May Meeting Minutes
Western Cumberland Council of Governments
Regular Monthly Meeting
Minutes of May 9, 2016
Jones called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. with the Pledge of
Hubert Gilroy, solicitor representing Allen Distribution, introduced
Don Mowery, Jim Snyder, Joshua Hoffman.
Jim Snyder reviewed the concept plan for Allen Distribution
requesting two farms totaling 133 acres located in West Pennsboro
Township be rezoned from high density residential to industrial.
A small sliver of the land is located in North Middleton
Township. The entrance
to the proposed warehouses would be located on Meadowbrook Road.
Both warehouses would be food grade buildings.
The joint comprehensive plan steering committee will be
meeting immediately following the WCCOG meeting to offer any
recommendations it deems necessary.
The minutes of April 11, 2016 were approved on a
Martin/Myers motion. The motion carried.
The April 30, 2016 bank balances were as follows: Checking
$6,238.03, Savings $8,199.76 and Regional Code MMA $232,862.14.
West Pennsboro Township earned $15,472.32 for UCC building
permit administration in April and the WCCOG earned $3,868.08 for
the same period. The April
Treasurer's Report and the May Bill List of $59,091.29 were approved
and authorized on a Martin/Myers motion which carried.
REPORTS - LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
COUNTY & STATE
Steve Bloom mentioned that electronic recycling is still
a serious problem. Chris
Ross, author of the original covered devices legislation, has
proposed a bill that would basically double down on the regulations.
Steve also has a proposed bill that would exempt residents
from recycling covered devices if they live too far away from a
place to recycle. His
proposed bill would allow residents to take electronics to landfills
where there are proper liners in place as opposed to roadside
mentioned that they are heading in to a new budget cycle, hopefully
it will be resolved much
quicker than last year.
Cottril provided a letter from DEP concerning electronics recyclers
being able to charge for collecting recyclables.
He mentioned that he is aware of four haulers that will
handle electronics recycling for a fee, which he believes to be
around $.38 per pound.
reviewed the Cumberland County Packet.
He mentioned that the planning department is updating its
Comprehensive Plan this year.
The next outreach meeting for Western Cumberland County is
June 21, 2016 at 11:30 at Dickinson Township office.
On May 13th the County is having a ceremony to
honor the fallen officers over the last year.
County 911 center currently operates an 800 MHz digital system, it
is considering upgrading to a Project 25 radio system.
This upgrade would take place over a seven year period of
County Vector Control continues with its mosquito collection.
Vector Control will be spraying for gypsy moths in the Kings
Gap and Colonel Denning areas.
Kuna distributed CAEDC's annual report for 2015. Shippensburg is
working on a revitalization effort.
CAEDC is working with the Carlisle Airport to determine if
public ownership is feasible.
There are currently two manufacturing, one distribution, and
one packaging company prospects for Cumberland County.
Marcus McKnight mentioned that several townships were not
pleased with the low bidder for seal coating projects last year.
The oil came to the surface during the snow storm.
Marcus contacted Rick Levan, PennDOT District 8
Representative, with the WCCOG members concerns.
Rick said when townships use liquid fuels monies to pay for
seal coating, the project must be awarded to the lowest bidder.
If the work is unsatisfactory the township needs to notify
the vendor and give them a chance to rectify the problem.
If the township is still not satisfied or if the vendor does
not respond, a second letter must be sent before the vendor can be
struck from the vendor's list for future projects.
Cooke Township - Bill
Jones said that the Township has been using the road drag and they
have been spreading new stones.
They have also been cold patching the hard roads.
They installed three new garage doors.
- Larry Barrick introduced Glen Kelso, the Township's new zoning
officer. The contractors
and equipment are ready to start the 2016 road projects.
Lower Frankford Township
- Karen Heishman said that the Township has been patching potholes.
Their new loader is broken down for the second time in 6
Mount Holly Borough
- Cork Shildt reported that two weeks ago a JB Hunt truck knocked
down two electric poles and drove straight into a building on
Baltimore Ave in the Borough.
The truck caught on fire.
Diesel fuel leaked into the storm drain and down into the
ground making the site hazardous.
JB Hunt will be paying for the hazmat cleanup.
The Borough's new zoning ordinance is still in the works.
The paving projects will be voted on tonight.
- Mike Fry mentioned story time at the library tomorrow will include
a medivac helicopter at the playground.
The Borough's Memorial Day parade will be held on May 30th
at 1PM. New cameras will
be installed at the playground and various other areas that require
them. The Borough is
applying for a grant to purchase a new police vehicle and radios.
North Newton Township
- Larry Hinkle said that the Township will be opening bids for
sealing the roads in North Newton Hills and Park Circle at tomorrow
night's meeting. The
conditional use hearing for the intensive agricultural operation on
Bulls Head Road was approved.
Another conditional use hearing will be tomorrow night for a
tractor repair shop on Big Spring Road.
The Township just completed spring cleanup.
They filled six roll-off dumpsters.
This week they will begin mowing along the roads.
- Gary Martin mentioned the Township's Route 233 corridor study is
coming to a close. The
planning commission will review the study next Monday.
The results will be presented to the tri-county planning
commission on May 26th.
The Township plans to buy a new mower.
There are plans to tear down an old salt shed and rebuild a
new one later this year.
West Pennsboro Township
- Wayne Myers reported that the Township has been cleaning the park
up getting it ready for summer.
The community yard sale was held last Saturday.
They continue to work on Township equipment getting it ready.
They have been mowing along the roads.
It is time to renew the worker's compensation and general liability
policies. Erie Insurance
Company's total is $717 and Strickler Agency's total is $619.
Bill Jones made a motion to switch the policies to Strickler
Agency, second by Mike Fry and the motion carried.
Jones mentioned he had a flyer from DEP offering grants for
recipients to join the surveillance camera loan program.
Karen will scan the flyer and e-mail it to the members.
meeting was adjourned at 2:55 p.m. on a Jones/Myers motion which
submitted by Karen M Heishman, Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer.
9, 2016 WCCOG Attendance Record:
Bloom, 199th District
Jared Cottrill, 193rd
Bill Jones, Cooke Township
Larry Barrick, Dickinson
Glen Kelso, Dickinson Township
Cork Shildt, Mount
Mike Fry, Newville Borough
Larry Hinkle, North
Gary Martin, Penn Township
Wayne Myers, West
Peter Conlow, MDIA
Marcus McKnight, WCCOG
Hubert Gilroy, Allen Distribution
Don Mowery, Allen Distribution
Mary Kuna, Cumberland Area Economic
Jeff Kelly, Cumberland County Planning
Heishman, WCCOG Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer