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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021 - Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for February on Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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, Scott Brumbaugh, Charles Kandl Jr., John Apgar, and Josephine Hildabrant.

 

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

Fourth Ward Vacancy:

 

Council President Joseph LeDonne asked for the nominations for 4th Ward Council Member vacancy.  Councilman Scott Brumbaugh nominated Stephanie Cooper.  There being no further nominations, Council President LeDonne called for the vote for the nomination of Stephanie Cooper, term to expire December 2021.   The motion passed unanimous by roll call and Stephanie Cooper is 4th Ward Councilwoman. 

Council Vice President Vacancy:

Council President LeDonne asked for the nominations for Council Vice President.   Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant nominated Councilwoman Tammy Kemp and Councilwoman Janell Connolly nominated Charles Kandl Jr.  There being no further nominations, Council President LeDonne called the vote for the nomination of Tammy Kemp for Council Vice President.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Scott Brumbaugh, Josephine Hildabrant, John Apgar and Stephanie Cooper.  Stephanie Cooper’s vote was stricken from the record because she has not been sworn in.  Council Members Janell Connolly and Charles Kandl, Jr. voted no.    There being four (4) yes votes, two (2) no votes and one (1) stricken vote, Tammy Kemp was elected Council Vice President.

Visitors:

 

Adrianne Fors, Community Relations for Waste Management was not in attendance.  Council President LeDonne noted she provided the Landfill operations update.

 

 

Public Works:

 

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

 

            Council Members and Mayor Male discussed the procedure for the removal of snow during the last snowstorm of thirty inches.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. thanked the Public Works Department, Mayor Male and Councilman Scott Brumbaugh for doing a great job of removing the snow. 

 

Oath of Office:

 

Stephanie Cooper was sworn in as Fourth Ward Councilwoman by Mayor Stephen Male. 

 

Public Works con’t:

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to advertise for bids for the ADA improvements for the Borough Hall entranceway, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Council Members received a letter from Kimberly Kujawa, 411 Railroad Avenue, who received a ticket for not paying a parking meter on Monday, January 18, 2021 (Rev. Matin Luther Kings, Jr.’s birthday.  Council President LeDonne noted the ordinance states parking is free on most federal holidays and lists those that apply.

 

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to accept Change Order Number 4 for Lobb Avenue changing the substantial completion date from June 8, 2021 to June 15, 2021, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Zoning Report:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Codes Office's January report and the updated property maintenance log.

 

Police Report:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes for their meeting of January 5, 2021, December calls for service and the January 21, 2021 agenda. 

           

Fire Chief's Report:

 

            Fire Chief Parsons was not present. 

 

Minutes:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of January 5, 2021, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Charles Kandl Jr, Josephine Hildabrant, John Apgar, Joseph LeDonne, Janell Connolly, Tammy Kemp and Scott Brumbaugh.  Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper voted no.    There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) no vote the motion carried.

Council received the Park Board January 12, 2021 agenda and October 13, 2020 meeting minutes.  The Park Board made the recommendation to appoint Larry Feller, 12 E. Plainfield Avenue, to the Park Board as a representative of a community group that utilizes the park.  Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made the motion to appoint Larry Feller to the Park Board, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.

Correspondence:

 

Council Members received the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Governments News, Blue Mountain Library Annual Report and the January 27, 2021 minutes of the Slate Belt Council of Governments (SBCOG) meeting.

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Male made the recommendation to Council Members to store the COG’s street sweeper in one of the old fire station’s garage bays.

 

Mayor Male reported the Small Business Saturday Downtown Festival was successful and Jennifer’s Salon and Consignment Boutique would like to hold another festival on April 24, 2021 with a rain date of April 25, 2021.  Councilman Charles Kandl, Jr. made a motion to have the Spring Festival r on April 24, 2021 with a rain date of April 25, 2021, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Scott Brumbaugh, Charles Kandl Jr., Josephine Hildabrant, John Apgar and Stephanie Cooper.  Council Members abstaining were Tammy Kemp and Janell Connolly.  With six (6) yes votes and two (2) abstain votes, the motion carried.

 

Planning Commission:

 

            The next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for February 18, 2021 to discuss the Railroad Avenue development project.

 

            Council Members received the Walk/Roll Lehigh Valley proposed bicycle commuting corridor route through Route 512 from Buss Street to Main Street. 

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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Solicitor:

 

 Council discussed using Berkheimer collect Per Capita Tax.  Berkheimer can accept credit card payments and the PC payments could be paid at the same time as the school taxes.  Solicitor Layman advised Council they can decide who collects the Per Capita tax.  After further discussion, no decision was made on this matter. 

 

Solicitor Layman advised Council Members the Prothonotary’s office filing fee for Municipal liens is $24.50.    Council discussed setting standards for placing liens for delinquent sewer bills.  Manager Zmoda informed Council delinquent properties used to be published in the newspaper. The current procedure is to mail letters to accounts that have not made any payments for two quarters, also those properties are unable to get any permits from the Borough until they have paid all their fees owed to the Borough.  Council Members requested the Secretary provide a draft delinquency letter for the next Workshop meeting for discussion.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

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

 

Council Members received correspondence from Jack and Connie Vivian, 510 Davey Avenue.  They requested a credit on their sewer bill for all penalties and interest as they did not receive their November bill until December 31, 2020.   Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made the motion to remove  $43.30 of penalties and interest charges from their November bill, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Council members received correspondence from Raymond Amerman, 201 Crestmont Street, he requested an additional credit on his sewer account for filling his pool a second time in July 2020.  He received his first pool filling credit in April of 2020.  President LeDonne commented the ordinance states only one pool filling per year is to be credited.  No motion was made.

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made the motion to accept the quote from Diversified Technology to upgrade the utility sewer billing program for $3,400.00, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:         

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Fourth (4th) Quarter Budget Review as prepared and submitted by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda. 

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to turn over the delinquent real estate taxes to Northampton County for collection, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.


 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to turn over the delinquent per capita taxes to Berkheimer for collection, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

            Brough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda provided Council with a 2021 expense breakdown in graph form to Council Members.

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to advertise for a part-time admin, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Voting in favor of the motion was Joseph LeDonne, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Josephine Hildabrant, John Apgar and Stephanie Cooper.  Council Members voting no were Tammy Kemp and Scott Brumbaugh.  With six (6) yes votes and two (2) no votes, the motion passed. 

 

Property & Utilities:

 

Borough Manager Zmoda gave a window cleaning update, she also reported the Borough Office’s water heater was replaced and the Social Hall is in the process of being painted by the Public Works Department.

 

Community Outreach:

 

            Borough Secretary Juli Lemak provided Council with the January feral cat report.

 

Council received the Pen Argyl Revitalization Plan schedule from Simone Collins.

 

Council also received Slate Belt Rising’s November 12, 2020 Agenda and minutes.

 

Council Members received the electronics recycling memo from Northampton County. 

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Council Members received notification from LANta that an additional bus stop is being added at Weona Park. 

 

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion for Solicitor Layman to draft an amendment to the ordinance for existing animal control to disallow roosters in the Borough, to be circulated to Council for approval to advertise for the March Council Meeting, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Tammy Kemp, Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, Josephine Hildabrant, John Apgar and Stephanie Cooper.  Council Members voting no were Joseph LeDonne and Charles Kandl Jr.  With six (6) yes votes and two (2) no votes, the motion carried.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $26,275.48; Sewer Fund, $59,695.51 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $266,067.52 Councilman John Apgar made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.

                       

Adjournment

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl, Jr., Josephine Hildabrant, Stephanie Cooper.  Councilman John Apgar voted no.  With six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote the meeting adjourned at 9:16 P.M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

Workshop - Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.

 

Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.