Borough of Yoe

150 North Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17131 • (717) 244-5904

Met-Ed customers who have a smart meter installed can now access a new Analyze Usage tool from our website www.energysavepa.com. This tool allows customers to gain a better understanding of their energy use and make more informed energy decisions. For our PA customers, the tool also provides hourly interval usage data collected from the smart meter.  A detailed Fact Sheet is available by
clicking here.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, and most of these drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, held Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. The day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

As the opioid/heroin crisis in Pennsylvania and nationwide rages on, this day offers the opportunity for your residents to dispose of their unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications and keep these drugs out of improper hands.

Since the Drug Enforcement Administration first launched Take-Back Day in 2010, more than 9 million pounds of medicine have been collected from the public.

To learn more or to locate collection sites in your area, go to takebackday.dea.gov. Enter your zip code to find locations near you.

Akron, Ohio – With utility scams on the rise, real customers of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) utilities are speaking out about their encounters with fraudsters in a mini documentary released today. The video, “Hang Up, Don’t Pay Up: When a Scammer Calls,” features two business owners contacted by phone scammers impersonating FirstEnergy electric company employees, and provides tips for avoiding scams.

The con artists claimed the businesses had unpaid electric bills and threatened to shut off power if an immediate payment was not made. In both cases, the scammer’s phone number was falsified so the caller ID appeared to be a legitimate call, complete with an automated voice menu that mimicked that of their electric company. This common scam is called “caller ID spoofing.”

These customer stories are merely a snapshot of the ever-growing list of scams targeting utility customers across the country. Last year, FirstEnergy’s utilities received 959 reports of scams from customers—more than twice the number of reports received in 2016. The actual number of scam attempts is even higher since most are only reported to law enforcement or go unreported.

“Scammers can be very convincing and often target those who are most vulnerable, like senior citizens or business owners who rely on electric service to run their business and make a living,” said Gary W. Grant, vice president of customer service for FirstEnergy Utilities. “We want others to hear directly from victims of attempted utility scams, in hopes they’ll learn how to spot a scam in the future. Most important, if you ever receive a call demanding immediate payment to your electric utility, hang up, don’t pay up.”

With warmer weather on its way this spring, both residential and business customers should also be on alert for door-to-door visits from scammers who demand immediate payment to avoid service disconnection. Although the scammers work year-round, they are most active in the winter and summer months, when people cannot go without heat or air conditioning.

The “Hang Up, Don’t Pay Up” video is featured on FirstEnergy’s award-winning Scam and Fraud Information website. This site describes some of the most widespread schemes targeting utility customers, and offers facts and safety reminders that can help customers avoid becoming a victim of these crimes.

Customers are urged to keep the following tips in mind to help ensure the safety of their family, property and personal information:

• Customers with past-due accounts will receive a written notice of their account status, with instructions on how to avoid disconnection of service.

• While FirstEnergy representatives oftentimes make courtesy calls to customers to remind them about an outstanding balance, they would explain how a payment can be made using the established payment options. They will not demand payment over the phone or at a particular physical location.

• FirstEnergy field collectors – carrying company-issued photo identification – will offer customers with past-due accounts the opportunity to pay their bill in person before shutting them off. This does not apply to Pennsylvania customers.

• FirstEnergy does not accept prepaid debit cards or wire transfers as payment, and their representatives will not demand bank or credit card information over the phone.

• Customers who suspect a scam should hang up the phone/close the door, and call the local police then FirstEnergy. Never dial the phone number the scammers provide.

“We encourage customers to contact us directly using the phone number listed on our website and on their billing statement if they need to verify the status of their electric account or the confirm the identity of a FirstEnergy employee,” said Grant. “When in doubt, always give us a call.”

Beginning April 2, 2018 for a period of 60 days, Manchester Township will be replacing the Toronita Street bridge located between Round the Clock Diner and the York City Wastewater Treatment Plant.  During construction, access to the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC) via Route 30 to Blackbridge Road will be restricted.  Alternative routes to the RRC include, but are not limited to the following:

From I-83 South: Take Exit 24 (Emigsville).  You will proceed on the off ramp to a traffic signal light.  At the signal light, turn left onto Church Road.  Take Church Road to the traffic signal light at the intersection of Church Road and North George Street and make a right onto North George Street.  Proceed on North George Street until you come to the traffic signal light at North George Street and Aberdeen Road.  Make a left onto Aberdeen Road and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Aberdeen Road and Sinking Springs Lane.  Make a right onto Sinking Springs Lane and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Sinking Springs Lane and Locust Lane.

Proceed straight (Sinking Springs Ln. turns into E. Locust Ln. which turns into Grim Ln.) to the four-way stop at the intersection of Grim Lane and Woodland View Drive.  At the four-way stop, proceed straight on Blackbridge Road for approximately ½ mile to the first gate entrance to the RRC.  Make a right into the Resource Recovery Center and bear right toward the scales.

From I-83 North:  Take Exit 22 (North George Street).  Proceed on North George Street to Aberdeen Road and make a right onto Aberdeen Road.  Proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Aberdeen Road and Sinking Springs Lane.  Make a right onto Sinking Springs Lane and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Sinking Springs Lane and Locust Lane.   Proceed straight (Sinking Springs Ln. turns into E. Locust Ln. which turns into Grim Ln.) to the four-way stop at the intersection of Grim Lane and Woodland View Drive.

At the four-way stop, proceed straight on Blackbridge Road for approximately ½ mile to the first gate entrance to the RRC.  Make a right into the Resource Recovery Center and bear right toward the scales.

From Route 30: Follow the directions above from North George Street.

Beginning mid to late March 2018, Manchester Township will be replacing the Toronita Street bridge located between Round the Clock Diner and the York City Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The project is anticipated to be completed in June 2018.  During construction, access to the York County Resource Recovery Center(YCRRC) via Route 30 to Blackbridge Road will be restricted.  Manchester Township has not yet identified a specific start date in March, but once we are informed of one, we will pass it on to you.  Alternative routes to the RRC include, but are not limited to the following:

From I-83 South: Take Exit 24 (Emigsville).  You will proceed on the off ramp to a traffic signal light.  At the signal light, turn left onto Church Road.  Take Church Road to the traffic signal light at the intersection of Church Road and North George Street and make a right onto North George Street.

Proceed on North George Street until you come to the traffic signal light at North George Street and Aberdeen Road.  Make a left onto Aberdeen Road and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Aberdeen Road and Sinking Springs Lane.  Make a right onto Sinking Springs Lane and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Sinking Springs Lane and Locust Lane.

Proceed straight (Sinking Springs Ln. turns into E. Locust Ln. which turns into Grim Ln.) to the four-way stop at the intersection of Grim Lane and Woodland View Drive.  At the four-way stop, proceed straight on Blackbridge Road for approximately ½ mile to the first gate entrance to the RRC.  Make a right into the Resource Recovery Center and bear right toward the scales.

From I-83 North:  Take Exit 22 (North George Street).  Proceed on North George Street to Aberdeen Road and make a right onto Aberdeen Road.  Proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Aberdeen Road and Sinking Springs Lane.  Make a right onto Sinking Springs Lane and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Sinking Springs Lane and Locust Lane.   Proceed straight (Sinking Springs Ln. turns into E. Locust Ln. which turns into Grim Ln.) to the four-way stop at the intersection of Grim Lane and Woodland View Drive.

At the four-way stop, proceed straight on Blackbridge Road for approximately ½ mile to the first gate entrance to the RRC.  Make a right into the Resource Recovery Center and bear right toward the scales.

From Route 30: Follow the directions above from North George Street.

FirstEnergy’s meteorologists tell us that the frigid winter temperatures predicted over the next several days for Met-Ed’s service area will likely be accompanied by wind gusts of up to 45 mph. Fortunately, the leaves are off the trees lessening their resistance but downed trees and broken limbs usually accompany high winds and are a common cause of power outages.

Met-Ed has all available line crews scheduled to work a 24-hour rotation throughout this event. Additionally, we have contract crews on stand-by. Forestry and substation crews as well as support staff, such as fleet and warehouse, also will be working round the clock.

While Met-Ed crews strive to restore service as quickly as possible, the extreme temperatures create hazardous working conditions for Met-Ed crews and may prolong our restoration efforts. In locations where power is interrupted, we appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to restore power while keeping our employees and our customers safe.

For updated information on the company’s storm preparation efforts, current outages, Met-Ed’s storm restoration process, and tips for staying safe, customers are urged to visit our 24/7 Power Center at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages. If an outage occurs, customers should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com. Immediately report any downed wires to Met-Ed or local police or fire department and never go near a downed power line, even if you think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris.

Please be safe and remember to always stay away from downed power lines!

Some common sense tips for getting through the cold weather include:

  • Close drapes, blinds and garage doors to retain heat.
  • Use a sturdy fireplace screen when using a fireplace or wood-burning stove to help prevent a house fire.
  • Never use a gas stove, charcoal grill or lantern intended for outdoor use inside your home as it could lead to a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide gas.
  • Only use space heaters designed for indoor use, and keep all heat sources at least three feet away from curtains, carpet or furniture that could catch on fire.
  • Avoid frozen pipes by opening faucets and maintaining a constant drip, or wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspaper.
  • Use care when burning candles, especially around children or pets; burning candles can present a fire hazard.
  • Charge electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops and tablet computers, and keep car charging cords for those devices handy in case of a power outage.
  • Keep a flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries in the event a power interruption occurs.
  • Never use a portable generator inside the house or a closed garage. Ensure the proper generator is selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, power coming into the home must be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back onto the utility lines, posing a danger to utility workers.
TURN YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE INTO A REAL GIFT!

The York County Solid Waste Authority is conducting a free Christmas tree recycling program for all York County residents. The program starts December 26, 2017 and continues through January 31, 2018. Residents may bring their trees to the parking lot located directly across the street from the Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township. In addition to the Authority’s collection site, the following businesses are accepting Christmas trees: Spring Valley Mulch in Dover, 292-3476 and H & H General Excavating in Spring Grove, 225-4669. Please call these locations for hours and directions. There is no fee to residents for this program. PLEASE REMOVE: ornaments, tinsel, lights and protective bags from your tree. Many municipalities now offer curbside Christmas tree collection for their residents. Call your municipal office to see if your municipality offers a curbside collection program.

Haulers collecting dedicated loads of Christmas trees in municipal programs will be accepted at no charge during regular business hours at the Authority’s Small Load Drop-off Facility at the Resource Recovery Center. Trees collected in these programs are taken to H & H General Excavating in Spring Grove to be recycled into mulch.

Directions to the parking lot across from the York County Resource Recovery Center:

From I-83: Proceed on I-83 to Exit 21. As you come off the exit ramp, get immediately into the far left turning lane and proceed to stoplight at intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30E (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection).

At the stoplight, turn left onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road). Proceed approximately 1 1/2 miles and follow signs to Christmas Tree Recycling drop-off.

From Rt. 30: At the stoplight at the intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30 (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection), turn north onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road). Proceed approximately 1 1/2 miles and follow signs to Christmas Tree Recycling drop-off.

This is the 30th year the Authority has conducted a Christmas tree recycling program.  The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Small Load Drop Off Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

Harrisburg, PA – As a tremendous number of people, businesses, and service organizations throughout the country begin collecting and donating goods and services to assist storm survivors in Texas, the Pennsylvania Department of State, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro want Pennsylvanians to know how they can best help and not hinder rescue and recovery efforts while also protecting themselves.

While donations of goods such as food and clothing are well-intentioned, unsolicited materials can overwhelm organizations that are tasked with helping survivors but are unprepared to store, sort and distribute large quantities of donated goods.

“This storm’s impact will be felt for years to come along the Gulf Coast,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn, Jr. “Many people feel compelled to help those impacted by the storm, but please do so in a way that will truly help storm survivors, while also protecting yourself financially from those who might try to take advantage of your generosity.”

The most useful form of assistance is donations of money. Make check and credit card donations to well-established, charitable organizations that are assisting the flood relief effort. Monetary donations allow charitable organizations the flexibility to purchase items that are needed most, and, unlike material donations, entail no transportation costs.

All three agencies offered the following tips:

  • Do not give to a charity you know nothing about. Call the charity or do some research on your own. Search the name online — with the word “complaints” or “scams.” Check with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Do not donate over the phone unless you are familiar with the organization.
  • For door-to-door solicitors, ask to see the person’s identification and consider avoiding them altogether. Do not feel pressured into giving and allowing someone into your house.
  • Do not give credit card numbers, bank account numbers or other personal financial information over the phone. Never wire money to someone claiming to be a charity.
  • Whenever possible, write a check payable to the charity so you have a record of your donation. Or make a donation directly through a legitimate organization’s secure website, rather than a third-party website.
  • Don’t click links in unsolicited emails or on social media. Unless you previously donated to an organization, assume that an unsolicited donation request by email is a scam. Plus, links in emails or social media can unleash malware.

“It is a terrible thing to see the devastation that is occurring in Texas and throughout the Gulf region,” Secretary of State Pedro Cortés said. “As in any time of great need, generous Pennsylvanians are looking for ways they can help. We want to ensure their donations go to reputable organizations with a proven record of good service.”

Charitable organizations that solicit contributions in Pennsylvania must register with the department’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations if their gross annual contributions are more than $25,000. There are some statutory exclusions and exemptions to the registration requirement, for groups such as religious institutions, hospitals, and police, firefighter or veteran organizations.

To determine if a charitable group is properly registered, the public can search the Charities Online Database. The website also provides a list of organizations that have been subject to corrective actions taken by the Bureau. The public may also call 1-800-732-0999.

The Annual Charities Report online contains detailed information about charitable organizations registered in Pennsylvania and professional solicitors and fundraising counsels. For instance, the report outlines what percentage of every donated dollar goes to the charity and how much is charged by the solicitors or counsels for their services.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro noted the importance of protecting yourself while helping others.

“We care deeply about the victims from this terrible storm and want to help any way we can,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “We also want Pennsylvanians to be careful as they donate, and want to help them avoid the scam artists who always surface after natural disasters like this one. Our office is here to help you avoid being scammed.”

More helpful tips about informed giving can be found at the Charities section of the Department of State’s website. 

To file a complaint about any charity soliciting donations in the commonwealth, contact the Division of Investigations/Audits at 717-787-0700, by email at ra-stbeiciu@pa.gov, or by mail at 401 North St., Room 212, Harrisburg, PA, 17120,

If you believe you’ve been scammed, call the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. 1-800-441-2555 or email at scams@attorneygeneral.gov.

The HealthyWoman Program is offering free mammograms and PAP tests to those who qualify.  The HealthyWoman Program is a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It is funded by the Department of Health and through a grant the department receives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Click here to learn more.

The Solid Waste Authority web site, www.ycswa.com, will be off-line July 31-August 6, 2017 while they work to make it more user-friendly. If you need to contact them, please call them directly at 717-845-1066 with any inquiries.

The public comment period for the New Regional CBPRP (2018-2023) began today (July 19) and extends through August 18. Additionally, a Public Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9, at 6:00 pm. It will be held at the West Manchester Township Municipal Building located at 380 East Berlin Road, York. A copy of the Public Notice is attached.

The Draft Plan can be accessed on the York County Planning Commission website for reviewing, printing, and/or downloading. Click here to go directly to the area of their site relevant to this issue.

Following the public comment period, all comments received will be reviewed and changes made to the Draft Plan as needed.

A Free Summer Kids Series is coming to Frank Theatres! Starting June 6th and running through July, 27, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday morning at 10am Frank Theatres in the Queensgate Shopping Center will run a FREE family-friendly movie! Limited seating is available so try to arrive early to get seats.

Movie Schedule for 2017:

  • June 6th – 8th: The Angry Birds Movie
  • June 13th – 15th: Trolls
  • June 20th – 22nd: The Iron Giant
  • June 27th – 29th: Sing
  • July 4th – 6th: The Wizard of OZ
  • July 11th – 13th: The Secret Life of Pets
  • July 18th – 20th: The LEGO Batman Movie
  • July 25th – 27th: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Original)

Frank Theatres is located in the Queensgate Shopping Center at 2067 Springwood Road in York.

Want to escape the heat this summer? Want the kids to get some exercise? Then you need to check out this FREE bowling program at kidsbowlfree.com. Your kids can bowl 2 FREE games of bowling each and every day of summer for FREE.

SOME MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM

  • You can sign the kids up at multiple centers but you will need to create another account. Only one unique email address can be used to open an account, so you will need to register with another email address.
  • If you were signed up for the program last year, you will have to re-register this year.
  • If your child does not have bowling shoes, you will need to rent them.
  • Each bowling center has it’s own age limit, so check the individual pages.
  • The online registration process only takes a few minutes. Families that register will receive coupons valid for two free bowling games each day sent to their email address every Sunday morning (the certificates are only available via email, so participants must have access to a computer and printer).

THE FAMILY PASS

When you register for the FREE kids pass, you will have the option of selecting a Family Pass also. This pass allows adult family members to enjoy bowling throughout the summer as well. The Family Pass starts at $36.95 (one time payment) and includes 2 GAMES PER PERSON PER DAY and covers up to 4 adult family members. You may have 1, 2, 3, or 4 adults on the family pass. The price of the pass covers all 4 members.

PARTICIPATING BOWLING CENTERS IN YORK

  • Colony Park Lanes North
  • Laser Alleys
  • Suburban Bowlerama
  • Lion Bowling Center

You can register online HERE!

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has released the results of a traffic study in the borough.

Click here to download and view it. If it does not open for you, you may need a PDF reader.

To help eliminate illegal dumping of tires and educate the public about proper tire management, the York County Solid Waste Authority (Authority) is offering free tire disposal for residents at the York County Resource Recovery Center. Pre-registration is required and the program is for York County residents only. Businesses are not eligible to participate.

Residents must pre-register for the program by calling Kelly Megonnel at the Authority at (717) 845-1066 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, starting May 1, 2017. Tire deliveries will be scheduled to occur between May 15 and June 12, 2017. Registration ends May 31, 2017. Registrants will receive a dashboard placard for a free one-time disposal of up to 10 tires. Tires must be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32” in diameter. Tires may not be excessively dirty or full of water. This program is limited to one placard per household. The York County Resource Recovery Center can only accept a limited number of tires per day and deliveries will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

This program is a result of the Authority’s support of Keep York Beautiful and its efforts to prevent and eliminate illegal dumping. Dave Vollero, Authority Executive Director, notes that “Residents can and should place old tires out with their regular garbage. The special tire acceptance program is being held to raise awareness that tires should be properly disposed of as household waste and to help prevent illegal dumping of tires.” Tires collected at the curb with regular garbage must be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32” in diameter. Residents should call their waste hauler for specifics on how many tires can be placed out with each pick-up.

Tom Smith, Executive Director of Keep York Beautiful, points out that “Proper
management of old tires eliminates potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes and
results in a cleaner and healthier community.”

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an
integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource
recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in
Manchester Township and conducts a year-round free litter disposal program to
encourage York County residents, organizations, civic groups, schools, and
neighborhoods to clean up litter and illegal dumpsites. Waste collected in clean-up
programs can be disposed of free of charge at the York County Resource Recovery
Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information about the free litter program,
call the Authority at (717) 845-1066.

Keep York Beautiful is an affiliate chapter of Keep America Beautiful and
supporter of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Its mission is to empower York County
residents to make our communities clean and beautiful. Keep York Beautiful
coordinates cleanups across York County and provides education and outreach
programming. Residents interested in helping to clean up an illegal dumpsite should
call Tom Smith at Keep York Beautiful at (717) 840-2375, or email him at:
tls35@psu.edu. Keep York Beautiful will assist by providing free gloves, bags and
safety vests.

Efforts to reform property taxes in Pennsyvania by reducing or eliminating the amount of real estate taxes that fund local school districts has been a hot button issue for the last several years. Join us as Mark Ryan of the Commonweath’s Independent Fiscal Office provides background information and a non-partisan presentation of the methods and options being considered. The IFO provides revenue projections for use in the state budget process along with impartial and timely analysis of fiscal, economic and budgetary issues to assist Commonwealth residents and the General Assembly in their evaluation of policy decisions.

Click here to download the registration form/flyer.

Despite 2017 being the warmest February on record, we are still in the grips of winter as another round of snow appears to be on its way to South Central PA. FirstEnergy meteorologists are closely monitoring the storm track and we are preparing for a significant snowfall across the Met-Ed service area.

We want to remind our customers to prepare in advance for possible power outages. Some steps they can take include:

  • Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a fire hazard.
  • If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.
  • Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.
  • Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand.
  • Make sure cell phones and devices are fully charged to ensure you have access to online information sources.
  • If you have a back-up generator, be sure you know how to use it safely.

Customers who experience an interruption in their electric service should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on our website www.firstenergycorp.com. Immediately report downed power lines to Met-Ed or the local police or fire department, and never go near a downed power line, even if you think it is no longer energized. Just because it’s not sparking does not mean it is dead. Don’t try to remove trees or tree limbs from power lines. Wait for utility crews to arrive.

Updates on current outages, FirstEnergy’s storm restoration process and additional tips for staying safe are provided on our 24/7 Power Center website at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) urges Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon in January as part of national Radon Action Month. Colorless, odorless, and radioactive, radon is a known human carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

The DEP website provides information and a video on how to test your home, the DEP Facebook and Twitter pages are sharing daily radon tips, and a DEP public service announcement is airing on TV and radio.

Radon occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings.

“Because of its geology, Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels. Radon has been detected in all 67 counties, and about 40 percent of homes have levels above the Environmental Protection Agency action level,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It’s just good sense to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

The EPA action level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. In October, a home in southern Lehigh County showed a radon level of 6,176 pCi/L, the highest recorded in the state. That area is near the Reading Prong, a geological section of granite rock that’s historically generated high levels of radon.

Winter is an ideal time to test, because doors and windows are generally closed, producing the most conservative results. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home.

Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores. You can also hire a qualified radon professional.

If your home has a radon level higher than 4 pCi/L, the U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend taking action. A professionally installed radon reduction system, using a vent pipe and exhaust fan, will help prevent the radon from entering your home and discharge it outside. Compared with the associated risk of lung cancer, these systems are very affordable, generally in the price range of other common home improvements. An added benefit: having a radon reduction system makes the future sale of your home easier.

Pennsylvania law requires all professional radon testers, mitigators and laboratories to be certified by DEP, and the department provides a list of certified radon service providers. People can also obtain a hard copy or verify a company’s certification by calling 800-23RADON (800-237-2366).

If you’re building a new home, DEP recommends installing a passive radon system during construction. There is no reliable way to test the ground in advance for radon, and the cost of installing the radon system during construction should be less than installing one after the fact.

For people buying or selling a home, Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Seller Disclosure Act requires sellers to disclose the results of any known radon testing. The DEP website lists radon testing options for real estate transactions.

The DEP Radon Division may be contacted by email at ra-epbrpenvprt@pa.gov or by phone at (800) 237-2366 or (717) 783-3594.

Make 2017 a safer, healthier year. Test your home for radon, and share this information with your friends and neighbors.

Sixteen York County police departments currently partner with the York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) to host medication take-back boxes in their police department lobbies. In 2016, the program safely collected and disposed of a total of 4.2 tons of unused and expired medications, an increase of 2.03 tons over the 2.23 tons collected in 2015.

This partnership program provides a secure disposal option for unwanted medications from residential sources at no cost to the public or to law enforcement agencies. All York County police departments have been invited to participate and the program remains open to any police departments in York County that wish to host a MedReturn box. The secure medication take-back boxes, purchased by YCSWA from MedReturn, work like a mailbox: once medications are deposited, they cannot be retrieved and are contained in a locked compartment accessible only by law enforcement. The heavy-duty green metal box can be secured to the floor and/or wall. Medications collected in the take-back box program are delivered by law enforcement to the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility for safe and complete destruction. Law enforcement also maintains the box and secures medications that are received until they can be destroyed.

Northern York County Regional Police Department was the first police department in York County to host a MedReturn take-back box. Says Chief Mark Bentzel: “This program enhances our ongoing efforts to eliminate drug abuse, provides a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription and over the counter drugs and presents an opportunity to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications”.

The Authority’s waste-to-energy facility is equipped with state of the art combustion technology and air emission controls making it York County’s best waste management tool for destruction of unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medication. The facility’s operator, Covanta York Renewable Energy, also supports this program.

Notes Dave Vollero, Authority Executive Director, “Using waste-to-energy technology to manage medications keeps them out of landfills and waste water treatment systems. We have long advised residents to make medications unrecognizable and unpalatable and place them out with their regular garbage for delivery to our facility. For those residents not comfortable
with placing medication out at the curb, the take-back box program offers a convenient and secure option that achieves the same results: safe management, complete destruction and production of alternative energy.”

Residents interested in dropping medication at a take-back box location should remove their personal information from containers before depositing them in boxes. ONLY RESIDENTIAL prescription or over-the-counter medications are accepted. Pharmacies, hospitals and other commercial sources of medications are not eligible to participate. Syringes and other “sharps” are not accepted in this program. The public may deposit unwanted medications anonymously in the take-back boxes during lobby hours as listed below, except on holidays.

Carroll Township Police Department, 555 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg, PA. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM

City of York Police Department, 50 West King Street, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 6AM to 10:30PM.

Fairview Township Police Department, 145 Limekiln Road, Suite 600, New Cumberland, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Hanover Borough Police Department, 44 Frederick Street, Hanover, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Hellam Township Police Department, 44 Walnut Springs Road, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Newberry Township Police Department, 1905 Old Trail Road, Etters, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

Northeastern Regional Police Department, 5570 Board Road, Mount Wolf, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 4PM.

Northern York County Regional Police Department, 1445 East Canal Road, Dover, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Penn Township Police Department, 20 Wayne Avenue, Hanover, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Southern Regional Police Department, 47 E. High Street, New Freedom, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM.

Southwestern Regional Police Department, 6115 Thoman Drive, Spring Grove, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Spring Garden Township Police Department, 340 Tri Hill Road in Spring Garden Township. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Springettsbury Township Police Department, 1501 Mount Zion Road, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

West Manchester Township Police Department, 380 East Berlin Road, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

West York Borough Police Department, 1700 West Philadelphia Street, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4:30PM

York Area Police Department, 33 Oak Street, York, PA. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

For more information about the program, visit the Authority’s web site at: www.ycswa.com. The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated system that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township. The Resource Recovery Center manages York County’s household and commercial waste, as well as some manufacturing waste.

The York County Solid Waste Authority is conducting a free Christmas tree recycling program for all York County residents. The program starts December 26, 2016 and continues through January 31, 2017. Residents may bring their trees to the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility in Manchester Township seven days a week during daylight hours. In addition to the Authority’s collection site, the following businesses are accepting Christmas trees: Spring Valley Mulch in Dover, 292-3476; H & H General Excavating in Spring Grove, 225-4669 and Mighty Oak Mulch in Wrightsville, 244-3099. Please call these locations for hours and directions. Please note: Trees are no longer accepted at Kain County Park.

There is no fee to residents for this program. PLEASE REMOVE: ornaments, tinsel, lights and protective bags from your tree. Many municipalities now offer curbside Christmas tree collection for their residents. Call your municipal office to see if your municipality offers a curbside collection program. Dedicated loads of Christmas trees collected in municipal programs will be accepted at no charge during regular business hours at the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility. Trees collected will be shipped off site to an end user.

Directions to the Yard Waste Transfer Facility:

From I-83: Proceed on I-83 to Exit 21. As you come off the exit ramp, get immediately into the far left turning lane and proceed to stoplight at intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30E (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection).

At the stoplight, turn left onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road). Proceed approximately 2 miles to Flour Mill Road. Turn right on Flour Mill Road, the Yard Waste Transfer Facility will be on your right.

From Rt. 30: At the stoplight at the intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30 (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection), turn north onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road). Proceed approximately 2 miles to Flour Mill Road. Turn right onto Flour Mill Road, the Yard Waste Transfer Facility will be on your right.

This is the 29th year the Authority has conducted a Christmas tree recycling program. The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

Greetings from Met-Ed!

As we face the colder temperatures outside, may the good cheer of friends and family keep you warm inside this Holiday Season!

Below are some tips and information that may be useful to you and your residents or constituents. Feel free to share.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of our communities. It is a pleasure to serve you!

Kathy Seilhamer
Met-Ed External Affairs

Holiday Lighting Safety Reminder

Holiday lights are a tradition that reaches back to the earliest days of electricity, and now is the most popular time for home decoration. Met-Ed hopes everyone will enjoy this festive season while also remembering a few tips to help ensure the holidays remain safe.

Outdoor Lighting Safety:

• Check all lights for frayed wires or areas where insulation has pulled away from plugs or sockets. Discard and replace any damaged light strings.
• Ensure that tacks or nails used to hold light strings do not pierce any insulation on wires or light sockets.
• Use only extension cords that are approved for outdoor use. These cords must meet rigorous safety standards that indoor cords may not meet.
• Outdoor lights, inflatables and other decorations should be plugged into outlets protected by ground fault interrupters.
• Place outdoor lights on a timer or turn them off before you go to bed.
• Outdoor lights, inflatables and other decorations must not be installed under or near any electric power lines.

Indoor Lighting Safety:

• Inspect all light strings and cords for any damage, including frayed wires or insulation that has pulled away from light sockets or plugs. Also check for chewing or scratching damage if you have pets in the house. Discard and replace any damaged light strings.
• Live trees should be kept well-watered.
• No more than three strings of standard indoor lights should be connected to any extension cord.
• Make sure cords are placed where they won’t be stepped on, kinked or pose a tripping hazard.
• Lights should not be permitted to touch drapes, furniture or carpeting.
• Lights should be turned off overnight and when no one is home.

Met-Ed Offers Energy-Saving Tips as Frigid Weather Approaches

With the possibility of below-zero temperatures affecting much of the eastern United States this week, Met-Ed reminds customers of steps they can take to better manage energy bills that may climb as the frigid weather lingers.

• Make sure your home is properly insulated to help reduce heat loss.
• Inspect doors and windows and apply caulk or weather stripping where necessary to keep cold air out.
• Close drapes, blinds and garage doors to retain heat.
• Keep your thermostat at a temperature where you feel comfortable. Each degree lower has the potential to save about 2 percent on your heating bill. Install a programmable thermostat and it will do the work for you.
• Have a professional tune-up and inspect your furnace.
• Clean or replace the furnace filter to improve efficiency.
• Make sure heat can get into the room. Keep furniture and drapes from blocking heat registers and return vents.
• Close the vents in rooms that are not being used.

Met-Ed Completing Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan

Met-Ed is completing work on approximately $7.5 million of electric system projects as part of its 2016 Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan to reduce the number and duration of service interruptions experienced by the company’s 560,000 customers.

“These projects benefit customers by complementing the work we already do each year to enhance the reliability of our electric system,” said Ed Shuttleworth, regional president of Met-Ed. “Our goal is to make our system the best it can be when it comes to limiting the number of outages our customers experience.”

Projects completed this year in the Met-Ed service area include:

• Replacement of more than 1,600 porcelain protective switches on poles and wires with new polymer devices. The switches – known as “cutouts” – automatically open up when a system irregularity is detected, serving to protect the electrical equipment and limit the number of customers affected by an outage. In 2016, protective switches were replaced on six circuits primarily in Boyertown, Reading, Easton and York.
• Installation of radio-controlled switches on electric circuits. These devices can be operated remotely from the company dispatch center, allowing operators to restore power more quickly and efficiently than dispatching a crew to investigate. Met-Ed is completing this work at almost 70 locations throughout its service area.
• Replacement of 4,300 feet of cable in a Reading-area underground development.
• Installation of more than 1,000 new fuses on 91 circuits throughout Met-Ed’s service area.

In 2017, Met-Ed is expected to spend an additional $9 million on similar Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan projects.

The York County Solid Waste Authority has approved a contract extension with its current vendor, ECOvanta, to provide electronics recycling services free of charge to York County residents through 2017.

Under PA Act 108 (the state’s Covered Device Recycling Act), it is unlawful for Pennsylvania landfills and resource recovery facilities to accept specific electronic devices (computers, computer peripherals and televisions) for disposal. PA waste haulers are also prohibited from collecting these electronics for disposal. Under the Act, manufacturers who sell their electronic products in PA must contribute financial support to electronics recycling programs. Unfortunately, the financial support required of those manufacturers by Act 108 falls short of the actual costs of recycling all devices collected in the Commonwealth and, as a result, many electronics recycling programs in PA are underfunded, or simply no longer exist.

In 2017, residential electronics will be collected at three locations:

• In the York County Solid Waste Authority’s contractor parking area on Black Bridge Road in Manchester Township directly across the street from the York County Resource Recovery Center. Electronics recycling is conducted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Fairview Township’s Electronic Recycling Center is open to all York County residents. Summer/Fall (April-Oct.) hours are Monday – Saturday, 8:00a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Winter/Spring (Nov.-March) hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon and the 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month, from 8:00am-4:30 p.m. The electronics drop off site is located at the Yard Waste Facility, 55 Fairview Road, New Cumberland, PA 17070.

• Penn Township Recycling Drop-off Center is open to all York County residents. The Center is located at 1020 Wilson Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331, and is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

*Please Note: In 2017, the Authority will limit the number of TV’s accepted to: FIVE TVs PER VISIT.

Businesses, schools and organizations: York County businesses, schools and organizations are not eligible to participate in any of the residential electronics recycling programs described above. Businesses must make their own arrangements with an electronics recycling vendor to properly manage their electronics. A list of vendors is located on our website at www.ycswa.com.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated system that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township. The Resource Recovery Center manages York County’s household and commercial waste, as well as some manufacturing waste.

Reading, Pa. – For the fourth year, Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed) invites customers to show off their best and brightest outdoor holiday light displays by entering its “Merry & Bright” Holiday Lights Photo Contest.

Participants can enter by submitting a photo of their home’s outdoor holiday lights at the Met-Ed Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric) from Nov. 28 until Dec. 18. Up to 10 finalists will be selected by Met-Ed based on criteria such as creativity and number of lights. Finalists’ photos will be posted on Facebook for public voting from Dec. 19 until Dec. 26.

The grand prize winner will receive a $250 Visa® gift card and the first prize winner will receive a $100 gift card.

More information, including complete contest rules, will be posted to the Met-Ed Facebook page. The “Merry & Bright” contest is open only to Met-Ed customers who are legal residents of Pennsylvania and who are at least 18 years of age. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Employees and family members of FirstEnergy, Met-Ed or its advertising agency are not eligible.

Photos of the winning entries from 2015 can be found on Flickr.

Met-Ed is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) and serves approximately 560,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties. Connect with Met-Ed on
Twitter @Met_Ed, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric, and online at
www.met-ed.com.

Akron, Ohio – Across the country, con artists continue using scare tactics in an effort to steal money and personal information from utility customers. As part of FirstEnergy Corp.’s (NYSE: FE) ongoing efforts to raise awareness about this continuing problem, the company is joining more than two dozen electric and gas utilities across the United States and Canada to recognize November 16 as “Utilities United Against Scams Day.”

“We take our customers’ safety and security very seriously,” said Gary W. Grant, vice president of customer service for FirstEnergy Utilities. “Through our website, social media outreach, newsletters and participation in industry efforts such as Utilities United Against Scams Day, we continue working to educate customers about scam activity and help them avoid falling victim to con artists who are posing as representatives of our company.”

Scam artists impersonating utility company employees have targeted victims through door-to-door visits, phone calls, and electronic communications. The criminals often try to instill fear that power will be disconnected if the victim does not comply with the demands. Customers have reported the theft of money, personal data and valuables.

FirstEnergy’s award-winning Scam and Fraud Information website describes some of the most widespread schemes targeting utility customers, and offers facts and safety reminders that can help customers avoid becoming a victim of these crimes.

Scams listed on the site include:

• Power shut-off scam: In this nationwide scam, customers have reported receiving
phone calls from someone who claims to be associated with their utility. The
caller threatens to shut off the customer’s power unless an immediate payment is
made, and the customer is often instructed to use a pre-paid debit card or a money
transfer service.

• Door-to-door solicitation: In this scam, individuals go door-to-door, claiming to
be affiliated with the utility company. The scam artists often work in pairs, and
have been characterized as very persistent. These individuals may inquire about
the resident’s electric service or rate, and ask to review a copy of the current
electric bill or other documents. Police and media reports indicate that in some
cases, after distracting the resident, these individuals have stolen property and
personal information.

• Bogus fees for equipment: Customers have reported receiving phone calls
demanding a separate payment to replace an electric meter or other equipment. In
many cases, the caller threatens customers with disconnection unless an
immediate payment is made.

“Customers who have questions about their account status or the identity of
someone who claims to be one of our employees should immediately call our customer
contact centers,” Grant said. “We also urge customers to report any suspicious activity to
the police, and to let us know if they believe they have been targeted by a scam.”
Customers are encouraged to share this information with friends and family to
continue raising awareness of these crimes, and to revisit the Scam and Fraud
Information page on FirstEnergy’s website periodically to check for updates on emerging
scam activity.

In addition to understanding how criminals target their victims, the website offers reminders to help ensure customer safety and security, including:

• FirstEnergy employees will not contact customers to request sensitive information such as social security numbers or bank account information, and they will not demand immediate payment over the phone. Customers who are behind on their accounts receive written notice of their account status, along with instructions on how to avoid a disconnection of service.

• Do not allow anyone claiming to be a utility employee into your home unless an appointment has been scheduled and the employee has provided proper identification.

• FirstEnergy’s utilities offer a wide array of billing and payment options, and will never insist on a particular method of payment. Only send your payments to your FirstEnergy utility company.

• If you have any doubts about the status of your electric account or the identity of a company representative, call your utility company using the numbers below, which are also listed on FirstEnergy’s website.

Utility Company Customer Service Numbers:
Ohio Edison 1-800-633-4766
The Illuminating Company 1-800-589-3101
Toledo Edison 1-800-447-3333
Met-Ed 1-800-545-7741
Penelec 1-800-545-7741
Penn Power 1-800-720-3600
West Penn Power 1-800-686-0021
Jersey Central Power & Light 1-800-662-3115
Mon Power 1-800-686-0022
Potomac Edison 1-800-686-0011

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has detected a new record-high level of radon and is once again encouraging state residents to test their homes for this radioactive gas, a leading cause of lung cancer.

In October, a home in southern Lehigh County showed a radon level of 6,176 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), the highest recorded in the state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set an action level for radon concentration in homes at 4 pCi/L. Homes testing above this level should have a radon reduction system installed.

“We encourage people to buy a radon home test kit and take the steps necessary to protect themselves and their families,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Fall and winter are an ideal time to test, because the gas becomes trapped inside when doors and windows are closed.”

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can enter a home through cracks in the foundation or other openings.

The National Toxicology Program, comprising the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration, classifies radon as a known human carcinogen. Scientists estimate that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths yearly are related to radon. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and second leading cause in smokers.

Because of its geology, Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels. Radon has been detected in all 67 counties, and about 40 percent of homes in the state have levels above EPA’s action level. In 2014, a number of homes in the southern Lehigh County area were found to have radon levels over 1,000 pCi/L. That area is near the Reading Prong, a geological section of granite rock that historically has generated high levels of radon.

Testing is the only way to know if a home, school, workplace or other structure has elevated levels of radon. An easy home test kit can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores for about $20 to $30. People may also hire a state-certified testing company.

If a level above 4 pCi/L is found, a radon mitigation, or reduction, system should be installed. This is essentially a pipe with a fan to suction the gas from the ground and discharge it above the roofline, where the radon is dispersed. DEP recommends that home builders install radon reduction systems during construction.

DEP certifies all radon testers, mitigators and laboratories doing business in the state, to ensure reliable results.

For more information, including information on interpreting radon test results and finding a Pennsylvania-certified radon contractor, visit the DEP Radon Division web site or call 800-23-RADON (800-237-2366).

The best time to prepare for winter’s chilly weather is now, while the sun is still shining.

Stay safe by using a professional contractor to clean and tune your furnace or other heating equipment each year. Regular maintenance can help equipment run more efficiently, extend its life expectancy and prevent risks like carbon monoxide poisoning.

Check out Columbia Gas participating contractors* in your area:

  • Ken Adams Mechanical, York, 717-624-9250
  • MT Heating and Cooling, York, 717-745-3665
  • Stambaugh Plumbing and Heating, Inc., New Salem, 717-792-9342

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning or a natural gas leak, evacuate immediately and call 911 from a safe location.

Columbia Gas commitment to customer safety

Last month, Columbia Gas contractors and employees provided free maintenance services to more than 50 elderly and disabled customers to keep them safe and warm. Columbia Gas also helped eligible customers pay for the necessary safety repairs through our Emergency Repair Program.

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvanians have more options to dispose of unwanted and expired medicines and pharmaceutical drugs thanks to enactment of HB 1737, part of the opioid epidemic package of bills signed by Gov. Wolf.

“With this new legislation we want to remind PA residents that there are safe ways to dispose of unwanted and expired medicines,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We want to encourage everyone to safely and responsibly dispose of medicines and other pharmaceuticals rather than just flush them down the drain or send them to a landfill.”

The law allows pharmaceuticals delivered to collection events to be incinerated at permitted facilities, instead of solely being disposed of as hazardous waste, and allows collection events conducted by law enforcement, medical facilities, pharmacies, and resource recovery facilities incinerating the pharmaceuticals to be exempt from registering with DEP prior to commencing operations.

“We hope that changing prior disposal restrictions will encourage more collection events to enable people to dispose of expired and unwanted drugs,” said McDonnell.

The Department encourages organizations hosting collection events to contact Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol or the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for help in publicizing the events and for guidance on disposal options.

For more information on prescription drug disposal please visit the DEP website.

Harrisburg, PA – In an effort to help protect stream health and aquatic life, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would like to remind private and public pool owners, as well as pool management companies, how to properly close their swimming pools for the season.

Discharged pool water and waters containing chlorine or other chemicals can be detrimental to aquatic life if not handled responsibly. It is extremely important that these waters are handled correctly. Pool waters must not be discharged to any storm sewer or land in which a storm sewer is accessible. Runoff can cause fish kills and unsafe aquatic conditions.

“Pool owners and professional pool cleaners need to dispose of old water appropriately and conscientiously,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Most of all, we need to make sure the wastewater is going into the sanitary sewer, where it may be allowed – and not into our storm sewers where it could harm aquatic life.”

When draining a swimming pool this year, make sure to protect Pennsylvania by following these tips:

Pool water may be disposed of through the sanitary sewer system ONLY with municipal permission.
Never dispose of pool water through a storm sewer, which will discharge to a stream.
If lowering the water level of the pool, let it drain to a lawn to prevent it from running off into a storm sewer.
If a sanitary sewer system is not available, water may be used for irrigation if it does not run off the property or into a storm sewer.

The discharge of swimming pool water to any waters of the commonwealth without a permit is a violation of the Clean Streams Law. Property owners and pool companies that violate this law may be prosecuted and penalized for damages.

DEP update on Zika surveillance and response

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released results of surveillance for Aedes mosquitoes, which have been found to be vectors of the Zika virus. At this time, there have not been any cases of Zika transmitted locally in Pennsylvania, nor have mosquitoes tested positive for the virus.

Twenty-six counties in Pennsylvania have active surveillance sites for albopictus mosquitoes, commonly known as Asian Tiger mosquitoes. The mosquitoes are predominantly found in southern and eastern counties. There have not been any specimens of Aedes aegypti collected, which are the primary carrier of Zika in South America. Aedes aegypti have not been found in Pennsylvania since 2002.

Counties conducting surveillance and approximate locations can be found beginning on page 15 of the DEP/PA Department of Health Zika Response Plan. Surveillance statistics for the week ending July 30, 2016 are below.

In addition, in early August, DEP and the Philadelphia Health Department and the Chester County Health Department responded to two imported clusters of travel associated Zika virus cases per the protocols outlined in the Zika Response Plan. Mosquitoes collected in the Philadelphia cluster response activities were tested for Zika and all samples came back negative. Mosquito trapping in Chester County did not find significant populations of the Asian tiger mosquito and samples were not tested.

“The surveillance and cluster response by DEP and county governments has gone exactly to the Zika response plan, and I am pleased to note that there is no evidence of the Zika virus being carried by mosquitoes in Pennsylvania,” said acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “I want to continue to encourage residents to take common-sense actions like wearing insect repellant and eliminating standing water to cut down on mosquito activity.”

The following counties in south central PA recorded an average of more than 24 Aedes albopictus mosquitoes per trap (Pest levels are defined as greater than 24 female Aedes albopictus per trapping event):

  • Franklin
  • York
  • Dauphin
  • Lancaster
  • Berks

The following counties in south central PA recorded the presence of Aedes albopictus, but populations have not reached pest level:

  • Adams
  • Cumberland
  • Lebanon

DEP recommends that residents do simple activities to reduce mosquito activity in their areas:

  • Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar containers that hold water.
  • Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and plastic wading pools when not in use and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.
  • Wear insect repellant during times of mosquito activity. Aedes mosquitoes are active during daylight hours
  • Keep doors and windows tightly closed, or ensure that screens do not have holes or tears that can allow mosquitoes to get inside the house

“These mosquitoes are weak fliers, so if you see them, they are likely breeding nearby,” said Matt Helwig, program specialist in DEP’s Vector Management program. “Simple precautions to eliminate potential habitat and avoid contact can lead to a safe and itch-free summer.”

To read the Zika Response Plan click here.

Stay safe – Make sure your family knows how to detect natural gas, and what to do when it’s detected.

Use your senses to detect a natural gas leak:
Smell: Rotten egg odor
Hear: A hissing, whistling or roaring sound near a gas line or appliance
See: A damaged connection to a gas appliance, or dirt or water being blown into the air


If you recognize any of these situations:

  • Leave the area immediately
  • From a safe location, call 911 and our 24/7 gas emergency number at 1-888-460-4332
  • Wait for our crew and emergency responders to arrive

Remember:

  • Don’t light a match or candle
  • Don’t operate anything that could cause a spark, including cell phones, lights, appliances, flashlights, power tools, etc.
  • Don’t open windows and doors to attempt to ventilate
  • Don’t try to find the leak yourself or operate pipeline valves

From all of us at Columbia Gas, please stay safe and enjoy your summer!

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania’s
9th Annual Recycling Film Festival

PROP’s 26th Annual Recycling & Organics Conference
July 27th – 29th Harrisburg, PA

Communicate Recycling Program Features with a Smart Phone video


Consider shooting a 3-5 minute recycling video with your smart phone that can be posted to your community website, or used at group presentations, to get your points across both audibly and visually. Yes, you can use your smart phone. The video feature of most smart phones can produce excellent quality video. The audio quality however, will require extra attention to prevent extraneous sounds. The short video at this link was shot on a Samsung Galaxy S phone and edited over two-week period to win 2nd place in a 2012Washington State contest. Award-winning phone video
You can recruit local talent as writers, producers, actors, videographers and editors who can relate the ins and outs of your community’s recycling program. Or you can create the video with a two-person crew. Use props to depict the types of items that are eligible for curbside or drop-off collection. Point out items that are not included in your program and offer alternatives for recycling them, as in the case of plastic bags and other films that can be recycled at local supermarket lobbies.
A prize, sponsored by MSW Consultants, LLC, will be awarded for the video, or videos, judged by FilmFest participant ballots to be the best. The winning videos will gain additional exposure through posting to PROP’s YouTubeChannel. You can view many of the winning videos from the 2008-2015 FilmFest at this link: PROP YouTube Channel
Take some time to produce a short, quality, recycling video, post it to your community web site, and enter it into the 2016 PROP Recycling FilmFest. You can do it!
Penn Waste will dispose of  tree limbs/trimmings, or shrubbery if:
  • Sections are either bundled together in sections no longer than 4′ in length or are placed in brown paper biodegradable bags.
  • Do not weight more than 30lbs
  • Branches do not exceed 6″ in diameter.

Reading, Pa. – FirstEnergy Corp.’s (NYSE: FE) Pennsylvania utilities today filed electric rate plans with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) aimed at enhancing electric system reliability for more than two million customers across the state.

FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities include Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power), and West Penn Power Company (West Penn Power).

The proposed rate plans are expected to benefit customers by continuing FirstEnergy’s service reliability enhancement efforts in Pennsylvania. The plans include continued work to modernize the grid with smart technologies that can prevent or shorten power outages, additional tree trimming activities to protect poles and wires, and updating tablets and smart phones used by utility field staff to help streamline the power restoration process.

“Enhancing service reliability has been a major focus for us in Pennsylvania, and we’ve made significant strides in that area,” said Linda Moss, president of Pennsylvania Operations for FirstEnergy. “Today’s requests will allow our utilities to build on our progress in serving our customers, including ongoing maintenance for the new equipment and facilities we have added over the past several years.”

FirstEnergy’s rate request totals $439 million across all four Pennsylvania utilities. If approved, monthly bills would increase on average in the range of $10.89 to $23.61, or about 9.64 to 17.1 percent, for a typical FirstEnergy Pennsylvania residential electric customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month. The average monthly bill for customers of FirstEnergy’s four Pennsylvania utilities would be in line with the statewide average for typical residential customers served by the three other major electric utilities in Pennsylvania.

Here are the specifics for each utility’s rate plan:

• Met-Ed has requested an increase of $140 million, or approximately 9.5 percent over current rates. If approved, the total bill for an average residential customer using 1,000 kWh/month would increase 13.59 percent, or $17.52, for a new monthly total bill of $147.34. The bill for a commercial customer using 40 kilowatts (KW) for 250 hours would increase 4.6 percent, or $47.48, for a total bill of $1,077.10. The bill for an industrial customer using 20 MW for 474 hours would increase 0.94 percent, or $8,027.06, for a total bill of $859,353.86

• Penelec has requested an increase of $158 million, or approximately 11.4 percent over current rates. If approved, the total bill for an average residential customer using 1,000 kWh/month would increase 17.1 percent, or $23.61, for a new monthly total bill of $161.50. The bill for a commercial customer using 40 KW for 250 hours would increase 9 percent, or $96.21, for a total bill of $1,155.80. The bill for an industrial customer using 20 MW for 474 hours would increase 1.5 percent, or $10,029.42 for a total bill of $682,841.44

• Penn Power has requested an increase of $42 million, or approximately 9.5 percent over current rates. If approved, the total bill for an average residential customer using 1,000 kWh/month would increase 14.2 percent, or $18.45, for a new monthly total bill of $148.51. The bill for a commercial customer using 40 KW for 250 hours would increase 5.3 percent, or $59.06, for a total bill of $1,164.94. The bill for an industrial customer using 20 MW for 474 hours would increase 1.0 percent, or $4,325.24, for a total bill of $459,688.85.

• West Penn Power has requested an increase of $98 million, or approximately 5.7 percent over current rates. If approved, the total bill for an average residential customer using 1,000 kWh/month would increase 9.64 percent, or $10.89, for a new monthly total bill of $123.88. The bill for a commercial customer using 40 KW for 250 hours would increase 1.8 percent, or $16.58, for a total bill of $959.86. The bill for an industrial customer using 20 MW for 474 hours would increase 0.8 percent, or $4,191.28, for a total bill of $548,425.83.

Pending PUC approval, FirstEnergy has requested that the new rates take effect on June 27, 2016. The process, however, could take up to an additional seven months. For additional information on the plan, customers may call the company at 1-800-545-7741.

Met-Ed serves 560,000 customers within 3,300 square miles of eastern and south central Pennsylvania. Penelec serves nearly 590,000 customers within 17,600 square miles of western, northern and south central Pennsylvania. Penn Power serves approximately 163,000 customers within 1,100 square miles of western Pennsylvania. West Penn Power serves approximately 721,000 customers within 10,400 square miles of central and southwestern Pennsylvania.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at www.firstenergycorp.com.

Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed) filed a comprehensive distribution rate plan with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on April 28, 2016, aimed at enhancing system reliability for Met-Ed’s 560,000 customers.

Enhancing Service Reliability for Customers

The Met-Ed rate proposal will continue to help our customers benefit from:

• Significant service reliability improvements
• Ongoing maintenance and inspections for the new equipment and facilities that have been built over the past several years to enhance reliability for customers
• Increased tree trimming and vegetation management to reduce the number of tree-related outages
• Updates to tablets and smart phones used by our field staff to immediately assess, document and report system damage and downed trees, streamlining the power restoration process
• Continued installation of new smart technology that can be operated remotely to help prevent outages from occurring, reduce the number of affected customers when an outage does occur, and shorten outage durations
• Updates to online and mobile technology that helps provide more timely information to customers, especially during severe weather events

Impact to Customer Bills

If approved, the rate proposal would result in an average bill increase of $17.52 per month for a Met-Ed residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. The new rate would be comparable to the average rates charged today by other Pennsylvania utilities.

The York County Solid Waste Authority will hold a FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program onSaturday, May 7 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot of Woodland View York, LP located at 915 Woodland View Drive in Manchester Township.  Residents who bring in a mercury-containing device such as a thermostat, thermometer or elemental mercury will receive a $5 gift card for Lowe’s. Covanta York Renewable Energy, the operator of the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility, is partnering with the Authority to sponsor the gift card exchange to encourage residents to eliminate mercury from the waste stream.  There is a one gift card limit per household. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are not eligible for the gift card exchange, but will be accepted at the HHW program. There are a limited number of gift cards available for distribution on May 7.

Household hazardous waste includes any products from the home that are corrosive (drain cleaners or bleach), flammable (gasoline), reactive (chemistry kits) or toxic (pesticides).  The program benefits York County by identifying hazardous wastes found in the home and providing an opportunity to manage these materials in a safe and efficient manner.

All York County homeowners or residential tenants are eligible to bring their household hazardous waste to the collection site.  Business and government entities are not eligible to participate.   There is no fee to participate.  The program is made possible by funding generated from tipping fees collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  After collection, a licensed hazardous waste commercial hauler hired by the Authority will transport the material to permitted hazardous waste sites.  These facilities will recycle the materials collected.

Examples of itemsaccepted include: thermometers containing mercury, liquid mercury, auto products (transmission and brake fluids, antifreeze, batteries), pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, kerosene, rechargeable batteries–  Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb), photographic and pool chemicals, driveway sealant, and household cleansers (oven, drain, etc.).

Please do not bring paint or other paint-related products including: latex and oil-based paint, turpentine, paint thinners, varnish, and paint strippers or removers.  These items can be placed in your regular garbage for pick-up.  Containers should be sealed tightly to prevent spillage.  Also, DO NOT bring alkaline batteries (i.e.: AAA’s, AA’s, C’s, D’s, etc.), explosives, ammunition, propane tanks, or medications.  Dispose of alkaline batteries in your regular garbage.  For a listing of York County Collection Centers accepting used propane tanks and motor oil for recycling, call the Authority at 717-845-1066, or visit our website at www.ycswa.com and click on the recycling symbol on the home page.  To safely dispose of medications either make the medication unpalatable with coffee grounds or kitty litter and place in your regular garbage, or dispose of medications for free at 16 York County police departments.  For a list of police departments that have secure medication return boxes, visit our website and click on “Household Waste” on your home page.  For questions about how to safely dispose of other items, request the Authority’s “What Kind of Waste is Accepted at the Resource Recovery Center Brochure” or visit our website.

Can’t make the May 7 event?  An option called “At Your Door Special CollectionSM” enables York County residents to call a toll-free number to schedule a home pick-up of household hazardous waste. The number is: 800-449-7587. Residents may schedule two pick-ups per home, per calendar year and can request up to two “kit bags” per pick-up to fill with acceptable household hazardous products.  “At Your Door Special CollectionSM” pick-ups require a $15 co-pay.  Visit www.wmatyourdoor.com for more information. 

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.  In 2015, the Authority collected 17.56 tons of household hazardous waste in its spring program and 1.59 tons in its year round Special Collection curbside program.  This is the 31st year the Authority has conducted a household hazardous waste collection program.

The York County Solid Waste Authority will launch a Residential Electronics Recycling
Program in York County beginning in early April, 2016. The exact start date will be announced
soon. The program is free and open to York County residents ONLY and will now be conducted
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every week at the
Authority’s Yard Waste Site located off of Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township. Saturday
events will no longer be conducted at the Yard Waste Site. The multiple days and additional
hours will provide residents with greater opportunity, flexibility and efficiency in recycling
electronic devices.

The Authority’s new e-scrap management contract is with electronics recycling vendor
ECOvanta and extends only to December 31, 2016. The Authority is pursuing program
alternatives for 2017.

Act 108 bans both the disposal and collection of certain electronic “covered devices”.
Electronics currently banned from hauler collection and disposal in PA waste disposal facilities
include: televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors and computer
peripherals (anything that connects to a computer such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.).
Material accepted in the program includes these electronic “covered devices” as well as other electronic recyclables including cell phones, vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks, irons and coffee makers or anything with a plug that does not contain Freons. Examples of Freoncontaining items include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

Act 108, the Covered Device Recycling Act, applies only to residential sources of
electronic devices specified in the Act. As such, Original Equipment Manufacturers providing
recycling capacity to electronics recycling vendors will not accept electronics from nonresidential
sources. York County organizations, schools and businesses that wish to recycle
electronic devices may contact electronics recycling vendors directly. A list of recycling vendors
is also located on our website at: www.ycswa.com.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated
system that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority
is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township. The
Resource Recovery Center manages York County’s household and commercial waste, as well as
some manufacturing waste.

(* = On PADEP list)

Sixteen York County police departments currently partner with the York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) to host medication take-back boxes in their police department lobbies. In 2015, the program safely collected and disposed of a total of 2.12 tons of unused and expired medications, an increase of .27 tons over the 1.85 tons collected in 2014.

This partnership program provides a secure disposal option for unwanted medications from residential sources at no cost to the public or to law enforcement agencies.  All York County police departments have been invited to participate.  The secure medication take-back boxes, purchased by YCSWA from MedReturn, work like a mailbox: once medications are deposited, they cannot be retrieved and are contained in a locked compartment accessible only by law enforcement.  The heavy-duty green metal box bolts to the floor and wall.  Medications collected in the take-back box program are delivered by law enforcement to the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility for safe and complete destruction.  Law enforcement also maintains the box and secures medications that are received until they can be destroyed.

Northern York County Regional Police Department was the first police department in York County to host a MedReturn take-back box.  Says Chief Mark Bentzel: “This program enhances our ongoing efforts to eliminate drug abuse, provides a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription and over the counter drugs and presents an opportunity to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications”.

The Authority’s waste-to-energy facility is equipped with state of the art combustion technology and air emission controls making it York County’s best waste management tool for destruction of unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medication.  The facility’s operator, Covanta York Renewable Energy, also supports this program.

Notes Dave Vollero, Authority Executive Director, “Using waste-to-energy technology to manage medications keeps them out of landfills and waste water treatment systems.  We have long advised residents to make medications unrecognizable and unpalatable and place them out with their regular garbage for delivery to our facility.  For those residents not comfortable with placing medication out at the curb, the take-back box program offers a convenient and secure option that achieves the same results: safe management, complete destruction and production of alternative energy.”

Residents interested in dropping medication at a take-back box location should remove their personal information from containers before depositing them in boxes.  ONLY RESIDENTIAL prescription or over-the-counter medications are accepted.  Pharmacies, hospitals and other commercial sources of medications are not eligible to participate.  Syringes and other “sharps” are not accepted in this program.  The public may deposit unwanted medications anonymously in the take-back boxes during lobby hours as listed below, except on holidays.

 

Carroll Township Police Department, 555 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg, PA.  Open Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM

City of York Police Department, 50 West King Street, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 6AM to 10:30PM.

Fairview Township Police Department, 145 Limekiln Road, Suite 600, New Cumberland, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Hanover Borough Police Department, 44 Frederick Street, Hanover, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Hellam Township Police Department, 44 Walnut Springs Road, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Newberry Township Police Department, 1905 Old Trail Road, Etters, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

Northeastern Regional Police Department, 5570 Board Road, Mount Wolf, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 4PM.

Northern York County Regional Police Department, 1445 East Canal Road, Dover, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Penn Township Police Department, 20 Wayne Avenue, Hanover, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Southern Regional Police Department, 47 E. High Street, New Freedom, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from8AM to 4PM.

Southwestern Regional Police Department, 6115 Thoman Drive, Spring Grove, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Spring Garden Township Police Department, 340 Tri Hill Road in Spring Garden Township. Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

Springettsbury Township Police Department, 1501 Mount Zion Road, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

West Manchester Township Police Department, 380 East Berlin Road, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.

West York Borough Police Department, 1700 West Philadelphia Street, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4:30PM

York Area Police Department, 33 Oak Street, York, PA.  Open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

For more information about the program, visit the Authority’s web site at: www.ycswa.com.  The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated system that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township.  The Resource Recovery Center manages York County’s household and commercial waste, as well as some manufacturing waste.

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today urged all Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon, a deadly radioactive gas that’s the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States. DEP also urged residents to take action to reduce radon levels in their homes if they are high.

“Due to our geology, radon is found everywhere in Pennsylvania. For that reason, we urge residents to test their homes to protect themselves and their family’s health,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley. “Winter is the best time to test your home for radon because doors and windows are typically closed and tightly sealed, producing the most accurate results.”

January is Radon Action Month, and a great time to test. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets the “action level” for radon at 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. Residents with levels at or above that figure should take steps to lower them.

Testing for radon is the only way to know if a home, school, workplace or other structure has elevated concentrations of radon. Test kits can be purchased at most hardware or home improvement stores at an average cost of $15 to $25 per test. If you are uncomfortable doing the testing yourself you can hire a state-certified radon tester, or if you are selling your home and want a radon test, it is best to hire a certified tester. The cost of a mitigation system typically ranges around $1,000.

Pennsylvania law requires all radon service providers, such as radon testers, radon mitigators and radon laboratories to be certified by DEP. The list of Pennsylvania-certified radon service providers is updated monthly and available on DEP’s website. You can also obtain a hard copy of the directory or verify a company’s certification by calling 800-23RADON.

In 2014, the highest radon level ever recorded in the U.S. was found in a home in Lehigh County. The concentration measured was 3,715 pCi/L, more than 900 times EPA’s action level of 4 pCi/L. DEP recommended the owners vacate their home until it could be remediated to safe levels.

“Approximately 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year are attributable to radon exposure so the threat is very real,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. “Radon exposure combined with smoking is a particularly lethal combination so we encourage everyone to take steps to reduce their risk.”

If you are building a new home, DEP recommends installing a passive radon system during construction. If high radon levels are found when the home is completed, a fan can be readily installed. There are good reasons to install a radon system during construction:

  • There is no reliable way to test the ground in advance for radon.
  • The average residential radon level in Pennsylvania is 7-8 picocuries per liter.
  • The cost of installing the radon system during construction should be less than installing one after the fact.
  • Building the radon system internally should keep aesthetics of the home intact. If radon is not addressed during construction, an outside radon system may be required if the radon test comes back greater than 4 picocuries per liter.

For people buying or selling a home, Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Seller Disclosure Act requires sellers to disclose the results of any known radon testing. DEP’s website lists radon testing options for real estate transactions

DEP, in cooperation with Commonwealth Media Services, has produced a public service announcement about the importance of radon testing. The PSA is currently airing on Pennsylvania, television and radio stations during January. The PSA is available on DEP’s YouTube Channel.

For more information about radon testing and radon resistant construction, visit DEP’s website at www.dep.pa.gov/radon.

The York County Solid Waste Authority is conducting a free Christmas tree recycling program for all York County residents.  The program starts now and continues through January 31, 2016.  Residents may bring their trees to the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility in Manchester Township seven days a week during daylight hours.  In addition to the Authority’s collection site, the following businesses are accepting Christmas trees: Spring Valley Mulch in Dover, 292-3476; H & H General Excavating in Spring Grove, 225-4669 and Mighty Oak Mulch in Wrightsville, 244-3099.  Please call these locations for hours and directions. Please note: Trees are no longer accepted at Kain County Park.

There is no fee to residents for this program. PLEASE REMOVE: ornaments, tinsel, lights and protective bags from your tree.   Many municipalities now offer curbside Christmas tree collection for their residents.  Call your municipal office to see if your municipality offers a curbside collection program.  Dedicated loads of Christmas trees collected in municipal programs will be accepted at no charge during regular business hours at the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility.  Trees collected will be shipped off site to an end user.

Directions to the Yard Waste Transfer Facility:  

From I-83: Proceed on I-83 to Exit 21.  As you come off the exit ramp, get immediately into the far left turning lane and proceed to stoplight at intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30E (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection).

At the stoplight, turn left onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road).  Proceed approximately 2 miles to Flour Mill Road.  Turn right on Flour Mill Road, the Yard Waste Transfer Facility will be on your right.

From Rt. 30: At the stoplight at the intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30 (you will see the “Round the Clock Diner” at this intersection), turn north onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road).  Proceed approximately 2 miles to Flour Mill Road. Turn right onto Flour Mill Road, the Yard Waste Transfer Facility will be on your right.

This is the 28th  year the Authority has conducted a Christmas tree recycling program.  The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

The York County Solid Waste Authority’s Environmental Educators offer FREE waste and recycling related presentations to school, civic, church and various other organizations throughout York County. Educators will travel to your organization’s meeting place to discuss various topics including; how waste is turned into energy in York County, hands-on activities that showcase recycling in our area, instruction on how to compost with red wiggler worms and how a landfill operates. Please call (717) 845-1066 two weeks in advance to schedule a program. When calling to schedule a program, inquire about other waste-related topics that are available for presentations or visit www.ycswa.com and click on “Education Connection”, then click on “Presentations” on the menu column on the right. Evening times are available Monday through Thursday.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

Help protect your family and pets in an emergency by signing up today for Smart911.

Smart 911 is a new program offered by the York County Department of Emergency Services to local residents and families. It allows you to provide critical information to 911 dispatchers before an emergency arises by creating a free, secure online profile at Smart911.com.

The profile is tied to your phone number, and immediately becomes available if you call 911. It contains largely the same information as you would give verbally to a 911 dispatcher, but it is provided calmly before an emergency arises.

The amount of information you provide is entirely at your discretion, but examples include:

  • Details regarding the layout of your home, which can aid firefighters if they need to conduct a search in a fire or other emergency,
  • Information about allergies and medical conditions that may be crucial to emergency medical staff.
  • Information on physical or developmental disabilities, which can change the way responders handle a call.
    • For example, you can advise if there is an autistic child in the home that is prone to hide in a closet if he/she hears a siren. Firefighters and police would know to check closets for the child. Similarly, you can note whether someone in the home needs assistance exiting your home because of mobility challenges.
  • Emergency contacts, which ensures responders quickly can contact a user’s family or friends in case of an vehicle accident or other emergency
  • Information about pets, which can lead to greater safety not only for the pet but also for response agencies. For example, if responders are aware that a large dog is inside a home, they can act appropriately to keep that pet safe.

The information you provide is stored securely and is not searchable through the Internet or even by our 911 dispatchers. It is only available to the 911 Center dispatcher when you contact 911, and only for 45 minutes.

Creating a profile also helps you even if you are traveling. Because Smart911 is tied to a phone number, the information you enter into Smart911 would become available if you need to call 911 in the other 1,500 communities that also provide this service to their residents.

Signing up for Smart911 is free and easy. It takes only about 10 minutes to create a basic profile. Please go to Smart911.com today to learn more information and sign up. It is time well spent.

The Authority’s public Recycling Drop-off Center, currently located on Black Bridge Road across from the Resource Recovery Center, will be moving to a new location at 2685 Blackthorne Court.

The move will occur in early July and is part of the site improvement construction project. Once an exact date has been confirmed it will be posted online and in print. Directions to the new location:

From Rt. 30: Proceed north on Toronita Street. Toronita turns into Black Bridge Road. Proceed approximately 3/4 of a mile and turn left onto Blackgum Court. Proceed on Blackgum Court and make the first left onto Blackthorne Court. The new Recycling Drop-off Center will be on your left. Follow signs to entrance.

Directional signs will also be posted along Black Bridge Road. The Center will be open seven days a week during daylight hours.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the Public Recycling Drop-off Center in Manchester Township. Approximately 600 tons of material are recycled via the Center annually.

The York County Solid Waste Authority will conduct a free electronics recycling event the first AND third Saturdays of each month. The event time is 9 AM to noon. The electronics recycling events will be held at the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility located off of Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township. Next month’s programs will be held on Saturday, June 6 and Saturday, June 20 from 9 AM to Noon.

All York County residents, businesses and non-profit entities are eligible to participate in this program. In addition, residents, businesses and non-profit entities who are located in a municipality that has contractually agreed to deliver waste only to the York County Resource Recovery Center may also participate. Those municipalities include Swatara Township, Highspire Borough, and McSherrystown Borough. In addition to the Authority’s main collection site on Flour Mill Road, 10 York County municipalities conduct satellite programs in conjunction with the Authority’s program. The following municipalities accept electronics from all York County residents and businesses: Carroll Township, Fairview Township, Penn Township and Warrington Township. These municipalities accept electronics only from their municipality’s residents and businesses: Hopewell Township, Red Lion Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Stewartstown Borough and York City. Dover Township and Windsor Township residents can check with their municipality for collection events. Currently, Best Buy’s York store, located at 2865 Concord Road, also offers free recycling of covered devices.

Please DO NOT bring construction demolition, furniture, appliances, white goods, appliances containing Freon (dehumidifiers, air conditioners, refrigerators) or household hazardous waste. There is no fee to participate in the program. Residents and businesses with large quantities of electronics, (i.e. more than a pickup truck load of electronic material) should call the Authority before the collection date to make arrangements for delivery. The program is made possible by funding generated from tipping fees (cost for disposal of waste) collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center.

Examples of electronic equipment accepted in this program include answering machines, compact disc players, fax machines, computer hard drives, laptops, mobile phones, modems, microwave ovens, pagers, personal computers (CPU, monitors, keyboards, mouse, and peripherals), printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, stereos, tape players, telephones and telephone equipment, televisions, and VCR’s. Residents are responsible for removal of any personal data contained on electronic devices and computer hard drives.

Beginning January 24, 2013, Pennsylvania’s “Covered Device Recycling Act” (Act 108) prohibits the acceptance of certain electronic materials at all Pennsylvania solid waste disposal facilities and also prohibits residents from placing them at the curb for waste pick-up. Under the Act, waste haulers will NOT pick up “covered devices”. Waste haulers should place a sticker on covered devices that provides directions for where to go to properly manage them. Covered devices” include televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors and computer peripherals (anything that connects to a computer such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.).

Residents must now manage these covered devices by recycling them. The Act requires manufacturers of covered devices sold or offered for sale in Pennsylvania to make collection programs available to Pennsylvania residents for the recycling of their covered devices. Though not required, retailers may also offer collection programs. Both manufacturer and retailer collection programs for covered devices are required to be free of charge, unless a coupon, rebate or other financial incentive of equal or greater value is supplied. Residents should contact retail outlets prior to delivering items to ensure acceptance of specific items.

Municipalities that opt to conduct their own electronics recycling programs may deliver their electronics to the Authority during the Authority’s monthly collection program, or store materials collected under cover or under roof until pick-up by the Authority’s vendor can be scheduled. There is no cost to municipalities for the Authority’s electronics vendor to properly manage electronics collected in a municipal program. The Authority currently reimburses participating municipalities with the revenue generated by the weight of electronic items collected by the municipality.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates an Education Center, a Yard Waste Transfer Facility and a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center. The Authority also owns the now-closed York County Sanitary Landfill, a portion of which has been “recycled” into a recreation complex operated by Hopewell Township through an agreement with the Authority.

Are you on Medicare and have limited income? You may be eligible to receive extra help to pay for your Medicare premiums and your prescription drug costs! For information on Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Medicaid, please call the Pennsylvania Apprise Insurance Counseling Program at 1-800-783-7067. For information on a variety of community-based services and supports for older adults and for persons of all ages with disabilities, please call the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources at 1-800-753-8827. Information and assistance services are provided at no cost to citizens and are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

The York County Solid Waste Authority will hold a FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program on Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the parking lot of Woodland View York, LP located at 915 Woodland View Drive in Manchester Township. Residents who bring in elemental mercury and/or a mercury-containing device such as a thermostat, thermometer or elemental mercury will receive a $5 gift card for Lowe’s. Covanta York Renewable Energy, the operator of the Authority’s waste-to-energy facility, is partnering with the Authority to sponsor the gift card exchange to encourage residents to eliminate mercury from the waste stream. There is a two-gift card limit per household. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are not eligible for the gift card exchange, but will be accepted at the HHW program. There are a limited number of gift cards available for distribution on May 2.

Household hazardous waste includes any products from the home that are corrosive (drain cleaners or bleach), flammable (gasoline), reactive (chemistry kits) or toxic (pesticides). The program benefits York County by identifying hazardous wastes found in the home and providing an opportunity to manage these materials in a safe and efficient manner.

All York County homeowners or residential tenants are eligible to bring their household hazardous waste to the collection site. Due to state regulatory requirements, commercial entities are not eligible to participate. There is no fee to participate. The program is made possible by funding generated from tipping fees collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. After collection, a licensed hazardous waste commercial hauler hired by the Authority will transport the material offsite where it will then be recycled, incinerated, landfilled or neutralized at licensed hazardous waste facilities.

Examples of items accepted include: thermometers containing mercury, liquid mercury, auto products (transmission and brake fluids, antifreeze, batteries), pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, kerosene, rechargeable batteries– Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb), photographic and pool chemicals, driveway sealant, and household cleansers (oven, drain, etc.).

Please do not bring paint or other paint-related products including: latex and oil-based paint, turpentine, paint thinners, varnish, and paint strippers or removers. These items can be placed in your regular garbage for pick-up. Containers should be sealed tightly to prevent spillage. Also, DO NOT bring alkaline batteries (i.e.: AAA’s, AA’s, C’s, D’s, etc.) aerosol cans, explosives, ammunition, propane tanks, used motor oil or medications. Dispose of alkaline batteries in your regular garbage. For a listing of York County Collection Centers accepting used motor oil for recycling, call the Authority at 717-845-1066. For questions about how to safely dispose of other items, request the Authority’s “What Kind of Waste is Accepted at the Resource Recovery Center Brochure”. For more information about the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, call the Authority at 717-845-1066, or visit our web page at: www.ycswa.com and click on “Recycle”, then “Hazardous Products”.

Can’t make the May 2 event? An option called “At Your Door Special CollectionSM” enables York County residents to call a toll-free number to schedule a home pick-up of household hazardous waste. The number is: 800-449-7587. Residents may schedule two pick-ups per home, per calendar year and can request up to two “kit bags” per pick-up to fill with accepted household hazardous products. “At Your Door Special Collection SM” pick-ups require a $15 co-pay.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center.

In 2014, the Authority collected 9.65 tons of household hazardous waste in its spring program and 1.6 tons in its year round Special Collection curbside program. This is the 30th year the Authority has conducted a household hazardous waste collection program.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, during the County Commissioner’s regular 10:00 am meeting

York County Administrative Center, 2nd Floor, 28 East Market Street, York, PA

A short presentation on activities related to the County’s MS4 Permit will be given, followed by an opportunity for public comment.

The York County Solid Waste Authority will conduct a free electronics recycling event the first AND third Saturdays of each month. The event time is 9 AM to noon. The electronics recycling events will be held at the Authority’s Yard Waste Transfer Facility located off of Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township. This month’s programs will be held on Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, April 18 from 9 AM to Noon.

All York County residents, businesses and non-profit entities are eligible to participate in this program. In addition, residents, businesses and non-profit entities who are located in a municipality that has contractually agreed to deliver waste only to the York County Resource Recovery Center may also participate. Those municipalities include Swatara Township, Highspire Borough, and McSherrystown Borough. In addition to the Authority’s main collection site on Flour Mill Road, 10 York County municipalities conduct satellite programs in conjunction with the Authority’s program. The following municipalities accept electronics from all York County residents and businesses: Carroll Township, Fairview Township, Penn Township and Warrington Township. These municipalities accept electronics only from their municipality’s residents and businesses: Hopewell Township, Red Lion Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Stewartstown Borough and York City. Dover Township and Windsor Township residents can check with their municipality for collection events. Currently, Best Buy’s York store, located at 2865 Concord Road, also offers free recycling of covered devices.

Please DO NOT bring construction demolition, furniture, appliances, white goods, appliances containing Freon (dehumidifiers, air conditioners, refrigerators) or household hazardous waste. There is no fee to participate in the program. Residents and businesses with large quantities of electronics, (i.e. more than a pickup truck load of electronic material) should call the Authority before the collection date to make arrangements for delivery. The program is made possible by funding generated from tipping fees (cost for disposal of waste) collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center.

Examples of electronic equipment accepted in this program include answering machines, compact disc players, fax machines, computer hard drives, laptops, mobile phones, modems, microwave ovens, pagers, personal computers (CPU, monitors, keyboards, mouse, and peripherals), printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, stereos, tape players, telephones and telephone equipment, televisions, and VCR’s. Residents are responsible for removal of any personal data contained on electronic devices and computer hard drives.

Beginning January 24, 2013, Pennsylvania’s “Covered Device Recycling Act” (Act 108) prohibits the acceptance of certain electronic materials at all Pennsylvania solid waste disposal facilities and also prohibits residents from placing them at the curb for waste pick-up. Under the Act, waste haulers will NOT pick up “covered devices”. Waste haulers should place a sticker on covered devices that provides directions for where to go to properly manage them. Covered devices” include televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors and computer peripherals (anything that connects to a computer such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.).

Residents must now manage these covered devices by recycling them. The Act requires manufacturers of covered devices sold or offered for sale in Pennsylvania to make collection programs available to Pennsylvania residents for the recycling of their covered devices. Though not required, retailers may also offer collection programs. Both manufacturer and retailer collection programs for covered devices are required to be free of charge, unless a coupon, rebate or other financial incentive of equal or greater value is supplied. Residents should contact retail outlets prior to delivering items to ensure acceptance of specific items.

Municipalities that opt to conduct their own electronics recycling programs may deliver their electronics to the Authority during the Authority’s monthly collection program, or store materials collected under cover or under roof until pick-up by the Authority’s vendor can be scheduled. There is no cost to municipalities for the Authority’s electronics vendor to properly manage electronics collected in a municipal program. The Authority currently reimburses participating municipalities with the revenue generated by the weight of electronic items collected by the municipality.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates an Education Center, a Yard Waste Transfer Facility and a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center. The Authority also owns the now-closed York County Sanitary Landfill, a portion of which has been “recycled” into a recreation complex operated by Hopewell Township through an agreement with the Authority.

Dog wardens will canvass homes in York County, the week of April 13 to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.

The state Department of Agriculture reminds dog owners that a license is one of the best ways to ensure a lost dog is returned home safely.

Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others.

Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (three months of age and older) must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.

Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Licenses may be purchased through Treasurer Bair at the York County Administrative Office, by calling (717) 771-9603, online at yorkcountypa.gov, or from these issuing agents:

  • Delta – Delta Tags, Title & Notary
  • Delta – Dennis Emmel
  • Dover – Pet’s Best Friend
  • Hanover – Hanover WalMart
  • Hanover – Jocelyn’s Puppies
  • Hanover – Nature’s Pet Place
  • Manchester – Animal Medic Inc.
  • Mechanicsburg – Diller Landscape, Feed & Tack
  • New Freedom – Four Paws Pet Shop
  • Red Lion – Cape Horn Country
  • Red Lion – Cape Horn Veterinary Services
  • Red Lion – Diehl’s Service Center
  • Red Lion – The Mill, 327 East Broadway
  • Spring Grove – Spring Grove Animal Hospital
  • Stewartstown – Stewartstown Veterinary Services
  • York – Morgan’s Paws Pet Care Center
  • York – Sloppy Kisses
  • York – West York Agway
  • York – York County S.P.C.A.
  • York – York Pet Supply

For more information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call 717-787-3062.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brandi Hunter-Davenport – 717.787.5085

Reading, Pa. – As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the durability and flexibility of its electric system, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) has scheduled more than 35 major distribution and transmission infrastructure projects and other work in 2015 to help enhance service reliability in Metropolitan Edison Company’s (Met-Ed) 15-county service area.

Major projects planned for this year include building new circuits, replacing underground cables, inspecting and replacing utility poles, and installing automated remote control devices designed to reduce the number of outages Met-Ed customers might experience.

“The infrastructure projects we have completed in recent years have resulted in some of the best reliability numbers the company has reported, and we believe our work plans for 2015 will help continue this trend,” said Ed Shuttleworth, regional president of Met-Ed. “Our goal is to enhance the quality of service we provide our customers now, while helping to prepare our system for future load growth.”

Scheduled projects in the Met-Ed service area in 2015 include:

  • Upgrading substations in the Easton/Stroudsburg, Lebanon, Reading and York areas by installing or enhancing circuit breakers, switches and other equipment, along with inspecting transformers.
  • Installing new sectionalizing equipment, such as fuses and devices that reset automatically, to help reduce the number of outages across the entire Met-Ed service territory.
  • Installing capacitor banks and other equipment in the York, Reading, and Easton areas to help maintain proper voltage levels. This is expected to benefit Met-Ed’s industrial and large commercial customers that operate large motors and other sensitive machinery. Capacitor banks help maintain proper voltages during periods of high demand.
  • Inspecting and replacing utility poles and overhead equipment. This inspection process is conducted on a 12-year cycle. Inspections began in January, with replacement work scheduled to be completed throughout the fall.
  • Repairing and replacing underground equipment throughout Met-Ed territory.

Met-Ed serves approximately 560,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties. Visit FirstEnergy on the web at www.firstenergycorp.com and follow Met-Ed on Twitter @Met Ed and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

To help eliminate illegal dumping of tires and educate the public about proper tire management, the York County Solid Waste Authority (Authority) is offering free tire disposal at the York County Resource Recovery Center. Pre-registration is required and will be accepted during business hours between now and April 22, 2015.

Residents may preregister by calling Mindy Waltemyer at the Authority at (717) 845-1066 between the hours 8AM and 5PM, Monday through Friday, starting March 2. Registrants will receive a dashboard placard for a free one-time disposal of up to 10 tires. Tires must be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32” in diameter. Tires may not be excessively dirty or full of water. This program is limited to one placard per household. The program coincides with Earth Day celebrations and is open to York County residents only. Businesses are not eligible to participate. Registration ends at close of business on April 22, 2015. Tire delivery dates will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

This program is a result of the Authority’s participation in and support of Keep York Beautiful and its efforts to prevent and eliminate illegal dumping. Dave Vollero, Authority Executive Director, notes that “Residents can and should place old tires out with their regular garbage. The special tire acceptance program is being held to raise awareness that tires should be properly disposed of as household waste and to help prevent illegal dumping of tires.” Tires collected at the curb with regular garbage must be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32” in diameter. Residents should call their waste hauler for specifics on how many tires can be placed out with each pick-up.

Tom Smith, Executive Director of Keep York Beautiful, points out that “Proper management of old tires eliminates potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes and results in a cleaner and healthier community.”

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township and conducts a year-round free litter disposal program to encourage York County residents, organizations, civic groups, schools, and neighborhoods to clean up litter and illegal dumpsites. Waste collected in clean-up programs can be disposed of free of charge at the York County Resource Recovery Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information about the free litter program, call the Authority at 845-1066.

Keep York Beautiful is an affiliate chapter of Keep America Beautiful and supporter of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Its mission is to empower York County residents to make our communities clean and beautiful. Keep York Beautiful coordinates cleanups across York County and provides education and outreach programming. Residents interested in helping to clean up an illegal dumpsite should call Tom Smith at Keep York Beautiful at 717-840-2375, or email him at: tls35@psu.edu. Keep York Beautiful will assist by providing free gloves, bags
and safety vests.

Reading, Pa. – To help ensure continued reliability and customer service enhancements for their two million Pennsylvania customers, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) subsidiaries Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power), West Penn Power Company (West Penn Power), Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed) and Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) yesterday filed settlement agreements with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) for their comprehensive distribution rate plans.

Click here to read more.

As of January 1st, 2015, Penn Waste will begin accepting cartons.

Cartons are defined as a type of packaging for food and beverage products you can purchase at the store. They are easy to recognize and are available in two types – shelf-stable and refrigerated.

Please see the attached documents that provides more detailed information on what cartons are and how to properly recycle them.

Calling All Cartons flyer
Frequently Asked Questions
Recycling Guidelines for Your Home

Comcast is pleased to announce the opening of a brand new Xfinity Store in York! Beginning Monday December 15, visitors to the store will be able to experience Comcast’s cutting-edge products, such as the X1 Platform, Comcast High-Speed Internet, and Xfinity Home. Customers will also be able to pay bills and pick up and return equipment.

The new store is located in the York Mall at 2801 East Market Street, York, PA. Our current payment center located at 221 W. Philadelphia Street will close on Friday, December 12. Comcast customers will continue to be able to pay their bills at any Giant Food Store, Weis Market and several other locations through the York area. Customer may also return equipment free of charge at any UPS Store location

Reading, Pa. – In preparation for winter, Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is completing inspections and conducting equipment maintenance on weather-sensitive equipment across its service area.

Winter’s cold temperatures produce increased demand for electricity, and heavy snow and wind have the potential to cause damage to poles, wires and substations, requiring crews to make repairs in difficult conditions. Completing inspections and maintenance of equipment now can help to enhance system reliability when the snow begins to fly.  “Winter maintenance procedures on our infrastructure make our system more reliable during colder temperatures,” said Dave Karafa, FirstEnergy president-Pennsylvania Operations. “We’re also completing vehicle fleet maintenance, which helps us to enhance the reliable service we provide to our customers.”  The work includes inspecting heating equipment for substation components, such as capacitor banks, transformers, oil- and gas-filled circuit breakers. Some substations also include buildings that house remote-controlled relay equipment. These structures will be winterized and have the heating systems checked.

Company bucket trucks and other vehicles also are being inspected to help ensure safe operation during the winter season. Special emphasis is placed on the condition of tires and any air braking systems, which can freeze up if moisture is present. In addition, snow removal equipment is being checked. Plows are used to help crews gain access to substations, and to clear the work areas and sidewalks at company service garages and other facilities.

Helicopter patrols also are completing inspections on approximately 1,300 miles of FirstEnergy transmission lines located in the Met-Ed area. The inspections are designed to look for damaged wire, broken cross arms, failed insulators, and other hardware problems not visible from the ground. Any potential reliability issues identified during the inspection may then be addressed.  In addition, tree trimming throughout the year helps meet the rigors of winter operations by maintaining proper clearances around electrical systems and helping to protect against tree-related outages. Met-Ed tree contractors have trimmed more than 2,100 circuit miles of electric lines since January and expect to trim another 560 miles by year end.

Employee safety also is a priority during the winter. Met-Ed’s cold-weather operational procedures are reviewed with linemen, substation electricians, and meter readers in advance of any frigid conditions. Met-Ed personnel often take extra measures to stay warm when working in extreme cold to restore power after an outage. Crews also could be delayed by treacherous driving conditions.

FirstEnergy’s utilities have made it easier for customers to check the progress of service restoration efforts when they experience a power outage. The company’s 24/7 Power Center outage maps now display the status of crews restoring service after a power outage. With this enhancement, FirstEnergy utility customers can see when crews have been dispatched, when they are working on a repair, and when additional crews or equipment are needed to complete restoration work. This information is also provided through the companies’ web-based outage information, and text messaging and alert services.

FirstEnergy customers can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive billing reminders, weather alerts in advance of major storms, and updates on scheduled or extended power outages. Customers can also use two-way text messaging to report outages, request updates on restoration efforts, and make other inquiries about their electric accounts.  More information about these communications tools is available online at www.firstenergycorp.com/connect.

Met-Ed serves approximately 560,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties. Follow Met-Ed on Twitter @Met Ed and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 6-8 p.m., Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) will reveal the finding of a study into the consolidation of York County’s 15 contiguous school districts. The details will be released at an event to be held in the cafeteria of York County School of Technology, 2179 South Queen St., York.

The study was launched last year at the request of the York County House Republican delegation. With the increased costs associated with pensions and health care, we wanted to take a look at possible savings that could be realized should the administrative functions of the county’s public schools be rolled together.

I hope you will take an interest in this issue, which impacts all taxpayers, and plan to attend this public meeting.

Ordinance: Streets & Sidewalks: Section 21-201 through Section 21-203

Owner, occupant and tenant of a property to remove the snow and ice from sidewalks and walkways within twelve(12) hours after the snow/ice has fallen. Snow/ice shall be removed to a width no less that two(2) feet in width and snow/ice shall be placed on the outer or inner edges of sidewalks or walkways and NOT in gutters, crosswalks or cart ways. Fines of not less than $100.00 for the first offence, $250.00 for the second offense and $500.00 for the third offense nor more than $1000.00 plus costs for any offense and, in default of payment said fine and costs to a term of imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on February 6, 2018 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:0 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in attendance:
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer
Tyler Sprenkle, Resident
Dustin Claycomb, Resident
Michelle Claycomb, Resident

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Noll made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Snyder abstained, all others in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
As had been indicated at last months meeting there is an open council seat. Letters of interested were received by two gentleman, Tyler Sprenkle, and Dustin Claycomb.

Councilman Snyder addressed both Mr. Sprenkle, and Mr. Claycomb to give them an overview of what is required by a Councilmember.

Councilman Snyder also wanted to clear up a misunderstanding regarding the requirements of being an appointed Councilmember. As of 2014 the requirements are that interested parties are over the age of 18 and have been a registered voter of the Borough for at least one year.

Both candidates were asked to introduce themselves and say why they would like to be on Council.

Mayor Sanford began by asking Mr. Claycomb what he feels he can bring to Council. Mr. Claycomb feels he bring experience due to his age. He has wanted to be involved for a long time. Mayor Sanford asked what Mr. Claycomb likes to do in his personal time that he would like to share with Council. Mr. Claycomb said he and his wife like to go antiquing.

Mayor Sanford asked Mr. Sprenkle the same questions. Mr. Sprenkle said he has a strong drive to learn, and wants to make an impact on the town that he plans to live in for the rest of his life. Mr. Sprenkle is a welder, but he also runs a side business doing yard clean up. He is also an automotive junkie, tries to learn any skills he can, be a handyman.

Councilman Snyder asked Mr. Sprenkle what area of the Borough he felt needed the most work. Mr. Sprenkle said he could not honestly answer, he is not involved enough to know, which is why he would like to get on Council.

Councilman Snyder asked Mr. Claycomb the same question. Mr. Claycomb feels that keeping taxes low is the main issue. He feels there should be a good balance between service and cost.

Councilman Snyder thanked both Mr. Sprenkle and Mr. Claycomb for their interest. Asked that they maintain interested, as there are other openings in the Borough, and there will be an election in two years. The floor was then opened for discussion.

Councilman Myers made the motion to appoint Mr. Claycomb. Councilman Myers feels that Mr. Sprenkle would be great on the Sewer Authority. Councilman Noll seconded the motion. Councilman Howett, and Councilman Harper said aye. Councilmen Snyder and Bankoske abstained. Councilman Myers made a motion that Mr. Sprenkle be appointed to the sewer authority. Seconded by Councilman Harper. Councilman Banksoske abstained, all others in favor. Mayor Sanford thanked both gentlemen for expressing their interest.

Mayor Sanford swore in Mr. Claycomb.

Resolution 2018-04 appointing Melissa Harper to fill the vacated seat on the Zoning Hearing Board, term ending on 12/31/2019. Councilman Noll made the motion, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Harper abstained, all others in favor, motion carried.

Resolution 2018-05 appointing Dustin Claycomb to a two-year term, to fill the seat vacated by Regan Strausbaugh. Councilman Myers made the motion, seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, motion carried.

Maintenance Report
Report provided. Fourth load of salt ordered. Councilman Noll made a motion to keep salt contract at 143 tons. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, motion carried.

LTAP traffic engineer is scheduled for February 22 at 9AM.

Barricades have been erected at the ballfield, as people have been driving onto the field. The Borough had received concerns from the neighbors regarding people on the ballfield after dark. This issue has been addressed by the Police. The ballfield is open to foot traffic. Discussion continued.

Chief Damon contacted Mayor Sanford about the possibility of having the cameras at the park connected to the Police Department. More details will need to be determined, so this issue is tabled at this time.

Engineer’s Report
C.S. Davidson submitted the Highway Occupancy Permit. Penndot wants to see a drawing of the entire system. The Borough must install concrete pipe on the State route. Discussion continued. Liquid Fuels monies will not be used to fund this project. Easement have not yet been obtained. C.S. Davidson will help the Borough draw up a letter to send to the homeowners that the Borough is hoping to get an easement on. Councilman Harper and Mr. Shearer will go out and speak with the property owners after the letters are sent.

Solicitor’s Report
ECS Act II final report provided. There are no pollutants have been found in the water, or residences. This report will be submitted to DEP.

Councilman Myers made the motion to go into executive session at 8:08 PM. Councilman Banksoske seconded the motion. All in favor, entered into executive session at 8:08 PM.

The regular council meeting was resumed at 8:25 PM. Legal issues were discussed, only action taken at this time is for the President of Council to have contact with the Zoning Officer for update status.

Zoning Officer’s Report
No report provided. The Zoning Officer was out after the snow.

EMA Report
Rodney attended the last meeting. Some management changes at the 911 center.

Mayor’s Report
Speeding concern on Maple ST, but no one was found, but the Police will continue to monitor.

Secretary’s Report
Codification has been sent to American Legal. Audit was started last week. Discussion of what needs to be provided to Councilman Claycomb. Ethics reports are due by May.

Unfinished Business
Councilman Harper inquired as to whether Councilman Myers was able to speak to the State Police. This has not been completed at this time. AED has been replaced.

New Business
There is no new business at this time.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Harper made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Claycomb made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:44PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on January 2, 2018 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Mayor John Sanford at 7:00 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in attendance:
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer
James Tyson, Resident

Oath of Office
Mayor Sanford presented the secretary with his affidavit of residency and his oath of office. Affidavits of residency were also presented for Seth Noll, Barry Myers and William Bankoske.

Councilmen Noll, Myers, and Bankoske were given the oath of office. All answered I do.

Nominations
Mayor Sanford opened the floor for nominations for Council President. Councilman Noll nominated Samuel Snyder for President of Council. Councilman Snyder abstained. The vote was otherwise unanimous.

Mayor Sanford asked for nominations for Vice President of Council. Councilman Snyder nominated Councilman Noll for Vice President of Council. Councilman Noll abstained. The vote was otherwise unanimous.

The meeting was turned over to Councilman Snyder. One Councilman was unable to fufill his duties due to his untimely death. Councilman Harper made the motion to declare the seat vacant, and for word to get out that we have an opening. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

We have not yet received certification or affidavit for the elected tax collector. If the elected tax collector does not submit this information, the county will be the tax collector for the Borough. Discussion continued.

Councilman Noll wanted to make note that the vacant seat must be filled by a Republican.

Councilman Snyder is passing the meeting over to Vice President Seth Noll due to technical difficulties.

Resolution 2018-01 appointee list. Councilman Harper made the motion to adopt, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried.

Meeting turned back over to Councilman Snyder.

Resolution 2018-02 appointing Patti McConagle to a three year term expiring on 12/31/2020. There is still an empty seat on the zoning board, and two empty seats on the sewer authority.

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Myers made a motion to accept the November minutes, Councilman Howett seconded the motion. All in favor, minutes accepted.

Visitors
Boy Scout Troop 43 was in attendance to observe the meeting. Council thanked the Boy Scouts for attending the meeting. Councilman Snyder explained the importance of local government.

Mr. Luke Walker is our newly elected tax collector, but is unsure if he is qualified to hold the position. Mr. Walker was elected by write in, but he was not running for this position. Mr. Walker is considering moving out of Yoe Borough. If he does move out of the Borough he will not be qualified for the position of Tax Collector. Solicitor Springer let Mr. Walker know that if he does indeed decide to accept the position, there are classes that he will be required to take.

Solicitor’s Report
The annual budget has been advertised, it must now be adopted. Councilman Noll made the motion that we formally adopt the 2018 budget. Councilman Harper seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Ordinance 2017-04, fixing the millage rate for 2018. The millage rate for general revenue purposes is 3.455 mills. The millage rate for the annual fire tax is .452 mills. The millage rate for annual emergency services is .500 mills. Councilman Howett made the motion to ordain 2017-04, seconded by Councilman Bankoske, all in favor, so be it ordained. The mayor has approved the ordinance within the statutory ten days.

The 2018 meeting dates were provided to Council for approval, and advertising. Councilman Myers made the motion to advertise the meeting dates for 2018. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, meeting dates are set.

The mini-casino opt out was brought up for discussion. There is one caveat; once you opt out, you can opt back in, but you cannot opt back out again. Opting out of the mini-casinos will have no effect on small games of chance.

Reimbursement for 197 S Main ST has been received by the Borough. At this point, the only thing left is for PA DEP to officially clear the affected properties.

Solicitor Springer reviewed the contract from South Penn Code Consultants. There was no minimum amount of insurance listed on the contract, but there was insurance information provided.

Councilman Noll feels that we should opt out of the mini-casinos. There were no objections from Council. Councilman Harper made the motion to accept resolution 2017-011proclaiming that Yoe Borough has exercised its statutory option to prohibit the location of category 4 licensed facilities within the boundaries of Yoe. Seconded by councilman Bankoske. All in favor, so be it resolved.

The contracts from 2017 and 2018 from South Penn are the same. Councilman Noll made the motion to accept the contract from South Penn Code Consultants. Delegated duties to administer and enforce the Municipalities building code, to administer and enforce the municipalities zoning ordinance, to administer and enforce the codes and or ordinances identified on attachment A. Councilman Banksoske seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

There was a question on whether or not we need a new contract from CCIS.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker met with Barry, Seth and Dana, and looked at the park alley drainage situation. Mr. Malesker pulled the 2004 project file. The cost estimate has gone up slightly since then. The borough can decrease some cost by purchasing their own materials, but most likely the labor will need to be put out for bid unless it comes in under $10,500. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll made the motion to obtain quotes to convert a concrete swale to an earth covered pipe, to be connected to the main stormwater system on Main Street. Because this is on private property, two easements will need to be obtained. Easement agreements should be obtained prior to any work being started. Councilman Howett seconded the motion. Councilman Snyder abstained, all others in favor. Councilman Harper and Mr. Shearer will work on the easement agreements.

Mayor Sanford sent in the paperwork for the dam inspection. Routine maintenance will be completed. Mr. Malesker can add the dates for the work to the report when provided. Discussion continued.

Maintenance Report
Report provided. Equipment prepped for snow removal. Traffic issues on West Philadelphia will be addressed after the first of the year.

Zoning Officer’s Report
No report provided. All complaints now to be provided in writing, and must include complainants name and phone number. There was discussion related to ongoing issues regarding 44 E Pennsylvania AVE. There is still no permit in place for this property, and the property owner is not complying with the requirements to have a structural engineer to look at the property. Councilman Noll is going to follow up with the property owner, CCIS and South Penn Code Consultants. If this issue is not resolved then we will move to deem the property a nuisance.

EMA Report
Radios have arrived. Gives them the capability to talk to all emergency services in the county.

Mayor’s Report
Report provided. Bus and truck traffic have ceased on Broad ST. Mayor Sanford has the new police contract to be signed, along with information from the Chief of Police, regarding PPU recommendations. The final increase was 3.5% to the contract for 2018.

Councilman Howett made the motion to sign the five year police contract. Councilman Noll seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The open records request from York Area Regional has been retracted.

Secretary’s Report
Secretary Dvorak needs to notify the county that we plan to move forward with them as our tax collector. The Borough is also interested in having a sitting both in the spring and fall for tax collection.

Unfinished Business
Councilman Harper inquired about meeting with Red Lion to discuss the State Police.

New Business
There is no new business at this time.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Noll made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on December 5, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:01 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in attendance:
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer
Luke Walker, Resident
Boy Scout Troop 43

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Myers made a motion to accept the November minutes, Councilman Howett seconded the motion. All in favor, minutes accepted.

Visitors
Boy Scout Troop 43 was in attendance to observe the meeting. Council thanked the Boy Scouts for attending the meeting. Councilman Snyder explained the importance of local government.

Mr. Luke Walker is our newly elected tax collector, but is unsure if he is qualified to hold the position. Mr. Walker was elected by write in, but he was not running for this position. Mr. Walker is considering moving out of Yoe Borough. If he does move out of the Borough he will not be qualified for the position of Tax Collector. Solicitor Springer let Mr. Walker know that if he does indeed decide to accept the position, there are classes that he will be required to take.

Solicitor’s Report
The annual budget has been advertised, it must now be adopted. Councilman Noll made the motion that we formally adopt the 2018 budget. Councilman Harper seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Ordinance 2017-04, fixing the millage rate for 2018. The millage rate for general revenue purposes is 3.455 mills. The millage rate for the annual fire tax is .452 mills. The millage rate for annual emergency services is .500 mills. Councilman Howett made the motion to ordain 2017-04, seconded by Councilman Bankoske, all in favor, so be it ordained. The mayor has approved the ordinance within the statutory ten days.

The 2018 meeting dates were provided to Council for approval, and advertising. Councilman Myers made the motion to advertise the meeting dates for 2018. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, meeting dates are set.

The mini-casino opt out was brought up for discussion. There is one caveat; once you opt out, you can opt back in, but you cannot opt back out again. Opting out of the mini-casinos will have no effect on small games of chance.

Reimbursement for 197 S Main ST has been received by the Borough. At this point, the only thing left is for PA DEP to officially clear the affected properties.

Solicitor Springer reviewed the contract from South Penn Code Consultants. There was no minimum amount of insurance listed on the contract, but there was insurance information provided.

Councilman Noll feels that we should opt out of the mini-casinos. There were no objections from Council. Councilman Harper made the motion to accept resolution 2017-011proclaiming that Yoe Borough has exercised its statutory option to prohibit the location of category 4 licensed facilities within the boundaries of Yoe. Seconded by councilman Bankoske. All in favor, so be it resolved.

The contracts from 2017 and 2018 from South Penn are the same. Councilman Noll made the motion to accept the contract from South Penn Code Consultants. Delegated duties to administer and enforce the Municipalities building code, to administer and enforce the municipalities zoning ordinance, to administer and enforce the codes and or ordinances identified on attachment A. Councilman Banksoske seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

There was a question on whether or not we need a new contract from CCIS.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker met with Barry, Seth and Dana, and looked at the park alley drainage situation. Mr. Malesker pulled the 2004 project file. The cost estimate has gone up slightly since then. The borough can decrease some cost by purchasing their own materials, but most likely the labor will need to be put out for bid unless it comes in under $10,500. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll made the motion to obtain quotes to convert a concrete swale to an earth covered pipe, to be connected to the main stormwater system on Main Street. Because this is on private property, two easements will need to be obtained. Easement agreements should be obtained prior to any work being started. Councilman Howett seconded the motion. Councilman Snyder abstained, all others in favor. Councilman Harper and Mr. Shearer will work on the easement agreements.

Mayor Sanford sent in the paperwork for the dam inspection. Routine maintenance will be completed. Mr. Malesker can add the dates for the work to the report when provided. Discussion continued.

Maintenance Report
Report provided. Equipment prepped for snow removal. Traffic issues on West Philadelphia will be addressed after the first of the year.

Zoning Officer’s Report
No report provided. All complaints now to be provided in writing, and must include complainants name and phone number. There was discussion related to ongoing issues regarding 44 E Pennsylvania AVE. There is still no permit in place for this property, and the property owner is not complying with the requirements to have a structural engineer to look at the property. Councilman Noll is going to follow up with the property owner, CCIS and South Penn Code Consultants. If this issue is not resolved then we will move to deem the property a nuisance.

EMA Report
Radios have arrived. Gives them the capability to talk to all emergency services in the county.

Mayor’s Report
Report provided. Bus and truck traffic have ceased on Broad ST. Mayor Sanford has the new police contract to be signed, along with information from the Chief of Police, regarding PPU recommendations. The final increase was 3.5% to the contract for 2018.

Councilman Howett made the motion to sign the five year police contract. Councilman Noll seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The open records request from York Area Regional has been retracted.

Secretary’s Report
Secretary Dvorak needs to notify the county that we plan to move forward with them as our tax collector. The Borough is also interested in having a sitting both in the spring and fall for tax collection.

Unfinished Business
Councilman Harper inquired about meeting with Red Lion to discuss the State Police.

New Business
There is no new business at this time.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Noll made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on November 14, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:02 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Councilman Snyder requested a moment of silence in honor of Regan Strausbaugh who passed away last week.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in attendance:
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. The voice resolution from October is actually 2017-08. Councilman Howett made a motion to accept the October minutes, Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor, minutes accepted.

Visitors
There were no visitors in attendance for the November meeting.

Solicitor’s Report
Report provided. Solicitor Springer expressed his condolences for the passing of Mr. Strausbaugh.

Solicitor Springer advises that we sign the SPCA agreement. There were five write in votes for the position of tax collector, but the elections board will not be able to provide names for at least two weeks. Solicitor Springer feels that we should continue with the York County Treasurer until which time we can confirm that any of the write in candidates are interested, and/or qualified for the position. Discussion continued.

With the passing of Councilman Strausbaugh, there will be an open council seat. Council can only appoint someone to the end of his term, which would be December 2017. Councilman Strausbaugh was on the ballot, and it appears that he won, but Council cannot certify elections, we have to wait for the elections office. It will be next year before anyone will be appointed.

All municipalities have an opportunity to opt out of “mini-casinos” in their Township or Borough. If they so choose, a resolution needs to be passed by December 2017. Councilman Myers asked is being considered as a mini-casino, at this point, there are no clear guidelines. Councilman Snyder feels that our zoning laws are sufficient to prevent any issues. Several Council members are concerned that should we pass this resolution could negatively affect the Fire Department’s fundraising. Councilman Noll asked that, should we pass a resolution, could it be rescinded later if it would affect the small games of chance put on by the Fire Department. Council requested that Solicitor Springer get more information for the December meeting.

The Borough has reached an agreement with the owner of 197 S Main ST, and the case has been closed.

Councilman Noll made a motion to resolve resolution 2017-09, which sets the quarterly contribution rate for the pension fund at $180 per member, per quarter. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Harper made a motion to resolve resolution 2017-10, which appoints Smith Elliot & Kearns as the auditors for the year to complete the audit for 2017, to be completed in 2018. Seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Harper made a motion to tentatively approve the 2018 budget and to have it advertised. Seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Noll made a motion to have the Secretary to advertise the budget and tax ordinance. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried.

Engineer’s Report
Report provided. Yoe Borough has two projects on the preliminary CDBG list of projects. Curb, sidewalk and stormwater improvements were applied for. Mr. Malesker will get together with, Mr. Shearer, Councilmen Noll and Myers to go over the work to be completed. There is a stormwater culvert that is between Park Alley and Main ST, was supposed to be put underground. Councilman Snyder wants us to look into cost to complete this before the CDBG work is completed. Discussion continued. We will need an easement to do the work on the culvert. Mr. Malesker is going to look for a survey that was completed in the last few years.

The basin inspection is complete. There is a concern with a sediment bar that is forming. Mr. Shearer thinks the sediment may be coming down the line from Dallastown, and could possibly be fill from a construction firm. This could potentially be an MS4 problem. This is occurring in York Township, so Yoe is the aggrieved party in this case.

There was an email regarding the H20 grant application. Each municipality could submit two projects. Yoe had two projects on the list, and Mr. Malesker thinks some of the projects in other municipalities have already been completed.

Maintenance Report
Storm drain on E. Philadelphia has been repaired. The park building have been winterized. The F-250 has been sold.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Report provided. Regular follow ups, not a lot going on. Councilman Noll inquired about 44 E Pennsylvania AVE. The work is ongoing, and South Penn Code Consultants is working closely with the office regarding this properties.

EMA Report
Still waiting on radios.

Mayor’s Report
Report provided. Mayor Sanford sent a letter to Reliance Bus Company in regards to the issues on Broad and Elm streets.

Mayor Sanford relayed a concern regarding parking between Main and Elm. The resident asked that Council consider posting this as no parking. Councilman Snyder suggested that we do a traffic study. Options such as a 3 way stop, or a one way were discussed. The objective is to keep Main ST traffic on Main ST. Discussion continued.

The Police contract is coming due, a new contract would be a for a three year period. Even if we sign the contract, we could still give a year’s notice that we are terminating service. Council feels that Mayor Sanford should sign the contract, but talk to municipalities using State Police in the meantime. Councilman Myers would like to put together a committee to speak with Diane at Red Lion to see how things are going with the State Police. If possible Councilman Myers would also like to speak with the State Police as well. Discussion continued.

Secretary’s Report
South Penn Code Consultants will be appointed as the Flood Plain Administrator.

Unfinished Business
There is no unfinished business at this time.

New Business
There is no new business at this time.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Myers made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:45PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on October 3, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:05 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Councilman Myers requested a moment of silence for the victims of the October 2 Las Vegas shooting.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in attendance:
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Mayor Sanford asked that a portion of the previous month’s minutes be amended regarding the foot patrols. It should have stated that all Boroughs are receiving foot patrols in the park. Mayor Sanford will follow up with foot patrols in the downtown area. Councilman Howett made a motion to accept the September minutes, Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor, minutes accepted.

Visitors
There were no visitors in attendance.

Solicitor’s Report
There was further discussion regarding the positon of tax collector. The Borough is, by statue, allowed to appoint the York County Treasurer’s Office as the tax collector. There is question as to whether or not, the Borough would be able to remove the tax collector position from the ballot going forward. The position of Tax Collector cannot be removed from the ballot this year. If someone does run this year and are elected they must meet the state requirements. If the requirements are not there is a certain period of time they would have to meet the requirements. If the requirements are not met, Council can deem the position as unfilled, and then can go with the county. Solicitor Springer feels that we can appoint the York County Treasurers Office now; that we do not need to wait until after the election. Discussion continued.

The York County Treasurers Office provided a proposal listing their fees for tax collection, via email to Councilman Snyder. The email was provided to the Solicitor for review prior to the meeting. The costs would be $1 per original tax bill, $1 per interim bill, the Borough would be responsible for their portion of bill preparation and postage. Tax certifications would be $10 each. There is an option for the Treasury Office to do a sitting for a $20 fee.

Councilman Noll made the motion to approve a voice resolution 2017-07 to comply with section 6924.313 -collection of taxes, designating York County Treasurer for collection of taxes going forward, as the agreement has been sent out. Solicitor Springer will draw up a resolution with the correct verbiage to be signed later. Councilman Myers seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

197 S Main ST – ECS sent notice of remediation to PA DEP. It appears that all three properties have been cleared, but Solicitor Springer is continuing to follow up on this issue. The Borough is satisfied, as long as there is clearance on all affected properties. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll feels that follow up should be done with ECS vs. DEP.

The SPCA submitted a 2018 contract. This was given to Solicitor Springer for review.

Engineer’s Report
The notice of intent for the new MS4 cycle was submitted last month. Expect the new permit early next year.

Basin inspections are coming due, and reports are due to DEP by the end of December. Councilman Howett made a motion for C.S. Davidson to complete the basin inspections. Seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor, motion carried.

Mr. Shearer and Councilman Noll would like to be in attendance when the basin inspections are completed.

Councilman Snyder asked if there were any updates on the CDBG grants. There is nothing at this time to report. There is a pre-meeting, which is a public meeting, Mr. Malesker encouraged a representative of council to attend the meeting.

Maintenance Report
Report provided. Snow preparation is being done. Discussion continued.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Report provided. Mostly high weeds grass type of stuff. Also went to court regarding 230 S Main ST.

EMA Report
Quarterly meeting coming up but neither Rodney nor Mayor Sanford will be able to make it. The deadline has been pushed back for the radio changes.

Mayor’s Report
Monthly report was provided. Mayor Sanford attended the last Police Commissioner’s meeting. The topic of the budget had come up. We are looking at a 3% increase. There was discussion regarding the increase, as the Boroughs were only receiving a 3% increase, but the Townships were receiving a 3.5% increase. The next Commissioner’s meeting in next Thursday, and Mayor Sanford plans to attend. Our current contract with the Police expires at the end of this year. Three years is the shortest term, unless you give a year’s notice of your intent to end the Police coverage. If instructed by Council, Mayor Sanford will sign another three year contract. Windsor Borough has already provided notice that they have dropped out, and it is strongly suspected that Felton Borough plans on terminating coverage as well. There has been nothing further regarding the costs of a “per head” fee for State Police Coverage.

Bus number 4 is continuing to drive empty on Broad ST. Mayor Sanford will follow up again. Truck traffic is beginning to increase on Broad ST again.

There was correspondence from ISO regarding the Fire Company, which was given to the Secretary to file.

Police hours are coming back up. The Witch Watch will be held on Tuesday October 31st from 6 to 8.

A local church would like to do some volunteer work in the Borough. There was discussion of where to use the service, the dugouts, and buildings at the park were options.

Secretary’s Report
The budget meeting was set for November 2, at 2:30 PM.

Unfinished Business
There is no unfinished business at this time.

New Business
Councilman Harper is working with a local company for customized items with the Borough logo.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Howett made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:13PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on September 5, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:01 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council Members in Attendance
Samuel Snyder
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett

Others in Attendance
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Diana Dvorak, Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Howett made the motion to approve the July minutes, this was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh, all in favor, motion carried. Councilman Howett made the motion to approve the August minutes, seconded by Councilman Bankoske, all in favor, motion carried.

Visitors
There were no visitors at the September meeting.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor Springer has been working on the Pollutant Reduction Plan for the York County Planning Commission. This will need to be signed and submitted to the Planning Commission. Ordinance number 2017-03 is an amended and restated intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan. Councilman Harper made the motion to approve Ordinance 2017-03, this was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Noll was absent for the vote, but the remaining council members all approved the motion.

Councilman Bankoske made the motion to execute the agreement dated September 5, 2017 for the implementation of the York County Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan. Councilman Howett made the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

The summary trail that was scheduled for August 23, was continued until November 2, regarding the illicit discharge on 197 S Main ST. Attorney Eschbach is representing the defendant. Mitigation efforts have begun, but testing had been postponed due to weather, but has now been completed. Mr. Shearer thinks they took seven samples in total. Solicitor Springer suggested that the tank be tested to see what was actually in it. Councilman Snyder, Mr. Shearer and Secretary Dvorak have all been added to the communications list. Discussion continued.

2018 is the last year of our contract with Smith Elliot & Kearns to do our annual audit. Secretary Dvorak reached out to eight companies to audit proposals starting in 2018, for both the Borough and the Tax Collector. Hamilton & Musser submitted a proposal starting the 2018 audit at $5000, the amount increasing by $100 a year up to 2021. There are two options for either an Audit, or Agreed upon procedures for either $2500 or $5000. Discussion continued.

Our current tax collector, Connie Crull, is in her final year as tax collector. At this point, no one has run for the position. The plan is to have the county collect the taxes, however a resident could still run for this positon on a write in campaign, but all certifications are still required. The President of the Tax Collectors Association reached out to Councilman Snyder and offered to collect taxes for Yoe Borough, but there are issues associated with that.

Councilman Snyder is not sure that we need to audit the Tax Collector, as there have not been any problems in the past with the books. Council agrees that we should lock in the fees on the contract, and continue discussion regarding whether or not to do an audit at another time.

Councilman Harper made a motion for Councilman Snyder to approach the County Treasurers Office regarding representing Yoe Borough for tax collection services starting in 2018. Councilman Myers seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Myers made the motion to accept the proposal as submitted by Hamilton and Musser, seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, motion carried.

Engineer’s Report
Councilman Noll made the motion to temporarily recess the regular meeting to open up the annual MS4 meeting, seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor, motion carried. The MS4 portion of the meeting started at 7:38 PM. There was no in attendance for the meeting. There were no questions, as only council was in attendance.

Attached to the Engineer’s report are some updates for the 2017-2018 cycle that is being reviewed. Under the new permit, residential car washing is only permitted if a cleaning agent is not utilized. Dechlorinated swimming pool water is not permitted to be discharged. There was questions of who is to enforce this, but there is no clear answer. Discussion continued. The ordinance that was signed with the county a few years ago does not list these provisions, though these would be considered illicit discharges. Regulations were noted, and will be enforced based on good judgment and what is seen. Discussion continued. The Borough is doing its part for MS4. Ordinances are actively being enforced, and improvements are continuing to be made.

Councilman Noll made the motion to adjourn the public hearing for MS4, seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor, motion carried. The regular meeting will be reconvened.

Councilman Noll discussed the Wetland report. There are two minor issues that are outside of Yoe, that may be a York Township issue. We are waiting to hear back from the State. Councilman Noll does not recommend that we do any work until we hear back from the State. His concern is that we would spend money only to be told that the State wants work to be done in another area. The report has also been uploaded to CS Datum. Discussion continued.

Maintenance Report
Costars contract has been uploaded on the website. The pricing will remain the same for this year, 57.50 a ton.

The line painting for the basketball court has not yet been completed. There has been one suggestion made regarding the park. The resident was hoping the Borough would consider putting fans in the pavilion to help circulate the air.

Zoning Officer’s Report
There is no report this month. 230 S Main St is still an issue, but Patti continues to work on it.

EMA Report
There is nothing to report this month.

Mayor’s Report
Monthly report was provided. Police calls were down in July, along with service hours. We started the year off with an excess of 115 hours, we are down to 5.8 hours. Nothing had come of the foot patrols.

Secretary’s Report
Secretary Dvorak thanked Councilman Harper and Mr. Shearer for the work they completed in the office while she was away. She also thanked Council for their patience during maternity leave.

Unfinished Business
Councilman Harper obtained two quotes for the AED, one for replacing the device, and the other for replacing the battery. Replacing the battery and pads would cost $563, to replace the machine with a Philips Heart Start it would cost $500 more. Discussion continued. The issue will be tabled until budget time.

New Business
Trick or Treat. Mayor Sanford will check with the Regional Police as he would like to keep the date the same as the neighboring municipalities.

Payment of the Bills
Councilman Myers made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:33 PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor, meeting adjourned.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on August 1, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:01 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
George Howett
Others in attendance
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dana Shearer, Maintenance Supervisor
Ron Miller, Partnership Steering Committee

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Because only an electronic version of the minutes were sent out the July minutes will not be approved until the September meeting when a hard copy will be sent out.

Visitors
Ron Miller, was in attendance to discuss efforts of the Fire Company Steering Committee. A PowerPoint presentation was handed out that outlined the goals of the Committee. On page 5 Mr. Miller referenced slide number 17, which outlines the DCED analysis that all four companies are solvent, no one company has a large amount of debt. Grants make up a very small part of the budget. Municipal funding and foreign fire insurance are the largest revenue sources.

The plan is that all four stations remain open at this time. And apparatus placement will remain the same at this time.

All four of the Fire Companies were given an opportunity to vote on this issue in November 2016. All four companies voted to move forward.

Municipalities are now being given the opportunity to weigh in. York Township gave a motion of support during their July meeting.

The Fire Departments are having a hard time with volunteerism, and expect that at some point the positions will all be paid. The goal is to delay the need for full time paid positions.

Councilman Noll made a motion that Borough Council of Yoe is supportive of the Fire Department continuing their study group. Councilman Howett seconded the motion. Councilman Myers abstained. All others in favor.

There were no other visitors at the August meeting.

Solicitor’s Report
The issue with 44 E Pennsylvania has been settled. The Borough has been reimbursed for all funds expended.

Solicitor Springer is continuing to work on issues pertaining to 197 S Main ST. Councilman Myers made a motion to go into executive session , Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion. All in favor.

Executive Session
Regular meeting reconvened at 7:45 PM. Issues concerning criminal charges were discussed.

Solicitor’s Report Continued
A copy of the Restated Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement for the Implementation of the York County Regional Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan was provided to each member. This needs to be approved at the September council meeting. Several parts of the agreement were highlighted. Council will need to designate a primary voting representative, and alternate.

Councilman Noll is working with a group that is looking at the State response to DEP for Phase III. He will be working with DEP representatives.

One of Solicitor Springer’s concerns are cost or cost overruns, and what happens if municipalities pull out of the consortium. York City is a large contributor to this project, what would happen should they pull out? If there is a cost overrun, it states in the agreement, that it would be looked at and split between municipalities.

The costs are based on lineal mileage of waterways running through the municipalities. Any overruns would be based on the same formula. Any MS4 municipality that is not participating in the agreement would be responsible for coming up with their own plans. Enforcement only applies to municipalities that have a federal permit. Municipalities that do not have any type of MS4, are not obligated to do anything for the Chesapeake Bay. The state is looking at making the farming community more responsible, or consider the entire county an MS4. Discussion continued.

Councilman Snyder asked if dredging the dam would be considered for funding under the consortium. The answer is no. You are responsible for your preexisting obligations. Maintenance falls on the municipality, even for new projects. Discussion continued.

Councilman Noll made a motion that Solicitor Springer draft an ordinance to advertise for the next meeting the amended and restated intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the implementation of the York County Regional Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan. Seconded by Councilman Myers, all in favor. Motion Carried.

Engineer’s Report
Paving of Broad ST has been completed. Application for payment has been received. The actual work came in about $8000 dollars under the contracted amount, including the additional work that had been approved. Councilman Howett made a motion to pay York Excavating, in the amount of $116,686.75. Seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor. Motion carried.

Councilman Howett made a motion to sign the notice of completion. This is required by PENNDOT, and sets a one year warranty on the work. Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

There was discussion regarding what other roads will need work done. Councilman Myers would like to get together with Councilman Noll and Mr. Shearer , and Mr. Malesker to compile a list. This information can be added to C.S. Datum as well.

The MS4 report has been submitted to DEP. The next stormwater meeting will be held in September.

Councilman Noll made a motion for C.S. Davidson to put a Notice of Intent together for the next MS4 permit cycle, and that they pay the $500 fee on behalf of the Borough, which will be reimbursed during the next billing cycle. Seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor, motion carried. Mr. Shearer will put something up at the Fire department for the upcoming meeting, and Councilman Myers will put something on the window at the Borough Office.

There was a sewage back up on 158 S Main St. Lime was spread, pictures were also taken. The homeowner was contacted so they could get in touch with a plumber. DEP will need to be notified.

Maintenance Report
Mr. Shearer posted the DCNR sign. The sign had actually been posted at the basketball court, we are in compliance.

Mr. Shearer got prices for a new camera system at the park from Klepper’s. One of the camera’s at the park is out, while Klepper’s could replace the camera, due to the age of the system they recommended that we replace the entire system. Councilman Noll feels that the price for a new system is a good one. Councilman Snyder would like us to hold off until closer to the budget meeting.

The AED will also need to be replaced at some point as our device is no longer supported. We can possibly replace the battery. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder would like us to hold off until closer to the budget meeting.

At this point we are going to hold off on getting new cameras until the budget meeting, and look at purchasing a battery in the meantime for the AED.

Zoning Officer’s Report
There have been a lot of letters sent out, and an issue with an expired vehicle. She has also been working on the issue with the boat, but it is ongoing.

EMA Report
Quarterly and organizational update meetings are coming up in the next few months.

Mayor’s Report
Monthly report was provided. There were no citations issued from the Broad Street traffic enforcement detail, the top speed recorded during any of the details did not exceed 29 miles per hour. Foot patrols will be conducted in the Borough Park. There was a theft of a gun out of an unlocked vehicle, Mayor Sanford encouraged everyone to lock their vehicles when unattended.

Secretary’s Report
Diana will be back to work by the end of the month.

Unfinished Business
There is no unfinished business at this time.

New Business
The storm culvert by Mayor Sanford’s house is getting worse.

Payment of Bills
There is no bill list this month. Secretary Dvorak has been paying bills as they come in, and Councilman Snyder has been paying them accordingly. Councilman Howett made a motion to pay the bills, seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, motion carried.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:17PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on May 2, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:00 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
George Howett
Ryan Harper
Regan Strausbaugh
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Seth Noll
Others in attendance
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
John Sanford, Mayor
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Howett made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion. Councilman Noll abstained, all others in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
There were no visitors in attendance for the April 4th meeting.

Solicitor’s Report
Ordinance 2017-2 has been advertised. This provides that the Borough is invoking an ordinance to have one person occupy the position of both Secretary and Treasurer. Councilman Strausbaugh made the motion to ordain the ordinance, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion ordained.

If the Borough wishes to participate in the Lungs at Play program an ordinance must be passed. We would need to also provide how many parks we have, and what languages we want the signs in.

44 East Pennsylvania – issues have continued to occur over the past month. The Police did verify that the tenants were still living in the home. The home owner got involved, and forbad the tenants from entering the home without a police escort. The police have also been called out for domestic issues. The owner had considered demolishing the home, but did not pursue this option. At this point the home owner has entered a sales agreement for the home to be sold. The potential buyer is aware of the extent of the damage, and intents on rehabbing the home. Discussion continued.

There was discussion of what to do with the escrow account. The check was made out to Yoe Borough on behalf of Nancye Taylor. Solicitor Springer will look into this further. At this point the consensus is the money be held in escrow until the property has been restored to the satisfaction of the Borough. Discussion regarding charging escrow account for bills accrued continued.

Councilman Myers inquired as to what the value limit is to sell Borough equipment to a private individual without going through the advertising process. The limit is $1000, there was a question of whether or not this has been increased. There was a consensus of Council to sell the dump bed to R. Strobeck for $500.

Executive Session
Councilman Harper made a motion to go into executive session at 7:29 PM, this was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. The regular meeting was reconvened at 8:36 PM. Ongoing potential legal issues were discussed. Councilman Noll made a motion to cease all further inquiries into the issues concerning the appropriate insurance companies in the matters discussed. Seconded by Councilman Harper, all in favor, motion carried.

Engineer’s Report
Last month the Broad ST paving project was awarded to York Excavating; they have submitted the required paperwork. Councilman Howett made the motion to execute the contract documents with York Excavating. Seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. Councilman Myers, Harper, and Bankoske, all abstained. Motion carried.

Mr. Malesker has a resolution that is required for the CDBG projects for sidewalk, and stormwater improvements. Resolution 2017-06 – Councilman Noll made the motion to pass the resolution for CDBG listing the priorities of the Borough for the grant. Councilman Myers seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Maintenance Report
Salt has been received. We are at 61% of quota. PENNDOT street study has been completed, should be receiving letter in a week or two.

Street sweeping will be completed next week.

Mr. Shearer obtained a quote for the guardrail repair on Orchard and Broad ST. This was a hit and run. Mr. Shearer will check to see if this repair can be paid for out of Liquid Fuels. Councilman Myers made the motion that we fund the repair through liquid fuels, seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, motion carried.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Nothing at this time.

EMA Report
A disaster emergency was declared for Winter Storm Stella. Councilman Harper made the motion to accept the declaration of disaster emergency for the snow storm on March 14, 2017. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske, all in favor, motion carried.

Hazard mitigation for 2018 has been sent out.

Mr. Shearer asked if it would be possible to consider radios for the equipment. Councilman Myers is going to look into purchasing three more portables. Discussion continued.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor Sanford discussed his activities over the past month. Two speed details have been done over the past month. There were 21 citations in 3 hours on Main ST.

Councilman Harper inquired about the alley detail behind Broad ST. This has not been discussed yet. Mayor Sanford asked if there have been any issues. Other than people being in the alley at odd hours there have been no issues.

Secretary’s Report
Secretary Dvorak requested a new copier. The copier had been budgeted for during the budget meeting. The cost is $2321.25, without a maintenance agreement. We would just pay per bottle for toner. Councilman Myers made a motion that we purchase the copier, seconded by Harper.

Unfinished Business
There was no unfinished business at this meeting.

New Business
Lower Windsor will need a new municipal manager, as their current manager is moving.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Myers made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, motion carried.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:15PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on March 7, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:00PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
George Howett
Ryan Harper
Regan Strausbaugh
William Bankoske
Barry Myers

Others in attendance:
Others in attendance
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
John Sanford, Mayor
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
Chief Damon, York Area Regional Police
Ruthann Orth, Resident
Bill Page, Resident

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Strausbaugh made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Harper seconded the motion. All in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
Mr. Bill Page was in attendance to discuss issues with 44 E Pennsylvania AVE. There was a fire at the residence a few weeks ago. Mr. Page also has issues with grass not being cut, accumulation of trash, and the general behavior of the residents. Mr. Page inquired what the legal limit of the grass was. Councilman Snyder let him know six inches. Mr. Page will call when the grass goes over that amount, as well as when trash starts to accumulate in the yard. Mr. Page does not feel that the property is properly posted as condemned. He has only seen one notice on one door, not on every door. Mr. Page also feels that a generator was being used to provide power to the home, prior to the fire. There was a short period of time that the utilities had been turned off. All utilities had been turned back on before the fire occurred.

This issue was discussed at the last council meeting. Mr. Page was unable to attend the previous meeting, so there was no one in attendance to testify as to the conditions. Councilman Snyder let Mr. Page know that the Borough has been working on this since the fire. The Borough has been in communication with the Borough Solicitor, the homeowner’s insurance company etc. The Solicitor has been working on preparing an ordinance for the Fire Insurance Escrow Act.

Mr. Page stated that the residents are continuing to go in and out of the home. Council did let Mr. Page know that they do have the right to go in and either work on repairs, or remove property from the home, and that any injuries resulting from fire or water damage is on the resident.

Mr. Page inquired as to whether or not the Borough has an OSHA representative, and offered to be the representative for the Borough. Council does not feel that we need anyone at this time. Solicitor Springer inquired as to whether Mr. Page would be willing to testify if it came to that; Mr. Page agreed, and also agreed to continue taking notes, and pictures regarding what is happening at 44 E Pennsylvania.

Ordinance 2017-1 – ordinance adopting the Fire Insurance Escrow Act. Solicitor Springer gave a detailed description of what the Act covers, and how it would apply moving forward. Councilman Harper made the motion to adopt the ordinance, Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Chief Damon from York Area Regional Police was in to discuss the 2016 Annual Report. In 2016 Part I crimes, which are the major crimes went down department wide, but the Part II crimes increased. Part I would be homicide, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, arson etc. Part II is fraud, forgery, drunkness, DUI, gambling, sex offenses, weapon offenses, etc.

Chief Damon went down a list of crimes that had been committed in the Borough. The Borough had a slight increase in Part I crimes in 2016. Councilman Harper inquired as if to the traffic accidents in 2016 were speed related. Chief Damon said he would have to look into that further. Mayor Sanford said from the Fire Company’s perspective it is more of an issue on Main ST. Chief Damon went on to discuss how many calls, citations, and arrests have taken place in the Borough in 2017. There have been a number of drug related arrests in the Borough. There was also one drug overdose death in the Borough in 2017.

Councilman Snyder inquired as to what effect Windsor Borough dropping out of York Area Regional would have on Yoe Borough. Chief Damon is unsure. Chief Damon also mentioned that Governor Wolf is pushing for there to be a fee per person, per household if you use State Police coverage. At this point, it will only be $25 per person.

The Police Commission is considering creating a buffer to help absorb some of the cost, should other municipalities drop out of Regional Coverage. But this is not a guarantee. Mayor Sanford asked how many Officers are considering retirement this year. There are three people eligible, and two he knows for sure two will retiring this year. Chief Damon stated that there is a plan in place for hiring.

Ruthann Orth addressed council about the possibility of starting a cat rescue in the Borough. Mrs. Orth detailed what she wanted to do for the cats in order to place them in permanent homes. At this time Mrs. Orth does not have a location in mind for the rescue. If the rescue would be started it would create jobs, and remove the stray cats from the streets. Mrs. Orth feels that placing them in homes is a better option than the trap-neuter-release program. Mrs. Orth is looking for advice on how to start this process, such as donations, help with covering the application costs for the grants, locating a property etc.

Councilman Snyder commended Mrs. Orth on her go-getter attitude. Councilman Snyder also recommended that she look into legal aid, and the BBB or Small Business Association as they would be able to provide more direction. After Mrs. Orth decides which route to take with her business, she should contact our Zoning Officer to be sure that she can run the rescue at the property that she chooses. Solicitor Springer also provided some suggestions such as PANO, and checking our code of ordinances, specifically chapter 2. Councilman Myers also made a suggestion to check into Susquehanna Score.

Solicitor’s Report
Resolution 2017-04 appointing Diana Dvorak to the position of Secretary-Treasurer. In order to do this Diana would have to sign off on the job descriptions. Also an ordinance would need to be passed stating that one person can occupy both positions. Sandra Sterner tendered her resignation on February 13th. Councilman Strausbaugh made the motion to declare the seat vacant and Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Myers made the motion to resolve Resolution 2017-04, seconded by Councilman seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh, all in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Harper made the motion to prepare Ordinance 2017-02, combining the two offices, seconded by Councilman Bankoske, all in favor, motion carried.

Solicitor Springer had been working with Mr. Malesker regarding the H20 Project, but due to other, more pressing issues arising, had not been able to spend much time on it.

Executive Session
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to go into executive session at 8:11 PM, this was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. The regular meeting was reconvened at 8:44 PM. Audit issues were discussed. Councilman Harper made the motion for Diana to have additional hours as needed in order to audit the documents. This was seconded by Councilman Bankoske.

Engineer’s Report
Documents have been signed for the PIB loan. Resolution 2017-05 – Borough entering into loan agreement. Samuel Snyder, President of Council is to execute documents, and the Borough Secretary should attest said documents. Councilman Harper made the motion, seconded by Councilman Bankoske.

Councilman Howett made the motion to enter into the PIB loan in the amount of $110,000 to be paid annually over the next 10 years. A separate PIB loan account has been set up for the loan. Seconded by Councilman Myers, all in favor, motion carried.

Because the PIB loan has been approved a motion is needed to award the Broad ST paving project to the low bidder, which was York Excavating at their price of $124,512.50. Councilman Myers, Harper, and Bankoske abstained from voting as they reside on Broad ST. Councilman Strausbaugh made the motion, Councilman Howett seconded. Councilman Snyder, as well as Mayor Sanford, both voted yes. Motion carried. Mr. Malesker will take care of the required paperwork.

DEP sent a letter acknowledging the 2016 annual inspection report. The Department is requesting that the suggested repairs be completed in 2017. Mr. Shearer has already completed the suggested recommendations. Discussion continued.

A traffic study will be done on S Main ST. There was discussion of CDBG grants continued. Councilman Myers made a motion to have Mr. Malesker start the grant process to tie in with the park project. Seconded by Councilman Harper, all in favor, motion carried. Councilman Snyder will follow up with Councilman Noll to see if there any other projects that need to be considered. Discussion continued.

Maintenance Report
There has been a radar counter strapped to a pole across from Yoe Parts.

Need approval for street sweeping from All Seasons Landscaping at $105 an hour. Street sweeping generally takes up to 15 hours. Discussion continued on what roads to sweep. Councilman Myers made the motion to accept the quote, with a limited scope of roads. Seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor, motion carried.

Clearview has completed the dredging, as well as some repair work. The invoice was $3700.00, should get a bill for York Building projects for stone.

Approval for the 2017 mowing quote is needed. Mowing and trimming of the retention pond bi-weekly $295. $200 per mowing for the common areas on E Pennsylvania AVE. Councilman Myers made the motion, Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

COSTARS salt contract will be for 143 tons. We have received delivery of the new truck. Mr. Shearer had previously expressed an interest in permanently lettering the truck. He did receive a quote for that in the amount of $488.69. Councilman Harper made the motion to move forward with the lettering. Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Mr. Shearer and Secretary Dvorak did comparison shopping for the Microsoft Surface PRO. Sam’s club had the better price, but a Sam’s Club membership would need to be purchased. Discussion continued. Councilman Myers made the motion to purchase the Sam’s Club Plus membership, as well as the Surface, with a warranty. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Nothing at this time.

EMA Report
The State is in the process of upgrading computer systems.

Mayor’s Report
Report provided. Mayor Sanford is attending the Borough’s Association Meeting at the end of the month. Secretary Dvorak still needs to complete the NIMS training. This is now a three hour course, so this has not been completed yet. There was discussion of traffic issues that had been discussed with Chief Damon. Further discussion of an increased cost if other municipalities drop out continued.

Secretary’s Report
QRT acknowledged receipt of our donation. Councilman Noll sent an updated copy of the Zoning Hearing responsibility list. Councilman Myers made the motion to accept the list, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried.

Unfinished Business
The no smoking signs that would have been provided by Wellspan did require a resolution. It was decided that we are not going to move forward with this.

New Business
None

Payment of Bills
Councilman Howett made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor, motion carried.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:55 PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on February 7, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
George Howett
Seth Noll
Ryan Harper
Regan Strausbaugh
William Bankoske
Barry Myers

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
John Sanford, Mayor
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
Andy Knaub, Dallastown Cougars

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Howett made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion. All in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
Andy Knaub from the Dallastown Cougars was in attendance to discuss the use of the ballfield for the 2017 season. The Cougars have already provided their certificate of insurance, they will also maintain the field, as well as provide a portable toilet. Council agreed to let the Cougars use the ballfield for the season.

There was discussion regarding 44 E Pennsylvania AVE, but the resident who wanted to discuss problems was not in attendance at the meeting. Councilman Snyder gave a synopsis of the problems that include utilities being turned off, and a generator being run, a pile up of trash around the home, grass not being cut, etc. Discussion continued of what to do about the property. In the end it was decided until there was a resident available to testify about the conditions nothing will be done.

Executive Session
Councilman Harper made a motion to go into executive session at 7:12 PM, this was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. The normal meeting was resumed at 8:16 PM. Personnel issues were discussed during the executive session. Councilman Noll made a motion that Council construct a job description for both of the Secretary-Treasurer/Assistant Secretary Treasurer. Samuel Snyder, President of Council, we discuss the changes with the Secretary. Also, petty cash will no longer be accepted at the Borough office. Both the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer as well as the Maintenance Supervisor are to review the job description as well, seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh, all in favor.

Councilman Myers made a motion to officially close the January meeting, this was seconded by Councilman Noll, all in favor.

Solicitor’s Report
There was an issue with South Penn Code Consultants not having the proper code of ordinances, this was determined during the meeting that was held on January 31st, between Mr. Hunnings, Councilman Snyder, Councilman Noll, and Solicitor Springer to discuss billing issues. Discussion continued. The Borough will be billed an hourly rate, until a permit is applied for, at which point, any expense incurred will then be billed under a flat rate. If there is an event that there is no permit attached to, then the hourly rate will stand. There is a form that needs to be completed on a quarterly basis for DCED. The Borough will now be responsible for completing this form.

Discussion of having the 2017 fee schedule codified with the 2016 documents was discussed. Going forward, the Fee Schedule should be included with the documents that need to be codified for the year.

Assistant Secretary Dvorak was instructed to accept signs from Wellspan Lungs at Play for both parks, which will be provided free of charge. The signs effectively make the parks a smoke free zone. A sample ordinance was provided, but an ordinance is not required.

A Zoning Hearing Responsibility list was provided to council for review.

Resolution 2017-03: Gives permission to the Fire Department to hold a fundraising event on June 17, 2017, at which alcohol will be provided. The Fire Department will secure a temporary license from the PLCB Bureau of Licensing for this event. Councilman Howett made the motion for the resolution, this was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Myers, and Councilman Myers abstained.

Click here to view the 02-17 solicitor’s report.

Engineer’s Report
Report provided that includes the bid amounts. York Excavating came in lowest at $124,512.50. Stewart & Tate came in at $134,184.50, and Kinsley at 135,770.00.

Councilman Snyder has been in touch with the State regarding the PIB loan. Additional signatures will be required, but has been tentatively approved. We should be receiving notice via mail over the next two weeks. Mr. Malesker recommends that we accept the York Excavating bid at $124,512.50, contingent upon the approval letter from the state. Councilman Myers made the motion to accept, this was seconded by Councilman Harper. Councilman Noll abstained.

Because the bids for Broad ST came in lower than expected, Councilman Snyder discussed possibly using the entire loan amount for repairs on Broad ST, rather than taking a portion of the money out of liquid fuels, and continue paying for the truck partially from liquid fuels, and the remaining balance from capital reserve. The yearly payment for the PIB loan will come out of liquid fuels. Discussion continued.

Mr. Shearer will continue looking for a tablet that is WIFI capable in order to use C.S. Datum. Councilman Noll made the motion that we purchase C.S. Datum, and a WIFI capable device for Mr. Shearer to use. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion, all in favor. Motion carried. Councilman Myers will be the administrator for C.S. Davidson. Councilman Myers will then invite the people who will need access. The yearly fee for C.S. Datum is $2400. Discussion continued.

Click here to view the 02-17 solicitor’s report.

Maintenance Report
Report provided. The COSTARS Salt Agreement needs to be submitted by March 15. There was a consensus of council to continue with this agreement. Mr. Shearer will wait until closer to the date to submit anything so as to have a better idea of how much will be needed. Discussion continued.

Councilman Myers inquired as to whether or not the rental letters had been sent out yet. Mr. Shearer confirmed, that yes, they had.

Councilman Snyder inquired as to when we would be receiving the new truck. Councilman Myers feels that we should be getting this shortly. Councilman Myers, and Mr. Shearer were invited to go look at the truck at the builders location.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Report provided.

EMA Report
There are meeting dates regarding the radio change over.

Mayor’s Report
Report provided. The car on Broad ST is gone. There was a heroin overdose in the Borough, which will be reflected in the police hours. The police are still working on the situation on W Walnut. The Police have been doing details on Broad ST. Discussion of issues on Broad ST continued.

Secretary’s Report
Councilman Myers made a motion to make a $250 donation to QRT. This was seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, motion carried.

The 2016 Dam Fees have been compiled for York Township and Dallastown Borough. Assistant Secretary Dvorak made contact with two Animal Control Officers in the area. Only one person responded. Discussion continued regarding terms of the contract. There were a few questions regarding a deposit that is required, and whether or not the deposit would be applied to call hours, would the deposit carry over if it is not used during the 2017 years. Also council wanted it made clear that the Borough does not want any trapping of feral cats. There would be a return to owner fee of $50, for any stray dog returned by Animal Control to the owner that would be made out to the Borough.

Councilman Snyder and Councilman Noll will meet with Secretary Sterner on Monday at 10 AM to discuss the job description, and get refusals in writing.

Unfinished Business
None.

New Business
Someone is needed for the Sewer Authority. One member has left the municipality, another member has medical issues, and may not be able continuing fulfilling duties. Michelle Miller-Noll was appointed to the Sewer Authority in January. Discussion continued.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Noll made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:33 PM. Councilman Snyder seconded the motion. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on January 3, 2017 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:01PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
George Howett
Seth Noll
Ryan Harper
Regan Strausbaugh
William Bankoske
Barry Myers

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
John Sanford, Mayor
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Myers made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
There were no visitors in attendance at this meeting.

Solicitor’s Report
Councilman Noll made a motion to go into executive session due to personnel issues. Seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor, motion carried.

The regular meeting was resumed at 7:17 PM. Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Diana Dvorak is expecting. Diana indicated that she would like to take FMLA for approximately eight weeks at the end of June, beginning of July. Council will be asking Secretary-Treasurer Sterner to resume full time Borough hours during this time. Once Diana returns, Secretary-Treasurer Sterner, will then go back to her part time hours. Councilman Noll made the motion for Councilman Snyder and Councilman Bankoske to discuss this with Secretary Sterner. Motion seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh.

Councilman Noll made a motion to re-appoint Patricia Myers to a three year term on the Yoe Borough Water Authority. This was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Myers abstained. All others in favor, motion carried.

Resolution 2017-01 – Resolution to appoint Kevin Scritchfield to a three year term on the zoning hearing board, expiring on 12/31/2019. Councilman Harper made the motion, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried.

Resolution 2017-02 – Annual Fee resolution. Adjustments were made to Sub-Division and Land Development engineering fees. If there is any question regarding adjusting the fees, they can be discussed tonight, or it can be passed as is. There was discussion regarding updating the zoning hearing board fee. There has not yet been a meeting between members of council, and Keith Hunnings from South Penn Code Consultants. Questions were raised regarding the invoice that we received, there appears to be double billing going on. Councilman Snyder would like to change the wording regarding zoning from “And/Or” to “Or”. Councilman Noll feels we should consider changing our zoning hearing fees. Discussion continued. The Zoning Hearing fee will be changed to $750.00. There was discussion regarding speaking with Keith Hunnings at South Penn Code Consultants and the billing.

Councilman Noll made a motion to adoptt Resolution 2017-02, with the changes to the Zoning Hearing Board fee, from $400 to $750, seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor, motion carried.

Solicitor Springer has been looking into the speed limit signs. He also spoke with Mindy Barshinger, the secretary for East Prospect Borough regarding the company they purchased their signs from, and the cost. East Prospect Borough purchased their signs from All Traffic Solutions, and spent $4750, that included the sign, as well as the necessary equipment for the sign. Solicitor Springer also reached out to PENNDOT, regarding grant opportunities, details of which are included in the Solicitor’s report. Discussion continued.

There is still no definitive answer regarding whether the codified code of ordinances needs to have each page numbered and sealed with the Borough seal. Councilman Noll, asked Mayor Sanford if the thought there would be any issues with York Area Regional with the Borough putting up an electronic speed limit sign. Mayor Sanford does not think there would be, as York Area Regional uses their own signs. Discussion of what would be needed, or how to use a grant continued.

Councilman Myers asked Mr. Shearer where were on the LTAP study. Discussion continued on what studies can be done, and where, and who to contact. Councilman Myers made a motion to have Mr. Shearer to drafter a letter to PENNDOT for a study. This was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Discussion regarding speed limit signs continued.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker brought in the basin inspection report, he will also send an electronic copy. The bids for Broad ST paving will be awarded this month. Councilman Snyder informed council that there still has not been any word regarding the PIB loan.

Mr. Malesker asked council if they would like to have a lunch meeting to review CS Datum. Council discussed recessing the meeting until Wednesday January 18th at noon – 53 South Duke ST, so council can attend the presentation of CS Datum.

CDBG applications are coming up. No decision had been made on whether or not we wanted to start another application. Councilman Noll suggested getting a few council members together at the end of January to go over potential projects. Discussion continued.

PENNDOT had sent a notice from the last traffic study that had been done. They included their recommendations on signage. PENNDOT is recommending some changes with signage on our streets, not on state streets. Mayor Sanford is going to follow up with the District Justice, as well as Chief Damon. Discussion regarding moving signs continued. Discussed the possibility of adding signage in Dallastown to give the trucks further warning. Councilman Myers made a motion to make the changes recommended by PENNDOT, minus item number three. And additional signage on Broad ST. Seconded by councilman Harper, all in favor, motion carried.

Mr. Shearer is going to provide the dredging information to Mr. Malesker to pass onto Dan at Clearview. York Township is going to contribute their 6” pump, and is considering that towards their portion of the fees. Councilman Noll asked if we had any cost worked out with York Township regarding the pump. We do not at this time. Mr. Malesker doesn’t feel that York Township was going to donate the use, that they wanted it to be applied towards their contribution. Discussion continued. Mr. Shearer is going to reach out to York Township to get a clear idea of cost for use of the pump, if needed Councilman Noll will follow up. Mr. Shearer asked if Councilman Myers still had a contact for the landfill. Councilman Myers will get that information to Mr. Shearer.

Mr. Malesker asked if they should match all markings that are currently on Broad ST. The consensus of council was yes.

The Borough will now have a mailbox as the replacement doors do not have a mail slot. Mr. Shearer assisted Dallastown when they had water restrictions. There was discussion on where the leaks were located. Mr. Shearer does not feel that the notifications to the Borough was lacking. Discussion continued.

Mayor Sanford asked about the snow emergency restrictions on Philadelphia ST. Mr. Shearer is suggesting that we put temporary measures in place during a snow emergency. To make a permanent change, the ordinance will need to be changed. Discussion continued. A temporary sign would need to be posted prior to the anticipated storm. The signs can also be posted on a 30 day basis. Councilman Noll made a motion to give Mr. Shearer the latitude to post temporary signs as needed on W Philadelphia (North side) for the durations as needed. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Nothing was provided.

EMA Report
Radio replacement is taking place in the county. First EMA quarterly meeting is January 4th.

Councilman Snyder asked if everyone is up to date on NIMS. Mayor Sanford is going to check into this.

Mayor’s Report
Report provided. Mayor Sanford went out with Mr. Shearer to follow up on a snow complaint. There was also an animal complaint which was sent to Patti Myers. Councilman Harper inquired about the car on Broad ST. Mayor Sanford has been following up with the Police on this. There is a certain amount of time the car needs to be tagged prior to it being towed. The car on Broad ST is currently out of registration and inspection.

Secretary’s Report
The Citizens’ banking accounts have now been closed, everything now is at York Traditions.

The doors have now been replaced by Kirkwood doors. Spouting over the door needs to be replaced.

This is Connie Crull’s final year as tax collector. Councilman Noll asked who else needs to run this year. This information had been provided to Councilman Snyder, who will pass it along to the other council members. Discussion continued as to when paperwork needs to be submitted.

Secretary Dvorak asked if council wanted the tax collector’s books audited. Council felt it would be best if the books were audited in 2018 after the 2017 was completed.

A representative, and an alternate need to be appointed to the York Adams Tax Bureau. Councilman Myers made a motion to appoint councilman Bankoske as the representative, and Councilman Harper as the alternate. Seconded by Councilman Noll, all in favor, motion carried.

Unfinished Business
None.

New Business
Councilman Noll asked if the ambulance company was coming and checking the AED battery. A former council member and President Robert Morton passed away. Mayor Sanford requested that we send flowers or make a memorial contribution.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Howett made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor.

Recess
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to recess the meeting until January 18 at noon at 53 N Duke ST. Councilman Harper seconded the motion. All in favor.

Councilman Noll, Councilman Myers, and Councilman Strausbaugh, as well as Dana Shearer, Seth Springer, and Steve Malesker were in attendance for the meeting on January 18, at C.S. Davidson 53 N Duke ST.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on December 6, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:00PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
George Howett
Seth Noll
Ryan Harper
Regan Strausbaugh
William Bankoske
Barry Myers

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
Jason Houseal, Resident
Juan Bibiloni, Resident

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Howett made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Noll seconded the motion. All in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
Mr. Jason Houseal attended the meeting to discuss ongoing traffic issues on Main ST. He had been corresponding with Councilman Strausbaugh, as well as Mayor Sanford via email. Mr. Houseal came to the meeting prepared with a traffic calming handbook. Mr. Houseal wanted to know what Council felt could and should be done to address the traffic issues. Councilman Snyder let Mr. Houseal know that there is very little that can be done by Council, as this is a State Rd. The State would have to be involved, and complete a traffic study. There are three measures that can be taken; which is traffic calming, which is in place, parking on Main St. is an example. Anything to change the way the road looks, such as narrowing the road, would have to be approved by the State. Another item is enforcement. This is in place with York Regional Police, but we only have 2 PPUs a week. 1 PPU is 20 man hours a week, so we have 40 hours a week, which are used at the discretion of the police. Because we use local police, we are limited to using VASCAR and ENRADD, which require certain sight distances. Discussion continued as to when and why the police patrol when they do, and what speeds are most likely cited.

As our latest traffic study was done some time ago, it was recommended that a new traffic study be completed. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder also mentioned that people’s perception of speed is generally not accurate. A study done on Broad St. that had been done a few years ago found that 80% of people were in compliance. Mr. Houseals major concern is the speed, not the amount of traffic. He feels that there must be something that can be done. He suggested speed limit signs that record speed, so that there is hard data. Councilman Snyder has no problem requesting a traffic study from Penndot, but no changes can be made on that road without the States recommendation and approval. Councilman Myers had recently seen the flashing speed limit signs while in Delaware, and plans on talking to the York County Planning Commission regarding this to see if something like this can be placed in the Borough.

Councilman Snyder also mentioned some of the recent issues regarding advanced signage that the police had requested for truck traffic on Broad ST. PENNDOT had denied that request. Mr. Houseal mentioned temporary stop signs, to see if that would help control speed. Discussion regarding speed on Main St. continued. Councilman Myers said that several years ago, they tried temporary stop signs on Elm St. It was placed without a study, and York County Planning said the stop signs had to be removed because you can’t use them to control speed.

Councilman Snyder reiterated that nothing can be done without PENNDOT’s approval. If PENNDOT does not feel that anything needs to be done, Council’s hands are tied. Councilman Myers also cautioned that you must follow the recommendations of the PENNDOT study.

Mr. Houseal asked where he can go next to address this issue. Council suggested he try State Representatives, or Senator. Council does agree that speed is an issue. Councilman Myers let Mr. Houseal know that this year alone we have had 605 service hours. We also pay for admin hours. This does not count the PPUs. We pay 247 hours of admin time, on top of our budget for next year is going to be around $87,000 for police protection alone. 2017’s budget is $488,000.

Mr. Shearer had been speaking with the Traffic Engineer regarding Main St. We can send a letter to PENNDOT, to request a study. Having already seen the traffic while out on Broad ST, the Traffic Engineer was pretty much giving Mr. Shearer the same ideas that have been discussed during this meeting. The only additional recommendation was possibly adjustments to signal light timing, which would require a study. No study can be done until Spring at this point anyway.

Solicitor Springer had been looking for prices on some of the mobile signs, and is also going to follow up to see if there any grants available to help defray the cost. The signs that Councilman Myers is thinking of, are pole mounted signs. Assistant Secretary Dvorak mentioned that East Prospect Borough uses this type of sign. The signs in East Prospect Borough are on State roads. Solicitor Springer is going to follow up with East Prospect Borough for more information on the signs.

Mr. Houseal also mentioned that York Area Regional is also speeding through the Borough. He asked what would happen if we reduced York Area Regionals hours, or even went with the State Police. Councilman Myers said we are getting a bonus in protection, as YAR are covering three surrounding areas, which may be when they are seen passing though. Councilman Myers said State Police would not give us the coverage that we are getting from State Police. Discussion continued. Councilman Myers is going to follow up with York County Planning, Mr. Shearer is going to check on signage, Solicitor Springer is going to call East Prospect, and see about prices and grants.

Mr. Bibiloni attended the meeting to discuss issues on Broad St, specifically the dirt from the recent work that was completed. Mr. Malesker said Kinsley did plan on coming back with a street sweeper. Councilman Snyder said that Broad St. is slated to get overlaid next year.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor Springer is still waiting to hear back from American Legal Publishing regarding validity of the statute for the formality of the official record.

Solicitor Springer’s office is moving to 218 Market ST.

Councilman Harper made the motion to formally adopt the 2017 Yoe budget. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, budget approved.

Ordinance 2016-01 fixing the millage rate for 2017. Section I: for general revenue for real estate is fixed at 3.455 mills. The millage rate for the annual fire tax for 2017 .452 mils, and the millage rate for the annual emergency services for the year 2017 is fixed at .500 mils. Section II: The funds generated from the annual fire protection tax and the annual emergency services tax , as outlined in Section I, shall be considered “Special Levy” taxes. Which funds shall be set aside in separate fund accounts and are to be used for fire protection and emergency services, including police protection. Section III: The effective date of this ordinance shall be January 1, 2017.

Motion made by Councilman Noll to adopt ordinance 2016-01, and was seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor, motion carried.

We received a new contract from York Regional Emergency Medical Services. The contract is the same as the previous contract. The only addition was adding when the two $2500 payments are due. Motion to accept the contract was made my Councilman Bankoske, and seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor, motion carried.

We received a contract for 2017 from Smith Elliot Kearns to be our auditor. A motion was made by Councilman Strausbaugh, and seconded by Councilman Bankoske.

The 2017 meeting dates need to be approved by Council before they can be advertised. The meeting dates will be on the first Tuesday of the month, except for July, and November. The July meeting date will be July 11, 2017. The November meeting date will be November 14, 2017. Both of these dates are the second Tuesday of the month. The annual MS4 public hearing will be held on September 5, 2017. The annual sewer meeting dates will also be advertised. A motion to approve these dates, and to advertise was made by Councilman Strausbaugh, and seconded by Councilman Noll.

There was recently an issue while trying to schedule a zoning hearing board. The new Zoning Officer noticed that our ordinance stated that the special exemption that was submitted needed to be sent to our planning commission. Councilman Snyder reached out to York County Planning regarding this. Because the Borough does not have an active planning commission the ordinance does not need to be followed. York County Planning would be our planning commission for a subdivision, but it is not needed in this case.

There was discussion regarding the recent zoning hearing board. The Zoning Officer is responsible for contacting the Solicitor, the Stenographer, as well as the Hearing Board members to schedule and coordinate meeting dates. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll attended the zoning hearing board as a resident, but also on behalf of council. Councilman Noll gave a brief overview of what was discussed at the hearing board, such as single chair, hours, and signage etc. The special exception carries over with the property. The next owner could have a beauty salon, but if a certain amount of time passes and there is no use, the exception self-extinguishes.

Engineer’s Report
C.S. Davidson will be advertising for the Broad St. work this month. Bids will open in January, and will be awarded in February.

The basin inspection was completed. The biggest issues is the second basin where it wraps around, that section of concrete is really getting undermined. The dredging has not been done yet. The contractor is hoping to get this completed in December. Discussion continued. There was some communication from Jake Romig to Councilman Myers. Councilman Myers requested a motion that we cancel the grant from the Conservation District and to let Mr. Romig know that we no longer require his services. Councilman Noll made the motion that we cancel out the grant with County Conservation, and inform Mr. Romig that he is done with the grant, as well as the wetland monitoring. Councilman Howett seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The Dallastown-Yoe Water Authority is looking for someone to be appointed to fill a vacated seat. Michael McGonagle submitted a letter of interest to Connie Stokes. We also need someone to fill a vacated seat on the Sewer Authority. Councilman Noll made the motion to appoint Michael McGonalge to the Water Authority to the specified term. Seconded by Councilman Haper. All in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Bankoske made the motion to appoint Michelle Miller-Noll to the vacant seat on the Sewer Authority. Seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor, motion carried.

Last month Council had requested Mr. Malesker look into DCNR grants. Details of what is required was discussed, such as matching funds, plans drawn etc. The possibility of using the grant for a fence, or new playground equipment was discussed. Discussion continued.

Councilman Snyder has not heard anything back regarding the PIB loan.

The pin has been reset at Fourth and Elm. Discussion continued.

Maintenance Report
Pantano was in to do the storm drain in front of Yoe Parts. Mr. Shearer spoke with the Fire Company regarding the walkway in front of the park bathrooms.

There was a case of illegal dumping at the park. There was actually pill bottles and business cards left in with the other trash, so York Regional will be following up. Mr. Shearer wants to update the sign that says “Park use only” to add the Borough ordinance. The person who did the dumping will be cited.

If Mr. Shearer’s holiday would happen to fall on either a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday pay will be granted on either a Friday or a Monday. This only applies to full time employees. Part time employees do not get holiday pay when the holiday falls on a weekend, or a day that is not a normal work day.

State inspections were completed on both vehicles. The 1995 did not pass inspection, and would have been very costly to do all required repairs. Councilman Myers requested a motion to be made power of attorney, in order to have Manheim Auction come down and pick up the vehicle and sell it at their next auction. Motion made by Councilman Harper, and seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor, motion carried. The Borough will be keeping the plow and spreader.

A letter was sent requesting we do a study on Broad ST. That will be followed up with official documentation.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Patti was walking the Borough, left some door hangers. Reported 8.5 hours.

EMA Report
None.

Mayor’s Report
Provided.

Secretary’s Report
Secretary Dvorak needs to follow up with Kerry Scritchfield regarding upcoming appointment to Zoning Hearing Board.

Secretary Dvorak has been working with Kochman insurance to obtain a quote. We have received the check from State Farm for the fence repair. Online bill pay has been going well. All of the park rental checks have been submitted and deposited.

Councilman Noll made a motion resolve the relationship with our current coordinator, and get as much information from her as we can, and to appoint Diana Dvorak to the park rental coordinator position effective immediately. Councilman Harper seconded the motion.

Our webmaster will be informed to update the website, and the answering machine will be changed as well.

American Legal Publishing is requesting a hard copy of the codification book. They are hoping to use the same format. Our contract allows for 25 supplemental copies, up to 25.

Unfinished Business
None.

New Business
Councilman Harper was speaking with Mayor Sanford regarding an abandoned car on W Broad. The vehicle is belongs to someone who is not a Yoe resident. The car has now been tagged to notify the owner that they vehicle will be towed if not removed by a certain time. The registration ran out in September.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Howett made a motion to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn at 9:10. Seconded by Councilman Snyder. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on November 2, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:00PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
George Howett
Seth Noll
Ryan Harper
Regan Strausbaugh
William Bankoske

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
John Sanford, Mayor
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
Nancy Lanocka, Resident
Samuel Benton, Resident

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Howett made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
Mr. Samuel Benton was in attendance to discuss putting a hair salon on S. Main ST. Councilman Snyder let Mr. Benton know that the Zoning Hearing Board would be the one to approve this. Mr. Benton has started this process. Councilman Snyder explained in a little more detail a special exception. Discussion continued.

Ms. Nancy Lonocka was in attendance to discuss issues with a home on 285 N Main ST. The back yard of the home has quite a bit of trash, such as a sofa, garbage bags etc. Mrs. Patti Myers, the Zoning Officer has been out there twice to address this issue. The resident was given a deadline of October 31 to rectify this issue. Councilman Noll went over different ordinances in place to address issues such as this, and the time frame involved.

Ms. Lonocka, also asked about paving on High ST. The road is in need of repair in certain areas. Discussion continued regarding the possibility of patching certain areas. Speeding is also an issue on this road. The possibility of speed bumps were discussed, a traffic study would need to be completed. Councilman Noll, and Mr. Shearer said they would walk the road in the next few weeks, and go from there.

Ms. Lonocka, also volunteered to help paint the fence around the ball field or with other projects around the Borough. Ms. Lonocka, also inquired about larger recycle bins. This are available for private purchase at possibly Penn Waste or box stores. Discussion continued.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor’s report was provided. Solicitor Springer and Councilman Snyder had been working with Mr. Rich Fromeyer at American Legal Publishing, regarding codification. The plan is to begin the contract in January. Keystate Publishing has provided all of our current information, as well as historical ordinances. In turn all of this information will be available online. We will also be provided paper copies. Discussion continued. American Legal is also willing to work with us regarding cost. We can put a spending limit on the project each year. There will be a $300 annual fee, or our ordinances to be put online.

Councilman Noll made a motion that we approve, as present, Yoe Borough Resolution 2016-12, authorizing American Legal Publication for Ordinance publication printing, and electronic form. Seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor.

Resolution 2016-10, annual resolution for the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System, the Borough contributes $120 each quarter to each member’s account. Councilman Bankoske made the motion. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor.

Resolution 2016-11, the annual resolution to appoint the auditor, Smith Elliot Kearns & Company as the auditor for 2017. Motion made by Councilman Harper, Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Noll made a motion that we accept the proposed 2017 budget, and it be advertised for adoption in December. Councilman Howett seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

Councilman Snyder will prepare the tax ordinance for next month, which will be number 2016-1. There is no proposed tax increase for 2017.

The SPCA provided a contract in the amount of $509 yearly. This will provide dog licensing, microchipping clinics, animal related municipal ordinance consultation, full record keeping provided by the Department of Agriculture, Low Cost spay/neutering assistance, including programs for stray cat colonies, and free spaying/neutering of Pit Bulls, Humane investigations, citations and prosecutions of animal cruelty, etc. Councilman Howett made the motion to accept the SPCA contract. This was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor, motion carried.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker provided a Engineer’s report. Mr. Shearer and Mr. Malesker met with Mr. Kopp from Penndot regarding the Broad ST work, and creating a project number so the PIB loan application could be started.

Mr. Shearer discussed the inlets on Broad and Poplar. Mr. Shearer wanted to camera the inlet pipe into the two inlet pipes and the outlet. This was done on October 31st. There is some rust on the very bottom of the pipe, otherwise they are still in good shape. It is Mr. Shearer’s recommendation that we consider refurbishing, rather than replacing the inlets. Discussion continued.

Councilman Noll made a motion for Mr. Shearer to proceed with the approved repairs in front of Yoe Auto Parts, to the stormwater inlet. Councilman Harper seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried. This is to come out the stormwater account. Discussion continued.

Mr. Malesker discussed the meeting with Mr. Kopp. At this point, we need to know exactly how much we want to borrow, and how we plan on paying. Whether it will monthly, or yearly etc. The interest rate at this point is 1.75%. Councilman Snyder recommends paying once a year, with our liquid fuels allotment, over the next 10 years. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll made a motion to apply for $110,000 PIB loan, with the terms of paying once per year, with a ten year term. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion carried. Discussion continued.

Councilman Harper made a motion for Mr. Malesker to advertise the Broad ST project. Councilman Strausbaugh seconded, all in favor, motion carried. Councilman Snyder received notification for conservation grants from the DCNR. Discussion of what the grant would cover was discussed.

There was discussion regarding the current grant, and if we have any access to the paperwork Mr. Romig originally submitted. Mr. Malesker has been following up with Mr. Romig to follow up on this, but has not heard anything back. Mr. Malesker is also going to check the DEP website, to see if anything has been updated since the last time he checked. Discussion continued. The possibility of continuing the rail trail project was also discussed.

Councilman Noll suggested that two or three people get together after the next meeting, and discuss all the possible projects to present to council. Discussion continued.

Maintenance Report
A lot of the maintenance report had been discussed under the Engineer’s report.

The new truck should be in production sometime around the 21st, and should be delivered to the body builder in December. So the truck should be available around the first of the year. Mr. Shearer would like to get the Borough Seal permanently added to the truck.

Zoning Officer’s Report
The Zoning Officer has been busy. The provided report includes August through October. Multiple issues are being addressed, and citations issued. Discussion continued.

There will be an upcoming Zoning Hearing Board.

EMA Report
The radio project for the County is moving forward.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor Sanford is continuing to work with Police in regards to 85 W Walnut. Also working with Chief Damon regarding some property issue near the House of Windsor. The alley behind W Broad ST has had a lot of vandalism. There has also been activity in the alleys behind S. Main ST. Several break-ins to garages and homes. There are people walking down the alley behind W Broad ST with flashlights on multiple occasions.

Councilman Snyder inquired how we are doing on our hours. Mayor Sanford has discussed this with Chief Damon, and they are working together to come up with a clear formula, as being short staffed has made coming up with a firm number difficult.

Mrs. Dvorak had gotten an estimate to replace the front office door, as warehouse door. To replace both doors it would cost roughly $3000. Discussion continued. The money for the door will come out of the capital reserve fund.

Councilman Harper made the motion to replace the doors, with the funds coming out of capital reserve. Councilman Noll seconded the motion. All in favor, motion passed. Councilman Noll, did recommend going with a security box, versus a mail slot in the door.

Mrs. Dvorak did follow up with State Farm regarding the incident on Springwood RD, and the damage to the fence.

Mrs. Dvorak also requested a back -up system for the computer. Stambaugh Ness does provide a cloud based back up for $120 a year. Councilman Noll made the motion to purchase a back-up system for the computer. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, motion passed.

Mr. Shearer mentioned that we receive notification from FEMA that we have been approved $6087.32 reimbursement.

Unfinished Business
There was no unfinished business.

New Business
There are four cars that are parked on Philadelphia ST between Main and Elm. Mayor Sanford inquired about how difficult it would be to make that stretch a snow emergency route. Mr. Shearer will look into this, as it would require a traffic study. Councilman Noll made a motion for Mr. Shearer to do a traffic study for snow emergency route in W. Philadelphia. Seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor, motion passed.

Payment of Bills
A motion to pay the bills was made by Councilman Howett, and seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Bankoske to adjourn at 8:55. Seconded by Councilman Snyder. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on October 4, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Samuel Snyder at 7:00PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Samuel Snyder
George Howett
Seth Noll
Ryan Harper
Regan Strausbaugh
William Bankoske
Barry Myers
Others in attendance
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Kevin Pruner, Resident
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer John Sanford, Mayor

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Noll made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. Councilman Snyder abstained, all others in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
There were no visitors at the beginning of the council meeting.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor’s report was provided. Solicitor Springer sent the change of our UCC official to the Department of Labor & Industry. Discussion is continuing between Solicitor Springer, Councilman Snyder, and Richard Fromeyer at American Legal Publishing regarding the codification. Solicitor Springer recommends having the contract effective starting January 1, 2017.

Councilman Noll made a motion to accept resolution 2016-09, opting in to the York County Regional Pollutant Reduction plan. Councilman Harper seconded the motion. All in favor. The secretary is to email a copy of the resolution to Pam Shellenberger. Discussion continued regarding the pollutant reduction plan.

Councilman Noll inquired as to whether or not we have been in touch with American Legal Publishing regarding obtaining our information from Keystate Publishing. Solicitor Springer, and Diana Dvorak have both been in touch with Mr. Fromeyer to let him know to proceed with obtaining these documents. Discussion continued.

Click here to view the 10-16 Solicitor’s Report.

Engineer’s Report
Report attached. We do not have enough material to do Cold in Place on Broad ST. A revised cost estimate was provided. The new estimate is $174,500. This estimate is actually cheaper than doing the cold in place. Councilman Snyder will proceed with obtaining a PIB loan. There will be about 900 square yards of base repairs. The cost may go down, based on the work currently being done on Broad ST. Discussion continued.

Councilman Noll recommends that the bidding process be started now. Mr. Malesker will follow up with Josh Kopp, his contact at Penndot. Councilman Noll made a motion that C.S. Davidson start bid documents as discussed on Broad ST and Orchard. Councilman Myers seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried. Councilman Snyder was given a 6 to 9 month window to get the loan approved. Also, anything over $125,000 requires additional documentation.

Mr. Malesker asked when the best time to have the work done would be. Councilman Noll suggested June 15 through August 15, as that is generally the slowest time for pavers.

Mr. Malesker inquired about the basin inspections. Councilman Myers made the motion to have C.S. Davidson do the basin inspection at their convenience to be completed by the December 31st deadline. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

Click here to view the 10-16 Engineer’s Report.

Maintenance Report
Maintenance report provided by Mr. Shearer.

Mr. Shearer asked who is responsible for the alley behind 306 S Main ST. The Borough has established that this alley is not adopted. Residents from the Henry apartments are calling regarding the large hole in the road. The inlet behind 306 S Main ST garage is the Borough’s infrastructure to repair. Councilman Noll said paperwork regarding BMPs will be required.

There is a problem with the inlet in front of Yoe parts, a few weeks ago it had been hit. No one is sure who hit it. Several estimates are attached for the repair. Discussion continued as to possibly replacing, rather than repairing. Councilman Myers and Councilman Noll mentioned that there will be pipe work, and a Penndot permit required. Mr. Shearer will contact Mr. Malesker to further investigate.

There is an erosion issue at the park. Mr. Shearer is recommending a sidewalk be put in. There are two estimates attached. Mr. Shearer would also like to put in some vegetation to help curb the erosion issue as well. Councilman Noll wanted to know if we were going with the cheaper estimate of $3336.00 which account the money would come out of. Councilman Snyder said it would come out of the general fund, but he’d like to hold off until the budget meeting. Discussion continued regarding using volunteers from the fire company to help put in the sidewalk, if the Borough would pay for material. Mayor Sanford inquired as to whether or not there were any grants available. Mr. Shearer said there may be some block grants available.

On the morning of the 18th there was an accident that took out a section of guardrail and ended up in the chain-link fence. There is an estimate attached to repair the section of fence that was damaged. Mrs. Dvorak is to call the insurance company that is listed on the police report to have them pay for the repair. Councilman Myers made the motion to approve the fence repair, pending approval from the insurance company, in the amount of $570. Councilman Harper seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

The Ventrac and the Cub Cadet sold in the amount of $4197.50. The money will be used to offset the cost of the John Deere tractor. The next auction is on the 11th, Mr. Shearer will take in the leaf loader and natural gas generator. Those funds will also be applied to the tractor as well.

Councilman Myers got a price for a diesel Ford F550, with a galvanized body, a snow plow package, wrap around hydraulics in the amount of $82,784. Mayor Sanford asked how long it would be before the truck would come in. Councilman Myers said it probably won’t be until the beginning of the year. $40,000 will come out of liquid fuels, the remaining will come out of capital reserve. Council would also like for the 1995 Ford F250 and a spreader to be sold to help offset the cost of the new truck. Discussion continued.

Councilman Noll made a motion to order the F550 in the amount of $82,784 using the appropriate amount from liquid fuels, with the remaining coming from capital reserve. Also the older truck is to be sold at Manheim Auto auction. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

The older truck (1995) will be kept until the new truck comes in.

Zoning Officer’s Report
No report provided. Patty Myers has been sending out letters to property owners, and is working on several ongoing issues. Mayor Sanford asked that she go down the alley behind S Main ST. There are several unregistered vehicles parked along the alley behind the first few houses.

EMA Report
Changes from York County on how local coordinators are notified, and what the criteria is. Quarterly meeting coming up in the middle of October.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor Sanford has been working with Mr. Shearer regarding issues on 85 W Walnut. Detective Hoppell is also now involved as well. We also received an estimate on coverage for 2017 Police protection, there is a proposed increase. There has been some incidences of arson in Dallastown. There have also been vehicles and residences broken into recently, Broad ST is a target area.

The State Mayor’s Association sent correspondence regarding Radar. Windsor Borough is dropping York Area Regional coverage in 2018. Discussion continued.

Councilman Strausbaugh is still in communication with Mr. Houseal regarding the traffic problems on Main & Water streets. Mr. Houseal wants to know if he can contact the State Police to set up a speed trap. Mr. Houseal can contact the State Police, but State Police may defer it back to local Police coverage. Mayor Sanford will follow up with Mr. Houseal.

Mayor Sanford asked if there were issues on Broad ST with bus traffic. In the morning there is a bus with kids, but in the evening she is traveling down Broad ST with an empty bus. Mayor Sanford is going to follow up on this issue.

There was notification in the circulating file regarding service awards for any elected official that has been serving for over ten years. Mayor Sanford asked for a list of how long everyone has been serving.

Mr. Pruner came in to inquire about issues at 85 W Walnut. Because we had concluded the Mayor’s report, Mayor Sanford will recap with Mr. Pruner individually.

Secretary’s Report
The budget workshop was set for October 19th at 9AM.

Council opted to not increase the bonding for the Secretary to $300,000, they want to keep the bonding at $250,000.

Mrs. Dvorak asked council to consider replacing the copy machine, and to purchase a scanner. You can use a copier to scan documents, but that wears down the document feeder. Mrs. Dvorak provided council with several estimates for copies, and one estimate for a scanner. Document retention on a cloud based system was also discussed. Councilman Noll feels we currently have the money in secretary supplies to purchase a scanner, and to look at the budget in regards to purchasing a copier. Discussion continued.

Councilman Strausbaugh made a motion to purchase a scanner. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

Department of Labor and Industry notified us that Code Administrators passed the UCC audit.

Unfinished Business
There was no unfinished business.

New Business
There was no new business.

Payment of Bills
A motion to pay the bills was made by Councilman Strausbaugh, and seconded by Councilman Bankoske.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Bankoske to adjourn at 8:50. Seconded by Councilman Snyder. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on September 6, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council Vice President Seth Noll at 7:03PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
George Howett
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske
Others in attendance
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Kevin Pruner, Resident
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes
Councilman Noll asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Howett made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion. All in favor. Minutes approved.

Visitors
Kevin Pruner residing at 87 W Walnut came to the meeting to bring to Council’s attention problems at the neighboring property 85 W Walnut. Mr. Pruner’s home has been broken into, had a hit and run on their vehicle, drug transactions, underage drinking, and is being used as a teen hangout. The owner of the property does not reside there, but his son does, and Mr. Pruner has tried to reach out to the owner, as well as the tenant. Nothing changes for any length of time. The Police are also out at the property frequently, which again, doesn’t have a lasting impact on the issues occurring at 85 W Walnut. Mr. Pruner does have security cameras on his property, which were installed after their home had been broken into. Mr. Pruner did bring thumb drives with data from the last few weeks, which he offered to leave for Council’s review.

Mr. Shearer had previously been made aware of this issues, and had reviewed data that Mr. Pruner had previously dropped off at the Borough office. Mr. Shearer did bring this to the Mayor’s attention, as he feels Mr. Pruner has valid complaints that need to be addressed. Mayor Sanford was going to speak with the Police Chief regarding these issues.

Councilman Noll asked if a rental inspection had been done. This has not been done yet, as the property owner has 60 days to register the property as a rental. As this property had just recently come to our attention as being a rental, a formal letter has not yet been sent. Councilman Noll asked that we get a letter sent out this week so we can get the property inspected. Councilman Noll is also going to follow up with the Mayor, as well as with Patty Myers.

Engineer’s Report/MS4 Report
Mr. Malesker presented the MS4 audit report to Council. Our report was submitted on July 28, 2016. This portion of the meeting is to make recommendations for changes. Mr. Malesker briefly went through the Minimum Control Measures 1-6:

MCM1 – Public Education and Outreach: This meeting was advertised in the paper, as well as the fire hall, word of mouth, as well as on the Borough website. It is recommended that a contact list be developed for the target audience groups. DEP has been requesting these during the audits. Also the DEP mentioned they are going to be auditing everyone. It is recommended that there be a separate section on our website specifically for stormwater information.

MCM2 – Public Involvement and Participation: This meeting does go towards meeting MCM2, but the Borough does need to be more active in soliciting public input.

MCM3 – Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination: DEP recently changed the guidance on outfalls and mapping. During this next year the map will need to be revised. Outfall screenings need to occur prior to April 30, 2017

MCM4 – Construction Site Stormwater Runoff: We are using the Conservation Districts memorandum of understanding. We just need to continue to ensure that building permits are not issued prior to an E&S plan if required.

MCM5 – Post Construction Stormwater Management: The Borough currently has an inventory map of post construction BMPs, that is being maintained by C.S. Davidson, which is updated as development occurs.

MCM6 – Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping: We currently have an inventory of all our facilities, the requirements of the 2014-15 permit year was to develop operation and maintenance plans for those facilities; that is still outstanding. Also we need to provide a detailed employee training program that sets goals for staff regarding training, the amount of training and topics. Mr. Malesker did provide a sample template for training.

Mr. Malesker recommended that we start preparing for the audit, as we know they will be coming. Most likely we will be given a two week warning. Included on the Engineer’s report was a list of things that will be required for an audit.

