09/26/23 – Meeting Minutes

Shamokin Dam

09/26/23 – 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, Sgt. Brent Zechman, 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 approve the Treasurer’s report and file for audit. Colin seconded
the motion. Motion passed without opposition.

Sargent Brent Zechman from the Pennsylvania State Police, Stonington Barracks attended to see
if there was anything he could do to help the township. There were several discussions. One
discussion was concerning the speed of vehicles on Route 890, Brush Valley and Captain Bloom
Roads. There were questions about if the PSP would accompany Ed Wenger when he was
following through on a search warrant. Paula mentioned an incident she saw on FB regarding a
man exposing himself to people (including children) at a Spyglass Concert by the bathrooms and
if the PSP should have been called instead of their security team. There was discussion about
mental health issues having a huge effect on the type of calls the PSP are getting. The Board
thanked Sgt. Zechman for his work and that of his force; it was reiterated that we appreciated
them and the service they provide to the township and its residents.

Canceled the meeting for September – no business.


Road Status Report -The crew helped Shamokin haul stone for one of their road projects.
They also did cold patch work throughout the township. They worked on replacing some signs,
mowed the lawn, filled the cinder bay and worked on maintaining the township equipment.
There was some discussion about Clemens Road Bridge. Julie stated that she and the crew will
be in touch with Mike Brinkash later in October and he will inspect it with them.

Zoning Investigations – The issue with the Sinsel property was not resolved. Ed filed on them
with the magistrate.

Comprehensive Plan Update – Julie scheduled the hearing for Monday, October 16th , 2023 at 7
P.M. at the United Lutheran church. The meeting has been advertised in the Daily Item. Mike
Brinkash will be leading the meeting. Colin asked Julie to contact Mike and see if we could
possibly meet him at 5:30 to go over things before the meeting.

Government Funds – Nothing more.

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

Stormwater Management Ordinance -Colin reviewed the information and is ready to discuss it
with Atty. Greco. Julie was asked to make Ed Greco aware of this.

Hazen Road Turn around – Mark Hassinger – Colin stated he will get to this before winter sets

Solar Farm – Colin stated that our attorney received a letter from the company requesting we
change our ordinance. We will be discussing this at our next meeting with our Solicitor.

Atty. Karpowich – The Board will be meeting with him on October 30, at 4 P.M.

Road Bonding – Colin is reviewing the information.

Northumberland County Convention for Township Supervisors – Julie attempted to contact
Karen Paul to get information. She left a message requesting that Karen phone her. Colin said he
would contact Jim Neitz to see if he had any information. Julie stated that she had not received
any invitations or notices about it in the mail.

Budget 2024 – Colin stated that they had a work session which was advertised. He stated that
Julie had prepared the entire budget for the General and State Funds and everything was
reviewed by the entire board. The Budget will be advertised, and a hearing will be set. Colin
made a motion to plan on adopting the budget at the next meeting. Paula seconded the motion.
Motion carried 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 – Colin stated that a resident was closing his business and had a newly
purchased air wrench for sale for $500. He stated that the crew had looked at it and it would
work with our air compressor. Colin made a motion that we purchase the wrench. Julie seconded
the motion. Motion passed without opposition. Julie mentioned that the crew has been
borrowing Ron Perry’s from Upper Augusta and it is the same exact wrench.

Paula wanted to openly condemn the individuals who recently went onto the private property of
the Richard Stahl farm and released thousands of minks. She stated that this farm has been in
business for over 57 years, that the family is private and that this activist group has just caused
serious harm to our eco system by this thoughtless act. There was some discussion that though
thousands were released, many stayed within the confines of the main fence. There were several
hundred, however, that escaped. Several were killed on the highway and others are showing up
through the township as well as in Sunbury, Snydertown and now the Isle of Que in Selinsgrove.
Julie has been in touch with a member of the Sunbury Animal Hospital team and was told that
they are trapped when notified, several have been caught and returned to the hospital and will
then be returned to the farm. Several people shared their concern for the family as well as the
animals that have been harmed through this malicious act.

Residents Comments – Resident George Herrold asked what time the Comprehensive Plan
Hearing will be held at the church. The Board repeated that it will be at 7 P.M. Resident Ron
Bingaman said he saw that the crew had mowed Comfort Road; it was better now that briars
weren’t scratching your vehicle when you passed.

Motion to Adjourn- Paula made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:31 p.m. Julie seconded the
motion. Motion passed without opposition.

FIRST NATIONAL -General $ 235,771.95*
FIRST NATIONAL Gen. Savings $ 19,821.62*
FIRST NATIONAL- State $ 66,713.55 *
FIRST NATIONAL-State Savings $179,118.08*
EQUIPMENT FUND $ 39,691.62*
Grant Income Account $ 223,566.53*

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