August 2014 Council Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

REPORTS:

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

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

attend a meeting for more information.

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

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

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Community Affairs:

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

Discussions:

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

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

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

June statistics:

Circulation: 1208

Historic Room Visits: 3

Items added: 47

Public Count: 588

Internet use: 11

Adult programs: 2 events 16 adults

Juvenile: 4 events 59 children, 35 adults

Teen Book Club: 1

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

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

put together a calendar as a fundraiser.

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

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

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

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

reviewing the bamboo ordinance.

 Utilities:

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

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

Finance:

Concerns from Citizens:

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

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report

           

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

 

           

 

Meeting adjourned 8:10 PM.

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

Next Council Meeting September 10, 2014 at 7pm

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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Proposed Ordinance # 228

NOTICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Section 2 is a severability section.

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

Prepared by:

William T. Dudeck, Esquire

Solicitor, Riegelsville Borough

60 East Court Street

P.O. Box 1389

Doylestown, PA 18901-0137

(215) 345-7000

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July 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. July 9, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes. Kathie Weiss motioned to approve the minutes of the June 11, 2014 Council Meeting and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.  CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

REPORTS:

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

Contract: 2017-2027.

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

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -    One Borough Resident

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

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

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing came into the borough office.

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

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

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

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

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

 Utilities:

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

Discussions:

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

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

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

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens:  No residents present.

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Finance:

Concerns from Citizens:  No residents present

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

           

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

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

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

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

 NEW BUSINESS:  None to report

        

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

       

Meeting adjourned 7:50 PM.

Next Council Meeting August 13, 2014 at 7pm

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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June 2014 Council Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

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

REPORTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

None to report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Community Affairs: 

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

May 2014 Statistics:

Circulation: 1127

Historic Room Visits: 1

Items added: 65

Public Count: 555

Internet use: 15

Adult Programs: 40

Teen Book Club: 2

Juvenile: 49 children, 26 adults

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

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

Borough hall.

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

            UBREMS News: No meeting so nothing to report.

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

fence Co. to build the batters boxes.

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

reviewing the proposed Bamboo ordinance for the Borough to adopt.

Utilities:

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finance:

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

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

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report      

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

Meeting adjourned 7:40 PM.

Next Council Meeting July 9, 2014 at 7pm

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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May 2014 Council Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

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

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

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

REPORTS:

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

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

 COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -   None to report.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

Discussions:

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

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

Capping/flashing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2014 Statistics:

Circulation: 1594

Historic Room Visits: 0

Items added: 63

Public Count: 556

Internet use: 13

Adult Programs: 36

Teen Book Club: 3

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

            Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report

            UBREMS News: Next meeting is April 21.

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

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

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

updated snow & ice removal ordinance and Bamboo ordinance.

 

Utilities:

Discussions:

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

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

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

 Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finance:

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:     

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

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

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report

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

 Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.  

  Next Council Meeting June 11, 2014 at 7pm

Sherry Masteller  

Borough Secretary

 

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April 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. April 9, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett and Kathleen Weiss. ABSENT Rich Pursell.  Ed Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the  March 12, 2014Council Meeting and Rodney Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter received from Roger Vonah in reference to the paving of the Fire Co. parking lot.  R. Vonah reported to Council that since BC Commissioner, Robert Loughery will be present during the Community Affairs meeting on April 16 he will discuss the grant opportunities for the parking lot to make it easier for ADA accessibility.

            Letter dated March 17, 2014 from Daniel Duffin, Borough resident expressed his appreciation for the excellent and tireless effort put forth by the Riegelsville Snow removal team during this never-ending winter.

            Note from Kim Monteverde, Borough resident thanking the Borough for the use of the meeting room space for a workshop on April 5 and 6th, 2014.

            2013 Traffic Light Maintenance report was received from Armour & Sons Electric, Inc.            

REPORTS:

            President – Nothing to report

            Mayor Mayor Stokes was unable to be here tonight but he sent S. Masteller his update for Council.

1. I spoke at Ian Callahan’s Eagle Scout ceremony.

2. I assisted the State Police in a well-being check of a Borough resident.

3. Called the State police about the speeding on Edgewood Road. Also spoke to them about traffic control in the bridge work area they will step up patrols.

