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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.

Jermyn Borough Council Meeting Minutes 11-15-18

Jermyn Borough
Council Meeting
11/15/18
The Jermyn Borough Council held a council meeting on Thursday, November 15, 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.
On roll call, the following members were present: Frank Kulick, Kristen Dougherty, Jennifer Schreiner, Kevin Napoli, Cynthia Stephens, and Joanne Wilson. Also present was Attorney Aquilino and Dennis Kutch from KBA. Carl Tomaine, Mayor Fuga and Ray Rood were absent. Bob Chase joined the meeting at 7:03 pm
Minutes:
A motion was made by K. Dougherty to accept the minutes of 11/1/18. Seconded by K. Napoli. All in favor, motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report:
D. Markey read the treasurer’s report as follows:
ASSETS:
Current Assets
100.01 Checking-General Fund 68,493.15
Cash – Paving First Com Bank 398.96
Liquid Fuels FNB Interest 63,822.25
Checking FNB Refuse 67,590.96
100.02 Checking-Tax Fund 23.32
Cash – Crime Watch 1,442.35
100.04 Checking-Liquid Fuels 25.54
100.05 Checking-Recycling 8,176.86
100.06 Checking-DARE (Closing) 28.10
100.08 Checking-Holiday Light 2,114.85
Cash Checking – Recreation 15,453.25
120.06 DPW Capital Reserve 30,026.58
120.01 Investment-General Fund 1.39
120.02 Investment-Recycling 1.33
120.03 Investment-Refuse 2,493.32
120.04 Investment-Dept of Hwy 43,994.79
120.05 Investment-Paving Fund 11.43
Prepaid Expenses – Other 1,900.00
Total Current Assets 305,998.43
Disbursements:
Disbursements 10/19/18 to 11/15/18 $34,765.20
*Includes $14,000 Fire Co Contributions, $11,402 County Waste
Payroll 10/19/18 11,791.99
Payroll 11/1/18 11,143.99
Total Disbursements 58,349.18
Deposits:
Deposits 10/19/18 to 11/15/18 28,114.81
A motion was made by C. Stephens to accept the Treasurer’s Report and pay the bills as presented, seconded
by J. Wilson. All in favor, motion carried.
Correspondence:
F. Kulick read a letter from FEMA regarding a meeting on 12/11/18 from 10am-noon at William Walker
regarding the Mayfield Flood Risk Project, and stated if anyone wanted to go, mark your calendars.
F. Kulick also read an invitation for council to NEIC’s Holiday Party. F. Kulick also reminded everyone about
Light Up Christmas Night Out at the Artisan Fire Co. on December 15th from 6-9pm.
Public Comment: In absence of Katelyn English from Lackawanna County, D. Markey read different flyers
regarding different events, including: Lackawanna County Winter Market, Festival of Trees 2018, Elf on the
Shelf Trolley Special, Angel Trees, Santa Train, Blight to Bright Meeting, Gentle Yoga Classes, Hands on Floral
Design Class, and Ice Jam Training.
Reports:
Police: Chief Arthur reported the police are increasing enforcement at school bus stops, concentrating
on areas where they are receiving complaints. There are other investigations ongoing as well.
Fire: Chief Rood was not in attendance, but F. Kulick asked B. Chase in his role as Captain of Artisan
Fire Co. if the grants going to the fire companies is something that Jermyn fire dept’s will get a chunk of? B.
Chase stated that this is grant money that is distributed yearly, and for some reason, it was up-played on the
news this year.
Zoning: B. Chase states he received several zoning permit applications. One application was
incomplete, and another he believes there is more going on than what was being applied for. B. Chase stated
he is looking for the portion in zoning stating an accessory structure must have a primary structure on the lot.
Mayor: Mayor Fuga was absent due to plowing during the snowstorm.
Engineer: D. Kutch stated there were some manhole covers in the Woodlands that couldn’t be found,
as they may have been paved over, etc. DPW will open them for KBA so they can be videoed and can put the
project out to bid for spring. Delaware St. Stormwater Project survey is compete. The DPW building plans are
complete, and we are awaiting the USDA for funding. D. Markey reported he received a letter from the
Lackawanna County Planning Commission regarding approval for a sub-division of the Moscovitz property by
the Morans. B. Chase stated it should have gone to the Jermyn Planning Commission first prior to the county.
