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June 2014

REGULAR MEETING

JUNE 2, 2014

The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson Township Board of Supervisors was held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Township Municipal Bldg., 487 Cortez Rd., Jefferson Twp., PA 18436. Call to order: Meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Chairman Lester L. Butler, Jr. Pledge of allegience 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 of Agenda Items: Matthew Pendrak asked about repealing Resolution 2014-2 because it was not listed on the agenda. 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, Police and Sewer Authority reports were read by Secretary Coleen Watt. Ordinances and Resolutions: JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA RESOLUTION NUMBER 2014-6 Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Grant to Request funds through the Departments Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP) to construction a walking / hiking trail within the Jefferson Township Municipal Park BE IT RESOLVED, That the Jefferson Township Board of Supervisors, Lackawanna County hereby request a Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (CTRP) grant of $250,112 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used to support the construction of a walking / hiking trail within the Jefferson Township Municipal Park. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Jefferson Township, Lackawanna County Board of Supervisors hereby designate Mr. Lester Butler, Chairperson and Coleen Watt, Secretary as the Township Officials to execute all documents and agreements between the Jefferson Township Board of Supervisors and the Commonwealth Financing Authority to facilitate and assist in obtaining the requested grant. I, Coleen Watt, Secretary of the Jefferson Township Board of Supervisors, Lackawanna County, PA, hereby certify that the forgoing is a true and correct copy of a Resolution duly adopted by a majority vote of the Jefferson Township Board of Supervisors at regular meeting held Monday, June 2, 2014 and said Resolution has been recorded in the minutes of the Jefferson Township Board of Supervisors and remains in effect as of this date. A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Paul T. Thomas to adopt Resolution 2014-6. 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 Lester L. Butler, Jr. second by John H. Patterson, Jr. to approve the Larry Black subdivision contingent on comments from Lackawanna County. Aye carried. A motion was made by Paul T. Thomas second by John H. Patterson, Jr. to award Leeward Construction, Inc. base bids #1 & #2 of the Jefferson Township Park Access Driveway Project. Total contract amount $137,774.24. Award is contingent on receipt of all bonds, insurances and any other required documents. Aye carried. A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Paul T. Thomas to reflect the intent of Resolution 2014-2. The intent was the Governing Body of Jefferson Township and not the Township at large supports a three Commissioner Form of Government. Aye carried. Miscellaneous Business: Leonard DeMoreland informed the Supervisors the PA Game Commission is planning on taking over the road that goes to the top of the Archbald Mtn. to Game lands 300. The Game Commission said the state owned the road and abandoned it. Mr. DeMoreland is of the opinion the Township owns the road. Patrick O'Shea asked about markings that have been placed on Hitchcock Rd. The ribbons have markings S/F 1.0 Matthew Pendrak questioned the Supervisors regarding the health insurance benefits. He asked them if they believe their job is full time. The code clearly states they are eligible for benefits. He asked the Supervisors if they feel the part time job they hold should be eligible for benefits. Greg Kapeluck reiterated what Mr. Pendrak stated. Mr. Kapeluck stated just because it was done 30 years ago doesn't mean it is right. Paula Sorg feels the Supervisors should at least pay for their dependents. Mrs. Kapeluck said when things get tough you have to cut back. She feels the Supervisors haven't followed up on things and haven't had a great year. She asked how they can get premium insurance benefits for their spouses and children. She stated if you feel you have to have benefits at least just take them for yourselves and not your families and spouses. John Peters said since the Township is a government why not follow what the Federal Government does. You pay a portion. Matt Pendrak asked why base bid #3 was not awarded. Mr. Pendrak also stated he misquoted Mary Lou Butler saying she was a 14% partner in her former company when in fact she was a 4% partner. Barb Mehne questioned the bids for the park road. She also feels the Supervisors should contribute towards their insurance. Nancy Utter stated this was the third time she came to the Sewer Authority office at 2:00 p.m. and the Secretary was not in the office. When she asked Mike Hyduchak where she was he said she had a flat tire and he sent her to get it fixed. Jason Wilmarth said he had a problem with the manhole in front of his house on Saturday. Ed Keating asked how he can get a zoning variance. He wants to build a barn on his property located on Mt. Cobb Rd. He has raised animals his entire life and wants to continue to raise animals for his grand children for 4H. Lola Gaglio asked why they are allowed to have animals behind her sisters home off Cortez Rd. Greg Kapeluck said the first thing you see when you drive into Jefferson Township you see outhouses, junk trailers, and ducks in the middle of the road. Who is enforcing the zoning? Ed Keating said all he is trying to do is make a better place for his grandkids 4H animals. He moved there in 1987 and has had animals there ever since. Leonard DeMoreland noted when zoning was put in place it was brought up that zoning was needed to keep out toxic dumps. It was not supposed to impact the local residents. Lynne DeSando asked who writes the zoning laws. Dick Davis stated when the Township was updating it's zoning the public had every opportunity to speak their mind. Not two years later. Leonard DeMoreland stated he has called Supervisor Patterson 24/7 and he has always answered his call and resolved his issues. Mrs. Kapeluck asked what the property is zoned behind the pond off Cortez Rd. She feels the junk yard should not be allowed in a residential zone. She noted all the cars and trucks around the pond and feels there should be concerns about polluting the water. John Peters asked if the Supervisors could consider rezoning Mr. Keatings area. Chick Keating asked if anyone knew the definition of commercial. If you sell eggs or strawberries that could be considered commercial. Paula Sorg asked who is responsible for getting people to clean up their properties. Barb Mehne asked if you want to raise a pig or cow for your own use you couldn't do it unless you are zoned agricultural. There being no further business a motion was made by Paul T. Thomas second by John H. Patterson, Jr. the meeting adjourned. Meeting adjourned 8:27 p.m. _____________________________________ Coleen Watt, Secretary