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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 5th of May 2020 - Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:25 P. M. via Zoom Remote Meeting.


Pledge of Allegiance: 


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

7:25 P.M.


Roll Call:


The following Council Members were present and responded to roll call: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, John Apgar and Josephine Hildabrant.


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




            Adrienne Fors, Waste Management representative, presented the monthly landfill operations update.  Council members were given a copy.  Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant questioned when bulk item collection will resume, Ms. Fors did not know for sure, tentatively scheduled for June 1st.


Public Works Report:             


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


            Council was presented with a PennDOT Resolution to authorize Borough Manager Robin Zmoda to submit the PennDOT Permit Application for the flashing speed signs at Weona Park.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to adopt the resolution for the SR512 Speed Flashing Warning Device Permit Plan, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.


            Council discussed modifying the Park Ordinance to reflect emergency powers of closing specific areas of the Park during a declared emergency.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  made a motion to draft and advertise if approved  an amendment to the Park Ordinance to provide the following:  during a Declaration of Emergency the Park may be closed in whole or in part; limits imposed on the number of people;  social distancing required; limits on size of groups imposed and face masks or coverings required.  The restrictions could be changed by the Mayor at any time, ratified by vote of Borough Council and would expire when the Declaration of Emergency was fully lifted by the Borough, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.


Zoning Report: 


            All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Codes Office's April report and a guidance document from the Governor regarding businesses in the construction industry reopening.


            Borough Manager Zmoda gave Council an update on the plan to begin issuing permits and completing inspections following the Governor’s lifting the ban on permitting and inspections.


Police Report: 


All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police Meeting minutes from March 3, 2020 and agenda from April 7, 2020. 


Council agreed to continue the suspension of enforcement of parking meters during the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice.


Fire Chief's Report: 


            Nothing to report.




Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 7, 2020, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.




            Council was given a written request from Dorothy Campanero to give her a credit in the amount of $256.00 for the November 2019 sewer billing and to reduce her sewer bill going forward because four (4) of the seven (7) units in her building are presently vacant.   Council President Joseph LeDonne asked if as per workshop discussion, Borough Council would like to draft a policy addressing vacancies and sewer billings.  After some discussion Council, no action was taken.


            Council received a copy of emails from Anthony Ulecko, Moonlight Pizza owner, regarding smoking in or near establishments and workplaces, especially those buildings with a mixed use of business and residential.  No action was taken.



Council was also given a copies of Pennsylvania American Water’s request to the Pennsylvanian Public Utility Commission for a multi-year rate increase and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor annual report.


Mayor's Report:


            Mayor Stephen Male reported that the Bells Across Pennsylvania event was a success and thanked our hometown heroes and the residents who made noise for them.


Planning Commission:


            Nothing to report.


Solicitor's Report:


Ordinance Number 707 amending the Borough’s Non-Uniformed Pension Plan Ordinance was presented.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to adopt Ordinance Number 707 amending the Non-Uniformed Pension Plan Ordinance to reflect new Internal Revenue Service’s regulations, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.


Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:


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


Council was given a quote to replace two (2) variable frequency drive pumps at the West End Pumping Station.  Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to accept the quote from M & S Service Co., Inc.  in the amount of $9,372.00, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.


Council agreed to continue the waiver on interest and penalties on sewer billings, to be revisited in June.


Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:


All Council Members were given a copy of the April 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 Josephine Hildabrant. The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.



Council had been given a copy of the first quarter budget comparison and a review from Borough Manager Robin Zmoda.  Borough Manager Zmoda asked if anyone had any questions or concerns.  She did point out there will be issues with decreases in revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  There is also concern regarding the cost of the Fire Station utility bills.  


Council received a proposal from WSA Insurance for Cyber Crime Coverage.  Council directed Borough Manager Zmoda to purchase the $250,000. 00 coverage for an annual fee of $255.00. 


Council also directed Borough Manager Zmoda to move forward with the Diversified Technology’s offer to set up and train Borough administrative staff on an online customer portal as another avenue for users to pay their sewer bills.  Diversified is waiving all charges for installation, setup and training.


Property & Utilities:


            Borough Manager Zmoda was directed to set up a Property and Utility Committee meeting to review all properties.


Community Outreach:


Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak provided Council with the April feral cat report.  Council was informed that this service is not considered essential during the COVID 19 pandemic business closings. No Nonsense Neutering requested a confirmation that the Borough will be continuing the service once the restrictions are lifted.  Borough Council had no objections to continuing the service once it can start again.


Slate Belt Rising is repurposing some funding they received from the Neighborhood Partnership Program in order to assist service organizations and the boroughs through the COVID-19 pandemic.  Council had no objections.


Borough Manager's Report:


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


Council was given copies of the Coronavirus survey report from Lafayette College’s Meyner Center, regarding the status of services municipalities are providing during the pandemic. 



Borough Manager Zmoda gave Council copies of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s process to apply for reimbursement of COVID-19 costs. 


Payment of Bills:


            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $30,873; Sewer Fund, $62,968.26; State Fund, $3,609.12 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $16,650.91. Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.


Executive Session: 


            Councilman Scott Brumbaugh 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 8:43 P.M. and reconvened at 9:12 P.M.



Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:14 P.M.


                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,



                                                                                    Robin Zmoda

                                                                                    Borough Manager




Workshop - Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.


Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.