November 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:02 p.m. November 12, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes. ABSENT: Rich Pursell.   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the October 8, 2014 Council Meeting, R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            A thank you letter was received from Lance Lawn Care for letting them take care of the Borough lawn care.                                      

Email received announcing the BC Borough Association meeting on Tuesday November 25, 2014 with guest speaker, Robert G. Loughery, Bucks County Commissioner.  T. Stinnett will be attending.

Email received dated November 5, 2014 from Alisa Harris, PennEast Pipeline Co. “Interactive Mapping Tool”

Email received October 24, 2014 from Alisa Harris, PennEast Pipeline Co. “Open House Dates”

Email received October 17, 2014 from Alisa Harris, PennEast Pipeline Co. “FERC accepts PennEast Pipeline for Pre-filing process.

Email dated October 13, 2014 from Peter Marx, PennEast Pipeline Right – Of – Way Manager stated that they will not be abutting the Borough Open Space parcel #38-004-001.

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed one wedding.  Mayor Stokes called the State Police to make them aware of the new Canal Bridge was open and to watch for speeding.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

Amanda Richardson, Borough resident that lives at 24 Delaware Road next to the Canal Bridge. Amanda asked to be put on the agenda to discuss the speed of the cars going over the bridge, her concern is she has a young child and has to cross Delaware road to get to her vehicle. Amanda asked what Council can do about the speed, she suggested speed bumps before there is a tragedy.  T. Stinnett stated that Delaware Road is a State Road not owned by the Borough but we can ask PennDOT what can be done to help with this.  Mayor Stokes added that around 3600 vehicles cross the bridge daily. S. Masteller will contact the PennDOT representative to see if we could put “SLOW” signs painted on the road and put up “Watch Children” signs too.

  1. Masteller will report back to Council and Amanda with more information from PennDOT.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Concerns from citizens:  None to report, 1 borough resident present.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 1 Building Permit was issued:

Deck, 1 zoning permit was issued for deck.  We did receive the certified cards back from Mr. Kreider on September 2 and 8. Jim attended the October 2, Zoning Hearing Board in reference to Ash Lane Parcel (TMP 38-002-024) requesting 2 variances. The request was denied by the Zoning Hearing Board.

Library News: Beth Banko, Library Board Member reported to Council that Estelle and Terri participated in the Broadband 101 training on Wednesday, September 17.  Julia went to mandated reporter training in Doylestown on September 18. All librarians are now required to report incidents of child abuse.  This training explained this new responsibility. Library representatives will be doing a children’s table at “Riegelsville Fall Rollout Car Show” on November 2, 2014. The Library will be hosting the “Halloween Parade” on October 25.  Sherry will take care of certificate of insurance to St Lawrence Church for registering for the parade.

September statistics:

Circulation: 1473

Historic Room Visits: 5

Items added: 18

Public Count: 701

Internet use: 21

Adult programs: 3 events

Juvenile: 14 events 67 children, 51 adults

Teen Book Club:

Fire Co. News: Ed reported the next Breakfast is Sunday October 19. Todd reported they received a state debt reduction grant of $15,000.00.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting is October 22, at 7pm. They are selling

the Boscov’s “Helping Hands” shopping passes for $5.00, the event is October 21. They are setting up to sell

slates and take orders for 2015 Calendars during the October 19 breakfast and during the November 22, 2014

St John UCC Holiday Bazaar.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy, Riegelsville EMA Coordinator reported to

Council that the Guest speaker from PPL was the guest speaker tonight at 6:15 to discuss the procedures are

in case of an electrical outage. The first to get helped are the 911 Center, Critical Care and the power facilities.

Everyone needs to contact Met-Ed for an outage.

            UBREMS News: Adam Maziuk is resigning his position as Chief of December 31, 2014, they

are accepting resumes.

 

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council that the car show committee is meeting every Thursday

at 6:30 since it is getting close to the show on November 2, 2014.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Next meeting is November 3, 2014 at 7pm.

            Todd Myers, Borough Engineer: Discussion on a few item in the proposed Flood plain ordinance to

send to Leslie Rhoads.

Utilities:

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

Discussions:

The Borough office received a letter from Kenneth Kerstner asking for a consideration of waiving the water hookup fee since the current water line was routed through the Borough Hall building to the north side of his property #635 Easton Road, adjacent to the septic service line. Council stated that the line could have been rerouted due to upgrading the septic system instead of putting a new one in from 611.  Sherry will contact Ken of Council’s decision not to waive the fees.

 

Riegelsville Fire Co. set up a new account with Liberty Propane for the emergency generator, Sherry will contact them for a quote for the Borough generator.

Jim Ott, Borough Resident sent an email in reference to not being able to use Craig Cardone’s sidewalk, Sherry explained that that sidewalk is a private not on a borough or state road right of way. Jim also would like a shield on a street light due to it lighting up his whole yard. Sherry explained that they do not do shields on the new light but maybe the wattage could be lowered.

Hydrant flushing October 20-24, 9pm to midnight.

Trick or Treat October 31, 6-8pm.

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens:  Tom and Elizabeth Speicher came to reiterate the letter dated October 16, 2014 they sent via email to Council in reference to the excessive and repetitive band practice noise Greg Ort’s property 410 Easton Road.  Tom added that the Band was practicing Saturday and when he returned home from the Borough Park the decimal reading from 6:10pm to 6:21pm ranged from 61-71. Council asked a few questions and would like Sherry Masteller to contact William Dudeck, Borough Solicitor in reference to this issue. Tom and Elizabeth will be updated immediately when more information is available.

Discussions:

  1. Pursell suggested to send a letter to the Tavern about the snow plowing of the corner of Durham/611.

Borough office received the material quote for cold patch for next season.

Finance:

Discussions:

Borough office received the 2013 financial from the Fire Co.

Another proposal for an appraisal for Craig Cardone’s parking lot was received. Council suggested contacting Bill, Borough Solicitor for additional information.

Borough office received a written letter from Todd Myers, Borough Engineer to finalize the #948 Edgewood Road-paving driveway project

Borough office received a proposal for propane tanks for the Borough Hall Generator. Council had a few questions for Sherry to ask Liberty Propane and get back to Council.

            Borough office received a proposal to put an automatic switch at Well #3 generator, Council had a few questions for Sherry to ask Barry Hoffman and report back to Council.

Discussion of bills.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval to advertise the proposed Ordinance #229 “AN ORDINANCE REQUIRING ALL PERSONS, PARTNERSHIPS, BUSINESSES, AND CORPORATIONS TO OBTAIN A PERMIT FOR ANY CONSTRUCTION OR DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH PERMITS; SETTING FORTH CERTAIN MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT WITHIN AREAS OF THE Borough of Riegelsville WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING; AND ESTABLISHING PENALTIES FOR ANY PERSONS WHO FAIL, OR REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH, THE REQUIREMENTS OR PROVISIONS OF THIS ORDINANCE”. R. Scott motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to advertise the proposed 2015 Budget.  K. Weiss motioned to approve,

  1. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval to advertise Ordinance #230 Tax Rate Levy, will stay the same 12.75 Mils. K. Weiss motioned to advertise E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-04-14 – PennEast Pipeline Co.

The Riegelsville Borough Council does hereby object to the design and construction of a 36-inch natural gas pipeline passing through and under Riegelsville Borough.  The construction and operation of the pipeline will significantly damage protected streams, wildlife habitat, existing farm operations, and the quality of life in Riegelsville Borough.

 

The Riegelsville Borough Council calls for a moratorium on any and all planning for the PennEast Pipeline and requests that any such project, if approved, be removed from the pristine reaches of Luzerne, Carbon, Northampton and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania and Hunterdon and Mercer Counties in New Jersey

 

The Riegelsville Borough Council seeks the cooperation of other similarly located and affected municipalities, asking that all nearby affected municipalities adopt a similar resolution.

 

The Riegelsville Borough Council adopts, and calls upon similarly situated municipalities to adopt a resolution authorizing each municipality to join together to enter their appearance in any proceeding before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the Delaware River Basin Commission, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and any other regulatory authority, so that by the strength of numbers they may successfully oppose the PennEast Pipeline project and have the ability to cause the relocation or termination of the project so as to prevent environmental degradation and to project the environment envisioned by the State of Pennsylvania and spelled out in the State Constitution.  R. Scott motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

 

Mike Reilly, Durham resident stated that while he was working his wife called and said that a representative from PennEast Pipeline Co was trespassing on their property. Mike stated that they never received a letter in reference to them using their property.  T. Stinnett stated they should have received a certified letter. T. Stinnett asked S. Masteller to give Mike the contact information of the surveyors and other PennEast representatives     

 

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned 8:13 PM.

 

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Proposed 2015 Budget

BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
GENERAL FUND
Draft 2015 Budget
 
REVENUE
301.100 Real Estate Taxes – Current Year    108,000.00
301.200 Real Estate Taxes – Prior Years        1,900.00
310.000 Per Capita Tax        6,000.00
310.100 Real Estate Transfer Taxes        7,500.00
310.200 Earned Income Tax      87,000.00
310.300 Local Services Tax        4,500.00
320.000 Cable Television Franchise      11,500.00
331.110 State Vehicle Code Violations           550.00
331.120 Local Code Violations           100.00
341.000 Interest Earnings             10.00
342.200 Rent of Building        8,400.00
342.400 Equipment/Clerical Refund-Water Co.      20,000.00
355.010 Public Utility Realty Tax           285.00
355.080 Alcoholic Beverage Licenses           600.00
361.300 Zoning/Subdivision/Land Development Plan Fees           300.00
361.340 Zoning Hearing Board Fees           600.00
361.530 Sale of Subdivision and Land Development Book             25.00
361.540 Sale of Zoning Ordinance Book             25.00
362.410 Building Permits        4,000.00
362.420 Electrical Permits           220.00
362.430 Plumbing Permits             40.00
362.440 Mechanical Permits             40.00
380.000 Miscellaneous Revenues             50.00
380.012 Expense Reimbursement – Tax Collector             85.00
395.100 Telephone Reimbursement – Water Co.           750.00
395.200 Electric/Garbage Reimbursement           845.00
TOTAL    273,325.00
 
