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Pen Argyl Borough Newsletter | Archive

December - 2020 - Council Newsletter

On behalf of the Mayor and Borough Council we thank the following for their contributions to the Community Holiday Party:  Mayor and family, Council and family, Lookout Fire Company, Pen Argyl Athletic & Park Board, Pen Argyl Public Works, Pen Argyl Borough Manager, Crayola, Hatfield Meats, Weis Markets, Giant, Just Born, and BJ Toys.

 

NOVEMBER 24th SPECIAL MEETING

 

Ø Tentatively adopted the 2021 Budget with no mill tax increase, waived the garbage fee for 2021.

Ø Sold the 2001Ford Pickup on Municibid for $1,575.00.

Ø Approved the signing of the Animal Control Services Agreement with Pibbles and Paws for 2021.

 

DECEMBER BUDGET ADOPTION AND COUNCIL MEETING

 

v Approved the Year 2021 Budget with no tax increase:

Sewer Fund - $1,842,750.00                    General Fund - $1,978,505.00            State Fund - $237,399.00

Garbage Fund - $472,500.00           Reserve Fund - $2,131,853.00

 

v Approved the Tax Structure:

Real Estate Tax Millage – 13.00 Mills      Per Capita - $5.00            Local Services Tax (LST) - $52.00

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

Earned Income Tax – 1% (0.50% Borough/0.50% School District)

Sewer Rental Fee - $99.00 Minimum Quarterly Charge per Unit/10,000 Gallons

Garbage Fee – WAIVED FOR 2021

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 2021.

v Appointed Julianne Lemak as Borough Secretary effective January 1, 2021.

v Approved No Nonsense Neutering Contract for 2021.

 

PUBLIC WORKS

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

v Leaf collection throughout the Borough and Park, 905 cubic yards.

v Tree maintenance & removal at Park.

v Vehicles prepared for winter storm fighting.

v Inspected and installed Christmas Lights.

v Installed 22 new meter heads.

v Catch basin cleaning and storm wash outs.

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

 

ZONING DEPARTMENT

In November the following permits were issued: 2 building, 4 zoning and 1 sidewalk.  Also, the following inspections were completed:  6 re-sale and 1 rental properties.  There was 1 rental registration processed.   Landlords are also reminded of the Rental Licensing Ordinance requiring inspections and registration of all rental properties in the Borough.  The Zoning/ Code Office, can be reached at 610-863-1821 or at zoning@penargylborough.com

 

 

 

SLATE BELT REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT

            Slate Belt Regional Police Commission has appointed Jonathon Hoadley as Police Chief.  Chief Hoadley started his career as an officer with the Pen Argyl Borough Police Department.  Congratulations!

 

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT 

The WWTP is fully compliant with all regulations.  During November routine maintenance on equipment, plant and pumping station maintenance was completed.  Received and completed 17 PA one call requests. Blue Valley and West End pump stations cleaned.  Annual solids profile submitted and approved.

 

LOOKOUT FIRE COMPANY

            Lookout Fire Company’s volunteers provide top-notch fire protection for the residents of Pen Argyl and surrounding communities.  Thank you to all the volunteers.  Don’t forget to support their fund-raising efforts at- https://www.facebook.com/Lookout-Fire-Company-1-209804491353/

 

MOVING PERMIT REMINDER

If you are moving into, within or out of the Borough it is essential for you to come to the Borough Office and obtain a moving permit. The cost for the permit is $1. This includes any individual moving in with a roommate or with a family member. This permit is necessary for school enrollment and per capita taxes. Upon obtaining a permit you will receive a welcome packet with important Borough information. If you are moving out of the Borough, you must obtain a moving permit, or you will continue to be billed for the Per Capita Tax.

 

LANDLORD RESPONSIBILITY

            It is the responsibility for all landlords to get property inspected prior to a new tenant moving into the property and to update the tenant registration form.  If you are in arrears with any Borough fees you will not get a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) to occupy the building. 

 

BOROUGH NEWSLETTER

            The Borough Newsletter is published each month following the Borough Council Meeting.  It can be found at the Borough Hall, on our website: www.penargylborough.com  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!!!!!

 

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Borough offices will be closed 12/24th, 12/25th 12/31st & 1/1st.  

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:  http://wwwbmcl.org for the latest news!

 

 

CALENDAR

Check with Borough Office as to location or virtual

Tue., Jan. 5th – Borough Council Meeting, 7 P.M.

Mon., Jan. 4th − Sewer Committee, 4:30 P.M. and Authority Meeting, 5:00 P.M. (if needed)

Tues., Jan. 12th – Park Board, 7 P.M.