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Supervisors Minutes Regular Meeting June 5, 2012

Westfall Township,Matamoras, PA

June 5, 2012

The regular meeting of the Westfall Township Board of Supervisors was held Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm. The meeting was held at the Township Building on Delaware Drive and LaBarr Lane, Westfall Township.

Those present were Chairman,Robert Ewbank, Vice-Chairman,Paul Fischer; Supervisors, Raymond Banach,Larry Flansburg, andRobert Melvin; Solicitor, Robert Bernathy and Secretary,Lisa Green. Also present were Treasurer, Scott Myer; Zoning Officer, Mike Rendleman; Bill Schneider, Luis Bocaletti, Ann Marie Catalano, Chad Stewart, Jay Edwards, Bob Bostinto, Karl Flail, Walter Van Beers, Valerie Pedone, Mary Smith, Dr. & Mrs. Waldman, Mr. & Mrs. Robert DiLorenzo, Don Quick, Jolie DeFeis, and approximately 27 members of the general public.

AGENDA: The agenda was approved on a motion by Supervisor Banach. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

Chairman Ewbank stated executive sessions were held on May 8, 2012 for personnel, May 10, 2012 for real estate, May 30, 2012 for litigation and tonight prior to the meeting for the purpose of litigation. Supervisor Banach said just so the public knows they met with BIU on May 8th to review their fee schedule and contract, they met with the Municipal Authority on May 10th to discuss the sale of the Sewer Authority, and May 30th was litigation that the supervisors had to discuss. Supervisor Banach expressed to the public that the board is not trying to hide anything.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Dr. Albert Waldman said last week we went through the exercise of approving the fireworks display and he knows that people and animals from miles around were disturbed by those fireworks. He feels this should never be repeated.

Chairman Ewbank said he was not at the special meeting for that and asked what was resolved.

Dr. Waldman said having fireworks is one thing and we probably aired in making an assumption on thinking we were having fireworks but we had 8 and 9 inch shells. Supervisor Flansburg said the last thing Mr. Ryan said to him was they were going to try to scale it down to 4 inch shells and apparently that didn’t happen. Supervisor Flansburg thanked Dr. Waldman for his comments.

Robert DiLorenzo is a Foster Hill resident in Milford Township. He stated his concern is the safety on the road and the vehicles that travel it. Saturday he encountered a truck driver driving in the middle of the road carrying the Bulls for the rodeo. He said there are also the delivery trucks that come and go. Supervisor Flansburg asked how many people were there. The residents said between 1,500 and 2,000 people. Chairman Ewbank commented that Foster Hill was a Milford Township Road. Mr. DiLorenzo said part of it is and part of it is a State road. Supervisor Flansburg asked if Mr. Quick would like to chime in since he is the Chairman of Milford Township Board of Supervisors. Mr. Quick said the entity itself Malibu Dude Ranch is inWestfallTownshipbut that there are only a few Westfall Township houses that are affected. The rest are inMilfordTownship. Mr. Quick said they had their meeting last night and there were a number of people in attendance. For the record fromW. Harford St.all the way to the top is a PennDOT road and they do not have the road trimmed back in any way shape or form. Mr. Quick said they are not opposed toMalibubeing a successful business but he doesn’t know if the rodeo presents a conditional use application before the planning commission.

Solicitor Bernathy asked to give some assurances to the public regarding the fireworks display of which the Supervisors had a public meeting about on May 22, 2012. Solicitor Bernathy read from his letter of May 10, 2012 to Mr. Robert Nast of Interstate Fireworks listing the seven requirements his company needed to meet prior to hosting this event. Solicitor Bernathy went on to say the supervisors were concerned about safety. This event was regulated. Mr. Quick said he does not dispute that at all and he is not criticizingWestfallTownship, saying that by and large the traffic going by was uneventful. However the impact appears to be the large trucks for various deliveries as well as one ton pickups that are pulling horse trailers and such. Mr. Quick asked forWestfallTownshipto write a letter to PennDOT asking them to trim back the trees on the state portion of the highway.

Solicitor Bernathy said he was born and raised in this area and has been riding horses at the Malibu Dude Ranch since the 1960s when he was eight years old which predates any zoning ordinance the Township ever had. So he wants people to know that we need to look into the conditional use issue. Mr. Quick said this is not an adversarial conversation. He wants to see how they could grow their business but not at the Township’s expense. Chairman Ewbank wished him luck at trying to get PennDOT to trim the trees, stating they don’t cut them in Westfall either. Supervisor Banach asked Bill Schneider if at the road task force meeting he could mention the trimming of the trees and also said since Foster Hill Rd. is a narrow road that possibly Malibu could schedule their deliveries at night to alleviate some of the problem.

Carmen Williams who lives on Foster Hill Roadsaid they have no objection to the Malibu Dude Ranch that it is a wonderful business however they are concerned about the amount of traffic that comes up and down the street at a fast rate. Ms. Williams said the rodeo is starting Memorial Day weekend through the end of the summer every weekend and the residents have to be exposed to it. What they’re asking is that they house the Bulls up at Malibu with the Cowboys or limit the amount of rodeos that they have. Mary Smith said she lives right by the Malibu Ranch and there were over 100 horse trailers that came up and down all day Saturday. She says that it is not so much the deliveries with the soda trucks. Further stating that she just had a fire at her home and she could’ve lost her house if it caught on fire about half an hour later because they had dump trucks and delivery trucks at the same time. Mrs. Smith said if this is going to happen every weekend she is going to have to move. Supervisor Fischer asked if the dump trucks are a steady thing up there. Mrs. Smith said they’ve been there for a year and a half. Mrs. DiLorenzo said it appears as though they’re trying to sneak something and furthermore did they have to apply for a conditional use to have the rodeo up there every weekend. Solicitor Bernathy said that is something that he needs to look into. Because he is not sure what control they have over the ingress and egress over that property. The supervisors can regulate uses if in fact it is a conditional use but you have to be careful about off premise regulation. What we can understand is the impact that has on the road that is the only artery to that property which has been pre-existing for very long period of time. So there are some hurdles. The question is what has been in existence for a long period of time. Is it just a stable did they have other functions up there and for how long those facts have not been determined yet. Mrs. DiLorenzo said it is affecting her quality of life she is afraid for her children on that road, she is afraid for her husband being run off the road by people speeding. Solicitor Bernathy questioned if there’s ever been police presence there. Mrs. DiLorenzo said they have to call the state police because it is a state road. Mr. DiLorenzo said although there is not much that can be done about the road there are safety conditions that must be addressed. Don quick stated that Mr. DiLorenzo is speaking as an individual. Solicitor Bernathy stated he also knows that Mr. DiLorenzo is the code enforcement officer for other townships and lives in the affected area.

Valerie Pedone asked if there is a noise ordinance in Westfall. Mrs. Pedone with stating there are issues during the rodeos with the loudspeakers. Solicitor Bernathy said that we may need to get the history of this property he said we need to use Mike Rendleman our zoning officer to investigate this property and get a position on it within a reasonable period of time. Solicitor Bernathy said that the Township needs 30 days to investigate. The public was not pleased that three or four rodeos would go by within that time. Mr. Rendleman said his office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Mrs. Smith said for the last 20 years that she’s lived up there the old owner had four rodeos per year that were guest participation rodeos. They were held on the following four holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Columbus Day. Mrs. Pedone said they were ecstatic when Doc Detweiler bought the property and when the fireworks went off while they could think was where were the supervisors? Supervisor Flansburg said he heard them from his house. An unnamed resident said it was like an assault. It was horrible there were stampeding horses out of their minds freaked out and it was dangerous. She said she is begging the supervisors never to let this happen again. Supervisor Flansburg said as far as he’s concerned this was a one-time deal. Dr. Waldman said the rodeos up there before were like kiddie rodeos and these are sanctioned American Rodeo Association business rodeos. Dr. Waldman said the tickets are $20 a person and $15 for children it is on their brochure. Mrs. Waldman asked if Mr. Nast who was performing the fireworks show met all of the requirements that they were supposed to meet. And who pays for all of the public services. Solicitor Bernathy says Malibu Dude Ranch pays taxes just like everybody else. Mrs. Waldman said number one they have loudspeakers that go all away down foster held that you can hear and they have huge buses not little buses and when Mrs. Smith had her fire at our house Doc Detweiler was upset because his buses were delayed by the fire trucks. So does it take the month and four more rodeos? Solicitor Bernathy said all we can do is determine if this is a conditional use and attach conditions if it is in fact a conditional use. We need to investigate and 30 days is a reasonable period of time. Bob Bostinto asked if there was any restriction on the individual homeowners to have discussions with Malibu Dude Ranch themselves. Solicitor Bernathy said there are no restrictions against that at all. Further discussion followed. Chairman Ewbank said they received an unsigned complaint which is not worth the paper it’s written on. Further stating that if someone wants to us send a complaint they need to sign the letter and put their name on.

Ann Marie Catalano from Milford landing wanted to talk to the board about Taco Bell where there is a large mound of dirt on the property. Mrs. Catalano said you can’t see in either direction at the intersection coming in and going around the dirt pile, stating there is a big problem. Mrs. Catalano said she went out and asked them to move the dirt pile herself and they did move the pile some. Mrs. Catalano also stated there is a missing a stop sign by McDonald’s and Wal Mart. The only stop sign is by the Milford landing side. Chairman Ewbank said he understands the problem however those are private roads and we have no control over any of those roads. Supervisor Banach said however we could have the secretary look at the agreement to the land development to see what signs are supposed to be there and send a letter to have the signs put back up. Solicitor Bernathy said he’s spoken to the police department about policing that area as well. Discussion followed. Chief Stewart said they should be able to enforce the stop signs there because it is commercial property and as long as it meets Penn DOT regulations. Mrs. Catalano asked if there was any other business coming on that Taco Bell property. Chairman Ewbank said he heard there was a bank but we have no plans. Supervisor Banach told Mrs. Catalano that the secretary was going to contact the contractor and request that they move the dirt pile.

John Graef who lives in Crawford Hill Estates, President of the Homeowners Association is here about the potential gas line disruption of Cummins Hill road. The neighbors have compiled a dossier of letters, maps and figures etc. Mr. Graef said he has a wife with severe asthma and if he has to get an ambulance to her and they have to travel all through Mill Rift it is quite a distance to go. Jolie DeFeis wants to know why we are allowing them to re-create the seven mile detour why can’t we appeal it. Questioning why can’t we have them go the one-mile that’s already there. Mrs. DeFeis said they have people that are ready to fight. Chairman Ewbank said their worst enemy in all of this is the Superintendent of the National Park Service John Donohue. Mrs. DeFeis said she understands that but he is only one person. The latest information from Tom Marino’s office is the reason that John Donohue is not allowing it to go through is the commission has found the possible presence of the Federally Listed Endangered Dwarf Wedge Mussel. Supervisor Flansburg said “let’s cut to the chase because we know what you’re here for, what do you want from us.” Mr. Flail said they want the supervisors to take a position on this. Tracy Hoffman said they have to find out if we have any endangered species in our neck of the woods and they have until June 27, 2012 to make an appeal. Ms. Hoffman said the real question as to gas lines that we have existing or 56 years old is disintegrating and John Donohue should be grateful that they want to replace them when there are 56 years old and save the 7 miles of forest. Mr. Flail said when they start blasting the town is going to be very upset. Chairman Ewbank asked if they have contacted the conservation district. The supervisors said they will be willing to send a letter to Superintendent John Donohue and FERC. Mrs. DeFeis said sending a letter is not going to do it. She believes that we are an interested party and they need somebody that is an interested party to back and fight the appeal. The residents that are in attendance at tonight’s meeting are not interested parties.

Bob Bostinto questioned if Cummins Hill Road was going to be shut down there is not going to be an alternate route. Solicitor Bernathy asked how long that road is going to be closed. Supervisor Banach said when Tennessee came here a few years ago Mr. Humphreys gave a presentation and said that they would close Cummins Hill Road drop the pipeline and open the road again assuring us they would take care of the citizens to keep them safe. They said that they would meet with all EMS. Supervisor Banach said this is a federally mandated project. In the end the federal government will say yes or no. Even though the Conservation District is fighting them tooth and nail. Mrs. DeFeis said she understands that and she read the 84 page judgment and knows they went by the book she just thinks they have the opportunity to appeal now and she is hoping that common sense prevails. She said during hurricane Irene they were trapped because the road was closed on both ends. Mrs. DeFeis said she met with Robert Winter ofTennesseegas who said they will try not to close the road. Mrs. DeFeis wants to know the position the board is taking on this. Supervisor Flansburg we cannot litigate this but that he would lend his name to any letter that the Township was going to send out.

Bill Wall said he and his wife own the Village Diner and they lives on Cummins Hill road so they are doubly affected by this pipeline and he asked where it is going to go, asking if they were putting the pipeline next to the school. Chairman Ewbank said he has heard from the people who live behind the diner that they were offered money for a right-of-way for the pipeline. Mr. Wall has concerns for the safety of the people in the convalescent home and the children as far as evacuating for emergencies etc. Mr. Bostinto asked if anybody’s invited Tennessee to come here to talk to us. Supervisor Banach said they’ve been here and they’ve been at the Best Western for a public meeting. Supervisor Melvin questioned who we send a letter to because this is a federal thing. Asking if we should send it to the White House. Solicitor Bernathy questioned if they’ve hired an attorney. The residents stated they are not directly affected they live a half a mile to a mile above the area. Supervisor Banach said the pipe is supposed to go by Have a Hoot. Mr. Wall asked if anybody had any idea how much it will cost to fight this. Solicitor Bernathy said he is guessing a retainer for an attorney like that would be between $25 and $50,000. Supervisor Melvin said there’s a similar situation in Minisink, New York, and they have obtained representation. Discussion followed. Solicitor Bernathy stated we do not have the funds to file an appeal. Mrs. DeFeis said we have until June 27, 2012 to file an appeal and asked if there was anyone on staff or anyone from the bar association that would take this fight on. Solicitor Bernathy said you could contact Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. Debra Banach asked if the people that are impacted are fighting it. Mr. Flail said that Mr. Peckham has been fighting this for two years. Mr. Flail asked why the Township and our politicians are not fighting for us. Lisa Mickles said all she’s ever heard for the last two years is that it would take an act of Congress to get it to go to the one-mile loop. Mr. Wall asked if they are within the legal right to put this loop within the school and the senior care center. Solicitor Bernathy said he is not licensed to give an opinion on federal practice. Supervisor Banach said there are gas lines that go all over the place. National Park Service took over property and ruined people’s lives. Route 209 is our main artery and we can’t travel down that with commercial vehicles. Chairman Ewbank asked Mrs. DeFeis for a letter because the Township has not received anything. Supervisor Flansburg added that there are the dwarf wedge muscles wherever they’re going to cross. And he has seen them close off miles of road because of an Eagles nest and now we are going to drill underneath the road. Supervisor Melvin asked when the start and end dates were on construction. Mrs. DeFeis said the construction is due to begin in 2012 and ended in 2013. Solicitor Bernathy said the Township would have to commit to filing an appeal and we don’t have the resources for that. We need the legal expertise and Solicitor Bernathy doesn’t have that. He believes the appeal needs to be filed with the court of law. Walter van Beers asked that a letter be sent from the Township to file the appeal stating it would mean more coming from the Township and an individual resident. Solicitor Bernathy did not want the residents to believe that by the Township sending that letter it would constitute a legal and binding appeal. Supervisor Melvin said that Lisa will look into drafting the letter tomorrow. Chairman Ewbank asked for any other public. Twila Decker said she wanted to discuss parking by stop signs. In trying to get out ofMaple Avenue making a left-hand turn with Sue’s Café car there and the clap board advertisement sign you can’t see cars coming. Ms. Decker said according to Penn DOT specifications you’re supposed to park 15 feet away from a stop sign. Supervisor Flansburg asked that Ms. Decker show her pictures to the Chief on her way by. She said she nicely went into the café explained her situation and asked them to move them. They did for three hours. Chief Stewart said he knows what she is saying that the road goes in the parking lot. Supervisor Banach said we could look at the development plan and see who approved the parking but it’s probably been grandfathered in because the polar bear has been there forever. Supervisor Banach said possibly the parking spot would need to be moved over. Ms. Decker also wanted to speak about the Verizon building stating she’s contacted Verizon Corporate offices. Saying it was an eyesore and a disgrace to the Township and no way to advertise their business. They said to send them the photos and they would take care of it immediately. She said the last and final thing was the junkyard behind the Apple Grill. This is designated as a parking facility. Bob Bostinto said we addressed this same issue two years ago. Residents stated that because of the junk dumped there people can’t park there. Supervisor Banach asked to dig out the letter or complaint that was sent regarding the garbage.

MINUTES of the April 26, 2012 special meeting were approved on a motion by Vice-Chairman Fischer. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

Minutes of May 1, 2012 regular meeting were approved on a motion by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.

Minutes of May 22, 2012 special meeting were approved on a motion by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion is seconded by Vice-Chairman Fischer and carries with four in favor. Chairman Ewbank abstains.

TREASURER’s REPORT:Scott Myer gave the treasurer’s report for May stating that this time of year is as expected. We received $68,000 in grant money from FEMA for Hurricane Irene. Supervisor Banach thanked Chairman Ewbank and Bill Schneider for their part in receiving the grant funds.  Supervisor Banach moved to approve report. Motion seconded by Vice-Chairman Fischer and carries with all in favor.

POLICE REPORT: Police Chief Stewart gave the report for May stating there were 6,776 miles patrolled and 210 calls for service. As part of PennDOT’s seat belt enforcement for the month of May they did a presentation at the elementary school and in coordination with the school police and they did a seatbelt program for high school students. They did a seatbelt check on the bottom of Cummins Hill on  May 30 they’re going to do another one on June 6th between four o’clock and seven o’clock. Chief Stewart said just a reminder make sure your cars are locked the likelihood of somebody going through is increasing. Supervisor Flansburg said he would just like to publicly congratulate the chief and his wife on the birth of their child. Chairman Ewbank said he happened to be at the police station the other day and a woman came in stating her car was parked in her sister’s driveway and her purse was in it and she went in the house and came out and her purse was gone. Chairman Ewbank asked the chief if he had anything to offer about the training that they were doing. Chief Stewart said it went well. It goes above and beyond shooting on the stationary target, and he thanked the supervisors for letting them use the facility. Mrs. Green stated she checked with our insurance company and that as long as the Police Department provided their certificate of insurance which they have, our insurance company has no issue with them holding training on our property. Supervisor Melvin moved to accept the police report. Motion is seconded by supervisor Flansburg and carried with all in favor.

FIRE DEPARTMENT: Luis Bocaletti gave the Westfall Township Fire Department Report for May reporting 2 Mutual Aid structure fires, 1 Landing zones, 4 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 1 Auto Alarms – Commercial False, 1 Vehicle fire, 1 Standby, 1 Trees on wires, 1EMSassist. Total calls for May are 12. Westfall EMS calls 37 toWestfallTownship, 12 covering Squad 33, 3 covering Squad 19, for total of 52 calls. Mr. Bocaletti said they also held two classes.

Jay Edwards gave the Mill Rift Fire Department report stating they had engine maintenance on 5/2, monthly meeting on 5/8, O&R natural gas training in Matamoras on 5/9, hard suction draft on 5/16, CPR AED refresh training on 5/17, fire report bonfire on beach 5/27, pump drill on 5/31, mutual aid fire Milford on 6/1, Fire Police Training Center Blooming Grove on 6/3. Equaling 95 man hours for the month 75.5 equipment hours. Supervisor Banach moved to approve fire department reports. Motion is seconded by Vice-Chairman Fischer and carries with all in favor.

HIGHWAY REPORT: Bill Schneider gave the report for May stating that they worked on Bluestone Boulevard removed trees from brook area, secured bank and stabilized with rip-rap, re-did ditch and shoulders, reordered and received 540 inch culvert pipe. Installed eight cross-section culvert pipe 450 feet clear shoulders ditch line on Glasshouse Hill. Mr. Schneider said a decision needs to be made on whether or not we were going to pave the rest of Glasshouse Hill. Supervisor Banach asked if would have the money for that. Mr. Myer said we should have approximately $109,000. Mr. Schneider said there is an issue and Pond Eddy and he inspected the road with Mr. Ewbank. Clearing brush from the right-of-way and intersections cold patch and Township roads. A letter was sent to the Delaware Joint Toll Bridge Commission thanking them for the use of their broom. Performed maintenance on the Township properties as well as on the equipment. They worked with Nelson tree spotting and removing trees and Township right-of-way. Repaired guide rails on bridge on Cummins Hill road damaged by down trees. Supervisor Banach moved to approve the report. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carried with all in favor.

BUILDING/ZONING REPORT: Mike Rendleman gave the report for May reporting 3 building permits, and 6 zoning permits, with fees of $988.89. Motion by Supervisor Flansburg to accept the report. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.

CORRESPONDENCE: On dais for review.

OLD BUSINESS:

Act 47 Monthly Report: Solicitor Bernathy stated they are hopeful that this is the last report and we will be removed from Act 47 in July. The Township is operating within the confines of its budget and continues to meet its financial obligations. The Township continues to provide essential services. Solicitor Bernathy says he still awaits word to see if we could remove this from the agenda as a required item. Supervisor Flansburg moved to approve report. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with us all in favor.

Compost Facility: Chairman Ewbank said we have one estimate for putting a controlled gate on the compost facility and we’re waiting for second proposal. For anyone that doesn’t know it yet, the facility is locked on a daily basis. If you live in Westfall you come up and see Lisa and give her your drivers license and you will get the key to the gate. If you live in Matamoras you will see Nancy and get a key from her. On Saturday we have somebody manning the facility from 9 to 1. Chairman Ewbank said we sent a letter to the Borough of Matamoras regarding paying half of the cost for these things and hopefully they will approve it at their meeting tonight. Chairman Ewbank said we’re going to apply for grant for the controlled access gate however we may not be able to obtain the grant alone without Matamoras because we don’t meet the median income level.  Supervisor Flansburg asked what information he found out about the gate. Mrs. green questioned if we are going to ask for a different type of gate and a different type of arm besides the wooden arm. Chairman Ewbank said he would contact the gentleman and get new proposal.

Amend Vacation Request for Lisa Green: Chairman Ewbank said there is a letter from Lisa green requesting her vacation to be amended from the original date of 7/14/12 through 7/20/12 to add the dates of 7/ 13 and 7/23 instead of 3/28 and 4/6 that were already approved and not taken. Mrs. Green’s total vacation will be seven business days. Supervisor Banach moved to approve the request. Motion is seconded by supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

Affidavit for Emergency Responders: Chairman Ewbank said we have an affidavit this will be for both the Westfall and Mill Rift fire departments. Luis Bocaletti asked Solicitor Bernathy if they could use their own affidavit that they had prepared. Solicitor Bernathy asked if it was substantially similar to the one he prepared.

Mr. Bocaletti has a copy of one for solicitor Bernathy’s review. Supervisor Banach questioned the fire chief as to whether or not they contacted PennDOT to see if each member had a valid driver’s license when they enroll. Vice-Chairman Fischer moved to approve a motion that an affidavit shall be required on an annual basis by each member of each of the Fire Departments. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.

Fire Protection Contract: Solicitor Bernathy said this is something that he proposed. Understanding we’ve had some discussions. It is common to a lot of municipalities. Solicitor Bernathy suggests we give this to each of the fire departments to digest. Tabled to July meeting.

Ordinance # 147 Holding Tank Ordinance: Supervisor Banach said this came up after a discussion with Chris Wood. This fee schedule does not match the holding tank ordinance. Solicitor Bernathy said you could always change the fee schedule. Supervisor Banach said that the ordinance is lower than the fee schedule. We want to make sure that Chris Wood’s fees are covered. Solicitor Bernathy said usually what he puts in there is that the fee will be determined by the Supervisors. Vice-Chairman Fischer moved to advertise the revision of ordinance #147 for July 3, 2012 at 7 PM. Motion seconded by supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

Township Cell Phone: Mrs. Green said we have Shawn’s cell phone that we are paying for and not using. Supervisor Banach asked if the Rd., Department needed a phone. The phone will go to the Rd., Department. Supervisor Banach asked that they review the telephone policy.

Sale of Sewer Authority: Tabled

NEW BUSINESS:

Fire Loss Ordinance # 156: Solicitor Bernathy said we need a motion to approve the fire loss ordinance as presented. Mrs. Green said there is a typo on page one and asked if can she correct that. The word against is spelled incorrectly. Supervisor Flansburg moved to approve ordinance # 156. Motion is seconded by supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor. The record will reflect that this approval follows a duly advertised public hearing that was held at 7:30 PM this evening at which no adverse comment was made.

Draft Road Use Agreement: Chairman Ewbank asked to table the Road Use Agreement. Mrs. Green said she had revised the road use agreement that was received from Joe Hudak and believed that was going to be approved this evening. Supervisor Banach moved to approve the Road Use Agreement that was received and revised from Joe Hudak. Motion is seconded by supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

Fee Schedule: Supervisor Banach moved to approve the fee schedule to include all the changes that were made. Supervisor Melvin asked if this included the changes that were made during the executive session. Supervisor Banach said it is. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor

Zoning Application: Zoning Officer Mike Rendleman said we had revised the zoning application. There are two different forms but they are exactly the same. One is on the long form (legal size) and one is front and back of the shorter form (letter size). Chairman Ewbank stated that the main revision to this permit is the following language “Issuance of this permit authorizes the code enforcement officers of the Township access to the Project/Site during the hours of 7 AM to 9 PM.” Supervisor Melvin asked if that meant that the owner of the property doesn’t have to be there. Mr. Rendleman said this is for inspections on the project and not for any other reason. Supervisor Banach voiced his opinion stating that he does not believe that any Township official has the right to be on the person’s property. He’s had issues with building inspectors going on his property, with Police Department going on his property without permission stating we don’t allow anyone else on private property. Supervisor Banach also stated we should not have the permit expiring in six months. He believes it should be a year. Supervisor Banach said that is just his personal opinion. Chairman Ewbank asked for any other comment. Vice-Chairman Fischer asked if Supervisor Banach was opposed to the way it was written. He is. Solicitor Bernathy said we are asking for peoples’ permission that is the nature of having the language on the application. Discussion followed regarding trespass and liability. Supervisor Banach wants the language emphasized said that the resident needs to sign off on it. Mr. Rendleman also stated the zoning permit is void within six months of date of issue unless the work has started. Mr. Rendleman stated the permit will not expire until July 2013 because of the Senate Bill 1042 that was in place since 2008. Further discussion was held. Chairman Ewbank asked for a motion for the following changes on the zoning permit. Where it states this permit is for the within six months of date of issue unless work has started a block will be added to that where it can be initialed by the permittee and “Issuance of this permit authorizes the code enforcement officers of the Township access to the Project/Site during the hours of 7 AM to 7 PM.” A person can initial this if they want to allow this or not. Supervisor Flansburg moved to approve that motion. Motion is seconded by supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.

Floodplain Manager: Lisa green stated she needs to speak to Mike Mrozinski about exactly what the floodplain manager needs to do. Right now all she knows is thatRobert Ewbank is that our representative. Supervisor Banach asked if one can be shared. Chairman Ewbank asked Mrs. Green to gather more information.

Tunnel Painting: Chairman Ewbank stated that the Highway Department was out today painting the tunnel. Home Depot supplied the paint but was not able to do the job for us because they could not name us as an additional insured on their insurance policy.

Hiring Of Gary Babb-Man Compost Facility Saturday 9 -1: Chairman Ewbank stated Gary Babb has been manning the compost facility on Saturdays between 9-1. He has been there for the past three Saturdays. Matamoras borough is going to share the cost with us a 50-50. Supervisor Flansburg moved to hire Gary Babb at a rate of $10 per hour to man the compost facility on Saturdays between 9 AM and 1 PM as needed. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.

Letter to Municipal Authority Re: Act 537 Sewage Plan Update: Mrs. Green stated this letter is for the board to sign so that the sewer authority gets reimbursement for the Act 537 plan update. Supervisor Flansburg moved to sign the letter. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.

Letter to Matamoras Council and EPRPC: Tabled

SUBDIVISION REVIEW AND ACTION:

Delaware Valley School District Gym Addition: Mrs. Green stated theSchool District has waived the 90-day requirement for deemed approval and provided us with that letter. Supervisor Melvin moved to approve the extension for the DelawareValley school district gym addition. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting was adjourned at 9:37 pm on a motion by Vice-Chairman Fischer. Motion seconded by Supervisor Banach and carried with all in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,

Lisa A. Green, Secretary

Supervisor’s Annual Reorganization Meeting 1/3/2012

TO:    The Auditors of Westfall Township, Pike Co., PA

FROM:  Board of Supervisors, Westfall Township, Pike Co., PA

RE:    Supervisor’s Annual Reorganization Meeting 1/3/2012

The Supervisors of Westfall Township held their Annual Reorganization Meeting on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at the Westfall Township Municipal Building and the following Officers were elected.

Temporary Chairman: Supervisor Fischer moved to appoint Robert Ewbank as Temporary Chairman. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Banach and carried with all in favor.

Temporary Secretary: Supervisor Flansburg moved to appoint Lisa Green as Temporary Secretary. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Fischer and carried with all in favor.

Chairman of the Board: Robert Ewbank – The position of Chairman was approved on a motion by Supervisor Fischer, seconded by Supervisor Melvin. Motion carried with all in favor.

Vice-Chairman: Paul Fischer – The position of Vice-Chairman was approved on a motion by Supervisor Ewbank, seconded by Supervisor Melvin. Motion carried with all in favor.

Supervisor Pro Tem: Raymond BanachThe position of Supervisor Pro Tem was approved on a motion by Supervisor Fischer, seconded by Supervisor Melvin. Motion carried with all in favor.

At this meeting, the Supervisors appointed and filled the following positions.

 

Secretary: Lisa Green – Salary shall be set at the rate of $ 37,675.00 yearly. Hours are 8:00 am – 4:00 pm daily including Supervisors Meetings.  Mrs. Green’s appointment made upon motion of Supervisor Fischer, seconded by Supervisor Melvin. Motion carried with all in favor.

Treasurer: Scott Myer – Compensation set at $21,300 yearly. Mr. Myers appointment made upon motion of Supervisor Banach, seconded by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion carried with all in favor.

Supervisors Meetings: The Supervisors set the following schedule for regular meetings for

the year 2012. Regular meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month. Motion to approve schedule made by Supervisor Banach, seconded by Supervisor Melvin. Motion carried with all in favor.

Special Meetings: The Supervisors set two special meetings to be held on Monday,

November 19, 2012, and Wednesday, December 19, 2012, for the purpose of adopting the tentative budget and actual budget for the upcoming year. Motion to approve schedule made

by Supervisor Fischer, seconded by Supervisor Melvin. Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Supervisors Workshops: Supervisors Workshops will be scheduled as needed.

Designated official Bank Depositories for all Township funds shall be with the Citizens Bank, Wachovia Bank, Pennstar Bank, Wayne Bank, P.N.C. Bank, the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust, Honesdale National Bank and Dime Bank. Motion to appoint banks stated made by Supervisor Banach, seconded by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Board of Vacancy Chairman:  Vacancy

Township Solicitor: Robert Bernathy – Salary shall be at the rate of $100.00 per hour for attendance at a Regular or Special Township meeting and Workshops. All development work is reimbursed by the developer prior to final approval. Payable from the Township General Fund. Motion to appoint made by Supervisor Melvin, seconded by Supervisor Fischer. Motion carried with all in favor.

Planning Board Solicitor:  Robert Bernathy  – Salary shall be at the rate of $100.00 per hour for attendance at a Regular or Special meeting or Workshop of the Planning Board. Payable from Township General Fund. Motion to appoint made by Supervisor Ewbank, seconded by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion carried with all in favor.

Township Engineer: There were seven proposals received from various engineers that were only given to the supervisors on Tuesday. The board discussed tabling this item until the next meeting. Supervisor Banach suggested that each supervisor go over the proposals and select 2 or 3 and contact the secretary to set up interviews. Supervisor Banach moved to appoint Kiley Associates on a temporary basis. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Fischer and carries with all in favor.  

Zoning Hearing Board: 3 year term

Member –  Vacancy – January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014   Ann Marie Catalano

Alternate – Vacancy            – January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014

Alternate – Vacancy – January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012

Motion to appoint Ann Marie Catalano made by Supervisor Fischer, seconded by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion carried with all in favor.

Planning Board: 4-Year Term

Member – January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2015  William Mullery

Member –  January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2015   Marge Tonkin

Member –  January 3, 2012 – December 31, 2012  Joseph Banach

Motion to appoint  William Mullery, Marge Tonkin and Joseph Banach is made by Supervisor Banach, seconded by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion carried with all in favor.

Auditors: 6-year term  –  One Vacancy

January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012       Elaine Shewchuk

Motion to appoint Elaine Shewchuk is made by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach. Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Building Appeals Board: 3-year term

January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014   Allen Johns

Member –  Vacancy   January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2013

Member – Vacancy   January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014

Member – Vacancy  January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2015

Motion to appoint Allen Johns made by Supervisor Fischer. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.

Municipal Authority: 5 year term  –  January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2016 Ellsworth Smith

 

Motion to appoint Ellsworth Smith to a five-year term is made by Supervisor Banach                       seconded by Supervisor Fischer. Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Zoning Hearing Board Attorney: Douglas Jacobs – Salary of $100.00 per hour payable from Township General Fund, as required. Motion to appoint made by Supervisor Melvin, seconded by Supervisor Ewbank. Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Alternate Zoning Hearing Board Attorney: Anthony Waldron – Salary of $100.00 per hour payable from the Township General Fund, as required. Motion to appoint made by Supervisor Banach, seconded by Supervisor Fischer. Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Building Appeals Board Attorney: Douglas Jacobs – Salary of $100.00 per hour payable from

Township General Fund, as required. Motion to appoint made by Supervisor Ewbank, seconded by Supervisor Melvin. Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Police Commission: 2-Year Term – Two Appointments Needed.

1/1/2012 – 12/31/13  Supervisor Melvin moved to nominate Supervisor Fischer. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Ewbank. Motion carried with all in favor.

1/1/2012 – 12/31/13  Supervisor Fischer moved to nominate Supervisor Melvin. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion carried with all in favor.

Open Records Officer: Lisa Green – Motion to appoint open records officer made by Supervisor Fischer, seconded by Supervisor Banach. Motion carried with all in favor.

Voting Delegate to the State Convention: May 6 – 9, 2012 Hershey, PA. Supervisor Melvin nominated Supervisor Flansburg. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Fischer and carries with all in favor.

 

Upper Delaware Council: 1 – Year Term – 1/1/2012 – 12/31/2012        Alex Cena

Motion to appoint Alex Cena made by Supervisor Banach. Motion seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

 

Planning Board Meetings:  Shall be held the fourth (4th) Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM. Motion by Supervisor Banach to approve schedule, seconded by Supervisor Fischer. Motion carries with all in favor. Motion carries with all in favor.

Planning Board Workshops:  Shall be held the second (2nd) Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM. Motion by Supervisor Ewbank to approve schedule, seconded by Supervisor Fischer. Motion carried with all in favor.

 

COG Representative: Supervisor Fischer moved to appoint Lisa Green as Council of Governments representative. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.

 

Road Task Force Representative:  No appt needed at this time. Albert Schneider is appointed.

 

Official Newspapers: A motion was made by Supervisor Flansburg to designate The News Eagle, and the Pike County Dispatch as official papers. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.

 

Adjournment: Supervisor Fischer moved to adjourn at 7:24 pm. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.

Special Meeting January 10, 2012

January 10, 2012

The Westfall Township Board of Supervisors held a Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at

7:12 p.m. The meeting was held at the Township Building on Delaware Drive and LaBarr Lane, Westfall Township.

 

Those present were Chairman, Robert Ewbank; Vice-Chairman, Paul Fischer; Supervisors Raymond Banach, Larry Flansburg, and Robert Melvin; Solicitor Robert Bernathy; and Secretary, Lisa Green. Also present were Scott Myer, Michael Rendleman, Shawn Bolles, Bill Schneider, Luis Bocaletti, Chad Stewart, Eric Stewart, John & Elaine Shewchuk, Debra Banach, and Sharlene Flansburg.

 

Chairman Ewbank apologized for the meeting starting late and announced that the board was in executive session for personnel.

 

Agenda: Agenda was amended to add the sale of the Sewer Authority.  Motion to approve the agenda was made on a motion by Supervisor Flansburg, seconded by Vice-Chairman Fischer. Motion carries with all in favor.

 

Public Comment:  None

 

New Business: 

 

Consideration of 2012 Budget Amendment: Solicitor Bernathy asked if there are any motions on the floor amend the budget. The board decided to move this item to the end of the agenda.

 

Zoning Hearing Board Appointment – John Shewchuk: Supervisor Flansburg moved to appoint John Shewchuk to the Zoning Hearing Board. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.

 

Marcellus Shale Task Force Planning and Government Committee Appointments: Supervisor Ewbank offered to fill in for the interim until someone else steps forward and asked if Supervisor Banach would be the alternate. Vice-Chairman Fischer moved to appoint Chairman Ewbank as member and Supervisor Banach as alternate. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

 

November Meeting Date: Chairman Ewbank said our November meeting date falls on Election Day, therefore the date needs to be changed. After some discussion it was decided to change the date to Thursday, November 8, 2012. Vice-Chairman Fischer moved to select that date. Supervisor Melvin seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor.

 

Re Signing of Monroe Optical Lot Improvement Maps: The board will sign them after the meeting.

 

Sale of Municipal Authority: Bill Schneider said Herbert, Rowland and Grubic would have to come up with a value and that there is always a problem because there is reserved gallonage for the Katz property. Plus we are using the grants to run the lines down Rose Lane. Supervisor Banach asked if the extra gallonage is gone forever or is it still marketable. Mr. Schneider said it is gone and there is a letter to that effect. Right now we have 374 gallons per day but the 820 per day is gone. Mr. Schneider said the 374 gpd is actually quite a bit. Supervisor Banach questioned if it is sold if a private person can go through the red tape to get it back. Mr. Schneider said it would be a big investment for a private individual. Supervisor Banach said he would like to get a value for it and see if we could sell it. Mr. Schneider said it is not a bad idea but they would like to wait until they are done in 2012 with the project. Lisa Mickles asked if the board is considering selling the sewer treatment plant. Supervisor Flansburg said yes that is the idea. Adding if we could do something to relieve the Katz tax or pay off some loans or something like that it would be the idea behind it. Supervisor Banach moved to have the Municipal Authority appraised. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

Vice-Chairman Fischer moved to amend the agenda to add Township Engineers. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.  

 

Township Engineers: Chairman Ewbank said we have seven proposals for township engineer and asked the board what their feelings were. Supervisor Banach would like to interview Kiley Associates. He has knowledge with them through the Conservation District. Chairman Ewbank would like to interview Al Handy stating he has worked for the township before with HRG. He knows the township and the Planning Commission has recommended him. Vice-Chairman Fischer asked to interview McGoey, Hauser and Edsall. Discussion was held regarding the date and time of the interviews and the way in which they will be conducted. Vice-Chairman Fischer moved set the time and date of the executive session for the purpose of the interviews for Tuesday, February, 7, 2012 beginning at 6:00, 6:15, and 6:30 pm. Marge Tonkin, Chairperson of the Planning Commission will be in attendance. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.

 

2012 Budget Amendment: Chairman Ewbank said we are back to item one, consideration of the 2012 budget amendment. Supervisor Banach asked if there was a way to move some stuff around to give more service and have a third person on the road department even if it is not full time; saying that our roads are falling apart and we are required by law to maintain them. Supervisor Banach feels we should move some stuff around and find some money. Chairman Ewbank asked if he wants to find money tonight. Supervisor Banach asked if the Police Department can do without that 15th guy. Chief Stewart said they will do whatever the board asks them to do but it will make the overnight shifts difficult to staff. Supervisor Flansburg asked about 10 full time officers. Supervisor Melvin said that is assuming the extra full timer is hired. Supervisor Flansburg said he heard at a meeting that a grant ran out and they are looking to cover the chief’s salary. Chief Stewart said that was not true that his salary is covered. Discussion followed. Supervisor Flansburg asked where it is going to stop and where are we now from the point when the regional department was first formed. Questioning at what point in time will the police department stop asking for money. Chief Stewart said this is the first year in five years that they have asked for more money. Supervisor Flansburg said there is a growing concern with the public who are not happy with the police department. Further discussion followed regarding the police department. Assistant Chief Stewart added that each municipality saved a great deal the first several years since they merged. This is the first year that they have come to the municipalities for additional money. Supervisor Melvin asked what the fines have been running at historically. Supervisor Ewbank questioned the status of the Bill in Harrisburg regarding the Police Tax. Stating that if that comes and we didn’t have a department we would be paying a whole lot more for State Police coverage. Chief Stewart asked for the unhappy people to come to the Police Commission meetings so that their concerns can be addressed. Vice-Chairman Fischer said that letters will be going out to other municipalities to offer them to join the department which will reduce all the municipalities’ budgets. Supervisor Melvin asked the board of Milford Landing and they favored the additional police officer in the budget 3-1 especially with all the new commercial activity.   Supervisor Banach said the overall consensus of the board (not speaking for them) is that we need to be at 14 mills. We need to lessen the impact in the community. Everyone has to pitch in. Further discussion followed regarding the 24 hour police coverage. Assistant Chief Stewart said it is part of their mission statement to make sure they are doing the very best they can. Supervisor Flansburg asked that we keep the lines of communication open. Lisa Mickles asked the difference in the budget from last year to this year $41,368. It was stated that the Milford Borough budget needed to be increased for the Police Department. Chairman Ewbank said we haven’t raised taxes, we have kept the budget level for the past few years and have cut as much as we could stating there is only so much you can do. Discussion followed regarding the joining of other municipalities to the police department. Supervisor Banach said there are departments that we need to look at because we can not get bills for $100,000.00 for the roads. Bill Schneider said they need to take another road inspection. Supervisor Melvin said we can make it a commitment to try to get a third person in June or July or even next year. Further stating that although we are looking at the budget now, we need to manage our money accordingly. Supervisor Ewbank asked what they have to do to go back in and look at the Earned Income Tax again, stating it was booted out because everyone did not know what it was all about. Solicitor Bernathy said he would really like to present it again. He gave an opinion letter and that was put on the back burner. Supervisor Banach said the School District will then take a percentage. Discussion followed. Solicitor Bernathy will give the new Supervisors the estimated income which is approximately $180,000.00. Solicitor Bernathy said it is commonplace for the municipalities to implement it. We are in the minority for not having it. We can ultimately drop real estate taxes approximately 4 mills. Solicitor Bernathy further stated he would really like to with Mr. Myers assistance bring it to the Board’s attention again and show the board the money it generates and more importantly how it provides for a more evenly distributed tax among people who use the township. Stating that the tax burden is upon the property owners and there are so many other people using the townships roads. Supervisor Flansburg asked if the EIT would get rid of the Katz Tax. Solicitor Bernathy said probably not but it would reduce the property taxes. Chairman Ewbank said it may cut more than

4 mills. Further discussion followed. Supervisor Melvin questioned if we can determine how many of our own residents are working in Westfall Township. Supervisor Banach wants to look at each department and see if we can find a savings. Solicitor Bernathy said at this point there is no motion to amend the budget. The supervisors were in agreement to work through the budget and see if there are any savings in there. Chairman Ewbank said it should be clear to everyone that we have not actually gone for a tax increase. Mr. Myer will start researching the EIT again. Supervisor Flansburg questioned why we didn’t move forward with the tax. Solicitor Bernathy said the timing was not right. Supervisor Flansburg said it makes sense if all the other townships are doing it. Further stating it would really help the older and lower income earners if their taxes come down. Debra Banach questioned if there is any other municipality in Pike County that has Earned Income Tax. Solicitor Bernathy answered Lehman Township has an EIT.

 

Bill Schneider said that the Municipal Authority has the ability to obtain grants whereas private individuals would not have that ability. Also the municipal authority does not pay taxes and a private individual would need to.

 

Adjournment: Vice-Chairman Fischer moved to adjourn at 8:17 pm. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Lisa A. Green

Secretary

 

 

Regular Supervisors Meeting – January 2012

January 3, 2012

The regular meeting of the Westfall Township Board of Supervisors was held Tuesday, January 3, 2012

at 7:25 pm. The meeting was held at the Township Building on Delaware Drive and LaBarr Lane, Westfall Township.

Those present were Chairman, Robert Ewbank, Vice-Chairman, Paul Fischer; Supervisors, Raymond Banach, Larry Flansburg, and Robert Melvin; Solicitor, Robert Bernathy and Secretary, Lisa Green. Also present were Treasurer, Scott Myer; Building Inspector, Shawn Bolles; Zoning Officer, Mike Rendleman; Bill Schneider, Bill Koferl, Jay Edwards, Mark Spatz, Dan Lawless, Joseph Banach, and approximately twenty one members of the general public.

AGENDA: Supervisor Flansburg asked to add the re-opening of the budget to the agenda. Supervisor Banach moved approve the agenda. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carries with all in favor.

 

Public Comment: None.

MINUTES: The minutes of the December 6, 2011 meeting were discussed. Supervisor Banach would like to have the minutes amended to include Supervisor Muir’s comments about him. Solicitor Bernathy said the minutes should reflect what happens at the meeting as far as who made the motion, who seconded, and who voted. There is no requirement that the minutes are verbatim. Legally the voting is all that is required. Solicitor Bernathy went on to say the board needs to decide on policy of what the minutes should reflect and that they could become very cumbersome for the secretary. Supervisor Flansburg suggested a public apology for the people who had to sit and listen to the comment, stating it has no place on this board. Going on to offer an apology for the language used at that meeting. Supervisor Flansburg then offered Supervisor Banach an apology from the township. Supervisor Banach thanked Supervisor Flansburg and moved to approve the minutes of December 6, 2011. Motion is seconded by Vice-Chairman Fischer and carries with all in favor.

The minutes of the December 21, 2011 meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Vice-Chairman Fischer, seconded by Chairman Ewbank. Supervisor Banach abstains. Supervisor Flansburg and Supervisor Melvin were not in office at the time. Motion carried with two in favor and one abstention.

TREASURER’s REPORT: Scott Myer gave the treasurer’s report for December stating that all things considered 2011 was a good year. Income was 10% over budget. Expenses were in line with the budget. As a result of the solid year we were able to pay off a cash flow loan two years early. Supervisor Banach moved to approve the report. Supervisor Melvin seconds the motion. Motion carried with all in favor.

POLICE REPORT: Police Chief Stewart gave the report for December stating that there were 5,693 miles patrolled for the month and 172 calls for service. Chief Stewart reminded everyone to keep their cars locked because there have been people going through cars recently. Supervisor Flansburg asked about the 172 calls for service not adding up with the top report number. Chief Stewart said the 2nd page breaks everything down and that he only gives the number of crimes reported to the FBI. Supervisor Banach moved to approve the report. Motion is seconded by Vice-Chairman Fischer and carried with all in favor.

FIRE DEPARTMENT: Bill Koferl gave the Westfall Township Fire Department Report for December reporting 3 structure fires, 3 mutual aid calls, 3 motor vehicle accidents, 1 smoke investigation, 3 auto alarms for a total of 13 calls for the month, and 301 calls for the year. Total man hours for the year 3,602. There were 42 ambulance calls for the month, total calls year to date 665. Chief Koferl asked permission to attend the three parades in 2012 Port Jervis, Middletown and Holiday in July, October and December. Supervisor Flansburg moved to approve the department going to the parades. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carried with all in favor. Supervisor Flansburg moved to approve the Westfall Fire Department report. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carried with all in favor.

Jay Edwards gave the Mill Rift Fire Department report stating that on 12/8/11 they had a monthly meeting, on 12/17/11 they had a Mutual aid in Sparrowbush, 12/18/11 they had a structure fire and on 12/29/11 they ad a drill where they pumped new engine to tanker. They had a total of 42 man hours for the month and 821.25 for the year. The purchased a new “used” 1990 truck at a cost of $20,000.00. Motion to approve the report made by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion seconded by Vice-Chairman Fischer and carried with all favor.

HIGHWAY REPORT: Bill Schneider gave the report for December stating that the department had been out for light snow on 12/7 & 12/8. Robert Howard started work on 12/15/11. They have been clearing culvert pipes and drainage. There was light snow last night that caused them to put material down on Mountain Avenue. They’ve worked on the compost area. Had a tree down on Philips Lane. Mr. Schneider explained that on occasion they take care of Delaware Drive because it is a 3rd rate road for Penn Dot and at times it could take six hours for Penn Dot to get back to that road. Mr. Schneider asked the board if it was okay for the department to continue to take care of Delaware Drive on those occasions. Supervisor Flansburg asked Mr. Schneider’s opinion and whether or not they would be doing it on their way to plow Mill Rift anyway. Supervisor Flansburg said he would not have a problem in that case as it would improve ambulance calls and such. Supervisor Banach asked if Lisa Green should send a letter and have us keep track of how many times we are maintaining the road and possibly keep it even with Penn Dot. Mr. Schneider said he could address it at the Road Task Force. Vice-Chairman Fischer moved to approve report. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carried with all in favor.

BUILDING/ZONING REPORT: Mike Rendleman gave the report for December reporting two building permits, one sign permit and three zoning permits issued with fees of $ 1,192.00. Motion by Supervisor Banach to accept the report. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.

CORRESPONDENCE: On dais for review.

OLD BUSINESS:

Act 47 Monthly Report: Solicitor Bernathy stated that the township is coming up on the two year anniversary of the Federal Bankruptcy Courts signing the order confirming the Townships Bankruptcy Plan as well as the Act 47 Recovery Plan which amounts to final disposition of the bankruptcy plan. The Township is operating within the confines of its budget and continues to meet its financial obligations. The Township continues to provide essential services. Vice-Chairman Fischer moved to accept the report. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Melvin and carries with all in favor.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Burning Ban Ordinance: Supervisor Banach moved to table the burning ban ordinance until we understand

it a little bit more clearly in regard to enforcement and what is going to be relative to participation and cooperation with Matamoras Borough. Also how this will impact the residents of that area and the taxpayers. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carried with all in favor.
Heaters Hill Emergency Culvert Repairs: The following three bids were received for the Heaters Hill Project. 1) Kobalt Construction, Inc. @ $168,000.00 2) Pioneer Construction Co. Inc. @ $ 77,000.00

3) Morgan Site Contractors LLC @ $62,512.97.  Supervisor Banach asked Scott Myer about funding. Mr. Myer said there is funding for the project. Supervisor Flansburg asked if this would take care of all of the problem areas or just the one part. Mr. Schneider said it will take care of the emergency repairs to the culverts but there are other areas that the township road crew are working on also. Mark Spatz with Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. explained the project and how it will replace both culverts with one box culvert. Discussion followed. Supervisor Flansburg asked how we are going to accommodate people going to and from work. Mr. Spatz said that was clear to the contractor. Supervisor Banach questioned whether or not Mr. Spatz discussed the bids with the two lowest bidders. He did. Morgan also gave a day to day breakdown of construction schedule. Supervisor Melvin asked in the event of a major snow storm will they be able to plow Heaters Hill. Mr. Schneider said yes, this could still be done. Supervisor Banach asked if HRG would have someone there to monitor the progress. Mr. Spatz said HRG was not contracted to do that. Mr. Schneider was going to handle that; however they would be happy to do that if necessary. Dan Lawless asked if this had to do with the hurricane. Mr. Spatz said the culvert has been in the ground for a long time. The weather and storm did not cause it. There has been deterioration. Mr. Lawless asked about the increased size of the pipe. Mr. Spatz said they are being increased to 73 x 55 and 73 x 55. Joseph Banach asked about life expectancy of the galvanized pipe. The life expectancy is sixty seven years. Supervisor Flansburg moved to accept the bid from Morgan Site Contractors LLC subject to the Solicitors review. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carried with all in favor.

Advertise for Services:  Supervisor Banach said this has been mentioned last year. It is a good idea to see if we could cut costs. Supervisor Melvin asked if we had a formal list of contracts. We do not have that. After a brief discussion the secretary was directed to compile a list of services by the next meeting for the Supervisors to review and decide upon which services they will begin to advertise for.

Reopen Budget: Supervisor Flansburg expressed his desire and right to reopen the budget. Supervisor Banach stated he believed it needs to be advertised by the 15th of February. Vice-Chairman Fischer stated that a lot of work went into the preparation of the budget. Solicitor Bernathy stressed the fact that the board is under a time constraint and this needs to be done within a timely manner as he checked the 2nd class township code. Solicitor Bernathy said the Court also gave approval of 15.7 mils. Discussion followed. Motion is made by Supervisor Flansburg to hold a special meeting for the purpose of amending the budget. The meeting will be held the following week, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor. In the meantime Supervisor Flansburg and Supervisor Melvin will be given all budget worksheets.

 

SUBDIVISION REVIEW AND ACTION: None

Mr. Spatz stated that he needed the Easement Agreements for the Heaters Hill Projects.

Pike County Power & Light Advisory Board: Motion to appoint Supervisor Flansburg to the Advisory Board made by Vice-Chairman Fischer. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.

Mr. Lawless wished to thank the Supervisors for passing the speed limit on Cummins Hill Road and for getting Penn Dot to fix the bottom of Cummins Hill Road.

 

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting was adjourned at 8.52 pm on a motion by Supervisor Banach. Motion seconded by Supervisor Flansburg and carried with all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa A. Green

Secretary

Special Meeting-December 21, 2011

Westfall Township, Matamoras, PA
December 21, 2011

 

The Westfall Township Board of Supervisors held a Special Meeting on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 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, Lester Buchanan; Supervisors Robert Ewbank, and Paul Fischer, Solicitor Thomas Farley; and Secretary, Lisa Green. Also present were Treasurer, Scott Myer; Bill Schneider, Luis Bocaletti, and John Dalton. Chairman, James Muir and Supervisor Raymond Banach were not present.

 

Agenda: The agenda was approved on a motion by Supervisor Ewbank and seconded by Supervisor Fischer.  Motion carried with all in favor.   

 

Public Comment: Supervisor Ewbank commented that today is Jake’s last day and will be his last board of Supervisors meeting.

 

Old Business:

 

Correction of November 21, 2011 Minutes: Vice-Chairman Buchanan said this was on the hiring of the highway employee. There was not a motion and a second and a vote on the floor. This has to be corrected. Solicitor Farley said this also has to be corrected to the engineer, and Supervisor Fischer has another correction to be made to the minutes that it states it was a unanimous vote and it was not. A motion is made from Supervisor Fischer to take out the word unanimous from the November 21, 2011 minutes for the highway employee. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Ewbank. Motion carries with all in favor. Vice-Chairman Buchanan moved to hire Robert Howard at the stated salary of $15.00 per hour with all the benefits due full time employees. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Ewbank. Supervisor Fischer votes against. Motion carries with two for and one opposed. Two Supervisors are not present. There is only three that make a majority. Supervisor Ewbank moved to hire Kiley Associates at a rate of $77-$90 per hour for the limited purpose of one project, the Floodplain Development Permit submitted by the Municipal Authority of the Township of Westfall. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Fischer and carries with all in favor.

 

New Business:

 

Adopt 2012 Budget:

 

a)     Resolution 2011-6: This Resolution sets the millage rate for 2012. Supervisor Ewbank moved to approve Resolution 2011-6. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Fischer and carries with all in favor.

b)    Resolution 2011-7: This Resolution appropriates the budget for the year 2012. Supervisor Fischer moved to approve the budget. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Ewbank and carries with all in favor. This approval is conditioned upon Court approval of the 1.7 mil increase in the general millage rate scheduled for December 27, 2011 at 10:00 am.

 

Adjournment: Supervisor Ewbank moved to adjourn at 7:09 pm. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Fischer and carries with all in favor.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Lisa A. Green

Secretary

Regular Meeting-December 2011

Westfall Township, Matamoras, PA

December 6, 2011

 

The regular meeting of the Westfall Township Board of Supervisors was held Tuesday, December 6, 2011,

at 7:00 pm. The meeting was held at the Township Building on Delaware Drive and LaBarr Lane, Westfall Township.

 

Those present were Chairman, James Muir; Supervisors, Vice-Chairman, Lester Buchanan, Robert Ewbank, Paul Fischer, Raymond Banach; Solicitor, Robert Bernathy and Secretary, Lisa Green. Also present were Scott Myer, Michael Rendleman, Bill Schneider, Chief Stewart, Ken Zielazny, Luis Bocaletti, Deborah Fischer and approximately 22 members of the general public.

 

After Chairman Muir called the meeting to order Supervisor Ewbank presented a plaque to Lester J. Buchanan in recognition of 7 years of leadership and dedication to the community of Westfall. Thank you from the Westfall Supervisors. Next Supervisor Ewbank presented a plaque to James Muir in recognition of 12 years

of leadership and dedication to the community of Westfall. Thank you from the Westfall Supervisors.

Both men posed for a picture for the secretary.

 

AGENDA: Vice-Chairman Buchanan moved to approve the agenda. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.

 

Public Comment: Debi Fischer congratulated Jake and Jim and wished them a good life.

 

MINUTES:  The minutes of October 20, 2011, budget meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Supervisor Ewbank. Motion is seconded by Vice-Chairman Buchanan and carries with all in favor.

 

The minutes of November 1, 2011 regular meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Vice-Chairman Buchanan. Motion seconded by Supervisor Fischer and carries with all in favor.

 

The minutes of November 21, 2011 special meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Supervisor Ewbank. Motion seconded by Supervisor Fischer. Vice-Chairman Buchanan abstained. Motion carried with four in favor and one abstention.

 

TREASURER’s REPORT: Scott Myer said it has been a good year for Westfall. Everything is in line. Supervisor Banach moved to accept the report. Motion is seconded by Vice-Chairman Buchanan and carries with all in favor.

 

POLICE REPORT: Police Chief Stewart gave the report for November reporting 157 calls for service, with 5,820 miles patrolled. Chief Stewart said the overnight parking for Westfall Township is in effect for November 15th. EPRPD teamed up with Safe Haven to give gifts for children who are less fortunate. There is a tree at the Police Station. They are also doing a non perishable pet food drive to help support Pike County Humane Society. Items could be dropped off at the Police Department until December 31st. Motion to accept the police report made by Vice-Chairman Buchanan, seconded by Supervisor Fischer. Motion carries with all in favor.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENTS: Luis Bocaletti gave the Westfall Township Fire Department Report for November reporting 3 MVAs, 1 wires down, 3 auto alarm, 9 mutual aid to scene, and 2 smoke investigations. EMS calls were 21 in Westfall, 16 covering squad 33, and 3 covering squad 19, for a total of 40. They would also like to request permission to attend the Christmas parade this weekend. Vice-Chairman Buchanan moved to approve the request. Supervisor Fischer seconds the motion. Motion carries with all in favor. Ken Zielazny gave the Mill Rift report for November reporting 11/2 equipment maintenance, 11/9 traffic control, 11/9 training, 11/16 equipment maintenance and 11/22 tree across road. Supervisor Ewbank moved to approve reports. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Fischer and carries with all in favor.

 

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: Bill Schneider gave the Highway report for November reporting that they have been doing regular maintenance on the equipment and all around the township building, as well as continuing maintenance and repairs on all equipment. The 2003 Ford 550 was serviced, they replaced drag link, tie rod ends, steering stabilizer. Pressure washed and painted frame. The 2008 Freightliner received maintenance and servicing, frame cleaned and painted. They performed shoulder work on Heaters Hill Road. Clearing of culvert pipes and drainage ditches throughout the township. Work and maintenance on the compost area. Meeting with HRG on Heaters Hill site for culvert pipe replacement. Maintenance on shop area-rebuild loading area.  Mr. Schneider attended the Pike County Road Task Force meeting. He brought hand outs for everyone from the meeting. Picked up 4 tons of cold patch. 12/5 Met with Penn DOT representatives and engineers at Wal Mart parking lot pertaining to the widening of the 6 & 209 corridor scheduled to begin in August of 2012. 12/8 There will be a meeting with the DRBC and the Army Corps of Engineers on Mashipacong Island for inspection of the channel for debris removal and for a problem with the access road. Motion to approve report made by Supervisor Fischer, seconded by Supervisor Ewbank. Motion carries with all in favor.

 

BUILDING /ZONING: Zoning Officer Mike Rendleman gave the November report stating that we issued three building permits, two sign and one zoning permit with total fees of $4,994.50. Vice-Chairman Buchanan moved to approve the report, seconded by Supervisor Fischer. Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Chairman Muir asked Chief Stewart about a special he had seen on television about the children in this country that are starving. It was saying how many children in the United States who go to bed hungry saying it was very disturbing, and asked if the department is doing anything for them within the County or the Township. Chief Stewart stated there are different organizations that do different things. The Churches do the food pantries. Chairman Muir said years ago his business used to donate approximately 100 presents to needy children when they had their Christmas Party. If the department wanted to do something where Mr. Muir could donate $10.00 per tank they pumped to under privileged children he would be willing to do that. Chief Stewart said he will call Chairman Muir in the morning.

 

CORRESPONDENCE: On dais for review.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Act 47 Monthly Report: Solicitor Bernathy stated that as everyone knows as of March of last year, which

will be going on two years; the Federal Bankruptcy Court signed an order confirming the Townships bankruptcy plan as well as the Act 47 Recovery Plan which amounts to final disposition of the bankruptcy action. The township is operating within the confines of its budget and continues to meet its financial obligations. The township continues to provide essential services. Solicitor Bernathy also stated that he would be remiss if he did not state that it has been an honor and a privilege working with Mr. Muir and Mr. Buchanan. They were great stewards of the township and they served the township with distinction. Solicitor Bernathy also congratulated Mr. Flansburg and Mr. Melvin and wished everyone a good Holiday.

