As approved at the Feb 19 meeting, minutes of Feb 5 follow:
The Riverside Borough Council met on Monday, February 5, 2018 in the Municipal Building, 415 Dewart Street, Riverside, PA. Evening began with an Executive Session. Regular Council meeting was called to order promptly at 7:00 pm by President Carolyn M. Bausch. In attendance this evening were Vice President Peter T Fleming, Council Members Caressa Compton, Beth Rake and John Novak, Solicitor Joseph Michetti, Mayor Joseph Oberdorf and Secretary Deborah Bausch. Absent this evening were Council Members Barbara Kriner and John Domanski.
In the audience this evening were Rebekah Lenig, Ethan Benjamin, Nick Fowler, Paula Anderson and
Ethan Benjamin made a presentation to Council on his proposed Eagle Scout project. Ethan is a member of Boy Scout Troop 39. He explained Geocaching and has requested to install a geocache site at the Riverside Park. He is hoping to do 10 sites in the local Riverside/Danville area. He shared a video of the geocaching program. The site would be monitored by Ethan. On a Motion made by Caressa Compton and seconded by Beth Rake, approval was granted for Ethan to add a geocache to the Riverside Park. All voted in favor.
J.W. Snyder then took the floor. He stated he was there on behalf of the residents of Mainzer Hill Road. Road needs work and is always a problem to travel. Bottoms of vehicles are being damaged. He was assured the Council is aware of this issue and had actually applied for a grant last year for repair of the roadway; however, the funding was not granted. Our streets department is still working on this project.
Mr. Snyder did commend Dan Gable for all his work on the road.
The Minutes of January 18, 2018 were reviewed and approved on a Motion by Caressa Compton, seconded by John Novak with all voting for approval.
Brian Anderson, Zoning Officer, then presented his January report. Due to recent shoulder surgery, he is in an arm sling and unable to drive for several weeks. He has been in contact with the Danville School District regarding the proposed demolition of the Riverside School building. Zoning report was approved on a Motion by Peter Fleming and seconded by John Novak. All voted in favor.
Police Chief Kerry J Parkes addressed council with his monthly report. He stated he has been pricing a new vehicle for his department. He left the quotes for the council to review and make a determination.
Another topic of discussion was the resignation of Officer Kevin Romansik and the request for a part time officer. Chief Parkes did a synopsis of the cost for a part time officer and left this information with council as well for their review. Beth Rake made a Motion to accept the resignation of Kevin Romansik and approve the Chief’s Report for January. Motion was seconded by Caressa Compton. All voted in favor.
Southside Fire Company Chief, Nick Fowler, then offered the Station 70 Monthly Fire Chief’s Report for January. He spoke of the back to back fires in our area recently. Caressa Compton inquired as to the number of volunteer firefighters onboard and if is there some program to recruit new members. Nick said there is an extensive program required to be certified including many hours of training. Nick also provided a January Statistics sheet which he explained to Council. Report was approved on a Motion by Caressa Compton, seconded by Peter Fleming and all voted for.
Mayor Joseph Oberdorf advised the Chief had been in touch with him on several items. He feels a part time officer could be an asset to the community but it would be up to council to decide. Questions were raised if it will be limited hours or a cap for the year on hours as well as being scheduled for shifts or on a just as needed basis. On a Motion by Caressa Compton and seconded by Peter Fleming, the Mayor’s Report was approved. All voted in favor.
Solicitor Joseph Michetti the presented the council with the sealed bids to be opened for two tracts of land in the borough. The first parcel, #241-127-11 is located at Third and Logan and presently has a shed on the property. This was the only parcel for which bids were received. Sealed bids were opened with the following results:
Rebekah Lenig - $5,000.00
Glenn Hinkle - $2,678.85
Bernard Mayan - $1,101.00
Rebekah Lenig was in the audience and the winner of the sale. Solicitor Michetti stated a Quit Claim deed will be drawn up for her. Process is to be handled within 30 days. Rebekah left the required 10 per cent bid price with the secretary this evening. Motion to approve the bid as well as the Solicitor report was made by Beth Rake and seconded by John Novak. All voted for.
Next agenda item was the Montour County COG. Peter Fleming is our current representative but would like to step down. After some discussion, Caressa Compton stated she would take the position as Riverside Representative on the COG; Peter Fleming will remain as an Alternate representative.
Beth Rake made a Motion to appoint Caressa Compton and Peter Fleming to the Montour County COG board; seconded by John Novak. All voted in favor.
Dumpster Day was discussed. Mike Heaps had requested less afternoon hours for the event. Afternoon business is slow and Nick Fowler had verified that information earlier in the meeting. After discussion it was agreed the hours would be changed to 7 AM - 1 PM. Day was set as May 5, 2018. Caressa Compton made the motion to accept May 5th, 7am-1pm as the Dumpster Day in Riverside Borough. Seconded by Peter Fleming. All voted in favor.
Final agenda item for this evening was the Resolution for Northumberland County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This Resolution, 18-02-05 was adopted by Motion of Peter Fleming and seconded by John Novak; all voted in favor.
At approximately 8:05 pm, Caressa Compton made a Motion to Adjourn. Meeting was adjourned.
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