The residents of Westfall Township are cordially invited to an informal “Meet the Candidates” night which will take place on October 14, 2013 at 7:00 at the Westfall Township Municipal Building on Delaware Drive and LaBarr Lane in Matamoras, PA. All are welcome to stop by and chat with the candidates who are running for Township Supervisor for the November 5, 2013 Election. Coffee, cider and donuts will be served.
Westfall Township, Matamoras, PA
September 3, 2013
The regular meeting of the Westfall Township Board of Supervisors was held Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm. The meeting was held at the Township Building on Delaware Drive and LaBarr Lane, Westfall Township.
Those present were Chairman, Robert Ewbank; Supervisors, Raymond Banach, Larry Flansburg and Robert Melvin; Solicitor, Robert Bernathy, and Secretary, Jodi Hulse. Also present were Treasurer, Scott Myer; Zoning Officer, Michael Rendleman; Bill Schneider, Chad Stewart, Ken Zielazny, Lisa Mickles, Beth Brelje, John Dalton, Joe Sherlock, Edwin Isaacson, Landa Copertino and approximately 25 members of the general public.
AGENDA: Supervisor Flansburg requested to add an item to “Old Business” on the Agenda changing the new Secretary’s probation period from six months to ninety days. Agenda approved on a motion by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Supervisor Flansburg stated he met with Penn Dot a couple of weeks ago with the representatives from Dunmore regarding the sound barrier along Route 84 in Matamoras. He said there is not enough funding and it is just not going to happen. John Dalton stated “it is easy to say it is not going to happen”. He suggested Supervisor Flansburg speak to the representatives again and to do it when the leaves on the trees are down and the bushes have died off. He said that was a quick turnaround in saying “no” and they did not do their work. He requested we speak to Penn Dot again and get more people involved. He did not think there were enough signatures. He suggested another petition again with more people involved this time. Supervisor Flansburg states there are over eight hundred noise complaints in Pennsylvania and some of them were involving eight hundred thousand cars per hour that were not getting noise protection and we are getting thirteen thousand cars per hour. He stated there are priorities. Mr. Dalton stated he does not believe in taking no for an answer. Supervisor Flansburg said he knows where to send the next letter. There should be a letter sent to the Secretary of Transportation stating that Matamoras predated the highway and that there is protection for animals, wetlands and species of plants but no protection for our people. He stated that is where we are going to start next.
Chairman Ewbank made a comment regarding the residents on Oak Lane who had their block party last month. He attended the party and said it was a very nice affair.
Joe Sherlock stated he lives on Delaware Drive on Garden Court. He said he spoke before the Board of Supervisors two years ago talking about flooding issues on Decker Lane and that they are still having flooding issues on Decker Lane. He said he was speaking to Bill Schneider regarding possible solutions. He wanted to be on record stating there is a culvert at the top of Decker Lane on Cherry which Mr. Thiele changed the direction of by ninety degrees. He said he thinks it would help if that culvert was moved back to the way it was. The culvert under Decker Lane needs to be increased in size since it cannot handle the flow. He said Mr. Schneider was just telling him in order to make a bigger culvert the DEP would need to be involved. Mr. Sherlock stated he was not sure how that works. He said the third issue he would like to bring up is the flooding at Driller’s Pond. He said the outlet at Driller’s Pond has been a problem for many years. He stated all properties along Decker get flooded and also on Pond Drive and that something needs to be done about this. Chairman Ewbank said we can direct the issues to our engineer and have him take a look at it. Bill Schneider said at the time the pipe was changed on Decker the DEP was on site and in order to increase the size of the Pipe a costly water shed study would need to be done. Mr. Sherlock stated he thought there was a study done by Susan Beecher. Supervisor Banach stated he spoke to Susan Beecher about this issue. He said the Corp. of Engineers and the DEP would need to be involved. He also said a formal request would need to be submitted along with funds. He said this has been a problem throughout Pennsylvania. Municipalities years ago were changing culvert pipes and it was not a big problem. He said unless the pipes were replaced with like and kind culvert pipe there was an extensive process which could take up to a year. The Corp. of Engineers and DEP would then dictate to the Township what needed to be fixed and we then would have to fix it and come up with the funds to do so. Our engineer would need to go in and engineer the project. He said he is well aware of the problem up there but we just do not have the funds to have all of the studies done and funds for the engineering fees. He said the engineering fees could be $30,000 or $40,000 before even buying the culvert pipe. He stated we have had major discussions with the Conservation District trying to find how every municipality can find the funds to do this because it is getting out of control on a local level. Normally a culvert pipe could just be put in but in this case it cannot be done as easily. We are well aware of the issue and we will have a discussion with Mr. Schneider and talk about having the study done but first we need to find the funds to hire Kiley to go in and do the engineering. He said that is the problem and it is not just Mr. Sherlock’s property but many properties throughout the Township and the County. Mr. Schneider stated we could have Kiley look at the top of the culvert pipe to see if we could work that into next year’s budget to take care of some of the water. He also said we