October 25, 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 a.m. by Chairman Bumbaugh followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  One resident was in attendance.

     

  2. There was no initial public comment.

 

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

 

  1. The Memorandum of Understanding with Mont Alto Municipal Authority was reviewed at this time. The only portion of the agreement that Mont Alto wants changed is the Township establishing an escrow account for $10,000 up front prior to the Agreement being signed for bills incurred by MAMA under the agreement. The expenses for the Town Center public water project, including those incurred by MAMA, will be invoiced to White Rock once they are billed to the Township. A Gunder/Wilson motion accepted the agreement and setting up an escrow account once the agreement is signed. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. Phil Traquino from the Franklin County Planning Commission has been in contact with Supervisor Gunder. A municipality that received CDBG money has completed their project and didn’t use all the money they were awarded. This money is available to Quincy Township for the Tomstown Waterline Extension, along with the $62,594 that we have already been awarded. We would have an estimated $180,000 available for the project. The main stipulation is that the project must be completed, and all invoices paid by April 6, 2019.

 

  1. A discussion evolved around the Township’s previous approval at our public meeting on April 18, 2018, regarding our commitment to assist in planning for relocating the Tomstown pump from its current location. Different people from both inside and outside the Township are interested in the structure being renovated and are willing to get involved to make it happen. The Township has contacted the Blue Rock church, and they are amenable to relocating the historic structure onto their parking lot across Tomstown Road where the old schoolhouse used to stand. Such action would eliminate the dangerous parking situation and minimum line-of-sight issues that occur on the State Road right of way at the pump every day, as well as make it more accessible to vehicular traffic.  Supervisor Gunder stated that the move is contingent upon construction of the Tomstown Waterline Extension and hooking those homes up to public water that use the waterline currently, so they would no longer be dependent upon that source of supply.  Supervisor Gunder also stated that a portion of the expense for such a move could be funded from a Tourism Grant filed with the County next year.  Supervisor Wilson questioned about the Township’s liability if get involved in this project. Supervisor Gunder stated that he doesn’t see any change in Township liability simply because the structure is moved, since there will be no alteration to the quality or quantity of water available to those who wish to use it.  Furthermore, the Township would not be sanctioning the quality of water coming from the line any more than is already the case.  Solicitor Fenicle stated we might need permits from DEP to move it since it involves the State right of way and he suggested placing a sign, such as no potable water, once pump is moved that the Township is not liable for the quality of water coming from the pump.

 

  1. Supervisor Gunder reported that the Township has received the final response from the State Budget Office relative to the TCE Grant Performance Audit. Their response was that they were standing by their original findings despite the Township’s objections to certain portions of the Audit. Further, that any future discussion relative to the Grant and Audit would be in the hands of DEP and they will contact the Township on the findings if they so choose.

 

  1. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved a $100 donation to the Mont Alto Toy Drive for Fruit. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved the same Christmas bonus for the Township employees as last year. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. Supervisor Gunder informed the Board that the Judge denied the preliminary objections of the Saddle Club and decided that it was proper for the money to be held by the Court until it can be determined who the rightful owner is. A hearing is scheduled for November 20, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Franklin County Court before Judge Sponseller. The Township will be attending the hearing and testifying as necessary.  Apparently, anyone interested from the community can testify at that hearing if they so choose.

 

  1. Supervisor Bumbaugh informed the Board that a Liquid Fuels audit was held and that there were no findings.

 

  1. The Board discussed interim financing for the Water line extension to PSL. Jon Cox is working with Orrstown Bank about the financing. A Wilson/Gunder motion approved acceptance of commitment subject to finance counsels’ amendments, enacting an Ordinance, and entering into an agreement with Orrstown Bank. Supervisor Gunder is authorized to sign the paperwork. Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. Solicitor had nothing to present.

 

  1. Supervisor Wilson asked if we were going to continue to have accounts at BB&T since they are closing the branch in Quincy. He was informed that we will still be having accounts there.

 

  1. A Bumbaugh/Gunder motion at 9:10 a.m. for adjournment to an executive session on personnel and eminent domain litigation.

 

  1. The Board reconvened at 9:35 am. They discussed possible strategies for the upcoming Court hearing as well as the recent loss of two Township personnel and that we will need to be replacing these losses with general laborer type personnel.  Advertisement for such new hires has been placed in the local newspaper.

 

  1. The meeting adjourned on a Gunder/Bumbaugh motion at 9:37 am.

 

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