PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP

MEETING MINUTES - DECEMBER 6, 2017 

The Pine Creek Township Board of Supervisors held their regular monthly meeting on December 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., with Supervisors Dennis Greenaway, James Moore and Thomas Wilt present.  

Also present: Bob Myers, P.E., Hawbaker Engineering, Clinton County Commissioners Pete Smeltz and Paul Conklin, Melissa Beatty, Ryan Seasholtz, Richard Custer, Alice Fox, Jomarie Dincher, Michelene Rich, Josh Kilmer of Kilmer Insurance, David Schultz of Jersey Shore Steel, Police Chief Dave Winkleman and Robert D. O’Connor, Jr., Esquire 

Meeting Minutes

Chairman Greenaway asked for questions or comments on the minutes from November 1, 2017 monthly meeting, there being none, Supervisor Wilt made a motion to approve the minutes as presented; seconded by Supervisor Moore, MCU. 

Financial Report & Invoices 

Chairman Greenaway asked for questions or comments on the invoices and financial report, there being none, Supervisor Wilt made a motion to approve the invoices and financial report as submitted; seconded by Supervisor Moore, MCU. 

Public Participation

Clinton County Commissioners Pete Smeltz and Paul Conklin and Greg Smith of the Clinton County Planning Commission provided an update to the Board of Supervisors on the County Rails to Trails Project. 

Commissioner Smeltz provided a written synopsis for the project which states that the overall goal is to create a safe walking and bike trail connecting Lock Haven, Castanea, McElhattan, Avis and points in between to the Jersey Shore trailhead of the Pine Creek Rail Trail. 

Phase 2 of the project is currently under construction and is 3.4 miles long beginning at the railroad bed at the Castanea Train Station trailhead and goes along Bald Eagle Creek into Wayne Township and is expected to be completed early next year. 

The County has been using Act 13 Funds to develop the trail and has applied for a grant through PennDot to resurface the bridge over the Susquehanna River. If the grant application is successful, the Commissioners would like to meet with the Township Supervisors for a serious discussion on how to get the trail through Pine Creek Township.  Commissioner Smeltz said the County will not do any planning without the consensus of the Pine Creek Township Board of Supervisors. 

Greg Smith, Recreational Planner, explained that project was started when the County had an Open Space Plan Study performed and consultants mapped out the route along the River Road using access of the bridge.  Jersey Shore has agreed to connect to the Pine Creek Rail Trail and the overall goal is to have a bicycle trail from Lock Haven to Wellsboro. 

Josh Kilmer of Kilmer Insurance Group – 2018 Insurance Renewal 

Josh Kilmer of Kilmer Insurance Group provided an insurance premium summary for the policy period beginning January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019.  The insurance premium of $47,224 is slightly less than the insurance premium paid in 2017. 

The proposal for insurance coverage is for the Township to stay with Employers Mutual Casualty Company (EMC) which has been consistently competitively priced.  Employers Mutual Casualty Company is one of the largest insurance underwriter’s in the country. 

Mr. Kilmer stated that EMC has a very lucrative dividend program, adding that the Township received a $3,800 dividend in 2013; a $2,200 dividend in 2015 and in 2017 the Township received a dividend of $8,500 which is the equivalent of 20% of its annual premium. 

Supervisor Wilt made a motion to accept the insurance coverage proposal presented by Kilmer Insurance; seconded by Supervisor Moore, MCU. 

Robert Meyers, P.E., of Hawbaker Engineering – Avis Travel Plaza 

Robert Meyers, P.E., of Hawbaker Engineering presented Final Land Development Plans for the Avis Travel Plaza stating that most of the construction is complete at this point and occupancy is being done in phases, with the Developer planning to open the Burger King by the end of the year and the travel plaza early next year.

 A discussion was held whether it will be necessary for the Developer to submit a Developer’s Bond until the project is completed and Solicitor O’Connor pointed out that the road into the plaza is a private road, there is no issue with the water, and any bonding required for the sewer would go through the Pine Creek Municipal Authority. 

Zoning Officer Winkleman indicated that the Developer has been great to work with and has been very responsive to all requests made by the Township. 

Supervisor Wilt made a motion to waive the bonding requirement for the Avis Travel Plaza; seconded by Supervisor Moore, MCU.

Supervisor Wilt made a motion to approve the Final Land Development Plan for the Avis Travel Plaza as submitted; seconded by Supervisor Moore, MCU.

Pine Creek Meadows

Melissa Beatty, a resident of the Pine Creek Meadows Development, spoke on behalf of several residents in attendance about the storm water drainage problems within the development. 

Supervisor Wilt stated that when the Development was put in there was an approved storm water management plan and that the only recourse for residents would be to go back on the developer to find out why the storm water management plan is not in place.  He said the issue is between the homeowners and the developer and the Township is not in a position to put storm drains in the development. 

Alice Fox also a resident of Pine Creek Meadows asked who approved the storm water management plan presented by the Developer. 

Supervisor Wilt indicated that the stormwater management plan would have been approved by DEP, Clinton County Soil & Conservation District and the Township Engineer. 

Ms. Fox then questioned the fact that the storm water management plan was approved collectively by all agencies who would be responsible for the storm water drainage issue at Pine Creek Meadows. 

Chairman Greenaway questioned whether the approved storm water management was followed by contractors building the homes in the development. 

Supervisor Wilt said he believes that most contractors who built homes in the development were unaware that there was a storm water management plan in place. 

A discussion was held and the Supervisors recommended residents obtain a copy of the storm water management plan and contact the Developer. 

Richard Custer – 911 Sign Zoning Violation 

Richard Custer said he received a letter from the Code Enforcement Officer notifying him that his 911 signs must be posted along the road at the end of the private lane adding that originally he was told to install the signs in front of his home.  He is concerned because there are two homes at the end of the private lane and he questioned how emergency responders would know which home to go to in an emergency. 

The Supervisors suggested that for safety reasons, Mr. Custer purchase two signs, one for the end of the lane and one for in front of his home.

Old Business: 

The Supervisors discussed advertising in the Clinton County Economic Partnership Community Profile & Membership Director with a half page advertisement costing $799.  By advertising in the Directory the Township would be supporting local businesses as well as the Clinton County Economic Partnership. 

Commissioner Pete Smeltz spoke as a member of the Clinton County Economic Partnership and stated that the County advertises in the Directory, and as a member of the Operating Committee of the CCEP, he said the Committee does a lot to promote industrial growth and the quality of life in Pine Creek Township.  

Supervisor Wilt made a motion to place a half page advertisement in the Clinton County Economic Partnership Directory at the cost of $799; seconded by Supervisor Greenaway, MCU. 

New Business:

2018 Budget 

The Board of Supervisors reviewed the 2018 Budget with no proposed increase in real estate taxes. Supervisor Moore made a motion to approve the 2018 Budget; seconded by Supervisor Wilt, MCU. 

Resolution 12.06.2017 

Supervisor Wilt made a motion to adopt Resolution 12.06.2017 setting the real estate tax rate for2018 at the same rate as 2017; seconded by Supervisor Moore, MCU. 

2018 Reorganization Meeting 

Supervisor Wilt made a motion to schedule the Reorganization Meeting for January 2, 2018 at 10:00 am with the regular monthly meeting for January to be held immediately after the Reorganization Meeting; seconded by Supervisor Moore, MCU. 

PUBLIC HEARING – Ordinance 12-07-2017 

Chairman Greenaway opened a public hearing at 10:40 am to discuss the proposed sign ordinance. 

Solicitor O’Connor explained that the Developer of the Avis Travel Plaza, who will have a number of businesses at one location, requested the Supervisors amend its sign ordinance regulating business signs and bring it up to date with current industry standards. 

The Ordinance was reviewed and recommended for adoption by both the Clinton County and Pine Creek Township Planning Commission. 

There was no public comment on the proposed ordinance. 

Supervisor Wilt made a motion to adjourn the hearing; seconded by Supervisor Moore, MCU, the public hearing was adjourned at 10:45 am. 

The regular meeting was reconvened by Chairman Greenaway at 10:45 am. 

Sign Ordinance 12-07-2017 

Supervisor Wilt made a motion to approve Ordinance 12-07-2017 as presented; seconded by Supervisor Moore, MCU. 

Law Enforcement Report: 

The Law Enforcement Report presented included 208 incidents for the month of November and officers worked 317.75 hours, incidents included: 

  • Assist Others – 10
  • Citations Issued – 48
  • DUI – 1
  • Motorist Assist – 1
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents - 2
  • Follow-up – 60
  • School Bus - 0
  • Traffic Stop – 20
  • Training - 1
  • Verbal Warnings – 5
  • Written Warnings – 12
  • Criminal Mischief – 1
  • Dog – 2
  • Entry - 0
  • Harassment – 0
  • Hearings – 2
  • Ordinance -  0
  • Warrants - 1
  • Theft – 5
  • Other – 34
  • Domestic – 2
  • Hit-Run – 0
  • Bad Check – 1
  • Drug Incident - 1
  • EMS – 1

 Memorandum of Understanding with Clinton County 

Chief Winkleman reported that the Police Department has been operating under a Memorandum of Understanding with the County where prisoners are dropped off at the correctional facility where they are placed in a holding cell while officers complete paperwork and drop off charges that are then run through the central booking system. 

The new Memorandum of Understanding provides that the Township would be responsible for medical bills of prisoners while the prisoners are being held at the facility. Chief Winkleman stated he did not understand the reasoning behind the change in the MOU. 

Commissioner  Smeltz said there were a two other law enforcement agencies who challenged that language in the Memorandum of Understanding and the Prison Warden is working on changing some of the language in the Memorandum of Understanding which will be re-submitted to the Township for reconsideration. 

A discussion was held and Chief Winkleman noted that it is a very important service that has been provided to the Pine Creek Township Police Department as officers generally work alone. 

Operation Christmas

Chief Winkleman reported that the Police Department has begun to sign up families for the Operation Christmas program.

There being no further business, Supervisor Greenaway made a motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Supervisor Wilt, MCU, and the meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

Darlene S. Macklem, Secretary