December 2016 Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

REPORTS:

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

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

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

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  No one present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

Discussions:

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

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

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

The minutes are filed in the Borough Office.

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

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

UBREMS News:  E. Bartosiewicz reported nothing to report.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

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

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

Utilities

Discussions:

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

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

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

No December meeting.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

Finance

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

Council looked over the finances.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

 NEW BUSINESS:  

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

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

Next Council Meeting January 11, 2017 at 7pm.

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

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

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

Meeting adjourned 7:30 PM.

Audrey Kenny- Acting Borough Secretary

 

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November 2016 Council Minutes

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

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

REPORTS:

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

Mayor Absent.

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

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

The minutes are filed in the Borough Office.

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

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

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

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

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

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

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

sidewalk/mailbox ordinance.

Utilities

Discussions:

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

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

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

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

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

Finance

Discussions:

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

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

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

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

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

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

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

Meeting adjourned 8:06 PM.

Next Council Meeting December 14, 2016 at 7pm.

Sherry L. Masteller

Borough Secretary

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October 2016 Council Minutes

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

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

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

REPORTS:

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

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

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

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

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

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

Utilities

Discussions:

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

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

Pennsylvania 811, sent out their 2015 Annual report.

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

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

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

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

The road department are crack sealing the Borough streets.

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

Finance

Discussions:

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Nothing to report.

NEW BUSINESS:  

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

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

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

Meeting adjourned 8:10 PM.

Next Council Meeting November 9, 2016 at 7pm.

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September 2016 Council Minutes

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

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

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

REPORTS:

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

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

 

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

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

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

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

Utilities

Discussions:

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

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

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

Streets & Properties-No meeting due to no quorum.

Finance- No meeting due to no quorum

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

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

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

NEW BUSINESS:   No New Business.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:12 PM.

Next Council Meeting October 12, 2016 at 7pm.

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August 2016 Council Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

REPORTS:

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

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

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Officer Jim Kopchak Reported on enforcement activities:

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

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

Other Issues Ongoing: Update fee schedule for 2016

Permits issued:

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

BP 17-16 Souders- Roof.

BP18-16 DDB Electric 100Amp Panel.

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

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

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

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

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

Aluminum pie plates are needed for summer activities.

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

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: No meeting July and August.

UBREMS News:  Nothing to report.

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

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

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

Utilities

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

 FEMA/PEMA. Information:

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

Wayne Dowd water main Maple Road:

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Stinnett stated that would not be a problem.

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

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

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

All council agreed.

Pokémon Go:

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

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

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

Continue thinking about items/projects for the 2017 Budget.

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

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

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

Finance

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

Council approved the class.

Start thinking about the 2017 Budget items.

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

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

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

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

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

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

approve. R. Scott seconded Unanimous.

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

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

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

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

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

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

Next Council Meeting September 14, 2016 at 7pm.

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July 2016 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  A. Kenny motioned to approve the minutes from June 8, 2016. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated June 24, 2016 from County of Bucks Board of Elections, General Election is November 8, 2016 voting hours are 7am-8pm.

Email dated July 8, 2016 from Bethany Hare, DCNR Assistant Park Manager an update of Backup watering test at Point Pleasant Pumping station.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported to Council that there was an article in Morning Call about Alburtis Borough having issues with resident’s mailboxes on their properties.  S. Masteller will make copies of the article for Council plus try to get their draft ordinance to share too.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes thanked Maria Radus, Jackie Rudy and Sherry Masteller for all their hard work that went into putting together the Riegelsville 100 Year Celebration.  Mayor Stokes reported that there have been a few personal properties that have had items taken off of their porches, the NJ & PA State Police are taking care of this situation.  Mayor Stokes also announced that the Riegelsville Reds over 45 baseball league won their first game.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   One Borough resident present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:00pm on June 15, 2016 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:  Ann P Moyer, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott and Thomas Stinnett.

Others Present:   Jim Kopchak-Borough Zoning Officer, Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary and Beth Banko, Library Board of Trustees.

Concerns from citizens:  One Borough Resident was present and Riegelsville Tavern new owner James Seward.  J. Seward met with J. Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer in reference to what updates he would like to do to the building in August. J. Seward introduced himself to Council, he stated that he is going to make the Tavern more family friendly first by not allowing smoking in the outdoor dining area.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that 2 Building permits, 1- Re-Roof and 1-Alteration for 1/2bath and new split system HVAC.  Enforcement activities: 234 Linden Lane, received a complaint regarding chickens on the property, a violation notice was sent to remove the poultry within 30 days.  The property owner sent the Borough office a sample ordinance in reference to standards for domestic chicken keeping.  Council will look this over. 428 Poplar Road property maintenance letter was sent out on June 8, ordering that the property owner clean up the yard waste and rubbish plus remove or repair inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicles.

