October 2018 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00p.m. October 10, 2018.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P. Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes Moyer motioned to approve the minutes from September 12, 2018. K. Brandes Seconded.   Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated September 25, 2018 Springfield Township, Request for Fire Police during the Springtown Halloween Parade October 28, 2018.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council, the “Trail and Town Event” Sponsored by D&L National Heritage Corridor & Riegelsville Enhancement Committee. 25 vouchers where used at Local restaurants. There will be 2 more events.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed 4 weddings.  Mayor Stokes was asked by a resident how to handle a dog bite. The dog was located in the north end of the Borough.  Mayor Stokes was a guest speaker at the” Daughters of American Revolution”, topic was Ghost Stories.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  No one present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on September 19, 2018 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

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

Concerns from citizens:   No one present.

Discussions:

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

  • 4 Building permits: Fence (FEMA), 100 Amp Service, Driveway with curbs and Single family dwelling.
  • 2 Zoning permit: Shed and Fence.
  • 2015 ICC Codes to be adopted effective 1 October 2018, Request authorization to purchase for Riegelsville, Cost not to exceed $600 and code books will remain at the borough office and be property of the borough.  Council discussed and reported that the Borough purchased them last time. S. Masteller will add to the October 10, 2018 Council agenda.

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

  • Planning is ongoing for the Brew fest being held on September 22, 2018 at the Riegelsville Fire House.
  • The plaque for Emma Brotzman’s Memorial has been attached to the book drop box.
  • Story Time resumed September 4th.
  • Paperwork has been submitted to renew the museum pass with the Museum of the American Revolution. These are provided by the museum at no cost to the Library.

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

Fire Co. News:

  • Next Breakfast is September 16, Breakfast served 230.
  • September 22 the Library has their Brew Fest Fundraiser at the Fire House.
  • October is Fire prevention month they have 2 events.
  • October 6, Ham Dinner.

UBREMS News: Nothing new to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council,

  • Fall Roll out car show planning is under way.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Frank Preedy, EMA Coordinator attended the Pipeline Emergency pre-planning meeting for Emergency personnel.
  • County Quarterly meeting is set for October 4, 2018.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: No October meeting.

Utilities

 Rodney Scott called the Utilities meeting to order at 7:45 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

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

Concerns from Citizens:  No one present

Discussions:

Council looked over the quote for the Neptune E-Coder meters.

Council looked over the roof quote for Well 1 & 2. They had a question about the payment breakdown. S. Masteller will contact the contractor.

 

Michele White requested an address for her lot on Ash Lane, Council looked over the ordinance & the new physical address is 216 Ash Lane.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer gave Council members a memorandum in reference to the Durham Road Small Parking Lot reconstruction. Discussion will continue, the lot may be blocked off until the repair is complete.

Streets & Properties

Ed Bartosiewicz called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on October 3, 2018.

Members Present:

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

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

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

Discussions:

Borough hydrant flushing starts Monday October 15-19th 9pm-midnight.

The small Borough parking lot was closed Monday October 1, 2018 at 6:30 am and will be closed until the repairs are completed.

“DOGS -The Spirit of Riegelsville” event is scheduled for Saturday October 20, 2018. 11:30 am-2pm at the Large Borough parking lot on Durham Road.

Riegelsville Halloween Parade is set for Saturday October 27, 2018 sponsored by Riegelsville Library & Riegelsville Recreation Board.

  1. Brady is hoping the weather will hold out so they can get some line painting done.

Ed discussed the clogged french drain in the alley that runs behind the Post office, Todd, Borough Engineer needs to look at it to see what can done to change the drain so it works correctly.

The 2 playgrounds at the Borough Park will be mulched this week.

Finance

Kate Brandes called the meeting to order on October 3, 2018 at 7:16 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

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

Others Present: 

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   No Comments at this time.

Discussions:

            The new Stratix Systems copier order & payment will be ready during October 10, Council meeting. $2299.00.

The notice to advertise and the resolution to sell the old dump truck on Municibid will be added to Council on October 10.

JVS Environmental – sent Council a proposal to perform electronics waste, appliance collection and recycling services, will be added to Council agenda.

