February Meeting Minutes
Western Cumberland Council of Governments
Regular Monthly Meeting
Minutes of February 8, 2016
Pennsboro Township Building
Bill Jones called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. with the
Pledge of Allegiance.
Todd Troutz, Associate and
Traffic Division Manager from Michael Baker International, made a
presentation on behalf of Big Spring School District concerning a
pedestrian safety improvement project that is planned to begin this
summer. The District plans to update the flashing warning
signs at all of the schools; make sidewalk improvements at the High
School, Middle School, and Mount Rock Elementary School; and raise
the blacktop and add speed humps at the intersection of Mount Rock
Road and Lefever Road. The improvement project has already
been turned in to PennDOT as well as the municipalities involved.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of January 11, 2016 were
approved on an Oldt/Kerr motion. The motion carried.
The January 31, 2016 bank balances were as
follows: Checking $4,115.70, Savings $8,196.70 and Regional Code MMA
$93,039.88. West Pennsboro Township earned $755.28 for UCC
building permit administration in January and the WCCOG earned
$188.82 for the same period. The January Treasurer's Report and the
February Bill List of $9,682.01 were approved and authorized on a
Myers/Martin motion which carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS -
Mike Gutshall reported it has been 223 days
now without a state budget. There has been discussions about
an increase in natural gas drilling taxes that could generate 200
million additional tax dollars.
Rachel Shambaugh from Steve
Bloom's office reported that Representative Bloom plans to introduce
legislation waiving the provisions of Covered Device Recycling Act
(Act 108) for municipalities greater than five miles from a
DEP-permitted electronics recycling facility. This legislation
will help ease the glut of recyclables while also providing relief
to our rural communities where access to recycling centers is
extremely sparse, all while ensuring that covered devices are
properly disposed of in safely regulated landfills rather than
illegally dumped or dangerously stockpiled.
invited everyone to attend a revitalization meeting on February 22nd
from 5PM to 7PM. This meeting will focus on the Shippensburg
COUNTY & STATE REPORTS
Jeff Kelly reviewed the
Cumberland County Packet. The Planning Commission will be
holding two outreach meetings, one on February 9th for the East
region and one on February 23rd for the West region. Topics
that will be discussed are the economic activity report, the
comprehensive plan update, farmland preservation, the recycling
program, and vector control mosquito regulations.
building permit survey report is due back to the Planning Department
by February 26th.
The Planning department will be holding
its annual Planning Commission University (PCU) course on March 29th
from 6PM to 9PM. It includes basic training on the roles and
responsibilities of a planning commission.
mentioned that the County is seeking bids to potentially outsource
services like food and housekeeping for the County Home.
Cumberland County has filed litigation against twenty-two service
providers in an effort to recoup nearly 6.7 million dollars from
under billing of 9/11 assessment charges that have occurred over the
last six years.
The County is currently processing all of
the Emergency Declaration data from the local municipalities in
regards to the January 22nd-23rd snowstorm and it will be then
forwarded to PEMA.
said the UCC Appeals Board held a hearing on January 25th for the
Big Spring School District concerning the number of stalls required
in the proposed restroom facility at the Big Spring Stadium.
The appeal was approved and the decision should be finalized by the
end of the week.
Big Spring School
District - Rick Kerr mentioned that the School District will be okay
budget wise thru June, possibly even July. They are operating
on the reserves that they have. They will need to seek a loan
in late June or July.
Cooke Township - Bill Jones said the
Township has finally hired a part-time road crew member. They
experienced multiple truck breakdowns and Penn Township graciously
helped open the roads during and after the large snowstorm.
Dickinson Township - Larry Barrick reported the Township has
finished up all the culvert replacements and Yellow Breeches Road is
open again. A new roadmaster was hired and he started in
January. They had some snow equipment damage from the
snowstorm that the roadmaster was able to fix in house. A new
zoning officer was also hired, he starts on February 15th. The
road projects will soon be going out for bid.
Township - Dave Bachman said that the Township was very busy with
snow removal due to the snowstorm. The Township will be
meeting with Sunoco concerning the road crossings later this week.
The estimated start date for phase two of the Mariner Pipeline is
Mount Holly Springs Borough - Pam Still reported the
Borough's code enforcement officer, Joe Andreatti was able to narrow
down the list of outstanding building permit inspections. One
part-time maintenance employee as well as one part-time police
officer were recently hired on as full-time employees. Several
Borough employees spent overnight shifts loading and hauling snow
out of the Borough. One dump truck broke down and cost $5,000
to repair. They will be requesting $13,000 reimbursement from
PEMA for the snowstorm.
Newville Borough - Mike Fry
mentioned the Borough has finally finished with snow removal from
the snowstorm. A small park is in the planning stages to be
constructed at the trail head.
North Newton Township - Mike
Gutshall said that the Township had a broken plow during the
snowstorm. They continue to replace signs and clean out drains
throughout the Township. The Bulls Head Road bridge
replacement project has been put out for bid.
Penn Township -
Gary Martin mentioned the Township came through the snowstorm really
well. They had no issues with equipment. The Township
has an old storage building/salt bins that they plan to tear down
and build a new building in its place.
Shippensburg Township -
Steve Oldt reported that the Township struggled with snow removal
during the snowstorm. They also spent a lot of time completing the
PEMA paperwork in hopes of getting reimbursed for monies spent on
salt and on overtime caused by the snowstorm.
Township - Wayne Myers reported that the Township had equipment
breakdown during the snowstorm. It was very disappointing that
the hydraulics in the brand new dump truck stopped working.
They continue to clean out drains throughout the Township
The UCC Appeals Board needs to reorganize.
Bill Jones made a motion to appoint Tim Barrick to a permanent
position on the Board and make Robert Henry an alternate on the
Board, second by Wayne Myers and the motion carried. The
participating municipalities should be pursuing possible alternates
for the Board since we seem to be having more and more hearings
Karen distributed a draft
schedule of LTAP classes that will be sponsored by WCCOG.
Karen asked if it would be possible to charge non-members a small
fee for lunch and then she would be able to just provide food and
drink for everyone in attendance. Gary Martin made a motion to
offer non-members the choice of paying for lunch or brown bagging
it, second by Bill Jones and the motion carried.
was adjourned at 2:45 p.m. on a Jones/Martin motion which passed.
Respectfully submitted by Karen M Heishman,
February 8, 2016 WCCOG
Rachel Shambaugh, 199th District
Kerr, Big Spring School District
Todd Troutz, Traffic Engineer
Bill Jones, Cooke Township
Larry Barrick, Dickinson
Dave Bachman, Lower Frankford Township
Mount Holly Borough
Joe Andreatti, Mount Holly Borough
Fry, Newville Borough
Mike Gutshall, North Newton Township
Gary Martin, Penn Township
Steve Oldt, Shippensburg Township
Wayne Myers, West Pennsboro Township
Peter Conlow, MDIA
McKnight, WCCOG Solicitor
Mary Kuna, Cumberland Area Economic
Vince DiFilippio, Cumberland County
Jeff Kelly, Cumberland County Planning Commission
Karen M. Heishman, WCCOG Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer