February 2017 Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:04 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny, Ann Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from January 11, 2017. A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous. 

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter was read dated January 5, 2017 from Bucks County Board of Elections.

Letter was read dated January 20, 2017 from James & Eileen Sweeney, Borough residents.

Letter was read dated February 7, 2017 from Cowan Associates, Borough engineer, Alley research.

Letter was read dated February 6, 2017 property owners, “request for alley abandonment”.

Borough office received the Riegelsville Public Library’s annual financial statements.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that he is hopefully going to Harrisburg with members of the Delaware River Keeper in the morning to meet with DEP about the PennEast Pipeline. We are expecting snow so it may be canceled.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported that there will be an opening on the Palisades school board, it would be great if we had someone to represent Riegelsville Borough.  Mayor Stokes performed one wedding at Terry’s Tavern and the Couple made a donation to the Riegelsville Recreation Board for Mayor Stokes.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  4 Borough residents where present.

James G. Sweeney and Eileen Sweeney wanted to speak to Council in reference to their connection fee for their new house at 303 Poplar Road.  There was discussion between Council and Mr. & Mrs. Sweeney.

Council is aware that the old ordinances need to be updated. President Stinnett apologized for the mistakes of the water charges.  Mr. Sweeney would like to see the revised Ordinance when it is ready.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

         Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that one zoning permit was issued

for fence. J. Kopchak will continue sending out permits expiration letters when permits have been open for more than a 1 year. No updates on 122 Maplewood Road unsafe 2 car garage building. There will be a zoning hearing for 215 Ash Lane in reference to a requesting a variance for relief from side and rear setbacks.  Many municipalities in Pennsylvania are adopting Zoning ordinances to regulate Medical Marijuana, we may want to look at that.

Library News: S. Masteller, Borough Secretary received the December 2016 and January 2017Directors report via email. The minutes are filed in the Borough Office.  Becky Finberg- Riegelsville Library Youth Services Coordinator introduced herself to Council and reported that they have a new book group that meets on third Tuesday each month at 2pm. The first group met on January 17, will a group of 8 people.  There is a teen group that meets first Tuesday at 6pm but that is a small group so if anyone knows some teens that would like to join us let them know about the group.

          Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported that January 15, breakfast served 300, a little slow. Banquet is set for February 4, 2017.

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: E. Albrecht reported to Council that the next meeting is January 25, 2017 at 7pm.  Their next fundraiser is Super Bowl Hoagie Sale, February 5, 2017.

           UBREMS News:  E. Bartosiewicz reported that they received a $150,000.00 grant.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy, Emergency Management Coordinator reported

to Council that there has been a lot of changes at the Bucks County EM. John Hertler- Bucks County

Emergency Management operation & training officer told Frank that the Borough’s 2013 EOP manual is fine.

Frank has contacted 3 people that would be candidates for the Riegelsville Team. More info will go to

President Stinnett and Mayor Stokes.

Rec Board News: S. Masteller reported that they received two thank you notes from Troop 27 and

Troop 127 from the Annual Car Show.  Signups for Palisades Softball is online.  The rec board is looking for volunteers to get the concession stand up and running for the ball games in the spring.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: T. Stinnett reported to Council that there was no meeting in

January. Remarks: T. Stinnett reported that during the February 6, meeting, they continue to discuss a mailbox ordinance and they discussed Borough land use implications of the Medical Marijuana Act.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Riegelsville water bills were mailed out on Friday January 13, they are due February 3, 2017.

  1. Masteller will be sending reminders out to property owners for the septic ordinance.
  2. Brady is cleaning out the street drains.

The man door on the Borough Garage needs to be replaced.

There has been a car with a jet ski has been parking is the Borough lot by the traffic lot, S. Masteller will send a letter.

There has been a few complaints about the collection of cars at the Old Oscar’s garage, S. Masteller will contact the Landlord of the property.  S. Masteller spoke to the tenant about the cars and he stated he will have them taken care of in 30 days. The Zoning officer will be writing a letter to the property owner in reference to the property maintenance issues.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

The dead tree at the Borough parking lot and the branch on Edgewood road was taken down and removed.

The Borough small parking lot on Durham Road next to the Village Floral needs to be repaved, it is in bad shape.  S. Masteller will contact Todd Myers, Borough Engineer to look at the lot and get back to us on a plan of action.

Scott reported to Council that there is a Honda with NJ plates that has not moved on Sycamore Road. S. Masteller will have M. Brady get the vehicle info and contact the PA State Police.

Property owner at 519 Easton Road brought his property survey into the Zoning office to get information as to who owns the strip of land next to his property.  J. Kopchak and S. Masteller will gather information and get back to the property owner.

Masteller will gather information on abandoned vehicle on the Wayside way alley.

Finance:

Discussions:

Now is the time for Council to update the Tax Collector’s salary for the next term 2018-2021, in the past it has been a 10% increase for the 4 year term.  A resolution will need to be prepared for January 8, 2017 Council meeting.  Council discussed and stated a 10% increase is fine.  S. Masteller will add to the resolution to the Council agenda.

Council will be appointing a new Borough Auditor during the February 8, 2017 Council meeting.Stinnett reported that during the TCC meeting the discussion was an ordinance for EIT credit for volunteer firefighters. More information will be gathered for future discussion.

Council looked over the finances.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval to appoint Zelenkofske Axelrod, LLC as the Borough Auditor. R. Scott motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-01-17, Salary for Elected Tax Collector 4 year term 2018-2021. R. Scott motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

            Email was received from Chris Ullery in reference to Governor Wolf budget proposal for State Police coverage funds. Council discussed this $25.00 per capita fee for Borough residents. Mayor Stokes will get more information and report back to Council.

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

Next Council Meeting March 8, 2017 at 7pm.

Borough office will be closed Monday February 20, 2017.

Meeting adjourned 8:38 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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January 2017 Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:04 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny, Ann Moyer, Rodney Scott, Mayor Stokes and William Dudeck, Borough Solicitor.  A. Kenny motioned to approve the minutes from December 14, 2016. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Invitation was received from Community Fire Company No.1 for Council to attend their Banquet on February 4, 2017. Please RSVP to S. Masteller by January 25, 2016.

Invitation was received from BCBA General Membership dinner meeting January 31, 2017. RSVP to S. Masteller as soon as possible.

Letter from Borough Resident Kate Brandes. Requesting Fire Police Coverage for January 21, 2017.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

REPORTS:

President – “Happy New Year” T. Stinnett reported that the Borough lost 2 longtime residents this month Richard Strawn- was on the Borough Council and Donald Robert Ott.  After the December 14, 2016 and before tonight’s meeting the Council had an executive session in reference to possible litigation.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported that he performed a wedding on New Year’s Eve, the couple made a donation to the Riegelsville Recreation Board instead of the Mayor taking a fee.  Mayor Stokes also received a complaint about diesel truck idling at Frigid Freeze, unfortunately diesel trucks need to be stay on during the cold weather.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  3 Borough residents where present.  E. Albrecht reported “Super Bowl” Sunday is February 5, 2017 and the Enhancement Committee is taking orders for hoagies to be picked up that Sunday at Borough/Library Building from 9 am to 1 pm.  We have Italian, Turkey, Ham &cheese, all cheese for $6.50 each and also a veggie wrap for $7.25.  Place your order by calling Elaine 610 749-2672 or respond when you may be contacted by phone.  Order by Jan. 25.  We will also be selling our 2017 Riegelsville Calendar $10.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  No reports due to the Holidays.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval of check for $2473.49 to S&M General Services LLC. $2200.00 was original quote, $273.49 extra material was needed. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of check for $2904.00 (Water Co.) W. Dowd Excavating LLC (Maplewood Road repair). R. Scott motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of the “2016 Exoneration list for per capita tax”. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of “2016 Unpaid per capita tax accounts”. A. Kenny motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval to deposit the Open Space Grant check $167,651.25 into a money market account at Penn Community Bank. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS:

2017 “Bidding information released for Boroughs” effective Jan. 1 are as follows: Any contract or purchase under $10,700 requires no formal bidding or telephone quotations. Contracts or purchases in the amount of or greater than $10,700 and less than $19,700 require three telephonic or written/e-mail

Quotations. Any contract or purchase of or greater than $19,700 require the formal public bidding process as prescribed in Section 1402 of the Borough Code.

Borough tax collector’s 2016 lien summary report that was filed January 2017 states that $955.59 is owed to the Borough.

