June 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:000p.m June 10, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Thomas Stinnett and Kathleen Weiss ABSENT: Mayor Stokes and Rodney Scott Weiss motioned to approve the minutes from May 13, 2015 Council Meeting E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Save the date fundraiser postcard received from Heritage Conservancy September 12, 2015 at Whispering Woods, Durham PA.

Letter was read dated May 22, 2015 from Upper Bucks County YMCA August 3-7 Advocacy Week in Pennsylvania.

Letter was read dated May 28, 2015 from PA L& I audit report.

Letter was read dated May 28, 2015 from Heritage Conservancy. The Heritage Conservancy is pleased to assist Riegelsville Borough in the preparation of its grant applications to the DCED and the BC Municipal Open Space Program for funding of the Riegelsville Trail and related amenities.

Letter was read dated June 2, 2015 from Riegelsville Public Library thanking the Borough Council for the generous annual gift of $3000.00.

Letter was read dated June 2, 2015 from Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center thanking the Borough Council for generous annual gift of $500.00.

Letter was read from the Recorders Office of Bucks County- Honor Flight Bucks County, K. Weiss motioned to donate $100.00 R. Pursell seconded, Unanimous.

Letter was read dated June 6, 2015 from Noah Fitzgerald, Sanitarian for Department of Environmental Protection in reference to the water supply inspection report.

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Sherry that he performed his Son Chase and Eileen’s wedding on June 6, 2015.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  Two Borough residents present. Borough resident Susan Pulsinelli introduced herself to Council and expressed her concerns of her neighbor’s house (141 Delaware Road) the paint is chipping, no boards for the front porch floor plus no roofing on the front porch.  Susan has tried to talk to the owner and that does not get anywhere. What can the Borough do to fix this problem?  T. Stinnett reported that there is a Court Hearing scheduled for June 30th. James Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer has issued the citations, Mr. Kreider contacted J. Kopchak’s office to inform him that he has a painter contracted to paint his house. J. Kopchak put a call into the contractor for more information.   Susan is also very concerned with the speed on Delaware Road off the Canal Bridge to traffic light.  T. Stinnett reported that he has contacted PennDOT traffic engineer to check the traffic flow on Delaware Road and possible speed deterrents.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 4 Zoning Permits were issued-1

Fence, 1 Deck, Shed in Flood Plain (May be cancelled), Hot Tub install. 2 Building Permits were issued- 200 amp electrical service, 1 Electric for Hot Tub. Enforcement Activities: Kreider court date is set for June 30, if Mr. Kreider brings a valid contract for the items in the citations then the court date will be postponed. The Pa L & I audit is scheduled for May 27, 2015. Discussion with Council if a $50 or $40 non-refundable deposit for all permit applications submitted in case they withdraw the approved permit.  Also discussed adding an additional fee for flood plain review.  Sherry will contact other Municipalities to see what they are doing.

Library News:  Terri Randolph emailed the Director’s report to Sherry, Borough Secretary.  “The Free Little Library” is ready to go just waiting for Paul Anthony and Matt Brady to have time to install it.  Patrons are excited to use the Museum Passes.  The new website is almost ready to go public.

April statistics:

Circulation: 1259

Public Count: 565

Historic Room Visits: 0

Internet use: 22

Items added: 152

Adult programs: 5 programs with 41 adults.

Juvenile: April 12 events 59 children, 30 adults.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that May 17 Breakfast served approximately 300.  May 30, Spaghetti Dinner 4-7pm.  The Fire Company members have been training at the Burn Building in Quakertown.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting May 27, 2015, 7pm at the Borough Hall.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

            UBREMS News: Ed reported to Council that the Squad is still looking to purchase 2 new ambulances.

Rec Board News: Next meeting will be in early June. Rodney reported the 4 teams are doing well.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Last meeting was May 4. During the June 1, meeting they will beooking at sample burn ban ordinances.

Utilities:

Discussions:

The new bicycle drain covers will not work so Matt will check the new ones that PennDOT put in south end of 611, plus discuss this with Rich.

Hydrant flushing tonight from 9-midnight, should be the last night.

Tom will meet with Dick Meade, Riegelsville Water operator to go over the DEP information that needs to be updated.

Remind Matt about the missing water valve cover on 611/Ash Lane.

Council requested Sherry put up no parking signs for the Memorial Day Parade on Sunday May 24.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

State Police emailed the May monthly stats to the Borough office.

Allen Madnick put a petition together September 1, 2014 against the rumble strips on 611, PennDOT sent back a letter that states when 611 is repaved they will not reinstall the rumble strips.

Tom discussed the Open Space walking trail grant through DCED that Kris Kern has put together for the Borough.

Ed reminded Council about putting in the water line next to the trail from Spring Hill Road to Maple Lane. Maybe we can get funding.

Finance:

Discussions:

Kris Kern needs a $100.00 check for the DCED Grant application fee, this will be added to the bill for Council meeting June 10.

Council received a proposal from “Classic Painting” for the exterior painting of the upper cornice of the Borough Hall Building. Ed stated that he would be working on the roof during the painting too since there will be an articulated boom being rented for the month. Ed is available in September, Sherry will make Roy aware of the time-frame.

Doreen Moyer, Borough Insurance agent set up a meeting with 2 members of the Riegelsville Library Board of Trustees plus Ed and Tom to discuss the insurance that the Borough and the Library has. Council will look into the current ordinance that states no alcohol beverages outside on Borough owned property.

Bill Sado will give the Borough a proposal for the front railing at the Library main entrance in time for Council meeting June 10.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Settlement total for parcel #38-006-048(Parking Lot and sidewalk located at Delaware & Church Road) owned by Craig Cardone for $13,856.87.

            Approval for approx. $29,194.00 for the chip seal job on Fern, Edgewood, Cedar and Top of Delaware. R. Pursell motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for Sadow Services $1,800.00 to install one pair of code compliant stair and landing railings on the front entrance to the Riegelsville Library. K. Weiss motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for $9,500.00 Classic Painting- Exterior Painting of upper cornice surrounding the Borough Hall Building. K. Weiss motioned to approve, R. Pursell seconded, Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS: 

Borough office will be closed Friday July 3, 2015 for the Holiday.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:20 PM.

Next Council Meeting July 8, 2015 at 7pm

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May 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:000p.m May 13, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Rich Pursell and Rodney Scott.

Weiss motioned to approve the minutes from April 8, 2015 Council Meeting E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

None to report

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported that Monday May 11, 2015 was the Annual Wellhead protection meeting.  There was a discussion that the State may be raising the percentage of chlorine that needs to be added to water systems.  Tom discussed the speed on Delaware Road with State Rep. Quinn. State Rep Quinn gave Tom the PennDOT Safety Managers contact info to contact him directly, since we have not heard anything Tom asked Sherry to follow up with the PennDOT Safety manager.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes attended the Spring Dinner benefiting the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.  Mayor Stokes performed one wedding and the donation went to the Riegelsville Rec Board.

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Concerns from citizens:  One Borough Resident and Erica Sommer, Library Board of Trustees member was present.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 2 building permits- both electrical.

One Zoning permit was issued for an 8×10 shed. Enforcement letter went out on April 1, 2015 to 530 Easton Road regarding the gutters, downspouts and capping fascia boards. Non traffic citation was issued to 141 Delaware Road regarding inoperable vehicle, weatherproofing/painting house and loose and warped deck boards.  Fire hazard complaint at 116 Ceader Road has been removed. 410 Easton Road noise complaint is complying with the noise ordinance violation.  118 Sycamore Road has a non-permitted garage conversion to a sleeping room, Jim spoke to the owner and will send an official letter on April 22.  Mrs. Ott asked Sherry if she needed a permit to have her paved driveway repaved.  Jim started no as long as they were not changing the size. Repaving is considered maintenance. Sherry will get back to Mrs. Ott.

Library News: Erica Sommer, Library Board member reported to Council that Kim Ulrey is resigning from the board so they will be advertising for a new member very soon. The next fundraiser is the Library Fair/Book sale on May 8, 9 and 16. The Yearly Fundraiser envelopes have been sent out. Little Library is complete. It needs to be installed near the Post office. Pam Lazor submitted a grant application to continue the “Art in the Library” program, they received the grant. Pam is coordinating the dates for the community room with Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary.

