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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 30th of May 2017 - Special Council Meeting


            Pen Argyl Borough Council held a Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.

in Council Chambers.


            The Special Meeting was held for Council to discuss and with the intent to take action on the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church-Immaculate Conception School Land Development Plan and the Department of Environmental Protection MS4 Waiver Application and other general purposes.


Pledge of Allegiance:  

            Council Vice-President Dean Minnich opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.


Roll Call: 

            The following Council members were present and responded to roll call: Charles Kandl Jr., Joseph LeDonne, Dean Minnich, Robert O'Donnell, Roberta Cowley, Janell Connolly and Angelo Uliana.  Council President Michael Nasatka was absent.


            Also present were Borough Solicitor Peter Layman and Borough Manager Robin Zmoda.


Public Works Appreciation Week:

            Council Vice-President Dean Minnich introduced Senator Mario Scavello and Representative Marcia Hahn who were in attendance to present citations and a plaque to the Pen Argyl Borough's Public Works Department.  Public Works Department Director Steven Bender as well as Dennis Miller, Thomas Hower and Mark Davis were there to accept.  Councilman Minnich then presented each member with a citation from the Mayor and Borough Council thanking them for their hard work and dedication to the Borough.  


ICS Minor Subdivision:

            The Borough was given a review letter from Engineer Robert Cox, which recommended a conditional approval for the development.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to approve the plans once the following conditions are met: a letter from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission; the execution of a developer's agreement with the Borough; the posting of bonds or a letter of credit for the improvements and verification of design approval from Pennsylvania American Water prior to water installation, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne. Unanimous vote by roll call.


            Christine Mildner from Barry Isett & Associates gave a presentation regarding the NPDES Permit Renewal that will need to be completed by September 15, 2017.  The renewal needs to include a Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP), an updated stormwater map and the Borough will also be re-submitting a waiver request.  Between now and the July meeting the Borough needs to identify drainage issues and find Borough owner properties for Best Management Practices (BMP).  Borough will be working on PRP, show DEP funding for the BMP, prepare a list of maintenance tasks to keep BMP working properly with resident participation.  In July a public meeting should be held to present a plan which will be created during June with input from staff and Borough Council.  This will fulfill the need for a forty-five (45) day comment period.  Moving forward the Borough needs to input drainage issue areas so road repairs will incorporate BMP. Mildner will be providing the Borough with list of potential projects and BMP that could be completed.


            Council was given a copy of a handicap parking space application from Gerald Williamson at 18 Davey Avenue.  Mr. Williamson has provided all the information required and Public Works Director Bender has reported that the space could be provided.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to provide the handicap space as requested, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call.



            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, May 2, 2017, seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous vote by roll call.



            Council was given a copy of a letter sent by Bonnie Lugg on behalf of her Aunt, Mary Lugg, 761 Pen Argyl Street.  In January via a water bill it was discovered that she was billed for 30,000 gallons of water by the Pennsylvania Water Company.  At that time they contacted the water company and the water company gave Mary Lugg a credit as she generally only uses 4,000 to 5,000 gallons a month.  In May she received her sewer bill and the high usage was reflected on that bill and she is requesting a credit based on her normal usage due to the credit from the water company.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to adjust the May sewer bill to reflect Mary Lugg's normal quarterly usage of under 10,000 gallons per quarter and credit her account the overage as she has already paid her May bill, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council members;   Charles Kandl Jr., Joseph LeDonne, Robert O'Donnell, Roberta Cowley, Janell Connolly and Angelo Uliana, voting against was Councilman Dean Minnich.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote the motion carried.


            Council was also given a copy of Congressman Matt Cartwright's letter acknowledging the Borough of Pen Argyl's support of the Community Development Block Grants.



            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell. Unanimous by voice vote.  Council adjourned at 8:43 P.M.


Regular Council Meeting-Tuesday, June 6, 2017 -7:00 P.M

 Workshop-Tuesday, June 27, 2017-7:00 P.M


                                                                                                            Respectfully Submitted,



                                                                                                            Robin Zmoda

                                                                                                            Borough Manager