PALMYRA TOWNSHIP – WAYNE COUNTY December 3 , 2018
Chairman Steffen called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM .
Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to accept the previous month’s minutes as written with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Treasurer’s Report is on file as well as posted on the back wall.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
The bills are on file as well as posted on the back wall.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to pay the bills with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to adopt Resolution 18-02 (Tax Levy) with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to adopt Resolution 18-03 (Revenues and Expenditures) for the 2019 budget which consists of $146,955.00 for the general budget and a $71,432.00 budget for the state road account for a grand total of $218,387.00 with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Chairman Steffen asked Solicitor Treat to address the letter received from Brian T. Kelly CPA and Associates which asked that the Township consider accepting their proposal to perform the audits for the years ended December 31, 2018 through 2022 at a fixed annual cost of $3,600.00. Solicitor Treat stated that the township would still have to advertise and annually appoint a certified public accountant and that the only problem he could foresee was that possibly a new Board of Supervisors would not want to be locked into a five year agreement. With this in mind, Chairman Steffen made a motion to forego the five year agreement and to appoint Brain T. Kelly CPA and Associates to only do the 2018 audit with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Police Report was given by Officer Paquette and is on file .
Fire Report was given by Scott Mead and is on file.
Ambulance Report - None
Road Report was given by Road Master Kmetz and is on file. Road Master Kmetz stated that in speaking with the Tennessee Gas C ompany about the repair work that needs to be done on Mushpaw Road that the company would pay the township to do the repairs and he would get more information for the next meeting. He also stated that the cinder spreader needed to be removed from the 2005 truck and did the Board want to put it out for bid. He was informed to remove the cinder spreader and have it ready for the next month’s meeting.
Correspondence The Township received its normal newsletters, pamphlets, brochures and magazines that are posted on the back wall.
The township received notification from the Wallenpaupack Brewery Company that they were withdrawing their application for a liquor license.
Public Comment - Jack Fives a resident of Highlands Fields requested that if the snow got more than 14 inches if a pass could be made midway through during the storm to make it easier for him to get out to work. Road Master Kmetz stated he would try to get at least one truck there.
Ann Monaghan representing the Hawley Sewer Authority asked that the Board consider adopting a guaranty agreement that will need to be adopted by the Hawley Area Sewer Authority, Hawley Borough and Palmyra Township. She went on to state that the Authority has done a major expansion and will be closing on a loan which requires that both Palmyra Township and Hawley Borough adopt an ordinance guarantying that if the Authority defaults that they would be responsible. She stated that this was just a formality that needed to be done before the closing of the loan. The Hawley Area Authority will do the advertising for the January 2019 meeting. Solicitor Treat stated this agreement will not affect the township’s borrowing base. He went on to state that the breakdown for Hawley Borough to guaranty is 80% since they have more hookups and the township would guaranty 20%. With that being said Chairman Steffen made a motion to allow the Authority to advertise the ordinance (for the January 2019 meeting) which is incurring a lease rental debt in the principle amount $ 703,800.00 of which there will be a guaranty of 20% of $3,519,000.00 of the aggregate principle with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisor’s voting yes.
Pat Robinson stopped at the meeting to introduce himself as a candidate running for District Attorney of Wayne County. He stated that Wayne and Pike County have a drug problem he would arrest and try the drug traffickers as well as drunk drivers.
Building Expansion Report
Zoning Report was given by Mr. Natale and is on file. Mr. Natale stated that the township received the Certificate of Occupancy for the township building. He informed the Board that he had instituted 2 civil actions with the District Magistrate for serious garbage complaints. The dates for the hearings are scheduled for December 19 th . Chairman Steffen made a motion to allow Solicitor Treat to represent the township at these hearings with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisor’s voting yes. Mr. Natale stated he had gathered the information needed to make changes in the fee schedule for roofs . He stated that minimum flat fee to the township of $50.00 for residential and $150.00 for commercial would be the way to go . The Board decided to take this up at the reorganization meeting in January 2019.
Planning Commission - Mr. Natale stated that the there was nothing to report.
Emergency Management - Supervisor Hamby stated there was nothing to report.
Crime Report - None
Solicitor’s Report - He stated he had nothing to report.
Public Comment - None
Next scheduled meeting is January 7 , 201 9 , at 6:30 PM.
Supervisor Hamby made a motion to adjourn at 7:00 PM with a second by Chairman Steffen and all Supervisor’s voting yes.