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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 6th of September 2016 - Borough Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their September Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 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 Mayor Mikal Sabatine, Solicitor Peter Layman, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda and Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz.

 

Visitors:

 

            Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, asked Council how to get sidewalks on S. Robinson Avenue replaced as he sees other areas in town that sidewalks are being replaced.

 

            Council President Nasatka stated that mostly grant money is used to replace sidewalks when road projects are being done as well as some Borough funds.  However, the sidewalks on S. Robinson Avenue are on a state road so the Borough wouldn't be responsible for them.  The home owner is responsible to maintain their sidewalks. 

 

            Tom Carlo also stated that the fencing at 110 S. Robinson Avenue has openings in it.  Further that their dog had grabbed his dog in the past and was concerned that another incident would happen due to the openings in the fence.  Borough Manager Zmoda will contact the District Dog Warden to see what can be done.

 

            Tom Carlo further stated that there is a property on S. Robinson Avenue that is renting rooms and wanted to know if that was legal.  Borough Manager Zmoda stated that the property that he is referring to is in the commercial district and he is legal in renting rooms.

 

            Karen Frey, 912 E. Plainfield Avenue, stated that she had attended the July Council Meeting asking Council to consider consolidating all four (4) wards to vote at the Park Community Center.  She stated that she was unable to attend the August Council Meeting, whereas Council voted against changing the location and she wanted to know why some Council Members voted against changing the location.  The Council Members that voted against it explained why they voted against it.

 

            Council tabled any further decision on it at this time and would perhaps consider it in the future. 


 

Public Works Report:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of Public Works August report.  Public Works Director Steven Bender was present.

 

            Council reviewed the proposal received from Monarch Precast Concrete Corp. for two (2) 30" x 60" x 5" thick bicycle safe grates for the Ridge Avenue & E. Main Street storm water project, cost of $1,130.00 each, total of $2,260.00.  Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to approve and accept the proposal from Monarch Precast Concrete Corp. as presented, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Jodi Snoddy has stepped down as Park Board Representative from the Lookout Fire Company.  The fire company is asking to appoint David Falcone as their new representative. Also the Boy Scouts has selected Barb Ashenfalder as their troop representative to the Park Board.   Councilman Angelo Uliana made a motion to appoint David Falcone and Barb Ashenfalder as requested contingent on the approval of the Park Board, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            Information on the 2016-2017 Rain Garden construction was given to all Council Members for review. 

 

            A list of the names of interested volunteers that have been received wanting to serve on the Weona Park Master Site Plan Study Committee was given to all Council Members.  A total of fifteen (15) people are needed for the Study Committee.

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to advertise for one (1) full time public works general laborer, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to hold a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 to review and possibly hiring a full time public works general laborer and also for general purposes, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote.  Workshop will also be held on Tuesday, September 27th. 

 

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to approve paying Green Mountain Timber to complete the park pavilion project upon the delivery of the materials on site and also subject to the engineer's approval, seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Zoning:

 

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

 


Police Report:

 

            Copies of the Minutes for the Slate Belt Regional Police Commission Meetings of

July 5th and July 21st and also the July incident reports were given to all Council Members.

 

            Council President Nasatka stated that the Police Commission is working on the 2017 year budget and should be completed by the end of September.

 

Fire Chief Report:  

 

            Fire Chief Dean Parsons reported that the fire company received eight (8) fire calls for the month of August.  Total man hours on calls were 315 and for drills 216.  Parsons also gave a copy of the July fire calls.

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Pen Argyl Firemen's Relief Association compliance audit for the period of January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015. 

 

Minutes:

 

            Councilman Angelo Uliana made a motion to approve the Minutes for Regular Council Meeting of August 2, 2016, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Copies of minutes for the Park Board Meeting of July 19th; County COG Meeting of August 17th; SBCOG Meetings of July 27th and August 24th were also given to Council.

 

Correspondence:

 

            Dennis Miller - Thank you to Council and employees for cards and gifts.

