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, Dan Senft and Brian Schrader and Mark Bucci, Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer, William Barbin, Solicitor, and nine (9) 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 October 23,2023 regular meeting minutes. He asked all Board members to read the minutes. Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With four in favor, motion passed. Mr. Richards abstained since he was not present at the last meeting.
After discussion, Mr. Richards stated the Treasurers Report was accepted as read. The General Account Fund showed revenues received totaling $77,048.67, expenditures of $104,937.53(check # 33414 to #33456) and a balance of $786,596.77. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues received of $0.00 and expenditures of $4,670.08(check #1674) and a balance of $25,586.50. The Fire Protection and Fire Hydrant Fund showed revenues received for the hydrants of $0.00 and protection of $0.00 and expenditures of $1,352.09(check #1378) and a balance of $37,975.51. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed revenues of $527.09 in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $163,460.70. The American Rescue Plan Account showed revenues of $2.46 in revenues in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $49,523.27.
CORRESPONDENCE: Letter from Fire Companies about operational changes. The email from Chief Kundrod and letter from Dennis Gdula detailed changes being implemented between the two departments that effective immediately Chief Kundrod will be in charge of fire operations for the Dunlo station as well which includes incidents in the township, department training, setting alarm plans for both departments, completing state fire marshal reports, assisting with ISO prep, and establishing joint line officer meetings. Mr. Richards said this is a good thing; long time coming. Chief Kundrod and Mr.Gdula both said we have both been responding to alarms together; we both have older firefighters and there are some young people in both so going forward they are the future ; they can train together,etc. He said but there is an age gap. Mr.Gdula agreed said there is a lot of 50-70 age group and then there is not a lot in the middle age bracket and they each have a group of younger people. Mr.Gdula said with that in mind …..this is a good thing …will just take time to meld things together for these operational duties for both departments.
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 $51,130.81 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 rest in favor, motion passed.
The bills are as follows:GENERALFUND: Amtrust….4,748.00,CambriaCountyBldgCodes….220.00,Comcast….818.85,CrystalPure…35.80,D.Wilson…450.00,E.Pentrack….60.00,EmploymentPartnersBenefitsFund….21,882.28,FHMA….132.00,GleasonBarbin….4,283.32,GroffTractor…442.53,Highland…78.66,Highmark….278.25,J.Nibert…..60.00,JtwnTrib….53.40,LarrysAuto…257.50,LongBarn….227.50,LutherPMiller…..2,805.46,Penelec….947.90,PAOneCall….14.80,P.Helsel….60.00,PitneyBowesGlobal….202.89,PitneyBowesPurchasePower…200.00,,R.Cortese….60.00,Rays…16.00,R.Rusnak….80.00,R.Webb…60.00,R.Lehman…60.00,R.Young…60.00,SamsClub…74.22,SummerhillTwp….1,500.00,ThomasAuto…144.70,UPMC…..36.00,USCleaning…745.00,VISA….1,603.77,WBMason….126.99. The State LiquidFuelsFund:WindberStone…1,893.69. The StreetLightAccountFund: Penelec…..4,894.91,REA…127.60. The Fire Hydrant and Protection Fund: Highland….1,352.09. The American Rescue Plan Account Fund: L/B Water…..36.70.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve 2024 tax resolution, General Fund budget for 1,743,960.00 and State Liquid Fuels budget for 382,685.00. Mr.Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for motion to advertise that Adams Township is giving their notice of intent to appoint Kotzan CPA to make an examination of all accounts for the year 2023. Mr.Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve rental agreement renewal with county for Varner’s lease. Mr. Senft made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve resolution/ordinance for borrowing; loan with 1st Summit Bank for storage building. Mr. Senft made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
Discussion and possible motion to approve request for fire hydrant on Seesetown Road. Mr.Gdula said the cost for new hydrant he got from Highland is $7,750.00. He said it is needed ; said is near Mr. Jason Keller’s property ;he said there are 3 new homes along there and there may be 2 additional coming within the next year so hydrant is needed. Chief Kundrod said that is good if there was a fire in that area ; St. Michael could come in from one side and Dunlo the other to access hydrant. Mr. Schrader made the motion to approve request for hydrant, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve purchase of 2 radar speed signs for police department using ARPA money. Mr.Gdula asked what quote was for them; Mr. Bucci said Chief received quote for two of signs of 10,332.00. Mr. Bucci made the motion to approve purchase, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD: Mr. Percy Helsel here about right of way on property next to him; said is new owner and he put sign up blocking right of way. He said can he do that. He said it used be Berwind’s right of way; it is in middle of property. Attorney Barbin said it depends if they sold it to him and is part of deed . Mr. Helsel said about showing a right of way on subdivision from about 20 years ago. Mr. Bucci said he would send copy to Mr. Barbin of the subdivision they referenced. Attorney Barbin said without looking at deed and subdivision plan; could also be a paper street ; he can look into and get Mr. Helsel an answer next time.
Michelle Cimba asking about update on the house in Llanfair that is falling down; Mr.Gdula said about 2 weeks ago ; he and Attorney Barbin went to county court. Attorney Barbin said according to the Judge the owners do not have the ways and means to do anything; gave them another 90 days to try to do something with the house; find a solution. After that 90 days , the Judge will readdress it. Ms. Cimba asked what happens then? Attorney Barbin said in the law the Judge cannot force someone to do something they are not capable of doing.; said they have stopped paying taxes on property would go up for tax sale ; they will be back in front of judge ; if they don’t make any efforts or take any action ; they can say they are not capable ; do not have money to do anything ; can ask for proof of that.; he said we will see what happens.
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. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed, and the meeting adjourned at 5:20 P.M.
Respectfully Submitted: Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer