Draft 2018 Budget

NOTICE: The year 2018 proposed budget for Riegelsville Borough is available on the website:  www.riegelsville.org   plus public inspection 8:00 am – 2:00 pm weekdays in Borough Hall, 615 Easton Rd., Riegelsville, PA.  The following ordinance # 238 will be presented for review and passage at Borough Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, Riegelsville, Pennsylvania:

ORDINANCE NO. 238

AN ORDINANCE OF RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA ENACTING AND LEVYING CERTAIN TAX RATE ON ALL REAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE BOROUGH

Under and pursuant to 53 P.S. § 46302, the Council of the Borough of Riegelsville hereby ENACTS and ORDAINS a tax and the same is hereby levied on all real property within the said Borough subject to taxation for the fiscal year 2018 as follows:

 

Tax rate for general purposes, the sum of………….11.75 mils

on each dollar of assessed valuation, or sum of…….$.1175

on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation

 

For fire protection purchases, including fire apparatus

The sum of…………………………………………. 1 mil

on each dollar of assessed valuation, or sum of……$.1

on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation

 

For Ambulance & Rescue Squad purposes, the sum of..  .5 mil

on each dollar of assessed valuation, or sum of………. $.05

on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.

 

The same being summarized in tabular form as follows:

Mils on each                         Cents on Each

Dollars of                               One Hundred

Assessed                              Dollars of

Valuation                               Valuation

Tax Rate General Purposes………………..                       11.75mil                                .1175 cents

Tax Rate for Fire Protection, including apparatus          1 mil                                        .1 cents

Tax Rate for Ambulance & Rescue Squad………           .5 mil                                       .05 cents

 

TOTAL:                 13.25 mils                               1.325 cents

MEETINGS NOTICE

The Borough Council will have a Council meeting for approving the 2018 Budget and Tax levy Ordinance #238 on December 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm. The Borough Council will meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 pm. The committees of Council will meet monthly as follows:  Streets/Properties at 7:00 pm and Finance immediately following on the 1st Wednesday except no meetings January; Community Affairs at 7:00 pm and Utilities immediately following on the 3rd Wednesday except No meetings December.  The Riegelsville Planning Commission will meet monthly on the 1st Monday at 7:00 pm with the following exceptions: No January or September meeting. The Riegelsville Enhancement Committee will meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 7:00 pm. Recreation Board will meet last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Annual Wellhead protection meeting May 14, 2018 at 10am. All meetings will be held in the Municipal Bldg., 615 Easton Rd., Riegelsville, PA.

BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE

GENERAL FUND
Draft 2018 Budget
REVENUE
301.100 Real Estate Taxes – Current Year    114,035.00
301.200 Real Estate Taxes – Prior Years        2,850.00
310.000 Per Capita Tax        6,500.00
310.100 Real Estate Transfer Taxes        5,000.00
310.200 Earned Income Tax      92,000.00
310.300 Local Services Tax        7,300.00
320.000 Cable Television Franchise      13,000.00
331.120 Local Code Violations           200.00
341.000 Interest Earnings           700.00
342.200 Rent of Building        9,600.00
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        1,000.00
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           150.00
362.430 Plumbing Permits           120.00
362.440 Mechanical Permits            80.00
380.000 Miscellaneous Revenues            50.00
380.012 Expense Reimbursement – Tax Collector            75.00
395.000 Insurance Reimbursements
     11,964.00
395.100 Telephone Reimbursement – Water Co.           750.00
395.200 Electric/Garbage Reimbursement           845.00
TOTAL   291,754.00
Total General Fund Expenses
General Government    139,129.00
Properties      40,785.00
Police/Public Safety      26,610.00
Community Development      24,780.00
Streets      60,450.00
TOTAL   291,754.00
EXPENDITURES
GENERAL GOVERNMENT
400.100 Postage – Office           450.00
400.200 Office Supplies           600.00
400.320 Telephone Services        1,600.00
400.340 Advertising, Printing and Binding        1,500.00
400.350 Insurance and Bonding      30,470.00
400.420 Dues, Subscriptions, Conferences           650.00
400.430 FICA & Medicare Employer Contribution        7,235.00
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      30,303.00
401.130 Treasurer Wages      18,001.00
401.140 General Fund Wages      35,527.00
402.310 Auditor        3,000.00
403.110 Tax Collector Salary        2,373.00
403.200 Tax Collector Office Supplies           120.00
403.300 Earned Income Tax Office Services            50.00
404.310 Solicitor        3,500.00
408.310 Engineer        3,000.00
TOTAL   139,129.00
PROPERTIES
409.250 Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies           300.00
409.260 Small Tools & Minor Equipment           750.00
409.350 Maintenance Services        3,100.00
409.360 Electric – Borough Hall        1,800.00
409.370 Heating Fuel        7,500.00
409.380 Electric/Water Apartment        1,600.00
409.390 Property Maintenance        3,000.00
409.430 Real Estate Taxes        1,600.00
409.440 Lawn Care        3,100.00
409.460 Building Repairs        6,000.00
409.800 Building Maintenance Reserve      12,035.00
TOTAL     40,785.00
POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY
411.500 Fire Company Contribution      13,055.00
412.500 Emergency Medical Service Contribution      13,055.00
415.000 Emergency Management Expenses           500.00
TOTAL     26,610.00
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
414.120 Zoning Officer/Building Inspector Wages      12,000.00
414.200 Zoning Hearing Board Expenses        1,200.00
414.500 Uniform Construction Code Fee           150.00
427.500 Household Hazardous Waste Program           130.00
451.500 Recreation Board Contribution        5,400.00
451.501 Community Expenses           700.00
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        4,200.00
TOTAL     24,780.00
STREETS
430.240 Gasoline & Oil        1,500.00
430.310 Alley Maintenance        2,200.00
430.360 Electric – Garage/Maintenance Lot           950.00
430.370 Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance        4,000.00
431.100 Cleaning Streets/Gutters        1,500.00
432.100 Winter Maintenance      10,500.00
433.500 Street Signs/Markings        2,500.00
438.500 Road Maintenance        2,500.00
438.550 Crack Sealing        4,800.00
439.750 Road Project      30,000.00
TOTAL     60,450.00
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
WATER FUND
Draft 2018 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings           750.00
378.100 Metered Sales to General Customers    145,000.00
378.300 Penalty/Interest Charges        1,500.00
378.900 Other Water Revenues           250.00
TOTAL   147,500.00
EXPENDITURES
448.200 Postage           850.00
448.210 Office Supplies           300.00
448.231 Gasoline & Oil        1,500.00
448.260 Inventory, Parts & Equipment        2,000.00
448.270 Small Tools           750.00
448.280 Meter Purchase        2,500.00
448.300 Water Analysis Charges        1,700.00
448.310 Auditor        1,000.00
448.320 Solicitor           250.00
448.330 Engineer        1,000.00
448.340 Adv., Printing & Binding            50.00
448.350 Insurance Reimbursement        1,165.00
448.360 Electric – Pump Houses      13,000.00
448.370 Repair & Maintenance Services      20,000.00
448.372 Lawn Care        1,800.00
448.380 Telephone Services        2,300.00
448.410 Building Maintenance           500.00
448.420 Dues, Subscrip., Conferences           575.00
448.430 Valve Evaluation & Repair      25,000.00
448.460 Curbstop Location & Repair        2,000.00
448.480 Waterworks Operator/Contracted      25,000.00
448.490 Computer Software/Support Fee           175.00
448.500 Miscellaneous Expenses            50.00
448.710 Vehicle & Equip. Maintenance        6,000.00
448.800 Water Reserve Fund        9,635.00
449.000 Water Fund Wages        8,400.00
481.300 Equipment/Clerical Reimbursement      20,000.00
TOTAL   147,500.00
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
HIGHWAY AID FUND
Draft 2018 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings           150.00
355.050 Motor Vehicle Fuel Taxes      33,000.00
TOTAL     33,150.00
EXPENDITURES
430.000 General Services – Administration        6,175.00
433.100 Traffic Signal – Electric        1,200.00
433.300 Traffic Signal Maintenance        5,000.00
434.100 Street Lighting      20,000.00
438.530 Durham Twp. Road Maintenance Agreement           775.00
TOTAL     33,150.00

 

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October 2017 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:05 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ann Moyer, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny and Rodney Scott.  ABSENT: Mayor Stokes. A. Kenny motioned to approve the minutes from September 13, 2017. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Invitation was read from Bucks County Consortium Luncheon on November 2, 2017. No Councilperson is available to attend.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that Todd Myers, Borough Engineer was unable to attend tonight’s meeting and will reschedule for another meeting night.  Tom discussed that during the Riegelsville Enhancement Committee Brian Greene from D&L discussed how he could assist local communities with the planning process and to provide technical assistance to local efforts to become more trail friendly. As the D&L staff works with local communities to establish D&L Trail Towns. Paul Servantes, Borough Resident will chair our local steering committee. The D&L serves as a guide through this process and has resources to provide for the communities.

Mayor Absent.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

10 Borough Residents present.  Several residents voiced concerns with the Trail going in near their homes.

  • Concerned with people walking up and down Spring Hill Road with vehicles speeding past.
  • There will be no way for the Borough Council to protect the residents.
  • Residents have spent a lot of money on their properties that may be destroyed by people trespassing on their properties.
  • Linden Lane part of the future trail is already getting busier before the trail is built.
  • Concerned how close to their property line the trail will be.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council:

  • 5 Building permits: Kitchen Remodel, removal of 1000 gallon tank, Porch Alterations, Hot Tub, and Bath Alterations.
  • 3 Zoning permits: Retaining wall, Hot Tub and Shed.
  • 1274 Easton Road- Stop work order, plans submitted-waiting for Todd to approve for FEMA compliance.
  • 320 Spring Hill Road, Fence permit application came in, pending review.
  • 116 Cedar Road, Property Maintenance Violation letter, Jim went past the property and cleanup is under way.

Library News: Borough office received the September 2017 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  Beth Banko, Library Board Trustee, reported to Council:

  • September 30, 9am Book sorting.
  • October 28, 11am Riegelsville Halloween Parade.
  • The library trustees would like Borough Council to consider an increase in their donation.
  • Fundraiser for the Brew Fest at Mueller’s is 9/23 and tickets are $25.00 & will be at the door.

Fire Co. News:

  • August breakfast served 291.
  • October 10, is Fire Prevention at the Riegelsville Public Library- Ed will be taking the Fire Truck to the Library.

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • Meeting next Wednesday September 27. Brian Greene from D&L is guest speaker!!  The D&L Staff is prepared to assist local communities with the planning process and to provide technical assistance to local efforts to become more trail friendly. As the D&L staff works with local communities to establish D&L Trail Towns, we will stress the importance of creating a plan and following it. The local steering committee is the group that helps craft and implement this plan based on public input.  The D&L serves as a guide through this process and has resources to provide for the communities.

UBREMS News:

  • No meeting in September.

