PennDOT to Repair Potholes this week!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2018

PennDOT to Repair Potholes Next Week on More Than 60 State Highways in the Philadelphia Region

Motorists encouraged to call 1-800-FIX-ROAD or go online to report potholes

 King of Prussia, PA – PennDOT maintenance and contractor crews will be working on more than 60 state highways next week to repair deteriorated pavement across the five-county Philadelphia region. The roadways include:

Bucks County

 

  • Interstate 95 in Bensalem, Middletown and Lower Makefield townships;
  • U.S. 1 in Bensalem, Middletown and Falls townships;
  • Business U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway) in Falls and Middletown townships and Penndel Borough;
  • U.S. 202 in Doylestown Township;
  • U.S. 202 in Buckingham and Solebury townships;
  • Route 32 (River Road) in Nockamixon and Bridgeton townships;
  • Route 113 (Broad Street/Souderton Road) in Hilltown Township;
  • Route 313 (Swamp Road) in Plumstead and Bedminster townships;
  • Route 611 (Easton Road) in Nockamixon Township and Riegelsville Borough;
  • Route 611 in Doylestown Borough;
  • Allentown Road in Milford Township;
  • Thatcher Road in Richland Township;
  • Bethlehem Pike in Hilltown Township and Sellersville Borough;
  • Diamond Street in Hilltown Township;
  • Blue School Road in Hilltown and Bedminster townships;
  • Bristol Road in Lower Southampton Township;
  • Bridgetown Pike in Lower Southampton and Northampton townships;
  • Bristol Road in Warrington and Warminster townships;
  • Butler Avenue in Doylestown and New Britain townships and Chalfont borough;
  • Swamp Road in Warwick Township;
  • Swamp Road in Wrightstown and Newtown townships; and
  • New Ford Mill Road in Falls Township.

 

Chester County

 

  • U.S. 1 in West Nottingham and Pennsbury townships;
  • U.S. 30 in Sadsbury, Valley, Caln, West Caln and West Whiteland townships;
  • U.S. 322 in West Goshen Township;
  • Route 52 (Price Street) in East Bradford Township;
  • Route 52 (Lenape Road) in Pocopson Township;
  • Route 82 (Manor Road) in West Brandywine Township;
  • Route 100 in West Whiteland Township;
  • Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) in Upper Uwchlan and West Goshen townships;
  • Route 724 (Schuylkill Road) in East Vincent Township;
  • Route 896 (Newark Road) in Franklin Township;
  • Lincoln Avenue in East Caln Township;
  • Appleton Road in Franklin Township;
  • Creek Road in Pennsbury Township;
  • Whitford Road in West Whiteland Township;
  • Old Wilmington Road in West Caln Township;
  • Hibernia Road in West Brandywine Township;
  • Wagontown Road in West Brandywine Township; and
  • Swinehart Road in West Brandywine Township.

 

Delaware County

 

  • Interstate 476 in Radnor, Springfield, Marple and Haverford townships;
  • Route 252 (Newtown/Street Road) in Newtown Township;
  • Baltimore Pike in Clifton Heights Borough and Springfield and Upper Darby townships;
  • State Road in Upper Darby Township; and
  • Burmont Road in Upper Darby Township.

 

Montgomery County

 

  • Interstate 476 in Lower Merion Township;
  • U.S. 422 in Lower Providence and Upper Providence townships;
  • Route 29 (Gravel Pike) in Marlborough, Upper Frederick, Lower Frederick and Upper Providence townships and Collegeville Borough;
  • Route 63 (Main Street) in Green Lane Borough;
  • Route 363 (Valley Forge Road) in Worchester Township;
  • Route 611 (Old York Road) in Cheltenham Township;
  • Neiffer Road in Upper Frederick and Lower Frederick townships;
  • Cowpath Road in Franconia and Salford townships;
  • High Street in Pottstown Borough;
  • Bethlehem Pike in Springfield Township;
  • Mill Road in Hatboro Borough;
  • Philmont Ave in Lower Moreland Township;
  • Susquehanna Road in Upper Dublin and Abington townships;
  • Morris Road in Worchester Township; and
  • Radnor Road in Upper Merion Township.

 

Philadelphia

 

  • Interstate 76;
  • Interstate 95;
  • Interstate 676; and
  • U.S. 1.

 

 

Crews will restrict travel lanes on these state highways to patch areas of deteriorating pavement. Motorists are advised to be alert of this moving operation and to expect intermittent lane closures and possible slowdowns when driving near work crews. All activities are weather dependent.

 

PennDOT would also like to remind motorists that potholes and other roadway concerns on state roads can be reported by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD or visiting www.penndot.gov and clicking on “Submit Roadway Feedback.”

 

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.

 

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

 

For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly, and follow the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Chelsea Lacey-Mabe, 610-205-6799

 

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January Re-Org Council meeting 2018

The reorganization meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council was called to order on January 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gregory Stokes.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT:  Thomas E Stinnett, Ann P Moyer and Rodney Scott. ABSENT: Ed Bartosiewicz. (Mayor Stokes will issue Ed Bartosiewicz oath of office January 3, 2018)

Mayor Stokes issued the oath of office for newly elected Tax Collector, Tammy Macaluso and Council member Rodney Scott.  Mayor Stokes asked for nominations for President of Council.  R. Scott motioned to appoint T. Stinnett as President of Council.  A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

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

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

Mayor Stokes turned the chair over to President T. Stinnett.

  1. Stinnett read a list of appointments. A. Moyer then motioned to appoint the list below. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous

Borough Secretary– Sherry Masteller

                                    Borough Treasurer- Tammy Macaluso

Depositories – Penn Community Bank &

                                                             PA Local Government Investment Trust

Auditor – Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC

Solicitor – Eastburn & Gray

Engineer – Cowan Associates, Inc.

Water System Operator – Private Utility Enterprises, Inc.

Zoning Office/Building Inspector – Keystone Municipal Services

Ordinance Enforcement Official – August Groller

Vacancy Board Chairperson –Allen Madnick

                                    Tax Collection Committee (TCC) delegates-

Primary voting delegate: Thomas Stinnett

First alternate:   Edward Bartosiewicz

 

  1. Stinnett read a list of Board appointments. R. Scott then motioned to appoint the list below omitting **Stephen Shlyen. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous

 

Boards:

Zoning Hearing Board- 3 year seat

Allen Madnick

 

Planning Commission- 4 year seat

Collette Gerstenberg

 

Library Board-

Cheryl Bade

Beth Banko

Ken Banko-Vice President

Estelle Bloom-Secretary

Charles (Terry) Fritz

Gail Johnson

David Oleksa

**Stephen Shlyen

JoAnne Walsh- President

Recreation Board-4 year seat

Dirk Odhner-2019

Sherry Masteller-2019

Rodney Scott-2019

Ed Bartosiewicz-2019

Tom Speicher-2020

Marie Knecht-2020

BOCA Board of Appeals- 5 year seat

Michael Craig

Greg Ort-Alt.

Emergency Management:

Frank Preedy-Coordinator

Mike Myers-Deputy

Ray Kenny

John Panasiuk

Jason Anderson

Moyer motioned to adopt the current Borough Bylaws from 1994. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

 

  1. Stinnett stated that the Committees of Council will be as follows:
  2. Bartosiewicz- Streets/Properties
  3. Moyer- Community Affairs

Vacant- Finance

  1. Scott- Utilities

 

 

  1. Scott motioned to add E. Bartosiewicz as a check signer and to the Safe Deposit Box. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous

Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm.

Borough Council Meeting: January 10, 2018 7pm

 

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December 2017 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ann Moyer, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. A. Kenny motioned to approve the minutes from November 8, 2017. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter received from Lance Lawn Care appreciating the Borough’s business this past year.

Email dated December 12, 2017 Audrey Kenny has officially been appointed to a new job with PEMA and will need to resign her seat on Borough Council effective 12/31/2017.  R. Scott motioned to accept Audrey Kenny’s resignation with regrets and A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported that the new format for the “Rville Happenings” looks great. The font will be made larger in the next issue.  Tom thanked Amber Campbell for assisting with the new format.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that there has been a lot of dumping at the Borough Park by the Parking lot/Canal. Rodney will get a heavier chain and put on the fence & more NO DUMPING signs.

Is there an update on 428 Poplar Road violation, S. Masteller will check with J. Kopchak Zoning officer.

Rodney will look at 429 Poplar Road Trees on Friday December 15, 2017.

Mayor Stokes thanked Audrey Kenny for serving on Council and said you will be missed and good luck with your new job at PEMA.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

2 Borough Residents present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council:

  • 8 Building permits: 5-720 Easton Road for Dean’s Deli, Finished Basement, Oil Tank install, Paver patio-fence-ramp.
  • 1 Zoning permits: 1-Re-Roof.
  • 1274 Easton Road- Stop work order, plans submitted-waiting for Todd to approve for FEMA compliance. No new update.
  • 428 Poplar Road, Property maintenance violation letter was sent out on October 11, for trash & yard waste on the property.

Library News: Borough office received the November 2017 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  Joanne Walsh, Library Board President, reported to Council:

  • The new stair lift chair was installed, state certified and ready for library patrons.  New carpet was installed also.
  • Riegelsville Halloween Parade was a success.
  • Fall Book Sale starts November 17th.
  • December 7th, Author Mary Schafer will talk on Metal Detecting for beginners.
  • December 17th, Cookie Sale and Posh Presents.

Proposed Walking Trail: Todd Myers, Borough Engineer will be attending the December 6, Committee meeting to update Council.

Fire Co. News:

  • November 19 is breakfast.
  • Free Community Dinner is Saturday December 2.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • 2018 Calendars are selling well.

UBREMS News:  They had a meeting but nothing to report.

Rec Board News:

  • Car show was a success even though the weather was not the best, the show totals will be completed soon.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Nothing to report.
  • Riegelsville Planning Commission:  Discussion will be 3 current Ordinances- Sidewalk, Alcohol on Borough Property and Water hookup fees.  S. Masteller will get the Borough properties parcels to T. Stinnett to add to the Alcohol parcel.

Utilities

Discussions:

Borough Solicitor is looking over the agreement from Mike Sullivan, (Water Operator) with “Private Utilities Enterprises”.  Will be added to the December Finance meeting on December 6, 2017- then passage during the December 13. 2017 Borough Council meeting.

Ken Kerstner is getting parts for the Well #2 Chlorine Pump issue..

There was a memo to Municipal officials that the Pennsylvania General Assembly recently passed a new gambling expansion law legalizing a number of new gambling forms and venues. Act 42 of 2017 authorizes the placement of ten Category 4 casinos on the Commonwealth.  Council agreed that they would oppose this and will look at a draft resolution during the Council finance meeting on December 6 before Borough Council on December 13, 2017.

Penn DOT 5 year Winter Agreement for the Borough to plow Delaware Road, the agreement will be added to the December 13, 2017 Council meeting for approval.

Council looked over the cistern evaluation report and will give to the new Water Operator to prioritize the list.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

ES2 Environmental Systems & Equipment Service, Inc. serviced the Chlorine Injector at Well #2.  They will send a quote for 2 new scales.

Sonny and Tony continue to work on the apartment, they are prepping to paint.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer reported to Council that the meeting with DEP was very positive.

Todd reported that they can put a boardwalk across the wetlands with space between the boards for the sun to go through. It would be 50 ft. long, 30 ft. boardwalk plus 10 ft. apron on each end of the boardwalk.   The proposed water line could be bored horizontal.  Todd showed Council the updated plan and asked if Council was OK with the boardwalk plan- they all agreed.  T. Stinnett asked S. Masteller to get in touch with Wayne Dowd about the water line quote.

  1. Stinnett reported to Council that William Dudeck is looking over the draft ordinances for the current Alcohol, Sidewalk, Water Rates and connection fees that the Riegelsville Planning Commission have prepared.

Finance

Discussions:

Council discussed closing out the Tenant’s escrow account and agreed that it can be added to the December 13, 2017 Council agenda.

The Borough’s Tri Eagle energy generation current contract will be up for the 3 year renewal 12/2018. S. Masteller will contact them to ask if we need to lock in before the end of the 2017 for the current rate.

The draft water operator contract will be discussed with Michael Sullivan then added to December 13, 2017 Council agenda.

Council discussed the “Category 4 casino draft ordinance that will be added to December 13, 2017 Council agenda.

Council received the 2018 Cowan Associates Fee Schedule.

The 2018 draft budget and water rate increase resolution will be added to December 13, 2017 Council agenda for approval.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval of the 2018 Budget. A. Kenny motioned to approve and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Ordinance #238, Tax Levy for 2018   13.25 Mils. (No tax increase). A. Moyer motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Borough’s Entrust energy generation current contract will be up for the 3 year renewal 12/2018.  Price 0.0592   R. Scott motioned to approve and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of “Private Utility Enterprises, INC.” operation and maintenance contract for the water facilities of the Riegelsville Water Company.  Commencing January 1, 2018. R. Scott motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous

Approval of Resolution R-07-17 (Replace R-05-17) “Master Casting Agreement” with Penn DOT. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous

Approval of Resolution R-08-17 “Prohibit Category 4 Licensed Casino”. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous

Approval of Resolution R-09-17 “Water Rate increase 2018”. ”. R. Scott motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous

Approval of Resolution R-10-17   Winter Traffic Services agreement with Penn DOT 5 year. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to advertise Ordinance #239 amending Mailbox/Alcohol on Borough Property. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to close out of the tenant’s escrow account and mail to him. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

ES2 Quote for Water Co.  $3491.50, New Water inlet assembly, Corporation stop for ejector and 2 mechanical scales. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for the Borough Secretary, Treasurer and Fulltime Borough Laborer to carry over up to 6 personal/sick days into the following year. R. Scott motioned to approve and A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.

                       

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

 

Borough office closed December 18, 22, 25 and 26.

RE Org meeting is Tuesday January 2, 2018 7pm.

NO December 20, Community Affairs/Utilities meeting. 

NO January 3, Streets/Finance meeting.

Next regular Council Meeting January 10, 2018   7:00pm.

 

 

Meeting adjourned 8:33 PM.

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Draft Ordinance #239

During Borough Council on Wednesday January 10th- they tabled for revisions.

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given by the Council of the Borough of Riegelsville that an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Riegelsville with respect to Ordinance No. 135 entitled, “An Ordinance Prohibiting the Possession, Sale or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Parks, Playgrounds and Open Land of the Borough of Riegelsville” and Ordinance No. 171 entitled, “An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 141, the Riegelsville Borough Code of Ordinances, Chapter 21, Streets and Sidewalks, to Add Part 3. Sidewalk and Curb Rules and Regulations and Part 4. Sidewalk and Curb Construction and Repair Standards” will be presented for review and passage at the Regular Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, Riegelsville, Pennsylvania.  A full copy of the proposed ordinance may be examined without charge at the Borough Hall, the office of this newspaper or the Law Library at the Bucks County Court House during normal business hours, or may be obtained upon request for a charge not greater than the cost thereof.  The following is a summary of the proposed ordinance: Paragraph 1 amends section 2 of Ordinance No. 135 to provide for an exception to the possession and consumption of liquor, wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages upon any property of the Borough of Riegelsville for any private or non-profit event; Paragraph 2 defines the terms “private” and “non-profit”; Paragraph 3 amends Section 301 of Ordinance No. 141, as amended by Section 1 of Ordinance 171, regarding retroactive and current prohibitions on sidewalk obstructions; Paragraph 4 is a repealer; and Paragraph 5 is a savings clause.

 

William T. Dudeck, Esquire

Eastburn and Gray, P.C.

60 East Court Street

P.O. Box 1389

Doylestown, PA 18901

Solicitor for the

                                                                                                Borough of Riegelsville

RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH ORDINANCE No. 239  

 AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE

AMENDING ORDINANCE Nos.  135, 141 AND 171

 

            WHEREAS, on November 12, 2017, the Borough of Riegelsville duly enacted Ordinance  No. 135 entitled, “An Ordinance Prohibiting the Possession, Sale or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Parks, Playgrounds and Open Land of the Borough of Riegelsville”; and

 

WHEREAS, on December 8, 1993, the Borough of Riegelsville duly enacted Ordinance No. 171 entitled, “An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 141, the Riegelsville Borough Code of Ordinances, Chapter 21, Streets and Sidewalks, to Add Part 3. Sidewalk and Curb Rules and Regulations and Part 4. Sidewalk and Curb Construction and Repair Standards”; and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Riegelsville, by way section 202(2) of the Borough Code, 8 Pa. C.S.A. § 1202(2), is specifically empowered to operate its recreational facilities and other facilities and to make and regulate charges for them for general borough purposes; and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Riegelsville, by way section 202(12) of the Borough Code, 8 Pa. C.S.A. § 1202(12), is specifically empowered to regulate sidewalks and to prohibit the erection or construction of any obstruction to the convenient use of the same; and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Riegelsville, upon consideration and review, has determined that it is in the best interests of the public health, safety and welfare to amend Ordinance Nos. 135, 141 and 171 as more fully set forth herein.

 

            NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED AS FOLLOWS:

 

  1. Section 2 of Ordinance No. 135 is hereby amended to include the following exception: EXCEPT that the Borough of Riegelsville, upon application for and issuance of a permit to do so for such fee as shall cover any costs and expenses to the Borough of Riegelsville in association therewith, may allow the possession and consumption of liquor, wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages upon any property of the Borough of Riegelsville for any private or non-profit event to be held thereon.

 

  1. As used herein, “private” shall mean an event not open to the general public. “Non-profit” shall mean an event conducted by a corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without profit motive.

 

  1. The second paragraph of Section 301 of Ordinance No. 141, as amended by Section 1 of Ordinance 171, is hereby amended to add the following sentence: Further, no owner of property in the Borough of Riegelsville shall erect or construct upon any walkway or sidewalk, any obstruction to the convenient use of the same, including but not limited to any mailbox, post or recreational apparatus (e.g. portable or permanent basketball system). This amendment is retroactive and shall apply equally prior to, on or after the date of enactment of this Ordinance.

 

  1. Any resolutions, ordinances or parts thereof heretofore enacted and inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed insofar as such inconsistency may exist.

 

  1. If any section, clause or phrase of this Ordinance is for any reason held to be unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining sections, sentences, clauses and phrases of this Ordinance as an entirety, it being the legislative intent that this Ordinance shall stand notwithstanding the invalidity or any such section, sentence, clause or phrase.

 

ENACTED AND ORDAINED THIS 10th DAY OF January, 2018.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                     RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH COUNCIL:

 

 

____________________                                By:                                                                             

Sherry Masteller, Secretary                                         Thomas E. Stinnett, President

 

 

                                                                       

Ed Bartosiewicz

 

 

                                                                       

Rodney Scott

 

 

                                                                       

Ann P. Moyer

 

 

Approved as an Ordinance of the Borough of Riegelsville, this    10th day of January                                                         2018.

 

                                                                       

Gregory Stokes, Mayor

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November 2017 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ann Moyer, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. A. Kenny motioned to approve the minutes from October 11, 2017. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  None received.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported on November 1, 2017 that Council had an executive session due to possible litigation for 30 minutes.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he will meet with Michael Quali, Penn Dot Assistant Highway Maintenance to discuss 22 Delaware Road bank issue.  Mayor Stokes talked to Sgt. Smith about the truck issues on the canal and the river bridges.   Mayor Stokes called the State Police, Truck Co, Sgt. Thomas with “Weights & Measures” and Delaware Joint Toll Bridge Commission- Bridge attendants due to the truck that took out a Met-Ed pole and street light on the corner of Delaware Road/Route 611 on Monday night November 6, 2017.  Performed one wedding.  Rodney Scott & Mayor Stokes were judges at the Halloween Parade.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

3 Borough Residents present.

PA St Police Sgt. Kevin Smith introduced himself to Council and reported that they are very aware of the Truck issues and will make every effort to get a trooper here when they receive a call and ticket them.  Sgt Smith stated that there needs to be “NO Trucks Local Deliveries ONLY” on both sides of the Canal Bridge.

