Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania
Meeting Date : Monday February 13th, 2017
Meeting Minutes

Parks Township

Board of Supervisors

February 13, 2017

The Parks Township Board of Supervisors held their regular monthly meeting on February 13, 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:             Jeff Retter, Debbie Belles, Nancy Palyok, Raymond Palyok

OTHERS PRESENT:                Amy Perroz, Tax Collector; Chief Doug Ciuca, PTPD; Sgt. John Arce, PTPD

Mr. Shannon called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm following the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Copies of the Agenda, Minutes, Treasurer's Report, and Bill Payment List were posted on the bulletin board for review.  Public comments will be taken at the end of the meeting.  Mrs. Ralston was taping the meeting.

Mr. Filo made a motion to adopt the MInutes of the January 3, 2017 Reorganization and regular monthly meetings.  Mr. Duriancik seconded it.  Minutes will stand as presented.

Mr. Filo moved to accept the Treasurer's Reports for December 2016 and January 2017; Mr. Duriancik seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.  Receipts for December were $31,552.36 and expenditures were $41,998.59 leaving a total balance of $187,408.07 (General Fund -  $66,315.86; Capital Funds - $31,815.00; Fire Escrow Account - $13,956.94; State Fund - $71,105.48; and Street Light Fund - $18,171.73).  Receipts for January were $38,346.42 and expenditures were $47,805.77 leaving a total balance of $177,948.72 (General Fund - $26,031.86; Capital Funds - $38,815.00; Fire Escrow - $24,623.34; State Fund - $71,106.68; and Street Light Fund - $17,371.84).   Police Pension CD #15166 for $326,187.32 and $74,000.00 from the Police Pension Fund checking account were transferred to an Investment Trust with First Commonwealth Bank; the total amount invested is $400,187.32.

Mr. Duriancik asked about a payment to Flynn's Tire for $1084.72 and Mrs. Ralston explained it was for winter tires for the 2012 and 2015 police cruisers, 8 tires total.  He asked about the payment to YIS/Cowden and was told it was for Vascar Callibration for the Police Department.  He then moved to approve the Bill Payment List for January 1 thru February 8, 2017; Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.  Each Supervisor stipulated that his vote did not include anything pertaining to himself or any member of his family.

Release of Escrow -   As the requirements of the Fire Escrow Ordinance have been met, Mr. Filo moved to release the Fire Escrow payment of $10,666.40 for 1178 Penn Avenue to the owners.  Mr. Duriancik seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

Ms. Amy Perroz, Tax Collector, explained that the County Commissioners have decided to cut the Tax Collector's compensation from a 2.5% commission to a $4.00 per collected bill, which means that as Parks Township is the 8th largest municipality in the County she will be taking a 65%  to 70%  pay cut or over $10,000 a year.  That being said, she would still like to be tax collector but she can't justify keeping her office open and paying the rent on it with losing that much money.  By law, tax collectors only have to office hours or be available six days two weeks prior to discount ending, or 12 days a year.  That would be the last week in April or the first two weeks in May and the last two weeks in September.  She asked if she could use the office space here for those 12 days, for a few hours a day; all she would need would be a table to set up her computer and copier.  Her driveway is definitely not accessible, so she can't collect in her home.  She would have a post office box to receive mailed payments.   Mr. Duriancik asked if it should be a more private area, like setting up a petition for privacy.  Ms. Perroz  said there is no longer a privacy issue because she doesn't collect wage taxes and real estate taxes are public information.  Mr. Filo moved to approve her request to use the building beginning 2018; Mr. Duriancik seconded it, and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous. The Supervisors clarified that if someone else runs and wins, they would have to have their own office.


A letter was received from Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson concerning  the ashes that were used on Kiskimere roads and flat tires.

KVWPCA sent a copy of their November 16 and December 21, 2016 Minutes.

PTMA sent a copy of their November 22 and December 27, 2016 Minutes.

Copney Disposal Systems sent a letter announcing that they have merged with Vogel Disposal Service effective January 2, 2017.   Collection day and 2016 rates will remain the same for one year, after which we will be asked to sign a new contract.

In an effort to better coordinate construction activities and minimize potential damage to newly paved roadways, Peoples Gas requested copies of the 2017 schedule for road paving, along with restoration requirements for street openings by March 31, 2017. 

The Armstrong County Elections Board sent confirmation of offices for which candidates are to be nominated in Parks Township at the 2017 Municipal Primary.  They are:  1 Auditor for a 6-yr term, 1 Supervisor for a 6-yr term, and 1 Tax Collector for a 4-yr term.

EQT Production sent notification of their intention to apply for a DEP natural gas drilling permit in Burrell Township.

DEB sent information concerning the renewal of Rosebud Mining's permit for five years for reclamation.   The Tracy Lynne Mine has been sealed and a final map submitted to the DEP.  Reclamations activities are currently underway per the requirements of the permit.

Ms. Jeanne Englert, Director of the Dept. of Tax Revenue for Armstrong County, sent certification of 2016 tax year returns.  The total amount, including penalty, for Parks Township is $37,606.21.

