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2020-02-11 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 11, 2020

President Zeigler called the meeting to order with the pledging of allegiance at 7:00 PM. Council members in attendance: Robert Zeigler, Steve Myers, Patty Beckenbaugh, Beth Cowher and Katie Blume, Mayor Lauralee Snyder. Also in attendance Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Denise Immel and Solicitor John Miller.

Citizens Present: Carl Rote, Ian Gray, Brandon Musser, Barry Kuppel, Bill Coger, Kathy Highbaugh

Barry Kuppel requested the Borough rewrite his agreement authorizing his use of Borough woodland, around water plant, granting hunting privileges including the placement of nonpermanent tree stands and food plots. Also include a clause releasing the Borough of any and all liability. Mr. Kuppel was requested to supply the Borough with the current agreement.

Brandon Musser representing the Millheim Little League requested to lower or remove the billing to the league for the mowing of the field. A motion was made by Beth Cowher to waive the fee of $800.00 for mowing in the year 2020, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

Bill Coger expressed his concerns to the wording of the current ATV ordinance. He would like to see the ordinance specifically state that ATVs fall under the exception clause and are allowed to be used for yard wok and snow removal. Solicitor Miller will review ordinance.

Code Enforcement/HARB/Planning Commission: Code enforcement report was reviewed with no questions or concerns. No reports from HARB or Planning.

Employee Reports:

Filtration Plant:

Mr. Rupert reported that DEP will be conducting a Filter Plant Performance Evaluation on February 11, 2020 and February 12, 2020.

Mr. Rupert will be starting to rebuild the lab counter and shelves with wood to reduce the corrosion from chlorine.


Wastewater treatment Plant:

The membranes continue to operate with basically non detectable test results.

Infiltration and Inflow continue to be an issue during rain and snowmelt events. This has been an ongoing issue for us to locate, suggested getting an outside company to give us a quote.

Mr. Kerstetter informed council that the maintenance department has taken advantage of the spring like weather by patching stone alleys and trimming trees and road sides around town. The yearly face lift to the park benches and water fountain has been completed.

Mr. DeGarmo has proven to be an asset to the crew and is performing well.

A list of roads to be considered for paving was presented to council.

New Action Items:

Exoneration:

Kathy Highbaugh, Borough Tax Collector presented council with the final close out reports for Personal Taxes for the year 2019. The reports included the Exoneration Report, including the reason for exoneration and the unpaid 2019 Personal Tax report. A motion was made by Steve Myers to exonerate Kathy Highbaugh from collecting the unpaid 2019 personal taxes from persons listed on the report and turn said report over to delinquent tax collector, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

Park Road: Ms. Immel will contact Matt Kenepp on the status of this project.

Millheim Pool Triathlon:

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to approve the request by Penns Valley Park and Rec. to use local roads and Millheim Fire Company for their fund raiser to be held June 27, 2020, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Resolutions for signature changes with banks:

A motion was made by Steve Myers to adopt Resolution 2020-03, Mifflinburg Bank and Resolution 2020-04, First National Bank, authorizing Robert Zeigler, Lauralee Snyder, Denise Immel and Lisa Farwell as signers on all bank accounts with two (2) signatures required, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

EMS Financial:

Financial statements were reviewed with no questions or concerns. Next EMS meeting February 12, 2020.

Town Clock:

Richard Winebold agreed to fix the clock, Vince Smith will be gathering bids to help with the necessary repairs of structure.

Part-Time Secretary-Treasurer:

Lisa Farwell has resigned her position as Part-time Treasurer/Assistant Secretary ads have been placed to fill this position.

Trash/Recycling/Bulk item bid out:

President Zeigler presented the idea of investigating the possibility of having a contract with one refuse company for the Borough residents to help reduce the cost to Millheim Borough residents. Residents in attendance voiced displeasure with this option. No further action taken.