Council looked over the finances.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of quote/check Arbor Fence Co. for furnishing and replacing chain link fence at Well 1 & 2 $1657.00, job finished 10/9/18. R. Scott motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of quote $2064.00.00 Stratix Systems, for new copier, Ricoh MP 402SPF with WIFI ability. RESCIND: September 12, Council minutes.  Approval of quote $2299.00 Stratix Systems, for new copier, Ricoh MP 301SPF with WIFI ability. Did not have WiFi ability. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous

            Approval of quote $2380.00 DVC roofing LLC, re-roofing on both Well 1 & 2. 1/3 down $793.00. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous

            Approval of proposal from JVS Environmental –to perform electronics waste, appliance collection and recycling services this fall. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous

 

NEW BUSINESS:  

Approval to award Morton Salt the 2018-2019 salt bid $47.92 delivered price per ton. Minimum 20 tons.  Reduced by $.90 over last year.  R. Scott motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous

Approval Resolution R-04-18, Authorizing the sale by online or electronic auction of one (1) 2000 Ford F350 XL Super Duty 4X4. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous

Approval to advertise the sale of the 2000 Ford F350 XL Super Duty 4X4. R. Scott motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous

 

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

 

Next regular Council Meeting November 14, 2018   7:00pm.

Meeting adjourned 7:51 PM.

 

 

 

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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VOTE for “River of the Year”

There is a contest for ‘River of the Year’ and the Delaware is not only a contender, it made it to the final 4.

The Delaware River is currently in second place with 23.1% of the votes. The Clarion River is in first place with a whopping 56.6% of the votes.

Check out the link and vote for your favorite PA River. http://pariveroftheyear.org/

Spread the word and VOTE, (one vote per email address).

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FREE Electronic Recycling Day!

Riegelsville Borough is hosting a

FREE*  ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY!!!

Tuesday December 11, 2pm-5pm

Riegelsville Community Fire Co. Parking lot

333 Delaware Road

 Items that can be recycled FREE of charge are listed below:

      Desktop & Laptop Computers       DVD Players & VCR’s
      Keyboards & Mice       Gaming Systems
      Printers/Fax Machines       Non-refrigerant appliances
      Cables & Cords       Microwaves & Small Appliances
      Cell Phone & Laptop Batteries       Metal Items & Water Heaters
      Calculators & Adding Machines       Exercise Equipment                
      UPS Battery Backups       Car Batteries (sealed lead acid)
      Televisions (All Sizes)       Bed Frames & Rain spouting
      Audio Visual Equipment       Filing Cabinets
      Telephones & Cell Phones* *Please Remove Cell Phone Batteries
   

*Additional Items that can be recycled with a Fee:

      Refrigerant appliances – $25.00 Each       Fluorescent bulbs and cfls $2.00 a bulb
      (freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers)        
   
   

Questions? Contact  Sherry at  Borough office 610-749-2726 or email: riegelsville@gmail.com

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Draft 2019 Budget

BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
GENERAL FUND
Draft 2019 Budget
REVENUE
301.100 Real Estate Taxes – Current Year    119,800.00
301.200 Real Estate Taxes – Prior Years        1,700.00
310.000 Per Capita Tax        6,500.00
310.100 Real Estate Transfer Taxes        2,500.00
310.200 Earned Income Tax      95,000.00
310.300 Local Services Tax        7,500.00
320.000 Cable Television Franchise      12,500.00
331.110 Stat Vehicle code Violations           500.00
331.120 Local Code Violations           500.00
341.000 Interest Earnings        1,500.00
342.200 Rent of Building      10,800.00
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        1,200.00
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        5,500.00
362.420 Electrical Permits           300.00
362.430 Plumbing Permits            60.00
362.440 Mechanical Permits            80.00
363.510 PennDOT Snow Agreement           125.00
380.000 Miscellaneous Revenues            50.00
380.012 Expense Reimbursement – Tax Collector           100.00
395.000 Insurance Reimbursements
     12,500.00
395.100 Telephone Reimbursement – Water Co.           750.00
395.200 Electric/Garbage Reimbursement           845.00
TOTAL   301,845.00
Total General Fund Expenses
General Government    146,963.00
Properties      36,542.00
Police/Public Safety      26,610.00
Community Development      30,280.00
Streets      61,450.00
TOTAL   301,845.00
EXPENDITURES
GENERAL GOVERNMENT
400.100 Postage – Office           500.00
400.200 Office Supplies           600.00
400.320 Telephone Services        1,550.00
400.340 Advertising, Printing and Binding        1,800.00
400.350 Insurance and Bonding      32,100.00
400.420 Dues, Subscriptions, Conferences           800.00
400.430 FICA & Medicare Employer Contribution        8,000.00
400.440 PA UC Solvency Expense           260.00
400.500 Miscellaneous Expenses           100.00
400.700 Computer Equipment/Support Fee        1,300.00
401.120 Secretary Wages      30,900.00
401.130 Treasurer Wages      18,360.00
401.140 General Fund Wages      38,700.00
402.310 Auditor        3,000.00
403.110 Tax Collector Salary        2,373.00
403.200 Tax Collector Office Supplies           100.00
403.300 Earned Income Tax Office Services            20.00
404.310 Solicitor        3,500.00
408.310 Engineer        3,000.00
TOTAL   146,963.00
PROPERTIES
409.250 Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies           350.00
409.260 Small Tools & Minor Equipment           750.00
409.350 Maintenance Services        4,000.00
409.360 Electric – Borough Hall        1,800.00
409.370 Heating Fuel      10,000.00
409.380 Electric/Water Apartment        1,000.00
409.390 Property Maintenance        5,500.00
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        2,442.00
TOTAL     36,542.00
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      17,500.00
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     30,280.00
STREETS
430.240 Gasoline & Oil        2,400.00
430.310 Alley Maintenance        2,200.00
430.360 Electric – Garage/Maintenance Lot        1,050.00
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     61,450.00
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
WATER FUND
Draft 2019 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings        1,800.00
378.100 Metered Sales to General Customers    145,000.00
378.300 Penalty/Interest Charges        1,700.00
378.900 Other Water Revenues           500.00
TOTAL   149,000.00
EXPENDITURES
448.200 Postage           975.00
448.210 Office Supplies           400.00
448.231 Gasoline & Oil        3,500.00
448.260 Inventory, Parts & Equipment        3,000.00
448.270 Small Tools           750.00
448.280 Meter Purchase        2,500.00
448.300 Water Analysis Charges        2,000.00
448.310 Auditor        1,000.00
448.320 Solicitor           250.00
448.330 Engineer        2,000.00
448.340 Adv., Printing & Binding            50.00
448.350 Insurance Reimbursement        1,115.00
448.360 Electric – Pump Houses      12,000.00
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      26,500.00
448.490 Computer Software/Support Fee        1,200.00
448.500 Miscellaneous Expenses            50.00
448.710 Vehicle & Equip. Maintenance        6,000.00
448.800 Water Reserve Fund        4,935.00
449.000 Water Fund Wages        8,600.00
481.300 Equipment/Clerical Reimbursement      20,000.00
TOTAL   149,000.00
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
HIGHWAY AID FUND
Draft 2019 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings           250.00
355.050 Motor Vehicle Fuel Taxes      34,000.00
TOTAL     34,250.00
EXPENDITURES
430.000 General Services – Administration        6,800.00
433.100 Traffic Signal – Electric           750.00
433.300 Traffic Signal Maintenance        5,925.00
434.100 Street Lighting      20,000.00
438.530 Durham Twp. Road Maintenance Agreement           775.00
TOTAL     34,250.00
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FALL ROLLOUT CAR SHOW IS ON!!!!!

SEE EVERYONE AT THE RIEGELSVILLE PARK FOR THE CAR SHOW!

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September 2018 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00p.m. September 12, 2018.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. ABSENT: Ann P. Moyer.Scott motioned to approve the minutes from August 8, 2018. E. Bartosiewicz Seconded.   Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

A note was received from the Bucks Co. Writers Group thanking the Borough Council for allowing them to meet once a month in the Borough Hall, they are relocating their monthly meeting.

