PALMYRA TOWNSHIP – WAYNE COUNTY JANUARY 3, 2017
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 change guard rail to guide rail 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.
Police Report was given by Officer Kominsky and is on file. He informed the Board that the police department had purchased a 2013 Expedition as well as Tasers and new vests.
Fire Report was given by Scott Mead and is on file.
Ambulance Report - None
Emergency Services Donations Chairman Steffen made a motion to donate $6,500.00 to the Hawley Police Department, $6,500.00 to split between the Hawley Department receiving 80% with the White Mills Fire Department receiving 20%, and $2,000.00 to the Hawley Ambulance with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
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 a thank you note from the residents who live on Spruce Street as well as non-residents for the repair work that was done on the street.
The Wayne County Department of Planning notified the township that the Didder Ridge and SAMSRE, LLC subdivision needed to make two corrections (correct tax map and parcel ID number of the tract and correct the total amount of the acreage).
Building Expansion Project - There was nothing to report.
Zoning Report was given by Mr. Natale and is on file.
Planning Commission Paul Hudak representing Kiley Associates explained that the two corrections that needed to made on the Didder Ridge and SAMSRE, LLC subdivision (referenced under Correspondence) had been made. With that being said Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to accept the lot consolidation with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
The lot consolidation was needed so that a brewery could be built where Arby’s is located. This will require a conditional use hearing since the business will be commercial as well as manufacturing. Ms. Becky Ryman representing SAMSRE, LLC and the Wallenpaupack Brewery Company stated that it will be a 20 barrel brew house, brew pub and restaurant and a warehouse for distribution. She stated that the business will be open Thursday through Sunday with hours of operation 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM and employ approximately 15 local residents. She also stated that they would like to open by July 2017.
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 - He stated he had nothing to report. With no outstanding business left for the year 2016 Chairman Steffen dissolved the 2016 Board of Supervisors at 7:04 PM.
The first order of New Business for 2017 is to reorganize the Board of Supervisors. With that being said, Supervisor Hamby nominated Peter Steffen as Chairman of the Board with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and Supervisors Hamby and Kmetz voting yes and Chairman Steffen abstaining.
Chairman Steffen nominated Supervisor Hamby as Vice Chairman, Lois Powderly as Secretary/Treasurer and Right-To-Know Officer at a rate of $15.15 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 $100.00 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, Building Code Enforcement will Northeast Inspection Consultants with Building Inspectors Underwriter as alternate, 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. 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 2018 and all subsequent terms will be for a period of 6 years. Newspaper of record will be the Wayne Independent. Zoning Hearing Board members will be Robert Hochrieter term expires 12/31/23, Cydny Kielar term expires 12/31/22, and James Gibbons whose term expires on 12/31/19, Appeals Board members are Casey Warnott, Rich Hilriegle, Dan Shariest, Joe Nocero 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 September 5, 2017 in observance of Labor Day. Chairman Steffen made a motion to accept the nominations, approve the Board and meeting changes with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Public Comment - None
Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to increase Kyle McDonald, Mackenzie Conrad and Noah Conrad’s salary by $1.00 per hour with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
With no further business, Chairman Steffen made a motion to adjourn at 7:09 PM with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Next scheduled meeting is February 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM.
Conditional Use Hearing for the Wallenpaupack Brewery Company to be held February 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM.