As approved at the 7/6/21 meeting minutes of 6/7/21 follow:
The Riverside Borough Council met on Monday, June 7, 2021 in the Municipal Building, 415 Dewart Street, Riverside. Meeting was called to order at 7 PM by President John Domanski with the following members present – Vice President Barb Kriner, Council members Beth Rake, Peter Fleming, Kevin Romansik, Brian Whitenight, Delavan Whitenight Jr. as well as Solicitor Joseph Michetti and Secretary Deborah Bausch. Absent this evening was Mayor John LaMotte.
In the audience this evening were Eric Mayan and Chris Henrie, Steph Fullmer and John Mattesini.
Steph Fullmer addressed council with an issue that happened in the early morning hours. A truck was revving the engine and screaming. She called our police but got the answering machine and so called State Police. Her conversation was confirmed with the State Police but was told they only come out for an emergency situation. Her sister lives on 15th Street and also had to call police for an issue. She stated there is lots of activity and issues in their area. Chief Parkes then responded that he had spoken with the truck driver who was very apologetic. Beth Rake explained a time she had to contact state police and they would not come until the third time when it had escalated. State police do not respond to calls. Vice President Barb Kriner stated she should call 911 with an issue; they can page any officer on duty if needed. This led into conversation about police hours and coverages. Most hours are covered.
Old business began with approval of the minutes of May 3, 2021 on a Motion by Vice President Barb Kriner and seconded by Peter Fleming. All voted for.
Budget Report for April 2021 was approved on a Motion by Vice President Barb Kriner and seconded by Beth Rake with all voting in favor.
President John Domanski then clarified the change of 2 holidays, Floating Holiday and First Day of Antlered Deer. These days will be changed to be personal days rather than holidays. The handbook will be updated to reflect this change. Change was approved on a Motion by Vice President Barb Kriner and seconded by Brian Whitenight. All voted for.
Zoning Officer Brian Anderson was absent this evening. His report was put on the table by President John Domanski. Report approval given on a Motion by Beth Rake and seconded by Vice President Barb Kriner.
Dan Gable, Street Superintendent, then presented Council with the Street Department Report for May. He stated he would like to change their work times to summer hours for the period of May 1 to August 31; they would work 6 am – 2:30 pm so they can get work accomplished before the heat of the day hits. He was told this is his call. Dan spoke about the grading of Mainzer Hill by Rodger Wintersteen and that project is now completed. Another topic was the request to add a full time employee to the Street Department. Nathan Apple has been a big asset to their department and would like to see him moved to a full time position. Beth Rake stated this was a great idea since there is a lot to do with each season. Dan said it was a stress reliever to have an extra guy available for leaf season and plowing this past season. Our community is growing and will soon have the school property to take care of as well – another 14 acres of mowing. Council will discuss and look at the budget. Street Report was approved on a Motion by Beth Rake and seconded by Brian Whitenight.
There was no Southside Fire Company Report this evening.
Chief Kerry Parkes gave the Police Department Report and highlighted his department’s completed trainings. He is about done with the Lexipol policy book.
There is a collection of bicycles in the basement that have been abandoned, etc. He would like to see them auctioned off and had contacted 3 auctioneers unsuccessfully. After some discussion, it was decided to auction them off at the next Borough Celebration event on June 19 at Southside Fire Company. Chief will be the auctioneer. Another topic of discussion was glock guns. New ones have been received and our 4 old ones can be traded in; their trade in value would be $305.00 each. The officers would like to keep the guns and would buy at the trade in price. On a Motion by Vice President Barb Kriner and seconded by Brian Whitenight, police department employees were authorized to purchase the guns for $305.00 each. All voted for. Police Department report was approved on a Motion by Kevin Romansik and seconded by Brian Whitenight with all voting in favor.
There was no Mayor report this evening.
Solicitor Michetti said his only item was to report is that the school sale is still on for mid-July. Report was approved on a Motion by Vice President Barb Kriner and seconded by Brian Whitenight. All voted for.
The Celebration Committee report update was presented. Vice President Barb Kriner stated there was left over ice cream that can be sold on the 19th of June. Beth suggested doing ice cream sundaes and she will take that on! Vice President Barb Kriner stated beer distributors will usually do banners. The thermometer has gone up and looks good; Brian Whitenight said we still need to reach the goal but has some vendors still interested in donating. Report was approved on a Motion by Beth Rake and seconded by Vice President Barb Kriner.
New business began with a letter from Danville Municipal Authority regarding sewage flows. A survey was done with our limits going over on 20 of 27 months. This was our first time hearing this information. We have been asked to investigate this problem which we have begun to do. We are looking to do our own sampling in several areas and do a comparison. We will then set up a meeting with the Authority to discuss this issue.
Estimate for the school study was shared with council. LDG has submitted a letter with the cost to be about $30,000.00. This figure was needed to begin a request for grant assistance. It was suggested to get other firms figures such as Kimball.
At 8:18 pm, Vice President Barb Kriner made a Motion to Adjourn to an Executive Session for personnel matters. Council adjourned.
Approximately 8:38 pm, Vice President Barb Kriner made a motion to return to regular session; seconded by Peter Fleming. Council resumed regular council session.
Meeting was adjourned for the evening about 8:40 pm on a Motion by Vice President Barb Kriner.
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