Feb. 08—VALLEY VIEW — Hegins Township supervisors Wednesday hired a new part-time police officer, William Allar, under recommendation of Chief Beau Yarmush.
Allar, a retired state trooper, had also served in Butler Township and in the Schuylkill County Sheriff’s Office. Yarmush said the township position needed to be filled because one of the other part-time officers left for a full-time position elsewhere. Allar will be paid $17.50 per hour.
The supervisors are mulling purchase of a police vehicle, either a Dodge Durango or a Ford SUV. Yarmush had obtained quotes for the board to consider. They’ll also examine whether to use financing through a dealership, or get assistance from solicitor Donald G. Karpowich in preparing the paperwork for a low-interest bank loan.
Supervisors, by a unanimous 5-0 vote, approved purchasing a new truck for the road department, through a COSTARS state contract. The Freightliner truck will cost $141,180.34 total and will be financed over four years, with a $50,000 down payment. The custom built dump truck will be able to be used for snow plowing and should be completed and delivered to the township by the end of the year. Two other truck manufacturer quotes were received.
About a dozen citizens attended the meeting. One township resident asked how residents know when the township is under a snow emergency. The man had received two tickets for vehicles parked along a snow emergency route recently. He said he was unaware of the declaration on that day. Chairman Gary Harner said the township has a list of media outlets it contacts in the event of an emergency, among them WGAL, Channel 8. Some citizens, like Harner, do not get that particular TV channel, he said. Supervisors said the notification manner may need to be upgraded.
Road Foreman Craig Coleman said some school districts and other municipalities use the “One Call Now” system, and suggested the township may want to consider that service.
In other matters, Karpowich and Zoning Officer Al Swab reviewed the permit process for the township. A 90-day extension was granted by the applicant’s developer for the Witmer/Madenford lot annexation plan, which is in both Porter and Hegins townships. Hegins supervisors plan to place it on their agenda for consideration at next month’s meeting. Porter Township already gave approval.
Karpowich had received correspondence with Michael Baker International, representing the Rausch Creek Trailriders campground.
Karpowich said Rausch Creek had submitted its planning module, but according to the township’s sewage enforcement officer, Bill Brior, there were some items missing and incorrect with the module.
Supervisor Brad Carl urged the township to work on a five-year road plan. He said several roads are deteriorating. Harner agreed that supervisors should set down together and consider developing a plan for road improvement.
In another matter, Supervisor Mike Begis asked Secretary Gary Hornberger if he could have the monthly, itemized invoices from the engineer and solicitor sent to him. Begis said he had not been receiving them.
The board approved the following:
–Treasurer Hornberger’s report showing income of $23,814.98; expenses of $87,551.74; general fund balance, $177,344.99; PLGIT fund balance, $38,274.17; and pool fund balance, $23,026.93.
–Yarmush’s January report showing 143 calls to service, 13 offense/incidents, eight nontraffic citations, one misdemeanor arrest, one reportable accident, nine traffic citations and one traffic warning. Total patrol mileage for the month was 1,596 miles.
–Renewal of the COSTARS contract for road salt for 2019-20.
–Releasing part of the bond from the new Dollar General store, except for the storm water portion and a 10 percent contingency, under recommendation of Jeanette M. Miller, township engineer with Lehigh Engineering, Pottsville.
–Adoption of the standard Act 44 disclosure statement for the police pension.
–Adoption of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Pension Trust Act 44 disclosure statement for the non-uniformed workers.
—Copycat Business Sytems Inc., annual service agreement.
–An agreement with the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ web hosting service to help the township update its website.
The board announced receipt of a thank you note from the family of the late Donald Buffington. The supervisors had approved renaming the Gap Street Bridge in Buffington’s honor.
In other correspondence, the board received a $500 donation from the Hegins Park Association’s Schuylkill County Wine Festival for use at the Tri-Valley Community Pool; and a letter from Williams about possibly erecting a compressor station in Hegins Township as part of the natural gas pipeline company’s Leidy South Expansion Project.
Williams will host an informational open house from 6 to 8 p.m.Feb. 19 at the Hegins Area Ambulance Association building, 352 Gap St., Valley View.
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