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, and Mark Bucci, Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer, William Barbin Solicitor, Kirk Moss, Police Chief and eight (8) visitors. Dan Senft 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 3,2022 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. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
After discussion, Mr. Richards stated the Treasurers Report was accepted as written by Mr.Gdula,second by Mr. Bucci. The General Account Fund showed revenues received totaling $51,686.19, expenditures of $ 152,842.30(check # 32672 to #32701) and a balance of $916,311.84. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues received of $231.00 and expenditures of $304.85(check #1627 to #1628) and a balance of $23,810.25. The Fire Protection and Fire Hydrant Fund showed revenues received for the hydrants of $94.50 and protection of $70.31 and expenditures of $0.00(check #--) and a balance of $37,000.68. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed revenues of $0.00 in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $96,909.38. The American Rescue Plan Account showed revenues of $.00 in revenues, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $257,534.97.
CORRESPONDENCE: National Drug Takeback Day is Saturday October 29th from 10am to 2pm.
OLD BUSINESS: Revisit discussion about open planning commission position and motion to appoint one of these individuals (Rick Lehman, Dan Helsel, Mark Bucci, or Attilio Squillario) to serve remainder of J.Ritko’s term through 2026. Mr. Richards commented that the Planning Commission recommended Mr. Bucci. Mr. Richards asked if there was a motion to appoint Mr. Bucci. There were no motions. Mr. Schrader made a motion to appoint Mr. Lehman to the open position on Planning Commission. There was no second. Motion dies. Short discussion happened. Mr. Gdula made the motion to table appointing anyone until the next meeting as the Board needs to discuss this further and since Mr. Senft is absent the whole board will be there then. Mr. Richards seconded the motion. With all in favor, 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 $80,779.77 and asked them to take a few minutes to review the bills before calling for a motion to approve payment of the bills. Mr. Gdula made the motion to pay all bills. Mr. Richards seconded this motion. With all in favor, motion passed.
Thebillsareasfollows:GENERALFUND: AdvancedOffice…..65.65,CambriaCtyBuildingCodes…..420.00,Carmans…..175.55,Chemung….1,497.45,Cintas…..59.75,Comcast….539.75,EadsGrp….3,322.35,FHMA….126.00,Gary’s….690.00,GleasonBarbin….2,348.64,GoodTire…2,570.50,GrannasBros….4,423.17,Groff….940.51,Highmark….259.70,HRI…..4,349.96,J.Nibert…30.00,Tribune….470.70,J.Chesnutwood…..40.00,Keystone….109.93,Kimball…..85.83,L/BWater….86.50,LongBarn…..103.00,LutherPMiller….3,598.17,NAPAAuto….1,411.59,Penelec…..573.55,PAOneCall….29.04,P.Helsel….30.00,PSAB….225.00,R.Cortese….30.00,RelianceStandard….792.92,R.Webb…30.00,R.Young…30.00,RPMSigns…23.99,TheTireShop….1,045.00,ThomasAuto….379.31,Trapuzzanos….41.95,UPMC…44.00,Verzion….269.39,VISA….755.39,WBMason…..609.43,Witmer….108.00. The State Liquid Fuels Fund: AmericanRockSalt….6,015.95. The StreetLightAccountFund: Penelec3,965.74, ATGenFund…6.93, REA….114.00. The Fire Hydrant and Protection Fund: Highland1,309.53, ATGenFund….2.11, ATGenFund….2.84. The American Rescue Plan Account Fund: ATGenFund….16,041.00, Samco……20,580.00.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve Act 57 resolution. Mr. Barbin commented that this is mandatory to pass; that it concerns allowing taxpayers who fail to receive a tax notice during their first year of occupancy to apply for a waiver from penalties and additional costs from the tax collector. Mr. Richards made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Opening of line painting bids and motion to award. Received one bid from Mid Atlantic Marking of Maryland in the amount of $37,471.06. Board discussed amount of bid and time; it said can’t be done this year. Mr. Gdula made a motion to reject any and all bids, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to advertise tentative general fund budget and state liquid fuels budget for 2023. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve Barbara Bubenko minor subdivision as approved by the Planning Commission. Mr. Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve Schaffer subdivision on Oakridge Drive as approved by Planning Commission. Mr.Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to accept Connor Law’s resignation as a part time police officer for Adams Township. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to hire Michael Popma as part time police officer for Adams Township (see resume). Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to add to the agenda a resolution to add to application for PA Small and Sewer grant for stormwater on Kelly Drive that Eads Group is applying for on our behalf; it needs added as Mr.Sewalk and Mr.Kundrod had just contacted secretary this afternoon about the resolution. Mr. Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed. Then Mr. Gdula and Mr. Bucci had some questions concerning the grant; if a certain amount was included or not;etc. Discussion occurred. Mr. Steve Sewalk from the Eads Group said that they looked at the MS4 …that it was okay to discharge to stream. He said cost estimate amount of total grant of $405,258.75 and our match of $71,516.25 does not include railroad permits or fees which can be significant; between 10,000 to 20,000. Also discussed right of ways. Mr. Gdula brought up using larger size pipe for by railroad; and timeline to use funds Mr.Sewalk said is usually 2-3 years after grant is awarded. After discussion, Mr. Gdula made the motion to approve resolution for grant application, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
Chief Moss brought up two things. He said first the line painting; said we should at least do roads that have no lines or fading lines where it is a safety issue as such as Krayn Road, Oakridge Drive and one or two others. Mr. Barbin said in that case if you are doing a smaller amount of linear feet for the painting as long as you stay below bidding threshold, you just need three quotes from three places. Mr. Richards then brought up that in the past; PennDOT had helped us before with getting line painting done. The Chief said we could contact our PennDOT District tomorrow about the line painting and then go from there, if not would get three quotes.
Chief also said that we lost part time police officers; just hired one; one of our full timers could go on medical leave. Said there is hiring problem; that previously there was more applicants whereas now there may only be one to three where before there would be hundreds. Said they will be okay November through December but after that will need people. Chief asked Board if we could make a motion to advertise for part time police officers. Mr. Gdula made the motion to add to the agenda motion to advertise for part time police officers as Chief just brought this to their attention, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed. Mr. Bucci made the motion to advertise for part time police officers, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD: None.
Mr. Richards stated with no other township business to conduct he would entertain a motion to adjourn. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed, and the meeting adjourned at 5:17 PM.
Respectfully Submitted: Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer