May 2013 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. May 8, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance a roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Ed Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the April 10, 2013 Council Meeting and Kathy Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter dated April 11, 2013 Lynn Bush, Bucks County Planning Commission in reference to the Municipal Economic Development Initiative.

            Letter dated May 3, 2013 Mrs. Sandra Gichiengo, Auditor for Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in reference to the Liquid fuels account.

            Letter dated May 7, 2013 Todd Myers, Borough Engineer with Cowan Associates in reference to the 2013 Streets resurfacing bid recommendation.

REPORTS:

            President – T. Stinnett reported that on Tuesday May 7, 2013 the Wellhead Protection Committee had an annual meeting. Minutes will be sent to S. Masteller to distribute.  T. Stinnett was invited by Senator Bob Mensch to the Community Safety Conference on May 23, 2013

            Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported that there will not be a fly over for the Memorial Day Parade because of constraints of the federal sequestration. Mayor Stokes spoke to Del Guericos trash hauler for picking up trash at 4:30 am and waking up the neighborhood.  Mayor Stokes called the State Police to report the continual speeding on Delaware Road and people are driving fast and not stopping at the stop sign on Ash Lane to the borough park. 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:  - None to report

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:         

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning:  K. Clayton, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that he issued 2 Building permits for roofing, 1 building permit for repairs, 1 building and 1 zoning permits for an addition.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that there is a breakfast on Sunday April 21, 2013, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..

            Library News: Beth Banko sent via email the Board of Trustees minutes to add to the Community Affairs meeting.  Fundraising: Annual letter is underway. Book Fair is set for Friday May 10 and 11. The Library fair is set for May 18. There is a board opening since Margaret Fritz resigned.

            March 2013 Statistics:

      Public Count: 557

      Circulation: 1,075

      E-book checkouts: not available

      E-book users (new registrations): not available

      Items lent out (In-County): 353

      Items Borrowed (In-County): 207

      Public Computers/wifi use: 29

      Historic Room Visits: 2

      Tax Form requests: 25

      Total Cardholders: 1,041

      Collection size: 16,612 items (9,616 adult +Easy, 6,996 Juvenile & Young Adult)

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Two new flowerpots where added to the Library front entrance. Now they just need dirt and flowers.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management: Next EM meeting is set for Saturday April 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm.

            EMS News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that they are looking to fill the board. The 2013 Budget is complete.

      Rec Board News: SSM Group will be volunteering at the borough park on Saturday April 20, 2013.      

 

Utilities:

Discussions: 

Citizen Comments:  None to report

Water leak at #328 Easton Road, W. Dowd Excavating will not be able to repair it for two weeks.  M. Brady called Springtown for their repair person.  Mark Walters Excavating was contacted and is coming to look at the issue.

Water leak at #321 Easton Road, M. Walters will look at this issue too.

1268 Easton Road (Garage Apartment) was shut off due to no payment Monday April 15, 2013.

 

Streets & Properties:

Rich Pursell called the 2013 Streets Bid (Rebid) opening meeting to order at 7:05 on April 3, 2013 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.   Two bid packets were received. 

  1. Glen G. Hale, Inc  Total Cost $47,503.80
  2. Bracalente Construction, Inc Total Cost $52,972.00

Todd Myers stopped after his meeting to pick up the 2 bid packets and get the completed review to Council before Borough Council on May 8, 2013.

Members Present:

Ed Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Tom Stinnett and Kathleen Weiss

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes, Todd Myers Borough Engineer and Sherry Masteller

Comments from the citizens:  none to report

Discussions:

            Council discussed the 611 drain boxes and pipes connecting the boxes.  S. Masteller will check on the Borough’s Agility program with PennDOT.

            Council discussed 22 Delaware Road’s storm drain issue.  More information will be gathered before a decision is made.

 

Finance:

Comments from the Citizens:   No one present

Discussions:

            Council discussed the two proposals for the Borough office new computer system. S. Masteller will add this to the Borough Council agenda on May 8, 2013.

            Council discussed the Borough Tax Collector’s salary for the Year 2014-2017. S. Masteller will add this to the Borough council agenda on May 8, 2013.

            Borough office received the “2012 financial statements, Auditor’s report” from the Borough Auditor, Robert J. Tucker CPA.

 

             

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of check $2238.00 to W. Dowd Excavating LLC (529 Easton Road water repair).  R. Scott motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of check $7,018.75 to Walters Excavating, Inc (321 & 328 Easton Road water repair).  R. Scott motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

            Borough Resident, T. Dykers would like to donate a tree to replace the one that was removed on the borough hall lawn; he has a Japanese maple or a Flowering Crabapple.  Council decided on the Japanese maple.

            Approval of Resolution: R-08-13, for upgrade of street lights via Met-Ed, Church Road, 100 Watt to s 70 Watt. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve, R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-09-13, Borough Tax Collector Salary of $2157.00 for years 2014-2017. R. Pursell motioned to approve, K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

            Motion to approve low bidder Glen G. Hale, Inc (dba) Hale Built, 2013 Streets resurfacing rebid total bid $47,503.80.  R. Pursell motioned to approve, K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

            Motion to approve Asphalt Maintenance Solutions LLC $9,981.83 for the application of a Double Bituminous Seal Coat for Riegelsville Borough.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve, R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

            Motion to approve up to but not exceed $2, 400.00 to Naceville Materials for 200 tons #8 aggregate. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve, R. Pursell seconded. Unanimous.

            Motion to approve up to but not exceed $20,000.00 for 8,400 gallons Asphalt Emulsion. R. Pursell motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

            Motion to approve low proposal $3682.95 to Jewell Computing Systems Inc for new Borough Computer system.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve, K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

 

           

APPROVAL OF BILLS:   R. Pursell motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  3 approve, 2 abstained K. Weiss and E. Bartosiewicz due to being members of the Fire Co.

 

Meeting adjourned 9:05 PM.  Primary Election May 21, 2013 7am – 8pm.

  Next Council meeting is June12, 2013

 

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April 2013 Council Meeting

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. April 10, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance a roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Ed Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2013 Council Meeting and Kathy Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter dated March 14, 2013 from DCNR, the final payment and project closeout for the “Comprehensive Recreation, Park, Open Space & Master Sire plan”.

            Letter from Upper Bucks Regional EMS, Inc. (Special needs registry).

            Letter dated April 1, 2013 from EMC Insurance Companies, (requesting the $1500.00 deductable from Borough of Riegelsville v. Daniel Cook closed lawsuit 4/2011)

            Letter dated April 4, 2013 from Friends of the Delaware thanking the Borough for the use of the meeting room.

            Proposal dated April 5, 2013 from Alura Business Solutions (Updating the Borough Computer system).  Council asked for additional questions for both Alura and Jewell.  S. Masteller will send an email to Alura and Mayor Stokes will contact Jeff with Jewell Solutions.

            Letter dated April 10, 2013 from Todd Myers Borough Engineer, Cowan Associates (Bid Recommendation).

 

REPORTS:

            President – T. Stinnett reported that they met with Ed Burns with PennDot and Bob with H & K Contracting to go over the placement of the proposed Canal Bridge and the Borough Water main. 

            Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to that PennDot will need to redo the design of the proposed Canal Bridge to compensate for the Borough Water main and there is a septic issue at 24 Delaware Road.

Mayor Stokes also saw a bear up Brown’s Drive in Williams Township and reminded residents to cover their trash.

CITIZENS COMMENTS:  - None to report

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:         

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

            Zoning:  K. Clayton, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council the issued permits as follows: 3- roof and repairs, 1-HVAC, 2-renovations, 1-plumbing, 1-signage.  Anastasia, LLC finished the fit out at 711-715 Durham Road.  802 Durham Road was issued a sign permit for antique store & more.  Copier died in the Zoning office.  A local Eagle Scout is going to redo the basement of St Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the Fire Co. breakfast on March 17, 2013 served 350 people. Friday Fish Fry’s have picked up only 2 weeks left.  Jeff Wargo has been elected President.  Auxiliary Easter Flower sale is March 28, 29, 30 2013 at Antique Haven, just south of the Borough.

            Library News: Sallie Banko, newly appointed as Library Board member introduced herself and thanked Council for approving her for the Board. S. Banko reported to Council that the next Movie night is Thursday April 4, 2013 “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”.  Library Book sale is set for May 18, 2013. The Borough will celebrate the 100 year anniversary in 2016. The Library Board and the Historical Society would like to be on the planning committee.  T. Stinnett asked S. Masteller to look for information from the last anniversary. A flyer will be made up to ask for people to be on the steering committee for the Anniversary.

            February 2013 Statistics:

      Public Count: 626

      Circulation: 1,115

      E-book checkouts: not available

      E-book users (new registrations): not available

      Items lent out (In-County): 558

      Items Borrowed (In-County): 170

      Public Computers/WIFI use: 22

      Historic Room Visits: 2

      Tax Form requests: 54

      Total Cardholders: 1,049

      Collection size: 16,606 items (9,620 adult +Easy, 6,986Juvenile & Young Adult)

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Sold 1 slate during the Riegelsville Fire Co. breakfast on March 17, 2013. Next meeting is March 27, 2013.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management: Minutes from the March 16, 2013 were received in the Borough office.  Hurricane Sandy notes from Raymond Kenny, Deputy EMC were also received in the Borough office.

            EMS News:  Adam Maziuk is working on a “Special Emergency needs” questionnaire to add to the yearly letter.  This form will be shared with the local EMC.

      Rec Board News: R. Scott reported to Council that Rec Board is gathering proposals for infield mix and playground mulch.  Durham AA boy’s baseball team is going to use the larger field this season. They will have 7 games plus practicing.  We are looking into a “Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grant”; we are making a wish list of things that still need to be addressed at the park.

     

Utilities:

Discussions:

            S. Masteller is waiting for a call back from Frederick Herb, Armour & Sons in reference to the questions Council has with the 2013 Traffic Signal Maintenance report. Remarks: Fred gave S. Masteller a PennDot contact person to call in reference to crosswalks. Council had questions for PennDot and F. Herb so S. Masteller will forward the questions to them.

