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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 7th of July 2020 - July 7, 2020 Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7:00 P. M. via Zoom Remote Meeting.

 

Pledge of Allegiance: 

                                               

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

7:00 P.M.

 

Roll Call:

 

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

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

 

Visitors:          

                       

            Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, inquired about a no-turn sign on the corner of Pen Argyl Street at the intersection of South Robinson Avenue.  Borough Manager Zmoda stated that the Borough installed new one-way signs.  Mr. Carlo asked if the parking meters be used during business hours for businesses only due to residents parking in meter areas and not being ticketed.  Borough Manager Zmoda said enforcement was reinstated ion July 1, 2020 and reported several tickets have been issued already.  Council President Joseph LeDonne said it would be difficult to determine if the vehicle’s users were in businesses or homes.

 

Public Works Report:             

 

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

 

            All Council Members were given a quote from Barry Isett & Associates for a Weona Park midblock crossing flashing warning device permit plan.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the permit plan in the amount of $3,500.00, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.  

 

            All Council Members were given a quote from Ott Consulting Inc. for a speed study to determine speeds on the streets by Pen Argyl High School on West Laurel Avenue and Immaculate Conception School on N. Heller Avenue.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the speed study in the amount of $1,950.00, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.    

 

            Council received the construction schedule for the Lobb Avenue improvements from Barry Isett & Associates Inc. 

 

Council received a request from PennDOT to inspect all traffic signal poles on all non-state routes for any structural deficiencies. Inspection has been completed.

 

            Council received a proposal from Barry Isett’s & Associates Inc. for professional engineering services for an ADA compliant entrance ramp at Borough Hall.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the proposal for $16,000.00, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

All Council Members discussed reopening of Weona Park.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to reopen areas of the park, to be used at own risk,  except for restrooms, miniature golf, kitchens and carousel, pavilions will be opened but not rented, Community Center will be for Borough use only, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.  

 

Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council the meeting with Wallover Architects to discuss the pool feasibility study is tentatively scheduled in September.

 

Council Members discussed weeds and grass growing in between curb lines and sidewalks.  Borough Manager discussed if the Borough sprays grass and weeds a license will have to be obtained.  To be certified, employees will need to take a class and pass a test. Borough Manager Zmoda will check with the COG to see if any of the communities have a certified license.   

 

Zoning Report: 

 

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

 

            Council discussed advertisement signs posted on telephone poles.  Chapter 53-7 of the Pen Argyl Borough Code prohibits signs posted on telephone poles.  The Borough will begin to research enforcement.

 

            Council discussed their decision from the June Council Meeting of loosening the zoning restrictions for retail businesses and restaurants and will continue to keep the zoning restrictions lose for an undetermined amount of time.

 

Police Report: 

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police Meeting minutes from June 18, 2020 and agenda from July 7, 2020. 

 

            Mayor Male stated at the Police Commission meeting held earlier in the evening they discussed upgrading their body cameras as their current ones are failing and using the police to conduct a risk assessment for the Borough building. 

 

Borough Manager Zmoda presented to Council a memo from Barry Isett & Associates regarding renting the old fire station garage, how it is to be divided and what is needed for permitting.     

 

Fire Chief's Report: 

 

            Fire Chief Dean Parsons reported the fire company received eleven (11) calls for the month of July.  The total hours spent on drills was 210 and 218 hours on calls for a total of 428-man hours. 

 

            Chief Parsons suggested Council consider splitting ambulance time between Wind Gap EMS and Suburban EMS.  No action was taken on this matter. 

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly asked about the Labor Day Celebration and parade and how it might proceed under the current Covid 19 restrictions and how they will regulate those attending.  Chief Parsons stated the celebration may be cancelled, however plans to continue with parade are ongoing without walkers.  The local high school bands have declined to march, there is very little guidance on enforcement, and it is difficult to understand how and who controls the crowds. 

 

            Chief Parsons also asked if the traffic light at the intersection of Route 512 & South Main Street the same interrupter sensors as the traffic light at the intersection of Robinson Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue   Borough Manager Zmoda have will discuss with PennDOT.  The Fire Companies Relief Association will pay for any costs.

 

            Mayor Male also discussed a cooperative effort with the Fire Company for this year’s annual community party in December.

                       

Minutes:

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, June 2, 2020, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council was given the Northampton County Tax Collection Committee agenda from

June 11, 2020 and minutes of October 10, 2019.

 

Council was also given the Slate Belt Council of Governments agenda from June 24, 2020 and minutes of May 27,2020.

 

Correspondence:       

 

            Council was given a Certificate of Appreciation from the Pen Argyl Area School District for assisting with the class of 2020 graduation during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Stephen Male reported on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s General Assembly Meeting he attended, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. 

 

         

Mayor Male also updated the Borough Council on his Pride in Pen Argyl initiative sponsored by and managed by him and his wife.  Each month they will visit each ward and choose three homes which exemplify a theme announced and with the occupant’s permission a picture will be taken and posted on the Borough’s social media outlets and sent to the email list.  At the end of the month a winner will be chosen at random to win a gift card (purchased by the Mayor). 

 

            Mayor Male also reported on the construction of a Techo Bloc wall in front of the fire station.  He thanked the public works team and volunteer fire fighter Robert Kaufman for his assistance in working towards its completion.

                       

Planning Commission:

 

            Nothing to report.

 

Solicitor's Report:

 

Nothing to report.

           

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

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

 

Council was given a quote from Systems East, Inc. (SEI) to troubleshoot a low alarm issue at the wastewater treatment plant.   Councilman John Apgar made a motion to accept the quote from SEI for the amount of $3,883.00, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.  

 

            Council was given a copy of correspondence from Joseph Bluge indicating he will be leaving T & M Associates. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda stated there is a developer who is interested in potentially utilizing the wastewater treatment plant to process residential and commercial properties in Washington Township.  They would like to present to the Municipal Authority and Borough Council at a joint meeting during the

 July 28, 2020 workshop.  Council had no objections.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the June Treasury Report as prepared and submitted by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council the annual audits are available.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council the annual EMMA disclosures for the bond issues have been submitted for both the Borough and Municipal Authority.

Minutes for Pen Argyl Council Meeting of Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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Property & Utilities:

 

             Borough Manager Zmoda reviewed the grant application for the Norco Grow Grant.

 

            Council was given a copy of Zoning/Code Officer’s memo regarding the separation of bays at the old fire station garage.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda relayed a suggestion from the Women’s Club to create an “adopt a planter program”.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp reminded Council that it was agreed to wait until the revitalization plan has been adopted.

 

Community Outreach:

 

Council was given a copy of the Slate Belt Rising’s Steering Committee agenda from the June 11, 2020 meeting and the minutes of the May 14, 2020

 

Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak provided Council with the June feral cat report and update. 

 

            Council was given correspondence form the Mission of Love Food Bank.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda relayed the PPE supply distribution from Northampton County to our local no profits and small businesses was a success. 

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly updated Council on the Community Garden and announced the Slate Belt Community Gardens facebook page.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Borough Manager Zmoda gave Council a copy of the results of her Lehigh Valley Regional Park Survey about COVID, COVID Waiver & sign examples. 

 

Payment of Bills:

           

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $192,781.52; Sewer Fund, $56,273.08; State Fund, $3,487.77 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $14,614.73. Councilman Charles Kandl Jr made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.


 

Executive Session: 

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss real estate and personnel issues, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote

           

Council went into Executive Session at 9:09 P.M. and reconvened at 9:48 P.M.

 

Adjournment:

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:50 P.M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

                                                                                    Robin Zmoda

                                                                                    Borough Manager

 

 

Workshop - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.

 

Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.