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                         KULPMONT BOROUGH COUNCIL
                             REGULAR MEETING
                              OCTOBER 8, 2002
                                  7:00 P.M.

                      Opening prayer by Councilwoman Little.
              The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag by the body present.
         Kulpmont Borough Council held its Regular Monthly Meeting Tuesday,
                 October 8, 2002 at 7:00 P.M. in Council Chambers.

Roll Call was taken and the following members of Council were present: Mayor Slaby,
Clarence H. Deitrick, Shirley Little, Ann S. Martino, Henry Olaf, Bruno R. Varano, and
Joseph A. Winhofer.

ABSENT: Myron F. Turlis

APPOINTED POSITIONS: Solicitor Cole, Secretary Chesney, Adm. Secretary
Honicker, Code Enforcement Officer Moskowitz, Chief of Police Grego, Health Board –
Charlie Venna, and Leo Snarski.

ABSENT: Treasurer Niglio, Supervisor Scicchitano, Health Board – Don Endrizzi,
Angleo Venna, and Fire Chief Siko.

OTHER’S PRESENT: James Hutnick, and Nancy Kaminski.

OPPRTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO BE HEARD

James Hutnick, Pine Street, Mr. Hutnick spoke on getting a variance for his pool located
on his property at 1071 Pine Street, the pool was up prior to this meeting, now he needs
to move the pool over, since in fact it goes over on the neighbors property. Mr. Hutnick
stated that he spoke with the Code Enforcement Officer and he sees no problems with
moving the pool.

MOTION – On a motion by Councilwoman Little and seconded by Councilman Olaf to
grant a variance to Mr. James Hutnick for his pool to be moved over 6’ located 1071 Pine
Street.
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

PRESIDENT’S REPORT (Joseph A. Winhofer)

President Winhofer stated that he has no report at this time.




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MAYOR’S REPORT (Robert M. Slaby)

Police Chief’s Report is Attachment #1 and #1A.

Mayor Slaby stated at last months meeting Council authorized Officer Dill to attend a
seminar to operate the toxicology machine, which is 1 of a 2-part class. Mayor Slaby
stated that the second part of this seminar will be held in Frackville. Mayor Slaby stated
that once Officer Dill is trained then he would be able to train our other officers.

MOTION – On a motion by Councilwoman Little and seconded by Councilwoman
Martino to allow Officer Dill to attend a DUI Training in Frackville. On a question by
Councilman Varano, is there a charge for this seminar? Mayor Slaby stated no.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES).
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

Mayor Slaby stated that Trick-or-Treat will be held October 26, 2002 from 6:00 to 9:00
pm and those wishing to give treats please turn on your porch light. Mayor Slaby added
that Mt. Carmel Township, and Marion Heights will also be on October 26, 2002.

Mayor Slaby stated that he has copies of a survey that the Chief of Police has conducted
concerning STOP signs within the Borough of Kulpmont. Mayor Slaby passed out copies
of the survey. Mayor Slaby stated that he would like Council to see what STOP signs
need to be replaced. Councilman Deitrick stated that he believes there are approximately
fifteen STOP signs in the borough garage. Council discussed the survey concerning the
STOP signs.

MOTION – On a motion by Councilman Varano and seconded by Councilman Deitrick
to approve the minutes from September 10, and September 24, 2002.
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

MOTION – On a motion by Councilman Olaf and seconded by Councilwoman Martino
to adopt Resolution #591 eliminating contributions by police officers to the police
pension plan for year 2002 and 2003. Copies of the Resolution were passed out to all
members of Council. On a question by Mayor Slaby, Mayor Slaby asked is this
something new? Secretary Chesney stated no, we have adopted for other years, but
sometimes we forget that is why this is for two years.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES).
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS




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Secretary Chesney stated that our Property & Liability Insurance, Auto Insurance and
Public Officials Liability Insurance expires October 13, 2002. Secretary Chesney stated
that packets were sent out to Myers & Lynch, Olvany Insurance and Gannon Associates.
Secretary Chesney stated that Myers & Lynch and Olvany did not submit quotes.

Secretary Chesney read the following price quotes:

        Americana             $14,937.00 (was)       $12,550.00
        Selective             $14,068.00
        National Casualty     $10,106.00
        Public Officials      $ 1,781.00

Secretary Chesney stated that the Finance Committee met with him and they recommend
National Casualty for both policies in the amount of $11,887.00, payment must be made
in full.

