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					UPPER YODER TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS                                  REGULAR MEETING
NOVEMBER 19, 2009                                                MUNICIPAL BUILDING

MEMBERS PRESENT                           OTHERS
ROY SHAFFER                               ROBERT SHAHADE, SOLICITOR
EDWARD BARZESKI                           KEN MESKO, ENGINEER
WILLIAM HUSTON                            MARY KAY MAHER, TWP SECRETARY
ROBERT AMISTADI                           WALTER HOWELL, CHIEF OF POLICE
SCOTT HUNT                                VINCE TRUSCELLO, ROAD SUPERVISOR

OTHERS:       Richard Sapolich, Michael Kiel, Vicki Slonka-FNB, S. Joe Stumpo

CHAIRMAN CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER WITH THE PLEDGE OF
ALLEGIANCE AT 7:20 P.M.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Michael Kiel inquired on the status of the Goucher Street Wheel and Walkway project.
He noted that the third graders from Westmont Elementary School had lobbied
Congressman Murtha who had originated this project. Ken replied that the engineers
are working on the final design and it is still progressing. Some preliminary designs
were done and it was found that sidewalks running along Goucher Street would not be
feasible due to the sharp incline in the “Keppler dip” section. This final design provides
for the path to run along Goucher Street and then cut back to Susquehanna Street.
Rich Sapolich stated he spoke with an engineer from District 9 regarding the project.
He stated the plan is to widen the roadway and designate a walking path similar to a
bike path. He believed a constructed sidewalk with curbs would be more convenient
and safer for people in wheelchairs than a path. The original design work to date cost
$66,000 and PennDot is waiting for the engineer’s final invoice. He was told that a large
amount of the funds were spent with only $750,000 left for the actual construction of the
project. He understood that the residents along Susquehanna Street did not want the
sidewalks installed, but he believed that the people that this project would benefit most
were excluded from this project and should have been asked what it is that they would
need. Mr. Sapolich felt that if the residents of the Community would be advised of what
is really needed to help such people as Mike, they would be willing to help find a
solution that would be satisfactory to everyone. This would also help give handicapped
people some joy in life and make it easier for them to get out and about. Roy explained
that the sidewalks were not considered due to the high maintenance they require.
Susquehanna Street has a low traffic volume and a walking lane could be easily
maintained by the Road Crew. The geography of Goucher Street was outlined in the
original feasibility study as impracticable, and this is the alternate plan. Solicitor noted
that Mr. Sapolich was misinformed concerning the funds spent. To date, only $66,000
was spent and that was on a feasibility study This alternate plan includes the Lutheran
Home parking lot and continues up through Susquehanna Street to Sunrise. This
alternate plan meets Penn Dot’s minimum acceptable standards. If sidewalks were
installed, the maintenance would be much higher and the curbing would be harder for
handicapped people to negotiate, rather than a flat level surface. Solicitor emphasized



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that the Supervisors are committed to this project. They had the option to cancel the
project after the feasibility study was done, but instead they continued into an alternative
plan and design phase. Now they are committed to the project. To cancel now, the
Township would have to repay PennDot the funds spent to date - $66,000. We have
had two public hearings on this plan where everyone was invited to attend and voice
their opinion. Mr. Kiel thanked the Supervisors for their updated information and hope
that the project will continue and that a plan can be designed that will be safe and
acceptable for all.. He also quoted Greek philosopher Aristotle in that people display
excellence by training and habituation. He congratulated the Supervisors in their efforts
to date and that the project is still progressing and encouraged them to continue until it
is done. He stated as someone with a disability, he appreciates the worthwhile project
and would like to see something done that would be in the best interests of everyone
concerned. He stated it seems like a slow process, but mankind still has a lot of work to
do to accommodate all modes of mobility. Mr. Kiel was invited back to future meetings
and was invited to call for an update on the project at any time.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES – OCT. 15TH AND NOV. 4TH, 2009

       Ed moved, Bill seconded to approve the minutes as submitted. MOTION
       CARRIED 5/0

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
VICKI SLONKA-FIRST NATIONAL BANK
Vicki addressed the Board and informed them that First National Bank also has a lease
company and has equipment available for lease. This program would be a great feature
for the Township to consider the next time they need equipment for a short term. She
provided the Supervisors with information on this program.