 

            UGI Energy Services - Effective July 1st, UGI Mt. Bethel Pipeline Company acquired an existing 12.5 mile, 12 inch diameter natural gas pipeline near Nazareth.  The pipeline was previously owned and operated by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company.  This transaction consists of a change in ownership of existing facilities and no new pipeline construction is currently proposed. 

 

            Invitation from Troop 33 to their annual flag retirement ceremony on Sunday, September 11th at 1:30 P. M. outside of the Scott Hall.

 

Mayor's Report:

           

            Mayor Sabatine commended and thanked the fire department for the labor day celebration and parade.

 


Planning Commission:

            Nothing to report.

 

Solicitor's Report:

            Borough Solicitor Layman had written a letter to James D. Morrissey, Inc. on August 3, 2016 terminating the staging area on part of the S. Main Street Borough property for their Route 512 construction project, effective fifteen (15) days from the date of the letter.  They have cleaned up the property and left the area.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant August report.

 

            The generator at the W. Main Street pumping station had a major failure and can't be used.  A generator is now being rented and in operation.  The generator has to be refurbished which is covered under the Borough's insurance. 

 

            Council was given information on the Demand Response Program.  Demand Response is a vital resource that the PJM interconnect at Met Ed use to maintain electric reliability with the intention of preventing blackouts and brownouts.  The program compensates the facility for participation in an emergency event.  There are no costs to join the Demand Response Program.  Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to research and join the program for the wastewater generator, seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Treasury Report as prepared and submitted by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

            Council was given information on the Minimum Obligation (MMO) for non-uniformed members for the plan year of 2017, total amount of obligation is $33,776.00.

 

Property & Utilities:

            Nothing to report.

 

Community Outreach:

            Gary Williams would like to hold the Christmas on Robinson event on November 29th or 30th.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to grant permission to hold Christmas on Robinson on November 30th as requested, seconded by Councilman Dean Minnich.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 


            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to appoint Janell Connolly to the Slate Belt Community Partnership/Neighborhood Partnership Program Board, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Community wide yard sales will be held Friday, 09/09/16 - Sunday, 09/11/16.  No permit is required.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that a request for proposals for the Pen Argyl Borough Weona Park Master Site Plan Update has been sent to several different companies, proposals to be received by October 27, 2016 at 12 noon. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda presented Resolution NO. 2016-08 for approval.  The Resolution authorizes the Borough Manger to complete and submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development a $108,572.17 Monroe County Local Share application for three (3) police vehicles for the Slate Belt Regional Police Department.  Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to accept and approve Resolution NO. 2016-08 as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Resolution NO. 2016-09 was also presented for approval.  The Resolution authorizes the Borough Manager to complete and submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development a $256,620.00 Monroe County Local Share application for the construction of a new storage shed for winter deicing materials.  Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to accept and approve Resolution NO. 2016-09 as presented, seconded by Councilman Dean Minnich.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            Zmoda relayed to Council that Bonnie Price has continued to volunteer on a daily basis for the Borough Administrative Staff.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to thank Bonnie Price with the same gift of $100.00 gas card as last year to reimburse her for some of her gas costs over the year, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Payment of Bills:

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $12,529.86; Sewer Fund, $49,515.51; State Fund, $3,098. 58 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $324,434.70.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Dean Minnich.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 


 

New Business: 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley requested permission to allow the Girl Scouts to decorate the parking meters again for the Christmas holidays.  Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion granting permission to the Girls as requested, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

Executive Session:

 

            Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to go into Executive Session for possible litigation issues, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

Council went into Executive Session at 7:56 P. M. and reconvened at 8:17 P. M.  Special Note:  Borough Secretary Savitz left the meeting at 7:57 P. M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda. 

 

Adjournment:

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Dean Minnich.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 8:18 P. M.

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

                                                                                    Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

 

            Special Council Meeting and Workshop - Tuesday, September 27th - 7:00 P. M.

                                     Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, October 4th - 7:00 P. M.