Jermyn Borough Council Meeting Minutes 9/20/18

Jermyn Borough Council
Meeting Minutes
The Jermyn Borough Council held a council meeting on September 20, 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, Kevin Napoli, Cynthia Stephens, Carl Tomaine. Joanne Wilson joined at 7:04 pm. Also present were Mayor Fuga, Attorney Aquilino, Ray Rood, and Bob Chase. KBA was absent.
A motion was made by K. Napoli to accept the minutes of 8/16/18 with the correction that K. Dougherty was absent for the meeting. Seconded by K. Dougherty. All in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by K. Napoli to accept the minutes of the 8/29/18 special meeting, seconded by C. Tomaine. All in favor, motion carried. Continue reading Jermyn Borough Council Meeting Minutes 9/20/18

Jermyn Borough Council Special Meeting Minutes 8/29/18

 Jermyn Borough Council


AUGUST 29, 2018

                The Jermyn Borough Council held a special meeting regarding personnel matter on August 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jermyn Community Center, 440 Jefferson Avenue, Jermyn, PA in the Council Chambers.  Mr. Kulick called the special meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.

On roll call: present were Frank Kulick, Dan Markey, Carl Tomaine, Kristen Dougherty, Kevin Napoli (7:15 p.m.), and JoAnne Wilson (asst. secretary, non-voting member due to secretary position).  Absent was Councilwoman Cynthia Stephens and Solicitor Aquilino.  Also present was Mayor Anthony Fuga.

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Jermyn Borough Council Meeting Minutes 8/16/18


Jermyn Borough


AUGUST 16, 2018


The Jermyn Borough Council held their monthly meeting on August 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jermyn Community Center, 440 Jefferson Avenue, Jermyn PA in the Council Chambers.  President Frank Kulick called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.  President Kulick asked for a moment of silence for Mary Perrault, who passed yesterday.  He noted Mrs. Perrault was very active in the Borough for many years in numerous committees and activities.

On roll call: present were: Frank Kulick, Dan Markey, Kevin Napoli, Carl Tomaine, Cynthia Stephens, and JoAnne Wilson (asst. secretary, non-voting member due to secretary position). Absent was Kristen Dougherty.  Also present were: Mayor Fuga, Solicitor Aquilino, Fire Chief Ray Rood, Zoning officer Bob Chase, KBA representative Tony Grizzanti.

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Council Minutes – July 19 2018

Jermyn Borough
Council Minutes
July 19, 2019

            The Jermyn Borough Council held their monthly meeting on July 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jermyn Community Center, 440 Jefferson Avenue, Jermyn, PA in the Council Chambers.  President Kulick called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.

On roll call, present were: Frank Kulick, Dan Markey, Kevin Napoli (7:15 pm), Carl Tomaine, Cynthia Stephens, JoAnne Wilson (asst. secretary, non-voting).  Also present were: Solicitor Aquilino, Ray Rood, and Robert Chase.  Absent was Kristen Dougherty, a representative of KBA, and Mayor Anthony Fuga.

Motion by Mrs. Stephens, seconded by Mr. Markey, to accept the July 5, 2018 special meeting minutes, as presented.  All present voted in favor.  Motion carried.  At this time, it was noted that JoAnne Wilson, as assistant secretary, cannot cast a vote as a council member.

Motion by Mr. Napoli, seconded by Mr. Markey, to accept the Treasurer’s Report and Bills Payable as presented.  All present voted in favor.  Motion carried.

Mr. Kulick presented the letter of resignation from Cara Francosky, resigning the position of Jermyn Borough’s secretary/treasurer effective July 19, 2018.  Mr. Markey moved, seconded by Cindy Stephens, to accept the resignation of Cara Francosky as secretary/treasurer of the Borough effective July 19, 2018.  All present voted in favor.  Motion carried.

The assistant secretary position is now active as of July 19, 2018.  Mrs. JoAnne Wilson will resume her approved position as assistant secretary.

Mr. Kulick stated, the Borough has received a check for $250.00 from Walmart. Tammy Theobald has done 25 hours community service hours, and because of this, Walmart has donated to the Borough for her service hours.

Letter from Charles Beth of Jefferson Avenue was received.  He indicated that the alley, Shields Court in the 500 block, is flooding his property.  Discussion ensued.  Previously, the borough had sent out the DPW and engineers to survey the situation and found nothing wrong at that time.  Mr. Kulick will send a letter to Mr. Beth concerning the situation.

Katelyn English, Lackawanna County representative, presented events for the community to council.  Free seminar “Performance for a Living” on July 21, Shopland Hall at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple at 1:00 p.m.   A Food Safety Certification – ServSafe will be conducted by Penn State Extension at Penn State Campus in Dunmore on July 26 from 9 am to 4 pm and August 2 from 9 am to 1 pm.  Cost is $185. And registration deadline is July 23.

Mr. Ray Rood reported at 403 Bacon trash was placed out for pick-up.  After the trash collection, garbage was spilled over the area.  He stated, if they spill it – pick it up.

Mr. Robert Chase reported that the Artisan Hose company will be hosting the 88th Annual Northeastern PA Volunteer Firemen’s Federation Convention on September 14th and 15th, 2018.  A parade will be held with approximately 20 to 35 trucks on September 15th.  We are asking for the assistance of the fire police for traffic. Arrangements for church service and meetings have been made.  Also a souvenir ad book for the convention is being complied and solicitation of ads.  If the Jermyn Borough would like to support the convention, I will submit a form to the secretary.

Mr. Markey moved, seconded by Mr. Napoli, to approve a full page ad in the amount of $100.00.  All present voted in favor.  Motion carried.   The secretary was instructed to submit an ad for the Jermyn Borough.

Mrs. Donna Stackel welcomed Mr. Carl Tomaine to council, and thanked Mrs. Wilson for stepping up in the position of assistant secretary.

Secretary Report:
Mrs. Cara Francosky had submitted a report for presentation: All deposits made as of 7/19/18, bills paid, minutes up to date, all calls given to DPW, grants up dated, reviewed all budget accounts, email sent to FNB to remove name from all accounts, instructed assistant secretary on submitting payroll, files organized, zoning permits to date done, and everything asked is completed and nothing is outstanding on her end as of 7/19/18.

Mrs. Wilson was instructed to contact Mr. Joseph Garvey for the exit audit of the treasurer position, as stipulated by code.

Police Chief Report:
            Chief Arthur distributed the Police Department’s monthly report.  He stated the department had 475 calls from June 1 to July 19th.  He noted the bear sightings and hopes the residents use common sense and stay away from the animal.  He would like to thank the fire police for their assistance with the various traffic needs.

Fire Chief Report:
Mr. Rood reported Jermyn Borough has been quiet; and the fire companies have assisted other boroughs and townships with their fires.

Zoning Officer Report:
            Mr. Chase reported everything is in order.  He has issued and viewed permits for fences, sheds, pools, etc.  No problems have been had with the residents.

Engineer Report:
            KBA not present.

Code Officer Report:
            Attorney Aquilino reported that 7 properties have been notified of violations: 610-612 Washington Ave. roof, 571 Washington Ave – owner is in California, 546 Washington Ave., 536 Washington Ave, 224 Hudson Avenue, 615 Madison Avenue, and 702 Madison Avenue – abandon property.  All have either corrected the violation or are in the process.

Complaints from or concerning: 400 r. Lincoln, 546 Washington Ave., and 519 Jefferson will be handled in the near future.

Tax Collector Report:
            Mrs. Ann Marie DeSanto gave a report on collections and delinquent taxes.

Mayor Report:

Solicitor Report:
            Solicitor Aquiliano presented Resolution 2018-16 for approval of the Council, concerning the cooperative Agreement with the County of Lackawanna for the FFY 2017 CDBE program administration.  Mr. Napoli moved, seconded by Mr. Tomaine, to have the Resolution 2018-16 and the Cooperation Agreement by and between Lackawanna County and Jermyn Borough for the FY 2017 CDBG Program Administration approved and executed by the Jermyn Council.  All present voted in favor.  Motion carried.

The third party administration revision of the Pension Plan will be updated for the next meeting.

Committee Reports:
Kevin Napoli – Sent a letter to PennDOT concerning the crosswalks on Washington Avenue.  He asked what course to follow to install the crosswalks in heavy traffic areas in the business area.  Discussion ensued as to the high traffic areas, ie. Bank, post office, etc.

Dan Markey – The council approved and purchased by grant monies the 2018 Ford F550 vehicle.   The DPW department is working hard at keeping up the many jobs and tasks in the borough and the Callahan Park area.

We discussed with Adams Cable the installation of a pole for wifi in the Callahan Recreational Park for 6 wireless cameras and lights.  Chief Arthur noted also for smart phones and web cam.  The one item is the wire will have to cross private property, but that should not be an issue.  Mr. Markey asked Miss English, Lackawanna County, if she would ask the County if Jermyn Borough can receive wifi through the County.  He was told there  may be a program for the parks.  Miss English stated she will find out and get back to the Borough.

Mr. Markey moved, seconded by Mrs. Stephens, to approve wifi installation in the Rippy Callahan Park with either the Lackawanna County program or Adams Cable, which ever is most cost-saving, for the purpose of security.  All present voted in favor. Motion carried.

Kristen Dougherty – Mr. Kulick read her report.  The summer youth program is coming along.  Grants – the Partnership Keystone Communities 5 year plan, it is a Long term project and training for the community. Mrs. Dougherty hopes to have a committee in place by the end of August.

Carl Tomaine – Mr. Kulick asked Mr. Tomaine to review the Jermyn Borough’s insurance policies.  Mr. Kulick felt since that is Mr. Tomaine’s expertise, his review would be beneficial to the Borough.  Mr. Tomaine agreed.

JoAnne Wilson – Reported the JSTC is in the processing of ordering the remaining banners.  The First Phase was completed, but the DPW was asked if more can be placed on Washington Ave on the no parking side.  They were informed that there was enough room.    Greenways and trees are being trimmed, and Memorial Garden is being updated as to the trees and shrubs.  Events Committee has suspended their summer meetings.

Ray Rood, Fire Chief – He has a key to the building, which houses the siren.

Mr. Chase lead a discussion concerning the land owned by Mr. Virbitsky.  The land is not sub-divided and land and building is in Jermyn Borough.  Solicitor will draft a response.

Mr. Kulick is appointing an interview committee for the hiring of a new secretary/treasurer.  He asked for volunteers.  He appointed Mr. Markey, Mr. Tomaine, and himself as the 3 member interview committee.

There being no further business; Mr. Napoli moved, seconded by Mrs. Stephens, to adjourn.  Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,
JoAnne Wilson, Assistant Secretary

Minutes 6-21-18

Jermyn Borough

Council Minutes

June 21, 2018

The Jermyn Borough Council held a council meeting on June 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jermyn Community Center, 440 Jefferson Avenue, Jermyn, PA in the Council Chambers.

On roll call present were: Frank Kulick, Kristen Dougherty, Dan Markey, Kevin Napoli, Cynthia Stephens and JoAnne Wilson. Also present were Mayor Fuga, Atty.William Aquilino, Ray Rood. Absent; Carl Tomaine, Bob Chase, KBA.

MINUTES: A motion was made by Mr. Napoli and seconded by Mrs. Dougherty to accept the minutes of May 17, 2018. All in favor; motion carried.

Correspondence: Applications for the summer instructorLetter from Atty. Lawler that is addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Virbitsky. Atty. Lawler is Mayfield’s solicitor. They originally sought building permits from the Borough of Mayfield and then obtained them from Jermyn Borough. His review of the Boundary lines with the property is located in Mayfield. This location is also confirmed by the Lackawanna County Assessors Office. Any further required permits will be obtained to the Borough of Mayfield and property taxes will be continued to be paid in Mayfield.

 Mr. Kulick said he believes the Virbitsky’s are disputing that. Mr. Kulick said we think it is in Jermyn as well, we will see what happens.

Public Comment:Frank Mangan – 610 Washington – Mr. Mangan said the corrections for the code violations are all completed. Everything is 100%. There is probably some paperwork that the code enforcement officer needs or wants to see. Atty. asked if he was done with everything. Mr. Mangan said he is done with everything. Atty. asked if he can have an electrician certify or a contractor certify the roof that we can take a look at and discuss if that has already been done then maybe we don’t have to send the housing inspector out. Mr. Mangan said some of the stuff had permits that were filed, the electrical work and the roof were through NEIC. Neic did the inspection. Atty. asked if they did the inspection or issued the permits. Mr. Mangan said they did the final inspection. Atty. asked who he talked to at NEIC. Mr. Mangan said he would get the papers together and get them to the Borough office. Atty. said if the NEIC is satisfactory that he won’t have to send over the building inspector to take a look at it. Mr. Mangan said he would put everything together. Atty. said once he gets that and takes a look at it he will talk to him about issuing a new rental permit for that unit.

Katelyn- Lackawanna County – Arts and Culture and Parks and Rec. Offices have their arts in the park events. Please see the Borough Website for dates.

Area Agency on Aging will have the 2018 Farmers Market vouchers – please see our Borough Website for locations and dates.

Guided Nature Walks – Please see our Borough Website for locations and dates.

Lou DeMarco – 208 Gibson – Thanked Mr. Kulick for not resigning after what happened last month. He accepted the fact that he owned up to his mistake. Mr. DeMarco said he is doing a good job. Mr. DeMarco said he is curious to see about the comment that the solicitor directed towards him on Facebook if council saw it and if they feel it was justified. Mr. Demarco asked the solicitor why he made that kind of comment, indicating he was taking a shot at Mr. Kulick and none of his previous comments that were there put Mr. Kulick down. Atty. said he did take a shot at Mr. Kulick and they would discuss it later. Mr. DeMarco asked council is that is acceptable. Mrs. Wilson said she did not see it. Mr. Markey said he saw it and it took place on a community Facebook page which we all know he started as a private resident years before he got on council. Mr. Markey said he always tried to tell people to keep it clean. Mr. Markey said he has been attacked on there many and many of times. He did see it. Mr. DeMarco asked if that is his definition of professionalism, it was very unprofessional. Mr. Markey said he understands his concern, it was his own private Facebook page and it wasn’t like solicitor or Jermyn Borough Facebook page, that is why him personally, he doesn’t have a dog in a fight here. Mr. DeMarco said these are the people that we appoint or elected and this is how we conduct ourselves. He was not putting Mr. Kulick down and he was elaborating on two subjects that were discussed at the last council meeting. Most people are accused on hiding on Facebook and that is not what I do and he feels that was unprofessional.

 Jeanette Brown – 34 Old Mill – Ms. Brown called the Borough building a few times, her neighbor has 12-14 dead fir trees bordering her property. They are not being taken care of, she is wondering if anything can be done about this. Mr. Aquilino said he gave her a call and left a message maybe a couple of days ago. Mr. Aquilino asked if she had any pictures with her. Ms. Brown said she probably does on her phone. Mr. Aquilino said they will talk about it and asked whose property are the trees on. Ms. Brown said the neighbors. Mr. Aquilino asked how many trees. Ms. Brown said 12 or 14. Mr. Aquilino asked if they are close enough to her house that if they fell or damaged that they would fall on her house. Ms. Brown said through the years she has asked them quite a few times to cut them. The neighbor promised a lot of times. Mr. Aquilino asked her to email the pictures to the Borough.

Secretary Report:

Issued Yard sale permits, dumpster permit, pave cuts

A lot of calls for electronics pick up, good feedback from residents for the curbside pick up

Received the executed documents back from the sewer grant

Received 3 applicants for the summer activities director

TREASURER’S REPORT:General Fund $252,594.32 Recycling $6,352.74; Refuse $94,778.20, Investment Liquid Fuels $43,925.54, Liquid Fuels Checking $71,962.12, DPW Capital Reserve $39,310.30. Disbursements from May 17, 2018 to June 21, 2018 including 3 periods of payroll $66,120.64. Deposits $143,585.82.

