REORGANIZATIONAL AND GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
January 5, 2015
Supervisor Dean Edwards called to order the Reorganization and General Business Meeting of the Piatt Township Board of Supervisors on Monday, January 5, 2014, in the township municipal building, 9687 North Rt. 220 Highway, Jersey Shore, PA. He led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance to the flag and a moment of silence.
Present: Dean Edwards, T. Scott Moore, Dennis Rager, Shelly Davis
Visitors: Mark Deitrick, Jr
Dean moved to appoint Scott as temporary Chairman, Dennis seconded, motion carried.
Scott moved to appoint Shelly as temporary Secretary/Treasurer, Dean seconded, motion carried.
Scott moved to nominate Dean as 2015 Chairman, seconded by Dennis, motion carried.
Dean moved to nominate Scott as Vice-Chairman, seconded by Dennis, motion carried.
Dean moved to re-appoint Shelly as the Secretary/Treasurer, Scott seconded, motion carried.
Scott moved to increase Shelly’s current hourly rate by 3%, Dean seconded, motion carried.
Dean moved to re-appoint Mark Deitrick, Jr. as Foreman, Leonard Stroud, Cody Myers and Nate Clinger as Laborers, Scott seconded, motion carried. Dean moved to increase Mark Deitrick, Jr.’s hourly rate to $14.50 and provide one-week vacation, Scott seconded, motion carried.
Scott moved to re-appoint Dean as Roadmaster with his wage set by the Auditor, Dennis seconded, motion carried. The Supervisors advised Shelly to inform the auditors, prior to their January 6th meeting, that they are requesting a .25 cent increase.
Dean moved to re-appoint Scott as Assistant Roadmaster, Dennis seconded, motion carried.
Scott moved to establish the treasurer’s bond at $300,000 for Supervisors and Secretary/Treasurer, Dennis seconded, motion carried.
Scott moved to retain Scott A. Williams as legal counsel at $100.00 per meeting for the first two hours, $100/hour thereafter, $100/hour regular work, seconded by Dean, motion carried.
Scott moved to retain Larson Design Group as township engineer, seconded by Dean, motion carried.
Scott moved to retain Weinecke & Verrastro PC as township auditors, seconded by Dean, motion carried.
Scott moved to appoint Tom Young as Vacancy Hearing Board Chairman, seconded by Dean, motion carried.
Dean moved to reappoint William (Denny) Buttorff as EMA Coordinator and Rosalyn Price-English as Planning Commission Chairman, seconded by Scott, motion carried.
The Supervisors recognized Karen Olson-Rainey as the 2015 tax collection agent.
Dean moved to retain Jersey Shore State Bank as depositories of township funds, seconded by Dennis, motion carried. Scott abstained.
Dean moved to continue holding the monthly meetings on first Tuesday of each month, with the exception of November meeting which will be held the 2nd Tuesday of the month due to the General Election. All meeting will begin at 7:30 pm, preceded by a work session at 7:00 pm, in the township municipal building. Motion seconded by Scott, motion carried.
Scott moved that Shelly Davis serve as the voting delegates to the PSATS Annual Convention at Hershey PA and that Piatt Township split the conference expenses with Anthony Township, Dennis seconded, motion carried.
Dean moved to appoint all supervisors as voting representatives for the West Branch COG for Piatt Township, seconded by Dennis, motion carried.
Dean moved to retain Jami Nolan as the Township’s primary Sewage Enforcement Officer & Robert Bertin and Denny Shoemaker as the alternate Enforcement Officer, seconded by Scott, motion carried.
Dean moved to appoint Central Keystone Council of Government as our Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code agent, seconded by Scott, motion carried.
Scott moved to retain Municipal Solutions as our Road Bonding Consultants, seconded by Dennis, motion carried.
Scott moved to authorize all township employees to attend training classes and other convention/conferences at employee’s rate of pay not to exceed eight (8) hours per day plus expenses and meals (if not provided) plus furnish a receipt, seconded by Dennis, motion carried.
Dean moved to pay the following holidays, New Years Day, Primary Election Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, General Election Day, Day before Christmas, Christmas Day, & Thanksgiving Day at eight hours (8) for the secretary/treasurer and foreman, Scott seconded, motion carried.
