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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 6th of April 2021 - Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for April on Tuesday, April 6, 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, John Apgar, Stephanie Cooper, Janell Connolly and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. was absent.

 

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

Visitors:

 

Hannah Bonaducci, winner of the Government Essay Contest, was present and read her essay.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp notified Hannah the check for award of $100.00 was in the mail.

 

Public Works:

 

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

           

            Council President Joseph LeDonne reported the Public Works Department and Mayor Male will be removing trees from the park this week, he thanked them for their hard work.

 

Council President LeDonne noted that Barry Isett & Associates presented a stormwater study for the Green & White fields during the Workshop. 

 

            A pool feasibility study will be presented at the April 27, 2021 Workshop by Wallover Architects.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda will schedule a Street Committee meeting to discuss the parking meters and the revitalization of South Robinson Avenue.

 

Zoning Report:

 

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

 

All Council Members were given the Zoning Hearing Board Minutes from April 1, 2021 for reorganization, 203 N Heller Avenue variance request for a chain link fence and the application of Life Recovery Solutions change of use request for 306 W. Main Street.

 

            Manager Zmoda informed Council that Plainfield Township conditionally approved the single-family dwelling on 1011 E Birch Avenue.  The property below this located on Wood Avenue is concerned about potential stormwater issues in his driveway because of this dwelling.  The mouth of the new driveway is in the Borough and will require approval by the Borough.

 

Police Report:

 

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

           

Fire Chief's Report:

 

            Fire Chief Parsons was present and reported the fire company responded to 7 calls for the month of March, spent 201 hours on calls and 156 hours on drills. 

 

Minutes:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of March 2, 2021, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh. Unanimous by roll call.

Secretary Lemak noted there was an error in the February 2, 2021 minutes, Janell Connolly was in attendance and her name should have been included in roll call.

All Council Members received the March 9, 2021 Park Board Minutes.

Correspondence:

 

Fran Rowley, Immaculate Conception School, requested a street closure for their annual Mayfair to be held on May 26, 2021.  They are requesting to close Heller Avenue from W. Bell Avenue to W. Babbitt Avenue from 8:15 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  Councilman John Apgar made a motion to grant permission as requested for the road closure, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

All Council Members received the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s review letter for the proposed subdivision at 806 Garibaldi Avenue, Roseto and meeting notice for March 23rd and March 25th to consider changing the permissibility of ‘Municipal uses’ from special exception to permitted in a variety of zoning districts.

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Male provided a proclamation for Bells Across Pennsylvania Day on May 2, 2021 for Covid victims and in honor of first responders.

 

Mayor Male reported the Public Works Department is using a collection barrel for waste oil to send to a recycling facility which will burn it for heating.

 

All Council Members received the Slate Belt Council of Government’s March 24, 2021 agenda and February 24, 2021 and March 24, 2021 meeting minutes.

 

Planning Commission:

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to conditionally approve the Railroad Avenue residential land development, pending the open items in the Barry Isett review letter dated March 8, 2021 and the Colliers Engineering & Design letter dated March 30, 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Janell Connolly, Stephanie Cooper, Josephine Hildabrant and John Apgar.  Councilman Scott Brumbaugh voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried. 

 

Solicitor:

 

 Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to ratify Ordinance No. 713, prohibiting the keeping of roosters older than four (4) months of age within the Borough, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Tammy Kemp, Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, Stephanie Cooper, Josephine Hildabrant and John Apgar.  Council President Joseph LeDonne voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried.

 

Solicitor Layman provided Council Members with correspondence noting the County’s reassessment of the fire company still is exempt from property taxes. 

 

Solicitor Layman informed Council the COG’s proposed street sweeper agreement is a long term lease agreement and is not appropriate for the two weeks annually that the Brough needs the street sweeper.  Manager Zmoda contacted the COG to discuss.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s March report and the Sewer Committee meeting April 5, 2021 report.

 

All Council Members received the Colliers Engineering & Design (Colliers) report for the first quarter of 2021. 

 

Manager Zmoda informed Council of three (3) breaks in the sewer system that happened within the last month.   Research is necessary to consider closing the existing piping and creating a parallel line of piping.  A meeting is scheduled with Penn DOT on April 13, 2021 to discuss the right of ways and to determine the cost of a study with Ron Madison of Colliers.

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to request a proposal from Colliers for road restoration on the no outlet portion of East Babbitt, seconded by Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:         

 

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

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the Commercial Insurance quote from WSA Insurance for $79,322.00, to include the additional premium for the cyber liability, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

All Council Members received the results of the July 6, 2020 liquid fuels audit from PennDOT.  No areas of concern were noted during this monitoring review.

 

All Council Members received the Northampton Tax Collection Committee March 11, 2021 agenda.

 

Borough Treasurer/Manager Zmoda provided Council with information about the American Rescue Plan Act.


 

Property & Utilities:

 

Councilman John Apgar made a motion to accept the quote from the Overhead Door Company of Allentown for $2,100.00 to repair the street garage door trolley, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the bid from Ocean Construction Services for $43,050.00 to make ADA access improvements to the municipal building and the Alternate #1 to coat the existing stairs with a performance coating to protect from deterioration in the amount of $4,170.00 seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.  

 

Community Outreach:

 

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

 

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

 

Slate Belt Rising’s litter clean up event will be held on April 10, 2021 with the rain date of

April 11, 2021.

 

An E-Cycling event is planned for November 6, 2021. 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to hold the Borough’s free yard sale event on

June 11th - June 13th and September 17th - September 19th, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Manager Zmoda is to attend the Pennsylvania State Association of Borough’s virtual conference on June 7th and 8th, 2021.

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to appoint Dawn Plummer as alternate tenant representative to the Disruptive Conduct Board, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to appoint Jackie Hower as designated tenant representative to the Disruptive Conduct Board, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call. 


Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to appoint Frank Febbo as alternate owner representative to the Disruptive Conduct Board, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

All Council Members received the Joint Meeting of Northampton County Council of Governments & Municipalities March 24, 2021 agenda.

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to approve the Resolution to oppose Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to levy a fee on all local government for the funding of Pennsylvania State Police, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $184,925.06; Sewer Fund, $112,803.53; State Fund $6,851.78, and Reserve Money Market Fund, $6,881.59.   Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  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 9:20 P.M. and reconvened at 9:52 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 9:20 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Robin Zmoda. 

 

Right to appear at Plainfield Township Meetings:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to notify Plainfield Township of Pen Argyl Borough’s request that the Borough retains the right to appear before Plainfield Township Planning Commission, Plainfield Township Zoning Hearing Board and if needed the Board of Supervisors, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by voice vote. 


 

Adjournment:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council adjourned at 9:55 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.