Middletown Borough Council Minutes

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July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013 Middletown, PA 17057 The July 15, 2013 meeting of the Middletown Borough Council was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by Council President Christopher R. McNamara. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the following Council members answered roll call: Barbara Arnold, Donald Brooks, Robert Louer, Christopher R. McNamara, Judy Putric, and David Rhen. Also in attendance were Mayor Robert G. Reid, Borough Manager Tim Konek, and Borough Secretary Chris A. Courogen. Council President McNamara commented on the passing of former Middletown Police officer Donald Foreman, who was the Borough’s first-ever Detective Sergeant and asked for a moment of silence in his memory. Council President McNamara also asked the Mayor to direct that flags be flown at half-staff in honor or Detective Foreman. PUBLIC COMMENT Dawn Knull thanked Council for adopting the Nixle system and asked that the Borough use the backs of utility bills to inform citizens of the new system. Mike Bowman, chair of the Zoning Hearing Board, reported to Council on a recent Dauphin County Court decision affirming a ruling of the ZHB. EXECUTIVE SESSION At 7:07 p.m., Council recessed for an executive session. Council reconvened at 8:30 p.m., with Councilor Brooks reporting several matters involving personnel and litigation had been discussed. Councilor Arnold made a motion to approve the minutes of the meetings of June 17, June 18 and July 1. The motion was seconded by Councilor Rhen and approved by a unanimous 6-0 vote. Council President McNamara reported due to a scheduling conflict, August “Skip” Memmi, of the Dauphin County Economic Development Corporation, would be present the following evening to make a presentation to Council about a proposed Keystone Opportunity Zone. MAYOR’S REPORT Mayor Reid directed staff to lower flags at all Borough-owned facilities to half-staff all day on Wednesday, July 17, in honor or Detective Foreman. MANAGER’S REPORT Manager Konek reported he has been contacted by an asset recovery firm claiming to have a check payable to the Borough for $7,500 from 2011. Council President McNamara directed the Manager to refer the matter to the Borough’s solicitor.

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Mayor Reid asked Manager Konek about high weeds in some public areas around the Borough. Manager Konek said he has already directed the Public Works Department to cut them. Council President McNamara asked for an update on the new part-time property maintenance inspector. Manager Konek said he was on the job and already working around town on several property maintenance issues. SECRETARY’S REPORT Secretary Courogen reported on the upcoming movie night in the park and on Officer Gary Rux’s plans for National Night Out. He also gave an update on the Safety and Risk Management statement on the evening’s agenda for approval, which Council is required to be adopt by the Borough’s insurance carrier. Councilor Louer made a motion to appoint Mr. Matt Tunnell to fill a vacancy on the Industrial and Commercial Development Authority. The motion was seconded by Councilor Arnold and approved by a unanimous 6-0 vote. Councilor Rhen made a motion to approve the Safety and Risk Management policy statement. The motion was seconded by Councilor Brooks and approved by a 6-0 vote. COMMITTEE REPORTS Community Development – Councilor Arnold complimented Officer Rux’s efforts to organize the Borough’s Night Out event and also reported on the lights in the square being changed back to all white after having displayed red, white and blue for the July 4th holiday. Administration and Personnel – Council President McNamara said there was nothing beyond what had been discussed during the executive session. Public Works – Councilor Louer reported the Borough held an after action review following recent power outages to discuss the causes of the outages. The discussion also covered other electric related issues, including the need to update software to improve the Borough’s outage management system. Councilor Brooks and Councilor Arnold also discussed the progress in vacating the old highway department facility. There was also discussion about the upcoming COG surplus auction. Public Safety – Councilor Rhen reported on plans to make certain Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Foreman is notified during power outages so he can notify people with special health care needs who might be impacted by outages. There was also discussion of the need to renew the Borough’s agreement with the Humane Society for handling strays found in the Borough. Consensus was reached to develop a policy requiring residents taking strays to the shelter to obtain a notice from the Borough authorizing the charges as a way to try to prevent the Borough being charged for animals found outside the Borough, but in the 17057 area code.

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Economic Development – Council President McNamara updated Council on the downtown revitalization project’s status, saying the Borough’s engineers are ready to begin the permit process for the infrastructure repairs. LIASION REPORTS Olmstead Rec Board – Councilor Rhen said because the board did not have a quorum, its monthly meeting had not been held. Discussion followed regarding the Borough’s continued participation in the Rec Board, with a consensus that the Rec Board’s programming and operations needed to be improved and its finances be more accountable, particularly in terms of the fees due the Borough for use of its facilities. Councilor Rhen made a motion to authorize him, as the Borough’s liaison to the Rec Board, to contact the head of the board to convey Council’s sentiments and to serve notice Council is considering withdrawing from the Rec Board if there is not satisfactory resolution to the issues. The motion also called for the Borough Manager to send a letter reinforcing Council’s intent. The motion was seconded by Councilor Arnold and approved by a unanimous 6-0 vote. NEW BUSINESS Manager Konek asked if Council wanted to look at changes to the Borough’s zoning law. Council President McNamara said the Borough’s solicitor and the solicitor for the Zoning Hearing Board should meet to discuss the matter and report to Council on any recommendations. Councilor Brooks made a motion to adjourn. It was seconded by Councilor Putric and approved by unanimous consent. At 9:28 p.m., the meeting was adjourned.

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