Boggs supervisors volley questions from resident|
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
WEST DECATUR - The Boggs Township Supervisors were asked by resident Rick Shimmel why they were at the township building on Friday. Chairman Bill Dickson explained the reason under old business.
Dickson said they were contacted by the engineer for PA Waste who wanted the supervisors to accompany him to the proposed site for the Camp Hope Run Landfill. Dickson said they took his personal vehicle so they didn't have to use a township vehicle and they did it without pay for the day.
Dickson also noted the engineer showed the proposed 850 acres where a landfill may go. The matter is still in the hands of the state Department of Environmental Protection.
In a related matter, Dickson read a letter from the Environmental Hearing Board stating the landfill has met some opposition from the Clearfield County Commissioners. It was noted the commissioners filed an appeal but it had to withdraw the appeal because there is no existing permit at this time.
The DEP did a harms and benefits investigation and noted there are more benefits to the landfill than there are harms. The daily disposal would be 5,000 tons per day for 25 years should the landfill be permitted.
The supervisors unanimously adopted the tentative 2013 budget with no tax increase. The millage will remain at 8.5.
The anticipated revenue is $363,245 with expected revenue for the highway aid at $82,350 to total $445,595. The supervisors anticipate spending all of that next year. The proposed budget will be on display at the township building, during regular business hours, for the next 20 days.
The township received two quotes for liability insurance, which covers the buildings and equipment. The first quote was for $11,397 and the second was from Boyles Insurance in Clearfield at $11,700.
The supervisors discussed the matter with secretary/treasurer Denise Dobo and pointed out they have had issues with the first company in the past, including not getting insurance cards for the vehicles and not receiving a bill and having the insurance canceled because it wasn't paid, even though no bill had ever been received.
Dobo said eventually it was straightened out and it wasn't the fault of the township.
After the discussion, Gary Straw made a motion to select Boyles and Jeff Baney offered a second. The motion carried unanimously.
Shimmel asked the supervisors where things stood with the Dixon contracting matter. Dickson said it's in the hands of the attorney at this time and the attorney is waiting for a hearing date from the Clearfield County Courthouse. Dickson said Dixon appealed the ruling made by Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling earlier this year and now it's moving to the county.
In other business, the supervisors:
• learned their cost for fire protection next year will be $7,788.
• attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for RES Coal on Oct. 22.
• heard the assessed value of the township is $9,957,321.
• learned the township will receive $28,029.74 before Dec. 1 from the Marcellus shale allocation.
• heard EOG has applied for a permit to install another Marcellus shale gas well in Lawrence Township.
• received an invitation to attend a business after hours with Iron Furnace on Thursday at the Moshannon Building. The Iron Furnace is an accounting firm seeking business.