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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 - Council Meeting Minutes

             

                Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for March on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at

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

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

                Council Vice President Dean Minnich opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Roll Call:

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

 

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

 

Mayor's Report:

                Mayor Sabatine requested to make his report earlier in the Meeting than normal. 

 

                Mayor Sabatine reported that the yearly Slate Belt Regional Police (SBRP) report is being prepared and that the Borough can expect to receive it by the March workshop. SBRP are also updating the Police Pension regulations.  Mayor Sabatine left the meeting at 7:03 P. M.

 

Bid opening for Delabole Junction Road storm sewer improvements:

                Four (4) bids were received for the Delabole Junction Road storm sewer improvements.  A copy of the bid evaluation is hereby attached to the Minutes.

 

                Bruce George Paving and Excavating, Inc. was the lowest bidder with the bid amount of $51,706.70.  Both the Borough Engineer and 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 Bruce George Paving and Excavating, Inc. for $51,706.70, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Visitors:

                Slate Belt Rising Director Stephen Reider spoke to Council about the program and also stated that Borough Manager Robin Zmoda is on the Steering Committee. 

 

Public Works Report:

                All Council Members were given a copy of Public Works Director Steven Bender's February report to review.

 

                The Borough was not selected for statewide Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funding for the State Route 512 and Robinson Avenue traffic light enhancement project.

 

                On February 15th the Borough received a letter from the Clean Water Program at the DEP informing the Borough of the upcoming NPDES application due dates and the need for preparation of a Pollution Reduction Plan based on the Department's MS4 Requirements Table.  The Borough received the notice because a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan would be required as part of the Borough's permit renewal application.  Barry Isett & Associates has sent a letter to the DEP that it is felt that the letter was sent to the Borough in error and that the Borough shall only continue to prepare the Notice of Intent package for its General Permit.

 

                Options are being reviewed for repairs to the Carousel Building.

 

                A meeting was held with PennDot, they want the Borough to take over the responsibility of some of the state roads; S. Robinson Avenue, E Street, 700 block of George Street and W. Main Street.

It would cost the Borough too much to maintenance and upgrade for the amount that Penn Dot would give the Borough to take over these streets.

 

                A sink hole on W. Main Street in a parking lot has been repaired.  Forty (40) feet of the collapsed culvert was excavated, drain pipe was installed and back filled.  Railroad ties were found to be there which had deteriorated.

 

Zoning Report:

                All Council Members were given a copy of Zoning/Code Office's February report to review.

 

                The Zoning Board held their reorganization meeting on February 9, 2017.  Appointed were:  John Nasatka, Chairman; John Apgar, Vice Chairman and James Davey, Secretary. 

 

                The Zoning Board also had a meeting on February 9th to hear the application of St. Elizabeth Church for a variance to construct a school use building on their property.  The variance was approved

to allow a permanent building to be constructed in an IL District.

 

                Correspondence was received from Phil & Valerie Viglione commending the Barry Isett employees overseeing the enforcement and compliance of the Borough Code.

 

Police Report:

                Council was given a copy of SBRPC Minutes from their meeting of January 19th and also a copy

of the February police incidents.

 

Fire Chief's Report:

                Fire Chief Parsons reported that the fire company received twelve (12) fire calls for the month

of February. They spend 296 hours on calls and logged an additional 213 hours on drills.

 

Correspondence:                                                            

                None                                                    

Minutes:             

                Councilman Angelo Uliana made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, February 7, 2017, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

                Council was also given copies of Park Board Minutes from their meeting of January 17, 2017.

 

                The Park Board held their reorganization meeting on February 21st.  The Park Board recommended that Stephen Male be appointed to the vacancy at large.  Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to approve the appointment of Stephen Male to the Park Board, seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

                The Park Board will be sending a letter to GKEDC pertaining to the proposed Synagro biosolid processing plant in Plainfield Township.

 

                Borough Solicitor Layman requested an Executive Session before Council adjourned to discuss the opposition to the biosolid processing plant.

 

Planning Commission:

                Nothing to report.

 

Solicitor's Report:

                Borough Solicitor Layman had prepared a letter signed by Council Members to Plainfield Township Planning Commission opposing the variance application of Synagro currently pending before  Plainfield Township.  The Borough retains the right to appear before the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board and, if appropriate, the Board of Supervisors.

