Meeting Minutes

The regular monthly meeting of the Dorrance Twp. Board of Supervisors was held on Monday, January 6, 2020. Present were Mr. Zane, Mr. Wengrzynek, Mr. Gallagher and Atty. Karpowich.

Mr. Zane opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and announced the meeting was being recorded.

Mr. Zane asked if there were any public comments on agenda items only to be voted upon by the Supervisors at this meeting. There were none.

Mr. Zane made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gallagher to accept the minutes of last month’s regular meeting. All voted aye. Mr. Wengrzynek made a motion to accept the cash report, seconded by Mr. Zane. All voted aye. Mr. Gallagher made a motion to pay all bills as presented, seconded by Mr. Wengrzynek. All voted aye.

The zoning report was read and placed on file. There was no Planning Commission meeting.

Atty. Karpowich reported that an Executive session was held prior to the meeting regarding the Preserve at Blue Ridge Trail appeal. The decision by the Luzerne County Judge was to reverse the Supervisors decision and grant tentative approval. Mr. Zane made a motion, seconded by Mr. Wengrzynek to appeal the decision to Commonwealth Court. All voted aye. The Insurance Company Attorney’s will handle the appeal and I will work with them.

There were no fire company and ambulance reports. There was no EMA report. The recycling report was read and placed on file. The Roadmaster report was placed on file.

The following announcements were read: The next monthly meeting will be held on February 10, 2020 at 7 pm.

CORRESPONDENCE: A letter of interest was received from Dennis Peters of Peters Consultants expressing interest to be our Engineer.

A letter of retention of services was received from Criterium Peters Engineers to continue to provide Third party inspection services. We would like to renew our annual agreement for 2020 with no changes to the present terms and conditions or fee schedule.

A letter of interest was received from Julia Vencak expressing interest in the Tax Collector position as per the information advertised in the Mountain Top Eagle on December 18, 2019. I have 17 years of experience in accounts payable and receivable. I was the Dorrance Township Tax Collector from 2014 through 2017 so I am familiar with the procedure. I would appreciate you considering me for the position.

A letter was received from Mountaintop Youth Soccer Association requesting use of the fields for 2020. Spring season April 1-June 30th and Fall season August 1-October 31st. Arrangements will be made to coordinate with fall baseball leagues and Lacrosse as in past years. Proof of Insurance will be provided. Mr. Gallagher made a motion, seconded by Mr. Zane to allow use of the fields. All voted aye. Included in the approval letter will be a reminder of trash being thrown in the barrels or taken home and parking in designated areas only. Repairs were needed last season due to people parking in the fields and sinking and tearing up the grounds. If damage continues organizations will be billed accordingly or not allowed to use the fields.

An email was received from Attorney Robert Tucker on December 30, 2019 advising that Judge Kenneth Seamans reversed the decision of the Board of Supervisors denying the application for tentative approval of a planned residential development for The Preserve at Blue Ridge, LLC on December 12, 2019 . Various briefs and oral argument was held on December 5, 2019 and the record reviewed.

Appellant’s tentative planned residential development is approved conditioned upon the approval of the necessary, relevant agencies as defined by applicable law.

This matter is hereby remanded back to the Dorrance Township Board of Supervisors for compliance herewith and any further application for final approval must be in compliance with all applicable conditions, applicable law and applicable ordinances.

OLD BUSINESS: None

NEW BUSINESS: Mr. Gallagher made a motion, seconded by Mr. Wengrzynek to accept the bids from Auctions International public on line auction. 1986 Trail King trailer Bid amount $1425.00. Hopper spreader tanks received no bids. All voted aye.

PUBLIC COMMENT: By citizens and taxpayers of Dorrance, on matters not appearing on this agenda, the Supervisors will be available after the meeting to address questions and concerns by citizens and taxpayers.

John Henry, Jr., Prospect Road asked why there was no reason given by the Judge for his decision. Atty. Karpowich explained the process.

Mr. Gallagher made a motion, seconded by Mr. Wengrzynek to adjourn at 7:35 PM. All voted aye.

REORGANIZATION MINUTES

The Dorrance Township Board of Supervisors held the 2020 reorganization meeting on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. Mr. Zane opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and asked if there was any public comment on the reorganization agenda. There were none.

Mr. Wengrzynek moved to appoint Patricia Davis as temporary secretary, seconded by Mr.Gallagher. All voted aye.

Mr. Zane moved to appoint Bill Wengrzynek as temporary chairman, seconded by Mr. Gallagher. All voted aye. Mr. Wengrzynek then asked for a nomination for 2020 chairman.

Mr. Gallagher nominated Mr. Zane as chairman for 2020, seconded by Mr. Wengrzynek. All voted aye.

Mr. Zane assumed the chair and conducted the remainder of the meeting.

Mr. Zane nominated Mr. Wengrzynek as Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, seconded by Mr. Gallagher. All voted aye.

Mr. Gallagher moved to reappoint Patricia Davis as Secretary/Treasurer for 2020, seconded by Mr. Zane. All voted aye.

Mr. Zane moved to retain the Treasurer’s bond with DGK, Inc. for $500,000.00, seconded by Mr.Gallagher. All voted aye.

Mr. Gallagher moved to reappoint Todd Badman as Roadmaster for 2020, seconded by Mr. Wengrzynek. All voted aye.

Mr. Gallagher moved to reappoint Donald G. Karpowich Law Office township solicitor at a rate of $100.00 per hour, seconded by Mr. Zane. All voted aye.

Mr. Zane moved to reappoint Donald Karpowich law office as solicitor to the Planning Commission at a rate of $100.00 per hour, seconded by Mr. Gallagher. All voted aye.

Mr. Zane moved to reappoint Patricia Davis as recording secretary to the planning commission at a rate of $100 per meeting, seconded by Mr. Gallagher. All voted aye.

Mr. Gallagher moved to reappoint Brior Environmental, William Brior as sewage enforcement officer, seconded by Mr. Zane. All voted aye.

Mr. Wengrzynek moved to appoint Robert Fugate as alternate sewage enforcement officer, seconded by Mr. Zane. All voted aye.

Mr. Zane moved to appoint Barry Isett & Associates, Criterium-Peter Engineers, Larry Frace Inspections, LLC, as PA Construction Code building permit and code enforcement agencies, seconded by Mr. Gallagher. All voted aye.

Mr. Wengrzynek moved to appoint Strategic Municipal Group as zoning administrator and enforcement agency at a cost of $295.00 per month, seconded by Mr. Zane. All voted aye.