September 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. September 9, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  * Ann Moyer was appointed to Council below.   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from August 12, 2015 Council Meeting.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Compliance audit was received from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Auditor General for Riegelsville Community Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Fund Association.

Letter dated August 21, 2015 was read from Springfield Township, requesting Riegelsville Fire Police to assist with the Springtown Halloween Parade on October 25, 2015.

Email dated August 31, 2015 was read “letter of intent for Borough Council position from Ann P. Moyer”.

Email dated September 1, 2015 was read from Michael Smith, Cowan Associates, in reference to Well #3 and Storage Reservoir Ventilation.

Letter dated September 2, 2015 was read from St Luke’s thanking Council for the donation in memory of Mrs. Mary Scott.

Letter dated September 4, 2015 was read from Heritage Conservancy in reference to the Delaware Canal Storm water Management and Pilot Project Study.

REPORTS:

            President – Tom Stinnett has nothing to report.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he spoke to a delivery truck driver delivering to Borderline that if he continues to park on the curb/sidewalk that ruins the curbing/sidewalk that the property owner will need to repair. Mayor Stokes spoke to the Canal Bridge Manager about the missing one way sign for Durham Road and they are going to drop one off and the Borough would have to put it up.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   One Borough resident was present.

Mayor Stokes presented Matthew Serrone a certificate from the Borough Council for achieving Eagle Scout.

*Ann Moyer added a few things about herself for wanting to be appointed to Borough Council. Council did not have any further questions. Ed. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Ann Moyer to the vacant seat on Council.  R. Scott seconded Unanimous.

Todd Myers, Borough Engineer came to discuss the Well #3 and the Storage Reservoir ventilation project with Council, Todd will put together new proposal and get them to the Borough office very soon.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 2- building permits were issued 1

Garage Repair and 1 Bathroom Alteration.  Court date has been rescheduled for September for #141 Delaware Road.  Property owner of #122 Maplewood Road contacted Jim in reference to the “Unsafe 2 car garage”, they are getting quotes to demolish the building.  Jim stated that Sherry and he will review the fee schedule.

Library News: Estelle Bloom, Library Board Secretary reported to Council that the new website is up and running.  There will be a Barnes & Noble “Book Fair Fundraiser” on October 23, 24th in Easton PA.  The Riegelsville Tavern is once again donating 10% of their dinner entrees cost on Thursday nights in August.  The three Museum passes are being used quite a bit this summer and a big hit with the patrons using them.  The Summer reading will wrapped up August 11.  Estelle gave the Council a bio/letter of intent for the Library Board from David Oleksa.

July statistics:

Circulation: 1536

Public Count: 676

Historic Room Visits: 2

Internet use: 23

Items added: 78

Adult programs: 2 programs with 19 adults.

Juvenile: July 5 events 110 children, 46 Adults.

Art in the Library: 7 event, 73 attended.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that they served approximately 350 during the August 16 Breakfast. Pig Roast is set for this Saturday August 22, joint fundraiser with St John UCC.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Elaine Albrecht gave Sherry their minutes from July 22,

2015 meeting.  They will be getting mulch to put in the pocket park by the Post office.  A larger trash can fo

the pocket park will be ordered.  They will be doing a Calendar fundraiser this year again.  They will be doing

the Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” shopping passes in October.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy picked up the ReadyBucks flyers that went out in

the Water Bills.

            UBREMS News: Nothing to report, no Quorum for their meeting.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that Fall Ball would like to use both our fields this year. Car Show

meeting is tomorrow August 20.  The cabinets will be taken out and replaced soon to prepare for the Car Show November 1, 2015.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported that they did not have a quorum for the August 3,

2015 meeting so the next meeting is September 8, 2015.

State Police stats from July 2015 was received.

            FREE Winter Maintenance Seminar set for September 9, 2015 Sherry will see if there is any room left for our Road dept. employees can attend.

Utilities:

Discussions:

Property owner’s at #251 Ash Lane, #232 Ash Lane and  #317 Poplar Road, would like an extension on the Septic pumping due to either low water usage, one person or not living at the property all year.  Council agreed that they could have the septic cleaned and inspected every seven years instead of every five.  Sherry will send the property owners letters in reference to this.

Borough office received The DEP permit proposals from Borough Engineer, Cowan Associates for the Chlorine Room project.

The Borough Ordinance #171 states that Borough residents Curbs are their responsibility to maintain.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Council was emailed the pictures from 123 Maplewood Road, the missing curbing.  The Borough Ordinance states that it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain the curbing.

Borough office received a request for the meeting room for 2 Durham candidates for election to have a meet and greet on Thursday October 1. The Durham meeting room only holds 35 people.  Council agreed that was OK for them to use the Borough meeting room.

Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary contacted the Bucks County Conservation District in reference to a few complaints about a land disturbance on 2 vacant properties across from Riegelsville Auto.

