Gregg Township Centre County, Pennsylvania

March 2014

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Gregg Township, Centre County

Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes

March 13, 2014

ATTENDANCE

Supervisors: Chairman Joel Myers, Douglas Bierly, Charles Stover

Staff: Roadmaster Laron Horner, Secretary/Treasurer Jennifer Snyder

Other: Gary Horner, Dale Musser, Diane Musser, Ray Grove, Patrick Leary, Tom Stitzer, Jane Burrows

 CALL TO ORDER The Gregg Township Board of Supervisors meeting held on March 13, 2014, was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Joel Myers followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

PUBLIC COMMENT Mr. Gary Horner, Spring Mills, had some questions regarding the newsletter in the Grapevine. He noticed that in this newsletter it lists Mr. Lesniak as the Zoning Officer. He asked the board about Mr. Lesniak and his role at the Penns Valley Code Enforcement Agency (PVCEA) and what he does for the township. The board briefly described Mr. Lesniak’s role as Zoning Officer and the role of key persons at the PVCEA.

Mr. Ray Grove, Spring Mills, questioned the rate of charges generated by the PVCEA. Discussion took place. The Board of Supervisors feel that we would be spending more money if we tried to do in house, all that the PVCEA does for the township in regards to Zoning and Code Enforcement.

SPEAKER/GUESTS Brian Niewinski, Penns Valley Little League Baseball President, addressed the board about getting electricity to the ball fields for use in the concession stand. This project has been on the back burner for several years. A recent estimate from West Penn Power to get electricity going down Sinking Creek Road to the ball field was for more than $9000. Mr. Horner explained that there is a resident who is trying to get electric to his building on Penn Central Lane. The ball field project could be incorporated in with this project and it would reduce the cost to about $6637.69. Mr. Niewinski asked if the Board was willing to go in on this project together.  Mr. Myers suggested that Mr. Niewinski talk to his Board and see what costs they can cover and then come back to the Board of Supervisors with their plans.

 

LIAISON REPORTS

Solicitors Report: Mr. Rayman reported that the argument date for the Musser Property was set for the Dickinson Building on Penn State campus but the other Attorney is going to be on a cruise so that date was cancelled. A new date  for arguments have not been rescheduled.  Concerning the Fire Hall Road Spur and the letter received from the Miller’s, Mr. Rayman reported Mr. Franson intends to mark the area but due to weather he has not gotten that done. Mr. Rayman was not in favor of deleting item 2 out of the easement agreement. Mr. Myers will speak to the Miller’s concerning their letter.

Emergency Management Coordinator/Gregg Township Fire Company: Mr. Grenoble was not in attendance. Mr. Myers stated that recently he did have a nice discussion with Mr. Grenoble concerning his health and his abilities to continue on as the emergency management officer for the township. Mr. Grenoble would like to do what he can for as long as he can but he does have an idea for someone that could start working with him to learn the ropes. We will follow up on this at another meeting. The township received FEMA money from the storms in June 2014. We received 100% of what we applied for which was approximately $15,200. The Board would like to thank Mr. Grenoble for his help with this application.

Old Gregg School Advisory Committee: Ms. Burrows reported that a playground committee has been formed to fundraise and oversee the process of getting a new playground here at the school. They are applying for a grant through the DCNR which is due April 16. Open Mic Night was held again this month. The Egg Hill Run will be held on March 30th which benefits the Penns Valley Cross Country team. There will be another Craft Fair and Easter Egg hunt on April 5 here at the Center starting at 10 a.m. The Penns Valley Youth Center is holding a fundraiser banquet on April 3. The Old Gregg School Advisory committee will meet on April 1, 2014 due to the Youth Center Banquet. A small games of chance license was discussed in regards to the raising funds for the playground. Mr. Dale Musser indicated that we could “use” the fire hall’s small games of chance license if we paid them $1. Ms. Snyder will pass this along to the playground committee.  The board is not in favor of spending any funds to replace or fix the slides on the playground since we will be tearing it all out at some point in the future.

Penns Valley Code Enforcement Agency (PVCEA): Mr. Lesniak was not in attendance but he did leave the monthly reports for the board.

Penns Valley Emergency Medical Association (PVEMA): Mr. Leary reported that the new ambulance is in service and has been running for 2 months. They will have an open house on May 18th at the PVEMA building.  Mr. Myers reported that they will be discussing the Volunteer Workers Compensation premiums at the Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting this coming Monday. Mr. Leary will attend this meeting.

Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission (PVRPC): Mr. Bierly reported that at the last meeting, they elected officers for the PVRPC. Mr. Shaffer, Haines Twp, was elected President. Mr. Fox, Penn Township, was elected Vice President and Mr. Grove, Centre Hall Borough, was elected Treasurer. Tom Zillas, Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization, talked about the Potters Mills Gap Project. The group meets again on Monday, March 17, 2014.

Gregg Township Planning Commission:  Mr. Bierly reported that the Planning Commission, at their last meeting held on March 3, 2014, discussed the Rails to Trails study, the playground committee and Highway Occupancy Permits (HOP).They discussed the permitting procedures and application process for HOP.

Rails to Trails: Final report on the Rails to Trails should be finished in April. There are two sections of the trail that is feasible to develop. One section that may be developed is from Wildflower Lane along Sinking Creek Road to the edge of the Village of Spring Mills. Mr. Bierly made a motion to solicit the help of Mike Bloom at the Centre County Planning Office to write a grant for the Penn DOT TAP program to help with the development of the trail. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Tri-Municipal Park: Mr. Leary mentioned they are still working on the Highway Occupancy Permit for the Tri-municipal Park.

Water/Sewer Authorities: Mr. Stitzer reported that the water is doing fine. There is one small leak they are going to take care of. The Sewer is still looking into pressure washing and repairing the tanks which will be very expensive.

SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT

Meeting Minutes: Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the February 13, 2014 regular Meeting Minutes. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 -0

Checking Account Detail:  Mr. Bierly made a motion to accept and approve the Checking Account Detail/Monthly Financial Report as presented. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Mr. Bierly made a motion to accept and pass Resolution R-14-04 Disposition of Records. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous.  3 – 0

ROADMASTER REPORT

Mr. Horner will be meeting with the dirt and gravel road people so that we can submit a grant which is due in April. Millheim Borough has found someone else to finish the installation of their meters but Mr. Horner will be available if they need any assistance. The Payloader and the broom will be taken to Five Star for retrofitting. The crew has had five days to chip trees. There are now a few chips available for residents to take. Mr. Gary Horner asked the Roadmaster about the road damage in front of Dave Neese’s house. Laron Horner said he was aware of the problem. There is a missing Tractor Crossing sign on Green Grover Road. Discussion took place. No action was taken.

OLD BUSINESS

Musser Property: Musser v. Gregg Township, et al. (Case No. 2011-4845): See discussion above.

Codification: We are waiting to hear from Keystate Publishing with the final draft.

Fire Hall Road Spur: See discussion above.

Site Evaluation for safety of the Township Office: Ms. Snyder discussed the findings from a recent Site Evaluation conducted by Mr. Randy Rockey, Lt. Chris Fishel and Sgt. Brian Sampsell. There are a few things the Township can do to improve safety within the Township office. Further discussion will be needed. Mr. Myers would like to schedule a safety training workshop for all the tenants in the building.

Conservation Project at Houser Farm on Immel Road: The Township received a letter from their engineers in response to our letter to them. They will look into horizontal boring under the road to prevent damage to the newly paved road.

NEW BUSINESS

PSATS Conference: Mr. Bierly made a motion to send Brandon Ripka to the PSATS conference for training. Cost of the training is $65. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous.  The proposed bylaw changes for PSATS were discussed.  Mr. Myers, Mr. Bierly and his wife, Mr. Horner and his wife and Ms. Snyder and her husband all plan on attending the Centre County Association of Township Officials Tuesday morning breakfast at the PSATS conference.  

PVCEA: The Township received an invoice for $2000 from the PVCEA. Discussion took place. Mr. Bierly made a motion to pay the $2000 invoice from PVCEA. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Bridge superstructure replacement over Penns Creek SR 2012: The board has no comment or concerns for Penn DOT concerning this bridge project.

Muddy Creek Fish Habitat Restoration Project – Harter Road: This project is located on properties owned by Jerry Myers and Mike Marquardt. The board had no comments or concerns about this project.

Fire Police: Mr Bierly made a motion to approve Fire Police Events for 2014: Spring & Fall Antique Shows, Carnivals for Centre Hall, Millheim, Miles, Gregg Townships, and a blanket approval for funerals, suppers and special events such as fun runs that take place in the area.  Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

OTHER BUSINESS

Flagger Training: This training was rescheduled to Wednesday, April 2, 2014. 

CORRESPONDENCE

1.       Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority Report

2.       ClearWater Conservancy 18th Annual Watershed Cleanup Day – Saturday, April 26, 2014

3.       Letter from Penns Valley Youth Football

4.       Notice of payment of Liquid Fuels Letter

5.       Public Comment Period and Public Meeting for Route 322 Potters Mills Gap Project

6.       Final Plan for Nancy J. Hostermen Subdivision

7.       Final Plan Esther Zettle Estate

The meeting correspondence was reviewed and discussed. 

ADJOURN

Mr. Bierly made a motion to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous.  3-0

Respectfully Submitted By,

 

Jennifer Snyder

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Jennifer Snyder, Secretary/Treasurer

 
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  • Joel Myers, Chairman: supervisor2@greggtownship.org 574-1319
  • Douglas Bierly, Vice-Chairman: supervisor1@greggtownship.org 360-1822
  • Charles Stover, Supervisor: cws14@yahoo.com 571-7298

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