January 2020 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:02 p.m. January 8, 2020.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott, Mayor Stokes, ABSENT: Kate Brandes.   Mayor Stokes issued the oath of office for newly elected Council Member, Ann P Moyer. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the Council minutes from December 11, 2019, Moyer Seconded.   Unanimous. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve the Council Re-org minutes from January 6, 2020, R Scott seconded. Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Letter was read dated December 18, 2019 from Jason Anderson, Borough resident. Riegelsville Planning Commission Letter of intent.

Letter was read dated December 31, 2019 from State Representative Wendy Ullman, support letter.

Letter was read dated January 1, 2020 from Robert Ryan, Borough resident. Riegelsville Planning Commission Letter of intent.

Email received January 2, 2020 from Tom Stinnett, Riegelsville Planning Commission annual report for 2019.

Email received January 7, 2020 from Penn Community Bank, selling its insurance division.

REPORTS:

President- T. Stinnett said “Welcome to the New Year”.

Mayor-Mayor Stokes reported to Council:

  • Received a call from Borough resident about a Street light that was out, contacted S. Masteller at the Borough office. Sherry stated that M. Brady already reported it and a fax was sent to Met-Ed. Met-Ed tries to fix the problem in about 36 hours.
  • Received a call to ask about hunting on a property that is not in Riegelsville Borough, he said to call the Property owner directly.
  • Thank you to M. Brady for fixing the light on the American Flag.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  Two Borough Residents present, Robert Ryan & Maureen Woerner. Woerner stated to Council that she wondered why the Council minutes where short and didn’t say why 60 people showed up so her father (Mr. Sweeney) came into the Borough officer and said to S. Masteller, Borough Secretary that he saw on the Council minutes that the stenographer’s transcript in the permanent minutes. My father was told they could not be released and he would need to contact the Stenographer to get them. S. Masteller stated that is what she told him and she also stated she received the certified copy and that copy can be viewed in the Borough office but not copied. She stated her father already paid for the transcript. T. Stinnett stated that all questions go through the Solicitor. R. Ryan stated he gave the office “Right to Knows” asking for copy of those minutes too. S. Masteller replied she just finished those today and you requested them to be emailed so they will be sent tomorrow. Ryan stated he knows the Borough Code and Sunshine laws and tax payer money was used to get the stenographers copy and he should get one too. R, Ryan stated this is suppression. T. Stinnett stated the Borough office is doing what the Solicitor suggested just to view them. Woerner stated the borough Secretary should have called her father back when she found out they could be viewed. M. Woerner stated she doesn’t understand why Council meetings are so hostile. A Moyer stated how can we get on the same page on the day to day running of the Borough office, suppression is a very harsh word.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: No meetings due to Holidays.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Approval of Resolution R-01-2020 “Reappoint David Masteller as member of the Zoning Hearing Board & Michael Walsh – Alternate of the Zoning Hearing Board”. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to reappoint and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval for additional $13,488.50 to Keystone Grant project. A Moyer motioned to approve and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval to advertise the amended 2020 Budget.  The will be added to the February 12 Council agenda. R. Scott motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:

Approval of the “2019 Exoneration list for per capita tax”. E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of “2019 unpaid per capita tax accounts”. R. Scott motioned to approve and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

Tax Collector’s 2019 Lien summary report was filed this week to Bucks County Tax Claim. Approval to waive the zoning fee for St John’s UCC new chairlift application.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

 

 

 

 

 

APPROVAL OF BILLS:  A. Moyer motioned to approve bills.  R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Borough office is closed January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Next Council meeting February 12, 2020

 Meeting adjourned 7:45 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

2019 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

PWSID #:   1090058               NAME:  Riegelsville Water Company

 

Este informe contiene información importante acerca de su agua potable.  Haga que alguien lo traduzca para usted, ó hable con alguien que lo entienda.  (This report contains important information about your drinking water.  Have someone translate it for you, or speak with someone who understands it.)

WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION:

This report shows our water quality and what it means.  If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Michael Sullivan at (215) 766-2626.  We want you to be informed about your water supply.  If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings.  They are held the third (3rd) Wednesday of every month immediately following the 7 pm Community Affairs meeting.

 

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

Source ID 009 – Well 1, Source ID 010 – Well 2, Source ID 011 – Well 3.  A Source Water Assessment of our source(s) was completed by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (Pa. DEP). The Assessment has found that our source(s) of are potentially most susceptible to agricultural activities, Tier II sites, low density development, high density development, and major road activities.  Overall, our sources have little risk of significant contamination. A summary report of the Assessment is available on the Source Water Assessment & Protection web page at (http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/watermgt/wc/Subjects/SrceProt/SourceAssessment/default.htm). Complete reports were distributed to municipalities, water supplier, local planning agencies and PADEP offices.  Copies of the complete report are available for review at the Pa. DEP Southeast

Regional Office, Records Management Unit at (484) 250-5900.

 

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population.  Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

 

Monitoring Your Water:

We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws.  The following tables show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2019.  The State allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of our data is from prior years in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The date has been noted on the sampling results table.

DEFINITIONS:

Action Level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) – The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) – The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water.  There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) – The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.

Minimum Residual Disinfectant Level (MinRDL) – The minimum level of residual disinfectant required at the entry point to the distribution system.

Level 1 Assessment – A Level 1 assessment is a study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system.
Level 2 Assessment – A Level 2 assessment is a very detailed study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why an E. coli MCL violation has occurred and/or why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on multiple occasions.

Treatment Technique (TT) A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

Mrem/year = millirems per year (a measure of                      ppm = parts per million, or milligrams per liter

radiation absorbed by the body)                                             (mg/L)

pCi/L = picocuries per liter (a measure of                              ppq = parts per quadrillion, or picograms per

radioactivity)                                                                           liter

ppb = parts per billion, or micrograms per liter                       ppt = part per trillion, or nanograms per liter

(µg/L)

 

DETECTED SAMPLE RESULTS:

Entry Point Disinfectant Residual
Contaminant Minimum Disinfectant

Residual

Lowest

Level Detected

Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination
Chlorine-Entry Point 101 0.4 .78 0.78 – 2.20 ppm 2019 N Water additive used to control microbes.
Chlorine – Entry Point 102 0.5 .92 0.92 – 1.65 Ppm 2019 N Water additive used to control microbes.

 

Lead and Copper
Contaminant Action Level (AL) MCLG 90th Percentile Value Units # of Sites Above AL of Total Sites Violation Y/N Sources of

Contamination

Lead 15 0 13.00 ppb 1 out of 10 N Corrosion of household plumbing.
Copper 1.3 1.3 0.248 ppm 0 out of 10 N Corrosion of household plumbing.

 

 

Chemical Contaminants

  Contaminant MCL in CCR Units MCLG Level Detected Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination
  Chlorine MRDL=4 MRDLG=4 1.22 0.68 – 1.22 ppm 2019 N Water additive used to control microbes.
  Nitrate 10 10 4.52 4.33 – 4.52 ppm 2019 N Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
  TTHM 80 N/A 5.66 5.66 – 5.66 ppb 2019 N By-product of drinking water chlorination

 

EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION:

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells.  As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.  Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater run-off, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA and DEP prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  FDA and DEP regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.  More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

 

INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD:

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.  Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing.  Riegelsville Water Company is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.  When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.  Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

What is added to the water supply?  As a public water supplier, we add very small amounts of a chemicals called chlorine and sodium hypochlorite to our water.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental protection (PADEP) requires that the water be disinfected prior to delivery.  Chlorine and sodium hypochlorite kills any germs or bacteria that might be present in the water mains as the water is delivered to our customers.  The water as it comes from the ground is generally free of harmful bacteria.

 

Lead information:  Although there was a sample that exceeded the action level, it was not a violation because the 90th percentile value was still below the action level.

 

Riegelsville Water Company DOES NOT add Fluoride to its water supply.

 

If you would like this report in electronic format in the future please email:  riegelsville@gmail.com with “Add me to the CCR list” in the subject line.

 

Riegelsville Water Company

PO Box 494

Riegelsville, PA  18077

 

 

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Approved 2020 Budget

 

BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
GENERAL FUND
Approved 2/12/ 2020 Budget
REVENUE
301.100 Real Estate Taxes – Current Year    117,500.00
301.200 Real Estate Taxes – Prior Years        1,200.00
310.000 Per Capita Tax        6,000.00
310.100 Real Estate Transfer Taxes        2,500.00
310.200 Earned Income Tax    100,000.00
310.300 Local Services Tax        6,500.00
320.000 Cable Television Franchise      12,500.00
331.110 Stat Vehicle code Violations           500.00
331.120 Local Code Violations           750.00
341.000 Interest Earnings        1,500.00
342.200 Rent of Building      10,800.00
342.400 Equipment/Clerical Refund-Water Co.      20,000.00
355.010 Public Utility Realty Tax           285.00
355.080 Alcoholic Beverage Licenses           600.00
357.010 Keystone Grant/G.F. Reserve Monies    161,500.00
361.300 Zoning/Subdivision/Land Development Plan Fees        2,000.00
361.340 Zoning Hearing Board Fees           600.00
361.530 Sale of Subdivision and Land Development Book            25.00
361.540 Sale of Zoning Ordinance Book            25.00
362.410 Building Permits        4,500.00
362.420 Electrical Permits           150.00
362.430 Plumbing Permits            60.00
362.440 Mechanical Permits            80.00
363.510 PennDOT Snow Agreement           125.00
380.000 Miscellaneous Revenues            50.00
380.012 Expense Reimbursement – Tax Collector           100.00
380.600 Enhancement Committee Fund Raisers        1,000.00
395.000 Insurance Reimbursements      10,740.00
395.100 Telephone Reimbursement – Water Co.           750.00
395.200 Electric/Garbage Reimbursement           845.00
TOTAL   463,185.00
Total General Fund Expenses
General Government    155,988.00
Properties    195,657.00
Police/Public Safety      26,610.00
Community Development      29,130.00
Streets      55,800.00
TOTAL   463,185.00
EXPENDITURES
GENERAL GOVERNMENT
400.100 Postage – Office           550.00
400.200 Office Supplies           600.00
400.320 Telephone Services        1,550.00
400.340 Advertising, Printing and Binding        1,800.00
400.350 Insurance and Bonding      31,000.00
400.420 Dues, Subscriptions, Conferences           800.00
400.430 FICA & Medicare Employer Contribution        7,710.00
400.440 PA UC Solvency Expense           260.00
400.500 Miscellaneous Expenses            50.00
400.700 Computer Equipment/Support Fee        1,200.00
401.120 Secretary Wages      31,520.00
401.130 Treasurer Wages      22,950.00
401.140 General Fund Wages      39,405.00
402.310 Auditor        3,100.00
403.110 Tax Collector Salary        2,373.00
403.200 Tax Collector Office Supplies           100.00
403.300 Earned Income Tax Office Services            20.00
404.310 Solicitor        8,000.00
408.310 Engineer        3,000.00
TOTAL    155,988.00
PROPERTIES
409.250 Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies           500.00
409.260 Small Tools & Minor Equipment           750.00
409.350 Maintenance Services        4,000.00
409.360 Electric – Borough Hall        2,250.00
409.370 Heating Fuel      10,000.00
409.380 Electric/Water Apartment        1,200.00
409.390 Property Maintenance        5,500.00
409.430 Real Estate Taxes        1,600.00
409.440 Lawn Care        6,100.00
409.460 Building Repairs       2,257.00
409.900 Keystone Grant Project   161,500.00
TOTAL   195,657.00
POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY
411.500 Fire Company Contribution     13,055.00
412.500 Emergency Medical Service Contribution     13,055.00
415.000 Emergency Management Expenses          500.00
TOTAL     26,610.00
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
414.120 Zoning Officer/Building Inspector Wages     16,000.00
414.200 Zoning Hearing Board Expenses       1,200.00
414.500 Uniform Construction Code Fee          100.00
427.500 Household Hazardous Waste Program          130.00
451.500 Recreation Board Contribution       5,400.00
451.501 Community Expenses          600.00
451.600 Enhancement Committee Expenses       1,000.00
453.500 American Legion – Parade Contribution          200.00
453.550 Library – Parade Contribution          300.00
456.500 Library Contribution       4,200.00
TOTAL     29,130.00
STREETS
430.240 Gasoline & Oil       2,400.00
430.310 Alley Maintenance       2,200.00
430.360 Electric – Garage/Maintenance Lot       1,050.00
430.370 Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance       4,000.00
431.100 Cleaning Streets/Gutters       1,500.00
432.100 Winter Maintenance     10,500.00
433.500 Street Signs/Markings       1,500.00
438.500 Road Maintenance       2,500.00
438.550 Crack Sealing          150.00
439.750 Road Project     30,000.00
TOTAL     55,800.00
 
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
WATER FUND
2020 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings       2,000.00
378.100 Metered Sales to General Customers   150,000.00
378.300 Penalty/Interest Charges       1,800.00
378.900 Other Water Revenues          300.00
TOTAL   154,100.00
EXPENDITURES
448.200 Postage           925.00
448.210 Office Supplies           400.00
448.222 Chemicals        3,900.00
448.231 Gasoline & Oil        2,200.00
448.260 Inventory, Parts & Equipment        3,000.00
448.270 Small Tools           300.00
448.280 Meter Purchase        2,500.00
448.300 Water Analysis Charges        1,200.00
448.310 Auditor        1,050.00
448.320 Solicitor           250.00
448.330 Engineer        2,000.00
448.340 Adv., Printing & Binding             50.00
448.350 Insurance Reimbursement        1,135.00
448.360 Electric – Pump Houses      11,000.00
448.370 Repair & Maintenance Services      20,000.00
448.372 Lawn Care        2,000.00
448.380 Telephone Services        2,500.00
448.410 Building Maintenance           500.00
448.420 Dues, Subscrip., Conferences        2,100.00
448.430 Valve Evaluation & Repair      25,000.00
448.460 Curbstop Location & Repair        2,000.00
448.480 Waterworks Operator/Contracted      26,500.00
448.490 Computer Software/Support Fee        1,200.00
448.500 Miscellaneous Expenses            50.00
448.710 Vehicle & Equip. Maintenance        6,000.00
448.800 Water Reserve Fund        7,590.00
449.000 Water Fund Wages        8,750.00
481.300 Equipment/Clerical Reimbursement      20,000.00
TOTAL    154,100.00
BOROUGH OF RIEGELSVILLE
HIGHWAY AID FUND
Amended 2020 Budget
REVENUE
341.000 Interest Earnings          850.00
355.050 Motor Vehicle Fuel Taxes     33,400.00
TOTAL     34,250.00
EXPENDITURES
430.000 General Services – Administration       6,680.00
433.100 Traffic Signal – Electric          600.00
433.300 Traffic Signal Maintenance       6,195.00
434.100 Street Lighting     20,000.00
438.530 Durham Twp. Road Maintenance Agreement          775.00
TOTAL     34,250.00

 

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January 2020 Re-Org Council Meeting

 

The reorganization meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council was called to order on January 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gregory Stokes.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT:  Thomas E Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz and Rodney Scott. ABSENT: Kate Brandes and Ann P Moyer. (Mayor Stokes will issue oath of office to both before January 16, 2020)

Mayor Stokes issued the oath of office for newly elected Council Member, Thomas E Stinnett.

Mayor Stokes asked for nominations for President of Council.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to appoint T. Stinnett as President of Council.  R. Scott seconded.  T. Stinnett abstained, Unanimous.

Mayor Stokes asked for nominations for Vice President of Council.  T. Stinnett motioned to appoint Rodney Scott as Vice President of Council.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded.   R. Scott, abstained   Unanimous.

Mayor Stokes asked for nominations for President Pro Tempore.  R. Scott motioned to appoint E. Bartosiewicz as President Pro Tempore. T. Stinnett seconded. E. Bartosiewicz abstained.   Unanimous.

Mayor Stokes turned the chair over to President T. Stinnett.

  1. Stinnett read a list of appointments. E. Bartosiewicz then motioned to appoint the list below. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Borough Secretary– Sherry Masteller

Borough Treasurer- Tammy Macaluso

Depositories – Penn Community Bank & PA Local Government Investment Trust

Auditor – Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC

Solicitor – Eastburn & Gray

Engineer – Cowan Associates, Inc.

Water System Operator – Private Utility Enterprises, Inc.

Zoning Office/Building Inspector – Keystone Municipal Services

Ordinance Enforcement Official – August Groller

Vacancy Board Chairperson –Allen Madnick

 Tax Collection Committee (TCC) delegates-

Primary voting delegate: Thomas Stinnett

First alternate:   Vacant

Second alternate: Edward Bartosiewicz

Boards:

Stinnett read Zoning Board 3 year seats reappointments.

David Masteller

Michael Walsh-Alternate Bartosiewicz motioned to reappoint, R. Scott seconded.   Unanimous

Approval of Resolution R-01-2020 “Reappoint David Masteller and Michael Walsh (Alt.) as members of the Zoning Hearing Board”.  T. Stinnett said to table until January 8, 2020 Council meeting since there is a typo.

Stinnett read Planning Commission- 4 year seat reappointments.

Peter Ryan

John Panasiuk

Scott motioned to reappoint, E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous

Stinnett read Library Board of Trustees:

Beth Banko

Ken Banko-Vice President

Estelle Bloom-Secretary

Charles (Terry) Fritz

Margaret Fritz

David Oleksa

Dannette (Dani) McClanahan

Scott motioned to appoint, E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous

Stinnett read Recreation Board-4 year seat

Dirk Odhner-2022

Sherry Masteller-2022

Rodney Scott-2022

Ed Bartosiewicz-2022

Tom Speicher-2023

Marie Knecht-2023

Scott motioned to reappoint, E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous

Stinnett read BOCA Board of Appeals- 5 year seat

Edward Norman Jr.

Glenn Hissim

Bartosiewicz motioned to reappoint, R. Scott seconded. Unanimous

Stinnett read Emergency Management Team:

Frank Preedy-Coordinator

Mike Myers-Deputy

Ray Kenny

John Panasiuk

Jason Anderson

Scott motioned to reappoint, E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous

Bartosiewicz motioned to adopt the current Borough Bylaws from 1994. R. Scott seconded. Unanimous.

Stinnett stated that the Committees of Council will be as follows:

Bartosiewicz- Streets/Properties

Moyer- Community Affairs

K Brandes- Finance

Scott- Utilities

Bartosiewicz motioned to adjourn 7:14pm, R. Scott seconded Unanimous

Borough Council Meeting: January 8, 2020 7pm

 

Sherry Masteller,

Borough Secretary

 

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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.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

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.

REPORTS:

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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
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.

Discussions:

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

Utilities-

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.

Discussions:

  • 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.

Finance-

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.

Discussions:

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.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

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.

NEW BUSINESS:  

            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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November 2019 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m. November 13, 2019.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott, Mayor Stokes, Todd Myers-Borough Engineer and William Dudeck- Borough Solicitor.  Stenographer took minutes that will be added to the permanent Council minute book. Moyer motioned to approve the Council minutes from October 9, 2019. R. Scott Seconded.   Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

Hand delivered Letter dated October 16, 2019, Cowan Associates, Inc., Borough engineer Michael R Smith “Spring Hill Road Water Main Connection”. Material Quote review and recommendation letter.  For Council Approvals under unfinished business.

Hand delivered Letter dated November 13, 2019, Cowan Associates, Inc., Borough engineer Michael R

Smith proposed “Recreational Trail” Bid review and recommendation letter for Council. Approvals under unfinished business.

Letter dated October 29, 2019 from Riegelsville Public Library.

Email dated Sunday November 3, 2019 from Colette Gerstenberg, Riegelsville Planning Commission member.

REPORTS:

President- T. Stinnett reported that Borough Council had 3 Executive sessions- October 25, November 4 and 13.

Mayor-Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he performed 2 weddings.  Mayor Stokes contacted Sgt. Thomas with the PA State Police in reference to the residents’ complaints about speeding in the Borough. Mayor Stokes invited Sgt. Thomas to the Council meeting on December 11.

Borough Solicitor- William Dudeck rea a statement- letter is attached to the permanent Council minutes Book.

Stinnett stated: And I personally would like to offer my regret and apologies for using language I shouldn’t have used during this situation

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  Approximately 60 citizens joined the meeting and some spoke- Stenographer recorded these comments. Permanent transcript will be part of these minutes.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs-

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm on October 16, 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-EMS Coordinator and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Concerns from citizens:   One Borough Resident present.

Discussions:

Jason Miller- US Army Corps of Engineers, Chief Flood Plain Management Services and Colleen Rourke- US Army Corps of Engineers, GIS Coordinator. Presented ideas for the Borough to partner with the US Army of Engineers. Jason suggested two areas to possible assist the Borough. Survey the locations of the storm water inlets. Possible Water proofing the Well #3 building.

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

  • Permits: Building permits: 1-Oil Tank, 1-Interior wall opening, 1-Sub Panel. Zoning permits: 1-Re-Roofs, 1-Split Rail Fence, 1-Fence Panels.
  • Enforcement Activities
  • 530 Easton Road- Violation was granted extension for August 8, 2019.
  • 715 Durham Road- Stop work order. August 28, meeting with Property owner to discuss upgrading the fire alarm system for entire building to achieve a passing safety score.
  • 1275 Durham Road- Stop work order. Waiting for the property owner to do additional drawings with grading and flood elevations.

Library News: Borough office received the September 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 September 2019 Directors report to Council.

  • Hoagie sale on Election Day.
  • Brew fest was on Saturday September 28, 2019 was successful.
  • Representative for Senator Mensch’s office will be in the Borough meeting room on October 30, 9am-12pm to answer questions or help residents.
  • Riegelsville Halloween Parade will be Saturday, October 26, 11am.
  • Make a Mini-Gingerbread House or Mini-Tree program will be held Saturday, December 7.

Fire Co. News:

  • Breakfast is Sunday October 20.
  • November 2, “Pork & Sauer Kraut”.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News: Ann and Tom reported:

  • New Gardens at the Borough Hall building are underway.
  • Today is the Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” Coupon fundraiser.
  • Next meeting Wednesday October 23, 7pm at Borough Hall.

UBREMS News: 

Rec Board News:

  • Car show planning in full swing.  Fall roll out show is Sunday November 3, 8am-2.

Riegelsville Emergency Management:

  • Frank Preedy reported to Council that NJ Governor said NO to PennEast pipeline.
  • Ani and Regan Wilson sent a letter to Frank in reference to a grant to remove the old storage tanks.  Frank will write a letter back.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:

  • No Quorum for October meeting.

Meeting adjourned 8:06 pm.         Next meeting November 20, 2019   7pm

Utilities-

Rodney Scott called the Utilities meeting to order at 8:06 pm on October 16, 2019 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

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

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

Concerns from Citizens:  No Borough resident present.

Discussions:

  • Hydrant Flushing October 15-18 9pm-Midnight.
  • 321 Easton Road, water pressure issue, Matt Brady and W. Dowd Excavation is working on a temporary fix.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:20 pm

Next meeting November 20, 2019

Streets & Properties- Stenographer took the minutes, November 6, 2019-will be added to these minutes permanently.

