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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021 - Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

at 7:00 P. M. in the Weona Park Community Center.

 

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, John Apgar, Stephanie Cooper, Charles Kandl Jr. and Josephine Hildabrant.   Council Members Scott Brumbaugh and Janell Connolly were absent.

 

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


Visitors:

 

Stephen Reider, Executive Director of Slate Belt Rising (SBR), discussed available funding for several projects, $3,875.00 wayfinding signs for the downtown business area and Weona Park. The signs are aluminum with vinyl overlays in case businesses change. Reider also discussed the Northampton County Hotel Tax Grant which SBR will be applying for funding marketing and promotion in the Boroughs. Last year Pen Argyl supported the application and pledged $2,000.00 for the match which would be used in the Borough if the application was successful. Finally, he provided information on the mural program in the Boroughs. SBR proposed a mural to be put on the Old Fire Station back wall, the mural would be historic in nature and presented a sketch. 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to pledge $2,000.00 in support of SBR’s application to the Northampton County Hotel Tax Grant, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp. Unanimous by roll call.  

Council discussed the mural project. Council Members John Apgar, Tammy Kemp, Joseph LeDonne and Josephine Hildabrant were not in favor of a mural on the old fire station building because the building is undergoing a painting upgrade to tie into the Borough Hall. Council was encouraged to let SBR know if they knew of any other buildings that might be interested in hosting a mural.  

Stephen Reider informed Council that SBR is beginning to search for funders for the next round of the Neighborhood Partnership Program as this one is winding down. He stated that in the spring of 2023, monies will be available to Pen Argyl to implement strategies from the Revitalization Plan.  

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to move forward with the wayfinding signage, seconded by Councilman John Apgar. Unanimous by roll call.  

Ethan Habrial, 100 A Street, discussed his solar panel permit application and a potential fencing permit application.  

Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, thanked the Borough for assisting in getting UGI Utilities to finish the repair on the sidewalk near his house. He also expressed concern regarding the parking in the driveway at 215 S. Robinson Avenue. Mayor Male will discuss with Chief Hoadley.  

 

Public Works:

 

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

           

Council was given a copy of the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) MS4 Inspection Report which has no findings. A letter was also received from the DEP reminding the Borough to provide additional administrative information when submitting this year’s annual report.

 

Borough Manager Zmoda discussed the items needed to further the process of partnering with the Green & White to determine if the stormwater project is viable. One item to be discussed is infiltration testing for soil conditions, due to the size of the basin. The next item to be discussed is the scope of services needed to install a flow meter in the West Main Street storm manhole (the pipe that will be used for the diversion of storm water) to properly size the area. Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to move forward with both these items, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Council discussed the next steps for the pool project since the Pool Feasibility Study has been approved. Borough Manager Zmoda recommended meeting with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to see what funding might be available. Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to direct Borough Manager Zmoda to contact the DCNR to set up meetings to discuss possible funding for a pool project and phasing possibilities for such a project, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Council was given copies of Resolution #2021-04 to apply for a Local Share Account (LSA) Lehigh and Northampton Counties Grant for the Weona Park Playground Improvement Project and designate Borough Manager Robin Zmoda and Council President Joseph LeDonne to execute all documents. Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adopt Resolution #2021-04, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.   Unanimous by roll call.

 

Council was given copies of Resolution #2021-05 to apply for a Local Share Account (LSA) Monroe County Grant for the Weona Park Playground Improvement Project and designate Borough Manager Robin Zmoda and Council President Joseph LeDonne to execute all documents. Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to adopt Resolution #2021-05, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.   Unanimous by roll call.

 

Council was presented with funding commitment letters, a requirement for the LSA grants in the amount of $20,100.00. Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to include the funding commitment letters to the LSA Grants in the amount of $20,100.00, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.   Unanimous by roll call.

 

Zoning Report:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Codes Office's July 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

June 17, 2021 meeting, the July 15, 2021 agenda and the June calls for service. 

 

 

Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that the Grow Norco Grant program is now allowing municipal police department support grants and the municipal mangers are looking into what the Slate Belt Regional Police Department needs and what can be applied for them.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

 

            No one from the Fire Company was present. 

 

Minutes:

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of July 6, 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper. Unanimous by roll call.

 

Correspondence:

 

Council was given a copy of Waste Management’s monthly update.

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            The Mayor reported that he and the Public Works Department will be beginning the water line project to the dog park.

 The Public Works Department received various tools donated by Jamie Severson. 

 

 Planning Commission:

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to conditionally approve the minor subdivision application for James & Suzanne Santo, 409-411 North Schanck Avenue, conditioned upon the recommendations by the Barry Isett & Associates Inc. review letter dated June 18, 2021 and

May 27, 2021 and the Collier Engineering & Design review letter dated June 7, 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

            All Council Members received the Plan Slate Belt’s Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting agenda from July 7, 2021 and minutes from the June 2, 2021 meeting.

All Council Members received a copy of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) review letter for the Male Matador Billboard, and their review letters for the Sullivan Trail and Gall Road Warehouse Developments. They also reviewed copies of Consolidation and Land Development Plans of CRG for the property owned by NAPER Development Inc. at 905 W. Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

Solicitor:

 

Council was given copies of the Disruptive Conduct Appeals Decision for Lauren Ruppert, 411 N. Schanck Avenue.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s July report.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:         

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the July Treasury Report as prepared by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda. Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

All Council Members were also given via email copies of the Six Months Budget Review.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

Borough Council was given a copy of an update of the Borough Hall’s ADA improvements.

 

Community Outreach:

 

            Council received Slate Belt Rising’s Steering Committee Meeting’s July 8, 2021 agenda and minutes from June 10, 2021. 

 

            The community wide yard sales will be held September 17th through September 19th. 

 

            A discussion was held to honor a long-standing business in the Borough. 

 

            Council was given copies of the June and July Feral Reports. 

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

 

All Council Members received a copy of the Northampton County 2021 Hotel Tax Grant Guidelines and reviewed the new agenda regulations going into effect August 29, 2021.

 

Borough Manager Zmoda updated Council on SB597, Senator Scavello was notified of the Borough’s concerns.

 

Discussion was held to potentially use the Grow Norco Grant to replace windows in the Municipal Building. Borough Manager Zmoda will investigate options.

 

Borough Manager Zmoda also informed Council about Turkey Hill’s transfer of liquor license to their Pen Argyl Store.

 

Borough Manager Zmoda asked for an Executive Session to discuss potential litigation and personnel issues.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $13,852.84; Sewer Fund, $78,761.37, and Reserve Money Market Fund, $45,139.33.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to go into Executive Session for potential litigation, and personnel issues seconded by Councilman John Apgar. Unanimous by roll call vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:41 P.M and reconvened at 9:07 P.M.

 

Adjournment

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.   Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 8:45 P.M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Robin Zmoda

                                                                                    Borough Manager

 

Workshop - Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.

 

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