March Meeting Minutes
Western Cumberland Council of Governments
Regular Monthly Meeting
Minutes of March 14, 2016
Pennsboro Township Building
Bill Jones called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. with the
Pledge of Allegiance.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of February 8, 2016 were approved on a Martin/Myers
motion. The motion carried.
The February 29, 2016 bank balances were as follows: Checking
$7,456.06, Savings $8,196.70 and Regional Code MMA $91,738.50.
West Pennsboro Township earned $449.16 for UCC building permit
administration in February and the WCCOG earned $112.29 for the same
period. The February Treasurer's Report and the March Bill List of
$7,573.45 were approved and authorized on a Myers/Bachman motion
COMMITTEE REPORTS - LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
Rachel Shambaugh from Steve Bloom's office reported that
Representative Bloom is definitely moving forward with legislation
regarding the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108) for
municipalities greater than five miles from a DEP-permitted
electronics recycling facility.
anticipates a lot of action at the Capitol this week. They
will be tying up loose ends on the 2015-2016 budget. Also, it
is full speed ahead for the 2016-2017 budget.
COUNTY & STATE
Jeff Kelly reviewed the Cumberland County Packet.
The Planning Commission is researching the impact of the recent
Supreme Court case of Reed vs. the Town of Gilbert, AZ. The
court's decision noted that signs should not be regulated based on
content. An informational document will be developed and
provided to municipalities.
The Cumberland County Annual
Report is completed and available for review on the website.
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. There are about twenty people signed up
The Cumberland County Commissioners recently signed
a resolution urging the State to amend the Covered Device Recycling
Act. Local municipalities are encouraged to sign it as well.
There is a public hearing scheduled for March 21st at 9AM.
Pre-registration is required for attendance.
Lori Glace was
recently hired by Cumberland County. She will be in charge of
the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Roads Program.
DiFilippo mentioned that the County was able to increase its cash
reserves by approximately three million dollars. The total
revenues for 2015 were higher than expected and the total expenses
Cumberland County hopes to have all of the County
bridges either repaired or replaced in the next five to six years
thanks to the additional monies generated by the five dollar County
fee on all vehicle registrations.
Mary Kuna plans to reach
out to the individual municipalities in the near future to help them
be ahead of the curve when it comes to site functions.
Municipalities would like to know more about the prospects coming
into the area.
suggested the local municipalities continue to pursue Land
Partnership Grants through Cumberland County. The funding
comes from Marcellus Shale. Last year $200,000 was available.
Marcus explained how the UCC Appeals Board process works.
This is the only service that Attorney McKnight provides that he
bills for and the cost is reimbursed by the applicant.
Big Spring School District - Vonda Kelso
mentioned that the School District has approximately one million
dollars' worth of roof repair projects at Mount Rock Elementary, the
Middle School, and the District Office planned for this summer.
The parking lot at Mount Rock Elementary School will be repaved this
summer. The stadium project is still on track to begin in
April. The District will be okay budget wise thru June,
possibly even July. They are operating on the reserves that
they have. They may need to seek a loan in late June or July.
Cooke Township - Bill Jones said the Township has been filling pot
holes as well as cleaning out the inlets and outlets of culvert
pipes. They had to pick up a hot water heater that someone dumped
out along a township road. They smoothed some gravel roads
with a tractor and road drag.
Dickinson Township - Larry Barrick
reported the Township is looking for a zoning officer. Their
road projects are currently out for bid. The total estimated
cost is $850,000. Larry strongly recommended that each
municipality adopt the Covered Device Recycling Act Resolution.
Lower Frankford Township - Dave Bachman said that the Township has
been receiving numerous phone calls about a local farmer spreading
“food processing residual waste” and the terrible odor that it is
emitting. Cumberland County Conservation District and DEP
cannot find any violations in the farmer's manure management plan.
The Township is inviting Representative Bloom to the next Board
meeting in hopes to start legislation restricting the spreading of
this waste especially onto the frozen ground.
Mount Holly Springs
Borough - Pam Still reported the Borough just had its semi-annual
traffic signal inspection. They are considering replacing
existing bulbs with LED if they are able to find grant monies
available to help financially. The Borough applied for a
$30,000 engineering/design grant through the Chesapeake Bay Trust to
work on plans for potential rain gardens that would be placed on
Newville Borough - Mike Fry mentioned the Borough
has begun the installation of a small park at the trail head.
They are reviewing plans submitted by the Cumberland Rails to Trails
for a pedestrian bridge that will cross Big Spring Ave/Big Spring
Road. A box culvert is be installed on Route 233.
Cumberland Perry Vo-Tech students are building a gazebo for the
Borough to place at West Street playground.
North Newton Township
- Mike Gutshall said that the Township has been sealing cracks in
the roads. They continue to replace signs and clean up downed
trees throughout the Township. The next big project the
Township has planned is sealing the roads in North Newton Hills.
Penn Township - Gary Martin mentioned the Township recently had a
zoning hearing and the Board voted to uphold the decision of the
Township's zoning officer. The results of the Route 233 study
were submitted to PennDOT on Friday. The last public hearing
concerning the plans for Route 233 will be held on April 14th.
The Township voted to approve the County resolution to amend the
covered device recycling act. They have been trimming trees
and brush along the roads.
West Pennsboro Township - Wayne Myers
reported that the Township has been working on the sewer line.
They have also been repairing pot holes and trimming trees and brush
along the roads.
Karen distributed the
official LTAP class schedule that will be sponsored by WCCOG.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:35 p.m.
on a Myers/Martin motion which passed.
submitted by Karen M Heishman, Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer.
March 14, 2016 WCCOG Attendance Record:
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
Mike Fry, Newville Borough
Mike Gutshall, North Newton
Gary Martin, Penn Township
Dick Adler, West Pennsboro
Wayne Myers, West Pennsboro Township
Marcus McKnight, WCCOG Solicitor
Mary Kuna, Cumberland
Area Economic Development Corporation
Cumberland County Commissioner
Jeff Kelly, Cumberland County
Karen M. Heishman, WCCOG