            T. Macaluso asked if Council wanted to revisit the water customer not paying the minimum if their water was shut off due to non-payment. Council agreed to not change that.  Council asked S. Masteller to check on the cost of a new water meter to verify the $100.00 fee to turn the water on.

            T. Stinnett asked S. Masteller to contact the BC Association of Boroughs or BC Planning Commission for a sample ordinance for on lot septic maintenance.

            T. Macaluso suggested we reprint the Wellhead protection placemats for the Fire house to use for the dinners and breakfasts.  Council agreed this was a good idea.

            Borough office received the final payment and project letter from DCNR in reference to the “Comprehensive Recreation, Park, and Open Space & Master Site Plan”. The payment will come in 6-8 weeks.

            Council will revisit the burning ordinance and S. Masteller will get the current version to Council.

Remarks: Kip Clayton will get S. Masteller a sample ordinance.

 

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

            Rich Pursell called the 2013 Streets Bid opening meeting to order at 7:00 on April 3, 2013 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.  Todd Myers, Borough Engineer was present. Two bid packets were received.

 

  1. Dosch King Emulsions, Inc.  Total Cost $82,861.02
  2. Asphalt Maintenance Solutions Total Cost $84,937.10

The Committee discussed the estimates and the fact that they were much higher than the budgeted funds therefore the Committee will request at the Council meeting to separate the project and rebid for opening on May 1, 2013.

 

Members Present:

Ed Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Tom Stinnett and Kathleen Weiss

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes, Todd Myers Borough Engineer and Sherry Masteller

Comments from the citizens:  No one present

Discussions:

Property owner of 724 Fairmont Road has not paid for his deck permit from 2011, Zoning Officer and S. Masteller has made quite a few correspondences and still no payment so he was invoiced for double permit.  Council discussed this and decided to allow the owner to pay the original fee.

            S. Masteller received a call from Steve Salva, Member of St Lawrence Church in reference to unauthorized people dumping behind the St Lawrence Catholic Church which is also part of the Borough owned Open Space.  We discussed putting a chain across the path and only give the key to a few people.  Council discussed the chain and would also like to see the Open Space drawings.

            Tenant of 1269 Easton Road called the Borough office to say that he moved out so he will not be using the water but he discussed that the water meter is still moving and may be supplying the other 4 apartments that are on a well.  If this is true then the Riegelsville water is being used illegally. M. Brady will take a look at the property.  Council suggested that William Dudeck be contacted on this matter.

Finance:

Discussions:

             Alura Solutions is coming on Thursday April 4, 2013 to put together a proposal for updating the Borough Computer systems.

            QNB is coming on Friday April 5, 2013 to discuss the rates and process for the 2013 Street Loan.

            Rep. Quinn will be holding a Town meeting at the Borough Hall is set April 11, 2013 at 7-8pm.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management has invited Council to their presentation on April 13, 2013 at noon.

            Lynn Bush from Bucks County Planning Commission will be here on April 9, 2013 at 9:30 a.m., to discuss their new initiative. Please get your input to Sherry by April 8, 2013.  We will discuss the Borough business parking issues.     

 

321 Easton Road has a water issue that a PennDot Emergency Permit card will be needed.

S. Masteller is working on this.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of check to W. Dowd Excavating LLC (529 Easton Road water repair).  R. Scott motioned to approve, R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of check to EMC Insurance Co. (requesting the $1500.00 deductable from Borough of Riegelsville v. Daniel Cook closed lawsuit 4/2011). R. Scott motioned to approve, K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

            E. Bartosiewicz motioned to rebid the 2013 Streets resurfacing project R. Pursell seconded. Unanimous.

            E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the original permit fee for 724 Fairmont Road R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Council has approved M. Brady to put a post with a chain across the St Lawrence/Riegelsville Open Space property to prevent people from illegally dumping on the property.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned 9:05 PM.  Next Council meeting is May 8, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller  

Borough Secretary

 

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February 2013 Council minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. February 13, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance a roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Kathie Weiss motioned to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2013 Council Meeting.  R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Email dated January 15, 2013, from PA DEP in reference to water allocation permit reporting.  proposed resolution is under unfinished business.

Fax dated February 4, 2013, Community Fire Co #1 of Riegelsville, Banquet Committee inviting Council to the March 23, 2013 Banquet.

Email dated February 8, 2013, from Cindy Dunlap, DCNR in reference to the “comprehensive recreation, park, open space & master site plan”

REPORTS:

            President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that the streets department did a good job with the snow clean-up.

            Mayor – nothing to report

CITIZENS COMMENTS:  

            Elaine Albrecht reported to Council that the Riegelsville Enhancement Committee had a successful Super Bowl Hoagie sale.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

     

Community Affairs:

  Laura Eberly, SSM Engineer presented to Council the revised plans for the Park and Open space grant for DCNR. Council had a few questions that where answered. Council unanimously gave the plan a soft approval and during the February 13, 2013 Council meeting a resolution will be added to the agenda.

