January 2016 Council Re-Org Meeting

The reorganization meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council was called to order on January 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gregory Stokes.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT:  Thomas E Stinnett, Edward Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer and Rodney Scott.

Mayor Stokes issued the oath of office for newly elected Council members Thomas E Stinnett and Ann P Moyer.  Mayor Stokes asked for nominations for President of Council.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint T. Stinnett as President of Council.  A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Mayor Stokes asked for nominations for Vice President of Council.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Rodney Scott as Vice President of Council.  A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Mayor Stokes asked for nominations for President Pro Tempore.  R. Scott motioned to appoint E. Bartosiewicz as President Pro Tempore. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Mayor Stokes turned the chair over to President T. Stinnett.  T. Stinnett reported to Council that Council received a letter of intent from Borough Resident Audrey R. Kenny to fill the vacant two year term on Borough Council. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint A. Kenny to fill the two year seat. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Stinnett read a list of appointments of various people and organizations to be reappointed to various Borough positions. R. Scott then motioned to appoint the list below. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous

Borough Secretary– Sherry Masteller

                                    Borough Treasurer- Tammy Macaluso

Depositories – First Savings Bank of Perkasie &

                                                             PA Local Government Investment Trust

Auditor – Stephen J. Shlyen, CPA

                                    Solicitor – Eastburn & Gray

Engineer – Cowan Associates, Inc.

Water System Operator – RMR Consulting, Inc.

Zoning Office/Building Inspector – Keystone Municipal Services

Ordinance Enforcement Official – Matthew Brady

Vacancy Board Chairperson –Allen Madnick

                                    Tax Collection Committee (TCC) delegates-

                                              Primary voting delegate: Thomas E Stinnett

                                             First alternate: Edward Bartosiewicz

                                            Second alternate: Audrey R Kenny

Boards:

Zoning Hearing Board- 3 year seat 

                                       Dirk Odhner

Scott made a motion to appoint Dirk Odhner for 3 year seat. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Planning Commission- 4 year seat

Peter Ryan

John Panasiuk

  1. Bartosiewicz made a motion to appoint Peter Ryan and John Panasiuk for 4 year seats. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

 

Recreation Board-4 year seat

Dirk Odhner

Sherry Masteller

Rodney Scott

Edward Bartosiewicz

  1. Moyer made a motion to appoint Dirk Odhner, Sherry Masteller, Rodney Scott and Edward Bartosiewicz for 4 year seats. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

 

BOCA Board of Appeals- 5 year seat

Ed Norman Jr.

                                    Glenn Hissim

  1. Bartosiewicz made a motion to appoint Ed Norman Jr. and Glenn Hissim for 5 year seats. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous.

 

Emergency Management: E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint the following to Riegelsville Emergency Management Team. A. Moyer Seconded.  Unanimous.

Frank Preedy-Coordinator

Ray Kenny-Deputy

Ken Haney

John Panasiuk

David Gerstenberg

  1. Bartosiewicz motioned to adopt the current Borough Bylaws from 1994. A. Kenny seconded. Unanimous
  1. Stinnett stated that the Committees of Council will be as follows:
  2. Bartosiewicz- Streets/Properties
  3. Moyer- Community Affairs
  4. Kenny- Finance
  5. Scott- Utilities
  1. Stinnett also stated that Audrey R Kenny will replace Kathy Weiss as a check signer

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm.

Borough Council Meeting: January 13, 2016 7pm

Sherry Masteller,

Borough Secretary

 

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December 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. December 9, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  K. Weiss motioned to approve the minutes from November 11, 2015 Council Meeting.  E.  Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter was received from Lance Lawn Care, thanking the Borough for letting them take care of our lawn needs.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett thanked Kathie Weiss, Vice President of Borough Council for her thirteen years on Council, Kathie is retiring from Council and tonight is her last meeting.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes commended Kathie for her service to the Borough Council.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   One Borough resident and many family and friends of Kathie Weiss came to support her last Borough Council meeting.

Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary thanked Kathie Weiss for making her feel welcome when she first started working for the Borough and learning the ropes as the Council Secretary.  Enjoy your extra time to have fun.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 3 Building permits were issued

1-addition, 1-foundation, 1-electrical service and 2 Zoning Permits were issued 1-addition, 1-Single Family Dwelling. 141 Delaware Road Property owner has a rescheduled court date for Wednesday January 13, or later 2015 for property maintenance violations. Jim suggested a few amendments to the Borough Ordinance 225 adopting the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code.  Sherry and Jim continue to review the fee schedule.

UBREMS News: Wendy Badman, Durham resident joined the board.

Library News: Terri Randolph, Riegelsville Library Director emailed the November 2015 minutes to the borough office.  Estelle Bloom, Library Board trustee reported to Council that the Brewfest was a great success for the first year. Bravo to Erica Sommer for the terrific planning and working so well with Mueller’s. The Barnes and Noble “Bookfair” at the Easton location was another success in spite of the low local participation. Lots of fun was had at the Riegelsville Halloween Parade. The annual Gingerbread making event is scheduled for December 12.

October statistics:

Circulation: 1509

Public Count: 665

Historic Room Visits: 0

Internet use: 28

Wireless use: 37

Items added: 93

Adult programs: 1 programs with 7 adults.

Juvenile: 10 programs 78 children, 50 Adults.

Art in the Library: 3 event, 17 attended.

Fire Co. News: November 15 Breakfast served about 366. Community dinner is Saturday December 5. Santa Breakfast is December 20.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Elaine Albrecht gave the September minutes to Sherry.

No meeting December and January. They are selling 2016 Calendars ”Riegelsville Yesterday and Today Celebrating 100 years” $10.00, they can be purchased at the Borough Office, Fig Tree and Super Natural Hair Salon! GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: The new counter tops, cabinet and hot water heater was put in the concession stand before the car show.  The car show was a huge success. Final numbers are being gathered.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: 1st draft “outdoor and open burning” was given to Council.

State Police stats from October 2015 was received.

 Last night November 17 was the second round of public meetings for the Delaware Canal Vision study in the Borough Hall.

Utilities:

Discussions:

The dead oak tree at 573 Easton Road has been removed and cleaned up.

Ken Kerstner, Matt Brady, Sonny Groller and Dick Meade are attending the DEP Seminar tomorrow in reference to new coliform testing to start April 2016.

Council discussed the proposed Ordinance for outdoor and open burning. The Riegelsville Planning Commission prepared the proposed Ordinance.

Borough office received the RCN updated franchise agreement.

No December meeting.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Jim Kopchak, Zoning officer sent a letter to Tom Kreider in reference to what needs to be taken care in reference the Property Maintenance Code before the January Court date.

Ed updated Council on the heat for the Borough Garage, Ed talked to Matt and will contact Philo for an updated quote for insulation.

No crack sealing until spring.

Finance:

Discussions:

Council received the final copy of the proposed water increase resolution and the Tax levy ½ mil increase that will be on the Council agenda December 9, 2015.

Council received a copy of Cowan’s quote for the “No Right Hand Turn” on Delaware Road entering Easton Road heading south.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of the 2016 Draft Budget.  R. Scott motioned to approve.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Ordinance #232, Tax Levy for 2016 (13.25 Mils).  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  K. Weiss seconded.   Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-07-15, Water rate increase for 2016. R. Scott motioned to approve.  A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.   

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

Meeting adjourned 7:30 PM.

Borough office will be closed December 14 & 25, 2015 January 1, 2016

Council Re-Org Meeting January 4, 2016 at 7pm

Next Council Meeting January 13, 2016 at 7pm

 

 

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November 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. November 12, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  R. Scott motioned to approve the minutes from October 14, 2015 Council Meeting.  A. P Moyer seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated October 26, 2015, James Sweeney, 303 Poplar Road Lot owner in reference to the Riegelsville Storm Water Management.

Letter dated November 5, 2015, Bucks County Honor Flight thanking the Borough for their generous donation.

Letter dated November 9, 2015, from Senator Bob Mensch, in reference to the Route 212 project update stating that the final wearing course will be in place early next year as the weather permits.

Email dated November 12, 2015, from Dr. Soursac, Borough resident updated the Borough office about the dead tree removal.

Letter dated November 12, 2015, from Riegelsville Public Library thanking the Borough Council for the donation to the Annual Halloween Parade.

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes wanted to thank the Riegelsville Rec Board members and the Car Show Volunteers for a Great Car Show. Mayor Stokes thanked Frank Albrecht, Borough Resident for a great Veterans display at the Riegelsville Post Office.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   Two Borough residents was present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 2 Building permits were issued

1-Fence, 1-closet addition and 2 Zoning Permits were issued 1-Fence, 1-Detached garage. 141 Delaware Road Property owner has a court date Wednesday November 18, 2015 for property maintenance violations. Jim suggested a few amendments to the Borough Ordinance 225 adopting the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code.  Sherry and Jim continue to review the fee schedule.

UBREMS News: Ryan Pankoe, Executive Director Upper Bucks Regional EMS presented to Council a slide show that showed who the UBREMS are and what they do for all municipalities that they cover.  Ryan also reported that they will be attending the Fall Rollout Car show on Sunday November 1. Council thanked Ryan for coming to the meeting plus Ryan thanks the Borough Council for their continued support. Borough office also received the 2014 Year-end Financial statement.

Library News: Terri Randolph, Riegelsville Library Director emailed the October 2015 minutes to the borough office.  First Brewfest was on Saturday October 10, co-sponsored with Muellers, and was a very successful event. Barnes and Noble “Bookfair” fundraiser is set for October 23 and 24, at the Easton location.  The friends of the Library’s Flea Market on September 19, was very successful this year. On Tuesday, October 13, “Firefighter Ed and friends will bring the truck to the Borough parking lot for our annual program for Fire Prevention Month.

September statistics:

Circulation: 1263

Public Count: 586

Historic Room Visits: 4

Internet use: 28

Wireless use: 37

Items added: 83

Adult programs: 2 programs with 18 adults.

Juvenile: 7 programs 53 children, 36 Adults.

Art in the Library: 5 event, 46 attended.

Fire Co. News: October 18, Breakfast served about 350. October is Fire Prevention Month, they will be doing a few demonstrations for the children. October 10, they went to Durham days and sold food.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Elaine Albrecht reported to Council that they made

$200.00 from the $5.00 Coupons from the Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” on Oct. 20th.  Next meeting is

scheduled for October 28.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: Car Show meeting is set for Thursday September 24 at 7pm..  The cabinets at the

Concession stand is being ripped out so new ones can be put in before the Car Show on Sunday November 1, 2015.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported that the next meeting is Monday October 5, 2015 at

7pm, at the Borough Hall.

State Police stats from September 2015 was received.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Sherry reported to Council that a certified letter was mailed to property owner of 573 Easton Road in reference to the dead oak tree on their property.  The letter states that the property owner has 10 days from the October 21, 2015 to have the tree removed.  Sherry will keep Council updated on this issue.

Tonight will be the last night of hydrant flushing 9pm to Midnight.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Mr. James Sweeney sent a letter dated October 26, 2015 to Council in reference to his lot at 303 Poplar Road. He is constructing a retirement home and is asking Council’s help in modifying one of the Borough’s regulations relating to storm water runoff.  Mr. Sweeney presented to Council an exhibit of his property and how the storm water regulation will affect his property. Todd Myers, Borough Engineer also discussed with Council how the ordinance affects his lot. Mr. James Sweeney would like to put a rain garden in.  Todd suggested to Council that they should have a stand-alone Storm Water Management Ordinance. Todd will send the Borough office a sample ordinance and the Riegelsville Planning Commission will start working on that during their next meeting.

The tenant that owns the boat on trailer parked on Walnut lane came into the borough office to let us know it will be remover this weekend, 11/7-11/8.  Remarks: The Boat and trailer have been removed.

Matt put together a road priorities list for Council since the 2016 budget is being worked on.  Ed will get together with Matt to look over the roads.

Borough Office received an email from Dr. Soursac addressing his dead tree issue. He stated the tree will be taken care of November 9 or November 10 depending on the weather.

Yates Electrical Co. took down the pedestrian bridge light to fix it.

Finance:

Discussions:

During the Council meeting on November 12, 2015, the 2016 Budget Draft on the agenda for motion to advertise.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval to advertise the 2016 Draft Budget.  K. Weiss motioned to approve E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval to allow Mr. Sweeney to work with Todd Myers, Borough Engineer with a modification to the Borough’s Storm water plan for his proposed home at 303 Poplar Road. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for $800.00 to Eastern Oak Tree Service, to take down suspended trees over the fence at Well 1 & 2. R. Scott motioned to approve A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval for $1225.00 to Yates Electric to fix the Pedestrian Bridge Light.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.   

 APPROVAL OF BILLS:   R. Scott motioned to approve bills.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Meeting adjourned 7:45 PM.

