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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 11th of December 2018 - Borough Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for December on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7:00 P. M. in 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.

 

Visitors:

 

               Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, inquired if Council met with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to discuss the smell coming from the landfill and received the DEP’s list of residents’ odor complaints.  Manager Zmoda informed him that Council did meet with the DEP in November and another meeting will be held on December 13, 2018. Council received the complaint list however it was illegible.  Mr. Carlo further expressed his concerns for the Borough’s property values if Synagro is granted Plainfield Township’s approval.

 

               Adrienne Fors, representative from Waste Management (WM), reviewed the landfill’s monthly report. 

 

Discussion and Final Adoption of Year 2019 Budget:

 

                                            General Fund - $1,866,055.00 - 12.00 Mills (1 Mill increase)

                                                Sewer Fund - $1,869,450.00

                                           Garbage Fund - $438,200.00

                                                  State Fund - $201,843.00

                                             Reserve Fund - $3,507,200.00

 

                                                        Tax Structure

                                      Real Estate Tax Millage - 12.00 Mills

                                                              Per Capita - $ 5.00

                                     Local Services Tax (LST) - $52.00

               Real Estate Transfer Tax - 1% - Shared Equally with School District

                        Earned Income Tax - 1% - Shared Equally with School District

             Sewer Rental Fee - $96.00 Minimum Quarterly Charge per Unit/10,000 Gallons

                                                                $13.50 per Thousand Gallon over 10,000 Gallons

                                    Garbage Fee - Garbage Fee Waived for year 2019

 

 


 

               The Borough's Assessment Valuation for 2019 is $67,113,200; 2018’s Assessment was

 $67,092,500.  One (1) Mill equals $67,113.20; less 7% uncollectible, collectible amount is $62,415.27.

 

               Prior years Millage was 9.75 Mills from year 2011 to and including year 2015; year 2016 Millage was 10.25; year 2017 and 2018 was 11 Mills.

 

               Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept and approve final adoption of the year 2019 Budget as presented, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

               Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept and approve the Tax Structure for year 2019, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Ordinance #700 for waiving the 2019 Residential Garbage Fee:

 

               Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #700 to waive the 2019 Residential Garbage Fee, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Ordinance #701 for 2019 Millage Rate:

 

               Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #701 for the Millage Rate of 12.00 Mills for year 2019, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Resolution for Earned Income Tax, Per Capita, Local Services Tax (LST) and Property Transfer Tax for the Year of 2019:

 

               Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Resolution for the Earned Income of 1/2 of 1%, the Per Capita Tax of $5.00, the Local Services Tax (LST) of $52.00 and 1/2 of 1% Property Transfer Tax for the Fiscal Year of 2019, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Resolution to appoint Berkheimer Associates as Collector of the Local Services Tax (LST) and Keystone Collection Group as Collector of the Earned Income Tax for the Year of 2019:

 

               Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Resolution to reappoint Berkheimer Associates as Collector of the Local Services Tax (LST) and Keystone Collection Group as Collector of the Earned Income Tax for the Fiscal Year of 2019, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Public Works:

 

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

 

Council President Joseph LeDonne questioned the condition of the wreaths and snowflake lights on the street poles.  Bender commented they are from 1999 and in very bad shape.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp will investigate options for new lights. 

 

Council was presented with a request from Immaculate Conception School (ICS) to add an additional 15 mile per hour sign on the west side of N. Heller Avenue, to add a school zone on N. Heller Avenue, to paint the corners yellow at W. Bell Avenue and N. Heller Avenue and add a crosswalk to the intersection of W. Bell Avenue and N. Heller Avenue.  Bender provided Council with PennDOT regulations.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to authorize Ott Engineers to provide a proposal for a traffic study for ICS and the High School, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

               The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) is hosting a meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 to gain input on transportation plans and projects to be considered for inclusion for FutureLV.  Manager Robin Zmoda and Councilwoman Janell Connolly are to attend.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the General Release of All Claims by James D. Morrissey, Inc. for the repairs of B Street sidewalks, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Zoning Report:

 

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

              

Police Report:

 

               All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes for their meeting of November 7, 2018, November calls for service and the December 4, 2018 Agenda. 

              

Fire Chief's Report:

 

               Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to adopt Resolution No 2018-16 confirming $1,149,188.30 in the  Pen Argyl Reserve Fund for the  Lookout Fire Station #32 RACP Grant, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to adopt Resolution #2018-17, the Emergency Operations Plan Resolution, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Minutes:

 

               Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Regular Council Meeting of November 6, 2018, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

               Councilman Mike Nasatka Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Special Council Meeting of November 27, 2018, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

               Council was given copies of the Park Board Meeting Minutes from October 16, 2018.

 

 

Correspondence:

 

Met Ed- Smart meters will be installed in our area within the next few weeks.

              

Anti-Defamation League – Guide for public entities regarding religious displays for the December Holidays.

 

               Lehigh Valley Planning Commission – Thank you for hosting their Planning Action Team meeting for the Slate Belt Communities.

 

               RCN – Fee increases for services within the Borough.

 

Northampton County Conservation District – Quarterly Newsletter for Summer/Fall 2018.

              

Mayor's Report:

 

               Mayor Michael G. Nasatka thanked all Council Members who attended the Christmas Holiday Party and helped make it a huge success. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

               Council received the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Minutes from the Walk/RollLV: Active Transportation Plan Meeting of October 17, 2018, and Minutes from the Slate Belt Planning Action Team Meeting on November 13, 2018.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

               All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant November Report, Authority Minutes from their meeting on September 17, 2018 and the Minutes from their

October 15, 2018 meeting.

 

Council was presented with three (3) proposals to fix the ongoing centrifuge problems.    Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to get bids for the replacement of the centrifuge, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Council Members Joseph LeDonne, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O’Donnell voted in favor of the motion.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp voted no.  There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion passed.  

 

               Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the Task Order Assignment Authorization to proceed with the Chapter 94 report, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.   Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection copied the Borough on a Notice of Violation to the Landfill.

 

Resident Juanita Beckman, 906 E. Laurel Avenue, submitted a request to have her sewer bill adjusted due to watering fresh landscaping on her property.  A motion was not made, and her request was denied.   

 

 

A payment in the amount of $1,634.33 was received from NRG for operating the generator for one-hour during the summer of this year. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:   

 

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

              

Borough Manager's Report:

 

               Borough Manager Robin Zmoda reported that the Borough was awarded the 2018 CIPP Grant in the amount of $40,000.  This grant will be utilized to complete a revitalization study for the Borough’s downtown district.  Slate Belt Rising will be contributing $10,000.00 as well as the Borough for a total of $60,000.00.  This project is part of CACLV’s NPP program under the direction of Slate Belt Rising.

 

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded the Borough the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant in the amount of $18,500 for the pool feasibility study.

 

               Council was presented with the Landfill’s odor complaint log from July of 2018.

 

               FEMA sent correspondence approving the Lehigh/Northampton Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

 

               The Plainfield Township Planning Commission held a meeting on December 10, 2018 to continue the review of Synagro’s application for land development

 

The Borough Office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25th and Tuesday, January 1st.

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to have the first Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Payment of Bills:

               The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $26,243.38; Sewer Fund, $43,769.52; State Fund, $3,570.78; Reserve Money Market Fund, $56,929.25 and Fire Station $128,870.80.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

                             

Executive Session:

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

 

Council went into Executive Session at 8:14 P.M. and reconvened at 9:02 P.M. 

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:14 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 


 

Synagro Application Comments:

Council discussed Pen Argyl Borough’s comments that were sent to the Department of Environmental Protection regarding the permit application of Synagro.  Solicitor Layman recommended the comments also be sent to the Plainfield Planning Commission but advised Council that Waste Management should also receive copies.  Council did not express any concern and comments will be forwarded to the Commission and Waste Management.

Adjournment

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.   Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:04 P.M.

 

                                                                                                         Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                                         Juli Lemak

                                                                                                         Borough Administrative Assistant

 

Council Meeting – Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – 7:00 P. M.

          Workshop – Tuesday, January 29, 2019 – 7:00 P.M.