05/09/23 – Meeting Minutes

Shamokin Dam

05/09/23 – 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 A. Powell, Atty. Ed Greco, George Herrold, Ron

Paula made a motion to approve the minutes. Colin seconded the motion. Motion passed
without opposition.
Paula made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Colin seconded the motion.
Motion passed without opposition.
Note from Mike Brinkash will be discussed later under Comprehensive Plan
The next meeting is on June 5, 2023.

AMEND the Agenda – Colin stated that he needed to amend the agenda to include advertising
the 2012 F550 for sale. Paula made the motion. Julie seconded the motion. Motion passed
without opposition. Julie was told by Atty. Greco to make sure that a new agenda was put up on
the website within 24 hours and a new one posted in the window.


Road Status Report – The crew ripped, regraded, and added stone to Pine Hill, did some cold
patch work around the township, mowed the lawn, took out the recycling, ran errands and
maintained the township equipment. They also helped Shamokin and Upper Augusta with
projects. Colin asked Atty. Greco if a tree comes down across a road and our crew cleans it up is
it important for them to make sure the bulk of it is on the property where the tree grew. Atty.
Greco stated it was. Colin said he needed to speak with Larry and Austin about an issue on
Swank Road where a tree came down and was pushed onto another persons’ property (Dale
Brosious). Colin said he met with Dale Brosious and in our tree removal we broke a post that
was on Dale’s property. Colin told Julie to have Larry and Austin purchase an 8ft. 4 x 4 piece of
lumber and repair the post on the property. He stated they will need a chain saw. He told Julie
to have the crew call him to discuss it. Julie told the Board that the new F600 truck was picked
up at Sunbury Motor’s this past Friday (May 5) but that there are a few issues with it. She told
them the problems and suggested that they wait to sell the other truck until the unresolved issues
with the new one are completely fixed. The Board agreed. The salesman from Bradco was here
to review the issues on Monday afternoon and Julie spoke with him on Tuesday afternoon for an
update. He told her that he should have answers by the end of this week.

Zoning Investigations – The issue on Clemens Road, i.e. travel trailer parked on property,
turned out to belong to the owner and no violation was involved. The concern is closed. The
other issue on Overlook Drive and the one on Plum Creek Road were given NOV’s by Ed
Wenger. Also, Marty is still working on the issue with Bill Yost. The Board discussed the idea
of purchasing a drone and paying the zoning officer to get proper training to use it but then Colin
asked Julie to instead look into sub-contracting with a company (if there is one) in the area to see
if they will do it and the cost to do it. Julie found a company called ‘On the Fly’ in Coal
Township. She will call them and talk to them and forward the information to the other two
Board members. Julie said that the individual that owns the property on Plum Creek Road has
written to Ed Wenger and requested a 30-day extension to get his property into compliance.
There was a quick discussion on what should be done regarding Spy Glass since the owner has
moved forward with all his plans but has not gotten permits. The Board stated that he needed to
follow the Court Order that was given in the case. Julie was told to contact Ed Wenger and tell
him to send him a letter reminding him of the Court Order.

Comprehensive Plan Update – Mike Brinkash sent an email to Julie requesting answers to a
few questions he had regarding the update on the Comprehensive Plan. Julie asked the Board the
questions, the answers were recorded, and she would send Mike an email in the morning.

Government Funds – SEC TV started the project and anticipate a completion date by October

Tyler Karycki/Bill Yost – Property Issue -Marty sent a letter and spoke to Bill Yost. He is
working on this for the township through the PA UCC.

Stormwater Management Ordinance -Atty. Greco is working on it. He reviewed the one
adopted by Upper Augusta Township and said he would send his remarks to Colin in an email.

Replace the Furnace – Austin was out on Tuesday and did not have the opportunity to get the
information the board requested. Julie will remind him.

Amusement Tax – The Board decided to continue to discuss this as they do not want this to
penalize non-profits, etc. There was some discussion and though Atty. Greco will keep working
on it the Board is not ready to make the decision at this time.

Hazen Road Turn around – Colin is going to reach out to Floyd Long, set up a time and go out
to visit with him. He will take Austin along with him.
Daniel Renn – Request for Conditional Use – Renn Road – Julie completed the letter, sent it
two weeks ago and still has not received it back from Mr. Renn. The Board discussed the matter
and it was decided she should write again and tell him that his request has not been approved and
we need the letter signed and returned.

Solar Farm – Julie stated she spoke to Mike Brinkash that morning and he and Ed Wenger are
working on a letter to send to the applicant pointing out the deficiencies of the plans they
submitted. Mike will be at the Planning Commission Meeting on June 5th.


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

Other New Business – Amish Cemeteries – Ed Wenger and Mike Brinkash both were contacted
by the Amish in the township. Julie then received a lengthy call from Leon Peachy regarding the
Amish in our township wanting to start cemeteries. They do not want to have to have two acres
though because they would rather have more of them in several different areas, so they don’t
have as far to travel by horse and buggy. Julie spoke with Atty. Greco and he researched it. He
said that because they are a religious entity, they would be exempt but still must follow state
regulations. He also stated that all areas in the township are listed as S., which is a Special
Exception. They would need to ask for a variance regarding the change in acreage size. Atty.
Greco continued to explain what he learned when researching it. Julie was asked to contact Leon
Peachy and have him call Atty. Greco.

Mailing Checks – Atty. Greco explained to the Board that he had another township have their
mail stolen, bills that had been paid and put in their mailbox; three checks that totaled $9,000
were washed and reissued and cashed somewhere in Florida. There was a discussion about this,
and Julie was told to put the checks in the mail right before the mail man comes but not to put
them in and let them there overnight.

Motion to Advertise the 2012 F550 – The Board discussed putting the truck on the Municibid
site once the new truck issues were completely resolved. Julie said that Sunbury Motor’s said we
should start it at $30,000. Julie made a motion to advertise the truck with Municibid. Paula
seconded the motion. Motion passed without opposition.

Russ Chamberlain Plans from October 1991 – Julie stated that Russ Chamberlain had plans in
the plat file that were signed back in 1991 by the then Board of Supervisors as well as several
planning members. These plats however were never recorded, and no deeds were made. Paula
went into the courthouse and researched the matter thoroughly. Julie asked Atty. Greco what
needed to be done for these plans to be approved. He stated that the Municipal Codes are very
clear on the timetable and because they were never recorded Russ would have to start all over.
Julie will contact Russ and make him aware of this.
Residents Comments – Nothing.

Motion to Adjourn- Paula made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:48 p.m. Julie seconded the
motion. Motion passed without opposition.

FIRST NATIONAL -General $ 151,820.93*
FIRST NATIONAL Gen. Savings $ 19,659.54*
FIRST NATIONAL- State $ 27,347.63 *
FIRST NATIONAL-State Savings $ 218,648.04*
EQUIPMENT FUND $ 41,391.62
Grant Income Account $ 231,451.03*

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