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Millerstown Borough Council Meeting Minutes   January 4, 2021 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Tim Ritzman, Council members Rich Fegley and Kevin Hertzler. Secretary Karen Knellinger, Mayor Scott Arbegast, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Plant Operator Wade Blanchard, HRG Engineer Justin Medinsky. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with all in attendance wearing masks and socially distancing. Public and Private Concerns A resident complained about illegal dumping trash and brush along Locust Street. The area is difficult to enforce but the employees and Council will try to monitor the area. The minutes from the last regular meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. President Shipp 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. Councilmember Rizman made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report No ETA on the new dump truck. The second 30 minute parking sign needs to be installed in front of JVB. The offenders need to be warned before they are ticketed. Snow was removed from the square and the invoice has not been received yet.  Sewer Committee  There are extensive repairs needed to several manholes. Updated confined space equipment is needed. A tripod for $3,100, harness for $267 and two respirator masks for $230 each with extra filters were approved by the Municipal Authority. Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to approve the purchases.   Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. A 4 or 5 option gas meter is also needed but unsure of the costs at this time for a calibrated meter or a disposable. Council also approved the necessary purchase. Water Committee Report Wade passed his water classes and test and will be applying for his license. He will be attending the wastewater classes beginning 2/10. The backflow prevention ordinance was discussed with many questions on plumbers and the certification process. Dave suggested for resident Dave Mittner to attend the next meeting since he is familiar working for DEP. The drought contingency plan was approved by DEP, this needs to be resubmitted every three years. Finance Committee Report The accountants are working on the DCED audit. Solid Waste Committee Report The three year contract will need to be advertised in the fall. Engineer’s Report HRG engineer Justin Medinsky advises no formal plan has been received for the GWSD track improvement project. There are no updates on the solar project but a fence is currently being erected as this was part of the plan for liability reasons. The public water supply permit for the tower is on hold until spring due to the drought and the weather.  The Borough NPDES permit was submitted and under review. Mayor’s Report A snow emergency was declared but so far no funding is available.   Solicitor’s Report He is currently working on suggestions for updating the zoning ordinance and suggested storm water fees ordinance and will attend the next meeting.  Old Business None New Business Wade inspected a used Honda pump for water main breaks for $500, with all the hoses. He also needs a pair of waders to do repairs in the holes during a break. Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to approve the purchases. Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Zoning Permit None Councilmember Fegley made a motion to adjourn. President Shipp seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The next meeting will be held Monday, February 1 at 7pm.
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Millerstown Borough Council Meeting Minutes   January 4, 2021 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Tim Ritzman, Council members Rich Fegley and Kevin Hertzler. Secretary Karen Knellinger, Mayor Scott Arbegast, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Plant Operator Wade Blanchard, HRG Engineer Justin Medinsky. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with all in attendance wearing masks and socially distancing. Public and Private Concerns A resident complained about illegal dumping trash and brush along Locust Street. The area is difficult to enforce but the employees and Council will try to monitor the area. The minutes from the last regular meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. President Shipp 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. Councilmember Rizman made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report No ETA on the new dump truck. The second 30 minute parking sign needs to be installed in front of JVB. The offenders need to be warned before they are ticketed. Snow was removed from the square and the invoice has not been received yet.  Sewer Committee  There are extensive repairs needed to several manholes. Updated confined space equipment is needed. A tripod for $3,100, harness for $267 and two respirator masks for $230 each with extra filters were approved by the Municipal Authority. Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to approve the purchases.   Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. A 4 or 5 option gas meter is also needed but unsure of the costs at this time for a calibrated meter or a disposable. Council also approved the necessary purchase. Water Committee Report Wade passed his water classes and test and will be applying for his license. He will be attending the wastewater classes beginning 2/10. The backflow prevention ordinance was discussed with many questions on plumbers and the certification process. Dave suggested for resident Dave Mittner to attend the next meeting since he is familiar working for DEP. The drought contingency plan was approved by DEP, this needs to be resubmitted every three years. Finance Committee Report The accountants are working on the DCED audit. Solid Waste Committee Report The three year contract will need to be advertised in the fall. Engineer’s Report HRG engineer Justin Medinsky advises no formal plan has been received for the GWSD track improvement project. There are no updates on the solar project but a fence is currently being erected as this was part of the plan for liability reasons. The public water supply permit for the tower is on hold until spring due to the drought and the weather.  The Borough NPDES permit was submitted and under review. Mayor’s Report A snow emergency was declared but so far no funding is available.   Solicitor’s Report He is currently working on suggestions for updating the zoning ordinance and suggested storm water fees ordinance and will attend the next meeting.  Old Business None New Business Wade inspected a used Honda pump for water main breaks for $500, with all the hoses. He also needs a pair of waders to do repairs in the holes during a break. Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to approve the purchases. Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Zoning Permit None Councilmember Fegley made a motion to adjourn. President Shipp seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The next meeting will be held Monday, February 1 at 7pm.