REGULAR BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING
APRIL 1, 2019 MINUTES
ROLL CALL – President Frank Tarquinio called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM
PRESENT: COUNCIL MEMBERS NANCY SCHOENLEBER, PRES. FRANK TARQUINIO, VP MEAGEN KAMEEN (arrived late), ANNETTE HAAR, ADRIANE WENDELL, TREASURER GREG MYER, SOLICITOR ANTHONY MAGNOTTA, AND SECRETARY PAMELA AHLSTRAND. COUNCIL MEMBERS ROB CIERVO AND KATRINA FOSTER WERE NOT PRESENT.
ADOPTION OF AGENDA/MINUTES- By motion of Schoenleber/Wendell, the agenda for the April 1, 2019 regular meeting was adopted;
By motion of Wendell/Schoenleber, the Minutes from the February 27, 2019 “Special Council Meeting”, and the March 4, 2019 regular Council meeting were unanimously adopted.
1. Vacating a portion of East Ann St. (Barckley Park) – Hearing was advertised; adjacent property owners were notified; no discussion from the public. BY MOTION OF HAAR/WENDELL, the hearing was closed. BY MOTION OF HAAR/KAMEEN, ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF EAST ANN ST. FOR THE PURPOSE OF ANNEXING IT TO THE PROPERTY TO BE USED/KNOWN AS BARCKLEY PARK WAS UNANIMOUSL Y APPROVED BY COUNCIL.
2. Parking on West High St. – Hearing was advertised; no discussion from the public or Council. BY MOTION OF WENDELL/SCHOENLEBER, Public hearing was closed. BY MOTION OF HAAR/SCHOENLEBER, ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR EMPLOYEE PARKING ONLY IN TWO SPACES ON WEST HIGH ST, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 9-5, APPROVED BY BOROUGH COUNCIL.
a. Beach to Towers 8K run- 4/7/19
b. Toast to Milford (Banner only) – Milford presents
c. Milford Music Fest/Borough Sidewalk Sales – Milford presents
d. Food truck/Vendor fair – Milford United Methodist – 6/29/19
e. Music in the Park – Milford Boro Rec Committee –
BY MOTION OF HAAR/SCHOENLEBER, BOROUGH COUNCIL APPROVED THE ABOVE SPECIAL EVENTS/BANNERS
Law & Zoning: Wendell – Presented the three (3) proposed revisions to the current Code:
-Section 312-Clarification about garage apartments (should be in “Residential” schedule of uses, as well as Commercial and Limited Commercial
– Section 198 – Noise ordinance- addition of “alternative” method of enforcement, and change time to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm on Sunday.
– Section 290-9- Correct direction of one way streets from “northbound” to “southbound”.
BY MOTION OF WENDELL/SCHOENLEBER, COUNCIL VOTED TO ADVERTISE THESE MATTERS FOR A HEARING AT THE NEXT REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING (MAY 6, 2019).
Wendell also reported that Solicitor Magnotta was working on a Resolution to request a hearing before the Pa. State Liquor Control Board with regard to an exemption from enforcement by the PLCB of music/noise, and allowing the Borough to enforce under their noise ordinance.
Finance & Budget: (Kameen) – Kameen reported that Police are over in payroll in the amount of $6200; Streets are over $1300 in payroll; Workers Comp increased about $1200. Met with insurance company to review coverage.
Parks & Recreation (Haar) – PCPL switching the pole at Barckley Park on Friday- wires will be higher.
Also, waiting for information about the drying agent which the Little League is proposing to use at the Ballfield. Haar asked for specs from the league; since they are not present at the meeting, will email Council once received.
Borough Property (Ciervo): Ciervo not present; Secretary presented estimate for work at Borough Office/Police Station to switch transfer switch. BY MOTION OF KAMEEN/WENDELL, COUNCIL APPROVED EXPENDITURE OF $1760 to CRL Electric.
AT THIS POINT IN THE MEETING (6:45 PM) Solicitor asked for any additional questions which might require input from him, as he had to leave. Jon Kameen (Public) asked about Central Sewage – now that Borough had “signed on” to be part of the 537 study, he understands that the DEP can mandate central sewer throughout the Borough; some discussion ensued. President Tarquinio proposed having the Engineer from the Westfall Sewer Authority present at the next Regular meeting to answer questions. Will arrange.
Streets & Light (Ciervo): No report, Ciervo not present
Tech: (Wendell): No report
Insurance: (Kameen): No additional report.
Communications: (Foster): No report- Foster not present.
President Tarquinio proposed a new committee to look at long term financial condition of the Borough. Looking at what point the Borough will be in the “red” just based on operating expenses. VP Kameen said to just make it a project of the Finance committee; Council will discuss at workshop meeting on April 16th, along with Committee re-adjustments.
MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor provided citation report, with comparison to last year during the same month (March): Stops: 97/31; Citations: 83/29; Parking tickets: 40/46; Mileage: 2314/4900 (Note- difference in mileage is that there are no longer “take home” vehicles being driven by police). Mayor noted that they don’t issue citations for the sole purpose of issuing fines. It is an indication of the extent of policing in the Borough. However, fines collected were $5319, almost double from last year.
Mayor reported on Personnel & Training for police; Officer Mario D’Ambrosio working 32 hrs/wk (mostly overnight); one application for new officer going to Public Safety Committee; will be hiring a summer intern; new tech consultant obtaining background checks.
Car 31 needs a computer – Requesting approval to spend $5300 for computer (out of police donation funds) BY MOTION OF KAMEEN/SCHOENLEBER, COUNCIL APPROVED EXPENDITURE OF $5300 FROM POLICE DONATION FUNDS FOR COMPUTER.
Explained budget overage- staffing at the current rate would put them over $22K; training funds should be separate line item in budget; Chief is seeking funding for crosswalk enforcement and aggressive driving enforcement; Chief is applying for money for scanners.
Reported that DUI processing is opening at John St. (Court) location; Police will be conducting targeted crosswalk enforcement; bike patrols starting soon; pedestrian signs should be back in crosswalks shortly; looking at painting of crosswalks, 911 signage issue which Chief brought up last time.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Greg Myer gave report – addressed some possible budget overages.
BY MOTION OF KAMEEN/SCHOENLEBER, TREASURER’S REPORT WAS APPROVED BY COUNCIL AS SUBMITTED.
Wendell- requested waiver of fee for the Columns to obtain a Zoning permit to erect a fence. BY MOTION OF WENDELL/HAAR, COUNCIL APPROVED WAIVING OF THE $100 ZONING FEE.
Paving Bids – BY MOTION OF WENDELL/HAAR, COUNCIL APPROVED ADVERTISING FOR PAVING BIDS, TO BE OPENED AT MAY 6, 2019 MEETING;
Liquor License Hearing – Application was received from Del-A-View properties; need to hold hearing within 45 days, so will require a “Special” Council meeting and advertising. BY MOTION OF KAMEEN/SCHOENLEBER, COUNCIL APPROVED ADVERTISING OF SPECIAL MEETING FOR THE PURPOSE OF HOLDING A HEARING FOR THE APPLICATION OF INTERMUNICIPAL LIQUOR LICENSE TRANSFER, MEETING TO BE HELD ON APRIL 17, 2019 AT 6:30 PM.
Certificates of Appropriateness – ARB:
1. Jem Screen Printing – Sign – 315 Broad St. BY MOTION OF WENDELL/SCHOENLEBER, COUNCIL APPROVED ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS BASED ON ARB RECOMMENDATION OF APPROVAL
Traffic Study – President Tarquinio explained this study is the first step in getting funding for traffic calming devices, etc.
– Update on Garbage Truck – Tarquinio attended meeting on 3/27 with Matamoras, Greg Myer; will be applying for an LSA grant in September to aid with cost; will sell current truck; contribution from Milford/Matamoras- probably $25K. Have signed agreement with Matamoras with regard to sharing of expenses, etc.
– Update on Road Task Force March meeting- Secretary gave update based on info provided by Paul C, Roadmaster: Sandblasting on Mott St Bridge to start within the next few weeks; Road widening on the 3 lane (in the Twp) will start in early May; PennDot is looking for “adopt a highway” sponsors; Dirt & Gravel funds $101K may be available until May 1-Secretary requested contact info from Brian Snyder at County Planning. (Tarquinio commented that it may be a way to do work on E Catharine).
-MEC – River Access project: Tarquinio said Council had approved MEC going forward with an engineering study. MaryAnn Monte present to give update: MEC contacted Kiley & Associates, Engineers, to see how to move forward. Kiley is recommending a two-step process- (1) Geotechnical analysis of the subsurface of the project area; will identify drainage issues, etc. , not to exceed $6500; then (2) based on that- MEC will present to the Council three (3) options of what the design could look like ($11,000 cost for that), MEC is prepared to go ahead to fund; time frame unsure- months, not years. Will be back once options are received will come back and present to Council.
– Ambulance Service update – Commonwealth Ambulance is going to present 4 proposals for service- 2 for basic, 2 for advanced; will be a cost involved, split among 7 municipalities. Also, State is considering legislation to allow Counties to tax for ambulance service. Can contact legislators to encourage.
Arbor Day Proclamation: Valerie Meyer, Shade Tree Commission- Tree City USA award- Mayor reads Proclamation – 37th year. Introduced Arbor Day brochure- has results of inventory tally.
Note- Tarquinio is meeting Friday with Water Authority to look at Storm water maintenance/repairs.
Valerie Meyer – commented about dog waste cleanup; Discussion about police enforcement, placement of refuse bags. Mayor suggested cameras, signs. Adriane will look into.
ADJOURN: BY MOTION OF SCHOENLEBER/WENDELL, MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 7:49 PM