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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020 - Borough Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday,

March 3, 2020 at 7:00 P. M. in 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, Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, Roberta Cowley, John Apgar and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. was absent.

 

Also present were Mayor Stephen Male, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda, Borough Solicitor Peter Layman and Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak. 

 

Visitors:          

                       

            The following residents spoke against the proposed Waste Management Landfill expansion: Tom Lee, 14 B Street; William Reesman, 212 N. Robinson Avenue; Bob Michler,

502 East Laurel Avenue; Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Ave; John Rinehart, 505 W. Pennsylvania Avenue; Jerry Lemin, Plainfield Township and Don Moore, Stockertown. 

 

            Adrianne Fors, representative of Waste Management, provided a landfill update and a brief overview of the proposed landfill expansion project. 

 

Public Works Report:             

 

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

 

Councilman John Apgar made a motion to accept the Barry Isett & Associates proposal for a stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP), not to exceed $4,000.000, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to authorize A. Scott Enterprises to repair the emergency collapse of Albion Avenue grate/basin repair not to exceed five (5) days labor and repair at $19,040.00, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council received the agenda from the Weona Park Pool Feasibility Study meeting of February 19, 2020. 

 


Zoning Report: 

 

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

 

            Council received the agenda from the Northampton County DCED Blight Reversal and Remediation Task Force Meeting of February 25, 2020. 

 

Councilman John Apgar made a motion to appoint Lisa Kandl to the Borough Zoning Hearing Board, term to expire on December 31, 2024, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Zoning Officer Charles Wolf submitted a Town Observation Report from the week of February 20, 2020. 

 

Police Report: 

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police Meeting minutes from February 4, 2020 and agenda from February 20, 2020.

 

Fire Chief's Report: 

 

            Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received six (6) calls for the month of February.  The total hours spent on drills was 239 and 128 hours on calls for a total of 367 man hours. 

 

Austin Harmon, Lookout Fire Company President, provided a moving out timeline for the basement in the Borough Hall.

 

Council Members were given a copy of the revised draft Promissory Note for review.    

 

Minutes:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, February 4, 2020, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council was given the agenda and information materials from the Park Board Meeting of February 11, 2020 and meeting minutes from January 14, 2020. 

 

Council received the Slate Belt Economic Committee Agenda from February 11, 2020 and the Slate Belt Council of Governments (COG) Meeting agenda and the February 26, 2020 minutes.

 


 

Correspondence:       

           

            The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Committee annual meeting is March 19th. 

            A check in the amount of $41.00 from Prints Galore for the sale of park merchandise was received.

 

Mayor's Report:

                       

            Mayor Male requested Council Members provide him on a quarterly basis a property address within their ward where the property owner goes above and beyond to maintain their property so they may be recognized. 

 

            Mayor Male arranged for donations to Weona Park dog park: topsoil from the Slate Belt YMCA; three triaxles and a mini bulldozer from Muschlitz Excavating and mulch from

A. Scott Enterprises.

 

Planning Commission:

           

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to appoint Fred Farino to the Borough Planning Commission, term to expire on December 31, 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Solicitor's Report:

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to approve the Irrevocable Letter of Credit in the amount of Two Hundred Ninety One Thousand Eight Hundred Forty One Dollars and Ninety-three Cents ($291,841.93) for the Slate Belt YMCA, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

           

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

Gregory Leck, 115 West Pennsylvania Avenue, submitted a request to adjust his February 2020 sewer bill of $298.50 to $96.00.  His toilet had a leak and he has never made a late payment.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to grant Gregory Leck, 115 West Pennsylvania Avenue, a $202.50 adjustment on his sewer bill, bringing the balance of his bill to $96.00, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion for Borough Manager Zmoda to purchase eight (8) 30” x 72” tables and sixty-four (64) chairs for the Borough hall, not to exceed $1,500.00, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connelly.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.


 

Council Members discussed the proposed ordinance for amending the Borough’s non-union pension plan administered by the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System as drafted by Borough Solicitor Peter Layman.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to authorize Borough Solicitor Layman to advertise the proposed ordinance for the April 7th Council Meeting, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to exonerate Borough owned properties from the 2020 Borough taxes, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the February Treasury Report as prepared and submitted by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

            Nothing to report.

 

Community Outreach:

 

Council received the Slate Belt Rising Steering Committee Meeting agenda from February 13, 2020 and minutes from January 9, 2020.   

 

Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak provided Council with the February feral cat report.

 

Council received the Pen Argyl Revitalization Plan Meeting notes from January 30, 2020.

 

Councilmember Tammy Kemp informed Council Members that the Community Outreach Committee has decided the title of this year’s essay in Pen Argyl High school to be “What is the role of social media in local government issues?”

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Council Members received updates from Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. 

 

 

Borough Manager Zmoda will conduct a boot camp for all Council Members on

March 21, 2020. 

 

Discover Lehigh Valley launched an initiative where small municipalities can participate in their calendar of events to promote events.  Manager Zmoda was trained how to utilize their computer system to uploading and advertise events. 

 

Manager Zmoda had a meeting with Techo Bloc to discuss building their community presence. 

 

The Northampton County grant meeting is scheduled for March 4th, Councilwoman Tammy Kemp and Manager Zmoda are to attend. 

 

Manager Zmoda is to attend the Chapter 102 MS4 training workshop on March 24th. 

 

Manager Zmoda is to meet with Dean Parsons and the County to research how to prepare the Borough for the Coronavirus, how it may affect and impact our meetings and emergency management operations.              

 

Payment of Bills:

           

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $28,694.79; Sewer

Fund, $44,767.65; State Fund, $9,887.45 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $12,770.30.  Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.

 

Executive Session: 

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation and personnel issues, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote

 

            Council went into Executive Session at 8:35 P.M. and reconvened at 9:00 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:35 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.   

 

 

Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz Retirement:

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to agree to the retirement proposal recommended by Borough Manager Zmoda for Secretary Dolores Savitz (see attached), seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by voice vote.

Special note:  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp left the meeting at 9:01 P.M.

Executive Session:

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to go into Executive Session at 9:01 P.M. to discuss personnel issues, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.

Council went into Executive Session at 9:01 P.M. and reconvened at 9:06 P.M.

 

Teamsters Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept 2020-2024 Teamsters Collective Bargaining Agreement as recommended by the personnel committee, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

Adjournment:

Councilman John Apgar made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:07 P.M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak      

                                                                                    Borough Administrative Assistant

 

                                                Workshop - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.

 

                                    Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.