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Pen Argyl Borough Newsletter | Archive

December - 2019 - Newsletter

On behalf of the Mayor and Borough Council we thank the following for their contributions to the Community Holiday Party:  Crayola, Cascario’s Beverages, Fulton Financial, Merchants Bank, Weis Markets, Giant, Just Born, Lookout Fire Company, Roy Layton, Pen Argyl Athletic & Park Board, Miss Rose’s Preschool and BJ Toys.

 

NOVEMBER 26th SPECIAL MEETING

 

 

DECEMBER BUDGET ADOPTION AND COUNCIL MEETING

 

Sewer Fund - $1,889,370.00                General Fund - $1,904,252.00            State Fund - $246,304.00

Garbage Fund - $459,210.00           Reserve Fund - $3,313,913.00

 

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 2020

 

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. 

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: 1building, 1 electrical, 1 mechanical and 1 plumbing. Also, the following inspections were completed:  11 re-sale and 8 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

               SBRPD answered 480 calls for service, with 158 calls in Pen Argyl during November.  Officers investigated 32 criminal offenses and made 19 arrests.

 

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT 

The WWTP is fully compliant with all regulations.  During November routine maintenance on equipment, plant and pumping station maintenance was completed.  Annual Form 43 sent to lab.  Received and completed 13 PA one call requests. Replaced 1 UV Bulb, flow chart recorder repaired, new heating units installed at headworks building, main water valves replaced, West Main’s, BVA pumping stations and equalization tanks cleaned.

 

LOOKOUT FIRE COMPANY

               Lookout Fire Company’s volunteers provide top-notch fire protection for the residents of Pen Argyl and surrounding communities.  The Fire Company will be hosting a Steins & Stems Bingo, January 26, 2020.  Tickets go fast! Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online via Eventbrite.

 

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 and follow us on Twitter!!!!!

 

SURVEY

               Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PenArgylPlan  and have your voice heard as the Borough plans for the future!

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Borough offices will be closed Dec. 25th & Jan. 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 (All meetings are at the Borough Hall, unless noted.)

Mon., Jan. 6th – Borough Reorganization and Council Meeting, 7 P.M.

Mon., Jan. 6th − Sewer Committee, 4:30 P.M. and Authority Meeting, 5:00 P.M. (if needed)

Tues., Jan. 14th – Park Board, 7 P.M.

Thur., Jan. 17th − Planning Commission, 7 P.M. (if needed)

SNOW EMERGENCIES

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; The Hawk 99.9 FM; WLEV 100.7 FM; B104 104.1 FM and WFMZ CHANNEL 69 TV. 

  Also on the web at:   www.wfmz.com  ,  www.penargylborough.com or the Borough’s facebook page. 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.

 

ZONING/CODE OFFICE

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.

              

TAX COLLECTOR

               Michael T. Zavacky, the office is located at 501 George Street, phone number 610-863-9487.  2020 office hours will be Thursdays and Fridays, 1 P.M. – 5 P.M. and Saturdays 9 A.M.to Noon through May 31st, after that by appointment only.   Any person with disabilities please call ahead for special arrangements.

 

GARBAGE COLLECTION

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. Check out:  https://recycleoftenrecycleright.com/resources/for-home to learn more about recycling!

 

ODOR CONCERNS

               Residents who experience any odor concerns should contact the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Waste Management (WM) community line to report the issue.  The DEP ‘s numbers are

 1-570-826-2511 or 1-866-255-5158 (option 2).  WM’s community line is 1-888-373-2917.

 

SLATE BELT REGIONAL POLICE

SBRPD would like to remind residents heading out this season, to check your vehicle to make sure that it is properly equipped with; tires with adequate tread and properly inflated; check or replace your windshield wipers and fill the windshield wiper fluid with a de-icing solution; 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!

 

SLATE BELT RISING

You deserve a healthy safe home. Community Action, Better Homes can remove lead from your home for FREE if you live in Northampton County and qualify. To be eligible you must have children under the age of 6 who live in or visit your home for at least 6 hours per week, the home must have been built prior to 1978 and you must meet income limits. If you or someone you know are interested and may be eligible please contact Community Action, Better Homes at 610-691-5620 or betterhomes@caclv.org Slate Belt Rising would like to remind homeowners and commercials property owners that the program is accepting applications for façade grants. Applications will be processed over winter and construction will start in spring. Please visit www.slatebeltrising.org for applications and program guidelines. Slate Belt Rising would also like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!