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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Thursday 15th of December 2016 - Council Meeting Minutes


               

                Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for December on Thursday, December 15, 2016

at 7:00 P. M. in the Fire Hall.

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

 

                Council President Michael Nasatka opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Roll Call:

 

                Council Members present and responding to roll call were:  Michael Nasatka, Angelo Uliana, Joseph LeDonne, Charles Kandl Jr., Roberta Cowley and Robert O'Donnell.  Councilman Dean Minnich arrived at 8:33 P. M. and Councilman Jan Surotchak was absent.

 

                Also present were Mayor Mikal Sabatine, Borough Solicitor Peter Layman, Borough Manager Robin Zmoda and Borough Secretary Savitz. 

 

Visitors:

 

                Tighe Scott, 1052 E. Mountain Avenue, stated that he was concerned with the proposed

biosolid processing facility by Synagro Technologies, Inc. which is proposed to be built on the property of Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc. in Plainfield Township. Scott was also concerned with taxes and the park pavilion.

               

                Council President Nasatka stated the Borough was required to accept the lowest bidder for the pavilion and unfortunately litigation is pending. There is some electrical work and paving to be completed.  Hoping to have it completed by Memorial Day.

 

                Scott also wanted the legal and engineer fees connected with the pavilion project to be made public.  Borough Solicitor Layman stated that it is in litigation due to that the contractor is suing the Borough so there is extra engineer and legal fees.  The Borough is being sued and the Borough has to respond.

 

                William Reesman, 210 N. Robinson Avenue, was also concerned with the proposed biosolid processing facility and what impact it would have on the Borough.  Council recommended that anyone with concerns should attend the Plainfield Township Planning Meeting on December 19th.

 

                Stephen Male, 806 Walnut Avenue, was also concerned with the proposed biosolid processing facility.

 

                Casey Hoch, 804 Birch Avenue, was concerned about the pavilion lawsuit.  Layman stated that the lawsuit couldn't be really discussed due to that it is in litigation based on the contractor's performance or lack of performance. 

 

Bid Opening for Petroleum Products:

 

                Only one (1) bid was received for Petroleum Products which was publicly opened and read as follows:  Reimer Bros., Inc., P. O. Box 16, Bangor, PA submitted the following:  87 octane Sunoco regular unleaded gasoline, $1.778 per gallon and low sulfur highway diesel fuel, $1.829 per gallon. The prices

are subject to increase or decrease depending on the current market price.  There was a Bid Bond  

 

 

Bid Opening for Petroleum Products con't:

attached for the amount of 10% of the amount bid.  Borough Solicitor Layman reviewed the bid and found it to be in order.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to award the bid to Reimer Bros., Inc., seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Bid Opening for Magnesium Hydroxide:

 

                Two (2) bids were received for Magnesium Hydroxide which were publicly opened and read as follows:  (1) Univar USA Inc., 532 E. Emaus Street Middletown, PA 17057 submitted the bid of $0.3950 per lb. in a 2800 lb. tote.  A Bid Bond was attached for the sum of 10% of amount bid and (2) Main Pool and Chemical Company Inc., 110 Commerce Road, Dupont, PA 18641 submitted the bid of $0.294 per lb. in 2800 lb. IBC portable container.  Certified Check #1113 for the amount of $1,500.00 was attached to the bid.  Borough Solicitor Layman reviewed the bid and found it to be in order.  Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to award the bid to Main Pool and Chemical Company Inc., seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

Award Weona Park Master Site Plan Update Consultant:

 

                Council discussed the interviews that were held with all three (3) consultants.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to hire Urban Research & Development Corporation, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Discussion and Final Adoption of Year 2017 Budget:

 

                                                General Fund - $1,723,445.00 - 11.00 Mills (Increase of .75 Mills)

                                                  Sewer Fund - $1,896,008.00

                                             Garbage Fund - $449,200.00

                                                    State Fund - $180,996.00

                                             Reserve Fund - $3,386,150.00

 

                                                           Tax Structure

                                       Real Estate Tax Millage - 11.00 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% - Shared Equally with School District

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

                                                                       $13.50 per Thousand Gallon over 10,000 Gallons

                                      Garbage Fee - Garbage Fee Waived for year 2017

 

 

 

 

                The Borough's Assessment Valuation for 2017 is $67,572,400, 2016's  Assessment was $67,524,800.  One (1) Mill equals $67,572.00, less 7% uncollectible, collectible amount is $62,842.00.

 

                Prior years Millage was 9.75 Mills from year 2011 to and including year 2015.  Year 2016 Millage was 10.25, was an increase of .5 Mills.

 

                Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept and approve final adoption of the year 2017 Budget as presented, seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

                Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to accept and approve the Tax Structure for year 2017, seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Ordinance #691 for 2017 Millage Rate:

 

                Councilman Angelo Uliana made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #691 for the Millage Rate of 11.00 Mills for year 2017, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

This is a 2.25% millage increase.

 

Ordinance #692 for waiving the 2017 Residential Garbage Fee:

 

                Councilman Angelo Uliana made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #692 providing to waive the 2017 Residential Garbage Fee, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Resolution for Earned Income Tax, Per Capita, Local Services Tax (LST) and Property Transfer Tax for

the Year of 2017:

 

                Councilman Angelo Uliana made a motion to approve the Resolution for the Earned Income of 1/2 of 1%, the Per Capital Tax of $5.00, the Local Services Tax (LST) of $52.00 and 1/2 of 1% Property Transfer Tax for the Fiscal Year of 2017, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by roll

call vote.

 

Resolution to appoint Berkheimer Associates as Collector of the Local Services Tax (LST) and Keystone Collection Group as Collector of the Earned Income Tax for the Year of 2017:

 

                Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to approve the Resolution to reappoint Berkheimer Associates as Collector of the Local Services Tax (LST) and Keystone Collection Group as Collector of the Earned Income Tax for the Fiscal Year of 2017, seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Public Works:

 

                All Council Members were given a copy of Public Works Director Steven's Bender's November report to review.  Bender was not present.

 

 

Zoning Report:

 

                All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Codes Office's November report.

An update of the Comprehensive Plan Project was given to all Council Members.

 

Police Report:

 

                All Council Members were given a copy of the Slate Belt Regional Police minutes for their meeting of November 1, 2016 and also copies of the November reports. 

 

                The police department is in the process of obtaining their accreditation through the PA Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. One standard dictates that the department have a secure location to store bulk evidence (large stuff and vehicles if needed).  They inquired if whether the Borough would have a secure area - even outdoors for vehicles, old garage or fenced in area.  Borough Manager Zmoda stated that the enclosed area around the quarry or cell tower could be possibly be utilized.  It will be checked out further.

 

                Special Note:  Mayor Mikal Sabatine left the Meeting at 8:10 P. M.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

 

                Fire Chief Parsons reported that the fire company received eleven (11) calls for November.

 

Minutes:

 

                Councilman Angelo Uliana made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Special Council Meeting of November 29, 2016, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

                Council was also given copies of the Park Board Minutes from November 15, 2016 and the COG Minutes from November 30, 2016.

 

Correspondence:

 

                RCN - They will be increasing their rates for next year.

 

                Suburban EMS - Jeffrey Young has accepted the position of Executive Director of Suburban Emergency Medical Services.

 

                Portland-Upper Mount Bethel Food Pantry, Inc.(PUMP) - Ask the Borough to consider a donation to PUMP.  Council didn't take any action.

 

Mayor's Report:

                Nothing to report.  Mayor Sabatine had left the meeting at 8:10 P. M.

 

Planning Commission:

                Nothing to report.


Solicitor's Report:

 

                Borough Solicitor Layman presented Ordinance #693 which he had prepared and advertised

for adoption.  Ordinance #693 amends the traffic ordinance to make a no parking zone on the west

side of C Street 60 feet south from the curb line of Route 512 (Pennsylvania Avenue).  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #693 as presented, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

                Borough Solicitor Layman also presented Ordinance #690 which he had prepared and advertised for adoption.  Ordinance #690 adopts the public nuisance and violation ticket process pertaining to the Property Maintenance Rules and Regulations.  Councilman Angelo Uliana made a motion to approve and adopt Ordinance #690 as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Michael Nasatka, Angelo Uliana, Joseph LeDonne, Charles Kandl Jr., and Roberta Cowley.  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 November Report.

 

                Council was also given copies of the Engineer reports from November 5th and December 2nd

and also Authority Minutes from their meetings of October 3rd and November 7th.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration & Insurance:  

 

                All Council Members were given a copy of the Treasury Report as prepared and submitted by Borough Manager/Treasurer Zmoda.  Councilman Angelo Uliana made a motion to accept the Treasury Report as prepared, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Property & Utilities:

 

                Nothing to report.

 

Community Outreach:

 

                Borough Manager Zmoda stated that Christmas in a Small Town which was held on November 30th was well attended even through the weather was bad.

 

                The Community Holiday Party held on December 2nd was once again a success.

 

                Information on the close out of the Slate Belt Community Partnership was given to all Council Members.

 

Borough Manager's Report:

 

                Borough Manager Zmoda reported that Plainfield Township Planning Commission will meet on December 19th to hear the application of Synagro Technologies, Inc. for a biosolid processing facility to be located on the property owned by Grand Central Sanitary Landfill. 

 

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Borough Manager's Report con't:

                An invitation was received from Synagro to tour their plant.

 

                Information was received from Northampton County Department of Community & Economic Development that at the County Council Meeting held on December 1, 2016 awarded the 2017 Hotel Tax Grant Program awards.  The Borough was approved in the amount of $26,000 for the Weona Park Carousel Building project. 

 

                The Borough Office will be closed on Monday, December 26th and also Monday, January 2nd.

 

                Special Note:  Councilman Dean Minnich arrived at 8:33 P. M. during the Borough Manager's report. 

 

Payment of Bills:

                The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $29,263.65; Sewer Fund, $70,433.08; State Fund, $3,104.67 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $22,432.85.  Councilwoman made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Executive Session:

                Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel and potential litigation issues, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:39 P. M. and reconvened at 9:12 P. M.  Borough Secretary Savitz left at 8:40 P. M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

Plainfield Township Planning Commission Meeting:

                Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to authorize Solicitor Peter Layman to attend the December 19, 2016 Plainfield Township's Planning Commission Meeting to express Pen Argyl Borough's concerns regarding the proposed Synagro Biosolids Plant and requesting a delay in the proceedings in order to learn more about the project on whatever grounds are feasible, seconded by Councilman Cha