December 8th, 2021, Meeting Minutes

On Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, The Lake Township Supervisors held their regular monthly meeting at the Municipal Building. Chairman Jerry Price called the meeting to order at 7:02pm.

Meeting Attendees: Jerry Price, Gary Booth, Bob Pace, Secretary Carlene Price and Solicitor Sean McNealis.

All joined in the pledge to the flag.

Pace moved to approve the minutes of the November 10th meeting.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”.  Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to accept the following reports:  Road Foreman’s, Financial, and Tax Collector’s.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”.  Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to approve the list of bills.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”.  Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to adopt the apportioned tax rate of .5 mils for 2022  

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”.  Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to accept 2022.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”.  Motion Carried.

 

Booth moved to approve supplemental insurance and prescription coverage for Bob Pace through Highmark Blue Shield and Well Care for 2022.

          Seconded by Price – Booth, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Pace, abstained.  Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to advertise the reorganization meeting scheduled for Jan 3rd 2022 @ 7 PM and the auditors meeting scheduled for Jan 4th, @ 7 PM as well as the monthly meeting dates for the year 2022.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”.  Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to advertise proposed budget for 2022.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”.  Motion Carried.

 

Communications:

  • Supervisors Christmas gift for the Road Crew will be boots.

  • Thank you from Lake Silkworth for donation.

  • Dec Hours for the Tax Collector- Sat Dec 15, 2-4pm; Dec 31, 2-4pm.

Pace moved to accept the communications as read.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”.  Motion Carried.

 

Other Business

New truck should be delivered by next week. New loader should be delivered in February. Supervisors are moving forward with plans for new building.

 

Roadmaster

Safety gear purchased for road crew. Still looking for tree trimmers. Line painting will be moved to spring.

 

Pace moved to adjourn.

          Seconded by Booth.

Price declared the meeting adjourned at 7:21pm

                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                 Carlene Price

                                                                                 Lake Township Secretary/Treasurer

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THE FOLLOWING MINUTES HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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 January 3rd, 2022 Meeting Minutes

 

On Monday, January 3rd, 2022, the Lake Township Board of Supervisors held its monthly meeting at the Municipal Building. Chairman Jerry Price called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.

 

Meeting Attendees: Bob Pace, Jerry Price, Gary Booth, Solicitor Mark McNealis, and Secretary J. Carlene Price.

 

All joined in the pledge to the flag.

 

Chairman Price declared all offices vacant and appointed Robert Pace as temporary Chairman and J. Carlene Price as temporary Secretary.

 

Pace called for a nomination for Chairman. Booth nominated Jerry Price.

           Seconded by Pace – Pace, “Aye”, Booth, “Aye”. Nomination Carried.

 

Booth nominated Robert Pace as Vice-Chairman.

           Seconded by Price – Price, “Aye”, Booth, “Aye”. Nomination Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint J. Carlene Price as Secretary Treasurer and Building Permit Liaison at a Salary of $14533 per year.

           Seconded by Booth – Pace, “Aye”, Booth, “Aye”, Price, “abstain”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to set bond at $300,000 for Treasurer Carlene Price.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint Danny Ayers as Road Foreman at $24.21 per hour and one Laborer for the Road Department at $22.91 and one Laborer at $23.41 per hour.  All to receive Highmark Insurance, and vacations and holidays as follows: 2 Personal days, 6 paid holidays, one employee to receive 9 vacation days, one employee to receive 10 vacation days and one employee to receive 8 vacation days. Employees will contribute 3% to Highmark. 

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint Supervisor Gary Booth to be in charge of the Road Department, Supervisor Jerry Price to be in charge of the SEO and Supervisor Bob Pace to be in charge administration and applying for grants.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to authorize any Township Supervisor to be paid as a part time employee hourly for additional work after approval from the Board of Supervisors according to the rate established by the township auditors

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint Mark McNealis as solicitor to be paid a fee of $150.00 per hour.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint William Bilby as Sewage Enforcement Officer and John Belles as alternate to be paid on an established fee schedule.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

 Pace moved to appoint BIU to continue being our third-party building code official.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint Gary Booth as Code Enforcement Officer @ $23.41 per hour.

           Seconded by Price –Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Booth, “abstain”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint 2 auditors to work with elected auditor Eric Hansen to set the wages for the paid working Supervisors.

Rich Chocallo and Ira Hufford

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to adopt resolution 22-01 to appoint Ray Knaub and Co., a Firm of Certified or Competent Public Accountants to examine all the accounts of the Township for the fiscal year 2021.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to adopt resolution 22-02, WHEREAS, PennDOT and the Township of Lake, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania have agreed to use the DotGrants on-line reporting system to file the required Liquid Fuels forms annually; including, but not limited to the MS-965, MS-329 and MS-999 forms.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to adopt Resolution 21-03, the PSATS Pennsylvania Municipalities Pension Trust Disclosure Statement required by Chapter 7-A of Act 44 of 2009, covering the administrative, actuarial, investment and advisory services which are provided to the pension plan through PSATS Pension Trust, Summit Financial Corp. and Nationwide.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint Dennis Dobinick as EMA Coordinator and Gary Booth as Assistant EMA Coordinator, and to Re-appoint the following individuals to the Back Mountain Regional Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement between Dallas Borough, Jackson Township, Lehman Township and Lake Township:

  1. Harry Vivian as the Back Mountain Regional EMA Chief Coordinator representing Dallas Borough

  2. John J. Wilkes as the Back Mountain Regional EMA Deputy Chief Coordinator representing Jackson Township

  3. James Welby as the Back Mountain Regional EMA Assistant Coordinator representing Lehman Township

  4. Dennis Barney Dobinick as Back Mountain Regional EMA Assistant Coordinator representing Lake Township.

           Seconded by Price –Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Booth, “abstain”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint Doug Trumbower, an Engineer, to work on projects as needed.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint Bob Halowich as Chairman of the Vacancy Board.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to appoint Vito Pilosi, Thomas Grundowski, Brett Raspen, and Kenneth Gronski as the Unified Construction Code Appeals Board.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

      

Pace moved to appoint the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust and First National Bank as depositories of the Township funds.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to set the mileage rate at 58.5 cents per mile for reimbursement expenses for all

Township personnel who use their own vehicles for Township business other than coming to work.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to set the regular monthly meeting dates for the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM with work session starting at 6:00 PM and the regular office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 1pm. Budget meeting will be Oct 17, at 4:30pm.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

                                                                                                                                               

Pace moved to authorize Secretary to pay the following bills on or before the due dates:  UGI, Frontier, Insurance Premiums, Withholding Taxes, fuel bills, and any other routine bills that may come due prior to the next meeting.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to authorize the Secretary to certify PA DEP reimbursement forms with the Township seal.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to name the Secretary as the Chief Administrative Officer for the purpose of certifying information to the Office of the Auditor General for the pension fund.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Booth moved to appoint Carlene Price as delegate and Bob Pace as alternate delegate for the purpose of attending Luzerne County Tax Collector Committee quarterly meetings.

           Seconded by Price – Booth, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”, Pace, abstained. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to approve the minutes of the December 8th meeting.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to accept the following reports:  Financial, SEO, and Road Foreman.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to approve the list of bills.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to adopt PSATS Pension Trust Act 44 Disclosure Form. This form states that the Trust has entered into a number of subcontracts with firms that provide various professional services, and provides a list of those subcontractors and their services.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

                                                                                                                                                            

Pace moved to accept the materials quote for bituminous materials from H & K/Pikes Creek and Hunlock Sand and Gravel.

           Seconded by Price – Booth, Abstained, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to adopt Resolution 22-04, Sewage Enforcement Fees.   

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Pace moved to adopt Resolution 22-05, Tax Collector Fees.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

      

Communications:

  • Tax assessment at $159,847,400

 

Pace moved to accept the communications as read.

           Seconded by Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. Motion Carried.

 

Other business

Solicitor spoke with Holly Fishel at PSATS regarding noise issues. PSATS does not recommend enacting an ordinance. Suggested that the resident check with the County on their ordinances or hiring a lawyer to file a private nuisance complaint.

 

Roadmaster’s Report

Replacement truck for the one that was damaged last year will be arriving tomorrow. Tree trimmers are sending in quotes. Loader that will be purchased with grant money should be arriving in February. Looking at pricing for a new spreader.

          

Code Enforcement

Gary reminded residents that we can only enforce codes for which we have ordinances. Some issues need to be deferred to DEP or County.

 

Hearing of Visitors

Resident is inquiring about installing a sewage holding tank on their property. The supervisors will speak with SEOs about options.

 

Pace moved to adjourn.

          Seconded by Booth

 

Price declared the meeting adjourned at 8:14pm.

 

                                                                       J. Carlene Price

                                                                       Lake Township Secretary/Treasurer