Meeting Minutes

Supervisor Meeting Minutes – February 5, 2019

The Morris Township Board of Supervisors met at the township meeting room for their regular scheduled meeting.  Present were Supervisors Dave Dietrich, Rob Sanders, Doug Smith, Zoning Officer Bob Sanders, Randy Hamilton, Dusty Stockdale and Matt Petrovich of Consol. 

Chairman Sanders called the meeting to order at 7:32 P.M.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read.  Smith had one correction. The company name and number of water tank trucks are found on both sides of the hood.  Motion by Smith, second by Dietrich to the minutes as corrected. 

In old business, contract was signed with Blair Construction and we are waiting for them to begin construction.

GMS will meet with Vince Alfieri concerning the construction of a modular structure at Consol’s Archer portal site.  If Vince Alfieri confirms it is a modular structure, then Supervisors are okay with this.

The Employee manual draft was given to each Supervisor to make their final recommendations.  Smtih missed the last workshop.  Once Supervisors finish their review, the draft will go to the Township Solicitor for his review and then it will be in its final form and ready to be acted on by the Supervisors.

Township received a quote from Carole Beagle for cleaning the township building.  The same list of duties will be sent to the current cleaning person, Sherry Stevenson for her bid and Secretary will send the same list of duties to Pam Ashby to obtain a quote from her too.  All will be bidding from the same list of duties.

Dietrich spoke with Steve Quinn concerning the tanker trucks traveling Mt. Zion during blackout times.  Dietrich stated that the school buses began running a reverse route pattern and no one was told. 

In new business, Matt Petrovich indicated that Consol is requesting a waiver from Morris Township to run a water line within 100 feet of some township roads and to also construct a power line within 100 feet of Penn Hill and Wilbert Way.  Secretary Lesnock typed a letter of acknowledgement that Consol will be installing a waterline within 100 feet of the referenced township roads and constructing a power line within 100 feet of the referenced township roads. This does not supersede the fact that road crossing permits must be obtained for any open cutting of township roads and excess weight maintenance agreements must be in place if overweight vehicles or equipment will be traveling the township roads. The waterline will possibly begin this spring.

Matt Petrovich asked if the township was ever reimbursed from Consol and CNX for their share of the road slip repair on Dry Run Road.  Secretary Lesnock will check to see the status of this matter.

Tim Lutz of H.A. Thomson called Secretary Lesnock and stated that the replacement value of the former township building now owned by the VFD has gone up considerably.  There was much back and forth between Tim Lutz and VFIS concerning this and it ended up being about 575,000.00 in replacement value and it would be an additional $300.00 for the policy.  Smith questioned why the township would pay for the added cost. Secretary Lesnock stated the Township has always paid for all the VFD insurances.  Smith stated he thought we only gave them millage and in the past few years a percentage of the Act 13 funds.  Lesnock stated the township does give millage and a percentage of Act 11 and also pays for insurance. Dusty Stockdale stated that the township has paid for the V.F.D. insurances for at least the last 50 years.  Lesnock stated that this was not an unknown and has been discussed man times.   Motion by Smith, second by Sanders to increase the coverage at the additional $300.00 per year. Dietrich abstained from the vote as he is Chief of the V.F.D. Smith wants the insurance costs broken down.

Smith stated he wants Keystone Collections to be made aware that Consol’s Archer Road portal facility will be opening soon and that we want to make sure we are getting the earned income tax from the workers from WV and Ohio that work at the facility and do not pay a wage tax in their home state. Motion by Sanders, second by Dietrich to review and pay bills. Motion by Sanders, second by Smith to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:40 P.M.   

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Lesnock, Secretary