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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Monday 8th of November 2021 - November 8, 2021 Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Regular Council Meeting on Monday, November 8, 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. and Josephine Hildabrant. 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly was absent.

 

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.  President LeDonne reminded him the Borough has adopted the rules of the International Building Codes and if he is dissatisfied, he may apply for a UCC appeal through the Council of Governments.

 

Dana Apgar, 110 North Lobb Avenue; Troy Prutzman, 107 N. Lobb Avenue; L. P.  Hildabrant, 211 N. Lobb Avenue; Craig & Ann Ealey, 201 W. Laurel Avenue; Ann Farley, 201 W. Laurel Avenue; Victoria and Jordan Nittle, 114 N. Lobb Avenue; Jane Peifly, 215 N. Lobb Avenue, expressed their frustration with the Lobb Avenue project.  Some of their frustrations were:  the project is taking too long to complete, they are unable to open car doors because road is too high, water is running around the catch basins, and driveways and curbs are not cut properly.  Council President LeDonne advised them outside consultants have been hired and they are working on corrective action.   A meeting will be scheduled at each individual property on N. Lobb Avenue to discuss the concerns of the homeowners, to take those concerns into consideration when reviewing the revised street plans. 

 

Jeff Markovitz & Rose Rinker, 114 N. Westbrook Avenue, discussed his concerns about narrowing E. Babbitt Avenue.  President LeDonne informed him no decision has been made as what plans will be used on the street and all of Council have not been informed about the street committee meeting that was earlier in the day. 

 

Jeff Young and Don Dereamus, representatives of Suburban Emergency Medical Services, spoke about the financial impact they would have if the Borough gave the basic life support ambulance designation to Wind Gap Emergency Medical Services.  This matter was tabled until early 2022, after the fire company elections. 

 

Public Works:

 

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

 

            Councilman John Apgar made a motion to add replacing the leaf vacuum hoses to the agenda, this item was not on the agenda as the Public Works Director contacted Manager Zmoda today that the vacuum hoses will need to be replaced as soon as possible, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

           

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to replace the leaf vacuum hoses for $1,740.00, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to hire Muschlitz Excavating in the amount of $2,900.00 and A. Scott Enterprises, Inc. in the amount of $8,500.00, for a total of $11,500.00 to demolish the Weona Park Pool, seconded by John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

            Manager Zmoda reported the leaf clean up schedule will continue November 29th through December 10, 2021, weather dependent, with a break the week of November 22nd through November 26, 2021 to put up holiday lighting.

           

Zoning Report:

 

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

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to draft a Resolution for the new zoning fees and permitting fees developed by the Zoning Committee and Barry Isett and Associates, Inc., seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Police Report:

 

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

September 16, 2021 and October 5, 2021 meeting; the October 5, 2021 and November 3, 2021 agenda, and the September calls for service. 

 

            Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper made a motion to approve the Slate Belt Regional Police 2022 budget, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to draft and advertise an ordinance fixing the calculation of cost sharing under the Slate Belt Regional Police Department Charter Agreement for 2022, to continue the same cost sharing formula used in 2021, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

 

            Nothing to report.

 

Minutes:

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of October 5, 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

October 12, 2021. 

 

Councilman John Apgar made a motion to appoint Phyllis Pugliesi to the Park Board to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Jackie Hower, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Correspondence:

 

All Council Members received a copy of correspondence from Barry Isett & Associates Inc. requesting to continue services in the Borough and requesting a virtual meeting with Manager Zmoda to discuss 2022 grant strategies.  No action was taken on this matter.

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Male requested volunteers for the Borough’s holiday party on December 3, 2021, recognized the anonymous donation of the Weona Park bench with a certificate and will be assisting at the Weona Park Pool demolition.

 

            All Council Members received the October 27, 2021 minutes from the Slate Belt Council of Governments.

 

 

Planning Commission:

 

            All Council Members received the October 6, 2021 and November 3, 2021 agenda, and the

July 7, 2021 and October 6, 2021 minutes from the Slate Belt Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting.

 

            All Council Members received the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s review of a lot line adjustment in Roseto Borough for David Capozzolo.

 

Solicitor:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve Ordinance number 715, to revise Section 79-2 of the code of the Borough of Pen Argyl to add property to the west of S. Main Street as part of the designated Weona Park, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s October report.  Also provided was the Sewer Authority agenda from August 2, 2021 and October 4, 2021 and their minutes from August 2, 2021.

 

            All Council Members received correspondence form Pennsylvania American Water regarding water shut offs from December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.  No action was taken on this matter.

 

            Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper made a motion to sign the indemnity agreement between the Borough and the Municipal Authority, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl, Jr. made a motion to approve the proposal for additional costs from Colliers Engineering & Design for the reconstruction of East Babbitt Avenue and a force-main replacement on West Main Street for $17,100.00, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.   

           

            Special Note:  At 9:00 P.M. Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. left the meeting.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:         

 

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

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Monday, November 8, 2021

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Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance con’t:

 

All Council Members received the Northampton County Tax Collection Committee agenda from October 14, 2021 and the minutes from the March 11, 2021 meeting.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the proposal from Gordian to replace the windows in the Municipal Building for up to $159,016.27, contingent upon discussion with the contractor, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.

 

All Council Members received correspondence from Charles Unangst, PE from Hanover Engineering confirming the ramps and landings in front of Borough Hall, conform to ADA regulations.

 

Community Outreach:

 

            All Council Members received the September feral cat report, Slate Belt Rising’s October 14, 2021 agenda and minutes from the September 8, 2021 meeting. 

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $13,209.55; Sewer Fund, $53,215.04 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $24,256.06.  Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to go into Executive Session for potential litigation, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper. Unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 9:23 P.M. and reconvened at 9:47 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 9:23 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Robin Zmoda. 

 


 

Conflict Counsel Appointment:

 

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to appoint Kent Herman of King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC as conflict counsel for the development of 412 W. Applegate Avenue, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper. Unanimous by voice vote. 

 

Adjournment:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant. Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:48 P.M.

 

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Juli Lemak

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

Special Council Meeting/Tentative Budget Adoption – Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – 7:00 P.M.

Final Budget Adoption/Borough Council Meeting - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – 7:00 P. M.

No Workshop for December

January Re-organizational and Council Meeting - Monday, January 3, 2022 - 7:00 P. M.