Author: Secretary

2023-09-26 Budget 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

BUDGET MEETING

September 26, 2023

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

Citizens present: none

New Action Items

Invoices: none

Fall newsletter:

The borough full newsletter was presented to council for review. The dates for the fall brush and leaf pickup were confirmed. There were no additional updates at this time.

Water account 2024 budget:

The water account budget was reviewed, income is in line with previous years, no changes should be needed. We will be required to do PFAS testing this year. We will need to increase the testing expense by at least $6000.00, will transfer these funds from the machinery and equipment expense. All other expenses appear in line with previous years, no additional adjustments needed.

Sewer account 2024 budget:

The sewer account budget was reviewed, income is in line with previous years, no changes should be needed. The backup membranes can be paid from COVID funds, thereby reducing capital improvements to $10,000. The budget for machinery and equipment should be reduced to $9,445.00. This provides a balanced budget for the 2024 fiscal year.  

Old Action Items:

General account update:

The general account budget was reviewed with the changes agreed to at the September 19, 2023 meeting.  No additional changes required.

Street update:

The final draft of the street ordinance is in review with Center County government. Council will need to decide whether they wish to change Stover Avenue to East Stover Avenue and West Stover Avenue. Changing the avenue name will affect two resident’s street addresses.

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adjourn seconded by Cecilia Gallop. Motion passed. Adjourned at 9:20.

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2023-09-19 Budget 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

September 12, 2023

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

Citizens present: none

Citizens input:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to approve the July 12, 2023 minutes and the August 18, 2023 as presented, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to approve the August 2023 financials as presented, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. 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:

August consisted of a lot of busy work. A blown a tire on the skid steer required attention, Kuppel’s Auto gave us the best deal, there was almost had no wait time and staff very happy with the work. The skid steer was only down three days. In the meantime road projects were completed. That road project consisted of grading the berm down, leveling a drain area, fixing the road side, and then placing a new berm with cold patch. This has been working very well discharging the water properly.

With all the rain the mowing has been crazy, in reference, mowing was done 13 of the 31 days this month. This is with the Soldiers and Sailors property added in as well. Including mowing roadsides with the tractor, this is new to the list this year. The new boom mower is getting used more than anticipated.

Water and sewer are working fine.

New Action Items

Invoices:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to pay invoice 121279 in the amount of $3,182.50 to Buchart Horn for professional services rendered on plant screen and dam weir, and invoice number 121273 in the amount of $100.95 for 2023 NPDES renewal, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Lease agreement:

The Penns Valley Code lease agreement is set to expire December 31st 2023. It will then automatically renew every 12 month unless 30 day notification to cancel is given by either party.

The East Penns Valley Library lease agreement will expire December 31st 2024.

Liquid fuels:

The Centre County liquid fuels application was presented, the application must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 20th 2023 to be considered for any 2024 funding. Funding can be used for road maintenance, new road construction, safety improvement to roads, repair or replace bridges, drainage improvement on roads, signals and signs for road or equipment and structures to be used for roads. Possible projects could include drainage on Mill Street, renewal of crosswalks on Penn Street, North Street and Main Street. 

Budget dates:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to establish the 2024 budget meeting dates for September 19th and September 26th beginning at 8:30 AM and Monday, October 22nd at 6:00 PM and Tuesday October 10th at 6:00 PM if needed. Seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

LST tax resolution 2023-09:

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adopt resolution 2023-09 authorizing the expenditure of $7,000.00 to Penns Valley Emergency Medical Services from the funds collected by the borough of Millheim from the local services tax, Seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. 

Old Action Items

Updates on Infrastructure:

Screen Replacement project

The Preconstruction meeting was held on Friday September 8, 2023, and the Notice to Proceed was

issued. The contractor intends to be on site very quickly. At the Pro-Con a discussion was had about a couple possible changes to the project scope. The

contractor plans to submit cost impacts for those changes.

Bridge inspection:

PennDot had an inspection completed on the Park Road Bridge. Two priority 2 deficiencies were found.

Update on Solar Projects:

The solar panels should be delivered on site this week, Justin will confirm the correct placement options within the fence onsite. Mr. Omar confirmed the corn removal by mid to late October, construction will begin immediately following. Construction will into 2024 with an expected completion date of spring 2024.

Streets:

A revised edition of the ordained streets within the borough has been submitted to Centre County government and Center County 911 for review.

Human Rights Commission:

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adopt ordinance number #274 to establish a Regional Human Relations Commission, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Robert Ziegler made a motion to adopt ordinance #275 to ensure anti-discrimination, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. 

Secretary’s Report:

Maintenance crew is in need of new shirts and have requested sweatshirts instead of jackets. Additional costs may be involved for set up fees as we are looking for a new supplier.

Checking accounts:

As the HHC and Town Clock account do not have regular activity they are subject to dormancy fees if there is no client activity in    month. Robert Zeigler made a motion to deposit a dollar from the general account into the HHC account and the Town Clock account, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:00.

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Denise Immel

Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

2023-09-12 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

September 12, 2023

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

Citizens present: none

Citizens input:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to approve the July 12, 2023 minutes and the August 18, 2023 as presented, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to approve the August 2023 financials as presented, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. 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:

August consisted of a lot of busy work. A blown a tire on the skid steer required attention, Kuppel’s Auto gave us the best deal, there was almost had no wait time and staff very happy with the work. The skid steer was only down three days. In the meantime road projects were completed. That road project consisted of grading the berm down, leveling a drain area, fixing the road side, and then placing a new berm with cold patch. This has been working very well discharging the water properly.

With all the rain the mowing has been crazy, in reference, mowing was done 13 of the 31 days this month. This is with the Soldiers and Sailors property added in as well. Including mowing roadsides with the tractor, this is new to the list this year. The new boom mower is getting used more than anticipated.

Water and sewer are working fine.

New Action Items

Invoices:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to pay invoice 121279 in the amount of $3,182.50 to Buchart Horn for professional services rendered on plant screen and dam weir, and invoice number 121273 in the amount of $100.95 for 2023 NPDES renewal, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Lease agreement:

The Penns Valley Code lease agreement is set to expire December 31st 2023. It will then automatically renew every 12 month unless 30 day notification to cancel is given by either party.

The East Penns Valley Library lease agreement will expire December 31st 2024.

Liquid fuels:

The Centre County liquid fuels application was presented, the application must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 20th 2023 to be considered for any 2024 funding. Funding can be used for road maintenance, new road construction, safety improvement to roads, repair or replace bridges, drainage improvement on roads, signals and signs for road or equipment and structures to be used for roads. Possible projects could include drainage on Mill Street, renewal of crosswalks on Penn Street, North Street and Main Street. 

Budget dates:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to establish the 2024 budget meeting dates for September 19th and September 26th beginning at 8:30 AM and Monday, October 22nd at 6:00 PM and Tuesday October 10th at 6:00 PM if needed. Seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

LST tax resolution 2023-09:

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adopt resolution 2023-09 authorizing the expenditure of $7,000.00 to Penns Valley Emergency Medical Services from the funds collected by the borough of Millheim from the local services tax, Seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. 

Old Action Items

Updates on Infrastructure:

Screen Replacement project

The Preconstruction meeting was held on Friday September 8, 2023, and the Notice to Proceed was

issued. The contractor intends to be on site very quickly. At the Pro-Con a discussion was had about a couple possible changes to the project scope. The

contractor plans to submit cost impacts for those changes.

Bridge inspection:

PennDot had an inspection completed on the Park Road Bridge. Two priority 2 deficiencies were found.

Update on Solar Projects:

The solar panels should be delivered on site this week, Justin will confirm the correct placement options within the fence onsite. Mr. Omar confirmed the corn removal by mid to late October, construction will begin immediately following. Construction will into 2024 with an expected completion date of spring 2024.

Streets:

A revised edition of the ordained streets within the borough has been submitted to Centre County government and Center County 911 for review.

Human Rights Commission:

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adopt ordinance number #274 to establish a Regional Human Relations Commission, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Robert Ziegler made a motion to adopt ordinance #275 to ensure anti-discrimination, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. 

Secretary’s Report:

Maintenance crew is in need of new shirts and have requested sweatshirts instead of jackets. Additional costs may be involved for set up fees as we are looking for a new supplier.

Checking accounts:

As the HHC and Town Clock account do not have regular activity they are subject to dormancy fees if there is no client activity in    month. Robert Zeigler made a motion to deposit a dollar from the general account into the HHC account and the Town Clock account, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:00.

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Denise Immel

Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

2023-10-10-Council Agenda

                                            MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

 Meeting Agenda

October, 10, 2023

7:00 PM

  1. CALL 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. Zero-turn mower
  8. NEW ACTION ITEMS
    1. Invoices
    2. Budget
    3. EMS Agreement
    4. Baseball field
    5. Byler parcel zoning
  9. OLD ACTION ITEMS
  1. Infrastructure updates
    1. Dam weir
    2. Liquid Fuels
    3. 2024 LSA Grants
    4. 2024 Multimodal Grants open
  2. Streets
  3. Christmas decorations
  4. Reichard Cemetery
  5. VCBA upodate
  1. COMMITTEE & MAYOR REPORTS
  2. SECRETARY’S REPORT
    1. Fireman’s Relief Funding
    2. Pension Funding
    3. New copier
  3. CITIZENS INPUT (comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  4. CALENDAR ITEMS
    1. Next Council Meeting – October 22, 2023 – 8:30 AM,(if needed) November 14, 2023 – 7:00 PM,
    2. Penns Valley Regional Planning Meeting – November 28, 2023 – 7:00  PM
    3. Millheim Planning Commission – November 28, 2023 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
    4. HARB –  November 07, 2023  7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
  5. ADJOURNMENT

2023-09-26 Budget Agenda

 MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Budget  Meeting Agenda

September 26, 2023

8:30 AM

  1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  3. CITIZENS INPUT (for items not included on the agenda, comments limited to five(5) minutes)    
  4. NEW ACTION ITEMS
    1. Invoices
    2. Fall newsletter
    3. Water Account 2024 budget
    4. Sewer Account 2024 budget
  5. OLD ACTION ITEMS

                   a. General Account update

                   b. Street update

  1. COMMITTEE & MAYOR REPORTS
  2. SECRETARY’S REPORT
  3. CITIZENS INPUT (comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  4. CALENDAR ITEMS
    1. Next Council Meeting – October 10, 2023 – 7:00 PM,
    2. Penns Valley Regional Planning Meeting – September 26, 2023 – 7:00  PM
    3. Millheim Planning Commission – September 26, 2023 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
    4. HARB –  October 03, 2023  7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
  5. ADJOURNMENT

2023-09-18 Budget Agenda

                                            MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Budget  Meeting Agenda

September 19, 2023

8:30 AM

  1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  3. CITIZENS INPUT (for items not included on the agenda, comments limited to five(5) minutes)    
  4. NEW ACTION ITEMS
    1. Invoices
    2. Howard Fire Company request
    3. Liquid fuels 2024 budget
    4. Fire Tax 2024 budget
    5. General 2024 budget
    6. LSA Grant application
  5. OLD ACTION ITEMS
  6. COMMITTEE & MAYOR REPORTS
  7. SECRETARY’S REPORT
  8. CITIZENS INPUT (comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  9. CALENDAR ITEMS
    1. Next Council Meeting – September 22, 2023- 8:30 AM, October 10, 2023 – 7:00 PM,
    2. Penns Valley Regional Planning Meeting – September 26, 2023 – 7:00  PM
    3. Millheim Planning Commission – September 26, 2023 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
    4. HARB –  October 03, 2023  7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
  10. ADJOURNMENT

Trick or Treat

Millheim Borough will be holding Trick or Treat night on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM

2023-08-18 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

August 18, 2023

Katie Blume called the meeting to order at 8:01 AM with the pledge of allegiance. Council members in attendance: Robert Zeigler and Nickelaus Engle. Absent Beth Cowher, Cecilia Gallup, Mayor Steve Myers, Denise Immel Borough Secretary/Assistant Treasurer, Sherry Corman Borough Treasurer/Assistant Secretary and Solicitor John Miller.

Citizens present: none

Citizens input: A letter has been received from Sharon Heckman, expressing appreciation on the excellent job the road crew has done this summer with the maintenance of the small alleys within the borough.

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to transfer $1000.00 from the water account to the general account for reimbursement of the monies sent to the Millheim Pool to help cover the water usage. Seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to approve the July 2023 financial reports as presented, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. 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:

Major storms went through on July 14th and 15th. Residents were given a week to gather any small limbs and branches that were knocked down by the storm. Storm damaged limbs and branches were then picked up the week of July 17th, following the same guidelines as established for the fall and spring brush pickup. As per council request, the maintenance crew has assumed the duties of mowing Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park.

New Action Items

Invoices:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to pay invoice 120923 in the amount of $1165.59 to Buchart Horn for professional services rendered completing the NPDES renewal documentation, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.   

Haines Township – Fire Police Request:

Haines Township Board of Supervisors is hosting the Dutch Fall Festival and is requesting the service of the Millheim Fire Police on Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to approve Haines Township Board of Supervisors request for the use of the Millheim Fire Police On October 7th and 8th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. 

2024 Financial Requirements (pension)

A motion was made by Nickelaus Engle to authorize Katie Blume, Council President, to sign the financial requirement and minimum municipal obligation budget for 2024, as prepared by Thomas J. Anderson and Associates Inc., in the amount of $9530.00, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.  

Budget Work Sessions: To be determined at a later date.

Suicide awareness resolution 2023-08:

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to adopt resolution 2023-08 designating the month of September 2023 as Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, also designating September 10, 2023 as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Old Action Items

Updates on Infrastructure – no report

Update on Solar Projects – no report

Streets:

A very detailed rough draft was presented to council with the updated road an alley descriptions. The descriptions and names are now matching Centre County 911. A final review will be done once descriptions are finalized. A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to authorize solicitor Miller to advertise the new street ordinance upon approval by Centre County 911, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Human Rights Commission:

Upon review of the updated human rights ordinances, Robert Zeigler made a motion to authorize Solicitor Miller to advertise the ordinance to establish the regional human relations commission And the ordinance to ensure anti-discrimination, seconded by Nickelaus Engle . Motion carried.

Reichard Cemetery update:

More names have been located that appear to have been buried in the cemetery. Precise gave locations have not been found due to time passed leading to the deterioration of coffins and remains.

VCAB Request:

Receipts from the Summerfest will be presented to the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau for approval. Once approved Valley Community Business Alliance would like to have the funds disbursed as soon as possible to be able to cover expensed incurred by the event.  Robert Zeigler made a motion to authorize payment to Valley Community Business Alliance as soon as the funds are received from Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Secretary’s Report

Claren Court Paving:

Brookside homes has contracted with Riteway Paving for the paving of Claren Court paving was to be completed between August 10th and August 16th.

St. John’s Line Painting:

A request has been received from St John’s Lutheran Church to allow closing of Race Alley on August 28th to allow a contractor to paint the lines on their parking lot. It is expected to be closed for only a few hours to allow the paint to dry. Robert Zeigler made a motion to approve the request for the closing of Race Alley provided  that the residents of the area be notified, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Frazier/Long Street:

The Borough road crew has informed council of a trench that is being dug along the east side of Long Street, also along the north side Frazier Street a letter has been sent to the resident of the adjacent property informing them to desist any further damage to Borough roadways.

Water Leaks:

In order to conserve water usage, emails are being sent to borough residents that appear to have higher than normal water usage for the month.

Printer:

A request has been received from Sherry Corman, borough treasurer, to replace the printer/scanner at her desk as it is no longer working properly. A motion was made by Nickelaus Engle to authorize the purchase of said scanner/ printer seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to adjourn, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 AM.

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Denise Immel Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

2023-07-11 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

July 11, 2023

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 Beth Cowher. Also in attendance Mayor Steve Myers, Denise Immel Borough Secretary/Assistant Treasurer, Sherry Corman Borough Treasurer/Assistant Secretary and John Segursky, Buchart-Horn. Absent Cecilia Gallup and Solicitor John Miller.

