RIVERSIDE BOROUGH COUNCIL
The Riverside Borough Council met in the Municipal Building, 415 Dewart Street, Riverside on Monday, April 17, 2023 at 7:00pm. Meeting was called to order by President John Domanski.
Council members present:
Vice President Barb Kriner, Peter Fleming, April Shuman and Beth Rake.
Also present was Secretary, Lisa Fritz.
Mayor, John LaMotte, Council Members Brian Whitenight and Delavan Whitenight, Jr.
Pledge of Allegiance
Citizens to Be Heard:
Ken Gardner was present in the audience. He stated he has sewage leaking into his basement from blocked lines. This has happened several times. He asked the Borough if they could clean the line from the right-of-way to the main and continue to clean it to prevent problems. John Domanski will talk to Dan Gable, Street Department Supervisor and go look at the line. John stated it will be corrected. Ken paid a bill to have his line unclogged. Barb Kriner made a motion to reimburse Ken for the bill he paid to Adams Sewer & Drain Cleaning. Beth Rake seconded the motion. All in Favor.
Approval of the minutes of April 3, 2023 was done by Motion from Barb Kriner and seconded by Peter Fleming. All in Favor.
April Shuman mentioned an upcoming event being held by Geisinger Medical Center for new incoming Physician Residents. The event will be held on Monday, June 19th on Mill Street in Danville from 4:30pm until 8:00pm. April suggested that Council put a stand at the event to promote events happening in Riverside Borough. April will have more information regarding the event for the next Council meeting. April submitted a report from the Boro Life Committee stating they purchased $60.00 worth of candy and added the candy to with the Southside Fire Company for kids in the Egg Hunt on April 8th. The Boro Life committee also held a Chinese auction and made $313.00 which will be used for community events. All events are free to Riverside residents and their families. People can stay updated on events by following the Boro Life Facebook page. A huge Thank You to all who participated.
Barb Kriner said a lady sent a message through Messenger on Facebook asking if a wall could be put up for Pickle Ball practice on the court at the playground. John Domanski feels Council needs more information before they construct a wall on the court. April suggested perhaps it could be looked into when the new building is completed.
Motion to Approve:
Barb Kriner made a motion to accept the estimate from TRA Electric for inspecting the lighting on the bridge. April seconded. All in Favor.
The Non-Uniform Employee Handbook has been revised by Council Members and will be sent to the Solicitor for review. The Handbook should be in effect on May 1, 2023 pending review by the Solicitor. Barb applauded everyone for their dedication on updating the handbook. April stated handbooks should be reviewed/updated every year.
John Domanski read a letter received from John LaMotte, The Mayor, stating he is unable to participate/plan the Memorial Day service this year. Council decided to move the Memorial Day Service to 1:00pm on Sunday, May 28th; as to not interfere with Church Services. Beth stated that Kerry Parkes is willing to help, Beth will also contact the Danville Area Community Band. April will contact Greg Molter. Lisa will contact the Veteran’s Affairs Office. Barb Kriner stated she is very disappointed in the Mayor’s lack of participation and attendance at Meetings. She said we need an active Mayor.
Chief of Police, Kerry Parkes submitted a letter stating that he contacted the Grant Writer, Sara Hailstone from Hailstone Economics to ask about writing grants for the police department. Sara stated the contract with the Borough is a general per hour contract and there is no specific designation on what she could write grants for. Kerry wanted Sara to write a grant for a new antenna for on the building for their radios, but time is limited. Kerry has an estimate for approximately for $2,800.00 for the new antenna. Peter Fleming made a motion to cover the bill, with April seconding the motion. All in Favor.
At 7:52pm, Barb made a motion to move into Executive Session, Beth seconded. All in Favor.
At 8:49pm, Barb mad a motion to go back into Regular Session, Beth seconded. All in Favor.
Council adjourned at 8:49 o’clock pm. All in Favor.
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