MINUTES- MILFORD BOROUGH REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
NOVEMBER 13, 2019
- President Tarquinio called the meeting to Order at 6:00 pm. Present- Council members Rob Ciervo, Nancy Schoenleber, Luke Turano, Tarquinio, Katrina Foster, Annette Haar, Adriane Wendell, Treasurer Greg Myer, Solicitor Anthony Magnotta, Mayor Sean Strub, Secretary Pamela Ahlstrand. Opened with the Pledge of Allegiance
- Adoption of Agenda – By motion of Foster/Schoenleber, agenda adopted;
- Adoption of Minutes – Oct. 7, 2019, 10/17/19 Special Meeting, 10/17/19 Budget Workshop meeting- BY MOTION OF CIERVO/TURANO, all minutes unanimously adopted.
- Public Comment – Kevin Stroyan (public, property owner) presented correspondence from DEP re: Act 537 study (attached), and meeting minute re: sewage project dated 10/2/19 (attached); asked Council to read
Question from J Kameen re: attendance at meetings- Tarquinio attended; gave update- have 93/115 inspections requested by HRG;
Comment from Fred Weber – Resident-W Ann – Requested that Council ask HRG to come back to Council meeting and explain “changes”.
Comment from Peter Rushton- W Ann St.- 1. Asked for update on Santos Farm- Solicitor advised no meeting at Milford Twp due to lack of quorum; 2. Complimented Boro employees on leaf cleanup.
- PUBLIC HEARING- CONDITIONAL USE- DAILY GRINDS COFFEE SHOP – (Public hearing suspended at this time for hearing, scheduled/advertised for 6:15 PM) – BY MOTION OF WENDELL/CIERVO, COUNCIL VOTED TO OPEN HEARING. Applicants Sheena and Anthony Finamore present; Court stenographer present. Sheena addressed Council- from Anchorage, Alaska; drive through model common there; proposing drive thru/walk up coffee shop existing fruit stand building at the Lumberyard Shops. Two traffic proposals; Comment from Pres. Tarquinio- concern about traffic on Mill St., 7th, especially during hours of early morning and afternoon bus routes. Applicant proposed hours of operation – 5 am – 6 pm; 2-3 employees present. Property owner Lauren L present-supports application; lease condition that it not affect other businesses; Comment from Turano- finds option #2 challenging. Applicant said #1 is preferred. Mayor Strub asked if there is plumbing? Yes. Zoning Officer Bolles proposed different traffic scenario (attached); landscape narrow area around Mill St to prevent traffic, make one way. Additional discussion about traffic. BY MOTION OF WENDELL/SCHOENLEBER, HEARING CLOSED. BY MOTION OF WENDELL/FOSTER, CONDITIONAL USE APPLICATION APPROVED, WITH CONDITION THAT PROPOSAL NUMBER 1, ALONG WITH TRAFFIC CONTROL AS PROPOSED BY ZONING OFFICER, BE USED.
- Public Comment- None additional at this time
- Resolution 2019-15 (RE: Public Comment at meetings) – BY MOTION OF TURANO/FOSTER, RESOLUTION (AS REVISED BY MAYOR STRUB, ATTACHED) ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY BY COUNCIL.
- Public Notice/Advertising – Secretary advised that there are two matters which Council needs to approve for advertising:
- Budget Hearing – Needs to be advertised, need to vote on proposed budget at December 11th meeting’
- Subdivision Application – Need to hold hearing; 3 lot subdivision on Sarah St proposed; at or before next meeting-
BY MOTION OF WENDELL/TURANO, COUNCIL VOTED TO ADVERTISE FOR SUBDIVISION HEARING AT 5:30, BUDGET HEARING AT 6:00, BOTH ON 12/19/19 (DATE OF NEXT REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING.
- Approval of expenditures over $500 – Attorney Anthony Waldron submitted invoice; by Motion of Wendell/Ciervo, expenditure approved.
- Special Events – NONE
- Zoning Report – Shawn Bolles (Attached) – Bolles also asked for approval to purchase an external hard drive in order to scan photos, attach to permit manager, for use by ARB, etc. Cost of $80-115. Per Wendell, okay to order.
- Mayor’s Report – Mayor Strub answered question from last meeting about calls to Milford Twp – Explained go through 911, Comm Center; 23 calls year to date.
Advised that Firehouse grant obtained for AED; Chief looking for grant for canine; having a work day at the station; split cost of calibration with Eastern Pike; participating in Holiday parade; doing intoxilizer training; potential that they will have use of a free-lance grant writer next year. President Tarquinio commented that they plan to have a Grant Committee next year to manage and track grant applications.
- TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Greg Myer gave report- RTT was under budget; received $9760 in early November, so will be over by $2000. Has proposed budget in draft form for 2020- no increase; millage is the same (Gen. Mills- 35, which is the max allowed); Some changes to the directed mills; total mills- 46.1, so no tax increase. BY MOTION OF SCHOENLEBER/TURANO, TREASURER’S REPORT UNANIMOUSLY ACCEPTED BY COUNCIL AS PRESENTED.
- ARB Certificates of Appropriateness:
- Helms Garage – 408 W Harford, Generator;
- 110 W Catharine St – Porch Repair;
- Century 21 Geba Realty – Sign (already existing);
- Cenci Chiropractic- 306 W Harford – Ramp, Sign;
- Dime Bank –301 E Harford – Door, Lights;
- Dale Thatcher – 200 Third St – Ramp repair, window repair;
- Ken Seghal – 316 W Harford- Painting of Windows.
BY MOTION OF HAAR/FOSTER, ALL COA’S APPROVED AS RECOMMENDED.
- NEW BUSINESS:
- Episcopal Church – Letter from Attorney Hammil requesting zoning change. Attorney invited, but not present; Council not inclined to change; send to ZHB.
- National Park – Entry fee proposed. Some discussion by Council, public. Mayor Strub said need hundreds of comments to be posted to exempt through traffic from fee; BY MOTION OF WENDELL/HAAR, COUNCIL TO DRAFT LETTER. Tarquinio noted that the Park Service may allow the star to return to the knob, but will not allow the extension cord; need to look into solar options, etc.
- Joint Municipal Plan- Halloween. Tarquinio suggested that the look into coordinating with Matamoras next year in the event of bad weather again on Halloween.
- OLD BUSINESS:
- Dump Truck/Plow – Ciervo provided quote for new truck (current truck will not pass inspection); BY MOTION OF TURANO/FOSTER, COUNCIL APPROVED PURCHASE OF TRUCK – $8000 DEPOSIT TO BE PAID OUT OF REMAINING LIQUID FUELS FUNDS; BALANCE TO BE PAID NEXT YEAR OUT OF DEBT SERVICE.
- Update on Traffic Study – Tarquinio advised to be done next spring (missed events this year); received $6500 grant; $5000 local contribution (previously approved). Any proposed changes to traffic, sensors, etc. require a study.
- Update of Central Sewage Study- as previously stated, have 93 out of 115 required inspections;
- Approval of Planning Commission updating Comprehensive Plan- Planning Commission met with Brian Snyder (County Planning) and Peter Wulfhorst (Penn State Extension). Brian agreed to help with RFP. Comment from Kiger (Public)- should invite other municipalities to join. Tarquinio said already asked 3 times; BY MOTION OF WENDELL/TURANO, COUNCIL VOTED TO APPROVE BORO PLANNING COMMISSION TO REVIEW COMP PLAN, PREPARE RFP.
- Update of Budget- Already given; hearing on 12/11/19. Tarquinio to set up meeting with new Council members to review prior to hearing;
- MEC W Harford Project – Secretary advised contracts signed, all squared away with PennDot;
- Update of trees – Paul LaBounty (Tree Commission) said he believes 22/25 removed; Shawn Bolles commented that tree on Third St (tag #1932) should be checked;
- Stormwater system update – Tarquinio advised he is meeting with engineer;
- Change in yard waste pickup – Boro street dept will be picking up yard waste on Mondays and Fridays ONLY, limbs 1” in diameter or less. Paul LaBounty asked about when he does maintenance on street trees? Council advised that is not “yard” waste, but Borough property;
- 911 Signs- Wendell advised that Boro office is working on bulk mailing to all residents.
- Law & Zoning – Wendell – Proposing several Ordinances:
- Property Maintenance- issue is with enforcement, working with Solicitor, Code enforcement officer;
- Landlord Registration – would require Zoning amendment, speaks to public safety;
- Limited Food truck permitting – Some discussion, would need to be licensed (dept of Ag), sufficient property size; comments from Peter Cooney, Lauren, Joe Dooley, Bill Kiger
- Finance & Insurance- No additional report
- Parks – Council person Haar gave her report:
- Barckley Park – Will finish in the spring; wants to make it handicap accessible-brought samples of CORE – fill with pea gravel, makes walkways accessible by wheelchairs. Cost is $6,459.46 for 2000 sq ft. BY MOTION OF TURANO/WENDELL, COUNCIL APPROVED EXPENDITURE FROM PARK BUDGET;
- Holiday decorations- wants to hang “starbursts” on MEC Lights in the Borough; suggesting they start with a few, may look for a program to sponsor more. Under $1,000 each. Meeting with Treasurer Myer to go over budget and what’s available. Requesting minimum of 5, max of 7, if within budget. BY MOTION OF WENDELL/CIERVO, COUNCIL APPROVED EXPENDITURE FOR STARBURSTS (UP TO 7), IF WITHIN PARK BUDGET.
- Borough Property- No report
- Streets & Lights – Ciervo – Thanked Water authority for helping with leaf pickup; noted that there is no pick up with the machine in the alleys (cans or biodegradable bags); Discussion about picking up leaves on Broad and Harford- Tarquinio asked if they could schedule one time; Chief McCormack said illegal to blow leaves onto a State road; Ciervo will look at options.
Had mower that burned up- received insurance check, wants to replace. Can get one from Sawkill, may need up to $2000 over insurance amount to replace. BY MOTION OF HAAR/TURANO, COUNCIL APPROVED UP TO $2000 FROM STREET DEPT BUDGET TO REPLACE LAWN MOWER.
- Technology – Foster- Discussion about setting up emails for all Borough Council members, etc. Will begin working on it in December and will set up emails through the website.
CORRESPONDENCE: Secretary sent copies of correspondence to Council prior to meeting; already discussed letter from attorney Hamill, Letter from Park Service & Lehman Twp re: entrance fees.
ADDITIONAL PUBLIC COMMENT: NONE
BY MOTION OF TURANO/HAAR, MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 8:15 PM