Millheim Fire Company Parade and Carnival:

A motion was made by Katie Blume to grant permission to Millheim Fire Company to hold their annual parade and carnival on dates as stated seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

Petty Cash:

A motion was made by Patty Beckenbaugh to dissolve the petty cash fund and deposit remaining funds into the general account, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

Old Action Items:

Change Hillcrest Ave address to Stover Ave for 911:

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to change 223 Hillcrest Avenue and 227 Hillcrest Avenue to 223 Stover Avenue and 227 Stover Avenue per PEMA recommendations, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Steve Myers to grant Mr. Ilgen’s request to name the private lane to his new residence Nathan’s Lane as recommended by Centre County 911, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Committee Positions:

Leslie Warriner has agreed to be the alternate representative to Penns Valley Regional Planning. Still vacant are the vacancy board positon and the Emergency Management Position.

Small Water and Sewer Grants: no report

Weed Ordinance: no report

NIMS:

Training links have been forwarded to all council members. Elected officials are required to take IS-100 and IS-700.

New Email Addresses:

All council and employees have received instructions on setting up Borough email addresses. These addresses have been added to Borough web page.

ATV Ordinance: Solicitor Miller to review.

Committee Reports:

Councilperson Cowher continues to gather quotes for Borough insurance.

A motion was made by Katie Blume to approve the January 17, 2020 minutes as presented, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Steve Myers to approve the January financials as presented, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Secretary’s Report:

It was reported that the Dell computer with Windows 7 is no longer supported by Micro Soft. Ms. Immel will contact Mr. Wolken for advice.

Mr. Smith has been contacted in regards to the deterioration of the crosswalks that were installed in October 2019. He is aware of the problem and has requested we contact his once the weather gets warmer and he will replace as necessary at no charge to us.

We have received a Release of all Property Damage Claims for Ace Trucking. Solicitor Miller to review.

A motion was made by Katie Blume to permit Secretary Immel to submit the PA One Call Board of Directors as presented, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Patty Beckenbaugh to pay West Penn Power $13,489.34 for new service  upgrade from 208V to 480V service, bill to be split 50% from water account, 25% from sewer account and 25% from general account, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Steve Myers to adjourn, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.

______________________________________________

Denise Immel Secretary/ Assistant Treasurer

2020-02-21 Council Agenda

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

Friday, February 21, 2020

8:30 A.M.

  1. REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING CALL TO ORDER
  1. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
  1. CITIZENS INPUT (For items not included on the agenda, comments limited to five (5) minutes.)
  1. CODE ENFORCEMENT/ HARB / PLANNING COMMISSION REPORTS
  • EMPLOYEE REPORTS 
  • NEW ACTION ITEMS
  1. Uni-Tec Meeting Update (if any)
  2. EMS Meeting update (if any)
  3. Reapprove Al Ilgen’s Sewer Resolution
  4. Property Damage Release
  5. Penns Valley Little League Lease Agreement
  6. Millheim Fire Hall – Potential Solar
  7. PVCA – Lease/Pollinator
  • OLD ACTION ITEMS
  1. Committee Positions: Alternate Penns Valley Regional Planning (Leslie Warriner agreed to do it), Vacancy Board, Emergency Management (Possibly Scott Long?)
  2. Small Water & Sewer Grants update (Expected July 2020)
  3. Ordinance update (if any)
  4. NIMS (National Incident Management System – mandatory for all Council Members)
  5. Park Rd.
  6. Part-Time Secretary-Treasurer Position
  • COMMITTEE and MAYOR’S REPORTS
  1. APPROVAL of MINUTES – February 11, 2020.
  • FEBRUARY FINANCIAL REPORTS
  • SECRETARY’S REPORT
  • CITIZENS INPUT (Comments limited to five (5) minutes)
  • MISC. COMMENTS AND CALENDAR ITEMS
  • Millheim Planning Commission Meeting – February 25, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Council Room (if needed).
  • HARB – March 3, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.– Code Enforcement Office (if needed).
  • Next Council Meetings – March 10, 2020 – 7:00 P.M., March 20, 2020 – 8:30 AM (if needed)
  • Regional Planning Meeting – March 24, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Old Gregg School Room 106
  • ADJOURNMENT

2020-01-17 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

January 17, 2020

President Zeigler called the meeting to order with the pledging of allegiance at 8:30 AM. Council members in attendance: Robert Zeigler, Patty Beckenbaugh, Beth Cowher and Katie Blume. Also in attendance Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Denise Immel. Absent Steve Myers and Mayor Lauralee Snyder.

Citizens Present: Bill Coger

Citizens Input:

Mr. Coger expressed concerns on the wording of the current ATV Ordinance, does not feel the current ordinance is specific enough as to what a resident is permitted to use an ATV for. President Ilgen assured Mr. Coger that an ATV falls under exclusions in Section 4, Paragraph C excluding off road motorized vehicles used as utility vehicles for lawn care, snow removal, or business operations, or any other “reasonable” property maintenance and/or landscaping.

Code Enforcement/HARB/Planning Commission Reports: Code Enforcement report was reviewed with no questions or comments. No reports from HARB or Planning.

Employee Reports:

Roy Rupert reported to President Zeigler that he will look into training dates for Mr. Kerstetter. He would like to see upgrades to water lines on Penn Street and North Street also to redo the water line leading from the water tower.

New Action Items:

NIMS:

National Incident Management Training should be completed by each council member, information on how to access the online training will be forwarded to council. Until the EMA position is filled the responsibilities of this position fall upon council president.

Approve Resolution for County Liquid Fuels:

A motion was made by Patty Beckenbaugh to approve the resolution requesting liquid fuel funds for Centre County to assist in the repair of Park Road Bridge retroactive to October 23, 2019, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

Approve Insurance Proposal and authorize an e-signer:

A motion was made by Katie Blume to approve the insurance proposal as presented and to authorize Denise Immel or Lisa Farwell to e-sign acceptance, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

New E-mail Addresses:

Addresses have been established instruction on establishing accounts will be forwarded.

ATV Ordinance:

A motion was made by Katie Blume to include ATV in the language of Section 4, Exclusions, Paragraph C, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Katie Blume to review the existing ATV Ordinance, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Transfer PennVest Payments:

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to transfer $13,237.20 from the from the Water Fund account to the Water Construction account to cover the PennVest payment of $1,103.10 per month for the year 2020, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

CD Transfers:

A motion was made by Katie Blume to transfer the General Fund CD earning 0.35% and the Truck Replacement CD earning 0.35% to the General Fund CD (money market) currently earning 2.25%, also to transfer the Filter Bed CD earning 0.35% to the Water CD (money market) currently earning 2.25% and the Membrane CD earning 0.35% and the Sewer CD earning 0.35% to the Sewer CD (money market) currently earning 2.25%, with fund designations being monitored internally, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

Payroll:

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to switch payroll for bi-monthly to bi-weekly to accommodate new overtime ruling, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Old Action Items:

Small Water and Sewer Grants update:

Will not hear any results before July of 2020

Park Road and Bridge Update:

Form MS-339 is ready and will be sent to County.

Weed Ordinance: no report

Committee and Mayor’s Report:

Beth Cowher is still obtaining information on various insurance options.

Patty Beckenbaugh reported that the new thermal crosswalks appear to be peeling. Denise Immel will follow up with installer.

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to approve the January 06, 2020 meeting minutes as presented, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to approve the December financial reports as presented, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Secretary’s Report:

The PSAB annual convention will be held June 7 – 10, 2020 at the Hershey Lodge, registration is open.

A motion was made by Katie Blume to purchase a mini fridge and microwave for the Borough office from Robert Zeigler, purchase price $75.00, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried with Mr. Zeigler abstaining.

A motion was made by Katie Blume to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:39 AM.

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Denise Immel, Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

2020-02-11 Council Agenda

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

7:00 P.M.

