Gregg Township Centre County, Pennsylvania

March 2015

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Gregg Township Board of Supervisors

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 12, 2015

 The board met in an advertised work session at 6:15 p.m. They discussed and reviewed the sewage module for the Mount Nittany Medical Center Penns Valley Clinic and the final land development plan for the Family Life of Penns Valley. They also discussed attendance at the PSATS Conference.   

 ATTENDANCE

Supervisors: Chairman Joel Myers, Douglas Bierly, Charles Stover

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

Others:  Michael Witmer, Don Grenoble, Mark Bressler, Dianne Musser, Dale Musser, Jane Burrows, Pat Leary, Doug Young, Gary Horner, Stan Wallace, James A. Smith, Brian Niewinski, Mary Kay Williams, Greg Williams, Robin Bastress

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, President of the Penns Valley Little League addressed the Board and gave a brief update of their program. There are between 150-160 five to twelve year olds who participate in the program. He asked the board for a $500 donation that would go towards helping with fields, updating dugouts and bleachers.  Chairman Myers mentioned that he has been in contact with Amanda Stover who is involved with the Girls Softball program. He would like to see both groups work together and share the field so it will have maximum use. Mr. Niewinski welcomed a meeting between the two groups.  Finalizing the electric at the ball field was discussed. The Little League will take care of getting the electric from the pole to the stand. Mr. Bierly made a motion to donate $300 to the Little League. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous.

Nittany Engineering – Family Life of Penns Valley Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): Mr. Stan Wallace needs the Board to approve and sign a MOU between the county, township and his client, Family Life of Penns Valley. Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the memorandum of understanding for Family Life of Penns Valley. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

LIAISON REPORTS

Solicitors Report: Mr. Rayman reported that the Musser case is finished and the township is clear from any further litigation. The mutual agreement for the Penns Valley EMA will be signed by the other municipalities in the Penns Valley region and will be dated January 1, 2015. Mr. Rayman suggested an executive session is needed to discuss how our township will recoup the money owed them by the four municipalities that have not paid their invoices from 2013 or 2014. Those municipalities are Penn Township, Haines Township, Miles Township and the Millheim Borough. It was decided the Board and Mr. Rayman will meet in Executive Session before the next scheduled Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Concerning the Mount Nittany Medical Center Penns Valley Clinic’s sewage facility module, Mr. Rayman suggests that the township contact the sewer enforcement officer to get his input on the escrow agreement. Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the sewage facility module, subject to approval from Jeff Kreger who can determine the proper amount of surety for system, and send the agreement to the Department of Environmental Protection for approval. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Mr. Myers discussed with Mr. Rayman the changes that were voted on and approved to change the existing Zoning Ordinance to allow 2 stick built homes on a single parcel. Mr. Rayman will write up a draft ordinance.

Mr. Bierly brought to Mr. Rayman attention the request by a resident to erect a mirror on the corner of Cooper Street near Maple Lane. Mr. Rayman was hesitant for the township to get involved with the installation of said mirror due to liability and maintenance issues. It was suggested to encourage the resident to go to Penn DOT themselves to see if they would erect a mirror. Discussion took place.

Mr. Rayman was dismissed at 7:20 p.m.

Emergency Management Coordinator/Gregg Township Fire Company: Mr. Grenoble discussed the National Incident Management Emergency Response Training to be held at the Patton Township Municipal building in April. Mr. Stover will attend this training as well. Mr. Grenoble turned the time over to the Gregg Township Fire Chief, Mr. Doug Young, who was in attendance at the meeting. Mr. Young asked the Supervisors to consider allowing the township road crew to run with the fire company and drive the trucks during the day in case of call outs.  The Supervisors would allow this to happen if those on the road crew were interested in joining the fire company and would be properly trained. Discussion took place. Mr. Young also mentioned that the fire company would be replacing a tanker truck. They are looking for ways to finance it. They requested funding from the township.  Mr. Myers indicated that the Township has already set their budget for the year and will take this under advisement. Mr. Dale Musser brought up the fact that voting in Gregg Township will no longer be held at the fire hall and will take place at the Emergency Medical Services building. He said a change was requested because of accessibility.

Old Gregg School Advisory Committee: Ms. Burrows reported the Old Gregg School Advisory Board met and discussed the budget and the maintenance needs of the building. There will be volunteers from the Grange coming to help at the building. Mr. Bierly has a list of needs that he will take to the Grange. Ms. Burrows reported that Keri Miller, representing the playground committee, would like to announce that they have a donor to match funds up to $5000 in the month of March for all donations to the playground. The Craft Fair will take place on March 28th with an Easter Egg Hunt, live rabbits and the model railroad will have an openhouse. Kevin Fee will host a dance on March 21st. The movie night this month will be held on March 28th in Room #106. The Penns Valley Youth Center Fundraising banquet will be held on April 8 with guest speaker Josh Hull. 

Penns Valley Code Enforcement Agency: Mike Lesniak was not in attendance. The Board reviewed the monthly report.   

Penns Valley Emergency Medical Services: Mr. Leary reported that the ambulance is doing ok. Reimbursements are coming in slowly. They are still working on legislation requiring insurance companies to pay insurance reimbursements to providers, such as the EMA, instead of directly to individuals.

Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission: The PVRPC will meet on March 16, 2015.

Planning Commission:  Mr. Bierly reported that at the March 2, 2015, Planning Commission meeting they discussed the Mount Nittany Medical Center Penns Valley Clinic’s sewage facility planning module. They tabled the discussion on the codification due to an illness of the director of Keystate Publishing. They welcomed Keri Miller as a new member of the Planning Commission.

Playground: Mr. Bierly made a motion to pay for the advertising expense for the Grapevine ad out of the general fund advertising budget. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Rails to Trails: Mr. Myers gave a brief update on the project.

Tri-Municipal Park: Mr. Myers reported that the bid was let for the 100 acres of tillable crop land to LeRoy Bickle, Jr. who was the highest bidder at $141/acre with a five year lease. This is an increase over what they had received in previous years.  They also accepted a bid from EBY Paving for the HOP for the entrances. The Tri-Park Board have started a fundraising effort with the organization, Centre Foundation and have been in contact with the vo-tech school to do some work on the property. The Tri-Park Board will develop a new Master Plan for the park as things have changed since the original plan was developed. A Frisbee/Disc Golf course will be one of the first things that will be installed on the park land with the help from Pheasants Forever.

Gregg Twp Water & Sewer Authorities: Mr. Horner reported to the board that they had one water line break from a freeze up under the road. There have been no water main breaks this year. There is nothing new to report from the sewer authority.

Gregg Township 2025: Mr. Myers reported that this group will meet on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT

Meeting Minutes: Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the February 12, 2015, regular meeting minutes. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

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

PSATS Academy Webinars:  Ms. Snyder would like to enroll in some upcoming webinars which would earn her credits for the PSATS Municipal Government Academy. All staff and supervisors could join her during the webinar(s). She will check to see if they can be recorded. Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the expenses the three webinars. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

ROADMASTERS REPORT

Mr. Horner reported that they are hopefully finishing up winter maintenance. The township won a bid on Municibid for 28 pieces of culvert pipe and banding. It was a forth of the cost had we bought it new.  The pipe is being stored at Mr. Myers land due to limited space at the township shed. The new plow truck was ordered but Mr. Horner he doesn’t anticipate delivery until September or October. The road crew will return the chipper. They didn’t get to use it much due to the severe winter weather this year. They will begin taking down snow fence in the next week. Mr. Gary Horner mentioned to the Roadmaster that there is a safety issue, due to a crack in the road, on Green Grove Road in front of the Neese’s property. Mr. Laron Horner is aware of it and will look into a solution.

 OLD BUSINESS

Solar Hot Water: Mr. Bierly gave a presentation to the group showing the benefits of a solar hot water system for the Old Gregg School.  Comments from the audience were taken. Mr. Greg Williams, Spring Mills, commented that he is a big proponent of solar energy. He believes that this type of system is very simple and can save the township money. He commended Mr. Bierly for getting a grant for this project. Ms. Robin Bastress, Spring Mills, questioned if Mr. Bierly had heard of research indicating the panels could last over 50 years. Mr. Bierly confirmed that studies in Germany have shown that the panels may indeed last over 50 years. The panels that they would get for the project are manufactured in Germany and are warranted for 10 years. Mr. Dale Musser, Spring Mills, mentioned that a back-up system is still necessary when installing this type of system. Mr. Bierly agreed and indicated that we do have other systems, which would not work as often with the solar system in place. Ms. Mary Kay Williams, Spring Mills, stated that what she keeps hearing is that energy costs are a problem for the Old Gregg School. This is a step to solving those problems. She supports and appreciates solar panels because they are renewable energy. She also indicated that this type of forward thinking can inspire others to get involved in renewable energy. She thanked Mr. Bierly for writing the grant. Mr. Pat Leary, Spring Mills, mentioned this is a perfect example of the township trying to save costs in the form of energy costs. Mr. Chris Kunes, Spring Mills, asked the board what other considerations have been given to other needs in the building? What funds are available for this and other projects? Mr. Bierly indicated that he mostly focuses on energy costs because this is the greatest expense in the building.  The grant awarded to us is $20,000 and he has applied for another $10,000. The total cost of the project is estimated at about $50,000 so an additional $20,000 or $30,000 will be financed and paid for out of the Old Gregg School budget. Mr. Kunes questioned what other major expenses have occurred in the building recently? Mr. Bierly pointed out that we have put in the HVAC system upstairs for $45,000, the cellular shades for $27,000 and an on-demand hot water system for $17,000. He thinks for another $40,000 we could get an HVAC system in the downstairs which would be a big improvement. Mr. Bierly thinks we could have a return a on our investment in 10 to 12 years for the $20,000 or $30,000 needed for this project. There were no additional comments or questions from the audience at this time.

 The township received one bid for a Solar Hot Water System from Stanley C. Bierly. The bid was opened and read. The total cost of the bid was $49,870 which included $39,985 for labor and maintenance and $9,885 extra to mount on the side of the building. Mr. Bierly made a motion to accept the bid from Stanly C. Bierly for the solar hot water system.  Motion failed for lack of a second.

 Mr. Myers would like to wait and see if we do indeed get another $10,000 in grant money. The bid is effective for 30 days after the bid opening. Ms. Bastress, from the audience, indicated that the Old Gregg School Advisory Committee is always looking for green alternatives and this would fit into their mission plan. Mr. Dale Musser stated he could not believe only one bid was submitted for this project. Mr. Myers is satisfied with the bid but would like to wait on the additional grant money.  

Mr. Myers made a motion to table any action on this project until the April 2015 Board of Supervisors meeting. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Motion passed 2 – 1. Mr. Bierly voted against the motion.

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

Electricity at ball field: See discussion above with Mr. Brian Newinski.

Zoning Ordinance Update:  See Solicitor’s Report above.

Mirror on Cooper Street and Maple Lane: See Solicitor’s Report above.

Mount Nittany Medical Centre Penns Valley Clinic – Sewage Planning Module:   Mr. Stover made a motion to approve and sign resolution R-15-07. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0 

Security Cameras in the OGS:  Discussion tabled until the April 2015 meeting.

PVEMS Workers Compensation Mutual Agreement:  See Solicitor’s Report above.

 NEW BUSINESS

Signs on Roads for Horse Therapy Program:  A resident has asked the Board to consider putting up signs on various roads in the township which would make motorists aware of horse riders using the roads so they reduce their speeds. Mr. Bierly would like to see this resident come to a board meeting to discuss this with them. Mr. Horner suggested one complete sign would cost $250.

Public/Private Partnership Training – May 6. 2015 at the State College Borough building: Mr. Myers would like to see as many people attend this workshop as possible. He will announce this to the Gregg Township 2025 committee.

O-15-02 Trustees Insurance and Retirement Services: Mr. Stover made a motion to advertise Ordinance O-15-12 and hold a public hearing at the April board meeting.  Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 CORRESPONDENCE

1.       PA Liquor Control Board-Notice of Liquor License renewed

2.       FEMA Letter: Closeout letter for Public Assistance

3.       Notice of Liquid Fuels Tax Fund Payment

4.       Centre Foundation Gift Acknowledgement Letter

5.       Final Plan for the James J. Zettle Estate

The meeting correspondence was reviewed and discussed. 

 ADJOURN

Mr. Stover made a motion to adjourn at 8:49 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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