Council Minutes – February 12 2015


Jermyn Borough Council met on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. On roll call the following members were present: J. Wilson, J.McDermott, W.Estile and K.Hosie. J.Allan, J.Smith and B.Parks were absent. Attorney Nicholls and Mayor Smallacombe were absent.

MINUTES – A motion was made by J.McDermott, seconded by W.Estile to accept the minutes of January 8, 2015. All members were in favor.

FINANCIAL REPORT – W.Estile gave the financial report:
Beginning Balance   – $92,641.84
Expenses                   – $ 61,339.98
Deposits                     – $ 156,934.25 ( $100,000.00 Tax Anticipation Loan)
Ending Balance         – $ 156,934.25

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

MAYOR – The Mayor gave his report: He said the police gave multiple warnings and tickets for un-shoveled sidewalks and alternate parking, warnings for blighted property, obtained a vehicle lift, pallet jack, fireproof file cabinets computers and 22 tables through the surplus program, he thanked Councilman Estile, the police department and anyone else who helped with obtaining the items. He said this is the best group of police officers, the borough has ever had.

The Events Committee will be having their dinner on February 21 and will be honoring three people. The Crime watch will be having a pasta dinner on March 22 at St. Michaels. The Historical Society has obtained new stuff from Mr. Pete Whitney who used to own a barbershop in town. He asked if the Historical Society can use council chambers on the first Sunday in March, because they are having a speaker. Council said yes.

SOLICITOR- Attorney Nicholls said he needs an executive session for personnel.

Whitiak, 512 Garfield Avenue, addressed council to say that he is against the hiring of full time people who do not reside in Jermyn. Council President Hosie said that council tries to hire within the Borough. Mr. Whitiak said if they lived in town they would be more loyal. Mr. Whitiak said the minutes are cherry picked as it was not stated in the January minutes that he left the meeting in protest, because of the five minute rule for public input. He said a police officer came to his business establishment with the Hum –Vee, but it has no plates? Is it insured? Mr. Estile said the Hum-Vee is still a government vehicle and there are no plates on government vehicles and it is insured. Mr. Whitiak said at the last meeting the Mayor said Mayfield has 1/8 of the calls Jermyn gets, does that mean Jermyn has 800% more crime? Mr. Smallacombe said we have the Casey ramp and Rushbrook Street, leading to more traffic and we assist Mayfield, Scott and Archbald. Mr. Whitiak approached council showing them pictures on his phone about the water issue in front of his house. Mr. Estile said we have obtained a tar buggy and in the spring we can address the problem. Mr. Whitiak stated that he still has a water problem after 14 years, it took Mr. Celli 14 months to get his problem solved but council passed the 5 minute rule in six weeks. It was explained that the Boroughs Rules of Order have been in place for years to be used when needed, this Council did not pass the Rules of Order. Mr. Whitiak felt the 5 minute rule is directed at Mr. Celli and himself. He asked why Council would enforce it. Mrs. Hosie said residents that were at a council meeting complained about the length of Public Input. Mrs. Wilson told Mr. Whitiak it was not his talking, he should keep the topic relevant and not get personal. Mr. Whitiak again expressed his displeasure with the 5 minute rule.

Floyd Celli, 642 Washington Avenue addressed Council concerning the surface water coming from his sidewalks. Attorney Nicholls said surface water is not the Borough’s responsibility. Mr. Celli asked if the slop could be cleaned off Washington Avenue. Mr. Cellie said he got his permit, being pro-active, what has the borough done for him? Mr. Estile said didn’t the Borough just do work on your alley? Mr. Celli said it is not his alley. Mr. Estile said no one else complained.

R.Chase, 257 Hudson Street, reported that the Artisan Fire Company will be serving potato pancakes on February 18th. The Artisan will also be hosting a Hunter Safety Education Class on March 22.

FINANCE- A motion was made to pay invoices in the amount of $3,903.62 by J.McDermott, seconded by J.Wilson. All members were in favor.

ZONING OFFICER- Mr. Chase informed council that a storage facility was being built at the site of the former Chinese Restaurant and he had to shut the construction down, the owner obtained a zoning permit, but he has to obtain a building permit. Mr. Chase said he received a letter from a resident complaining about a neighbor running a business on Hudson Street. He said he investigated the matter and the neighbor is not running a business and sent a certified letter to the complaining person, explaining.

HERITAGE BIKE TOUR –A motion was made by J.Wilson, seconded by W.Estile to allow the Hertitage Bike Tour come through Jermyn and giving the secretary permission to write a letter, allowing it. All members were in favor.

ARTISAN FIRE COMPANY REQUEST – A motion was made by W.Estile, seconded by J.Wilson to allow the Artisan Fire Company to use the plug on the street light for their sign promoting their fish dinner and other functions. All members were in favor.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Attorney Nicholls said he has reviewed the correspondence from the Historical Society and has a few corrections:
1. Must be specific what area of the building they will be using.
2. Cannot have a forever clause.

He will incorporate the changes into a document. Mrs. Wilson said that # 8 on the document will be discussed at the next work session. Fire Chief Rood again reminded council about the fire siren in the borough garage.

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

Council went into executive session for personnel. Council reconvened from executive session.

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


The Mayor has RESCINDED the Snow Emergency Alternate Parking – February 22, 2015.  Enjoy the sunny warm day.



Artisan Hose Company, Maple Street, Jermyn is sponsoring homemade take out Potato Pancakes for your Ash Wednesday lunch and dinner, TODAY, from 12 Noon to 7 pm or until sold out.  They are delicious…

Events Committee Community Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at St. Michael’s Center, Delaware Street, Jermyn. Tickets $30. Children 6 to 10 $7.00.  Honorees:  Volunteer of the Year – John Coleman, Lifetime Achievement – Patricia Mattise McMyne, and Community Service-Good Citizenship Award – Katie Hosie.

Fundraiser for Events Committee activities for Jermyn (flower pots, Concerts in summer and Christmas, etc.) is also being held.  Prizes: 1st prize – $300 Cash and planter bicycle, 2nd prize – $100 gas card, 3rd prize – $100 gas card, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th prizes – $50.00 cash.  Tickets can still be purchased at Debbie’s Floral and Sterling Pharmacy (donation $1.00 or 6 for $5.)




Snow Emergency Alternate Parking is being called and will be enforced on February 22, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. (Midnight)  for 96 hours, unless rescinded by the Mayor.

Council Minutes – January 8 2015


Jermyn Borough Council met on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00p.m. On roll call the following members were present:  J.Wilson, J.McDermott, W.Estile, J.Allan ,J.Smith and K.Hosie. Mayor Smallacombe was in attendance. Attorney Nichols and Councilman Parks were absent.

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

FINANCIAL REPORT -W.Estile gave the financial report:
Beginning Balance –   $110,750.09
Deposits                   – $37,688.52
Expenses                  – $55,797.58
Ending balance         – $92,641.84

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

MAYOR- Mayor Smallcombe reported that Chief Arthur has gotten over $200,000.00 in surplus equipment for the Borough, the most recent item a Hum-Vee. If you look at the police report, although Jermyn is a small town, Mayfield had about an eighth of the calls that Jermyn answered in 2014. Our Police Department is doing a great job. Mayor Smallacombe thanked all who made the Christmas Show and Christmas Parade a success, Police, Fire Police, the Girls Scouts all who decorated and participated.

The Events Committee had a house lighting contest, out of 900 homes, 265 were decorated. The annual Events Committee dinner will be on February 21 at St. Michaels and awards will be given for service to the Community. Mrs. Wilson reported that the recipients this year are: Volunteer of the Year – John Coleman, Life time Achievement Award – Patricia McMyne and Community Service Award – Katie Hosie. Mrs. Wilson also said Mrs. Hosie is receiving the award not because she serves on Council, but rather for her community service and service to her church. There is a criteria the Events Committee has to follow and there are 25 names submitted for each category and the members vote.

The Mayor said there is a scoreboard missing from the building, things like this should not happen. We have to make a repair and the parts are no longer available and that is why the scoreboard was in storage.

FIRE CHIEF- Fire Chief Rood thanked Channel 16 for the donation of smoke detectors and they will be available in the borough office. He said W.Estile and himself will be going to a seminar at Maywood for drones. The siren at the Artisian is weak, maybe they can lengthen the blow on it. The current siren is from WW11 and perhaps it could be replaced, the firemen have pagers and he will get more information.

Mrs. Hosie said you can hardly hear the siren. Mr. Rood said there used to be four sirens and you could hear one or the other.

PUBLIC INPUT –A. Whitiak, 512 Garfield, 669 Washington addressed council about the budget. He asked what did the borough obtain from the surplus program. Chief Arthur said 100 sleeping bags, tools, wrenches, a Hum-Vee valued at $50,000.00, a compressor, a diesel generator.

Floyd Celli, 642 Washington Avenue said that Attorney Nichols was to look into the problem at the front of his property. Mrs. Hosie said Attorney Nichols isn’t present and she did not know what to tell Mr. Celli.

Chief Arthur thanked Walter Estile for going on the trips for the surplus property, the DPW for unloading all the items. He said in case of a disaster we have sleeping bags, canteens and hope to get cots in the future. He thanked Office McMorrow also. The Chief said the federal surplus brought a lot of money into the borough and that he had to sign for everything and he is accountable. Mrs. Hosie asked that a list of all the items should be in the borough office and thanked Chief Arthur for his hard work. Chief Arthur said there is a $400.00 fee each year to be part of the program, the hum-vee only has 9300 miles on it and will be available to all emergency responders. Mr. Estile said that Chief Arthur’s brother volunteered his time to go to the base, for 10 hours.

Tony Roma, 106 Raymond drive addressed Council about the vacant lot on Riverview Lane, Mr. Roma asked if there is sewer hook up ? The Mayor said yes there is a grinder pump and the lot is clean, everything is removed. Mr. Chase said it is a non-conforming lot and it is more lenient with regulations for setbacks. It was asked if a neighbor spoke to Mr. Roma when he was looking at the property. Mr. Roma said yes, he was very nice, but gave him many reasons not to purchase the lot. Mr. Rood said something needs to be done about the neighbor through our solicitor. He also said the items Chief Arthur has obtained through the Federal surplus program is very valuable if there is a disaster.

FINANCE- A motion was made by J.McDermott, seconded by J.Wilson to pay invoices in the amount of $1,806.55. All members were in favor.

PUBLIC WORKS –W.Estile said Rock Bottom has finished the job at Mr. Celli’s property, there are big ruts in the alley, the project was done two weeks ago without anyone notifying the borough. Mrs. Hosie asked if Mr. Parks looked at the job? Mr. Rood said the borough should have an independent inspector review all projects. Mrs. Wilson said it is common sense for the contractor to contact the borough office and thinks an independent inspector is a good idea.

PUBLIC SAFETY – Mr. Smith said that the Mayor basically has said a lot that I have to comment on. Chief Arthur did a great job the thing I like is that Chief Arthur is pro-active and sometimes we are more reactive than pro-active. So should the borough find themselves in a position where there is some tragedy, I think we are well prepared for it. Thanks to the Chief, Walter, the police department, everyone, I can’t say much more. Just look at the brochure Chief Arthur passes out, it says a lot.

RECREATION- J.Allan reported that Lakeland Basketball has started and the Thursday night league is playing again. The clock is fixed, new parts were made. The Mayor said some residents have shown interest in joining the recreation committee, K.Napoli, D.Marke to help J.Allan out.

ZONING OFFICER- B.Chase said he received a letter from a resident on Hudson Street with concerns about her neighbor perhaps running a business. Mr. Chase stopped by the residence in question and said they are not running a business, all four vehicles are licensed and belong to the homeowner, and there is not a violation. He will send the resident with the concerns a letter, explaining.

JUNIOR COUNCILMAN – B.Swatt  asked that Council review  the information he gave them concerning the BlackBoard Connection, the cost and how it is set up and asked them to review it. J.Wilson congratulated B.Swatt on finishing second place in the FBLA regionals.


A motion was made by J.Wilson, seconded by J.Allan to adopt the Ordinance for the Levying and Collection for 2015. All members were in favor.

RESOLUTION FOR TAX ANTICIPATION –A motion was made by J.McDermott, seconded by  W.Estile  to adopt a resolution authorizing the incurring of a tax anticipation note in the face of $100,000.00 . All members were in favor.

RE-APPOINT WILLIAM ARTHUR- A motion was made by W.Estile, seconded by J.Smith to re-appoint William Arthur as Acting Chief until the next council meeting or if Chief Zellers returns. All members were in favor.

Council was notified of a LCAB dinner on January 15, please let the secretary know.

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