March 21, 2013

March 21, 2013

 

Members present: Robert Gunder

                              Kerry Bumbaugh

                               Wilbur Sanders

Solicitor: John Lisko

 

1.      Meeting of Quincy Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:40 am. by Chairman Gunder followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. One resident, five employees, Travis Schooley, Ed Wilson, Corey Kaiser, Donald Izer, Jr., Sue Bowman, Mark Bard from All Land Services and Two representatives for the Dollar General Store Plans were in attendance.

2.      There was no initial public comment.

3.      The Minutes of March 5, 2013 were approved on a Sanders/Bumbaugh motion. Motion carried unanimously.

4.      A Public Hearing for a rezoning request from Charlie Pentz for Property on Anthony Highway was called to order. There are 7.2 acres which Mr. Pentz would like to have rezoned commercial for the purpose of placing storage units, the northern portion which is approximately 45 acres is in the R 2 district and there is no use indicated on the plans the Township has received at the present for that portion. There are no comments from the property ad joiners. A Bumbaugh/sanders motion approved granting the rezoning request of Charlie Pentz. Motion carried unanimously.

5.      The Tomstown TCE Water Project Update was given. The Tarman Springs well and storage unit plans are underway. A 4 inch pump has been put in the well and the step test will be done next week and hoping for better results and to determine the volume accurately. It looks like at least 70 GPM.  The design for the complex which includes the building and storage tank is being completed by William Brindle Associates. On the Peiffer tract, we have drilled three wells. The third well, we have had some success with and the initial estimate of production for the well is 75 GPM. The well is down 440 feet. It has been pumped and clear water is being produced 207,000 gallons have been pumped out without any loss of volume. The geologist is going ahead with the predrilling plan and the engineer is going ahead with the NPDES. Supervisor Sanders asked if we have an offer in on the Peiffer tract. He was informed we had an appraisal, but has not gone to the realtor with an offer yet.

6.      The Furnace Road Water Project update was given. There is a meeting with DCED and DEP at 1:30 pm on April 2nd. This is about our extension request.  Even if we would be connecting to Mont Alto’s system, with DEP”S requirements we still could not have met the July 1st deadline. The drawings and the well results should be in by the meeting date.

