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Millerstown Borough Council    Meeting Minutes     December 5, 2018 Those in attendance: President 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 Operator Sam Beers. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Approval of Ordinance # 2018-02, accepting a fire tax of half a mill, which will be $50 for every $100,000 of assessed value of real estate to be distributed directly to funding the fire department. Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Councilmember Ritzman seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Approval of Resolution #2018-R-03, updating tax collector fees. Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the resolution as presented. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The minutes from the last regular meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. Vice President Hengst has a correction to be made minutes correcting a title. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the minutes with the correction. Vice President Hengst seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed and discussed. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Public and Private Concerns Secretary Knellinger received an email regarding a concern from resident Kirk Allison about trash removal. He cannot attend a meeting and is requesting his cans be turned on their side so they do not fill with rain water. He also states trash is left in the cans and he wants the 3am pick up time changed. This was a previous concern and Council has an agreement with the carrier this is the safest time for pedestrians, school children, motorists and employees of the trash company. The Sloid Waste Chair will contact CCD. Street Committee Report Dave has an $11,000 estimate for shale on Iron Mountain Road. Councilmember Ritzman opposes the expense since no money was allotted for 2019 road repairs. Councilmember Fegley states the Council is taking reasonable steps to maintain the roadway as in the past. However, he has been receiving complaints from residents on the road about the snow removal. Once such complaint stated they should be plowed first before the rest of the town. Given the population of town, the Borough employees do the best they can and this is an unreasonable request. They will continue to make the roads safe for all residents. If there is a large amount of snow to be removed from the square, Council will hire a contractor to remove it for safety. However, donations from the business owners are strongly suggested because it is their responsibility to remove snow from their parking spaces and in front of their business. Sewer Committee Report Dave is looking into the addition of polymers to cut down on the sludge hauling costs. He received information on epoxy training for sealing three manholes; their engineers will contact him in the spring for training. President Shipp will be taking a tour of the sewer plant in Liverpool with the Boy Scouts tomorrow. Water Committee Report No report Finance Committee Report A motion was made by Vice President Hengst to approve CPA’s Robert Morris of New Bloomfield and Maher Duessel of Harrisburg, for 2019, per the prior contract. Seconded by Councilmember Fegley. Approval was unanimous. The final budget has been advertised for review. The Borough/General Fund budget is $199,107 in revenue and $198,900 in expenditures. A surplus of $207 for the year. The Municipal Authority Sewer Fund budget projects revenue of $308,844 and expenditures of $308,075. A surplus of $769. The Water Fund projects revenue of $98,000 in revenue and $97,545 in expenditures. A surplus of $455. This includes an increase in trash charges of $4, a reduction of minimum water usage to 7,000 gallons and an increase in sewer charges of $16 per quarter. The budget also includes replacement of three inoperable hydrants, two valves and a line stop installation on James Street A motion was made to accept the final budget as advertised by Councilmember Ritzman. Vice President Hengst seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Solid Waste Committee Report Prior discussion. Also trash was left on School Street because of excessive amounts out. Per the contract, three cans are allowed per week.    Engineers Report Since the change in date, Cory was unavailable to attend.   Mayors Report The Mayor heard gunshots from behind his house on James Street and was concerned about the proximity to homes. He found two stands and a blind on the property that belongs to Bill Moore. 150 yards are needed as a safe zone for gun discharge from any homes, He approached Mr. Moore and he advises he will post his property at his discretion. Solicitors Report Vice President Hengst made a motion to continue with Solicitor Miner as the borough solicitor for 2019. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Old Business Vice President Hengst has not reached his contact at Penn Dot concerning the review of brake retarder signs on Market and Sunbury Streets. MCSI will be replacing 5 liners in the cans around the square. Councilmember Ritzman gave some information to Dave to follow up on welding some lids for the cans. The PPL contract for street light replacement has been accepted. They advised the process will take 70 days before the job is assigned.    New Business Secretary Knellinger was contacted about a Floodplain Ordinance update to take place by June. She will work on the changes and requirements with the County and FEMA representative. Tax Collector Savercool asked to attend an annual tax training session for $15 at Greenwood Elementary. Vice President made a motion to approve the training. President Shipp seconded. Approval was unanimous. The Council and Authority meeting schedule has been advertised as the first Monday of the month at 7pm with the exception of September.  Vice President made a motion to approve the schedule. President Shipp seconded. Approval was unanimous. Zoning Permit None A brief recess to an Executive session to discuss delinquent accounts. A motion was made by Vice President Hengst to adjourn. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Monday, January 7th at 7pm.
