November Meeting Minutes
Western Cumberland Council of Governments
Regular Monthly Meeting
Minutes of November 14, 2016
Pennsboro Township Building
Jones called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. with the Pledge of
The minutes of
October 10, 2016 were approved on a Martin/Oldt motion. The motion
The October 31,
2016 bank balances were as follows: Checking $7,687.46, Savings
$8,205.98 and Regional Code MMA $111,184.22.
West Pennsboro Township earned $2,342.04 for UCC building
permit administration in October, also the WCCOG earned $585.51 for
the same period. The October
Treasurer's Report and the November Bill List of $24,406.71 were
approved and authorized on a Jones/Oldt motion which carried.
proposed 2017 budget was reviewed.
Bill Jones made the suggestion that he felt it was
appropriate to continue with charging the townships half dues again
in 2017. Gary Martin
made a motion to adopt the 2017 budget with half dues from the
participating townships, second by Bill Jones and the motion
REPORTS - LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
& STATE REPORTS
congratulated all of the winners from last week's election.
The Republicans gained four seats and will continue to hold
the majority in the chamber.
House and Senate were both in recess last week.
The Senate will return for a non-voting session day for the
purpose of signing bills on November 9.
The House is scheduled to return to Harrisburg on November
14. Neither chamber is
scheduled to return for voting session before November 30 and as
such, any bill that does not make it to the governor by November 30
will “die”. All must
then be reintroduced and begin the process again next year in the
2017-2018 legislative session. Both chambers are scheduled to return
to Harrisburg after the election to reorganize for next session.
The Governor signed HB
1413 changing the inspection period for motor carrier vehicles in
excess of 17,000 pounds from semi-annual to annual beginning in
is offering training courses for Stormwater Management and Sewage
Enforcement Officers at its facility in early December.
is now offering a Roads Scholar II program, participants must
complete eight approved courses within a three-year period and pass
an in-class quiz. There
are currently two courses available in this program, two more
classes will become available in 2017 and four more in 2018.
Underground Utility Line Protection Act was extended until December
31, 2017. This act
affects PA One Call.
November PA Township News magazine has a great article about salt
brine and its potential benefit.
DiFilippo reviewed the Cumberland County Packet.
He mentioned that Cumberland County will have no General Fund
tax increase for 2017.
There will however there will be a small increase in taxes for the
are currently two openings on the Planning Commission.
If interested please contact Kirk Stoner.
Board of Commissioners is meeting with members of the State
Legislature to discuss electronics recycling.
The County continues to look for electronic recyclers in
hopes of having a collection event.
was 74% voter turnout county wide at last week's election.
mentioned that Penn Township will be honoring three African-American
Civil War veterans with a ceremony on Wednesday, November 16 at
10:30AM at their previous burial site.
Then the soldiers will be buried at Fort Indiantown Gap
National Cemetery at 1PM.
Big Spring School District
- Vonda Kelso mentioned that the District is finishing up the
2015-2016 audit. Next
they will begin working on the 2017-2018 budget.
The District is finalizing the bid documents for the
all-weather track that will be constructed at the high school.
The hope is to open the bids in January.
- Bill Jones noted that the Township approved the 2017 budget.
They have been cleaning leaves out of inlets and outlets
along the roads. 103
voters came out to the polls.
- Larry Barrick mentioned that the Township's 2017 budget is due to
be adopted on November 21st.
The Cold Springs Road project, a dirt and gravel grant
through Cumberland County Conservation District, is about halfway
done. All the pipe
replacements have been completed.
The roadmaster turned in his two-week notice, so the second
phase of the project could be on hold for a while.
All of the 2016 road projects have been completed and the
Township is working on a list for the 2017 road projects.
Lower Frankford Township
- Dave Bachman said that the Township has hauled away over 30 tons
of recycling this year.
The line painting was finished up today.
The 2017 budget was tentatively approved and advertised in
- Mike Fry mentioned that the Borough ordered salt under the
2016-2017 CapCOG salt bid and it was delivered the next day.
The Borough tentatively adopted the 2017 budget.
A children's Christmas party has been tentatively scheduled
for December 9th at 7 PM at the Mission Outreach Center
(the old Newville Community Building).
North Newton Township
- Dave Parthemore said that the Township is hoping to educate its
residents with regards to farming. As long as the farmer follows all
of the State and Federal farming guidelines, the Township and County
have very little control over what a farmer is allowed to do on his
property. The farmer
with a pig barn would like to construct a second barn and the
residents are upset. The
Township ordered a 2017 Mack truck, it is currently at J&J Truck
Body getting up fitted and will eventually be going to U. S.
Municipal. This new
truck will replace their current truck which is 26 years old. The
Fry Road culvert pipe has been replaced.
The Township ordered two loads of salt under the 2016-2017
CapCOG salt bid. 958
voters came out to the polls.
- Gary Martin said the Township adopted its 2017 budget at its last
meeting. The water tower
is up, but not functional just yet.
The construction on the new equipment shed has begun.
The Township rented a boom mower to trim back the roads a
- Steve Oldt mentioned that the
Township has begun winter preparations on the trucks.
They approved 2017 draft budget, the final budget will be
approved the first week in December.
The Township survived Shippensburg University's Homecoming
weekend. 1800 voters came out to the polls.
nominated Wayne Myers to be the WCCOG President and Bill Jones to be
the WCCOG Vice President for 2017, second by Steve Oldt and the
motion carried. The
election will be held at the next meeting on December 12th.
meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m. on a Jones/Oldt motion which
submitted by Karen M Heishman, Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer.
14, 2016 WCCOG Attendance Record:
Shambaugh, 199th District
Vonda Kelso, Big Spring
Bill Jones, Cooke Township
Dave Bachman, Lower Frankford Township
Fry, Newville Borough
Dave Parthemore, North Newton Township
Gary Martin, Penn Township
Steve Oldt, Shippensburg Township
Peter Conlow, MDIA
Marcus McKnight, WCCOG Solicitor
DiFilippo, Cumberland County
Karen M. Heishman, WCCOG