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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 2nd of October 2018 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for October on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at

7:00 P.M. in the Fire Hall.

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

Council Vice-President Roberta Cowley opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:

Council Members present and responding to roll call: Roberta Cowley, Tammy Kemp, Janell Connolly, Michael Nasatka Jr., Charles Kandl Jr., Robert O’Donnell and Josephine Hildabrant.

Also present were Acting Mayor/Council President Joseph LeDonne, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda and Borough Solicitor Peter Layman.  Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz was absent.  Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak took the minutes.

Nominations & Appointment of Mayor:

            Solicitor Peter Layman explained the procedure for the Mayor’s resignation as well as the nomination of a new Mayor. 

Council Vice-President Roberta Cowley asked for the nominations for the office of the Mayor.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell nominated Michael G. Nasatka.  Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant nominated Stephen Male.  There being no further nominations, Council Vice-President Roberta Cowley called for the vote for the nomination of Michael G. Nasatka.   Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, and Robert O’Donnell.  Councilwomen Tammy Kemp and Josephine Hildabrant voted no.  Councilman Michael Natsaka Jr. voted abstained.  There being four (4) yes votes, two (2) no votes and one (1) abstained vote, Michael G. Nasatka was elected Mayor. 

Michael G. Nasatka was sworn in as Mayor by Acting Mayor Joseph LeDonne. 

 

Council Vice-President Roberta Cowley handed the gavel to Council President Joseph LeDonne.

 

Visitors:

 

            Janell Hauff, Friends of Nicole, requested permission to hold a benefit walk through the Borough streets on November 10, 2018, starting at Weona Park, through South Main Street and Flory Avenue, continuing through Plainfield Township, making a circle back through the same streets, returning to Weona Park.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to approve the route pending the approval of the Slate Belt Regional Police Department, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

            Tom Lee, 14 B Street, expressed his concern regarding the curbing on B Street.  He stated the curb is missing expansion strips between some sections of the curb.  Public Director Steve Bender will meet with him on B Street and provide a detailed report to council.

       

John Cervasi, 225 B Street, requested further information regarding the B Street project.  Council President LeDonne informed him there is a potential litigation regarding the sidewalks and, therefore, Council is unable to determine how long it will take to have the sidewalks fixed. 

 

 

Mr. Cervasi also complained his garbage was not picked up.  He called Waste Management and they still did not come.  After discussions with Adrianne Fors, Waste Management Representative, it was determined that he did not call the correct phone number.

 

Adrienne Fors, representative from Waste Management, told Council that Grand Central Landfill has completed the mini blasts for cell construction and will begin installation of caps on the eastern side slope.  

            Tom Carlo, 306 South Robinson Avenue, complained about an odor coming from the landfill.  When he has called the DEP to complain he feels they send someone to investigate a day later, after the smell is gone.  Waste Management has told him that they will investigate the smell and he does not think they are following through.  Borough Manager Zmoda advised him that it is the resident’s responsibility to call the DEP to complain.    Mr. Carlo also requested an update on the turnback of South Robinson Avenue.  Zmoda informed him that the Borough is still in discussions with PennDOT.  Mr. Carlo further complained Pennsylvania American Water has destroyed the sidewalk in front of the funeral home and the library.  LeDonne informed him Council will contact the properties to discuss the potential situation.

 

Tighe Scott, 1052 East Mountain Avenue, requested an update on the pavilion.  Attorney Layman stated that the legal process is still ongoing.   Mr. Scott complained about the lingering smell coming from the landfill.  Adrianne Fors explained that the recent weather trend of heavy rainfall and dense fog has caused the odor to be stronger and remain trapped within the area.  Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to invite the DEP to a public hearing to discuss the landfill odor issues, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Public Works Report:

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

Zoning Report:

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

Police Report:

All Council Members were given copies of the SBRPD Minutes from their Regular Meeting held

August 7, 2018 and September 4, 2018 and August monthly calls. 

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to advertise the proposed Cost Sharing Ordinance, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell nominated Mayor Michael G. Nasatka as delegate to the SBRPD, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Roberta Cowley, Tammy Kemp, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Robert O’Donnell and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. voted abstained. There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) abstained vote, the motion carried.

 


Councilman Robert O’Donnell nominated Council President Joseph LeDonne as an alternate to the SBRP, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Coffee With A Cop – The SBRPD will host an open dialogue session between the police officers and residents at the Borough Municipal Building on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 13th at 2:00 P.M. at the Wind Gap Borough Municipal Building and on Wednesday, November 14th at 9:00 A.M. at the Plainfield Township Municipal Building. 

 

Fire Chief’s Report:

Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received eleven (11) calls for the month of September.  The total number hours spent on drills was 223 and 218 hours on calls for a total of 441 man hours.

Council received correspondence from Selective Insurance in receipt of the Fire Department’s claim on September 26, 2018.  Chief Parsons reported a fire truck hit the top of a tree and damaged the 35-foot ladder rack.  The ladder has failed inspection.       

Minutes:

 

Council Members were given a copy of the Council Regular Meeting Minutes from Tuesday,

September 4, 2018.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  Unanimous by roll call.  

