07/25/23 – Meeting Minutes

Shamokin Dam

07/25/23 – 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, George Herrold,
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 and file for audit. Colin seconded
the motion. Motion passed without opposition.
Colin read aloud a letter he received from Verisk about possible Savings to residents on
their insurance because we are a Class 04 for Commercial and industrial property and a Class 04
for one- and two-family residential properties. Colin asked if any of us had heard of this. No one
had. Julie stated she would contact the township Insurance Agent and ask about it.

Canceled the meeting for July and cancelled the meeting for August as they have no
business. Julie posted a notice in the window that the meeting has been cancelled.


Road Status Report -The crew picked up two truck loads of cold patch and went around the
township and fixed potholes. They also worked at rebuilding some of the edges on several of the
Seal Coat roads. They mowed the township lawn, maintained the equipment, and also took the
recycling out. Colin asked how the men are tamping down the cold patch in the holes. Julie and
George stated that they drive over it and compact it. Colin suggested they put some sand over it
to keep the stuff from coming up onto people’s vehicles. Paula asked why they aren’t using the
tamper we have. Colin said we only have an old Jumping jack compactor that is very old. She
then said they should be rolling it in. Julie said that isn’t possible for the small holes they fill.
Julie stated that when they bid out the Seal Coat work it was before the Spring Road Inspection.
The end of Swank needs to have work done on it and then double seal coat. Anyway, she stated
that it is going to cost approximately $11,000. More than we anticipated. She said she went
through the accounting today and yes, we can do it but it will make things tight. Colin made a
motion that we spend the additional funds to have the work done. Paula seconded the motion.
Motion passed without opposition.

Zoning Investigations -Julie received a complaint from a resident via the Website regarding
the Sinsel property at 1941 Brush Valley Road. Julie spoke to the resident and then forwarded
the complaint to Ed Wenger. The gentlemen stated that the Sinsel’s are in fact doing repair work
there for other people on their vehicles and that they have a pile of old tires on the property. He
gave Ed Wenger permission to see the mess by accessing his property. The board discussed
different options and wondered if we couldn’t get license numbers, have them run and then go
after them because they do not belong to them. The Sinsel’s claim that all the different vehicles
belong to them. Julie explained to the complainant that the burden of proof is on the township
and this often causes problems proving the violation. Colin said that the violation that Ed sent
out on the property on Plum Creek Road may be incorrect because the people only had a
sidewalk there before, not a porch. He sent a note to Ed and cc’d Julie on this matter.

Comprehensive Plan Update – Julie has been in contact with Mike Brinkash and he stated that
the county has reviewed the plan updates and has no comment. Jason Skavery was to write a
letter to the township. Once received we will move forward with setting a date for the resident

Government Funds -Julie received a call from a resident asking if his property on Randall
Drive was going to be getting internet. She researched it and found that they are. The resident
was very happy that the township is having this done for the residents with the CARES Act

Tyler Karycki/Bill Yost – Property Issue – Nothing more.

Stormwater Management Ordinance -Colin stated he did receive the updates Julie sent to him
from Atty. Greco. He is reviewing them.

Replace the Furnace – Julie readvertised the furnace per Atty. Greco’s advice at the last
meeting. Colin asked what do we do if no one bids again? The Board needs to ask Atty. Greco
this question. Colin is concerned that we have to use the balance of the CARES money

Hazen Road Turn around – Colin is going to go out and talk with Floyd; he has not had a
chance to do this yet.

Solar Farm – Julie stated that the company has not submitted any forms or applications for
Variance Hearing. Paula said one of the variance’s they are requesting is the setbacks. There
was some discussion. The Board is against this because they are working with over 100 acres so
there is no need to deviate from the ordinance. Julie reminded the Board that we can come to the
meeting and object. Paula stated that they want a variance from us because the neighboring
township has no zoning.
Advertise 2012 F550 Truck- The Board discussed that they did not receive any bids. Julie
shared a letter that she received from Municibid suggesting we drop the starting bid to $12,000.
The Board agreed. Julie will readvertise it and start the bid at $12,000. However, she will also
include that the township reserves the right to reject any and all bids.


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 – Colin stated that it is a delicate subject but we are not getting what we
need from Jim Best, the attorney for the Spyglass issue. Colin feels we need some ‘big guns’ to
get this situation resolved. Colin stated that we should try to meet with Atty. Best. The Board
decided that Julie should contact this other attorney about the issue and see if he is willing to
jump on board. If there is a transition, it needs to be done smoothly so the new attorney and Jim
can confer about the file. Julie is also supposed to speak to Atty. Greco and ask if Ed Wenger is
supposed to send a letter to Webb stating that he is in violation of a court order.

Residents Comments –

Motion to Adjourn- Paula made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Julie seconded the
motion. Motion passed without opposition.

FIRST NATIONAL -General $ 217,493.25*
FIRST NATIONAL Gen. Savings $ 19,741.06*
FIRST NATIONAL- State $ 27,380.51 *
FIRST NATIONAL-State Savings $178,390.10*
Grant Income Account $ 231,710.77*

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