Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania Parks Township, Pennsylvania
Meeting Date : Monday June 21st, 2021
Meeting Minutes

                                                                                               Parks Township                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Board of Supervisors                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            June 21,2021

The Parks Township Board of Supervisors held their regular monthly meeting on June 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the Community Building, 26 Jackson Street, North Vandergrift.

 MEMBERS PRESENT:   Thomas M. Filo, III, Chairman                        Scott Kifer, Member                                                                                                                                                                           Mary E Ralston, Secretary - Treasurer              


 VISITORS PRESENT:    Jay Start, Jeff Retter, Rich Simpson, Ken Reynolds Jr, Brenda Milliman, Edward Soloman

 OTHERS PRESENT:       Chief Doug Ciuca, Parks Township Police;  Sgt. John Arce, Parks Township Police

 Mr. Filo called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm following the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Copies of the Agenda, Minutes, Treasurers Report, and Bill Payment List were posted on the bulletin board for review.  Public comments will be taken at the end of the meeting.  Mr. Artman was not in attendance. 

 Mr. Kifer made a motion to adopt the Minutes from the May 17, 2021 regular monthly meeting.   Mr. Filo seconded it. 

 Mrs. Ralston presented  the Treasurer's Report for May 2021.  Mr. Kifer moved to accept the Treasurer's Report; Mr. Filo seconded the motion.  Receipts for May were $191,763.81 and expenses were $83,940.91 leaving a total balance of $437,810.72.  (General Fund – $169232.64; Capital Fund – $32,008.68; State Fund - $253,708.91;  and Street Light Fund – $14869.17).     

 Mr. Kifer made a motion to approve the Bill Payment List for May 14, 2021 through June 17, 2021 and Mr. Filo   seconded it.  Each Supervisor stipulated that his vote did not include anything pertaining to himself or any member of his family. 


 The Application Renewal for Logansport Mining from Rosebud Mining was reviewed.


Police Report – Mrs. Ralston read the Police Report for May 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021.

 Maintenance Crew – Mr. Filo reported that  the Massey Ferguson was repaired and the crew has finished berming and is now mowing and trimming.


 Parks Committee -  There was no meeting held in May. A Park inspection was done on May 25, 2021. The following is a list of issues needed addressed:

      North Vandergrift Park:

·                            Swing Brackets are needed

·                            Seesaw needs repaired or replaced (Tires and Seats)

·                           Benches need sanded, painted, and repaired (some need new boards)

·                           Picnic tables need sanded, painted, and repaired  (some need new boards)

·                            Fence needs installed behind the backboard at the basketball court

·                            Elephant ears need cut off the bridge bank

·                            Wooden posts along the alley are rotted and need replaced or removed

      Kepple Hill Park:

·                             Down spout on pavilion is missing

·                             Play area needs mulch, is nothing but grass

·                            Handicapped parking space needs redone

·                            Large hole needs filled in

      Kiskimere Park:

·                            Extremely high grass all around the perimeter

·                            Handicapped parking spot is completely covered over

·                            Wetlands need underdrained between the basketball court and the play area

      All the parks need some signs replaced.  

Dogs and Crap – The Solicitor stated that the Supervisors can adopt an ordinance requiring all pets must be on a leash and all waste must be cleaned up; however, this is really hard to enforce because you have to see any violation happening.  A citizen can see and report a violation, but they must be willing to appear in Court.  Signs can be posted that owners must clean up after their pets, but no fines can be levied unless there is an ordinance.  The Secretary was instructed to have the Solicitor prepare an ordinance for their review, also she was told to give the road crew a copy of the inspection list so they can start working on it.  Kepple Hill Park needs weeds cut down in the basketball court.  There was a brief discussion about spraying the weeds, but you need to be certified to spray.  Mrs. Ralston will contact Mr. Duriancik to see if he is still licensed to spray and would be willing to help. Mr. Kifer said he was to be notified of the inspection date and time as he has been working with the parks.  Mrs. Ralston apologized and said because it was discussed and set up at the meeting she just assumed everyone was aware.

