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2024-04-19 Council Minutes

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

225 EAST MAIN STREET

P.O.  BOX 421

MILLHEIM, PA 16854

(CENTRE COUNTY)

PHONE (814)-349-5350       FAX (814)-349-5733

REGULAR MEETING

April 19, 2024

Katie Blume called the meeting to order at 8:30 AM. Council members in attendance: Robert Zeigler and Nickelaus Engle. Also in attendance, Cim Besecker Borough Treasurer and Denise Immel Borough Secretary.  Absent Cecilia Gallup, Beth Cottrell and Mayor Steve Myers.

Citizens present: none

New Action Items

Invoices: none

A request has been received from the owner of 102 Penn Street to have Children at Play signs erected at the intersection of Penn Street and South Street also at South Street and West Street. Robert Zeigler made a motion to honor the request and instruct Borough crew to order and install the signs, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Variance fees:

As variance request have become more costly and as neighboring municipalities have in place a fee schedule for various requests it has become necessary to review the probability of a resolution covering the various fees for the Borough. Robert Zeigler made a motion to have a draft resolution prepared, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. Ms. Immel will gather information and consult with council to aid in preparing draft.

Old Action Items

Update on building grant:

Mr. Zeigler reported that the estimates received do not meet the minimum grant requirement.

Little League Lease:

Tabled, no representation for league  

EDU survey discussion:

The updated draft letter and survey were reviewed. Request was made to add a return by date allowing 30 days for return and an additional information line. Robert Zeigler made a motion to approve the letter and survey be mailed upon completion of requested information, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Nickelaus Engle made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 AM.

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Denise Immel, Borough Secretary

2024-04-09 Council Minutes

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

225 EAST MAIN STREET

P.O.  BOX 421

MILLHEIM, PA 16854

(CENTRE COUNTY)

PHONE (814)-349-5350       FAX (814)-349-5733

REGULAR MEETING

April 09, 2024

Katie Blume called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with the pledge of allegiance. Council members in attendance: Robert Zeigler, Nickelaus Engle and Cecilia Gallup. Also in attendance, Cim Besecker Borough Treasurer and Solicitor John Miller.  Absent Beth Cottrell, Mayor Steve Myers and Denise Immel Borough Secretary.

Citizens present: Kathy Highbaugh, Millheim Borough Tax Collector, Eunice Troxen representing Calvary Church

Citizens input: Calvary Church holds a volunteer week once a year and have chosen Millheim Borough as the recipient for 2024. They are willing to perform all sorts of cleanup work or small improvement such as painting. Curtis Runyan is the contact person. Council suggested weeding and trimming projects for our playgrounds and parks, also referred them to Patty Beckenbaugh, Borough Beautification Chair and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park, Millheim Pool.

A motion was made by Cecilia Gallup to approve the March 12, 2024 minutes as presented, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Cecilia Gallup to approve the March 2024 financials as presented, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

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.

Employee reports:

Throughout March we had good weather and bad weather. With the mix of weather employees had the chance to do a little bit of everything. There were a few houses needing to be hooked up with new MXU’s and set up on the system. When the bad weather came there was storm damage to be cleaned up, some trees came down on roads and a few trees at Union Cemetery came down. No damage was caused.  Employees have been working at patching road sides and alleys with stone. Cold patching our main roads will begin soon. The sidewalk on Water St. and Center St. is almost ready for new concrete. Two quotes have been received one for $8,756.00 and one for $9,170.00.  Myers Heating and Cooling was contacted about a heating replacement for the shop heat. Quote came in at $2,500 for the new unit and instillation. Jeff Tate Paving had come down and submitted a quote for paving Sugar Aly and South St.

Robert Zeigler made a motion to accept the proposal from Myers Heating and Cooling to replace the heating in Borough shop, seconded by Cecilia Gallup. Motion passed.

New Business

Invoices:

Robert Zeigler made a motion approving the invoice from A3-USA for two backup membranes for sewer plant as required by DEP, pay half now and balance upon delivery, seconded by Cecilia Gallup. Motion passed.

Tax Collector:

Kathy Highbaugh presented a recap of the meeting that have been held in regards to the new collection program being instituted by Centre County Government. Centre County Government has signed a contract with GSS, starting tax year 2025 they will be using this company for reporting and collections. GSS offers multiple services but has not been able to supply a cost to the Borough. The Borough may be able to stay with RBS if county permits, but our tax collector would then have to run two systems.

Not enough information to make an educated decision. Ms. Highbaugh will report any additional information to the Borough. Council will hear Ms. Highbaugh’s recommendation before making any decisions.

Sidewalk:

Two bids have been received for the sidewalk replacement on Center Street and Water Street:

Henry Spicher $9,170.00 and Zook Construction $8,750.00. Robert Zeigler made a motion to Zook Construction seconded by Cecilia Gallup. Motion passed.

PVRPC fee due:

Penns Valley Regional Planning has requested a contribution from each Penns Valley municipality of $50.00 this is the buy in that happens every 3 years. Robert Zeigler made a motion to approve the contribution request seconded by Cecilia Gallup. Motion passed.

EMS Proclamation:

Cecilia Gallup made a motion to proclaim the week of May 19, 2024 as Emergency Medical Services Week seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. Katie Blume to sign the proclamation dated 04/09/2024.

Old Action Items

Infrastructure updates:

Dam Weir:

Buchart Horn is preparing final paperwork.

DCED Multimodal Grant Bridge Project:

Buchart Horn continues to work with Chilton Design to finalize the plans for bidding. They have not had any activity with Chilton at this point.

WWTP Project – Equalization Tank

Buchart Horn is still working on finalizing and preparing bidding documents. They continue to work on DEP permit. Will be ready for submission this month.

Raw Water Main Replacement:

With Authorization in place, Buchart Horn will begin design and permitting of this project.

Chapter 94 Report:

Buchart Horn has completed the annual Chapter 94 Report for 2023. The numbers all look good and indicate no overload within the 5-year projection.

Elk Creek LT2 Permit:

Buchart Horn is working with Mr. Kerstetter to complete the permit submission indicating the methodology that he will use at the water plant to meet the requirements of Elk Creek as a water source.

Update on building grant:

Mr. Zeigler is obtaining estimates for various project that fall with the grant guidelines. He will prepare a proposal to be presented at the April 19, 2024 meeting.

Little League:

No update as PVLL was not represented.

Pool Request:

The Borough has received a request from the Penns Valley Park and Recreation for assistance with mowing, financial support and to be exempt from water usage charges. Robert Zeigler made a motion for the Borough to continue mowing Soldiers and Sailors Park and to continue to waive the monthly service charges on the water and sewer bill, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. PVPRA will continue to pay for water usage.

EDU discussion:

Staff continues to work on letter and questionnaire. Will have prepared for the April 19, 2024 meeting.

Reichart Cemetery:

As West Penn will not permit any type of excavation, Mr. Reichart is willing to pursue an alternative to the cemetery restoration such as a plaque honoring the veterans and founder. Said plaque could be located on the Borough right of way on Locust Street. Mr. Reichart would be responsible for any survey costs and cost of the plaque and installation.

Community works/CPI:

Mr. Zeigler has been speaking with the director of Community Works program thru Rockview to possible have inmates perform some community projects. Also working with CPI to have benches and possible picnic tables made for community areas in the Borough.

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Cecilia Gallup. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM

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Denise Immel, Borough Secretary

2022 Act 13 Reporting

Please use the following link to access the 2022 Act 13 Report. This report is required by the Public Utilities Commission for municipalities receiving impact fee monies as a result of the Act 13 of 2012 Marcellus Shale Well Fee.

2024-05-14 Council Agenda

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

7:00 PM

  1. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  3. CITIZENS INPUT (for items not included on the agenda, comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  5. FINANCIAL REPORTS
  6. CODE ENFORCEMENT/HARB/PLANNING COMMISSION REPORTS
  7. EMPLOYEE REPORTS
    1. Heating unit
  8.  NEW ACTION ITEMS
    1. Invoices
    2. Loan payments
    3. Tax Collector update and over/under
    4. Codification of records
    5. Swim team
    6. DCED grants
    7. CPI and Community Works
  9. OLD ACTION ITEMS
    1. Infrastructure updates
      1. Dam weir
      2. Bridges
      3. Equalizer tank
      4. Water main replacement
    2. EDU discussion
    3. Penns Valley Regional Planning 
  10. COMMITTEE & MAYOR REPORTS
  11. SECRETARY’S REPORT
    1. Zoning
    2. Water usage
  12. CITIZENS INPUT (comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  13. CALENDAR ITEMS
    1. Next Council Meeting – May 24, 2024 – 8:30 AM,(if needed) June 11, 2024 – 7:00 PM,
    2. Penns Valley Regional Planning Meeting – May 28, 2024, Old Gregg School – 7:00 PM
    3. Millheim Planning Commission -May 28, 2024 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
    4. HARB –  June 04, 2024 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
  14. ADJOURNMENT

2024-03-12 Council Minutes

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

225 EAST MAIN STREET

P.O.  BOX 421

MILLHEIM, PA 16854

(CENTRE COUNTY)

PHONE (814)-349-5350       FAX (814)-349-5733

REGULAR MEETING

March 12, 2024

Robert Zeigler called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with the pledge of allegiance. Council members in attendance: Robert Zeigler, Nickelaus Engle, Beth Cottrell, Katie Blume arrived at 7:10 PM also in attendance Denise Immel Borough Secretary, Cim Besecker Borough Treasurer and Solicitor John Miller.  Absent Cecilia Gallup and Mayor Steve Myers.

Citizens present: Bradley Musser from Penns Valley Little League

Citizens input: none

A motion was made by Nickelaus Engle to approve the February 13, 2024 minutes as presented, seconded by Beth Cottrell. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Nickelaus Engle to approve the February 2024 financials as presented, seconded by Beth Cottrell. Motion passed.

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.

Council discussed safety concerns with some of the sidewalks located within the Borough. Will bring this matter to the attention of code enforcement.

Employee Report:

The few snow storms that happened this month were handled very well and in a timely manner, aside from one snow storm the town was cleaned out. The exception was the day residents and businesses were notified 7 hours in advance, cars were not removed as requested. Mr. Rich Gallup was out to review the GEO Thermal unit. He will decide if he wants to take over the maintenance. He also stated that the “stairway” unit in the building wound not be big enough to heat the gym for the Little League, an alternate heat source would need to be installed.

New Christmas decorations have arrived. No parking signs on Center Street have been placed.

A list of roads in need or pavement or fixing has been submitted for consideration.

To park 15 cars in our empty lot on Center Street, roughly 120′ in length 15′ wide and 3″ thick for the stone lot, would require about 24 ton of 2A stone at $11.00 a ton.  Two truck load, plus hauling would be approximately $458.00, borough road crew can lay and level stone to create a small parking lot.

A motion was made by Nickelaus Engle to approve the purchase of material necessary to complete a small stoned parking area on the Center Street lot, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

New Action Items

Invoices:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to pay invoice 123560 in the amount of $2,835.00 to Buchart Horn for professional services rendered on plant screen and dam weir, seconded by Beth Cottrell. Motion passed.

Traffic signal maintenance agreement:

Tel-Power has been purchased by Kuharick Construction. Kuharick has presented the Borough with a maintenance agreement outlining costs for regular inspections including documenting signal structure inspections in PennDot’s traffic signal asset management system. A motion was by Beth Cottrell to authorize Katie Blume to sign proposal accepting terms and pricing, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

Valley Community Business Association update:

Nickelaus Engle made a motion to adopt resolution 2024-01, which expresses support for the community and authorizes the use of local matching dollars or in-kind services in conjunction with local businesses, nonprofits, and other contributors in an amount not to exceed $10,000 to supplement a grant application to the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau Tourism Grant program, seconded by Beth Cottrell. Motion passed.

EMS Legislative breakfast update:

Penns Valley EMS currently has one of the lowest membership fees in the county. They are so doing better financially than most. Central PA Institute is considering adding an EMS certification class to its programs.

Article for website:

Ed Carter has requested we publish his article entitled Caring in Action: How to Champion Local Caused Close to Your Heart. Robert Zeigler made a motion to authorize publication, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Town Wi-Fi options:

Options have been tabled until grant results have been received.

Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDU) inspection letter review:

It has been brought to the Borough’s attention that the EDU charges to local businesses may not be accurate. A letter and survey were reviewed but further revisions need to be made prior to distribution.

YMCA food distribution:

A request has been received to allow the borough building to be used in a summer food distribution. Robert Zeigler made a motion to approve the request, seconded by Beth Cottrell. Motion passed.

90 day evaluation:

Katie Blume made a motion to remove Cim Besecker from probationary status to permanent employee, granting her cell phone reimbursement, pay increase and credit card with $2,500.00 limit, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

Old Action Items

Infrastructure Updates:

   Solar field at sewer:

   All solar panels are installed, and all inverters have been hung. The transformer is on-site and will be                  

   set up the week of March 11, 2024. The remaining major equipment will be on-site this month, with  

   mechanical completion by the end of March.

