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Antis Supervisors decide on public reward and public records policies

The Antis Township Board of Supervisors met Thursday evening with a lengthy agenda of concerning issues at hand. Solicitor Patrick Fanelli gave a report on two policies the board wanted to pursue for approval.
One of the policies the board has officially voted to pursue is a matter involving public rewards due to illegal dumping and vandalism that has occurred within Antis Township. The solicitor found the City of Altoona already has such a policy in place, and the Antis Township Board of Supervisors would likewise want to adopt a similar public reward policy to attempt to curb the problem.
Chairman Leo Matuszewski stated, “I would like to see something put together for rewards because of all the dumping that’s taking place in the township. We thought maybe one way of doing that would be to offer a reward for information leading to the conviction of the people causing this problem.”
With those problems within Antis Township, such as vandalism, stealing signs, dumping trash and so on, the board has decided to develop a policy that will provide some sort of monetary reward for people willing to report acts of vandalism, illegal dumping, and so forth.
“If we can use that information to get a conviction, we’ll give them some kind of monetary reward,” Fanelli said.
The other policy that the board acted on and officially passed last evening is a public records policy. The state passed a law (Act 100) earlier this year, that requires all municipalities to have a written public records policy that is kept somewhere in the township for people who want to see some type of public record, contract, or something of that nature.
“You can go to the policy and it says what is and what is not a public record, what the fees are for copying, what the procedure is, and things like that,” said Fanelli. “If it’s something that somebody requests and it’s privileged information or something of that effect, it has a procedure in there for appeal, so if the township says ‘no, you can’t have it,’ you say ‘no, I think I’m allowed to,’ there’s an appeal procedure in there.”
The board approved the solicitor to draw up an ordinance to establish a weight limit on a portion of Brush Mountain Road that is not in advanced condition of improvement. The board stated a 10-ton recommended weight limit.
“We needed to do that in order to protect our interest in the event that heavy vehicles driving on the road cause damage,” Supervisor Charles Taylor stated. “Without the weight limit, then we didn’t have any ability to enforce any kind of action to obtain reimbursement for damage from overweight vehicle, so it’s necessary in order to preserve our rights.”
The board also approved the proposal for N.J. Hess Associates for consulting related to identifying and hiring a candidate for the township managerial position. The board will contact N.J. Hess Associates to assist the township in clarifying exactly what they’re looking for in terms of the position and assist them in filling the position at a cost of $1,785.
Taylor explained, “What N.J. Hess Associates will do is meet with the board, give input for us from us, in order to compile an appropriate job description, establish salary ranges that are appropriate and establish requirements with respect to education and experience that may be appropriate for the position.”
A request for approval to advertise for a traffic signal at the Becker Road Underpass was also approved by the board of supervisors last evening. The underpass has been a problem and safety concern for many years, and the board will now look deeper into the issue and attempt to establish a traffic signal to eliminate the problem.
More on the Antis Township Board of Supervisors meeting, such as an update on the Boyer Subdivision and the Reliance Bank land development, will appear in Monday’s edition of The Daily Herald.