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Western Cumberland Council of Governments
Regular Monthly Meeting
Minutes of December 12, 2016
West Pennsboro Township Building

 Bill Jones called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.      




The minutes of November 14, 2016 were approved on a Martin/Barrick motion. The motion carried. 


The November 30, 2016 bank balances were as follows: Checking $7,655.81, Savings $8,205.98 and Regional Code MMA $112,145.12.  West Pennsboro Township earned $956.28 for UCC building permit administration in November, also the WCCOG earned $239.07 for the same period.  The November Treasurer's Report and the December Bill List of $11,277.94 were approved and authorized on a Jones/Myers motion which carried.



Dave Parthemore mentioned Act 133 of 2016/HB 1437 amends the Municipal Code and Ordinance to reduce the number of months for violation correction from 18 to 12.  This Act also enables municipalities that have adopted a property maintenance code to enforce it even if it requires violations to be brought into compliance within a shorter time.

 Act 165 of 2016/HB 2025 amends Title 75 of the PA Consolidated Statutes to reduce the number of safety inspections required for motor carrier vehicles in excess of 17,000 pounds from semiannually to annually.

 Jared Cottrill said that Pennsylvania is eliminating with vehicle registration stickers.  This will result in a $1.1 million dollar savings on the stickers and a $2 million dollar savings on postage.  State and local law enforcement will be able to check by the license plate number to verify the registration is current.

 The various representatives are submitting legislation that did not pass in 2016 and reintroducing them in hopes of getting them passed in 2017.

 Vince DiFilippo reviewed the Cumberland County Packet.  He mentioned that Cumberland County Commissioners adopted the 2017 budget.

 The Board of Commissioners met with members of the State Legislature to discuss electronics recycling.  They are looking for both a short term resolution, most likely allowing televisions to be taken to the landfills, as well as a long term resolution.  The County continues to look for an electronic recycler who will take televisions for a fee that would be passed along to the residents.

 The request for a recount of the Presidential Election vote was denied.

 Clairmont Nursing Home was recently re-evaluated and received a 4 Star Rating.  The previous rating was only 2 Stars.

 The County's opioid epidemic has resulted in an increase in the prison population.  The Cumberland County Prison is currently at seventy-five percent capacity.


Marcus McKnight mentioned he met Governor Tom Wolf during an open house at the Governor's Mansion.


Big Spring School District - Vonda Kelso mentioned that the District is beginning to work on the 2017-2018 budget.  The District anticipates a struggle due to the new president and how it may affect school funding.  Also the State Budget is a major consideration.  The District is seriously considering doing away with the per capita tax of $10 per resident.

Cooke Township - Bill Jones noted that the Township has been checking the roads for icy spots.  They have had to trim some low branches and drag downed trees off of the roadways. 

Dickinson Township - Larry Barrick mentioned that the Township's 2017 budget was adopted.  They continue to look for a roadmaster.  Larry currently has four applications on his desk.  The road crew is preparing for winter.

Lower Frankford Township - Dave Bachman said that the Township is waiting for winter.  The 2017 budget will be adopted at the end of December.

Mount Holly Borough - Pam Still mentioned that the Borough is looking for a secretary as its current one is retiring after twenty-five years of faithful service.  The GHAR Grant monies were finally received and it will be spent on street banners for the telephone poles.  The Council approved pursuing a DCNR Small Community Grant for a Veteran's Park with a walking path along the mountain creek.  They continue to work on zoning.  They are also looking into third rental party inspections.

Newville Borough - Mike Fry mentioned that the Borough adopted its 2017 budget.  Friday night at 6:30 will be the Christmas parade.  The children will be able to meet with Santa Claus at the old community center.  The water tank project is almost complete.

North Newton Township - Dave Parthemore said that the Township tested their salt equipment last night when they treated the roads at 1 AM.  The 2017 budget was adopted.  The park has been winterized.  They are soon going to advertise for 2017 road projects as well as the construction of a salt shed.  They have several legal appeals going on right now concerning the hog farm.  The Township voted to support the Cumberland County drug task force.

Penn Township - Gary Martin said the Township has two site options for warehouses to be constructed.  Getting ready for the reorganizational meeting.

Shippensburg Borough - Kevin Plasterer mentioned that the Borough's water department is looking for a location to put in another well.  The sewage plant upgrade is going well.  The 2017 budget has been advertised.  A police/suspect shooting occurred last Friday and the matter has been cleared up.

West Pennsboro Township - Wayne Myers said that the Township has been removing downed tree limbs from its roadways.  The spreaders and trucks are ready for winter.  They are finishing up the new sewage grinder pump station.  The 2017 budget will be adopted next Monday.  The Board voted to make a donation to the Cumberland County Drug Task Force. 



The 2017 WCCOG meeting dates were scheduled for January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11 by a Myers/Barrick motion which carried.

 Wayne Myers was nominated to be the WCCOG President and Bill Jones to be the WCCOG Vice President for 2017 at the November meeting.  No additional nominations were made.  Gary Martin made a motion to elect Wayne Myers President and Bill Jones Vice President, second by Larry Barrick and the motion carried. 

 Steve Oldt and Vonda Kelso were asked to perform the 2016 WCCOG audit.

 If there is any interest in LTAP classes during 2017, please contact Karen.  There will be a limit of three classes for the year.

 Wayne Myers mentioned that he was made aware that various warehouses have been cutting holes in fire walls, installing stairways, and adding additional conveyor systems without additional permitting.  The members seemed to agree that an MDIA round table would be helpful to address the warehouse concerns with a unified plan.

 The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m. on a Jones/Myers motion which passed.

 Respectfully submitted by Karen M Heishman, Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer.

 December 12, 2016 WCCOG Attendance Record:

 Jared Cottrill, 193rd District
Rachel Shambaugh, 199th District
Vonda Kelso, Big Spring School District
Bill Jones, Cooke Township
Larry Barrick, Dickinson Township
Dave Bachman, Lower Frankford Township
Pam Still, Mount Holly Borough
Mike Fry, Newville Borough
Dave Parthemore, North Newton Township
Gary Martin, Penn Township
Kevin Plasterer, Shippensburg Borough
Wayne Myers, West Pennsboro Township
Peter Conlow, MDIA
Marcus McKnight, WCCOG Solicitor
Vince DiFilippo, Cumberland County
Karen M. Heishman, WCCOG Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer