March 2, 2020 Borough Council Meeting

MINUTES OF THE RUTLEDGE BOROUGH COUNCIL
March 2, 2020 Council Meeting
212 Unity Terrace
Rutledge, PA 19070

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance recited at 7:34 pm.

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

Public Comment: none

Tax Collector: Tom Heron reported that the delinquent tax folios (7 properties) have been filed at the county. There were questions about delinquent trash and sewer fees which TH answered.

Letters to the sewer and trash delinquents will be sent out within the next two weeks. There are 17 or 18 properties outside the borough that are connected to the borough sewer system. A number of these are delinquent in sewer fees. The Borough will review next steps, including liens if these are not paid if there is no response to the delinquent letters.

Minutes: motion to pass the February 17 council meeting minutes (HS/CG); passed unanimously.

Public Safety: Jack Breslin from the MRFC said the report for last month will be late. He said the state grant application for debt reduction had been submitted on time. The LODD (Line of Duty Death) claim has initially been denied for Captain Malinowski.

Finance: Approval of the bills list from February 18-March 2, (HS/KTZ); passed unanimously. JR announced that the 2019 books would be closed after the last checks clear. KTZ stated that the web hosting contract will last until 8.3.21.

Parks: HS stated that because the bids for the Triangle Park project came in so high, the project will be divided into two components and re-bid.

Motion to approve the changes to the Triangle Park Master Plan and to approve and advertise the revised RFPs (HS/JR); motion approved unanimously. The bids will be opened on March 20th.

There was a discussion of maintenance of the softball fields.

Streets: HS requested that BK follow up with Morton Borough about the joint street resurfacing project.

Sewer:

Building: MK listed the improvements that were made to the thermostats and emergency lights and requested reimbursement for the materials. Motion to approve material costs to building upgrades at $410.50 (JR/HS); motion approved unanimously.

MK also went over the property maintenance code updates that she worked on with Catania Engineering and distributed copies of the suggested updates. She also stated that there will be more discussion of this at the next workshop meeting.

Activities:

Communications:

Planning:

Mayor’s Report:

Public Comment: none

New Business: HS attended a Swarthmore Borough committee meeting where Ms. Corson’s class discussed in more detail how they want to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. They no longer want to replace Columbus Day but would prefer to have a separate day in September.

Old Business: CR discussed the county reassessment letters and fielded questions about them.

Motion to adjourn, 8:46 pm. (HS/LR).

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