MOTION – On a motion by Councilman Varano and seconded by Councilwoman Little
to award the Property & Liability Insurance, Auto Insurance and Public Officials
Liability Insurance to Gannon Associates in the amount of $10,106.00 for Property &
Liability Insurance and Auto Insurance and Public Officials Liability Insurance in the
amount of $1,781.00 with a total cost of $11,887.00 payment must be made in full. On a
question by Councilwoman Martino, Councilwoman Martino asked if there is enough
money in the checking account? Councilman Varano stated that the Treasurer would have
to move the money into the checking account. Councilman Varano stated that the
deductible is less than the other policies. Secretary Chesney stated yes, the deductible is
$250.00 for collision and $100.00 comprehensive. Councilwoman Martino asked if
everything is the same? Secretary Chesney stated yes.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES).
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

SECRETARY’S REPORT (Frank Chesney)

Secretary Chesney read the following correspondences:

   1.      Request from Green Thumb for a donation of $600.00 to help with their
           program. Contributed $600.00 last year. Copy Council and Mayor.

Councilwoman Little asked if the Borough could keep all four workers? Secretary
Chesney stated that he couldn’t answer that. Councilman Olaf stated that he understands
that Green Thumb want to move two people to another town. Councilman Varano stated
that leaves us two people. Secretary Chesney stated that he believes that two people get
moved then two people get replaced.




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MOTION – On a motion by Councilman Deitrick and seconded by Councilwoman Little
to donate $600.00 to Green Thumb now called Experience Works. On a question by
Councilwoman Martino, Councilwoman Martino asked if we give this $600.00 donation
does that guarantee those four workers will be working here? Secretary Chesney stated
no.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES).
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

   2.     Letter from Ron Balchunas concerning parking ticket and legality of patron
          parking signs. Copy Council, Mayor and Solicitor.
   3.     Brinjac Engineer certified letter concerning Kulpmont Marion Heights Joint
          Municipal Authority Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade and NPDES Part
          1 permit application. Comments or objections must be filed with DEP by
          October 15, 2002.
   4.     Instructions and comments on what to do in case of a terrorist attack from
          Attorney General Ashcroft and Director Ridge. Copy Council, Mayor, Police
          Chief and Fire Chief.
   5.     PSAB copy of the 2003 Budget Bulletin and Municipal yearbook. Copy in
          Secretary’s Office.
   6.     News briefs from Governors Office. Copy Council and Mayor.
   7.     Kulpmont Marion Heights Joint Municipal Authority minutes from August
          21, and September 09, 2002. On file in Secretary’s Office.
   8.     Received a signed lease from Northumberland Count & Area Agency for
          Aging for a 5-year period. On file in Secretary’s Office.
   9.     Request for donation to Kulpmont Ambulance and American Hose Co., joint
          solicitation for ambulance services. Gave $100.00 last year.

MOTION – On a motion by Councilwoman Little and seconded by Councilman Olaf to
donate $100.00 to the Kulpmont Ambulance & American Hose Co. On a question by
Councilwoman Little, Councilwoman Little asked the Chief of Police questions
concerning the ambulance when you are a member of the ambulance and also explained a
situation that happened to her this year with the different ambulances. Mayor Slaby
explained in detail what the procedures are when calling 911 and what happens when
ambulances are not available.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES).
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

   10.    DEP Water Shed meeting on October 21, 2002 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the
          Columbia County AG Center. Copy Council and Mayor.




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   11.     Kulpmont Football Baseball Association bonfire on October 12, 2002. Copy
           Council and Mayor.
   12.     Letter Surplus Food 1st quarter allocation $2,420.31 and Capital equipment
           needs. Copy Council and Mayor.
   13.     PPL underground service for 629 Chestnut Street. Copy Turlis and
           Scicchitano. Approved copied sent to PPL.
   14.     Donation Shamokin Area Community Hospital for their west wing project.
           Copy Council and Mayor.
   15.     PA Department of General Services concerning possible audit by their
           Department for equipment purchased through Federal Surplus Property. Copy
           Council and Mayor.
   16.     SCRA meeting notice. Sent for a copy of the new Cameron Bridge. Copy
           Council and Mayor.
   17.     Request for variance for swimming pool at 1071 Pine Street. Copy Council,
           Mayor and Code Officer.
   18.     Kulpmont Veterans Memorial Sports Complex Lease Mt. Carmel Area. Copy
           Council, Mayor, and Solicitor.
   19.     Fire Chief’s report and comments. Engine #221 has an oil leak. Copy Council,
           Mayor, Solicitor, and Treasurer.
   20.     Received map of new Cameron Bridge Project. On file Secretary’s Office.

Councilwoman Little asked Secretary Chesney if he received a letter from the Housing
Authority concerning the Open House at the Roosevelt Court, where the old Elementary
School was located? Secretary Chesney stated no. Councilwoman Little stated that she
was informed that Open House is on October 14, 2002 at 1:00 pm. Administrative
Secretary Honicker stated that Mr. Christiano called her and told her that the Open House
would be on October 14, 2002 at 1:00 pm with the ribbon cutting to be at 1:00 pm and a
letter would be forwarded, she never received a letter.

TREASURER’S REPORT (Paul A. Niglio, Jr.)

MOTION – On a motion by Councilman Deitrick and seconded by Councilman Varano
to approve the financial statement and pay the additional bills. On a question by Mayor
Slaby, Mayor Slaby stated on the financial statement the receipt from the U.S. Treasury –
COPS Grant is that final payment? Administrative Secretary Honicker stated yes. Mayor
Slaby asked the receipt from LCB is that the Borough’s cut for Liquor Licenses?
Administrative Secretary Honicker stated yes, the Borough receives two checks a year.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES),
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

Councilwoman Little stated that the Lease from Mt. Carmel Area School District there
are some things in there that has to be corrected. Solicitor Cole stated that he would draw
up an agreement and send it back to the Mt. Carmel Area School District.



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SOLICITOR’S REPORT (William C. Cole)

Solicitor Cole stated that he has several matters to be discussed with Council but will
have to be discussed in an executive session. President Winhofer stated that Council
would have an executive session after the meeting.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT (Jerry Moskowitz)

Attachment #3
Building Permits Attachment #4

HEALTH BOARD REPORT (D. Endrizzi, A. Venna, L. Snarski, C. Venna)

Attachment #6

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY (Myron F. Turlis)

No Report

SERVICE/FACILITIES COMMITTEE (Myron F. Turlis)

No Report

Mayor Slaby stated that on the financial statement it shows the money from donations for
the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex sign is now in the General Fund, what is the
status of the sign being replaced? Administrative Secretary Honicker stated that she is
waiting for an answer from the Mt. Carmel Township Police Department from the
insurance company of the person that hit the sign. Mayor Slaby asked when is the sign
going to be put back up? Solicitor Cole suggested contact our insurance carrier and
discuss the situation with them.

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE (Shirley Little)

Councilwoman Little stated that she has no report.

PURCHASING COMMITTEE (Myron F. Turlis)

In the absence of Councilman Turlis, President Winhofer brought up the things to be
purchased. Mayor Slaby explained the purchases from the police department.




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MOTION – On a motion by Councilman Deitrick and seconded by Councilwoman Little
to purchased the ammunition for firearm qualifications in the amount of $169.20.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES),
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

Mayor Slaby stated that the last time the Ford Explorer was down at Syl Worhacz Ford
for an oil change the mechanic suggested getting four tires for the Ford Explorer. Council
discussed where to purchase the tires and to make sure the quality is the same that is
already on the Ford Explorer.

MOTION – On a motion by Councilwoman Little and seconded by Councilman Deitrick
to purchase four tires for the Ford Explorer with the same quality. On a question by
President Winhofer, President Winhofer asked Chief Grego if the tires are bad why were
the tires rotated? Chief Grego stated that he has the tires rotated every five thousand
miles.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES),
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

MOTION – On a motion by Councilman Varano and seconded by Councilman Olaf to
purchased 40 gallon of hot tar from Eastern Industries.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES),
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

FINANCE COMMITTEE (Bruno R. Varano)

Councilman Varano stated he has no report at this time.

GRANT’S COMMITTEE (Bruno R. Varano)

   1.      Retrofit Borough Restrooms – This project is complete and all bills have been
           paid. Kandrot Contracting repaired door, and toilet.
   2.      Housing Grant – 27 homes complete – 3 are working, 2 have to be started.
   3.      Recycling Grant – Progressing.
   4.      Passive Park – Met with Northumberland County Housing Authority and
           arranged for the Vo-Tech students to proceed with this project in early June
           2003. Borough workers will also do excavating of sidewalks and landscaping.




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   5.      500 block of Spruce Street is complete. Need motion to pay balance of
           project:
                      Northumberland County Grant         $2,361.50
                      General Fund                         2,181.50
                      Liquid Fuels                         2,869.55

        Received approval from Penn Dot to pay this balance from Liquid Fuels Fund.

