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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for July on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 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, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O’Donnell.

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. was absent.

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

Visitors:

None

Public Works Report:

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

Council was presented with Dennis Miller’s resignation, effective July 20, 2018.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept his resignation, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.   

Council received a proposal from Barry Isett & Associates Inc. for professional engineering services related to the paving, leveling and seal coating of Delabloe Junction Road from South Main Street to the Borough line at Plainfield Township.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the proposal of $7,800.00, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.    Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to advertise for bids, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call.

Executive Session:

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to go into Executive Session for personnel issues pertaining to the Public Works Department, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call. Council went into Executive Session at 7:05 P.M. and reconvened at

7:11 P.M.

 

Filling the Vacant Public Works Positions:

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to fill the vacant Public Works position with John J. Spadoni, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to fill the final vacant Public Works position with William W. Parr Jr., seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

Zoning:

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

Council received Notice of Judgement in the civil case of Pen Argyl Borough vs. Hydro Dynamic Pools.  The Borough was awarded $934.75.  Borough Solicitor Layman noted the Borough will have to wait for the appeal period to end July 13, 2018. 

Police:

All Council Members were given a copy of the SBRPD Minutes from their Regular Meeting held on May 17, 2018, the agenda for the June 5, 2018 meeting and May monthly calls. 

Nixle will go live the end of July or early August pending administrator training.  Each municipality will have its own administrator and residents will have the opportunity to determine which municipalities they wish to receive notifications.   

Manager Zmoda provided Council with Article 13 of the Fire Prevention Code of 1976.  The Borough Ordinance states it is unlawful to store explosives.  The new fireworks law states it is not permitted to light fireworks within 150 feet of a structure.  This information has been provided to residents through Facebook and various web sites and will be included in the June 2019 newsletter.

Fire Chief’s Report:

Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received twelve (12) calls for the month of June.  The total number hours spent on drills was 221 and 245 hours on calls for the month. 

The Fire Company received notification they will be awarded $94,000.00 in grant money for new air packs.

The new fire station loan closed on June 28, 2018.  Resolution 2018-08 authorizing the filing of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) formal application and business plan in the amount of $1,000,000.00 to construct a fire station was presented to Council.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept and adopt Resolution 2018-08 as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

The Borough will issue a Notice to Proceed when the insurance and maintenance bond is received from the contractor.

 

The ground breaking for the new fire station will be on July 14, 2018 at 10 A.M.   

 

Zmoda provided Council with Article 28 of the Fire Prevention Code of 1976, Chapter 57 of the Borough’s Ordinance, and the Ordinance from Wind Gap, Bangor and Lower Mount Bethel Township related to outdoor fires.  Solicitor Layman will draft an ordinance specifically associated with outdoor fires for the July Workshop.

 

Minutes:

Council was given a copy of the Council Regular Meeting Minutes from Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to approve the Minutes with the correction of changing the Executive Session vote to read, “seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant”, motion to approve seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  Unanimous by roll call.  

Council was also given copies of the Minutes from the Park Board Meeting on June 19, 2018.

Correspondence:

  Council was given a copy of correspondence from The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL).   The LVCIL is offering to train park staff on disability awareness.  Council determined Park staff is too small to engage in this opportunity. 

 

Resident Franco Zaccaro, 130 E. Mountain Avenue, submitted a request to close East Mountain Avenue between the blocks of N. Schanck and N. Westbrook Avenues on July 4, 2018.   Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to accept the road closure for the block party on July 4, 2018, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

FEMA - Notifying the Borough the hazard mitigation plan has been approved and the Borough is eligible for assistance should a natural hazard occur. 

 

The Slate Belt Council of Governments (COG) – Received a letter of resignation from the animal control officer.  The open position is advertised.

 

Sustainable Energy Fund – A tax credit is available to residents to convert to solar energy.   

 


Senator Mario Scavello - A public hearing regarding the dumping of out of state clean fill and regulated fill material into Northampton County is to be held on July 9, 2018.  Zmoda is to attend.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp commented Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure for adding an addendum to the 2018 contracts between county and tenant farmers to ban the use or deposit of sewage sludge pending approval from the state.  Zmoda will contact him requesting support against the proposed Synagro Sludge Plant.

 

Mayor’s Report:

 

Mayor Sabatine attended the Pen Argyl Area school board meeting.  The district approved to hire one (1) armed officer for each of the three (3) school buildings.  Part-time help for back-up will be required as well.  The contract is to expire on December 31, 2018 and a new contract will be negotiated in October for 2019.  Five (5) officers attended the active shooter training, the Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate Program (ALICE) and will train school staff on July 11, 2018.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

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

The second payment of $1,875.81 was received from NRG for operating the generator for one-hour last year. 

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 Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Property & Utilities:

Council was presented with correspondence from Constellation Energy, the Borough’s current electricity provider.  The Borough’s Energy Agreement for pricing expires in December.   Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to sign up for the 24-month program at a rate of $ 0.5218/kwh, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant. Unanimous vote by roll call.


 

Community Outreach:


Lehigh Valley Land Trust, Slate Belt Rising and the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) are painting the interior of 401 W. Mountain Avenue on July 21, 2018 at

9 A.M., volunteers are needed.  The house is available to first time home buyers and will remain at an affordable housing price for 99 years.

 

Borough Manager’s Report:

Borough Manager Zmoda presented Council with redistricting information.  Redistricting can’t be done until the year 2020, after the census is complete.

Zmoda presented Council with a copy of Bangor Borough’s promotional flyer.   Zmoda discussed creating a “Discover Pen Argyl” flyer to include all businesses within the Borough, as a resource to new residents as well as park patrons.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly offered to create a draft flyer.

 

Zmoda presented a letter of support for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP) Grant/Community Planning Grant.   Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to send the CIPP letter, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) completed their review of the Master Site Plan for Weona Park.  Plan is approved verbally, awaiting formal written approval to complete grant close out. 

 

Payment of Bills:

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $187,108.54; Sewer Fund $50,880.07 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $27,940.32.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Executive Session:

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel and possible litigation issues, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly. 

Unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:45 P.M. and reconvened at 9:03 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:45 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda. 


Adjournment:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

Council Meeting adjourned at 9:05 P.M.

 

                                                            Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                            Juli Lemak

                                                            Borough Administrative Assistant

  

 

            Workshop - Tuesday, July 31st - 7:00 P. M.

                                                     Council Meeting - Tuesday, August 7th - 7:00 P. M.