February 2019 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:02p.m. February 13, 2019.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Ann P. Moyer, Rodney Scott, Mayor Stokes and William T Dudeck, Borough Solicitor. Brandes motioned to approve the Council minutes from January 9, 2019. E. Bartosiewicz Seconded.   Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  The 4 letters are filed in the Borough office Council Minutes Book.

Letter dated January 14, 2019 from Maureen Woerner, Borough resident. (Additional letter of comments from January 9, 2019 meeting).

Letter dated January 28, 2019 from Ellen Clemens, Robert Rainey and Diane Gonzalez, Borough residents.

Letter dated Feb, 2019, from Ellen Clemens, Borough resident. (Comments for February 2019 meetings).

Letter dated February 7, 2019, from Ellen Clemens, Robert & Antoinette Rainey and Diane Gonzalez. (Request Ordinance to vacate an unopened alley in the Borough).

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported that there was an Executive session at 6:30 before tonight’s Council meeting.

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

 COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  4 Borough residents present.

Maureen Woerner, Borough resident read parts of her letter dated January 14, 2019 to Council since it was not read during the correspondence.

Ellen Clemens, Borough resident does not understand why Borough Council didn’t vacate the unopened alley north from Ash Lane between Fairview Road and Poplar Road.

William Dudeck, Borough Solicitor stated that the unopened alley was never accepted by the Borough and, because of the potential private rights in it, could not be vacated without the complete consent of all persons claiming such private rights in it.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

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

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

Concerns from citizens:   None to report.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council November 2018 report:

  • Zoning permits: 2 re-roof. Building permits: 1 New Oil tank and Furnace.
  • Enforcement Activities
  •  R. Scott asked if the final inspections have been done on 811 Durham Road. S. Masteller received the request from the property owner to schedule them on January 23, 2019 129 Maplewood Rd.-“Stop-Work Order” awaiting construction documents.

113 Delaware Rd. – Engineer meeting with Contractor January 17, 2019.

141 Easton Rd. – property maintenance violation.

320 Delaware Rd. – property maintenance violation.

530 Easton Rd. complaint junk cars on property, violation will be sent out January 23, 2019.

  • Expired Permits

If a permit is issued and no work has been done in 180 days, per Pa ACT 45 the permit is expired.  I have started sending out notification letters. (Ongoing process)

Library News: Borough office received the November and December 2018 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  Beth Banko, Library Board member reported the following to Council.

  • The Library Board is updating their by-laws to make some needed changes especially the number of library board members. They have been having issues with reaching a quorum for monthly meetings in 2018.
  • They will be having a spring wine event fundraiser with Villa Milagro, more info to come.
  • Summer Quest planning has begun, this year is “Outer Space Theme”. More info to come from Becky.

Proposed Walking Trail: No update.

Fire Co. News:

  • Next breakfast is Sunday January 20.
  • February 23, 2019 Annual Banquet, let Sherry know who can attend and I will email Todd with a count.
  • They have had an increase in calls.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • Annual Super Bowl Hoagie sale is set for February 3, 2019.

UBREMS News: Nothing new to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council,

  • The first meeting for Palisades Softball was Tuesday January 15.
  • The next Rec board meeting is set for Tuesday January 29 at 7pm.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy reported to Council his 3 wish list items.

  • 1. What is the impact of the “Ready Notify System” with the Borough residents? They will gather more info.
  • 2. Needs to update the Borough vender list.
  • 3. Would like Bucks County to offer FREE Emergency Management Training as the said they would do.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: No January meeting.

  • Riegelsville will not be hosting the AARP Tax Aid this tax season, the next closest location is Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center in Ottsville PA.

Utilities

Rodney Scott called the Utilities meeting to order at 7:51 pm on January 16, 2019 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

Others Present:   Jim Kopchak-Borough Zoning Officer, Todd Myers-Borough Engineer, Frank Preedy-EMS Coordinator and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Concerns from Citizens:  No one present

Discussions:

The quote for the new battery will cost $260.81 for the Borough Hall generator.  Council approved to order, Sherry will email them tomorrow January 17, 2019.

Matt received a quote for a decorative metal fence, this discussion will be tabled until Sherry gets more information from Matt.

Dean Varese, sent an email requesting that his water bill be adjusted since the Villa Richard business is closed.  Council agreed to the one hook up fee not 2.

Matt gave Sherry the draft plow/salt schedule for road crew Thursday –Monday, January 17-21.

Wendy Ullman, State Representative is hosting an Open House for local officials on Wednesday January 23, 2019 2-5pm.

The Community Fire Co. #1 of Riegelsville invites Council and a guest to attend a banquet on Saturday February 23, 2019.  RSVP to Sherry by February 13.

Council discussed signing the call for Congressional hearings investigating FERC’s abuses of power and law.

Ed motioned to sign the petition, Rodney seconded.  Tom voted yes, Kate voted yes via email, Ann voted no.  Motion carried.

Council discussed that in the spring the Pedestrian Bridge needs to anti-skid protection on the walking boards due to the moss.

Streets & Properties

Ed Bartosiewicz called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm on February 6, 2019 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Ann Moyer and Tom Stinnett

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comments from Citizens:   3 Borough residents present.

Bob Rainey, Borough resident handed out a color coded map of the proposed garage at 303 Poplar Road. Bob proceeded to ask Council questions:

  1. Did the Zoning officer approve the garage permit and give to Mr. Sweeney- 303 Poplar Road?
  2. Was permission given to remove the water retention berm that is listed on the map? Tom Stinnett did not think so but would have to look into it.
  3. Has permission been granted to pave over the alley portion (DRIVE) on the map?

Ellen Clemens, Borough resident gave a letter dated January 28, 2019 to the Borough office to be given to Council members to be added to the Streets & Properties action log for February 6, 2019 meeting.

Council looked over the letter. Ellen also gave a “Comments for February 2019 meeting” to Council members to look over.  Ellen would like Council to make a recommendation to terminate the plotted “paper alley” designation North from Ash Lane, between Fairview Road and Poplar Road, as legally VACATED.  Tom stated that Council needs to discuss this with the Borough Solicitor.

Discussions:

Council discussed the proposal from Samantha with AT&T mobility in their attempt to improve their cellular coverage. They would like to put a monopole in the Borough Park.  Council discussed this and does not think it is a good idea. A letter will be written to Samantha.

Barry Hoffman, Electrician will be able to replace the electric line up at Well #1 with Borough Employees help too. Council agreed to this project.

Council looked over the Ash Lane water phase project bid packet, Council will vote on it during Council meeting February 13, 2019.

Finance

Kate Brandes called the meeting to order on February 6, 2019 at 8:07 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

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

Others Present: 

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   3 Borough residents present.

Discussions:

            Council discussed the closed circuit Camera system quote, Sherry received a few more companies contact info that other Municipalities use so she will get other quotes.

Council discussed the fence quote from Arbor Fence Co., the fence will replace some of the arborvitaes at the top of the Delaware Hill sidewalk/parking lot.  Council will wait until the sidewalks, railings are replaced first to look at the fencing again.

Kate reported to Council that the Keystone application is due April 26th, 2019 is Council ok to proceed.

Council agreed to proceed.  Kate handed out attachment list that she will need to add to the application. Kate will correspond with Sherry and Terry Randolph (Librarian) for specific information.

Council looked over the finances.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval for 529 Easton Road, Water Company to bill for 1 hook up instead of 2 since Villa Richard Restaurant closed October 12, 2018. R. Scott motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for the Ash Lane water main preliminary estimate. Phase 1-$19,980.10, Phase 2-$18,536.00 Phase 3-$12,046.00.  A. Moyer motioned to approve. K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

 Letter was written to Samantha Perdick, Representative with Velocitel / At&T, Council discussed the proposal for a cell tower at the Borough Park location and they are not interested.

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business.

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

Borough office closed Monday February 18, 2019 Presidents Day.

Next regular Council Meeting March 13, 2019   7:00pm.

Meeting adjourned 7:43 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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Tonight’s Council Committee meeting cancelled

Tonight’s Council meeting is cancelled tonight February 20.

 

 

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January 2019 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:04p.m. January 9, 2019.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Ann P. Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the Council minutes from December 12, 2018. R. Scott Seconded.   Unanimous. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the Council Special meeting minutes from December 27, 2018. K. Brandes Seconded. Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated January 2, 2019 from BC Board of Elections was read announcing that the Borough Hall is a polling place. The Municipal Primary is May 21, 2019 and Municipal Election is November 5, 2019.

Email dated January 9, 2019 from BC Recorder of Deeds office was read announcing “Adopt-a-Book: Preserving the Historical Deed Books of Bucks County program by donations.  Ms. Robinson would like to be added to a Council meeting in the near future.

Email was read announcing BC Borough Association- Membership Dinner meeting on January 31, 2019 if anyone would like to attend let Sherry know.

 REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported that there was an Executive session at 6:30 before tonight’s Council meeting.  T. Stinnett discussed the congressional hearings investigating FERC- there is a petition to sign on line and Tom would like Council to look it over and sign the petition.  Council will discuss this further during next week’s committee meetings.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he was asked by Penn DOT to use 1500 Gallons of Borough water and he contacted Matt Brady to get the OK. Sherry added the amount to unmetered spreadsheet.  Mayor Stokes received a concern in reference to a possible auto repair in a residential garage, Jim Kopchak-borough Zoning officer was contacted.

 COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  5 Borough residents present.

Diane Gonzalez, Borough resident voiced her opinion in reference to the private or not alley (ash lane/poplar lane) that is being used that has not been for many years.  People are walking private property. Diane asked Council what should be done. T. Stinnett stated that if involves trespassing then the State Police should be called.

Ellen Clemens, Borough resident also voiced her opinion that neighbors and their visitors are trespassing on private property to turn their vehicles around and trash cans are on her property too.  This was not an issue until the new house was built.

Maureen Woerner, Borough resident reported to Council that she had has the signed order and degree dated December 31, 2018 from the court that the matter was overruled and reversed. Maureen wants Council to facilitate to her neighbors that they can use the alley as a right of way.  T. Stinnett stated that Council will get more information from William Dudeck, Borough Solicitor.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: No reports due to the Holiday schedule.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Second estimate for Well 1& 2 Electrical work was received.  Barry Hoffman-Electrical Contractor was low bid of $750.00.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve Barry Hoffman’s Estimate $750.00. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:  

            Approval of Resolution R-02-19 “Reappoint Dirk Odhner as member of the Zoning Hearing Board”. R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

Approval of the “2018 Exoneration list for per capita tax”. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous

The 2018 Unpaid per capita tax accounts was sent to Berkheimer by Tammy Macaluso-Borough Tax Collector.

Approval Annual engagement letter for Auditor to perform 2018 DCED audit. A. Moyer motioned to approve. K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous

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

Borough office closed January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 Next regular Council Meeting February 13, 2019   7:00pm.

 Meeting adjourned 7:37 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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December 2018 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:01p.m. December 12, 2018.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P. Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. Absent Kate Brandes. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from November 14, 2018. A. Moyer Seconded.   Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated November 1, 2018 Thank you note from Riegelsville Public Library, for the Halloween Parade volunteer Judges Kate Brandes & Ann Moyer.

REPORTS:

President

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:07 pm on November 21, 2018 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

Others Present:   Jim Kopchak-Borough Zoning Officer, Todd Myers-Borough Engineer, Frank Preedy-EMS Coordinator and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Concerns from citizens:   No one present.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council November 2018 report:

  • 2 Building permits: New Electrical Ground and Deck and 275 Gallon Oil Tank replacement.
  • 2015 ICC Code books are ordered.
  • Expired Permits

If a permit is issued and no work has been done in 180 days, per Pa ACT 45 the permit is expired.  I have started sending out notification letters. (Ongoing process)

Library News: Borough office received the October 2018 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  They did not have a quorum for the October Board meeting.

