PALMYRA TOWNSHIP – WAYNE COUNTY JANUARY 3, 2022
Chairman Steffen called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Roll call of the Supervisors showed that Chairman Steffen, Supervisor Hanf and Supervisor Kmetz were all present. Supervisor Hanf made a motion to accept the previous month’s minutes as written with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Treasurer’s Report was given by Ms. Powderly and is on file as well as posted on the back wall. Chairman Steffen made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.
Chairman Steffen made a motion to donate $4,000.00 to the Lake Region Ambulance, $4,000.00 to the Hawley Fire Department, $4,000.00 to the Hawley Police Department, $1,500.00 to the White Mills Fire Department and $1,500.00 to the White Mills Ambulance Company with a second by Supervisor Hanf and all Supervisors voting yes.
The bills were read and are on file as well as posted on the back wall. Chairman Steffen made a motion to pay the bills as well as to add the donation checks totaling $15,000.00 to the bill list with a second by Supervisor Hanf and all Supervisors voting yes.
Police Report was given by Officer Bertholf and is on file.
Fire Report was given by Eugene Krause and is on file.
Ambulance Report - None
Road Report was given by Road Master Kmetz and is on file.
Correspondence The Township received its normal newsletters, pamphlets, brochures and magazines that are posted on the back wall.
Zoning Report was given by Paul Natale. Mr. Natale explained that he had an inquiry about putting up a so called camp ground using compost toilets and he was unsure on how to proceed since a “glamping” ground is not mentioned in the zoning ordinance. He was informed it was a special exception which would require a Zoning Hearing Board meeting.
Public Comment None
Emergency Management Supervisor Hanf stated there was nothing to report.
Crime Report Supervisor Kmetz stated there was nothing to report.
Solicitor’s Report Mr. Treat stated that he wrote the conditional use letter and sent it to ECA Solar. Chairman Steffen made a motion to give Mr. Natale $20.00 per hour for digitizing the township’s records with a second by Supervisor Hanf and all Supervisors voting yes.
With no outstanding business left for the year 2021 Chairman Steffen dissolved the 2021 Board of Supervisors at 6:47 PM.
The first order of New Business for 2022 is to reorganize the Board of Supervisors. With that being said, Supervisor Hanf nominated Peter Steffen as Chairman of the Board with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and Supervisors Kmetz and Hanf voting yes and Chairman Steffen abstaining.
Chairman Steffen stated that he will read the entire list of appointments and at the end make a motion to accept all nominees.
Chairman Steffen nominated Supervisor Hanf as Vice Chairman,
Lois Powderly as Secretary/Treasurer and Right-To-Know Officer at a rate of $18.15 per hour,
Joseph Kmetz as Road Master, Assistant Road Masters Peter Steffen and Michael Hanf,
Office Helper at $12.00 per hour,
Solicitor Jeffrey Treat at the rate of $175.00 per meeting and $100.00 per hour for additional work,
Gary Van Orden as Vacancy Board Chairman.
Kiley Associates as Engineer with Keystone Consulting as an alternate,
Paul Natale as Zoning Officer at rate of $15.50 per hour,
Building Code Enforcement will Northeast Inspection Consultants,
Christopher Martin as Sewage Enforcement Officer and Leroy Finlon as his alternate,
Equipment Maintenance will be the Hawley Garage, Kuzimaic’s Garage, Gary’s and Bill Carson.
Independent contracted services will be Carson Excavating.
Depositories are the Dime Bank and PLGIT,
Michael Hanf as Emergency Management Coordinator,
Planning Commission members will be Paul Natale and Joseph Kmetz whose terms will run until the end of 2023, Louis Gruber whose term runs until the end of 2026, Andrea Whyte to serve until the end of 2024 and John Morgan whose term will expire in 2028 and all subsequent terms will be for a period of 6 years.
Newspaper of record will be the Tri County Independent.
Zoning Hearing Board members will be Robert Hochrieter term expires 12/31/23, Cyndy Kielar term expires 12/31/22, and James Gibbons whose term expires on 12/31/24,
Appeals Board members are Casey Warnott, Rich Hilriegle, Dan Shariest, and Matt George,
Sewer Authority Representative will be Joseph Kmetz.
All township meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month at 6:30 PM with the exception of July which will be held on Tuesday July 5, 2022 and September which will be held Tuesday September 6, 2022, in observance of Labor Day. Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to accept the nominations, approve the Board and meeting changes as well as the pay raise for Ms. Powderly with a second by Supervisor Hanf and all Supervisors voting yes.
Public Comment None
Chairman Steffen made a motion to adjourn at 6:50 PM with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes. Next scheduled meeting is February 7, 2022 at 6:30 PM.