  1. Masteller will relay this info to PennDot.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council:

  • 3 Building permits: Chimney repair, HVAC, Alterations.
  • 6 Zoning permits: Fence, Pool Fence, 3-Re-Roof, Solar lights/barrier.
  • 1274 Easton Road- Stop work order, plans submitted-waiting for Todd to approve for FEMA compliance. No new update.
  • 428 Poplar Road, Property maintenance violation letter was sent out on October 11, for trash & yard waste on the property.
  • 720 Easton Road, permits submitted for Dean’s Deli.
  • Inquire for a 21 –bed, High end drug rehab facility for 28 acre lot in the “I district”.

Proposed Walking Trail:

  • Borough residents are concerned that the trail will be on the wetlands.
  • Are there setbacks on properties near the trail?  T. Myers stated that there is no required setbacks and the trail is 8’4” from the fence on 370 Spring Hill Road.
  • The parking lot is outside the Wetlands.
  • The residents on Spring Hill Road do not want the parking lot due to no police, no security and trails bring “Bad Stuff”.

Library News: Borough office received the October 2017 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  Estelle Bloom, Library Board Trustee, reported to Council:

  • The Brewfest was a big success this year.
  • October 28, 11am Riegelsville Halloween Parade.
  • The Library received $4500.00 from the Bucks County Foundation for the 2017-2018 Year.
  • Next fundraiser is Fall Book Sale November 17th.

Fire Co. News:

  • October breakfast served 286.
  • October 10, is Fire Prevention at the Riegelsville Public Library- Ed will be taking the Fire Truck to the Library.
  • Ham Dinner served 120 dinners.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • Boscov’s Friends helping friends was last night October 17, results to follow.
  • Meeting next Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 7pm.

UBREMS News:  They had a meeting but nothing to report.

Rec Board News:

  • Car show preparation continues.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Frank reported to Council that FEMA may not fund snow removal during storms.  The updated EOP will be added to the October Council meeting.
  • Riegelsville Planning Commission:  Next meeting is November 6.  Discussion will be 3 current Ordinances- Sidewalk, Alcohol on Borough Property and Water hookup fees.

 

Utilities

Discussions:

Mike Sullivan, a potential Water Operator will forward his quote by the end of the week-10/20.

Barry Hoffman has ordered the parts to fix Well #3.  Well #2 has a relay issue that Barry found parts for our old system.  Should be fixed within the next 2 weeks.

Skip Brown on Spring Hill Road put a red cone in his yard where the water is laying, could be the 12 inch main or the natural springs.  M. Brady will look into this plus the potential new water operator will look into the possible issue too.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

A Borough Resident would like to help put together a “Doggie Parade on Saturday June 23, 2018 and would like to know how Council feels about this.  Council had a few concerns about closing off 1 block of Durham Road.  Are the businesses in the area aware that the parking lot will be closed to businesses? S. Masteller will pass this information along.

The PennDOT agility agreement is waiting on the Assistant Highway Maintenance Manager Michael Quali to return from vacation for further conversation.

The Penn DOT winter maintenance agreement for the borough plowing Delaware Road in underway with their Harrisburg office.

PennDOT put up 2 new signs on Delaware Road & Rt. 611, Ed reported that the one sign cannot be seen by Tractor trailers because you only see it if you are coming down Delaware Road hill. Ed will take a picture and S. Masteller will contact PennDOT.

Ellen Clemens emailed the Borough office a letter to give Council during tonight’s meeting and she stated during the meeting the she would like to have Council put that letter on hold.

Robert Rainey gave Council a Q & A letter to have them look over and discuss during Council meeting. Remarks: R. Rainey contacted the Borough office and asked S. Masteller to put his letter on hold.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer sent an email to Borough office for S. Masteller to share tonight. “We had to schedule a pre application meeting with DEP to review the utility crossing and potential trail crossing of the wetlands and the impact on the trail project.  The meeting date has not been confirmed as of the date of this email.  I will not be able to revise the trail design until after this meeting.  Remarks: The meeting is scheduled for November 16, 2017.

Also, PA DEP has failed to renew their general NPDES permit with the federal DEP.  What this means for the trail project is that we can’t submit an application until April 2018.  Correspondence enclosed for your review”.

Emma Brotzman, Borough resident sent a letter to President T. Stinnett’s home in reference to the Borough trees behind her garage need to be trimmed. She added that she does not want the walking path behind her property.   T. Stinnett will look into the condition of the trees.

Finance

Discussions:

The tenant on the third floor of the Borough Building asked if he could finish cleaning everything out until Sunday November 5.  Council was fine with this as long as it isn’t any later.

Amber Campbell, Borough Resident would like to volunteer her expertise to help with the “Rville Happenings” email to use Constant Contact as the format. The fee is $180.00 a year.  Council discussed their concern with Constant Contacts policy on the security of the email lists. Amber will meet with S. Masteller on Monday November 13, to look over the policy and see how this will enhance the weekly email and save S. Masteller time. Remarks: Amber Campbell reported to Council that since we are tax exempt the fee is $160.00. They do not sell the emails per their security policy.

Council looked over the financials.

Council discussed the 2018 Budget change with the new water operator fees.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Water operator, contract was sent to Bill Dudeck for approval on 11/1.  Will add to the December Council meeting for vote.

Update from Don Celafonte, PennDOT to follow up with our October meeting.  Don called S. Masteller and reported that they added a few signs but more are on order.  Pavement marking cannot be done.  It is unsafe to add signs to the top of the traffic signs.

Approval to advertise the Draft 2017 Budget- Ordinance #238. R. Scott motioned to advertise and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-05-17 “Master Casting Agreement” with PennDOT. A. Moyer motioned to approve and A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-06-17 “Emergency Operation Plan” (EOP). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

            Approval of Removal of Trail Parking Lot on Spring Hill Road from Trail Plans. R. Scott motioned to approve and A. Kenny seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.               

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

 

Next Council Meeting December 13, 2017 at 7pm.

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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2018 Budget passed 12/13/17

NOTICE: The year 2018 proposed budget for Riegelsville Borough is available on the website:  www.riegelsville.org   plus public inspection 8:00 am – 2:00 pm weekdays in Borough Hall, 615 Easton Rd., Riegelsville, PA.  The following ordinance # 238 will be presented for review and passage at Borough Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, Riegelsville, Pennsylvania:

ORDINANCE NO. 238

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

Under and pursuant to 53 P.S. § 46302, the Council of the Borough of Riegelsville hereby ENACTS and ORDAINS a tax and the same is hereby levied on all real property within the said Borough subject to taxation for the fiscal year 2018 as follows:

 

Tax rate for general purposes, the sum of………….11.75 mils

on each dollar of assessed valuation, or sum of…….$.1175

on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation

 

For fire protection purchases, including fire apparatus

The sum of…………………………………………. 1 mil

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

on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation

 

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

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

on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.

 

The same being summarized in tabular form as follows:

Mils on each                         Cents on Each

Dollars of                               One Hundred

Assessed                              Dollars of

Valuation                               Valuation

Tax Rate General Purposes………………..                       11.75mil                                .1175 cents

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

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

 

TOTAL:                 13.25 mils                               1.325 cents

MEETINGS NOTICE

The Borough Council will have a Council meeting for approving the 2018 Budget and Tax levy Ordinance #238 on December 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm. The Borough Council will meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 pm. The committees of Council will meet monthly as follows:  Streets/Properties at 7:00 pm and Finance immediately following on the 1st Wednesday except no meetings January; Community Affairs at 7:00 pm and Utilities immediately following on the 3rd Wednesday except No meetings December.  The Riegelsville Planning Commission will meet monthly on the 1st Monday at 7:00 pm with the following exceptions: No January or September meeting. The Riegelsville Enhancement Committee will meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 7:00 pm. Recreation Board will meet last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Annual Wellhead protection meeting May 14, 2018 at 10am. All meetings will be held in the Municipal Bldg., 615 Easton Rd., Riegelsville, PA.

BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE

GENERAL FUND
 2018 Budget
REVENUE
301.100 Real Estate Taxes – Current Year    114,035.00
301.200 Real Estate Taxes – Prior Years        2,850.00
310.000 Per Capita Tax        6,500.00
310.100 Real Estate Transfer Taxes        5,000.00
310.200 Earned Income Tax      92,000.00
310.300 Local Services Tax        7,300.00
320.000 Cable Television Franchise      13,000.00
331.120 Local Code Violations           200.00
341.000 Interest Earnings           700.00
342.200 Rent of Building        9,600.00
342.400 Equipment/Clerical Refund-Water Co.      20,000.00
355.010 Public Utility Realty Tax           285.00
355.080 Alcoholic Beverage Licenses           600.00
361.300 Zoning/Subdivision/Land Development Plan Fees        1,000.00
361.340 Zoning Hearing Board Fees           600.00
361.530 Sale of Subdivision and Land Development Book            25.00
361.540 Sale of Zoning Ordinance Book            25.00
362.410 Building Permits        4,000.00
362.420 Electrical Permits           150.00
362.430 Plumbing Permits           120.00
362.440 Mechanical Permits            80.00
380.000 Miscellaneous Revenues            50.00
380.012 Expense Reimbursement – Tax Collector            75.00
395.000 Insurance Reimbursements
     11,964.00
395.100 Telephone Reimbursement – Water Co.           750.00
395.200 Electric/Garbage Reimbursement           845.00
TOTAL   291,754.00
Total General Fund Expenses
General Government    139,129.00
Properties      40,785.00
Police/Public Safety      26,610.00
Community Development      24,780.00
Streets      60,450.00
TOTAL   291,754.00
EXPENDITURES
GENERAL GOVERNMENT
400.100 Postage – Office           450.00
400.200 Office Supplies           600.00
400.320 Telephone Services        1,600.00
400.340 Advertising, Printing and Binding        1,500.00
400.350 Insurance and Bonding      30,470.00
400.420 Dues, Subscriptions, Conferences           650.00
400.430 FICA & Medicare Employer Contribution        7,235.00
400.440 PA UC Solvency Expense           260.00
400.500 Miscellaneous Expenses           140.00
400.700 Computer Equipment/Support Fee           350.00
401.120 Secretary Wages      30,303.00
401.130 Treasurer Wages      18,001.00
401.140 General Fund Wages      35,527.00
402.310 Auditor        3,000.00
403.110 Tax Collector Salary        2,373.00
403.200 Tax Collector Office Supplies           120.00
403.300 Earned Income Tax Office Services            50.00
404.310 Solicitor        3,500.00
408.310 Engineer        3,000.00
TOTAL   139,129.00
PROPERTIES
409.250 Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies           300.00
409.260 Small Tools & Minor Equipment           750.00
409.350 Maintenance Services        3,100.00
409.360 Electric – Borough Hall        1,800.00
409.370 Heating Fuel        7,500.00
409.380 Electric/Water Apartment        1,600.00
409.390 Property Maintenance        3,000.00
409.430 Real Estate Taxes        1,600.00
409.440 Lawn Care        3,100.00
409.460 Building Repairs        6,000.00
409.800 Building Maintenance Reserve      12,035.00
TOTAL     40,785.00
POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY
411.500 Fire Company Contribution      13,055.00
412.500 Emergency Medical Service Contribution      13,055.00
415.000 Emergency Management Expenses           500.00
TOTAL     26,610.00
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
414.120 Zoning Officer/Building Inspector Wages      12,000.00
414.200 Zoning Hearing Board Expenses        1,200.00
414.500 Uniform Construction Code Fee           150.00
427.500 Household Hazardous Waste Program           130.00
451.500 Recreation Board Contribution        5,400.00
451.501 Community Expenses           700.00
451.600 Enhancement Committee Expenses           500.00
453.500 American Legion – Parade Contribution           200.00
453.550 Library – Parade Contribution           300.00
456.500 Library Contribution        4,200.00
TOTAL     24,780.00
STREETS
430.240 Gasoline & Oil        1,500.00
430.310 Alley Maintenance        2,200.00
430.360 Electric – Garage/Maintenance Lot           950.00
430.370 Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance        4,000.00
431.100 Cleaning Streets/Gutters        1,500.00
432.100 Winter Maintenance      10,500.00
433.500 Street Signs/Markings        2,500.00
438.500 Road Maintenance        2,500.00
438.550 Crack Sealing        4,800.00
439.750 Road Project      30,000.00
TOTAL     60,450.00
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
WATER FUND
 2018 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings           750.00
378.100 Metered Sales to General Customers    145,000.00
378.300 Penalty/Interest Charges        1,500.00
378.900 Other Water Revenues           250.00
TOTAL   147,500.00
EXPENDITURES
448.200 Postage           850.00
448.210 Office Supplies           300.00
448.231 Gasoline & Oil        1,500.00
448.260 Inventory, Parts & Equipment        2,000.00
448.270 Small Tools           750.00
448.280 Meter Purchase        2,500.00
448.300 Water Analysis Charges        1,700.00
448.310 Auditor        1,000.00
448.320 Solicitor           250.00
448.330 Engineer        1,000.00
448.340 Adv., Printing & Binding            50.00
448.350 Insurance Reimbursement        1,165.00
448.360 Electric – Pump Houses      13,000.00
448.370 Repair & Maintenance Services      20,000.00
448.372 Lawn Care        1,800.00
448.380 Telephone Services        2,300.00
448.410 Building Maintenance           500.00
448.420 Dues, Subscrip., Conferences           575.00
448.430 Valve Evaluation & Repair      25,000.00
448.460 Curbstop Location & Repair        2,000.00
448.480 Waterworks Operator/Contracted      25,000.00
448.490 Computer Software/Support Fee           175.00
448.500 Miscellaneous Expenses            50.00
448.710 Vehicle & Equip. Maintenance        6,000.00
448.800 Water Reserve Fund        9,635.00
449.000 Water Fund Wages        8,400.00
481.300 Equipment/Clerical Reimbursement      20,000.00
TOTAL   147,500.00
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
HIGHWAY AID FUND
 2018 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings           150.00
355.050 Motor Vehicle Fuel Taxes      33,000.00
TOTAL     33,150.00
EXPENDITURES
430.000 General Services – Administration        6,175.00
433.100 Traffic Signal – Electric        1,200.00
433.300 Traffic Signal Maintenance        5,000.00
434.100 Street Lighting      20,000.00
438.530 Durham Twp. Road Maintenance Agreement           775.00
TOTAL     33,150.00

 

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October 2017 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:05 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ann Moyer, Ed Bartosiewicz, Audrey Kenny and Rodney Scott.  ABSENT: Mayor Stokes. A. Kenny motioned to approve the minutes from September 13, 2017. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Invitation was read from Bucks County Consortium Luncheon on November 2, 2017. No Councilperson is available to attend.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that Todd Myers, Borough Engineer was unable to attend tonight’s meeting and will reschedule for another meeting night.  Tom discussed that during the Riegelsville Enhancement Committee Brian Greene from D&L discussed how he could assist local communities with the planning process and to provide technical assistance to local efforts to become more trail friendly. As the D&L staff works with local communities to establish D&L Trail Towns. Paul Servantes, Borough Resident will chair our local steering committee. The D&L serves as a guide through this process and has resources to provide for the communities.

Mayor Absent.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

10 Borough Residents present.  Several residents voiced concerns with the Trail going in near their homes.

  • Concerned with people walking up and down Spring Hill Road with vehicles speeding past.
  • There will be no way for the Borough Council to protect the residents.
  • Residents have spent a lot of money on their properties that may be destroyed by people trespassing on their properties.
  • Linden Lane part of the future trail is already getting busier before the trail is built.
  • Concerned how close to their property line the trail will be.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council:

  • 5 Building permits: Kitchen Remodel, removal of 1000 gallon tank, Porch Alterations, Hot Tub, and Bath Alterations.
  • 3 Zoning permits: Retaining wall, Hot Tub and Shed.
  • 1274 Easton Road- Stop work order, plans submitted-waiting for Todd to approve for FEMA compliance.
  • 320 Spring Hill Road, Fence permit application came in, pending review.
  • 116 Cedar Road, Property Maintenance Violation letter, Jim went past the property and cleanup is under way.

Library News: Borough office received the September 2017 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  Beth Banko, Library Board Trustee, reported to Council:

  • September 30, 9am Book sorting.
  • October 28, 11am Riegelsville Halloween Parade.
  • The library trustees would like Borough Council to consider an increase in their donation.
  • Fundraiser for the Brew Fest at Mueller’s is 9/23 and tickets are $25.00 & will be at the door.

Fire Co. News:

  • August breakfast served 291.
  • October 10, is Fire Prevention at the Riegelsville Public Library- Ed will be taking the Fire Truck to the Library.

           Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • Meeting next Wednesday September 27. Brian Greene from D&L is guest speaker!!  The D&L Staff is prepared to assist local communities with the planning process and to provide technical assistance to local efforts to become more trail friendly. As the D&L staff works with local communities to establish D&L Trail Towns, we will stress the importance of creating a plan and following it. The local steering committee is the group that helps craft and implement this plan based on public input.  The D&L serves as a guide through this process and has resources to provide for the communities.

UBREMS News:

  • No meeting in September.

Rec Board News:

  • Rodney will be getting a check from the Softball Association for the use of the softball field this season.
  • Car show preparation is underway.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Frank reported that he attended the quarterly meeting on 9/12/17.  The updated EOP will be added to the October Council meeting.
  • Riegelsville Planning Commission:  No meeting in September.

Utilities

Discussions:

  1. Masteller spoke to Mike Sullivan, a potential Water Operator and he is emailing his Companies Bio. He would like to see our Wells too. I will set up that visit.

Barry Hoffman is working on a quote fixing Well #3 Electrical issue.

Owner of the Village Florist on Durham Road called the Borough office to see of the Small Borough Parking was do for resurfacing. Sherry told him that the Borough Engineer is going to put together a quote for the 2018 Budget. Council suggested Matt take the loose concrete out and fill it with stone so it will be safer.

 

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

The Tar & Chip street project is complete, street sweeping will be scheduled after October 6, to clean up the loose gravel.

Halloween Parade is set for Saturday October 28.

 

Council discussed the Fern Road Sign.

 

303 Poplar Road, Sweeney/Warner Zoning Hearing, October 24, 2017.

 

Todd Myers will attend the Council meeting on October 11, to discuss the trail plans.

 

Ed discussed the Penn DOT agility agreement with Council.

Finance

Discussions:

The tenant on the third floor of the Borough Building will be leaving November 1.Rodney & Ed will inspect the apartment. Tammy will take care of the escrow account. The apartment needs to be repainted before another tenant moves in.

Council looked over the financials.

Council discussed the car show planning.

Council worked on the 2018 Budget worksheets.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval of Ordinance #237 to amend Ordinance 222(“Zoning Ordinance”) to provide for “marijuana dispensary facilities” in the C Commercial District, for “medical Marijuana growing/processing facilities” in the I  Industrial District.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:

            Keith from Nockamixon Township contacted Borough office to see if Council was interested in joining a Cable Consortium. Council said yes we had one with Service Electric Cable.

            Executive Session 11/1/17 after the Committee meeting with Bill Dudeck, Borough Solicitor in reference to legal issue.

            Local realtor and his client came to look at the Zoning Ordinances in reference to uses in the Industrial Zone for a Drug rehab facility.

           

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

 

 

Next Council Meeting November 1, 2017 at 7pm.

 

 

Meeting adjourned 8:04 PM.

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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