APPROVAL OF REPORTS – SECRETARY’S, FINANCIAL REPORT, PAYROLL,
AND INCOME REPORT

       Bill moved, Scott seconded to approve the reports as reported with
       discussion on the Secretary’s report as needed. MOTION CARRIED 5/0

APPROVAL OF GENERAL FUND BILLS - $81,880.56

       Ed moved, Bill seconded to approve the General Fund bills for
       $81,880.56. ROLL CALL VOTE: Scott-aye, Bill-aye, Bob-aye, Ed-aye,
       Roy-aye MOTION CARRIED 5/0




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APPROVAL OF OTHER FUND EXPENDITURES - $107,654.38

      Bill moved, Ed seconded to approve the Other Fund Expenditures for
      $107,654.38. ROLL CALL VOTE: Roy-aye, Ed-aye, Bob-aye, Bill-aye,
      Scott-aye MOTION CARRIED 5/0

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
CHARLES HENSEL/MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT AND BOND
Ken noted the bond will be 50% of the construction cost that will be in effect for two
years, and then the bond can be reduced to 10% for the life of the system. No action is
needed at this time.

GIS MAPPING FEE SCHEDULE
Township received a copy of the latest fees charged by the County for public
information taken from the GIS program. These fees are for the year 2009. They will
be reviewed for 2010. Action tabled until the 2010 fees are out.

BANK PROPOSALS-tabled until next meeting

MENOHER HEIGHTS VOL. FIRE DEPT.
Solicitor informed the Board that an appraisal was received from Attorney Dennis
McGlynn on the MHVFC buildings along with an invoice for $1,000. Solicitor pointed
out the appraisals are flawed in that the appraiser assumed that a variance could be
obtained and the buildings utilized for businesses. This cannot be permitted in a
Residential District, whereas a fire hall is. The debts against the buildings exceed the
amount of the stated appraisal which is $185,000. Solicitor reported the financing
company who holds the mortgage, has not responded to his letter yet. The company is
having financial difficulties as well.

A “Letter to the Editor” was submitted by a resident from Menoher Heights, with a copy
to the Supervisors concerning the closing of the Fire Department and the lack of
community spirit and support that Menoher residents used to have for the fire
department. Bill believed the letter had several misconceptions portrayed and offered to
respond to the writer clarifying some items.

      Bob moved, Roy seconded to authorize Bill to respond to the article
      printed to the Reader’s Forum, if necessary. MOTION CARRIED 5/0

LUZERNE ST. STORMWATER PROJECT UPDATE
Ken reported that he obtained a preliminary estimate for the proposed work to be done
on Elknud Lane, Shekomeko and Palliser Streets. Estimate is for $190,000 which
includes the restoration and approx. 1900 feet of pipe and 19 inlets. Ken proposed




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doing the project in three sections. The Road crew could do the restoration work,
reducing the amount of work done by the contractor.

SELL STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY AGREEMENT UPDATE
Ken stated the easement from the private property owner will not be necessary. There
was an existing pipe that crossed the stream that will be replaced and all access will be
done on the Township’s property.

THUNDERBIRD LANE STORMWATER PROJECT
Ken presented a map to the Board outlining the area and the proposed piping. There is
a culvert on Antonia Street with an existing 36” pipe that was replaced ten years ago.
There is an 18” pipe underneath the deck that was slid into a 15” terra cotta pipe. The
map indicates an approximate location of the rest of the existing pipe as it travels
around the houses. It drains into Southmont into three 24” pipes which are fully capable
of handing the flows. Sections of this piping was done by previous and existing
homeowners and possibly the original developer of this area. Ken suggested realigning
the pipe and run it down Mohawk and tie it into Southmont’s lines. This project would
cost a significant amount of money due to the complexity of the line. Ken was directed
to continue to work on a preliminary design.

COLUMBIA STREET MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT
Ken spoke with the developer of the Townhouses on Columbia Street concerning
obtaining a maintenance agreement that is to be approved by the Board and recorded
prior to obtaining any occupancy permits for the Townhouses.

FLOOD MAPS
Ken noted that FEMA had asked the Township to verify the street names, not the areas
of flood plain. Everything appears to be fine. They will be issuing a final revision and
when that is issued, the Township will have to adopt a new FloodPlain Ordinance to
comply with the latest changes.

MILLCREEK HOLLOW DEFICIENCIES
Ken spoke with the developer concerning the deficiencies. Brian Chirillo asked if the
Township could direct him on what is required in order to be in compliance with the land
development. His As-Built plan, as is, is not compliant, but the original design was.
Consensus of the Board was to direct developer to complete all requirements, as
proposed, in order to comply with the Township’s Land Development Ordinance.

555 GOUCHER STREET SEPTIC SYSTEM
Ken noted that the original farm house was disconnected from the system, when the
new house was built and the service transferred. The farm house was to be torn down,
and then the owner decided to use it for storage. Ken will call the owner to remind him
that a new septic system must be installed if he plans to utilize the farm house. The



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landscaping was installed as directed by the Township and Planning Commission;
however, it does appear to be on the “lean” side.

POLICE NEGOTIATIONS/CONTRACT
A draft of the Police Contract was submitted to the Bargaining Unit for review. It was
returned with some minor changes and corrections.

UPPER YODER TOWNSHIP FIRE POLICE
Chief reported that the Upper Yoder Twp. Fire Police want to get organized and will
need to be sworn in by the Board of Supervisors, when they are ready after they check
out the requirements of Act 35. They did invest in some equipment that will be
beneficial to the Police Department and Fire Company.

MENOHER HEIGHTS VOL. FIRE DEPT. BUILDING
Chief reported that the remaining members of the MHVFC Board are agreeable to
having the Township secure the building as of Dec. 21 st. Keys will be changed as of
that date and the building winterized. Bill noted that the Supervisors attended the
MHVFC’s last meeting as “ex officio” members, not as the elected Board of Supervisors.
The call-out calls will be resubmitted to the 9-1-1 center removing MHVFC for any type
of call-out.

NEW POLICE CRUISER-Was picked up and is in the process of having the equipment
installed.

NEW ROAD DEPARTMENT TRUCK – is in Ebensburg getting the plow and spreader
installed.

FLEET MANAGEMENT SEMINAR-INDIANA 11/19/09
Vince attended a Fleet Management seminar at the Holiday Inn in Indiana, PA that was
sponsored by LTAP. There was no registration to this seminar and the Twp. truck was
used to attend.

      Ed moved, Bob seconded to approve the attendance of the Road
      Supervisor to the LTAP Seminar in Indiana on Fleet Management,
      reimbursing him for any expenses. MOTION CARRIED 5/0

CORRESPONDENCE
GOUCHER ST. WHEEL AND WALKWAY PROJECT/CONGRESSMAN MURTHA
A letter was received from Congressman Murtha asking for the status of the project and
when the anticipated construction date was established. Reply will note that the project
engineer, H.F. Lenz is doing the final design and that the project is still proceeding.




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2010 TOWNSHIP MEETINGS – consensus of the Board was to leave the meeting
dates on the same schedule – the third Thursday of each month.

MENOHER HEIGHTS VOL. FIRE DEPT./APPRAISAL/FUNDS
Bill questioned when the MHVFC appraisal and invoice was received, if it was expected
the Township pay the $1,000 fee. He noted that the Township did not order it, nor was
it done on any property owned by the Township. He believes it should be attached to
the property in the form of a lien.

       Bill moved, Ed seconded after the fees are paid to winterize the MHVFC
       building and change the locks, the balance of the $15,500 of Fire
       Company Funds that was held, be released to the Upper Yoder Twp. Vol.
       Fire Dept. MOTION CARRIED 5/0

PUBLISHING TOWNSHIP MINUTES
A question came up whether to publish the Township minutes on the Township’s web
site for public review. Discussion held on the pros and cons of publishing minutes.
Board noted if a lot of requests are received for their publishing, it will be reconsidered.

RECYCLING BINS
New bins are in – 250 were ordered. Roy inquired if residents are allowed to leave their
recycling bins out at the curbside for the entire week. The current ordinance specifies
when it can be placed out for collection and for how long. Any violation of this
ordinance can be turned over to the Police Department.

2010 TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR TWP. FUNDS

       Bill moved, Scott seconded to approve the tentative budget for all
       Township funds for the year 2010 per the figures of the budget workshop
       this evening. MOTION CARRIED 4/0/1 with Bob abstaining as he did not
       attend the workshop

CONEMAUGH TWP. SNOW REMOVAL CONTRACT

       Ed moved, Bob seconded to renew the annual snow removal contract with
       Conemaugh Township for that portion of Coon Ridge Road that lies within
       the jurisdiction of Conemaugh Township. The fee for this service will
       remain the same - $1,500. MOTION CARRIED 5/0

HIGHMARK BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD
New agreement was received for the higher deductible plan that was placed in effect for
the employees of the Township.




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      Bill moved, Scott seconded to execute the higher deductible plan with
      Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield. MOTION CARRIED 5/0

GOUCHER STREET WHEEL AND WALKWAY – INVOICE ESTIMATE NO. 3
Revised Invoice No. 3 was received from H.F. Lenz in the amount of $41,144.06 for
approval by the Supervisors to be submitted to PennDot for payment on the above
listed project. In contacting H.F. Lenz, the original invoice no. 3 was reviewed and
rejected by PennDot. They are now re-submitting this invoice with corrections.

     Bill moved, Bob seconded to approve the revised invoice no. 3 for
     $41,144.06 pending review and approval by the Solicitor and Engineer.
     MOTION CARRIED 5/0

RIVERSIDE BRIDGE SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT
A notice was received from PennDot that they will be refurbishing the Riverside Bridge.
They had also submitted an agreement to Upper Yoder for the care and maintenance of
the sidewalk that traverses the bridge. Ken noted that the boundary line between Upper
Yoder Twp. and Stonycreek Twp. crosses in the middle of the river and bridge. Vince
spoke with Stonycreek Twp. concerning the agreement and they knew nothing about it,
nor did they receive a copy. Consensus of the Board was to share maintenance of the
sidewalk 50/50 with Stonycreek Twp. Agreement was tabled pending discussion with
Stonycreek Twp. on shared maintenance.

TOWNSHIP’S INTENT TO HIRE A CPA
Authorization was requested to advertise a Notice of Intent to hire a CPA firm to audit
the Township records for the year 2009.

      Bill moved, Scott seconded to authorize the advertisement of a Notice of
      Intent to hire a CPA or a CPA firm to audit the Township records for the
      year 2009. MOTION CARRIED 5/0

TWP. BUILDING WHEELCHAIR LIFT MALFUNCTION
Chief reported the repairman checked out the wheelchair lift that malfunctioned this
evening. The door was shut incorrectly and bent a latch on the bottom of the door. This
prevented the chairlift from working.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION – none

ADJOURNMENT

      Bill moved, Bob seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion Carried. 5/0

ADJOURNED – 8:39 P.M.



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Respectfully submitted,

Mary Kay Maher
Mary Kay Maher
Twp. Secretary




THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17,
2009 AT 7:00 P.M.




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