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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 6th of October 2020 - Borough Council Meeting

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

October 6, 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, Charles Kandl Jr.  and Scott Brumbaugh.

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

 

Visitors:          

                       

            Ethan Habrial, 100 A Street, expressed his frustration of the zoning process to get a permit to install solar panels on his property.

 

            Tom Carlo, 306 South Robinson Avenue, requested someone to investigate a car that has not moved in one month in front of 27 East Main Street.  He also stated utility companies are doing sloppy work within the Borough.  When South Robinson Avenue was patched by the utility company, the dust from cutting ran down the street and into the sewer.  UGI used blacktop in lieu of concrete on his neighbor’s sidewalk.  Pennsylvania American Water used blacktop on the sidewalk at 300 South Robinson.  Where the telephone pole on top of South Robinson was replaced a big pile of dirt and stone was left.  On Pennsylvania Avenue, coming towards East Main Street, the right turn only lines need to be repainted.  The no left turn sign located on Pen Argyl Street needs to be moved closer to the intersection.  He also expressed his concern for the Zoning  hearing on October 8th ,  215 South Robinson Avenue as he feels it is inconsistent with the revitalization plan to have apartments on the lower level of the building and a business on the upper level.   

 

Public Works Report:             

 

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

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the handicapped parking application for Charles Weidlich, 521 Pen Argyl Street, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.  


Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve Resolution No 2020-3, to complete and submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Community of Economic Development a $290,250.00 Northampton and Lehigh County Local Share application for upgrades and improvements to the two concession stands at Weona Park, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve Resolution No 2020-4, to complete and submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Community of Economic Development a $290,250.00 Monroe County Local Share application for upgrades and improvements to the two concession stands at Weona Park, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Borough Manager Zmoda posted on Facebook and in the Borough Newsletter an update regarding potential tractor trailer restrictions on George Street. 

Zoning Report: 

 

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

 

            Council was given a copy of the Zoning Hearing Board minutes from September 17, 2020, legal notice for the October 28, 2020 hearing and the property maintenance observations report.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion for Borough Solicitor Layman to attend the October 8, 2020 Zoning Hearing for 215 S. Robinson Avenue to oppose the variance that would allow apartments on the ground floor of the building due to the following reasons: an undue hardship has not been provided, the proposal is inconsistent with Pen Argyl’s proposed revitalization plan from the Borough’s consultant , and is inconsistent with the nature and use of other properties on South Robinson Avenue, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Police Report: 

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police Meeting minutes from September 1, 2020 and the September 17, 2020 agenda.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve Resolution 2020-5 to complete and submit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development a $85,000 Northampton and Lehigh County Local Share application for two (2) police vehicles for the Slate Belt Regional Police, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve Resolution No 2020-6 to complete and submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development a $85,000 Monroe County Local Share application for two (2) police vehicles for the Slate Belt Regional Police, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Fire Chief's Report: 

 

            Chief Dean Parsons was not in attendance.

 

Minutes:

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, September 1, 2020, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council Members received the minutes from the Park Board from May 12, 2020, Agenda from September 2020 and the minutes from the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce meeting of September 23, 2020.

 

Correspondence:       

 

            Council was given two letters in support of the landfill’s request to rezone 211 acres across Pen Argyl Road from Richard Tower, 117 North Schanck Avenue and the Wind Gap Borough Office. 

 

Mayor's Report:

 

Mayor Male issued 2 improvement certificates: Tru-Color Restoration and Total Electric for displaying pride in their properties and continual maintenance.  He is in the process of creating recognition signs for people have made outdoor improvements to their houses. 

 

Mayor Male updated the Borough Council on his Pride in Pen Argyl initiative.  The winner of the October challenge will be announced later in the week. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

Councilmembers received the review letter from Barry Isett & Associates for the Railroad Avenue multiple dwelling development for the October 15th Planning Commission meeting.

Solicitor's Report:

 

Nothing to report.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s September report, the Sewer Authority minutes from their July 28, 2020 meeting, and the Wastewater Treatment Plant Committee’s September Report. 

 

Council members received a letter from Diversified Technologies stating they are in negotiations with Visa regarding convenience fees for sewer credit card payments.    

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion request a joint meeting with the Sewer Authority to discuss Winding Brook Development, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council members received correspondence from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approving the Waste Management application to allow trucks hauling municipal waste within tarped and sealed containers to drop their containers off at the western parking lot and pick up an empty trailer before departing. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

 

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

 

Council members received notification from Fidelity Bank, the Garbage Fund CD will mature on October 22, 2020.  Zmoda will research rates and reinvest with best rate to be found.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

Nothing to report.

 

Community Outreach:

 

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

 

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

 

            Simone Collins will have a revitalization presentation at the October 27, 2020 workshop. 

 

            Trick or treat is scheduled for Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

          

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Virtual Gala is Tuesday, October 13th. 

 

Payment of Bills:

           

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $204,258.51; Sewer Fund, $72,333.61; State Fund, $3,487.09 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $121,267.80 Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session: 

 

            Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.

 

            Council went into Executive Session at 8:02 P.M. and reconvened at 8:42 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:

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 8:43 P.M

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak

                                                                                    Borough Administrative Assistant

 

Council Meeting/Joint Meeting with Authority - Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 7:00 P. M.

 

Budget Workshop – Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:00 P.M.

 

Tentative Budget Adoption/Regular Workshop – Tuesday, November 24, 2020

 

Special Council Meeting and Budget Adoption – Thursday, December 10, 2020