Property at #134 Cedar Road has very high grass, Sherry will contact the Estate contact person.  The property is for sale.

The new tenants at 919 Easton Road has a car up on jacks on the sidewalk, Sherry will send a letter in reference to this safety issue.

Finance:

Discussions:

The Borough’s contents insurance coverage should be adjusted since the Library has their own policy.

Council agreed to lower it to $100,000.00.

The Borough office received the contract proposal from Borough Engineer, Cowan Associates for the administration and engineering services for the “Riegelsville Water Co. Chlorine Room Modifications” Sherry will add this proposal to the September 9, 2015 Council agenda.

Quote of $1293.95 was received for the replacement controller for the generator at the Borough building. Sherry will add to the September 9, 2015 Council agenda.

Council looked over the proposed resolution for the Riegelsville Library, this will update the 1976 Resolution.  This will be added to the September 9, 2015 Council agenda.

Council received a letter of intent from Ann Moyer to replace Rich Pursell’s Council seat.  Council would like to also see a bio for Ann.  Sherry will contact Ann.

Erica with the Riegelsville Library asked to borrow chairs for their Brewfest at Muellers on October 17th. Sherry stated that there is an Art workshop in the meeting room but they will not need all the chairs.  Council agreed that was fine.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval for $1,293.95 to State Electric Generator (replacement Controller for Generator at the Borough hall). E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-06-15 update the 1976 Riegelsville Public Library Resolution.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for RCN Cable Franchise agreement for 5 years. Put on hold, more information is needed.

Approval for $1500.00 to Cowan Associates, Inc for Fern Meadows Survey pins. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.

 NEW BUSINESS:  None to report.   

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

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

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August 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. August 12, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes ABSENT: Rich Pursell.  K. Weiss motioned to approve the minutes from July 8, 2015 Council Meeting E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Fax was read dated August 12, 2015 from PennDOT Local Technical Assistance program~ Free Winter maintenance workshop September 9, 2015.

Letter dated August 12, 2015 was read from Richard W. Pursell Jr. his notice of resignation from the position of Council Member with Riegelsville Borough, last day will be September 1, 2015.   E. Bartosiewicz motioned to except with regrets R. Scott seconded.

            Email dated August 7, 2015 was read from Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission will be performing traffic counts in the Borough.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett has nothing to report.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed one wedding. Mayor Stokes received a call in reference to the Tar & Chip project. Mayor Stokes also contacted State Representative, Marguerite Quinn’s office in reference to availability of grants for police force for the Borough.  Borough Resident, Matt Serrone received his Eagle Scout Court of Honor during a Ceremony at St John UCC.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   One Borough residents was present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council 3 Building permits- 1 re-roof, 1 sunroom

addition and 1 deck. 2 Zoning permits were issued 1 deck and 1 sunroom addition. The UCC Appeals Board was held on June 23, 2015 for JoAnne & John Schmidt. The Board ruled in their favor permitting relief from the Fire Sprinkler Requirement of the 209 IBC section 903.2.8 with the condition that interconnected smoke alarms be provided throughout the building.

Library News:  Terri Randolph emailed Sherry the July 2015 Directors report- a few highlights. RCN internet was installed on June 30th, 2015 and seems to be working fine.  We have two new volunteers learning to put books away and to help with other projects.  The Summer Reading Program is going strong. Science in the summer program was very successful. Many new to the library patrons got introduced through this program.

June statistics:

Circulation: 1536

Public Count: 676

Historic Room Visits: 2

Internet use: 23

Items added: 73

Adult programs: 2 programs with 19 adults.

Juvenile: June 3 events 72 children.

Art in the Library: 5 event, 70 attended.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that June 21 is next breakfast. On July 14, there is a public meeting “New Partnerships for a New Era”, Delaware Canal Vision Study”- Please tell us how you see it! Pig Roast fundraiser August 22 shared with St John UCC.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting July 22, 2015. Flowers where planted at

the pedestrian bridge.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy & John Panasiuk worked on getting a

registration letter together for READYBUCKS that was printed and mailed out with the water bills on July 10.

            UBREMS News: Nothing to report.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that Fall Ball would like to use both our fields this year. Car Show

meeting is tomorrow July 16..

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Tom reported that they had a meeting on July 6th.

Utilities:

Discussions:

The Borough had a brownout of power at Well #3, there was a problem with the ATF. Matt contacted Barry Hoffman he does not feel it is the ATF but he will stop next week to look at it.

Property owner at #251 Ash Lane would like an extension on the Septic pumping.  Council discussed this situation and would like more information as to how much water usage the property uses.  Sherry will get the information to Council for further discussion.

Borough office received the information for the chlorine room chlorination relocation for Well #3 and the Reservoir Well. The information was sent to Noah Fitzgerald, DEP Sanitarian for their approval before the project is put out for bid.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Waiting for the freight cost for the Bicycle grates.  Rodney suggested that if the Company is not too far away then Matt could go and pick them up.

Borough office received PennDOT Pothole Patching Municipal Agreements, Council agreed that the Borough doesn’t have the equipment or manpower to help with State road pothole patching.

On Thursday August 6, or Friday August 7 AMS will return to street sweep the tar & chipped roads, Matt will help with the Borough dump truck.

Ed reported that the painting of the Borough Building will start the beginning of September so the Boom can be ordered. Sherry will take care of this next week.

Rodney discussed with Council that the trash company’s trucks are getting so large that some are having a difficult time getting thru the alleys and driving on residents properties.  Council suggested to send letters out to companies to make them away of this issue.

Finance:

Discussions:

Lance Lawn Care sent the Borough Council a letter requesting an increase in the lawn mowing, it has been many years since the last increase.  Council agreed to the increase.

Congressman Fitzpatrick sent a letter to FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) respectfully requesting after the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) of the proposed PennEast Pipeline is completed, that a public Scoping meeting be held in Bucks County close in proximity to Durham Township and Riegelsville Borough since the proposed pipeline will be going thru both municipalities. Those residents can express concerns regarding construction, safety and protection of their region.

Governor Wolf announced appointees to Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce.

Hopewell Township of New Jersey sent the Borough office a copy of their resolution to prohibit survey access to their Township owned property by PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC.

Council discussed what the Riegelsville Library pays towards insurance charges, electric and trash yearly.  Discussion to continue.

Matt Hertzog, PA DCED Analyst- is looking over the Borough’s grant application for PA Greenways, Trails and Recreation.  Matt needed to change the budget construction contingency to 5% of the total estimated construction cost.

Sherry Masteller would like to take a seminar “Building Effective Council-Staff relationships” on September 10, 9am-1pm the cost is $25.00.  Council approved, add the check request to Council bills on August 12.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Tar & Chip project was under budget $1,111.95.

Approval for $10.00 increase to Lance Lawn Care mowing. K. Weiss motioned to approve E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Approval for check to Severn Trent for $956.16 (rebuild the second chlorinator).  R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for $25.00 a cut to Damian Newton for mowing the lawn at Borough Parking Lot/Sidewalk. R. Scott motioned to approve E. Bartosiewicz seconded, Unanimous.

Approval to purchase 8 bicycle grates, $275.00 each total $2200.00.00.(Not sure of the Shipping cost/we may pick up).  Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS: 

            The Borough office received an email in reference to who is responsible for curbing, the property owner or the Borough?  Council discussed and more information is needed to answer the question.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM.

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July 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:20 p.m. July 8, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes ABSENT: Ed Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell and Rodney Scott. T. Stinnett stated there is not enough Council member present for a Quorum so no decisions can be made tonight. T. Stinnett stated that Council will meet tomorrow night Thursday July 9, 2015, 7pm to finish the meeting.Stinnett called the meeting to order on Thursday July 9, 2015 at 7:00pm. Members present Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss, Rodney Scott and Ed Bartosiewicz. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the minutes from June 10, 2015 Council Meeting R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

 CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter was read dated June 16, 2015 from Bridgeton Township requesting Riegelsville Fire Police for Upper Black Eddy Fire Co. Carnival.

Letter was read dated June 25, 2015 Bucks County Board of Election, Municipal Election is November 3, 2015. Voting hours at 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Letter was read dated June 26, 2015 Bucks County Open Space Board unanimously recommended approval for the Riegelsville Trail project for funding amount of $223,535 at its June 24, 2015 meeting.

Email flyer was read, “New Partnerships for a New Era” PUBLIC MEETING, The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc-(D&L) and Delaware Canal. Delaware Canal Vision Study, please tell us how you see it. 4:30-6 Open House, 7-9pm Presentation and Discussion at the Riegelsville Fire Department.

Email was read dated July 7, 2015 from Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic, next meeting is September 28, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at Frenchtown Borough Hall.

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported to Council that Bucks County Open Space Board unanimously recommended approval for the Riegelsville Trail project for funding amount of $223,535 at its June 24, 2015 meeting, now it goes to the County Board of Commissioners for an approval vote in August.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he has been receiving calls and has witnessed the speeding on Delaware Road from the Canal Bridge to the traffic light. Mayor Stokes contacted Sgt. Nasol with the PA State Police. Sgt. Nasol was unable to attend the Council meeting but sent Corporal Livingston. Mayor thanked Corporal Livingston for coming and all the coverage the State Police does for our Borough. Corporal Livingston listened to the concerns from Council and will take the information back to Sgt. Nasol.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:   Three Borough residents where present.

Frank Preedy, Riegelsville Emergency Management Coordinator and John Panasiuk, Member of Emergency Management Team discussed the ReadyBucks Notification System. For those residents that do not have access to the internet a written registration is available.  The written registration form will go out with the Riegelsville Water Company quarterly bill on July 10. The paperwork will be forwarded to Bucks County Emergency Agency.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

             Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that three building permits where

issued. 1-HVAC, 1-Electrical and 1- 275 Gallon Oil tank. Enforcement Activities: Kreider submitted a contract from Certa Pro painters to do the paining of his house, Certa pro was called to confirm. Waiting for a returned call, the court date will be rescheduled for mid-August. The Pa L & I audit was performed on May 27, 2015 and no deficiencies were reported. Discussion with Council if a $50 or $40non-refundable deposit for all permit applications submitted in case they withdraw the approved permit.  UCC appeals board has a hearing set for Tuesday June 23, 2015 at 7pm for Resident JoAnne & John Schmidt, requesting relief from the Fire Sprinkler requirement of the 2009 IBC section 903.2.8.

Library News:  Cheryl Bade reported to Council that “The Free Little Library” is open. Kathy Clark wrote an article in the June 4th, 2015 Bucks County Herald.  The Library is switching to RCN for internet service.

The summer reading program “Every Hero has a story” begins June 23, 2015.

May statistics:

Circulation: 1153

Public Count: 534

Historic Room Visits: 1

Internet use: 40

Items added: 105

Adult programs: 2 programs with 19 adults.

Juvenile: May 10 events 68 children, 20 adults.

Art in the Library: 1 event, 13 attended.

            Fire Co. News: Ed reported that June 21 is next Breakfast, during the Breakfast the Riegelsville Enhancement Committee is have a Bake Sale Fundraiser.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting June 27, 2015, 7pm at the Borough Hall.

Bake Sale Sunday June 21 during the Fire Co. Breakfast.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy dropped off the BC Hazard Mitigation worksheets

to the Borough Office.

            UBREMS News: Ed reported to Council that the Squad members are getting their recertification’s.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that the Rec Board had a meeting on June 7. The Softball teams

only have a few weeks to go, then playoffs.  The cabinet where the sink is in the Concession stand is leaning, do to the past flood waters and needs to be replaced before the car show.  Car Show meeting will be in July.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: No Quorum for the June 1, 2015 meeting.

 Utilities:

Discussions:

Sherry reported to Council that Borough residents are getting their Septic pumping receipts to the Borough office.  Council discussed a few Borough residents’ questions on their pumping.

Today Well 1 & 2 has a phase issue, Met-Ed has been called. Sonny will keep me posted.

Sherry sent Barry Hoffman an email to ask when the Well #3 ATS will be installed.

The Bicycle grates are $275.00 each, we need 8.  I am waiting for the cost of the delivery.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

Bicycle grates are ordered at $275.00 each, we need 8.  Just waiting for the shipping cost.

PennDOT painted “SLOW” on Delaware Road (Both sides of the Canal Bridge). Mayor Stokes said cars are just going faster now. Borough residents are talking to Mayor Stokes about the speed issue.  Mayor Stokes is contacting the State Police Sgt. Nosal to see if he can attend the Borough Council meeting on July 8, to discuss this issue. Mayor Stokes will confirm this with Sherry so an email can be sent to Borough residents via Rville Happenings email.

There are a few properties that will receive certified and first class Ordinance Enforcement letters in reference to the Ordinance 191, Grass, Weeds and other vegetation trimming and height restrictions.

The Borough office received a concern from a Borough resident that there is a Mailbox in the middle of the sidewalk at 1111 Durham Road, more research is needed at this time. Sherry will get back to Council.

Stinnett found a good article in Flow Control, “Lost Water gets found”, this may be something that the Borough could use.

Yates Electric has not returned the call in reference to the pedestrian bridge light that is out. Sherry

will call one last time.

Finance:

Discussions:

Classic Painting is painting the Borough Hall in September, the 1/3 down payment will be paid at the August 12, Council bills.

Rich suggested for Matt to crack seal the curb lines before the tar & chip project is started.

Council looked over the financials.

Sherry will be on vacation July 27, 28 and 29th, so the Borough office will be closed July 27 & 28th.

An email was read from 124 Fern Road in reference to Septic pumping. The Co. owner stated he primarily took out ground water and minimal waste. Council discussed this and stated that in 5 years the Co. can inspect the tank and see if it needs to be pumped then, a letter will be sent from the Borough Office.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval for check to Severn Trent for $956.16 (rebuild the chlorinator).  R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS: 

            Email from Thomas Hughes (Pema) PA Mitigation Success Stories, Frank Preedy, EM Coordinator will take care of this.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:20 PM.

July 9, 2015 meeting adjourned 7:41 PM.

 

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June 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:000p.m June 10, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rich Pursell, Thomas Stinnett and Kathleen Weiss ABSENT: Mayor Stokes and Rodney Scott Weiss motioned to approve the minutes from May 13, 2015 Council Meeting E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Save the date fundraiser postcard received from Heritage Conservancy September 12, 2015 at Whispering Woods, Durham PA.

Letter was read dated May 22, 2015 from Upper Bucks County YMCA August 3-7 Advocacy Week in Pennsylvania.

Letter was read dated May 28, 2015 from PA L& I audit report.

Letter was read dated May 28, 2015 from Heritage Conservancy. The Heritage Conservancy is pleased to assist Riegelsville Borough in the preparation of its grant applications to the DCED and the BC Municipal Open Space Program for funding of the Riegelsville Trail and related amenities.

Letter was read dated June 2, 2015 from Riegelsville Public Library thanking the Borough Council for the generous annual gift of $3000.00.

Letter was read dated June 2, 2015 from Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center thanking the Borough Council for generous annual gift of $500.00.

Letter was read from the Recorders Office of Bucks County- Honor Flight Bucks County, K. Weiss motioned to donate $100.00 R. Pursell seconded, Unanimous.

Letter was read dated June 6, 2015 from Noah Fitzgerald, Sanitarian for Department of Environmental Protection in reference to the water supply inspection report.

REPORTS:

President – Nothing to report.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes reported to Sherry that he performed his Son Chase and Eileen’s wedding on June 6, 2015.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  Two Borough residents present. Borough resident Susan Pulsinelli introduced herself to Council and expressed her concerns of her neighbor’s house (141 Delaware Road) the paint is chipping, no boards for the front porch floor plus no roofing on the front porch.  Susan has tried to talk to the owner and that does not get anywhere. What can the Borough do to fix this problem?  T. Stinnett reported that there is a Court Hearing scheduled for June 30th. James Kopchak, Borough Zoning officer has issued the citations, Mr. Kreider contacted J. Kopchak’s office to inform him that he has a painter contracted to paint his house. J. Kopchak put a call into the contractor for more information.   Susan is also very concerned with the speed on Delaware Road off the Canal Bridge to traffic light.  T. Stinnett reported that he has contacted PennDOT traffic engineer to check the traffic flow on Delaware Road and possible speed deterrents.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 4 Zoning Permits were issued-1

Fence, 1 Deck, Shed in Flood Plain (May be cancelled), Hot Tub install. 2 Building Permits were issued- 200 amp electrical service, 1 Electric for Hot Tub. Enforcement Activities: Kreider court date is set for June 30, if Mr. Kreider brings a valid contract for the items in the citations then the court date will be postponed. The Pa L & I audit is scheduled for May 27, 2015. Discussion with Council if a $50 or $40 non-refundable deposit for all permit applications submitted in case they withdraw the approved permit.  Also discussed adding an additional fee for flood plain review.  Sherry will contact other Municipalities to see what they are doing.

Library News:  Terri Randolph emailed the Director’s report to Sherry, Borough Secretary.  “The Free Little Library” is ready to go just waiting for Paul Anthony and Matt Brady to have time to install it.  Patrons are excited to use the Museum Passes.  The new website is almost ready to go public.

April statistics:

Circulation: 1259

Public Count: 565

Historic Room Visits: 0

Internet use: 22

Items added: 152

Adult programs: 5 programs with 41 adults.

Juvenile: April 12 events 59 children, 30 adults.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that May 17 Breakfast served approximately 300.  May 30, Spaghetti Dinner 4-7pm.  The Fire Company members have been training at the Burn Building in Quakertown.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting May 27, 2015, 7pm at the Borough Hall.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

            UBREMS News: Ed reported to Council that the Squad is still looking to purchase 2 new ambulances.

Rec Board News: Next meeting will be in early June. Rodney reported the 4 teams are doing well.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: Last meeting was May 4. During the June 1, meeting they will beooking at sample burn ban ordinances.

Utilities:

Discussions:

The new bicycle drain covers will not work so Matt will check the new ones that PennDOT put in south end of 611, plus discuss this with Rich.

Hydrant flushing tonight from 9-midnight, should be the last night.

Tom will meet with Dick Meade, Riegelsville Water operator to go over the DEP information that needs to be updated.

Remind Matt about the missing water valve cover on 611/Ash Lane.

Council requested Sherry put up no parking signs for the Memorial Day Parade on Sunday May 24.

Streets & Properties:

Discussions:

State Police emailed the May monthly stats to the Borough office.

Allen Madnick put a petition together September 1, 2014 against the rumble strips on 611, PennDOT sent back a letter that states when 611 is repaved they will not reinstall the rumble strips.

Tom discussed the Open Space walking trail grant through DCED that Kris Kern has put together for the Borough.

Ed reminded Council about putting in the water line next to the trail from Spring Hill Road to Maple Lane. Maybe we can get funding.

Finance:

Discussions:

Kris Kern needs a $100.00 check for the DCED Grant application fee, this will be added to the bill for Council meeting June 10.

Council received a proposal from “Classic Painting” for the exterior painting of the upper cornice of the Borough Hall Building. Ed stated that he would be working on the roof during the painting too since there will be an articulated boom being rented for the month. Ed is available in September, Sherry will make Roy aware of the time-frame.

Doreen Moyer, Borough Insurance agent set up a meeting with 2 members of the Riegelsville Library Board of Trustees plus Ed and Tom to discuss the insurance that the Borough and the Library has. Council will look into the current ordinance that states no alcohol beverages outside on Borough owned property.

Bill Sado will give the Borough a proposal for the front railing at the Library main entrance in time for Council meeting June 10.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Settlement total for parcel #38-006-048(Parking Lot and sidewalk located at Delaware & Church Road) owned by Craig Cardone for $13,856.87.

            Approval for approx. $29,194.00 for the chip seal job on Fern, Edgewood, Cedar and Top of Delaware. R. Pursell motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for Sadow Services $1,800.00 to install one pair of code compliant stair and landing railings on the front entrance to the Riegelsville Library. K. Weiss motioned to approve, E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for $9,500.00 Classic Painting- Exterior Painting of upper cornice surrounding the Borough Hall Building. K. Weiss motioned to approve, R. Pursell seconded, Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS: 

Borough office will be closed Friday July 3, 2015 for the Holiday.

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

Meeting adjourned 8:20 PM.

Next Council Meeting July 8, 2015 at 7pm

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May 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:000p.m May 13, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Rich Pursell and Rodney Scott.

Weiss motioned to approve the minutes from April 8, 2015 Council Meeting E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

None to report

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported that Monday May 11, 2015 was the Annual Wellhead protection meeting.  There was a discussion that the State may be raising the percentage of chlorine that needs to be added to water systems.  Tom discussed the speed on Delaware Road with State Rep. Quinn. State Rep Quinn gave Tom the PennDOT Safety Managers contact info to contact him directly, since we have not heard anything Tom asked Sherry to follow up with the PennDOT Safety manager.

Mayor – Mayor Stokes attended the Spring Dinner benefiting the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.  Mayor Stokes performed one wedding and the donation went to the Riegelsville Rec Board.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough resident present. No comments to report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Concerns from citizens:  One Borough Resident and Erica Sommer, Library Board of Trustees member was present.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that 2 building permits- both electrical.

One Zoning permit was issued for an 8×10 shed. Enforcement letter went out on April 1, 2015 to 530 Easton Road regarding the gutters, downspouts and capping fascia boards. Non traffic citation was issued to 141 Delaware Road regarding inoperable vehicle, weatherproofing/painting house and loose and warped deck boards.  Fire hazard complaint at 116 Ceader Road has been removed. 410 Easton Road noise complaint is complying with the noise ordinance violation.  118 Sycamore Road has a non-permitted garage conversion to a sleeping room, Jim spoke to the owner and will send an official letter on April 22.  Mrs. Ott asked Sherry if she needed a permit to have her paved driveway repaved.  Jim started no as long as they were not changing the size. Repaving is considered maintenance. Sherry will get back to Mrs. Ott.

Library News: Erica Sommer, Library Board member reported to Council that Kim Ulrey is resigning from the board so they will be advertising for a new member very soon. The next fundraiser is the Library Fair/Book sale on May 8, 9 and 16. The Yearly Fundraiser envelopes have been sent out. Little Library is complete. It needs to be installed near the Post office. Pam Lazor submitted a grant application to continue the “Art in the Library” program, they received the grant. Pam is coordinating the dates for the community room with Sherry Masteller, Borough Secretary.

March statistics:

Circulation: 1220

Historic Room Visits: 0

Items added: 68

Public Count: 541

Internet use: 18

Adult programs: 2 programs with 18 adults

Juvenile: 11 events 71 children, 38 adults

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that the Fish Fry’s where very successful. Next breakfast is April 19, 8am –noon. Joel Roney, Matt Serrone, Cordell and Hayes Hissim helped during the Borough Park clean up Saturday April 11, 2015. Roast Beef Dinner- May 2, 4-7pm. The men’s room is being updated at the Fire Co.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting April 22, 2015, 7pm at the Borough Hall.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Nothing to report.

            UBREMS News: Ed reported to Council that they had a retirement party for Debbie O’Donnell,

outgoing treasurer.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that the paving of the sidewalk at the park is complete.  Infield mix

will be delivered April 16, for both fields. Game opener is Saturday April 25, 11 am. Basket Bingo fundraiser is set for Sunday April 26, doors open at noon, games start at 1pm. Rodney is going to get a quote for trimming some of the sycamore branches that are hanging over the softball field and the pine tree is covering up the score board.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: No April meeting, next meeting is May 4.

Utilities:

Comments from Citizens:  One Borough Resident and Erica Sommer, Library Board of Trustees member was present.

Discussions:

Garage apartment at 1269 Easton Road capped off from the Borough water and is probably hooked up to their working well for the other apartments. Sherry will contact the property owner for more information plus look up more information in the ordinance.

The top of the drain located in the south bound lane, 611 near St John UCC needs to be replaced. Rich gave Sherry the information to contact Campbell Foundry Co. to purchase the bicycle grates. Matt has a list of the ones that need to be replaced.

Noah Fitzgerald is the new DEP Sanitarian, needs to inspect the wells and a few administrative documents. Tammy has been updating the documents then the Wellhead committee members can look them over during their meeting on May 11, 2015 at 10 am.

 

Property owner at 301 Poplar Road purchased the property October 2014 and the septic was cleaned and inspected May 2014, she has asked if the settlement sheet could be used as proof that is was taken care off.  Council approved that document, Sherry will contact the property owner.

The 2015 Bucks County Household Hazardous Waste collection list is out, Upper Bucks is August 15, Quakertown Community High School. 9am to 3pm.

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens: One Borough resident was present, no comment.

Discussions:

State Police started to email the monthly stats to the Borough office.

James Sweeney is going to request a waiver for the On-lot septic Ordinance #227- replacement area is needed per the Ordinance. Tom explained the Bucks County Board of health has been notified and they feel the approved plan of 2009 is sufficient. Council continued to discuss this and will grant the waiver during the Council meeting on May 13.  Sherry will contact Borough Solicitor in reference to the waiver.

Street sweeping is set for the week of May 18th.

Hydrant Flushing is set for May 18- 22, 9pm to Midnight.

Tom discussed the speed on Delaware Road with State Rep. Quinn. State Rep Quinn gave Tom the Penn Dot Safety Managers contact info to contact him directly.

Rich received a quote to tar & chip Fern Road/Edgewood Road, Cedar (Between Edgewood & Fairmont) Delaware Road down to the traffic light 611 (Not quite to the end).

The Chevy truck needs new gas lines and brake lines, so it will take 2 days of labor to fix.

Finance:

Comment from Citizens:  One Borough resident, no comments

Discussions:

Borough Council is making a $100.00 donation to St Luke’s Hospice is memory of Rodney Scott’s Mom Mary Scott.

Sue at the Post office suggested a Special Stamp cancelation for the 100th Anniversary. Council agreed that would be a great idea.

Council discussed Craig Cardone’s parking lot sale agreement. The Borough solicitor will have the paperwork ready for Council meeting May 13.

Kris Kern needs to get a cost estimate from Borough Engineer for the Open Space Trail, the fee will be approximately $1500.00, which will be put into one of the grants.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of Resolution R-03-15, To apply to Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP) grant of $250,000 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used for the design and construction of an approximate one-mile public multiuse trail. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-04-15,

  1. To file an application for funds under the Bucks County Municipal Open Space Program.
  2. Heritage Conservancy in Coordination with Thomas E. Stinnett, President of Borough Council, authorized and directed to execute and file the appropriate forms with the Bucks County Open Space Board.
  3. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded. Unanimous.

Approval of Resolution R-05-15, A Resolution of the Riegelsville Borough Council Granting a waiver of the OLDS reserve area requirements of Ordinance 227 for James G. and Eileen A. Sweeney regarding 303 Poplar Road. K. Weiss motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

Approval to purchase parcel #38-006-048(Parking Lot and sidewalk located at Delaware & Church Road) owned by Craig Cardone for $13,000.00.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Weiss seconded.  Unanimous

NEW BUSINESS: 

Primary Election May 19, 2015.

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

Meeting adjourned 7:55 PM.

Next Council Meeting June 10, 2015 at 7pm

 

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April 2015 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:000p.m April 8, 2015. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Edward Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott, Thomas Stinnett, Kathleen Weiss and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Rich Pursell. K. Weiss motioned to approve the minutes from March 11, 2015 Council Meeting R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter was read dated April 1, 2015 from Beth Banko, President of the Riegelsville Public Library Board of Trustees request approval of Cheryl Bade.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint Cheryl Bade to the Riegelsville Library Board of Trustees. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Stephen Shlyen, Borough Auditor filed the DCED reports and will have the written audit report and invoice next month for the Council meeting. 

REPORTS:

President – Tom Stinnett reported that this Saturday April 11, Clean-up on the Canal from Mueller’s to Indian Rock Inn.  Also the Riegelsville Borough Park is having a clean-up on April 11 at noon, come out and volunteer.

Mayor – Nothing to Report.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough resident present. No comments to report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs:

Concerns from citizens:  No Borough Resident were present.

Discussions:

Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough zoning officer reported to Council that one Building Permit was issued:

Stair Glide.  Jim will contact the attorney for #530 Easton Road for an update on finishing the soffit and fascia.  Fire hazard complaint was reported for #116 Cedar Road, Jim sent a violation notice on March 4, 2015.  410 Easton Road was sent a Zoning Hearing Board application since the property owner is going to appeal the enforcement letter. Bucks County (FIRM) Maps went into effect on March 16th, 2015.

Library News: Julia Sefton introduced to Council Cheryl Bade, candidate for Library Board. The next event will be the Annual Egg Hunt at the Borough Park on Friday April 3, Sponsored by the Library and Recreation Board. Library Fair/Book sale is May 8, 9 and 16. The Yearly Fundraiser envelopes have been sent out. Little Library is complete just needs to installed near the Post office.

Emily French, United Way Representative discussed with Council the purpose of the Open to the public round table meeting at the Borough Hall tomorrow night March 19. The purpose is for the residents to discuss the positive and negative things within the Community.

Fire Co. News: Ed reported that the March 15 Breakfast served 350. During the Friday Fish Fry’s they serve around 140 to 150. Auxiliary Flower Sale is April 2, 3 and 4 at Antiques Haven. Homemade Turkey Croquettes fundraiser are 4 patties for $6.00 sold during Fire Co events.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Next meeting March 25.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank will be dropping off the Hazardous Mitigation Seminar

information to the Borough office.

            UBREMS News: Ed reported to Council that the Payne Grant was denied but they are reapplying.

They are looking to replace 2 in service Ambulances.

Rec Board News: Rodney reported that the paving of the sidewalk at the park should be done within the next 2 weeks. There will be 1 T-Ball team and the girls’ softball will be joining the new league.  Basket Bingo is set for Sunday April 26.

      Riegelsville Planning Commission: No March meeting, next meeting is April 6.

Utilities:

Comments from Citizens:  no one present.

Discussions:

Ed reported that Barry Hoffman, Borough Electrician is looking into an alternative to the Well #3 phone alert system. Barry will also be putting in the auto generator adaptor.

Kathy asked when the propane tanks are going in at the Borough Hall Office Generator and are they going above ground or underground.  Rodney reported that as soon as the ground thaws they will install the tanks.

Council discussed the generator adaptor at the traffic light that needs to get a generator to hook to it during power outages.  Jim Kopchak thinks that Warwick Township uses a 3500 Watt generator for their traffic light.

Kathy reported that there is still a light out at the pedestrian bridge.

Streets & Properties:

Comments from Citizens:  Greg Ort, Borough resident came to the meeting to report that his band would not be practicing at his home located at 410 Easton Road, they have finally would another place to practice.

Discussions:

A Borough resident asked Sherry if the alleys could be oiled & chipped. Rich stated that the Bucks County Conservation District offers grants plus classes that someone would need to attend. Rich will get the information to Sherry.

Mayor Stokes asked if anyone has heard what Mr. Weiss is doing with the fallen wall at the old barn. No one had any information so Mayor Stokes will give him a call.

Rich suggested we get a quote for street sweeping since it was put in the budget. Sherry will get the quotes and add them to Council Agenda on April 8, 2015.

We received the updated quote from Philo Insulation for insulating the Borough garage. Rich will talk to Matt about what was discussed when Rodney and Rich met.

Matt has been working on filling potholes on the Borough roads and also alleys.

Finance:

Comment from Citizens: No One present

Discussions:

We received a quote from Lawco Inc. to recalibrate all 3 well’s meters for $2,170.00.  Sherry will add to the April 8, Council agenda.

Sherry spoke to Armour and Son’s Electric in reference to the traffic light blinking after a power outage.

Fred suggested we contact them to see if there is a code that will tell them if something needs to be fixed.

Sherry will send another letter to the State Police that states when the traffic light is out to contact Sherry to see if it is a power outage.

Council looked over the financials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of Lawco Inc. quote for up to $ 1720.00 to calibrate the meters at the wells. R. Scott motioned to approve. E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous

            Approval of quote from Reilly Sweeping for $1920.00 to sweep the Borough roads for 2 days. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve.  R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

            Council discussed the proposed lot lease for Craig Cardone’s property.  T. Stinnett spoke with Craig and due to the cost of his insurance, Craig offered to sell to the Borough the property for $13,000.00.

  1. Bartosiewicz motioned to purchase the property for $13,000.00 plus the Borough will cover the closing cost. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS: 

Sherry Masteller will be attending the Bucks County Consortium May 7, 2015 at Middletown Township, Langhorne, PA.

Primary Election May 19, 2015.

 

           

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

Meeting adjourned 8:08 PM.

Next Council Meeting May 13, 2015 at 7pm

 

 

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A Huge THANK-YOU to Ron Flahart!!!

Ron Flahart from Catasauqua donated

Pictures of the Delaware River Roebling Bridge that he had taken.

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