September 2017 Council Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

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

REPORTS:

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

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

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

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

Sherry will check with Matt.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

Fire Co. News:

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

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

Meeting next Wednesday August 23.

UBREMS News:

No meeting.

Rec Board News:

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

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

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

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  No meeting in August.

Utilities

Discussions:

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

Sonny continues to do chlorine readings for Aqua NJ.

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

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sidewalk project was completed by S&M contractors.

 Finance

Discussions:

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

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

The 2016 Annual Audit & Financial Report is approved.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

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

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

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

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

NEW BUSINESS:

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

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

Next Council Meeting October 11, 2017 at 7pm.

Meeting adjourned 8:45 PM.

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2016 CCR Water Report

2016 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

PWSID #:   1090058               NAME:  Riegelsville Water Company

 

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

WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION:

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

 

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

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

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

 

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

 

Monitoring Your Water:

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

DEFINITIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

radiation absorbed by the body)                                             (mg/L)

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

radioactivity)                                                                           liter

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

(µg/L)

 

DETECTED SAMPLE RESULTS:

 

Entry Point Disinfectant Residual
Contaminant Minimum Disinfectant

Residual

Lowest

Level Detected

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

 

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

Contamination

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

 

 

Chemical Contaminants

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

 

 

EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION:

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD:

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

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riegelsville Water Company

PO Box 494

Riegelsville, PA  18077

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Draft Ordinance No. 237 Marijuana Dispensary Facilities

LEGAL NOTICE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that proposed Ordinance No. 237 amending Ordinance No. 222 (“Zoning Ordinance”) for the Borough of Riegelsville to provide for medical “marijuana dispensary facilities” in the C Commercial District, for “medical marijuana growing/processing facilities’ in the I Industrial District and for associated regulations will presented for review and passage at the Regular Council meeting to be held on October 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 615 Easton Road, Riegelsville, Pennsylvania.  A full copy of the proposed ordinance may be examined without charge at the Borough Hall, the office of this newspaper or the Law Library at the Bucks County Court House during normal business hours, or may be obtained upon request for a charge not greater than the cost thereof.  The following is a summary of the proposed ordinance that will be presented for consideration at the meeting:

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

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

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

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

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

Section 6 is a partial repealer.

Section 7 is a savings provision.

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

 

Prepared by:

William T. Dudeck, Esquire

Eastburn and Gray, P.C.

60 East Court Street

P.O. Box 1389

Doylestown, PA 18901

(215) 345-7000

Solicitor for the

                                                                                                Borough of Riegelsville

RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH

ORDINANCE # 237

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

N

 

N

 

N

 

N

 

P

 

N

G-17 Medical Marijuana Growing/Processing Facility  

N

 

N

 

N

 

N

 

N

 

P

 

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

(45a) E-28 Medical marijuana dispensary facility

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

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

 

  1. Partial Repealer

 

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

 

  1. Severability

 

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

 

  1. Effective Date

 

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

 

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

 

ATTEST:                                                                     Borough of Riegelsville

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

 

Sherry Masteller                                                          By:                                                                 

Secretary

                                                                                         Thomas E. Stinnett

Borough Council President

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

Gregory P. Stokes

Borough Mayor

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August 2017 Council Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

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

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

REPORTS:

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

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

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  None to report.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

Fire Co. News:

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

     Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

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

      UBREMS News:

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

      Rec Board News:

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

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

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

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  No meeting until August.

 Utilities

Discussions:

Matt Brady knows a potential Water Operator M. Sullivan.

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

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

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

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

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

Masteller will gather more information as in the job description.

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

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

Penn Dot has fixed some pot holes on 611.

Finance

Discussions:

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

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

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

Council looked over the finances.

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

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

Borough Solicitor Report:

William Dudeck reported to Council:

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

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

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

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

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

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

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

NEW BUSINESS:   

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

Next Council Meeting September 13, 2017 at 7pm.

Meeting adjourned 8:50 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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July 2017 Council Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

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

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

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

 

REPORTS:

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

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

 

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

 
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs:

Discussions:

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

4- Building permits were issued.

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

3- Zoning permits were issued.

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

Enforcement Activities:

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

122 Maplewood Road, waiting on demo permit application.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to Report.

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

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

Utilities:

Discussions:

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

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

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

 

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

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

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

Finance:

Discussions:

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

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

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

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

 

NEW BUSINESS:   

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

 

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

Next Council Meeting August 9, 2017 at 7pm.

Meeting adjourned 8:25 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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June 2017 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:01 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. A. Moyer motioned to approve the minutes from May 10, 2017. A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

“Bucks County Tour of Honor” Inviting all Bucks County Boroughs and Townships to assist in honoring our Veterans by contributing toward the trips. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to donate $100.00 like we did last few years and Rodney Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that Borough Employee Sonny Groller’s Wife Nan passed away on Tuesday morning. Services are Saturday June 17, 2017 9:30am at Snyder’s Funeral Home in Riegelsville PA.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council the following:

  • Contacted Riegelsville Inn about a Beer Truck that was making a delivery and was speeding on Delaware Road and across the Canal Bridge.
  • Met-Ed finally fixed the pole at 101 Delaware Road.
  • High Weeds on Weiss Field properties was taken care of.
  • Performed 2 weddings.
  • Contacted Georgia Pacific in NJ in reference to the Trucks trying to cross the bridges. They suggested to call the State Police and have them ticketed. The fees are very expensive due to the weight.
  • Dogs have been running off their leashes at the Borough Park and relieving themselves on the Ballfields. Volunteers including Coaches, Rec Board member and Ball players work really hard to keep our park beautiful for everyone to enjoy. It is a State Law that all dogs needs to be leashed, the Borough Park does have signs that dogs are not allowed in the Park so maybe we need to enforce those signs and ordinance.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  Two Borough residents.

Kevin Firth, Borough resident discussed the disrepair of the Small Borough Parking Lot on Durham Road next to Village Florist.  T. Stinnett did explain that it has been discussed a few times and plans changed when Penn Dot was supposed to pave it when the Canal Bridge was replaced. T. Stinnett will have the Borough Engineer look into what needs to be done to repair it and make it more efficient.

Elaine Albrecht received a call at her home from Pam Lazor, Borough resident about a wire down on Fern Road. Pam tried to call the Fire Co. to put a cone up but no one answered and no machine.  Pam stated that it was a phone line, she did call the Co.  A. Kenny stated that if the 911 center was called the Fire Co would respond and have to wait for the utilities to come to secure it.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that 3- Building permits were issued for Borderline- 320 Amp Panel, 303 Poplar Road- 2nd Floor Finish, 124 Spruce Road-Bath alterations. 919 Easton Road received a Junk Car and property maintenance violation and the Tenant has been cleaning the place up.  636 Easton Road was issued a “Stop Work order”, the property owner requested a 60 day extension of time, which was approved and the new compliance date is June 24, 2017.

Ash Lane “Dunlap Lot” Michele White, prospective buyer, is requesting multiple variances to build a 3 bedroom Cape Cod style home. The following variances are needed:

1) Relief from section 502 (b) minimum lot area of 15,000 square ft.  (Actual lot size is 6795 Sq ft)

2) Relief from section 502 (b) minimum lot width of 100 ft.  (Actual width is 68 ft.)

3) Relief from section 502 (b) maximum building coverage, 20%.  Building coverage proposed is 21.8%.

4) Relief from section 502 (b) maximum front setback 40 ft.  You are requesting that the front setback be reduced to 20 ft.

5) Relief from section 502 (b) maximum side setback 15 ft.  Proposed side setback is 7 ft.

The Zoning Hearing Board convened on May 15, 2017, the Board denied the variance requests, Michele White intends to appeal the Zoning Hearing Boards decision.

320 Spring Hill Road has an unsafe pool-no barrier protection so a courtesy Violation Notice was sent out.  Mr. Campbell called me and he agreed to put up a temporary silt fence. He intends to rehab the pool and put up a code compliant fence next year.  I told him to put it in writing and send me a letter with the timeline.

I told him he would need to sign a hold-harmless letter indemnifying the Borough from any liability. The Borough Solicitor was notified.

Library News: S. Masteller, Borough Secretary received the May 2017 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office. Joanne Walsh, Library Board President reported to Council the following:

  • The 4th Barnes & Noble Book fair on April 7th & 8th at the Easton Store located in Easton Pa was not very

well attended, received a check for $78.82.

  • May 20 just the Book Sale, they are looking into different fundraisers to try.
  • Science in the summer begins June 26.
  • They have 3 quotes for replacing the stair chair lift from AmeriGlide for different models.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that Sunday May 21 is Fire Breakfast 8- noon. June 3, is Roast Beef Dinner 4-7pm

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: The next meeting is set for Wednesday May 24 at 7pm.  Boscov’s “Friends & Family” Coupon Fundraiser is October 2017.

UBREMS News:  E. Bartosiewicz reported no new news.

Rec Board News: Girls Softball & Men’s Baseball games are in full swing.  The Pavilion rentals have picked up too.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to Report.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  The next meeting is set for June 5, 2017 at 7pm. They are

looking for more items to work on.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Discussion of Draft Ordinance # 237

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

Council will continue to discuss this and will possible vote to approve advertising at the June 14, Council meeting.

