CALL TO ORDER: The Regular Meeting of the Point Marion Borough Council was called to order by President DuBois at 7:04 PM. A moment of silence was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
ROLL CALL: President DuBois, Vice President Reynolds, Councilwomen Evans, Griffith, Councilmen Kaczmarczyk, Kelley present, with Councilwoman Shaffer and Mayor Ables absent.
ENGINEER’S REPORT: Mr. Strimel reported on a meeting with Rick Colebank of Alpha Associates regarding the Water Line Project. We do not have enough funds to complete the North Main Street water line from Cheat Street to Penn Street in the project. It is Mr. Colebank recommendation that we notify RUS of this decision and close the project as soon as our contractor completes the necessary paperwork. A motion by Vice President Reynolds and second by Councilwoman Evans to close the Water Line Project and to finish all the paperwork with RUS. Motion Carried. Mr. Strimel then reported on the water line break on North Main Street that happened on the weekend of February 22, 2015. It was the unknown line that we had problems with when we tied in the new lines at Penn and Main Streets. We had to open approximately 30 feet of North Main Street and replace about 5 feet of an old 3” steel water line that was in the ground since 1903. That line is going to cause us more problems in the future due to age and condition. We have come up with a plan to place a new line in the alley between North Main Street and North Water Street to service the eight residences on the west side on North Main Street at an estimated cost of less than $ 9,000.00 with our employees doing the work. This will be at no cost to the residents. A motion by Vice Presidents and second by Councilman Kaczmarczyk to approve the placing the new water line as proposed. Roll call showed all in favor, motion carried by unanimous vote. Motion Carried.
PUBLIC COMMENT: None
MINUTES: Council reviewed the minutes of the March 4, 2015 Regular Meeting that were provided prior to this meeting. Councilwoman Evans stated that it should be the National Rail to Trails Conservancy. A motion by Vice President Reynolds and second by Councilwoman Griffith to accept the minutes as corrected. Motion Carried.
Councilwoman Griffith requested to be excused from the meeting due to an important engagement. President DuBois granted the request.
MAYOR’S REPORT: No Report
Regular Meeting March 28, 2015
SECRETARY, TREASURER, BOROGUH MANAGER’S REPORT:
Mr. Strimel read a letter from a former resident that had moved away and was selling their home. Last month they had a water leak inside the home and had received a very large water and sewer bill for the month. They were seeking an adjustment in the bill.
Mr. Strimel stated that it is the policy of the Borough not to make adjustments in these cases. It is the responsibility of the property owner to pay for water that goes through the meter. After some discussion it was decided to follow Borough policy and to deny the request for an adjustment. He then reviewed and explained the Treasurer and Budget Reports for February 2015. A motion by Vice President Reynolds and second by Councilman Kaczmarczyk to accept the Treasurer and Budget Reports as Presented. Motion Carried.
SOLICITOR’S REPORT: Mr. Grimm stated the need to have an Executive Session for personnel reasons at the end of the meeting. He also reported on the hearing that will take place concerning the removal of the railroad crossings as a result of the sale of the property for the rail trail. He stated that it will have no impact on the Borough, but since we are part of the rail system we are included in the hearings.
COMMITTEE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
BUILDING AND GROUNDS: No Report
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION/RECYCLING: No Report
GRANTS/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Councilwoman Evans stated that they are having issues with the zoning variances for the parking lot project at
the Park. We have to make an application to the Zoning Board and have a
hearing at a cost of $ 450.000. A motion by Councilman Kelley and second by
Councilwoman Evans to authorize the President execute all necessary
paperwork for the variances and to pay the filing fee of $ 450.00. Roll call
showed all in favor, motion carried by majority vote. They are working on a
program to welcome the National Rail to Trail sojourn to be held on April 25, 2015.
PARK: No Report
LIBRARY: No Report
POLICE: No Report
STREET: No Report
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None
NEW BUSINESS: None
Regular Meeting March 18, 2015
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Hoagie Pick-Up Saturday March 21st from 12:00 Noon-to 5:00 PM. Coffee & Conversation Wednesday March 25th at 7:30 PM.
A motion by Councilwoman Evans and second by Councilman Kelley to go into an Executive Session for personnel reasons at 8:29 PM. Motion Carried.
A motion by Vice President Reynolds and second by Councilwoman Evans to return to the Regular Meeting at 8:36 PM. Motion Carried. President DuBois state that no action would be taken at this time as result of the Executive Session.
ADJOURNMENT: Having no other business to come before Council, a motion by Vice President Reynolds and second by Councilman Kaczmarczyk to adjourn the meeting at 8:38 PM. Motion Carried.
Arthur J. Strimel