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.
Those in attendance were Supervisors, Dennis Richards, Brian Schrader, Dan Senft and Mark Bucci, Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer, William Barbin, Solicitor, Police Chief Kirk Moss, and six (6) visitors. Dennis Gdula was absent.
NOTIFICATION OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Board of Supervisors held an executive session for administrative matters and potential litigation on 2-10-2023 with members of the Planning Commission concerning building permitting procedures,compliants,etc. Mr. Richards commented that no decisions were made; just reviewed matters above.
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 23,2023 regular meeting. He asked all Board members to read the minutes. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
Kim Dorchak here from Kotzan CPA and Associates to present 2022 township audit. Ms.Dorchak said they issued a clean opinion on the township’s 2022 financial statements. She also commented that the audit went well, Ms. Zakraysek did a good job and thanked her and the Board. Mr.Senft made a motion to approve audit, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
After discussion, Mr. Richards stated the Treasurers Report was accepted as written. The General Account Fund showed revenues received totaling $62,910.34, expenditures of $ 114,633.07(check # 32894to #32948) and a balance of $690,945.76. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues received of $173.25 and expenditures of $4,066.20(check #1641 to #1642) and a balance of $9,558.72. The Fire Protection and Fire Hydrant Fund showed revenues received for the hydrants of $31.50 and protection of $13.38 and expenditures of $2,783.53(check #1352 to#1355) and a balance of $23,211.75. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed revenues of $4.46 in interest, and expenditures of $8,527.31(check#824 to #825) leaving a balance of $82,384.21. The American Rescue Plan Account showed revenues of $9.20 in revenues in interest, and expenditures of $1,514.00(check#23) leaving a balance of $178,931.46.
CORRESPONDENCE: Letter from Cambria County Planning Commission about county subdivision and land development reviews.
Letter from Adams Twp. Volunteer Fire Company #1 Dunlo listing tentative list of functions for 2023 and motion to approve. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve tentative list of events for 2023. Mr. Bucci made the motion; second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
OLD BUSINESS: Mr. Richards asked if the Board had any 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 $57,638.87 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.
The bills are as follows:GENERALFUND: AmericanRockSalt…..7,816.01,Amtrust…..4,552.00,BarclayElec…180.00,Chemung….1,287.50,Cintas…63.00,Comcast……686.73,CrystalPure…35.80,CumberlandTruck….196.61,EadsGrp…..288.94,E.Pentrack…30.00,EmploymentPartners….17,863.08,FHMA….159.00,Highland….78.66,Highmark…..259.70,J.Nibert….30.00,LongBarn…..1,353.38,Longs…176.00,LutherPMiller…4,882.10,MemorialChevy….427.53,Palyocsik….20.99,Penelec…1,016.32,PAOneCall…17.28,P.Helsel…30.00,ProDisposal….400.00,R.Cortese….30.00,Rays….167.32,R.Webb…30.00,R.Lehman….30.00,R.Young….30.00,RPMSigns…63.96,Sporys….13.60,SherwinWilliams….116.38,USCleaning…..745.00,VISA….2,311.69. The State Liquid Fuels Fund:GrannasBros….4,478.21. The StreetLightAccountFund: Penelec4,899.44, AT Gen Fund…5.20. The Fire Hydrant and Protection Fund: Highland1,352.09, AT General Fund….0.40, AT General Fund…0.95. The American Rescue Plan Account Fund: Portage Ambulance….1,514.00.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve advertising for bids for road maintenance material for 2023-2024 season. Mr. Senft made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Discussion about streetlight rate renewal and motion to approve new contract with Direct Energy with lowest rate for 36 months or the best rate and term in best interest to the township. Short discussion occurred about 36 months at .07562. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve at those terms. Mr. Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to recognize and acknowledge that the township received Mr. Gary Paul’s application request for Ag Security Area, and he commented there will be a public notice. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Discussion and motion to authorize purchase of new chipper box. Discussion occurred; Mr. Bucci asked Mr. Senft about price for this and why it is needed. Mr. Senft said he was quoted $5,000.00 and it is needed because we only have three and we have five trucks. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve purchase of chipper box. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Discussion about donation to FH Food Pantry from ARPA account and if okayed motion to approve.
Motion to post full time police officer position. Short discussion occurred about donation; what amount could be; Mr. Senft said we should look into after not reaching decision. Mr. Richards made a motion to table this motion about donating. Mr. Senft seconded. With all in favor, motion passed.
Motion to post full time police officer position. Short discussion occurred; Mr. Richards asked Chief Moss when he would want this officer in place. He said by May 1st as that is what the current budget would allow. Mr. Richards asked for motion to approve posting for full time police officer. Mr. Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD: Mr. Bart Wagner here about Comcast. He was commenting about increase in price; and was asking about a senior program if they have one; is a franchise. Discussion occurred the Board said yes it is a franchise ; are still under contract with them ; they said that Comcast said then that if for instance they wanted to buy NBC channel …..had to buy the whole NBC package with all their affiliated channels; Mr. Bucci explained the Comcast already has all their own lines here and for another cable service to come in ; they would have to run all their own lines and would be costly and that the current contract is not up for another couple years ;brought streaming option.
Mr. Dave McMillan was here concerned about the property on the curve in Salix where there are a couple junk cars. He said the one has sticker from 2017 and the rest have no current inspection stickers; also, is a safety issue if any are unlocked(trunks,etc.) Chief Moss said the police will take care of it; he will contact owner(s).
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 5:38PM.
Respectfully Submitted: Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer