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                                                                                               April 6, 2011

                                                                                               Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.

 

MINUTES

 

Chairman John P. Sivick called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Also present were Richard C. Vollmer, Vice Chairman; Paul D. Menditto, Supervisor; Robert F. Bernathy, Township Solicitor; William J. Greiner, P.E., Township Engineer and Robert H. Rohner, Jr., Secretary/Treasurer. 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

 

No comments were received.

 

APPROVE THE MINUTES OF MARCH 16, 2011:

 

Motion made by Mr. Menditto and second of Mr. Vollmer to approve the minutes of March 16, 2011 as presented.  Unanimous.

 

AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF THE BILLS ON LIST #1, LIST #2 AND THE TRANSFERS AS PRESENTED:

 

Motion made by Mr. Vollmer and second of Mr. Menditto to authorize the payment of the bills on List #1, List #2 and the transfers as presented.  Unanimous.

 

HIGHLAND CONSERVANCY:

 

No one from the organization was present.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

  1. ROBERT RICE PROPERTY, WINONA LAKES ESTATES, LOT 220

SECTION 18:

 

Tabled.

 

  1. MARCELLUS SHALE:

 

      Mr. Vollmer; a member of the Pike County Marcellus Shale Task Force formed

      by the county commissioners, stated that the committee reviews the pros and

      cons of fracking for natural gas, and how it has affected other counties.  The

      committee meets monthly, and will study the impact on water supplies, infra-

      structures, etc.  There have been very few applications in Pike County, with no

      permits issued.  Mr. Vollmer will give future briefs.

 

 

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NEW BUSINESS:

 

  1. APPOINT ED BLAND ASSISTANT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

DIRECTOR:

 

Motion made by Mr. Menditto and second of Mr. Vollmer to appoint Ed Bland as the assistant Emergency Management Director.  Unanimous.

 

  1. PROPOSED ORDINANCE – PROHIBITING THE SALE OF DRUG

PARAPHERNALIA:

 

Mr. Bernathy stated that he reviewed the ability of the supervisors to prohibit or regulate the sale of drug paraphernalia.  There is no statutory law for the supervisors to follow.  The intent is to regulate under health, safety and welfare.  PSATS concurs with Mr. Bernathy’s position.  It appears that there is no other municipality within the commonwealth with this type of ordinance on their books.  The concern relates to the definition of drug paraphernalia; rolling papers and bongs are legal to sell.  When used in conjunction with a controlled substance, is when those items are criminal.  Another area of concern is not to target certain businesses engaged in the selling of those types of items.  There are constitutional issues.  There is nothing that prohibits the enactment of such an ordinance.  If heard by a court, it would be a case of first impression, because there is no precedent.  The supervisors instructed Mr. Bernathy to do more research.

 

  1. PENNDOT DIRECTIONAL SIGNS FOR THE COMMUNITY PARK:

 

      Mr. Greiner stated that he had a conversation with a  PennDot representative 

      regarding the blue directional signs for the community park.  The department has

      stopped issuing those particular signs.  The department is in the process of getting

      new procedures and regulations in place for a new type of sign.  There will be test

      areas, but Monroe County will not be included until late summer.  The signs will

      cost $480.00 per sign, per year to maintain.  The supervisors directed Mr. Greiner

      to move forward. 

 

  1. ART CENTER – CONDITIONS:

 

Mr. Sivick stated that the Mt. Laurel Art Center will open this year.  The supervisors directed Mr. Bernathy to review the conditions.  Mr. Bernathy will forward correspondence; outlining the conditions, to the representatives.

 

 

 

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MISCELLANEOUS:

 

  1. REQUEST OF NEPA SOFTBALL LEAGUE TO USE THE MUNICIPAL

BALL FIELD ON SUNDAYS FROM THIS DATE TO SEPTEMBER 18TH,

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM:

 

Motion made by Mr. Menditto and second of Mr. Vollmer to approve this request.

Unanimous.

 

  1. REQUEST OF CHRISTINE OBSER TO USE THE MUNICIPAL OFFICE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH FOR MET ED RECERTIFICATIONS:

 

Motion made by Mr. Vollmer and second of Mr. Menditto to approve this request.  Unanimous.

 

  1. REQUEST OF ST. JOHN’S CHURCH TO USE THE COMMUNITY PARK

FOR A PARISH FAMILY PICNIC ON JUNE 5TH FROM 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM:

 

Motion made by Mr. Vollmer and second of Mr. Menditto to approve this request.  Unanimous.

 

  1. STATE LIQUID FUELS FUNDS RECEIVED FOR 2011 WERE $21,240.00 FOR ROAD TURNBACK AND $155,642.15 FOR LIQUID FUELS:

 

Mr. Sivick stated that the above represents the township’s yearly allocation.

 

ROADMASTER/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR:

 

Mr. Sivick stated that the crew has been busy with guide rail repairs on Winona Falls Road, East Sugar Mountain Road and Briscoe Mountain Road.  Vehicle repairs and maintenance.  Broom maintenance for the sweeping of the township roads.  Dead trees removed along township roads.  Cleaning of road edges.  Littering is still a problem, which the road crew addresses.

 

ADDENDUM NO. 1:  Mr. Menditto stated that Little League’s opening day is Saturday, April 9th at 9:00 a.m. at the Resica School, with a game at noon.  The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the municipal building.  This event always has a good turnout.