could look into getting a DEP permit to take down the area by Driller’s Pond but we can only go so far since there is a gas a water line at the one end on First Street. There is an issue with the depth in regards to hitting those lines. Supervisor Banach said we can start the process and have our engineer look at it but it will not be done “overnight”. The engineering process alone could take over one year. Joe Sherlock stated the culvert on top of Decker does not need to be changed in size. It needs to be changed in direction. He asked if that could be done. Supervisor Banach stated we still have to start with the Conservation District. Mr. Sherlock said at the time he was here two years ago the solution that the Board provided him with was that they were going to write a letter to Susan Beecher at the Pike County Conservation which was done. He said he had numerous meetings with Susan Beecher and Mike Mrozinski from DEP and made a photo album of the local flooding and delivered one personally to Susan Beecher and he mailed one to Mike Mrozinski. He said their solution to the entire problem was to have the culvert pipe removed to return the creek to the way it was and he refused. He said they did put a larger one in and they took him and toured the entire property. He states as he understood a study was done of this creek from Decker Lane all the way to Driller’s Pond and it was talked about at the Supervisor’s meeting and therefore there should be information on file about this already. He said this has been going on for years. Supervisor Banach said we could request the letter from Sally Corrigan and have our engineer look at it to see what he thinks. Bill Schneider stated at the time he spoke Susan Beecher and with the representative from the DEP and he said the size of the pipe could not be increased. He also stated that there was a partial study done when the pipes were replaced on Pond Drive. Supervisor Flansburg asked Jodi Hulse to try and locate the letter. She agreed and made a note. Supervisor Banach said we will do our best and we will put this on our list of different road issues and guard rails to prioritize and come up with the money each year to fix the issues. Joe Sherlock said another thing which was brought up to him by Beecher and Mrozinski was the activity going on up on the mountain. He said a large property was clear cut and this past spring he heard chain saws for about a week up there and someone was clear cutting land. A private parcel was supposed to be developed up there and the wood trail which was there was opened up into a roadway. He said all of these activities add to the run off. He questioned if these activities are required to be approved by the town. He stated he did not know if clear cutting property and putting roads in require a permit. He said his wife’s family and his family have been living on his property for many years and that the stream has gone from a little trickle to a grand canyon in the back and that the amount of water is huge that flows down there which is directly related to human activities. When property is clear cut upon fragile forest soil there is no recourse for the water but to run downhill. The water is not absorbed and it takes a generation to revegetate. Mr. Sherlock again questioned the town approval process for these activities to occur. Solicitor Bernathy stated there is no prohibition against generally to what you are referring to as “Clear Cutting” as far as ordinance provisions are concerned. He stated there are buffer areas that are required if you develop but if you are not cutting into those buffer areas and you want to start clearing your property, unless there are other state or county issues, there are no municipal issues. He said if a person has a vacant parcel and want to cut trees down we cannot prohibit them from doing so. Mr. Sherlock asked about the permitting process for a road which has been cut for access to a house which was never built. He asked about engineering for runoff from the hill. He stated someone came in and bulldozed what was at one time a forest type farm trail into a roadway/driveway. Trees were cut down, soil was moved, old culverts were disrupted and it just died away. He asked if there are township approvals for this and engineered to account for the run off. Solicitor Bernathy stated he did not know if there are any permits issued for the property and he did not know which property Mr. Sherlock was referring. He stated if Mr. Sherlock brings the property owners to our attention we would check the file to see if proper permits have been applied for and issued for that parcel. Mr. Sherlock stated it is private property and he cannot wander around and look at it. Solicitor Bernathy stated he was not asking Mr. Sherlock to do that but to get the name of the property owner so we could check to see if any permitting or approvals are required. Mr. Sherlock asked if the building inspector was present and Solicitor Bernathy said no. Zoning Officer, Mike Rendleman stated there is not prohibition against putting a driveway in and replacing it unless you are entering in or onto a public road and it that case a highway occupancy permit is required by the state. Supervisor Flansburg asked Mr. Sherlock if he had a name for us to check. Mr. Sherlock responded he would need to go to Milford and do a property tax search. Solicitor Bernathy stated if the owners of the property did some kind of land development without approvals, that is certainly a violation but that is not our understanding. Mr. Sherlock questioned if riparian rights of people downstream were affected whose legal responsibility is it. Solicitor Bernathy stated it could possibly be a private action which could be taken if you feel your property has been affected by a parcel upstream from yours but that does not necessarily involve the municipality. Mr. Sherlock asked if riparian rights are a federal issue or a state issue. Solicitor Bernathy stated that would be a state issue which Mr. Sherlock could take up with an attorney of his choice.
MINUTES: Minutes of the August 6, 2013 regular meeting were approved on a motion by Supervisor Banach. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion carries with all in favor.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Scott Myer gave the report for August and stated, as he has been reporting for the past few months, income and expenses are in line with expectations and budget. Reports are for January through August which is eight months, three quarters of the year or seventy five percent. The last column of the report shows the income is over budget and expenses are below budget. He stated it is more complicated than that but everything looks good. He also said August is typically a slow month and there was not a lot going on. He stated if there were any questions he would be glad to answer them. Supervisor Melvin asked Mr. Myer if he thought we were in budget for the year. Mr. Myer stated we are from an income stand point but for expenses it remains to be seen. It depends on upcoming projects.
Supervisor Banach moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.
Solicitor Bernathy suggested we schedule the budget meetings. Supervisor Banach stated he would be reporting to the meetings by speaker phone. Chairman Ewbank stated the budget meetings will be October 7, 2013 and October 21, 2013 and both will be at 7:00. Supervisor Banach moved to approve the scheduling of the budget meetings. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.
A workshop meeting was scheduled for September 23, 2013 at 7:00. Supervisor Flansburg moved to approve the scheduling of the workshop meeting. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.
POLICE REPORT: Chad Stewart gave the report for August. The monthly count of offenses known to police were five assaults, one burglary, twenty four larceny theft, one fraud, three recovery of stolen property, six vandalism, six drug abuse, one driving under the influence, two drunkenness, nine disorderly conduct, five all other offenses for a total of sixty three. The monthly count of persons charged for offenses are two burglary, five larceny theft, one fraud, four recovery of stolen property, two vandalism, ten drug abuse, one driving under the influence, three drunkenness, three disorderly conduct, one all other offenses for a total of twenty nine. The miles patrolled for the month were 7,597. Year to date miles patrolled were 51,716. Motor Vehicle Accidents for the month were 19 and year to date 129. Calls for service for the month were 273 and year to date were 1696. Supervisor Melvin moved to approve the Police Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: Ken Zielazny gave the July Mill Rift Fire Department report stating on 8/4 they had the Final Class for their Pump One Test which they had fourteen members attend, 8/8 they started Pump Two Class and fourteen members attended in combination with Westfall, 8/10 they had a river rescue at Eddie Farm, 8/11 they had a river rescue at #2 Bridge, 8/12 they had a river rescue at Matamoras, 8/15 they had another Pump Drill at Best Western, 8/21 they had a Portable Pump Drill for the purpose of pumping to their trucks from the river, 8/27 they had a Power Wash at the Substation, and 8/28 they had another pump drill to pump between their engines and their tanker. Mr. Zielazny also stated over the weekend they had a coin toss on to benefit the Fire Department.
Solicitor Bernathy stated the Westfall Township Fire Department Report is on record for review.
Supervisor Banach moved to approve the Fire Department Reports. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.
