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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 - Borough Council Meeting

            Pen Aryl Borough Council held their Meeting for March on Tuesday, March 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, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O'Donnell.  Councilman Brain Gold Sr. was absent.                          

 

            Also present were Borough Manager Robin Zmoda, Borough Solicitor Peter Layman

 and Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz.  Mayor Mikal Sabatine arrived at 7:43 P. M.

 

Visitors:                                  

            Representatives from Synagro were present.  Pam Racey stated they have changed the location of their recovery center to the landfill area.  They will not need any variances in this location.  Plans had been submitted to the Plainfield Township Planning Commission on February 23rd.  The Planning Commission will hold a Public Meeting on March 19th at the Middle School.   They will have a link on their web site with all their plans and information.

 

            John Cervasi, 225 B Street, had complaints about the roadway and his sidewalks on

B Street. Borough Manager Zmoda and Public Works Director Bender explained that the sidewalks and roadway issues are being reviewed with the Borough Engineer.  Further core samples of the concrete used for the sidewalks have been taken but the results have not been received yet. 

 

            Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue,  inquired when the Borough was taking over S. Robinson Avenue.  Also ask about using jake braking and limiting trucks on S. Robinson Avenue.  Borough Manager Zmoda stated that jake braking and limiting trucks couldn't been done due to Intercommerce rules.  As far as the Borough acquiring S. Robinson Avenue, all information and application has been submitted to PennDot and is out of the Borough's hands. 

 

Public Works Report:             

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

 

            Information was given to Council pertaining to the Thursday, 02/22/18  meeting on

B Street concerning the sidewalks and also on Thursday, 03/01/18 seven (7) core samples were taken by David Michalski from JDM.  Core samples were sent to a lab in Michigan.

 

            According to Bender three (3) shorts have been detected in the Mary Mountains street

lighting.  Two (2) are on Birch Avenue from power station to 601 Birch Avenue.  A total                               

length of 712 feet, three (3) street lights on the north side are affected by the shorts.  The

third short is somewhere between 911 to 711 Walnut Avenue, a total length of 513 feet,

two (2) street lights on the north are affected. 

 

            Eight (8) contractors have been contacted to directionally drill and install 1" conduit

to each affected light.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to hire Drillmasters, LLC,

P. O. Box 73, Tylersport, PA 18971, to drill and install 1" conduit to each affected light, not to exceed the amount of $14,000, to be paid from the Borough Reserve Fund, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connelly.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Council reviewed the Task Schedule for the new salt shed as received from Barry Isett

& Associates, Inc.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to move ahead with the Task Schedule as submitted and to advertise for the project, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda stated that the Public Works Director Steven Bender and street employees Mark Davis and Thomas Hower would like to attend the three (3) day LTAP seminar for PennDot's 2018 Municipal Road Maintenance and Safety Symposium on April 22nd.  Cost is $65.00 each, also accommodations for two (2) rooms for three (3) nights.  Zmoda will check into it further on the cost of the accommodations. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda presented Resolution 2018-02 to apply for the DCNR's pool feasibility study.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve and accept Resolution 2018-02 as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant. Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote the motion carried. 

 

Zoning Report:                       

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

Police Report:

            Borough Manager Zmoda presented Resolution 2018-03 for the Regional Intelligence & Investigative Center request to Northampton County to contribute $500,000.00 annually. to the Center.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve and accept Resolution 2018-03 as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to send a letter of support for Slate Belt Regional Police Department grant application for automatic license plate readers, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 


Fire Chief's Report:

            Fire Chief Parsons reported that the fire company received sixteen (16) calls for the month of February.  They spent 237 on drills and 387 hours on calls.

 

            The Fire Station Project will be advertised for bids on Wednesday, March 7th and Monday, March 19th.  Bids will be received via the PennBid Program until Friday, April 20th

at 4:00 P. M. prevailing time.

 

Minutes:                                 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, February 6, 2018, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

            Council was also given copies of the Minutes from Park Board Meetings on 11/12/17 and 02/20/18.  Also the COG Meeting of 02/28/18.

 

Correspondence:                    

            LVEDC will be holding their annual meeting on Wednesday, March 14th. 

            Sunshine Week March 11th - 17th.  Borough Manager Zmoda presented Resolution

NO. 2018-04 in support of Sunshine Week.  Sunshine Week commemorates the anniversary of James Madison's birth, the father of our federal Constitution.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to approve Resolution NO. 2018- 04 as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Mayor's Report:                     

            Mayor Sabatine gave special thanks to Borough Manager Zmoda for her involvement and her assistance by making the Borough Hall available to the residents as a warming place during the electric outage during the past weekend. 

 

Planning Commission:                       

            Nothing to report.


Solicitor's Report:

            Borough Solicitor Layman had nothing to report.


Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling: 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant's February

report.                                                                                                                                    

            Council was given a copy of T & M Associates' progress report dated February 8, 2018.       

     

            The Municipal Authority is considering a quarterly meeting schedule.


            Borough Manager Zmoda presented a price comparison for magnesium hydroxide based on 15,480 pounds.  Presently magnesium hydroxide is purchased from Main Pool at a cost of

.299345 per lb.  WK Merriman's price is .186 per pound, delivery charge of $925.00 and fuel surcharge which varies, presently 13.5%.  WK Merriman is a co star vendor. Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to purchase magnesium hydroxide from WK Merriman, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            A proposal was received from George's Plumbing & HVAC, Inc. for the amount of $560.00 to provide a service/maintenance agreement for the heat pump system.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to accept the proposal for the amount of $560.00 as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            Council was given a copy of the Engineer's report for February 2018 and a copy of the Authority Minutes from their meeting held on 02/05/18. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:               

            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 Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by vote call.

 

Community Outreach:                       

            The Borough is holding a Founder's Day on June 1st from 6:00 P. M. to 9:00 P. M.

at the Park.                                                                                                                                        

Borough's Manager's Report:                       

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that Councilman Brian Gold Sr. has resigned

as 1st Ward Councilman due to his job and raising his three (3) grandchildren.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept with regret the resignation of Councilman Brian Gold Sr., seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  Council authorized Zmoda to advertise for the 1st Ward Council position.

 

            Zmoda discussed the DCED/CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund Program which is due by July 31st of every year, possibly applying for assistance for decorative streetscape lighting on S. Robinson Avenue.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that Public Works Director Steven Bender and herself will attend a Creative Leadership Course on 07/25/18 in Allentown at a cost of $149.00 each.


 Council was given a copy of the SBCC ED's agenda for February 27, 2018. 

            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, $13,906.20; Sewer Fund, $67,725.91; State Fund, $9,235.66 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $9,950.00.  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 Roberta Cowley made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss

personnel issues, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:31 P. M. and reconvened at 8:55 P. M.

 

            Special Note:  Borough Secretary Savitz left the meeting at 8:33 P. M. and the rest of

the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

Conditional employment offer:                     

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to authorize the Borough Manager to

make a conditional employment offer to Carey Koch for the Wastewater Treatment Plant's laborer position; the offer will contain an addendum for individual to begin process of getting operator's license within two (2) years, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote.

 

Adjournment:             

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman

Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 8:57 P. M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

                                                                                    Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                    Borough Secretary                 

                                   

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

                                Council Meeting - Tuesday, April 3rd - 7:00 P. M.