 

 

 

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ADJOURNMENT:

 

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 7:16 p.m. by the motion of Mr. Sivick and second of Mr. Menditto.  Unanimous.

 

                                                                                             Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                                             Robert H. Rohner, Jr.

                                                                                             Secretary/Treasurer


                                                                                               April 12, 2011

                                                                                               Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.

 

MINUTES

 

Chairman John P. Sivick called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Also present were Richard C. Vollmer, Vice Chairman; Paul D. Menditto, Supervisor; Robert F. Bernathy, Township Solicitor and Robert H. Rohner, Jr., Secretary/Treasurer.  William J. Greiner, P.E., Township Engineer was not present.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

 

No comments were received.

 

BID OPENING – CLEAN UP DAYS CONTAINERS:

 

Three (3) bids were received.

 

  1. Waste Management of Pennsylvania, Inc.:

 

$22.25 per cubic yard for general waste and $9.15 per cubic yard for a metal only container.  They will accept no hazardous waste, tires, electronics, recyclables, Freon containing items, paints and pesticides.  The cubic yard rate is inclusive of all fees and tonnages.

 

  1. Christian Waste Services, Inc.:

 

$19.50 per cubic yard up to 3 tons, anything over is $78.50 per ton.  Fuel surcharge is $50.00 per container.

 

  1. T. B. Disposal:

 

$19.25 per cubic yard.  All Freon must be removed prior to disposal.  No liquid or hazard materials.  No tires.

 

Motion made by Mr. Menditto and second of Mr. Vollmer to accept the T. B. Disposal bid for $19.25 per cubic yard.  Unanimous.

 

PROPOSED BLIGHT ORDINANCE:

 

Mr. Bernathy was directed to prepare an ordinance draft that will work off of the Dangerous Structure Ordinance.  Mr. Bernathy will review language that no one will be issued any type of permit if that individual/business is behind in their real estate property taxes.

 

 

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FULL STAR PROPERTY – SUGAR MOUNTAIN:

 

Mr. Sivick stated that this is a property which falls under a blight condition.  There have been years of trying to get the owner to clean up this property.  A resolution needs to be found.  PA DEP is involved, but nothing has been done.  The supervisors are the ones who receive the complaints from residents.  The supervisors and Mr. Bernathy will go to the property for a site inspection.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m. by the motion of Mr. Sivick and second of Mr. Menditto.  Unanimous.

 

                                                                                                  Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                                                  Robert H. Rohner, Jr.

                                                                                                  Secretary/Treasurer


                                                                                                April 20, 2011

                                                                                                Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.

 

MINUTES

 

Chairman John P. Sivick called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Also present were Richard C. Vollmer, Vice Chairman and Robert H. Rohner, Jr., Secretary/Treasurer.

Paul D. Menditto, Supervisor; Robert F. Bernathy, Township Solicitor and William J. Greiner, P.E. was not present. 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

No comments were received.

 

APPROVE THE MINUTES OF APRIL 6, 2011:

 

Motion made by Mr. Vollmer and second of Mr. Sivick to approve the minutes of April 6, 2011 as presented. 

 

APPROVE THE MINUTES OF APRIL 12, 2011:

 

Motion made by Mr. Vollmer and second of Mr. Sivick to approve the minutes of April 12, 2011 as presented. 

 

AUTHORIZE THE PAYMENT OF THE BILLS ON LIST #1, LIST #2 AND THE TRANSFERS AS PRESENTED:

 

Motion made by Mr. Vollmer and second of Mr. Sivick to authorize the payment of the bills on List #1, List #2 and the transfers as presented.

 

ACCEPT THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS; ALL FUNDS, FOR THE MONTH ENDED MARCH 31, 2011:

 

Motion made by Mr. Vollmer and second of Mr. Sivick to accept the financial statements; all funds, for the month ended March 31, 2011.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

  1. ROBERT RICE PROPERTY, WINONA LAKES ESTATES, LOT 220,

SECTION 18:

 

Tabled.

 

  1. ART CENTER CONDITIONS:

 

A meeting will be scheduled with the representatives for the art center to discuss

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the conditions.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

No new business.

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

 

  1. REQUEST OF THE PIKE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY TO USE THE

MUNICIPAL MEETING ROOM ON MONDAY, MAY 2ND AT 9:30 AM:

 

Motion made by Mr. Vollmer and second of Mr. Sivick to grant the request.

 

  1. The supervisors will conduct a Well Hearing on Tuesday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m.  Corinne Suhrcke is requesting a variance from design standards for her property located in Sunset Acres, Lot 114.

 

  1. Spring Clean Up Days will be held May 12th & 13th from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and May 14th from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

ROADMASTER/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR:

 

Mr. Sivick stated that the annual Easter Egg Hunt was held on April 9th.  The event was a success.  Potholes filled with cold patch on roads throughout the township.  Vehicle maintenance.  Guide rail maintenance on Winona Falls Road.  Litter pick up throughout.  Dead trees removed along the roads on Sugar Mountain.  Community park maintenance.  Sewer pipe at the municipal building broke, and was repaired.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 7:04 p.m. by the motion of Mr. Vollmer and second of Mr. Sivick.

 

                                                                                              Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                                              Robert H. Rohner, Jr.

                                                                                              Secretary/Treasurer