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 April 17, 2018

DECATUR TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

Municipal Building

April 17, 2018                      Regular Meeting Minutes                             7:00 PM

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

MINUTES:  Andy Rebar motioned to approve the March 20, 2018, regular meeting minutes.  Richard Yarger seconded the motion.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

PUBLIC COMMENT:  George Winters discussed several issues on Cowfer Road, such as trash, needles and syringes and 4 wheelers, and added the road is notorious for crime.  George commented everyone will get a right-of-way if the road is turned back to the property owners.  George asked each member of the Board of Supervisors why the township is willing to spend thousands of dollars to fix the road to PennDOT standards and keep it fixed year round. 

Jim Soltis asked the board if it is legal to operate a generator 24/7 and commented about a neighboring property that is accumulating trash. 

Harlan Winters informed the Board of Supervisors about a problem with a dog in Ashland. 

Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to re-advertise for a part-time code enforcement officer.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

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:  Correspondence was available for public review, as listed on the April 17, 2018 agenda. 

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION:  Richard Yarger motioned and Doug McClellan seconded to pay the bills for the month of April 2018, as presented.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

ENGINEER’S REPORT:  Tom Levine has the Dunlap subdivision completed and is working on the PENNVEST application for the New Liberty project.  Solicitor, Winfred Jones-Wenger, presented a Resolution No. 03-2018 authorizing the township to submit a financial Assistance application to PENNVEST for $1,893,000 and authorizing the officers of the township to execute all the necessary paperwork.  Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to approve Resolution No. 03-2018.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments.  Solicitor Wenger presented a Letter of Responsibility in connection with the PENNVEST loan application and asked the Board for approval.  Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to approve the Letter of Responsibility and authorize the Chairman to execute this document.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments.

Solicitor Wenger presented a generic reimbursement resolution, which would allow but not require the township to reimburse itself from borrowed proceeds for certain expenditures for the New Liberty sewer project.  Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to approve Resolution No. 04-2018.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

OLD BUSINESS:  Julie Fenton from the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging held a presentation on the Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity (ECHO) program.  Solicitor Wenger voiced several concerns.  Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to allow the Solicitor 60 days for discovery and to come back to the Board with recommendations.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to award the bid for 1,000 tons, more or less, of 2A stone to Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. at the cost of $10.19/ton delivered and $8.00/ton picked up at the Sandy Ridge Quarry.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to award the bid for mowing to City Lawn & Landscape at the cost of $280 per mowing for Baughman Cemetery, Stumptown Cemetery, Fairview Park and adjacent lot, and the Pleasant Hill Community Center pending receipt of a Certificate of Insurance.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

NEW BUSINESS:  Doug McClellan motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to appoint Andy Rebar as the alternate representative to the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to authorize Andy Rebar, the road crew, and anyone else interested to attend the MVCOG equipment show on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to accept the resignation of part-time police officer Joseph Witherite effective April 11, 2018.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes.  George Winters inquired about the status of the police department with one officer. 

Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to authorize the advertisement of the May 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting to be held on May 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments. 

Richard Yarger motioned and Doug McClellan seconded to authorize Andy Rebar to attend the next meeting of the ORD Authority to ask the authority if they would allow Decatur Township to utilize the services of Plant Operator, Dennis Knepp, to inspect sewer laterals in the proposed New Liberty project area.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes. There were no public comments. 

Richard Yarger motioned and Doug McClellan seconded to table the authorization of payment to Maxwell Truck & Equipment LLC for the 2018 International dump truck.  A vote showed all Supervisors voting yes. There were no public comments. 

STAFF REPORTS:

Building Code Official – A copy of the Building Code Official’s report for the month of March is attached to the agenda.

Mo-Valley Joint Sewer Authority – A copy of the Moshannon Valley Joint Sewer Authority report is attached to the agenda.  Andy Rebar reported the authority approved a request for a PENNVEST reimbursement, held discussion of a contract extension, and discussed the lawsuit from the Morris Authority.

Decatur Township Planning Commission – None.

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

ORD Sewer Authority – No report.

Police – Doug McClellan read the police report as follows for the month of March 2018:  Incidents investigated – 20, Accidents investigated – 00, Criminal complaints – 00, Non-traffic citations – 00, Traffic citations – 00, Public Service – 02, Agency Assist – 02, Warrant Service – 00, Vacation Checks – 00.  Doug announced he had a conversation with Chief O’Leary and the board is working on policies and procedures for the police department.  George Winters commented it is obvious to the community that there is a rift between the police department and the board and urged the supervisors to resolve the issues with the police department through communication.

Mid-State Regional Airport Authority – George Winters reported the authority bid the tree cutting project.  The trees must be cut by hand at a cost of approximately $1,500.  George reported Penn State University wants to inspect the large hanger for possible rental for drone testing.

Roadmaster – Andy Rebar reported the time frame for repairs to Cowfer Road is July 2018.  The township is getting shale for Cowfer Road.  Irvin Drive is scheduled to be closed April 23 and April 24 from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM.  

ADJOURNMENT:  Andy Rebar motioned and Richard Yarger seconded to adjourn the meeting at 8:54 PM.  A vote showed all supervisors voting yes.  There were no public comments.

                     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.