4. Spoke with Mike Cavallaro about a zoning issue.

5. Spoke with WFMZ reporter about the impending increases in flood insurance.

6. Spoke with Representative Quinn’s office regarding the Borough sign that was damaged. Unfortunately PENNDOT is covered by state law and is not responsible for repair of the sign.

 COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -   Eight Borough residents and Terry Mccloughan from Bucks County Herald were present.

            Ken Kerstner, Borough Resident reported to Council and citizens that he had attended the Riegelsville Planning Commission to ask questions in reference to the Proposed Ordinance #227, On lot Septic Maintenance plan. He would like to add a few things:

  1.     He would like to see this ordinance tabled until there is a town meeting to explain all the logistics as to how this will affect the Borough residents.
  2.     An answer as to why this is being considered.
  3.     Change the cleaning from 3 to 5 years.

 Tim Hyde, Borough Resident is concerned with being required to have his septic pumped every three years if he only has two people living in the 3 bedroom house. There are quite a few neighbors that only have a single or two people living in the house.  Tim stated that he has not noticed any problem with the yearly CCR (Consumer Confidence report) from the Riegelsville Water Report.     

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Community Affairs: 

Comments from Citizens:  One Borough Resident- Elaine Albrecht.  Elaine reported to Council that the Senior Center is looking for more space.  In Motion Tires may be giving them more of the building.

 Discussions:

            Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer reported to Council that two permits were issued: Roof Permit and 400 Amp Electrical Service.  Next hearing for the DeBartolo is April 2, 2014, the citation for the roof repair has been withdrawn. The remainder of violations are flashing/gutters and unregistered utility truck, damaged car. Jim granted Myers (936 Fairmont Road) a 90 day TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy).  Maureen Woerner’s concerns: Unsafe mailboxes/Accessible sidewalks. The ADA complaints and ADA specifications are enforced by the Department of Justice. There are no guidelines in the International Building Codes for “Mailbox” installations.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported to Council that the March 16, Breakfast served 337. March 14, Fish Fry

served 179. No April Breakfast due to Easter.

 Library News: Erica Sommer, Library Board member reported to Council that the Annual letter has been mailed out by Volunteers of the Library.  Tax forms are flying out the door. Library was closed on Thursday February 13, 2014 due to weather.  Valentine making program was well attended.

Feb Statistics:

Circulation: 1098

Historic Room Visits: 0

Items added: 75

Public Count: 494

Internet use: 9

Adult Programs: 7

Teen Book Club: 1

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Meeting is scheduled for March 26, 2014 at 7pm.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management:  Borough office received minutes from March 1, 2014 meeting.

Frank Preedy reported to Council that Ray Kenny and Frank have taken extensive training with Bucks County

EMA.    Objectives for 2014

 1.  Continue to develop relationships with accredited/local organizations (i.e. U.C.C. and Lutheran    Churches) that could provide assistance to Riegelsville during emergencies.

 2. Establish training for E.M. Personnel assuring high level of response during times of emergency.

                  3. Changing existing E.O.P. format to new PEMA format.

       4.  Providing all E.M. Personnel with Photo I.D. Badges by April 30th – also with Borough Council       approval – give access to E.M. personnel a Borough vehicle during emergency situations.

      UBREMS News: Special Needs form will be added to the annual donation letter.

      Rec Board News: Rodney reported that so far there is 19 T-Ballers that signed up, so we will have 2 teams. There will be an A & B girls Softball Teams.  The next Fundraiser is March 30 “Filled Basket Bingo with the Teams doing a Bake Sale too.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported that they finished the proposed On-lot septic Maintenance Ordinance that was given to Council for a decision at the April 9, 2014 Council meeting.

Utilities:

Comments for Citizens:  None to report

Discussions:

            Tammy Macaluso applied and received a waiver for the SOC’s water testing. This will save the Borough a lot of money.

            Tilley Fire Equipment inspected Borough Extinguishers today March 19, 2014.  Matt suggested we get an extinguisher for the generator at Well #3. Tilley will send a proposal via email.

            Matt noticed that the Generator at Well#3 didn’t have a rain cap so he mentioned that to the technician. Brent, from Power Pool Plus emailed the Borough a proposal cost of $159.68 for the rain cap and labor. Council unanimously approved.

            FEMA won’t be giving winter storm aid to Bucks, Bucks County’s reportable damage was only $1,007.966.

Streets & Properties:

Comments from the citizens:  One Borough Resident: Maureen Woerner

Discussions:

            There is a car parked on Fern Road in front of House #124 with an expired inspection and Registration, Ordinance Enforcement officer, Matt Brady will be posting a violation the week of April 7, 2014.

            The Borough office has received a complaint about the extreme noise at 410 Easton Road, S. Masteller will write a letter to the property owner.

            Borough Resident John Huffman has contacted Marguerite Quinn’s office in reference to the Borough enforcing the snow removal on Borough sidewalks.  Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary spoke to Quinn’s office to let her know that Council will have the current Sidewalk ordinance amended before the winter season.  Council also would like S. Masteller to write Palisades School district transportation department a letter in reference to changing the bus stop from route 611 to top of Delaware Hill.

            Borough office received an email from 136 Sycamore Road in reference to the snow removal by the Borough Road department. Council requested that S. Masteller write a letter in reference to this situation.

            Borough resident, Roger Vonah would like to see the Fire House parking lot paved. Roger would like to see if there are any grants that would apply to this project.

            The Borough office building generator pad will be done by the borough employees sometime in April or May.

            The Borough office received a concern from a resident stating that vehicles are speeding up and down Edgewood Road.  Mayor Stokes will talk to the PA State Police.

            Borough Resident, Maureen Woerner asked Council if they made any decisions on the paperwork that she had given to them in March.  Maureen would like to see the Borough pass an ordinance for a breakaway mailbox post.  Council said they would like to see a model ordinance that another municipality uses.  Maureen will look into this and send it to S. Masteller at the Borough office.

            Maureen Woerner asked Council a question in reference to the proposed On-Lot sewage disposal maintenance program; how is this going to be accounted for and will there be an approved list of haulers.

T. Stinnett replied that there will be a list of area haulers plus the paperwork will have 3 sections and the hauler will send the copy to the Borough.  The proposed ordinance will be added to the Council agenda on April 9, 2014 at 7pm.

Finance:

Discussions:

            Tammy would like to have Jennifer Connolly appointed as Deputy Tax Collector.  Council had a few questions:

  1. Cost to have a Deputy Tax Collector? Remarks: No additional cost, Jennifer would be covered under Tammy’s Bond.
  2. How much is the Bonding? Remarks: Tax Collector Bond is for $543,102.00, the borough portion of the fee is $45.00 every 4 years.  As Borough Treasurer Tammy is Bonded for $34,000.00- $113.00 a year.
  3. What is the appropriate bond amount? Remarks: Should be the budget amount.
  4. Council would like Jennifer to come to a Council meeting.

Sherry is still gathering information due to the Well #3 power outage to send to the insurance adjuster.

Update was done on Tammy’s Computer today to get updates for the Borough Caselle program.

Council discussed the Bucks County Open Space Grant opportunity to purchasing the Weiss property at the north end of the Borough.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of check for $8,050.26 to Raab Well Drilling (Well #3 Pump Motor due to power outage on March 28th, 2014. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.   R. Scott seconded.   Unanimous.

 Approval of check for $966.86 to Riegelsville Auto (2004 Dump Truck inspection/repair). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.   K. Weiss seconded.   Unanimous.

            Adoption of Ordinance #227 “An Ordinance Governing Municipal Management and Maintenance of On-Lot sewage disposal facilities in the Borough of Riegelsville”. R. Scott made a motion to table the adoption until May 14th Borough Council meeting. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.  T. Stinnett said to add the town meeting to the Borough Committee meeting May 7th, 2014 at 7pm.

            T. Stinnett congratulated Ian Callahan for achieving Eagle Scout.

NEW BUSINESS:

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

Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM.  

Next Council Meeting May 14, 2014 at 7pm 

Sherry Masteller  

Borough Secretary

 

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March 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. March 12, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Rich Pursell motioned to approve the minutes of theFebruary 12, 2014 Council Meeting and Ed Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter was read from Jim Streett thanking the Riegelsville Library/Borough for hosting the AARP Tax Help. Special thanks to Pam and Steve for providing exceptional tax preparation advice and counseling. A donation was given to the Library.

