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Jermyn Borough Council Meeting Minutes 12/20/18

The Jermyn Borough Council held a council meeting on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers of the Jermyn Borough Building, 440 Jefferson Ave, Jermyn PA.

Jermyn Borough

Council Meeting

12/20/18

The meeting was called to order by President Frank Kulick with the Pledge of Allegiance

On roll call, the following members were present:  Frank Kulick, Kristen Dougherty, Jennifer Schreiner, Kevin Napoli, Carl Tomaine, and Cynthia Stephens.  Attorney Aquilino (joined at 7:10pm), Mayor Fuga and Bob Chase (joined at 7:03pm) were also present.  Joanne Wilson, Ray Rood and KBA were absent.

Minutes: 

A motion was made by C. Stephens to accept the minutes of 12/6/18 as presented.  Seconded by C. Tomaine.  All in favor, motion carried.

Correspondence:

F. Kulick read an email from Charles Beth, 518 Jefferson Ave. (email attached hereto as Addendum A)

Public Comment:  None at this time.

Reports:

Police Chief:  In Chief Arthur’s absence, Mayor Fuga reported there has been an uptick in drug overdoses in which the drug Narcan had to be used to counteract the drugs.  They brought back two or three people with Narcan thus far.  There has been an increase in break ins in the community; the police urge residents to keep their doors locked.  This time of year, packages on porches could be taken, please look out for your neighbors.  Mayor Fuga stated this will also cover his Mayor’s report.

Fire Chief:  K. Napoli gave the fire report.  Chief Rood is out of town.  In his absence, Captain Chase and Captain Allan are in charge of the borough.

Public Safety:  K. Napoli reported that as Jermyn Borough’s EMS provider, William Walker notified us that Cottage Ambulance will no longer be providing a full time day shift EMT effective 12/29/18.  In the short term, per diems are being looked into.  Longer term, they are looking for more permanent solutions.  William Walker would like to speak with the Mayor, Head of Public Safety, and President of Council.

Zoning:  Bob Chase reported there is a zoning application for a new home in East Jermyn.

Tax Collector:  Absent.  K. Napoli asked if council could draft a letter reminding the tax collector that she is to be present at least one meeting every other month.

Engineer:  Absent

Shade Tree:  Absent

DPW:  D. Markey reported that All American Rooter began the video camera of the sewer at the Woodlands this week.  A sewer backup happened last week in the North Old Mill Road section, and a resident has damage in their finished basement from backup.  D. Markey called the solicitor and DGK immediately.  Municipalities, with a few exceptions, are exempt from liability resulting from sewer backup issues.  The resident will need to go through their own insurance first, then if their insurance denies the claim, they can file a claim through the borough, but that doesn’t mean that the borough policy would pay.  The borough had incurred a bill for emergency services due to root intrusion, and the sewer line needed to be jetted.  D. Markey reported the video so far showed some root intrusion, however the sewer lines are in better shape than we originally thought them to be.  DPW found the buried manhole, but cannot get the lid open, so they may need to break it.  North Old Mill sewers are in good shape except for the roots.  Mayor Fuga stated we can treat the sewers with Root-X, which we can dump into the sewer, add water, it will foam up, kill the roots, and coat the sewer line.  We would like to treat that area rather than cut up the road when the pipe isn’t that bad.  Mayor Fuga explained the problems with the sewer lines and how roots intrude the pipe without breaking in.  K. Dougherty stated they had considered changing where their sewer came out.  Mayor Fuga stated the issue near C. Tomaine’s house he believes is root intrusion also.    C. Tomaine stated coverage for water backup of sewers and drains isn’t automatic, but is available on most homeowner’s policies.  D. Markey stated when it’s not snowing, the DPW is also working on the side stairwell.

Treasurer’s Report:  D. Markey gave the treasurer’s report:

Expense disbursements for the timeframe were $37,555.56, also 3 periods of payroll for $41,068.07.

D. Markey sent bills payable on 12/19/18 to council.

Motion by J. Schreiner to accept Treasurer’s Report and pay bills.  Seconded by C. Tomaine.  All in favor, motion carried.

