December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017


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. Eight residents, Corey Kaiser, Jim Kauffman and Dustin from the Record Herald were in attendance.


  2. There was no initial public comment.


  1. The Minutes from November 30, 2017 were approved on a Gunder/Wilson motion along with the bills except those paid to the Supervisors. Motion carried. Supervisor Wilson abstained.


  1. The 2018 Budget was approved on a Gunder/Wilson motion. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. The Waynesboro Fire Company Contract was discussed. Supervisor Wilson asked about the percentage of calls that Waynesboro responds to and about worker’s comp insurance. The new contract with Waynesboro is based on area that they cover, and worker’s compensation insurance is included in the contract. A Wilson/Gunder motion approved accepting the proposed contract for Waynesboro Fire Company. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Supervisor Wilson asked if South Mountain has received the requested increase in their contract for this year and was informed that they had not. The amount South Mountain requested is an increase of 20% or $1152 and 10% every year afterward. The fire company asked about purchasing gas from the Township for their equipment. Since they are located in Guilford Township they would have to request that from Guilford first.


  1. The Mini Casino Resolution was discussed. Supervisor Bumbaugh stated that it doesn’t matter to him whether we opt in or out. He has talked to people in that business and Quincy township is not a good location for a casino.  Supervisor Gunder would like to see our zoning changed to address such a business venture since the Ordinance right now permits such recreation in 4 out of 5 zoning districts. Robert Corey, a Township resident stated that he is opposed to the casino being in the Township. After more discussion, A Gunder/Wilson motion approved Resolution 2017–5, prohibiting the location of a category 4 Licensed Mini-Casino in the Township. Motion carried unanimously. A Bumbaugh/Wilson motion approved pursuing the Zoning Ordinance change and information gathering from residents as to their preference on having a casino in the Township. We have only one chance remaining to opt back in since we have opted out. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. A hidden driveway sign has been requested from a resident on Pine Hill Road. The driveway entrance does not meet the criteria to have a sign placed there. A Wilson/Gunder motion denied the request and denied any requests that do not meet the established criteria. Motion carried.  Supervisor Bumbaugh had previously told the resident it did not qualify but abstained from a vote in order to allow the other two Supervisors to voice their opinions and make a decision.


  1. We have received the appraisals for the two properties adjoining the Township park property.  Horn & Horn did the appraisals. The Board will deal directly with the one property owner in private negotiations. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved sending the other appraisal to Attorney’s Barkdoll and Rahauser. Motion carried unanimously. Frank Mong asked if the appraisals are public information. Solicitor Fenicle informed him that it is not public until the Board makes a decision to purchase.


  1. A Gunder/Wilson Motion approved advertising the Meetings Schedule for 2018. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. A Bumbaugh/Gunder motion approved Resolution 2017-6, Real Estate Tax Rate for 2018, keeping the rate at the current 1.6 mills. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved Resolution 2017-7, Franklin County Hazard Mitigation Plan, which adopts the County’s plan for the Township.  Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Supervisor Wilson asked how we were coming with the sewer delinquent collection account and he was informed that Portnoff was waiting on Freedom Systems to provide them with an electronic file for those delinquent accounts assigned to them.


  1. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved Resolution 2017-8, Opposition to House Bill 1620, which if passed would eliminate revenue for the Township from cell towers and other wireless facilities.  Motion carried unanimously.


  1. The South Mountain Fire Relief state audit, where several repeat deficiencies were noted, was discussed.


  1. Supervisor Bumbaugh has contacted Senator Alloway’s office about the Federal proposed domestic privacy deregulation for the global internet.


  1. The Township is looking at Muni Link software for billing use, but want Freedom System to come and demonstrate the billing program we already have and see if it can be more user friendly. Supervisor Wilson suggested that we look at the billing program that PA Rural Water has.


  1. Solicitor Fenicle informed the Board that he has been in contact with BB&T about the Tomstown Trust agreement.  The Solicitor informed the Board that the Trust ca not be terminated without a letter going to the attorney general or going to court. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved the Solicitor sending a letter of request to the bank about having a letter sent to the attorney general. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. There was no final public comment.


  1. A Bumbaugh/Gunder motion approved adjourning to an executive session at 9:58 am.


  1. The Board reconvened at 10:16 am from an executive session on personnel issues. A Wilson/ Gunder motion approved hiring Aaron Sites full time with a $.50 an hour raise and a future unspecified raise when he gets his CDL. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. A Gunder/Wilson motion approved giving Matthew Birely a $1.00 an hour raise based upon his past performance in the Sewer Plant and continued effort to obtain his collection license. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. The meeting adjourned on a Gunder/Bumbaugh motion at 10:20 a.m.