June 2018 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:02 p.m. June 13, 2018.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Rodney Scott.

Brandes motioned to approve the minutes from May 9, 2018. A. Moyer Seconded.   Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated June 5, 2018 was received from Velocitel- complete wireless solutions. S. Masteller will get more information and report back to Council.

Letter dated June 6, 2018 was received from Teri Lewis, Tinicum Township Manager.  Requesting Fire Police for Tinicum Art Festival in July.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve A. Moyer seconded unanimous.

REPORTS:

President –nothing to report.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed 2 weddings, one at the Easton State Theatre.  Mayor Stokes spoke to the PA State Police in reference to a few situations happening in the Borough.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  2 Borough Residents, Nothing to report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs-

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm on April 18, 2018 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:  Ann P Moyer, Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Rodney Scott and Tom Stinnett.

Others Present:   Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer, Frank Preedy, Riegelsville EM Coordinator and Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary.

Concerns from citizens:   3- Borough residents.

Katharyn Birgfeld, Borough Resident discussed with Council her plans for “The Riegelsville Walking Tour” the retelling of the over 200 Year old history of our little town on the Delaware. Katharyn has been researching how to bring the community together in building this tour to be the best it possible can. Council looked over her handout and one council person asked if this was going to be a business? Katharyn has contacted her insurance agent to ask questions. Katharyn did explain there would be a ticket/reservation charge and with that some local businesses will give specials/some type of discounts to the ticket holders. Council agreed to the groups parking in the Borough parking lot and using the facilities. Council will look over her proposal plans and get back to her if they have any questions.

Discussions:

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

  • 2 Building permits: Commercial fit-out, Electric.
  • 4 Zoning permit: 2 Re-Roofing, Fence, Shed 10×16.
  • 113 Delaware Road- Complaint from a tenant in reference to the apartment’s property maintenance.  Violation notice is pending.

Library News: Borough office received the April 2018 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  Joann Walsh, Library Board President reported to Council the following:

  • New Bissell vacuum was purchased.
  • The filming for the movie made by the DeSales students was completed on April 22, the library will be receiving a copy of the film.
  • Program planning for summer reading is underway!
  • Cooper Mechanical will be performing the annual AC check on May 22, 2018.

Proposed Walking Trail: No update.

Fire Co. News:

  • Next Breakfast is May 20.
  • Roast Beef Dinner June 2.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • Next meeting is May 23.

UBREMS News:

  • Nothing to report.

Rec Board News:

  • 2 girls Softball teams and 1 Men’s adult baseball team will be using the fields at the Borough Park.
  • There are 4 pavilion rentals June & July so far.
  • The backstop tarp came in, now they just need to install it.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  •  Frank Preedy reported to Council that June 2, 2018 they will have a meeting.
  • If there is a warming station in the Borough the Bucks County EOC would like to know.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: 

  • No meeting in May.

Utilities-

Rodney Scott called the Utilities meeting to order at 7:38 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:   Rodney Scott, Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes and Anne P Moyer.

Others Present:   Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer and Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary.

Concerns from Citizens:  3 borough resident.

Discussions:

Mowing was completed at the Reservoir and the Borough Building.

The borough office has been receiving updates from Met-Ed due to the Storms starting May 17, 2018.

We are waiting for return emails from Mike Sullivan in reference to Aqua NJ usage of the water and the cistern inspection priority list. Remarks: M. Sullivan contacted Aqua NJ and they will be working on a solution so they don’t continue to release water into the Delaware River.

Borough street sweeping is set for Monday May 21, 2018.

Council discussed the Borough Park survey plan with Property owner, Regan Wilson in reference to the

Property lines.

Craig Cardone contacted the Borough office about the drains on 611 filling up and then going into his basement.  M. Brady is aware of this issue and will contact Penn DOT for guidance.

There has been a complaint about a disabled car on Sycamore that has not moved for a very long time and none of the neighbors know who it belongs too.  The State Police will need to be called to verify to whom the vehicle is registered.

Masteller has been in contact with the Pohatcong Police Chief in reference to the truck signage for the Delaware River Bridge. They will also contact the NJ State Police too since they have jurisdiction at the bridge too.

Streets & Properties:

Ed Bartosiewicz called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm on June 6, 2018.

Members Present:

Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P. Moyer and Tom Stinnett.

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comments from Citizens:   4 Borough resident present, no comments.

Discussions:

  1. Stinnett and Paul Servantes have been working with Brian Greene with the D & L Highlands to get a Small Riegelsville Trailhead sign has been delivered. The picnic table has been ordered from Paolini’s, Oxford Diabetic will be donating the table.

The Borough office received a formal complaint in reference to the property at 417 Easton Road, a letter will be sent to the property owner in reference to the concerns.

The Borough Boiler will be inspected again on Tuesday June 12, 2018.

June 14, 2018 at 7pm there is a Zoning hearing for 336 Delaware Road- the hearing is to consider a request for the variance needed for relief from the Riegelsville Zoning Ordinance #222, Article V, Section 502 (b), maximum impervious surface requirements, in order to replace an 8’x8’ storage shed with a 10’x12’ storage shed.

Council received an invitation to Hershel “Woody” Williams, Medal of Honor Foundation on Saturday June 9th, 2018 At Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

Finance:

Tom Stinnett called the meeting to order on June 6 at 7:29 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

Tom Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz and Ann P Moyer.

Others Present: 

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   4 Borough residents, No Comments at this time.

Discussions:

The Borough received a quote for putting “Indow” Window inserts in the windows in the Borough building. Council also discussed getting a quote for new windows and for adding storm windows to the current windows.

House plans for the vacant ash lane lot were dropped off for the Zoning office on Friday June 1. Riegelsville Planning Commission had a meeting June 4 and looked over the plans and noticed it was missing

E & S application from Bucks County.

The Borough received a quote for annual generator maintenance for the Borough Hall Generator.

Council discussed and said to add to the Council agenda on June 13, 2018.

Council looked over the finances.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

            Approval of check $2,224.00 to W. Dowd Excavating LLC for emergency curb stop replacement at 203 Easton Road. K. Brandes motioned to approve E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of $471.60 to P3 Generator Services for repairs to the Well 3 Generator. A. Moyer motioned to approve E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Winter Maintenance agreement with PennDot. $127.68. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-02-18 “Reappoint Allen Madnick as member of the Zoning Hearing Board. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of $882.00 to P3 Generator Services, Annual Maintenance agreement for Borough Generator. A. Moyer motioned to approve K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of $ 2,120.00 to M.L.Scott and Sons, stair rail proposal at 611 end of Borough hall sidewalk. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

Cowan Associates presented Council with 2 quotes for Ash lane paving restoration administration services and Ash lane water project administration services.  Council tabled the quotes.

NEW BUSINESS:  

            Matt would like to purchase a Stihl 22’ or 24’hedge trimmer, Council discussed and suggested that Matt get other quotes from different manufacturers.

            There is a dead evergreen tree on the front lawn of the Borough building that needs to be taken down. Sherry was concerned with the other living evergreen is growing too close to the maple tree.  Council suggested that when the dead tree is taken down the tree company could trim the others too.

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

Next regular Council Meeting July 11, 2018   7:00pm.

 Meeting adjourned 8:03 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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May 2018 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:04 p.m. May 9, 2018.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Mayor Stokes and Todd Myers, Borough Engineer.  ABSENT: Ann P Moyer.  Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from April 11, 2018. R. Scott Seconded.   Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

None to report.

REPORTS:

President –nothing to report.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed 1 wedding. Mayor Stokes also received a concern from a Tenant in an apartment on Delaware Road and contacted T. Myers with a few questions.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  None to report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs-

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm on April 18, 2018 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:  Ann P Moyer, Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes and Rodney Scott.

Others Present:   Jim Kopchak-Borough Zoning Officer, Frank Preedy-Riegelsville EM Coordinator and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Concerns from citizens:   3- Borough residents.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council March & April reports:

  • 5 Building permits: Accessible Ramp, 2 Basement slabs, Electrical work and Residential Alterations.
  • 1 Zoning permit: Re-Roof.
  • 116 Cedar Road- Complaint inoperative/dismantled vehicle. Property maintenance letter was sent.

Library News: Borough office received the February & March 2018 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  No quorum for their March & April board meeting.

  • The Library hosted a program on Saturday March 3 at 1:00pm on Bats and Pollinators. Sandra Yerger of the Heritage Conservancy was the presenter, it was held in the community room.
  • Spring programs through June are scheduled.
  • Terri Randolph attended the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia Pa on March 22 with Erica Sommer. They brought back one adult, two young adult and two juvenile books autographed by the authors whom they talked to for the library.
  • Program planning for summer reading is underway!

Proposed Walking Trail: No update.

Fire Co. News:

  • Friday Fish Frys ended March 30.
  • Breakfast was April 15, next one is May 20.
  • Celtic Dinner Dance is April 21.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • Next meeting is April 25.
  • Rodney Scott suggested the Borough look into doing an Annual clean-up day! Rodney will get some information & Sherry will send an email to the Borough Consortium and ask for info too.

UBREMS News:

  • Nothing to report.

Rec Board News:

  • 2 girls Softball teams and 1 Men’s adult baseball team will be using the fields at the Borough Park.
  • We purchased a new refrigerator for the concession stand.
  • Park Clean-up is set for Saturday April 21 at the park.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  •  Frank Preedy reported to Council that Mike Myers resigned from the team and he would like to have Dave Nadeau take the Deputy position until December 31, 2018.
  • If there is a warming station in the Borough the Bucks County EOC would like to know.
  • Frank will be scheduling a meeting the beginning of May.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: 

  • Nothing to report

Misc:

  • “No parking sign on Linden Lane”. Letter from Cowan , Borough Engineer

The “No Parking” sign that was located on the south side of Linden Lane is an older sign that did not meet the current PennDOT and MUTCD standards. A new “No Parking” sign (R8-3) has been installed approximately 200 feet west of 611 intersection, conforms to current PennDot Publication 236 Standards regarding size and reflectivity, and includes supplemental signage noting the location of the “No Parking” zone as approved by Borough Council on May 9, 1984.

Utilities-

Rodney Scott called the Utilities meeting to order at 7:38 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:   Rodney Scott, Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes and Anne P Moyer.

Others Present:   Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Concerns from Citizens:  1 borough resident.

Discussions:

  1. Bartosiewicz has a concern that other Fire Companies are filling up their takers with Borough Water and not letting the Borough office know how much they are taking.  REMARKS: S. Masteller contacted T.Myers in reference to this concern.  T. Myers stated that permission was given to Station 47 for hose testing.  A note will be sent that states there is no use of the hydrants unless approved ahead of time.

The 2017 Annual Drinking Water quality report was mailed/emailed and put on the Borough Website.

The Borough Boiler had the yearly inspection, 2 conditions that need to be addressed.

  1. The heating Boiler is equipped with a second low water fuel cutoff device that can be tested; however,

does not provide a hard lockout with manual reset.  S. Masteller will contact Kenderdine Service to take care of this. There are items in front of the electrical service panels. S. Masteller will talk to the Library about this issue and get it taken care of.

The Chevy truck repair cost is $4,092.25 plus the $500.00 deductible. The repair should be complete around the first week of May.

Septic Maintenance reminders for 2018 will go out the beginning of May.

Hydrant flushing will start May 7-11, 9pm-Midnight.

Council discussed the Borough Park survey plan with Property owner, Regan Wilson in reference to the Property lines.

Streets & Properties:

Ed Bartosiewicz called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on May 2, 2018.

Members Present:

Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Ann P. Moyer, Rodney Scott and Tom Stinnett

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comments from Citizens:   1 Borough resident present, no comments.

Discussions: Stinnett and Paul Servantes have been working with Brian Greene-D & L Highlands to get a Small Riegelsville Trailhead sign (was ordered) and landscaping near the foot bridge.  They would like to add a picnic table too.

