DRAFT May 19 2021 Community Affairs Meeting minutes

Community Affairs Committee

Council Chairperson – Ann P Moyer

DRAFT May 19, 2021

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on May 19, 2021 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, Frank Preedy- Borough EMC, Jim Kopchak- Riegelsville Zoning Officer and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

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

3- Borough residents attended the Zoom and Beth Banko-Riegelsville Library Board member.


Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council his May 2021 report.  Permits: 2-Zoning permits: Deck w/pergola, Parking Pad and Driveway, 1- Building permits: Deck w/pergola.

Enforcement Activities:

129 Maplewood Road- No update.

715 Durham Road-Jim corresponded with the property owner who has a fire alarm contractor lined up and that he will be submitting permits soon for all the repairs.

Durham Road Parcel, has a collapsed garage and debris on the property. An enforcement letter was sent and the property has made some progress in removing items.  The compliance date is June 16, 2021.

Jim reported some info for the Fire Company, June 10, there are fireworks at the Palisades middle school and June 26th there is a car show at Vanderlely on 611 in Nockamixon Township, these 2 events may be asking for Riegelsville Fire police.

Library News: Borough office received from Terri Randolph (Director) the April 2021 Directors report minutes and they have been filed. Beth Banko, Library Board member reported:

They had the annual service check on the ac units.

The AmeriGlide stair lift was inspected. It needs to get inspected annually for the recertification to be issued every three years. Rodney Scott asked if the Borough has a copy of the certification, Beth said that she thinks it is placed by the chair.

Bucks County Free Library (BCFL) hired Chad Barger who is a professional fundraiser. He has been working with all the Libraries to improve fundraising and increase donations, a survey was filled out and sent to Chad Barger.

BCFL hired Hannah Miller as the new District Consultant and she is spending time at each Library for her training.

The Library has put out paperback books for sale, which will help get rid of some since they have not had a book sale due to Covid.

Summer Reading is planned and more information to follow.

Fire Co. News:

E. Bartosiewicz reported the combining of Fire Companies is continuing and they have formed committees and are meeting. This process could take at least a year. Rodney asked if the Borough will continue to receive information during the process, Ed stated yes we will.

The Fire Company continues going on calls and training.

Ann asked if they did the Fish Fry’s Take out. Ed stated yes 2 Friday’s and they were a success.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee:

A. Moyer reported that there was a rubber wrap around “Elaine’s Memorial Tree” that needed to be taken off and Bob Ryan removed that. Joanne Walsh suggested they just put a cage around it so it can get air and sun. A. Moyer is organizing a meeting for the Enhancement Committee, she will be sending an email to the current list which is outdated, to see if they are still interested. Possible dates are June 8 or 15th to meet at the Borough Park.


E. Bartosiewicz reported nothing to report.

Rec Board News:

R. Scott reported that he fixed the broken window in the shed. T-Ball & Softball games have started. Men’s team has a game this Sunday.  Rodney picked up the paint for the Basketball boards & paint for the doors of the Concession Stand too.  Rodney reached out to a paving company to look at the basketball Court and see about fixing the cracks and putting a layer on top. The basketball court gets the most use at the park. The rec board has money allocated for this project. Sherry said the concession stand is doing well during the girls’ softball games. They are waiting on another quote for new mulch.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

Palisades is digitalizing the emergency preparedness documents.

F. Preedy attended the second Hazardous mitigation meeting.

Frank completed his classes for his State of New Jersey certification for International Residential Code.

Frank is attending May 21 for DCED PA “Floodplain Fridays”.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:

T. Stinnett reported that June 7th will be the next meeting and will be held at the Borough Park under the pavilion. Ann stated that perhaps the member list should be looked at like she is doing with the Enhancement list, since they haven’t met in a long time.

Meeting adjourned 7:17 pm.    

Next meeting June 16, 2021   7pm

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