Dean moved to set the mileage reimbursement rate for township business at the Internal Revenue Services’ current standard business rate of $0.575 per mile, seconded by Dennis, motion carried.
Scott moved to appoint Shelly Davis as Open Records Officer for 2015 as required by law, seconded by Dean, motion carried.
Scott moved to adjourn the reorganizational meeting at 12:35, Dean seconded, motion carried.
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
PUBLIC HEARING of Ordinance No. 1-2015
The Supervisors held a hearing to take public comment on proposed Ordinance No. 1-2015 entitled “ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE PARTICIPATION OF PIATT TOWNSHIP IN THE PSATS UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION GROUP TRUST PURSUANT TO THE PENNSYLVANIA INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION LAW.” The proposed ordinance is for the purpose of ensuring our compliance with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act sand the UC Trust Agreement. There were no public comments. At the conclusion of the public comment period, Dean moved to approve passage of Ordinance No. 1-2015, Scott seconded, motion carried.
Citizens Comments – None.
Minutes – Dean moved to approve the December 2nd General Business Meeting minutes, Dennis seconded, motion carried.
Act 537 – Nothing new to report.
Planning Commission – The Lycoming County Planning Commission will host a Municipal Summit on January 29 to discuss several critical issues facing municipalities in 2015; such as new floodplain mapping, and adoption of a new county wide hazard reduction plan, and the update of the County Comprehensive Plan. Denny Rager will be attend as a representative of Piatt Township, the Supervisors’ approved to reimburse Denny for dinner expenses.
- Dean moved to purchase a damaged 11ft. snow plow and frame from Larry Hufford through Lancaster Truck Body, Scott seconded, motion carried.
- The alternator on the Kodiak was recently replaced by Eck’s Garage, and new tires were purchased from Taylor’s Creekside Tires & Repair
- Dean would like to purchase a 15-speed floor-model drill press for the shop, the Supervisors agreed. Denny highly recommended Grizzly’s in Muncy.
Tax Collection – Nothing new to report.
Solicitor – Nothing new to report.
SEO & PUCC – The Central Keystone COG has proposed an annual due of $250 be requested of the membership. The annual dues would be used to cover some expenses that are not covered in any line items in the budget. Some of those expenses include, but are not limited to, miscellaneous office supplies and administrative staff time. Also, it is important to note that the CKCOG carries a $5,000,000 commercial umbrella liability policy providing an added level of protection to every one of the members. If they acquire the 100% approval from the membership as needed, it would then be voted upon at the next annual General Membership meeting, which is typically held in October of each year. If approved, it would then go into effect January 1, 2016. They would like each municipality to discuss the request and return their decision in writing to the CKCOG by March 2015. The Supervisors considered the request and tabled the discussion until the February meeting.
WB COG – Nothing new to report.
Zoning & Building Permits – 2 permits issued; Harry & Heather Kelley & Wayne Brooks. 1 permit denied; Daniel & Jody Paulhamus.
EMC & Fire – Citizen’s Hose & Independent Hose both provided November Reports for the Supervisors to review. The Supervisors reviewed the 2013 Audit Report for Citizens Hose provided by the PA Department of Auditor General.
Stormwater Management Ordinance – Nothing new to report, still working on it.
JSWA Water Through Route 220 Corridor – Nothing new to report.
Correspondence File – Shelly presented a thank you letter from Lycoming County Voters Services for allowing them use of our facility as a polling place for the upcoming elections in 2015; Primary Election on May 19 and General Election on November 3. Shelly informed the Supervisors of a JSSB notification regarding our PEMA account; any account at has been inactive for three years may be subject to escheat, to prevent Shelly indicated (with a signature) that we are aware of this account and our intention is to maintain this account.
Bridge Safety Inspection Report – Shelly presented the 2014 Bridge Safety Inspection Report for Cement Hollow Road-1 (T-336) over Steward Run, Cement Hollow Road-2 (T-336) over Steward Run Pine Run Bridge and Plank Road (T-361) over Tributary to Larry’s Creek. The report was prepared by Bassett Engineering Inc.
Dean moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report, Scott seconded, motion carried.
Dean moved to approve payment of all bills and any remaining accounts payable received for 2014, Scott seconded, motion carried.
Dean moved to adjourn, Scott seconded, motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 1:26 p.m.
Shelly S. Davis