Council Minutes – October 9 2014

UNOFFICAL UNTIL November 13,2014

Jermyn Borough Council met on Thursday, October 9 ,2014 at 7:00 p.m. On roll call the following members were present: J.McDermott, W.Estile, J.Smith, B.Parks and K.Hosie. J.Wilson and J.Allan were absent. Attorney Nicholls and Mayor Smallacombe were in attendance.

MINUTES –  A motion was made by W.Estile,seconded by J.McDermott to accept the minutes of September 11,2014. All members were in favor.

FINANICAL REPORT- W.Estile gave the financial report:

Beginning Balance – $ 186,263.36
Deposits                  – $ 18,977.40
Expenses               – $ 37,708.22
Ending Balance    –  $ 167,472.54

A motion was made by J.Smith, seconded by B.Parks to accept the financial report as presented. All members were in favor.

ELECTED OFFICERS – Mayor Smallacombe reported  that the police are doing a good job and he has not received any complaints and asked that all our officers be kept in prayer, as what happened in Monroe County could happen anywhere. He said the Historical Society has new postcards out and will be sold at Sterling Pharmacy and Debbie’s. The Black Sage Concert will be on October 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the gym and tickets are $5.00. The Historical Society will have their open house on November 9th from 1 to 4.

The Events committee are planning their annual dinner and awards ceremony  to be held on February 21.

APPOINTED OFFICERS : Attorney  Nicholls said that DGK is the lowest bidder at $77,881.00. EHD was  a little lower initially, but DGK estimated the workmans compensation because the rates were not received at the time of bidding. Attorney Nicholls recommended DGK. A motion was made by J.Smith, seconded by W.Estile to award the annual insurance package to DGK. All members were in favor.

FIRE CHIEF – Mr. Rood said he looks forward to working with Bob Chase the new Artisan Captain. He said B.Chase and himself got a siren from the DPW and installed it at the Artisan. He also wished to caution Council about using the borough garage, you have to be real careful with the system, the doors cannot be closed, there is phase three electric. Mr. Rood asked if there is anything new about the drones, Attorney Nicholls said no.

At this time K.Hosie said at the next meeting public input will be limited to five minutes.

PUBLIC INPUT – Girl Scout Troop 55440 requested permission for their annual Christmas Light Parade on December 13, line up at 5:30, parade at 6:00.

Mr. Art Wilson said that Joanne sends her thanks to all  for their kindness.

Mayor Smallacombe said he did talk to Rock Bottom about the projects on Bacon Street and behind  642 Washington Avenue  and they said as soon as they are done with paving, they will be here.

Floyd Celli, 642 Washington Avenue , addressed Council and said it took 28 days for Bureau Veritas to respond to his e-mail. R. Rood said that B.Chase, Dennis Kutch and himself met for three hours to review the three proposals for the third party inspectors. He said there were a lot of differences in the proposals. Mr. Rood asked when council needs the results, Attorney Nichols said if possibly for the next work session? Mr. Chase said there was a big difference in the pricing. Mr. Rood said we have three pages of questions and may  meet with the companies.

Mr. Celli asked about the resident who lives near Convenient, why did the Borough address a personal problem? K. Hosie said council was notified by the Police Department and her self and W.Estile  looked at the problem  and realized it was not a borough issue. Mr. Celli also asked why DPW employee A.J.Fuga is making $12.00 an hour, when the employee that resigned was only making $11.00. K. Hosie said because Mr. Fuga was a part time employee with the borough for a long time, longer than the employee who resigned.

Mr. A. Whitiak, 572 Washington Avenue addressed council  and thanked council and audience for still patronizing his business. He said the five minute limit is very disheartening  ,that council will chase people away. Mr. Whitiak asked Attorney Nicholls about the at will employee law  concerning Bureau Veritas, Attorney Nicholls said they are an independent contractor , not an employee and we are under contract. Mr. Whitiak said when he comes to council and asks for help he wished other businesses in town would come and support him and the five minutes is a joke.

CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE – A motion was made by J.Smith, seconded by J.McDermott to give Girl Scout Troop 55440 permission to have the annual Christmas Light Parade on December 13 at 6:00 p.m. All members were in favor.

INVOICES –  A motion was made by B.Parks, seconded by J.Smith to pay the invoices in the amount of $278.75. All members were in favor.

PUBLIC WORKS – Mr. Parks said we have received three applications for the part time DPW position and we will start to interview soon. Mr. Parks said he was approached by an officer to ask if we can put ablue light in one of the decorative lights on Washington Avenue  in honor of fallen officers. A motion was made by B.Parks, seconded by W.Estile to have a blue light installed in one of the decorative lights on Washington Avenue. All members were in favor. Mayor Smallacombe said he would pay for the light.

Mr. Parks asked Attorney Nicholls about the Creek Project. Attorney Nicholls said he sent out a nine page letter to the State with his opinion on owner ship of the creek properties.

ZONING OFFICER – Mr. Chase reported that he has all the sign problems worked out, a permit to refuse, a citation to write . Election signs are allowed with some restrictions. Mr. Parks asked that no signs be placed at the Girl Scout Corner .

JUNIOR COUNCILMAN- B.Swatt said when first came on one of the first things he suggested was a better way to communicate with the residents about alternate parking. That fell through when Bill Arthur said he had some kind of communication system, to text residents. A better way to notify them would be to call them, Ray said it would be something to resurrect with the winter coming and he will look into it.



Mrs. Hosie said she felt  really bad but it’s the third year that our employees will not be getting a raise.

Mr. Whitiak said didn’t Chief Arthur get a raise? Mrs. Hosie  said no he is receiving the salary already in the budget for Chief Zellers. If Chief Zellers returns he will receive the same salary.

A motion was made by W.Estile, seconded by J.McDermott to adopt the 2015 budget in the amount of $675,943.00. All members were in favor.

PAVING PROJECT- Mrs. Hosie asked Council if we should contact KBA to start the process for the paving project?  Mr. Smith asked how much are we going to finance? Attorney Nicholls said we have to see how much we can afford to pay back. The secretary was asked to obtain interest rates for paving loans.

Mr. Parks said we will have an electronic recycling day on November 1st  at the borough building from 8:00 to noon.

RESOLUTION MONROE COUNTY GRANT – A motion was  made by B.Parks seconded by J.McDermott to adopt the Resolution stating we are applying for a grant in the amount of $513,112.00  with the Monroe County Gaming Grant to pave and install drainage structure for Old Mill Road.  All members were in favor.

Acting Chief W.Arthur – – A motion was made to re-appoint W.Arthur as Acting Chief until the next meeting or Chief Zellers returns. All members were in favor.

Mr. Parks notified everyone that the Steamtown Marathon is this coming Sunday.

Mr. Smallacombe said concerning the complaints at the last meeting concerning Rushbrook Street. The Police have cited some trucks and Penn Dot came in and took care of the pot holes.

A motion was made by J.Smith seconded by W.Estile to adjourn. All members were in favor.

Jermyn E-Cycling


Jermyn Borough will have an electronic recycling pick up on November 1st from 8:00 to noon at the Borough Building, 440 Jefferson Avenue,Jermyn residents only ,please. Items that may be dropped off include: televisions,computer monitors,hard drives, keyboards, stereo equipment ,VCRs, fax/copier equipment, printers, cell phones, gaming products, microwave ovens, type writers and most other devices that are plugged in or operated on batteries. No items containing freon will be accepted.

Council Minutes – September 11 2014

Jermyn Borough Council met on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. On roll call the following members were present: J.Wilson, J.McDermott, W.Estile, J.Allan and K.Hosie. Attorney Nicholls and Mayor Smallacombe were in attendance. J.Smith and R.Parks were absent.

MINUTES – A motion was made by J.McDermott, seconded by J.Allan to accept the minutes of August 14,2014. All members were in favor.

FINANCIAL REPORT – W.Estile gave the financial report:

Beginning Balance   – $192,251.55
Deposits                    – $ 54,280.18
Expenses                   – $60,268.37
Ending Balance        – $186,263.36

A motion was made by J.Wilson, seconded by J.Allan to accept the financial report as presented. All members were in favor.

MAYOR- Mayor Smallacombe said the police are doing a great job. There have been 5,751 incidents so far this year, there are patrolman at the school bus stops. He has received a lot of bear complaints. The police have worked on overgrown propertys, working Enradd and working foot patrols. The Mayor said he has not had a bad complaint about the police department in two years. He commended the fire police for their great job at events throughout the town. He asked Chief Arthur if he was aware of the White Cane Law. Attorney Nicholls said it is a state statute. The Mayor explained if you see a person crossing a road with a white cane, a guide dog or a blind person being assisted across the road you must stop. The Historical Society will be having a concert on October 18, with the Black Sage Band and it will be held in the gym. The Historical Society will have an open house on November 9th from 1:00 until 4:00. There are new postcards out, you can purchase them at the pharmacy and Debbies’ Florist. The annual Jermyn Events Picnic will be on Sunday at Aylesworth Park at 2:30.

ATTORNEY NICHOLLS – Attorney Nicholls said he received three proposals for a building inspector, Bureau Veritas, BIU and  Northeast inspections. He asked that Fire Chief Ray Rood, look at them. Mr. Rood said he would like to have the Zoning Officer and the Borough Engineer to be included. A motion was made by J.Wilson, seconded by W.Estile to have R.Rood, B.Chase and D.Kutch to review the proposals from the three building inspectors. All members were in favor.

R.Rood asked Attorney Nicholls if he has looked into the Muldoon property on Washington Avenue that was in a fire. Mr. Nicholls said he did not look at it yet. Mr. Rood commended the Crystal and the Artisan for the great job at the convention, winning eight prizes.

PUBLIC INPUT – A Mr. Bob Horne address council concerning the driveway permits they paid $25.00 for back in 2009, what is happening with the project for the sidewalks? K. Hosie said we were informed that the State did not have the funds to finish the project. Mr. Horne asked if the permit is still good. Mayor Smallacombe said it should be unless it states differently on the permit.

Mr. Horne said there has been a lot of speeding down Rushbrook at 4:00 in the morning also dump trucks without a tarp covering their load. Chief Arthur said he will address the problem.

Carol Murnock, 702 Lincoln Avenue ,addressed Council , she said she could not sit on her porch all summer due to the noise for the  trucks, she said they shake the porch. The Mayor said he will contact our State Representatives  to see if they can help in anyway. K. Hosie said our Chief will have our officers out there.

Floyd Celli, 642 Washington Avenue asked if there is a date yet to fix the alley behind his property. He said he heard there was going to be a petition about the alley? The Mayor said he heard about a petition.  Mr. Celli said he did not want a petition to stall his project. Mr. Celli expressed his frustration about how long it is taking to get his problems solved. He said Mr. Burton came to see him the Monday after the last council meeting and Mr. Burton said he would get back to Mr. Celli in a few days, its been four weeks and he has not heard a word from anybody. Mr. Celli feels like he is being lied to and no one helps him. Mrs. Hosie said we do our best, we try to do what we can. Mr. Celli said it is not good enough.

Mr. Celli said what good is public input? Mrs. Hosie said we cannot hold the contractors hand. Mr. Celli said how can you even consider Bureau Veritas’s proposal? Mrs. Hosie asked if Mr. Celli had called Mr. Burton? Mr. Celli said no. Mrs. Hosie said you could have called me and asked for Mr. Burton’s phone number.

Andy Whitiak, 512 Garfield, said he has been part of Jermyn for 50 years, and he loves this town, but doesn’t like what’s going on. He said that he supports the police department. He doesn’t understand why something wasn’t done years ago about the trucks. He said he got sand on his new vehicle parked at the post office. He said the trucks are going to kill someone. Mr. Whitiak said he lost money over a sign for four months and speed traps on 107. He asked that the cars don’t pull into his parking lot when being pulled over. He said that the police got two of the drug houses in town and there is a about a dozen to go. He asked how many full time employees does the borough have? Mrs. Hosie said four. Mr. Whitiak asked how many lived in Jermyn? Mrs. Hosie said two. Mr. Whitiak feels if someone works full time in Jermyn they should live in Jermyn. K. Hosie said there is nothing in our policy stating that employees have to live in Jermyn. Mr. Whitiak asked how many are salaried? Mrs. Hosie said two and if Chief Zellers comes back Chief Arthur would drop down to an officer. Mr. Whitiak asked if pictures of our police officers could be put on a wall, he said he doesn’t know any of them.

Mr. Whitiak asked if 107 could be zoned commercial? Mr. Nicholls said someone could file a petition and it would go to the Zoning and Planning Commissio ns.Mr. Nicholls said any one can do it. Mr. Whitiak suggested that the meetings be publicized on a public channel, other towns do it. Have more people coming to meetings not chasing them away. He said we need speed checks not speed traps.

Ann Horne, 320 Rushbrook, said the Manor across the street from her home, does anyone know what they are going to do with it? The secretary said it has been sold but does not know what their intentions are. Mrs. Horne said they are keeping the grass cut down.

Mr. Whitiak said that someone who comes in his business said there is prostitution in town. The Mayor asked that Mr. Whitiak contact the police when he hears something.

WRIGHT CENTER – A Ms. Kellen Kraky from the Wright Center asked council for their approval and support for their 5-k and health fair being held on October 5. Mr. Estile said there were a lot of problems last year. The runners were on the wrong side of the cones, there was no help from the Borough of Archbald. Mr. Estile said he does not have any fire police to help. Ms. Kraky said she will approach Archbald and the Lackawanna College Cadets will help with traffic control. The Chief asked if they would be willingly to pay for an officer, like they did last year? Ms. Kraky said yes they would. Mrs. Hosie said that the Wright Center has to supply help.

A motion was made by J.McDermott seconded by J.Wilson to allow the Wright Center to hold their 5K walk/run and health fair on October 5. All members were in favor.

Mr. Art Wilson asked if public input can be limited? K. Hosie said yes according to Roberts’ Rules of Order we can limit public input to five minutes for each person and we will be looking into it in the near future.

FINANCE-  A motion was made by J.Wilson, seconded by J.Allan to approve the invoices in the amount of $ 2,668.53. All members were in favor.

PUBLIC WORKS – K.Hosie said we have received two applications for the DPW position and will hold off until next month , we are putting another ad in the Carbondale News.

PUBLIC SAFETY – J.Wilson reported that 5 trees were taken down on Bacon Street and the Shade Tree are looking into taking two more down on Rushbrook Street, these projects were not funded with grant money.

Junior Councilman Brian Swatt reported that he has been looking into grants on websites, he said he will compile a list and get it to the Mayor and the Chief.


Bids were opened for the 2014-2015 Insurance Package:

DGK –  $81,094.00
EHD   – $ 79,180.00

The bids were given to Attorney Nicholls for review.

DRONES – There have been complaints about a drone in town. Attorney Nicholls said he will look into it. B.Chase said they adopted an ordinance in a town south of us. The Mayor asked if the Chief could check with other police departments. J. McDermott asked if the Fire Chief can shut down a drone at a fire scene. Mr. Rood said he cannot control it. K. Hosie said she has concerns that it may cause a distraction for the police and firefighters.

ALLEY BEHIND CONVENIENT – K. Hosie reported that W.Estile and herself addressed an issue at the alley alongside 110 Franklin Street. The residents fence has been damaged twice by large trucks going through the alley. It was discussed that perhaps the borough could put ballards in. The Mayor said we have to be careful because if someone hit one of the ballards, the borough could be liable.  Mr. Estile said the ballards are expensive.  It was decided that the borough cannot help and the secretary was asked to send a letter to the homeowner.

J.Wilson said the Shade Tree will be purchasing three welcome to Jermyn signs, she asked if the DPW could drill the holes for the signs. She also said they will be applying for a grant to plant more trees and the people will be notified. The STC Commission will be working with Penn State on the natural garden, located in the alley by the field.

Mrs. Wilson said the Historical Society would like to see if they could use the first and second floor of the DPW garage to store and open to the public all the historical artifacts. As the building is over 100 years old perhaps they could get on the National Historical Register and perhaps grants may open up. Mrs. Wilson asked if a feasibility study could be set up to explore the possibility of using the DPW garage. K. Hosie placed J.McDermott, B.Parks and J. Wilson to be on the committee. A motion was made by J. Wilson seconded by W.Estile , to establish a feasibility Committee made up of three members each of the Jermyn Council and Jermyn Historical Society: JoAnne Wilson, Robert Parks, Jeffrey McDermott, Walter Avery , Alice Grzbowski and Thomas O’neil, to study and form a compatible arrangement/agreement between the Jermyn Borough Council and the Jermyn Historical Society on the Jermyn Historical Society utilizing the current Jermyn Borough DPW building, located on Madison Avenue, Jermyn ( formerly the Crystal Fire Company and Jermyn Borough Chambers). This Feasibilty Committee shall have the arrangement report submitted on or before December 31, 2014 to Jermyn Borough Council and Solicitor for review and subsequent agreement action. All members were in favor.

CHANGE OF COUNCIL MEETING DATES  – K.Hosie said that if council considered changing some dates to Friday mornings, herself and some other council people would not be able to attend and the solicitor would not be present. It was decided a change could not be made at this time. J.Wilson asked perhaps some work sessions could be changed K. Hosie said we can look into it.

ACTING CHIEF WILLAIM ARTHUR – A motion was made to re-appoint William Arthur as Acting Chief until the next meeting or if Chief Zellers returns by J.McDermott, seconded by W.Estile. All members were in favor.

A motion was made to adjourn by J.McDermott ,seconded by J.Wilson. All members were in favor.

2014 revision to parking ordinance

The “Alternate Parking of Vehicles Ordinance of 2014″ is available under the “Ordinances” tab or here.

Council Minutes – August 14 2014

Jermyn Borough Council met on August 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. On roll call the following members were present: J.Wilson, W.Estile, J.Allan, J.Smith B. Parks and K.Hosie. J.McDermott was absent. Attorney Nicholls and Mayor Smallacombe were in attendance.

MINUTES- A motion was made by J.Wilson, seconded by J.Allan to accept the minutes of July 10, 2014, with correction. All members were in favor.

FINANCIAL REPORT – W.Estile gave the financial report:
Beginning Balance   – $198,490.56
Deposits                     – $29,599.19
Expenses                    – $ 35,838.20
Ending Balance          – $ 192,251.55

A motion was made by B.Parks seconded by J.Wilson to accept the financial report as presented. All members were in favor.

MAYOR- Mayor Smallacombe reported there is not a police report because the Chief has been very busy with an investigation, doing an excellent job. He wished Officer Gabikian his best as he will be going to Mississippi to put time in with the Air Force for three months. He thanked all who came out to the National Night Out, it was very well attended, he thanked everyone involved, they all worked hard. The food and entertainment was fantastic. The Mayor said he will be giving the Crime Watch a check for $50.00.The Concert in the Park was a great success and he thanked the Knights of Columbus for their help. He said the Historical Society will have a concert in the gym on October 18 with the Black Band performing. He said the Historical Society received a check for $250.00 for the concert. At the monthly meeting of the Historical Society there was an Indian Presentation and a very good turnout. The Mayor said he received a bid for the property on Riverview Lane if council wishes to discuss it and get out from underneath it. Mr. Smallacombe said Skip Ward, a photographer has passed away and will be greatly missed.

K.Hosie wished Junior Councilman Brian Swatt “Happy Birthday”.

PUBLIC INPUT-   R.Rood asked about his sewer project? Mr. Parks said he hopes the job will be done within the next couple of weeks.

Mr.Celli asked that Councilman Parks speak now instead of under Public Works where Mr.Celli’s name was listed. K.Hosie said yes. Mr. Parks said he met with Rock Bottom this morning to have them grade the alley and put modified down. To get the water to flow towards Debbie’s, where there is a catch basin and possibly behind Wayne’s. Mr. Celli said the dirt is against the fence and the fence is the problem, the dirt is stopping the water from flowing. Mr. Parks said also the alley is at a bad angle. Mr.Parks said they will shoot the alley to get the elevations so the water will flow away. Mr. Celli asked if this is something that can be done before my stuff is frozen to the ground again? Mr. Parks said he is working the best he can do to see it gets done. Mr. Celli said his concern is that it is unacceptable for him to go another winter with his personal belongings frozen to the floor.

K.Hosie said we have no control over Rock Bottom. Mr. Celli said he was going to do it himself but was told not to.

Mr. Celli said he feels a lot of stuff was missing in the last minutes and we have a 1972 tape recorder and it doesn’t do the job properly. Mrs. Hosie said Debbie is only required to put down motions. I had asked her to please put down what leads up to any motion and if a resident brings anything up, to paraphrase it, she does not have to do verbatim minutes.

Mr. Celli addressed the water problem at the front of his property. He said the plans were given to KBA, there was an inspector on the job. How could someone approve the project when it is wrong? He said he does not believe it is the state’s problem, the borough hired an engineering firm. He does not feel the liability lies with the State, he said he spoke to someone and they said the engineering was approved.  The Borough hired the engineers and paid them with the borough dollars, they okayed the job and it is not okay. Mr. Celli said his driveway is eroded because of excessive water. Mr. Parks asked where the runoff is going from the roofs of the two properties that abut your driveway? Mr. Celli said Mr. Staples runs down the rear of his property and Mr. Celli’s gutter on the left side ,which is down past where the driveway is eroded.

The Mayor said it was a state project, it is not our land, it is state land. The state might have hired the engineer instead of us, he was not in on the planning. The borough does not own the sidewalks or the road. Mr. Celli said if what you are saying is true anyone can come in here and do what they want.

Mr. Celli said back to his building, he does not need to talk to Bureau Veritas he knows where they stand. Mr. Nicholls said he was going to check on some contractual things with Bureau Veritas , we swapped phone numbers and was supposed to hear back in a couple of days and it was two and a half weeks later. Mr. Nicholls suggested a meeting with Mr. Burton that perhaps something can be done. Mr. Celli said he left a job in Taylor for nothing, if someone says they are going to do something do it, this is unacceptable. Mr. Burton has serious medical problems someone should have called me. Mr. Estile said he found out about five minutes before Mr. Celli arrived. Mr. Celli said that’s very ironic and convenient. Mr. Estile said I am doing this for nothing, I have other things I can do also. You should be complaining to Bill Burton he set up the meeting not Mr. Nicholls. Mr. Nicholls said he did not set the meeting up, I  called Mr. Burton to set the meeting up.  Mr. Celli asked council to put themselves in his shoes. Mr. Parks said he is supposed to be at work, he is volunteering his time. Mr. Celli said why did you run for council than? Mr. Parks said because I want to see things get done. K. Hosie said we are all trying to help. Mr. Celli said to Mr. Parks you lost a couple hours, I have lost seven months.

Mr. Celli asked so what is going to happen? Mr. Nicholls said Bureau Veritas has the final say in this, not council. Mr. Celli said we are not moving forward on firing them with all the infractions they had. Mr. Nicholls said they did not show up for an hour or two a week here, that is there infraction. Mr. Celli said they do not return phone calls. Mr. Nicholls said I do not believe that is sufficient to fire somebody.

Andy Whitiak, 512 Garfield Avenue, Mr. Whitiak gave council pictures of a water problem at his home for 12 years. Mr. Whitiak feels the minutes are cherry picked. Cherry picked is going through and putting what is good for the borough and council and leaving stuff out that makes us look bad or wrong, that’s what I believe. K. Hosie said nothing is done to make anyone look bad. Mr. Whitiak said it is not his job to fix the problem with his driveway. He allows children to wait in his driveway and in the winter it is ice. Shame on the Borough for not taking over the road. But the run off starts at old Garfield which is the borough’s responsibility. Mr. Whitiak said he put pipe in at the end of his driveway at his cost, and it is not working. The Mayor said that the swells were not put in right.

Mr. Whitiak said there was an accident in his parking lot and thanked the Chief and the police department for their help but they could not help a lot because it is private property, this is where my argument comes in when they pull people over. I don’t want the police to stop the speed checks on Rushbrook with the school children and the buses, I want the kids protected. Please do not pull them over in our parking lot, ask them to move up on Madison.

Mr. Whitiak said I have had problems with Bureau Veritas, somebody’s got to be in bed with this guy or friends with him. Just fire him what is he going to do to you? K. Hosie said we under contract. Mr. Whitiak said a lot of people complained back in October and November.

Mr. Whitiak addressed Councilman J. Smith he asked him how long he has been on council. Mr. Smith replied 3 or 4 years. Mr. Whitiak said I stopped coming to meetings, do you remember calling me? Mr. Smith said yes. Mr.Whitiak said Mr. Smith came to the Windsor and told him that we need more people like you that ask tough questions.  Mr. Smith said I don’t remember that exact phrase but I do remember talking to you about it.

Mr. Smith said there are a lot of issues that come before council, many different levels, many different problems. Mr. Celli has one, there are certain people on council who try to get to certain places,  be it the bridge with holes or Mr. Celli’s property and we try to make things right. And I think what Bob is saying, we are trying to do what is right, but council only has so much authority as far as the contract. Bob, Katie, JoeAnn and myself went down and looked at the property, we discussed it and Bob was going to Rock Bottom. I know there’s a problem there so we are trying to fix that situation. But getting Rock Bottom on a time table, I don’t think that is possible. I agree with you that you want the work done before wintertime. We try to address every situation, you (Mr. Whitiak) addressed the problem at your property along time ago and I remember that we did not take the road over. We did not accept the road because the developer Mr. Raymond did not do it the way it was supposed to be done. We are addressing an issue that was done a long time ago. And to be honest it is tough, I just saw a picture it looks like the drainage system is above the road.

Mrs. Hosie said Bruce was saying ditches should have been put in. Mr. Smallacombe said there should have been a swell ditch all the way through and every driveway have pipes underneath to carry water to the catch basin. Mr. Parks said when he went over on a rainy day it was full of water where the stones are, some water was getting to the catch basin but most was overflowing onto the road. He said the pipe running under your driveway is not taking the water. Mr Whitiak said there is heavy big truck traffic on Rushbrook. Mr. Parks said maybe the state can come in with scales. Mr. Whitiak suggested crosswalks.

Mr. Whitiak said we love the Shade Tree Commission and we help them. He said he donated property and flowers, but he cannot afford to keep cleaning up the flower beds. Trees need to be trimmed. Mrs. Wilson said the STC has a schedule, we got prices on trimming trees on Jefferson, Washington and in your area. We have to wait in line for people to do it. Our group is getting older, we can’t do it. Last year we thanked the person who came forward and did it for us. We are also looking at disastrous trees, we have three, to take down five trees and two in another area on Washington. There’s only so much money its on a time table, they will be done, we have to have fund raisers. The borough budget, I am not complaining about it as I am sitting on council, they had to cut it back, because everybody said we had too much money. But that money from the borough was there for disastrous trees and maintenance. Now there is some money there and that money will be gone by the end of the month. The STC doesn’t want cookie or bake sales, the churches do that, we don’t have barbeques the fire companies do that. We have bus trips, not too many people have them and that does bring some money in. We have the Variety Show, three groups put it on together and they get a share of that. So we are on a time schedule, but if the money is not there, we are going to have to have volunteers come forth.

Mr. Whitiak said he doesn’t want to see any more vigilantes come, that tree must be $300.00 to $ 500.00 to replace. J.Wilson said the total cost to replace that tree is $500.00.

Mr. Whitiak thanked everyone who was involved in the two drug busts the last couple of months, there are nine more houses in Jermyn. Jermyn is one of the big drug fields of Lackawanna County.

Ray Rood, said a long time ago he suggested an ordinance if work is being done on a borough right of way that the contractor be responsible for paying for a private inspector, that the borough would pick to make sure its done correctly, this was brought up by KBA and because of the situations these two gentleman are running into, it needs to be addressed. Also Mr. Rood said that at the corner of Bacon and Washington on the southwesterly side there is a tree there that is blocking traffic even for the fire trucks, it needs to be looked at.

Mr. Bob Chase said there is a tree at Maple and Washington, that is blocking the view for the firetrucks. Also the contractors for the power company are going through the stop signs in East Jermyn.

Mr. Whitiak said there was a truck alongside the creek taking water out of the creek. Mr. Smallacombe said they have to have a permit and asked Mr. Whitiak if he sees it again to get a name.

Mr. Celli asked about the re-hiring of Bureau Veritas. Attorney Nicholls said he will be asking for authorization to send Burea Veritas a letter that we will not be renewing, we have submitted the letter every year except for the first year.

FINANCE – A motion was made by J.Smith, seconded by J.Allan to approve invoices in the amount of $2,117.82. All members were in favor.

PUBLIC WORKS – B.Parks reported Mark Kilmer has left as a full time employee and A.J.Fuga has been filling in. A motion was made by B.Parks, seconded by W.Estile to hire A.J. Fuga as a full time employee at $12.00 an hour. All members were in favor.

Mr. Smith said everything he has heard has been very good and I know you will continue. I appreciate what you have done so far.

A motion was made by B.Parks to authorize advertising for part time fill in and snow plowing DPW employees seconded by W.Estile. All members were in favor.

DAVIS COURT – A motion was made by B.Parks, seconded by W.Estile to hire Rockbottom to shoot elevations, grade and put modified down and roll the 700 block of Davis Court at a cost of $2,000.00.

K.Hosie asked for discussion?  Mr. Smith said his question is that the Mayor had mentioned he could do this with our help as, we do not know when Rock Bottom will be able to get there. We have done everything we can do so far. Is the Mayor capable and willing to do it, and to give us a time frame? The Mayor said he can do it. K.Hosie said didn’t you come up with a price? The Mayor said he did not come up with a price, he said about $250.00 to$225.00 to rent Rock Bottom’s bulldozer, roughly $200.00 for rental of roller and cost of delivering two loads of modified. Mr. Parks said we have to add time for the DPW employees. The Mayor said it will be a Saturday .so that will be overtime. Mr. Smith said right now we are not sure when the job will get done, hopefully by the winter. The Mayor said its up to council, I’m just volunteering, its no big deal. If you can’t get somebody to do it, I can do it on a Saturday.

Mr. Smith said so you are capable of doing it? The Mayor said absolutely. Mr. Smith said shooting the elevations and a date when you will start it? The Mayor said whenever you want, if rock bottom is going to dig out all the blacktop and put modified down for $2,000.00 you can’t beat that. Mr. Smith asked Mr. Parks if Rock Bottom is going to take the black top down. Mr. Parks said they are going to dig out whatever needs to be dug out to make that a feasible area so the water will run off. Mr. Smith said we have the labor cost, the cost of removing the blacktop ,we have to bring in modified, the rental cost of the roller and grader and than if Mr. Celli still has problems, he will be before council again. Mr. Smith said his opinion is have Rock Bottom do it and if there should be a problem they will come back and fix it.

All members were in favor of above motion. Mr. Parks will notify Rock Bottom tomorrow.

Mr. Parks asked council to consider three or four Friday morning meetings because it is getting very difficult for him to get out of work. He said when he is not here he does not have a voice, perhaps it is time to resign. Attorney Nicholls will look into it. J. Wilson said it should be considered for the people who work second shift and cannot get to an evening meeting. K.Hosie asked that it be put on the agenda for the work session.

PUBLIC SAFETY – J.Smith suggested that the Mayor and himself have a meeting with the Police Chief.

ROADS COMMITTEE –  K.Hosie said that B.Parks and herself went out and looked at the roads that should be considered first and she has a list. Mrs. Hosie asked Debbie to call Dennis for the next work session.

ZONING OFFICER – Mr. Chase said he found some signs in yards and gave the residents highlighted copies of the Zoning Ordinance with 7 days to apply for a permit or to remove the sign. Caught some people for sheds, decks. The new tattoo place has a recycling box which is not allowed. Mr.Smith asked if Mr. Chase has dealings with Bureau Veritas? Mr. Chase said once in a while, he rarely speaks to them. Mr. Smith asked if he hears a lot from the residents. Mr. Chase said yes, that it is difficult to get a permit and Bureau Veritas does not call them back. Mr. Smith asked Mrs. Hosie that when we discuss the contract with Bureau Veritas we should have Bob Chase present.

POLICE  MMO  –  A motion was made by J.Smith seconded by J.wilson to adopt the 2015 Police Pension MMO  in  the amount of $14,899.00. All members were in favor.

GENERAL EMPLOYEES MMO – A motion was made by B.Parks seconded by W.Estile to adopt the 2015 General Employees MMO in the amount of $7,500.00. All members were in favor.

TAX ANTICIPATION LOAN –D.Morcom said the Finance Committee met and decided we may have some financial problems by January and recommended Council look into a tax anticipation loan. Attorney Nicholls said the year that you take the loan out it has to be paid off by the end of that same year. He said the process is not as difficult as a loan for a road, it could be done in a matter of two to three weeks. Attorney Nicholls said look into it at December meeting and pass a motion to start process in 2015.

RESOLUTION FOR LOCAL SHARE MONROE GRANT – K.Hosie said B.Parks and herself looked at OLD Mill Road and parts of it are washed out and it also needs drainage and sewer. A motion was made by J.Smith to pass a resolution to submit an application to the Local Share Account Monroe County for the paving and drainage structures for Old Mill Road, seconded by J. Wilson. All members were in favor.

LETTER TO BUREAU VERITAS- A motion was made by W.Estile seconded by J.Wilson authorizing Attorney Nicholls to send a letter to Bureau Veritas informing them that we are not renewing their contract. All members were in favor.

A motion was made by B.Parks, seconded by J. Smith to authorize Debbie to send letters to other inspection agencies asking for proposals. All members were in favor.

J.Smith asked about the offer of $16,000.00 for the property on Riverview Lane. The Mayor said if the Borough would be interested, the gentleman would put a proposal together. Mr. Smith suggested the interested party contact Attorney Nicholls.


A motion was made by W.Estile, seconded by J.Allan to re-appoint W.Arthur until the next meeting  or if Chief Zellers returns. Mr. Smith asked the legal status of Chief Zellers’ case. Attorney Nicholls said it is the insurance company’s’ hands we have no recourse. All members were in favor.

A motion was made to adjourn by J.Allan, seconded by J.Wilson to adjourn. All members were in favor.