Planning Commission – There was a meeting on June 14; there was a quorum.  They discussed blighted properties in the township; Rich Simpson was elected Chairman; they will begin reviewing ordinances dealing with accumulated trash, burning, and junk automobiles.  A previously proposed property maintenance ordinance will also be reviewed.


 Locust Road -  Project completed.

 Maple Road  –The deadline for the grant is the end of July; an engineer must prepare a design because of the landslide and no one has been able to meet with Mr. Braun.  A meeting will be scheduled with Senate Engineering to inspect Maple Road to have a preliminary proposal prepared.

 Summer Projects – Mrs. Ralston reported she met with Gregg Smith about Laurel Road and Ridge Extension; the deadline for that grant is the end of August.

 American Recovery Funds – An application has been submitted to DCED to participate in the distribution of funds. There were several steps that needed to be completed in order to submit the application.  We are still waiting for a final email confirmation that everything is complete.  Our application was accepted through DCED; however we still have not received notification that the S.A.M.S. registration has been activated.  This has to be done before any funds can be deposited into our account.

 Traffic Study Grant Street – The Solicitor is preparing the ordinance which should be received , advertised and adopted at the July 19, 2021 meeting.  Once adopted, the residents on Grant Street will have to be notified 30 days before any  citations can be issued.  Mr. Kifer stated that it will be September 1,2021 before the ordinance can go into effect.

 Hyde Park Borough Mutual Aid Agreement – Mr. Filo said this has been tabled but we need to send it to the Solicitor for review.  


Amick Family Request – A letter was received from Mrs. Marci Amick of North Vandergrift requesting that July 25, 2021 be declared as” Jaycee Renee Amick Day”. Jaycee is a student at Kiski Area.  She has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments for ATRT, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.  The family requested the Supervisors join in the  participation of Jaycee’s 13th Birthday Celebration/ Christmas in July by proclaiming a Jaycee Renee Amick Day.   Mr. Filo made a motion to declare July 25, 2021 as Jaycee Renee Amick Day and Mr. Kifer seconded the motion.


 Mrs. Brenda Milliman questioned the process of training a new secretary,  the cost of two secretaries during training, the turn around time, and the impact on the General Fund.  She asked Ms. Cerra her qualifications and experience. Mrs. Milliman had questions about the Police Pension Fund believing the rumors that money had been misused. Mrs. Ralston assured her that the Pension Funds were audited by State Auditors this year and there was no money missing nor was any money used for anything other than pension payments.  She also requested that information on “Dumpster Day” be clarified. Mr. Filo explained that the Township was looking into having a dumpster at the Dime Building  12 months of the year.  There were no available funds to have “Dumpster Day” in the Spring; hopefully one can be held in early Fall unless a permanent dumpster can be placed at the Dime Building.  Mrs. Milliman asked about the entrance to Kiskimere and the damage done by People’s Gas Company; Mr. Filo said he is aware of the problem and it is being taken care of.  She complained about the drain in front of  the Church on Johnson Street and water running into her yard.  Mr. Filo said there used to be a ditch along the entire street but for some reason now that ditch  no longer exists past your property line.  The ditch needs to be put back into place.

 Mr. Edward Soloman expressed his frustration over the fence that his neighbor is installing on the property line; he never did a PA One Call; and there is some conflict with the state road right of way.  He asked the Supervisors to help him  get the fence poles moved off of the property line.  Mr. Filo asked Chief Ciuca if there was an ordinance stating setbacks for fences and Chief Ciuca said there is no ordinance.  Mr. Filo told Mr. Soloman it is a civil issue between property owners.   Mr. Soloman  said he was told by an attorney that townships and boroughs need to follow the BOCA code.  Mr. Filo asked him to get the section number of the code and Mr. Soloman said he would.

Mr. Jeff Retter would like to thank the three Supervisors and the two Secretaries for fixing Locust Road.


 The next regular monthly meeting will be held July 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the Community Building, North Vandergrift.

There being no further questions or comments, Mr. Kifer moved to adjourn at 7:35 pm; Mr. Filo seconded it.    

 Respectfully Submitted,


 Jeanna Cerra

Assistant Secretary


Mary E. Ralston