Letter dated August 7, 2018, from Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center, thanking the Borough Council for their $600.00 donation.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council, Sunday is Riegelsville Fire Breakfast 8am-noon and the “Trail and Town Event” 10am-2pm.  Sponsored by D&L National Heritage Corridor & Riegelsville Enhancement Committee. Stop by one of the three trailheads (Mueller’s, Riegelsville, or Durham’s Furnace) and sign in to get your $5.00 voucher to use at participating restaurants.

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

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  No one present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

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

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

Concerns from citizens:   4 present but no concerns at this time.

Discussions:

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

  • 3 Building permits: Chimney, 200 Amp Service (Emergency) and whole house generator.
  • 1 Zoning permit: Shed
  • 113 Delaware Road- Complaint from a tenant in reference to the apartment’s property maintenance.  Violation notice was mailed May 23, 2018.  Jim will follow up next week.
  • 141 Easton Road- Complaints in reference to the junk cars and trash on the property. A property maintenance violation notice was sent out. Compliance date is November 7, 2018.
  • Ash Lane Lot- A licensed engineer will complete the grading plan.
  • 919 Easton Road (Craig Edwards) Mr. Edwards e-mailed me on 30 July 2018 regarding 919 Easton Rd.  In his e-mail correspondence he inferred that the auto repair garage is a non-conforming use that was not abandoned.  I responded on 31 July and told him I would need to research this issue.   I requested that he submit any zoning approvals or Pa L&I Occupancy permits authorizing such use if they existed. On 31 July, he responded, indicating that a municipality cannot eliminate a commercial use. On 6 August, I informed him that there was a ZHB Decision (23 June 2009) that granted approval for a “small engine” repair shop and that the automotive repair was NOT permitted.

Library News: Borough office received the July 2018 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  JoAnne Walsh, President of Library Board presented Council with the following updates.

  • Planning is ongoing for the Brewfest being held on September 22, 2018 at the Riegelsville Fire House.
  • Alexandra Rutstein with JoAnne’s help taught her first art class for Children with 2 more in August.
  • Story Time will resume September 4th.
  • The new refurbished book drop arrived on July 30th and the old box has been donated to Bucks County Community library in Fallsington PA

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

Fire Co. News:

  • Next Breakfast is August 19.
  • Pig roast is Saturday August 25, 4-8pm.

UBREMS News: Nothing new to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council,

  • The over 55 baseball team has 2 more games to get in for the season.
  • Fall Roll out car show planning is under way.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: August 6th meeting.

  • Discussed the previous Ordinance #239, amending#135,141 and 171.  Ernie gave information from the USPS in reference to mailboxes. Waiting on Insurance questions.

 

Utilities:

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

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

Concerns from Citizens:  No concerns at this time.

Discussions:

Samantha Perdick – Site Acquisition Specialist, AT&T would like to install a cell tower on the parking lot of the fire co. / Borough Garage lot.  Council & Todd Myers discussed the site plans and asked questions.

The lease would pay about $1000.00 a month for the use of the land.  The current pole at the Penn Community Bank cannot add another cell because it would be placed at the bottom of the pole and not have the coverage they are looking for.  There is a maximum of four cells on a pole. More information is needed. They are looking at the Borough’s Cell Tower ordinance.

Ed Bartosiewicz and Todd Myers-Borough Engineer looked at the sidewalk and wall at the Delaware Hill traffic light and reported that 2 slabs of the sidewalk need to be replaced and new railing put up. The S & M contractor will be contacted.

Carl Scillia, sales agent for Neptune products, Carl discussed with Council the remote readers for our Water Company. The reader has a 20 year battery and very efficient. Information packet was given to Council to look over. They do participate in the CoStar pricing, they will cost approximately $250.00 each, software updates are around $1500.00 a year.

Todd distributed the proposed drawing of the small Durham Road parking lot repair project.  Kevin Firth, Property owner of 811 Durham Road to look over the drawing but had no questions at this time.  Mike Cavallaro, property owner of 803 Durham Road will also be given a copy of the drawing too.

Streets & Properties

Members Present:

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

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comments from Citizens:   Nothing to report.

