May 2002

A regular meeting of the Board of The Lake Wynonah Municipal Authority was held on May 21, 2002 at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, Wayne Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Board members present at the meeting were Jim Ridderhoff, Walter Jaros, Tom Nagle, and Dennis Scharadin. Also in attendance were Jim Goodman (LWMA Attorney), Dave Bright (LWMA Engineer), Mike Stewart (AmericanAnglian), and Carl Dentler (AmericanAnglian).

The meeting was called to order by Jim Ridderhoff at 6:03 p.m.

The minutes of the prior meeting were reviewed and accepted by motion of Walter Jaros, seconded by Dennis Scharadin, carried by all.

The Treasurer's reports for March and April 2002 were reviewed and accepted by motion of Walter Jaros, seconded by Tom Nagle, carried by all.

Mike Stewart reviewed his written report relating to managerial matters (submitted to the Board prior to the meeting) which addressed water and sewage operations. The written report is attached to the office copy of these minutes.

Dave Bright told the Board that he had looked over the building plans Tom Nagle had submitted. He prepared a list of concerns regarding zoning, etc. and sent the list to Joe Chicora. Joe, in turn, forwarded them to Tom.

Jim Goodman reiterated the Shaner situation (443 Wynonah Drive) starting with when the LWMA terminated their water service and the denial of their injunction to stop it. Jim explained that the civil complaint from that injunction is still pending, and Jim presented the Board a letter in answer to the pending litigation. The Board told Jim to send the letter and that the LWMA will litigate if the Shaners pursue the civil complaint. Jim also told the Board that he is still waiting for a decision in the Rumrill water rates case, but he said that the Rumrill's property has been sold and all outstanding bills, both water and sewage, were paid.

The new office building bid package prepared by Tom Nagle was discussed at length, and Tom was instructed to proceed with the obtaining of bids by advertisement. The bid package and the assessment to proceed was approved upon motion by Walter Jaros, seconded by Dennis Scharadin, carried by all.

A letter was received from a property owner in regard to consideration of a reduction in fees pertaining to a vacant lot that the LWMA, in all likelihood, will never collect on. The Board turned the matter over to Jim Goodman to check with Jim Diehl (LWPOA attorney) to see if something could be worked out that would be satisfactory to both the LWMA and the LWPOA.

The Board also received a letter from another property owner who, essentially, was asking the LWMA to become involved in the eviction of his tenants by terminating water service to his house. The Board instructed Jen to send a letter to the property owner to tell him that the LWMA will not get involved with tenant/owner disputes.

In another owner/tenant dispute concerning bills left unpaid by the tenants, the Board reviewed a letter submitted by property owner Kevin Rorke. Jim Goodman had already corresponded with him in length but Mr. Rorke wanted the Board to address his request for forgiveness of the debt. The Board instructed Jim Goodman to relay to Mr. Rorke that the Board will forgive the interest amount of the total owed, but that the principle will have to be paid. The Board also decided, to avoid future conflicts, that a certified letter will be sent to all property owners who ask that bills be sent directly to their tenants, along with a form to be returned stating that the landlord understands that he will be responsible for all bills (if any) unpaid by the tenant(s).

The new management services contract was presented by Carl Dentler. Some members of the Board had met with Carl previously to work out the financial points of the new contract and an agreed-upon amount was incorporated into the contract. The contract submitted was in an informal format with all new additions and changes which varied from the old contract highlighted in red ink. After much discussion, the changes were acceptable to the Board and a few other cosmetic changes (area code change, etc.) were pointed out as well. Upon motion by Tom Nagle, seconded by Dennis Scharadin, and carried by all, the Board approved the management contract as submitted, with the understanding that the additions and changes will be incorporated into a formal format which will then be signed by the three officers of the Board.

Jim told all attendees that he will not be at the July 2002 meeting of the Board.

There being no further business, Walter Jaros motioned for adjournment, Tom Nagle seconded the motion, carried by all. The meeting was adjourned by Jim Ridderhoff at 7:41 p.m.

Meeting minutes were taken, prepared, and submitted by Jennifer Hoy.

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