Solicitor:  Tonight’s Solicitor’s report will include discussion around a Feral Cat Ordinance, and the Business Ordinance as rewritten, which are separate agenda items.

Code Enforcement :  W. Aquilino reported that he and K. Napoli had the opportunity to inspect the daycare at 626 Madison Ave.  He’s also reviewed twice, and reviewed with the Borough Manager.  There are no code violations, however there are issues with residents parking on the street when they have their own driveways, so we may need to discuss parking restrictions on that part of the block.  He will ask the daycare to place flexible barriers, and paint a sidewalk section by the parking lot.  K. Napoli stated for the record, there are no safety or zoning issues on the property.  B. Chase confirmed there have been no issues with the daycare.  W. Aquilino stated the chain link fence over the Madison Ave bridge is the county’s, and the borough has no jurisdiction regarding it.  B. Chase stated it’s a 15 MPH zone, and he’s never heard anyone complain.  W. Aquilino stated there were no poles with jagged edges, and the pictures floating around are old. Mayor Fuga stated it’s wrong for the resident to call out officials on Facebook also.  A discussion ensued about the origin of the complaint, and that the resident complaining is Frank Constantine, who resides across the street.   W. Aquilino invited him to tonight’s meeting, but he is not in attendance.  K. Napoli invited any church parishioner, any parent of a student of the Lakeland SD, or any parent of the daycare that has an issue with the daycare, please come forward to discuss the issues.  K. Napoli stated he asked in the past for anyone to come forward with any issues, and besides the one resident complaining, no one has come forward.

Grants Committee:  K. Dougherty reported she researched the MS4 grant opportunities, and there will be a grant opening in the spring.

Finance:  F. Kulick stated the budget for 2019 was presented at the last meeting and duly advertised.  It’s been available for inspection since 12/7/18.  F. Kulick made a motion to pass the 2019 budget as presented and advertised.  Seconded by C. Stephens.  All in favor, motion carried.

Tax Millage Ordinance:  A motion was made by K. Napoli to pass the ordinance setting the 2019 Tax Millage at 29 mills. Seconded by K. Dougherty.  All in favor, motion carried.

Real Estate:  The land was appraised at the property adjacent to the property that R&L Carriers just purchased.  The land was appraised at $6400, and the cost of the appraisal was $525.  F. Kulick stated council needs to make a decision on whether to gift or sell the land.  He suggested gifting the land with the reimbursement of $525 cost of the appraisal.  C. Tomaine asked what the options were.  D. Markey explained per the Borough Code, Council can sell the land for $1500 or less without a formal bid process, however the appraisal needed to be finished first.  If Council decides to sell the land for over $1500, bidding is required.  Council can also decide to gift the land. K, Napoli stated it may be in our best interest to gift the land, showing a sign of good faith and support from the borough.   F. Kulick made a motion to notify R&L Carriers that we will gift them the land in question in exchange for the cost of the appraisal once construction begins.  Seconded by J. Schreiner.  All in favor, motion carried.

Auditor:  D. Markey explained that at the 12/6/18 meeting, council voted to retain Barbetti to complete the 2018 DCED audit.  It was the only proposal we received at the time.  The following evening, the borough manager and Mayor were approached by Brian Kelly, CPA, who explained that his firm could fulfill the DCED audit requirements for much less than what Barbetti proposed.  The borough manager and Mayor advised President Kulick of the conversation, who stated to notify Barbetti that we are weighing our options and will make a decision at the 12/20/18 meeting.  K. Napoli asked if our former solicitor recommended Barbetti to us?  D. Markey advised once the former borough manager left, the borough code calls for an audit, and Council asked the solicitor if he could recommend an accounting firm, who recommended Barbetti.  Barbetti’s office completed the 2017 DCED audit for $7500, and Kelly’s firm quoted a price of $5500 for the 2018 Audit.  D. Markey advised that under Kelly’s recommendation, he cancelled Sage and purchased quickbooks, and it will save the borough $1500 in 2019 alone.  D. Markey stated he contacted the borough’s IT professionals as well, and they agreed with the switch.  K. Napoli motioned to rescind his 12/6/18 motion to retain Barbetti for the 2018 DCED audit.  Seconded by C. Stephens.  All in favor, motion carred.

K. Napoli motioned to hire Brian Kelly, CPA, and Associates to compete the 2018 DCED audit.  Seconded by C. Stephens.  All in favor, motion carried.

Rushbrook Creek Update:  F. Kulick reported that the borough meets quarterly by conference call with the DEP and Army Corps of Engineers to keep updated as to what is going on.  They reported they are still working on legal documents, and are about 80% completed.  They estimate about another 6 months until the documents are ready.  The newest roadblock involves land owned by PENNDOT as it pertains to mitigation credits.  If the borough started to obtain easements upstream, and different descriptions or language is used, DEP will not accept, so we need to wait until we get the go ahead regarding easement language, etc.  F. Kulick stated within 1 year after the start of the project, the borough will need to have $20,000 in an escrow account.  Mr. Kleha asked didn’t Senator Blake assure us that Jermyn Borough wouldn’t have to worry about funds?  F. Kulick stated that he believes Senator Blake was referring to construction costs, not the escrow account.  F. Kulick stated that he thinks the start date of 2022 that we were given may be in danger.

Holiday Light Fund:  F. Kulick reported that the “Light Up Christmas” event he sponsored on 12/15 was a success, and he thanked Dani-Elle for performing at a fraction of her normal cost, and thanked the Artisan Fire Co for hosting and donating a portion back to the light fund.  F. Kulick also thanked the Mayor, Borough Manager, and Council Members that helped, as well as their spouses.  We raised $1143 that night towards the holiday lights. 

Business Ordinance:  D. Markey stated the business ordinance was advertised in April, and needs to be re-advertised.  F. Kulick stated the original ordinance had a fee, and the revision removes the fee, but we have a need to pass the ordinance and keep a business registry.  A motion to advertise the revised proposed Business Registry Ordinance was made by K. Dougherty, seconded by C. Stephens.  All in favor, motion carried.

Fees:  F. Kulick read resolution 22-18, amending and revising the schedule of fees for 2019.  A motion was made by J. Schreiner to pass Resolution 22-18 setting 2019 borough fees, seconded by K. Napoli.  All in favor, motion carried.  D. Markey explained council simply needs to pass a resolution yearly setting fees, and if fees need to be changed, they can be changed by resolution also.

Meeting Dates:  F. Kulick stated we need to advertise meeting dates.  K. Napoli motioned to hold council meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 7pm in Jermyn Borough Council Chambers for 2019.  Seconded by C. Stephens.  All in favor, motion carried.

Lackawanna County Land Bank:  F. Kulick stated that C. Tomaine asked this to be tabled at the last meeting, and wanted to bring it up again.  D. Markey stated he contacted Ralph Pappas of the Land Bank to come and give a presentation and question and answer session, who informed him that Jermyn does not currently have any land in the repository, so there is currently no need for Jermyn to join, but we would be invited in the future if a need arises.  D. Markey advised that we could still join, but one stipulation is that taxes collected on land bank properties for the first 5 years, 50% would go to the land bank, and the other 50% to the municipality and school district.  W. Aquilino stated that he believes we should continue to table it.  C. Tomaine agreed, after reading everything, he found some issues which he believes to be questionable and one-sided.  D. Markey stated he will keep it off the agenda, and will put back on if needed or requested.

Borough Manager Report:  D. Markey reminded the solicitor that once the Joinder Ordinance is passed, he needs the paperwork so he can return to the pension plan administrator.  He already spoke about the financial software.

Feral Cat Issue:  W. Aquilino stated he drafted a feral cat ordinance.  F. Kulick asked how we’re going to pay for this?  He also stated that cats die when you put collars on them, due to getting caught on branches, etc.  Quick release collars require 5lb of pressure to release, and cats can’t exert that kind of pressure.  F. Kulick stated he knows there’s a cat problem, but he thinks an ordinance is ridiculous.  K. Dougherty stated she has a dog and can’t let it wander without a collar or a leash.  F. Kulick stated dogs and cats are two different kinds of animals.  W. Aquilino stated feral cats are everywhere, not just Jermyn, but was tasked with looking into the cat problem, and people feeding feral cats.  The only way to prevent that is to have an ordinance.  The ordinance he prepared is over-inclusive on purpose, so things can be stricken rather than having things added.  W. Aquilino stated if council is interested in controlling feral cats, there are trap neuter release programs, but the borough will incur a cost.  K. Napoli stated he doesn’t know how the ordinance will be enforced.  W. Aquilino stated if you feed a feral cat so many times within a certain number of days, they become your cat, whether or not you buy it, name it, or shave it.  It is your cat, and you are then responsible for that cat, and the feral cat ordinance has a nuisance clause in it.  D. Markey stated there are current ordinances on the website stating that dogs and all other animals shall be leashed when outside.  D. Markey stated there are also ordinances that limit households to 4 pets.  K. Dougherty asked if we have cat problems in the entire town, or just certain spots?  Mayor Fuga said just certain spots.  D. Markey stated he found a copy of an ordinance in Old Forge, PA, which was filed away in the cabinets from 2016, which deals with feeding of feral cats.  K. Napoli asked what you would do with the cats?  D. Markey stated we can trap them, but the trap neuter release program costs money.  D. Markey will distribute the Old Forge ordinance, and council would like to table this topic for now.

Municipal Pension Plan Joinder Ordinance:  The 2019 pension plan joinder ordinance has been duly advertised and is ready to be voted on.  W. Aquilino stated Council voted to not require police to contribute 5% for 2019, due to the well-funded status of the plan at the last meeting.  A motion was made by F. Kulick to pass the Pension Plan Joinder Ordinance 23-19.  Seconded by C. Stephens.  All in favor, motion carried.

MS4:  F. Kulick appointed an MS4 committee, and asked for volunteers.  F. Kulick appointed Cindy Stephens, Jennifer Schreiner, and Kristen Dougherty to the committee, with Cindy Stephens as the chair.

New Business:  None at this time.

Adjournment:  With no other business to come before the meeting, a motion was made by K. Napoli to adjourn, seconded by K. Dougherty.  All in favor, motion passed.  The meeting adjourned at 8:43pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel Markey

Borough Manager

Jermyn Borough Council Meeting Minutes 12/6/18

Jermyn Borough
Council Meeting
12/6/18
The Jermyn Borough Council held a council meeting on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers of the Jermyn Borough Building, 440 Jefferson Ave, Jermyn PA.
The meeting was called to order by President Frank Kulick with the Pledge of Allegiance. President Kulick asked everyone to remain standing for a moment of silence in memory of President George H.W. Bush, and Michael Tripus, a Zoning Officer in the Poconos who was gunned down in his municipal building.
On roll call, the following members were present: Frank Kulick, Kristen Dougherty, Jennifer Schreiner, Kevin Napoli, Carl Tomaine, Cynthia Stephens, and Joanne Wilson. Also present was Attorney Aquilino, Mayor Fuga and Dennis Kutch from KBA. Ray Rood and Bob Chase were absent.
Minutes:
A motion was made by K. Napoli to accept the minutes of 11/15/18 as presented. Seconded by C. Stephens. All in favor, motion carried.
Bills Payable:
A motion was made by J. Wilson to pay the bills as presented, seconded by K. Dougherty. All in favor, motion carried.
Correspondence:
F. Kulick read an email from Jerry Bruno sent to the webmaster of the Jermyn website, regarding alternate parking (email attached hereto as Addendum A)
Public Comment: Katelyn English from Lackawanna County read different flyers regarding different events, including: Lackawanna County Winter Market, Festival of Trees 2018, Trolley Special, Angel Trees, and Ice Jam Training.
Basil Kleha from the Planning Commission spoke about his training seminar on Municipal Planning. He and William Langman from the Planning Commission went and they learned a lot of information. He states there will be future training as well. Mr. Kleha also stated he has plans for Old Mill Road where the Moran family is planning a subdivision of the Moskovitz property. The county planning commission already approved it. The Jermyn Planning Commission approved as well, and Mr. Kleha is sending to Officer Chase for approval. He also states that 573 Washington Ave. is starting to look nice, and Mr. Sheridan had 4 dumpsters in already. He said things look to be going well, and they are doing things the right way. He also thanked J. Wilson and Shade Tree for replacing the tree in front of his property, and he stated that the council is doing a great job, and things are interesting, because there’s always something new going on. He commended the new full time officer, Jack Binner, as well as Chief Arthur. He also commended Councilwoman J. Schreiner, and stated she speaks well and has the ability to calm people when they’re upset.
MS4 Presentation: Dennis Kutch from KBA Engineering spoke about the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) as a requirement of our yearly permit is public information regarding MS4, as well as a question and answer opportunity. Jermyn has a separate storm sewer system from the sanitary sewer system, and is bound by MS4 laws. We have an obligation over the next 5 years to reduce pollutants by 10%, as sediment is having an adverse effect on the Chesapeake Bay system. The state has given us minimum control measures to meet. #1 is Public Education, #2 is Public Involvement and Participation, #3 is Illicit Detection Program. All outfalls in Jermyn have been detected, and they must be monitored throughout the year, especially in dry climates. #4 is Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control, #5 DPW Good Housekeeping, managing spills, etc. The borough can get credit towards the 10% reduction in sediment by doing things such as planting trees, building rain gardens, etc. There are programs that can be attended and education to be gained. D. Kutch passed around a sign in sheet also for all attendees. D. Markey asked if Jermyn can get credit for trees already planted? D. Kutch said yes, that’s possible going back five years or so, but credits aren’t huge, but we can get credit for things done since the permit was obtained. T. Fuga stated that the DEP is more inclined to give credits for rain gardens. J. Wilson stated there is a Shade Tree meeting coming up, and asked if she should put rain gardens on the agenda? T. Fuga stated the park across the street from the borough building and where the old PPL station was are good areas for rain gardens. D. Kutch stated KBA will work with Shade Tree regarding next steps. J. Wilson stated they will have to work with Recreations, because there were plans to put in a bocce ball court. D. Markey asked if they give credits for rain barrels? D. Kutch stated he thinks they do. D. Markey stated we have a few hundred left over recycling barrels from when we used to throw recycling, and maybe we could convert them to rain barrels. D. Kutch states that tons of sediment comes down through the Rushbrook Creek to the Lackawanna River from above Jermyn Borough, so it’s not going to be easy to reduce the sediment rate by 10%, so credits will go a long way. F. Kulick asked if we formed an MS4 committee to educate the public, would we get credit? D. Kutch stated it’s part of the permit requirements.
Code Enforcement : Code Enforcement Officer Aquilino stated there were two people present for code enforcement purposes, but before we hear from them, there are other items to review: 20 Evergreen Drive – This citation is being withdrawn pending closing of property sale. 122 Bacon St – The owner has communicated and provided a plan, so code enforcement is being suspended pending completion of the issues. Laurie Shimo – 746 Jefferson Ave – house without house number. She states she has house number decorations. W. Aquilino states ordinance requires 3” high numbers affixed to building. Ms. Shimo asked about a deadline? W. Aquilino stated to get stick on numbers for now until she can find a more permanent solution. Ms. Shimo stated the vehicle in her backyard is not registered. W. Aquilino states it needs to be garaged or tarped. She asked why she needs to take care of weeds? W. Aquilino stated it is due to attracting wildlife, etc. Ms. Shimo states she’s had many problems with feral cats on her property and she’s taken many steps to remedy them. W. Aquilino asked her to correct the house number, tarp the vehicle, remove the weeds, remove junk from backyard, and contact borough manager regarding her feral cat issue. Ms. Shimo states she’s very frustrated because she purchased this home in 1989 and the only time the borough ever contacts her is about bad things, namely a deck, a shed, etc. Why didn’t the borough knock on her door instead of sending a letter. W. Aquilino advised her to get house #s on by the end of the year, and complete the rest by the 2nd week of January. She agreed. He stated to contact us for help with the cats. Chief Arthur stated she contact the police, and they contacted the humane society, which couldn’t really help. He stated the borough doesn’t have any ordinances to cite people for feeding strays, and Griffin Pond will no longer take
feral or stray cats. Chief Arthur stated there were 80 cats trapped out of one yard over a period of a couple years. W. Aquilino will research the cat issue more.
Alphonso Wright, 187-23 Sullivan Rd., St. Albans, NY – W. Aquilino states we’ve sent mail to him that has been returned for a bad address regarding 106-118 Rushbrook St. W. Aquilino stated he needs a local agent. Mr. Wright states he now has Henry Houser as a local agent. W. Aquilino states the properties were inspected, and the report states there are issues to be corrected. Mr. Wright states he didn’t want to bother his tenants over the holidays. W. Aquilino asked how many apartments are currently vacant. Mr. Wright stated none; they are all rented. W. Aquilino asked for a timetable for repairs. Mr. Wright stated most of the work will be completed in January. W. Aquilino stated he will schedule a follow up inspection at the end of January, and also to touch base with NEIC regarding required permits.
2019 Budget: F. Kulick presented the 2019 budget on behalf of the Finance Committee. He explained that if council was ok with the budget tonight, council would need to vote to advertise the budget, then vote to accept at the next meeting. F. Kulick highlighted amounts of the budget, including continuation of the summer activities program, rotating in a new police vehicle, a new dump body for the 2012 plow truck (to be paid out of liquid fuels). Total revenue projections: $653.571. Total expense projections: $800,870. Adjustments: Liquid Fuels Carryover $88,350., General Fund Carryover $37,000., DPW Capital Reserve Contributions $30,000. After adjustments, total surplus of $8,051. Lou DeMarco asked about permit fee income. F. Kulick explained line items for permit fees. Mr. DeMarco asked about budgeting for the DPW garage loan. D. Markey advised that the 2019 budget must be passed prior to the beginning of the year, but council can make adjustments to it at any time, and also there are funds in the budget to account for utilities for the garage. J. Wilson asked if DPW received an increase. D. Markey advised DPW is holding steady, and explained budget line items for DPW, Police Department. F. Kulick made a motion to approve the 2019 for advertisement and open for inspection during borough business hours until the next council meeting. Seconded by K. Napoli. All in favor, motion carried.
Tax Millage Ordinance: A motion was made by K. Napoli to advertise the ordinance setting the 2019 Tax Millage at 29 mills. Seconded by C. Tomaine. All in favor, motion carried.
Fees: D. Markey explained that council is supposed to pass a resolution each year naming all the permits and fees for each, including garbage, dumpster, rental permits, solicitation, etc. He will have a resolution ready for the next council meeting. Meeting dates will be advertised after next meeting. Planning Commission will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month, or as needed, and Shade Tree Commission will meet on the second Wednesday quarterly, or as needed, at 7pm at the Borough Building. The Recreations Commission will meet as needed.
Records Retention Resolution: F. Kulick read Resolution 20-18, adopting retention records requirements set by the State of Pennsylvania. Motion made by K. Napoli to adopt Resolution 20-18, seconded by C. Stephens. All in favor, motion carried.
