Author: Secretary

Central PA Food Bank

Beginning Thursday April 30th, the Central PA Food Bank will be delivering boxes of food to Millheim and Aaronsburg. These deliveries will be made made every other week. The first delivery will be to Salem Lutheran Church in Aaronsburg. Two weeks later they will deliver to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Millheim. The deliveries will alternate between the two churches. There are no restrictions or qualifications to receive food. Time for pick-up 9:15 AM.

2020-03-27 Emergency 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

EMERGENCY MEETING

March 27, 2020

Robert Zeigler called the meeting to order at 8:35 AM.  Due to social distancing guidelines and for the safety of council member and employees this meeting was conducted outside at the lower parking area of the Borough building. Council members in attendance: Robert Zeigler, Steve Myers, Patty Beckenbaugh and Katie Blume. Also in attendance Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Denise Immel and Treasurer/Assistant Secretary Lisa Farwell, Maintenance Supervisor Justin Kerstetter, Plant Operator Roy Rupert and Maintenance employees Adam DeGarmo and Lester Kerstetter. Absent Beth Cowher and Mayor Lauralee Snyder.

Action Items:

Pass declaration of emergency:

Katie Blume made a motion to sign the declaration of emergency to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents of the Millheim Borough, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Discuss setting up a nonperishable goods donation/food bank and mutual aid center at the Borough Building:

After much discussion the idea of a food bank was dismissed due to liability issues. Residents have access to food thru the Penns Valley YMCA, pick up location Millheim Fire Company, they may also contact Penns Valley Outreach for assistance.

Discuss any resources we can devote to the Fire Hall, and possibly Penns Valley Medical Center:

Council member will contact local emergency response to discover what supplies are needed.

Discuss wellness check on elderly citizens to be initially conducted by phone (some may not have anyone to check on them).

Council member and borough employees will contact residents of the Borough to inquiry about their safety and to explore any assistance they may need. Katie Blume to supply contact list with phone numbers.

Discuss waiving late fees through May or June and permitting payment plans for those who ask for it:

Patty Beckenbaugh made a motion to waive late fees on water/sewer bills for the April, May and June billing cycles, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried.

The Borough has always been open to assisting residents and will continue to work out payment plans for anyone who requests.

Discuss Sherry Corman beginning to work and how to train:

Kelly Marshall has decided not to start as Treasurer, with COVID-19 she is concerned for the safety of her family. Steve Myers made a motion to approve the hiring of Sherry Corman to fill the position with a start date to be determined, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Letter for Roy/Justin to be out and about if shut down occurs:

Katie Blume made a motion to write a letter of authorization for Borough employees to be able to conduct business, as they are essential for the well-being and safety of the Borough residents, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Patty Beckenbaugh made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 AM.

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Denise Immel, Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

2020-03-10 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 10, 2020

Robert 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 and Katie Blume. Also in attendance Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Denise Immel and Solicitor John Miller.  Absent Beth Cowher and Mayor Lauralee Snyder.

Citizens Present: David Sprowls

Code Enforcement/HARB/Planning Commission Reports:

The Code Enforcement Report was reviewed with no questions or concerns. No reports for HARB or Planning Commission.

Employee Reports:

Mr. Rupert presented a report on the wastewater plant with a request to purchase a grinder pump from OPSCO as a backup for the two influent pumps that have a clogging issue. A motion was made by Steve Myers to approve the purchase of the grinder pump from OPSCO seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Patty Beckenbaugh to pay $50.00 to DEP and submit the waiver for organic chemical as presented by Mr. Rupert, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried.

Millheim is scheduled for a Sludge Press pilot study during the first week of June.

Mr. Rupert is addressing the findings of the inspection of the filtration plant.

Mr. Kerstetter reported that the maintenance crew has all the spring cleanup equipment ready to go. They have received a heads up that PennDot that they may not be sweeping the streets this year, the borough may need to sweep the streets before the Millheim Fireman’s parade.

New Action Items:

Census Day/Council Room for Training:

A motion was by Katie Blume to grant permission for the use of the Borough Council room on May 06, 07, 08, 09, 11, 12, 13 and 16, 2020, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Dry Press Testing:

Millheim is scheduled for a Sludge Press pilot study during the first week of June. This is a trailer mounted study to determine how dry we can make our sludge by pressing out the water. If this proves as an affordable option we will have to, construct a heated building, contract a hauling company and contract a disposal site.

Committee Positions:

Steve Myers made a motion to appoint Leslie Warriner as our alternate representative to Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission and Mark Engle to fill the Vacancy Board positon, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

Kuppel’s Request:

Per Mr. Kuppel’s request and to be in compliant with new Game Commission laws Katie Blume made a motion to rewrite Mr. Kuppel’s original agreement dated November 23, 1992, adding that the agreement can be rescinded by either party at any time, that the Borough is released of any and all liability and he must be in compliance with all state laws, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried. Solicitor Miller will draw up an agreement for review.

Centre County Geo Tour:

The Borough has been contacted by Centre Region Parks and Recreation seeking permission to place a geocache at the gazebo in the small park. Geocaching is a location driven game/hobby, where participants use GPS receivers tracking coordinates published on a website to locate geocaches all over the county.  This is an opportunity to bring tourist to the Borough and help support local businesses. Patty Beckenbaugh made a motion to approve the use of the Borough gazebo by CRPR for geocaching, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

Cleaning Company:

The Borough has been notified that our current cleaning company will no longer be servicing our building. Council member will look for a replacement and position will also be posted on our website.

Resolutions 2020-05 and 2020-06:

Katie Blume made a motion to adopt Resolution 2020-05 declaring our intent to follow the schedule and procedures for disposition of records as set forth in the Municipal Records Manual approved on December 16, 2008, as amended, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Patty Beckenbaugh make a motion to adopt Resolution 2020-06 authorizing the disposition and destruction of specific documents, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

Newsletter:

Our spring newsletter should be out by the beginning of April.

EMS Reports:

The presented reports were reviewed with no questions or concerns. It was noted that EMS is exploring the possibility of installing solar to reduce costs.

Old Action Items:

Small Water and Sewer Grants: no update

Ordinance Updates:

Proposed changes to the weed ordinance were reviewed. Steve Myers made a motion to have Solicitor Miller prepare the ordinance for publication in the CDT, seconded by Katie Blume. Motion carried.

Katie Blume made a motion to adopt Ordinance 267 amending a section of the Millheim Borough Code or Ordinances, specifically Chapter 15, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Part 9, Recreational Motor Vehicles, Section 904(C) by adding All-Terrain (ATVS) as being excluded from this ordinance if used for lawn care, snow removal or business operation, or any other reasonable property maintenance and/or landscaping, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried.

NIMS: This training is mandatory for all council members.

Park Road: no update

Part-Time Secretary/Treasurer Position:

Several applicants were interviewed, based on interviewers’ recommendation Katie Blume made a motion to offer the position to Kelly Marshall, starting at $14.50 per hour with an increase to $15.00 upon the successful completion of the 90 day probation period, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried.

Full Time Maintenance Position:

Based on the recommendation of Justin Kerstetter Katie Blume made a motion to move Adam DeGrom from probationary status to regular full time status and to start cell phone reimbursement of $40.00 per month, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried.

Steve Myers made a motion to approve the issuance of a Borough credit card with a limit of $500.00 to Adam DeGarmo, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Secretary’s Computer:

Quotes were received to upgrade or replace this computer, based on the age of the existing computer a motion was made by Katie Blume to replace the computer with the new device to include a cost effective security feature, all costs incurred will be split 50/50 between general fund and water fund, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Committee and Mayor Reports: no reports

Katie Blume made a motion to approve the February 21, 2020 minutes as presented, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried.

Katie Blume made a motion to approve the February financials, seconded by Steve Myers. Motion carried.

Secretary’s Report:

Liquid fuels funds were received on March 02, 2020 as well as the claims check to repair the pole at the intersection of Main Street.

Wasps have been seen in the library, Steve Myers made a motion to have an exterminator look at the library rooms, seconded by Patty Beckenbaugh. Motion carried.

Katie Blume made a motion to adjourn seconded by Patti Beckenbaugh. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

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Denise Immel Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

2020-04-14 Council Agenda

MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, April 14, 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. Update on emergency meeting topics relating to COVID-19 – Citizen checkups, resources, etc.
  2. Ordinance repeal/replace (Weed)
  3. Solar Project update (Build beginning in May, payment of lowered rate coming up)
  4. Mr. King agreement (need/get measurements to develop new land use agreement around solar)
  5. Discussion/Resolution on delaying tax payment penalty dates as recommended by county
  6. Penn St bridge update, cost sharing of associated projects regarding water line
  7. Penn St. discussion
  8. Other bridges (Mill St., Elk St., and Plum St.)
  9. Address Changes
  • OLD ACTION ITEMS
  1. Committee Position needs filled: Emergency Management
  2. Dry press testing postponed for now
  3. Small Water & Sewer Grants update (Expected July 2020)
  4. Census Update
  5. NIMS (National Incident Management System – mandatory for all Council Members)
  6. Park Rd.
  7. Part-Time Secretary-Treasurer Position – Sherry Corman hired
  • COMMITTEE and MAYOR’S REPORTS
  1. APPROVAL of MINUTES – March 10, 2020 and March 27, 2020
  • MARCH FINANCIAL REPORTS
  • SECRETARY’S REPORT
  • CITIZENS INPUT (Comments limited to five (5) minutes)
  • MISC. COMMENTS AND CALENDAR ITEMS
  • Millheim Planning Commission Meeting – April 28, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Council Room (if needed).
  • HARB – May 5, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Code Enforcement Office (if needed).
  • Next Council Meetings –  April 24, 2020 8:30 AM (if needed) May 12, 2020 – 7:00 PM
  • Regional Planning Meeting – April 28, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Old Gregg School Room 106
  • ADJOURNMENT

Playground Closure

In accordance with Centre County’s “Stay-at-Home” order that was effective Saturday March 28th at 8pm the Borough has closed the playground to public access. Our efforts are to ensure the safety and well being of all our residents.  Thank you for your cooperation.

COVID-19

Recommendations on how to minimize the risk and spread of COVID-19:

Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in public, coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Cover your hands completely and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your face.

Practice social distancing, maintaining 6 feet of distance between you and others and avoid groups of 10 or more.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you are sick, stay home or seek medical assistance if needed.

For information and resources regarding COVID-19, please visit the following websites for more information:

  • Guides to resources for individuals, families, businesses, and other entitites:

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Pennsylvania Small Businesses Economically Impacted by COVID-19

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020. For more information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov. For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.

Free Kids Meals

Penns Valley School District is offering breakfast and lunches for students for the duration of school closure. To see pickup locations and register go to pennsvalley.org.