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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 - Borough Council Meeting

           Pen Argyl Borough Council held their Meeting for May on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at

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

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

 

            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, Janell Connolly, Roberta Cowley, Dean Minnich and Robert O'Donnell.  Council President Michael Nasatka and Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. were absent.

 

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

 

Visitors:

 

            Stephen Reider, Slate Belt Rising Director, updated Council on some of their projects.  Further that the communities have to decide if they want trees or planters, they have to commit by June 30th and spend the funds by September.

 

            Also the communities have to commit to their community event by June and also spend the funds by September.

 

            Tom Carlo, 306 S. Robinson Avenue, stated that Wind Gap Borough had submitted a letter opposing Synagro's application that is currently pending before Plainfield Township for a biosolids processing facility.  Carlo also had a copy of an ordinance that was adopted by the Town of Wheatfield prohibiting biosolids processing facilities.

 

            Borough Solicitor Layman stated that actually there wasn't anywhere in the Borough that such a processing facility could be located; however he would review the Wheatfield ordinance. 

 

            Ethan Habrial, 100 A Street, stated that he felt that the police department shouldn't charge the first party or the insurance company for an accident report.  Council didn't have any comments.

 

            Craig Reduzzi outlined the items that have been corrected on the plans for St. Elizabeth Church's school addition for 95 N. Heller Avenue since receiving review of the site plans from Bob Cox dated 05/01/17.  Reduzzi stated that all other items will be corrected and resubmitted to Bob Cox on Monday,  May 8th.  Rev. Vincent York from St. Elizabeth Church was also present.

 

            The Planning Commission at their meeting of April 20, 2017 recommended conditional approval of the plans with the following conditions:  (1) approval from the Lehigh Valley


Planning Commission must be received and (2) all conditions of the engineering reviews must be met. 

 

            Borough Solicitor Layman stated that normally the conditions are in the Planning Commission minutes or in a letter from Bob Cox.

 

            Bob Cox stated that it was easier to mark up the plans in lieu of a review letter which would have been impossible to turn his mark ups to lines in a letter. 

 

            Layman further stated since it is not clear on the conditions Council has three (3) options:  (1) approve the plans as long as the conditions are clear;  (2) table the plan until May 30th workshop or the regular June 6th Council Meeting or (3) deny or reject the plan. 

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to table the plan so that the plan can be updated until the May 30th workshop and that May 30th be made a voting meeting and to further authorize Borough Solicitor Layman to move ahead by sending to the Church's attorney a copy of the Improvement Agreement, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            A waiver was also presented for approval.  Saint Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church requests relief from the SALDO requirement to have preliminary and final approvals and request that the renounced plan be reviewed as a preliminary/final plan.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to approve the waiver as presented, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous by roll call vote. 

 

Public Works Report:

 

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

 

            An email was received from Plainfield Township Manager Thomas Petrucci that the Board of Supervisors doesn't feel it would be prudent to conduct the Bocci Club Road repairs this year.  They are already late into the time period that a bid should go out for road work.  Further the cost to repair the Borough's portion may well exceed the initial informal estimates.

Also the Board was concerned about the low ADT of the road and the stormwater issues there.

 

            An email was received from PennDot pertaining to the turnback rehabilitation estimates and annual maintenance payment for S. Robinson Avenue.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to authorize Borough Manager Zmoda to continue negotiations with PennDot on the S. Robinson Avenue turnback, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call.


            The DEP has reviewed the Borough's MS4 advanced waiver request.  They cannot determine that the Borough would be exempt from the requirement to prepare and submit a pollutant reduction plan (PRP) with the Notice of Intent (NOI), nor that the Borough would qualify for an MS4 Waiver.  This is not a final determination of waiver eligibility or a final action by DEP.  Borough Manager Zmoda recommended having a special meeting on May 30th to review a waiver application with Christine Mildner from Barry Isett & Associates and to also review the relevant information that would be submitted with the NOI.

 

            The Weona Park Master Site Development Plan Study Committee met for the first time on March 7, 2017 with Urban Research & Development Corporation (URDC).  All Council Members were given information on the discussions that were held during the meeting.  URDC reviewed the planning process and schedule.  URDC discussed picking a date for a community vision public meeting.  The meeting date will be Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00 P. M.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda presented Resolution 2017-06 for review and approval.  The Resolution changes the Pen Argyl Athletic & Park Association by-laws to allow for an additional at large representative and removing representative promoting activities and recreation.  Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to approve and adopt Resolution as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to approve Jeffrey Fox to the at large position on the Pen Argyl Athletic & Park Association, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Council Members voting in favor of the motion were:  Dean Minnich, Angelo Uliana, Joseph LeDonne, Janell Connolly and Roberta Cowley.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell voted no.

There being five (5) yes votes and one (1) no vote the motion carried. 

 

            Volunteer clean up day for the Park will be on Saturday, May 6th from 9:00 A. M. to

1:00 P.M.