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Millerstown Borough Council    Meeting Minutes     December 5, 2018 Those in attendance: President 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 Operator Sam Beers. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Approval of Ordinance # 2018-02, accepting a fire tax of half a mill, which will be $50 for every $100,000 of assessed value of real estate to be distributed directly to funding the fire department. Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Councilmember Ritzman seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Approval of Resolution #2018-R-03, updating tax collector fees. Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the resolution as presented. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The minutes from the last regular meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. Vice President Hengst has a correction to be made minutes correcting a title. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the minutes with the correction. Vice President Hengst seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed and discussed. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Public and Private Concerns Secretary Knellinger received an email regarding a concern from resident Kirk Allison about trash removal. He cannot attend a meeting and is requesting his cans be turned on their side so they do not fill with rain water. He also states trash is left in the cans and he wants the 3am pick up time changed. This was a previous concern and Council has an agreement with the carrier this is the safest time for pedestrians, school children, motorists and employees of the trash company. The Sloid Waste Chair will contact CCD. Street Committee Report Dave has an $11,000 estimate for shale on Iron Mountain Road. Councilmember Ritzman opposes the expense since no money was allotted for 2019 road repairs. Councilmember Fegley states the Council is taking reasonable steps to maintain the roadway as in the past. However, he has been receiving complaints from residents on the road about the snow removal. Once such complaint stated they should be plowed first before the rest of the town. Given the population of town, the Borough employees do the best they can and this is an unreasonable request. They will continue to make the roads safe for all residents. If there is a large amount of snow to be removed from the square, Council will hire a contractor to remove it for safety. However, donations from the business owners are strongly suggested because it is their responsibility to remove snow from their parking spaces and in front of their business. Sewer Committee Report Dave is looking into the addition of polymers to cut down on the sludge hauling costs. He received information on epoxy training for sealing three manholes; their engineers will contact him in the spring for training. President Shipp will be taking a tour of the sewer plant in Liverpool with the Boy Scouts tomorrow. Water Committee Report No report Finance Committee Report A motion was made by Vice President Hengst to approve CPA’s Robert Morris of New Bloomfield and Maher Duessel of Harrisburg, for 2019, per the prior contract. Seconded by Councilmember Fegley. Approval was unanimous. The final budget has been advertised for review. The Borough/General Fund budget is $199,107 in revenue and $198,900 in expenditures. A surplus of $207 for the year. The Municipal Authority Sewer Fund budget projects revenue of $308,844 and expenditures of $308,075. A surplus of $769. The Water Fund projects revenue of $98,000 in revenue and $97,545 in expenditures. A surplus of $455. This includes an increase in trash charges of $4, a reduction of minimum water usage to 7,000 gallons and an increase in sewer charges of $16 per quarter. The budget also includes replacement of three inoperable hydrants, two valves and a line stop installation on James Street A motion was made to accept the final budget as advertised by Councilmember Ritzman. Vice President Hengst seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Solid Waste Committee Report Prior discussion. Also trash was left on School Street because of excessive amounts out. Per the contract, three cans are allowed per week.    Engineers Report Since the change in date, Cory was unavailable to attend.   Mayors Report The Mayor heard gunshots from behind his house on James Street and was concerned about the proximity to homes. He found two stands and a blind on the property that belongs to Bill Moore. 150 yards are needed as a safe zone for gun discharge from any homes, He approached Mr. Moore and he advises he will post his property at his discretion. Solicitors Report Vice President Hengst made a motion to continue with Solicitor Miner as the borough solicitor for 2019. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Old Business Vice President Hengst has not reached his contact at Penn Dot concerning the review of brake retarder signs on Market and Sunbury Streets. MCSI will be replacing 5 liners in the cans around the square. Councilmember Ritzman gave some information to Dave to follow up on welding some lids for the cans. The PPL contract for street light replacement has been accepted. They advised the process will take 70 days before the job is assigned.    New Business Secretary Knellinger was contacted about a Floodplain Ordinance update to take place by June. She will work on the changes and requirements with the County and FEMA representative. Tax Collector Savercool asked to attend an annual tax training session for $15 at Greenwood  Elementary. Vice President made a motion to approve the training. President Shipp seconded. Approval was unanimous. The Council and Authority meeting schedule has been advertised as the first Monday of the month at 7pm with the exception of September.  Vice President made a motion to approve the schedule. President Shipp seconded. Approval was unanimous. Zoning Permit None A brief recess to an Executive session to discuss delinquent accounts. A motion was made by Vice President Hengst to adjourn. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Monday, January 7th at 7pm.