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 Gdula, Dennis Richards, Brian Schrader, Mark Bucci and Dan Senft, Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer, William Barbin, Solicitor, Police Chief Kirk Moss, and six (6) 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 March 20,2023 regular meeting and March 23, special meeting. He asked all Board members to read the minutes. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
After discussion, Mr. Richards stated the Treasurers Report was accepted as read. The General Account Fund showed revenues received totaling $225,236.49, expenditures of $ 57,195.43(check # 33023 to #33045) and a balance of $907,770.89. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues received of $14,014.00 and expenditures of $4,811.12(check #1647 to #1648) and a balance of $21,220.92. The Fire Protection and Fire Hydrant Fund showed revenues received for the hydrants of $4,336.50 and protection of $9,773.75 and expenditures of $0.00(check #--) and a balance of $42,172.92. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed revenues of $69.17 in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $364,405.53. The American Rescue Plan Account showed revenues of $9.70 in revenues in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $178,949.43.
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 $62,886.31 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. Gdula seconded this motion. With all in favor, motion passed.
The bills are as follows:GENERALFUND: AmercianLegal….123.08,BarclayElec….99.80,CambriaCtyBldgCodes…194.26,CarrotTop….376.83,Cintas….57.14,CircadianTech….1,000.00,Comcast……723.41,CrystalPure….28.80,CumberlandTruck….14.78,E.Pentrack…30.00,EmploymentPartners……20,319.26,FIHoff….3,630.57,FHMA….144.00,Highland….81.93,Highmark….259.70,J.Nibert….30.00,TribuneDemocrat….48.00,KimballMidwest….147.19,LarrysAuto….93.28,LongBarn…..21.80,LutherPMiller…..3,925.15,Penelec…1,098.74,P.Helsel….30.00,R.Cortese….40.00,R.Webb…30.00,R.Lehman….30.00,R.Young….30.00,TireShop….640.00,ThomasAuto….70.12,Trapuzzanos….230.00,UPMC….80.00,USMunicpalSupply….1,989.09,USCleaning…1,009.00,VISA….1,101.24,WBMason….103.97. The State Liquid Fuels Fund: None. The StreetLightAccountFund: Penelec….208.71, REA….127.60, AT General Fund….651.65. The Fire Hydrant and Protection Fund: AT General Fund…203.74, AT General Fund…446.26, Highland….1,352.09. The American Rescue Plan Account Fund: DeGol….750.86, AT General Fund…2,982.26, AT General Fund…736.….625.….17,707.00.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to advertise for bids for paving project for 2023 and approve county liquid fuel application. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr.Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Motion to approve Path of the Flood race going through Adams Township on May 27.2023 and to send letter stating this. Mr.Barbin said this is needed due to them needing PennDOT permit to go on state roads; need letter from municipality first. Quick discussion occurred on where race will be going. Mr.Schrader made the motion to send approval letter, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve paying the $40.00 per meeting to whoever is acting as recording secretary for the Planning Commission. Mr. Bucci brought up that normally the recording secretary doesn’t get a vote. Mr.Barbin said that this is a regular member filling in as recording secretary until the commission gets a new one; so, since they are regular member there is no conflict of interest there; get a vote. Mr. Gdula made the motion to pay whoever is acting as recording secretary the 40.00, second by Mr.Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Discussion on solar ordinance. Mr.Barbin said he had provided a solar ordinance from another township which is added to zoning ordinance; have to amend zoning ordinance to include it. He said there is another one that is floating around that is filed separate from zoning ordinance. He said one from other township is not restrictive; but limits it to two zoning areas and exempts rooftop solar for residents. Mr. Bucci said our planning commission has been looking at both of those and other information that has been provided and that at the PSATS conference he will be attending later this month there is a seminar about solar; he said PSATS said that the gentlemen giving seminar will come to township if multiple townships are interested to explain/give information. Mr. Bucci said after conference he will hopefully have more information.
Discussion about an ordinance for stop signs in St. Michael. Mr. Schrader said District Justice Varner brought up about these stop signs and needed ordinance. Mr.Barbin said he will look into and research about this and will present options at next meeting.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to amend agenda to add approval of memo of understanding/addendum to police contract concerning shift schedule with hiring of additional officer due to not knowing about before posting of agenda on Thursday. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve memo of understanding/amendment to police contract with 6-month trial period of Pittman 12-hour shift schedule for full timers and acknowledgment of Sundays being covered by part timers 3-11 open shift; as agreed at the meeting on 3-29-2023 with union reps and full timers ,Mr.Barbin and Chief Moss all present. Motion made by Mr. Senft, second by Mr. Bucci with all in favor motion passed.
PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD: Michele Cimba of Llanfair Road inquiring about 318 Llanfair Road possible demolition from our prior minutes. Mr.Barbin answered her and said what is happening is he sent a letter to owners of that property about the condition of the house (falling down and is a safety hazard) and gave them 30 days to do something about it which should be up at the end of the month or legal action will be taken about condition of building.
Robin Browne of Ragers Hill Road here about neighbor’s wire fence/s. She said the fence is not 2 feet off property line as it states in our ordinance and also it is dangerous as it has spikes on it and leaves and other things get trapped in it. She said should be moved 2 feet off line as it says and reiterated the danger. Mr.Barbin said the 2 feet issue is valid. Mr. Gdula said he and Mr.Barbin had discussed this issue previously; Mr. Barbin stated then a fence is fence and Mr. Gdula said he talked with building codes, and they were supposed to have an inspector stop there today and look at fence and property lines. He reminded secretary to call codes to make sure they did have someone stop. Mr. Gdula mentioned to Ms. Browne that she had mentioned a letter her neighbor had supposedly received from codes; he asked codes; they said no such letter was sent. Mr.Barbin then asked Ms. Browne about if her property was surveyed and if pins were there and she said yes. Ms. Browne also asked about cutting bushes that come over on her side; said she heard that you can cut limbs/etc. that come onto your property. Mr.Barbin said with the fence; we can force them to move it back 2 feet off property line. Mr. Richards said with limbs are hanging on your side you can cut/trim them.
Mr. Richards stated with no other township business to conduct he would entertain a motion to adjourn. Mr. Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed, and the meeting adjourned at 5:18PM.
Respectfully Submitted: Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer