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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 6th of November 2018 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for November on Tuesday, November 6, 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, Janell Connolly, Michael Nasatka Jr., Charles Kandl Jr., Robert O’Donnell, Roberta Cowley, and Josephine Hildabrant.

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

Planning Commission Candidates:

            Councilman Robert O’Donnell nominated Eric Mesko to be a member of the Planning Commission, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

            Councilman Robert O’Donnell nominated Stephen Marheva to be a member of the Planning Commission, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call.

Visitors:


Adrienne Fors, representative from Waste Management (W/M), reviewed the landfill’s monthly report.  Further, that W/M is going to hold an educational event at the Grand Central Environmental Center on Saturday, November 17th for America Recycles Day. 

Tighe Scott, 1052 E. Mountain Avenue, was concerned about the advice the Borough was receiving from their hired professionals.

       

Ethan Habriel, 100 A Street, discussed his concerns regarding smart meters. 

 

Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, inquired whether a hearing is to be held between the public and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regarding the smell emitting from the landfill.  Manager Zmoda informed him that Council had met with representatives of the DEP to encourage a public meeting regarding landfill odors.  DEP is actively working with Waste Management to create an action plan to prevent further odor issues.  Additional meeting is planned in December for an update.

 

Walter Cole, 116 E. Plainfield Avenue, stated his concerns that the Fire Hall polling booth is not handicapped accessible and it is dangerous for voters to cross North Robinson Avenue to get to the Town Hall.  He suggested changing the location to the Saint Elizabeth Church Vestibule or the YMCA All Purpose Room.  Mayor Nasatka guided him to contact the County Elections Bureau.  Further, he informed Mr. Cole that the police have not reported any incidents related to crossing North Robinson Avenue during the elections.  


Town Historian


Council President Joseph LeDonne presented Walter Cole with a Citation that appointed him Town Historian.  Mr. Cole has been curating the history of the Borough as well as lecturing students of all ages regarding Borough history.

 

Public Works Report:

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

Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to advertise the International fire truck, code enforcement/police cruiser and the bucket truck on the Municipal Bid website, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to accept the tire quote for six (6) tires for the 2006 GMC in the amount of $1,856.38, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O’Donnell.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly voted abstained. There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) abstained vote the motion carried.

 

Zoning Report:

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

Police Report:

All Council Members were given copies of the Slate Belt Regional Police Department (SBRPD) Minutes from their Regular Meeting held September 20, 2018, September monthly calls and their year 2019 preliminary budget proposal. 

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the preliminary budget, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Fire Chief’s Report:

Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received twelve (12) calls for the month of October.  The total number hours spent on drills was 206 and 308 hours on calls for a total of 514 man hours.

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to accept the Request for Change Order for remediation of unstable soils for the new fire station from Nu Cor Management, Inc. on a not to exceed basis of $150,334.00, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call. 

Minutes:

 

Council Members were given a copy of the Council Regular Meeting Minutes from Tuesday, October 2, 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 given a copy of the Council Special Meeting Minutes from Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp 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

September 21, 2018 and the Slate Belt Council of Governments Meeting of October 24, 2018.

 

Correspondence:

Borough Manager Zmoda and Councilwoman Janell Connolly attended The Lehigh Valley Gala & Awards Ceremony on October 10, 2018.    Slate Belt Rising was an honoree for Regional Branding and Pen Argyl received an award entitled Open Space – Celebrating Excellence in Planning and Development for the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Lands.

 

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission has rescheduled the FutureLV and the Slate Belt meeting to Tuesday, November 13th at 5:30 P.M. Council Members Tammy Kemp, Roberta Cowley, Janell Connolly, Josephine Hildabrant, Joseph LeDonne and Manager Robin Zmoda are expecting to attend.

 

Northampton County Department of Public Works sent a thank you letter for the excellent support in hosting one of the County-wide mobile paper shredding events on September 15th at Weona Park.

 

Bonnie Price – Thank you for the $100 gas card.

 

Tom Pertrucci of Plainfield Township – Copied the Borough on correspondence to UGI.  Plainfield Township feels there is an increased volume of natural gas leak incidents on Blue Valley Drive and is concerned with the stability of the gas line main situated within the road.