Supervisor Flansburg asked Mr. Zielazny if there was any word on the compilation. Mr. Zielazny responded that he has been very busy and does not have it done yet. Supervisor Banach asked Mr. Zielazny if there was any movement with the Mill Rift Fire Department merging with Westfall. Edward Isaacson started speaking. He stated he does not understand how the township plans to save money. His opinion is that we will lose money. He stated the Mill Rift Fire Department has received over $170,000.00 in grants in the last ten years and if we were one department that money would not be coming in to the township. He added Westfall and Mill Rift get the $9,000.00 state grant each year. This year was $11,500.00. Also, he said they receive the forestry grant every year which is $3,000.00 to $5,000.00 and the federal grant for $6,500.00. He said a station will need to be maintained in Mill Rift. Supervisor Banach stated we are aware of that. Mr. Isaacson stated if there was a way to save money he could see a merger but we are actually going to lose money. Ken Zielazny stated the process would take a couple of years and it would be taking two corporations and forming one. He said there has been some preliminary discussion on this but lawyers would need to be hired and it will take a while. Mr. Isaacson stated we really are trying to have a good working relationship with Westfall and have had some classes together. He said again he does not think a merger is cost effective. Supervisor Melvin stated he does not think Supervisor Banach is not asking are you ready to merge. He said Supervisor Banach is asking if discussions have been had regarding what it would cost, what it would take and what are the pros and cons so educated decisions can be made. His opinion is the two fire departments should make a list of pros and cons and discuss them. He thinks we owe it to the township to look at it and if it is feasible and if it makes sense then maybe it will be something we can work towards knowing it will take time. Supervisor Flansburg stated is nice the departments are getting along better but it is really not about getting along. It is about what is financially best for the township. Mr. Isaacson said it is not and no matter what a station will need to be up in Mill Rift. Supervisor Banach said we are well aware of that but we are looking at workman’s comp and duplication of services. He stated we need to look at all of the information to make a decision. Supervisor Flansburg added he would like to see Mill Rift continue doing the training they have been doing. Mr. Isaacson said he would love to see more residents of Mill Rift join the Fire Department but he feels the enthusiasm is just not there. He said they have discussed this and they both decided is just was not feasible. Supervisor Melvin suggested both departments discuss it again since they have a better working relationship with each other and take all factors into account to make an educated decision. Supervisor Flansburg said one of the complaints he has heard was that we do not get the same “bang for our dollar” from Mill Rift as we do from Westfall. He added that Westfall trains hard so he feels the harder Mill Rift trains then we can look back and see that Mill Rift is trained just as well as Westfall so that argument will not stand. Mr. Isaacson said Westfall has recently started inviting Mill Rift to join their classes which they did not do in the past. He also stated he felt it all comes down to money and if Westfall could make them look bad they would. Supervisor Flansburg stated that no one has ever brought up that point to him and it has always been about what Mill Rift could do in emergency situations. Mr. Isaacson stated the last Chief said in his first day of office that he would close Mill Rift down. Supervisor Flansburg said the first day he took office he said “over my dead body”. Mr. Isaacson said he feels there are a lot of great guys down at Westfall but we live within our budget. He stated the difference in prices of the truck houses. Supervisor Flansburg said enough said and we understand.
HIGHWAY REPORT: Bill Schneider gave the report for August stating they have been doing maintenance on the township property and compost area and mowing the right of ways throughout the township. They also attended the Task Force Meeting and fixed washed out roads after heavy rains. He stated the road department has been clearing the right of way, shoulder, base repair and black top shoulder for paving project on Glass House Hill and Cummins Hill Road. They have also done maintenance on equipment, cut tree clearing right of way and assisted Matamoras on Heater Hill storm drain installation. Mr. Schneider stated he stopped at the conservation office and spoke with Sally Corrigan regarding Heaters Hill project for permits. He asked if we could discuss more at the workshop meeting regarding the Cummins Hill culvert replacement. Supervisor Melvin asked how much the pipes would cost. Mr. Schneider stated the engineering cost would be $5,300.00. He said the pipes themselves are the easiest part of the project. Supervisor Melvin confirmed with Mr. Schneider the cost would be for the pipes, labor and that our equipment would be used and that most of the cost is the engineering fees. Supervisor Flansburg asked Mr. Schneider if anything panned out with the milling. Mr. Schneider said it is still in the works. He also stated he would also like to take a look at the Wisniewski property again with the Supervisors. He said Mr. Wisniewski wants the water to go off of his property entirely and Mr. Schneider does not think it can be done without the use of equipment since there is ledge there.
Mr. Schneider also mentioned there were some residents on Rose Land, Doug Miller Road, and Heaters Hill Road concerned about speed limit enforcement since there is nothing posted and therefore there is not speed limit enforcement. Supervisor Banach said rural road which are not posted are 35 mph or 55 mph. Chad Stewart said even if it is posted the Police Department must allow ten miles over. Supervisor Banach said the statute says 35 mph or 55 mph unless otherwise posted but for us to post we would need to have an engineering study done. Mr. Schneider said Matamoras has signs that say 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Chad Steward stated because of the dense population it is 25 mph unless otherwise posted whereas a rural road like Cummins Hill is 55mph if not posted. He said he has a radar recorder which can be used. He said the speeding on Rose Lane is probably one individual doing the speeding since there are just not a lot of homes on that road. The box can be put on Rose Lane tomorrow and it will tell if there is speeding taking place.