  1. REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING CALL TO ORDER
  1. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
  1. CITIZENS INPUT (For items not included on the agenda, comments limited to five (5) minutes.)
  1. CODE ENFORCEMENT/ HARB / PLANNING COMMISSION REPORTS
  • EMPLOYEE REPORTS 
  • NEW ACTION ITEMS
  1. Park Rd.
  2. Millheim Pool Triathlon
  3. Resolution(s) for signature changes with the bank
  4. EMS Financials
  5. Town Clock
  6. Part-Time Secretary-Treasurer
  7. Trash/Recycling/Bulk item bid out
  8. Petty Cash
  9. Millheim Fire Company Carnival/Parade
  • OLD ACTION ITEMS
  1. Change Hillcrest Ave addresses to Stover Ave addresses for 911 safety
  2. Committee Positions: Alternate Penns Valley Regional Planning, Vacancy Board, Emergency Management
  3. Small Water & Sewer Grants update (July 2020)
  4. Weed Ordinance
  5. NIMS (National Incident Management System – mandatory for all Council Members)
  6. New email addresses
  7. ATV Ordinance
  • COMMITTEE and MAYOR’S REPORTS
  1. APPROVAL of MINUTES – January 17, 2020.
  • JANUARY FINANCIAL REPORTS
  • SECRETARY’S REPORT
  • CITIZENS INPUT (Comments limited to five (5) minutes)
  • MISC. COMMENTS AND CALENDAR ITEMS
  • Millheim Planning Commission Meeting – February 25, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Council Room (if needed).
  • HARB – March 3, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.– Code Enforcement Office (if needed).
  • Next Council Meetings – March 3, 2020 – 7:00 P.M., February 21, 2020 – 8:30 AM (if needed)
  • Regional Planning Meeting – March 24, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Old Gregg School Room 106
  • EMS Meeting – February 12, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Penns Valley EMS Facility
  • ADJOURNMENT

2020-01-06 Reorganization Meeting

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

                                                                                 225 EAST MAIN STREET         

P.O. BOX 421

MILLHEIM, PA 16854

(CENTRE COUNTY)

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

REORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

January 06, 2020

Mayor Lauralee Snyder called the meeting to order with the pledging of allegiance at 7:00 PM. Council members in attendance: Robert Zeigler, Stephen Myers, Beth Cowher, Katie Blume and Mayor Lauralee Snyder also in attendance Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Denise Immel and Lisa Farwell Treasurer/Assistant Secretary. Absent Patty Beckenbaugh.

Citizens Present: Al Ilgen, John Bruno, Melanie Morrison, Sel Edor

Mayor Snyder asked the newly elected council members to stand and administered the Oath of Office to Robert Zeigler, Beth Cowher and Katie Blume. After the swearing in ceremony Mayor Snyder called for nominations for council president. Beth Cowher nominated Robert Zeigler seconded by Steve Myers. Mayor Snyder asked for additional nominations, with no other nominations or objections all voted for Robert Zeigler for council president. President Zeigler asked for nominations for council vice president.

Robert Zeigler nominated Steve Myers seconded by Katie Blume, with no other nominations or objections all voted for Steve Myers for council vice president.

Appointments:

A motion was made by Steve Myers to accept the appointments as presented to council seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

Citizens Input: none

Code Enforcement/HARB/Planning Commission Reports: none

New Action Items:

Resolution 2020-01, US Census:

A motion was made by Katie Blume to adopt resolution 2020-01 committed to partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to share the importance of the census and encourage all residents to respond. Seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

Resolution 2020-02 Ilgen Sewer Line Extension:

 Mr. Ilgen presented the new proposed wastewater disposal facilities drawing taking the required manholes from two (2) to one (1). A motion was made by Beth Cowher to accept the new drawing and adopt resolution 2020-02 seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

Baker Tilly Accounting Service Agreement:

A motion was made by Steve Myers to accept and have President Zeigler sign the accounting service agreement seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

Old Action Items:

Additional Policy Approval:

A motion was made by Steve Myers to approve the Gifts and Gratuities Policy, Driver’s Safety and Motor Vehicle Record Policy, Condition of Employment, Benefits Policy and Millheim Borough Employee Evaluation Report as presented, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

Solar Project Update:

Sel Edor reported that our project with has qualified for Safe Harbor, the solar panels have been ordered and will be ready for delivery in April 2020. A motion was made by Steve Myers to have President Zeigler sign the FirstEnergy Interconnection Application and the FirstEnergy Metering Rider-Application for Service, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

Small Water and Sewer Grants update:

Uni-Tec has submitted the grants, decision will not be made public until July.

Park Road and Bridge Update:

Documentation has been received from the Centre County board of Commissioners allocating $100,000.00 for the Park Road bridge project, these funds are restricted to use on the bridge only.

