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January 21, 2014 Highspire Borough Council Meeting Minutes

January 21, 2014 Highspire Borough Council Meeting Minutes

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January 21, 2014 Highspire Borough Council Meeting Minutes
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Highspire Borough Council Minutes
January 21, 2014
Council President Kay Sutch called the Highspire Borough Council meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. The prayer was offered by Member Hoch then followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken: Council Members Present: Carolee Roman Charles Dengler Michael Anderson Tyler Thatcher Marie Hoch  A. Kay Sutch Dorothy Matesevac Mayor: John Hoerner Borough Manager: John McHale Interim Public Works Superintendant:Randy Kreider  Authority Member: Von Hess Code Enforcement Officer: Terence Watts  Assistant Borough Secretary: Jennifer Rabuck Borough Engineer: Christopher Knarr Borough Solicitor Dave DeLuce and Junior Council Person Victoria Montijo were absent.
Minutes
President Sutch presented the meeting minutes from the December 17, 2013 Council Workshop Meeting and from the January 6, 2014 Borough Council Reorganization meeting and asked for questions regarding them. Hearing none, a motion to accept the reports was made by Member Matesevac and seconded by Member Anderson. Motion approved unanimously.
Financial Reports
President Sutch presented the Trea
surer’s Report
 and Financial Statements for the month of December 2013 and asked if there were any questions regarding them. Hearing none, a motion to accept reports was made by Member Hoch and seconded by Member Dengler. Motion approved unanimously.
Mayors Report
Mayor Hoerner noted he attended the following meetings and events:
12/19 Pete’s East End
Tavern grand opening; 12/20 Fire Department special meeting; 12/29 Bicentennial sing-a-long; 12/31 New Years Eve celebrations; 1/6 Reorganization meeting; 1/20 Fire Department meeting; 1/9 Bicentennial meeting; 1/13 School Board meeting and Fire Department swearing ins; 1/18 performed a wedding ceremony; 1/20 Fire Department meeting; Mayor Hoerner also reminded members of the following events: Title I Steel-High dinner would be on 1/30; School Board meeting 1/23 and TMI training on 2/1.
Police Department Report
President Sutch presented the Police Department Report for the month of December and asked if there were any questions regarding it. Hearing none she noted that it could be filed.
Fire Department Report
 Fire Department President Shirley Sundy noted that the department would be holding a Pork & Sauerkraut dinner this Sunday from 11am-soldout.
 
President Sutch presented the Fire Department Report for the month of December 2013 and the Year End Report and asked if there were any questions regarding it. Hearing none, a motion to accept the reports was made by Member Matesevac and seconded by Member Anderson. Motion approved unanimously.
South Central Emergency Medical Services Report
President Sutch presented the South Central Emergency Medical Services report for December and asked if there were any questions regarding it. Hearing none she noted that the report could be filed.
Citizens Comments
None
Correspondence
 A letter from Jerry Beaver announcing training for Emergency Workers on February 1.  A letter from Dauphin County Tax Claim Bureau announcing that the County Commissioners have again agreed to a 30 day grace period for unpaid 2013 real property taxes. Member Hoch
noted that she didn’t think that the Borough should go along with it. She noted that tax payers
have 11 months to pay.  A letter from the Dauphin County Bureau of Registration and Elections announcing the dates for the General Primary and General Elections for 2014.  A letter from PSAB seeking nominations for Second Vice President.  A letter from Carrie Elliott Reese appealing the Code Officers notice of violation for possessing chickens on her property at 35 Ann Street and requesting permission to keep her flock. President Sutch noted that this request would have to go to the Community Development Committee for review. She also requested that Codes Officer Watts send Ms. Reese a letter regarding the hearing date. Harrisburg Area Transportation Study Meetings for February: Technical Committee, February 14 at 9 am; Coordinating Committee, February 28 at 9am.  A letter from Senator Mike Folmer inviting officials to attend a Municipal Grant Workshop on February 6 at the Lower Swatara Township Fire Department.
 A letter from the Dauphin Lebanon Borough’s Association noting that their next meeting is on
January 28 at 6pm at the City Line Diner.  An invitation from the Dauphin County Commissioners to attend a Local Government Forum for Local Officials on February 10 at 5:30 pm at the County Conservation Building.
Committee Reports
Public Facilities
 –
 Member Matesevac noted that she is pleased with the job the road crew has done removing the snow. She also thanked them for removing the winter decorations. Sanitation Committee
 –
 Member Dengler noted that he prepared a sample ordinance pertaining to the keeping of chickens in the borough as well as a survey. He also noted that he attended the Sewer Authority meeting. Bi-Centennial Committee
 –
 President Sutch asked if there was an agenda or exact date for the queen contest and if tickets would be sold. It was noted that the fire department was on board
 
and would be willing to cater the meal. Member Matesevac noted that it should be called something like the Spring Fling Dinner & Dance with the crowning of the Queen. It was noted that an exact date and time should be set so that the girls participating could be notified. Member Matesevac noted that she has been discussing the Garden Tour and would like to include the historical house, borough building, churches, and the flour mill; not necessary houses but also historic sites. It will be held the same day and the alumni gathering. Finance/Administration
 –
 Member Thatcher noted that they had a meeting on January 16
th
 to go over questions with the recodification. The meeting will continue on February 13
th
 at 6pm. Personnel
 –
 Member Roman
noted that she attended the Civil Service and Borough’s
reorganization meeting on January 6. She also attended two fire department meetings, the Recodification meeting as well as the bicentennial meeting this past month. Community Development
 –
 Member Hoch noted that she attended the COG meeting in which the speaker from PennDot noted that spoke of money they are getting now and that it may trickle down to municipalities and that there is a possibility that the Liquid Fuels funding may increase by 60%. She noted that she attended the recodification meeting as well. Public Safety Committee
 –
 Member Anderson had nothing to report at this time. President Sutch noted that she also attended a lot of these same meetings. She noted that she attended a meeting where she found out that there are monies out there that are available for roads and such. She requested more information regarding this funding and is waiting to hear back. She said that she believes that it may involve a low interest loan. Junior Council
 –
 JCP Montijo was absent.
Staff Activity Reports
Manager McHale noted as part of the Lumber Street Interceptor Project gaming grant the first draw must be made by March 1, 2014. Motion made by Member Dengler, seconded by Member Thatcher to approve a draw as part of the Lumber Street Interceptor Project in an amount not to exceed $100.00 with approval by the Borough Solicitor, Borough Engineer and County of Dauphin. Motion approve unanimously. Manager McHale noted that two months ago Council authorized the Borough Solicitor to file paperwork with the LCB to have a hearing on the noise abatement. That hearing is scheduled
for February 4 at 10 am at the borough building. He also noted that the Borough’s auditors
would be here this week to audit the Borough accounts. Manager McHale noted that Resolution 6 on the agenda is appointing Christopher Knarr, Rettew, as an Assistant Codes/Zoning Officer for the Borough. He noted that Chris is making a lot of decisions
and generating paperwork based on the Borough’s
Ordinances to codes and zoning matters which opens up somebody to challenge what authority he has to make those decisions. Codes Officer Watts noted that this would allow Chris to assist him when he is off or with different matters and it gives him legal authority to address the enforcement if it becomes civil or criminal and he has to present the case in court. Codes Officer Watts noted that he would be attending a zoning hearing board meeting regarding a property which boarders Highspire. He will be attending to find out what will be stored, manufactured and address safety concerns. He noted that Highspire will be holding a zoning hearing board meeting regarding a property on Second Street that is filing for a special exception.

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