February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016


Members present: Kerry Bumbaugh

                              Robert Gunder

                              Ed Wilson

Solicitor: Linus Fenicle                     


1.      Meeting of Quincy Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:30 a.m. by Chairman Bumbaugh followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.   John High, Engineer, and eleven residents were in attendance and a reporter from the Record Herald.

2.      During the initial period of public comment, Norman Blubaugh, asked the Supervisors about the Tomstown on Pump being preserved. Funding is the issue for preserving the pump. The Tomstown Pump might meet the criteria for the Franklin County Tourism Grant. A section of the Second Class Township Code permits the Supervisors to appropriate funding for a historical site. The Pump would have to be listed on the historical registry in order to be eligible for historical grants. Years past Supervisor Gunder looked at having the pump moved back. The Blue Rock church would probably donate the ground, but biggest obstacle is Penn DOT permits and legal issues since the Township does not own nor maintain the water line or the pump. The Supervisors did mention it to Phil Tarquino at County Planning Office and he indicated there is a chance it could be eligible under the Tourism Grant program. A community action committee could be started to get money to preserve the pump and apply for such a grant. Committee would need permission from the people that the water line services before taking any action. The Township does not own the line or pump and does not have the legal authority to move it.

3.      The Minutes of February 2, 2016 were approved as written on a Gunder/Wilson motion. Motion carried unanimously.

4.      TCE Contract 102, we have received our third payment request. It is in the amount of $342,611.55. The contractor is 46% done with the overall project. Phase 1 is completed except for the testing. Once test is completed and DEP approves we will be able to connect phase one properties and then HRI will test phase 2. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved the third payment to HRI. Motion carried unanimously.

5.      Well # 7, exploratory well, they are on site today putting a plug in the bottom. There were issues during the drilling at 588 ft. the drilling equipment got stuck in the well. There are two major water bearing zones. They would like to develop the upper half at 450 ft. or above. They may decide to offset and drill second well up gradient of well #7.   It will cost approximately $4200 to develop well # 7 and pump for two weeks A Wilson/Gunder motion authorized the $4200 expenditure for well #7. Motion carried unanimously.

6.      PSL Connection & Well #1 Evaluation/Testing cost proposals was discussed. Dep is mandating that backup wells starting in 2017 must be tested. Well # 1 at Quincy Village has issues. The pump in the pump house is not working. Negley’s will charge us $1995 to set pump at well # 1 and geologist doing all tests will cost us $12,665 doing just the major tests will cost us $11,665 We could also do tests ourselves and then decide if well should be abandoned or repaired. A Wilson/Gunder motion approved doing tests ourselves. Motion carried unanimously.

7.      A Gunder/Wilson motion approved paying the stream crossing fees to the Franklin County Conservation District for $500 and to DEP for $900. Motion Carried unanimously.

8.      Franklin County Planning Commission has been contacted about the Old Forge Bridge and adding to the County TIP sheet. We have applied for an intermodal grant for Old Forge Bridge but have not gotten a response as of the present time. A Wilson/Gunder motion approved writing a letter to the Franklin County Planning Commission requesting that Old Forge Bridge be placed on the county TIP sheet. Motion carried unanimously.

9.      Resolution 2016 – 7, Internal Records Control was discussed. Solicitor Fenicle explained the resolution and that it would control the procedure or process as to how the Township records are reviewed and copied apart from the Right to Know request received. Internal control needs to be taken for the Township Records. Supervisor Wilson said the resolution was being enacted to control him.  Frank Mong asked for the residents  to hear what was written in the resolution. Supervisor Wilson read the Resolution. Eugene Flasher asked why Ed was not made the records officer. Explanation given is that Ed is an elected official but not a Township Employee as confirmed at the Reorganization Meeting.  Connie Mong stated that all three Supervisors should be made records officers. Kenny Wilhide asked if Ed was being kept abreast of issues in the Township. Ed informed him that he has received nothing. That he has to approve bills without seeing them. He stated that there is friction here and he didn’t start it. Ed informed the residents that we will start from this point on and work together. Frank Mong stated that the Township needs the regulation of records addressed, but could make all Supervisors alternates. And automatic overtime should be paid if records need to be reviewed after normal working hours. Connie Mong informed the Board that the residents want to see the Board work together and that is the only way to get things done is team work. Frank Mong suggested that the Resolution be tabled until next month’s meeting and the Board work on it together. A Wilson/Gunder motion approved tabling the Resolution until a meeting can be held to work out any issues. Motion carried unanimously.

10.  A Wilson/ Gunder motion approved installing 5 static IP addresses for the SCADA System. Motion carried unanimously.

11.  A Gunder/Wilson approved waterline bores from Perry Crouse if under quote prices. Motion carried unanimously.

12.  Supervisor Bumbaugh informed the Board that the main furnace at the office is old and has used a large amount of fuel this winter. The Board members are going to get quotes from several vendors for a new furnace.

13.  Zack from the Record Herald asked questions about why a records policy now when there has not been any before. The main reason is that copies were made after hours and don’t know if records have been removed from Township office. Basically it is good management practices to have a policy.

14.  Travis Schooley interrupted the meeting because the well drillers are at well #7 and it has caved in at 458 feet. Travis needs to give the drillers an answer as to what the Board wants done now. A Bumbaugh/Wilson motion approved cleanout well based on hydrogeologist recommendation. Motion carried unanimously.

15.  The wells at Quincy Village were discussed.

16.  A Bumbaugh/Gunder motion at 10:45 approved holding an executive session on a personnel issue.

17.  The Board reconvened at 11:30 am with a Wilson/Gunder motion approving Corey Kaiser as the Road foreman on a six month probation at a rate of $19 an hour. Also A Gunder/ Wilson motion approved a raise in the hourly rate for Matthew Birely to $18 an hour because Matt will be floating between Road crew, sewer plant and water plant. Motion carried unanimously.

18.  Supervisor Gunder would like clarification on whether we are doing the installation of laterals or bidding out the lateral installations. The CDBG project for Furnace Road we received funding to hook people up, but next portion will not be receiving CDBG funding unless State Competitive Grant is approved. We may have to bid the lateral installations. We should get pricing on boring to meter pit and then to the house and a price on boring for mainline to meter pit.

19.  The meeting adjourned at 11:35a.m. on a Wilson motion..