Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania
Meeting Date : Monday March 19th, 2018
Meeting Minutes

Parks Township

Board of Supervisors

March 19, 2018

The Parks Township Board of Supervisors held their regular monthly meeting on March 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Community Building, 26 Jackson Street, North Vandergrift.

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

VISITORS PRESENT:             Jeff Retter, Rich Simpson, Don Ament, Joe Seren, Jay Start, Kelly Uhing, Ken Reynolds,  Gina Artman

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 take at the end of the meeting.  Mrs. Ralston was taping the meeting.

Mr. Filo made a motion to adopt the Minutes of the February 12, 2018 regular monthly meeting; Mr. Artman seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

Mr. Filo move to accept the Treasurer's Report for February 2018; Mr. Artman seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.  Receipts were $54,705.00 and expenses were $69,747.65 leaving a total balance of $98,768.19 (General Fund - $163.21; Capital Funds - $22,242.28; State Fund - $67,785.31; and Street Light Fund - $8,577.39). 

The  Police Pension CD at Elderton Bank in the amount of $72,387.00 matured on 3/18/22018.  Mr. Shannon moved to reinvest the money at the highest possible interest rate; Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Artman made the vote unanimous.

Mr. Shannon asked if Mr. Suppers had finished installing the lights at the Dime Building; he was told yes and they are working okay.  Mr. Filo moved to approve the Bill Payment List for February 8 thru March 14, 2018.  Mr. Artman 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 January 17, 2018 meeting minutes.

PTMA sent a copy of their Reorganization and Regular January 23, 2018 meeting minutes.

EQT Production Company sent notification they are applying for a DEP Permit 8:  Temporary Road Crossing of Carnahan Run and a wetland along  Piper Hill Road.

Armstrong County will hold their annual Hard to Recycle Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Armstrong Recycling Center at 139 Armsdale Road, Kittanning.


Police Report - Mrs. Ralston read the Police Report for February 1 thru February 28, 2018.

Maintenance Report - Mr. Shannon reported that there are major problems; the Board looked at Maple, Highland, Locust, Laurel Rd, and Johnson Street.  They have to figure out how and when they are going to be making these repairs and how they will pay for them.  They are getting ready for a paving project; there are some humps that need worked on.  They discussed having a pre-construction meeting for the paving project.  Mr. Shannon suggested they meet with Mr. John Poproch.  Removing the humps could be part of the project and included in the bids.  Mr. Artman was concerned that once the humps are removed, the ditches will be really deep.  Mr. Filo asked if removing the humps took the road down to dirt and gravel, what bearing would that have on the paving project?  The Board agreed they will meet with Mr. Poproch.


Parks Committee - Mrs. Ralston reported that Kiski Area School District is going to permit the ladies to participate in the school summer lunch program; free lunches will be offered at all three parks beginning the 3rd week of June and ending the second week of August.  Ms. Meredith Beatty of the Food Program at Kiski will actually train the food workers here at the Community Building.  The kids will be served hot lunches, which are much better than we were receiving from the Community Action Program.  The next meeting will be on April 2, 2018, at the North Vandergrift Park.  The Committee will inspect the parks and come up with a list of what they feel needs done.  A tentative date for the next craft show is September 29th.

Planning Commission - Ms. Laura Morman, Mr. Tony Tvrdovsky, and Mrs. Ralston attended a meeting held by the County Commissioners at the Belmont Complex on March 7.  They hired a consultant to come up with sample ordinances that could be used by municipalities county wide to fight blight and that would not be difficult to enforce.  The Planning Commission reviewed the first ordinance, which  was a "Lite Property Maintenance Ordinance",  along with the second sample, which  was for a ticketing ordinance.  The Committee recommended that the Supervisors review the ordinances, have the Solicitor review them, and take the necessary steps to adopt them; this would give the Township the means to address the blight throughout Parks Township.


Pump Station Road Update - In the Minutes of November 20,  2017, the Board needed to decide whether they wanted a box culvert or a to build a new bridge, and that would involve either keeping the DEP Permit we have or applying for a new one.  Senate would do the drawings and all the specifications but we would have to bid it out.  The Board wanted an estimated cost before deciding what to do.  According to Mr. Bill Braun, a box culvert would definitely be the cheaper way to go.  Senate had estimated a cost of $80,000 to $100,000 at that time, but they recently completed drawings for two different municipalities for a 20-ft span and they both came in around $150,000.  The longer we wait, the more expensive it is going to be.  Mr. Shannon asked if we were going to pull the pipes out to comply with the DEP, how long after that do we have to build the bridge?  Mrs. Ralston said they would have to make sure they had the correct  permit before starting anything; and if they have to apply for a new permit,  the process takes six months to a year.  Once they vote to remove the bridge and either replace it with a new one or a box culvert, the residents can be told but the pipes will have to be removed, the design will have to be done, it will have to be bid out, and it would probably be a year or longer before you could even think about construction.  Mr. Shannon asked what the cost difference was between a box culvert and a regular bridge.  Mrs. Ralston answered that when they first got an estimate for a regular bridge it was around $79,000 and over the years it keeps increasing.  Mr. Shannon questioned whether it was in the best interests of the Township and the taxpayers for them to pay Senate Engineering to redo the permits or are they better off  to go back to what they have,  try to formulate a cost to build a bridge and take out what's there, until they get the money to build a bridge.  Mrs. Ralston said they had looked at different types of bridges, one where the Township could do a lot of the work, before the Township started talking about box culverts, and the price then was about $80,000; that was five or six years ago.  Mr. Shannon stated the decking they have is all rusted and no good now.  Mr. Artman asked about the decking and beams; and Mr. Shannon said it's been setting at Coleman's for the last ten years and the Engineers looked at it and said it's all rusted away.  Mrs. Ralston will ask Mr. Braun to make a comparison of the two types, to help determine which type would best suit our needs.  Mrs. Ralston said they would probably charge us for that and Mr. Shannon stated it still might be cheaper. 

Mr. Shannon brought up that a new bridge will be built at the Drive-In, and he talked to a company representative about getting the material from the project.  They also discussed pulverizing the material that is already at the building.  Mr. Artman added that the big stuff would be perfect for Laurel Road, and maybe even Maple Road.

UCC - Mr. Duriancik did stop by the office and say he would accept the position of Township Representative and continue attending the UCC meetings.  Mr. Filo made a motion to appoint Mr. Paul Duriancik as the UCC Representative; Mr. Artman seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.  The Board will pay mileage and any expenses associated with the position.  The Supervisors expressed their thanks to Mr. Duriancik for accepting the position.  The April 4, 2018 meeting has been cancelled.

County Aid Applications - The County Commissioners offered a grant of $15,000 for paving the Kepple Hill Streets where the drainage work was done last summer (Kepple Avenue, Clearfield, Overlook, Run Road, Armstrong, Clarion, Marshall, Elk, Cell Tower, Bryan, Erie, and a section of Pleasant View Drive).  Mr. Shannon made a motion to accept the grant; Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Artman made the vote unanimous.  The contract will state that all work must be completed by July 31, 2018.  Mr. Poproch will be contacted to take care of all the paperwork.

Quotes for Jackson St/Alley LVR Project -  A pre-construction meeting was held at the site; only one company attended but Mr. Gregg Smith said other companies can still submit a quote.  The quotes will be opened at the next meeting.

Truck Purchase - Mrs. Ralston is getting quotes for financing a new truck purchase in the amount of $68,218.00.  We can either lease or finance it.  Ford Credit quoted 6.45%.  Another company said their rate was usually around 3%.  It was suggested that Dollar Bank Leasing had the lowest interest rate.  Mr. Artman moved to accept the lowest rate; Mr. Filo seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.

Speed Limit Ordinance for Slate Point and Ridge Roads - Mr. Filo moved to adopt Ordinance 1-2018, which establishes a 40 mph speed limit on Slate Point and Ridge Roads.  Mr. Artman seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.  Mr. Filo moved to buy the necessary speed limit signs; Mr. Artman seconded it and Mr. Shannon made the vote unanimous.


2018 Audit - Ms. Gina Artman presented the completed Annual Financial Report for the year 2017.  All accounts balanced with the bank statements and all deposits and invoices with the cancelled checks were verified.   The Auditors gave working Supervisors a raise increase of 35 cents which brings the rate to $13.00 an hour.  The audit was uploaded, accepted, and approved by the State.

Summer Projects - Mr. Shannon stated they had already covered most of this and they actually are going to have to discuss this before they make a list.  Mr. Artman commented that they have to get Kepple Hill ready, and then roads that were already done have to be redone or holes and soft spots have to be fixed.  Mr. Shannon stated the priority will have to be the roads that are going to be paved.  Mr. Artman added that Slate Point needs the pipes fixed; he thought they had all been replaced but they weren"t and now they are sinking and need more stone compacted around them.

Pre-Construction Meeting and Advertise for Bids for Kepple Paving Project - Already covered under old business.

PA One Call Request for "PA 811 Safe Digging Month" Proclamation - Mr. Filo made a motion to adopt the proclamation and Mr. Artman seconded it.

Spring Clean Up - The annual Spring Clean Up will be held on May 12, 2018 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.  The first pickup truck load is free, any additional loads will be $10.00 each.  Volunteers are needed.   Bailey Recycling will collect electronics again at $10,00 for each item; larger items will cost more.  Signs will be put up throughout the Township.


Mr. Simpson asked if something was going to be done at Park Street and Terrace Avenue; when the crew graded, they screwed up the drainage.  Mr. Artman said they will have to put a pipe in there.  Mr. Ramer had to put 30 sandbags along the road to keep the water from flooding out his property.  The water is completely missing the catch basin.  Mr. Shannon said they will take care of it.

Mr. Reynolds was there about Maple Road and the slide at the bottom.  The Supervisors asked who owned the property on each side of the road.  Mr. Reynolds told them Mr. Popovich owns the right side and Mr. Johnson owns the left side.  There was a brief discussion about the problems on Maple, what needs to be done to fix it, and how long ago the problems started. 

Ms. Kelly Uhing also had complaints about the work done by the crew at her place and the condition of the road.


The next regular monthly meeting will be held on April 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Community Building, North Vandergrift.

There being no further questions or comments, Mr. Filo moved to adjourn at 7:56 pm and Mr. Artman seconded it.

Respectfully submitted,


Mary E. Ralston                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Secretary-Treasurer