Gregg Township Centre County, Pennsylvania

December 2014

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Gregg Township, Centre County

Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting Minutes

December 11, 2014

 A work session was held at 6:15 p.m. prior to the start of the regular Board of Supervisors meeting. The board discussed the meeting dates for 2015 and a chipper.

ATTENDANCE

Supervisors: Chairman Joel Myers, Douglas Bierly, Charles Stover

Staff: Jennifer Snyder-Secretary/Treasurer Solicitor: Robert Rayman

Other: Stan Wallace, Dianne Musser, Dale Musser, Don Grenoble, Betsy Quigley, Zach Gay

CALL TO ORDER Mr. Myers called the Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Gregg Township to order at 7:00 p.m. followed by the recitation of the pledge of allegiance.

PUBLIC COMMENT (For items not on the agenda):  No comments for items not on the agenda at this time.  

SPEAKER/GUESTS  

Betsy Quigley addressed the board as a representative of the Penns Valley Parks and Recreation Association. She thanked the board for their financial support in 2014 and for attending an informational meeting earlier this fall. The pool struggles financially each year. They do several fundraisers to keep solvent. Ms. Quigley gave the board several fact sheets and asked that the board consider giving a donation to the Penns Valley Parks and Recreation Association for the pool in the upcoming 2015 season.

Stan Wallace from Nittany Engineering addressed the board on behalf of the developer Sasha DiVirgilio of the Pennsylvania Sawmill Company in regards to the sewage facilities planning module. He asked the board to review and approve the sewage facilities planning module component 2.  Discussion took place. Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the sewage facilities planning module component 2 for the Pennsylvania Sawmill Company. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0 Mr. Stover made a motion to approve a resolution to amend the township’s Act 537 plan. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous.

Stan Wallace addressed the board on behalf of Mark E. and Doris J. Kauffman. He is asking the board to review and approve the Department of Environmental Protection Component 1 for a minor subdivision. Discussion took place. Mr. Bierly reviewed and approved the DEP component 1 for the Kauffman minor subdivision. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Zach Gay addressed the board representing his client Jonas Beiler. He asked the board to consider amending the zoning ordinance to allow two stick built homes on one parcel. The Planning Commission made a motion to modify the zoning ordinance to permit a 2nd dwelling on any parcel 20 acres or greater that meets all zoning ordinances and all subdivision regulations and requirements with a maximum of 2 single family dwellings per parcel. This motion was made at the December 2014 Planning Commission meeting. Mr. Bierly who was not in attendance at the Planning Commission meeting is not in favor of how this motion reads. He would like it to apply only to the agricultural zone.  Discussion took place. Mr. Bierly made a motion for Mr. Rayman to go ahead and draft up an amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow 2 stick built homes only in the agricultural district.  Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Mr. Wallace also mentioned that they will need a letter from the Township concerning the Recreation Fee In Lieu that will be due for the Kauffman subdivision. Ms. Snyder will get a letter to Mr. Wallace in this regard. When the fee is paid, she will send confirmation to County so that they can move forward with approving this subdivision.

Mr. Myers asked Mr. Wallace for an update on the Tri-Municipal Park. He gave a brief update stating that there is a hold up from the Traffic Engineer for Potter Township. Mr. Myers asked if there was something we could to as a township to move this forward. Mr. Wallace suggested a letter to Potter Township to approve this and move forward may help.

LIAISON REPORTS

Solicitors Report:  Solicitor Rayman reported they are moving forward with the closing on the Musser Property. The joint agreement for the volunteer workers compensation for Penns Valley Emergency Management Association is in the hands of Mr. Miller for his approval. Mr. Rayman recommended sending out invoices to the other townships for the amounts due in 2015 and late payments due from 2013 and 2014. Mr. Rayman approved the wording of the ordinance O-15-01which would then need to be advertised and a hearing date set for a public hearing. He reminded the board to make motion to continue all appointments until January 5, 2015 when we organize for the New Year as a township. Mr. Stover made a motion to continue all appointments through January 5, 2015 until we reorganize. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Emergency Management Coordinator/Fire Company:  Mr. Grenoble reported the Fire Company had their elections and those elected to serve in 2015 are the same as last year. He reported that they attended the joint meeting with all Penns Valley fire companies, emergency management coordinators and supervisors. He didn’t feel the issues that were presented would be likely to work here in Penns Valley. Mr. Dale Musser agreed that it wouldn’t be to our advantage to get into an agreement with other companies and feels it would be difficult to combine funds and share funds. Mr. Myers felt like it would be to our advantage to have someone do fund raising for all companies combined. Discussion took place.

Old Gregg School Advisory Committee:  Ms. Burrows was not in attendance.

Penns Valley Code Enforcement Agency (PVCEA): Mike Lesniak was not in attendance but gave the board his written report.

Penns Valley Emergency Medical Association (PVEMA): Mr. Leary was not in attendance.

Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission (PVRPC): Mr. Bierly reported that the PVRPC met on November 17.  They had a guest speaker from the Centre County Farmland trust on Ag Land Preservation. 

Gregg Township Planning Commission:  Mr. Bierly stated that he was not in attendance at the December Planning Commission meeting and that the Jonas Beiler request and Mark and Doris Kauffman subdivision, on the December 1st Planning Commission agenda, were discussed earlier at the tonight’s meeting. He mentioned that further discussion of the burning ordinance was tabled until the January 12, 2015 Planning Commission meeting.

Rails to Trails: There is nothing new to report. Mr. Myers mentioned meeting with land owners to discuss ways to access the trail going west on Sinking Creek Road.

Tri-Municipal Park:  See discussion above.

Water/Sewer Authorities: Mr. Musser reported for the Water Company that everything is going smoothly but this is the time of year that we encounter freeze and thaws which results in water leaks.  He also indicated that the sewer tank is still being refurbished and should be done soon.

Gregg  Township 2025: Nothing was reported.

SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT

Meeting Minutes: Mr. Stover  made a motion to approve the supervisors portion of the November 3, 2014 joint meeting minutes and the November 6, 2014 meeting minutes. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Checking Account Detail:  Mr. Stover made a motion to accept and approve the Checking Account Detail/Monthly Financial Report as presented. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Mr. Stover made a motion to approve and advertise the 2015 Meeting dates for all organizations. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

The advertisement ran in the Centre Daily Times announcing our intention to hire a CPA to do our annual audit. The board would like to have the record show that they will hire and appoint an accountant at the organization meeting in January. 

Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve and pay RBA Professional Data Systems  to print our tax statements. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

ROADMASTER REPORT

Mr. Horner had to leave after the work session due to snowy conditions. There are 3 chippers for sale that is of interest to the township. Mr. Horner updated the board on the condition of these chippers during the work session. Further discussion took place. Charles questioned the ability to house the equipment that we purchase. Mr. Bierly made a motion to go up to $10,000 to bid for the chipper that is being sold on Municibid. Second by Mr. Myers. No further discussion.  Motion carried. 2 – 1 Mr. Stover voted against the motion.

OLD BUSINESS

Musser Property: Musser v. Gregg Township, et al. (Case No. 2011-4845): See discussion above. Mr. Rayman hopes to get an appointment to close on this property.

Codification:  There will be a meeting with the folks from Keystate Publishing , the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors at the February 2, 2015 Planning Commission meeting.

Electricity at the Ball field: The meter has not been installed but electric is to the pole.

Playground:  Ms. Snyder reported that we have raised over $7000 to date.

PVEMA – Workers Compensation Municipal Agreement:  See the discussion above. Invoices for the amount due will be sent out to Penns Valley municipalities at the end of December.

NEW BUSINESS

2015 Budget: Mr. Stover made a motion to adopt the 2015 budget as advertised and presented.  Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Ordinance O-15-01 – Ordinance authorizing participation in the PSATS Unemployment Compensation Group Trust: Mr. Bierly made a motion to advertise this ordinance and to hold a public hearing on January 5, 2015 after the organization meeting. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Final Subdivision Plan – Mark E. and Doris J. Kauffman: See discussion above.

Minor Land Development Plan & Sewage Facilities Planning Module – Pennsylvania Sawmill Company:  See discussion above.

Facility Dude:  This is a program that would assist the township in maintenance records, work orders and could be used for building scheduling. The Board is not ready to discuss this type of program but would consider re-visiting it in the fall.

PSATS Conference: Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve funds to register and book hotels for the upcoming PSATS conference in April 2015. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous 3 – 0

PSATS Annual Dues: Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the expenditures for the dues and membership to PSATS for 2015. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous 3 – 0

Gift Certificates: The staff party will be held on December 24 at 11 a.m. Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the expenditure to purchase 12 - $25 gift certificates for the staff party. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

CORRESPONDENCE

1.       Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority Report

2.       Corman Farms/C. Wayne Co. Highway Occupancy Permit for Tax Parcel 21-9A-10

3.       Notice of  payment state police fines and penalties

4.       Commonwealth of PA- Letter stating Rail Trail project grant was not funded

5.       2015 Community Development Block Grant Program Announcement

6.       Penn DOT: Letter stating Red Light Grant was not funded

7.       PA Department of Labor and Industry – Renewal Projections for  Volunteer Fireman’s Workers Compensation Coverage

8.       James J. Zettle Estate – Lot Addition and Replots Proposal

The meeting correspondence was reviewed and discussed. 

ADJOURN

Mr. Stover made a motion to adjourn at 8:59 p.m. Second by Mr. Bierly.  No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous.  3-0

Respectfully Submitted By,

 

Jennifer Snyder

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Jennifer Snyder

 
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Spring Mills PA  16875

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