Discussions continue with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), in reference to their Resolution implementing Annual fees corresponds to the volume of the monthly allocations and/or daily discharge capacity.  Rodney & Sherry have been going back and forth via email and phone messages, hopefully soon a resolve will happen. Remarks: Received a call that they lower the Borough’s Annual Fee from $450.00 to $300.00.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

The Intelligencer reported of the population changes in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. We have the lowest in 2 counties- 855.

503 Easton Road Bamboo violation will need to be completed by June 14.

Council discussed the pool barrier at 370 Spring Hill Road.

Council discussed the new Library Chair lift and they agreed to have Cowan Associates do a “Occupant Load calculations” for the Library.

Borough Tar and chipping project will be done when Durham Township does theirs too.

Finance:

Discussions:

Tammy reported that the last payment for the street loan is being paid on June 14, 2017.

Council discussed “Act 172 of 2016’ which would provide municipalities with the option to offer a real estate or earned income tax credit to active members of volunteer fire companies and nonprofit emergency medical service agencies through a volunteer service credit program.  S. Masteller will contact Durham and Nockamixon and see if they are looking into this too.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

            Continued issue with Tractor Trailers trying to go over the Canal Bridge & Delaware River Bridge.

Approval to change the Current Resolution # R-05-16, Bucks County 2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan update to #R-06-16.  From November 9, 2016 Council meeting and Approval to change the Current Resolution # R-06-16, In support of a citizen’s commission for legislative redistricting and congressional reapportionment to #R-07-16. From November 9, 2016 Council meeting.  R. Scott motioned to approve the change the Resolution numbers and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

NEW BUSINESS:   None to report.

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

Next Council Meeting July 12, 2017 at 7pm.

Borough office will be closed July 4, 7 & 10, 2017.

Meeting adjourned 7:57 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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May 2017 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, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from April 12, 2017. A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer reported to S. Masteller that the amount of Wetlands on Spring Hill Road may affect the placement of the parking lot for the open space trail project.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that he attended a presentation “Bridges Across the Delaware River” on May 9. It was an illustration about the bridges that span the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The speaker was Joe Donnelly, Deputy Executive Director of Communications for the Delaware River Joint Bridge Commission.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported he spoke to Craig Cardone in reference to the clogged drain on 611 that he has always helped maintain until now it seems to be clogged farther into the pipe. Craig called PennDot and they said the Borough is responsible for that. Mayor Stokes told him to contact Rep Quinn’s office. S. Masteller emailed Mayor Stokes our PennDot contacts.  A complaint came in for 428 Poplar Road for a very large Brush pile.  S. Masteller will send out a violation to the property owner.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough resident and Frank Preedy-Riegelsville Emergency Management Coordinator.    Preedy discussed with Council that he would like the Council members to appoint Jason Anderson, Michael Myers as Deputy and reappoint John Panasiuk, Ray Kenny to the EMA Team. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint & reappoint members. R. Scott seconded. Motion carried with one Abstention (A. Kenny) 3-1 F. Preedy will be attending the Bucks County quarterly training.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that 2- Building permits were issued for Nelson- Deck w/pergola and Nelson-Kitchen remodel. 2-Zoning permits were issued Nelson- Deck w/Pergola and Nelson- Garage Addition.  919 Easton Road received a Junk Car and property maintenance violation and the Tenant has been cleaning the place up.  636 Easton Road was issued a “Stop Work order”, the property owner may need an extension of time, which will need to be a written request.   519 Easton Road, Mr. Szablowski is requested a “Special Exception” to the ZHB for a B-9(g) Home Occupation.

Mr. Szablowski would like to do business in his home under the name “Ethical Arms LLC.”   He wants to use a small section of his basement to design and fabricate fire arms.   There will be no retail sales.  All sales will be via mail to other licensed firearms dealers.  At the “Special Exception” Hearing he stated that he will only make 1 or 2 prototypes a year. The ZHB convened on Thursday, 23 March, 7PM. A decision was made to approve the special exception with conditions.

Ash Lane “Dunlap Lot” Michele White, prospective buyer, is requesting multiple variances to build a 3 bedroom Cape Cod style home. The following variances are needed:

1) Relief from section 502 (b) minimum lot area of 15,000 square ft.  (Actual lot size is 6795 Sq ft)

2) Relief from section 502 (b) minimum lot width of 100 ft.  (Actual width is 68 ft.)

