May 23, 2022 Council Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the May 23, 2022, Public Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

INVOCATION – Mayor Schultz gave the Invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – Chief Gardner led the Pledge of Allegiance.

HATBORO LITTLE LEAGUE PRESENTATION – Manager Hegele stated that the presentation was postponed at the last minute.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE/BRAY LODGE E-BIKE PRESENTATION – The Hatboro Chamber of Commerce and Bray Lodge along with Hatboro Federal Savings presented a check for $ 6000.00 to the Hatboro Police Department for an Electric Bike.

APPOINTMENT OF POLICE OFFICER
MOTION: Councilwoman Jacobus made a motion to appoint Robert McMahon to the position of Police Officer for the Borough of Hatboro. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

SWEARING IN OF OFFICER MCMAHON – Mayor Schultz swore in Officer McMahon.
• Mayor Schultz read a proclamation for Hatboro Rotary’s 80th Birthday.
• Mayor Schultz read a proclamation for Gun Violence.

ADJOURNMENT – President Bollendorf adjourned the public meeting at 7:19 P.M.

PUBLIC HEARING – 2 HOME ROAD ZONING CHANGE
CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the public hearing for the 2 Home Road zoning change to order at 7:20 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENT – There was no public comment.

PUBLIC HEARING: 2 HOME ROAD ZONING CHANGE – Notes of testimony can be found on the Boroughs website and are attached to the meeting minutes.

VOTING ITEMS
MOTION: Councilwoman Reichner made a motion approve ordinance 1070, rezoning a subdivided parcel located at 2 Home Road from O-Office to R-1 Residential. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

MOTION: Vice President Stockton made a motion to approve resolution 2022-12, authorizing the 2 Home Road Subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT – There was no public comment.

ADJOURNMENT – Councilman Myers made a motion to adjourn the Public Hearing for the 2 Home Road zoning change. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0. President Bollendorf adjourned the Public Hearing for the 2 Home Road zoning change at 7:23 P.M.

PUBLIC HEARING – STEEL PENNY CAFÉ
CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the public hearing for Steel Penny Café to order at 7:23 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENT – There was no public comment.

PUBLIC HEARING: STEEL PENNY CAFÉ CONDITIONAL USE – Notes of testimony can be found on the Boroughs website and are attached to the meeting minutes.

VOTING ITEMS
MOTION: Councilwoman Jacobus made a motion to approve the conditional use application submitted by Steel penny Café to allow cooking of food on-premises and the expansion of the café space. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT – There was no public comment.

ADJOURNMENT – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to adjourn the public hearing for the Steel Penny Café Conditional use. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0. President Bollendorf adjourned the public hearing for Steel penny Café at 7:43 P.M.

COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
PRESENT – President Bollendorf, Vice President Stockton. Councilwoman McMenamin, Councilwoman Reichner, Councilman Myers, Councilwoman Jacobus, Mayor Schultz, Manager Hegele, Assistant Secretary DeRenzis, Chief Gardner, Solicitor Geiser, Engineer Goff, Superintendent Frydlewicz, Superintendent Dermer, Treasurer Smith, Fire Company President Ide, and Director Celec were present.

ABSENT – Councilwoman Ostrander and Fire Marshal Dermer were excused.

CALL TO ORDER – President Bollendorf called the May 23, 2022, Council meeting to order at 7:43 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENT – There was no public comment.

MAYORS REPORT – Mayor Schultz stated on Friday the Chamber had their first of five Cruise nights and it was a nice evening.

OFFICER’S REPORTS –
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Bollendorf stated Saturday was a busy day as the day was kicked off with the groundbreaking for the Gold Star Garden. He also stated it was Community Day at the pool, which was very well attended, and staff sold over $15,000.00 in Pool Memberships and the pool will be open next Saturday.

President Bollendorf stated Friends of Cressbrook had a meeting and picked their 7th board member.

President Bollendorf stated the closing on the Pennypack property is June 2, 2022.

President Bollendorf stated the My Hatboro app is live on the web but will be available in the app store very soon.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Smith stated the balance in all accounts ending April 2022 is $ 5,410,908.36 with interest earned in the mount of $ 649.67.

SOLICITOR’S REPORT – Solicitor Geiser stated she has been working on Pennypack as the closing is next week.

Solicitor Geiser stated she worked on tonight’s conditional use hearing for Steel Penny Café and the zoning change for 2 Home Road.

ENGINEER’S REPORT – Engineer Goff stated this past month she worked with Borough staff to draft 3 grant applications.

Engineer Goff stated she had a meeting with DEP regarding the hatboro Memorial Streambank Restoration earlier this month and they gave some comments on their permit application and are working on addressing them.

Engineer Goff stated they are working on addressing comments from PennDOT for the various projects that involve flashers.

MANAGER’S REPORT – Manager Hegele stated The Borough officially launched the My Hatboro App on Saturday and staff will issue a press release this week and begin to promote using, order signage for around town and encourage businesses and community groups to use.

Manager Hegele stated Community Day 2022 is in the books and it was a scorcher and the pool looked more like July 4th then May 21st. She thanked all the community groups, businesses and legislators that participated. Staff is working on another event at the pool “Community Night” Stay tuned.

Manager Hegele stated she thinks everyone joined the pool on Saturday as staff sold a record number of memberships. She also stated if you missed the event and still need a membership, please stop by Borough Hall and if you cannot make it during business hours, let us know.

Manager Hegele stated to check out the new GAGA pit at Eaton Park thanks to Charlie Schultz who did this for an Eagle Scout Project. Thank you to PW staff Kyle Dermer, Greg Puceta, and Joe Garramone for their work this weekend with Charlie.

Manager Hegele stated she toured Elm Street with Elm Street Board Member Kathy Burgess and Councilman Myers to discuss ideas for signage and projects along Elm Street.

Manager Hegele stated she is working with the FM and staff on some problem properties in town, there is one address which is abandoned, and the grass is very high, we are citing and looking into possibly having the grass cut.

Manager Hegele stated the zoning sub-committee will be meeting again in June and will be back to work on the zoning re-write. She also stated the June PC meeting has also been changed to June 7th at 7 PM due to Flag Day Holiday.

Manager Hegele stated Septa is planning to do work to the County Line Road Crossing, the tentative date for construction is Friday, June 10th through Monday, June 13th, and the road will be closed beginning at 9:00 AM on Friday and will reopen at 6:00 PM on Monday. She also stated detours will be in place roughly two weeks before construction and there will be no train service to the Warminster station and there has been no further information received since our last update on the Warminster Road and West Moreland Avenue bridge projects.

Manager Hegele reminded everyone that the Beef N Beer for Gold Star Garden is June 10t

from 7 to 11 at the Warminster VFW, tickets are $40 per person and are available at Borough Hall.
Manager Hegele stated last week was a busy week as it was National Police Week, EMS Week and Public Works week. She stated while National Police Week recognizes officers who were killed in the line of duty the Borough does pause to remember Chief Kramer as well as take time to thank all our current and retired officers for their dedication. She thanked Second Alarmers for their continued service to the Borough. She stated lastly, we would like to recognize and thank our public works department for all their hard work keeping the Borough clean, picking up trash and recycling and taking care of the pool and all our parks.

STAFF REPORTS –
POLICE – Chief Gardner stated he wanted to give his condolences to the Warrington Police Department for the sudden passing of Officer Stephen Plum Jr. as well as to his family.

TAX COLLECTIONS – The tax collectors report was submitted.

PUBLIC WORKS – Superintendent Frydlewicz stated the Public Works Department has been busy and the pool is ready to go for the season.

Superintendent Frydlewicz stated after waiting over a year, the new trash truck is being fine-tuned and will be out on the road soon and once that is done the old truck will be put up on Municibid.

