One Position Eliminated, Three Positions Opened Up
By Paul Chasko
All Supervisors were present at the August 9 Union Twp. Board meeting as was the Solicitor, Secretary /Treasurer, Engineer, Zoning Officer and Code Enforcement Officer.
At a special meeting on July 26, the Union Township (UT) board met to adopt ordinance 2010-3 establishing regulations for Gas and oil well drilling in UT. After a closed executive session the board passed a motion to eliminate the position of Office Clerk. At the regular meeting on August 9 (after a closed executive session) the board passed motions to create job descriptions and advertise to fill three positions – 1.) Road Superintendent/Road Master, 2.) Truck Driver/Equipment Operator and 3.) Secretary/Assistant Treasurer. The Truck Driver position will fill a slot vacated on the road crew several years ago – a budgeted position. The Assistant Secretary position replaces the clerk position - adding additional responsibilities. The position of Road Superintendent is a new position for UT.
- Reports from the Zoning Officer and Code enforcement officer were reviewed and accepted.
- Notices are being sent out for grass and weed violations.
- Fees have been paid for the new Pennsylvania American Water Co. water treatment building being constructed in Elrama.
Road Crew Report:
- The island on Bridge Street was removed as it was an impediment to truck traffic making deliveries off Rt. 88. Giant Eagle has offered to pay some portion of the cost for removal.
- The Board Chairman will check costs for having an outside contractor do tar and chipping on UT roads.
- Pothole patching is underway and will include Kennedy Rd. next week.
- French drains need to be installed around the UT Recreation Park concession stand. Risers will be installed on the septic tanks.
- Bids will be obtained for pumping out the holding tanks at the UT Recreation Park.
- Four cross drains were changed on Coal Bluff Rd. in preparation for repaving.
- Reviewed the BDH proposal – the proposed business center would have little engineering impact but there may be a zoning issue.
- Work on the Twp. garage door apron is 90% complete.
- All lighting poles except one in the UT building parking lot need replaced. Proposals for replacement and connection to the emergency power system will be solicited.
- Dumping into Peters Creek is being investigate by the DEP – No Dumping signs have been posted.
- The engineer will file an MS4 Municipal storm Water Mgt. extension when forms become available.
- Payrolls #15 and #16 for $8,471.34 and $7,721.55 were approved for payment.
- General Fund bills in the amount of $38,405.26 were approved for payment.
Elrama Sewage Project:
- KAG Engineering wants an indemnification letter releasing them from responsibility for errors that might occur during the transfer of their as built drawings on AutoCad to GIF. The Solicitor was asked to review the indemnification document before approval.
- The West Elizabeth Sanitary Authority has an opening for a part-time operator trainee.
- Payment ($462.84) to Solicitor Makel for work on the Elrama Sewage Project was approved.
- The Solicitor was asked to seek clarification to a letter from Jefferson Boro related to the addition of three houses on Collins Avenue to the sewage system.
In Other Business:
- Minutes from meetings on July 12th and July 26 were reviewed and approved without comment or correction.
- A representative of the Ringgold Area Youth Soccer association addressed the board to discuss some items that need attention at the Recreation Park. The board agreed to look into the problems.
- A refund was approved for a street lighting overpayment.
- A resolution was approved to permit tax forgiveness of less than $ 50 on properties waiting for demolition.
- A BDH proposal to provide housing for gas well workers was denied by the board (See related article in this edition of the Union-Finley Messenger).
- Change notices 1, 2 and 3 to Sweet Construction for work done on the garage aprons for $1,250, $1,200 and $3,680 were approved.
- Payment was authorized to Sweet Construction ($ 28,675) for work on the garage aprons.
- Ball Park costs for replacing the garage doors will be available for discussion at the September meeting. According to the supervisors, the tracks and panels are in bad shape.
- The Flood Plain Ordinance is under review.
- TEPCO was informed that they would need an easement to install a cathode line in the vicinity of the Recreation Park.
- Board approved attendance for members and staff at the Washington county Convention
- Scheduled a conditional use hearing (August 30 – 7:00 pm) for Mrs. Cushey to operate a baking business from her home (R1 District).
- CDL training scheduled for Sept. 22
The regular meeting was followed by an executive session. The solicitor announced that Kingsfield Litigation and personnel issues were discussed.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010 15:31