Greg Lebold, 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: Greg Lebold, Diane McGaughey, Kurt Morrison, Thomas Ash, Tom Kopp, Mark King, and Jack Borsch.
Also present: Mayor Scott Shields, Chief Brian Craig, G. Guy Smith, Esq., Ed McGaughey, Borough Manger
MOTION by Mark King, Second by Jack Borsch, to approve the minutes as submitted for the Council Meeting of February 5, 2007, and Work Session of February 26, 2007 . MOTION approved unanimously.
Public Comment: Paul Mecouch, 34 Linden Ave., stated that the earlier daylight savings time will not change the trash collection dates.
Tax Collector’s Report: Leonard Michael reported that $20,328.77 was collected in February 2007. Mr. Michael reported that delinquent liens were filed on 02/27/07.
Treasurer’s Report – Gennifer Guiliano distributed the Cash Flow report for the month of February, 2007.
Code Enforcement/Building Inspector Reports – Harry Mirra read his report for the month of February, 2007:
4 Building Permits Active
1 Apartment Inspection
1 Correction Notice Issued and Corrected
Mr. Mirra reminded residents that snow must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours, and the path must be the whole width of the sidewalk, and no citations were issued for the ice storm because of the difficulty in removing the ice.
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Scott Shields read the Police Report for February 2007. There were:
10 M.V. Violations/Citations, 18 Parking Tickets, 14 Police Calls, 6 Complaints and 4 Assist Ambulance.
Mayor Shields reported that Council Members helped clear the ice and snow from the Borough Building so that the scheduled rentals could take place. No citations were issued. Daylight savings time starts March 11.Chief Brian Craig reported that the Police have been monitoring stop sign activity, and have issued tickets.
1) Delaware County Association of Boroughs – Annual Banquet, Friday, April 27, 2007 at the Heritage Ballroom.
2) Seminar – Understanding the 2006 International Fire Code May 1-3, 2007 at the 20th Century Club in Lansdowne.
Ordinance/ Trash – Nothing to report.
Building – Mark King reported that an application for the erection of a garage 106 Linden Ave. was corrected, and a permit can be issued.
The Borough will lose Harry Mirra as a code enforcement officer in April. Greg Lebold and Mark King will discuss the preparation of an RFP for other agencies to provide this service. Solicitor Guy Smith stated that Greg Lebold must recuse from voting for the new officer because of a conflict of interest, and must submit in writing to the Secretary the reason for the conflict.
Greg Lebold stated that an employee of the Borough’s Engineer, Michael Ciocco, received Engineer of the Year Award.
Sewer– Jack Borsch reported that sewer repair work has to be done on the lines behind 4-6 President Ave., and 24 Linden Ave. The work needs to go out for bids.
Recreation – Kurt Morrison stated that it’s time to redo the ball field at the Triangle Park. Mr. Morrison will send out an e-mail to residents for volunteers to remove weeds and cut the infield on a Saturday.
Public Safety – Tom Kopp read the Rutledge Fire Company’s February 2007 Report. There were: 6 fire calls with time in service of 2 hours and 18 minutes, and 4 drills with time in service of 10 hours and 45 minutes. There were no local alarms.
The Tri-Boro Committee is working on an agreement. The Fire Co. will re-apply for a federal grant.
Finance – Diane McGaughey thanked Council for paying attention to expenditures.
Highway – Thomas Ash reported that he received complaints of residents plowing and putting the snow in the street. Chambers Memorial created a hazardous condition at the intersection of Sylvan and Morton Aves. by plowing snow into the street at the corner.
People who take the train are now parking cars on President Ave. instead of Linden Ave.
Old Business: Kurt Morrison reported that a grant was received for a stormwater management project at the Triangle Park. DEP requires the Borough to sign a land use agreement that states that the Borough will maintain the project for 20 years.
MOTION by Kurt Morrison, Second by Diane McGaughey, to approve Resolution 2007-03-01, to enter into an agreement with DEP for the Stormwater Management Project at the Triangle Park. MOTION approved unanimously.
MOTION by Kurt Morrison, Second by Diane McGaughey, to authorize the Borough’s engineer to do a boundary and topographical study and soil test of the Triangle Park. MOTION approved unanimously.
MOTION by Mark King, Second by Tom Kopp, to authorize the Secretary to advertise the new fee schedule for permits, contractors’ licenses, and Use & Occupancy Permits. MOTION approved unanimously.
MOTION by Jack Borsch, Second by Diane McGaughey, to authorize Catania Engineering to prepare contract and bid documents for sewer repair work. MOTION approved unanimously.
Public Comment: Trina Coppick reported 4th of July Committee activities:
1) Thanked the Borough for its support of the Pot-Luck dinner – 70 residents attended.
2) Easter Egg Hunt at the Triangle Park on 3/31, rain date 4/1 Flyers will be coming out next week.
3) Next Meeting – 3/19/07 7:30
Greg Lebold reported that Borough Council tries to keep costs down by volunteering and doing a lot of work on a non-compensated basis. They help plow the streets, and shovel the snow at the Borough building.
Bills for March 05, 2007:
MOTION by Thomas Ash, Second by Diane McGaughey, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the General Fund in the amount of $10,655.89. MOTION approved unanimously.
MOTION by Thomas Ash, Second by Mark King, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Gas Fund in the amount of $1,439.74. MOTION approved unanimously.
MOTION by Thomas Ash, Second by Jack Borsch, to approve payment of the bills for the month from the Sewer Fund in the amount of $549.00. MOTION approved unanimously.
Since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:04 PM.