02/08/22 – Meeting Minutes

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02/08/22 – Meeting Minutes

The meeting of the Rockefeller Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at
6:00 p.m. at the Township building by Chairman, Colin Clayberger.


Colin Clayberger, Paula Greco, Julie Powell, Atty. Ed Greco (by phone), George Herrold,
Ron Bingaman.
Paula made a motion to approve the minutes. Colin seconded the motion. Motion passed
without opposition.

Paula made a motion to file the Treasurer’s report for Audit. Colin seconded the motion.
Motion passed without opposition.

The Board of Auditors completed their Audit and wrote a letter to the Board of
Supervisors stating that the township is blessed to have Julie Powell as it’s Administrator as all
the financial records were found to be in perfect order with no problems. The stated she worked
patiently with them throughout the process. Colin thanked Julie for doing such a great job. Julie
said that we are fortunate to have the Auditor’s we have because they really know the job they
are doing and do it quickly and efficiently which saves the township money. Atty. Greco stated
that they can do that job because the records kept by Julie are accurate. Julie stated that it helps
that Auditor Chairman, Melody Hayner has a degree in Accounting and has been doing the audit
for over 12 years.



PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT- The Planning Commission met last evening with
Colin and Atty. Greco to go over the Solar Panel Farms Ordinance.


Road Status Report – The crew have been busy treating roads for the recent snow and ice
storms, plowing and cindering. They also have been working on the township equipment,
getting new tires for the Western Star and cleaning up after the storms. They also pushed cinders
and salt into the bays.

Zoning Investigations – Nothing new to report.

Comprehensive Plan Update – Julie wrote to Mike Brinkash and asked for an update.

Solar Panel Farms – Colin stated that he and Atty. Greco met with the Planning Commission
the night before and went over the revision to the zoning ordinance for Solar Panel Farms. He
asked Atty. Greco to explain the situation. Atty. Greco stated that the Planning Commission had
received a draft copy to review and make comments on for the Board. He stated that they
seemed happy with the answers he was able to provide them and that the only things discussed
was the Impervious coverage being changed. There was some discussion. The Board advised
Atty. Greco to change that portion of the ordinance to a maximum 40% coverage as opposed to
the normal 10%. Colin made a motion to have the public hearing on March 22, 2022 and to
advertise it as a hearing with the intent to adopt. Julie seconded the motion. Ed stated that he
would finish making the few changes, send a copy to the Northumberland County Planning
Commission as they had to have 30 days to review it before our hearing. Ed told Julie he would
send her a copy of the revision and she should keep it available for the public should anyone
want to see it.

Government Funds – Nothing more.

Alarm System – Julie stated that she never heard back from any of the other companies that she
contacted to inquire about a quote for the new system. She stated that when Austin contacted
ADT he was told they could not come out for a long time because they did not have the
manpower and even then it would be months until they could do any work. They would not give
him any dates and told him to call back in the distant future. The only one to give a full quote
for both camera’s, video and a new alarm system is A1 Lock. Their total to do the work is
$14,881.67 (this includes a 5% discount). The Board discussed the fact that Julie has contacted
four different companies and only one returned with an estimate. Julie made a motion to have A1
Lock install and new alarm and camera security system with all new components for the price
quoted. Paula seconded the motion. Motion passed without opposition.

New F550 Truck Prices – Colin stated that the truck has been ordered. Julie said that she was
told it will be at least a year before we get delivery of it.

Tyler Karycki/Bill Yost – Property Issue – Paula stated she knows someone is living there.
Atty. Greco stated he had written a letter to the Atty. involved, James Bathgate and spoke with
him just that afternoon. Atty. Bathgate said that they are working on the sewer portion of the
issue. Atty. Greco stated that they need to still ask the Board of a Conditional Use and a letter
should be sent to the Board about the sewer system

Covid Guidelines for Employee’s – The Board discussed this issue and decided that they would
temporarily postpone any work on this as the pandemic is seeming to slow down.

Colin called an Executive Session at 6:20 to discuss Spyglass Ridge lawsuit with Atty. Greco.
Meeting reconvened at 6:24 p.m.

Cider Press & Brush Valley Road lot – Colin stated that Julie received a call from a gentleman
that is interested in purchasing a lot that is for sale near the intersection of Brush Valley and
Cider Press Road. The lot no longer has a driveway as it had been abandoned years ago. The
question was asked if anyone purchasing it can apply for a variance because it doesn’t meet the
qualifications of our driveway ordinance. Atty. Greco stated that yes, the owner could apply.
Julie said she would contact the man and let him know. The lot is only .56 acres and was
deeded/subdivided long before we had zoning so it is grandfathered, however, that is the only
thing grandfathered; everything done on the lot must be done to today’s zoning ordinances.

Bi-Weekly office hours for Zoning Officer – Colin stated that at our Re-Organizational
meeting, Paula suggested we consider reducing the hours for our zoning officer from every
Thursday night to every other. The Board discussed this, and Julie stated that now she felt it was
important things be left the way they are as it is a service to the residents. She also stated that
though this may be a quieter time now, Spring and Summer are usually very busy for zoning.
The Board decided to revisit this sometime in the future.


Review of and authorization to pay the Solicitor’s bill – Colin made a motion to pay the
Solicitor’s bill. Julie seconded it. Paula Abstained. Motion passed without opposition.

Review of and authorization to pay all bills – Paula made the motion to pay all the bills. Julie
seconded it. Motion passed without opposition.

Other New Business – Land Development Fee – Julie stated that she had a call from an
individual that is working with someone in the area regarding a solar panel farm and they
inquired about a land development fee for the township. Julie stated that normally there is no
additional fee since it is tied in with the zoning however her concern is that since we must have
our engineer review such plans, we should have funds in escrow to pay his fee’s and then refund
whatever monies are not used to the applicant. Julie stated that it is easier to refund monies than
it is to have to bill for additional costs. Colin stated she should talk with Ed Greco and Ed
Wenger and see if they have any suggestions on setting up a schedule.

Residents Comments – Resident Ron Bingaman asked if the meeting that is being held on
March 22 for the Comprehensive Plan is going to be the big meeting for the residents to attend.
Colin stated that no, it is just a meeting with the Board and the Engineer to go over where we are
on the Comprehensive Plan updates to prepare for a future public meeting.

Motion to Adjourn- Paula made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:40 p.m. Julie seconded the
motion. Motion passed without opposition.
FIRST NATIONAL -General $ 226,581.54
FIRST NATIONAL Gen. Savings $ 19,269.87
FIRST NATIONAL- State $ 4,523.75
FIRST NATIONAL-State Savings $ 32,350.75
$ 36,874.50
FIRST NATIONAL – Special Grants Account

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