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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes

Tuesday 8th of January 2019 - Borough Council Meeting

               Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for January on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

at 7:00 P. M. in the Fire Hall.

 

Pledge of Allegiance:



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

 

Roll Call:

Council Members present and responding to roll call: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Janell Connolly, Michael Nasatka Jr., Charles Kandl Jr., Robert O’Donnell, Roberta Cowley, and Josephine Hildabrant.

Also present were Mayor Michael G. Nasatka, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda and Borough Solicitor Peter Layman.  Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz was absent.  Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak took the minutes.

 

Re-Appointments and Appointments:

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion and seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell to make the following re-appointments and appointments:

 

            Eric Mesko - Planning Commission, five (5) year term, expires 12/31/23

            Rosemarie Rinker - Municipal Sewer Authority, five (5) year term, expires 12/31/23

            Judith Piper - Zoning Board, five (5) year term, expires 12/31/23

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

            Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant - Disruptive Conduct Board of Appeals, Alternate Owner, three (3) year term, expires 12/31/21

John Cuono and Council - Vacancy Board, yearly appointment

            Keith Valentine, Sewage Enforcement Officer and James Kleinle as alternate, yearly appointment (Both are employed by Borough Engineer Barry Isett & 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 Tammy Kemp made a motion and seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant to make the following appointments of Borough Representatives:

 

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

            Municipal Conference Committee – Michael G. Nasatka, 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 Cowley, Delegate and Michael G. Nasatka, Alternate

 

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

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to not appoint representatives for the Slate Belt Regional Police Commission until the language of the articles of agreement are renewed, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly. Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell voted no.  There being seven (7) votes in favor of the motion and one (1) no vote the motion carried.

 

Open Records Officer:

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to appoint Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz as Open Records Officer and Borough Manager Robin Zmoda as Alternate, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Council Liaison to Borough Municipal Sewer Authority:

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to appoint Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.

as Council Liaison to the Borough Municipal Sewer Authority, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Advertise for vacancies on Borough Boards:

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to advertise for vacancies on Borough Boards, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Setting of Council Meetings and Workshops for year 2019: 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to hold Council Meetings on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 P. M. and 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 Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by voice vote.

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to advertise and hold the January Workshop on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 P.M., seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous vote by voice vote. 

 

Resolution NO. 2019 - 01:                 

            Borough Manager Zmoda presented Resolution NO. 2019 - 01 pertaining to fixing fees for applications and permits for the establishment, repair, alteration or abandonment of on-lot septic systems, pursuant to the provisions of Section 103.5 of the PA Sewage Facilities Act 35.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to accept and approve Resolution NO. 2019- 01 as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Visitors:

 

            Linda Capone, 309 Pen Argyl Street, complained about her neighbor at 303 Pen Argyl Street, rubbish is all over the yard including but not limited to several propane tanks and 2 of those tanks appear to be illegally hooked into the house.  She is concerned for her safety and welfare.

 

Steven Reider, Director of Slate Belt Rising (SBR), informed Council that he is writing an request for proposals to firms for an Economic Revitalization Development Plan for Pen Argyl.  , Slate Belt Rising applied and received a Special Program Priorities Grant through the Neighborhood Assistance Program for an Economic Development Plan for the entire Slate Belt Region.

 

  Reider encouraged Council to notify him of any commercial or residential properties that need facade work for the SBR Commercial and Residential Facade Improvement Program.  Last year SBR renewed the facade of one (1) residence in Pen Argyl and another residence is scheduled for this spring.  This year’s commercial facade projects will potentially include Jennifer’s Boutique, ANG Aquatics and NESTEC.   

 

Further, he informed Council that SBR will host their annual regional event in Pen Argyl as this year is Pen Argyl’s splash year.   

 

Adrienne Fors, representative from Waste Management, was present.  Fors informed Council that the horizontal gas collector is being installed and is projected to be completed by mid-January (weather permitting).  This collector will increase the amount of gas collection, thus reducing any potential nuisances.  The Department of Environmental Protection approved Waste Management to increase the throughput of the utility flare.  This has enabled the Green Knights Heat Recovery Center to turn on the third turbine. 

 

Public Works Report:

 

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

 

            One (1) bid was submitted for the 1985 DT 466 International Utility Fire Truck in the amount of $5,000.00.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to reject the bid, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to advertise the 1985 DT 466 Utility Fire Truck on Municibid with an opening bid of $6,000.00, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by voice vote. 

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to hire Ott Consulting for a traffic study to be able to designate school zones for the ICS and Pen Argyl High School at the proposed cost of $8,700.00, as submitted by Ott Consulting, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.   

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to purchase six (6) tires from Alex’s Tire Center for the 2013 GMC truck in the amount of $1,226.94, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O’Donnell.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly voted abstained.  There being seven (7) votes in favor of the motion and one (1) abstained vote the motion carried.  

 

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission has an open call to all townships and boroughs within the Lehigh Valley to create a presentation for transportation improvement projects for consideration in the Lehigh Valleys’ Regional Plan.  All plans are to be presented on January 25th.    Manager Zmoda proposed a plan to explore improvements to the Route 512/611 corridor.  Zmoda will request assistance from SBR and will utilize a previously completed study as a resource.  She informed Council that the study may cost the Borough money to complete.  Council had no objections to pursue this plan.      

 

Zoning Report:

 

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

 

Police Report:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police Minutes from their Regular Meeting held on December 20, 2018 the January 8, 2019 Agenda and the calls for December.    

 

Fire Chief's Report:

 

All Council Members were provided with a copy of the elected officers and position roster for 2019.  The fire company also submitted their monthly reports for November and December 2018.  In November they received twelve (12) calls.  They spent 232 hours on drills and 410 hours on calls.  In December they received ten (10) calls.  They spend 203 hours on drills and 452 hours on calls. 

 

Minutes:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, December 11, 2018, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Correspondence:

 

            Council received correspondence thanking them for their yearly contribution to  the Blue Mountain Community Library and The Slate Belt Heritage Center.

 

            The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Center – The Lehigh Valley Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Report from the third quarter of 2018.

 

            Barbara Beagle, 612 George Street – Sent a written complaint about moving permits.

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Michael G. Nasatka suggested the Borough considers replacing the wreath and snowflake lights on the street poles.   Councilwoman Janell Connolly recommended to wait until the study for the economic development and downtown enhancement is completed.

 

            Mayor Nasatka reported Sargent Johnathon Hoadley was promoted to Lieutenant. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

            Nothing to report.

 

Solicitor's Report:

 

Nothing to report.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

            Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant December report, the Committee Authority report for December and the Authority Minutes from their December 3, 2018 meeting.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda prepared a Meeting Memo from the December 12, 2018 meeting with the Department of Environmental Protection regarding Waste Management.   A follow up meeting is scheduled for February 7th.

 

Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to table replacing the centrifuge until the next business meeting so more research can be completed on the need of entire replacement vs. spiral replacement, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote. 

 

 

Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to accept the Annual Maintenance Agreement for the heat pump system for the amount of $560.00 with George’s Plumbing, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Treasury Report as prepared and submitted by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to accept the Treasury Report with the correction of changing the end date of the Title Page from 2019 to 2018, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote.

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to move $350,000.00 from the Garbage Fund to a 24-month CD with ESSA Bank & Trust, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

 

Property & Utilities:

 

            Nothing to report.

 

Community Outreach:

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp discussed the high school essay contest.  She recommended notifying the high school about the contest in February, to run the contest in March and to announce the winner in April.  She asked Council to consider a topic for the essay for discussion at the January Workshop.

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly informed Council that the Slate Belt Regional Police Department logged in 67 volunteer hours within the last three (3) months for the Slate Belt Rising PAL program.


Borough Manager's Report:

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to not continue the Slate Belt Council of Governments membership for 2020, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr. and Josephine Hildabrant.  Council Members Roberta Cowley and Robert O’Donnell voted no.  There being six (6) votes in favor of the motion and two (2) no votes the motion carried.

 

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday, January 22nd to discuss the 2020 Census.  Borough Manager Zmoda is to attend. 

 

Council reviewed a Request for Qualifications for Professional Engineering Services.  Council did not have any revisions and Zmoda will e-mail the request to several local engineer firms. 

 

Zmoda provided Council with an Animal Control Services Agreement for Pibbles Paws Safe Haven with the potential to have them as the Borough’s Animal Control Officer for the year 2020.  Solicitor Layman is to review the contract.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to proceed with a meeting with Pibbles Paws Safe Haven, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Payment of Bills:

 

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $32,858.02; Sewer, $74,326.99; State Fund, $3,651.43; Reserve Money Market Fund, $167,255.66 and Fire Station Construction, $462,455.75.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by voice vote.   

 

Executive Session:

 

            Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 9:28 P. M. and reconvened at 9:51 P.M.
                     

Special note:  Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left at 9:28 P. M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda. 

       

Adjournment

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:52 P.M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak

                                                                                    Administrative Assistant

 

                                    Workshop – Thursday, January 24th - 7:00 P. M.

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