Decatur Township - Clearfield County

                                                    ADMINISTRATION

                                       BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

  Douglas L. McClellan, Chairman              Andrew Rebar, Jr.

  308 Hudson Street                                1125 Frog Hollow Road

  Philipsburg, PA  16866                          Philipsburg, PA  16866

 

                                       Richard Yarger, Vice Chairman

                                       38 Lingle Street  

                                       Osceola Mills, PA  16666

 

                                   SECRETARY/TREASURER

                                          Pamela Peters 

                                         (814) 339-6772

                                 Third Party Inspection Agency

                          Pennsafe Building Inspection Services LLC 

                                                               (814) 375-1111 

 

                                                       Tax Collector

Pamela Roberts                                       Phone:  (814) 592-8488

1285 Centre Road                                   Office Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday

Osceola Mills, PA  16666                                                 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                                                                                             Wednesday

                                                                                         3:00 PM - 5:30 PM 

                   Decatur Township Meeting Minutes November 21, 2017

DECATUR TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

Municipal Building

November 21, 2017                     Regular Meeting Minutes                             7:00 PM

Chairman, Andy Rebar called the regular meeting of the Decatur Township Supervisors to order with the salute to the flag.  A roll call of members showed Chairman, Andy Rebar, Supervisor Richard Yarger, and Secretary, Pamela Peters in attendance.  Vice – Chairman, Rita Sankey, was absent. 

MINUTES:   Andy Rebar motioned to approve the October 17, 2017, regular meeting minutes.  Richard Yarger seconded the motion.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

PUBLIC COMMENT:  Don Jackson asked about a “No Outlet” sign on New Liberty Road. 

TREASURER’S REPORTS:   Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to approve the Treasurer’s Reports, as presented.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  Andy Rebar noted several memorandum’s from Naddeo & Lewis, LLC concerning the lawsuit between the Municipal Authority of Morris Township versus the MVJSA and Decatur Township.  Andy Rebar read a letter from the CCSWA concerning an illegal dumping complaint for the month of October.  Andy Rebar read a letter from Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palombo & Miller concerning 2018 rates for legal representation for Decatur Township.  Andy Rebar read a letter from Richard L. Wood concerning an official request to add additional speed limit signs of Keystone Hill Road.  Andy Rebar read a letter from the Clearfield County Conservation District concerning the General NPDES Permit for the New Liberty Sewer Project.  Andy Rebar noted several letters concerning Act 42 of 2017, which authorizes the placement of ten Category 4 casinos within the Commonwealth.  Andy Rebar read a letter from T. Mike Sekula who requested Decatur Township exercise the municipal “opt-in” option for category 4 casinos and offered a possible site location.  Andy Rebar read a letter from PA DCED concerning the revised Uniform Construction Code permit fee for the Commonwealth.  Andy Rebar read a letter from the CCSWA concerning the County Enforcement Officer’s resignation.  Andy Rebar read a letter from HRG concerning the Houtzdale Municipal Authority’s Water Allocation Permit Renewal. 

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION:  Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to pay the bills for November 2017 as presented.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments.

ENGINEER’S REPORT:  Tom Levine evaluated the bridge replacement on Crago Lane and commented the corrugated metal arch alternative is suitable.  Tom recommended the board reject the bid received, close the road, and reconsider whether Crago Lane remains open.  Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to reject the bid from Contech Engineered Solutions, LLC for the bridge replacement on Crago Lane.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments.  Tom reported he is working on a revised project schedule for the New Liberty Sewer project and deferred that until December 2017.  The project will require moving the sewer main along Frog Hollow Road, which will add nine easements to the project.  Solicitor Winifred-Jones Wenger asked the board to approve an advance of funds, so that she can prepare the right-of-way agreements.  Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to approve an advance of up to $5,000 to Winfred-Jones Wenger for right-of ways and contingencies for the New Liberty sewer upgrade project.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

OLD BUSINESS:  None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to approve the Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. invoice for the paving project amounting to $55,333.02.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to approve a variance for Barbara Gunter at 267 Old Route 322 at the recommendation of the Decatur Township Planning Commission that is non-transferable to any other individual with a one-year time frame to complete construction.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to approve the 2018 Columbia Fire Company Fire Protection Contract amounting to $7,500, with the contract price to remain the same for three years.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

Andy Rebar commented the pump repair estimate from PM Supply, Inc. is not under consideration, because a new pump was purchased from WC Weil. 

Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to approve Resolution No. 06 – 2017 prohibiting the location of a Category 4 licensed casino within the boundaries of Decatur Township.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

Andy Rebar presented the 2018 Budget.  Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to tentatively adopt the proposed budget and approve the expenditure for advertising the 2018 budget.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

STAFF REPORTS:

Building Code Official – No report.

Mo-Valley Joint Sewer Authority – Andy Rebar reported business as usual.  The nominating committee recommended the current members serving in various positions be retained as in 2017.  Items were approved for the authority’s project, and the secretary is leaving.

Decatur Township Planning Commission – Andy Rebar reported the planning commission approved a variance for Barbara Gunter.

Decatur Township Water, Sewage, and Recreation Authority – No report.

ORD Sewer Authority – No report. 

Police – Andy Rebar read the police report as follows for the month of October 2017:  Incidents investigated – 35, Accidents investigated – 02, Criminal complaints – 00, Non-traffic citations – 00, Traffic citations – 02, Public Service – 01, Agency Assist – 02, Warrant Service – 00, Vacation Checks – 00.

Mid-State Regional Airport Authority – No report. 

ADJOURNMENT:  Andy Rebar adjourned the meeting at 8:22 PM. 

                     Permits Required for Door to Door Sales

All residents of Decatur Township, please be advised that a permit is required for door to door sales.  If a sales representative shows up at your door,  inquire whether or not they have obtained a permit from Decatur Township.  The salesperson should provide you with an identification card issued by the township.  If you encounter any door to door salesperson without a permit, please contact us immediately at (814) 339-6772, or the Police Department at (814) 339-6775.  Thank you for your cooperation.

         Permits Needed Before Starting Any Home Maintenance or                                                          Improvements

 

Decatur Township reminds township residents that before undertaking any type of home improvements, repairs, driveway resurfacing or maintenance work, residents should visit www.pennsafebis.com to download the building permit application.

Under the Pennsylvania Uniformed Construction Code (UCC), permits are required for numerous types of work.  There are also many other items that do not require a permit under the UCC, but do require a permit from the township.  That is why residents should contact the code office to see what is, or what is not required.

Private driveways that enter or exit a township, borough or state road, require a highway occupancy permit from either the township, the borough, or the state Department of Transporation before one can be installed or surfaced.  The site distance or visibility to vehicles either approaching or exiting a driveway must be addressed, in order to prevent mishaps from occurring.

Another issue of concern when installing or surfacing driveways is drainage management.  Water runoff from a private driveway can cause serious problems to road surfaces and/or rights of ways.  Water runoff may also cause a vehicle accident or damage.  If a private driveway connects to any public street, the driveway must be installed to prevent large amounts of runoff from entering the traveling portion of the roadway.

When installing a driveway, you must also prevent soil erosion from being deposited on the roadway surface.  Any driveway that is surfaced with pavement or concrete and connects to any roadway must be sealed at the the egress area to prevent water from secreting under the road surface and causing damage to the roadway and the rights of ways.

If any piping is needed in driveways prior to entrance of roadway, Decatur Township has specifications pertaining to placement of pipes in correlation to the ditch that may run along the roadway and the right of way.

Any and all wastewater cleanouts and vents on the Decatur Township's wastewater collection system must be capped to prevent groundwater from entering the system.  If the cleanout is below or at ground level, the cleanout must have a rubber-sealed cap installed.  This will prevent the unnecessary treatment of water at the Moshannon Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Property owners need to make sure they get the proper permits for projects, and the contractor must make sure the property owner has those permits.  The Decatur Township Supervisors and Code Enforcement Office thank everyone for their cooperation.