As approved at the April 1, 2019 meeting, the minutes of March 4, 2019 follow:
RIVERSIDE BOROUGH COUNCIL
The Riverside Borough Council met on Monday, March 4, 2019 in the Municipal Building, 415 Dewart Street, Riverside. Meeting was called to order promptly at 7:00 pm by Council President Carolyn M. Bausch. In attendance this evening were Vice President Peter T. Fleming, council members Barb Kriner, Beth Rake, John Domanski, Michael Leibel and Kevin Romansik, Solicitor Anthony Michetti, Mayor John LaMotte and Secretary Deborah Bausch.
Our audience this evening consisted of Sheri & Todd Oberdorf, Terry Gearhart, Paula & Greg Benkovic, Nick Fowler, J.W. Snyder, Tim Karr and Danville News reporter, Karen Blackledge.
Old business was on the table first and included approval of the minutes of February 4, 2019. This was done on a Motion by Beth Rake and seconded by Michael Leibel. All voted in favor.
Solicitor Michetti then spoke of the status of the case of the Railroad transfer tax issue; it is scheduled for a hearing. Discussion then focused on an ordinance to restrict large trucks on some streets in the borough. Length of vehicles and weights were discussed for clarifying the ordinance. Streets involved would be Avenue C, South Mill Street and Chestnut at Third Street. Ordinance will be finalized at the April 1, meeting. On a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by John Domanski, approval was given to proceed with the advertising of the proposed ordinance. All voted for. Solicitor Report was approved on a Motion by John Domanski and seconded by Barb Kriner. All voted in favor. Due to another pending obligation, Solicitor Michetti left the council meeting at this time.
Brian Anderson then presented the Zoning report for February. There was a special Variance Hearing held on Feb 7th for a car cleaning business on Janice Drive; approval given by Zoning Board to proceed. The Cook property on Avenue F has been sold and settlement will take place this week in Williamsport. Mr. Cook’s request to have time to empty the house was denied. New owners will take possession of the property at the end of this week. Report approved on a Motion by Beth Rake and seconded by Barb Kriner. All voted in favor. John Domanski then questioned about overgrown grass and weeds; he was informed this would be a police issue not zoning. Chief Parkes stated those issues usually start in the spring.
Street Department report was read by Council President Carolyn Bausch. Street department crew has been busy with snow plowing and cindering. We have met our CoStars salt quota requirement for the year. The pole barn has been erected at the garage and will soon be totally completed. Dan Gable thanked the Police Department for assistance in placing the bucket truck on Municibid for sale. As of this evening, the current bid was $1576.00. Report approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Kevin Romansik; all voted for. John Domanski inquired about the airport meeting with Penn dot; he feels this is not a borough issue. Peter Fleming is spearheading the meeting that will be held in the office in the near future.
Nick Fowler then gave the Southside Report. Red Cross has been to the firehouse to inspect for being a mass care facility. He will provide a copy of their report to Council when received. Barb Kriner made a Motion to approve this report and this was seconded by Peter Fleming. All voted for.
Chief Kerry Parkes presented the Police report and spoke of two officers doing flag work for a railroad crossing project. We were reimbursed for this job. All officers have completed mandatory training.
Computer issues were discussed. A quote was received from MePush to add quickwatch to the tablets and desktop in the police department. Approval was given to accept the quote on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Beth Rake. All voted in favor. Police report was approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by John Domanski. All voted for.
Mayor’s non report was approved on a Motion by John Domanski and seconded by Beth Rake. All voted for.
Dumpster Day was our new business for the evening. Date will be May 4, 2019 from 7 am – 12 noon! Newspaper ad will be placed advertising the date and times for residents. Approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by John Domanski. All voted for.
Barb Kriner then reported on the traffic light timing study being handled by Danville Chief Eric Gill. The grant is in; however other projects have taken precedent at this time.
John Domanski questioned the shutdown of Route 54 that was scheduled for April. This has been changed to 2 weekends in September/October and Penn dot will have flagmen handling the traffic so no shut down will take place.
Last agenda item was a letter from Todd Oberdorf requesting council approval of a party at his property, 913 Avenue G, on July 5th. Some of the attendees tonight were here in support of the party and had no issues with it. On a Motion by Beth Rake and seconded by Barb Kriner, approval was given for the party. There will be no streets closed for this event and the band will be done by 10 pm.
At approximately 7:28 pm, John Domanski made a Motion to Adjourn the council meeting.
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