MOTION – On a motion by Councilwoman Martino and seconded by Councilwoman
Little to pay Northumberland County $2,361.50, take from General Fund $2,181.50 and
take from Highway Fund $2,869.55 to make final payment to Eastern Industries for the
500 block of Spruce Street. On a question by Mayor Slaby, Mayor Slaby asked Council if
someone could look at the street when he drives down the street there seems to be a
ripple effect or is it just him. Secretary Chesney stated that he drove down the street and
he feels the street is fine and County inspectors inspected the street. Council discussed
the street.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES),
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

Secretary Chesney stated that he would contact Don Free and have him inspect the street.
President Winhofer agreed with Secretary Chesney.

Councilman Deitrick stated within the next two weeks the Street Sign Grant will be
finalized.

POLICE PENSION FUND (Ann Martino)

Councilwoman Martino has no report at this time.

RECREATION BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE (Clarence Deitrick)

Councilman Deitrick stated that he has no report at this time.

Councilman Varano stated that the Kulpmont Marion Heights Joint Municipal Authority
met last night with their engineer concerning the manholes and the manhole located on
the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex the manhole will be moved and if the Mt. Carmel
Area School District wants to do work on the field they will have to wait until the Sewer
Authority finishes their project and that will be sometime in 2004. President Winhofer
stated that the bids go out in 2003.




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RECYCLING COMMITTEE (Bruno R. Varano)

Councilman Varano read the following report on recycling:

Recycling for the month of September was 1420 pound of glass, 800 pounds of tin, 728
of pounds of aluminum. Recycling is Tuesday November 5, 2002.

Plastic Recycling for the month of September was 1260 pounds of plastic. Plastic is
Monday October 28, 2002.

Paper Drive is October 21, through October 25, 2002, Monday through Friday 8:00 am
till 3:00 pm. Wednesday is 8:00 am till 5:00 pm.

Councilwoman Martino stated that she is running into a problem down by her property
residents are sticking their recyclables in front of her property and when the Borough
workers pick up the recycling they put the plastic bags on her property. Councilman
Varano stated that the Borough would be buying recycling buckets. Councilman Olaf
suggested to have the Borough workers tie a garbage bag to the recycling trailer and after
dumping the recycling in the truck put the plastic bag in the garbage bag and put the bag
in the dumpster. Councilman Varano stated to inform Supervisor Scicchitano that next
time the Borough workers pick up recycling to tie a garbage bag on the recycling trailer
and throw the garbage bag in the dumpster, won’t cost us much at all.

Administrative Secretary received permission from President Winhofer to leave the
meeting.

SENIOR CITIZENS COMMITTEE (Henry Olaf)

Councilman Olaf stated he has no report at this time.

CODE/HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE (Bruno R. Varano)

Councilman Varano stated he has no report at this time.

SURPLUS FOOD COMMITTEE (Clarence Deitrick)

Councilman Deitrick stated that there would be a food distribution sometime in October;
he has heard nothing about the food order as of today.

ORDINANCE COMMITTEE (Ann S. Martino)

Councilwoman Martino stated that she read the Skateboard Ordinance and Councilman
Olaf along with Councilwoman Little read the Skateboard Ordinance and we recommend
the Skateboard Ordinance be advertised.




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MOTION – On a motion by Councilman Olaf and seconded by Councilwoman Little to
advertise 2002-5 the Skateboard Ordinance. On a question by Councilman Varano,
Councilman Varano asked if all of Council would receive a copy of this Ordinance?
Secretary Chesney stated that copies were distributed. Councilman Varano and
Councilman Deitrick stated that they did not receive a copy of the Ordinance. Secretary
Chesney stated that he would put a copy in their mailbox tomorrow.
ROLL CALL VOTE:

LITTLE (YES), OLAF (YES), MARTINO (YES), VARANO (YES), DEITRICK
(YES), WINHOFER (YES),
MOTION PASSED 6– YEAS – 0 NAYS

FIRE CHIEF’S REPORT (Raymond Siko II)

Attachment #5

OLD BUSINESS

No Old Business at this time.

NEW BUSINESS

No New business at this time.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

No announcements.

OPPRTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO BE HEARD

No one spoke at this time.

President Winhofer stated that Council would go into executive session, requested by
Solicitor Cole and Councilwoman Little.

Solicitor Cole stated that Council met in executive session for forty minutes to discuss
personnel, pending litigation, and contractual negotiations

MOTION – Motion by Councilwoman Little to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.

     BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED
                   AT THE CALL OF THE CHAIR

                ______________________________________________
                              FRANK CHESNEY
                           BOROUGH SECRETARY



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