Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania
Meeting Date : Tuesday January 3rd, 2017
Meeting Minutes

Parks Township

Board of Supervisors

Reorganization and Regular Monthly Meeting

January 3, 2017


The Parks Township Board of Supervisors held their Reorganization and regular monthly meeting on January 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Community Building, 26 Jackson Street, North Vandergrift.

MEMBERS PRESENT:            F. L. Shannon, Chairman                                                                Paul R. Duriancik, Vice-Chairman                                                                                                                                          Thomas M. Filo, III, Member                                                         Mary E. Ralston, Secretary-Treasurer

VISITORS PRESENT:             None

OTHERS PRESENT:                Chief Doug Ciuca, Parks Township Police

Mr. Shannon called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm following the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  The Secretary and Mr. Duriancik were taping the meeting.

REORGANIZATION MEETING

Mr. Filo nominated Mr. Shannon as Temporary Chairman and Mr. Duriancik seconded it.

Mr. Filo nominated Mrs. Ralston as Temporary Secretary-Treasurer and Mr. Duriancik seconded it.

Mr. Filo nominated Mr. Shannon as Chairman of the Board for 2017  and Mr. Duriancik seconded it.

Mr. Filo nominated Mr. Duriancik as Vice-Chairman and Mr. Shannon seconded it.

Mr. Filo  nominated Mrs. Ralston as Secretary- Treasurer and Mr. Shannon seconded it.  Mr. Duriancik abstained from voting.

Mr. James Favero sent a letter expressing his interest in remaining Township Solicitor.  Mr. Duriancik made a motion to  reappoint Mr. Favero as our Solicitor at a rate of $85.00 per hour.  Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

Letters were received from Senate Engineering Company and The EADS Group expressing interest in being appointed as our engineer.  Mr. Duriancik made a motion to appoint Senate Engineering as Township Engineer.  Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

Mr.  Filo nominated Mr. Duriancik as Road Master and Mr. Shannon seconded it; Mr. Duriancik declined the nomination, stating he thinks it would be better served if he is not on there, for himself as well as the Township.  Mr. Shannon said he thought he was doing a good job; it seems like the guys are happy with the way things are going.  Mr. Duriancik stated his heart is not in it and it is just too much getting up at 4:00 in the morning.  Mr. Shannon commented with that aside, what about some of the projects they have, like the Kepple Hill project.  Mr. Duriancik said he will help out, but unless all people are involved in it he is not putting the time in.  He actually puts way more time in than what is on his time cards.  He will help out somebody else, but as far as him doing it, no.  Mr. Shannon said why don't they just have all three as they have in the past.  Mr. Duriancik replied for them two guys to do it, and he will help them out if he can.  He watches three news channels to see what time to go out; it's not worth it and it would be better served if someone else was doing it.  Mr. Filo nominated Mr. Shannon, who in turn  nominated Mr. Filo to serve as Road Masters.  Mr. Shannon told Mr. Duriancik that he wished he would reconsider and they all will do just what they can; that way when he does go out to work, he can get paid for it.  Mr. Duriancik said he's not going out there.  Mr. Shannon clarified that he meant as far as supervising a job, and Mr. Duriancik said he's not doing that either.    He said there is so much to do and all these driveways; when they start enforcing the driveways, he'll go and do something.  When they start enforcing and sending letters out, and doing something, he'll consider it; other than that, no.  Mr. Filo and Mr. Shannon will share Road Master duties.

Mr. Filo moved to reappoint Mr. Gregg Artman to serve on the Vacancy Board.   Mr. Shannon seconded the motion and Mr. Duriancik made the vote unanimous.

Mr. Filo made a motion to continue using the following depository banks for 2017:  First Commonwealth Bank for General, State, Police Pension, Non-Uniform Pension,  Kepple Hill Rehabilitation, and Sinking funds; Apollo Trust for Payroll and Street Light funds; and PLGIT for Parks and Recreation funds.   Mr. Duriancik seconded the motion and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

Mr.  Filo nominated Mr. Shannon as Police Commissioner.  Mr. Duriancik seconded the motion.

Mr.  Filo made a motion to reappoint Ms. Laura Morman and Mr. Ed Coleman to serve 5-year terms on the Planning Commission.  Mr. Duriancik seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.   Mr. Filo moved to reappoint Ms. Jeanna Ellenberger  and Mrs. Debbie Belles to serve  5-year terms on the Parks and Recreation Committee.   Mr. Duriancik seconded it and Mr. Shannon made it unanimous.  Mr. Duriancik moved to reappoint Mr. Dean Moyer and Mr. Jim Shannon to serve  5-year terms on the PTMA Board of Directors and Mr. Filo seconded it.   Mr. Shannon made the vote for Mr. Moyer unanimous, but abstained from voting for Mr. Shannon.  Mr. Duriancik moved to reappoint Mr. Dave Thomas to serve on the UCC Appeals Board; Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

A PSATS Convention Delegate was not appointed as none of the Supervisors were planning on attending the 2017 convention.

Mr. Shannon moved to name Ms. Amy Perroz as the PSTCA Convention delegate and to pay for her registration and expenses if she should decide to attend.  Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Duriancik made it unanimous.

REAFFIRMATIONS

Mr. Duriancik made a motion to reaffirm that all purchases of tools and machinery for all departments (maintenance, police, office) not covered by Contract Agreement must be approved by the Board of Supervisors and a Purchase Order Number issued.  Best prices and service will be obtained for any equipment or purchases made.  Mr. Filo seconded the motion and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

Mr. Filo made a motion that all Ordinances and Resolutions be retained; Mr. Duriancik seconded it and Mr. Shannon made it unanimous.

Mr. Filo moved to reaffirm the Tax Rates for 2017, which  had previously been set and approved as part of the 2017  Budget.  Mr. Duriancik seconded the motion and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.  There were no changes made and rates are as follows:

Real Estate  -  7 mills

Local Services Tax  -  $52.00

Wage Tax  -  ½ of 1%

Real Estate Transfer  -  ½ or 1%

Street Light Tax  -  Vacant  -  .09

Kepple Hill  - Occupied  -  1.0

Kiskimere  -  Occupied  -  1.0

North Vandergrift  -  Occupied  -  1.0

 

Mr. Duriancik moved to reaffirm that Ms. Amy Perroz  will collect the Real Estate and Local Services Taxes, and Berkheimer will collect the Earned Income Taxes.  Mr. Filo seconded and Mr.  Shannon made the vote unanimous.

 Mr. Filo moved to reaffirm that the Secretary-Treasurer's bond will remain at $150,000 for a cost of $544.00 annually, the Pension Bond at $450,000, and the Tax Collector's Bond at $50,000.  Mr. Duriancik seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.  

Mr. Filo moved to set the mileage reimbursement rate at 53.5 cents, which is the 2017 Federal rate (the previous rate was 54 cents).   Mr. Duriancik  seconded the motion. 

RESOLUTIONS

Wage Schedule Resolution #1-2017 -  Mr. Duriancik asked if a percentage was used for the Secretary-Treasurer and part-time Police Officer, as they are not covered by contract.  Mrs. Ralston explained that everybody just got 50 cents, the same as last year.   He asked if she was saying that or was the Board saying it?   Mrs. Ralston replied that the Board did that when they did the budget.  He asked Mr. Shannon if that was right?  Mr. Shannon said that a year ago when they negotiated the contract, they gave 50 cents instead of a percentage, and then they just gave 50 cents across the board and negotiated the same thing with the Police.  So, the raise was 50 cents rather than fool around with percentages.  Mr. Duriancik asked about the seasonal worker, were they just going to leave it alone.  Mr. Shannon said unfortunately, it would remain at $10.00 an hour.  Mr. Filo made a motion to adopt  the Wage Schedule Resolution #1-2017; Mr. Shannon seconded it; and Mr. Duriancik made the vote unanimous.   

 Bill Payment Resolution #2-2017 -  Mr. Duriancik asked if PTMA and MAWC were paid the same amount per month for hydrants.  Mrs. Ralston explained that MAWC bills quarterly and we pay $113.50 for nine hydrants; PTMA bills every six months and we pay $7950.00, which is $75.00 per hydrant.  The Supervisors  were all in agreement that the 4th paragraph should have the words "with approval of the Board" added so that it will read:  Further Resolved, the Parks Township Board of Supervisors authorizes the Secretary-Treasurer to pay a bill if it is received and is due before the next scheduled regular or special meeting in which there would be a penalty or late fee charged, with approval of the Board.  Mr. Filo moved to adopt Bill Payment Resolution #2-2017, with the change made, authorizing paying insurances, taxes, utilities, phone, hydrants, social security and medicare taxes, state taxes, gas, trash pickup, any loan payments, unemployment taxes, local services taxes, earned income taxes that have to be paid quarterly,  PSATS dues, Tax Collector's and Secretary-Treasurer's bonds, and County Association dues.   Mr. Duriancik seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

 REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

 Mr. Shannon opened the regular meeting with the announcement that any comments would be taken at the end of the meeting.  Copies of the Agenda, Minutes, Treasurer's End of Year Balances Report, and Bill Payment List were posted on the bulletin board for review.  Mr. Duriancik and Mrs. Ralston were taping.   

 Mr. Duriancik made a motion to adopt the Minutes of the December 1st Budget Meeting, December 19th Regular Meeting, and December 29, 2016 Budget Meeting.  Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

 Mrs. Ralston presented  the Treasurer's Report of Estimated Ending Balances for 2016, which are:   General Fund - $52,358; State Fund - $71,106; Street Light Fund -  $18,171; Parks & Recreation - $1,729; Police Pension - $81,511; Non-Uniform Pension - $7,314; and Sinking fund - $35.  Capital Fund balances are:  Storage Shed - $2,085; Maintenance Equipment - $10,000; Impact Fees - $11,236; Donations to Police - $3,250; Radio Fund -  $1500; Donations to Parks & Recreation - $71; Homeland Security - $2,392;  2nd Street, NV - $1,281; Fire Escrow -  $13,956.94; and  Police Pension Investment Certificates - $705,508.   Mr. Filo moved to accept the report;  Mr. Duriancik seconded it, and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

 Mrs. Ralston presented the PSATS dues invoice for Board approval.  Mr. Filo wanted the subscription in his name cancelled, and moved to cancel the subscription for the Solicitor.  Mr. Shannon seconded the motion and Mr. Duriancik made the vote unanimous.  The Secretary will pay the dues of $870.00 and three subscriptions at $36.00 each for a total of $978.00.

 Mrs. Ralston explained that the invoice for the Tourist Bureau membership dues has always been $70.00, but she was  informed that the wrong amount was paid for the last two years; it should have been $80.00.  She wanted to clarify the amount since the Board had approved $70.00 and she had to remit $80.00.  Mr. Filo asked about the bill for Campbell and was told it was for legal services.  Mr. Filo  made a motion to approve the Bill Payment List for December 16, 2016 thru December 31, 2016 and Mr. Duriancik  seconded it.  Each Supervisor stipulated that his vote did not include anything pertaining to himself or any member of his family. 

 CORRESPONDENCE

 An invitation was received from the State to attend the 101st PA Farm Show and the Public Officials Day luncheon on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  

 A meeting will be held on January 18, 2017, at 6:30 pm in the Belmont Complex Conference Room to discuss making a water trail from Emlenton to Freeport, and to get input about the Allegheny River and surrounding waterways.

STAFF REPORTS

 Police Report -  Mrs. Ralston read the Police Report for December 1 thru December 31, 2016.

 Maintenance Crew  -  Mr. Duriancik reported that the Crew dealt with a storm and ice one weekend; two trees down on Oak Road; and worked on filling in areas of Clarion and Armstrong Avenues.  He still thinks there is a leak on Armstrong and contacted the Municipal Authority, but nothing was done.  He also asked about the Veterans Memorial, the broken fence and the garbage around the fence.  Mr. Shannon said he will look into it.  Mr. Duriancik also reported that Truck 1 needs to be looked at, the indicator light and a relay.  Mr. Shannon said Solomon is supposed to look at it.   Mr. Duriancik added that the crew  also did some berming on Kepple Hill, which needs it bad.

 TOWNSHIP COMMITTEES

 Parks Committee -  No meeting since the December meeting; the next meeting will be on January 7th at 7:00 pm. 

 Planning Commission -   No meeting since the December 12th meeting; the next meeting is January 9th at 6:00 pm in the Community Building, North Vandergrift.

 OLD BUSINESS

 UCC -  Copies of the Agenda and Minutes were provided for the next meeting scheduled for January 11, 2017.  Mr. Shannon moved to reappoint Mr. Duriancik as the UCC Representative and Mr. Filo seconded it.  The Board had already voted to keep  Mr. Dave Thomas as the Appeals Board Member.

 Mr. Duriancik commented that he didn't know if the membership fee for the Sewage Enforcement Agency would be lowered at the next meeting or not.  Mr. Shannon asked when that meeting was and Mr. Duriancik replied he didn't know yet.

 MS-4 Update -  Senate Engineering sent a copy of the application submitted to DEP requesting a waiver from the MS-4 Pollution Reduction Plan requirements, along with a copy of the map of the MS-4 Urbanized Area of Parks Township, including outfalls.  They also sent PennDot LTAP Technical Information Sheet #180 about MS-4 Storm Sewer Systems.

 NEW BUSINESS

 Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame Letter -  A letter was received from Mr. Dennis Wolfe, Secretary of the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame, announcing that Mr. Robert L. Walker, Jr., will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in the category Special Award:  Military. Mr. Walker was a life-long resident of Parks Township; he died in the line of duty in the Vietnam conflict.  As we did this for Mr. Rudy Minarcin and Joe Woods, Mr. Duriancik moved to place a full-page ad in the Program Booklet for $75.00 to honor Mr. Walker.  Mr. Filo seconded the motion and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.  The Board discussed what should be included in the ad, and made some suggestions.  Mrs. Ralston will talk with Mr. Dennis Wolfe and type up a sample ad for the Board to approve.

  PUBLIC COMMENT -  None

 ADJOURNMENT

 The next regular monthly meeting will be held on Monday, February 13, 2017;  the Auditor's Reorganization Meeting will be on January 4, 2017.  Both meetings will begin at 7:00 pm in the Community Building, North Vandergrift.

 There being no further questions or comments, Mr. Filo moved to adjourn at 7:52 pm and Mr. Duriancik seconded it.

 Respectfully submitted,

  

Mary E. Ralston

Secretary-Treasurer