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MAY 2016 MEETING MINUTES

Rush Township Building

Hometown, PA  18252

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rush Township Board of Supervisors

A meeting was held at the Rush Township Municipal Building on May 19,2016 at 7:00 o’clock pm. In attendance were: Chairman Shawn Gilbert, Vice Chairman Robert Leibensperger, Supervisor Jeanine Motroni, Treasurer/Secretary Katie Orlick, Solicitor Chris Riedlinger and Bill McMullen.

Chairman Shawn Gilbert called the meeting to order.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Police Report – Sergeant Frederick read the police report for the month of April 2016. A motion was made by Chairman Gilbert to approve Sergeant Frederick’s report. Vice Chairman Leibensperger approved; Supervisor Motroni seconded the motion.  Katie Orlick polled the board.  All members voted in favor of the motion, motion carried.

Minutes of Previous Meeting-  A motion was made to approve the previous meeting minutes of April 21, 2016. Vice Chairman Leibensperger approved; Supervisor Motroni seconded the motion.  Katie Orlick polled the board.  All members voted in favor of the motion, motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report – A motion was made by Chairman Gilbert to approve the treasurer’s report as of April 2016.  Vice Chairman Leibensperger approved; Supervisor Motroni seconded the motion.  Katie Orlick polled the board.  All members voted in favor of the motion, motion carried.

Approval of current township and sewer bills thru May 18, 2016 – A motion was made by Chairman Gilbert to approve the municipal reports thru May 18, 2016.  Vice Chairman Leibensperger approved; Supervisor Motroni seconded the motion.  Katie Orlick polled the board.  All members voted in favor of the motion, motion carried.

Approval of municipal reports (sewer, road, Arro, Prodesign) – A motion was made by Chairman Gilbert to approve the municipal reports for April 2016. Vice Chairman Leibensperger approved; Supervisor Motroni seconded the motion.  Katie Orlick polled the board.  All members voted in favor of the motion, motion carried.

Attorney’s Business –  Attended the tax exempt appeals hearing for the properties owned by the township. Parcel No. 25-21-64, houses a pump station and the other is Parcel No. 25-17-62 part of a public park, Grier City Park. Obtained tax exemptions for both properties.  Also there was an executive session regarding the Tamaqua Area School District appeal over the zoning decision.

Correspondence –     None.

Old Business –            None.

NEW BUSINESS

  1.  Motion to approve our Hometown Fire Police to assist Tamaqua Fire Police with their Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 30, 2016.  Vice Chairman Leibensperger approved; Supervisor Motroni seconded. Katie Orlick polled the board.  All members voted in favor of the motion, motion carried.
  2. Motion to approve Hometown Fire Police to assist Tamaqua Fire Police at their Rubber Duck Race on Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. on Elm Street.  Vice Chairman Leibensperger approved; Supervisor Motroni seconded. Katie Orlick polled the board.  All members voted in favor of the motion, motion carried.

Public Comment –

  1. Linda Warnavage – They took another 2 feet of grass on her property and Faye Sweeney’s property, Bill will check that out, as they were not supposed to take any more than the original 2 feet.   The road is going to get paved and also put topsoil.  Shawn said that they will get it all straightened out for them.
  2. 18 Ryan Avenue – are they going to do anything about the storm drains, yes they are going to work on storm drains and sewer lines, but not in the near future.  It is known by Supervisors that there is an issue, they have plans to alleviate the water issues.  Need to find out who owns certain properties where they want to deviate the water.  Currently hoping that some of the road projects will help.
  3. Mr. Chrisman – 22 Ryan Avenue, there are a lot of potholes, Road Dept is working on patching roads.  I
  4. Cathy – I really like the new website.
  5. Mr. Tracy – who is responsible for removing the deer on Lincoln Drive?  PennDOT and the Game Commission are responsible.
  6. Bill Boyer – For 2 years the alley is barricaded for no reason.  Tractor Trailers are coming in and then turning around, and the manhole needs to be repaired, Shawn said that is the reason is there is a manhole that needs to be repaired.
  7. Charlie Shamonsky – Does the township get any money for the school?  Schools do not pay taxes so no the township gets no tax money.  Then why are we running security there, our police officers are there a lot.  He was told that the issues are being worked on and they are in negotiations right now to get it addressed.
  8. Joe Shamonsky – Are you prejudice against Veterans, the storm drain ever going to get fixed?  Bill said no it is not getting raised, he was talking about a storm that blocked every drain in the township.  At this time, it is not an issue that needs to be addressed.  Everyone else comes in with issues and they get their issues fixed.  There was a lady that wanted something fixed with the Railroad, it was fixed. Supervisors said that no one in township repaired.  Cathy told everyone that the railroad has been transporting hazardous materials and increased the train speeds, so the railroad has been doing a lot of repairs and work.  Joe expects the drain to be fixed, Shawn said that they will be doing nothing.  Joe continued to say that the supervisors are prejudice against veterans.

Supervisors Comment–  Township Building will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of Memorial Day.  Also, if your garbage is supposed to be collected on that Monday it will be collected that Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Chairman Gilbert adjourned the meeting at 7:40 p.m.

Transcribed and attested: Kelly Giordano/Administrative Assistant