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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Thursday 10th of December 2020 - Budget Adoption/Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for December on Thursday, December 10, 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.

 

Roll Call:

 

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

 

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

Visitors:

 

None

             

Discussion and Final Adoption of Year 2021 Budget:

 

                                       General Fund - $1,978,505.00

                                         Sewer Fund - $1,842,750.00

                                      Garbage Fund - $472,500.00

                                           State Fund - $237,399.00

                                        Reserve Fund - $2,131,853.00

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept and approve final adoption of the year 2021 budget as presented, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, John Apgar, Josephine Hildabrant, and Roberta Cowley.   Council Member Chuck Kandl Jr. voted no.  There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried.

 

                                       Tax Structure

                                Real Estate Tax Millage - 13.00 Mills (no increase)

                                                     Per Capita - $ 5.00

                                Local Services Tax (LST) - $52.00

               Real Estate Transfer Tax - 1% - Shared Equally with School District

 

                        Earned Income Tax - 1% - Shared Equally with School District

 

              Sewer Rental Fee - $99.00 Minimum Quarterly Charge per Unit/10,000 Gallons

                                                         $13.50 per Thousand Gallon over 10,000 Gallons

 

                                    Garbage Fee - Garbage Fee Waived for year 2021

 

            The Borough's Assessment Valuation for 2021 is $67,093,100: 2020 was $67,029,500; 2019 Assessment was $67,113,200.  One (1) Mill equals $67,093.10; less 6% uncollectible, collectible amount is $63,067.51.

 

            Prior years Millage was 13 Mills in 2020, 2019 was 12 Mills and 2018 was 11 Mills. 

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept and approve the Tax Structure for year 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Ordinance #711 for 2021 Millage Rate:

 

            Councilman John Apgar made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #711 for the Millage Rate of 13.00 Mills for year 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Ordinance #712 for waiving the 2021 Residential Garbage Fee:

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #712 to waive the 2021 Residential Garbage Fee, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Resolution for Earned Income Tax, Per Capita, Local Services Tax (LST) and Property Transfer Tax for the Year of 2021:

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Resolution for the Earned Income of 1/2 of 1%, the Per Capita Tax of $5.00, the Local Services Tax (LST) of $52.00 and 1/2 of 1% Property Transfer Tax for the fiscal year of 2021, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Resolution to appoint Berkheimer Associates as Collector of the Local Services Tax (LST) and Keystone Collection Group as Collector of the Earned Income Tax for the Year of 2021:

 

            Councilman John Apgar made a motion to approve the Resolution to reappoint Berkheimer Associates as Collector of the Local Services Tax (LST) and Keystone Collection Group as Collector of the Earned Income Tax for the fiscal year of 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Public Works:

 

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

 

Rob Sarnowski, Project Manager and Dan Willusz, PE, both from Barry Isett & Associates updated Council Members on the Lobb Avenue project. 

 

            Steven Bender provided Council Members with a Park Maintenance Report.

 

            Council Members received correspondence from PennDOT regarding the completion of the traffic signal at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Robinson Avenue.

 

            All Council Members received correspondence from Robert L. Hoffman, Regional Manager of Traffic Planning and Design, containing questions from their meeting with PennDOT and Ott Consulting, Inc. about the school speed zone request. 

           

Zoning Report:

 

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

           

Police Report:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes for their meeting of November 4, 2020 and November 19, 2020, November calls for service and the November 19, 2020 and December 1, 2020 agendas. 

 

Council President LeDonne reported Interim Chief Jonathan Hoadley was promoted to the position of Slate Belt Regional Police Department’s Chief of Police during their November 19, 2020 meeting.  There will be a formal ceremony next year.  He also reported the Police Commission meetings that were solely held at the Plainfield Township Municipal Building will now be held in t Pen Argyl, Wind Gap and Plainfield on a rotating schedule.

 


Fire Chief's Report:

 

            Chief Dean Parsons was not in attendance.

Minutes:

 

            Councilman John Apgar made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of November 5, 2020, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Special Council Meeting of November 26, 2020, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council received the Slate Belt Council of Governments (COG) meeting minutes from

November 18, 2020.

 

Correspondence:

 

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection – Granting the absorption of  an overlapping Small Noncoal Permit from Penn Big Bed Slate Co., Inc. into the bonded area of Stephens Jackson Quarry owned by Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc.

 

RCN – Fee increases for 2021. 

 

Ron Joella, 25 Pen Argyl Street – Praising FURR in assisting with TNR of the feral cats on his property. 

 

Council was given a thank you note from Borough Manager Zmoda, thanking them for their condolences.

           

Mayor's Report:

 

Mayor Male stated he will award Junior Arika Wieder at Pen Argyl Area High School with a certificate of recognition for making and donating numerous masks for the Slate Belt Regional Police and first responders

 

The drive through holiday party was a big success as many residents came to visit Santa Claus and receive a gift and a hot dog. Mayor Male thanked Borough Council and the following for their contributions to the Community Holiday Party:  Council and family, Slate Belt Regional Police, Lookout

 

Fire Company, Pen Argyl Athletic & Park Board, Pen Argyl Public Works, Pen Argyl Borough Manager, Crayola, Hatfield Meats, Weis Markets, Giant, Just Born, and BJ Toys.

 

Mayor Male reported the dog park opened Friday, December 4th. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

            Council received a review letter from Barry Isett & Inc. to the Planning Commission for the Railroad Avenue residential land development plan. The Planning Commission meeting will be held on December 17, 2020.

 

Solicitor:

 

Nothing to report.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant November report.

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Sewer Authority’s minutes from their September 21, 2020 meeting. 

 

All Council Members received a Consent Order and Agreement from DEP to Waste Management in response to various odor complaints.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:         

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the November 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.

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl, Jr. made a motion to appoint Juli Lemak as Borough Secretary effective January 1, 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

None.


 

Community Outreach:

 

            Borough Manager Robin Zmoda thanked Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant for decorating the planters at Borough Hall and the Route 512 intersection.

 

The holiday tree lighting was held December 1, 2020. 

 

Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak provided Council with the November feral cat report.

 

Council President Joseph LeDonne reported Small Business Saturday was held on November 28, 2020 and was a huge success.  He thanked Jennifer Reto of Jennifer’s Salon & Consignment Boutique, the Public Works Department and everyone who helped.

 

Council received the Slate Belt Rising Steering Committee meeting agenda from

November 12, 2020 and meeting minutes from October 8, 2020.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Borough Manager Zmoda gave all Council Members a copy of the certificate of participation she received for attending a COVID-19 Risk Management Class on December 8, 2020.

 

The Borough Office will be closed on Thursday, December 24th, Friday December 25th, Thursday December 31st and Friday January 1st.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to have the first Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, January 5, 2020, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $13,885.39; Sewer Fund, $47,565.76 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $256,353.03.  Councilman John Apgar made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

                       

Executive Session:

Council went into Executive Session at 8:04 P.M. and reconvened at 8:14 P.M. 

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Thursday, December 10, 2020

Page Seven

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:04 P.M.

and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

Adjournment

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 8:15 P.M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak

                                                                                    Borough Administrative Assistant

 

Council Meeting – Tuesday, January 5, 2020 – 7:00 P. M.