A regular meeting of the Chestnuthill Township Board of Supervisors was
called to order at
on Tuesday, April 1, 2003,
at the MunicipalBuilding,
Rte 715, Brodheadsville. Those present were Chuck Gould (Chairman), Mike
Possinger and Atty. Joseph P. McDonald, Jr. (Maureen Tatu was absent.)
The Pledge of Allegiance to the
Flag was led by Christopher Eckert.
Executive Session was held
after the March 18th, 2003
June O’Neill asked if there
will be a formal presentation of the Audit. Chuck said he’s reasonably
sure it is set for April 15, 2003.
Al Bourke reported that Evergreen
Hollow Rd. is all torn up. Mike said he is in the
process of getting help on that road and some of the other roads in the
Township that were affected by the winter months.
June O’Neill said a couple she
knows came in to the Township Office to ask if they needed a special permit to
convert their bi-level basement into living quarters for their elderly parents
and were told by Sharon that as long as its within the confines of the
building, you don’t need any permits. June asked if there was a special
permit for a dwelling inside a dwelling. Joe McDonald suggested Chuck go over
the ordinances with Sharon. Chuck
asked that June have the couple call Sharon.
Neill Boyce thanked everyone for
their help at last Saturday’s PIC clean-up.
Minutes On motion made by
Mike, seconded by Chuck, it was voted to approve the Minutes of the March 18th, 2003 meeting
as distributed. (2-0).
Authority The Pennsylvania Game Commission, The City of Bethlehem and The
Bethlehem Authority have signed a Public Access Program Agreement, which will
keep lands owned by the Bethlehem Authority open to Public Hunting.
MonroeCountyControlCenter A copy of the ControlCenter’s March 25, 2003 Board
of Directors meeting minutes was made available for anyone to look at.
Pearce Enterprises, LLC/Allen Whitehead Mr. Whitehead asked that the Township write an
endorsement letter to support the construction of a 50-unit, senior citizen,
age 62 and over, affordable housing development at their property located at 30
Weir Lake Rd., ChestnuthillTownship. Atty. Joe McDonald had
language to add to the endorsement letter. On motion made by Mike, seconded by
Chuck, it was voted to have Atty. McDonald add the language and the Township to
put the endorsement on Township letterhead. (2-0).
Brodheadsville Chevy – Maintenance Agreement
– H. Beers Tom Minser was present to ask for the
Board’s signatures on the Maintenance Agreement to then return to DEP. On
motion made by Chuck, seconded by Mike, it was voted to approve and sign the
agreement subject to the addendum
language that Atty. McDonald and SEO Beers have added. (2-0).
Service Agreement – MCMWMA
& Service Agreement – ERT Waste Services Township Planning
Director, Dave Albright gave a presentation to explain the services that these
two companies will be providing to Township residents at the Chestnuthill
Transfer Station, located on Hillcrest Dr. in Effort, PA. On Motion made by
Chuck, seconded by Mike, it was voted to accept the Service Agreements from
MCMWMA and ERT Waste Services. (2-0).
Bid opening for emulsion tank
bid from Highway Equipment Supply came in for a 3000 gallon emulsion tank,
priced at $18,930.00. That price did NOT include set up and site work. On
Motion made by Chuck, seconded by Mike, it was voted to table the decision
until the Supervisors could talk to the Road Master about the set up and site
work price. (2-0).
Community Revitalization Assistance Program
Chuck said we received paperwork today from The Department of Community
Economic Development concerning the $100,000 Grant that Senator Charles W. Dent
got for the Township for the Astolat Rd. & Rt. 115 road improvements.
Eagle Scout Resolutions – Timothy Aldinger &
John Pendleton Page On motion made by Chuck, seconded by
Mike, it was voted to approve these two Eagle Scout Resolutions. (2-0).
Authorize Atty. McDonald to update/prepare pension
ordinance On motion made by Mike, seconded by Chuck, it was
voted to authorize Atty. McDonald to update and prepare the pension ordinance
for the Auditor. (2-0).
Request from the Planning Director for a part-time
secretary It was suggested by the Board that Dave Albright
bring a job description and hours requirement to the next Supervisors meeting.
Emergency Operations Plan – Chris Eckert Chris explained that the new Emergency
Operations Plan that will be adopted by ordinance by the Township in June is an
“All Hazards” Plan. It will explain what to do in emergency
situations like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, etc. It explains what emergency
entity is responsible for what emergencies. Chris also explained a new program
called C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team). Citizens on the team, in
an emergency, will be trained in basic first aid, light search and rescue, how
to check on homebound neighbors, etc. No certifications will be required and
citizens will be covered under the “Good Samaritan” Act.
West End Community
Ambulance – Paul Lopapa Paul had recently approached the Township to
fix, maintain and fuel the ambulances, because it is costing the Ambulance Co.
way too much money to service the rigs at independent mechanic shops and diesel
fuel is very high. Chuck says it is prudent to help the Ambulance Co. in any
way that the Township can in the best interest of its residents and save the Ambulance
Co. up to 60% in expenditures.
Bills On motion made by Mike,
seconded by Chuck it was voted to pay the General and State fund bills. (2-0)
Adjournment There being no further
business, on motion made by Chuck, seconded by Mike it was voted to adjourn to
executive session to discuss a real estate issue. (2-0) The meeting adjourned