Library News: Beth Banko, Library Board of Trustees member reported to Council a few things from the June 2016 Directors report. The “Art in the Library” is doing well and have been filling up. Summer reading schedule of events is all set. Kick-off is Saturday June 18, with Family Board game night. There is a button on the Library website for donation made through PayPal and credit cards.  The complete Directors report is in the Borough office.

Fire Co. News: “Father’s Day Breakfast” is June 19, this is usually a very busy day.

Riegelsville 100 Year meeting news: Next meeting June 16, 2016 at 7pm. It is getting really close now! Celebration will begin Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25, at the Borough Park. Time noon-7pm. Events: Parade, Welcome ceremony, live music/games/food, Movie under the stars. Fundraising Mugs/T-shirts. If it rains on Saturday the Parade will be cancelled and the Bands and Vendors will set up in the Riegelsville Fire House.

 Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Elaine reported to Counsel that the next meeting is Wednesday June 22, 2016 at 7pm, Borough Hall. No meeting July and August.

UBREMS News:  Ed reported that they are working on getting a new Ambulance very soon.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council that the ball teams are nearing the end of their seasons.

There will be playoffs and All-star games. The men’s over 45 league is still playing until August.  The pavilion is being rented for events, the fee is $75.00.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: No July meeting.

Utilities

Discussions:

The water company will do the “Lead & Copper” 3 year sampling in August, 2016- 10 Borough locations. Letters will go out in July to property owners.

Property owner of 735 Fairmont Road has requested an extension of 7 years instead of 5 for his septic cleaning & inspection. There is only one person at the property plus very little water usage.  Council agreed to the 7 year extension.

Tammy has a call into Ken Simpson in reference to the person that may know what was done to the cistern many years ago.  More info will follow.

Council received the minutes from the Annual Wellhead Protection meeting on May 7, 2016.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

Tom Stinnett was unable to make the meeting but he called in and was on speaker phone with a few things to discuss:

  1. Tom asked Council if they had a chance to look over the sample Domestic Chicken standards in the residential zones. Tom stated that the sample could be used for the Borough with a few changes.
  2. Tom asked if Todd Myers, Borough Engineer had a chance to look over the Borough streets that need to be fixed. E. Bartosiewicz stated that he is meeting Todd very soon to look over the roads and prioritize them.

Landlord and property owner at 122 Delaware Road had a broken water pipe that was fixed but then the water meter got broken in the process of fixing the pipe.  They would like to know if they need to replace it or can they tap into another meter that they already have. Council had a few additional questions that S. Masteller will email Council with the answers. Masteller would like the Borough Council members to look at the progress (if any) with the property maintenance violations at 428 Poplar Road and report back to Borough office. Once a report is back to the Borough office, S. Masteller will email Borough Solicitor, William Dudeck will take the next steps with these violations.

The Borough office received an email requesting a white “Borough of Riegelsville” sign northbound at the borough boundary, the local resident stated the signs are free we just need to request them from PennDOT. E. Bartosiewicz will look to see if we need more than one.

There has been a few thieves from NJ that have stolen some items off of Borough resident’s porches.

The PA and NJ State Police have arrested the individuals that are responsible for the thefts.

Bartosiewicz would like to get the inside of the garage finished, the quotes will be added to Borough Council meeting on July 13.

Start thinking about items for the 2017 Budget.  Mayor Stokes suggested purchasing “Jetters” for our storm drains, he will get more information for Council on them.

Finance

Discussions:

Phil with the Hometown press sent an email and stated that the response to local advertisers for the Riegelsville Borough Newsletter has been disappointing therefore we have no choice but to cancel the project at this time.

Masteller received a personal phone call from State Rep M. Quinn announcing that the Borough received the Grant from the Act 13 program, the approve total is $196,000.00 we asked for $250, 000.00. S. Masteller will contact the Borough Engineer, Todd Myers to see if the budget can be cut to make up the $50,000.00 shortage.

Start thinking about the 2017 Budget items.

Council looked over the financials.

The Borough office received a request to use the Borough Park as a place to have “A Rally to HALT PennEast”  the group will walk north 611 to get to the park. The event would be October 8, 2016.  This is called “A Walk along the Canal-for clean water. The nonprofit group will be renting the park and supplying their own insurance. Further discussion during Council on July 13, 2016.

The Borough office will be closed July 15 and 18.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Council looked over the Draft Ordinance #235, “Domestic Chicken-keeping as an accessory activity on residential property”, notice to advertise may make it for the August 10 Council meeting.

Approval of check for $357.22 to Nace Materials, (stone for Water Co. use). R. Scott motioned toapprove.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of check for $2904.00 to W. Dowd Excavating, (301 Poplar Rd. water line emergency repair). Scott motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of S & M General Services LLC quote for $2200.00(Frame out the inside of Borough Garage & Paint). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve, A. Kenny seconded.  4-1 vote, with A. Moyer (Nay vote). Passed.

NEW BUSINESS:  Council looked over the 3 quotes for tree trimming and removal at the Borough Garage, Council tabled this until August Council due to the possibility of the Cemetery needing a tree to come down too and the cost would be different.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:50 PM.

Next Council Meeting July 13, 2016 at 7pm.

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June 2016 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. June 8, 2016. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  A. Kenny motioned to approve the minutes from May 11, 2016.  R. Scott. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous. 

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

Email received from Dirk Odhner, Borough Resident and Recreation Board Member in reference to the recent vandalism in the Borough Park. Dirk was presents so he and Council discussed a few different avenues to look into. More information will be gathered.

Letter dated May 17, 2016 was received from Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center thanking the Borough for their donation.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported to Council that he will be out of town June 14-16.  During the June 6, 2016 Riegelsville Planning Commission they discussed the Borough’s current ordinance on having chickens in the Borough.  Property owner of 234 Linden Lane received a violation from the Riegelsville Borough Zoning Officer, Jim Kopchak due to not having 3 Acres for their 3 chickens. Council continued to discuss this Ordinance and asked S. Masteller, Borough Secretary to gather information on what other Municipalities’ Ordinances state.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he had a busy month.  He had several complaints in reference to the property maintenance issues at #428 Poplar Road. Sherry reported that a violation notice and a high grass notice was being mailed on Thursday June 9.  Mayor Stokes was trying to get a marching band for the anniversary parade but the Borough would need to pay for the transportation cost of $2,500. – $3,000.00. Council agreed that was a lot of money to spend.  Mayor Stokes spoke to a concerned Borough resident about the speeding up the Delaware Road hill past the Riegelsville Fire Co and the State Police.  Mayor Stokes contacted the State Police in reference to cars driving the wrong way on both ends of Durham Road, Matt also put up 2 more signs. Mayor Stokes spoke to a PennDOT employee and the said they are going to flush out the storm drains on Route 611 after a few other projects are completed.  Mayor Stokes witnessed the Beer Truck making a delivery to Borderline drive up on the sidewalk over the ADA accessible ramp, Business owner addressed the driver to not do that anymore because he is going to damage the sidewalk. The next step will be to contact the trucking company to report this ongoing problem.  Mayor Stokes thanked Tom Stinnett for reading his speech during his absence at the Riegelsville Memorial Day Parade.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   Two Borough residents present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affair

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that 3 Building permits, 1- above

ground pool, 1-heat pump and 1-Split rail fence, 2 Zoning permits, 1-above ground pool and 1-split rail fence were issued.  Enforcement activities: 1255 Durham Road, needs a revised cost sheet to lift the “Stop Work Order”.  381 Spring Hill Road “Stop work order” for Violation of “A-7” Timber Harvest.  234 Linden Lane, received a complaint regarding chickens on the property, a violation notice was sent to remove the poultry within 30 days.

Library News: Joanne Walsh, Library Board of Trustees President reported to Council a few things from the May 2016 Directors report. Joanne received information from the 2016 Keystone recreation, park and Conservation Fund Grants for Public Libraries. The letter of intent deadline is May 31, 2016. Council discussed this and stated it would be a good idea but very short notice to get it in.  Sherry will investigate it online.  The “Art in the Library” is doing well and have been filling up. The hoagie sale on Election Day was very well received, Fig Tree Market made the hoagies this year.  The complete Directors report is in the Borough office.

Fire Co. News: May 15, breakfast served 343. The Roast Beef Dinner May 7, served 210.

