WAYNE TOWNSHIP MEETING
SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
The Wayne Township Board of Supervisors held a meeting on September 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, with David W. Calhoun, James B. Maguire and Katharine M. Dershem present.
Those also in attendance: Robin Condo, Mae Johnson, Steve Simcox, Carl Bathurst, Linda Calhoun, John Noltee, Rod Stabley, Doris Fritz, Brad Rote, Marci Orndorf of the Wayne Township Landfill, Carolyn Hanna, Bob Maguire, Matt Maguire, Lori Shemory, Peg Johnson, Jon Schall, Zoning Officer Rodney Shemory and Paul D. Welch, Jr., Esquire
There was no public participation.
Board’s Approval of Meeting Minutes
Chairman Calhoun asked if there were any questions or comments on the minutes of the August 21, 2017, meeting, there being none, Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve the minutes as presented; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Chief Winkleman was not present at the meeting.
Zoning Officer’s Report:
Zoning Officer Rod Shemory reported the following Land Use Permits were issued between August 21st and September 25, 2017:
Marion Spong 24 ft. x 12 ft. porch
Greg Smith 30 ft. x 66 ft. new home
Rod Shemory 12 ft. x 12 ft. utility shed
Brad Rote 12 ft. x 24 ft. deck
Geoffrey Smith Driveway permit
McDonald’s Wayne Township Zoning /Subdivision Books
UPMC Application for a Zoning Hearing
Supervisor Maguire questioned the need for a Zoning Hearing for UPMC as the property is already being used for medical offices and it would be considered an existing use for that property.
Zoning Officer Shemory stated the hearing is required because there are no permitted uses in the Highway Interchange (HI) Zoning District.
Resident Jon Schall also questioned if the entire property is zoned Highway Interchange why a zoning hearing would be required if the prior owner used the property for the same purposes.
Solicitor Welch explained that there is a difference between zoning and use of a property in that zoning provides for permitted uses, conditional uses, and special exceptions within a zoning district, therefore, there could be several uses for one parcel. In this case the property is located in the Highway Interchange (HI) Zoning District which does not have any permitted uses, so all uses require a zoning hearing.
According to Solicitor Welch, the first step for a property owner is to contact the Zoning Officer with the proposed use for the property and then make application for that use. The Zoning Officer then makes a decision as to what is required with regard to a zoning hearing and the property owner has appeal rights under the Township’s Zoning Ordinance should they disagree with the Zoning Officer’s decision.
Monthly Engineer’s Report:
John Segursky, P.E. was unable to attend the meeting.
Recreation Committee Report:
Recreation Committee Member Doris Fritz asked the Supervisors if her understanding of the recreation projects are correct in that the Supervisors oversee the Recreation Committee and the Committee, which operates under a set of by-laws, includes members that are volunteers who work on various recreation sub-committees.
It is also her understanding that the DCNR grant received by the Township is to be used toward the rails to trails, fencing, playground and restrooms for the Little League field and includes dirt for the field. The chain of money for the project is the money from the grant is paid to the Township who then distributes it on behalf of the Recreation Committee and in the future there will be donations from Little League.
The Board indicated that the statements made by Mrs. Fritz were accurate.
Mrs. Fritz announced that the Recreation Committee is currently forming a Little League sub-committee which will operate under Little League guidelines and membership to that committee is open to the public.
Doris requested a donation on behalf of the Recreation Committee for the Halloween Trunk to Treat and for the annual Christmas Walk which are both held at the Nature Park.
Supervisor Dershem made a motion to donate $200 for the Halloween Trunk to Treat event; seconded by Supervisor Maguire, MCU.
Mrs. Fritz also requested that temporary fencing be put up around the ball field after it is seeded.
Doris indicated that the Recreation Committee would like to move the ice skating rink closer to the Visitor’s Center and use the area where the ice skating rink is currently located for a practice field. It was noted that several trees would have to be cut down in order for the skating rink to be relocated.
Supervisor Maguire stated that he and Supervisor Calhoun looked at the park and he is opposed to relocating the ice skating rink at this time until the ball field project is completed and the Supervisors determine the total expenditures made for that project, adding that he believes the Township should finish the current project before starting another one. He said if the rink is moved, trees would have to be cut down, stumps would have to be removed and the area would have to be leveled.
A discussion was held regarding the ice skating rink and Supervisor Maguire said that previously mulch was obtained from the landfill to create a dyke around the liner of the ice skating rink and this year a new liner would need to be purchased and he suggested building the dyke using the excess soil from the ball field for the ice skating rink and installing a pipe to drain the rink.
Doris asked if moving the ice skating rink could be revisited at a later date because a practice field is needed.
Supervisor Maguire said the Board would be willing to consider the request at some point in the future.
The Supervisors discussed the bid packet for the ball field project and whether the project is ready to be placed out for bids explaining that DCNR must approve the bid packet prior to the Board advertising for bids.
Solicitor Welch suggested that the Board grant conditional approval to advertise for bids pending his review of the bid documents and receiving approval from DCNR to place the project out for bid.
Chairman Calhoun made a motion to approve advertising for bids for the ball field project contingent on receiving approval of the bid proposal from DCNR and upon review by the Township Solicitor; seconded by Supervisor Maguire, MCU.
Chairman Calhoun called an executive session at 7:20 pm to discuss invoices received for topsoil for the ball field; the regular meeting was reconvened at 7:37 p.m.
Planning Commission Vacancy
Supervisor Calhoun presented a letter of recommendation from Terry Condo, Chairman of the Planning Commission on behalf of Mae Johnson who submitted a letter of interest in being appointed to the Planning Commission to fulfill Mary Myer’s term.
It was noted that Resident Matt Maguire also submitted a letter of interest in being appointed to the Planning Commission.
A discussion was held with Supervisor Dershem making a motion to appoint Mae Johnson to the Planning Commission; seconded by Supervisor Calhoun, the motion was approved by a 2-1 vote with Supervisors Dershem and Calhoun voting in favor of the motion and Supervisor Maguire voting against the motion.
The contract between Charles Construction and the Township has been signed and returned to Christian Watts, P.E., of Mid-Penn Engineering, who will prepare executed project manuals for Charles Construction Company, the Township and Mid-Penn Engineering.
The Board reported that the contractor will begin working on the storm water drainage portion of the Shoemaker Road project and the contractor has sprayed white paint along Shoemaker Road to delineate the Township’s right of way prior to the pre-construction conference.
Rod Shemory asked if property owners could attend the pre-construction conference.
Supervisor Maguire said that it would not be appropriate for property owners to attend the pre-construction conference as it has nothing to do with how the project will affect properties along the road.
Resident Lori Shemory requested that truck traffic on Shoemaker Road be re-directed in the opposite direction toward Pine Mountain Road after the Shoemaker Road project is complete.
Supervisor Dershem said she is in favor of having the truck traffic proceed in the opposite direction using one-third of the new road versus using two-thirds of the road.
Solicitor Welch said it is his understanding that restrictions were placed on the business along Shoemaker Road as part of a conditional use approval as to truck traffic as it was routed in a certain direction and if the business owner agrees, the truck route may be changed.
Steve Simcox said he is not in favor of having the truck traffic being re-routed in the direction of his properties.
Peg Johnson asked whether the natural gas line will be extended during the reconstruction of Shoemaker Road.
Supervisor Calhoun indicated the Board of Supervisors are still working on the matter.
A discussion was held regarding the location of the road and the Supervisors stated that the road will be twenty-four (24) feet wide within the Township’s thirty-three (33) foot right of way.
Storage of dirt on Fryer Tract
Chairman Calhoun read a letter the Supervisors received from Robert Maguire regarding the remaining pile of dirt on the Fryer Tract along Shoemaker Road which indicates that the dirt will be used for cover and reclamation in the reconstruction of Shoemaker Road.
Solicitor Welch indicated that based on the letter and the Board’s instructions he contacted Mr. Maguire’s attorney and on behalf of the Township agreed to a continuance of the September 12th hearing and the Court has continued the zoning appeal hearing indefinitely. He also noted that he received a letter from Mr. Maguire’s attorney which specifically states that the dirt will be used for the Shoemaker Road project and all dirt will be disposed of by the time the project is completed.
Storm Drain Replacement Project
The Supervisors reported that Charles Construction Company has begun replacing nine catch basins in Linnippi Village and in the Industrial Park and there is a possibility that an additional storm drain on North Road will also need to be replaced.
Letter supporting Clinton County’s grant application to PennDot’s Transportation Alternatives Program
The Clinton County Commissioners requested the Township Supervisors provide a letter in support of the County’s grant application to PennDot’s Transportation Alternatives Program to extend the rails to trails.
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to provide a letter in support of the County’s grant application to extend the rails to trails; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
UPMC Susquehanna Special Exception Zoning Hearing
Solicitor Welch explained that he notified the Board of Supervisors of the upcoming UPMC Susquehanna Special Exception Zoning Hearing scheduled for October 12th and that the Supervisors are automatically made a party to the proceedings and requested that the Board formally take a position with regard to the Special Exception request and said the Board may choose to support the application, oppose it or take no formal position.
It was the consensus of the Board not to take a position on the matter.
Proposal from Selective Insurance Company
The Board received the insurance renewal proposal from Kilmer Insurance Agency for 2018 and noted a $365 total increase in the premium.
A discussion was held regarding the proposal with Supervisor Maguire making a motion to accept the proposal from Kilmer Insurance Agency and continue coverage through Selective Insurance Company; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Snow Removal Contract with Clinton County Water Filtration Authority
The Board discussed extending the snow removal contract for the Township to provide snow removal services to the Clinton County Water Filtration Authority at the rate of $75 per hour including one ton of salt within that hour.
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to renew the contract with the Clinton County Water Filtration Authority as presented; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Donation Request – American Red Cross
The Board discussed the donation request received from the American Red Cross to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Supervisor Dershem made a motion to donate $100 to the American Red Cross to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey; seconded by Supervisor Maguire, MCU.
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve the invoices as submitted; seconded by Supervisor Calhoun, MCU.
There being no further business, Supervisor Maguire made a motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.
Darlene S. Macklem, Secretary