Discussions:

An updated quote for the Pedestrian Bridge/trail head sign from S & M Contractors.

S.Masteller is trying to locate the 11/10/1976 Lease between the Fire Co. & Borough, 2 of the amendments have been found. S. Masteller will contact William Dudeck, Borough Solicitor.

Alexandra Rutstein will continue to keep Council updated on the grant for Children’s “Art in the Library” Program.

Riegelsville Halloween Parade is set for Saturday October 27, 2018 sponsored by Riegelsville Library & Riegelsville Recreation Board.

Stinnett discussed with Council the “Trail and Town Event” Event is set for Sunday September 16, 2018 10am-2pm. Sponsored by D&L national heritage corridor and Riegelsville Enhancement Committee. Stop at one of the 3 trailheads (Mueller’s, Riegelsville or Durham Furnace) and sign in to get your free voucher.

Finance

Members Present:

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

Others Present: 

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   No Comments at this time.

Discussions:

The Borough office copier has needed tech repairs more frequently but the unit is over 10 years old. Michael with Stratix Systems has a buyback program right now. Council looked over the quote and Council said to add the quote to September 12, Council meeting.

Amber Campbell suggested the Mayor or President could include a few brief words as a way to recap or inform readers of what’s happening to be added to the “Rville Happenings”.  Tom will send the Borough office info on the 25th of each month.

ES2 (Environmental Systems) had to come back for the Chlorine Scale at Well 1 because the weight was reading backwards.

Penn Community Bank is increasing the fee for the Safe deposit boxes on October 1, 2018.

Arbor Fence Co emailed a quote for the fencing replacement at Well 1 & 2, Council looked it over and said to put on the Council agenda September 12.

Council looked over the finances.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of quote $1657.00 Arbor Fence Co. for furnishing and replacing chain link fence at Well 1 & 2. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of check $536.50 ES2 for re-calibrate scale. R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of quote $2299.00 Stratix Systems, for new copier, Ricoh MP 301SPF with WIFI ability. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS:  Nothing to report.

 APPROVAL OF BILLS:  R. Scott motioned to approve bills.  K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

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

Meeting adjourned 7:55 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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August 2018 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. August 8, 2018.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott, Mayor Stokes and William Dudeck-Borough Solicitor.  Moyer motioned to approve the minutes from July 11, 2018. K. Brandes Seconded.   Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter dated July 13, 2018 from Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks.

Message received from Rich Wilson from the Riegelsville American Legion post #950.

Letter dated August 3, 2018 from J. David Xander from the Riegelsville American Legion post #950.

REPORTS:

President –Nothing to report.

Mayor Received a message from a concerned Borough resident about the rising river and he told them that we are monitoring and everyone will be notified.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  2 Borough Residents, Nothing to report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

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

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

Concerns from citizens:   No one present.

Discussions:

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

2 Building permits: Electric/HVAC, 20 kW generator.

  • 113 Delaware Road- Complaint from a tenant in reference to the apartment’s property maintenance.  Violation notice was mailed May 23, 2018.  Jim will follow up next week.
  • Ash Lane Lot- Building permit applications denied. Incomplete submission, missing construction documents.
  • Library News: Borough office received the June 2018 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  No quorum for the July meeting.
  • Planning is ongoing for the Brewfest being held on September 22, 2018 at the Riegelsville Fire House.
  • Library was closed on July 4th.
  • Story Time will resume September 4th.

Proposed Walking Trail: No update.

Fire Co. News:

  • July 15 breakfast served 260.
  • The Engine 42 truck is fixed and back in service.
  • They had a call and needed to go thru the new temporary traffic light on 611 and there was no problem.
  • Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:
  • Nothing new to report.

UBREMS News:

  • Had a meeting July 16, nothing to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported to Council,

  • Our Palisades North 4/5 softball team won the championship.  U18 team went to the championship.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  •  Frank Preedy reported to Council that he will be attending a pipeline safety seminar on August 15.

Riegelsville Planning Commission: 

  • No meeting in July.

Meeting adjourned 7:53 pm

Utilities

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

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

Concerns from Citizens:  No one present.