7.      Bob Gage and Mike Swank, representing the Dollar General Plans submitted to the Township were in attendance to discuss the requirements for the plan. The plans are being reviewed by Martin & Martin and traffic management needs to be addressed. Mike Swank has requested a copy of the traffic study for Royal Farms. Solicitor Lisko will review and let right to know officer if a copy can be released to them. Mike Swank stated that they have met with Penn Dot to discuss the traffic. The store on average generates 138 trips Based on the ITE manual it does not meet warrants for a traffic study. Penn Dot gave a class on traffic study and new regulations are going into effect. When the meeting between the Township, Dollar General Representatives and Penn Dot was held Penn Dot left the traffic study decision in the Township hands. Based on Penn DOT standards a traffic study isn’t warranted. The Township is concerned considering they have met with Penn Dot on the Royal Farms plans with in the past six months. If Dollar General Plans had been submitted first would not have to take Royal Farms plans into consideration. Mr. Swank and Mr. Gage addressed the letter from the Township about $40,000 (1/5 of cost of traffic light and $4,000 maintenance fee per year starting in 2016. The Dollar General Store’s gross receipts per year are around $1,000,000. They would agree to pay a fee in lieu of a traffic study, but cannot pay $40,000 and $4,000 a year maintenance fee. Julie Baker the property owner called the Supervisors and was concerned that something new had been thrown out and that the Township was out of line. Once she was informed about the concern with Royal Farms having plans, she understood the situation. When it comes to the traffic in that area. The Dollar General and Royal Farms would be tipping the scale when it comes to the traffic in that vicinity. Mike Swank questioned the amount Royal Farms would have to pay for traffic light and he was informed that it could be higher than what is being requested from Dollar General. SO when a new business comes in that changes the scope of the traffic. Also there is no law that requires businesses already in existence to contribute to the cost of the light. Bob Gage asked if traffic light would be needed if Dollar General Store does not go in. He was informed that it would not. Solicitor Lisko suggested Dollar General talk with Royal Farms. Bob Gage informed the Board that Dollar General’s budget has already been set and that $40,000 would kill their budget. He asked the Township if they would be willing to negotiate the $40,000. Bob Gage informed that Board that they would be willing to set aside in an escrow account $10,000.becasue the store is not a destination store and it would only generate approximately 10 cars per hour. They were asked why it had to be on that road and Supervisor Bumbaugh stated because of the amount of traffic on that road. Bob Gage asked about the property tax the Township would receive and Supervisor Sanders informed him that the tax base in Quincy Township is very low compared to other municipalities. Supervisor Sanders informed Mr. Gage that we really do not recoup much tax wish in the Township. We received ½ percent of the EIT tax. Supervisor sanders also said that in the area being considered for the Dollar General Store that the businesses in that area are good community people and may consider contributing to the cost and maintenance of the light. Bob Gage asked what the Township would accept being placed in an escrow account. If Royal Farms with draws their plans then Dollar General would only have to do a traffic study .The Township is going to furnish the contact information to Bob Gage for Royal Farms. Supervisor Sanders requested that Dollar General send an email about the $10,000 proposal of placing it in an escrow account. Bob Gage Asked if any of the surrounding residents opposed the store. He was informed that some residents have approached the Township with concerns. Dollar General is to let the Township know by 4:30 pm. whether they want to go ahead with the plans on the planning Commission meeting on Monday, March 25, 2013.Solicitor Lisko suggested to Dollar

General that the contact Royal Farms and some of the existing businesses.

8.      The Township is having problems with the 920. A representative from CAT has offered to give us $15,000 trade in toward a new machine. We would have to lease a machine during the water line construction, but we can do on a minimum payment plan until used more and then make a larger payment.$4900 would be the cost for a lease, but a long term payment would be $4600 This includes forks and side dump bucket. Supervisor Sanders asked if this is all the equipment that we need to purchase. Supervisor Sanders said that since the equipment was a 1984it needs updated and if we can finance that we it is a piece of equipment that will be used on roads as well as for projects, so he doesn’t have a problem with it. Supervisor Sanders said that he is not going to favor purchasing anymore equipment. Solicitor Lisko stated that for a small Township, we are doing a lot compared to other Townships. A Bumbaugh/Sanders motion approved purchasing the loader to replace the 1984. Motion carried unanimously. Joe Scorn stated that the equipment should be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

9.      Supervisor Bumbaugh informed the Board that the road crew has been working on drainage and cleanup projects and working at the park.

10.  Supervisor Gunder has forwarded the proposal for the flag pole at the Park to the VFW and also, American Legion. Supervisor Sanders will take the proposal to the Owls Club.

11.  Supervisor Sanders asked about the cleanup of the trailer at the Nunnery. Supervisor Bumbaugh talked to Dan Baer about the Township cleaning up the trailer. Supervisor Sanders questioned whether anything in writing. Supervisor Gunder would like to see the platform burned or covered up.

12.  Final Period of Public comment was nothing.

13.  The Board adjourned to an executive session at 9:55 am.

14.  The Board reconvened at 10:42 am. The executive session was a personnel issue. Solicitor Lisko, Supervisors Bumbaugh & Sanders were present with employee Ed Wilson about moving Ed from salary back to hourly at the present pay. He rate will be $22.36 an hour. Mr. Wilson agreed to discuss in executive session. A Bumbaugh/sanders motion approved moving Ed Wilson from salary to hourly. Bob Gunder abstained from voting.

15.  Meeting adjourned at 10:45 am. on a Gunder/sanders motion.