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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for July on Tuesday, July 2, 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, Roberta Cowley, Charles Kandi Jr., Robert O'Donnell, Josephine Hildabrant and Janell Connolly . Council Member Michael Nasatka Jr. was absent.

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

Visitors:

               None

 

Public Works Report:

               All Council Members were given a copy of Public Works Director Steve Bender's June report to review.

              Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to grant Treesmith permission to stage six (6) trucks and one (1) chipper on the Weonamore side of Weona Park for one month, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly . The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion for Bender to post the 2004 Chevy Impala and the 1997 Ford bucket truck on Municibid for fourteen (14) days with the highest bidder to be awarded, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to proceed with Pinto Concrete Construction to repair the B Street sidewalks for $9,990.00, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to purchase a G23 Engine Breaker/Post Driver for the price of $2,955.00 from Skidril Industries LLC, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cow ley. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to purchase two (2) Dodge 550 dump trucks at $85,309.00/each, for a total price of $170,618.00, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly . The motion passed unanimous by roll call.


Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion for Borough Solicitor Peter Layman to draft an amendment to the handicapped parking ordinance to read that the handicapped space is reserved for the applicant only, to be identified by the permit number to be hung from the car's rear view mirror that will correspond with the permit number displayed on the sign, violators subject to fine, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly. Council Members voting in favor of the ordinance were: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandi Jr., Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant. Councilman Robert O'Donnell voted no. There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried.

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to conditionally accept the bid from DOLi Construction Corporation for Lobb Avenue improvements, contingent on engineer and solicitor approval, for $1,388,248.00, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to advertise for bids for bandshell improvements, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to apply for a Community Improvement Partnership Program grant in the amount of $37,066.00 for a stormwater survey and GIS mapping project, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant . The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Correspondence was received from PennDOT confirming that the payment of

$185,484.00 for the South Robinson Avenue turnback was sent to the Borough on June 6t,h transferring the ownership to the Borough.

Council was provided with Pool Feasibility Meeting minutes from June 10, 2019. Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to conduct a truck traffic study on George Street per PennDOT guidelines, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to purchase two (2) Solar Evolis Radar Speed Signs for $5, 839.00, at no cost to the Borough, paid for in full through donations of

$2,500.00 from Nestle and $3,339.00 from Gregory & Cathie Kennedy, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandi Jr. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Zoning Report:

 

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

 

Council discussed a letter of interest for the Zoning Hearing Board vacancy from Chris Brumbaugh, 60 Flory Avenue, who was not present. No action was taken.


Council were given copies of two (2) notice of violations sent to property owners in June .

 

Borough Manager Zmoda reported approximately nine (9) rental properties will have their rental licenses revoked because they owe fees to the Borough. Additionally, there are approximately seven (7) rental properties that are to be cited because they failed to complete their 2019 rental registration.

Police Report:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes from their regular meeting on May 7, 2019, agenda from the June 4, 2019 meeting and June report.

 

Council discussed the illegal discharge of fireworks within the Borough. Firework regulations will be e-mailed to the residents and posted on Facebook.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

 

Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received twelve (12) calls for the month of June. The total hours spent on drills was 201 and 165 hours on calls for a total of 366 man hours.


              Nu Cor Management LLC sent an update on the fire station project.


              Councilman Robert O' Donnell made a motion to conditionally approve a loan of $400,000.00, at a 2% financing rate from the Borough Reserve Fund to the fire company,providing the fire company accepts the loan, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley. Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Joseph LeDonne, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandi Jr., Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O'Donnell. Councilwoman Tammy Kemp voted no. With six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried.

 

Minutes:

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, June 4, 2019, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Coun cil was given the agenda from the Park Board Meeting on June 18, 2019, meeting minutes from May 21, 2019 and minutes from the June 26, 2019 Slate Belt Council of Governments (COG) Meeting.


Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to adopt the new Articles of Agreement as provided from the COG, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley . The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Correspondence:

 

Manager Zmoda provided Council with the ad for the Green Knight Touchdown Club's 2019 football program for a cost of $100.00.

 

John M. Abel, Senior Deputy Attorney General - Forwarded the Borough's concerns about Synagro to the DEP.

 

Morgan Haros - Thank you for the $100 prize from the Borough's High School Essay Cont est.

 

Salvation Army - Thank you to the Founders Day Committee for the donation of hot dogs, rolls and condiments.

 

Resident Richard N. Martin, 502 Robinson Avenue, submitted a request to close E. Laurel Avenue between the blocks of N. Schanck and N. Robinson Avenues on August 24, 2019. Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to accept the road closure for the block party on August 24, 2019, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly. Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley- Provided information about their program.

 

Karl G. Brown, Executive Secretary, State Conservation Commission - Thank you for your letter of support for stronger regulations and more consistent enforcement for the land application of biosolids.

 

Meals on Wheels - Requested donations. No action was taken.

 

Jen Swails, Secretary of the Governor's Office of the Budget- Proposed the Borough adopts a policy to require subgrantees to ensure building service workers receive prevailing wages on all projects that receive Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Funding . No action was taken.

 

Mayor's Report:

 

Nothing to report.

 

Planning Commission :

 

Council was given copies of the minutes from the May 1, 2019 Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee meeting and the draft agenda from their June 5, 2019 meeting.

 

Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to grant the waivers recommended by the Planning Commission, as set forth from their June 25, 2019 meeting minutes, to Nu Cor Management LLC for the Slate Belt YMCA Land Development Plan seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp. The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.

 

Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to grant conditional approval to Nu Car Management LLC for the Slate Belt YMCA Land Development Plan (copy of the conditions attached), seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly .

 

Solicitor's Report:

 

Borough Solicitor Peter Layman submitted comments to the DEP in response to the draft air quality plan approval for the proposed Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center published in the May 11, 2019 issue of the Pennsylvania Bullet in.

 

Borough Solicitor Peter Layman submitted to Council a memo identifying the mortgage history for 412 West Applegate Avenue.

 

Sanitation. Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant's June

report.

 

Manager Zmoda submitted a meeting memo to Council from the DEP and Waste Management meeting held on June 13th.

All Council Members were given a copy of the Waste Management health risk assessment status report.

 

Material Matters and ATC Group Services LLC comments related to the revised Synagro's Nuisance Mitigation Control Plan dated May 16, 2019 were received.

 

A public hearing is to be held by the DEP for comm ents on the Syn agro air qu ality plan approval is scheduled for Monday, August 12th at Wind Gap Middle School.

 

All Council M embers were provided with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Committee report dated July 1, 2019 and the Sewer Authority minutes from their meeting of May 6, 2019.


 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the June 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 Councilman Charles Kandi Jr. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

The Palmer & Company audit reports were given to the Council Members for review.

Property & Utilities:

 

Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak attended the final Northampton County blight taskforce meeting on June 6, 2019.

 

Community Outreach:

 

The County provided a timeline for the 2020 Census .

 

Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to sign the contract with No Nonsense NEUTERING, allowing no more than 50 cats for a rate of $35 per cat, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Borough Manager Zmoda provided information about the spotted lanternfl y. Zmoda will do an on-line training session and will train all employees.

Borough Manager's Report:

 

Council Members were given a copy of the Borough Manager's June report .

A copy of the June 2019 Legislative Locator was provided to all Council M embers . Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. submitted a letter of resignation effective July 1, 2019. No action was taken .

 

A memorandum from Tom Petrucci, Plainfield Township Manager regarding the northern tier trail connections was received.

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment: General Fund, $180,344.34; State Fund, $3,500.86; Sewer Fund, $55,504.19; Reserve Money Market Fund , $40,633.90 and Fire Station Const ruct ion, $417,638.75. Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandi Jr. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.



Executive Session:

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss possible litigation issues, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp. The motion passed unanimous by voice vot e. Council went into Executive Session at 9:18 P.M . and reconvened at 9:32 P.M .

 

Special Note: Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 9:18 P.M . and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Robin Zmoda.

Adjournment

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp. The motion passed unanimous by voice vote. Council adjourned at 9:33 P.M .

 

 

 


Juli Lemak

Borough Administrative Assistant

 

Workshop - Tuesday, July 30th  -  7:00 P. M . Council M eeting - Tuesday, August 6th - 7:00 P. M.