Gregg Township Centre County, Pennsylvania

June 2015

6_June_Meeting_Minutes_2015.pdf

The board met in an executive session to discuss legal issues and personnel issues during their scheduled work session before this regularly scheduled board meeting.

 Gregg Township Board of Supervisors

Board of Supervisors Meeting

June 11, 2015

 The regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting for Gregg Township was held on June 11, 2015, at 106 School Street, Suite 106, Spring Mills PA with Supervisors Joel Myers, Douglas Bierly and Charles Stover in attendance.

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

Guests: Don Grenoble, Mike Bloom – Centre County Planning and Community Development Office,  Jane Burrows, Jim Smith, Dianne Musser, Dale Musser, Keri Miller, Mark Kauffman, Doris Kauffman, Stan Wallace

 Chairman Myers called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. followed by the pledge to the flag. Mr. Myers announced the board met in executive session prior to the start of this meeting to discuss legal and personnel issues.

 PUBLIC COMMENTS: Mr. Stan Wallace, Nittany Engineering addressed the board. He was representing his clients, Mark and Doris Kauffman, who were not present at the meeting.  Mr. Wallace stated that at the December 11, 2014, Board of Supervisors meeting, he brought before the board the Kauffman’s final subdivision plans submitted to the Centre County Planning Office.  At that meeting, he asked the board for approval of the plan and it is his recollection and the recollection of his client that the Board discussed the right of first refusal and fee in lieu for said subdivision. (No members of the Board of Supervisors recalled such a discussion and it is not recorded in the meeting minutes from the December 11, 2014 meeting.) His clients are trying to sell the property and it is his understanding the Township has been in touch with the potential buyer and his attorney to discuss the right of way.  With that said, he is offering the township the opportunity to buy the 129 acres which is valued at $725,000. With the rail trail going through this property, it splits the property making the top portion unusable which decreases the value by half. Mr. Wallace indicated that there was a scheduled closing date for this property on May 28 but the closing was postponed by the buyer’s attorney because we had contacted the buyer about this issue. Mr. Wallace has sought legal advice from Terry Williams, Attorney with Miller, Kistler and Cambell, who has stated that the agreement that was signed in 2007 by the Kauffman’s is not really definitive and therefore, not enforceable.  Mr. Wallace also stated that per the agreement the township was to maintain the trail, and in the past 7 years since the agreement was signed, no maintenance has been done. Mr. Bierly stated that the Board of Supervisors were directed by their solicitor to refrain from comments at this meeting in regards to this issue and to direct comments to him. Mr. Myers is open to communication after the attorneys on both sides have discussed the issue. Mr. Myers is willing to hold a special meeting to make a decision about this before the next scheduled closing date which is June 18. Mr. Wallace will be in touch with the both solicitors. No action was taken.

 Mike Bloom, Centre County Planning and Community Development Offices – Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program Grant:  Mr. Bloom reported that he was approached by a member of the Planning Commission to pursue a grant opportunity for a bridge to cross sinking creek to access the Penns Valley rail trail. The funding is a Greenways, Trails and Recreation program grant through the Department of Community Economics and Development (DCED). With this grant there is an 85/15 match, 85% comes from the state source and 15% from some sort of local match. Our match could be the value of the land being used. There would need to be an appraisal done and a resolution passed to get this grant submitted. It is due June 20, 2015, which does not allow for a lot of time. The application fee to apply is $100. Mr. Bloom would need to meet with the township engineer to get his scope on the project. The total project amount can be up to $250,000. Discussion took place. Mr. Myers announced that they are going to be starting a fundraising campaign to generate funds to contribute to the development of the local trail here in Spring Mills. Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve Resolution R-15-10.  No further discussion took place. Second by Mr. Stover. Vote in favor was unanimous.

3 – 0

STONE BIDS: The stone bids were opened. The township received bids from Glenn O. Hawbaker, HRI, Inc., Hansen Aggregates, and New Enterprises, Inc.  After discussion, Mr. Bierly made a motion to accept and award the bid for aggregate to Hansen Aggregates and amesite material to HRI, Inc. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

 LIAISON REPORTS

Solicitors Report: Mr. Rayman met with the board in executive meeting before this regular board meeting and was not in attendance at this time. No report was given.

Emergency Management Coordinator/Gregg Township Fire Company: Mr. Grenoble thanked the board for paying the workers compensation insurance premium for the fire company. There is another hazardous mitigation workshop on June 17. He suggested Ms. Snyder also attend this meeting along with himself and Mr. Stover. He feels it would be good for her to attend because she helps to fill out all the forms and paperwork for t his project.  The parade permit is ready but needs Mr. Grenoble’s signature before sending it off to the state.

Old Gregg School Advisory (OGS) Committee:  Chairman Burrows reported that the Advisory Board met on June 4, 2015. At this meeting they discussed the budget and some potential fundraisers. They made recommendations to increase the rent for tenants starting on January 1, 2016. Mr. Bierly explained they would like all leases to have a renewal date of January 1. Then starting on January 1, 2016, there would be an increase of 3% and for multi year leases, a 3% increase every year following. There was a discussion of the Windstream high speed internet. It was recommended to have the Old Gregg School pay for it and raise rent accordingly. It would figure into an increase of $1.40 per square foot for all tenants to equally pay for this service but Mr. Bierly does not feel like this is practical as it would increase the lease dramatically for several of the tenants that really don’t use or need high speed internet. Windstream does require a three year contract to be signed. Pennsylvania Certified Organic has asked for this type of high speed internet so Mr. Bierly suggested that PCO must be willing to sign a 3 year lease for it to be feasible for us to do this. Mr. Bierly made a motion to write all new leases and contracts with a 3% rate increase starting January 1, 2016. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0  Mr. Bierly made a motion for Gregg Township to enter into a contract with the tenants for high speed internet provided the contract covers the cost of Windstream high speed internet for the life of the contract. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Penns Valley Code Enforcement Agency (PVCEA): Mike Lesniak had to leave before his report was given. The board has a written copy of his report. The board discussed complaints from a resident in Cobblestone Court concerning property maintenance. He has asked to extend our property maintenance ordinance for the village to include their development.  In the past, the board has suggested their home owners association get involved in this matter. Mr. Horner also mentioned in our township, a written complaint must be filed with the zoning officer before he can take any action. Some people do not wish to be recognized when filing a complaint or may not be able to get to the PVCEA to sign a written complaint. Discussion took place. Mr. Horner has had several complaints about maintenance issues on a property on Long Street.  Mr. Bierly suggested the planning commission could look at extending our village maintenance ordinance to include developments such as Long’s Development, Cobblestone Development, etc., as well as ask them to look at the procedures for filing a zoning complaint.

