September 2017 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:05 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ann Moyer, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes.  ABSENT: Audrey Kenny. A. Moyer motioned to approve the minutes from August 9, 2017. R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous. 


Letter dated September 1, 2017 from Becky, Riegelsville Public Library, requesting the use of the Borough streets for Halloween Parade on Saturday October 28, 11am.

Letter dated August 30, 2017 from FEMA “The 2016 Hazard mitigation plan”,  was approved by FEMA and now the Borough has 5 years to update and add their recommendations to the next plan, the current plans expires 9/27/2021.

Letter dated August 29, 2017 Governor, Tom Wolf sent the Borough office a letter thanking the Borough Council for the resolution to oppose Senate Bill 663 (SB 663) and House Bill 1469 (HB 1469).


President – T. Stinnett reported to Council and Todd the legal easement, lot line documents from Well 1 & 2 property. Todd will look over them and get back to Council.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported that another complaint about the yard debris at 428 Poplar Road.


Sheila Collins asked Borough Council if they could move the Fern/Edgewood sign back to the corner of her property.  Tom said the sign was getting hit so that is probably why it was put across the street.

Sherry will check with Matt.


Community Affairs


Zoning: Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer reported to Council:

  • 4 Building permits: Demo Garage, removal of 400 gallon tank, 60 Amp Sub panel and Deck.
  • 5 Zoning permits: Accessory Building, Deck, Fence, 2-Re-Roofs.
  • 1274 Easton Road- FEMA Hydraulic calculation are needed.
  • 320 Spring Hill Road, Pool Barrier- Temporary fence installed – follow-up needed by Jim.
  • 116 Cedar Road, Property Maintenance Violation letter, Owner’s attorney requested an extension until August 31, 2017.

Library News: Borough office received the August 2017 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  They did not have a quorum for their August meeting.

  • New carpet has been ordered and awaiting the stair lift.
  • Solar eclipse program report.
  • The summer reading program has been well received with great positive feedback.
  • Mary Shafer will be presenting a book talk here at the library on her book “Devastation on the Delaware” August 17, 2017 7pm.
  • Fundraiser for the Brew Fest at Mueller’s is in the planning stage. It will be 9/23 and tickets are $25.00 & will be at the door.

Fire Co. News:

  • July breakfast served 328.
  • Pig Roast is set for August 26- 4-8pm.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

Meeting next Wednesday August 23.


No meeting.

Rec Board News:

  • We ordered 4 more tables for the pavilion.
  • Troy Holzworth, Riegelsville Auto donated a frig to the Rec Board Concession stand.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Frank reported that he had a phone meeting with PEMA. The next quarterly meeting is 9/12/17.  The currant EOP needs a few changes and then Council will look over it and update a Resolution.
  • Todd Myers, Riegelsville Fire Chief, reported to Council to update the Fire Co. finances to Council.   They have had 5 new members join and they have advanced training that is an asset to the Co.  The yearly fund drive letter has a 28% return. They mail out 900 mailings. They do grants to offset what the Municipalities (Riegelsville, Durham & Nockamixon), fundraiser and donations.  They need to repair the roof- the coating will cost around $10,000.00- $15,000.00- they are going to do the repair themselves.   Todd is hoping the Borough Council could raise the 1mil ($8650.00) to double the amount.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:  No meeting in August.



Masteller left a voicemail with M. Sullivan, a potential Water Operator to get his resume.

Sonny continues to do chlorine readings for Aqua NJ.

Matt & Sonny are going to be the contacts when Mumford inspects the Cistern.

Streets & Properties


Jim, Zoning officer & Bill Dudeck, Borough solicitor are working on 428 Poplar Road property maintenance on going issues.

The Tar & Chip street project will start on September 18, awaiting for a date for street sweeping before the project begins.

Halloween Parade is set for Saturday October 28, Becky, Children’s librarian sent a letter to Council with the details.

The 2016 Hazard mitigation plan was approved by FEMA and now the Borough has 5 years to update and add their recommendations to the next plan, the current plans expires 9/27/2021.

Council will look over the changes to the updated EOP (Emergency Operations Plan). They will discuss it during the Community Affairs meeting on September 20.

Council discussed the description of Court Lane, Sherry will send Ordinance #175 to Todd for clarification on the current zoning map.

Sidewalk project was completed by S&M contractors.



The Draft Ordinance #237 Medical Marijuana ready to advertise, Sherry will put on the Council agenda September 13.

Governor, Tom Wolf sent the Borough office a letter thanking the Borough Council resolution to oppose Senate Bill 663 (SB 663) and House Bill 1469 (HB 1469).

The 2016 Annual Audit & Financial Report is approved.

Council looked over the financials.


            Todd Myers, Borough Engineer discussed the Open Space Trail project.

 Letter will be mailed out Thursday to Jack Chase (Applicant/Agent-Zoning permit for driveway 303 Poplar Road Sweeney/Woerner) from Jim Kopchak, Borough Zoning Officer.

Approval to advertise Ordinance #237 to amend Ordinance 222(“Zoning Ordinance”) to provide for “marijuana dispensary facilities” in the C Commercial District, for “medical Marijuana growing/processing facilities” in the I  Industrial District.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to award Morton Salt the 2017-2018 salt bid $48.82 delivered price per ton. Minimum 20 tons.  Reduced by $7.31 over last year.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.


Borough’s 2004 Chevy Truck, needs inspection, tires (already approved) needs (Front, Rear pads/rotors, rear axle due to rust Estimate $1300.00 – $1400.00 GM Parts). R. Scott motioned to approve maximum of $1400.00 and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

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

Next Council Meeting October 11, 2017 at 7pm.

Meeting adjourned 8:45 PM.

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