September 24, 2018 Workshop Meeting
212 Unity Terrace
Rutledge, PA 19070
Meeting was called to order and Pledge of Allegiance recited at 7:04 pm.
Roll Call, present: Council President Heidi Sentivan, Vice-President Jody Roberts, Marie Govannicci Ken Torres-Zickler, Samantha Newell, Christine Gradel, Mayor Kevin Cunningham, Solicitor Christine Reuther, Administrator Barbarann Keffer; absent: Lindsay Reed
No Public Comment
Minutes: September 10 minutes approved unanimously (SN/LR)
Trash & Recycling: Short discussion on how B&L Disposal seems reluctant to come up with a concrete plan for single-stream recycling. CR stated that the County has a recycling coordinator who should/could come up with options for the municipalities, for example: discontinuing recycling where not mandated and separate-sorting.
Communications: The hand-delivery of the newsletter to residents along with the letter detailing the Small Waters & Sewer Grant ($424,972) is just about done.
The Borough is in the process of switching from Verizon/Comcast to RCN for internet and phone service.
Parks & Activities: MG complimented Joe Maginnis on the upkeep of the park and the infield and said that Fall Ball for the Softball Club starts soon.
Regarding Oktoberfest, about 30 tickets have been sold so far (out of about 130-150 available).
Community Service will help clear out the overgrowth around the Ed ______ sign at the park. The Garden Club weeded out front of Borough Hall. HS will ask about the need for a budget line item for the upkeep of the building and one for the park.
Public Safety: Fire Prevention Week is October 8-12 this year. The MRFC Spaghetti Dinner is Saturday, October 20, from 4 – 8 pm at Rutledge Borough Hall. Residents are encouraged to contact MRFC if they need assistance to change smoke detector batteries.
Finance: The Liquid Fuels audit for 2016 & 2017 continues. Lisa Seal is still working with HS & JR to align the budget items with audits. Kudos to LS for her work organizing the reports and the budget. The budget draft should be ready by the end of October.
Streets: 420 is open and Glenolden Bridge should be open sometime in October.
Sewers: The full amount ($424,972) of the Small Waters & Sewer Grant was granted. It requires a 15% match and must be used within 2.5 years. Thanks to Rep. Kruger-Braneky and Sen. McGarrigle for their support in securing the grant.
Building: Jen Mickle ordered new sconces. The painting and electrical work (which is funded by a previous grant) may be completed before Oktoberfest.
Mayor: Played in the Horseshoe Tournament and suggested the Borough help promote the event better next year. He heard from several residents good things about the new Borough staff and the office hours and the new scoreboard.
No Public Comment
Old Business: The Shade Tree Ordinance needs to be revisited as well as the role of the Shade Tree Commission in enforcing it going forward. CR spelled out some examples of an advisory vs. enforcement roles.
New Business: Motion passed unanimously affirming that BK is the Borough Treasurer/Secretary (MG/SN). CR will draft a resolution stating the same.
SPD recently dealt with a rabid raccoon in the Borough. Residents should be reminded to make sure their pets are up to date on rabies shots.
Rutledge is eligible for a Safe Routes to Transit grant and the application has been passed onto the Planning Commission.
The Catania Engineering Report for August is available in the office in the Council binder.
Motion to Adjourn, 8:08 pm (HS/SN)