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Planning Commission Seeking New Members

The Rutledge Borough Planning Commission is looking to appoint 2 new members of the borough to serve.  The Rutledge Planning Commission is developing a comprehensive plan for the community which includes multiple projects and areas of interest such as updating  building plans/ordinances and many other things that affect our daily lives in the borough.  Some of the ordinances that the Planning Commission will be looking at in the next year include open fires in the borough, soliciting in the borough, and allowable deck/accessory structure coverage on properties.  The commission meets once a month.

To be considered for the Planning Commission, please send a letter of intent and resume to Ms. Kim Brown (Chair of the Planning Commission) at tiltwelve@yahoo.com.

Rutledge Borough Work Session- July 28, 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: David Waltz, Tom Kopp, Marlaina Kloepfer,  Daniel Werner

Also present: Mayor Kevin Cunningham, Robert Hunt, Jr., Esq., Jack Borsch, Heidi Sentivan

Not present: Marie Govannicci, Diane McGaughey, James Jones

Building Permits – Daniel Werner reported that he received plans from a resident to put pavers in his rear yard. Mr. Werner contacted the resident for more information, but has not heard back from him.

Mr. Werner stated that notices were left at residents’ homes regarding clippings/grass growing in the streets at curbs. There is no ordinance regarding the issue, so it is difficult to enforce. The notices were sent so that residents would clean up for the July 4th celebration. Mr. Werner stated that his 70 year old neighbor was out in the street in the 90 degree heat clearing grass, and he helped her.

Public Safety – Tom Kopp reported that he will have the Fire Co. reports for the August 4, 2014 Council Meeting. As of August 8, Mr. Kopp will no longer be Fire Marshall because the certificate runs out.

Tree Commission – Marlaina Kloepfer reported for Marie Govannicci that Jack Borsch sent a letter to Council. Karl and Pat Eilinsfeld have resigned from the Shade Tree Commission. Rachel Sten submitted a resume. She would like to join the Commission and be Chairperson. Ms. Sten will take the Tree Tenders class and higher education classes.

Jack Borsch stated that the Commission is down one person, and one more member is needed for the Secretary position. The Commission will have a reorganization meeting in September. Ms. Sten will come to the next Council Meeting to introduce herself.

Streets – Nothing to report.

Communications – Marlaina Kloepfer reported that there was a meeting on July 10, 2014. A campaign was discussed to increase enrollment for the CodeRed notification program. The Committee would like to set up a table at the Community Yard sale and distribute flyers that will include information regarding the Borough’s committees. There will be a test of the CodeRed system on October 2, 2014 that will be advertised.

Planning Commission – Marlaina Kloepfer reported that the Commission will sell rain barrels at the Community Yard Sale. Heidi Sentivan, Zoning Hearing Board Chairperson, came to the meeting to discuss some concerns the Board has. The Commission will provide meeting minutes to Council.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Kevin Cunningham reported that there will not be an electronic recycling event this year. The Mayor would like to have one every other year. Mayor Cunningham received emails from Jayne Young of Lansdowne and Michelle Roberts of Morton regarding Rutledge hosting a recycling event on Saturday, September 6, 2014. There is not enough time to plan for it, and it should not be held on the same day as the yard sale. It is too dangerous with the increased traffic.

No dumpster is allowed for a roofing job on the 100 block of Rutledge Ave., to be parked in the street on the side where parking is prohibited.

Solicitor’s Report – Solicitor Robert Hunt reported that bill SB 1342 is before the Senate that would allow local governments the ability to waive the local earned income tax for volunteers first responders.

Bill SB 1262 is before the Senate for full consideration that would give municipal governments the option of establishing policies and helping residents repair damaged sewer laterals.

Governor Tom Corbett signed into law SB 707 (Act 65 of 2014) that allows Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Association Funds to be used to pay for the costs related to advanced life support or paramedic training.

Solicitor Hunt reminded Council that 2015 is quickly coming upon us, and budget preparations should begin soon. Solicitor Hunt received a call from a tenant regarding a per capita bill with penalties in excess of $50.00, and was advised to address Council at the August 4, 2014 Council Meeting.

Public Comment: Heidi Sentivan stated that she attended the Planning Commission meeting. Changes to current ordinances were discussed, and how to communicate the proposed changes to Borough residents. The community should be able to give opinions about ordinance changes. Ms. Sentivan suggested that the meeting topics be posted on the Borough website and Facebook. Marlaina Kloepfer stated that topics of discussion will include fire pits and fences. She will give the meeting dates and topics to be discussed, and will have a handout at the yard sale.

Solicitor Hunt advised Council to plan ahead by letting residents know ahead of time. The Commission should have a draft proposal to submit to Council for comments, then the ordinance should go back to the Planning Commission, and then have public comments before the ordinance is advertised to finalize.

Jack Borsch stated that he has a big sinkhole in the back of his property. The sewer line seams are separating on the bottom according to the last video inspection. Jim Jones will investigate.

Old Business- None.

New Business – Gennifer Guiliano thanked the Committees for having the meetings in the meeting room and not in the office. Ms. Guiliano reported that the summer intern, Matthew Kroon, is doing a great job. He has been shredding documents and sending out letters for delinquent parking tickets.

The Borough magazine has as Annual National Night Out on August 5, 2014 listed for Borough participation. To show support against crime, residents are asked to turn on their porch lights.

Ralph Brown, PECO Energy, notified the Borough that its Growing Greener Grant application was approved, along with those of the members of AFewSteps.Org.

MOTION by Tom Kopp, Second by Daniel Werner, to apply for County Aid for pothole repair in the amount of $438.45. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Tom Kopp, Second by Daniel Werner, to apply for County Aid for road repairs to Swarthmore Ave. in the amount of $30,000.00. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Marlaina Kloepfer, Second by Daniel Werner, to appoint Rachel Sten to the Tree Commission as Chairperson.  MOTION approved unanimously.

Tom Kopp reported that the appointment of Fire Marshall should be done January 1, but he received the application in August. MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Marlaina Kloepfer, to appoint Tom Kopp to the position of Fire Marshall. MOTION approved unanimously.

David Waltz reported that the Auditors reviewed the rental account, and recommend that 1099s be sent to the custodians for the tax year 2013. The Borough can be fined if they are not sent. MOTION by Marlaina Kloepfer, Second by Daniel Werner, to send Form 1099 MISC for 2013 to the rental custodians, per the recommendation of the auditors. MOTION approved unanimously. MOTION approved unanimously.

Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:19 PM.

Submitted by:
Gennifer Guiliano
Secretary

 

 

Rutledge Borough Council Meeting- July 7, 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: David Waltz, , Tom Kopp, James Jones; M. Diane McGaughey, Marlaina Kloepfer

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

Not Present: Daniel Werner, Marie Govannicci

Minutes:  MOTION by Tom Kopp, Second by James Jones, to approve the minutes as submitted for the Council Meeting of June 2, 2014 and the Work Session of June 23, 2014. MOTION approved unanimously.

Public Comment: Sarah Hill, 12 Rutledge Ave., reported that there was an incident three weeks ago where she was having a recreational fire in her backyard in a pit that is 10 inches deep and surrounded by flagstone that makes it 18 inches deep all together, and is about 40 feet from the back of her property. It is set in the middle of five houses and is a safe distance from any other building. There is no hazard in burning dry trees.

Daniel Werner went to Ms. Hill’s and instructed her to put out the fire or she would be cited and he would call the police. Ms. Hill invited him to do so. Mayor Kevin Cunningham came to her house. The Police came and thought it was ridiculous. Ms. Hill stated that Mr. Werner could have handled the situation differently. Ms. Hill would like to know how she can have a safe fire without bringing all of this down on her in the future. Diane McGaughey asked Ms. Hill if she had read the ordinance regarding open fires, to which Ms. Hill replied “Yes, many times”, and that she does not understand the part about open fires. “Open fire- A fire in which any material is burned in the open or in a receptacle other than a furnace or incinerator.” Ms. Hill stated that she has an incinerator, and does not burn refuse or putrescible animal and vegetable matter. Ms. Hill’s fire was cold by the time Mr. Werner got there, but her citronella candles had an open flame. Ms. Hill stated that the ordinance is unclear and contradictory, and would like to know what to do to be safe. Council President David Waltz stated that the Planning Commission is looking at the ordinance for open fires to see if it can be improved and made easier to understand. The meetings are open to the public, and are on the second Monday of each month.

Ms. Hill stated that her neighbor at 14 Rutledge Ave. put in a concrete patio that is close to one-half of the footprint of his entire house that is four feet from her property. She is not complaining, but bringing it to Council’s attention. Her neighbor has a large pool. There is a calculation of property coverage that is allowed. Ms. Hill thinks that a mistake was made in the calculation of building coverage of the patio. Ms. Hill is concerned about the water runoff onto her property, and is not adding to the property value of any of our houses. Ms. Hill invited Council to go to her driveway to look at it. The Secretary reported that the homeowner applied for a permit, which was approved by the Chairperson of the Building committee. Ms. Hill thinks that a mistake was made, and wanted to bring it to Council’s attention so that it doesn’t happen again.

