2022/01/03 Council Minutes
MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL
225 EAST MAIN STREET
P.O. BOX 421
MILLHEIM, PA 16854
PHONE (814) 349-5350 FAX (814) 349-5733
January 03, 2022
Mayor Steve Myers called the meeting to order with the pledging of allegiance at 7:00 PM. Council members in attendance: Robert Zeigler, Nickelaus Engle, Beth Cowher, Katie Blume and Mayor Steve Myers also in attendance Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Denise Immel. Absent Cecilia Gallup (illness).
Citizens Present: Melanie Morrison, Josh Portney, Dennis Heggenstaller, Kathy Highbaugh
Mayor Myers asked the newly elected council members and tax collector to stand and administered the Oath of Office to Nickelaus Engle and Kathy Highbaugh. After the swearing in ceremony Mayor Myers called for nominations for council president. Robert Zeigler nominated Katie Blume seconded by Nick Engle. Mayor Myers asked for additional nominations, with no other nominations or objections all voted for Katie Blume for council president. President Blume asked for nominations for council vice president. Robert Zeigler nominated Nickelaus Engle seconded by Beth Cowher, with no other nominations or objections all voted for Nickelaus Engle for council vice president.
Building & Insurance Committee – Beth Cowher
Personnel Committee – Katie Blume
Sewer Committee – Robert Zeigler
Streets & Alleys – Nickelaus Engle
Water Committee – Cecilia Gallup
Beautification Committee (Fountain Park) – Patty Beckenbaugh
Penns Valley Code Enforcement Agency – Robert Zeigler
Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission – Steve Myers
Beth Cowher made a motion to amend the agenda to include Change of Signers on financial accounts, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion carried.
Beth Cowher made a motion to remove Robert Zeigler and Lauralee Snyder as signers on all financial accounts associated with the Borough tax identification number and add Katie Blume and Steve Myers as signers along with Denise Immel and Sherry Corman on all financial accounts associated with the Borough tax identification number, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Robert Zeigler, seconded by Beth Cowher to approve the financial reports as presented. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Robert Zeigler, seconded by Nick Engle to approve the minutes for December 14, 2021. Motioned carried.
Code Enforcement/HARB/Planning Commission Reports
The code enforcement report was reviewed with no questions or comments. No reports from HARB or the Planning Commission.
Mr. Kerstetter’s report stated that the water and sewer plants are both running efficiently. DEP has also issued his water license.
Mr. DeGarmo reports that a lot of odds and ends have been completed including PA One Calls, truck repairs and helping Justin with chemicals and some projects at the water and sewer plants. The backhoe is going to need around $233.00 in parts to get it to move.
New Action Items
Review appointments to Authorities
Council members will check with other appointees to see if they are willing to remain in current positions.
Robert Zeigler made a motion authorizing the maintenance crew to have the back hoe restored to running condition, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.
Fire Company Request
Dennis Heggenstaller presented council with additional information on their request to consider a waiver or reduction in municipal property tax or earned income tax for active fire company volunteers.
There are currently 21 volunteers, not all are considered active as they have not reached the 30 point threshold. Borough administration will work with our tax collector to discover the financial impact to borough income. Tabled to February meeting.
National Emergency Management certification
Council members are required to take IS-200 and IS-700. Instructions to access training was provided.
Old Action Items
Employee Compensation and Benefits
Beth Cowher made a motion to increase Lester Kerstetter’s hourly wage to $15.00 and reinstate his cell phone reimbursement of $40.00 per month, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion carried.
Human Relations Commission
Due to additional changes tabled to February meeting
Project and Grant Updates
Park Road Park Road Bridge – will be going out for bids this month
Recycling Grant – should hear status in February
Liquid Fuels Grant – Centre County declined our request, most funding went for bridge repairs
Dirt and Gravel Grant – program will open in February
Borough office is receiving complaints on parking on Main Street.
Robert Zeigler made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned.
Denise Immel Secretary/ Assistant Treasurer