Ed Bartosiewicz called the meeting to order at 7:02pm on November 21, 2012 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:  Ed Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Tom Stinnett and Kathy Weiss.

Others Present

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller

Discussions:

Zoning:  K. Clayton, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that he has given out permit applications and is waiting for them to come back to the office.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the next breakfast is January 20, 2013.  February 23, 2013 St Lawrence will have their Horse Races; Fire Co. members will be going to learn how to make this fundraiser a success.

            Library News: Beth Banko, Library Board president gave the monthly report to S. Masteller. Fire door repairs have been complete. Movie nights are back on the calendar. December 27, 2012 “The Man Who Came to Dinner”- 5 attendees. Annual library card purging is in progress.

            December 2012 Statistics:

      Public Count: 561

      Circulation: 1,137

      E-book checkouts: 47 downloads,

      E-book users (new registrations): 3

      Items lent out (In-County): 179

      Items Borrowed (In-County): 235

      Public Computers 12

      Historic Room Visits: 2

      Total Cardholders: 1,055

      Collection size: 16,666 items (9,634 adult +Easy, 7,032 Juvenile & Young Adult)

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: “Super Bowl” Hoagie sale is February 3, 2013 9:30 am-1:30pm pick up at Borough hall. 

            Riegelsville Emergency Management: Council would like to have a report from EM Coordinator, Frank Preedy in reference to the Sandy Storm and when their next meeting is scheduled for. Remarks: Frank Preedy has scheduled an EM meeting for Saturday February 16, 2013 at noon.

            EMS News: E. Bartosiewicz stated the meeting was cancelled.

      Rec Board News: The next meeting is January 31, 2013, 7pm.  Spring Ball sign-ups, January 30, 2013- 7-9pm and Saturday February 2, Noon -2pm at the Borough hall.

    Utilities:

Citizen Comments:  none to report

Discussions:

Council discussed the water allocation permit reporting for the Borough Springs that are not used anymore. A formal letter needs to be prepared if Council rescinds on the monthly and annual reporting that are sent to DEP.  S. Masteller will add it to the Council agenda.

The thermostat in the Historical room is not reading correctly. M. Brady will make sure the radiators in the third floor apartment are working correctly.  S. Masteller will contact Dale Wood about the thermostat.

            Borough Resident, Elaine Albrecht reported that there is a red light out going down Delaware Road hill. S. Masteller will contact Armour & Son’s to get bulb replaced.

 

Streets & Properties:

Comments from the citizens:  No one present

Discussions:

            S. Masteller called Altemos Fuel to inquire about the price of oil and details of the borough’s service plan on the boiler.  Frank McCafferty, Altemos Rep. gave us a fixed price of 3.482 per gallon for oil for 3 months. S. Masteller received a call back from Altemos; the Borough Gold plan runs until April 30, 2013 and cost $370.95, they suggest the gold coverage for Boiler systems. Silver plan is $308.95.

            Council discussed two noise complaints from Borough residents in reference to the Riegelsville Tavern.  Darren Errico, Tavern owner was contacted and was aware on one of the incidences and will investigate the other.

            Elizabeth Balogh, Borough resident sent the Borough office an email in reference to a storm drain on your property that drains into the river and has washed out her bank.  S. Masteller forwarded this to PennDot and they may be able to help the Borough fix the issue when they put in the new PennDot canal Bridge near this property.

            There are 2 properties that are vacant and have sidewalks that will not be shoveled. The Borough has a snow removal ordinance. S. Masteller will research the ordinance for additional information.

            E. Bartosiewicz discussed with Council that during the PennDOT Canal Bridge parking will be an even tougher issue with the Borough residents and the businesses.  E. Bartosiewicz suggested that Council have a plan for this problem.

            Todd Myers, Borough Engineer will be attending the Council meeting on February 13, 2013 to discuss more of the 2013 street project.

Finance:

Comments from the Citizens:   None to report

Discussions:

T. Macaluso, Borough Treasurer reported that mid-May funds would be available for the purchase a used generator for Well #3.

Integrity Energy, Broker Joanne contacted the Borough office to consider changing the generation supplier to “Liberty Power”. We pay approximately .0913 and they can lower it to .077 for 36 months. T. Stinnett asked S. Masteller to get more info on what powers the plants. The approximate savings per year is $2,765.00. Council agreed to switch once we get info on the type of power. Remark: S. Masteller reported to Council that the power plant was powered by natural gas. The documents were sent to the broker for processing.

PA State Association of Boroughs conference is May 5-8th, 2013 at Hershey Lodge.

