Minutes of Oct. 9, 2019 – Supervisors

MINUTES of October 9, 2019

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

Absent:            Lorie J. Kupp, Sec./Treas.


Megan Schaeffer, and Tina Santoro were present with information on the Richland Community Library.


Planning Commission – minutes were received.

Newmanstown Water Authority – minutes were received.

Recreation Board minutes were received.

Police Activity report was received.

MINUTES:  Motion by Hogeland to accept the Aug. 14th minutes as printed.  Seconded by Weidman.  Hogeland aye, Weidman aye, motion carried(Leibig absent from this meeting)

Motion by Hogeland to accept the Sept. 11, 2019 minutes as printed.  Seconded by Leibig.  All aye, motion carried. Hogeland aye, Leibig aye. (Weidman absent from this meeting) 


Millcreek-Richland Joint Authority line extension on Ash Rd. was discussed. Solicitor reviewed the Sewer Extension Agreement between the Authority & Helen Hurst and a check in the amount of $3,000 that was delivered to the Authority.  Highway Occupancy permit ordinance# 8-14-74 was discussed.  Solicitor cautioned that a project like this should have a plan from an engineer and possibly some type of security.  Should this type of situation occur in the future, the Solicitor should also be kept informed to review documents.  Leibig will talk to John Wolgemuth for copies of all pertinent documents.  Mandatory hook-up ordinance #09-29-77D for the Witter property was discussed.  Solicitor believes that the Authority incurs all expenses associated with enforcement of the ordinance.

2 Hillside Drive swimming pool fence violation.  Solicitor reported he has been working with the county for preparing the citations to the property owners.  Bob Mease filed them around Sept. 24th, however the judge asked for two modifications to the citations.  They were refiled on Oct. 3, 2019. A copy of the PA One Call for installation of fence was received 10/8/19, so hopefully things are progressing as hoped.

5G Technology – Leibig provided info on what he saw on television recently on the subject.  Solicitor reported on his inquiry to PSATS legal counsel, Scott Coburn.  Coburn provided information on the limitation of fees Municipalities may charge for use of right of ways; Oct. 15th the PA Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on an appeal from a Commonwealth Court case on whether the smaller antennas are a public utility.  PSATS has no opinion at this time on the health effects, and has recommended a wait and see attitude.  Planning Commission minutes discussed.

Rissler variance conditions for Mansion in the Pines was discussed.  Greg Hetrick, from LCPD e-mail to the Rissler’s regarding compliance with the conditions imposed by ZHB was reviewed and discussed, as well as the response from Mr. & Mrs. Rissler.  Rissler’s have indicated that at this time they are not interested in holding events that would require them to improve the septic and parking, but to keep the property a private residence.  Seems that there are still many items up in the air.  Hogeland will speak to the neighbors to keep an eye out. Solicitor will send a letter to County Planning.

ACTION:  none


CM High Preventative Maintenance repair estimate $1,308.96 discussed.  Some of the fees are due to the accident to the pole.  Leibig will check into this further.


2019 Pension state aid – was discussed.  $40,963.99 received – Police portion $20,482.00 – Non-uniformed portion $20,481.99.  Secretary questioned how the Board wanted this allocated.   Motion by Leibig we subsidize the police MMO from the excess from the nonuniformed money and what is left over goes into the Non-uniformed pension.  Seconded by Hogeland.  All aye, motion carried. 

Request for Fire Police – 11/30/19 Holiday parade was reviewed.  Motion by Hogeland to grant the fire police, the fire company & its auxiliaries’ permission to help and attend.  Seconded by Weidman.  All aye, motion carried.       

Health insurance renewal was discussed. Highmark Blue Shield increased 6.18% for 2019/2020. (Highmark Premier Balance PPO $0 Platinum A plan) Motion by Weidman to go with the renewal with Pa Chamber Insurance for the Highmark Premier Balance PPO $0 Platinum A plan. Seconded by Hogeland.  All aye, motion carried.

Draft 2020 budget reviewed and discussed.  Budget workshop needs to be advertised – Monday Oct. 21, 2019 at 7:30 AM.

Police Equipment – computer system now needs to be replaced, could money from the unused part-time payroll be used for this instead?  Board agreed. Could cost as much as $17,000.

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 8:15 P.M.  Seconded by Weidman   All aye, motion carried.