The Supervisor called the reorganization and regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors to order at 5:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Those present at the meeting were as follows:
Kevin Carter, Chairman
Randall Parrett, Supervisor
Misty Dittman, Sec/Treas
Dave Neill, The EADS Group
Penny Campbell, Clarion Forest Housing
Mr. Parrett made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held January 7, 2019 and the Reorganization minutes. Mr. Carter seconded the motion; motion carried, 2-0.
Mr. Parrett made a motion to accept the report of the Treasurer, transfer funds to Payroll and pay the bills as listed. Mr. Carter seconded the motion; motion carried, 2-0.
Ms. Penny Campbell, Clarion-Forest Housing, discussed the preliminary market study to build housing in Jenks Township. Hudson Companies did the study and believe the area would support 30 townhouse units. An official study would need to be completed, and a developer would need to apply on behalf of the Township and Housing Authority. This would cost $70-80,000 and would be funded by an investor such as Northwest Savings Bank. Other funding would also be needed. The housing would be for low-income families and would be Section 8 housing. Mr. Carter agreed to set up a meeting with potential developers, the Housing Authority, Forest Area School administration and the Township to further discuss.
Mr. Stoner discussed the Habjan property and stated the garage has not been removed as required. Mr. Habjan will be fined retroactive from November 1, 2018 at $25/ day as stated in the Building Ordinance. Mr. Habjan will still be required to remove the garage immediately and will continue to be fined daily.
Mr. Neill, The EADS Group, presented his report. Everything is moving along according to schedule.
Mr. Gawelski discussed maintenance completed at pump stations and more work to be done. MSDS sheets will be sent to the Fire Company for EOP. New air packs will be purchased.
Mr. Jerry Thornton thanked the Township for the use of the RR Trail for snowmobiles. Discussed a grant the club is applying for to purchase a new groomer, drag and brush master. Mr. Thornton asked the Township to send a letter of support for the grant. Mr. Carter agreed to send a letter.
The PSATS News Bulletin and a letter from SCI-Forest were received.
Mr. Carter made a motion to approve excess maintenance agreements. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 2-0.
Employee leave requests were approved.
Mr. Carter made a motion to approve the Ehrlich maintenance agreements. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 2-0.
Mr. Parrett made a motion to approve a holding tank agreement. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 2-0.
Mr. Carter made a motion to approve the Pattison Avenue I&I proposal. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 2-0.
Mr. Carter made a motion to approve building permits. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 2-0.
Mr. Carter made a motion to pass Resolution 2-4-2019, Act 44 for PMRS. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 2-0.
Mr. Parrett will complete the Capability Assessment Survey for Forest County.
Mr. Carter made a motion to accept the Stormwater Management from Forest County. Mr. Parrett seconded the motion; motion carried, 2-0.
Mr. Parrett asked if there was any new news on the EMS services. There has not been any news. Information on their membership drive will be added to the website. Mr. Carter asked if Township gas could be used by the Ambulance service. He will check with the solicitor. It is owned by a private company, so the tax free gas purchased by the Township may not be able to be given to them.
Mr. Zimmerman asked what type of people would be living in the Townhouses that the Township had discussed earlier. He asked how it would benefit the community. Mr. Zimmerman asked the Supervisors to look at Clarion and Knox where they already have places similar to see that it may not be a good thing for the Township.
Mr. Shoup also voiced concern about the low income housing.
Mr. Stoner stated he has worked for housing developers and what they want to build is not always a good deal. They will bring people into the community that do not work, are on welfare and will lower property values. He is working to fix his property and do good in the community and this would not be a profit for Marienville. More jobs are needed in Marienville before more housing. There are many available houses for rent already that are not filled.
The Treasurer provided the following balances:
Trust Fund- Northwest Savings Bank – $ 869,472.37
General Fund – 167,448.39
Payroll Account – 29,360.90
Sinking Fund – 1,485,917.40
State Checking Account – 500.97
State Savings Account – 1,344.97
Fire Protection Account – 1,882.21
The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 6:10 pm.
Misty D. Dittman, Secretary/ Treasurer