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 Gdula,Dennis Richards, Brian Schrader, Dan Senft and Mark Bucci, Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer, William Barbin, Solicitor, Police Chief Kirk Moss, and ten (10) 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 February 13,2023 regular meeting. He asked all Board members to read the minutes. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. 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 written. The General Account Fund showed revenues received totaling $125,726.75, expenditures of $ 93,332.44(check # 32949 to #32989) and a balance of $723,340.07. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues received of $0.00 and expenditures of $5,032.24(check #1643 to #1645) and a balance of $4,526.48. The Fire Protection and Fire Hydrant Fund showed revenues received for the hydrants of $0.00 and protection of $0.00 and expenditures of $1,353.44(check #1356 to#1358) and a balance of $21,858.31. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed revenues of $3.65 in interest, state liquid fuel allocation of $286,426.71 and expenditures of $4,478.21(check#826) leaving a balance of $364,336.36. The American Rescue Plan Account showed revenues of $8.27 in revenues in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $178,939.73.
CORRESPONDENCE: Letter from Adams Twp. Fire Co#2 about American Rescue Plan funds detailing what they used ARPA funds for and requesting more funds for needed projects. Mr. Paul Kundrod ,Fire Chief later thanked the Board for their assistance with the funds and explained about what they were used for and increased calls/alarms for fire departments; if you could give more funds would be appreciated and complemented Mr. Gdula as he is with other fire department and has responding to alarms also. Mr. Richards then thanked fire departments for their service over the weekend with the storm that took power out, brought trees down and said we would look at those funds and see what is left after we use for our projects.
Letter from Mr. And Mrs. Lloyd requesting a no outlet or dead sign on Nealyn Drive due to increased traffic due to upcoming storage units. Discussion occurred; Mr.Richards,Mr.Schrader, Mr.Senft,Roadmaster all said it was no problem; we could put a sign of dead end or no outlet at Nealyn Drive.
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 $55,230.98 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. Schrader seconded this motion. With all in favor, motion passed.
The bills are as follows:GENERALFUND: CambriaCountyBldgCodes…..220.00,CambriaCounty….66.00,CMSMed……494.70,Comcast……256.09,ConemaughMedical…..142.00,CrystalPure…49.80,CumberlandTruck….130.25,DHeisers…105.00,E.Pentrack…30.00,EmploymentPartners….17,863.08,FHMA….132.00,GrannasBros….11,408.27,Highland….78.66,Highmark…..259.70,J.Nibert….30.00,TribuneDemocrat….851.40,Keystone….1387.15,KotzanCPA….5,750.00,Loews……264.62,LongBarn…..39.55,Longs…306.00,LutherPMiller…2,913.92,MemorialChevy….60.50,NAPA Auto…1047.32,Penelec…93.38,P.Helsel…..30.00,R.Cortese….30.00,RelianceStandard….792.92,R.Webb…30.00,R.Lehman….30.00,R.Young….30.00,SamsClub….70.38,Trapuzzanos….142.00,UPMC…..80.00,USMunicipalSupply….5,138.27,USCleaning…..745.00,Verizon….269.50,VISA….999.91,WBMason….188.77,Yeagers….979.01. The State Liquid Fuels Fund: None. The StreetLightAccountFund: Penelec….216.14, REA….127.60. The Fire Hydrant and Protection Fund: Highland….1,352.09. The American Rescue Plan Account Fund: None.
Opening and awarding of bids for Maintenance Material for stone and emulsions for 2023-2024. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to award low bidders as follows: Windber Stone for 1B stone $22.47 per ton delivered, Anti-Skid stone $23.02 per ton delivered,3A stone $20.12 per ton delivered,2AModified stone $16.97 per ton delivered, and 4 stone #1 $20.12 per ton delivered. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Senft to award Windber Stone as low bidder for all stone. Russell Standard was low bidder for E3M $3.200 per gallon delivered and Midland Asphalt for MC-70 $5.180 per gallon delivered. Mr.Gdula made the motion and said if any issues or can’t supply that we can go to next lowest bidder, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to advertise for bids for DSA material for Weaver Road Dirt and Gravel Road Project to open at special meeting on March 23, 2023. Mr. Senft made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve Steve Horvath subdivision as approved by Planning Commission. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve side lot addition from Carmen Oswalt to Jeff Wicks as approved by Planning Commission. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Discussion about new police hires attaining SRO certification; board discussed about adding this to our personnel policy that new police hires get certified as SRO’s especially due to regular SRO’s vacations,leaves,etc as they would be needed to fill in. Short discussion occurred; Mr. Richards asked for a updated schedule since schedule may change due to additional officer and also if Chief intends to notify full timers and questioned if Board needs to meet with them ; Chief Moss said that he is working on getting schedule and will give the board a copy and he said yes the full-time officers will get a copy of new schedule rotation and have a chance to review it and comment. Mr. Barbin said yes, they have a say in it.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to promote and hire Alex Conahan to full-time police officer from part time for Adams Twp. effective May 1,2023 after posting position and in accordance with current police contract. Mr. Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Gdula brought up house that is falling down at 318 Llanfair Road. Mr. Bucci made motion to amend agenda to add motion for solicitor Barbin to proceed with action for 318 Llanfair Road house which has become a safety hazard; it is added due to motion to authorize only being known day of meeting. Mr. Gdula made a motion to authorize twp. solicitor Bill Barbin to proceed with action to demolish house at 318 Llanfair Road that has become safety hazard; second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD:
Mr. John Silk here requesting sign be placed at intersection of Oakridge and Palestine Roads. He explained that he was recently in an accident at the intersection and other gentlemen thought/assumed that the stop was 4 way stop. He requested that Board consider having road dept. place another sign on stop sign there like what is on Oakridge drive intersection in Richland that says cross traffic or thru traffic has the right of way. Mr. Richards said we can look at it with Chief Moss, then he and Mr. Senft both said that we can do that; add that sign to the stop sign there.
Ms. Becky Shirk about her property at 1761 Forest Hills Drive; heard there was issues about barn; said zoning/codes issued permit; did inspection; has talked to codes numerous times; then they were questioned about fencing and then later about shed that wasn’t theirs; is neighbors. Mr. Richards said issue is over and done with at this point; permit was issued; building is already up. Mr. Bucci asked her a few questions about who said she could do what; if she knew what area was zoned; completing application; discussion continued Ms. Shirk and Mr. Barbin had talked previously on the phone; She said about signing agricultural affidavit and was told she could have so many pounds of animal per acre. Mr. Barbin said that whatever you were told was incorrect for what is allowed for that area; affidavit does not override township zoning ordinance; codes act as our agent and they issued permit. Mrs. Shirk asked about adding more animals and pasture. Mr. Barbin said any future improvements such as the animals would require a variance.; said fence would require a permit from codes just like any other fence (setbacks required). Mr. Bucci said to attend Planning Commission meeting as they know zoning ordinance what is allowed/not allowed or needed; gave her day, time and location.
Ms. June White here about any updates on Elton Road property next to her where junk vehicles are;trees,etc. . She said Sabo used to own; did he sell? Does she need to contact DEP again about other junk? Chief Moss said Officer Hill was working on that; Sabo did sell to Shaffer; he would check into both; see if DEP can do follow up; Mr. Gdula commented he is moving it to other property in Mine 42.
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 5:47PM.
Respectfully Submitted: Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer