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Pen Argyl Borough Newsletter | Archive

December - 2021 - Newsletter

On behalf of the Mayor and Borough Council we thank the following for their contributions to the Drive thru Holiday Party:  Mayor and family, Council and family, Senator Scavello, Lookout Fire Company, Denny Miller, Pen Argyl Public Works, Pen Argyl Borough Manager, Crayola, Nestle, Weis Markets, Giant, Taco Bell, Burger King, Pen Argyl Post Office and Just Born.

NOVEMBER 30th SPECIAL MEETING

 

Ø Tentatively adopted the 2022 Budget with no mill tax increase, waived the garbage fee for 2022.

 

DECEMBER BUDGET ADOPTION AND COUNCIL MEETING

 

v Approved the Year 2022 Budget with no tax increase:

Sewer Fund - $1,617,300.00                    General Fund - $2,185,850.00            State Fund - $272,622.00

Garbage Fund - $468,864.00          Reserve Fund - $3,487,533.00

 

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 - $102.00 Minimum Quarterly Charge per Unit/10,000 Gallons

Garbage Fee – WAIVED FOR 2021

v Adopted Ordinance #716 increasing the quarterly Sewer Rental Fees.

v Passed Resolution #2021-9 fixing the 2022 millage rate as 13 mills (same as last year).

v Adopted Ordinance #717 waiving the 2022 Residential Garbage Fee.

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 2022.

v Grant Awards:  Greenways in the amount of $124,366.00 and CDBG in the amount of $150,000.00 to begin Weona Park Playground Improvements.

v Passed Resolution #2021-08 establishing new fee schedules for planning, building, and zoning fees.

v Adopted Ordinance #718 fixing the cost share for Slate Belt Regional Police.

 

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.

v Pool Demolition.

v Striped Garage Doors.

v Vehicles prepared for winter storm fighting.

v Ongoing Holiday Lights maintenance and repair.

v Reported streetlight outage (1).

v Cleared Delabole Junction of tree debris.

v Test digs for force main project.

v Installed no parking signs at pumping station.

v PA One Calls (5).

v Catch basin cleaning and storm wash outs.

 

SLATE BELT REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT

Contact information for the SBRPD is: 911 (Emergency), 610-759-8517 (Non-Emergency) and 610 759-8523 (Fax). In November officers responded to 396 calls for service, with 143 in Pen Argyl

 

ZONING DEPARTMENT

In November the following permits were issued: 2 building and 4 zoning.  Also, the following inspections were completed:  4 re-sale and 3 rental properties.  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

 

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 10 PA one call requests. Centrifuge troubleshooted.  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.   In November they responded to 17 calls, spent 179 hours on drills and 298 hours on calls.  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 closes at noon on 12/23 and 12/30.  Offices will  be closed  12/24 & 12/31.  

Garbage/Recycling –Garbage collection is every Friday. Recycling will be on December 17th & 31st as well as January 7th & 21st. Garbage/recycling containers are to be placed on the resident’s property at the curb line and are not to be placed before 2 P.M. on the day before pickup.

Blue Mountain Community Library-visit their website:  http://wwwbmcl.org for the latest news!

 

 

CALENDAR

Mon., Jan. 3rd – Borough Council Re-organizational & Council Meeting, 7 P.M., New Fire Station

Thur., Jan. 6th- Zoning Hearing Board, 7 P.M., New Fire Station.

Tues., Jan. 11th – Park Board, 7 P.M., Borough Social Hall