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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES - AUGUST 17, 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 6:31 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 Sergeant M. Joseph Grassley, and Secretary/Treasurer Brittany M. Stasik were also in attendance.

QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
None appearing.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Minutes of the July 20, 2016 meeting were presented for approval. Mr. Hafner made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Coleman seconded the motion, which carried 5-0.

APPROVAL OF MONTHLY REPORTS
The July 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. Coleman 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 14093—14172 and one electronic funds transfer for $77,191.74. In addition, Liquid Fuels Fund bills to be paid were presented as check numbers 1626—1631 for $2,392.41. Mr. Ackerman made a motion to approve the bills to be paid, totaling $79,584.15. Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 3-0, with Mr. Coleman abstaining due to a conflict of interest regarding the Sokol, Inc., payment, check number 14125, and Mr. Eyerly abstaining due to a conflict of interest regarding the Press Enterprise payment, check number 14157.

SUBDIVISION & LAND DEVELOPMENT
Regarding the Bradford Gensemer Developer’s Agreement, Mr. Eyerly made a motion to authorize the Chairman and the Secretary to sign the Agreement. Mr. Hafner seconded and the motion carried 5-0.

Regarding the James M. Geffken Preliminary/Final Minor Subdivision Plan, Ted Oman, PLS, of Ted L. Oman & Associates, Inc., explained the property is located on the south side of Third Street in Espy. This is an existing lot with two primary structures, one single-family dwelling and one mobile home. Mr. Geffken desires to subdivide the property nearly equally so that each structure is on its own individual lot. Township Engineer Todd Pysher reviewed the Plan in a letter dated August 15, 2016, and had two comments. Comment #1 recommends that a note should be place on the plan stating that upon removal of any existing structure, any replacement structure must meet building setback requirements that are in effect at the time of the zoning/building permit application for building replacement. Comment #2 recommended requiring three front yard setbacks, because both lots would have frontage on three roadways. Mr. Oman stated that after discussion with Ms. Stasik regarding the Ordinance’s definition of an alley as a secondary access, the plan depicts the front yard setback only for Third Street. Mr. McDonald agreed that Third Street should be the only side of the property that must meet the front setback requirement. The County Planning Commission reviewed the Plan. The Township Planning Commission reviewed the Plan and recommended approval with the condition that the mobile home is removed. Mr. Eyerly made a motion to approve the Subdivision Plan, with the following conditions:

  1. The note must be placed on the Plan as outlined in Comment #1 in Mr. Pysher’s review letter; and
  2. The only front of the property is to be considered Third Street.
Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 5-0.

The Board tabled Brown’s Landscaping, LLC, Preliminary Land Development Plan.

OLD BUSINESS
Regarding the codification of the ordinances, Ms. Stasik noted that General Code Publishers Corp, has prepared an electronic version of the current Ordinance and it is available online.

NEW BUSINESS
Regarding the Bloomsburg Public Library, Ms. Rebecca Frost, one of the Township’s two representatives to the Library’s Board of Directors, outlined some of the Library’s programs and stressed that libraries continue to provide essential services. Lydia Kegler, Director and Head Librarian, gave a presentation to the Board. Ms. Frost asked if information could be added to the Township’s website making the residents aware that membership is free of charge for all Township residents. Denise Snyder, President of the Board of Directors, explained some of the financial challenges that the Library is facing.

Regarding the Solicitor’s law firm change, Mr. Eyerly noted that at the April 20, 2016 meeting the firm of Bull, Bull & McDonald, LLP was appointed as the Township Solicitor, with Mr. McDonald as primary counsel. Mr. McDonald is now with the firm of Marinos, McDonald & Knecht LLP. Mr. Coleman made a motion to appoint Marinos, McDonald & Knecht LLP as the Township Solicitor, with Anthony J. McDonald, Esquire, as primary counsel and Richard W. Knecht, Esquire, as secondary. Mr. Ackerman seconded and the motion carried 5-0.

Ms. Stasik presented a copy of the Township zoning map recently prepared by the County Geographic Information Systems Office. This map depicts additional developments, roadways, and zoning changes made since the printing of the existing map, which was prepared in the 1990s. Mr. Coleman made a motion to accept the County GIS map as the Township’s official zoning map. Mr. Ackerman seconded and the motion carried 5-0.

Ms. Theresa Yatko, Mr. Clark Long and two other residents expressed concern regarding the increasing number of geese in Carroll Park. Discussion ensued regarding the extent of the problem, the causes, and possible remedies that would not violate State laws or Township ordinances. Mr. Long expressed concern regarding speed limit posting in the development. Mr. McDonald noted that there is a speed limit on streets even if they are not posted. Mr. Long requested information about ownership of the right-of-way on his property. Mr. Eyerly encouraged the residents to come to the Township offices so the necessary research can be done to effectively answer their questions.

Mr. Coleman made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Sheehan seconded and the motion carried 5-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:19 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Brittany M. Stasik
Secretary/Treasurer

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