PALMYRA TOWNSHIP – WAYNE COUNTY June 5, 2023
Chairman Steffen called the board of supervisors meeting to order at 6:30 PM.
Roll call showed all supervisors were present. Last month’s minutes were reviewed and accepted as written. Supervisor Hanf made a motion to accept the previous month’s minutes with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all supervisors voting yes.
The Treasurer’s Report was given by Shayla Gouger and is on file as well as posted on the back wall. Chairman Steffen made a motion to accept the treasurers report with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all supervisors voting yes.
Bill List number #6 was presented. Chairman Steffen made a motion to pay bill list with a second by Supervisor Hanf and all supervisors voting yes.
Police Report was given by Officer Arron Bertholf and is on file.
Fire Report was given by Scott Mead and is on file.
Ambulance Report - No one was present. PPH has attempted to reach out to Lake Region Ambulance, and no one has returned calls. It seems that Lake Region Ambulance has dissolved.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to authorize PPH Ambulance Pennsylvania Ambulance take on all BLS and ALS Palmyra Township service with closest available to be our secondary and a letter to be sent to the Emergency Communication Center, with a second by Supervisor Kmetz.
PPH group met May 30, 2023, and have signed an agreement with Pennsylvania Ambulance who will be stationed primarily in Lakeville Fire Station for 24/7 365 coverage ALS and BLS services and an ALS Fast Car/Squad Car with paramedic, stationed at the Hawley Borough building for 12 hours a day.
The cost for these services will be $21,000 a month. We are to make all payments PPH Ambulance c/o Paupack Township.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to send $15,000 for our costs toward the PPH Ambulance Services, with a second by Supervisor Hanf and all supervisors voting yes. The first review of the PPH Ambulance services will be in 3 months.
Road Report was given by Road Master Kmetz and is on file. Bids for the Grandview Ave T-413 and Fairmont Ave T-415 were received by Heidelberg and Wayco, INC. Supervisors opened both bids and accepted the bid from Wayco, INC.
The Wayco, INC bid was in the amount of $45,925.50 for work on both roads. Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to award the bid from Wayco, INC in the amount of $45,925.50, with a second from Supervisor Hanf, and all supervisors voting yes.
Chairman Steffen informed the community that Supervisor Mike Hanf has submitted a letter for resignation effective July 1, 2023. We would like to wish Mike Hanf well and thank him for his contribution to the township.
Public Comment Correspondence The Township received its normal newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, and magazines. Sate Police Fines and Penalties payments came through on June 1, 2023, in the amount of $373.40.
Harmony in the Woods would like to be notified about the adjoining property should it be developed or divided.
In a second letter Harmony in the Woods would like to expand their venue occupancy to 150 to 225.
Harmony in the Woods and Ned Sader did not show for the township meeting even though he was on the agenda.
Zoning Report was given by Paul Natale for the month. Zoning Maps are completed and will be signed. Chairman Steffen made a motion to sign the new Zoning Maps with a second from Supervisor Kmetz, and all supervisors voting yes.
The Planning Commission has nothing to report.
Report of Digitizing Records was given by Paul Natale.
Emergency Management has nothing to report.
Solicitor’s Report Discussion on Recreational Vehicles and Short-Term Rentals continues. Supervisors’ thoughts are to allow Recreational Vehicles at Short-Term Rentals but to count them as the total number of allotted persons allowed in the Short-Term rental according to the allowable occupancy in the rental.
Also, at what age should a child be counted as a “person” to be counted in the occupancy allotment.
A question was asked by the public about using a Recreational Vehicle on a separate septic and water supply, but Recreational Vehicles are not allowed as dwellings in Palmyra Township. For this to be allowed the township would need to grant a special exception, a variance or to have the Zoning Ordinance rewritten.
Final Call for Public Comment - Gary VanOrden asked if Pennsylvania Ambulance was yearly or monthly contract. Chairman Steffen advised it was a yearly contract, but the PPH will review the Pennsylvania Ambulance and its response time every 3 months. Response time as contracted should be in 9-10 minutes.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to adjourn at 7:13 PM with a second by Supervisor Hanf and all Supervisors voting yes.
Next scheduled meeting is Monday July 3, 2023, at 6:30 PM.