PALMYRA TOWNSHIP – WAYNE COUNTY JANUARY 2, 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 one correction delete the word “be” under the Zoning Report 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.
Fire Report was given by Eugene Krause 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 Hawley Area Authority minutes.
Building Expansion Project - There was nothing to report.
Zoning Report was given by Paul Natale.
Chairman Steffen stated that Resolution 17-05 Opposing HB 1620 Wireless Infrastructure is important to the township because it take all rights away from the township as to what goes up in the township’s right-of-way.
With that being said Chairman Steffen made a motion to accept Resolution 17-05 with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.
Planning Commission - Chairman Steffen stated that the discussion regarding Harmony Presents will be deferred until after the new Board is seated.
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 2017 Chairman Steffen dissolved the 2017 Board of Supervisors at 6:40 PM.
The first order of New Business for 2018 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 $15.70 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 at rate of $12.30 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 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 4, 2018, 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 Mackenzie Conrad’s salary by $1.00 per hour with a second by Chairman Steffen and all Supervisors voting yes.
Harmony Presents Conditional Use for the Theater Project - Chairman Steffen stated that the Board tabled any conditions until after the property was looked at. After the property was surveyed by the Board there were ten (10) conditions that would need to be met. Listed below are the conditions: The theater shall have a maximum capacity of 150 persons. The theater shall be used primarily for performing arts, including music, theater, dance, lectures, and educational activities on occasion. The hours of operation shall be between 9:00 AM and 11:00 PM. The township, borough, and local emergency services providers shall be provided access to the gate on Woodland Avenue where the road meets the Skier property. If the gate is opened by the theater the Hawley Borough Police shall be notified. If others need to open the gate the theater manager will be notified. A buffer of evergreen trees shall be created towards the closest residential area to act as a shield against both sound as well as a visual buffer. A 4-year grow in period is acceptable. Permanent lighting shall be established where the access road meets SR 6, this will be a dusk to dawn type standard. A valid Highway Occupancy Permit issued by PennDOT shall be obtained prior to operation of the venue. All proposed development shall take place on one (1) parcel as determined by the tax map. Preparation for traffic control at SR 6 shall be in place if either the borough police department or Palmyra Township deems traffic control necessary. The open side of the venue (open to grass seating) shall be oriented away from existing residential development.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to accept the Conditional Use for Harmony Presents with the above listed requirements with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Ms. Powderly will notify the representatives for Harmony Presents in writing of the conditional uses they will need to abide by.
Next scheduled meeting is February 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM.
Supervisor Hamby made a motion to adjourn at 6:46 PM with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.