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Minutes: Minutes February 5 2013


Minutes February 5 2013



Held at 101 W. High Street on

February 5, 2013


This meeting was called to order by Council President Vince Balistrieri at 7:02 PM, beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Council Members: Carl Liptak, Connie Keller-Sheffy, Kyle Hamilton, Jack Hays, Wynn Herbine and Vince Balistrieri; Solicitor-Allen Shollenberger, Esq., Engineer-Jamie Motley, Mayor-

Jen Gettle, Police Chief-John Reber, and Secretary-Mickey Balistrieri


ABSENT-Vickie Madden


GUESTS-Glen Fessler, Keith Fessler, and Chris Reber, Reading Eagle.


Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mr. Hays to accept the January 2, 2013 Council Meeting Minutes as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.


Motion by Mrs. Keller-Sheffy, second by Mr. Liptak to accept the January 15, 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

$48,883.10.  Mickey reported that bill #26 is excessive, Sprint is reviewing the billing and we should be receiving a credit. Motion carried unanimously.


Motion by Mr. Herbine, second by Mr. Hays to ratify the payment to Selective Insurance

in the amount of $4,566.00. Motion carried unanimously.


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


COMMUNICATIONS-A list of communications was given to Council Members. Those requesting action include:

·         Animal Rescue League-Contract requesting payment of $1,000.00 or more for serving the Borough.  Mr. Liptak would like information regarding the history of usage in the Borough of the Animal Rescue Leagues Services. The request for payment has been tabled until more information is received.

·         Center for Excellence in Local Government-requesting sponsorship again at the $150.00 level. Request died for lack of a motion.

·         PA State Association of Boroughs-offering a listing in the “Who’s Who” listing of borough information and officials at a cost of $40.00. Request died for lack of a motion.

·         Tomlinson Bomberger-offering contract renewal for spring broadleaf week control at the pool; with a 4% discount if paid by March 31st. Tabled for more information.




Mr. Glen Fessler and Mr. Keith Fessler: Mr. Glen Fessler reported that there is a water run off problem that is affecting his field.  Mr. Motley reported that he met with Mr. Fessler to look at the problem. Mr. Motley discussed the three detention basins involved, and that they belong to the property owners.  Mr. Motley reported that there was always a channel there, with the erosion, a new channel has formed.  The design was approved and constructed properly for the times in which they were built.  Council viewed Mr. Fessler’s photos. Discussion on the stones at the mouth of the swale being gone, which would slow down the velocity of the water. The property owners did not maintain the swale.  Too many years have passed, the developer cannot be held responsible. Discussion of a possible remedy for the property owners by them stabilizing the channel. Mr. Fessler said that they will put up riprap and will make another entryway onto the property. Mr. Fessler asked for assistance with getting rid of the squatters who like to camp out on his property.  He was advised to contact Tulpehocken Township Police who covers Marion Township.   


SOLICITOR-No report at this time.


ENGINEER-Nothing further to report.



Pool painting-Mr. Liptak reported that he hopes to have quotes for the Workshop Meeting.


Pool Door Lock-The lock has been installed and the combination set.


WRJA-Mr. Liptak reported that they do not have bi-laws. They use rules and regulations that

were printed in 1979.  The new Chairman is Randy Gardner, Secretary-Barbara Orth, and Treasurer-David Hartman.  Mr. Schwartz was retained for three months to assist in the training.


Planning Commission-Mr. Liptak and Mr. Motley were present for a January meeting; but no one else came.  The developer did not bring anything new in for Planning Commission to review, therefore the Commission did not need to meet.



Library Board-Mr. Keller Sheffy reported that she attended her first library meeting. They have a possible new member, Irene Milligan. Topics discussed included the Memorial Run, looking for grant monies, and emailing overdue book notices to save postage.


Use of Facilities:

·         Mrs. Keller-Sheffy reported receiving an application from Lori Carmen for the

use of the baseball field.  Mrs. Carmen is requesting a waiver of the fees.  C.W.C.A. must pay for light usage and maintain the field in the same way that Berkshire Baseball does.  Questions on the use of the concession stand. Mrs. Keller-Sheffy to contact Mrs. Carmen.

·         W.A.C.A.-Use of Facilities was approved for the fishing rodeo, June car show-use of the pool parking lot is denied, Community Carnival, and the September car show. Discussion on the amount of monies made on these projects; and who will be holding the funds for the fireworks.  Mrs. Keller-Sheffy asked if a report could be given by the W.A.C.A’s of what they do within the community. 


 Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Liptak to approve the storage truck parking on Water Street.  Motion carried unanimously.


Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to authorize the W.A.C.A. to use the Council Room on April 6, 2013 from 6:30am – 10:30am for their annual Health Screening Event. Motion carried unanimously.



Concession Stand Lease-Mr. Hamilton reported that Mr. Mumma will come to the Workshop Meeting on February 19th to sign the lease.


Photo ID’s-Mr. Hamilton passed around a sample of the photo ID for Council’s review. He will get the cards made and then add the pictures afterward.


Pool fees-Membership rates the same as last year, $60.00 per membership, and $55.00 for early payment. Daily individual rates-Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays @ $10.00; Monday thru Thursday @ $7.00. This would be the same as last year, with the addition of increasing the rate on the holidays. Discussion on setting the number of guests permitted on the pool rentals. The decision on the pool rental use of facilities will be tabled until the workshop meeting.

Mr. Hamilton would like to get the YMCA’s information on the paperwork for pool usage.


Voice to record-Mr. Hamilton is looking into software that would allow more than one voice.


Fire Company-Nothing new to report from the meeting.



Mirrors-PennDOT approval is needed to put the mirrors up on High Street at Pine Street. Mr. Hays will check with PP&L for approval to place the mirror on their pole.


Mig-Welder-Mr. Hays would like to order a portable mig welder from Northern Tool at a cost of

$500.00, w/free shipping.  Motion by Mrs. Keller-Sheffy, second by Mr. Liptak to purchase a Hobart 140 Mig Welder for $500.00. Motion carried unanimously.


Manpower-Mr. Hays is concerned about manpower with Dale out and the maintenance projects that need to be completed; along with getting the pool ready in April and May. Mr. Hays and Mr. Liptak will sit down with Doug and try to re-prioritize the work schedule.


Park Benches-Mr. Hays reported that he is looking into synthetic materials to replace the

wooden slates in the park benches.  There are eleven benches to repair.


COG-Mr. Hays reported that the bi-laws would have to be changed in order to change the procedure for the audit.  The COG has decided to continue to collect .44¢ per unit from each

municipality until this contract is over.  Mr. Balistrieri questioned $15,000 being collected without anything being done with the .44¢ per unit being collected.  Mr. Hays reported that the COG is meeting four times a year now instead of once a year to try to get something going with this recycling.  Mr. Balistrieri will bring this issue to Council in six months if he does not see something constructive being done with the money.  The .44¢ must be used for trash/recycling

purposes by the COG or the Borough if the COG would discontinue their request for it. Mr. Hays reported that the COG is working on this, even if results have not been seen yet.


Pool Doors-Mr. Hays reported that the pool doors have been ordered.  Shank Doors was the lowest bidder; the difference between the two bids was $419.16.



Recycling Grant-Mr. Herbine reported that he is working on the County’s recycling grant and is waiting for figures from the trash haulers.


Newsletter-Articles are due February 20th.  Mr. Herbine is getting printing prices to lower the cost of printing the newsletter.  Request from the Fire Company to insert information and Boyer’s key fobs for their fundraising project, in the newsletter. Council was agreeable to this as long as the Fire Company returns the newsletters when requested, so they can be delivered on time. The printer will not need to staple the newsletter at the bottom.



Sergeant- Mayor Gettle reported that they would like to make Officer Pontician a Sergeant.  Solicitor Shollenberger reported that he will check if there would be Civil Service requirements

for promotion, since we have more than 3 officers.  We should have the information for the Workshop Meeting.



Tax Collector-Council reviewed the letter from the Tax Collector requesting to charge $10.00 for a memo/duplicate bills. After much discussion, President Balistrieri called for a motion to authorize the Tax Collector to charge $10.00 to provide duplicate bills.  Council determined that

the Tax Collector already has the authority to charge $2.00 for the duplicate and a budget for expenses. The request to increase the fee to $10.00 died for lack of a motion.


Board Appointments-Mr. Balistrieri reported that we still have the following vacancies: 2 to 3 on the Library Board, 1 - Planning Commission, and 1-Zoning Hearing Board.


Mayor Gettle reported that the 250th Anniversary Committee donated $3,000 to the library to assist them with their bills. Question as to when the Borough will receive a final treasurer’s report from the 250th Committee.  Mayor Gettle reported that any balance remaining will be split between the Library and the Fire Company.


Motion by Mr. Liptak, second by Mrs. Keller-Sheffy to adjourn the meeting.  This meeting

adjourned at 9:45PM.


Respectfully Submitted:  Mickey Balistrieri, Secretary




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