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Council Meeting Minutes of 11-25-14

BOROUGH OF NORTH CATASAUQUA

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

 

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

 

 

President Joseph Keglovits presided at the Regular Council Meeting of North Catasauqua held November 25, 2014 calling the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

PRESENT:         Mayor William J. Molchany, President Joseph Keglovits, Vice President John J.

                        Yanek, Councilpersons William Nothstein, Cherie Gebhardt, Michael J. Seng,

                        Michele Hazzard, Peter Paone, Solicitor William J. McCarthy, Treasurer

                        Annette Englert and Secretary Nancy Knecht.

                        Fire Chief Shawn McGinley came at 7:35 PM

 

ABSENT:          Jr. Councilwoman Dakoha Zelinsky

 

Minutes of the November 11, 2014 were accepted as presented.

 

There were no People Present

 

OFFICE REPORT                      SUBMITTED BY SECRETARY NANCY KNECHT

 

Secretary Knecht reported she filed the report under the Affordable Care Act and paid the fee of $756.00 for 2014 online.  This was the report that was discussed at the previous meeting.

 

Office Report approved as read.

 

TREASURER REPORT               SUMBITTED BY TREASURER ANNETTE ENGLERT

 

No Report

 

MAYOR REPORT         SUBMITTED BY MAYOR WILLIAM J. MOLCHANY, JR.

 

No Report

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-FIRE REPORT SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN WILLIAM NOTHSTEIN

 

Chairman Nothstein reported Chief McGinley will be coming to the meeting at 7:30.  He also reported Shawn said they were contacted they have a possible buyer for the fire truck from the broker that was late with his last bid but only for $20,000.00 to spend.  Chairman Nothstein stated

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Shawn said if we accept the $20,000.00 offer you would not have to pay the broker, this person buys outright and then sells it.  Bill also stated Shawn feels there is not sufficient advertising with the present broker.  He also stated it is possible to take a few things off which would probably cost a few hundred dollars.  He does not know if he would go higher. 

Chairman Nothstein reported the invoice from Horrock is $8,714.94 for installation of equipment on the new truck cannot be paid from fireman’s relief.  The bill has been floating around for a couple of months.  He also reported the air pack bill cannot be paid from fireman’s relief.  He stated you are looking at $9,600.00 worth of bills, about $7,500 left in the remaining accounts.  Bill stated if fireman’s relief pays any portion of these bills they must show some ownership of the vehicle.  Vice President Yanek feels money was spent without approval.  President Keglovits stated the bills must be paid.  Joe suggested we pay the bills; out of next year’s budget equipment maintenance is $8,500.00 and radios is $4,500.00.  He suggested we pay the bills and come January $2,000.00 goes against their budget.  Chairman Nothstein also reported there will be fuel bills and a Verizon bill for December.  Treasurer Englert reported they continue to be put on that line item but it will show a negative figure.  President Keglovits said if you look at the overall budget there is money in other places.  Treasurer Englert asked if the fire company knew that invoice was going to be that high since no PO was done.  Councilman Paone stated they were surprised also and also felt some of the work was to get the truck ready for the show.  Pete stated the main reason the work was done was to be ready for the show.  They wanted to showcase for the show.  Bill reported the bill was broken down in 7 different areas—Vice President Yanek feels why is the borough paying for something that Horrock wanted done to showcase the truck.  Joe felt the fire department thought some of the work should have been done at the factory and some by Horrock’s.  They also thought they might be able to do some of the work also.  Vice President Yanek feels council has to ask Shawn if Horrock wanted it done for the show, then they should pay the bill.  President Keglovits suggested the bill be tabled and someone talk to Brian Horrock—there was talk of perks so the truck could be ready for the show.  President Keglovits asked if there was a labor cost on the bill.  Chairman Nothstein stated 5 of the charges are for parts and 2 are for labor, half of the bill is for labor and half of the bill is for parts.  Joe asked what kind of parts they were and should they have been on the original bill.  Councilman Paone stated if the Fire Dept. says to dispute the bill is one thing, otherwise we are going to have to pay the bill.  President Keglovits stated if these are extras for the truck, we are going to have to pay for the bill.  Councilman Nothstein said a lot of things on the bill are brackets, connections and wiring.  The bill was tabled until a later date.  The flow testing invoice will be approved as it has a signed PO.  The PO was received before the Horrock bill.

 

Public Safety-Fire Report accepted as presented.

 

RECREATION COMMITTEE     SUBMITTED BY CHAIRWOMAN CHERIE GEBHARDT

 

Tree lighting will be Sunday.  Cherie wanted to know what is going on with the borough workers and if so what are the hours going to be.  President Keglovits said he thinks Michele is working.He said Michele will work from 4 to 8, Cherie said is fine and also Varsity C is volunteering.  Her

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concern was mostly garbage and possible electrical.  Michele told Joe that if she is needed earlier they should call her.  We are due to get bad weather Wednesday.  The Recreation Committee is concerned that nothing has been advertised around town.  Joe reported the chief is not here but the road crew was busy with the leaves.  Vice President Yanek stated every year this happens.  He feels it could have been advertised weeks ago—same thing every year.  Treasurer Englert said she put a notice on the website.  John stated this will probably be the last year for the papers.  Treasurer Englert also stated she put a notice on the sewer bills.  Cherie asked about who in Spring Meadow does not get a sewer bill-Annette stated she was the only resident.  Councilman Gebhardt reported the Rec committee is probably going to need an ice machine for the park in May 2015.  Cherie asked council if the Rec committee should make the phone calls or how is it to be done.  Pres. Keglovits asked who is paying for the ice machine.  Treasurer Englert suggested getting various prices –when they find what they want they should then fill out a PO.  Also feels the room has to be better vented so the heat does not get trapped.  There was a discussion on the vent, it was suggested to put a vent in the wall but it will certainly have to be secured.  President Keglovits stated to Cherie they should work on getting prices.

 

Fire Chief Shawn McGinley came into the meeting and President Keglovits told him council was discussing the Horrock invoice.  President Keglovits asked if some of the things that were put on the truck, was it to be put on the truck when it came from Iowa or wherever.  Shawn stated no, was waiting because of compartment size, it’s easier to add on now.  Shawn said if you spec it out and then it doesn’t fit, you have to do a change order and that cost a lot more.  Joe asked if there was any idea of what the cost was going to be.  Shawn replied when council originally said they were going to pay $610,000.00 and they would be responsible for the remainder.  He said they were signing off and had some changes but then when council stated they were going to pay for the entire truck, Brian stopped talking to the fire company and started talking to council or Joe.  Shawn felt these things were talked about to council and had no idea it wasn’t.  Bill Nothstein asked Shawn if there was ever a discussion that some of this work would be done by the fire company and Shawn stated like the radios were left to switch on the two trucks.  He thought the bill was going to be higher but they didn’t realize they didn’t turn the bill in.  He said the work was done in July.  Shawn reported some things they can pay for and some things they can’t.  Shawn said initially they were going to pay for anything over $610,000.00.  Money was set aside in fireman’s relief.  Councilman Nothstein asked if they were going to do the work that was on the invoice.  Shawn stated no, they stopped doing that a while ago.  The work that was done on that bill was done after the show.  The truck did not go down to the show with any equipment on it.  Councilman Nothstein asked when the work was requested to Horrock to do.  Shawn stated before the truck came and also stated they asked the work to be done before the borough was going to pay for the whole truck.  Shawn said a lot of stuff was talked about pre-construction.  Bill thought when he came on council it was decided the truck was going to be paid by council and Shawn said no.  Shawn feels it was closer to spring when that decision was made.  Treasurer Englert thinks it was by May because some payments were made by May 13th.  She feels it had to be March or April.  President Keglovits asked if Horrock gave them any discounts for taking the truck to the show.  Shawn said yes, the mounts, they got a discount and they are very expensive.

 

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Bill said the radio line item has of 4 of 9 $4,500.00 in it, training has $1,271 and computer $1,700.00 which is $7,471 and between the two bills they are short about $2,000.00.

President Keglovits stated someone contacted them to selling the truck for $20,000.00—not a broker—buying right from us.  Shawn feels that would be how it works.  We would get $20,000.00 and not pay any commission.  He also feels it could be negotiated.  Shawn said he feels the trucks are shipped overseas.  Councilman Paone stated there is no reason to dispute the bill, it has to be paid.  President Keglovits stated he will call Brian Horrock and see if he could give a discount on it. 

President Keglovits talked about the red fire truck and the new one—explained to Pete why it didn’t go to auction.  He also stated the fire truck went out twice for bids.  Solicitor read the rules to council about selling the fire truck.  President Keglovits said the last couple of meetings talked about anyone wanting to buy it and probably doesn’t have funds at this time.  He said maybe we should wait until February or March and see what happens.  Councilman Seng asked about the status of the red fire truck coming out of the garage and Shawn stated they are still looking.  He also said the brakes are wrong on the truck and were supposed to be replaced but the person had a heart attack.  He wants to talk to Roger at Force 1 and have the brakes fixed.  He also said water is in it.  Shawn feels the other truck should be put out in the cold weather.  Joe stated the truck we’re trying to sell is taking up one of the bays and they tried to prep that truck to be outside until it is sold.  It was suggested that maybe the truck could be covered with tarps.  Councilman Nothstein feels if Shawn feels Brindlee Mountain is more aggressive because they do more advertising and marketing can we use them.  They take 10% if they sell it.  Shawn thinks council should go back and negotiate with the fellow that wants it now and try and get $23 to $28,000.00.  There are no time constraints with the present broker—can keep them and go to someone else if they desire.  Shawn said the email came today from the guy that’s interested in buying it.  He is from New York.  Joe feels the fellow should be contacted, especially with the vehicle going outside.  Joe feels vehicles parked outside deteriorate.  Shawn feels the fellow is getting a lot for $20,000.00 and feels some things could be removed from the truck.  They could sell some of the equipment.  Councilman Paone wants to talk to this fellow about negotiating with the borough.  He wants to get it sold.  It was stated they can have an Agreement of Sale but cannot get the truck for 30 days.  Pete would be happy if the guy buys it, if not Pete suggests waiting until January to go with another broker.  The borough will do the negotiating.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Michele Hazzard

                                                To negotiate with the potential buyer

                                                for the 93 fire truck and that negotiations

                                                net $23,000.00 to $28,000.00 with an agreement

                                                by the end of the year.

                                                2nd by Councilman Pete Paone

                                                Head count – all yes  

 

Report was approved.

 

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FINANCE AND GRANTS REPORT         SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. SENG

 

Councilman Seng reported there were no inquiries on the proposed budgets.

 

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT                       SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. SENG

 

Councilman Seng reported he talked with the Mayor and one of the thing he would like to get is a2 job description for a police officer because in the borough’s employment application there is a section that says no two applicants do not answer this question unless you have been informed about the requirements of the job you are applying.  Also, can you perform the functions of this job?  Mike did not remember this on the other applications.  He also stated advertising in the Morning Call is expensive—could one time electronic be less than an ad.  He would also like to go to East Penn Publishing, as they are local ones.  President Keglovits stated do the Morning Call even if it is expensive.  Treasurer Englert said last time we did the Morning Call and East Penn Publishing.  He also reported he has an email into Attorney Blissman asking him if we can limit the number of applicants to 20 and anyone after 20 be on a standby list.  President Keglovits does not think he can do this.  Shawn McGinley stated you cannot limit the number of applicants but can limit from going further.  Mike asked if it is sufficient to advertise them.

 

Finance and Civil Service Commission Reports accepted as presented.

 

LAW COMMITTEE REPORT    SUBMITTED BY CHAIRWOMAN MICHELE HAZZARD

 

NO Report

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-POLICE REPORT        SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN PETER PAONE

 

No Report

 

 

FROM THIS POINT ON THE MINUTES ARE FROM MY NOTES-MACHINE WAS OUT OF MEMORY

 

COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT REPORT   SUBMITTED BY VICE PRESIDENT JOHN J. YANEK

 

Vice President Yanek asked what if the guy does not want to negotiate the price of the truck, what if it goes beyond.  Shawn cannot see putting the borough truck outside.

December 1st is approaching for the leaves—it is up to the residents to call immediately and the leaves can then be picked up in a timely matter.  President Keglovits said the ordinance states no leaf pick-up after December 1st.  Joe said people are going to have to bag their leaves.  It appears J. P. Mascaro has been picking up leaves but only in the bags. 

Council discussed the trash contract—J. P. Mascaro does not have to pick up leaves per the contract.  2015 is the last year of the contract.  Will have to go out on bid next year.  After a long

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discussion on leaves it was decided that the office staff should inform residents if they call to dispose of the leaves however they see fit.  Treasurer Englert said people were concerned about Thanksgiving and people parking with leaves all over. 

Vice President Yanek asked about the park and decorations for tree lighting Sunday.  President Keglovits will talk to the road crew and see if it can be decorated on Saturday.  Councilwoman Hazzard stated if it okay with the road crew, she would do the signs regarding tree lighting.  President Keglovits stated it would be fine.  Someone asked about the road crew and if they work Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday is time and a half, Sunday is double time.

 

Council Vice President Report accepted as presented.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT REPORT                        SUBMITTED BY PRESIDENT JOSEPH KEGLOVITS

 

No Report

 

SOLICITOR REPORT    SUBMITTED BY SOLICITOR WILLIAM J. MCCARTHY

 

Attorney McCarthy reported in regard to Councilman Seng advertising for a police officer notice of time and place is put in one newspaper of general publication and one in a local newspaper.  Attorney McCarthy reported it is fine the way Civil Service is doing it.

 

Solicitor McCarthy reported regarding the assessment appeal, he prepared an appeal for the property at 1158 Front Street.  It was assessed at $12,600.00.  He also stated it is near where the Delaware and Lehigh Corridor wants access, he feels it’s worth a shot and is not complicated to do.  He would like council president to sign the paperwork.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                Authorizing the Solicitor to

                                                Appeal the assessment at 1158

                                                Front Street, owned by the borough.

                                                2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Solicitor Report accepted as presented.

 

FIRE CHIEF REPORT    SUBMITTED BY CHIEF SHAWN MCGINLEY

 

Chief McGinley reported the fire company had a busy month.  He stated they sold close to 250 tubs of stuffing.  He received applications for 3 new members.  He also reported some members are finishing up their classes, one for vehicle rescue technician.  He also reported they would like more drivers certified and trained.  Shawn also volunteered to be Santa at tree lighting.

 

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It was reported the reindeer are all lined up for tree lighting and they should be at the park by 5:30.  The committee will be at the park Sunday by noon.

 

Fire Chief Report accepted as presented.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Fire Truck Status – discussed earlier

 

Horrock Bill – discussed earlier

 

Beyer-Barber Resolution – change in Non Uniform Pension Plan – Solicitor McCarthy will review and have ready for adoption at the next meeting.

 

Regarding the Budget, Vice President Yanek would like to see Emergency Management get a 2nd iPad.  He feels there could be an emergency tomorrow and asked how and when Emergency Management gets called. 

 

The fire call at the high rise was discussed and they heard about the possibility of evacuating people out of there.  Shawn stated there was smoke on the 3rd floor and someone in the basement apartment was cooking and burnt food.  Catasauqua Fire was with them.  Shawn stated the 1st and 2nd floors were good.  Apparently there was a vent that went from the basement to the 3rd floor and that’s why there was smoke up there.  Shawn reported if Emergency Management is needed county will call them out.  They can come out at any time.  Shawn also reported Emergency Management is an advisory position and not a command.  He also said the Fire Dept. would evacuate and Emergency Management could set up the transportation.  They are a support function.  He said they will not take command over Chief Moyer and the Mayor. 

As for the sinkhole they were in the office and came down.  They come when their pagers goes off.  County can bring Emergency Management out—depending on what happens they notify them.  Councilman Paone feels he would not purchase 2 iPads at the same time as technology is changing all the time.  He would like to see them rotate year after year.  Roger and Greg did not want to push or seem overly zealous.  They did not want to ruffle feathers.

Councilman Nothstein made the point, the situation that is being expressed tonight they are trying to get away from—everyone or should be encouraged to go to committees—council needs to discourage situations like this. 

It was brought up about emergency management being in their office downstairs.  Shawn said there are some theft issues and reported it was not a permanent home, a desk was taken over.  He said the Charotin, Fire Dept. and Fireman’s Relief use that office.  He wants to keep it secure.  Shawn stated they are doing this because Greg and Roger are firefighters but what happens when they step down.  Then what do they do.  They don’t want to give keys out to just anybody.  Shawn

 

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stated Greg and Roger are doing a job, they are dedicated and doing their job very well.  It was very different when he and his dad were doing it.

Shawn also reported the Verizon wireless hardware was updated for free—it can be used at the scene.

 

President Keglovits asked council if they wanted the 2nd meeting in December.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                To not have the 2nd council meeting

                                                For the month of December.

                                                2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Knox Box – tabled until a later time

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                To pay all bills.

                                                2nd by Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                Head count – all yes

 

President Keglovits stated regarding the cell tower he did not get a call back for the lease on the tower regarding the amount we receive each month. 

 

Council went into Executive Session at 9:03 PM regarding Officer Grube and Tim Varga. 

 

Meeting was reconvened at 9:07 PM

 

President Keglovits reported the reason was a personnel matter to discuss Officer Grube and Tim Varga.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Peter Paone

                                                To adjourn meeting

                                                2nd by Councilwoman Michele Hazzard

                                                Head count – all ayes

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:08 PM.

BOROUGH OF NORTH CATASAUQUA

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

 

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

 

 

President Joseph Keglovits presided at the Regular Council Meeting of North Catasauqua held November 25, 2014 calling the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

PRESENT:         Mayor William J. Molchany, President Joseph Keglovits, Vice President John J.

                        Yanek, Councilpersons William Nothstein, Cherie Gebhardt, Michael J. Seng,

                        Michele Hazzard, Peter Paone, Solicitor William J. McCarthy, Treasurer

                        Annette Englert and Secretary Nancy Knecht.

                        Fire Chief Shawn McGinley came at 7:35 PM

 

ABSENT:          Jr. Councilwoman Dakoha Zelinsky

 

Minutes of the November 11, 2014 were accepted as presented.

 

There were no People Present

 

OFFICE REPORT                      SUBMITTED BY SECRETARY NANCY KNECHT

 

Secretary Knecht reported she filed the report under the Affordable Care Act and paid the fee of $756.00 for 2014 online.  This was the report that was discussed at the previous meeting.

 

Office Report approved as read.

 

TREASURER REPORT               SUMBITTED BY TREASURER ANNETTE ENGLERT

 

No Report

 

MAYOR REPORT         SUBMITTED BY MAYOR WILLIAM J. MOLCHANY, JR.

 

No Report

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-FIRE REPORT SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN WILLIAM NOTHSTEIN

 

Chairman Nothstein reported Chief McGinley will be coming to the meeting at 7:30.  He also reported Shawn said they were contacted they have a possible buyer for the fire truck from the broker that was late with his last bid but only for $20,000.00 to spend.  Chairman Nothstein stated

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Shawn said if we accept the $20,000.00 offer you would not have to pay the broker, this person buys outright and then sells it.  Bill also stated Shawn feels there is not sufficient advertising with the present broker.  He also stated it is possible to take a few things off which would probably cost a few hundred dollars.  He does not know if he would go higher. 

Chairman Nothstein reported the invoice from Horrock is $8,714.94 for installation of equipment on the new truck cannot be paid from fireman’s relief.  The bill has been floating around for a couple of months.  He also reported the air pack bill cannot be paid from fireman’s relief.  He stated you are looking at $9,600.00 worth of bills, about $7,500 left in the remaining accounts.  Bill stated if fireman’s relief pays any portion of these bills they must show some ownership of the vehicle.  Vice President Yanek feels money was spent without approval.  President Keglovits stated the bills must be paid.  Joe suggested we pay the bills; out of next year’s budget equipment maintenance is $8,500.00 and radios is $4,500.00.  He suggested we pay the bills and come January $2,000.00 goes against their budget.  Chairman Nothstein also reported there will be fuel bills and a Verizon bill for December.  Treasurer Englert reported they continue to be put on that line item but it will show a negative figure.  President Keglovits said if you look at the overall budget there is money in other places.  Treasurer Englert asked if the fire company knew that invoice was going to be that high since no PO was done.  Councilman Paone stated they were surprised also and also felt some of the work was to get the truck ready for the show.  Pete stated the main reason the work was done was to be ready for the show.  They wanted to showcase for the show.  Bill reported the bill was broken down in 7 different areas—Vice President Yanek feels why is the borough paying for something that Horrock wanted done to showcase the truck.  Joe felt the fire department thought some of the work should have been done at the factory and some by Horrock’s.  They also thought they might be able to do some of the work also.  Vice President Yanek feels council has to ask Shawn if Horrock wanted it done for the show, then they should pay the bill.  President Keglovits suggested the bill be tabled and someone talk to Brian Horrock—there was talk of perks so the truck could be ready for the show.  President Keglovits asked if there was a labor cost on the bill.  Chairman Nothstein stated 5 of the charges are for parts and 2 are for labor, half of the bill is for labor and half of the bill is for parts.  Joe asked what kind of parts they were and should they have been on the original bill.  Councilman Paone stated if the Fire Dept. says to dispute the bill is one thing, otherwise we are going to have to pay the bill.  President Keglovits stated if these are extras for the truck, we are going to have to pay for the bill.  Councilman Nothstein said a lot of things on the bill are brackets, connections and wiring.  The bill was tabled until a later date.  The flow testing invoice will be approved as it has a signed PO.  The PO was received before the Horrock bill.

 

Public Safety-Fire Report accepted as presented.

 

RECREATION COMMITTEE     SUBMITTED BY CHAIRWOMAN CHERIE GEBHARDT

 

Tree lighting will be Sunday.  Cherie wanted to know what is going on with the borough workers and if so what are the hours going to be.  President Keglovits said he thinks Michele is working.He said Michele will work from 4 to 8, Cherie said is fine and also Varsity C is volunteering.  Her

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concern was mostly garbage and possible electrical.  Michele told Joe that if she is needed earlier they should call her.  We are due to get bad weather Wednesday.  The Recreation Committee is concerned that nothing has been advertised around town.  Joe reported the chief is not here but the road crew was busy with the leaves.  Vice President Yanek stated every year this happens.  He feels it could have been advertised weeks ago—same thing every year.  Treasurer Englert said she put a notice on the website.  John stated this will probably be the last year for the papers.  Treasurer Englert also stated she put a notice on the sewer bills.  Cherie asked about who in Spring Meadow does not get a sewer bill-Annette stated she was the only resident.  Councilman Gebhardt reported the Rec committee is probably going to need an ice machine for the park in May 2015.  Cherie asked council if the Rec committee should make the phone calls or how is it to be done.  Pres. Keglovits asked who is paying for the ice machine.  Treasurer Englert suggested getting various prices –when they find what they want they should then fill out a PO.  Also feels the room has to be better vented so the heat does not get trapped.  There was a discussion on the vent, it was suggested to put a vent in the wall but it will certainly have to be secured.  President Keglovits stated to Cherie they should work on getting prices.

 

Fire Chief Shawn McGinley came into the meeting and President Keglovits told him council was discussing the Horrock invoice.  President Keglovits asked if some of the things that were put on the truck, was it to be put on the truck when it came from Iowa or wherever.  Shawn stated no, was waiting because of compartment size, it’s easier to add on now.  Shawn said if you spec it out and then it doesn’t fit, you have to do a change order and that cost a lot more.  Joe asked if there was any idea of what the cost was going to be.  Shawn replied when council originally said they were going to pay $610,000.00 and they would be responsible for the remainder.  He said they were signing off and had some changes but then when council stated they were going to pay for the entire truck, Brian stopped talking to the fire company and started talking to council or Joe.  Shawn felt these things were talked about to council and had no idea it wasn’t.  Bill Nothstein asked Shawn if there was ever a discussion that some of this work would be done by the fire company and Shawn stated like the radios were left to switch on the two trucks.  He thought the bill was going to be higher but they didn’t realize they didn’t turn the bill in.  He said the work was done in July.  Shawn reported some things they can pay for and some things they can’t.  Shawn said initially they were going to pay for anything over $610,000.00.  Money was set aside in fireman’s relief.  Councilman Nothstein asked if they were going to do the work that was on the invoice.  Shawn stated no, they stopped doing that a while ago.  The work that was done on that bill was done after the show.  The truck did not go down to the show with any equipment on it.  Councilman Nothstein asked when the work was requested to Horrock to do.  Shawn stated before the truck came and also stated they asked the work to be done before the borough was going to pay for the whole truck.  Shawn said a lot of stuff was talked about pre-construction.  Bill thought when he came on council it was decided the truck was going to be paid by council and Shawn said no.  Shawn feels it was closer to spring when that decision was made.  Treasurer Englert thinks it was by May because some payments were made by May 13th.  She feels it had to be March or April.  President Keglovits asked if Horrock gave them any discounts for taking the truck to the show.  Shawn said yes, the mounts, they got a discount and they are very expensive.

 

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Bill said the radio line item has of 4 of 9 $4,500.00 in it, training has $1,271 and computer $1,700.00 which is $7,471 and between the two bills they are short about $2,000.00.

President Keglovits stated someone contacted them to selling the truck for $20,000.00—not a broker—buying right from us.  Shawn feels that would be how it works.  We would get $20,000.00 and not pay any commission.  He also feels it could be negotiated.  Shawn said he feels the trucks are shipped overseas.  Councilman Paone stated there is no reason to dispute the bill, it has to be paid.  President Keglovits stated he will call Brian Horrock and see if he could give a discount on it. 

President Keglovits talked about the red fire truck and the new one—explained to Pete why it didn’t go to auction.  He also stated the fire truck went out twice for bids.  Solicitor read the rules to council about selling the fire truck.  President Keglovits said the last couple of meetings talked about anyone wanting to buy it and probably doesn’t have funds at this time.  He said maybe we should wait until February or March and see what happens.  Councilman Seng asked about the status of the red fire truck coming out of the garage and Shawn stated they are still looking.  He also said the brakes are wrong on the truck and were supposed to be replaced but the person had a heart attack.  He wants to talk to Roger at Force 1 and have the brakes fixed.  He also said water is in it.  Shawn feels the other truck should be put out in the cold weather.  Joe stated the truck we’re trying to sell is taking up one of the bays and they tried to prep that truck to be outside until it is sold.  It was suggested that maybe the truck could be covered with tarps.  Councilman Nothstein feels if Shawn feels Brindlee Mountain is more aggressive because they do more advertising and marketing can we use them.  They take 10% if they sell it.  Shawn thinks council should go back and negotiate with the fellow that wants it now and try and get $23 to $28,000.00.  There are no time constraints with the present broker—can keep them and go to someone else if they desire.  Shawn said the email came today from the guy that’s interested in buying it.  He is from New York.  Joe feels the fellow should be contacted, especially with the vehicle going outside.  Joe feels vehicles parked outside deteriorate.  Shawn feels the fellow is getting a lot for $20,000.00 and feels some things could be removed from the truck.  They could sell some of the equipment.  Councilman Paone wants to talk to this fellow about negotiating with the borough.  He wants to get it sold.  It was stated they can have an Agreement of Sale but cannot get the truck for 30 days.  Pete would be happy if the guy buys it, if not Pete suggests waiting until January to go with another broker.  The borough will do the negotiating.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Michele Hazzard

                                                To negotiate with the potential buyer

                                                for the 93 fire truck and that negotiations

                                                net $23,000.00 to $28,000.00 with an agreement

                                                by the end of the year.

                                                2nd by Councilman Pete Paone

                                                Head count – all yes  

 

Report was approved.

 

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FINANCE AND GRANTS REPORT         SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. SENG

 

Councilman Seng reported there were no inquiries on the proposed budgets.

 

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT                       SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. SENG

 

Councilman Seng reported he talked with the Mayor and one of the thing he would like to get is a2 job description for a police officer because in the borough’s employment application there is a section that says no two applicants do not answer this question unless you have been informed about the requirements of the job you are applying.  Also, can you perform the functions of this job?  Mike did not remember this on the other applications.  He also stated advertising in the Morning Call is expensive—could one time electronic be less than an ad.  He would also like to go to East Penn Publishing, as they are local ones.  President Keglovits stated do the Morning Call even if it is expensive.  Treasurer Englert said last time we did the Morning Call and East Penn Publishing.  He also reported he has an email into Attorney Blissman asking him if we can limit the number of applicants to 20 and anyone after 20 be on a standby list.  President Keglovits does not think he can do this.  Shawn McGinley stated you cannot limit the number of applicants but can limit from going further.  Mike asked if it is sufficient to advertise them.

 

Finance and Civil Service Commission Reports accepted as presented.

 

LAW COMMITTEE REPORT    SUBMITTED BY CHAIRWOMAN MICHELE HAZZARD

 

NO Report

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-POLICE REPORT        SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN PETER PAONE

 

No Report

 

 

FROM THIS POINT ON THE MINUTES ARE FROM MY NOTES-MACHINE WAS OUT OF MEMORY

 

COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT REPORT   SUBMITTED BY VICE PRESIDENT JOHN J. YANEK

 

Vice President Yanek asked what if the guy does not want to negotiate the price of the truck, what if it goes beyond.  Shawn cannot see putting the borough truck outside.

December 1st is approaching for the leaves—it is up to the residents to call immediately and the leaves can then be picked up in a timely matter.  President Keglovits said the ordinance states no leaf pick-up after December 1st.  Joe said people are going to have to bag their leaves.  It appears J. P. Mascaro has been picking up leaves but only in the bags. 

Council discussed the trash contract—J. P. Mascaro does not have to pick up leaves per the contract.  2015 is the last year of the contract.  Will have to go out on bid next year.  After a long

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discussion on leaves it was decided that the office staff should inform residents if they call to dispose of the leaves however they see fit.  Treasurer Englert said people were concerned about Thanksgiving and people parking with leaves all over. 

Vice President Yanek asked about the park and decorations for tree lighting Sunday.  President Keglovits will talk to the road crew and see if it can be decorated on Saturday.  Councilwoman Hazzard stated if it okay with the road crew, she would do the signs regarding tree lighting.  President Keglovits stated it would be fine.  Someone asked about the road crew and if they work Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday is time and a half, Sunday is double time.

 

Council Vice President Report accepted as presented.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT REPORT                        SUBMITTED BY PRESIDENT JOSEPH KEGLOVITS

 

No Report

 

SOLICITOR REPORT    SUBMITTED BY SOLICITOR WILLIAM J. MCCARTHY

 

Attorney McCarthy reported in regard to Councilman Seng advertising for a police officer notice of time and place is put in one newspaper of general publication and one in a local newspaper.  Attorney McCarthy reported it is fine the way Civil Service is doing it.

 

Solicitor McCarthy reported regarding the assessment appeal, he prepared an appeal for the property at 1158 Front Street.  It was assessed at $12,600.00.  He also stated it is near where the Delaware and Lehigh Corridor wants access, he feels it’s worth a shot and is not complicated to do.  He would like council president to sign the paperwork.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                Authorizing the Solicitor to

                                                Appeal the assessment at 1158

                                                Front Street, owned by the borough.

                                                2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Solicitor Report accepted as presented.

 

FIRE CHIEF REPORT    SUBMITTED BY CHIEF SHAWN MCGINLEY

 

Chief McGinley reported the fire company had a busy month.  He stated they sold close to 250 tubs of stuffing.  He received applications for 3 new members.  He also reported some members are finishing up their classes, one for vehicle rescue technician.  He also reported they would like more drivers certified and trained.  Shawn also volunteered to be Santa at tree lighting.

 

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It was reported the reindeer are all lined up for tree lighting and they should be at the park by 5:30.  The committee will be at the park Sunday by noon.

 

Fire Chief Report accepted as presented.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Fire Truck Status – discussed earlier

 

Horrock Bill – discussed earlier

 

Beyer-Barber Resolution – change in Non Uniform Pension Plan – Solicitor McCarthy will review and have ready for adoption at the next meeting.

 

Regarding the Budget, Vice President Yanek would like to see Emergency Management get a 2nd iPad.  He feels there could be an emergency tomorrow and asked how and when Emergency Management gets called. 

 

The fire call at the high rise was discussed and they heard about the possibility of evacuating people out of there.  Shawn stated there was smoke on the 3rd floor and someone in the basement apartment was cooking and burnt food.  Catasauqua Fire was with them.  Shawn stated the 1st and 2nd floors were good.  Apparently there was a vent that went from the basement to the 3rd floor and that’s why there was smoke up there.  Shawn reported if Emergency Management is needed county will call them out.  They can come out at any time.  Shawn also reported Emergency Management is an advisory position and not a command.  He also said the Fire Dept. would evacuate and Emergency Management could set up the transportation.  They are a support function.  He said they will not take command over Chief Moyer and the Mayor. 

As for the sinkhole they were in the office and came down.  They come when their pagers goes off.  County can bring Emergency Management out—depending on what happens they notify them.  Councilman Paone feels he would not purchase 2 iPads at the same time as technology is changing all the time.  He would like to see them rotate year after year.  Roger and Greg did not want to push or seem overly zealous.  They did not want to ruffle feathers.

Councilman Nothstein made the point, the situation that is being expressed tonight they are trying to get away from—everyone or should be encouraged to go to committees—council needs to discourage situations like this. 

It was brought up about emergency management being in their office downstairs.  Shawn said there are some theft issues and reported it was not a permanent home, a desk was taken over.  He said the Charotin, Fire Dept. and Fireman’s Relief use that office.  He wants to keep it secure.  Shawn stated they are doing this because Greg and Roger are firefighters but what happens when they step down.  Then what do they do.  They don’t want to give keys out to just anybody.  Shawn

 

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stated Greg and Roger are doing a job, they are dedicated and doing their job very well.  It was very different when he and his dad were doing it.

Shawn also reported the Verizon wireless hardware was updated for free—it can be used at the scene.

 

President Keglovits asked council if they wanted the 2nd meeting in December.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                To not have the 2nd council meeting

                                                For the month of December.

                                                2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Knox Box – tabled until a later time

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                To pay all bills.

                                                2nd by Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                Head count – all yes

 

President Keglovits stated regarding the cell tower he did not get a call back for the lease on the tower regarding the amount we receive each month. 

 

Council went into Executive Session at 9:03 PM regarding Officer Grube and Tim Varga. 

 

Meeting was reconvened at 9:07 PM

 

President Keglovits reported the reason was a personnel matter to discuss Officer Grube and Tim Varga.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Peter Paone

                                                To adjourn meeting

                                                2nd by Councilwoman Michele Hazzard

                                                Head count – all ayes

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:08 PM.

Council Meeting Minutes of 11-11-2014

 

 

 

BOROUGH OF NORTH CATASAUQUA

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

 

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

 

 

President Joseph Keglovits presided at the Regular Council Meeting of North Catasauqua held November 11, 2014 calling the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

PRESENT:         Mayor William J. Molchany, Jr., President Joseph Keglovits, Vice President John J.

                        Yanek, Councilpersons William Nothstein, Cherie Gebhardt, Michael J. Seng,

                        Michele Hazzard, Solicitor William J. McCarthy, Treasurer Annette Englert and

                        Secretary Nancy Knecht.

                        Also present was Police Chief Kim Moyer, Emergency Management, Greg Scheirer,

                        Roger Scheirer.

 

EXCUSED ABSENCE:  Councilman Peter Paone and Dakoha Zelinsky, Jr. Councilwoman

 

Minutes of the October 28i, 2014 meeting were accepted as presented.

Treasurer Report was approved as read.

 

OBSERVING:    Michele and Anthony Romito and Ben Ferenchak

 

PEOPLE PRESENT

 

Scott Everett – Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

 

Scott stated he was the Trail and Stewardship Manager for the D & L and was asked to give council and the borough as a whole what is going on with the Delaware & Lehigh trail in North Catty.  Scott presented a slide show and stated he would go through as quickly as he can and asked council to ask any questions as it is a little complicated. 

Scott talked about how the D & L National Heritage Corridor and the D & L Trail will go through the Lehigh Valley area both on sides of the river and specifically how it is going to get through North Catasauqua and money, what when where and how.  Scott explained the D & L Corridor is a 5013C non-profit with offices in Lehighton, Easton and Bristol, Bucks County.  They are developing a 165 mile long D & L Trail, do not own any of the property as an ex. North Catasauqua is the land owner for our part of the trail.  Scott stated in addition to the trail, D & L does historic education, Lehigh Valley Greenways and economic development.  Scott stated when the D & L trail is completed it will stretch from Wilkes Barre river down to Delaware River in Bristol, Bucks county.  The trail uses primarily two Delaware and Lehigh canals and the old Lehigh Valley railroad

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bed and on some places the trail will be on both sides of the Lehigh River. As an ex. he shows between Northampton to Allentown river left, Cementon to Allentown river right and also Slatington to Walnutport.  Scott reported the project for the pedestrian bridge at Jim Thorpe is moving ahead.  Scott reported they took money away but now they got it back so it is proceeding.  He stated they will link 40 miles north and 90 miles south for 130 miles of continuous linkage.  The D & L is currently negotiating with Norfolk Southern to purchase or get an easement to connect the D & L trail and Ironton Rail Trail and also LeFarge is part of the negotiations.  The goal on river right is to connect the trail down to Allentown Riverfront Development Project (old structural steel).  Scott showed council where it was on the map and explained the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission did a study on trail gaps of the Lehigh Valley—it is important to document when going out for funding.  Trail Gap #5 lumped 3 physical gaps together. 

Dry Run – North Catasauqua

Broken storm water pipe in North Catasauqua

Replace the bridge for umpteenth time between Catty Creek and Catasauqua.

Scott stated rendering was done.  He stated when everything would be completed he would like to create a small landing area on the riverside relatively inexpensive and would add a nice touch.  Scott stated work would be done in North Catty is repairing broken storm water pipe, installing trail from Northampton to North Catty /Catty border, getting the trail under the rail trestle, installing the landing at the bottom of the trail head and adding North Catasauqua as a launch \spot for the Lehigh River water trail.  He said it is just like there is a D & L Trail there is the Lehigh River Water Trail.  He said there are several stops along the Lehigh like Walnutport and Lehigh Gap Nature Center.  President Keglovits asked Scott if there was a possibility of using /reusing the old boat launch.  Scott checked with Wildlands and they are totally onboard with making it a stop. He said it would be hand portage but would have to deal with the drop-off.  Scott reported DEP does not require a DEP permit to fix the pipe.  He showed council a drawing the engineer did of the area.

Scott reported building the trail would have to be looked at in segments, not long length in N. Catty, the Lehigh Street project may come into play.  He said North Catasauqua up to Northampton border is do able now.  Northampton county open space is looking to do trail projects throughout the county.  Scott reported the big money went away and is now coming back in smaller chunks.  He is going to provide Northampton County with an estimate.  Scott reported the game plan to get the trail into North Catty is

  1. Fix the storm pipe with grant money received is a DCED grant from Harrisburg, has contract but no money yet.

  2. Provide Northampton County Open Space with the trail build out estimate.

  3. See what condition the canal and towpath is left in, needs a lot of work to get back as was before.  He wants to keep an eye on them.

  4. Finish the trail down to the border under the trestle.

The goal is to connect 2 trail heads, Northampton to North Catty.  North Catty with the exception of the bridge project is a lot easier then what the challenges are they face in Northampton.  The boat launch as a hand portage of the existing launch for the Lehigh River Trail, can’t get existing area they are using.  President Keglovits asked about the possibility of building a road under the

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trestle to use to get access to the riverside.  He wants to make it wider under the bridge so we could get access to the property on the other side.  Joe stated they can’t get to anything on the other side.  Scott said the main issue is PHMC, historical, they would have to give leave way, Joe would like 10 feet or something. 

Scott will continue to handle the Northampton design grant which also is North Catty’s projects.  Northampton applied for a trail design grant for $160,000, which would include North Catty.  He said to thank Northampton as they are managing the design of the North Catty trail.  Scott stated D & L will be placing the storm water pipe project out for bid.  They may need from the borough  an E & S plan submitted for the work to Northampton County Conservation District.  He would have his engineer do the plan and may have to be submitted through the borough.  The borough may need to be the applicant for future grants.  Non-profits can be the applicant but sometimes the municipality has to be the applicant. 

Scott stated at some point the ordinance will have to be changed to allow biking on the trail.  Grants are based on multi-use recreation, biking has to be allowed.  He showed where the lock was and the stone wall.  The borough owns land between track and river.  He also said it’s hard to envision getting a trail through there at any given time.  Trees are going to have to be cleared out to run the trail.  Scott stated there is a timeline for everything.  He would like to put pipe repair out for bid this winter so work can be done in the spring.  He stated the fact a permit is not needed should enable him to do that.  He said trail construction depends on whether permits are required and cost, sees late 2015 at the earliest if Northampton County Open Space funds it.  To complete the trail through North Catty, that is a really difficult section to get through especially down in Catty.  It is probably going to be 2016 depending on the bridge.  He sees a rough bike able trail at the end of 2015.  The goal for infrastructure will be in place by end of 2015 so there will be a workable or rough bike trail from Northampton to Allentown. 

President Keglovits asked if when they go out for bids for the pipe, money can be put in for some dozer work to cut a rough path where the trail is going to go at the same time as we have the construction entrance down there.  Pipe up to the borough line has macadam walkway, cut the path right up to the pipe, know where the path goes to trestle and could cut in again—wants at least preliminary work done.  Scott feels leverage the bridge contractor as much as you can, they have a lot of work to do to get back in place.

When moving earth and everything they should be putting back the canal channel and towpath.  Beyond that area of construction you get into permitting for earth disturbance and now get into lower end wetlands.  Scott stated he has to go by the book.  Joe stated not going as far, the trail would remain on top away from the river.  Scott said they will be right down along the canal.  Scott agrees with Joe but it goes into permitting.  To get from bridge up to pipe there are gully and things in the way.  Joe wants to get dozer from behind mall to bridge so the walking trail would be done.  If Scott can do under E & S he would get it done.  E & S is Erosion and Sedimentation. 

Councilwoman Hazzard stated nothing can delay the bridge, Joe understands that.  Joe stated where the stone is on existing path, are we going to try and leave there—if answer is yes going to circle back and see if any possibility to get it.  Joe is looking to leave it in place.  Scott stated contractually they have to go back to the way it was originally.  Scott is looking to get material

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and Joe wants to know the possibility of leaving it there.  Scott stated permit-wise can’t leave it.  Contractually material has to be moved.  President Keglovits asked about changing the contract, Scott stated if it doesn’t delay the project it can’t be left there.  Scott said it is cheaper to donate then to haul it.  It can’t be left in place because of permits. 

Roy Stewart of Keystone Consulting Engineers stated he talked to the project engineer, it would require a modification on the permit and Lehigh County as the permittee will not do. 

Stone has a buy-back option to the supplier.  Roy stated there are a lot of issues there—they want the canal restored.  Scott wonders what they are going to do—leave it level as it was originally. Joe stated with the majority of the stone in the canal there is a depression there.  Roy stated this is their project and he would not be handling—it is a D & L project.  Scott thinks the borough will probably be the permit holder for the trail and then again maybe not, sometimes it’s the D & L.  DCED grant match is the other money the Borough of Northampton received Scott stated.  Scott’s presentation ended.

 

OFFICE REPORT          SUBMITTED BY SECRETARY NANCY KNECHT

 

Secretary Knecht reported the following:

  1.  There were 2 building, 5 zoning and 4 street excavation permits issued in the month of October.

  2. She reported a Zoning Hearing meeting was held November5th.  Michael and Karen Henning of 520 Buttonwood Street was granted relief from Section 601.3 of the Zoning code requiring 3 feet from side and rear property lines.  The Hennings are going to put up a pre-fabricated garage on their property and there was a utility pole in the way.  There were no objections from the zoning hearing board or the neighbors and the variance was granted.

  3. All quarterly reports were completed.

  4. Secretary Knecht reported she is working on a report for the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding a Transitional Reinsurance Fee from 2014 through 2016.  The fee is designed to be transferred to health insurance companies to offset their costs for enrolling individuals in the Health Insurance Exchange regardless of pre-existing health conditions.  In 2014 the fee will be $63 per covered life, including employee and dependents.  The borough currently has 12 individuals covered under medical so the borough owes $756.00.  The enrollments are due November 15th and 1st payment will be due January 15, 2015.  The cost in 2015 will be $44.00 per individual.  This is part of the Affordable Care Act.

  5. Secretary Knecht reported House Bill 1135 was passed and signed into law by Governor Corbett on Oct. 31st.  This bill changes the name of the Hokendauqua Bridge to Lt. Col. Thomas J. Lynch Memorial Bridge.   Lt. Colonel Lynch was a bomber pilot in World War II.

 

Office Report accepted as presented.

 

TREASURER REPORT   SUBMITTED BY TREASURER ANNETTE ENGLERT

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Treasurer Englert received a check from Benecon, the borough health insurance provider for the remainder of the dividends for a portion of 2013 in the amount of $9,801.00.  She reported she received a check from Northampton County from the grant for the police car cameras.

 

Treasurer Report approved as read.

 

MAYOR REPORT         SUBMITTED BY MAYOR WILLIAM J. MOLCHANY, JR.

 

Mayor Molchany reported Councilwoman Hazzard, Councilman Paone and himself attended the bridge meeting yesterday.  Looking ahead 3 weeks,  pilings for Pier 5 are progressing, storm drain has been installed on our side and starting next week want to do sewer relocation.

 

Mayor Report accepted as presented.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-FIRE REPORT             SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN WILLIAM NOTHSTEIN

 

Chairman Nothstein reported he was not able to attend the fire meeting last week and was not sure if Councilman Paone did.  He did not receive any information from Shawn.  Chairman Nothstein reported he did talk to Shawn and they are working on updating the membership listing in regard to what different positions are and who is allowed to drive truck and things like that.  With regard to the knox box system they are taking a look over the next month at different aspects before they come to council.

 

Public Safety-Fire Report accepted as presented.

 

RECREATION COMMITTEE REPORT   SUBMITTED BY COUNCILWOMAN CHERIE GEBHARDT

 

Cherie asked council if there is room to store the foldable soccer nets that are up at North Catty park.  It is very tight in the garage someone stated.  She stated instead of hauling nets it would easier to store at the park.  Chief Moyer stated he would look at them and see how much space they would take up.  There are a total of 8 nets.

 

Tree lighting is November 30th at 6:00 PM.

 

Recreation Report accepted as presented.

 

FINANCE & GRANT REPORT   SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAL J. SENG

 

Chairman Seng reported he defers to the Treasurer and the proposed budget will be presented later in the meeting.

 

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT                       SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. SENG

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Chairman Seng reported the commission will meet next Tuesday, November 18th.

 

Finance and Civil Service Reports accepted as presented.

 

LAW COMMITTEE REPORT    SUBMITTED BY CHAIRWOMAN MICHELE HAZZARD

 

No Report

 

COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT REPORT   SUBMITTED BY VICE PRESIDENT JOHN J. YANEK

 

No Report

 

SOLICITOR REPORT    SUBMITTED BY SOLICITOR WILLIAM J. MCCARTHY

 

Solicitor McCarthy reported he was handed the results of the assessment hearing regarding borough owned property.  He reported won 7 of 8.  The one that was lost was 1158 Front Street.  President Keglovits reported there was an old house there but the property was ripped down because of the road.  Solicitor McCarthy will look into this—he stated he has 30 days to appeal.  President Keglovits feels if the trail goes through will probably be using that property.  He will report back at the next meeting.

 

Solicitor’s Report accepted as presented.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT REPORT                        SUBMITTED BY PRESIDENT JOSEPH KEGLOVITS

 

President Keglovits reported he has one item that he will address under New Business.

 

Council President Report approved as read.

 

POLICE CHIEF REPORT                        SUBMITTED BY CHIEF KIM MOYER

 

No Report

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

PART-TIME EMPLOYEE LIST

 

President Keglovits asked councils thoughts—Councilman Seng thinks we should advertise.  Job descriptions are needed and President Keglovits stated he will bring up at the next meeting.

 

FIRE TRUCK

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President Keglovits reported he talked to the broker and they have had no inquiries.  He also stated the truck was going to go to the auction.  The auctioneer wanted 15% but if it sells in the next 6 months he would still get 15%. 

Mayor Molchany asked how long the borough is going to keep the 550 out of the garage.  Councilman Nothstein stated he mentioned it to the fire company.  President Keglovits and Chairman Nothstein will talk to the Chief.  Joe stated the 550 has to go in the garage.  The red truck has to leave, we are one bay short. 

 

EARLY RETIREMENT              

 

Treasurer Englert passed out a statement on changing the retirement requirements of the non-uniform employees with the advice of Beyer Barber with no impact on the pension fund.  Councilman Seng feels there is no reason why they can’t grant it.  President Keglovits stated the ordinance would have to be changed.  Kristin from Beyer Barber stated it can be done by Resolution.  President Keglovits would like a motion to make the following changes.

 

                          MOTION:       By Councilman Michael J. to make the changes

                                                To the Non-Uniform Pension Plan per the letter

                                                Dated September 29th of 2014 by Beyer Barber.

                                                2nd by Councilman Bill Nothstein.

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Treasurer Englert will contact Kristin at Beyer Barber and she will write the resolution/ordinance.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

President Keglovits reported there are two scheduled meetings for December except the 2nd meeting is a couple days before Christmas.  He asked council if they want one meeting in December.

Vice President Yanek suggested holding off until the first meeting of December to see if we would need the 2nd meeting for some reason.

 

President Keglovits reported he received a proposal to do some blacktopping at Howertown & Wyandotte, 2nd Street where the sinkhole was, 5th and Grove and Howertown Road north of Daku’s where the road sank.  The cost would be $6,450.00.  He would like the work done this year.

 

                                    MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                            Authorizing proceeding with the paving

                                                            Work in the amount of $6,450.00.

                                                            2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

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                                                            Head count – all yes

 

President Keglovits stated council will go over the proposed 2015 budgets.

 

Treasurer Englert gave council a synopsis which is the first page along with the proposed budgets.  The General Fund budget overall increased 2.2% with no tax increase.  The treasurer showed each cost center, gave synopsis overall increase or decrease and upon doing that she showed the line items that were changed.

Treasurer Englert reported what was done in the General Fund under miscellaneous revenue—on page 2 put $55,000.00 to line item 380000.  She reported the $55,000 is going to incorporate the roof grant money and dividends from Benecon.  Annette stated everything else on the Revenue side is due to history.  President Keglovits wants to check into the cell tower revenue.  Looking at the contract we received $1,200.00 for one and $650 from the other.  He wants to look back and see when things changed.  President Keglovits stated they have a 5 yr. contract.  There are two companies on the tower and one is the administrator. 

 

General Fund – Revenue

The budget was gone over by line item—the Treasurer stated most changes are due to the past history.

General Fund – Total Revenues

Increased Earned Income tax by $10,000.00 to $310,000.

Increased Real Estate & Per Capita tax $5,000.00 to $20,000.

Royalties on Cell – decreased $8,426 to $17,250.

Rebate 911 – decreased $500.00 to $14,500. Many people are giving up their land lines.

Liquid Fuels –increased $10,730 to $66,500.

Overall Garbage was increased $14,000.00 to $314,000.00

Balance forwarded $25,000.

Total Revenue General Fund Budget is $1,513,250.00

 

General Fund – Expenditures

Auditor – increased $125.00 to $3,350

Office salary raises were 3% - The Secretary salary is split 70% General Fund – 30% Sewer Fund

The Treasurer salary is split 20% General Fund – 80% Sewer Fund

Capital Blue Cross – increase $46 to $7,345 overall increase of 1.7%

Dept. 402 Treasurer remained the same $31,175.

Tax Collection #403 remained the same at $13,503.

Building & Plant #409 remained the same - $50,200.

Police (410)

Per the contract received 3% overall increase for salaries for an overall increase of 3.99%

Annette figured it on 4 full-time officers, Pinto for 5 mos. Salary at 95% and June 1st gets 100%.

She figured part-time with one 32 hour patrolman and part-time up $7,500.00

Training increased due to state mandate

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Overall $551,855 an increase of 3.99%

Annette stated put in for a new police car $23,000.00 represents 2 year lease purchase.

President Keglovits asked the mileage on cars-Mayor stated he thought mid 70’s  The car will be replaced next year, 2015 yes, 2016 no.

In 2017 will replace another car.

President Keglovits asked about uniforms-are they going to keep putting money in the budget.  Chief Moyer stated for new hires money has to be there for contract items, uniforms are a contract item the chief stated.  Kim stated he tries to use what he has for part-timers and does not need much.  Chief Moyer stated he watched his budget very closely this year.

Fire Department (411)

Overall decrease of ½%

Fuel increased from $2,425 to $3,000.

Total Expense for Fire is $101,263.

Fireman’s Relief (#413) remained the same - $18,000.

Planning & Zoning (414) remained the same - $20,300.00

(415) Emergency Management upped $1,500. to $3,000.00 they would like to purchase one tablet and some other equipment.  They wanted 2 tablets but are fine with one.

(421) Health – Remained the same - $1,226.00

(427) Ash & Garbage – overall increase of ½ %

Salaries increased, Overtime remained the same, and only thing increased was salaries - $276,361 total

(430) Highway General Services – Overall increase of 14.3%

3% salary increase – Manager of Borough Services salary out of sewer, now going to be split $3,500 out of General Fund and $4,500. out of Sewer Fund

The new line items would be for public works supervisor, Asst. totaling $34,437.

Road Crew Supervisor-$3,745

Grass Cutting - $10,000.00 for a new law mower

Highway General Services Total Budget is $79,467.00

(431) Cleaning Streets decreased to $10,765 mostly part-time summer help now on call part-time help

(432) Snow & Ice Removal - $15,000.00 stayed the same

(433) Traffic Signals & Road Signs – increase for new program and includes signs also to $6,000.00

(434) Street Lighting – Same $42,000.00

$437) Repair of Tools & Machinery – decrease $1,500. To $13,000.00

(438) Maintenance Repairs to Highway & Bridges plus road material remains the same $22,000.00

(439) Highway Construction – remains same $500.00

(454) Parks – decreased to $23,889.00  Reduced trees by $2,500.00

(456) Libraries – Remained the same - $4,000.00

(480) Miscellaneous Expenditures - $1,936.00 Capital Expense building Fund $50,000.00 for a total of $51,936.

(486) Insurance

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Fire Remained the Same, Liability & Casualty increased to $10,000.00, Police Public Officiials increased $8,000.00 and Workmans Comp up $4,000 for a total of $65,000.00

(492) Interfund Transfers $40,000.00 put toward money to the Sewer Fund

Total Expenses – General Fund - $1,513,250.00

 

SEWER FUND

 

Revenues – the Treasurer stated no overall increase, stayed the same.

Total Revenue - $528,650.00

 

Expenses

(400) Administration – overall increase of 2%

400140 – Secretary Increase $420.00 raises 3%

Total Administration Total - $36,840.00

(405) Clerk Secretary – Decrease of 1%

Meetings & Conferences – down from $1,000. To $200.00.

Supplies decrease $1,000.00 to $2,000.00

Total is $49,966.

(406) Personnel Administration overall decrease of 6.4%

Decrease of $1,000.00 for consulting Fees

Total is $14,500.00

(409) Building & Plant – overall decrease of 28.3%

Supplies – decrease to $2,000.00

Office Equipment decrease to $4,000.00

Building Maintenance decrease to $5,000.00

Telephone – same - $3,500.00

Utilities – decrease - $3,000.00

Janitorial – same $900.00

Total - $30,400.00

(427) Ash & Garbage Disposal – decrease of 15.1%

Took out $13,000.00 for summer help, did not feel it was needed

Took $500.00 out of meetings and conferences

Total $73,611.00

(428) Sanitation – Decrease of 21.4%

Camera decrease to $2,000.00

Manhole testing down to $1,000.00

Total - $5,500.00

(429) Wastewater Collection – Increase of 7.3%

Manager of Borough Service – split - $4,500.00

Borough of Catasauqua increased $28,000.00 to $228,000.00

Vehicle Fuel – increased to $5,000.00

Material & Supplies – decreased $2,000.00 to $3,000.00

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Vehicle Maintenance – decreased to $3,000.00

Miscellaneous Expenditure – decrease to $4,733

Total - $291,333.00

(486) Insurance – Overall 39.4% Increase

Vehicle – increased to $8,500.00

Fire Insurance – increased $1,000.00 to $6,000.00

Liability Casualty – increased $6,000.00 to $12,000.00

Total - $26,500.00

 

Balance Budget – Total Expenses - $528,650.00

 

                                    MOTION:         BY Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                            To accept the 2015 General Fund

                                                            Budget in the amount of $1,513,250.00

                                                            With no tax increase.

                                                            2nd by Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                            Head count – All yes

 

                                    MOTION:         BY Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                            To accept the proposed Sewer Fund

                                                            Budget for 2015 in the amount of $528,650.00

                                                            2nd by Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                            Head count – all yes

 

                                    MOTION:         By Councilman William Nothstein

                                                            To pay all bills.

                                                            2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                            Head count – all yes

 

                                    MOTION:         By Vice President John J. Yanek

                                                            To adjourn meeting

                                                            2nd by Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                            All ayes

 

Meeting adjourned @ 8:45 PM

Counicl Meeting Minutes of 10-28-14

 

 

 

BOROUGH OF NORTH CATASAUQUA

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

 

OCTOBER 28, 2014

 

 

President Joseph Keglovits presided at the Regular Council Meeting of North Catasauqua held October 28, 2014 calling the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

PRESENT:         Mayor William J. Molchany, Jr., President Joseph Keglovits, Vice President John J.

                        Yanek, Councilpersons William Nothstein, Michael J. Seng, Michele Hazzard Peter

                        Paone, Michele Hazzard, Solicitor William J. McCarthy, Treasurer Annette

                        Englert, and Secretary Nancy Knecht.

                        Also present was Police Chief Kim Moyer, Fire Chief Shawn McGinley, came at

                        7:22PM, Emergency Management, Greg Scheirer, Roger Scheirer and Francis

                        Hadik

 

EXCUSED ABSENCE:  Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

 

OBSERVING – William Duch

 

Minutes of the October 14, 2014 meeting were accepted as presented.

Treasurer Report accepted as presented.

 

PEOPLE PRESENT

 

Ronald Brosky – Brosky Insurance-820 Chapel Street, (610) 264-3946

 

President Keglovits stated to Ron council is looking at our people, non-borough employees riding in/on borough equipment.  Ron stated most insurance companies will frown on it.  President Keglovits stated he was referring to a lot of things, like AutumnFest where the gator is used, pick-up truck is used, and the pick-up truck was just used in the Halloween parade.  Ron stated it is frowned on because the borough owns the equipment and if there is an accident the passengers in the vehicle can sue the borough because it owns the equipment.  Ron stated the borough is still covered.  Pres. Keglovits stated the borough is covered but it is frowned on by the insurance company.  Ron said he feels hauling people at a borough event is different than family driving around in the vehicles.  Joe said at AutumnFest nurses come to work and Ron said it’s different, it’s a borough event.  Pres. Keglovits feels it’s a gray area.  Ron stated the borough should have a policy in place regarding not allowing family members to drive in borough vehicles.  He also said hauling family members is a no-no.  Ron said you should have written rules where you can haul

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and not haul other people and where they can go.  President Keglovits asked if he is on borough business and takes his wife with him in his car is he covered.  Ron said he is covered under the non-owned auto provision in the auto policy.  President Keglovits said so we are covered if someone is in the borough vehicles.  Councilman Nothstein asked about the fire truck bringing Mr. and Mrs. Claus to tree lighting.  Ron stated that is different—they would be covered.  Ron also explained if someone is driving a borough vehicle to haul their family around that is a different story.  Councilman Nothstein asked about a waiver—Solicitor McCarthy agreed with Ron, a waiver is merely a piece of paper.  Ron also stated the way the laws are in Pennsylvania and someone is injured in a borough vehicle and not an employee, they go back to their own auto policy for medical bills and lost wages but can still sue for pain and suffering.  Ron said limited liability tort act only protects the borough for payouts up to $500,000 and currently is being challenged in the Supreme Court.  President Keglovits asked Ron if whoever would give us a rider policy.  Ron said volunteers are covered under the borough policy.  President Keglovits said one of the reasons we are asking this is the fire volunteers have their gear in that vehicle and if they are at a mall with family they can respond to the fire, they would have to drop their family off.  Joe stated that is one of the reasons the vehicle was given to them.   Ron said Brosky Ins. insures 20 municipalities and most of them do not supply a vehicle to the fire department.  He said Whitehall and Northampton do and it is for official use only.  The concern is we have coverage but if there are claims the concern is renewal.  Ron stated vehicles are covered for borough functions. Councilman Nothstein stated if you have borough vehicles used every day for borough work and vehicles used for borough functions that is fine—Ron stated yes.  Bill Nothstein stated if we have borough vehicles with family members in it that is frowned upon and Ron stated yes.  Councilman Paone stated if he heard Ron correctly we should have written policies in effect concerning this.  Ron stated yes otherwise the borough is going to have abuses.  President Keglovits asked Ron what if the borough gives the vehicles to the Fire Dept. for a $1.00, what happens.  Ron stated it is a non-issue, the borough does not own it.  Ron reported Lower Saucon does this, they give the vehicle to the fire dept., it’s put in their name and they insure it.  It’s up to the members of the fire dept. of how it’s going to be used.  Treasurer Englert and Councilwoman Hazzard asked who is going to pay for fuel etc.  Councilman Nothstein stated if the borough is going to own the vehicles there should be a policy stating how the vehicles can be used—if council avoids that situation and turns over the vehicles to the fire company then there would be a lot of things to talk about and hash out.  President Keglovits thanked Mr. Brosky for coming to the meeting.

 

OFFICE REPORT          SUBMITTED BY SECRETARY NANCY KNECHTG

 

Secretary Knecht reported the following:

  1.  There will be a public auction on Saturday, November 8th at 7:00 AM at the Tri-Boro Sportsman Gun & Fishing Club, Northampton.  The preview time will be Friday, 4-6 PM if the borough has anything they would like to take to the auction.

  2. The secretary received from Solicitor McCarthy the Addendum to Improvements and Easement Agreement for Paul Maderic’s property on Howertown Road.  When

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signatures are received she would like a motion to close the Escrow Account to refund $5,000.00 escrow money held at Wells Fargo Bank.

  1. Secretary Knecht reported council has copies of Resolution #298 which our solicitor prepared changing the name of the borough park to William J. Albert Memorial Park.  If council desires a motion could be made this evening.

  2. The secretary had a request from a cub pack leader at St. Paul’s Church asking if the borough could put on the website and a few of our signs the following:  Scouting For Food/Cub Pack 94, Pick Up Saturday, November 8th.

  3. Secretary Knecht would like permission for President Keglovits to sign the Assignment of Rights to Reimburse Taxes Paid on Liquid Fuels for Pipeline Petroleum.  Pipeline gave up their wholesaler license which meant when they picked up the product at the terminal they did not have to pay tax on it.  May 1, 2014 they gave up their license which means they now have to pay tax and are asking permission from the borough to collect the tax back from the State.  The total amount being requested is from May thru September in the amount of $78.03.  The paperwork was reviewed by Solicitor McCarthy.

 

Office Report approved as read.

 

TREASURER REPORT               SUBMITTED BY TREASURER ANNETTE ENGLERT

 

Treasurer Englert stated council has a copy of a letter from Beyer Barber and Company on the proposed changes for early retirement to the non-uniform pension plan for review.  It does not impact the plan or MMO if we make this change she stated.  The option to retire would be 55 years of age and 10 years of service as opposed to what it is currently, 60 years of age and 25 years of service. 

Treasurer Englert reported she is preparing the final draft of the proposed budget and should have it by the first meeting in November. 

 

Treasurer Report accepted as presented.

 

MAYOR REPORT                     SUBMITTED BY MAYOR WILLIAM J. MOLCHANY, JR.

 

Mayor Molchany reported he has given the Police Committee and the Chief an electronic email policy as well as an internet use policy which he prepared for their review.  The mayor wants to have the officers each have their own email because some of them are using their personal ones.  He wants to get away from that and feels it’s time for these policies to be adopted. 

 

Mayor Molchany reported Councilwoman Hazzard, Chief Moyer and the he were at the bridge meeting yesterday and it was very interesting.  He stated drainage work began yesterday and will last two weeks.  The other issue is the permits which needs to be discussed with Roy Stewart and the business engineer.  He gave them his name and phone number.  President Keglovits stated he had a meeting with Scott Everett and stated the borough should not get involved with it yet.  Mayor Molchany said that is not what he heard at the meeting—need to talk to the engineer. 

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President Keglovits disagreed, Scott Everett stated he has been talking to the engineer.  Councilwoman Hazzard said they do not want to hear from Scott Everett, was told flat out, they want to hear from the engineer.  Mayor Molchany reported 8,000 tons of stone is there.  President Keglovits said first, as a borough he did not want that kind of stone.  Mayor noticed the stone—and he does not want that type of stone either.  Mayor Molchany stated there is a disconnect somewhere.  Mayor stated the next meeting is November 10th.  Chief Moyer stated the right-away is on the track and would have to negotiate with Norfolk Southern.  President Keglovits stated Scott Everett stated he is working on it and has been in contact with Lehigh County.  President Keglovits reported that Mr. Everett, Delaware & Lehigh Corridor, just got a $230,000.00 grant and part of the money is to fix the storm sewer pipe that comes down Grove St.  President Keglovits said that was discussed at length in the office of what is going on.  Joe said he asked Scott if we would get our engineer involved and Scott stated do not get your engineer involved that he has an engineer involved.  Joe stated somewhere along the line things are not going right.  Chief Moyer said at the meeting when Scott’s name was brought up they did not want to hear about Scott Everett they only want to talk to our engineer.  Kim stated that was from Lehigh County and Whitehall officials.  President Keglovits will contact Scott Everett again and see what engineer he is talking to at Lehigh County.  Joe wants to know what way council wants to go.  If the D & L is going to foot the bill it makes no sense for the borough to foot the bill.

 

Mayor’s Report accepted as presented.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-FIRE REPORT             SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN WILLIAM NOTHSTEIN

 

Chairman Nothstein reported Friday night he and Councilman Paone met with Shawn on the $9,000.00 bill for the final things for the truck.  The solution that was coming up with was about 3 or 4 PO’s.  The plan was to return the PO’s for the hose and ladder pump testing and have fireman’s relief pay for that, then money would be left in the vehicle and equipment maintenance.  The $9,000.00 bill cannot be paid out of firemen’s relief because they require that they retain some ownership of the truck.  A compromise was to have firemen’s relief pay the other bills, Shawn has to check on one and that way the bill for $9,000.00 can be paid out of the budget.  Francis Hadik is going to check if the air packs can be paid from Firemen’s relief.  Francis reported he is not paying anything until Monday night at the fire company meeting. 

Chairman Nothstein reported the fire company was not socializing at Pies’ On Pizzeria the other night, what they were doing was a fire prevention program.  Bill reported if a resident of North Catasauqua called to have a pizza delivered the call was intercepted by the fire department and while they were there they checked smoke detectors and fire safety at the residence.  If they were up to code and had working smoke detectors the resident was given a free pizza coupon.  Shawn stated he thinks they had 1 or 2 calls. Shawn also stated Catty did not get involved because they didn’t have enough people.  Shawn would like to do it again at least once, especially if was advertised.

 

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Public Safety-Fire Report accepted as presented.

 

FINANCE REPORT        SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. SENG

 

Chairman Seng reported the proposed budget will be in November, as the treasurer stated.

 

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT                       SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. SENG

 

Chairman Seng reported on the 21st of October he went through the paperwork—there was no formal civil service meeting.  He found the ad submitted by the secretary saying we are in the market for an entry level police officer.  He checked with the secretary and she stated the ad was advertised in the Catty Press that civil service meetings will be held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:30 PM.  Chairman Seng also reported he checked with the Treasurer what the starting salary for entry level for 2015 would be.  It is 85% of the base salary which would be $22.16 per hour.  Chairman Seng reported at the next meeting they will see about creating a timeline.

 

Civil Service Commission Report approved as read.

 

LAW COMMITTEE REPORT    SUBMITTED BY CHAIRWOMAN MICHELE HAZZARD

 

No Report

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-POLICE REPORT        SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN PETER PAONE

 

No Report

 

VICE PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL REPORT          SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN JOHN J. YANEK

 

Chairman Yanek stated he had a couple of questions on rope lights.  Treasurer Englert said the orange rope lights were for the park, white lights are for Christmas at the pavilion and the tootsie rolls were for the Halloween Parade. The boots and jacket invoice was for Emergency Management.

 

Vice President Yanek reported tree lighting will be held Sunday, November 30th with Monday, December 1st the rain date.  John also reported they are going to add a few new things this year, the Catasauqua High School Band is one.

 

Vice President Council Report accepted as read.

 

SOLICITOR REPORT    SUBMITTED BY WILLIAM J. MCCARTHY

 

 

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Solicitor McCarthy reported regarding Paul Maderic, he sent the proposed agreement to him which was signed but failed to have it notarized.  Solicitor McCarthy returned it to Mr. Maderic so he could have it notarized and then it has to get filed as its part of the initial agreement.

 

Solicitor reported he received a memo this evening from Treasurer Englert from Northampton County.  It is a request from Northampton County Council that there is a hearing coming up before the Appeals Board for review of all exempt properties.  The hearing is Thursday at 9:00 for 8 properties in the borough.  The solicitor stated municipal use property should be exempt.  He also mentioned it was ordained by County Council.

 

Solicitor Report accepted as presented.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT REPORT                        SUBMITTED BY PRESIDENT JOSEPH KEGLOVITS

 

President Keglovits reported regarding the old fire truck, he spoke with the broker and they do sell overseas, currently are preparing another truck to go to Chile.  Joe stated if council wants to go elsewhere we can do it anytime.  Chief McGinley reported the broker the truck is with advertises the least.  Shawn stated Fire Tech, out of Lancaster, he feels is a little more aggressive with their advertising and Brinlee Mountain is also pretty aggressive with advertising.  Chief McGinley stated if they are only advertising in PA Fireman, he would suggest going somewhere else.  He feels, his advice would be to see what the company is doing.  He said one of the problems is the 500 gallons of water it holds.  In areas where there is fire hydrants is not much of a problem but in other areas it could become a problem as 500 gallons is not a lot of water.  Shawn also stated not many places in PA are buying used fire trucks.  President Keglovits stated one of the things the borough could do is change the price to $35,000.00 or $40,000.00.  Currently the broker is out of Ephrata.  Joe also stated the color is a drawback.  Councilman Nothstein asked what price the borough would accept.  Shawn stated at this time of the year he doubts anybody will buy, especially not the end of the year.  President Keglovits said any truck will have to be put in a budget and stated the last truck didn’t sell and ended up giving it away.  Shawn feels $50,000.00 is a little on the high side, thinks more like $40,000.00.  He said whoever takes it will probably have to put $10,000 into it.  President Keglovits stated 500 gallons is not a lot of water.  Vice President Yanek feels now is not the time to switch and Joe agreed.  If the borough is going to switch, it should be in the beginning of 2015.  Councilman Paone suggested dropping the price to $40,000.  President Keglovits said he would call the broker.  Joe also stated we can switch anytime.  Chief McGinley is shocked is has not been sold, it’s a nice truck and says it’s baffling.  Joe suggested taking the truck up to the auction in Northampton.  He said people come from all over and will ship overseas.  He also said the auctioneer gets 15%.  President Keglovits suggested putting a reserve on of $40,000.00.  President Keglovits asked council what they want to sell it for and all said $40,000.00.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman William Nothstein

                                                Authorizing taking the fire truck to the

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                                                Auction on November 8th at Northampton

                                                with a reserve on it of $40,000.00.

                                                2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                Head count – all yes 

 

Council President accepted as presented.

 

CHIEF OF POLICE REPORT      SUBMITTED BY CHIEF KIM MOYER

 

No Report

 

FIRE CHIEF REPORT    SUBMITTED BY CHIEF SHAWN MCGINLEY

 

Chief McGinley reported the fire company had a busy October with Fire Prevention, did things at the school and some Girl Scout things.  He stated classes were going on, Francis took a fire marshal class and Tyler Fatzinger did several requirements and several others took classes with NIMS.  He stated some took a vehicle rescue class and 2 are moving on.  He also said several are taking vehicle operator courses.  Shawn reported membership is going up, there are 5 new members in the past two months.  He said he got applications this past meeting for 6, up to 40.  It has doubled since beginning of last year.  He said they are averaging 12-14 people on Monday night.  Shawn also stated Catasauqua is going through their struggles right now.  He stated there is a good mix of senior and junior members, it does cost some money. 

 

He reported a hose test was done and unfortunately $5,000.00 will have to be spent as part of the hose failed.  He said Fire One did it—looking at lining which can separate from the inside.  Shawn stated 10 years is a normal life for a hose but it depends on the use.  He stated the $5,000.00 will come from Firemen’s Relief. 

 

Shawn stated regular Charotin funds are low but fundraising is coming up from now until the end of the year and that gives them a big boost. 

Shawn reported they put in for a state grant for $15,000.00 for pagers, radios and gear. 

 

Fire Report accepted as presented.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

 

WEBBSITE

Treasurer Englert stated everything has been done with the website, updated the pavilion rental calendar for 2015 and it’s up and running.

 

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KNOX BOX ORDINANCE

 

Chief Shawn McGinley there was a discussion about doing a voluntary program and would like to come up with a nuisance ordinance.  He said twice they are called at 3:00 am in the morning for the high rise, they get calls for the Blue Monkey and Sheftel had calls.  After 3 alarms in a year you would get fined and if you have a Knox box you don’t have to worry about the fine.  If there is a reason for the alarm that is not a false alarm.  Solicitor McCarthy is doing a knox box ordinance for Northampton.  He said it mandates that everyone has to hook-up and a fine of $1,000.00 if you do not.  They are giving people a year to do it.  Shawn stated Catty is doing it and Northampton is going to do it.  Solicitor McCarthy asked Shawn what it cost for a knox box and he replied $300 to $400.00, in that range, and asked what does it cost for the knox box on the truck.  Shawn said usually get for free—you pay for the key.  Councilwoman Hazzard asked if a key gets lost who is held responsible money-wise to replace everything.  Shawn stated ration of one key to be replaced—hooking up to all businesses, the dollar amount goes higher.  If something is lost who is responsible, she asked.  Shawn stated he could not answer that question at the present time. 

Shawn reported the mini-mall could put on 1 box that would open all the businesses.  Shawn stated knox boxes have been around for 20 years at least.  It was reported the City of Allentown is not mandatory, it is suggested you have one but not mandatory.  President Keglovits suggested coming up with a nuisance ordinance for fire alarms and after 3 calls you get fined.  If the fire alarm goes and there is something it is not  a nuisance call.  He suggested starting with a fine of $300.00. 

Shawn stated if you look at building codes, are not monitored and he should sit down with Rich “P” and see what they can come up with.  He feels our codes are lax.  President Keglovits suggested the fire committee come up with a recommendation.  Council could look at it and decide.  President Keglovits said if we should come up with something either mandatory or voluntary.

Chief Moyer stated the police enforce the borough ordinance, if a citation is issued and go to the magistrate and then the fire company says okay to drop it, the fire company will have to go to the magistrate also.  Kim feels the police would be caught in the middle—Shawn feels there will not be that many.  Solicitor McCarthy stated there is no easy answer to a knox box system.  Allentown and Bethlehem have no mandatory knox boxes.  President Keglovits feels out of courtesy should get some of the businesses involved.

 

Fire Chief Report accepted as presented.

 

CELL TOWER UPDATE

 

Secretary Knecht reported there have been no calls since the initial ones.

 

 

 

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President Keglovits reported he met with Scott Everett and there are two conflicting stories—did get a grant to do bridge, Dry Run, in Catty and storm water pipe in North Catasauqua.  As soon as he gets the check he will get in touch with the borough to see how it will get done.

 

RESOLUTION FOR RENAMING THE PARK

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman William Nothstein

                                                Adopting Resolution #298 renaming

                                                the borough park the William J. Albert

                                                Memorial Park

                                                2nd by Vice President John J. Yanek

                                                Head count – all yes

 

 

PART-TIME EMPLOYEE LIST

 

Councilwoman Hazzard asked who would be allowed to apply for this list.  She said it would have to be advertised and where would it be advertised.  President Keglovits stated for part-time employment it would be the Catty Press and also the website.  Full-time employees would be the Morning Call.  Joe stated it is part-time as needed.  He suggests laborers and people who could operate equipment.  To operate the larger trucks a CDL license would be required.  Michele asked who would make the calls on the list—chief would go to the committee chairman on the committee list to get approval and then the chief would call.  President Keglovits stated the part-time person could be used for lots of other things like cutting grass.  Joe stated if there are 10 people on the list it could be rotated but it depends on the job.  He feels some people may be more qualified.  President Keglovits reminded council it is on an as-needed basis.  Joe said Allen Twp. just did this.  The job description should be for two, a laborer and equipment operator. 

Councilman Paone stated we just need a job description and then vote on it to advertise in the Catty Press for a part-time list of people.  President Keglovits thinks the laborer position should be paid $10 .50 to $11.00 or $12.00 per hour and the equipment operator would be $14.00 or $15.00 per hour.  Joe suggested the committee get together and it be brought up at the next meeting.

 

Councilwoman Hazzard asked about purchasing 3 signs and if the Recreation Committee would not want to purchase the 4th sign the Betterment Committee would purchase it.  Is the Betterment Committee going to be paying for placement and electric?  Joe stated the signs would be placed at a place where electric would be available.  He said where they can light they will, where they can’t they won’t.  He said all different committees could use for advertising.  President Keglovits suggested a policy be established, with emphasis on the borough events first.  The price is $475.00 plus posts.  It will be brought up by the Recreation Committee to purchase the 4th sign. 

 

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NEW BUSINESS

 

ANTICIPATED 2015 BUDGET

 

The Finance Committee met and went over some things and would like to meet again.  Joe stated there are a few changes he would like to make.  The Finance Committee will meet October 29th at 5:00 PM.  The Betterment Committee will meet the same night at 6:00 PM.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                To pay bills.

                                                2nd by Councilman Peter Paone

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                To adjourn meeting.

                                                2nd by Councilman William Nothstein

                                                All ayes

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM

Council Meeting Minutes of 10-14-2014

 

 

 

BOROUGH OF NORTH CATASAUQUA

             

MINUTES OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

 

OCTOBER 14, 2014

 

 

President Joseph Keglovits presided at the Regular Council Meeting of North Catasauqua held October 14, 2014 calling the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

PRESENT:         Mayor William J. Molchany, Jr., President Joseph Keglovits, Vice President John J.

                        Yanek, Councilpersons William Nothstein, Cherie Gebhardt, Michael J. Seng (came

                        At 8:32PM) Michele Hazzard, Peter Paone, Solicitor William J. McCarthy, Secretary

                        Nancy Knecht.

                        Also present was Chief Kim Moyer

 

EXCUSED ABSENCE:  Treasurer Annette Englert

 

Minutes of the September 23, 2014 meeting were approved as read.

 

The Treasurer Report was accepted as presented.

 

PEOPLE PRESENT

 

Paul Maderic – 710 Hunter St. – 1212 Howertown Rd, 610-435-5061

 

Paul Maderic reported he has an escrow account held at Wells Fargo and had the account for quite a few years.  The bank has starting charging fees.  Originally the balance was $5,000.00 and now they are charging a fee of $48.40 per month and he does not know why.  He wondered what could be done about it.

President Keglovits reported Mr. Maderic sub-divided property on Howertown Road and money was put aside for sewer and water hook-up and has not done anything with it.  Joe also stated the Betterment Committee pulled their money from Wells Fargo because of the fees.  President Keglovits stated if Mr. Maderic decides to do anything he will have to come in and get permits.  Joe recommends that we give him his money back as it has been just sitting there for six years.  Solicitor McCarthy stated the sub-division agreement would have to be amended to reflect that as the plan was recorded.  Council was fine with refunding his money.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Peter Paone

                                                Authorizing amending Mr. Maderic’s

                                                Sub-Division Agreement and once

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                                                Amended the outstanding balance will

                                                be reimbursed.

                                                2nd by Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Richard Molchany – Director of General Services, Lehigh County

Steve Turoscy – County Engineer who is responsible for repair, rehabilitation and replacement of bridges in Lehigh County.

 

President Keglovits stated the gentlemen were from Lehigh County and are going to talk about the possibility of getting a permit to keep the stone there.  Joe stated he contacted Roy Stewart, the borough zoning officer, who said Keystone could not do it, the county has to and the county said no they do not do that.

Richard talked about the schedule of completion and the project which is known as Lehigh 3 Bridge Project.  Rick reported the original project was to be completed this fall, it will not be done this fall the reality is there has been setbacks.  Rick Molchany stated when you talk about setbacks it is important to use setback and not delay as delay is a legal term.  Agreements were signed with the County of Lehigh and it was stated the bridge will be done by a certain period of time.  Paperwork has to be reviewed by their engineer and Penn Dot.  Right now they are dealing with 3 setbacks, Rick stated it’s a setback until Penn Dot actually grants the delay.  He is pretty confident they will get the delays authorized. 

He talked about the 3 setbacks.

  1.  Original setback was they could not get utilities to come to the table

  2. Piles- set of piles installed for the piers and abutment of the bridge and have to be down in the bedrock.  As everyone knowj this area is full of limestone and the reality is the first set of piles took the total amount of allotment and money and time.  There were still 7 or 8 locations for the piles.  This issue took 100 day delay and it’s already at 160 day setback.

  3.  Asbestos could not be identified.  The bridge was dismantled and asbestos was found.  This caused another setback.    

Mr. Molchany reported they are looking to complete bridge sometime next summer but traffic could come across the bridge as early as May.  He also stated the winter is a difficult time to be pouring concrete.  Not sure how the winter may impact the deadline.

 

Mr. Molchany stated he would like to have a representative from North Catasauqua be at the meeting—for whatever reason the construction manager and or the general contractor has eliminated North Catasauqua from the meetings.  He wants to extend the offer again.  County representatives, Penn Dot representatives, construction manager and bridge inspectors as well as Whitehall Township officials attend the meetings.  President Keglovits alluded at the beginning of the meeting the issue of the canal and North Catasauqua would be assisted in providing access to the canal on a more permanent basis.  The permit is to return the canal to its exact condition as it was prior to construction.  They have a temporary permit to access the canal right now.  Rick said if the borough wishes, it would be the responsibility of the borough to make those changes. 

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The borough has to do it—offered their engineer, McTish, to help and assist in part but it is not their responsibility to do it.  When using federal and state monies there is no provision plan to make a donation to any borough.  They are supporting us but at the same time it is getting late.  If the borough can proceed and get the permits, the vendor would be very happy to talk to us about that donation.  They cannot provide a delay or setback to do this.   Rick also stated the list of people the borough would have to apply to is pretty long and the borough would be changing an historic site at the canal.  Rick stated the army corp of engineers, DEP, anyone involved would have to sign off.  Rick also stated we should continue to work with Scott Everett and D & L team but the county can’t do it for us.  Had a disconnect and time is ticking and he wanted to explain the schedule and issues of the canal.

Councilwoman Hazzard asked how long it took them to put the access road and stone in and asked about the cost.  Rick stated he would have to check and Michele asked how long it would take to undo it.  Rick reported it is already in the contract to undo it.  President Keglovits asked if the stone stays there someone is going to save $20 to $50,000.00 to remove the stone.  Councilman Paone stated not if it causes a setback.  Rick Molchany reported the contractors rent the stone and then sell the stone back when the project is completed.  Joe asked how long it would take to get the permits—Councilman Paone stated he has worked on these kind of projects before and it is a very lengthy process.  Rick stated minimally it could take 9-12 months more like 12-18 months.  Lehigh 3 Bridge consists of 3 bridges, railroad bridge and county bridge were both demolished.

Rick reported the Coplay/Northampton bridge should go next fall.  They are keeping abutment and piers, use foundation and will go more quickly than the Hokey Bridge.  The expense of the bridge will cost as much as the Hokey, between 16 and 17 million in construction costs.  Rick stated the next bridge will then be the Cementon/Northampton Bridge which 20,000 cars go over each day.  Penn Dot will do that on their own.  Rick reported Homeland Security uses in its plan Route 329 as a required roadway that must be maintained and kept open.  Rick said there could be a new bridge adjacent to the old bridge because the roadway must be kept open.  He also stated the Historic Society has named the Cementon/Northampton Bridge as an historic bridge which now creates a little more work to be done and extreme diligence.  He stated only 3 bridges in eastern PA have that style of bridge.  Coplay/Northampton bridge contract will let next fall.  The bridge will start late 2018 or earlier and should finish 2020 or 2021. 

Rick anticipates the Hokey Bridge be completed next summer with traffic somewhere around May and hoping the winter is a very mild one.  Steve and Rick did not have any action on this and whoever said it would not be a problem was wrong and shouldn’t have said that.  Mr. Molchany feels our engineer should talk with the bridge engineer very quickly.  Rick said as Councilman Paone stated, environmental permits are not something you get overnight especially with the canal being historic. 

President Keglovits asked about unlimited weight coming across the bridge and Rick stated yes.  Joe stated we are going to see more trucks.  Rick said the detour for the Coplay/Northampton Bridge will probably be the Hokey Bridge and the Cementon/Northampton bridge detour will probably be the Treichler’s bridge.  He said they would route the people up there because it is a state road and state road maintenance.  You have to be careful how you manage detours. 

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President Keglovits asked if the railroad crossing is going to be removed or stay, the timber.  Joe said if the timber is removed it doesn’t do the borough any good.  The engineer stated it probably would stay and promised to get that information to the borough.  Mr. Molchany stated a change order can only happen with a valid permit.  Rick said if we could get a permit they would be happy to work with the borough.  Lehigh County has a long standing agreement with Northampton County that they take the lead and responsibility on the bridge projects.  Rick also stated county does not maintain or own any roads.  Rick Molchany showed council pictures of how the bridge will actually look.  The next meeting date for the bridge will be October 27th at 10:00 am, across from Justice Halal’s office. 

Councilwoman Gebhardt asked about the timeframe of the American Parkway Bridge, it’s a city bridge and Steve Turoscy stated it may have the same timeframe as the Hokey Bridge.

Rick also stated he will get back to Joe with some of the questions he asked and also stated he is looking forward to North Catasauqua having someone at the October 27th meeting.

 

OFFICE REPORT                      SUBMITTED BY SECRETARY NANCY KNECHT

 

Secretary Knecht reported the following:

  1.  There were 2 building, 2 zoning, 1 curb/sidewalk permit issued for September as well as 1 street excavation permit to UGI.

  2. The secretary gave a copy to council of Ordinance 162 pertaining to disorderly conduct that was discussed at last month’s meeting.

  3. Secretary Knecht gave council copies of House Bill 1671 and Solicitor McCarthy’s outline of that bill which he does not feel would be good for the borough as well as the PA State Association of Boroughs.

  4. Secretary Knecht attended a Benecon meeting and the medical coverage increases were provided to each municipality.  She was happy to report the borough increase for 2015 is .04%.  The average increase for the entire group of municipalities was 5.2%.  Council was given copies of the paperwork showing the new figures.  She also informed council the borough will be getting a final check in the amount of $9,801.00 for 2013 claim performance by the end of the month.

  5. She reported there will be a Zoning Hearing Board meeting on Wednesday, November 5th for the installation of a pre-fabricated garage at 520 Buttonwood Street.

 

Office Report approved as read.

 

TREASURER REPORT   SUBMITTED BY SECRETARY KNECHT IN THE ABSENCE OF THE TREASURER

 

Secretary Knecht reported the following Treasurer Report.

  1.  The treasurer received the PA State Aid check for the pension funds in the amount of $51,928.94.  Annette deposited $23,024.00 to the Police Pension Fund per our MMO report.  She deposited $28,904.94 in the Non-Uniform Employee Pension Fund but will

     

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have to draw checks from the General Fund and Sewer Fund for the $1,456,.06 to fulfill               our MMO Report.

  1. The treasurer received our PA Utility Realty Tax check for the year in the amount of $1,191.71.

  2. She received the PA Firemen’s Relief check in the amount of $17,123.96 which she has deposited and have forwarded the money to Charotin’s Firemen’s Relief Account.

  3. The Treasurer would like Resolution No. 297 passed to eliminate employee contributions to the Police Pension Fund due to the unit values from the Police Plan that will be sufficient to satisfy the 2015 MMO.

  4. Chris Greb, our Assistant Fire Chief, notified the office that he has access to a machine that can print ID badges.  He felt it would be best to do it before a council meeting.  If we notify him when it would be convenient, he will be present and take the pictures and make up the badges at no cost to the borough.

 

Treasurer Report accepted as presented.

 

MAYOR REPORT               SUBMITTED BY MAYOR WILLIAM J. MOLCHANY, JR.

 

Mayor Molchany reported on Sunday, October 12th at AutumnFest there were 82 fingerprints done.  He thanked the officers of the Police Department and reported there seems to be an increase since doing this service. 

Mayor Molchany introduced a Resolution to change the park name to William J. Albert Memorial Park North Catasauqua.  The mayor read to council all of Mr. Albert’s accomplishments.  Councilman Nothstein it would be a very appropriate honor and stated Mr. Albert never looked for thanks or praise.  Councilwoman Gebhardt stated it would be very nice for the family and Michele and Peter agreed.  Solicitor McCarthy will prepare a resolution.

 

Mayor Report accepted as presented.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-FIRE REPORT       SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN WILLIAM NOTHSTEIN

 

Chairman Nothstein reported the following:

 

Fire Report – September 2014

5 structure/dwelling fire, 1 work fire

3 automatic fire alarms

2 EMS Assists

 

10 Total Calls

 

 

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Chairman Nothstein reported he and Councilman Paone discussed with Fire Chief McGinley about the Knox Box situation, a little bit about some of the things that were shared with the people in the audience particularly those that have small businesses.  Shawn thought maybe at first it could be voluntary rather than a mandatory situation but also putting into that a fire alarm system after so many nuisance alarms where they choose not use a knox box could make it mandatory to put in.  They discussed about apartment units, Bill feels they are related but separate.  Bill stated when he questions Shawn he was looking for access to a common area not necessarily the apartments.  Chairman Nothstein reported he received a membership list which was turned into the office.

Chairman Nothstein reported he had question with regard to the insurance letter from Ron Brosky and put a call into him and stated his call was never returned.  Councilman Nothstein asked council what direction they want to follow regarding who is permitted to be on the equipment owned by the borough and vehicles owned by the borough.  There are a lot of gray areas.  Bill stated it was up to the borough about a waiver, AutumnFest was just on the 12th and vehicles were there and being used.  He wanted to know if these people are covered.  He stated there are other events and it was brought up about non-borough employees being in borough vehicles.  He asked if we want to have a waiver policy or do we not.  He asked if we are covered if transporting someone from AutumnFest and there is an accident.  Is that person covered?  Council has to decide what they want to do.  Solicitor McCarthy stated the policy should be read and see what it says.  Attorney McCarthy stated he has another municipality where the people are not covered.  Councilman Nothstein asked if council should bring Mr. Brosky in and ask him some questions.  Bill would like Ron to explain if we have a borough sanctioned event and if something happens would they be covered.  Solicitor McCarthy reported Ron does not decide, the insurance company does.  Secretary Knecht stated she would call Ron and see if he would be able to come to the next meeting. 

 Councilman Nothstein said they did ask Shawn for a list of volunteers which was received.  Bill also stated Shawn did not get the information on keys yet and there are still questions on two radios.  He stated those radios do not exist and have not been in use for quite a while.  He feels they have been disposed of.  Councilman Nothstein asked them to list who could drive existing trucks, answers were vague other than the youths can’t drive and anyone else can drive.  Bill wanted the list broke down vs. car/fire truck as it was requested but not received yet.  Mayor Molchany asked if a key is lost or stolen on the knox box, who would be liable for replacement of that key.  The key would be the one that opens the knox box.  Pete stated it is not a single key it would be on all trucks.  There was no answer to that question.  Solicitor McCarthy reported Northampton is looking at this and stated it is going to be passed.  He also stated it has not been addressed in Northampton and is a good question.  Attorney McCarthy would think it would be the fire company as they have exclusive possession.  It is a common key that opens all know boxes.

 

Public Safety-Fire Report accepted as presented.

 

RECREATION REPORT       SUBMITTED BY COUNCILMAN CHERIE GEBHARDT

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Councilwoman Gebhardt stated on behalf of the Recreation Committee she would like to say that AutumnFest was a great success and everything ran very well.  She also reported Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 PM at Borough Hall is the next Rec committee meeting.

She reported the ice machine is shot and would like to get a bigger one.  She also stated the ledges on the snack stand are cracking and splintering.  You can continue to wipe down but rags are always black.  Asked if there is another type of surface that would be better.  President Keglovits will look at the maximum amps for electricity.  Vice President Yanek does not want to purchase an ice machine if the amps can’t handle it.  There was a discussion on the sizes of ice machines.

Recreation Report accepted as presented.

 

Councilman Nothstein forgot to mention he was looking at bills for the Fire Dept. and there is an invoice for almost $9,000.00 for additional equipment on the truck.  The bill is not coded to a line item.  President Keglovits stated they took the truck down to Horrock and had all the stuff that came off the old truck put on the new truck.  Bill wanted to know if in the original price of the truck if this work was part of it.  The answer was no.  He also wanted to know if it was part of the extra $30,000.00 and the answer was no.  He asked the secretary who authorized the invoice and she stated she didn’t think anyone authorized it.  President Keglovits felt they indicated they were going to do it but he thought the fire company was going to pay for it.  Chairman Nothstein feels if the understanding was they were going to do this that Shawn stated when the borough was going to own the truck and not have joint ownership then the borough would pay the regular bills and would not come out of Charotin money.  Councilwoman Hazzard asked if more was going to come out of our budget.  President Keglovits said if something has to be done on the truck they have to come to council.  Councilman Paone went over the invoice and feels some of the items in the truck are accessories to the truck.  Councilman Paone does not see how miscellaneous items added on the truck pertains to the title of the truck.  The items were not agreed upon on the purchase of the truck.  There is no PO’s—council did not know what they were doing.  Council feels it is not part of the $30,000.00 the borough was going to pay for.  Councilman Paone feels the line item on the budget was hit twice/testing was going to be done.  Pete also feels the fire company expected to use those line items but the money was spent.  Councilman Nothstein feels it was their choice and no PO, he feels it is not council’s responsibility to pay.  Pete asked Bill where Shawn was and stated there was some type of training he was doing.  Councilman Nothstein also questioned a Force 1 invoice—President Keglovits thinks it was for the red truck.  They are still not sure what truck the batteries are for.  There is no line item on it.  Secretary Knecht thought the Treasurer did not know which line to put it to.  She also reported there was no PO or it would be attached and the Treasurer and Chief McGinley don’t agree with how to use PO’s.  President Keglovits feels for the battery he understands there is no PO but the other one should have a PO.  Councilman Nothstein feels the line items of the fire company are pretty much cleaned out. 

 

Public Safety-Fire Report #2 accepted as presented.

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LAW COMMMITTEE REPORT       SUBMITTED CHAIRWOMAN MICHELE HAZZARD

 

No Report

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-POLICE REPORT  SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN PETER PAONE

 

No Report

 

VICE PRESIDENT REPORT SUBMITTED BY VICE PRESIDENT JOHN J. YANEK

 

Vice President Yanek reported AutumnFest and Car Show was huge, there were 225 cars and feels it was the biggest one ever.  He hopes a lot of money was raised.

 

Vice President Report approved as read.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT REPORT      SUBMITTED BY PRESIDENT JOSEPH KEGLOVITS

 

President Keglovits reported the Betterment committee is looking at the possibility of looking to purchase 4 permanent signs.  Joe said they are pretty much like the signs we have but the logo will be permanently mounted.  He is looking to put one on the right away at the golf course, in the park, one by the high rise and one at borough hall.  He is asking for permission for them to do and the cost will be picked up by the Betterment Committee.  He stated the one at the golf course will be placed where there is a drop.  The one at the park has not been decided.  The signs are electric and the cost is $475.00 without posts.

 

                  MOTION:         By Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                          Authorizing the placement of the signs

                                          And the 4th sign will be discussed later.

                                          2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                          Head count all yes

 

President Keglovits reported to council the Betterment Committee is putting up 6 more snowflakes. 

 

                  MOTION:         By Councilman Peter Paone

                                          Authorizing putting up 6 more

                                          Snowflakes.

                                          2nd by Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                          Head count – all yes

 

Council President Report accepted as presented.

 

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POLICE CHIEF REPORT                  SUBMITTED BY CHIEF KIM MOYER

 

No Report

 

SOLICITOR REPORT          SUBMITTED BY SOLICITOR WILLIAM J. MCCARTHY

 

No Report

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

 

Website – Secretary Nancy Knecht

 

Secretary Knecht reported the Treasurer, Mayor and herself met with Eric Delabar Monday, October 6th for training on the website.  Annette did most of the typing during training—it did not appear to be very difficult it’s a matter of just working on it and getting used to it.  He gave us “cheat sheets” which should be a help and he also has to put on some links.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

 

President Keglovits reported there was a request by Willow Brook Golf Course.  They are holding a charity event and people purchase gold balls and they are dropped over a golf hole.  They are asking for use of the borough bucket truck for the ball drop.  One of our employees will operate the truck. 

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Authorizing the bucket truck go to

                                                Willow Brook Golf course for a ball drop.

                                                2nd by Vice President John J. Yanek

                                                Head count – all yes

 

President Keglovits reported there is money in the budget and would like to establish a list of employees that would be on call for bad weather.  They would have their CDL and a 4th truck could be out or have laborers do the sidewalks.  It would be on an “as needed” basis.  He would like to advertise and get a list together. 

Councilman Nothstein asked about an agency you could call.  President Keglovits said there probably is one but you are going to pay more for an agency person.  Joe stated there would be no motion, council should think about it.

 

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President Keglovits mentioned he would like an article in the paper about the leaf cut-off date of December 1st.  The road crew is trying to pick up as many as they can with the street sweeper.  Joe also stated he would like the leaf cut-off date put on the website.

Councilman Nothstein asked about a schedule for leaf pick up and the chief stated they go to areas where the leaves are in the street.  Chief Moyer said there are problems with contractors that do grass and put everything in the street.  He stated it can make a street one lane because of the amount of leaves.  Mayor Molchany asked how it should be addressed.  President Keglovits said property owners put their leaves in the street, why can’t the contractor do the same.  Mayor Molchany stated some residents have a contractor who collects their leaves but they also take them.  Councilman Paone feels it is a public safety issue.  President Keglovits feels a letter should be sent to the property owner regarding the leaves dumped in the street by your contractor which is causing a problem.  He stated if leaves are out on the street and if there is some type of activity at your place of worship the borough can’t come down 1-2-3.  Feels the property owner and contractor should work something out.  Chief Moyer would like to see what happens this year.  Councilman Paone feels everyone should be reminded it is not a service everyone provides.

 

President Keglovits reported there have been some inquiries about the possibility of selling our rights to the cell tower.  Some company has been inquiring about a buy-out and is willing to give “x” amount of dollars to take over the rights to the cell tower.  Currently we get about $25,000 per year for the rights to the tower at the Main Street location.  Joe stated two companies have contacted the borough to say if we’re interested they would be willing to pay a certain amount of dollars for that right.  Originally it was inquired about many times but the offers were low but recently the offers have been pretty nice.  The money that we get goes into the General Budget.  Joe stated $25,000 is roughly a half of mil.  President Keglovits stated the borough would have to go out on bid and we could reject any and all bids.  There are pros and cons, get a consideration of money up front, invest it and maybe do a road project or something.  Joe said if the amount is $250,000.00 and we want to do a road program we would have to go out and borrow money.  If the borough invests the money you are only getting 2%.  President Keglovits asked how long it would take the borough to save $250,000.00.  He said there are more and more trucks coming through and possibly looking at that for another 4 to 5 years.  Joe stated two calls in one day and they are actually offering buying our lease.  Solicitor McCarthy would like to look at the lease.  Joe stated the offers are enough to make him think about it.

 

Councilman Nothstein wanted to echo what everyone else said about AutumnFest and everyone working together and also people in the committees.  It was nice to see everyone working together for a common cause.  It was an awesome day he stated.

 

Councilman Nothstein asked if a property in the borough does not have a sidewalk is there a way to require one.  He stated someone asked him about it and the answer was no.  The only way to do it is by making an ordinance. 

 

 

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Councilman Nothstein stated at the fire committee meeting he understands no one at this point is interested in the truck.  President Keglovits stated that is correct.  Shawn made the comment the broker we picked is a very small broker, the one they pick has a broader spectrum of outlets to sell it.  President Keglovits will talk to Shawn.  He met the company at the fire truck show.  Both brokers advertise in the same magazines.  It is being advertised for $50,000.00 as suggested by this company.  President Keglovits is not opposed to switching if council so desires.  Bill stated this kind of truck is not appealing around here but sees it as being sold abroad.  Councilman Paone asked where the truck is currently and is it taking up space.  Joe stated the truck is one of the bays and did not want it outside.  He said at the same time the borough has one of their trucks sitting outside and at the same time the historic truck is sitting in one of the bays.  The fire department owns the historic truck and council wondered where they could store it.  Joe does not want the 550, bigger snow plow truck out in the winter.  It is nice to have them in the garage to drip dry and defrost.  Pete asked what the plan is going forward.  Can they put it outside with a tarp over it   Councilwoman Hazzard feels we should let them know the truck we own has to go into the garage, our borough owns 2 out of 3.  The historic one should be parked outside.  President Keglovits will look at the contract and see if it can be changed.  The other broker is located in Alabama. 

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Peter Paone

                                                Authorizing adoption of Resolution #297

                                                Eliminating member contributions to the

                                                Uniform Pension Plan for 2015.

                                                2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                Head count – all yes

 

President Keglovits has a service contract for the Hunter Street pump station for annual inspection in the amount of $480.00 for 2015.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Authorizing the service contract with

                                                Controlex for the Hunter St. Pump Station

                                                In the amount of $480.00

                                                2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Vice President John J. Yanek asked that when we do the resolution for the park, the Lesko’s and Albert families should be present.  Mayor Molchany said he was going to talk to Mrs. Albert.

 

Councilman Paone wants to see if we want to do anything about the bridge.  Joe talked to Roy Stewart and was told the county owns it and would have to get a cost estimate from Roy.  Joe said D & L was working on it.  This is regarding engineering and permits.

 

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President Keglovits said to cross over, there are logs in between the rails—if they are taken out and then not quite sure if it should be done.  If D & L does what they say they would fix the pipes—lost that money.  There is a watchman there every day even if the train does not come thru Joe stated.

Pete had 3 questions:

  1. What is the timeline to actually get permits, longer then June or July, likely not possible.

  2. What would the cost be to pursue permits?

  3. If there is a cost, would D & L chip in or is it entirely on the borough. 

 

MOTION:         By Councilman Michael J. Seng

                        To pay all bills.

                        2nd by Vice President John J. Yanek

                        Head count – all yes

 

MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                        To adjourn meeting.

                        2nd by Councilwoman Michele Hazzard

                        All ayes

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:26 PM

Minutes from Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

 

 

 

BOROUGH OF NORTH CATASAUQUA

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

 

 

President Joseph Keglovits presided at the Regular Council Meeting of North Catasauqua held September 23, 2014 calling the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

PRESENT:         Mayor William J. Molchany, Jr., President Joseph Keglovits, Councilpersons

                        William Nothstein, Cherie Gebhardt, Michael J. Seng, Michele Hazzard, Peter

                        Paone, Jr. Councilperson Dakoha Zelinsky, Treasurer Annette Englert and

                        Secretary Nancy Knecht.

                        Also present were Police Chief Kim Moyer, Roger Scheirer, Emergency Mgmt.

 

Minutes of the September 9, 2014 meeting were approved as read.

 

PEOPLE PRESENT

 

Observing:  Michele Romito and Dan Rosenblatt

 

Brenda Dreisbach – 1067 Howertown Road – 484-619-8244

 

Ms. Dresibach reported she was following up on the noise ordinance she presented to council a few weeks back and was sorry she could not make the last meeting.  She is offering her service if changes would be needed for the ordinance.  Brenda feels she can’t stress enough the importance of a noise ordinance and at times like this it gives the police something to fall back on.  She told council be free to contact her regarding the noise ordinance, we can’t let this slide, she stated it’s too important.  Brenda feels it is important for children, they must learn respect.

President Keglovits told Ms. Dreisbach it was discussed at the last meeting and at that time council decided not to take any action at this time.  Brenda asked the reason and President Keglovits reported there is a disorderly conduct ordinance on the books, Ordinance #162.  Solicitor McCarthy read parts of Ordinance #162 to Ms. Dreisbach.  Solicitor McCarthy stated it is a general ordinance and an older ordinance but feels it covers it.  Ms. Dreisbach stated to Solicitor McCarthy she has issues with her neighbor for over 6 years and is extremely familiar with this ordinance.  Brenda stated she has addressed this with the police and stated the police have not been able to enforce this ordinance.  She stated she put a $2,000.00 video system on her house.  Solicitor McCarthy stated each case is different.  Brenda reported the neighbor has since moved and she is looking to be proactive not reactive.  Brenda reported her surveillance system is extensive that is at her residence.  She stated nothing has been done by the police to

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prosecute or not.  Solicitor McCarthy stated her ordinance is very broad, too broad.  Brenda feels she pays a fair amount of taxes, is active in the community, her children live in the community and she feels she deserves a certain amount of protection.  Solicitor McCarthy feels the police department in the borough has been taking care of her matters.  Brenda stated the new part-time officers have been doing an absolute fabulous job.  President Keglovits reported the borough not only has young officers working but have some older ones also and they do a fine job.  Ms. Dreisbach would like to get back to the noise ordinance and stated many surrounding municipalities have noise ordinances.  She feels the borough has to be proactive and take the steps now.  President Keglovits stated he has been on council for a long time and Chief Moyer over 30 years on the force; ironically President Keglovits said a few years back Front Street residents complained about noise but other than that there have not been many noise complaints and usually it’s a party situation where noise is too loud from the party and music is shut down.  Brenda has done extensive research and reported not many municipalities deal with decibels.  She would like to move forward with adopting something.  Solicitor McCarty stated Ordinance #162 is sufficient.  Brenda feels her draft could be reviewed and adopt some of it.  Solicitor McCarty stated a letter went out today informing Ms. Dreisbach what council decided. 

Councilman Seng feels there is not a need at this time for a noise ordinance.  President Keglovits feels the material on the books is adequate and has stood up in court.  President Keglovits feels at this time the borough is adequately protected.

 

OFFICE REPORT          SUBMMITTED BY SECRETARY NANCY KNECHT

 

Secretary Knecht reported the following:

  1.  On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 the Zoning Hearing Board met and granted variances as requested to Willow Brook Farm.

  2. Secretary Knecht will be attending a PHMIC, (Benecon) meeting on Wednesday October 8th at Salisbury Township.  Information will be provided on the 2015 renewals as well as a report on the claim performance fund. 

  3. She reminded council they have a copy of the inventory sign proposal which was requested at the last meeting.

 

Office Report approved as read.

 

TREASURER REPORT   SUBMITTED BY TREASURER ANNETTE ENGLERT

 

No Report

 

MAYOR REPORT         SUBMITTED BY MAYOR WILLIAM J. MOLCHANY, JR.

 

Mayor Molchany reported he had good news—Chief Moyer was advised today the Northampton County Gaming and Revenue Economic Development Authority has granted the application for in-car videos cameras in the amount of $28,415.00.  Mayor Molchany reported the agreement is

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being prepared and should come to the chief shortly.  It will cover costs for the in-car video cameras along with the $5,000.00 grant he received from the District Attorney last year.  Congratulations to the Chief.

 

Mayor Report accepted as presented.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-FIRE REPORT             SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN WILLIAM NOTHSTEIN

 

Chairman Nothstein reported the following:

 

Fire Report – August

4 Structure/Dwelling Fires (2 working fires)

1 Odor Investigation

2 Automatic Fire Alarms

1 MVA

1 EMS Assist

1 Water Rescue

 

10 Total Calls

 

Chairman Nothstein reported Chief McGinley is ill but stated they had a training session this week with 14 members present, the most they have had in a number of years.  Chief McGinley feels this is an upswing in membership and feels the department is heading in the right direction.

Chairman Nothstein reported he took a look last month at some expenditures and is looking at where in the budget the funds will available.  He stated he signed PO’s before the meeting for the pump testing in the amount of $500.00 which is coming out of vehicle maintenance and flow testing in the amount of $1,100.00 which will come out of equipment maintenance.  Bill reported they are also having some trouble with some of the pagers for some of the new members.  The radio budget is $4,080, which they will use for pagers and he also reported additional gloves and flashlights for the new members will be taken out of equipment maintenance in the amount of $572.00.  All amounts are within budgeted amounts.  Bill stated at this month’s monthly meeting they approved $13,000.00 coming out of their money for radio equipment and gear and committed $1,000 for joint fire prevention programs that will be held at Sheckler Elementary in conjunction with Catasauqua.  They also allocated $1,000.00 for visiting daycare centers and the girl and boy scout troops.  Chairman Nothstein reported they will be spending out of their own fund about $15,000.00 for equipment and fire prevention.

 

Public Safety-Fire Report accepted as presented.

 

RECREATION COMMITTEE REPORT   SUBMITTED BY COUNCILWOMAN CHERIE GEBHARDT

 

 

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Councilwoman Gebhardt reported the Rec Committee will be meeting September 29th next Monday to go through the refreshment stand, clean up and get ready for AutumnFest.  After that Cherie reported they will go back to 4th Thursday for their meetings.

 

Recreation Committee Report approved as read.

 

FINANCE AND GRANTS REPORT         SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. SENG

 

Chairman Seng reported Emergency Management will meet tomorrow night and talk about their budget.  They have a question about $100.00 petty cash.  Roger stated the money would be used for any major incident for things needed at the scene.  Treasurer Englert did not know if a new line item should be added or just have under Emergency Management.  It was decided to create a new line item under Emergency Management.

The finance Committee meeting for review of proposed budgets will be Thursday, October 2nd at 5:00 PM in the community room.

Councilman Seng had a question on Public Property & Parks.  He saw there are marks on 4th Street between Cypress and Buttonwood Streets.  President Keglovits stated the gas company was there probably had an emergency call.  When there is a PA Once Call they place arrows where they are going to dig.  Joe reported they were there Sunday. 

 

Finance & Grants Report approved as read.

 

LAW COMMITTEE REPORT     SUBMITTED BY CHAIRWOMAN MICHELE HAZZARD

 

Chairwoman Hazard commented figures did not change for the law budget for 2015.

 

Law Committee Report accepted as presented.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-POLICE REPORT        SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN PETER PAONE

 

No Report

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT REPORT                        SUBMITTED BY PRESIDENT JOSEPH KEGLOVITS

 

President Keglovits talked about the canal and where the stone is.  Joe stated he would like them to leave the stone.  It was filled in and then made a bigger spot where they actually work.  President Keglovits reported he talked to Scott Everett and the Project Manager for the bridge.  He would like to leave the stone in so the borough would have access in case of emergency.  Joe stated he did some research and reported Lehigh County has a temporary permit, soil conservation.  Application would have to be made by Lehigh County for a permanent one. President Keglovits tried to contact Scott Everett of Lehigh Delaware Corridor.  President Keglovits asked council’s opinion about leaving the stone and also stated it will cost some money

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for the permit.  Joe stated it would be a soil conservation permit.  He stated the cranes are setting in that particular area.  Joe said council did not need to decide tonight.  Councilman Pane stated he would be interested in seeing what the cost of the permit would be and the cost of soil studies.  Councilman Paone would like to see what an engineering study would say and the cost.  Joe thinks maybe the Delaware & Lehigh will pick up the cost.  Councilwoman Gebhardt would like to hear more about it.  Mayor Molchany reported his cousin Rich Molchany who is part of the project will try and make the next meeting along with the bridge engineer to hear from them what might be involved.

Councilman Gebhardt told council her neighbor talked to her about when the bridge was going to be completed and how much of an inconvenience it is.  The bridge may not be done until April or May, depends on the winter.  President Keglovits stated he will pursue.

 

President Keglovits reported a long time ago they discussed the possibility of changing the pension plan and see if the changes could be done.  Treasurer Englert and President Keglovits met with Kristin Backenstoe, our actuary employed by Beyer Barber.  President Keglovits stated Kristin is going to give the borough a letter about changes that could be made to the pension plan.  One of the changes would be if the employees retire early.  Kristine stated it would have no impact on the pension plan.  Treasurer Englert stated normal retirement is age 65 and completion of 10 years of service.  She stated early retirement would be age 60 and completion of 25 years.  Treasurer Englert reported what they planned to do and many municipalities are lowering retirement age to 55 with 10 years’ service with reduction.  Annette stated you would not retire with full pension.  Kristin also recommended the wording be changed to the highest consecutive 24 months throughout the employees’ career.  An actuarial study is not required, Kristin is preparing a letter for the borough. 

 

Council President Report accepted as presented.

 

SOLICITOR REPORT    SUBMITTED BY SOLICITOR WILLIAM J. MCCARTHY

 

The solicitor reported he will need an Executive Session for a possible claim against the borough.

 

Solicitor Report approved as read.

 

POLICE CHIEF REPORT                                    SUBMITTED BY CHIEF KIM MOYER

 

Chief Moyer reported it is close to Halloween and would like to spend approximately $360.00 for lights to replace quite a few sets, lights that go around the poles at the park as well as white ones for Christmas.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Authorizing spending $360.00 for

                                                Lights at the park.

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                                                2nd by Councilwoman Michele Hazzard

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Police Chief Report accepted as presented.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Dog Wood Tree – Tree was planted President Keglovits reported.

 

 

Website – Treasurer Englert reported she talked with Eric Delabar and if anyone wants to see the website is public and can be accessed.  The pictures have not been updated yet.  The website is Northcatasauqua.org.  Eric wanted to be present this evening but is out of town on business.  Treasurer Englert stated ware scheduled to meet with Eric September 29th at 6:30 or so for Nancy and Annette to be updated on how to add minutes, news events, agendas, and pavilion dates.  Annette stated at this point Eric wants to just work with the office and the Mayor.  He can arrange multiple sessions if needed. 

Brenda Dreisbach asked about putting the ordinances on the site and Treasurer Englert stated all ordinances are typed or written so it would be quite a lot of scanning.  She will talk to Eric about that.  Annette reported she has a few links she would like to see added.

 

 

Sign Inventory – President Keglovits reported the cost of the program will be put in the budget and will wait for next year.  Councilman Seng reported it looks like a good thing and is glad the Chief found it.

 

 

Knox Box Ordinance – There are no comments as yet from the Fire Chief.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Mayor Molchany reported he will need an Executive Session on Timothy Varga.  He also reported he handed out a temporary budget for 2015 for the Police. 

 

 

Business Cards – Treasurer Englert reported business cards have been ordered and should be in Thursday.  She also researched some type of lanyard and wants to wait until the cards come in to move forward.  She stated she went through Vista Print and ordered for council and 3 full-time police officers at a cost of $130.00.

 

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Councilman William Nothstein – Councilman Nothstein stated at the last meeting a discussion was held about use of borough vehicles and the insurance issue.  He left a message for Ron Brosky  who was not in his office.  He left a message about some type of waiver or an event they would need other personnel to be covered.  Ron has not gotten back to him.

 

Councilman Nothstein would like to ask that when we have a motion brought up we should get closer to Robert’s rules.  He stated when the motion is 2nd a discussion should ensue and then the motion could be voted on.  Bill stated the reason he brought this up was because of the motion last week by the Chief to hire a part-time officer.  He wonders if he is replacing someone, a new staff person, if there is money in the budget.  Bill said as he was processing council was voting and he feels very uncomfortable with that. 

 

 

Jr. Councilwoman Dakoha Zelinsky  - Dakoha brought up to council about the possibility of changing Trick or Treat night because it is Senior night at the football game.  She stated families have to make a choice to support their older child or the younger ones.  Mayor Molchany reported Whitehall and Allentown are doing the same night and he did talk with Barb Schlegel and they both agreed to it.  Mayor Moclhany reported North Catasauqua and Catasauqua always do it jointly.  He said things are a lot easier when most municipalities have Trick or Treat at the same time.

 

 

Councilman Seng reported that under Finance, every month he signs the street light bill which is roughly $3,000.00 a month and thinks of ways to keep the cost down.  He said he talked to a man who told him to ask if the borough owns the street lights.  The borough does not own the lights, they are owned by PPL.  The borough went from PPL to Hess Energy to supply the energy and now it’s Direct Energy.  President Keglovits reported PPL will possibly sell them to the borough but the borough would have to maintain them too.  Mike asked council if he could talk to this guy.  He will not commit the borough to anything.  President Keglovits feels if we can further reduce it, it would be foolish not to look into it. 

 

Michele Romito stated there is a growing number of irresponsible pet owners at the park and do not clean up after their dogs.  She wondered if they could be fined or something.  Chief Moyer stated to enforce that there will have to be an ordinance. 

 

Council went into Executive Session at 7:55 PM.

 

The regular council meeting was reconvened at 8:05 PM.  The reason for the Executive session was for Mr. Timothy Varga and a possible claim by Mr. Soldrich. 

 

Treasurer Englert wanted to make sure council was clear on the discussion about the pension as it pertains only to the non-uniform pension plan.

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                        MOTION:         By Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                To pay all bills.

                                                2nd by Councilman Peter Paone

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman William Nothstein

                                                To adjourn meeting.

                                                2nd by Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                All ayes

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:06 PM

Council Meeting Minutes of 9-9-2014

 

 

 

BOROUGH OF NORTH CATASAUQUA

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

 

 

President Joseph Keglovits presided at the Regular Council Meeting of North Catasauqua held September 9, 2014 calling the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

PRESENT:         Mayor William J. Molchany, Jr., President Joseph Keglovits, Councilpersons

                        William Nothstein, Cherie Gebhardt, Michael J. Seng, Michele Hazzard and

                        Peter Paone, Solicitor William J. McCarthy, Treasurer Annette Englert and

                        Secretary Nancy Knecht.

                        Also present was Police Chief Kim Moyer

 

EXCUSED ABSENCE:    Vice President John J. Yanek

 

Minutes of the August 26, 2014 meeting approved as read.

 

Treasurer Report for August accepted as presented.

 

PEOPLE PRESENT

 

Observing:  Susan Gair, Mike Luciano, Dan Silverblatt, Ray Hahn and Brian Mott

 

Dakoha Zelinsky took her oath of office given by Mayor Molchany, Jr. for the position of junior councilperson.

 

OFFICE REPORT          SUBMITTED BY SECRETARY NANCY KNECHT

 

Secretary Knecht reported there were 2 building permits, 3 zoning, 1 dumpster and 1 curb and sidewalk permit issued for the month of August as well as 1 street excavation permit to UGI.

 

Secretary Knecht reported she received a Right to Know request by Attorney Ian Baxter requesting information on 1021, 1022 and 1024 2nd Street.  Copies went to Solicitor McCarthy also.

 

Secretary Knecht reported tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM there will be a Zoning Hearing meeting on the parking pad proposed at Willow Brook Farms.

 

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Secretary Knecht reported at last month’s meeting business cards were discussed for council.  The secretary was asking for a motion so cards could be ordered.

                                                                                                                             

Office Report approved as read.

 

TREASURER REPORT   SUBMITTED BY TREASURER ANNETTE ENGLERT

 

Treasurer Englert reported she received renewal information from State Workers’ Insurance Fund for the workmen’s compensation information for the Fire Department.  She stated it will cost approximately $300.00 more than last year.

 

Treasurer Englert also stated she will need a motion to submit the MMO, Minimum Municipal Obligations, for 2015 for the Police and Non-Uniform Pension Plans to Beyer-Barber, the actuarial company.

 

Treasurer Report approved as read.

 

MAYORS REPORT                   SUBMITTED BY MAYOR WILLIAM J. MOLCHANY, JR.

 

Mayor Molchany reported he gave copies of a notice about the break-ins to Dan Silverblatt to be handed out to his neighbors, some minor changes were made.  Mayor Molchany reported the break-ins are still being investigated.  Mr. Mott asked about the cell found in his car and wanted to know the progress of the investigation.  Mr. Mott was told the cell phone is part of the investigation.  He stated there is no timetable and it is going on 60 days.  Mayor Molchany stated the police are helping in the investigation.  Mayor Molchany reported as things progress Mr. Mott will be notified. 

 

Mayor Report accepted as presented.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY – FIRE REPORT          SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN WILLIAM NOTHSTEIN

 

Chairman Nothstein reported he was unable to attend the Public Safety-Fire meeting last evening but Councilman Paone did attend.  Councilman Pete Paone stated most of the meeting was a discussion on what the upcoming fundraisers will be.  He also reported October 11th will be bingo night and also discuss what parades they will participate in.  They will participate in the N. Catasauqua/Catasauqua parade.  President Keglovits asked if there was information on AutumnFest on what they might be selling or not selling.  Councilman Paone reported that was no discussed. 

The white Explorer, the assistant chief’s vehicle will be used the next 8 weeks by Francis Hadik as he is taking a class at LCCC, a type of fire marshal class.  Tyler Fatzinger will be taking some type of leadership course on Thursday and Saturday’s and will be using the car also.

 

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Public Safety-Fire Report accepted as presented.

                                                                                                              

RECREATION REPORT             SUBMITTED BY COUNCILWOMAN CHERIE GEBHARDT

 

Cherie reported Catasauqua Youth Soccer Association is asking permission to use the grassy area of the park again and is asking council permission.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Authorizing youth soccer to use the park

                                                as long as it does not interfere with a

                                                planned function.

                                                Seconded by Councilwoman Michele Hazzard

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Recreation Report accepted as presented.

 

FINANCE & GRANTS REPORT              SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. SENGH

 

Chairman Seng reminded council to try and have their preliminary budgets in by the end of the September and then the four will sit down.  The 4 will be Joseph Keglovits, Peter Paone, Chairman Seng and the Treasurer.

 

Finance and Grants Report accepted as presented.

 

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT                       SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN MICHAEL J. SENG

 

Chairman Seng reported Mayor Molchany requested at the last council meeting the Civil Service Commission be activated.  He got with the commission and plans to meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm in the Community Room at borough hall.  The first meeting will be held the 3rd Tuesday of October,  Michael Seng will be the Chairman, Barbara Barber, Vice Chair and John Keglovits, Recording Secretary.  Secretary Knecht will advertise the meetings on the 3rd Tuesday for one year.

 

Civil Service Commission accepted as presented.

 

LAW COMMITTEE REPORT    SUBMITTED BY CHAIRWOMAN MICHELE HAZZARD

 

No Report

 

PUBLIC SAFETY-POLICE REPORT        SUBMITTED BY CHAIRMAN PETER PAONE

 

No Report

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SOLICITOR REPORT    SUBMITTED BY SOLICITOR WILLIAM J. MCCARTHY

 

No Report                                             

 

POLICE CHIEF REPORT                        SUBMITTED BY POLICE CHIEF KIM MOYER

 

Chief Moyer reported he would like to hire a part-time officer that is academy trained and is from Nazareth, Bushkill Township.  He works for another municipality and his name is Christopher D’Andrea.

President Keglovits asked about uniforms and the chief said uniforms were purchased for the full-timers.  He tries to fit the part-timers with uniforms he has.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Peter Paone

                                                Authorizing hiring Christopher D’Andrea

                                                Part-time police officer for the Borough of

                                                North Catasauqua.

                                                2nd by Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Police Chief Report accepted as presented.

 

Councilwoman Gebhardt reported she forgot to mention something as she was not able to attend the August meeting.  She stated this summer the fire department came to the park which was nice and did a nice program for the kids but one of the firemen brought their child in the truck with him.  She thought this was discussed a while ago that children, family members or whoever, unless a volunteer for the borough could not ride on the equipment.  She stated she asked the office if she was correct that Mr. Brosky sent a letter on this matter.  She read the letter and stated this practice is strongly discouraged due to the fact the borough could be sued for negligence—this could jeopardize the borough’s renewal.  She stated this practice is frowned on and most municipalities have polices that do not allow this practice.  Mr. Brosky stated he agrees with them and it is the first time he actually has heard of this and said it is dangerous for the borough. 

Councilman Nothstein reported he discussed this with Chief Shawn McGinley.  Bill feels if council is going to pursue this situation in any way, it should not be focused entirely on the fire company—it should be on any vehicle owned by the borough so it does not look like we’re picking on the fire company.  Bill also stated one thing he discussed with Shawn and Tyler was the fact of using the chief’s car etc. to go to the mall or whatever.  Councilman Nothstein said some of the things explained that individuals in the past which their employer allowed them to respond to a fire call would take their vehicle to work with them.  It was also mentioned that sometimes they are not going to work but are on call 24-7 and the fact of taking the vehicle with them so they could respond.  Their personal cars are not equipped with lights etc.  It is unfortunate we have to look at something like this because 10 or 20 years ago kids used to get rides on the fire

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engines etc. and went around the park in it.  It was the highlight of the event.  One thing Councilman Nothstein came up with and is familiar from his own theater organization is if we provide a waiver so that anyone that gets to ride as ex. bringing Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to the park.  Bill stated if it is a volunteer it is okay.  There is a gray area that has to be covered.  Bill reported Brosky Ins. handles his insurance for his group and they have waivers the people sign.  He feels this is a solution without tying their hands and he thinks the waiver is an option.

 

President Keglovits stated the Fire Committee should come up with something and it should be for the entire borough.  As an example, Joe stated the golf cart—stated he brings his own and has coverage for his.  He also likes the idea of the waiver. 

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

DOGWOOD TREE

 

President Keglovits said there is a stake there and Mr. Kish will contact the gentleman so the tree can be planted.  He would like someone from the road crew there.  Joe also said something that should be thought of for the future is to bring someone in to locate the wires, there are companies that do this type of thing.  He does not know where they are, some put in over the last 30 -40 years.

 

WEBSITE

 

Treasurer Englert reported she provided Mr. Delabar with a flash drive that probably has 100 pictures on it of which he is trying to include.  She reported Eric is about done with the website.  Annette stated he feels training the office staff could be done in 2 hours.  He is currently working on a cheat sheet that would guide the staff through if they might have a problem.  It is hard to reach Eric when he is working. 

 

SIGN INVENTORY

 

President Keglovits stated he found the information on his desk and feels this should be put in the budget for next year.  Chief Moyer stated the company doing it would be EJ Breneman, the company that we buy our signs from and have done our roads in the past. 

Joe stated sign inventory is mandatory by the state.  The cost of the program would be between $2,000 and $3,000.00 and would do all the work for us and the borough would be compliant on this program.  Chief Moyer stated with this program everything is downloaded to the computer and tells where all the signs are and when they get updated.  Everything gets done on the computer.  Chief Moyer feels it is a really nice program and President Keglovits said he should provide council with copies.

 

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KNOX BOX ORDINANCE

                                                                                                       

Councilman Peter Paone stated after the meeting last night he did discuss the ordinance with Shawn and how far they want to go right away.  He basically looked at it and wants to go through it and mark up.  Once his comments are done he will present to council again. 

President Keglovits reported he has things to go over also, is it going to be mandatory, is it going to go on multi-units.  Pete stated Shawn did say that it may be mandatory in some areas of the borough.  Chief McGinley promised he and Tyler and others are going to review and comment on it. 

A resident asked if businesses are accountable for a certain number of false alarms.  Councilman Paone feels there will be quite a debate on this coming up.  Councilman Paone feels we are no where near passing this ordinance and President Keglovits agreed.

 

NOISE ORDINANCE

 

Councilman Nothstein asked Chief Moyer if in the course of a year are there a lot of calls on noise.  He said at the last meeting it was mentioned that an ordinance would help the police regarding noise calls and Bill wants to know if there is really a need for it if there are not that many calls.  Councilman Nothstein feels it opens a huge kettle of worms.  Chief Moyer stated most times it is an isolated incident and most are rectified.  Chief Moyer feels that ordinance would not help them.  Mr. Hahn asked if it means noisy neighbors—if it would be a noise ordinance there would be so many decibels.  Ray Hahn stated what concerns him about noise is the time of night.  President Keglovits stated there is an ordinance on disturbing the peace.  Blowing a whistle, cutting grass at night, a window air-conditioner could be too loud.  President Keglovits feels there is enough ordinances on the books that the person was trying to establish.  President Keglovits also stated it depends on how the magistrate would feel also. 

Councilman Paone reported the only time he complained was hearing the fire alarm on the building, which does not go off after 11:00.  President Keglovits feels noise ordinances are hard to enforce.  Also there is a factory on Front Street that makes some noise—have to be careful what we do.  Joe reported the last time he remembers a noise complaint was some neighbors on Front Street came in because of the factory noise.  President Keglovits also commented the airport came in one time and they talked about the noise of the planes flying over North Catty and was told airplanes don’t fly over North Catty.  He also said when the trains come though, they certainly make noise.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Peter Paone

                                                To table the noise ordinance

                                                Presented to council.

                                                2nd by Councilwoman Michele Hazzard

                                                Head count – all yes

 

 

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Councilman Nothstein feels we should respond to the people that brought it to council and explain the reasons.  President Keglovits wants the Chief and Secretary to come up with something.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

 

Councilwoman Hazzard reported to council there is a leadership conference coming up in Gettysburg this fall and there are a lot of topics she is interested in.  She would like to attend at a cost of $185.00.  She does not need housing, she has a place to stay.  She will get more information that could help us.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                Authorizing Councilwoman Michele

                                                Hazzard to attend a Leadership Conference

                                                At a price of $185.00.

                                                2nd by Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Michele reported this covers all the sessions and the dates are October 17th to 19th.  She stated she will bring a report back.

 

President Keglovits asked if anyone had any more business.

 

Councilman Seng brought up at the last meeting about business cards for council.

 

                        MOTION:         BY Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Authorizing the purchase of business

                                                Cards for council not to exceed $120.00.

                                                6 councilpersons @ $20.00.

                                                2nd Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Councilman Seng talked about ID cards because when he represented the borough at the sink hole on 2nd Street there is no identification badge.  He stated Rich “P” had a little clear plastic card strung around his neck with a picture stating he was a building inspector.  Treasurer Englert feels she could do something on the computer enhancing the business card.  This will be looked into. 

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                Authorizing getting the MMO’s

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                                                To the actuarial.

                                                2nd by Councilman Bill Nothstein

                                                Head count – all yes

 

President Keglovits reported the Betterment Committee would like to put a library box in the vestibule and explained to council a library box is a place to put magazines or books for people to come and take one.  Joe stated he wants to stock the box with kid’s magazines and kids’ books.  He also stated once the website is up he wants to get the information out there if you take one put one in.  President Keglovits stated someone is working on the box.  There will be doors, 1 side

For adults and the other side for children.  Outside on the porch the box will be protected by the weather.

 

MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Authorizing a library box at borough hall.

                                                2nd by Councilman Peter Paone

                                                Head count – all yes

 

President Keglovits reported AutumnFest is October 12th and will need the road crew people to help put up signs and set up tents.  He would like permission tonight.  He also stated he would like to have 2 people work that day.

 

President Keglovits also reported We Sing is presenting a concert on October 19th at the Catasauqua Presbyterian Church at 2nd and Pine streets.  It is free and anyone is welcome to join.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Michael J. Seng

                                                To pay all bills.

                                                2nd by Councilman Peter Paone

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                To adjourn meeting.

                                                2nd by Councilman Peter Paone

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.