August 24, 2017

August 24, 2017


Members present: Kerry Bumbaugh

                              Robert Gunder

                              Edward Wilson

Solicitor: Linus Fenicle                   


1.      Meeting of Quincy Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:30 am by Chairman Bumbaugh followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Three residents were in attendance.


2.      During the period of initial public comment, Frank Mong thanked the road crew for the nice patch job completed on Orphanage Road at 316.


3.      The Minutes from August 10, 2017 were approved on a Gunder/Wilson motion. Motion carried unanimously.


4.      A conditional use hearing was held for Mrs. Coble on Furnace Road for a temporary dwelling unit for Mrs. Coble’s mother who needs close medical attention. Their plan is to convert an existing workshop to living quarters. The conditional use was properly advertised and the property posted. Adjoining neighbors were notified by mail. There weren’t any questions from any neighboring residents. A Wilson/Gunder motion approved the conditional use. Motion carried unanimously. An approval letter will be sent to Mrs. Coble.


5.      A Gunder/Wilson motion approved selling the chipper on Municibid for the highest bid we receive. Motion carried unanimously.


6.      The renting of a chipper from CAT was discussed. If we rent the chipper from CAT with the option to buy the cost would be $6000 for the first month with a total purchase of $17,000 which leaves us with approximately $10,000 to pay after first month’s rental. Supervisor Gunder questioned about where we can get the money. He asked about a Bond account that we have had for over five years for storm water management. The Developer has since passed away and the property has not been developed. The question was asked of our Solicitor what we can do with this bond. He said since the improvements have not been made that we would have to use the money to do the improvements. Since the developer has died, the land has now been sold to someone else and is being used for agriculture purposes. After a discussion on what the Township should do, it was decided that the Township would hold off and research who the new owners are and touch base with them as to their plans for the land.  After the discussion on the Bond, the Board continued their discussion on the purchase of the chipper. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved the purchase of the chipper and if at the end of the year we do not have enough money to pay for the chipper, we will borrow from the Park & Rec Fund and do a Resolution to pay the money back. Motion Carried unanimously.


7.      Penn National Town Center update was given. Discussion with Penn National and Guilford Water Authority was  discussed. Guilford wants representation from Quincy Township to attend meeting with the Authority on August 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. Quincy would like to have master meter installed on Guilford line with private meter for each building.


8.      Dan Baer property still has some vehicles to be removed. The Solicitor has talked to his attorney and that the property is not going to sheriff sale. The Zoning Officer has been instructed to send an enforcement notice.


9.      Supervisor Bumbaugh informed the Board that the County is taxing sheds that are not attached, permanently affixed or have utilities connected to them and that this type of structure is not tax able per the law. Our Solicitor has researched the law and court cases and has found this to be correct. A Bumbaugh/Wilson motion approved having Solicitor Fenicle send a letter to the Franklin County Assessment Office and copy the Franklin County Planning Commission and the Franklin County Commissioners about this legality. Motion carried unanimously.


10.   Supervisor Gunder informed the Board that issues have arisen from the CDBG money that was applied for to pay for the line to Quincy Village. The County did the surveys for low to moderate income families and 15 families did not respond to the survey. So, the County would like to do a third round of surveys. The Township has requested a list of names and asked to be able to help get the surveys completed, but the County stated that they need to do it. The County is going to let the Township know when they will be conducting the surveys so we can encourage the residents to respond to it.


11.   Supervisor Bumbaugh informed the Board that the Liquid fuels project has now been completed.  Also, Winter Maintenance Agreement was agreed to and signed.


12.   During the final public comment period, Jeff Stouffer asked if we also have franchise with Dish and DirecTV like we have with Comcast and was informed we do not because their lines are on the ground where the others have no lines. Also, the Township does not receive all the franchise fee that Comcast collects.


13.   Mr. Stouffer also asked about the speeding on Loop Road. The Speed limit is 55 unless otherwise posted. A Traffic study must be done to change the speed limit. He also asked about having speed bumps placed on the road. If we place a speed bump will lose the Liquid Fuels money from the State for that roads upkeep.


14.   Frank Mong questioned about the purchase of a van for the Township. The Costars price is not feasible so we will be looking at a used vehicle.


15.   Also, Frank asked if we have heard any more about the powerline going through the Township. He was informed that we contact our legislators.


16.   The meeting adjourned at 10:15 am. on a Gunder/Wilson motion.