What happened on that Friday evening was unfortunate. Ms. Hill suggested that Council have some sort of identification.

Paige Hill, 12 Rutledge Ave., asked if the meeting room was available to have workshops on such topics as canning, composting, raising chickens, and if there was a cost. David Waltz instructed Ms. Hill to see the Borough Secretary for availability.

Diane McGaughey stated that the Environmental Action Committee and the Rutledge Shade Tree Commission are looking for volunteers.

Treasurer’s Report: Gennifer Guiliano distributed the Treasurer’s Report for the month of June 2014. MOTION by Diane McGaughey, Second by James Jones, to approve the Treasurer’s Reports as submitted. MOTION approved unanimously.

Correspondence:

1)      DEP- County Act 537 Plan Revision was not approved and there are four pages of questions/comments

2)     William T. Neill, III, Esq.- Zoning Hearing, 132 President Ave., continued to August 20, 2014

3)      2013 Audit is almost completed

Tax Collector’s Report: Thomas Heron reported that $454,532.39 has been collected as of June 30, 2014. Accounts receivable as of June 30, 2014 is $27,451.64- 10 Real Estate, 9 Sewer, 42 Per Capita. $481,984.03 should be collected as of 12/31/2014. David Waltz noted that a property on Linden Ave. is up for Sheriff sale.

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

18 Apartment Inspections- 9 failed/ 9 passed

Notice regarding a hanging electrical unit

A garage that was leaning was removed

Debris on the side and back yard of a property has been cleaned up

A trailer that was parked in front of a property was removed

Notices to ask residents to clean the grass along the curb lines were delivered to residents

1 Active zoning permit

Mayor’s Report: Mayor Kevin Cunningham read the Police Report for June 2014. There were 36 Parking Tickets, 8 Traffic Citations 8 Traffic Warnings.

Mayor Cunningham reported that the July 4th celebration went well. It rained for 10 minutes. Mayor Cunningham thanked Harry Mirra, David Waltz, and Officer Aloi for their help.

Mayor Cunningham received a complaint about parking at the corner of Unity Terrace and Swarthmore Ave. Employees of the group home are parking on Unity Terrace and blocking the driveway of the resident. The group home is in Ridley Twp. The question is: if you have a business, must you provide parking for employees?

Public Safety:  Tom Kopp stated that he has not received the monthly report from the Fire Co. The July 4th parades in Morton and Rutledge Boroughs went well. The Fire Co. will have fundraisers in September.

Mr. Kopp reported that four children were killed in the eight row house fires in Philadelphia. A New York City fire company lost a firefighter on duty, the first in three years.

Property/Building Maintenance: Diane McGaughey stated that she presented information to Council, and she is waiting to hear what Council would like to do. Ms. McGaughey received another estimate for roof replacement in the amount of $13,685.00, and it does not include the same work as the first estimate.

Recreation: Nothing to report.

Rutledge Girls’ Club- Nothing to report.

Communication: Marlaina Kloepfer reported that the Committee will have a meeting on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM. Ms. Kloepfer asked Mr. Kopp and Mayor Cunningham to attend the meeting so that the CodeRed procedures can be discussed.

Ordinance: Marliana Kloepfer reported that the Committee will look at the open fire ordinance.

Trash: Nothing to report.

Building: Nothing to report.

Sewer: Jim Jones reported that Rutledge will get four loaner, temporary flow meters from CDCA. Dye tests were completed at 32 President Ave. to determine if the sinkholes on the property are caused by the lateral or the Borough main. We are waiting for quotes for repair work from General Sewer Services.

Shade Tree Commission: Marlaina Kloepfer reported that an email was received from someone interested in the Chairman position.

Finance: Nothing to report.

Streets: David Waltz reported that he spoke with Aqua PA regarding replacement of the water main. There will be no digging on Swarthmore Ave. The main on Melrose Terrace from Sylvan Ave. to Linden Ave. will be replaced and will tie into Sutton and Folsom Avenues. Aqua PA will repave one half of Melrose Terrace.

Solicitor’s Report: An issue had been raised regarding cats running loose in the Borough. There is an ordinance, Chapter 2, Section 2-202, that states that it is unlawful to permit fowl, domestic animals or pets to run at large within the Borough; such animals shall at all times be kept within the confines of the property of the owner. The owner is subject to fines ranging from $10.00 to $1,000.00 and imprisonment of up to 30 days.

Senate Bill 733- PA State Association of Boroughs passed Resolution 2014-11 in support of the Bill that allows the advertising of ordinances online.

Bill 1340 is in the House for approval that would allow local police officers to use radar for speed enforcement.

Diane McGaughey reported that the Delaware County Association of Boroughs stated that a new Borough Code will be available in September that has a better presentation than the last one.

Old Business: Tom Kopp thanked David Waltz for contacting Joe Hackett to clarify whether police officers and firefighters may serve on Council. They may, if they are volunteers and not paid.

New Business:

Diane McGaughey reported that the Borough has not paid for the April banquet tickets. The Secretary stated that a check was sent.

Ms. McGaughey asked that an agenda be prepared for the meetings.

Ms . McGaughey stated that the preparation of the 2015 budget will begin soon, and asked that Brian Costello be included in the discussion, as he is a Wharton School graduate and has expertise in finances.

Ms. McGaughey asked if ordinances can be developed to recognize the 4th of July and the Rutledge Girls’ Club so the Borough can directly fund them. The Shade Tree Commission has its own ordinance. Section B 2709 was added to Act 43.

Ms. McGaughey would like a meeting with the Zoning Hearing Board so that the members can explain what their jobs are and are not. Council is not to talk to the ZHB members about zoning matters or pending hearings.

Ms. McGaughey asked if the Auditors would present a report after the 2013 Financial Audit is completed and let Council know how a better job can be done when it comes to managing our money.

Donations to the Borough have not been acknowledged by the organization that has received the money. Ms. McGaughey is asking Council to take over that aspect and monitor the money that is coming in to make sure it is spent the way it is supposed to be spent. There are several plaques that have never been acknowledged.

Ms. McGaughey stated that the April 28, 2014 minutes reflect that she would like the Chase Credit Card closed because it was compromised. That is not the case- it was a different credit card in her name.

Ms. McGaughey stated that there are crates available to capture animals. The animals would be released at another location. The homeowner would have to pay for the trap.

Ms. McGaughey would like to see minutes from the Planning Commission meetings to see what was discussed.

The Community Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM. There will be no electronic recycling event that day. Ms. McGaughey would like to sell spaces for a Craft Fair at the Triangle Park, to benefit the Borough.

Ms. McGaughey would like to increase the revenue from rentals and will talk to the Solicitor.

Public Comment: None

Bills for July 7, 2014: 

MOTION by Marlaina Kloepfer, Second by Tom Kopp, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the General Fund in the amount of $36,778.23. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Marlaina Kloepfer, Second by Tom Kopp, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Gas Fund in the amount of $965.64. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Marlaina Kloepfer, Second by Tom Kopp, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $970.38. MOTION approved unanimously.

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

 

Submitted by:

Gennifer Guiliano
Secretary

Rutledge Borough Annual Yard Sale

September 6, 2014

The annual Rutledge Borough Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 6th.  Walk around town to browse for treasures or host your own sale.  Either way it is a great day in the borough.  Refreshments will be sold at the Borough Hall by the Morton-Rutledge Fire Company, and there will be a borough resource table at the hall too.

 

Shade Tree Commission Seeking Secretary

Are you interested in getting involved in the Shade Tree Commission?  The great news is that the commission is actively looking for new members to serve.  The commission is specifically in need of a resident to serve as Secretary.  If you are interested in getting involved and serving as Secretary, please email Jack Borsch at jackborsch@gmail.com to learn more.

Rutledge Borough Work Session- June 23, 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: David Waltz, Tom Kopp, Marie Govannicci, Marlaina Kloepfer Diane McGaughey, Daniel Werner, James Jones

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

Borough Building- Diane McGaughey reported that she has attended a citizen’s police academy for the last 12 weeks. There was no charge, and food and drinks were provided. She received four certificates, and recommended the course to Council.

The following repairs are needed to the Borough building:

1)      New roof- 1 estimate received $18,000.00   Remover 3 roof vents  $4,250.00
2)      Paint Ceiling- $1,200.00
3)      Wax floors – $500.00
4)      Wash Windows- 1st Floor $136.00  2nd Floor $170.00

The building also needs concrete repairs.

Ms. McGaughey would like an agenda for meetings and the minutes distributed one week prior to the meeting.