Total General Fund Expenses
General Government    136,065.00
Properties      40,450.00
Police/Public Safety      18,800.00
Community Development      20,430.00
Streets      57,580.00
TOTAL    273,325.00
EXPENDITURES
GENERAL GOVERNMENT
400.100 Postage – Office           375.00
400.200 Office Supplies           600.00
400.300 Newsletter – Printing           310.00
400.310 Newsletter – Postage           225.00
400.320 Telephone Services        4,650.00
400.340 Advertising, Printing and Binding        1,800.00
400.350 Insurance and Bonding      28,000.00
400.420 Dues, Subscriptions, Conferences           650.00
400.430 FICA & Medicare Employer Contribution        6,761.00
400.440 PA UC Solvency Expense           260.00
400.500 Miscellaneous Expenses           140.00
400.700 Computer Equipment/Support Fee           350.00
 
401.120 Secretary Wages      28,305.00
401.130 Treasurer Wages      16,798.00
401.140 General Fund Wages      33,283.00
402.310 Auditor        5,138.00
403.110 Tax Collector Salary        2,157.00
403.200 Tax Collector Office Supplies             78.00
403.300 Earned Income Tax Office Services           185.00
404.310 Solicitor        3,000.00
408.310 Engineer        3,000.00
TOTAL    136,065.00
PROPERTIES
409.250 Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies           250.00
409.350 Maintenance Services        4,000.00
409.360 Electric – Borough Hall        1,800.00
409.370 Heating Fuel      13,500.00
409.380 Electric/Water Apartment        1,200.00
409.390 Property Maintenance        6,000.00
409.430 Real Estate Taxes        1,600.00
409.440 Lawn Care        2,100.00
409.460 Building Repairs      10,000.00
TOTAL      40,450.00
POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY
411.500 Fire Company Contribution        8,650.00
412.500 Emergency Medical Service Contribution        8,650.00
415.000 Emergency Management Expenses           500.00
415.010 Emergency Management Reserve        1,000.00
TOTAL      18,800.00
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
414.120 Zoning Officer/Building Inspector Wages        9,000.00
414.200 Zoning Hearing Board Expenses        1,200.00
414.500 Uniform Construction Code Fee           200.00
427.500 Household Hazardous Waste Program           130.00
451.500 Recreation Board Contribution        5,400.00
451.501 Community Expenses           500.00
451.600 Enhancement Committee Expenses           500.00
453.500 American Legion – Parade Contribution           200.00
453.550 Library – Parade Contribution           300.00
456.500 Library Contribution        3,000.00
TOTAL      20,430.00
STREETS
430.240 Gasoline & Oil        3,000.00
430.310 Alley Maintenance        1,500.00
430.360 Electric – Garage/Maintenance Lot           400.00
430.370 Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance        3,000.00
431.100 Cleaning Streets/Gutters        1,500.00
432.100 Winter Maintenance        7,000.00
433.500 Street Signs/Markings        2,000.00
438.500 Road Maintenance        2,500.00
438.550 Crack Sealing        2,400.00
439.750 Road Project      15,800.00
439.751 2013 Road Project Loan      18,480.00
TOTAL      57,580.00
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
WATER FUND
Draft 2015 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings             10.00
378.100 Metered Sales to General Customers    133,000.00
378.300 Penalty/Interest Charges        2,500.00
378.900 Other Water Revenues           500.00
TOTAL    136,010.00
EXPENDITURES
448.200 Postage           850.00
448.210 Office Supplies           500.00
448.231 Gasoline & Oil        3,000.00
448.260 Parts & Equipment        2,000.00
448.280 Meter Purchase        2,500.00
448.300 Water Analysis Charges        2,800.00
448.310 Auditor        1,712.00
448.320 Solicitor           250.00
448.330 Engineer        1,500.00
448.340 Adv., Printing & Binding           150.00
448.350 Insurance Reimbursement        1,330.00
448.360 Electric – Pump Houses      12,000.00
448.370 Repair & Maintenance Services      10,000.00
448.372 Lawn Care        1,500.00
448.380 Telephone Services           500.00
448.410 Building Maintenance        8,000.00
448.420 Dues, Subscrip., Conferences           200.00
448.430 Valve Evaluation & Repair      15,000.00
448.460 Curbstop Location & Repair        2,000.00
448.480 Waterworks Operator/Contracted      27,000.00
448.490 Computer Software/Support Fee           350.00
448.500 Miscellaneous Expenses             50.00
448.710 Vehicle & Equip. Maintenance        3,000.00
448.800 Water Reserve Fund      11,975.00
449.000 Water Fund Wages        7,843.00
481.300 Equipment/Clerical Reimbursement      20,000.00
TOTAL    136,010.00
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
HIGHWAY AID FUND
Draft 2015 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings         3.00
355.050 Motor Vehicle Fuel Taxes     25,500.00
TOTAL     25,503.00
EXPENDITURES
433.100 Traffic Signal – Electric        1,000.00
433.300 Traffic Signal Maintenance        8,913.00
434.100 Street Lighting      15,000.00
438.530 Durham Twp. Road Maintenance Agreement           590.00
TOTAL      25,503.00

 

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October 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:02 p.m. October 8, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Richard Pursell, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, William Dudeck, Borough Solicitor and Mayor Stokes.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the September 10, 2014 Council Meeting, K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Email requesting Riegelsville Fire Police for Springtown Halloween Parade on Sunday October 26.

E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Letter dated October 1, 2014 Pat Lally, Appraisal services for Cardone Parking Lot.

Email proposal from Glenn G Phillips for tree removal at the Borough Office Building.

Email dated October 6, 2014 Alisa Harris, PennEast Pipeline Government and Community Affairs.

Email dated October 8, 2014 Alisa Harris, PennEast Pipeline Government and Community Affairs.

REPORTS:

President – President Stinnett stated that this meeting is a regular monthly Council meeting and PennEast representatives were not on the agenda.  Elizabeth Balogh, Tina Venini and Sam Thompson asked to be added to the agenda to inform Council how the pipeline project affects the borough of Riegelsville and surrounding municipalities. T. Stinnett stated that he shares the same concerns that the “Concerned Citizens of the Pipeline” have.  There is a meeting scheduled for October 20th at Northampton Community College.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he contacted the Sheriff’s office to set up during the Fall Rollout to fingerprint the children.  Mayor Stokes spoke with the Blooming Glen Foreman as to why they have not been working on the Canal Bridge project. He stated there where a few issues when PennDOT did inspections.  Sherry contacted Ed Burns with Penn DOT to also ask what the holdup was, he stated permits are needed for the pipe that is being replaced on the river bank, ADA issues and drainage issues on Delaware Road.  Mayor Stokes will perform a wedding on Saturday October 11, 2014.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

Elizabeth Balogh, Borough Resident gave a brief presentation regarding the proposed PennEast pipeline. Here is a list of a few key points:

  • PennEast has pre-filed with FERC Docket #PF15-1-000.
  • 36” pipe instead of 30”, Class #2, which is second worst category.
  • Alisa Harris, representative of PennEast stated that where they are going under the river is not in a populated area.
  • 12,000 people are using the DCNR Canal Path.
  • The proposed map has changed.
  • There will be a huge cost to the Borough just in the road repairs after the heavy construction vehicles use the Borough roads.
  • Poison the water due to leaks.
  • 2 mile evacuation routes.

Sam Thompson, from Delaware Township also gave a brief presentation, here is a list of a few key points:

  • Delaware River Keeper and Sierra Club Websites have great information about the pipeline.
  • No financial support in case of emergencies for the emergency services.
  • Delaware Township did pass a resolution on September 29, 2014 opposing the pipeline, Sam will get the Borough office a copy.

A citizen thanked the Borough Council for listening to the Comments and allowing them to be part of the Council meeting.

7:53pm – Council continued with the business meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

Concerns from citizens:  None to report, 1 borough resident present.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officerreported to Council that 3 Building Permits were issued:

Oil Furnace, sliding doors w/frame and deck at Commercial property. 1 Zoning permit was issued for fence.

We did receive the certified cards back from Mr. Kreider on September 2 and 8.  Jim received a concern in reference to the overhanging tree at 224 Easton Road. Sherry will have Matt Brady send an Ordinance enforcement letter.

Library News: Estelle Bloom, Library Board Member reported to Council that they received $4000.00 from the disbanded Riegelsville chapter of Kiwanis. A group of the Riegel family visited the historical room in the Library on August 2. Summer reading wrapped up with a smaller overall participation this year. “The Kindergarten Here I Come” program took place August 14th. Story time began in September. This year, they offer the program twice a week, on Tuesdays at 10:30 and Thursdays at 1:30pm. The Library will be doing a table at the “Durham Days” on October 11, and during the “Riegelsville Fall Rollout Car Show” on November 2, 2014. The Library will be hosting the “Halloween Parade” on October 25.  Library Flea Market Saturday September 20, 9am -3pm.

August statistics:

Circulation: 1373

Historic Room Visits: 27

Items added: 47

Public Count: 626

Internet use: 15

Adult programs: 12 events

Juvenile: 3 events 50 children, 17 adults

Teen Book Club:

Fire Co. News: Ed reported the next Breakfast is Sunday September 21. October is Fire Prevention month. St. Peter’s Nursery School goes over to the Fire House for Fire Safety lessons. The Riegelsville Library hosts the fire safety lessons with “Firefighter Ed” on October 2.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting is September 24, at 7pm. They are

selling the Boscov’s “Helping Hands” shopping passes for $5.00. They are setting up during the Library Flea

Market September 20th and St John Holiday Bazaar November 22. Mums have been planted at the Pedestrian

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy, Riegelsville EMA Coordinator reported to Council

that Bob Fink, BC Emergency Management Specialist was a guest speaker tonight at 6pm to go over the READY

NOTIFY program. Unfortunately it was poorly attended. Mr. Fink said he would be happy to come back at a

different time to speak. Frank visited the Upper Bucks Senior Center to discuss safety of the Center in case of

an emergency. Tentatively on 10/15 a Guest speaker from PPL will be a guest speaker to discuss Generator

            UBREMS News: During the September meeting they announced that they had received a Payne Grant.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council that the fall ball team continues to use the small field.

Rodney ordered the new door for the concession stand at the park.  The car show committee is meeting every other Thursday at 6:30. We meet tomorrow September 18.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Nothing to report.

 Utilities

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

Discussions:

The Borough received an email from Leslie Rhoads, in reference to the Bucks County Floodplain Ordinance/Map updates. Sherry will look more into this and get back to Council.

Sherry discussed with Council that the State Police contacted Armour & Sons Electric on August 18, 2014 at 10:28 am due to the power being out of the Borough traffic light, the bill was $95.00. When this happened before the State Police was told to contact the Borough first instead of Armour & Son’s since we either have Riegelsville Fire Police put the stop signs out or the Borough Laborers will put them out. Sherry contacted the State Police and a letter needs to be sent to Sgt. David Nosal giving an emergency number for the dispatch to call.

PennDOT requested a letter from Borough Council requesting they fix/replace the drainpipe that is on the bank of the river near the canal bridge project.  PennDOT also requested a letter from Elizabeth Balogh, property owner for access on her property for the work to be done. Sherry will forward both letters to Ed Burns, Penn DOT project manager tomorrow September 18, 2014.

Winter newsletter will be mailed out December 10th, 2014.  Information for the newsletter will be due by October 27, 2014.

Streets & Properties

Comments from Citizens:  No one present.

Discussions:

On Monday September 29, 2014 PennDOT inspectors where at the Canal Bridge, since then they have not been working on the project. Sherry will try to gather more information to pass along.

PennDOT is offering a “Green Light-GO” Pennsylvania Municipal Partnership Program, the Borough does not qualify because our traffic light is not on a critical corridor.

Rich reported that Matt researched purchasing a snow blower, Council discussed this and will add the purchase to October 8, 2014 Council agenda.

The Borough office has not received the third bid for tree removal at the Borough hall building.

Finance:

Discussions:

Tom reported to Council that he attended the BC Flood Plain Ordinance meeting this afternoon. Tom will discuss this during the Borough Council meeting on October 8, 2014.

House Bill (HB) 1671 (restrictions on municipal executive sessions) did pass the State Government Committee on September 22, 2014.  The Bill is now before the Full House of Representatives, Sherry sent an email to Marguerite Quinn, in reference to Council opposing the Bill.

Borough office received a call from Durham resident, Tina Venini and email from Elizabeth Balogh, Riegelsville resident asking to be put on the Council agenda October 8, 2014.  Their purpose is to inform the community what the PennEast gas pipeline project is all about.

Borough office received a quote for preparation of report for parcel 38-006-048, vacant lot, Sherry is waiting for another quote and will research commercial / residential parking lot leasing.

Borough received a professional services proposal to assist Riegelsville in accomplishing its open space objectives. Sherry will add to Council agenda.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval to award Morton Salt the 2014-2015 Salt Bid $57.57 delivered price per ton.  R. Pursell motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of professional services proposal from Heritage Conservancy to assist the Borough in accomplishing its open space objectives, not to exceed $7,883.00. K. Weiss motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to participate in an Intrastate Program for mutual aid and assistance, which is known as the Pennsylvania Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (PaWARN).  K. Weiss motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to spend maximum $800.00 for a new Snow blower.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve, R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Brief discussion of the revised Flood Plain Ordinance, T. Stinnett stated that Todd Myers, Borough engineer will attend the next committee meeting October 15.

NEW BUSINESS:      

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

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

Next Council Meeting November 12, 2014 at 7pm

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry L. Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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2014 Sponsors of the Fall Rollout Car Show!

Blue Moon Automotive

DJ Chopper

TMS Lawn & Landscape

Blueston Gardens

Napa of Ottsville

Kerstner Well & Pump Service

Hilltown Services, INC

Dr. Gregory P. Stokes

Brad Nicholas

Village Center Automotive

Cunningham’s Automotive Repair

Cowan Associates, INC.

First Savings

DelGuerico’s Wrecking & Salvage

Mueller’s General Store & Kitchen

RCN

Cynthia Skoriak, PLS

TM Lyons SR. & Associates

Glenn A. Hissim Woodworking

Riegelsville Automotive Care

Rakowsky Family Dentistry

Marlyn “Rube” Weaver General Contractor

Bloom Chiropractic

Swamps Autoworks

Riegelsville American Legion Post #950

American Legion Auxiliary Post #950

Scottie Designs & Lettering

Lehr’s Auto & Truck Repair

Vanderlely’s Auto Powertrain & Speed Parts

Wayne Nicholas

Wehrung’s

Prosperity Lodge 567 F. & A.M

 

 

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September 2014 Council minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:06 p.m. September 10, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes. ABSENT: Richard Pursell.  K. Weiss motioned to approve the minutes of the August 13, 2014 Council Meeting, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Email dated August 20, 2014 from Beth Banko, Library Board of Trustee President, in reference to the approval of Terry Fritz to the Library Board.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Terry Fritz to the Library Board, R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Letter dated September 2, 2014 from Scott P. McMackin, Cowan Associates, in reference to the PennDOT Bridge Project.

Email dated September 4, 2014 from Borough resident Rene Billings, in reference to the Palisades bussing location.

Letter dated September 9, 2014 from Michael R. Smith, Cowan Associates, Inc recommending payment of two invoices to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions, LLC.

REPORTS:

President – President Stinnett reported that he spoke to Borough resident Craig Cardone in regards to his small parking lot, Parcel #38-006-048, located on the southeast corner of Church and Delaware Roads.  The Borough is interested in purchasing this lot due to the fact there is no public sidewalk for access along Delaware Road.  Mr. Cardone stated he has $45,000.00 invested in that lot and might be willing to sell it for $40,000.00.  President Stinnett is asking Council for approval to have the lot appraised.  K. Weiss motioned to approve obtaining two (2) appraisals of parcel #38-006-048, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

During the August 13, 2014 Council meeting, Council met in executive session to discuss but not take

official action regarding- pending litigation, potential litigation and personnel issues.

