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Pen Argyl Borough Newsletter | Archive

December - 2016 - 2016 Winter newsletter


On behalf of the Mayor and Borough Council we thank the following for their contributions to the Community Holiday Party:  Cascario Beverages, Lafayette Bank, Merchants Bank, Weis Markets, Just Born, Lookout Fire Company, Roy Layton and BJ Toys.




v  Approved the Year 2017 Budget with a .75 mill tax increase (2.25% millage increase):

Sewer Fund - $1,896,008.00                    General Fund - $1,723,445.00             State Fund - $180,996.00

Garbage Fund - $449,000.00           Reserve Fund - $3,386,150.00


v  Approved the Tax Structure:

Real Estate Tax Millage - 11.00Mills      Per Capita - $5.00              Local Services Tax (LST) - $52.00

Real Estate Transfer Tax - 1% - Shared Equally with School District

Earned Income Tax - 1% - Shared Equally with School District

Sewer Rental Fee - $96.00 Minimum Quarterly Charge per Unit/10,000 Gallons

Garbage Fee - WAIVED FOR 2017

v  Awarded Reimer Bros. the bid for gasoline at $1.778/gallon and for diesel fuel at $1.829/gallon.

v  Awarded Main Pool & Chemicals, Inc. the bid for Magnesium Hydroxide at a cost of $0.294/lb delivered in 2800 lb totes.

v  Appointed Berkheimer Associates as Collector of the Local Services Tax and Keystone Collection Group as Collector of the Earned Income Tax for the Year 2017.

v  Appointed Urban Research & Development Corporation to be the Consultant for the Weona Park Master Site Plan Update

v  Adopted Ordinance #694-"Quality of Life Ordinance. "See further information on page 2of this newsletter



            During the month of November, the Public Works Department performed maintenance on equipment, at the park, on property, on the streets, on traffic signs and lights. 

v  Did leaf collection throughout the Borough and Park (over 964 cubic yards of leaves!)

v  Community Center maintenance, repaired spouting and cleaning.

v  Pothole patrol.

v  Inspected and installed Christmas Lights.

v  Winter storm maintenance.

A big thank you to our Public Works crew (Steve, Tom, Mark and Jimmy) who did an exemplary job with the leaf collection! The Borough appreciates all your hard work!



In November the following permits were issued: 1 building, 1 driveway, 1 dumpster, 3 sidewalk and 1 fence permit. Also the following inspections were completed:  3 re-sale property, 5 rental property and 1 building.  There were 2 rental registrations processed and 1 building plan review.  Landlords are also reminded of the Rental Licensing Ordinance requiring inspections and registration of all rental properties in the Borough. In January rental registration invoices will be mailed for 2017.  Failure to register rental properties will result in fines.  The Zoning/ Code Office, can be reached at 610-863-1821 or at


            SBRPD answered 135 calls in Pen Argyl during November.  Sergeant Flad, Officer Young received accommodations for their work with a suicidal male.   Officer Moskella received one for his use of Naloxone in an opiod overdose.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication!!!  



The WWTP is fully compliant with all regulations.  During November routine maintenance on equipment, plant and pumping station maintenance was completed.  West End Pumping station generator once again failed, backup installed.   Received and completed 9 PA one call requests.



            Lookout Fire Company's volunteers provide top-notch fire protection for the residents of Pen Argyl and surrounding communities.  But did you know they also sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt, a Memorial Day Celebration, a Labor Day Parade and celebration, a can food drive for the Salvation Army and provide transportation for Santa for the Borough's Holiday Party!  A big thank you to our volunteers!



            The Borough Newsletter is published each month following the Borough Council Meeting.  It can be found at the Borough Hall, on our website:  and on our Facebook Page.  You can receive the newsletter online by going to our website and requesting it. While on the web site make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!!!!!



Borough offices will be closed Dec.26th & Jan. 2nd.  From Dec. 27th through the 30th please call Borough Hall prior to arrival to insure personnel will be available to assist you, 610-863-4119.

Park hours - All sections of the park are now closed at dusk.

Curfew - Minors are reminded that Pen Argyl has a curfew.  Minors under the age of 18 are not to be on any public street, alley, sidewalk or at Weona Park between the hours of 11 P.M. and 6 A.M.

Blue Mountain Community Library- visit their website: for the latest news!


QUALITY OF LIFE ORDINANCE- Lack of maintenance of properties, improper storage of trash and rubbish, storage of inoperable/nonregistered vehicles, and accumulation of snow and ice are costly problems that contribute to the deterioration of property values and general disorder in a community. These problems degrade the physical appearance of the Borough, which reduces business and tax revenue inhibiting economic development. The quality of life and community pride of the citizens of Pen Argyl are negatively impacted by the occurrences and existence of these activities. Recognizing these are community problems, the purpose of this Ordinance is to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the Borough by helping to create a clean environment for the citizens of Pen Argyl.



We hope we will not have a snow emergency this winter, but to find out if we do, tune into: WZZO 95.1FM;

Cat Country 96.1 FM; WODE 99.9 FM; WLEV 100.7 FM; WFMZ CHANNEL 69 TV. 

  Also on the web at:  or        During a snow emergency, all vehicles must be removed from E Street, E. & W. Pennsylvania Ave. (Rt. 512), E. & W. Main Street, N. & S. Robinson Ave.,

W.  Laurel   Ave. and W. Applegate Ave.  Also, the Borough requests that you remain off the road if possible.  If you have a medical emergency and your street is not passable, please contact the Slate Belt Regional Police or call 911 immediately for assistance. After the storm, we ask that you remove the snow from any fire hydrant located in your area.  Also, please be advised that the no parking regulations will remain until the snow emergency has been lifted.  Sidewalks are to be shoveled within 24 hours following a storm.  Snow is not to be thrown or blown into the streets or on other people's property.  Violators will be cited.



Landlords are reminded to license their apartments yearly and inspections are required prior to any new tenants occupying apartments.  You may be cited for non-compliance. Invoices will be going out in early January.



            Michael T. Zavacky, the office is located at 501 George Street, phone number 610-863-9487.  2017 office hours will be Thursdays and Fridays, 1 P.M. - 5 P.M. and Saturdays 9 A.M.-Noon through May 31st, after that by appointment only.   Any person with disabilities, please call ahead for special arrangements.



            For a Friday collection, garbage should be placed on the curb after 2 P.M. on Thursday, cans must be removed by 8 A.M. Saturday. Garbage collection will be on the Saturday following these holidays:  New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.



            The COG has started a support group for the Animal Control Officer.   The next meeting will be held

January 5, 2016 at the Slate Belt Chamber office located at 187 Blue Valley Dr., Bangor, PA. This meeting will establish a mission statement and name for the group. All interested parties are welcome to attend. This group will also work on the feral cat problem by cooperating with different agencies with trap, neuter and release programs. Look for a facebook page in the future!



SBRPD would like to remind residents heading out this season, check your vehicle to make sure that it properly equipped; tires with adequate tread and properly inflated; check or replace your windshield wipers and fill the windshield wiper fluid with a de-icing solution; carry a blanket and extra phone charger in case you become stuck in the snow or broken down.  Always have extra gas in the tank - remember that it takes more time to get where you are going in the inclement weather.  Before you head out, make sure all of the windows are free of snow and ice - do not drive with a "peep hole" sized area clear on the front windshield.  It may take a few more minutes to clear the entire windshield, but it is worth the time to see clearly! AAA recommends that drivers increase following distance from the recommended three to four seconds for dry roads to eight to ten seconds for snow covered roadways.  This may seem like a tremendous amount of time, but the time saved in avoiding a crash can save hours and lives! The best advice is to stay inside and enjoy the scenery, build a snowman and enjoy this winter!

The Slate Belt Regional Police Department wishes everyone a safe and pleasurable winter season!



            The Borough would like to introduce you to our newest Public Works Department employee, Mark Davis.  Mark is a lifelong resident of the area and brings a background in mechanical and truck maintenance as well as experience with snow plowing.  He was already working very hard during leaf collection and our first storm!

CALENDAR (All meetings are at the Borough Hall, unless noted.)

Tues., Jan. 3rd -  Borough Council Meeting, 7 P.M.

Mon., Jan. 9th − Sewer Committee, 4:30 P.M. and Authority Meeting, 5:30 P.M.

Tues. Jan. 17th - Park Board, 7 P.M.

Thur. Jan. 19th − Planning Commission, 7 P.M. (if needed)

Tues. Jan. 31st  - Council Workshop, 7 P.M.