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Middletown borough council meeting minutes, 9/16/13
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Middletown Borough Council Minutes
1
September 2013
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September 16, 2013 Middletown,
PA
17057
The
September 16, 2013 meeting
of
the Middletown Borough Council
was
called to order at 7 p.m.
by
Council President Christopher
R.
McNamara. Following the
Pledge
of
Allegiance, the following Council members answered roll call: Barbara Arnold, Donald Brooks, John Brubaker, Robert _ouer, Christopher
R.
McNamara, Judy Putric,
David
Rhen
and Scott
Sites.
Councilor
Sue
Sullivan
was
absent. Also present were Mayor Robert
G.
Reid,
Borough Manager Tim Konek and Borough Secretary Chris Courogen.
PUBLIC
COMMENT Dawn Knull commented on
an
incident involving a pit bull and suggested Council look to adopt a
leash
law ordinance. Cortez
Jackson
commended the Borough
on
the Labor
Day
Parade
and the
labor
Day
weekend fireworks. Council President McNamara thanked
the
members
of
the Middletown Night Out committee
nd tur:ned
the
floor
over to Councilor
Bar
,para Arnold, a member
of
the committee,
and
Middletown
PoHc:e
Officer Gary
Rux,
who
e~ve
as
the
NightOut
coordinator. Cou11tilor Arnold
·········
...
.
...
,
and Officer
Rux
then presented certificates
of
appreciation
to
a
ithe
organizations
n
~·
inaividuals who participated
in
putting together the Night Out event.
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Following the presentations, Council President McNamara, Council Vice President
Lauer,
and Mayor
Reid
tranks
Officer
Rux
and the committee
for their
efforts on behalf
of
the Borough. At 7:35 p.m., Council recessed
for
an
executive session. Council reconvened at 8:41
Q.m.,
with
u
Council President McNamara reporting several items concern.ing personnel and litigation haq
»
_-_
.
·
been discussed.
··
MAYOR'S
REPORT
Mayor
Reid
h~
 
nothing
to
report
.
MANAGER'S
REPORT
Borough Manager
Konek
updated
council
on
the
status
of
the
Hazard
Mitigation
Grant
Prqgram
flood buyout
program,
saying
demolition
work
is
underway
.
~
Councilor
Sites asked
when
the
Borough
would
be
reimbursed by
FEMA
for the
buyouts. Borough Martager
Konek
explained
all
the
reimbursement paperwork
will
be
submitted following
the
completion
of
the demolition
of
the
buyout
properties.
SECRETARY S
REPORT
 
Middletown Borough Council Minutes
2
September 16 2013
Secretary Courogen reported the movie Lincoln will
be
shown Saturday night
in
Hoffer
Park
in conjunction
with
the
M H
Railroad s Civil War weekend. Also,
Penn
State Harrisburg
has
hired a new basketball coach, who visited Borough Hall and
met
several Borough officials. The new coach
is
anxious
to
get his team more involved in the commynity. Secretary Courogen said arrangements
have
been made to allow the
PSU
team
to
use
Main Street
Gym
for pre-season workouts. Secretary Courogen also reported the Dauphin County Chiefs
of
Police Association
has
set October
3
as
Trick
or
treat night in the County. Also, the Kiwanis Club Halloween Parade
is
scheduled for Monday, October 21. Council President McNamara added
that
the Civil War Dance
to
benefit the Middletown Public Library
is
scheduled
for
September 28. Council President McNamara
asked
for motions from the
floor to
approve the
two
Halloween event dates. Councilor Louer made a
motion
to
set Trick
or
Treat Night in
the
Borough
for
6:30
to
8:30 p.m. on October 31. The motion was seconded by Councilor Putric and approved by a unanimous 8-0 vote. Couocilor Arnold moved
to
approve
the
request
by the
Kiwanis Club
to
hold
the
Halloween Parade on Monday, October 21. The motion
was
seconded by Councilor Sites and approved
by
a unanimous 8-0 vote. COMMITTEE
REPORTS
Community
Development-
Councilor Arnold reported on
the
advice
of
the Borough solicitor, her committee would not
be
able
to
take the lead on efforts
to
have volunteers decorate the square
and
downtown for the fall,
or
to
decorate Hoffer Park
for
Christmas. Arnold said althOugh
the
solicitor
was
confident
the
Borough was within its contractual rights
to
have volunteers help, the union representing non-uniform employees
has
filed multiple grievances over the
use
of
volunteers and the solicitor
felt
the Borough should
not
be
risking potential exposure.
Asked
about the nature
of
the grievances, Council President McNamara illustrated the situati
on
by relating the story
of
a grievance filed by
two
employees
after
a library volunteer
had
planted flowers
in
a garden outside the library. Subcommittee on Labor
Relations-
Councilor Brubaker reported the arbitrator
has
ruled on the police contract. Copies
of
the decision would be available
to
the public through Right
To
Know requests. Council President McNamara read the preface
of
the arbitrator s award, in which the arbitrator acknowledged the structural deficit in the General
Fund
budget. McNamara also lamented the cost
of
health care benefits.

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