Bucks County Planning Commission is introducing a new Municipal Economic Development Initiative and the Borough of Riegelsville may participate if they like.  Council unanimously approved.  Permanent parking may be a great place to get some guidance from the Planning Commission within the business district.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of Resolution: R-02-13, regarding petition of James G. Sweeney, Eileen A Sweeney and Gayle M. Cillo for an ordinance vacating a certain cul-de-sac at the terminus of Poplar Road. R. Scott motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

            Approval of the 2012 Exoneration List for Per Capita and also the unpaid Per Capita accounts. K. Weiss motioned to approve.  R. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-03-13, appointing Tax Collection Committee Delegates. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-04-13, adopting the Riegelsville Borough comprehensive park, Recreation and Open Space Plan. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-05-13, closing out the Community Conservation Partnerships Grant Project BRC-TAG-14-239. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-06-13, designation of agent, Sherry Masteller on behalf of the Borough of Riegelsville for PEMA. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-07-13, to rescind the permit (WA-639) Water allocation permit reporting (Borough Springs). R. Rodney motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:  

            The Borough utility truck and the ford dump needs tires before inspection. M. Brady got an estimate from Bergey Commercial Tire Center – 6 tires $1528.00.  R. Pursell said to get a quote from Service Truck Tire in Bethlehem PA.  S. Masteller will get those figures back to Council.    

 

APPROVAL OF BILLS:  

Including; SSM Group check $3939.60 Balance owed for Comprehensive Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan.   K. Weiss motioned to approve bills as listed and SSM check.  R.  Pursell Seconded.  Unanimous.

 

Meeting adjourned 8:45 PM.  Next Council meeting is March 13, 2013

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller  

Borough Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. February 13, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance a roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Kathie Weiss motioned to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2013 Council Meeting.  R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Email dated January 15, 2013, from PA DEP in reference to water allocation permit reporting.  proposed resolution is under unfinished business.

Fax dated February 4, 2013, Community Fire Co #1 of Riegelsville, Banquet Committee inviting Council to the March 23, 2013 Banquet.

Email dated February 8, 2013, from Cindy Dunlap, DCNR in reference to the “comprehensive recreation, park, open space & master site plan”

REPORTS:

            President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that the streets department did a good job with the snow clean-up.

            Mayor – nothing to report

CITIZENS COMMENTS:  

            Elaine Albrecht reported to Council that the Riegelsville Enhancement Committee had a successful Super Bowl Hoagie sale.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

        

Community Affairs:

  Laura Eberly, SSM Engineer presented to Council the revised plans for the Park and Open space grant for DCNR. Council had a few questions that where answered. Council unanimously gave the plan a soft approval and during the February 13, 2013 Council meeting a resolution will be added to the agenda.

Ed Bartosiewicz called the meeting to order at 7:02pm on November 21, 2012 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:  Ed Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Rodney Scott, Tom Stinnett and Kathy Weiss.

Others Present

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller

Discussions:

Zoning:  K. Clayton, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that he has given out permit applications and is waiting for them to come back to the office.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the next breakfast is January 20, 2013.  February 23, 2013 St Lawrence will have their Horse Races; Fire Co. members will be going to learn how to make this fundraiser a success.

            Library News: Beth Banko, Library Board president gave the monthly report to S. Masteller. Fire door repairs have been complete. Movie nights are back on the calendar. December 27, 2012 “The Man Who Came to Dinner”- 5 attendees. Annual library card purging is in progress.

            December 2012 Statistics:

      Public Count: 561

      Circulation: 1,137

      E-book checkouts: 47 downloads,

      E-book users (new registrations): 3

      Items lent out (In-County): 179

      Items Borrowed (In-County): 235

      Public Computers 12

      Historic Room Visits: 2

      Total Cardholders: 1,055

      Collection size: 16,666 items (9,634 adult +Easy, 7,032 Juvenile & Young Adult)

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: “Super Bowl” Hoagie sale is February 3, 2013 9:30 am-1:30pm pick up at Borough hall. 

            Riegelsville Emergency Management: Council would like to have a report from EM Coordinator, Frank Preedy in reference to the Sandy Storm and when their next meeting is scheduled for. Remarks: Frank Preedy has scheduled an EM meeting for Saturday February 16, 2013 at noon.

            EMS News: E. Bartosiewicz stated the meeting was cancelled.

      Rec Board News: The next meeting is January 31, 2013, 7pm.  Spring Ball sign-ups, January 30, 2013- 7-9pm and Saturday February 2, Noon -2pm at the Borough hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utilities:

Citizen Comments:  none to report

Discussions:

Council discussed the water allocation permit reporting for the Borough Springs that are not used anymore. A formal letter needs to be prepared if Council rescinds on the monthly and annual reporting that are sent to DEP.  S. Masteller will add it to the Council agenda.

The thermostat in the Historical room is not reading correctly. M. Brady will make sure the radiators in the third floor apartment are working correctly.  S. Masteller will contact Dale Wood about the thermostat.

            Borough Resident, Elaine Albrecht reported that there is a red light out going down Delaware Road hill. S. Masteller will contact Armour & Son’s to get bulb replaced.

 

Streets & Properties:

Comments from the citizens:  No one present

Discussions:

            S. Masteller called Altemos Fuel to inquire about the price of oil and details of the borough’s service plan on the boiler.  Frank McCafferty, Altemos Rep. gave us a fixed price of 3.482 per gallon for oil for 3 months. S. Masteller received a call back from Altemos; the Borough Gold plan runs until April 30, 2013 and cost $370.95, they suggest the gold coverage for Boiler systems. Silver plan is $308.95.

            Council discussed two noise complaints from Borough residents in reference to the Riegelsville Tavern.  Darren Errico, Tavern owner was contacted and was aware on one of the incidences and will investigate the other.

            Elizabeth Balogh, Borough resident sent the Borough office an email in reference to a storm drain on your property that drains into the river and has washed out her bank.  S. Masteller forwarded this to PennDot and they may be able to help the Borough fix the issue when they put in the new PennDot canal Bridge near this property.

            There are 2 properties that are vacant and have sidewalks that will not be shoveled. The Borough has a snow removal ordinance. S. Masteller will research the ordinance for additional information.

            E. Bartosiewicz discussed with Council that during the PennDOT Canal Bridge parking will be an even tougher issue with the Borough residents and the businesses.  E. Bartosiewicz suggested that Council have a plan for this problem.

            Todd Myers, Borough Engineer will be attending the Council meeting on February 13, 2013 to discuss more of the 2013 street project.

Finance:

Comments from the Citizens:   None to report

Discussions:

T. Macaluso, Borough Treasurer reported that mid-May funds would be available for the purchase a used generator for Well #3.

Integrity Energy, Broker Joanne contacted the Borough office to consider changing the generation supplier to “Liberty Power”. We pay approximately .0913 and they can lower it to .077 for 36 months. T. Stinnett asked S. Masteller to get more info on what powers the plants. The approximate savings per year is $2,765.00. Council agreed to switch once we get info on the type of power. Remark: S. Masteller reported to Council that the power plant was powered by natural gas. The documents were sent to the broker for processing.

PA State Association of Boroughs conference is May 5-8th, 2013 at Hershey Lodge.

Bucks County Planning Commission is introducing a new Municipal Economic Development Initiative and the Borough of Riegelsville may participate if they like.  Council unanimously approved.  Permanent parking may be a great place to get some guidance from the Planning Commission within the business district.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of Resolution: R-02-13, regarding petition of James G. Sweeney, Eileen A Sweeney and Gayle M. Cillo for an ordinance vacating a certain cul-de-sac at the terminus of Poplar Road. R. Scott motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

            Approval of the 2012 Exoneration List for Per Capita and also the unpaid Per Capita accounts. K. Weiss motioned to approve.  R. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-03-13, appointing Tax Collection Committee Delegates. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-04-13, adopting the Riegelsville Borough comprehensive park, Recreation and Open Space Plan. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-05-13, closing out the Community Conservation Partnerships Grant Project BRC-TAG-14-239. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-06-13, designation of agent, Sherry Masteller on behalf of the Borough of Riegelsville for PEMA. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-07-13, to rescind the permit (WA-639) Water allocation permit reporting (Borough Springs). R. Rodney motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:  

            The Borough utility truck and the ford dump needs tires before inspection. M. Brady got an estimate from Bergey Commercial Tire Center – 6 tires $1528.00.  R. Pursell said to get a quote from Service Truck Tire in Bethlehem PA.  S. Masteller will get those figures back to Council.    

 

APPROVAL OF BILLS:  

Including; SSM Group check $3939.60 Balance owed for Comprehensive Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan.   K. Weiss motioned to approve bills as listed and SSM check.  R.  Pursell Seconded.  Unanimous.

 

Meeting adjourned 8:45 PM.  Next Council meeting is March 13, 2013

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller  

Borough Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Proposed Ordinance #225

NOTICE

 Notice is hereby given by the Council of the Borough of Riegelsville that its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 615 Easton Road, Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, it shall consider passage of proposed Ordinance No. 225, “An Ordinance of Riegelsville Borough Adopting the 2009 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code.” the following of which is a summary prepared by the Borough’s solicitor.   Article I states the title as being “An Ordinance of Riegelsville Borough Adopting the 2009 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code” and the purposes for which it is being adopted.  Article II adopts, by reference, the 2009 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code (“Code”) subject to the additions, insertions, deletions and changes prescribed in Article III of the proposed ordinance.  Article III amends Section 103.2, Appointment; Section 112.4, Failure to Comply; Section 304.14, Insect Screens; Section 602.3, Heat Supply; and Section 602.4, Occupiable work spaces of the Code.  Article IV repeals any provisions of the Riegelsville Borough Code of Ordinances which are inconsistent with the proposed ordinance while preserving any provisions unaffected by the proposed ordinance.  Article V is a savings clause.  Article VI is a severability provision.  Article VII provides that proposed ordinance would be effective upon the date of its adoption and is incorporated by reference into the Borough’s Code of Ordinances with the same force and effect as if duly recorded therein.  Copies of the full text of the proposed ordinance and the Code may be examined without charge at the Riegelsville Borough Hall or copies of the proposed ordinance may be examined at the Bucks County Law Library during normal business hours, or may be obtained upon request for a charge not greater than the cost thereof.

 William T.Dudeck, Esquire

Eastburn and Gray, P.C.

60 East Court Street

P.O. Box 1389

Doylestown, PA 18901

(215) 345-7000

Solicitor for the Borough of Riegelsville

 

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Please Vote for the Borough Park!!!!

Riegelsville Borough Park Improvements

2013 Volunteer Challenge Project

Lehigh Valley Volunteer Center

Employees from SSM Group, Inc., Riegelsville Borough and Recreation Association are participating in the Lehigh Valley Volunteer Challenge.  As part of the Challenge we worked Saturday, April 20, 2013, to beautify the Riegelsville Borough Park, we mulched both play areas, painted the refreshment stand and installed a fence around the parking area.  The Challenge Program is essential to the LV Volunteer Center. A majority of it operating funds comes directly from votes made towards volunteer projects. So please get on your computer and Vote! Please help us win this year’s challenge, which is decided by votes.  Voting for the project is open on the Lehigh Valley Volunteer Website at http://www.volunteerlv.org/events/vol_chal/vol_chal.asp.  Please vote for our project found under SSM GROUP.  Winners will be announced and awards will be presented at the May 30, 2013, Challenge Awards Event.

 

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller

Riegelsville Borough Secretary/Open Records Officer

www.riegelsville.org

Office 610-749-2726

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March 2013 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. March 13, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance a roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Kathie Weiss motioned to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2013 Council Meeting and R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter date February 14, 2013 from Riegelsville Public Library President, Beth Banko requesting Borough Council to appoint Sallie Banko as a working member of the board.  Council proceeded with a lengthy discussion. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Sallie Banko to Library Board, R. Scott seconded. 

Motioned passed 4-1.           

 

REPORTS:

            President – Nothing to report

            Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he called S. Masteller in reference to the procedure for new people moving into the Borough.  Mayor Stokes relayed the message to the new Borough residents to call the Borough office to give S. Masteller the information that is needed.

CITIZENS COMMENTS:  

            Borough Resident, Carly Egberts joined the Council meeting as part of her senior research project.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:         

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning:  K. Clayton, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that 1-renovation permit #1121 Easton Road, 1-Commercial renovation permit #711-715 Durham Road.  Waiting for a few roofing application to come back to the office for approval.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the Fire Co. has their first “Fish Fry” on 2/15.  Breakfast was 2/17, 355 served.

            Library News: Pat McEvoy, Library Board member reported to Council that the Library is trying the Movie nights again so far they had “Arsenic & Old Lace 1/31- unfortunately no one attended.  February 26, 2013 program “Heart Disease in Women” in conjunction with the Easton Hospital.  To look ahead to July 16, 2013 “Star watch Stargazing Event”. 2012 Federal and PA tax publications are now available in the Library. “Bridging Cultures” Muslim book/film Collection is being catalogued. This was purchased with a collection grant.

            January 2013 Statistics:

      Public Count: 709

      Circulation: 1,254

      E-book checkouts: 59 downloads,

      E-book users (new registrations): 3

      Items lent out (In-County): 405

      Items Borrowed (In-County): 211

      Public Computers/wifi use: 26

      Historic Room Visits: 23

      Tax Form requests: 16

      Total Cardholders: 1,052

      Collection size: 16,639 items (9,600 adult +Easy, 7,039Juvenile & Young Adult)

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: “Super Bowl” Hoagie sale profit was $292.00.

      The next meeting is February 27, 2013 at 7pm at the Borough Hall meeting room.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management: The Team had a meeting on Saturday February 16, 2013 at Noon.  Borough office still did not receive an update on “Storm Sandy”.

            EMS News: E. Bartosiewicz stated the meeting was cancelled due to holiday. One ambulance is running from Midnight to 6am instead of two ambulances. They are encouraging the Fire Co. to assist EMS calls during those hours.

      Rec Board News: R. Scott reported to Council the next meeting is January 31, 2013, 7pm at the Borough Hall. Dink Lettering is giving a quote on redoing the Park sign.  SSM group is entering a contest to pick an organization to volunteer for a weekend and they have asked the Rec Board. During our last meeting we put together a list and Tom Speicher, Rec Board member is corresponding with SSM and will keep updating the rec board.  Next fundraiser is Basket Bingo on March 24, 2013. Basket Sponsors are being solicited.  T-Ball team has 10 players so far and we will have a Girls softball “B” team but not enough players for girls “A” team. 

 

Utilities:

Discussions: 

            K. Weiss reported that the Street light is still out near Frigid Freeze. S. Masteller will fax met-ed the paperwork.

S. Masteller is still waiting for a resolution from Met-Ed for changing the Street light wattage at 744 Edgewood Road.

The borough office received the 2013 Traffic Signal maintenance; S. Masteller will compare the list from last year.

County of Bucks Emergency Services has invited the Riegelsville Water Company to a meeting on April 15, 2013.

There is a water leak at 529 Easton Road, W. Dowd Excavating are scheduled to repair on Thursday February 21, 2013 at 8am. Dick Mead and W. Dowd think that the Borough received copper piping that was poor quality.

Senator Bob Mensch announced a meeting on March 21, 2013 at Quakertown Borough 6-7pm.

Bucks County Planning Commission annual report was emailed to the Borough. S. Masteller gave Council members the shorten versions of the large document.

 

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

            Matt would like to purchase a truck charger (Self contained) for $149.00 instead of the cables for $80.00.  Council agreed that would be a better investment to purchase the self contained charger.

            Todd Myers, Borough Engineer discussed the 2013 Street Project. The ad will go in the paper 3/15-3/22 then the bid opening will be during the Streets meeting on April 3, 2013 at 7pm. Council will vote to  advertise during Council on March 13, 2013.  S. Masteller will contact R. Pursell about a few questions that T. Myers had.

            Resident at 123 Maplewood Road inquired with the office about the curb that is deteriorated in front of the house.  The Borough is in charge of the maintenance of the curbing if there is any.  Council suggested S. Masteller asks K & K Construction for a proposal.  S. Masteller will check with M. Brady to see if there are any other curbs that need repair to add to the proposal.

            Resident at 902 Fairmont Road would like to make part of his back yard a meadow with decorative grass, plants and flowers.   Council said that would be fine as long as he was not planting grass and not mowing it.  The resident also had questions about the site triangle and S. Masteller will gather the information and get it to him.

            S. Masteller will contact PennDot the week of March 18, 2013 to set up an appointment to discuss the parking issue when the temporary canal bridge is constructed.

 

Finance:

Discussions:

            Jewell Computing Solutions proposal was discussed and Mayor Stokes got Jeff on the phone so Council could ask specific questions.  Council continued to discuss and would like to get additional proposals from other companies. Discussion to have S. Masteller use back-up discs for her computer plus put copies in safe deposit box plus one set off site in case of a fire.

            Council Handbook needs to be updated so each committee chair is going to work on their committee’s information.

            S. Masteller will send Frank Preedy an email to ask if Dave Gerstenberg is still on the EM team.

            Council discussed the financials. They questioned why no back taxes where paid in January or February. Remark: T. Macaluso reported to S. Masteller that taxes are usually paid right before the sheriff sale, up to eighteen months. The water fund employee wages are at 21% and should be around 16%. Remarks: T. Macaluso reported to S. Masteller that since the meters are read quarterly so that will affect it and also M. Brady has been trying to find leaks and checking drains so that will increase the percentage.

            Council will discuss the new appointment to the library board during the Council meeting on March 13, 2013 at 7:30; S. Masteller will try to find more information for Council.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Any update on the Turkey buzzards/vultures in the Borough? Residents are calling the Borough Office.  T. Stinnett reported to Council that they are protected by the US Department of Agriculture. The DofA does offer to  aid in encouraging the Birds to relocate but they charge approximately $450 for this service.

            Council Hearing with Mr. Sweeney set for March 21, 2013 at 7pm.  Please let Sherry know if you are not able to make this hearing so we have a quorum.

            Approval to advertise the 2013 Street Bid project R. Pursell motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of check to Bergeys Tire Service $1444.00(2000 Dump truck 6 tires, Utilities 4 tires). R. Scott motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:  

            Tax and Zoning Office copier/printer is not working correctly.

            Borough Resident Elaine Albrecht has Service Electric bundle and she lost her phone for about ten minutes on March 11, 12 2013.  S. Masteller suggested she call Service Electric to report the issue.  Council suggested that S. Masteller research the Borough contract with Service Electric and contact them.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:51 PM.  Next Council meeting is April 10, 2013

Sherry Masteller  

Borough Secretary

 

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Street Bid Legal Notice

From Borough of Riegelsville

LEGAL                                                                                615 Easton Road

NOTICE                                                                              P.O. Box 551

                                                                                            Riegelsville, PA 18077

                                                                                            Telephone (610)749-2726

Sealed bids are due at 7:00 P.M., prevailing time, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in the Riegelsville Borough Office located at 615 Easton Road, Riegelsville, PA 18077, at which time they will be publicly opened and read. Work includes approximately 440 tons of bituminous scratch coat, 9,900 square yards of bituminous surface treatment, and 30 square yards of bituminous base repair.

Complete sets of specifications may be reviewed during regular business hours at Cowan Associates, Inc., 120 Penn-Am Drive, Quakertown, PA 18951 (215-536-7075). Electronic copies may be obtained from Cowan Associates, Inc. during the same hours upon a non-refundable payment in the amount of $50.00. Bidders shall be PennDOT approved for performing roadway/street projects and related work, and shall provide with their bid formal documentation indicating similar work.

Bids must be made on the forms furnished by the Owner and must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond issued by a Surety licensed to conduct business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the amount of at least ten percent (10%) of the total price bid made to the Owner.

The successful Bidder will be required to furnish and pay for satisfactory Performance and Payment Bonds, each in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price with a corporate surety approved by the Owner.

The Bidder’s attention is called to the fact that this project constitutes a Public Works by a Public Body project. Bidders are advised that Pennsylvania Prevailing Minimum Wage Rates, as set forth in the Contract Documents, must be paid to workers employed on this project. The successful Bidder must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Award of Contract, if a Contract be awarded, will be to the lowest responsible bidder, but the Owner reserves the unqualified right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informalities.

 Borough of Riegelsville

Gregory Stokes, Borough Mayor

 

 

 

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