March statistics:

Circulation: 1220

Historic Room Visits: 0

Items added: 68

Public Count: 541

Internet use: 18

Adult programs: 2 programs with 18 adults

Juvenile: 11 events 71 children, 38 adults

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that the Fish Fry’s where very successful. Next breakfast is April 19, 8am –noon. Joel Roney, Matt Serrone, Cordell and Hayes Hissim helped during the Borough Park clean up Saturday April 11, 2015. Roast Beef Dinner- May 2, 4-7pm. The men’s room is being updated at the Fire Co.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting April 22, 2015, 7pm at the Borough Hall.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

            UBREMS News: Ed reported to Council that they had a retirement party for Debbie O’Donnell,

outgoing treasurer.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that the paving of the sidewalk at the park is complete.  Infield mix

will be delivered April 16, for both fields. Game opener is Saturday April 25, 11 am. Basket Bingo fundraiser is set for Sunday April 26, doors open at noon, games start at 1pm. Rodney is going to get a quote for trimming some of the sycamore branches that are hanging over the softball field and the pine tree is covering up the score board.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: No April meeting, next meeting is May 4.

Utilities:

Comments from Citizens:  One Borough Resident and Erica Sommer, Library Board of Trustees member was present.

Discussions:

Garage apartment at 1269 Easton Road capped off from the Borough water and is probably hooked up to their working well for the other apartments. Sherry will contact the property owner for more information plus look up more information in the ordinance.

The top of the drain located in the south bound lane, 611 near St John UCC needs to be replaced. Rich gave Sherry the information to contact Campbell Foundry Co. to purchase the bicycle grates. Matt has a list of the ones that need to be replaced.

Noah Fitzgerald is the new DEP Sanitarian, needs to inspect the wells and a few administrative documents. Tammy has been updating the documents then the Wellhead committee members can look them over during their meeting on May 11, 2015 at 10 am.

 

Property owner at 301 Poplar Road purchased the property October 2014 and the septic was cleaned and inspected May 2014, she has asked if the settlement sheet could be used as proof that is was taken care off.  Council approved that document, Sherry will contact the property owner.

The 2015 Bucks County Household Hazardous Waste collection list is out, Upper Bucks is August 15, Quakertown Community High School. 9am to 3pm.

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens: One Borough resident was present, no comment.

Discussions:

State Police started to email the monthly stats to the Borough office.

James Sweeney is going to request a waiver for the On-lot septic Ordinance #227- replacement area is needed per the Ordinance. Tom explained the Bucks County Board of health has been notified and they feel the approved plan of 2009 is sufficient. Council continued to discuss this and will grant the waiver during the Council meeting on May 13.  Sherry will contact Borough Solicitor in reference to the waiver.

Street sweeping is set for the week of May 18th.

Hydrant Flushing is set for May 18- 22, 9pm to Midnight.

Tom discussed the speed on Delaware Road with State Rep. Quinn. State Rep Quinn gave Tom the Penn Dot Safety Managers contact info to contact him directly.

Rich received a quote to tar & chip Fern Road/Edgewood Road, Cedar (Between Edgewood & Fairmont) Delaware Road down to the traffic light 611 (Not quite to the end).

The Chevy truck needs new gas lines and brake lines, so it will take 2 days of labor to fix.

Finance:

Comment from Citizens:  One Borough resident, no comments

Discussions:

Borough Council is making a $100.00 donation to St Luke’s Hospice is memory of Rodney Scott’s Mom Mary Scott.

Sue at the Post office suggested a Special Stamp cancelation for the 100th Anniversary. Council agreed that would be a great idea.

Council discussed Craig Cardone’s parking lot sale agreement. The Borough solicitor will have the paperwork ready for Council meeting May 13.

Kris Kern needs to get a cost estimate from Borough Engineer for the Open Space Trail, the fee will be approximately $1500.00, which will be put into one of the grants.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of Resolution R-03-15, To apply to Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP) grant of $250,000 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used for the design and construction of an approximate one-mile public multiuse trail. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-04-15,

  1. To file an application for funds under the Bucks County Municipal Open Space Program.
  2. Heritage Conservancy in Coordination with Thomas E. Stinnett, President of Borough Council, authorized and directed to execute and file the appropriate forms with the Bucks County Open Space Board.
  3. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-05-15, A Resolution of the Riegelsville Borough Council Granting a waiver of the OLDS reserve area requirements of Ordinance 227 for James G. and Eileen A. Sweeney regarding 303 Poplar Road. K. Weiss motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

Approval to purchase parcel #38-006-048(Parking Lot and sidewalk located at Delaware & Church Road) owned by Craig Cardone for $13,000.00.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous

NEW BUSINESS: 

Primary Election May 19, 2015.

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

Meeting adjourned 7:55 PM.

Next Council Meeting June 10, 2015 at 7pm

 

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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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