WOMELSDORF BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING
Held at 101 W. High Street on
May 1, 2012
The meeting was called to order by Council President Vince Balistrieri 7:00 P.M. beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council Members: Carl Liptak, Vickie Madden, Kyle Hamilton, Jack Hays, Wynn Herbine and Vince Balistrieri; Solicitor – Allen Shollenberger, Esq.; Engineer – Jamie Motley; Mayor Jennifer Gettle; Police Chief – John Reber and Acting Secretary – Nan Feeg.
Resident: Mary A. Heckard, Swim Team: Denise Rathman, Donna Hartranft, Tim Matlack and Reading Eagle Reporter: Karyn Feick.
Motion moved by Mr. Hays, seconded by Mrs. Madden to accept the April 17, 2012 Workshop Meeting Minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion moved by Mr. Herbine, seconded by Mr. Hays to approve the list of bills to be paid as presented in the amount of $41,644.22. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion moved by Mr. Hays, seconded by Mr. Herbine to pay payroll between meetings. Motion carried unanimously.
A list of communications was given to Council Members. After a discussion regarding the Borough’s Association and Mayor’s Clambake on July 20, 2012, at Maier’s Grove in Blandon, no motion was made, so no action was taken.
EMPLOYEES/BOARD MEMBERS/AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
CITIZENS TO BE HEARD
Denise Rathman – Swim Team: Denise apologized for miscommunications between the swim team and Council due to her misunderstanding of how things are to be done because of how it was handled previously. Discussion followed on swim team practice times and pool cleaning, swim meet dates for 2012 and 2013, listing information regarding the swim team and meets in the Spring/Summer Borough Newsletter, scheduling the parent meeting, participating in Kum Wunnerfitz and having seniors who are qualified life guards volunteer their time for community service to guard during practices and meets. Council instructed the swim team to work with the Pool Committee and the pool managers. Mrs. Rathman questioned Council regarding donating funds for specific items needed by the swim team for the upcoming season. Council, along with the Solicitor, agreed that because they are dealing with tax dollars, they must be careful with monetary donations. Council feels the borough donates the pool, chemicals, etc. as well as a manager when the swim team is there beyond pool hours. It was pointed out that the pool is not a private pool; it is run by the borough and is self-sufficient. It was also pointed out that the majority of the swim team members are not borough residents.
Berks County Funding: Solicitor Shollenberger informed Council that he has received an email regarding the funding of the radios, which he will forward to Council for their review. Solicitor Shollenberger stated there are now costs involved that were not presented before so he would like to research it more before he advises Council. Discussion followed.
Flood Plain Management Ordinance: Solicitor Shollenberger will look over the Flood Plain Management Ordinance and research if a public meeting is required. He will notify the Borough accordingly so if a public meeting is required it can be included in the advertisement in time to be held before the Borough Council Meeting on June 5, 2012.
Park Place: Solicitor Shollenberger informed Council that he has recorded the deed of dedication for Park Place and he has forwarded the borough’s deed for Harold Wiker to record.
Street Work: Mr. Motley informed Council that the first advertisement was May 1, 2012, and he has given Mr. Herbine a set of revised specs. Bid opening is scheduled for the Council Workshop Meeting on May 15, 2012.
Mill Spring Park Electric: According to Mr. Motley there is still no electric service for Mill Spring Park and there appears to be another problem regarding a work order number so he will continue to work on that to get it completely resolved.
MS4: Mr. Motley informed Council that it is almost completed and must be submitted by June 9, 2012. The Notice of Intent will need to be submitted in September. Discussion followed on Motley’s bill this month concerning the MS4 and the NOI.
Borough Alleys: Mr. Herbine questioned Mr. Motley if most of the borough alleys are 16 feet wide and Mr. Motley explained that the right of ways are 16 ½ feet, although the blacktop surface is not on all of them. Discussion followed on measuring the alleys. Mr. Herbine explained that Mr. Paris from PennDOT informed him that the borough would be eligible for liquid fuel money from the state for alleys that are 16 feet wide; however, the money cannot be used to open any alleys. Mr. Motley stated that Mr. Paris would have to look at the topo map because they are 16 ½ feet wide, but the paving is not 16 feet wide on all of the alleys.
Mill Spring Park Bathroom: Mr. Hamilton questioned if the bathroom has a marking on the bathroom door, so it will be looked into, because it was on there.
Arrests: Mayor Gettle informed Council that several arrests have been made and asked Council to notify the police if they see anything such as soliciting and vandalism at the parks.
Complaints: Mayor Gettle requested that if anyone has any complaints they let them know right away so they can be addressed.
National Night Out: Chief Reber informed Council that a meeting regarding National Night Out, which is August 7, 2012, has been scheduled for May 7, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. in the Borough Hall. Chief Reber asked if it is possible to get 400 hot dogs this year since they ran out last year when they had 300 and there might be a bigger crowd since it is the borough’s anniversary year.
Library Board Appointment: Motion moved by Mr. Liptak, seconded by Mr. Hamilton to appoint Lenora Ngutter of 115 S. Fourth Street to the Library Board to fill the vacant seat. Motion carried unanimously.
Ball Field Lights: Mr. Liptak discussed with an electrician the ball field lights and he recommended putting in meters. Mr. Liptak presented a quote of $500.00, which includes installation, from Denny’s Electric for two separate meters - one for the soccer field lights and one for baseball field lights. Discussion followed, including reading the meters on a daily basis. Motion moved by Mr. Liptak, seconded by Mr. Hays to install the two meters at a price of $500.00. Motion carried unanimously. Mr. Balistrieri signed the contract, making note to correct it from Wernersville Borough to Womelsdorf Borough at Mr. Liptak’s attention.
Roof Next to the Library: According to Mr. Liptak, Mr. Talbert left a sketch to fix his roof for the Library Board Meeting for Mr. Liptak for Council’s input. Mr. Liptak will inform Mr. Talbert to apply for a permit first for Council to review.
250th Anniversary Donation: Council has agreed to look at the budget closer to the end of the year for this.
Personnel – Summer Playground: Mrs. Madden will review the applications on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, so the Personnel Committee can set up interviews so that two more people can be hired at the May Workshop Meeting.
Ball Field Camera: Mr. Hamilton informed Council that the hard drive went on the camera at the Ball Field. Super Circuits claims we have gotten a batch of “bad stuff” and are sending a new hard drive, which Mr. Hamilton will install, and hopefully will resolve this issue.
Jersey Blocks: Council discussed placing the remaining blocks by the cemetery and at the basketball court at Mill Spring Park.
Park Cameras: Discussion followed on various types of cameras at various prices. Motion moved by Mr. Liptak, seconded by Mr. Hays to spend up to $3,000.00 for cameras, for hopefully both parks with the Town Park being the priority. Motion carried unanimously. Motion moved by Mr. Hays, seconded by Mr. Herbine to pay for the cameras out of the Rec. Board Account. Motion carried unanimously.
Assistant Pool Manager: Motion moved by Mr. Hamilton, seconded by Mr. Liptak to hire Marissa Aulenbach at an additional $.50 an hour when she is working as the second assistant manager at the pool. Motion carried unanimously. Council wants it stipulated that Miss Aulenbach is not to be managing during swim team practices and meets since she is on the swim team.
114 West Jefferson Street Trash Issue: Letter is to be sent on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, informing the property owner that as a result of the inspection by Motley Associates determining the apartment above the garage is vacant and the sanitary sewer/water services and electric have been disconnected, he will not be billed from April 1st on for the apartment above the garage, but is responsible for the bills for that garage apartment through March 31, 2012. If he does not make payment, then a lien will be placed on the property for the delinquent amount plus the legal and filing fees associated with that lien. Mr. Hays stated that this property was “grandfathered” as far as zoning and wants it to be included in the letter that since no apartments are permitted in MDR, which is what this property is zoned, he must apply for new zoning and for an occupancy permit for multi-family use if he wants to convert it back to an apartment in the future.
Elementary School “Ponds”: Due to a verbal complaint the Mayor received from a resident, Mr. Motley explained to Council the function of the “ponds” at the Elementary School construction site.
Town Park Trees: Mr. Hays reported that three more maple trees should come down because they are hollow and presented a quote of $1105.00 from Stoltzfus to remove the last three maple trees along Water Street and to grind out those three stumps and the two stumps of the maple trees that were previously removed. Discussion followed. Motion moved by Mr. Hays, seconded by Mr. Liptak to spend $1105.00 for Stoltzfus to remove the three maple trees and grind out the five stumps. Motion carried unanimously.
117 S. Fourth Street Hole: Mr. Herbine reported that he received a phone call from the resident at 117 S. Fourth Street about a hole there in the street the size of a soda can. Mr. Herbine checked it out following the phone call and had the maintenance guys check it out the following morning. Discussion followed with Mr. Motley.
Handicap Parking Request: Mr. Herbine informed Council that he received an application from Robert Mills for one handicap parking space at 43 S. Front Street and the request will be granted.
Credit/Debit System: Mr. Balistrieri informed Council that he has discussed it with Fulton and has compared it with Worldpay and the fees. Overall, Fulton fees are cheaper and both are for three-year contracts. According to Mr. Balistrieri Fulton is working on another proposal regarding the termination fee.
250th Anniversary Baby: Mayor Gettle informed Council that the 250th Anniversary Baby was born today, May 1, the Borough’s 250th Anniversary day and will receive the basket from the Women of Today. His name is Tucker Hunter Bratton and is from the Summit View Development. Council instructed the Mayor to present the baby with some sort of a plaque from the borough.
With no further business to be brought before Council, motion moved by Mr. Liptak, seconded by Mr. Hays to adjourn the meeting at 8:43 P.M. Motion carried unanimously.
Minutes Respectfully Submitted,