350 Tenny Street | Bloomsburg, PA 17815-3251
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MINUTES - APRIL 19, 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.

Ms. Stasik opened the paving bids for 5th Street Hollow Road, as follows:

    Barletta Materials & Construction, Inc....$127,172.60
    HRI, Inc..................................$125,548.80
    M & J Excavation Inc......................$146,286.20
    Pikes Creek Site Contractors..............$203,593.69
    Sokol, Inc................................$145,948.60.
Mr. Coleman made a motion to award the bid to HRI, Inc., pending review and approval by the Solicitor and PennDOT. Mr. Hafner seconded; the motion carried 4-0.

None appearing.

Minutes of the March 22, 2017 meeting were presented for approval. Mr. Sheehan made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Coleman seconded the motion, which carried 4-0.

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

The General Fund bills to be paid were presented as one transfer of electronic funds and check numbers 14483—14523 for $59,906.19. In addition, Liquid Fuels Fund bills to be paid were presented as check numbers 1654—1655 for $2,273.08. Mr. Hafner made a motion to approve the bills to be paid, totaling $62,179.27. Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 3-0, with Mr. Eyerly abstaining due to a conflict of interest regarding a Press Enterprise payment, check number 14513.

Regarding the DEP Sewage Facilities Planning Module for David A. Gensemer, Ted Oman, PLS, of Ted L. Oman & Associates, Inc., was present to represent the applicant. Mr. Oman explained that Scott Township Authority has reviewed and completed its section of the Component 3 Module. Mr. Coleman made a motion to approve Resolution 4-19-17, which is the Resolution for Plan Revision for New Land Development, and to authorize the Secretary to sign the Resolution on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

Regarding the Tri-County Lumber Land Development, Ms. Stasik provided an update to the Board. The Developer will provide the Letter of Credit.

Regarding the Lots 1, 2 and 7 Land Development Plan in the County Business Park, after discussion, the Board directed Ms. Stasik to remove this from the agenda until the applicant has made a formal submittal.

Regarding the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program, Mr. Koons stated the mapping of the outfalls is complete. This stage of the process took approximately two and one-half days and 405 inlets and outlets were mapped.

Regarding the Fire Hydrant Tax, Ms. Stasik stated Renae Newhart, Office Manager for the County Tax Assessment Office, is finalizing the list of the properties to add.

Regarding the ordinances regulating parking, snow removal from sidewalks, and control of dogs, the Board reviewed these. Mr. McDonald recommended changing the language outlining the fines in the snow removal ordinance. Discussion ensued regarding whether an ordinance is necessary for the control of dogs, because there is State law that governs this. Mr. Eyerly suggested narrowing the scope of the ordinance to pet waste removal and disturbing the peace and enforcement. This agenda item was tabled until the May meeting.

Regarding the police cameras, Chief Klingler stated he obtained a third telephone price quote, as directed at the last meeting. Of the three, WatchGuard Video is the only company that provided a total price. The other two companies, TASER International (now Axon) and Digital Ally Inc., have an additional annual fee for web-based software and storage. Chief Klingler recommended purchasing from WatchGuard Video. After discussion, Mr. Hafner made a motion to approve the purchase of two in-car cameras from WatchGuard Video, at a cost of $4,795.00 per camera, and to budget for the purchase of two more cameras in 2018. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

Regarding the police body cameras, Chief Klingler again recommended purchasing from WatchGuard Video. After reviewing the options, Mr. Eyerly recommended that the Chief check with WatchGuard to try to negotiate a bundle price. This was tabled until the May meeting.

Regarding the telephone and internet provider, Chief Klingler and Ms. Stasik explained some of the difficulties with the current system. The problems with the building’s phone service began after the switch in 2015 from Verizon landline phone service to wireless service. Regarding the internet service, the Township pays $40.00 per month for Verizon broadband, but there are difficulties because of the slow download speed. Internet provided by Service Electric Cablevision is available for either a one-year term or three-year. Contracting for three years would save the installation fee of $249.95 and would reduce the cost by $10.00 per month. Jon Benfield, Manager of the Scott Township Authority, expressed interest in changing to cable internet for their offices, and the STA may be willing to share the cost. Discussion ensued regarding whether a bundle plan for both phone and internet is available from Service Electric. Ms. Stasik stated she will double-check but the company representative told her that they do not offer that discount. The cost per phone line would be approximately $47.00 per month, whereas the Township is currently paying approximately $20.00 per line. Mr. Sheehan made a motion to approve the change to Service Electric Cablevision as the broadband internet provider for a three-year period, which would eliminate the installation fee and reduce the monthly charge by $10.00 per month, at the download speed of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) for $139.95 per month. Mr. Coleman seconded and the motion carried 4-0. The Board directed Ms. Stasik to research the cost of improving the telephone service by switching to the cable system or returning to landline service.

Mr. Coleman made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 4-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Brittany M. Stasik

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