Right to Know Act Fees Resolution: B. Aquilino explained the new Right to Know Act (RTKA) fee schedule set by the State of Pennsylvania, and Resolution 21-18, adopting the schedule. Motion by J. Wilson to adopt the resolution, seconded by J. Schreiner. On the question, K. Napoli inquired what the fees were. F. Kulick read the fees per the RTKA fee schedule. All in favor, motion carried.
Municipal Pension Plan Joinder Ordinance: W. Aquilino explained that our pension plan administrator met with him and the borough manager, and council must vote to adopt the 2019 pension plan joinder ordinance. A motion was made by J. Wilson to advertise the Pension Plan Ordinance. J Schreiner questioned the Police
Contribution. D. Markey explained that due to the currently well funded status of the plan, police currently do not contribute, however it should be a yearly vote of council to have police contribute either 5% towards the pension plan, or not contribute towards the pension plan due to the well-funded status of the plan, but that is a separate topic than the ordinance. F. Kulick reminded council of the motion on the floor by J. Wilson to advertise the Municipal Pension Plan Joinder Ordinance. Seconded by C. Stephens. All in favor, motion carried.
Police Pension Contribution: A motion was made by K. Napoli to not require the police to contribute towards the Police Pension Plan in 2019, seconded by J. Wilson. All in favor, motion carried.
2018 DCED Audit: F. Kulick states we have a proposal from the office of Michael Barbetti to complete the 2018 DCED audit for an amount not to exceed $8,000. A motion was made by K. Napoli to allow Michael Barbetti’s firm to complete the municipal annual audit at a cost not to exceed $8,000. Seconded by C. Stephens. All in favor, motion carried.
Business Permit Ordinance: F. Kulick stated we may need to table this again. W. Aquilino stated that council needs to decide on fee or no fee, and also when he and the borough manager were doing property inspections, we don’t know the owners of some businesses, and we need a business ordinance for that purpose alone. D. Markey stated he can send council a new copy of the ordinance as currently written. W. Aquilino stated that this ordinance is important for fire and police personnel as well, so they know what they’re getting into. D. Markey stated council had previously voted to advertise the business ordinance, but after advertised, it didn’t go anywhere due to concerns over the fee. He stated it would need to be voted to be advertised again, and this time it could be advertised without the fee. D. Markey stated that council could table until everyone has read the ordinance. F. Kulick motioned to table the ordinance, seconded by K. Napoli. All in favor, motion carried.
Lackawanna County Land Bank Resolution: F. Kulick read the resolution for Jermyn Borough to enter into agreement with the Lackawanna County Land Bank. W. Aquilino stated that he and the borough manager attended the press conference and seminar for the Blight to Bright project, and explained the initiative. He explained the land bank coalition, and D. Markey explained we can work together with the land bank for action on blighted properties. C. Tomaine states this removes us out of the equation, we give up all control over blight. C. Tomaine stated he would like to table this vote, and asked the solicitor to make a list of pros and cons. C. Tomaine made a motion to table the resolution, seconded by K. Napoli. All in favor, motion carried.
Email Accounts: K. Dougherty stated she has an issue with the email account space. She would like to consider moving to Gmail, which has unlimited space. J. Wilson asked if we could purchase more. K. Dougherty stated there’s no reason to purchase when we can get gmail for free. K. Dougherty stated council can setup a gmail account and bounce to another email address. D. Markey stated if council didn’t want to setup new emails, they may be able to have them bounced to an existing email. J. Wilson asked about legality of private emails. W. Aquilino stated that wherever official email is delivered to, it’s open for possible subpoena. D. Markey stated whoever creates a new email address for their borough email, to advise him of the new email address, and he will make sure the webmaster creates the bounce.
K. Dougherty asked if anything ever happened with the chicken ordinance. F. Kulick stated there wouldn’t be a passing of a chicken ordinance. K. Dougherty asked if we ever notified the requestor. F. Kulick stated she never came back to a meeting, and if she does, we will notify her.
Adjournment: With no other business to come before the meeting, a motion was made by K. Napoli to adjourn, seconded by K. Dougherty. All in favor, motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 8:59pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Daniel Markey
Borough Manager

Addendum A: That would have worked IF the other side of Madison Ave was plowed in the 700 block. Since it wasn’t done, some of us were forced to park on the WRONG SIDE while we cleared our driveways.It was also nice to see the BOROUGH is in such need of REVENUE that a ticket was given to a young man on Gibson St. getting ready to deploy overseas. It is easier to FINE residents than to STOP the Traffic on Rushbrook St. Keep it up. I am also looking for the signs along our Streets warning about PARKING RESTRICTIONS. Oh, that’s right, they DO NOT EXIST.