The Riverside Borough Council held their final meeting for 2015 on Monday, December 21, 2015 in the Municipal Building, 301 Dewart Street, Riverside, PA. In the absence of President John J Novak and Vice President Peter T Fleming, the meeting was called to order promptly at 7:00 pm by Council Member Caressa Compton. In attendance this evening were Carolyn Bausch, Barb Kriner, Lori Steele, John Domanski plus Mayor Joseph Oberdorf and Secretary Deborah Bausch.
In the audience this evening was Beth Hancock, council member elect.
The minutes of December 7, 2015 were approved on a Motion by John Domanski and seconded by Barb Kriner. All voted in Favor.
Financial Reports for November 2015 were approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Carolyn Bausch. All voted for.
Dan Gable then presented the Street Department Report. Prior to his starting his report, Caressa Compton read an email received by Secretary Bausch giving kudos to the street department for their work and professionalism. Employee referenced in the email was Street Superintendent Dan Gable. A copy is attached to these minutes. Dan stated communication with the residents is a very important part of the street department service. The leaf collection totaled 83 loads this year with the shorter collection time period. Gas line project has begun and so far only one incident has taken place; it has been resolved. Dan spoke in length of the foremen on the job and their cooperation in working in the borough. Report was approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by John Domanski. All voted in favor.
There was no Code Enforcement Report.
Health insurance issues were then put on the table. Barb Kriner and Deborah Bausch have met with several brokers and most recently met with Charlotte Kluge. Charlotte presented a lot of information and had several suggestions for the borough’s health care insurance needs. She stated there would be no fee for her to be a broker for the borough. On a Motion by John Domanski and seconded by Lori Steele, Charlotte Kluge will be contacted to be the Broker for our health insurance needs. Caressa Compton, Barb Kriner, Lori Steele and John Domanski voted in favor; Carolyn Bausch abstained from the vote due to her past exposure to health insurance plan information. Charlotte will be contacted to put together a proposal for our health insurance needs. More conversation followed the vote; Dan Gable spoke on the hospital “Facility” charge he was billed for his wife’s prenatal care. Caressa Compton then added there are changes being made to insurance plans due to Obama Care policy changes.
Police Chief Kerry Parkes introduced Quentin Reinford, the newest employee of the Riverside Borough Police Force. Police Officer Quentin Reinford was administered the Oath of Office by Mayor Joseph Oberdorf. Family and friends of Quentin Reinford and Kevin Romansik were on hand for the swearing in. Caressa Compton then presented a cake to the two new officers to welcome them to the Riverside Borough Police Force.
Time was taken to talk with Lori Steele who will be leaving council at the end of the year. She stated she has been on council for 4 years. Caressa thanked her on behalf of council and appreciated her service to the Borough. Lori Steele said this hiatus will give her time to enjoy her new thoroughbred horse she purchased. She plans on returning to Council at some later time.
On a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Carolyn Bausch, the meeting adjourned, ending the 2015 Council Sessions. Meeting adjourned at approximately 7:45 pm. A time of fellowship followed the cake cutting for the evening.
The Next Council meeting will be the Reorganization Meeting on January 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building, 301 Dewart Street, Riverside, PA.
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