  • The grant to the Upper Bucks Community Foundation for our new Art for Kids in the Summer Program has been sent in.
  • We have added a “Donate” button to the library Facebook page which links to the “Support” page of library website.
  • The Fall Used Book Sale is scheduled for Friday November 16, 7-9pm, Saturday November 17 and 24th 9am-4pm.
  • The Cookie and Posh Presents sale is schedule for Sunday December 16, 9am-3pm.

Proposed Walking Trail: Still in the process of clearing the PNDI (Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory) relating to Bog Turtles.

Fire Co. News:

  • October Breakfast served 260. Next breakfast is December 16, with Santa- then after breakfast Santa drives around on the Fire Truck.
  • December 1, is the FREE Community Dinner.
  • Chief Myers stated that our Station 42 lost a life member John Rizzo and now Ed Bartosiewicz is the oldest fireman.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • 2019 Calendars continue to be sold.

UBREMS News: Nothing new to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council,

  • We had a great weather day for Fall Roll out car show on Sunday November 4, there is a few invoices to get paid and donations are being sent out.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy reported to Council that he scheduled the year end meeting on Saturday December 1, 11:45-12:30.

  • If we would open a warming station, Frank would need to let BC EMA know, Palisades is our closest warming station.
  • There is also an App to be used instead of the windshield notices.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: No Quorum for November.

  • Misc: Council discussed the email that Tammy Macaluso, Tax collector sent Council in reference to her altercation with Mr. William Nelson on today November 21.  A few things are being discussed and will be discussed during December Council.
  • Utilities

Rodney Scott called the Utilities meeting to order at 7:46pm on November 21, 2018 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

Others Present:   Jim Kopchak-Borough Zoning Officer, Todd Myers-Borough Engineer, Frank Preedy-EMS Coordinator and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Concerns from Citizens:  No one present

Discussions:

While Matt is on vacation Sonny is available for the Water Co.

Both generators were serviced and the one at the Borough office needs a new battery, ES2 will get us the quote for a new one.

Todd Myer’s, Borough Engineer updated Council that the bog turtle testing results came back.

The penn dot permiting has been sent in for the Trail project, Spring hill waterline and Ash lane waterline.

Yearly Landlord letters were sent out November 20, they were sent early due to the January cut off for Tammy to get the per capita tax lists out to printer.

Streets & Properties:

Ed Bartosiewicz called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm on December 5, 2018.

Members Present:

Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Rodney Scott and Tom Stinnett

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comments from Citizens:   One Borough resident present-No comments at this time.

Discussions:

December 11, 2-5pm Electronic Recycling Day at Parking lot of the Riegelsville Community Fire Co.

Ed gave Council members a copy of the proposed AT&T monopole at the Fire House. Council discussed the location.

DBB Electric gave an estimate for Well #2, Council suggested getting an additional estimate.

Ed discussed the needed sidewalk/railing repair located at the traffic light.

Finance:

Kate Brandes called the meeting to order on December 5, 2018 at 7:21 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Tom Stinnett and Rodney Scott.

Others Present: 

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   No Comments at this time.

Discussions:

            The Borough 2004 Ford Truck that was sold at Municibid auction was paid and picked up on Friday November 30, $5100.00 certified check was deposited too.

Sherry distributed the November 2018- “Planning InSight” Bucks County Planning Commission.

Sherry discussed with Council to purchase some kind of a phone for the Water Co. instead of giving our personal cell phones.  T. Stinnett suggested to check with RCN to see if they offer anything.

Council looked over the finances.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval to advertise the Draft 2019 Budget. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to advertise Ordinance #240  AN ORDINANCE OF RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA ENACTING AND LEVYING CERTAIN TAX RATE ON ALL REAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE BOROUGH.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:  

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

Next regular Council Meeting January 9, 2019   7:00pm.

 Meeting adjourned 8:38 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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Council Agenda January 9, 2019

BOROUGH of RIEGELSVILLE

A G E N D A – January 9, 2019

CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

            December 12, 2018 Council Minutes.