Mr. Kulick questioned the Crystal Fire Co. phone bill and the Artisan Phone bill, why so much of a difference. Mr. Rood said that was discussed with previous councils and he doesn’t know why. The Crystal’s phone was paid for because of the system that was in there, needed a land line. This is going back years and years ago. Mr. Rood said he doesn’t even know who the phones are with. Mr. Rood said Mrs. Wilson discussed about having Adams involved because Adams does have the internet and TV there. It is a Borough bill that he can not answer. Mr. Rood said he doesn’t know how it got there and when it got there. He never even knew the cost of it, as far as he knew it was always paid for by the Borough. Mr. Kulick said he isn’t questioning why the Borough is paying for it, why the big difference. Mr. Rood said he does not know why it is that high. He does not even know who the carrier is. Mr. Markey said when Debbie was still here and he asked her about it and she told him that it was because the Artisan signed a contract a long time ago and never switched and that is the rate that they were locked into. It was a long time ago. Mr. Rood said the Artisans came in and said why is the Crystals getting theirs paid and they aren’t. Mr. Rood explained to them it was for the notification system.

Mr. Rood said it is something we should check into, he doesn’t know if Adams would cost the Borough that much. Artisan Co. phones are through Verizon and Sprint and Crystal is with Line systems.

A motion was made by Mr. Markey and seconded by Mrs. Wilson to accept the treasurer’s report and bills as presented. All in favor; motion carried.

Tax Collector:Mr. Kulick said she is not here, he would like to go on record he said it is getting to point it is ridiculous that every time sometime comes and pays their taxes that there is a sign on the door that she is not here. She is never here. People come here to pay their taxes, she is supposed to be here this week. We can’t do much about it, our hands are tied. Mr. Rood said didn’t last time you had something that if she isn’t here someone is supposed to be here for her. Mr. Kulick said she can have a deputy tax collector. Mr. Kulick said he has had people come to him and say they are not going over to the East side of Jermyn to pay their taxes, it is on the bill she is supposed to be here.

Mr. Kulick made a motion that we send the tax collector a letter advising her that we expect her to follow the published hours on the tax bill and be here for collection. Seconded by Mr. Napoli, Mrs. Wilson asked if she is supposed to be here at the meeting once a month. Amended motion to include that the tax collector should be here for at least one meeting as the ordinance stipulates. All in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Kulick said we passed that we would only accept and no cash. It has become somewhat of an issue because people come in and want to pay with cash that do not have checks. Mr. Kulick said he thinks we need to change that. Mr. Kulick said we did it because we think it’s the right thing to do and turning out maybe it isn’t and people are complaining, they have to go home to get a check or they don’t have checks. Mr. Markey said what was going on is like Mr. Kulick said there are a lot of people that didn’t know they couldn’t pay by check, we did at one point did a suggestion by Mr. Garvey at Barbetti’s firm to not accept cash any longer but what he thinks that we could probably do if it’s a safety issue we can get a safe. Atty. said it’s always better to take checks because at times it can become a proof issue, from what he understands you can go to a bank and get a certified check or Western Union, you can get a check. Mr. Markey said or a money order or something like that. We have cameras and we have receipts and the secretary can give a receipt for anyone who pays cash for anything. Mr. Markey said he made the point the other day that people pay cash to the vending machine, when he cleans out the vending machine he hands the secretary $200.00 cash, what’s the difference? Atty. said his only concern is with the people in the building, its not secured and number two 10 people can come in and pay taxes, $10,000 or something like that in cash. Mr. Markey said that is another point, the tax collector accepts cash. If we are going to accept cash for taxes but we are not going to accept for a $10.00 permit, he sees it counterproductive, especially with the complaints we have been getting. Mrs. Wilson said we haven’t had a problem with it in the past. Everyone that has been in the office are keeping accurate records, there is a receipt. Mrs. Wilson said she doesn’t like to take cash with anything with the committee’s. Sometimes people need a permit and they are not at home and don’t carry their check books. Mrs. Wilson said we are here at the convenience at the residents. Mr. Markey said we should make it easy to be able to take peoples money. Mrs. Dougherty said if people can pay their $2,000 tax bill in cash, to her that is the bigger concern than a $10 permit. Mrs. Dougherty asked what is the biggest amount of money that is collected out of the office. Mr. Markey said not too much, pave cut permits are paid by companies who pay by check. Mrs. Dougherty said do we put a threshold on the amount. Mr. Markey said he doesn’t think anyone is walking in here with $1,000 cash and if they do she can close the office and go right to the bank. Mr. Markey said it was a good decision and a suggestion by our financial advisors but you do that and see what happens and see that people are complaining about it and maybe we have to dial it back a little bit, maybe this is a good decision for the time that we are at right now. If something ever happens, we have the police station across the hall way, cameras and receipts. Mr. Markey said we will get a safe.

Mrs. Wilson made a motion to rescind a previous motion of checks only to now accept checks, cash or credit cards, seconded by Mr. Markey. All in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Markey said we still have some updating to our website to do however if anyone needs to pay anything as far as fees or anything like that to the Borough office you can call the Borough office or come in and we can accept credit card payments now. Mrs. Wilson said the website is being worked on to accept the credit card payments.

Police:Chief Arthur said they are continuing their enforcement for ordinance violations. The property on Madison was cited for overgrown grass and garbage on the property. As of right now, the front yard is somewhat cut. The backyard was not cut and the garbage is still there. The property is 615 Madison Ave. Chief Arthur said they are continuing to do speed enforcement. There are a lot of kids on ATV’s, if you are under 16 you are not supposed to be on them. The Police will start impounding the machines. Chief Arthur said school is almost out and it seems like its not the kids from Jermyn, it’s the kids from other towns that are coming over and causing problems. They are making arrests and issuing citations, they are making it very clear to them do not come to Jermyn causing trouble. They are still doing the house watch checks. Chief Arthur wants to thank the fire police, there had been incidents where they came out and helped. In addition to them, Mayfield Fire Police came out and assisted us, Chief Arthur thanked them all for their assistance. Mayfield and Jermyn do work very well together in the police departments and fire police.

Mr. Kulick said maybe we should put it out on rapid cast that anyone that is going to be shooting fireworks for the 4th of July, has to have a permit issued by the Police chief or Fire chief. Lou DeMarco asked if there is a limit to that. Mr. Rood said he read that ordinance a few times, only if you got fireworks that were illegal in PA. Chief Arthur said its in the ordinance you need to be bonded. It’s a high value and he doesn’t think its even feasible for anyone in town to get that kind of bond. Mr. Kulick said the new fireworks law because they are legal now, you can buy them but you can’t discharge them within 150ft. of an occupied structure. Mrs. Wilson said if the people use common sense.

Fire:Mr. Rood said things can have been quiet. Last night at class night, the Crystal participated, they had a lantern ceremony. The six-county convention is this weekend in Hanover.

Code Enforcement Officer asked what restrictions they have related to fires in multi family dwellings, some of the units only have one exit. Mr. Rood said that goes back to the NEIC as far as the UCC code for PA, the fire codes; there is nothing. On a new building there is and for a certain amount of percentage of remodeling there is. Mr. Rood said you need one 36inch exterior door. Mr. Markey said what if you are on a second floor and your only other means of egress is a window that is blocked by an air conditioner. Is there any issue with that? Mr. Rood said one time in Mayfield there was an air conditioner in the window that came flying out, he can’t say that for sure what would happen. Mr. Aquilino said we had an application for rental permits and he has some concerns about the mobility of people in the building in the means of egress in the event of a fire. Mr. Rood said he had that concern years ago on Rushbrook St. there was a Jermyn manor. Mr. Rood said as far as the UCC codes you have to check with NEIC.

Engineer:Mr. Kulick said we had a meeting regarding the Rushbrook Creek Project and the wetlands mitigation. The end result was, we don’t know. Probably more money. Mr. Grizzanti is following up with DEP. The meeting was with Mr. Cavill’s office. Mr. Kulick said when we get to that point, the area down below Wayne’s, there is something that has to be preserved and we would have to have a fund that we would have to maintain it every year and it is going to be very expensive. There are banks where you can buy credits. Mr. Kulick said what he got from the meeting was, it was at the suggestion of Mr. Cavill to have this meeting, was under the impression that it would maybe save us money for a one time payment, that one time payment could be $100,000. There are different ways to look at it and do it, they may have credits to sell at one point. It’s a lot of money either way. Mr. Kulick said on a positive note, we did get another extension on the grant until June of 2019, which will most likely extend that again.

Code Enforcement:Mr. Aquilino said from a code enforcement standpoint, we are trying to focus on rental properties that have been cited for various things. Rental permits are pulled until repairs are made for the safety of the residents and for the safety of the people that have to go into those buildings. When you get your rental permits you are going to have to go through an inspection. One of the things we have been getting in correlation to some of the citations that have gone out is issues relating to knotweed. People have limited information with what you can and can’t do with knotweed. Mr. Fuga said we cannot take it to the recycling center. They do not accept it. The reason is because they compost everything and they do not want it in the compost. They are trying to stop the spread. Mr. Aquilino said when people ask he will tell them, DPW can not take them away but it can go in the regular landfill. Mr. Fuga said they can put it in their trash but we can not take it. Mr. Markey said we found out that even though this is choking Jermyn and Archbald, basically everywhere where the Lackawanna River flows, it can be eaten; its roots help fight cancer and they have all kinds of healing properties in it, you can turn it into wine. Somebody can make millions. Mr. Aquilino asked what about people spraying it? One of the guys that called him, it is partly on his property and partly in the alleyways and Borough property. It is on the creek hill. It’s everywhere. Mrs. Wilson said we have got into a discussion with Penn State extension and DEP will not allow you to spray it if its near water, you have to assure them that when you spray it, it doesn’t get into the water. Mr. Napoli said it can not be in any runoff areas. Mrs. Wilson said Penn State has suggested, once you cut it back if you want to get rid of it you are supposed to leave the leaves on in the fall and then spray it with round up or a heavy chemical that is sold over the counter. At that time, it takes it into the root and it may take 2 years to get rid of it but that is when you are supposed to spray it, not during the summer; in the fall is when you are supposed to spray it and kill it.

Mr. Aquilino said there have been a lot of citations issued for people’s lawns, we aren’t talking about 2-3 inches or a skipped weekend. It’s a foot or two, animals that start to hibernate and nesting. There was a picture of a rat that was big that was living in somebody’s 2ft. high lawn. We are focusing on those and securing structures and making sure the abandoned homes are secured so kids don’t get hurt.

Mayor:Mayor Fuga said as most of you know the ATV’s have become a problem and we are working together, we are going to come up with a plan to deal with them in a better way then normal. We are keeping it quiet, we are working with the police and we are going to start taking care of it. Once the word gets out, it should calm down. Mayor said so everyone is aware, there are some people that go from point A to B to get up in the woods and don’t cause trouble. They are not the problem. It’s more or less kids on them, racing around, going through stop signs, going 80mph. We aren’t after the person that wants to get to the woods, to go hunting or fishing. Mr. Markey said it’s the people that are going to kill themselves or kill someone else. Mayor said it should be stopping pretty soon.

Solicitor:Atty. said they will start citations with the district of justice.

Shade Tree Ordinance: A motion was made by Mrs. Wilson and seconded by Mrs. Dougherty to pass the Shade Tree Ordinance amending ordinance 5-03 for the Shade Tree Commission. All in favor; motion carried.

Shade Tree:Mrs. Wilson said the Farmer’s Market is starting June 22 and June 23. It will be Fridays and Saturdays from 11AM-6PM. It is John’s Corn. They are accepting the Lackawanna County Farmers Market vouchers.

The Events Committee will have the free concert on July 8 from 6PM-8PM at Callahan Park. If it rains they will have it in the gym. Free soda, ice cream and hotdogs.

Shade Tree is working with the DPW for the hometown heroes banners. Mr. Kulick asked if they are still accepting applications. Mrs. Wilson said we are still on phase 1. We are still accepting them but get them as soon as possible, we only have a few places to put them. The second phase we have to contact PPL, there may be a charge to use their poles. We may have to go to a bigger size. We are trying to get everyone that we can. Tell them the deadline is July 1st, 2018.

DPW: Mr. Markey said we sold the 2002 DPW truck, it sold for $20,100 which was the highest bidder. A motion was made by Mr. Markey and seconded by Mrs. Dougherty to approve the sale of the 2002 F-550 to Mark Manglaviti for $20,100. All in favor; motion carried. Mr. Markey said the low miles sold it. We put about 1,000 a year on it. It needs some cosmetic work. Mayor said he was very happy when he saw it, he wanted it.

The electronics recycling is going well. We pick up on Wednesday and Friday for the month of June. We go to the recycling center every Friday.

Mr. Markey said one of the things we are changing a little bit from what we had initially planned is, we had budgeted money over the past couple of years to change out all the old street signs with our newer reflective green signs that everyone sees around town. What we were going to do is have a giveaway and give about 5-10 street signs away, probably just putting street sign names and picking them out of a hat, we are still going to do that for about 5-10 signs we will do the giveaway to the residents in town. We were going to have a raffle afterwards and raffle off chances to win a street sign but instead of doing that, what we are going to do is just put it out there the name of the sign and how many we have and its first come first serve and a $5.00 donation to the DPW will get you a street sign. If you have a street that you live on or have lived on and you would like a sign, you can either message the Jermyn DPW Facebook page or call the Borough office and the DPW will take an inventory of all the old signs that we still have. If there is one available, a $5.00 donation will get you one. You want 10 signs, $50.00 donated to the DPW.

Mr. Markey said for everyone on council if you get any questions, complaints, requests from anyone in town or if you need something done by DPW, please let him know about it. Instead of going right to the DPW. We have a process that we need to follow, we have things scheduled for certain days and we can probably, most certainly get to your request but please let him know about it and then he can discuss it with the DPW and see where it best fits. We want to make sure we have all of our ducks in a row and everyone knows what it is going on including the chairmen of the different departments.

Atty. said he had an inquiry after the bid was awarded for the truck about the bidding process. He returned multiple times attempted to contact the person and left messages. He did not hear anything back. Mr. Markey said someone had caught in a bidding war with the winning bidder. The site that we use, municibid; they will automatically extend the auction to prevent sniping so someone can’t come in at the last second and sweep in with a winning bid and not give the person who had the winning bid another chance to rebid. They will extend the auction for up to two minutes and then if no other bid is placed, then the auction closes. You could also set a max bid, if someone had a high bid of $15,000 but you don’t want to bid $15,500; you just want to go and say keep bidding until my bid hits $20,000. You could punch in $20,000; your bid will go to $15,500 or whatever the next increment is and if someone out bids you then you automatically go up the next increment until you hit your max bid. He thinks that is what happened in this case, the winning bidder, bid to a max increment. That is all municibid, we have nothing to do with that.

Mr. DeMarco asked if they are doing anything for the Christmas lights, weren’t you doing something with the street signs for the Christmas Lights? Mr. Markey said that was separate. What we did for the Christmas lights, first we started selling the Jermyn PA is awesome mugs and then we started selling the t-shirts and sweat shirts. All of that money was and is going to the Christmas Lights Fund. We still have plenty of product. We just bought seven new lights from the money we made last year. Mayor Fuga is a part of the Christmas Lights committee, there is a formal committee. Mayor said we need members. Mr. Markey said it needs to reorganize. Mr. Markey said if we get some people in that committee and then its more then just a couple of council people trying to do stuff to raise money for lights, then it’s a committee and you are doing this and doing that and maybe having a spaghetti dinner or something like that to try and raise funds. Mr. Markey said he knows there is money sitting in two different accounts. Mayor said it is all combined, there is just one. Mr. Markey said we have some money sitting in a fund as well.

