YOUTH KICKOFF TO A SAFE SUMMER

LOCATION CHANGE DUE TO RAIN:   “JERMYN COMMUNITY CENTER 440 JEFFERSON AVENUE, JERMYN”

JUNE 27th – Saturday from 3 pm to 7 pm @ Callahan Recreational Park…CONCERT “Dani-elle & Music City plays 5 to 6 pm.  Come and kick off a safe summer sponsored by the Jermyn Neighborhood Crime Watch and LACKA./SUSQ.CTY.DRUG  & ALCOHOL BOARD. Our own “Jermyn’s Pride” Dani-elle will entertain with a variety of songs and her own written song “Bye, Bye, Bye”, which has hit the Country Charts.  No admission charge – food for sale, proceeds to the Recreation Committee.

JERMYN’S FARMERS MARKET

Every Friday (starting July 3th) from 3 pm to 6 pm @ the W.W.I Veterans Park on Bridge Street, Jermyn.  Featuring the Snyder’s Family Farm Fresh Produce.  Produce locally grown in Waymart & Lancaster, PA   A variety of fruit, vegetables melons and canned goods…..all seasonally FRESH.

Council Minutes – May 14 2015

UNOFFICIAL UNTIL JUNE 11, 2015

Jermyn Borough Council met on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. The following members were present: J.Wilson, W.Estile, J.Smith, B.Parks and K.Hosie. J.McDermott and J.Allan were absent. Attorney Nicholls and Mayor Smallacombe were in attendance.

MINUTES  – A motion was made by W.Estile, seconded by B.Parks to accept the minutes as presented. All members were in favor.

FINANCIAL REPORT – W.Estile presented the Financial Report
Beginning Balance — $153,151.02 ( $100,000.00 Tax Antc. Loan)
Deposits                   – $79,059.13
Expenses                   – $66,372.38
Ending Balance           – $ 165,837.77

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

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

MAYOR– The Mayor said the police are doing a great job had drug arrests this month, also had a State Police audit. Chief Arthur said there were some minor deficiencies, mostly paperwork, retaining paperwork for warrants all in one file. Security of police station such as when DPW comes in to clean there is always a police officer present.

The Mayor said we have been searching for a grant for a cruiser, there is nothing out there. We have two cruisers one is a 2010 and the other a 2013, life expectancy for a police cruiser is 3 to 5 years. The Historical Society met and the topic was local Indian Artifacts .The Historical Society will be having a bus trip on June 20. J. Wilson explained the trip will be to the 911 Museum, there will be two and a half hours of free time.

Mr. Parks asked if Attorney Nicholls had spoken to J.Longo from the water company? He said he has left two messages and he has received a return call.

ATTORNEY NICHOLLS – Mr. Nicholls reported he sent a follow-up letter to the State concerning the letter he sent back in October, concerning the ownership of certain properties along the creek.

FIRE CHIEF – Chief Rood reported everything is good, chicken barbeque this Sunday.

PUBLIC INPUT – B.Chase reported there will be another Hunter Safety Course at the end of September.

Floyd Celli, 642 Washington Avenue, he asked about the problem in the alley behind his property? Mr. Parks apologized, said he has not had the time to look at it. The mayor said he will call J.Longo about the problem in front of Mr. Celli’s property.

Whitiak,512 Garfield, thanked the Police Department for the drug arrests, he is having his cousin look at the water problems at his home and was encouraged by the number of residents attending the meeting.

Matt Carpenter,210 Rushbrook Street said he hopes the cruiser issue and the one way on Shields Court will be addressed , he said the neighbors flower pots were almost taken out by a truck. Mr. Parks said there is a sign “No Trucks “at the other end. Mr. Carpenter asked who owns the sidewalks as he had damage to his. Mayor Smallacombe said it is a state road not a borough road.

FINANCE – A motion was made by J.Wilson, seconded by B.Parks to approve payment of invoices in the amount of $ 4,189.63. All members were in favor.

PUBLIC WORKS –B.Parks said a new sign has been ordered for Shields Court, a no truck sign. Mr. Parks said there will be an E-Cycling  pick up possibly on June 13th from 8 to noon. The event will be advertised, the center has no room right now.

PUBLIC SAFETY – J.Smith said he asked Chief Arthur to get information on a 5 year loan and we have it in our packet, there is no doubt that the 5 year plane is a good way to go, we should order as soon as possible

RECREATION – J.Wilson said there are three new “ Welcome to Jermyn” signs that were donated by the STC and the Moskovitz’es , not a penny of borough money was used. She also said the $1,500.00 in the budget is used to maintain the WW1 Park and the front of the borough building. K.Hosie asked if that money is used to take down trees? Mrs. Wilson said yes it has been, the STC tries to get grants but it is difficult.

LAUREN MOLINARO – RECREATION COMMITTEE – A motion was made by J.Wilson, seconded by J.Smith to appoint Lauren Molinaro to the Recreation Committee. All members were in favor.

ROADS COMMITTEE – Mr. Smith said we paid off the previous paving loan early and have received quotes from KBA and are starting the process of which roads need to be paved. Attorney Nicholls said the council has to determine how much the borough can pay yearly on a new paving loan and he will start the paperwork.

JUNIOR COUNCILMAN – B. Swatt said the inventory of the street signs is almost complete. Mr. Estile asked how many helpers Brian had ? Brian said he had six people helping him.

EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE – Mrs. Hosie said the borough’s health insurance for three full time employees went up $40.00 a month and asked council what they would like to do? A motion was made by J.Wilson seconded by J.Smith to have the borough pay the additional cost of the health insurance ,$40.38 each a month for D.Morcom, A.J.Fuga and D.Zellers. All members were in favor. Mrs. Hosie said J. Esgro is not included. J. Smith said one of the factors for the decision is that our employees have not had a raise in three years, it is a thank you.

ESGRO HEALTH INSURANCE – A motion was made by J.Smith seconded by J.Wilson that the $484.56 a year will go toward Mr. Esgro’s health insurance policy. All members were in favor.

ALTERNATE PARKING ORDINANCE – Attorney Nichols reported that the State changed the numbers for the statute and wants the ordinance to be enforceable. A motion was made by J.Wilson , seconded by W.Estile to allow Attorney Nichols permission to advertise for the change in the Alternate Parking ordinance . All members were in favor.

RE-INVEST GRANT RESOLUTION – A motion was made by B.Parks, seconded by J.Wilson to pass the Resolution with the County to apply for a Re-Invest Grant. All members were in favor.

POLICE CRUISER – Mrs. Wilson stated that she is not against purchasing a new police cruiser but she said she needs to look at the budget and asked the issue be tabled. J.Smith said there have been a lot of numbers thrown around, in fairness to council the numbers should be studied and a decision made at the next meeting. Mrs. Wilson said a motion will be made up or down at the next meeting. Mr. Estile said if we don’t use the recycling money we cannot get a cruiser. K. Hosie said that they just wish to study the figures. Mr. Estile said we will still be bringing in $6,000.00 instead of $8,000.00 a year into the recycling account. A motion was made to table the issue of the police cruiser by J. Wilson, seconded by J.Smith, the motion passed three to two, B.Parks and W.Estile voting no.

SHIELDS COURT – Attorney Nichols asked if the one way ordinance for the 700 block of shields Court will run from Rushbrook to Division? Also if weight limits are required we will need two ordinances? Mr. Parks said the flow of traffic should go from Division to Rushbrook, Mr. Estile said the DPW also recommended Division to Rushbrook. Mr. Matt Carpenter said the petition says only allow traffic flow from the intersection of Rushbrook Street and Shields Court towards Division Street.

TWO HOUR PARKING – Attorney Nichols asked if Council wishes to remove the two hour parking on the 100 block of Washington Avenue? Council said yes as residents have limited parking.

Attorney Nichols asked about the issue of billing homeowners insurance companies for a fire, some insurance companies may not allow it. K. Hosie asked what if both companies respond? It was said whichever company gets there first, she felt that was not fair. Fire Chief Ray Rood said there is a good relationship with the officers of both companies. Attorney Nichols said the officers could change. Attorney Nichols said we can draw up an ordinance that both companies split it, we can always revoke it. Mr. Estile said what if the police put it out they don’t get paid? Mr. Smith suggested that Mr. Rood and Mr. Chase sit down and discuss it. Mr. Rood said we just did. Chief Rood said perhaps it can go into the Fire Relief Fund? Attorney Nichols said he doesn’t think the borough office can do the billing as the borough is not providing the service. At this time Chief Rood said we do take the ladder truck out of town because when Jermyn has a problem all companies are willing to assist the borough.

DRACK OPEN RECORDS – Attorney Nichols asked to be given permission to file an appeal on the current request from Mr. Drack if needed. A motion was made by J.Wilson, seconded by B.Parks to give Attorney Nichols permission to file an appeal on the Drack request if it is deemed necessary. All members were in favor.

SHIELDS– A motion was made to draw up an ordinance for the 700 block of Shields Court and only allow traffic flow from the intersection of Rushbrook Street and Shields Court towards Division Street. All members were in favor.

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

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

JERMYN CLEAN UP WEEK

The Annual Jermyn Clean Up Week  scheduled for May 10th to May 16th.  Asking all citizens to clean up their curbs, sidewalks, and property to get ready for the summer months and Memorial Day festivities.  Bag all trash and place at curb side not more than 24 hours prior to regular trash pick up.  Jermyn Pride.

 

Council Minutes – April 9, 2015

UNOFFICAL UNTIL MAY 14, 2015

Jermyn Borough Council met on Thursday, April 9, 2015 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. Mayor Smallacombe and Attorney Nicholls were present.

MINUTES – A motion was made by J.Allan, seconded by J.Smith to accept the minutes of March 12, 2015. Motion passed, with K. Hosie abstaining, as she was absent at the March 12th meeting.

FINANCIAL REPORT – W.Estile gave the financial report:
Beginning Balance – $ 139,716.41
Deposits                 – $66,217.75
Expenses                 – $ 52,783.14
Ending Balance       – $ 153,151.02

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

Mayor– Mayor Smallacombe stated that the Masons’ will be having a tribute to First Responders on May 20, no one attended from Jermyn last year and he would like to see representation from Jermyn this year. He said he has been approached by neighbors about making the 700 block of Shields Court one way, as residents’ yards are being dug up, he asked Council to look into it. K.Hosie said Attorney Nichols will look into the matter. The Mayor said the Police Egg Hunt had a good turnout, they had 1700 eggs and the Lions’ Club egg Hunt had a decent turnout. The Mayor said Chief Arthur has started the Tracs system for e-citations and accident reports, the same system used by Pa. State Police, at no cost, a state grant. The Mayor reminded Council that the Crown Victoria has over 100,000 and the Taurus has 25,000 and we need to look into a new cruiser. K.Hosie said we will be discussing a new cruiser at the next work session.

FIRE CHIEF – Chief Rood said the siren seems to be working ok right now. He said that he has to get paperwork to Attorney Nichols concerning background checks for fire companies.

PUBLIC INPUT – Mr. Floyd Celli, 642 Washington Avenue, he addressed the work that was done in the alley behind his property saying when Rock Bottom did the job, it was done at the wrong time of the year and the alley is back the way it was. Mr. Celli said that at the meeting, concerning the water problem in front of his home, that the State said it was the Borough’s problem. Attorney Nicholls’ asked for the name and telephone number of the Penn Dot spokesman, Mr. Celli said he would get it for him. Attorney Nicholls said he would like to have an explanation of why it is the Borough’s problem. Mr. Parks’ said the run off is coming from a state road? Mr. Celli said the state is not responsible for water runoff. Mr. Parks said perhaps a drain could be put in the greenway, depending on how deep the drain is.

A.Whitiak, 518 Garfield Avenue addressed council, thanking K.Hosie, B.Parks and J.Wilson for looking into the water problem in front of his residence. Mrs. Hosie said that T.Grizzanti said that Garfield Avenue is a borough road, Raymond never had to turn it over. Mr. Whitiak said since it is Jermyn’s responsibility, the road is starting to cave in. Mr. Parks said part of the situation is the pipe that Mr. Whitiak had installed and he asked Mr. Whitiak if he found the plans for the drainage. Mr. Whitiak said the Borough’s web site is not up to date and needs to be simple. Mrs. Wilson said the Borough’s web site is a site for facts, the calendar and organizations in the community, strictly information. Mr. Whitiak again addressed the Enradd System and the police pulling drivers over in his parking lot, he said if a stop went bad it could be dangerous for his customers. The Mayor said the police do not direct the drivers to the parking lot, the cars pull into it.

Heather Carpenter, 210 Rushbrook Street , agreed with making the 700 block of Shields Court one way, as she has had her fence and shrubs damaged.

Dan Markey, 299 S. Washington Avenue asked Attorney Nicholls if he looked into the subject of the Fire Company charging homeowners insurance for a fire call. Attorney Nicholls said he wants to check with another insurance carrier and the way he reads it is it only applies if the fire company goes outside of Jermyn. Mrs. Hosie asked what if two companies respond? Mr. Markey said whoever applies first would be paid.

Mr. Celli asked about the two homes on Main Street that are boarded up? R. Rood said the yellow one, had a fire and is tied up in the courts. Mrs. Hosie said the other one, the borough engineer is looking into.

FINANCE– A motion was made by J.Wilson, seconded by B.Parks to pay invoices in the amount of $1,142.32. All members were in favor.

DPW– Mr. Parks said he spoke to Steve Armially about any grants for a new dump truck. Mr. Armially said the LSA grant comes up in July and allocated next spring. He said a new vehicle would have a stainless steel box. Mr. Parks said the DPW will be trying a different cold patch that may work better. He informed council that they found a different trailer that can haul the roller for $900.00. Mrs. Hosie said that DPW has money in their budget for it.

PUBLIC SAFETY – Mr. Smith said concerning a new cruiser we are receiving information on the leasing costs and will discuss it at the work session. Chief Arthur asked if a new dump truck is purchased to have a lot more warning lights installed.

ARBOR DAY – A motion was made by J.Wilson seconded by J.Allan to proclaim April 22 Arbor Day in the Borough. All members were in favor. Mrs. Wilson said the JSTC will be re-seeding and mulching the greenway.

RECREATION – J.Allan said he is setting up a meeting with the new Recreation Committee in the near future. J.Wilson said they have three new Welcome to Jermyn signs that were donated and asked for help from the DPW to install them.

ROADS COMMITTEE – J.Smith said that KBA is currently working on estimates for the paving project. K.Hosie said she will call T. Grizzanti tomorrow to get an updated cost estimate for our paving project.

JUNIOR COUNCILMAN – B.Swatt asked permission to inventory every street sign for his Eagle Scout Project. A motion was made by J.Smith, seconded by B.Parks to allow B.Swatt to inventory the street signs in the Borough for his Eagle Scout Project. All members were in favor.

NEW BUSINESS

SEWER AUTHORITY REQUEST – A motion was made by J.Allan, seconded by J.Smith to agree to the access road to the Sewer Authority’s wastewater treatment plant being named “Powder Mill Lane”. All members were in favor.

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

Council went into executive session, Council reconvened from executive session.

DANIEL ZELLERS – A motion was made by J.Allan, seconded by J. Wilson to start the process with Chief Zellers to have an informal hearing to discuss our position, to see if he agrees and if he does ,he will resign if he doesn’t agree, the next step will be to have a formal hearing to terminate. All members were in favor.

INFORMAL HEARING – A motion was made by J.Smith, seconded by J.Wilson to have the informal hearing on May 14 at 7:00 p.m. in an executive session of Council. 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.