WAYNE TOWNSHIP MEETING
August 17, 2019
The Wayne Township Board of Supervisors held a meeting on August 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, with James Maguire, David Calhoun and Brad Rote present.
Those also in attendance: Carolyn Hanna, Michelle and Nathan Alexander, Lori Maguire, Nate Hollick, P.E., Linda Calhoun, Carl Bathurst, Rod and Lori Shemory, Steve Simcox, Robin Condo, Marci Orndorf of the Wayne Township Landfill, Rob Bowmaster, Peg Johnson, Rob Bowmaster, Rick Leitch, Gordon Newlen, Mark Byler, Becky Raymond, Roy Watkins, Rick Scheesley, EMC, Peggy Fanning, Karis Kellander, Gary Myers, Wendy Millard Long, Doris Fritz, Terry Crawford, Zoning Enforcement Officer, Pine Creek Township Police Chief Dave Winkleman and Sergeant Dennis Gill, John Segursky, P.E. of Uni-Tec, and Paul D. Welch, Jr., Esquire
Resident Rod Shemory asked when repairs would be made to the ditch in front of his home on Shoemaker Road.
Supervisor Calhoun explained that the Supervisors are looking into all the remaining issues at various locations along Shoemaker Road and are in the process of getting quotes for the repairs.
Steve Simcox questioned the problem with water running out of Rishell’s driveway onto Shoemaker Road during rain storms.
Chairman Maguire stated that stones have been put in the end of the driveway but when you have a rain storm that produces two inches of rain within a short amount of time it creates a wash out.
Other residents living along Shoemaker Road, including Michele and Nate Alexander, Wendy Long, Becky Raymond and Gary Myers, blamed the reconstruction of Shoemaker Road for their water problems.
Chairman Maguire stated he does not believe the road is the cause of the water problems because new records for precipitation have been set over the past two years, adding that the ground is saturated and the water has nowhere to go.
Supervisor Calhoun stated the Board would have John Segursky look at the Rishell’s driveway as well as the other problem areas along Shoemaker Road.
John Segursky, P.E. indicated he would like to look at a map to determine what properties are experiencing water problems because in order to try to resolve the issues he will need to quantify the locations of residents having water problems.
A discussion was held regarding the Shoemaker Road Project and the Supervisors pointed out that due to the fact that the project was funded by a Multimodal Grant which dictated how the project was to be done.
Charlene & Frank Peter
Charlene Peter thanked Chief Winkleman and Sergeant Gill for their prompt response during the August 2nd storm that caused a transformer to come down in front of their home.
Frank Peter asked if the “Stop Ahead” sign located across the street from his driveway could be moved as the sign makes it difficult to back his camper into his driveway.
Supervisor Calhoun requested Chief Winkleman look at the requirements for the location of the sign and the possibility of moving the sign.
Rob Bowmaster asked if the Township had an ordinance to deal with the number of false fire alarms from a property.
Chief Winkleman explained that according to State law there must be three alarms before a citation is issued.
A complaint was made by a resident living along Eyer Lane about a neighbor continuously burning and creating a nuisance.
Richard Sheesley, EMC, suggested she contact DEP about air quality.
There was also a complaint made about two shipping containers that a resident had placed on Eyer Lane.
The Board of Supervisors directed Zoning Enforcement Officer Terry Crawford to look into the matter.
Approval of Meeting Minutes
Chairman Maguire asked if there were any questions or comments on the minutes of the July 15, 2019 monthly meeting; there being none, Supervisor Rote made a motion to approve the minutes as presented; seconded by Supervisor Calhoun, MCU.
Approval of Treasurer’s Report
Supervisor Rote made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted; seconded by Supervisor Calhoun, MCU.
Sergeant Dennis Gill of the Pine Creek Township Police Department presented the police report for the month of July which included 165 incidents and officers working 112.5 hours during the month.
A resident asked whether it is lawful to proceed through a red light if the light after you verify that it is clear.
Chief Winkleman explained that if the stop light does not change after an extended period of time, state laws allows drivers to go through it after verifying that there is no oncoming traffic.
Zoning Officer’s Report
Zoning Officer Kibler was not present for the meeting.
Monthly Engineer’s Report
Township Engineer John Segursky, P.E. reported that there are no active projects at this time. John provided information to the Supervisors about a grant opportunity through the Commonwealth Financing Authority for transportation type projects such as road connectors, adding a bicycle lane or sidewalks, and noted the application period begins in March and ends in July of each year.
Chairman Maguire reported that the Supervisors are trying to work with Clinton County and Crawford Township to make improvements to 1.1 miles of the Pine Mountain/Loganton Road owned by Crawford Township.
A discussion was held regarding the amount of traffic on the Pine Mountain/Loganton Road and the possibility of the Clinton County Commissioners providing County Liquid Fuel Funds to assist with making repairs to the road and it was noted that Wayne Township would not be permitted to use its funds on a road owned by another municipality.
It was noted that Wayne Township has hired Pine Creek Township to grade the ditch lines to the Wayne Township line.
Recreation Committee Report
Recreation Committee Member Doris Fritz thanked Township employees, Arnold Coleman, Daryl Johnson, Bob Dershem and Dave Calhoun for the work performed at the Nature Park.
Doris reported that after the meeting with DEP, the Fish & Boat Commission the Recreation Committee was given two options to either fix the fishing pond or make a new one up stream. Doris explained that the Recreation Committee wants to fix the existing pond and the plan proposed to them would be to dredge it out with the help of the Fish & Boat Commission and they offered to help pay for the purchase of fish to replace any fish that we might lose while making the repairs to the pond.
Doris reported that, with the Supervisor’s permission, the Committee will be scheduling a Community Day, for September 7th, stating the Committee needs volunteers to help build a rock wall. The application has been made for the permit required to make the repairs, adding that heavy equipment can be used but an assembly line of people will be utilized to get the rocks across the pond for the wall.
Supervisor Calhoun indicated that the Township is working with the Conservation District to obtain the required GP-1 Permit which the Fish & Boat Commission will sign off on and there will be a representative from the Conservation District present on Community Day to make sure the work is done the right way.
A discussion was held, and it was the consensus of the Board that Community Day be scheduled as long as the required permit is received.
Doris also reported that she has received calls from Woolrich they are starting “Fall Ball” and scheduling will go out this Thursday and they asked permission to use the field.
A discussion was held regarding the repairs needed to be made to the baseline and it was consensus of the Board to have Township employees make the needed repairs in order for the field to be used for Fall Ball.
Doris also asked the Supervisors about connecting the Nature Park walking path to Zindel Park.
Supervisor Calhoun stated that the Township does not have a right of way to Zindel Park.
Chairman Maguire indicated that currently permits are being obtained from the Conservation District who is working with the student constructing the path for his senior school project which is on private property.
Chairman Maguire agreed to look into the matter.
Solicitor Welch reported on the draft of the Fireworks Ordinance provided by the Wayne Township Planning Commission and indicated that the ordinance is only for the use of fireworks and does not include anything with regard to the sale of fireworks, adding that if there is nothing in the Zoning Ordinance designating where fireworks may be sold, they can be sold anywhere in the Township. He stated that two separate ordinances would be required, one for the use of fireworks and one pertaining to the sale of fireworks.
Planning Commission Member Rod Shemory indicated that the Planning Commission basically followed the State regulations for fireworks in preparing the ordinance.
Solicitor Welch explained that the Township regulations cannot be more restrictive than the State regulations and said that the proposed ordinance has a time frame as to how late they can shoot off fireworks and that display fireworks are only to be permitted to be set off by a professional pyrotechnician and individuals are only permitted to use consumer fireworks, adding that some ordinances also include how early they can begin shooting off fireworks.
The Board tabled further discussion of the proposed fireworks ordinance.
Chairman Maguire gave an update on the Bowmaster property stating that the Township is willing to go in and haul out garbage from the property and needs a letter from the Condos allowing the Township to use Winding Lane, which is a private road, to remove the garbage.
Solicitor Welch advised the Board that the property owner could write up a simple authorization stating that they authorize the Township to use Winding Lane to remove solid waste on the Bowmaster property.
Fritz Road Repairs
Supervisor Calhoun reported that Fritz Road is getting worse and JTS looked at the road who has been non-responsive and he obtained a quote from FMP which includes replacing the 48” culvert, saw cut asphalt, remove existing pipe, pump water while installing new pipe, backfill with 2A limestone and replace the asphalt for a cost of $9,200.