Mr. Markey said the second little free library is up at WWI Memorial Park on Bridge St.

We finally have wireless cameras for the park, we bought 6 of them. We have to get in touch with Adams to get Wi-Fi run over to the stand. We are going to keep the DVR in the stand over there, which we will have a camera on. Mr. Rood said we have Adam’s with the Borough, the fire co., some of our phones are with Adam’s, shouldn’t someone talk to them and see if we can get a whole package? Mr. Markey said Mrs. Wilson was trying to set something up for last week. We asked the Adam’s cable rep. to come to the meeting tonight, there was a conflict and couldn’t make it. Mr. Markey said Mrs. Wilson was asking if we could do it during a committee meeting but he knows he wasn’t able to make the committee meeting and he wants to be able to talk to her, maybe if we can invite her to the next council meeting and we can talk to her with the public here. Mrs. Wilson said would you rather a committee a meeting, we have one scheduled for next week. Mr. Markey said we can do that as well, it doesn’t matter to him. Mrs. Wilson said then we could bring her forward. Mr. Markey said that is fine. Mrs. Wilson said instead of making our meeting here much longer with all the questions, maybe get a committee meeting and sit down with her and get somethings hashed out so when she does come to a council meeting everything is clear cut. Mr. Markey said it doesn’t matter to him, as long as she comes to a council meeting too because there are only 3 members on a committee. If the other 4 members of council have questions that maybe we didn’t think of. Mrs. Wilson said and also the solicitor has to be involved too.

Atty. said if you can make a note about who comes to the meeting is a person who can actually make decisions because we wouldn’t want to go through all this and then go through it a few more times.

Public Safety:Mr. Napoli said we have a Mayor and a police chief with a very good relationship, he would like to see council and anybody else including the Borough secretary, if you have an issue with the police and it is not an emergency, lets go through the Mayor and let the mayor go up to the police chief and discuss what needs to be discussed. Mr. Napoli said we didn’t have this luxury for quite a while and now that we have that luxury we should take advantage of it, so everything goes through smoothly.

The second thing he would like to discuss is at the beginning of the year, when going over the budget it was not budgeted for the police to have a raise, that was partially his fault because he wasn’t aware that at that time he could ask for one. Mr. Napoli said luckily the truck that we just sold, sold for way more than we thought it was going to. Mr. Napoli thanked Mr. Markey and Mr. Fuga for brainstorming with him and coming up with the idea to use part of that money we made on the truck to allow the police to get a raise. Mr. Napoli made a motion that the part time police officers receive a $.50 raise starting July 1, 2018, Mr. Markey seconded the motion. All in favor; motion carried.

Summer Program:Mr. Kulick said we have 3 applicants. Dom Paglianite, Mariah Loughney and Patricia Pearsall. One applicant was present at the meeting, Dom Paglianite. Mr. Paglianite will be graduating this year, he will be going to Keystone College in the fall and will be playing lacrosse. Mrs. Dougherty said that is her son so whatever decision that will be made will be without her tonight, if one is made. Mrs. Wilson said Ms. Pearsall was ahead of the recreation committee for years and was with the sports league in the gym. Mrs. Wilson said the only thing about all three of them is that are they going to be responsible enough? Will one person be able to do it by themselves or will that person need an assistant? Mr. Paglianite asked what time will the gym be open? Mr. Kulick said we figured it would be 20 hours a week, 4 hours a day; probably 10am-2pm. Mr. Paglianite asked what the age groups are to be left without their parents? Mrs. Wilson said she thinks we should set a perimeter on what we are offering to certain age groups. You don’t want 5 year old’s here, unless you have two people. Mrs. Dougherty said the keyword is unattended, without a parent; it will happen. Mr. Markey said this is to take place in the gym. Mrs. Wilson asked if everything is in the gym? Mr. Markey said this activities program is for the gym, that is the way he understood it. Mrs. Wilson said she didn’t realize it. Mr. Kulick said we need to make a decision soon. We need to have a committee meeting and setup parameters then we will have to have a special meeting and interview the applicants. Mr. Kulick said we need to start it the week after the 4th of July. Mr. Paglianite asked if the kids would have to have a release form signed by their parents? Mrs. Wilson said yes, they should. Mr. Paglianite asked how supplies are going to be purchased. Mr. Kulick said we budgeted $500.00 for supplies, we just need to figure out what we need. Council thanked Mr. Paglianite for his suggestions and questions.

Mrs. Wilson said just a suggestion, its 5 days a week, wouldn’t it be applicable to have 2 days from 5-8 and the other 3 days have an older group of kids that you can do older things with so that you don’t have the 6 year old’s with the 10 year old’s. The arts and crafts, if you have a younger age group, you gear it to them, its just a suggestion. Donna Stackel asked if they will need clearances. Council said yes. Mr. DeMarco asked if there is a maximum number of kids. Mr. Kulick said these are all questions we probably didn’t think about to be honest. We are trying to do something good for the community. Mrs. Dougherty said if it happens to all be very young children, with a bunch of young children with one person. Mr. Markey said he thinks it makes sense that if you are under 10 you have to have a parent or guardian here with you and the parent or guardian can help you with the macaroni art. Whoever is going to run this program, should be the facilitator. This is what we are going to do, you are going to help your kid. If you have a young child, someone is going to come with them because its not going to be a drop off daycare for older kids yes, the ones that are already riding their bikes over the park, ride your bike over to the Borough building and shoot some basketball. If you are under 10 years old or whatever the age is, then no you have to have someone here with you and they can help you out, they can shoot baskets with you, do painting or art. Mr. Markey said whoever it is going to be, shouldn’t be the only adult in that gym. When you have the little ones, that person should not be the only adult there, you’re the facilitator, not the babysitter. If you’re the babysitter then let’s start charging a fee for this. Mr. Markey said it should be a free program, but they are not babysitters, they are a facilitator, there is a huge difference. No one should drop their 5 year old off. Mr. DeMarco said Dickson City Civic Center it is a Borough run facility and suggested to contact them for suggestions.

Zoning Hearing Board Costs:Mr. Kulick said this is something he put on the agenda. We had a recent case where there was an appeal. It wasn’t for a variance. Variance means that you want something that’s not in the book, exceptions to the rule. This was an appeal that was a misinterpretation of the zoning ordinance. It was Mr. DeMarco’s hearing. Mr. DeMarco hired an attorney and he went to the zoning hearing board and he ruled in his favor. Mr. Kulick said it got him thinking about it and he thinks personally, if he was citizen of this town and he appealed a ruling of the zoning board of the zoning officer and appealed the interpretation of the rule and I won, I don’t think he should have to pay. It should have been granted in the first place. Mr. DeMarco said he requested several meetings to discuss. Mr. Kulick said if you are requesting a variance, win or lose you are going to pay because you are asking for an exception to the rule. The zoning hearing solicitor advised the zoning board that was correct, it was a misinterpretation of the book. If you want to request a hearing for a variance, you pay $500.00 plus costs associated to the hearing. If you are asking for a variance, win or lose, to bad. You are paying the money because you are asking for something different than what is right. If you appeal because you feel you are not given a permit because of a misinterpretation of the zoning book and you win that, why should you have to pay for that? Mr. Rood said he is trying to think because the Virbitsky’s, when the guy across the street that lived in Mayfield, was coming after him all the time and he was involved in that and we got the property line, it came to the zoning hearing board to an appeal and he won the case, to him he should have got his money back and he thought there was something in there where he would get his money back because he won the case. Mr. Kulick said he looked and didn’t see anything in there about getting your money back if you win the case, he isn’t sure if they are talking about the same thing.

Mr. Kleha said didn’t that fall back on detached and attached, that’s what this was all about. Mr. Kulick said whatever the reason that it was denied, it was because of the interpretation out of the zoning book by the zoning officer and he isn’t blaming him, he interpreted it that way. He denied the permit based on that. Mr. DeMarco’s attorney said according to the book, it should have been given and that’s what the zoning board agreed to. Mr. Kulick said his point is, not just for Mr. DeMarco but for anybody, if you are requesting an appeal because you think the zoning rule was misinterpreted and you win, you shouldn’t have to pay for that. Mr. Rood agrees, what if he lost, would he have to pay for it? Mr. Kulick said if he lost, yes because then it is being upheld. Mr. Rood said he agrees and in that case he should, he won the appeal. Mr. Kulick said because he won he shouldn’t have to pay for it, if he lost then the zoning officer was right.

A motion was made by Mr. Kulick to allow residents who appeal misinterpreted rulings of the zoning book and win their case to not have to pay the $500 fee and fees billed to the Borough, seconded by Mr. Napoli; all in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Mr. Kulick to reimburse Mr. DeMarco’s $500 appeal fee. Mr. Napoli said what happens now with every person for the last 10 years comes back. Mr. Kulick said there has never been an appeal for the permit. There has been appeals for variances. Mr. Napoli said if this happened in the past and people start coming back to us. Motion seconded by Mrs. Dougherty. All in favor; motion carried.

Meeting Changes:Mr. Kulick said there has been some discussion, at least for the summer months that we go to one meeting a month. Mr. Napoli made a motion for the months of July, August and September to go to one council meeting a month, on the third Thursday of the month, seconded by Mrs. Stephens. All in favor, motion carried.

The next meeting will be July 19, 2018 at 7PM. There will be a special meeting for the purpose of the summer activities hiring on July 5, 2018.

Sesquicentennial:Mr. Kulick said this will eventually be a major event in Jermyn. He knows Bruce has had some meetings. Mr. Kulick said he would like to have somebody to make a motion, we should make this an official Borough thing and appoint Bruce as the Chairman of the sesquicentennial and at the same time budget $1,000 to work with to do advertising and give him authority to appoint sub-committee’s that report to him and in turn Bruce report to us. Mr. Markey said as far as the Sesquicentennial committee and former Mayor Smallacombe appoint as the chair, it doesn’t have to be a motion, you can appoint as Council president. Mr. Kulick appointed Bruce Smallacombe as the General Chairman of the Jermyn Sesquicentennial Celebration. Mr. Kulick said Bruce is trying to organize a couple of meetings.

 New Business:Mrs. Wilson said September 16, 2018 the four committees that hold the Variety Show, its on a Sunday, they have to fill out the form for the gym. They are looking at Sept. 16, 2018.

Mr. Markey asked Mrs. Wilson about the First Aid Centennial Scholarship. Mrs. Wilson said back in 1999 when we had a 100-year celebration of the first aid in Jermyn. At that time, Mrs. Wilson was on the committee, the history was written up by Mr. Tomaine and we sold ads. The kind of ads we wanted was people who had a history of Jermyn. The book raised a lot of money. Everyone was told that after all the bills were paid, the left-over money would be used to move the first aid monument to the position that its in now. The remainder of the money would be invested into the First Aid scholarship fund. Mrs. Wilson its $9,000 that is now invested. This year, what they tried to do is only use the interest. Mrs. Wilson said they tried not to get into the principle. This year Lauren Cunningham was presented, you have to be from Jermyn in order to receive it and you must be schooling in a medical field, in past years they had EMT’s, they were going to school for EMT, nurse’s aides, but you have to be in the medical field. Lauren received $300., that was the interest that was earned. Every year the committee meets and they let the school district, tell them what they want, this way there is no favoritism.

Mr. Markey said he was just wondering about it because he has never heard of it before. Mrs. Wilson said it has been since 1999. Mr. Markey said it’s a separate committee altogether.

Council went into executive session at 8:56pm. Council reconvened at 9:52pm.

A motion was made by Mr. Napoli and seconded by Mrs. Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 9:52pm. All in favor; motion carried.









Minutes 5-17-18

Jermyn Borough

Council Minutes

May 17, 2018

The Jermyn Borough Council held a council meeting on May 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jermyn Community Center, 440 Jefferson Avenue, Jermyn, PA in the Council Chambers.

On roll call present were: Frank Kulick, Kristen Dougherty, Dan Markey (tardy), Kevin Napoli, Cynthia Stephens and JoAnne Wilson. Also present were Mayor Fuga, Atty.William Aquilino, Tony Grizzanti, Ray Rood, Bob Chase.

MINUTES:A motion was made by Mr. Napoli and seconded by Mrs. Stephens to accept the minutes of April 19, 2018. All in favor; motion carried.

TREASURER’S REPORT:General Fund $187,700.20, Recycling $6,073.02; Refuse $78,274.94, Investment Liquid Fuels $43,862.78, Liquid Fuels Checking $76,666.57, DPW Capital Reserve $38,884.30. Disbursements from April 20, 2018 to May 17, 2018 including 2 periods of payroll $52,798.13. Deposits $103,218.11.

A motion was made by Mrs. Wilson and seconded by Mrs. Dougherty to accept the treasurer’s report and bills as presented. All in favor; motion carried.

Correspondence:Diane Truman- Mrs. Truman wrote a letter to council. Reminding about the ditch in front of 248 Delaware. The situation is getting worse. The past heavy rains, the entire sidewalk was flooded and the concrete blocks are becoming very uneven. Something has to be done. Mr. Kulick gave the letter to Mr. Markey DPW Chairman to look over.

We are still waiting to hear back from the state in regards to the grant we submitted for the drainage project on Delaware.

Public Comment:

Frank Mangan-610 Washington. A roofer contractor has been engaged to replace the entire roof and he can do it in a couple of days, he is waiting for a break in the weather. The other violation concerns the rear apartment in that building, most of the work has been done. We are waiting for an electrical part, which we need a break in the weather because it concerns venting to the outside. He is waiting for the break in the weather and all things should be done.

Donna Stackel- 377 Washington Ave. Ms. Stackel said she has four concerns, the house on 218 Hudson, she has not heard mentioned. It is like an abandoned trailer, the other item is the trailer that is down in the pit on Franklin St., there is not number on it. It is in bad disarray. The other house on Main St. that burned, what is the status on that?

402 Delaware is very concerned about his drain, he would like it flushed out properly because he is having very bad water problems.

Mr. Kulick said he will add them to the list of properties. Basil said 402 Delaware, he believes when we went over to flush it, we flushed on Elm St., he was looking for Delaware. Mayor said we will have to go back over with the fire truck. We will do both Elm and Delaware.

Andy Whitiak- when he went over to Delaware with all that rain the other night he saw it backing up, is there a problem? Mayor said no, the drainage system gets taxed to the point, its going to get backed up but it will take it. If it was laying there after the storm then there is a problem. We monitor that periodically. It was a torrential downpour.

Katelyn English Lackawanna County: Senior Fun Day at McDade Park June 15 at 10AM-1pm

2018 Tennis Clinic Ages 8-16 multiple dates/times and venues that are listed – check the County Website. Blight to Bright Public Meetings Wed May 23 6PM Goodwill at North, Thursday June 7 6PM, Anthracite Center, Monday June 4, 6PM at PNC Field, Monday June 11, 911 Center 6PM. Youth Soccer Clinic Merli Sernoski June 25-28 9:30AM-12PM, Covington Park July 9-12 9:30AM-12PM, McDade Park July 23-26 5:30PM – 8PM. Ages 5-14, Cost is $45.00

Andy Whitiak 512 Garfield – Mr. Whitiak said the sewer line in front of the house, we know there is a problem, he would like an update on the record. Mayor said he came back and camerad the system, we are waiting to see on what plan of action we are going to take from there. It will be on a maintenance plan and we are going to keep an eye on it until we can actually get it fixed. Mr. Whitiak asked if there is a time maintenance plan. Mayor said the person who cameread it and backed it out, he recommended every 6 months for the condition of the line. Mr. Whitiak said it backed up on me 3 times in 6 weeks. Mayor said that was before it was cleaned, now that it has been cleaned that is what he recommended, we were having the grease problem and then there were other issues there. It is clean and it is flowing. Mr. Whitiak asked what the maintenance program is? Mayor said he will come up with he vac. Truck. Mr. Whitiak asked what about the Borough? Mayor said we will keep checking it and if we see something that concerns us we will get in contact with him.

Mr. Whitiak said the water in front of his house is still there. It was brought up and he did say he would take care of it but he backed off it and said it is a Borough problem. Mayor said we have a new backhoe now and that was the first piece of the puzzle we needed, now we can get the attachment to mill in front of the house and take care of the water. Mr. Whitiak said it is coming down from Garfield, all the way down and then its going across. He said his drain works in front of the house. Mayor said when they bumped the roads together and at some point, the one side of the road lifted a little high and that is where it dams up and where we have to mill it down. Once we mill it down it will take everything to drain. We don’t want to do too much to disturb everything. Mr. Whitiak said it looks like water is getting underneath. Mayor said it is, its all lifted and it will have to be milled and repaired also.

Mr. Whitiak thanked them for taking the Japanese knotweed. They are coming into our yard, they are jumping from Borough property onto his property. It is getting really bad this year and they are growing fast. He put that wall up to separate the Borough property from his and it came through the wall and is now a good 10ft. on his property. Mr. Whitiak said it does not look good. He cut it down but its jumping over from Borough property. Mayor said we need to look into, with all this Japanese knotweed, we are going to have to get onto a spraying program. We will have to go for training to do it and be a licensed facility to do it, you have to have a license to spray. We have to look into getting the education to do it and we will be able to take care of problems like that. Right now, we can’t. Mayor said you have to keep knocking it down and after awhile it will die off. We have to be able to spray the chemical to do it. It’s roundup but when the Borough is doing it, they want certain criteria in that. Mr. Whitiak said the Klapash’s cut his grass but his brother who is certified and he approached the Borough to do it just for cost, all over the Borough he was going to do it. Mrs. Wilson said he never contacted Shade Tree. Mr. Whitiak said maybe the Borough should contact him. It might be the cheapest way to do it. Mayor said in the meantime we will look into getting certified to do it. Mr. Whitiak said he would like his yard taken care of. Mayor said there is a lot of areas we want sprayed, we are stuck knocking it down and it’s a pain. It grows so fast. Mrs. Wilson said in the fall you don’t cut it back, you spray roundup on it that’s when they take it into their roots. You have to do it two years in a row, in the fall is when you get it on the leaves so it takes it down into the root. Mr. Whitiak said he is looking at help from the Borough instead of the cost because its jumping to my line from the Borough line. Mr. Whitiak said years ago they came in with backhoe and were knocking down the trees. He said he has pictures of it. Mr. Whitiak said he is looking for help. Mayor said we have numerous places to take care of, it isn’t something that is being ignored, its more of a process.

Mr. Whitiak asked about the business ordinance. Is that about charging businesses $25.00? Mr. Kulick said we are going to discuss that later in the meeting. Mr. Whitiak said as a former business owner this is his time and he saw it posted. He thanked Mrs. Stephens for voting against it. Mr. Napoli said it wasn’t officially voted for. Mr. Whitiak said he knows what it was but wanted to thank her for voting no. Mr. Whitiak said the first place anyone goes to, Shade Tree, Fire Co’s, the first place they go to is the businesses. Why charge $25.00 when every time you need something, you’re here 2 years, he is here 40 years, he doesn’t remember council ever doing anything for us. Why charge them $25.00. They are all going to pay it but what are you going to do send the zoning officer out if they don’t. Mr. Kulick said we are going to discuss that ordinance later in the meeting. Your points are well taken but there are some different thoughts on it, its not about the money but there are other reasons for it. Mr. Whitiak said its 50 years that him and his family were involved in business and he doesn’t remember the Borough doing much, there were a few, Jerry Giles, Buckingham and Callahan. You shook their hand, it was done. Two years, what did this council do for businesses? He is just trying to make a point. Mr. Kulick said your point is taken but he isn’t exactly sure what your point is. Mr. Whitiak said why charge $25.00 because everybody goes and gets donations off of businesses. Mr. Kulick said you are missing the point. Mr. Whitiak said he is not. Mr. Kulick said we are going to discuss this later in the meeting, your point is well taken. Mr. Whitiak asked executive session or an open meeting? Mr. Kulick said an open meeting. Mr. Whitiak said he asked a question, what did you do for businesses in the last 2 years? Mr. Kulick said according to you, nothing. Mr. Whitiak asked what he did in the last 2 years? Mr. Kulick asked what he would like us to do?

Open Council Seat:Mr. Kulick said there was a vacancy board meeting at 6:30. Carl Tomaine Jr. was appointed to fill the vacant council seat.

Mayor:Mayor acknowledged Chief Arthur, a couple of weeks ago, he responded to a fire call on the other end of town. He arrived first and he went in and went right to work with a fire extinguisher and knocked down the fire. He did a very good job.

Police:Chief Arthur said they have been slow this past reporting session. He thanked the fire police, we had several incidents within the past month. The fire police came out and they do a good job, it frees the police up to do other work. They are all volunteers along with the fire dept. They are an asset to the Borough. Chief Arthur wants to make everyone aware of the internet scams that are going around. If you receive an email saying you won something or money and you need to submit money to receive the money, that is a scam. The IRS doesn’t call people and request music google cards to pay off your tax debt. If it looks to good to be true, it probably is. Mrs. Wilson wants to thank the police. A tractor trailer going over to Bardanes, she was there coming through. We have to get signs on Bridge St. Mr. Chase said there is signs. Mrs. Wilson said we have to get no trucks sign. Chief Arthur said we have been running speed more.

Mr. DeMarco asked about the open council seat, the 6:30 meeting was that advertised? Mr. Kulick said yes. Mr. DeMarco asked where? Mr. Kulick said the Scranton Times. Mr. DeMarco said why didn’t you put it on Facebook like everything else or was it on Facebook and he just missed it. Mr. Napoli said it’s been on Facebook. Mr. DeMarco said the vacancy board meeting was on Facebook or the open council seat? Mr. Napoli said the open council seat. Mr. DeMarco said every other meeting is on Facebook, why wasn’t this one put on it? Mr. Napoli said it might have been overlooked. Mr. Kulick said we advertised the seat being open for a long time, no one responded so unfortunately, we had to go to the vacancy board. If we didn’t fill that tonight it would have went to the Lackawanna County Courts. Mr. Kulick said there were two people that applied. Mr. DeMarco asked why we had to go to the vacancy board if 2 people applied. Mr. Kulick said they applied after the 30 days. Mr. DeMarco asked if council makes up the vacancy board. Mr. Kulick said the vacancy board is made up of council and one resident, John Frankosky who chairs the meeting.

Fire:Mr. Rood said comm. Center didn’t call Chief Arthur on that call. With the new laptops they have in their cars, that is how he saw it and made a response on it. It helps us. Mr. Rood said he is ready to set Chief Arthur up with the text messaging so he knows when we are going on calls. He will know where the calls are. Mr. Rood said we had a few out of town calls besides the one we had in town. The Crystal Fire Co. will have their chicken BBQ Sunday May 20.

Zoning:Mr. Chase said he has issued quite a few permits within the past month. Several commercial permits, a lot of residential. Found a couple of building without permits. Mr. Kulick asked if there was any update on the two sheds. Mr. Chase said one is waiting on me and the other one we have the paperwork that was returned in the mail, he isn’t sure what the next process is, if he has to file this with the magistrate. Atty. said they will talk about it. Mrs. Wilson asked if Mr. Rinaldi called from the property at 105 Delaware. Mr. Chase said its not a zoning issue at all and in fact now its more of a civil matter, we are kind of out of it. It’s between the two neighbors, he paved his neighbor’s property. His worry as a citizen of Jermyn is that these people are going to get squatters rights of some sort.

Secretary: The documents were signed for the Woodlands Sewer Grant, we are awaiting executed copies to come back. There have been very few resident complaints this month. Received one concern/complaint regarding a tree on 646 Madison Ave. The neighbor indicated the tree is dead and if it falls will fall onto his fence. Also, another issue on 427 Washington, racoons in the house. It was requested by our Workers Comp. that we update the handbook. Mr. Kutch is working on the site plan for the DPW garage and we should have more details next week. We had a few bad checks written out to the Borough, received by the secretary and Ann Marie – tax collector, suggested to have an ordinance for those whose checks do not clear to pay the bank fee.

Engineer:Mr. Grizzanti asked if anyone had any questions for him. Mr. Kutch mentioned to him about the paving of the lot. We have the grant from a few years ago that we wanted so much but we only got $55,000. Mr. Kutch said he seems to think we want to be able to drive around the salt shed. Mr. Napoli said yes. Mr. Grizzanti said we would come in the alleyway and drive behind the salt shed. Mayor said there will be parking there as well, we will clean everything out. Mr. Grizzanti asked if we are thinking that everything will be pretty much paved then. Mayor said as far as $55,000 can take us. Mr. Grizzanti said he doesn’t know if $55,000 will take us that far. Mayor said the best way to go about it is take it as far as $55,000 will take us and we will go from there and figure out something else. Mayor said the concern is the main part with all the foot traffic and all the mud and debris. Mr. Grizzanti said he was talking to Jeff today and he was asking about the sewer. Mr. Grizzanti said it is right there along the property line. He is assuming we want to get gas and water from the road. Mayor said yes. Mr. Rood said we got rid of the old firehouse and all that there, Mr. Markey started talking about $40,000 and between Tony and myself thinking about it we are up to $100,000 and some now. Mr. Grizzanti said he thinks the estimate was more than that. More than $100,000. Mr. Rood said he was told it wouldn’t be that much, his question is we could have put a few dollars in the old building, do we have it planned how we are going to pay for this, we aren’t getting a grant from USDA we are getting a loan. He doesn’t know what it is going to cost us when the bids come in. Is there a plan how we are going to pay for it? Mr. Kulick said we are going to get a loan and we are going to pay for it. They have long term low interest loans. Mr. Rood said they gave you the money for Main St. but look at the costs to keep it up. Its no different if you have a loan for your house, do we have the resources to pay this thing back and on a monthly basis. Mr. DeMarco asked what about 5 years from now when the siren has to come out of this building or is that going to be the next council’s problem if you guys aren’t here. Mr. Kulick said technically we do not need the siren. Mr. Rood said yes, we do. Mr. Kulick said no we don’t. Mr. Rood said federal law, James Perry must be wrong. Mr. Kulick said other Boroughs have got rid of it. Mr. DeMarco asked if there is $25,000 set aside, that was the estimate that you got, what happens in 5 years from now and the siren is still in that building and that guy says get it out of here and you aren’t on council. Mr. Kulick said you are asking me a question, I do not have an answer too. Mr. DeMarco said maybe we should think about that.

Mr. Kulick said we are looking at things for the future that is why we are looking at a building for the DPW and why we are buying the equipment we buy. We are paying the price for that, they kicked the can to us we aren’t going to kick the can to anyone else. Did we take $25,000 and put aside, no we did not. It is something that we will have to look at. Legally he does not think we have to have a siren. There is technology now that is much more simpler to operate. Mr. Rood said you are correct, just so Mr. DeMarco knows, it was originally $25,000 from someone else and we did prices from other companies and it came in around $15,000-$16,000. Mr. Rood said what he got from James Perry was from awhile ago and if you researched it recently, he isn’t arguing that its not true. Mr. Kulick said he could be wrong too. Mayor said even if we kept that building with the siren, there was going to come a point in time that it was going to have to be replaced. It is old and getting to the point where its on its last leg. By purchasing a new one you are going to get something more modern. The new one that Mayfield has, the control board is like a little laptop. Mr. DeMarco said why not do it now and get it over with, why wait to spend the money then. Mr. Rood said what Mr. Kulick is saying that if we don’t need it and we probably don’t, is it nice sometimes yes but we have 3 messages we get, we get a text page, fire Co’s have active 911 and our text messages on the phone. Mr. DeMarco said if its required why not just spend the money now. We got a lot more for that Building then anyone ever anticipated. That building was $25,000. We got lucky that someone gave us $40,000. Why not just take care of it now instead of leave it lingering? Take care of it now and just be done. Mr. Rood said he will do some research. Mr. Napoli said him and Mr. Kulick were going back and forth about it 2-3 months ago and almost everything they found said that Federal law no longer regulates it because of all the different dispatch services that are now available to emergency services.

Mr. DeMarco said its $15,000 now it will be $30,000 in 5 years. Mr. Kulick asked Mr. Grizzanti if Mr. Kutch asked about the letter he wrote in regards to DEP and the creek project. Mr. Grizzanti said he saw the letter and he knows Mr. Kutch called and he doesn’t know if he found anything out. Mr. Kulick requested for an update for next meeting. Mr. DeMarco asked if his idea is to eliminate the flood control project and do something else. Mr. Kulick said not necessarily but we keep getting more and more road blocks with DEP and now it seems like its between DEP and Army Corp of Engineers, they can’t agree. The County Engineer Gary Cavill he called Mr. Kulick said it had to do with the Japanese knotweed, we have to create a wetland. It would cost us $15,000 a year just to maintain that and he suggested that there is something to do with putting a state wetland bank that you make a one-time contribution and you are done with it. In a letter he wrote asking them to look into that and they responded. It was beyond his expertise so he turned it over to the Borough Engineer to get some feedback. Mr. Kulick said he still thinks that maybe there is alternatives other than the creek project in general to solve this and protect ourselves. The longer it goes, we are looking at 2022 is the latest make-believe date. Mayor said the costs keep going up.

Solicitor/Code Enforcement:Atty. said we have had some communication with several property owners who are in bankruptcy and also subject to code enforcement proceedings, fortunately for the tax payers of Jermyn, if you file for bankruptcy in a result of backed taxes is what happens is the backed taxes become part of the payment out of the estate so the Borough of Jermyn will get paid over a 3-5 year period. There are additional complaints regarding some run down buildings that need to be condemned and the Borough will have to decide whether or not we are going to want to be owners of these buildings or what steps we are going to have to take, that is a larger discussion. Mr. DeMarco asked how we are going to finance them. Atty. said one of the things that were brought to his attention today was the blight to bright program, which he is going to look into and he will be contacting them tomorrow. Mr. DeMarco asked how we plan to pay for this if we have to take them to court? Atty. said the two general options are collection of fines and inspection costs from the property owner or possession of the property. Mr. Markey communicated to him the opportunity to turn some of these properties into community assets so this is one of the things we are looking into. Ms. Stackel asked what happens to the one on Franklin that is up for sale. Atty. said he would be surprised if that for sale sign is anything other than a sign. Even if that is the case, whoever the new property owner is, is going to have to do the same repairs so it doesn’t really change anything. Mr. Rood said he knew someone that called the number and there was no answer. Mr. DeMarco asked if the Borough is going to keep fronting the money until its eventually recouped or sold. Where is all this money coming from to do this, he thinks it’s a good idea and isn’t against it, some of these properties need to be taken down. Atty. said the magistrate costs are in the statute or ordinance for the Borough, he thinks its $75.00/hr. It’s something we have not discussed yet, this is in its infancy. It was brought up as recent as yesterday about using the blight to bright program in turning some of these properties into community assets, eventually within the next month or so he will be able to answer more questions but there is still a lot of research. Mr. Rood said he has been with 536 Washington, he was going to rebuild, he did some drawings for him and he does have a zoning permit which he probably has to reapply for to build on existing property. He is from New York State, he is looking at tearing it down now. He is waiting for figures to come back. Atty. asked Tony Grizzanti if they have a certified housing inspector at KBA. Mr. Grizzanti said we do and Mr. Kutch would also come under that, his credentials would go above and beyond that. Atty. asked if there are certain specifications with the state, the ones that the realtors use you have to take a class. Mr. Grizzanti said Chris at their office does have that.

