May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017



Members present: Kerry Bumbaugh

                              Robert Gunder

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. Corey Kaiser and four residents were in attendance.


2.      During the initial period of public comment, Frank Mong thanked Supervisor Bumbaugh for the cordial Election Day yesterday. Supervisor Bumbaugh said he heard no negative remarks about the Township or the current Board. But there was a light turn out at the polls.


3.      The Minutes from May 2, 2017, were approved on a Gunder/Bumbaugh motion. Motion carried unanimously.


4.      Supervisor Wilson called and stated he might not make it to the meeting since he was having vehicle problems.


5.      Well # 7 update, the Turbidity meter is here and we are waiting on HACH to set it up.


6.      Old Forge Bridge project is in process. We have the signs posted, information on the internet, and the dates the road is closed are being mentioned in the Record Herald. We are in the process of doing the preliminary work. We have a letter to be signed off on by the fire companies, boroughs, ambulance squads and county. The box calls for the fir companies have already been changed.


7.      Dan Baer Vehicle removal update was given.  The amount of vehicles has diminished tremendously. The vehicles that are remaining will need to be removed. The Supervisors believe that Dan will respond if they contact him about removing the remaining vehicles, because he has been very cooperative when contacted. Frank Mong asked if any more vehicles can be brought into the Township and he was informed that Dan was told no.


8.      Josh Mummert was present representing Roger and Melissa Hess who would like to purchase property on Mentzer Gap Road from DCMJD Land Company to use as access to their farm property. The Bond held for DCMJD needs to be released before purchase can go through. Also the purchaser is requesting a waiver to the Bond requirement since the land is only being used for a lane. The purchasers have already signed a non-building waiver. Frank Mong asked if they will need a driveway permit. He was informed that this is a Penn DOT road, so they will need a driveway permit from them. A Gunder/Bumbaugh motion approved the release of the bond with the proviso that it would be reinstituted should development of the lot be undertaken in the future. Motion carried unanimously.


9.      A Gunder/Bumbaugh motion approved the hiring of part-time seasonal employees for the summer to do mainly yard restorations. Motion carried unanimously.


10.   Supervisor Gunder informed the Board that the road material and equipment bids will be opened on June 6, 2017.


11.   Supervisor Gunder reported that the Grant application for the Park went out yesterday to DCED. The total grant request was for $231,825. We would have to fund a 15% match. This grant is to install a pavilion, playground equipment and ADA accessible trail around the upper pavilion and place the remaining trails in walkable unpaved condition.


12.   Teresa Welsh owns property on Masters Road. Ms. Welsh has approached the Township about subdividing the property to give an existing parcel to her son. There is a note in the subdivision plan and deed that stipulates the subdivision was transacted as a lot addition and cannot be sold separately. Solicitor Fenicle stated that a new subdivision plan would have to be submitted and approved by the Township. The Township can authorize setting aside the statement in the subdivision plan under certain conditions, but cannot do anything with the language in the deed. It was conceptionally agreed to by the Board that if Ms. Welsh informs the Township of her subdivision plans and meets all the criteria that is required by the current Zoning Ordinance, that the two parcels can be sold separately to her son. Ms. Welsh will write a letter to the Township in this regard, and the Township will inform her what she needs to do proceed with the new subdivision. Frank Mong stated that the Township cannot do anything with the deed and the Township Solicitor informed him that the Township would not be dealing with the deed.


13.   Supervisor Bumbaugh informed the Board that at the last meeting it was mention that the sewer plant had consistent BOD violations.  The Supervisors met with the Township plant operator and went over the reports and everything is in compliance. There was only one instance in the recent past that the plant was not in BOD compliance.


14.   During final period of public comment, Barbara Rowan and her father Edward Gunder, addressed the Board with an interest in restoring and preserving the Tomstown Pump at the intersection of Tomstown and Mentzer Gap Roads. Several years ago, the Township contacted the church about moving the pump back and the church was very amicable. The Township doesn’t want to take over the pump restoration, but according to Supervisor Gunder, the Board could per the 2d Class township code, consider donating funds towards its restoration if the Board so desires. Ms. Rowan stated that they are just in the inquiring stages to see if there would be any interest by the Board in preserving the pump.  Supervisor Gunder agreed to show Ms. Rowan and her father ( who grew up only a stone’s throw from the pump) around the community, including the spring from where the water originates and to greet some of those who are hooked onto the system, or have knowledge of the original Tomstown Water Company.


15.   The Solicitor had nothing to report.


The meeting adjourned on a Gunder/Bumbaugh motion at 9:40 a.m.