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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 - Borough Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for April on Tuesday, April 3, 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, Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O'Donnell.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. was absent.

 

            Also present were Mayor Mikal Sabatine, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda, Borough Solicitor Peter Layman and Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz.                                         

 

First Ward Council Vacancy:                          

            A letter of interest was received from Michael Nasatka Jr., 99 Flory Avenue, for the First

Ward Council vacancy.

 

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to appoint Michael Nasatka Jr. to the First Ward Council position, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.   Mayor Sabatine administered the Loyalty Oath to Michael Nasatka Jr.    

 

Visitors:                      

            Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, stated that his neighbor at 203 S. Schanck Avenue, complained about his neighbor feeding feral cats.  He has contacted the animal control person but hasn't gotten a response.  It was noticed by Council that the animal control person doesn't take care of cat complaints.

 

            Adrienne Fors, W/M Community Relations Manager, informed Council that the tonnage at the landfill was holding steady.  Further, W/M was having an Earth Day event on April 22nd.

 

Public Works Report:             

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

 

            PennDot will be doing traffic counting on Davey Avenue and George Street between March 12th and June 29th.                                                                                                

 

            A handicap parking sign application was received from Karen Casey, 112 N. Harding Avenue.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to approve the application as submitted and to have the sign installed, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

           

                                        

            A pre-bid meeting for the construction of the salt shed will be held on Tuesday, April 10th and bids will be received until 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, April 24th.

 

            Borough Manager and Councilwoman Kemp will attend a seminar on May 8th for Understanding Complete Streets Policies and Field Review. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that CDBG 2018 Grant Funding applications are due May15th. Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to apply for funding for North and South Lobb Avenue improvements, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

            Quotes were received from Barry Isett & Associates for Weona Park Bandshell improvements.  A copy was given to all Council Members.  Borough Manager Zmoda will

review  the quotes with Public Works Director Bender.

 

            The turnback application for S. Robinson Avenue to the Borough has been submitted

to Harrisburg for final approval.       

 

            A quote has been received from Monarch Concrete Supply for trough drain consisting of a basin box and grates on top for the street garage for the amount of $1,465.00.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve the purchase of the materials for the drain, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Zoning Report:                       

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

            PA Bureau of Occupational & Industrial Safety in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code, a five (5) year audit review was performed on February 13, 2018 to determine if adequate administration and enforcement of the accessibility requirements of the Uniform Construction Code occurred.  The audit was completed on February 20, 2018 and it was determined that the Borough's code enforcement department has satisfactorily complied with the regulations on eligible projects that were audited at that time. 

 

Police Report:                                                

            All Council Members were given copies of the SBRPD Minutes from their Regular Meeting held on March 6, 2018 and also the calls for the month of February. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda reported that a discussion is being held with Wind Gap Borough and Plainfield Township concerning the purchase of a system that can be used for Community Engagements & Notifications.  Mayor Sabatine stated that a proposal was received today by the SBRPD and the search is on going.                              

 


 

Fire Chief's Report:                

            Fire Chief Parsons reported on the March fire calls that were received.  Parsons didn't have a full written report with the total drill and call hours to give to Council. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda stated that the bids for the fire station are due by Friday,

April 20th.  The bid amounts will be available for the April 24th workshop. 

 

Minutes:                    

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council

Meeting of Tuesday, March 6, 2018, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

            Council was also given copies of the Minutes from Park Board Meeting of 02/20/18 and also the COG Meeting of 03/28/18.

 

Correspondence:       

            Slate Belt Heritage Center, 30 N. First Street, Bangor is holding an opening reception for

the 2018 Spring Exhibit,  RSVP by April 6th.

 

            Faith United Presbyterian Church, 218 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, request to close Heller Avenue south of Pennsylvania Avenue to the alley behind the church on Saturday, June 16th, from 1:00 P. M. to 9:0 P. M. for their annual Strawberry Festival.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to grant permission to Faith United Presbyterian Church as requested, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Mayor's Report:

            Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:

            Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:

            Nothing to report.

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant's March report.                                                                                                                                    

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that the current sludge removal contract with Waste Management (W/M) is up in May.  However, the contract can for extended for two (2) one-year periods thereafter upon mutual agreement by W/M and the Borough. If the Borough opts for an extension, W/M's rates shall be increased or decreased in proportion to

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling con't:                

the percentage increase or decrease, if any, in the Consumer Price Index for Northampton County area for the twelve (12) month period to the beginning of each contract extension. 

Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to contact W/M for the current price including the cost of living, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:              

            Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda informed Council that she will have the Treasury

Report prepared by the end of the week as well as the first quarter budget comparison.

 

Property & Utilities:                          

            The renovations in the old police department will begin on Monday. 

Community Outreach:                                   

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp informed Council that PASD was fine with the Borough sponsoring an essay contest for the senior class in keeping with the April 9th - 13th Local Government Week.  The essay would be what they would change about their community if they were an elected official.  The essay deadline is Friday, April 20th.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to have the Borough sponsor the essay contest with a cash prize of $100.00 and to hold a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 to discuss and with the intent to determine the winner of the 2018 essay contest, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  

 

            Council discussed the dates to hold the Community Wide Yard Sales for Friday, June

8th - Sunday, June 10th and Friday, September 14th - Sunday, September 16h.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to hold the Community Wide Yard Sales as discussed, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            Founder's Day will be held on Friday, June 1st from 6:00 P. M. to 9:00 P. M. at the Park.

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to move forward with Slate Belt Rising

2019 down town revitalization plan, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Earth Day Cleanup Event will be held at the park on Saturday, April 21st from 9 A. M. to

1200 P. M., rain date April 28th. 

 

Borough's Manager's Report:           

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that she is still reviewing the information from the Meyner Center concerning the Municipal Government Student Internship Program.

 


                       

            The purpose of the program is to match a local government's specific needs with the skills provided with Lafayette College students.   

 

            Council Members were given a copy of the steps submitted by Borough Solicitor Layman if the Borough wanted to protest the Turkey Hill Liquor Application.  The protest would have to be filed by April 11th.  Layman stated that Turkey Hill has not applied for any outside tables. 

Layman discussed the process with Council and no motion was made to proceed.

 

Payment of Bills:

                       

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $175,305.29; Sewer Fund - $57,699.76; State Fund - $3,845.60 and Reserve Money Market Fund - $14,088.25. Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Executive Session:     

 

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel and possible litigation issues, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:00 P. M. and reconvened

at 8:17 P. M.

 

            Special Note:  Borough Secretary Savitz left the meeting at 8:01 P. M. and the rest of

the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

Unemployment Hearing:

                       

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to authorize Solicitor Layman and Borough Manager Zmoda to represent the Borough at the unemployment hearing regarding former employee Kerry Achenbach, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous

by voice vote.

 

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp left the meeting at 8:18 P. M.

 

Executive Session:     

           

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to return to Executive Session, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:19 P. M. and reconvened at 8:29 P. M.

 

 

 


Adjournment:            

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 8:30 P. M.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                                Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                                Borough Secretary

 

 

                           Special Council Meeting & Workshop - Tuesday, April 24th - 7:00 P. M.

                                               Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, May 1st - 7:00 P. M.