Shade Tree:Mrs. Wilson said the administrative handbook, they will meet sometime next week during the day until someone is appointed as the third member. They will start a second phase in about 2-3 months for the banners. The Memorial Day ribbon cutting, all council is invited, solicitor and Mayor at 10:45AM at the Windsor and if we could have about 10:45AM the traffic stopped so our police dept. will be involved in that and it will only take a couple of minutes to cut the ribbon and then we are going to proceed down one block to the Franklin and Main and the parade will start. The American Legion is invited to be at the Ribbon Cutting and the Shade Tree also.

Mrs. Wilson said the berm on Delaware, she has a complaint from the Walsh’s and the Hosie’s. When Wayco did the black topping there, it was discussed with the homeowners that they were going to pave right up to the sidewalk and get rid of any 6 inch or 1 ft. greenway that was there. They said ok but Wayco said they would put a berm to keep the water from going onto their property. They did not. Mayor said Shane from Wayco contacted him and they were supposed to send someone down to look at Madison and a few of the other roads, he hasn’t got back to me yet. They had crews working in the area, he will have to follow up with him tomorrow and he will give him a call. Mr. Kulick asked if they can take a look over there.

Mrs. Wilson said future plans for the water retention ponds by Garfield Ave. Mayor and Mrs. Wilson were at the MS4 meeting. Mrs. Wilson said she wanted to talk about having a water garden, the plants will eat up the water and absorb it, at least to make it look half way decent so that we can maintain it instead of having to go in and cut it. Mayor said the one on Garfield, that is planted with wildflowers. Mrs. Wilson said there are trees planted in there too. Mayor said we were reluctant to cut it, we were only cutting it because they want it down. How we should handle it in the future, we will cut around the top but leave the basin alone and let that grow naturally. The man from DEP at the MS4 suggested that also, to keep it more natural; we can start to do that. If you notice there are a lot of flowers in there and it looks nice when they start blooming. Mrs. Wilson asked about the one across from Whitiak’s. Mayor said that is not ours, we do not take care of it and we have nothing to do it or do we want anything to do with it. Mrs. Wilson said we will cross that one off.

Mrs. Wilson said the Main St. has been cut to a certain point and for Memorial Day, we will go all the way down. The homeowners, the majority of them; 80% of them, maybe even more cut the grass but if is it not cut for Memorial Day so the town looks nice, the Shade Tree will do it. The only thing is, there are some homes, Palermo is one of them that the grass in front is horrible, it is getting very high. Is our police chief going to handle that? Give them warnings and if they don’t do it within a specific period of time, cite them or is it the code enforcement. Atty. said it would be the code enforcement. Mrs. Wilson said there are a couple of them that are getting unruly. Also, the house across from the Dollar General. Mrs. Wilson said she received a call from Mr. Hunt in regards to the water in the basement. He was supposed to send pictures. Mrs. Wilson said we have done everything we can. Mr. Napoli said according to the Borough Engineer, we done everything we possibly can and its no longer our issue, its his own property that is causing the issue. Mrs. Wilson said and the properties around him but they are private properties. Mrs. Wilson said she would bring it up.

Mrs. Wilson said she was in touch with John’s corn. The Snyder’s can not do it again this year for the Farmers Market. She has talked to John’s corn and they are going to call her back and we are going to look at the WWI park where we always have it and hopefully, we will get something in July. As we always have done the same procedure, it is sponsored by the Shade Tree, we will advertise it but no permit. They are doing the town a favor; do we have to vote on it? If the Shade Tree gets the Farmer’s Market, she would like to cancel the permit of any sort for them. We have always done it before, they are doing a Jermyn a service, coming in here for the elderly and the people of Jermyn. Mr. Kulick asked what kind of permit is it, solicitation permit? Mrs. Wilson said she doesn’t know, she just wants to make sure. Mr. Kulick, it would be solicitation. The Chief said they are not soliciting. Mr. Kulick said at this point, there is no business permit. Mrs. Wilson said she just wants to make sure. They can come in as a service to Jermyn residents.

Mrs. Wilson said the yard sale is going to be advertised in the newspaper this week.

Mr. Kulick asked Mrs. Wilson if she is the contact person for the second wave of the banners. Mrs. Wilson said yes, PO BOX #1 Jermyn, is the mailing address.

DPW:Mr. Markey said the backhoe has been delivered and is working our pretty well for us. The extra piping in the back has been sold and will hopefully be gone shortly. It sold on municibid for a total of $426.00.

Electronics Recycling will be Wednesdays and Fridays in June and instead of them bringing it to the Borough building, the DPW is going to pick it up curbside once scheduled. To schedule a pick up, residents are to call the Borough Office. Mr. Markey said they do ask that everything is intact, so they do not want any picture tube TV’s with the picture tube busted. They want all the cords intact. Mr. Markey asks that people put them out the night before so there is a less of a chance that someone comes by and rips the cords out.

Mr. Markey said he spoke with USDA yesterday, they are waiting for the site plans from KBA.

The second free little library, we want decorate it by having the children in town have their hand prints painted on there. All Jermyn resident children 12 and under are welcome to come to the Borough gym in Sunday June 3 from 1pm-3pm. All supplies will be provided and they can come and get their hand dipped in paint and put it on there. We will write their name on it too so they can come back and years later and come and see their handprints from when they were smaller.

Mr. Markey said 6 wireless cameras were ordered for the park, they will be installed within the next couple of weeks. With those HD cameras, we are going to put them on the ball fields, basketball court, pavilion, stand, batting cage. We are going to have capability for the police to have an app. And they will get an alert. They can set it up to get an alert whenever motion is detected, if they want to set that up with the overnight guys, they can add that. Otherwise we still have the DVR to go back on if we see vandalism.

Mr. Markey said we voted before to buy the crack sealer for 5 yearly installments. We moved some money over to the DPW capital reserve account. The Finance Committee meeting, we talked about it and thought it might be a better idea if we just use some of the DPW Capital Reserve funds and just buy it out right. There is less we will have to budget for yearly payments. Mrs. Wilson asked if they will be cutting themselves short. Mr. Markey said no. That truck out there still has 3 weeks to go in the auction and its far exceeded our expectations already. Mr. DeMarco asked what it is up to. Mayor said $16,600. Mr. Markey said we valued it at $12,000.

A motion was made by Mr. Markey and seconded by Mrs. Dougherty to buy the crack sealer outright instead of financing it for 5 years. All in favor; motion carried.

Business Ordinance:Mr. Kulick said the ordinance was advertised. Based on conversations we have had amongst ourselves and others, there were some questions about this ordinance. Mr. Kulick said Mr. Whitiak was incorrect, he was correct that Cindy was the one that voted against it but he was absent at that meeting so he didn’t vote for or against it. Mr. Kulick said at one meeting Mr. Chase said it was a part of zoning or should be zoning. Mr. Chase said whenever you open a business in Jermyn, you can’t come in and open any business, there are certain businesses that are only allowed in certain areas and it’s a use. Mr. Kulick said so that means they have to meet the use of the area that they are opening the business. Mr. Chase said it has to fall within a criteria, you can’t do manufacturing in commercial area. We can’t have a small engine repair business in a residential area and you can’t have a machine shop in a business area. Mr. Kulick asked if he thinks that there are businesses that are in town or could come to town that don’t realize it maybe whatever they are doing is against zoning. Mr. Chase said he has caught several in the past. Mr. Kulick asked wouldn’t you agree if there was some kind of criteria for permit not necessarily with a financial component of it but some kind of business permit, saying ok you can open your business, you registered with the Borough we made sure you are in the proper zoning, we made sure that your actually a licensed business. Mr. Chase said that can be done by simply adding a line in the zoning ordinance that states that any business that you do will require zoning. If the proper wording was there, any business you are opening up, you have to apply for zoning; its not a yearly thing. He understands what you are doing, better understanding what type of work they do.

Mr. Kulick said we are making it clear, there isn’t any question, if you want to open up a business in this town, you need to fill out the business registration. Mrs. Dougherty asked if it can be something like a use permit. Mr. Chase said if you open up a business in your house, then you are changing the use, you aren’t a residential house. Mr. Kulick said how are they going to know its in zoning. If they come into the town and open up a business they need a business permit issued by the Borough. Mr. DeMarco asked how they will know to fill it out. Mr. Chase asked how it is different. Mr. DeMarco asked how they will know, how is it different. Mr. Kulick said the zoning ordinance is quite large for somebody to go through it. If you want to open up a business in this town you have to get a business permit. He can understand the argument about the $25.00 and understands about grandfathering in businesses that exists. He can’t understand an argument against having something that tells us what is going on in the town. Mr. Markey said for example, did you know about Cosmetologist on Rushbrook, not the legal one but the Andrea Love and Passion on Rushbrook St. Jermyn PA 18433. Mr. Markey said this is just an example that he found that one of our local residents on Washington Ave. is advertising on Facebook for free haircuts for men ends today because she’s licensed and she’s just starting out on her own and wants everyone to know that she is here. With something like this, she would be required to get a use permit right? Mr. Chase said she may or may not. Mr. Markey said it depends on where she is at and what the zoning is. Mr. Rood said he agrees on what they are trying to do as a business owner, like the Chinese place came in and left and no one knew anything about it. Mr. Rood said to fill out a permit, he agrees with but the $25.00 not that he wouldn’t pay it but do you really need the $25.00 for them to fill out a permit.

Mr. Napoli said no. Mr. Markey said we should compromise, before we wanted it $25.00 for a brick and mortar store, let’s get rid of the $25.00 and make everybody who has a business fill out a permit and get it on the registry. Mr. Rood said it would be a good thing for the fire company too because we would know what they have in the business for example chemicals and we can put it in our active 911. Mr. Markey said if we have someone that is working in the Borough they should be paying an LST tax. Mr. Napoli said his reason was going go through with having some sort of business permit is that it can be used as a database for emergency services from his experience can know what we are going into and know what is going on around us. Mr. Napoli said he is hoping that if we do make it free then more people would be more likely to fill out the paperwork. Mrs. Wilson said it should be a one-time registration form, the established businesses shouldn’t have to fill it out every year, its not an annual thing, unless the business changes. Mr. Markey asked if we are going to enforce a penalty for not doing. We enforce penalties on our current ordinances and now we want to enforce them there’s a lot of people that have a lot of problems with us. Mrs. Wilson said we are not charging the businesses to fill this out. Mr. Markey said what if they don’t fill out, what if they say I want to lay low, I don’t want to let anyone know I am here. Mr. DeMarco said the big thing is the cost for enforcement. Mr. Markey said the solicitor, when he does work for us in the capacity as the solicitor its $400 retainer a month. Mr. DeMarco asked if you go to court its all covered? Mr. Markey said no court is per hour. Mr. Kulick said he understands what Mr. DeMarco is saying but that is like an excuse to do nothing, that is what happened all these years that is why we are at where we are at. Mr. DeMarco said he just worried about the costs. Mr. Kulick said it comes with a cost and we have to be prepared to either pay that cost or just take the ordinances and throw them out the window because they don’t mean anything, if we don’t enforce them they don’t mean anything. Mr. DeMarco said is there something for 2019 budget for this? Eventually it is going to cost the Borough money and he’s worried about that. Mr. Kulick said to suggest how to fight it without spending money. Mr. DeMarco asked if we have the money to go to court if these cases go to court? Mr. Rood said he thinks we are getting costs involved too much, we don’t know what the costs will be until we get to that point. That is council’s decision once we get to that point, if its gets to that point and council has to make that decision do we have the money now, we have to make that decision at the time if one of these properties goes to that point, does council want to proceed. Which they did want to proceed with the other one and unfortunately, they held out to long. Mr. DeMarco said you guys stop 75% of the blight just by sending letters and visits then you are doing a good job.

Mr. Napoli said he would like to see the business ordinance continue with no cost to the business and a one-time permit and the only time that business should have to reapply is if it changes hands or becomes bigger. Mr. Markey asked if it has to be re-advertised. Atty. said we are changing the amount and the yearly aspect of it, anything else? Atty. said we will rewrite it.

Chicken Ordinance:Mrs. Stephens provided council with Mayfield’s ordinance. You have to apply every year, if you are having chickens your neighbors on each side of your residence have to sign that they are accepting it. No roosters allowed. It is $20 per permit and every year has to be filled out. Atty. said the no eating rule is so people don’t turn this into family farms that are not zoned. Atty. said he would like to read through this, as far as the application goes there might be a couple things we want to clear up which is restricting sq. ft. of the coop. Mr. Chase said they are allowed two accessory structures, a kennel and a kids play house is exempt from the accessory structure, will the chicken coop be an accessory structure? Atty. said chicken coops are notorious for attracting raccoons and foxes. There is a lot that goes along with this. Mr. Markey said he commends Riley who came before council in regards to the chickens. Mr. Markey said just out of curiosity, has anyone looked into or asked, do we know what the scope of people in Jermyn that wants chickens. Is it 10% of people, 80% of the people, 2% of the people? Mr. Chase said he gets calls a lot, he gets people that want pigs. Mr. Markey said that is the other question, does this open us up for other stuff, you let us have chickens why can’t we have pigs. Mrs. Dougherty said with Mayfield’s Ordinance stating that they have to have permission from the neighbor’s, it might cause fighting between neighbors over chickens.

Tree in Creek:Mr. Constantine raised an issue about trees in Rushbrook Creek by the Windsor, which is the Windsor’s tree. Mr. Rood said one concern that was brought up by a tenant of the Brenzel building is if that one that is in there now does come down it is going to hit their building. Mr. Markey said the issue right now, it is in a precarious space; cutting it down he doesn’t think is as much as a problem as getting it removed safely without any property damage. It’s already leaning up against the fence which may be causing property damage to that fence. Mr. Markey said when he spoke with the Windsor about the tree in the creek, they have a problem with the Brake Retarder sign because when people are coming off of 107 from the Casey, people are complaining that they can not see the Windsor sign because of the Brake sign is right there. Mr. Markey told him that yes, we put them up but we had to follow the letter of the law from PennDOT and we couldn’t move one inch from where they told us. He did request that maybe we reach out to PennDOT and ask if we can move end of Brake retarder prohibition sign and he told him that we can and when PennDOT tells us no, he can go ahead and ask them.

Summer Program:Mr. Kulick said we had zero applicants for our summer program. If anyone has a college age or high school student. Mr. Napoli asked if we can put anything up at the high school. Mr. Kulick said we prefer college. Mrs. Dougherty asked if it can be a recent high school graduate.

Zoning Hearing Board:Mr. Kulick said he did some research and found that we either need to change our ordinance on the zoning hearing board or delegate 2 members to alternates. The ordinance says the zoning hearing board consists of 3 members and 2 alternates, we have 5 members; we are in violation of our own ordinance. The zoning hearing board can decide amongst themselves or we can just say the last two people appointed can be alternates, or we can change the ordinance. Mrs. Wilson said maybe we should let the zoning board decide for themselves, maybe there is someone that wants to give up their position after x amount of years. Mr. Napoli said to give it to the zoning board, give us your 2 alternates. Mr. Kulick asked who the chairman is. Mr. Chase said Ted Chrusch.

Check Ordinance:Mr. Kulick said it was requested by both the tax collector and borough secretary to have something in place for those whose checks do not clear the bank. We have had bad checks written to the Borough and to the tax collector. Mr. Kulick suggested to put a sign up in the office.

Neighborworks:Neighborworks, who purchased a property on Cemetery St. obtained permits and they are requesting since they are a non-profit that we waive their admin. Fees for the NEIC permits. A motion was made by Mr. Markey and seconded by Mr. Napoli to reimburse Neighborworks Admin fees for $178.00. All in favor; motion carried.

A motion was made by Mr. Napoli and seconded by Mrs. Dougherty to adjourn the meeting at 9:09PM. All in favor; motion carried.



Minutes 4-19-18


Jermyn Borough

Council Minutes

April 19, 2018

The Jermyn Borough Council held a council meeting on April 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jermyn Community Center, 440 Jefferson Avenue, Jermyn, PA in the Council Chambers.

On roll call present were: Kristen Dougherty, Dan Markey, Kevin Napoli, Cynthia Stephens and JoAnne Wilson. Also present were Mayor Fuga, William Aquilino, Tony Grizzanti, Ray Rood, Bob Chase. Absent were; Frank Kulick

MINUTES: A motion was made by Mr. Napoli and seconded by Mrs. Stephens to accept the minutes of April 5, 2018. All in favor; motion carried.

TREASURER’S REPORT:General Fund $146,517.24, Recycling $5,705.73; Refuse $66,732.34, Investment Liquid Fuels $43,804.22, Liquid Fuels Checking $79,401.79. Disbursements from March 16, 2018 to April 19, 2018 including 2 periods of payroll $91,000.03. Deposits $142,530.03.

A motion was made by Mrs. Dougherty and seconded by Mrs. Wilson to accept the treasurer’s report and bills as presented, all in favor; motion carried.

Public Comment:William Langman – He went away on December 4 and came back on April 11. He wanted to know if there was someway he can get a rebate on his garbage collection since he was not home at that time. Mr. Markey said the only way you per the ordinance that we give a rebate on the garbage is if no one resides in the household for the entire year and you pay the fee upfront and then we have an affidavit for you sign and get notarized and then we would reimburse the garbage fee.

Riley – Chickens in Jermyn- Chickens eat bugs that will harm your garden, such as slugs, ticks, beetles and more. We can also use chickens in Jermyn because they can provide eggs so we don’t have to waste energy with cars and use money to buy eggs. 3 million birds each year are crammed into cages, far to small and they will eat food scraps like fruit and vegetable peelings, bread, cooked beans and rice. Chickens are just perfect for gardeners. They will get rid of weeds, next year you will be amazed at your neat and tidy garden. They will also be a perfect pet. Please let chicken in Jermyn. Mr. Napoli thanked Riley for coming up and is to be commended because she did her homework and checked into details and statistics that one would like to know about chickens. Before we make any decisions, Mr. Napoli said he appreciates all the hard work she put into this. Mr. Markey said we will take your suggestion under advisement and it will be discussed.

Correspondence:Mr. Markey said he received a letter, it’s a complaint letter that was addressed to the council president, with him being absent tonight he asked Mr. Markey to address it. Mr. Markey said he would address it, however the letter is not signed so if the letter is not signed, he is not going to read it. If someone has an issue with someone else’s property they can take it up with the code officer which is our solicitor, William Aquilino or they can sign their letter and it will be read at a council meeting. If you are going to submit a letter and not sign it then it will not be addressed, plain and simple.

Code Violations:Mr. Aquilino said the Borough issued 6 or 7 initial code violations in related to the Borough code. He had the opportunity to speak with several people and some have been very cooperative.

Joan Crawford 308 Franklin – Front stairs and back stairs have fully or partially collapsed and are structurally unsound, causing hazardous conditions to residents, visitors, and elderly female residing on premises. Right side of porch roof and right side of house roof, sagging and have structural deficiencies.

We received no response from James or Joan Crawford. They will be fined retroactive to the date of service of the notification. We will proceed to district justice court.

Mr. Markey said he is going to comment on that one, he is going to ask for input from the fire chief, police chief and engineers. Mr. Markey said anyone who has driven by this property probably knows which one we are talking about, without even seeing pictures. Mr. Markey said he wants some input as to whether you feel is safe, would you send your people in there? Would EMT’s go in there? Mr. Markey said this might be one of the more severe cases that we might have to talk about eviction and possible condemnation. Mr. Rood said he has not seen the side back steps in a long time. He put a roof on that 30 years ago and the sides the way it is coming off now, it has to be leaking someplace inside. With the steps there, something has to be getting in there, how sound is it inside? To get somebody to even go inside would be a chore, he wouldn’t use the steps probably a ladder to get somebody out. Mr. Aquilino asked if it would be a potential safety issue for fire personnel and EMT’s? Mr. Rood said yes just from the exterior. Just the exterior to get into the building, never mind getting out of the building. Mr. Rood said he would never go on that front porch. Mr. Rood said he hasn’t been in the back to see the back steps, he doesn’t know how they get in and out of the house. Mr. Napoli and Mrs. Stephens said the side door.

Chief Arthur said he’s not familiar with the inside but unfortunately our department isn’t in the position to pick and choose what we do.

Chris Wendolowski 708 Madison Ave – Front steps have collapsed and area is a danger to occupants and visitors. Condition of front of residence is attractive nuisance to minors. Porch removed from front of home and has inadequate lighting. Boarded up windows make home unsecured. Mr. Aquilino said he has not heard anything from Mr. Wendolowski. We are going to have to issue further code enforcement proceedings and fines retroactive to notification. Mr. Markey said last year Officer Calzola caught some youths in the basement of the property. It is not secured, people can still get in. The bilco doors are also torn off. Mr. Rood asked if anyone knows if that building was cleaned out. Mr. Rood said he will not send anyone in that building. Mr. Markey said he thinks Mr. Wendolowski was warned before and when he gets warned he comes and throws some things in his dumpster for a day or two and then disappears again. Mr. Markey said it’s a vacant property as of right now.

Jason Ogozaly 709 Washington – Mr. Chase said he was contacted by an Ogozaly for permits. Mr. Aquilino said the permits will come from NEIC correct? Mr. Chase said correct, generally. Ken and John Marino from NEIC were present at the meeting. Mr. Markey said Jason was in this week to get permits. Mr. Markey asked if that house can be repairable. John Marino said anything can be if you have the money. Mr. Aquilino asked if it has to be shaved to the ground and start up from the foundation. Mr. Marino said no not necessarily, it depends on how much money you want to spend. Mr. Aquilino asked if this is a situation where they are going to spend twice as much as the property is currently worth. Mr. Marino said it’s a possibility. Mr. Markey said we have two issues there. Do we still have violations the property that is actually being lived in right now? Mr. Aquilino said we have violations at 709, we may have not inspected the associated property. 709 is abandoned. Mr. Markey said it is not boarded up. It is not secured. Mr. Chase said Jason Ogozaly contacted him April 10 and asked him about process of restructuring the house and wanted to know if you can tear it down and build in the same foot prints. Mr. Aquilino will contact Mr. Ogozaly, depending on his response we will decide if we will move forward with the proceedings.

Richard and Theresa Edwards 200 Hudson – Theresa Edwards has been in contact via telephone, email and in person. They have made a lot of improvements to the property, including removing the construction material garbage. He spoke with her again this evening, she outlined her plan to get the vehicles off of the property. She indicated that her garbage fees were paid.

The enforcement proceedings will be suspended until he has yet to reinspect the property. She has made significant efforts.

Charlett Mollis 614-616 Washington – Shirley McCeal was present, the daughter or Charlett Mollis. Ms. McCeal resides at 616 Washington. Mr. Aquilino said the address of the violation is 614-616 Washington Ave., we have the owner as Charlett Mollis. Mr. Aquilino asked if she was available to come today. Ms. McCeal said no she wasn’t. Is she the sole owner of the property? Ms. McCeal said yes. Mr. Aquilino asked how many people reside at 614-616 Washington Ave. 14 people. Mr. Aquilino asked for the names of those at the property. Mr. Aquilino asked how many of those people are renting units, paying rent, subject to a lease or are unrelated to you? Ms. McCeal 3 apartments are unrelated and yes, they are all paying rent. Mr. Aquilino asked if she secured the required rental permits. Ms. McCeal said no she has not. Ms. McCeal said because stuff gets sent to Ms. Mollis. Mr. Aquilino asked if there are leases for the 3 other units? Ms. McCeal said yes. Mr. Aquilino asked if she has copies of the leases and provide them to the Borough Secretary when she comes in and pays her rental permit fees and fill out the applications. Ms. McCeal said the violations for the house, the only thing that didn’t get done yet is the garage. Someone came out to look at that today and she will have an estimate for the garage tomorrow, he came and looked at it today. All the other violations have been taking care of. Mr. Aquilino asked if the taxes have been paid on the property and are up to date? Ms. McCeal said no. Mr. Aquilino said we cannot issue you a rental permit if the taxes have not been paid.

Mr. Aquilino said the violations included garbage and detritus in and around exterior of property and curtilage, repair roof of garage structure and remove tarps, or remove garage. Remove abandoned vehicle in rear or vehicle. Abandoned snowmobile in rear of property. Ms. McCeal said all of that other than the garbage fee has been taken care of. Mr. Aquilino asked if there was garbage around the exterior of the property at all? Ms. McCeal said no.

Mr. Aquilino said unfortunately, one of the things we will have to look into, he will communicate with her via correspondence after today. There are 4 families living in rental property without the required rental permits and you can not get a rental permit according to the applicable ordinance unless you have your taxes paid. He will have to look into that further and communicate with her about whether or not the renters can stay in the property.

Chief Arthur said as you know we cited her previously, she said she is responsible for that property. There seems to be some discrepancy on what she was telling us and what her daughter is telling us. Chief Arthur suggested whatever correspondence is sent out make sure its copied to her and her daughter. The magistrate told her she is responsible. Mr. Aquilino asked if she is the building manager. Ms. McCeal said she is purchasing it off of her daughter. Mr. Aquilino asked if there is a mortgage note? Ms. McCeal said yes. Mr. Aquilino asked her to drop a copy of that off when she comes to look into the permit for the taxes and provide the leases.

Frank Mangan Jr. 610-612 Washington Ave. – Roof structure being unsound, the deficiency has caused water damage in one or more of the apartments in that building. It’s a concern because small children living in that building. Mr. Aquilino said back in March it was discussed of getting the property repaired. Is the roof repaired? Mr. Mangan, we talked after April 1, it wasn’t in March. The date you asked to have the work done would be 60 days from March 15, 2018 – he became aware of it April 1, 2018. He had intentions to replace the roof long before this but he was waiting for the snow to get off the roof, he contacted a contractor and he gave him a date of about the end of this month. He since talked to him since he saw the first leak and saw some water coming through one of the apartments, only one of the apartments. It’s the apartment with 1 or 2 children. He is at the top of the work list and is expecting probably to start work right after the weekend. He has to get a permit. This work will be started after the weekend.

Ron Dean- currently living in the rear with his children. Mr. Aquilino asked if his apartment is in a livable condition. Mr. Dean said no it is a not a safe environment especially for my children. Mr. Aquilino asked him to provide additional information. Mr. Dean said he has 8 leaks in 5 different rooms when it rains, it comes down 2 different walls and is near electrical outlets, the one area is right inside the light fixture on the ceiling. All these complications didn’t arise until he had moved in after a couple of months. He did his actual inspection and everything was up to par for the most part besides for a little cosmetic work. He was told the major things would be taken care of in a timely manner. Mr. Dean said the timely manner has come and gone. Mr. Aquilino asked if there are open circuit boxes. Mr. Dean said there are maybe downstairs, it has a lock and key. The one tenant has the key. Mr. Aquilino asked if any of the ceiling material is coming down because of the water? Mr. Dean said it is, in his daughter’s bedroom. Mr. Aquilino asked if he investigated the hung ceiling in one of the bathrooms. Mr. Dean said he found that the ventilation light fixture, the light itself only works the fan does not and the exhaust is not ventilating. Mr. Aquilino asked if that is a potential mold problem. Mr. Dean said it is.

Mr. Mangan said he looked in that very same place with a flashlight and it was as dry as a bone. He came into Jermyn about 15 years ago and picked up this piece of property that was falling apart, an eyesore and potential crack house. He said he has a vested interest in Jermyn and wants to keep everything looking well and up to date. Mr. Mangan said he also knows from experience, when tenants fall behind on their rent and this particular case with Mr. Dean, he’s worked with him in the past to catch up with his rent and he came through once or twice. This time he did not and only paid half of the month, his experience is that the tenants falling behind on their rent look to get as much time with rent free habitat as they can and they do it by calling code enforcement officers, they go to the police. This is just his experience. All it is a stall for time for free rent, that is the case here. Mr. Mangan said he admits, he went through every apartment and there was some water leakage in his house and he wouldn’t say it was dangerous, it is going to be fixed. His contractor said he could put up a tarp but why bother when he can start fixing the roof and he would fix his area first. Mr. Markey said none of your tenants contacted the code enforcement officer. The code enforcement officer was hired by Jermyn Borough council in January. The big hole in your roof is the reason. Mr. Mangan said you can’t fix it with a foot of snow, only last week we saw it disappear. Mr. Markey said your accusations of your tenants calling the code enforcement officer and deduct rent are unfounded here and irrelevant. We are talking about the conditions of the home, not whose paying rent and who’s not. Mr. Mangan said he is here to respond to the code notice he got and as the code enforcement officer explained to me. We are replacing the whole thing anyway. He was waiting for the snow to melt. Mr. Markey asked if he has a property manager for that property. Mr. Mangan said he is, he does the best he can, he has a tenant that has been there 7 years, he calls anytime something happens and its addressed right away. Mr. Mangan said he has to protect his investment and to do that is do good by the town of Jermyn, he doesn’t want Wilkes-Barre or Scranton. Mr. Markey asked how long Mr. Dean has been there. Mr. Mangan said 6 or 7 months. Mr. Dean said 4 or 5 months.

Mr. Markey asked if there was a hole in the roof then. Mr. Dean said yes, he didn’t notice it because of the angle. That particular hole does not cover his residence. Mr. Mangan said that hole has nothing to do with his apartment. Mr. Aquilino asked if he has rental permits for all 4 of the units. Mr. Mangan said yes. Mr. Aquilino asked if he can provide the rents to the Borough Secretary Monday or Tuesday. Mr. Mangan said sure. Mr. Mangan said the contactors have been delayed. Mr. Aquilino asked who the contractor is. Mr. Mangan provided Mr. Aquilino with the work order for the roof. Mr. Aquilino asked if people are paying rent for the damaged apartments. Mr. Mangan said the damaged apartment is Mr. Dean’s and it has a water leak in 1 or 2 places, nothing he would call crazy but he wants to fix it anyway. Mr. Aquilino asked when is his rent paid through? Mr. Mangan said he paid half of the month, this month. It’s paid through April 15, he is behind for April. It is due on the first of the month. Mr. Aquilino asked if he has a lease. Mr. Mangan said a written lease, no. Mr. Aquilino said what is the lease situation. Mr. Mangan said it is a verbal lease, month to month. Mr. Aquilino asked what a verbal lease. Mr. Mangan said a verbal lease is when you don’t have a written lease. Mr. Aquilino asked what the terms for the verbal lease are. Mr. Mangan said month to month.

Mr. Aquilino asked about the notice to quit. Mr. Mangan said Mr. Dean advised him that he will be leaving in a month in a week or two, because of his history of falling behind in the past and his willingness to work with him, he knew he was having money problems somehow. He falls behind and all of a sudden, he calls and makes complaints with the local government, said he will leave in a week or two. Mr. Aquilino said just to be clear, he is the one that cited the property based on visual inspection. Mr. Mangan said that is perfectly fine and you did the right thing. Mr. Aquilino said let’s focus on the notice to quit. Mr. Mangan said that’s why he got the notice to quit. Mr. Mangan said he works with the tenants as long as they pay their rent they stay there, they don’t pay their rent he has to get rid of them. He tells me he is going to be out in a week or two. He was supposed to go see another landlord about getting a place and get back to me and he never did. Mr. Mangan said he presented him with the notice to quit, if you are going to leave like you said you are then this isn’t a problem, otherwise he goes to court and cuts his losses. Mr. Aquilino said does the notice to quit say he was in violation of his lease. Mr. Mangan said yes. Mr. Aquilino asked what it said. Mr. Mangan said he didn’t pay his rent. A verbal lease can be terminated. Mr. Markey said so you can put any terms in this verbal lease that you want to. Mr. Mangan said he doesn’t have any terms in it, it’s between him and I when he comes in, how much is the rent, you pay it you stay and if you don’t you go. Mr. Markey said you said he violated his lease when he came to code enforcement officer and started complaining. Mr. Mangan said he did not say that. Mr. Dean said he never had to deal with any kind of situation like this and that is the only reason why he pursued contacting you because he had seen you already came prior for the problem. Mr. Dean said you gave me a notice to quite one day after this alleged rent would even be due. The first was a Sunday so therefore from the date that he paid it would be up until the 17th, since he paid on the 3rd. Mr. Mangan said this will all be settled in the magistrates, what does this have to do with code violations. Mr. Dean said after 2 weeks it would be the 17th not the 16th.

Mr. Aquilino said his concern is the code enforcement officer which relates to punitive measures against Borough residents for reporting violations of the Borough Code, that is his concern. Mr. Mangan said that is not what happened. Mr. Aquilino asked if Mr. Dean pays his rent for the end of the month and pays next month, is he going to be removed from the premises. Mr. Mangan said he already discussed that with Mr. Dean and he asked him if he wanted to stay. Mr. Aquilino asked Mr. Dean if the property is repaired in a timely manner and you have the rent money available would you like to stay in the apartment. Mr. Dean said no. Mr. Aquilino asked how much time he needs to move out. Mr. Dean said two weeks. Mr. Aquilino said we are probably going to inspect the property on Saturday, he will call in advance to let him know so he can be available. Mr. Mangan said he doesn’t know if he can be there Saturday. Mr. Mangan said you advised me about the roof, its going to be replaced and we are going to do it ASAP, the contractor is moving him up because he is a priority. What is the purpose of the inspection so soon? Mr. Mangan said he doesn’t want to live there anyway. Mr. Aquilino said we have a property that has a hole in the roof for a substantial amount of time and he information we got today, indicates the hole in the roof isn’t even over the property that is leaking so it makes me wonder if any of the other properties are leaking, that is something we have to identify. He spoke with the fire chief who has provided additional information today about what happens to properties that have leaking roofs related to structural integrity and is concerned about the safety of the residents.

Lou DeMarco said some of the neighboring Borough’s do yearly inspections on these properties. As a landlord, he is all for that because it maintains a record of safety. NEIC does the inspections for Mayfield. Mr. Markey said as you know we had some issues going back and forth since we appointed a code officer, we put someone in that didn’t know how to do it right, we learn as we go. It is already in our ordinance that the code officer is to go in and inspect every rental unit on when they apply for a permit. That is something that we are going to start doing. If it’s not in there about every time there is a tenant change, then we will look to amend that as well. Mr. DeMarco asked what code or ordinance are they looking for? Is there a certain building code or Borough code? Mr. Aquilino said the property maintenance code. We rely on the expertise of the UCC codes. Mr. Markey said adopted the UCC code. For a short time, we adopted the International Property Maintenance Code. Mr. Markey said we wanted to adopt something that was recommended to us by the PSAB. We switched over to a Jermyn Property Maintenance Code in July of last year. It is not quite as comprehensive of the property maintenance code itself, we rely on the UCC code.

Mr. Markey said that was round one, we are not done yet. People who didn’t care enough to show up tonight, we will be proceeding immediately with further enforcement whether its daily fines, going to the magistrate eventually per the code, shutting down properties and forcing people to vacate for safety reasons and eventually it could turn into a situation where the Borough has to demolish and take over. We do have safeguards in the property maintenance code to eventually get our money back. There is going to be a second wave, it is going to start very shortly, if you have a friend or neighbor whose property is not up to code and they have not been addressed tonight; they will be. We have people who just from the story from the Times today have contacted us to complain about other properties.

Mayor:Mayor Fuga said this past weekend when we had our 75-degree weather and now it’s snowing. Mayor said he noticed that there were some complaints on social media about quads riding up and down the streets. Mayor asks that if you do notice that stuff, please contact the police. Getting on social media and complaining is not going to take care of the problem, calling the police will. If you want something done, please do that and it will make a big difference. There are people that have quads that are just trying to go from point A to point B into the woods and then there are the other ones going around town that shouldn’t be. They are the ones that are the problems and the once that should be taken care of.

Police:Chief Arthur said we have issues with quads, every town does. It’s a hard issue to solve. The good people, they are going to stop. The bad people that are creating the problems, they are the ones that run and cause accidents. If people call in and we have times and locations or they know who is doing it then we can watch their house and cite them that way when they come back or when they are leaving. We try to identify the riders or the machines, you will see them parked in the yard. Eventually they get cited and get caught.

Chief Arthur said so far this year they have had 915 incidents through the year, which is pretty high. Mayfield Police and our department have been doing random checks on Mayfield Elementary School. Currently we are involved in the blighted property with the code enforcement officer. We are enforcing the garbage ordinance, last week we had 7 violations of people on the delinquent list putting garbage out. We have a long list this week also. We are going to check today and tomorrow and cite the violators of that list.

Chief Arthur said we are doing ongoing speed checks with the Enrad system around town. We spoke to the Mayor and he is in agreement us and Mayfield police are jointly doing operations in the both towns which is better for both towns. We are making a bigger impact that way. Chief Arthur said in the near future, the Mayor is looking into getting the tape for the road, the thermoplastic tape for the timing. In the near future we will run speed in different locations with a stop watch also. We are still doing the bus stops, church traffic, house watch checks.

Chief Arthur said with the mass incidents around, shootings and bombings, he urges people to go out and take a first aid or CPR classes. If anything happens around here, a mass casualty incident, we will be able to use whatever help we can get. If people are trained in first aid and CPR it may make a difference of life or death. He urges people to get training. A lot of ambulance companies will do it for free. It could make a big difference. Mr. Markey said Jermyn’s claim to fame is that we are the birthplace of first aid in America. Mr. Markey said as many as we could have first aid and CPR certified the better. Mr. Markey asked Cara if she can work with Kevin and research and find out any local areas that are giving CPR and first aid classes. Mr. Markey said to see if we can get a class together for the public, if there are any local classes that people may be able to attend, lets find them and get them listed on our website. Mr. Markey said RA at Cottage was kind enough to waive his fees, but we want to make sure we have enough money budgeted to have a class per month in 2020 to give free first aid and CPR classes for residents in Jermyn. Maybe 10-20 students per month for each month. He wanted to see how much interest there would be.

Zoning:Mr. Chase said he received several permit applications this week. Mr. Chase said he has had a couple of messages and one person interested in opening a trucking company on Bonnie Dr. and another message in regards to a fence. The only permit he has that he is still working on is at the Windsor. Mr. Chase said he received an application today for the sign for the gun shop. Mr. Markey asked about the shed on the corner of Franklin and Madison. We did not receive any correspondence back. Mr. Chase said that is ready to go to the magistrate, we sent certified letters. Mr. Markey said we need to proceed there since he is not cooperating. Mr. Markey said Mr. Chase tried to talk to him. Mr. Chase said he refused to do anything and since then, we sent letters twice with no correspondence.

Mr. Markey asked about Mr. Bomba. Mr. Chase said he has to talk to him, the weather hasn’t been cooperating. Mr. Chase said when the weather is cooperating we will find out when we can move it, he has been in contact with him. Mr. Chase said Mr. Celli filled out the paperwork. Mr. Chase received a call from the ATF and he is looking for some more information. He is looking to do different types of work there, that may require another permit. Mr. Markey asked Mr. Marino from NEIC if Floyd Celli applied for a building permit. He should have filled out his permits. He filled them out recently. Mr. Chase said he has been doing work for a long time.

Fire:Mr. Rood said other than the smoke detectors we talked about before, people asked for 3 or 4 smoke detectors, it’s not going to happen. We can’t do it for two reasons, he gets a total of 24 and 12 goes to the Artisan and 12 to the Crystal. They gave out 10-year ones too, 3 to each company. If you can afford to buy one, buy one. Save it for the people that can’t afford it. He will not give them to apartment buildings. There was a problem over across from Rapid Pallet. He was notified two days ago. Mr. Rood asked if they are out of there now? Mr. Chase said it looks like they are cleaning up. Mr. Rood said they had a big bon fire at 1AM. He spoke to Chief Arthur and he talked to his guys to watch it. They might be all gone by now. Mr. Rood said its been a couple of meetings now, if we ever found out the solution for the old DPW building. Mr. Rood said to put up a wall. He was supposed to put up a half wall. When you first walk in the front door, you turn to your left there is a closet there. The closet has the electrical and the controls to the siren. Right now, police chief has a key to the building incase we need to get in there. What the fire chief is stating is that, during the original agreement when we sold the building to the purchaser is that they would put up maybe an 8ft. wall when you go in just so that we would have access to the siren controls and only the siren controls and nothing else. That didn’t happen. Atty. asked if it’s a written agreement. Mr. Markey said there is a sale of agreement. Mr. Rood said he doesn’t know if that was the final agreement but it was brought up, it was a concern.

Mr. Chase said the Artisan had delivery of their new fire truck and the insurance information should be forwarded to us. Council congratulated the Artisan on the new truck.

Tax Collector:Collected 157 garbage fees for a total of $19,625.00; 163 tax bills $53,101.80. for the month of March. Mr. Markey said if she needs any supplies to order them through the Borough secretary.

Secretary Report:There were a few concerns about a resident regarding another resident, this will be addressed with zoning. The leaf vac. Grant was submitted, gym floor grant was submitted. Revised estimate for the Woodlands Sewer Grant was submitted to DCED, the grant will cover the camera work. One residents came in for a yard sale permit on Washington Ave. The last payment of the Bridge St. loan was paid. Shane from Wayco was provided with Tony’s number to contact him to schedule a time to meet up regarding the cracks in the roads that were paved. PennDOT Maintenance of roads is supposed to come out and check John Gasper’s curb. The delinquent garbage list is sent out to County Waste weekly. Recycling brochures are being sent out with the newsletter. We have to educate our residents twice a year on recycling to be in compliance with the submission of our leaf vac. Grant.

Solicitor:Atty. said we have four resolutions and ordinances that council asked to draft for today.

Resolution #12-18 Revenue Anticipation Loan to pay for the Ford 550 with plow and spreader in the amount of $81,296.00. We have to pay for the truck and get reimbursed by the grant.

A motion was made by Mr. Napoli and seconded by Mrs. Dougherty to allow the Borough of Jermyn to seek a revenue anticipation loan/note for $81,296.00 for the grant for the 2018 F-550. All in favor; motion carried.

Resolution #13-18 Transfer of funds within Borough Accounts. It was recommended by our auditor to transfer the funds of the sale of the DPW garage out of the general fund into the DPW Capital Reserve Account. A motion was made by Mrs. Dougherty and seconded by Mr. Napoli to transfer $28,718.63 from the General Fund into the DPW Capital Reserve Account. All in favor; motion carried. Mr. Napoli said we are doing this to make sure we ear note this money for something we want to use it for. Just so we know where that money exactly is from the sale of the DPW Building.

Resolution #15-18 Sale of Borough Property with a value of less or equal to $1,000. Permitting the Borough of Jermyn to sell tangible property with a value of $1,000 or less without the vote or approval of Borough Council. Mr. Markey said we have some used equipment with the DPW, some unused and its been sitting around old. As of right now, we have to have a vote of council to sell anything that we value over $50.00.  It’s a little tedious, go out to municibid and have to wait for a meeting and then have to wait for another meeting to approve the sale for something that is lesser value that’s why he asked for this resolution tonight. Mrs. Wilson asked if council be notified after the sale? Mr. Markey said yes. It will all be in the treasurer’s report. Mr. Napoli made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Stephens to adopt resolution #15-18 to allow the Borough council without vote of Borough Council to sell tangible property up to a value of $1,000 or less. All in favor; motion carried.

Ordinance #14-18 Registration of Businesses operating within Jermyn Borough. Atty. said this was initially proposed at the April 15, 2018 meeting. One of the concerns raised by one of the residents was to what businesses it would apply, at the request of council to further define business. Mrs. Stephens asked if this is for businesses that are already here or just new businesses? Atty. said that had been raised earlier and what we had decided to do was initial compliance for current businesses would be 60 days after the official adoption of the ordinance and then for on going no later than January 31. Atty. said the purpose of the ordinance as it was written relates to the collection of information to assist not only the tax collector, council, code enforcement, fire dept, police dept and would necessarily exclude the majority of businesses who have an LLC with a registered address at their home for example contractors that work offsite. That is a person who has a job, not a person that has a business in Jermyn. Mr. Chase said when it was brought up about the rental agreements it was only made $10.00 just so we know who the people are that own the apartments and was not supposed to be a money making thing and all of a sudden a year or two years later the fees get sky rocketed, when he asked why did the fees sky rocket the answer was, because they require more police presence and everybody else is doing it. Mr. Chase said that is the answer he got and he sees this as a stepping stone, its $25.00 now but somebody tries to have a business is trying to start a business its just another permit fee, another tax. Mr. Chase said he understands why it is needed but thinks there are other avenues for that. Mr. Rood said he is an Inc. so he would be included in that. Atty. said he would have to know more about his business. Mr. Rood said he does house plans, he has people come to his house once in a while. Atty. said the intent of the ordinance is where there is constant foot traffic. Borough council has the opportunity to determine what the initial fee is in the ordinance, Mr. Kulick had initially suggested $25.00 and that is what was put in the ordinance, it’s a draft ordinance.

Mr. Markey said the rental unit ordinance and what was adopted in 2002 at $10.00, from whenever until we hired a property maintenance code official, it was in the rental unit ordinance that the code official can and should inspect all rental units on a yearly basis. It was right around the same time that we hired a code enforcement officer. The increase of the fees coincided with the hiring of a code official and we had planned to the whole inspection thing. Mr. Chase said that wasn’t the excuse at the time. Mr. Markey said this is open for discussion if anyone has any comments or questions about it. Mr. Markey said we are only voting tonight whether to advertise it or not, we are not voting to pass it. Mr. DeMarco said do we need the fee? Can we just have the registration. You said the rental fee is going towards inspection, which makes sense that its explained that way. What is this fee going towards? Mr. Markey said this fee from his understanding goes towards the upkeep and maintenance of first of all the business registry. Mr. Rood said an administration fee. Mr. Markey said we are 1 square mile, we are not getting rich off of this ordinance. Mr. DeMarco said what if it doubles or triples. Mr. Markey said we have no bearing on what future councils would decide to do but we do not want to make this punitive and we understand and recognize that the businesses we do have in town are very good to the Borough and the residents of the Borough and different organizations, baseball and Shade Tree, Rec. committee, fire Co’s, police dept. This is not to be punitive but its basically an administration fee, we would take his information that we acquire from here and we would make sure with the fire Co’s, not just this tax collector and also Berkheimer who is our LST collector to make sure the taxes are being in collected in town as well and also with the police dept. Mrs. Stephens asked it has to be done every year? Mrs. Stephens said she doesn’t see that, if its an established business that has been here for years, having to register every year to me is just crazy, the fee every year. Mr. Markey said a lot of these businesses that do business in the town, have to secure licenses and permits and things like that from other places and we want to make sure they are up to code with that as well. Mr. Markey said so that is why we are asking it on a yearly basis, we want to make sure this is an on-going thing not just a one and done type of thing.