Superintendent Frydlewicz stated the crews have been working on getting the pool open and have been cutting grass which has been growing quickly due to the rain.

Superintendent Frydlewicz stated he has been working with Engineer Goff on stormwater issues.

Superintendent Frydlewicz stated they have also been working at the Pennypack property.

SUPERINTENDENT PARKS REPORT – Superintendent Dermer congratulated Charlie Schultz for the Gaga Pit project which was completed after 18 months in the making, and he is happy it is finally done.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT –There was no report given as there were no updates.

FIRE MARSHAL – The Fire Marshal report was submitted.

FIRE COMPANY – Fire Company President Ide stated the Fire Company responded to 30 calls in the month of April.

Fire Company President Ide stated they also attended Cruise Night and attended Community Day at the pool.

Fire Company President Ide stated they are always looking for volunteers.

UNION LIBRARY REPORT – Director Celec stated Storytime with Mr. Jim continues in person on Friday mornings.

Director Celec stated summer reading will start when the school year ends.

Director Celec stated in addition to the summer reading program the library will have Science in the summer coming on July 6th and 7th and this is a program the Franklin Institute runs and is the only program you must register for.

Director Celec stated last month they applied for money for capital projects and received a letter they are eligible and have moved to the scoring phase.

Director Celec stated the Thomas room flooded and repairs have ben made and is now open to the public again.

Director Celec stated the book sale was cancelled last month and it will return along with the shred.

ORDER OF BUSINESS AND VOTING ITEMS
ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF REPORTS – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to acknowledge the receipt of UMHJSA Minutes, public Works, Fire Marshal, and Treasurer’s reports. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Jacobus, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

APPROVAL OF WARRANT LIST, PAYMENT OF BILLS, MANUAL CHECKS AND TRANSFERS – Vice President Stockton made a motion to approve Warrant List, Payment of Bills, Manual Checks, and Transfers for the month of May 2022. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

APRIL 25, 2022, COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – Councilwoman Jacobus made a motion to approve the April 25, 2022, Council Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

MAY 9, 2022, COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES – Councilwoman Jacobus made a motion to approve the May 9, 2022, Committee Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 4-0 with 2 abstentions as Vice President Stockton and Councilwoman Reichner were excused from the May 9th meeting.

ENTERPRISE FIRE COMPANY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Myers made a motion to approve the Enterprise Fire Company Expenditure List for the month of April 2022 in the amount of $ 17,312.84. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Jacobus, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF POSITION – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to direct the Civil Service Commission to establish an eligibility list for the position of Deputy Police Chief. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

UNION LIBRARY EXPENDITURE LIST – Councilman Myers made a motion to approve the union Library expenditure List for the month of May 2022 in the amount of $20,713.47. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman McMenamin, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

BOROUGH HALL PROJECT ELECTRICAL PAYMENT #4 – Vice President Stockton made a motion to approve Electrical Payment #4 for the Borough Hall project to MJF Electric in the amount of $ 35,272.52. motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion caried 6-0.

BOROUGH HALL PROJECT ELECTRICAL PAYMENT #5 – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to electrical payment #5 for the Borough Hall project to MJF Electric in the amount of $ 23,047.31. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes, Motion carried 6-0.

BOROUGH HALL PROJECT MECHANICAL PAYMENT #6 – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to approve Mechanical Payment #6 for the Borough Hall project to Guy M. Cooper in the amount of $ 280,291.08. motion was seconded by Vice president Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

BOROUGH HALL PROJECT FIRE SUPPRESSION PAYMENT #6 -Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to approve Fire Suppression payment #6 for the Borough Hall project to Guy M. Cooper in the amount of $ 73,273.86. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Jacobus, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

EATON PARK STREAMBANK RESTORATION REPAIRS PAYMENT #1 – Councilman Myers made a motion to approve payment #1 for the Eaton Park Streambank Restoration Repairs Project in the amount of $ 21,200.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Jacobus, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

