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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July 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. July 9, 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. Kathie Weiss motioned to approve the minutes of the June 11, 2014 Council Meeting and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.  CORRESPONDENCE:  

Minutes from the March 19, 2014 D&L Trail Alliance meeting, next meeting July 16, 2014 at 1pm. In New Hope Borough Hall Community Room.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported to Council that he is looking over the RCN contract that is a 10 year

Contract: 2017-2027.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he spoke to Steve, Bridge contractor because they hadn’t been working at the bridge for a couple days. Steve stated that they needed to be at a different location so they are working Friday to make up the time. Mayor Stokes contacted the State Police when he discovered that the Concession stand at the park was broken into. Mayor Stokes addressed the parking issue at the Riegelsville Inn.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -    One Borough Resident

Elaine Albrecht reported that Frank Preedy, Emergency Coordinator went to the Eastern Bucks Senior Center to discuss emergency safety and how to exit their building.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Community Affairs: Ed introduced Jennifer Connolly to Council, Tammy would like to put Jenn on as her Tax Deputy to fill in when needed.

Concerns from citizens:  2 residents present.  Nothing to report.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officerreported to Council issued 3 BP (Building Permit) 1

Service Panel upgrade, 1-Commercial re-roof and 1-heat pump installation. 2 ZP (Zoning Permit) 1- Widen parking area and 1- storage building.  There was a complaint in reference to the abandoned block building at 241 Springhill Road.  A letter was sent and the owner contacted the Borough office and it is being taken care of. Jim is working on an enforcement letter for 141 Delaware Road. Jim will also re-evaluate the 530 Easton Road maintenance violations.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported June Breakfast served around 325. “Patio on the Delaware Fashion Show” with Pam Ptak on June 7, 2014 was a success. Next fundraiser is August 23, 2014 “Pig Roast” sponsored by St John UCC and the Fire Co.

            Library News:  No quorum for June Meeting.  Ed explained to Council that they would like to put a “FREE Tiny Library box” down at the Pocket Park, Julia is getting more info together.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:  Next meeting scheduled for June 25, 7pm. Volunteers

are thinning out the pocket park plants and they would like to put them around the Borough signs on both ends

of town, near the footbridge and possible the Fire house.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing came into the borough office.

            UBREMS News: During the meeting on June 16, 2014 a discussion was had that a lot of squads are being bought and run by hospitals.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council that the next meeting is June 30, 2014- Kiwanis will be

discussing the annual car show.  Girls’ softball B-team placed second in the league, a great accomplishment.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported no meeting on June 2, 2014.

      Miscellaneous: Borough office received minutes from the Canal Advisory Board meeting 3/20/14.

 Utilities:

Comments for Citizens:  2 residents present. Nothing to report.

Discussions:

Barry Hoffman will look at the Generator this week and put together a proposal to hook it up.

Tom discussed with council the questions that are coming up when Sherry contacted a few Septic Haulers to discuss the new Septic Maintenance Ordinance. Haulers are questioning why it is the responsibility of the hauler to send in the paperwork. Council agreed that it is the property owner’s responsibility to get this information to the borough office.

Matt Brady put a maintenance list together for the Borough trucks, the most important one is to get 6 tires for the Chevy Dump. Council agreed that they need to be replaced immediately.

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens:  No residents present.

Discussions:

Borough office received an estimate for the generator at the Borough office. Council asked Sherry to get 3 more estimates.

Council discussed Matt’s maintenance list and Matt will get quotes to fix the trucks and loader.

145 Easton Road, property owner had a question about the water bill not being paid by the caretaker and Council stated that it is the property owner’s responsibility to pay the penalties.  A letter will be put in their water bill.

Council asked Sherry to get information from Borough Engineer, Todd Myers in reference to a legal stop sign. Todd stated that a traffic study is approximately $500.00 per week.  There needs to be justification for the stop sign and cannot be used to calm traffic.

Rich discussed the PennDOT meeting that he attended last month. Rich explained that the pot holes are not on their priority list, fixing the bridges are top priority.  A municipality is not allowed to patch the holes or then it becomes the liability of that municipality.

Mayor Stokes reported to Council that they had a meeting with the contractors and Scott McMackin, Borough Engineer to discuss the water line and the restoration of the 2 parking lots. Scott will get the borough a recap of the meeting to the office.

 

Finance:

Concerns from Citizens:  No residents present

Discussions:

A quote was received for the Library/Borough sign from PCI, for $1333.00. Council agreed to pay half of the cost with the Library.  Sherry will contact the Library Board plus add it to the Council agenda on July 9, 2014.

Tammy sent an email to Borough Solicitor, William Dudeck in reference to not receiving the financial binder back from Borough Auditor, Bob Tucker.

Borough office received a letter from Met-Ed after they investigated the affected borough property March 28, 2014 was due to the sudden and unforeseeable operation of a cross arm brace. Met Ed was unaware of any problems with the equipment prior to its failure. The will not continue with this claim.

St. Lawrence has not used the escrow account since 10/11/12 so Tammy would like to close it out.

Council said to add it to Council agenda on July 9, 2014.

Tom reported that the Rec Board had a meeting on June 30, with Kiwanis members to discuss the Fall Rollout. We are months behind in the planning stage but it will work out. The next car show meeting is July 10, 2014 at 6:30.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

           

            Approval to refund St Lawrence Escrow account $91.00. Last used October 11, 2012.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded.   Unanimous.

            Approval for PCI to make Library/Borough sign $1333.00, The Borough will split the cost with the Library.

If Bridgeton orders one too we can share the shipping, Sherry will check on this.  R. Scott motioned to approve. R. Pursell seconded. Unanimous.

            R. Pursell discussed with Council doing chip seal on Fairmont Road and part of Delaware Road would cost approximately $28,700.00 and doing only Fairmont Road would cost approximately $15,000.00. More info to follow.      

 NEW BUSINESS:  None to report

        

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

       

Meeting adjourned 7:50 PM.

Next Council Meeting August 13, 2014 at 7pm

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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June 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. June 11, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes. ABSENT: Rich Pursell.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the May 14, 2014 Council Meeting and K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated May 22, 2014 from Office of the Bucks County Commissioners introducing the “BUCKS2INVEST” financing programs.

Letter dated May 27, 2014 from Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center thanks Borough Council for the $500.00 donation to the Center.

Borough Office received a resume from Stephen J. Shlyen, CPA for a possible auditor appointment..            

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported to Council that Riegelsville hosted the Upper Bucks Softball League

All-Star game on Saturday June 7, 2014, it was a fun day and the park looked really good.  The concession

stand brought in $683.00 and the Bounce House brought in $105.00- The new owners of Mueller’s sponsored

the Bounce House. Rodney received quite a few comments to how great our park is.

Mayor Mayor Stokes thanked the Recreation Board for all their help to make the Baseball field playable again.  Mayor Stokes had their first over 45 league game on Sunday June 8, 2014.  Mayor Stokes spoke to Sherry about a few properties that have ordinance violations, Sherry stated that correspondence has already been sent to the property owners.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENSOne Borough Resident and Terry from Bucks County Herald.

None to report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Community Affairs: 

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officerreported to Council that it was a very busy month,

ZP(Zoning permit) 2- Signs, ZP 1-Change of tenant, ZP 1- Driveway widening, BP(Building Permit) 2- re-roofs, BP 1- Generator, BP 1-Building Fit-out, BP 1- Exterior repair, BP 1-UST(Underground Storage Tank) removal. 530 Easton Road is currently in a dispute with the roofing contractor so Jim gave Mr. DeBartolo 60 days to finish the dispute, then he will inspect the property and re-write the non-traffic citations. Jim would like to revise the current fee schedule to be more “user” friendly and have updated fees. He will work with Sherry on this.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that they have received $18,000.00 during the fundraiser drive. May Breakfast served 400. Riegelsville Masonic Lodge invited the Fire Co. to a “Thank-you” Ceremony. Next fundraiser is June 7, 2014 “Patio on the Delaware Fashion Show” with Pam Ptak.

            Library News: Erica Sommer reported to Council that they had received a $50,000.00 anonymous bequest. The book sale fundraiser made $3,225.00, no total on the Library Fair yet. May marks the one year anniversary of the increased responsibilities of the staff. Julia has begun to work with the website.

May 2014 Statistics:

Circulation: 1127

Historic Room Visits: 1

Items added: 65

Public Count: 555

Internet use: 15

Adult Programs: 40

Teen Book Club: 2

Juvenile: 49 children, 26 adults

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: The new bench for down in front of the Post Office has

been ordered.  The flower pots have not been delivered yet.  The next meeting is May 28, 2014 at 7pm at the

Borough hall.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Borough office received the minutes from the Palisades School District Emergency Management Team meeting in May.

            UBREMS News: No meeting so nothing to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council that they have 4 ball teams in full force.  Waiting on the

fence Co. to build the batters boxes.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported to Council that during the May 5 meeting they were

reviewing the proposed Bamboo ordinance for the Borough to adopt.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Ed reported to Council that Fry’s Run Water Shed Association has meeting the second Tuesday of the month. Rodney will try to attend on June 14, 2014.

Barry Hoffman finished installing the repairs from the power outage at Well #3 on May 19, 2014.  Council all approved to give Barry a key to Well #3.

Mr. Pedrick owner of 420 Poplar Road is being sued by the Mortgage Co.  There is a $451.30 outstanding water bill and a $77.50 maintenance fee for Borough Employee to mow. Remarks: Bill Dudeck, Borough Solicitor put liens for these amounts and these will be solved June 13, 2014.

The annual Wellhead Protection meeting was on May 12, 2014.  Tom reported that Ken Kerstner joined the Wellhead Committee.  Tom sent minutes to Sherry and she will distribute that to Committee.  During the meeting it was suggested that we join the PaWARN- Pennsylvania’s Water/Wastewater agency response network.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Matt Brady put together a street sign list of the stop signs that need to be replaced.  There is $1,865.00 left in the 2014 Borough budget.  Council agreed on changing all 16 stop signs and the “All Way” signs.

The generator for the Borough building is being delivered Friday June 6. Then Barry Hoffman will put together the quote.

Kiwanis Club of Riegelsville sent the Borough Council a letter stating that they disbanded as of April 30, 2014.  They voted to offer the Borough of Riegelsville to take over the Car Show and Halloween Parade.  Council would like to meet with members of the Kiwanis and the Riegelsville Rec Board to discuss this process.

Rich stated that during the last power outage the temporary stop signs at the traffic light are very difficult to see with no light on them.  Rich suggested battery run flashing lights attached to the stop signs.  Sherry will have Matt check on this when he orders the signs.  Sherry will ask Matt if we have a “Reduced speed ahead” sign in Durham Township on 611.

Sherry will ask the Borough Engineer what is involved in putting up a legal stop sign.

Rich asked if we heard if PennDOT was going to street sweep 611, Sherry will contact Ron Martin.  Tom Stinnett stated that PennDOT has grants available for $100,000.00, we would pay 30% towards the grant.

Rich suggested to Council to get an estimate to Tar & Chip Fairmont Road, plus put Bicycle catch basin covers on Delaware Road.  Matt will get a count of how many we need to replace.

Finance:

Discussions:

Sherry sent the Library/Borough sign info to Brad Patterson- PCI (Pennsylvania Correctional Industries) for a quote. PCI made the new sign for Durham Township.

Tammy spoke to Steve Shlyen to take over the Borough auditing for next year.

Tom reported that he, Sherry and Kate Brandes met with Kris Kern with Heritage Conservancy to go over grant opportunities for Open Space/Trail projects. Kris will get back to us with a list of opportunities to pursue.

Sherry will ask Tammy about getting Tom and Kathie bonded since they are check signers for the Borough.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of Ordinance #227 “AN ORDINANCE GOVERNING MUNICIPAL MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF ON-LOT SEWAGE DISPOSAL FACILITIES IN THE BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE, BUCKS COUNTY, PA.” E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded.   Unanimous.     

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report      

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

Meeting adjourned 7:40 PM.

Next Council Meeting July 9, 2014 at 7pm

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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May 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:09 p.m. May 14, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Thomas Stinnett, Rich Pursell, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes. ABSENT Rodney Scott.  K. Weiss motioned to approve the minutes of theApril 9, 2014Council Meeting and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter received from Louise Fink’s Daughters-Barb, Sue and Jan, thanking Borough Mayor and Council for the memorial flowers for their mother.

            Borough office received the Annual report from Tilley Fire Equipment Co. for the Borough’s Extinguishers.

            Borough office received a letter from Tom Gahman, owner of 1126 Easton Road requesting to change his water billing to one unit since he has not had another tenant in the building.  Riegelsville Auto currently in one part of the building.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to change the water bill to one connection. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

            Letter dated April 24, 2014 from RCN- notice of intention to renew franchise for the Borough.  It expires 4/11/17.

