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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for August on Tuesday, August 6, 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, Robert O’Donnell, Josephine Hildabrant and Janell Connolly.  Council Members Michael Nasatka Jr. and Charles Kandl Jr. were absent.

Also present were Borough Manager Robin Zmoda, Borough Solicitor Peter Layman and Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak.  Mayor Michael G. Nasatka arrived at 7:35 P.M.

Visitors:

None

Public Works Report:

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

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion for Solicitor Peter Layman to draft and advertise Handicapped Parking Ordinance number 702, with the suggested change of eliminating the applicants name from the placard, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Council Members voting in favor of the ordinance were: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Janell Connolly, Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell voted no.  There being five (5) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried.  

Council discussed the school zone study completed by Ott Consulting.  The TE-112 form was submitted to PennDOT for approval of designated school zones.

Public Works Director Steven Bender sold the 1997 Ford bucket truck for $2,050.00 and the 2004 Chevrolet Impala for $625.00 on Municibid.

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the bid from Estimating Systems for the reconstruction and restoration of the bandshell, for $108,622.00, contingent on engineer’s review, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Borough Manager Zmoda reported she is unable to locate the ordinance that ordains Vine Street, however State Liquid Fuel provides money to maintain a small portion.  Zmoda will contact Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to obtain the date and section of Vine Street that is ordained.  Solicitor Peter Layman will review the ordained street file at the Northampton County Courthouse.   


Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the handicapped parking application for Todd Anderson, 526 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Zoning Report:

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

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to appoint Chris Brumbaugh, 60 Flory Avenue, to the Zoning Hearing Board, term to expire December 31, 2022, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Police Report:

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes from their regular meeting on June 4, 2019, agenda from July 2, 2019 and July report.

 

Police Chief Mettin provided an article regarding small-scale event preparedness.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

 

Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received ten (10) calls for the month of July.  The total hours spent on drills was 132 and 225 hours on calls for a total of 357 man hours. 

 

The fire company will meet on August 8, 2019 to discuss the Borough’s loan offer of $400,000.00

 

Police Chief Mettin provided a fire-police meeting memo from July 11, 2019.  He requested 7 fire-police to assist during the Labor Day parade and carnival.  Chief Parsons will contact Plainfield and Wind Gap fire departments for assistance. 

 

The fire company’s insurance renewal package from Kressler, Wolff & Miller for the period of August 1, 2019 through August 1, 2020 was received.

 

Notice was received from Elizabeth McGarry, Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, advising all special conditions have been met for the fire company’s $1,000,000 grant.

 

The Nu Cor Management LLC application for payment of $568,947.51 for the fire station was received.  All applications from the fire station project will now be paid from the Reserve fund until RACP and Fire Fighter monies become available.

 

Minutes:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, July 2, 2019, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Council was given the agenda from the Park Board Meeting of July 16, 2019 and meeting minutes from June 18, 2019. 

The National Carousel Association Grant application for $3,000.00 was submitted by Borough Manager Zmoda for restoration of the chariots on the carousel.

Correspondence:

Robert L. Freeman, State Representative, thanked Council for their letter in support of Lower Mount Bethel Township, for the use of sewage sludge in land application. 

 

Patrick McDonnell, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), responded to Council’s letter of interest in the regulation of the land application of biosolids in Pennsylvania. 

 

Mayor’s Report:

The police union negotiations have begun and are awaiting information from insurance providers.

 

The police authorized hiring one (1) officer to fill a vacancy during the August Police Commission meeting.

 

Mayor Michael G. Nasatka expressed his gratitude to the Park Board and Steve Bender for their hard work providing a very successful, well-attended Summer Sounds.   

 

Planning Commission:

 

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission sent a call for project nominations for consideration for the 2019 Lehigh Valley awards.

 

The Multimunicipal Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee meeting agenda from July 17, 2019 was received along with minutes from June 5, 2019, draft agenda for August 7, 2019 and minutes from July 17, 2019.

 

Solicitor’s Report:

 

            Nothing to report.

 


Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

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

 

T&M Associates sent a report regarding the replacement of the conveyor at the Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 11, 2019.

 

All Council Members were provided with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Committee report dated August 5, 2019 and Sewer Authority minutes from July 1, 2019.    

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to accept George’s Plumbing’s bid for the replacement of three (3) chromolox wall mounted area heaters in an amount not to exceed $20,550.00, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call. It was noted that Crowder’s Jr. bid was not accepted due to a concern about responsiveness to an issue in the past that was not suitable. 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to purchase a rebuilt cla-val valve for $2,947.00, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

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

The liquid fuel tax fund audit for the period of January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 was conducted on July 11, 2019.  There were no reported findings. 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the 2nd Quarter Budget Review, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the Palmer & Company audit report, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

An assessment appeal hearing for the American Legion will be held on August 20, 2019. 

Property & Utilities:

 

None.

 

Community Outreach:

 

The Slate Belt Rising Agenda from July 11, 2019, committee minutes from June 13, 2019 and the June monthly report were received.

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

Borough Manager’s Report:

 

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

 

Zmoda completed the spotted lanternfly permit training and will train the staff.    

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to accept Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.’s letter of resignation, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Janell Connolly, Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell voted no.  There being five (5) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried.  

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to advertise the first ward Council vacancy, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

A letter was received from the Pen Argyl School District that requested the Borough to represent them as their applicant for the Local Share Account Funding (LSA) Grant.  No action was taken on this matter.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to apply for the LSA grant for the entranceway to the social hall at 11 North Robinson Avenue, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Zmoda requested an Executive Session to discuss personnel matters. 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $29,342.58; State Fund, $3,486.59; Sewer Fund, $51,953.43; Reserve Money Market Fund, $468,183.80 and Fire Station Construction, $161,872.08.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.


Executive Session:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:50 P.M. and reconvened at 9:40 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:50 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Robin Zmoda. 

Public Works:

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to authorize overtime for the Public Works Department for the positioning of heavy equipment during the Labor Day Parade, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

Fire Station:

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to approve the change orders requested from Nu Cor Management, Inc. for the new fire station for: winter concrete, $940.00; tie in piping for roof drains, $6,890.00; hand sink addition in kitchen, $1,980.00; separate breakers for washer, dryer, soap dispenser in decontamination room and mask cleaner and dryer and a fill station in  SCBA room, $6,461.00; amend code compliance issues, $3,940.92; guard rail for retaining wall, $8,895.00 and water pressure reducing valve, $3,050.00; the total amount of the change order is $37,141.25, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

Adjournment:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by voice vote. Council meeting adjourned at 9:45 P.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                            Juli Lemak

                                                            Borough Administrative Assistant

 

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