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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes

Tuesday 1st of June 2021 - Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 1, 2020

at 7:00 P. M. in the Weona Park Community Center.

 

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, Scott Brumbaugh, John Apgar, Stephanie Cooper and Janell Connolly.  Council Members Josephine Hildabrant and Charles Kandl Jr. were absent.

 

Also, present were Mayor Stephen Male, Borough Solicitor Peter Layman, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda, Public Works Director Steven Bender and Borough Secretary Juli Lemak.   

Visitors:

 

Ted and Susan Wallover of Wallover Aquatics provided the results of the Pool Feasibility Study in a presentation.   The following people had comments and/or questions:   Jeffrey Fox, 437 William Street, Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, Phyllis Pugliesi, 410 Wood Avenue, Dan Daly, 513 Wood Avenue, Valerie Viglione, 106 E. Lobb Avenue and Walt Cole, 116 E. Plainfield Avenue.

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to approve the pool feasibility study, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Jeffrey Fox, 437 William Street, provided his opinion regarding the feasibility study. 

 

Ethan Habrial, 100 A Street, expressed his frustration with the permitting process and requirements for his solar panel permit application.  President LeDonne informed Ethan that he needs to complete all requirements as noted in the Zoning Officer’s letter.  The requirements are all pursuant to the Uniform Construction Codes. 

 

Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, informed Council Members that UGI did work on his driveway entrance years ago and left black top where there should be concrete and PA American Water also completed work on the sidewalk in front of 300 S. Robinson Ave and left blacktop as well.

 

Public Works:

 

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

 

All Council Members received notification from the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) that the application for the Weona Park concession stand improvements project was approved for the Local Share Account Program (LSA) Monroe Grant in the amount of $104,704.00.

 

All Council Members received notification from the Commonwealth Financing Authority that the application for the Weona Park concession stand improvements project was not approved for their Northampton and Lehigh County LSA grant.

 

Zoning Report:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Codes Office's May report and the updated property maintenance log.

 

            All Council Members received copies of the May 13, 2021 Zoning Hearing minutes.

 

            All Council Members received correspondence from Barry Isett & Associates (BIA) recommending the Borough continues to hold $22,656.48 in construction escrow funds from the YMCA and to release $269,276.45. Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the recommendation from BIA to continue to hold $22,656.48 in construction escrow funds from the YMCA and to release $269,276.45, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

            Councilman John Apgar made a motion to extend the hours of the Zoning Officer for four (4) additional hours per week, until the end of October 2021 to investigate property maintenance code violations, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Police Report:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes from the

April 15, 2021 meeting, the May 20, 2021 agenda and the April calls for service. 

 

            All Council Members received notification from PA DECD that the LSA Monroe Grant in the amount of $79,424.00 was awarded to Slate Belt Regional Police. 

 

All Council Members received notification from the Commonwealth Financing Authority that the application for the police vehicles was not approved for their Northampton and Lehigh County LSA grant.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

 

            Fire Chief Parsons was present and reported the fire company responded to 12 calls for the month of May, spent 213 hours on calls and 172 hours on drills. 

 

Minutes:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of May 4, 2021, with the correction of changing the beginning of the sentence under Executive Session from “Councilwoman Tammy Kemp Apgar” to “Councilwoman Tammy Kemp”, seconded by Councilman John Apgar. Unanimous by roll call.

All Council Members received copies of the Park Board’s May 11, 2021 agenda and April 13, 2021 minutes.

Correspondence:

 

All Council Members received a copy of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s review letter for a 17 parcel lot consolidation plan and the review letter for Land Use for the 303 Demi Road’s planned industrial park, both located in Upper Mount Bethel Township.

 

All Council Members received notice from the Plainfield Township Zoning & Code Office’s Zoning Hearing Board will meet on June 8, 2021 to discuss Techo Bloc’s zoning appeal application of 856 W. Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Male reported on acquiring a donation of four (4) loads of dirt for Park improvements.  He also reported that he secured two-way radios for the Public Works Department to better communicate with the county and he is working with Steve Bender to get a water line for the dog park. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

            Nothing to report.

 

Solicitor:

 

            Solicitor Layman provided to all Council Members information about Declaration of Disaster Emergencies. 

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

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

 

All Council Members received a copy of the landfill update from Waste Management.

 

All Council Members received from the Municipal Authority a request to increase the Director’s fees from $45.00 per meeting to $55.00, effective January 1, 2022.  No action was taken on this matter.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:         

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the May Treasury Report as prepared by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to approve Resolution #2021-03, a resolution setting a new drug and alcohol policy for Borough employees, seconded by Councilman John Apgar. Unanimous by roll call.

 

All Council Members received correspondence from Benecon that accompanied the first surplus fund distribution check from the 2020 plan year in the amount of $62,332.08.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

All Council Members received correspondence from the Green & White Youth Association that had various questions and concerns regarding field improvements. 

 

All Council Members received email correspondence from Nu Cor Management containing an overview of the potential expansion of the maintenance garage.

 

Community Outreach:

 

            Borough Secretary Juli Lemak provided Council with the May feral cat report.

 

Council received Slate Belt Rising’s Steering Committee Meeting’s May 13, 2021 agenda and minutes from April 8, 2021. 

 

The 100th Centennial Event is June 18th through June 20th, 2021. 

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $12,016.21; Sewer Fund, $69,330.95, and Reserve Money Market Fund, $6,290.81.   Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

 

Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation and real estate issues, seconded by Councilman John Apgar. Unanimous by roll call vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 9:36 P.M. and reconvened at 10:19 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 9:36 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Robin Zmoda. 

 

Adjournment:

 

Councilman Janell Connolly made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

 

Council meeting adjourned at 10:20 P.M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

Workshop - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.

 

Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.