February 17th, 2020 Work Session

February 17, 2020 Work Session
212 Unity Terrace
Rutledge, PA 19070

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance recited at 7:31 pm.

Roll Call: Present: Heidi Sentivan, Jody Roberts, Marlaina Kloepfer, Samantha Newell, Christine Gradel, Ken Torres-Zickler, Lindsay Reed (excused absence), Mayor Kevin Cunningham, Administrator Barbarann Keffer, Solicitor Christine Reuther (7:39 arrival).

Public Comment: none

Tax Collector: Tom Heron read his report which is in the council binder. He will be issuing the list of overdue properties to the county at the end of the month.

Mayor’s Report: KC read the police report. This Saturday, there will be a “Gift of Life” swabbing event at Borough Hall to find bone marrow donor matches for a 26-year-old former resident, Leah Garrity. On Saturday night, Snow Jam 2020 will take place. Jack Borsch, who recently moved and retired as one of the three borough auditors, found an antique “Rutledge Mayor” novelty license plate which he had given KC. The current mayor will keep it for now and pass it on to his successor.

Chief Stufflet was present.

Minutes: motion to pass the minutes from the February 3, 2020 meeting (HS/JR); motion passed unanimously.

Parks and Property: Bids for the Triangle Park project came in significantly over budget. HS is looking into the possibility of breaking the project into two components and bidding separately. HS is waiting to hear back from the DCNR to confirm that is acceptable.

Finance: HS read the bills list aloud (5 items). Motion to pass the bills list (JR/CG); motion passed unanimously.

JR announced that a draft agreement is being developed for hall rental during the week (both during the day and in the evening) but is not yet formalized. There was a discussion about possible hours and how to work with the building committee on the agreement. This will be sent to council to review prior to voting on.

Streets: A couple of large “pop-up” potholes appeared in the borough over the last couple of days. The holiday weekend made it difficult to purchase asphalt patch. As soon as the weather allows, they will be filled.

Motion to pass Resolution 2020-2, to complete the application for County Aid in the sum of $1,485 for road repair (SN/HS); motion passed unanimously.

CR discussed the county ordinance to allow a $5 charge on the annual registration for every non-exempt car. The state would match the funds 1:1 one time and the funds would be used for road and bridge repair projects. Joint applications (multi-municipal) will be highly considered.

Building: There was a discussion about the borough adopting the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) and the cost of posting it online. MK is working with Catania Engineering on edits to the IPMC tailored to Rutledge. MK to provide a summary to council, once the proposed edits are compiled. In order to enforce the latest version, the IPMC must be formally adopted by Council.

Motion to authorize floor buffing of the upstairs hall for $450 (MK/KTZ); motion passed unanimously.

Personnel: There is still a vacancy on the Planning Commission; letters of interest will be accepted until the end of the month. The borough is also looking for an alternate solicitor. CR suggested that one with litigation experience would be best.

New Business: The ‘Statement of Financial Interests” forms were distributed to elected officials.
-Council Members are to complete their emergency preparedness credit by the March work session. KTZ to send out links to the online classes.
-Chief Stufflet encouraged residents to call 911 if unpermitted solicitors knock on their doors.

Motion to adjourn, 8:21 pm (HS/SN).

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