PALMYRA TOWNSHIP – WAYNE COUNTY FEBRUARY 5, 2018
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 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.
Auditor’s Report was given by Gary Van Orden stating that working Supervisors salaries would remain same at $20.00 per hour and health insurance would stay at $450.00 per quarter.
Police Report was given by Officer Kominsky 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 that are posted on the back wall. The township received the minutes from the Hawley Area Authority.
The Department of Environmental Protection sent their approval for the sewage planning module for the Russell T. George, Jr. subdivision.
The Wayne County Commissioners sent a letter asking the township for assistance in identifying all farms and farmland within the municipality.
Building Expansion Report - Ryan from Kiley Associates stated the bid packages are done and the township would be receiving bids at the township building until the 28 th of February. The bids would be opened at the March 5 th meeting of the Board of Supervisors. He stated that the township would not need to award any bid until the 23rd of March, if they so desired to award. Chairman Steffen stated he would like to schedule a workshop to review any bids for March 22 nd . The secretary will advertise for a 6:30 PM meeting.
Zoning Report was given by Mr. Natale and is on file. Mr. Natale explained that he has what is needed to be done to correct the Zoning Ordinance. Before Mr. Shepstone can make any corrections the Board of Supervisors must approve the update and have a hearing on the amendment. In regards to the Lisa Osborne property, Mr. Natale stated that her property has never been cleaned up. Mr. Treat stated he would need a letter from the Zoning Officer stating that of the $2,086.50 only so much was paid and the date of her last payment to the township. The Board of Supervisors would then need to authorize the Solicitor to send a letter of default to Ms. Osborne stating that she was in violation of the agreement and then proceed with execution. Chairman Steffen made a motion to authorize the Solicitor to go ahead with the proceedings against Ms. Osborne with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes. Mr. Natale asked if he could attend a PSAT’s seminar in April costing $175.00. The Board of Supervisors gave their approval.
In regards to the Russell T. George, Jr. subdivision, Mr. Packer stated that part of the subdivision that was approved at a prior meeting was in the Clean and Green program. He stated he had to move some lines on the map subdivision to remove that portion of property that is in the program and would require the Board of Supervisors to resign the new maps. Upon the Solicitor’s advice, and since the amount of property involved is so small Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to resign the Russell T. George, Jr. subdivision map with a second by Chairman Steffen and all Supervisors voting yes.
Planning Commission - Chairman Steffen stated that the township would advertise for additional members to be on the Planning Commission.
Attorney Waldron representing Harmony Presents, requested that #8 (All proposed development shall take place on 1 parcel as determined by the tax map) of the Conditional Use set by the Board of Supervisors be reconsidered because Harmony Presents would like to keep the reserved parking on Parcel #11 for the following reasons: It is a flat lot located adjacent to the entrance road to the theater. Because of its terrain and the fact that this lot has been partially disturbed, it will involve less earth disturbance than if the reserve parking is located on the main parcel. That if the reserved parking is kept on Parcel #11, it will not have to be included in the earth disturbance calculations for the main parcel (Parcel #1), thereby eliminating the need for dealing with the NPDES permit. That we propose to record an easement granted by Henry Skier, as the owner of Parcel #11, to himself, as the owner of Parcel #1, granting the Harmony Presents Theater the perpetual right to use Parcel #11 for parking by the persons using the Theater, hereinafter the “Parking Easement”. This Parking Easement shall run with land of both parcels, so that if either of the parcels should change hands, the Parking Easement shall remain in effect. The imposition of this Parking Easement will provide the same protection as if Parcels #1 and Parcel #11 were combined to make one larger parcel. Upon advice from the Solicitor, Chairman Steffen made a motion to change Conditional Use #8 to allow the reserved parking to remain on Parcel #11 with the perpetual Parking Easement in place with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Public Comment -Jack Barnett representing the Wayne County Commissioners stated that their committee is working on an inventory of agricultural activities and land within the county as part of input to a consultant for the grant received to develop a Wayne County Agriculture Development Plan. He requested that a work session be held so as to review the tentative list of resources collected. Chairman Steffen stated that Joyce Carson and Supervisor Kmetz meet with Mr. Barnett to go over the list as they are the most qualified. Mr. Van Orden asked Road Master Kmetz if the township truck was drivable. Road Master stated that it was but work was definitely needed to be done on it.
Emergency Management Supervisor Hamby stated there was nothing to report.
Crime Report - Supervisor Kmetz stated there was nothing to report. Solicitor’s Report He stated he nothing further to report.
Public Comment - None
With no further business, Chairman Steffen made a motion to adjourn with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Next scheduled meeting is March 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM.