Vice Chairman Mark Bucci 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, Dan Senft and Brian Schrader and Mark Bucci, Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer, William Barbin, Solicitor, Police Chief Moss, and nine (9) visitors. Mr. Richards was absent.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR AGENDA ITEMS AND PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:
Mr. Bucci stated now the Public has the right and the opportunity to comment on any item from the previous meeting minutes. None were forthcoming.
Mr. Bucci stated everyone had copies of the October 2,2023 regular meeting minutes. He asked all Board members to read the minutes. Mr. Bucci asked for a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
After discussion, Mr. Bucci stated the Treasurers Report was accepted as written. The General Account Fund showed revenues received totaling $62,874.36, expenditures of $229,408.93(check # 33381 to #33413) and a balance of $814,485.63 The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues received of $0.00 and expenditures of $345.67(check #1672 to #1673) and a balance of $30,256.58. The Fire Protection and Fire Hydrant Fund showed revenues received for the hydrants of $0.00 and protection of $0.00 and expenditures of $0.00(check #--) and a balance of $39,327.60. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed revenues of $0.00 in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $162,933.61. The American Rescue Plan Account showed revenues of $0.00 in revenues in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $49,520.81.
OLD BUSINESS: Mr. Bucci asked if the Board had any old business they would like to discuss. None was forthcoming.
Payment of the Bills: Mr. Bucci stated all Board Members have a copy of the bills presented for payment totaling $58,257.05 and asked them to take a few minutes to review the bills before calling for a motion to approve payment of the bills. Mr. Schrader made the motion to pay all bills. Mr. Senft seconded this motion. With rest in favor, motion passed.
Thebillsareasfollows:GENERALFUND: AdamsDiesel…..750.00,Bergeys….68.32,CambriaCountyBldgCodes….146.63,Cintas….7.15,Comcast….515.53,Conemaugh…..70.00,D.Hornbake…500.00,D.Bailey….30.00,E.Pentrack….30.00,EmploymentPartnersBenefitsFund….1,563.02,FHMA….132.00F.Brown….400.00,GoodTire….1,568.65,Highland…78.66,Highmark….278.25H.Bodolosky….30.00,J.Nibert…..30.00,JtwnTrib….29.10,J.Baker….30.00,Keystone….39.83,KimballMidwest….326.94,LongBarn….40.51,LongsEquip….550.00,LutherPMiller…..2,098.64,PSAB…..225.00,P.Mulcahy….30.00,Penelec….772.42,PAOneCall….27.38,P.Helsel….30.00,,QuakerSales….25,580.85,R.Rusnak….40.00,RelianceStandard….951.65,R.Webb…30.00,R.Lehman…30.00,S.Grow….150.00,SHICorp….68.99,S.Paluch…30.00,TireShop….562.00,Trapuzzanos…..895.95,UPMC…..44.00,Verizon….286.70,VISA….2,958.87,Watkins….9,938.35,WBMason….141.89. The State LiquidFuelsFund:None. The StreetLightAccountFund: Penelec4,670.08, REA…127.60. The Fire Hydrant and Protection Fund: Highland….1,352.09. The American Rescue Plan Account Fund: None.
Discussion and possible motion to donate for Mrs.Madiera’s playground project through Donors Choose. Quick discussion after looking at information. Bucci suggested tabling until next meeting and asked for a motion to do so. Mr. Senft made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Bucci asked for a motion to advertise tentative general fund budget and state liquid fuels budget for 2024. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Bucci asked for a motion to approve resolution and letter for grant application for exterior building renovation. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Discussion and motion to approve/award storage building contract then to discuss/decide on loan. Mr. Bucci asked for a motion to award/approve storage building contract with Corle Construction for base bid and additive alternates 1 & 2 totaling $754,844.00. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. Mr. Bucci then did a roll call vote: Mr. Schrader -Yes, Mr.Senft-Yes,Mr.Bucci-Yes,and Mr. Gdula: No.Motion passed with 3 yes 1 no. Mr. Gdula explained why he voted no; he said the one alternative is insulation which is not needed.; and financially we will be stretched thin. Mr.Barbin later asked about loan; Mr. Bucci and Mr. Schrader said we would know tomorrow morning after talking with bank; figure out how much we want to put and how much will borrow with loan. Mr.Barbin said okay to let him know as soon as we know so he can get started on the paperwork.
Mr. Bucci asked for a motion to invest money from advantage plus account into 6-month CD with 1st Summit at 5.25% APY. Mr. Bucci mentioned tabling this until we know what we are doing with the loan; then will know how much we want to invest. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Discuss solar ordinances (received example from Shade Twp.). Mr.Barbin spoke up and said that the Shade Township one is not appropriate for our township; it’s for somewhere that doesn’t have a zoning ordinance but can use certain elements from it such as decommissioning. Another sample ordinance was from Conemaugh Township which he is said is more appropriate as they do have a zoning ordinance; can use it. Mr. Bucci said that the Planning Commission has had time to do something with solar ordinance; it has been since early this year they have had information, and it has been on their agenda, and nothing has been done; suggested a letter be sent. Mr.Barbin said later this week he will send an email saying what the minimum information is he needs to start working up solar ordinance for township.
Discussion and any possible motions on Elton View Estates drainage/retention pond. Mr. Senft had a resident call about cleaning the retention pond; said it is unmaintainable at the moment because equipment can’t get in; and he mentioned to get in; fence around will need to be moved and added onto. Mr. Senft said he priced equipment to rent to do it; but talked to Mr. Wilson from Summerhill Township and he said he could do it and charge us for labor, fuel and equipment costs. Mr.Barbin said this is okay there is not anything we need to do for labor as we will reimburse Summerhill Township for his hourly rate and then fuel/equipment cost due to Mr. Wilson, which is significantly below cost needed. Mr. Bucci then asked for a motion to approve intergovernmental agreement with Summerhill Township to reimburse them for Mr. Wilson’s labor, and the rental agreement ($450.00 plus fuel) with Mr. Wilson for fuel and equipment costs. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD: Valerie Margo here about a property maintenance complaint by her; she said grass/weeds are high need trimmed/cut. She said this had been addressed previously; property has new different owners. She showed the Board pictures and said where it was located on Tank Avenue. The secretary gave Ms. Margo a property maintenance complaint form; Mr. Bucci told her to fill it out and return it us; can review and then can turn into building codes who will go look and inspect it.
Mr. Bucci stated with no other township business to conduct he would entertain a motion to adjourn. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed, and the meeting adjourned at 5:23 P.M.
Respectfully Submitted: Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer