December 11th, 2019 Meeting Minutes

 

On Wednesday December 11th, 2019, the Lake Township Board of Supervisors held its monthly meeting at the Municipal Building. Chairman Bob Pace called the meeting to order at 7:06pm.

 

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

 

All joined in the pledge to the flag.

 

Price moved to approve the minutes of the November 13th meeting.

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

 

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

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

 

Price moved to approve the list of bills.

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

 

Price moved to adopt the apportioned tax rate of .5 mils for 2020.

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

 

Price moved to accept 2020 budget.

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

 

Price moved to approve the Highmark Blue Shield insurance plan for the Township Road Crew members.

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

 

Price moved to approve supplemental insurance and prescription coverage for Bob Pace through Highmark Blue Shield and Well Care for 2020.

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

 

Price moved to advertise the reorganization meeting scheduled for Jan 6th 2020 @ 7 PM and the auditors meeting scheduled for Jan 7th, @ 7 PM as well as the monthly meeting dates for the year 2020.

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

 

Price moved to authorize Carlene to contact 911 to confirm that the Supervisors have no objection to the property owner’s request to designate the private access road off of Crisman Road in Lake Township as Bear Claw Lane.

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

 

Communications:

  • Supervisors Christmas gift for the Road Crew.

  • Township assessed value $155,238,000.

  • Thank you from Patriots Cove for donation.

  • Dec Hours for the Tax Collector- Sat Dec 18, 2-4pm; Dec 28, 8-10am; Dec 31, 2-4pm.

  • RECYCLING PROGRAM DISCONTINUED AS OF JAN 10, 2020 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! Our service has cancelled our pick-ups. We will update when service is restored.

Price moved to accept the communications as read.

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

Other Business

Price elaborated on the Patriot’s Cove Donation, a good organization for our veterans in Noxen. Pace addressed the on-going concern of our building in need of repair and is looking at multiple options that can be implemented over the next few years. Price announced that the electronic gate is operational but the card readers need to be installed. No cards will be handed out yet due to the issue of recycling being suspended in January. Some residents have expressed concern that the gate is closed when they come to drop off. Please bear with us until the road crew gets used to the remotes, which automatically close the gate behind them if not handled correctly.

Gary updated the residents that there will be a hearing for Maple Tree Rd. residents on Tuesday, December 17th at 12:30 at the Magistrate’s office in Kingston Township. Maple Tree Road residents are encouraged to attend.

Price spoke to the DEP about Brown property on Maple Tree. They informed him that there is a dumpster on the property and if no progress is seen, they will issue another letter in the spring. Price will follow up with the DEP at that time. In addition, the Supervisor’s will review our ordinance and issue a citation if it is warranted.

 

Hearing of Visitors

The Supervisor’s were made aware of an issue with drainage on Loyalville Road. Booth will investigate and inform the road crew. The Supervisors will also contact DEP about a property on Route 29 that appears to be in violation of County code.

 

Price moved to adjourn.

          Seconded by Booth.

 

Pace declared the meeting adjourned at 7:54.

                                                                                             J. 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

January 6th, 2020 Meeting Minutes

 

On Tuesday, January 6th, 2020, the Lake Township Board of Supervisors held its monthly meeting at the Municipal Building. Chairman Bob Pace called the meeting to order at 7:03pm.

 

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

 

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

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

 

Price nominated Robert Pace as Vice-Chairman.

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

 

Pace moved to appoint J. Carlene Price as Secretary Treasurer and Building Permit Liaison at a Salary of $1101 per month.

           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 a Road Foreman at $22.92 per hour and Laborers for the Road Department at $21.91 per hour.  All to receive Blue Cross, and vacations and holidays as follows: 2 Personal days, 6 paid holidays, one employee to receive 7 vacation days, one employee to receive 10 vacation days and one employee to receive 6 vacation days. Employees will contribute 3% to Blue Cross.

           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 @ $21.91 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 20-01 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 2019.

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

 

Pace moved to adopt resolution 20-02, 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 20-03, 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 Booth – Booth, “Aye”, Pace, “Aye”, Price, “Aye”. 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 Kale 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 57.5 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 6:15 PM and the regular office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 8am to 1pm. Budget meeting will be Oct 19th 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.

 

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

 

Pace moved to approve the minutes of the December 11th meeting.

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

 

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

           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.

 

Booth moved to adopt Resolution No. 20-04, allowing Bob Pace to apply for a DCED LSA grant for a vibrating roller and trailer in the amount of $158,498.93. 

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

 

Pace moved to adopt Resolution No. 20-05, setting the fee schedule for sewage enforcement in Lake Township for 2020.

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

 

Pace moved to adopt Resolution No. 20-06, setting the fee schedule for Building Code inspections and electrical inspections in Lake Township

           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.

                                                                                                                                                                    

Communications:

  • Recycling update-Closing as of Jan 10th- more information at laketwppa.com

  • Thank you from JR Davis Fire Company.

 

Pace moved to accept the communications as read.

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

                                                                                                                                                                               

Code Enforcement

Hearing was held at the Magistrates office on Dec. 17 for the Post Property. A follow-up hearing is scheduled on Feb 18 at 11am. Nieman property hearing is also scheduled for Feb 18th at 11am. The public is encouraged to attend. DEP is allowing the Brown property to wait until winter has passed to show progress in their clean-up efforts. If the Supervisors see no action, we will be citing them according our ordinance. We will be notifying the County of the residents who appear to be living in campers on the property.

 

Other business

Water accumulating on the side of Loyalville Road due to a crushed pipe has been addressed. The Township will replace the pipe. The Supervisors are asking residents to be aware that the right-of-way on Township roads is 33 feet according to section 2306 of the Second-Class Township Code. This means anything with in 16.5 feet from the center of the road can be removed by the Township. Please do not erect fencing, walls, posts, etc. directly adjacent to the pavement or you will be asked to remove it.

 

Pace moved to adjourn.

          Seconded by Booth

 

Pace declared the meeting adjourned at 7:56pm.

 

                                                                                                

                                                                   J. Carlene Price

                                                                   Lake Township Secretary/Treasurer