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Millerstown Borough Council Meeting Minutes June 1, 2020 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Tim Ritzman, Council members Donna Showers, Rich Fegley and Kevin Hertzler. Secretary Karen Knellinger, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Plant Operator Wade Blanchard, Tim Reilly, Zoning Officer and HRG Engineer Justin Medinsky. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00m. Public and Private Concerns Millerstown Borough Council held the meeting in observance of social distancing and masks were worn by Council and the gallery. A letter was presented by Secretary Knellinger from a resident asking for approval to keep a falcon. The practice is highly regulated by the Game Commission and no ordinance exists prohibiting the practice. Councilmember Hertzler commented the birds, as well as eagles, exist naturally in our area and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilmember Fegley. Approval was unanimous. The minutes from the March, April and May meetings meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. March and April were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 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 Ritzman seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report Dave advised a new, larger drain pipe was installed on Iron Mountain Road. A pipe on Chestnut Street was jetted out since it was plugged shut with debris and the stormbox was rebuilt. New estimates on street repairs were received and several were added. Some of the roads are getting unplowable but they were not included in the budget. Street Committee Report cont. Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to approve all necessary road paving. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Paving will begin sometime in July. The HOP permit will be extended to fix Sunbury Street. A 5” concrete form was installed in the new salt shed. The pickup body mounts have rusted through and Barnes will give an estimate for repairs. Sewer Committee Report The roof was leaking at the plant and has been repaired. Bearings, seals and impellers were rebuilt in the pumping station generator however; the second generator will also need to be rebuilt before it breaks completely. The bearings on the decanter are going and will need to be repaired. An overflow notice was sent to DEP on 4/30/20, for a rain event.    Water Committee Report The tower leak repair is still holding and the repair company has moved the date from August to July. DEP will need to be consulted about the lowering in pressure when the tower is drained and the 3 weeks to dechlorinate before it can be emptied. We should have a response from DEP in the next 90 days if the 2 -3 year plan to purchase a back up well pump will be approved.  Finance Committee Report A new contract for electric was approved for .058kw which is a lower rate for the next 36 months. The Liquid Fuels allocation for 2021 will be $28,513. Solid Waste Committee Report None Engineer’s Report Engineer Justin Medinsky is filling in for Mike Postick who has left HRG. Their office will remain closed through August 31st however, he is working remotely. The Chapter 94 was submitted on time along with the Chapter 110. He anticipates the CCR to be finished in the next few weeks to be mailed by the July 1st deadline. The GWSD plans for the solar project have been monitored and on May 12th a comment letter was mailed concerning the wellhead protection and groundwater runoff. A new submission was received last week and he recommends a conditional approval of the plan. The engineer from Burgett & Associates is in attendance and received the conditional approval for the plans.    Manhole assistance was provided to Dave to prevent I&I in several locations. The GWSD track renovation must have a coordinated effort with the solar panel project to direct runoff and should not disturb the exiting wetlands behind the school property. A conditional approval was given based on HRG’s review. A land development plan from the County is not required nor an NPDES permit. Engineer’s Report cont. Councilmember Fegley made a motion for a conditional approval based on HRG’s review. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Solicitor’s Report Nothing to report.  Mayor’s Report A letter was received commending the Senior Citizen Center for providing a free lunch twice weekly to the truckers on the Rt. 322 pull off during the Covid pandemic. The tunnel at Grave Street has some graffiti; the Mayor will paint over it. Old Business   PRWA classes as well as flagger training, Dirt & Gravel Road classes and all exams have been postponed. The emergency generator has been moved to the trailer but will need to have supports welded. A fuel line and some electrical wiring also need to be done. New Business Secretary Knellinger applied for the FEMA funds during the Covid pandemic. However, according to their
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Photo by : John Allison  @       Riverside Framing
Millerstown Borough Council Meeting Minutes June 1, 2020 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Tim Ritzman, Council members Donna Showers, Rich Fegley and Kevin Hertzler. Secretary Karen Knellinger, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Plant Operator Wade Blanchard, Tim Reilly, Zoning Officer and HRG Engineer Justin Medinsky. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00m. Public and Private Concerns Millerstown Borough Council held the meeting in observance of social distancing and masks were worn by Council and the gallery. A letter was presented by Secretary Knellinger from a resident asking for approval to keep a falcon. The practice is highly regulated by the Game Commission and no ordinance exists prohibiting the practice. Councilmember Hertzler commented the birds, as well as eagles, exist naturally in our area and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilmember Fegley. Approval was unanimous. The minutes from the March, April and May meetings meeting were previously emailed and reviewed. March and April were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 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 Ritzman seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report Dave advised a new, larger drain pipe was installed on Iron Mountain Road. A pipe on Chestnut Street was jetted out since it was plugged shut with debris and the stormbox was rebuilt. New estimates on street repairs were received and several were added. Some of the roads are getting unplowable but they were not included in the budget. Street Committee Report cont. Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to approve all necessary road paving. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Paving will begin sometime in July. The HOP permit will be extended to fix Sunbury Street. A 5” concrete form was installed in the new salt shed. The pickup body mounts have rusted through and Barnes will give an estimate for repairs. Sewer Committee Report The roof was leaking at the plant and has been repaired. Bearings, seals and impellers were rebuilt in the pumping station generator however; the second generator will also need to be rebuilt before it breaks completely. The bearings on the decanter are going and will need to be repaired. An overflow notice was sent to DEP on 4/30/20, for a rain event.    Water Committee Report The tower leak repair is still holding and the repair company has moved the date from August to July. DEP will need to be consulted about the lowering in pressure when the tower is drained and the 3 weeks to dechlorinate before it can be emptied. We should have a response from DEP in the next 90 days if the 2 -3 year plan to purchase a back up well pump will be approved.  Finance Committee Report A new contract for electric was approved for .058kw which is a lower rate for the next 36 months. The Liquid Fuels allocation for 2021 will be $28,513. Solid Waste Committee Report None Engineer’s Report Engineer Justin Medinsky is filling in for Mike Postick who has left HRG. Their office will remain closed through August 31st however, he is working remotely. The Chapter 94 was submitted on time along with the Chapter 110. He anticipates the CCR to be finished in the next few weeks to be mailed by the July 1st deadline. The GWSD plans for the solar project have been monitored and on May 12th a comment letter was mailed concerning the wellhead protection and groundwater runoff. A new submission was received last week and he recommends a conditional approval of the plan. The engineer from Burgett & Associates is in attendance and received the conditional approval for the plans.    Manhole assistance was provided to Dave to prevent I&I in several locations. The GWSD track renovation must have a coordinated effort with the solar panel project to direct runoff and should not disturb the exiting wetlands behind the school property. A conditional approval was given based on HRG’s review. A land development plan from the County is not required nor an NPDES permit. Engineer’s Report cont. Councilmember Fegley made a motion for a conditional approval based on HRG’s review. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Solicitor’s Report Nothing to report.  Mayor’s Report A letter was received commending the Senior Citizen Center for providing a free lunch twice weekly to the truckers on the Rt. 322 pull off during the Covid pandemic. The tunnel at Grave Street has some graffiti; the Mayor will paint over it. Old Business   PRWA classes as well as flagger training, Dirt & Gravel Road classes and all exams have been postponed. The emergency generator has been moved to the trailer but will need to have supports welded. A fuel line and some electrical wiring also need to be done. New Business Secretary Knellinger applied for the FEMA funds during the Covid pandemic. However, according to their guidelines, we will not be eligible for any funding. Zoning Permit Zoning Officer Tim Reilly advised 5 permits have been approved along with the solar permit for the school. He also advised a member had resigned from the Municipal Authority and to advise him of any potential candidates. Adjourn into Executive Session to discuss a court hearing and personnel matters. Upon return, Secretary Knellinger will attend a Fish Commission hearing on June 22nd to represent the Borough in a hearing of illegal land use. Officer Morder cited a motorcyclist for riding the path along the river. A motion was made by Councilmember Ritzman to adjourn. Councilmember Hertzler seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The next meeting will be held Monday, July 6th @ 7 pm.