The Borough office received the fire response list for Station 42 in 2016. The complete list is filed in the Borough office.

            The Open Space update: The Borough Engineer is working on the design then permitting and then out for bid. There will be updates as the project moves forward.

Brady would like to get a circular saw to replace the old one that is broken, Council unanimously approved that purchase.

Kenny will prepare a letter with questions for the Borough Auditor.

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

Next Council Meeting February 8, 2017 at 7pm.

Borough office will be closed Monday January 16, 2017.

Meeting adjourned 8:05 PM.

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December 2016 Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:04 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny, Ann Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from November 9, 2016. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

A letter was read from Lance Lawn Care- a thank you note for the business we have given them this year.

REPORTS:

President – “Holiday wishes for everyone”.  T. Stinnett attended a Boy Scout dinner where the Fire Chief Todd Myers, was honored. They will continue to do this function annually.

MayorIn October he performed the wedding of his daughter in his role as Mayor.  He also assisted with the election as a republican committeeman.  Spoke with Mike from Rep. Quinn’s office – asked what we needed.  He expressed his concerns about the conditions of the state road (Rt. 611) and the big pot hole was immediately resolved.  Fielded a complaint about the parking lot on Durham and the condition of the lot and the safety of the people who use it.  Also spoke to Zahn’s Landscaping for a price on the tree removal of the other lot.  The Zahn Company was unable to match the quote we received.

Ed also expressed a concern about another tree at Edgewood near the intersection of Fern and it’s hanging into the road.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  No one present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that Five Building permits were

Issued, 1-Re-Roof, 2-Decks, 1-Electric and 1-Walk in Freezer.  Two Zoning permits were issued for 1- Deck and 1- Walk in cooler. J. Kopchak will start sending out permits expiration letters when permits have been open for more than a 1 year.

Library News: S. Masteller, Borough Secretary received the November 2016 Directors report via email.

The minutes are filed in the Borough Office.

Fire Co. News: A. Kenny reported to Council that the next breakfast is November 20 with a Bake Sale benefiting the December 3, “Free Community Dinner”.  There officer elections is in at December business meeting.

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: E. Albrecht reported to Council that Calendars will be sold at St John UCC Holiday Bazaar on Saturday November 19.  Red Maple Tree was planted on November 11, by Bluestone Garden.

UBREMS News:  E. Bartosiewicz reported nothing to report.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: S. Masteller reported that they had a successful Fall Rollout Car Show, the weatherwas perfect.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: T. Stinnett reported to Council that they will continue to discuss asidewalk/mailbox ordinance at the December 5, meeting.

Utilities

Discussions:

There was a water leak at 817 Easton Road, broke @ curb stop, W. Nicholas helped with this repair.

Stinnett reported to Council that he would like Dick Meade to measure the wells since it has not rained, it is reported that Bucks County is 9 ½ inches low. Remarks: Dick reported that the Well is at 42 feet, same as the last month when he checked it.

Audrey, Ed and Ann will be attending the Bucks County Borough Association quarterly dinner meeting on Tuesday November 29, 2016.

No December meeting.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

The Library kitchen ceiling paint is chipping and it is also chipping in the apartment.  Rodney and Ed will set a time to inspect them and to repair. Ed reported to Council that the door in the Library at the fire escape needs a door sweep, Matt will take care of it.

Dave Xander retired from working for the Borough. Dave Nadeau will not be able to plow this year but will keep Matt up to date if that changes.

We have a quote for the dead maple tree at the large Borough Lot on Durham Road. Mayor Stokes is contacting another Company to give a quote too.  REMARKS: Mayor Stokes contacted the Borough office with the quote and it was much higher than the quote that was received already.

Ed reminded Matt that when the boards go up in the garage to make sure they are off the ground at least an inch.

Finance

Discussions:

The 2017 draft budget will be on the December 14th, 2016 Council agenda.

Masteller updated Council on the Trail Grant, BC will be dispersing the 1st installment. S. Masteller is looking over the grant information to see what the next steps are.

Audrey reported to Council that she and Ed went to the Bucks County Borough Association Meeting.

Bucks County is doing away with the Open Space Grants in the future.  The Bucks County Budget passed today December 7, 2016.

Council looked over the finances.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval of the 2017 Budget- No tax increase, No water rate increase. R. Scott motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Ordinance #235, Tax Levy for 2017    13.25 Mils. A. Kenny motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval to award Morton Salt the 2016-2017 salt bid $56.13 delivered price per ton. Minimum 20 tons.  Reduced by $8. Over last year.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of check $637.85 to Maria Radus for 2017 Calendars, (Funds come out of Enhancement). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of check $385.00 to Jewell Computing, (repair of Secretary’s Computer). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of check $787.86 to Home Depot, (plywood for garage walls). R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS:  

 Mayor Stokes that during the Election Day- it was a very long day with some stressful moments. Mayor Stokes asked to give a formal thank you to the Election Team that was here.       

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

Next Council Meeting January 11, 2017 at 7pm.

No Committee meeting 1/4/17. No Planning Commission meeting on 1/2/17.

Borough office will be closed 12/23, 12/26, 12/30 and 1/2/17

Bartosiewicz requested an executive session at the conclusion of the Council meeting.

Meeting adjourned 7:30 PM.

Audrey Kenny- Acting Borough Secretary

 

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November 2016 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:06 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann Moyer, Rodney Scott. ABSENT: Audrey Kenny & Mayor Stokes.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from October 12, 2016. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

Email received dated November 1, 2016, Riegelsville Public Library, Becky Finberg thanking Mayor Stokes for judging during the Halloween Parade.

Email invite for Boy Scouts of America “Good Scout” Dinner December 9th, 2016 Todd Myers is the 2016 “Good Scout”.  T. Stinnett will attend.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported that after the Council meeting on October 26, 2016 there was a half hour executive session in reference to a personal issue.

Mayor Absent.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  On behalf of the Borough Council, S. Masteller presented the Library Quilters Group: Nancy McEvoy, Ponder Goembel, Debbie Jo Mitchell, Elizabeth Weaver, Ann Anderson, Linda Schultz, Ellen Inghrim, Phyllis King, with a special gift for making the Riegelsville 100 year hanging quilt.  A special thanks to the “Friends of the Library” too.

Nancy McEvoy thanked S. Masteller for a great Fall Rollout this year, S. Masteller stated there was a great team of volunteers to make it happen.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that three Building permits were

Issued, 1-Re-Roof, 1-Oil Tank removal, 1-commercial alterations.  One Zoning permit was issued for Paver Patio.

The property located at 1255 Durham Road was issued a 90 day TCO so the owners can move in while the rest of the work is completed.  Ongoing: updating fee schedule for 2016.

Library News: S. Masteller, Borough Secretary received the October 2016 Directors report via email.

The minutes are filed in the Borough Office.

Fire Co. News: A. Kenny reported to Council that they served 345 for October 16, Breakfast. They received a grant to offset their debt. The new Special Service truck 42 was lettered.

 Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: E. Albrecht reported to Council that the next meeting is October 26.  They are working on a 2017 Calendar. The next fundraiser is Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” coupons Oct. 18th. More info to follow.

UBREMS News:  E. Bartosiewicz that they did not have a quorum at the October meeting.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: S. Masteller reported that the planning of the Car Show is well underway, show is

November 6, 8am- 2pm.  We would like to put more tables into the pavilion for our spring season.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: T. Stinnett reported to Council that they discussed a

sidewalk/mailbox ordinance.

Utilities

Discussions:

Hydrant flushing Week of October 17-21. Matt reported to Sherry that they will be done tonight (October 19).

During the discussion of crack sealing progress it was brought up that there was an employee conflict and which caused a Borough Employee to walk off the job, T. Stinnett will follow up with that employee in one week.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

The Road Department finished crack sealing the Borough streets for the season.

  1. Stinnett will correspond to David & Sharon Crooks email and Dave Xander.
  2. Masteller, Borough Secretary attended a District 6 PennDOT meeting. They reported that 40% of the State Roads are in poor condition.  To keep the good roads good they are implementing a 4 year crack sealing program, the cost is $675,000.  They do contract out for the crack sealing due to only having one set of equipment. They are going to be more transparent as to what they are doing, this will help the municipalities.

Finance

Discussions:

The Borough Secretary’s Computer is back from being repaired.

Council discussed the Draft 2017 Budget that will go on the November 9, Council agenda for a vote to advertise.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval to advertise the Draft 2017 Budget. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-05-16, Bucks County 2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan update. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-06-16, In support of a citizen’s commission for legislative redistricting and congressional reapportionment. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:   Council discussed the late charge for the water for 817 Easton Road, due to the circumstance Council agreed to not charge the property owner.

APPROVAL OF BILLS:  R. Scott motioned to approve bills.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Meeting adjourned 8:06 PM.

Next Council Meeting December 14, 2016 at 7pm.

Sherry L. Masteller

Borough Secretary

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October 2016 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:07 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from September 14, 2016. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter was read dated September 29, 2016, from State Senator Bob Mensch, Annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast on November 12, 2016.

Email was read dated October 12, 2016, from Todd Myers, Borough Engineer with the adjusted trail cost estimate.

Email was read from Bucks County Consortium, Luncheon is November 3, 2016, and no one on Council is available to attend.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported that after the Council meeting on September 14, 2016 there was a half hour executive session in reference to possible litigation.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed one wedding.  Borough resident contacted Mayor Stokes about someone who was shooting off fireworks late at night, Mayor Stokes said if you know who is doing it you should contact the State Police. The Resident did not know who it was.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough resident present.  E. Albrecht, Borough Resident thanks the Riegelsville Road Crew for doing a great job crack sealing the Borough Streets.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that 1 Building permits were issued:Metal roof.

No updates in reference to 122 Maplewood Road unsafe 2 car garage building. Property owner was looking into someone to remove the wood once it is taken down.

428 Poplar Road property maintenance issue is still ongoing with the Borough Solicitor.  Current pictures will be sent to W. Dudeck, Borough Solicitor.

Dale Wood property update: During the September 14, 2016 Borough Council meeting, Council unanimously approved the continuance of non-conforming use for a truck terminal.  If the current office space was to go back to residential then that building would need a variance to switch back to office space. The buildings on this site never had PA L & I Occupancy approvals under the “Fire and Panic act” Title 34. The new owner would have to bring these “uncertified” buildings into compliance with Pa Act 45. Kopchak discussed with Council how the House Bill 782, would prohibit the current practice of municipalities that opt-in to the PA Uniform Construction Code(UCC) from utilizing only one third party administrator (TPA) to administrator and enforce their building code. Additionally, an applicant would have the option to use any certified TPA on the state for their building project it they pay a surcharge to the municipality of up to 10 percent of the original permit fee. The bill does not affect municipalities that administrate and enforce codes with their own employees. Please contact your state representatives to oppose the HB 782.

Library News: Estelle Bloom, Library Board of Trustees member reported to Council a few things:

  • The annual donation from Durham Township was received in the amount of $4000.00.
  • David Cook gave Estelle Bloom 20 more copies of the Riegelsville, Pa Its Building and Early Inhabitants by Kathleen K Cook. We now have only 38 copies of the book left.
  •  2nd Annual Brewfest Fundraiser is set for September 24, at Muellers.
  • 13th Annual Flea Market is September 17, on the lawn was not as busy as last year’s event.
  • Complete minutes are in the Borough office.
  • Linda Goodwin the Executive Director of the Bucks County Foundation came for a site visit on August 25 with another one of her board members to see what we have done this past year and what we hope to achieve next year. The committee will let us know if and how much money we receive this year by the first of October.

Fire Co. News: A. Kenny reported to Council that they are purchasing a light duty used 2006 Truck. A. Kenny reported that they received a grant to purchase 20- 22 sets of new turnout gear, 18 sets will be obsolete soon.  The Fire Breakfast on September 18 served 325 people. The next fundraiser is set for October 1, Ham Dinner 4-7pm. The annual letter that was mailed out to the communities yielded 23% return.

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: E. Albrecht reported to Council that the next meeting is September 28.  They are working on a 2017 Calendar. The next fundraiser is Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends ”coupons Oct. 18th. More info to follow.

UBREMS News:  E. Bartosiewicz stated nothing new to report.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: S. Masteller reported that the planning of the Car Show is well underway, show is

November 6, 8am- 2pm.  We would like to put more tables into the pavilion for our spring season.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: No September meeting, the next meeting is October 3, 7pm.

Utilities

Discussions:

Dick Mead, Riegelsville Water operator measured the water level at Well #3 since we have not had much rain. When the pump is running the water level is 71-72 feet.

DCNR sent the Borough office a notice that they are going to perform a planned maintenance drawdown of the canal beginning September 26, 2016.

Pennsylvania 811, sent out their 2015 Annual report.

Council would like to know how M. Brady is doing with his water operator classes. Remarks: M. Brady will be checking to see when the test is offered before the end of the year.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

The 100 year Quilt recognition will be during the Council November 9, 2016.

  1. Masteller is waiting for a quote on a professional cleaning of the meeting room floor to be done in January – February 2017.

The road department are crack sealing the Borough streets.

There is a dead tree that needs to be taken down at parking lot across from Borderline so we are getting quotes, one was received so far.

Finance

Discussions:

The 2017 draft budget was worked on during tonight’s meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Nothing to report.

NEW BUSINESS:  

            December 3, 2016, Annual Community Dinner, at the Fire House, the Committee is looking for possible Council members to be a greeter at the door or help deliver meals. Let S. Masteller know if you can help.

            The Enhancement Committee and volunteers will join St Peter’s Lutheran Church this year with the Christmas Eve Luminaries. More supplies are needed, more info to come.   

APPROVAL OF BILLS:  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve bills.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Meeting adjourned 8:10 PM.

Next Council Meeting November 9, 2016 at 7pm.

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September 2016 Council Minutes

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

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

Phone message received from Ponder Goembel, property owner would like to change her address back to 668 instead of 666-668. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to change the address to 668 Easton Road, A. Moyer seconded, Unanimous.  S. Masteller will contact P. Goembel with the process.

Letter dated September 6, 2016  Riegelsville Public Library requested the use of the Borough streets and Riegelsville Fire Police for the Halloween Parade on October 29, 2016.  Council unanimously approved the request.

Letter dated September 9, 2016 Riegelsville Recreation Board requesting Riegelsville Fire Police, Tinicum FP, Bridgeton FP and Springfield Township FP  to assist with the Annual car show on November 6, 2016. Council unanimously approve this request, S. Masteller, Borough Secretary will send letters.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported to Council that he was asked to join the Bucks County TCC board of appeals. T. Stinnett also discussed with Council that he attended a meeting that discussed a resolution in support of a citizen commission for Legislative redistricting and congressional districting.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that a truck hit the PennDOT Canal Bridge today. The State Police and a PennDOT employee came to investigate the accident.  Mayor Stokes reported that his over 45 Baseball team won the last 3 out of 5 games for the season.  Mayor Stokes has been investigating frequent cars that has been parking at the Borough Park. There has been recent vandalism at the Borough Park.

 

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough resident and Regan Wilson, owner of River Valley Septic.

Wilson asked Council if they had any questions in reference to him purchasing 504 Easton Road. W. Dudeck, Council, and R. Wilson had a short discussion about the existing non-conforming use plus the G-5, G-6 use in the Current Zoning Ordinance. Borough Council recognizes 504 Easton Road as an extension of an existing non-conforming use request 15.01 in Zoning Ordinance #222. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve, R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

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

HVAC, Shed Roof (FEMA FP) and 8 foot Fence install. 1 Zoning permit was issued for 8 foot Fence install.

No updates in reference to 122 Maplewood Road unsafe 2 car garage building. Property owner was looking into someone to remove the wood once it is taken down.

428 Poplar Road property maintenance issue is still ongoing with the Borough Solicitor.

  1. Kopchak met with Regan Wilson to discuss 504 Easton Road property that he wants to purchase. R. Wilson gave Borough Council members his written plan of what he wants to do with the property. Regan will be added to the Borough Council agenda on September 14, 2016 at 7pm.

Library News: JoAnn Walsh, Library Board of Trustees member reported to Council a few things:

  • State funding for 2017 will remain the same.
  • The library hosted Summer Reading program, was very successful. For every 100 minutes a colorful paper chain was displayed in the library.
  • Brewfest Fundraiser is set for September 24, at Muellers.
  • 13th Annual Flea Market is September 17, on the lawn.
  • Complete minutes are in the Borough office.

Fire Co. News: A. Kenny reported to Council that they are purchasing a light duty used 2006 Truck. The next Fire Breakfast is August 21, 8-noon.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: E. Albrecht reported to Council that the next meeting is September 28.

UBREMS News:  E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that they have 15 Fulltime Employees, during their monthly meeting employee’s health insurance was discussed.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council that the Rec Board is looking into more security at the Park due to the recent vandalism that has occurred.  We have a Williams Township Boys Fall Ball baseball team using one of the Borough Ball Fields. They are maintaining the field too.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: No September meeting, the next meeting is October 3, 7pm.

Utilities

Discussions:

Jeff Murray, Electrician came to see why the generator at the Borough building didn’t automatically turn on when needed.  J. Murray needed to fix a wire and he showed M. Brady and S. Masteller how to turn it on manually.

M. Brady and W. Dowd checked old water lines to make sure they were capped and they were.

Property at #122 Delaware Road had their plumber fix the pipes for the new water meter to be installed by the water Co.

Streets & Properties-No meeting due to no quorum.

Finance- No meeting due to no quorum

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of Check $10,190.00 to Barry Hoffman Co. Inc. (Well#3 Chlorine alarm installation $2,995.00 & Reservoir Chlorine and Dialer $7,195.00). R. Scott motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Check $2,310.00 to W. Dowd Excavating LLC, (Excavate 12”&3” Spring Hill Road).Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:   No New Business.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:12 PM.

Next Council Meeting October 12, 2016 at 7pm.

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August 2016 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from July 13, 2016. A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated July 14, 2016 from Bridgeton Township Secretary requesting assistance from Riegelsville Fire Police for the Upper Black Eddy Fire Company Carnival on August 31- September 4, 2016. Council unanimously approved our Fire Police to assist during the Carnival.

Email dated August 9, 2016 from Doreen G. Moyer, Borough’s Insurance agent with Penn Community Insurance to inform the Borough Council that she has left her position.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported to Council that he attended a presentation with FERC in reference to the proposed PennEast Pipeline project that has issued the PennEast Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).  T. Stinnett put together the proposed resolution below to have Council members look over, and vote below during unfinished business.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed a wedding in his office. Mayor Stokes has been looking into the Jetters for the drains in 611, they are very expensive.  The Riegelsville Reds over 45 baseball team won their second game for the season.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  Two Borough residents present had no comments at this time.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Officer Jim Kopchak Reported on enforcement activities:

Kathryn Dawson 122 Maplewood Rd: unsafe “2 car garage building” no update

Stephen Ulrich 428 Poplar Rd: Property maintenance letter sent out June 8th.  It appears vehicles have been removed and some clean-up of yard waste and rubbish. Ann P. Moyer stated that she had gone by and there was still need for clean-up. Others agreed.

Other Issues Ongoing: Update fee schedule for 2016

Permits issued:

BP 16-16 Azrolean- 22kw generator elevated per FEMA BFE.

BP 17-16 Souders- Roof.

BP18-16 DDB Electric 100Amp Panel.

Library News: Art in the Library Classes are being filled with waiting lists. Gail and Terry are working on Bucks Co Foundation grant due July 15, 2016

Youth Programs total 5 Library Programs, 2 Passive Programs, and 1 Specialty Program

Science in the summer was held June 27&28. Total of 30 children attended.

Family Game night was not attended despite what seemed to be excitement over the proposal. May consider requiring registration. There are 2 Passive Programs that allow participation in the experience if patrons missed the day of.

A new Parent & Caregiver information has been created in the Children’s Room. Currently consists of flyers, information, and take home worksheets.

Aluminum pie plates are needed for summer activities.

Fire Co. News: Ed and Audrey both stated that the breakfast was well attended.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: No meeting July and August.

UBREMS News:  Nothing to report.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing given. Ed shared that a wire was down by the traffic light. After some investigating by Frank Preedy it was found to be a phone wire and reported.

Rec Board News: Car show planning (3weeks underway) Sponsor & vendor forms mailed to past sponsors. Meetings to start very soon.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: Next meeting is August 1, 2016.

Utilities

Discussions:

Update on Road trip to well 1. & 2 and cisterns:

Rodney Scott: Everything is in clean working order as all members of council was on site to witness the locations of pipes to all working wells and cisterns

Ed Bartosiewicz stated it would be nice to know the exact way all pipes run to wells.

Tom Stinnett stated there are maps here at borough hall that gives us that information.

 FEMA/PEMA. Information:

Tom Stinnett stated we are still waiting to see if we will be receiving reimbursement from our snow removal expenses during the big snow.

Wayne Dowd water main Maple Road:

Rodney Scott stated we received the quote from Wayne Dowd on the 8″ line from Maple to Poplar.

Tom Stinnett stated that there is already a Tee to tie into with a line to help us isolate a good portion of the lines.

Tom Stinnett that line will eventually continue from Maple to Spring Hill.

Rodney Scott: stated that it would be very costly as the linear feet would be triple what it is for the 700 ft. project.

Ed Bartosiewicz stated would have to tap into a 12″ line on Spring Hill road.

Tom Stinnett stated that would not be a problem.

Letter from Carol McGann requesting permission to extend her septic pumping time:

Ann Moyer: pointed out that Carol is an older woman that lives next to her on Easton road and her husband died and now she lives alone. She also is away from her Riegelsville house often and is rarely there.

Rodney Scott stated that due to the circumstances of the homeowner he was fine with extending her septic pumping.

All council agreed.

Pokémon Go:

Rodney Scott stated our water pump locations are fenced and are secured.

Tom Stinnett stated a few kids came walking across the Delaware canal bridge on their phones playing Pokémon Go and almost walked into traffic.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

  1. Masteller updated Council that the water meter issue at 122 Delaware Road will be taken care of on Monday August 8, 2016. The property owner’s plumber will meet Matt at the property so the new meter can be installed.
  2. Masteller updated Council the violation issue for 428 Poplar Road was given to W. Dudeck, Borough Solicitor, to send a letter to the property owner.
  3. Stinnett updated Council to the discussion the Riegelsville Planning Commission had in reference to the draft chicken ordinance. Council discussed and decided to put the draft ordinance on hold for the present time.

Council received copies of the 2016 Traffic Signal Maintenance, the 2 findings will be taken care of by the Borough:

  1. Both the Delaware Road stop bars are faded and should be replaced.
  2. The “Signal Ahead” sign for E/B Delaware Road is non-reflective and should be replaced with high-intensity sign.

Ed would like the Borough to know what date they are doing the inspection because it seems that after they are here to fix something that the light does not cycle correctly.

Continue thinking about items/projects for the 2017 Budget.

Time Capsule Ceremony is set for August 17 at 6:30pm.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer put together a revised Open Space Trail cost estimate.

Council discussed and S. Masteller will discuss with Todd the changes that need to be revised.

Finance

Discussions:

Council discussed the Verizon franchise negotiations fee of $129.00 for the Borough to be part of the Consortium’s negotiations.

Borough needs to hire a new cleaning person for the Borough offices and meeting room. S. Masteller will work on getting quotes.

Council discussed quilt recognition for those that made the 100 Year Anniversary quilt that hangs in the Community Room.

The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program commitment letter and grant agreement was signed and sent back to DCED, the Borough will receive $196,000.00 for the Open Space Trail.

  1. Masteller would like to take an Excel Basics training class on December 12, 2016, the fee is $79.00.

Council approved the class.

Start thinking about the 2017 Budget items.

Financials were not available due to Tammy’s vacation time off, they will be ready for Council meeting August 10, 2016.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

The Borough office received a request to use the Borough Park as a place to have “A Rally to HALT

PennEast” the group will walk north 611 to get to the park. The event would be October 8, 2016.  This is called “A Walk along the Canal-for clean water”. The nonprofit group will be renting the park and supplying their own insurance. The rec Board received their check and are just waiting for their Insurance Certificate.

Approval to put Draft Ordinance #235, “Domestic Chicken-keeping as an accessory activity on

residential property” on hold. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to hire Melanie Keithley to clean the Borough Building weekly.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to

approve. R. Scott seconded Unanimous.

            Approval of Eastern Oak Tree Service quote for $2500.00(take down 1he large oak in parking area near Borough garage, trim 3 remaining trees on side of building, chip brush and remove all wood)). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve, A. Kenny seconded Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-05-16, Proposed PennEast Draft Environmental Impact Statement

(DEIS) and it is 1174 pages long- The Borough does hereby urge FERC to reconsider your issuance of this DEIS at this time and withdraw the DEIS. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve, A. Moyer seconded Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:  Masteller suggested we replace the Borough main door sign with a new vinyl sign on Plexiglas. Council would like to continue to discuss other options for signage.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

Next Council Meeting September 14, 2016 at 7pm.

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