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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 - Borough Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for August on Tuesday, August 7, 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:

            Council Members present and responding to roll call:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert

O'Donnell.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. was absent.

 

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

 

Cecil K. Leberknight Award:

            Council President Joseph LeDonne presented the Cecil K. Leberknight Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs to Councilman Robert O'Donnell for his over ten (10) years of service as a Borough Councilman. 

 

            Senator Mario Scavello also presented a citation to Councilman Robert O'Donnell which was signed by Senator Mario Scavello and also House Representative Marcia Hahn. 

 

Citation to Borough:

 

            Senator Mario Scavello also presented a citation to the Borough recognizing the week of May 20 through 26, 2018 as "Public Works Week" in Pennsylvania.

 

Visitors:

            Shawn Coco, 223 W. Main Street, informed Council of her niece's injuries she sustained over the weekend while crossing over to the park and wanted to know what Council was going to do in order to protect people and children crossing the road over to the park. 

 

            Council President LeDonne stated that Phase One of the Weona Park Master Site Plan's concerns was a safe route crossing to the Park.  LeDonne further stated that since Route 512 is a state road, Council will contact PennDot pertaining to a safe route crossing to the Park.

 

            Kathy Lane, 215 B Street, complained about her sidewalks that were put in during the

B Street road project last summer.  The sidewalks are chipping and crumbling, she further stated that no salt was used on them during the winter and she is not responsible to replace the sidewalks.

 

             Council President LeDonne said that the Borough is in dispute with the contractor and that a meeting is to be held on Monday with the Borough Engineer to discuss the road project.  

 

            Borough Solicitor Layman stated that offers have been made by the contractor and there is a process that the Borough has to do.

 

            Council President LeDonne told Kathy Lane that she will be kept informed of any developments.

 

            John Cervasi, 225 B Street, also complained about his sidewalks, further there was no swales put in on B Street and that the sidewalks across the street are perfect.  Also a swale was not properly put in his sidewalk, concerned about winter weather freezing on his sidewalks.

 

            Council President LeDonne stated that the Borough is in negotiations with the contractor and can't get into any further details. 

 

            Borough Solicitor Layman said he heard there were concerns with the sidewalks and that he has been involved and there is progress.

 

            Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, ask Council if they were aware of the blasting at Waste Management (W/M) that is to take place.  Borough Manager Zmoda informed Carlo that the Borough had received a letter from W/M pertaining to the blasting.  Cell 17 construction will be underway beginning August 13, 2018.  The blasts will occur on the southwest side of the property, roughly in the middle of the landfill property.  There will small mini blasts on the property and the blasts will be very small in relation to what they have blasted in the past.

 

            Tom Carlo also questioned about the garbage at the property at 202 E. Main Street.  Zmoda stated that the garbage is no longer there, however, that is a commercial property and they have to contract on their own for collection.  The Borough only has a contract with W/M to collect residential refuse. 

 

            Gerald Lennon, 361 Crestmont Street, stated he was concerned with the trucks hauling the hazardous waste, dumping the waste on the roads and that the trucks are not marked that they are hauling hazardous waste.  Lennon also recommended that the speed limit be lowered to 15 mph on route 512 through the park area.  The park could probably be considered a learning center with educational sports and a skate park.  Zmoda will contact PennDot to discuss a safe road crossing to the park.

 

Public Works Report:

 

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

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that only one (1) bid was received for Delabole Junction road improvements.  The project starts at the intersection of S. Main Street


and Delabole Junction and continues north to the Borough line with Plainfield Township, approximately 3,500' x 24' wide.  The bid was submitted by Bracalente Construction, Inc. for the amount of $149,111.00.  Borough Solicitor Layman reviewed the bid documents and found them to be in order.  The road project should start in mid August.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to award the bid to Bracalente Construction, Inc. as submitted, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda submitted Resolution 2018- 09 for approval to adopt the 2018 Master Site Plan for Weona Park and close out the Community Conservation Partnerships Grant.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept and approve Resolution 2018-09 as submitted, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, 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. 

 

            An application for a Handicapped Parking Sign was received from Karen S. Fisher, 643 George Street.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the installation of the Handicapped Parking Sign, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Zoning Report:

 

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

 

Police Report:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of SBRPD Minutes from their Regular Meeting held on June 21, 2018.

 

Fire Chief's:

 

            Nu Cor Management, Inc. submitted a pre-engineered metal building steel price increase Change Order No. 1 for the fire station.  Change Order No. 1 was utilizing the 5.28% index increase to their price per ton equates to an increase of $179.75 per ton x 66.32 ton equals the amount of $11,921.02. 

 

            Borough Engineer Barry Isett & Associates submitted a proposal for professional services for the Lookout Fire Station project.  The scope of work shall be provided hourly on a part-time basis, for an approximate average of twenty (20) part time hours per week for on-site observation and office coordination.  They anticipate that some weeks will require less hours and possibly more.  Their fees will be invoiced monthly based only on the hours per week required and at the Construction Manager rate of $95.00 per hour. Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to accept and approve the proposal as submitted, seconded by

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O'Donnell.  Councilman Joseph LeDonne voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote the motion carried.   

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that the Borough Municipal Authority has waived the sewer connection fee for the new fire station. 

 

            Fire Chief Dean Parsons reported that the fire company  received nineteen (19) fire calls and two (2) burn complaints for the month of July.  The total number hours spent on drills was 237 and 545 hours on calls for a total of 782 man hours.

 

Minutes:        

            Council was given a copy of the Council Regular Meeting from Tuesday, July 3, 2018.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve the Minutes, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Council was also given a copy of the Minutes from the Park Board Meeting of June 19, 2018.

 

Correspondence:

 

            Dennis Miller, thank you for the retirement dinner and gift card. 

 

            Pen Argyl Green Knight Football Touchdown Club asking for support in form of an advertisement which will be placed in their program.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to purchase a full page ad at a cost of $100.00, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Richard Martin, 502 N. Robinson Avenue, requested to close off E. Laurel Avenue between N. Robinson Avenue and N. Schanck Avenue to hold a block party on Saturday, August 25, 2018.  The area residents didn't object to closing off E. Laurel and had signed the attached petition.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to grant permission for the block party as requested, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

            A letter was received from Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli inquiring whether Borough Council would be interested in having a meeting with him to discuss how his office could help the Borough.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to have Morganelli attend a Council Meeting, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, 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. 


            A Sherriff's sale note of the real property owned by Penn Big Bed Slate Company, Inc.

is scheduled for Sheriff sale on September 7, 2018 for property located at 500 Albion Commons Road.  Court judgment of $379,159.41 obtained by Commonwealth Capital, LLC.

 

            Lehigh Valley Economic Development shared copies of recent reports  issued by their organization.

 

Mayor's Report:

            Mayor Mikal Sabatine had nothing to report.

 

Planning Commission:

            Nothing to report.

 

Solicitor's Report:

            Borough Solicitor Layman sent a letter dated August 3, 2018 to Hydro Dynamic Pools, LLC stating that Magistrate Zito on June 13, 2018 awarded judgment against both Hydro Dynamic Pools, LLC and JMF Group, LLC in the amount of $934.75.  The Borough hasn't received payment for this amount.  Layman required they remit this amount to the Borough within the next ten (10) days or the Borough shall be forced to take further collection action.

 

            Layman will prepare a draft ordinance pertaining to distance set back from property lines for barbecue fire pits. 

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

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

 

            A letter was received from PADEP that Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc. has been issued a renewal permit for Solid Waste Management.  The permit renewal allows them to continue to operate their facility until August 1, 2028. 

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the WWTF Committee's Report and the Sewer Authority Minutes from their meeting of March 5, 2018. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

            All Council Members were given a copy of the July 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. 


Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel con't:

            Audits have been completed by the Auditor General Department for the Police Pension Fund for the period of January 1, 2014 to December 8, 2014 and also the Non-Uniformed Pension Plan for the period of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017.  Everything was found to be in order, no findings, observations or comments.

 

            The Sewer CD for the amount of $245,000.00 held by Merchants Bank matures on August 7, 2018.  Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that she has been comparing rates with several banks and that ESSA offers a 24 month CD interest rate of 2.50%.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to invest the Sewer CD with ESSA at a rate of 2.50% for twenty four (24) months, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that Public Works Director Steven Bender is interested in attending a seminar "Making the Transition from Staff to Supervisor" at a cost of $199.00 on September 12th in Allentown.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion granting permission to Bender to attend the seminar as requested, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

            Council was also given a 2nd Quarter Budget Review as prepared by Borough Manager Zmoda. 

 

Property & Utilities:

            Nothing to report.

 

Community Outreach:

            Slate Belt Bash - Road Rally 09/30/18 from 11:00 A. M. to 4:00 P. M.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that she had attended the Joint Meeting of Northampton County Council of Governments (COG) and Municipalities on July 25, 2018.  A copy of the agenda was given to all Council Members.  Zmoda informed Council that Juli Lemak,

Borough Administrative Assistant, will attend a Grant Writing Seminar on September 12th. 

 

            Zmoda also informed Council that Local Share Account Funding will become available.  Grant application must be submitted by September 30th with a $100.00 application fee.  Road improvement projects are eligible uses of the funding.  Will submit application for funding for Lobb Avenue road improvements.

 

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

 

            The banners will be distributed to the individuals on Sunday, August 12th from 6:00 P. M. to 8:00 P. M. at the park during the concert.

 

            Gall Farm and Plainfield Township will be holding their first public meeting on Tuesday, August 21st in the Township Municipal Building concerning the Trail Master Site Development Plan.

 

Payment of Bills:

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $12,149.52; Sewer Fund, $71,816.76; State Fund, $3,532.57; Reserve Money Market Fund, $161,265.53 and Fire Station Construction, $40,500.00.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

            Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel and possible litigation issues, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by voice vote. Council went into Executive Session at 8:51 P. M. and reconvened at

9:20 P. M.

 

            Special Note:  Borough Secretary Savitz left the meeting at 8:52 P. M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

Contact Teamster's Union Representative:

            Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to have Borough Manager Zmoda contact Teamster's Union Representative Mark Laubach regarding the CDL designation in the contract, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Robert O'Donnell, Joseph LeDonne, Michael Nasatka Jr., Josephine Hildabrant, Roberta Cowley and Janell Connolly.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp voted abstained.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) abstained vote the motion carried.

 

Adjournment:

            Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 9:21 P.M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

                                                                                    Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

                                    Workshop - Tuesday, August 28th - 7:00 P. M.

                           Council Meeting - Tuesday, September 4th - 7:00 P. M.