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May 14, 2013 Minutes

New Britain Borough
Minutes
May 14, 2013

The monthly meeting of the New Britain Borough Council was called to order by President Robert Belchic at 7:30 PM.  All council members were present except Mr. Peter LaMontagne.  Also present were Mr. Mark Hintenlang, Mr. Lloyd Vansant, Ms. Robin Trymbiski, Mr. J. Thomas Yatsky, Mayor David Holewinski and Solicitor Michael Goodwin. Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve the minutes of the April 9, 2013 council meeting as written; seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza and approved.

Correspondence: for the month was reviewed

April Treasurer’s Report: for the month was reviewed.

April Tax Collector’s Report: for the month was reviewed.

Fire, Building, Zoning, Road & Phone/Visitors Reports: for the month were reviewed.

President’s Report:  President Belchic apologized that the item “Resident’s Remarks on Agenda Items” was missing from the agenda and that the residents will be able to speak in the beginning on agenda items, after each agenda item and again at the end during “Resident’s Remarks”. The president also stated that the items he would have reported on will be covered by others at tonight’s meeting.
Manager’s Repor:
Administration: Settlement on the Apple Orchard took place on April 30, 2013. Ms. Trymbiski looked into the process of having the property, which is in Doylestown Township, annexed to New Britain Borough.  She found that it is done by referendum and must be on the ballot in both municipalities.  The Borough must approve the placement on the fall ballot with the proper wording. The manager of Doylestown Township suggested Mr. Goodwin send a letter to Barbara Lyons making the suggestion with the desired wording.  Mr. Joseph Cangelosi motioned to place the referendum on the fall ballot annexing the “Apple Orchard” open space property to New Britain Borough; seconded by Ms. Margaret Remmey and approved.

Ms. Trymbiski applied to Delaware Valley Insurance Trust for renewal of the Borough’s workmen’s compensation insurance.  There was an approximate saving of $10,000 from the Borough’s current carrier EMC Insurance.  Mr. Craig Sturza motioned to approve the agreement with DVWCT for the Borough’s workman’s compensation insurance; seconded by Ms. Margaret Remmey and approved.  Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore motioned to approve for advertisement the ordinance authorizing the participation of the Borough of New Britain in the Delaware Valley Worker’s Compensation Trust in accordance with the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation act and the Pennsylvania inter-governmental cooperation law; seconded by Mr. Joseph Cangelosi and approved.

Ms. Trymbiski attended the PSAB Conference in Hershey, PA.  She attended several informational classes and was able to talk with several companies regarding the purchase of street lights, grant writing, a utility refund company and a non-profit Municipal Retirement Trust.  Ms. Trymbiski has set up meetings with these companies to continue her talks with them.

Police: The Intergovernmental Agreement Ordinance for Regionalizing the police department with Doylestown Borough and establishing a police commission has been advertised.  Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve and sign the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement establishing a regional police department between the Borough of Doylestown and the Borough of New Britain, Bucks County , Pennsylvania, Boroughs existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; seconded by Ms. Margaret Remmey and the agreement was approved and signed.  The election of commission members from New Britain is required.  Mayor David Holewinski, President Robert Belchic and Council woman Margaret Remmey were nominated.  Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve those nominated as commission members for a one year term; seconded by Mr. Joseph Cangelosi and approved.  Mr. Joseph Cangelosi was nominated as the alternate.  Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore motioned to approve Mr. Cangelosi as alternate to the police commission; seconded by Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski and approved.  Ms. Anwara Marsh asked if the Borough’s police budget will increase.  President Belchic answered that the budget will be similar the first year and then the Borough should see a savings.

Zoning:  Delaware Valley College will appear before the Zoning Hearing Board on May 16, 2013 for variances related to their stadium renovations.  Resident Michael Stanislaw voiced his concerns about the up coming hearing.  He was very disappointed that after last months council meeting where President Belchic asked both the college and the residents, who oppose the variances being requested, to keep the lines of communication open the college has dismissed all attempts to communicate with the residents.  Mr. Stanislaw also read from an email from Mr. Art Glass, Delaware Valley College Vice President of Finance and Administration, where Mr. Glass stated that future renovations are being planned that include improving the spectator stands on both sides, possibly a field house at the end of the field which would include a new food stand, locker rooms, and fitness center.  Mr. Stanislaw is concerned with the present renovations (lighting, noise and hours of operation) and fears what is in store for the future.  President Belchic stated that improvements made in the future which require variances the college will have to follow the same procedure and go before the Zoning Hearing Board.  Mr. Stanislaw stated that this is his fear, that the college will come again and again.

Roads:  Mr. Mark Hintenlang updated Council on his communication with John Jester and Mangar about the joining of Britain Drive and Spring Lake Drive.  Neither party is interested in the proposed project.

Jeff L’Amoreaux presented a proposal to change the left-turn signals’ operation at Sand Road and Butler Avenue.  The original cost was $875, but he has requested Tri-State Traffic Data to do the traffic data collection.  The anticipated cost will be $2204.  Mr. Craig Sturza motioned to approve the anticipated cost; seconded by Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore and approved.

Ms. Marsh expressed her concerns about the Mathews Avenue closure.  President Belchic informed her that it is temporary at this point and will be addressed at the August meeting.  Ms Marsh stated that both parties, those for and those against the closure, are very passionate about the closure and asked why compromises have been rejected.  President Belchic repeated that this is a 6 month trial and that the Borough did explore many options.  Ms Robyn Kelleman asked if there had been any follow up with the emergency services people in the two months the street has been closed.  The President said that he and the Mayor had sat down with the fire chief and all of their concerns seem to be met.  The ambulance enters the neighborhood from South Tamenend Avenue so there isn’t a concern.  Ms Kelleman asked if the Borough has written confirmation from the fire company that their concerns have been met.  President Belchic didn’t feel that was necessary.  Ms Marsh ended the conversation saying she felt the Borough and the residents should be concerned with liability.

Nature Preserve: Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve the disbursement of funds for monuments on the Miller easements; seconded by Ms Margaret Remmey and approved.

Ms. Marsh expressed her concerns about the Mathews Avenue closure.  President Belchic informed her that it is temporary at this point and will be addressed at the August meeting.  Ms Marsh stated that both parties, those for and those against the closure, are very passionate about the closure and asked why compromises have been rejected.  President Belchic repeated that this is a 6 month trial and that the Borough did explore many options.  Ms Robyn Kelleman asked if there had been any follow up with the emergency services people in the two months the street has been closed.  The President said that he and the Mayor had sat down with the fire chief and all of their concerns seem to be met.  The ambulance enters the neighborhood from South Tamenend Avenue so there isn’t a concern.  Ms Kelleman asked if the Borough has written confirmation from the fire company that their concerns have been met.  President Belchic didn’t feel that was necessary.  Ms Marsh ended the conversation saying she felt the Borough and the residents should be concerned with liability.

Nature Preserve: Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve the disbursement of funds for monuments on the Miller easements; seconded by Ms Margaret Remmey and approved.

Mayor’s Report:  Mayor Holewinski commented on the progress of the Community Garden.  The committee has met with the agricultural Department of Del Val College.  As a result, the college will plow and add manure and compost to the garden area at no cost.  The committee has before Council a deer fence estimate of $2,900.  President Belchic asked if open space funds could be used for that.  While that question is being researched, Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve a Borough expenditure of $2,900 for the purchase and installation of a deer fence to be placed around the community garden; seconded by Ms Margaret Remmey and approved.  It was stated that the contact information to become a member of the garden is on the website and that after an initial cost of $30 the fee will be $20 per year.  A scout seeking an Eagle Scout project will be constructing a shed with the help of 84 Lumber.  Ms. Antell, chairman of the committee, has been looking for tools at the Habitat Re-store.  There will be a bridge between the Covered Bridge Park and the garden.  Participants will use the park parking lot.

Committee Reports:  Ms. Marie Coia reported on the “The Butler Avenue Revitalization” project.  The professors and students will be meeting with the Community and Business Committee and will then make a presentation to Council.

The Historic Preservation Committee will be hosting an all day celebration of the Borough Hall which was built by the Literary Society in 1913.  This celebration will take place on September 21, 2013.  If anyone has any memorabilia about the building, the Borough and technology of the period please let the committee know.

Expenditures:  Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore motioned to pay the monthly expenditures; seconded by Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski and approved.

Old Business:
Bike and Hike: Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski reported on the Doylestown Bike and Hike Committee.  They will be meeting on Friday to continue discussion on destination Peace Valley and where the path will come through the Covered Bridge Park.

New Business:  The Stormwater Management fees on the Fee Schedule need to be amended to match those found in the Stormwater Management Ordinance.  Ms. Margaret Remmey motioned to amend the Fee Schedule so that the stormwater management fees were consistent with those in the Stormwater Management Ordinance; seconded by Mr. Joseph Cangelosi and approved.

Mr. Craig Sturza motioned to advertise the ordinance changing the speed limit on South Tamenend Avenue from 40 MPH to 35 MPH; seconded by Ms. Margaret Remmey and approved for advertisement.  Ms. Robyn Kelleman, who lives on Mathews Avenue and had informed her concerns about the speed limit, thanked Council for taking those steps.

Mr. Joseph Cangelosi motioned to adjourn; seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza and the meeting ended at 8:50 PM.