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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 4th of October 2016 - Borough Council Meeting

        Pen Argyl Borough Council held their October Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 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, Joseph LeDonne, Charles Kandl Jr., Dean Minnich and Robert O'Donnell.  Council Members absent were:  Angelo Uliana, Jan Surotchak and Roberta Cowley. 

 

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

 

Presentation of award and citations to Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz:

            Council President Michael Nasatka presented the President's Award from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs to Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz for forty (40) years of service to the Borough.  Savitz was hired as Borough Secretary on October 27, 1975.

 

            Savitz also received citations from Senator Mario Scavello and State Representative Marcia Hahn. 

 

Visitors:

            None

 

Public Works Report:

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

 

            Leaf collection will begin on Monday, October 24th, there will be no collection the week of November 21st and collection will end Friday, December 2nd.

 

            Council was given information on the construction of the rain garden at the Borough Hall.  The rail garden has been constructed, rye grass has been planted for now, the garden is expected to be fully planted by the spring of 2017.

 

Zoning Report:

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

 

            Council Members were given a copy of the Code Enforcement Complaint Form for approval.  Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to accept and approve the form as presented, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Police Report:

            Copies of the Minutes for the Slate Belt Regional Police Commission Meeting of September 6th and the August incident reports were given to all Council Members. 

 

            Council President Nasatka informed Council the police 2017 Budget has no increase cost to the municipalities and will be the same as this year.

 

Fire Chief's Report:                

            Fire Chief Dean Parsons reported that the fire company received ten (10) calls for the month of September.  Total man hours on calls were 338 and on drills 226 hours.

 

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to move forward with the final architecture plans for the fire station, to be completed by January 1st, seconded by Councilman Dean Minnich.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Minutes:                     

            Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Special Council Meeting of September 27, 2016, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            Copies of minutes were also given to Council: Slate Belt COG 08/24/16, SBEC 09/13/16, Park Board Agenda 09/20/16 and minutes 08/16/16.

 

Correspondence:                    

            Bonnie Price - Thanks for the $100.00 gas card, really appreciated.

 

            Yankee Cable Partners, LLC, 650 College Road East, Suite 3100, Princeton, NJ has entered into an agreement to acquire RCN Telecom Services, LLC.

 

            Invitation to attend, Recovery Revolution is collaborating with Easton Area SADD students for their annual fundraiser on October 15th. 

 

Mayor's Report:                     

            Mayor Sabatine reported that the annual children Christmas party will be held on Friday, December 2nd at the Park.

 

Planning Commission:                       

            Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:

            Borough Solicitor Layman informed Council that he is working on the Quality of Life

Ordinance.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:             

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

 

            According to RETTEW the reed bed cleaning project was bid on a volume basis of $138.88 per cy, estimated quantity of sludge was 550 cy based on previous years, total estimate total of $76,384.00.  However, 680 cy of sludge were removed from 7 & 8 beds for a grand total of $94,346.78, approximately 23% more. 

 

            Copies were given to Council of the Authority meeting from 08/29/16 and a copy of the engineer report from 10/04/16.

 

            Information was given to Council pertaining to the NRGCS Powerpay Program for the Wastewater Treatment Plant's generator on W. Main Street. The demand response program will be administered without cost to the Borough.  Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to participate in the program, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Borough Solicitor Layman has approved the language on the Sewer Fund Bond, Series of 2016, paperwork.

 

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 Dean Minnich made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Property & Utilities:

            A letter was received from Royal Security Services recommending that the eleven (11) smoke detectors that were installed in 2002 in the Borough Hall should be replaced.  As per the NFPA Standard 72 Chapter 14.4.8, it is recommended that smoke detectors be replaced at their ten (10) year anniversary date.  A quote to replace the smoke detectors was received for $125 each, total cost of $1,375.00.  All of the smoke detectors that are replaced will be under a full warranty for one (1) full year.  Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to replace the smoke detectors as quoted by Royal Security Services, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Community Outreach:           

            A copy of the plans for Christmas on Robinson which is to be held on November 30th  as proposed by Gary Williams was given to all Council members.


                            

Borough Manager's Report:   

            Borough Manager Zmoda gave Council information that Attorney John McLaughlin who represented the Borough for a number of years as the Borough's labor attorney has now joined the law firm of Campbell Durrant as shareholders and opened a Philadelphia office for the firm, effective September 1, 2016.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to continue with Attorney McLaughlin, seconded by Councilman Dean Minnich.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            A letter was received from County of Northampton Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority informing the Borough that the application submitted for the Carousel Building Improvement project was not awarded funding through the grant at their September 26th meeting.

 

            The budget meetings were approved by Council:  workshop Thursday, November 10th; tentative adoption Tuesday, November 29th and final adoption Tuesday, December 13th.

 

Payment of Bills:                                

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $41,569.53; Sewer

Fund, $144,187.27; State Fund, $3,101.57 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $424,052,25.

Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Executive Session:                              

            Councilman Dean Minnich made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss real estate issues as requested by Borough Solicitor Layman, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  Council went into Executive Session at 7:27 P. M.and reconvened at 7:33 P. M.  Special Note:  Borough Secretary Savitz left the meeting at 7:29 P. M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

Adjournment:                         

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Dean Minnich.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 7:35 P. M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

                                    Workshop - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 7:00 P. M.

             Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 7:00 P. M.

                          Budget Workshop - Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 7:00 P. M.

 Tentative Budget Adoption & Workshop - Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 7:00 P. M.

Budget Adoption & Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 7:00 P. M.