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EAST PENNSBORO TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING Open position
EAST PENNSBORO TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING, DECEMBER 27, 2007 Special Meeting 5:30 p.m. A Special Meeting of the East Pennsboro Township Board of Commissioners was held on Thursday, December 27, 2007, at 8:30 p.m. at the Community and Municipal Center, 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola, Pennsylvania. Those present were: Commissioners - George DeMartyn, President, James Hertzler, Vice President, John Kuntzelman, Dolores McAlister and E. Thomas Fry; Robert L. Gill, Township Manager; Henry F. Coyne, Esquire, Township Solicitor; and John Pietropaoli, Assistant Township Manager. I. CALL TO ORDER President DeMartyn called the meeting to order at 8:30 p.m. A moment of silent meditation was observed 5:30 p.m.in memory of Herb Kruger, who passed away on December 24. He was very involved in the township and was a founding member of the historical society. II. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL MOTION to adopt Ordinance no. 744-07 of the Township of East Pennsboro, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, appropriating the specific sums established to be required for the purposes of municipal government in the year of 2008, as reflected on the budget, and levying a tax upon real estate in the township for the year of 2008 at the rate of one and nine hundredths, (1.09) mills on each dollar of assessed valuation, and reenacting for 2008 specified previously levied taxes, was made by Mr. Hertzler, seconded by Mr. Fry, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION to adopt the 2008 budget for the Township of East Pennsboro, as presented by the Township Manager, was made by Mr. Kuntzelman, seconded by Mr. Fry, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. Mr. Gill noted the first letter received from the resolution passed and mailed out to various legislators, came from State Representative Bud George. The board members reviewed the letter. President DeMartyn received a phone call from Todd Platts on the issue, also he asked Congressman Platts to put his ideas in memo form or a brief letter to the township. Mr. Gill reviewed the process over the past four years. The township received the draft permit on September 12, 2007. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published the notification in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on September 8. Comments must have been submitted to them within 30 days of the publication. The township submitted to them and asked, based on Gannett Fleming's recommendation for a 15-day public comment extension, which DEP Board of Commissioners December 27, 2007 Page 2 granted. The township submitted, based on Gannett Fleming's review of the permit on October 17 a certified letter back to them asking DEP to respond to the 18 various questions outlined to make sure that those comments were in hands. The township has not received any comments whatsoever from DEP relative to the October 17 letter, so the draft permit has been issued but the final permit has not been issued. Mr. Hertzler noted the township's request for clarification of parts of the draft NPDES permit have yet to be answered by DEP, and his concern is that it is a complicated issue and important to know all the facts in ordter to understand the huge outlay of money needed for the project. He was discouraged with the manner in which the mandate is being handled, as well as other issues. He further noted the township did not miss any deadlines for potential appeal, if it wants to consider that. Mr. Kuntzelman agreed with the way in which the Chesapeake Bay portion has been handled, but noted there are a lot of other improvements from the project that need to be done, disregarding the Chesapeake Bay problem, and the longer the township waits to do the other projects, it will cost more down the road. He asked if it can be dissected to see what can be done now, and how much it will cost us if the township does not proceed with the Chesapeake Bay portion. Mr. Hertzler noted the governors of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council admitted by 2010 they will not meet their goals, and Governor Rendell said that while there has been some progress, more help from the Federal government is needed to meet the 2010 goals. The States do not have the resources to do it themselves, yet the largest sewage treatment plant in the world is the one that serves Washington, D.C., and all these governors agreed to work together to get Federal help for an upgrade of the Blue Plains Sewage Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C. the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council are the governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. He noted that for Pennsylvania, point source is 11 percent of the source, and the billion dollar cost figure associated with the project will cover 30 percent of that 11 percent, which represents 5 percent of the problem. The sewage treatment plants in Virginia and Maryland cause more of the problem than in Pennsylvania. President DeMartyn asked if Gannett Fleming would comeback and address what the board can do now if it is forced to go down this road. MOTION to send as an attachment to the questions and comments submitted by Gannett Fleming to DEP in its original permit requesting that DEP respond to the issues raised in our resolution adopted December 5, 2007, in conjunction with their comments on the other questions that were raised, was made by Mr. Hertzler, seconded by Mr. Fry, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. Board of Commissioners December 27, 2007 Page 3 (Whereupon, the meeting was recessed at 6:20 p.m. for executive session on personnel issues, and was reconvened at 8:20 p.m.) MOTION to approve the recommendations outlined in the Township Manager's December 17, 2007, memo regarding wages and salaries for nonuniformed employees not covered under collective bargaining, and approving the recommendation to fill the open position of Park Foreman in the memo dated December 17, 2007, as well as concurring with the recommendation of increased salary for John Pietropaoli, including an increase in his deferred compensation contribution from 4 to 6 percent, as well as preparing a 5-year employment agreement for him, and instituting a hiring freeze on all full-time positions until further notice, except for part-time seasonal help, was made by Mrs. McAlister, seconded by Mr. Fry, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. MOTION to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 p.m. was made by Mr. Hertzler, seconded by Mrs. McAlister, and was carried by a unanimous aye vote. a unanimous aye vote.
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