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Rutledge Borough Work Session-March 24, 2014

David Waltz, Council President, opened the scheduled Work Session Meeting at 7:30 PM, in the Council Meeting Room, 212 Unity Terrace, Rutledge, PA.

After the salute to the flag, the following Council Members answered roll call:, Marlaina Kloepfer,  David Waltz, Tom Kopp, James Jones, Marie Govannicci, Daniel Werner

Also present: Mayor Kevin Cunningham, Robert Hunt, Jr., Esq.

Not Present: Diane McGaughey

Public Comment; Karl Eilinsfeld, 223 Linden Ave. stated that the rain garden sign at the playground is illegible, the basketball hoops are rusted, and a pipe from the old sliding board is sticking up. The backdoor at 230 Linden Ave. is open and unlocked.

The walls are caving in on the storm drain at Sylvan and Linden Aves.

Jack Breslin. 136 Linden Ave., asked for an update on the gas company- when will the Linden Ave. project be finished. David Waltz stated that the work will be done when the weather breaks.

Marjorie Corcoran, 124 Rutledge Ave., requested an update on funding for the softball field improvements such as Diamond Tech dirt for the infield, replace home plate, build up the pitcher’s mound, replace 2nd base. Ms. Corcoran received quotes and gave them to Marie Govannicci.

Public Safety – Tom Kopp reported that the 3-yr pressure test required by the State on the elevator has been completed. He will get a proposal for a maintenance contract.

The Fire Co. will sell food at the April 5, 2014 Craft Show.

Recreation – Marie Govannicci stated that the 4th of July Committee will have an Easter Egg Hunt on April 13, 2014 at the Triangle Park. There is no rain date.

Ms. Govannicci received quotes for work at the ball field at the Triangle Park from J. Jansen to dig out poles, fill in the gully at the slide and install 45 yards, 2” thick mulch for a price of $2,296.00. MOTION by Marie Govannicci, Second by Daniel Werner, to accept the proposal of J. Jansen to complete work at the Triangle Park- dig out poles, fill in gully at slide, install 45 yards 2” thick mulch, at a cost not to exceed $2,296.00. MOTION approved unanimously.

The Girls’ Club received two prices to repair, fill and cut the infield grass and install Diamond Tech, and replace 2nd base and home plate and pitcher’s mound at the ball park: J. Jansen- $1,272.00; Le Gros Inc.- $5,000.00.

MOTION by Marie Govanicci, Second by Jim Jones, to award baseball field work to J, Jansen at a cost not to exceed $1,272.00. There will be a donation towards this in the amount of $500.00. MOTION approved unanimously.

A new toy for the park will be ordered this week.

Streets – David Waltz reported that Karl Eilisnfeld is filling potholes. The County is awarding up to 35% of municipalities’ annual County aid amount for road repairs for pothole repairs. A record, including receipts, must be kept for reimbursement.

Improvements on Morton Ave. – Mr. Waltz spoke with Catania Engineering about the project. Morton Ave., from Ridley High School to Swarthmore Ave.- the road will widened and sidewalks and curbing will be put in, and the intersection will be a little wider. The project is scheduled for 2016. The residents are being contacted.

Sewer – Jim Jones reported that he received the sewer files from Daniel Werner. The Borough is going into the third year of its five year short term plan. Kim Brown, 32 President Ave. complained of two sinkholes on her property. Daniel Werner had been looking into a long-term solution of replacing the old terracotta pipes. The cost will be approximately $1 million. David Waltz appointed James Jones as Rutledge Borough’s representative to the CDCA Board for a five-year term.

Communications – Marlaina Kloepfer reported that the Committee is going through the ordinances to put them on the website. Ms. Kloepfer requested an electronic copy of the Easter Egg Hunt information to put on the website. The Planning Commission would like to host a Rain Barrel Workshop, and include Morton and Swarthmore.  Ms. Kloepfer has a job description for a summer intern, and will send out an email and also give it to Barbara Ormsby for the Delaware County Times.

Building – Daniel Werner received an email from a resident who wants to erect a garage in which to keep his boat. He discussed the plans with the homeowner, which may be declined. He was advised that he could apply for a variance.

The residents at 2 and 4 Unity Terrace have erected five foot fences, and did not apply for permits before the work was done. 4 Unity is for sale. A small porch was also put up, and the house was changed from three bedrooms to two bedrooms without obtaining permits.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Cunningham reported that people are not calling 911. A resident thought he/she saw a drug deal go down, but did not call 911. It is listed on the website and in the newsletter. Mayor Cunningham is working on a Memorial Day ceremony with Harry Mirra. The Borough should recognize the people who were killed serving their country. The Mayor would like to have a meet and greet with Council and the residents.

Solicitor’s Report -  Solicitor Robert Hunt reported that there are enhanced penalties for those who commit theft against a municipality.

Old Business- The Girls’ Club would like to sell advertisements on the fence at the ball park as a fund raiser. The Ordinance Committee reviewed the ordinance and it is not allowed. The Planning Commission has concerns about safety and the ability to see what is going on at the park. The signs would be up during the softball season and taken down when it is over. Council can review and allow the signs temporarily.

County Act 537 Sewage Plan – The County has completed a new plan that required approval in 2012 for them to do it, and approval of the final plan in 2013, by resolution. The Planning Commission must also submit a letter stating that the Commission has reviewed the plan.

MOTION by Marie Govannicci, Second by Daniel Werner to approve Resolution 2014-03-01, a Resolution that   MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Marie Govannicci, Second by Tom Kopp, to approve Resolution 2014-03-02, a Resolution

MOTION approved unanimously.

Diane McGaughey has 30 years of service to the Borough as of January 4, 2014. Marlaina Kloepfer will contact the Delaware County Association of Boroughs to see hat awards/recognition is available.

CDCA has three portable flow meters to loan the Borough. The Borough must pay for installation and maintenance.

New Business – David Waltz stated that the Borough has gotten a phone call about the cheerleaders at the old firehouse. The complaints were about loud music and the door being open, at 3:00 PM. The police were called a few times, and none of this occurred when they got there. The Fire Co. is providing community service for the schools because there is no space for practice at the schools. The cheerleaders have been told to keep the noise down. Jack Breslin stated that he had the doors open on Friday to load some Fire Co. equipment on his truck. There was no music playing and the cheerleaders were not there. The police came because they had a complaint from the homeowners at 15 Sylvan Ave., and saw that there was no music playing. The Fire Co. spoke with other neighbors, and they had no complaints.

Council is looking into increasing the apartment license fee from $50.00 per unit in the 2015 Budget.

Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM.

 

 

Rutledge Borough Council Meeting-March 3, 2014

David Waltz, Council President, opened the scheduled Borough Council Meeting at 7:30 PM, in the Council Meeting Room, 212 Unity Terrace, Rutledge, PA.

After the salute to the flag, the following Council members answered roll call: Marlaina Kloepfer, David Waltz, James Jones, Marie Govannicci, Tom Kopp

Also present: Mayor Kevin Cunningham, Police Chief Brian Craig, Robert Hunt, Jr., Esq.

Not Present: M. Diane McGaughey, Daniel Werner

Minutes:  MOTION by Tom Kopp, Second by Jim Jones, to approve the minutes as submitted for the Reorganization Meeting of January 6, 2014, and the Council Meeting of January 6, 2014. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Tom Kopp, Second by Marie Govannicci, to approve the minutes from the Work Sessions of January 27, 2014, and February 24, 2014. MOTION approved unanimously.

Public Comment: None

Treasurer’s Report: Gennifer Guiliano distributed the Treasurer’s Report for the month of January 2014

Correspondence:

1)      Delaware County Association of Boroughs- PSAB Spring Conference, April 6-9, 2014, at Penn State; 75th Anniversary of the PSAB; Quarterly Meeting of the DCAB on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:00 PM at Marcus Hook Borough; request for ads for the 74th Annual April Banquet Program Booklet- Full Page $100.00, ½ Page $55.00, ¼ Page $35.00, Patron $2.00

2)      Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative – Invitation to monthly meetings

3)      Catania Engineering Associates- Chapter 94 Report

4)      Paul Mickle- resigned as Rutledge Borough’s representative to CDCA

Tax Collector’s Report: Thomas Heron reported that $53,609.19 has been collected as of February 24, 2014. There is $369,863.09 in receivables during the discount period. The 2013 uncollected real estate taxes on 11 properties were turned in to the County totaling $7,745.39

Code Enforcement Report: Harry Mirra read his report for January and February.

230 Linden Ave. – the house has been vacant for three years. The owners live in Florida. There is mold because the sump pump stopped working.

230 President Ave. – U&O inspection passed.

There were major problems with snow removal because of the 60” of snowfall this winter.

2 Zoning permits for aprons- work not started due to weather.

Mayor’s Report: Mayor Kevin Cunningham read the Police report for January and February. There were:

January: 20 Parking Tickets, 3 Citations, 1 Traffic Warning

February: 10 Parking Tickets, 5 Moving Citations

Theft of copper pipes on the 100 block of President, theft from an unlocked vehicle on the 100 block of Rutledge Ave., suspicious vehicle with an occupant on the unit block of Rutledge Ave., 100 block of Rutledge Ave.- domestic argument between a mother and son.

Police Chief Brian Craig reported that residents need to watch for suspicious behavior at their neighbors’ homes.

Public Safety:  Tom Kopp reported that, in January, there were 24 calls with time in service of 29 Hours 25 Minutes. There were 3 motor vehicle accidents, 1 commercial building fire, a carbon monoxide detector, and 2 training with 38 manpower hours. In February, there were 16 calls with time in service of 11 Hours 30 Minutes, 3 motor vehicle accidents, 6 assists to Swarthmore, 2 training 4 Hours 34 Minutes.

On March 16, the Fire Co. will participate in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The goal for the Fire Co. is to go paperless by April 1, 2014, and to submit reports electronically. The 2nd mailing for the fund drive has been sent. $16,931.00 has been collected.

A 300” cell tower owned by SBA Communications, and a second smaller tower collapsed and killed two contractors. A firefighter was killed in the second collapse. The collapses are under investigation.

Mt. Kopp presented cards from OSHA to be put in the Borough Office to teach residents how to be protected from carbon monoxide, and generator safety.

4th of July: There will be an Easter Egg Hunt in April.

Rutledge Girls’ Club- Marie Govannicci reported that the Club would like their budgeted donation from the Borough before the season starts. They would like a finer dirt for the infield, and to replace and reinforce 2nd base and home plate. They are also interested in selling space on the fence for merchants to hang signs as a fundraiser.

Communication: Marlaina Kloepfer reported that a message was sent out about tomorrow’s trash collection, since today’s was cancelled due to snow. Ms. Kloepfer is setting up a training session for the Code Red notification system. Ms. Kloepfer attended “Crisis in Communication” training and will share the resources with Council. She has prepared a job description for the summer intern position for Council to review. The Planning Commission will meet next week and will look at the revised parking ordinance and the User and Occupancy procedure. They have reviewed the hall rental contracts.

Ordinance: Nothing to report.

Trash:  Jim Jones stated that he needs to get together with Daniel Werner to discuss the Trash Committee.

Building: Nothing to report.

Recreation: Mulch needs to be ordered for the playground.

Sewer: Jim Jones reported that he needs to get together with Daniel Werner to discuss the Sewer Committee.

Shade Tree Commission: The Committee will meet in March.

Finance: Nothing to report.

Streets: David Waltz reported that Karl Eilinsfeld has done a good job plowing the snow, and is fixing potholes as they turn up.

Solicitor’s Report: Solicitor Robert Hunt reported that the Borough has two Ordinances regarding signs at the Triangle Park: 16-103-H –no posts or placards may be placed without Council Chair and Recreation Board approval, and 19-101- it is unlawful to advertise unless it is a judicial notice or a traffic sign.

There is the provision that signs can be approved by the Recreation Board or Council.

A Council member may be appointed to the CDCA Board.

The Zoning Hearing Board approved the request for a variance at 105 E. Sylvan Ave that allows 1.2% building coverage over that stated in the ordinance. Council can appeal the decision or take no action. MOTION by Tom Kopp, Second by Marie Govannicci, to accept the Zoning Hearing Board decision regarding building coverage at 105 E. Sylvan Ave. MOTION approved unanimously.

Old Business: Tom Kopp reported that he has not heard anything about the 3-year pressure test on the elevator that is due at the end of the month. The Fire Co. will sell food at the Craft Fair on April 5, 2014, and will not pay the $10.00 fee. The food will be sold next door. David Waltz stated that Council will handle the fee.

New Business: County Aid for road repair for 2014- MOTION by Marie Govannicci, Second by Jim Jones, to apply for 2014 County Aid for road repair. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Tom Kopp, Second by Marie Govannicci, to approve Ordinance 468, an ordinance that gives the Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. the authority to seek reimbursement from insurance companies for fire, emergency, and like services rendered to a property or business owner at no cost to the insured. MOTION approved unanimously.

David Waltz reported that Rutledge Borough’s request for a full-time representative on the School Board was denied because it is against State law. The State Representative is looking into it.

Public Comment: Thomas Heron, 228 Rutledge Ave. asked if there is a game plan to repave the rest of

Swarthmore Ave. because there is a lot of pooling when it rains. Mr. Waltz stated that a plan is in the works, but it has not been approved.

Jack Borsch, 213 President Ave. stated that the residents should be informed of the holiday trash schedule.

Bills for March 11, 2014: 

MOTION by James Jones, Second by Tom Kopp, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the General Fund in the amount of $44,337.79. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by James Jones, Second by Tom Kopp, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Gas Fund in the amount of $5,575.99. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by James Jones, Second by Tom Kopp, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Sewer Fund the amount of $64,494.00. MOTION approved unanimously.
Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:12 PM.

 

Submitted by:
Gennifer Guiliano
Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

Rutledge Easter Egg Hunt

April 13, 2014
1:30 pmto2:00 pm

Join your fellow neighbors and the Easter Bunny for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Triangle Park.  The eggs go quickly so don’t be late.

Rutledge Borough Work Session-February 24, 2014

Dave Waltz, Council President, opened the scheduled Work Session Meeting at 7:30 PM, in the Council Meeting Room, 212 Unity Terrace, Rutledge, PA.

After the salute to the flag, the following Council Members answered roll call: David Waltz, Tom Kopp, Marie Govannicci, Jim Jones, and Marlaina Kloepfer
Also present: Mayor Kevin Cunningham, Solicitor Hunt
Not present: Diane McGaughey, Daniel Werner

Public Comment: Marge Corcoran of 124 Rutledge Avenue and President of the Rutledge Girls’ Club made an inquiry into this year’s budget regarding the funding available to the girls’ club.  There are 4 teams this year and along with the increase in the number of teams, improvements are also needed for the field.  Marge also requested that the borough gets diamond techdirt this year.  The girls’ club is looking to do their own fundraising efforts to help in some of the new costs.  One idea they are working on is selling advertising in the form of signs on the fence around the field.  The signs would only be up during the season.  Councilmember Govannicci brought up concerns regarding ordinances pertaining to placing signage on the fence.  She also brought up budget concerns because of the extra costs of snow removal this year which comes from the same budget as the girls’ club.  Marge has reached out to the Ridley girls’ club to see how they price/sell signage on their field.  The Solicitor will look into sign size constraints.  Marge also requested an extra pile of dirt (with a tarp to be kept on top of it) be placed on the field as part of this year’s delivery.  The extra dirt would be helpful throughout the season as extra dirt is needed.  Councilmember Govannicci is hoping to include some money for improvements for the field in next year’s budget.  Marge shared that she does have parents interested in donating to the girls’ club with a matching program from their places of employment. 

Mayor’s Report- Mayor Cunningham will be arranging a meeting with the chief to learn more about the patrol/schedule pattern for the borough.  The highwayman mentioned that he found empty alcohol bottles at the Triangle Park.  He did stop by the police station to let them know.

Recreation: The 4th of July Committee is meeting next month to plan the Easter Egg Hunt.  The Tree Commission will be meeting in March.  Councilmember Govannicci will check in with the Borough Secretary to inquire about an update regarding the slide at the park.

Public Safety: Councilmember Kopp brought up questions regarding the charge to sell food at the upcoming craft fair.  The fire company is interested in selling food at the fair but will sell their refreshments next door if they are charged the booth fee.  There is some confusion as to where the proceeds from the craft fair are going.  This question of where the funding is going will be brought up at the next meeting to clarify with Councilmember McGaughey.  There was a fire with a fatality in Springfield the week before the meeting.  Morton/Rutledge Fire Company was the first truck on the scene.  Council President Waltz requested that Councilmember Kopp put something together explaining the ISO to share with the newspaper reporter at the next meeting.  Also the ISO info can be shared internally with our residents.

Sanitation/Sewer: Councilmember Jones has been in contact with Councilmember Werner to make the transition of resources and information.  They are hoping to have the handover of information this week.

Communication: Communication Committee is meeting next week.  Councilmember will share the summer intern description for review.

Property/Borough Building:  No

Old Business: Two boroughs have still not signed the Delaware County Act 537 Sewer Plan Resolution (Rutledge being one of them).  We are in a difficult position because we don’t have a choice because there is no other place to go.  Councilmember Jones made a motion to pass the resolution adopting the sewage plan update.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Kopp.  All were in favor.

We will need a new representative to the sewer authority.  If a resident represents the borough on the authority, it is a paid position but a council member would not get paid to serve on the authority.  Additional information such as meeting dates and times will be requested from the Borough Secretary.  Councilmember Jones may be interested in serving on the authority depending on the meeting schedule.  He also inquired if a stipend from serving on the authority could be donated back to the borough?

New: Councilmember Kopp made a motion for the replacement of the street light at Morton Ave. & Sylvan Ave. with an LED light to be no more than $400.  Councilmember Govannicci seconded the motion, and all were in favor so the motion passed.  Moving forward all street lights will be LED as per best practices. 

The Opening Day for the Girls Club will be in mid-April.  Councilmember Jones recommended that the signs proposed for advertising purposes at the field be uniform, and might be worthwhile to think about keeping them up all year instead of just during the season.  The signs might be easier to sell if they become part of the décor of the field.  Councilmember Kopp shared the process that the fire company uses when they sell signs for the horseshoe tournament.  The girls’ club is also looking into doing a new home plate and second base (digging it up to reinforce it).  The girls’ club also requested that the field be tilled before the delivery of the new dirt prior to the start of this season.

Solicitor Report:  A letter went out for minor/major home business inquiry.  Based on the turnout and number of people served by the business, the Solicitor recommended that council adopt the minor home business.  Councilmember Govannicci made the motion, and Councilmember Jones seconded the motion.  All were in favor. The resident inquired about the business tax.

The Solicitor gave the updates for the Planning Commission regarding the parking ordinance.

The threshold for the bidding minimum is now $10,300.  Anything over $19,100 needs a formal bidding process.  There is a senate bill (#733) under review right now regarding advertisement.  The change may include that the website is an acceptable place to advertise.

Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM.

 

Rutledge Borough Work Session-January 24, 2014

David Waltz, Council President, opened the scheduled Work Session Meeting at 7:30 PM, in the Council Meeting Room, 212 Unity Terrace, Rutledge, PA.

After the salute to the flag, the following Council Members answered roll call: Diane McGaughey, Marlaina Kloepfer,  David Waltz, Tom Kopp, James Jones

Also present: Mayor Kevin Cunningham, Robert Hunt, Jr., Esq.

Not Present:Marie Govannicci, Daniel Werner

David Waltz stated that Rutledge Borough is entitled to a School Board seat. Mr. Waltz will send a letter. Sally Morbeck is on the School Board using a Swarthmore Borough seat.

Public: Sid stated that he is under contract to purchase 230 President Ave. He and his wife want to have a home business to teach acoustic voice lessons using a piano. Students are high school aged, and one student will be taught at a times. Lessons will be fewer than 30 hours per week. Solicitor Hunt will review the proposal to see if it is a major or minor home occupation, and send a letter to Sid.

Building: Diane McGaguhey reported that she has gotten estimates to replace the CDCA Office door and paint the ceiling in the upstairs hall. The painter needs to check if the roof is okay. There will be a Craft Fair in April. The Fire Co. and Girls’ Club have been asked to sell food. Chambers Memorial Church will sell baked goods and have a food drive. Some people were offended by the use of “Chinese Auction” in the promotional flyer.

Communication: Marlaina Kloepfer reported that the Committee is looking at the ordinances posted on the website. Last call for newsletter topics is February 1, 2014. The website will be updated with the new Committee appointments.

Finance: Nothing to report.

Ordinance: Marlaina Kloepfer reported that the Planning Commission met two weeks ago and reviewed the rental contracts and made notes to update. The Committee also looked at the parking ordinance and how many feet a car should be parked from a stop sign. The Planning Commission has decided to leave the fence ordinance as is for now. There is a meeting on February 10, 2014. There may be County funds to assist the Planning Committee. The Commission recommended that a summer intern be engaged for the summer months.

Public Safety: Tom Kopp reported that the Fire Co. received its first check for the clothing shed at AmVets. The Fire Co. has had a busy season with the weather.

Recreation: Nothing to report.

4th of July Committee: Nothing to report.

Trash: Nothing to report.

Sewer: Nothing to report.

Tree Commission: Nothing to report.

Highway: Nothing to report.

Mayor: Mayor Kevin Cunningham reported the Snow Jam will be on Saturday from 7-10PM. The Souper Bowl of Caring is on Sunday, and canned goods will be collected for the food bank. Softball signups will be in February.

Old Business: Tom Kopp reported that Advance Elevator Co. will do the three-year pressure test on the elevator that is required by the State, and suggested that the Borough get a maintenance contract.

Mr. Kopp reported that the Fire Co. will try to recover some costs of fires for use of equipment or damages to equipment from the insurance company of the resident. The Borough needs to pass an ordinance. Mr. Kopp presented a copy of the ordinance passed by Morton Borough. The ordinance can be advertised in the Swarthmorean.

David Waltz inquired if the Borough has a Use & Occupancy Ordinance.

The County Act 537 Plan has not been approved by Rutledge Borough. There is nothing that can be done regarding the DELCORA/Philadelphia Water Co. agreement signed that commits CDCA to paying for the City’s Long Term Control Plan.

David Waltz reported that he is trying to get more salt. One-half palette was delivered on January 21, 2014.

New Business: David Waltz reported that expenses over $100.00 have to be approved by Council in advance of the purchase, except for emergencies. The purchase of a Canon copier toner cartridge is approved up to a cost of $180.00.

PennDOT sent a letter to request that the Borough submit prices to be charged for replacement manholes under the Mater Casting Agreement.

Tom Kopp reported that the streetlight at Morton Ave. and Sylvan Ave. is still going on and off. Charles Higgins & Son have repaired it twice, so far.

The MS4 Annual Report for stormwater management was prepared by Catania Engineering and approved by DEP.

Catania Engineering prepared the paperwork for the Borough to apply for County Aid for Road Repair for 2014- $50,000.00 and $1,485.00.

Catania Engineering Associates submitted an erosion and sediment control plan for Morton Ave. pedestrian improvement .

Robert Hunt stated that ordinance 15-601 – Snow Emergency – the Mayor may issues a snow emergency and put up temporary no parking signs, and get the information to residents through the CodeRed Alert System, and any means of media available.

Jim Jones suggested that the Borough have Community Access on the local cable TV channel.

Marlaina Kloepfer reported that the Delaware County Association of Boroughs will have its quarterly Meeting in Marcus Hook on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 PM.

Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM.

Submitted by:  Gennifer Guiliano, Secretary

 

 

Rutledge Borough Council Meeting- January 6, 2014

 

David Waltz, Council President, opened the scheduled Borough Council Meeting at 7:30 PM, in the Council Meeting Room, 212 Unity Terrace, Rutledge, PA.

 

After the salute to the flag, the following Council members answered roll call: M. Diane McGaughey, Marlaina Kloepfer, David Waltz, Brian Costello, Marie Govannicci, Tom Kopp, Daniel Werner,

 

Also present: Mayor Kevin Cunningham, Officer Stufflett, Robert Hunt, Jr., Esq.

 

Minutes:  MOTION by James Jones, Second by Diane McGaughey, to approve the minutes as submitted for the Council Meeting of December 9, 2013. Daniel Werner stated that, under Public Comment, it should state that the police were called because the dogs were barking. MOTION approved unanimously with noted change.

 

MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Diane McGaughey, to approve the minutes as submitted for the Work Session of December 23, 2013. MOTION approved unanimously.

 

Public Comment: None

 

Treasurer’s Report: Gennifer Guiliano distributed the Treasurer’s Report for the month of December, 2013, and noted that the General Fund has a balance of $369.00 until 2014 taxes are collected.

 

Correspondence:

 

  1. Delaware County- $50,000.00 to repair Swarthmore Ave.
  2. PSAB- Training for New Council Members-various dates and locations
  3. James Jones- Letter of resignation from the Zoning Hearing Board.

     

    Tax Collector’s Report: Thomas Heron reported that $402,096.44 was collected as of 12/31/13. Accounts receivable as of 12 /31/13- 16 Real Estate taxes, 7 Sewer and 29 Per Capita – $31,931.60. Mr. Heron ordered the 2014 tax bills, which will be sent out on February 1, 2014.

    Code Enforcement Report: Harry Mirra read his report for December.

    1 Use & occupancy –house sold – 1 failed

    2 Correction Notices- boat on front lawn- removed

    Ten bags of trash- construction material- contractor must remove his trash

    2 Zoning Permits- Sidewalks- 1 completed, one pending

    Mayor’s Report: Mayor Kevin Cunningham read the Police report for December. There were:

    16 Parking Tickets

    Unity Terrace- hub caps stolen 3 times

    Unit block Sylvan Ave.- Customer dispute about a stromboli order

    100 Block Linden Ave.- Suspicious condition- footprints in the snow to the shed in the rear of the property.

    Mayor Cunningham will meet with the Pastor of Chambers Memorial Church. The Church will celebrate its 125th Anniversary, and will collect food for those in need. David Waltz asked that they not put the snow in the street when the Church parking lot is plowed. The Snow Jam will be on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

    Public Safety:  Tom Kopp stated that the December report is not completed. 2013 final alarms were 280. The Fire Co. has received its 4th call today. There was one call in Rutledge in December for a fire. The fire was out, and there was no fire damage. The Fire Co. received a thank you email from the mother for the fast response.

    Santa’s ride through town on Christmas Eve went well and moved at a good pace. The Fire Co. stopped at Mr. Black’s house. This is the 60th year that he has hosted a reception for the Fire Co. Mr. Kopp reminded residents to check in their elderly neighbors.

    Daniel Werner stated that there was an incident on Friday night, and he was impressed with the response of the Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. It is an all volunteer group, and there were a lot of young people, and it was very cold.

    4th of July: Marie Govannicci reported that the luminaries were put out. The wind blew them out and knocked them over. Ms. Govannicci thanked everyone who volunteered.

    Rutledge Girls’ Club- Nothing to report.

    Communication: Marlaina Kloepfer reported that the calendar on the website has been updated. Ms. Kloepfer needs the holiday trash schedule to post. Tonight’s pictures will be posted on the website. The Delaware County alert system has sent notices about the weather- they were not sent by the Borough. Ms. Kloepfer and the Mayor are working on the CodeRed system and reviewing the phone list that was purchased. They are not pleased with the vendor’s numbers which do not appear to be correct. Information will be in the newsletter and the website.

    Ordinance: Nothing to report.

    Trash: Nothing to report.

    Building: Diane McGaughey reported that the entry door to the garage has been replaced. Ms. McGaughey will get a price to replace the door to the CDCA office.

    Recreation: Nothing to report

    Sewer: Nothing to report

    Shade Tree Commission: Nothing to report.

    Finance: Nothing to report.

    Streets: David Waltz stated that Karl Eilinsfeld did a good job with the snow removal. Marie Govannicci stated that her husband was pleased with the plowing.

    Solicitor’s Report: Robert Hunt reported that there will be a Zoning Hearing on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 7:30 PM. James Jones resigned from the Zoning Hearing Board, and there are two new members. Mr. Hunt drafted a continuance for Mr. Jones to sign, since the hearing will be after 60 of the date of his application.

    Sale of 206 Linden Ave.- the sale has not been processed- it should be completed by January 20, 2014.

    Old Business: Tom Kopp repaired the elevator. A 3-year test is required by the State by the end of March. Mr. Kopp recommended that the Borough get a maintenance contract.

 

New Business: David Waltz thanked Diane McGaughey for all of the work she has done as Council President.

 

There will be an arts and crafts show on April 5, 2014. The cost for a table is $10.00 for residents, and $15.00 for non residents.

 

Marlaina Kloepfer reported that the Delaware County Association of Boroughs will have its quarterly meeting on January 30, 2014, 7:00 PM at the Marcus Hook Borough Building.

 

David Waltz asked Council to think about which committees they would like to serve.

 

Chris Reife, Deputy Chief of the Fire Co., introduced the members and thanked Council for inviting them.

 

Public Comment: Karl Eilinsfeld, 223 Linden Ave., asked if anything can be done about the noise from the heater. The audience cannot hear what Council is saying. Daniel Werner stated that Council will discuss getting a public address system.

 

Bills for January 6, 2014: 

 

MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Tom Kopp, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the General Fund in the amount of $7,546.57. MOTION approved unanimously.

 

MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Diane McGaughey, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Gas Fund in the amount of $1,936.22. MOTION approved unanimously.

 

MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Diane McGaughey, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Sewer Fund the amount of $464.00. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Diane McGaughey, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the PIB Loan Road Repair Fund in the amount of $9,342.16. MOTION approved unanimously.

 

Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM.

 

Submitted by:
Gennifer Guiliano
Secretary

 

Rutledge Borough Reorganization Meeting

January 6, 2014

Judge Greg Mallon administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Borough Officials: Kevin Cunningham, Thomas Kopp, David Waltz, Marlaina Kloepfer, and James Jones.

The Reorganization Meeting of Rutledge Borough Council was called to order by Mayor Kevin Cunningham, on January 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM, in the Council Meeting Room, 212 Unity Terrace, Rutledge, PA .

Council President – Mayor Cunningham called for nomination of Borough Council President. MOTION by Tom Kopp, to nominate David Waltz as Council President. MOTION by Marlaina Kloepfer to nominate M. Diane McGaughey as Council President. David Waltz was voted Council President with a majority vote. Votes for M. Diane McGaughey – 3 (M. D. McGaughey, D. Werner, M. Kloepfer) Votes for David Waltz- 4 ( D. Waltz, J. Jones, T. Kopp, and M. Govannecci)

Vice President – Council President David Waltz called for nomination of Borough Council Vice President. MOTION by Tom Kopp to nominate James Jones as Council Vice President. No other nominations were received. Nominations were closed. James Jones was voted Council Vice President with a majority vote.

The meeting was turned over to David Waltz, Council President. President Waltz noted that Council was organized. All Council members accepted their seats on Borough Council.

Reorganization of Borough Council

Appointments -

Borough Secretary – MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by James Jones, to nominate Gennifer Guiliano for appointment of Borough Secretary. No other nominations were received. Nominations were closed. MOTION to appoint Gennifer Guiliano as Rutledge Borough Secretary approved unanimously.

Treasurer – MOTION by Thomas Kopp, Second by Diane McGaughey, to nominate Gennifer Guiliano for appointment of Treasurer. No other nominations were received. Nominations were closed. MOTION to appoint Gennifer Guiliano as Rutledge Borough Treasurer approved unanimously.

