Ransom Twp. rejects Taylor’s proposal for intergovernmental agreement

June 19th, 2015 9:23 am

First Posted: 10/14/2014

The Ransom Township Board of Supervisors briefly discussed a proposal from Taylor Borough for the two municipalities to enter an intergovernmental agreement regarding landfill inspections at its Oct. 6 meeting held at the Mount Dewey Community Hall.

Township Solicitor Edmund Scacchitti explained the proposal, saying, “The agreement itself is pretty innocuous. Basically what it said was, number one, you can get out at any time, and number two, if Taylor Borough asks Ransom to have Ransom’s landfill inspector do the inspections because their inspector wasn’t available, we still end up having to pay our own inspector - it’s not like we’d be reimbursed from Taylor Borough. So my thought then, and certainly the supervisors have the prerogative as to what to do with it, I didn’t understand the point of it.”

He said the agreement wouldn’t change any current policies, and it doesn’t create a benefit or resolve a problem.

The supervisors agreed. For the sake of courtesy and protocol, however, a motion was made to vote on the matter. No second was offered, and the resolution was not passed.

Chairman Dennis Macheska gave the treasurer’s report, which showed $814,653.41 in the general fund and $1,340,653.41 in liquid fuels fund. He also gave the recycling report, informing residents this month’s recycling dates are Oct. 16 for Milwaukee and Ransom and Oct. 17 for Mount Dewey.

Roadmaster David Bird gave the road report, stating the year’s road projects are complete.

Resolutions were signed for amendments regarding township Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) pensions and life and disability insurance.

An announcement was made regarding a Trunk-or-Treat event, scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Ransom Lions Pavilion, 3000 Main St., Ransom. The free family event is sponsored by the Ransom Lions Club and the Newton-Ransom Volunteer Fire Company. It will include light refreshments and treats for the children, who are invited to come dressed in their Halloween costumes.

Macheska noted a presentation on the MS4 Stormwater management requirements is planned for the next supervisors meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the township building on Hickory Lane.