October Meeting Minutes
Western Cumberland Council of Governments
Regular Monthly Meeting
Minutes of October 10, 2016
Pennsboro Township Building
Jones called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. with the Pledge of
The minutes of
September 12, 2016 were approved on a Martin/Myers motion. The
30, 2016 bank balances were as follows: Checking $6,872.13, Savings
$8,205.98 and Regional Code MMA $126,273.49.
West Pennsboro Township earned $2,555.64 for UCC building
permit administration in September, also the WCCOG earned $638.91
for the same period. The
September Treasurer's Report and the October Bill List of $38,803.78
were approved and authorized on a Parthemore/Jones motion which
REPORTS - LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
& STATE REPORTS
mentioned that HB 782 would mandate townships to have at least two
third party agencies selected to perform Uniform Construction Code
HB 1155 would require
meeting agendas be available and would also prohibit action being
taken on any non-agenda items.
340 would narrow the scope of personnel issues that could be
discussed in executive session.
Also the sessions would be required to be audio or video
535 would permit all PA police officers both state and local to use
radar and LIDAR for speed enforcement.
1413 would change the inspection period for motor carrier vehicles
in excess of 17,000 pounds from semi-annual to annual.
on December 1, 2016 all employees who make less than $47,476 per
year will be eligible to receive overtime pay when they work more
than 40 hours in a work week regardless of their job duties and
Kelly reviewed the Cumberland County Packet.
He mentioned that the Planning Department continues to update
its comprehensive plan.
Any municipal comments on the future land use maps are due by
Western Planning Outreach Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October
11th at 11:30AM at Southampton Township.
The agenda items include reviewing the County Future Land Use
Map, the Medical Marijuana Law, Economic Development Updates, and
Chesapeake Bay Agricultural Inspections.
Cumberland County Department of Public Safety will be hosting a
Wills for Heroes Event on October 29th.
This event will provide first responders with the opportunity
to acquire free legal documents including Wills, Living Wills,
Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney.
It is expected that this event will provide approximately 400
Wills to the areas first responders.
has stopped trapping mosquitos and testing for West Nile Virus,
however it continues to trap and test mosquitoes for the Zika Virus.
There have been no positives tests for Zika in the entire
state of Pennsylvania.
mentioned that CAEDC is conducting a military value assessment
survey. The committee is
looking for local municipalities' input on different aspects of the
military's presence in this region.
It is also looking for perspectives on the social and
economic value that the Department of Defense brings to the region
and the value that the region provides to the military.
There will be a meeting held at Lower Allen Township on
Thursday, October 20th.
mentioned UPS reimbursed the WCCOG for the two UCC Appeals Hearings
that were held in July.
He reiterated that municipalities should seriously consider the $2
per capita requested for the Cumberland County Drug Task Force
because heroine is a severe problem.
Big Spring School District
- Vonda Kelso mentioned that the District is going out for bids for
three projects: the Middle School roof repair/replacement, the new
all-weather track, and the asbestos abatement at Newville
Elementary. The School
Resource Officer, provided by the Cumberland County Sheriff's
Department, started today.
- Bill Jones noted that the Township is updating its comprehensive
plan. A questionnaire
was sent out to the residents concerning cell towers.
They would like input before implementing a cell tower
ordinance. Work has
begun on the 2017 budget.
The salt motors and spinners have been sent out to be
refurbished before winter.
The Township received its first load of salt.
Lower Frankford Township
- Dave Bachman said that the Township is finishing up mowing along
the township roads. They
have installed posts at the park to keep people from parking on the
grass. They will soon
start getting the trucks ready for winter. Hopefully the line
painting will be completed soon.
Mount Holly Borough
- Pam Still reported that the Borough has been working on its zoning
for the last 18 months and is getting ready to show it to the public
in November. The paving
project on Walnut Street is complete.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay currently has a grant
available for homeowners.
It is an 80/20 grant for the purpose of bayscaping or rain
gardens, because native plants absorb 30% more rain water than
grass. Sheetz has
recently installed its new gas pumps.
A medical facility is being built that will house a doctor as
well as two physician's assistants.
The Borough partnered with United Way Day of Caring and they
are getting twenty volunteers to revitalize an old African American
- Mike Fry mentioned that the Borough is preparing its equipment for
winter. The Halloween Parade is Monday, October 31st.
The Borough is preparing its 2017 budget.
North Newton Township
- Dave Parthemore said that the Township will soon have its second
budget planning meeting.
They plan to include a $2 per capita for the Cumberland County Drug
Task Force. It was discovered that the 2016 budget has a good bit of
monies remaining so the Township is considering purchasing a new
Mack Truck. They are
finishing up road construction for the year.
One bad spot remains on Fry Road that will require the
replacing of a culvert pipe.
Dave invited everyone to check out the new sign that was put
up “Welcome to Oakville:
A Stop on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail”.
A new kiosk, plastic tunnel, and tire swing were put up at
the Township Park. Fall
Clean Up was a success.
The Township was unsuccessful in its attempt to get a feasibility
grant to tie the rail trail in with the Township Park, but they are
not going to give up, they will be trying again in the future.
- Gary Martin said the Township tentatively adopted its 2017 budget
which will include a $2 per capita for the Cumberland County Drug
Task Force. Debra
Dyarman was appointed as tax collector.
The old equipment shed has been demolished and the
construction on the new one will soon be starting.
The dirt and gravel road grant for Beetom Hollow Road has
been completed for the year.
Two culverts were replaced and four new culverts were
installed on the road.
The burn ban has been lifted.
- Kevin Plasterer mentioned that he serves on the Cumberland
County's committee for recycling and it is really struggling to find
ways to recycle electronics.
A lot of other states are beginning to allow landfills to
accept electronics again. The
Borough is currently having its fall clean up.
November is leaf collection month.
The 2017 budget process has begun.
West Pennsboro Township
- Wayne Myers reported that the Township continues to work on the
new concession stand at the park.
The well is being drilled today.
They have finished mowing all the Township roads.
They will soon begin winterizing the equipment.
The CapCOG will
be opening the salt bids tomorrow.
Karen will forward the results as soon as they are received.
Cumberland County Association of Township Officials Annual
Convention was recently held and the attendance was quite poor.
New by-laws have been proposed to have Townships host the
Convention on a rotating basis.
This could prove to be difficult for smaller townships with
part-time staff. North
Newton Township volunteered to host the Convention next year in
hopes of revitalizing the event.
Mount Holly Borough
Police Department was recently victim of a FedEx email scam so be
careful about opening suspicious emails.
meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m. on a Jones/Myers motion which
submitted by Karen M Heishman, Administrator/Secretary/Treasurer.
10, 2016 WCCOG Attendance Record:
Vonda Kelso, Big
Spring School District
Bill Jones, Cooke Township
Bachman, Lower Frankford Township
Pam Still, Mount Holly Springs
Mike Fry, Newville Borough
Dave Parthemore, North
Gary Martin, Penn Township
Wayne Myers, West Pennsboro Township
Peter Conlow, MDIA
Marcus McKnight, WCCOG Solicitor
Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation
Cumberland County Planning Commission
Karen M. Heishman, WCCOG