 

Zoning Report:

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

 

Police Report:

            Council Members were given copies of the April 4, 2017 report; March calls for service and meeting minutes from March 7, 2017. 

 

Fire Chief's Report:

            Fire Chief Parson reported that the fire company received twelve (12) calls for the month of April. They spent 415 hours on calls and logged an additional 265 hours on drills.

 


Minutes:

 

            Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to approve the Minutes for the Special Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 25, 2017, seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            Council was also given copies of minutes from Park Board Meeting of March 21, 2017 and SBCOG Meeting for April 26, 2017. 

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley presented the Excellence in Intergovernmental Cooperation award to Council that was received at SBCOG meeting.  The award was received from The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Governments. 

 

Correspondence:

 

            Immaculate Conception School (ICS) is requesting a street closure for their annual Mayfair on Thursday, May 18th.  The request was to close Heller Avenue from Route 512 to Babbitt Avenue and also the entrance from the side street W. Bell Avenue.  The time frame would be 9:00 A. M. to 2:00 P. M.   Borough Manager Zmoda stated that a meeting was held on the site on April 27th.  It wasn't feasible to close the road all the way to Route 512 or block W. Bell Avenue.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to allow ICS to close N. Heller from Babbitt Avenue to Bell Avenue as discussed at the meeting on site on April 27th, seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

            A letter was received from Suburban EMS that Ryan Hoff has accepted the position of Director of Operations of Suburban Emergency Medical Services. 

 

            A thank you note was received from Steve Bender's family for the Borough's donation to the Bender's Church Food Bank in honor of their mother.

 

            Notification was received from Pennsylvania American Water Company that on April 28, 2017 they filed a request with the PUC to increase the water rates as of June 27, 2017.  The increase amounts to an additional 17% and raises users of 3,630 gallons a month from $55.63 to $65.12.

 

            A copy of a letter dated April 28, 2017 from the Green Knight Economic Development Corporation was given to all Council Members. 

 

Mayor's Report:

 

            Mayor Sabatine had nothing to report. 

 

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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Planning Commission:

            Nothing further to report.

 

Solicitor's Report:

            Borough Solicitor Layman informed Council that he has sent the bid specifications to Mr. Elton. 

 

Sanitation, Solid Waste & Recycling:

            Council was given a copy of the Wastewater Treatment Plant's April report.

 

            Also given to Council were copies of the May 1, 2017 Engineer Report and the Municipal Sewer Authority Minutes from their meeting of April 3, 2017.

 

            Council Members were given a copy of DEP's inspection of WM Landfill on April 20, 2017.

 

Finance, Tax Exoneration, Insurance & 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 Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Property & Utilities:

            A proposal was received from Schoonover & Vanderhoof , Architects, LLC, for architectural services for office renovations of the former police offices.  Their fee to provide the services not to exceed the amount of $15,500.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to accept the proposal as presented, seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call. 

 

Community Outreach:

            Slate Belt Rising is still looking for community volunteers to help with different projects.

 

            Northampton County is cooperating with PA Department of Conversation and Natural Resources-Bureau of Forestry in conducting a gypsy moth suppression project in certain forested section of several municipalities including Pen Argyl. 

 

            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley had a sample of "I voted" sticker.  Cost of the stickers is $96.00 for 1,000 stickers.  Probably enough for two (2) elections.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to purchase 1,000 stickers for the election sites,  seconded by Councilman Joseph LeDonne.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

Minutes for Pen Argyl Borough Council Meeting of Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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Borough Manager's Report:

 

            A request has been received from the Slate Belt Regional Police (SBRP) for the metal ticket box that was located outside the former Borough police department.  Councilman Robert O'Donnell made a motion to give the metal ticket box to SBRP, seconded by Councilman Angelo Uliana.  Unanimous by roll call vote.

 

            Borough Manager Zmoda requested an executive session before Council adjourned to discuss personnel issues.

 

Payment of Bills:

 

            The following bills were presented for payment:  General Fund, $14,029.18; Sewer Fund, $79,537.24; Reserve Money Market Fund, $3,247.50 and DCNR Grant Fund, $5,025.00.  Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to pay the bills as presented, seconded by Councilman Robert O'Donnell.  Unanimous vote by roll call.

 

Executive Session:

 

            Councilman Joseph LeDonne made a motion to go into Executive Session for personnel issues, seconded by Councilwoman Janell Connolly.  Unanimous by roll call vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:45 P. M. and reconvened at 8:59 P. M.  Borough Secretary Savitz left at 8:47 P. M. and the rest of the minutes were taken by Borough Manager Zmoda.

 

Adjournment:

 

            Councilwoman Janell Connolly made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council Meeting adjourned at 9:00 P. M.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                                    Dolores B. Savitz

                                                                                    Borough Secretary

 

         Special Council Meeting & Workshop - Tuesday, May 30th - 7:00 P. M.

                     Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, June 6th - 7:00 P. M.