Borough Council is concerned that the Borough Municipal building has not been mowed and is very high. T. Stinnett asked S. Masteller to call J. Lance and check on the delay.

The new third floor tenant will be moving in May 11, weekend.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer will update the Trail project during the Borough Council meeting on Wednesday May 9, 2018.

Borough Chevy truck will be ready by tomorrow May 3.

Borough Hydrant flushing is set for May 7-11, 9pm-Midnight.

Scott suggested we move the location of the portable potties at the Borough Park, S. Masteller will let W. Nicholas know.

Finance:

Kate Brandes called the meeting to order on May 2 at 7:35 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Tom Stinnett.

Others Present: 

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   No Comments.

Discussions:

Council discussed 2 quotes from W. Dowd Excavating LLC for Ash Lane & Spring Hill Road water mains to be installed.

General Primary Elections May 15, 2018 7am-8pm.  Borough office is closed.

  1. Masteller wanted to remind Council to read the monthly “PA Borough News”, especially the “Q and A” section the magazine is very informative.

Council discussed the park plan map that shows the property lines of 504 Easton Road/Regan Wilson’s property.

  1. Macaluso will prepare the financials for Council at the Council meeting on May 9th.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

            Proposal from Westside Hammer Electric to upgrade the Electrical service at the Durham Rd small parking lot. T. Stinnett said we will table this until we get the plans together to repair the parking lot.

Approval of $471.60 to P3 Generator Services for repairs to the Well 3 Generator.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

Riegelsville Emergency Management Coordinator- Frank Preedy requested Council to appoint David Nadeau (Past Coordinator) to Deputy until December 31, 2018. .  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Myers, Borough Engineer reported to Council an update on the walking trail, infiltration testing was completed today May 9th. The bog turtle evaluation will not be completed until June 15, 2018 after mating season. T. Myers responded to the question from Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer, about an apartment the needs to be inspected by a fire marshal.  The Borough does not have an appointed Fire Marshal they would use the Bucks County Fire Marshal.

NEW BUSINESS:  

            None to report.

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

Next regular Council Meeting June 13, 2018   7:00pm.

 Meeting adjourned 8:09 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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April 2018 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:04 p.m. April 11, 2018.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer , Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. Scott motioned to approve the minutes from March 14, 2018. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.   Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Email dated March 21, 2018 from Borough resident, Kim Monteverde in reference to the proposed

Open Space trail project.

Email dated April 6, 2018 from Riegelsville EM Deputy-Mike Myers resignation from the team.

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he was invited to attend Thursday April 5, 2018 Trenton Thunder Baseball game with local Mayors.  Mayor Stokes got the field ready for his Men’s Baseball team “Riegelsville Reds”.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  No one present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs- No meeting due to snow storm.

Utilities- No meeting due to snow storm.

Streets & Properties:

Ed Bartosiewicz called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm on April 4, 2018.

Members Present:

Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Ann P. Moyer, Rodney Scott and Tom Stinnett

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comments from Citizens:   1 Borough resident present, no comments.

Discussions:

Stinnett and Paul Servantes have been working with Brian Greene-D & L Highlands to get a Small Riegelsville Trailhead sign to put near the foot bridge. They are also working on the DCNR for a floating dock boat launch in Riegelsville.

Council discussed the tabled Ordinance #239 in reference to the Section 2 of Ord. 135 consumption of alcohol on Borough owned property, S. Masteller will contact the Borough insurance for more information.

Borough Hall Building had the yearly state inspection on the boiler and the low water cut off needed to be replaced.  S. Masteller will contact Kenderdine’s to replace the part and get the paperwork to the inspector.

Masteller suggested the Borough Council visit the apartment to see the progress. The appliances should be in by Friday April 13. Remarks: The appliances were delivered today April 11.

Borough Resident, Kim Monteverde sent the Borough an email on March 21, 2018 with her personal concerns with the proposed walking trail.  The email will be added to the April 11, 2018 Council agenda.

Ed asked if S. Masteller could look into why the damaged Met Ed pole on the corner is still tied to the new pole that they replaced. The pole may have RCN, Service Electric and Verizon still attached to it.

