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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 6th of February 2018 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for February on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

at 7:00 P. M. in the Fire Hall.

                                                           

Pledge of Allegiance:

            Council President Joseph LeDonne opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge of

Allegiance.

 

Roll Call:                                 

            The following Council Members were present and responded to roll call:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Brian Gold Sr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell was absent.

 

            Also present was Mayor Mikal Sabatine, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda and Borough

Secretary Dolores Savitz.

 

Visitors:                      

            Members of Blue Mountain Community Library gave their annual 2017 report.

 

            Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, complained about the street and sidewalk openings that were done by the water and gas companies on S. Robinson Avenue.  S. Robinson Avenue is a PennDot road and not a Borough street.

 

            Carlo also stated that several sidewalks on S. Robinson Avenue and E. Main Street were not cleaned up after the snow storm.  Borough Manager Zmoda informed him that the Borough has a complaint form that he can fill out in the future and someone from the Borough will follow up on the complaints. 

 

            Ethan Habrial, 100 A Street, stated that he had a water leak in his basement and affected an increase in his sewer bill and ask for a forgiveness of the excessive sewer fees.

Council President LeDonne informed him that the water company had given him credit for 6,000 gallons of water usage.  Therefore, his sewer bill had also reflected the 6,000 gallons credit.  Habrial ask Council to reconsider his request for relief on his sewer bill.

 

            Adrienne Fors, representative from Waste Management (W/M), informed Council that everything was going fine at the landfill.  Further that W/M was going to hold a Winter Bird Walk on Sunday, February 18th, an Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 22nd and a reminder that their blood drive will be held on Friday, February 16th. 

 

Public Works Report:             

            All Council Members were given a copy of Public Works Director Steven Bender's

January report to review.  Bender was present.

 

            Bender met with Dentist Dave Turtzo and Doctor Doug Turtzo pertaining to their previous request for two (2) parking spaces.  They are requesting one (1) space on S. Schanck Avenue in front of their entrance and one (1) space on Jory Avenue near the corner. Bender recommended that they use their own parking lot and move the other equipment that they have stored off of the parking lot.  Council also discussed the request that the area residents have to be considered and that parking is at a premium in that area.  Borough Manager Zmoda is to send Turtzo a letter pertaining to the parking spaces as recommended by Bender and Council.

 

            The Study Committee for the Weona Park Master Site Development Plan will meet on Wednesday, February 14th. 

 

            The meeting pertaining to the DCNR Grant has been postponed for tomorrow and rescheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd.

 

            The B Street update information has been received from Borough Engineer Barry Isett and given to Borough Solicitor Layman to reply.

 

Zoning Report:

            All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Codes Office's January report.

            A list of all permits issued for year 2017 was also given to all Council members.

Police Report:

            Council was given copies of the SBRPD Minutes for their meetings of 12/21/2017 and

01/03/2018.                                                                                                                           

            Mayor Sabatine informed Council that the SBRPD annual report will be finalized and

will be presented to Council at the March Council Meeting.  

                                                        

Fire Chief's Report:

            Fire Chief Parsons reported that the fire company received eleven (11) calls for the

month of January.  They spent 306 hours on calls and 120 hours on drills. 

            Council discussed advertising for bids for the fire station building.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to advertise for bids for the fire station building, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by roll call vote.          

 

Minutes:                     

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, January 2, 2018, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous

vote by roll call.

            

            Council was also given a copy of the minutes for the COG meeting of 01/24/18.

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley informed Council that they are working on a place for the animal shelter.                                                                                       

 

Correspondence:        

            SBC - Information of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2018 (PFEW).

            LVPC - Information on Planning for the future

            LVPC - General Assembly meetings


            Jeffrey Fox, 437 William Street, interest in servicing on the Borough Disruptive Conduct

Appeals Board.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to appoint Jeffrey Fox to the Borough Disruptive Conduct Appeals Board as a member of the Community Group, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call.                                                  

 

            County of Northampton, Department of Human Services - Requesting nominations of individuals for Outstanding Seniors Awards.                                                                         

 

            St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church - Thank you for generous gift of teddy bears in December.  They were donated to the Church after the Children's Christmas Party at the Park. 

 

            PSAB - A special edition clock was given to the Borough as a token of the Borough's support of PSAB.                

 

            Adrienne Fors, Community Relations WM - Information and background on landfill.

 

Mayor's Report:                                             

            Mayor Sabatine informed Council that a plaque has been received from RCN which designates the Borough as an "RCN 1 Gigabit Community".

 

            Mayor Sabatine stated that Summer Sounds Program has received interest from some musicians.  Wind Gap has already set up their schedule for the program dates.

 

Planning Commission:                       

            Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:

            Nothing to report.  Borough Solicitor Layman was not present.


Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant January

report.                                                                                                                                    

            Council Members were also given copies of the Engineer Reports from 12/20/17 and

01/2018.                                                                                                                                 

            PA Small Water & Sewer Grant application is due at the end of the month, don't have

a cost at this time for any project, a fee of $100.00 has to be attached to the application.     

            The first payment check has been received from NRG Curtailment Solutions, Inc. for

$1,875.00, will net a total of $4,000.00, for the Power Pay PJM Program for the 2017-2018 period.  Addendum NO. 1 was attached for reduction of the performance response time within 120 minutes of the event notification for the 2018-2019 program year.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept and authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to sign the Amendment on the behalf of the Borough, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.                                                                                                           

 

            The sewer plant is in need of a snow blower, Jeff Markovitz has a used commercial

 snow blower that is six (6) years old that he will sell to the Borough for $1,500.00.  Council discussed it and it was suggested to look at the fair value before purchasing the snow blower.

 

            New discharge hose is needed at the plant.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to purchase the necessary discharge hose not to exceed the cost of $2,000.00, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:   

            Council reviewed the list of delinquent 2017 Per Capita Taxes as submitted by Tax Collector Michael Zavacky.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to turn the list of 2017 delinquent Per Capita Taxes to Berkheimer for collection, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call vote.                                                                   

 

            A list of the delinquent 2017 Borough Real Estate Taxes was also submitted by Tax Collector Michael Zavacky.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to turn the list of delinquent 2017 Borough Real Estate Taxes over to the County for collection, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept and approve the Benecon Employee Medical Benefit Eligibility Continuation Policy as presented by Borough Manager Zmoda, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Brian Gold Sr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp voted abstained.  There being six (6) votes in favor of the motion and one (1) abstained vote the motion carried. 

 

                    

            Borough Manager Zmoda gave Council information from Benecon that the ACA's 40% excise tax on high-value health care plans, this tax is more commonly known as the Cadillac Tax, will be delayed until 2022.

 

            Council Members were given a copy of Year 2017 final budget comparison as prepared

by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to exonerate the Borough from the 2018 Borough Real Estate Taxes on the Borough owned property on S. Main Street, seconded by Councilman Brian Gold Sr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Treasury Report as prepared and submitted by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

Property & Utilities:   

            Nothing to report.

Community Outreach:

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp reported that window candles have been purchased for the Borough for next year.

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly thanked Council President Joseph LeDonne and Borough Manager Zmoda for attending the Slate Belt Rising press conference last week.

 

Borough Manager's report:                           

            Borough Manager Zmoda presented a proposal from Snyder Technologies for a Borough new server for the amount of $7,900.00. Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the purchase of the server as presented for the amount of $7,900.00, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            A Meet & Greet with Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure will be held on Wednesday, February 21st at Hampton Inn & Suites, 3723 Easton Nazareth Hwy., Easton.

 

            Proof of Recordation of Environmental Covenant for the Pen Argyl former manufactured gas plant site located in Plainfield Township has been received from The Mahfood Group LLC.

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to renew the Borough's participation in PSAB's DOT/Non-Dot Drug and Alcohol Testing Program for 2018,  seconded by Councilwoman Joseph Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 


            Borough Manager Zmoda met with a representative from Synagro and Adrienne Fors, Synagro will be resubmitting plans and moving into the solid waste area district.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda requested an Executive Session before Council adjourned to discuss personnel issues.

 

Payment of Bills:        

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $18,294.88; Sewer Fund, $67,725.91; State Fund, $18,870.36 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $83,506.80. Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Executive Session:                  

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly  made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss

personnel issues, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

Council went into Executive Session at 8:24 P. M. and reconvened at 9:02 P. M.

 

            Special Note:  Borough Secretary Savitz left the meeting at 8:25 P. M. and the rest of

the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

Holiday Pay:               

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to authorize the Borough Secretary to

continue past practice policy of paying the Teamsters employees the holiday rate for only time worked and regular rate for the remainder hours not worked, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Voting in favor were Council Members:  LeDonne, Cowley, Connolly, Hildabrant, Kandl and Gold.  Councilwoman Kemp abstained due to financial conflict.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) abstained vote, the motion carries.

 

Adjournment:             

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 9:05 P. M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

           

                                                                                    Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

                                    Workshop - Tuesday, February 27th - 7:00 P. M.

                           Council Meeting - Tuesday, March 6th - 7:00 P. M.