Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania
Meeting Date : Monday November 20th, 2017
Meeting Minutes

Parks Township

Board of Supervisors

November 20, 2017

The Parks Township Board of Supervisors held their regular monthly meeting on November 20, 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, Jay Start, Joe Seren, Gregg Artman, Ron Sweeny, Sherry Amsler, Carl  Petrarca, Anthony Petrarca

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.  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. Duriancik made a motion to adopt the Minutes of the October 16th regular monthly meeting, the October 25th Budget Work Session, and the November 2, 2017 Budget meeting and Mr. Filo seconded it.  All three Minutes will stand as presented.

Mr. Filo moved to accept the Treasurer's Report for October 2017; Mr. Duriancik seconded the motion and Mr. Shannon made it unanimous.  Receipts were $15,934.56 and expenditures were $207,159.31 leaving a total balance of $178,187.59 (General Fund - $35,059.19; Capital Funds - $33,602.41; Fire Escrow - $13,956.94; State Fund - $78,198.67; and Street Light Fund - $17,370.38).

Mr. Duriancik made a motion to approve the Bill Payment List for October 12 thru November 15, 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.


KVWPCA sent a copy of their September 20, 2017 Minutes.

PTMA sent a copy of their September 26, 2017 Minutes.

Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. sent information on their Integrity Management Program and what should be done in case of an emergency in a high-consequence area.

Armstrong County PennDot sent notice that their Winter Preparedness Meeting will be held on November 21, 2017 at 10:00 am in the Kittanning Township Volunteer Fire Hall.  Mr. Duriancik will attend.

Klingensmith's Drug Stores sent information on their Safe Disposal of Used Needles and Syringes Program, which begins on November 1, 2017.   They will be the first pharmacy in the nation to address the issue of the safe disposal of used needles and syringes. 

KVWPCA sent copies of Resolution 2017-6, which amends the tapping fee; Resolution 2047-5 which approves a fee schedule; and Resolution 2017-7, which sets the base rate only for 2018 for metered water users and unmetered users.  The new fee will not become effective until January 1, 2018.


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

Maintenance Crew - Mr. Duriancik stated that he didn't have much to report as he hasn't been doing it, he took some time off and doesn't know what the Crew has been doing.  He asked if anyone on the Board had looked at any of the roads over the weekend, considering the storms we had.  Mr. Shannon said he was out Saturday or Sunday.  Mr. Duriancik asked which day was it and Mr. Shannon asked what's the difference.  Mr. Duriancik stated there is a difference and Mr. Shannon replied he was out Sunday he thought.  Mr. Duriancik asked if there were any problems and Mr. Shannon said there was a problem at Ridge Road at Mrs. Riggles, which he called Rob to take care of it; then he talked to Mr. Artman.   Mr. Shannon clarified that it was Saturday that he was out.  Mr. Duriancik stated he went out on Sunday and there are a lot of problems.    Locust Road is sliding down again and there's a crack in the road.  He said he had pictures on his camera  if they cared to see them.  Then on Kepple, there are problems where they worked.  First of all, there is water coming down the hill that is not going into the catch basin; there is water running parallel to Kepple that is not going into the catch basin; and there is no water coming out of the outlet of the pipe.  Also, where he sealed there is a crack starting there.  Mr. Shannon asked if he was talking about White or Fouse?  Mr. Duriancik said he didn't know, maybe both of them.  Mr. Shannon stated that White was responsible for the drainage, so we need to get him back out there.  Mr. Duriancik asked if that was going to be his job again; there are three road masters.  Mr. Shannon told him to get it set up for them to come out and he will meet them up there.  Mr. Duriancik asked what he wanted to do on Locust?  Mr. Shannon asked what was wrong with Locust and Mr. Duriancik replied that the hillside is starting to go down where it was fixed and there is a crack in the road that's widening.  Mr. Shannon said that was Knepshield, so they need to get him back out there.  Mr. Duriancik stated he can't believe that they don't go look at what's going on, even our road crew; you can't just ride by in a vehicle and look out the window.  You got to get out and look.  Another thing, he asked if  they are satisfied with the repair job on Clarion, Run, and part of Armstrong?  Mr. Shannon commented that the way that was said, apparently he wasn't; so, what isn't he satisfied with?  Mr. Duriancik said he asked them if they were satisfied.  Mr. Shannon wanted to know what the problem was but Mr. Duriancik told him to go look at it and then tell him what the problem was.  Mr. Duriancik stated he has been asking them for the last two meetings to go look at it; just look at the Minutes.  He said you can't let personal relationships interfere with the job at hand.  Mr.  Shannon reiterated that they need to contact White and Knepshield and get them both out there.   Mr. Duriancik asked Mr. Jay Start if the firemen had blown out the pipe on Dalmation and he replied that the date they were to do it, it was pouring down rain.  They need to schedule another time.  Mr. Duriancik stated it's kind of late now.


Parks Committee -  The Committee will have a craft show at the PTVFD Social Hall from 10:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, December 2nd.   There are 28 vendors and the kitchen will be open all day with fish sandwiches, hot dogs, mac and cheese, French fries, pop, and snacks for sale.

Planning Committee - Meeting was cancelled.


Pump Station Road Update - Senate Engineering submitted a proposal for design and drawings for a new aluminum box culvert, for preparing and submission of a PA GP-11 permit application (DEP indicated that a revised permit would not be acceptable and that a new permit submission would be required) including preparation of Erosion & Sedimentation Control Plans for $2500.00.  The Township will pay any permit fees.    Mr. Duriancik had pictures of a couple culverts that had been installed in neighboring municipalities.  Mr. Shannon asked if it was up to us to solicit prices  on the culvert box or what?  Mrs. Ralston added that the Township will have to bid it out, not Senate.  The Board has to decide if they want one of these culverts or if they want to build a new bridge; once we apply for a new DEP permit, the one we have is null and void.  Senate will do the drawings including all the specifications, and we will bid it out.  The Supervisors decided they need an estimated cost before they decide what they want to do.  Mr. Filo stated in most cases a box culvert is more cost effective than a typical I-beam bridge.  The Supervisors decided to table this for now, until they can get some estimates.  Mr. Duriancik reminded them that they had to include the cost of removing the pipes already there.  Mr. Shannon will call Mr. Joe Stone and asked if he would be interested in giving an estimate.  Mr. Shannon wants to get a cost on the culvert before committing to changing the permit.  The Board members all agreed to table it until next month.

Kepple Hill Slide Repair Update - Mr. Shannon stated that they were going to contact Tom White and Tim Fouse  and arrange a meeting at the site to discuss issues with the slide repair.   The Secretary will try to arrange something for next Thursday or Friday.

Low Volume Roads Grant Application - Nothing new to report.

Armstrong County Interim Billing Resolution - Solicitor Jim Favero said this is not compatible with our LERTA Ordinance and he recommended the Township not participate.

Speed Limit Ordinance for Ridge and Slate Point Roads - Solicitor is preparing an Ordinance.


County Aid Program for 2018 (PennDot Kepple Hill Roads Paving Quotes) - There are two applications:  the first is for a regular project in 2018 and the second is for a multi-modal project for 2019.  The deadline for both is December 15, 2017.  Mr. Shannon asked if we could apply for help in buying a new truck and Mrs. Ralston replied she didn't know if that would qualify or not.  Mr. John Poproch sent figures for paving all the roads in Kepple Hill, both scratch & level and a wearing course.  The maximum grant is $15,000 and we must have a match.  Mr. Duriancik had mentioned before about applying for the 2018 grant for Dalmation Drive.   Mrs. Ralston added that the 2019 grant could be used for the rest of Kepple Hill.  Mr. Duriancik suggested using a 9.5 mm binder and scratch & level all those roads and then, instead of putting a wearing course, go back the next year and put a single seal.  Some milling would have to be done.  Mr. Shannon commented that we should do the roads that were worked on this year.  Mr. Duriancik made a motion that for 2018, the grant application will be for the streets on Kepple Hill that were worked on this summer and for 2019 it will be for the streets west of Pleasant View Drive.  Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

Truck Purchase - Walsh Equipment and Tri-Star Motors sent information on a 2017 F550 Truck with a COSTARS price of $84,086.  Mr. Filo commented that this was a small truck.  Mr. Duriancik stated that you do not want an aluminum body.  Mr. Shannon said they will all look at it.

2018 Budget - Mr. Filo made a motion to advertise the 2018 Proposed Budget; Mr. Duriancik seconded it, and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.  The 2018 Budget will be considered for adoption at the December meeting.

Tax Rates for 2018 - Mr. Shannon moved to retain the same tax rates with no increase for 2018; Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Duriancik made the vote unanimous. 

Category 4 Casinos Resolution -  Act 42 of 2017  has authorized the placement of 10 small Category 4 casinos within the Commonwealth.  Municipalities can prohibit the location of a Category 4 casino within its boundaries by adopting a Resolution; this resolution must be adopted and delivered to the PA Gaming Control Board no later than December 31, 2017.   Mr. Shannon thought it would be a good thing to have a small casino in the southern part of the County.   Mr. Filo made a motion to adopt the Resolution not to have a Category 4 Casino within the Township, as he felt it would take away from the money the Firemen raise.  Mr. Duriancik voted to allow the location of a Category 4 Casino within the Township. Mr. Filo's motion was not passed.

 Fire Escrow Payment -  Mrs. Ralston had pictures of the repairs to the structure at 1156 Grant Street.  Mr. Filo moved to release the Escrow Payment; Mr. Duriancik seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous. Collection Boxes - Mr. Ron Sweeny requested permission to place Planet Aid Boxes throughout the Township for the collection of clothes and shoes.  Mr. Shannon explained that the Township really doesn't have any property that could be used.  Mr. Sweeny asked about the Fire Hall and Mr. Shannon told him to talk with Mr. Jay Start, Fire Chief for the Township.

Census LUCA Program Training Workshop - Mrs. Ralston requested permission to attend a Census LUCA training workshop on Wednesday, December 6th, from noon to 4:00 pm at the Career Link facility in Indiana County.  There is no cost to attend.  Mr. Filo made a motion to send Mrs. Ralston to the training and Mr. Shannon seconded it.



The next regular monthly meeting will be on December 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Community Building, North Vandergrift.

There being no further questions or comments, Mr. Filo moved to adjourn at 8:03 pm and Mr. Duriancik seconded it.

Respectfully submitted,


Mary E. Ralston                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Secretary-Treasurer