 

Mayor’s Report:

 

            Mayor Michael G. Nasatka reported that entertainment has been booked for the Borough Christmas Party on Friday, December 7th. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to conditionally approve the Miles Lot Line Adjustment located at 412 North Robinson Avenue, the owner must comply with the conditions set forth in the Planning Commission’s recommendations, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by roll call.

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 

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Solicitor’s Report:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adopt Ordinance 699, an ordinance for the Prevention and Control of Outdoor Open Burning; Providing for Regulations, Exceptions, Violations and Penalties, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Charles Kandl Jr., and Josephine Hildabrant.   Council Members Michael Nasatka Jr, Janell Connolly, Roberta Cowley and Robert O’Donnell voted no.  There being four (4) yes votes and four (4) no votes, Mayor Michael G. Nasatka broke the tie by voting no.  The motion did not carry.

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adopt Ordinance 700 approving the amended formula change for the Slate Belt Regional Police Budget, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Special Note:  Ordinance 699 did not carry therefore Ordinance 700 was renumbered to Ordinance 699.

 

Solicitor Layman provided a written Opinion pursuant to Borough’s request for an advisory opinion from the State Ethics Commission. 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to advertise via the web site, Facebook and an e-mail blast for quotations for the painting of the Town Hall sign, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

All Council Members were provided with the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s October report, a meeting report dated October 15, 2018 and a committee report dated November 5, 2018.

 

Sewer Authority Minutes from the October 15, 2018 meeting was also provided to Council Members. 

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to recommend the pursuit of a the Master Agreement with Plainfield Township, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: 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.

 

            An estimate from George’s Plumbing to install heat tapes for the Centrifuge area in the amount of $975.00 was provided to Council.

 

            Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to formally purchase a snowblower in the amount of $1,500.00, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by roll call.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel :

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the October 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 by roll call. 

 

Zmoda presented Council with the 3rd quarter budget review. 

 

Zmoda informed Council that a Safety Committee is being formed.  Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak and Public Works Director Steven Bender are working on creating the Committee Policy.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

Manager Robin Zmoda presented to Council three (3) cleaning proposals for the Borough Hall.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to hire Lang’s Cleaning Service, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O’Donnell.  Council Member Michael Nasatka Jr. voted no.  There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) no vote the motion carried.

 

Community Outreach:

 

            Slate Belt Rising will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, November 8th.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly is to attend.

           

            The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is hosting a meeting entitled, “Moving Women Forward” at the Lehigh University on November 27th.  Manager Zmoda is to attend. 

 

Borough Manager’s Report:

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda reported that the Borough was awarded the Community Development Block Grant for the Lobb Avenue Reconstruction Project in the amount of $168,379.00. 

 

            Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2018-15, adopting the Lehigh Valley’s Mitigation Plan Update, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by roll call. 

 

Manager Zmoda attended The Robert B. & Helen S. Meyner Center for the study of State & Local Government annual forum on Local Government Municipal Recreation Programs and Facilities on October 9, 2018.

 

            The Bureau of Revenue sent correspondence stating they will be performing an in-depth review of plans for the fire station’s financing, design and construction to ensure that the project conforms to the requirements of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) Grant.  

 

            The Northampton County Council of Governments and Department of Human Services will host a Code Enforcement Workshop on November 7, 2018.

 

            The Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development will host their next County Blight Reversal Task Force meeting on January 30, 2019 at 9:00 A.M.

 

            Manager Zmoda presented Council a meeting memo from the November 1st meeting with the DEP.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $15,477.86; Sewer Fund, $59,434.94; State Fund, $20,498.34; Reserve Money Market Fund, $29,100.32 and Fire Station Construction, $235,736.55.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  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 9:00 P.M. and reconvened at 9:52 P.M. 

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant left the meeting at 9:00 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

B Street Sidewalks:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp. made a motion to repair the damaged sidewalks on B Street, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  Council Members Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O’Donnell voted yes.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. voted no.  There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) no vote the motion carried.



Access Road for Fire Station:

Borough Manager Robin Zmoda asked Council for direction on the proposed access road for the fire station.  Nu Cor Management, Inc.  has suggested that the road be deducted as part of value engineering to help offset the cost of the soils issue.  Council President LeDonne asked for a motion to deduct the access road, no one responded.

Adjournment:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.   Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:56 P.M.

 

                                                            Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                            Juli Lemak

                                                            Borough Administrative Assistant

  

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.

No Workshop for December