Gregg Township Centre County, Pennsylvania

January 2015

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Gregg Township Board of Supervisors

Organization Meeting Minutes

January 5, 2015

 The board met in an advertised work session at 6:15 p.m. Discussion of the resolutions listed on the Organization Meeting’s agenda was discussed as well as the proposed plans to change the zoning ordinance to allow for two stick built homes on one parcel.

 ATTENDANCE

Supervisors: Chairman Joel Myers, Douglas Bierly, Charles Stover

Staff: Jennifer Snyder-Secretary/Treasurer, Laron Horner- Roadmaster

Others:  Pat Leary, Jim Smith, Dianne Musser, Dale Musser, Don Grenoble, Jim Zubler, (2) Penns Valley Students

CALL TO ORDER Mr. Myers called the 2015 Organization 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.

 Mr. Myers made a motion to appoint Mr. Bierly as the temporary chairman at the meeting. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 Mr. Bierly took over as temporary chairman and called for nominations for chairman.

 Mr. Stover made a motion to appoint Mr. Myers as chairman of the supervisors of Gregg Township for 2015. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further comments. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 Mr. Myers took over as Chairman.

 APPOINTMENTS

Mr. Stover made a motion to appoint Mr. Bierly as vice-chairman of the Supervisors of Gregg Township for 2015. Second by Mr. Myers. No further comments. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 Mr. Myers read over the Consent Agenda that was presented for adoption to the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Bierly noticed one change to the Consent Agenda.  Under the Sewage Enforcement Officer alternates, Carey Ohl and Sean Kreger should be removed and Stan Wallace should be added as is reflected in the Resolution R-15-01 that is on the agenda to be adopted at this meeting.

 Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve Consent Agenda with the changes for the SEO alternates which would remove Carey Ohl and Sean Kreger as alternates and add Stan Wallace as an alternate SEO for the Township. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 RESOLUTIONS

A new fee schedule was attached for the Sewer Enforcement Officers Resolution. Discussion took place.  Mr. Stover made a motion to approve SEO Resolution  R-15-01. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve Open Records Policy R-15-02. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 -0

 Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve Meeting Procedure R-15-03. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 Ms. Snyder pointed out that a fee for logging permit and conditional use hearing was added to the fee schedule. Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the Schedule of Fees R-15-04. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

A discussion took place at the work session concerning the Zoning Hearing Schedule of Fees. Charges reflected on this resolution reflect the discussion. Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the Zoning Hearing Schedule of Fees R-15-05. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 Mr. Myers closed the organization portion of the meeting at 7:15 p.m.

 Public Hearing – O-15-01

January 5, 2015

 Mr. Myers opened the public hearing for Ordinance O-15-01, an ordinance authorizing participation in the PSATS Unemployment Group Trust.

 Public Comments: No Comments at this time.

 Hearing no comments, Mr. Myers closed the public hearing portion of the meeting at 7:16 p.m.

 Regular Meeting Agenda

January 5, 2015

 Mr. Myers opened the Regular Board of Supervisors meeting at 7:16 p.m.

 COMMENTS FOR ITEMS NOT ON AGENDA (Please limit comments to five minutes): No comments at this time.

GUEST SPEAKERS: Jim Zubler – Penns Valley Conservation Association

 Mr. Zubler addressed the Board on behalf of the Penns Valley Conservation Association. He outlined the activities that were undertaken by the PVCA in 2014 and the impact they have on the Penns Valley community. He gave the board an update on the Muddy Creek project. He asked the board if they would consider giving PVCA a $200 donation. He answered questions from the board.

Mr. Bierly made a motion to give PVCA a $200 donation with funds coming out of the general fund supervisor’s donation line item. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 LIAISON REPORTS

Solicitors Report: Mr. Rayman was not in attendance due to the death of his father.

Emergency Management Coordinator/Gregg Township Fire Company: Mr. Grenoble addressed the board and announced that Randy Rockey, County Emergency Management Coordinator is retiring. The fire company and Mr. Grenoble were out the previous night dealing with a wind storm in the mountains. The fire company did not meet in January due to it being New Years Eve but they will meet again the first Thursday of February.

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

Penns Valley Code Enforcement Agency: Mike Lesniak was not in attendance but did email his report to the board. Discussion took place concerning Mr. Lesniak attending meetings. Chris Kunes, Chairman of the Planning Commission, stated that they would like him to attend every Planning Commission Meeting. The Board of Supervisors suggested that after the Planning Commission meeting, it would be determined if they would like him to be in attendance at their meetings. Either way, they would like the reports and find them very useful. Chairman Myers stated for the record that he appreciates all Mr. Lesniak is doing for Gregg Township.

Penns Valley Emergency Medical Services: Mr. Leary reported that they are fully staffed and all ambulances are road worthy.

Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission: They meet on the third Monday of this month here at the Old Gregg School.

Planning Commission:  Mr. Bierly reported the planning commission will meet next week on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Rails to Trails: Ms. Snyder reported that we have not received the final invoice yet to close out the grant. Ms. Snyder stated that we were hoping to get this finalized before the end of the year but that didn’t happen. Mr. Myers gave a brief report. They are looking at getting trail users on the rail bed at the old rail bridge going west out of Spring Mills. They would need to work with Penn Dot and the Fish Commission to look at the road and do stream improvement work to make this a viable option. Mr. Bierly mentioned that we have another one mile of rail bed that we have the right of way for through the property that is being subdivided by Mark and Doris Kauffman.  This would make the total length of the trail about 2.8 to 3 miles. 

Tri-Municipal Park: Mr. Joel Myers reported that the Highway Occupancy Permits for the two roads going into the park have been approved. He discussed the rental agreements for the land. The Cell Tower is firm and will give them a monthly rental fee to work with.

Gregg Twp Water & Sewer Authorities: Mr. Horner reported the Water Authority has nothing new to report.  He reported the Sewer Authority got the sewer plant back on line after the tank was sandblasted, re-plated, primed and painted and had some general maintenance completed. He hopes this will be effective for the next 20 years.

Gregg Township 2025: Mr. Myers is looking to getting this committee up and running by the end of January. He would like to bring ideas to the township. Anyone interested in serving on this committee is encouraged to call the township office.

 SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT

Meeting Minutes: Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the December 11, 2014 Meeting Minutes. Second by Mr. Stover. 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 as presented. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Funds Transfer: Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the transfer of $20,501.00 from the General Fund to Equipment fund which is money received from the sale of the Musser Property. Second by Mr. Bierly. Ms. Snyder reported  to the board that we received $50,501 from this real estate transaction and the decision to transfer this money to the equipment fund was decided by the previous board when the bids for the sale of the Amy Musser property were accepted but no formal motion could be found in the minute books. The remaining $30,000 will reimburse the General Fund for expenses incurred from the Rails to Trails project.  Vote in favor was unanimous.  3 – 0

Budget Review: Ms. Snyder gave the board a copy of the final budget reports for 2014. She went over several key points.

Annual Audit: Mr. Stover made a motion to sign the engagement letter with Baker Tilly (formally Pareante Beard) to do the annual Audit for $4200. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 ROADMASTERS REPORT

Mr. Horner reported to the board that they have been kept busy with snow and ice. They have borrowed a chipper from the Centre Hall Borough and have been doing as much chipping as they can in between storms. A discussion took place concerning the board’s decision to pass on the purchase of two chippers that Mr. Horner had researched and brought before the board last month. Mr. Horner wanted residents to know that chips are available for free at the far corner of the ball field. Mr. Horner also discussed the removal of fill from behind the Old Gregg School to create more parking. Only 10 loads were taken thus far so we need to find others who would be willing to take this fill.

 OLD BUSINESS

Musser Property: Musser v. Gregg Township, et al. (Case No. 2011-4845): As was mentioned earlier by Ms. Snyder, the real estate transfer took place so we need to remove this property from our township insurance policy because we no longer own it. Mr. Bierly made a motion to remove the property located at 166 Brush Mountain Road, off our Insurance policy. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Codification: There is nothing new to report but a reminder to the board that they are meeting with Keystate Publishers on February 2, 2015 during a planning commission meeting.

Electricity at ball field: Mr. Horner reported that he talked with Mr. Rob Rhoades and they are waiting for a meter. It isn’t a high priority since it is winter.

Playground update: Ms. Snyder reported that we have fundraised over $8400. We should be receiving the grant information from DCNR by the end of this month. There is a meeting with Mike Bloom on Friday, January 9. He is going to be helping us with a presentation that we can take to businesses in the community. The committee is also meeting on January 28, time to be announced.

PVEMS Worker’s Compensation: Ms. Snyder reported that we are waiting for Mr. Miller, solicitor for other township in Penns Valley, to get back to us with the agreement. No further monies have been collected. She will invoice each township for their portion of the Workers Compensation for the year 2015 in the next week. She will also send reminders of the past due amounts.

 NEW BUSINESS

Ordinance O-15-01: Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve and adopt O-15-01. Second by Mr. Stover. No further comments. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Centre County Council For Human Services, Inc.: Our application for renewing our membership is due. Discussion took place. Mr. Bierly made a motion that we do not reapply for membership in the Centre County Council for Human Services. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Discussion of Ordinance to allow for privies and chemical toilets: There has been some discussion to allow for privies and chemical toilets. A recent subdivision plan has started this discussion. Mr. Bierly made a motion that the Planning Commission investigate an ordinance that would allow for privies and chemical toilets. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous.  3 – 0

Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission: Mr.Bierly made a motion to give the Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission $50 for dues. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 CORRESPONDENCE

  1. Letter from DEP concerning Kauffman Subdivision Sewage Planning
  2. Letter from Donna Miller  concerning the Deputy Tax Collector

The meeting correspondence was reviewed and discussed. 

 ADJOURN

Mr. Bierly made a motion to adjourn at 8:06 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

 
 CONSENT AGENDA

Position

 

Appointee

Secretary/Treasurer

 

Jennifer Snyder

Assistant Secretary

 

Douglas Bierly

Treasurer’s Bond

 

$600,000

Auditor

 

Steve Maczuga (one year appointment)

Vacancy Board Chairman

 

Donna Miller

Township Solicitor

 

Robert Rayman

Township Engineer

 

Don Franson

Building Inspector/Code Officer

 

PVCEA

Zoning Officer

 

Michael Lesniak

Appointed Tax Collector

 

Centre Tax Agency

Delinquent Tax Collector

 

Centre Tax Agency

Gregg Twp. Emergency Management Coordinator

 

Don Grenoble

Tax Collection Committee

 

Donna Miller

Deputy Tax Collector

 

Lisa Auman

Tax Collection Committee Alternate

 

Charles Stover

CPA Firm

 

Baker Tilly (Formally Pareante Beard)

Voting Delegate to PSATS

 

Jennifer Snyder

Depository

 

Jersey Shore State Bank

Sewage Enforcement Officer

 

Jeff Kreger

SEO Alternates

 

Thomas Bowes, Stan Wallace

Website Administrator

 

Keystone Business Support, Inc.

Tri-Municipal Park Board Rep.

 

Joel Myers

Tri-Municipal Park Board

 

 Patrick Leary (3 Year Term)

? (Alternate Needed)

Open Records Officer

 

Jennifer Snyder

PV Emergency Management Association Rep.

 

Patrick Leary

Representative to PVCEA

 

Doug Bierly, Charles Stover (alternate)

Gregg Township Planning Commission

 

Mike Arthur (4 year term to 2018)

Penns Valley Regional

Planning Commission

 

Douglas Bierly

Charles Stover

Gregg Twp. Sewer Authority

 

As already Constituted

Gregg Twp. Water Authority

 

As already Constituted

Old Gregg School Advisory Comm.

 

As already Constituted

Centre County Metropolitan Planning  Organization

 

Ray Hankinson – Coordination Committee

Joel Myers – Technical Committee

Township Employees and Wages Set for 2014

Position

 

Name

 

Wage Set

Roadmaster

 

Laron Horner

 

4% increase

Road Crew

 

Chris Smith

 

4% increase

Road Crew

 

Brandon Ripka

 

4% increase

Secretary/Treasurer

 

Jennifer Snyder

 

4% increase

Elected Tax Collector

 

Donna Miller

 

No Change

Appointed Tax Collector

 

Centre Tax Agency

 

No Change

Holidays

 

New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday or Monday of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

 

 

 

 

 
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The Supervisors

  • 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