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Millerstown Borough Council Meeting Minutes - July 9, 2020 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Tim Ritzman, Council members Rich Fegley, Donna Showers and Kevin Hertzler. Mayor Scott Arbegast, Secretary Karen Knellinger, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Plant Operator Wade Blanchard, HRG Engineer Justin Medinsky. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Public and Private Concerns None   The minutes from the last regular meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed and discussed. Councilmember Hertzler made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report Dave advises paving will begin sometime next week; he has pre-work to complete before they begin. He already applied for an extension on the Highway Occupancy Permit for Penn Dot for the projects on Sunbury, Nace and James Streets. He will be starting crosswalk painting when the paving is done but some of the paint is on backorder then is must be tested and certified by Penn Dot before it is shipped.    Sewer Committee Report An emergency rebuild kit was ordered for the decanter bearings and they are currently waiting on parts for the pumps at the pump station. One basin is shut down until the repair is completed. Water Committee Report Wade will begin classes at the end of July traveling to Exton, Pa once a week. President Shipp confirmed mileage and tolls will be reimbursed.  The emergency tower repair permit has not yet been returned. Justin elaborated on the progress of the Public Water Supply Permit Amendment as required by DEP. HRG sent the application and paid the $500 fee electronically and they will bill us later. The permit typically takes 4-5 months for the application to be approved but the repair cannot be performed in the winter so he asked it be expedited. The water needs to be de-chlorinated before the tower is emptied.  Dave asked the committee the status of the backflow prevention ordinance. They need a list of all commercial establishments and Dave will help develop.  Finance Committee Report The DCED final audit was submitted and copies distributed to Council with no comments or findings from the auditor. Wade informed Council the Chevrolet pickup truck is in worse shape then originally thought. He tried to replace the cab mounts when the rocker panels fell off and discovered they had completely rusted through. They went to Barnes Auto body to get an estimate on repairs and in addition they found the leaf springs and bed panel has rusted through. The estimate on rust repair is beyond $5,000 and the vehicle will not pass inspection in November. The alternator was replaced last week and the range selector went out on Friday. The vehicle needs to be replaced instead of constant repairs. Wade has been working with Regester Chevrolet and only one pick up is available in all of Central Pa. due to the Covid shutdown. The Costars price is $61,660. The dump truck is a 2003 and has a rear main seal leak and some steering issues. Hondru Chevrolet with Costars pricing will be $85,915, and they would need to have an answer by 7/16 to get a 2020 otherwise, we would wait until January of 2022. The dump truck would not be delivered until January 2021. The vehicles would both be sent to have plows and cinder spreaders installed at US Municipal Supply. Total price for both vehicles is $147,575 and liquid fuels equipment balance is approximately $37,000 with a balance of $110,575. Secretary Knellinger contacted the bank and financing is 3-4% with an estimated  payment of $2,070. She made a suggestion of splitting the vehicle payments between water, sewer and Borough to offset any one large budget increase for just the general account with the approximate payment on both vehicles of $690 each. Both existing vehicles would also be advertised for bid, including the plows and cinder spreaders, to offset some of the new vehicle costs. After extensive discussion, Councilmember Showers made a motion to purchase both vehicles subject to procuring financing. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Solid Waste Committee Report Councilmember Showers asked if using trash cans were mandatory. Secretary Knellinger advised the ordinance states cans must be used to deter animals.     Engineer’s Report The generator repair is in process for the back up power source. The Chapter 110 or Consumer Confidence report (CCR) has been mailed to all residents with no violations. They have not received a formal plan on the Greenwood School District track Improvement project. The final solar project plan has been approved and construction underway. The water supply amendment permit has been submitted, as mentioned earlier.  Justin is currently working on renewal of the NPDES permit with Dave. The application must be received by December 2nd along with samples to be collected and analyzed. Mayor’s Report The Mayor painted over some graffiti on the Grave Street tunnel but Wade advises there is more now and wants to expand on the cameras and signage. He advised illegal dumping of brush is also occurring behind the water tower. A notice was sent to all residents with their bill about brush pick up and fines for illegal dumping of grass and brush. Solicitor’s Report Solicitor Dissinger is currently working on the Comcast contract renewal. Old Business   Fish & Boat Officer Morder cited a motorcyclist for illegal operation on the trail next to the river. He and Secretary Knellinger, representing the Borough, attended a district court hearing. The subject was found guilty and ordered to pay a fine.   New Business None Zoning Permit Zoning Officer Reilly advised one permit for a patio was approved. A motion was made by President Shipp to adjourn. Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Monday, August 3rd at 7pm.
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Millerstown Borough Council Meeting Minutes July 9, 2020 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Tim Ritzman, Council members Rich Fegley, Donna Showers and Kevin Hertzler. Mayor Scott Arbegast, Secretary Karen Knellinger, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Plant Operator Wade Blanchard, HRG Engineer Justin Medinsky. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Public and Private Concerns None   The minutes from the last regular meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed and discussed. Councilmember Hertzler made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report Dave advises paving will begin sometime next week; he has pre-work to complete before they begin. He already applied for an extension on the Highway Occupancy Permit for Penn Dot for the projects on Sunbury, Nace and James Streets. He will be starting crosswalk painting when the paving is done but some of the paint is on backorder then is must be tested and certified by Penn Dot before it is shipped.    Sewer Committee Report An emergency rebuild kit was ordered for the decanter bearings and they are currently waiting on parts for the pumps at the pump station. One basin is shut down until the repair is completed. Water Committee Report Wade will begin classes at the end of July traveling to Exton, Pa once a week. President Shipp confirmed mileage and tolls will be reimbursed.  The emergency tower repair permit has not yet been returned. Justin elaborated on the progress of the Public Water Supply Permit Amendment as required by DEP. HRG sent the application and paid the $500 fee electronically and they will bill us later. The permit typically takes 4-5 months for the application to be approved but the repair cannot be performed in the winter so he asked it be expedited. The water needs to be de-chlorinated before the tower is emptied.  Dave asked the committee the status of the backflow prevention ordinance. They need a list of all commercial establishments and Dave will help develop.  Finance Committee Report The DCED final audit was submitted and copies distributed to Council with no comments or findings from the auditor. Wade informed Council the Chevrolet pickup truck is in worse shape then originally thought. He tried to replace the cab mounts when the rocker panels fell off and discovered they had completely rusted through. They went to Barnes Auto body to get an estimate on repairs and in addition they found the leaf springs and bed panel has rusted through. The estimate on rust repair is beyond $5,000 and the vehicle will not pass inspection in November. The alternator was replaced last week and the range selector went out on Friday. The vehicle needs to be replaced instead of constant repairs. Wade has been working with Regester Chevrolet and only one pick up is available in all of Central Pa. due to the Covid shutdown. The Costars price is $61,660. The dump truck is a 2003 and has a rear main seal leak and some steering issues. Hondru Chevrolet with Costars pricing will be $85,915, and they would need to have an answer by 7/16 to get a 2020 otherwise, we would wait until January of 2022. The dump truck would not be delivered until January 2021. The vehicles would both be sent to have plows and cinder spreaders installed at US Municipal Supply. Total price for both vehicles is $147,575 and liquid fuels equipment balance is approximately $37,000 with a balance of $110,575. Secretary Knellinger contacted the bank and financing is 3- 4% with an estimated  payment of $2,070. She made a suggestion of splitting the vehicle payments between water, sewer and Borough to offset any one large budget increase for just the general account with the approximate payment on both vehicles of $690 each. Both existing vehicles would also be advertised for bid, including the plows and cinder spreaders, to offset some of the new vehicle costs. After extensive discussion, Councilmember Showers made a motion to purchase both vehicles subject to procuring financing. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Solid Waste Committee Report Councilmember Showers asked if using trash cans were mandatory. Secretary Knellinger advised the ordinance states cans must be used to deter animals.     Engineer’s Report The generator repair is in process for the back up power source. The Chapter 110 or Consumer Confidence report (CCR) has been mailed to all residents with no violations. They have not received a formal plan on the Greenwood School District track Improvement project. The final solar project plan has been approved and construction underway. The water supply amendment permit has been submitted, as mentioned earlier.  Justin is currently working on renewal of the NPDES permit with Dave. The application must be received by December 2nd along with samples to be collected and analyzed. Mayors Report The Mayor painted over some graffiti on the Grave Street tunnel but Wade advises there is more now and wants to expand on the cameras and signage. He advised illegal dumping of brush is also occurring behind the water tower. A notice was sent to all residents with their bill about brush pick up and fines for illegal dumping of grass and brush. Solicitors Report Solicitor Dissinger is currently working on the Comcast contract renewal. Old Business   Fish & Boat Officer Morder cited a motorcyclist for illegal operation on the trail next to the river. He and Secretary Knellinger, representing the Borough, attended a district court hearing. The subject was found guilty and ordered to pay a fine.   New Business None Zoning Permit Zoning Officer Reilly advised one permit for a patio was approved. A motion was made by President Shipp to adjourn. Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Monday, August 3rd at 7pm.