Supervisor Regular Meeting Minutes-July 6, 2015

Westfall Township, Matamoras, PA

July 6, 2015

The regular meeting of the Westfall Township Board of Supervisors was held Monday, July 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm. The meeting was held at the Township Building on Delaware Drive and LaBarr Lane, Westfall Township.

Those present were Vice Chairman, Jerry Dotey; Supervisors, Lester Buchanan and Robert Bostinto; Solicitor, Robert Bernathy, and Secretary, Jodi Hulse. Also present Bill Schneider, Michael Rendleman, Chad Stewart, Rob Llewellyn, Chuck Pranski, Robert Weintraub, Barry Heim, Mr. Buchholz, Twila Decker and approximately 15 members of the general public.

Chairman Robert Melvin, Supervisor Raymond Banach and Treasurer Scott Myer were not present.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: 

Supervisor Buchanan added Number 5 under “Old Business”-Truck Purchase.

Vice Chairman Dotey added Number 11 under “New Business”-Addition to Mill Rift Fire Company requested by Chuck Pranski by phone call just prior to the meeting.

A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to approve the agenda. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Mr. Buchholz addressed the Board. He lives near Tri-State Roofing on Route 6 and 209 and addressed his concern regarding the cutting of trees in a CD Zone. Discussion followed. The Board asked Mr. Rendleman to look into the matter.

MINUTES:

A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to approve the June 1, 2015 Supervisor Meeting Minutes. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

TREASURER’S REPORT: The report is on file. A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to approve the report. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

POLICE REPORT: Chad Stewart gave the Police Report (on file at the township office). The report was for the month of June, 2015. The following are the monthly count of offenses known to Police: 1 Rape, 7 Assault, 1 Burglary, 21 Larceny Theft, 2 Fraud, 5 Vandalism, 1 Recovery of Stolen Property, 2 Weapons Offense, 3 Drug Abuse, 2 DUI, 1 Liquor Law, 1 Drunkenness, 11 Disorderly Conduct and 5 all other offenses. The following is the monthly count of persons charged for offenses: 2 Assault, 15 larceny theft, 1 fraud, 3 drug abuse, 4 DUI, 2 Liquor Law, 1 Drunkenness and 2 disorderly conduct. Miles patrolled for the month were 5,443. Year to Date 27,256.  Motor vehicle accidents for the month were 17. Year to Date 102. Calls for service for the month were 218 Year to Date 1106.

Supervisor Buchanan moved to approve the Police Report. Motion was seconded by Vice Chairman Dotey and carries with all in favor.

FIRE DEPARTMENT:

Westfall Fire Department: Chief Llewellyn gave the report for June, 2015. The following was reported:

6 Automatic Fire Alarms, 1 Chief Investigation, 2 Utility Wires Down, 1 Public Service, 1 Vehicle Fire and 4 structure fires.   15 Calls for June. 105 Man hours for June. 152 Fire Calls Year to Date. 1,325 Man Hours Year to Date.

The EMS calls for the month of June were as follows: 36 calls to Westfall Township, 15 calls to cover Squad 33, and 19 calls to cover Squad 19. The total EMS calls for June were 63. There were 156.75 total man hours for June. 446 Total EMS calls Year to Date. 963 Man hours Year to Date.

Training: Four drills/In-house training sessions held for 172 hours. Four members completed 16 hours Basic Vehicle Training through PCTC totaling 64 hours training.

Other: WTVFD purchased a used 2009 Chevy Tahoe Command Vehicle from Warwick Fire Department. WTVFD is working with two manufacturers to spec a replacement for the 1986 Pierce Arrow Engine. The replacement unit being specified will be a Rescue Engine.

A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to approve the Fire Department Report. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

Mill Rift Fire Department: Chuck Pranski gave the report as follows:

6/8/15 Mutual Aid Station 39-Price Chopper-Tanker

6/08/15 Mutual Aid Station 39-Price Chopper-Tanker

6/10/15 Pump Drill-Engine 2

6/17/15 Public Service-Pool Fill

6/19/15 Monthly Meeting

6/24/15 Shed Fire-White Birch Road-Engine and Tanker

6/26/15 Driver Training-Brush

6/30/15 Driver Training-Tanker

Total Man Hours: 402

Total Equipment Hours Year to Date: 118

Total Man Hours for the Year: 784

A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to approve the report. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT:  Bill Schneider gave the report for June, 2015. He met with Scott Maciak regarding Bluestone Boulevard paving. The department performed clean up after storms. They put material on Pond Drive and cleaned culvert pipes throughout the township. Fire Tower Road was repaired from washout. The department attended the tick born disease class at the Pike County Training Center. Mr. Schneider attended the Road Task Force Meeting. The price of salt will be increasing from $72 per ton to $83.20 per ton for the upcoming season. Mr. Schneider also met with the contact for the Route 84 & 6/209 regarding the drainage issue on Reuben Bell Drive. He received a call from Chad Stewart regarding the back up of traffic at the Walmart Light. Mr. Schneider said he has a call into PennDOT regarding the timing regulation. He has no update on the Delaware Drive issue as of yet. The department is replacing culvert pipes on Cummins Hill Road and Bluestone Boulevard. Base repair will also be done on Bluestone Boulevard before paving.

Mr. Schneider thanked the Mill Rift Fire Department for washing the pedestrian tunnel. He said he was also called out a few times to reset the traffic lights due to power surges.

A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to approve the Highway Department Report. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

BUILDING/ZONING REPORT: Michael Rendleman gave the report for June, 2015. There were 8 building permits, 1 Driveway Permit, 2 Electrical Permits and 4 zoning permits issued for the month. The fees totaled $2,042.00 with $425.00 outstanding.

Supervisor Buchanan moved to approve the report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: No report was submitted. Discussion followed. A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to send a letter to Mr. Ewbank requesting he attend each Supervisor Meeting to submit the Emergency Management Report monthly. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

CORRESPONDENCE: On desk for review. 

OLD BUSINESS:  

    1. Bluestone Boulevard Culvert Replacement Project Bids: A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to award the bid to Morgan Site Contractors (since local contractor) subject to legal review since the bid was slightly higher than Rutledge Excavating, Inc. If not permissible by law, the bid would be awarded to the lower bidder, Rutledge Excavating. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.
    2. Bluestone Boulevard Stream Bank Stabilization: Discussion was held. The matter was tabled.
    3.  Contractor List: A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to accept the proposal from Buchholz Electric, Inc. and add to the approved contractor list for the township. The motion was seconded by Vice Chairman Dotey and carries with all in favor.A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to reject the proposal from The Ey Group, Inc. due to unacceptable hourly rate. The motion was seconded by Vice Chairman Dotey and carries with all in favor.
    4.  Fence Estimates (Fence along side of Highway Department Building): A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to award the bid to the lowest bidder to specification which was TNT Fence Company. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

5. Truck Purchase: A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to purchase the Dodge Mason Dump (ready to go) from Powell’s Dealership at a price of approximately $2,500 higher than the previous Ford Truck Order (due to delivery time). The motion was seconded by Vice Chairman Dotey and carries with all in favor.

NEW BUSINESS: 

1.  Bluestone Boulevard Paving: A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to advertise for bids. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor. 

2.  Cpl. Bryon Dickson Memorial Garden: Robert Weintraub from The Penn State Extension-Pike County Master Gardners gave presentation requesting donations for the garden.

3.  Pike County Humane Society: Barry Heim gave presentation. A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to appropriate $1,200.00 to the Pike County Humane Society. There was no second and motion did not carry.

Discussion followed.

A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to appropriate $2,400.00 to the Pike County Humane Society. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

4. Local Service Tax: Discussion followed. No action taken.

5. Amusement Tax: A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan approving Solicitor Bernathy to advertise a Public Hearing to repeal the Amusement Tax Ordinance. The hearing will be advertised for August 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

6.  Exoneration of Taxes/Judicial Sale: A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to approve the exoneration of 2015 taxes for Tax Map 067.03-01-45.002, owner Patricia Perretti. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

7. Flood Insurance Policy Renewal: A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to approve “Option B” of the Flood Insurance Renewal Policy. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

8. Resignation Letter from Chuck Pranski: A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to accept Mr. Pranski’s letter of resignation from the Upper Delaware Council. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor

9. Letter from Twila Decker regarding “Junk Ordinance”: Discussion followed. The Board tabled the matter.

10. Mill Rift Fire Department Raft Storage:   A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to approve the storage of the Mill Rift Fire Department Raft in the one garage bay in the lower level of the Township Building with the condition of the department changing the lock on the walk through door and supplying the Township with a key. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

11. Addition to Mill Rift Fire Department Sub-Station: A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan allowing the Mill Rift Fire Department to add on to the Sub-station located next to the Township Building conditioned upon the department obtaining the proper permits. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

Discussion held regarding repair of large holes at Pennsylvania Fish Commission property out in front of Township Building.   

SUBDIVISION REVIEW and ACTION: None 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: None

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting was adjourned at 8:27 p.m. on a motion by Supervisor Buchanan. Motion seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jodi Hulse

Secretary