D. Markey stated he will send letter and maps to the Jermyn Planning Commission. K. Dougherty asked if we
were in jeopardy of losing funding for the Woodlands Sewer & Paving Grant. D. Markey stated he didn’t think
so, and he remembers seeing a date of 2021 on the paperwork. D. Markey stated we need to look into putting
the parking lot paving project out for bid soon so we don’t lose that grant funding. D. Kutch stated normally
the structure is put up before the paving. D. Markey stated the USDA said it may be better to pave prior to
the building being constructed. D. Kutch stated there may be grading issues. D. Kutch also stated concerns
regarding R&L Carriers, stating a traffic study should be conducted, which R&L should be aware of.
Public Safety: K. Napoli stated he had nothing other than the full time officer, which will be handled
later in the meeting.
DPW: D. Markey reported tonight is our first snowstorm of the season, and the part timers should be
coming in overnight. The on-call schedule is in effect. D. Markey explained the on-call schedule to the council.
D. Markey stated we will need to hold a DPW Committee meeting shortly, as we have a new application for
employment. We are starting a project in the side stairwell to dress up the building a bit, and we will have
volunteer help.
Finance: F. Kulick reported there was a finance committee meeting held on 11/13/18, and at the next
council meeting on 12/6/18, there will be a proposed 2019 budget to vote on. After it’s accepted, it will need
to be advertised and available for inspection for 10 days prior to passing. F. Kulick stated the budget looks
promising, but will need to be finetuned.
Recreations: K. Dougherty reported the annual children’s Christmas party will be held December 23rd
from 5-7pm and preparations are being made. K. Dougherty asked D. Markey how the search for a new
vending machine is going. D. Markey stated he asked the seller for pictures, and is still awaiting them.
Grants: K. Dougherty asked D. Markey if anything came back yet regarding the gym floor grant. D.
Markey advised it was signed and delivered back to the state, but we haven’t received anything back yet after
that. K. Dougherty asked if there was a timeframe on the leaf vac. D. Markey stated we can’t purchase until
all the contracts are signed.
Shade Tree: J. Wilson reported that bare roots were planted today in areas where trees were
diseased, destroyed, etc. The 12/8/18 parade is still on, but the Christmas Concert is postponed to 12/16/18.
D. Markey will let J. Wilson know for sure if they gym is available. J. Wilson stated she has all the cases for the
Hometown Hero banners when they come down. J. Wilson reported that no more applications for banners
are being accepted at this time, due to PPL charging to place items on their poles. F. Kulick stated he has an
issue with that, and everyone should have an opportunity to get a banner, even if the price goes up. F. Kulick
asked when the next shade tree meeting is. J. Wilson stated the 2nd Tuesday in January.
Crime Watch: J. Schreiner has nothing to report at this time.
Solicitor: B. Aquilino stated he received Pension Plan Joinder Agreement documents which he will
sign.
Code Enforcement: B. Aquilino stated that the apartments 106-118 Rushbrook St were inspected, and
there are a list of code and safety violations. The owner hasn’t been forthcoming with making corrections, so
after the holiday, he may have to send out notices to the tenants that they need to find somewhere else to
live until the building is up to code. B. Aquilino asked what happened with the certified mail? D. Markey
stated he was told by the USPS that they couldn’t send certified to the owner or to the owner of 734
Washington Ave due to the postal service not being able to find the addresses in their database.
Borough Manager: D. Markey reported that PENNDOT Liquid Fuels made two visits. The first visit was
to go through what is eligible and ineligible for payment through the fund, and the second visit was to assist in
the yearly report which must be submitted by January 31st of each year. They came in and got us up to date
with the report. The PENNDOT liquid fuels 2017 audit was held on 11/6/18, everything went well, and there
were 2 findings from the audit: 1. We need 2 signatures on each check, and 2. The audit requires both front
and back of cancelled check. The DPW and Borough Manager attended PA One Call Locator Training. Things
were being handled incorrectly by the borough, which was learned through the training, and corrective
measures were taken immediately to ensure the borough is following proper protocol. J. Wilson stated when
they plant trees, she calls PA One Call. D. Markey stated the Feed-A-Friend barrel will be picked up shortly.
