December 2013 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. December 11, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Rich Pursell.  Ed Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of theNovember 13, 2013Council Meeting and Rodney Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter was read from Lance Lawn Care thanking the Borough for their business this past year.

 REPORTS:

            President – Tom Stinnett wished everyone a “Merry Christmas”

            Mayor – Mayor Stokes performed one wedding. Mayor spoke to the Canal Bridge contractor and he said the project will be delayed due to the weather.

 COMMENTS OF CITIZENS -    2 Borough residents plus Frank Preedy, EM Coordinator and Ray Kenny, EM Deputy.

            Kathie Weiss reported to Council that the Community Dinner on December 7, 2013 served 600-700 people and they received $2008.00 in donations that will go to the Lord’s Pantry and Finesville Food Bank.

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer reported to Council that 1-Zoning permit (Fence) was issued and 3-Building permits (Pellet Stove, Oil Tank removal and re-roof). Citations was sent to the Magistrate in reference to property Maintenance violations at 530 Easton Road. Waiting for notification of a court hearing date.  Warning/courtesy letter was sent to 1245 Easton Road referencing a nuisance complaint from neighbor regarding a rooster crowing and chickens loose on property and going into neighbor’s yards.  Borough resident reported that there is a car parked on Fairview Road near house #301 that hasn’t moved.  Jim will look into this. REMARKS: The car has moved.

Fire Co. News: 348 breakfast served on Sunday November 17.  Community Dinner is set for December 7. 

            Library News: Beth Banko sent Sherry Masteller the Directors report via email.  “Art in the Library” programs have been filling up with lots of praises being given to all programs.  Teen Book Club continues to grow  Julia is looking for program ideas and speakers for the “Bridging Culture Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys”.

            October 2013 Statistics:

      Public Count: 624

      Circulation: 1,516

      Internet Use: 17

      Historic Room Visits: 5

      Items added: 79

      Collections: Adult: 9452, Juvenile: 7077, Total: 16,529

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: 29 Boscov’s coupons were sold, raffle tickets for painting and 1 slate.  The deposit is $145.00. No meeting November, December and January.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management:  Minutes from November 16, 2013 received.  They are updating the EOP.

            EMS News: The Squad is changing their billing to another third party. They will be billed a percentage not a flat rate.

      Rec Board News: The profit from the Car show is $1437.72. Expenses total: $802.08.  Check book total $6187.77.  The roof needs to be replaced on the pavilion as soon as possible. The Board is sending a letter to Kiwanis to see if they could help with this expense.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Landis Fence Co. will be putting the fence at Well #3 for the generator.

             Matt Brady has been locating and exercising curb stops.

             Matt Brady has been trying to contact 301 Fairmont about replacing the water meter,

Streets & Properties:

            Discussions:

            Matt Brady will be out of town the week of Christmas. Sonny and the other part-timers are on call.

             Stone will be delivered next week for under the generator pending the weather.

             Rich asked why the truck was at Riegelsville Auto. The heater is not working.

        

Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer investigated the Borough resident concern with the mailboxes located on the sidewalks on 611. Jim stated that the 3 locations have a clear accessible route. An email /letter will be sent to Maureen Woerner in reference to this information.

Jim’s stated the following:

414 Easton Road, 36 inch walkway clearance.

220 Easton Road, 32 inch walkway clearance.

819 Durham Road, 46 inch walkway clearance.

Finance:

            Discussions:

No one came to the Borough office to look at the proposed 2014 Budget!

 Council looked over the November 30, 2013 financials.

      Tom asked if we know how many employees are paying the LST. Sherry will check with Tammy.

 Rec Board would like to do a town wide yard sale in the spring/summer for a fundraiser. The Pavilion roof needs to be replaced and the rec board needs to get more donations/fundraisers to get closer to the roof appraisals. 

 Kathy said there should be lights in the basement to decorate the pine trees out front of the Borough Building.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of Resolution R-15-13 Water Rate increase effective commencing with the period of service covered by January 2014 billing. R. Scott motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

A minimum charge of $68.00 per quarter will be made to each consumer.  This minimum charge includes the use of 9,000 gallons of water per quarter without extra charge.  For all water used in excess of 9,000 gallons per quarter the charge will be as follows:

 In excess of 9,000 gallons per quarter up to 15,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $2.50 per 1,000 gallons.

  In excess of 15,000 gallons per quarter up to 21,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $2.75 per 1,000 gallons.

 In excess of 21,000 gallons per quarter up to 27,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $3.25 per 1,000 gallons.

 In excess of 27,000 gallons per quarter up to 33,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $3.75 per 1,000 gallons.

 In excess of 33,000 gallons per quarter up to 39,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $4.25 per 1,000 gallons.

 In excess of 39,000 gallons per quarter the rate is $4.75 per 1,000 gallons.

             Approval of Ordinance #226 Tax Levy for 2014     12.75%   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

                       Proof of publication 2014 proposed Budget/Tax Levy was advertised in the Express Times on November 20, 2013, was on the Borough Website and a copy was in the Borough office for the public to view.

            Approval of proposed 2014 Budget.  R. Scott motioned to approve.  K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

             Approval of Resolution R-16-13 Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) updated from 2011.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

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

             President Stinnett asked Maureen Woerner if she had any questions for Council since she came in after the “Comments from Citizens”.  M. Woerner replied that she did hear the comment from the zoning officer in reference to the mailboxes on sidewalks. S. Masteller will email her the info.  M. Woerner would like to see all the houses in Riegelsville with sidewalks. T. Stinnett stated that every property that does have a sidewalk needs to maintain them but those that do not have one are not required to put one in.  Only new properties are required to do so.  M. Woerner stated maybe there is a grant that would help pay for the sidewalks or possible the D&L Trails of Bucks County could look into this.

 Meeting adjourned 8:31PM.  

  Reorganization Council meeting is Monday January 6, 2014 at 7pm

 Sherry Masteller   Borough Secretary

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Ordinance #226 Tax Levy 2014 approved 12/11/13

Borough of Riegelsville

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

 ORDINANCE NO. 226

 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 2014 as follows:

                Tax rate for general purposes, the sum of………….11.25 mills

                on each dollar of assessed valuation, or sum of…….$.1125

                on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation    

 

                For fire protection purchases, including fire apparatus

                The sum of…………………………………………. 1 mill

                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      

                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:

                                                                                                Mills on each                        Cents on Each

                                                                                                Dollars of                              One Hundred

                                                                                                Assessed                                Dollars of

                                                                                                Valuation                              Valuation

Tax Rate General Purposes………………..                   11.25mill                               .1125 cents

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

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

 

                                                                TOTAL:                 12.75 mills                            1.275 cents

               

               

               

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November 2013 Council Minutes

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

 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Email was read from Bucks County Boroughs Association, The general membership meeting is set for Monday November 25, 2013.

            Letter dated November 8, 2013 was read from Riegelsville Planning Commission Secretary Thomas E. Stinnett. In reference to “Lot Line adjustment for Cillo/Sweeney properties.  Council President, T. Stinnett asked if Council had any questions and no one replied.   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the Lot Line adjustment as stated in the Planning Commission letter.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Letter dated November 8, 2013 was read from Todd Myers, Cowan Associates, Borough Engineer, in reference to the Municipal Engineering Services for 2014. The fees will not increase in 2014.

            Letter dated November 6, 2013 was read from Community Fire Company No.1.  David Gerstenberg has been sworn into the Fire Police Officer for the Riegelsville Volunteer Fire Company by District Judge Gambardella.

 

GUEST SPEAKER: Barbara Swanda, Manager D&L Trail Towns of Bucks County, and Introduced Nick Forte with the D & L Trail Alliance to Council and to the Borough residents that were present at the Council meeting.  They both explained how the Trail Towns promotes the use of the D & L Trail, and works with residents and businesses adjacent to the Trail (Delaware Canal Towpath).  Priorities include strengthening business practices and bringing more customers to these communities, encouraging exercise to improve public health, and preserving the green trail corridor.  January 2014 they will decide what the next step in this program will be and get back to the municipalities.

 

REPORTS:

            President – Nothing to report

            Mayor – Nothing to report

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS (2 Borough residents present).  Maureen Warner, Borough resident, is concerned about the mailboxes in front of Borough resident’s homes on the sidewalks on Easton Road/611. Maureen asked the Riegelsville Post Office why residents are allowed to block part of the sidewalks to get mail delivery. Maureen was told that is the guidelines to put your boxes up.  Maureen would like the Borough Council and or Zoning to look into passing an ordinance to make sure you cannot block the sidewalks to pedestrians, Baby carriages, People with special needs.  S. Masteller will also look into the Borough’s sidewalk ordinance too.

T. Stinnett stated to Maureen that he will look into this issue.

             

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

            Zoning: Kip Clayton has been replaced by Jim Kopchak with Keystone Municipal Services, Jim introduced himself to Council. Jim reported that he did a stop work order at M. Myers Fairmont Road New House construction, no inspection was done before the foundation was poured and it was raining that day. Jim contacted M. Myers to request a foundation test before he could continue with construction.  Jim will check with S. Masteller in reference to the DeBartolo residence.  Kreider residence does show some repairs so Jim will keep an eye on the progress.  

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council the next Breakfast is October 20. Ed, Hayes Hissim and Joel Roney went to St. Peter’s Nursery School and the Riegelsville Public Library to teach the children and adults about fire prevention.  Pork and Sauer Kraut dinner on November 2.

Library News: Julia Sefton, Children’s Librarian reported to Council that the “Art Classes” have been a great success. Julia apologized to Council for the trash issue after the Wine & Harvest, a big thanks you to Matt Brady for helping with this issue. Each Wednesday in October 10% of your food purchase at the Riegelsville Tavern will go to the Library, great fundraiser.   On Election Day there is a Hoagie sale. Book Sale is November 22, 23 and 30th more info to follow, thank you in advance for putting up with the mess in the meeting room from all the book donations.  Kathie Weiss, Council member asked if Council could meet the potential new board members before the Library Board appoints them. Julia stated that the Library Board needs to formalize this process.

      September 2013 Statistics:

      Public Count: 624

      Circulation: 1,516

      Internet Use: 17

      Historic Room Visits: 5

      Items added: 79

            Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Committee is doing the “Friends Helping Friends” fundraiser, 25% off shopping spree at Boscov’s for only $5.00 Coupon for October 22, 2013.  Super Bowl Hoagie Sale in February 2014 information to follow. No meetings November, December and January.

            Riegelsville Emergency Management:  Team will kick off their Fall Disaster preparedness drive on Sunday October 20, during the Fire Co. Breakfast. They will be handing out literature and explaining basic portable generator safety, emergency preparedness and READYNOTIFYPA sign ups.

            EMS News: No Meeting

      Rec Board News:  Rodney reported to Council that they had a successful Fall Ball season and Ray Deemer was very helpful while Rodney was working out of town. The next fundraiser is the Car Show on November 3, 2013.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Borough received 2 proposals for Well #3 Fence. Rodney will contact both companies to verify proposals. Tom Stinnett stated that Matt Brady thought we needed a cement pad to park the generator on and Rich Pursell responded by saying all we need is some clean stone and blocks to keep the tires off the ground.

            Kathy Weiss asked if we are still getting a roof over the Borough salt. If so did we get prices yet?

            Kathy Weiss asked about the stoplight and Tom Stinnett said we need to get prices for new poles.  Rich also stated that there is a bulb out on the southeast corner.

            Tom Stinnett stated that Tom Kreider’s water bill continues to be paid monthly.

 

Streets & Properties:

            Discussions:

Rich Pursell suggested to Matt Brady to paint “No Parking” on Delaware road near the canal bridge construction so the Riegelsville Inn guest do not block Delaware Road. There are four properties near the bridge construction that have emailed the borough office with the safety concern that emergency vehicles would not be able to get to their properties.

Matt Brady will continue crack sealing on November 8, weather permitting. Rich Pursell will look into more crack seal with the balance of the $1500.00 budget for 2013.

Dave Xander has 10 or 12- 2x6x15 ½ boards that can be used for the lean-to roof over the cement pad at the borough garage.  Council suggested Matt Brady go and get them.

 

Finance:

            Discussions:

            During this meeting Council worked on the 2014 Budget.

 

  • Sherry Masteller will contact Armour & Son’s in reference to the 2013 Traffic Signal maintenance questions.
  • Sherry will ask Matt Brady which roads need to be added to the repair list. Remarks: Matt stated that Poplar and Fairmont Road need the most repairs. 
  • Rich Pursell suggested contacting Royal Trucking for a storage container at the borough garage.
  • Rich Pursell suggested contacting Conestoga and DutchWay for prices on a pole Barn to cover the salt bins.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval of check for $2,832.00 to W. Dowd Excavating LLC (dig for location of 4”main Delaware/Durham)  R. Scott motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.           

            Approval of check for $4,060.00 to W. Dowd Excavating LLC (Hydrant repair Cedar Road, Insurance Claim) R. Scott motioned to appoint.  R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

            Motion to advertise the proposed 2014 Budget. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to advertise. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

            Motion to advertise the proposed Ordinance #226 Tax Levy. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to advertise. R. Pursell seconded. Unanimous.

            Motion to approve Well #3 Fence proposal from Landis Fence Co. for $2,550.00.  R. Pursell motioned to approve.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned 8:31PM.  

  Next Council meeting is December 11, 2013

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Approved 2014 Budget

BOROUGH   OF RIEGELSVILLE

GENERAL FUND

 2014 Budget

Approved 12/11/13

REVENUE

301.100

Real Estate Taxes – Current Year     108,000.00

301.200

Real Estate Taxes – Prior Years        1,500.00

310.000

Per Capita Tax        6,000.00

310.100

Real Estate Transfer Taxes        7,500.00

310.200

Earned Income Tax       87,000.00

310.300

Local Services Tax        5,000.00

320.000

Cable Television Franchise       10,500.00

331.110

State Vehicle Code Violations         700.00

331.120

Local Code Violations         300.00

341.000

Interest Earnings          10.00

342.200

Rent of Building        8,400.00

342.400

Equipment/Clerical Refund-Water Co.       20,000.00

354.100

Springtown Water Wage Reim.        6,500.00

355.010

Public Utility Realty Tax         285.00

355.080

Alcoholic Beverage Licenses         600.00

361.300

Zoning/Subdivision/Land Development   Plan Fees         150.00

361.340

Zoning Hearing Board Fees         500.00

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         140.00

362.430

Plumbing Permits          60.00

362.440

Mechanical Permits          40.00

380.000

Miscellaneous Revenues          50.00

380.012

Expense Reimbursement – Tax Collector         100.00

395.000

Insurance Reimbursements      11,925.00

395.100

Telephone Reimbursement – Water Co.         750.00

395.200

Electric/Garbage Reimbursement         845.00

TOTAL

    280,905.00

 

 

Total General Fund   Expenses

General Government     167,349.00
Properties       32,550.00
Police/Public Safety       18,800.00
Community Development       21,130.00
Streets       41,076.00

TOTAL

    280,905.00

EXPENDITURES

GENERAL GOVERNMENT

400.100

Postage – Office           375.00

400.200

Office Supplies         600.00

400.310

Newsletter – Postage         450.00

400.320

Telephone Services        4,600.00

400.340

Advertising, Printing and Binding        2,250.00

400.350

Insurance and Bonding       30,000.00

400.360

Employee Benefits        2,880.00

400.420

Dues, Subscriptions, Conferences         650.00

400.430

FICA & Medicare Employer   Contribution        7,155.00

400.440

PA UC Solvency Expense         150.00

400.500

Miscellaneous Expenses         200.00

400.700

Computer Equipment/Support Fee        5,000.00

401.120

Secretary Wages       27,475.00

401.130

Treasurer Wages       16,798.00

401.140

General Fund Wages       32,965.00

401.170

Springtown Water Authority Wages        6,300.00

402.310

Auditor        5,138.00

402.800

Budget Reserve       15,956.00

403.110

Tax Collector Salary        2,157.00

403.200

Tax Collector Office Supplies           50.00

403.300

Earned Income Tax Office Services         200.00

404.310

Solicitor        3,000.00

408.310

Engineer        3,000.00

TOTAL

    167,349.00

PROPERTIES

409.250

Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies         250.00

409.350

Maintenance Services        3,200.00

409.360

Electric – Borough Hall        2,000.00

409.370

Heating Fuel       12,000.00

409.380

Electric/Water Apartment        1,200.00

409.390

Property Maintenance        4,000.00

409.430

Real Estate Taxes        1,800.00

409.440

Lawn Care        2,100.00

409.460

Building Repairs        6,000.00

TOTAL

      32,550.00

411.500

Fire Company Contribution        8,650.00

412.500

Emergency Medical Service   Contribution        8,650.00

415.000

Emergency Management Expenses         500.00

415.010

Emergency Management Reserve        1,000.00

TOTAL

      18,800.00

COMMUNITY   DEVELOPMENT

414.120

Zoning Officer/Building Inspector   Wages       11,000.00

414.200

Zoning Hearing Board Expenses        1,200.00

414.500

Uniform Construction Code Fee         200.00

427.500

Household Hazardous Waste Program         130.00

451.500

Recreation Board Contribution        4,100.00

451.501

Community Expenses         500.00

451.600

Enhancement Committee Expenses         500.00

453.500

American Legion – Parade Contribution         200.00

453.550

Kiwanis Club – Parade Contribution         300.00

456.500

Library Contribution        3,000.00

TOTAL

      21,130.00

 

 

STREETS

430.240

Gasoline & Oil        1,500.00

430.310

Alley Maintenance        1,500.00

430.360

Electric – Garage/Maintenance Lot         500.00

430.370

Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance        2,000.00

431.100

Cleaning Streets/Gutters         800.00

432.100

Winter Maintenance        5,800.00

433.500

Street Signs/Markings        2,000.00

438.500

Road Maintenance        7,000.00

438.550

Crack Sealing        1,500.00

439.750

Road Project Loan       18,476.00

TOTAL

      41,076.00

BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE

WATER FUND

Draft 2014 Budget

REVENUE

341.000

Interest Earnings          10.00

378.100

Metered Sales to General Customers     138,000.00

378.300

Penalty/Interest Charges        3,500.00

378.900

Other Water Revenues         500.00

380.000

Miscellaneous Revenues          25.00

TOTAL

    142,035.00

EXPENDITURES

448.200

Postage         900.00

448.210

Office Supplies         400.00

448.231

Gasoline & Oil         750.00

448.260

Parts & Equipment        3,000.00

448.280

Meter Purchase        1,800.00

448.300

Water Analysis Charges        3,000.00

448.310

Auditor        1,712.00

448.320

Solicitor         250.00

448.330

Engineer        1,500.00

448.340

Adv., Printing & Binding         150.00

448.350

Insurance Reimbursement        1,050.00

448.360

Electric – Pump Houses      13,000.00

448.370

Repair & Maintenance Services      10,000.00

448.372

Lawn Care        1,500.00

448.380

Telephone Services         600.00

448.410

Building Maintenance        4,000.00

448.420

Dues, Subscrip., Conferences         200.00

448.430

Valve Evaluation & Repair        7,500.00

448.460

Curbstop Location & Repair        2,000.00

448.480

Waterworks Operator/Contracted      27,000.00

448.490

Computer Software/Support Fee        5,000.00

448.500

Miscellaneous Expenses             50.00

448.710

Vehicle & Equip. Maintenance        1,500.00

448.800

Water Reserve Fund      27,358.00

449.000

Water Fund Wages        7,815.00

481.300

Equipment/Clerical Reimbursement       20,000.00

TOTAL

    142,035.00

 

 

BOROUGH OF   RIEGELSVILLE

HIGHWAY AID FUND

Draft 2014 Budget

REVENUE

341.000

Interest Earnings

        4.00

355.050

Motor Vehicle Fuel Taxes      21,674.00
2012 Year End Balance Needed        6,400.00

TOTAL

     28,078.00

EXPENDITURES

433.100

Traffic Signal – Electric        1,100.00

433.300

Traffic Signal Maintenance        5,478.00

434.100

Street Lighting       21,000.00

438.530

Durham Twp. Road Maintenance   Agreement         500.00

TOTAL

      28,078.00

 

 

 

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October 2013 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:36 p.m. October 9, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Rich Pursell motioned to approve the minutes of the September 11, 2013 Council Meeting and Ed Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Email was read dated September 13, 2013 from Adam Maziuk stating his resignation from Riegelsville Emergency Management.

Letter was read dated September 13, 2013 from Beth Banko, Riegelsville Public Library President in reference to requesting the appointment of Gail Johnson to the Library Board of Trustees.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Gail Johnson.  R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

Letter dated September 27, 2013 from James G. Sweeney, PC. Addressed to Riegelsville Planning Commission in reference to the Sweeney-Cillo Poplar Road Lot-Line adjustment.

Letter dated October 1, 2013 from Janet Allen, Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center thanking the Borough for the $500.00 donation.

Letter from Bucks County Emergency Management Agency, Quarterly training on Thursday October 24, 2013 at 1pm. Council approved S. Masteller to attend the 1pm meeting.

Email dated October 4, 2013 from Marc Troutman, Manager External affairs with Met-Ed inviting Borough Council to a VIP Tour on Tuesday October 29, 2013 10 am – 12:00pm Reading, PA.

Letter Dated October 9, 2013 from Todd Myers, Borough Engineer in reference to Lot # 1 Fairmont Road Building permit plot plan.

 REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that after September 11, 2013 Council meeting the Council met for an Executive Session for 25 Minutes for possible legal issues.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he is still getting people complaining about drivers not stopping at the construction stop signs down at the Canal Bridge construction. Joshua Richardson reported to Mayor Stokes that no one has been parking on Delaware Road near their properties. Borough residents reported to Mayor Stokes that the wrong way sign on Maplewood is very hard to read, Mayor Stokes contacted M. Brady and he replaced that sign three weeks ago.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS: Borough Resident, Elaine Albrecht asked Borough Council how many cars are property owners allowed to have on their property?  S. Masteller will research the ordinance and get back to them.

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning:  Kip Clayton reported to Council that 1121 Easton Road has completed the inspections and U&Os for each phase of the work.  Kip is waiting for a completed submittal for Lot #1 Fairmont Road to come into the office, until that time no more of his time will be given.  234 Linden Lane addition is wrapping up, they are in the drywall inspection stage of the project.  141 Delaware Road has countered the notice of violation with multi-page letter explaining how everything is being taken care of.  Kip does see some progress with these violations.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the “Night at the Races” profited about $900.00.  September Breakfast served 323.  Community Dinner is December 7th.

            Library News: Sallie Banko reported to Council the August 2013 Directors report. The next fundraiser is the “Wine & Harvest” on Saturday October 5, 2013 4:30- 7:30pm.  October 1 is the first teen book group at 6pm.  Firefighter Ed will be at the Library on October 3 at 1pm.  They are looking into doing Wellness events in the future.  During the September 9 Library meeting the Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Gail Johnson pending Council’s approval during the October Council meeting.

      August 2013 Statistics:

      Public Count: 815

Circulation: 1,671

Internet Use: 25

Items lent out (In-County)?

Items Borrowed (In-County)?

Public Computers/WIFI use: 37

Historic Room Visits: 2

Total Cardholders: 1,009

Collection size:

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Committee is doing the “Friends Helping Friends” fundraiser, 25% off shopping spree at Boscov’s for only $5.00 Coupon for October 22, 2013.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Borough office received the August 24, 2013 meeting minutes.  Frank Preedy will be attending the Palisades Emergency Management team meeting September 26, 2013 1:30- 3pm.  Remarks: Frank Preedy attended this meeting, the Borough office received the minutes from this meeting on Wednesday October 9, 2013.

            EMS News: Next meeting is the end of the September.

Rec Board News: Fall Ball continues to use the ball fields until October 6, 2013. The next fundraiser is the Car Show on November 3, 2013.

 Utilities:

Discussions:

Well #3 Generator update: S. Masteller will contact a different fence Co. since Arbor has not returned her calls. S. Masteller will contact Landis Fence for an estimate on the Well#3 fencing.   Borough office received one estimate for a cement slab for the generator.  R. Pursell gave S. Masteller another contact for a cement contractor.

Miscellaneous: Sherry will be on vacation October 15-18.  Borough Office will be closed Monday October 14, Columbus Day plus 15 and 18. Tammy will be here October 16 & 17, and she will check messages on October 15 & 18.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

2013 Street project update: The project is complete and the invoices will be added to Council bills.

Ron Martin, PennDOT 6 Road Maintenance Manager reported to S. Masteller that the curbs on Route 611/Easton Road are not the responsibility of PennDOT.  PennDOT only takes care of top of State owned roads, and not the curbs!

H&K contractors found another 4 inch waterline that they did not know was there.  Dick Meade, Borough water operator suggested that W. Dowd, Excavating check to see if it is wet or not.  W. Dowd is scheduled for October 3, 2013 to investigate and do a wet-tap. Remarks: W. Dowd found a two inch line that was abandoned and they capped it.

 Finance:

Discussions:

New House Building/Zoning permit is ready for Lot#1 Fairmont Road to be picked up.

Council unanimously agreed to purchase a new air conditioner for the Zoning/Tax office.

The rest of the meeting was working on the 2014 Budget.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of check for $2288.59 to Hajoca Corp. (Hydrant for Durham/Ceader Road- Insurance has been notified just waiting on the police report). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Pursell seconded.  Unanimous.

            Borough to appoint International Salt Company LLC as the Borough’s Salt supplier for 2013-2014 bid of $50.44 delivered per ton.  Rich Pursell motioned to appoint.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:31PM.

Next Council meeting is November 13, 2013

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

 

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September 2013 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. September 11, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance a moment of silence for 9-11 victims occurred and then roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Ed Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes of the August 14, 2013 Council Meeting and Kathie Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

 CORRESPONDENCE:  None to report

  REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported to Council that after tonight’s Council meeting the Council will have an Executive Session due to possible litigation.

T. Stinnett attended State Rep. M. Quinn’s Breakfast meeting and discussed the storm drain grate issues on Route 611. M. Quinn’s staff called PennDOT and PennDOT had already spoke to Mayor Stokes in reference to the cleaning of the pipes. Council suggested S. Masteller contact other municipalities that have PennDOT roads in their municipality.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he has been in contact with Sgt. Stokolofski with the PA State Police and the Sgt. stated they have been giving traffic tickets due to the construction on Delaware, Durham and Maplewood road. They have had a few safety checks in the Borough too.

Mayor Stokes performed a wedding in his office last month.

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning:  Zoning office was closed due to K. Clayton’s vacation. St Peter’s Church completed the fence around the playground.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the August 18th, 2013 breakfast served 338. The next fundraiser is September 7, 2013 “Night at the Races”.  During the Riegelsville Library Fundraisers the patrons are parking on both sides of Church Road making it very difficult to get emergency vehicles thru.  The Fire Co. will put up tape during the events so this will not be an issue again.

            Library News: Joann Walsh, Library Board Member reported to Council that (1-Adult & 6- youth) did 32 volunteer hours for the Library. Summer Reading wrap-up was an “Ice Cream Social”. The Bugman was a huge success. The next fundraiser is Flea Market on September 21, 2013 and Wine & Harvest on October 5, 2013.

      July 2013 Statistics:

      Public Count: 1189

Circulation: 2,144

Internet Use: 37

Items lent out (In-County): 496

Items Borrowed (In-County): 207

Public Computers/wifi use: 37

Historic Room Visits: 13

Total Cardholders: 1,009

Collection size: 16,819 items

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:  No meeting in July next meeting August 28, 2013. Will discuss planting in the front of the Borough Building.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Received the minutes from July 2013. Next meeting is August 24, 2013 at noon.

            EMS News:  S. Masteller received a call asking if the Borough needed a representative for the UBREMS, Ed Bartosiewicz is the current rep, we only need one to represent the Borough.

Rec Board News: The waterline to the concession stand has two leaks, Wayne Nicholas and Matt Brady agreed that putting in a new line would be best since there is usually one leak every spring in a different spots. Council agreed to this repair.  There are two fall baseball teams that are using both fields this fall.  The pavilion roof needs to be replaced, we are gathering appraisals.

Miscellaneous:  Fall Borough Newsletter will go out the beginning of September.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Well #3 Generator update: S. Masteller left a message for Arbor Fence to make room for the generator to be stored at Well #3. Council discussed putting the generator up on wood.

QC lab picked up the “Lead & Copper” samples for 10 locations.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

2013 Street project update: The contractor will be back to sweep in 20-30 days.

Borough Council received a letter from Riegelsville Kiwanis to request the use of the Borough Park for the Annual Fall Roll out car show on November 3, 2013. They will send the Borough their insurance certificate on November 1, 2013.

Ed Bartosiewicz reported that a few shutters still need to be fixed.  Council agreed to have G. Ort fix them as needed.

S. Masteller attended the CoStar seminar at Plumstead Township building and received a lot of valuable information.

Council asked S. Masteller to contact K&K contracting to give quotes for a pad for the Generator and lean-to by the Borough Garage.

Property owner at 802 Durham Road put stakes on his property line by Durham road to keep people from parking on his grass, R. Pursell stated to Council that they are very dangerous plus they are in the Borough’s right of way. R. Pursell suggest the property owner use the flexible delineator’s so if someone hits it they will not be hurt or cause damage to a vehicle. S. Masteller will look into the right of way measurements.

Finance:

Discussions:

Tammy will prepare the budget worksheets for September 18, Community Affairs/Utilities meeting.

Council had questions with the monthly financial report, Sherry will address them with Tammy.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

None to report

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

Meeting adjourned 8:09PM.

Next Council meeting is October 9, 2013

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August 2013 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:30 p.m. August 14, 2013. Following the Pledge of Allegiance a roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  Kathy Weiss motioned to approve the minutes of the July 10, 2013 Council Meeting and Ed Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Letter dated July 11, 2013 from Bucks County Conservation District, in reference to property at 370 Spring Hill Road.

Letter dated July 24, 2013 Bucks County Department of Health, reference to West Nile Virus Program.

Email dated July 31, 2013 Keith E. Gabage with Pennsylvania American Water Company. In reference to the Borough Water Company.

Email dated August 7, 2013 Elizabeth Balogh, Borough Resident in reference to Riegelsville Inn.

Email dated August 8, 2013 Faith Housworth, Borough Resident in reference to bamboo growth in the borough.

Email dated August 13, 2013 Todd Nagle, Cowan Associates, Inc. (Borough engineer) Application for payment #1(Final)

Letter dated August 13, 2013 Beth Banko, Riegelsville Public Library Board of Trustees, President, request the appointment of Erica Sommer and Kate Brandes to the Board of Trustees. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Erica Sommer and Kate Brandes.  Seconded by R. Scott   Unanimous

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council in a letter that as the mayor of Riegelsville Borough he will perform weddings. Mayor Stokes performed a wedding and had the couple give a donation to the Riegelsville Fire Co. Tim Sullivan, Contracted mower for the Borough Park called to report a possible water leak at the park.  Matt Brady will be investigating this Thursday August 15, 2013. Borough resident contacted Mayor Stokes to report a possible gas leak at the Riegelsville Laundromat and Mayor Stokes called it into 911 and it was taken care of.

Mayor Stokes has been in contact with the State police in reference to the stop signs on Maplewood Road.  Corporal Dannehower introduced himself to the Council and the Maplewood residents that came to the Council meeting to report how the traffic is not stopping or slowing down with the stop signs in place.  Corp. Dannehower reported that they have already added the Borough to the daily bridge check list.

Community Affairs:

Discussions: Barbara Swanda- Introduced the D&L “Trail Towns” of Bucks County. This new venture will promote the use of the D&L Trail, and works with residents and business owners adjacent to the Trail (Delaware Canal Towpath).Priorities include strengthening business practices and bringing more customers to these communities, encouraging exercise to improve public health, and preserving the green trail corridor.  The Trail Towns program begins in fall 2013.  B. Swanda would like to have the Borough participate in this venture too.

Zoning:  K. Clayton, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council that he issued 4 building permits, 1-Deck, 1- tank removal and 2 HVAC. Draft was sent to the Borough Solicitor in reference to 530 Easton Road.

Fire Co. News: E. Bartosiewicz reported to Council that the firefighters received new pagers.  Firehouse breakfast is this Sunday July 21, 8am to Noon.

            Library News: Beth Banko reported to Council that summer reading ”Dig into Reading” is in full swing, July 30th, “The Bug man” is scheduled at 10:30am. “Wine Festival is set for October 5, 2013.  The children’s room will get a new computer to replace the computer that is being retired.  Summer volunteers are working out very well, a big help with programs and shelving. Pat McEvoy resigned from the Library Board.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: No meeting in July. Next meeting August 28, 2013.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Received the minutes from May and June 2013.

            EMS News: Ed Bartosiewicz attended the squad meeting and reported that there is less money going out that is coming in at this time.

Rec Board News:  Rodney reported that the 2 Ball teams are having their awards picnic on Sunday

July 21.  The pavilion is in need of a new roof, estimates are being gathered. Next meeting is July 29, at 7pm.

Miscellaneous: 124 Sycamore Road, house is vacant and on the market. We cannot reach the owner. The grass is getting very high, Borough employee Matt Brady only has a weed whacker so we have done the front yard. The Council suggests purchasing a mower and contact the realtor to see if they are going to mow it in the meantime.

Utilities:

Discussions: Well #3 Generator update: Brent Kephart from Generator Services and Borough electrician Bill Hoffman have discussed the specs that are needed for a generator to run the water system. Brent will be locating one ASAP.  Council suggested that S. Masteller contact the Electrician to see what would be needed to get wiring for a generator for the Borough office.

There was a question on the Borough Website asking what is being done with “Wide waters” since the canal is being fixed since all the flooding. Council suggested that S. Masteller contact Rick Dalton with DCNR with this question.

Borough Employee Matt Brady put up a chain across the path by the St Lawrence Church and Borough Open Space land so no one can dump illegally on the property.

Borough Secretary Sherry Masteller contacted Narayana Velaga, Consultant project manager with District 6 PennDOT in reference to the concerns with Maplewood Road concerns. Residents and Council suggested temporary speed bumps but N.Velaga stated that PennDOT does not put them on Borough Roads and will not fund them. Council discussed this and a Borough resident suggested a temporary stop sign at the alley on the left side, so you will need to stop half way up Maplewood and you will not be able to speed. I will send an Email to the Maplewood Road residents in reference to Council’s decision to put up a temporary Stop sign.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions: – Resident on Maplewood complaining that no one is stopping at the temporary stop signs. Resident also complaining that there is no stop sign at end of alley entering Maplewood.  It was talked about that flashing lights or orange flags would possibly help for the stop signs.  Rich will contact Matt about putting orange flags above stop signs.  Rich will also have Matt put up stop sign at end of alley entering Maplewood.

- Discussed property’s by frigid freeze and Poplar Road- yards are not maintained.

- The hedge leaning into roadway between Legion and Emergency Squad needs to be trimmed.

- Rodney discussed generator and is going to call Brent with some questions.

- Kathy mentioned tree leaning at Spring Hill and Route 611.  Rich will call PennDOT.

Finance:

Discussions: Council received a letter from Pennsylvania American water Co. asking if the borough wanted to sell the Water Co.   Council stated that the Water Co. is NOT for sale.

Kenny Johnson asked if Matt had gotten a mower yet. Tammy donated a mower to the Borough. The weeds have not been taken care of at the house by Frigid Freeze, and the two properties on Poplar Road.

Mayor Stokes asked where we were with the Open Space walking path. Tom said we are waiting to get money to continue.  Ed stated that Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary in Williams Twp. may be able to give the Borough advice as to what grants to look into.

Mayor Stokes also asked where we are with the DeBartolo and Krieder process with the Borough Zoning Officer.

Rodney is checking into a few questions for the proposed used generator for Well #3, and will pass info along via email.

Tom mentioned about getting a credit card thru First Federal of Bucks County to use for gas in the Borough Trucks.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

None to report

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

Meeting adjourned 8:45 PM.

Next Council meeting is September 11, 2013

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