Discussions:

There is an old meter pit at 316 Fairview Road that should be removed or filled in.  The curb stop box needs to be replaced but not the valve.  Matt will talk to W. Nicholas. Remarks: This project is being done by W. Dowd Excavating tomorrow August 9, 2018.

The new curb stops will be replaced at 815 Durham Road and 223 Ash Lane the week of July 23.

  1. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the wall down at the traffic light off the sidewalk leading to the Borough parking lot on Delaware hill is lifting the sidewalk. Ed suggested having T. Myers look at it.

DEP will be inspecting the Borough wells tomorrow July 19, at 9am.

  1. Bartosiewicz talked with M. Brady about the hydrant that needs to be done at his corner, Matt will contact Mike Sullivan, Borough water operator, to remind him.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:53 pm

Streets & Properties

Members Present:

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

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comments from Citizens:   Nothing to report.

Discussions:

Alexandra Rutstein presented to Council a plan to revitalize the “Art in the Library” for Kids. Alexandra is looking into applying for a grant and would like to make sure the Borough Council approved this program before she applied for the grant.  Alexandra has 3 classes filled for August.  Council said that was a good idea and they will look over the grant application before it is sent.

We received the quote from S & M for the sidewalk work at the pedestrian bridge.  The picnic table should be delivered before Sunday August 5, 2018.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer sent an email:

  • Walking trail update-in the process of clearing the PNDI (Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory) relating to Bog Turtles. Slow process.
  • Durham Road parking lot. – I am having problems with setting the property lines from the record of

Deeds.  I will provide council two sketches for review at their August 15th meeting.  The boundary for the sketches will be based upon physical possession lines.  (I.e. Wall lines and fence lines.)

  • Water line- Spring Hill Road project. – Revised proposal being emailed.
  • Holding off on Ash Lane waterline.
  • Wall issue at Traffic light – Ed and I are planning to meet tomorrow afternoon to game plan a possible resolution. REMARKS: Ed & Todd did not meet yet.

Meeting adjourned 7:50 pm

Finance

Members Present:

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

Others Present: 

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   No Comments at this time.

Discussions:

The Borough received the annual insurance packet for 8/1/2018-8/1/2019.

There was an inquiry about renting the meeting room, they are not a nonprofit organization and they might possible wanted to serve alcohol.  Council said they should look for another venue.

The Borough office needed to replace the NAS device backup, quote is $599.00 from Jewell

Computing. Quote will be added to Council agenda on August 8, 2018.

Council looked over the finances.

Meeting adjourned at 8:09 pm.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Jane from Riegelsville Inn inquired about adding events to the Borough’s “Rville Happenings”. Council discussed this and stated that they are not Non-profit so we cannot add their weekly calendar to the “Rville Happenings!” unless they are doing a fundraiser.

Blue Flame & Kenderdine’s our current propane and heating oil companies have parted ways so our repair guy suggested we switch to Haly Oil / Great Valley Propane. S. Masteller met with the manager for all the services they provide and what the borough’s needs are.  Maintenance plan is $364.00 a year.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Kris Kern, Director with Heritage Conservancy- may be able to help with a possible window & roof Grant, S. Masteller will get more information and will get back to Council.

Matt Brady gathered quotes for 24” Hedge trimmer quotes for Echo is $379.95 and Stihl is $399.50. .  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the Echo trimmer. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of $599.00 for NAS back up device from Jewell Computing Solutions. R. Scott motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of quote $3550.00 S & M Services for Pedestrian bridge sidewalk & pad for picnic table. ½ down $1775.00.  Riegelsville Enhancement Committee and D&L Trail project.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Quote $7250.00 Cowan Associates, Inc. “Spring Hill Road Water Project”- A. Preparation of Construction cost estimate, legal specifications.  B. Administer the bidding of the project. R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

William Dudeck, Borough Solicitor reported to Council that we are waiting for the Judge’s decision on the Sweeney (303 Poplar Road) driveway placement.

NEW BUSINESS:    Mowing the Pedestrian bridge area.  The current contractor cannot mow due to the tractor not having enough room, S. Masteller will contact the other company that does the small grass area on the top of Delaware Road parking lot.

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

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

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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