June 21, 2018

June 21, 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.  Three residents, and Corey Kaiser, employee, John High, engineer and Lee Royer, surveyor was in attendance.

     

  2. There was no initial public comment.

 

  1. The Minutes from May 24, 2018 and the bills except those paid to the Supervisors were approved on a Gunder/Wilson motion. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved the water debt service loan modification agreement with M&T and Resolution 2018-5 with the note being extended through the end of this year. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. The delinquent sewer collections by Portnoff have seen some positive movement with 3-4 small payments being received and a few total payoffs since letters were sent out in late April 2018. As of the end of June we have received around $15,000.

 

  1. The Township has received confusing emails from DCED about the State Competitive CDBG grant applications. One email dealing with the Tomstown Road Water Project states DCED would like for the tap fees to be waived for just the low-to-moderate (LMI) income families along the route. The other for the PSL mainline DCED would like everyone along the route to have their tap fees waived. Mr. Gunder and Bumbaugh are going to have a meeting with Phil Tarquino today and if do not think Phil understands the issues they will contact Ted Martin directly. John High does not like seeing the tap fees waived because a portion of the fee ($1500) pays for the meter and connection components. Supervisor Gunder stated if we need to waive just the LMI tap fees, the amount would be around $50K; if for everyone it would be around $100K. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved waiving of all tap fees, if necessary, to not forfeit the opportunity to receive the $722K of CDBG money. Supervisor Gunder and Bumbaugh voted yes and Supervisor Wilson voted no.

 

  1. Mr. Gunder and Mr. Bumbaugh have recently been in contact with the USDA Rural Development representative about long-term financing for the PSL Mainline Project.  The Township can apply for a combination of grants and loans from USDA to be used as our bridge financing. A meeting was held on June 20, 2018 with Sean McElroy a representative from USDA.  Such a loan, if approved, would have a 3.125 % interest rate for 38 years. This would preempt the financing we were going to have done with S&T Bank through the contacts made by Jon Cox, the Township Water Counsel.  It would also augment any funds received through the Statewide Competitive Grant Program. A Wilson/Gunder motion approved applying for bridge financing through USDA. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. A Gunder/ Wilson motion approved a $1500 donation to the Mont Alto Ambulance Association for their paving of the front ramp. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. A Wilson/Gunder motion approved the Marlin Martin Subdivision Plan. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved the Allen Mills Subdivision Plan. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved the Kenneth Hauk Subdivision plan. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1.  The Penn Dot Winter Maintenance Agreement for 2018-2019 has arrived. The agreement is for $25,865.28. A Bumbaugh/Wilson motion approved signing the Winter Maintenance Agreement with Penn DOT. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. Supervisor Gunder informed the Board that the vote by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, originally scheduled for July 17, 2018 will be delayed until September 18, 2018.  This vote will determine if the grants we applied for through the PA Small Water and Sewer Program to construct the sewer line extension along Anthony Highway and the waterline extension on Tomstown Road are approved.

 

  1. Supervisor Bumbaugh informed the Board that Penn Dot has informed us of work being done on the bridge on Anthony Highway on North side of Mont Alto has been delayed until 2019, but we need to sign off on any activities that this could interfere with in Quincy township. A Wilson/Gunder motion approved signing the paper. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1.  Solicitor Fenicle informed the Board that Transource is having an in-person hearing on July 9, 2018 at the PUC.

The PUC wants to know why existing lines and connections cannot be utilized.

 

  1. During the period of final public comment, Dave Fair asked about the deterioration of the pipe under the wall at his property on Shoestring Hill and Anthony Highway. He questioned what the Township was going to do about it since they had flushed the drain pipe in the past to keep the pipe open. There is no documentation to prove that the pipe was placed there by the Township. Also, the wall had to have been constructed over the pipe by someone in the past, presumably by a former property owner. Neither the Township nor the State own the pipe that was apparently placed on Mr. Fair’s private property and unless an easement can be produced between Township and property owner, the Township is not obligated to repair the pipe.

     

  2. Mr. Martin asked what zoning district his property on Manheim Road is in. He was informed that it is commercial. He informed the Board that he was asking because Transource was trying to tell him that it wasn’t commercial property, thus reducing the value of payment they need to make to him as opposed to residential property.

     

  3. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved adjourning to an executive session on property acquisition at 9:30 am.

 

  1. The meeting reconvened at 10:05 AM. A discussion was held on the property litigation. Also, the problem with the waterline on Fox hill Road was discussed. A Gunder/Wilson motion authorized John High to find solution to the problem. He is authorized to drill test pits. Supervisor Gunder and Wilson voted yes. Supervisor Bumbaugh abstained because of a conflict of interest. Motion carried. The water erosion issue on Mr. Bumbaugh’ s property is being covered by his homeowner’s insurance. The Township is projected to start work as soon as possible to find out what the source of the problem is.

 

  1. Dave Fair once again brought up the subject of the drainage pipe on his property. He asked if he could fill it with concrete himself. The Township cannot tell Mr. Fair what to do with the pipe because the pipe is not the Township’s. The Township is not assuming any responsibility if something is done to the pipe and the water goes into the road because the Township does not own the pipe.

 

  1. The meeting adjourned on a Gunder/Bumbaugh motion at 10:12 am.

 

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