October 5, 2020 Council Meeting


October 5th, 2020

7:30 PM Council Meeting


The remote meeting was was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance at 7.35pm


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


Public Comment


Tax Collector: 


Mayor’s Report

  • The Morton Ave bridge dedication took place on 10.4.2020 in honor of Capt. Michael Malinowski, Sr. 
    • The only bridge joining Rutledge and Morton


Minutes: approval of the minutes of September 21st, 2020 council work session CG/JR unanimous


Trash & Recycling: 

  • Mattresses & sofas can be put out but must be wrapped in plastic.
  • No pizza boxes, plastic bags in recycling
  • Hot loads need to sit before going into trash



  • Voting Flyer
  • Tree lighting will happen as scheduled.
  • Activities committee is looking for help with the luminaries.  The process for assembling and distributing will need to be handled differently this year. If interested, please contact the activities committee.


Parks & Property: 

  • Benches- The Rutledge Girls Club is proposing to replace the metal benches in the softball field dugouts. The Girls Club will pay for the benches and installation with funds from them beef and beer dinner. They are proposing new red benches. These would be installed in fall.- HS/JR unanimous
  • Fence- The new gate in the fence was installed incorrectly. Catania is working with the contractor to fix the installation. The Borough does not recommend payment until this is resolved.
  • Basketball Courts- The nets are currently down. There have been requests by residents to put them back up.
    • Based on reviewing of neighboring municipalities, Both the WSSD school district (including SRS) & Morton Borough have theirs down
    • The Borough will follow the guidelines of  WSSD 
    • Health officer recommends leaving them down and if the numbers remain low after the hybrid school opening, consider reopening them
    • The Borough doesn’t have the manpower to watch over the basketball hoops to ensure that larger groups are not playing games on the court. 
  • There has been a request to add a sign at the playground entry to ask people to social distance and wear masks. This is in process.



  • Halloween
    • Pumpkin carving contest in the afternoon at 3 pm.
    • Mayor will have a candy shoot at Borough Hall on Halloween
    • Council asks for everyone to be safe on Halloween and use their best judgement on creatively keeping socially distant.


Public Safety: 



  • Bills list- HS/KTZ unanimous
  • 2021 Budget Timeline
    • Council will review the draft budget and have preliminary discussion on November 2nd
    • Council will read the budget Nov 16th and make it available to the public. Vote to advertise.
    • At the Dec 8th council meeting any final changes will be discussed and the budget will be publicly advertised.
    • Vote to pass at Dec 21st meeting


  • Approval of 2nd and final payment for road repavement to Sucher from liquid fuels account in the amount of $2444 HS/CG unanimous
    • Once paid and approved by Penndot we can apply for county reimbursement



  • Rental of Lower Hall by Delaware County for Property Reassessment Hearings
    • Motion to allow HS or JR to come to agreement with Delaware County for lease of lower hall  HS/KTZ unanimous





Public Comment:


Old Business/New Business:

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day Summary
    • About 50 people attended including Representitive Mary Gay Scanlon, State Senator Tim Kearney,  Representive Leanne Krueger and Mayor Marty Spiegel from Swarthmore.
    • Thank you to everyone who helped
    • Tyrese Gould Jacinto, from the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation attended and spoke. She was very inspiring. 
  • ZHB- tentatively scheduled for Nov 4th



  • Executive Session at 8:23pm
  • Exit ES at 8:40pm
  • Adjourn at 8:41pm HS/JR unanimous
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