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Millerstown Borough Council Meeting Minutes August 6, 2018 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Bruce Hengst, Council members Donna Showers, Tim Ritzman and Rich Fegley. Secretary Karen Knellinger and Mayor Scott Arbegast.  Plant Manager Dave Stroup and Sam Beers. Cory Salmon from HRG. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Public and Private Concerns Resident Larry Willow asked if the storm drain in front of his residence on School Street could be fixed before winter. The water runs directly into his yard and freezes and the box is raised up to prevent water from running off. Dave advised he is aware and has the repair on his list but has not had time to get to it. He will dig out the grate and put a notch in to allow the water to drain. The minutes from the last regular meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. A correction to add seconded the motion will be made. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Vice President Hengst seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed. Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report The bill for the Market Street repave will need to be paid, Cory approved the invoice. The recent severe rainfall has eroded Iron Mountain Road. Greenwood Township are to use Styninger to shale their portion, Dave will try to get our end done as well. Stone ballasters would be needed to shore up the road with a guardrail but the road cannot be widened. The ditch line is solid rock and would create another erosion issue. A wire guard rail could not be anchored at any point. The water flows from the wood line and DEP would need to get involved to have the water rerouted. The County dirt and gravel roads program will need to be pursued. Dave and Sam need to be certified before applying to the program and Greenwood Township cooperation would be a necessity. We are waiting on a schedule from Tate for the road patching. Dave will haul away the large limb down on Grave Street. Street Committee Report  cont. The line striper works well. Secretary Knellinger forwarded pictures of line stripping ideas for Council to review. The fire department trimmed the trees for 5 hours along Locust Street in anticipation of the tar and chip to be done soon. Sewer Committee Report Council took a tour of the plant on July 8th. Halifax will be touring tomorrow; they want to build a similar plant. During the rain, 350,000 gallons were processed in one day. The DO probes are not calibrating, they were to be replaced this year as a budgeted item. Right now, Dave is resetting the panel but he will need to replace them soon. Secretary Knellinger found the Municipal Authority account has been compromised and several ACH debits have been withdrawn by an unknown person. So far $3,025 this month but she will work with JVB to confirm this is the only transactions. The account will be closed and a PSP incident has been filed. Council wishes to press charges if the incident is not accidental. Water Committee Report The water tower was cleaned today by Pittsburg Tank & Tower from 10-6pm and the 4” of sediment was removed. The report and a video will be sent in approximately 30 days. The hypo system should be running on Monday, this will eliminate the strong doses to flow correct proportion. Finance Committee Report The DCED audit is still in process but a rough draft is done. Budget planning will begin in October.  Solid Waste Committee Report A new 3 year contract will be advertised soon to start for 2019 and hopefully rates hold so increases will not be necessary. Recycling is down since China is only exporting certain items, this may have an unknown impact currently. Engineers Report Cory wants a copy of the Penn Dot invoice for Market Street. He advises a tentative permit has been issued by DEP for the diluted hypo to meet requirements and he will resubmit for an operations permit. The CFA grant will not be awarded until 9/18/18; they will not have applications in 2019 since they have been overwhelming for this year. Mayors Report The Mayor has nothing to report. Solicitors Report Solicitor Miner has requested to attend the October meeting to explain several issues, Council approved his attendance.   Old Business Vice President Hengst is still trying to reach his contact at Penn Dot concerning the review of brake retarder signs on Market and Sunbury Streets. The dump truck has a rear axle seal leak; this is a large job and may need to go to the dealer. Dave will get an estimate from McGuire’s and advice. A larger back hoe is needed. Councilmember Ritzman will do some research and have some estimates at budget time. Councilmember Ritzman wants to review the recent discussion on the livestock ordinance. After much discussion, the decision was made to leave the distance as in the ordinance the same. However, Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to amend Ordinance #77, and add a section to allow up to 4 rabbits are as long as they are not for eating or resale. The motion was seconded by Vice President Hengst. Approval was unanimous. The solicitor will properly draft and advertise the motion for adoption at the next meeting.  New Business Wes Smith, the Emergency Management Coordinator gave a presentation to Secretary Knellinger to advise Council. A power point presentation included available county resources for the Borough to use. He also requested for Dave to provide an updated copy of the Emergency Response Plan. A complaint from a resident about recent fireworks was received. No ordinance exists from the Borough, however, State law provides for the distance from a residence and several other regulations. The resident was advised of the State Laws and was told to contact the State Police with any questions or concerns. Dave will contact Larry Noss for a price to weld trash can liners for the existing trash cans MCSI wants to replace. They also wish to place several signs on PPL poles around town. More details will need to be discussed. Zoning Permit A permit for rooftop solar panels at 19 S High Street has been applied for but not paid as yet. A motion was made by Councilmember Fegley to adjourn. Councilmember Ritzman seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Monday, September 10th at 7:00 PM. 