He attended a Role of the Municipal Secretary Training, which was supposed to be a 2 day training. He did not
attend the second day due to the snow storm, and a webinar make up will be held in the near future. The
Santa Parade is this Saturday, and we will be leaving for the parade by 9:45am. We are in the 5th Division – the
Santa Division. The Girl Scouts Christmas Lights Parade is Saturday, December 8th at 6pm. Light Up Christmas
Night Out is at the Artisan Fire Company on Saturday, December 15th from 6-9pm, proceeds benefit the
Jermyn Holiday Light Fund. Alternate parking is in effect currently, and residents have until midnight tonight
to move to the even side of the street, then tomorrow at 5pm they will have until midnight to move to the
odd side, unless rescinded earlier by the Mayor. F. Kulick asked what vehicles would be taken to the Santa
Parade. D. Markey stated the new DPW truck, the Police SUV, and Artisan vehicles.
Land Appraisal: K. Dougherty reported she hadn’t heard anything back yet regarding the appraisal of the land.
F. Kulick offered to try to contact another appraiser as well.
Business Permit Ordinance: B. Aquilino states one of the things that has reared its ugly head is that
sometimes we don’t know who is the owner of some businesses, and also all businesses need to have a
registered address for service, and we may need to add to the borough business ordinance.
Pension Plan Joinder Agreement: B. Aquilino stated we need to amend pension plan to comply with state
law.
Tax Bill Printing Update: D. Markey advised that Atty Aquilino doesn’t have the resolution available that was
voted on last meeting, because the information we were given was incorrect, and Lackawanna County will
continue to print our tax bills, however they cannot print ad hoc items on the bills for each municipality.
Executive Session: Council went into executive session at 7:56 pm for personnel purposes. Council convened
from executive session at 8:50 pm.
Contract for Chief Arthur: F. Kulick reviewed the terms of the contract proposal with Chief Arthur. Chief
Arthur agreed to the terms of the contract. Motion by K. Napoli to offer a 5 year contract to Chief Arthur with
15 sick days, 4 personal days, 4 weeks vacation after 12 years, sick days to be carried over to max of 12 weeks
or 60 days, terms of bereavement & holiday as per the borough handbook. Contract to include a 2% salary
increase each year, beginning with 2020, which is second of five contract years. Seconded by C. Stephens. All
in favor, motion carried.
Full Time Officer:
K. Napoli welcomed Officer Binner to the meeting, and stated council would like to offer Officer Binner the full
time position with the stipulation of six (6) sick days per year, plus two (2) personal days per year, with
carryover of sick days, maximum of 12 weeks or 60 days, and a rate of pay of $20/hour. Officer Binner
accepted. Motion by K. Napoli to hire Jack Binner to fill the vacant full time officer shift with the agreed up stipulations, seconded by J. Wilson. All in favor, motion carried.
Adjournment: With no other business to come before the meeting, a motion was made by K. Napoli to adjourn, seconded by J. Schreiner. All in favor, motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 8:56 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Daniel Markey
Borough Manager

Jermyn Borough Council Meeting Minutes 11-1-18

Jermyn Borough
Council Meeting
11/1/18

The Jermyn Borough Council held a council meeting on Thursday, November 1, 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 Vice President Kristen Dougherty at 7:07pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.
On roll call, the following members were present: Kristen Dougherty, Jennifer Schreiner, Cynthia Stephens, and Joanne Wilson. Also present was Attorney Aquilino.   Frank Kulick, Carl Tomaine, Mayor Fuga, Ray Rood, Bob Chase, and KBA were absent. Kevin Napoli joined shortly after roll call at 7:09 pm.
Minutes:
A motion was made by C. Stephens to accept the minutes of 10/18/18. Seconded by J. Schreiner. All in favor, motion carried.
Correspondence:
K. Dougherty read a letter from the Insurance Service Office (ISO), stating that the Building Code Effectiveness Grade (BCEG) ratings being applied for Jermyn are Class 3 for Commercial & Industrial Properties, and Class 4 for One and Two Family Residential Properties on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 representing excellent code enforcement and adoption efforts.
K. Dougherty read correspondence stating that Ronald Novotny, 427 Rear Madison Ave, is appealing his property tax assessment with the court of common pleas.
