July 2013 Council Meeting

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:35 p.m. July 10, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance a roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Ed Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the June 12, 2013 Council Meeting and Kathy Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter from Riegelsville Library inviting Borough Council and Borough Employees to a party recognizing four past Library Board members. Friday July 19 at 6pm.

            Letter dated June 28, 2013 from Marguerite Quinn, State Rep., inviting us to a Local Government COSTARS Training Session on August 28, 2013.  Sherry Masteller will attend.

            Letter dated July 1, 2013 from the Bridgeton Township Supervisors requesting the Riegelsville Fire Police for the Carnival on Wednesday August 28- September 1, 2013. Chief Myers and Council approved this.

            Email dated July 5, 2013 from Kenneth J. Basalik, in reference to the final minutes of a meeting held for the Delaware Road over the Delaware canal Bridge Project on June 19, 2013. No one from the Borough was invited to this meeting. Mayor Stokes happened to see the group at the Bridge and went over to introduce himself.

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to council that he went to the bridge meeting on June 19, 2013 even though he wasn’t invited. Mayor Stokes also spoke to Bob Flosdorf, project manager in reference to Maplewood Road concerns with the traffic going down Maplewood instead of detouring to Delaware Road.

CITIZENS COMMENTS:  Maplewood Road property owners discussed their concerned with the speeding cars going down Maplewood especially with the temporary bridge detour. They are concerned with the children in the neighborhood. Discussion was to put temporary Speed Bumps to slow down the traffic. And put up additional “Local Traffic Only” signs.  S. Masteller will contact Penn Dot with these suggestions.

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning:  K. Clayton, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that the Eagle Scout project at the Lutheran Church is complete. The State met with zoning and concluded their review of the accessibility on new commercial properties. This is a regular review and will be done again in 2016.  Addition on Linden Lane is going well despite many rain delays, inspection are being done on “off” Days and after work to help the contractor and the property owner.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the June 16, 2013 Fire House breakfast served 430 people, July 21, 2013 is next breakfast. The spaghetti dinner served 104 people. Exercise room is almost done on the second floor of the Fire House for the Firemen and the Auxiliary to use. Longtime fireman and Borough resident Tom Sarkady passed away. Dale Wood Riegelsville fuel location will be closing on July 1, 2013 so they are going to get fuel cards for Turkey Hill and use Valero gas station.

            Library News: Beth Banko reported to Council that they have received 4 applicants for the Library Board position. Updated Board member list was given to S. Masteller. Summer reading “Dig into Reading” stated June 18-August 13, 2013.  “Science in the summer” is set for July 1&2, spots are still available. Community Star Watch is set for July 16, 2013 at 7:30 rain or shine.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Elaine Albrecht reported that the Bake Sale profit was $292.00. Set up the Slates at the June 16th, 2013 Fire Co. breakfast but none were sold. Next meeting is June 26, 2013 at 7pm.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Next meeting June 22, 2013 at noon.

            EMS News: Ed Bartosiewicz attended the squad meeting and they are running smoothly.

Rec Board News: The Riegelsville Girls B softball Team won the Upper Bucks Championship with a 9-1 record.  5 girls will be moving up to A team next spring so we will probably have enough for both the A & B teams.  Awards Party is set for July 21, 2013.

Utilities:

Discussions: 

Citizen Comments:  None to report

Property owner at 683 Easton Road reported to S. Masteller that the drain on 611 is full and leaks into his basement.  Plus the drain at the bottom of the steps on 611 are caving in (611/Delaware Road). Council suggested M. Brady take a look at them to see if he can fix them or not.

The Met-Ed pole on Church road is leaning more and needs to be replaced since Storm Sandy in October 2012. S. Masteller will contact Met-Ed. Remarks: The Borough office received the PA One notice that the pole will be replace 7/12/13-7/23/13.

June 27th, 2013, 6:30-8pm there is a public meeting at the Riegelsville Fire House, in reference to the Penn Dot Bridge- State Route 611 over Cooks Creek Bridge in Durham Township.

The borough office received an email from the US Geological Survey, Pennsylvania Water Science Center asking the Water Co. to participate in the Principal Aquifer Study.  Council agreed to participate.

 

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Greg Ort with J.E. Maier Carpentry Inc. will stop at the Library on Saturday July 6, 2013 and look at the issues and talk with Julia or Terri.

2013 Street Project: Nothing new to report. Remarks: The project is scheduled for July 22, 2013.

Blooming Glen Contractors with the Delaware Canal Bridge sent a letter referencing the Durham Road changes in traffic patterns for the temporary bridge. The change is scheduled for July 30, 2013 weather permitting. Project completion is currently scheduled for May 13, 2014.

