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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES - NOVEMBER 16, 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, Frederick D. Ackerman, Jr., Donald L. Coleman, Sr., William G. Hafner and Lanny R. Sheehan. Solicitor Anthony J. McDonald from Marinos, McDonald & Knecht LLP, Police Chief Raymond J. Klingler, Maintenance Supervisor Mark J. Koons, and Secretary/Treasurer Brittany M. Stasik were also in attendance.

The Board adjourned into Executive Session at 6:31 p.m., to discuss personnel matters, and reconvened at 6:41 p.m.

QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
None appearing.

On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Eyerly commended Chief Klingler, Sergeant M. Joseph Grassley and the other officers who responded to the incident on Sunday, November 13, 2016, on Lackawanna Avenue. He expressed his appreciation for the department’s handling of a difficult situation in a professional manner.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Minutes of the October 19, 2016 meeting were presented for approval. Mr. Coleman made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Sheehan seconded the motion, which carried 5-0.

APPROVAL OF MONTHLY REPORTS
The October 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 5-0.

APPROVAL OF BILLS TO BE PAID
The General Fund bills to be paid were presented as check numbers 14255—14281 and three electronic funds transfers for $15,572.41. In addition, Liquid Fuels Fund bills to be paid were presented as check numbers 1641—1643 for $4,998.45. Mr. Coleman made a motion to approve the bills to be paid, totaling $20,570.86. Mr. Ackerman seconded and the motion carried 4-0, with Mr. Eyerly abstaining due to a conflict of interest regarding the Press Enterprise payment, check number 14276.

SUBDIVISION & LAND DEVELOPMENT
The Board had no agenda items to discuss.

OLD BUSINESS
Regarding the Per Capita Tax and the 2017 Preliminary Budget agenda items, Mr. Eyerly referenced the October 28, 2016, letter from the County Tax Assessment Office. Because the County Commissioners eliminated their Per Capita Tax, the County will neither print the Municipal Per Capita Tax bills nor provide updated data files. After researching various options, it is not practical for the Township to continue to levy the Per Capita Tax. Preliminary Budget A had a deficit of nearly $55,000. An additional $10,000 should be added to the deficit to cover 2017 MS4 program costs. Eliminating the Per Capita Tax would create a loss of $15,000 to $18,000 in revenue. The last Township Real Estate Tax increase was in December of 1996, when it was raised from 1.93 mills to 2.93 mills. A one-quarter mill increase would add approximately $32,000 to the Real Estate Tax revenue. Ms. Stasik prepared Preliminary Budget B, with the Per Capita Tax line items removed, the Real Estate Tax line item based on 3.18 mills, and an MS4 expense line item added for $10,000. This Budget has a deficit of $48,708.36. Mr. Coleman made a motion to eliminate the Township Per Capita Tax, to increase the Real Estate Tax millage by one-quarter mill (.025 cents per $100 of assessed valuation), to set the Surplus Forward line item at $49,000.00, and based on those changes to accept the 2017 Preliminary Budget. The motion was amended to include authorizing Mr. McDonald to research whether the tax changes must be made by ordinance. Mr. Hafner seconded and the motion carried 5-0. Ms. Stasik will send the necessary advertisement to the newspaper.

Regarding the insurance update, Ms. Stasik stated she spoke with Reade Taylor, President of Zimmer Insurance Agency, Inc., about updating the current insurance. She explained the information that Mr. Taylor provided. The whole-life insurance that his agency offers has strict qualifiers, which would likely exclude some employees. The current term-life insurance amount could be increased. Mr. Taylor recommended continuing with the short-term disability insurance carrier. However, the payment option could be adjusted to be based on a percentage of an employee’s annual income, rather than the current fixed rate. Ms. Stasik stated that after further research on the New York Life Insurance program, it might not be practical for all the employees.

NEW BUSINESS
Regarding the Memory Lane agenda item, discussion ensued about the incomplete private drive acknowledgement between Dale and Darlene Hess, Curtis and Meghan Yeager, and Scott Township. C. Brian Crane, Esquire, of Derr, Pursel, Luschas & Naparsteck, LLP, sent the paperwork with a letter that explained that his office was unable to obtain the signatures of all interested parties. Mr. McDonald noted that although Mr. Yeager signed the agreement, his signature is not notarized. The Board tabled this until next meeting.

Regarding Lion’s Gate, Ms. Stasik informed the Board about a recent conversation with Gregory Sarangoulis. Discussion ensued about the diagram Mr. Sarangoulis provided of the property with the buildings for future construction. Dan Knorr, Director of External and Government Relations at Bloomsburg University, noted the student enrollment at the University. Mr. Eyerly recommended that Ms. Stasik send the diagram and information to the Township Engineer.

Regarding the new members of the Zoning Hearing Board and the Planning Commission, Mr. Eyerly made a motion to appoint Mr. Sante J. D’Ambrosio to the Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 5-0. Mr. Eyerly made a motion to appoint Mr. Mark E. Flaugh to fill the vacancy on the Planning Commission and Mr. Coleman seconded. The motion carried 5-0.

Regarding the cleaning services agenda item, Ms. Stasik outlined a number of issues and requested permission to contact other vendors. The Board directed Ms. Stasik to contact some other agencies and they tabled this until the next meeting.

Mr. Eyerly noted that in Executive Session the Board recommended increasing Ms. Stasik’s annual salary by $2,500 as of December 1. However, effective December 1, 2016, an executive order under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires that all employees who earn less than $47,476 annually must receive overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours per week. Therefore, the Board opted to change Ms. Stasik from a salaried employee to an hourly employee. Mr. Eyerly added that if that law should change, the Board would be very much inclined to review that decision. Mr. Coleman made a motion to increase Ms. Stasik’s pay rate to $19.23 per hour, working a 40-hour workweek, effective December 1. Mr. Hafner seconded and the motion carried 5-0.

Mr. Coleman made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Ackerman seconded and the motion carried 5-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Brittany M. Stasik
Secretary/Treasurer

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