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					                            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
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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.
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        (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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