            Borough office received a call in reference to putting a food truck at 919 Easton Road (Oscar’s Garage) on the weekends.  S. Masteller discussed this with Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer and he researched the Borough ordinances and stated that the Borough Council would be making the decision to allow the Food Truck. Council had a discussion and would like S. Masteller to send a letter stating; Council approves a temporary parking of the food truck until August 31, then reevaluate. The concern is that customers are going to try and park on southbound side of Route 611. Council will be monitoring for any public safety issues. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the temporary parking until August 31, 2014.  R. Pursell Seconded.  Unanimous                               

REPORTS:

            President – T. Stinnett announced that there is a new business in the Borough “Village Flowers & Gifts” at #801 Durham Road.  

            Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that a dog that was running loose on the Canal came across the empty canal and killed a cat on a Borough resident’s porch.  Mayor Stokes helped with a neighborly dispute.  Mayor Stokes will be helping Dennis Miller during Election Day May 20th, 2014.  72 Tons of infield mix was put on the large ball field at the Borough Park.  Mayor Stokes over 45 league has their first game on Sunday May 25, 2014.

 COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -   None to report.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

Community Affairs:  Guest Speaker: Robert Loughery, Bucks County Commissioner introduced himself to the Borough Council and the Borough residents. Mr. Loughery reported a few of the bigger issues that they are working on at the County level.  Bucks County has a 407 Million dollar budget and a 24 million dollar deficient. Since 2012 they have reduced employee head count to 2600. 2014 head count is approximately 2380 with a 9% reduction.  They have 40 Million in reserve.  New justice center will open in 2015.  The current Court house is being repurposed so other County offices can be moved to the Court house. Then those properties will be put on the tax rolls.  911 narrow banding project costs 42 million.  Bucks County Open Space fund has extended the planning deadline. Borough Resident, Roger Vonah asked Mr. Loughery if there was any money available to pave the Fire House parking lot due to challenging for those with walkers or wheelchairs. Mr. Vonah stated that the paving would cost around $51,000.00. Mr. Loughery will look into what grant monies are available for the Borough to apply for. The Fire Co. parking lot is owned by the Borough.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer reported to Council that two electrical permits were issued.   

 DeBartolo pending court date May 7, regarding installation of gutters/downspouts and fascia

Capping/flashing.

Myers property at 936 Fairmont Road has a TCO so they can occupy the dwelling. They need to  

complete final grading and exterior gutters/downspout. Need to provide a landing at the front door.

Mike Cavallaro presented preliminary hand drawn sketches for new use at 801Durham Road (Proposed

Retail flower shop). Jim identified the need to comply with Pa Act 45 for change of use group. Upon visiting the property with Mr. Cavallaro, Jim identified that the unisex single user restroom had 9 accessibility violations that need to be corrected. Jim sent a plan review letter to Mr. Cavallaro identifying the minimum requirements for a plan submission under ACT 45.  On April 9th, 2014 Rich O’Brien, President of Keystone and Jim met with Mr. Cavallaro to discuss the project submittals. Mr. Cavallaro agreed to submit the required plans necessary for permit approval.

            Fire Co. News: Ed reported that the last Fish Fry is April 18. The Easter flower sale starts Thursday April 17-20th at Antique haven.  May 3, is Roast Beef Dinner.

            Library News: Terri gave Sherry the minutes from the March 10th Library meeting. In celebration of the “Month of the Young Child” Julia will visit Care-A-Lot and St Peter’s preschools to read stories and do a craft.

            Library Book Sale on May 9 & 10th, Library Fair/Book Sale May 17.

March 2014 Statistics:

Circulation: 1594

Historic Room Visits: 0

Items added: 63

Public Count: 556

Internet use: 13

Adult Programs: 36

Teen Book Club: 3

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Ed reported that during their meeting the short term goal is to take care of the pocket park.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report

            UBREMS News: Next meeting is April 21.

      Rec Board News: Dirk Odhner, Riegelsville Rec Board President reported to Council the needs for the

Borough Park and Ball program. We know have 4 children ball teams and 1 adult team playing at the borough park.  Due to the safety of the children there needs to be batting cages with some blacktop repair after the installation. The low bid on the re-roof on the pavilion is $6100.00. The Rec Board account will be low even after the Borough Council donation of $4,100.00. The Rec board members would like to know if Council can add to the donation.  Tom Stinnett said the Borough does have some money in reserve so he suggested an additional $4,000.00. Council members agreed to this amount. Sherry will add this addition to the Council agenda on May 14, 2014. Dirk thanked Council for the additional funds. 

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported that the planning commission is working on an

updated snow & ice removal ordinance and Bamboo ordinance.

 

Utilities:

Discussions:

Invoices have been sent to the Insurance Co. for Well #3 repairs.

Matt Brady put the extinguisher at Well #3 for the Generator.

Matt Brady will pour the pad for the Generator at the Borough building in the next few weeks.

 Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Tom Stinnett started the meeting by discussing the proposed Ordinance #227 “On-Lot Sewage Disposal System.  A 4 page informational flyer about the proposed ordinance was given to those who attended meeting.  If the proposed Ordinance is passed during June 11, 2014 Council meeting the flyer will be sent to the Borough property owners.  The ordinance will require pumping every 5 years instead of the original proposed 3 years. Council agreed to change this.  The first phase of pumping will be the Commercial and R-3 Zoning Districts with 6 months to get paperwork to the Borough Office, the second phase will be RP and R-1 with 6 months to get paperwork to the Borough office. If you have recently pumped your systems during 2013 or 2014 then you may have met the initial requirement already. You would just need to provide the borough with a receipt or cancelled check to show when you had your system pumped.  The Borough began a Wellhead protection plan with the assistance from Bucks County Planning Commission and the PA Department of Environmental Protection. This effort was funded by a grant from the state making it possible to involve a hydro-geologist who conducted tests, studies and gathered documents to establish statistics about our three wells.

Tom Stinnett reported that the Canal Bridge project should be complete September 2014.

April 21, 2014 the Borough office received a call from Borough resident Dennis Stepien in reference to the stop sign on Maplewood road. Mr. Stepien was pulled over by the Police for not making a complete stop. They gave him a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt.  Mr. Stepien feels the stop sign should be a yield.  Council said that stop sign is temporary during the bridge construction and will stay there until construction is complete.

Council received quite a few complaints from the residents on Maplewood that there is a lot of speeding due to the construction so the decision was to put up the temporary stop sign.  S. Masteller will get back to Mr. Stepien with Councils decision.   Mayor Stokes would like to see the temporary stop sign become permanent due to the speeding. Council will revisit this closer to the bridge completion.

            The Library shutters are being stained with the help of Norma Keller and a young man needing community service hours.

            During the next 7 days M. Brady will be working on the cement pad for the generator at the borough hall.

Finance:

Discussions:

            The Library received a quote from Hoyt Sign Co. to replace the sign from winter. Council suggested to get a few more quotes.  Kathie suggested Mumaw sign in William Township plus the sign co. that did the 2 signs north and south of the Borough.

            The Borough office received a letter from RCN for informally renewing the franchise in the Borough, T. Stinnett asked if anyone had any pros or cons to having RCN. No one expressed any cons.

            Kris Kern with Heritage Conservancy will be meeting with Tom and Sherry to go over grant opportunities for Open Space/Trail projects. Tom told Sherry invite Kate Brandes to come since she has expressed that she may be able to help us with the grant process. Remarks: Kate Brandes is available for the May 29th, 2014 meeting.

            Phil Solomon, Hometown press salesman is putting together a new Welcome packet/folder for advertising and he would like the Borough to participate. Council said that would be a great idea.

 The Enhancement Committee is purchasing a bench for in front on Post office, the total is $675.78.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:     

            Approval of check for $8100.00 to Riegelsville Recreation Board ($4100.00 budgeted, $4000.00 additional). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.   R. Pursell seconded.   Unanimous.

             Approval to advertise for June 11, 2014 Council meeting. Ordinance #227 AN ORDINANCE GOVERNING MUNICIPAL MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF ON-LOT SEWAGE DISPOSAL FACILITIES IN THE BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE, BUCKS COUNTY, PA. With the change from pumping every three years to five years. R. Pursell motioned to advertise.K. Weiss seconded.   Unanimous.              

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report

 APPROVAL OF BILLS:   R. Pursell motioned to approve bills.  K. Weiss seconded.  E. Bartosiewicz abstained from the Fire Co. allocated contribution since Ed is President of the Fire Co.  Motion passed with Rich, Tom and Kathie.          

 Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.  

  Next Council Meeting June 11, 2014 at 7pm

Sherry Masteller  

Borough Secretary

 

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