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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Wednesday 15th of December 2021 - 12/15/2021 Council Meeting

               Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for December on Wednesday, December 15, 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, Janell Connolly, Scott Brumbaugh, Charles Kandl Jr., John Apgar, Stephanie Cooper and Josephine Hildabrant.

 

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

Visitors:

None.               

Discussion and Final Adoption of Year 2022 Budget:

 

                                             General Fund - $2,185,850.00

                                                  Sewer Fund - $1,617,300.00

                                            Garbage Fund - $468,864.00

                                                    State Fund - $272,622.00

                                             Reserve Fund - $3,487,533.00

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept and approve final adoption of the year 2022 budget as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Chuck Kandl Jr., Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, and Stephanie Cooper.   Council Members Tammy Kemp, Josephine Hildabrant, and John Apgar voted no.  There being five (5) yes votes and three (3) no votes, the motion carried.

 

                                               Tax Structure

                                      Real Estate Tax Millage - 13.00 Mills (no increase)

                                                                Per Capita - $ 5.00

                                     Local Services Tax (LST) - $52.00

               Real Estate Transfer Tax - 1% - Shared Equally with School District


                        Earned Income Tax - 1% - Shared Equally with School District

 

              Sewer Rental Fee - $102.00 Minimum Quarterly Charge per Unit/10,000 Gallons

                                                                     $13.50 per Thousand Gallon over 10,000 Gallons

 

                                    Garbage Fee - Garbage Fee Waived for year 2022

 

               The Borough's Assessment Valuation for 2022 is $66,969,800: 2021 was $67,093,100: 2020 was $67,029,500; 2019 Assessment was $67,113,200.  One (1) Mill equals $66,968.80; less 6% uncollectible, collectible amount is $62,950.67.

 

               Prior years Millage was 13 Mills in 2021 and 2020, 2019 was 12 Mills and 2018 was 11 Mills. 

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept and approve the Tax Structure for year 2022, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Ordinance #716 to increase the quarterly sewer rental fees:

 

               Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adopt Ordinance #716 to increase the quarterly sewer rental fee to reflect a $3.00 rate increase to the quarter base rate of $99.00 to $102.00 effective January 1, 2022, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Resolution 2021-9 for fixing the 2022 Millage Rate:

 

               Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper made a motion to approve Resolution #2021-9 for the Millage Rate of 13.00 Mills for year 2022, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Ordinance #717 for waiving the 2022 Residential Garbage Fee:

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to adopt Ordinance #717 to waive the 2022 Residential Garbage Fee, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.


Resolution for Earned Income Tax, Per Capita, Local Services Tax (LST) and Property Transfer Tax for the Year of 2022

               Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Resolution for the Earned Income of 1/2 of 1%, the Per Capita Tax of $5.00, the Local Services Tax (LST) of $52.00 and 1/2 of 1% Property Transfer Tax for the fiscal year of 2022, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Resolution to appoint Berkheimer Associates as Collector of the Local Services Tax (LST) and Keystone Collection Group as Collector of the Earned Income Tax for the Year of 2022:

 

               Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Resolution to reappoint Berkheimer Associates as Collector of the Local Services Tax (LST) and Keystone Collection Group as Collector of the Earned Income Tax for the fiscal year of 2022, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Public Works:

 

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

 

               Manager Zmoda discussed an on-site meeting she attended with Barry Isett and Lobb Avenue residents.  The residents’ concerns will be taken into consideration when developing the plans.

 

               All Council Members received correspondence from The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development stating the Borough was awarded the Greenways Grant for $124,366 for the Weona Parks Playground Phase I project. 

 

               All Council Members also received notification from Northampton County’s Department of Community & Economic Development stating the Borough was also awarded $150,000.00 for the ADA Weona Park Improvements Project.

 

               Councilwoman Tammy Kemp inquired if any Council member had been approached regarding either Pen Argyl Street’s or George Street’s one way status.

 

Zoning Report:

 

               All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Codes Office's November report, property maintenance log and Zoning Hearing Board minutes from December 2, 2021.

 

All Council Members received two (2) denial notices for the zoning permit applications for

301 W. Main Street.

 

               Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve Resolution #2021-8 establishing fee updates for planning, building and zoning fees, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

               All Council Members received a memo from Tyler Galloway, Zoning Officer regarding the status of the Quality of Life Ticket for 103 Harding Avenue. 

 

Police Report:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police meeting minutes from November 3, 2021 and November 18, 2021, agendas from November 18, 20201 and December 7, 2021 and the November calls for service. 

 

               Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 718 for fixing the calculation of cost sharing under the Slate Belt Regional Police Department charter agreement to continue the same cost sharing formula used in 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

               All Council Members received a copy of the K-9 police presentation. 

              

Fire Chief's Report:

 

               Chief Dean Parsons reported the fire company responded to 17 calls, spent 179 hours on drills and 298 hours on calls.

 

Minutes:

 

               Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of November 8, 2021, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

               Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Special Council Meeting of November 30, 2021, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Council received the Park Board agenda from November 9, 2021 and minutes from

October 12, 2021.


Correspondence:

 

All Council Members received an e-mail from Tom Carlo regarding the Nazareth Borough’s November 18, 2021 meeting.

 

All Council Members received correspondence from Barry Isett & Associates Inc., describing the services they provide.

              

Mayor's Report:

 

Mayor Male stated the drive through holiday party was a big success as many residents came to visit Santa Claus and receive gifts and a hot dog. Mayor Male thanked the following for their contributions to the Community Holiday Party:  Council and family, Senator Scavello, Lookout Fire Company, Denny Miller, Pen Argyl Public Works Department, Pen Argyl Borough Manager, Crayola, Nestle, Weis Markets, Giant, Taco Bell, Burger King, Pen Argyl Post Office and Just Born.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the Request for Special Fire Police Services form, as provided by Mayor Male, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  Unanimous by roll call.

              

Planning Commission:

 

               All Council Members received a meeting notification from State representative Ann Flood, to discuss potential changes to the Municipal Planning Code (MPC) to increase the ability of municipal governments to control what businesses are built within their boundaries on December 7, 2021.  Manager Zmoda attended this meeting that included Senator Scavello, State Representative Ann Flood and State Representative Joseph Emerick.  Manager Zmoda also attended an MPC working group meeting that gathered details of how the MPC regulations impact every community, to be presented back to Senator Scavello and the State Representatives. 

 

               All Council Members received the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s review of the Easton Block and Supply’s building expansion’s land development application, located in Lower Mount Bethel Township; review of a subdivision application at 602 Sandt Road in Plainfield Township; review of William Tinsley’s lot consolidation application located in Upper Mount Bethel Township; Anthony Greggo’s Subdivision application located in Plainfield Township and Glennon Ealey’s lot line adjustment application, located in Plainfield Township.

 

               The next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for December 16, 2021 to discuss the sketch plan application of 412 W Applegate Avenue.

 

Solicitor:

 

Nothing to report.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

               All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant November report.

 

All Council Members were given a copy of correspondence from Waste Management stating the sludge disposal rate will increase in January 2022.  Manager Zmoda reminded Council that the Borough is under contract with them for the next two (2) years which includes cost of living increases.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:   

 

               All Council Members were given a copy of the November Treasury Report as prepared and submitted by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

               All Council Members received correspondence from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Borough passed the liquid fuels audit.

 

               Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda informed Council the Borough was given a donation of $2,500.00 from Nestle.  Options will be discussed as to where it should be applied.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

Mayor Male reported rye grass will be placed on the demolished Weona Park pool area to prevent erosion of the fill.  Presently the Public Works Department is trying to locate the source of a spring that traveled under the pool. 

 

Council President reported there is a Facebook group entitled “Weona Park Pool Pals” that is accepting donations for the Weona Park Pool.  A link to this donation form is also available on the Borough’s web page. 

 

Community Outreach:

 

               Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper made a motion to retain Hometown Press to make and distribute newsletters on behalf of the Borough in 2022, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call.


Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak provided Council with the November feral cat report.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp recommended that the Borough hire a social media consultant.  No motion was taken for this matter.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

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

 

               Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion for Manager Zmoda craft a letter in support of Senate Bill 252 and House bill 955 for the modernization of local government advertising requirements, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.   Unanimous by roll call.

 

The Borough Office will be closed at noon on Thursday, December 23rd, all day on Friday, December 24th, also closed at noon on Thursday, December 30th and closed all day on Friday December 31st.

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to have the Re-Organization and regular Borough Council meeting on Monday, January 3, 2021, seconded by Councilman John Apgar.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $43,277.46; Sewer Fund, $30,566.27; State Fund $9,525.35 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $40,423.57.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp 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 to discuss possible litigation issues, seconded by Councilwoman Stephanie Cooper. Unanimous by roll call vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:33 P.M. and reconvened at 9:12 P.M. 

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:32 P.M.

and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.  Councilman Charles Kandl left the meeting during Executive session at 9:05 P.M.

Adjournment

Councilman Scott Brumbaugh made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp. Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:14 P.M.

 

                                                                                                         Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                                         Juli Lemak

                                                                                                         Borough Secretary

 

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