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Approved 2016 Budget

BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
GENERAL FUND
2016 Budget Council approved December 9, 2016
REVENUE
301.100 Real Estate Taxes – Current Year    113,141.00
301.200 Real Estate Taxes – Prior Years        1,900.00
310.000 Per Capita Tax        8,000.00
310.100 Real Estate Transfer Taxes        7,500.00
310.200 Earned Income Tax      87,000.00
310.300 Local Services Tax        7,500.00
320.000 Cable Television Franchise      12,900.00
331.110 State Vehicle Code Violations           500.00
331.120 Local Code Violations           200.00
341.000 Interest Earnings            10.00
342.200 Rent of Building        8,400.00
342.400 Equipment/Clerical Refund-Water Co.      20,000.00
354.100 Springtown Water Wage Reim.        7,155.00
355.010 Public Utility Realty Tax           285.00
355.080 Alcoholic Beverage Licenses           600.00
361.300 Zoning/Subdivision/Land Development Plan Fees           400.00
361.340 Zoning Hearing Board Fees           600.00
361.530 Sale of Subdivision and Land Development Book            25.00
361.540 Sale of Zoning Ordinance Book            25.00
362.410 Building Permits        2,000.00
362.420 Electrical Permits           220.00
362.430 Plumbing Permits            40.00
362.440 Mechanical Permits            40.00
380.000 Miscellaneous Revenues            50.00
380.012 Expense Reimbursement – Tax Collector            75.00
395.000 Insurance Reimbursements      11,320.00
395.100 Telephone Reimbursement – Water Co.           750.00
395.200 Electric/Garbage Reimbursement           845.00
TOTAL   291,481.00
Total General Fund Expenses
General Government    139,606.00
Properties      48,465.00
Police/Public Safety      18,800.00
Community Development      21,480.00
Streets      63,130.00
TOTAL   291,481.00
EXPENDITURES
GENERAL GOVERNMENT
400.100 Postage – Office           450.00
400.200 Office Supplies           600.00
400.300 Newsletter – Printing           200.00
400.310 Newsletter – Postage           100.00
400.320 Telephone Services        2,400.00
400.340 Advertising, Printing and Binding        1,500.00
400.350 Insurance and Bonding      27,000.00
400.420 Dues, Subscriptions, Conferences           650.00
400.430 FICA & Medicare Employer Contribution        6,950.00
400.440 PA UC Solvency Expense           260.00
400.500 Miscellaneous Expenses           140.00
400.700 Computer Equipment/Support Fee           350.00
401.120 Secretary Wages      29,154.00
401.130 Treasurer Wages      17,305.00
401.140 General Fund Wages      34,160.00
401.170 Springtown Water Auth. Wages        6,495.00
402.310 Auditor        3,000.00
403.110 Tax Collector Salary        2,157.00
403.200 Tax Collector Office Supplies           120.00
403.300 Earned Income Tax Office Services           115.00
404.310 Solicitor        3,500.00
408.310 Engineer        3,000.00
TOTAL   139,606.00
PROPERTIES
409.250 Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies           250.00
409.260 Small Tools & Minor Equipment           500.00
409.350 Maintenance Services        3,100.00
409.360 Electric – Borough Hall        1,800.00
409.370 Heating Fuel      13,500.00
409.380 Electric/Water Apartment        1,250.00
409.390 Property Maintenance        3,000.00
409.430 Real Estate Taxes        1,600.00
409.440 Lawn Care        2,800.00
409.460 Building Repairs        5,000.00
409.800 Building Maintenance Reserve      15,665.00
TOTAL     48,465.00
POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY
411.500 Fire Company Contribution        8,650.00
412.500 Emergency Medical Service Contribution        8,650.00
415.000 Emergency Management Expenses           500.00
415.010 Emergency Management Reserve        1,000.00
TOTAL     18,800.00
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
414.120 Zoning Officer/Building Inspector Wages      10,000.00
414.200 Zoning Hearing Board Expenses        1,200.00
414.500 Uniform Construction Code Fee           150.00
427.500 Household Hazardous Waste Program           130.00
451.500 Recreation Board Contribution        5,400.00
451.501 Community Expenses           600.00
451.600 Enhancement Committee Expenses           500.00
453.500 American Legion – Parade Contribution           200.00
453.550 Library – Parade Contribution           300.00
456.500 Library Contribution        3,000.00
TOTAL     21,480.00
STREETS
430.240 Gasoline & Oil        1,800.00
430.310 Alley Maintenance        1,500.00
430.360 Electric – Garage/Maintenance Lot           650.00
430.370 Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance        3,000.00
431.100 Cleaning Streets/Gutters        1,500.00
432.100 Winter Maintenance      13,000.00
433.500 Street Signs/Markings        2,500.00
438.500 Road Maintenance        2,500.00
438.550 Crack Sealing        2,400.00
439.750 Road Project      15,800.00
439.751 2013 Road Project Loan      18,480.00
TOTAL     63,130.00
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
WATER FUND
Draft 2016 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings            15.00
378.100 Metered Sales to General Customers    138,000.00
378.300 Penalty/Interest Charges        2,000.00
378.900 Other Water Revenues           500.00
TOTAL   140,515.00
EXPENDITURES
448.200 Postage           850.00
448.210 Office Supplies           500.00
448.231 Gasoline & Oil        1,800.00
448.260 Inventory, Parts & Equipment        2,000.00
448.270 Small Tools           500.00
448.280 Meter Purchase        2,500.00
448.300 Water Analysis Charges        2,000.00
448.310 Auditor        1,000.00
448.320 Solicitor           250.00
448.330 Engineer        1,500.00
448.340 Adv., Printing & Binding           150.00
448.350 Insurance Reimbursement        2,100.00
448.360 Electric – Pump Houses      13,000.00
448.370 Repair & Maintenance Services      10,000.00
448.372 Lawn Care        1,500.00
448.380 Telephone Services           500.00
448.410 Building Maintenance      13,000.00
448.420 Dues, Subscrip., Conferences           225.00
448.430 Valve Evaluation & Repair      15,000.00
448.460 Curbstop Location & Repair        2,000.00
448.480 Waterworks Operator/Contracted      25,000.00
448.490 Computer Software/Support Fee           350.00
448.500 Miscellaneous Expenses            50.00
448.710 Vehicle & Equip. Maintenance        3,000.00
448.800 Water Reserve Fund      13,640.00
449.000 Water Fund Wages        8,100.00
481.300 Equipment/Clerical Reimbursement      20,000.00
TOTAL   140,515.00
     
     
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
HIGHWAY AID FUND
Draft 2016 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings              4.00
355.050 Motor Vehicle Fuel Taxes      30,000.00
TOTAL     30,004.00
EXPENDITURES
433.100 Traffic Signal – Electric           850.00
433.300 Traffic Signal Maintenance      11,064.00
434.100 Street Lighting      17,500.00
438.530 Durham Twp. Road Maintenance Agreement           590.00
TOTAL     30,004.00

 

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October 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. October 14, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  R. Scott motioned to approve the minutes from September 9, 2015 Council Meeting.  A. P Moyer seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Email dated September 25, 2015 was read from Borough Residents, Thomas & Elizabeth Speicher thanking the Borough Council for solving a noise issue in the Borough.

Letter dated September 29, 2015 was read from JoAnne Walsh, President of the Library Board of Trustees requesting the appointment of David Oleksa to the Library Board of Trustees.  K. Weiss motioned to appoint David Oleksa to the Board.  R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Voicemail was received from Jennifer Connelly, Maplewood Resident asked if Maplewood Road could be closed during Trick or Treat on October 31, 6-8pm. Council discussed this and the decision was not to close the road. Riegelsville Fire Police will be putting flares out for the safety of the trick or treaters.

Email dated October 14, 2015 from Cowan Associates, Borough Engineer in reference to Well #3 & Storage Reservoir project.

Email dated October 14, 2015 from John Cairnes, DEP- Revised total Coliform training for Community Water Systems.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported to Council that the Enhancement Committee will be at Boscov’s for the Friends helping Friends Fundraiser on October 20, 2015. 9am – 11pm.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed one wedding.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   Two Borough resident was present.

Deb Wooden, Borough Resident discussed with Council the dead tree located at her neighbor’s property 573 Easton Road, she showed Council pictures.  Deb reported that a very large branch fell in her driveway on Saturday October 10, 2015. Council continued discussing this safety issue and more information will be gathered.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that the office received a letter from

Robert DeLuca & Associates, LLC in referenced to the Bucks County Association of Plumbing Heating

Cooling- plumbing licensing.  There is no action needed in reference to this letter. Certa pro contractors started the painting project on 141 Delaware Road. Jim will keep an eye on the project since the court date was rescheduled for September 30, 2015. One building permit was issued for a re-roof.  Jim stated that Sherry and he will continue to review the fee schedule.

Library News: Joann Walsh, Library Board President reported to Council that there will be a Barnes & Noble “Book Fair Fundraiser” on October 23, 24th in Easton PA. The first Annual Riegelsville Brewfest will be held on October 17, 2015 from 4-8pm at Mueller’s General Store.  The cost is $25.00 per person with a limited quantity of 100 tickets to be sold.  The 12th Annual Flea Market sponsored by the “Friends of the Library” will be held on the Library grounds Saturday September 19, 2015 9-3pm.

August statistics:

Circulation: 1826

Public Count: 789

Historic Room Visits: 7

Internet use: 21

Wireless use: 50

Items added: 58

Adult programs: 3 programs with 32 adults.

Juvenile: 3 programs 38 children, 23 Adults.

Art in the Library: 7 event, 67 attended.

Fire Co. News: Next Breakfast is September 20, 8am – noon. October is Fire Prevention Month, they will be doing a few demonstrations for the children.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Elaine Albrecht reported to Council that the next

meeting is Wednesday September 27, 2015 at 7pm at the Borough Hall. The next fundraiser is Boscov’s

“Friends Helping Friends” Oct. 20th, the coupons are $5.00.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

            UBREMS News: Nothing to report, no Quorum for their meeting.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that Fall Ball is using the baseball field this year. Car Show

meeting is set for Thursday September 24 at 7pm..  The cabinets at the Concession stand is being ripped out so new ones can be put in before the Car Show on Sunday November 1, 2015.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported that the next meeting is Monday October 5, 2015 at

7pm, at the Borough Hall.

State Police stats from August 2015 was received.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Ed showed Council what the slate looks like that he is fixing on the Borough Building.  Ed stated that we really need to start putting money away for a new slate roof.

The new controller for the Borough Generator arrived, Sherry left a message for the Electrician, Jeff Murray. Remarks: Jeff will be coming Thursday September to work on installing the new controller.

Well #1 had a water valve leak that Sonny was able to order the parts and fix.

Sherry discussed with Council the reminder letter to be sent out to the homeowners in Commercial and R-3 district.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Matt Brady, Borough Laborer needs to put a different non-slip product on the Pedestrian Bridge, last time he used a grit paint and that wore off from heavy traffic and weather.  There is an industrial grit tape but the cost would be $1964.28. Mayor Stokes suggested using a 2 step process with Paint and adding grit to the boards and then another coat of paint, they use this process on boats.  Council suggested to get more information from other professionals as to what should be used.

Matt Brady would like to suggest to Council to put a “NO RIGHT TURN” sign at the traffic light east off the Delaware Road Hill. In the past an ordinance would need to be passed in order for it to be enforceable. Council suggest that Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary contact Todd Myers, Borough Engineer for more information.

Borough office received a proposal for painting the small fire escape. Council suggested we get a few more estimates before a decision is made.

Robert, from Global Healthcare located at Durham Road, would like to put a picnic table up at the Pedestrian Bridge. Council does not foresee a problem providing they are willing to maintain the trash regularly and possibly supply a cigarette receptacle. Sherry will contact Robert.

There is a boat on a trailer on Walnut Lane that looks like it may be there for the winter. Council discussed this issue and would like Sherry to get more information.

Council suggested getting a different Company to fix the pedestrian light since Yates has not returned the call to the Borough.

Sherry will call PennDOT again to fix the sink hole by the Canal Bridge SW corner.

Matt will look into why the parking lot/sidewalk lights are not working.

Ed updated Council on the Chimney repair, the roof repair is done, and Don is working on the chimney for one day.

Ed reminded Council that we will need a new roof on the Borough Building within ten years.  We need to look into funding of this project.

Finance:

Discussions:

Bucks County Consortium is having a meeting with luncheon $25.00 on November 5 at the Doylestown Country Club, Sherry would like to go to this since it is close. Council agreed that Sherry can attend.

RCN sent a quote of $174.98 for the Borough Phone service, we are paying around $400.00 currently with Verizon.  Council would like that to be added to the Council agenda.

Borough office received a quote for a Telephone/Auto Attendant Voice Mail System for $1,543.00, Council discussed this and decided to put this on hold.

Council looked over the financials.

The rest of the meeting Council worked on the 2016 Budget.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval to award Morton Salt the 2015-2016 Salt Bid $63.97 delivered price per ton.(5 business day delivery window instead of the original 72 hours that was on the bid spec sheet) E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval for $10,936.00 Armour & Son’s Electric (Both 30’strainpoles, E/B Delaware Road & Northwest corner). R. Scott motioned to approve E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for RCN Cable Franchise agreement for 10 years. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

Approval for $1300.00 to Don Sorensen- Borough Building Chimney repair.  R. Scott motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

Approval to switch to RCN for Borough office phone and internet apprx. $174.98. R. Scott motioned to approve.  K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous. 

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.   

APPROVAL OF BILLS:   R. Scott motioned to approve bills.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Meeting adjourned 8:28 PM.

Next Council Meeting Thursday November 12, at 7pm Change do to Veteran’s Day!

 

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September 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. September 9, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  * Ann Moyer was appointed to Council below.   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from August 12, 2015 Council Meeting.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Compliance audit was received from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Auditor General for Riegelsville Community Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Fund Association.

Letter dated August 21, 2015 was read from Springfield Township, requesting Riegelsville Fire Police to assist with the Springtown Halloween Parade on October 25, 2015.

Email dated August 31, 2015 was read “letter of intent for Borough Council position from Ann P. Moyer”.

Email dated September 1, 2015 was read from Michael Smith, Cowan Associates, in reference to Well #3 and Storage Reservoir Ventilation.

Letter dated September 2, 2015 was read from St Luke’s thanking Council for the donation in memory of Mrs. Mary Scott.

Letter dated September 4, 2015 was read from Heritage Conservancy in reference to the Delaware Canal Storm water Management and Pilot Project Study.

REPORTS:

            President – Tom Stinnett has nothing to report.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he spoke to a delivery truck driver delivering to Borderline that if he continues to park on the curb/sidewalk that ruins the curbing/sidewalk that the property owner will need to repair. Mayor Stokes spoke to the Canal Bridge Manager about the missing one way sign for Durham Road and they are going to drop one off and the Borough would have to put it up.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   One Borough resident was present.

Mayor Stokes presented Matthew Serrone a certificate from the Borough Council for achieving Eagle Scout.

*Ann Moyer added a few things about herself for wanting to be appointed to Borough Council. Council did not have any further questions. Ed. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Ann Moyer to the vacant seat on Council.  R. Scott seconded Unanimous.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer came to discuss the Well #3 and the Storage Reservoir ventilation project with Council, Todd will put together new proposal and get them to the Borough office very soon.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 2- building permits were issued 1

Garage Repair and 1 Bathroom Alteration.  Court date has been rescheduled for September for #141 Delaware Road.  Property owner of #122 Maplewood Road contacted Jim in reference to the “Unsafe 2 car garage”, they are getting quotes to demolish the building.  Jim stated that Sherry and he will review the fee schedule.

Library News: Estelle Bloom, Library Board Secretary reported to Council that the new website is up and running.  There will be a Barnes & Noble “Book Fair Fundraiser” on October 23, 24th in Easton PA.  The Riegelsville Tavern is once again donating 10% of their dinner entrees cost on Thursday nights in August.  The three Museum passes are being used quite a bit this summer and a big hit with the patrons using them.  The Summer reading will wrapped up August 11.  Estelle gave the Council a bio/letter of intent for the Library Board from David Oleksa.