            Riegelsville Public Library presented Borough Council with their Annual Financial Statement December 31, 2013.

            Riegelsville Planning Commission presented Council with copies of minutes for each month they met in 2013.

            Letter dated March 3, 2014 from Bucks County Department of Health, in reference to the West Nile Virus Program.

            Letter dated February 28, 2014 from Borough Resident, Maureen Woerner in reference to the Borough mailbox’s on the sidewalks in Riegelsville.

            Letter dated February 25, 2014 from Borough Resident, Jill Amato in reference to the closing of her Salon home based business, and Jill requested her water bill to be cut to one hook up.  R. Scott motioned to change to one residential water hook up. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.        

REPORTS:

            President – Nothing to report

            Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he sent a letter to Borough Resident, Vickie Weaver in reference to her note in her water bill about the $3.00 increase to her bill.  Mayor Stokes performed one wedding. Mayor Stokes spoke to Ron Martin, Borough PennDOT rep. in reference to the Library sign that was knocked down by the plow truck in front of the Borough Municipal Building.  Ron stated that they do not cover the replacement since it was an act of God.   The Canal Bridge construction will begin again this week.   Mayor Stokes has talked to the Realtor that has the Weiss property for sale at the north end of the Borough to discuss using Bucks County Open Space program monies to purchase the land. The program would pay 75% if it would qualify and the Borough would need to secure the remaining 25%. 

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -   Two Borough residents present.

             E. Bartosiewicz (Fire Co. President) asked Council if Matt Brady could use the Borough Backhoe to remove the larger rocks and Fire Co. will supply the stone for Matt to fill it in.  Council agreed to this.      

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

 Community Affairs: 

Comments from Citizens: Craig Cardone discussed the issue with Palisades Transportation having a bus stop at the Borough traffic light.  Craig spoke with Gerry Giarratana, Transportation Director and he was going to change the bus stop.  Craig told Council that he will continue to keep the stairs at the traffic light clean of snow as much as he can but the sidewalk in his parking lot on the top of Delaware hill is not a public sidewalk.

Discussions:

            Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer reported to Council that the DeBartolo court date has been postponed for the second time at the request of Mr. DeBartolo’s attorney. Mr. DeBartolo’s roof repair is 90% complete.  Pa DCED is requiring that the UCC fees ($4.00 per building permit) be submitted electronically via the State’s Website. Jim will assist Tammy on this. Remarks: Council stated to hold off until we are told we have to submit electronically.

            Fire Co. News: February 16, Breakfast served only 208 due to the weather.  Fish Fry Fridays will start on March 7, 2014.  Council suggested that maybe other municipalities would be willing to advertise the Fire Co. functions in their newsletters like Durham Township and Riegelsville Borough do.  Sherry will contact Rachel Roney.

            Library News: No library board member was present.  Ed asked what is being done with the damaged sign.  Sherry left several voice messages and emails to Ron Martin, PennDOT rep. for the Borough.  Sherry stated that Mayor Stokes has also been trying to contact Ron too. Remarks: Mayor Stokes reported to Council during Council meeting March 12, which Ron Martin stated that the broken sign is considered an act of God so they do not pay for that incident.

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Hoagie Sale profit of $214.50 plus a donation of

$100.00 for a total of $314.50.  Next Enhancement meeting is February 26, 2014 at 7pm.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management:  Next meeting February 22, 2014 at noon.

            EMS News:  Borough office received the 2013 Year-End Reports from Bucks County Emergency

Health Services.

            Rec Board News: Next meeting is February 24, 2014 at 7pm.  We continue to recruit girls for softball.

The next fundraiser is scheduled for March 30, 2014, Filled Basket Bingo at Riegelsville Fire House.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom Stinnett reported that they did not have a meeting January

or February. The next meeting is March 3, 2014 at 7pm, they will continue to edit the proposed “On-Lot Septic Maintenance Plan.    

 

 

Utilities:

Discussions:

Council discussed the emails from Borough Resident, John Huffman in reference to the Bus Stop and Sidewalk ordinance.

            Borough office received several complaints about an abandoned car on Linden Lane.  Sherry will gather more information and get back to Council.

