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Thursday, May 9, 2013


May 8, 2013

The regular meeting of the Galeton Borough Council was held this date in the Borough Office. Members present were Ben Hoppe, William Pinney, Kelly Macensky, Doug Droppa, Ron Dean, Jr., and Ron Tarabori.

Others present were Mayor Skutski; Chief Brackman; Residents-Michael Plummer and Teresa Olofson; and Borough Secretary-Andrea Caracciolo.

President Hoppe called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. followed by the Pledge to the Flag.

After reviewing, a motion was made by Kelly Macensky, seconded by Bill Pinney accepting the 4/10/13 minutes as presented. All were in favor, motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report
After reviewing, a motion was made by Ron Dean, Jr., seconded by Ron Tarabori accepting the treasurer’s report for April/May 2013 as presented. All were in favor, motion carried.

Committee Reports
Ben reported on a Park committee meeting he attended. He said that it was decided that the Field Gun located out front of the community building is to be relocated to the lookout on Main Street after it is sandblasted and repainted.

The bids for the bandhouse renovation and the electrical upgrade for the park were awarded. The bandhouse renovation bid came in at $19,450.00 and the electrical upgrade came in at $8,150.00.

It was noted that the sales agreement for the community building has been signed and as soon as the Quit Claim Deed is prepared a closing date will be scheduled.

Ben reported to Council that the Galeton Borough Authority was awarded a PennVest loan for the sewer plant, which would be approximately $1,400,000.00. Ben noted that there is no way that the Authority could accept this loan, the Borough/Authority is not financially able to take on another loan payment at this time. The intent is to hopefully be able to repair one thing at a time at the plant in order of priority without borrowing any money.

Chief Brackman
Chief Brackman gave his monthly report.

He told Council that he received a phone call from John Hetrick after the last meeting regarding the Ash Street/Hammond Ave. subject that was discussed at last month’s meeting. Mr. Hetrick wanted the Council to know that this change would be more for future use.
Council is going to consider amending the ordinance, but at the same time see if there are any other necessary changes that could be handled at the same time.

Borough Secretary
The secretary presented a second letter from The Pennsylvania Route 6 Alliance requesting that the Borough adopt a resolution that will be supporting the proposal to designate a portion of Route 6 as a Pennsylvania byway. Council would like Terri Dennison to attend the next meeting and explain why the Borough should adopt such a resolution.

A motion was made by Kelly Macensky, seconded by Doug Droppa adopting Resolution 5-2013 adopting the Borough’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. All were in favor, motion carried.

Adopting this resolution was necessary so that Potter County could have the County Hazard Mitigation Plan approved by FEMA.

Old Business
Ben presented letters that were received from FEMA stating that the time limit to have our levees accredited had expired in August 2012. The Borough chose not to have the levees accredited as it would cost several thousands of dollars to have the study completed, let alone the cost of any work that would need to be done. The Borough does not have funds to take on such a project. Letters had been sent to Senators asking for financial assistance, but no response was received.

President Hoppe read a letter from our part time employee Joey Cimino. Joey stated that he has worked for the Borough for nine years at minimum wage and feels that he deserves a much needed increase. The Council agreed that Joey is a very good employee and deserves a raise. A motion was made by Ron Tarabori, seconded by Ron Dean, Jr. increasing Joey Cimino’s hourly wage by $2.00/hr. effective 5/4/2013. All were in favor, motion carried.

The Drake’s bankruptcy case was once again discussed. Council is questioning why we haven’t received any money yet seeing that the Judge ordered payment to be made in February 2013. Ben told Council that the Authority has written to our solicitor asking this very question and that they are expecting payment immediately.

The owner of a commercial business is town has a very high delinquent water and sewer balance. He has received the letter from our solicitor and is requesting a meeting with the Council and the Authority to discuss payment. Council said that all delinquents have been turned over to our solicitor for collection and that there will not be any discussions. Payment plans are no longer acceptable. The balance due must be paid in full. Everyone will be treated equally from now on. It was noted that anyone that has previously been on a payment plan and has faithfully made their payments will be grandfathered and permitted to keep the plan, however, if one payment is missed the entire bill will be due immediately and no more payment plans allowed.

A motion was made by Ron Tarabori, seconded by Ron Dean, Jr. to pay the bills for the month of May 2013. All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Bill Pinney, seconded by Ron Dean, Jr. to adjourn. All were in favor, motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:16 P.M.

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