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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 5th of October 2021 -

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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

 

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., Janell Connolly and Josephine Hildabrant. 

 

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

Visitors:

 

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

 

Tom Carlo, 306 South Robinson Avenue, complained about the conditions of West Main Street.  Borough Manager Zmoda advised him that is a state road, and he would need to contact PennDOT.  He also expressed his concerns about proposed new warehouses within the area and asked if there are any proposed warehouse projects within the Borough, Manager Zmoda stated to the best of her knowledge nothing has been submitted to the Borough.

 

Public Works:

 

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

 

            Council President LeDonne reported the leaf clean up schedule will be October 25th through November 19th; no pick-up the week of November 22nd through the 26th; resuming November 29th through December 10th, all dates are weather dependent.

           

Zoning Report:

 

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

 

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

 

Police Report:

 

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

August 19, 2021 meeting, the September 16, 2021 agenda and the September calls for service. 

 

Fire Chief's Report:

 

            Fire Chief Parsons was present and reported the fire company responded to 17 calls for the month of September, spent 315 hours on calls and 186 hours on drills. 

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to add Wind Gap Ambulance Corps., Inc. to the agenda for the purpose of potentially using them to provide Basic Life Support (BLS) within the Borough, this was not on the original agenda because Manager Zmoda was not notified by Chief Parsons in advance that he would like to discuss this matter, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

All Council members discussed with Chief Parsons using the Wind Gap Ambulance Corps., Inc. for BLS calls within the Borough.  Currently, Suburban Ambulance responds to both Advanced Life Support (ALS) and BLS calls.

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to add Wind Gap Ambulance Corps., Inc. as the Borough’s BLS service provider, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.   

 

            Chief Parsons informed all Council Members that he does not use the older model Ford fire truck that has an open cab often and would like to sell or donate the truck.  Council President LeDonne asked Parsons to investigate if another fire company would be allowed to use the open cab truck.

 

            Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to add fire police assistance for Bangor Borough on October 21, 2021 to the agenda, which was not on the original agenda because Manager Zmoda was not notified by Chief Parsons in advance that he would like to discuss this matter, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to provide fire police mutual aid during Bangor’s Halloween parade on October 21, 2021, contingent upon insurance coverage for the fire police, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Minutes:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of September 7, 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper. Unanimous by roll call.


All Council Members received a copy of the Park Board minutes from their meeting on September 14, 2021. 

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

September 22, 2021 minutes.

 

Correspondence:

 

All Council Members received a copy of correspondence from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to Grand Central Landfill, granting the request to operate longer hours and take more tonnage for disaster-related debris effective immediately and through

October 24, 2021.

 

            All Council Members received correspondence from the Lower Nazareth Board of Supervisors to the state legislators about the new warehouse developments within Lower Nazareth and neighboring communities and urge them to have municipal planning that is less developer friendly.

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to send a letter to local Senators and Representatives urging them to review and update the Municipal Planning Code to increase the municipal strength to determine development in their community, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

All Council Members received information from the Pennsylvania Game Commission about roadkill deer. 

 

All Council Members received correspondence from Meals on Wheels requesting them to send a letter of support for their application for the Keystone Communities grant to renovate the parking lot and roof of their newly purchased building.

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to send a letter in support of Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley to receive the Keystone Communities grant to renovate the parking lot and roof of their new building, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Male announced the Borough’s holiday party will be held on December 3, 2021 

and Councilwoman Tammy Kemp announced the Borough’s tree lighting ceremony will be on December 1, 2021.

 

Planning Commission:

 

            All Council Members received notice of the Plainfield Township Planning Commission Special Meeting and location change on October 27, 2021.

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to authorize Solicitor Peter Layman to attend the Plainfield Township Planning Commission Meetings as they pertain to the CRG Management Development Services, LLC, 905 W Pennsylvania Avenue, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.

           

Solicitor:

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to approve Ordinance number 714, to regulate the installation of small wireless facilities and establish fees, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s September report and Sewer Authority agenda from October 4, 2021.

           

            Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to approve the estimate from Albarell Electric Inc. for the purchase and installation of the phase monitor relay for the sewer plant generator for $1,306.00, contingent upon agreement with Operator Dean Kemp, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.  

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:         

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the September 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 Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Zmoda provided Council with a memo from Solicitor Laymen dated June 30, 2014 regarding gifts to the Park Board.

 

Councilman John Apgar made a motion to create a restricted line item within the Pen Argyl Park and Athletic Board’s budget for pool donations, to allow the Pool Pals to operate on the Park Board’s 501c3, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

Manager Zmoda provided all Council Members with a memo regarding the funding of the community pool located in Frackville Borough.    

 

Zmoda also provided all Council members with an e-mail trail to Bangor, Wind Gap and Plainfield Township, asking if they are interested in a regional pool.

 

All Council Members received a structural assessment of the Community Center from Barry Isett & Associates Inc.

 

All Council Members received an email from State Representative Susan Wild’s office, offering a representative of her office to have office hours inside the Borough Hall to answer any of the residents’ questions for one-half a day a month.

 

Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper made a motion for a representative from State Representative Susan Wild’s office to have office hours inside the Borough Hall to answer any of the residents’ questions for one-half a day a month, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Special Note: At 9:02 P.M. Councilman Charles Kandl, Jr. left the meeting.

 

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to add the Pen Argyl School District lease of Weona Park for a pep rally and bonfire to the agenda, which was not on the original agenda because the request was received today, on October 5, 2021 and they are requesting to lease the property before the next Council Meeting, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Bonfire Lease with the Pen Argyl School District, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Community Outreach:

 

            All Council Members received the September feral cat report. 

 

            Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper made a motion to allow Blue Flame to organize the holiday market and to close South Robinson Avenue on November 13, 2021 for the holiday vendor market, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members Stephanie Cooper, Josephine Hildabrant, John Apgar, Joseph LeDonne, and Scott Brumbaugh. 

 

Abstaining from the vote were Councilwomen Tammy Kemp and Janell Connolly.  There being five (5) yes votes and two (2) abstain votes, the motion passed.

 

            All Council Members received a copy of the annual report from the animal control officer.

 

            Manager Zmoda reported trick-or-treating will be on October 31, 2021 from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., rain or shine.

 

            Manager Zmoda also provided all Council Members with information about the Wind Gap and Pen Argyl Borough’s electronics recycling day on November 6, 2021 at the Grand Central Landfill. 

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to set the date of the November Council Meeting to November 8, 2021, the Budget Workshop to Wednesday, November 10, 2021, the Special Meeting for Tentative Budget Adoption and Workshop on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, Final Budget Adoption and December Council Meeting on Wednesday, December 15, 2018 and the January Re-Organization Meeting and Regular Council meeting to Monday, January 3, 2022, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Manager Zmoda provided all Council Members with information about the T-Mobil grant program.

 

Manager Zmoda also gave all Council Members correspondence from the Department of Community and Economic Development, stating that at the county festival on October 16, 2021 there will be a ceremony to honor volunteers and requested nominations.  

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $19,654.02; Sewer Fund, $82,510.94 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $6,777.99.  Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  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 Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant. Unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 9:21 P.M. and reconvened at 9:51 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 9:21 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Robin Zmoda. 

 

Adjournment:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:52 P.M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

Workshop - Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.

 

Regular Council Meeting – Monday, November 8, 2021 – 7:00 P.M.

 

Budget Workshop – Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – 7:00 P.M.

 

  Tentative Budget Adoption/Regular Workshop - Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 7:00 P. M.

 

Special Council Meeting and Budget Adoption – Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – 7:00 P.M.