January 18, 2018

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 am by Chairman Bumbaugh followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Thirty residents, Travis Schooley, Ray Geesaman, Corey Kaiser and Dustin from the Record Herald were in attendance.


2.       There was no initial public comment.


3.       The Minutes from January 2, 2018 were approved on a Wilson/Gunder motion. Motion carried unanimously.


4.       A meeting is scheduled between the Board of Supervisors and Mont Alto Municipal Authority to discuss the water supply for the Penn National Town center on February 8, 2018.


5.       A draft letter has been sent by the Township’s Solicitor to the BB&T about the Community Association’s Trust Fund. The Solicitor is waiting to hear from the Bank and the letter will need to be sent to the Attorney General’s office for approval.


6.       The South Mountain Fire Department responded to a building fire and some of the Emergency Responders rescued a lady from that building. She is now recovering from her injuries. The Board would like to present the Emergency Responders with a certificate of recognition. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved presenting the responders with a certificate of recognition for the brave efforts. Motion carried unanimously.


7.       The South Mountain Fire company has purchased a used ambulance to replace an older one. The company is asking for a donation toward the purchase of the ambulance. A Wilson/ Gunder motion approved a donation of $2500 toward the cost of the ambulance. Motion carried unanimously.


8.       The Mountain Valley Saddle Club Members addressed the Board. Gwen Gates presented the Board with petitions signed by members and interested persons, requesting that the grounds owned by the saddle Club be kept with the Township. Several members and past members of the club spoke about their dissatisfaction with the way in which the supposed merger with Silver Star took place and the fact that the club president is suspending members arbitrarily. The members wished that before the club grounds were put up for sale, that the membership was given the opportunity to know that the Township was interested in purchasing the grounds for the park and vote accordingly. Gwen Gates also stated that the by-laws state that the grounds cannot be sold but must be given to a charity if club is ever disbanded. Linda Golden stated from being involved with Land Preservation that it makes sense to be made a part of the park which preserves the land for future generations. The grounds belonging to the Township seems to comply with most of the wishes of the community. From all the phone calls received by Township officials everyone would like to see the grounds belong to Township.


9.       Resolution 2018-2, PA Small Water and Sewer Program for the Tomstown mainline extension was approved on a Gunder/Wilson Motion. Motion carried unanimously.


10.   Supervisor Bumbaugh informed the Board that a letter was sent to the PUC about the Power line. Kim Roberts also said there is going to be meeting at the Quincy Ox Roast Association on January 27, 2018.


11.    The Solicitor had nothing to present.


12.   A Gunder/Wilson motion approved an executive session at 10:00 am for the consideration of purchase of property. Motion carried unanimously.


13.   The Board reconvened at 10:30 am. The Board informed the residents that the discussion they had made in executive session with respect to eminent domain was not an easy decision. Eminent Domain is the action of last resort to acquire this land. If the property goes to auction it will have to be announced that the Township has approved the use of eminent domain. The Board is very limited in being able to negotiate the price for this property. The Township must use the appraisals they obtain; not the one that the Saddle Club obtains when negotiating a price. A Bumbaugh/Gunder motion authorized obtaining a second and possibly a third appraisal for the Saddle club property. Motion carried unanimously. Also, due to auction time constraints (land is scheduled for auction on February 6), Bumbaugh/Gunder motion approved Resolution 2018-3, Declaration of Taking, for the Township to use the eminent domain process to acquire the Saddle Club grounds in order to make it part of the Township Park. Supervisor Wilson voted no with an explanation that he is voting no due to having family in the past who had their property taken by eminent domain. Supervisor Wilson also stated that he is being cautious because we really don’t know who owns the property. He would like to see it remain and hopes everything works out okay.


14.   The meeting adjourned on a Gunder/Bumbaugh motion at 10:55 am.