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April 2014

REGULAR MEETING

APRIL 7, 2014

The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson Township Board of Supervisors was held on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Township Municipal Bldg., 487 Cortez Rd., Jefferson Twp., PA Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Chairman Lester L. Butler, Jr. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was given. Roll Call: Lester L. Butler, Jr., John H. Patterson, Jr., Paul T. Thomas, Coleen Watt, Attorney Donald P. Dolan. Public Comment on Agenda Items: Bill McGee asked why the Supervisors are giving their opinion regarding Lackawanna County business. (regarding a resolution to support Coalition of Good Government.) Joe Keating asked about plans for the park. Minutes of Previous Meeting: A motion was made by Paul T. Thomas second by John H. Patterson, Jr. to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Aye carried. Treasurers Report: A motion was made by Paul T. Thomas second by John H. Patterson, Jr. to approve the treasurers report as read. Aye carried. Reports of Officials and Committees: Ambulance, Fire Company, Historical Society, Road Department, and Sewer Authority reports were read by Secretary, Coleen Watt. Ordinances and Resolutions: Resolution 2014-2 Whereas, Jefferson Township believes that the present three commissioner form of government has produced tremendous progress for the people of Lackawanna County, including but not limited to the Montage Mountain ski resort, the region’s Triple A baseball team, a concert venue, job-producing office parks, a highly successful county railroad system, a fine county park system, an airport, a recycling center, and a social services system; and Whereas, the three commissioners form of government guarantees each of the major political parties at least minority representation on the board of commissioners, and is a system that elects representatives that serve and is accountable to the entire county, and not to a particular section of the county; and Whereas, the present three commissioner form of government is far smaller, less expensive and more efficient than any council-executive form of government in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and Whereas, the recommendation of the Volpe Study to change the present system to a strong executive with a part time 7 member council elected by region was arrived at based on opinions rather than the gathering of facts, and that such a change would result in a bigger, more expensive and less effective government, and therefore these recommendations are not in the best interests of the residents of Jefferson Township or of Lackawanna County; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Township of Jefferson record of opposing the Volpe Study’s recommendations and supportive of the present three commissioner county government. A motion was made by Paul T. Thomas second by John H. Patterson, Jr. to adopt Resolution 2014-2. Aye carried. Action on Bills: A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Paul T. Thomas to pay all outstanding bills and payroll. Aye carried. New Business: A motion was made by Paul T. Thomas second by John H. Patterson, Jr. to send the Real Estate Tax Collector to a seminar on May 15, 2014 in Monroe county. Registration $50.00. Township to pay for meals, mileage and other incidentals. Aye carried. A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Paul T. Thomas to send Solicitor Donald P. Dolan to the 2014 Spring Solicitors Seminar in Hershey on April 14, 2014. Registration $240.00. Aye carried. A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Paul T. Thomas to advertise for bids for stone. Aye carried. A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Paul T. Thomas to advertise bids for park road project. Aye carried. Public Comment: Supervisor Patterson thanked everyone who supported the Wallace Family at a recent benefit. Jamie Wallace suffered a head injury when he fell off his roof in February. Supervisor Patterson announced opening day of baseball is April 21, 2014. Rodney Branning asked if the Township spoke to Chris Speicher to find out when is plans on continuing road work in Laurel Ridge. Mr. Branning also noted there is a storm grate missing from a catch basin near the swamp. Bob Folger, (30 Landmark Dr.) presented the Board with pictures of the roads in Mack Estates. Mr. Folger feels the road department did a horrible job this winter. He feels the curbs need to be replaced and the roads need to be repaved. Will Keating asked when something is going to be done with Living Waters Rd. The road is in horrible condition and it is a main thorofare to the Casey Highway. Nancy Utter asked about the Sewer Authority Secretarys hours. She said she has been to the building twice at 2:00 p.m. and the office was closed. Ms. Utter said the Sewer Authority said the Secretarys hours are Monday thru Thursday 8-4:30 p.m. There being no further business a motion was made by Paul Thomas second by John H. Patterson, Jr. the meeting adjourned. Meeting adjourned 7:50 p.m. Coleen Watt, Secretary