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, Dennis Gdula, Brian Schrader, Dan Senft and Mark Bucci, Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer, William Barbin Solicitor, Kirk Moss, Police Chief and twelve (12) 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 August 1,2022 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.
After discussion, Mr. Richards stated the Treasurers Report was accepted as read. The General Account Fund showed revenues received totaling $119,345.86, expenditures of $ 135,081.28(check # 32540 to #32577) and a balance of $814,796.57. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues received of $231.00 and expenditures of $363.31(check #1618 to #1620) and a balance of $31,623.37. The Fire Protection and Fire Hydrant Fund showed revenues received for the hydrants of 110.25 and protection of $315.18 and expenditures of $70.33(check #1333 to #1334) and a balance of $38,989.80. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed revenues of $0.00 in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $353,636.73. The American Rescue Plan Account showed revenues of $0.00 in revenues, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $117,956.28.
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 $290,481.62 and asked them to take a few minutes to review the bills before calling for a motion to approve payment of the bills. Mr. Senft made the motion to pay all bills. Mr. Gdula seconded this motion. With all in favor, motion passed.
Thebillsareasfollows:GENERALFUND: AsphaltZipper…..657.14,BaumgardnerEnterprises….105.00,CambriaCountyBuildingCodes….479.11,Cintas…..632.15,Comcast….537.77,Conemaugh……47.00,D.Bailey….30.00,E.Pentrack….30.00,FHSD……284.35,FreedomSys…..1,895.00,Greens….127.45,GoldenWest…..157.38,GroffTractor…129.60,HighlandSWA…..78.66,Highmark…..259.70,HorvathChemical….103.90,HRI,Inc….8,998.88,J.Nibert….30.00,TribuneDemocrat…83.10,J.Baker…..30.00,J.Chesnutwood….40.00,Keystone…17.87,LongBarn…..68.43,LongsEquip….292.00,LutherPMiller…5,288.50,NAPAAutoParts….118.64,Palyocsik….15.98,P.Mulcahy….30.00,Penelec….686.54,P.Helsel….30.00,QuakerSales….18,000.00,R.Cortese….30.00,RelianceStandard….792.92,R.Webb…30.00,R.Webb….10,209.00,S.Paluch….30.00,UPMC…44.00,Verizon..269.69,VISA….54.95,WBMason…..44.12. The State Liquid Fuels Fund: QuakerSales….45,615.03, RussellStandard….10,004.00, GrannasBros…6565.87. The StreetLightAccountFund: REA…114.3,965.20, ATGenFund….6.93. The Fire Hydrant and Protection Fund: ATGenFund….9.46, ATGenFund….3.31, Highland….1,309.53. The American Rescue Plan Account Fund: 0.00.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve 2023 MMO’s for police and non-uniform pension plans. Mr. Schrader made motion to approve the MMO’s, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve resolution for Cambria County Hazard Mitigation Plan. (See attached email). Mr.Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Richards. With all in favor, motion passed.
Opening of truck bids and motion to award a bidder. Only one bid received for two truck chassis each for 75,172.10 totaling $150,344.20 from Ourisman Ford. Short discussion to decide to accept, and that was for two trucks, no trade in for old trucks. Motion made by Mr. Schrader to accept bid for truck chassis from Ourisman Ford, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve municipal agreements between Forest Hills School District and Adams Township one regarding the SRO and the other the police at extracurricular activities. Chief Moss said about the two separate agreements…he said we didn’t have one because previously we got reimbursed from the state grant for SRO. These lay out cost and are a benefit to the township to have in place. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked if the Board had any other new business they would like to discuss. Nothing more was forthcoming.
PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD: June White, Sarah White, George White and Jason White here about property maintenance complaints. First, Ms. June White brought up 4600 Elton Road…. which she lives next door to. She said there are 5 junk vehicles that are on property and none of them have moved; there are piles of cut pine trees, blocks, fencing that he is throwing over hill at back of lot and composting issues and part of original structure that is left is in bad condition being half torn down. Mr. Richards asked if this is the property where DEP was there in the past. She said yes, it is said Sabo owns property; at time DEP was there a Mr. Shaffer was there he was supposed to buy or be in process of buying it however Mr. Jason White commented that Mr. Sabo is still property owner on record. Chief Moss says he remembers when DEP was there, and that DEP usually does a corrective action plan; he said he talked to Ms. White who informed him the DEP man that was there then is no longer there. Ms. White informed the board that she had talked to new guy at DEP named Matt Shawley and he said the trees, and other stuff should not be brought in there. Mr. Barbin said that is correct that you are not allowed to transport solid waste from one place to another without a license issued by DEP. Mr.Gdula confirmed name of DEP contact. Mr. Richards said it has gotten worse there recently; and between DEP and our police; they can take care of it. One of the Whites said about it being close to the road and Mr. Richards agreed said it is getting closer to the road; Ms. White said the stuff he is throwing over back is piling up against Penelec pole which isn’t good either. Sarah White brought up another house on Elton Road that is abandoned…. that is on property maintenance list that something needs done about…. that the owners should be fined. Mr. Schrader brought up how long process can be …. asked resident Mrs. Baker about her neighbor and she said five years it has gone on; in court. Mr. Richards said that DEP can look at material/trees etc. and our police can take care of the vehicles. Second,Ms.White mentioned the condition of house at corner of Mt. Airy and Post Rd which is still on property maintenance list. Chief Moss said he would talk to owner. Ms. White said they would appreciate any help to take care of these issues.
Mr. Anthony Bafile,Mr. and Mrs. McNeal, and Mr. and Mrs.Ferchalk all of the Clairwood development about stormwater runoff and the recent tar and chip that was done in development. Mr.Bafile said he has lived there for about 38 years and how things and people have changed. He said about previously what had been done to direct water. He said since the recent tar and chip (gravel was which was swept up today) that water from direction of Kelly and Centennial Drive; backs up and comes down between him and his neighbors. He said since the tar and chip the water which he had diverted is now coming onto his property. He said he had a couple of trees taken down recently and they said one went bad because of blight but two or so of them were due to water rot which took years; and also, that when he moved in there a mound of dirt developer put there after 1977 flood that he used to backfill lot; he said when Mr. Jones backfilled lot he showed him where water ran through and found two pipes. Mr.Bafile said he told him they were not his and were removed; he said he believes these were part of original piping in that area. Mr. Gdula said a few years ago …they went so far with a camera in area; didn’t see anything; but he said when they did work there; they found old cistern. He said they tied pipe from cistern into drainage system. He believes there may be more as part of old system. Mr.Bafile asked about the grant/ money available that he was told the township had applied for stormwater grant for the development. He asked about options putting in ditch to catch water, and any future plans for stormwater. He said township used to bring grader around to grade there also. Mr. Richards said if Mr. Senft did that Mr.Bafile would need to be present. The Board replied that we did apply for a grant for the stormwater. Mrs. McNeal asked about to grant also; Mr. Richards said engineer did study of stormwater of which the cost would be $650,000.00 for there. Mr. Barbin said the stormwater grant had been applied for and submitted, but we didn’t get because if we did, we would know by now. Mrs. McNeal also brought tar and chip that they just wanted holes fixed not tar and chip for road….and that kids couldn’t ride bikes; more likely to cause falls,etc. Mr. McNeal brought up that none of the other developments in township have tar and chip; the rest are paved. Mrs.Ferchalk brought up sewage updates that are being mandated and about having to dig up basements; asked about extension. Mr. Richards said that we are not involved in that; would need to attend FHMA sewage meeting to ask about getting extension. Mr. Bucci provided her with day and time of sewage meeting. Intense discussion continued about stormwater; driveway pipes on Centennial Drive; Mr. Barbin said that would be PennDOT that those residents need driveway permit from PennDOT not township; standing water ord, and Mr. Cortese about where water drains by him. Mr. Cortese who is on Planning Commission who also lives back there said today when it was raining, he followed water; that it is not all coming from the new homes on Centennial. He said he thinks if we have a stormwater meeting with Supervisors, Planning Commission, Mr. Barbin etc. to come up with plan of what we can do that we can solve half of stormwater problem; another half being Centennial. He said he would help however he can; said he is meeting with Ray from Berwind. Mr. Richards said Mr. Senft would come in morning to look at what he can do for Mr.Bafile concerning runoff. Mr. Barbin said the best thing is to come up with a plan and then work from bottom up so you don’t dump water on people below and do it in bits and pieces so you can make can afford it and to make sure that won’t happen. Mr. Cortese again mentioned about helping Supervisors with this and setting up a stormwater meeting.
Mrs. Baker asked about Geibig pretrial conference and Mr. Barbin said he got COVID a few days before so he had to cancel, and it would be rescheduled.
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 6:23 PM.
Respectfully Submitted: Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer