In the audience this evening were Brian Whitenight, Nicholas Fowler, Joshua Owens and Dave Decoteau.
Brian Whitenight took the floor first and spoke of his involvement with PA Pyrotechnic Artists for fireworks. He was seeking approval from Council for an event on March 25th at the Market for individual firework dealers to present their samples. This will be a 3 hour event and is open to the public to view.
On a Motion by Beth Hancock, approval was granted contingent on Insurance paperwork being provided by Mr. Whitenight; seconded by Caressa Compton. All voted for.
Nicholas Fowler, Chief, Southside Fire Company, then addressed council. He read the Southside Fire Company Report for February. Report was approved on a Motion by Caressa Compton and seconded by Barb Kriner. All voted in favor. Mr. Fowler then spoke on Act 172 Incentive for Fire Fighters. This is a new initiative to encourage volunteers for the fire companies and first responders. At present there are 10 volunteers for Southside. The incentive would be a tax credit. Details are being discussed between the local communities to have a cohesive plan. Nick will get back to us when they have a definite plan with details spelled out in full.
Joshua Owens, Larson Design Group, then spoke to council on the status of the MS-4. 9 or 10 waiver requests were submitted; however only 1 has been returned. We are hopeful our waiver will come through soon.
Under old business the Minutes of February 20, 2017 were approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and Seconded by Peter Fleming. All voted in favor.
Brian Anderson the presented the Zoning Report for February. He discussed the FEMA maps obtained through Congressman Barletta’s office which shows the flood plan. According to this map, the property of Dave Decoteau, 100 D & H Avenue, would not be in a flood zone; however it was recommended he carry flood insurance. Brian showed print outs of the area; Josh Owens then explained the coding on the maps for clarification which was very much appreciated. Brian Anderson also presented two updated photos of the Cook property that is in deplorable condition. Sewer inspections are proceeding well in compliance with the new ordinance. Zoning Report was approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Carolyn Bausch. All voted in favor.
Police Chief Kerry Parkes then gave the Police Report for February. He stated three applications have been returned and one is outstanding yet. Chief Parkes showed a permit that he customized on the computer to use for peddling/solicitation permits rather than our outdated permit book. On a Motion by Caressa Compton and seconded by Peter Fleming, it was approved to use the computer generated system. All voted for. Chief Parkes also presented some information on pending radar bills that are pending. The Police report was approved on a Motion by Caressa Compton and approved by Barb Kriner. All voted in favor.
The Mayor had nothing to report.
Solicitor Michetti spoke on the 911 readdressing ordinance issue. There was some confusion as to what is to be in the ordinance concerning posting requirements. The Court has not scheduled the Hearing for Mr. Cook as of this date. The outstanding delinquent sewer bills were discussed. On a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Carolyn Bausch, it was approved to file municipal liens on those property owners who have a bill of $1,000.00 as of March 1, 2017. Motion passed with all voting in favor. The Solicitor’s report was approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner and seconded by Caressa Compton. All voted for.
Under new business, it was discussed about converting the office building to gas heat. We have a quote from Russ Ackley HVAC/R to install 2 furnace units and zone the building. Council requested two additional quotes to compare. Barb Kriner then made a Motion to proceed with the furnace and gas installation after receipt of other bids and this was seconded by Carolyn Bausch. All voted in favor. Carolyn also questioned the time frame for the UGI grant that would offset the furnace costs.
Resolution 17-03-06 Municipal Plan Chief Administrative Officer was put before Council. This Resolution
Appoints Secretary Bausch to fill that position for the municipal retirement plans. Approved on a Motion by Barb Kriner; seconded by Caressa Compton. All voted in favor.
A letter from Police Officer Brad Harvey was put on the table. He was requesting a board to meet to discuss upcoming contract negotiations. Council members on this negotiating team will be John Novak, Carolyn Bausch and Barb Kriner. They will set a place and time to meet with Brad.
At approximately 8:02 pm a Motion was made by Barb Kriner and Seconded by Caressa Compton to Adjourn the Council Meeting.
Council Adjourned. Next council meeting will be March 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm.