WOMELSDORF BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING
Held at 101 W. High Street on
November 7, 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, Vickie Madden, Kyle Hamilton, Jack Hays, Wynn Herbine, and Vince Balistrieri; Mayor Jennifer Gettle, Solicitor-Eden Bucher, Esq.,
Engineer-Jamie Motley, Chief-John Reber, and Secretary-Mickey Balistrieri
Karen Shire, Chad Sterner, Amy Whitehead, Chris Carneal, Edward Blanchette, Harriet Grimes, Jane Fultz, and Lynda Gallo
Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Liptak to accept the October 2, 2012 Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mrs. Madden to accept the October 16, 2012 Council Workshop Minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hays to accept the list of bills to be paid. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hays to ratify the payment to Selective Insurance in the amount of $4,564.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mrs. Madden, second by Mr. Hays to pay payroll between meetings. Motion carried unanimously.
A list of communications was given to Council Members with action requested. Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to send a $50.00 donation to the Berks County Solid Waste Authority. Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mrs. Madden to appoint Jamie Motley as our official representative to the MS4 Steering Committee. Motion carried unanimously.
Request from the solicitor for the Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church located at 300 Lyman Avenue for tax abatement for 2011 taxes due to their receiving tax exemption status. Solicitor Bucher will look into this.
CITIZENS TO BE HEARD
Jane Fultz, resident - requesting North Pine Street to be made a one way street; allowing extra parking spaces on High Street. Council is reviewing this issue and it will be discussed at the Workshop Meeting.
Womelsdorf Library-Harriet Grimes: Mrs. Grimes reported that the library is looking at a $10,000 shortfall this year, and asked if the Borough could assist them financially in order
to continue to operate the library without cutting hours. Mrs. Madden requested a copy of the library’s proposed budget. Discussion on problems with the contractor, possibility of changing to gas heat and Council looking at payroll service. Mrs. Grimes to check with the architect to see if there is a maintenance bond or performance bond in place; the Borough Solicitor will review the bond if the architect has one.
CWCA Soccer Club- Ed Blanchette and Chad Sterner reported that CWCA Soccer Club would like to purchase a net to prevent foul balls from coming onto the soccer field, posing a danger for the young soccer players. The soccer club would be willing to purchase the net, but asked if the Borough could hang the net on the light poles. Mr. Balistrieri will discuss the installation of the net with Dan Clouser of the Berkshire Baseball Club. CWCA Soccer Club would like the opportunity to file a Use of Facilities for the soccer field each season locking in their dates first, since they are going to put a substantial amount of money into improving the field. Discussion on re-grading and keeping the runoff water draining into the existing swale. The club was given permission to use the hoses and sprinklers for maintaining the field.
Apartment/Tenant complaint-Karen Shire would like the Code Enforcement Officer to address problems in her apartment; she does not have a kitchen and the bathroom plumbing is not working. Mr. Motley will look into her complaints.
Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Hamilton to appoint Thomas Berger, 24 E. High Street to
the Library Board of Trustees. Motion carried unanimously.
Christmas Tree-40ft Pine Tree fell at Peggy Acosta’s home, she offered the Borough to cut the top to use as a Christmas tree. Mrs. Keller-Sheffy will make sure there is a tree at the Borough Hall for the Christmas Tree Lighting and contact the girl scouts.
Sewer Authority-Mrs. Madden asked if needed, could Nan be asked to be the acting secretary at the Sewer Authority meetings. The Sewer Authority has a Secretary and Asst. Secretary. Mr. Balistrieri suggested that a tape recorder could be used to record the meeting and the Authorities Secretary or Asst. Secretary could type the minutes from the tape.
Ad Hoc Personnel Committee- Motion by Mrs. Madden, second by Mr. Hamilton to create an Ad Hoc Personnel Committee to offset any possible issues or conflicts of interest between employees and Borough Council. The Ad Hoc Committee Members will be Jack Hays and Carl Liptak. Motion carried unanimously.
Keurig Coffee Pot/Coffee- Mrs. Madden requested to look into pricing a Keurig coffee maker
& coffee instead of having a Christmas party. She will have more information at the
SOLICITOR-No report at this time.
2012 Street Work- All of the bills are in, Mr. Motley has called Charlie Paris to get the projects closed out. Mr. Motley recommended that Council approve payments for the Street Work projects pending Mr. Paris’ review. Contract #3 $6,210.00 would all be paid from the General Fund due to it being a parking lot; Contract #2 South Water Street-the Borough’s expense to be paid from Liquid Fuels would be $3,765.80 and $3,765.80 from the General Fund; Contract #1 W. High Street-$55,407.40 to be paid from Liquid Fuels; Contract #4 Linden Alley-$9,659.10 to be paid from Liquid Fuels. Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hays to pay the 2012 Street Work Project bills pending approval of Mr. Motley and Mr. Charlie Paris from Penn DOT.
Motion carried unanimously.
C.W. West-Stormwater Mgt. - Mr. Motley reported that he met with the school’s engineer on October 17th. They are aware of the problems and are working on fixing them. Re-grading will not take place until the spring.
Linden Alley-water problems-Mr. Motley to check with Hetrick Mull Funeral Home for water problems from Linden Alley.
Pool – Motion by Mr. Hamilton, second by Mrs. Keller-Sheffy to go with the “Y” for running the pool for $53,000.00, pending contract approval. Council will have the Solicitor review the contract when we receive it. Motion carried unanimously.
Park Keys-Mr. Hays questioned if the Park keys have been returned. They have not. The 250th Anniversary Committee is contacting the carnival people. Council will review the Use of Facilities form to provide for lock replacement fees when the key is not returned.
Holiday Trash Service-Mr. Hays reported that the trash hauler is requesting to provide next day service for the 4th of July, Memorial Day & Labor Day. Council was agreeable to this change.
Christmas Decorations-Mr. Hays reported that the Christmas Decorations will be going up in the next week or so.
German visitors-Mayor Gettle reported that the Germans brought many gifts; the German clock and book will be presented to the Historical Society.
250th Anniversary Ball-Dec. 1st, only 20 seats left. $35.00 each or $60.00 per couple.
Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Liptak to present the 250th Anniversary Committee with a Key to the Borough at a cost of $75.00; to be presented at the ball. Motion carried unanimously.
2012 Budget-Mr. Herbine reported that the Budget has been completed and it is balanced. Mrs. Keller-Sheffy would like Council to consider adding a small tax increase at some time so that it doesn’t have to jump too much. Mr. Herbine reported that the budget is prepared without raising the taxes. Mrs. Madden requested that the year round part time employees who do not receive healthcare benefits, receive a .25 cent pay raise. Full time employees will not be given a raise, due to increased costs in healthcare. Changes to the preliminary budget were made to fund the proposed raises. Discussion on budgeting for long term expenses and projections.
Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mrs. Madden to advertise the proposed budget, with the changes discussed, for adoption at the December 4, 2012 Council Meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Boro Hall Closings-Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Liptak that the Borough Hall is to be closed when emergency declarations are given by the Mayor. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mrs. Madden to adjourn the meeting. With no further business brought before Council, this meeting adjourned at 9:55PM.