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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES - MARCH 22, 2017

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 J. Klingler, Maintenance Supervisor Mark J. Koons, and Secretary/Treasurer Brittany M. Stasik were also in attendance.

Mr. Eyerly noted this meeting was rescheduled from the original date of March 15, due to the recent blizzard. The advertising requirements for this change were met.

REPORT OF THE SCOTT TOWNSHIP AUDITORS
Township Auditor Richard Baker presented the Board with the 2016 Audit Report. Dr. Baker, Chairman of the Auditors, gave an overview of the financial statements. The year ended with a surplus of $103,000.00. Of that, nearly $79,000.00 was General Fund surplus, with the remainder, $24,800.00, made up of special revenues. The majority of the General Fund surplus was a health insurance refund of $62,580.00. Also, the first of the two flood contracts was settled, with an additional miscellaneous expense reimbursement of $3,600.00. The Board thanked Dr. Baker for the Auditors’ excellent work.

QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
None appearing.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Minutes of the February 15, 2017 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 February Budget, Police, Roads, Treasurer’s, Zoning, and Tri-County COG IBC Inspection Service Reports were presented for approval. Mr. Sheehan made a motion to approve the reports as presented. Mr. Hafner 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 14433—14479 and one electronic funds transfer for $42,316.66. In addition, a Liquid Fuels Fund bill to be paid was presented as check number 1653 for $1,385.34. Mr. Coleman made a motion to approve the bills to be paid, totaling $43,702.00. Mr. Hafner seconded and the motion carried 3-0, with Mr. Eyerly abstaining due to a conflict of interest regarding a Press Enterprise payment, check number 14473.

SUBDIVISION & LAND DEVELOPMENT
Regarding the B.P.O. No. 436 Elks Home Association Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan, Ted Oman, PLS, of Ted L. Oman & Associates, Inc., was present to represent the applicant. He explained the existing shed would be removed to allow for an addition to the side of the building. The County Planning Commission reviewed the Plan. The Township Planning Commission reviewed the Plan and recommended approval. The Township Engineer, Todd Pysher of Pysher & Associates, Inc., had no review comments and for that reason did not prepare a review letter. In a decision at the January 23, 2017 hearing, the Zoning Hearing Board granted variances for relief from the east side setback and for reduction of the required parking spaces based on the overall square footage of the building. Mr. Sheehan made a motion to approve the Land Development Plan. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

Regarding the DEP Sewage Facilities Planning Module for David A. Gensemer, Mr. Oman explained this is needed for a revision to the Township’s Official Sewage Facilities Plan in order for Mr. Gensemer to install a sewer main extension near Beilys Road. The project does not require the approval of the Board of Supervisors or the Planning Commission, with the exception of the Planning Module Component. It includes a Resolution for Plan Revision for New Land Development, which is a standard form from DEP. The Scott Township Authority and the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority are in the process of completing their sections of the Component. The Board tabled this until the April meeting.

Regarding the Lots 1, 2 and 7 Land Development Plan in the County Business Park, Ms. Stasik stated Joshua Hoagland, P.E., of The Crossroads Group, LLC, requested that this be tabled until the April meeting.

Regarding the Shiloh Bible Church Minor Add-on Subdivision Plan, Ms. Stasik stated this would incorporate an approximately 17,000 square-foot parcel, which is owned by Ms. Linda B. Eckroth, into the adjoining lot owned by the Church. The resulting parcel would be approximately 72,000 square feet. No new construction is planned. Mr. Pysher had no review comments and therefore did not provide a review letter. The Township Planning Commission reviewed the Plan and recommended approval. Mr. Hafner made a motion to approve the Subdivision Plan. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

Regarding the two unpaid invoices for reimbursement of engineering review fees, Ms. Stasik requested direction from the Board. Discussion ensued regarding an invoice, dated July 13, 2016, which Mr. William Bauman paid on March 13, 2017. That invoice was to reimburse the Township for Township Engineer Todd Pysher’s site inspection in May of 2016, in response to Mr. Bauman’s request for release of financial security funds. Recently Mr. Bauman requested another release of Letter of Credit funds, which meant Mr. Pysher had to perform another inspection of the property to determine how much of the funds should be released. As a result, additional engineering review fees were incurred. Mr. Coleman made a motion to send a letter to Mr. William Bauman informing him that as soon as the most recent invoice (#904, dated 3/20/2017) is paid, $6,513.00 of the financial security funds will be released. This will retain $14,043.00 of financial security, as recommended by Mr. Pysher in his letter dated February 20, 2017. Mr. Hafner seconded and the motion carried 4-0. The Board discussed the amount owed by Mr. Cory Thackara since June of 2016. Mr. Hafner made a motion to direct Ms. Stasik to pursue a judgment through the District Magistrate’s Office for the fees owed by Mr. Thackara. After further discussion regarding the background on the Thackara Minor Subdivision, Mr. Hafner made a motion to rescind his previous motion. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0. The Township will check into options to prevent payment problems on future subdivisions and land developments.

OLD BUSINESS
Regarding the short-term disability insurance and the life insurance, Mr. Eyerly made a motion to switch the $30,000 life insurance policy to Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. ($189 per month), and to change the short-term disability insurance to a policy that pays 60% of salary, up to $1,000 per week, as offered by Mutual of Omaha ($497 per month). Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

Regarding the Memory Lane private drive agreement, Ms. Stasik stated the necessary homeowners’ signatures with notarization are complete.

Regarding the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program, Mr. Eyerly provided the latest information, including the fact that the Borough of Berwick joined the County coalition.

Regarding the Fire Hydrant Tax, Ms. Stasik update the Board with information on the number of properties that will be added.

Regarding the ordinance to increase the Real Estate Tax rate to 3.18 mills, Mr. Hafner made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 3-22-17 and Mr. Sheehan seconded. The motion carried 4-0.

NEW BUSINESS
Regarding the 2017 flood buyouts, Ms. Stasik informed the Board that PEMA approved $947,007 in grant funding for the Township. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is also involved in the buyout process.

Ms. Stasik noted that the Liquid Fuels Tax Fund payment for this year is $188,177.53, and the Road Turnback Annual Maintenance payment is $5,320.00.

The adoption of ordinances regulating parking, snow removal from sidewalks, and control of dogs was tabled until the April meeting.

Mr. Koons requested permission to purchase a wheel loader, using a portion of the cost from the Liquid Fuels Fund and the remainder borrowed from Township savings. Mr. Koons provided a quote for $91,221.00 from Medico Industries and a quote for $83,997.00 from Cleveland Brothers. Mr. Hafner made a motion to authorize the purchase of the Caterpillar 906M Wheel Loader from Cleveland Brothers for $83,997.00. This a COSTARS purchase. There will be a written memorandum of understanding outlining how the Township will finance this over three years. It will explain how much money will be reimbursed from the Liquid Fuels Fund back to the PLGIT savings account per year, at whatever interest rate the PLGIT account is currently receiving. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

Chief Klingler requested permission to purchase seven Sig Sauer pistols for $2,972.20. In addition, he requested permission to purchase two in-car cameras and three body cameras. Chief Klingler presented two quotes for the cameras. After discussion, he will obtain a third quote and the purchase of the cameras was tabled until the April meeting. Mr. Eyerly made a motion to approve the purchase of seven handguns from Atlantic Tactical for $2,972.20. Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

Mr. Sheehan made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Brittany M. Stasik
Secretary/Treasurer

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