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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 5th of February 2019 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for February on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 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:

The following Council Members were present and responded to roll call: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant, Council Members Janell Connolly and Robert O’Donnell were absent.

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:

Joann Anderson, 526 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, proposed selling carousel souvenirs with a portion of the proceeds going to upkeep of the carousel.  She suggested to either sell tickets for carousel rides on a specific day or to have a lottery in which the winners get a free ride.   The carousel riders may grab a ring to toss into the jester and the winner would get a free souvenir.  She also suggested selling a limited-edition t-shirt available only on that day.  She further requested a link to her website through the Borough’s website page.  Council recommended that a committee meet with the Park Board members to discuss her proposed ideas.

Members of the Blue Mountain Community Library gave their annual 2018 report. 

Public Works Report:

All Council Members were given a copy of Public Works Director Steve Bender’s January report to review.  Bender was not present. 

Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made the motion to accept the bid for the 1985 DT 466 International Utility Fire Truck in the amount of $6,000.00, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

Zoning Report:

All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Codes Office’s January report and final report for the year 2018.

Police Report:

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police Minutes from their Regular Meeting on December 20, 2018, the calls for December and the January 8, 2019 agenda.    


Fire Chief's Report:

 

Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received four (4) calls for the month of January.  The total hours spent on drills was 185 and 128 hours on calls for the month. 

 

Borough Manager Zmoda submitted a meeting memo from her meeting with Nu Cor Management regarding the new fire station and an update from Nu Cor Management.   

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the revised change order number one (1) for the new fire station which includes an updated estimated date of completion for September 2, 2019 and the revised amount of $3,847,805.02, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept change order number two (2) for the new fire station which entails a new vendor for the retaining wall as well as additional costs for the concrete due to winter temperatures, including a credit of $11,065.00 and the balance of winterization costs are $9,385.00, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

Manager Zmoda reported the fire company requested radiant heating in the floor of the new station’s apparatus area at their expense.

Minutes:

Council was given a copy of the Council Regular Meeting Minutes from January 8, 2019.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call.   

Council was also given the agenda from the Park Board Meeting on January 15, 2019, and their meeting minutes from November 20, 2018.  The agreement for the care/maintenance of the skate park bench was approved during the meeting.  Proceeding the meeting the Antonelli family requested in the event the bench is removed from the skate park that it would be returned to them.  The contract will be amended to reflect that change and brought to the Park Board for their review. 

Council was provided with meeting minutes and agenda of the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce Economic Development for the January 15, 2019 meeting and the meeting minutes of August 14, 2018.  The Slate Belt Rising Steering Committee meeting minutes and agenda of October 11, 2018.  The Slate Belt Council of Governments (COG) meeting minutes of January 23, 2019 was also given to Council. 

Correspondence:

Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce- Requested donations for their junior and senior high school program that teaches economics and business education.   No action was taken on this request.

 

Lehigh Valley Regional Homeless Advisory Board – Requested assistance with their survey to keep count of the homeless people within the Lehigh Valley. This was completed.

 

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – Notification of their upcoming grants and application deadlines.

 

County of Northampton Department of Human Services – Requested applications for their Outstanding Senior Award.

 

Lehigh Valley Baseball League – A non-professional adult baseball league recruiting members and coaches for their league.

 

Waste Management – Landfill Operations updates and another correspondence with a brief review of 2018 and events scheduled for 2019.

 

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) – Upcoming courses such as a Local Technical Assistance Program, Lehigh Valley Government Academy and Planning and Pizza Sessions.

 

Slate Belt COG – Discussion with David Wolglom of the Lafayette College Meyner Center regarding an executive director search.

 

Mayor’s Report:

Nothing to report.

 

Planning Commission:


Nothing to report.

 

Solicitor’s Report:


            Borough Solicitor Layman had nothing to report.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:


All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s January report, Authority Minutes from their January 7, 2019 meeting and the January meeting report.


Council will ask T&M Associates for a price quote to conduct a rate increase study.

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made the motion to purchase a spare MOXA SBR Computer in the amount of $1,878.00, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to update the UV system with repairs, not including freight for the amount of $3,955.00 from Kappe Associates Inc., seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

Council was provided with the Engineer’s report for the month of January. 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel :

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

Council reviewed the list of delinquent 2018 Per Capita Taxes as submitted by Tax Collector Michael Zavacky.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to turn the list of 2018 delinquent Per Capita Taxes over to Berkheimer for collection, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

A list of the delinquent 2018 Borough Real Estate Taxes was also submitted by Tax Collector Michael Zavacky.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to turn the list of delinquent 2018 Borough Real Estate Taxes over to the County for collection, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to submit the report of the 2018 real estate taxes to the County in the amount of $37,029.24, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda provided Council with a copy of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation liquid fuels audit.  The audit concluded the Liquid Fuels Tax Fund balance of $70,987.71 and Equipment Fund Balance of $21,479.80 are accurate.

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to exonerate the Borough from the 2019 Borough Real Estate Taxes on the Borough owned properties on S. Main Street and also

W. Main Street, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by voice vote. 

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the 4th Quarter 2018 Budget review as prepared by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

 Nothing to report.

Community Outreach:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp asked Council to consider an essay topic and to contemplate if the essay contest will include Plainfield Township and Wind Gap students for discussion at the next Workshop Meeting.

Borough Manager’s Report:

 

Borough Manager Zmoda provided Council with correspondence from the County of Northampton Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).  The Borough was not awarded additional funding from the Hotel Tax Grant for the repair of the bandshell.  Alternatively, the Borough has put aside the gaming money from the County.    The bandshell project is projected to start in the fall. 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the Animal Control Services Agreement with Pibbles Paws Safe Haven with the annual per capita fee in the amount of $1.00 per resident based on the most recent United States Census total, which at the time of the Agreement was 3,595 residents, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Manager Zmoda and Steve Bender are registered for the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Management & Supervisory Leadership Training Program from April 30th through May 2nd. 

 

All Council Members were given a copy Manager Zmoda’s January report to review.

 

Manager Zmoda also provided Council with information regarding the 2020 Census Timeline from the LVPC and the DCED grant schedule. 

 

The DCED Commonwealth Financing Authority Board’s meeting in January was cancelled, therefore, the LSA Grants have not yet been awarded.  The next meeting is scheduled for March 26th. 

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $13,763.59; Sewer Fund, $48,132.83; State Fund, $3,682.31; Reserve Money Market Fund, $7,282.08 and Fire Station Construction, $104,586.50.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel and possible litigation issues, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:12 P.M. and reconvened at 8:58 P.M.

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:12 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda. 

Adjournment:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 8:59 P.M.

 

                                                            Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                            Juli Lemak

                                                            Borough Administrative Assistant

  

 

Workshop - Tuesday, February 26th - 7:00 P. M.

                                                    Council Meeting - Tuesday, March 5th - 7:00 P. M.