GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
February 7, 2017
Supervisor Dean Edwards called to order the General Business Meeting of the Piatt Township Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in the township municipal building, 9687 North Rt. 220 Highway, Jersey Shore, PA. He led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance to the flag and a moment of silence.
Present: Dean Edwards, T. Scott Moore, Dennis Rager, Shelly Davis
Visitors: Denny Buttorff, Officer Crawford
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
Citizens Comments – None.
Minutes – Dean moved to approve the January 3rd Reorganization and General Business Meeting minutes, Denny seconded, motion carried.
Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department – Officer Crawford presented the January 2017 Piatt Township Police Activity Report. There were 64.30 patrol hours, 23 incidents, 6 speeding violations and 2 additional citations and charges.
Act 537 – Nothing new to report.
Planning Commission – Nothing new to report
- The vibrator is killing the Mack battery so they unhooked it.
- Shelly read the an email received from Stephen Mutchler at PennDot “Based on observations of Department maintenance personnel during the use of Youngs Road as an emergency detour for U.S. 220 traffic, a suggestion was made to paint a centerline on Youngs Road, particularly the portion from U.S. 220 to the intersection with Lime Kiln Road. The personnel on the scene observed a number of northbound detoured vehicles crossing over into the opposing lane nearly striking vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. They felt that a painted centerline may address this problem. We are forwarding this suggestion to you as this portion of Youngs Road is owned by Piatt Township.” The Township does not own the equipment required to paint a centerline. However, the Supervisors will give Penn DOT permission to paint a centerline if they feel it will assist motorist when they are detoured off US 220.
Tax Collection –
- Shelly presented, on behalf of Karen Olsen-Rainey, the 2016 Delinquent Real Estate and Per Capita Report.
- The Supervisors accepted the resignation letter from Karen Olsen Rainey for the position of Piatt Township Tax Collector with a motion by Dean, seconded by Scott, motion carried.
- The Supervisors accepted Resolution #2017-02 which appoints Janet Hillyard to fill the 2017 tax collector vacancy, outlines the agreement between both parties and requires Janet to responsibility follow what is outlined in Article X of the Second Class Township Code and as otherwise required and outlined in the Second Class Township Ode or any other applicable code or law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as the Local Tax Collection Law, 72PS 5511.4(b)(d). Dean moved to approve Resolution #2017-02, Scott seconded, motion carried.
Solicitor – Nothing new to report.
SEO & PUCC – Nothing new to report
Zoning & Building Permits – Lycoming County Zoning has an opening on the County Hearing Board for an alternate. Denny has notified the County of his interest in the position.
EMC & Fire – Independent Hose provided three year-end reports for the Supervisors to review. Denny provided and reviewed the January daily log for the Office of Emergency Management.
Stormwater Management Ordinance – Nothing new to report, still working on it.
MS4 Update – Nothing new to report.
FEMA 2016 Disasters Assistance – Denny Buttoroff updated the Supervisors on all meetings, paperwork, site visits and discussions involving the FEMA 2016 Disaster, October 20-21. There is no 100% definite money amounts guaranteed yet but it will be well over $10,000. We have money coming for work already complete (which is considered emergency work), money for work to be completed plus money for a mitigation project on Devils Elbow.
Correspondence File –
- At the auditors’ reorganizational meeting on January 3, by unanimous vote, the township auditors increased the Roadmaster’s hourly rate by 2.00 per hour and raised the hourly rate for Supervisors as Labor or Clerical by .50 cents per hour.
- Dean moved to accept the resignation of Bob Miller as Auditor, Dennis seconded, motion carried.
- Shelly has completed the 2016 MS-965, which is required by the State to receive the 2017 Liquid Fuels payment.
- Pat Verrastro with Gearhart, Wienecke & Verrastro has begun the 2016 audit.
- Distributed Statement of Financial Interest Forms and informed the Supervisors that the 2020 census process is underway.
- The County Commissioners are currently exploring the possibility of setting up an ACT 152 fee in Lycoming County This fee would be collected by the Register and Recorder’s office along with other document recording fees and the money would be used to establish a fund to pay for demolition of abandoned, blighted properties. To assist in the decision making process and establish the level of need for such a fund, they are asking each municipality in the county for a rough estimate of how many abandoned, blighted properties you have. They don’t need to know where they are or any details. Just an estimate. The Supervisors gave it some thought and there are zero (0) abandoned, blighted properties to their knowledge.
- Shelly read an email from Mifflin Township which stated the following “At the request of the Mifflin Township Board of Supervisors, this email is being sent out to neighboring municipalities to make you aware that the supervisors have requested a public hearing with DEP in reference to the proposed addition of another turbine at the Williams Compressor Station 520 (Salladasburg). Questions have been raised as to the emissions that will be given off from this turbine and if air quality is being monitored by DEP from the combined compressor stations that are now in our municipalities. If a hearing is granted by DEP, another email will be sent out letting you know the location, date and time should you want to attend.”
- Dr. Jill Wenrich (JSSD Superintendent) and Mr. Bruce Boncal (Director of Operations) would like to be placed on the May 2, 2017 meeting agenda. The Supervisors asked Shelly to find out why she would like to attend.
2017/2018 Salt Contract – Our COSTARS Salt Contract Participation Agreement must be submitted each year for inclusion in the State’s sodium chloride contract. The contract runs from August 2017-July 2018. In order to be included we must commit our needs prior to the contract bid, the deadline is 3/15/17. Our requested tons are not an estimate. We must purchase at least 60% of our stated needs. Suppliers will provide up to 140% of the tonnage requirements. We must specify our Initial Tons Required (defined as the estimated amount of salt required from August 1st to October 31st to replenish/fill stockpiles in advance of the winter season) and Winter Tons Required (defined as the amount of salt required after November 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018). The Initial Tons Required plus the Winter Tons Required will equal the Total Tons Required (defined as the total amount of salt required for the whole winter season). This is to allow suppliers to better plan and anticipate member requirements and will help to ensure members are better prepared for the winter season to cut down on last minute or just-in-time orders. The 2017-2018 Salt Contract was tabled until the March meeting.
Stone Bid – The Supervisors approved the stone types and quantities. Shelly will advertise and bid according to the purchasing policy requirements.
Scott moved to appoint Pine Mountain Excavating as a contractor under local force, seconded by Dennis, motion carried. Dean abstained.
Dean moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report, Scott seconded, motion carried.
Dean moved to approve payment of all bills, Dennis seconded, motion carried.
Dean moved to adjourn, Dennis seconded, motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Shelly S. Davis