Rec Board News:

  • Rodney will be getting a check from the Softball Association for the use of the softball field this season.
  • Car show preparation is underway.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Frank reported that he attended the quarterly meeting on 9/12/17.  The updated EOP will be added to the October Council meeting.
  • Riegelsville Planning Commission:  No meeting in September.

Utilities

Discussions:

  1. Masteller spoke to Mike Sullivan, a potential Water Operator and he is emailing his Companies Bio. He would like to see our Wells too. I will set up that visit.

Barry Hoffman is working on a quote fixing Well #3 Electrical issue.

Owner of the Village Florist on Durham Road called the Borough office to see of the Small Borough Parking was do for resurfacing. Sherry told him that the Borough Engineer is going to put together a quote for the 2018 Budget. Council suggested Matt take the loose concrete out and fill it with stone so it will be safer.

 

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

The Tar & Chip street project is complete, street sweeping will be scheduled after October 6, to clean up the loose gravel.

Halloween Parade is set for Saturday October 28.

 

Council discussed the Fern Road Sign.

 

303 Poplar Road, Sweeney/Warner Zoning Hearing, October 24, 2017.

 

Todd Myers will attend the Council meeting on October 11, to discuss the trail plans.

 

Ed discussed the Penn DOT agility agreement with Council.

Finance

Discussions:

The tenant on the third floor of the Borough Building will be leaving November 1.Rodney & Ed will inspect the apartment. Tammy will take care of the escrow account. The apartment needs to be repainted before another tenant moves in.

Council looked over the financials.

Council discussed the car show planning.

Council worked on the 2018 Budget worksheets.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval of Ordinance #237 to amend Ordinance 222(“Zoning Ordinance”) to provide for “marijuana dispensary facilities” in the C Commercial District, for “medical Marijuana growing/processing facilities” in the I  Industrial District.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:

            Keith from Nockamixon Township contacted Borough office to see if Council was interested in joining a Cable Consortium. Council said yes we had one with Service Electric Cable.

            Executive Session 11/1/17 after the Committee meeting with Bill Dudeck, Borough Solicitor in reference to legal issue.

            Local realtor and his client came to look at the Zoning Ordinances in reference to uses in the Industrial Zone for a Drug rehab facility.

           

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

 

 

Next Council Meeting November 1, 2017 at 7pm.

 

 

Meeting adjourned 8:04 PM.

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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September 2017 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:05 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ann Moyer, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Audrey Kenny. A. Moyer motioned to approve the minutes from August 9, 2017. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated September 1, 2017 from Becky, Riegelsville Public Library, requesting the use of the Borough streets for Halloween Parade on Saturday October 28, 11am.

Letter dated August 30, 2017 from FEMA “The 2016 Hazard mitigation plan”,  was approved by FEMA and now the Borough has 5 years to update and add their recommendations to the next plan, the current plans expires 9/27/2021.

Letter dated August 29, 2017 Governor, Tom Wolf sent the Borough office a letter thanking the Borough Council for the resolution to oppose Senate Bill 663 (SB 663) and House Bill 1469 (HB 1469).

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council and Todd the legal easement, lot line documents from Well 1 & 2 property. Todd will look over them and get back to Council.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported that another complaint about the yard debris at 428 Poplar Road.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

Sheila Collins asked Borough Council if they could move the Fern/Edgewood sign back to the corner of her property.  Tom said the sign was getting hit so that is probably why it was put across the street.

Sherry will check with Matt.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council:

  • 4 Building permits: Demo Garage, removal of 400 gallon tank, 60 Amp Sub panel and Deck.
  • 5 Zoning permits: Accessory Building, Deck, Fence, 2-Re-Roofs.
  • 1274 Easton Road- FEMA Hydraulic calculation are needed.
  • 320 Spring Hill Road, Pool Barrier- Temporary fence installed – follow-up needed by Jim.
  • 116 Cedar Road, Property Maintenance Violation letter, Owner’s attorney requested an extension until August 31, 2017.

Library News: Borough office received the August 2017 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  They did not have a quorum for their August meeting.

  • New carpet has been ordered and awaiting the stair lift.
  • Solar eclipse program report.
  • The summer reading program has been well received with great positive feedback.
  • Mary Shafer will be presenting a book talk here at the library on her book “Devastation on the Delaware” August 17, 2017 7pm.
  • Fundraiser for the Brew Fest at Mueller’s is in the planning stage. It will be 9/23 and tickets are $25.00 & will be at the door.

Fire Co. News:

  • July breakfast served 328.
  • Pig Roast is set for August 26- 4-8pm.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

Meeting next Wednesday August 23.

UBREMS News:

No meeting.

Rec Board News:

  • We ordered 4 more tables for the pavilion.
  • Troy Holzworth, Riegelsville Auto donated a frig to the Rec Board Concession stand.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Frank reported that he had a phone meeting with PEMA. The next quarterly meeting is 9/12/17.  The currant EOP needs a few changes and then Council will look over it and update a Resolution.
  • Todd Myers, Riegelsville Fire Chief, reported to Council to update the Fire Co. finances to Council.   They have had 5 new members join and they have advanced training that is an asset to the Co.  The yearly fund drive letter has a 28% return. They mail out 900 mailings. They do grants to offset what the Municipalities (Riegelsville, Durham & Nockamixon), fundraiser and donations.  They need to repair the roof- the coating will cost around $10,000.00- $15,000.00- they are going to do the repair themselves.   Todd is hoping the Borough Council could raise the 1mil ($8650.00) to double the amount.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  No meeting in August.

Utilities

Discussions:

Masteller left a voicemail with M. Sullivan, a potential Water Operator to get his resume.

Sonny continues to do chlorine readings for Aqua NJ.

Matt & Sonny are going to be the contacts when Mumford inspects the Cistern.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

Jim, Zoning officer & Bill Dudeck, Borough solicitor are working on 428 Poplar Road property maintenance on going issues.

The Tar & Chip street project will start on September 18, awaiting for a date for street sweeping before the project begins.

Halloween Parade is set for Saturday October 28, Becky, Children’s librarian sent a letter to Council with the details.

The 2016 Hazard mitigation plan was approved by FEMA and now the Borough has 5 years to update and add their recommendations to the next plan, the current plans expires 9/27/2021.

Council will look over the changes to the updated EOP (Emergency Operations Plan). They will discuss it during the Community Affairs meeting on September 20.

Council discussed the description of Court Lane, Sherry will send Ordinance #175 to Todd for clarification on the current zoning map.

Sidewalk project was completed by S&M contractors.

 Finance

Discussions:

The Draft Ordinance #237 Medical Marijuana ready to advertise, Sherry will put on the Council agenda September 13.

Governor, Tom Wolf sent the Borough office a letter thanking the Borough Council resolution to oppose Senate Bill 663 (SB 663) and House Bill 1469 (HB 1469).

The 2016 Annual Audit & Financial Report is approved.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

            Todd Myers, Borough Engineer discussed the Open Space Trail project.

 Letter will be mailed out Thursday to Jack Chase (Applicant/Agent-Zoning permit for driveway 303 Poplar Road Sweeney/Woerner) from Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer.

Approval to advertise Ordinance #237 to amend Ordinance 222(“Zoning Ordinance”) to provide for “marijuana dispensary facilities” in the C Commercial District, for “medical Marijuana growing/processing facilities” in the I  Industrial District.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to award Morton Salt the 2017-2018 salt bid $48.82 delivered price per ton. Minimum 20 tons.  Reduced by $7.31 over last year.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:

Borough’s 2004 Chevy Truck, needs inspection, tires (already approved) needs (Front, Rear pads/rotors, rear axle due to rust Estimate $1300.00 – $1400.00 GM Parts). R. Scott motioned to approve maximum of $1400.00 and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

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

Next Council Meeting October 11, 2017 at 7pm.

Meeting adjourned 8:45 PM.

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2016 CCR Water Report

2016 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

PWSID #:   1090058               NAME:  Riegelsville Water Company

 

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

WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION:

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

 

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

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

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

 

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

 

Monitoring Your Water:

We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws.  The following tables show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2016.  The State allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of our data is from prior years in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The date has been noted on the sampling results table.

DEFINITIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Level 1 Assessment – A Level 1 assessment is a study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system.
Level 2 Assessment – A Level 2 assessment is a very detailed study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why an E. coli MCL violation has occurred and/or why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on multiple occasions.

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

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

radiation absorbed by the body)                                             (mg/L)

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

radioactivity)                                                                           liter

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

(µg/L)

 

DETECTED SAMPLE RESULTS:

 

Entry Point Disinfectant Residual
Contaminant Minimum Disinfectant

Residual

Lowest

Level Detected

Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination
Chlorine 0.4 0.8 0.79 – 2.2 ppm 2016 N Water additive used to control microbes.

 

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

Contamination

Lead 15 0 4.40 ppb 0 out of 10 N Corrosion of household plumbing.
Copper 1.3 1.3 1.08 ppm 0 out of 10 N Corrosion of household plumbing.

 

 

Chemical Contaminants

  Contaminant MCL in CCR Units MCLG Level Detected Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination
  Chlorine MRDL=4 MRDLG=4 0.945 0.51 – 1.37 ppm 2016 N Water additive used to control microbes.
  Arsenic (IOC) 10 0 0.26 0.26 ppb 2012 N Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
  Barium (IOC) 2 2 0.0237 0.0199 – 0.0237 ppm 2012 N Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits
  Chromium (IOC) 100 100 0.39 0.39 ppb 2012 N Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits
  Nickel (IOC) 100 0 0.79 0.51 – 0.79 ppb 2012 N Erosion of natural deposits; Corrosion of home plumbing
  Nitrate 10 10 4.60 0.961 – 4.77 ppm 2016 N Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
  Selenium (IOC) 50 50 1.7 0.79 – 1.7 ppb 2012 N Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from mines
  TTHM 80 N/A 6.80 3.90 – 6.80 ppb 2016 N By-product of drinking water chlorination
  Gross Alpha 15 0 1.11 0.459 – 1.11 pCi/l 2015 N Erosion of natural deposits
  Combined Radium 226-228 5 0 0.076 0.076 – 0.581 pCi/l 2012-2015 N Erosion of natural deposits

 

 

EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION:

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD:

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

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riegelsville Water Company

PO Box 494

Riegelsville, PA  18077

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Draft Ordinance No. 237 Marijuana Dispensary Facilities

LEGAL NOTICE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that proposed Ordinance No. 237 amending Ordinance No. 222 (“Zoning Ordinance”) for the Borough of Riegelsville to provide for medical “marijuana dispensary facilities” in the C Commercial District, for “medical marijuana growing/processing facilities’ in the I Industrial District and for associated regulations will presented for review and passage at the Regular Council meeting to be held on October 11, 2017 at 7 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 proposed ordinance that will be presented for consideration at the meeting:

Section 1 adds a new subsection to the Zoning Ordinance that defines and regulates Use E-28 (medical marijuana dispensary).