President Stinnett reported the he met, along with Mayor Stokes and Councilman E. Bartosiewicz, on September 3, 2014 with representatives from UGI Services in regards to the proposed pipeline.  According to a map provided by UGI there will only be a small section on St. Lawrence Catholic Church property used for the pipeline within Borough limits, then it travels directly into Durham Township, south to behind First Savings Bank where it will then cross the river into New Jersey.  This project is only in the infancy stages at this time with pre-filing with FERC estimated for October/November, the application filing estimated for July 2015, and estimated project authorization in Spring of 2017.  President Stinnett relayed the size of the pipe they are proposing, 30” with 1500 psi, and the easements that will be needed to lay this pipeline, 50’ disturbed easement with 120’ construction easement.  Mayor Stokes added that the pipeline will be coated with epoxy then wrapped in a thick plastic to deter punctures.  The pipeline will be inspected on an annual basis with a 7-year more rigorous inspection with a tool that runs the length of the pipeline inspecting for deterioration, leaks, wall thickness, etc.  Monies will annually be allotted to the Riegelsville Fire Company for training in case of an emergency with the pipeline and toward equipment needed.  UGI representatives will be holding a town wide meeting as the project progresses.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he ran someone out of the Canal bridge construction zone.  He stopped an RV searching to cross the river and directed them to cross over the Milford Bridge.  Once again he contacted the PA State Police in regards to speeding on Delaware Road.  On September 2, 2014 around 3 am he noticed a gold Toyota pickup creeping around town and coming out from behind the Post Office.  By the time he got to his vehicle the truck was gone, he rode around town but did not see it again.  He sent an email to Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary, to alert the residents through email.  On September 9, 2014 he met with Palisades School District Superintendent Bridget O’Connell over concerns about the lack of sidewalk access on Delaware Road for the children to walk down the hill to their bus stop on Route 611.  Concluding this visit Ms. O’Connell followed up with the Mayor and relayed that a bus stop will now be added atop the hill, in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church parking lot on the corner of Edgewood and Delaware Roads.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  A resident of Durham Township stated that he and his wife just purchased the property located at 119-121 Delaware Road and is concerned that since there is no public access to and from the western side of Delaware Road by the stop light, it could potentially hurt his wife’s new salon business.  T. Stinnett reiterated that the Borough would like to purchase Mr. Cardone’s lot to solve the access issue.

Borough resident Elizabeth Balogh, questioned the completion of the Canal Bridge.  Mayor Stokes answered he is being told the end of October 2014.  Ms. Balogh would like to know if the road in front of her house on the eastern side of the Canal Bridge is going to be paved when the construction is complete.  T. Stinnett stated that the Borough owned parking lot, which the contractors are using heavily, is the only paving project to be done.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Concerns from citizens:  1 resident present.  Nothing to report.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officerreported to Council that 4 Building Permits were issued: 1

Re-roof, dormer fit-out, oil tank, upgrade service panel.  Mr. Kreider responded to the enforcement letter on July 23rd, he claims he needs more than 30 days to bring his property in to compliance with the property maintenance code.

Library News: Council received an email from Beth Banko, Pres., Library Board of Trustees would like Council to approve Terry Fritz to the Library Board during their September Council meeting. Sherry will add this to the September Agenda.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported August 17, Breakfast served 338. Next fundraiser is August 23, 2014 “Pig Roast” sponsored by St John UCC and the Fire Co 4-8pm. “Night at the Races” September 6.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting is August 27, at 7pm. Boscov’s is doing

the “Helping Hands” again this year they may set up during the Library Flea Market September 20th and St John Holiday Bazaar November 22.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: 9/17 or 10/15 Guest speaker from PPL to discuss Generator

            UBREMS News: No August meeting- President’s Father passed away and Adam was on vacation.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council that the fall ball team will do clean-up on the field they

will be using. Fall Rollout meeting is set for August 21, 6:30 at the Borough Hall.  Remarks:  The path at the Borough Park around the newly constructed batting cages will be paved by the end of next week.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Nothing to report.

Utilities:

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

Discussions:

PennDOT LTAP (Local Technical assistance Program) has money for municipal traffic signals. Sherry received an email that they are waiting for one major piece of information that requires executive approval before details are sent out.

We received information for the PA WARN, Pennsylvania mutual aid agreement for water and wastewater providers.  Sherry will forward the agreement to the Solicitor for review.  The dues would be $25.00 per year.

Rich met with Ed Burns in reference to the additional drain at the Canal Bridge and Ed suggested a letter be sent to PennDOT District Executive Lester Toaso. Rich will work with Sherry on this letter.

Ken Kerstner will take care of removing the falling tree at the Well 1 within the next few weeks.

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens:  No one present.

Discussions:

Mayor Stokes reported to Council that there was a suspicious gold Toyota pickup in the downtown area around 3am Tuesday September 2, 2014, the State Police was notified.

Jim Kopchak, Zoning officer sent certified letters to 224 Easton Road-Velez, 141 Delaware Road- Kreider referencing property maintenance.

Tom Stinnett received an email from a concerned Borough resident in reference to the Pipeline project. The email reported that Holland Township NJ mayor voted No. Mayor Stokes will contact the Holland Township Mayor for more info.

Bucks County Planning Commission sent an invitation to a meeting about gas pipeline and safety being held at the Delaware Valley College on September 11, at 7pm. Remarks: The Borough received an email September 4, 2014 announcing that the meeting was cancelled.

Rich asked Rodney if the lean-to could be built soon to cover the backhoe. Rodney will go over the plans with Matt Brady.

Tom said there is a hole on the corner of Delaware/Edgewood Road, Sherry will let Matt know.

Tom discussed that Craig Cardone put up his no trespassing signs on his sidewalks now that School is in session again.  Council and Borough solicitor will continue to look into this issue.  Remarks:  T. Stinnett stated that there is currently a bill in the State Senate that will mandate opt-in municipalities that use a third-party agency for any UCC service to retain at least two third-party agencies.

Finance:

Discussions:

Liquid fuels tax fund audit was performed. No concerns were noted during this monitoring review.

Palisades School District sent a letter asking if the Borough Council would like to participate in the “Junior Council Member program”, Council agreed that would be a great asset to Council, Sherry will send correspondence.

Bill Dudeck, Borough Solicitor looked over the PAWARN agreement then gave Council his comments. Council suggested we also have Doreen, Borough insurance agent look it too.

Council requested for Sherry to ask Bill Dudeck, Borough Solicitor if they can appoint a new auditor during the Council meeting next week. Remarks: Bill said that a Council person should move to terminate Mr. Tucker and appoint Mr. Shylen.

Council looked over the monthly financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of $300.00 check to the Riegelsville Public Library (Halloween parade).  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve payment to the Riegelsville Public Library for the 2014 Halloween Parade, R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to terminate Mr. Tucker, current Borough auditor and appoint Mr. Shlyen as Borough auditor.  K. Weiss motioned to terminate Mr. Tucker, current Borough auditor and appoint Mr. Shylen as Borough auditor, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Discussion of 2 proposals for tree removal at the Borough Hall.  R. Scott motioned to approve spending up to $3800.00 for tree removal at the Borough Hall, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of proposed Ordinance #228 amending chapter X of the code of Ordinances of the Borough of Riegelsville amending Part I, Grass, weeds and other vegetation.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve Ordinance #228 amending chapter X of the code of Ordinances of the Borough of Riegelsville amending Part 1, Grass, weeds and other vegetation, R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:

            Approval of Resolution R-03-2014, Appointing Members & Alternate Member of the Zoning Hearing Board.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve Resolution R-03-2014, Appointing Members & Alternate Member of the Zoning Hearing Board, R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.       

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

 Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

Next Council Meeting October 8, 2014 at 7pm

Tammy L. Macaluso

Borough Treasurer

 

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August 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. August 13, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2014 Council Meeting and R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Email dated August 12, 2014 from PennEast Pipeline Company LLC, in reference to constructing 100 Mile pipeline part of it would be in the Borough.

            Certified letter received August 13, 2014 from PennEast, in reference to the proposed PennEast Pipeline project on/near Borough Parcel #38-004-001.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported that this is the first correspondence that the Borough has received

in reference to the pipeline construction project affecting the Borough.  Tom advised Sherry to contact them to

attend a meeting for more information.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he spoke to a Borough resident in reference to the property maintenance issues at 428 Poplar Road. Mayor Stokes spoke to the Contractors at the Canal Bridge and they will be pouring the bridge floor and footers so it will be congested downtown.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS –    One Borough Resident present but no comment.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Community Affairs:

Concerns from citizens:  1 resident present.  Nothing to report.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officerreported to Council that he issued 3 Re-roofing permits.

141 Delaware Road property owner Mr. Kreider received his certified enforcement letter.  Mr. Kreider has asked for an extension due to getting quotes for painting the house.  Jim asked Mr. Kreider to put a letter in writing requesting an extension.  Mr. DeBartolo is in litigation with his roofing contractor.

Library News: Beth Banko, Library board memberreported to Council that the new router will be installed next week. Beth introduced Terry Fritz to Council. Terry has sent the Library his resume to be considered for the open position on the board with Sallie Banko’s resignation dated August 14, 2014.  A Summer Sky program is scheduled for Tuesday July 22, 2014.  “Art in the Library” has begun again. The computer replacement has been ordered.

June statistics:

Circulation: 1208

Historic Room Visits: 3

Items added: 47

Public Count: 588

Internet use: 11

Adult programs: 2 events 16 adults

Juvenile: 4 events 59 children, 35 adults

Teen Book Club: 1

Fire Co. News: Ed reported June Breakfast served 350. Next fundraiser is August 23, 2014 “Pig Roast” sponsored by St John UCC and the Fire Co 4-8pm.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting is July 23. They are gathering pictures to

put together a calendar as a fundraiser.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy spoke to the Upper Bucks Eastern Senior Center about safety within the building.

            UBREMS News: The next Board meeting is July 21, 20147pm.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council that 2 fall baseball teams would like to use our fields.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: No meeting in July, during the August meeting they will be

reviewing the bamboo ordinance.

 Utilities:

Comments for Citizens:  1 residents present. Nothing to report.

Discussions:

The borough office received information from A.C. Schultes, Inc for preventative maintenance inspections for wells and water supply. Sherry will ask Ken Kerstner about the yearly excess water usage.

PennDOT LTAP (Local Technical assistance Program) has money for municipal traffic signals. Sherry sent an email for more information.

PennDOT Master Casting Agreement 2014-2017 was received and will be put on the August council agenda.

Rich gave Council the chip seal proposal for Fairmont road, this proposal will be added to the August council agenda.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Chestnut Ridge Electric bid for installing the generator for the Borough Hall was reviewed.  It was decided to put this on the agenda for approval at Council meeting.

Discussed the Fairmont Road tar and chip project and Tom Stinnett reported that Rich Pursell had called him and reported that he had reviewed the paving job and found it acceptable.  Tom Stinnett also reported that he had driven over the road and it seemed to be a good job.  It will need to be approved at Council meeting.

Brief review of hand written letter from Tom Kreider concerning his property.  It was reported by Ed Bartosiewicz that a borough resident had given Tom two tires for his Volvo so he could move the car into the garage.  It was reported that Tom Kreider simply moved the tires into the garage and left the car in the driveway.  Our zoning officer will reply to Mr. Kreider.

Tom Stinnett passed out the Bamboo Ordinance for everyone to review.

Elaine Albrecht brought up a bush in the 200 block of Rt. 611 that was causing a problem.  This property belongs to Richard Costich and it is 221 Easton Road.  The problem had already been reported and a letter is being sent to the owner.

Finance:

Concerns from Citizens:

Elaine Albrecht wondered about the bush on 611 at property address, 221 Easton road, Elaine said it was hard to see when pulling out onto 611. Also about 224 Easton road weeds in front of house.

Discussions:

It was discussed about the Bids for the trees at the reservoir and in front of the Boro Hall. Rodney suggested that we contact Tim Hendricks for a price in cutting down trees in front of Boro Hall, Tim Hendricks did some trees at his house. Rodney has his information.  Sherry was waiting to hear back from Ken Kerstner to see if he wanted the trees at the reservoir.

Rodney inquired about the gas amounts for the Water Co, why they were so high?  Tom said it was because of the winter months.

We talked about the liquid fuels reimbursement for the year 2017-18.

Bill Dudeck talked to the Auditor and was waiting to hear back from him.

Fairmont Road is finished being chipped, the will come back before Labor Day to sweep the road.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval for a maximum proposal of $15,000.00 for the chip seal job on Fairmont Road.  R. Pursell motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.   Unanimous.  Rich reported that they will sweep the road on Tuesday August 19, Sherry will get notices printed.

Three proposals for electrical work to install the Borough hall Generator.

  1. Barry Hoffman Co. $12,985.00
  2. Chestnut Ridge Electric $8985.00
  3. Jeff Murray Electrical Contractor $8,400.00

R. Scott motioned to approve Jeff Murray’s proposal of $8,400.00. R. Pursell seconded. Unanimous.

            Approval to advertise the proposed Ordinance #228 amending chapter X of the code of ordinances of the Riegelsville Borough amending Part I, Grass weeds and other vegetation.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution R-02-2014, Authorization to sign Master Casting Agreement (PennDOT).

R. Pursell motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report

           

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

 

           

 

Meeting adjourned 8:10 PM.

T. Stinnett announced that after the Council Meeting they will have an Executive Session.

Next Council Meeting September 10, 2014 at 7pm

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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Proposed Ordinance # 228

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given by the Council of the Borough of Riegelsville that proposed Riegelsville Borough Ordinance No. 228 entitled, “Ordinance Amending Chapter X of the code of Ordinances or Riegelsville Borough Amending Part I, Grass, Weeds and Other Vegetation,” will be presented for review and passage at the Regular Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 615 Easton Road, Riegelsville, Pennsylvania.  A full copy of the proposed ordinance may be examined without charge at the Borough Hall, the office of this newspaper or the Law Library at the Bucks County Court House during normal business hours, or may be obtained upon request for a charge not greater than the cost thereof.  The following is a summary of the Ordinance which will be presented for adoption at the meeting:

Section 1 is a repealer/amendment provision which provides that any and all prior ordinances inconsistent with the proposed ordinance are repealed and that section Chapter X of the Code of Ordinances is amended by adding a new Section 105 as follows:

Section 105.1 states the purpose of Section 105 as being to control the planning, growing or cultivating of noxious vegetation in Riegelsville Borough.

Section 105.2 defines “noxious vegetation” as used in Section 105.

Section 105.3 restricts certain classes of vegetation except as allowed in Sections 105.4 and 105.5.

Section 105.4 directs that any noxious vegetation on a property shall not be closer than ten (10) feet from any public right-of-way or property line.

Section 105.5 sets forth regulations governing the planting, growing or cultivation for running bamboo.

Section 105.6 provides for the procedure by complaints are received, notices are sent and corrective orders issued with respect to any violation of Section 105.

Section 105.7 is a penalty section which provides for court action in which a fine of $100.00/day for any continuing violation as well as the imposition of court costs and attorney’s fees.

Section 2 is a severability section.

Section 3 provides for an effective date to be determined by Council upon consideration.

Prepared by:

William T. Dudeck, Esquire

Solicitor, Riegelsville Borough

60 East Court Street

P.O. Box 1389

Doylestown, PA 18901-0137

(215) 345-7000

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