March 5, 2013

March 5, 2013    


Members present: Robert Gunder

                              Wilbur Sanders

                              Kerry Bumbaugh

Solicitor: John Lisko           

1.      Meeting of Quincy Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 7:00 pm. by Supervisor Gunder followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Eleven residents and Ed Wilson, our sewer plant operator, were in attendance. 

2.      During the initial period of public comment, Gene Flasher asked who owned the property on Masters Road that is being sold.

      3.      The minutes of  February 21, 2013 and the bills except those paid to the Supervisors were approved  on a Bumbaugh/Gunder motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

      4.      A TCE Update was given. The draw down test was done on Friday, February 15 and the recharge was not what they expected. There were also generator problems and another one was completed today and still the recharge was less than what we need. The Geologist believes that if we lower the pump we should be able to get permitted for around 70 GPM. The 70GPM will be able to furnish water to the TCE and Furnace Road site. They will put pump in tomorrow or Friday weather permitting. At the second well site, the first well drilled was unstable. Have drilled a second well, but it is unstable and muddy, so we are going to drill a third well.  Frank Mong asked about drilling a well at the Oil Station, but was informed that there is contamination at that site.

5.      We had a meeting with the Franklin County Planning Commission, The Planning Commission’s Solicitor, and our Solicitor about the Furnace Road Project. The requirements placed on the Township by DEP cannot be met by July 1, 2013, so we are requesting an extension to July 1, 2014. We will need to get NPDES permits for TCE and Furnace Road Projects. When asking for the extension of time the County does not grant the extension, we must request extension from DCED. Frank Mong asked if we are still negotiating with Mont Alto. He was informed that we can still negotiate, but could not build by July 1, 2013.  The plan now is to connect to the Tarman Springs well, by doing so we can save between $250,000 and $300,000.

6.      The Board announced that they have received an email from our Bond Counsel and the bonds will be for sale tomorrow. We will be having a conference call tomorrow morning when the Bonds go on sale. We have a potential to save approximately $600,000.

7.      The Zoning Officer furnished the Board with a copy of the response from Dave Fair about removing materials not being used in the remodeling of his home on Shoestring Hill from his property. Dave has asked for a two to three month extension to remove the materials. Mike has given him 30 days. Mike and Dave are to take inventory this week. A Sanders/ Bumbaugh motion approved giving Dave until the end of April to remove the material. Motion carried unanimously.

8.      Mike Hansen is to send a letter to Mrs. Woodlief about removing the material that is in front of her house and if she doesn’t we will have to seek a court order.

9.      Supervisor had nothing.

10.  Solicitor had nothing.

11.  Tina Scheib asked about the manure management plan which the state has initiated for even one animal that is close to 1000 pounds in weight. The Township doesn’t have that requirement in its Ordinance at the present time. This is a new state law and the Township has no say about it. Frank Mong said that the Extension Office is administering the plans.

12.  Kenny Wilhide under the Right to Know law asked about the Township replacing a wall at Supervisor Bumbaugh Mother’s house. He requested a paper stating completed wall and list of all involved and he questioned about it not being discussed at a public meeting. Mr. Wilhide believes that it is ridiculous to have a lawn service install a wall. Supervisor Sanders had asked that Rex Benchoff, an engineer look at the wall and give an opinion from an engineer’s perspective. Mr. Benchoff wrote a letter stating that to repair the wall, the wall would be unstable. He stated that the wall needed to be replaced due to sanitary sewer line under wall. (Refer to letter dated 9/14/2012). Supervisor Sanders asked Rex Benchoff about repairing just a section of the wall, but he informed Supervisor Sanders that it would be unstable. Supervisors Sanders also informed Mr. Wilhide that we received three proposals for the work. And we used the lowest proposal and also asked if they could even do better on the price. Ed Wilson, sewer plant operator, believes he is getting blamed for the wall being replaced. He informed the Board and residents that he had nothing to do with saying the sewer line caused the wall to crack and no knowledge of what happened. He was not here when the sewer line was installed. He stated that he looked at the wall and saw the crack. He also put a camera through the sewer line under the wall. When the wall was replaced Ed observed that there was very little stone over the pipe and back fill was junk and footer cracked, but did not settle on the pipe. Ed does not know why line was moved from original location. He was informed that when the sewer line was put in DEP and Mike Armel stopped the project and changed the plan. The line under the wall is the main sewer line. The engineering of the line was done by Dennis Black and RUS had to approve the Plans. In the middle of the discussion, Ed Wilson wanted to go on record that he did not say the wall needed replaced, because he is not an engineer. The Solicitor informed him that whether he said so or not an Engineer confirmed that it needed replaced. Ed informed the Solicitor that he wanted it on the record, because he is running for Supervisor.  Solicitor informed Mr. Wilhide that it didn’t matter who said it needed replaced, the main person making that judgment was Rex Benchoff, the engineer and his letter states that it needed replaced, not repaired. Bill Wilhide asked how long the wall was and was informed 40 to 55 feet.

13.  The Board adjourned to an executive session at 8:05 pm.

14.  The Board reconvened at 8:23pm. stating that a discussion was held regarding purchase of property. A Gunder/Bumbaugh motion approved hiring our Solicitor that is handling the water grant with DEP to issue condemnation proceedings if a purchase agreement cannot be resolved. Motion carried unanimously.

15.  The meeting adjourned at 8:27 pm. on a Bumbaugh/Sanders motion.