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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018 - Reorganizaion & Regular Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Reorganization and Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00 P. M. in the Fire Hall.

 

Pledge of Allegiance:                                                 

            Mayor Mikal Sabatine opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Oath of Office:

            In the first order of business Honorable Judge Craig Dally administered the oath of office to Mayor Mikal Sabatine. 

 

            Mayor Sabatine administered the oath of office to Tax Collector Michael Zavacky for a four (4) year term.  Mayor Sabatine also administered the oath of office to Council Members for two (2) year terms:  Tammy Kemp, 1st Ward and Janell Connolly, 2nd Ward and four (4) year terms:  Brian Gold Sr., 1st Ward; Joseph LeDonne, 2nd Ward; Josephine Hildabrant, 3rd Ward

and Robert Cowley, 4th Ward. 

 

Roll Call:                     

            The following Council Members were present and responded to roll call:  Tammy Kemp, Joseph LeDonne, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Brian Gold Sr., Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O'Donnell.

 

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

 

Re-Organization of Council:                          

            Following the roll call, Mayor Sabatine conducted the re-organization of the Council.  Mayor Sabatine asked for nominations for the office of Council President.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell nominated Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly nominated Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  There being no further nominations, Mayor Sabatine asked for a hand vote to appoint Councilman Joseph LeDonne as Council President.  Council Members voting in favor were Tammy Kemp, Charles Kandl Jr., Brian Gold Sr., Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O'Donnell. 

 

            Mayor Sabatine asked for a hand vote to appoint Councilwoman Roberta Cowley as Council President.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly voted in favor.

 

            Councilman Joseph LeDonne was declared Council President.

 

            Mayor Sabatine handed the gavel over to Council President Joseph LeDonne to take over the leadership of the re-organization meeting.

 

            Council President LeDonne asked for nominations for the office of Council Vice President.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell nominated Councilwoman Roberta Cowley. There being no further nominations, Council President Joseph LeDonne called for the vote.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

            Council President LeDonne asked for nominations for the office of President Pro-Tem. President Pro-Tem presides over Council Meetings when both the President and Vice President are absent but there is still a quorum.  Councilwoman Robert Cowley nominated Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  There being no further nominations, Council President LeDonne called for the vote.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Re-Appointments and Appointments:            

            Councilwoman Robert Cowley made a motion and seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp to make the following re-appointments and appointment:

 

            Planning Commission - Craig Reduzzi, five (5) year term, expires 12/31/22

            Municipal Sewer Authority - Craig Ealey, five (5) year term, expires 12/31/22

            Zoning Board - Vacancy due to the resignation of John Nasatka, five (5)year term, expires 12/31/22

            Bureau of Fire Prevention - Dean Parsons, Carl Meixsell Jr., Michael Marsh, Grant Parsons, and Joel McAllister - yearly appointment

            Civil Service Commission - vacancy due to the resignation of Philip Viglione, six (6) year term, expires, 12/31/23

            Disruptive Conduct Board of Appeals -Tenant, vacancy, three (3) year term, expires 12/31/20 and Member from Council - one (1) year term expires 12/31/18

            Vacancy Board - John Cuono and Council - yearly appointment

            Sewage Enforcement Officer - Keith Valentine and James Kleinle as alternate, yearly appointment (Both are employed by Borough Engineer Barry Isett and Associates). 

 

            Roll Call was taken of the motion and all Council Members voted in favor of the motion, unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Appointment of Borough Representatives:   

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion and seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. to make the following appointments:

 

            Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) -  Joseph LeDonne, Delegate and Roberta Cowley, Alternate

            Municipal Conference Committee - Mikal Sabatine, Delegate and Joseph LeDonne, Alternate

            Watershed Advisory Committee (LVPC) - Joseph LeDonne, Delegate and Roberta Cowley, Alternate

            Northampton County Tax Collection Committee - Robin Zmoda, Delegate and Charles Kandl Jr., Alternate

            Slate Belt COG - Roberta Zmoda, Delegate and Mikal Sabatine, Alternate

 

            Roll call was taken of the motion and all Council Members voted in favor of the motion, unanimous vote by roll call.          

 

Open Records Officer:           

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to appoint Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz as Open Records Officer, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Advertise for vacancies on Borough Boards:            

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to advertise for vacancies on Borough Boards, seconded by Councilman Brian Gold Sr. Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Slate Belt Regional Commission:

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to appoint Mayor Mikal Sabatine as Delegate and Council President Joseph LeDonne as Alternate, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Council Liaison to Borough Municipal Sewer Authority:       

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to appoint Charles Kandl Jr. as Council Liaison to the Borough Municipal Sewer Authority, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.

Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Setting of Council Meetings and Workshops for year 2018: 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to hold Council Meetings on the 1st

Tuesday of every month at 7:00 P. M. and to hold Workshops on the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 P. M., both Council Meetings and Workshops to be held in Council Chambers, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call.              

 

Resolution NO. 2018-01:        

            Borough Manager Zmoda presented Resolution NO. 2018-01 pertaining to fixing fees for applications and permits for the establishment, repair, alteration abandonment of on-lot septic systems, pursuant to the provisions of Section 103.5 of the PA Sewage Facilities Act 35.  Councilwoman Robert Cowley made a motion to accept and approve Resolution NO. 2018-01 as presented, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Visitors:                                  

            William Blasi, 110 W. Plainfield Avenue, had a complaint against a park employee.

            Adrienne Fors, representative from Waste Management (W/M), informed Council that everything was going fine at the landfill.  Further that W/M was going to hold a Winter Bird Walk on Saturday, January 13th and also having a blood drive on Friday, February 16th.  Fors also gave pamphlets to Council pertaining to background information on the landfill.

 

Public Hearing:                      

            A Public Hearing was held at 7:33 P. M. pertaining to an amendment to the Borough Zoning Map by reclassifying a vacant two (2) acre parcel of land from (IE) Extractive Industry, Manufacturing to (R-7.8) Medium Density Residential.  The subject land is located on the north side of Railroad Avenue, which land is owned by Albion Ventures LLP.  The land is bordered on the south and the east by land zoned (R-7.8) Medium Density Residential. 

 

            Borough Solicitor Layman stated that the request for the amendment was made by the property owner.  The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission reviewed the amendment change and the proposed rezoning doesn't conflict with the County Comprehensive Plan.  The Borough Planning Commission reviewed the amendment as well and recommended the zoning change as per their meeting held on November 30, 2017. 

 

            Solicitor Layman further stated that the Public Hearing for the proposed ordinance amendment was advertised two (2) times in The Express on December 19th and again on December 26th.

 

            John Dally, representing the owner, was present but had nothing further to present but would answer any questions if anyone had any.

 

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell ask how close the land was located to the quarry and Councilwoman Janell Connolly ask about the setbacks.

 

            Jeffrey Fox, visitor, ask what kind of plans they had for the land.  John Dally stated that they intend to do something with the property perhaps residential, however, they would have to submit a Land Development Plan to the Borough.              

 

            Borough Solicitor Layman stated since there was no one present from the public  that wanted to make a statement the public hearing was closed.

          

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #694 with the proposed zoning amendment, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Public Works Report:             

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

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that Borough Engineer Barry Isett & Associates submitted a proposal to design and prepare bid specifications for the salt shed.

The proposal is for the amount of $35,000.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the proposal from Barry Isett & Associates as submitted and to be paid from the Reserve Fund, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda presented Resolution NO. 2018-02 in order to submit the Application for Traffic Signal approval to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot) and to authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to sign the application on behalf of the Borough.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept and approve Resolution NO. 2018-02 as presented, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            A request was received from David Turtzo D.D.S., 101 S. Schanck Avenue, requesting two (2) hour parking signs at Turtzo's medical and dental offices.  In front (Schanck Avenue) and on the side (Jory Avenue) during business hours 8:00 A. M. to 5:00 P. M. on weekdays. Public Works Director Bender will check with Turtzo how many spaces he wants or perhaps a handicap parking sign instead.

 

Zoning Report: 

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

            Code Enforcement Officer John DeCusatis will be sending a letter to Hydrodynamic Pools, 6 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, that his hot tubs referred to "Outdoor Storage of Machinery

for Sale", which has been operating on the sidewalks is not permitted and must be removed from the sidewalks within ten (10) days from the receipt of the letter.  Council Members received and reviewed the letter that will be sent. 

 

Police Report: 

            No reports.


Fire Chief's Report: 

            Fire Chief Dean Parsons reported that the fire company received eleven (11) calls for the month of December.  They spent 120 hours on drills and logged an additional 306 hours on calls.  Parsons also submitted a copy of the November fire report.


            Borough Manager Zmoda gave Council a copy of the task schedule for the fire station bid opening.


            Borough Manager Zmoda discussed with Council the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding for the fire station in the amount of $1,000,000.  The RACP funding will not be paid out until a grant agreement has been fully executed and the Borough has complied with all RACP program and grant agreement requirements.  To be eligible for this award, the Borough must notify them within 30 days of receiving notification.  The letter was dated December 20, 2017.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to accept the $1,000,000 RACP funds for the fire station, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Council Members were given a copy of the fire company officers for the 2018 calendar year.                            

 

            A committee was appointed from Council members to review the fire station bids:Joseph LeDonne, Robert O'Donnell, Roberta Cowley and Tammy Kemp.

 

Minutes:                                 

            Correction to Minutes for Council Meeting of Tuesday, December 12, 2017:  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp voted abstained on the motion for the request for a street light at 704 Middletown Road under correspondence:  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, December 12, 2017 with the correction, seconded by Councilwoman Robert Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Correspondence:                    

            Blue Mountain Community Library, thank you for donation.

            Ron Myer and Adrienne Fors, representatives from W/M, thankful for the continued opportunity to partner with the Borough and Slate Belt Rising to make the Slate Belt great.  

 

            Pen Argyl High School Industrial Arts teacher Matt Suarez, wants to get involved in the community and also get his students involved in the community as well to work together towards different needs of the community.  There are many different ways that he and his students can be of assistance like graphic design, building things of need, or working with the Borough to create new ideas.  Borough Manager Zmoda will contact Matt Suarez.

 

            Slate Belt Heritage Center, thank you for the donation.

        

            The Salvation Army thanked Borough for donation.


            Northampton County Project Coordinator Michael Handzo, information on the Northampton County "County-Wide Housing Rehabilitation Program".

 

Mayor's Report:                     

            Mayor Sabatine had nothing to report.


Planning Commission:

            Nothing to report.


Solicitor's Report:

            Nothing to report.


Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

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

 

            A quote of $1,200.00 was received from Sewer Engineer T & M Associates to prepare the Chapter 94 Report.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the quote as received, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

            A form was received from Benecon pertaining to employee medical benefit eligibility continuation during a leave of absence.  Borough Manager Zmoda to discuss the requested information with the Finance Committee.

 

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

 

Property & Utilities:

            Nothing to report.

Community Outreach:

            Nothing to report.

Borough Manager's Report:

            Borough Manager Zmoda stated she wants to set up a Boot Camp with the Council Members and would like some dates to hold it.

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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Payment of Bills:        

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $23,777.91; Sewer Fund, $49,701.04 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $3,029.11.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Executive Session: 

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Council went into Executive Session at 8:47 P. M. and reconvened at 9:22 P. M.


            Special Note:  Borough Secretary Savitz left the meeting at 8:48 P. M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.   

 

Bidding Requirements:                      

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to authorize Solicitor Peter Layman to seek an advisory opinion from the Pennsylvania Ethics Committee regarding the "open and public process bidding requirements" needed when the cost of a project is under the bidding requirements but over the $500.00 limit on public official benefitting from a contract with the Borough, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by voice vote.

 

Adjournment:             

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman

Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 9:27 P. M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

                        Workshop -  Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:00 P. M.

            Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 7:00 P. M.