March 2014 Council Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

REPORTS:

            President – Nothing to report

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

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -   Two Borough residents present.

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

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

 Community Affairs: 

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

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Services.

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

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

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

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

 

 

Utilities:

Discussions:

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

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

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

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

            The electrical work has been completed at the Borough Garage.

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

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

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

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

Finance:

Discussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

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

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

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

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

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

           

           

           

 

NEW BUSINESS:

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

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned 8:04 PM.  

  Next Council Meeting April 9, 2014 at 7pm

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February 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. February 12, 2014. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Rich Pursell. Kathy Weiss motioned to approve the minutes of theJanuary 8, 2014Council Meeting and Rodney Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter was read dated January 21, 2014 from Joseph Coco, Borough Resident.

            Letter was read dated January 28, 2014 from Bucks County Planning Commission/Open Space Program.

            Letter was read dated February 3, 2014 from Vickie Weaver, Borough Resident.

            Letter was read dated February 10, 2014 from Cowan Associates, Borough Engineer- Lot Line Adjustment Plan for Sweeney and Cillo Final Plan.     

REPORTS:

            President – Nothing to report

            Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed 1 wedding.  He spoke to the State Police in reference to people not stopping at the stop signs on Durham Road and Maplewood Road. The State Police will keep an eye on these areas. Mayor Stokes spoke to Matt Brady in reference to the Alley’s (North & South of the Borough) needing more help with the snow removal.  Mayor Stokes said that the Borough needs to fine the residents that are not shoveling their sidewalks. Remarks: Sherry Masteller reported that 23 properties owners where sent letters from Borough Ordinance Enforcement Officer.

 

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -   One Borough resident present.

            Nothing to report

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Community Affairs:  Comments from Citizens:Keith Turdo, Borough Resident.  He gave a presentation for the Borough to consider a “Free Box”. Keith showed pictures from different municipalities. Keith suggested putting it at the park asking for volunteers to get involved. Council had a few concerns about the box being open and the animals getting into it.

Council asked Keith to check with other communities and ask how they solved certain issues and made this work for their communities. Keith will report back to Council.

Discussions:

            Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning, officer reported to Council that he received a letter from property owner at 141 Delaware Road and reported that most of the property maintenance should be completed by summer 2014.  530 Easton Road court date was postponed at the Request of Mr. DeBartolo’s Attorney. Jim visited the property on January 15, 2014 and the roof appears to have the underlayment down.  Two additional building permits were issued: 1- Generator permit, 1- repairs for fire Damage.

Fire Co. News: Next breakfast is January 19, 8am –noon (381 served). Fish Fry Fridays will start on March 7, 2014

            Library News: 2014 Budget was received.  Estelle Bloom, Library Board Trustee reported to Council the December highlights.  Paper copies of tax forms started to arrive and are sitting out for patrons.  Nine volunteers gave 144 hours they officially starting to keep track of their hours in June 2013.  15 Children came out in the snowy weather to make ‘Gingerbread Houses”, there will be a Valentine making program on February 8, 2014. Sky gazing program January 21, 7pm. Health and Wellness “Intro to Homeopathy” January 25, 2014.  Library had 25 programs in 2013 and 7 fundraisers.

            December 2013 Statistics:

      Public Count: 561

      Circulation: 1,137

      E- Books Downloads: 47

      E- Books New Users: 3

      Items Lent In-County: 179

      Items Borrowed in- County: 235

      Internet Use: 12

      Historic Room Visits: 2

      Collections: Adult: 9634, Juvenile: 7032, Total: 16,666

      Registered users: 1055

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next fundraiser is “Super Bowl Hoagie Sale” $6.50

each, orders due January 22, 2014 pick-up February 2, 2014.  Next meeting is January 22, 7PM.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management:  Nothing to report

            EMS News:  Ed Bartosiewicz reported that they received a grant to help with their operating expenses.

      Rec Board News: Baseball sign-ups January 29 & February 3.  Coaches meeting January 17.

Remarks: Rodney Scott reported to Council that this year Riegelsville Is hosting the Girls All-Star Game.

            Riegelsville Planning Commission:  Tom Stinnett reported they are continuing to look over the On-lot septic maintenance ordinance. Tom asked Sherry to check with Nockamixon Township for the form they use for pumpers.  Sherry sent email to Keith on January 27 and February 11, but no response. Will call next.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Well #2 is having electrical issues so Dick Meade is contacting Barry Hoffman, Electrician, to look at the issues.  Rodney would like to be contacted when this appointment is scheduled.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Salt has been very slow delivery time due to the demand plus needing more haulers. The last loads were ordered on 2/3 & 2/4.

West Side Hammer Electric came to fix the electric issue for the Borough Garage. They need to come back disconnect the existing overhead feed from the fire house to the garage and install a new 120 volt 20 amp circuit in the existing underground conduit to restore power to the garage.

Borough Council received a letter from Joe Coco, Borough resident, acknowledging the letter from the Borough Secretary concerning speeding and strategies to rectify the problem on Delaware Road in the neighborhood around the Riegelsville Fire House.

Riegelsville Auto gave 3 estimates for the Trans flushing the Borough trucks, Matt Brady said that 2 of the Trucks needs to be inspected soon so that will be done too.

Gardner Residence at 719 Easton Road has bamboo that is falling on 611 during every storm. In the past the Borough has sent letters in reference to this plus PennDOT has written letters.  Council suggested the Borough pass a bamboo ordinance. Sherry will contact the Borough Association to see if they can provide a sample ordinance.

Ed Bartosiewicz suggested that Sherry ask Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning/Building officer to give a review of the roof replacement at the Park Pavilion.

Finance:

Discussions:

Borough Office received an updated letter from Bucks County Planning Commission in reference to the Municipal Open Space Program Spending. The 2007 allocation for the Borough is $223,535.00. Council discussed looking into the 19 acres Weiss property.

Matt Brady’s current health insurance has cancelled his policy. He has not looked into the government insurance yet.

Per Capita tax unpaid & Exoneration lists were discussed and will be added to Council agenda.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 Approval of the 2013 Exoneration List for Per Capita tax. K. Weiss motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of unpaid Per Capita tax accounts. R. Scott motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval for all 3 Trucks to have Trans flushed for approximately $587.22 by Riegelsville Auto. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of check for $1250.00 West Side Hammer Electric, for repair of the garage electric. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded.   Unanimous.

 

APPROVAL OF BILLS:   Kathy Weiss motioned to approve and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimou

Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM.  

  Next Council Meeting March 12, 2014 at 7pm

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January 2014 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. January 15, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Ed Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of theDecember 11, 2013Council Meeting and Kathy Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.  Rich Pursell motioned to approve the minutes of the January 6, 2014 Reorg Council Meeting and Rodney Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter was read dated December 11, 2013 from Joseph Coco, Borough Resident in reference to Speeding on Upper Delaware Road/Sherer’s Hill Road.  Council asked Sherry Masteller to send a letter requesting Mr. Coco and the other Borough residents that are listed on the letter to discuss this during the February 5, 2014 Streets & Properties Meeting.

            Email was read from Bucks County Borough Association, General membership meeting is January 27, 2014 Guest Speaker is Robert Loughery, Chairman of Bucks County Commissioners.  Tom and Sherry are attending.

            Email was read from Bucks County Emergency Management Agency, G-191 Incident Command System (ICS) one day course February 10, 2014. Frank Preedy and Ray Kenny will be attending.

            Tammy Macaluso, Riegelsville Borough Tax Collector gave Council the 2014 Lien Report summary of 2013 and prior taxes.

 REPORTS:

            President – Nothing to report

            Mayor Mayor Stokes spoke to property owner Mike Cavallaro in reference to the snow removal in the Borough. Mayor Stokes performed a wedding and they gave a donation to the Riegelsville Rec Board.

 COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -   

            Elaine Albrecht, Riegelsville Enhancement Committee member, announced that they will be doing the Hoagie Sale Fundraiser on “Super Bowl Sunday” February 2, 2014.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS - No Committee reports due to the Holiday’s.  

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary discussed with Council to change the Borough Office hours to 8am-2pm. Council approved        

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

 

Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM.  

  Next Council Meeting February 12, 2014 at 7pm

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December 2013 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. December 11, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Rich Pursell.  Ed Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of theNovember 13, 2013Council Meeting and Rodney Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter was read from Lance Lawn Care thanking the Borough for their business this past year.

 REPORTS:

            President – Tom Stinnett wished everyone a “Merry Christmas”

            Mayor – Mayor Stokes performed one wedding. Mayor spoke to the Canal Bridge contractor and he said the project will be delayed due to the weather.

 COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -    2 Borough residents plus Frank Preedy, EM Coordinator and Ray Kenny, EM Deputy.

            Kathie Weiss reported to Council that the Community Dinner on December 7, 2013 served 600-700 people and they received $2008.00 in donations that will go to the Lord’s Pantry and Finesville Food Bank.

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer reported to Council that 1-Zoning permit (Fence) was issued and 3-Building permits (Pellet Stove, Oil Tank removal and re-roof). Citations was sent to the Magistrate in reference to property Maintenance violations at 530 Easton Road. Waiting for notification of a court hearing date.  Warning/courtesy letter was sent to 1245 Easton Road referencing a nuisance complaint from neighbor regarding a rooster crowing and chickens loose on property and going into neighbor’s yards.  Borough resident reported that there is a car parked on Fairview Road near house #301 that hasn’t moved.  Jim will look into this. REMARKS: The car has moved.

Fire Co. News: 348 breakfast served on Sunday November 17.  Community Dinner is set for December 7. 

            Library News: Beth Banko sent Sherry Masteller the Directors report via email.  “Art in the Library” programs have been filling up with lots of praises being given to all programs.  Teen Book Club continues to grow  Julia is looking for program ideas and speakers for the “Bridging Culture Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys”.

            October 2013 Statistics:

      Public Count: 624

      Circulation: 1,516

      Internet Use: 17

      Historic Room Visits: 5

      Items added: 79

      Collections: Adult: 9452, Juvenile: 7077, Total: 16,529

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: 29 Boscov’s coupons were sold, raffle tickets for painting and 1 slate.  The deposit is $145.00. No meeting November, December and January.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management:  Minutes from November 16, 2013 received.  They are updating the EOP.

            EMS News: The Squad is changing their billing to another third party. They will be billed a percentage not a flat rate.

      Rec Board News: The profit from the Car show is $1437.72. Expenses total: $802.08.  Check book total $6187.77.  The roof needs to be replaced on the pavilion as soon as possible. The Board is sending a letter to Kiwanis to see if they could help with this expense.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Landis Fence Co. will be putting the fence at Well #3 for the generator.

             Matt Brady has been locating and exercising curb stops.

             Matt Brady has been trying to contact 301 Fairmont about replacing the water meter,

Streets & Properties:

            Discussions:

            Matt Brady will be out of town the week of Christmas. Sonny and the other part-timers are on call.

             Stone will be delivered next week for under the generator pending the weather.

             Rich asked why the truck was at Riegelsville Auto. The heater is not working.

        

Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer investigated the Borough resident concern with the mailboxes located on the sidewalks on 611. Jim stated that the 3 locations have a clear accessible route. An email /letter will be sent to Maureen Woerner in reference to this information.

Jim’s stated the following:

414 Easton Road, 36 inch walkway clearance.

220 Easton Road, 32 inch walkway clearance.

819 Durham Road, 46 inch walkway clearance.

Finance:

            Discussions:

No one came to the Borough office to look at the proposed 2014 Budget!

 Council looked over the November 30, 2013 financials.

      Tom asked if we know how many employees are paying the LST. Sherry will check with Tammy.

 Rec Board would like to do a town wide yard sale in the spring/summer for a fundraiser. The Pavilion roof needs to be replaced and the rec board needs to get more donations/fundraisers to get closer to the roof appraisals. 

 Kathy said there should be lights in the basement to decorate the pine trees out front of the Borough Building.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of Resolution R-15-13 Water Rate increase effective commencing with the period of service covered by January 2014 billing. R. Scott motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

A minimum charge of $68.00 per quarter will be made to each consumer.  This minimum charge includes the use of 9,000 gallons of water per quarter without extra charge.  For all water used in excess of 9,000 gallons per quarter the charge will be as follows:

 In excess of 9,000 gallons per quarter up to 15,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $2.50 per 1,000 gallons.

  In excess of 15,000 gallons per quarter up to 21,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $2.75 per 1,000 gallons.

 In excess of 21,000 gallons per quarter up to 27,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $3.25 per 1,000 gallons.

 In excess of 27,000 gallons per quarter up to 33,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $3.75 per 1,000 gallons.

 In excess of 33,000 gallons per quarter up to 39,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $4.25 per 1,000 gallons.

 In excess of 39,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $4.75 per 1,000 gallons.

             Approval of Ordinance #226 Tax Levy for 2014     12.75%   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

                       Proof of publication 2014 proposed Budget/Tax Levy was advertised in the Express Times on November 20, 2013, was on the Borough Website and a copy was in the Borough office for the public to view.

