MINUTES of October 11, 2017 – Board of Supervisors

MINUTES of October 11, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by Chairman Donald R. Leibig, commencing with the Pledge to the Flag.

Present:               Donald R. Leibig, Chairman

Dan K. Hogeland, V. Chairman

Eric J. Weidman, Supervisor

John D. Enck, Solicitor

Lorie J. Kupp, Sec./Treas.


Phoebe Merkel, 308 Stricklerstown Rd. questioned why the public never sees a police report?  Weidman will look into it. 


Planning Commission –  minutes were received. Dollar General Land Development plan was reviewed and signed.

 Millcreek-Richland Joint Authority – Aug. & Sept. minutes & financial statements were received.

Newmanstown Water Authority –  minutes were received.

GLRA minutes were received.

MINUTES:  Motion by Hogeland to accept the Sept. 13, 2017 minutes as printed.  Seconded by Leibig.  Hogeland aye, Leibig aye, motion carried(Weidman absent from this meeting)

Motion by Hogeland to accept the Sept. 21, 2017 minutes as printed.  Seconded by Weidman.  All aye, motion carried.                                                 


Draft ordinance – Depositing of grass on roads was reviewed and discussed.  Hogeland questioned agricultural stuff on the roads and if they can somehow be exempted?  Motion by Leibig to advertise the grass & yard waste ordinance to be addressed at the Nov. 8th meeting.  Seconded by Weidman.  All aye, motion carried.

Cleason Nolt – ASA request – Solicitor reported on the request to add a tract of land located in Richland Borough to the Township’s Agricultural Security Area.  Solicitor informed the Board that he spoke to Angie Foltz, LCCD who directed him to speak to April Orwig at the State Dept. of Agriculture but he has not heard back from her yet. Enck suggested the Board table this matter until the next meeting.  Board agreed. 

Resolution #101117 Revising & Updating the Township’s Local Limits (MRJA) – Solicitor explained the Sewer Authority has requested that the Township adopt this resolution which will revise & update the local limits pertaining to the Pre-treatment ordinance adopted June 13, 2012.  Motion by Leibig to adopt Resolution #101117 revising and updating the Township’s local limits.  Seconded by Weidman.  All aye, motion carried.


Request for temporary construction entrance on Sonnen Rd. from FirstEnergy T-line Project was reviewed and discussed.  Secretary instructed to inform them that they only need to apply for two driveway permits.


Health insurance renewal discussed.  Motion by Weidman to renew the insurance renewal at the 4.71% increase with Capital Blue Cross.  Seconded by Hogeland.  All aye, motion carried.


2017 Pension state aid – was discussed.  $36,706.02 received – Police portion $18,353.01 – Non-uniformed portion $18,353.01.  Secretary questioned how the Board wanted this allocated.   Motion by Hogeland to move the excess from the non-uniformed plan after paying the MMO to the uniformed police plan.  Seconded by Weidman. (Leibig abstained).  

2018 MMO’s –  Police $36,956 – Non-uniformed $6,907   were reviewed and acknowledged.

Bridge Inspection report reviewed. Leibig meeting with engineer on Friday.

Request for Fire Police – 11/25/17 Holiday parade, 10/28/17 Halloween parade were reviewed.  Motion by Leibig to grant the fire police, the fire company & its auxiliaries permission to help and attend.  Seconded by Hogeland.  All aye, motion carried. 

Cat complaint – Katherine Lane, 45 W. Main St. e-mail regarding feral cats was briefly discussed.  Leibig will look into it.

Line Painting quotes were reviewed. – DE Gemmill $8,099.52; Berks Traffic Inc. $8,177.40; DeAngelo Bros. LLC $10,903.20 Motion by Leibig to go with DE Gemmill quote of $8,099.52.  Seconded by Hogeland.  All aye, motion carried.

Draft 2018 budget reviewed and discussed.

Recreation funding project discussed.  $42,094.18 Secretary informed the Board that per Julie Cheyney the check was sent out in the mail today.                                

BILL’S/TREASURER’S REPORT: Motion by Leibig to accept the Treasurers Report and pay the bills as money is available.  Seconded by Weidman.  All aye, motion carried.

ADJOURNMENTMotion by Hogeland to adjourn the meeting at 8:54 P.M.  Seconded by Weidman   All aye, motion carried.