December 20, 2012

December 20, 2012            

 

Members present: Robert Gunder

                           Kerry Bumbaugh

                           Wilbur Sanders

               

 1.      Meeting of Quincy Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:32 am. by Chairman Gunder followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Two residents, two representatives from FCADC and Mark Bard were present.

         2.      Wally Koster, the hydro-geologist, discussed the well drilling at Tarman Springs. We have a well that is producing approximately 75 gallons per minute at a depth of 525 feet. They would like to drill to 575 to see if production can increase. The formation we have hit seems to be solid and we would like to camera the well. Wally believes we should call in experts about the pipe to be used in casing the well. The well meets state regulations and Wally would like to proceed with the step test. There is turbidity which is normal in newly drilled wells and there are turbidity requirements that will have to be met. Before we case the well we will proceed with the step test and video taping of well.

         3.      The Minutes of December 4, 2012 were approved on a Bumbaugh/Sanders motion. Motion carried unanimously.

         4.      Ordinance #144, Cable Franchise Agreement was approved on a Bumbaugh/ Sanders motion. Motion carried unanimously.

         5.      Ordinance #145, Pension Plan Amendment was approved on a Bumbaugh/Sanders motion. Motion carried unanimously.

         6.      The Public Hearing for the Seven year Agricultural review was opened. Being there were no requests for admittance or removal to the Agricultural Security Area the hearing was closed with the Agricultural Security Area staying the same.

         7.      A briefing was given on the LERTA, Local economic Revitalization Tax Abatement Program. The tax abatement program only includes industrial and commercial properties qualify for this program. The Township would establish the zone and properties included and they should contact the school district and county about opting in on the areas. Any improvements to property in the Township’s defined area that make an improvement to that property, the improvement is subject to the tax abatement. The abatement period can be anywhere from five to ten years before having to pay the full tax on the improvement. The Township is considering developing the area by tax parcels and using the present zoning map. The supervisors are going to talk to Mike Christopher from Washington Township to get more information and also contact the School District and County. A Sanders/ Bumbaugh motion approved pursuing the LERTA concept. Motion carried unanimously.

         8.      Charles Pentz and Mark Bard asked the Supervisors for permission to connect property near Hess Manufacturing to Mont Alto Water and Sewer when the property is purchased and developed. Mr. Pentz and Mr. Bard were informed that Quincy Township is looking at exploring a water well in that area of the Township. Mr. Pentz is looking at a five year plan or longer for development. The Supervisors believe this could be the time to expand our sewer line in that area and also connect Angle’s property. They would not have a problem allowing Mr. Pentz to connect one unit to Mont Alto, but if further development would occur they will need to revisit the request.

         9.      A Sanders/ Bumbaugh motion approved doing an exploratory well on the tract of land that is owned by Orrstown Bank which was owned by David and Heather Peiffer before the Bank took it over. Motion carried unanimously.

       10.  The Board is making progress on the agreement for water on Furnace Road. The connection design went to DEP and also to Bill Hill at Hill and Associates the engineer for Mont Alto. The building design was not included.

        11.  Resolution 2012-7 A Bond Issuance for Sewer Indebtedness was approved on a Bumbaugh/Sanders motion which authorized signing by Chairman of Board. Rhoads and Sinon prepared the resolution The Total savings will be approximately $797,000 and total savings to the Authority after expenses will be $615,000. Motion carried unanimously.

        12.  A Bumbaugh/Sanders motion reappointed Walter Tennis to the Zoning Hearing Board. Motion carried unanimously. The Chairman of the Board is to send a letter of commendation to Walter for his years of service.

        13.  Rich Adkins has done a tremendous job on the Park pamphlet and getting quotes for the Park sign to be placed at the entrance to the Park. The Supervisors are going to give Rich a token of our appreciation at the Christmas dinner today. Also The Board is sending a gift card and card on Ernie Tarner’s retirement from the County.

        14.  The Dan Long Land development Plan was reviewed at this time.

        15.  We have received comments from Martin & Martin and a copy was given to Mark Bard to address. After a short discussion, the Board approved the plan on a Bumbaugh/Sanders motion with the Martin & Martin Comments being addresses, SEO looking at septic system and a note on the plan from SEO , notes on storm water access, NPDES permitting being completed, HOP requirements from Both Township and Penn DOT being received. Motion carried unanimously.

        16.  Resolution 2012-8, Fixing the 2013 Real Estate Tax Rate was approved on a Bumbaugh/Sanders motion. Motion carried unanimously.

        17.  Supervisor Bumbaugh informed the Board that the mower from B. Equip will not be able to mount on the new tractor without some modifications being made. The Township does not want to more than the quoted price for the modifications. If B. Equip. will do modifications without a price increase we will be able to get the tractor. If we cannot we will have to purchase a John Deere before the price increases. A Gunder/ Sanders motion approved purchasing a John Deere tractor if other price increases to avoid increase in price due to new regulations. Motion carried unanimously.

         18.  Supervisor Gunder asked the Board if they wanted to make a contribution to Medic 2, which we have not done before. The Board agreed to look at the yearend budget and then decide.

        19.  During the final period of public comment, Dave Fair asked for an extension on removing materials from his property. He has sold his other home and would like a six month extension. Dave is to submit a letter and then the Board would approve an extension.

        20.  Also the Board would like Mike Hansen to send another letter to Mrs. Woodlief to move materials or the Township will remove it and bill her.

        21.  Dave Fair also questioned about replacing an existing shed on property at 8548 Anthony Highway. The Shed at the present time is 18 inches off the property line and they would like to place the new shed in the same place. The shed was pre-existing and as long as does not encroach any further toward the property line it can be placed there.

        22.  The Board adjourned to an executive session at 10:00 am.

        23.  The Board reconvened at 10:40 am, they discussed personnel issues and a misunderstanding and clarification was made.

        24.  The meeting adjourned at 10:45 am, on a Bumbaugh/Gunder motion.