            Approval of proposed 2014 Budget.  R. Scott motioned to approve.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

             Approval of Resolution R-16-13 Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) updated from 2011.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

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

             President Stinnett asked Maureen Woerner if she had any questions for Council since she came in after the “Comments from Citizens”.  M. Woerner replied that she did hear the comment from the zoning officer in reference to the mailboxes on sidewalks. S. Masteller will email her the info.  M. Woerner would like to see all the houses in Riegelsville with sidewalks. T. Stinnett stated that every property that does have a sidewalk needs to maintain them but those that do not have one are not required to put one in.  Only new properties are required to do so.  M. Woerner stated maybe there is a grant that would help pay for the sidewalks or possible the D&L Trails of Bucks County could look into this.

 Meeting adjourned 8:31PM.  

  Reorganization Council meeting is Monday January 6, 2014 at 7pm

 Sherry Masteller   Borough Secretary

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Ordinance #226 Tax Levy 2014 approved 12/11/13

Borough of Riegelsville

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

 ORDINANCE NO. 226

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

 Under and pursuant to 53 P.S. § 46302, the Council of the Borough of Riegelsville hereby ENACTS and ORDAINS a tax and the same is hereby levied on all real property within the said Borough subject to taxation for the fiscal year 2014 as follows:

                Tax rate for general purposes, the sum of………….11.25 mills

                on each dollar of assessed valuation, or sum of…….$.1125

                on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation    

 

                For fire protection purchases, including fire apparatus

                The sum of…………………………………………. 1 mill

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

                on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation    

 

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

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

                on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.

 

The same being summarized in tabular form as follows:

                                                                                                Mills on each                        Cents on Each

                                                                                                Dollars of                              One Hundred

                                                                                                Assessed                                Dollars of

                                                                                                Valuation                              Valuation

Tax Rate General Purposes………………..                   11.25mill                               .1125 cents

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

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

 

                                                                TOTAL:                 12.75 mills                            1.275 cents

               

               

               

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November 2013 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. October 9, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Ed Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of theOctober 9, 2013Council Meeting and Rich Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Email was read from Bucks County Boroughs Association, The general membership meeting is set for Monday November 25, 2013.

            Letter dated November 8, 2013 was read from Riegelsville Planning Commission Secretary Thomas E. Stinnett. In reference to “Lot Line adjustment for Cillo/Sweeney properties.  Council President, T. Stinnett asked if Council had any questions and no one replied.   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the Lot Line adjustment as stated in the Planning Commission letter.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Letter dated November 8, 2013 was read from Todd Myers, Cowan Associates, Borough Engineer, in reference to the Municipal Engineering Services for 2014. The fees will not increase in 2014.

            Letter dated November 6, 2013 was read from Community Fire Company No.1.  David Gerstenberg has been sworn into the Fire Police Officer for the Riegelsville Volunteer Fire Company by District Judge Gambardella.

 

GUEST SPEAKER: Barbara Swanda, Manager D&L Trail Towns of Bucks County, and Introduced Nick Forte with the D & L Trail Alliance to Council and to the Borough residents that were present at the Council meeting.  They both explained how the Trail Towns promotes the use of the D & L Trail, and works with residents and businesses adjacent to the Trail (Delaware Canal Towpath).  Priorities include strengthening business practices and bringing more customers to these communities, encouraging exercise to improve public health, and preserving the green trail corridor.  January 2014 they will decide what the next step in this program will be and get back to the municipalities.

 

REPORTS:

            President – Nothing to report

            Mayor – Nothing to report

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS (2 Borough residents present).  Maureen Warner, Borough resident, is concerned about the mailboxes in front of Borough resident’s homes on the sidewalks on Easton Road/611. Maureen asked the Riegelsville Post Office why residents are allowed to block part of the sidewalks to get mail delivery. Maureen was told that is the guidelines to put your boxes up.  Maureen would like the Borough Council and or Zoning to look into passing an ordinance to make sure you cannot block the sidewalks to pedestrians, Baby carriages, People with special needs.  S. Masteller will also look into the Borough’s sidewalk ordinance too.

T. Stinnett stated to Maureen that he will look into this issue.

             

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

            Zoning: Kip Clayton has been replaced by Jim Kopchak with Keystone Municipal Services, Jim introduced himself to Council. Jim reported that he did a stop work order at M. Myers Fairmont Road New House construction, no inspection was done before the foundation was poured and it was raining that day. Jim contacted M. Myers to request a foundation test before he could continue with construction.  Jim will check with S. Masteller in reference to the DeBartolo residence.  Kreider residence does show some repairs so Jim will keep an eye on the progress.  

