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,, Mark Bucci and Dan Senft and Brian Schrader, Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer, William Barbin ,Solicitor, Police Chief Moss 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 August 28,2023 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. Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. 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 $56,132.93, expenditures of $142,256.43( check # 33315 to #33345) and a balance of $894,155.05. The Street Light Account Fund showed revenues received of $1,212.75 and expenditures of $218.07(check #1667) and a balance of $36,085.58. The Fire Protection and Fire Hydrant Fund showed revenues received for the hydrants of $362.25 and protection of $424.74 and expenditures of $0.00(check #--) and a balance of $40,703.30. The State Liquid Fuels Account Fund showed revenues of $64.29 in interest, and expenditures of $170,164.24(check#828) leaving a balance of $190,375.25. The American Rescue Plan Account showed revenues of $3.77 in revenues in interest, and expenditures of $0.00(check#--) leaving a balance of $49,517.99.
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 $269,797.84 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. Bucci seconded this motion. With rest in favor, motion passed.
The bills are as follows:GENERALFUND: Amtrust…..4,748.00,BergeysTruck…210.27,CambriaCtyBldgCodes…130.00,CambriaCtyLawLib7.00,CMSMed…..494.70,,Comcast….511.12,CrystalPure….28.80,EadsGrp….5,958.11,E.Pentrack….30.00,FHMA….132.00,FreedomSys….2,536.00,FWF….393.00,GrannasBros…..18,000.00,Highland…78.66,Highmark….278..25,HRI…..1,550.57,J.C.Ehrlich….260.95,J.Nibert….30.00,JtwnTrib….223.50,KeepCambriaCtyBeautiful….52.00,Keystone17.04,LaurelFord…..21.84,LongBarn….27.05,LutherPMiller…..5,242.28,NAPA….188.64,PAFishandBoat….1,264.00,Penelec….815.11,PitneyBowes….200.00,PAOneCall…..39.96,P.Helsel….30.00,QuakerSales…11,707.92,R.Cortese….30.00,R.Rusnak….40.00,,RelianceStandard796.90,R.Webb….30.00,R.Lehman….30.00,R.Young….30.00,RPMSigns….23.99,RussellStandard….6,240.00,S.Grow….150.00,Trapuzzanos….630.98,USCleaning…867.00,Verizon….286.84. TheStateLiquidFuelsFund:Grannas….170,164.24,RussellStandard….4,000.00,WindberStone….5,555.73,Midland….18,130.00.TheStreetLightAccountFund:Penelec…..5,670.08,REA…127.60,ATGeneralFund…36.39,CambriaCtyComm….649.26. The Fire Hydrant and Protection Fund: ATGeneralFund….12.74,ATGeneralFund…10.87,Highland…1,352.09. The American Rescue Plan Account Fund: None.
Mr. Richards asked for motion to approve zoning ordinance amendment concerning minimum square footage; approved by Adams Township Planning Commission and Cambria County Commission and having no objections/testimony at the hearing beforehand. Mr.Bucci made the motion,second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve retirement/resignation of Officer Heming effective 9-11-2023. Mr. Bucci made the motion, second by Mr. Gdula. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to promote Michael Popma from part time to full time officer with Adams Township effective today.Mr.Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to ratify approval of settlement with Fish and Boat Commission. Attorney Barbin said his recommendation was to pay settlement amount as it would cost less than fighting/filing an appeal. Mr. Richards commented this was due to cleaning pipe out on Elton Dam Road so road would not flood and be closed. He said we are looking into what to do with these maintenance /flooding issues with Elton Dam road in the future since we don’t want this to happen again.
Discussion and motion to approve setting date and time for Trick or Treat night. Board discussed with Chief Moss since he needs to schedule police for that night ; either Thursday October 26th or Tuesday October 31st; said 31st is actual Halloween. Mr. Gdula made motion to set date as Tuesday, October 31st,2023 from 6-8pm. Mr. Bucci seconded. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve Rosebud Subdivision as approved by the Planning Commission. Mr. Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve Sally Stanton subdivision as approved by Planning Commission.Mr.Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Senft. With all in favor, motion passed.
Motion to approve Csikos Adjoining Land Merger as approved by the Planning Commission.Mr.Schrader made the motion, second by Mr. Bucci. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve Bahorik Adjoining Land Merger as approved by the Planning Commission.Mr.Gdula made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Discussion and possible motion to approve/award storage building bid contract. Discussion took place….Mr. Gdula said the costs of the bid is high; a lot to afford at this time; Mr. Richards said so that is no motion no second? Mr. Bucci said we need to discuss further ;decide what we want to do and asked how long we have to make/award bid contract . Attorney Barbin said you opened on the 8th of September, so you have 60 days from then. Mr. Gdula made a motion to table decision on awarding storage building contract, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Discussion on Grigg complaint about outdoor furnaces. Mr. Richards said we will have to look into this and what regulations would be ; as of now we have no regulations. Attorney Barbin said he has two townships that already have such an ordinance; would start with your planning commission and have them look what would be appropriate for the township. Mr. Richards and the Board said to send word to Planning Commission; have them look at different ordinances concerning outdoor furnaces and see what is appropriate for our township. Mr. Senft made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
Mr. Richards asked for a motion to approve road bond for Matson Lumber Company on Palestine Road. Mr. Senft made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed.
The Board will start the process of working on the 2024 budget with the secretary-treasurer on Tuesday, September 19th at 10:00am.
PUBLIC GENERAL COMMENT PERIOD: Matt Wilson here from Corle Construction here about the storage building bid….just present if we had any questions for him.
Mr. Richards stated with no other township business to conduct he would entertain a motion to adjourn. Mr. Senft made the motion, second by Mr. Schrader. With all in favor, motion passed, and the meeting adjourned at 5:15 P.M.
Respectfully Submitted: Jennifer Zakraysek, Secretary-Treasurer