Gregg Township Centre County, Pennsylvania

February 2012

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Gregg Township, Centre County

Regular Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes

February 9, 2012

The Board of Supervisors met in executive session at 3 p.m. on February 9, 2012 with Mr. Ken Rotz of Keystate Publishing to discuss the codification process.

ATTENDANCE

Supervisors: Patrick Leary, Douglas Bierly, Joel Myers; Staff: Jennifer Snyder, Secretary/Treasurer; Solicitor: Robert Rayman; Engineer: Don Franson; Emergency Management Coordinator: Don Grenoble; Sewer/Water Authority: Laron Horner

VISITORS

Rodney Fye, Dianne Musser, Dale Musser, Tom Stitzer, Sergeant Dave Reese

CALL TO ORDER: The Gregg Township, Centre County, Regular Board of Supervisors meeting was called to order by Chairman Patrick Leary at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

PUBLIC COMMENT: No Comments at this time.

SPEAKERS/GUESTS

Rodney Fye, Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, spoke to the Board of Supervisors and those present about illegal dumping in Centre County including a few places within Gregg Township. There are 58 illegal dump sites in Centre County. Mr. Fye believes that there would be less garbage around the township if there was mandated garbage collection. There are recycling efforts being done in Gregg Township. Accumulation is also a problem in some areas. It becomes an eye sore and can bring down property values. It also attracts rodents. Ordinances need to be passed to help with these things. Mr. Fye has collected 1296 tires that are illegally dumped since 2008. There are 127 recycling containers throughout Centre County. Mr. Fye can be reached at the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority.

Sergeant Dave Reese, the new Station Commander at the Rockville Station, addressed the Board of Supervisors to keep them updated with what is happening at the Rockville Station. In the past year, there have been 192 incidents that have occurred in Gregg Township. This is a busy corridor and speeding is always an issue for this area. There is always a trooper assigned to Penns Valley. They stay in this area unless in an Emergency they are called out. Sergeant Reese is available and would be glad to assist our Township in anyway.

SECRETARY/TREASURER'S REPORT

Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the January 19, 2012 meeting minutes as presented. Second by Mr. Myers. Vote in favor was unanimous. Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the January 23, 2012 special meeting minutes as presented. Second by Mr. Myers. Vote in favor was unanimous.

Checking Account Detail/Report: Mr. Myers made a motion to approve the Checking Account Detail Report, Second by Mr. Bierly. Vote in favor was unanimous. Ms. Snyder will check with Ms. Ripka at Jersey Shore State Bank to eliminate $5.00 service fee from the equipment fund.

OLD BUSINESS

(Mr. Leary moved the discussion of the Harter Road Bridge to this point in the agenda.)

Harter Road Bridge: Mr. Franson discussed with the Board of Supervisors the Retroctive Funding option (80/20) which could be used to fix the Harter Road Bridge. The County Liquid Fuels grant can be used as our match in this project. Mr. Franson suggested that Randy Albert, Head of Municipal Services, come talk to the BOS and look at the bridge together. Mr. Leary will be available to meet with Mr. Franson and Mr. Albert. The concern with the Retroactive Funding option is the risk that funds are not guaranteed.

Musser Property: Musser v. Gregg Township, et al. (Case No. 2011-4845): Mr. Rayman reported that we are still in the pleading stage of this lawsuit.

Ross Hill Bridge: Keller Engineers were selected as the Engineers for this project.

CDBG Update: The DCED has authorized the use of CDBG funds to pay down a pennvest loan that was incurred for eligible construction costs. Mr. Seigel, through an email, recommends that we draw down the final funds for one of the construction contractor expenses paid from the pennvest loan proceeds. Once this takes place, then we can move onto the next phase.

Human Resource Handbook/Job Descriptions: Information has been sent off to Mr. Krow. We are working on the Handbook and should get that to Mr. Krow in the next week.

Codification: The Board of Supervisors met with Mr. Rotz from Keystate Publishing and they are moving forward with this project. The hope is that codification will be finalized sometime in the summer.

Road Bonding: A meeting will be set up with the PVCEA and the Board of Supervisors to discuss our current Road Bonding procedures. One logging company has finished logging Blue Ball Gap Road and would like the bond returned. There is significant damage on that road. Two loggers had/have permits to use that road. We need a quote for the cost to bring the road back to its original shape, not replacing/improving the road.

On Demand Pricing For Electrical Energy: A contract has been signed through PSATS for the Fire, Water, Sewer and Township to save on electricity. Mr. Bierly hopes to see at least a 1.8 cent per kilowatt savings which is effective March 1, 2012. Nothing will change on our bills except a significant savings. This contract is good through June 2014.

Joint Meeting with ABC's – Authorities, Boards and Commissions: The Joint meeting with the Authorities, Boards, Commission, Elected and Appointed Officials will take place on Monday, March 5, 2012. Food will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the advertised meeting to begin at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Myers will work on the food.

(Please note, we have decided to begin the food/reception portion of this meeting at 6 p.m.)

Rails to Trails: We are working on a Press Release to announce the acceptance of the grant. A quote is needed from a Board member to add to the Press Release. Mr. Dale Musser expressed his displeasure about the Rail Trail and a letter he received from Mr. Rayman concerning the Rail Trail that runs through his property. Discussion took place.

NEW BUSINESS

Stone Bids: Mr. Bierly made a motion to advertise the stone bids. Second by Mr. Myers. Vote in favor was unanimous.

Road Salt Contract: Mr. Bierly made a motion to contract with the Penn DOT COSTARS program for the road salt for the coming year. Second by Mr. Myers. Vote in favor was unanimous.

Fee Letter from ParenteBeard: A fee letter was signed by the Board of Supervisors to contract with ParenteBeard to do the 2011 Audit of financial records. Mr. Myers made a motion to engage ParenteBeard for the 2011 Audit. Second by Mr. Bierly. Motion in favor was unanimous.

Resignation of Road Crew: George Meyers, a member of the road crew, has resigned from his position on the crew, effective February 16, 2012. We need to get this in writing to include in his personnel file. Discussion took place. Mr. Myers made the motion we advertise for someone to fill this position who could act as Assistant Roadmaster when needed. Second by Mr. Bierly. Vote in favor was unanimous. We will begin advertising for this open position as soon as possible and have applications due back on Monday, February 27, 2012.

STAFF/LIAISON REPORTS

Roadmaster Report: The Roadmaster's report was read. Mr. Konopelski had knee surgery and should be back to the work sometime next week.

Gregg Township Planning Commission: Ms. Kristen Riddle, who was appointed last month by the BOS, was in attendance. The group discussed the Source Water Protection Ordinance. They also went over a preliminary subdivision checklist that residents could follow. The Rails to Trails grant was also discussed.

Emergency Management Coordinator: Mr. Grenoble discussed some Verizon lines that were taken down supposedly by Logging trucks. Verizon is trying to figure out who did this. An Emergency Management Meeting was held tonight but Mr. Grenoble was excused to attend our meeting. Mr. Grenoble thanked Mr. Bierly for traveling the roads with him. A letter was given to the Township concerning a complaint about personnel problems within the fire company. It will be handled at the next Fire Company meeting. A listing of levels of certification of members of the fire company was given to the BOS.

Verizon Wireless: Mr. Bierly indicated that Ms. Snyder is not the administrator of the Verizon Wireless account. Mr. Leary made a motion that Ms. Snyder be the administrator of this account. Second by Mr. Bierly. Vote in favor was unanimous.

Gregg Twp Water & Sewer Authorities: Mr. Horner reported that all of the board members stayed the same at the Re-Organization meetings of the Water and Sewer Authority. The Water Company used some stones from the township to replace 3 fire hydrants this past week. If we want reimbursement, we should send them a bill.

PVRPC: The past meeting was cancelled due to bad weather. They will meet on February 20, 2012 at the OGS.

Tri-Municipal Park: Working with Fish and Wildlife to put a wildlife meadow in the back corner.

CORRESPONDENCE

1. Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority – name change & January 2012 Totals

2. Letter From Donald Albertson/Minutes from Zoning Hearing Board Meeting 2011

In his letter to the Township, Mr. Albertson indicated the Zoning Hearing Board was unsure of Laron Horner's status on the Board. Mr. Bierly made a motion to appoint Mr. Horner as an alternate member of the Zoning Hearing Board. Second by Mr. Myers. Vote in favor was unanimous.

3. ClearWater Conservancy – 16th Annual Watershed Cleanup Day – April 21, 2012 8 a.m. – noon

ADJOURN

Mr. Bierly made a motion to adjourn at 9:21 p.m. Second by Mr. Myers. Motion in favor was unanimous.

Respectfully Submitted,

_____________________________________

Jennifer Snyder, Secretary/Treasurer

Gregg Township, Centre County

 
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  • Joel Myers, Chairman: supervisor2@greggtownship.org
  • Douglas Bierly, Vice-Chairman: supervisor1@greggtownship.org
  • Charles Stover, Supervisor: cws14@yahoo.com

Contact Information

Gregg Township Office

106 School Street
PO Box 184
Spring Mills PA  16875

Phone: (814) 422 - 8218 Fax: (814) 422-8080

secretary@greggtownship.org

Gregg Township Shed

147 Water Street

Spring Mills PA 16875

Phone: (814) 571-2096

roadmaster@greggtownship.org