Monthly Archives: October 2015

Planning Meeting Cancellation

The Planning Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, 2015 has been cancelled due to lack of an agenda.

Jodi Hulse, Secretary

Pond Eddy Bridge Temporarily Closed

Notice to Westfall Township Residents….The Pond Eddy Bridge will be closed until further notice due to the bridge’s structural integrity being compromised.  Bridge Inspections are currently taking place.

Jodi Hulse, Secretary

PCL&P NEWS RELEASE 2015

NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT:

For Corning:                                                                                    For O&R:

 

Jerry Sleve                                                                                         Mike Donovan

Vice President – Administration                                                     Manager – Media Relations 

Phone: (607) 936-3758 ext. 223                                                       (845) 577-2430

Email: jsleve@corninggas.com                                                    donovanm@oru.com

 

 

O&R to Sell PCL&P to Corning Natural Gas

October 14, 2015, Milford, Pennsylvania and Corning, New York — Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) and Corning Natural Gas Holding Corporation (CNGHC) today announced a definitive agreement for CNGHC to purchase O&R’s Pennsylvania electric and gas utility subsidiary, Pike County Light & Power Co. (PCL&P) for $16 million (the “Transaction”).

Upon closing, PCL&P will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNGHC. The Boards of Directors of O&R and CNGHC have approved the Transaction.

PCL&P is a regulated electric and gas utility. It provides electric service to approximately 4,600 customers in the Townships of Westfall, Milford and the northern part of Dingman and in the Boroughs of Milford and Matamoras. PCL&P provides natural gas service to 1,200 customers in Westfall Township and the Borough of Matamoras. All of these communities are located in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

The acquisition of PCL&P is an ideal strategic fit for CNGHC. The Transaction increases CNGHC’s footprint in Pennsylvania and provides more opportunities to expand into the state. Upon closing, CNGHC will have approximately $85 million in assets, increasing the company size by 30 percent.

CNGHC President and CEO Michael I. German said, “Over the past several years, Corning has made a number of key strategic advances for the further development of our business in Pennsylvania. Our purchase of PCL&P aligns well with those successes and establishes a broader, more robust platform that can take our company to the next level. We look forward to providing our new customers with continued safe and reliable service, and to creating new job opportunities in Pike County.”

O&R President and CEO Tim Cawley said, “We found strong market interest in PCL&P from a number of good companies. One company stood out among the others in terms of resources, customer focus and emphasis on service reliability — that’s what brought us to today.”

The closing of the Transaction, which is expected to occur by mid-2016, is subject to certain regulatory approvals, including approval by the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PAPUC).

In the meantime, PCL&P will still be providing electric and gas service to Pike County. Its customers should continue to call PCL&P at 1-877-434-4100 to report outages, request emergency repairs or ask questions about service or billing. Customers who smell gas or suspect a gas leak should continue to call PCL&P’s Gas Emergency Hotline at 1-800-533-LEAK (5325).

About Orange and Rockland Utilities

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) (NYSE: ED), one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies.

In addition to the customers served by PCL&P, O&R serves approximately 226,000 electric customers and 130,000 natural gas customers in New York, and O&R’s other regulated subsidiary, Rockland Electric Company, serves 72,000 electric customers in New Jersey.

About Corning Natural Gas Holding Corporation

Corning Natural Gas Holding Corporation (OTCQX: CNIG) is the parent company of Corning Natural Gas, a local distribution company with nearly 450 miles of mains that sells or transports natural gas to approximately15,000 customers. Gas deliveries are made across 23 towns and villages over 700 square miles throughout the Southern Tier and central regions of New York State.

With 56 employees and from one office location, Corning Natural Gas annually transports approximately 15 Bcf of natural gas to commercial, industrial, residential and wholesale customers. The company provides gas delivery and transportation services to New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) in Elmira; Bath Electric, Gas & Water System (BEGWS) in the Village of Bath; and local gas producers in New York and Pennsylvania.

CNGHC also has a 50 percent ownership interest in joint ventures Leatherstocking Gas Company, LLC and Leatherstocking Pipeline Company, LLC. Leatherstocking Gas distributes gas in Susquehanna and Bradford Counties, Pennsylvania, and Leatherstocking Pipeline, an unregulated company, serves one customer in Lawton, Pennsylvania.

 

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Planning Workshop-October 8, 2015-Cancelled

The Planning Workshop Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2015 has been cancelled due to lack of an agenda.

Jodi Hulse, Secretary

Supervisor Regular Meeting Minutes-September 8, 2015

Westfall Township, Matamoras, PA

September 8, 2015

The regular meeting of the Westfall Township Board of Supervisors was held Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7:03 pm. The meeting was held at the Township Building on Delaware Drive and LaBarr Lane, Westfall Township.

Those present were Chairman, Robert Melvin, Vice Chairman, Jerry Dotey; Supervisors; Lester Buchanan and Robert Bostinto; Solicitor, Robert Bernathy; Secretary, Jodi Hulse and Treasurer, Scott Myer. Also present were Road Master, Bill Schneider, Zoning Officer, Michael Rendleman, Bill Koferl, Ken Thiele (Penn DOT Representative) and approximately six members of the general public.

Supervisor Raymond Banach was not present.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:  

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

PUBLIC COMMENT: 

No Public Comment took place.