   Screen replacement project:

   Buchart Horn has been on site and reviewed the work they have no issues for the contractor to repair        

   or complete. They need to prepare final paperwork before the borough can complete final payment.

   DCED multimodal grant bridge project:

   Buchart Horn is working with Chilton Design to finalize the plans for bidding.

  WWTP Project – equalization tank.

   After some back and forth with Justin Buchart Horn has the final information needed to complete their   

   work. Buchart Horn is looking at finalizing the design in the next month and preparing bidding

   documents.  They are preparing the DEP Permit Application to have this treatment added to the plant.

Raw Water Main Replacement:

   The LSA Grant for this work is in the amount of $400,000.00 to be used as follow:

     • Water Main Replacement $360,000.00

     • Engineering $40,000.00

    Beth Cottrell made a motion authorizing Katie Blume to sign the Water Main Replacement      

    Agreement, as presented by Buchart Horn, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Central PA Community Action (CPCA) update:

CPCA is still looking at using our building for appointments and Calvary Church for food distribution.

Little League:

Solicitor Miller presented a prepared lease for approximately 6000 square feet of space located in the building’s basement. Mr. Musser will take the lease back for their board to review.

Pool updates:

Research has been completed, if property is no longer maintained by Millheim Lions Club it will default back to the American Legion Post 444. Grant funding has been approved by the board for a new heater and repairs. The Penns Valley swim team has committed additional funding.

Secretary’s Report:

Representative Kerry Benninghoff will be designating a portion of Route 445, from the intersection of PA Route 45 to the intersection with PA Route 192 in Millheim Borough and Penn Township as the

Lieutenant General Robert D. Springer Memorial Highway. The dedication ceremony will be held on April 02, 2024 beginning at 10:00 AM outside of the Millheim Fire hall.

Lieutenant General Robert D. Springer was born in 1933 in Millheim, PA. He enlisted in the Unites States Air Force in October of 1952. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with service star, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Long, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Bronze Star.

Lieutenant General Robert D. Springer died August 19, 2021 in Palmyra, PA. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:23 PM

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Denise Immel, Borough Secretary

2024-04-19 Council Agenda

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

Friday, April 19, 2024

8:30 AM

  1. COUNCIL PRESIDENT CALLS MEETING TO ORDER
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  3. CITIZENS INPUT (for items not included on the agenda, comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  1.  NEW ACTION ITEMS
    1. Invoices
    2. Signage on South Street
    3. Variance fees
  2. OLD ACTION ITEMS
    1. Update on building grant (due 4/20)
    2. Little League Lease
    3. EDU survey discussion
  3. COMMITTEE & MAYOR REPORTS
  4. SECRETARY’S REPORT
  5. CITIZENS INPUT (comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  6. CALENDAR ITEMS
    1. Next Council Meeting – May 14, 2024 – 7:00 PM, May 24, 2024 – 8:30 AM (if needed)
    2. Penns Valley Regional Planning Meeting – May 28, 2024, Old Gregg School – 7:00 PM
    3. Millheim Planning Commission -April 23, 2024 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
    4. HARB –  May 07, 2024 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
  7. ADJOURNMENT

2024-04-09 Council Agenda

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

7:00 PM

  1. MAYOR CALLS MEETING TO ORDER
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  3. CITIZENS INPUT (for items not included on the agenda, comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  5. FINANCIAL REPORTS
  6. CODE ENFORCEMENT/HARB/PLANNING COMMISSION REPORTS
  7. EMPLOYEE REPORTS
    1. Heating unit
    2. Paving
  8.  NEW ACTION ITEMS
    1. Invoices
    2. Tax Collector
    3. Sidewalk
    4. PVRPC funds due
    5. EMS Proclamation
  9. OLD ACTION ITEMS
    1. Infrastructure updates
      1. Dam weir
      2. Bridges
      3. Equalizer tank
      4. Water main replacement
    2. Update on building grant (due 4/20)
    3. Little League Lease
    4. Pool Request
    5. EDU discussion
    6. Reichert Cemetery
    7. Community Works/CPI
  10. COMMITTEE & MAYOR REPORTS
  11. SECRETARY’S REPORT
  12. CITIZENS INPUT (comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  13. CALENDAR ITEMS
    1. Next Council Meeting – April 29, 2024 – 8:30 AM,(if needed) May 14, 2024 – 7:00 PM,
    2. Penns Valley Regional Planning Meeting – May 28, 2024, Old Gregg School – 7:00 PM
    3. Millheim Planning Commission -April 23, 2024 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
    4. HARB –  May 07, 2024 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
  14. ADJOURNMENT

2024-02-13 Council Minutes

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

225 EAST MAIN STREET

P.O.  BOX 421

MILLHEIM, PA 16854

(CENTRE COUNTY)

PHONE (814)-349-5350       FAX (814)-349-5733

REGULAR MEETING

February 13, 2024

Katie Blume called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with the pledge of allegiance. Council members in attendance: Robert Zeigler, Nickelaus Engle, Cecilia Gallup and Mayor Steve Myers also in attendance Denise Immel Borough Secretary, Cim Besecker Borough Treasurer and Solicitor John Miller.  Absent Beth Cottrell.

Citizens present: Mike Hanson from Penns Valley Little League

Citizens input: none

A motion was made by Cecilia Gallup to approve the January 02, 2024 minutes as presented, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Nickelaus Engle to approve the December 2023 and January 2024 financials as presented, seconded by Cecilia Gallup. Motion passed.

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.

Projects for future consideration: in order for the Borough to equally charge landlords and businesses for EDU’s inspections of units to verify required EDU or a survey requesting various information.

Regional planning has had discussion on arranging Penns Valley regional trash pickup, this could include trash, recycling, brush and leaf as well as a riff raff collection. Discussion has also been held on a federal grant to repair/replace various bridges within Penns Valley.

Employee Report:

Water and sewer plants are running smoothly. Yearend reporting has been started for both the water and sewer plants, all reports are due by March 31, 2024.

This winter has been manageable, town clean out has been done twice thus far. Both times went really well and was completed in a timely manner. There has been multiple water leaks on resident homes and even our main lines, the leaks were pin pointed shortly after noticing and all have been repaired. The borough water leak was on the water main at the intersection of Hillcrest Ave. and Cherry St. It is recommended that the borough looks into getting some price quotes to repair and pave a stretch of road in that area, this area consisting of North High St. into West Stover, continuing onto Hill Crest Ave., to Cherry St., ending on the line with Gramley Ave. Price checking will be done with multiple companies. 

New Action Items

Invoices:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to pay the remaining municipal obligation on our pension fund in the amount of $623.28, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to pay invoice number BT2666083 to Baker Tilly in the amount of $1,050.00, for the first interim billing for the 12/31/2023 financial statement audit, seconded by Cecilia Gallup. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Cecilia Gallup to pay invoice 123026 in the amount of $495.00, and invoice 123237 to Buchart Horn for professional services rendered on plant screen and dam weir also invoice 123024 in the amount of $839.70 to Buchart Horn for professional services rendered on WWTP equalization tank project, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

Resolution 2024-01:

A motion was made by Nickelaus Engle to adopt Resolution 2024-01, authorizing the disposition and destruction of specific records, seconded by Cecilia Gallup. Motion passed.

Fire company carnival request:

A motion was made by Cecilia Gallup to approve the Millheim Fire Company’s request to hold their annual carnival on June 13th, 14th & 15th, 2024 and to close East Poplar and Second Street on either side of the fire company starting on Sunday the 9th of June, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

PV Triathlon request:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to approve the Penns Valley Triathlon committee’s request for the Millheim Fire Police to work the annual fundraiser on August 03, 2024, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Appointments:

Cecilia Gallup made a motion to appoint Robert Zeigler as our representative to the CCMPO technical committee, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Robert Zeigler made a motion to appoint Penns Valley Code Enforcement as our alternate sewer enforcement officer, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Nickelaus Engle made a motion to appoint Chris MacNeal as the architect representative on the HARB committee, seconded by Cecilia Gallup. Motion passed.

Mobile office hours – Central Pennsylvania Community Action (CPCA):

The food bank that was at the community action building in Aaronsburg will be moving to the Calvary Church on Penns Street. Discussion has been held with CPCA on holding office hours at the Borough building in order for them to continue assisting residents with financial hardship and or/housing.

Old Action Items

Infrastructure update:

Screen replacement project:

 Buchart Horn has been on site and reviewed the work and has no issues for the contractor to repair or complete. They are preparing final paperwork before we can complete final payment.

DCED Multimodal gran bridge project:

To complete the final design Buchart Horne needs to have a structural engineer sign off of the final design. They have not been able to find someone internal to do this. Buchart Horn would like to have the borough authorize the use Chilton Designs. Chilton designs would be paid directly by the Borough and his fee would be deducted from the Buchart Horn fee. This is the quickest way to get this to bidding.

Cecilia Gallup made a motion to approve the use of Chilton Designs as needed by Buchart Horn, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

WWTP Project – equalization tank:

Buchart Horn is looking at finalizing the design in the next month and preparing bidding documents, they are also preparing the DEP Permit Application to have this treatment added to the plant.

Raw Water Main Replacement:

The LSA Grant for this work is in the amount of $400,000.00. In the original application Buchart Horn requested $600,000.00 to be used as follows:

    Water Main Replacement $500,000.00

    Demo Chlorine Building $ 40,000.00

    Engineering $ 60,000.00

Since the project was underfunded they would propose that we dedicate $360,000.00 to Construction and $40,000 to Engineering. Nickelaus Engle made a motion to approve the revised budget as requested, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

Ordinance 277 – streets and alleys

Cecilia Gallup made a motion to adopt Ordinance #277, providing for the ordaining and reaffirming the prior ordaining of all the streets and alley located in the Borough of Millheim, amending the name of some and codifying in one ordinance all of the public street and alleys in the Borough of Millheim, and providing for the posting of signs identifying the same where necessary, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

Little League:

A revised building proposal was received, Katie Blume will review and speak with Solicitor Miller about the structure of a lease.

Pool Updates:

The email from the Penguins swim team to PVPRA was reviewed. It does appear that the pool will be open for the 2024 swim season.

Parking:

Many residents have complained about the parking on Penn Street from Mill Street to the borough line.

Resident have stated that they are unable to see past cars when pulling out from the allies, residents of Penn Street tend to be parking in front of other residents homes or parking on sidewalks. Discussion tabled.

Secretary’s Report:

Tax Collection:

Centre County Tax Claim & Collections will migrate to a new database platform in 2024 for the 2025 Real Estate Tax collections. An outline of the costs that will occur during this time was sent to the Borough, for budget purposes for 2025 year. Further details will be provided it appears the Borough may see a $50.00 monthly charge and credit cards could be accepted with the fees assessed to the taxpayer.

Funding opportunities:

Senator Dush will be hosting an introduction to funding opportunities On March 28, 2024 at C3 Sports, 200 Ellis Place, State College, PA.

Christmas lighting:

New Christmas lights (cascading snowflakes) for the lamp post have been ordered.

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Cecilia Gallup. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

________________________________________

Denise Immel – Secretary

2024-03-13 Council Agenda

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, March 13, 2024

7:00 PM

  1. MAYOR CALLS MEETING TO ORDER
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  3. COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS
  4. CITIZENS INPUT (for items not included on the agenda, comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  6. FINANCIAL REPORTS
  7. CODE ENFORCEMENT/HARB/PLANNING COMMISSION REPORTS
  8. EMPLOYEE REPORTS
    1. Roads
    2. Empty lot
  9.  NEW ACTION ITEMS
    1. Invoices
    2. Traffic signal maintenance agreement
    3. Valley Community Business Association update (VCBA) update
    4. EMS Legislative breakfast recap
    5. Article for the website
    6. Town wifi options
    7. Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU) inspection letter review
    8. YMCA food distribution
    9. 90 day evaluation
  10. OLD ACTION ITEMS
    1. Infrastructure updates
      1. Dam weir
      2. Bridges
      3. Equalizer tank
      4. Water main replacement
    2. Central PA Community Action (CPCA) – update
    3. Little League
    4. Pool updates
    5. Parking
  11. COMMITTEE & MAYOR REPORTS
  12. SECRETARY’S REPORT
    1. Robert D. Springer Memorial Highway
    2. State aid received 
  13. CITIZENS INPUT (comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  14. CALENDAR ITEMS
    1. Next Council Meeting – March 23, 2024 – 8:30 AM,(if needed) April 09, 2024 – 7:00 PM,
    2. Penns Valley Regional Planning Meeting – March 26, 2024, Old Gregg School – 7:00 PM
    3. Millheim Planning Commission -March 26, 2024 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
    4. HARB –  April 02, 2024 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
  15. ADJOURNMENT