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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 7th of May 2019 - Borough Council Meeting

            Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for May on Tuesday, May 7, 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:         

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

 

            Also present were Mayor Michael G. Nasatka, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda, Borough Solicitor Peter Layman and Borough Secretary Dolores Savitz.

 

Visitors:                                  

            Morgan Haros, winner of the Second Annual Government Essay Contest, was present and read her essay.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp presented the award for the amount of $100.00 to Morgan Haros. 

 

            Richard Shaplin, 103 Vine Street, complained about the water runoff that is coming down from Mountain Avenue.  He also owns property at 102 and 104 Davey Avenue.  Shaplin also claimed that he gets water in his basement from the water runoff.  Public Works Director Steve Bender was present and stated that a berm was put down and the road was also ground down today perhaps this will help to control the water runoff.  Shaplin agreed to wait to see if this helps.  Bender will keep a check on it.

 

            Thomas Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, stated that when it rains the water comes over his sidewalks and he also ask what would be done to the road when the Borough takes over

S. Robinson Avenue.  Borough Manager Zmoda stated that maybe after the turnback with new curbing it would control the water.

 

            Adrienne Fors, W/M Community Relations, was unable to attend Council Meeting.  However, she had submitted updates on W/M, copies were given to all Council Members.

 

Public Works:                                                 

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

 

            Bender informed Council that the trenches that had been dug in the E. Babbitt Avenue roadway has been filled in.  Bender cleaned up the debris in the road today.  Bender felt that the concern on E. Babbitt Avenue was not that severe.  Bender explained to Council how the problem could be fixed by design of new roadway to include curbing, one handicap ramp and storm sewer.

                                                                      

            Borough Manager Zmoda stated that the Small Sanitary Sewer Grant is out of money and so the Borough wouldn't receive funding for sewers.

 

            A proposal was received from Barry Isett & Associates for engineering services for

B Street sidewalk repairs.  The proposal was for the amount of $4,950.00 for design phase and bid phase services.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the proposal on contingent the necessary need of it, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            A letter was received from Kathy Lane, 215 B Street, pertaining to her husband's handicap parking space.  Other people in the area park in his handicap space that Lane had paid for. There is nothing in the Borough ordinance that the space is reserved for that individual.  Borough Solicitor Layman stated that the ordinance should be reworded that the person who purchases the sign owns the parking space.  Borough Manger Zmoda will respond in writing to Lane that the space is not owned by them.

 

            Council reviewed the list of Weona Park Pool Feasibility Study Committee applicants.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to appoint Scott Brumbaugh, 60 Flory Avenue, to the 1st Ward position, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to appoint Ann Ealey, 201 W. Laurel Avenue, to the 3rd Ward position, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to appoint Lisa Larsen-Kandl,429 William Street,  to the 4th Ward position, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call vote.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp nominated Philip H. Vigilione and Councilwoman Roberta Cowley nominated Dana Farace for the 2nd Ward representative.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to appoint Philip H. Vigilione, 406 E. Laurel Avenue, to the 2nd Ward position, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Josephine Hildabrant and Robert O'Donnell.  Council Members voting no were:  Charles Kandl Jr. and Roberta Cowley.  There being five (5) yes votes and two (2) no votes the motion carried appointing Philip H. Vigilione. 

 

            Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to advertise for bids for the Lobb Avenue road project, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that Plainfield Township intends to pave their portion of the Bocci Club Road and inquired whether the Borough would want to also pave the Borough's portion.  Zmoda stated that the Borough would only have to pay only for materials, no labor and that they have their own paver.  The Borough's portion is .10 (one tenth) mile.  Plainfield Township will be doing the road project in June or July.  Councilwoman


Roberta Cowley made a motion to authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to proceed with discussions with Plainfield Township pertaining to the Bocci Club Road project, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            The Park opening will be on Saturday, May 11th, noon to 8:00 P. M.

 

            Patrick Denman, 500 E. Laurel Avenue, was present and encouraged Council to adopt a Shade Tree Ordinance and also have a Shade Tree Board.  Borough Manager Zmoda ask Denman to get her the information and she would check into it.  There is information on the web site for Tree City USA.

