WOMELSDORF BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING
Held at 101 W. High Street on
August 8, 2012
This meeting was called to order at 7:00PM by Council President Vince Balistrieri beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council Members-Carl Liptak, Connie Keller-Sheffy (7:10), Kyle Hamilton, Jack Hays, Wynn Herbine, and Vince Balistrieri; Solicitor-Allen Shollenberger, Engineer-Jamie Motley, Mayor-Jen Gettle, Police Chief-John Reber, and Secretary-Mickey Balistrieri
George Saltzman and John Edmunds
Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Hays to accept the July 17, 2012 Workshop Meeting minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Liptak to accept the list of bills to be paid; deducting
$1,316.00 from the Motley Associates invoice for C. W. School Project inspections, bringing the
total amount of bills to be paid to $50,652.126. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to accept the one bill to be ratified. Motion carried
Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hays to pay payroll between meetings. Motion carried unanimously.
COMMUNICATIONS-A list of communications was given to Council Members, none requiring action.
EMPLOYEES/BOARD MEMBERS/AUTHORITES & COMMISSIONS-None Present
CITIZENS TO BE HEARD
Mr. George Saltzman-Reported to Council that he just signed an agreement to purchase the
old Masonic Lodge; and hopes to restore it to its original state. He is interested in having it
listed in the National Historic Registry. Mr. Saltzman reported that he will be using the first floor for offices for his financial advisory business. Council congratulated Mr. Saltzman and welcomed him to the community. Discussion about the building, hiring an architect and obtaining a Use & Occupancy Permit. At this time, settlement is schedule for September 10th.
Tax Exemption for Park Place Property- Solicitor Shollenberger prepared the paperwork for obtaining tax exemption status on the Borough’s property at Park Place Circle. Mr. Balistrieri signed the necessary paperwork.
System User Agreement-The County is working on a new agreement, the information will be available soon.
Ordinance: MS4 Steering Committee & Intergovernmental Agreement-Solicitor Shollenberger reviewed the ordinance and agreement, it was advertised for adoption. Mr. Motley explained the
benefits of being a part of the group. Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hamilton to adopt
Ordinance #2012-03 to participate in the Berks County MS4 Steering Committee for the purpose of meeting the educational requirements of the 2013-2018 MS4 NPDES Permit and other services as may from time to time be deemed necessary, in order to ensure that proper application/annual reports to the PA DEP are accomplished for renewal of MS4 permits required of the municipality. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hamilton to adopt Exhibit A, the Intergovernmental Agreement. Motion carried unanimously.
2012 Street Work- High Street is scheduled for prep work on Monday, and the paving will take place on Tuesday. That will close out the street work for this year.
Library Boiler-Mr. Motley reported that he filed a request for an extension. They do not meet until the 23rd of August. Discussion on the repairs to be made; electrical, back flow preventer,
clean up, painting, etc.
Elementary School-Mr. Herbine questioned the flooding of Rt. 419 and mud. Mr. Motley reported that he cleaned the drain out which was clogged with corn husks & debris. At final completion the drainage will be addressed.
Mill Spring Restroom-Mr. Motley reported that the accessibility items were to be handled by the Borough; it was not a part of the contract. Signage is still missing from the building.
National Night Out-Chief Reber reported that it was a successful “Night Out”, we had a good turn out and everyone he talked to said that they had a good time.
250th Anniversary bag- Mayor Gettle showed the bag design to Council. They will be ordered and delivered by the end of August. An additional 25 bags were ordered at the request of the committee, which they are willing to purchase.
Pool-Mr. Liptak reported he spoke with the Pool Manager about the over time. Concerns with
scheduling when the students go back to school. The policy of “Employees Only” in the office is being enforced.
Web Site-Mr. Liptak reported that he likes the new contents of the web site.
250th Anniversary-Mr. Liptak questioned firework sponsorship. Mayor Gettle reported that there were a lot of donations with the cans, and she thinks the committee has the funds needed for that.
Old Fashioned Picnic-Mrs. Keller-Sheffy reported that it was a good time.
Security Cameras-The DVR is back in business. We are back to using a mouse. An exhaust fan was installed in the Mill Spring restroom. Mr. Hamilton is checking on the alarm system.
Maintenance-The leaf picker was taken to the machine shop, the impeller is wearing down. There is a large clean-up/repair project to be done at the Sewer Plant. 300,000 gallon pumps have to be drained, cleaned and repaired. Mr. Hays is concerned with manpower shortage.
Mr. Balistrieri will discuss this with the Sewer Authority, if they would like to keep Rick on longer for this project. Discussion on the light at the police garage.
Summer Maint. Help-Mr. Herbine reported that at the last meeting he was going to stop the summer help due to the budget. With using the budget that was set for pool dumpster service, which is now a part of the trash removal service, we should be able to keep Rick on almost until the end of August.
Road Work-Mr. Herbine reported that he took a notice to all of the residents along West High Street from Fourth Street to Sixth Street, that all vehicles must be removed from W. High Street
for the paving project beginning August 13th. Everyone has been notified.
Traffic Light-On July 27th a storm hit the traffic light box. Mr. Herbine called C.M. High and had the traffic light back in operation by 8:45AM. The lightening ruined two things in the box; one costs about $400.00 to replace, the other costs over $1,000 to be replaced and can be repaired for
about $800.00. Mr. Balistrieri suggested that we check with the insurance company to see if it’s covered.
250TH Anniversary Parade requests-The Committee would like to have North Front Street closed
for the October Parade from High Street to Mulberry Alley. They would also like to use the
bleachers from the soccer field for the dignitaries to sit on to view the parade. Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Hays to grant the N. Front Street closure and soccer bleacher usage as
requested. Motion carried unanimously.
Zoning Hearing: A Zoning Hearing will be held on Thursday, August 9th at 6:30PM for the waiver/variance application for an above ground swimming pool, at the property located at 107 S. Fifth Street (corner of 5th & Washington Streets).
Stop Sign Amended Ordinance: Council members were given a proposed list of stop sign intersections to review for future adoption of an amendment to the ordinance.
Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to adjourn the meeting. With no further business before Council, this meeting adjourned at 8:30PM.