WOMELSDORF BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING
Held at 101 W. High Street on
September 4, 2012
This meeting was called to order by Council President Vince Balistrieri at 7:00PM, beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council Members-Carl Liptak, Connie Keller-Sheffy (7:06), Vickie Madden, Kyle Hamilton, Jack Hays, Wynn Herbine and Vince Balistrieri. Mayor-Jen Gettle, Solicitor-Allen Shollenberger, Esq., Engineer-Jamie Motley, and Secretary-Mickey Balistrieri
Roy Del Rosario, Michael Wagner-Reading Eagle
Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hamilton to accept the August 8, 2012 Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mrs. Madden to accept the August 21, 2012 Workshop Meeting Minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to accept the list of bills to be paid. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mrs. Madden to pay payroll between meetings. Motion carried unanimously.
A list of communications was given to Council, none requiring action.
EMPLOYEES/BOARD MEMEBRS/AUTHORITIES & COMMISSIONS-None present
CITIZENS TO BE HEARD
Western Berks Ambulance Association-Roy Del Rosario, Operations Manager: Mr. Del Rosario
provided informational material to Council regarding the statistics on EMS calls generated in the Borough and offered to answer any questions that Council may have. Mr. Balistrieri reported that Newmanstown Ambulance is the Borough’s first responder. Mr. Del Rosario would like Council to sign Promissory Notes to purchase radios for Western Berks Ambulance Association. Council will contact Mr. Del Rosario after they learn what Newmanstown’s needs are.
System User Agreement-Solicitor Shollenberger reviewed the System User Agreements for the
Fire Department and Police Department radios and questions whether the Borough should be listed as the End User rather than the Police Department. More information will be obtained by Solicitor Shollenberger and this subject along with the Promissory Notes will be revisited at the Workshop Meeting.
The annual cost for the radios for the Fire & Police Departments would be $12,937.08 per year for seven (7) years.
2012 Street Work-Mr. Motley reported that the High Street Project is completed; invoices are needed to close out the projects with Charlie Paris.
C.W. West Project-Discussion on the appearance of the school. Mr. Motley reported that he is addressing the storm water problems from the school property.
250TH Anniversary-Mayor Gettle showed the anniversary bags that the Borough purchased for the German visitors. RSVP’s need to be in for the Anniversary Ball to be held on
December 1st. Tickets are $35.00 each or $60.00 per couple. The event is business casual.
Electronic Recycling-will be held with the Fall Clean Up September 13th – 15th.
Newsletters-The boy scouts will be delivering the newsletter tomorrow evening.
Music & Car Show-Mrs. Keller-Sheffy reported that the Car Show is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th. Mrs. Keller-Sheffy read from minutes that the band is to be paid from Rec Board funds, for this year, but that the Board would not be providing food.
Personnel-Mrs. Madden reported that an executive session will be needed at the end of the meeting. Mrs. Madden had concerns that she was never contacted to purchase items for the pool.
Fire Co. Pool Party-Mr. Hamilton reported that the Fireman’s pool party went well; despite the cool evening that night.
Motion by Mrs. Keller-Sheffy, second by Mr. Liptak to authorize the Fire Company to move the antique pumper from storage to the engine house to spruce it up for the parade. Motion carried unanimously.
Web Site Update-Mr. Hamilton updated the web site to include the recycling & cleanup projects.
Part time Patrolmen: Motion by Mr. Hamilton, second by Mr. Liptak to hire Nicholas Calabria and James Miller as Part-time Police Officers at $13.55 per hour. Motion carried unanimously.
Clean Up Week-Mr. Hays reported that Quality Disposal will be supplying the 30 cubic yard dumpsters for cleanup week. Kreiser Sanitation does not have 30 cubic yard dumpsters; they would have to go to a third party at a cost of $260.00 per pull. Quality will charge $175.00 per pull.
Line Painting-Mr. Hays reported that lines were painted on the following streets: High, Jefferson, and Winding Way. South Heidelberg did the work; we will be receiving an invoice for about 2 man hours of labor and glass beads.
Snow plow-Mr. Hays reported that last year we purchased a new snow plow and that we still need to get rid of the old plow. South Heidelberg is having an auction that several municipalities are participating in. The auctioneer will be advertising, our cost would be 10% of whatever the plow sells for. Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Liptak to participate in South Heidelberg’s auction pending the solicitor’s review. Motion carried unanimously.
Recycling Grant-Mr. Herbine received confirmation that his recycling grant application has been received.
Fall Clean Up-Reminder that cleanup is Sept. 13, 14, and 15. Paper Shredding is at the bank in Robesonia on the 15th, which we have paid to be a part of.
C W WEST-Mr. Balistrieri reported that the C. W. School Board will be holding their October 17, 2012 Board Meeting at the West Elementary School and will be providing tours of the new facility.
Captain David E. Pennypacker MIA/POW Memorial Highway-Mr. Balistrieri reported that Mr. Hays, Mr. Liptak and himself attended the dedication.
Stop Sign Ordinance-Discussion on stop signs including information that was provided to Mr. Hays from PSAB. Solicitor Shollenberger recommended a comprehensive study. After further discussion, Mr. Balistrieri asked Mayor Gettle to work on this with Chief Reber and bring a recommendation back to Council.
2013 MMO’s-Motion by Mrs. Madden, second by Mr. Herbine to accept the certification of the
2013 Minimum Municipal Obligation as presented: Non-Uniform Pension Plan $69,769.00 and
Police Pension Plan - $0.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mrs. Keller-Sheffy, second by Mr. Liptak to authorize payment of $1,200.00 from the Recreation Account to Dick Weatherholz (Flaming Dick & the Hotrods) band for the concert in the park on September 9, 2012. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mrs. Keller-Sheffy, second by Mr. Liptak to void the check for $77.75 from the 250th Anniversary Committee for the 25 bags that they ordered; and donate the bags to the committee.
Motion carried unanimously.
WRJA-Mrs. Madden did not attend the Water Authority meeting, so Council did not know what decision was made as to the hydrant fee for 2013. Mr. Balistrieri reported that their audits have been delivered to the borough office.
Council went into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters at 8:55PM. Council returned from Executive Session at 9:16PM with no action to be taken.
Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mrs. Madden to adjourn the meeting. With no further business before Council, this meeting adjourned at 9:17PM.
Mickey Balistrieri, Secretary