December 2019 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. December 11, 2019.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott, Mayor Stokes, Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the Council minutes from November 13, 2019. Stenographer will mail the signed transcript to be added to the permanent Council minute book. A. Moyer Seconded.   Unanimous.


Letter from Lance Lawn Care.

Letter from Keystone Municipal Services, Inc. – Rate increase, Vote below in Unfinished Business.

Letter dated November 27, 2019 from RCN- price increases.

Hand delivered Letter dated December 10, 2019 from Michael Smith, Borough Engineer. Bid review for Proposed Stone Recreation Trail. Vote below in Unfinished Business.


President- T. Stinnett wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Mayor-Mayor Stokes introduced PA State Police Sergeant James W. Thomas, Dublin Station Commander to Council.  Sgt. Thomas reported to Council the following:

  • He has been the Dublin Commander for 2 years, sorry he hasn’t had a chance to come to our meetings.
  • Dublin issued 3900 citations this year so far, they are not afraid to give out tickets.
  • They have done regulatory traffic checks.
  • Oct 28-November, 17 hours radar set up radar check point- gave out 8 citations, 14 warnings.
  • Speeds on 611 range from 35-60.
  • 2019- 485 Calls for service (including Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge (DRJTB) checks)-State Police is contracted with DRJTB Commission to check bridges. There are appx.7 in the Dublin Barracks area.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  One Borough Resident present.

Community Affairs-

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on November 20, 2019 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

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

Concerns from citizens:   6 Borough Resident present.


Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council November 2019 report:

  • Borough Engineer and Jim will meet with property owner at 683 Easton Road in reference to a building permit to widen steps.
  • Permits: Building permits: 1-Pool Demo/Floodplain. Zoning permits: 1-Driveway expansion, 2- Fence.

Enforcement Activities

  • 129 Maplewood Road- Met with property owner on October 31, 2019 to discuss the needed permits and a flood elevation certificate prior to doing any work.
  • 715 Durham Road- Stop work order. Nothing new to report.

Library News: Borough office received the October 2019 Directors report and the Board of Trustees report the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  Beth Banko- Library Board Trustee highlighted the October 2019 Directors report to Council.

  • Make a Mini-Gingerbread House or Mini-Tree program will be held Saturday, December 7.
  • December 15, Posh Presents & Cookie Sale.

Fire Co. News:

  • Breakfast on Sunday November 17 served 250 people.
  • December 15~ Breakfast with Santa 8-noon.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee NewsAnn reported:

  • Christmas Eve Luminary project will start set up at 2pm at St Peters Lutheran Church. Viana Boenzli offered to help with this project.
  • Calendars are at the printer.
  • Email (on file) was read from Wendy Breyer, Borough resident stating that Bob Ryan and she will not be involved with future maintenance of the new garden at Riegelsville Borough Hall.
  • Christmas tree will be placed in the front of the Borough Building.
  • Boscov’s Coupon fundraiser raised $185.00(sold 37 coupons).
  • Next meeting Wednesday November 27, 7pm at Borough Hall.

UBREMS News: Nothing new to report.

Rec Board News:

  • Fall Rollout Car show was a success, so far about $2,000.00 short of last year’s totals, still waiting on a few invoices to pay.
  • Matt shut-off the water at the Concession Stand and Cemetery.


Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Frank Preedy certified the supporting letter addressing the removal of tanks through the “Industrial Sites Reuse Program” to Harrisburg DCED. Ani and Regan Wilson own the property at 504 Easton Road.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:

  • T. Stinnett stated that on Sunday November 3, 2019 the Borough office received an email from Colette Gerstenberg as a notice of resignation from the Riegelsville Planning Commission effective immediately. Tom said they will miss her engineering background on this committee.  Tom will put together an email asking for a volunteer to be appointed to that position for the “Rville Happenings”.
  • Marion Fazekas, reported to Council that her and a few neighbors continue to be woken up 6:15am-6:50am from Philo Insulation (1024 Easton Road) by forklifts & trucks back up alarms. S. Masteller reported that Philo was notified by the Borough’s ordinance Enforcement officer in the past but she didn’t know when. Marion said they were good for a while then started again. REMARKS: Most recent letter was sent 2/21/19.

Meeting adjourned 7:30 pm.         Next meeting January 15, 2020   7pm


Rodney Scott called the Utilities meeting to order at 7:31pm on November 20, 2019 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

Others Present:    Frank Preedy-EMC Coordinator and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Concerns from Citizens:  6 Borough resident present.


  • Council received the water line leak location report from Fluid Conservation Tech, Inc.

There are 4 locations. 321 Easton Road has already been repaired. The other 3 are 364 Delaware Road, 1243 Durham Road and 721 Edgewood Road. Matt Brady is hoping these will be repaired before the end of the year.

719 Easton Road was sent an Ordinance violation letter on October 17, 2019 in reference to the bamboo on their property. Property owner came into the Borough office on Friday November 15 and stated they had a medical emergency with their 17 year old Daughter who was out of the Country and they received this letter and would like to have more time to take care of this issue.  S. Masteller told the owner to send an email asking for an extention from Borough Council. Email from received November 19, 2019.  Council asked what the time frame on the letter said, S. Masteller will get that information to Council.  Remark: Council agreed to another 30 days.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:40 pm

Next meeting January 15, 2020

Streets & Properties-

Ed Bartosiewicz called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on December 4, 2019 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

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

Others Present:

Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comments from Citizens:  3- Borough residents present.

Discussions-Comments from Citizens:

Ken Johnson, Borough resident would like to know why the American flag is not illuminated.  S. Masteller reported that something is wrong with the electric going to the flag and the dust to dawn light was not bright enough. S. Masteller said maybe we can find the solar one like you have Ken on your flag. Sherry & Matt will look online to find one ASAP.

Ken Johnson said the pothole in the alley behind the funeral home/Delabar resident needs to be filled.  Masteller reported that she will let Matt Brady know to add that to his list this week.

Matt asked Sherry to order 2 loads of Salt on December 3. Remark: One load was delivered during the rain on Monday so Matt said to hold off on the second load until better weather.

Volunteer is going to secure the Christmas tree tomorrow night December 5, 2019.

Spring Hill Water project will have pre construction meeting 12/10/19 or 12/12/2019, Rodney, Matt and Sherry will be attending.

Rodney said a tree landed on a garage/shed on Durham Road, Edingers used to live there, this is a safety issue if it falls on someone. The tree is probably on the property line with the house on Easton Road. S. Masteller will look into the correct addresses and forward to J. Kopchak, Zoning office.

Kathie Weiss, Borough Resident asked if the new owner of 401 Easton Road has a fence permit. S. Masteller reported that a permit was approved for that address.

  1. Stinnett asked if there was an update on the curbing at 216 Ash Lane. S. Masteller will ask J. Kopchak Zoning officer.

Meeting adjourned 7:16 pm

Next Streets/Properties meeting will be held on February 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm in the Riegelsville Borough Hall.


Kate Brandes called the meeting to order on December 4, 2019 at 7:20 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

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

Others Present: 

Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   3- Borough residents.


Borough office received an email this morning from Edward with the Keystone grant asking for clarification of the Libraries usage of the building that was emailed November 1, 2019, Tammy and I will work on it tomorrow December 5, 2019.

Borough office received a direct deposit proposal from Caselle, Inc., Council discussed the proposal and was concerned that it is high. Some thought it was too high if it isn’t saving the Borough money not just the time for employees to drive to their bank.  Ken Johnson, Borough resident thought it was high too and not needed unless it is saving time and money for the Borough.

Borough office received a price increase from RCN.  Ken Johnson, Borough resident added he has been very unhappy with the prices since 2016.

Borough office received information for the 2020 Recycling Events from Responsible Recycling Services, LLC.

Borough office received the 2020 rate schedule from Keystone Municipal Services, Inc. The current rate has been in place since 2016, S. Masteller will add to Council agenda on Wednesday December 11, 2019.

Council looked over the monthly finances.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

Next Finance meeting will be held February 5, 2020 immediately following Streets/Properties at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.


Approval to 2020 Budget. R. Scott motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Ordinance #242, Tax Levy for 2020     14.00 Mils (No increase from last year) K. Brandes motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

“Notice of intent to award” from the recommendation of the Borough Engineer to award low bidder “Proposed Stone Recreation Trail”, Charlie Nansteel Tree & Excavation, LLC, amount of $442,343.75. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to award and K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

“Notice to proceed” Passerini & Sons, Inc “Spring Hill Road Water Main Connection project”.

Pre-Construction meeting is set for Tomorrow December 12, 2019 3:30pm. A. Moyer motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Possible table the Keystone Municipal Services, “Professional services agreement” until Borough Solicitor looks over the document. Council agreed to send the document to Bill Dudeck, Borough Solicitor to look over.

Caselle “Direct Deposit” proposal module $1440.00, Software assurance will increase $34.00 per month. ~ T. Macaluso will contact Sue with Penn Community Bank to see what they offer.

Approval of check $5900.00 to Passerini & Sons, Inc. – Emergency water repair 321 Easton Road.     Brandes motioned to approve and E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.


            A.Moyer reported to Council that the tree is up and E. Bartosiewicz put a timer up.  A. Moyer and T. Stinnett will sell 2020 Calendar at the Fire House Breakfast.

Stinnett talked to Terri Randolph, Librarian in reference to the additional funding for the Keystone Grant. Terri will email the Library Board. T. Stinnett received a phone message from K. Banko, Library Board President and then T. Stinnett left a message for K. Banko.

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

NO December 18, Community Affairs/Utilities meeting.

NO January 1, Streets & Properties/Finance meeting.

January 6, 2020, Reorganization meeting 7:00pm.

January 8, 2020, Council meeting 7:00pm.

Meeting adjourned 7:57 PM.

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