 

Zoning Report:

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

 

Police Report:

            All Council Members were given a copy of the SBPRPD Agenda for 04/02/19,  Minutes for their Regular Meeting held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 and the March report.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

            Fire Chief Dean Parsons reported the fire company received nineteen (19) calls for the month of April.  The man hours for drills was 212 and 308 hours for calls total of 520 hours. 

 

            Correspondence was received dated April 15, 2019 from Northampton County Conservation District (NCCD) pertaining to the NPDES Site Inspection of the new fire station.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda gave an update of the fire station construction as per the meeting of April 26th.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that the fire company has had a donation of an epoxy coat for the floor of the apparatus room from a company called Firehouse Floors, leaving a credit of $4,000 to $5,000. The fire company is requesting the credit to go towards the cost of the radiant floors.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to grant the credit to the fire company as per their request, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Minutes:

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 2, 2019, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 


 

            Council was also given copies of the Minutes from Park Board Meeting of 03/19/19, SBCC EDC Meeting of 01/15/19, COG Meeting of 04/24/19 and County COG Meeting of 04/24/19.  

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to apply for a Northampton County Hotel Tax Grant for the park to be used for ADA improvements to the stands as per the Master Site Plan , seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Council reviewed the Articles of Agreement with the COG that was revised April 2019.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve and accept the Articles of Agreement as presented, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Correspondence:       

 

            County Conservation Coordinator - Ms. Sherry Acevedo will begin working on April 1, 2019 with Division of Parks & Recreation as the Conservation Coordinator.

 

            Penn State Extension - Variety of programs/services offered  to Lehigh and Northampton Counties. 

 

            Northampton County Historic & Cultural Assets Plan - Workshop dates for input; April 23st, April 24th, May 8th and May 9th.

 

            Northampton County Conservation District - Winter 2019 report.

 

            2020 Census - Northampton County is preparing now to ensure an accurate census count.  Northampton County is seeking a representative from each municipality as a chairperson to assist in outreach, promotion and recruiting to ensure everyone is counted once, only once and in the right place.  The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd.  Borough Manager Zmoda will put out information to see if anyone is interested.

 

            Faith United Presbyterian Church requested permission to close S. Heller Avenue to the alley behind the church on Saturday, June 22nd for their Strawberry Festival.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to grant permission to close S. Heller Avenue as requested, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Lower Mt. Bethel Township - Requested a letter of support of their position regarding bio-solids that is being spread in their Township.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to authorize Borough Manger Zmoda to send a letter of support as requested, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 


 

            PA Rural Water - Seeking applicants for the PRWA District 2 Board Director position.

 

            Northampton County - Lanta bus issues.

 

            West Easton Councilman Matthew Dees - Submitted a sample resolution to amend the Right To Know Law and provide relief from vexatious requesting.  Ask Borough Council to review and approve the resolution  Council didn't take any action on the resolution.

 

            Met Ed - 2019 tree trimming program.

 

            Northampton County Weights & Measures - Bringing all businesses that use weights and measures devices in the County into full statutory compliance.  Letter dated April 12, 2019.

 

            Northampton County - In June 2018, Governor Wolf signed Act 30 into law, making Pennsylvania the 34th state to enable Commercial Property Assessed Clean financing (C-PACE).

C-PACE is a tool for local property owners, developers, and county and municipal governments 

to encourage economic development and the deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency projects.  Letter was dated April 25, 2019.

 

            Northampton County - Spotted Lantern Fly information.

 

            Immaculate Conception School -Requested road closure on Thursday, May 16th from

N. Heller Avenue between W. Bell Avenue to W. Babbitt Avenue for their Mayfair.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to grant permission to close the road as requested, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Barbara Beegle - Resident concern about cats.  Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that several municipalities have been contacted who they use for their feral cat problems.  Several municipalities use No Nonsense Neutering.  Zmoda will contact No Nonsense Neutering to attend a meeting with Council to discuss their solutions and fees for feral cats. 

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Michael G. Nasatka had nothing to report.

 

Planning Commission:

 

            Letter from Barry Isett & Associates dated April 25, 2019 pertaining to their review of the Slate Belt YMCA Land Development Sketch Plan.   On Thursday, April 18, 2019, the Borough Planning Commission met to discuss the sketch plan submission. 

 


            Tracy Oscavich, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Director of Development - Multi Municipal comments for Slate Belt municipalities to work together for the good of the community. 

 

            Thomas Petrucci, Plainfield Township Manager - Plainfield Township is inclined to support an extension to complete the overall Slate Belt Multi-Municipal Plan project if the need for an extension is determined necessary throughout the planning process.

 

            A copy  of the Multi -Municipal Comprehensive Plan update from the May 1, 2019 meeting held at Weona Park was given to all Council Members.

 

Solicitor's Report:

            Borough Solicitor Layman will prepare a draft ordinance to include the Weona More property on S. Main Street to the Park Ordinance for the June 4th Council Meeting.

 

            Layman will also prepare an agreement for DKA to sell carousel items on Memorial Day, but she will not be able to sell anything at the Founder's Day Celebration on May 31st.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

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

 

            T&M Associates submitted a cost proposal not to exceed the fee of $1,400 for a rate study review.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept the proposal as submitted, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Copy of letter from Plainfield Township Manager Thomas Petrucci that the township had received from Material Matters, Inc., dated April 24, 2019, pertaining to Synagro.

 

            Plainfield Township Planning Commission to hold a special meeting on Monday, May 13th pertaining to the Preliminary Land Development and Major Subdivision Plan submitted by Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc. for the Synagro Technologies, Inc.

 

            Plainfield Township Board of Supervisors to hold special meeting on Wednesday, May 22nd to either approve, approve with conditions, or deny the Preliminary Land Development and Major Subdivision Plan submitted by Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc. for the Synagro Technologies, Inc. 

 

            Council was given a copy of the Sewer Committee report from the May 5, 2019 meeting and also a copy of the Authority Minutes from their meeting of February 4, 2019.

 


            Wastewater Treatment Plant employee Jeffrey Markovitz will be going  to the PMAA Trade Show on Monday, September 9, 2019.   

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

 

            All Council Members were given a copy of the April 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. 

 

            Council was also given a copy of the 1st Quarter Budget review. 

 

            Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to accept the insurance proposal for 2019 Borough insurance coverage from  Weiss-Schantz Agency, Inc. for the amount of $92,246.00, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Property & Utilities:

 

            Stephen Reider, Director of Slate Belt Rising, informed the Borough that the estimate for the admin sign is $2,300 which means the cost to the Borough would be around $1,650.00.  Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to accept the cost of $1,650.00 for the sign, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Michael Nasatka Jr., Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell voted no.  There being six (6) votes in favor of the motion and one (1) no vote the motion carried. 

 

Community Outreach:

 

            Slate Belt Rising and the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Networking Event on Thursday, May 30th.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda gave Council information about Women's Transportation Seminar. 

 

            Zmoda informed Council that the Borough will not receiving financial assistance under the Local Share Account (LSA) Program for the Lobb Avenue road project, sidewalks and stormwater improvements.

 


            Zmoda stated that she had attended the joint meeting of Northampton County Council of Governments and municipalities on Wednesday, April 24th. 

 

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

 

            Zmoda informed Council that Northampton County is accepting applications for CIPP Grants.  Council's decision was not to apply at this time.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda and Public Works Director Steven Bender attended  the Leadership Classes April 30th - May 2nd. 

 

Payment of Bills:

 

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $10,658.69; Sewer Fund, $59,786.32; State Fund, $3,619.86; Reserve Money Market Fund, $12,585.75 and Fire Station Construction, $215,478.75. Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr. made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Adjournment:

 

            Councilwoman Robert Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Michael Nasatka Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council adjourned at 9:14 P. M.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                                Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                                Borough Secretary

 

                                    Workshop - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 7:00 P. M.

                             Council Meeting - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 7:00 P. M.