Chairman Dennis Richards called the regular meeting to order at 5:00pm in the conference room of the Adams Township Municipal Building.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all present.
ATTENDANCE: Those in attendance were Supervisors Dennis Richards, Dennis Gdula,Brian Schrader, Dan Senft, and Mark Bucci, William Barbin, Solicitor, Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer, and seven (7) visitors.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR AGENDA ITEMS AND PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:
Mr. Richards stated now the Public has the right and the opportunity to comment on any item from the previous meeting minutes. None were forthcoming.
Mr. Richards stated everyone had copies of the January 24,2022 regular meeting. He asked all Board members to read the minutes. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve the minutes presented. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Kim Dorchak here from Kotzan CPA and Associates to present 2021 township audit. Ms.Dorchak said it was a clean audit which is what you want and went over financial report of funds for 2021. She said there was only one end of year adjustment a reclassification which she said was due to Ms. Zakraysek doing a good job and thanked her and the Board.
After discussion, Mr. Richards stated the Treasurers Report was accepted as read. The General Account Fund showed revenues received totaling $215,472.91, expenditures of $ 243,513.67(check # 32143 to #32191) and a balance of $702,949.61. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues received of $5,031.77 and expenditures of $5,275.60(check #1595 to #1597) and a balance of $4,894.50. The Fire Protection and Fire Hydrant Fund showed revenues received for the hydrants of 0.00 and protection of $0.00 and expenditures of $2,731.71(check #1315 to #1318) and a balance of $20,565.81. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed revenues of $10.68 in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#-) leaving a balance of $114,292.29. The American Rescue Plan Account showed revenues of 12.09 in interest, and expenditures of $1,587.50(check #006 to #007) leaving a balance of $236,004.69.
CORRESPONDENCE: Letter from Rosebud Mining Company concerning Blast Plan notification.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to accept Mr. Roger Layton’s resignation letter from Adams-Croyle Rec Authority. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed. Mr. Richards said for secretary to send Mr. Layton a thank you letter for his service.
Short discussion on motion to nominate new person from Adams Township to fill Mr. Layton’s spot on the Adams -Croyle Recreation Board. Mr. Bucci nominated Mr. Schrader. Mr. Schrader said he accepts the nomination. Mr. Senft seconds. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked if the Board had any other old business they would like to discuss. None was forthcoming.
Payment of the Bills: Mr. Richards stated all Board Members have a copy of the bills presented for payment totaling $243,435.20 and asked them to take a few minutes to review the bills before calling for a motion to approve payment of the bills. Mr. Bucci made the motion to pay all bills. Mr. Senft seconded this motion. With all in favor, motion passed.
Thebillsareasfollows:GENERALFUND: AdamsStlightAcct….4,940.56,Amtrust….5237.00,BarclayElec….96.00,Blues…..287.00,Chemung…..1298.05,Comcast….690.63,Conemaugh….72.00,CrytalPure….35.80,CumberlandTruck….140.15,E.Pentrack….30.00,EmploymentPartners…..17,419.56,FisherAuto179.80,FHMA…..126.00,GarrettLimestone….7812.30,HerculesTruck….515.90,Highland….78.66,Highmark…..259.70,JamesExcavating….155,912.00,J.Nibert….30.00,KeystoneCoop…..1720.88,KimballMidwest…..233.60,KotzanCPA….5750.00,LongBarn529.30,LutherPMiller….6654.95,M.Glosser….325.00,MathesonGas….40.50,NAPA…..1343.94,PADUIAssoc…..35.00,Palyocsik…..104.91,Penelec….1,102.91,PAOneCall17.82,P.Helsel….30.00,R.Cortese…..30.00,R.Young….30.00,,Samco….587.00,Staples….164.12,StructuralFiberglass….2660.60,VISA…1334.41,USCleaning….583.00,WBMason….53.59,WatsonIns……1,203.00. The State Liquid Fuels Fund: AmericanRockSalt….17,375.47. The StreetLightAccountFund: Penelec….4,940.56, REA…114.00. The Fire Hydrant and Protection Fund: Highland….1309.53. The American Rescue Plan Account Fund: None.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve advertising for bids for road maintenance material for 2022-2023 season. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr.Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to authorize solicitor prepare amendment to zoning ordinance (R2 zone page 39 to change corner lot single unit interior side yard setback to 15 feet) as recommended by Planning Commission and advertise for hearing. Mr. Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve Bahorik/Jordan Adjoining Land Merger as approved by Planning Commission.Mr.Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve Boyd subdivision as approved by Planning Commission. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed. Mr. Jerry Thomas was there on behalf of the Boyd’s. He conveyed his thanks to our Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Richards asked if the Board had any other new business they would like to discuss. Nothing more was forthcoming.
PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD: Mr. Paul Kundrod ,Chief from Adams Township Vol.Fire Company #2 reminding/reiterating to the Board about their request for some of the American Rescue Plan funds for revenue loss during pandemic. He also said they still intend to use it for turnout gear, radio system, and hoses as stated in previous letter. Mr. Richards asked for dollar amounts for these items and Mr. Schrader said yes, just provide us with an updated letter request with items and amounts included.
Mr. Dave Hayes from Allegheny Ridge Recreation Association here about 6 county ATV trail system they are trying to get together (a portion of which would go through Adams Township). He said they received a 200,000 grant to do a feasibility study and there will be a meeting with all concerned about proposed trail in April in Altoona. He said proposed route has portion coming through Adams Township. He said they have backing of State Rep. Rigby locally and another rep from Harrisburg area along with area County Planning Commissions. He mentioned they are working with the State (Game Commission,etc.) to open up their roads and if they allowed that it would bring money to area through tourism of people coming to ride trails as they do in West Virginia for the Hatfield-McCoy trail which they are trying to model this after. He added they have sent out surveys and have had over 600 responses so far. He said the reason he is here is to ask Board if township would open their roads. He said the questions that they are always asked are about liability and noise. He said there is an act that covers that municipality would not be liable for negligence. He said when riding ATV’s, they are looked as a car; must have insurance. Mr.Barbin said that is correct on the negligence but doesn’t cover civil suits…. things that owner of property would need to do to maintain property they would still be liable for such as maintaining fencing. Mr. Hayes said about noise; ones that have light bars, radios etc.…. and these riders aren’t all young kids, and four seaters are popular for families. He said another township in state had complaint about noise,etc so the association put up signs to help with the concern. He also mentioned that we have a noise ordinance with would come into play for the riders and if there were complaints to have police take pictures and to let the association know and they would help. Mr. Richards asked what roads would be? Mr. Hayes said he was only here to inform at this point, and he would supply us with a plan detailing where. Mr.Barbin said that the Board would look at plan to see what is proposed and where and what roads would be affected. He said they would not open all township roads but would consider ones where trail would link sections or go through. Mr. Gdula mentioned that he had a group of local riders asked him about opening roads last year said it was Mine 42 area (Old Bedford Pike Extension) asked if it was same area… Mr. Hayes said yes they are looking at that area. He remarked they would be using existing trails that are already there and they would be multi-use not just for ATV riders also bikers,horses,etc. Mr.Senft asked about homeowners’ liability if a homeowner along trail opened their land to portion of trail. Mr.Barbin said homeowner would enter use of land that opens that to free public access and are not liable for negligence with allows a degree of protection; but like before still liable civilly if area not maintained. Mr. Hayes thanked Board and said he would bring more information for Board to look at and provide contacts.
Mr. Steve Sewalk here from The Eads Group asking Board if they would like Eads to apply/submit for a grant on their behalf for projects ;amount of which is up to 1 million. He asked what projects. The Board mentioned Kelly Drive for stormwater ; portion of Peaceful Valley for water line and Fox Drive area in St. Michael for stormwater project. Mr.Sewalk said he will work up dollar amounts and project descriptions. He said would have to pass resolution at next meeting . Mr. Gdula asked about administrative fees from grant; covered by grant. Mr.Sewalk said he will need little bit of time to do cost estimate to see what all we will submit(if all three or what). Mr.Senft asked when we would find out if we receive the grant money. Mr.Sewalk said later this year….probably mid to late October.
Mr. Richards stated with no other township business to conduct he would entertain a motion to adjourn. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed, and the meeting adjourned at 5:54 PM..
Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer