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Millerstown Borough Council           Meeting Minutes     December 4, 2017 Those in attendance:  President Bill Roush, Vice President Rob Shipp, Council members Bruce Hengst and Donna Showers. Secretary Karen Knellinger, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Mayor John Kerns and Corey Salmon from HRG. Vice President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Public and Private Concerns None The minutes from the last meeting were previously emailed and reviewed.   Councilmember Hengst made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed.  Councilmember Hengst made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report The salt supply is approximately 25 tons in the storage shed. Dave is working with Greenwood Twp. on possibly qualifying for the Dirt & Gravel road program for Iron Mountain road. Part of the requirements is we supply the labor.  Sewer Committee Report None Water Committee Report  Dave advises Burns replaced the thermostat on the float for the well for $277.  Finance Committee Report The final budget is up for adoption. After being advertised, no public comment has been received. Councilmember Hengst made a motion to accept the budget for 2018 as advertised. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. A copy of the 2016 audit was distributed for Council to review.  No findings were found for the annual audit conducted by Maher Duessel, CPA and submitted to DCED. Solid Waste Report CCD missed a few homes. Secretary Knellinger spoke with Wendy and they will get them picked up. Engineers Report DEP has advised Cory a permit will not be needed since there are no building alterations. We are still waiting on an official letter from Dep for approval after the administrative review is finished. Mayors Report The Mayor questioned the Greenwood Field Hockey celebration for winning States. He wanted to know why he was not contacted about the parade and wanted to know if they applied for a parade. Secretary Knellinger advised no permit was applied for since it was too late for Penn Dot to approve. The Council thought is was a good way to celebrate their win.   Solicitors Report Solicitor Miner presented Act 42 of 2017. In the States budget process, they made an allowance for casino expansion. 10 licenses are available 25 miles away from the current location. Unless the resolution is adopted to opt out, by enacting the resolution, the Council is essentially endorsing the casino to consider the Borough a viable location to build a casino. Secretary Knellinger advised she had received an email from a local resident to adopt the resolution as well as a letter from the family Advisory Board. Solicitor Miner advises a very short window from 10/31 – 12/31 for the resolution to be adopted. This resolution can be repealed or rescinded at a later date if necessary. Questions among Council members discussed were what are the benefits of a casino to the residents and commerce. Traffic congestion, zoning changes, law enforcement, lodging and restaurants. A vote was conducted to accept the resolution to prevent a mini casinos from being built within the Borough. Councilmember Hengst made a motion to sign the resolution. Council member Ritzman seconded the motion. President Shipp and Councilmember Showers voted nay. The vote is 2-2; Solicitor Miner declared a tie and motion failed. Old Business Several markers in different locations around town were dedicated at a ceremony on 11/12. Members of Council attending were Councilmembers Showers, Ritzman and Vice President Shipp. The locations are Greenwood School, Little Washington, the Community Park and the Cochran Anspach House. The Council also approved a block in the memorial Wall in Marysville for the veterans. New Business MCSI has suggested they could pay for the needed repairs to the borough flag pole. The annual Christmas in Millerstown will be held 10-7 on December 9th with the tree lighting ceremony to follow. A Parade Permit was attained in August for approval through Penn Dot. Secretary Knellinger presented the yearly meeting scheduled for to be advertised. The next meeting will be on January 2nd for the Reorganization. The only other exception to the 1st Monday of the month will be September 10th, move to the second Monday. Councilmember Hengst made a motion to approve the schedule for adverting. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.   Zoning Permits  None A motion was made by Councilmember Hengst to adjourn. Councilmember Hengst seconded the motion. The next meeting will be held Monday, January 2nd at 7:00 PM. 
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