July statistics:

Circulation: 1536

Public Count: 676

Historic Room Visits: 2

Internet use: 23

Items added: 78

Adult programs: 2 programs with 19 adults.

Juvenile: July 5 events 110 children, 46 Adults.

Art in the Library: 7 event, 73 attended.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that they served approximately 350 during the August 16 Breakfast. Pig Roast is set for this Saturday August 22, joint fundraiser with St John UCC.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Elaine Albrecht gave Sherry their minutes from July 22,

2015 meeting.  They will be getting mulch to put in the pocket park by the Post office.  A larger trash can fo

the pocket park will be ordered.  They will be doing a Calendar fundraiser this year again.  They will be doing

the Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” shopping passes in October.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy picked up the ReadyBucks flyers that went out in

the Water Bills.

            UBREMS News: Nothing to report, no Quorum for their meeting.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that Fall Ball would like to use both our fields this year. Car Show

meeting is tomorrow August 20.  The cabinets will be taken out and replaced soon to prepare for the Car Show November 1, 2015.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported that they did not have a quorum for the August 3,

2015 meeting so the next meeting is September 8, 2015.

State Police stats from July 2015 was received.

            FREE Winter Maintenance Seminar set for September 9, 2015 Sherry will see if there is any room left for our Road dept. employees can attend.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Property owner’s at #251 Ash Lane, #232 Ash Lane and  #317 Poplar Road, would like an extension on the Septic pumping due to either low water usage, one person or not living at the property all year.  Council agreed that they could have the septic cleaned and inspected every seven years instead of every five.  Sherry will send the property owners letters in reference to this.

Borough office received The DEP permit proposals from Borough Engineer, Cowan Associates for the Chlorine Room project.

The Borough Ordinance #171 states that Borough residents Curbs are their responsibility to maintain.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Council was emailed the pictures from 123 Maplewood Road, the missing curbing.  The Borough Ordinance states that it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain the curbing.

Borough office received a request for the meeting room for 2 Durham candidates for election to have a meet and greet on Thursday October 1. The Durham meeting room only holds 35 people.  Council agreed that was OK for them to use the Borough meeting room.

Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary contacted the Bucks County Conservation District in reference to a few complaints about a land disturbance on 2 vacant properties across from Riegelsville Auto.

Property at #134 Cedar Road has very high grass, Sherry will contact the Estate contact person.  The property is for sale.

The new tenants at 919 Easton Road has a car up on jacks on the sidewalk, Sherry will send a letter in reference to this safety issue.

Finance:

Discussions:

The Borough’s contents insurance coverage should be adjusted since the Library has their own policy.

Council agreed to lower it to $100,000.00.

The Borough office received the contract proposal from Borough Engineer, Cowan Associates for the administration and engineering services for the “Riegelsville Water Co. Chlorine Room Modifications” Sherry will add this proposal to the September 9, 2015 Council agenda.

Quote of $1293.95 was received for the replacement controller for the generator at the Borough building. Sherry will add to the September 9, 2015 Council agenda.

Council looked over the proposed resolution for the Riegelsville Library, this will update the 1976 Resolution.  This will be added to the September 9, 2015 Council agenda.

Council received a letter of intent from Ann Moyer to replace Rich Pursell’s Council seat.  Council would like to also see a bio for Ann.  Sherry will contact Ann.

Erica with the Riegelsville Library asked to borrow chairs for their Brewfest at Muellers on October 17th. Sherry stated that there is an Art workshop in the meeting room but they will not need all the chairs.  Council agreed that was fine.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval for $1,293.95 to State Electric Generator (replacement Controller for Generator at the Borough hall). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-06-15 update the 1976 Riegelsville Public Library Resolution.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for RCN Cable Franchise agreement for 5 years. Put on hold, more information is needed.

Approval for $1500.00 to Cowan Associates, Inc for Fern Meadows Survey pins. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.   

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

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

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August 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. August 12, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes ABSENT: Rich Pursell.  K. Weiss motioned to approve the minutes from July 8, 2015 Council Meeting E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Fax was read dated August 12, 2015 from PennDOT Local Technical Assistance program~ Free Winter maintenance workshop September 9, 2015.

Letter dated August 12, 2015 was read from Richard W. Pursell Jr. his notice of resignation from the position of Council Member with Riegelsville Borough, last day will be September 1, 2015.   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to except with regrets R. Scott seconded.

