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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 September on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

 

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, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, and Josephine Hildabrant.

Councilman Robert O’Donnell was absent.

Also present were Mayor Mikal Sabatine, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda and Borough Solicitor Peter Layman.  Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz was absent.  Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak took the minutes.

Visitors:

Adrienne Fors, representative from Waste Management (W/M) told Council that Grand Central Landfill will continue to host small blasts through September on a weekly basis.

Chris Lepore, 111 N. Schanck Avenue inquired about the noise ordinance.  His neighbors hang out in the street with loud, vulgar language until 11:00 P.M. almost every night and have loud parties.  Council directed Mr. Lepore to Slate Belt Regional Police to report any criminal activity.

Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue complained about cars speeding, motorcycles pulling wheelies and cars not stopping on stop signs on East Main Street and South Robinson Avenue. 

Barry Schweitzer, representative of Bangor Borough Council and the Slate Belt Council of Governments (COG) requested Council send correspondence to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recommending strengthening the state standards for allowed contaminants in clean and regulated fill.  Council told him the letter is included in tonight’s agenda awaiting approval.

 

Public Works Report:

All Council Member were given a copy of Public Works Director Steve Bender’s August report to review.  Bender was present. 

Council reviewed a Request for Change Order from Nu-Core Management, the construction company building the fire department as the price of steel has increased.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the Change Order Request of $11,921.02, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.   

 

Council received correspondence from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) approving the close out of the Master Site Plan Grant.    The final payment of $1,853.00 will be processed and mailed to the Borough.

Manager Zmoda informed Council that Delabole Junction Road will be repaved on September 5, 2018 and Arch Street will be repaired on September 6, 2018 weather permitting.  All residents living within the affected areas were notified. 

 

Zoning:

All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Codes Office’s August report.

Police:

All Council Members were given a copy of the SBRPD Minutes from their Regular Meeting held on July 19, 2018 and July monthly calls. 

The Cost Distribution and Agreement for the year 2019 was presented to Council.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the Cost Distribution and Agreement, as attached, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  Mayor Mikal Sabatine thanked Zmoda for her assistance in the discussions for the new formula. 

 

Fire Chief’s Report:

Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received eleven (11) calls for the month of August.  The total number hours spent on drills was 234 and 286 hours on calls for a total of 520 man hours.

Council discussed the concern of the Fire Company’s proposed swale located behind the bend of the upper entrance road.  The concern is the swale may eliminate access to the rest of the property.   Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept option one proposed by Barry Isett and Associates (see attached), seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

Council received two quotes of the commercial builder’s risk insurance policy for the fire station construction from Selective and Chubb.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to award Chubb the Builders Risk Policy for the Fire Station project at the rate of $4,139.00, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

The new Lease Agreement between Pen Argyl Borough and the Lookout Fire Company for the fire station was presented to Council and the Fire Company for discussion.

Minutes:

 

Council was given a copy of the Council Regular Meeting Minutes from Tuesday, August 7, 2018.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by roll call.  

 

Council was also given copies of the Minutes for:  Park Board Meeting of July 17, 2018, The Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee Meeting of August 14, 2018 and the Slate Belt Council of Governments Meeting of June 27, 2018.

Correspondence:

  Council was given a copy of correspondence from Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure expressing his support of the Borough’s resistance to the proposed Synagro Sludge Plant.

 

 

Pen Argyl Green Knights Touchdown Club.  Thanking the Borough for the donation of $100.00 for a full-page ad within their 2018 football program.

 

Faith United Presbyterian Church of Pen Argyl, 218 West Pennsylvania Avenue submitted a request to close the block of South Heller Avenue, between the blocks of West Pennsylvania Avenue and Young Street on October 6, 2018 from 3:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.   Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the road closure, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Slate Belt Council of Governments (COG).  The new Animal Control Officer, Kleyner Garcia resigned his position and they are renewing their search for a new Animal Control Officer.

 

David Domchek, Pen Argyl School District.  The school district is requesting to have their annual bonfire before the Pen Argyl vs. Bangor football game on the property where the new fire department is being built.  Council agreed to have a meeting to discuss the location of the bonfire with the fire department and the school district.

 

Lafayette College Meyner Center for the Study of State & Local Government.  The Meyner Center Annual Forum on Local Government will be on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the subject will be Municipal Recreation Programs and Facilities.  Zmoda will be attending.

 

Mayor’s Report:

 

            Mayor Sabatine congratulated the Lookout Fire Company for a wonderful Labor Day Celebration and parade.

 

Mayor Sabatine submitted his resignation, effective September 30, 2018.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley accepted his resignation, seconded by Councilman Mike Nasatka Jr.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members:  Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Joseph LeDonne voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

Kimberly Casamassima and William Casamassima submitted their resignation to the Planning Commission, effective September 1, 2018.  Zmoda will advertise for replacements.

 

Solicitors Report:

 

Solicitor Peter Layman provided Council with copies of a proposed Burn Ordinance for the Borough.  Council discussed setback distances from the property lines, dwellings and structures.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion for the blank space of Section E4 to read 5 feet, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, and Joseph LeDonne.  Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried. 

 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to add a definitions section to the Ordinance which will clarify combustible material, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to fill in the blank space in section E5 to 2 feet, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, and Joseph LeDonne.  Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried. 

 

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion for the blank space of Section G4 to read 15 seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr. and Josephine Hildabrant.   Councilmembers Joseph LeDonne, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr. and Roberta Cowley voted no.  There being three (3) yes votes and four (4) no votes, the motion did not carry.

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion for the blank space in section G4 to read 40% of total width or 10 feet, whichever is less, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley. Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Janell Connolly and Roberta Cowley.   Councilmembers Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Josephine Hildabrant, Joseph LeDonne, and Charles Kandl Jr. voted no.  There being two (2) yes votes and five (5) no votes, the motion did not carry.  The adoption of the Burning Ordinance was tabled.

 

Executive Session:

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to go into Executive Session for personnel issues and potential litigation, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Council went into Executive Session at 9:17 P.M. and reconvened at 9:35 P.M. 

 

Solicitor con’t:

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to send a letter of settlement to withhold the amount of the concrete repair to James. D. Morrisey in the amount of $24,480.00, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to send the proposed letter to the Ethics Committee, requesting clarification of the open and public process, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the Memorandum of Agreement with the Teamsters removing the CDL language from the contract (see attached), seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s August report. 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp recognized the efforts of David Mondello and Craig Ealey during the recent centrifuge malfunction at the wastewater treatment plant. 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel :

All Council Members were given a copy of the August Treasury Report as prepared by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Zmoda presented Council with a tax breakdown of 2018 mileage as compared to the School District and County taxes. 

Zmoda further presented the Minimum Municipal Obligation Worksheet for the Pen Argyl Pension Plan.  The Borough’s minimum municipal obligation is $37,189.00.

Community Outreach:

 

            Northampton County is sponsoring a shredding event on September 15, 2018 at the Weona Park from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

 

            The Slate Belt Road Rally Scavenger Hunt is scheduled for September 30, 2018 from

9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

 

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to pass Resolution 2018-10 acknowledging Walter Cole as Pen Argyl Borough Historian, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl, Jr., Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and one (1) no votes, the motion carried. 

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl, Jr. made a motion to have trick-or-treat within the Borough on October 31, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call.   

 

Borough Manager’s Report:

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve Resolution 2018-11 grant application to Monroe County LSA for Lobb Avenue, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve Resolution 2018-12 grant application to Northampton & Lehigh County LSA for Lobb Avenue, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to send a letter to the DEP regarding fill guidance, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilman Charles Kandl, Jr. made a motion to approve Resolution 2018-13 grant application to Monroe County LSA for SBRPD vehicles, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve Resolution 2018-14 grant application to Northampton and Lehigh County LSA for SBRPD vehicles, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

 

Payment of Bills:

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $24,077.56; Sewer Fund $48,607.43; State Fund $3,532.57 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $66,926.63.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Adjournment:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

Council Meeting adjourned at 9:54 P.M.

 

                                                            Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                            Juli Lemak

                                                            Borough Administrative Assistant

  

 

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