years past, the fund was over-funded.  With the additional officers being added to the Plan, the Township will need to add $8,889.00 to the fund next year.

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT:

This matter was discussed earlier.

 

ZONING OFFICER’S REPORT:

Sharon Ferry, zoning Officer, submitted a written report of activities for the month of august, 2012. 

 

VERIZON – RENTAL SITE:

The Hearing before the Zoning Hearing Board has been rescheduled.

 

REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY USE OF RV AT 208 LEGION ROAD – J. LIPOVSKY:

Mr. Mullen made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Powers, to authorize the extension of the temporary use of a Recreational Vehicle for Joseph Lipovsky to January 10, 2013.  Motion carried.

 

FIRE COMPANY PERMIT FOR SHED FEE:

The Township Fire Company has applied for a Permit to put a shed on the property where the Township Shed is located.  The Fire Company Shed will be 124 feet from the Sewage Treatment Plant.  They are asking for the permit fee to be waived.

 

A MOTION was made by Mr. Mullen seconded by Mr. Powers, to approve the Zoning application for a shed and waive the application fee.  Motion carried.

 

GENERAL SALES IN FLOOD PLAIN:

It has been brought to Mrs. Ferry’s attention that General Sales has extended their parking area into the Flood Plain.  Mr. Stoner will write a letter to the Board and Solicitor Roberts.  Mrs. Ferry will talk to the owner asking them to remove the fill.  If it is not removed, DEP will be contacted.

 

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

Kevin Sponenberg, Road Foreman, submitted a written report of activities for the month of August, 2012.

 

FLOOD REPORT – MARIANO PROPERTY:

Solicitor Roberts stated there is a tentative Agreement with Mr. Mariano.  Mr. Stoner has ordered the inlet box and it has been delivered.  Mr. Stoner reported that Penndot will not allow any enlargement of the eighteen (18) inch pipe along Tower Drive. This will not require any additional permits.  Penndot stated the storm was above normal last September.  The damage done was not the Township’s fault.

The Township will buy an eighteen (18) inch inlet and the rip rap.  The Township will also provide two (2) men and a dump truck.  Mr. Mariano will purchase and install the eighteen (18) inch pipe.  Mr. Mariano will also put in the swale.  The Township will maintain the pipe and the swale.

 

Mr. Powers made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to approve the Agreement with Martin P. and Beverly A. Mariano, pertaining to the installation of the storm water pipe and swale on Tower Drive in a form acceptable to the Road Master.  Motion carried.

 

CEMENT SLAB IN FRONT OF TRUCK BAY DOORS:

Mr. Mullen stated that a smaller slab of cement will be installed in front of the truck bay doors.

 

RADIO FOR NEW TRUCK:

Mr. Sponenberg reported the battery charger is no longer working.  He has gotten quotes for a replacement.

 

Mr. Mullen made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Powers, to purchase a battery charger from Amazon.com in the amount of $292.90 and two (2) strobe lights from Northern Tool in the amount of $212.00 unless a cheaper price is located.  Motion carried.

 

Mr. Hoover made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Powers, to authorize Mr. Mullen to seek a lowest reasonable price for a radio for the truck at a cost not to exceed $500.00 Motion carried.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:

 

 

CATAWISSA TOWNSHIP REPORT:

Chief Terry Eckart submitted the following written report of activities for the month of August, 2012:

                Fines Collected - $3,118.60 – Montour Township

                                                $  933.83 – Catawissa Township

                    90 Traffic Citations – Montour Township

                    35 Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

                    10 Non-Traffic Citations – Montour Township

                      2 Non-Traffic Citations – Catawissa Township

                    7 Criminal Arrests – Montour Township

                      4 Criminal Arrests – Catawissa Township

 

HIRING OF TRACY FRANCIONI AS PART-TIME OFFICER:

Mr. Powers made a MOTION, seconded by Mr. Mullen, to hire Tracy Francioni, as a part-time Police Officer at an hourly rate of $14.00.  Motion carried.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Chief Eckart reported the red light at Perry Avenue and Route 42 will not be operating during the Bloomsburg Fair.  The stop sign, which is in the town of Bloomsburg, will stay.  Bloomsburg has asked for help with traffic control.  Chief Eckart stated they will help if they are available.

 

Chief Eckart also reported traffic at the intersection of Perry Avenue and Route 42 has been going well.  They are using one Police Officer and usually a flagger from the construction company.  The school has asked that parents not pick up their children because of the traffic concerns.  There has been less parents picking up their children.

 

Mr. Hoover asked the Board to consider hiring another part-time employee for the office.  The Board is in agreement with this.

 

Mr. Hoover also asked if the Board will hold a Road Inspection.  Mr. Mullen would like to walk the roads.

 

MEETING DATE:

The next Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Board of Supervisors will be held on October 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.  The Board will hold a Budget Workshop on October 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Mr. Mullen made a MOTION to adjourn the Meeting at 10:30 p.m.  Mr. Powers seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                                                                Nancy J. Styer

                                                                                                Township Clerk

 

                                                                                                Joelene C. Sponenberg

                                                                                                Secretary

 

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