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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 - Council Meeting Minutes

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their August Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00 P. M. in the Fire Hall.

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

 

            Council President Michael Nasatka opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Roll Call:

 

            The following Council Members were present and responded to roll call:  Michael Nasatka, Angelo Uliana, Joseph LeDonne, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, Dean Minnich and Robert O'Donnell.  Councilman Jan Surotchak was absent.

 

            Also present were Solicitor Peter Layman, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda and Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz.

 

            Mayor Mikal Sabatine was absent.

 

Visitors:

 

            None

 

Public Works Report:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of Public Works June report.  Public Works Director Steven Bender was not present. 

 

            Information has been received from PA DEP that the Borough's PAG-13 General Permit for Stormwater Discharges will expire on March 15, 2018.  A Notice of Intent to continue operating under the PAG-13 General Permit must be submitted by September 16, 2017. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that a MS4 audit was made today, audit went smooth and everything was found to be in compliance.

 

            An email was received from Frank Febbo, 920 E. Reservoir Avenue, requesting the Borough to help in remedying the wash out issue on the unpaved portion of Vine Street.  Borough Manager Zmoda stated that some millings have been put down however the water comes down from the mountain and washes it out again.  Febbo is building a garage and wants better access to his property.  No action was taken by Council, but will have Public Works Director Bender look into it further and report back to Council.

 

            Information was received pertaining to the changes to Green Light Go Program, Act 101 of 2016, which was signed by the governor on July 20, 2016.  Borough Manager Zmoda will move forward with the Green Light Go Project.


            Bob Cox, representative from Barry Isett & Associates was present and recommended to bundle Delabole Junction Road's paving component and S. Main Street as one (1) project that is mostly paving and rebid in the Spring.  Bob Cox will contact some small contactors and see if they are interested in bidding on the project this season.  These would be no time limits on the work as there is no paving. 

 

            Bob Cox felt that there was room for negotiations on the W. Plainfield Avenue road project.  Cox has spoke to Barker and Barker about their price and have found some things that can be reduced due to economy of scale and a better understanding of what has to be done.  The original bid with Forta-Fi included was $233,075.00 and revised bid with Forta-Fi included is $216,595.00, savings with revised price if $16,480.00.  Cox has asked Barker and Barker to look at some additional items to possibly reduce the bid price and this could lower the revised bid price some more.

 

            Borough Solicitor Layman stated that since there was only one (1) bidder there was room for negotiations, savings of $16,480.00.  Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to award the bid to Barker and Barker Paving & Excavating contingent to accepting the maximum price of $216,595.00, seconded by Council Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Police Report:

            Slate Belt Regional Police Officer Scott Zabriskie, who was recently promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant, was present. 

 

            Copies of the Minutes for the Slate Belt Regional Police Commission Meeting of June 7th and the June incident reports were given to all Council Members. 

 

Executive Session:

            Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to go into Executive Session for possible litigation purposes, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne. Unanimous by roll call vote. Council went into Executive Session at 7:17 P. M. and reconvened at 7:44 P. M.

 

Zoning:           

            All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Codes Office's July report.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

            No one was present from the fire company.

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that the fire company received an insurance check for water damage to some of their items.  Further they also have sold their bus.


 

Minutes:

 

            Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to approve the Minutes for Special Council Meeting of July 26, 2016, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Copies of minutes for the Park Board Meeting of June 21st was given to Council.

 

Correspondence:

 

            Faith United Presbyterian Church, 218 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, requested permission to close S. Heller Avenue to the alley behind the church on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from

1:00 P. M. to 9:00 P. M. for their annual Apple Festival.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made

a motion to grant permission as requested as long as barricades are placed on the north side of Cedar Alley to allow for traffic flow to George Street, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            Information was received from PA Commonwealth Authority pertaining to the Local Share Account (LSA) Program.  They were unable to act favorably on the Borough's request for LSA assistance for the Lookout Fire Company fire station project.  Zmoda stated that a new round for the grant program starts on September 30th.

 

            A letter was received from Alison Jones, 21 E. Plainfield Avenue, pertaining to a feral cat problem at her mother's property, 24 E. Plainfield Avenue.  Councilman Joseph LeDonne informed Council that he contacted Alison Jones and the cats have moved out. 

 

            Information was received pertaining that Portland-Upper Mt. Bethel Food Pantry, Inc. has moved to a larger and more convenient location in Portland.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda presented Resolution #2016 - 07 that the Borough disapproves of the legislation providing for the diversion of local Hotel Room Rental Tax from the regional tourism and economic development efforts provided by Discover Lehigh Valley and the LVED.  Further, that the General Assembly of Pennsylvania to immediately introduce and pass legislation that repeals a provision of the 2016-2017 Tax Code diverting funding from Lehigh Valley regional tourism and economic development.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to accept and approve Resolution #2016 - 07 as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

            A letter dated July 26, 2016 was received from PA DEP pertaining to a Notice of Permit Correction, Noncoal Surface Mining Permit No. 48080301C  for Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc. by adding a contract operator for Moore Materials, LLC.

 


            Every Council Member was given a copy of a letter as received from Karen Frey asking for an acceptance letter from Council and also a letter from Code Enforcement Officer Tim Dow pertaining to the consolidation of all four (4) wards voting at the Park Community Center.  Frey will present the outcome of Council's decision on September 1st to Northampton County Election Commission Board.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to send an acceptance letter, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Michael Nasatka, Charles Kandl Jr. and Roberta Cowley.  Council Members voting no were:  Angelo Uliana, Joseph LeDonne, Dean Minnich and Robert O'Donnell.  There being four (4) no votes  and three (3) yes votes, the motion didn't carry and pass. 

 

Mayor's Report:

            Nothing to report.  Mayor Sabatine wasn't present.

 

Planning Commission:

            The Planning Commission held a meeting on July 21, 2016 to discuss the PA American Water Subdivision plan.  The Planning Commission had given conditional approval of the plan with conditions.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to conditionally approve the PA American Water Subdivision plan on contingent that all conditions are met as outlined by the Planning Commission, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Solicitor's Report:

            Borough Solicitor Layman had nothing to report.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant July Report.

 

            Copies were also given to Council of the Authority meetings from 06/06/15 and 07/05/16 also a copy of the engineer report from 08/01/16. 

 

            Council was informed that the delinquent garbage fees have been turned over to Creditech for collection. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Treasury Report as prepared and submitted by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote.  Note:  Councilman Angelo Uliana was out of the room when the vote was taken.


 

Property & Utilities:

            Nothing to report.

Community Outreach:

            An email was received from COG pertaining to Animal Control Officer Sue Henn's phone number.

 

            A copy of SBCP Meeting/Minutes from 07/14/16 was given to all Council Members.

 

            An email was received from SBCP that the Slate Quarry Mural and Quarry Hoist in Bangor will be dedicated on Saturday, September 17th at 10:00 A. M.

 

            A Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide has been received from the COG.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

            A letter was received from Northampton County Department of Community & Economic Development that funding in the amount of $250,000.00 for A, B, C Street Repairs Phase III has been recommended for inclusion in the County's request to the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Community Development Block Grant funding.                   

 

            Information was received from Vigilant Corporation, P. O. Box 4544, Reading, PA 19608 that they will design and host, including unlimited emails, design a new look, mobile friendly and layout for the website.  Cost is as follows:  design one time set up fee $100.00; hosting $25.00 per month, billed quarterly; optional maintenance at $50.00 per hour as needed and projects outside the scope will be on quoted per project. 

 

            The COG would like to hold a e-cycling event. The event would be held towards the end of October or early November.  To hold this event they would need a commitment from all to help offset the cost.  The County would give a $2,500.00 grant, but would need $150.00 from each member to make this possible.  Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to commit the Borough to the $150.00 as requested, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Council reviewed the proposed Agreement for use of Weona Park.  Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to accept and approve the Agreement as presented, seconded by Councilman Dean Minnich.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

 A meeting will be held pertaining to Identity Theft on Wednesday, August 24th, 6-8 P. M., at Hope United Church of Christ, 701 Cherry Street, Wind Gap.  Held jointly with Senator Mario Scavello, Representative Marcia Hahn and Slate Belt Regional Police Department. 


 

Payment of Bills:

 

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $12,393.26; 

Sewer Fund, $79,739.34 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $130,371.88.  Councilman

Angelo Uliana made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman

Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

Executive Session:

 

            Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to into Executive Session to discuss

personnel issues, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:15 P. M. and reconvened at 9:04 P. M.  Special

Note:  Borough Secretary Savitz left the meeting at 8:16 P. M. and the rest of the minutes

were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

Letter to J. D. Morrisey Company:

 

            Council was given a draft of a letter to J. D. Morrisey Company, who is doing the PennDot Project on Route 512 requesting they remove all equipment and materials stored there in fifteen (15) days.  Councilman Dean Minnich authorized Solicitor Layman to send the letter, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote.

 

Employee Dennis Miller:

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to allow for Borough employees to donate vacation time to employee Dennis Miller, contingent upon the approval of the Teamsters Union, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous by voice vote.

 

Adjournment:

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 9:07 P. M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

                                                                                    Dolores B. Savitz                    

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

                                    Workshop - Tuesday, August 30th - 7:00 P. M.

                        Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, September 6th - 7:00 P. M.