Section 2 adds a new subsection to the Zoning Ordinance that defines and regulates Use G-17 (medical marijuana growing/processing facility)

Section 3 amends section 305 of the Zoning Ordinance (Table of Use Regulations) to address Uses E-28 and G-17.

Section 4 amends Article VIII, Section 801(a) of the Zoning Ordinance by adding (45a) Use E-28 to the use regulations in the Industrial District.

Section 5 amends Article IX, Section 901(a) of the Zoning Ordinance by adding (30a) Use G-17 to the minimum lot regulations set forth therein.

Section 6 is a partial repealer.

Section 7 is a savings provision.

Section 8 provides that the effective date of the ordinance shall be five (5) days after its approval and adoption.

 

Prepared by:

William T. Dudeck, Esquire

Eastburn and Gray, P.C.

60 East Court Street

P.O. Box 1389

Doylestown, PA 18901

(215) 345-7000

Solicitor for the

                                                                                                Borough of Riegelsville

RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH

ORDINANCE # 237

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING ORDINANCE 222 (ZONING ORDINANCE) PROVIDING FOR MEDICAL “MARIJUANA DISPENSARY FACILITIES” IN THE C ZONING DISTRICT, AND FOR “MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWING /PROCESSING FACILITIES” IN THE “I ZONING DISTRICT”, AND FOR ASSOCIATED REGULATIIONS GOVERNING THESE USES.

 

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Borough Code provides that the corporate powers of the Riegelsville Borough Council (the “Council”) include the ability to plan for the development of the Borough through Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development Regulations under the Act of July 13, 1968 (P.L. 805, No. 247), known as the “Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code”:

 

WHEREAS, the Riegelsville Borough Zoning Ordinance, as amended, is codified in Ordinance 222;

 

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Borough Code provides that the Council may adopt Ordinances in which general or specific powers of the Borough may be exercised, and, by the enactment of subsequent Ordinances, the Council may amend, repeal or revise existing Ordinances;

 

WHEREAS, the proposed amendments are geared toward fulfilling the Borough obligations under Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, and of protecting the public health, safety and welfare of Borough citizens; and

 

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania General Assembly recently passed Act 16 of 2016 (formerly SB3), known as the Medical Marijuana Act (“the Act”), which the Governor approved on April 17, 2016;

 

WHEREAS, the Act inter alia legalizes and regulates certain activities regarding the growing, processing, dispensation, use and research of medical marijuana;

 

WHEREAS, the Borough desires to update its zoning ordinance to address the new land uses provided for in the Act inter alia allow access to medical marijuana for local citizens while protecting the public health, safety and welfare;

 

WHEREAS, federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug despite the enactment of the Act in Pennsylvania;

 

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Justice has issued several memoranda regarding state laws and medical marijuana;

 

WHEREAS, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a policy statement on increasing the number of facilities that are federally authorized to grow marijuana for research purposes;

 

WHEREAS, Section 2107 of the Act provides guidance to municipalities regarding local zoning and land use requirements;

 

WHEREAS. The proposed amendments have been advertised, considered, and reviewed in accordance with Municipalities Planning Code Section 609 (53 P.S. Section 10609);

 

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing, be it ENACTED and ORDAINED by the Borough Council of Riegelsville Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, as follows:

 

  1. ADD to Ordinance 222 a new subsection as follow:

 

E-28 Medical marijuana dispensary facility.  An activity or operation owned and operated by a “dispensary”, as that term is defined in Act 16 of 2016, known as the Medical Marijuana Act (“Act”).  As used in this subsection, “Dispensary Company” shall have the same meaning as the term “dispensary” defined in the Act.  Medical marijuana dispensary facilities shall be subject to the following regulations:

 

  1. A medical marijuana dispensary facility shall be owned and operated in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, including the Medical Marijuana Act and federal memoranda regarding medical marijuana.
  2. No medical marijuana dispensary facility shall be located within 1000 feet of the property line of a public, private, or parochial school or day-care center.
  3. A medical marijuana dispensary facility shall be clearly identified as such in its signage.
  4. A medical marijuana dispensary facility shall be subject to quarterly inspection by the Borough Zoning Officer or other Borough designee.
  5. Permit Application Requirements:
  6. A copy of the permit issued to the dispensary company by the Pennsylvania Department of Health under the Act.
  7. Documentation of procedures and measures used or to be used by the medical marijuana dispensary facility and its owner and/or operator to ensure compliance with or to abide by:
  8. The Medical Marijuana Act:
  9. Federal memoranda regarding medical marijuana including inter alia the August 29, 2013 U.S. Department of Justice memorandum (known as the “Cole memorandum”); and
  • All other applicable laws and regulations governing the dispensary company or the medical marijuana dispensary facility, including the Borough’s Code of Ordinances.

 

  1. Documentation that the dispensary company has provided the following information to the Pennsylvania State Police:
  2. Contact information (name, phone number(s), email, mailing address) for two (2) individuals at the medical marijuana dispensary facility and two (2) individuals of the dispensary company who the Pennsylvania State Police may contact should suspicions of illegal activity or other concerns arise regarding the medical marijuana dispensary facility.
  3. All information required in 5.b above.
  4. Effect on Federal Law. Nothing in this subsection shall counteract the substance, interpretation, effect, or application of any federal law, statute, regulation, act, administrative or judicial court decision, departmental directive, or guideline promulgated or authorized by any entity of the federal government respecting the distribution, use, sale, growing, processing, or dispensing of marijuana.

 

  1. ADD to Ordinance 222 a new subsection as follows:

 

G-17 Medical marijuana growing/processing facility.  An activity or operation owned and operated by a “grower/processor”, as that term is defined in Act 16 of 2016, known as the Medical Marijuana Act (“the Act”).  As used in this subsection, “grower/processor” shall have the same meaning as the term defined in the Act.  Medical marijuana growing/processing facilities shall be subject to the following regulations:

  1. A medical marijuana growing/processing facility shall be owned and operated in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, including the Medical Marijuana Act and federal memoranda regarding medical marijuana.
  2. No medical marijuana growing/processing facility shall be located within 1000 feet of the property line of a public, private or parochial school or day-care center.
  3. A medical marijuana growing/processing facility shall be clearly identified as such in its signage.
  4. A medical marijuana growing/processing facility shall be subject to quarterly inspection by the Borough Zoning Officer or other Borough designee.
  5. Permit Application Requirements:
  6. A copy of the permit issued to the grower/processor by the Pennsylvania Department of Health under the Medical Marijuana Act.
  7. Documentation of procedures and measures used or to be used by the medical marijuana growing/processing facility and its owner and/or operator to ensure compliance with or to abide by:
  8. The Medical Marijuana Act;
  9. Federal memoranda regarding medical marijuana including inter alia the August 29, 2013 U.S. Department of Justice memorandum (known as the “Cole memorandum”);
  • All other applicable laws and regulations governing the grower/processor or the marijuana growing/processing facility, including the Borough’s Code of Ordinances.
  1. Documentation that the grower/processor has provided the following information to the Pennsylvania State Police:
  2. Contact information (name, phone number(s), email, mailing address) for two (2) individuals at the medical marijuana growing/processing facility and two (2) individuals of the grower/processor who the Pennsylvania State Police may contact should suspicions of illegal activity or other concerns arise regarding the medical marijuana growing/processing facility.
  3. All information required under 5.b above.
  4. Effect on Federal Law. Nothing in this subsection shall counteract the substance, interpretation, effect, or application of any federal law, statute, regulation, act, administrative or judicial court decision, departmental directive, or guideline promulgated or authorized by any entity of the federal government respecting the distribution, use, sale, growing, processing, or dispensing of marijuana.

 

  1. AMEND Ordinance 222, Section 305 (Table of Use Regulations) as follows:

 

  RP R-1 R-2 R-3 C I
E-28 Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility  

N

 

N

 

N

 

N

 

P

 

N

G-17 Medical Marijuana Growing/Processing Facility  

N

 

N

 

N

 

N

 

N

 

P

 

  1. ADD to Ordinance 222 Article VIII, Section 801.a the following:

(45a) E-28 Medical marijuana dispensary facility

  1. ADD to Ordinance 222 Article IX, Section 901.a the following:

(30a) G-17 Medical marijuana growing/processing facility

 

  1. Partial Repealer

 

All other provisions of the Riegelsville Borough Zoning Ordinance, as amended, shall remain in full force and effect.  All other Ordinances or provisions of the Zoning Ordinance inconsistent herewith or in conflict with any of the terms hereof are, to the extent of said inconsistencies or conflicts, herby specifically repealed.

 

  1. Severability

 

The provisions of this Ordinance are severable.  If any section, clause, sentence, part or provision thereof shall be held illegal, invalid, or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, the effect of such decision shall be limited to those provisions which are expressly state in the decision to be invalid or ineffective, and such decision of the court shall not affect or impair any of the remaining sections, clauses, sentences, parts or provisions of this Ordinance.  It is herby declared to be the intent of the Borough Council that this Ordinance would have been adopted if such illegal, invalid, or unconstitutional section, clause, sentence or part of a provision had not been included herein.

 

  1. Effective Date

 

All provisions of this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect five (5) days after the approval and adoption.

 

DULY ENACTED AND ORDAINED this            day of                                     , 2017 by the Riegelsville Borough Council, Riegelsville Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in lawful sessions duly assembled.

 

ATTEST:                                                                     Borough of Riegelsville

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

 

Sherry Masteller                                                          By:                                                                 

Secretary

                                                                                         Thomas E. Stinnett

Borough Council President

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

Gregory P. Stokes

Borough Mayor

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August 2017 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:02 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Audrey Kenny, William Dudeck-Borough Solicitor and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Ann P Moyer. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from July 12, 2017. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated July 19, 2017 was read from Ellen Clemens, Robert Rainey, Diane Gonzalez and Ken Price- “Request for Notification from Concerned Neighbors”, Ref: Building permit application submitted July 15, 2017 by James G. Sweeney, 303 Poplar Road.

Letter dated August 4, 2017 was read from William T. Dudeck, Borough Solicitor Ref: appeal of Michele White

Letter dated August 4, 2017 was read from Todd Myers, Borough Engineer Ref: Bowman’s North Fence Construction.

Letter dated August 4, 2017 was read from Todd Myers, Borough Engineer Ref: 945 Edgewood Road, Flood Vents.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that during the BC TCC meeting they are working on the Draft ordinance for Act 172 Volunteer Firefighter and EMS Tax Credit information.  The next meeting is August 29, 4pm at Warwick Township, Tom is unable to attend so Audrey will attend.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported that he had performed a wedding in his office in the last month.  Mayor Stokes also reported to Council that he received concerns in reference to the response time of the Upper Bucks EMS during the July 22, 2017 Single Vehicle accident at the Borough Traffic light.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  None to report.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council:

  • Cook addition
  • Purcell storage unit
  • Library stair lift
  • Lowry’s re-roofing
  • Mr. Sweeny was there to answer any questions and to ask the board questions about his property lines.  After a brief discussion, the matter was adjourned in favor of a later zoning hearing board meeting.  He discussed his planned garage project and brought his engineer’s drawings. There was a lengthy discussion about street line vs. property line/side yard as well as the impact of the elimination of the cul-de-sac. Mr. Klimpl has been engaged by the Borough and we are waiting for him to respond.
  • Discussion on the temporary pools that are around town and whether council should pass an ordinance exempting them from the zoning rules. Discussion on policing these pools and how to best handle it. Tom mentioned we would need to amend the existing ordinance rather than crafting a new ordinance. Also, we would like to ask Sherry to reach out to her colleagues in other boroughs to find out what they are doing to address the temporary pools.
  • Jim mentioned SB663 which discusses handicapped accessibility. Concerns over the wording of the legislation. We need a call with Sen. Mensch to discuss the matter and ask him to oppose the legislation as it’s currently written.

Library News: Borough office received the July 2017 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.

  • Looking for a carpet ahead of the chair lift.
  • Solar eclipse program report.
  • The summer reading program has been well received with great positive feedback.
  • Fundraiser for the Brew Fest at Mueller’s is in the planning stage. It will be 9/23 and tickets will be at the door.

Fire Co. News:

  • The FD had NARCAN training for the member on 7/18/2017.

     Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • Working on the 2018 calendar and are looking for pictures. Please remit to the REC.

      UBREMS News:

  • Municipalities served by the UBREMS squad were invited to a meeting on 7/24/2017 to discuss funding. Tom and Ed were attending.

      Rec Board News:

  • Animals are leaving messes in the ballpark despite the availability of waste bags. We may need to monitor this more closely and post “No Dog” signs at the park. Policing may be a concern.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Frank reported that he had a meeting on 7/2 and provided the council will notes from the meeting outlining the duties and responsibilities of the various members on the team.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  No meeting until August.

 Utilities

Discussions:

Matt Brady knows a potential Water Operator M. Sullivan.

Dick Meade has been getting calls from Aqua NJ in reference to low chlorine on their side. Sonny is taking readings on both ends of the bridge for a month to see what is going on.  Tammy talked to DEP and we only need to make sure the water has a specific amount of chlorine in it at the entry point then Aqua NJ is responsible for the amount to their properties on their end.  DEP suggested that Aqua NJ may need to put in a chlorine booster on their end.  We are using a ton of Chlorine and residents are complaining about the high chlorine.  We are lower than the maximum amount but still higher than usual.   The pipe runs across the Riegelsville Bridge to NJ and is insulated, there is no breaks or connections in the line- it is a straight run.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

Masteller read the letter dated 7/19/17 from Ellen Clemens, Robert Rainey, Diane Gonzalez and Ken Price, in reference to the 303 Poplar Road- James G. Sweeney, Building Permit Application for garage. They request prompt notification from Riegelsville Borough of any changes/additions/corrections/activities/status related to the plan proposed by Mr. Sweeney. T. Stinnett stated that there is a discrepancy in the placement of the garage.  Robert Rainey stated that on Mr. Sweeney’s plans for the garage it shows the berm being partially removed and Mr. Rainey is concerned with the possible run off into his property.

503 Easton trimmed the Bamboo and Matt Brady, Ordinance Enforcement Officer took a picture, now Matt needs to meet with Peter Ryan, Property owner to go over the ordinance to make sure he is in compliance.  Remarks: Matt has an inspection appointment with Peter Ryan tomorrow August 10, at 11:15am.

Probably by the end of the year Matt Brady does not want to continue to be the OEO for the Borough.

Masteller will gather more information as in the job description.

The Borough Boiler was serviced and needs to have a new fuel line put it, the quote is around $500.00-$600.00.  Council unanimously agreed it needs to be taken care of before fall so S. Masteller will add it to the Council agenda.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer emailed additional locations for the walking trail parking areas due to wet lands.

Penn Dot has fixed some pot holes on 611.

Finance

Discussions:

Proposal for Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to inspect the Concrete Cistern’s at the Water Co. $3,200.00.   Council requested to add to the Council agenda.

The Borough’s Chevy dump needs 6 tires replaced, Estimate is $1100.00 from Riegelsville Auto.

Council looked over the draft Resolution #R-04-17 “Opposing Senate Bill No. 663 and House Bill No. 1469 (Amendments to the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code).  Council requested to add to the Council agenda.

Council looked over the finances.

Tom Stinnett reported that there are a few articles in the August Borough news to read:

  • Police Force
  • Neighborhood planning and implementation grants available.
  • Boroughs should meet with Volunteer Fire Co. during the budget planning.

Borough Solicitor Report:

William Dudeck reported to Council:

  • White has filed a land use appeal from the decision of the Riegelsville Zoning Hearing Board, Ash Lane Lot. Dated June 19, 2017
  • Council received the draft ad for the Draft Ordinance amending #222 to provide for Medical “Marijuana dispensary facilities” and for “medical marijuana growing/processing facilities”.
  • Discussion with Council in reference to Mr. Sweeney’s proposed 2 car garage.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval for proposal for $3200.00 to Mumford-Bjorkman Associates, Inc, “ROV evaluation of Cistern”.  R. Scott motioned to approve estimate and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

Approval for proposal for $1100.00 to Riegelsville Auto for 6 tires for Borough’s Chevy Truck. R. Scott motioned to approve estimate and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

Approval for proposal for $500.-$600. To Kenderdine’s for Borough Boiler repairs.  A. Kenny motioned to approve estimate and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

            Approval of Resolution: R-04-17 “Opposing Senate Bill No. 663 and House Bill No. 1469 (Amendments to the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code). R. Scott motioned to approve estimate and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

Discuss the Stihl Kombi System again.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve estimate and A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous

NEW BUSINESS:   

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

Next Council Meeting September 13, 2017 at 7pm.

Meeting adjourned 8:50 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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July 2017 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:01 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott. ABSENT: Audrey Kenny, Ann P Moyer and Mayor Stokes attended PA State Police meet and greet new Sergeant Kevin Smith.  R. Scott motioned to approve the minutes from June 14, 2017. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Booklet dated May 2017- DVRPC”Municipal Statistics for Southeastern Pennsylvania” was received.

Letter dated June 16, 2017 was read from Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Medical Services, Inc.

Letter dated June 20, 2017 was read from Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center, thank you letter.

Letter dated June 23, 2017 was read from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Letter dated July 7, 2017 was read from Borough Resident, Ellen M. Clemens.

 

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that Audrey Kenny, Ann Moyer and Mayor Stokes are meeting the new State Police Sergeant Kevin Smith that is why are absent from Council this evening.

Mayor Absent due to attending the Sergeant Smith meet & greet.

 

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough resident and Brian Greene, Trail Manager with Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Discussion will be during the New Business.

 
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that

4- Building permits were issued.

  • 519 Easton Road- Interior Demolition.
  • 519 Easton Road-Pool House.
  • 305 Delaware Road- Remove Underground Storage Tank.
  • 923 Easton Road- Swimming Pool.

3- Zoning permits were issued.

  • 923 Easton Road-Swimming Pool.
  • 237 Emergency Squad Road- Patio.
  • 519 Easton Road- Pool House.

Enforcement Activities:

320 Spring Hill Road has an unsafe pool-no barrier protection- continued discussion and violation letter going out June 22, 2017

122 Maplewood Road, waiting on demo permit application.

636 Easton Road submitted revised plans on June 14, 2017.

1274 Easton Road was issued a “stop work order” for working without permits, permit applications were picked up and compliance date is July 19, 2017.

210 Fern Road, issued zoning violation notice for construction of retaining wall without permits.

Zoning Hearing Board- “Ash Lane Dunlap Lot”- prospective buyer Michele White, the variances were denied, pending possible appeal. Denial letters went out this week.

Library News: S. Masteller, Borough Secretary received the June 2017 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office. Beth Banko, Library Board Trustee reported to Council the following:

  • Science in the summer begins June 26, summer reading starts June 22.
  • The stair chair lift from AmeriGlide project is under way.
  • Library will be presenting 5 author talks August –November.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that Sunday June 18(“Father’s Day”) Fire Breakfast served 403.  Five new members joined the Fire Co. CPR class for Fire Fighters and Auxiliary was June 13 & 15.

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: E. Albrecht reported to Council that they continue to work on the 2018 Calendar.

UBREMS News:  E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that on July 24, 7:30pm they are inviting Township Supervisors, Borough Council members and Mayor Stokes to discuss their overview of their organization.

Rec Board News: Girls Softball is almost done they have a few play-off games and then the All-star game(Not at the Borough Fields).

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to Report.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  No meeting in July. T. Stinnett would like Council to look over

the draft mailbox ordinance.  T. Stinnett suggested they look into regulations for “Air B & B’s”.

Utilities:

Discussions:

The Commercial Credit application is ready for the Borough to switch to Blue Flame/Kenderdine’s for the Borough’s Boiler service and Oil delivery for the Borough building.

The power was out on Monday June 19 at 3:40 pm so all 3 wells were down, Well 3 Generator is running to give the Borough residents water. There was 3 poles on Spring Hill/ Sunnyside that needed to be replaced due to the storm. Power was restored on Tuesday June 20, at 1:30pm. S. Masteller will Contact Met- Ed to check on their maintenance schedule for our area.

  1. Scott found a gas heating unit that may work for the borough garage.

 

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Ellen Clemens presented a letter requesting council to vacate an unopened alley. Group discussion regarding the request as to the status of the alley that runs behind her house.  She has maintained that as a driveway for more than 21 years. The group consensus was that it was not an alley and it is not maintained by the borough.

The group discussed sidewalk quotes from Dowd and S & M.  We will ask to have the quote from S & M on agenda for July.

Finance:

Discussions:

Group discussed Sherry’s request to sign up for a Stress Management class – we support this attendance.

Group reviewed finances – all seem ok.  If we are going to proceed with the parking lot, we need to find the money for this expense.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval for S & M General Services LLC estimate to redo front Sidewalk at Borough Hall $3,900.00, Step replacement at Pedestrian Bridge $775.00, Water Co Replace 4 sidewalks $1,500.00. Total $6,175.00.

  1. Scott motioned to approve estimate and E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous

 

NEW BUSINESS:   

            Brian Greene, Trail Program Manager with D&L National Heritage Corridor introduced himself and introduced the new programs for 2017 which include: “Trail Tenders”-Volunteer Clean ups, Preserve Trail & history. “Trail Patrol’- Volunteer ambassadors, report problems. “Trail Towns” Promote tourism, Improve local economy.   Brian discussed that there is 53 Municipalities along the trail, and Riegelsville is one of them. If the Borough would like to join this program there would need to be 2-3 volunteers to join the steering committee.  Council will continue to look into these programs.    

 

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

Next Council Meeting August 9, 2017 at 7pm.

Meeting adjourned 8:25 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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