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, Kirk Moss, Police Chief and three (3) visitors. Solicitor William Barbin was absent.
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 24,2022 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 $71,298.67, expenditures of $ 186,741.87(check # 32702 to #32744) and a balance of $800,868.64. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues received of $0.00 and expenditures of $3,972.67(check #1629 to #1630) and a balance of $19,837.58. The Fire Protection and Fire Hydrant Fund showed revenues received for the hydrants of $0.00 and protection of $0.00 and expenditures of $1,314.48(check #1341 to #1343) and a balance of $35,686.20. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed revenues of $4.51 in interest, and expenditures of $6,015.95(check#823) leaving a balance of $90,897.94. The American Rescue Plan Account showed revenues of $12.00 in revenues in interest, and expenditures of $77,129.00(check#019 to #022) leaving a balance of $180,417.97.
CORRESPONDENCE: Letter from DCED about Act 41 of 2022 concerning boundary changes process.
OLD BUSINESS: After tabling at previous meeting and board discussion, Mr. Richards asked for a motion to appoint one of these four individuals (Rick Lehman, Dan Helsel,Mark Bucci or Attilio Squillario) to open position on Planning Commission to serve remainder of J.Ritko’s term to 2026. Mr. Bucci made a motion to appoint Attilio Squillario . No second to the motion. Motion dies due to lack of second to the motion. Mr. Senft then makes a motion to appoint Rick Lehman to the Planning Commission, second by Mr. Schrader. Mr. Richards then asks for a roll call …. Mr. Bucci -No, Mr. Schrader-Yes,Mr.Senft-Yes,Mr.Gdula-Yes. Mr. Richards said with that we have a quorum to pass the motion to appoint Mr. Lehman. 4 yes,1 oppose. Motion passed.
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 $102,501.58 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.
Chevy84.22,NAPAAuto….891.37,Penelec…..640.61,PAOneCall….26.40,P.Helsel….30.00,PitneyBowes…..202.89,PBPurchasePower…..100.00,PrittNotary…170.00,QuakerSales…..1,130.45,R.Cortese….30.00,Rays….65.85,R.Webb…30.00,R.Young…30.00,RPMSigns…1,100.00,Samco…998.00,StephensonEquip….348.93,ThomasAuto….123.60,UPMC…44.00,USCleaning….583.00,VISA….1,042.58,WBMason…..178.93. The State Liquid Fuels Fund: None. The StreetLightAccountFund: Penelec4,186.87, REA….114.00, CambriaCtyCommissioners….407.47. The Fire Hydrant and Protection Fund: Highland….1,309.53. The American Rescue Plan Account Fund: Samco……20,580.00, HerculuesEquip….19,928.00.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to advertise space for rent next door. Ms. Zakraysek asked if everything was okay for ad or if anything needed edited. The Board had a short discussion on utilities included/not included. Mr. Gdula made the motion to advertise, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve 2023 tax resolution, General fund budget for 1,767,048.00, and State Liquid Fuels budget for 372,536.00. The Board had short discussion about budget and possibility of next year needing to hire another full-time officer. Chief Moss said we have enough under the police line items to cover and also in the insurance. Mr. Schrader made the motion to approve resolution, general and state budgets for 2023, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve resolution 2022-A1114 for adopting written procedures in how professional services are chosen for its pension plans in order to comply with Act 44. Quick discussion. Motion made by Mr.Gdula,second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to advertise that Adams Township is giving their notice of intent to appoint Kotzan CPA to make an examination of all account for the Fiscal Year of 2022 in place of the elected auditors. Mr. Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to ratify resolution for agility agreement with PennDOT signed on 10-28-2022. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve Naugle Subdivision as approved by the Planning Commission. There was discussion about stormwater with subdivisions, water runoff and flow,etc. Comment was made to table until the next meeting when the Board has more information about the stormwater with this subdivision and Solicitor Barbin can look at the plan. Mr. Schrader made the motion to table approval, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to hire Brian Stevens as a part time police officer for Adams Township after board interview on 11-08-2022. Mr. Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD: Dave Hayes from Allegheny Ridge Recreation Assoc handed out a bill that PA House passed that the DCNR is doing a pilot program study of Gallitzin State Forest to evaluate and then designate certain roads/trails for ATV access. Mr. Hayes said the DCNR during that evaluation process speaks to the local municipalities. Mr. Richards said until the DCNR goes through this process and identifies/determines what roads/trails they would open; then that would determine where/if we would open up any local roads to ATVs to connect to these state trails.
Mr. Richards stated with no other township business to conduct he would entertain a motion to adjourn. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed, and the meeting adjourned at 5:21 PM.
Respectfully Submitted: Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer