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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021 - Council meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for March on Tuesday, March 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, Stephanie Cooper, Janell Connolly and Josephine Hildabrant.

 

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

Visitors:

 

Adrianne Fors, Community Relations for Waste Management, provided Council Members with a Landfill operations update.

 

Ethan Habrial, 100 A Street, inquired about the status of his solar panel permit application. 

 

Public Works:

 

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

 

            Council President Joseph LeDonne thanked the Public Works Department, Mayor Male and Councilman Scott Brumbaugh for doing a great job of snow removal from all the snowstorms in January and February. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda reported the plan for the GIS stormwater study will be presented at the March Workshop. 

 

            Email correspondence was received from Gregg Pavlik, Barry Isett & Associates (BIA) Regional Vice President of the NEPA Region. BIA associates will visit Lobb Avenue to discuss the progress with Council Members and Borough Manager Zmoda.  The date is to be determined after all snow melts.

 

Zoning Report:

 

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

 

 

Police Report:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes from the January 21, 2021 meeting, January calls for service and the February 18, 2021 agenda. 

 

The 2020 Annual report was given to the Borough last week for Council Members.

           

Fire Chief's Report:

 

            Fire Chief Parsons was present and reported the fire company responded to 10 calls for the month of January, spent 143 hours on calls and 186 hours on drills. 

 

Council was given a copy of Lookout Fire Company’s Fireman’s Relief Association audit.

 

Minutes:

 

Councilman Charles Kandl, Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of February 2, 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.

Correspondence:

 

Amanda Wieder, 211 N. Westbrook Avenue, extended an offer for her daughter, Erica Wieder to make and donate masks for anyone serving the community.

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Male is working with Adrianne Fors, Borough Manager Zmoda and Jennifer Renaldo on the Spring Festival on April 24, 2021.  Mayor Male also reported that Timothy Yurkovitch, 622 N. Westbrook Avenue, thanked A. Scott Enterprises, Inc., the sewer employees and Mayor Male for the quick remediation of their sewer problem.

 

All Council Members received the Slate Belt Council of Governments (SBCOG) minutes from the February 24, 2021 meeting.  Mayor Male provided an update on the SBCOG and reported that Stephen Bender and himself are to be certified to operate the street sweeper.  

 

Planning Commission:

 

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

 

          

Solicitor:

 

 Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 713, prohibiting the keeping of roosters older than four (4) months of age within the Borough, to be advertised and ratified after comment at the April 6, 2021 Regular Council Meeting, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Tammy Kemp, Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, Stephanie Cooper, Charles Kandl Jr., Josephine Hildabrant and John Apgar.  Council President Joseph LeDonne voted no.  There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s February report and the Municipal Authority minutes of January 18, 2021.

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to proceed with the M & S Service Co., Inc. proposal to replace the West End pump station’s soft start pump #2 for $5,495.00, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Council members received correspondence from Cheryl DiSanti, Pennsylvania American Water Project Manager, notifying Council of a 1.36% cost increase for receiving water usage data, and changes in the process regarding notices sent prior to terminating water service for non-payment of municipal tenant/landlord sewer accounts. 

 

Council Members reviewed a sewer and water billing concern for Liz Kull, 436 William Street.  No action was taken on this matter.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve sewer notice number two (2) for non-payment of bills, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:         

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the January Treasury Report as prepared by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

            All Council Members were given a copy of the February Treasury Report as prepared by Borough Manage/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilman John Apgar made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Borough Treasurer/Manager Zmoda provided Council with an update on the administrative assistant position. 


 

Property & Utilities:

 

The property committee will meet March 5, 2021 to discuss the garage bays at the old fire station. 

 

Community Outreach:

 

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

 

Council also received Slate Belt Rising’s Steering Committee meeting February 11, 2021 agenda and minutes from January 14, 2021. 

 

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion for Hometown Press to publish a newsletter for the borough, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Council Members voted by hand to determine the 2021 high school essay topic, “How would you involve your community to improve the overall appearance and foster a sense of pride among its residents?”  This topic will be sent to the high school on March 3, 2021.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Council Members received the agenda for the February 26, 2021 grant strategy discussion for the LSA Monroe & Northampton ADA improvements to concession stands at the park. 

 

Council Members received Governor Tom Wolf’s revised mitigation order on gatherings and out-of-state travel.  Manager Zmoda proposed meeting alternatives to zoom meetings with the governor’s lighter restrictions.  No decision was made at this time.

 

Manager Zmoda reported pursuant to the census, the Borough’s median income has risen and may not be eligible for the CDBG grant money for road improvements however, they CDBG funds are reassessed due to COVID-19 and the Borough may be eligible for those funds.

 

LVPC completed “Jobs and Housing At Risk”, a COVID-19 pandemic assessment on the Pen Argyl Area School district.  All Council Members and Planning Commission members will receive the assessment via email. 

 

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $20,659.47; Sewer Fund, $58,092.19; State Fund $9,294.79, DCNR Pool Feasibility $14,286.58 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $34,970.36.   Councilman John Apgar made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

 

Councilman John Apgar made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss possible litigation issues, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh. Unanimous by roll call vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:33 P.M. and reconvened at 8:35 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:33 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Robin Zmoda. 

 

Disruptive Conduct Violation:

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to accept the Disruptive Conduct Violation appeal of Lauren Ruppert, 409 N. Schanck Avenue, Pen Argyl, PA 18072, and to set up a meeting of the Disruptive Conduct Appeals Board, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

 

Adjournment:

Councilman John Apgar made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Council Members Joseph LeDonne, Janell Connolly, John Apgar, Stephanie Cooper, Scott Brumbaugh, Josephine Hildabrant and Tammy Kemp voted in favor; Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. voted no.  There being seven (7) yes votes and one no vote, the motion carried. Council adjourned at

8:40 P.M.

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

Workshop - Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.

 

Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.