Jermyn Borough Council met on Thursday, June 9, 2011. On roll call the following members were present: J.Smith, M.Collins, K.Hosie, A.J.Fuga and B.Parks. Mayor Smallacombe and Attorney Nicholls. W.Shermanski and J. Mark were absent.
MINUTES – Mayor Smallacombe asked for a correction in the May12, 2011 minutes, he explained he said he would paint the crosswalk if A.J.Fuga and J.Mark could not get the issue resolved. A motion was made by A.J.Fuga, seconded by J.Smith (with above correction) to adopt the minutes of May 12, 2011. All members were in favor.
FINANCIAL REPORT – K.Hosie reported a beginning balance of $183,531.45
Expenses – $44,403.06
Ending Balance – $278,963.64
A motion was made by J.Smith , seconded by A.J.Fuga to accept the financial report as presented. All members were in favor.
MAYOR– The mayor reported the Variety show was a success and thanked everyone who participated. All committee will receive $1300.00. The Events committee is planning the summer concert. Thanked police, fire police and the fire companies for the Mark Coons funeral. August 20 will be the Historical Society’s bus trip, touring the capitol, civil war museum and state museum. Thanked Joe Smith for starting the roads committee.
ATTORNEY NICHOLLS – Attorney Nicholls received the deed for the Deluchy property and the 2010 taxes were voided. The next step will be demolition.
FIRE CHIEF – R.Rood said he was at a water company meeting and was informed the Borough cannot touch the hydrants, no painting. The water company will take care of all maintenance. Mr Rood again addressed the hydrant at the Housing Authority, he asked the mayor not to get the Borough involved in the problem. He said there is a potential disaster that could happen there. Attorney Nicholls said he will write a letter to the Authority’s attorney. Thanked Jermyn and Mayfield fire police for their assistance at the Memorial Day parade. He asked that next year the cars be parked on the grass in case of an emergency. Mr Rood asked Attorney Nicholls if he has looked into a guideline for selecting fireman.
PAVE CUTS –A motion was made by J.Smith seconded by A.J.Fuga to wave the pave cut fees for PAWC as they will be installing new water lines on Hudson, Elm and Cemetery. All members were in favor.
Fire Chief Rood asked if the fire company can use the Deluchy property for training. Attorney Nicholls said he does not want anyone in there. Chief Rood asked what if the borough engineer said it was o.k.. Attorney Nicholls said that would be fine.
PUBLIC INPUT– Mr. D.Stephens said a tree in the alley fell into his yard and asked if the Borough will take care of it? B.Parks said he will look at it.
FINANCE– A motion was made to pay invoices in the amount of $4916.70 seconded by B.Parks . All members were in favor.
K.Hosie reported pieces of timber from the viaduct on Delaware Street are falling. Attorney Nicholls said he will contact the Rail Authority.
PUBLIC WORKS– B.Parks notified council that the chipper needs repairs. He obtained a price to repair the heads at $1550.00 or a new motor at $2255.00.A motion was made by B.Parks to replace the motor at a cost of $2255.00, seconded by A.J.Fuga. All members were in favor. Mr. Parks said he has received three prices for the electrical work at the garage Joyce- $2440.00,G.J. $2680.00, Petch $5995.00. A motion was made by B.Parks seconded by J.Smith to award Joyce in the amount of $2440.00 to do the electric work at the garage. All members were in favor. Mr. Parks said he received three quotes for the demolition of the Deluchy property.
Rockbottom – $7450.00- clean fill
Ceminaro – $6700.00 – does not specify clean fill
Shea – $6800.00 –foundation part of fill
A motion was made by B.Parks seconded by J.Smith to award the demolition to Ceminaro subject to the using of clean fill in the amount of $6700.00. All members were in favor.
Mr. Parks presented council with a price for a F350 truck:
Diesel – $43,863.65
Gas – $37,532.90
He said we can lease the whole amount, the annual payment for the gas would be $8606.69, the diesel $10042.14 for five years. A. J. Fuga said the gas would be more efficient and can be used for plowing. The 94 dump would be sold.
A motion was made to purchase the F350 truck in the amount of $37,532.90 by B.Parks seconded by A.J.Fuga contingent upon Attorney Nicholls review. All members were in favor.
K.Hosie asked that the time clock representative be present at the work session.
REFUSE COLLECTION –A motion was made by B.Parks seconded by M.collins to have Attorney Nicholls send a letter to Waste Management concerning the missed homes, poor service. All members were in favor.
Mr.Parks reported that the problem with the driveway on Madison avenue was taken care of.
He also said that there is a problem with the UCC inspectors, they need to spend at least a few hours a week at the borough building. Attorney Nicholls said when the contract is up we can make changes or engage another company.
PUBLIC SAFETY –A.J.Fuga said there is a problem with parking on Mellow Court during baseball games, they are parking in yards. He asked for no parking signs and will get the information to Attorney Nicholls for an ordinance.
RECREATION – M.Collins said the recreation committee has not been meeting. They hope to meet next week to discuss an upgrade on the basketball lighting. They would like to have a free throw contest before the concert in the park.
SENATOR BLAKE – The secretary informed council that Senator Blakes’ office would like a picture from Jermyn for his office. Council said to have them contact Mr. Avery.
J.Smith informed council there was an employee meeting on May 25 and the discussions were good. He also said they had the roads committee meeting on June 6, there was a good exchange of ideas and it was very fruitful. The next meeting will be July 11 at 6:00.
Council went into executive session, council reconvened from executive session.
A motion was made to adjourn by A.J.Fuga seconded by B.Parks. All members were in favor.