July Meeting Minutes
Western Cumberland Council of Governments
Regular Monthly Meeting
Minutes of July 11, 2016
Pennsboro Township Building
Jones called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. with the Pledge of
The minutes of June 13, 2016 were approved on a
Martin/Plasterer motion. The motion carried.
The June 30, 2016 bank balances were as follows: Checking
$7,687.53, Savings $8,202.82 and Regional Code MMA $166,692.90.
West Pennsboro Township earned $5,889.60 for UCC building
permit administration in June and the WCCOG earned $1,628.52 for the
same period. The June
Treasurer's Report and the July Bill List of $58,218.50 were
approved and authorized on a Myers/Martin motion which carried.
REPORTS- LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
COUNTY & STATE
Dave Parthemore mentioned that DEP passed Act 62 amending
the 2nd Class Township Code in regards to the MS4 storm
water maintenance and facilities allowing townships to collect fees
for the installation and maintenance.
mentioned that Steve Bloom voted no to the State budget because
there was no additional revenues in place to offset the 5% increase
in budgeted expenses. If
the governor does not make any adjustments, the budget will become
law at midnight tonight.
mentioned that there is still a bill in legislation that if passed
would require the municipalities to have two building code
reviewed the Cumberland County Packet.
He mentioned that the Planning Department is updating the
Future Land Use Map. A
draft should be available for municipal review by the end of August.
There will be a
Household Hazardous Waste recycling drop-off on Saturday, August 20,
2016 from 9 AM to 3 PM at 310 Allen Road Carlisle, PA.
bridge repair projects scheduled for this summer are currently on
County is moving forward with the PennDOT recommended
regionalization of public transit.
This should be a great opportunity to save costs and improve
services to the County's residents.
reminded everyone that it is DCED, PennDOT, and DEP grant season and
if any municipality needs help with an economic component in the
grant or needs a letter of support from CAEDC, just send her an
Marcus McKnight pointed out that there are two UCC Appeals
Hearings scheduled for Thursday at 4PM at the Lower Frankford
Township office. Both
appeals were requested by a proposed warehouse in Dickinson
addressed the need to renew the MDIA agreement in September of this
year. Peter Conlow told
the members that all fees will remain the same except the
accessibility inspection fees for non-residential construction.
The plan review fee will be increased from $100 to $150.
Also the accessibility inspection fees would be increased
from $150 to $200. This
is the first increase in MDIA's fee schedule since 2010.
Bill Jones made a motion to renew the MDIA agreement, second
by Dave Parthemore and the motion carried.
Steve Oldt made a motion to authorize the officers to sign
the renewal contract, second by Dave Parthemore and the motion
Big Spring School District-
Vonda Kelso mentioned that auditors will be coming the end of the
month to complete some preliminary work.
The new stadium buildings are under roof.
Repairs are being done on the Middle School and
Administrative Office roofs.
The paving project at Mount Rock Elementary School has begun.
Bill Jones said the Township has been reviewing its comprehensive
plan. A survey is being
sent out to all of the residents. They
are also working on a cell tower ordinance using the County's
ordinance as a model. The
Township has been mowing, trimming trees, and weed whacking along
all of its roads as well as using the road drag.
Glenn Kelso reported the Township received a dirt and gravel grant
for Cold Spring Road and the project should start the end of August
or early September. The Alexander Springs Road project has been
completed. The warehouse
construction projects are moving along smoothly.
Lower Frankford Township-
Karen Heishman said that the Township had a little trouble with
Guyer Pools in Shippensburg Township installing a pool without a
permit. A stop work
order was issued. The
Township continues to mow and trim trees along all of its roads.
Mike Fry mentioned that the Borough ordered a new gazebo for its
park. They have made the
final payment to the contractor for the construction work at the
North Newton Township-
Dave Parthemore said that the Township paved North Newton Hills and
Heine Court. They plan
to replace three culvert pipes on Bullshead Road.
The bridge project is in full swing on Bullshead Road also.
Basically, the entire road is closed from Route 641 to
Steelstown Road. Two
appeals have been filed concerning the conditional use for the pig
farm. The farmer filed
an appeal. Additionally the public group against the pig farm also
filed an appeal.
Gary Martin said the Township accepted bids to replace its 50 year
old equipment shed. Two
bids were received however the BOS rejected both and advertised the
project a second time.
After eight months, DEP approved the water tower plan, so the
project should be moving ahead now.
The Township is repairing roads in preparation for tarring
and chipping them. The
George Stambaugh farm is being demolished.
Kevin Plasterer mentioned that the Borough's Senior Center has been
renamed the Branch Creek Senior Center.
Schlusser's Paving paved a walking trail between the Borough
office and the senior center.
Other items like benches and a gazebo were donated by various
organizations. Branch Creek Park dedication is scheduled for the end
of August. The bids for
the Rowe Road project will be opened this Friday.
Steve Oldt said the Township is replacing and upgrading $50,000
worth of playground equipment at the Township Park.
They received some funding for this from a block grant.
The Township is also working on a comfort station at the
intersection of Fort and Earl Streets.
The Township is also working on installing a left arrow on
the traffic signal at the Shippensburg Airport.
They are hoping to find some grant monies available for that
the Township is working on a drone ordinance, they are using a
municipality near Philadelphia's ordinance as a model.
Steve questioned if Township solicitation ordinances cover
West Pennsboro Township-
Wayne Myers reported that the Township has poured the concrete for
the new pavilion at the Park.
A new concession stand and restrooms are currently being
worked on. The existing
restroom at the Park is soon going to be tied into the sewage
treatment center instead of a septic tank.
They added additional parking at the park near the tennis
courts. They have been
doing some storm drain replacement.
They continue to mow along the roads.
The Dollar General on Newville Road is under construction.
The UCC Appeals Board continues to search members to serve as
The meeting was
adjourned at 2:50 p.m. on a Jones/Myers motion which passed.
submitted by Karen M Heishman, Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer.
July 11, 2016
WCCOG Attendance Record:
Shambaugh, 199th District
Vonda Kelso, Big Spring
Bill Jones, Cooke Township
Mike Fry, Newville Borough
Dave Parthemore, North Newton Township
Martin, Penn Township
Kevin Plasterer, Shippensburg Borough
Steve Oldt, Shippensburg Township
Wayne Myers, West Pennsboro
Peter Conlow, MDIA
Marcus McKnight, WCCOG Solicitor
Mary Kuna, Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation
DiFilippo, Cumberland County Planning Commission
Heishman, WCCOG Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer