BOROUGH OF COLLEGEVILLE

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

July 3, 2013 Meeting

                                       

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM

ROLL CALL:  Stagliano, Mann, Keenan, Braun, MacDonald; Rees arrived at 7:10 PM

Also present were Borough Manager Geoff Thompson, Police Chief Bart Bucher, David Leh, Borough Engineer, Mark Hosterman, Borough Solicitor, Mayor Stagliano and Junior Council Person Margaret Cavanaugh.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

MOTION by Mr. MacDonald to approve the June 5, 2013 meeting minutes; seconded by Ms. Tulio.  Motion carries 6-0.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Ordinance No. 558, Ursinus College Rezoning Request:  Mr. Hosterman, Borough Solicitor, conducted the hearing.  Mr. Hosterman explained that the request is a zoning map amendment to change a portion of the map from R1 Residential to INST Institutional.

Mr. Lepore, Stine Drive asked if the rezoning would have an impact on the tax base. 

MOTION by Mr. Mann to adopt Ordinance No. 558, Ursinus College Rezoning Request; seconded by Ms. Tulio.  Motion carries 7-0.

Ordinance No. 559, R3 District Zoning Ordinance Amendment:  Mr. Hosterman, Borough Solicitor, conducted the hearing and explained the ordinance.

MOTION by Mr. Mann to adopt Ordinance No. 559, R3 District Zoning Ordinance Amendment; seconded by Mr. Braun.  Motion carries 7-0.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Streets, Roads, Lighting Committee: Mr. Mann reported that the street sweeping has been completed.  The water line replacement on Chestnut Street is almost completed.

FINANCE COMMITTEE:

MOTION by Mr. Mann to approve check numbers 9886 through and including 9947, along with transfers, as listed; seconded by Mr. Rees.  Motion carries 7-0.

Mr. Mann reported that the beginning balance in the General Fund Checking was $106,826.48, deposits/credits $262,153.00, disbursements $297,206.66, including transfers, leaving an ending balance of $71,772.82.  Total funds available in all accounts are $1,310,930.84. 

MOTION by Mr. Mann to approve the Treasurer’s Report; seconded by Mr. Rees.  Motion carries 7-0. 

CTMA/PUBLIC WORKS:  Mr. Keenan stated that a draft of the audit was presented, approved and adopted; everything looked good.  Water meters are still be installed.  There was a lengthy discussion on the proposed merger of CTMA and Public Works. 

Planning Commission:   Mr. Thompson reported that the 231 Park Avenue  3-lot subdivision was reviewed.  No decision was reached.  A revised plan will be re-submitted to the Planning Commission.

CPVRPC:  No Report.

Parks Committee: Mrs. Stagliano reported that Phunkadelphia will perform on July 9th.  Mango Men are scheduled for July 23rd

Public Safety Committee: No Report.      

Facilities Committee: No Report. 

Personnel Committee: No Report.

Business Liaison Committee: No Report.

CEDC Activities: Ms. Morrison reported that Movies in the Park went great.  All paperwork has been sent to Harrisburg regarding the last of the funding for the Main Street Program.

SEWER AUTHORITY:  Mrs. Stagliano reported that an Archeological Study and Environmental Studies were completed for the Interceptor Project and red-bellied turtles were discovered.  The people doing the study were not allowed access to some of the properties for the study.  Mrs. Stagliano also met with the Perkiomen Valley Patch to refute some of the information from the opposing parties that has been published in the Patch . 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Engineer: Mr. Leh reported that Claymont at Collegeville has the final paving down.  They have requested release of the final escrow funds.  Mr. Leh is recommending that the final escrow funds be released contingent upon receiving a Maintenance Bond that will be in place for 18 months.  The final escrow amount is $106,798.25.

MOTION by Mr. Mann to release the escrow amount of $106,798.25 contingent upon receiving a Maintenance Bond; seconded by Mr. MacDonald.  Motion carries 7-0. 

Mr. Leh has also received revised plans for the Monument at Glenwood and is in the process of reviewing them.  The plans will be before the Planning Commission on July 18th for possible final plan approval.

Solicitor: Solicitor Hosterman reported that he has received a stipulation to settle the assessment appeal for Columbia Cottage property.  The appeal was filed in 2009.  The school district appealed and the parties wish to settle.  The Borough will receive back taxes in the amount of $1,044.00.  Mr. Hosterman needs a motion to allow him to sign the settlement agreement.

MOTION by Mr. MacDonald to authorized Mr. Hosterman to sign the settlement agreement for the Columbia Cottage property; seconded by Mr. Mann.  Motion carries 7-0.

Mr. Hosterman has also worked on a draft of a transient vendor ordinance.   

Manager / Zoning Officer:  Mr. Thompson reported that the Borough will be holding a Red Cross Blood Drive on July 26, 2013 at the Collegeville Fire Company.  Also, the borough has received the reimbursement of $135,000.00 for the Borough’s Third Avenue parking lot.  The Borough also received a CDBG grant for approximately $50,000.00 for ADA ramps at Park Avenue & Third Avenue, Park Avenue and Chestnut Street; Park Avenue and Claymont Drive.   

Police:  Report on file.

Fire: Report on file.  Mr. Sassaman gave the report.

Ambulance Report:  Report on file.

Jr. Council Member Report:  No Report.

Mayor:  No Report.

MOTION by Mr. MacDonald to approve the Committee and Administrative Reports; seconded by Mr. Keenan.  Motion carries 7-0.

Public Discussion: None 

ACTION ITEMS:

Consideration of Scheduling a Public Hearing Regarding the Ursinus College Rezoning RequestPublic Hearing held at beginning of Borough Council meeting.

Consideration of an R3 District Zoning Ordinance Amendment – Public Hearing held at beginning of Borough Council meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS – None

COMMENTS FOR THE GOOD OF COUNCIL – None

There being no additional business to discuss the meeting adjourned at 8:05 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

 

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Geoffrey D. Thompson,

Manager/Secretary