Supervisor Banach moved to approve the Highway Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.
BUILDING/ZONING REPORT: Michael Rendleman reported that there were two building permits and five zoning permits for the month of August with fees of $1,265.00 and $990.00 outstanding. Solicitor Bernathy added there were numerous enforcement notices sent out to businesses in Westfall Township. He said the notices have not been responded to and the businesses have been noncompliant and he will be moving forward with filing in front of the Magistrate for purposes of enforcing those regulations. Supervisors Flansburg asked if the notices were regarding the signs. Solicitor Bernathy responded mostly sign violations or the creation with an additional use without a permit. Supervisor Melvin said he noticed a lot of the temporary signs came down once the notices went out. Solicitor Bernathy said there are six or seven remaining.
Supervisor Flansburg moved to approve the report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carried with all in favor.
CORRESPONDENCE: On desk for review.
Culvert Pipe-Cummins Hill Road: Tabled and to be put on agenda for September 23, 2103 Workshop Meeting
Amusement Tax-Matamoras Rod and Gun Club
Have a Hoot: Tabled and to be put on agenda for September 23, 2013 Workshop Meeting
Vacation of Road Ordinance: Solicitor Bernathy requested to schedule the hearing for at least sixty days out since he is still working on obtaining the estimates for the survey work. The Public Hearing was scheduled for November 7, 2013 before the regular meeting. Supervisor Banach moved to approve the scheduling of the Public Hearing. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.
Flooding Issue-Frank Leonardo: Chairman Ewbank read a letter dated August 9, 2013 addressed to Supervisor Banach from Mr. Leonardo who lives in Keystone Park. Chairman Ewbank stated pictures were enclosed and Mr. Leonardo has complained about the issue in the past. He said the there is nothing the township can do about this flooding as Mr. Leonardo has be told in the past. Supervisor Banach stated he and Bill Schneider had looked at this property and responded with a letter back in January. The water is accumulating since the property is in a “bowl” and there is no culvert from the town creating the problem. He stated Mr. Leonardo’s property is the low spot in the development. Chairman Ewbank stated the water is coming from some of the neighboring properties due to clear cutting the land and the construction of an addition. Supervisor Flansburg agreed to look at the property with Bill Schneider again.
Leaf Vacuum: Chairman Ewbank said he and Supervisor Flansburg went and looked at a leaf vacuum which one of our residents has for sale in anticipation of a proposed burning ordinance. Bill Schneider stated he thought the leaf blower would not be big enough for the job but Chairman Ewbank and Supervisor Flansburg both stated he thought the leaf blower would be adequate for the job. Chairman Ewbank stated the leaf blower is being sold with accessories. Supervisor Flansburg moved to approve the purchase of the leaf blower in the amount of $2,000.00. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.
Letter to Orange and Rockland-Poles in Township Right of Way: Bill Schneider stated we sent a letter once before and the response was that this was not a priority. Supervisor Banach suggested sending a registered letter to Orange and Rockland once again.
Burning Ordinance: There was a discussion regarding the scheduling of the Public Hearing for the Proposed Burning Ordinance and adding it to the agenda for the September 23, 2013 Workshop Meeting. Supervisor Flansburg moved to approve the scheduling of the Public Hearing for the Burning Ordinance on November 7, 2013. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.
Monroe Optical Land Development: Solicitor Bernathy stated regarding the Monroe Optical Land Development-non occupiable space there is a letter dated August 27, 2013 which reflected his response to the issue. Supervisor Banach stated there was a permit given to construct the building and the building was not constructed according to the permit. We allowed concessions so they did not have to tear down the existing construction and make the changes. He said now they want to use space that was not permitted in the first place. Solicitor Bernathy stated this matter does not need to be on the agenda since it was addressed previously. Supervisor Flansburg moved to approve the deletion of Monroe Optical from the agenda. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.
Letter to Matamoras Borough-Closing Leaf Collection Area: Supervisor Banach brought up the issue of something being dumped illegally and the recourse of having to clean it up. He said the area should be closed after this season, there is not benefit to Westfall Township and the space is dwindling. Supervisor Melvin asked if the area would be closed to Westfall residents also and Supervisor Banach stated the area will be closed to all other than our Highway Department. He said maintaining the area is more work than it is worth and the wood chipper should have thermometers in it which is high maintenance. Solicitor Bernathy stated the closing of the area is subject to the contractual obligation with notice. Supervisor Banach moved to approve a letter to be sent by Solicitor Bernathy to Matamoras for our intent to close the leaf collection area. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.
Letter to Matamoras Borough- Update the Police Contract and Municipal Split Percentage: Supervisor Banach stated this has been something that has been discussed since we had the Matamoras meeting. He said the police contract needs to be reviewed and possibly changed. He said the split should be fifty percent since there is no reason Matamoras should pay less than Westfall. Supervisor Flansburg suggested Solicitor Bernathy send the letter. Supervisor Banach moved to approve a letter to be sent by Solicitor Bernathy to Matamoras Borough to update the police contract and renegotiate the municipal split percentage. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.
Reduction of Probation Period for Township Secretary: Supervisor Flansburg stated there is nothing in the Employee Manual which clarifies the probation period. Supervisor Melvin stated ninety days is customary. Supervisor Banach moved to approve the reduction of the probation period for the township secretary from six months to ninety days. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.
Budget Meetings: Chairman Ewbank stated we have already scheduled the budget meetings earlier in the meeting.
Resignation Letter-Joseph Banach: Chairman Ewbank read the Letter of Resignation dated August 9, 2013 from Mr. Banach from the Planning Commission Board. Supervisor Flansburg moved to accept the Resignation Letter from Mr. Banach. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.
Resignation Letter-Jacqueline Cook: Chairman Ewbank read the Letter of Resignation dated August 19, 2013 from Ms. Cook from the Planning Commission Board. Supervisor Flansburg moved to accept the Resignation Letter from Ms. Cook. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.
Annual Convention of Township Officials of Pike County: Chairman Ewbank stated a letter was received by the township regarding the Annual Convention which will take place on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Bushkill Inn. The Convention will start at 8:00 a.m. and will finish at 2:00 pm. Chairman Ewbank reminds anyone who would like to attend to advise Jodi Hulse, Secretary, by September 23, 2013 so that proper payment can be made in a timely manner.
Discuss Changes to Driveway Ordinance-Repairs and Culvert: Tabled and to be put on agenda for September 23, 2013 Workshop Meeting
Proposals for Painting at Highway Building: Secretary Jodi Hulse stated the proposals were for the painting and the work needed to be done on the entrance way to the township building. Supervisor Banach asked Bill Schneider if he could obtain one more proposal for the work to be done on the entrance way. Tabled and to be put on agenda for September 23, 2013 Workshop Meeting.
Township Vacancies/Letters of Interest: Chairman Ewbank stated we should start to interview anyone who is interested. Supervisor Melvin suggested we advertise on our website also.
Authorization-Supervisors to authorize Jodi Hulse, Secretary to be signer on all bank accounts including Pennstar, PLIGIT and Dime Bank: Supervisor Melvin moved to approve the authorization. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.
SUBDIVISION REVIEW and ACTION: None
EXECUTIVE SESSION: None
Frank McDonald spoke before the meeting was adjourned. He asked if there would be any fall clean up and Supervisor Banach stated it is only once per year in the spring.
ADJOURNMENT: Meeting was adjourned at 10:20 p.m. on a motion by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carried with all in favor.
Westfall Township, Matamoras, PA
September 3, 2013
A Public Hearing was held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 for the purpose of taking public comment on the proposed Conditional Use Application for Paddlers Point Garden Apartments. The meeting was held at the Westfall Township office on Delaware Drive and LaBarr Lane, Matamoras, PA 18336 at 7:00 p.m.
Those present were Chairman, Robert Ewbank ; Supervisors, Raymond Banach, Larry Flansburg and Robert Melvin; Solicitor, Robert Bernathy and Secretary, Jodi Hulse. Also present were Treasurer, Scott Myer; Zoning Officer, Mike Rendleman; Police Chief, Chad Stewart; Bill Schneider, Jason Ohliger, Michael Gable, Robert Hoffman and Thomas Shepstone and approximately 25 members of the general public.
A court stenographer was present for the purpose of recording the proceedings.
Motion was made by Supervisor Flansburg to continue this public hearing on October 1, 2013. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.
The public hearing closed at 9:00 pm.