3) Relief from section 502 (b) maximum building coverage, 20%.  Building coverage proposed is 21.8%.

4) Relief from section 502 (b) maximum front setback 40 ft.  You are requesting that the front setback be reduced to 20ft.

5) Relief from section 502 (b) maximum side setback 15 ft.  Proposed side setback is 7 ft.

She is aware of the previous ZHB decision and she submitted a “Right to Know” application to get copies of the records in the file.

The sale of the property is conditional on ZHB granting the variances.

Scott asked if a permit is needed for a paver’s wall at 210 Fern Road, Jim will look into it. R. Scott was asked by a Borough resident if Basketball hoops are allowed in the middle of sidewalks, Jim reported that is a safety issue and the property owners need to be notified. There is an abandoned car on Sycamore, S. Masteller will contact the State Police.

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

  • The 4th Barnes & Noble Book fair on April 7th & 8th at the Easton Store located in Easton Pa was not very well attended.
  • No Library Fair on May 20 just the Book Fair, they are looking into different fundraisers to try.
  • Library is looking for small containers and empty paper towel rolls for summer reading program.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the “Fish Fry” served on average 205 people per week.

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: The next meeting is set for Wednesday April 26 at 7pm.

UBREMS News:  E. Bartosiewicz reported no new news.

Rec Board News: Community Easter Egg Hunt was on April 14, we helped parking cars again this year.

Karin will give us an update on the egg hunt.  So far the 4/5 & the 8/9 Girls Softball will be playing on the Softball field. Mayor Stokes and his men’s team has their first game Sunday April 22.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy, Emergency Management Coordinator reported

to Council that he received background checks for Mike Myers, and will get them for Jason Anderson. John

Panasiuk will be the computer help on the team.  Can we use the Borough Building for the Post Office if there is

an emergency?  A. Moyer asked if a different background check is needed for Volunteering instead of an

Employment check. They will look into this.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  The next meeting is set for May 1, 2017 at 7pm. They are

making a few changes to the proposed Mailbox Ordinance.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Water bills were mailed out April 13, 2017 and are due May 5, 2017.  Matt Brady reported that there was no issues during water meter readings this quarter and usually after the winter there is a few.

Council discussed the plow damage at 319 Fairview Road, pictures were emailed. Council decided that the area by the hydrant should be repaired by the Riegelsville Road crew.  Before next winter we need a send out “Helpful Winter notes to Borough Residents”.

Matt Brady reported that only a few curb stops need to be found.

Hydrant Flushing is set for Monday May 1-May 5, 9pm-midnight.

Tilley performed their yearly inspection on the Borough Fire Extinguishers.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

  1. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the Express-times had an article on “Busy bridges: Traffic trending up at toll crossings, dips at free spans” DRJTBC- Riegelsville Bridge 2016 average daily traffic, 3,400- same as 2015.

The Borough office received an email in reference to putting a trash receptacle next to the Pedestrian Bridge by the Canal.  Council said that is a good idea, S. Masteller will look into the cost of the last one.

The Borough office received a copy of a resolution from Township of Hopewell, NJ in reference to PennEast Pipeline.  T. Stinnett stated that the resolution that the Borough approved is all we need to do.

Council discussed the Bamboo violation at 503 Easton Road, the violation needed to be taken care of by June 14, 2017.

Brady reported that they are starting crack sealing 5/8/17 with Spring Hill Road, Sherer’s Hill, Fairmont and Edgewood Road.

Finance:

Discussions: Brady would like to purchase a Stihl Kombisystem that has brush & Pruner attachments. Council discussed the purchase and would like more information and then a decision can be made. A suggestion was to purchase the system piece by piece since we are over budget in the general fund for tools.

Council discussed the new truck quotes. One concern was is the truck going to be undercoated.

An increased volume of the per capita bills have come in due to the discount $9.80 by May 1st.

The Borough insurance adjuster reported that nothing has been paid out for the fender bender of the parked vehicle in Easton.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval to purchase the 2017 F-550 4×4 truck $39,355.00 from Koch 33 Ford costar. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval to purchase the body, hydraulics, spreader, snowplow & lights $37,122.00 for new truck chassis.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

Approval for the 2017 Street project not to exceed $24,000.00 with the Asphalt, Aggregate and the Labor cost, Costar contract pricing. We will do the job when Durham does theirs too.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:  Council discussed the current steam boiler service contract and would like S. Masteller to look into this.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to discontinue the current contract. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

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

Next Council Meeting June 14, 2017 at 7pm.

Borough office will be closed May 16 & 29, 2017.

Meeting adjourned 8:10 PM.

Sherry Masteller   Borough Secretary

 

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