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Harford, Pennsylvania 18823
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February 20, 2018

     The regular meeting of the Harford Township Supervisors was called to order in the township office by Chairman Sue Furney at 7:00 PM. Supervisor Payne was present along with Secretary/Treasurer Carolyn Jennings, Supervisor Walker arrived at 7:22 PM. Visitors present were Ted Brewster, Maureen Warren, Dale Ferger, Monica Miller, Joe Loomis, Bruce Griffis, Jeremy Stone, and Tad Moser of JHA Companies.
     The minutes of January 23rd were reviewed and accepted on a motion by Furney, second by Payne. Motion carried by two yes votes. The bill list was approved as printed on a motion by Furney, second by Payne. Motion carried by two yes votes. The treasurer's report was filed for audit.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None

SEWER:
     After reviewing the bids, the size of the grinder pump project needed to be scaled back to fit the amount of the grant. Tad Moser from JHA Companies had worked with the lowest bidder, Warren Stone Excavating, to reduce the amount of pumps purchased and installed to come up with the contract price of $375,534.21. Some pumps will be purchased, but not installed, to have on hand for spares. A motion was made by Furney, second by Payne to accept our engineer's recommendation to hire Warren Stone Excavating to purchase and install the pumps as per the revised contract. Motion carried by two yes votes.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:
     There was nothing to report.

ROAD REPORT:
     There was some discussion about options for a roller this year, whether to rent again or buy a used one. Also, advertising for employees needs to be done to hopefully find qualified people to add to the road crew. The DSA that was put down on Lower Podunk Road last year is not holding up well and the Conservation District will be notified of the problem.

OLD BUSINESS: None

NEW BUSINESS:
     A motion was made by Furney, second by Walker to approve the following list of materials for bidding:

100 tons of half-inch minus

5000 tons of 2A

500 tons of 2B

500 tons of R3

1500 tons of R4

500 tons of four-inch minus

3500 tons of #67 anti-skid

1000 yards of black cinders

25,000 gallons of liquid calcium

20,000 gallons of AEP oil

9000 gallons of on-road diesel fuel

4000 gallons of gasoline

and tri-axle or tandem axle trucks for tailgating and general hauling/ditching. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     Williams Field Services submitted driveway and road crossing permit applications for North Harmony and Upper/Lower Podunk Roads which the supervisors reviewed and approved.
     A request was made by the township tax collector for reimbursement of the annual $70 state membership fee and the $250 online training that is required every four years. The supervisors decided to table the request for time to check with the school to see if they would contribute part of the cost.
     Monica Miller brought to the supervisors' attention problems with parking on Mill St. in Kingsley by Jenny Leigh's restaurant customers. People are parking on both sides of the street and in their yard and driveway. Different ideas were discussed, but there is no easy solution.

CORRESPONDENCE:
     The Susquehanna County Conservation District has planned two upcoming workshops to be held at the Montrose Bible Conference. The first is on February 27, 2018 at 8:00 AM for low volume roads and the second will be on March 22, 2018 at 7:30 AM for heavy equipment contractors.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
     Maureen Warren explained how the law firm of Kreder Brooks Hailstone had been recommended to the township when the sewer system was put in and how they have helped the township on many issues throughout the years.

     A motion was made by Furney and seconded by Walker to adjourn the meeting at 8:32 PM.

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January 23, 2018

     The special meeting of the Harford Township Supervisors was called to order in the township office by Chairman Sue Furney at 7:00 PM. Supervisors Walker and Payne were present along with Secretary/Treasurer Carolyn Jennings. Visitors present were Dale Ferger, Jeremy & Lisa Stone, Adam Rauch, and Tad Moser of JHA Companies.
     The minutes of January 2nd reorganization meeting were reviewed and accepted on a motion by Furney, second by Payne. Motion carried by three yes votes.
     The minutes of January 2nd regular meeting were amended for Payne to abstain from voting to approve the December 19th minutes as he was not a member of the board at that time on a motion by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by two yes votes, Payne abstained.
     The bill list for January 23rd was approved as printed on a motion by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes. The treasurer's report for December 31, 2017 was filed for audit.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
     Dale Ferger pointed out that public comment must be heard before a vote occurs at a meeting.

SEWER:
     Three bids were received for the grinder pump installation. Warren Stone Excavating from Thompson gave a price of $567,153.75, Ken Rauch Excavating from Montrose gave a price of $625,719.34, and RLE Enterprises from Moscow gave a price of $728,964.00. The bids were turned over to Tad Moser from JHA Companies for review and the awarding is planned for next month's meeting on February 20, 2018.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:
     There was nothing to report.

OLD BUSINESS:
     There was some discussion about different options for the dump box on the new truck that Supervisor Payne had looked into. These changes would be a savings of around $15,000 and still include the cover and the vibratory. A motion was made by Payne, second by Walker to cancel the original dump box quote and to accept the new dump box quote for $43,255.00. Motion carried by three yes votes.

NEW BUSINESS:
     A motion was made by Furney, second by Payne to reject terrorism coverage from DGK Insurance. Motion carried by three yes votes.

ROAD REPORT:
     The recent rains have caused drainage problems on Tingley Lake Road and Beaver Meadow Road, which are being addressed. Dale Ferger mentioned a safety issue with only one man on the job to clean out ditches and two minor incidents involving the township plow trucks. There was some discussion about the qualifications of the Roadmaster position and the need for additional road crew. A motion was made by Walker, second by Payne to advertise for an equipment operator/laborer, wording to be determined. Motion carried by three yes votes.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None

     A motion was made by Furney and seconded by Walker to adjourn the meeting at 7:43 PM.

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January 2, 2018

     The regular meeting of the Harford Township Supervisors was called to order in the township office by Chairman Sue Furney at 7:18 PM. Supervisors Walker and Payne were present along with Secretary/Treasurer Carolyn Jennings and Township Solicitor Jamie Hailstone. Visitors present were Ted Brewster, Jim & Karrie Phelps, Dale & Kim Payne, Dale & Kathy Ferger, and Jacob Rosen.
     The minutes of December 19th were reviewed and accepted on a motion by Walker, second by Payne. Motion carried by three yes votes. The bill list for December 31st was approved as printed on a motion by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes. The bill list for January 2nd was approved as printed on a motion by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes. The treasurer's report will be available at the next meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
     Dale Ferger had a problem with the supervisors' decision to use Frank Payne Excavating to plow/cinder township roads in Section One not being discussed at a public meeting.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:
     There was nothing to report.

ROAD REPORT:
     Roads are being plowed and cindered as needed.

OLD BUSINESS:
     A motion was made by Furney, second by Walker to contract with Frank Payne Excavating retroactive to December 1, 2017 for snowplowing and cindering. Motion carried by two yes votes; Payne opposed as he felt the township road crew should handle it.
     Solicitor Hailstone gave an update on the sewer project. USDA has approved changing our engineer to Joe Hunt and he will be working on obtaining the permit from DEP.
     Solicitor Hailstone also has checked into the court case on the use of gas royalty money that Jake Rosen brought up at last month's meeting. The way the state trust funds had been set up had regulations that royalties received from the land were only to be used for environmental purposes. There is nothing in the law that directly applies to a township's use of royalty money. According to the township code and PSATS, the millings the township received last year do not have to be entered into the township's budget.

NEW BUSINESS:
     A motion was made by Furney, second by Walker to accept the 2018 JHA service agreement and fee schedule. Motion carried by three yes votes.
     A motion was made by Furney, second by Walker to adopt Resolution #1-18 - Peoples Bank signature cards. Motion carried by three yes votes.
     A motion was made by Furney, second by Walker to accept the amendment to the Dirt&Gravel Roads contract for the time extension on the Tyler Lake Road project. Motion carried by three yes votes.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
     Ted Brewster asked for a clarification of Kyle Payne's vote against Frank Payne Excavating being contracted for snowplowing. Frank Payne is Kyle's uncle, which is not considered immediate family and he has no financial interest in the company.
     Jake Rosen stated that all local governments are considered part of the commonwealth. He also feels that while it may not be required to record contributions, it should be done to accurately keep track of costs.

     A motion was made by Furney and seconded by Walker to adjourn the meeting at 7:57 PM.

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January 2, 2018

     The Annual Reorganization Meeting of the Harford Township Supervisors began at 7:00 PM in the township office. Kyle Payne, newly elected supervisor, was welcomed to the Board.

     A motion to appoint Dustin Walker as Temporary Chairman was made by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to appoint Carolyn Jennings as Temporary Secretary was made by Walker, second by Furney. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to nominate Sue Furney as 2018 Chairman of the Board was made by Walker, second by Payne. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to nominate Dustin Walker as 2018 Vice-Chairman was made by Furney, second by Payne. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to appoint Carolyn Jennings as Secretary/Treasurer was made by Furney, second by Payne. Motion carried by three yes votes. Compensation will be set at an Executive Session.

     A motion to retain the road crew as currently serving was made by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes. Compensation will be set at an Executive Session.

     A motion to appoint Steve Smith as Emergency Management Coordinator and Dustin Walker as deputy was made by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to set the Treasurer's Bond for 2018 at $1,500,000 was made by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to reappoint the firm of Kreder Brooks Hailstone as the township's legal counsel with Jamie Hailstone as the lead was made by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to appoint Dorothy Hagenbuch to serve as Chairman of the Vacancy Board was made by Furney, second by Payne. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to appoint Peoples Security Bank & Trust as the depository for township funds was made by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to hold regular meetings at the township building at 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of each month was made by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to certify Kyle Payne as the voting delegate to the State Convention was made by Payne, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes.

     A motion to establish the paid employee holidays as May 28th - Memorial Day, July 4th - Independence Day, September 3rd - Labor Day, November 22nd and November 23rd or November 26th - Thanksgiving Day and the day after, December 24th and 25th - Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and January 1, 2019 - New Years Day was made by Furney, second by Walker. Motion carried by three yes votes.

Old Business: None

Public Comments:
     Jake Rosen questioned keeping township funds at Peoples Bank when the interest rates are so low and why no Roadmaster was appointed by name.

     A motion was made by Furney, second by Walker to close the reorganization meeting at 7:17PM.

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