February 2, 2015
Chairman Dennis Richards called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M. in the conference
room of the Adams Township Municipal Building.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all present.
Those in attendance were Supervisors Dennis Richards, Dennis Gdula, Anthony Christ,
Roy Hoffman, Bill Smith; William Barbin, Solicitor; Diana Baxter, Secretary; 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. No comments or questions.
Mr. Richards stated everyone had a copy of the January 12, 2015 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. Christ seconds this motion.
With all members in favor, motion passed and the minutes were approved.
Mr. Richards asked for the reading of the Treasurers Report. The General Account Fund
showed revenues received totaling $51,545.17, expenditures of $92,542.84 (Check #27166 to
#27203) and a balance of $345,575.06. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues of
$0.00, expenditures of $3,816.75 (Check #1301 to #1303) and a balance of $25,726.24. The
Fire Protection Account Fund showed revenues of $0.00, expenditures of $741.21 (Check #1046
to #1047) and a balance of $7,418.43. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed interest
of $0.00 and expenditures of $0.00 (check #---) leaving a balance of $48,328.44. Mr. Richards
stated the treasurer’s report was received as read.
A letter from Adams Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. #2 regarding 2015 tentative list of
functions. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to accept the functions for 2015 for both Adams
Twp. #1 and Adams Twp. #2 Fire companies. Mr. Smith made the motion, second by Mr. Christ.
With all in favor, motion passed.
A letter from Cambria County Solid Waste Authority regarding Big Blue Recycling
Revitalization Project. Discussion: Mr. Smith stated he told the Authority we would help them.
Mr. Richards feels a letter should be sent to remind them of the volume of recycling material
Adams Township site generates and request they place a notice and a sign prior to the new bins
A letter Sarah Zajdel regarding her interest to serve on the ATMA Board. Discussion:
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to appoint Sarah Zajdel to fill the term created by the death of
Jim Dusack. Mr. Smith made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
A letter from Fred Brown regarding his interest to serve on the ATMA Board.
Discussion: Mr. Richards asked for a motion to appoint Fred Brown to fill the vacant position of
Skip Kelley on the board. Mr. Smith asked if this was not a conflict and he felt a member
appointed should be a paying customer of the Adams Township Municipal Authority. Mr. Gdula
made the motion, second by Mr. Christ. With all in favor, motion passed.
A letter from Ray Wyandt applying for a position on the ATMA Board. Discussion:
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to rescind the $1.00 raise to Justin McKnight as
voted on at the Reorganization meeting held January 5, 2015. Mr. Smith made the motion,
second by Mr. Christ. With all in favor, motion passed. Mr. Smith explained when this motion
went through at the Reorganization meeting he didn’t realize there was a pay scale under the
secretary’s blotter and that raise would have put him to $18.50.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve a 3% increase in rate for Justin McKnight
for 2015. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Christ. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Smith asked for a discussion on the secretary’s position and he would like to put it
to rest. Mr. Richards feels there is no need for a clerk now. Mr. Hoffman feels if the Board loses
the current secretary they will be up a creek. Mr. Smith feels we budgeted for a clerk and he
talked with Police Chief Moss about what a clerk could do for the police department and Kirk
said they need a typist. He felt a minimum of 2 days a week 16 to 20 hours a week. The officers
will help with their reports. Mr. Hoffman stated 6 hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Mr.
Gdula stated four (4) hours a day. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to hire a clerk for the police
department not to exceed 20 hours a week. Mr. Smith made the motion, second by Mr. Christ.
With all in favor, motion passed. Mr. Gdula stated all need involved in the interview process.
Mr. Smith stated he is having trouble plowing in Creslo and he got a nasty letter
because he couldn’t plow the area because cars won’t move. He felt it was a police matter and
these people who won’t move need ticketed. Police Chief Moss stated we need signs. A long
discussion occurred on this problem and on posting of these signs. Mr. Gdula stated he will
Mr. Richards asked if the Board had any old business they would like to discuss. None
Payment of the Bills: Mr. Richards stated all Board Members have a copy of the bills
presented for payment totaling $45,731.53 to take a few minutes to review the bill before
calling for a motion to approve payment of the bills. Mr. Smith made the motion to pay all bills,
except Tri County, Mr. Christ 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:
FIRE PROECTION ACCOUNT: SWCCWA...1360.00. STREET LIGHT ACCOUNT: Penelec...3763.14.
STATE LIQUID FUELS ACCOUNT: None.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to have the Administrator for the Pension Plans, send a
letter to PSAB Municipal Trust for a change in the Police Pension article IV-4 (B) amount of the
monthly Service Increment Benefit from $100 to $500 if the plan is financially able to support
this change. Mr. Smith stated this change was only for the Police Chief. Mr. Smith made the
motion, second by Mr. Christ. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a discussion on purchasing 2 Ford F550’s to replace the current
two trucks. Mr. Hoffman stated we need to replace two trucks, including the snowplows and
spreader boxes. The repairs are exceeding what a payment would be on new ones. Discussion
occurred on going Costars or bidding. Mr. Hoffman asked for a motion to bid the cab and
chassis, bed and hydraulics and the plows and spreader boxes (three separate bids) for two
trucks. Mr. Smith seconds this motion. Motion passed. Mr. Smith asked what else the Board
Mr. Richards asked for any other new business. None was forthcoming.
X. PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD
Mr. Roger Layton spoke to the Board of the updates the Recreation Authority was and
are completing. They are going after a grant to extend the walking trail to the Federal
Park trail and doing this project in phases. The Township will be available for in kind
services for this project. They also are repairing the building with the help of students
from VoTech. Miners Museum is in need of a new roof. Terrible shape. They need
money to pay bills that are coming due. Mr. Richards stated the Board will do the
in kind service. Mr. Smith asked for a motion to pay 1⁄2 the budgeted amount to the
Recreation Authority of $2,500.00 now. Mr. Christ seconds this motion. With all in
favor, motion passed.
Mr. & Mrs. Heider stated a great concern of theirs regarding the intersection of SR160
and WPA Road. A motorist is darting across the road from WPA or to WPA road and an
accident is sure to occur. Different ideas where discussed as to STOP right turn keep
moving or some other type of signage being posted by PENNDOT. A letter will be sent
to PennDOT regarding this matter and requesting a traffic study and help with this road.
Mr. Gdula made the motion to contact PENNDOT. Mr. Smith seconds this motion. With
all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards stated with no further township business to conduct he would entertain a
motion to adjourn. Mr. Smith made the motion to adjourn and Mr. Christ second this motion.
With all in favor, motion passed and meeting adjourned at 6:15 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by:
Diana Baxter, Secretary-Treasurer