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September 11, 2012 Minutes

New Britain Borough
September 11, 2012

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.  Also present were Mr. Mark Hintenlang, Mr. J. Thomas Yatsky, Mr. Lloyd Vansant, Ms. Robin Trymbiski, Mayor David Holewinski and Solicitor Michael Goodwin.  Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve the minutes of the August 14, 2012 meeting as written; seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza and approved.

Correspondence: for the month was reviewed.

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

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

Fire, Building, Zoning, Road and Phone/Visitor Reports: for the month were reviewed.

Manager’s Report:
Administration: Mr. Vansant and Ms. Trymbiski will begin working on the budget.

A video Sharing System Maintenance Agreement is before Council in order for PennDot to install software on New Britain Borough computers accessing cameras that have been installed on the traffic lights in the Borough.  After a brief discussion it was agreed that the Video Sharing System Maintenance Agreement be tabled.

The PSAB Fall Leadership Conference will take place at the Nittany Lion Inn from October 12-14, 2012.  Mr. Yatsky will be attending.

The Bucks County Borough’s Association will hold a meeting September 25, 2012 at the Logan Inn in New Hope.  The topic of discussion will be the New Borough Code.  Mayor David Holewinski, Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski, Ms. Magaret Remmey, Ms. Robin Trymbiski, Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore and Mr. Peter LaMontagne will attend.

Finance:  The MMO for the non-uniform pension for 2013 will be $9,157 and the MMO for the police pension for 2013 will be $24,415.  A special meeting to discuss the non-uniform pension will be October 2, 2012 in the Borough office at 7:00 PM.

Police:Ms. Trymbiski and Mayor Holewinski met with the PBA to discuss extending the 2012 contract for another year.  This was to be discussed in the Executive Session following the Council Meeting.  The Mayor and Ms. Trymbiski will also be attending a meeting on September 21, 2012 on the police regionalization.  They hope to have a firm commitment by the municipalities interested in participating in the merger at that time.

Planning Commission: The Planning Commission will continue reviewing the Draft Open Space Plan at their September meeting.  Concerns raised about the timing of the traffic light at Sand Road and Route 202 by resident Karl Dieterichs were thought to have been corrected.  It seems the timing still needs to be tweaked.  The Insync contact will be contacted for further investigation.

Bike and Hike:  A meeting was held last month along S. Tamenend Avenue at the New Britain Baptist Church and resident Connie Erickson’s property.  They are both in favor of a trail along their property.  Ms. Trymbiski has contacted Mr. Chris Stanford who has given her a cost of $4, 966 to prepare a final easement plan to begin the process.  Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to approve the South Tamenend Avenue Trail Easements Proposal from Chris Stanford of Michael Baker Jr., Inc. for $4,966.00; seconded by Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore and approved.

A meeting was held with Mangar and John Jester last week regarding the donation of an easement on Britain and Spring Lake Drives to implement the approved spur of the New Britain Borough bike and hike path.  They were both receptive but have many concerns.  They agreed to get the list of concerns to the Borough so that they may be addressed.  The office will be following up.

Appointment Advisory Committee: Chairperson Ms. Marie Coia reported on the first meeting of the Appointment Advisory Committee.  They are focusing on attracting residents to get involved in their local government.  At this time there are no vacancies, but the committee hopes to compile a list of interested persons.  One way they hope to reach out to residents is by setting up a table at the voting pole in November.  Ms Coia asked for volunteers, at the present time herself and Mr. Robert Binkley are the only ones who have agreed to man the table.

Community and Business Committee:  Ms Coia reported that the committee has had a 39% return rate on the business survey they distributed to the Borough’s businesses.  The committee will be compiling that information.

Nature Preserve: Mr. Halsey White, member of the Nature Preserve Committee, presented a time line for the $8,000 match grant awarded the committee by PECO.  They will be spending approximately $7,500 on signage and then they will be purchasing directional signs and benches.  Council will need to review and approve all purchase orders.

Ms. Tess LaMontagne reported on the meadow.  The meadow is now being weeded and maintained by volunteers.  After satisfying their invoice with Larry Weaner, the Committee has $950 of the originally approved $1,800 left.  They proposed using the remainder for the removal of the weed piles and the poison ivy, which would cost $590, leaving $360 for new shrubs for perimeter plantings.  Mr. Robert Binkley added that there is a new area of poison ivy which will be needing attention.  Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to use the $950 to remove the weed piles from the meadow, to remove the poison ivy from the meadow and to buy native flowering, berry producing, low maintenance shrubs to be planted along the left side of the meadow at the boundary along the backyards of the houses on Matthews Avenue; seconded by Ms. Margaret Remmey and approved.

Expenditures: Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to pay the monthly expenditures, seconded by Mr. Craig Sturza and approved.

Mayor’s Report:  Mayor Holewinski filled Council in on his continued struggle to have a meeting with SEPTA about the discontinuation of weekend service to the New Britain Train Station.  He is waiting for a rescheduled meeting.  The Mayor will be contacting state representatives and senators for help in establishing a “flag stop” on weekends.  Ms. Marie Coia stated that to her knowledge the representatives do not have a great deal of “pull” with SEPTA and that the County Commissioners are the ones that should be approached.  The Borough has already sent Resolution 2012-5 to the commissioners’ office.  Mayor Holewinski encouraged residents to write to the county commissioners.

Mayor Holewinski commented on the success of the “Party on the Parkway” and added that the New Britain Civic Association was successful in selling ducks for their Duck Derby fund raiser.

Old Business:

  1. No report on the Doylestown Bike and Hike.
  2. Ms. Holewinski commented on the success of the “Party on the Parkwayand informed Council that an opening date of the Parkway has not been set.
  3. Ms. Trymbiski updated Council that the signage for the Keeley Avenue speed humps will be completed on September12, 2012 and the humps will be completed on September 14th.
  4. Ms. Trymbiski also informed Council that Solicitor Michael Goodwin has prepared an update in the Open Space Plan for the proposed “Apple Orchard” lot purchase. This update will need to be approved by New Britain Borough Planning and Bucks County Planning Commissions.
  5. No update on the Tamenend Ave. PCE site
  6. Mr. Joseph Cangelosi motioned to approve Ordinance 346 amending the provisions of Ordinance 232 pertaining to controlling animal urination and defecation on public and private property; seconded by Mr. Jeffrey Gilmore and approved.

New Business: see managers report, tabling of Video Sharing Agreement.

Resident’s Remarks:  Mr. Karl Dieterichs, New Britain Borough business owner, commented on the new fire inspection which has been initiated in the Borough with a $60 fee attached.  He is concerned that 1. He will be paying for a second inspection (his insurance company already does an inspection every two or three years) and that he is not in the habit of paying for a service before it has been completed. 2. If the true focus of the inspection is the handling of hazardous waste, the Borough should define it that way.  President Robert Belchic responded that he understands Mr. Dieterichs concerns and frustrations.  He continued that the Borough can be flexible in the billing of the inspection and that the Borough will look at this in a pragmatic way to achieve its goals.  The Borough does not want to repeat what has happened in the past (water contamination) which was devastating to many residents.

Ms. Mary Pat Holewinski motioned to adjourn; seconded by Ms. Margaret Remmey and the meeting ended at 8:20 PM.