Finance- Stenographer took the minutes, November 6, 2019-will be added to these minutes permanently.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval to advertise the Draft 2020 Budget- Ordinance #242.  R. Scott motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval that Council agreed to submit a keystone grant application on behalf of the Riegelsville Library and that Council agree to authorize Council President Thomas E Stinnett to sign all Keystone documents on their behalf as the grant is awarded. K. Brandes motioned to approve and R. Scott seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of check for $3655.00 to Fluid Conservation Tech Inc. (Water line leak location services). R. Scott motioned to approve and K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of LB Water Co. low bid $29,798.60 for Material for Spring Hill Road water main connection. A. Moyer motioned to approve and E. Bartosiewicz seconded.  Unanimous.

“Notice of intent to award” from the recommendation of the Borough Engineer to award low bidder  Passerini and Sons, Inc. amount of $54,395.00.K. Brandes motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

“Notice of intent to award” from the recommendation of the Borough Engineer to award low bidder Fares Farhat General Construction, LLC amount of $123,456.78.  Todd Myers- Borough Engineer proposed to Council to table the “Trail Bid” until next month. Fares Farhat General Construction, LLC withdrew their bid due to clerical error. Todd stated that Cowan will look at the second lowest bidder’s documents and give a recommendation to Council during the December 11, Council meeting. R. Scott motioned to table the “Trail Bid award” and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:  Jen Cook would like to donate an artificial Christmas tree to the Borough. R. Scott motioned to except the donation of the tree. A. Moyer seconded. Unanimous.         

APPROVAL OF BILLS:  A. Moyer motioned to approve bills.  K. Brandes seconded. Unanimous.

Next regular Council Meeting December 11, 7:00pm.

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 7:56 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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2020 Approved Tax Levy

NOTICE

The year 2020 proposed budget for Riegelsville Borough is available on the website:  www.riegelsville.org   plus public inspection 8:00 am – 2:00 pm weekdays in Borough Hall, 615 Easton Rd., Riegelsville, PA.  The following ordinance #242 will be presented for review and passage during the Borough Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, Riegelsville, Pennsylvania:

 

ORDINANCE NO. 242

 

AN ORDINANCE OF RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA ENACTING AND LEVYING CERTAIN TAX RATE ON ALL REAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE BOROUGH

 

Under and pursuant to 8 Pa. C.S.A. § 1302, the Council of the Borough of Riegelsville hereby ENACTS and ORDAINS a tax and the same is hereby levied on all real property within the said Borough subject to taxation for the fiscal year 2020 as follows:

 

Tax rate for general purposes, the sum of………….12.50 mils

on each dollar of assessed valuation, or sum of…….$.1250

on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation

 

For fire protection purchases, including fire apparatus

The sum of…………………………………………. 1 mil

on each dollar of assessed valuation, or sum of……$.1

on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation

 

For Ambulance & Rescue Squad purposes, the sum of..  .5 mil

on each dollar of assessed valuation, or sum of………. $.05

on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.

 

The same being summarized in tabular form as follows:

Mils on each                         Cents on Each

Dollars of                              One Hundred

Assessed                                Dollars of

Valuation                              Valuation

Tax Rate General Purposes………………..                   12.50mil                                              .1250 cents

Tax Rate for Fire Protection, including apparatus          1. mil                                    .1 cents

Tax Rate for Ambulance & Rescue Squad………           .5 mil                                  .05 cents

 

TOTAL:                 14.00 mils                          1.400 cents

 

MEETINGS NOTICE

The Borough Council will have a Council meeting for approving the 2020 Budget and Tax levy Ordinance #242 on December 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm.  The Borough Council reorganization meeting is January 6, 2020 at 7pm.  The Borough Council will meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 pm, except will meet Tuesday November 11.  The committees of Council will meet monthly as follows:  Streets/Properties at 7:00 pm and Finance immediately following on the 1st Wednesday except no meetings January; Community Affairs at 7:00 pm and Utilities immediately following on the 3rd Wednesday except No meetings December.  The Riegelsville Planning Commission will meet monthly on the 1st Monday at 7:00 pm with the following exceptions: No January or September meeting. The Riegelsville Enhancement Committee will meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 7:00 pm. Recreation Board will meet last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. All meetings will be held in the Municipal Bldg., 615 Easton Rd., Riegelsville, PA.

 

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