Gregg Township Centre County, Pennsylvania

February 2015

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Gregg Township Board of Supervisors

Regular Meeting Minutes

February 12, 2015

 The board met in an advertised work session at 6:15 p.m. The purchase of a new plow truck for the fall of 2015 was discussed.  

 ATTENDANCE

Supervisors: Chairman Joel Myers, Douglas Bierly, Charles Stover

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

Others: Jim Smith, Dianne Musser, Don Grenoble, Mark Bressler, John Myers, Michael Whitmer

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

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

GUEST SPEAKERS: Brian Newinski – Penns Valley Little League: Mr. Newinski was unable to attend the meeting.

 LIAISON REPORTS

Solicitors Report: Mr. Rayman was out of town and not able to attend the meeting.

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 met in February and would like to ask the supervisors if they would consider letting the Road Crew drive the fire trucks in an emergency during work hours. They are finding that during the day, they can’t get volunteers that have the proper licensing to drive the fire trucks. Mr. Grenoble also asked for permission to dispatch the Fire Police for 4 carnivals, several local fun runs, two antique tractor shows and any funeral, meal or special event that they are called upon to help with. Mr. Bierly made a motion for the approval to dispatch of the fire police for the above mentioned events. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

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

Penns Valley Code Enforcement Agency: Mike Lesniak reviewed his report with the board. He reported that the PVCEA will now be servicing Unionville Borough and Huston Township to do code inspection.  

Penns Valley Emergency Medical Services: Mr. Leary was not in attendance.  Ms. Snyder reported that she has sent out invoices to the other municipalities in the Penns Valley region for the volunteer workers compensation insurance. To date, we have received payment from the Centre Hall Borough.

Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission: The PVRPC met on January 17. Mr. Bierly reported that there was not much on the agenda. There was a representative from the Penns Valley Parks and Recreation Association to discuss funding sources for the pool in Millheim. The group brainstormed ideas to help them with their costs. New officers were elected. Mr. Bierly will serve as Treasurer; Linda Marshal from the Centre County Planning Office will serve as Secretary;  Daryl Schafer will serve as the Chairman; and Jake Tannis will serve as Vice-Chairman.

Planning Commission:  Mr. Bierly reported that during the last Planning Commission meeting in February, the commission reviewed the Component 2 Sewage Facility Planning Module for the Mount Nittany Medical Penns Valley Clinic. A resolution will need to be signed. They also discussed the source water protection plan and the resignation of Kristen Riddle from the Planning Commission. After discussion, the planning commission is recommending to the Board of Supervisors to appoint Keri Miller as her replacement. Ken Rotz, from Keystate Publishing, was not able to attend the meeting to discuss the codification process. This will be rescheduled. Planning Commission Chairman Chris Kunes, in attendance at this Board of Supervisors meeting, discussed with the Board the motion that was made by the Planning Commission in the December 2014 meeting which suggested they 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.  Mr. Bierly is concerned that this amendment to the zoning ordinance in all zones will change the dynamics in open space and cause an increase in expenses to the township for road maintenance in those areas. Discussion took place. After the discussion, Mr. Stover made a motion to rescind the motion made by Mr. Bierly at the December 11, 2014 Board of Supervisors meeting which read as follows;  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.  A Second to rescind this motion was made by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. Motion rescinded. 3 – 0

Chairman Kunes suggested the word “THAT” in the motion by the Planning Commission should be replaced by the word “AND” so that parcels must be 20 acres or greater AND meet all zoning ordinances and all subdivisions regulations and requirements.

Mr. Stover made a motion to go along with the Planning Commission’s recommendation to modify the zoning ordinance to permit a 2nd dwelling on a parcel 20 acres or greater AND meets all zoning ordinances and all subdivision regulations and requirements with a maximum of 2 single family dwellings per parcel. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0 This modification will be sent to Mr. Rayman for him to draft up the ordinance amendment that will be advertised for public hearing and voted on by the Supervisors.

Playground: Ms. Snyder reported that we received our grant agreement letter from DCNR. The playground committee is scheduling a meeting with Mr. Bloom and Ms. Walters from the Centre County Planning Office and Mr. Franson, township engineer, to reacquaint everyone with the project and get started with the project. We received $1500 from Jersey Shore Bank so we have over $11,000 towards our $20,000 goal. Ms. Snyder reported there are still a few businesses that we want to reach out to and are putting together a presentation to meet with them. Mr. Stover made a motion to authorize Ms. Snyder to sign needed paperwork as needed for the grant. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further comments. Vote in favor was unanimous.

Rails to Trails: Mr. Myers reported that discussions have begun with Penn DOT, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Mike Bloom Centre County Planning, as well as with land owners Mr. Chris Kunes and Mr. Myers himself relevant, to the possibility of developing the rail trail from the trail head at the Old Gregg School to the old railroad over pass on the northern side of Sinking Creek. To be feasible, this project will involve a cooperative effort between all parties. The is especially true in that the space between Sinking Creek Road and the creek itself is very narrow for about .2 mile. The benefit of this proposal is that it would eliminate a bridge to cross the stream near the ball field as well as a bridge to go over Sinking Creek Road at the site of the old railroad over pass. These bridges have been estimated to cost a total of approximately $300,000 and the supervisors are also concerned about maintenance costs connected with these two bridges. A meeting is scheduled with all parties in the near future.

Tri-Municipal Park: Mr. Myers reported that the Highway Occupancy Permits for the two roads going into the park have been approved.  Bids for the HOP construction will be opened and awarded at the Thursday, February 19, joint Tri-Municipal Park meeting.  Mr. Myers moved the 1. New Business agenda item to this point in the meeting. Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve putting 101 acres of the Tri-Municipal Park land out for per acre bid for crop farming with bid opening and awarding on Thursday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0 Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the cropland lease as presented. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0 Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve Hank Yeagley as an alternate on the Tri-Municipal Park Board for Gregg Township. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0 Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve and designate $1000 to be put in a spendable designated fund established within the Centre Foundation.  Funds will come from the Cultural and Recreation line item in the general fund. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Mr. Myers moved 2. New Business agenda item to this point in the meeting.

Planning Commission Vacancy:  After discussion, Mr. Stover made a motion to appoint Ms. Keri Miller to serve on the Planning Commission to finish out Kristen Riddle’s term which ends at the end of 2015. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Gregg Twp Water & Sewer Authorities: Mr. Horner reported the Sewer is back on line and running. Water treatment plant is doing alright. No breaks in the water lines yet this year.  

Gregg Township 2025: Mr. Myers reported that a poll was sent out to the committee asking about dates for a possible meeting. It is looking like the best day for them to meet will be March 16.

 SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT

Meeting Minutes: Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the January 5, 2015 organization meeting minutes and regular 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 as presented. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Single Audit for 2013 federal funds received: The township is mandated to do a single audit on federal funds received in 2013. Baker Tilly will do the audit. Mr. Bierly made a motion to sign the engagement letter with Baker Tilly to do a Single Audit and expend the funds to do audit. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

PVEMA Volunteer Workers Compensation: Invoices were mailed out. We have received payment from the Centre Hall Borough.

Pennsylvania Association of Municipal Administrators: Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve $140 for dues to PAMA. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Centre County Association of Township Officials: Mr. Bierly made a motion to pay the CCATO dues of $100 and donate $100 to the scholarship fund. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous 3 – 0.

 ROADMASTERS REPORT

The board met during the work session and discussed the purchase of a new plow truck. Justin from Walsh was in attendance during this meeting and addressed the board. Discussion took place. Mr. Bierly made a motion to purchase the Western Star chassis. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0 There are two different beds to choose from. Any choice of bed, hydraulics, plow, hitch, etc would be roughly $70,000. Mr. Bierly made a motion to spend up to $70,000 for everything except the chassis which includes the trade in of the F800. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0 Details of the financing will be discussed later. The Township may look into lease purchasing but Mr. Bierly will run a spreadsheet to determine where financing will come from.

The road crew has been busy with winter maintenance. In between storms, they are doing chipping. Truck maintenance has been a really big issue this season.

Mr. Horner wanted the board to decide what fund costs of the removal of fill from the Old Gregg School to expand the parking lot would be expended from. The Board didn’t feel like a decision needed to be made at the moment because no expenses are being incurred at this time.

 OLD BUSINESS

Codification: See the Gregg Township Planning Commission meeting discussion above.  

Electricity at ball field: Mr.Myers would like to meet with both the Little League Baseball and Softball programs to discuss the use the field.

 NEW BUSINESS

Tri-Municipal Park: See discussion above.

Planning Commission Vacancy:  See discussion above.

Mount Nittany Medical Center Penns Valley – Sewage Planning Module: Mr. Bierly made a motion to pass Resolution R-15-06 for the sewage facilities planning module for the Mount Nittany Medical Center Penns Valley office. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Mirror on Maple Lane: Discussion about the mirror took place. Mr. Horner is certain that if we put up a mirror, we will then be responsible for maintenance and replacement. The sight distance problem is on the Penn DOT road, not on our road Maple Lane. The sight distance is good for Maple Lane. Mr. Myers would like Mr. Horner to touch base with Don Franson to look at this intersection. He would also like him to contact Matt Knepp at Penn DOT.

Zoning Ordinance- Discussion of # of homes allowed on one parcel: See discussion above.

Security Cameras in the Old Gregg School and the Township Office: Discussion took place. Mr. Witmer will get us a bid for a system. Ms. Snyder will get some quotes and more information about security systems and bring them back to the Board. We also need to think about remodeling the Township Office if we are going to go through with that in the future. The changes would address safety issues for those working in the township office.

New Addresses – 124 Musser Alley, 382 Blue Ball Road: Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the Musser Alley and Blue Ball Road addresses. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

OTHER BUSINESS NOT ON AGENDA 

Mr. Bierly discussed the BTU usage of the building. He also discussed with the board the Solar Energy Grant he received which would put solar panels on the building to lower the BTU usage to heat the hot water used in the building. The total project will be about $50,000. The grant funding is for $20,000 so our total cost would be $30,000. Mr. Bierly believes there will be a $1200/year savings on energy costs with this solar system in place. Mr. Kunes suggested that at $1200/year it would take roughly 24 years to make our money back.  A discussion of the life expectancy of the panels and the system took place. Mr. Bierly will look into the warranty. He is asking the board to approve putting the project out for bid to see what sort of proposals we will get back. Mr. Bierly made a motion to advertise for bids for a solar hot water system. He will also check the warranty of the solar system and bring this back to the board.  Second by Mr. Myers. No further discussion. Motion passed. 2 – 1 Mr. Stover voted in the opposition.

CORRESPONDENCE

1.       Centre County Liquid Fuels Grant – rejection letter

2.       DEP: Minor Land Development Plan for Pennsylvania Sawmill Company

3.       Centre County Conservation District: General NPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities

4.       Letter From Senator Jake Corman: Announcing recreation and conservation grant programs

5.       Letter From Kerry Benninghoff: Announcing grant programs administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority

The meeting correspondence was reviewed and discussed. 

 ADJOURN

Mr. Stover made a motion to adjourn at 8:39 p.m. Second by Mr. Bierly. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 Respectfully Submitted By,

 Jennifer Snyder

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Jennifer Snyder, Secretary

 

 

 

 
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