Public Comment: None
HR 291 of 2017: K. Dougherty advised this was brought up by J. Wilson last meeting regarding a resolution to complete a feasibility study regarding a state run earned income tax program. J. Wilson stated that the Lackawanna County Association of Boroughs passed a resolution against HR291, and urged municipalities to do the same. J. Wilson suggested revising the county resolution, making it applicable to Jermyn. D. Markey stated right now, the resolution passed was just to conduct the study, not to change anything. He stated that we were not approached for our input as of yet, and we don’t know enough yet, as it’s just a study being conducted. We could stand to benefit, or we could stand to lose, but we don’t know yet. J. Wilson stated we may be jumping the gun, but she doesn’t want us to lose out on it. D. Markey stated we don’t have enough information yet to make a decision as to whether the borough is in favor of or against the PA Dept of Revenue taking over the EIT collections. K. Napoli stated there are too many open ended areas. J. Wilson suggested we stay up on this. Attorney Aquilino stated it’s just a feasibility study and we just don’t know if it’s going to benefit us or not, but after the study goes through, and the bill is written, we will then have an opportunity to weigh in.
Full Time Officer:
K. Napoli stated he really wanted to get this done tonight, however with the absence of F. Kulick and C. Tomaine, he needs to table until next meeting. Both candidates were interviewed, and they’ve reached a
decision to recommend to council, but for budgetary purposes, he’d like to have the rest of the finance committee present. Tabled until next meeting.
Business Permit: This was asked to be placed on the agenda by F. Kulick. Attorney Aquilino stated to table this also. D. Markey stated that he thinks we may want to resurrect this proposed ordinance, it was discussed at length earlier in the year, advertised once with a fee, then sent back to the drawing board to pass without a fee. Tabled until next meeting.
Employee Handbook: Attorney Aquilino asked if council has formally requested review & revision of the handbook. K. Napoli motioned to request the solicitor to review and revise the handbook. Seconded by C. Stephens. All in favor, motion carried.
Garbage Pickup Issues: D. Markey reported some residents had uncollected bulk items last week, and the can delivery truck came in on Monday and assisted with the bulk trash pickup. Attorney Aquilino asked if there would be reason to believe this would be an ongoing issue? D. Markey said he didn’t think so, it could have been a new driver or miscommunication. Different stories were traded about previous trash issues.
Printing Tax Bills: D. Markey reported he received an email from PDQ printing stating Lackawanna County decided not to print tax bills for municipalities any longer. D. Markey also received a call from Mayor Chelik from Mayfield, who received the same email. D. Markey reached out to PDQ and they advised that the county advised the Tax Collectors Association that they would not be printing tax bills, and recommended council pass a resolution urging the county to reconsider their decision. J. Schreiner motioned to pass a resolution urging the county to continue printing tax bills for municipalities, seconded by K. Napoli. All in favor, motion carried.
Rental Unit Inspections: D. Markey reported he and F. Kulick attended a class for rental unit inspections last week, and he would work with the solicitor/code enforcement officer to update our process of inspecting units, creating a checklist, etc. A discussion was held regarding how often units would be inspected – yearly, once someone moves out, etc. Attorney Aquilino stated that currently inspections are upon code enforcement complaints by tenants, or by visual issues seen by street, or findings by police or fire personnel. Mr. Lou DeMarco asked what type of standards are followed? D. Markey advised the UCC codes are followed. J. Schreiner asked if we’re hoping to inspect all units by next year? Attorney Aquilino asked how many permits were issued this year. D. Markey stated there were about 208 permits issued this year, however, most are multi-unit . K. Dougherty asked if a landlord notifies the borough if a tenant has moved out? D. Markey stated no, but one of the recommendations from the PSAB is that we can ask for names and contact numbers of tenants 18 and older, so emergency personnel can ensure all the tenants are present and accounted for in case of an emergency. He stated that he thinks it makes sense to require landlords to notify the borough of a tenant moving in or out as a requirement to keep their permits. D. Markey also stated we are allowed to come up with an inspection schedule/requirements however we’d like, as long as it’s uniform and fair to all landlords. Mrs. Carrie Chase suggested to look at the Section 8 requirements to benchmark. A discussion was held as to when and how often to require inspections. D Markey stated we’re going to take a deep dive into this and do what works best for the safety and welfare of the residents and the town.
Land Appraisal: The person referred to us hasn’t gotten back to us after multiple calls. K. Dougherty reported she called Henry Deeke to appraise. We need to send PIN #, deed, and he will be able to complete within 5-10 business days.
New Business:
D. Markey reported he will still give treasurer’s report on 2nd monthly meeting, however he’s going to present a list of bills payable each meeting so he can make payments online and by phone accordingly. This was approved by the solicitor and accountant. Motion by C. Stephens, seconded by K. Napoli to pay the bills, all in favor, motion carried.
K. Napoli asked for a meeting with F. Kulick, C. Tomaine, and Attorney Aquilino to hold a meeting prior to the next meeting to discuss the contract for Chief Arthur.
Adjournment: With no other business to come before the meeting, a motion was made by K. Napoli to adjourn, seconded by J. Schreiner. All in favor, motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 7:54 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Daniel Markey
Borough Manager

Jermyn Borough Council Meeting Minutes 10/4/18

Jermyn Borough
Council Meeting
10/4/18
The Jermyn Borough Council held a council meeting on October 4, 2018 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers of the Jermyn Borough Building, 440 Jefferson Ave, Jermyn PA.
On roll call, the following members were present: Frank Kulick, Kristen Dougherty, Jennifer Schreiner, Kevin Napoli, Cynthia Stephens, Joanne Wilson. Also present were Mayor Fuga, Attorney Aquilino, Ray Rood. Carl Tomaine, KBA, and Bob Chase were absent.
Minutes:
A motion was made by K. Napoli to accept the minutes of 9/20/18. Seconded by K. Dougherty. All in favor, motion carried.
Correspondence:
F. Kulick read a letter from Debbie Seabolt concerning an issue regarding her driveway on Delaware St. due to water runoff from Archbald. Mayor Fuga stated until the house in Archbald can remedy the issue, it will continue to go on. He stated she needs to take the issue to Archbald. D. Markey stated that Ms. Seaboldt said in her letter she already went to Archbald four times with no solution. T. Fuga stated that the house above hers resides in Archbald, and their drain pipes lead to the road, which is leading to the problems. K. Napoli asked if we can send a letter to Archbald on her behalf? Atty Aquilino took the letter, and stated he would send a letter to Archbald.
Barbetti Accounting sent a letter stating they analyzed the activities of the borough from 1/1/18 – 6/30/18, and stated all accounts were fine. They stated cooperation from J. Wilson, who was the interim secretary at the time. F. Kulick asked D. Markey if all accounts were indeed fine? D. Markey reported that most accounts have not been reconciled in the borough’s accounting software since February, 2018, so he isn’t sure yet. He will go back and reconcile accounts since February and report back. F. Kulick states Barbetti’s audit included reconciliation of the borough’s several bank accounts. He stated he would like a better understanding of what they did prior to next meeting. J. Wilson stated they billed $1000. for the audit.
MBC Solutions did work on getting computers updated, printers online, etc. R. Rood asked if we prepay for his services. D. Markey stated R. Rood is right, and we prepay for hours for MBC, and the time spent in the office was valuable. F. Kulick thanked MBC Solutions for the help.
Public Comment:
Floyd Celli 642 Washington Ave. – States he was here a few months ago to inform us of issues he had beginning years ago, where he came to seventeen council meetings in a row,and we haven’t addressed any of the issues he presented, including the alleyway in the rear of his property. Mayor Fuga stated that we have had a very wet summer, and we are trying to get there to trim the trees so Cerminaro can assist us in fixing the road. T. Fuga stated that Cerminaro is donating his time & equipment to help fix the alleyway, and we have to go by their timeline. Mr. Celli stated the borough isn’t working with him, because if so, the work would be done. T. Fuga states they go back that alley all the time, and there’s no issue. Mr. Celli states it’s been five years, he’s a taxpayer, and we’ve done nothing. T. Fuga states that it’s raining very often, and they have other
work to be done also. The two argued back and forth for several minutes regarding the issue. Mr. Celli asked what is a reasonable amount of time to wait before he comes back? F. Kulick asked didn’t someone from the state come look at your problem? Mr. Celli stated that water runoff is the borough’s responsibility. Mr. Celli stated that the large tree is to the right of the alleyway, opposite of Cerminaro’s fence is one of the obstacles in the way, forcing him to drive on private property. F. Kulick stated that if the tree, which is on private property, is causing issues with roadways, we have an ordinance where we can take it out. J. Wilson stated she will go speak with the property owner tomorrow. K. Napoli asked if engineers looked at the issue and reported that the reason for his water issue is that he paved everything around him and the water has nowhere else to go? T. Fuga stated that the roadway was built up over time, so the water has nowhere to drain, which is why the alleyway needs to be dozed. Mr. Celli stated he would come back in a month to see if there is a plan to resolve the issue.
DGK Presentation:
Jeff Kyle from DGK Insurance presented the borough’s insurance renewal packet for 2018-2019. He reviewed each page of the large packet he presented, and stated that if anyone has any questions, send them to D. Markey and he will get them to DGK. He advised of coverages the borough currently doesn’t have that he would recommend, including abuse & molestation coverage and computer transfer fraud coverage. He stated that to qualify for the abuse & molestation coverage, the borough would need to have a written policy, as well as completing criminal and child abuse background checks on all elected & appointed officials, employees, and regular volunteers.
Code Violations:
Christine Vitucci – 542 Washington Ave. Mr. Aquilino thanked Mrs. Vitucci for coming to the meeting and for working with the borough. He states that where the fence was erected, part of the building collapsed. She stated that they are filling in the collapsed portion with fill, and two of their machines broke down, and they are at the mercy of the mechanics, so the issue should be resolved within the next month or two.
Mrs. Vitucci asked about 536 Washington, stating that there is a hole in the foundation, and when it rains, water pours in. B. Aquilino stated that he is actively working on that issue as well. R. Rood stated that Carol Stefano is contact for Glass – 640 Jefferson Ave. R. Rood states he is working on designing the 2nd floor for Mr. Glass. Rec’d permission from NEIC to conduct exploratory dig on right side of building, should be underway in Nov or Dec. B. Aquilino states there are currently issues with the 2nd floor.
B. Aquilino also noted the following:
546 Washington – Vacant Lot – taking district justice action. F. Kulick reported the vehicle is gone from the property
419 Jefferson – The resident has been working with the code officer, and has been granted an extension until the spring to handle the issues.
525 Jefferson – issues resolved, citation withdrawn
317 Bacon – issues resolved, citation withdrawn
211 Bacon – dangerous porch issue has been resolved
122 Bacon St – Will be moving forward with DJ action
512 Madison – removed tires, citation withdrawn
517 Madison – tarped tires, citation withdrawn
614 Jefferson – will be contacting them in event they need to rent the property
106-118 Rushbrook – properties to be inspected by KBA 10/10/18
R. Rood stated that if we needed drones, Blakely Ambulance has 2 drones if needed. One is infrared, one is non-infrared
Pension Plan Joinder Agreement -B. Aquilino announced we need to update our joinder agreement, and we have a visit from Mauchenhaupt on 10/15/18.
R&L Carriers Tax Abatement Resolution: B. Aquilino advised that the resolution #17-2018 to adopt the LERTA tax abatement for R&L Carriers is ready for a motion. Motion by K. Dougherty, seconded by K. Napoli. All in favor, motion carried.
Pave Cut Ordinance: B. Aquilino advised that the new pave cut ordinance defining permits, procedures, and inspections is ready for a motion to advertise. D. Markey stated that we are currently issuing and collecting for pave cut permits, however this new ordinance will also allow us to assign an inspection to inspect all cut backfills, and charge inspection fees, and penalties for not contacting us. J. Wilson stated she assumed GeoScience was already inspecting work. Mr. DeMarco stated that when companies backfill it, they put temporary pave in, then there isn’t another PA 1 Call called in. D. Markey advised the ordinance requires the contractor to call the inspector when they are ready to fill. Mr. DeMarco stated that there is language in the PENNDOT 408 that states how much of the road must be paved depending on the cut size, and age of road. Motion by K. Napoli, seconded by J. Wilson to advertise the pave cut ordinance. All in favor, motion carried.
Executive Session:
Council convened into Executive Session at 8:22pm for personnel and real estate purposes.
Council reconvened from Executive Session at 9:24pm.
Land Appraisal: Motion by J. Wilson, seconded by C. Stephens to have the 2.24 acres of land owned by the borough above land being purchased by R&L Carriers appraised.
New Business: J. Wilson stated that she will review info for tax collection committee, and will have a report at the next meeting.
Planning Commission Seminar: Basil Kleha from the Planning Commission stated he is going to the Lackawanna County Planning Seminar, and he believes William Langman is attending also.
Adjournment: Motion by K. Napoli, seconded by K. Dougherty to adjourn. Council adjourned at 9:26pm

 

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel Markey
Borough Manager