Proposed Ordinance #234 Outdoor & Open Burning

Notice is hereby given by the Council of the Borough of Riegelsville that an ordinance regarding outdoor and open burning within the Borough of Riegelsville proposed Ordinance No. 234, will be presented for review and passage at the Regular Council meeting to be held on May 11, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Borough Hall, Riegelsville, Pennsylvania.  A full copy of the proposed ordinance may be examined without charge at the Borough Hall, the office of this newspaper or the Law Library at the Bucks County Court House during normal business hours, or may be obtained upon request for a charge not greater than the cost thereof.  The following is a summary of the proposed ordinance which will be presented for adoption at the meeting:

Section 1 cites the purpose for the Borough’s passage of the ordinance.

Section 2 sets forth the applicability of the proposed ordinance.

Section 3 is a severability provision and savings clause.

Section 4 defines the certain terms as they appear in the proposed ordinance.

Section 5 is a general prohibition on “outdoor burning” and “open burning” as defined in the proposed ordinance, except as specifically permitted in the proposed ordinance.

Section 6 prohibits the open burning of “refuse” as defined in the proposed ordinance.

Section 7 prohibits the open burning of “trees, logs, brush, stumps, leaves and grass clippings” as defined in the proposed ordinance.

Section 8 prohibits the installation, use or maintenance of an “outdoor wood-fired boilers” as defined in the proposed ordinance.

Section 9 regulates the installation and use of “wood-burning units” as defined in the proposed ordinance.

Section 10 assigns liability for use or maintenance of outdoor fire.

Section 11 grants certain municipal officers and agents the right of entry and inspection.

Section 12 proscribes the enforcement and penalty provisions of the proposed ordinance.

Prepared by:  William T. Dudeck,Esquire  Eastburn and Gray, P.C. 60 East Court Street P.O. Box 1389  Doylestown, PA 18901(215) 345-7000 Solicitor for the Borough of Riegelsville.

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DRAFT RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH ORDINANCE NO. 234

ORDINANCE FOR OUTDOOR AND OPEN BURNING

Borough of Riegelsville, PA 18077

While it may seem harmless, outdoor burning generates air pollution, which affects human health and is the source of many odor and nuisance complaints

SECTION 1: PURPOSE

1.00 Purpose.

This ordinance is intended to promote the public health, safety and welfare and to safeguard the health, comfort, living conditions, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Borough of Riegelsville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania by regulating the air pollution and fire hazards of open burning and outdoor burning.

SECTION 2: APPLICABILITY

2.00 Applicability.

This ordinance applies to all outdoor burning and open burning within the Borough of Riegelsville

2.1. This ordinance does not apply to grilling or cooking food using charcoal, wood, propane or natural gas in cooking or grilling appliances.

2.2. This ordinance does not apply to burning for the purpose of generating heat in a stove, furnace, fireplace or other heating device within a building used for human or animal habitation.

2.3. This ordinance does not apply to the use of propane, acetylene, natural gas, gasoline or kerosene in a device intended for heating, construction or maintenance activities.

SECTION 3: SEVERABILITY

 

3.00 Severability.

Should any portion of this ordinance be declared unconstitutional or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected

SECTION 4: DEFINITIONS

            4.00 Definitions.

4.1. “Campfire” means a small outdoor fire intended for recreation or cooking but not including a fire intended for disposal of waste wood or refuse.

4.2. “Clean wood” means natural wood which has not been painted, varnished or coated with a similar material; has not been pressure treated with preservatives; and does not contain resins or glues as in plywood or other composite wood products.

4.3. “Construction and demolition waste” means building waste materials, including but not limited to waste shingles, insulation, lumber, treated wood, painted wood, wiring, plastics, packaging, and rubble that results from construction, remodeling, repair, and demolition operations on a house, commercial or industrial building, or other structure.

                        4.4. “Fire Chief” means the Chief of the Community Fire Company No. 1 or other person designated by the Fire Chief.

4.5. “Municipality” means a county, township, city, or borough.

4.6. “Outdoor burning” means open burning or burning in an outdoor wood-fired boiler or patio wood burning unit.

4.7. “Open burning” means kindling or maintaining a fire where the products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or a chimney. This includes burning in a burn barrel.

4.8. “Outdoor wood-fired boiler” means a wood-fired boiler, stove or furnace that is not located             within a building intended for habitation by humans or domestic animals.

4.9. “Patio wood-burning unit” means a chimnea, patio warmer, or other portable wood-burning device used for outdoor recreation and/or heating.

4.10. “Enclosed wood-burning unit” may include stone or concrete block enclosed permanent fire pits.

4.11. “Refuse” means any waste material except trees, logs, brush, stumps, leaves, grass clippings, and other vegetative matter.

SECTION 5: GENERAL PROHIBITION ON OUTDOOR BURNING AND OPEN BURNING

5.00 General prohibition on outdoor burning and open burning.

Open burning and outdoor burning are prohibited in the Borough of Riegelsville unless the burning is specifically permitted by this ordinance.

All allowed open burning shall be conducted in a safe, nuisance-free manner, when wind and weather conditions minimize adverse effects and do not create a health hazard or a visibility hazard on roadways.  Open burning shall be conducted in conformance with all local and state fire protections regulations.

SECTION 6: OPEN BURNING OF REFUSE

6.00 Open burning of refuse.

             Open burning of refuse is prohibited.

SECTION 7: OPEN BURNING OF TREES, LOGS, BRUSH, STUMPS, LEAVES, AND GRASS CLIPPINGS

7.00 Burning trees, logs, brush, stumps, leaves, and grass clippings.

Open burning of trees, logs, brush, stumps, leaves, and grass clippings is prohibited.

SECTION 8: OUTDOOR WOOD-FIRED BOILERS

8.00 Outdoor wood-fired boilers.

   No person shall install, use, or maintain an outdoor wood-fired boiler in the Borough of Riegelsville.

SECTION 9: WOOD-BURNING UNITS

            9.00 Patio wood-burning units.

A patio wood-burning unit may be installed and used in the Borough of Riegelsville only in accordance with all of the following provisions:

            9.1. The patio wood-burning unit shall not be used to burn refuse.

            9.2. The patio wood-burning unit shall burn only clean wood.

                        9.3. The patio wood-burning unit shall be located at least 25 feet from the nearest structure which is not on the same property as the patio wood-burning unit.

                        9.4. The patio wood-burning unit shall not cause a nuisance to neighbors.

9.10 Enclosed wood-burning units.

All wood burning pits shall be in concordance with Section 9.00 requirements above plus must meet the following dimensional requirements and materials of construction:

The fire pit may be formed with either concrete blocks or stones.

The fire pit shall be either three (3) feet in diameter or three (3) feet by three (3) feet square and a minimum of two (2) feet deep.

SECTION 10: LIABILITY

10.00 Liability.

A person utilizing or maintaining an outdoor fire shall be responsible for all fire suppression costs and any other liability resulting from damage caused by the fire.

SECTION 11: RIGHT OF ENTRY AND INSPECTION

11.00 Right of entry and inspection.

The Fire Chief or any authorized officer, agent, employee or representative of the Borough of Riegelsville who presents credentials may inspect any property for the purpose of ascertaining compliance with the provisions of this ordinance

SECTION 12: ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTIES

12.00 Enforcement and penalties.

                        12.1. The Fire Chief and Borough Code Enforcement Officer are authorized to enforce the provisions of this ordinance. Upon proper dispatch from the County 911 Center.

               12.2. Any person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or governmental entity who violates any of the provisions of this ordinance or fails to comply with a duly authorized Order issued pursuant to this ordinance shall be deemed to be responsible for a municipal civil      infraction as defined by the State of Pennsylvania which shall be punishable by civil fine determined in accordance with the following schedule:

      Fine                                                            Minimum                    Maximum
1st Offense within 3-year period* $75.00 $500.00
2nd Offense within 3-year period* $150.00 $500.00
3rd Offense within 3-year period* $325.00 $500.00
4th or More Offense within 3-year period* $500.00 $500.00

 

*Determined on the basis of the date of commission of the offense(s)

12.3. The violator shall pay costs which may include all expenses, direct and indirect, which the Borough of Riegelsville has incurred in connection with the municipal infraction. In no case, however, shall costs of less than $75 nor more than $500 be ordered. In addition, the Riegelsville Borough shall have the right to proceed in any court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of obtaining an injunction, restraining order, or other appropriate remedy to compel compliance with this Ordinance. Each day that a violation of this Ordinance exists shall constitute a separate violation of this Ordinan

ENACTED AND ORDAINED THIS 11th DAY OF MAY 2016.

ATTEST:                                                                     RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH COUNCIL:

 

 

____________________                                By:       _________________________                     

Secretary                                                                    Thomas E. Stinnett, President

Approved as an Ordinance of the Borough of Riegelsville, this 11th day of May 2016.

 

                                                           

Gregory Stokes, Mayor

 

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March 2016 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. March 9, 2016. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey R Kenny, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. A. Moyer motioned to approve the minutes from February 10, 2016.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated February 2016 from Boy Scout Troop 27, thanking the Fall Roll Out Committee for their donation to the Troop.

Letter dated February 16, 2016 from JoAnne Walsh, Riegelsville Public Library President, requesting the appointment of Stephen Shlyen, CPA to the Library Board of Trustees. E. Bartosiewicz made a motion to appoint Stephen Shlyen, A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Letter dated March 2, 2016 from Bucks County Department of Health, in reference to the West Nile Virus program. Council unanimously granted permission to treat the municipal properties for mosquito control to help reduce the spread of the West Nile Virus.

Email dated March 4, 2016 from Rick Dalton, Park Manager for PA-DCNR. Rick will be leaving and has taken a new position as manager of the Tuscarora State Park Complex in Schuylkill County\

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he spoke to Matt about contacting   Performance Tire for the backhoe back tires.  Mayor Stokes helped a few fishermen that where trying to find a good place to fish from in the Borough. Mayor Stokes contacted Met-Ed about the deteriorating and leaning pole at Durham & Delaware Road, Met-Ed stated that it did not need to be replaced.

 

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   One Borough resident present. The streetlight near 418 Easton Road is going off and on.  Sherry will contact Met Ed to get it fixed again.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affair:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 2 Building permits were issued

1-Deck and 1-re-roof.  Council approved the “Draft Ordinance #233 adopting the 2012 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code” for advertising and then will be added to the March 9, 2016 Council agenda for a vote.  Draft fee schedule has been forwarded to the Borough Engineer for review also.

Library News: No representative was present. Sherry received the Directors February 2016 report via emailed.  AARP will be helping residents with tax help this year on Fridays, Feb to April. State and Federal tax forms are slowly arriving at the library. We continue to print out forms for people if we do not have the form they need. The State Aid report is done, we are waiting for the audit to be completed to then send it to Doylestown with all the other reports to be checked and then sent on to Harrisburg. The State Aid check has been received for this year. The library was closed on Saturday January 23 because of the snow storm.

Estelle Bloom and Terri have finished working on printing the individual envelopes that are sent out for the annual letter. Nancy McEvoy is working on the flyers that are included with the letter sent out. The letter still needs to be written. We have received museum passes for the America on Wheels Museum. Passes were donated by the museum. A “Thank You” note has already been sent. Multiple contacts are out to other museums/points of interest to obtain passes.

The website was extensively updated on 1/30 with upcoming spring events and a new virtual tour of the library. Work on the mobile site continues.

Upcoming programs for February: YA Book Club 2/2; St Peter’s Preschool Story Time 2/11; Valentine Design Program 10am -12pm; Visit to Care-a-Lot 2/18.

Ann added that Council received the letter from the Library to appointment of Stephen Shylen, CPA to the Library Board of Trustees, this will be added to the March 9, Council Agenda.

Fire Co. News: “Fish Fry Friday” February 12 served 185. Next breakfast February 21, 2016, 8am to noon. Easter Flower Fundraiser is March 24, 25 and 26 at Antique Haven.

Riegelsville 100 Year meeting news: Meet on February 15, 2016, next meeting March 7, 2016 at 6pm.

Celebration will be Saturday May 21, rain date Sunday May 22, at the Borough Park. Time 3-11pm. Events: Parade, Welcome ceremony, Chili Cook-off, Live music/games/food, Movie under the stars. Fundraising Mugs/T-shirts. Remarks: During the meeting on March 7, the date has been changed to June 25th, 2016.

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting is Wednesday February 24, 2016 at 7pm, Borough Hall. The Hoagie fundraiser made $150.00 profit & $235.00 in donations. There is a June bake sale planned.

UBREMS News: 2015 year-end reports BC Emergency Health Services were received.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: next meeting March 8, 2016, 7pm Borough Hall. Rodney reported that so far there is

62 girls softball signed up. T-Ball flyers just went out and put on social media.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: No quorum for the February 1, 2016 meeting.

State Police: Stats from January 2016 was received.

 
 Utilities:

Discussions:

We received 2015 Traffic Signal Maintenance calls year-end report from Armour & Sons.  Sherry will check with Fred Herb, division manager of Armour & Sons what size generator is needed for the Traffic light.

PennDOT is starting a project that will collect data collection phase and would like to add the Borough Traffic light to this project. Sherry will gather more information from PennDOT and Armour & Sons.

Barry Hoffman, Electrician will be doing the complete bid project for Well #3 & Reservoir so the new estimates will be added to the March 9, 2016 Council agenda for approval. The job will be started around the very end of March, 2016.

Tilley Fire Equipment Company will need to replace 5 Fire extinguishers during their inspection in the next few months.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer gave Council info for fuel containment to put at the Borough garage.

Council will continue looking at all the available options.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Sherry asked Council if they wanted to do street sweeping again this spring, Council asked Sherry to get this year quotes.

Sherry reported to Council that the Rec Board is getting quotes for the lawn care at the Borough Park.

Matt is getting quotes for rear tires for the loader, Mayor Stokes suggested call John Scott at Performance Tire in Bloomsbury NJ.

Durham Historical Society would like to use the meeting room for a presentation on Lenape Indians April 24th, 2016 at 2pm. Sherry emailed them the room rules & regulations that need to be filled out.

Ed gave Sherry another contact for painting the smaller fire escape.

Sherry left a voicemail with Bill Sadow to see when he is going to replace the front railing. Council approved the project June 2015.

Ed ordered slate for the Borough building the cost will be added to the March 9, 2016 Council agenda.

Ed discussed with Council a possible road paving project this year.

Finance:

Discussions:

Council discussed moving the Plegit Savings accounts to our local Penn Community Bank, Sherry will add this to the March 9, Council Agenda.

Bucks County Borough Association sent an invite to their General membership dinner meeting on March 29th, 2016, Tom and Ann are going to attend.

Per capita tax bills and County/Borough tax bills were mailed out.

Council looked over financials.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of Proposed Ordinance #233 adopting the 2012 Edition of the International

Maintenance Code. R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

            Approval to not exceed $1200.00 for new slates for the Borough roof. R. Scott motioned to approve. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of additional $820.00 Barry Hoffman for Well #3 Chlorine alarm installation. A. Moyer motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous

Approval of additional $1435.00 Barry Hoffman for Reservoir Chlorine alarm & dialer. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to move the Borough Plegit savings accounts to Penn Community Bank. R. Scott motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

 

NEW BUSINESS: Kenny thanked Matt Brady for filling the holes in the Borough Alleys.

APPROVAL OF BILLS:   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve bills.  A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Borough office is closed Friday March 25, 2016 “Good Friday”.

Meeting adjourned 7:52 PM.

Next Council Meeting April 6, 2016 at 7pm

Sherry L. Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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February 2016 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. February 10, 2016. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey R Kenny, Rodney Scott and William Dudeck, Borough Solicitor. A. Kenny motioned to approve the minutes from January 13, 2016.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated January 5, 2016 was received from Riegelsville Public Library thanking the Fall Rollout Car Show committee for the $650.00 donation.

Email dated February 8, 2016 was received from Paul & Jeanie Anthony, Borough Residents wanted to thank the Borough Road Crew for their dedicated street cleaning work after the January snow storm.

REPORTS:

President –T. Stinnett thanked Matt Brady and the Road Crew for doing a great job during the Blizzard of 2016.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes absent.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   One Borough resident present. No Comments at this time.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affair:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 4 Building permits were issued

1-Hot Tub, 1-Single Family Dwelling, 1-Alterations/Fire Repair, 1- Solar Panels.  2 Zoning Permits were issued 1-Hot Tub Pad, 1-Solar Panels. 141 Delaware Road Property owner had a rescheduled court date for Wednesday January 20, since he repaired the porch roof and painted the areas of the house that needed painting Jim withdrew the citation. Jim sent him an email requesting that he fixes his gutters and downspouts by May 2016.   Draft Ordinance #233 adopting the 2012 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code was given to Bill Dudeck, Borough Solicitor and Council for review.  Sherry and Jim continue to review the fee schedule.

Library News: Terri Randolph, Riegelsville Library Director emailed the December 2015 & January 2016 Directors reports to the borough office.  Becky Finberg is the new youth services coordinator. The “Art in the Library” programs have ended for the year and the new grant request has been sent out for next year.

November statistics:

Circulation: 1001

Public Count: 490

Historic Room Visits: 3

Internet use: 29

Wireless use: 37

Items added: 56

Adult programs: 2 programs with 19 adults.

Juvenile:

Art in the Library: 2 event, 20 attended.

Fire Co. News: December Santa Breakfast was a huge success, January 17 Breakfast served about 345. RCN is donating the Fire Co. free internet per the Borough franchise agreement with them. Fish Fry Friday starts February 12, 2016, 5-7pm.

UBREMS News: Received a grant for $200,000.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting is January 27, 2016- 7pm at the BoroughHall. “Super Bowl Hoagie Sale” fundraiser February 7. Call 610-749-2672 to order Hoagies.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: next meeting January 26, 2016. Rodney has been attending the Softball meeting and will have more information at the meeting to report.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: Todd Myers, Fire Chief Comments to Burn Ordinance.

  1. Ordinance does not discuss a fire pit and size.
  2. Ordinance discuses a horizontal offset from a structure but there should also be a vertical offset from an overhead structure.
  1. A complaint call should go through Bucks County 911 system so there will be verification if needed.  This can be set up with the county for a chief officer’s page to investigate a complaint thus not calling out the entire company.

State Police: Stats from November & December 2015, January – December 2015 were received.

Utilities:

Discussions: Ralph & Diana Riegel, Borough residents requesting an extension of 7 years for the Septic Maintenance Ordinance #227, due to low water usage. Council agreed to approve the extension.

Matt will start taking required modules for Water Operator Certifications in March.

Diesel fuel is being delivered 1/21/16 for Well #3 Generator- just in case for the pending storm.

Barry Hoffman has been contacted to help with a dialer at Well 1.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Council continued the discussion of the “No Right Turn” proposal from Cowan Associates, Borough Engineer.  Discussion was tabled again.

Council revisited the March 2015 proposal for insulating the Borough Garage. Sherry will contact Philo and see if the proposal has changed since March. Matt discussed with Ed that they could really use gas pumps, during the January Snow storm they had to buy fuel from Durham Township because the gas stations closed at 6pm. Sherry will get Council more information.  Ed suggested to Council that they need to put money into a Borough Truck fund since the Borough trucks are getting old.

Matt also discussed with Ed the need to put in another drain in the Borough Lot by the garage behind the fire house.

Sherry discussed with Council the Borough office needs to get the slanting floor looked at, Sherry will make some calls to contractor to investigate this issue. Then the rug can be replaced.

Sherry will check with Matt to see when he is going to do the crack sealing this year. Remarks: Matt and the road crew will start right after the winter.

Mayor Stokes discussed with Council that dog owners are not cleaning up after their dog’s downtown. Sherry will put another reminder in the “Rville Happenings”.

Finance:

Discussions:

Council looked over the financials. Audrey suggested we do a cost analysis on the Borough Trucks, since they are costing a lot for repairs. Council continued to discuss the Borough Trucks.

Sherry discussed the Blizzard of 2016, Bucks County EMA sent an email to Frank Preedy, Riegelsville’s Emergency Coordinator who then forwarded to the Borough office. Bucks County has recorded a near record snowfall which allows us to continue on in the process to receive a Federal Disaster Declaration. Sherry compiled the costs associated with 48 consecutive hours of the storm and email them to Bucks County by Friday February 5, 2016.  Sherry discussed with Council the phone calls that the office received in reference to the snow removal concerns.  Sherry will add the information about snow removal around Borough fire hydrants to the weekly “Rville Happenings”.  Remarks: Audrey reported that Bucks County did meet the threshold from the storm, there are a few Municipalities that haven’t sent in their Storm costs.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of $5,100.00 to Bluestone Gardens (Snow removal).  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of $450.00 to Steven Strawn (Snow Removal). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-01-16, Rules & Regulations for use of the Borough Community Room. A. Kenny motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval to advertise the proposed Ordinance #233 Adopting the 2012 Edition of the International Maintenance Code. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of $2175.00 to Barry Hoffman for Well #3 Chlorine Alarm installation.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of $5760.00 to Barry Hoffman for Well #1 & 2 Chlorine alarm & dialer. R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of $2675.00 to Philo Insulation (roof and walls of Borough Garage will be sprayed with 1.00” foam).  R. Scott motioned to approve. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS: 

  1. Kenny reported to Council that the Riegelsville Fire Company mailed out their annual fund raising campaign. Sherry will also send out the flyer in the weekly email “Rville Happenings”.

 APPROVAL OF BILLS:   R. Scott motioned to approve bills.  A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous.

Borough office is closed Monday February 15, 2016 “Presidents Day”.

Meeting adjourned 7:45 PM.   Next Council Meeting March 9, 2016 at 7pm

Sherry L. Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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Approved 3/9/16 Ordinance #233

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given by the Council of the Borough of Riegelsville that at its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 615 Easton Road, Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, it shall consider passage of proposed Ordinance No. 233, “An Ordinance of Riegelsville Borough Adopting the 2012 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code.” the following of which is a summary prepared by the Borough’s solicitor.   Article I states the title as being “An Ordinance of Riegelsville Borough Adopting the 2012 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code” and the purposes for which it is being adopted.  Article II adopts, by reference, the 2012 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code (“Code”) subject to the additions, insertions, deletions and changes prescribed in Article III of the proposed ordinance.  Article III amends the following sections of the Code: 103.2 (Appointment); 106.4 (Violation Penalties); 112.4 (Failure to Comply); 304.14 (Insect Screens); 602.3 (Heat Supply); and 602.4 (Occupiable work spaces).  Article IV repeals any provisions of the Riegelsville Borough Code of Ordinances which are inconsistent with the proposed ordinance while preserving any provisions unaffected by the proposed ordinance.  Article V is a savings clause.  Article VI is a severability provision.  Article VII provides that the proposed ordinance would be effective upon the date of its adoption and is incorporated by reference into the Borough’s Code of Ordinances with the same force and effect as if duly recorded therein.  Copies of the full text of the proposed ordinance and the Code may be examined without charge at the Riegelsville Borough Hall or copies of the proposed ordinance may be examined at the Bucks County Law Library during normal business hours, or may be obtained upon request for a charge not greater than the cost thereof.

 

William T. Dudeck, Esquire

Eastburn and Gray, P.C.

60 East Court Street

P.O. Box 1389

Doylestown, PA 18901

(215) 345-7000

Solicitor for the

                                                                                                Borough of Riegelsville

 

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January 2016 Council Re-Org Meeting

The reorganization meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council was called to order on January 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gregory Stokes.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT:  Thomas E Stinnett, Edward Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer and Rodney Scott.

Mayor Stokes issued the oath of office for newly elected Council members Thomas E Stinnett and Ann P Moyer.  Mayor Stokes asked for nominations for President of Council.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint T. Stinnett as President of Council.  A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Mayor Stokes asked for nominations for Vice President of Council.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Rodney Scott as Vice President of Council.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Mayor Stokes asked for nominations for President Pro Tempore.  R. Scott motioned to appoint E. Bartosiewicz as President Pro Tempore. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Mayor Stokes turned the chair over to President T. Stinnett.  T. Stinnett reported to Council that Council received a letter of intent from Borough Resident Audrey R. Kenny to fill the vacant two year term on Borough Council. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint A. Kenny to fill the two year seat. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Stinnett read a list of appointments of various people and organizations to be reappointed to various Borough positions. R. Scott then motioned to appoint the list below. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous

Borough Secretary– Sherry Masteller

                                    Borough Treasurer- Tammy Macaluso

Depositories – First Savings Bank of Perkasie &

                                                             PA Local Government Investment Trust

Auditor – Stephen J. Shlyen, CPA

                                    Solicitor – Eastburn & Gray

Engineer – Cowan Associates, Inc.

Water System Operator – RMR Consulting, Inc.

Zoning Office/Building Inspector – Keystone Municipal Services

Ordinance Enforcement Official – Matthew Brady

Vacancy Board Chairperson –Allen Madnick

                                    Tax Collection Committee (TCC) delegates-

                                              Primary voting delegate: Thomas E Stinnett

                                             First alternate: Edward Bartosiewicz

                                            Second alternate: Audrey R Kenny

Boards:

Zoning Hearing Board- 3 year seat 

                                       Dirk Odhner

Scott made a motion to appoint Dirk Odhner for 3 year seat. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Planning Commission- 4 year seat

Peter Ryan

John Panasiuk

  1. Bartosiewicz made a motion to appoint Peter Ryan and John Panasiuk for 4 year seats. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

 

Recreation Board-4 year seat

Dirk Odhner

Sherry Masteller

Rodney Scott

Edward Bartosiewicz

  1. Moyer made a motion to appoint Dirk Odhner, Sherry Masteller, Rodney Scott and Edward Bartosiewicz for 4 year seats. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

 

BOCA Board of Appeals- 5 year seat

Ed Norman Jr.

                                    Glenn Hissim

  1. Bartosiewicz made a motion to appoint Ed Norman Jr. and Glenn Hissim for 5 year seats. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

 

Emergency Management: E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint the following to Riegelsville Emergency Management Team. A. Moyer Seconded.  Unanimous.

Frank Preedy-Coordinator

Ray Kenny-Deputy

Ken Haney

John Panasiuk

David Gerstenberg

  1. Bartosiewicz motioned to adopt the current Borough Bylaws from 1994. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous
  1. Stinnett stated that the Committees of Council will be as follows:
  2. Bartosiewicz- Streets/Properties
  3. Moyer- Community Affairs
  4. Kenny- Finance
  5. Scott- Utilities
  1. Stinnett also stated that Audrey R Kenny will replace Kathy Weiss as a check signer

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.

Borough Council Meeting: January 13, 2016 7pm

Sherry Masteller,

Borough Secretary

 

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December 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. December 9, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  K. Weiss motioned to approve the minutes from November 11, 2015 Council Meeting.  E.  Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter was received from Lance Lawn Care, thanking the Borough for letting them take care of our lawn needs.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett thanked Kathie Weiss, Vice President of Borough Council for her thirteen years on Council, Kathie is retiring from Council and tonight is her last meeting.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes commended Kathie for her service to the Borough Council.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   One Borough resident and many family and friends of Kathie Weiss came to support her last Borough Council meeting.

Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary thanked Kathie Weiss for making her feel welcome when she first started working for the Borough and learning the ropes as the Council Secretary.  Enjoy your extra time to have fun.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 3 Building permits were issued

1-addition, 1-foundation, 1-electrical service and 2 Zoning Permits were issued 1-addition, 1-Single Family Dwelling. 141 Delaware Road Property owner has a rescheduled court date for Wednesday January 13, or later 2015 for property maintenance violations. Jim suggested a few amendments to the Borough Ordinance 225 adopting the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code.  Sherry and Jim continue to review the fee schedule.

UBREMS News: Wendy Badman, Durham resident joined the board.

Library News: Terri Randolph, Riegelsville Library Director emailed the November 2015 minutes to the borough office.  Estelle Bloom, Library Board trustee reported to Council that the Brewfest was a great success for the first year. Bravo to Erica Sommer for the terrific planning and working so well with Mueller’s. The Barnes and Noble “Bookfair” at the Easton location was another success in spite of the low local participation. Lots of fun was had at the Riegelsville Halloween Parade. The annual Gingerbread making event is scheduled for December 12.

October statistics:

Circulation: 1509

Public Count: 665

Historic Room Visits: 0

Internet use: 28

Wireless use: 37

Items added: 93

Adult programs: 1 programs with 7 adults.

Juvenile: 10 programs 78 children, 50 Adults.

Art in the Library: 3 event, 17 attended.

Fire Co. News: November 15 Breakfast served about 366. Community dinner is Saturday December 5. Santa Breakfast is December 20.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Elaine Albrecht gave the September minutes to Sherry.

No meeting December and January. They are selling 2016 Calendars ”Riegelsville Yesterday and Today Celebrating 100 years” $10.00, they can be purchased at the Borough Office, Fig Tree and Super Natural Hair Salon! GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: The new counter tops, cabinet and hot water heater was put in the concession stand before the car show.  The car show was a huge success. Final numbers are being gathered.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: 1st draft “outdoor and open burning” was given to Council.

State Police stats from October 2015 was received.

 Last night November 17 was the second round of public meetings for the Delaware Canal Vision study in the Borough Hall.

Utilities:

Discussions:

The dead oak tree at 573 Easton Road has been removed and cleaned up.

Ken Kerstner, Matt Brady, Sonny Groller and Dick Meade are attending the DEP Seminar tomorrow in reference to new coliform testing to start April 2016.

Council discussed the proposed Ordinance for outdoor and open burning. The Riegelsville Planning Commission prepared the proposed Ordinance.

Borough office received the RCN updated franchise agreement.

No December meeting.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Jim Kopchak, Zoning officer sent a letter to Tom Kreider in reference to what needs to be taken care in reference the Property Maintenance Code before the January Court date.

Ed updated Council on the heat for the Borough Garage, Ed talked to Matt and will contact Philo for an updated quote for insulation.

No crack sealing until spring.

Finance:

Discussions:

Council received the final copy of the proposed water increase resolution and the Tax levy ½ mil increase that will be on the Council agenda December 9, 2015.

Council received a copy of Cowan’s quote for the “No Right Hand Turn” on Delaware Road entering Easton Road heading south.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of the 2016 Draft Budget.  R. Scott motioned to approve.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Ordinance #232, Tax Levy for 2016 (13.25 Mils).  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  K. Weiss seconded.   Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-07-15, Water rate increase for 2016. R. Scott motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.   

 APPROVAL OF BILLS:   K. Weiss motioned to approve bills.  A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Meeting adjourned 7:30 PM.

Borough office will be closed December 14 & 25, 2015 January 1, 2016

Council Re-Org Meeting January 4, 2016 at 7pm

Next Council Meeting January 13, 2016 at 7pm

 

 

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November 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. November 12, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  R. Scott motioned to approve the minutes from October 14, 2015 Council Meeting.  A. P Moyer seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated October 26, 2015, James Sweeney, 303 Poplar Road Lot owner in reference to the Riegelsville Storm Water Management.

Letter dated November 5, 2015, Bucks County Honor Flight thanking the Borough for their generous donation.

Letter dated November 9, 2015, from Senator Bob Mensch, in reference to the Route 212 project update stating that the final wearing course will be in place early next year as the weather permits.

Email dated November 12, 2015, from Dr. Soursac, Borough resident updated the Borough office about the dead tree removal.

Letter dated November 12, 2015, from Riegelsville Public Library thanking the Borough Council for the donation to the Annual Halloween Parade.

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes wanted to thank the Riegelsville Rec Board members and the Car Show Volunteers for a Great Car Show. Mayor Stokes thanked Frank Albrecht, Borough Resident for a great Veterans display at the Riegelsville Post Office.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   Two Borough residents was present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 2 Building permits were issued

1-Fence, 1-closet addition and 2 Zoning Permits were issued 1-Fence, 1-Detached garage. 141 Delaware Road Property owner has a court date Wednesday November 18, 2015 for property maintenance violations. Jim suggested a few amendments to the Borough Ordinance 225 adopting the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code.  Sherry and Jim continue to review the fee schedule.

UBREMS News: Ryan Pankoe, Executive Director Upper Bucks Regional EMS presented to Council a slide show that showed who the UBREMS are and what they do for all municipalities that they cover.  Ryan also reported that they will be attending the Fall Rollout Car show on Sunday November 1. Council thanked Ryan for coming to the meeting plus Ryan thanks the Borough Council for their continued support. Borough office also received the 2014 Year-end Financial statement.

Library News: Terri Randolph, Riegelsville Library Director emailed the October 2015 minutes to the borough office.  First Brewfest was on Saturday October 10, co-sponsored with Muellers, and was a very successful event. Barnes and Noble “Bookfair” fundraiser is set for October 23 and 24, at the Easton location.  The friends of the Library’s Flea Market on September 19, was very successful this year. On Tuesday, October 13, “Firefighter Ed and friends will bring the truck to the Borough parking lot for our annual program for Fire Prevention Month.

September statistics:

Circulation: 1263

Public Count: 586

Historic Room Visits: 4

Internet use: 28

Wireless use: 37

Items added: 83

Adult programs: 2 programs with 18 adults.

Juvenile: 7 programs 53 children, 36 Adults.

Art in the Library: 5 event, 46 attended.

Fire Co. News: October 18, Breakfast served about 350. October is Fire Prevention Month, they will be doing a few demonstrations for the children. October 10, they went to Durham days and sold food.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Elaine Albrecht reported to Council that they made

$200.00 from the $5.00 Coupons from the Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” on Oct. 20th.  Next meeting is

scheduled for October 28.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: Car Show meeting is set for Thursday September 24 at 7pm..  The cabinets at the

Concession stand is being ripped out so new ones can be put in before the Car Show on Sunday November 1, 2015.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported that the next meeting is Monday October 5, 2015 at

7pm, at the Borough Hall.

State Police stats from September 2015 was received.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Sherry reported to Council that a certified letter was mailed to property owner of 573 Easton Road in reference to the dead oak tree on their property.  The letter states that the property owner has 10 days from the October 21, 2015 to have the tree removed.  Sherry will keep Council updated on this issue.

Tonight will be the last night of hydrant flushing 9pm to Midnight.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Mr. James Sweeney sent a letter dated October 26, 2015 to Council in reference to his lot at 303 Poplar Road. He is constructing a retirement home and is asking Council’s help in modifying one of the Borough’s regulations relating to storm water runoff.  Mr. Sweeney presented to Council an exhibit of his property and how the storm water regulation will affect his property. Todd Myers, Borough Engineer also discussed with Council how the ordinance affects his lot. Mr. James Sweeney would like to put a rain garden in.  Todd suggested to Council that they should have a stand-alone Storm Water Management Ordinance. Todd will send the Borough office a sample ordinance and the Riegelsville Planning Commission will start working on that during their next meeting.

The tenant that owns the boat on trailer parked on Walnut lane came into the borough office to let us know it will be remover this weekend, 11/7-11/8.  Remarks: The Boat and trailer have been removed.

Matt put together a road priorities list for Council since the 2016 budget is being worked on.  Ed will get together with Matt to look over the roads.

Borough Office received an email from Dr. Soursac addressing his dead tree issue. He stated the tree will be taken care of November 9 or November 10 depending on the weather.

Yates Electrical Co. took down the pedestrian bridge light to fix it.

Finance:

Discussions:

During the Council meeting on November 12, 2015, the 2016 Budget Draft on the agenda for motion to advertise.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval to advertise the 2016 Draft Budget.  K. Weiss motioned to approve E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval to allow Mr. Sweeney to work with Todd Myers, Borough Engineer with a modification to the Borough’s Storm water plan for his proposed home at 303 Poplar Road. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for $800.00 to Eastern Oak Tree Service, to take down suspended trees over the fence at Well 1 & 2. R. Scott motioned to approve A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval for $1225.00 to Yates Electric to fix the Pedestrian Bridge Light.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.   

 APPROVAL OF BILLS:   R. Scott motioned to approve bills.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Meeting adjourned 7:45 PM.

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