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Minutes of the meeting of the Rush Township of Supervisors – January 4, 2010

Rush Township Building
Hometown, PA  18252

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting of the Rush Township Board of Supervisors

The monthly meeting of the Rush Township Board of Supervisors was called to order by Chairman Stephen W. Simchak at approximately 12:40 o’clock p.m.  Those in attendance were Vice-Chairman Shawn Gilbert; Supervisor Robert J. Leibensperger; Corporal Duane Frederick and Secretary/Treasurer Terri Conville.  There were approximately thirty residents and one reporter present.  The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited.

A   motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to adopt Resolution 2010-06 establishing a policy for conducting township meetings.  Chairman Simchak seconded the motion.  Under the question, Supervisor Leibensperger read the Resolution to the public. Vice-Chairman Gilbert asked if the three Supervisors had to sign this resolution and if the thirty minute allotment for public participation is at the discretion of the entire board or the Chairman.  Simchak stated this policy came from PSATS.  Mr. Sanchez, Jr. wanted to know if under New Business, there would still be under the question.  Simchak stated that would be debated by the Supervisors. Ted Hafer stated that according to the Sunshine Law after a motion is made; people have the right to speak.   Motion carried.

A motion was made by Supervisor Gilbert to approve the minutes of the previous meeting, December 15, 2009.  Supervisor Leibensperger seconded the motion.  All voted in favor, carried.

A motion was made by Supervisor Gilbert to accept and place on file all correspondence for the month. Supervisor Leibensperger seconded the motion. Ms. Conville mentioned the following correspondence received to date:
1.  Letter from Donna Woodring
2.  Letter from Lobel, Kaufmann & Anastasia
3.  PSATS News Bulletin
4. E-Mail from Bill McMullen noting site inspection completed for Quakake park project.
5.  Letter from Department of Transportation
6.  Letter from Silberline
7.  Correspondence from Arro
Under the question, Mr. Sanchez, Jr. asked when public participation would be held.  Simchak noted at the end of the meeting.
All voted in favor of the motion, carried.

A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to approve current township and sewer bills for January, 2010.  Chairman Simchak seconded the motion, carried.

A motion was made by Supervisor Gilbert to accept and place on file the American Water Service’s report.  Supervisor Leibensperger seconded the motion.  All voted in favor, carried.

Corporal Frederick read the police report for the month of December.  Supervisor Gilbert made a motion to accept the report as read.  Supervisor Leibensperger seconded the motion.  All voted in favor, carried.

A motion was made by Supervisor Gilbert to accept all municipal reports.  Supervisor Leibensperger seconded the motion.  All voted in favor, carried.

There is nothing under old business.

A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to join the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance.  Chairman Simchak seconded the motion, carried.

A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to appoint Precision Design to design and upkeep a web page for the township.  Chairman Simchak seconded the motion. Under the question, Mr. Sanchez, Jr. asked what costs are involved and who would maintain the web page.  Pat Tracy asked how many other townships have a web page.  Supervisor Leibensperger explained the importance of developing a web page for the township.  Ms. Tracy wanted to know where are they from, what the costs are and if anyone has relatives in this company.  Ms. Conville noted the hourly rate is $75.00 per hour. Supervisor Leibensperger stated that it costs so much per page and that there is a cost to register the domain name. Vice-Chairman Gilbert feels that the $10,000 budgeted for this item could be used to fix our roads.  George Gerhard was concerned about the township getting what it needs and feels the Board should have a better idea to the costs involved.   Simchak and Leibensperger voted for the motion, carried. .

A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to appoint Hometown Press to create a newsletter for the township.  Under the question, Mr. Sanchez, Jr. wanted to know if this is a local company and what the costs are.   Vice-Chairman Gilbert voiced his opinion on the need of this now. Leibensperger stated the only costs involved for us are the mailing and we would be doing it twice a year. Chairman Simchak seconded the motion.  All voted in favor of the motion, carried.

Chairman Simchak made a motion to accept Robert Leibensperger’s resignation letter as an auditor for the township.  Vice-Chairman Gilbert seconded the motion.  All voted in favor of the motion, carried.
Supervisor Leibensperger made a motion to appoint Brian Turner as an auditor for a two year term.  Chairman Simchak seconded the motion. Under the question, Mr. Sanchez, Jr. wanted to know who Brian Turner is and if he has any auditing experience.  Motion carried.
A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to hire Marie Skripnek as a part-time clerk at the rate of $10.50 per hour.  Simchak seconded the motion. Under the question, Vice-Chairman Gilbert wanted to know who Marie Skripnek is, what happened to Darlene Fenstermacher and who will be doing the garbage bills.  Simchak stated Skripnek’s resume was on file, Darlene was not reappointed and we are going to out-source the garbage billing.  Gilbert also expressed concerns if the secretary/treasurer gets sick, who would sign the checks, since we don’t have an assistant treasurer.  Simchak stated in an emergency the Board can sign the checks. Gilbert asked our attorney if that is legal.  He stated the person should be bonded to sign checks and handle any money.   Supervisor Leibensperger amended his original motion.  The new motion was made to hire Marie Skripnek as a part time clerk/assistant treasurer, also bonded, sign checks at the rate of $10.50 per hour.  Gilbert asked if she will be bonded for the same amount as the secretary/treasurer because there was an issue with that this year.  Simchak stated he would check into that.  Mr. Sanchez, Jr. wanted to know if a new job description would be written for Ms. Skripnek.    Simchak stated that Ms. Skripnek will be doing mostly clerical duties and fill in as needed for an assistant treasurer.    Motion carried.

A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to accept the resignation letter of Officer Richard Naprava effective December 31, 2009.  Vice-Chairman Gilbert seconded the motion.  All voted in favor, carried.

A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to hire Anne Lutz as part-time police officer at the rate of $12.00 per hour. Chairman Simchak seconded the motion.  Under the question, Vice-Chairman Gilbert asked if a background check was done.  Corporal Frederick stated it should be contingent on doing a background check.  Supervisor Leibensperger amended his motion to include pending background check.  Mr. Sanchez, Jr. asked if Ms. Lutz would need a separate locker room.   Motion carried.
A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to hire Brian Zulic as part-time police officer pending a background check at a rate of $12.00 per hour.  Chairman Simchak seconded the motion, carried.
A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to hire Thomas Santore as a part time laborer for the road department.  Chairman Simchak seconded the motion.  Under the question, Gilbert asked who Thomas Santore is and stated he also needs a background check.  Simchak stated he works for us now as a snow plow driver and has all his clearances. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to hire Robert Tirpak pending a background check as a part time laborer for the road department.  Chairman Simchak seconded the motion.  Under the question, Mr. Sanchez, Jr. wanted to know if both individuals hired today for the road department have their CDL’s and what rate were they hired at. Simchak stated both have their CDL’s and were hired as laborers.  Motion carried.
A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to accept the resignation letter of Arthur D. Zeplin as a member of the Northeastern Schuylkill Joint Municipal Authority effective December 31, 2009.  Vice-Chairman Gilbert seconded the motion. Under the question, Leibensperger asked if this opening had to be advertised.  Attorney Yurchak stated that it did not have to be advertised.  All voted in favor, carried.
A motion was made by Vice-Chairman Gilbert to appoint Roland Harper to fill the remaining term of Arthur D. Zeplin on the Northeastern Schuylkill Joint Municipal Authority which expires April 15, 2013.  Supervisor Leibensperger seconded the motion.  All voted in favor, carried.
A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to adopt the synopsis for the Parks and Recreation. Chairman Simchak seconded the motion.  Under the question, Mr. Sanchez, Jr. wanted to know what a synopsis was and if that would replace the Recreation Board.   Motion carried.

A motion was made by Supervisor Leibensperger to advertise an ordinance for handicap parking and