MINUTES- MILFORD BOROUGH REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
DECEMBER 11, 2019
- President Tarquinio called the meeting to Order at 6:06 pm. Present- Council members Rob Ciervo, Luke Turano, Tarquinio, Katrina Foster, Adriane Wendell, Treasurer Greg Myer, Solicitor Anthony Magnotta, Mayor Sean Strub, Secretary Pamela Ahlstrand. Mayor Strub Council members Nancy Schoenleber and Annette Haar were not present. Opened with the Pledge of Allegiance
- Adoption of Agenda – By motion of Foster/Turano, agenda adopted;
- Adoption of Minutes – 11/13/19 – BY MOTION OF CIERVO/WENDELL, minutes unanimously adopted.
- PUBLIC HEARING- BUDGET – BY MOTION OF TURANO/CIERVO, PUBLIC HEARING FOR BUDGET WAS OPENED. Wendell presented summary of budget: Explained where income comes from- Real Estate Taxes, Realty Transfer Tax, License, Fines, etc., Permits & Fees, Public Safety, Miscellaneous Revenue (in/out- claims), Money rolling over from last year – $63K- Total income – $1.2 Million. Expenses – General government, Public Safety (includes debt services), Public works/sanitation, Benefits and other insurance. Were able to balance budget (Proposed budget attached). Stayed within the millage in past years. General fund- 35 (30 authorized, have to go to Court to get additional 5 approved); Directed – Shade Tree .10, Recreation – .8, Lighting – 2.2, Fire Dept. – 1.7 Debt Service 2.0, Street Improvements – 4.3. No increase in taxes.
Asked for comment/public comment – Question from Fred Weber (resident)- since Milford Boro answers calls in the Township, is the township billed? Ciervo answered that we are not permitted to bill; have asked for contributions but they refused; questioned for solicitor- why don’t they pay, if they contribute for the fire dept. Solicitor advised that is a question for the Township Supervisors.
Secretary confirmed that hearing was advertised, that a copy was on the website, also in the Borough office and at the Pike County Dispatch. No one requested or reviewed a copy.
BY MOTION OF WENDELL/TURANO, PUBLIC HEARING WAS CLOSED.
BY MOTION OF TURANO/WENDELL, PROPOSED BUDGET WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL.
BY MOTION OF TURANO/FOSTER, ADDITIONAL TAX MILLAGE OF 5 MILS APPROVED BY COUNCIL. (Resolution 2019-16)
- Public Comment – Comment from Fred Weber – 315 W Ann- EIT presented previously; other alternatives- will there be any others looked at? President Tarquinio said not necessary this year; when they look at budget next year, will look at other alternatives if necessary.
At this time, President Tarquinio asked if they could switch the order of the agenda to allow attorney Eric Hamill to address the Council with regard to his correspondence on behalf of the Episcopal Church. Hamill explained that the church is located in the residential district; used to have a day care in the portion of the building that operated as a day care, with some professional offices. Several professionals are upstairs (accountant, lawyer, social worker, therapist). Because the building is in a residential zone, professional offices not permitted; received a violation notice from the Zoning Officer, which they are appealing to the ZHB, but in the meantime that wanted to come before the Council and see if there was a possibility of the Council considering an expansion of the Limited Commercial District. Survey done by Father Van of the uses in the blocks around the church; found “numerous” uses not permitted in the district. (Tarquinio noted that Borough and government buildings are permitted in the residential district) Would be more consistent from a Planning perspective. Question from Tarquinio- building in question is on 5th St- Are they proposing to make Fifth St Limited Commericial? Hamill said “up to 5th St. (Here there was a “farm” analogy- one day chickens, one day cows; “natural” uses of a church, e.g., daycare, food pantry). Tarquinio said they will ask Planning Commission to take a look at it. Hamill noted that Council has an opportunity to take a position at the ZHB. Question from Solicitor- how many offices? 4; each a room with a desk – shared bathroom. Question from the public (Peter Cooney) – did they approach the Borough before using the space? Hamill said they approached the Borough Secretary; did not get permit, but claim they got “permission”.
- Resolutions –
By motion of Wendell/Foster- Council authorizes attorney to file petition to increase millage.
Advertising of Reorganization meeting – After some discussion, Council decided to hold the Reorganization meeting on Monday, January 6th at 8:00 a.m., to accommodate Solicitor. Secretary will advertise. Will send list of appointments – Tarquinio noted have openings on the ZHB.
- Special Events – NONE
- Zoning Report – Shawn Bolles (Attached) Zoning officer gave his report.
- Mayor’s Report – Violation report attached. Chief McCormack gave the report. Said overall mileage was up 105% over last year. Discussion about repair work needed to be done on the Durango – repairs are in excess of $600. BY MOTION OF TURANO/WENDELL, COUNCIL APPROVED EXPENDITURE FOR REPAIR OF POLICE CAR.
Additionally – Chief thanked the Council for their support of the Police Department. Have SOP ready, reviewed by Public Safety Committee. Will have all officers review. BY MOTION OF CIERVO/TURANO, SOP FOR MILFORD BOROUGH POLICE DEPT. APPROVED.
- TREASURER’S REPORT: Greg Myer gave his report- $6757 more received in taxes (over budget). Delinquent taxes collected – over budget; RTT $3407 – over $5K over budget. Myer commented that some approvals of PO’s not being done on time, and they are incurring late fees. Noted that purchase of new plow truck was approved. Applications are in for financing, and will advise. BY MOTION OF WENDELL/TURANO, TREASURER’S REPORT UNANIMOUSLY ACCEPTED BY COUNCIL AS PRESENTED.
- ARB Certificates of Appropriateness:
- Dime Bank- sign –
BY MOTION OF TURANO/CIERVO, COA APPROVED AS RECOMMENDED.
- NEW BUSINESS:
- HR Training for employees – Katrina Foster is handling this for ALL employees. Will be online training, customizing with branding & policies. Will received certificate of completion. 18 employees. Can purchase a license for 1 year, $1000. BY MOTION OF TURANO/CIERVO, PURCHASE OF LICENSE APPROVED.
- Email addresses for Council Members- Foster set up through GoDaddy. S/W Barry Bernathy. All Council members can set up.
- Hiring of temporary P/T employee- Ariana DiGeso- to work on file room, etc. over Christmas break. BY MOTION OF FOSTER/TURANO, COUNCIL APPROVED HIRING OF ARIANA DiGESO AT THE RATE OF $10/HR.
- OLD BUSINESS:
- Traffic Study – Starting in May, go through summer. Committee to be made up of 3 Council members, 2 business members, Mike M and Brian S – County Planning, Chief, Mayor, Road Master. BY MOTION OF WENDELL/TURANO, COUNCIL APPROVED CREATION OF STEERING COMMITTEE. (Wendell to provide names of two business members)
- Update on Central Sewage- Had meeting with the State- 2 representatives from the State (local and Scranton), and two from Harrisburg. Looking at Phase 1 to be commercial district. Borough has 114/115 surveys done; Matamoras has their 200 done. Failure to provide survey does NOT mean a failure. There are 4 categories- (Failure, Probable failure, anything before 1972, and those after 1972). Borough has unique condition- Sandbed. Will not force all of the Borough to connect at once.
- Stormwater system update – Meeting with engineer on December 18th. (Engineer who does water authority) so they can start gathering information for grants.
- 911 Signs- Good portion of mailing has gone out;
- CLG Certification – Tarquinio said still working on certification.
- Law & Zoning – Wendell – Still working on proposed Property Maintenance Ordinance.
- Finance & Insurance- No additional report
- Parks – Haar not present. Tarquinio said Borough owes her a great thanks for her work done over the past 4 years. Commented that Nancy Schoenleber also stepped in and did a great job as well
- Borough Property- Working on heat in Borough Office
- Streets & Lights – Ciervo – Taping on crosswalks- Company will come back in the spring and fix all the tape that peeled. Will reinstall light in front of Pocono Interiors; crane on Mott St Bridge has been removed. LED Lights for lamp posts- Spoke with CRL – Groups of 50 – cost of $3900. Bill Kiger will s/w MEC about contributing. BY MOTION OF WENDELL/TURANO, COUNCIL VOTED TO APPROVED EXPENDITURE. Ciervo noted that once approved, will go back to PCP&L and they will recalculate- should see drop in cost.
- Technology – Foster- No additional report.
CORRESPONDENCE: Secretary sent copies of correspondence to Council prior to meeting;
ADDITIONAL PUBLIC COMMENT: Bill Kiger – Resident – 7th St. Asked about “mandatory” hookup – Any indication that Borough is going to have mandatory hookup for residential? Tarquinio said no, not at this point; only discussed Phase 1 which would be commercial. Not a large number of failures in the Borough, reiterated unique feature of the Borough- sandbed/
Fred Weber – Comment about having sewage meetings videotaped- why is there “push back” – Tarquinio said they don’t control those meetings; comments about mandatory hookup time frame.
Mike A – Mill St – Commented about lots of misinformation regarding sewage. Discussion about what meetings can be videotaped. Solicitor Magnotta said that any meeting opened to the meeting can be videotaped; not required, by member of the public can record.
Tarquinio commented again that they are ONLY compiling a study- both feasibility and cost. Premature to say anything else.
PLANNING COMMISSION – Resolution to submit Grant application to Rural Scenic Preservation Trust – BY MOTION OF FOSTER/CIERVO, COUNCIL APPROVED
BY MOTION OF FOSTER/CIERVO – MEETING ADJOURNED AT 7:22
RECONVENED AT 7:25 – BY MOTION OF TURANO- Subdivision application presented at hearing prior to start of the meeting. Secretary reviewed 4 conditions of Subdivision approval – Note #9 on map – Change from 90 days to 30 days (removal of macadam, relocate shed); Additional condition that Notes 8 & 9 be secured by a Bond; Garage to be removed within 90 days, or a building permit obtained for a residence within 90 days, on newly created lot; time starts running upon APPROVAL (not at signing of maps).BY MOTION OF FOSTER/TURANO, COUNCIL APPROVED SUBDIVISION AS PRESENTED, WITH THE CONDITIONS SET FORTH ABOVE.
BY MOTION OF FOSTER/TURANO, MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 7:43 PMMinutes