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Fell Township

MEETING AGENDA FOR JUNE 5, 2023

  • Resolution Passed at a Special Meeting held on Thursday, May 25th, 2023, at 4pm approving Fell Township to apply for a grant of $300,000 through the DCED FMP Grant Program for Flood Mitigation and Stormwater Management in the 1st District of Fell Township on 43rd, 44th, and Farview Streets.  We submitted the application to the DCED on May 30th, 2023.
  • Paving Project Complete.  Total Cost of paving $184,714.40.
  • Garbage Bids to be opened. 
  • Fell Township vs. Kevin Thompson, we were awarded judgement of $12,236.23.  The defendant has made no effort to maintain or clean property. 
  • Doyle and Roth – Environmental Study Phase 1 is under review and a demolition contractor should be obtained by Doyle and Roth.
  • Jefferson Street Playground updates and repairs are currently in process.  The New Pavilion has been completed.  We are in the process of negotiating the plans for the other renovations that we will be using with the $61,000 Grant Funds.
  • UGI paving completed on Morse Ave and adjoining streets. Restoration work is still in process. 
  • There was a sewer emergency on Green Street that caused damage to a residence.  We believe this was caused by negligence from UGI and PA American Water and are pursuing this.  Our sewer line appears to have been damaged by both companies during work they performed.    
  • The culvert pipe on Old Baker Road will be completed by June 9th

MEETING AGENDA FOR MAY 1, 2023

  • The Paving bid has been awarded to H&K Group, INC. The Sealcoat bid has been awarded to Wayco, INC.
  • The UCC Board of appeals hearing regarding Doyle & Roth will be held on May 1st at 5pm prior to the monthly township meeting.
  • Township Supervisors have asked our Solicitor to prepare for bidding regarding garbage collection for our upcoming contract renewal.
  • Pioneer Aggregates has filed an appeal with DEP. Hearing date in Harrisburg is still pending.
  • Catch basin and pipe repair on George Street is complete.
  • A Zoning Hearing was held on Thursday April 13th, 2023, for Martin & Pamela Bifano Subdivision and Special Exception Hearing for, Verizon Wireless & Margaret Thornton. Both applications were approved.
  • Fell Township vs. Kevin Thompson, Civil Action Hearing was scheduled for Tuesday April 25th, 2023, and has been postponed. Date to be determined.
  • Fell Township purchased a new Z-BAR Wheel Loader from Medico Construction Equipment at a cost of $157,522.20.
  • UGI is in the process of paving where they replaced the gas line last fall on Morse Avenue and adjoining streets. This should be complete by next week.

MEETING AGENDA FOR APRIL 3, 2023

  1.  Fell Township’s Appeal Hearing vs. Pioneer Aggregates was heard in Lackawanna County Court on March 24th, 2023. No decision. 
  1. Pioneer Aggregates has filed an appeal with DEP.  Hearing date in Harrisburg, PA to be scheduled.
  1. Catch basin and pipe repair on George Street has begun.
  1. Fell Township is in process of finalizing plans for use of the $61,000 Grant for Jefferson Park. 
  1. There will be a Zoning Hearing on Thursday April 13th, 2023, 6pm at the Fell Township Municipal Building for the following:
  • Martin & Pamela Bifano Subdivision.
  • Special Exception Zoning Hearing, Verizon Wireless & Margaret Thornton. 
  1. Fell Township vs. Kevin Thompson, Civil Action Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday April 25th, 2023, at 2:30pm.
  1. Fell Township is currently researching prices on a new loader truck.
  2. Fell Township’s Annual Audit was performed by Brian T. Kelly, CPA & Associates, LLC.
  3. Fell Township’s Paving and Sealcoat bids will be opened, and the bid will be awarded.

