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Minutes: April 2 2013


April 2 2013



Held at 101 W. High Street on

April 2, 2013


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, Kyle Hamilton, Jack Hays, Wynn Herbine, and Vince Balistrieri; Mayor-Jen Gettle, Solicitor-Allen Shollenberger, Esq., Engineer-Jamie Motley, Police Chief-John Reber, and Secretary-Mickey Balistrieri


ABSENT-Vickie Madden



Mary Ann Heckard, Glen Leininger, Gary and Robin Reed, Lynn and Tim Kreider, Lynda Gallo, and Steve DeLucas-Reading Reporter.


Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Hamilton to accept the March 5, 2013 Council Meeting Minutes with the following correction; the County Recycling Grant Application was submitted by Mr. Herbine, not Mr. Hays.  Motion carried unanimously.


Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hamilton to accept the March 19, 2013 Workshop Meeting Minutes as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.


Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hays to accept the list of bills to be paid totaling $43,376.73. Motion carried unanimously.


Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to pay payroll between meetings.  Motion carried unanimously.



A list of communications was given to Council Members. Berks County Information Systems Department provided an invoice for MCT replacement. The cost would be $96.55 monthly for four or five years until the police mobile units need to be replaced. The request died for lack of a motion. Pioneer Management granted Womelsdorf Borough an additional (120) one-hundred twenty day extension to take action on the Squire Hill Subdivision Plan. The current time extension will expire on May 2, 2013, the new 120 day extension will place the next expiration date at August 30, 2013. Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Liptak accept the one-hundred

twenty day additional extension for the Squire Hill Subdivision Plan.



Board Appointments/Vacancies-Mr. Balistrieri introduced Mr. Gary Reed, a borough resident

who read in the newsletter about the Board vacancies and expressed an interest in serving on the Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Reed has knowledge and work experience in the building industry. Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Hays to appoint Mr. Gary Reed to the Zoning Hearing Board. Motion carried unanimously. Mr. Reed was given a copy of the Joint Zoning Ordinance.



Glen Leininger-Conrad Weiser Hardware-Mr. Leininger reported that when he built the hardware store, his original approved plan included an expansion. Mr. Motley reported that

the plan was approved, the improvements were substantially completed, Stormwater Management, etc. That would fall under the MPC, Section 508 IV. Mr. Motley reported that

Section 226-17 of the Storm Water Management Ordinance allows for an exemption for Mr. Leininger’s 6,000 sq. ft. addition. Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Hays to grant Mr. Leininger an exemption from Section 226-17 of the Storm Water Management Ordinance for

his proposed addition. Motion carried unanimously. Mr. Leininger will apply for the appropriate building permits.


Lynda Gallo-Library Board-Mrs. Gallo reported that she has not heard from Allison Yeager who Council had appointed to the Library Board. They would like to discuss her resignation from the Board. Solicitor Shollenberger is researching whether the Borough Code stipulates the number of Board Members for a Library Board. The Library Board is working on updating their bylaws and was asked to permit the Borough’s Solicitor to review their proposed bylaws to be sure that they are consistent with the Borough Code.  He will also research the procedure for obtaining a resignation. Motion by Mrs. Keller-Sheffy, second by Mr. Hays to appoint Irene Milligan, of 36 Thea Court to the Library Board of Trustees. Motion carried unanimously.



Pool Repairs-Mr. Liptak reported that the seams are still leaking; repairs were made today. Mr. Liptak said that he talked to Doug and the seams solidified but there are still some problems. Mr. Liptak will talk to Aqua Docs tomorrow. The pool can’t be painted until the seam repair is completed.



Library-Mrs. Keller-Sheffy reported the following scheduled events: Jane Austin Night-Friday, June 7th from 6:00-9:00 and Melissa Edwards Memorial Run-April 27th. Volunteers are needed as well as donations of prizes and water. Discussion that Womelsdorf is the only municipality in Berks County that has a Library Tax for their library.





Use of Facilities/Pool-Mr. Hamilton contacted Mr. Mayer, who will be sent a copy of the Pool

Use of Facilities Application.  He will be the contact person for the pool party requests.


Software-Mr. Hamilton is still looking into the software.



Pool doors-Mr. Hays reported that Shank Doors completed the project.


Outdoor mirror-Mr. Hays is still looking for a 180° mirror.


Park Bench- Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to authorize spending up to $2,175.00 to repair the rest of the park benches in the Town Park. Motion carried unanimously. The project to be paid from the recreation account.


Borough boiler-Mr. Hays reported that he and Doug met with Blake Morrow, the Field Supervisor from Brubaker Heating this morning. Discussion on the service call and misdiagnosis

of the problem. Council’s original letter stated that Council was not happy with the service call and would not pay the invoice for the work or part since that was not a remedy for the problem. Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to pay Brubaker Heating the $65.00 service call fee only. Motion carried unanimously. Mr. Hays and Mr. Liptak will be getting quotes for converting to gas heat.



State Recycling Grant-Mr. Herbine reported that he has ¾ of the application completed.


Street Lights/High Street-Mr. Herbine reported that he is still negotiating getting new lights on High Street and guaranteed Council that the project will not cost the Borough anything. Council would like to look at the lighting in the municipalities that are using the LED lights.



Personnel-Mayor Gettle requested to discuss information from Solicitor Shollenberger, for a Personnel matter. Council will go into an Executive Session at the end of the meeting.


Sidewalk complaint-Mayor Gettle reported receiving an anonymous call concerning the sidewalk at 336 W. High Street.


SOLICITOR-No report at this time.



Library boiler-Mr. Motley reported that A.H. Moyer did a good job and did everything that they were supposed to. We were granted an extension until April 30th and Mr. Motley would like to have the Borough Maintenance guys clean off the scale on the boiler, and apply heat proof paint.  Mr. Hays will address this with Maintenance.


U & O-Mr. Motley reported that he spoke with Mr. Kundrat who will take care of applying for the Use and Occupancy for the T-shirt printing shop at RLC on S. Second Street.



Zoning Hearing-Mr. Balistrieri reported that he received a letter that a Zoning Hearing has been scheduled for May 2, 2013 at 6:30PM to consider the application of Joseph Valent for Variances/Special Exceptions for the property located at 141 S. Second Street. Mr. Motley reported that a variance is needed to have two principle usages on one lot. When four or more parking spaces are put in, a buffer yard is required. They are requesting a variance for that.

They are asking for a special exception to reduce the number of parking spaces that are required.

A special exception is requested for conversion of an existing building into dwelling units where the conversion involves an existing non-residential building. Discussion on the loading zone being used for two handicap parking spaces. Land development plans will need to be submitted. Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mrs. Keller-Sheffy to authorize Solicitor Shollenberger and Mr. Motley to attend the Zoning Hearing on May 2nd.  Motion carried unanimously. Solicitor Shollenberger will represent the Borough and Mr. Motley will be his witness.


Worker’s Comp-Mr. Balistrieri reported that we are obtaining quotes for coverage for worker’s compensation. He asked Council if they would like to reschedule the Workshop Meeting to a later date in April to allow time to receive the insurance information. Council Members preferred to meet on April 16th as scheduled and will continue the meeting at a later date to discuss the insurance renewals and worker’s comp coverage, if needed.  Many insurance companies have dropped their Volunteer Firefighter’s coverage due to the new regulations; but we are still required to cover them. We have contacted PSAB; their insurance affiliate Keystone Insurance Group and Zinn’s is working on obtaining another carrier. The amount of claims in 2012 will hurt us next year.


Executive Session-At the request of Mayor Gettle, Council went into Executive Session at 8:15PM for Personnel reasons. Council returned from Executive Session at 8:40PM with no action taken.


Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine that Mrs. Keller-Sheffy, Mr. Liptak and Nan do not need to pay for the Municipal Officials Dinner Meeting that they could not attend. Motion approved with Mr. Liptak and Mrs. Keller-Sheffy abstaining.


With no further business brought before Council; Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Herbine to adjourn the meeting at 8:45PM.  Motion carried unanimously.


Respectfully Submitted,




Mickey Balistrieri















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