DRAFT May 19 2021 Utilities Meeting Minutes

Utilities Committee

Council Chairperson – Rodney Scott

DRAFT May 19, 2021

Rodney Scott called the Utilities meeting to order at 7:17 pm on April 21, 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:   Rodney Scott, Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Tom Stinnett and Ann P Moyer.

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 on Zoom and Beth Banko- Riegelsville Library Board member.


Rodney reached out to one of the Tree companies that gave us a quote to look at the trees again since the 2 quotes where a little different, One is doing stump grinding and removal the other is not. Rodney suggested we proceed with the lower bid since it does have the stump grinding and a few extras.  This will be added to the June 9, 2021 Council meeting to be voted on.

Council received an email from 914 Fairmont Road for an extension on the Ordinance #227 due to low water usage.  Matt had a scheduled time to look at the current water meter because either the meter to the reader is not working correctly. The resident was not home on the scheduled time so Sherry emailed them to set up another time.  Sherry has not heard back yet so Council will need to hold off on this since they need to the water usage to make any decisions.   Rodney asked about 420 Poplar Road (225 Linden lane is the correct address) to see if that property owner has had his septic pumped yet. Sherry reported that she has not received anything in writing only on the phone he stated he was not going to get it pumped.

Rodney discussed the Borough office repairs/renovations. Council is aware of the sagging of the office floor where Sherry’s desk is located and is in need of repair. Rodney met with a carpenter to look in the basement, the floor is not structurally bad but is needs some hangers. The discussion as to how to update the office for ADA and also the safety and security of the Borough employees. Rodney sketched out a plan to updating the office to utilize the space for the Community that is coming in and also the employees too.  Jim Kopchak looked over the sketch and gave some great ideas. The sketch with Jim’s suggestions went to Cowan, Borough Engineer for approval and then the project can get bided out. We really want to get this done right away since Pennsylvania is letting up on the Covid restrictions so the employees and community can get in there when it is completed.  There was a discussion to see if the American recovery funds could be used for this project. Kate has been looking into how the funds can be used.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:28 pm

Next meeting June 16, 2021   7pm


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