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OCTOBER 6, 2014

The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson Township Board of Supervisors was held on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at 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.

Roll Call: Lester L. Butler, Jr., John H. Patterson, Jr., Coleen Watt, Attorney Donald P. Dolan, Paul T. Thomas was absent.

A moment of silence was observed for Trooper Dickson who was shot and killed on September 12, 2014 and Carl Shaner a long time member of the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Company.

William J. Nicolais of the Jefferson Township Sewer Authority stated at the September 15, 2014 meeting of the Authority it was discussed that residents and some Board members feel the most qualified individuals are not always selected to serve on the Authority.

Addendum Items: NBT Bank came back with a lower interest rate than Municipal Capital Finance. NBT Bank is offering 2.28% for 4 years. A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Lester L. Butler, Jr. to borrow the money for the plow truck from NBT Bank. Aye carried.

A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Lester L. Butler, Jr. to approve a draw down on LSA Grant for Leeward Construction for $88,472.55. Aye carried.

Public Comment on Agenda Items: Matthew Pendrak doesn't understand why the Township is supporting Resolution 2014-11 for the North Pocono School District.

Barbara Mehne asked the Board about Resolution 2014-11. She wondered if the Supervisors are aware of what the Districts project entails.

Charles Keating asked about the $88,472.55 for Leeward Construction for the park road. He wondered where the money was coming from.

Minutes of Previous Meeting: A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Lester L. Butler, Jr. to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Aye carried.

Treasurers Report: A motion was made by Lester L. Butler, Jr. second by John H. Patterson, Jr. to approve the treasurers report as read. Aye carried.

Reports of Officials and Committees: Ambulance, Fire Company, Police, Road Department and Sewer Authority reports were read by Secretary Coleen Watt. A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Lester L. Butler, Jr. to approve the reports. Aye carried.

Resolutions: Resolution 2014-10

WHEREAS, Ronald A. Siekierka (“Grantor”) in connection with a certain

development known and identified as “The Pines” has laid out and constructed a

certain roadway hereinafter named Pine Road, and including certain infrastructure

improvements all of which are set forth and described on the attached Exhibit “A”; and

WHEREAS, the Grantor for and in consideration of One dollar ($1.00), desires to

dedicate to Jefferson Township (“Grantee”) for public use and enjoyment certain right-

of-way along the aforesaid road; and

WHEREAS, the Jefferson Township Engineer and Road Master have examined and

approved the construction of the roadway and Deed of Dedication respectively, consistent

the requirements of applicable Township ordinances and regulation;

WHEREAS, the grantee, by accepting the parcels of ground, more particularly described

in Exhibit “A” attached hereto and made a part hereof, desire to formally record its

acceptance of said road for public road purposes.

NOW, THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Jefferson Township Board of

Supervisors accepts the Deed of Dedication for the described property to have and to

hold, forever, as for a public road or highway, together with the infrastructure constructed

thereunder (if any) and with the same effect as if the said road had been opened by a

Decree of Court of Common Pleas in and for Lackawanna County after a proceeding duly

conducted for that purpose under and in pursuance with the laws of the Commonwealth

of Pennsylvania.

A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Lester L. Butler, Jr. to adopt Resolution 2014-10. Aye carried.

Resolution 2014-12

Resolution in support of the North Pocono School District applying for Local Share Account Fund Monroe County Grant for the current calendar year

WHEREAS, the North Pocono School District needs to repair and renovate its outdoor track, tennis and football athletic facilities; and

WHEREAS, there are grant funds available through the Local Share Account Funds of Monroe County.

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby resolved that the Township of Jefferson, Lackawanna County supports the North Pocono School District receiving grant funds through the local share account fund for the outdoor track, tennis and football field athletic facilities for the current calendar year.

A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Lester L. Butler, Jr. to adopt Resolution 2014-12. Aye carried.

Action on Bills: A motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Lester L. Butler, Jr. to pay all outstanding bills and payroll. Aye carried.

Public Comment: Joe Keating asked why Supervisor Thomas has been absent from the last three meetings.

Chick Keating asked what the regulations are regarding the dumping of dirt on your property. He wondered if a permit was required.

Jeff Baldan commented he feels Supervisor Thomas should be able to attend meetings since the Township now has an elevator.

Jason VanWert and Lori Wrobleski gave a presentation on the 2nd Annual Veterans Memorial Walk/Run. They stated the funds raised for this years race would be split between the Wounded Warriors and Homes for Vets organizations. It was also noted that the roads runners are using will be closed for safety reasons. They include Cortez to Hitchcock, Lake Spangenberg from Cortez to Hitchcock, Hitchcock from Lake Spangenberg to Cortez. They apologized for any inconvenience. The race will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Lori also discussed the Ruck March which includes military men and women with back packs and face masks. This was to warn residents there is no need to be alarmed.

Nancy Utter asked if the Township specifications for the park road project stated who owns the dirt and top soil coming out of the project.

Matthew Pendrak noted the drop box at the lot in Mt. Cobb says clothing and shoes only, yet there are mattresses and other debris piling up.

Will Keating asked when the police department is going to be moved to the Municipal Bldg.

Paula Sorg - Shouldn't the police records be stored off site?

Bill McGee - Why are you so opposed to having the police station at the Municipal Bldg? Where do they get access to computers?

Barbara Medici - Who else besides the Chief of Police has access to police records?

Geraldine Karsnak - John Patterson just made a comment we can't house the police department at the Municipal Bldg. because of the Sewer Authority.

John Peters - Why isn't the Sewer Authority paying rent?

Nancy Utter - The Sewer Authority owes the Township money.

Will Keating - The Sewer Authority hasn't made any loan payments in one year.

Paula Sorg asked what the Kids Closet is.

Barbara Mehne asked if Mary Lou Butler pays rent to the Township.

Jason VanWert asked what the building behind the Municipal Bldg. is used for.

There being no further business a motion was made by John H. Patterson, Jr. second by Lester L. Butler, Jr. the meeting adjourned.

Meeting adjourned 8:25 p.m. _________________________________________

Coleen Watt, Secretary