08/10/21 – Meeting Minutes

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08/10/21 – 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, George Herrold, Atty. Jim Best


Paula made a motion to approve the minutes.  Colin seconded the motion. Motion passed without opposition.


Julie explained that the bank made an error and took funds from our General Fund Checking account three different times when they were only supposed to do it once.  She said the account called Grant Fund account had three times the amount of money in it when it wasn’t supposed to. She immediately called the bank when she realized their mistake and told them they needed to correct it and it needed to be back dated to July 20th when it was made. They wrote her later this afternoon and told her that they could not back date it and had to do it effect August 10, 2021, because the statements were already printed and sent out.  Julie will have to make many corrections because the Auditor’s will need an in-depth paper trail. Paula made a motion to file the Treasurer’s report for Audit.  Colin seconded the motion.  Motion passed without opposition.










Road Status Report –The road crew prepared roads for Seal Coat work which is scheduled to take place later this week (if they are on schedule).  They had a mechanic from CAT come in to fix the wheel loader, but it is still having issues.  They also worked on maintaining the other equipment, mowed the township lawn, took out recycling and did cold patch around the township.  They also assisted Upper Augusta and Shamokin Townships with their road projects.

Zoning Investigations –Called an Executive Session with Atty. Ed Greco to discuss Tyler Kawycki Zoning Hearing decision.  6:04 p.m.  Meeting reconvened at 6:07 p.m.  The final paperwork was received by Julie from Atty. Brosius for the Kawycki hearing.  She needs to call Roger Shipman, Barry Swineford and Charles Clark to come in and sign it.  Ed Wenger contacted Julie and stated that he was sending final notices to Ernie Houdeshell.

Comprehensive Plan Update – Julie sent an email to Mike Brinkash and has yet to hear back from him.

Solar Panel Farms – Colin gave Ed Wenger a copy for his review.  Julie was told to contact Ed W. and ask if he had any thoughts on it and then to contact Lynn Wilson and tell her that the Planning Commission will need to meet for their September meeting so they can review the ordinance.

Website update – Spyke contacted Julie with the need for additional information which she provided.  She stated that it should soon be ready to go live. Also discussed were the new changes to the Sunshine Law and the fact that the Township will have to post the agenda for each meeting the day before. This will need to be put on the Website.

Camping at Spyglass Ridge Winery – Julie received a total of 7 phone calls on Friday and Saturday, August 6 & 7 at her home regarding the camping going on at Spyglass Ridge and in addition to that, the increased amount of traffic on the road.  In one conversation she told the man that pictures would be of assisting since she was unable to get to the site herself.  The man took pictures and sent them to her as did Colin and another resident who was walking on the road.

Government Funds – The funds were deposited into a new account at First National Bank and it was named Grant Income account.  Julie approved the transfer of $114,926.79 from the General Fund into this account because that is what the State Government deposited.  Upon receiving the bank statements on Monday (August 9, 2021) from First National Bank Julie realized that they removed the amount of $114,926.79 three times for a total of 344,780.37, which was incorrect. It also left our General Fund depleted to $18,775.64.  Julie immediately contacted the Bank to make them aware of their mistake. They worked on it for two days and came back with the correction however it was not back dated to July 20th when it was made but the correction was made on August the 10th. The reason given by the Bank was that because the Statements were already issued, they could not correct it.  Julie will have to go in and show all the bank errors in the accounting of each bank checking account or the Auditor’s will not understand the issues when they audit in 2022.

Gil Picarelli – KPI –Meeting to discuss SEO work was this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The Board was very impressed with Mr. Picarelli and told him that they would consider naming him and his employees as alternates in case there is a situation where Jim doesn’t want to handle it.  Also, the Board will decide about making KPI our full time SEO by January at the Re-Organizational meeting.

Alarm System – Julie phoned Keith Tamborelli on Monday and left a message for him to call her regarding a quote for a new alarm system.  There was some discussion about getting additional quotes from a company Paula’s father used at his business as well as one that Austin is familiar with. The Board would like to have all the quotes by September for Julie to use when creating the budget for 2022.


Review of and authorization to pay the Solicitor’s bill – Colin made a motion to pay the Solicitor’s bill.  Julie seconded the motion.  Paula abstained.

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

Other New Business – Atty. Greco stated that he made reviewed the Noise Ordinance issue that Colin had discussed with him but that without being able to enforce it, it makes no sense having another one. He reminded us that the State Police will not enforce Township Ordinances.

Residents Comments – Nothing

Executive Session: Colin called an executive session to discuss Spyglass Winery suit with attorney Jim Best at 6:30 p.m.  Meeting was reconvened at 7:30.

Motion to Adjourn– Paula made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Julie seconded the motion. Motion passed without opposition.

FIRST NATIONAL -General $ 269,672.44 *
FIRST NATIONAL Gen. Savings $ 19,255.53
FIRST NATIONAL- State $ 1,338.89
FIRST NATIONAL-State Savings $ 197,279.45
EQUIPMENT FUND $ 56,378.80
FIRST NATIONAL – Special Grants Account
• Bank Error – No interest on account available

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