Solicitor – MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Diane McGaughey, to nominate Robert S. Hunt, Jr., Esq. as Borough Solicitor. No other nominations were received. Nominations were closed. MOTION to appoint Robert S. Hunt, Jr., Esq. as Borough Solicitor approved unanimously.

Borough Engineer – MOTION by Thomas Kopp, Second by Daniel Werner, to nominate Catania Engineering Associates, Inc. as Borough Engineer. No other nominations were received. Nominations were closed. MOTION to appoint Catania Engineering Associates, Inc. as Borough Engineer approved unanimously.

Building Inspector – MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Tom Kopp, to nominate Catania Engineering Associates, Inc. as Building Inspector for building and plumbing inspections. No other nominations were received. Nominations were closed. MOTION to appoint  Catania Engineering Associates, Inc. as Building Inspector approved unanimously.

Health Inspector – MOTION by Thomas Kopp, Second by Marie Govannicci, to nominate David Teachey, MD for appointment as Borough Health Officer. No other nominations were received. Nominations were closed. MOTION to appoint David Teachey MD as Borough Health Officer approved unanimously.

Fire Marshall – MOTION by James Jones, Second by Marie Govannicci, to nominate Tom Kopp for appointment as Fire Marshall. No other nominations were received. Nominations were closed. MOTION to appoint Tom Kopp as Fire Marshall approved unanimously.

Zoning – MOTION by James Jones, Second by Thomas Kopp, to nominate Heidi Sentivan for appointment as Zoning Hearing Board Chairman. No other nominations were received. Nominations were closed. MOTION to appoint Heidi Sentivan as Zoning Hearing Board Chairman approved unanimously.

Depositories – MOTION by Thomas Kopp, Second by Marie Govannicci, to designate PLGIT Investment Trust and TD Bank as Bank Depositories for the Borough of Rutledge funds. MOTION approved unanimously.

Liaison Member to 4th of July Committee – MOTION by Thomas Kopp, Second by James Jones, to appoint Marie Govannicci as liaison member to the 4th of July Committee. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Marlaina Kloepfer, Second by Tom Kopp, to appoint Len Warren, United Inspections as electrical inspector. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by James Jones, Second by Daniel Werner, to appoint Gennifer Guiliano as the Right To Know Officer. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by James Jones, Second by Thomas Kopp, to appoint Gennifer Guiliano as the Recycling Coordinator. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by James Jones, Second by Marlaina Kloepfer, to appoint Caycee Conallen as a Zoning Hearing Board Member. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Marlaina Kloepfer, Second by Daniel Werner, to appoint Robert Bagonis as a Zoning Hearing Board Alternate. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Thomas Kopp, Second by Daniel Werner, to adjourn the Organization Meeting at 7:19 PM. MOTION approved unanimously.

 

Submitted by:
Gennifer Guiliano
Secretary

2014 Rutledge Softball Registration

February 9, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm
February 19, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
February 23, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Registration for the 2014 Rutledge Girls Softball season (for girls between the ages of 6 and 15) will take place at the Rutledge Borough Hall on:

Registration fee is $80. Please bring the completed registration form, a copy of the player’s birth certificate (only if player has not played for Rutledge before), and a recent wallet-size photo. Registration will take place at the Rutledge Borough Hall located at the corner of Sylvan Avenue and Unity Terrace in Rutledge. Players do not have to be residents of Rutledge to play.

Practices will begin on Saturdays in mid-March (weather permitting). Practice times for various age groups have not been determined yet. Season begins in April and teams average two games a week.  Home games will be played at Rutledge Triangle Park.  Away games will require travel locally (e.g, Ridley Park, Prospect Park, Tinicum, Nether Providence, etc.).

Questions?  Please contact Margie Corcoran, President of the Rutledge Girls Club at margie.corcoran@gmail.com or at 610-506-5900.

 

Snow Jam 2014

February 1, 2014
7:00 pmto11:00 pm

The Mayor is hosting A Music Night in Rutledge!

Location: Rutledge Borough Hall

Enjoy a FREE evening of entertainment with light refreshments.

Featured RUTLEDGE & Community Artists!
(Friends of Erik, Just Roses, Mayor Kevin, & More)
& An Open Mic (7:00 & 8:30)

Burglary in the Borough

Please be aware that there was a burglary in the 100 block of President Avenue some time between Wednesday, January 8th and Friday, January 10th of last week. Some copper tubing was taken from the basement. As always please make sure your house is locked if you are not there. Also, call 911 immediately if you see anyone or anything that looks suspicious. Again, please do not hesitate to call. The police department is on top of the situation but a well placed call from a resident could make all the difference.

Thanks for your cooperation.
Mayor Kevin Cunningham

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