135 PINE STREET
MARIENVILLE, PA 16239
February 3, 2020
The Supervisor called the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors to order at 6:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Those present at the meeting were as follows:
Gregory Geyer, Chairman Randall Parrett, Supervisor
Andy Spicer, Supervisor Misty Dittman, Sec/Treas
Ed Stoner Scott Dittman, WWTP
Dave Neill, The EADS Group John Shoup
Jackie Blose Dan Zimmerman
Claudia Cecchetti John Shriver
John Rini Jr. John Wolbert
John Baughman Deb Lipchey
Mr. Parrett made a motion to approve the minutes of the re-organization meeting and the regular meeting held January 6, 2020. Mr. Spicer seconded the motion; motion carried, 3-0.
Mr. Parrett made a motion to accept the report of the Treasurer, transfer funds to the Payroll account and pay the bills as listed. Mr. Geyer seconded the motion; motion carried, 3-0.
Mr. Dave Neill, The EADS Group, presented a report. The trail project has been advertised & bids will be opened February 27, 2020. We are still waiting on paperwork for other grants.
Mr. Scott Dittman, WWTP, reported updates on the I&I problem. District 1 pump times are still increased. They did find a broken water line at a camp that was leaking into the sewer line. Generators are being updated. Mr. Dittman discussed the need for an update to be sent to South District owner. All the contact numbers are out of date. Signs for the WWTP have been ordered. Mr. Lewis has a key to the Chlorine room and it will now be locked at all times.
Mr. Ed Stoner stated letters were sent to some residents from Forest County regarding the need to obtain permits. Mr. Stoner discussed going to the District Magistrates regarding fines.
Mr. Johnny Rini Jr. stated he was born and raised in Marienville. After high school, he joined the military and then worked at Wal-Mart. He took the money he saved from working to start his real estate business. He bought property on Route 66 and planned to fix it up. Mr. Rini stated he spoke with the Township Secretary about the tap fee that was at that time $800. He also spoke with Scott Dittman and Don Gawelski about the tap fee. He spoke with Kevin Carter about doing the work to connect to the sewer line. Mr. Rini stated he went to pay the tap fee & was told it was now $2,000. He was tight on money at that point & asked why it was increased. He was told, unofficially, that it was to stop people from building mobile homes in the area. As per Mr. Rini, Mr. Carter told him to come to a Township meeting and he’d get him his money back. The Supervisors decided to not reimburse the tap fee. The Resolution to increase the tap fee had been passed before he filled out the application and paid the $2,000 fee. Mr. Rini believes there was an oral contract with the Secretary since she told him the fee was $800 when he first asked about it. Now he would like his full $2,000 refunded so he can use it to finish updating the last cabin. Mr. Rini also asked what the role of auditor was to the Township and was it legal to decide an auditor with a coin toss. It is legal and the auditors do not do the Township audit. A CPA does the audit.
The PSATS News Bulletin and PennDOT LTAP information was received. Grant information was received from DCNR. Also reviewed were letters from UGI and the Forest County Tax Collection Committee.
The proposed franchise agreement from Armstrong Cable was discussed.
Mr. Parrett made a motion to approve the building permits. Mr. Geyer seconded the motion; motion carried, 3-0.
Mr. Parrett made a motion to approve an Excess Maintenance Agreements. Mr. Spicer seconded the motion; motion carried, 3-0.
Mr. Geyer made a motion to approve the 20-2021 Salt Contract. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 3-0.
Mr. Geyer made a motion to approve for May & Company to do the audit on the tax collector books for that last 2 years. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 3-0.
Mr. Geyer made a motion to approve changing the date of the May 2020 meeting to May 18. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 3-0.
Mr. Geyer made a motion to have The EADS Group prepare the Chapter 94 report. Mr. Spicer seconded the motion; motion carried, 3-0.
Mr. Geyer made a motion to approve the Ehrlich service proposals. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 3-0.
Mr. Greg Geyer made comment that the Train Station cannot be worked on right now as we are waiting for the grant. Volunteer work can resume after the grant work is completed.
Ms. Jackie Blose asked that the NWSB parking lot and in front of the bank be plowed. The Township owns it & is responsible. The Supervisors will make sure the road crew does it.
Mr. Dan Zimmerman stated Mr. Rini was looking to get a refund to finish the cabin to rent out. He asked how that would work if it’s not connected to the sewer system. Mr. Rini would not be permitted to use the cabin unless it is connected.
Mr. John Shoup stated he doesn’t think the bank parking lot lights are working. It will be looked into.
Mr. Ed Stoner stated he was meeting with Rowan Rose to start the non-profit for the Train Station volunteers. He plans to clean up the station so it is ready for the grant work.
Ms. Claudia Checcetti stated a RR committee has been formed. Ed Stoner is the head of the committee and the board includes Roxanne Thornton and Leonard Nicklas.
Mr. Jim Hoffmann asked if some properties that are eye sores can be cleaned up. Some of them are waiting notices from the Township solicitor.
The Treasurer provided the following balances:
Trust Fund- Northwest Savings Bank $ 882,447.30
General Fund 242,255.81
Payroll Account 30,774.82
Sinking Fund 1,648,883.34
State Checking Account 1,100.69
State Savings Account 87,258.06
Fire Protection Account 9,930.01
The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 6:55 pm.
Misty D. Dittman, Secretary/ Treasurer