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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 1st of September 2020 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 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, John Apgar, Josephine Hildabrant and Scott Brumbaugh. Council Member 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:          

                       

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

 

Public Works Report:             

 

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

 

All Council Members were presented with a speed study from Ott Consulting Inc. by Pen Argyl High School on West Laurel Avenue and Immaculate Conception School on

N. Heller Avenue.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to send correspondence to PennDOT requesting a 15 mile per hour school zone speed limit on North Heller Avenue between West Bell Avenue and West Babbitt Avenue, also West Laurel Avenue between North Lobb Avenue and North Harding Avenue, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

            All Council Members reviewed correspondence from Barry Isett & Associates meeting notes from August 12th with PennDOT and Steven Bender discussing a midblock crosswalk on State Road 512 at Weona Park.

 

            Council Members were given correspondence from PennDOT, the previous line markings on West Pennsylvania Avenue by the streetlight at the intersection of North Robinson Avenue will be blackened.

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the Request for Change Order Number 2 for providing an additional 250 linear feet of slip lining on Lobb Avenue, for the amount of $28,750.00 and the Request for Change Order Number 3 for the modification of inlet number 9 and associated piping based on the depth of the existing sanitary lateral on 204 North Lobb Avenue and modification of inlet number 17 and associated piping based on the depth of the existing sanitary lateral at 301 North Lobb for the amount of $57,436.38, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Zoning Report: 

 

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

 

            Council was given a copy of the Zoning Hearing Board reorganization minutes from August 13, 2020, meeting minutes from August 13, 2020 and property maintenance observations report.

 

Police Report: 

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police Meeting minutes from August 20, 2020 and the September 1, 2020 agenda. Council President Joseph LeDonne noted tonight’s Commission meeting was cancelled due to weather related issues.

 

            Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion for Solicitor Peter Layman to advertise and prepare an ordinance amending Article V, Section B of the Slate Belt Regional Police Department Charter Agreement’s cost sharing formula to; 35% valuation, 30% population, 30% calls and 5% road mileage for the year 2021 , seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

            Council President Joseph LeDonne noted the Police Commission is reviewing the Crime Watch website contract.

 

Fire Chief's Report: 

 

            Chief Dean Parsons was not in attendance.

 

            Council Members received notification from the Fire Company that they are officially cancelling their Labor Day Parade.  Council President LeDonne noted PennDOT denied their permit for the parade and would not reconsider their decision when State Representative Marcia Hahn approached them on behalf of the fire company.  Council then provided a plan to have the parade on local streets and the fire company stated the route was not possible. 

                       

Minutes:

 

Councilman John Apgar made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, August 4, 2020, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Special Council Meeting of Tuesday, August 25, 2020, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council Members received the minutes from the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce meeting of August 26, 2020.

 

Correspondence:       

 

            Council was given two letters in support of the landfill’s request to rezone 211 acres across Pen Argyl Road from Beth Kruse, Landfill Operator at the Monroe County Municipal Waste Authority and a letter to the editor on lehighvalleylive.com from Beth Tenges of Plainfield Township.   

 

Mayor's Report:

 

Mayor Male updated the Borough Council on his Pride in Pen Argyl initiative.  The winner of the August challenge will be announced later in the week and reminded everyone the theme for the September competition is “Back to School or Green and White”.  Mayor Male encouraged Council members to get the word out to their constituents in their wards. 

 

Mayor Male reported he is working with Steven Bender to assist a Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout project to provide a water fountain at the skate park and dog park, to include a drinking fountain for humans and dogs.  He also stated he is in the process of potentially milling the land from behind the fire company to be used as a parking lot or road by the basketball court and dog park. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to grant conditional approval for the minor subdivision of 11-13 East Laurel Avenue, contingent on owner complying with the conditions set forth in the Barry Isett & Associates Inc. review letter dated August 21, 2020 seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Solicitor's Report:

 

Nothing to report.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

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

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

 

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

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to approve the Human Resources policy for time off and travel during the Covid-19 pandemic and Covid-19 response policy, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

            Council Members discussed electricity proposals from Constellation New Energy.   Councilman John Apgar made a motion to accept the 50-month rate of $.04956 to begin October 8, 2020 and end December 7, 2024, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council was given information on the Minimum Obligation (MMO) for non-uniformed members for the plan year of 2021; total amount of obligation is $43,797.00.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

             Borough Manager Zmoda updated Council on the street garage painting project and the Slate Belt Regional Police rental of the old fire station garage.

 

            All Council Members received correspondence from the fire company related to utilities at the fire station and the odometer read.

 

Community Outreach:

 

Council was given a copy of the Slate Belt Rising’s Steering Committee agenda from the August 20, 2020 meeting.

 

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

 

The community free yard sale event is Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th.

            Simone Collins sent an update on the revitalization draft plan. 

 

The pool feasibility meeting will be held on September 23, 2020.  Trick or Treat is scheduled for Saturday, October 31st from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.

 

            Council discussed a draft letter to send to Slate Belt Rising regarding the proposed Waste Management expansion.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Payment of Bills:

           

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $12,576.22; Sewer Fund, $51,246.91; and Reserve Money Market Fund, $440,015.66 Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session: 

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation, seconded by Councilman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.

 

            Council went into Executive Session at 8:02 P.M. and reconvened at 8:09 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:09 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 Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 8:10 P.M

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak

                                                                                    Borough Administrative Assistant

 

Workshop - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.

 

Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.