Sheffield Life

Organizational Meeting

On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Sheffield Township Chairman Tom Bulicz swore in newly elected supervisor Jay Fitch.

All jobs remain the same in the township with the addition of a junior historian, and John Castor was approved to help Dennis Sturdevant, township historian.

All township meetings will take place at the Sheffield Food Pantry at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month, with the exception of federal holidays on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day and Labor Day; those meetings will be the following Tuesday.

Supervisor Paris questioned the employment of Mr. Anthony with keeping Chris Kyler on for plower. It was discussed that Mr. Anthony would stay on as building maintenance for shoveling and Mr. Kyler would be just plowing and snow blowing the bridges and sidewalks around the playground.

December Treasurer and the Road master’s Reports from December 16 through December 30 were reviewed and approved. Supervisor Fitch asked how long these reports have been used. Supervisor Bulicz stated over 24 years. Supervisor Fitch stated why, these are a waste of time having the road crew being accountable for every minutes of their day, wouldn’t it be better use of their time if they didn’t have to document their day to day events. The secretary was asked if she uses those for paying the employees and she stated she uses the PennDOT Maintenance Log, because the road master breaks it down for her. It was decided to no longer use the road master logs for a 30-day trial period, effective Jan. 4, 2018.

Bills in the amount of $17,615.19 were approved. Supervisor Fitch asked about seeing the bills and the secretary stated she does payroll every Monday and pays bills as well on this day, and if he would be willing to sign them, he would see the bills each time. Supervisor Paris stated that she has all the bills and checks to go with bills readily available at time of signature. Supervisor Fitch agreed to take care of this.

Supervisor Bulicz reviewed the content of Resolution No 465 Establishing the 2018 Tax Rates, informing all that there was no tax increase for 2018 and the following is the tax rates: General purpose tax of 7.25 and a fire tax of 3.00 mills for a total of 10.25 Mills and a $20 light tax on every parcel in Sheffield Township. Resolution No 465 was approved.

John Lasher, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Warren County, is looking to meet with the supervisors and the food pantry board to discuss a Sheffield Community Fund. He asked for a meeting date in the New Year with either the supervisors or food pantry. It was suggested that the supervisors invite Mr. Lasher to the next township meeting to see what this is all about and invite the executive officers of the food pantry as well.

Larry Heeter has obtained a Demolition Permit for 275 Saybrook Road. The secretary is to contact the City of Warren to see how long a permit is good for.

A water issue behind the Shaw House, pharmacy and Cochran’s property has been addressed with Authority Chairman Roger Dunham. He inspected the area and found that the drain from Mead Street is plugged with a lot of silt and needs cleaned out, and also was told that Charlie Culbertson drenched a new drain diverting the water from coming down between the properties of Olsen and the Shaw House and now causing it to go towards the parking lot of the pharmacy. Supervisor Paris stated that she had several complaints in her shop in regards to this. She suggested that the railroad be contacted and also the township engineer because you cannot divert water onto somebody else’s property. The spring behind Gary Cochran’s property was discussed and where it drains at end of Mead Street. Supervisor Fitch stated he will meet with the roadmaster and they will take a look at it.

Supervisors said Champlin’s property is in violation of the township Junkyard Ordinance and pictures are going to be needed. Supervisor Paris stated that the Humane Society has been out to this property several times in the last two weeks and reported to her that there is a dumpster full of scrap and a tractor trailer full as well.

Other matters discussed:

— The township received a thank you from Norma Bankoske, Township Librarian, for the Tops gift card for Christmas.

— Bald Hill Oil will be drilling in Howe Township and Hornburg Drilling will be drilling in Sheffield Township on the old Dickey Property off of Route 6 in Saybrook.

— Received Warren County Transit Authority’s year-end report for June 30, 2017 fiscal year ending.

— The 2017 Draft Warren County Solid Waste Plan was emailed to the supervisors for review.

— Matt Stover is the new constable for Sheffield Township. He resides at 51 Houghton Avenue.

— COG minutes from December 6 and agenda for January were in packets.

–The next meeting of the Township supervisors will be Monday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheffield Food Pantry.

Sheffield-Barnes Larger Parish Open Doors Dinner at Sheffield UMC

On Monday, Jan. 29,Sheffield UMC at 11 West Main Street 2ill host a free meal of Lasagna, Italian Bread, Coffee or Punch and Cobblers for dessert. Takeouts are available. Donations are accepted but not expected.

Letter from Mona Champion, Retiring Activities Director of RMSC

“Huge Thank you to the citizens, businesses, churches, and all the different organizations of Sheffield, for your continued support to the Ruth M. Smith Center. As of Feb. 4th, I will no longer be Activity Director of the Center, and all of you have supported any project or event that I asked for help with. It would have been 14 years in April, however I feel the time is now. In the past 14 years, the residents have gone on many wonderful trips, seen things they never would have, eaten out at some great restaurants and done so many things that they never would have been able to without your help. You have made my job so much easier, they have all gotten new beds/mattresses and the works thanks to the Duck Regatta, and the people that helped organize that, we are proud of our new driveway because so many of you have purchased Christmas Wreaths from us. I feel so very blessed to live here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I am sure that whomever takes my place, you will support her as well.”