Meeting Minutes

Supervisor Meeting Minutes – November 1, 2016

The Morris Township Board of Supervisors met at the township office for their regular scheduled meeting. Present were Supervisors Dusty Stockdale, Dave Dietrich, Doug Smith, Zoning Officer Bob Sanders, Planning Commission Member Randy Hamilton, Carl Sanders, Debra Grasser and Jeff Mooney. Chairman Smith called the meeting to order at 7:45 P.M. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The financial report was made available for inspection.

In old business, Debra Grasser appeared before the board to explain her building permit application and to answer any questions the Supervisors had that pertained to the building permit application. She is requesting to have a single wide mobile home attached to her current modular home. It will be attached by a breezeway. The single wide will be used for two bedrooms and will be replacing two of her bedrooms in her current modular home. The former bedrooms will be converted into an office and storage. The single wide will not be a separate living unit. After the board heard Mrs. Grasser’s explanation, the Secretary was instructed to contact Building Code Official Vince Alfieri. Once Vince Alfieri issues the building permit, Lesnock will contact Mrs. Grasser. The Grasser’s must comply with all Pa Building Code requirements.

The Zoning Hearing Board will meet on Monday November 14th at 7:00 P.M., to hear Dennis Locy’s request for a variance of the front set back distance in A-1 Agriculture of Zoning Ordinance #1 of 1973.

Concerning the previous issues with the upper portion of Cabin Road and the upper portion of Harvey Road, Dietrich met with CNX and CNX has agreed to pave part of Cabin Road to Harvey and then re-do the box culvert at the intersection of Harvey and Cabin. Also, if mud continues to be a problem after the upgrades, CNX will have the road swept free of the mud and debris.

Supervisors will meet with Solicitor Hook on Monday November 14th for a budget workshop at his office in Waynesburg. Solicitor will advertise workshop.

In new business, Smith stated that he was asked by a township resident why road crew employees would be attending the construction site briefings every other Wednesday at the township park. Smith stated that before he heard Dietrich’s answer, he wanted to state for the record that Dietrich is the road crew’s boss and he leaves it to Dave to decide where the crew is needed. Dietrich stated that the road crew has very good ideas and solutions to key issues on the construction project and that some of their input has saved the township money on the project. Dietrich stated that spending 45 minutes every other Wednesday to iron out issues at the construction site has not hampered the completion of any road work. Also, Nathan Voytek of the Redevelopment Authority said that a snow guard change order for the new metal roof on the new building would cost an additional $5,000.00. Supervisors will not approve that change order. Snow guards on the roof can be added after the project has been completed for far less than $5,000.00.

Regarding the LSA Gaming Funds, Motion by Smith, second by Dietrich to approve Resolution #1 of 2016 to maintain the LSA Gaming Act 71 of 2004 and to oppose any amendment to the Local Share Assessment that would reduce the amount or allocation to host and contiguous Municipalities and Counties. All agreed.

Secretary Lesnock stated that the township had two verbal quotes to install gutters and downspouts on the pavilion at the park. Steel City’s quote was $800.00 and Panhandle Restoration’s quote was $550.00. Motion by Smith, second by Dietrich to go with Panhandle Restoration. All agreed.

Dietrich stated that lights and some electrical outlets are needed at the township’s superstructure site in Prosperity. Dietrich will contact West Penn Power to get more info about having power run to site.

Motion by smith, second by Stockdale to review and pay bills. Motion by Stockdale second by Smith to adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 9:21 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Lesnock, Secretary