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.