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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for October on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at

7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

Council President Joseph LeDonne opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:

The following Council Members were present and responded to roll call: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Josephine Hildabrant, Robert O’Donnell, Roberta Cowley, Scott Brumbaugh and Janell Connolly.  Council Member Charles Kandl Jr. was absent.

Also present were Mayor Michael G. Nasatka, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda, Public Works Director Steven Bender, Borough Solicitor Peter Layman and Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak. 

Ordinance #704 – Bond:

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #704; authorizing and directing the issuance of General Obligation Bonds, series of 2019, in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $3,360,000.00, refunding the Borough’s General Obligation Note, series of 2018, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Visitors:

Adrienne Fors, representative from Waste Management, provided a landfill update to Council.

Public Works Report:

All Council Members were given a copy of Public Works Director Steven Bender’s September report to review, Bender was present. 

Frank Febbo, 920 E. Reservoir Ave, requested to have a portion of Vine Street paved at the August Workshop.  After extensive research, it has been determined that only .02 of a mile or 106 feet from E. Plainfield Avenue is ordained.  This was tabled, no action was taken. 

Council discussed enacting an ordinance to regulate whether vehicles weighing over 2,300 tons may be parked on a Borough street.  This was tabled, no action was taken. 

Zoning Report:

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

Police Report:

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes from their meeting on August 6, 2019, agenda from September 3, 2019 and September report.

 

A Community Health & Safety Fair will be held at Wind Gap Middle School on October 3, 2019.


Fire Chief's Report:

 

Council discussed the new fire station’s ground maintenance.  Currently the park’s 16-year-old tractor cannot handle the steep slopes.  Public Works Director Steven Bender gave a quote of $10,495.50 for a John Deere Z950R ZTrack.  Matthew Dotta gave an estimate of $250.00 per trim for four (4) hours.  This was tabled until budget discussions begin. 

Minutes:

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Special Council Meeting of Tuesday, August 27, 2019, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting

of Tuesday, September 3, 2019, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council was given the agenda and information materials from the Park Board Meeting of September 17, 2019 and meeting minutes from August 20, 2019. 

Council had no objections to changing Weona Park’s tennis courts into a dog park.

Correspondence:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp approved the Bonfire Lease with the High School, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Will and Joanne Schultz, residents of Bethlehem, praised the Labor Day Parade. 

 Kenneth Giardina, resident of Saylorsburg, complained about the lack of detour signs throughout the town on Labor Day. 

James Folk, resident of Bangor, complained about the language on a political sign at the Labor Day carnival.

The Lehigh Valley Gala & Awards Ceremony is on Wednesday, October 16th at 4 P.M.  Council Members Janell Connolly and Joseph LeDonne and Borough Manager Zmoda will be in attendance. 

 

The Green Knight Touchdown Club thanked the Borough for the ad in their 2019 program.

 

Mayor’s Report:

Nothing to report.

 

 

Planning Commission:

 

            The Multimunicipal Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee meeting minutes from

August 7, 2019 and agenda dated September 4, 2019 were received.  The next meeting is scheduled for October 2, 2019, Councilwoman Janell Connolly will be in attendance. 

 

Solicitor’s Report:

 

Nothing to report.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s September report. 

 

Rita Cortez, 1239 Horizon Drive, requested to have her sewer bill reduced as she left the hose running outside for several days.  Pennsylvania American Water did not discount her bill.  No action was taken on this matter.

 

All Council Members were given copies of NRG Curtailment Solutions, Inc. performance report for the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s generator on July 27, 2019.

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to apply for the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant for the repairs of the sanitary sewer mains in the East Babbitt and Moyer Avenue area, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

All Council Members were given a copy of the September Treasury Report as prepared by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Effective July 2020 the Pen Argyl Areas School District will no longer collect per capita tax.  Under Act 511, municipalities and school districts have a combined maximum allowable per capita tax rate of $10.00.  Council discussed raising the Borough’s per capita tax rate to $10.00 per person in 2021.  No action was taken, Council tabled the matter until 2020. 

Property & Utilities:

 

Nothing to report.

 


Community Outreach:

 

The Slate Belt Rising Agenda for September 12, 2019, committee minutes from July 11, 2019 and August monthly report were received.

The shredding event occurred on September 28th and Slate Belt Bash-Road Rally was on

September 29th, both events were successful. 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to have trick-or-treat on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., rain or shine, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

All Council Members were provided with Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak’s September feral cat report. 

 

Borough Manager’s Report:

 

Council Members were given a copy of Borough Manager Zmoda’s September report.

 

A copy of the August 2019 Legislative Locator was provided to all Council Members.

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve a $100.00 gas gift card for Bonnie Price for her volunteer work for the Borough, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $177,406.50; Sewer Fund, $74,181.19; Reserve Money Market Fund, $213, 105.19 and DCNR Pool Feasibility, $4,499.90.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:39 P.M. and reconvened at 9:02 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:39 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Robin Zmoda. 

 

 


 

Adjournment

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:03 P.M.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                            Juli Lemak

                                                            Borough Administrative Assistant

 

                   Workshop - Tuesday, October 29th - 7:00 P. M

                   Council Meeting - Tuesday, November 5th - 7:00 P. M.

                   Budget Workshop –   Tuesday, November 12th – 7:00 P.M.

      Tentative Budget Adoption/Workshop – Tuesday, November 26th – 7:00 P.M.

      Final Budget Adoption /Borough Council Meeting - Tuesday, December 10th – 7:00 P.M.