Borough resident is having trees cut down and would like to put a crane in the small borough parking lot on Durham road. Council suggested S. Masteller to contact M. Cavallaro in reference to his septic/holding tank to the right of the parking lot. S. Masteller will pass this info to the Tree Co. also.

Finance:

Discussions:

Street Loan is set for July 11, 2013 at 2pm at the Borough Office. Date changed to July 18, 2013.

Elaine Albrecht reported to Council that Kim Gaspar-Manager of the Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center is unable to come to a council meeting to update the Borough Council of their events and programs for the seniors so Elaine would like to report the info to Council.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of Resolution: R-13-13, Authorizing Small Borrowing for Capital purposes under Section 8109 of the Local Government Unit Debt Act. R. Scott motioned to approve, K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

            Approval of agreement with Berkheimer to collect delinquent EIT, 2010 prior and term commencing May 1, 2013 and ending December 31, 2014. (This goes with the appointment resolution from last month). K. Weiss motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

            Approval of Resolution: R-14-13, appointing Berkheimer as our Tax Hearing Officer for these delinquent taxes. K. Weiss motioned to approve, R. Scott seconded Unanimous.

            Approval for check for $1540.50 to QNB for Street Loan, due 7/31/13. K. Weiss motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded Unanimous.           

 

           

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

 

Meeting adjourned 8:45 PM.

Next Council meeting is August 14, 2013

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June 2013 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. June 12, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance a roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Ed Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the May 8, 2013 Council Meeting and Kathy Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter dated June 10, 2013 from an anonymous taxpaying resident, Council had no discussion since there was no name on the complaint.

            Letter dated June 10, 2013 from Kim Gasper, Center manager for Eastern Upper Bucks Senior center.  Kim would like to come to a Borough Council meeting to report on the Centers accomplishes for this past year.

 REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to council that the Contractors that are working on the temporary Bridge are starting work before 6 am and the Borough noise ordinance is 7am. S. Masteller gave Mayor Stokes a copy of the noise ordinance.  Mayor Stokes contacted State Representative Marguerite Quinn’s office in reference to the New York reservoirs releasing water, since they are at 100%.  Mayor Stokes sat down with Penn Dot Representative Ron Martin to go over a few Borough issues.

CITIZENS COMMENTS:  - None to report

COMMITTEE REPORTS:         

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning:  K. Clayton, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that he issued1 re-roof Building permits, 2 electrical permits.  There is a preliminary court date for 141 Delaware Road on June 17, 2013. K. Clayton will work on 530 Easton Road complaint next.  Inspections continue at 234 Linden Lane. Eagle Scout project at St Peter’s is underway and the plumbing inspection was done. K. Clayton will contact St Peter’s Lutheran Church’s grounds supervisor to see how the fence is coming for the playground.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council the next breakfast on Sunday May 19, 2013 8 am to 12:30. Roast beef Dinner served approximately 140 people.  June 1, 2013 is the Spaghetti Buffet Dinner.  Night at the races fundraiser is in September 2013.

Library News: Beth Banko sent via email the Board of Trustees minutes to add to the Community Affairs meeting. Fundraising: Annual letter is complete, about $6,035.00 in donations received to date. The Library fair is set for May 18, 2013.  The annual Summer Reading program will start June 18, 2013. The theme is “Dig into Reading”.

April 2013 Statistics:

     Public Count: 594

Circulation: 1,137

Items lent out (In-County): 346

Items Borrowed (In-County): 181

Public Computers/WIFI use: 23

Historic Room Visits: 0

Tax Form requests: 21

Total Cardholders: 1,042

Collection size: 16,609 items (9,696 adult +Easy, 7,012 Juvenile & Young Adult)

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Selling Slates at the Library Fair on May 18, 2013 and at the June 16, 2013 Fire Co. breakfast.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing was received in the borough office.

          EMS News: Adam Maziuk sent the 2012 Financial Statement.

Rec Board News: Ball season is in full swing!! The park looks great with the help from SSM group.

Utilities:

Citizen Comments:  None to report

R. Pursell reported that the Street project will start after the first week of June 2013.

T. Stinnett reported that he and Tammy met with QNB to go over terms for the Street loan, 2.75% for 48 months.  This information will be ready for June Council.

T. Stinnett reported to Council that the Wellhead Protection Steering Committee met and discussed getting a sample ordinance for on-lot septic maintenance to have Council review.  S. Masteller will get a copy to K. Clayton, Zoning officer and Dick Meade, Water Operator.

Primary Election May 21, 2013 7am-8pm, Borough office is closed. We may be getting our new computers put in so S. Masteller may need to be at the office for a few hours.

  Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Library reported to the office that one of the windows has a broken sash and a few inside window shutters need to be planed so they can be opened.  Council suggested S. Masteller contact Greg Ort with J.E. Maier Carpentry Inc.

