PALMYRA TOWNSHIP – WAYNE COUNTY October 1, 2018

Chairman Steffen reconvened the meeting at 6:30 PM after the Public Hearing for the Floodplain Ordinance.

Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to accept the previous month’s minutes with one correction under the Road Report where it states that ( Fairmont Avenue would be paved or repaired) it should be (Fairmont Avenue will be repaired) 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. Ms. Powderly informed the Board that the third payment in the amount of $60,055.00 had been paid to Grimm Construction for the building expansion. Chairman Steffen made a motion to pay the bills with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.

Chairman Steffen stated that the township has $384.00 from the scrap metal program and he made a motion to donate that money to the local food pantry with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.

Police Report 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. Road Master Kmetz informed the Board that he has the information regarding the purchase of a new truck.

The truck will be a 2019 Ford F-550 Regular Cab 4 wheel drive XL the equipment will include but not be limited to: 19,500 GVWR, Power Heated Telescoping Mirrors, 6.7LPower Stroke V8 Diesel, Power Windows, 6 Speed Automatic Transmission, Power Lock/Keyless Entry, Dual Alternators 332 Amps, Platform Running Boards, Trailer Brake Controller, Engine Block Heater, All-Position Max Traction Tires, Snow Plow Package, 4.88 LS Rear Axle, Transmission PTO Provision, Cab Clearance Lights, 6 Upfitter Switches, Extra HD Front Sus-7,500 GAWR, 40/20/40 Vinyl Bench Seat, AM/FM Stereo, Manual Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel, Spare Tire & Wheel, Air Conditioning.
This can be purchased under Co-Stars Contract number 25-006 in the amount of $48,825.00. Road Master Kmetz explained to upfit the truck the township would be using Watson Diesel Inc. He stated that in doing the research, they were the cheapest and would have the truck ready for the plowing seaso n. Watson Diesel, Inc. will be upfitting the truck as follows:
9’6” R/S Steel Dump Body, 16”Sides, 24’ gate with flashing strobe in cab protector, Buyers 10’ Stainless Steel angle Plow with Marker Stick, Snow Deflectors and Shoes, Buyers 6” Stainless Steel Tailgate Spreader with Poly Spinner, Buyers Rear Towplate with D-Rings, 2” Receiver and 7 Wire Plug, Misc. Nuts, Bolts, Mudflaps, Wire, Connectors, Etc.
This can be purchased under Co-Stars Contract number 025-176. The cost is $36,499.00. Road Master Kmetz said that there could be a change in price on the upfit if additional equipment was needed.

Chairman Steffen made a motion to purchase the truck and upfit the truck as well as authorizing Joseph Kmetz to sign the necessary paperwork and get a loan in the amount of $41,064.00 from the Dime Bank with a second by Supervisor Hamby and all Supervisors voting yes.

Correspondence - The Township received its normal newsletters, pamphlets, brochures and magazines that are posted on the back wall. PennDot sent notification that the township will receive approximately $66,712.85 from the Liquid Fuels Act for 2019 and $3,520.00 for the turn back roads.
Ms. Powderly stated that an audit was done by the Auditor General Department on the state road account and that there were no problems encountered. PSAT’s sent notification that the contribution rate for unemployment compensation for 2019 will be .80%.
The Department of Environmental Protection informed the township of a sewage complaint on 7 D Lane stating that repairs or modifications to an existing on lot sewage treatment system may have occurred without permits. Ms. Powderly informed the Board that she would notify the Sewage Enforcement Officer Chris Martin.
The township received notification from the Pa. Compensation Rating Bureau that the township was chosen at random for a test audit to verify the accuracy of the policy information filed by our Workmen’s Compensation insurer. It’s scheduled for October 10 th at 1:30 PM. Public

Comment - Scott Mead informed the Board, that Joe Faubel had contacted him stating that PennDot wanted a letter from the Hawley Fire Department giving their approval for putting a gate on Electric Street for the Harmony Presents project. The Board informed Mr. Mead that was part of the Conditional Use and that all emergency responders would have a key. Building Expansion Report Chairman Steffen stated that the work was ongoing.

Zoning Report was given by Mr. Natale and is on file.

Flood Plain Ordinance Chairman Steffen stated that prior to this meeting a Public Hearing was held regarding Floodplain Ordinance 18-01 and that the Board adopt said ordinance with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.

Planning Commission - Mr. Natale stated that the there was nothing to report.

Emergency Management - Supervisor Hamby stated there was nothing to report.

Crime Report - None.

Solicitor’s Report - He stated he had nothing to report.

Public Comment - Mark Posdon a resident of 15 Sutter Court, stated he had received a copy of the township’s Burn Ordinance in the mail. He informed the Board that he is clearing his property of brush and that he notifies the Comm Center when he burns. He stated his burn pit is only 40 or 42 feet from his house and that if he moves the burn pit it will be in the woods. He wanted to know if he continues to burn as he has been will he be in violation of the burn ordinance. He stated that at times he has guest over and likes to keep the fire burning after 8:00 PM in the evening which is in violation of the ordinance. When the Board asked Mr. Natale, Mr. Natale stated that the ordinance clearly states the burn pit needs to be 50 feet from the residence, water hose or other apparatus should out in sight and ready to go, fire s should not be left unattended and fires should be out by sunset and if fires are started close to sunset fires should burn no more than 2 hours after sunset. Mr. Natale went on to say that he had a complaint about Mr. Posdon’s fire pit which was burning at 3:00 AM. Mr. Natale went on to say the reason the burn ordinance was sent to Mr. Posdon was for informative purposes only. The Board informed Mr. Posdon that as long as he doesn’t add more brush after sunset he could burn.
Mr. Dougherty stated someone between North and Vine Streets is burning raw garbage. Mr. Natale told him to pin it down and he would send a letter.

Supervisor Hamby made a motion to adjourn at 6:4 2 PM with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.

Next scheduled meeting is October 1 , 2018 at 6:30 PM.