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Minutes: March 19 2013 workshop


March 19 2013 workshop



Held at 101 W. High Street on

March 19, 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; Police Chief-John Reber, Secretary-Mickey Balistrieri



Vickie Madden, Mayor-Jen Gettle



Bernie Bingham, Diane Simmons, Fire Chief Bob Martin, Fire Police Captain-Dayland Berkihiser, Bruce Edwards, Lynda Gallo


Ride for Freedom:  Mr. Bernie Bingham and Mrs. Diane Simmons-Ride Coordinators of the

20th Annual Ride for Freedom came to Council to seek a location for the staging area for this year’s Ride for Freedom. In prior years, the motorcycles were staged at the Valley Forge Flag Factory.  Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to authorize the Reading Motorcycle Club to use W. Franklin Street, Lyman Avenue and North Fifth Street to organize the POW/MIA Ride for Freedom on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Motion carried unanimously.  The Ride will begin staging at 8:00AM and leave Womelsdorf via North Fifth Street heading East on High Street at 11:30AM.  The 25th Anniversary of the Viet Nam War Memorial will be celebrated

in Reading City Park at the conclusion of the ride.


Fire Company:  Chief Martin reported that the department is having a photo op session for the County at the engine house on Tuesday, March 26th beginning at 6:30PM. Council is invited to have their photos taken. Chief Martin reported the following officer changes:  Deputy Chief-

Ryan Zerbe, First Assistant-Gary Zerbe, Second Assistant-Kyle Zerbe, Captain-Merle Hurst,

First Lieutenant-Scott Kramer, Second Lieutenant-Jamie Flickenger. The Fire Company converted to gas heat and will be having the oil tank removed. Upcoming events include a seafood dinner on March 29th from 5:00 – 9:00; Easter flower sale March 29th & 30th, and Roy Obison tribute on April 13th.


Library: Lynda Gallo, Library Board of Trustees Secretary reported that the Board would like to

meet prospective new members prior to their appointment. There was some confusion at their last board meeting and whether Council had appointed Allison Yeager. It seems that she is disgruntled and is talking poorly about the Board. Mayor Gettle recommended her to Council and the appointment was motioned at the February Workshop Meeting. Mrs. Keller-Sheffy will contact the Women of Today to get Ms. Yeager’s contact information for Mrs. Gallo.

Discussion on looking into the feasibility of converting from oil to gas heat over the summer.


Dog Complaint: Mrs. Gallo reported an aggressive pit bull that runs out into the alley when she is walking her dog.  Mrs. Gallo will call Chief Reber with the property address.


Mill Springs Crosswalk: Mr. Edwards reported that a woman hit one of the barrels head on.


Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to accept the list of bills to be paid, adding the repair and towing bills for car 49-1 in the amount of $375.32 bringing the total of bills to be paid

to $26,165.39. Motion carried unanimously.


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



A list of communications was given to Council Members including information that the Liquid Fuels payment will be $52,303.96 to be paid on April 1, 2013.


MR. LIPTAK-No report at this time.


MRS. KELLER-SHEFFY-No report at this time.



Pool-Mr. Hamilton received a Use of Facilities for the pool for the C.W. West 4th grade class party for June 7th. He will discuss the application with the YMCA.


Pool Maintenance-Mr. Hays asked what responsibility our maintenance department will have with the pool. Mr. Balistrieri reported that they will still provide the same regular maintenance including grass cutting. The “Y” Manager will want to know how the filter system works; a day will be scheduled with our guys to show them how the system operates. We will still be providing the toilet paper, paper towels, etc.



Pool Doors-Mr. Hays reported that Shank Door started the pool door project.


Park Bench-Mr. Hays reported that he found another place to purchase the lumber at a cheaper price. Musselman’s Lumber charges $48.24 for a 16 footer instead of $53.00. Enough material

was ordered to repair one bench.


Recycling Update-Mr. Hays gave Council Members an update on the COG’s recycling program.

He will answer any questions by email or at the next meeting after everyone has had the opportunity to review the report. The COG had a 248.8 ton increase in recycling tonnage reported from 2012 to 2013.


Part Time Maintenance-Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Liptak to authorize Rick Rentschler to work 35 hours a week while Esso is off work. Motion carried unanimously.




State Recycling Grant-Mr. Herbine reported that he received the State Recycling Grant Application and has begun working on it.


Streetlights-Mr. Herbine reported that the street lights on High Street are thirty-three years old. He is looking into replacing the old lights with LED ones, in hopes of reducing the electric bill.



Computer system-Chief Reber asked Council for authorization to look into joining in the CODY

System which is used by Berks County Sheriff’s Office, District Justice, and a majority of the Police Departments. Chief Reber has commitments for $11,000 of the $15,000 cost. He is involved in a feasibility study to see if our current software can hold the system. Current law enforcement in Berks County is heavily involved in the CODY System; reports are filed, warrants are done, etc.  Chief Reber was given permission to complete the study and being back to Council what the total annual costs would be to use the CODY System.



Mr. Balistrieri asked if anyone had any other business for Council.


Soccer Field/Overflow parking-Question from Mrs. Keller-Sheffy on the soccer field being built for overflow parking and a soccer field for duel usage.


Flower Pots-Mr. Hays asked Council what they would like planted in the flower pots this spring.  He also reported that something needs to be planted where the birthday cake was kept.  Mr. Edwards will ask Carolyn if she would be interested in a job taking care of the planters. She will also be asked for ideas on what to plant.  Discussion on the necessity for regular watering.


Municipal Officials Dinner Meeting- Thursday, March 21st, everyone to meet at the Borough building at 5:00PM to car pool.


With no further business before Council, Motion by Mr. Hays, second by Mr. Herbine to adjourn the meeting at 8:15PM. Motion carried unanimously.



Respectfully Submitted,




Mickey Balistrieri







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