2013 Street Project: R. Pursell reported to Council that all the contract documents have been signed and received. The Borough office will be notified when the project will begin.  S. Masteller will contact the Borough residents, Williams Township, Durham Township and UBREMS to let them know when the project will begin.

R. Pursell reported to Council that the mowing on Sherer’s Hill and Spring Hill Road that Durham Township is taking care of that but it does not very good.  S. Masteller will contact Durham Township Manager Joe Kulick to discuss this.

A Borough resident reported to the Borough office that there has been very loud motorcycle around 6pm on 611 and is very disruptive.  We need to try and get the color and plate number to hand in to the State Police.

Finance:

Comments from the Citizens:   Nothing to report

Discussions:

The Borough will be doing a Fall Newsletter and it should be ready to mail out in September.

Borough office received a call from Dale Wood to offer the sale of their Riegelsville property to the Borough.  Council stated they are not interested in the property.  The gas pumps will be shut down July 1, 2013.

Borough office received a call from Mark Makowski with Pickering and Corts Inc. reporting that Penn Dot contractors will need to relocate a portion of the Borough water line at the Canal Bridge project.

Council discussed #1111 Easton Road water shut-off fee and council agreed that the fee needs to be paid.  S. Masteller will send the information to the property owner.

S. Masteller gave Council her vacation days.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval for Conditional approval to accept QNB’s rate of 2.75% for 4 years for Street project (Spring Hill Road, Delaware Road-West estimated monthly payment $1542.00. Total loan amount $70,000.00. K. Weiss motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution: R-10-13, appointing Berkheimer to collect delinquent EIT for tax years 2010 and prior. K. Weiss motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

          Approval of Resolution: R-11-13, authorizing and empowering Berkheimer, to impose and retain cost of collecting on delinquent taxes. K. Weiss motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

          Approval of Resolution: R-12-13, appoints Sherry Masteller as its authorized representative to requests upon and receive any and all information and records from Berkheimer. K. Weiss motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded Unanimous.

          Adoption of Ordinance #225 “An Ordinance adopting the 2009 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code. K. Weiss motioned to adopt E. Bartosiewicz seconded Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS:

K. Weiss reported to Council that a Borough resident (no name given) complained about the high grass and weeds at 224 Easton Road in the front and back yard.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

Next Council meeting is July 10, 2013

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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2012 CCR Water Report

2012 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

PWSID #:   1090058               NAME:  Riegelsville Water Company

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

WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION:

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

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

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

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

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

Monitoring Your Water:

We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws.  The following tables show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2012.  The State allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of our data is from prior years in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The date has been noted on the sampling results table.

DEFINITIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

radiation absorbed by the body)                                             (mg/L)

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

radioactivity)                                                                           liter

ppb = parts per billion, or micrograms per liter                       ppt = part per trillion, or nanograms per liter (µg/L)

 

DETECTED SAMPLE RESULTS:

 

Entry Point Disinfectant Residual

Contaminant

Minimum Disinfectant

Residual

Lowest

Level Detected

RangeofDetections

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Chlorine

0.4

0.49

0.49 – 2.6

ppm

2012

N

Water additive used to control microbes.

 

Lead and Copper

Contaminant

Action Level (AL)

MCLG

90th Percentile Value

Units

# of Sites AboveALof Total Sites

Violation Y/N

Sources of

Contamination

Lead

15

0

6.40

ppb

1

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.
Copper

1.3

1.3

.244

ppm

0

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.

 

 

Chemical Contaminants

 

Contaminant

MCLinCCRUnits

MCLG

Level Detected

RangeofDetections

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

  Arsenic (IOC)

10

0

0.26

0.26

ppb

2012

N

Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
  Barium (IOC)

2

2

0.0237

0.0199 – 0.0237

ppm

2012

N

Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits
  Chromium (IOC)

100

100

0.39

0.39

ppb

2012

N

Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits
  Nickel (IOC)

100

0

0.79

0.51 – 0.79

ppb

2012

N

Erosion of natural deposits; Corrosion of home plumbing
  Nitrate

10

10

4.61

0.833 – 4.61

ppm

2012

N

Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
  Nitrite

1

1

0.029

0 – 0.29

ppm

2012

N

Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
  Selenium (IOC)

50

50

1.7

0.79 – 1.7

ppb

2012

N

Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from mines
  Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (SOC)

6

0

0.125

0 – 0.125

ppb

2012

N

Discharge from rubber and chemical factories
  TTHM

80

N/A

3.27

3.27

ppb

2012

N

By-product of drinking water chlorination
  Radium-228

5

0

0.076

0.076

pCi/l

2012

N

Erosion of natural deposits
                   

 

 

NO VIOLATIONS

 

EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION:

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

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

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

 

 

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

INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD:

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

OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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

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

Riegelsville Water Company

PO Box 494

Riegelsville, PA  18077

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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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