Draft August 2020 Community Affair Minutes

Community Affairs Committee

Council Chairperson – Ann P Moyer

Draft August 19, 2020


Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on August 19, 2020 via Zoom. We are recording this meeting. If anyone makes inappropriate comments, tries to sell something, is attacking someone, etc. you will be removed from this meeting.


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

Others Present:     Mayor Stokes, Jim Kopchak-Borough Zoning officer, Frank Preedy- Borough EMC and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.


Concerns from citizens:  Please state your name, you have maximum 3 minutes to speak.

1 borough resident on Zoom, No one spoke.



Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer Permits: Zoning permits: 1- Detached garage, 1-roadside stand (Bait Shop), 1- Fence, 1-Change of zoning use.

Enforcement Activities:

  • 129 Maplewood Road- No Update.
  • 715 Durham Road- No Update.
  • 303 Poplar Road, proposed garage, driveway and parking pad. Ongoing litigation.
  • There will be a Zoning hearings scheduled soon for proposed deer fence.

Library News: Borough office received the August 2020 Directors report minutes have been filed.  A. Moyer reported that they have cancelled all their fundraising events until further notice.

Fire Co. News:

  • E. Bartosiewicz reported that the Fire Co Building is not open to the public, they continues to go on about 11 calls a month and practice.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee

  • No meetings during the pandemic. S. Masteller did talk to Julia- flower garden volunteer between the office door and she is going to remove the dead butterfly bush and add some different lily’s and mulch. Julia will let me know and we can order from Bluestone.
  • A. Moyer asked if we have any calendars left, T. Stinnett and S. Masteller said around 15-20. We will mark the $5.00 and put in “Rville Happenings” to get rid of them.


  • Bartosiewicz reported they are working on their 2021 budget and will be asking Municipalities if they are able to give the same as last year due to the pandemic. They continue to go on emergency calls and are looking into different masks to purchase for their safety.

Rec Board News:

  • Scott was down at the softball field getting the field ready for tonight’s girl’s game. Concession stand is open for the games, a little slow. R. Scott also said we have been getting a lot of compliments on how nice our park is.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:  Frank Preedy reported that the Borough got very lucky with the last 2 storms with minimal damage, Unfortunately Durham Township and South of us got hit harder.

  • Reported a small washout on the Walking trail.
  • Frank continues to attend phone conferences with the County EMS as needed. Dr. Damsker said we are not seeing high spikes in positive Covid-19 in Bucks County right now, which may change due to the colleges going back to campuses.
  • Jason Miller with Army Corps of engineers Chief Flood Plain Management Services would like to continue asking for assistance to Survey the locations of the storm water inlets and Possible Water proofing the Well #3 building.
  • Still working on the tank removals at 504 Easton Road with DCED loan application.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:

  • T. Stinnett reported they have not had a meeting since the pandemic.
  • T. Stinnett forwarded information to the PC Board from the monthly PA Borough News about Zoning and subdivisions. T. Stinnett sent the PC Board the Riegelsville Zoning ordinance and the SALDO (land development).
  • T. Stinnett also sent the PC Board the drawings of the single home that is being built on the parcel that was sold on the Cook property. No one had any questions for zoning officer.
  • Kopchak- Zoning officer was out to the 546 Easton Road building site to do a wall slab inspection. A. Moyer asked if that is the size of the house, J. Kopchak stated that is the footprint of the home. They elevated the ground so they didn’t have to abide by the flood plain ordinance because the parcel is in the floodplain but not the house now.
  • Scott was talking to Dr. Berdini and he is concerned that he is seeing a lot of people entering the walking trail up Ash Lane and there is not signage posted that this is or is not an entrance for the trail.  Dr. Berdini is just worried about his patients driving and the walking not aware of the cars either. He doesn’t care that the trail is there but just to see if signage could be added. Council discusses signs and possible fence be added that location is not an entrance on the plans.
  • T. Stinnett asked R. Scott id there was any update for the tree that needs to be removed at Dr. Hahn’s apartment on Delaware Road. R. Scott received a text that a tree co came and looked at it and where putting him on their schedule. R. Scott will look into that and get back to Council.

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Meeting adjourned 7:22pm.         Next meeting September 16, 2020   7pm


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