Supervisor Maguire stated that he believes a permit is needed before the work can be done because there is a stream involved and said he is in the process of getting two more quotes. He also pointed out that JTS had provided quotes to replace inlets throughout the Township and to date has only replaced two of those culverts.
A discussion was held regarding moving forward with the repairs prior to the next meeting and it was the consensus of the Board to work together to get quotes and move forward with the repairs.
The Supervisors discussed the proposal from Lecce Electric to provide maintenance services to the traffic signal at the McElhattan Drive Youngdale Road intersection for a total cost of $815.00.
Supervisor Rote made a motion to accept the proposal from Lecce Electric to provide traffic signal maintenance services for 2019 at a cost of $815; seconded by Supervisor Calhoun made a motion; MCU.
Nate Hollick, P.E. – Newlan Side Lot Add-on Subdivision
Nate Hollick, P.E. presented subdivision plans for a Lot Add-on Subdivision, subdividing one acre from property owned by the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority for a side lot add-on to the Newlan property, noting that the add-on is necessary for the Newlans to install a new septic system. It was noted that the one acre parcel has been perc tested and the subdivision was reviewed and approved by the Wayne Township Planning Commission.
Supervisor Rote made a motion to approve the subdivision as presented; seconded by Supervisor Calhoun, MCU.
AM Logging Road Bond – Pine Mountain/Loganton Road
Mark Byler of AM Logging made a request to bond a 1.9 mile section of the Pine Mountain/Loganton Road from the Crawford Township line toward Wayne Township to finish the logging project on property owned by the City of Lock Haven.
A discussion was held regarding PennDot bonding requirements and Solicitor Welch advised Mr. Byler that under Pennsylvania Statute the Township does not have to allow Mr. Byler to bond the road unless the logs are being taken to a permanent processing mill and suggested Mr. Byler have his attorney contact him to discuss the matter.
Mark Byler indicated he would be requesting a copy of the Engineer Study done by the Township when the 10 ton weight limit was placed on the road.
Attorney Welch said he is entitled to a copy of the study by submitting a Right to Know request.
A discussion was held and it was agreed that the Board of Supervisors would reach out to Mr. Byler within the next two weeks.
Memorial for Don White
The Supervisors asked for suggestions from the public for a memorial to honor resident Don White who served on the Township’s Zoning Hearing Board and Recreation for many years and was instrumental in completing the ball field project. A few suggestions received to date include having a brass plaque installed on a large stone at the ball field or planting a tree in his honor.
A discussion was held and Resident Robin Condo stated that she and her husband will be paying for the tree to be planted by the Recreation Committee in Don’s memory.
Approve purchase of new computer
Supervisor Calhoun made a motion to purchase a new computer for the Township office for $394 from Micro-One; seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
Woodlands Bank Certificate of Deposit
The Supervisors discussed reinvesting general funds of approximately $151,640 from the maturing Woodlands Bank Certificate of Deposit, including terms and the interest rates offered by local banks and Horizon Federal Credit Union.
Supervisor Calhoun made a motion that the Secretary/Treasurer obtain the best rate from local financial institutions and reinvest the funds at the financial institution offering the best fixed rate and reinvesting the funds for a term of 12 months to a maximum of 36 months; seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
Chairman Maguire asked if there were any questions on the invoices.
Resident Linda Calhoun asked for clarification of the meeting pay for the Township Supervisors.
Secretary/Treasurer Macklem explained that the Township receive an annual salary set by the Second Class Township Code which is based on the township’s population and that amount is prorated over a 12 month period and Supervisors are paid monthly whether they attend every township meeting or not.
Supervisor Calhoun questioned the payment of $300 to Gary Wolfe for repairs made at 538 Shoemaker Road at the property owned by Ashley and Matt Crawford stating that Jason Smith of JTS was paid to make those repairs.
It was the consensus of the Board to hold the $300 check to Gary Wolfe until Supervisor Calhoun speaks with JTS and Mr. Wolfe about the repairs.
Supervisor Calhoun made a motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Supervisor Rote, MCU.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Darlene S. Macklem, Secretary