PRESENT – President Bollendorf, Vice President Stockton, Councilwoman McMenamin, Councilwoman Reichner, Councilwoman Ostrander, Councilman Myers, Mayor Schultz, Manager Hegele, Assistant Secretary DeRenzis, Solicitor Geiser, Engineer Goff, Chief Gardner, Superintendent Frydlewicz, Deputy Superintendent Dermer, Tax Collector Mount, and Librarian Celec were present.
CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the January 24, 2022, Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
INVOCATION – Mayor Schultz led the Invocation.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – Chief Gardner led the Pledge of Allegiance.
PUBLIC COMMENT – VOTING ITEMS ONLY – There was no public comment.
MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Schultz stated that February 28, 2022, from 11:30-1:30 is the Chambers news at noon at Trattoria Valona.
Mayor Schultz stated the Borough Ball this year is March 19, 2022.
Mayor Schultz acknowledged the EAC and all the hard work they have done.
OFFICER’S REPORTS –
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Bollendorf stated tonight Council will vote tonight to replace the vacancy on Council.
President Bollendorf thanked Public Works, police, and Fire Departments for their hard work especially out in the cold.
President Bollendorf stated the Pool Committee will be having their first meeting soon and if anyone would like to join the committee, reach out to Councilwoman Reichner.
EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT – President Bollendorf announced an executive session on January 17, 2022, for twenty-one minutes regarding a real estate matter.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Smith stated the balance in all accounts at the end of December 2021 is $3,787,844.64 with interest earned in the amount of $577.29.
SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Geiser stated she was busy getting prepared for the two Public Meetings that were rescheduled from tonight as she had to conduct some research for these hearings.
ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Goff stated she recommends Payment #2 for the Jacksonville and Montgomery Project to Carr and Duff.
Engineer Goff stated that they are addressing comments from Penndot regarding the Williams Lane flashing lights project.
Engineer Goff stated she recommends Payment #1 for the Borough Hall HVAC project to MFJ Electrical Contracting.
MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated the Borough received notification that Penndot has awarded the Warminster Road Bridge project to Allen Myers LP of Worcester PA. and Borough Staff attended a pre-con meeting last week where the following information was shared:
- The contractor does not have an estimated start date at this time, there is still site work needed by outside agencies. A utility meeting will be scheduled in the near future so they can have an idea when the project can officially start.
- Contractors estimated date of completion is September 2023
- Before any roads are closed, the contractor will immediately notify Borough and Township personnel, including Police and Emergency services and will give us time to notify our residents. We will keep this as an agenda item and any information will be shared monthly until we receive official word the project will begin.
- Trucks will be detoured via County Line Road and cars will be directed to Davisville/Terwood rather than York and Byberry. All state roads are being utilized for the detours and no local roads will be used for the redirection of traffic. Penndot will be assessing any need for additional signage on County Line Road as time progresses in case trucks decide to seek other routes besides the detour route, Penndot is trying to keep large trucks away from Byberry/York. The work being done currently at Byberry/Davisville will be complete by the time the bridge closes.
Manager Hegele also stated she would like to thank State Representative Guenst and State Senator Maria Collet as both ladies worked hard to get the funding for this much needed project which totaled $3,826,888, this includes the new bridge, sidewalk work, stormwater improvements, lighting and a safe and efficient crossing for motorists and pedestrians.
Manager Hegele stated 2020 Automated Red-Light Enforcement (ARLE) Funding Program grant award in the amount of $83,550 for pedestrian crossing improvements at the intersection of York Road and Summit Avenue. This is a 100% funded grant with no match and staff will be working with the Borough engineer to start the next process of designing this project.
Manager Hegele stated that staff is working with the Public Safety Committee as well as Fema and Pema on a hazardous mitigation grant for the Woodwinds property. The Borough and residents of Woodwinds will be meeting with FEMA/PEMA later this week to review the process, steps involved and timeline. This grant if applied for and secured would purchase properties in Woodwinds that are flood prone. The area would be turned back to open space similar to a previous application and buyout that is now Celano Park.
Manager Hegele stated that it may be cold outside, but it is that time of the year when we start talking about the pool. The 2022 Season is right around the corner. The Borough is accepting applications for Lifeguards, Front Desk and Snack stand staff. Application for employment as well as information on the pool can be found on our website.
Manager Hegele stated Just a reminder to local groups in Hatboro, if you are planning an event, we are asking for all event request forms to be in our office on or before February 7th and events will be discussed by Council at their February committee meeting and that forms can be found on the Borough’s website.
