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Minutes: Jan 3 2012

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Jan 3 2012

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WOMELSDORF BOROUGH COUNCIL REORGANIZATIONAL MEETING Held at 101 W. High Street, Womelsdorf January 3, 2012   This meeting was called to order at 7:00PM by Mayor Jen Gettle beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.   PRESENT Council Members: Carl Liptak, Connie Sheffy, Vickie Madden, Kyle Hamilton, Jack Hays, and Wynn Herbine. Mayor-Jen Gettle, Engineer-Jamie Motley, Solicitor-Allen Shollenberger, Esq., Police Chief-John Reber, Secretary-Mickey Balistrieri   GUESTS Cindy Hopple, Ray Swope, Gerry Swope, Shaun Gettle, Nan Feeg, Donald Feeg, Russell Rissmiller, Harriet Grimes, Marcia Roth, and Wayne Miller.   Newly Elected Council Members Vickie Madden, Carl Liptak and Connie Sheffy presented their Certificates of Election to the Secretary.   Mayor Gettle swore in these newly elected Council Members.  Mayor Gettle called for a nomination for President.  Motion by Mrs. Sheffy, second by Mr. Hamilton to nominate Vickie Madden for President.  Roll Call Vote was taken. ​Mr. Liptak​​ No ​Mrs. Sheffy​​Yes ​Mrs. Madden​​Yes ​Mr. Hamilton​​Yes ​Mr. Hays​​Yes ​Mr. Herbine​​ No Mrs. Madden was elected President of Council by a majority of four yes votes. Mayor Gettle turned the gavel over to President Madden.  President Madden called for a nomination for Vice President.   Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mrs. Sheffy to nominate Kyle Hamilton as Vice President.  A Roll call vote was taken. ​Mr. Liptak​​Yes ​Mrs. Sheffy​​Yes ​Mr. Hamilton​​Yes ​Mr. Hays​​Yes ​Mr. Herbine​​Yes ​Mrs. Madden​​Yes Mr. Hamilton was unanimously elected as Vice President.   Chairman Pro Tem:  Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Liptak to nominate Jack Hays as Chairman Pro Tem. ​Mr. Liptak​​Yes ​Mrs. Sheffy​​Yes ​Mr. Hamilton​​Yes ​Mr. Hays​​Yes ​Mr. Herbine​​Yes ​Mrs. Madden​​Yes Mr. Hays was unanimously elected as Chairman Pro Tem.   Chairman of the Vacancy Board:  Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Hamilton to nominate Shaun Gettle as Chairman of the Vacancy Board. ​Mr. Liptak​​Yes ​Mrs. Sheffy​​Yes ​Mr. Hamilton​​Yes ​Mr. Hays​​Yes ​Mr. Herbine​​Yes ​Mrs. Madden​​Yes Mr. Gettle was elected Chairman of the Vacancy Board by a unanimous vote.   APPOINTMENTS/REAPPOINTMENTS Engineer:​Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to appoint Motley Associates ​​as the Borough Engineers.  Motion carried unanimously.  Motley Assoc. will also be handling Sewer Enforcement.   Solicitor:​Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Liptak to appoint Allen Shollenberger, with Leisawitz Heller as the Borough’s Solicitor.​Motion carried unanimously.   Auditors:​Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hays to appoint Reinsel Kuntz Lesher as ​​the Borough’s Auditors.  Motion carried unanimously.   Secretary:​Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Liptak to appoint Mickey Balistrieri as ​​the Borough’s Secretary.  Motion carried unanimously.   Treasurer:​Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hays to appoint Nan Feeg as the Borough’s Treasurer.  Motion carried unanimously.   BUSINESS   Appointment-2 Yr. Council Seat:  Motion by Mrs. Sheffy, second by Mr. Herbine to nominate Vince Balistrieri to the vacant 2 yr. seat on Council. ​Mr. Liptak​​ No ​Mrs. Sheffy​​Yes ​Mr. Hamilton​​Yes ​Mr. Hays​​Yes ​Mr. Herbine​​Yes ​Mrs. Madden​​Yes Mr. Balistrieri accepted the appointment.  Mayor Gettle swore in Mr. Balistrieri.   Mrs. Madden resigned as President of Council.  Motion to accept Mrs. Madden’s resignation as President moved by Mr. Balistrieri, second by Mr. Hays.  Motion carried unanimously.   Vice President Hamilton called for nominations for President of Council. Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Hays to nominate Kyle Hamilton as President of Council. Motion by Mrs. Madden, second by Mr. Herbine to nominate Vince Balistrieri as President of Council.  Mr. Hamilton called for any other nominations. Seeing none, he called for a roll call vote. Roll Call Vote for Mr. Hamilton for President of Council: Mr. Liptak​​Yes ​Mrs. Sheffy​​ No ​Mr. Balistrieri​​ No ​Mr. Hamilton​​Yes ​Mr. Hays​​Yes ​Mr. Herbine​​ No ​Mrs. Madden​​ No Four “No” Votes and Three “Yes” Votes.   Roll Call Vote for Mr. Balistrieri for President of Council: ​Mr. Liptak​​ No ​Mrs. Sheffy​​Yes ​Mr. Balistrieri​​Yes ​Mr. Hamilton​​Yes ​Mr. Hays​​Yes ​Mr. Herbine​​Yes ​Mrs. Madden​​Yes One “No” Vote and Six “Yes” Votes   The gavel was turned over to Mr. Balistrieri to continue the business meeting.   Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mrs. Madden to approve the December 20, 2011 Workshop Meeting Minutes as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.   Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Herbine to approve the list of bills to be paid, subject to audit.  Motion carried unanimously.   Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mrs. Madden to approve the four bills to be ratified, subject to audit.  Motion carried unanimously.   Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Liptak to pay payroll between meetings.  Motion carried unanimously.   COMMUNICATIONS Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mrs. Sheffy to renew the spring weed prevention contract with Tomlinson Bomberger with a 4% discount by paying $197.76 by Feb. 28, 2012.  Motion carried unanimously.   EMPLOYEES/BOARD MEMBERS/AUTHORITIES & COMMISSIONS Mrs. Harriet Grimes-Womelsdorf Library Board:  Mrs. Grimes reported that all of the construction work at the Library is completed and that the final payment will be made.  The 250th Anniversary programs will begin.   250th Anniversary Committee-Mrs. Hopple:  A Certificate from Congressman Tim Holden for the 250th Anniversary was presented to Council.  The next event will be on January 14th-Fire and Ice.  The event will be from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Mrs. Hopple requested that two barricades be used to prevent cars from entering Front Street.  Barricades need to be up from 8:00am-5:00pm. No Parking signs should be posted Thursday evening.  Mr. Swope will take care of getting cones.  Four ice sculptures will be made; and will be placed on each corner on the square. Chili & Wing competition will be held.  Council complimented Mrs. Hopple on the success of the New Year’s Eve Event. Mrs. Hopple reported that the fireworks in Oct. will be set to music.   Mr. Herbine introduced Russell Rissmiller of 110 S. Front Street, who is interested in completing Mr. Herbine’s term on the Planning Commission.  Motion by Mr. Hamilton, second by Mrs. Madden to appoint Mr. Rissmiller to Mr. Herbine’s seat on the Planning Commission, which expires on January 1, 2013.  Motion carried unanimously.   CITIZENS TO BE HEARD-None   SOLICITOR-No report at this time.   ENGINEER-Notices of Violations-have been sent out.   MAYOR Thank you to Chief Reber and the police officers for their efforts on New Year’s Eve.  The bike patrol was well received.   COUNCIL REPORTS   Mr. Liptak:  Replacement for Joe Kretulskie is Jeff Whalen, 717-705-4921, jewhalen@pa.gov   Mrs. Sheffy:  No report.  Mr. Balistrieri asked Mrs. Sheffy to have the money removed from the Soda machine before the machines are picked up.   Mrs. Madden:  No report.   Mr. Hamilton Police Committee: Motion by Mr. Hamilton, second by Mr. Hays to hire John Michael Pontician as a Part Time Police Officer at $13.55 per hour.  Motion carried unanimously.   Mr. Hays Mr. Hays questioned the Solicitor as to what regulations govern the Water Authority as an operating authority?  Solicitor Shollenberger reported that it is the Municipal Authorities Act.   Mr. Herbine 2012 Street Work:  Mr. Herbine reported that he would like the engineer to look at North Linden Alley from High Street to Franklin Street and W. High Street from 4th Street to 6th Street for resurfacing.     Mr. Herbine reported that he will not write reimbursement checks to Councilmembers for items purchased for the Borough.  He wants Councilmembers to bring unpaid bills back to the Borough, that this is what he discussed with the Auditor.  Council wants to talk to the auditors when they come on January 23rd to get their input.   Traffic Light:  Mr.  Herbine reported that he talked to Mr. Chris Surovy with PennDOT in regards to complaints Mr. Surovy is receiving about the traffic light.  Mr. Surovy has sent a proposed new permit which would authorize changes in the timing of the green light for Rt. 419.  Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Liptak to sign the PennDOT permit authorizing change to the traffic light timing. Motion carried unanimously.  Mickey to type a letter to send with the signed permit.  Council would like the turn arrow returned that PennDOT took away.     Mr. Balistrieri Berks Co. Municipal Officials Dinner:  Mr. Balistrieri reported that the dinner will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Reading Country Club.  The fee is $10.00 per person. Please turn your RSVP with meal choice and payment in to Mickey as soon as possible.   Bethany Water Project:  Council discussed the Bethany Water Project.  Mr. Hamilton would like to see Bethany repair the road before they start running truck traffic on it.  It was decided to invite Bethany to come to the January Workshop Meeting to further discuss this project.     Executive Session:  Council went into Executive Session at 8:30PM for Personnel Matters. Council returned from Executive Session at 8:55PM with no action to be taken.   Chief Reber reported that the motion to hire the new police officer did not include an 18 month probation period.  Discussion that Officer Reber did not have a probation period and was not hired by Womelsdorf, but was sworn in as part of a Mutual Aid Agreement with Bernville Police Department. Officer Reber is no longer working for Bernville and should be hired as a part-time officer for Womelsdorf. Motion by Mrs. Sheffy, second by Mr. Liptak to ratify Evan Reber’s hire date as a part-time officer for Womelsdorf Borough as of October 3, 2011; the date that he was sworn in by Mayor Gettle.  His 18 month period of probation will start from October 3, 2011.  All in Favor with Mrs. Madden abstaining, Motion carried.   Mr. Balistrieri will have the Committee and Liaison assignments for the Workshop Meeting.   With no further business before Council, Motion to adjourn by Mr. Liptak, second by Mrs. Madden.  Motion carried unanimously.   Respectfully Submitted,   Mickey Balistrieri, Secretary  

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