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Millerstown Borough Council       Meeting Minutes            January 2, 2018 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Bruce Hengst, Council members Donna Showers and Tim Ritzman. Secretary Karen Knellinger, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Mayor Scott Arbegast and Cory Salmon from HRG. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:17 pm. Public and Private Concerns President Shipp spoke of the passing of President Roush on 12/20/17. This was the second member of council in just three months. President Roush was instrumental in the progress of the Borough for many years and will be missed. There is an open council seat to be filled with a candidate to be appointed by the Council until the next election. Two candidates asked to be considered: Marilyn Lauver, she has resided in town for 12 years and is the manager of the Millerstown Senior Citizen Center. Rich Fegley, has resided in town for 51 years, EMT for Millerstown Ambulance League, previously served on Council for 8-10 years in the 1990s. Council will consider the candidates and will vote at the meeting in February. A resident, Jennifer Fasting, wanted to know if there would be a conflict of interest with the Fire Department if Mr. Fegley were to be considered for Council since his financial interest could be biased. Council explained a budget committee is responsible for drafting the budget, which is advertised for public review and comment. Any emergency funding would be transparent to the public. The minutes from the last meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. Councilmember Hengst made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 2, 2017 as presented.  Councilmember Ritzman seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The minutes from the special meeting on 12/20/17 were previously emailed and reviewed. Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Councilmember Hengst seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed.  Councilmember Showers made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Hengst seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report The salt supply is getting low. One more snow event and Dave will order a triaxle. They deliver the next day. They have been using both trucks for the plowing and cindering. The bearings and shaft needed to be replaced from rust in the pick up.  Sewer Committee Report Dave advises an air line to the digester was frozen but it has since thawed. He is keeping the aerator plugged in and running the blowers continuously. Ed Spade from HRG is trying to help but the temperatures have been so cold. Granville Township is having the same issue Sam accidentally turned on the sludge pump and sludge was transferred to both digesters. It will need to be pumped and cleaned out which will result in a few more loads of sludge to be hauled out. Water Committee Report A lateral froze under a porch of a resident, Dave assisted in helping them find it. A permit to construct has been issued by DEP for the chlorination change over at the reservoir. This will eliminate the fluctuation in the chorine residual from the evening hours of lower use. The SCBAs will also not be needed after the changeover.  Finance Committee Report Signature cards will need to be resigned at the bank. This will be done after the next meeting and the new council member has been named. The audit was received at the last meeting. This was submitted to DCED previously with no findings. The Council had time to review and Vice President Hengst made a motion to adopt the audit as presented. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Solid Waste Report CCD missed a few homes. Secretary Knellinger spoke with Wendy and they will get them picked up. Engineers Report The 2018 grants for small projects in sewer and water have opened. HRGs fee will be $1,800 of which $1,000 is to fill out the grant application. A previous application can be used and the scope refined. The grant is 85/15 with a deadline of February 28, 2018.  Cory advises any political pressure will help with the award. Senator DiSanto's representative, which uses the borough the office once a month, has agreed to write a letter on the boroughs behalf. If the grant for $100,000 is awarded, the Borough would be responsible for $15,000 upon completion of the project. Vice President Hengst made a motion to accept the contract with HRG for $1,800 to prepare the CFA grant. Councilmember Ritzman seconded the motion. Councilmember Showers opposed. President Shipp voted to approve. 3-1, motion carried.   Mayors Report None Solicitors Report None Old Business After the inclement weather, a loan or line of credit that was planned for in the budget will need to address in the Spring for repairs to the reservoir building and paving. New Business None Zoning Permits None A motion was made by Vice President Hengst to adjourn. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. The next meeting will be held Monday, February 5th at 7:00 PM. 
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