Manager Hegele wished congratulations to Mr. Steven Ide as Steve was recently elected as President of the Enterprise Fire Company. She also stated that we are looking forward to working with Steve and the Fire Company in 2022.
Manager Hegele thanked everyone that came out on Saturday to participate in the first Walk Works Walk, a walk with local nutritionist Jillian Foley owner of Nutritionista. She stated it was chilly, but the sun was out, and it was a nice way to walk Hatboro, learn history and get some healthy eating and exercise tips. She also stated we will be looking into adding some signs, codes and putting the walk material on our website and fb. She stated this grant was received in late 2019 but covid and work at Jacksonville/Montgomery along the route delayed our first walk and we plan on doing themed walks monthly and want to encourage everyone to use this 2.2 mapped route.
POLICE – Chief Gardner stated both officers Wood and Figueroa completed crisis intervention training in January and Hatboro is one of the few Police Departments if not the only one where 100% of the officers are trained in crisis intervention.
Chief Gardner stated the federal government has offered free Covid at home kits. He stated you can sign up on their website Covidtests.gov and there is a limit of four per household.
Chief Gardner stated the emergency management radios that were ordered last year were installed and the system is up and running.
Chief Gardner stated that Montgomery County has issued a draft proposal for the realignment of district courts in Montgomery County and in this proposal calls for the elimination of two courts and one of them is Judge Leo’s and this will take effect January 2024. He also stated the public can comment on this in writing.
TAX COLLECTIONS – The tax collectors report was electronically submitted.
PUBLIC WORKS – Superintendent Frydlewicz stated the Public Works Department has been getting ready for the winter and has been busy keeping up with ice control.
Superintendent Frydlewicz stated has been in contact with the truck manufacturer regarding the new trash truck that was ordered a year ago and hopes for a March 2022 delivery date.
DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT PARKS REPORT – Deputy Superintendent Dermer stated he wanted to report on some things that he wrapped up for the year in December 2021. He stated the Borough has been awarded the DEP 904 grant for recycling performance in the amount of $ 23,211.00 and we should be receiving that in the next few weeks.
Deputy Superintendent Dermer stated he wrapped up the Borough’s yearly sales on Municibid from reselling old equipment and vehicles and the total amount was $22,351.00.
Deputy Superintendent Dermer stated he received a certificate degree from Temple University on Grant writing.
Deputy Superintendent Dermer stated he will have a presentation next month for the National Fitness Campaign Project.
Deputy Superintendent Dermer stated that he and Cindy are working on the sketch for the Gold Star Memorial Garden.
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT – Cindy Bollendorf stated an update was sent out to business owners thanking them for their support for all 2021 events as well as updating them to changes in the fee schedule regarding annual fire inspections, U&O change in owner and tenant, and rental registrations for any property owners with apartments above their store front.
Cindy Bollendorf also stated we had a total of 20 new businesses open in Hatboro in 2021 and have a few applications for 2022 already so stay tuned and we thank them all for choosing Hatboro as their home.
Cindy Bollendorf also stated that Deputy Superintendent Dermer and herself submitted the T Mobile Grant on December 21, 2021, and we will keep Council updated as to whether we receive the funding or not.
She also stated that Bindy is in slight hibernation but had a blast at the 2021 events and while every day is Earth Day for her, she wanted to remind everyone that it is eighty-eight days until Earth Day.
FIRE MARSHAL – The Fire Marshal report was electronically submitted.
FIRE COMPANY – There was no report.
UNION LIBRARY REPORT – Director Celec stated Tree Lighting. A big success and said thank you to Council for their support and attendance. He also stated that their Tree Lighting is expected to recur on the first Friday of December; all members of the public, and council, may want to pencil in the date Friday, December 2, 2022.
Director Celec states as far as repairs to the building, their boilers which heat the building, were replaced last month and their driveway has been repaired in a spot where it had issues.
Director Celec stated the roof is set to be replaced this weekend and they also have windows that are rotting that are set to be replaced soon.
Director Celec stated they have a Grant application in for ARP money in the amount of $6,616 for collection purposes.
ORDER OF BUSINESS AND VOTING ITEMS
ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF REPORTS – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to acknowledge the receipt of UMHJSA Minutes, Tax Collections, Public Works, Fire Marshal, and Treasurer’s Reports. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
APPROVAL OF WARRANT LIST, PAYMENT OF BILLS, MANUAL CHECKS AND TRANSFERS – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve Warrant List, Payment of Bills, Manual Checks, and Transfers for the month of January 2022. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Ostrander, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
DECEMBER 20, 2021, COMMITTEE/COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to approve the December 20, 2021, Council Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton. Motion carried 4-0 with 2 abstentions.