Ed asked if the Borough office heard anything about the bamboo hanging down on 611 at 719 Easton Road during the snow storm. S. Masteller will check with Penn Dot to see if they have sent another letter to the property owners of 719 Easton Road in reference to bamboo.  S. Masteller will send 719 Easton Road another Bamboo ordinance violation.  503 Easton Road will be inspected to see if they put the barrier in for their Bamboo issue.

Ed asked S. Masteller if I had heard when Mike Kummer was coming back to work on electric boxes in the library.  S. Masteller will check on this.

Finance:

Kate Brandes called the meeting to order on April 4 at 7:44 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Tom Stinnett.

Others Present: 

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   No Comments.

Discussions:

The plow truck accident on 3/21/18 came back as a denial from Geico now the Borough’s EMC insurance will take over.

Council received a quote from S & M Services for new bilco basement door & widening the current sidewalk to the front entrance of the Library.  Council agreed to add to the April 11, 2018 Council agenda. S. Masteller will contact S & M for a quote to add railing at the stairs to 611 in front of the Borough Hall Building.

The Borough needed to get another lawn mowing company to mow the Borough parking lot on Delaware Hill, C & K Landscaping will do it for the same cost $25.00, and the office has received his certificate of insurance.  Council agreed.

Council received 2 quotes from W. Dowd Excavating LLC for Ash Lane & Spring Hill Road water mains to be installed.  Council agreed to add to the April 11, 2018 Council agenda.

  1. Stinnett discussed with Council that there are no changes to the Service Electric cable contract, will be added to the Council agenda on April 11, 2018.
  2. Masteller will check to see if Matt received valve stem covers for the new Ford truck. Remarks: Matt purchased valve stem covers right after the truck was received.
  3. Masteller will check with Matt to make sure the small parking lot on Durham Road gets stone as soon as the weather breaks.

Council looked over the financials

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Apartment progress: New Stove and Refrigerator was delivered and Monday Lori Campbell will be here to take pictures, signage & ad will be ready next week. 

            Approval of quote $1808.50 to S&M General Services LLC for a new Bilco Door on South side basement.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of quote $3000.00 to S & M General Services LLC for sidewalk replacement at Borough Hall south side to Library. A. Moyer motioned to approve R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to Renew Service Electric Franchise agreement. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of $1275.00 check to Slack Appliance for New Stove & Fridge for apartment. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:  

            None to report.

           

 

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

 

Next regular Council Meeting April 11, 2018   7:00pm.

 

 

Meeting adjourned 8:06 PM.

 

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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March 2018 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, Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. ABSENT: Ann P Moyer Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from February 14, 2018. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Email dated March 7, 2018 form Michael Sullivan, Borough Water Operator. Starting April 1, 2018 the Water Co. will be transferring our water testing and reporting to MJ Reider Associates.

Replace Route 611(Easton Road) bridge over Cooks Creek in Durham Township, starting March 15, 2018.

Invitation to the Bucks County Boroughs Association, General membership dinner meeting- March 27, 2018. No one is available to attend.

Riegelsville Planning Commission Annual Report was received and filed in the Borough office.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported that on Friday March 9, 2018 after the 2018 County & Municipal Tax Bill did not have the updated County millage correct so new bills will be sent Friday March 16, 2018. T. Macaluso, Borough Tax Collector has been working with Bucks County to get this corrected.  The County has acknowledged that it was their mistake.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that on Saturday March 10 he attended a “Meet & Greet” for Paul Mango, Candidate for Governor.  He also performed a Surprise Wedding at Van Sant Airport.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  2 Borough residents present.

Cory Campbell reported to Council that there is a dead deer on Spring Hill Road, near 370 Spring Hill Road. S. Masteller will pass the information on.

William Nelson, Borough resident spoke to Council about the late charge/interest on his water bill. His January payment was never received and he said he did not receive the second notice in the mail only the final water shut off notice on his door. W. Nelson came into the office on February 26 and paid the bill but wanted to have the penalty waived because he didn’t receive the second bill. He explained he has been here 25 years and he is having personal issues at the time. Council agreed to waive the late charge.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on February 21, 2018 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

Others Present:   Jim Kopchak-Borough Zoning Officer, Matt Brady-Borough Employee and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Concerns from citizens:   2- Borough residents present.

Diane, Borough resident from Durham Road stated that during the last snow storm the alley was plowed too low that it took the gravel with it.  M. Brady said that it is sometimes hard to see how high to raise the plow if the snow isn’t that deep, that is why alleys do not always get plowed.  Diane had a concern with bicycles going very fast past her on the Canal Path, she suggested putting signs up.  T. Stinnett stated that the DCNR could be contacted since they are in charge of the Canal path. Diane also inquired if the Borough was helping to maintain the pocket park by the Post Office. T. Stinnett stated that the building owner has contracted the garden maintenance to a local company.

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

  • 3 Building permits: Water Heater, Fire Alarm and Residential Alterations.
  • 913 Easton Road- “Stop Work” notice posted on February 9, 2018, permits secured on February 14, 2018.
  • 129 Maplewood Road- “Stop Work” posted January 31, 2018, Residential alterations without permit.  Property located in the FEMA flood plain.
  • 116 Cedar Road- Complaint inoperative/dismantle vehicle. Property maintenance letter pending.

Library News: Borough office received the February 2018 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office. JoAnne Walsh, President Library Board, sent a letter to Stephen Shylen in reference to Borough Council not approve his position as treasurer due to not submitting 2016 or 2017 State Ethic Forms to the Borough Office. Beth Banko library representative reported to Council:

  • The Library will be hosting a program on Saturday March 3 at 1:00pm on Bats and Pollinators. Sandra Yerger of the Heritage Conservancy will be the presenter, it will be held in the community room.
  • The library has added a new museum pass to our collection for the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia paid for by the Friends of the Library. It is for 2 adults and up to 5 children.
  • The Friends of the Library will be holding a tricky tray event on March 24, 2018 if you can help or donate new items please see a Friends member.
  • Ethan Arner a TV/Film major at DeSales University will be attending the meeting to discuss filming at the library.
  • Brewfest may be at a new location this year.

Proposed Walking Trail: No update.

Fire Co. News:

  • Friday Fish Frys started February 16 ends March 30.
  • Breakfast was February 18, next one is March 18.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • Hoagie Sale brought in $232.00
  • Next meeting is February 28.

 UBREMS News:

  • No February meeting.
  • The Office received the BC 2017 Year end reports “Emergency Health Services”.

Rec Board News:

  • Softball/Baseball sign-ups are underway.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Nothing to report.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: 

  • Met in February and approved minutes for 2017, these minutes comprise the annual report to the Borough Council for activities for 2017.

Utilities

Discussions:

  1. Brady needs to replace the curb stop at 805 Easton Road, W. Nicholas will assist M. Brady.

1256 Durham Road had a water leak so when their plumber fixes it M. Brady will turn the water back on.

Council members discussed the Ash Lane water line, M. Brady will meet with W. Dowd Excavating to discuss the water line extensions.

There are 2 signs that need to be put back up on 611, Council asked Matt to put them back up plus

look into a different Library/Borough Hall directional sign near the traffic light.

  1. Bartosiewicz asked if we shared with Mike Sullivan the inspection information from the well/cistern.
  2. Masteller will give the information to Mike this week when he stops in the Borough office. E. Bartosiewicz asked S. Masteller to make Mike aware of the Aqua NJ issues in the past with their chlorine readings.

Rich from the Riegelsville Legion announced that the Memorial Day Parade is set for Sunday May 27 at 1pm.

Streets & Properties: No meeting due to weather.

Finance: No meeting: No meeting due to weather.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Apartment progress: Council agreed to contract Lori Campbell, Coldwell Banker Heritage Real Estate to help with renting out the third floor apartment.  The kitchen needs new vinyl flooring, the cost is $500.00 E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Trail update:  Todd Myers emailed a recap of the walking trails activities.

  • Received one of the PNDI clearances from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission by letter dated March 13, 2018.
  • Penn’s Trail Environmental and Todd met on-site with Robert Deems from the Army Corps of Engineers on October 26, 2017 to perform a bog turtle screening and to review the walking trail footprint and delineated wetlands and water areas.
  • It is Robert’s opinion that the wetlands that were delineated off Spring Hill Road and on our project’s property are not potential bog turtle habitats.
  • Cowan Associates is providing Penn’s Trail Environmental with a detailed site plan in the area of the potential bog turtle habitat. The plan was supplied to the Army Corps of Engineers and Penn’s Trail Environmental for their use in the Phase 2 Bog Turtle determination.
  • Cowan Associates provided the Army Corps of Engineers with engineered bog turtle screening data forms as required, noting the size and square feet of the wetlands area adjacent to the proposed walking trail in the area of the potential bog turtle habitat.
  • A copy of the US Department of Fish and Wildlife Services letter dated February 27, 2018, as it relates to the possible bog turtle habitat. Phase 2 Study be performed in late April or early May.
  • Last remaining engineering design activity is the required infiltration testing for the completion of the NPDES permit and storm water management. This will be scheduled as soon as the weather conditions permit, i.e. a little drying occurs.

NEW BUSINESS:  

            Borough office received a quote from Stratix copier, S. Masteller discussed that we add to the 2019 Budget.

            Borough office received a quote from Reilly Sweeping, Inc. for Street sweeping in 2018. Council approved the sweeping to be done before Memorial Day Parade.

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

Borough office closed March 30, 2018 “Good Friday”

Next regular Council Meeting April 11, 2018   7:00pm.

 Meeting adjourned 8:10 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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Tax Office Update:3/14/18

UPDATED

MESSAGE FROM THE TAX COLLECOR:

 Corrected 2018 County/Municipal Real Estate Tax bills are going to be mailed 3/16/2018.

The new bill date is 3/16/2018, the new Discount date is 5/16/2018, and the new Face date is 7/16/2018.

If your taxes are paid through your mortgage, please send them this newly dated bill.  If you have already made payment from the bill dated 3/1/2018, your check will be returned to you, please look for it in the mail.  I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your patience with this matter.

 

 

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February 2018 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ann Moyer, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from January 10, 2018. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Thank you note from E. M. Kutz, Inc. for purchasing the dump body& salt spreader for our new Ford F550.

Letter dated January 2018 from PA State Association of Boroughs recognized the Borough membership and contribution to PSAB with a special-edition clock.

Letter dated November 2017 from RCN announcing that the Borough is now a member of a very exclusive and limited number of municipalities whose residents have access to 1 Gigabit internet speed.

Annual Financial Statements for 2017 from Riegelsville Public Library.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett had nothing to report.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he received a complaint in reference to a Durham Road employee continues to go the wrong way even when they have been told not to.  Mayor Stokes contacted the State Police to report this incident.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

Ethan Arner, a TV/Film major at DeSales University, discussed with Council the filming in the library for a project. They will be filming when the Library is closed.  Council agreed to allow them to use the Riegelsville Borough Building.  They will be there approximately 4 days before March 12th.  Ethan gave S. Masteller their certificate of insurance and all his contact information.  A Library representative will be present while they are filming.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

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

  • 6 Building permits: sign, skylights, HVAC, finished basement, 2 electric.
  • 1 Zoning permits: Sign.
  • 134 Delaware Road- Property Maintenance violations.
  • 116 Cedar Road- Complaint about inoperative/dismantled vehicle, property maintenance letter pending.

Library News: Borough office received the December 2017/January 2018 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office. No library representative was present.   A. Moyer reported to Council:

  • The Library added an additional day to their weekly schedule and is now open on Wednesdays 10am 4pm.
  • The YA (young adult) non-fiction section was weeded this month.
  • We have two new ongoing programs for spring in addition to Fireside Story Time. One will be Open

Play Chess held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Patrons of all ages may drop in any time during those hours to play chess.  Our second program is a Knitting Group to be held the 3rd Saturday from 1:00 PM -2:30 PM. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to bring their own projects to knit with companionship and share knitting knowledge. Both the chess and knitting programs will be held in the Main Library and are the result of community input regarding social opportunities they wanted available in the community

Proposed Walking Trail: No update.

