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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Liberty Township, McKean County, Reorganization/ Regular Meeting January 6, 2020

Liberty Township, McKean County
Route 155 Building
January 6, 2020

The Reorganization Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Liberty Township was called to order at 6:00 P.M. by Chairman Dick Brown. Supervisor Fred Ernst, III., Supervisor Neil Shepard and Secretary Cindy Speeth, were present. Also attending was David Culver.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was recited by all.

1. On a motion by Mr. Ernst and a second by Mr. Shepard, Supervisor Brown was unanimously appointed as temporary Chairman.
2. On a motion by Mr. Ernst and a second by Mr. Shepard it was unanimously agreed to appoint Ms. Speeth as temporary secretary.
3. On a motion by Mr. Ernst and a second by Mr. Shepard, Supervisor Brown was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Board.
4. Supervisor Shepard made a motion to elect Supervisor Ernst as Vice-Chairman of the Board, Chairman Brown seconded the motion and it was unanimous.
5. On a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard, it was unanimously agreed to appoint Ms. Speeth Secretary/Treasurer with compensation set at $16.00 per hour.
6. On a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst, it was unanimously agreed to appoint Herman Burrows as shop boss with compensation set at $20.80 per hour.
7. On a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst, it was unanimously agreed to appoint Donald Snyder, III. And Timothy Freer as full-time road crew with compensation set at $18.80 per hour.
8. On a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst, it was unanimously agreed to appoint Mr. Roger Bickleman as primary SEO and Mr. Russ Braun as back-up SEO.
9. On a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst, it was unanimously agreed to appoint Mr. Bruce Manning as township EMA Coordinator.
10. On a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard it was unanimously agreed to appoint Sandra Kinney as the Township’s per capita tax collector.
11. Supervisor Ernst made a motion to appoint Berkheimer Associates as the Township’s EIT tax collector and Supervisor Shepard seconded. It was unanimous.
12. On a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard, it was unanimously agreed to appoint Berkheimer Associates as the Township’s delinquent per capita tax collector.
13. On a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst it was also unanimously agreed that any part-time road crew would be hired at $10.00 per hour or Supervisors could be hired part time at $18.80 with a CDL License and $12.00 per hour as a laborer. The Supervisors also stated that they would take no Supervisor’s pay in 2020.
14. The Treasurer’s Bond amount is set at $200,000.00 on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst, it was unanimously carried.
15. On a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst it was unanimously agreed to appoint Kord Kinney, Esq. as Township Solicitor with compensation as set forth in Letter Agreement on this date.
16. Supervisor Shepard made a motion to appoint David Culver as Chairman of the Vacancy Board and on a second by Supervisor Ernst it was unanimously agreed upon.
17. On a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard it was unanimously agreed to appoint JVB Bank as depository for all Township funds.
18. On a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard it was unanimously agreed that the Township meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month in the Rt. 155 Township Building at 6:00 PM. Any changes will be advertised.
19. On a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard it was agreed that all the holidays would remain the same for workers and the secretary.
20. On a motion by Chairman Brown and a second by Supervisor Shepard it was unanimously agreed that Supervisor Ernst be appointed as voting delegate to the State convention.
21. On a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst it was unanimously agreed to pay certain bills between meetings to take advantage of discounts and avoid penalties.
22. It was unanimously agreed on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst to use the Township Seal on DEP reimbursement forms.
23. On a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard it was unanimously agreed that all other appointments, resolutions and ordinances remain the same.

The reorganization meeting was unanimously adjourned at 6:09 PM on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst .

REGULAR MEETING

The regular meeting of the Liberty Township Supervisors was called to order at 6:10 PM by Chairman, Dick Brown. Attendance remained the same.

REPORTS:
1. There were 12 ambulance calls for Liberty Township in December, 2019. There were 163 calls for Liberty Township for the year 2019.
2. There were 6 fire calls for Liberty Township in December, 2019. There were 96 calls for Liberty Township for the year.
3. Secretary’s Report for December 10, 2019 was presented and unanimously
accepted on a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard.
4. Treasurer’s Report for the month of January, 2020 was presented and
unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by
Supervisor Ernst. Chairman Brown stated that there were bills paid in the amount of $19,609.80 and Revenues received in the amount of $3,037.75 for a balance of $197,559.47 in the General Fund. There were bills paid in the amount of $8,912.78 for a balance of $64,126.58 in the State Fund and a balance of $6,426.89 in the Sewer Account.

CORRESPONDENCE:
1. Letter, materials for the PSATS Conference 2020 and invoice for 2020 were presented by Chairman Brown. On a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst it was unanimously agreed that the invoice in the base amount of $540.00 would be paid to PSATS for the 2020 year.
2. Chairman Brown presented the PSATS Newsletter.
3. Chairman Brown presented a letter dated December 6, 2019 from Casella regarding raising rates for township clean-ups. They will now charge $34.76 per ton.
4. Letter dated December 7, 2019 from the DEP regarding reissuance of PAG-02 NPDES General Permit was presented by Chairman Brown for information only.

All correspondence was made available to the public.

NEW BUSINESS:
1. On a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard it was
unanimously agreed to sign the Agreement between the township and Roger
Bickleman regarding him taking care of his own payroll taxes for the 2020
year.
2. On a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard it was
unanimously agreed to have the secretary sign the letter from Roger Bickleman naming him as SEO and naming Russ Baum as alternate.

3. Chairman Brown signed the Certificate of Election of Treasurer for the year
2020 for the Tax Claim Bureau.
4. A letter from the Tax Claim Bureau regarding the acceptance of a bid of
$351.99 from Cynthia Cisneros of 495 Wildwood Drive, Port Allegany, PA.
16743 for the Repository Sale of property at Wilson Avenue was tabled.
5. Chairman Brown signed Ordinance 1-20 and two pages of an updated plan
for Liberty Township from the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System.

OLD BUSINESS:

None

PUBLIC CONCERNS:

None

As no further business was brought before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 6:25p.m. on a motion by Supervisor Ernst and a second by Supervisor Shepard.

Respectfully Submitted,

Lucinda Speeth
Secretary/ Treasurer

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