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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 4th of June 2019 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for June on Tuesday, June 4, 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, Roberta Cowley, Josephine Hildabrant and Janell Connolly.  Council Members Michael Nasatka Jr., Charles Kandl Jr. and Robert O’Donnell were absent.

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

Visitors:

Adrienne Fors, representative from Waste Management, provided a landfill update to Council.

Public Works Report:

All Council Members were given a copy of Public Works Director Steve Bender’s May report to review. 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to resurface the Pen Argyl section of Bocci Club Road for an estimated amount of $16,856.00, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.  

Manager Zmoda reported that the money for the South Robinson Avenue turnback provided by PennDOT must be placed into an interest bearing account.  The money will be invested into an account at Merchants Bank with a 2% interest rate.

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to authorize Bender to get competitive negotiation phone bids for the B Street sidewalk repairs, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.  

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to proceed with the following proposal of services provided by BIA: a boundary survey of the approximate 11.7-acre park property located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Blue Valley Drive and South Main Street, known as Pen Argyl Athletic and Park Association (Northampton County Parcel ID E9-1-1 and 08-8-1) in the Borough of Pen Argyl, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  Additionally, the setting of any missing lot corners and the marking of existing lot corners of two adjacent parcels known as Northampton County Parcel ID E8-8-8D, and Northampton County Parcel ID 08- 7-5. Boundary surveys of these parcels were previously completed by BIA, and iron pin corner monumentation was set at the time of survey. Any corners that are currently marked with iron pins will have

concrete poured around them, and any corners markers that have been removed will have an

iron pin reset, which will then have concrete poured around the pins.  The cost of this project is not to exceed $12,225.00.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call. 

BIA provided a task schedule for the band shell improvements and an update regarding Lobb Ave reconstruction.

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to get a proposal from BIA to do video and GIS mapping of the Borough stormwater system; breaking out costs into the three (3) outfall systems so potential phasing of study could be done, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.   The motion passed unanimous by roll call. 

Zoning Report:

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

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to adopt the new building/zoning permit application as presented from BIA, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.  

Council reviewed the minutes from the Zoning Hearing Board’s May 30, 2019  re-organizational meeting.  Also on that date, the Zoning Hearing Board held a meeting to hear an appeal on a fence application from Theodore Transue Jr., 203 N. Heller Avenue. The appeal was denied.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to cite 18 South Robinson Avenue for sidewalk violations, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp and Josephine Hildabrant.  Council Members voting no were Janell Connolly and Roberta Cowley.  There being three (3) yes votes and two (2) no votes, the motion carried.

Council received a letter of interest for the Zoning Hearing Board from Chris Brumbaugh who was not present.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to table the request, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.   

Police Report:

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes from their regular meeting on April 2, 2019, agenda from their May 7, 2019 meeting and their April report.

The Slate Belt Regional Police Association submitted a letter of intent to commence collective bargaining for the contract period beginning January 2020.

 


Fire Chief's Report:

 

Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received three (3) calls for the month of May.  The total hours spent on drills was 196 and 104 hours on calls for a total of 300 man hours. 

 

Council reviewed the Borrowing Base Certificate for the firehouse.  No action was taken.   

 

A Notice of Violation was received from the Northampton County Conservation District for the new fire station.  The issue has been remediated.

 

Minutes:

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, May 7, 2019, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Council was also given the agenda from the Park Board Meeting on May 21, 2019, their meeting minutes from April 16, 2019 and minutes from the May 22, 2019 Slate Belt Council of Governments Meeting.

Correspondence:

Lamont G. McClure, County Executive – A letter in support of Restore Pennsylvania.   

 

Senator Mario Scavello -Proposes to introduce legislation providing for further environmental protection over the land applications of biosolids.  No action was taken. 

 

Mayor’s Report:

Mayor Michael G. Nasatka expressed his thanks to Councilwoman Tammy Kemp for her hard work hosting a successful Founders Day.  He further thanked all Park Board and Council Members that attended. 

 

Planning Commission:

 

Council received BIA’s review of the YMCA land development plan and the sketch plan from the May 16th Planning Commission Meeting.  The plan was tabled until the June 20th meeting. 

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to enter into the Intermunicipal Agreement for the Slate Belt Comprehensive Plan at a cost of $6,256.44.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Roberta Cowley and Josephine Hildabrant.  Councilwoman Janell Connolly voted abstain.  With four (4) yes votes and one abstain, the motion carried. 


 

Council reviewed the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s general assembly meeting minutes from the April 30th meeting.  The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at Penn State Lehigh Valley at 7:00 P.M. 

 

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s Plan Slate Belt Committee sent an invitation for community members to participate in their stakeholder charrettes in Mid-June. 

 

Solicitor’s Report:

 

            Borough Solicitor Peter Layman submitted to Council a memo regarding handicapped parking and a memo related to inclusion of Weona More into the park ordinance.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s May report. 

 

Plainfield Township Manager, Thomas Petrucci sent a request to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to be included in their meetings with Synagro, held before the Township’s Planning Commission Meetings.  DEP denied their request.

 

Council was given a copy of the agenda from the May 31st conference call regarding the Slate Belt Heat Recovery Project Nuisance Mitigation & Control Plan.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

All Council Members were given a copy of the May Treasury Report as prepared by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

ESSA Bank & Trust sent a notice of Certificate of Deposit Maturity.  Borough Manager/Treasurer is exploring other options for the money. 

Property & Utilities:

 

Mayor Michael G. Nasatka reported a meeting is being planned between Slate Belt Regional Police, Council and the Lookout Fire Company to discuss police/fire police traffic directing park events.   

 


Community Outreach:

 

Council was a given a copy of the Slate Belt Rising Steering Committee’s agenda from May 9th and the meeting minutes from March 14, 2019.

Borough Manager’s Report:

 

Borough Manager Zmoda provided correspondence to Barbara Beegle, 612 George Street, regarding water in her basement and animals running at large.

Council Members were given a copy of Borough Manager’s May report.

 

Tina Smith, Department of Community & Economic Development, provided LANta Bus service enhancements.

 

A copy of the May 2019 Legislative Locator was provided to all Council Members.

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $48,338.91; Sewer Fund, $58,982.10; Reserve Money Market Fund, $28,246.73 and Fire Station Construction, $370,890.39.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

 

Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss possible litigation issues, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 9:18 P.M. and reconvened at 9:41 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 9:18 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda. 

Letter to the DEP:

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to send a comment letter to the DEP regarding the Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center’s air quality permit utilizing information from Material Matters and Plainfield Township’s comment letter seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant. The motion passed unanimous by voice vote. 

 

Adjournment

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council adjourned at 9:43 P.M.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                            Juli Lemak

                                                            Borough Administrative Assistant

 

Workshop - Tuesday, June 25th - 7:00 P. M.

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