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Millerstown Borough Council Meeting Minutes November 5, 2018 Those in attendance: President Shipp, Vice President Bruce Hengst, Council members Donna Showers, Tim Ritzman and Rich Fegley. Secretary Karen Knellinger and Mayor Scott Arbegast.  Plant Manager Dave Stroup and Operator Sam Beers. HRG Engineer Cory Salmon and Solicitor Steven P Miner. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Public and Private Concerns MCSI representative Curt Black advises the purchase of can liners for the borough garbage cans has been approved. There are some brackets and hinges broken and Councilmember Ritzman will look into getting them repaired. The marker for the founder of Millerstown will possibly be placed at the borough building next to the recently installed sign. He would also like to have banners on the PPL poles and will bring examples for Council to view. Mr. Black has been discussing a possible billboard erected at the north end of town. Approval would need to come from Penn Dot for site distance as well as the zoning ordinance concerning size. A table until more information is available. 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 and discussed. Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report Dave advises Grave Street has been shaled and rolled in. Council asked if shale could be put on Iron Mountain Road, Dave thinks it is too cold now and it would not stick if rolled in. If they would plow all the shale would be scraped off, this will need to wait until spring.  Sewer Committee Report Dave advises the influent cooler has been fixed and two motors, fan and condenser were replaced. Secretary Knellinger sent in information on epoxy training for sealing manholes. They will be sending pricing and certification information. He will continue to check the school for I&I issues. Water Committee Report The chlorine residual plan was submitted to DEP an awaiting acceptance. Dave and Sam tore the sheeting off the chlorination building due to mold growth. They have a heater inside now and mold eliminator. The tour for Council will be rescheduled until spring.  Dave feels the reservoir is in good shape and will not need to be cleaned as there is hardly any sediment. A tower tap and the blow off at Greenwood Circle will need to be installed as soon as weather allows for the chlorine sampling. He and Sam will put a concrete sealer on parts of the tower. Finance Committee Report A request was made by the Borough Tax Collector, Kim Savercool, to increase fees to match other municipalities. The Solicitor has prepared a Resolution to be accepted at the next meeting for the following: $50 returned check fee, $15 tax certification, and $10 copy of a tax bill for escrow companies and a $2 charge for residents will remain unchanged.  The proposed budget was discussed with income and expenditures including an increase of $20 per quarter, from $321 to $341 per quarter with an increase of $16 per quarter per EDU on sewer and $4 for trash with a reduction of minimum water use from 8,000 to 7,000 gallons. There is not been a property tax increase within the borough in 12 years and none is planned for 2019. The bi-annual trash clean up day will take place in 2019. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the preliminary budget as presented. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The Solicitor advises 30 days is needed after acceptance so the monthly meeting will be moved to December 10th, both will be advertised. A fire tax ordinance has been proposed for one half a mill for borough residents to fund the volunteer fire department for fire protection. The Solicitor will have this advertised to be accepted at the next meeting. The result would be $50 per $100,000 of assessed value which will generate approximately $20,000. He also advises a referendum is not needed for a fire tax under the 3 mill maximum. Solid Waste Committee Report None   Engineers Report Cory confirms the sampling report has been submitted to DEP. Mayors Report None Solicitors Report Solicitor Miner advises he has researched the request from Comcast to renew their exclusive contract which does not expire until 2020. He wants the Council to contact the COG and Dan Cohen to renegotiate the contract. The current contract was signed 15 years ago without a franchise fee; typically a 5% fee is given to the municipality. He feels the high pressure is to resign the existing contract which benefits Comcast and a methodical renegotiation is needed. Solicitor Miner also researched the existing contract signed on 04/2017 with the cell tower company due to inactivity on their part. Council authorized Solicitor Miner to send a certified letter to the company to take action on the tower or cancel the contract. Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve Solicitor Miner to move on the delay. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Solicitor Miner advised of a legislature update to the Sunshine Law, Act 99 of 2018. The Council is authorized during an emergency situation or hazardous condition to the public, the Council does not have to adhere to the public bidding thresholds. Old Business Vice President Hengst has not reached his contact at Penn Dot concerning the review of brake retarder signs on Market and Sunbury Streets. MCSI will be replacing 5 liners in the cans around the square. Emergency Manager Shipp has the required NIMS information.  New Business Secretary Knellinger contacted PPL concerning the led light change. They estimate a possible $300 a month savings after the switch over. The PPL resolution was presented; Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the resolution to change the street light bulbs to led at no cost. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. A dedication for the mural on the firehouse was well attended including Representative Keller, Senator DiSanto, County Commissioner Brenda Benner, the artist and representatives from the Perry County Council of the Arts attended. The mural was made possible through a grant and students from the Greenwood School District helped the artist complete it.    Zoning Permit Approved a garage at 85 N. Market Street. A brief recess to an Executive session. After the recess and back to regular session, Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the Solicitor and Secretary Knellinger to take action on the existing delinquent accounts. Councilmember Ritzman seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. A motion was made by Councilmember Fegley to adjourn. Vice President Hengst seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Monday, December 10th at 7:00 PM.  The special meeting will be advertised as the second Monday.
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Millerstown Borough Council Meeting Minutes November 5, 2018 Those in attendance: President Shipp, Vice President Bruce Hengst, Council members Donna Showers, Tim Ritzman and Rich Fegley. Secretary Karen Knellinger and Mayor Scott Arbegast.  Plant Manager Dave Stroup and Operator Sam Beers. HRG Engineer Cory Salmon and Solicitor Steven P Miner. President Shipp called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Public and Private Concerns MCSI representative Curt Black advises the purchase of can liners for the borough garbage cans has been approved. There are some brackets and hinges broken and Councilmember Ritzman will look into getting them repaired. The marker for the founder of Millerstown will possibly be placed at the borough building next to the recently installed sign. He would also like to have banners on the PPL poles and will bring examples for Council to view. Mr. Black has been discussing a possible billboard erected at the north end of town. Approval would need to come from Penn Dot for site distance as well as the zoning ordinance concerning size. A table until more information is available. 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 and discussed. Councilmember Ritzman made a motion to approve the bills and expenditures. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous.  Street Committee Report Dave advises Grave Street has been shaled and rolled in. Council asked if shale could be put on Iron Mountain Road, Dave thinks it is too cold now and it would not stick if rolled in. If they would plow all the shale would be scraped off, this will need to wait until spring.  Sewer Committee Report Dave advises the influent cooler has been fixed and two motors, fan and condenser were replaced. Secretary Knellinger sent in information on epoxy training for sealing manholes. They will be sending pricing and certification information. He will continue to check the school for I&I issues. Water Committee Report The chlorine residual plan was submitted to DEP an awaiting acceptance. Dave and Sam tore the sheeting off the chlorination building due to mold growth. They have a heater inside now and mold eliminator. The tour for Council will be rescheduled until spring.  Dave feels the reservoir is in good shape and will not need to be cleaned as there is hardly any sediment. A tower tap and the blow off at Greenwood Circle will need to be installed as soon as weather allows for the chlorine sampling. He and Sam will put a concrete sealer on parts of the tower. Finance Committee Report A request was made by the Borough Tax Collector, Kim Savercool, to increase fees to match other municipalities. The Solicitor has prepared a Resolution to be accepted at the next meeting for the following: $50 returned check fee, $15 tax certification, and $10 copy of a tax bill for escrow companies and a $2 charge for residents will remain unchanged.  The proposed budget was discussed with income and expenditures including an increase of $20 per quarter, from $321 to $341 per quarter with an increase of $16 per quarter per EDU on sewer and $4 for trash with a reduction of minimum water use from 8,000 to 7,000 gallons. There is not been a property tax increase within the borough in 12 years and none is planned for 2019. The bi-annual trash clean up day will take place in 2019. Councilmember Fegley made a motion to approve the preliminary budget as presented. Councilmember Showers seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. The Solicitor advises 30 days is needed after acceptance so the monthly meeting will be moved to December 10th, both will be advertised. A fire tax ordinance has been proposed for one half a mill for borough residents to fund the volunteer fire department for fire protection. The Solicitor will have this advertised to be accepted at the next meeting. The result would be $50 per $100,000 of assessed value which will generate approximately $20,000. He also advises a referendum is not needed for a fire tax under the 3 mill maximum. Solid Waste Committee Report None   Engineers Report Cory confirms the sampling report has been submitted to DEP. Mayors Report None Solicitors Report Solicitor Miner advises he has researched the request from Comcast to renew their exclusive contract which does not expire until 2020. He wants the Council to contact the COG and Dan Cohen to renegotiate the contract. The current contract was signed 15 years ago without a franchise fee; typically a 5% fee is given to the municipality. He feels the high pressure is to resign the existing contract which benefits Comcast and a methodical renegotiation is needed. Solicitor Miner also researched the existing contract signed on 04/2017 with the cell tower company due to inactivity on their part. Council authorized Solicitor Miner to send a certified letter to the company to take action on the tower or cancel the contract. Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve Solicitor Miner to move on the delay. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. Solicitor Miner advised of a legislature update to the Sunshine Law, Act 99 of 2018. The Council is authorized during an emergency situation or hazardous condition to the public, the Council does not have to adhere to the public bidding thresholds. Old Business Vice President Hengst has not reached his contact at Penn Dot concerning the review of brake retarder signs on Market and Sunbury Streets. MCSI will be replacing 5 liners in the cans around the square. Emergency Manager Shipp has the required NIMS information.  New Business Secretary Knellinger contacted PPL concerning the led light change. They estimate a possible $300 a month savings after the switch over. The PPL resolution was presented; Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the resolution to change the street light bulbs to led at no cost. Councilmember Fegley seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. A dedication for the mural on the firehouse was well attended including Representative Keller, Senator DiSanto, County Commissioner Brenda Benner, the artist and representatives from the Perry County Council of the Arts attended. The mural was made possible through a grant and students from the Greenwood School District helped the artist complete it.    Zoning Permit Approved a garage at 85 N. Market Street. A brief recess to an Executive session. After the recess and back to regular session, Vice President Hengst made a motion to approve the Solicitor and Secretary Knellinger to take action on the existing delinquent accounts. Councilmember Ritzman seconded the motion. Approval was unanimous. A motion was made by Councilmember Fegley to adjourn. Vice President Hengst seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held Monday, December 10th at 7:00 PM.  The special meeting will be advertised as the second Monday.