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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 7th of September 2021 - Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

at 7:00 P. M. in the Lookout Fire Company Station.

 

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, Charles Kandl Jr. and Josephine Hildabrant.  Council Member Janell Connolly was absent.

 

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

Visitors:

 

Adrianne Fors, representative of Waste Management provided a landfill update.

 

Ethan Habrial, 100 A Street, expressed his frustration with the permitting requirements for his solar panel permit application. 

 

Public Works:

 

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

           

Council Members discussed the next steps for the Pool feasibility study, Manager Zmoda will contact the Borough of Frackville, Pennsylvania to discuss how they funded their pool.

 

All Council Members received a copy of a proposal from A Scott Enterprises Inc. to repair the storm sewer pipe located on South Main Street for $3,000.00.  This was an emergency repair, recently completed for $3,132.67.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve Resolution #2021-07, a resolution closing out community conservation partnerships grant project (BRC-TAG-24-147) for the pool feasibility study, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

All Council Members discussed the handicapped parking application from Dana D’Agostino, 631 George Street.  This matter was tabled until applicant receives State approval of handicap placard.

 

 

 

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Public Works con’t:

 

A representative of Barry Isett & Associates informed Manager Zmoda that the design for the driveways on Lobb Avenue is complete and will be presented at the next Workshop meeting.

 

Zoning Report:

 

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

 

            All Council Members received a copy of a memo from Solicitor Layman regarding the zoning of 21 Lobb Avenue.

 

All Council Members received the September 16, 2021 Zoning Hearing legal notice.

 

            All Council Members received two (2) sample ordinances to regulate the installation of small wireless facilities and establish fees.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion for Solicitor Layman to draft and advertise an ordinance similar to the Tatamy Ordinance, with the change of “Tatamy” to “Pen Argyl Borough”, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Police Report:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes from the

July 15, 2021 meeting, the August 19, 2021 agenda and the August calls for service. 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve Resolution #2021-06, a resolution to approve the submission of a 2021 Grow NORCO program grant application to the Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development in the amount of up to $50,000, with Pen Argyl Borough to approve the matching funds requirement of up to $25,000 for the purpose of supporting Slate Belt Regional Police Department, for either capital improvements, vehicle purchases, equipment purchases or training, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

           

Fire Chief's Report:

 

            Fire Chief Parsons was present and reported the fire company responded to 11 calls for the month of August, spent 315 hours on calls and 142 hours on drills. 

 

Minutes:

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of August 3, 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant. Unanimous by roll call.

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Minutes con’t:

President LeDonne reported the Park Board did not have a meeting in August because they did not have quorum. 

All Council Members received copies of the Slate Belt Council of Governments (SBCOG)

August 25, 2021 minutes.

 

Correspondence:

 

All Council Members received correspondence from Move-Land.com with an offer for Borough owned land.  No action was taken on this matter. 

 

All Council Members received correspondence from Community Action Lehigh Valley (CALV) to request a $500.00 donation from all municipalities for homeless people living in the Lehigh Valley.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to make a $500.00 donation to CALV from the Reserve Fund, seconded by Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Male would like to express his thanks to the Fire Company for their efforts in  handling the carnival. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

            All Council Members received the Plan Slate Belt’s Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting agenda from August 18, 2021 and minutes from the November 4, 2020 meeting.

 

            All Council Members received a copy of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s (LVPC) review letter for a lot line adjustment at 633 South Broadway, Wind Gap, a land development review at 20 Green Knight Drive, Wind Gap and the review letter for land use of regional significance at

905 W Pennsylvania Avenue, Wind Gap.

 

All Council Members received correspondence from Northampton County’s Division of Parks and Recreation containing with concerns from a partnership meeting with Northampton County, Penn Dot, Wind Gap, Plainfield Township, LANTA and Pen Argyl Borough regarding the land use of regional significance located at 905 W. Pennsylvania Avenue. 

 

           

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Planning Commission con’t:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion for Solicitor Layman to attend Plainfield Township’s Special Planning Commission meeting regarding 905 W. Pennsylvania Avenue proposed development on September 15, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. on the Borough’s behalf, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Solicitor:

 

Nothing to report.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s August report and Sewer Authority minutes from May 3, 2021.

           

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:         

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the August 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 Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Zmoda presented the Minimum Municipal Obligation Worksheet for the Pen Argyl Pension Plan.  The Borough’s minimum municipal obligation is $41,769.70.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

Manager Zmoda provided an update on the Borough Hall ADA improvement. 

 

Zmoda also provided information about Keystone  Purchasing Networks.

 

All Council Members received a preliminary estimate from Frontier Adjustors for the Community Center.  No action was taken on this matter.

 

All Council Members received a memo from Solicitor Layman regarding the sale of Borough property. 

 

Community Outreach:

 

            All Council Members received the August feral cat report. 

 

 

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Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper made a motion to sign the Cooperative Agreement to continue in the CDBG program, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $48,050.06; Sewer Fund, $58,092.67; State Fund, $3,529.02; Reserve Money Market Fund, $11,016.55 and DCNR Pool Feasibility Study $3,757.94.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

 

Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper made a motion to go into Executive Session for potential litigation and personnel issues, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp. Unanimous by roll call vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:04 P.M. and reconvened at 8:50 P.M.

 

 

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 Robin Zmoda. 

 

Vaccination Mandate:

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to mandate vaccinations for all employees, conditional upon consultation with Labor Attorney John McLaughlin, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Special Note: Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. left the meeting at 8:18 P.M.

Executive Session:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to go into executive session for potential litigation, seconded by Councilman John Apgar. Unanimous by roll call. Council went into Executive Session at 8:23 P.M. and reconvened at 8:31 P.M.

 

 

 

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Lobb Avenue Plan Review:

Councilman John Apgar made a motion to hire Hanover Engineering to review Lobb Avenue plans, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Adjournment

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 8:35 P.M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

Workshop - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.

 

Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.