JACKSONVILLE AND MONTGOMERY CHANGE ORDER #3 – Councilman Myers made a motion to approve Change Order #3 for the Jacksonville and Montgomery project resulting in a project reduction of $ 819.00. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

JACKSONVILLE AND MONTGOMERY PAYMENT #3 – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve payment #3 for the Jacksonville and Montgomery project to Carr & Duff in the amount of 4 5,127.36. motion was seconded by Councilwoman Jacobus, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

WATERSHED RESTORATION AND PROTECTION PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve the application to the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program for the installation of a rain garden at Eaton Park. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

GREENWAYS, TRAILS, AND RECREATION PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve the application to the greenways, Trails, and recreation program for the installation of pervious pavers in Memorial Park. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Jacobus, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

FLOOD MITIGATION AND PROTECTION PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION – Councilman Myers made a motion to approve the application to the Flood mitigation and protection program for a stormwater management project on Wood Street. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all yes. Motion carried 6-0.

Trisha Johnston, 130 Manor Road, asked how far back this extends as there has been a lot of flooding on Manor Road and residents were hoping for mitigation and wondered if this will help their issues.

Engineer Goff stated that they are applying for a grant for Wood Street and manor Road improvements, and they are just in the preliminary stages right now with this project and isn’t sure of the exact location where the inlet would be.

Manager Hegele stated staff has received several calls and complaints regarding water on Manor Road and Wood Street and as Engineer Goff stated we are in the preliminary stages of this process and tonight they are asking to make the application and after Council approves it this evening, herself, the engineer, and staff will put together an application and look at the complaints they have received. She also stated she is listening to what the residents have brought to their attention.

NOURISHING STORM EVENT REQUEST – Councilwoman Jacobus made a motion to approve the special event request submitted by Nourishing Storm for Yoga Classes in memorial park from May 31st through October 31st. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

2022 ROAD PAVING – Councilwoman McMenamin made a motion to authorize the Engineer to solicit bids for the 2022 road paving list submitted by Engineer Goff. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Jacobus, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

SALE OF TRUCKS ON MUNICIBID
MOTION: Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve the sale of a 2006 International 7400T 25-yard rear Load Refuse truck on Municibid. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

MOTION: Vice president Stockton made a motion to approve the sale of a 2004 pace American 6X12 enclosed utility trailer on Municibid. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Jacobus, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

CVS PARKING DISCUSSION -Councilman Myers made a motion to authorize staff and Solicitor Geiser to advertise a public hearing for the CVS project on June 20, 2022. Motion was seconded by Vice President Stockton, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

HATBORO STATION LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN AMENDMENT – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to approve the Land Development agreement request submitted by toll brothers for the hatboro Station Project. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Jacobus, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

HATBORO LITTLE LEAGUE AQUA EASEMENT – Councilman Myers made a motion to approve the Easement Agreement with AQUA for the installation of a well treatment center at the hatboro Little League Facility. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.
OLD BUSINESS AND UPDATES – There was no old business or updates.

NEW BUSINESS
2022 POOL RATIFICATION LIST – Councilman Myers made a motion to approve the 2022 Pool Ratification list. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Reichner, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

2022 SNACK STAND LEASE – Councilwoman Jacobus made a motion to approve the 2-022 Snack Stand Lease between the Borough of hatboro and Street food Sandwich Shop. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT – Bruce Hart, 175 Earl Lane, asked when meetings will be moved back to Loller Academy. President Bollendorf stated they will move back in the fall but staring in July, meetings will be held at Pennypack Elementary.

ADJOURNMENT – Councilwoman Reichner made a motion to adjourn the May 23, 2022, Council meeting. Motion was seconded by Councilman Myers, all ayes. Motion carried 6-0. President Bollendorf adjourned the May 23, 2022, Council Meeting at 8:15 P.M.

Respectfully submitted by:
Diane C. Hegele, Borough Manager

Transcribed by Cindy Bollendorf