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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019 - Borough Council Meeting

Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for September on Tuesday, September 3, 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, Josephine Hildabrant, Robert O’Donnell and Janell Connolly.  Council Members Roberta Cowley and Charles Kandl Jr. were absent.

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

Ordinance #703 – Bond:

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to enact Ordinance #703 to incur lease rental debt in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $5,845,000.00, for the purpose of refunding the Authority’s guaranteed sewer revenue bonds, series A of 2016 (“The 2016A Bonds”), and the refunding of its guaranteed sewer revenue bonds, Series B of 2016 bonds (“2016B Bonds”), seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Appointment of Council Person 1st Ward Vacancy:

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to appoint Scott Brumbaugh to the 1st Ward vacancy, term to end January 6, 2020, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call. Sworn in by Mayor, Michael G. Nasatka.

Recognition of Jennifer’s Salon & Consignment Shop:

            Councilwoman Tammy Kemp presented Jennifer Renaldo, owner of Jennifer’s Salon & Consignment Shop, 6 East Main Street, with a citation for her beautification efforts downtown.

Visitors:

            Walter Cole, Town Historian, presented to Council an invoice from Slate Belt Printers with printing options for the Weona Park Centennial Calendar. 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to approve the purchase of Weona Park Centennial Calendars from Slate Belt Printers, not to exceed $2,500.00, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Public Works Report:

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

Correspondence was received from Jeffrey Roback, PennDOT Municipal Services Representative, that included dates as to when specific sections of Vine Street were added to the State Liquid fuel Account. 


Zoning Report:

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

Regulatory examples of short-term rentals were provided to Council.

Police Report:

All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes from their meetings on July 2, 2019 and July 18, 2019, agenda from August 6, 2019 and August report.

 

Police Chief David A. Mettin provided an article regarding small-scale event preparedness.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

 

Fire Chief Parsons reported the fire company received twelve (12) calls for the month of August.  The total hours spent on drills was 128 and 198 hours on calls for a total of 326 man hours. 

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to accept the change order for the new fire station for:  a sidewalk retaining wall, $7,293.00; cut slope around the steps, grade, mat and seed, $2,524.27; a split rail fence, $446.32 and an additional handrail, $1,980.00; the total amount of the change order is not to exceed $12,243.59, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Council received the Lease Agreement for the new fire station.  This was tabled, no action was taken. 

Minutes:

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Council Meeting of Tuesday, August 6, 2019, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Council was given the agenda from the Park Board Meeting of August 20, 2019 and meeting minutes from July 16, 2019. 

Council received the Slate Belt Council of Governments (COG) meeting minutes from August 28, 2019.

Correspondence:

            The Northampton Notes from Spring 2019 were received.

Faith United Presbyterian Church of Pen Argyl, 218 West Pennsylvania Avenue, submitted a request to close the block of South Heller Avenue, between the blocks of West Pennsylvania Avenue and Young Street on October 5, 2019 from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.   Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to accept the road closure, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Mayor’s Report:

Nothing to report.


 

Planning Commission:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to grant conditional approval for the minor subdivision of 522-524 George Street, contingent on:  a variance for item 1 under Zoning Ordinance #108; easement for the right of access to the sewer lateral and the owner must comply with the conditions set forth in the Barry Isett & Associates Inc. review letter dated August 27, 2019, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

            The Plainfield Township Planning Commission will hold a meeting on September 9, 2019 to review and to take possible official action by the Planning Commission to recommend that the Plainfield Township Board of Supervisors either approve, approve with conditions, or deny the Preliminary Land Development and Major Subdivision Plan application submitted by Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc. for the Synagro Technologies, Inc. “Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center”.

            The Plainfield Township Board of Supervisors will hold a meeting at 7:00 P.M. on September 19, 2019 to either approve, approve with conditions, or deny the Preliminary Land Development and Major Subdivision Plan application submitted by Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc. for the Synagro Technologies, Inc. “Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center”.

            The Multimunicipal Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee meeting minutes from

July 17, 2019 was received and the agenda dated August 7, 2019.  The next meeting is scheduled for September 4, 2019, Councilwoman Janell Connolly is to attend. 

 

Solicitor’s Report:

 

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #702 to amend section 103-11.3B of the Borough Traffic Ordinance Vehicle Code, to limit handicapped parking in front of a handicapped individual’s residence to that handicapped individual, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, and Josephine Hildabrant.   Councilman Robert O’Donnell voted no.  There being five (5) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried.

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

 

All Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s August 2019 report. 

 

T&M Associates sent a sewer rate review.

 

All Council Members were provided with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Committee report dated August 26, 2019 and Sewer Authority minutes from August 5, 2019.    

Waste Management‘s October monthly report was received.

 

Material Matters, Inc. agenda from their August 28, 2019 conference call and comments related to Synagro’s revised Nuisance Mitigation Control Plan dated July 2019 was received.

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & Personnel:

All Council Members were given a copy of the August 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.

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion for Solicitor Layman to draft an ordinance to refinance the fire company loan with the proposed general obligation bond, series of 2019 as provided by RBC Capital Markets, LLC. for $2,319,068.50, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant. The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

Council Members reviewed the Minimum Obligation Worksheet for the Pen Argyl Borough Pension Plan (48-075-3 N) for the plan year 2020.

Property & Utilities:

 

Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant made a motion to sign a release with the USDA to allow for the treatment of Borough properties for spotted lanternflies in the Spring of the year 2020, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to conditionally approve the replacement of damaged sidewalk located at 16-18 South Robinson Avenue, provided Solicitor Layman confirms the proper notice of violation was sent, and the property may be liened for the amount of the repair, not to exceed $1,000.00, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  Voting in favor of the motion were Council Members: Joseph LeDonne, Tammy Kemp, Scott Brumbaugh, Janell Connolly, and Josephine Hildabrant.   Councilman Robert O’Donnell voted no.  There being five (5) yes votes and one (1) no vote, the motion carried.

 

Community Outreach:

 

All Council Members were provided with Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak’s August feral cat report. 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to proceed with a request for proposal from Simone Collins/Urban Partners for Slate Belt Rising’s Pen Argyl Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

The community free yard sale event is Friday, September 13th through Sunday, September 15th.

The Northampton County’s free shred event is at Weona Park on Saturday, September 28th. 

 


 

Borough Manager’s Report:

 

Council Members were given a copy of the Borough Manager Zmoda’s August report.

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to approve Resolution #2019-03 to approve the amendment to the Slate Belt Council of Government’s Articles of Agreement, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to approve Resolution #2019-04, Northampton County’s Livable Landscapes Grant Program, to fund half of the repairs included in Phase 1 of the Weona Park Master Site Plan:  to provide the hamburger and sausage stand with new hoods; new refrigeration and ADA compliance for the doorways, in the amount of $174,750.00, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to approve Resolution #2019-05, Monroe County’s Local Share Account Grant in the amount of $65,000.00 for repairs to the front of the Municipal building’s social hall and voting area, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $16,757.19; Sewer Fund, $49,767.30 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $380,489.90.  Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

 

Councilwoman Tammy Kemp made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues and potential litigation, seconded by Councilwoman Josephine Hildabrant.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:39 P.M. and reconvened at 9:02 P.M.

 

Special Note:  Borough Administrative Assistant Juli Lemak left the meeting at 8:39 P.M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Robin Zmoda. 

 

Adjournment:

 

Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Scott Brumbaugh.  The motion passed unanimous by voice vote.  Council meeting adjourned at 9:03 P.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                            Juli Lemak

                                                            Borough Administrative Assistant

 

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