 

Council Members were also given copies of the Minutes for the Park Board Meeting of August 21, 2018 and the Slate Belt Council of Governments Meeting of September 26, 2018.

Correspondence:

  Council was given a copy of correspondence from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Committee that included the Lehigh Valley Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Report. 

 

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is holding a meeting to discuss updating the Regional Plan on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  All Council Members are invited to attend.    

 

The Lehigh Valley Gala & Awards Ceremony is on Wednesday, October 10th at 4 p.m.   Borough Manager Zmoda and Councilwoman Janell Connolly are  to attend. 

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to approve Resolution 2018-15 supporting the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s application to the Monroe County LSA Grant Program for a Multi-municipal Comprehensive Plan, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call.     

 

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  Thanking the Borough for the correspondence recommending strengthening Pennsylvania’s standards for allowed contaminants in clean and regulated fill. 

 

 

 

Nestle Waters North America Inc. - Greenwaltz Springs Monitoring & Community Report.   Nestle Waters donated to the Borough $2,500.00. 

 

Arcadis US, Inc. - Downstream notification of an intent to submit a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Individual Permit to Discharge Industrial Stormwater application to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. located in Bethlehem, PA. 

 

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Committee will hold a Congressional Forum on Economic Development on October 18th at 4:00 p.m. at the Coca-Cola Park Club Level. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

A meeting will be held in October for a new minor lot-line adjustment application. 

 

Borough Manager Zmoda will continue to advertise for the two (2) Commission vacancies. 

 

Solicitor’s Report:

 

Solicitor Peter Layman provided to Council Members a proposed Burn Ordinance.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion for the space requirement of Section G(4) to read ten (10) feet, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., and Roberta Cowley.  Council Members Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O’Donnell voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and two (2) no votes, the motion carried.

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to advertise the Burn Ordinance, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.   Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., and Roberta Cowley.  Council Members Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O’Donnell voted no.  There being six (6) yes votes and two (2) no votes, the motion carried.

 

Solicitor Layman provided Council with the final copy of the Lookout Fire Company Lease. 

 

The State Ethics Commission contacted Solicitor Layman regarding the Borough’s request for an advisory opinion.  The recommendation is to post the open job in an effort receive competitive bids.  He will provide the written opinion when it is received.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s September report and

a report dated September 17, 2018.

 


Sewer Authority Minutes from their August 5, 2018 meeting and copies of the revised Waste Management Leachate Management Plan were also provided to Council Members. 

 

The completed Northampton County Survey of Treatment Plants was presented to Council before the final submission.

 

On Monday, October 1, 2018 part of the centrifuge broke and was repaired. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel :

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the September Treasury Report as prepared by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the proposed budget meeting dates to include the Budget Workshop on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the Special Meeting for tentative budget adoption on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and final budget adoption and December Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Property & Utilities:

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. approved the Bonfire Lease with the Pen Argyl School District, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Community Outreach:

 

            The shredding event occurred on September 15th and Slate Belt Bash-Road Rally was on

September 30th, both events were a huge success.  Steven Reider of Slate Belt Rising gave a special thank you gift to all the volunteers at the Road Rally.   

 

An electronic recycling event will be held at Waste Management on Saturday, October 6th.

 

Manager Zmoda has begun the Holiday Party planning and sending donation requests to businesses.

 

Trick-or-Treat day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. rain or shine.     

 

Borough Manager’s Report:

 

            Borough Manger Zmoda reported that she received notification that the Borough was awarded the DCED Greenways Grant in the amount of $24,766.  This money will be used for the pool feasibility study. 

 

The 2018 CACLV annual meeting report from September 26, 2018 is available upon request. 

 

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve a $100.00 gas gift card for Bonnie Price for her volunteer work for the Borough, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $182,542.73; Sewer Fund, $14,561.47, Reserve Money Market Fund, $226,561.30 and Fire Station Construction, $80,743.79.  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 Robert O’Donnell 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 9:51 P.M. 

 

            Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant left the meeting at 9:17 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

James D. Morrissey:

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to make a settlement offer to James D. Morirssey, in the amount of $18,000, if needed will accept $16,000.00, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by voice vote.

Mark Guinta, PE of Advantage Engineers: 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the proposal from Mark Guinta, P.E. of advantage engineers in the amount of $1,250.00 to provide geotechnical consulting services on the site of the Lookout Fire Station, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

Pre-Claim Notices:

Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to send pre-claim notices to S. J. Elton, Architect, John D. Goffredo, NuCor Management and Robert Cox, Barry Isett & Associates, Inc., seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

Holiday Decorating of Parking Meters:

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to allow the Girl Scouts to decorate the parking meters for the holiday season, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote. 

 

 

Adjournment:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.   Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:54 P.M.

 

                                                            Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                            Juli Lemak

                                                            Borough Administrative Assistant

  

 

   Workshop - Tuesday, October 30th - 7:00 P. M

   Council Meeting - Tuesday, November 6th - 7:00 P. M.

   Budget Workshop –   Wednesday, November 14th – 7:00 P.M.

Special Meeting for Tentative Budget Adoption – Tuesday, November 27th – 7:00 P.M.

                Final Budget Adoption and December Council Meeting - Tuesday, December 11th – 7:00 P.M.