July 14, 2014
Chairman Dennis Richards called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M. in the conference
room of the Adams Township Municipal Building.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all present.
Those in attendance were Supervisors Dennis Richards, Denny Gdula, Anthony
Christ, Bill Smith and Roy Hoffman; William Barbin, Solicitor; Diana Baxter, Secretary; Police
Chief Moss and four (4) residents.
IV. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR AGENDA ITEMS AND PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:
Mr. Richards stated at this time the Public has the right and the opportunity to
comment on any item from the previous meeting minutes.
Mr. Richards stated everyone had a copy of the June 23, 2014 meeting. He asked
all Board members to read the minutes. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve the
minutes presented. Mr. Smith made the motion to accept the minutes, Mr. Gdula seconds
this motion. With all members in favor, motion passed and the minutes were approved.
VI. TREASURER’S REPORT:
Mr. Richards asked for the reading of the Treasurers Report. The General Account Fund
showed revenues received totaling $77,574.15, expenditures of $56,606.37 (Check #26810
to #26834) and a balance of $670,794.57. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues
of $2,025.00, expenditures of $153.14 (Check #1277) and a balance of $48,264.73. The
Fire Protection Account Fund showed revenues of $530.00, expenditures of $0.00 (Check
#---) and a balance of $30,421.72. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed interest
of $94.77 and expenditures of $0.00 (check #---) leaving a balance of $213,263.40. Mr.
Richards stated the Treasurers Report was received as read. Mr. Hoffman asked about the
Commonwealth of PA excess winter maintenance amount.
A letter from PA DEP regarding the Flood Protection Project along South Fork Little
Conemaugh River and the need to approve a new Sponsor Agreement for the township
stating the Township’s responsibility for land acquisition, utility relocation and the project
escrow account. Discussion: A discussion between Board members regarding the flood
project and it was agreed that they need to know what the calculations are for the 100
year flood and also they need to meet with North Fork Southern prior to making any
commitment to this project. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to send a letter back to request
a meeting with North Fork Southern and regarding the calculations for the event of flooding.
Mr. Smith made the motion, second by Mr. Christ. Motion passed. Mr. Barbin is going to
A letter from PA DEP regarding releasing the AMFIRE Mining Co., LLC South Fork #2
Mine permit. Discussion: A discussion was held on the probable location of this mine
permit with Amfire. No action is required if they are o.k. with the release of the bond.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to appoint a new member to the Forest Hills Municipal
Authority (to replace Alfred Clement), Adams Township Municipal Authority (to replace
Alfred Clement) and also the Adams Township Water Authority ( to replace Tom Neff).
(Letters of interest are attached to meeting packet). Mr. Smith made a motion to appoint
Mr. Richards to the Forest Hills Municipal Authority, Mr. Gdula second this motion. Mr.
Richards abstained. The motion passed. Mr. Smith made a motion to appoint Ralph
Glessner to the Adams Township Municipal Authority. Mr. Christ seconds this motion. With
all in favor, motion passed. Mr. Gdula made a motion to appoint Joe Trentini to the Adams
Township Water Authority . Mr. Smith seconds this motion. With all in favor, motion
Mr. Smith made a motion to send a letter of sympathy to Skip Kelley’s spouse. Mr. Hoffman
seconds this motion. With all in favor, motion passed. The Board stated there are no more
interested parties to be appointed to the vacancy created by the passing of Mr. Kelley.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to hire a part time secretary-clerk for the Police
Department and when needed the Township Office. Mr. Christ made the motion. Mr. Smith
seconds this motion. Mr. Richards asked can they type the police reports and incidents.
Mr. Moss stated yes. Mr. Hoffman asked about doing an interview process. Mr. Smith
rescinded his second on Mr. Christ motion. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to review and
interview for a part time secretary – clerk for the Police Department and when needed in
the Township Office. Mr. Christ made the motion, second by Mr. Smith. With all in favor,
Mr. Richards asked if the Board had any old business they would like to discuss.
Payment of the Bills: Mr. Richards stated all Board Members have a copy of the bills
presented for payment totaling $38,405.84 to take a few minutes to review the bill before
calling for a motion to approve payment of the bills. Mr. Hoffman made the motion to pay
all bills, Mr. Gdula seconds this motion. With all in favor, motion passed. The bills are as
follows for the General, Fire, Street Light and State Accounts: GENERAL FUND ACCOUNT:
J. Rachael...733.76, Adams Water...54.00, CCBC...335.00, Comcast...335.00, Cover
Chevy...65.89, Crystal Pure...45.30, Cumberland Truck...1208.87, D. Knepper...30.00,
DeLage...79.67, D. Bailey...30.00, Ebensburg Office...367.61, E. Pentrack...30.00,
FHMA...105.00, FWF...248.00, HRI...1897.78, ICC...125.00, J. Cummings...30.00, J.
Rachael...551.25, Tribune...192.50, Long Barn...33.00, LP Miller...765.84, M. Bucci...30.00,
M. Cornelius...300.00, Miller Auto Parts...5.08, Palyocsik...16.97, P. Webb...35.00, R&J
Gulf...1500.57, Penelec...691.46, Ray’s...55.80, R. Webb...30.00, R. Poborsky...30.00,
Summit...4343.32, Team Force...7432.43, US Cleaning...583.00, VISA...242.35,
Walsh...234.69, Watson...633.00 FIRE PROECTION ACCOUNT: HSWA...727.03, J.
Rachael...19.20.. STREET LIGHT ACCOUNT: Penelec...2833.39, REA...108.00, J.
Rachael...72.90. STATE LIQUID FUELS ACCOUNT: None.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to sell the 2009 Ford Victoria. Mr. Christ made the
motion, second by Mr. Smith. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richard asked for a motion to approve the following subdivisions as approved
by the Planning Commission on July 2, 2014.
1. Nagy Subdivision on Seesetown Road. Mr. Smith made the motion, second by
2. Berwind Corp minor subdivision to Gdula and Ferchalk on Seesetown Road for
3. Thomas Subdivision. Mr. Smith made the motion, second by Mr. Christ. Motion
4. Sally Stanton subdivision. Motion made by Mr. Gdula, second by Mr. Smith With
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve the road bond for $7,500.00 for Kern
Brothers Lumber Co. Corp. for 6/10 mile on WPA Road. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second
by Mr. Smith. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to allow the Police Chief to purchase the required
program for the tablets to be used in the police vehicles. Mr. Smith made the motion,
second by Mr. Christ. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Hoffman stated there is no money to tar and chip the roads. He is starting his
dirt roads next week and knows there will be complaints on the dust.
Mr. Richards asked for any other new business. None was forth coming.
X. PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD
Mr. Jessie Scott spoke regarding the recent paving on Hill Street, the need for him to
get his landscaping done and a place ready for the garage that is coming and the fact his
contractor was told he could bring deliveries in but could not haul dirt out on Hill Street
without posting a bond. After a discussion on the options and avenues Mr. Scott has the
Board stated as long as the loads going out are no more than 10 ton his contractor could
haul out but if it goes over 10 ton, he needs to bond the roadway.
Mrs. Marie Hudson and her Daughter Debbie Miller spoke regarding the recent
“ditch digging” that the Township Road Crew did on her property and the way the ditch line
goes down (not straight). Mr. Richards stated Mr. Hoffman and the road crew will go down
and fix this possibly with a swell.
Mr. Christ. With all in favor, motion passed
2 non building lots as lot 1 4.132 acres and lot 2 at 4.132 acres. Mr. Smith made
the motion, second by Mr. Christ. Mr. Gdula abstained. Motion passed.
all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards stated with no further township business to conduct he would
entertain a motion to adjourn. Mr. Christ made the motion to adjourn and Mr. Smith second
this motion. With all in favor, motion passed and meeting adjourned at 6:06 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by:
Diana Baxter, Secretary-Treasurer