A farewell celebration for Walt Bostian retiring from the Borough Street Department on December 31,2016. Walt has been with the Borough for over 41 years! Enjoy your retirement, Walt! You have earned it! Thank you for your service to our community!
There will be a hearing by the Riverside Zoning Board on May 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Borough Building, 301 Dewart Street, Riverside. The applicant is requesting a variance from section 285-35, Zoning Regulations, lot setback requirement of 150’ to 100’ to build six homes on a property at 912 Sunbury Road, Riverside.
As approved at the 5/16/16 meeting, minutes of 5/2/16 follow:
The Riverside Borough Council met on Monday, May 2, 2016 in the Municipal Building, 301 Dewart Street, Riverside, PA. Meeting was called to order promptly at 7:00 pm by Council President John J. Novak. In attendance this evening were Vice President Peter Fleming, Council Members Carolyn Bausch,
Barb Kriner, Beth Hancock and John Domanski. Solicitor Joseph Michetti, Mayor Joseph Oberdorf and Secretary Deborah Bausch were also present. Absent this evening was Council member Caressa Compton.
Audience this evening included George Buckley and Jenna Cole. Ms. Cole was here to observe the proceedings of a council meeting as part of her Environmental Services Class. Mr. Buckley spoke about an ongoing issue he has with some dead ash trees on a property that abuts his property. The trees are not on borough property but on a property owned by another resident. He provided a photo from a year ago of the condition of the trees. Mr. Buckley was told there was nothing the borough could do about the trees since they are not on our right of way. Should they come down and damage his property in any manner, he should contact his insurance carrier.
Minutes of the April 18, 2016 meeting were approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Peter Fleming. All voted in favor.
Financial Reports were approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Carolyn Bausch. All approved and Motion carried.
Police Chief Kerry Parkes presented the Police Report for April. He stated we now have IFAKS(Individual First Aid Kits) that are for use on an officer if wounded. Other first aid kits remain in the vehicles when responding to an accident scene or other medical needs of victims. Officers were trained in their use; policy manual has been updated. An update on the TRAC program was done including the need for printers for the cars when we get accepted into the program. We have the computers and upgrades we need to be on the list to receive the TRAC program.
The final topic by Chief Parkes was the need for new Tasers. There is a new 5 year plan available to replace our current tasers with updated models and necessary equipment such as holsters and batteries. We would receive credit for the tasers we currently own. On a Motion by Barb Kriner and Seconded by John Domanski, approval was given for a contract to be gotten for the 5 year taser program. This will run approximately $792 per year and will be a line added item in the new budgets beginning in 2017. Motion approved by all present.
The police report was accepted on a Motion by John Domanski and seconded by Barb Kriner. All voted in favor.
Street Department Superintendent Danny Gable was next on the floor. He presented his report and voiced a concern over the one week leaf pick up in the spring. Many residents abused this week’s program. Bags were received with glass clippings as well as mulch and twigs in them. After much discussion, it was decided to discontinue the one week spring pick up next year. The next item was a letter of Retirement submitted by Walter Bostian. Council wanted to personally thank Walt for his diligence and dedication to the Borough for over 41 years. Letter was accepted on a Motion by Carolyn Bausch and seconded by Barb Kriner. All voted in Favor. The Dumpster Day report submitted by Nicholas Fowler was also presented. Street Report was accepted and approved by a Motion made by John Domanski and seconded by Barb Kriner. All voted in favor.
There was no Southside Report this evening; it will be at the next meeting on May 16, 2016.
Barb Kriner then presented a Code Enforcement Report. Properties at 413 Avenue F and 196 D & H Avenue have had 5 citations each issued. 912 Sunbury Road has a pending sale; further action on this property will be tabled for 60 days to see how sale progresses and corrections remedied. A letter from property owner at 100 D & H Avenue was reviewed. It will be requested that the Zoning officer make an appointment to meet with the property owner and get an official update on the progress there.
Elysburg Road has no changes; weather is improving and hopefully owner will resume cleanup operations there. 330 Avenue F has been sent a final notice before a citation will be issued. Solicitor Michetti emphasized that Jackie Hart should call him regarding these properties. Report was approved on a Motion by John Domanski and seconded by Peter Fleming. All voted in favor.
Mayor Joseph Oberdorf spoke of the upcoming Memorial Day Service at the Park on May 29th beginning at 11:15 am. Guest speaker will be Dane Egli, a former Riverside resident. It was also noted of the upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with UGI on May 11th at 11:00 am at the Municipal Building.
Dan Gable stated the final restoration projects are currently underway in the borough. Mayor report was approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Carolyn Bausch. All voted in favor.
Solicitor Michetti had no report this evening.
On a Motion by John Novak and seconded by John Domanski, Council convened to an Executive Session from the Regular session at 7:50 pm.
At 8:20 pm, on a Motion by Carolyn Bausch and seconded by Barb Kriner, Council exited the Executive Session and Resumed the Regular Session of Council.
Based on the retirement letter of Walter Bostian, a Motion was made by Barb Kriner and seconded by John Domanski to begin advertising for a new employee for the street department. All voted in favor and Motion carried.
At 8:25 pm John Domanski made a Motion to adjourn the Council meeting; seconded by Carolyn Bausch.
Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2016
Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Legislative Events
By State Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder)
With the school year winding down and summer being right around the corner, I want to pass along information for some upcoming events and program reminders.
Make sure to mark your calendars for the annual Family Fun Fair, on Thursday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Liberty Splashland, 173 Prince St., in Northumberland. Everyone in the 108th District is invited, and there is no admission fee. Free swimming is being provided all day by the Borough of Northumberland, and plenty of vendors will be in attendance from 1-4 p.m. with important information and resources for families. I’m looking forward to another great turnout this year. The full schedule is available on www.LyndaCulver.com.
The Senior Expo is another popular annual event in which many people attend. This year, the expo is being held on Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Shikellamy High School cafeteria, 600 Walnut St., in Sunbury. The Senior Expo is an event focused on providing seniors with information and education about opportunities here in our district and nearby communities which could enhance their quality of life. There will be a variety of area vendors providing information in their areas of expertise as well as free health screenings.
I would also like to encourage everyone to check to see if you have any unclaimed property being held by the Pennsylvania Treasury at www.patreasury.gov/claim/. My staff is available to assist you with this and other state-related services, including filling out Property Tax/Rent Rebate program forms. The deadline to submit applications for that program is June 30. Our office, located at 106 Arch St. in Sunbury, is open Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 570-286-5885, and the toll-free number is 1-800-924-9060. You can also stay up-to-date with the latest state-related news and information by visiting my website, www.LyndaCulver.com, or my legislative Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/RepCulver.
May 11, 2016 will be a busy day in the Borough.
State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver will have a Community Outreach time in the Municipal Building from 9 am - 11 am.
At 11:00 am, UGI Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at the Park.
Rebecca Steckley will hold tax hours by Appointment only during May. Call her at 570-764-1393 to schedule a time to meet with her.
As approved at the 5/2/16 meeting the minutes of 4/18/16 follow:
The Riverside Borough Council met on Monday, April 18, 2016 in the Municipal Building, 301 Dewart Street, Riverside, PA. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President John J. Novak. Present this evening were Council members Carolyn Bausch, Caressa Compton, Beth Hancock and Vice President Peter Fleming. Mayor Joseph Oberdorf and Secretary Deborah Bausch were in attendance. Absent this evening were Council Members Barb Kriner and John Domanski.
In the audience this evening was Earl Martz from Avenue A. He was just here to observe the proceedings. After the start of the meeting, a student, James , signed in. He was here as part of a school project on Environmental Services.
Old business included the approval of the minutes from the April 4, 2016 meeting. This was done on a Motion by Caressa Compton and seconded by Carolyn Bausch. All voted in favor.
Dan Gable, Street Superintendent, then presented his report for the evening. The street crew has been busy doing some crack sealing, mulching and other tasks. The tree list has been completed and Northeast Tree service will be in to remove the tagged dead trees. The next topic of discussion was insulation in the Garage. Several quotes had been received and Dan discussed each of them. Council voted to approve the contract with Boss Insulation pending approval of the contract by our solicitor.
Motion made by Carolyn Bausch and seconded by Caressa Compton to proceed with the project upon solicitor approval. All voted in favor. A new furnace system will be discussed at next budget meeting.
Dan stated he will be meeting with Barry Garverick to discuss road improvements this year. Pine Swamp Road had a base coat done last year and will need completed this year to maintain the roadway. The Street Report was approved on a Motion by Caressa Compton and seconded by Peter Fleming. All voted in favor.
Caressa Compton reported on an update on the boat launch that is being handled by Bob Stoudt, Director of Montour Area Recreation Commission. He indicated several permits would be needed since it is a sanctuary area for a bald eagle nest and involved the river. He is starting the permit process and will keep us informed of progress.
Welcome to Riverside sign at the English Garden needs reviewed; seems to be misleading as to the direction of Riverside. Peter Fleming stated he had seen someone working on the weeds in the flower area before crossing the bridge. Not sure who that person was but we certainly want to extend a thank you to them for that service. It was also brought up by Dan Gable that there is a huge flag on the pole outside the English Garden. A previous one was stolen and replaced but the flag was small. Secretary will check with Ken and Abby Kremser to see if they are responsible for replacing the flag with a larger one. A thank you note from the Borough will be sent to recognize this tribute.
Question was put on the table about removing the stop sign on Avenue A near the school. Since the school is no longer in use; the sign is not necessary. After some talk, it was decided it would be best to leave the sign in place in case the school would ever be sold or restored to use and the sign would need to be put back in place. Citizen Earl Martz then questioned the status of the school. He mentioned that Jerseytown had opened a community center in an old building there and that would be great here. The building is owned by the school district and it would be their call on the status of the building.
Sewer online payments was put on the table. Programs are now in place to have residents pay their sewer bills from their checking accounts directly into the sewer billing account at Service First Credit Union. Service1st Credit Union is working with the Borough and Diversified Technology to get the program completed and in place. Approval was granted to proceed with this program with Service1st on a Motion by Carolyn Bausch and seconded by Caressa Compton. All voted in favor.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 7:32 pm on a Motion by Caressa Compton and seconded by Beth Hancock.
Next meeting is scheduled for May 2, 2016.
The Borough of Riverside is accepting applications for the position of full time (40 hours/week) laborer.
Duties include mowing, patching, general construction, carpentry, tree trimming and sewer work.
Must be able to operate hand/power tools, lawn mowers, snow plow, backhoe, bucket truck and dump trucks. Applicant must have valid drivers license. Applications at Riverside Municipal Building, 301 Dewart Street, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 3 pm.
Applications must be received by May 27, 2016.
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