2018 REORGANIZATION MEETING

REORGANIZATION MEETING

 BOROUGH OF NORTH CATASAUQUA

JANUARY 2, 2018

 Mayor William Molchany, Jr. called the Reorganization Meeting of North Catasauqua to order at 6:00 PM.

Secretary Knecht took roll call.  All council people were present.

Mayor Molchany opened the floor for nominations for President of Council. 

Councilman John Yanek made a motion nominating Peter Paone for council president.  There were no other nominations for president and the motion passed.  Peter Paone was elected council president.

Mayor Molchany asked for nominations for Vice President of council.  Councilwoman Michele Hazzard made a motion nominating John J. Yanek Vice President of Council.  The nominations were closed and the motion passed.  John J. Yanek was elected council Vice President.

Mayor Molchany asked for nominations for President Pro Tempore, which means in the absence of the President or Vice President the President Pro Tempore would be in charge of the meeting.

Vice President John J. Yanek nominated Councilwoman Michele Hazzard.  The nominations were closed and council voted yes for Councilwoman Michele Hazzard as President Pro Tempore. 

Mayor Molchany turned the meeting over to President Paone.

President Paone said in the past the borough did not have a vacancy board chairman.  In case a councilperson would no longer be on council this person would be in charge of finding someone to fill the position.  Councilwoman Michele Hazzard nominated Mark Gioielli for the Vacancy Board Chairman, which was 2nd by Councilman Billy Duch.  Councilman Duch made a motion to close nominations and council voted yes to fill the position of Vacancy Board Chairman.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Michele Hazzard

                                                Appointing Keystone Consulting Engineers,

                                                the engineering firm for the Borough of North Catasauqua.

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt to

                                                Appoint Steven Goudsouzian Solicitor of

                                                the Borough of North Catasauqua.

                                                2nd by Councilman Billy Duch

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Vice President John J. Yanek

                                                Appointing David Kutzor of Keystone

                                                Consulting Engineers Zoning Officer

                                                for the Borough of North Catasauqua.

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Michele Hazzard

                                                Appointing David Shields of KeyCodes

                                                Building Code Official for the Borough of

                                                North Catasauqua.

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Appointing KeyCodes as Building Inspector

                                                for the Borough.

                                                2nd by Vice President John J. Yanek

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Appointing Rich Pietkiewciz and Annette

                                                Englert Assistant Zoning Officers for the Borough.

                                                2nd by Councilman Billy Duch

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Joseph D. Keglovits

                                                Appointing John Obrecht Zoning Board

                                                Solicitor for the Borough of North Catasauqua

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Joseph D. Keglovits appointing

                                                H. A. Berkheimer collector of the Earned Income

                                                Tax for the Borough of North Catasauqua.

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Head count – all yes

                     

MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                        Appointing BB & T the Borough

                        Depositor.

                        2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                        Head count – all yes

 

MOTION:         By Councilman Billy Duch

                        Appointing Kim Moyer, Police

                        Chief for the Borough of North Catasauqua

                        2nd by Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                        Head count – all yes

 

MOTION:         By Councilman Billy Duch

                                                Appointing Shawn McGinley Fire Chief of

                                                Borough of North Catasauqua

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Billy Duch

                                                Appointing Erik Hirner, Assistant Fire

                                                Chief for the Borough of North Catasauqua

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph D. Keglovits

                                                Motion passed 6 to 1,

                                                Vice President John J. Yanek opposed.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Appointing Greg Scheirer and Roger Scheirer

                                                Emergency Management managers for the

                                                Borough of North Catasauqua

                                                2nd by Councilman Billy Duch

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Billy Duch

                                                To set the Real Estate rate of one percent

                                                (1%) of the amount collected by the tax collector.

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Head count – all yes

                     

MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Setting the sewer rate at 150% of the

                                                Water rate per the budget.

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                To set the garbage rate at $305.00

                                                per year, senior citizen rate over age 65,

                                                a discount of $20.00.  If paid within 30

                                                days $10.00 discount.

                                                2nd by Councilman Billy Duch

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Vice President John J. Yanek

                                                To reappoint the Planning Committee

                                                of Dan Snyder, Joseph D. Keglovits and

                                                Roger Scheirer and alternates Ray Hahn

                                                and Kevin Armbruster.

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Appointing Barbara Barber to a six (6)

                                                year term on the Civil Service Commission,

                                                John Keglovits 4 year term in 2016 and Roger

                                                Scheirer 6 year appointment in 2017.

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Joseph T. Keglovits

                                                Appointing Billy Duch and Brandon Lively

                                                for 2 year terms, alternates for the Civil

                                                Service Commission.

                                                2nd by Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Vice President John J Yanek asked about John Keglovits being appointed to the Civil Service Commission when his house is up for sale.  John did not attend the Civil Service meetings.  President Paone stated at this time, until he tell us he moved, he’s on the committee.  At a later time he could be removed.

 

 

 

President Paone reported that Joseph T. Keglovits is on the Zoning Hearing Board and must resign.  Jim Englert and Dr. John Pammer have one year left on a 3-year term.  Appointments will not be made until Joseph T. resigns from the committee.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilwoman Michele Hazzard

                                                Nominating Connie Molchany as

                                                Health Officer for the Borough.

                                                2nd by Councilman Billy Duch

                                                Head count – all yes

 

President Paone passed the committee lists to council.  He said there may be one committee that may be swapped but will talk to those individuals at the end of the meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Councilman Joseph D. Keglovits reported there is a switch in the well for a light which controls the light and fan at the pump station.  It needs an explosion proof light which needs to be fixed.  It will cost about $2,800.00 to get it fixed.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Joseph D. Keglovits

                                                Authorizing spending approximately

                                                $2,800 to replace the switch in the pumping station.

                                                2nd By Councilman Billy Duch

                                                Head count – all yes

 

The money will come out of the Sewer Fund.

 

Joe also said he was talking to the crew about the top part of the new building, garage.  The downstairs has heat but the upstairs does not.  Joe would like to get an estimate to put heat in there, a gas heater as the crew works in that area.  Pete has no issue with getting estimates.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Joseph D. Keglovits

                                                To get an estimate for heating the

                                                Top floor of the garage.

                                                2nd by Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Head count – all yes

 

Vice President said he received lots of comments on how nice the park looked.

 

President Paone reported before the holidays the borough received a nice gift from the county.  We received 2 grants each for $25,000.00 and one has a match.  One was to do an elevator study for the building and the other was renovations at the park.  There is lots of paperwork when the work is being done.

 

Tommy Kish said Thursday and Friday before the holiday they got a list to pick-up leaves.  Tommy was salting and there was a huge pile of leaves on 8th St.  He would like it put in the Catty Press next year that after December 1st leaves will not be picked up.  Annette does put it on the website.

 

Councilman Joe Keglovits asked the treasurer what the carryovers were for 2017.  Annette stated approximately $26,516.15 for General Fund and Sewer Fund $170,892.00 but Catasauqua Borough did not invoice for the 4th quarter sewer flows.

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                To pay all bills.

                                                2nd by Councilman Joseph D. Keglovits

                                                Head count – all yes

 

                        MOTION:         By Councilman Billy Duch

                                                To adjourn the meeting.

                                                The next council meeting will be Monday,

                                                January 15th at 7:00 PM.

                                                2nd by Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt

                                                Head count – ayes

 

Meeting adjourned at 6:30 PM

 

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