Gregg Township Centre County, Pennsylvania

October 2016

10Oct_Meeting_Minutes_2016.pdf

The Board of Supervisors met in a work session starting at 6 p.m. They discussed tires for the backhoe, school bus stops signs on route 45, street lights on Maple Lane, our sign replacement program, the 3rd quarter budget report and repairs for the F550. 

 

Gregg Township Board of Supervisors

Board of Supervisors Meeting

October 20, 2016

 

The regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting for Gregg Township was held on October 20, 2016, at 106 School Street, Suite 106, Spring Mills PA with Supervisors Joel Myers, Douglas Bierly and Charles Stover in attendance.

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

Guests: Don Grenoble, Jane Burrows, Casey Grove, Ray Grove, Doug Young, Brandon Young, Charles Stover II, Russ Schleiden, Randy Albert, Scott Breon, Scott Boone, Zach Gay, Justin Dashem, Dianne Musser, Dale Musser, Amy Ilgen, Scott Ilgen, Russ Brooks, Jim Smith, Paula Smith, Sgt. Lucas Rankin, Brandon Ripka, James Ripka, Richard Boone, Bill Scheuchenzuber, Jane Scheuchenzuber, Betsy Quigley, Marie Peters, Michelle Grove, Keri Miller

 

Chairman Myers called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. followed by the pledge to the flag.

 

 

Public Hearing O-16-02

The regular  Board of supervisors meeting was closed and the public hearing for Ordinance O-16-02, an ordinance amending the conditional uses in the agricultural district in the zoning ordinance was opened at 7:01 for public comments. There was no public comments. The public hearing was closed at 7:02. The regular board meeting was reopened at 7:02.

Regular Meeting Minutes

The Board met in executive session to discuss personnel issues

PUBLIC COMMENTS (not on the agenda): Mr. Dale Musser reported to the Board of Supervisors that he was found not guilty in violating the outdoor furnace ordinance in Gregg Township.  Mr. Scott Boone asked about the Penns Cave Road proposal and if there would be a vote on this tonight. Chairman Myers said that he invited Penn DOT to this public meeting to present their proposal.   
GUEST SPEAKERS Zach Gay, Fred D. Gay and Sons, LLC,  presented the sewage facility planning module for the Stover Subdivision. Mr. Gay presented a memorandum to the board stating that supervisor Stover would abstain from voting because of a conflict of interest but by law stated  he would be allowed to vote to break a tie after having disclosed this conflict of interest and having abstained from the initial vote.  Mr. Stover would like to dedicate open space in place of the fee in lieu. This open space is located under Route 45. Solicitor Rayman said this is not acceptable to donate the public right of way for recreation use in place of the fee in lieu. Mr. Gay suggests it meets the letter of our ordinance so the ordinance needs to change.  Chairman Myers wants further legal clarification on this.  Discussion continued. Mr. Bierly made motion to approve the sewage facilities planning module. Second by Mr. Myers. No further discussion. Motion carried. 2 - 0 Mr. Stover abstained. See attached memo.

 

Justin Dashem, Nittany Engineering, presented the sewage facilities planning module for the Kapinus subdivision.  Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the sewage facilities planning module for the Kapinus subdivision. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 - 0 

 

Sergeant Lucas Rankin, PA State Police Rockview addressed the board and answered questions. He discussed their schedule for troopers in the area.  There is a new system for reporting incidents to the state.  There has been 77 traffic stops this year in Gregg Township.

 

Betsy Quigley addressed the board regarding adding additional school bus stop ahead signs on Route 45 near the Stone Field Development.  There was a near accident when someone did not stop when the red lights of the bus were flashing. The line of sight is difficult at that intersection with the hill to the East.  The supervisors will make a request to Penn DOT for them to look at this intersection. The Penns Valley School District also sent a letter to the township recommending these signs and also school bus stop ahead signs on Beaver Dam Road.

 

Penn DOT presentation on Penns Cave Road Proposal:  Mr. Randy Albert, Municipal Services Supervisor Penn DOT, presented a proposal for SR2012. Discussion of this started in 2010 when Mr. Russ Schleiden approached Penn Dot over safety issues at Penns Cave.  The most recent proposal was brought forward by Penn DOT. They propose to use turn back money and turn back a portion of Penns Cave Road from the Ridge Road Y, to  a point on Penns Cave road at a location to be determined. This road would be turned back to the township and become a township road ending in a cul-de-sac on the Penns Cave property. This would then give Penns Cave the ability to control the remaining portion of Penns Cave Road. Penns Cave would get this road as is. Penns Cave would also provide the land for a turnaround/cul-de-sac.  This proposal would cut off through traffic from entering at 192 and Penns Cave Road.  Penn DOT would then adopt Ridge Road as the new 2012. Modification to the intersection of Ridge Road and Route 192 would be altered in a safety improvement project to help with site view.  Ridge Road, if taken over by Penn DOT would be taken as is.  Comments and questions followed.  Mr. Myers reported that we will schedule a public meeting to further discuss this project before making any decisions.  The Board will set a date and advertise this meeting. 

 

LIAISON REPORTS

Solicitors Report: Mr. Rayman drafted the resolution for the real estate tax increase which is on the agenda. He discussed the commitment letter for the Tri-Municipal Park that is on the agenda later in the meeting.  He would hold off signing this until further information is gathered. 

Gregg 2025 Committee: Mr. Brooks reported the steering committee will meet on November 2. The four sub-committees will be discussing their findings and will forward this list to the supervisors. There are 11 members on the 2025 committee. Mr. Myers mentioned they are looking for people to serve on the Gregg 2025 committee and the Tri-Municipal Park board.

Emergency Management Coordinator/Gregg Township Fire Company: Mr. Grenoble will be attending a quarterly training session next week.  There will be a representative from the Red Cross at this meeting. Fire Chief Doug Young thanked everyone for supporting their wing nights. There will be a hoagie sale coming up as well as the Ladies Auxiliary Fall Bazaar on October 29.  

Old Gregg School Advisory (OGS) Board:  Ms. Miller asked the board to approve an increase the quarterly Underground membership from $15 to $25 per quarter.  Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the increase in quarterly memberships for the Underground to $25/quarter. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 - 0  The Old Gregg School Advisory Board would like to get a contract signed with the tenants that have agreed to pay for the internet until their lease is renewed.  Ms. Burrows had some questions about the 2017 budget.  She reported that the checkbook balance continues to be high. The OGS advisory board said goodbye to Peggy Myers who was an original board member. She has stepped down from the board for personal reasons. There is a new dog policy that has been posted in the building.  The Day of Caring took place. Winter Craft Fair will take place on December 10.  Ms. Miller started a discussion on the roof repairs and/or replacement. Ms. Burrows thanked Mr. Smith for all the work he has done in the building.  At least two more quotes are needed before a decision can be made about the repairs and/or replacement of the roof.

Penns Valley Code Enforcement Agency (PVCEA): Mr. Lesniak gave his report to the board. Mr. Bierly thanked him for his work on Tool Shed Lane and Ross Hill Road.

Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission (PVRPC): Mr. Bierly reported that the Regional Planning Commission met on September 19. They had discussion of the two bridges that will be replaced in Haines Township and the detours that will take place when this occurs in 2017.  They also discussed the parking situation in Millheim Borough and legislation to require Amish buggies to be registered by the state.

Gregg Township Planning Commission (PC): Mr. Bierly reported the planning commission met on October 3 and  reviewed and approved the sewage facilities module for the Stover and Kapinus Subdivision.

Playground:  Mr. Horner reported that the fence will be installed in the next few weeks. We will need to purchase kick mats and some additional mulch before the final inspection of the playground. The benches are being installed this coming week.

Tri-Municipal Park:  Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve a donation of $1000 from the cultural and recreational line item in the general fund to the Tri-Municipal Park. Second by  Mr. Myers. No further discussion. Motion carried 2 - 1 with Mr. Stover voting nay. The Penn Vest loan and grant was explained. Each municipality would qualify for a 50% loan and 50% grant of $90,000, $45,000 of which is a loan that would be paid by the Tri-Municipal park fund. Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the Penn Vest grant and loan for the Tri-Municipal Park. Second by Mr. Myers. No further discussion. Motion carried. 2 - 1 with Mr. Stover voting nay.  Mr. Myers reported that new signage will be going up at the park soon. 

Water and Sewer Authority: Nothing new to report. They will be working on the budget this next month.  

 

SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT

Meeting Minutes: Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the September 8, 2016 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 approve the financial report. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 - 0

 

 

Beginning Balance

Income

Expenditures & Liabilities

Fund Balance

Capital Reserve

227596.37

68.44

 

227,664.81

General Fund

89,328.36

64,362.60

69859.10

83,831.86

Old Gregg School

22,267.76

9,281.33

13,492.45

18,056.64

Street Light Fund

1,634.77

52.04

454.09

1,232.12

Liquid Fuels Fund

78,015.10

15.99

-

78,031.09

Equipment Fund

2890.84

903.75

-

3,794.59

Recreation Fund

1,353.47

-

 

1,353.47

Playground Fund

5,437.50

.15

-

5,437.65

Total

428,524.17

74,684.30

83806.24

419402.23

Health Insurance: Mr. Bierly made a  motion to stay with Geisinger Health insurance for the next year. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 - 0

ROADMASTER REPORT

Mr. Horner reported that we will be putting in a grant application for the Centre County Liquid Fuels grant for the repairs on the bridge on Lower Georges Valley Road over Muddy Run.  This grant is due Friday, October 28.  He is looking into some exhaust problems with the Ford 550. The board would like to see Mr. Horner got 5 or 6 more loads of stones to continue with road grading over the next few months.  He is going to order tires for the back hoe. Mr. Stover is going to look into prices from his sources. We got the remaining portion of the dirt and gravel road grant money.  They are getting ready for winter maintenance.  Mr. Ray Grove asked about plans for Lower Georges Valley road near his house. Mr. Horner plans to do a base coat with that portion of the road when we can afford it.  The speed bump at the Old Gregg School parking lot and the bridge approaches on Beaver Dam and Kline Road were completed this week.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

O-16-02: Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve the Ordinance O-16-02. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion.  Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 - 0

Tool Shed Lane/Cooper Street: See discussion above.

Block sign request from fire company: Mr. Stover would like to keep this on the agenda. Tabled.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Fines from Code Enforcement: Mr. Bierly made a motion to pay fines generated by the Code Enforcement Agency to the Agency.  Second by Mr. Stover. Mr. Bierly said only fines generated this year should be included in this payment. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 - 0

R-16-15 Real Property Tax Increase: Mr. Myers reported that in order to balance the budget, a tax increase is needed. Resolution R-16-15 proposes a 1 mil tax increase on Real Estate.  Last year, we used our carry over funds to balance the budget.  There is a fact sheet available to see the reasons behind the increase that will be put on the website.  It was suggested the agenda be published on the website a week in advance. Ms. Snyder was directed to publish a draft agenda ahead of time and then a final agenda be printed the day of the meeting. The budget is going out for public review as required by law. Mr. Bierly made a motion to approve R-16-15. Second by Mr. Myers. No further discussion. Motion carried 2 - 1 with Mr. Stover voting nay.

2017 Budget: Mr. Bierly made a motion to put the budget out for public inspection. Second by Mr. Stover. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 - 0

Application for Dry Hydrant on Harter Road Bridge:  Mr. Stover applied for a dry hydrant permit for the bridge on Harter Road. The application was applied for in the name of the Board of Supervisors. This saves the fire company substantial money. Mr. Stover made a motion to continue the application for the dry hydrant on Harter Road. Second by Mr. Bierly. No further discussion. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 - 0

Milky Way: Mr. Stover made a motion to approve the street name of Milky Way for the Jonas Beiler property. Second by Mr. Bierly. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 - 0 

 

CORRESPONDENCE

The correspondence was reviewed.

 

ADJOURN

Mr. Stover made a motion to adjourn at 9:08 p.m. Second by Mr. Bierly. Vote in favor was unanimous. 3 – 0

Respectfully Submitted By,

 

 

Jennifer Snyder      

 

_____________________________

Jennifer Snyder, Secretary

 

 
You are here: Home Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes 2016 October 2016

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

The Supervisors

  • Joel Myers, Chairman: supervisor2@greggtownship.org 574-1319
  • Douglas Bierly, Vice-Chairman: supervisor1@greggtownship.org 360-1822
  • Charles Stover, Supervisor: cws14@yahoo.com 571-7298

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