Fire Co. News:

  • January 21 is breakfast.

 

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • No December meeting.

UBREMS News:  2 new members- Dani McClanahan (Durham) & Rhonda Mitchell (Richlandtown Borough).

Rec Board News:

  • Next meeting is 1/29 at 7pm.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Nothing to report.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  No meeting.

Utilities

Discussions:

Mike Sullivan, (Borough Water Operator) reads the Well’s Monday’s & Thursday’s.  Sonny Groller reads the other days.

ES2 Inc. came January 5, 2018 to assemble new water inlet, corporation stop for the injector and install 2 mechanical scales.

On January 11, 2018 a tractor trailer hit the fire hydrant on Durham/Cedar Road. The Borough office received a video from a Borough resident in reference to this issue. The State police did come and a report was done. S. Masteller is in contact with the trucking company.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

February 6, 2018 the Borough received our New 2017 Ford 550 Dump truck. M. Brady, E. Bartosiewicz and Ken Kerstner looked it over and test drove it after it was delivered and there was a few issues that need to be addressed. M. Brady will make an appointment with E. M. Kutz to get them taken care of.  The truck did not have running boards so M. Brady is looking into quotes.

Ed updated Council with the apartment: fans and lighting have been installed, painting is just about done and the shower surround has been started.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer sent an email to update Council on the Trail. “The DEP General Information package for crossing the wetlands has been submitted.  Once that application has been approved the GP, general permit for a wetlands crossing will be submitted.  PNDI and Bog Turtle clearances are underway.  Once the weather clears we can proceed with the infiltration testing for the NPDES permit”.

Finance

Discussions:

The Borough received the New 2017 Ford F550 Dump Truck, Council approved the same insurance policy the other trucks.

Keith Deluca, Nockamixon Township Manager would like to get a consortium together to negotiate Service Electric franchise agreements.  Council discussed this and the fees are higher than what the Borough received from our current franchise agreements at this time.  S. Masteller will contact Keith tomorrow February 8, 2018 to let him know that we are not interested.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

            Council Vacancy: T. Stinnett asked Kate Brandes & Ken Banko if they had anything else to add to their “Letter of Intent” for the open Council seat. Discussion followed.  T. Stinnett asked them to step out for the Council discussion and vote. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Kate Brandes to Council and R. Scott seconded.  Motion carried 3-1.

NEW BUSINESS:  

Tammy, Borough Tax Collector is required to have a deputy tax collector.  She would like to appoint

Danielle Turdo.   R. Scott motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

A letter needs to be sent to Emma Brotzman in reference to Borough Open Space trees, T. Stinnett will put the letter together.

Keith DeLuca, Nockamixon Twp Manager would like to meet with a group to possible create a Cable consortium to negotiate our municipal contracts. T. Stinnett will go to that meeting as a Borough representative.

Palisades Volunteer Opportunities from 8th grade project committee the morning of May 23. Council suggested mulching around the Borough Hall building. S. Masteller will email Mr. Opp back.

Pennsylvania State Police “Community Awareness Bulletin” was added to the Borough “Rville Happenings”.

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

Borough office closed Monday February 19, 2018 “Presidents Day”

Next regular Council Meeting March 14, 2018   7:00pm.

 Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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Tax Office News:

MESSAGE FROM THE TAX COLLECTOR

 

The County portion of your current 2018 County & Municipal Real Estate Tax Bill, dated 3/1/2018 is incorrect.  A corrected bill with updated dues dates will be sent within the next week. If your taxes are paid through your mortgage, please notify them that the bills you sent them are incorrect and a new bill will follow.  If you have already made this payment, your check will be returned to you, please look for it in the mail. If you combined your Real Estate Taxes and your Per Capita Taxes in one check, this check, along with the corresponding stubs will be returned to you as well.   I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your patience with this matter.

Tammy L. Macaluso

Tax Collector

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