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council the next Breakfast is October 20. Ed, Hayes Hissim and Joel Roney went to St. Peter’s Nursery School and the Riegelsville Public Library to teach the children and adults about fire prevention.  Pork and Sauer Kraut dinner on November 2.

Library News: Julia Sefton, Children’s Librarian reported to Council that the “Art Classes” have been a great success. Julia apologized to Council for the trash issue after the Wine & Harvest, a big thanks you to Matt Brady for helping with this issue. Each Wednesday in October 10% of your food purchase at the Riegelsville Tavern will go to the Library, great fundraiser.   On Election Day there is a Hoagie sale. Book Sale is November 22, 23 and 30th more info to follow, thank you in advance for putting up with the mess in the meeting room from all the book donations.  Kathie Weiss, Council member asked if Council could meet the potential new board members before the Library Board appoints them. Julia stated that the Library Board needs to formalize this process.

      September 2013 Statistics:

      Public Count: 624

      Circulation: 1,516

      Internet Use: 17

      Historic Room Visits: 5

      Items added: 79

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Committee is doing the “Friends Helping Friends” fundraiser, 25% off shopping spree at Boscov’s for only $5.00 Coupon for October 22, 2013.  Super Bowl Hoagie Sale in February 2014 information to follow. No meetings November, December and January.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management:  Team will kick off their Fall Disaster preparedness drive on Sunday October 20, during the Fire Co. Breakfast. They will be handing out literature and explaining basic portable generator safety, emergency preparedness and READYNOTIFYPA sign ups.

            EMS News: No Meeting

      Rec Board News:  Rodney reported to Council that they had a successful Fall Ball season and Ray Deemer was very helpful while Rodney was working out of town. The next fundraiser is the Car Show on November 3, 2013.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Borough received 2 proposals for Well #3 Fence. Rodney will contact both companies to verify proposals. Tom Stinnett stated that Matt Brady thought we needed a cement pad to park the generator on and Rich Pursell responded by saying all we need is some clean stone and blocks to keep the tires off the ground.

            Kathy Weiss asked if we are still getting a roof over the Borough salt. If so did we get prices yet?

            Kathy Weiss asked about the stoplight and Tom Stinnett said we need to get prices for new poles.  Rich also stated that there is a bulb out on the southeast corner.

            Tom Stinnett stated that Tom Kreider’s water bill continues to be paid monthly.

 

Streets & Properties:

            Discussions:

Rich Pursell suggested to Matt Brady to paint “No Parking” on Delaware road near the canal bridge construction so the Riegelsville Inn guest do not block Delaware Road. There are four properties near the bridge construction that have emailed the borough office with the safety concern that emergency vehicles would not be able to get to their properties.

Matt Brady will continue crack sealing on November 8, weather permitting. Rich Pursell will look into more crack seal with the balance of the $1500.00 budget for 2013.

Dave Xander has 10 or 12- 2x6x15 ½ boards that can be used for the lean-to roof over the cement pad at the borough garage.  Council suggested Matt Brady go and get them.

 

Finance:

            Discussions:

            During this meeting Council worked on the 2014 Budget.

 

  • Sherry Masteller will contact Armour & Son’s in reference to the 2013 Traffic Signal maintenance questions.
  • Sherry will ask Matt Brady which roads need to be added to the repair list. Remarks: Matt stated that Poplar and Fairmont Road need the most repairs. 
  • Rich Pursell suggested contacting Royal Trucking for a storage container at the borough garage.
  • Rich Pursell suggested contacting Conestoga and DutchWay for prices on a pole Barn to cover the salt bins.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of check for $2,832.00 to W. Dowd Excavating LLC (dig for location of 4”main Delaware/Durham)  R. Scott motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.           

            Approval of check for $4,060.00 to W. Dowd Excavating LLC (Hydrant repair Cedar Road, Insurance Claim) R. Scott motioned to appoint.  R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

            Motion to advertise the proposed 2014 Budget. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to advertise. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

            Motion to advertise the proposed Ordinance #226 Tax Levy. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to advertise. R. Pursell seconded. Unanimous.

            Motion to approve Well #3 Fence proposal from Landis Fence Co. for $2,550.00.  R. Pursell motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned 8:31PM.  

  Next Council meeting is December 11, 2013

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