WOMELSDORF BOROUGH COUNCIL WORKSHOP MEETING
Held at 101 W. High Street on
October 16, 2012
Council President Vince Balistrieri called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
Council Members: Carl Liptak, Connie Keller-Sheffy, Vickie Madden, Kyle Hamilton, Jack Hays, Wynn Herbine and Vince Balistrieri, Chief Reber, and Acting Secretary – Nan Feeg.
Mayor Jennifer Gettle
Reading Eagle Reporter Chris Reber
Motion moved by Mr. Herbine, seconded by Mrs. Madden to approve the list of bills to be paid as presented in the amount of $26,855.86. Discussion followed regarding the refunds due rental property owners who paid both the rental license and inspection fee instead of just the license fee due to confusion caused by the paperwork Motley Associates included with the information sent to them. Bill # 21, Rhode Enterprises for a maintenance contract in the amount of 10 hours of prepaid computer service for the police department was also discussed including how he tracks his hours. Chief Reber explained that as of October 15, all evidence to the state crime lab must be submitted through J-net, which is not yet connected to our police computer. Chief Reber is pursuing this because he has been working on this for over a year and is still having problems. Council agreed to pre-pay rather than pay as you go. Motion carried unanimously.
A list of communications was given to Council Members, none requiring action.
Aqua-Docs Bill - Mr. Liptak explained the Aqua-Docs bill because it is $2850 more than what was approved due to necessary repairs that were discovered including repairing and filling in two old cracks that had previously been repaired as well as a crack in the deep well between the two drains, which is a point that should not move because then the drain pipes will move and cause cracks and fractures in them and more problems down the road. They also repaired the expansion joints that needed to be repaired and discovered there is erosion occurring under the pool, which is something that will need to be addressed in the future. Mr. Liptak feels Aqua-Docs did an excellent job on the repairs they did and saved the borough about $6,000 by coming out and looking at it with their expertise. Aqua-Docs provided a quote to acid and pressure wash and paint the pool with the existing colors at a cost of $4786. Discussion followed because the bill just to paint the pool two years ago was $3795, which does not include the prepping done by our guys or the paint. Council agreed to get two other quotes, to fill the pool for the winter so it can be checked for other leaks and then paint it in the spring. According to Mr. Liptak, Aqua-Docs stated that it will not hurt the repairs they made waiting until spring to paint the pool.
YMCA-Pool – Council reviewed the proposal by the “Y” to manage the pool next summer and had some concerns including what in-service for July 4 means and the number of lifeguards required. Mr. Balistrieri explained the quote went up $3000 to a maximum of $53,000 due to adding cleaning the pool three times a week. Mr. Hamilton would like the Borough to draw up the contract to present to them. According to the pool committee, they discussed with the “Y” that season tickets could be purchased at the pool and the handling of the daily deposits. Splash Parties would be our DJ at our cost and swim lessons would be run by them in the morning. We would carry property insurance and they would carry liability insurance. It would be their call for closing the pool for weather and they will have one borough contact. They have a policy for swimming in the deep end, which is testing every day, so our pool rules need to be changed and they will govern our rules. Council discussed changing the pool hours to 12-8 every day except for Friday, which will be 12-9 other than when school is in session, as well as keeping the membership fee the same and changing the walk-in rate to a flat $8.00 per person per day, but no decisions were made. Discussion followed on the budget, what it cost us to run the pool and the pros and cons of the “Y” running the pool as well as expenses/repairs for next year. Mr. Hays suggested the pool committee list the figures for the next Council Meeting showing who is responsible for what so Council can compare the figures. For additional money, the “Y” can also run the Snack Bar and also the Swim Team. Mr. Hamilton will contact Mr. Mumma regarding his intentions on running the Snack Bar again next year so the “Y” can provide those figures to run the Snack Bar if Mr. Mumma is not interested. Council has some questions they need to ask the “Y” so the “Y” will be asked to attend the November 7 Council Meeting. After a lengthy discussion, Council agreed the figure of $60,000 should be used for pool labor for next year’s budget in addition to the other operating expenses and to make the decision regarding the “Y” after meeting with them on November 7.
Cat Problem – Mrs. Keller-Sheffy has a neighbor’s unwanted cat and her kittens under her shed and after contacting the Animal Rescue League she found out they will only take them, not catch them, so she requested help/advice on trapping them. Discussion followed.
Nothing to report.
Maintenance – Mr. Hays stated there are some maintenance issues he needs to discuss with Carl.
Budget – Mr. Herbine reminded Council that the Finance Committee will be working on next year’s budget on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 starting at 9 A.M.
Handicap Ramps – Mr. Herbine announced that the only street projects he wants to do next year are the twelve handicap ramps on High Street from Fourth to Sixth Street and the money will come out of Liquid Fuels.
Street Lights – Mr. Herbine informed Council that he would like to negotiate with the electric company to get new street lights on High Street because the other streets were replaced about ten years ago and the ones on High Street were put in in 1980. According to Mr. Herbine, if the lights are thirty years old, the electric company will put new ones in for nothing. Discussion followed on checking with PPL about replacing them with LED lights to save costs and the street lights on William Penn Blvd. in Marion Township. Council instructed Mr. Herbine to talk to Met-Ed about billing Marion Township for those nine street lights because they are not in our borough.
Elementary School – Mr. Balistrieri informed Council that Mr. Motley has a meeting with the school on Thursday. He reminded Council that the tour of the renovated elementary school with Principal Jen Hassler is scheduled for 6:15 P.M. on Wednesday. Council agreed that since representatives from the school attended October’s Council Meeting and Mr. Motley is meeting with them on Thursday, there is no reason for them to speak at the October 17 School Board Meeting. Mrs. Balistrieri is to notify the school and remove Borough Council from the agenda.
250th Anniversary – Council agreed the parade was a success. The Mayor has the gifts from the Germans (including a slate clock and coat of arms) and will bring them to the next meeting. Discussion followed on hanging a collage of pictures from the parade in the Borough Hall.
Police Budget – Mrs. Madden, in the absence of the Mayor, presented three proposals for next year’s budget from the Police Department including raises, having full time officers and offering benefits. Discussion included maintaining our part-time officers and a full-time officer opting out of benefits because you still have to budget for the benefits due to the ability for the officer to have them is there as well as civil service, comparing police wages, police turnover rates, full-time police officers and police contracts. Council questioned if part-timers can buy into the Borough’s insurance. Discussion followed on benefits and employees paying a percentage of their health insurance, raises and if the Borough can afford them as well as ideas on where to get the extra revenue, including raising taxes. The Finance Committee agreed to look into the various proposals and Council agreed that if the Finance Committee cannot complete the budget on Wednesday, there will be a special budget meeting advertised for Monday, October 22, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
Street Sweeping – Council received compliments from several residents about starting street sweeping on posted streets at 9:00 A.M. rather than 7:00 A.M.
With no other business to be brought before Council, motion was moved by Mr. Herbine, seconded by Mr. Hays to adjourn the meeting at 9:44 P.M. Motion carried unanimously.
Minutes Respectfully Submitted,