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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 1st of May 2018 - Borough Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for May on Tuesday, May 1, 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:

 

            All Council Members were present and responded to roll call:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O'Donnell. 

 

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

 

Visitors:

 

            Jocelynn Itterly, winner of the First Government Essay Contest, was present and read her essay.  Mayor Sabatine presented the award for the amount of $100.00 to Jocelynn Itterly.

 

            Christopher Gibbons, Concord Finance, was present and reviewed the procedure of the proposed financing of the Lookout Fire Company new fire station.  Gibbons had attended the April 24th workshop and had explained the proposed financing of the project.  Upon the successful completion of the financing, the fee of $19,500 would have to be paid in addition to any actual reasonable out of pocket expenses. 

 

                        Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to engage Concord Finance to assist in the financing of the Lookout Fire Company Fire Station for the fee of $19,500, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to authorize Borough Solicitor Layman to prepare the Borrowing Debt Ordinance for the financing of the Fire Station for adoption at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and accompanying RFP to be sent out to various institutions to receive quotations and financing terms of interest rates, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to award the fire station bid to NuCor Management in the amount of $3,674,000.00, contingent upon the engineer review and financing being available and Borrowing Debt Ordinance adopted, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  It was noted that the Borough received $1.5 million in grants to offset this cost.

 

 

            Lousie Falcinelli, 119 E. Babbitt Avenue, stated that section where she lives is a dead end of E. Babbitt Avenue, further that section is in very bad condition and there is a lot of water issues as well. There are four (four) houses on that section of the street. 

 

            Council President Joseph LeDonne stated that Public Works Director Bender has a plan to have something done there.  Bender stated that he is getting a proposal putting a catch basin in on the upper side of the Westbrook & Babbitt Avenues intersection, installing 241' of storm pipe into the catch basin located just north of the Lutheran Church.  LeDonne stated that this work would be done prior to any sewer work the following year which also includes additional storm sewer work.  Bender explained that it is planned to make another deep main hole entrance on the other side of the dead end street and get a pipe into that opening.  Bender also stated that he put in a PA One Call to the gas company and waiting for them to respond.

 

            Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, thanked Council for speaking out against the sludge project.  Carlo was concerned with the back ground of Trudy Johnston, Material Matters, that Council has hired.  Borough Solicitor Layman stated that she had come highly recommended and that he had spoke with her prior to being hired by the Borough in 2017 and felt that she was extremely knowledgeable in the field.

 

            Tom Carlo further stated that there was a bio solid plant in Glen, New York, that was shut down and now they have placed a moratorium on bio solid plants.  Carlo asked if Council could contact the local representatives to do something.  Borough Manager Zmoda will prepare a letter to Senator Mario Scavello and House of Representative Marcia Hahn and bring it back to workshop to review. 

 

            John Cervasi, 225 B Street, wanted to follow up on the B Street project.  Council President LeDonne informed Cervasi that there is potential litigation with the sidewalks.  Cervasi also complained about the drainage and also that water runs over his sidewalks. 

Council President LeDonne stated that an update of the progress on the project would be

given to him in two (2) weeks.  Borough Manager Zmoda gave back to Cervasi the pictures of the B Street road project that he had given to Council at a prior meeting to review.

 

Public Works Report:

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

 

            Bender had received a quote from Bruce George Paving and Excavating, Inc., for the

amount of $7,500.0 for basin repairs at the following locations:  Carriage Houses, Wood Avenue and Broad Street.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the quote as received and not to exceed the amount of $7,500.00, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 


            Council discussed the bids that were received for the salt shed.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to award the bid for the salt shed to Dutchman Contracting LLC.,

278 N. Ridge Road, Reinholds, PA 17569 for the amount of $236,666.00 contingent on the engineer's review, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Zoning Report:

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

 

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 March.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

            Fire Chief Parsons reported that the fire company received four (4) calls for the month

of April.   The total hours they spent on drills was 231 and 86 hours on calls for the month. 

 

Minutes:

            Council was given a copy of the Park Board Minutes from their meeting of March 20, 2018.  The Park Board voted to change their Bylaws to combine the two (2) positions representing athletic and recreation organizations into one (1) member representing

an organization that promotes athletic and recreational usage of Weona Park.  The Bylaws would decrease the number of directors from twelve (12) to eleven (11).  Bylaws have to be approved by Borough Council.  

 

            Resolution 2018-05 was presented for approval with the Bylaw changes.  Councilman

Robert O'Donnell made a motion to accept and approve Resolution 2018-05 as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes for Special Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 24, 2018, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Council was also given a copy of the Minutes from the COG Meeting of April 25, 2018.

Mayor May Starrs of Knowlton Township, NJ, was present at the COG Meeting and discussed the Rt 80 NJDOT Rock Mitigation Project.  She ask that each municipality consider sending a letter of support.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to send a letter of opposition to NJDOT 's plans to install a series of high, industrial fence and a 60 foot concrete berm through the Delaware Water Gap, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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Correspondence:

            Serena Davis, Northampton Environmental Services Coordinator, letter of official notification regarding the County's current revision to the County Municipal Waste Management Plan as provided for by the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction regulations.

 

            Synagro Technologies, Inc., invitation to attend their Info Expo on May 3, 2018 at Weona Park  from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M and also from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.  and also a tour of their Philadelphia Facility on May 4, 2018. 

 

            U. S. Congressman Matt Cartwright held a Municipal Leaders' Conference on

April 28th, Councilwoman Roberta Cowley and Borough Manager Robin Zmoda attended.

 

            Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC), held a public meeting on April 25th to update the Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan.

 

            LVPC is holding a meeting on May 29th on creating an Implementable Plan Principles

and Keys.

 

            Melissa Racelis, Immaculate Conception School, requested a street closure for their annual Mayfair to be held on May 24th.  They are requesting to close Heller Avenue from W. Bell Avenue to W. Babbitt Avenue from 9:00 A. M. to 2:00 P. M.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to grant permission as requested for the road closure contingent on Public Works Director Bender to reviewing the closure location, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            PennDot Municipal Advisory Committee, information on their social media platforms.

 

Mayor's Report:

            Mayor Sabatine had nothing to report.

 

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 April

report.

                                      

            A proposal was received from John Deere for a tractor with a mower deck for the amount of $6,398.19.  The proposal is on a state contract.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept and approve the purchase of a John Deere tractor as quoted from state contract, seconded by Councilwoman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Waste Management has agreed to extend the contract for sludge for another year, an increase of 2%, from $95.00 per ton to $96.90 per ton.  Contract from May 1, 2018 until April 30, 2019.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve and accept the new contract price as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance and Personnel:           

            All Council Members were given a copy of the March Treasury Report as prepared by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Property & Utilities:              

            Borough Manager Zmoda stated that the wastewater treatment plant garage doors need to be painted. It was agreed that the employees could paint the doors.

 

Community Outreach:                                   

            A copy of Slate Belt Rising's minutes from their meetings held in March and also April were given to all Council Members. 

 

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

 

Borough Manager's Report:  

            Borough Manager Zmoda presented Resolution 2018 -06 for approval requesting a Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP) Grant of $24,776 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used for a Weona Pool Feasibility Study and further that Borough Manager Robin Zmoda and Council President Joseph LeDonne are the officials to execute all documents.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept and approve Resolution 2018-06 as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Council Members voting

in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell voted no.  There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) no vote the motion carried.

 

            Borough Manger Zmoda discussed with Council that the band shell repairs cost about $75,000.00.  Recently the Borough has received notification that the County Gaming Authority


 

awarded the Borough the amount of $31,440.00 which can be used towards municipal owned buildings or improvements  and also towards a vehicle.  Then there is the 2019 Hotel Tax Grant Program which eligible projects would enhance tourism.  Zmoda suggested that the gaming money be used towards a match with the Hotel Tax money, try to apply for a grant for $44,000.00.  With both the gaming and hotel money it could be used to do the band shell repairs.  The money from the Hotel Tax Grant can't be guaranteed that the Borough would get all of it but she would proceed with the grant application if Council so wished. 

 

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

to proceed with making application for the Hotel Tax Grant, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Zmoda informed Council that Borough Secretary Savitz and herself attended the program on April 26, 2018 that Bonne Price was honored by the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging as one of the eleven recipients for Outstanding Seniors Awards. 

 

            Zmoda presented Resolution 2018- 07 establishing the procedures for the standard destruction of both public meeting audio tapes and audio-video tape recordings or digital recordings.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept and approve Resolution 2018-07 as presented, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Zmoda requested an Executive Session prior to adjournment to discuss personnel and possible litigation issues.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $23,107.79; Sewer Fund, $70,878.45 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $33,032.93.  Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

Executive Session:

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley 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 8:35 P. M. and reconvened

at 9:05 P. M.

 

            Special Note:  Borough Secretary Savitz left the meeting at 8:36 P. M. and the rest of

the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.


Resignation of Mark Davis:

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to accept Mark Davis' resignation

from the Public Works Department effective as of April 27, 2018, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by voice vote.

 

Adjournment:

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous y voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 9:12 P. M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

 

                 Special Council Meeting and Workshop - Tuesday, May 29th - 7:00 P. M.

                                           Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, June 5th - 7:00 P. M.

 

 

                                                           

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