 

Dedication of the Water Line / Addendum: Motion by Vice-Chairman Buchanan to approve the addendum to the deed of dedication. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Ewbank and carries with all in favor.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Request for Waiver of Septic System Distance / Hamilton’s: Chairman Muir said this is regarding James Hamilton up on Delaware Drive. Solicitor Bernathy stated that as a review of the matter from the last meeting we asked for information from the Sewage Enforcement Officer and questioned if that was received. Chairman Muir said it has been received and it is in their folders. There is a recommendation for approval of the waiver. Solicitor Bernathy stated that basically the hardship here is that Mr. Hamilton has a failing system and there is no where else that a system can be placed. A hardship is required for a waiver to be approved. Chairman Muir said the normal distance is 100 feet and Mr. Hamilton is requesting 82 feet. Upon the recommendation of the SEO, Vice-Chairman Buchanan moved to approve the waiver request. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Ewbank. Supervisor Banach is opposed. Chairman Muir abstained. Motion carries with three in favor, one opposed and one abstention.

 

Burning Ban: Supervisor Ewbank said we had several different ordinances that were presented to us both by the PA DEP and by our Solicitor and it has been recommended by the Westfall Township Planning Commission in which they forwarded the request for a burning ban with a vote of 2 in favor and 1 against. One of the main reasons for the burning ban is for the areas of Westfall Township that border Matamoras. Supervisor Ewbank stated he spoke to the Mayor of Matamoras today and the reason they have a burning ban is for the health of their residents. Supervisor Ewbank has pictures of Westfall residents burning with the smoke traveling into Matamoras. Solicitor Bernathy said just to expand on that the smoke can be detrimental to health, comfort, living conditions and the general safety of citizens. Lisa Mickles asked if the area has been defined. Supervisor Ewbank said it may be CD, R2 and R1. The districts are not definite at this time. Solicitor Bernathy stated that would be part of the proposed ordinance and advertisement. Chairman Muir asked if right now all we want is a motion to advertise. Correct. Dan Lawless asked once it passes how are you going to pick leaves up and secondary what is going to be the outcome when one party gets mad when they can not burn and the others can.

Supervisor Ewbank said we can follow a work schedule such as Matamoras does in which the residents rake up their leaves and the highway department would come and pick them up. Landa Copertino asked if there is someone local that can be called when someone is burning. She has a neighbor who is burning wire. Vice-Chairman Buchanan said this all has to be discussed at the public hearing. Supervisor Ewbank moved to advertise the burning ban ordinance. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Fischer. Vice-Chairman Buchanan and Supervisor Banach are opposed. Supervisor Banach said he doesn’t believe that Chairman Muir can vote because he owns a refuse business and he would be able to make money in picking up leaves. Chairman Muir did not agree. Supervisor Banach asked if this was a legal objection of his part. Solicitor Bernathy stated it does not pose as a conflict and there is no pecuniary interest as far as he can see and that Supervisor Muir can vote. Supervisor Ewbank said although Supervisor Banach opposed he has a letter from him dated November 8, 2006 stating that smaller lots should have a burning ban.

 

Advertise for Services: Supervisor Banach said he felt with a new board coming on they should advertise for all professional services to see if they could save some money. This item will be tabled until the new board comes in.

 

Emergency Culvert Repairs: Chairman Muir said we have a proposal for work needed for the preparation of three Easement Exhibits and Legal Descriptions to provide for facilitation of Permanent Stormwater Easements. This work will not exceed $1,200.00. Motion by Vice-Chairman Buchanan to approve the proposal. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Ewbank and carries with all in favor.

 

SUBDIVISION REVIEW and ACTION:

 

ADJOURNMENT: Vice-Chairman Buchanan moved to adjourn at 7:27. Motion seconded by Supervisor Ewbank and carries with all in favor.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Lisa A. Green

Secretary

Special Meeting-November 21, 2011

Westfall Township, Matamoras, PA
November 21, 2011

 

The Westfall Township Board of Supervisors held a Special Meeting on Monday, November 21, 2010 at

7:00 pm. The meeting was held at the Township Building on Delaware Drive and LaBarr Lane, Westfall Township.

 

Those present were Chairman, James Muir; Supervisors Robert Ewbank, Paul Fischer, and Raymond Banach; Solicitor Robert Bernathy; and Secretary, Lisa Green. Also present were Treasurer, Scott Myer; Bill Schneider, Mike Rendleman, Luis Bocaletti, Ken Zielazny, and approximately 16 members of the general public. Vice-Chairman, Lester Buchanan was not present.

 

Agenda: The agenda was approved on a motion by Supervisor Ewbank and seconded by Supervisor Fischer.  Motion carried with all in favor.   

 

Public Comment: Chairman Muir congratulated Robert Melvin and Larry Flansburg on winning the Supervisors election.

 

Old Business:

 

New Business:

 

Adopt Tentative Budget: Supervisor Ewbank moved to adopt and advertise the 2012 proposed budget. Motion

seconded by Supervisor Fischer. Supervisor Banach is opposed. Motion carries with three in favor and one opposed. The budget will be advertised and open for public inspection for twenty (20) days prior to adoption.

 

Split for Fire Departments: Supervisor Fischer said he would like to see Westfall given a larger split than what was given in the past. Supervisor Banach questioned what last years split was. Mr. Myer said it was 65/45 in favor of Westfall. Supervisor Fischer suggested a 75/25 split. Ken Zielazny asked what is the total allocation granted to the fire departments this year. Mr. Myer said $83,000 is the total so Mill Rift would receive $20,750. Mr. Zielazny said it would be difficult for the department to operate on that. Chairman Muir said he thought they didn’t spend last year’s budget. Mr. Zielazny said they came close. Further stating they would probably spend at least $30,000 and they need a new used truck. Chairman Muir asked what is happening about the merger. There have not been any meetings yet, but are hoping to meet up in January. Supervisor Banach questioned what the departments  received for 2011 so far. Mr. Myer said $17,000 to Mill Rift and $32,500 to Westfall. Discussion was held about what the departments planned on receiving from the township and how Westfall is able to access fundraisers. Calls were also discussed. Bill Schneider commented that Mill Rift is needed at the location that it is and if you were going to fund the department by calls alone it would not be funded. Luis Bocaletti said they do not get paid for all of their ambulance calls. Supervisor Ewbank asked what a 70/30 split would equal. That would give $24,900 to Mill Rift. Chairman Muir said no one wants to take money away from the departments, stating they all deserve more. After further discussion Supervisor Banach moved to leave the rate the same. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Ewbank. Supervisor Fischer is opposed. Motion carries with three in favor and one opposed.

 

Executive Session: Personnel 7:15 p.m.

 

Back in session at 7:31 p.m.

 

Hiring of Highway Employee: It was unanimously decided by the board to hire Robert Howard at a rate of $15.00 per hour with all of the benefits due a full-time employee. This would include health benefits, dental benefits, short term disability and a $50,000 life insurance policy as well as inclusion in the Non-Uniform

Pension Plan.   

Hiring of Alternate Engineer: It was unanimously decided to hire Kiley Associates, LLC at a rate of $77.00 to $90.00 per hour for the limited purpose of one project, the Floodplain Development Permit submitted by the Municipal Authority of the Township of Westfall.

 

Request for Waiver on Septic System Distance / Hamilton: Chairman Muir said this is for Jim Hamilton on Delaware Drive. Solicitor Bernathy asked if there is any recommendation from the SEO on this. Lisa Green said

he instructed the Hamilton’s to write the letter and is recommending that the waiver be granted. Solicitor Bernathy said this is not deminimis. It is 18%. There needs to be some reasoning in granting this request. Asking if the board find there is an undue hardship. Chairman Muir said the Hamilton’s system is failing and there is no other alternative site. Supervisor Banach asked if this was a customer of Chairman Muir’s. Chairman Muir said they are but he did not design their system. He also is not voting on this. Mrs. Green said Mr. Hamilton has been in the office for the past month. Supervisor Banach said he feels we should have something in writing from the SEO and from the designer. Recommending we send a letter to each. Mrs. Green will speak to Mr. Wood tomorrow. Item will be tabled until December 6th.

 

Easement Agreements for Bernie Swartwood & Deborah Adams: Bill Schneider said this is to replace the culvert pipes under Heaters Hill. They are separate property owners. Solicitor Bernathy asked if they are represented by anyone. They are not. He will direct the easements directly to the property owners. Motion to have the Solicitor send the easements made by Supervisor Banach. Motion seconded by Supervisor Fischer and carries with all in favor.

 

Adjournment: Supervisor Fischer moved to adjourn at 7:41 pm. Motion is seconded by Supervisor Banach and carries with all in favor.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Lisa A. Green

Secretary