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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 5th of March 2019 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for March on Tuesday, March 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, Josephine Hildabrant, Janell Connolly and Robert O’Donnell.

Also present were Mayor Michael G. Nasatka, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda, Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak and Borough Solicitor Peter Layman. 

Visitors:

None

Public Works Report:

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

Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to install a handicap parking sign at

102 East Pennsylvania Avenue, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call. 

 

Thomas Petrucci, Manager of Plainfield Township, sent correspondence to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) requesting signs at the intersection of S.R. 512 and S.R. 1024 (George Street) to restrict tractor-trailer truck combinations that are 102 inches in width. 

 

Petrucci also requested assistance from PennDOT to eliminate rush-hour congestion at the S.R. 0033 northbound off-ramp that exits onto S.R. 512 within Plainfield Township. 

 

The Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) granted a one-time extension for the Gaming Grant that will be used to refurbish the band shell.

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the bid from Barry Isett & Associates for band shell improvements in the amount of $16,300.00 with construction phase services to be billed hourly as needed, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.  

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the N. Lobb Avenue street reconstruction proposal as submitted by Barry Isett & Associates for $74,900.00, not including construction phase services to be billed as needed on an hourly basis, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Council received correspondence from DCNR regarding the pool feasibility study.

Borough Manager Zmoda made a MS4 presentation for residents, discussing groundwater facts for National Groundwater Week and provided copies of a maze for children to complete about storm drains.  All will be available at Borough office for residents. 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve the Municipal Resolution that allows Borough Manager Zmoda to execute the Highway Transfer Project that will transfer the ownership of SR1025 (Robinson Avenue) from SR 512 to SR 1011 (Main Street) from PennDOT to Pen Argyl Borough, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Zoning Report:

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

Police Report:

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police Minutes from their Regular Meetings on January 17, 2019 and February 5, 2019 and reports.

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell thanked the police for their due diligence in trying to find the owners of vehicles parked along the snow emergency routes prior to having them towed during last week’s snow emergency.

  

Fire Chief's Report:

 

Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received sixteen (16) calls for the month of February.  The total hours spent on drills was 232 and 486 hours on calls for a total of 718 man hours. 

 

Nu Cor Management LLC & Barry Isett Associates sent updates on the fire station project. 

 

Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to waive the requirement of Zoning Chapter 108.26 B pertaining to rear loading areas for the fire station construction, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 


Minutes:

Council was given a copy of the Council Regular Meeting Minutes from February 5, 2019.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Council was also given the agenda from the Park Board Meeting on February 19, 2019 and their meeting minutes from January 15, 2019. 

Correspondence:

Bangor Public Library - Requested donations.   No action was taken on this request.

 

Slate Belt Heritage Center – To present a digital documentation of Pennsylvania’s slate lands from the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 P.M.  Council President Joseph LeDonne is to attend.

 

Mayor’s Report:

Mayor Michael Nasatka reported local mayors and township managers will attempt to coordinate future declaration of snow emergencies.  He also stated the road crew did an outstanding job clearing the snow from the roads after last week’s storm.

 

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 February report. 

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the quote from Alfa Laval Inc., replacing the centrifuge conveyor part at no cost, Borough will pay for air freight, ball bearings and a workmanship warranty for the total amount of $18,877.00, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council President Joseph LeDonne and Councilman Robert O’Donnell thanked Manager Zmoda for her due diligence lowering the cost of replacing the centrifuge and they also thanked Waste Water Treatment Plant employee Dean Kemp for his advice regarding the centrifuge.


 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to accept the sludge contract from Waste Management at the cost of $98.45 per ton, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Council was provided with correspondence from T&M Associates, a will serve letter which indicates capacity to serve domestic sewage from the Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center. 

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rescinded their August 10, 2018 letter to Grand Central Landfill which approved the Minor Permit Modification that contained proposed modifications to sediment basin number 2 (two).  The Minor Permit Modification is still under review.   

Waste Management submitted an updated Nuisance Minimization and Control Plan to the DEP. 

The DEP conducted a multi-program inspection of Waste Management on November 1st and 2nd and are evaluating the violations. 

Manager Zmoda submitted a Meeting Memo to Council from the DEP and Waste Management meeting held on February 7th.  A follow-up meeting is scheduled in April.

The Annual Downstream Notification was received from Waste Management. 

Waste Management submitted their February monthly report. 

 

Material Matters provided a summary of comments from the February 21, 2019 Special Meeting of the Plainfield Township Planning Commission. 

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

All Council Members were given a copy of the February 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.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the pricing from Quik Stitch to purchase 10 t-shirts for each street employee at the price of $6.50/each for short sleeved shirts, $9.00/each for long sleeved shirts, both for sizes small to extra-large, sizes 2XL and up at an additional rate of: 2XL at $2.00 each; 3 XL at $4.00 each and 4XL at $6.00 each, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Council Members Joseph LeDonne, Roberta Cowley, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Josephine Hildabrant and Tammy Kemp voted in favor of the motion.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell voted no.  There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) no vote the motion passed. 


Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda reported an employee meeting is scheduled on March 21st to discuss t-shirts, personnel issues, evaluations and job descriptions.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

 Nothing to report.

Community Outreach:

Council was a given a copy of the Slate Belt Rising Steering Committee’s Meeting Minutes from February 13, 2019.

Councilwoman Janell Connolly thanked Manager Zmoda on behalf of Slate Belt Rising for her assistance with the transportation plan application for the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.    

Borough Manager’s Report:

 

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

 

Manager Zmoda provided Council with the agenda and 2019 Grant Schedule from the February 13th Northampton County DCED Grant Workshop, Green Knight Grant information and the February 2019 Legislative Locator. 

 

Manager Zmoda reported that a meeting is scheduled with the governor’s office on March 20th to discuss blight issues within the Borough including a guided tour of some of the Boroughs blighted properties.

 

The Scope of Work for the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s Slate Belt Area Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan was presented to Council.  A meeting is scheduled for March 20th at 7 P.M. to discuss the inter-municipal agreement and to formalize the budget and scope.   The ten (10) communities of the Slate Belt are to form a Steering Committee consisting of no more than three (3) members from each municipality to consist of: one (1) elected official; one (1) Planning Commission member and one (1) appointed representative or staff member. 

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly nominated Planning Commission member Stephen  

Marheva to be a member of the Steering Committee for the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. nominated Councilwoman Janell Connolly to be a member of the Steering Committee for the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan, representing the Borough’s elected officials, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell nominated Borough Manager Robin Zmoda to be a member of the Steering Committee for the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan, representing the staff members of the Borough, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.

 

Manager Zmoda presented Portland’s Neighborhood Redevelopment Plan to Council as an example for them to review and consider ideas for Pen Argyl’s own Redevelopment Plan.  A public meeting will be held in the future for further discussion.

 

Payment of Bills:


The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $15,813.71; Sewer Fund, $57,983.36; State Fund, $10,331.15; Reserve Money Market Fund, $1,888.90 and Fire Station Construction, $220,263.25.  Councilman Charles O’Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.


Executive Session:


Councilman Michel Nasatka Jr. made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel and possible litigation issues, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:00 P.M. and reconvened at 8:35 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:00 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda. 

Barry Isett and Associates:

Council reviewed Solicitor Layman’s letter to Barry Isett and Associates regarding a discussion on the soils issue and the fire station.  There was no objection to sending the letter as written.


Teamster’s Contract:


Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the proposal from Attorney John McLaughlin to review the teamster’s contract, not to exceed $1,250.00, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. Councilmembers Joseph LeDonne, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O’Donnell voted yes, Councilwoman Tammy Kemp voted abstained.  There being seven (7) yes votes and one (1) abstained the vote carried.

Adjournment:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. Unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 8:40 P.M.

 

                                                            Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                            Juli Lemak

                                                            Borough Administrative Assistant

  

 

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

                                                    Council Meeting - Tuesday, April 2nd - 7:00 P. M.