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Marlboro Twp. trustees make plans for CARES Act funds

Highlights of the Dec. 28 meeting of Marlboro Township trustees:

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Fiscal Officer Tracy Ferrett:

• Received emails that legislation passed to extend the deadline to Dec. 31, 2021, for local governments to use the CARES Act Funds. The Office of Budget Management is working to adjust the deadlines for local governments for grant reporting purposes.

• Trustees stressed invoices and requisitions should be turned in at least montly, after Ferrett said there have been some issues. Trustee Ken Eddleman added that the end of the year is a busy time and Ferrett should not have to take the time to send reminders about turning in invoices. He said one option would be to not use the township credit card for these purchases and reimburse for charges instead. Eddleman added that Ferrett was not set up as a point of contact on some of the township accounts and cannot contact vendors directly for certain issues, including when they are charging sales tax in error.

• Announced Marlboro received an email that the CARES Act Sub Grant total of $11,966 was to be received the next day. She recommended a resolution to approve supplemental receipts/appropriations for these funds. Ferrett recommended a resolution to carry forward the ending fund cash balance total of $1,549,646.90, as well as all other business, to 2021 (includes the CARES Act sub grant funds to be received 12/29/2020). Trustees approved the motions. Below is a list of how CARES Act funds were spent:

Appropriations:

Account #19-A-01-Salaries – $9,266.

Account #19-A-02-PERS Employer’s Contribution – $2,500.

Account #19-A-90-FICA/Medicare Employer Share – $200.

Total – $11,966

Fire – No one present. No report.

Police Chief Ron Devies:

• Devies left a report read by Eddleman. Officer Dustin Chase requested permission to carry over one holiday (Christmas) to 2021 since he will not be able to use it prior to the end of 2020 due to his work schedule. Trustees approved. Eddleman asked Mrs. Marx if the police department submitted an estimate for getting their garage doors replaced but she was unsure of the status.

Road Foreman Rick Bergert:

• The cement floor is done in the Road Garage cold storage area. The doors are framed in, and the garage doors are ordered but it will take eight to 10 weeks for them to come in.

• Norman George and Keith Lepley will provide a price for putting 2x4s in between the trusses to put the ceiling in. This needs completed to hang the track when the doors come in.

• Hauled and mixed 42.8 ton of grit with salt.

• Trustee John Battershell reported checking Preston Avenue and thought it was in good shape where truck traffic was going into the business. Bergert said when Chuck Frank was plowing, he noticed potholes that need filled in.

Zoning Inspector Ed Stanley:

• Reported that in 2020, there were nine new homes and 43 permits issued. He compared the statistics to 2019, when nine new homes were approved and 34 permits were issued. In 2018, there were 13 new homes and 51 permits issued.

TRUSTEE REPORTS

Battershell – Expressed his gratitude that Trustee Wayne Schillig is healthy and returned to work. He thanked Eddleman for getting the floors/carpets in the Township Hall cleaned and sanitized. Trustee Battershell also thanked Linda Marx for the way she handled the Zoning Conditional Use Permits this year.

Eddleman – Reported getting the floors cleaned/waxed, except the bathroom floors (the wax wouldn’t adhere to them since they are made of a rubber-type material). He heard back from Tim Cognata from the Zoning Commission and Sue Bugansky from the Board of Zoning Appeals, and both wish to serve another term. Trustees approved their board service.

Schillig – Thanked Eddleman for using CARES Act money for cleaning/sanitizing Township Hall. He added that “COVID is for real,” and said he experienced it first-hand, along with his brother (who pulled through and was expected soon to return home).

OTHER ACTION:

Trustees paid bills for $62,212.26.

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