January Meeting Minutes
Western Cumberland Council of Governments
Regular Monthly Meeting
Minutes of January 11, 2016
Pennsboro Township Building
Jones called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. with the Pledge of
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
of December 14, 2015 were approved on an Oldt/Still motion. The
December 31, 2015 bank balances were as follows: Checking $5,081.28,
Savings $8,196.70 and Regional Code MMA $130,401.78. West
Pennsboro Township earned $445.08 for UCC building permit
administration in December and the WCCOG earned $111.27 for the same
period. The December Treasurer's Report and the January Bill List
of $27,482.42 were approved and authorized on a Myers/Martin motion
COMMITTEE REPORTS - LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
Mike Gutshall reported STILL NO BUDGET!
COUNTY & STATE
Vince DiFilippo mentioned that Bernheisel Bridge will
remain closed until February 12th. Fabrication delays for the
bridge's protective safety railing and conflicts between guardrail
installation and underground utilities were the reasons given by the
Marcus McKnight reminded
the WCCOG members that he volunteers his time to attend the monthly
meetings. He does however bill UCC Appeals applicants at his
normal municipal rate, the WCCOG pays his firm and the applicant
reimburses them accordingly.
The UCC Appeal hearing for Big
Spring School District concerning the number of stalls required in
the proposed restroom facility at the Big Spring Stadium is
scheduled for Monday, January 25th at 4PM at Lower Frankford
Township's municipal office located at 1205 Easy Road, Carlisle.
Cooke Township - Bill Jones said the
Township continues to replace road signs. They have been
trimming trees. Bill mentioned he is currently the acting road
Lower Frankford Township - Dave Bachman said that the
Township had to trim several trees and clean up a downed tree
because of windy days. The Township has received a complaint
about farmers spreading manure on their fields.
Springs Borough - Pam Still reported the Borough's Sunoco gas
station has opened. Sheetz plans to build a brand new gas
station right beside the existing one. The road crew has been
trimming trees. The Streetscape Master Plan engineering firm
continues to meet with the local businesses concerning the
installation of the roundabout. The Council will be receiving
a 130 page report concerning the Plan on January 31st. The
hope is to vote on the plan as early as March. The Borough
recently hired a firm to totally redo its website.
Borough - Mike Fry mentioned the Borough's Community Park project is
complete. There is now off-street parking and a new basketball
court. Future plans include a gazebo. The Borough was
awarded funds to resurface Parsonage Street. The police
department got new uniforms and body armour after ten years.
The police are now using watch-guard body cameras for traffic stops
North Newton Township - Mike Gutshall said that
the Township voted to purchase a new Mack dump truck. The
Township has been trimming trees and doing some cold patching.
They plan to replace the bridge on Bulls Head Road.
- Gary Martin mentioned the Township had some black ice on Friday
which caused several accidents. They have noticed increased
tractor trailer traffic on the Route 233 Mountain, which they
attribute to Mount Holly Borough setting weight restrictions on its
Shippensburg Township - Steve Oldt reported that
the Township had a tree down on Fogelsanger Road. The
University students are due back this weekend. Marc Rideout,
Township Supervisor, has been working on patching pot holes.
Pennsboro Township - Wayne Myers reported that the Township has been
trimming trees and replacing signs that were blown over. The
Township ordered a new pickup truck to replace the Ford Explorer.
They are looking forward to the delivery of a dump truck that was
ordered nearly eighteen months ago.
Jones asked if there was any interest from the WCCOG members to have
LTAP classes. No one appeared interested.
The UCC Appeals Board is in need of at least one
additional member. The current alternate, Tim Barrick, is
unsure if serving on the Board is a conflict with his current job at
DEP. Bill Jones made a motion to appoint Morton Fegley of
Lower Frankford Township as a member of the UCC Appeals Board,
second by Wayne Myers and the motion carried.
mentioned that he would like to see the old/outstanding permits on
MDIA's inspections report be cleaned up. Marcus suggested that
the townships/boroughs contact the residents and let them know all
the inspections are prepaid. Also they should email Peter and
schedule the final inspections for the outstanding permits.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:35 p.m. on a Jones/Myers motion which
Respectfully submitted by Karen M Heishman,
January 11, 2016 WCCOG
Bill Jones, Cooke Township
Bachman, Lower Frankford Township
Pam Still, Mount Holly Borough
Mike Fry, Newville Borough
Mike Gutshall, North Newton Township
Gary Martin, Penn Township
Steve Oldt, Shippensburg Township
Marc Rideout, Shippensburg Township
Wayne Myers, West Pennsboro
Peter Conlow, MDIA
Marcus McKnight, WCCOG Solicitor
Vince DiFilippio, Cumberland County Commissioner
Heishman, WCCOG Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer