April 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:000p.m April 8, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Rich Pursell. K. Weiss motioned to approve the minutes from March 11, 2015 Council Meeting R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter was read dated April 1, 2015 from Beth Banko, President of the Riegelsville Public Library Board of Trustees request approval of Cheryl Bade.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Cheryl Bade to the Riegelsville Library Board of Trustees. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Stephen Shlyen, Borough Auditor filed the DCED reports and will have the written audit report and invoice next month for the Council meeting. 

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported that this Saturday April 11, Clean-up on the Canal from Mueller’s to Indian Rock Inn.  Also the Riegelsville Borough Park is having a clean-up on April 11 at noon, come out and volunteer.

Mayor – Nothing to Report.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough resident present. No comments to report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Concerns from citizens:  No Borough Resident were present.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that one Building Permit was issued:

Stair Glide.  Jim will contact the attorney for #530 Easton Road for an update on finishing the soffit and fascia.  Fire hazard complaint was reported for #116 Cedar Road, Jim sent a violation notice on March 4, 2015.  410 Easton Road was sent a Zoning Hearing Board application since the property owner is going to appeal the enforcement letter. Bucks County (FIRM) Maps went into effect on March 16th, 2015.

Library News: Julia Sefton introduced to Council Cheryl Bade, candidate for Library Board. The next event will be the Annual Egg Hunt at the Borough Park on Friday April 3, Sponsored by the Library and Recreation Board. Library Fair/Book sale is May 8, 9 and 16. The Yearly Fundraiser envelopes have been sent out. Little Library is complete just needs to installed near the Post office.

Emily French, United Way Representative discussed with Council the purpose of the Open to the public round table meeting at the Borough Hall tomorrow night March 19. The purpose is for the residents to discuss the positive and negative things within the Community.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that the March 15 Breakfast served 350. During the Friday Fish Fry’s they serve around 140 to 150. Auxiliary Flower Sale is April 2, 3 and 4 at Antiques Haven. Homemade Turkey Croquettes fundraiser are 4 patties for $6.00 sold during Fire Co events.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting March 25.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank will be dropping off the Hazardous Mitigation Seminar

information to the Borough office.

            UBREMS News: Ed reported to Council that the Payne Grant was denied but they are reapplying.

They are looking to replace 2 in service Ambulances.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that the paving of the sidewalk at the park should be done within the next 2 weeks. There will be 1 T-Ball team and the girls’ softball will be joining the new league.  Basket Bingo is set for Sunday April 26.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: No March meeting, next meeting is April 6.

Utilities:

Comments from Citizens:  no one present.

Discussions:

Ed reported that Barry Hoffman, Borough Electrician is looking into an alternative to the Well #3 phone alert system. Barry will also be putting in the auto generator adaptor.

Kathy asked when the propane tanks are going in at the Borough Hall Office Generator and are they going above ground or underground.  Rodney reported that as soon as the ground thaws they will install the tanks.

Council discussed the generator adaptor at the traffic light that needs to get a generator to hook to it during power outages.  Jim Kopchak thinks that Warwick Township uses a 3500 Watt generator for their traffic light.

Kathy reported that there is still a light out at the pedestrian bridge.

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens:  Greg Ort, Borough resident came to the meeting to report that his band would not be practicing at his home located at 410 Easton Road, they have finally would another place to practice.

Discussions:

A Borough resident asked Sherry if the alleys could be oiled & chipped. Rich stated that the Bucks County Conservation District offers grants plus classes that someone would need to attend. Rich will get the information to Sherry.

Mayor Stokes asked if anyone has heard what Mr. Weiss is doing with the fallen wall at the old barn. No one had any information so Mayor Stokes will give him a call.

Rich suggested we get a quote for street sweeping since it was put in the budget. Sherry will get the quotes and add them to Council Agenda on April 8, 2015.

We received the updated quote from Philo Insulation for insulating the Borough garage. Rich will talk to Matt about what was discussed when Rodney and Rich met.

Matt has been working on filling potholes on the Borough roads and also alleys.

Finance:

Comment from Citizens: No One present

Discussions:

We received a quote from Lawco Inc. to recalibrate all 3 well’s meters for $2,170.00.  Sherry will add to the April 8, Council agenda.

Sherry spoke to Armour and Son’s Electric in reference to the traffic light blinking after a power outage.

Fred suggested we contact them to see if there is a code that will tell them if something needs to be fixed.

Sherry will send another letter to the State Police that states when the traffic light is out to contact Sherry to see if it is a power outage.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of Lawco Inc. quote for up to $ 1720.00 to calibrate the meters at the wells. R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

            Approval of quote from Reilly Sweeping for $1920.00 to sweep the Borough roads for 2 days. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Council discussed the proposed lot lease for Craig Cardone’s property.  T. Stinnett spoke with Craig and due to the cost of his insurance, Craig offered to sell to the Borough the property for $13,000.00.

  1. Bartosiewicz motioned to purchase the property for $13,000.00 plus the Borough will cover the closing cost. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS: 

Sherry Masteller will be attending the Bucks County Consortium May 7, 2015 at Middletown Township, Langhorne, PA.

Primary Election May 19, 2015.

 

           

APPROVAL OF BILLS:   K. Weiss motioned to approve bills.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Meeting adjourned 8:08 PM.

Next Council Meeting May 13, 2015 at 7pm

 

 

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A Huge THANK-YOU to Ron Flahart!!!

Ron Flahart from Catasauqua donated

Pictures of the Delaware River Roebling Bridge that he had taken.

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March 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:000p.m March 11, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from February 11, 2015 Council Meeting R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter was read dated March 2, 2015 from Bucks County Department of Health in reference to the West Nile Virus program.

Letter was read dated March 9, 2015 from Bucks County Consortium of Municipalities 2015 membership dues for $150.00.

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported that he received a complaint from Sal at Borderline that Durham Road was not plowed in front of his business.  Council discussed the snow removal in the business district and they would like the road department to remove the piles from the corners with the backhoe.  Mayor Stokes asked how we would go about getting Speed study on Delaware Road.  The speed has increased since the canal bridge was replaced. T. Stinnett will contact State Rep. Quinn for more information.  S. Masteller will contact our PennDOT traffic safety manager.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough resident present. No comments to report

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Concerns from citizens:  One Borough Resident Present.

Discussions:

Florence Kawoczka- Director for Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County introduced herself to Council and explained that they have been helping in Bucks County for 25 years. They (Habitat for Humanity) are building their 100th home. “A Brush with Kindness” is a program that helps revitalize the appearance of neighborhoods and preserve affordable housing. Are you struggling to maintain the exterior of your homes due to age, disability or family circumstances? Reclaim your home with dignity and pride with our exterior home repairs for homeowners in need! Information will be put on the Borough website, Rville Happenings email plus brochures in the meeting room.

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that one Building Permit was issued:

200 Amp Meter.  Sound Level Survey was received from Michael R. Smith, Cowan Associates in reference to 410 Easton Road noise complaint.  The Survey will be sent to Bill Dudeck, Borough Solicitor.

Library News: No one present from the Library. Ed met with Beth Banko to see where a few paintings could be put in the Library stairwell.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that the February 15 breakfast served only 150 due to the weather. Next Breakfast is March 15. Fish Fry Fridays start February 20, 5-7pm.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting is February 25 at 7pm they are looking

for new ideas!  The Super Bowl Hoagie sale made a profit of $222.00 plus $110.50 in donations. Calendar

sales were $20.00.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Received a letter from the BC Planning Commission for their

meeting to kick-off the Local Hazard Mitigation Planning on Tuesday March 3, 2015 2:30 to 4:30.  Council stated

that if no one from the Riegelsville Emergency management could attend then Sherry could go.

            UBREMS News: Ed reported to Council that everything is running smoothly with the new bookkeeper,

Kate Budlong and new Executive Director in Chief, Ryan Pankoe

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that Ball signups are low this year. Other Municipalities are having

low numbers too, so they are getting more information to possible joining the Palisades Colonial League. When Rodney has more info he will get back to Council.  First on the list to get done is the ADA sidewalk back where the batting cages are at the softball field.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Nothing to report no meeting in February.

Utilities:

Comments from Citizens:  1 resident present. Nothing to report.

Discussions:

Matt Brady and Wayne Nicholas put a new water meter and curb stop at 221 Easton Road due to an old leaky meter.

February 13, 2015 the boiler was firing every 4 minutes and the alarm was going off. Dale Wood has come 4 different times to try and fix it but the alarm was not going off as often.  Dale wood had difficulties but finally got it fixed Saturday February 14, 2015 around 4pm.

Council asked Sherry to ask the Riegelsville post master if a mailbox can be parallel to the street/curb. Sherry could not get much info from the Riegelsville Post Office in reference to specific regulations for putting up a rural mailbox in Riegelsville. Sherry went on to the USPS.com and that was not very helpful either but she found an address to send for information to the Engineering Department.  Sherry will report back to Council.

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens:    No one present.

Discussions:

Enforcement letter was sent certified mail and regular mail to 410 Easton Road due to the noise level. The certified was signed on February 26.  On Saturday February 28 the band was practicing.

 

The Borough ordered salt on 2/13 and 2/17 from Morton Salt and has not received them yet.  Morton Salt is still waiting for barges to come in before they send the orders to the carriers. Riegelsville Road crew has been mixing the salt and cinders to make it last. Penn DOT did deliver a load of Salt to the Borough on Tuesday since we were in dire need due to the pending storm.

Rodney suggested the new Borough/Library sign should be repositioned when we install it in the spring. You can see where PennDOT plow has thrown the snow is past the first post. Council agreed.

Rodney reported to Council that Sycamore road pavement is really deteriorated and should be on the street repair list.

Council discussed how to get the south end of the Borough streets to move their cars so the snow can be cleared since they can only park on the street.  Discussions to continue.

Finance:

Comment from Citizens:  No One present

Discussions:

Tammy was unable to print out the financials it is not defaulting to the right date, she has a call into Caselle for help. Once it is fixed they will be put in Council’s mailboxes.

Borough received a quote from Richard J Miller & Sons for new insulated garage doors, this will be added to the Council agenda March 11.

Borough received a quote from ML Scott & Sons to replace the front stair rails. Discussions will continue due to the ADA specifications.

Ed discussed with Council the DCED Flood Mitigation grant program.  Funding shall not exceed $500,000 and a 15% match of the total project cost is required. Ed suggested we can possible use it to repair the drain pipes that go to the canal and add the duckbills.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of Richard J Miller & Sons, Inc proposal $4,875.00 to install 3 insulated Garage doors in the Borough Garage. R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

Approval of Philo Insulation & Fireproofing Co. proposal $2,675.00 to insulate the Borough Garage. During Council’s discussion they decided to put this on hold until further information is gathered.   

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:30 PM.

Next Council Meeting April 8, 2015 at 7pm

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2014 Annual Drinking Water Report

2014 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

PWSID #:   1090058               NAME:  Riegelsville Water Company

Este informe contiene información importante acerca de su agua potable.  Haga que alguien lo traduzca para usted, ó hable con alguien que lo entienda.  (This report contains important information about your drinking water.  Have someone translate it for you, or speak with someone who understands it.)

WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION:

This report shows our water quality and what it means.  If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Richard Meade at (215) 901-5102.  We want you to be informed about your water supply.  If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings.  They are held the third (3rd) Wednesday of every month immediately following the 7 pm Community Affairs meeting.

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

Our water sources are 3 municipal wells, two of which are located in Williams Township, one within the Borough of Riegelsville.  A Source Water Assessment of our source(s) was completed by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (Pa. DEP). The Assessment has found that our source(s) of are potentially most susceptible to agricultural activities, Tier II sites, low density development, high density development, and major road activities.  Overall, our sources have little risk of significant contamination. A summary report of the Assessment is available on the Source Water Assessment & Protection web page at (http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/watermgt/wc/Subjects/SrceProt/SourceAssessment/default.htm). Complete reports were distributed to municipalities, water supplier, local planning agencies and PADEP offices.  Copies of the complete report are available for review at the Pa. DEP Southeast

Regional Office, Records Management Unit at (484) 250-5009.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population.  Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Monitoring Your Water:

We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws.  The following tables show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2014.  The State allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of our data is from prior years in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The date has been noted on the sampling results table.

DEFINITIONS:

Action Level (AL) - The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) - The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) – The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water.  There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) - The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.

Minimum Residual Disinfectant Level (MinRDL) - The minimum level of residual disinfectant required at the entry point to the distribution system.

Treatment Technique (TT) - A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

Mrem/year = millirems per year (a measure of                      ppm = parts per million, or milligrams per liter

radiation absorbed by the body)                                             (mg/L)

pCi/L = picocuries per liter (a measure of                              ppq = parts per quadrillion, or picograms per

radioactivity)                                                                           liter

ppb = parts per billion, or micrograms per liter                       ppt = part per trillion, or nanograms per liter

(µg/L)

DETECTED SAMPLE RESULTS:

 

Entry Point Disinfectant Residual
Contaminant Minimum Disinfectant

Residual

Lowest

Level Detected

Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination
Chlorine 0.4 0.43 0.43 – 2.2 ppm 2014 N Water additive used to control microbes.

 

Lead and Copper
Contaminant Action Level (AL) MCLG 90th Percentile Value Units # of Sites Above AL of Total Sites Violation Y/N Sources of

Contamination

Lead 15 0 3.90 ppb 0 out of 10 N Corrosion of household plumbing.
Copper 1.3 1.3 .526 ppm 0 out of 10 N Corrosion of household plumbing.

 

 

Chemical Contaminants

  Contaminant MCL in CCR Units MCLG Level Detected Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination
  Arsenic (IOC) 10 0 0.26 0.26 ppb 2012 N Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
  Barium (IOC) 2 2 0.0237 0.0199 – 0.0237 ppm 2012 N Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits
  Chromium (IOC) 100 100 0.39 0.39 ppb 2012 N Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits
  Nickel (IOC) 100 0 0.79 0.51 – 0.79 ppb 2012 N Erosion of natural deposits; Corrosion of home plumbing
  Nitrate 10 10 3.83 1.09 – 4.61 ppm 2014 N Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
  Selenium (IOC) 50 50 1.7 0.79 – 1.7 ppb 2012 N Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from mines
  TTHM 80 N/A 5.12 4.66 – 5.12 ppb 2014 N By-product of drinking water chlorination
  Radium-228 N/A 0 0.076 0.076 pCi/l 2012 N Erosion of natural deposits

 

OTHER VIOLATIONS:

Our Drinking Water Electronic Reporting (DWELR) report is due by the tenth (10th) of each month for the prior month.  We were late on filing and were issued a violation.  Compliance was achieved and the violation closed. 

EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION:

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells.  As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.  Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater run-off, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA and DEP prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  FDA and DEP regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.  More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD:

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.  Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing.  Riegelsville Water Company is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.  When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.  Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

OTHER INFORMATION:

What is added to the water supply?  As a public water supplier, we add very small amounts of a chemical called chlorine to our water.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental protection (PADEP) requires that the water be disinfected prior to delivery.  Chlorine kills any germs or bacteria that might be present in the water mains as the water is delivered to our customers.  The water as it comes from the ground I generally free of harmful bacteria.

Riegelsville Water Company DOES NOT add Fluoride to its water supply.

If you would like this report in electronic format in the future please email:  riegelsville@verizon.net with “Add me to the CCR list” in the subject line.

Riegelsville Water Company

PO Box 494

Riegelsville, PA  18077

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February 2015 Counci Meeting

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:000p.m. February 11, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett and Kathleen Weiss.   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the January 14, 2015 Council Meeting subject to acceptance of Rich Pursell’s resignation retroactive to its tender with ratification of all official actions since then, R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter was read dated January 19, 2015 from Thomas E Stinnett, Riegelsville Planning Commission Secretary- 2014 Annual report to the Borough Council.

Letter was read dated January 26, 2015 from Community Fire Co. #1 of Riegelsville inviting the Borough Council and a guest to attend the banquet on Saturday evening March 7, 2015.

Letter was read dated February 10, 2015 from Michael R. Smith, Cowan Associates in reference to the sound level outdoor testing for 410 Easton Road.

Email was read dated February 11, 2015 from Matt Brady, Borough Employee in reference to snow plowing.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that he attended the FERC (Penn East Pipeline) meeting at Northampton Community College.

Mayor Absent

 

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough resident present.

Elaine Albrecht reported to Council that the Enhancement Committee hoagie sale was a success! They sold 87 hoagies, 24 veggie wraps and 4 calendars. Profit was $222.00 from hoagies & wraps, donations $110.50 and $20.00 from calendars. Next meeting is February 25, 2015 at 7pm.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Concerns from citizens:  One Borough Resident Present.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that two Building Permit were issued:

Oil Tank Closure and 100 Amp Meter. A complaint came to the Borough office in reference to 667 Wayside Way with pictures showing piles of building materials, trash and dog feces. Jim sent an enforcement letter on January 7th informing the property owner to clean up the property.   Bucks County Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) go into effect on March 16th, 2015. Sherry will get Jim a copy of the revised flood zone ordinance.

Library News: Beth Banko, Library Board of Trustees President reported to Council that the “Little Free Library” will be installed near the Post Office. Borough Resident, Paul Anthony will design and install it. Terri & Julia made an extra effort to add new and new to the library books to the collection before the end of the year. They added 133 items including adult, young adult and juvenile books.  Tax forms have begun to arrive at the Library. AARP volunteers will begin Tuesday February 10th to help residents with their taxes.  The annual “Gingerbread House” making program was well-attended. Next up, “Valentine Making” on February 7th.  All ages are welcome.

November statistics:

Circulation: 1046

Public Count: 568

Historic Room Visits: 0

Internet use: 10

Items added: 133

Adults Programs: 1 program/9 attended.

Juvenile: December- 12 programs= 34 Children, 15 Adults.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that December Santa Breakfast served 459, January 18-Served 206, due to the bad weather.  Next Breakfast is February 15. Fish Fry Fridays start February 20, 5-7pm.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next fundraiser is Super bowl hoagie sale February 1.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

            UBREMS News: Ed reported to Council that they hired a new bookkeeper, Kate Budlong.

Property owner at 203 Easton Road was having difficulty getting homeowners insurance due to the apartments

current address 302 Maple Lane. Ed and Sherry spoke to the BC 911 Center and UBREMS to ask what address could be found in case of an emergency. The new apartment address is 203B Easton Road.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that Ball season is around the corner, signups are 1/29 and 1/31.

First on the list to get done is the ADA sidewalk back where the batting cages are at the softball field.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Nothing to report.

Utilities:

Comments from Citizens:  1 resident present. Nothing to report.

Discussions:

Liberty Propane is very busy with emergency heating situations and then they will put in the Borough tanks.

Four property owners had questions in reference to the on lot septic maintenance ordinance. Council discussed these questions and Sherry will send letters to the property owners with answers to their questions.

Villa Richard has a water pressure issue that Matt is looking into tomorrow January 22.

Sherry discussed with Council that March 16-20, 2015 both her and Tammy will be on vacation. Council will take turns checking the messages and Sherry will put a different message on the answering machine.

 

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens: One Borough resident was present.

Borough resident, Warren Brown received a violation letter dated September 29, 2014, Mr. Brown stated that he owns 39 acres and does have a shooting target that he and his children use, he explained to Council that his children are 15 and have taken the safety courses. The Borough office received a concern that firearms where being discharged within the Borough limits.  Council and Mayor Stokes continued this discussion.

Discussions:

Decibel readings were taken for the excessive noise at 410 Easton Road, Todd Myers, Borough Engineer will send a report.

Salt deliveries are taking a long time to be delivered with Sherry making many calls to check on them.

Rich suggested installing heat in the Borough Garage, it will help the equipment to last longer. Rich will talk to Matt about getting prices on spray insulation and putting up an insulated recessed ceiling. Council agreed it is well needed.  Rich also discussed with Matt the plowing complaints the Borough office and other Council members are hearing. Rich will put together a letter to be sent to the Borough employees that plow.

Finance:

Comment from Citizens: No One present

Discussions:

The Well #2 paperwork has been forwarded to the insurance co. for the claim of $4,164.00 for Barry Hoffman’s 2 invoices. Remark: Received insurance claim check today February 11, 2015 $3,164.00.

United Way would like to use the meeting room for an open house.

Council looked over the financials.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Today the Borough office received the results from Palisades School District “Demographic Data Presentation. Riegelsville Planning Commission sent a letter and Tom Stinnett sent info from the Bucks County Planning Commission too.  Tom will look over these documents and get back to Council.

 

NEW BUSINESS: 

            Rich Pursell reported to Council that Springfield Township belongs to the Co-Star Salt consortium and have maxed out their salt orders already for the year.  Rich asked Council if the Borough could get the salt delivered here and sell it to Springfield Township if needed, they are getting it from a few other municipalities. Council approved.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

 

Next Council Meeting March 11, 2015 at 7pm

 

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January 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:02 p.m. January 14, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2014 Council Meeting subject to acceptance of Rich Pursell’s resignation retroactive to its tender with ratification of all official actions since then, R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated December 23, 2014 from Riegelsville Public Library thanking Borough Council for their 2014 donation.

Letter dated December 31, 2014 from Armour & Sons Electric, Inc. 2015 rates.

Tammy Macaluso, Riegelsville Borough Tax Collector gave Council the 2014 Lien summary report. 2013 and prior taxes.

Letter dated January 5, 2015 from County of Bucks Board of Election 2015 dates: Municipal Primary- May 19, 2015, Municipal Election – November 3, 2015.

Letter dated January 7, 2015 from Borough resident Frank E. Albrecht applauds President Stinnett and Mayor Stokes stance against the proposed PennEast Pipeline project that was written in the Bucks County Herald on December 25, 2014.

Letter dated January 9, 2015 from County of Bucks Emergency Services. The County of Bucks Emergency Management Department has identified and designated the Bucks County Hazardous Incident Response Team to be the only team that will be dispatched by the Bucks County 911 Center to respond to HAZMAT incidents in Bucks County.

Letter dated January 14, 2015 from Richard W. Pursell, Jr. at the request of the Riegelsville Borough Council rescind his resignation for the position of Council member. REMARKS:

Email dated January 14, 2015 from Alisa Harris, UGI (Penn East Pipeline) provided the list FERC’s scoping hearings for the proposed pipeline project.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that he received an email from Steve Salva in reference to Pipeline safety setbacks in Ontario Canada. It states that for a 36 inch pipe the setback should be ½ mile.  Sherry will forward the email to Council tomorrow morning.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he sent a letter to Sgt. Nosal with PA State Police in reference to the increased speed on Delaware road since the new canal bridge has been put in. The peak time is rush hour. T. Stinnett will contact M. Quinn’s office.  Mayor Stokes also reported that the risers did not get fixed in front of his office. S. Masteller will contact Ed Burns.  S. Masteller will contact Elizabeth and ask if the drainage pipe to the river has been replaced.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  Two Borough resident: Dan Cook would like to discuss the proposed Snow removal ordinance. Discussion will be during the unfinished business.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  No meetings due to Holidays.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval for of Ordinance #231 Snow Removal. D. Cook discussed with Council a few concerns: Why did the time change to 24 hours. T. Stinnett reported that during the discussions of the Riegelsville Planning Commission they compared what other municipalities are doing. All stated 24 hours. T. Stinnett also stated that a written warning notice with a copy of the ordinance would be mailed out before the violation. S. Masteller, Borough Secretary stated that usually the written notices have been rectified so there would not be a need for a violation to be sent.   R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of the 2014 Exoneration list for per capita tax. R. Scott motioned to approve. R. Pursell. Unanimous.

Approval of unpaid per capita tax accounts. K. Weiss motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-01-15 Zoning Hearing Board reappointment of Allen Madnick term ending December 31, 2017.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-02-15, authorizing the Borough’s Fire Company to recover cost and /or expenses for its services from property owners through claims submitted only upon an individual property owners ‘insurance policy. R. Pursell motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

            Council discussed the Draft lease for C. Cardone parking lot/ side walk.

NEW BUSINESS:  T. Stinnett stated that the Riegelsville Planning Commission needs Borough cards for 2015 too.  S. Masteller will take care of them.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned 8:25 PM.

 

Next Council Meeting February 11, 2015 at 7pm

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December 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:02 p.m. December 10, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes. ABSENT: Rich Pursell.   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the November 12, 2014 Council Meeting, R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter received dated November 19, 2014 from Richard W. Pursell, Jr. Council member resignation. Bartosiewicz motioned to accept with regret. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Fax received dated December 10, 2014 Riegelsville Planning Commission- Snow removal Ordinance.             REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that he attended a DRBC meeting and gave them a copy of the Borough’s PennEast Resolution.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he talked to Canal Bridge contractors about the noise from the water valves that need to be flush with the new pavement, they will take care of it.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough resident- no comment

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Concerns from citizens:

2 borough resident present, John Murphy-Weiss and Elaine Albrecht.

John Murphy-Weiss lives on Maplewood and would like to know when the stop signs in the middle of Maplewood Road will be removed since the temporary bridge is now closed and the new Canal Bridge is open.  Council discussed this and asked Sherry to have Matt remove them tomorrow.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that five Building Permit were issued:

HVAC, New Boiler, Propane Tank, Roof Repair and Boiler and Propane Tank. Jim received the information in reference to the noise ordinance and reported to Council that Keystone services does not have anyone that is certified to do dBA readings.

Library News: Julia Sefton, Riegelsville Public Library Children’s Librarian reported to Council that there will be three more Art Classes for the year. Julia set up a table at Durham Days (October 11) and Fall Roll Out Car Show (November 2). Fall Book Sale is set for November 21, 22 and 29th.  Once a month Julia goes to Care a lot in Durham Twp.  Julia asked Council if they could be put up small Library signs at the corner by Lutheran Church, and by Elmwood/Church Road. Sherry and Matt will look into the supplier of the Borough signs and get back to Julia.

October statistics:

Circulation: 1176

Historic Room Visits: 0

Items added: 72

Public Count: 536

Internet use: 10

Adult programs: 5 programs

Juvenile: 10 events 80 children, 35 adults

Teen Book Club:

Fire Co. News: Ed reported the November 16th Breakfast served 366. December 4th is a CPR certification class if any Council members would like to attend. December 6th is the Annual Community Dinner. December 21, is “Breakfast with Santa”.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: No meetings November or December. 2015 Calendars

will be sold during the St John UCC Holiday Bazaar on Saturday November 22, 2014.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

            UBREMS News: They are still looking for a new Chief. The next meeting is December 8, 2014.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council that the new door came in so he just needs to put it in.

            Riegelsville Planning Commission: Next meeting is December 1, 2014 at 7pm. They will be discussing the current snow removal ordinance.

Utilities:

Comments from Citizens:  1 resident present. Nothing to report.

Discussions:

James Hoeksema, property owner of 945 Edgewood Road came to the Borough Office to ask if the Borough moved the boulders that are on the corner of his property. Matt moved them because water was laying and he needed to make a trench to drain the water.  T. Stinnett stated that the Borough owns 30 feet off and that is probably where the boulders are anyway. T. Stinnett said to have Matt look for the property pins. REMARKS: Matt could not find the property pins, Sherry will ask Mr. Hoeksema if he has the locations; if not we could ask Todd Myers, Borough Engineer.

Liberty Propane Co. reported that setbacks are 10 feet from building and property lines. Council would like to get the fee for Liberty to do the excavation for the tanks. T. Stinnett asked Sherry to check with Steve Salva to ask who did St Lawrence’s underground tanks. REMARKS: Sherry spoke to Steve Salva, Schaibles Heating did the complete job.

The tenant that lives at #145 Easton Road would like to put an old well in service to water the garden. Council stated that the Borough Ordinance does not allow that.  Sherry will let the tenant know.

 

Borough office received a proposal for Armour & Sons Electric Co. to install a generator adaptor for the traffic light. $1275.00 includes labor and material.

The final PennDOT Canal Bridge inspection is set for December 2, 2014 at 1:30- Tom will attend.

Sherry sent an email to L. Belmonte, PennDOT District Traffic Engineer to ask how the traffic could be calmed at the New Canal Bridge. Sherry reported that during the November 12, 2014 Council meeting Borough Resident Amanda Richardson asked what could be done.  Mr. Belmonte stated they do not do speed humps.

However he did state that he would have D. Centofante, Traffic Studies Supervisor will review the signage is in place, and whether any pavement markings are appropriate then get the results back to the Borough office.

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens:  No one present

Discussions:

Council continued to discuss the 410 Easton Road noise issue.

Council discussed the current alley stop signs that need to be added to the Borough ordinance.

The Riegelsville Planning Commission made some proposed changes to the current snow removal ordinance. Council will receive a copy very soon.

Matt has researched quotes to purchase a used storage Container to put next to the Borough garage.

The quotes range from $2050.00 to $3200.00 delivered. Rich would like to put this on the Council agenda since this purchase is in the current 2014 Budget.

Mayor Stokes reported to Council that the 3 water valves in front of his business/personal home need to be fixed by PennDOT. Rich asked if PennDOT added risers before they paved. Mayor Stokes said no and he will talk to them about this issue.

Kathie reported that the drains on 611 are filled with leaves. Sherry stated that Matt cleans off the top but the lines between the drains are clogged and PennDOT will not take care of that.

Kathie reported that there is a hole on Church Road near St Peters Lutheran Church and one on Elmwood Road before St Lawrence Catholic Church.

Finance:

Comment from Citizens:  No One present

Discussions:

Bill Dudeck-Borough Solicitor, Tom Stinnett and Rodney Scott will meet with Craig Cardone to discuss the possible lease of Craig’s parking lot on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 6pm.

Liberty propane Co. reported to Sherry that underground propane tanks need to be 10 feet from buildings and property lines. The excavation for each tank is appx. $1000.00.

The property at 719 Easton Road had bamboo hanging on Route 611 during the heavy snow storm last week. Council suggested that Bill Dudeck should send the property owners the bamboo ordinance that references taking care of this dangerous issue.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval for proposal from Port Container Co. proposal for $2050.00 includes delivery for 40ft container for next to the garage.  2nd quote from Interport Co. $1800.00 plus $500.00 delivery. 3rd quote Seaside Container Co. $2650.00 with Delivery.  R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval for proposal from Barry Hoffman Electric $6890.00 for transfer switch for Well #3. R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz. Unanimous.

Approval for proposal from Liberty Propane Inc. 2 underground propane tanks and excavation $10,000.00.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

Approval for proposal from Armour & Sons Inc $1275.00 for Generator cabinet with cord for traffic light, includes labor and material.  R. Scott motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of the 2015 Budget. K. Weiss motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Ordinance # 229, Flood Plain Management Regulations. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to

approve.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Ordinance #230, Tax Levy for 2015      12.75 Mils. K. Weiss motioned to approve. E.

Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to advertise the proposed Ordinance #231 Snow Removal Ordinance. R. Scott motioned the approval to advertise.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.

 APPROVAL OF BILLS:   K. Weiss motioned to approve bills.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

 

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

 

Next Council Meeting January 14, 2015 at 7pm

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