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Millerstown Borough Council Meeting Minutes August 6, 2018 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Bruce Hengst, Council members Donna Showers, Tim Ritzman and Rich Fegley. Secretary Karen Knellinger and Mayor Scott Arbegast.  Plant Manager Dave Stroup and Sam Beers. Cory Salmon from HRG. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Public and Private Concerns Resident Larry Willow asked if the storm drain in front of his residence on School Street could be fixed before winter. The water runs directly into his yard and freezes and the box is raised up to prevent water from running off. Dave advised he is aware and has the repair on his list but has not had time to get to it. He will dig out the grate and put a notch in to allow the water to drain. The minutes from the last regular meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. A correction to add “seconded the motion” will be made. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Vice President Hengst seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed. Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report The bill for the Market Street repave will need to be paid, Cory approved the invoice. The recent severe rainfall has eroded Iron Mountain Road. Greenwood Township are to use Styninger to shale their portion, Dave will try to get our end done as well. Stone ballasters would be needed to shore up the road with a guardrail but the road cannot be widened. The ditch line is solid rock and would create another erosion issue. A wire guard rail could not be anchored at any point. The water flows from the wood line and DEP would need to get involved to have the water rerouted. The County dirt and gravel roads program will need to be pursued. Dave and Sam need to be certified before applying to the program and Greenwood Township cooperation would be a necessity. We are waiting on a schedule from Tate for the road patching. Dave will haul away the large limb down on Grave Street. Street Committee Report  cont. The line striper works well. Secretary Knellinger forwarded pictures of line stripping ideas for Council to review. The fire department trimmed the trees for 5 hours along Locust Street in anticipation of the tar and chip to be done soon. Sewer Committee Report Council took a tour of the plant on July 8th. Halifax will be touring tomorrow; they want to build a similar plant. During the rain, 350,000 gallons were processed in one day. The DO probes are not calibrating, they were to be replaced this year as a budgeted item. Right now, Dave is resetting the panel but he will need to replace them soon. Secretary Knellinger found the Municipal Authority account has been compromised and several ACH debits have been withdrawn by an unknown person. So far $3,025 this month but she will work with JVB to confirm this is the only transactions. The account will be closed and a PSP incident has been filed. Council wishes to press charges if the incident is not accidental. Water Committee Report The water tower was cleaned today by Pittsburg Tank & Tower from 10-6pm and the 4” of sediment was removed. The report and a video will be sent in approximately 30 days. The hypo system should be running on Monday, this will eliminate the strong doses to flow correct proportion. Finance Committee Report The DCED audit is still in process but a rough draft is done. Budget planning will begin in October.  Solid Waste Committee Report A new 3 year contract will be advertised soon to start for 2019 and hopefully rates hold so increases will not be necessary. Recycling is down since China is only exporting certain items, this may have an unknown impact currently. Engineers Report Cory wants a copy of the Penn Dot invoice for Market Street. He advises a tentative permit has been issued by DEP for the diluted hypo to meet requirements and he will resubmit for an operations permit. The CFA grant will not be awarded until 9/18/18; they will not have applications in 2019 since they have been overwhelming for this year. Mayors Report The Mayor has nothing to report. Solicitors Report Solicitor Miner has requested to attend the October meeting to explain several issues, Council approved his attendance.   Old Business Vice President Hengst is still trying to reach his contact at Penn Dot concerning the review of brake retarder signs on Market and Sunbury Streets. The dump truck has a rear axle seal leak; this is a large job and may need to go to the dealer. Dave will get an estimate from McGuire’s and advice. A larger back hoe is needed. Councilmember Ritzman will do some research and have some estimates at budget time. Councilmember Ritzman wants to review the recent discussion on the livestock ordinance. After much discussion, the decision was made to leave the distance as in the ordinance the same. However, Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to amend Ordinance #77, and add a section to allow up to 4 rabbits are as long as they are not for eating or resale. The motion was seconded by Vice President Hengst. Approval was unanimous. The solicitor will properly draft and advertise the motion for adoption at the next meeting.  New Business Wes Smith, the Emergency Management Coordinator gave a presentation to Secretary Knellinger to advise Council. A power point presentation included available county resources for the Borough to use. He also requested for Dave to provide an updated copy of the Emergency Response Plan. A complaint from a resident about recent fireworks was received. No ordinance exists from the Borough, however, State law provides for the distance from a residence and several other regulations. The resident was advised of the State Laws and was told to contact the State Police with any questions or concerns. Dave will contact Larry Noss for a price to weld trash can liners for the existing trash cans MCSI wants to replace. They also wish to place several signs on PPL poles around town. More details will need to be discussed. Zoning Permits A permit for rooftop solar panels at 19 S. High Street has been applied for but not paid as yet. A motion was made by Councilmember Fegley to adjourn. Councilmember Ritzman seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Monday, September 10th at 7:00 PM.