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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES - MAY 18, 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, William G. Hafner, Frederick D. Ackerman, Jr., and Donald L. Coleman, Sr. Solicitor Anthony J. McDonald from Bull, Bull & McDonald, LLP, Engineer Todd R. Pysher of Pysher & Associates, Inc., Police Sergeant M. Joseph Grassley, Maintenance Supervisor Mark J. Koons, and Secretary/Treasurer Brittany M. Stasik were also in attendance.

BID OPENING FOR PAVING PROJECT
Mr. Koons opened the paving bids for Maple Street, Seiple Drive, Hopper Lane, and Papermill Road, as follows:

    
    BIDDER........................................TOTAL
    Barletta Materials & Construction, Inc...$68,770.80
    Don E. Bower, Inc........................$69,972.00
    HRI, Inc.................................$57,414.00
    Robert C. Young, Inc.....................$68,570.88
    Sokol, Inc...............................$61,446.00.
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.

QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
None appearing.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Minutes of the April 20, 2016 meeting were presented for approval. Mr. Coleman made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Ackerman seconded the motion, which carried 4-0.

APPROVAL OF MONTHLY REPORTS
The April Budget, Police, Roads, Treasurer’s, Zoning, and Tri-County COG IBC Inspection Service were presented for approval. Mr. Ackerman made a motion to approve the reports as presented. Mr. Coleman 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 14004—14032 and two electronic funds transfers for $42,304.81. In addition, Liquid Fuels Fund bills to be paid were presented as check numbers 1617—1618 for $742.88. Mr. Hafner made a motion to approve the bills to be paid, totaling $43,047.69. Mr. Ackerman seconded and the motion carried 3-0, with Mr. Eyerly abstaining due to a conflict of interest regarding the Press Enterprise payment, check number 14029.

SUBDIVISION & LAND DEVELOPMENT
Regarding the Cory Thackara Preliminary/Final Minor Subdivision Plan, Ted Oman, PLS, of Ted L. Oman & Associates, Inc., was present to represent the applicant. Mr. Oman provided an overview of the project. Township Engineer Todd R. Pysher of Pysher & Associates, Inc., reviewed the Plan in a letter dated May 18, 2016, and recommended approval with one condition. The Board tabled this.

Regarding the Bradford W. Gensemer Preliminary/Final Major Subdivision/Land Development Plan, David Drumheller, PLS, of Drumheller Surveying, was present to represent the applicant. He outlined the project for the Board and stated he would be meeting with Mr. Pysher and Barry Travelpiece, P.E., Resource Conservationist for the Columbia County Conservation District, to finalize some of the Plan details.

Regarding the Robert E. Weiss Preliminary/Final Minor Subdivision Plan, Mr. Oman was present to represent Mr. Weiss. He gave a summary of the project, including sewage planning and background on the stormwater management. The Township Planning Commission recommended that the Board of Supervisors authorize their representative to sign the Component 1 Sewage Facilities Planning Module. Mr. Oman noted the Zoning Officer must sign this and either the Chairperson or Secretary of the Governing Body must sign the Module. Mr. Coleman made a motion to authorize Ms. Stasik to sign the Component 1 Sewage Facilities Planning Module on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Ackerman seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

Regarding the Robert E. Weiss Real Estate, LLC, Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan, Mr. Oman was present to represent the developer. Mr. Pysher reviewed the Plan in a letter dated May 18, 2016, and recommended approval with the following two conditions: Provide proof of approval of the E&S Control Plan, and approve the waiver requests as listed in Mr. Oman’s April 20, 2016 letter. Regarding Item #1, the County Conservation District has provided approval of the E&S Control Plan. The County Planning Commission reviewed the Plan. The Township Planning Commission reviewed the Plan and recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve the Plan and grant the waivers requested by Mr. Oman in his letter dated April 20, 2016. Mr. Hafner made a motion to approve the Land Development Plan, with the granting of the waivers as recommended by the Township Engineer and listed below:

  1. Sections 123-12B (15) & 123-13C (1): Plan scale,
  2. Sections 123-12B (17) & 123-13B (23): Sewage planning, and
  3. Section 123-25.C-A: Constructing curbing around the proposed gravel areas.
Mr. Coleman seconded the motion, which carried 4-0.

Regarding the Route 11 Marketplace Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan, Joseph Stachokus, P.E., President of SM Design Group, LLC, gave an overview of the project. The developer, Mariano Enterprises, Inc., is requesting a waiver from Section IV-A-2(B) of the Stormwater Management Ordinance requiring a minimum depth of 48 inches between the bottom of the Infiltration Best Management Practice (BMP) and the limiting zone. Mr. Pysher recommends granting this waiver in light of best practices. At their February 2016 meeting, the Township Planning Commission recommended that the Supervisors grant this waiver. Mr. Pysher reviewed the Plan in a letter dated May 18, 2016, and recommended approval with six conditions. Discussion ensued regarding the stormwater design. The County Planning Commission reviewed the Plan. The Township Planning Commission recommended approval of the Plan with the six conditions as listed in Mr. Pysher’s May 18, 2016 letter. Mr. Coleman made a motion to approve the Land Development Plan with the following conditions and the granting of the waiver for the depth between the bottom of the infiltration system and the limiting zone:

  1. Provide an approved Highway Occupancy Permit from PennDOT, and a completed maintenance and operations agreement between the developer and the Township,
  2. Provide proof of sewage planning approval,
  3. Provide financial security in a form acceptable to the Township Solicitor and in an amount acceptable to the Township Engineer,
  4. Provide a copy of the General NPDES Permit from the County Conservation District,
  5. Provide the surveyor’s seal and signature on sheet C-401, and
  6. Provide a Developer’s Agreement.
Mr. Ackerman seconded. The motion carried 3-1, with Mr. Hafner dissenting.

Regarding the Tri-County Lumber Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan, Mr. Oman provided an overview of the project.

Mr. Dhalas Robbins, of K & S Realty, LLC, showed the Board a preliminary drawing for a proposed project to construct an indoor go-cart track on the parcel adjacent to Skatetown Family Fun Center. He has not purchased that parcel, but is checking into the possibility of using the property for this type of facility.

OLD BUSINESS
Regarding the park grant, Ms. Stasik stated a study committee must be formed. In addition, she will need Mr. McDonald to review the Request for Proposal. The scope of the work cannot include the FEMA buyout properties, only the three parks. According to DCNR, there will not be enough funds to include the buyout properties. Mr. Eyerly directed Ms. Stasik to reach out to the Planning Commission regarding serving on the study committee.

Regarding the Workers’ Compensation Insurance risk assessment, Ms. Stasik reviewed the guidelines that she reported on at the April meeting. Mr. Eyerly made a motion to establish a safety committee. The motion died for lack of a second.

Mr. Pysher stated he attended the most recent Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) meeting that the County held. Columbia County has requested a needs assessment from all municipalities. Mr. Pysher suggested that the Board provide Ms. Stasik with some direction on what requirements they see the County needing to provide. He added that the Township has three options. Number one would be the County staff would handle all the administration with the exception of anything that would have to be prepared by an outside consultant. The second option would be to hire an outside consultant to handle everything, and third would be for the municipalities to handle everything on their own. Mr. Pysher and Mr. McDonald recommended the first option as the best. They recommended that the Township join with the County rather than hiring a consultant on an individual municipality basis. Mr. Pysher stated there is a requirement for annual reports that the Township must complete along with documenting of certain good housekeeping measures, but he recommends that the Township allow the County to do all the items that it can do. Mr. Eyerly and Mr. McDonald suggested that Ms. Stasik contact Mr. Eric Stahley for input regarding the Township’s needs assessment, which must be completed by the end of the month.

NEW BUSINESS
Regarding the resolution adopting guidelines for the police when making authorized warrantless summary arrests, Mr. McDonald stated that the police already have that authority under the proper statutes. He also spoke with Thomas Leipold, District Attorney, and they are both of the opinion that there would be no harm in passing this resolution. Mr. Eyerly suggested tabling this until the next meeting so the Board has an opportunity to review the resolution.

Regarding the codification of the ordinances, Ms. Stasik reported that General Code Publishers informed her that the process will take about two years and would cost between $10,000 and $20,000. The representative stated he could provide a cost estimate after he receives the ordinances that were passed in the last nine years, and he recommended that the updates should be provided annually to General Code.

Mr. Koons informed the Board of the problems with one of the municipal building’s furnaces. Mr. Eyerly made motion to authorize Mr. Koons to obtain quotes for a gas furnace, to review the quotes and make a decision with his committee members, Mr. Coleman and Mr. Sheehan. Mr. Hafner seconded and the motion carried 4-0.

Mr. Coleman made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Ackerman seconded and the motion carried 4-0. At 8:04 p.m., the Board adjourned into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.

Respectfully submitted,
Brittany M. Stasik
Secretary/Treasurer

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