MINUTES:

July 6, 2015- Regular Supervisor Meeting Minutes: Supervisor Buchanan moved to approve the minutes. Supervisor Bostinto seconded the motion.  The motion carries with three in favor and one abstention. Chairman Melvin abstained since he was not present for the meeting.

August 3, 2015-Public Hearing: Supervisor Buchanan moved to approve the minutes. Vice Chairman Dotey seconded the motion. The motion carries with three in favor and one abstention. Supervisor Bostinto abstained since he was not present for the meeting.

August 3, 2015-Regular Meeting: Vice Chairman Dotey moved to approve the minutes. Supervisor Buchanan seconded the motion. The motion carries with three in favor and one abstention. Supervisor Bostinto abstained since he was not present for the meeting.

August 17, 2015-Joint Meeting: Supervisor Buchanan moved to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded by Vice Chairman Dotey and carries with all in favor.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Mr. Myer gave the report for July, 2015 which is on file at the Township Office. Discussion followed regarding the need for the millage increase and/or Tax Anticipation note.

Supervisor Buchanan moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report. The motion was seconded by Vice Chairman Dotey and carries with all in favor.

POLICE REPORT: Chad Stewart was not present. Chairman Melvin read the report. The report reflects the following for the month of August, 2015:

Monthly Count of Offenses known to police:

1 Rape, 19 Larceny Theft, 1 Fraud, 1 Recovery of Stolen Property, 3 Vandalism, 14 Weapons, 6 Drug Abuse, 2 DUI, 2 Drunkeness, 13 Disorderly Conduct and 3 all other offenses. Total 52

Monthly Count of Persons Charged for offenses:

17 Larceny Theft, 1 Recovery of Stolen Property, 8 Drug Abuse, 3 DUI, 1 Drunkeness, 1 Disorderly Conduct and 3 all other offenses. Total 32

Miles patrolled for the month: 5,289 Year to Date: 38,223

Motor Vehicle Accidents for the month: 20 Year to Date: 151

Calls for Service for the month: 262 Year to Date: 1,618

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

FIRE DEPARTMENT:

Westfall Fire Department: Bill Koferl read the report which stated the following for the month of August, 2015:

8 Automatic Fire Alarms, 1 Chief Investigation, 1 Utility/Wires Down, 1 Gas Leak, 3 Assist EMS, 2 Landing Zone, 1 Spill Control, 2 Vehicle Fires, 5 Water Rescues, 6 Motor Vehicle Accidents, and 2 Structure Fires. The Total calls for August were 32. The total fire calls year to date are 215.

The EMS Report for the month of August was as follows: 54 Calls in Westfall Township, 23 Calls to cover Squad 33, and 8 calls to cover Squad 19. Total calls for August were 85. Total EMS calls year to date are 608.

Training: Four drills/In-house training sessions held for 146 hours.

Other: WTVFD has designed a replacement for the 1986 Pierce Arrow Engine. Build of the new unit will begin in early November. Target delivery is scheduled for May, 2016.

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

Mill Rift Fire Department: No report submitted. No representative present. Chairman Melvin requested Secretary Hulse to advise the department to submit all reports due at the next Supervisor Meeting.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT:  Bill Schneider gave the report for August, 2015. He said the department worked on repairs from storm damage and shoulder work. Also, they worked on culvert pipe replacement on Cummins Hill and Heaters Hill. The Bluestone Boulevard culvert pipe replacement took place. Mr. Schneider stated the new truck has arrived. The department maintained the compost area and township property. They also cleared the township right of way for proper sight distances. The signs on Maple Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue which were knocked over were replaced. Mr. Schneider said he ordered fifty tons of salt and will be ordering additional culvert pipe. He soon will be ordering three hundred tons of anti-skid.

BUILDING/ZONING REPORT: Michael Rendleman gave the report for August, 2015. There were 7 building permits which fees totaled $143,129.64.

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

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Mr. Ewbank was not present. Chairman Melvin read the report which is on file.

CORRESPONDENCE: On desk for review. 

OLD BUSINESS:  

  1. Bluestone Boulevard Stream Bank Stabilization: Discussion held.

A motion was made by Vice Chairman Dotey to approve the authorization of Kiley Associates to do engineering according to proposal dated June 18, 2015 in the amount not to exceed $7,225.00. The motion was seconded by Chairman Melvin and carries with three in favor and one opposition. Supervisor Buchanan was in opposition. 

NEW BUSINESS: 

  1. Penn DOT Representative-Mr. Ken Thiele: Mr. Thiele gave a presentation regarding the District 4-0 Budget and different areas of concern within the Township.

No action taken.

2. Annual Convention of Township Officials of Pike County-Friday, October 2, 2015: Discussion took place. 

A motion was made by Supervisor Buchanan to approve the attendance of the convention by Vice Chairman Dotey at a cost of $200.00. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

3. Road Line Painting: Discussion held. No action taken. 

4. Schedule Budget Meetings: The Board agreed to have two meetings this year. 

A motion was made by Supervisor Bostinto to schedule and advertise the meetings for October 14, 2015 and October 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm. The motion was seconded by Vice Chairman Dotey and carries with all in favor. 

SUBDIVISION REVIEW and ACTION: None to report 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: None

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m. on a motion by Supervisor Buchanan. Motion seconded by Supervisor Bostinto and carries with all in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Jodi Hulse

Secretary