            Email dated August 7, 2015 was read from Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission will be performing traffic counts in the Borough.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett has nothing to report.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed one wedding. Mayor Stokes received a call in reference to the Tar & Chip project. Mayor Stokes also contacted State Representative, Marguerite Quinn’s office in reference to availability of grants for police force for the Borough.  Borough Resident, Matt Serrone received his Eagle Scout Court of Honor during a Ceremony at St John UCC.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   One Borough residents was present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council 3 Building permits- 1 re-roof, 1 sunroom

addition and 1 deck. 2 Zoning permits were issued 1 deck and 1 sunroom addition. The UCC Appeals Board was held on June 23, 2015 for JoAnne & John Schmidt. The Board ruled in their favor permitting relief from the Fire Sprinkler Requirement of the 209 IBC section 903.2.8 with the condition that interconnected smoke alarms be provided throughout the building.

Library News:  Terri Randolph emailed Sherry the July 2015 Directors report- a few highlights. RCN internet was installed on June 30th, 2015 and seems to be working fine.  We have two new volunteers learning to put books away and to help with other projects.  The Summer Reading Program is going strong. Science in the summer program was very successful. Many new to the library patrons got introduced through this program.

June statistics:

Circulation: 1536

Public Count: 676

Historic Room Visits: 2

Internet use: 23

Items added: 73

Adult programs: 2 programs with 19 adults.

Juvenile: June 3 events 72 children.

Art in the Library: 5 event, 70 attended.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that June 21 is next breakfast. On July 14, there is a public meeting “New Partnerships for a New Era”, Delaware Canal Vision Study”- Please tell us how you see it! Pig Roast fundraiser August 22 shared with St John UCC.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting July 22, 2015. Flowers where planted at

the pedestrian bridge.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy & John Panasiuk worked on getting a

registration letter together for READYBUCKS that was printed and mailed out with the water bills on July 10.

            UBREMS News: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that Fall Ball would like to use both our fields this year. Car Show

meeting is tomorrow July 16..

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported that they had a meeting on July 6th.

Utilities:

Discussions:

The Borough had a brownout of power at Well #3, there was a problem with the ATF. Matt contacted Barry Hoffman he does not feel it is the ATF but he will stop next week to look at it.

Property owner at #251 Ash Lane would like an extension on the Septic pumping.  Council discussed this situation and would like more information as to how much water usage the property uses.  Sherry will get the information to Council for further discussion.

Borough office received the information for the chlorine room chlorination relocation for Well #3 and the Reservoir Well. The information was sent to Noah Fitzgerald, DEP Sanitarian for their approval before the project is put out for bid.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Waiting for the freight cost for the Bicycle grates.  Rodney suggested that if the Company is not too far away then Matt could go and pick them up.

Borough office received PennDOT Pothole Patching Municipal Agreements, Council agreed that the Borough doesn’t have the equipment or manpower to help with State road pothole patching.

On Thursday August 6, or Friday August 7 AMS will return to street sweep the tar & chipped roads, Matt will help with the Borough dump truck.

Ed reported that the painting of the Borough Building will start the beginning of September so the Boom can be ordered. Sherry will take care of this next week.

Rodney discussed with Council that the trash company’s trucks are getting so large that some are having a difficult time getting thru the alleys and driving on residents properties.  Council suggested to send letters out to companies to make them away of this issue.

Finance:

Discussions:

Lance Lawn Care sent the Borough Council a letter requesting an increase in the lawn mowing, it has been many years since the last increase.  Council agreed to the increase.

Congressman Fitzpatrick sent a letter to FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) respectfully requesting after the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) of the proposed PennEast Pipeline is completed, that a public Scoping meeting be held in Bucks County close in proximity to Durham Township and Riegelsville Borough since the proposed pipeline will be going thru both municipalities. Those residents can express concerns regarding construction, safety and protection of their region.

Governor Wolf announced appointees to Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce.

Hopewell Township of New Jersey sent the Borough office a copy of their resolution to prohibit survey access to their Township owned property by PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC.

Council discussed what the Riegelsville Library pays towards insurance charges, electric and trash yearly.  Discussion to continue.

Matt Hertzog, PA DCED Analyst- is looking over the Borough’s grant application for PA Greenways, Trails and Recreation.  Matt needed to change the budget construction contingency to 5% of the total estimated construction cost.

Sherry Masteller would like to take a seminar “Building Effective Council-Staff relationships” on September 10, 9am-1pm the cost is $25.00.  Council approved, add the check request to Council bills on August 12.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Tar & Chip project was under budget $1,111.95.

Approval for $10.00 increase to Lance Lawn Care mowing. K. Weiss motioned to approve E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval for check to Severn Trent for $956.16 (rebuild the second chlorinator).  R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for $25.00 a cut to Damian Newton for mowing the lawn at Borough Parking Lot/Sidewalk. R. Scott motioned to approve E. Bartosiewicz seconded, Unanimous.

Approval to purchase 8 bicycle grates, $275.00 each total $2200.00.00.(Not sure of the Shipping cost/we may pick up).  Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS: 

            The Borough office received an email in reference to who is responsible for curbing, the property owner or the Borough?  Council discussed and more information is needed to answer the question.

APPROVAL OF BILLS:   R. Scott motioned to approve bills.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

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