Minutes of Oct. 12, 2016 – Board of Supervisors

MINUTES of October 12, 2016

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.


Dave Dennis, Nestles Water – present to thank the Board for their assistance in moving the house. He also offered the Board a tour of their facility whenever the Board would like to set it up.  Dennis also presented the Board with a $5,000 donation as part of their “Good Neighbor Program”.  Secretary to send a thank you letter to Nestle.

John DeSantis, 51 W. Main St. was present to request that the Board consider passing an ordinance for stray cats, such as Myerstown Borough recently did. Maureen Miller, 45 W. Main St. & Kathy & Greg Zidik, 47 W. Main St. were also complaining about the cats.  Alberts, at 35 W. Main St. have bowls of food out to feed them, and there are probably about 50 cats running around the neighborhood, without litter boxes.  The Board said they would look into what could be done.

Ed Harach, 9 Central Dr. was present to complain about people blowing their grass and leaves out into the streets. Harach also suggested that all the streets in Newburg Village be designated as “Snow Emergency” routes.  Solicitor explained an ordinance would need to be done, and perhaps a “Traffic & Engineering study” may need to be done, per the Motor Vehicle Code.  Leibig said that this was an issue he was planning to discuss later in the meeting.

Alvin Stoltzfus, 113 Richland Rd. was present regarding his request to only partially blacktop the parking area (20’ in front of building – parking spaces) instead of the whole area (80’ x 120’) as was approved by the Land Development Plan and the driveway permit which was issued. Julie Cheyney, LCPD Executive Director letter concluded that the change was acceptable but must be approved by the Board in accordance with Section 17.08 of the Township Zoning Ordinance.  Leibig questioned if the stone was a modified?  Stoltzfus said yes and it was compacted & rolled to create a good solid surface.  Motion by Hogeland to approve the modified stone as an acceptable hard surface for the Stoltzfus property. Seconded by Weidman.  All aye, motion carried. 


Recreation Board – Bob Wright present with report.

Planning Commission – minutes were received.

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

Newmanstown Water Authority – minutes were received.

GLRA minutes were received.

Police Activity Report was received.

MINUTES:  Motion by Hogeland to accept the minutes as printed. Seconded by Weidman.  All aye, motion carried.          


Solicitor reported he received notice of Sherriff’s sale, for 59 N. Sheridan Rd. and sent a letter to the Sherriff’s Dept. notifying them of the Municipal Lien.

Zoning Amendments – Solicitor reported that he has reviewed the revised sections of the zoning ordinance Motley Assoc. prepared incorporating the recent amendments into the Zoning Ordinance. He found a few minor mistakes, and will let Motley know.  Enck also suggested the Secretary review the rest of the Zoning Ordinance to make sure that everything that was in the book is still there.

Paul Miller building permit discussed in reference to the Zoning Variance which was granted to previous owner, Mike Belleman. It was concluded that the variance runs with the land in this case.

Snow Emergency Routes – The Board requested that the Solicitor research the procedures to amend the ordinance to add some of the streets from Newburg, and to also look into an ordinance to take of the cat problem. Secretary to contact Myerstown Borough for a copy of their ordinance.


Junkyard license renewal was reviewed. Motion by Leibig to renew the junkyard license for Vincent Lombardo, on Stricklerstown Loop Rd. Seconded by Hogeland.  All aye, motion carried.


Health insurance renewal discussed. Motion by Weidman to go with the Capital Blue Policy dated Sept. 8, 2016. Seconded by Hogeland.  All aye, motion carried. 

Tomlinson Bomberger proposal’s for Fall Fertilizer treatment at a cost of $492 was discussed. Motion by Leibig to do the fall fertilizer on the ball diamond for $492. Seconded by Weidman.  All aye, motion carried.


Trick or Treat – Chiefs of Police Assoc. recommendation for Monday Oct. 31, 2016 from 6 – 8

PM was discussed. Motion by Leibig to set Trick or Treat for Oct. 31st.  Seconded by Weidman.  All aye, motion carried.

2017 MMo’s – Police $37,695 – Non-uniformed $6,994   were reviewed and acknowledged.

2016 Pension state aid – was discussed. $34,997.16 received – Police portion $17,498.58 – Non-uniformed portion $17,498.58.  Secretary questioned how the Board wanted this allocated.   Secretary instructed to allocate the balance from the non-uniformed plan after paying the MMO to the police MMO.

Request for Fire Police – 11/27/16 Holiday parade, 10/29/16 Halloween parade were reviewed. Motion by Leibig to grant the request for all the fire company & its auxiliaries to attend. Seconded by Weidman.  All aye, motion carried. 

Draft 2017 budget discussed. Secretary instructed to work up costs to hire Ryan Risser as fulltime road worker.

Bridge Inspection report reviewed.

Street lights info for changing to LED lighting was reviewed. Secretary to contact Richland Borough to ask how much money they are saving.                                                                                          

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.

ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Hogeland to adjourn the meeting at 9:06 P.M. Seconded by Weidman   All aye, motion  carried.