            West Hammer Electric is scheduled to work on the Borough Garage electric next week.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Another load of salt was ordered and I was told it would be by next week.

            PennDOT District 6-0 sent a letter announcing “What’s New for 2014”, plus they would like municipalities to consider hosting a “Meet and Greet”. Sherry will set up a date to host a meeting. Remarks: Sherry received an email from Steve Yourtee and he stated that this meeting pertains to the liquid fuel money for road projects.

            Council discussed the car on Linden Lane not having a current inspection. Sherry stated that the borough ordinance does state that a vehicle needs to have a current registration and current inspection.

Council would like Sherry to contact Mr. Imboden to either have the vehicle inspected or it must be removed by March 14, 2014.

            The electrical work has been completed at the Borough Garage.

            Bucks County requested a Storm spreadsheet for PEMA in reference to the two February storms. Sherry and Matt put together the information for the spreadsheet and faxed it over on February 27, 2014.

             Council continued to discuss John Huffman’s emails and asked Sherry to send an email stating that Craig Cardone’s sidewalk is private, plus add the information for bussing questions should go directly to Gerry at Palisades transportation.

            Council discussed the information submitted by Maureen Woerner, Borough Resident in reference to the Borough sidewalks that have mail boxes on them. Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer submitted to Council a letter in response to Maureen’s letter.  Council stated that the Borough enforces the Building Code. Sherry will send a letter to Maureen in reference to Council’s response.

            The Riegelsville Planning Commission looked over the sample Bamboo ordinance during their March 3, 2014 meeting.  Council also received a copy of the sample ordinance and suggested we amend the current vegetation ordinance.

Finance:

Discussions:

Borough office received an invitation to the Community Safety Conference by Senator Bob Mensch on April 3, 2014.  Tom went last year so he asked if anyone else would like to attend. No one was able to attend.

Tammy Macaluso wanted to make Council aware that according to the Annual Drinking Water Report we are losing a lot of water. Dick Meade and Ken Kerstner thinks that maybe the cistern might have a leak. This needs to be checked out as soon as we can schedule a diver to go into the cistern. Tom stated that the cistern should be able to be drained.  Sherry will ask Dick Meade.

Council received the notice for the advertisement for Ordinance #226 “An Ordinance Governing Municipal Management and Maintenance of On-Lot sewage disposal facilities in the Borough of Riegelsville”. This will be added to Council agenda March 12, 2014.

Borough office received an email introducing the Bucks County Consortium, Sherry shared it with Council.  The concern was the fee of $150.00 a year, too expensive for what the borough could utilize.

Robert G Loughery, Bucks County Commissioner would like to meet with the Elected Officials. Sherry will contact his Assistant Karen Nagy to set this up.

Borough office received an invitation from Lynn T. Bush in reference to the borough’s participation in Bucks County Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Council would like Sherry to put together the resolution for the Council meeting on March 12, 2014.

Sherry reported to Council that the floor in the office is not level and would like to move her desk.  Sherry would like a new more efficient desk.  Council suggested to get proposals on repairing the floor first.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of check for $269.61 to Napa of Ottsville, (for Backhoe repair Maintenance). R. Scott motioned to approve.   R. Pursell seconded.   Unanimous.

            Approval of check for $406.56 to Riegelsville Auto (Backhoe repair). R. Scott motioned to approve.   R. Pursell seconded.   Unanimous.

            Approval of check for $695.00 to Barry Hoffman, Electrician (Trouble shoot Well #2, furnish and install an on delay timer then connect to dialer. R. Scott motioned to approve.   E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution #R-01-14 Bucks County 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.   K. Weiss seconded.   Unanimous.

            Approval to advertise Ordinance #227 “An Ordinance Governing Municipal Management and Maintenance of On-Lot sewage disposal facilities in the Borough of Riegelsville”. Rich motioned to advertise.   E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

           

           

           

 

NEW BUSINESS:

            Oxford Diabetic Supply at 719 Durham Road (Lundies Building) had a truck hit the front glass on Friday March 7. 

 

APPROVAL OF BILLS:   Rich Pursell motioned to approve and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

 

Meeting adjourned 8:04 PM.  

  Next Council Meeting April 9, 2014 at 7pm

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