Citizens present: none

Citizens input: none

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.

Regional Planning:

A road masters meeting will be held the end of July. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss various work projects needed in the borough and townships that collaboration could be done to obtain grant moneys for all municipalities to complete the desired projects.

Employees Reports:

The road crew has been trimming the necessary roadside shrubs and fixing berms. A huge issue on Long Lane was drainage, they have slowly been working at fixing the roadside slopes to help with water discharge. They will continue to keep working on this project as weather allows. Some smaller projects consisted of the Fountain Park lights, straightening light poles from people backing into them or horses being hitched up to them, while doing so all the globes on the poles were taken off and deep cleaned. They have been able to catch up on fire hydrant painting that the Fire Company requested and have almost completed the paint jobs on the necessary hydrants. This will allow the Fire Company, when attached to the hydrant, to be able to tell the gallons per minute the hydrant will produce.

The month of June according to the rain gauge has rainfall at 5.7 inches. It is recommended that the water advisory be lifted. There have been several issues with high water usage at residence property mostly due to leaky toilets, residents have been notified.

Test results are proving that a scheduled and consistent life for the bugs there make it work. The membranes will probably need cleaned this month but it is just a normal maintenance procedure.

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to approve the June 13, 2023 minutes as presented, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to approve the June 2023 financials as presented, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

New Action Items

Invoices:

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to pay the Harris Computer invoice for UBPro support in the amount of $1,232.00, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to pay the invoice 120742 in the amount of $1,514.25 to Buchart-Horn for professional services on the 2023 NPDES renewal, and invoice 120746 in the amount of $1,245.00 for professional services on the dam weir and water plant screen, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Human Relations Commission:

Several municipalities had adopted ordinances to see that every resident receives the full benefits of citizenship and are afforded equal opportunities, unburdened by unjust discrimination. These municipalities have also established a regional human relations commission to help protect people for the negative direct and secondary effects of discriminatory practices. It is hoped that the regionalized approach will provide a vehicle for complaints to be investigated, resolved, dismissed or prosecuted. Much discussion was held as to such ordinances would be beneficial to the Borough of Millheim. A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to table and decision until the August 08, 2023 meeting, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Beth Cowher – no, Robert Zeigler – yes, Nickelaus Engle – yes and Katie Blume – Yes.

Motion passed.

Pool request:

The pool is requesting assistance from the borough with mowing and additional financial support. A motion was made by Robert Zeigler to have the borough maintenance crew take over the mowing of the Lion’s Club property at the pool, staff will track hours worked and cost of fuel, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

A request has also been received from the pool board for the pool to be exempt from water usage charges. The Borough currently waives the monthly maintenance fees for both water and sewer. Discussion was held on the water usage at the pool with a review of past years usage. A motion was made by Katie Blume to donate $1,000.00 designated for water usage in lieu of waiving water usage fees to insure proper maintenance of plumbing and water conservation, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed.

The pool board has asked if the borough has access to any funds to assist in the purchase and installation of new heating system for the pool, also if we would assist in the research and act as a liaison with the other local municipalities to identify potential funding for this need. A motion was made by Beth Cowher to request additional information, to clarify discrepancies, prior to making any decision or commitment in further assisting the pool and pool board, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion

passed.

VCBA and Summerfest:

Valley Community Business Alliance will be holding Summerfest, focusing on downtown Millheim and the Millheim Fire Hall area. VCBA has requested that Poplar Street to be closed from North Street to just beyond Sugar Alley (by the former PV Jewelers Shop) as well as that small portion of Sugar Alley. Also to have access to the grass lot at Center Street and Water Street to use for parking, if needed, and use of the Gazebo at Fountain Park to provide information and/or directions. Robert Zeigler made a motion to approve VCBA requests and to have Katie Blume sign the HVAB 2023-24 Tourism Grant in the amount of $6,250.00, funds to then be transferred to VCBA, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

As the business alliance is expecting increased foot traffic during the Summerfest event, Robert Zeigler made a motion to send a written request to code enforcement for a one time policing of properties to enforce the Boroughs grass and weed ordinance, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion passed. Katie Blume to send email.

Reichard Cemetery:

The exact location of the cemetery has yet to be determined, ground penetrating equipment will be brought back in later this month to search an adjacent area. Our solicitor recommends that borough staff not be used in clearing of any new areas as there is no written documentation of sale.

CATA opportunity:

Regional planning and local official is speaking with CATA to determine what if any services can be provided to the Penns Valley area.

CPI and state labor:

Sources of labor for upcoming projects.

Old Action Items

Updates on infrastructure:

Second round of bids results on Dam Weir project: Greenland Construction $211,000.00 and Maverick Construction $215,000.00. Katie Blume made a motion to accept the bid from Greenland Construction in the amount of $211,000.00, pending review by our solicitor and engineer, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion passed

DCED Multimodal grant bridge project:

A site meeting was held on April 25, 2023, with a bridging company. I am waiting on their final proposal for the pricing. It appears that using this system may allow for both Elk Street and Plum Street to be completed. An agreement for services based upon the grant application. The engineering fee listed in the grant application was $80,000.00.

WWTP project – Equilization Tank:

Buchart-Horn is designing the tank and the control mechanism for the EQ Tank. A preliminary design meeting will be held with Justin in the next month to finalize layout and controls.

An agreement for services based upon the grant application. The engineering fee listed in the grant application was $40,000.00.

LSA grant application:

Millheim Borough was selected to receive $400,000 from the Local Share Account program. This grant is to replace the raw water line from the dam to the new main along SR 0445 and a section further down toward town. This program does not have a match component. Buchart-Horn will present an agreement to Council to begin this process.

Update on solar projects:

Construction to start at sewer solar project in September 2023.

Fee schedule consistency:

Robert Zeigler made a motion to adopt Resolution 2023-08, updated fee schedule for the borough effective January 01, 2024, seconded by Beth Cowher. Motion passed.

Rental ordinance follow up:

Mike Lesniak is working with council.

Streets: No report

Medical Center Update:

Gonzalo Rubio was appointed to represent the borough on the medical center board. They are researching the possibility of having some form of urgent care, but need to find and interested party.

Water/burn advisory:

Robert Zeigler made a motion to lift the water/burn advisory, seconded by Nickelaus Engle. Motion passed.

Committee and Mayor reports: none received

Secretary’s Report

Parking:

Complaints have been received on the parking situation on Center Street, residents’ state when a car is parked on Centre Street, especially by the intersection of Penn Street it is very difficult for two cars to pass. Residents are also concerned about sliding in to parked vehicles in the winter months. Council will monitor the situation.

ATV traffic:

It has been brought to our attention that ATVs are now running on Borough property and allies, this is a code violation and has been turned over to code enforcement.

A motion was made by Beth Cowher to adjourn, seconded by Robert Zeigler. Motion Passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.

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Denise Immel Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

2023-09-12 Amended Council Agenda

                                            MILLHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

Regular Meeting Amended Agenda

September 12, 2023

7:00 PM

  1. CALL 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. Remind residents about snow clean up
    2. Brush pick up begins in late October
  8. NEW ACTION ITEMS
    1. Invoices
    2. Lease agreements
    3. Liquid fuels 
    4. Budget dates
    5. LST Tax Resolution for EMS
    6. Trick or Treat night
  9. OLD ACTION ITEMS
    1. Updates on infrastructure if needed
      1. Dam weir to start this week
      2. Bridge inspection
    2. Update on solar projects if needed 
    3. Streets
    4. Human Rights Commission
  10. COMMITTEE & MAYOR REPORTS
  11. SECRETARY’S REPORT
    1. New shirts
    2. Checking accounts
  12. CITIZENS INPUT (comments limited to five(5) minutes)
  13. CALENDAR ITEMS
    1. Next Council Meeting – September 22, 2023- 8:30 AM, October 10, 2023 – 7:00 PM,
    2. Penns Valley Regional Planning Meeting – September 26, 2023 – 7:00  PM
    3. Millheim Planning Commission – September 26, 2023 – 7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
    4. HARB –  October 03, 2023  7:00 PM – council room (if needed)
  14. ADJOURNMENT