MINUTES OF THE RUTLEDGE BOROUGH COUNCIL
August 12, 2019 Council Meeting
212 Unity Terrace
Rutledge, PA 19070
Meeting was called to order and Pledge of Allegiance recited at 7:32 pm.
Roll Call, Present: Heidi Sentivan, Jody Roberts, Marie Govannicci, Samantha Newell, Christine Gradel, Ken Torres-Zickler, Lindsay Reed (excused absence), Mayor Kevin Cunningham, Administrator Barbarann Keffer, Solicitor Christine Reuther.
Public Comment: Harold Floyd of Fair Districts PA and residents Marlaina Kloepfer and William Turpin spoke to encourage Council to pass a Fair Districts (anti-gerrymandering) resolution. Council to review at work session. HS said the resolution could be passed at the September 9 business meeting if council decides to move forward.
Minutes: motion to pass July 8 and 22 meeting minutes (SN/LR); passed unanimously.
Finance: HS verbally added the monthly RCN bill to the bills list. Motion to approve the bills list (HS/MG); motion passed unanimously.
There was a discussion on getting a new computer because the old one had been damaged by a lightning strike, August 6, and whether or not the borough should file an insurance claim. RCN did send someone to replace the modem which they did on August 7.
Motion to authorize the purchase of a new computer for around $600 and to file a claim with the insurance company (HS/MG); motion passed unanimously.
There was discussion about the overdue trash and sewer fees and steps to be taken in order to collect these fees.
Tax Collector: There was discussion on completing the requirements to qualify volunteer firefighters for the Tax Credit Program; JM will be working with the MRFC on the paperwork.
Parks: HS reported that the borough is close to finishing the purchase plan; the Catania drawings came in today and the paperwork could be completed by the end of the week.
MG requested that the infield be weeded in preparation for the fall softball season.
Harleigh Chwastyk asked about any upcoming work at Triangle Park softball field. HS said that the grant work will be done at the playground (not the ball field) this fall and no immediate work is scheduld at the field. HS announced that the MS4 permit arrived in the office today related to the Borough stormwater requirements. There was a discussion about the Girls Club storage shed and that there is no immediate plan to replace the existing box.
Sewer: There is a very small relining portion to complete the project. CR questioned the timing of the arrival of the grant money.
Building: There was a discussion of using APPI and the two options for a contract that they submitted: a 37-month plan and a 61-months plan. BK was asked to get the terms and conditions and to question the cost of switching providers during the term of the contract. There will possibly be a vote to approve a contract at the workshop session.
There was a discussion about the official response to the letter about a resident’s concerns with the hall rental.
Motion to approve a hall rental for July 7, 2020 from 2-6 pm (SN/JR); motion approved unanimously.
Planning: Motion to appoint Danielle Koerner to the Planning Commission (HS/CG); motion unanimously approved.
JR announced that August 24 would be the Resiliency Planning Workshop as part of the “Coffee With the Mayor” from 10 am- noon.
Recommendations from the Delaware County Planning Commission were incorporated into the conditional use ordinance. CR recommended a first pass of the ordinance through the Planning Commission which meets on August 19.
Mayor’s Report: KC reported that the flag was lowered in recognition of the El Paso and Dayton mass-shootings; the wires are now entangled. Borough is working on a repair.
Public Comment: none
Old Business: none
New Business: Motion to enroll in the COSTARS/WEX fuel program (HS/JR)
Motion to adjourn, 8:23 pm. (MG/KT)