Antis Township Supervisors keep tax rate at six mills for 2007

Last night, Antis Township Supervisors approved Resolution No. 16-2006, a tax levy resolution fixing the rate for the year 2007 at 6 mills. This is what the township currently has in place, meaning no tax increase.
Also, the board scheduled their 2007 reorganizational meeting for Tuesday, January 2, 2007. A CDBG meeting will be held beforehand, starting at 4 p.m. The reorganizational meeting will then begin at 4:30 p.m. immediately followed by the regular January business meeting.
Last month Supervisor Charles Taylor told the board the Planning Commission reviewed the revised draft copy of the wind turbine ordinance and felt it was ready to be advertised and voted on. This month, the board approved the ordinance unanimously.
Also advertised was the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance amendments. Previously township engineer Chris Dutrow reviewed a few key changes with the board. Some of the changes include an expanded definition of land development, the allowance of pervious pavement for private projects and the addition of buffer requirements along streams, to name a few. The board approved the amendments this month.
Also discussed was a towing agreement. The supervisors discussed entering into an agreement with a towing company in cases where the township needs to tow noncompliant vehicles.
Two towing companies were looked at, one in Altoona and the other in Bellwood.
Supervisor Robert Hornberger said he wanted to go with the Bellwood company, “Why go with one from Altoona when we have one right here in Bellwood?”
He went on to say he had nothing against the Altoona-based company but he wanted to keep business in the area if possible.
According to Township Manager Jeff Ziegler there were no significant differences between the two companies after checking with the insurance company.
The other supervisors agreed they would also like to go with the Bellwood-based company.
In other business, an agreement was reached regarding the Township Manager contract. The board unanimously agreed to approve the new contract for five years.
Also, the township accepted the resignation of current secretary, Linda Kimmen, following 22 years of service, effective December 15. Supervisor Bob Smith noted they did so with regret but are appreciative of the years she spent with the township and they all wish her well. Advertisements for the position are currently scheduled to run. The board approved manager Jeff Ziegler to fill in as interim secretary/treasurer until the position is filled.