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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 2nd of April 2019 - Borough Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for April on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

            Council President Joseph LeDonne opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge of

Allegiance.

 

Roll Call:

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

 

            Also present were Borough Manager Robin Zmoda, Borough Solicitor Peter Layman and Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz.  Mayor Michael G. Nasatka arrived at 7:01 P. M.

 

Visitors:

            Adrienne Fors, W/M Community Relations Manager, gave an update to Council on the landfill operations. 

 

            Northampton County is sponsoring an Electronics Collection Event on Saturday, April 13th, from 9 A.M. to 12:00 Noon for the Northampton County residents.  The event will be held at Waste Management.

 

            Also, Earth Day will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 P. M. at the Grand Central Environmental Education Center.

 

Public Works:

            All Council Members were given a copy of Public Works Director Steven Bender's March

report to review.  Bender wasn't present.

 

            A quote for an estimated cost of $2,500.00 was received from Barry Isett & Associates to provide roadway coring on Lobb Avenue.  Work includes:  six (6) to eight (8) core samples; mobilization, traffic control; lab processing; and asphalt analysis report including summary of pavement structure, sub base description, representative photos, and general observations.  

The actual fee charged for services may be greater or less than the original estimate fee quoted depending on site conditions. Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the quote as submitted by Barry Isett & Associates, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            A meeting was held with Ott Consulting Inc. on Friday, March 8th to discuss the school zone speed limit engineering and traffic study for the Pen Argyl High School and Immaculate

Conception School. 

 

         

            Information was given to Council as received from Elan City for Solar Evolis Radar Speed Signs with message display.  Cost for two (2) signs being $5,839.00.  Recommendation was to use the flashing crosswalks signs for Route 512 at the Park.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to grant authorization to Borough Manager Zmoda to apply to the Green Knight Economic Development Corporation for a grant to purchase the radar speed signs, seconded

by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to also use the donation of $2,500 from Nestle towards the cost of the radar speed signs, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that she met with Public Works Director Steven Bender on Tuesday, March 12th at the intersection of B and W. Main Streets to discuss Brian Gold's concern regarding the water pooling at the handicap ramp.  Bender cut a small trough near the curb to see if that would drain the water, but the water still ponds there.  Work is still in progress to fix the issue. 

 

            Council discussed the positions/members in the community to be appointed to the Pool Feasibility Committee.  It is important to have all wards and areas in the community represented.  The goal should be to provide a diverse base of individuals to assist in developing the plan so that all aspects and interests are taken into consideration in developing the plan.  After the list of selected members has been submitted to Council, the list will be reviewed and approved by Council.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that Public Works Director Bender recommended that just the severe B Street sidewalks be replaced and little curb work done.

Council discussed the B Street sidewalks and curbing that should be replaced.  Street Maintenance Vice Chairperson Michael Nasatka Jr. will review the B Street sidewalks and curbing with Public Works Director Bender.

 

Zoning Report:                                               

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

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council about the oil spill on N. Harding Avenue.

            A vehicle owned by the tenant that was in the side yard was moved to the street and leaked oil onto the roadway.  The Borough street crew put down absorbent materials.  The situation is still being monitored.

 

            There are also property maintenance issues at the same address, the property owner is aware of the property conditions and also the oil spill problem. 

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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Police Report:

 

            All Council Members were given copies of the SBRPD Minutes from their Regular Meeting held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 and Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda stated that the Slate Belt Regional Police Commission recognized Chief David Mettin tonight at their meeting for his work with the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

 

            Fire Chief Parson reported the fire company received five (5) calls for the month of March.  The man hours for drills was 228 and 158 hours for calls total of 386 hours.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda gave Council an update on the fire station construction.  Everything is on schedule.

 

Minutes:

 

            Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, March 2, 2019, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Council was also given copies of the Minutes from Park Board Meeting of 02/19/19

and also the COG Meetings of 02/27/19 and 03/27/19.

 

            Council discussed the possibility of an Executive Director for the COG or to dissolve

the COG.  A letter was received from Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) offering staff support to the COG for a three (3) month probationary period after

which it can be determined whether the process is working to the municipalities' satisfaction.

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept CACLV's staff support for a three (3) month probationary period, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by

roll call.

 

Correspondence:

 

            Plainfield Township's email pertaining to  PennDot's response to the S.R. 0033 northbound off ramp traffic.

 

            PA American Water Company has filed an application with the PUC for approval to acquire the Exeter Township wastewater system assets and also the Steelton Borough Authority water system assets.


 

            Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) and the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study

(LVTS) shared the BuildLV:  2018 Annual Development Report and the MoveLV:  Transportation Improvement Program 2017-2017 Accomplishments and Outlook. 

 

            The YMCA submitted an application for a 5K Sprint Race, event to be held on Saturday, August 31st.  Start time 6:15 A. M. and end time 9:15 A. M.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the application contingent that a certificate of insurance is submitted with the Borough added as an additional insurer, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Michael G. Nasatka informed Council that the Summer Sounds schedule has been set.

 

Planning Commission:

 

            Slate Belt Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan Kick Off Meeting was held on Wednesday, March 30th at the Park Community Center. 

 

            Lehigh Valley General Assembly Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 30th at Penn State Lehigh Valley.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly will be attending.

 

Solicitor's Report:

 

            Borough Solicitor Layman stated that the Park Ordinance doesn't include the Weona More Property on S. Main Street.  Council discussed the property and Borough Solicitor Layman will prepare a draft ordinance for the May 7th Council Meeting for Council to review. 

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant's March report.

 

            Council was given a copy of information as received from Jason Shetler, Traffic Planning & Design, from the Thursday, March 7th scoping meeting for the Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center.          

 

            NRG submitted amendments  to the agreement between NRG Curtailment Solutions and the Borough as per the enrollment date of October 5, 2016.  For the 2019/2020 PJM


 

Program delivery year effective June 1, 2019 and delivery years going forward.  The Borough agrees to participate in the PowerPay Program and accept the amendments but that the Performance Response Time for reduction be within 120 minutes instead of 30 minutes based on PJM's notification of an event. Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the amendments with the change, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Information was received from DEP pertaining to Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc.'s permit modifications.

 

            A copy of a letter from Material Matters, inc. dated March 27, 2019 pertaining to the Plainfield Township Planning Commission Special Meeting of Monday, March 11th concerning Synagro.  There were multiple questions related to odor detection threshold (DT) and recognition threshold (RT).

 

            A copy of the Sewer Committee meeting from Monday, April 1, 2019 was given to all Council Members.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

            All Council Members were given a copy of the March 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 Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda held an employee meeting on Thursday, March 21st.

 

            Information has been received from Capital Blue Cross that they have selected Prime Therapeutics (Prime) as their pharmacy benefits manager effective January 1, 2020.

 

Property & Utilities:

            The Borough Hall sign at the top of the building has been power washed and sanded this past Saturday in preparation of the sign being painted.

 

Community Outreach:

                        Council discussed the dates to hold the Community Wide Yard Sales for Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 9th and Friday, September 13th through Sunday, September 15th.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to hold the Community Wide Yard Sales

as discussed, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

 

Borough Manager's Report:

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that she would be out of the office on Thursday, April 11th and Friday, April 12th.        

                                                           

            The Borough Office will be closed on Good Friday, April 19th.

 

            Public Works Director Bender and Zmoda will attend a Leadership Course Tuesday, April 30th - Thursday, May 2nd.

 

            Council Members were given a copy of Borough Manager's March report.

 

            A letter was received from Commonwealth of PA/Commonwealth Financing Authority

that they were unable to act favorably on the Borough's request for LSA assistance for a Police Vehicle.

 

            Zmoda will be attending the Annual Mayors' & Municipal Officials' Reception on Monday,  April 15th.

 

            Council was given a copy of Conflict of Interest Abstention Memorandum.  If a public official or public employee, who in the discharge of his official duties, would be required to vote on a matter that would result in a conflict of interest shall abstain from voting and, prior to the vote being taken, publicly announce and disclose the nature of his interest as a public record in a written memorandum filed with the person responsible for recording minutes for the meeting at which the vote is taken.  A form has to be completed every time he/she has a conflict of interest.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the form, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion authorizing Borough Manager Zmoda to

participate in the Northern Tier Trail Multi Municipal Planning program, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Payment of Bills:

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $172,726.82; Sewer

Fund, $50,447.34; Reserve Money Market Fund, $2,346.00 and Fire Station Construction, $152,308.24.  Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

Adjournment:

 

            Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council adjourned at 8:26 P. M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

 

                                          Workshop - Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 7:00 P. M.

                                 Council Meeting - Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 7:00 P. M.