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Friday, December 14, 2018

Liberty Township November Meeting Minutes Posted

Liberty Township


Liberty Township, McKean County
Route 155 Building
November 13, 2018

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Liberty Township for November, 2018 was called to order at 6:00 P.M. by Chairman Dick Brown. Supervisor Neil Shepard and Secretary Cindy Speeth, were present. Also attending were Bob Shaffer, Buck McGarvey, Charles Safford and Dave Culver.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was recited by all.

BIDS: No bids were accepted for 6s Anti-Skid; and 800 tons of sand and salt as they had already been bid out in May of this year.

The only bid received for approx. 12,000 gallons of #1 winterized fuel was from Satterlee & Sons awarded as follows:
Rack Price 2.2550
Markup over rack .1610
Total 2.4160

REPORTS:

1. Ambulance Report for October had 14 calls for Liberty Township
2. Fire Report for October had 7 calls for Liberty Township
3. Secretary’s Report for October 9, 2018 was presented and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Chairman Brown. Secretary’s Report for October 19, 2018 Budget Meeting was presented and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Chairman Brown.
4. Treasurer’s Report for the month of November, 2018 was presented and
unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by
Chairman Brown.
Chairman Brown said that the amounts left in the General and State Funds on this Treasurer’s Report did not reflect the money that we would be receiving from the Conservation District for the work on Pump Station Road. All the bills have already been paid for that project, so we will be able to keep the $60,000 when we receive it. Baker Road Project bills have not been paid yet, but we will receive another $40,000 for that road when we are done. Chairman Brown estimated that at the end of the General Fund year (12/18)there would be approximately $200,000 left in the bank and at the end of the State Fund year(3/19) there would be approximately $40,000 left in the bank so we are in very good shape.

Chuck Safford said that he wanted to tell the guys that they did a really good job on Pump Station Road and also on Baker Road. Chairman Brown said that Keating Township had told him the same thing.

CORRESPONDENCE:

1. PSATS Newsletter was presented by Chairman Brown.
2. Letter from Bull Run Resources regarding 2 Oil Well Permits in Keating Township – was presented by Chairman Brown for information only
3. Letter from Tax Claim Bureau regarding Repository Sale of Cale Olson property by Nicholas McKervey for $4,500 was read by Chairman Brown and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Chairman Brown.
4. Letter from Sandy Kinney regarding supporting a Resolution to keep the small, individual tax collectors was read by Chairman Brown and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Chairman Brown
5. Upper Pine Creek minutes of their meeting was presented by Chairman Brown..
6. Chairman Brown read a letter from ISO regarding our Building Code (Erb Inspections)Grading System which is a Class 4.

All correspondence was made available to the public.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. On a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Chairman Brown it was agreed to appoint Haines & Company of Warren, PA. as the auditors for 2019. All of their audits are current and they are paid up to date.
2. Resolution 2-18 regarding millage and per capita tax for 2019 was presented and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Chairman Brown.
3. Resolution 1-18 to adopt the 2019 budget in the expenditure amount of $678,939.00 was presented and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Chairman Brown.

OLD BUSINESS:

None

PUBLIC CONCERNS:
Chuck Safford asked whose idea it was to put the sewer/water pump station in the Guild’s front yard. Chairman Brown said he wasn’t getting in to it as it happened before his time in office.

Buck McGarvey wondered how long Neil Shepard would serve before his position was up for election. Chairman Brown said that both Neil and Fred would have to run in the spring. Buck said he was asking because he was wondering if Neil had any opinion about junkyards, etc. or any interest in making any Ordinances regarding junkyards. He and Bob Shaffer both said that in order for anyone to do anything regarding the Evans property the Township has to have an Ordinance. They said that Keating Township and Bradford Township both have one. Chairman Brown said he checked with Keating and they rescinded their Ordinance because when they tried to enforce it on a resident he fought it in Court and won by bringing in pictures of everyone else’s property –it cost them a bunch of money and they decided it wasn’t worth it. Chairman Brown said he also checked with Bradford Township and yes, they have an Ordinance and they had to hire a Code Enforcement Officer and pay him $20/hr plus mileage and more money if he has to go to Court. He cannot go on anyone’s property unless he has a police officer with him and he has to be bonded. That all adds up to a lot of money –which we don’t have. Bradford Township gets over $200,000 from Marcellus Shale each year and we get $13,000 to $18,000. Chairman Brown said he also talked with Chris Myers of the DEP and she had been over recently to check on the property. She said they were in compliance. Chairman Brown said he would be talking to Chris Goletta about all of this and he would get back to Buck and Bob.

As no further business was brought before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 6:45 p.m. on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Chairman Brown.

Respectfully Submitted,

Lucinda Speeth
Secretary/ Treasurer

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