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Millerstown Borough Council Reorganization Meeting Minutes January 6, 2020 Those in attendance: Councilmembers Rob Shipp, Donna Showers, Tim Ritzman and Rich Fegley. Secretary Karen Knellinger. Solicitor Bill Dissinger, Mayor Scott Arbegast, Plant Manager Dave Stroup and HRG representative Mike Postick Mayor Arbegast called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. The Mayor swore in newly elected Councilmembers Rob Shipp and Rich Fegley. Mayor Arbegast asked for nominations for President of Council for the next two years. Councilmember Showers nominated Councilmember Ritzman for President. Councilmember Fegley seconded.  Councilmember Shipp nominated himself. Councilmember Ritzman seconded. Mayor Arbegast casts the tie breaking vote for Rob Shipp as president of Council. Mayor Arbegast asked for nominations for Vice President of Council for the next two years. Councilmember Shipp nominated Councilmember Ritzman for Vice President. Councilmember Fegley and Showers approved. Councilmember Ritzman abstained. Councilmember Ritzman was voted as Vice President of Council. President Shipp reviewed the various committees and assigned councilmembers. President Shipp reviewed the meetings for the first Monday of the month with the exception of September will be the second Saturday. Also, the accounting firm of Hamilton & Musser as the accountant for the DCED audit, HRG as the Borough Engineering firm and Dissinger and Dissinger as the Solicitor. Vice President Ritzman made a motion to accept all appointees and the meeting schedule as advertised. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. No new business. Meeting is adjourned to regular session. Millerstown Borough Council    Meeting Minutes       January 6, 2020 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Tim Ritzman, Council members Donna Showers and Rich Fegley. Mayor Scott Arbegast, Secretary Karen Knellinger, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Solicitor William Dissinger. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:25 pm. Public and Private Concerns Pennsylvania State Police Newport Barracks Station Commander Lt. Ligon introduced himself. He advised in 90 days, only two incidents have been reported in town but he is open to any concerns. Vice President Ritzman asked about parking enforcement on South Market Street. He will address he situation after the Farm Show is over. Currently, there is no dedicated community crime watch officers.  The resignation of George Clegg was read and Councilmember Fegley made a motion to accept. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Two prospective councilmembers are in attendance. President Shipp asked for them to reintroduce themselves. Kevin Hertzler moved here in 2015. He ran for Council in April and received the second most votes behind Mr. Clegg. Daniel Ritzman is 18 years old and plans on taking over the family dog business. He received 98 write in votes at the last election in November.  President Shipp asked Counsel if it is a conflict to have related parties. Solicitor Dissinger advised Councilmember Ritzman can abstain from this vote but it is not against Borough Code to have related parties. Councilmember Showers made a motion to appoint Daniel Ritzman to Council. A motion for a second failed. President Shipp made a motion to appoint Kevin Hertzler.   Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Councilmembers Showers and Ritzman voted no. Vote tied at 2-2. The Mayor is the tie breaker and he voted for Kevin Hertzler. Mayor Arbegast swore in Kevin Hertzler as Councilmember for a two year term until the next municipal election. A special meeting was held on 12/19/19 to pass a new Tax Ordinance, #2019-02. Mayor Arbegast did not attend the meeting and has since vetoed the Ordinance and refused to sign it. Per Solicitor Dissinger, the Ordinance can be passed with the Mayor’s veto on record.  The minutes from the last regular meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. Vice President Ritzman made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The minutes from the special meeting on December 19, 2019 were previously emailed and reviewed. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed and discussed. President Shipp made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report Dave advised he used salt one time so far this year. The salt bin expansion should be started tomorrow. A pipe collapsed on North High Street causing a small sink hole. Dave advises the pipe is terra cotta and a small piece will need to be replaced and repaved. He feels there is no connection to the recent fire hydrant repair. He will contact John Young of Tate to confirm if they will honor their estimates from 2019 since they could not fit us into their schedule. The quote to convert the engine on the cinder spreader was over $3,000 and a new one is $6,000. He will make the small repairs to keep this one running for now.  Sewer Committee Report Nothing to report.   Water Committee Report The uninterrupted water supply plan needs to be submitted to DEP by 2/19/20 with a future purchase of a spare pump for the well, at the cost of $25,000. Councilmember Fegley asked Mike Postick if a grant would be available for this purchase. Mike advised in his opinion it could be combined with other projects but our chances of a grant have not been very favorable. The plan is to have Modern Pump install the new pump and send out the old pump for rebuilding and store it as the back up. The back up generator needs to be lifted onto the trailer. Dave advises Greenwood Township will use their large equipment to help. Finance Committee Report A special meeting was held on 12/19/19 as advertised to enact a real estate tax increase. The Mayor has vetoed on the basis the increase is too much at one time. Per the Borough Solicitor Dissinger, the veto can be overruled with a Council vote. Tax Ordinance #2019-02, will increase the real estate millage to 2.000 mills or 20 cents per $100 of assessment. All other taxes and water and sewer rates will remain the same. A motion was made to accept the ordinance by Vice President Ritzman. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Councilmember Hertzler abstained. President Shipp and Councilmember Showers voted yes. Motion approved.    Solid Waste Committee Report None Engineer’s Report Mike Postick from HRG advises he is waiting for approval on the SOC/IOC waivers he submitted to DEP. The waivers will offset the cost of testing for 9 years. Mike is assisting in the GWSD solar project and the track improvement project. The wellhead perimeters and the drainage must be managed to meet requirements and not to increase the existing issues. Dave is working on locating a manhole within the track that was previously buried possibly four feet deep. He has old blueprints with many laterals and disconnected pipes. He may get PRWA to help pinpoint the location. After it is found, the lid should get a riser as part of the school project. The Chapter 94 & Chapter 110 reports will be due by the end of March. Derry Township can be a secondary resource for disposal of sludge.      Solicitor’s Report Nothing to report.  Mayor’s Report Nothing to report. Old Business The emergency generator still needs to be wired.  New Business The new employee, Wade Blanchard, started today. Secretary Knellinger will get his work shirts, a jacket and an ID. PPL needs approval for clearing the brush under the lines at the plant. They have a utility easement and they will be using an herbicide safe for the river. The County will be involved for an erosion control plan. Council approved. Zoning Permit None A motion was made to recess to an Executive Session for the purpose of discussing overdue balances. Upon return from the Executive Session, a motion was made by Vice President Ritzman to adjourn. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The next meeting will be held Monday, February 3rd at 7pm.
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Millerstown Borough Council Reorganization Meeting Minutes January 6, 2020 Those in attendance: Councilmembers Rob Shipp, Donna Showers, Tim Ritzman and Rich Fegley. Secretary Karen Knellinger. Solicitor Bill Dissinger, Mayor Scott Arbegast, Plant Manager Dave Stroup and HRG representative Mike Postick Mayor Arbegast called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. The Mayor swore in newly elected Councilmembers Rob Shipp and Rich Fegley. Mayor Arbegast asked for nominations for President of Council for the next two years. Councilmember Showers nominated Councilmember Ritzman for President. Councilmember Fegley seconded.  Councilmember Shipp nominated himself. Councilmember Ritzman seconded. Mayor Arbegast casts the tie breaking vote for Rob Shipp as president of Council. Mayor Arbegast asked for nominations for Vice President of Council for the next two years. Councilmember Shipp nominated Councilmember Ritzman for Vice President. Councilmember Fegley and Showers approved. Councilmember Ritzman abstained. Councilmember Ritzman was voted as Vice President of Council. President Shipp reviewed the various committees and assigned councilmembers. President Shipp reviewed the meetings for the first Monday of the month with the exception of September will be the second Saturday. Also, the accounting firm of Hamilton & Musser as the accountant for the DCED audit, HRG as the Borough Engineering firm and Dissinger and Dissinger as the Solicitor. Vice President Ritzman made a motion to accept all appointees and the meeting schedule as advertised. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. No new business. Meeting is adjourned to regular session. Millerstown Borough Council    Meeting Minutes       January 6, 2020 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Tim Ritzman, Council members Donna Showers and Rich Fegley. Mayor Scott Arbegast, Secretary Karen Knellinger, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Solicitor William Dissinger. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:25 pm. Public and Private Concerns Pennsylvania State Police Newport Barracks Station Commander Lt. Ligon introduced himself. He advised in 90 days, only two incidents have been reported in town but he is open to any concerns. Vice President Ritzman asked about parking enforcement on South Market Street. He will address he situation after the Farm Show is over. Currently, there is no dedicated community crime watch officers.  The resignation of George Clegg was read and Councilmember Fegley made a motion to accept. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Two prospective councilmembers are in attendance. President Shipp asked for them to reintroduce themselves. Kevin Hertzler moved here in 2015. He ran for Council in April and received the second most votes behind Mr. Clegg. Daniel Ritzman is 18 years old and plans on taking over the family dog business. He received 98 write in votes at the last election in November.  President Shipp asked Counsel if it is a conflict to have related parties. Solicitor Dissinger advised Councilmember Ritzman can abstain from this vote but it is not against Borough Code to have related parties. Councilmember Showers made a motion to appoint Daniel Ritzman to Council. A motion for a second failed. President Shipp made a motion to appoint Kevin Hertzler.   Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Councilmembers Showers and Ritzman voted no. Vote tied at 2-2. The Mayor is the tie breaker and he voted for Kevin Hertzler. Mayor Arbegast swore in Kevin Hertzler as Councilmember for a two year term until the next municipal election. A special meeting was held on 12/19/19 to pass a new Tax Ordinance, #2019-02. Mayor Arbegast did not attend the meeting and has since vetoed the Ordinance and refused to sign it. Per Solicitor Dissinger, the Ordinance can be passed with the Mayor’s veto on record.  The minutes from the last regular meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. Vice President Ritzman made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The minutes from the special meeting on December 19, 2019 were previously emailed and reviewed. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed and discussed. President Shipp made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report Dave advised he used salt one time so far this year. The salt bin expansion should be started tomorrow. A pipe collapsed on North High Street causing a small sink hole. Dave advises the pipe is terra cotta and a small piece will need to be replaced and repaved. He feels there is no connection to the recent fire hydrant repair. He will contact John Young of Tate to confirm if they will honor their estimates from 2019 since they could not fit us into their schedule. The quote to convert the engine on the cinder spreader was over $3,000 and a new one is $6,000. He will make the small repairs to keep this one running for now.  Sewer Committee Report Nothing to report.   Water Committee Report The uninterrupted water supply plan needs to be submitted to DEP by 2/19/20 with a future purchase of a spare pump for the well, at the cost of $25,000. Councilmember Fegley asked Mike Postick if a grant would be available for this purchase. Mike advised in his opinion it could be combined with other projects but our chances of a grant have not been very favorable. The plan is to have Modern Pump install the new pump and send out the old pump for rebuilding and store it as the back up. The back up generator needs to be lifted onto the trailer. Dave advises Greenwood Township will use their large equipment to help. Finance Committee Report A special meeting was held on 12/19/19 as advertised to enact a real estate tax increase. The Mayor has vetoed on the basis the increase is too much at one time. Per the Borough Solicitor Dissinger, the veto can be overruled with a Council vote. Tax Ordinance #2019-02, will increase the real estate millage to 2.000 mills or 20 cents per $100 of assessment. All other taxes and water and sewer rates will remain the same. A motion was made to accept the ordinance by Vice President Ritzman. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Councilmember Hertzler abstained. President Shipp and Councilmember Showers voted yes. Motion approved.    Solid Waste Committee Report None Engineer’s Report Mike Postick from HRG advises he is waiting for approval on the SOC/IOC waivers he submitted to DEP. The waivers will offset the cost of testing for 9 years. Mike is assisting in the GWSD solar project and the track improvement project. The wellhead perimeters and the drainage must be managed to meet requirements and not to increase the existing issues. Dave is working on locating a manhole within the track that was previously buried possibly four feet deep. He has old blueprints with many laterals and disconnected pipes. He may get PRWA to help pinpoint the location. After it is found, the lid should get a riser as part of the school project. The Chapter 94 & Chapter 110 reports will be due by the end of March. Derry Township can be a secondary resource for disposal of sludge.      Solicitor’s Report Nothing to report.  Mayor’s Report Nothing to report. Old Business The emergency generator still needs to be wired.  New Business The new employee, Wade Blanchard, started today. Secretary Knellinger will get his work shirts, a jacket and an ID. PPL needs approval for clearing the brush under the lines at the plant. They have a utility easement and they will be using an herbicide safe for the river. The County will be involved for an erosion control plan. Council approved. Zoning Permit None A motion was made to recess to an Executive Session for the purpose of discussing overdue balances. Upon return from the Executive Session, a motion was made by Vice President Ritzman to adjourn. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The next meeting will be held Monday, February 3rd at 7pm.