JANUARY 3, 2022, REORGANIZATION MEETING MINUTES – Councilman Myers made a motion to approve the January 3, 2022, Reorganization Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 4-0 with 2 abstentions.
JANUARY 10, 2022, COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to approve the January 10, 2022, Committee Meeting minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Myers made a motion to approve the Enterprise Fire Company Expenditure List for the month of December 2021 in the amount of $ 8,141.25. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Ostrander, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
FIRE COMPANY TRANSFER – Vice President Stockton made a motion to approve the transfer request submitted by Enterprise Fire Company, moving $225,000.00 from the Fire Protection Fund to the Fire Capital Fund. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
UNION LIBRARY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilwoman Ostrander made a motion to approve the Union Library Expenditure List for the month of January 2022 in the amount of $ 15,704.36. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
GREEN LIGHT GO PAYMENT #2 – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve Payment #2 for the Jacksonville and Montgomery Traffic Signal Upgrade Project to Carr and Duff in the amount of $ 96,480.27. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
399 SPRINGDALE FINANCIAL SECURITY RELEASE #1 – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to approve Financial Security Release #1 for the Springdale Avenue project in the amount of $ 69,848.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Ostrander, all nays. Motion did not carry as all contractors are not registered and taxes were not paid and therefore a lien was placed on the property.
BOROUGH HALL HVAC PROJECT PAYMENT – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to Electrical payment #1 for the Borough Hall project in the amount of $ 32,152.50 to MJF Contracting, Inc. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING COLLECTIONS – Councilman Myers made a motion to hold quarterly electronic recycling events in accordance with the regulations of RLGA and ECOvanta. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Ostrander, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY CONSORTIUM RECYCLING CONTRACT – Vice President Stockton made a motion to approve Resolution 2022-01 to participate in the Montgomery County Consortium Recycling Contract with Republic Services for a 7-year term. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
BOROUGH HALL WINDOW PROJECT – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve the selection of the Integrated Roll Screens window type for the Borough Hall Window Project. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
Vice President Stockton made a motion to authorize Engineer Goff to proceed with preparing bid documents for the Borough Hall Window Project and authorize bidding for the project. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
ENERGY TRANSITION PLAN – Vice President Stockton made a motion to adopt the Energy transition plan for the Borough of Hatboro. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
BOROUGH COUNCIL VACANCY APPOINTMENT – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to appoint Amanda Jacobus to Borough Council for a term of 2 years. Motion was carried by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
Vice President Stockton stated that this was a decision that wasn’t taken lightly as they had several applications and Council went out of their way to align the person they were appointing with the person they were replacing.
OLD BUSINESS AND UPDATES – There was no old business or updates.
APPOINTMENT OF PROPERTY MAINTENANCE INSPECTOR – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to appoint Kyle Dermer to the position of deputy property maintenance inspector. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
DESIGNATION OF AUTHORIZED AGENT FOR WOODWINDS FEMA APPLICATION – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to designate Borough Manager Diane Hegele as the authorized agent for the Woodwinds Hazardous Mitigation Grant Application. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Ostrander, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY 2040 GRANT DISCUSSION – Manager Hegele stated application is open and is due next month so staff needs some ideas and President Bollendorf stated send out to the committees so they can come up with some ideas and decide on a project for this Grant Application.
TOWN HALL MEETING REMINDERS – Councilwoman Ostrander reminded everyone of the two Town Hall Meetings which are February 15, 2022, at 7:00 P.M regarding parking around Springdale, Tanner and Lincoln Avenue’s and February 23, 2022, is regarding school safely on North Penn Street, Lancaster , Bonair and Windsor Avenue’s.
ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT – Councilwoman McMenamin stated that on February 9, 2022, there will be two hearings, one regarding signage for a business and one regarding a set-back for a resident.
PUBLIC COMMENT – Vicki Giovinazzo, 356 Lycoming Avenue, stated it was mentioned doing something in the Borough in memory of Tina and President Bollendorf stated for her reach out to Councilwoman Reichner and she will work with her on this.
ADJOURNMENT – Vice President Stockton made a motion to adjourn the January 24, 2022, Council Meeting. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Ostrander, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0. President Bollendorf adjourned the January 24, 2022, Council Meeting at 7:40 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by:
Diane C. Hegele, Borough Manager
Transcribed by Cindy Bollendorf