Next step is to complete a PennDOT form MS-339 and send to Tom Martin, Director of Financial Management.

Weed Ordinance: no update

Committee and Mayor Reports: none

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to approve the December 20, 2019 council minutes seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Katie Blume to have treasurer Farwell establish online banking for the Borough accounts, online banking to be used for transfers and research purposes only, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to remove J. Alan Ilgen from all bank accounts and to have Robert Zeigler, Lauralee Snyder, Denise Immel and Lisa Farwell as signers on all accounts with two signatures required, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Steve Myers to close the General CD and the Sewer CD, upon maturity and deposited to the like titled CD’s established as money markets with Mifflinburg Bank, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Steve Myers to adjourn seconded by Beth Cowher. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

_____________________________________________

Denise Immel Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

2020-01-17 Council Agenda

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

Friday, January 17, 2020

8:30 A.M.

  1. REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING CALL TO ORDER
  1. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
  1. CITIZENS INPUT (For items not included on the agenda, comments limited to five (5) minutes.)
  1. CODE ENFORCEMENT/ HARB / PLANNING COMMISSION REPORTS
  • EMPLOYEE REPORTS 
  • NEW ACTION ITEMS
  1. NIMS (National Incident Management System)
  2. Approve Resolution for County Liquid Fuels
  3. Approve Insurance Proposal and authorize an e-signer
  4. New email addresses
  5. ATV Ordinance
  6. Transfer PennVest Payments
  7. CD Transfers
  8. Payroll
  • OLD ACTION ITEMS
  1. Small Water & Sewer Grants update (July 2020)
  2. Park Road and Bridge Update
  3. Weed Ordinance
  • COMMITTEE and MAYOR’S REPORTS
  1. APPROVAL of MINUTES – January 6, 2020.
  • DECEMBER FINANCIAL REPORTS
  • SECRETARY’S REPORT
  • CITIZENS INPUT (Comments limited to five (5) minutes)
  • MISC. COMMENTS AND CALENDAR ITEMS
  • Millheim Planning Commission Meeting – January 28, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Council Room (if needed).
  • HARB – February 4, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Code Enforcement Office (if needed).
  • Next Council Meetings – February 11, 2020 – 7:00 P.M., February 21, 2020 – 8:30 AM (if needed)
  • Regional Planning Meeting – January 28, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Old Gregg School Room 106
  • ADJOURNMENT

2020-01-06 Council Agenda

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Reorganizational Meeting Agenda

Monday January 6, 2020

7:00 P.M

  1. MAYOR CALLS MEETING TO ORDER
  1. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
  1. MAYOR REQUESTS NOMINATION OF COUNCIL OFFICERS.  (New president takes over meeting).
  1. APPOINTMENTS
  • CITIZENS INPUT (For items not included on the agenda, comments limited to five (5) minutes.)
  • CODE ENFORCEMENT/ HARB / PLANNING COMMISSION REPORTS
  • EMPLOYEE REPORTS
  • NEW ACTION ITEMS
  1. Resolution 2020-02, Ilgen Sewer Line Extension.
  2. Resolution 2020-01, US Census.
  3. Approve Baker Tilly Accounting service agreement.

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  1. OLD ACTION ITEMS
  1. Additional policy approvals.
  2. Solar Project update.
  3. Small Water & Sewer Grants update.
  4. Park Road and Bridge update.
  5. Weed Ordinance.
  • COMMITTEE and MAYOR’S REPORTS
  • APPROVAL of MINUTES – December 20, 2019.
  • DECEMBER FINANCIAL REPORTS.
  • SECRETARY’S REPORT
  • CITIZENS INPUT (Comments limited to five (5) minutes.)
  • MISC. COMMENTS AND CALENDAR ITEM
  • Next Council Meetings – February 6, 2020 – 7:00 p.m., January 17, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. (if needed).
  • Regional Planning Meeting – January28, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Millheim Planning Commission Meeting – January 28, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. – Council Room (if needed).
  • HARB – February 7, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.– Code Enforcement Office (if needed).
  • ADJOURNMENT