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Millerstown Borough Council   Meeting Minutes March 5, 2018 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Bruce Hengst, Council members Donna Showers Tim Ritzman and Rich Fegley. Secretary Karen Knellinger, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Mayor Scott Arbegast and Cory Salmon from HRG. 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. Vice President Hengst seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed. The Klines bill for hauling was questioned and more is being hauled out of the plant in the winter. The LB Water bills are for the piping Dave needs to complete prior to the reservoir building repairs.   Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report President Shipp assigned Councilmember Fegley to the Street and Water Committees. Dave recognized Chair Ritzman for his help in plowing during the days he was on his vacation. Sam needed to be pulled out on Iron Mountain by Greenwood Township during the snowfall but no damage was done to the truck. He is still learning the road.  Sewer Committee Report Dave has the blocked sewer line at Walnut and Locust Street scheduled as soon as the weather permits. The sewer flows have been elevated in the past three weeks. He has lifted manholes in multiple locations and has several problem areas targeted. The lines will need to be televised to determine the exact areas and hopefully the grant will be awarded to fix some of the problems. Dave cannot get the manholes on Market Street open. They were sealed when the road was paved and he needed to purchase a burner to get them open. Water Committee Report Dave purchased pipe to make repairs at the reservoir before the chlorine changeover.   Pennsylvania Rural Water had asked Brian Preski to give a presentation on backflow prevention and the cross connection mandate which went into effect by DEP in 1974. Several bills of legislation have been passed that no customer can introduce, pollute or contaminate the municipal water supply. This is the boroughs responsibility to make sure the mandate is enforced. Flint Michigan is the most recent example of backflow contamination. Any pressure drop in the lines will result in backflow syphonage into the system. All noncompliant municipalities will be fined. Several thousand sanitarians have been hired by DEP for enforcement. They have also added two boxes on the Annual Water Usage Report concerning backflow prevention questions. The program he is offering is no direct cost to the Borough.  His company, which is approved from DEP, will send survey letters to all residents and commercial businesses on the system to see if they have backflow prevention. New building codes require it in the building plans. The EPA is forcing DEP to have each homeowner install a backflow preventer so their water from their home does not backflow into the municipal water system and contaminate the entire water source. If a residence does not have a backflow preventer, they can pick any ASSE certified plumber to install in their homes for a cost estimate of $200 plus labor. Then an every five year test is required at a cost of $125. Commercial establishments will need a more complicated valve, ranging from $350-$500, that must be testable and anywhere a sprinkler system is involved will be more. DEP is starting with the larger cities and will mandate to the smaller ones eventually. The Water Committee will research the options and a decision will be made at a later time after more information is collected. Finance Committee Report An E-cycling request was received for this year for $225. Last year they asked for $100 to $150 and the Borough gave $100. Secretary Knellinger contacted the County and not received any answers as yet on specifics of the program. APPI sent a report for the savings on the bulk purchase of electric and for 2017, $2,261 was saved. The contract will be up from CPEC for January 2019 and the bids should be received sometime in October to change all accounts over to APPI. Solid Waste Report Four houses were missed due to the snow. Engineers Report Cory states the Chapter 94 and 110 reports are drafted for the March 31st due date.  There is no news on the chlorination changeover permit from DEP. The Small Water and Sewer Project Grant application was submitted and will be awarded on July 17, 2018. Resolution 2018-1, stating the Borough has applied for the grant was read. Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Mayors Report The Mayor asked if a civic group would be interested in painting the tunnels when the weather permits. He will contact several organizations. He also asked if there is any information on the pool status. He was advised the Borough jointly owns the park property but the Park Committee oversees all facets of the Park.  They hold their meetings publicly and they are a separate organization under the Park Committee. Solicitors Report None Old Business A Governors outreach meeting was held at the school on 2/22. President Shipp, Councilmembers Hengst and Showers attended and many questions were answered by cabinet members . New Business None  Zoning Permits Minium, 5 S. Market Street, a fence. A motion was made by Councilmember Fegley to adjourn. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM. 
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Millerstown Borough Council   Meeting Minutes March 5, 2018 Those in attendance: President Rob Shipp, Vice President Bruce Hengst, Council members Donna Showers Tim Ritzman and Rich Fegley. Secretary Karen Knellinger, Plant Manager Dave Stroup, Mayor Scott Arbegast and Cory Salmon from HRG. 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. Vice President Hengst seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The bills/receipts/expenditures were reviewed. The Klines bill for hauling was questioned and more is being hauled out of the plant in the winter. The LB Water bills are for the piping Dave needs to complete prior to the reservoir building repairs.   Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report President Shipp assigned Councilmember Fegley to the Street and Water Committees. Dave recognized Chair Ritzman for his help in plowing during the days he was on his vacation. Sam needed to be pulled out on Iron Mountain by Greenwood Township during the snowfall but no damage was done to the truck. He is still learning the road.  Sewer Committee Report Dave has the blocked sewer line at Walnut and Locust Street scheduled as soon as the weather permits. The sewer flows have been elevated in the past three weeks. He has lifted manholes in multiple locations and has several problem areas targeted. The lines will need to be televised to determine the exact areas and hopefully the grant will be awarded to fix some of the problems. Dave cannot get the manholes on Market Street open. They were sealed when the road was paved and he needed to purchase a burner to get them open. Water Committee Report Dave purchased pipe to make repairs at the reservoir before the chlorine changeover.   Pennsylvania Rural Water had asked Brian Preski to give a presentation on backflow prevention and the cross connection mandate which went into effect by DEP in 1974. Several bills of legislation have been passed that no customer can introduce, pollute or contaminate the municipal water supply. This is the boroughs responsibility to make sure the mandate is enforced. Flint Michigan is the most recent example of backflow contamination. Any pressure drop in the lines will result in backflow syphonage into the system. All noncompliant municipalities will be fined. Several thousand sanitarians have been hired by DEP for enforcement. They have also added two boxes on the Annual Water Usage Report concerning backflow prevention questions. The program he is offering is no direct cost to the Borough.  His company, which is approved from DEP, will send survey letters to all residents and commercial businesses on the system to see if they have backflow prevention. New building codes require it in the building plans. The EPA is forcing DEP to have each homeowner install a backflow preventer so their water from their home does not backflow into the municipal water system and contaminate the entire water source. If a residence does not have a backflow preventer, they can pick any ASSE certified plumber to install in their homes for a cost estimate of $200 plus labor. Then an every five year test is required at a cost of $125. Commercial establishments will need a more complicated valve, ranging from $350-$500, that must be testable and anywhere a sprinkler system is involved will be more. DEP is starting with the larger cities and will mandate to the smaller ones eventually. The Water Committee will research the options and a decision will be made at a later time after more information is collected. Finance Committee Report An E-cycling request was received for this year for $225. Last year they asked for $100 to $150 and the Borough gave $100. Secretary Knellinger contacted the County and not received any answers as yet on specifics of the program. APPI sent a report for the savings on the bulk purchase of electric and for 2017, $2,261 was saved. The contract will be up from CPEC for January 2019 and the bids should be received sometime in October to change all accounts over to APPI. Solid Waste Report Four houses were missed due to the snow. Engineers Report Cory states the Chapter 94 and 110 reports are drafted for the March 31st due date.  There is no news on the chlorination changeover permit from DEP. The Small Water and Sewer Project Grant application was submitted and will be awarded on July 17, 2018. Resolution 2018-1, stating the Borough has applied for the grant was read. Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Mayors Report The Mayor asked if a civic group would be interested in painting the tunnels when the weather permits. He will contact several organizations. He also asked if there is any information on the pool status. He was advised the Borough jointly owns the park property but the Park Committee oversees all facets of the Park.  They hold their meetings publicly and they are a separate organization under the Park Committee. Solicitors Report None Old Business A Governors outreach meeting was held at the school on 2/22. President Shipp, Councilmembers Hengst and Showers attended and many questions were answered by cabinet members . New Business None  Zoning Permits Minium, 5 S. Market Street, a fence. A motion was made by Councilmember Fegley to adjourn. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM.