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Monday, October 17, 2016

GALETON BOROUGH COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 12, 2016

The regular meeting of the Galeton Borough Council was held this date in the Borough Office with the following members present: Michael Messino, Doug Droppa, Denny Dean, Rob Pflug and Joe Petrencsik. Not present was Ron Tarabori.

Others present were: Mayor Salvadge, Chief Brackman, Solicitor-Mike Plummer, Nick Hartranft-Potter Leader Reporter and Borough Secy-Andrea Caracciolo

President Messino called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM followed by the Pledge to the flag.

Minutes

After reviewing, a motion was made by Doug Droppa, seconded by Denny Dean approving the 9/14/16 minutes as presented. All were in favor, motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report

After reviewing, a motion was made by Joe Petrencsik, seconded by Rob Pflug approving the treasurer’s report for Sept/Oct 2016 as presented. All were in favor, motion carried.

Borough Secretary

The secretary presented a quote from May’s Welding in the amount of $2,260.00 which is to build a new dump box for our 2006 Ford Dump truck. A motion was made by Joe Petrencsik, seconded by Doug Droppa accepting the quote from May’s Welding to build a new dump box. All were in favor, motion carried.

The secretary presented a quote from Stephenson Equip in the amount of $2,290.00 for maintenance on the backhoe. There was some discussion and it was tabled until next meeting so that Tom could get a quote or two from other places for the maintenance.

Borough Solicitor

Rob made mention of the Ox Yoke closing its doors and wondered if there was anything that the Borough needed to do? Mike Plummer said that this is a prime example of a bank taking over and we need to adopt the new Property Maintenance ordinance which forces banks, mortgage companies etc…when having ownership of a property must come in to the office and pay a fee to get a permit which tells them certain things that they need to do with the property such as lawn maintenance, paying the water and sewer bill, etc……there will be more discussion on this later in the meeting.

Ordinances

A motion was made by Doug Droppa, seconded by Joe Petrencsik adopting ordinance No. 365 of 2016 – Amendments of Chapter 15 part 201 of the Code of Ordinances- Motor Vehicle and Traffic Ordinance.
All were in favor, motion carried.

Police Report

The Chief presented his monthly report:

Traffic Warnings – 22
Traffic Citations – 18
Open cases – 4

The Chief told Council that he has had numerous complaints on dirt bikes in the Germania Street, Poplar Avenue and Head Avenue area. He is filing citations.

It was noted that after the last meeting Dave Black out of Shinglehouse was contacted and arrangements have been made that when the Police Dept. needs a vehicle towed and impounded, Mr. Black would come and pick up vehicle and impound it for us.

The Code Enforcement report was reviewed and discussed. Four letters were sent in October on Code violations.

Resolutions

A motion was made by Joe Petrencsik, seconded by Rob Pflug adopting Resolution 6-2016 amending fees for water shut off notices, etc. in Ordinance 355 in sub paragraph A through E. The fees will be as follows:

Initial Notice sent - $25.00
Second Notice sent - $50.00
Default Notice sent - $75.00
Notice of filing a lien - $100.00
Notice of Writ of execution or Sheriff Sale - $500.00

All were in favor, motion carried.

**At this time 8:10 PM an executive session was called to discuss legal matters.
**The meeting reconvened at 8:25 PM

Old Business

After discussing the Property Maintenance Ordinance further a motion was made by Rob Pflug, seconded by Mike Messino to publish the Notice of Intent to adopt Ordinance No. 366 of 2016. All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Doug Droppa, seconded by Rob Pflug to send Joe Cimino and Vince Bowen to a 2-day Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance Training in Towanda which is necessary for them to have in order for us to apply for the grant from the Conservation District for paving and storm/sewer separation on First Street. All were in favor, motion carried.

New Business

Rob reported on the previous week’s Authority meeting.

A motion was made by Doug Droppa, seconded by Joe Petrencsik proclaiming Trick or Treat to be held on Monday, Oct. 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. All were in favor, motion carried.

Bills

A motion was made by Rob Pflug, seconded by Doug Droppa to pay the bills for the month of October 2016. All were in favor, motion carried.

Adjournment

A motion was made by Denny Dean, seconded by Rob Pflug to adjourn. All were in favor, motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:55 PM.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

What is the story with the Ox Yoke? Last I knew the restaurant was closed by the bar was open. Is everything closed now including the motel? Howard Hanna had it listed for about $750,000. Is it still for sale?