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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Borough of Galeton September Council Meeting Minutes 9/9/20

September Council Meeting Minutes 9/9/20
Borough of Galeton·Tuesday, September 15, 2020·

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

Others present were Chief Creech; Solicitor-Mike Plummer; Borough Foreman-Joe Cimino; Eric Banks of Stiffler McGraw; Clyde Pierce; and Borough Secy/Treas-Andrea Caracciolo
President Petrencsik called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM followed by the Pledge to the Flag.

A motion was made by Doug Droppa, seconded by Rob Pflug to approve the 8/12/20 minutes as presented. All were in favor, motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report
A motion was made by Rob Pflug, seconded by Denny Dean approving the treasurer’s report for August/September 2020. All were in favor, motion carried.

Citizen’s Participation
Eric Banks of Stiffler McGraw attended the meeting to present the proposal for the lake dredging. He explained the scope of services for the engineering costs. The total engineering costs for just the lake dredging portion of the project is $116,700.00. Larson Design doesn’t specialize in dam repairs so they contacted Schnabel Eng. To see what they thought from looking at the assessment done by the lake study. Schnabel would like to do their own assessment as they were concerned about one area. This would be at a cost of $13,500. Council would like Dave to call the grant coordinator, Beth, to see if this could be included in the grant.
Clyde attended the meeting to inquire as to whether the Council would agree to him researching what it would take to put a splash pad in the park. This was included in the park renovations that YSM did included in the lake study. Council liked the idea and told Clyde to continue his research and search for grant money as well.

Police Report
Chief Creech presented his monthly report:
Ordinance Violations – 12 Trespass - 3
Traffic complaints – 4 Civil Service - 5
Traffic warnings – 11 Unauthorized use of vehicle - 1
Traffic citations – 3 Animal complaints – 3
General complaints – 9

Rob Pflug told Council that he once again spoke to Brad West and he is still interested in helping us get rid of blight properties. This will be looked into further.
It was noted that election signs have been stolen and that this is theft and the Chief will be looking into this matter to try to find out who stole them.

Borough Secretary
The secretary presented the two 2021 Minimum Municipal Obligations for the pension plans. The Police MMO is $36,450 and the Municipal Employees Pension MMO is $30,469.
It was noted that a portion of these will be state aid funded.
A motion was made by Doug Droppa, seconded by Rob Pflug accepting the 2021 MMO’s. All were in favor, motion carried.

Borough Foreman
Joe said that we are still in Stage 2, but should be seriously thinking about Stage 3. He also told Council that we need an alternate water source. The Authority has been discussing this for quite some time.
He told Council that Fay’s Asphalt finished Adams St. Ext. and has finished the patching of all the areas that were included in the proposal. The patching came to $11,000 which $8,000 came out of the Liquid Fuel Fund and $3,000 out of the Special Rd Fund. Adams St. Extension was paid for out of the Special Rd Fund.

After a discussion, a motion was made by Ron Tarabori, seconded by Denny Dean to adopt Resolution 4-2020 authorizing the Potter County Department of Emergency Services as sole addressing authority regarding NG 911. All were in favor, motion carried.

New Business
It was noted that the all of the landscaping that has been getting done the last couple weeks by Apache Tree Service is being paid for by the Gale Foundation. The Council would like to thank the Gale Foundation, this is very much appreciated.
Doug would like each Council member to present a list of projects they would like to see completed in 2021 at the next meeting to be incorporated, if financially feasible, into the 2021 budget. Rob Pflug would like to see monies start being put aside for a Part time Borough 
Manager in the future.
It was noted that the Fall Fest is proceeding, but that the Pumpkin Pie race has been cancelled.

Old Business
The secretary gave an update on what happened at the Authority meeting. She told Council that the Authority received the PA Small Facilities Water and Sewer grant in the amount of $153,000 for the DEP consent order upgrades at the Wetmore.
She also told Council that the Authority did not received the 2019 Competitive grant for the sewer plant, but are re-submitting for 2020. In the meantime, with the 2018 and 2019 Entitlement grants that they have already received Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the sewer plant upgrade are going to be put out for bid in March of 2021 after all permits are obtained by the engineers.

A motion was made by Ron Tarabori, seconded by Denny Dean to pay the bills for September 2020 as presented. All were in favor, motion carried.

A motion was made by Denny Dean, seconded by Rob Pflug to adjourn. All were in favor, motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:58 PM.

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