            December 27, 2018 Special Council Minutes.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Letter dated January 2, 2019 BC Board of Elections.

Email from BC Recorder of Deeds office.

BC Borough Association- Membership Dinner meeting.

REPORTS OF OFFICERS:   President

                                                 Mayor

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

COMMITTEE REPORTS:      No meeting due to holidays

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Estimate from Barry Hoffman-Electrical Contractor for Well 1 & 2 repair.     

NEW BUSINESS:

Approval of Resolution R-02-19 “Reappoint Dirk Odhner as member of the Zoning Hearing Board”.

Approval of the “2018 Exoneration list for per capita tax”.

Approval of “2018 Unpaid per capita tax accounts”.

Approval Annual engagement letter for Auditor to perform 2018 DCED audit.

APPROVAL OF BILLS:

ADJOURNMENT:

Borough office is closed January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Next regular Council Meeting February 13, 7:00pm.

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Special Council meeting December 27, 2018 5pm

NOTICE

The year 2019 proposed budget for Riegelsville Borough is available on the website:  www.riegelsville.org   plus public inspection 8:00 am – 2:00 pm weekdays in Borough Hall, 615 Easton Rd., Riegelsville, PA.  The following ordinance #240 will be ratified and reaffirmed during the Special Borough Council meeting to be held on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, Riegelsville, Pennsylvania:

ORDINANCE NO. 240

 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 8 Pa. C.S.A. § 1302, 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 2019 as follows:

 

Tax rate for general purposes, the sum of………….12.50 mils

on each dollar of assessed valuation, or sum of…….$.1250

on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation

 

For fire protection purchases, including fire apparatus

The sum of…………………………………………. 1 mil

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 mil

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:

Mils on each                         Cents on Each

Dollars of                              One Hundred

Assessed                                Dollars of

Valuation                              Valuation

Tax Rate General Purposes………………..                   12.50mil                                              .1250 cents

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

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

 

TOTAL:                 14.00 mils                          1.400 cents

MEETINGS NOTICE

The Borough Council will have a Special Council meeting for approving the 2019 Budget and Tax levy Ordinance #240 on December 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  The Borough Council will meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 pm. The committees of Council will meet monthly as follows:  Streets/Properties at 7:00 pm and Finance immediately following on the 1st Wednesday except no meetings January; Community Affairs at 7:00 pm and Utilities immediately following on the 3rd Wednesday except No meetings December.  The Riegelsville Planning Commission will meet monthly on the 1st Monday at 7:00 pm with the following exceptions: No January or September meeting. The Riegelsville Enhancement Committee will meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 7:00 pm. Recreation Board will meet last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Annual Wellhead protection meeting May 13, 2019 at 10am. All meetings will be held in the Municipal Bldg., 615 Easton Rd., Riegelsville, PA.

 

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November 2018 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:06p.m. November 14, 2018.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P. Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes Brandes motioned to approve the minutes from October 10, 2018. E. Bartosiewicz Seconded.   Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated November 1, 2018 Thank you note from Riegelsville Public Library, for the Halloween Parade volunteer Judges Kate Brandes & Ann Moyer.

Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Medical Services, Inc. (UBREMS) financial statements for year ending December 31, 2017.

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed 2 weddings.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  No one present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on October 17, 2018 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

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

Concerns from citizens:   No one present.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council September 2018 report:

  • 3 Building permits: Basement slab and wall, Deck and Commercial Roof.
  • 2 Zoning permit: Driveway and apron, Deck and Residential Re-roof.
  • 2015 ICC Code books are ordered.
  • Expired Permits

If a permit is issued and no work has been done in 180 days, per Pa ACT 45 the permit is expired.  I have started sending out notification letters. (Ongoing process)

Library News: Borough office received the September 2018 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  They did not have a quorum for the September Board meeting.

  • Brew fest was held on September 22, 2018 at the Riegelsville Fire House. Great fundraiser and everyone had a good time!
  • Terri and Becky will have training here in Riegelsville on October 12, to learn about our new book purchasing system.
  • Story Time on Tuesday mornings only has thus far been popular. We have seen several new families participate in Story Time. Due to STEAM initiatives by the State Library, we will be having “Science Story Time” on a more frequent basis, with an emphasis on science concepts and experiments.
  •  “Programming with Sphero” was held on Saturday, September 29. This program was created in response to the Summer Quest Sphero program, which was so well-received that the participants asked that we bring Sphero back in the fall. Though attendance to this program was small, there we participants new to the library and everyone wanted to come back for another Sphero program (likely held after the Holidays).

Proposed Walking Trail: Nothing to report.

Fire Co. News:

  • September Breakfast served 250. Next breakfast is October 21.
  • October 9, went to the Riegelsville Library for Fire Prevention.
  • October 6 was Ham Dinner.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • Boscov’s fundraiser sold 39- $5.00 coupons, Total $195.00.

UBREMS News: Nothing new to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council,

Fall Roll out car show planning is in full swing for our November 4 show.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: No October meeting but will meet November 5.

Utilities

 Rodney Scott called the Utilities meeting to order at 7:31pm October 17, 2018 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

Others Present:   Tammy Macaluso- Borough Treasurer, Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Concerns from Citizens:  No one present

Discussions:

Hydrant flushing should be completed tonight October 17.

Borough office received an email from Elizabeth Balogh- resident in reference to a neighbor concern, T. Stinnett reported that the neighbor and Elizabeth worked it all out.

Council received the invite from BC Borough Association dinner meeting is set for November 15, 2018.

Council worked on the 2019 budget.

Streets & Properties

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

Members Present:

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

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comments from Citizens:   One Borough resident present-No comments at this time.

Discussions:

Bonnie Callahan, Borough resident emailed the Borough office to ask who was responsible for the pedestrian bridge, the boards closest to the Riegelsville Inn have moss on them and are very slippery. I emailed Bonnie and told her that the Borough owns the bridge and we will take care of it.  Council discussed this and suggested Matt power wash it now and then look into either grip strips or paint.

Ed had a suggestion from a borough resident to change the fluorescent tubes in the Borough meeting room to LED bulbs.  S. Masteller said M. Brady just changed all the bulbs to matching fluorescent tubes. Tom said the ends may need to change but not the ballast.

Ed reported to Council that he has not seen the water flowing at the Delaware River Bridge from the hose on the wall. S. Masteller will have Matt or Sonny check on this and report back.

Finance:

Kate Brandes called the meeting to order on November 7, 2018 at 7:16 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

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

Others Present: 

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   No Comments at this time.

Discussions:

            If there are not any changes that Council would like to do on the Draft 2019 Budget it will be added to the Council agenda on November 14 for advertising approval.

  1. Masteller-Right to know officer received a request from Charles Miller in reference to the Ash Lane Lot. Documents will be gathered and given to him.

Borough truck auction closed today November 7 at $5100.00, and will be voted on during Council November 14.

  1. Masteller was asked why we don’t put a draft Council agenda on the Borough website or emailed before the meeting night to help the residents to know what is going to be discussed. Council thought that was a good idea. S. Masteller will get it prepared by Monday or Tuesday before Council night.

Kate discussed the Keystone Grant that is a 50% match for a new roof and possible new windows on the Borough Building. Todd, Borough engineer will need to do sealed drawings and get quotes from roofing contractors.

Council looked over the finances.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval to advertise the Draft 2019 Budget. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to advertise Ordinance #240  AN ORDINANCE OF RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA ENACTING AND LEVYING CERTAIN TAX RATE ON ALL REAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE BOROUGH.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval to the highest bidder of the Borough Truck $5100.00.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous

 

NEW BUSINESS:  

Chevy dump- water pump is leaking at the block, the repair is approximately $1100.00, and the truck is at Riegelsville Auto now.

The utility body is rusting badly, now the other side too, Troy suggested we look for a used body to replace this one.

 

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

 

Next regular Council Meeting December 12, 2018   7:00pm.

 

Meeting adjourned 7:38 PM.

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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