WOMELSDORF BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING
Held at 101 W. High Street on
August 7, 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 (7:15), Kyle Hamilton, Jack Hays, Wynn Herbine, and Vince Balistrieri; Solicitor-Eden Bucher, Esq., Engineer-Jamie Motley, Police Chief-John Reber, and Secretary-Mickey Balistrieri
ABSENT- Vickie Madden, Mayor Jen Gettle
K. J. Fry, Patricia Hiester, Donald Beckford, Penny Monteleone, Rebecca Geller, David Gross, Ken Gechter, Chad Sterner, Andy Whitehead, and Ryan Erby
Chief Reber introduced two of the newly hired police officers to Council Members; Officer Rhiannon Trate and Artemus Tuisl. Council welcomed them.
Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Hamilton to accept the July 2, 2013 Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to accept the July 16, 2013 Workshop Meeting Minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Herbine to accept the list of bills to be paid totaling $44,119.61. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hays to accept the list of bills to be ratified totaling
$250.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Liptak to pay payroll between meetings. Motion carried unanimously.
A list of communications was presented to Council. Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Herbine to accept another 120 Day extension for review of Squire Hill Subdivision’s Preliminary Subdivision Plan. The current expiration date is August 30, 2013. The granting of
this time extension would then place the next expiration date at December 28, 2013.
CITIZENS TO BE HEARD
Patricia Hiester, owner of 233 East High Street presented copies of pictures taken during a recent
storm that flooded her property, and neighboring properties. K. J. Fry reported that he lived at his property at 235 E. High Street from 2006 through 2010 and did not experience the flooding situations that are now occurring. Discussion on the heavy rains; seven inches in a seven hour period and the affect it is having on our drainage system. The homeowners are not currently in a flood plain and do not wish to be included in a flood plain. They are asking the Borough to look
into possible remedies. Mr. Motley reported that this stream is classified as a high quality stream and falls under DEP regulations. Mr. Motley will look into this situation further to see what possible remedies could be implemented.
SOLICITOR-No report at this time.
Code Enforcement-510 W. Franklin Street-grass was cut, citation was pulled. Outstanding zoning violation due to the remaining dirt pile that needs to be removed. The property owner has to come up with a reasonable time frame to clean up the zoning issue; if she does not comply, the next step for the Borough would be to file a civil action through the Zoning Ordinance.
Storm Emergency Repair-Mr. Motley reported that he got three quotes to replace the black top at the bridge culvert. A.H. Moyer was willing to come out the same day for only $1,195.00.
John F. Martin Project-This project is progressing.
C.W. West-Stormwater Management-M. Motley will start pushing to get this work done.
Rental License & Inspections/Non-Compliance-Mr. Motley presented a list of property owners who have not complied with the Ordinance. Motion by Mrs. Keller Sheffy, second by Mr. Herbine to authorize Mr. Motley to file Summary Citations on the applicable properties. Motion carried unanimously. Mr. David Gross questioned Mr. Motley on a property he purchased in October 2012 that required repairs/corrections when the real estate transfer inspection was done. Mr. Motley will look at the letter and contact Mr. Gross with the action that needs to be taken.
National Night Out-Chief Reber reported that it is over; he doesn’t have the final figures yet.
Electronic Recycling-Mr. Liptak is still looking into the electronic recycling for fall clean up.
MRS. KELLER SHEFFY
Summer Playground-Mrs. Keller Sheffy reported that she has a nice “Thank You” card signed from everyone at playground. Mr. Richards would like to thank his volunteer helpers; and his two Playground Leaders, Stephanie Dodson and Sarah Sheffy, they did a great job and he hopes to see everyone back next summer.
Tree Lighting Ceremony-Mrs. Keller Sheffy recommended skipping the tree lighting events this year due to the lack of participation last year. The tree will be lit, but an evening tree lighting event will not be held this year.
Use of Facilities Application-CWCA Baseball has requested to use the ball field for practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning August 13th thru October 31st; with the fees waived.
Usage is approved but the $25.00 fee per usage, and $25.00 per/hour light usage must be paid.
Security Cameras- The swings were vandalized; Doug is getting prices for replacing the damaged swings.
Pool-Mr. Hamilton reported that the pool will be closed at 7:00PM on the 14th of August for the guards to have their yearly party. We still need direction for the Family Day activities scheduled for August 25th. Mrs. Keller Sheffy will contact Steph. Mr. Hamilton reported that everyone is happy with the new pool cleaner. Are we keeping it? Council will take action when we get the invoice. Mr. Hamilton reported that other pools are having difficult times this year.
Fire Company-The Fire Company is looking at purchasing a new apparatus and would like to know if a minimum balance must be kept in their account. Mickey will contact Fulton Bank.
Park swings-Doug is working with the swing company to have the swings replaced.
Emergency cones-Mr. Hays reported that the collapsible cones that were purchased for Emergency Management have not been moved out of this building in two years. Mr. Hays would like to transport them to the fire company so that they can be used when needed.
Discussion on bids being welcomed when it’s time for tree trimming in the park. Last year,
the lowest bidder was Stolzfus. It hasn’t been determined what type of tree to plant to replace a few of the trees that were cut down.
Newsletter articles-Mr. Herbine reported that August 16th is the last day to submit articles for the newsletter so that it can go to the printer in time for delivery before Fall Clean Up.
Berks County Study-Each Council Member received a packet to fill out. This is a Police Study that is only to compile information for municipalities to look at; it is not for regionalization purposes. Mr. Balistrieri requested that Councilmembers please fill out their study and return it to the office by the Workshop Meeting, in order to send them into the County.
Ball field treatment-Doug got a proposal from DL Landscaping for treating the ballfield.
Fall weed control-$357.00, Fall Fertilizer-$650.00, Spring crabgrass w/fertilizer-$585.00, and
Spring weed control-$357.50. Additional quotes to be obtained. Mr. Chad Sterner asked that the soccer field be done as well. The soccer club will be putting up the net as previously discussed.
They are not permitted to put holes into the poles.
Crossing Guards-Motion by Mr. Hamilton, second by Mr. Liptak to advertise for substitute crossing guards. Motion carried unanimously.
With no further business before Council, Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Hays to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously. This meeting adjourned at 8:40PM.