MEETING AGENDA FOR MARCH 6, 2023

  • Motion to allow special counsel, the law firm of Donald G. Karpowich, Attorney-At-Law, P.C., to file a Petition to Intervene in the appeal of Pioneer Aggregates, Inc. and Earth Revival, LLC v. DEP before the EHB at Docket No. 2023-013-CS.  
  • Motion to appoint Joseph Unis Sr. as Coordinator of Emergency Management for Fell Township.
  • Motion to appoint Maria Borick as Deputy Tax Collector effective 3/6/2023.
  • Fell Township has secured $61,110 additional grant funds for the Jefferson Street Park Grant.  This began under Representative Bridget Kosierowski’s Office. We are now connected with Representative Kyle Mullin’s Office and entering the phase of grant completion to access funds.
  • Fell Township received a zoning application from Verizon Wireless to put a tower on Margaret Thornton’s property.  Hearing to be scheduled.
  • Fell Township DPW Crew cut back all brush on the roads of Fell Township.
  • Joseph Unis Jr. – Fell Township Code Enforcement Officer is the 1st Code Enforcement Officer in the State of Pennsylvania to be registered with the 911 Com Center.  In Non-Emergent situations 911 will be able to contact him to ensure contact and resolution to Fell Township residents. 

Meeting Agenda February 6, 2023 

Construction on the Jefferson Street Pavilion has begun. 

Carol Baresse the Fell Township Tax Collector has resigned from the position effective 1/17/2023. Fell Township Board of Supervisors accepts the resignation. 

Fell Township Zoning Board Member Jeremy Fedorchak has resigned to accept the position as tax collector effective 2/6/2023. Fell Township Board of Supervisors accepts the resignation. 

Pass Resolution 2-06-2023-1 to appoint Jeremy Fedorchak to the position of Tax Collector for Fell Township for the remainder of the 2023 Fiscal year. 

Pass resolution 2-06-2023-2 to appoint Randy Snedeker effective 2/6/2023 to serve on the zoning hearing board until 12/31/2023. 

Doyle and Roth property was condemned on 1/28/2023 by Code Enforcement Officer Joseph Unis Jr. 

Correspondence sent to DEP regarding contaminated fill material that was placed in Pioneer Aggregates Quarry site located in Fell Township. Letters dated 7/5/2022 and 9/13/2022 have yet to be responded to. 

Bifano subdivision

Meeting Agenda January 9, 2023

2023 Reorganization Meeting held January 3rd

Maria Borick appointed secretary as of January 3rd

Resolutions to be adopted for membership of: Zoning Hearing Board, Fell Township Planning Commission & UCC Appeals Board

Fell Township Reorganization Meeting – January 3, 2023 @ 6 PM

Call to Order: Roll Call. ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar 

Pledge of Allegiance. 

Public Comment

Nominations for Chairperson for 2023:  Motion to nominate Andy Gorel as Chairperson for 2022.  1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar 

Chairman assumes the chair and conducts the remainder of the meeting.

Motion to make the following appointments:

Motion to Appoint Dale Ulmer as Vice Chairperson for 2023. 1st_____2nd_____Vote:

____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to Appoint Michael Kielar as Treasurer for 2023. 1st_____2nd_____Vote:

____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to Appoint Maria Borick as Secretary for 2023 at the rate of pay of $20.00 per hour. 1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to Appoint all three supervisors as Roadmasters for 2023.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint Dime Bank as depository for the General Fund and Liquid Fuels Accounts for 2023.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to Appoint Walter Casper, Esquire, as Township Solicitor for the Board of Supervisors for 2023 at the rate of $150.00 per hour.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint the Law Office of Donald Karpowich, Attorney-At-Law, P.C., as special counsel for 2023 at the rate of $150.00 per hour.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar  

Motion to appoint KBA as the Township Engineer for 2023 at the rate of pay based upon their fee schedule.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion that Peters Consultants, Inc. be appointed as alternate Township Engineer for 2023 at the fate of pay based upon their fee schedule.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint Attorney Edward Neyhart as Zoning Solicitor for 2023 at the rate of $125.00 per hour.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint Joseph Unis Jr. as Zoning Officer for 2023 at the rate of pay of $100.00 per month.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint Joseph Unis as Code Enforcement Officer for 2023 at the rate of pay of $20.00 per hour.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint Gary Wetzel and Brandon Wetzel as part-time road crew/township workers for 2023, and that they be compensated at an hourly rate of $23.00.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint Brian Kelly, CPA as auditing firm for the Township for 2023.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint Criterium-Peters as a third-party building inspector for 2023 based upon the fee schedule.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint Davide Lamereaux as Sewage Enforcement Officer for 2023 to be compensated per permit pursuant to the fee schedule.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint Joseph Kluck to the vacancy board for 2023. 

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to Adopt Resolution Appointing and Confirming Appointments to the Fell Township Zoning Hearing Board.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to Adopt Resolution Appointing and Confirming Appointments to the Fell Township Planning Commission.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to Adopt Resolution Appointing and Confirming Appointments to the Fell Township UCC Appeals Board.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to advertise regular supervisor’s meetings the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the municipal building.   If the meeting falls on a holiday, the meeting will be held the next Monday at 7:00 p.m.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to hold work sessions as needed with the dates and times to be announced and advertised pursuant to Pennsylvania law.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to hold township planning commission meetings the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to appoint Berkheimer as Twp. LST Tax Collector and Earned Income Tax Collector for 2022.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Motion to Adjourn Reorganizational Meeting.

1st_____2nd_____Vote: ____ Andy Gorel _____ Dale Ulmer _____ Michael Kielar

Agenda for December 5, 2022

Ordinance to adopt ComCast Agreement

Ordinance to update No Parking section of Parking Code

Zoning Board meeting scheduled for December 19th to hear appeal of Martin & Pamela Bifano

Will be advertising 2023 budget meeting for late in December

Agenda for November 7, 2022

Motion to approve ComCast Franchise agreement

Paving project on sections of Crystal Lake Blvd., Wallis Road, Carbon Street & Evergreen Street completed

Pavilion for Jefferson Street Park to be delivered before winter

Agenda for October 3, 2022

Motion to award paving contract for sections of Crystal Lake Blvd., Wallis Road, Carbon Street & Evergreen Street to New Enterprises Stone & Lime Company at a cost of $144,086.

Resolution to request an LSA grant in the amount of $200,148 from the CFA for storm water system on 44th, 43rd, and Fairview Streets.

Supervisors will be giving final approval to a lot consolidation in Richmondale for Mary Jo Navin.

Township has received 2nd payment of ARP funds in the amount of $109,042.66.

Krieger Construction has completed the UGI pipeline upgrades on Morss Avenue and adjacent streets. Stafursky paving will be handling the pave & restoration beginning in a few weeks.

Secretary Jennifer Carachilo has resigned.

Agenda for September 6, 2022

Execution of Resolution 9-6-2022-1 to make Peters Consultants new Township inspection company.

Lackawanna County will be replacing the bridge on Wallis Road within the next year.

PennDot notified us the Jefferson Street Widening project is put on hold until next year.

Motion to pass and sign Resolution 9-6-2022-2 to receive and accept bids for some paving in the Township

Tentative approval for lot consolidation in Richmondale

Agenda for August 1, 2022

Bridge on Wallis Road will be replaced by the county in the upcoming months

We are working with PennDot on widening the bottom of Jefferson Street

Motion to replace NEIC with Peters Consultants as our inspection company

Agenda for July 5, 2022

Annie Pagonis has resigned from her position as Zoning Officer.

Joe Unis Jr has been appointed new Zoning Officer.

Multi Municipal Plan presentation

Agenda for June 6, 2022

Supervisors met with a representative from Comcast today about expanding their service into the area

We received additional money from Bridget Kosierowski to add to the grant money already awarded to us to continue with the original pavilion project at Jefferson Park

Trees were cut and ditch repairs were done on Shust Road.

Township purchased a new mower from Powell’s

Grattan Singer has been licensed through the state and will now be responding to life threatening medical calls as part of a quick response service

Jeff Kelly subdivision requires Supervisors signatures

Anyone with pothole problems or other issues is urged to call the township

Agenda for May 2, 2022

Pioneer Aggregates is appealing the newest decision by the Zoning Hearing Board.

The Supervisors will be joining several others on a visit to the Pioneer Aggregates site of their mine reclamation project.

Motion to appoint Gina Heenan as Township Auditor to complete the term made vacant by the passing of Joelyn Mark.

Lackawanna County is working with PA DEP to check for the presence of West Nile Virus from May to October. Collection equipment may be seen in the area. They ask that we leave everything we find as is so the can get proper data collection.

Several road projects are happening. A drain pipe is being replaced on Old Baker Road. Ditch cleaning is being done on Wallis Road and Shust Road. Please call the office with any issues you think need to be addressed, including potholes.

Cameron Street lot line change maps

Agenda for April 4, 2022

Carol will be here at the Township building to collect taxes on Saturday April 23 and April 30 from 9am-12noon.

Motion to set secretary pay rate at $20 per hour.

We are accepting new bids for the Jefferson Park pavilion without the concrete work included.

DEP denied Pioneer’s permit to use Re-crete at their site here in the Township

The financial audit has been completed by Brian Kelly’s CPA firm.

Scott Linde would like to discuss some issues and ideas.

Cicio lot realignment

Cosklo subdivision

Agenda for Mar 7, 2022

Waiting on the written decision from the Zoning Hearing Board on Pioneer Aggregates 2nd notice of violation.

We had a zoom meeting with the architect concerning the pavilion at Jefferson Street Park. He prepared bid specs and sent them out to interested parties.

We have brochures and posters discussing the damage storm water can do.

The garbage situation has significantly improved. Residents are still urged to call both us and Mascaro with any issues. 1- 800- 243 – 7575

Pipe to be replaced on Baker Road

Agenda for Feb 7, 2022

We are working with PennDot on a street widening project to make the bottom of Jefferson Street wider.

Pioneer Aggregates has appealed the first ruling by the Zoning Hearing Board. The second violation hearings are still ongoing with the next hearing Thursday at 6 PM at the Township building.

We received a grant to add a pavilion to the Jefferson Street park. We will meet with the architect soon to discuss different plans since we received much less money than anticipated.

We are still having major issues with Mascaro and the garbage pickup. Residents are urged to call both us and Mascaro at 18002437575 with their issues.

New no parking ordinances were adopted at a meeting on December 30.

Agenda for Jan 3, 2022

Meeting was held December 30 to adopt budget and new code of ordinances for the township.

Reorganizational meeting will take place at the beginning of the regular meeting

Pioneer Aggregates hearing will continue on Jan 13 at 6PM at township building

We received a grant for $40,800 for a pavilion to be added to Jefferson Park. We will be meeting with McLane and Associates to discuss details for a more scaled down project

We’d like to thank Frank Regal for his donation of a trailer for the excavator purchased from him

House and garage at 712 Main Street were razed by Nick’s Paving and Excavating, who had the winning bid. We’ll be working with PennDot on improving that intersection

Board of Auditors meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tues at 6PM

Agenda for December 6, 2021

Upated agenda items…motion to add Peters Consultants to the agenda and a motion to approve adding Peters Consultants to assist the Township with its ongoing effort to prevent Pioneer Aggregates from proceeding with its waste disposal in Fell Township were both added to the agenda.

There will be a public meeting on Thursday, Dec 30 at 4PM at the municipal building. The 2022 budget will be considered for final adoption. Also, a new code of ordinances will be passed at the meeting.

The Zoning Hearing Board will hold an appeal hearing on Wednesday, December 22 at 6:30PM at the municipal building. The purpose of this hearing is to hear the appeal of Pioneer Aggregates about lapse in special exception permit.

Brochures on damage storm water can do are still available.

The Township is taking bids for demolition of house and garage on 712 Main Street. More information is available upon request.

While the garbage collection in improved dramatically, we are still working on a few issues. Residents are urged to call both us and Mascaro at 1-800-243-7575 with any problems still occurring.

Agenda for November 1, 2021

The Pioneer Aggregates Zoning Appeal decision is expected Nov. 4

We are working on the current garbage situation. Residents are urged to call both this office 570-282-0321 and Mascaro at 1-800-243-7575

Township is still promoting the damage storm water does. Brochures on the desk and a few links more information will be added to the website soon.

We will be opening bids for the mini excavator the township is looking to purchase.

Motion and vote to authorize the supervisors to sign deeds to Ryan Cosklo for Owego street properties

request by Emmett Mancinelli & Associates on behalf of Gracelyn Estates for township to sign agency agreement for PENNDOT HOP for pipe under access road into  development

Pennies for Playgrounds will be working with the VFW to honor those who served on Veterans Day. A small ceremony will take place at the tank at 6PM November 11. They encourage all to attend.

Agenda for October 4, 2021

Pioneer hearing concluded and a decision is expected in November.

KBA Engineering Firm attending to discuss speed humps

Bids for 2 parcels on Owego Street to be opened

Motion to accept Hemak deed in lieu of execution on filed municipal liens.

Agenda for Sept 7, 2021 Meeting

In addition to the hours printed on the latest tax bills, Carol will be holding office hours here at the Township building on Saturday, Sept 18 and Saturday, Sept 25 from 9-12 noon The continuing Zoning hearing for Pioneer Aggregates appeal dates are as follows: Thursday, Sept 9, and Monday, Sept 20 The Township hired…

WVSA on building a Rain Garden in Kingston

Luzerne County Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority recently released a video about a Rain Garden project they conducted in Kingston Borough.  It is available via the newsletter on their website wvsa.org

Important Information on Stormwater Taxes

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN SIGNS READING “STOP THE RAIN TAX” AND WONDERED WHAT THAT IS ALL ABOUT?  MAYBE THIS WILL HELP! There are a great many pollutants that are carried into streams, rivers, and other waterways by stormwater (rain and melting snow).  Things such as sediment, oil, dog waste, salt, and lawn & garden nutrients…

Important Information for 6/1 Fell Township Supervisor’s Meeting

The supervisor’s meeting on June 1st, 2020 at 7 PM will be held via tele-conference/Zoom. The public may join in by calling 253-215-8782 and entering the meeting ID # 873 1622 0451 or via the Zoom app by entering the same meeting ID. Anyone wishing to submit comments or concerns to the Board may do…

Important Information for 5/4 Fell Township Supervisor’s Meeting

The supervisor’s meeting on May 4th, 2020 at 7 PM will be held via tele-conference/Zoom. The public may join in by calling 253-215-8782 and entering the meeting ID # 836-9554-7097 or via the Zoom app by entering the same meeting ID. Anyone wishing to submit comments or concerns to the Board may do so in…

Jefferson Street Park Bid Meeting – Friday 4.24.20

Fell Township will be hosting a bid meeting for Jefferson Street Park via Zoom on Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 10 AM. The meeting is open to the public and can be accessed via audio or video. Those who wish to attend can join via phone line or the Zoom app. To access the meeting…

Fell Township Meeting Agenda + Audio. April 6th, 2020.

The Fell Township, Board of Supervisor monthly meeting schedule for Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7 PM will be held via tele-conference.  The public may join in by calling 253-215-8782 or 301-715-8592 and enter meeting ID #264-769-750  A recording of the meeting will be made available here by the following day. The Agenda and Treasurer’s…

Fell Township Meeting on 4/6/20 to be held via tele-conference.

The Fell Township board of supervisors has issued the following information: LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Fell Township, Board of Supervisor monthly meeting schedule for Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7 PM will be held via tele-conference. The public may join in by calling 253-215-8782 or 301 715 8592 and enter meeting…

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