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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 4th of August 2020 - Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at           7:00 P. M. at the Weona Park Community Center.


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 and Scott Brumbaugh.

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




            Adrienne Fors, Waste Management’s Community Relations Manager, gave an update to Council on the landfill operations. 


            Tom Carlo, 306 S Robinson Avenue, expressed his concern regarding the landfill expansion and objected to the opinion piece published in the Express Times written by Adrienne Fors.


Public Works Report:             


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


            All Council Members were given a report from Ott Consulting Inc. who conducted 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.  Borough Manager Robin Zmoda requested any action be delayed until further research can be done on the posting process.


            Borough Manager Zmoda gave a construction update for the Lobb Avenue improvements.


Zoning Report: 


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


            Council was given a copy of the Code Observation Results report.


Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to have stronger enforcement of the property maintenance code with discretion given to Borough Manager as to options for compliance measures to be issued, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly. Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr. and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman John Apgar voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried.  

Police Report: 


All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police Meeting minutes from July 7, 2020, July 16, 2020, agenda from July 16, 2020 and August 4, 2020.  Council President Joseph LeDonne noted tonight’s Commission meeting was cancelled due to weather related issues.


            Council President Joseph LeDonne requested Borough Manager Robin Zmoda send all Council Members copies of the proposed changes to the Regional Police Charter Agreement.  Most of the changes relate to issues pertaining to the formation of the Regional Police and are no longer relevant.  There are also some changes related to the makeup of the Commission, what entities the Commission will allow to join, voting protocol and other items that Council members should review and give their opinions.


Fire Chief's Report: 


            Chief Dean Parsons was not in attendance due to weather conditions.


            Council directed Borough Manager Robin Zmoda to contact the Fire Company and ask their intentions with the Labor Day Parade and how it might proceed under the current Covid 19 restrictions and how they will regulate those attending.   




Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, July 7, 2020, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.




            Council was given a copy of correspondence from Barbara Beegle, 612 George Street concerning road projects.  Borough Manager will respond.


            Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley (CACLV) sent a request for a donation to the Coordinated Entry System appeal.  Council will revisit at budget time.


            Council was given a copy of correspondence from Pen Argyl Area High School requesting a change in the traffic plan which will require a change in the Borough Code’s traffic ordinance.  Lengthy discussion was held as there was a conflict in the request with turning directions and the timing of the change.  Borough Manager Zmoda will invite representatives of the school to attend the August 25, 2020 meeting which will be advertised as a special meeting. Council directed Solicitor Layman to draft an ordinance after clarification from the school regarding the conflict and advertise for the August Special Meeting.


            Council was given copies of various letters in support of Waste Management’s community involvement and letters to Plainfield Township’s Board of Supervisors urging them to reconsider their vote against pursuing the Grand Central Landfill rezoning request.


Mayor's Report:


Mayor Male updated the Borough Council on his Pride in Pen Argyl initiative.  He announced the winner of the July’s challenge was 726 George Street and reminded everyone the August competition is the “Dog Days of Summer”.  Mayor Male encouraged Council members to get the word out to their constituents in their wards. 


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 July report. 


Council was given a copy of the Municipal Authority Minutes of February 3, 2020.


Borough Council directed Borough Manager to send RFQs to the following firms:  HRG, Maser Consulting and ENTECH to replace the Borough’s and Authority’s wastewater engineering consultant.


Borough Manager Zmoda also updated Borough Council on the progress of the credit card payments for sewer billing.



Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:


All Council Members were given a copy of the July 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 Councilman John Apgar. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.


            Borough Council was made aware of a CD maturing and directed Borough Manager Zmoda to look for 3-month short term rates.


Property & Utilities:


             Borough Manager Zmoda updated Council on the street garage painting project. 


            Borough Manager was directed to do an add/alt for anodized aluminum handrails for Borough Hall steps during the ADA ramp project.


Community Outreach:


Council was given a copy of the Slate Belt Rising’s Steering Committee agenda from the July 9, 2020 meeting and the minutes of the June 11, 2020.


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


            Council was reminded of the September Yard Sales will be held September 18th through

September 20th.


            Borough Council questioned the insurance coverage for volunteers if they were injured.  Borough Manager Robin Zmoda informed Council that while Workman’s Compensation would not be available to volunteers the Borough’s liability policy would provide coverage if a volunteer would allege the Borough was negligent in causing the injury. There are also Volunteer Accident policies available for coverage of injuries sustained by a volunteer.  No action was taken. 


Mayor Stephen Male is in discussion with the Boy Scouts to set up a program where the Borough would give them names to those who may need assistance with mowing and weed trimming, but it is in the early stages of development.


Borough Manager's Report:


Council Members were given a copy of Borough Manager Zmoda’s July report. Councilman John Apgar asked her about the rooster question on the report. Borough Manager Zmoda responded that there was a concern about a rooster crowing and they wondered if roosters and chickens were allowed in the Borough.  Borough Manager Zmoda stated if an animal was not utilized for capital gain and the owners followed nuisance laws for noise and cleanup they were allowed.  If a rooster is crowing for longer then ten minutes neighbors should call police and file a complaint. 


Council was given a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Council of Government’s street sweeper.


Payment of Bills:


            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $17,699.82; Sewer Fund, $51,980.87; and Reserve Money Market Fund, $208,904.55. Councilman Charles Kandl Jr made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.



Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 8:16 P.M



                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,



                                                                                    Robin Zmoda

                                                                                    Borough Manager



Workshop - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.


Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.