February 2018 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, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from January 10, 2018. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Thank you note from E. M. Kutz, Inc. for purchasing the dump body& salt spreader for our new Ford F550.

Letter dated January 2018 from PA State Association of Boroughs recognized the Borough membership and contribution to PSAB with a special-edition clock.

Letter dated November 2017 from RCN announcing that the Borough is now a member of a very exclusive and limited number of municipalities whose residents have access to 1 Gigabit internet speed.

Annual Financial Statements for 2017 from Riegelsville Public Library.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett had nothing to report.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he received a complaint in reference to a Durham Road employee continues to go the wrong way even when they have been told not to.  Mayor Stokes contacted the State Police to report this incident.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

Ethan Arner, a TV/Film major at DeSales University, discussed with Council the filming in the library for a project. They will be filming when the Library is closed.  Council agreed to allow them to use the Riegelsville Borough Building.  They will be there approximately 4 days before March 12th.  Ethan gave S. Masteller their certificate of insurance and all his contact information.  A Library representative will be present while they are filming.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Community Affairs

Discussions:

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

  • 6 Building permits: sign, skylights, HVAC, finished basement, 2 electric.
  • 1 Zoning permits: Sign.
  • 134 Delaware Road- Property Maintenance violations.
  • 116 Cedar Road- Complaint about inoperative/dismantled vehicle, property maintenance letter pending.

Library News: Borough office received the December 2017/January 2018 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office. No library representative was present.   A. Moyer reported to Council:

  • The Library added an additional day to their weekly schedule and is now open on Wednesdays 10am 4pm.
  • The YA (young adult) non-fiction section was weeded this month.
  • We have two new ongoing programs for spring in addition to Fireside Story Time. One will be Open

Play Chess held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Patrons of all ages may drop in any time during those hours to play chess.  Our second program is a Knitting Group to be held the 3rd Saturday from 1:00 PM -2:30 PM. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to bring their own projects to knit with companionship and share knitting knowledge. Both the chess and knitting programs will be held in the Main Library and are the result of community input regarding social opportunities they wanted available in the community

Proposed Walking Trail: No update.

Fire Co. News:

  • January 21 is breakfast.

 

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • No December meeting.

UBREMS News:  2 new members- Dani McClanahan (Durham) & Rhonda Mitchell (Richlandtown Borough).

Rec Board News:

  • Next meeting is 1/29 at 7pm.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Nothing to report.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  No meeting.

Utilities

Discussions:

Mike Sullivan, (Borough Water Operator) reads the Well’s Monday’s & Thursday’s.  Sonny Groller reads the other days.

ES2 Inc. came January 5, 2018 to assemble new water inlet, corporation stop for the injector and install 2 mechanical scales.

On January 11, 2018 a tractor trailer hit the fire hydrant on Durham/Cedar Road. The Borough office received a video from a Borough resident in reference to this issue. The State police did come and a report was done. S. Masteller is in contact with the trucking company.

Streets & Properties

Discussions:

February 6, 2018 the Borough received our New 2017 Ford 550 Dump truck. M. Brady, E. Bartosiewicz and Ken Kerstner looked it over and test drove it after it was delivered and there was a few issues that need to be addressed. M. Brady will make an appointment with E. M. Kutz to get them taken care of.  The truck did not have running boards so M. Brady is looking into quotes.

Ed updated Council with the apartment: fans and lighting have been installed, painting is just about done and the shower surround has been started.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer sent an email to update Council on the Trail. “The DEP General Information package for crossing the wetlands has been submitted.  Once that application has been approved the GP, general permit for a wetlands crossing will be submitted.  PNDI and Bog Turtle clearances are underway.  Once the weather clears we can proceed with the infiltration testing for the NPDES permit”.

Finance

Discussions:

The Borough received the New 2017 Ford F550 Dump Truck, Council approved the same insurance policy the other trucks.

Keith Deluca, Nockamixon Township Manager would like to get a consortium together to negotiate Service Electric franchise agreements.  Council discussed this and the fees are higher than what the Borough received from our current franchise agreements at this time.  S. Masteller will contact Keith tomorrow February 8, 2018 to let him know that we are not interested.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

            Council Vacancy: T. Stinnett asked Kate Brandes & Ken Banko if they had anything else to add to their “Letter of Intent” for the open Council seat. Discussion followed.  T. Stinnett asked them to step out for the Council discussion and vote. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Kate Brandes to Council and R. Scott seconded.  Motion carried 3-1.

NEW BUSINESS:  

Tammy, Borough Tax Collector is required to have a deputy tax collector.  She would like to appoint

Danielle Turdo.   R. Scott motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

A letter needs to be sent to Emma Brotzman in reference to Borough Open Space trees, T. Stinnett will put the letter together.

Keith DeLuca, Nockamixon Twp Manager would like to meet with a group to possible create a Cable consortium to negotiate our municipal contracts. T. Stinnett will go to that meeting as a Borough representative.

Palisades Volunteer Opportunities from 8th grade project committee the morning of May 23. Council suggested mulching around the Borough Hall building. S. Masteller will email Mr. Opp back.

Pennsylvania State Police “Community Awareness Bulletin” was added to the Borough “Rville Happenings”.

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

Borough office closed Monday February 19, 2018 “Presidents Day”

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

 Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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Tax Office News:

MESSAGE FROM THE TAX COLLECTOR

 

The County portion of your current 2018 County & Municipal Real Estate Tax Bill, dated 3/1/2018 is incorrect.  A corrected bill with updated dues dates will be sent within the next week. If your taxes are paid through your mortgage, please notify them that the bills you sent them are incorrect and a new bill will follow.  If you have already made this payment, your check will be returned to you, please look for it in the mail. If you combined your Real Estate Taxes and your Per Capita Taxes in one check, this check, along with the corresponding stubs will be returned to you as well.   I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your patience with this matter.

Tammy L. Macaluso

Tax Collector

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January 2018 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, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.

Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from December 13, 2017. A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous. 

Scott motioned to approve the minutes from January 2, 2018 Council Re-Org meeting. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

Email received 1/10/18 “letter of intent” from Kenneth Banko for vacant Council Seat.

Letter dated 1/2/18 Board of Elections, General Primary- May 15, 2018, and General Election-November 6, 2018.

Letter dated 12/22/17 Bob Mensch, Senator. Municipal option to prohibit siting of category 4 casino.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett wanted to wish everyone a “Happy New Year”.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he told a citizen where the handicapped parking is located on Delaware Road plus the citizen would like Borderline to deliver to his car, Mayor Stokes suggested to ask Borderline if they could do that.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:

10 Borough Residents present.

Kevin Pelanne, Borough resident reported to Council that he has lived in Riegelsville since 1985 and now residents are parking on both sides of the northside of wayside way. An emergency vehicle would never get thru. Kevin said that the residents that live next to the hair salon are parking on wayside instead of their parking lot. S. Masteller will contact the owner of the Salon.  Kristin Thomas, Borough resident also lives on wayside way and has been contacting borough office in reference to the resident that lives next to Kristin and blocks the road too. S. Masteller contacted the landlord and he was not helpful at all, he stated that anyone can park on either side of Wayside way.  T. Stinnett, Council president said Council will look into this issue and get back to them.

Maureen Woerner, Borough resident asked Council what the job description for the vacant Council seat is. T. Stinnett responded that they have committee meeting first and third Wednesdays and the second Wednesday is Borough Council. Each Council person is the Chair of a Committee. Council members check in with the Borough office staff to see if they need anything from them. Council members are active in the community too.  Maureen also stated that she is concerned with the draft ordinance that would allow alcohol in the Borough park and she has a concern with the mailbox draft ordinance is too loose. T. Stinnett stated we will continue the discussion under UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

Cory Campbell, Borough resident asked if there are any updates on the trail, T. Stinnett replied that we do not have an update but will check with Todd Myers, Borough Engineer.

Frank Preedy, Riegelsville Emergency Management Coordinator, reported to Council that the updated EOP was sent to the County.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: No reports due to holiday’s.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

Approval of the “2017 Exoneration list for per capita tax”.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of “2017 unpaid per capita tax accounts”. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Ordinance #239 (Amending Ordinance #135,141,171.) Alcoholic Beverages & Sidewalk obstructions. Council and Borough residents discussed their concerns with allowing private citizens to have alcohol on Borough properties. The consensus was to redo the ordinance so it does not allow private citizens to use alcohol on Borough properties.  There was a discussion in reference to the mailbox ordinance that it should be written more specific as to what rules to follow.  Council agreed to table the draft to revise the ordinance.

Approval of Resolution: R-01-18 “Opposing shale gas development” E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS:  

2017 Tax Collector Lien report was received.

Letter for new Council signers for Penn Community Bank was sent in.

Received $1000.00 deductible from the accident at the traffic light.

February 1, S. Masteller would like to attend the BC Consortium meeting 9am-11am. Speaker is Evan Stone BCPC New Director.  Council agreed to allow S. Masteller to attend.

Letter with signatures for Auditor to perform 2017 DCED audit were emailed to the Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC.

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

Borough office closed Monday January 15, 2018 “Martin Luther King Jr. Day”

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

 Meeting adjourned 8:33 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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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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