May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013        


Members present: Robert Gunder

                              Wilbur Sanders

                              Kerry Bumbaugh

 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. Twelve residents were in attendance, along with employee Travis Schooley and Zoning Officer, Mike Hansen. 

    2.      There was no initial public comment.

    3.      A TCE and Furnace Road water Project Update was given. Travis Schooley gave a report on the wells. We have two wells at Tarman Springs. Well # one we are going to drill an additional 100 feet to try and get more water at a deeper depth. Well number two initially had a higher yield that well one, but at the pump test, the water is not recharging like initially expected. The 48 hour constant rate test was finished on Monday, it will recover for two days and then we will know what rate it will yield. On Peiffer tract well number 5 is the best well on the property and best well so far. It is producing about 85 gallons per minute.  Preliminarily the well was sustained at 48 gallons per minutes. The cost to permanently case the well would be approximately $47,000. Another well on the Peiffer tract has produced 20 to 30 gallons per minute. These wells are 600 feet apart. They are testing at Tarman Springs to base treatment on and Peiffer is being tested to meet DEP requirements. Even with 12 Gallons per minute we can mix with Peiffer water and 12 gallons per minute we will be able to service Furnace Road. The Board was given a copy of the estimate from Negley’s to clean out well #1 at Tarman Spring’s. Glen Duffield believes that it would be worthwhile to drill well #1 deeper because he does not consider a well 575 feet deep a production well. He considers 800 feet or more a production well. If DEP is going to pay the bill to drill deeper we might as well proceed. We need to get some production out of well #1. Also the condemnation proceedings were discussed. The second appraisal was $32,000; we are going to offer Mr. Bricker $26,750.

    4.      The Dollar General Extension request was approved on a Bumbaugh/Sanders motion. Planning Commission wants a traffic study done and it needs to be completed when Penn State is in session. Motion carried unanimously.

    5.      A Bumbaugh/Sanders motion approved restamping the Donald and Isabelle Hess Lot addition plans. Motion carried unanimously.

    6.      The bids were open for the equipment that the Township had for sale. We received one bid for the 1994 Chevrolet Pickup truck from Jerry Custer. The Bid was for $1079.00. A Bumbaugh/Sanders motion awarded the purchase of the truck to Jerry Custer. Motion carried unanimously.

    7.      The Zoning Officer gave a written report. Mike Hansen informed the Board that the construction materials issue, some progress made in removal. Also Edith Woodlief, Mike contacted her every other day. She has removed two truckloads of materials. It is quite an improvement. Mike will keep reviewing both places.

    8.      A discussion was held on opening a collections account at F & M Trust for water and sewer accounts. A Bumbaugh/Sanders motion approved opening a collections acct and starting quarterly billing with ne bill cycle in September. Motion carried unanimously.

    9.      Supervisor Bumbaugh informed the Board that David Stinson from Freedom Systems will be coming in once a month starting in July to begin work on our billing system for water. Also Freedom is going to send us information on another alternative billing for our sewer and water.

    10.  Tammy Lushabaugh has contacted the office about a drainage problem on Capitol Hill Road. The property owner behind her is getting angry with her about the drainage. The water has always run that way. It would have to be piped somewhere. Supervisor Gunder believes that they need to take another look at the problem.

    11.  Supervisor Gunder informed the Board that we are advertising for adoption of the LERTA program at the May workshop.

    12.  There is a sheriff sale of property on Mormon Church Road. This property is the site of two springs. Wally Koster believes that if we can acquire that property we should as another water source. We can permit surface waters as a water supply. The property is being foreclosed on and will probably go back to the bank. Once that is completed, we can contact the bank about permission to sample the water. Supervisor Sanders believes we should wait until after the Sheriff Sale on May 10th and review at the workshop.

    13.  Supervisor Gunder informed the Board that a letter was received about the COG encouraging townships not to use prevailing wage law. Supervisor Gunder informed the Board that the COG does not do this.

    14.  Final period of public comment, A resident from South Mountain informed the Board that they were pleased to see that the property at the corner of Old Forge Road and South Mountain Road was being cleaned up.

    15.  A question was asked about the amount of tax a non-profit pays. Was informed that the Township does not have this information.

    16.  Gene Flasher informed the Board that he explored the Biesecker Gap Run and found only four bags of deer carcasses, a couch and some trash on the D. L. George property, above the bridge. The State Forestry would like to close off the road through the forest ground.  The problem the Township was dealing with is downstream. The secretary informed the board that Brian from DEP was out last Friday and checked on debris, but not much found. She informed him that the Township had sent letters to residents. He appreciated the help and said if we need his assistance to contact him.

    17.  The meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm. on a Sanders/Gunder motion.