GREGG TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS
JUNE 7, 2021
David Masser, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 4:30pm with the following in attendance: Mike Keiser, Vice Chairman; Arthur Masser, Supervisor; Doug Hovey, Zoning Officer; Brian Kerstetter, Solicitor; Shawn McLaughlin, Union County; and Jodi Willow, Secretary/Treasurer.
Shawn McLaughlin, Union County, was present to discuss the LERTA and Great Stream Commons. LERTA is a local tax abatement program that could benefit companies in GSC that don’t qualify for KOZ or KOEZ(a state and local tax abatement), or it could be used in conjunction with those zones to complete the 10 years that a company can use KOZ/KOEZ since those zones are currently only available through 2027 in GSC. The LERTA would not be in effect for the Moran property. The township will need to pass an ordinance, but only if the school district agrees to it. If adopted, the LERTA would expire in 2035.
Shawn also stated that the junk that was accumulating on county property was cleaned up. There are businesses showing interest in the property near the water tower and the southern end of the park. He also stated that Moran is currently working on something and should be in contact soon.
Snappy’s Stormwater Agreement and Improvement’s Guarantee- motion by Arthur Masser, second by Mike Keiser to conditionally approve signing the stormwater maintenance agreement and improvement’s guarantee for Snappy’s once the originals are received and the final plans, with date, are submitted for signature. Unanimous.
New Business- The Planning Commission recommended conditional approval with the following conditions: NPDES permit approval, positive review of the lighting plan, addressing HRG’s minor stormwater revisions, receipt of a stormwater maintenance agreement, compliance with section 15.5.5 regarding the driveways, Russell Road will be built to 8” 2A subbase, 5” BCBC base course and 2 1/2 “ wearing course, and any soft spots will be fixed. Motion by Arthur Masser, second by Mike Keiser to conditionally approve the Preliminary Land Development Plan for Lot 10, contingent upon the conditions set forth by the Planning Commission.
COVID Money- The secretary applied for the American Rescue Plan money that all townships are supposed to receive. The money will be distributed will receive the first tranche this year and the second one a year after. Several options for the money that were discussed was broadband internet, extending water line up Rt 44, extending sewer lines.
Motion by David Masser, second by Mike Keiser to approve the May 3, 2021 meeting minutes, the financial report and the payment of bills. Unanimous.
Zoning- Snappy’s lighting plan does not meet the township’s requirements. It is possible that the township’s requirements for canopy maximum foot candles is too low. Doug got a copy of the lighting plan for Sheetz in Clinton Township to review what they have for lighting. The ordinance may need to be amended.
Roadmaster- Mowing is ongoing. Gutelius Excavating is working on 2nd Street. A complaint was received regarding a resident not being able to get into driveway. The contractor put in subbase to level out the driveways on 2nd Street.
GTMA- The board reviewed the minutes prior to the meeting.
Secretary- The board reviewed a quote from R & T Interiors to paint the inside of the township building. Motion by David Masser, second by Mike Keiser to approve the following work from R & T Interiors: Preparation and application of two coats of paint(owner selected color) on all walls and ceiling in the township building for $2315.00 and preparation and application of one coat of paint to match existing color on all interior trim in the township building for $1105.00. Unanimous. These prices include repair to damaged areas, labor and materials.
The CD at Susquehanna Community bank matures on June 20th. Motion by David Masser, second by Arthur Masser to approve renewing the CD at either Susquehanna Community Bank or Muncy Bank and Trust, whoever’s interest rate is higher. Unanimous.
The board received several prices for a new zero turn mower. The board is going to get the current mower fixed and review prices for a new mower or hiring someone to mow the grass for next month.
Public Comment- None
Motion by David Masser, second by Mike Keiser to adjourn the meeting at 5:33pm. Unanimous.
MAY 19, 2021
Tom Snoddy, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:30pm with the following in attendance: Dan King, Vice Chairman; Ken Kipp, Treasurer; Gary Umstead, Member; Ryan Runkle, Member; Doug Hovey, Zoning Officer; Stephen Maakestad, Mericle; and Jodi Willow, Secretary.
The secretary read the minutes from the April 21, 2021 meeting. The minutes were approved as read.
Treasurer’s Report- The balance as of April 30, 2021 remains $275.99.
Public Comment- None
Mericle property- Stephen Maakestad, Mericle, stated that they are working on the NPDES permit with the conservation district. They are anticipating an approval in 6-8 weeks. The plan was switched to a preliminary plan instead of a preliminary/final plan. Doing this, they are able to build the stormwater basins and road with no improvements guarantee. They will need to come back to the township for final approval on the plans after an inspection is complete and a stormwater maintenance agreement is still needed. No zoning or building permits will be issued until the improvements are complete and satisfactory. GTMA has sent a letter stating they have adequate usage available for the site. The secretary will contact the fire department to see if they have any comments on the plans. The southern ditch will be lined with rip rap, as requested. Doug will review the lighting plan to determine if it meets the zoning requirements. Mr. Maakestad and the planning commission agreed that the road should be built to the following specs: 8” 2A subbase, 5” BCBC base course and 2 ½” wearing course and any soft spots will be fixed. Motion by Dan King, second by Gary Umstead to recommend conditional approval of the Preliminary Land Development Plan for Lot 10 to the Board of Supervisors contingent upon the following: NPDES permit approval, positive review of the lighting plan, addressing HRG’s minor stormwater revisions, receipt of a stormwater maintenance agreement, compliance with section 15.5.5 regarding the driveways, Russell Road will be built to 8” 2A subbase, 5” BCBC base course and 2 1/2 “ wearing course, and any soft spots will be fixed. Unanimous.
A final plan and approval will be required prior to any zoning and building permits will be issued.
Snappy’s- Dan’s comments from the previous meeting were addressed. The only issue that is still being worked out is the lighting. They are working with the lighting vendor to address the issues and will coordinate with Doug. In most areas, they exceed the
maximum foot candles allowed in the zoning ordinance. Doug will check with Clinton Township to see what Sheetz has in Montgomery to see what is a good amount. He also needs detail on the canopy to see if it complies with the ordinance. They are expecting their Highway Occupancy Permit shortly.
Solar Farms Amendment- In the title of the amendment, section 5.5 needs to be deleted. It was agreed that roof or wall mounted solar panels won’t need a permit. The commission feels that section 15.2.8 seems like a lot of regulation. The commission is to review section 15.2.8 and think about how to simplify the regulations.
Motion by Dan King, second by Gary Umstead to adjourn the meeting at 9:30pm. Unanimous.