PALMYRA TOWNSHIP – WAYNE COUNTY JANUARY 6, 2020
Chairman Steffen called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.
Roll call of the Supervisors showed that Chairman Steffen, Supervisor Hamby and Supervisor Kmetz were all present. Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to accept the previous month’s minutes as written with one correction under the Solicitor’s Report the word has needs to be added with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Treasurer’s Report was given by Ms. Powderly and 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 were read and 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 approve Tax Levy Resolution 19-08 with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Police Report is on file.
Fire Report was given by Scott Mead and is on file.
Ambulance Report was given by Jeff Phys. He stated that the Hawley Ambulance was completely licensed.
Road Report was given by Road Master Kmetz and is on file.
Correspondence - The Township received its normal newsletters, pamphlets, brochures and magazines that are posted on the back wall. The township received the Hawley Area Authority minutes.
Zoning Report was given by Paul Natale.
Public Comment - None
Emergency Management - Supervisor Hamby stated there was nothing to report.
Crime Report - Supervisor Kmetz stated there was nothing to report.
Solicitor’s Report Mr. Treat stated that he had nothing to report.
With no outstanding business left for the year 2019 Chairman Steffen dissolved the 2019 Board of Supervisors at 6:4 0 PM.
The first order of New Business for 2020 is to reorganize the Board of Supervisors. With that being said, Supervisor Kmetz nominated Peter Steffen as Chairman of the Board with a second by Supervisor Hamby and Supervisors Kmetz and Hamby voting yes and Chairman Steffen abstaining.
Chairman Steffen stated that he will read the entire list of appointments and at the end make a motion to accept all nominees.
Chairman Steffen nominated Supervisor Hamby as Vice Chairman, Lois Powderly as Secretary/Treasurer and Right-To-Know Officer at a rate of $16. 95 per hour, Joseph Kmetz as Road Master, Assistant Road Masters Peter Steffen and William Hamby, Office Helper as needed, Solicitor Jeffrey Treat at the rate of $175.00 per meeting and $100 .0 0 per hour for additional work, Gary Van Orden as Vacancy Board Chairman. Kiley Associates as Engineer with Keystone Consulting as an alternate, Paul Natale as Zoning Officer at rate of $ 14.00 per hour , Building Code Enforcement will Northeast Inspection Consultants, Christopher Martin as Sewage Enforcement Officer and Leroy Finlon as his alternate, Equipment Maintenance will be the Hawley Garage, Kuzimaic’s Garage, Gary’s and Bill Carson. Independent contracted services will be Carson Excavating. Depositories are the Dime Bank , PNC Bank and PLGIT, William Hamby as Emergency Management Coordinator, Planning Commission members will be Paul Natale and Joseph Kmetz who terms will run until the end of 2023 , Louis Gruber who term runs until the end of 2020, and Andrea Whyte to serve until the end of 2024 and all subsequent terms will be for a period of 6 years. Newspaper of record will be the Tri County Independent. Zoning Hearing Board members will be Robert Hochrieter term expires 12/31/ 23 , Cyndy Kielar term expires 12/31/22 , and James Gibbons whose term expires on 12/31/24 , Appeals Board members are Casey Warnott, Rich Hilriegle, Dan Shariest, and Matt George, Sewer Authority Representative will be Joseph Kmetz. All township meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month at 6:30 PM with the exception of September which will be held on Tuesday September 8 , 2020 , in observance of Labor Day . Chairman Steffen made a motion to increase Noah Conrad’s wage from $12.00 an hour to $13.00 per hour and Kyle McDonald’s wage from $15.00 per hour to $16.00 per hour. Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to accept the nominations, approve the Board and meeting changes as well as the pay raises with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Public Comment -Mr. Hanf asked if there has been any resolution to the Bow Tie situation. Solicitor Treat stated that he needed the Board to give him permission to do research on the property to see if there are any liens or mortgages on the property. With that being said Chairman Steffen made a motion to allow Solicitor Treat to search the property with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Regional Ambulance Chairman Steffen stated that he had attended their last meeting. He stated that the Board wanted to have a representative from each community as well as an alternate. The Board decided that all three Supervisors would be on the Board with Chairman Steffen being the primary. Chairman Steffen went on to say that since it is so expensive to get the Regional Ambulance up and running that a question may be needed to be put on the ballot regarding an ambulance tax. It was decided that Ms. Powderly would call the Bureau of Elections to find out how to go about this. After a lengthy discussion with Jeff Phys, Chairman Steffen made a motion to allow Supervisor Kmetz to contact the Communication Center regarding the request for a dual dispatch with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Next scheduled meeting is February 3, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Supervisor Hamby made a motion to adjourn at 6: 55 PM with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.