Penns Valley Emergency Medical Services (EMS): Mr. Leary was not in attendance.

Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission (PVRPC): Mr. Bierly reported that the PVRPC met on May 18. Mr. Kunes gave an update on the YMCA. They also discussed the regional comprehensive plan.

Planning Commission (PC):  Mr. Bierly reported that the PC met on June 1. Mark Stephens from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) attended the meeting and reviewed the draft source water protection plan. The water authority will now review this plan with Mr. Stephens and we can then move forward.

Playground: Ms. Miller gave an update on the playground.  They are getting quotes on playground equipment and will need to make the decision as soon as possible to get the design submitted to DCNR.

Rails to Trails: Nothing new to report.

Tri-Municipal Park: Mr. Myers reported this board will be on Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

Gregg Twp Water & Sewer Authorities: Mr. Horner reported that both the sewer and water authorities are both running great. The authorities have also picked up new EDU’s which is helpful.

Gregg Township 2025: The group met on May 27, 2015. They formed subgroups to look at five separate focus areas. They are looking at rolling this initiative out to the public in September. It was a successful meeting.

SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT

Meeting Minutes: Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the May 14, 2015, regular meeting minutes. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

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

 

Beginning Balance

Income

Expenditures & Liabilities

Fund Balance

Capital Reserve

$226,484.26

21.12

 

226,505.38

General Fund

$137,205.79

$44,604.58

$55,193.73

$126,616.64

Old Gregg School

$3,526.46

$8,946.12

$8,207.39

$4,265.19

Street Light Fund

$2,108.27

$.35

$270.25

$1,838.37

Liquid Fuels Fund

$212,225.45

$45.06

 

$212,270.51

Equipment Fund

$48,994.77

$9.61

 

$49,004.38

Recreation Fund

$1,853.47

 

 

$1,853.47

Playground Fund

$18,134.75

$5,082.00

 

$23,191.75

Total

$650,533.22

$58,708.84

$63,671.37

$645,545.69

Ms. Snyder mentioned she is taking vacation from June 29 through July 3, 2015.

 ROADMASTERS REPORT

Mr. Horner reported that they have begun the full depth reclamation project on Grenoble Road. They are getting test pits dug to get a mix design by Stahl Shaeffer. Once this is done, they can put the mix design out for bid. The road crew will begin fixing culvert pipes on that road as soon as the mowing is done.

 OLD BUSINESS

Codification:  The board will meet with the Planning Commission on July 6, 2015 at 7 p.m. to discuss the codification final draft.

Security Cameras in the OGS: Mr. Snyder has asked to table this discussion to the next meeting.   

Secretary/Treasurer Position: Mr. Myers discussed making Ms. Snyder’s position as secretary/treasurer as full time salaried position with benefits. She will no longer get paid additionally to attend meetings; this will be included in her salaried hours. Discussion took place. Mr. Myers made a motion to make this position a salaried full-time position with office hours being extended to Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous.

Volunteer EMS Workers Compensation Mutual Agreement: We are moving forward with this and are still missing payments from Haines and Penn Township.

 NEW BUSINESS

Centre County 911 Addressing:  Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the address 127 Heckman Cemetery Road. Second by Mr. Bierly. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Verizon Telephone Upgrades: Ms. Snyder is looking at savings on phone services as well as the combining of the Old Gregg School line with the township number.  With this new plan, we will be getting governmental pricing and should see significant savings on our monthly telephone bill. It was also decided to discontinue the landline at the shed because they all have cell phones.  Mr. Bierly made a motion to discontinue the Old Gregg School line and the township shed line and go with a new plan through Verizon that would include 2 mailboxes, one for the township and one for the Old Gregg School. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant Resolution R-15-10: See discussion above.

Family Life of PV Run: They will be hosting a run in August. No action taken.

CORRESPONDENCE

1.       Letter from Potter Township  regarding Potters Mills Act 537 Special Study

2.       Penn DOT: Minutes from preconstruction conference for bridge project on SR2012

3.       Centre County Planning and Community Development Office: Lot Addition and Replot for  Larry Strickler and William Woock

4.       Centre County Planning  and Community Development Office: Mount Nittany Medical Land Development  Plan Final

5.       Centre County Planning  and Community Development Office: Family Life of Penns Valley Land Development Plan Final

6.       CHD Enterprises: Letter detailing detour for bridge project on SR 2012

The meeting correspondence was reviewed and discussed. 

 ADJOURN

Mr. Bierly made a motion to adjourn at 8:38 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

 

 

 

 
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106 School Street
PO Box 184
Spring Mills PA  16875

Phone: (814) 422 - 8218 Fax: (814) 422-8080

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147 Water Street

Spring Mills PA 16875

Phone: (814) 571-2096

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