WAYNE TOWNSHIP MEETING
September 10, 2015
The Wayne Township Board of Supervisors held a meeting on September 10, 2015 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: Carolyn Hanna, Robin Condo, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Peggy Fanning, Zoning Officer Rodney Shemory, Heather Doherty of the Wayne Township Landfill, John Noltee, Doris Fritz, Don White, Jeff Kreitz, Carl Bathurst, Sonny Singh of Bald Eagle Truck Stop, Wade Swinehart, Zack Swinehart, Darcy Swinehart, Brooke Swinehart, Matt Winslow, Ken Kremer of First Quality, John Segursky, P.E., of Uni-Tec, and Paul D. Welch, Jr., Esquire.
Darcy Swinehart of the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Company requested that the Board of Supervisors set up a special work session with the Board of Directors of the fire company to discuss a few long-standing issues that they would like to resolve.
It was the consensus of the Board of Supervisors to schedule a special work session with members of the fire company sometime during the week of October 5th with Supervisor Dershem agreeing to contact Darcy Swinehart to schedule the work session.
Secretary/Treasurer Macklem reminded the Supervisors that the special work session must be advertised in compliance with the Sunshine Law.
Board’s Approval of Meeting Minutes:
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve the Monthly Meeting Minutes of August 17, 2015 as presented; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Board’s Approval of Treasurer’s Report:
Supervisor Maguire asked if the invoice from Lecce Electric was addressed as to responsibility for payment since it was requested by UGI.
Supervisor Calhoun said that Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Peggy Fanning were looking into the matter.
Secretary/Treasurer Macklem explained that she and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Fanning spoke with Lecce Electric and confirmed that since the Township owns the light, it is responsible for the expense to have it marked for PA One Call.
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Chief Winkleman presented the police report for the month of August. He reported that officers worked 73 hours during the month and there were 89 incidents in the Township.
Chief Winkleman stated that they have seen a decrease in speeding violations in the Township with the exception of a section of Youngdale Road which leads to Castanea. There have also been several dog complaints from residents on Linnwood Drive.
Supervisor Calhoun reported that vandals destroyed a bench at the parking lot on River Road.
Chief Winkleman stated that there have been problems in the past in that area. He also cautioned people walking on Reservoir Road that a number of rattlesnakes have been seen in that area.
Zoning Officer’s Report:
Zoning Officer Rod Shemory gave the following zoning report for the time period of August 18th – September 10th:
Land Use Permits: Shannon Reese – 12’ x 24’ Swimming Pool
September 1st – Bowmaster Hearing
Supervisor Dershem asked the Zoning Officer as to the outcome of the Bowmaster hearing.
Zoning Officer Shemory responded that the hearing was continued and another hearing will be held in two months.
Solicitor Paul Welch explained that District Justice Sanders is out of the office for a medical related condition and they are unsure when he will return. If District Justice Sanders does not return another judge will have to hear the case and they would essentially have to go through the process of explaining what particular violations are there presently.
Monthly Engineer’s Report:
John Segursky, P.E., presented the following monthly report:
Landfill Expansion 2012
Uni-Tec received a report from McTish Kunkel and Associates. They have submitted an amendment to the NPDES Permit for the Landfill. They also submitted their new design to DEP for the infiltration basin and how they plan to do it. Once they get approval from DEP, then they will forward it to the Township for review and approval.
Shoemaker Road Reconstruction
Uni-Tec made changes and clarifications to the Request for Proposal as suggested by Wayne Township Solicitor Paul Welch. Based upon the discussion at the last Township Meeting in August the next step in the process is to set up a meeting with all utilities that may be involved to inform them of the project and address any issues that are relevant to them.
Supervisor Maguire stated that he has already spoken with an engineer from PPL and Jason Dershem at the City of Lock Haven Water Department and he advised them to direct any questions they may have with regard to the project to Township Engineer John Segursky.
Supervisor Dershem stated that she felt that a meeting with the utilities should take place first and then meet with the Township residents.
Supervisor Maguire stated that he felt Township Engineer John Segursky could meet with the utilities and it would not be necessary for the Supervisors to meet with them.
Supervisor Calhoun stated that an informational meeting will be scheduled to provide information to residents living along Shoemaker Road and to allow for public input on the project.
It was the consensus of the board that Wayne Township Engineer John Segursky will meet with representatives from the utilities to discuss the project.
Supervisor Maguire requested that Mr. Segursky provide the Supervisors with the revised Request for Proposal.
The date of the public meeting for the Shoemaker Road Reconstruction Project will be announced at the October Township Meeting.
Recreation Committee Report:
Doris Fritz of the Recreation Committee stated that there has been a problem with several dogs not being on leashes on the walking path and asked if signs could be posted requiring dogs to be on leashes.
Supervisor Calhoun responded that when there is a problem, Chief Dave Winkleman should be contacted and he will address the situation.
Doris reported that the Summer Recreation Program was a huge success this year and the Playground Supervisor did a wonderful job. She suggested the Township purchase plastic totes to store the supplies for the summer program and stated the Recreation Committee will take care of purchasing the totes.
Doris also said that scarecrow decorations have been placed in the Nature Park in the Butterfly Garden and they will also be purchasing pumpkins for the park.
The committee is tentatively planning a “Clean-up Day” at the Nature Park for Sunday, October 4th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
A few shrubs and trees in the Nature Park died but Paul Rizzo of Rizzo’s Greenhouse will replace them at no charge.
Recreation Committee Member Don White said that hopefully at next month’s meeting they will have a proposal for a new sign at the Nature Park.
Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Company Member Darcy Swinehart asked for an update on the installation of the new ball field.
Supervisor Calhoun responded that Greg Smith said that they are waiting for the Clinton County Conservation District to process the required permits.
Request for Proposal – Engineering Services (Shoemaker Road Project)
Supervisor Maguire stated that as mentioned previously during the meeting, Township Engineer John Segursky will be providing the Supervisors with the revised Request for Proposal for the Shoemaker Road Project.
Vehicles Parking Along Roads in Linnippi Village
Supervisor Calhoun stated that they have received complaints concerning vehicles parking on streets in Linnippi Village and has spoken to Chief Winkleman and Paul Welch about the issue noting the Township owns the roads.
Chief Winkleman stated that he has spoken with individuals who are parking vehicles against traffic. He also spoke with one individual that he had been receiving complaints about and he believes that situation has since improved.
Supervisor Calhoun said one of his concerns is with plowing snow in the winter, he said it is a real inconvenience for those plowing and it creates a safety issue.
Chief Winkleman explained that the Township could adopt an ordinance restricting parking on streets during a snow event.
Discussion followed concerning possible solutions.
Chief Winkleman stated that the Township might consider going to the Linnippi Village Homeowner’s Association.
It was the consensus of the Supervisors that Chief Winkleman speak to the Homeowner’s Association about the vehicles parking along the street, especially as it pertains to snow removal.
Bald Eagle Truck Stop – Rezoning Request
Supervisor Calhoun explained that a request has been made by VASAS, Inc., a Pennsylvania business corporation, of McElhattan, Pennsylvania for the reclassification of a parcel of real estate which it owns, contiguous to other property owned by Bald Eagle Truck Stop, Inc., recently acquired from First Quality Products Inc., and identified as Parcel No. 1-01-128-C. This parcel will be merged with other lands of Bald Eagle Truck Stop Inc., and title transferred to that entity in the near future. The request is to change the zoning of the parcel from Village Center to Highway Interchange.
Solicitor Paul Welch explained that in order to amend the zoning map the Township must have a public hearing to amend the zoning ordinance. The Township can hold the hearing and then have a special meeting or during a regular meeting the Supervisors would render their decision. He stated the ordinance must be reviewed by both the Township and County Planning Commissions and they have 30 days to review the proposed ordinance and provide input and make their recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.
Discussion followed concerning time constraints and the possible change in next month’s Township meeting.
It was the consensus of the Supervisors that Solicitor Welch schedule a public hearing on the request for October 26, 2015 and a special meeting will be held on October 29th for the Board to render its decision.
Solicitor Paul Welch stated that he will prepare two separate advertisements for the Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26th and the Special Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29th.
Ken Kremer – First Quality Occupancy Permit
Project Engineering Manager Ken Kremer of First Quality Products, Inc. spoke in the absence of Jon Schall, P.E., of First Quality with regard to obtaining an Occupancy Permit for the Building 10 Project currently under construction. He said the project is moving along as scheduled and their objective is to obtain an Occupancy Permit by the end of September. Building Inspector James Williams has requested that First Quality obtain a letter from the Township as well as the Conservation District verifying that they are in agreement with the execution of the project and supporting the issuance of an Occupancy Permit.
Supervisor Calhoun stated that he was at the building site last week and the only thing he saw missing was stairs to get in and out of the building.
Supervisor Maguire agreed with Supervisor Calhoun as he has seen the building as well and agrees that the Township support the issuance of an Occupancy Permit. He said the project is regulated by the Department of Labor and Industry and First Quality must meet all of their requirements.
Supervisor Dershem suggested that Township Zoning Officer Rod Shemory inspect the building.
Mr. Kremer explained that all First Quality is asking for at this point in time is that the Township is satisfied with the execution of the project to date.
Discussion continued concerning the Township’s ability to give approval since the project is regulated by the Department of Labor and Industry.
The Supervisor agreed that Zoning Officer Rod Shemory provide the requested letter in support of the issuance of an Occupancy Permit on behalf of the Township.
Water Filtration Authority Snow Removal Contract
Supervisor Calhoun explained that Jack Peters of the Clinton County Walter Filtration Authority has requested the Snow Removal Contract with the Township be extended.
Discussion followed concerning the price increase for road salt and the ordering process which has changed and it was noted that the cost of fuel is lower than last year.
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to approve the Snow Removal Contract with the Clinton County Water Filtration Authority with no change in costs for a one year period; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Township Property/Fritz Property
Supervisor Calhoun explained that he and Supervisor Maguire were questioned about the Township clearing and planting grass where the Township and Fritz Property meet. He clarified that the work being done was indeed on Township Property and was not being done on the Fritz property.
Executive Session – Personnel Issues
Supervisor Calhoun adjourned the meeting at 7:40 p.m. for an Executive Session with Solicitor Paul Welch to discuss personnel issues.
Supervisor Calhoun called the meeting back to order at 7:54 p.m.
October Meeting Date Change
Supervisor Calhoun explained that the October meeting date will need to be changed from Monday, October 19th to Monday, October 12th with the Work Session to be held immediately before the meeting.
Supervisor Maguire made a motion to change the October meeting to Monday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m. with the Work Session to be held on this same date at 6:30 p.m.; seconded by Supervisor Dershem, MCU.
Supervisor Dershem made a motion to approve the invoices as submitted; seconded by Supervisor Maguire, MCU.
There being no further business, Supervisor Maguire made a motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Supervisor Calhoun, MCU, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
Darlene S. Macklem, Secretary/Treasurer