Riegelsville 100 Year meeting news: Next meeting May 26, 2016 at 7pm. Celebration will begin Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25, at the Borough Park. Time noon-7pm. Events: Parade, Welcome ceremony, Chili Cook-off, Live music/games/food, Movie under the stars. Fundraising Mugs/T-shirts. If it rains on Saturday the Parade will be cancelled and the Bands and Vendors will set up in the Riegelsville Fire House.

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Elaine reported to Counsel that the next meeting is Wednesday May 25, 2016 at 7pm, Borough Hall. They will be discussing the planting of a Red Maple in the fall at the Borough Hall Building Lawn.  The will be selling the leftover calendars during the Library Fair on Saturday May 21.

UBREMS News:  Ed reported that during the May 16th meeting they discussed their insurance policies with their agent.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council that the ball teams are dealing with rearranging theirgame schedules due to the rainouts.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  Bucks County Planning Commission sent an official notificationregarding a substantial revision to the County’s Solid Waste Management Plan.  The proposed revision is deemed by the Department of Environmental Protection to be a ‘substantial Plan revision pursuant to 272.252. (e) of Act 101.  A draft of the plan revision should be available in the summer for the Borough to comment on.

State Police: Nothing to report.

 Misc.: The new owner of the Riegelsville Tavern was sent a welcome letter.

The Hometown press would like the Borough to do another newsletter like we have done before, Council discussed this and said it would be a good idea.

Utilities

Discussions:

The Borough office received another quote for tree cutting at Well #1, so 2 quotes where received.

The one quote was approved during the November 2015 Council but the job had not been started yet.

Council asked Sherry to contact the Tree Company and see if they are going to start it or not. Remarks: The trees were taken down Monday June 6, 2016.

Matt suggested the Borough Council amend Ordinance #92 in reference to the distant that would be required for new construction to put in a meter pit.  Sherry will get copies of the Ordinance to look over at the June meeting. Remarks: The cost of the a new meter pit is $1190.00

The Borough office received a letter from Generator Services, in reference to diesel generator diesel stability concern.  Council discussed this and would like it to be added to the June Council agenda.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

The new front railing project was completed on May 20.

The property at 811 Durham Road has a high grass violation and is under the care of Mellon Bank of NY. S. Masteller sent a letter plus emailed the Code Compliance and we should receive an email back in no more than two days.

Council discussed the maintenance issues at 428 Poplar Road, S. Masteller will contact the property owner for a different address since he does not live at the residence.

The Borough Park was vandalized over the weekend with large glass beer bottles broken under the pavilion and hear the snack stand. Rec Board members, Coaches and parents cleaned it up so they could have their Saturday Softball Game.  Council discussed options.

Finance

Discussions:

T. Macaluso will transfer money from the “Special Events” savings account to the General Fund after our 100th Anniversary Celebration on June 25, 2016. Council looked over financials.

Liquid Fuels Audit for the 2015 records was completed today with no findings.

Riegelsville Library had a request for the use of the meeting room on August 30, 2016 for a Medicare info night. A. Kenny suggested to redirect them to Rep. Quinn’s office and the Senior Center for a larger audience.

Riegelsville Borough Employee Benefits will be discussed during the July 6th meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of checks totaling $1600.00 for “100 Year Celebration Bands (6)”. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of check $350.00 to Barry Weaver-Magician for “100 Year Celebration”.  A Moyer motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of check for $462.00 to Choice Concrete (Div. of Wehrung’s) (Block/Barriers for the garage).  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of check for $4,844.00 to Kerstner Well/Pump services (Pump replacement at Well#1). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of check for $3,488.72 to W. Dowd Excavating LLC (Sweeney service install). A. Kenny motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Generator Services to perform the preventative Stabilizer maintenance at not to exceed $410.00 a year (depends on how big the fuel tank holds). Mayor Stokes discussed with Council that we can take care of this ourselves. Mayor Stokes will research this and get back to Council.  T. Stinnett stated this motion will be put on hold to be discussed at a later date.

Approval to donate $100.00 to the “Honor Flight Bucks County” during our July 2016 Council meeting. A. Kenny motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:  Kathryn Anderson and her daughter came to the Council meeting to discuss her 3 chickens. She stated that they are very quiet and they are pets to the family plus it is a good things to have fresh eggs too.  Stinnett told her that at the beginning of the Council meeting that Council agreed to look into updating that part of the Ordinance that affects chickens but that would take a few months to put together.

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

Meeting adjourned 9:05PM.

Next Council Meeting July 13, 2016 at 7pm.

Sherry L. Masteller- Borough Secretary

 

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