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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES - OCTOBER 19, 2016

The Scott Township Board of Supervisors met on the above date in the Municipal Building, 350 Tenny Street (Espy), Bloomsburg, PA. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. In attendance were Supervisors Paul R. Eyerly IV, Donald L. Coleman, Sr., William G. Hafner and Lanny R. Sheehan. Solicitor Anthony J. McDonald from Marinos, McDonald & Knecht LLP, Police Chief Raymond Klingler, and Secretary/Treasurer Brittany M. Stasik were also in attendance.

On behalf of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission, Mr. Eyerly presented Mr. Richard Reichart with a plaque thanking him for over forty years of service as a member of the Planning Commission. Mr. Reichart was appointed to serve on the Commission in early 1976. Due to health concerns, he submitted a letter of resignation in September. Mrs. Ruth Reichart was presented with a bouquet of flowers in appreciation for her unwavering support of Mr. Reichart’s community service. Kathleen Lynn, Chair of the Planning Commission, thanked Mr. Reichart for his decades of service, his friendship, and his wealth of knowledge, especially of the history of the Township.

QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
None appearing.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Minutes of the September 21, 2016 meeting were presented for approval. Mr. Coleman made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Sheehan seconded the motion, which carried 4-0.

APPROVAL OF MONTHLY REPORTS
The September Budget, Police, Roads, Treasurer’s, Zoning, and Tri-County COG IBC Inspection Service Reports were presented for approval. Mr. Hafner made a motion to approve the reports as presented. Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

APPROVAL OF BILLS TO BE PAID
The General Fund bills to be paid were presented as check numbers 14151, 14213—14253 and one electronic funds transfer for $162,333.48. In addition, Liquid Fuels Fund bills to be paid were presented as check numbers 1635—1640 for $30,308.36. Mr. Sheehan made a motion to approve the bills to be paid, totaling $192,641.84. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 3-0, with Mr. Eyerly abstaining due to a conflict of interest regarding the Press Enterprise payment, check number 14246.

SUBDIVISION & LAND DEVELOPMENT
Regarding the Route 11 Marketplace Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan, Joseph Stachokus, P.E., President of Land Development Engineering, formerly President of SM Design Group, LLC (the company that originally submitted the Plans), provided an explanation for the change in the stormwater management design. Township Engineer Todd R. Pysher of Pysher & Associates, Inc., reviewed the revised Stormwater Management Plan in a letter dated October 19, 2016, and recommended approval with no conditions. The Township Planning Commission reviewed the Plan and recommended approval of both the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan and the revised Stormwater Management Plan. Mr. Hafner made a motion to approve the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0. Mr. Coleman made a motion to approve the Stormwater Management Site Plan for Route 11 Marketplace. Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

Regarding the Preliminary Land Development Plan for the three shovel-ready sites (Lots 1, 2 and 7) in the County Business Park, Joshua Hoagland, P.E., of The Crossroads Group, LLC, and Stephen Phillips, Executive Director of the Berwick Industrial Development Association, Inc., attended the meeting. In Mr. Pysher’s review letter, dated October 19, 2016, he recommended approval of the Preliminary Land Development Plan for Lots 1, 2, and 7, with the condition that the Design Engineer address any and all remaining review comments in a manner that is satisfactory to the him. The Township Planning Commission reviewed the Plan and recommended that the Board grant Preliminary Land Development Plan approval for Lots 1, 2, and 7, subject to the condition as outlined in Mr. Pysher’s review letter. Mr. Hafner made a motion to approve the Preliminary Land Development Plan for the Columbia County Business Park Lots 1, 2 and 7, subject to the condition that the Design Engineer addresses any and all remaining review comments in a manner that is satisfactory to Township Engineer Todd Pysher. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

The next agenda item was the Preliminary Land Development Plan for Brown’s Landscaping, LLC. Matthew Laidacker, PLS, of Orangeville Surveying Consultants, Inc., had attended the Planning Commission meeting to represent the applicant, but did not remain to attend this meeting. Mr. McDonald and Ms. Stasik related what was discussed and decided at the Planning meeting. Mr. Pysher reviewed the Plan in a letter dated October 19, 2016, and recommended disapproval based on the Plan being administratively and technically incomplete. Although the Commission recommended that the Board grant all of the waivers that Mr. Laidacker requested in a letter dated September 29, 2016, they recommended that the Board disapprove the Preliminary Land Development Plan. Based on the recommendation of the Township Engineer and the Planning Commission, Mr. Hafner made a motion to disapprove the Brown’s Landscaping, LLC, Preliminary Land Development Plan. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

OLD BUSINESS
Regarding the openings for members for the Zoning Hearing Board and the Planning Commission, Ms. Stasik stated that the Planning Commission might have a recommendation for that Board. Discussion ensued regarding the difficulties of finding individuals willing to serve.

NEW BUSINESS
Regarding the New York Life Insurance agenda item, Ms. Yamila Yafar and Mr. William Boyle, company representatives from the Scranton office, provided an overview of a voluntary whole life insurance program offered to employees, with the convenience of payment by payroll withholdings. Ms. Yafar asked if the Board would be interested in offering this. Discussion ensued. Mr. McDonald stressed the need for caution because if the Township offers this, it is as if the Township is endorsing it. Mr. Eyerly stated his opinion is that if the employees have an interest in this, the Township may consider it. However, there is a wide variety of insurance options from numerous companies, and in view of past decisions by the Board, he questioned whether the Township might prefer to check with local agencies. Ms. Yafar and Mr. Boyle outlined the advantages of their company. Mr. Sheehan stated he felt the Board would be remiss not to offer this to employees, but he also added that the Board would be remiss not to check with local agents or companies to see if they provide something similar. Mr. Coleman recommended checking with the employees to see if anyone is interested. Chief Klingler stated he and some of the officers would possibly be interested.

Regarding the 2017 Budget, this draft has an approximately $54,000 deficit. The Board talked about various options for balancing the budget. The Board must adopt a Preliminary Budget at the November meeting so that the required advertising is in place before the December meeting.

Mr. Pysher arrived after attending the County meeting regarding the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). He provided information to the Board outlining an estimate of $7,000.00 for 2017 for joint participation with the County to meet the MS4 regulations. This cost is based on fifteen municipalities participating, which is the maximum number in Columbia County that is required to participate in the MS4 program at this point. Some municipalities might receive waivers, which would then increase the cost per participant. The Township must make a decision by January 1, 2017, about whether or not to organize with the County and other Townships. The MS4 program will be implemented over five years, and the annual cost will vary depending on what the requirements are each year. Next year, a Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan must be prepared, with an estimated cost of $50,000. Mr. Pysher recommended budgeting $10,000 for the MS4 costs.

Regarding the 2015 Liquid Fuels Audit, Ms. Stasik stated there was one finding, but that has since been resolved.

Regarding the Local Services Tax monies, Ms. Stasik noted the two fire companies received their annual distribution checks in the amount of $16,500 per company.

Chief Klingler requested that the Board revisit the Township’s short-term disability insurance provisions. He explained his recent experience drawing on that insurance. Discussion ensued regarding checking into whole life, term life, and disability insurances.

Mr. Coleman made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 4-0. The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Brittany M. Stasik
Secretary/Treasurer

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