Armstrong Conservation District sent information on  Dirt and Gravel ESM Training for 2017.  The closest location is in Indiana County on April 5th & 6th.  Mr. Duriancik was certified in 2015, Mr. Burkett in 2013, and Mr Couslin in 2015.  The program now requires an ESM Certified person to be on the project site during construction, even if the project has been bid out.

PSATS sent updated Insurance information concerning Township-paid health and life insurance plans, plus pension plans for Supervisors.

The following documents and reports are available for review at the Township Office:

  • PTMA 2016 Annual Report and 2017 Budget

  • KVWPCA Engineering Report for 2015-2016 and Budget for 2016-2017

  • KVWPCA Audit for 2015-2016

Armstrong County Dept. of Tax Revenue sent the supplement to the Real Estate Tax Duplicate for 2017; the amount is 38,080,446.


Police Report -  Mrs. Ralston read the Police Report for January 1 thru January 31, 2017.

Maintenance Crew -  Mr. Shannon reported the Crew has been busy plowing snow and handling complaints on issues with the roads.  A resident from Kepple Hill called and said the crew did a wonderful job with the snow.



Parks Committee - Mrs. Belles reported that they are kind of at a standstill.  Mrs. Ralston reported that PennDot will be removing the asphalt around the Veteran's Memorial and replacing it with 6" of concrete.  Mr. Shannon reported that the fence at the memorial has been repaired and the parking lot cleaned up.  Mr. Duriancik commented that if the cement barriers were straightened out, that would keep  cars away from the fence.

Planning Committee -  Mrs. Ralston reported that the Committee took all the suggestions made at the meeting with the Supervisors and started working on the property maintenance ordinances again.  Mr. Ron Coleman has an attorney friend who is going to review our current ordinances, and the draft proposals, to see if he can come up with an ordinance more in line with what we are trying to accomplish.  The Committee did agree on a burning ordinance; the DEP had sent a sample ordinance suggesting it might be more easily to enforce than the current one.  It will be ready for the next meeting.  Mr. Duriancik said there was something on the PSATS website wondering if the townships are going to come up with some type of an ordinance for medical marijuana use, if it is going to be legalized.  Mrs. Ralston commented it is legalized and the State is already licensing people to grow it.  Mr. Shannon said PSATS is probably on top of that and you could probably call them and get more information.


Pump Station Road Update -  Mr. Shannon reported that he has been trying to get an estimate from Mr. Knepshield, who claims he has all the prices on the materials; he just needs to get a quote to us.

Senate Engineering MS-4 Program Compliance -  All of our paperwork has been submitted to the DEP; now it's a matter of waiting for a response and meeting the next deadline of September 16, 2017.

UCC Meeting - Mr. Duriancik reported that we would have to adopt another resolution to change the administration fee, which is now $25.00.  Everything is going along okay.  He and two other guys are going to meet and make recommendations for the Appeals Board to be voted on at the next meeting.  Ford City has joined the group.

Mr. Duriancik reported on the Sewage Enforcement Agency Meeting.  They are going to keep the membership fee for the townships at $200 a month.  They are also looking for a better place to rent; he talked with the Commissioners about it and they said possibly at the Tourist Bureau.  He stopped there and there is a real nice space available.  Today Mindy Shea was going to meet with them at Indiana to see how they did theirs.  There is also the possibility of moving into the Planning Commission building, but there are times Planning and Sewage can't seem to get along.  Mr. Shannon said it's not as bad now as it used to be.  Mr. Duriancik commented that Ms. Shea does a great job.


Summer Projects -

  • According to Mr. Gregg Smith of the Conservation District, three quotes can be gotten for the Laurel Road project, rather than bidding it out.  Mr. Duriancik suggested asking Mr. Metzler if the company he worked for in Clarksburg would be interested in giving a quote.  Mr. Shannon said that company has shut down.  The Supervisors reviewed a description of the project.  Mr. Duriancik thought we were going to do some of the work; however, the Conservation District approved contracting out the entire project.  Our share is $600 to do the surface and berm the road after all the work is done.  The Secretary will contact Mr. Randy Shearer and ask if he is interested in submitting a quote.  She will also contact Mr. Gregg smith and ask for some company names.

  • As long as equipment rental and manpower for seal coating Locust, Kepple Hill Road, and E. 2nd Street is not more than $10,700, quotes are not required.  The estimated cost provided by Russell Standard is around  $5,000.  We already have a bid for the oil and use Costars for the stone.

  • Kepple Hill Streets (Overlook Dr, Clearfield Ave, Run Road, Armstrong Ave, Elk Ave, Cell Tower Road, Marshall St, Clarion Ave, Bryan St, Pleasant View from Kepple Ave to Erie Ave inclusive, Elm St, Kepple Ave,) sealed with fibermat must be bid out.

  • Kepple Hill Paving Project (same streets as listed above) must be bid out.

Mr. Duriancik explained the fibermat application and how it works with the 1.5" overlay.  The end of June would be the best time to do this.  Mrs. Ralston asked them to approve doing these roads for an estimated $121,000 so it can be advertised; the bids opened in March; and it can be put on the schedule for June or July.  The Supervisors discussed what would need done to get the roads ready; there are some high spots that need taken care of and some pipes that need put in; some curbs are needed in certain areas, and a couple catch basins.  Mr. Filo asked about pulverizing and was told that it isn't a part of this project.  Mr. Duriancik stated the crew will not be able to mow grass, they will have to concentrate on getting these roads ready.  Mr. Filo stated he plans to help with the mowing.  Mr. Duriancik said that we had not included Kepple Avenue from the stop sign to Pleasant View, which is another $25,770 for a total project of $146,708.   He then made a motion to advertise for bids for both the Fibermat and Paving of Kepple Hill Streets; Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.  Mrs. Ralston will contact Mr. John Poproch to review everything before the ad is published.  Mr. Shannon asked if they should look at that bad place on Ash Road where the ripples are at.  Mr. Duriancik said a pipe needs replaced there, and then put a scratch and level course for about 150 yards to 1,000 feet.  They will ask Mr. Poproch for a recommendation.  

Mr. Shannon asked about Locust Road, it will be seal coated where it was paved, but what about the rest of it?  Mr. Duriancik said we have 5,000 gallons of MC-70; he thinks we should go from there back to the farm driveway.  The  hill can't be done until the drainage is taken care of.  Whatever is left, we can take to Piper Hill Road on the Lower Mateer side.  Mr. Shannon verified that Mrs. Ralston was recording their conversation.  Mr. Filo asked about Slate Point Extension where it is real rough.  Mr. Shannon replied that they are going to fill it with what they have, and talked about using some of the old ashes there.  Mr. Durianick commented that they could possibly do a little dirt & gravel project there.  Also, Mr. Shannon said there may be some slag and fill from the bridge project PennDot is doing that might work on Slate Point Extension.  Mr. Duriancik said something has to be done on Kuruc's side of Garvers Ferry.  Mr. Shannon said that would work there too.  Mr. Duriancik was concerned about any rebar that might be left in the materials.  Mr. Shannon said he would set up an appointment and they can talk to Mr. Joe Stone, project manager.  

Mr. Shannon made a motion to participate in the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation, with Mrs. Ralston being the contact and would also verify the addresses.  Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Duriancik made the vote unanimous.  This is the only opportunity we will have to comment on what addresses are used.

KVWPCA sent a letter requesting the Supervisors sign an acceptance letter for  the Flow Meter Locations in the Township; however,  they didn't indicate where the locations are.  The Board instructed Mrs. Ralston to call for more information on the locations.

Mr. Shannon moved to adopt the Resolution Page for the Municipal EOP; there are no changes for this year.  Mr. Duriancik seconded it and Mr. Filo made the vote unanimous.

Mr. Shannon moved to continue participating in the DGS Federal Surplus Property Program; Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Duriancik made the vote unanimous. 

Mr. Filo made a motion to reserve the Community Building for the 2017 Election; Mr. Duriancik seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

Mrs. Ralston asked Mr. Filo if he knew of any reason why the fire company could not access Emmerson Lane.  He said there might be a problem getting to the very top house, but the rest of the lane is accessible.  He advised her to check with the Mr. Jay Start, the current Fire Chief.



Mr. Duriancik said he thinks they should concentrate on one particular park, and thought we should address the biggest problem first.  Mrs. Belles said Kiskimere should get mulch first, because Kepple Hill has the drainage problem and North Vandergrift has rubber mulch; but as for painting and cleaning up, North Vandergrift should be done first.  Mr. Duriancik mentioned the roof of the NV pavilion and was told Ms. Sherrie Polka was arranging for her son to replace it, as a donation.  There was some discussion about options to fix the drainage at Kepple Hill and how to route the water runoff.  If there is a lunch program at Kiskimere, that will definitely have to be done.  Mr. Duriancik stated that before any mulch is put down, all of the growth has to be removed.  Also, there are three new grills that have to be installed.  Mrs. Belles said there are also three benches that have been donated and need put in.

Ms. Amy Perroz suggested contacting the Key Club at Kiski; they have a youth day of caring where they work in various places putting down mulch, pulling weeds, painting, etc.  The school could be contacted to see if they could help out.  Mrs. Ralston stated we had contacted the school before and some kids helped out with the lunch program for a week.  Ms. Perroz  said either Mrs. Strong or Ms. Wagner is in charge of the program.  Mr. Shannon said that was a good suggestion and told the Secretary to contact the school.    There was a brief discussion about the trees, both at Kiskimere and Kepple Hill.  Mr. Filo and Mr. Duriancik will look at them.

Mr. Jeff Retter informed the Board that there are a lot of pot holes on Locust Road that need fixed.

Ms. Amy Perroz told the Supervisors that at the Commissioner's meeting last week, they decided that Armstrong County will no longer have Jury Commissioners; the position was eliminated.


The next regular monthly meeting will be held on March 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Community Building, North Vandergrift. 

There being no further questions or comments, Mr. Filo moved to adjourn at 8:12 pm and Mr. Durianick seconded it.

Respectfully submitted,


Mary E.  Ralston                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Secretary-Treasurer