Meeting Minutes

Supervisor Meeting Minutes – May 15, 2018

The Morris Township Board of Supervisors met at the township office for their regular scheduled meeting.  Present were Supervisors Rob Sanders, Dave Dietrich, Doug Smith, Zoning Officer Bob Sanders, Planning Commission member Randy Hamilton and Carl Sanders.

Chairman Sanders called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M.  Minutes of the previous minutes were read. Motion by Sanders second by Smith to approve the minutes as read. 

In old business, Dietrich stated that Captain Will DeForte was at the township building today and informed the road crew that the police force has issued a lot of traffic citations in Morris Township.  A report of their activity will be issued at the beginning of the next month.

Township will get some telephone bids for demolition estimates to see what it will cost to have the dilapidated Hathaway house and barn demolished.

Secretary to ask Hook what he wants changed in the sample conditional use/subdivision and zoning applications. 

Smith stated that there have been no new names added to the Vietnam Marker.  Payment for two names (Roy R. Anderson $325.00 and Clark Miller $325.00) was made to Moreland Vault in 2017.  Secretary to contact Moreland and ask for each fee to be reimbursed to the township. 

In new business, Chairman Sanders received notification from Pennsylvania State Police that the Greene County Regional Police Department is behind on the monthly reports of the uniform crime reporting system.  The Pa State Police has given the Greene County Regional Police Department 30 days to get caught up on the reporting or else penalties may be imposed.  Greene County Police told Sanders and Dietrich that the reports were delinquent since January under the former Chief and the new Chief is in the process of getting caught up on the mandatory reports.

Chairman Sanders had Secretary Lesnock send a letter to Penn DOT requesting a traffic speed study through the Village of Prosperity to see if Penn DOT would be agreeable to reducing the current speed limit of 35 MPH down to 25 MPH.  Smith voiced some concerns over the possible distance increase of the reduced speed limit, however, Sanders indicated that any decisions by Penn DOT would be out of the hands of the Supervisors as it is a state road. Also, Smith stated there is no signage coming out of town that shows speed being resumed to 55 MPH.  Sanders will ask Penn DOT officials regarding this.

Several residents have previously asked about the possibility of Morris Township establishing recycling within the township.  There was much discussion concerning this matter and Chairman Sanders stated that there is currently no secure place to store the recycling materials until pick up can be competed.  He felt that junk would be mixed with recycle materials if we only had a bin.  Randy Hamilton stated the ARC of Greene County accepts recycling materials and the ARC participants earn money for their recycling work.  Discussion ensued.

The park needs a new grill as the old one rusted and has been discarded.  Motion by Dietrich, second by Smith to purchase a commercial grade Pilot Rock charcoal grill from RJ Thomas Manufacturing Co., Inc. for $757.00.  Price includes delivery cost. All agreed.

Ryan Coffield coaches a Claysville Little League Baseball team and Secretary Lesnock stated he inquired about using a Morris Township ballfield for practice. The Claysville League can provide liability insurance verification.  He also stated that if a ballfield needed work, he had a friend that could work up the field. Supervisors okay with Coffield using field for practice and he would need to submit liability insurance verification to Morris Township. 

As Morris Township does not currently have a Constable, there is no Constable available to be present during elections. Magistrate Ward told Lesnock that that the Morris Township Judge of Elections can appoint someone as Constable for duty during the election day. Secretary will ask Washington County Board of Elections about this.  Discussion ensued. 

Motion by Dietrich, second by Sanders to review and pay bills.  Motion by Dietrich, second by Sanders to adjourn.  Meeting adjourned at 8:19 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Lesnock, Secretary