As approved at the 9/21/15 meeting, minutes of 9/8/15 follow: The Riverside Borough Council met on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in the Municipal Building, 301 Dewart Street, Riverside, PA. Prior to the start of the regular business meeting, Council members met with Eric Wendt and Keith Ayers from Northumberland County Department of Information Services who presented information regarding addresses in Riverside Borough. Attendees at this presentation in addition to Council, included Trevor Finn, Commission from Montour County, Butch Kriner, Nick Fowler and Jason Alexander of the Southside Fire Company, Police Chief Kerry Parkes and Street Department Superintendent Dan Gable. Much discussion was held on the address issue and the borough agreed to help clarify the addresses. Chief Parkes believes there is a current map of information at the 911 Center of Montour County. Maps were left with suggested number and Keith stated you can bring the areas up on an interactive website sponsored by Northumberland County.
The Regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John Novak.
Present this evening were council members Carolyn Bausch, Caressa Compton, Barb Kriner, Lori Steele and John Domanski. Vice President Peter Fleming was absent. Solicitor Joseph Michetti, Mayor Joe Oberdorf and Secretary Deborah Bausch were also in attendance.
Guests in the audience this evening were Brian and Maureen Sterner, Jason Alexander, Nick Fowler, Chuck Hoffa and Susan Robishaw.
Chuck Hoffa spoke first inquired about the brake retarder signs; we needed to get moving forward.
Solicitor Michetti responded that we have an ordinance to discuss this evening. More discussion led to wanting to place a sign on Route 54 before the “narrows” heading to Elysburg. Secretary will contact Penn Dot to see if this can be done.
Maureen Sterner then spoke about the confusion on addresses. She said the last 4 digits of her address are the same as other residents on Kipps Run Road. It was brought up that the 4 digits are not a factor in mail delivery but rather address general area for delivery.
Susan Robishaw asked about the 911 presentation and was told it was held earlier for Council. It is under review at this time.
Minutes of 8/5/15 were approved on a Motion by Carolyn Bausch and Seconded by Barb Kriner. All approved.
June Financial Statements was approved on a Motion by Lori Steele and seconded by Barb Kriner. All voted for motion.
The Zoning report was read by President Novak due to the absence of Brian Anderson. Approved by Motion of Barb Kriner and seconded by John Domanski. All voted in favor.
Police Report was presented by Chief Kerry Parkes. Report approved by Motion of Barb Kriner and seconded by Carolyn Bausch. All voted for. Chief Parkes then requested permission to purchase a patrol rife from Riverside Police Officers Association funds. Funds are available. Rifle and ammo would be purchased and training done for the rifle. RPOA would forward check to Borough and we would make a check to the vendor; rifle would remain property of the Borough. Barb Kriner made a motion to allow the RPOA to purchase a rifle; motion seconded by Carolyn Bausch. All voted in favor. One last item Chief Parkes requested approval of the Police Policy Manual; this will be done at the 9/21/15 meeting to allow anyone who hasn’t seen it to read through it.
Dan Gable then presented the Street Report. They had 10 PA 1 Calls; Orville Shultz had been in with the brush hog to do trimming and the leaf box has been repaired. Dan stated he had attended the Pipe Line Safety meeting but most of the information was not geared to our area but he did learn some interesting things. Paving is completed on Hillside and Pine Swamp Hollow; Pine Swamp will need more work next year.
Dan mentioned we need two new swings for the park. A contact was made with the Boy Scout troop to see if any boys were looking for an Eagle Scout project; if no one comes forward Dan will purchase 2 swings in the spring. Discussion then followed regarding Leaf Collection Season. Dan stated in prior years the collection ended at Thanksgiving; we now use the first week in December but there usually is not a lot collected then. Dan suggested we end at Thanksgiving and then do a ONE WEEK ONLY pickup in the spring when people are getting their properties spruced up for summer. Lori Steele made a Motion to hold Leaf Collection from October 19 until November 25th and a week in the spring with a date to be determined in the spring; seconded by John Domanski. All voted in favor.
At this time Nick Fowler, Southside Fire Company, took the floor. The Southside Report was approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Carolyn Bausch. Nick then proceeded to discuss a CAF - Compressed Air Foam vehicle. Truck will cost approximately $450,000.00 with the need of a down payment of approximately $100,000.00. The fire company is requesting they receive the funds currently held in CD and money collected from Fire tax. They are searching for State Grants as well. From this point forward the yearly collection of Fire Tax funds would be applied to the Loan for the new truck. Nick also stated they will be selling the brush truck as the CAF is a much more efficient vehicle. Caressa Compton made a motion to allot the funds held to the loan for the CAF for this year and years going forward to pay on the truck costs; seconded by John Domanski. All voted in favor.
Barb Kriner then gave a report on Code Enforcement. Gearhart St property had a water problem which caved in a front wall; it has been replaced and he continues to move forward with the remodel of the home. The property on Boyce Road has the condemned sign removed and residents can move back in. Report approved by Lori Steele and seconded by Caressa Compton. All voted in favor.
Mayor Oberdorf gave his report. He stated Todd Oberdorf has had the encoder software installed in the computer in the EMA office. Sirens have batteries in them and are being randomly tested. The Emergency Guide is available and trying to get out to the public; copies are in the Post Office and offices here. Caressa suggested a bulk mailing. Perhaps a Scout could use a project of delivering them to each home. Mayor’s report was approved on a Motion by Lori Steele and seconded by Barb Kriner; all voted in favor.
Solicitor Michetti began with the Brake Retarder signs. He has an ordinance drafted which will need revised to add the Route 54 area if approved. This ordinance would need advertised before enactment in October. Secretary will be in contact with Penn Dot regarding extending the signs to Route 54.
Next issue was the draining/easement at the airport. The sketch provided did not agree with the information provided to council members that had attended a meeting at the airport. Clarification will need to be obtained.
Lori Steele exited the meeting at 8:15 pm.
UGI Temporary Storage Easement was discussed. Solicitor Michetti had reviewed the document and stated it is acceptable. On a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by John Domanski, President Novak and Secretary Bausch are authorized to sign the easement.
Per Capita Tax was discussed. At this time any borough resident over age 18 is assessed a $5.00 per capita tax; money collected all goes to Northumberland County. The tax could be raised to $10.00 per head and half the funds would remain in the borough. Our current tax collector, Beckie Steckley has been going through records to get data updated. Solicitor Michetti said an ordinance would need enacted at the beginning of the year to add this additional tax. John Domanski made a Motion to have Solicitor Michetti do the necessary paperwork; motion seconded by Carolyn Bausch. All voted in favor.
Financial Requirement and Minimum Municipal Obligations for the Police and Non Uniformed employees was placed on the table. Caressa Compton made a Motion to approve the MMO; seconded by Barb Kriner. All voted in favor.
MS-4 was discussed; Carolyn Bausch had been to a meeting and provided paperwork about this upcoming DEP project. Paperwork has been sent to our borough engineer, Brad Newlin for his input.
On a Motion by Caressa Compton and seconded by Barb Kriner, the council meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.
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