PALMYRA TOWNSHIP – WAYNE COUNTY AUGUST 3, 2015
Chairman Steffen called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
Roll call of the Supervisors showed that Chairman Steffen, Supervisor Hamby and Supervisor Kmetz were all present.
Supervisor Hamby made a motion to accept the previous month’s minutes as written with a second by Supervisor Kmetz. Supervisor Hamby and Supervisor Kmetz voting yes to the motion and Chairman Steffen abstaining since he was not present for the July meeting.
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.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to hire Brian T. Kelly and Associates to audit the two gaming grants that the Township received for the sewer project with a second by Supervisor Kmetz 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.
Police Report was given by Officer Knecht 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.
Correspondence The Township received its normal newsletters, pamphlets, brochures and magazines which are posted on the back wall.
The Township received the Hawley Area Authority minutes.
Act 537 Update - Solicitor Treat explained the process of the easement. He stated that the easement for Mr. Hallowich was properly circulated, the next step was to have a meeting at Mr. Hallowich’s property to discuss the paving issue as to whether or not the paving would be in lieu of paying cash to Mr. Hallowich. The meeting occurred and it was agreed upon that the paving would be done. The next step was to get the specifications for the paving done by Keystone Consulting so Leeward Construction could do the paving after the sewer line was completed. The easement agreement needed a revision which was done and the easement was again circulated to all parties. Boyd Hughes, representing Mr. Hallowich is holding the executed agreement pending the finalization of the construction. Mr. Treat stated he has Mr. Hughes bill in the amount $3,825.00. He also said that the amount of the bill is in line with all township codes. Chairman Steffen made a motion to pay Mr. Hughes bill with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Chairman Steffen stated the he tried reaching Mike Anderson in regards to when Leeward will finish up the sewer expansion as of the meeting he had not responded.
Zoning Report was given by Dennis Mynarski and is on file. He stated that Ms. Osborne has not cleaned her property. He will be sending a violation notice via certified mail. He also stated there is a problem on DeGroat Road regarding chickens, peacocks, geese and ducks running loose in other people’s yards. He stated he will send letters to the two offenders asking them to keep their fowl on their own property.
Lake Region Comprehensive Plan - Ms. Powderly explained that Jim Martin contacted the office in regards to updating the comprehensive plan that was done in 2007. She explained that Mr. Martin will be applying for a DCED grant in the spring of 2016 to help offset the cost. Mr. Martin will be asking for a matching grant. If each township sets aside $5,000.00 or a total of $15,000.00 the grant will match that for a total of $30,000.00. Paupack Township and Hawley Borough will be participating Lake Township has opted out. The cost for each municipality would be approximately $5,000.00 broken down in yearly installments of $2,500.00. The time completion for the project is a year to a year and half with approximately 6 to 8 meetings. Chairman Steffen made a motion to get involved in the update with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Planning Commission Report - Mr. Mynarski stated there was nothing to report.
Public Comment - Mr. Van Orden asked about the bill to Mr. Hughes. It was explained that the easement was not gotten before work began on Mr. Hallowich’s property. Mr. Treat explained that it was inverse condemnation meaning that it wasn’t actually condemned it was inversely condemned by the work that was being done. The township codes states that attorney fees for the inversely condemned property can be paid up to $4,000.00. Mr. Van Orden asked when the 2 audits would be done. It was explained that once the grant money was expended the audits could be done. Ms. Powderly stated that both audits would be done by the end of August 2015.
Mr. Harding a resident of the Highland Fields development was concerned about the water system being shut down as of next year. He stated that everyone will need to drill wells. He wanted to know if there was any stipulations regarding this issue when the development was approved.
He was informed that in the original documents that an on-site well as well as an on-site septic system was permitted and this was approved by the Wayne County Department of Planning. He was told to contact the Public Utility Company in regards to the legality of abandoning the community well.
Emergency Management Report Supervisor Hamby stated there was nothing to report.
Crime Watch Supervisor Kmetz stated there was nothing to report.
Solicitor’s Report - Mr. Treat stated that once he has got confirmation from Mr. Hughes that he has received his check he will release the easement and then the Township will need to contact Leeward Construction.
Public Comment - Mr. Dougherty informed the Board of Supervisors that a motor home was selling cupcakes in the Wayne Bank parking lot and he wanted to know if a permit was issued. Mr. Mynarski informed him that he would look into the matter.
New Business - None
Next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM.
Supervisor Hamby made a motion to adjourn at 7:39 PM with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.