Ms. McGaughey met Lucien Calhoun of Calhoun Baker, at a CDCA meeting. His firm can lend the Borough $100,000.00 at an interest rate of .9% or 1%.

The mortgage with the Fire Co. for the Borough building has a balance of $38,426.39 at 6.25%.

The road repair to Swarthmore Ave. went over the budgeted $50,000.00 by $3,700.00.

The loan could be used for other road repairs and repairs to the Borough building and to pay off the mortgage.

Ms. McGaughey reported that there was a meeting last week to discuss Citizen of the Year.

Building Permits – Daniel Werner stated that he had made a motion to ask a resident to apply for a Zoning Hearing, without realizing that the Borough would incur Solicitor fees of $1,000.0 or more. Mr. Werner stated that, in the future, he will not make any motions regarding the order of process regarding zoning process.

Public Safety – Tom Kopp reported that the 4th of July Committee may use the hot dog cooker for the festivities. The Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. participated in the Delaware County Firemen’s Association parade in Brookline. It was its 100th anniversary. Mr. Kopp requested the check from the Borough for operations.

Recreation – Marie Govannicci reported that the new apparatus will be installed at the Triangle Park by July 4th. Ms. Govannicci left a message with the contractor regarding rain garden drainage problems.

4th of July – The July 4th festivities will start at the Community Center and end at Triangle Park.

Tree Commission – Marie Govannicci reported that the Committee does not have a Chairman, and may not continue as a committee. The Committee would like to plant an evergreen on the Borough property. In the past, trees planted in this area have died because there is too much clay and water in the soil.

Girls’ Club – Marie Govannicci reported that the Girls’ Club were co-winners of the championship in the 6, 7, and 8 year old division.

Streets – David Waltz reported that the Borough was approved by the County for $30,000.00 for road repairs to Swarthmore Ave. It has not been officially announced. The amount is lower than expected because the County distributed money for pothole repairs.

Sewer – James Jones reported that a dye test was done at 32 President Ave. to see why the sinkholes formed. It was determined to be the Borough’s sewer main problem. Mr. Jones is waiting for prices to repair the sewer at Melrose Terrace and Sylvan Ave.

Communications – Marlaina Kloepfer was in contact with Matthew Kroon, summer intern, who will start on July 9, 2014.Ms. Kloepfer will send changes to the hall rental contracts to Council for review. The solicitor reviewed the contracts.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Kevin Cunningham reported that Juli Kroon, 4th of July Committee, sent out letters to the Police, Karl Eilinsfeld, and VFW. Mayor Cunningham will talk to Mr. Eilinsfeld regarding placement of barricades for the July 4th parade. 25 chairs and 4 tables are needed at the park.

Mayor Cunningham stated that there is a bush blocking the stop sign on Sylvan Ave. and Unity Terrace.

Mayor Cunningham wished Tom Kopp a happy 60th birthday.

Solicitor’s Report – Solicitor Robert Hunt distributed a list of changes to the State Borough Code.

The prohibition of a Council Member not being able to get paid while serving on another Board has been removed. Firefighters and police employees may not serve on Council; if currently on Council, the person may finish his/her term. Solicitor Hunt will see if this applies to volunteer firefighters. The threshold to solicit formal bids for work is over $19,100.00.

Diane McGaughey asked if Council Members can write off their unpaid services on their Federal tax returns. A CPA should answer that question.

Old Business- None.

New Business – Daniel Werner stated that he has gotten questions from residents regarding firepits. Mr. Werner received a call regarding an open fire on Sylvan Ave. The person was told to call the police. Mr. Werner conferred with the Fire Co. and the Mayor, and went to the resident’s house and informed her that the fire was illegal. The resident told Mr. Werner that he was wrong, and her neighbor told her that it was okay. Mr. Werner called the police.

Mr. Werner stated that there is a cat problem on Sylvan Ave. Cats are going under residents porches and urinating and defecating. There is an ordinance to regulate dogs, but not cats. The Solicitor will look into it.

Aqua PA will begin the replacement of the water main near the Triangle Park beginning on June 26. Dave Waltz will call the company to see if it can be postponed until after the July 4th celebration.

Marlaina Kloepfer asked Council Members if they want the Planning Commission to look at the ordinance regarding open fires. Tom Kopp stated that the fire to which Mr. Werner referred was the burning of yard waste.

DEP did not approve the County Act 537 Sewage Plan, and sent a letter of comments.

Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:33 PM.

Submitted by: Gennifer Guiliano, Secretary

 

 

Rutledge Borough Council Meeting- June 2, 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: David Waltz, Marie Govannicci, Tom Kopp, Daniel Werner, James Jones

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

Not Present: M. Diane McGaughey, Marlaina Kloepfer

Minutes:  MOTION by Marie Govannicci, Second by James Jones, to approve the minutes as submitted for the Work Session of May 17, 2014. David Waltz noted that Council went into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues. MOTION approved unanimously.

Public Comment: Robert Hunt, 209 Linden Ave., stated that 206. Linden Ave. has high grass that is harboring rodents. The neighbor at 208 Linden has seen rodents and an increase in insects on his property. Mr. Hunt stated that he looked at the property, intending to purchase it. It has no heat and pipes are broken. Harry Mirra reported that he spoke with the realtor today. The water is shut off, and the grass will be cut tomorrow.

Mr. Hunt reported that there appears to be an abandoned car on Waverly Terrace between Rutledge and Sylvan Aves. The silver Hyundai has New Jersey tags and a flat tire. The police will look into it.

Treasurer’s Report: Gennifer Guiliano distributed the Treasurer’s Report for the month of May 2014. MOTION by Tom Kopp, Second by Marie Govannicci, to approve the Treasurer’s Reports as submitted. MOTION approved unanimously.

Correspondence:

1)      County Act 537 Plan Final
2)      Karl Eilinsfeld- Resigned as Chairman of the Shade Tree Commission
3)      Backflow Preventer Tests Completed at Community Center & Triangle Park
4)      DEP- Recycling Grant of $1,051.00 for the year 2012- 903 tons recycled.
5)      Jack Borsch- Resignation as the Rutledge Borough PA One Call System representative
6)      Holcomb Behavior-Signs & stickers “parents Who Host Lose the Most”- Don’t be a party to teenage drinking.
7)      Catania Engineering- Results of 32 President Ave. sinkhole investigation
8)      County Intercommunity Health Coordination – Pamphlets “Eight Tips to Help your Child’s Asthma” and “Asthma Day Camp: June 23-27, 2014”
9)      Zoning Hearing Board- Zoning Hearing on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 7:00 PM- 132 Sylvan Ave. application for an exception for a first floor addition.

Tax Collector’s Report: Thomas Heron reported that $451,992.21 has been collected as of May 31, 2014. Accounts receivable as of May 31, 2014 is $30,245.29- 11 Real Estate $22,388.50, 9 Sewer $7,620.29, 43 Per Capita $236.50.

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

16 Apartment Inspections- all passed
2 U&O House Inspections 1 Passed 1 Failed
Correction Notices sent and corrected
2 Fences over four feet were reduced in height
Apron required on Sylvan Ave.
1 Car Auto Tags required
4 Zoning Permits- 2 Completed 2 Open

Mayor’s Report: Mayor Kevin Cunningham read the Police Report for May 2014. There were 14 Parking Tickets, 8 Traffic Citations 3 Traffic Warnings

Mayor Cunningham thanked everyone for participating in the Memorial Day Service. Mayor Cunningham thanked Harry Mirra and the Police Department. Rutledge is big on patriotism and support of the troops. If you are in town next year, please attend.

Mayor Cunningham reported that people are speeding down the street and stopping at the sign at the last second. Trees and bushes at the intersections might need to be trimmed.

Public Safety:  Tom Kopp stated that he will have the Chief’s report next month. There have been over 100 calls from January to May. No opens fires are permitted in the Borough, per an ordinance. Council received an email from a resident, after the fact, that a neighbor had an open fire. Residents are instructed to call 911 to report smoke or an open fire. There is no other way to get in touch with the Fire Co. or the police.

The Fire Co. had a smoke investigation on Rutledge Ave. as a result of a 911 call.

4th of July: The Committee will meet on June 9 and July 1 to prepare for the July 4th activities. The rain date is July 5. The Fire Co. was sent an invitation and will participate.

Recreation: Marie Govannicci reported that the new playground equipment was delivered and will be installed in a week. The blue print for the rain garden will be given to Karl Eilinsfeld.

Rutledge Girls’ Club- The club is doing great.

Communication: Nothing to report.

Ordinance: Nothing to report.

Trash: Nothing to report.

Building: Nothing to report.

Sewer: James Jones reported that the property at 32 President Ave. has a sinkhole. Video from 2011 shows that there are two capped laterals. A dye test was performed on May 15, 2014. Another dye test will be performed tomorrow, June 3 to determine if the problem is in the lateral or main.

Mr. Jones reported that portable flow meters will be installed by Catania Engineering.

The storm drain at Melrose Terrace and Sylvan Ave. needs to be repaired, and Mr. Jones is waiting for three prices to have the work done.

Shade Tree Commission: There is a meeting on July 9. The dead trees along Swarthmore Ave. were removed.

Finance: Nothing to report.

Streets: David Waltz reported that Karl Eilinsfeld has been installing signs and repairing potholes.

Solicitor’s Report: Nothing to report.

Old Business: Nothing to report.

New Business: David Waltz introduced Matthew Kroon, who will be an unpaid summer intern to help in the Borough Office. 6 hours a week.

Public Comment: None

Bills for June 2, 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 $168,020.44. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Marie Govannicci, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Gas Fund in the amount of $1,009.29. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by James Jones, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $169.63. MOTION approved unanimously.

Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:56 PM.

 

Submitted by:
Gennifer Guiliano
Secretary

 

Rutledge Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2014
9:30 amto1:00 pm
9:30 amto1:00 pm

Join your neighbors for a celebration of the 4th of July with the annual parade through the borough and games at Triangle Park.

9:30-10:00 – Participants in the parade gather and register at the Borough Hall.  Judging of the Children’s Division at 10:00 sharp.
10:30- Parade starts from the Borough Hall to the Triangle Park.
11:00- Committee Welcome, Raising of the flag by the VFW, Invocation, Mayor’s Welcome, Outstanding Citizen Award, Fire Company Recognition, and Awarding of Parade Prizes
11:30- Games being (25 yard dash, 75 yard dash, kick the ball, water balloon toss, water bucket fill, hula hoops, sack race, and egg throw)

 

Congratulations to Our Champs

The Rutledge Pee Wee Farm Team are the Co-Champions of the Del Val League Pee Wee Farm South Division with a 12-2 record.  They wrapped up the championship on Friday night, June 20th at home.  Congratulations to the players, the coaches, and the parents for a fantastic and fun season.

Rutledge Borough Council Meeting-April 7, 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: David Waltz, Marie Govannicci, Tom Kopp, Daniel Werner, James Jones

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

Not Present: M. Diane McGaughey, Marlaina Kloepfer

Minutes:  MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Marie Govannicci, to approve the minutes as submitted for the Council Meeting of March 3, 2014 and Work Session of March 24, 2014. MOTION approved unanimously.

Public Comment: Brian Blundin, 2 Unity Terrace, stated that he is renovating 4 Unity Terrace, and applied for permits after he had completed the work. The property is sold and the buyers want to settle on Friday, April 11, 2014. The permits for fences were declined because the fences that were erected at 2 and 4 Unity Terrace are 5’5’, rather than the 4’ that is required. Mr. Blundin also changed 2 Unity from three bedrooms to two bedrooms without a permit, and installed a small porch and roof. In order to get a Use and Occupancy permit, Mr. Blundin must correct the fence height, and apply for permits for the other items.

Marjorie Corcoran, 124 Rutledge Ave., reported that the Girls’ Club made $519.00 at the Craft Fair. She has a thank you letter for Council. The money will be used for new bases and coaches’ uniform shirts. Ms. Corcoran stated that there are companies that will donate to the Girls’ Club if it is 501.C3. Solicitor Hunt will look into the matter.

Treasurer’s Report: Gennifer Guiliano distributed the Treasurer’s Report for the months of February and March 2014. MOTION by James Jones, Second by Tom Kopp, to approve the Treasurer’s Reports as submitted. MOTION approved unanimously.

Correspondence:

1)      PA One Call System Inc.- 2014 PA Safety Days- May 8, Oaks, PA

2)      Delaware County Association of Boroughs- Banquet, Friday, April 25, 2014, Springhaven Country Club, 7:30 PM, $45.00 per person

3)      Diane McGaughey- written report on the Craft Fair

4)      Steven Beckley, Delaware County Planning Commission- Needs a letter from the Rutledge Planning Commission stating that the Committee has reviewed the County Act 537  Plan

Tax Collector’s Report: No report.

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

6 Home Inspections/U&O   – 4 Failed; 2 Passed

Correction Notices- 20 written and delivered

Mr. Mirra would like to talk to the Building Code Official regarding a garage that is leaning and looks like it will fall down.

There are 3 Active Zoning Permits- 1 Deck and 2 Aprons

Mayor’s Report: Mayor Kevin Cunningham read the Police Report for March 2014. There were 24 Parking Tickets, 9 Traffic Citations

The Craft Fair on Saturday was a big success. Mayor Cunningham and Harry Mirra are organizing an event for Memorial Day. Taps will be played, a list of the names of Rutledge residents who died in service will be read, a wreath placed in front of the Community Center. The tentative date is Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 1:00 PM.

Public Safety:  Tom Kopp reported that in March, there were:

31 Calls with time in service of 36 Hours  10 Minutes

4 training with time in service of 8 Hours 15 Minutes

8 assist Springfield                   8 Assist Swarthmore

Property endangered $800,000.00                   Property Lost:$250,000.00

3 funeral details- one was R. Holstein, a Rutledge Fire Co. member

Mr. Kopp reported that there will be a Public Safety Day at the Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10AM to 2PM. There will be live fire demonstrations, a stop, drop & roll station, and a medical helicopter provided by Jefferson Hospital. Food will be provided.

Mr. Kopp would like to get a digital camera for the Fire Marshalls.

4th of July: Marie Govannicci reported that the Easter Egg Hunt will be on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM.

Recreation:  Marie Govannicci reported that J. Jansen completed the work at the Triangle Park. They mulched and dugout the poles from the old slide. They did a great job. Basketball rims with reinforced hooks have been ordered. The park looks good for spring.

Rutledge Girls’ Club- Marie Govannicci reported that J. Jansen completed the work at the ballfield. They installed DiamondTek, dug out the grass and leveled it, and replaced home plate.

Communication: Nothing to report.

Ordinance: James Jones stated that the Borough will apply to the County to help review the Borough’s ordinances for revision.

Trash: Nothing to report.

Building: Nothing to report.

Sewer: James Jones reported that the storm drain at Sylvan Ave. & Melrose Terrace has damage in the piping and the concrete is caving in. Mr. Jones took pictures and will consult Catania Engineering regarding pricing to repair it. The debris needs to be cleaned out. Mr. Jones has been reviewing the sewer tapes and narrative and is working with Daniel Werner on repairs. CDCA has offered to loan the Borough three portable flow meters, and placement of them has to be decided. The Borough is responsible for installation and maintenance costs. Mr. Jones has been appointed as the Borough’s representative to CDCA and will attend the Board Meetings.

Shade Tree Commission: Nothing to report.

Finance: Nothing to report.

Streets: David Waltz reported that PECO Energy will apply seed and topsoil on Linden Ave. & Waverly Terrace on Wednesday and Thursday. The paving work is currently out for bids. The holes will be mill and patched, and other areas will get new paving. Harry Mirra stated that residents told him that PECO put gravel on their front lawns and put asphalt on one resident’s apron instead of cement.

Solicitor’s Report: Solicitor Robert Hunt, Jr. reported on uses for the former Rutledge Fire Co. Four types of usage are allowed: residential, mental health facility, municipal building, fire station or similar use. The cheerleading rental does not meet the list of uses at this time. The issue could be amended by ordinance or the Fire Co. can go before the Zoning Hearing Board to apply for a Special Exception. The Fire Co. is permitted to use the building for community based activities and services. The issue will be discussed at the Work Session. The resident who complained about the noise does not want to meet with the Fire Co., Council and her husband, as was presented to her by Council to resolve the issue. There have been no more complaints since those last discussed at the March 24, 2014 Work Session. Dan Werner stated that the operation is not in compliance with the Borough Code. Council will allow the cheerleaders to continue renting, but Mr. Blundin must comply with the Borough Ordinance. It appears to be selective enforcement. David Waltz said that the cheerleading stays in operation, and Council will review the new information received tonight from the Solicitor.

Old Business: Tom Kopp reported that the Community Center elevator passed the 3-year pressure test required by the State. The light bulbs in the elevator must be rubber coated .Karl Eilinsfeld ordered them; they are a special order. Mr. Kopp needs the electrical prints for the elevator.

New Business: David Waltz asked everyone to keep Monday, May 12, 2014 open because he will host a party for a resident who is turning 103 this year. The State, County, and Mayor Cunningham will issue proclamations, and Rutledge’s State Representative will try to get a special person to attend. All Borough residents are invited.

Public Comment: None

Bills for April 7, 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 $43,661.79. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by Marie Govannicci, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Gas Fund in the amount of $552.88. MOTION approved unanimously.

MOTION by Daniel Werner, Second by James Jones, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Sewer Fund the amount of $55,323.13. MOTION approved unanimously.

Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:14 PM.

Submitted by:

Gennifer Guiliano

Secretary

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