Mr. Markey said he isn’t saying necessarily that there is this type of business in town but if you’re an auto mechanic and you have a lift and you employee people. If you have customers who are in your shop, they shouldn’t be in the shop but if they are and one of these lifts fails or something like that, then we could possibly be liable. We want to make sure proper permits are secured and equipment is up to code and inspections are done. Mr. DeMarco said from a public standpoint, we are talking about a lot of fees. Last meeting a sewer fee was discussed. $25.00 and $40.00, it all adds up. Next meeting is going to be a sewer fee that is less than 10% or 5% of the Borough. Most of us aren’t even on the sewer system, it’s just one more fee and they all add up. He agrees with Mr. Chase, its additional revenue streams, not so much for you guys but the next council might increase fees. Mr. Markey said he understands that some of you may feel like you are getting nickel and dimed to death. Just from researching, other Borough in Lackawanna county, if you move to another Borough the chances are you are probably paying more money for more ordinances, different fee schedules. Jermyn doesn’t really have that much in a way of fee schedules. If you are going to have rental units here in town, yes. If you have a business that meets these qualifications, yes. Mr. Chase said there are a lot of other towns that don’t have any of those. Mr. Markey said that is true. And how are there roads? Mr. Chase they are actually pretty good. Mr. Rood said he went down to Old Forge/Moosic, Jermyn was like golden streets. Mr. DeMarco said Old Forge’s rental unit is $100.00. Mr. Rood said he understand the reason for the business registry ordinance. A motion was made by Mr. Napoli and seconded by Mrs. Dougherty to advertise Ordinance #14-18 The Business Permit Ordinance. 4-1 vote- motion carried.

Grant Committee:Mrs. Dougherty said the grant was submitted for the floor in the gym, we did receive a message back that the cart system and covering we wanted to purchase to lay over the floor if someone wanted to rent it or be used for an event other than a sport, is not eligible for that grant program so that was deducted from our budget amount. The floor is still good to go. The only thing we had to remove was the cart and covering system. We will look into alternatives for that and possibly look into either another grant or additional funding sources for that, minimal costs as far as the overall scheme of the grant. We also received a letter that Senator Blake sent to the DCED showing support of the grant for us. Mrs. Dougherty wants to thank Senator Blake’s office and Jeff Cavanaugh who was really great to work with throughout the process.

Shade Tree:Mrs. Wilson said the Lazy Duck Race will be held Memorial Day. Mrs. Wilson said she was called by Bruce Smallacombe that the centennial committee for the 150th anniversary will be meeting this Sunday at 7pm. He was hoping that the doors to the building would be unlocked for their meeting.

The Shade Tree Commission with approval of council, had 3 DPW employees attend the pruning and trimming of trees at the University of Scranton by Penn State Program. They attended and the fees were paid by Shade Tree. Mrs. Wilson asked if it was informative. Mayor said it was, we learned a lot. It was very informative and we did learn a lot and we are going to put our new-found education to use down on Old Mill Rd. at the Newcomb property because we had a tree fall over and he informed us that they are our trees, so we will take care of them. All that fighting back and forth and he said they were his trees and he was going to take a heart attack if we cut them. One fell over and the Chief went down to take care of it and told him to cut it and all of a sudden it became our tree, we are going to take care of them. The Shade tree had also paid for your outfits, suits and some materials and equipment out of the Borough Shade Tree account. The Shade Tree will also be putting finishing touches on the garden for pollination of butterflies and bees over at Mellow Ct., it is all cleaned up and we will add more mulch to that.

The Shade tree commented on how wonderful the landscape looks over there with all the volunteers and everything. Mr. Markey said Mrs. Wilson helped out too and thanked her.

Mrs. Wilson said we will be doing the main St. trees in the greenway, we have to get good weather, it was scheduled to start the beginning of April. We will get rid of all the weeds and backfill with mulch. That will be done hopefully before Memorial Day.

The Events Committee has applied and wants to thank Council for allowing us to apply for the culture Arts $500.00 grant.

Memorial Day- Shade Tree was contacted, American Legion and they are all fine with the ribbon cutting on Memorial Day with the council, legion and the Shade Tree, cutting the ribbon at the Windsor and then progressing down to the start of parade at the convenient.

The Shade Tree is respectfully requesting approval for the following annual spring activities scheduled as follows: Jermyn Arbor Day Monday April 23 at 6Pm at the Crystal Fire Co. The Jermyn/Mayfield girl scouts have accepted the invitation to plant the tree in celebration of National Arbor Day. The Arbor day tree will be planted at the Crystal Fire Co., following will be held a pizza party at the fire company dept. All participants and guests are asked to come. We would appreciate the council membership and Mayor Fuga to proclaim April 23 Jermyn Arbor Day and execute the following forthcoming proclamation at the council meeting. The Mayor Council Membership are cordially invited to attend the ceremony and social afterwards. Mrs. Wilson said this tree is going to be planted in Honor of the Deceased Members of the Crystal Fire Company. It will be placed at the corner of Madison and Bacon.

Jermyn Clean Up Month – April 23 to May 25. This includes National Earth Day, April 22,2018 and Arbor Day the 27th. Earth Day and Arbor Day pertain to the importance of recycling, clean air and clean environment. Jermyn clean up month would involve all organization and residents to clean up in front of their homes and businesses of the winters dirt and debris. The Shade Tree will advertise and place flyers announcing Jermyn Clean Up Month. The date for cleanup for rt 107 & Washington Ave, Scout Corner will be Saturday  May 12, 2018 tentative with times to be announced. Shade Tree will travel to Lakeland School District 4th grade classrooms to instruct and share with the students these important dates and environmental activities, they will distribute booklets, recycling sheets and plants to the students in Scott and Mayfield

Jermyn Town wide Yard sale June 2-3 rain date June 9-10 – Jermyn Shade Tree Commission will sponsor in partnership with Jermyn Borough Council – first weekend of June. The yard sale continues the celebration of Earth and Arbor Day by focusing on recycling. Hours of sale Saturday 8am-6pm Sunday 11am-6pm. The Jermyn Shade Tree will post flyers and letters to the churches, fire companies and other organizations for their participation in their own way and notice of this activity. All yard sale items must be on the property of the owner and not interfere with pedestrian or traffic flow.

Mrs. Wilson said by this notice and its approval, we are hereby asking that the Jermyn Police, Fire and DPW departments be notified of the above town activities and approved for their future assistance if the need occurs.

Mr. Markey said just for clarification, the town wide yard sale; the residents do still need to obtain a permit and it is free. Mrs. Wilson said she has to disagree. Mr. Markey said you are sponsoring it which means your picking up the advertising costs. Mrs. Wilson said it was asked previously to this. Mr. Markey said it was never voted on. Mrs. Wilson said why would you have a town wide yard sale and have them do permits. Mr. Markey said for the reason you just said that you are going to request police. Mr. Markey said there was no vote. Mrs. Wilson said it was discussed. Mr. Markey said we said that night do the people still need a permit and you said yes they do. Mrs. Wilson said that was never brought up. Mr. Napoli said you just said it was brought up. Mrs. Wilson said we said we needed the permits when an individual on a specific place on their property, yes they need a permit. Mr. Markey said its free let them get it, they can get it off of the Borough website and mail it in. Mrs. Wilson said its just paper and she disagrees because we are sponsoring it so we do not have all these yard sales all year. We are sponsoring it for people to come into town. Mr. Markey said it should count towards one of their yard sales for the year. Mr. DeMarco asked if there is a maximum we are allowed to have? Mr. Markey said you can have 2 per year. Mrs. Wilson said she disagrees. Mrs. Wilson said if she knew the people of Jermyn would have this yard sale town wide counted as one of their yard sales, Shade Tree could have brought it up but she would have never presented it. It’s not fair. Mr. Markey said it is going to be in the newsletter that they are going to need a permit so if you want to go ahead and tell everyone differently, he will leave it up for the rest of the council. Mr. Napoli said he will meet halfway, it shouldn’t be counted against them but they should still get a permit. Mrs. Dougherty made a motion that it does not count against 1 of their 2 permitted yard sales per year and permits are required, seconded by Mrs. Stephens to allow the town wide yard sale on June 2-3 rain date June 9-10 with a permit required however it does not count against their two yard sales per year. Mr. Markey asked are there set times. Mr. Napoli said he thought last year we said we weren’t going to do that. Mrs. Wilson said she will just take it out when its advertised. Mr. Napoli said its usually sun up to sundown. All in favor; motion carried.

A motion was made by Mr. Napoli and seconded by Mrs. Dougherty to have Jermyn clean up month from April 23, 2018 to May 25, 2018. All in favor; motion carried

A motion was made by Mr. Napoli and seconded by Mrs. Dougherty to allow Shade Tree Commission Arbor Day Ceremony at the Crystal Fire Co. Monday April 23, 2018 at 6PM in memory of the deceased fire fighters. All in favor; motion carried.

Safety:Mr. Napoli said the radio in the police car went down about a week in a half ago and it will be getting replaced, when the bill comes it will be about $1,000 and it is in the budget.

Engineer:Mr. Markey asked Tony Grizzanti if he has heard from the USDA. Mr. Grizzanti said no he thought he was supposed to come and meet with you guys. Mr. Markey said we were just wondering because he did tell us the same thing and he never contacted us. Mr. Markey said the question came up last meeting, when this sewer line was done that was just camera on Garfield, when that sewer line was put in, who is responsible for Borough oversight at that project? Mr. Grizzanti said there was no one that was there so he isn’t sure who would be responsible. Mr. Markey asked if KBA was asked to go over? Mr. Grizzanti said no.

Finance:Mr. Markey read a letter from Mr. Kulick-Finance Chairman- Finance group met with Joe Garvey from Barbetti to review the audits from 2017, the results of the audit are excellent with things in order and well accounted for. There is a suggestion by Mr. Garvey with capital accounts and he will do some preliminary work at no charge to the Borough and he will report that at a later date. Another suggestion was to remove the funds from the DPW sale from the General Fund to the DPW Capital Reserve. Finance will present a detailed report at the July meeting covering the 6 months of the year and will begin the budget process for 2019 in August. If anyone has any questions and would like to see a copy of the municipal audit and financial report that we report to the DCED, it will be available for inspection in the Borough office.

DPW:Mr. Markey said we are still waiting to hear back from the USDA to schedule a visit to the jobsite regarding the DPW garage. We already made a resolution tonight for a revenue anticipation note to borrow to pay upfront for the 2018 F-550, which we will get reimbursed by the grant. That brings up our next item of business here. The 2002 F-550, which we are replacing with the 2018, we want to look to sell that as well. The Mayor did some research and is figuring a value right now for that vehicle, we are selling it with plow and spreader. We are going to value it between $10,000 – $12,000. Mr. Markey said we can’t have an in between. A motion was made by Mrs. Stephens and seconded by Mrs. Wilson to allow the sale of the 2002 F-550 with plow and spreader valued at $12,000. All in favor; motion carried.

Chicken Ordinance:Mr. Markey asked if the ordinance committee could look into the chicken idea that was brought up tonight. Mr. Markey suggested to come up with pros and cons and if the pros outweigh the cons we will get with the solicitor to draft a sample ordinance. Mr. Chase said since it is a zoning issue can you run it by zoning. Mr. Chase suggested that we talk to Mayfield because they do have a good set of ordinances that dictate what you can and can not have in size and such. Mr. Chase said he’s enforced people having chickens and there were problems and it was bad. As long as its done properly, it can work; he is not opposed to it. Mr. Markey asked the ordinance committee to get with the zoning officer as well and discuss the pros and cons and if the pros outweigh the cons and if its feasible for Jermyn to do it.

Wayco Roads:Shane from Wayco was given Tony Fuga’s number to coordinate a time to meet with him regarding the cracks in the roads. He did not make contact yet.

Vonage/Adams:Mrs. Wilson said we have a committee meeting of the DPW and the grant committee the 2nd Thursday of the month and since she has brought it up and, on those committees, she asked Adams to send a representative down to those committee meetings on May 10 at 6:30 to discuss what we can do. Mr. Markey said we can table that until after the committee meets with Adams. Mrs. Wilson said she doesn’t want to change anything that is already with Adams. Mr. Rood said in the agreement with Adams from day one, the fire companies always got free tv. We didn’t have to pay for tv. Then Mr. Rood asked as fire chief because of having to send out reports, we were with Adams for so many years, if they would include the internet with it. They did, they put internet and now they charge us for tv now. Give us free tv because he can get the internet for free from skypack. It is costing us more and the budget that we are on, let us go back to the original way. Mr. Rood asked if they would consider putting it in their package as a gift for Jermyn Borough as Adams being their supplier. Mr. Rood said the only thing the Borough pays at the Crystal’s is the phone, there always was that because of the way the county had the system set up for reports. Now each company makes their own report, that’s why he asked last time when Adams came about that they put the internet in each fire co. as goodwill a long with the tv. They put the internet and then took the tv out. He can get the internet for free from skypack. Mrs. Dougherty said the internet is written into the franchise agreement at no cost. Mr. Rood said but the tv was at no cost before so now they wrote the internet in and charge us for tv. Mrs. Dougherty said the most recent agreement was signed 2-3 years ago maybe a little longer. She asked for the franchise agreement, it stipulates that there will be no charge for the internet and it does include the fire co. in there. Mr. Rood said before we were getting cable. Mrs. Dougherty asked before the agreement? Mr. Rood said yes. He suggested they give us the tv back for free. Mrs. Dougherty said well unfortunately someone signed a 20 year agreement, that would the solicitor’s questioning. Mr. Markey said that date is fine and have them show up to the committee meeting, he said he has asked the solicitor to do some research in the meantime about Mrs. Dougherty’s franchise fee idea. That is why she requested a copy of the franchise agreement. Mr. Markey said we can possibly see if we can find a way out of the agreement.

New Business:Mr. Markey said this is new business but its actually old business. We got a grant for $50,000 to pave the parking lot. According to KBA when they did the estimate for the grant and he thinks they did this to help us secure more grant funding, the estimate came in at $106,000. We do have to have this done by June 2019. Right now, we already know the solicitor did his homework and we can take revenue anticipation notes for things like these. We have to know what we are looking at first. Mr. Markey said he thinks it’s a good time to put it out for bid. Mr. DeMarco said you are going to pave the parking lot before you put the building up. Mr. Markey said no we want to put the building up before we pave the parking lot. Mr. Markey said we should at least put it out for bid. A lot of the building is going to be taken up with the greenspace anyway. Mr. DeMarco said but the trucks are going to run over a brand new lot. Good luck getting a bid now and someone is going to hold it to you for another year for a paving project. Mr. Markey asked if they hold? Mr. DeMarco said no because the index changes. You get a bid now and they won’t hold it to you for a year. Mr. Markey said we have to table that because we want to do the building before we pave the parking lot. He didn’t realize how long the bid would hold.

Mr. Rood said he has a comment that has to do with revenue, he saw in the paper that the county is going to want to put a $5.00 tax on us for licenses. Council said it got defeated yesterday. It was a vehicle registration fee.

Mrs. Stephens asked if we heard anything back from the County. Mr. Napoli said about getting our meeting about the project. No one has heard anything. Mr. Napoli said Gary is the one that said the reason it is being held up is because we don’t have easements.

A motion was made by Mr. Napoli to adjourn the meeting at 9:50pm, seconded by Mrs. Wilson

All in favor; motion carried.