 

                The Township Planning Commission Meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 17th. 

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:       

                Council Members were given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant's February report.

 

                Also given to Council were copies of the Municipal Sewer Authority Minutes from their meeting

of February 7th and March 6th Engineer report.

 

                Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that bids for sludge removal will be advertised and received for workshop on Tuesday, March 28th which will be a Special Meeting.  Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to advertise the March 28th workshop as a special meeting to award the sludge bid and also for other general matters, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

                Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that a teamsters employee at the wastewater treatment plant has been out sick for some time and recommended that a temporary full time employee be hired.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to advertise for a temporary full time laborer for forty (40) hours per week at the rate between $10.00 and $12.00 per hour, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance and Personnel:                      

                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 Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

                Borough Manager Zmoda also gave Council a final budget comparison for year 2016.

 

                Zmoda attended the Lehigh Valley Cooperative Purchasing Council on February 21st at Bangor Borough.

 

                Zmoda also attended the TCC Meeting. Keystone is lowering their commission rate for all five (5) years from the current 1.39% to 1.35%.  This rate will also take effect for year 2017.

 

Property & Utilities:                       

                Council was given a copy of Schoonover & Vanderhoof, Architects, LLC's quote for architectural services to renovate the former police department for use as office space. Their fee to provide the services would not to exceed $15,500.00.  Zmoda to check with the consultant for the fire station for a quote.

 

                Borough Manager Zmoda informed Council that Hodges Technology is merging with Snyder Technology.

 

Community Outreach:  

                Borough Manager Zmoda attended the Slate Belt Rising Meeting on February 16th at the Bangor Bee Hive Community Center. 

 

                The community line for Grand Central Landfill is (1-888-373-2917).  The information will be posted on the Borough's website.

 

Borough Manager's Report:                                       

                Borough Zmoda gave a presentation and also gave information to Council on Rain Gardens.

A rain garden is designed to help manage storm water runoff from impervious surfaces such as rooftops and parking lots.  Rain gardens have many advantages over traditional stormwater management systems. 

 

                Council granted permission to Zmoda to participate with Lehigh Valley Planning Commission in the process of creating the fifth Comprehensive Plan for the region in the area of parks and recreation.

 

                Zmoda attended the 2017 Livable Landscapes Grant Workshop which was presented by Northampton County. 

 

Councilman Jan Surotchak's resignation:              

                Vice President Dean Minnich read the resignation.  Surotchak stated that due to changes in his job and travel schedule he would be unable to continue to hold the second ward council seat.  Surotchak and his wife Lenka will be donating his Council salary for the past twelve (12) months to Pen Argyl Park and Athletic Association. Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to accept the resignation with regret, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

                Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to advertise for the Second Ward Council vacancy, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous vote by roll call.            

 

Payment of Bills:             

                The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $13,953.01; Sewer Fund, $50,854.84; State Fund, $7,665.60 and Reserve Money Market Fund, $13,444.35.  Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

Executive Session:                                          

                Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to go into Executive Session for possible litigation as requested by Borough Solicitor Layman, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by roll call vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 7:43 P. M. and reconvened at 8:40 P. M.  Borough Secretary Savitz left at 7:44 P. M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

Proposal for consulting services:                              

                Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to direct Borough Solicitor Layman to contact Trudy Johnston, President of Material Matters, Inc., to get a proposal for consulting services regarding the proposed biosolid facility in Plainfield Township, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote.

 

Property stipulation:     

                Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to sign the stipulation for the property

E8NED2D 5 7 0625 to a revised current fair market value of $340,000.00, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous by voice vote.

 

West end pumping station generator:

                Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to authorize Borough Solicitor Layman to correspond with Engines Incorporated requesting the warranty be upheld for the West End Pumping Station's generator, due to the fact that no municipal employee added any parts that would void the warranty, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by voice vote.

 

Adjournment: 

                Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 8:46 P. M.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                                Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                                Borough Secretary

 

            

                       Workshop & Special Council Meeting - Tuesday, March 28th - 7:00 P. M.

                                Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, April 4th -7:00 P. M.