October 2019 Council Minutes

President Thomas E. Stinnett called the regular meeting of the Riegelsville Borough Council to order at 7:03 p.m. September 11, 2019.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.  PRESENT: Thomas Stinnett, Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Ann P Moyer, Rodney Scott and Mayor Stokes. Scott motioned to approve the Council minutes from September 11, 2019. A. Moyer Seconded.   Unanimous.

CORRESPONDENCE:  

            Invitation from Robin M Robinson-BC Recorder of Deeds invited Borough Council celebrate founders day!  William Penn turns 375. Tuesday October 15, 9-4pm at the Recorder of Deeds Office.

Letter dated September 16, 2019 Springfield Township, Request for Fire Police during the Springtown Halloween Parade October 27, 2019.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve. K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.

REPORTS:

President – T. Stinnett reported that Council that he will be out of town for the Car show and will not be able to help.

Mayor Mayor Stokes reported to Council that he had a help a few trucks get turned around before the Canal Bridge.   Mayor Stokes has 2 weddings coming up in October.

COMMENTS OF CITIZENS:  2 Borough residents present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Community Affairs-

Ann P Moyer called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on September 18, 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:   No one present.

Discussions:

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

  • Permits: Building permits: 1-Generator. Zoning permits: 2-Re-Roofs.
  • 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 August 2019 Directors report, the minutes have been filed in the Borough office.  Ann P Moyer highlighted the August Directors report to Council.

  • Library closed Saturday August 31 for the Labor Day Holiday.
  • Brew fest is set for Saturday September 28, 2019, have 5 restaurants and 2 caterers.
  • SummerQuest was a huge success.
  • Story Time resumes Tuesday September 10th.
  • Riegelsville Halloween Parade will be Saturday, October 26
  • Make a Mini-Gingerbread House or Mini-Tree program will be held Saturday, December 7.

Fire Co. News:

  • Breakfast on Sunday September 15 served 237.
  • October 5, “Ham Dinner”.

Riegelsville Enhancement Committee News:

  • New Gardens at the Borough Hall building are underway.
  • October 16, Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” Coupon day fundraiser.
  • Next meeting Wednesday September 25, 7pm at Borough Hall.

UBREMS News: 

  • Bought a used ambulance that can carry more equipment and has a bigger box than the other ambulances they run.

Rec Board News:

  • Congrats to Mayor Stokes men’s Baseball team for making it to the finals.
  • Car show meeting September 23.  Fall roll out show is Sunday November 3, 8am-2.

Riegelsville Emergency Management: Frank Preedy reported to Council that after meeting with Army Corp engineer about the storm drains on August 6 they would like to attend a Council Committee meeting on October 16.

Riegelsville Planning Commission:

  • No September meeting.

Meeting adjourned 7:53 pm.         Next meeting October 16, 2019   7pm

Utilities-

Rodney Scott called the Utilities meeting to order at 7:54 pm on September 18, 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 14-18  9pm-Midnight.
  • Council went over the DEP Uninterupted System Service Plan for PA Community Water Systems.  Rodney signed the document.
  • Council discussed the footbridge, the boards need to be powerwashed, sealed then add non slip metal strips. Rodney will look into paints and strips.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:10 pm

Next meeting October 16, 2019

Streets & Properties-

Ed Bartosiewicz called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm on October 2, 2019 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

Ed Bartosiewicz, Kate Brandes, Rodney Scott and Tom Stinnett.

Others Present:

Mayor Stokes and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comments from Citizens:  1- Borough resident was present.

Discussions:

“No Right turn ordinance” update- Solicitor put together the draft ordinance. S. Masteller will check with

the State Police with the questions in reference to fines since it is a traffic citation.

Ed updated Council on the roof leaking in the third floor apartment and said he was hoping to get help maybe on the weekend October 5 or 6 weather permitting. Ed said that he will get help since a higher ladder is needed.

Ed will talk to Matt about the pedestrian bridge to power wash and possible paint and put metal skid free plates before the bad weather arrives. Matt hooks up a hose to the hydrant.

Ed said we should find another company to do the railings. Council does not know anyone.

Meeting adjourned 7:33 pm

Next Streets/Properties meeting will be held on November 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Finance-

Kate Brandes called the meeting to order on October 2, 2019 at 7:34 pm at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Members Present:

Kate Brandes, Ed Bartosiewicz, Rodney Scott and Tom Stinnett.

Others Present: 

Mayor Stokes, Tammy Macaluso-Borough Treasurer and Sherry Masteller-Borough Secretary.

Comment from Citizens:   No Borough residents present.

Discussions:

Kate will see if the results are in for the Keystone Grant that we applied for.

Borough office received the Spring Hill Water Main bid info.

Borough Engineer gave Council the Open Space Trail estimate sheet.  DCNR Greenways grant $196,000.00 and the BC Open Space Grant $167,908.00.

Borough office received a quote for a new Borough Hall sign in the Parking lot. Mayor Stokes will get a quote from Mr. Carr and get it to the Borough. Remarks: Mayor Stokes reported to Council that talking to Mr. Carr the gold leaf is very expensive and he would need to use mahogany. Mr Carr felt that was a fair quote the Borough received. Council discussed that they will pursue for sign without gold leaf.

Council looked over the 2020 Budget numbers.

Council looked over the monthly finances.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.

Next Finance meeting will be held November 6, 2019 immediately following Streets/Properties at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

            Approval to award “Morton Salt” 2019-2020 bid $48.50 delivered price per ton. Minimum 20 Tons. Increased $.58 a ton over last year. R. Scott motioned to approve and A. Moyer seconded.  Unanimous.

Approval of Ordinance #241 “AN ORDINANCE OF RIEGELSVILLE BOROUGH, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, TO MANAGE ITS RIGHTS OF WAY; ESTABLISHING A RENTAL FEE; REQUIRING INSURANCE AND INDEMNIFICATION; AND CREATING MECHANISMS FOR ENFORCEMENT”.  E. Bartosiewicz motioned to approve and K. Brandes seconded.  Unanimous.           

NEW BUSINESS:  Nothing to report.            

 APPROVAL OF BILLS:  R. Scott motioned to approve bills.  E. Bartosiewicz seconded. Unanimous.

Next regular Council Meeting November 13, 2019   7:00 pm. 

Borough office closed October 14, 2019

Meeting adjourned 7:45 PM.

Sherry Masteller

Borough Secretary

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