Councilman Noll went to the Notice of Intent seminar held by the state. He also signed up for the upcoming seminar, developing a pollution reduction plan. You will no longer just be able to advertise trainings; We are required to have attendance and involvement. Mapping requirements will be changing, but we are fairly far along as we have been working with C.S. Davidson regarding this for the past few years. We can partner with other municipalities to meet this requirement.

County Planning did send out a resolution regarding a pollution reduction plan that needs to be approved by October 4 if we are going to opt in. We can get an extension if needed to discuss the resolution. Councilman Noll asked that Solicitor Springer look over the resolution, and we will vote on it next month. Mr. Malesker is recommending that we opt in. Discussion continued.

Mr. Shearer asked who was responsible for enforcement of grass blown onto the street, is this a police, or a codes enforcement issue. This is the area in front of 39 W George ST. The first issue is that the grass is allowed to grow very high. Once it is mowed the grass is swept off of the sidewalk, and onto the street. Mr. Malesker feels that our Stormwater Ordinance considers grass illicit discharge. This would be a Borough issue to follow up on, which we would need to cite this section of the ordinance. Mr. Shearer will complete a complaint log, and put it in the MS4 book, along with pictures. Discussion continued.

Solicitor’s Report
We now have signed contracts from South Penn and Commonwealth Code Consultants. We should try to obtain the originals, but the signed copies that we have are ok.

Resolution 2016-08 authorizing the council to establish fees. Application fees are now being requested. This is to mitigate the cost to the Borough should anyone starting the permitting process decide not to proceed. These monies would go towards any expense incurred by the Borough for work done by South Penn or Commonwealth. A $100 deposit would be required for building permits, and a $75 deposit required for any Zoning permit. Any unused funds would be returned to the applicant. The Borough collects the fees, but the checks are made out to the entity. Councilman Bankoske made the motion, which was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. Councilman Harper abstained. Councilman Noll and Councilman Howett in favor.

The Use and Occupancy permit for 53 Church ST was amended by Code Administrators.

Solicitor Springer will let the Department of Labor and Industry know that we have changed our building code official.

Solicitor Springer and Councilman Snyder also met with Rich Fromeyer from American Legal Publishing regarding codification. Solicitor Springer recommends we go with American Legal to take over codification. American Legal has worked with several other townships. Also they have been in touch with Keystate, and can obtain our documents from Keystate, but there is a $100 fee for this purchase. American Legal will bill us for this. Discussion continued.

A motion to use American Legal Publishing as our codifier and to obtain our information from Keystate, our previous codifier was made by Councilman Harper, and seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor.

We keep getting notices from the tax claim bureau regarding two properties on Water ST. It was the consensus of council to let these properties be claimed for $500 each. These two properties are in the flood plain, and also have a swale that runs through one of the properties. Because of this, any work that would be done on these properties would be costly, and is being repetitively being claimed in tax sale by people who aren’t familiar with the property. If this property comes up for tax sale again the Borough will consider purchasing the parcels. Discussion continued.

The wetland mitigation deadline is coming up and it will be hard to report on vegetation if it is not being inspected in a timely manner. Councilman Noll will follow up with Councilman Myers regarding this issue. A motion was made by Councilman Bankoske and seconded by Councilman Howett , for Councilman Noll and Councilman Snyder to work with C.S. Davidson to contact someone else to handle the wetland projects and meet reporting deadlines. All in favor.

Councilman Harper brought up an issue he was having with his trash not being picked up. He is being told that it is too heavy. Discussion regarding weight restrictions continued.

Kinsley has been working on Broad ST. Core samples have been started. The core revealed that there is about 5″ of wearing surface, but doesn’t look like there is any binder course. There is minimum amount of material there to work with. The good news is there is a good ballast underneath. Mr. Malesker said that more samples can be taken when the road is being torn up. Mr. Shearer said he can go and take pictures when he sees Kinsley out there. Councilman Noll does want pictures to be taken so further discussion on how to proceed can continue.

Maintenance Report
Maintenance report provided by Mr. Shearer.

There is an area in the park by the restrooms that keeps washing out. Councilman Noll asked that Mr. Shearer to get a bid or two, and then we can discuss at the next meeting. Call Yoe Concrete, Restuccia, or Washington Dowling.

The new tractor has arrived, and the other equipment is being prepped for auction.

Zoning Officer’s Report
No report provided.

EMA Report
No report provided.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor’s report was provided. Mr. Shearer was working with Mayor Sanford on 85 W Walnut, and 39 W George.

Secretary’s Report
Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System obligation for 2017will be 1,480.00.

Trick or Treating will be held on Monday October 31, 2016. Mrs. Dvorak will be letting the police know.

Banking has now been switched to York Traditions bank, except for the two accounts that must remain open due to credit cards.

Liquid fuels audit for 2014-15, went well, no deficiencies.

Ongoing park rental issues were discussed. We are continuing to receive numerous complaints, they are not receiving contracts, checks are not being cashed, there is no one there to open the park when people arrive etc. Mr. Shearer received a call at 6AM on Labor Day Monday, as there was no one there to open the park. The person had submitted a contract, as well as the check, but could not reach the park rental coordinator. This person rents the park annually, but were not on the schedule at all.

Discussion of appointing a new coordinator, or having the Borough office handle the rentals was discussed. Councilman Noll suggested that we keep the coordinator for the remainder of the season, but move forward with finding a replacement for next year.

Mrs. Dvorak has received an estimate for a new all in one machine. The current equipment is not equipped to handle the amount of work that we are looking to do in the future. An estimate from Doceo for an OKI MPS2731mc machine in the amount of $1195.00. Councilman Noll asked for a few more quotes. We need to look at the budget to see what the Borough can afford.

Unfinished Business
Yoe hosted the Municipal Administrator’s meeting at the park. There were 16 people in attendance.

New Business
Councilman Harper and Mr. Shearer want to contact Penn Waste regarding a one-man truck that can pick up both trash and recycling. Councilman Harper wants to see if there is any way of eliminating one truck in the Borough to cut cost to the Borough. Councilman Noll thinks this truck may be a pilot, and it may not be an option, but to contact Penn Waste.

Payment of Bills
A motion to pay the bills was made by Councilman Harper, and seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Bankoske to adjourn at 8:35. Seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on August 2, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Sam Snyder at 7:03PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Sam Snyder
Seth Noll
Barry Myers
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
John Sanford, Mayor
Keith Hunnings, South Penn Code Consultants LLC.

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Noll made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion. Councilman Bankoske abstained. Councilman Snyder, Councilman Myers, Councilman Harper in favor. Councilman Snyder mentioned that he liked how the minutes are being presented. Minutes are concise, while still picking up on pertinent conversations.

Visitors
Keith Hunnings from South Penn Code Consultants LLC was in attendance. Mr. Hunnings was asked to attend the meeting to discuss being our new codes enforcement. As there were no other visitors, Councilman Snyder suggested we go right into the Solicitors report, to further discuss questions regarding the contracts.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor Springer had questions regarding the titles, and asked Mr. Hunnings to explain in more detail what the titles mean, and what the responsibilities are. Each Municipality is required to have a Building Code Official, is someone who is responsible for keeping track of incoming permits, and issuing final paperwork pertaining to the permit. Labor and Industry is required to audit these records every few years, and Mr. Hunnings as a BCO, would help facilitate that.

The contract had several options of services that South Penn Code Consultants offers. Solicitor Springer verified that the Borough is not obligated to utilize all of the services offered by South Penn Code Consultants. The contract provided is just a standard contract that can be customized.

Councilman Noll wanted to clarify that the Borough is looking at hiring two different agencies. Code Administrators had provide Zoning as well as Building Codes, Uniform Construction Code, and Property Maintenance Codes etc. Commonwealth Code Inspection Services is looking to do just the Uniform Construction Code; which would be plan review, issuance of building permits, and inspections for residential and commercial construction. Mr. Hunnings would be providing primarily Zoning, and Building Code Official. Mr. Hunnings would be issuing, on behalf of the Borough, the Use and Occupancy certificate.

Solicitor Springer requested that Commonwealth contract be revised to state that they would provide all necessary documentation to Mr. Hunnings’ company. Mr. Hunnings routinely works with Commonwealth, so does not foresee any problems. Discussion continued on who the permits are handled between the two companies.

A fee schedule was provided by South Penn Code Consultants. Discussion on how the billing is done continued. There are two options for the Borough; an hourly rate or a per job rate.

Councilman Snyder wanted to let Mr. Hunnings know that the Borough has their own Assistant Zoning Officer. Mr. Hunnings said Zoning Officer is not a required service, but they are there to provide back up. Mr. Hunnings does ask, that if a letter were to be sent out with his name on it, that he review the letter first, and sign it himself.

Solicitor Springer inquired as to how a question regarding an ordinance would be handled by South Penn. Mr. Hunnings stated that in that case he would defer to the Borough to be clear that he understands the intent of the ordinance. Councilman Noll wanted it noted that Mr. Shearer would continue to do rental inspections, but again, South Penn would provide back up as needed. Mr. Shearer asked if someone would be available on an emergency basis. Mr. Hunnings said he would provide his personal cell phone number for cases like that. Residents would continue to come to the Borough office to pick up permits, they would not be asked to pick up the permits at the South Penn office in Shrewsbury. The Secretary could continue to send new permits via email, as had previously been done. South Penn will also provide permits for the Borough to use.

Mr. Hunnings inquired as to whether or not they would be required to do any MS4 work. This is handled by C. S. Davidson. Discussion of potential use of C.S. Davidson, and the cumulative effect of the exemptions regarding MS4 continued.

Councilman Snyder asked if we had received our Code of Ordinances book and disc back from Code Administrators; we have not. Councilman Snyder let Mr. Hunnings know that we can provide him with a PDF in the meantime.

Discussion regarding outstanding permits from Code Administrators continued. At this point there are only two permits. One of them being 53 Church ST, which a Use and Occupancy certificate has been issued. There were some concerns regarding the verbiage on the Use and Occupancy Certificate. Solicitor Springer will follow up with Code Administrators, asking that the certificate be amended to make it clearer that the certificate is only for the repairs done on the third unit. There is to be no more than three apartments in this building, unless the property owner meets the zoning/codes requirements for a fourth unit. Discussion continued.

Solicitor Springer has been working with Code Administrators to ensure that any open permits that had been processed through Code Administrators will be closed properly.

Solicitor Springer will let the Department of Labor and Industry know of the changes to our Zoning Officer and BCO.

Click here to view the 08-16 Solicitor’s Report.

Executive Session
At 8PM Councilman Noll made a motion to go into executive session to discuss pending legal issues. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor.

The regular meeting was reconvened at 8:12 PM. During the executive session legal matters were discussed.

A motion was made by Councilman Noll to accept the resignation of Code Administrators, dated July 5, 2016, upon the satisfaction of the Solicitor regarding outstanding/pending applications. The motion was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Harper abstained. Councilman Snyder, Councilman Myers, Councilman Strausbaugh in favor.

Resolution 2016-6 – to appoint Commonwealth Code Inspection Services, Inc. as the Uniform Construction Code Inspector. Motion made by Councilman Noll, seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. Councilman Harper abstained. Councilman Snyder, Councilman Myers, and Councilman Bankoske in favor.

Resolution 2016-7 – to appoint South Penn Code Consultants, LLC. As the Borough Zoning Officer, Building Code Official, and the International Property Maintenance Code Inspector.

Motion made by Councilman Strausbaugh, seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Harper abstained. Councilman Snyder, Councilman Myers, Councilman Strausbaugh in favor.

Councilman Snyder wanted it noted, that these motions in no way affects the position of the Assistant Zoning Officer/Code Officer, Patti Myers.

A motion to accept the contracts from South Penn, and Commonwealth upon approval by the Solicitor was made by Councilman Noll, and seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Harper abstained. Councilman Snyder, Councilman Myers, Councilman Strausbaugh in favor.

A motion for the Solicitor to prepare the appropriate fee schedule was made by Councilman Noll, and seconded by Councilman Bankoske. Councilman Harper abstained. Councilman Snyder, Councilman Myers, Councilman Strausbaugh in favor.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker scheduled core samples for July, but due to construction they have not been completed, these should be done this month. Because of the delay Mr. Malesker has not yet obtained a project number. Councilman Snyder did make contact with DCED, who provided a contact at Penndot. Discussion continued.

The sewer authority has made repairs to the man holes close to Main ST on Broad. They camera-ed the line from the next man hole up, which is right where the depression is in the road. There were no problems with the sewer line found. Mr. Shearer thinks this may be a groundwater issues that is following the outside of the trench. Discussion continued as to whether anything else was checked. Mr. Shearer is going to follow up for more detail.

The MS4 report has been submitted. Our Annual meeting will be held during our September 6th meeting. The meeting has already been posted on the Borough’s website, and on the office door. Mr. Shearer will also advertise at the Fire Hall. Mr. Malesker will discuss the details of the report at the September meeting.

Councilman Noll attended a MS4 seminar on July 26th. Mapping requirements are going to increase significantly. It is no longer enough to advertise, we must have attendance. Discussion regarding mapping, pollution reduction etc. was discussed. Mr. Noll has the document from the meeting he can provide for anyone who is interested. At the Seminar it was mentioned that residents should be fined if they are washing their cars in their driveways. You are expected to pull your vehicle into your yard, and wash your vehicle in the grass. Discussion regarding the meeting continued.

If work is done at the dam, Councilman Noll feels it should be reported. Councilman Myers said he spoke with Mr. Romig, but DEP is still not showing anything on file. Mr. Malesker also has been unable to find anything on the DEP website. Mr. Romig, did supply documentation that information was submitted to DEP. There is now a new permit which Mr. Romig would need to complete. Councilman Myers is going to follow up with Mr. Romig. Discussion continued.

Click here to view the 08-16 Engineer’s Report.

Maintenance Report
Maintenance report provided. The slide at the park has been replaced. 2016-17 salt contract is on the COSTARS website. Our price per ton $57.50, which is less than last year. We have to take a minimum of 84 tons.

Councilman Myers obtained a proposal for a tractor, the price is $11, 393.46. Model X739 by John Deere. Councilman Noll made a motion to purchase a lawn tractor in the amount of $11,393.46 through COSTARS for the model and type presented. Seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor.

Councilman Myers made a motion to take the Cub Cadet and Ventrac to McGrew’s to be auctioned off. Councilman Harper seconded. All in favor.

Councilman Myers will follow up on the cost of a new truck.

Zoning Officer’s Report
June and July report provided. There were a lot of complaints for grass. Mayor Sanford brought up a few issues regarding vehicles with no tags. Councilman Myers will let the Assistant Zoning Officer know about these issues so they can be addressed. Discussion continued.

EMA Report
Mayor Sanford completed the NIMS form, but it has not been filed yet, as there was a question as to whether we had done a resolution or ordinance adopting NIMS. Councilman Noll feels that we did. But this has not been done yet in 2016.

A motion was made by Councilman Noll to formally adopt NIMS (National Incident Management System), as our formal system. This was seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor.

Mayor Sanford will now file the NIMS report.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor’s report was provided.

Speed detail was done on Main ST last weekend, but was not very successful. Also discussed the issue of trucks on Broad ST with the Police Chief. Councilman Harper asked if Mayor Sanford had heard anything regarding the break-ins. There had been several vehicles broken into, but this is an ongoing issue. Mayor Sanford has not heard anything new, but strongly recommended that residents keep everything locked down.

Secretary’s Report
MS4 meeting will be held during the next council meeting on September 6. The free yard sale will be held Labor Day weekend, September 2 & 3.

The Penn Waste driver had come to the Borough Office with a concern regarding excessive “large item” trash at Village Realty. Village Realty pays for each individual unit, so they are entitled to one large item per unit each week. Discussion continued.

Mayor Sanford wanted to know if the electronics recycling program has started again. It has, and the information has been sent to the webmaster to be added to the website.

We are still in the process of transferring accounts over to York Traditions. The Citizens Bank accounts will be open for a little longer pending automatic transfers.

Unfinished Business
No unfinished business.

New Business
No new business.

Payment of Bills
A motion to pay the bills was made by Councilman Harper, and seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Bankoske to adjourn at 9:30. Seconded by Councilman Snyder. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on July 5, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Sam Snyder at 7:01PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Sam Snyder
Seth Noll
Barry Myers
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper
George Howett

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
John Sanford, Mayor

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Myers made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Noll seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Visitors
There were no visitors at the July 2016 meeting.

Executive Session
A motion was made by Councilman Noll to go into executive session, this was seconded by Councilman Harper. Entered executive session at 7:03. The regular meeting was reconvened at 7:40. Personnel issues were discussed; Councilman Snyder requested a motion be made for the Solicitor to send a letter to Code Administrators outlining their involvement in pending permits, and their willingness to close the permits, or returning fees to the next Zoning Officer. The motion should also note that Council is accepting the resignation of Code Administrators, contingent upon receiving a response to the Solicitor’s letter. Furthermore, the Solicitor is to draft the appropriate resolutions for appointment, and incorporate a new fee schedule for a new Code Officer, to be effective at the August 2, 2016 meeting. Also Councilman Ryan is to be the committee to investigate the willingness of Mr. Keith Hunnings to take over the position of UCC, BCO, and Zoning Officer. Council to draft a letter to let residents know that until which point a Zoning Officer is appointed, no permits will be accepted effective as of July 6, 2016. Motion was made by Councilman Howett, and seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor. Motion carried.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor Springer was given some correspondence at the end of the last meeting from the Department of Labor and Industry. The notice was regarding leased or temporary employees, and says that these employees can claim workers compensation from either their direct employer, or from the Borough. What the Borough needs is an endorsement from the employer, stating that the employer is covering the workers compensation insurance. We need to keep these endorsements on file. The Borough can choose to pay workers compensation, but if the Borough would chose not to, an endorsement would need to be kept on file. The Department of Labor and Industry is requiring a certain form. Solicitor Springer will get this form from the Department of Labor and Industry, and will send it to any independent contractors that the Borough uses. Discussion continued regarding who exactly we need endorsements from.

Solicitor Springer is also going to look into American Legal Services to provide codification services.

Click here to download the 07-16 Solicitor’s Report.

Engineer’s Report
Last month Broad ST paving was discussed, this was discussed further, with the option to do the entire stretch. The information was provided with the Engineer’s report. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll asked for clarification to confirm that with doing cold in place that the road would be sealed. Mr. Malesker also said that core samples would need to be taken, if there is material cold in place cannot be done. Councilman Noll asked what a rough estimate of engineering fees and core samples would cost. Engineering would be roughly $3000, and core samples roughly $200. Councilman Noll does feel that core samples should be taken soon.

Discussion regarding budgeting for road repairs, and what we have in the State Roads account, and possibly taking out a loan, with an interest rate of 1.75%. We are able to take a portion of the funds from the State Roads account to pay for equipment. Council discussed purchasing a new vehicle with a stainless steel body, with a purchase price amount around $75,000. We can either try to trade in one of the Borough’s older vehicles, or take it to Manheim Auction. The next auction takes place in October. Discussion continued.

Replacing the lawn mower was also discussed. A new mower would cost around $25,000. In order to reduce the cost of the mower, then we should consider outsourcing some of the mowing, in order to purchase a more basic mower. Discussion continued regarding how long it takes to mow Pennsylvania AVE, and the cost of having a company come in and mow for $200 a mow, and possibly purchasing a used mower continued. Further research into a mower should continue.

A motion was made by Councilman Noll to accept the two proposals for the road work made by Mr. Malesker, start the process for obtaining a $100,000 PIB loan, for the paving of Broad ST to be started next year. The motion was seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor, motion carried.

Councilman Noll made a motion that we seek a Ford 550 or equivalent, for the best price we can negotiate, allocating $40,000 of our State Roads towards the purchase. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, motion carried. Discussion continued regarding budgeting for equipment.

Mr. Malesker asked if we wanted to bid this project this year, or wait until next year. Councilman Noll suggested that we wait until October. Discussion continued.

Click here to download the 07-16 Engineer’s Report.

Maintenance Report
Repair to Newton Alley storm water box has been completed.

Mr. Shearer did send a registration letter to the property owner of 85 E 3rd.

Mulch has been ordered, and will be delivered the week of June 11th.

Councilman Myers made a motion that All Seasons Landscaping do the mowing for Pennsylvania AVE at $200 per mowing. Seconded by Councilman Harper. Motion Carried.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Councilman Noll asked that we pull zoning reports to see that they match from month to month. Also Councilman Harper is to let the prospective Zoning Officer know that we expect a report each month.

EMA Report
Mayor Sanford was unable to attend the June meeting.

The radio project is continuing in the county. They are hoping to have a total changeover by the beginning of 2017.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor’s report was provided. An email from a resident was discussed.

The recent harassment incident that took place at the park was also discussed. Mayor Sanford is going to follow up with the police to see if they would like a copy of the video, as he would like to get some resolution on this issue. Discussion regarding police coverage continued.

Secretary’s Report
There was a recent issue regarding a park rental that was missed. Several of the council members were contacted that day in hopes that one of them could open the park, which was later opened by Mrs. Myers, and later cleaned by Councilman Myers. There are concerns that the park rental coordinator is not accessible, and the situation will be monitored. Discussion continued.

A letter was sent to York Township to pay for half of the funds from the survey.

Mrs. Dvorak has been working with Mr. Nischan to get forms, such as the zoning and building permits online. Also Mr. Nischan has copied the ordinances so they can be put online. We will also be adding a storm water tab to the website to try and meet the MS4 requirements.

We have switched phone companies from Verizon to Comcast, and will be saving about $40 a month. Mrs. Dvorak asked permission to cancel our fax line, saving another $25 a month. Council agreed. The fax can still be used just by connecting the fax machine to the regular phone line if a fax must be sent.

Mrs. Dvorak was also looking into switching banks to York Traditions bank, as they offer a much more competitive interest rate. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder recommended that we pursue switching, but get in touch with the auditors to ensure a smooth transition. York Traditions has packets made up that provide an outline of the services they offer, and what they suggest. Mrs. Dvorak will have her contact, Jamie Reid, bring this in so they can be given to council at the next meeting.

A motion was made by Councilman Howett to transfer the accounts to York Traditions based on the recommendations of the Borough. Seconded by Councilman Noll all in Favor, motion carried.

Unfinished Business
There was no unfinished business.

New Business
There was no new business.

Payment of Bills
In addition to the bills on the bill list, the borough will be reimbursing Councilman Noll for the MS4 conference. A motion was made by Councilman Myers to pay the bills. Seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor, motion carried.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Noll to adjourn at 9:25, seconded by Councilman Snyder, all in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on June 7, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Sam Snyder at 7:04PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Sam Snyder
Seth Noll
Barry Myers
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper
William Bankoske

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
John Sanford, Mayor
Terry Ruby, York County Planning
Joseph Pellegrino, Resident
Patti McGonagle, Resident
Paul Collins, Contractor
Jim Tyson, Resident

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting. Councilman Snyder had one correction; just for clarification purposes, on page 2, down at the bottom, where it talks about executive session, after the first sentence where it says motion made to go into executive session, and then talk begins regarding the ordinance regarding swimming pools, it should be reflected that the motion was made after reconvening the regular meeting. That way it does not look like that motion had taken place during the executive session. Councilman Harper made the motion to accept the minutes, Councilman Strausbaugh seconded the motion. Councilman Bankoske abstained, the rest of council was in favor. Motion carried.

Visitors
The first on the Agenda was Ms. Terry Ruby, a senior planner from York County Planning Commission. Ms. Ruby came to discuss water issues in York County. Ms. Ruby had handed out information for council to follow along with. In the handout there was a watershed map, showing four main watersheds in York County. Within those watersheds are sub-watersheds. These watersheds do not follow municipal boundary lines. What happens in one municipality affects the next municipality.

There are a number of repaired streams in York County. DEP has determined a number of streams impaired, more will most likely follow. Impaired means it does not follow their designated use, including, aquatic life, recreation, fish consumption, and potable water supply. There are actions in place, required by both the EPA and DEP to work to clean up those streams. If your streams are not impaired, that is great, but we want to keep them that way. There are five main contributors of pollution; local and regional waterways, urban and suburban runoff, agricultural uses, wastewater treatment, air pollution, forest runoff. All of those, except forest runoff, have mandates in place to clean them up, so that they don’t impair the streams further. It is important that we collaborate between the municipalities to keep from polluting the waters further.

We have water issues, how do we fix them? The Federal Government passed laws, the Clean Water Act, those laws trickled down to be State responsibility, and from there, the States passed laws, and made rules that trickled down to the counties. Because PA is a commonwealth, those regulations have been passed down to local municipalities to enforce. There are several regulatory mechanisms in place to address water quality. Issues such as MS4 permit, storm water management, total maximum daily load etc. Municipalities can address these issues, but more can be done through collaboration.

The true cost of complying with growing regulations are great, and will require collaborative efforts. Out of the Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Effort that the county commissioners were approached about conducting a study to determine whether storm water authority would be feasible in the county. In 2014 county commissioners directed the county planning commission to develop a storm water authority feasibility study. The York County Community Foundation provided funding and a consultant was hired to assist with the efforts. The study was completed in December 2015.

The purpose of the study was to see if a Storm Water Authority would be feasible in York County; and if it was, what the scope and scale look would like, how would it be funded. These answers would then be given to the commissioners. The feasibility study is outlined in the handout.

The findings of the study were, that there is interest in a collaborative approach, municipalities generally don’t know what their budget is for storm water and are underestimated, and it is feasible to establish a storm water authority.

The benefits of establishing a regional authority are: may enable participating communities to realize economies of scale for services provided, urban, suburban and rural municipalities all have a role to play. New post MS4 permits regulations are more stringent with fewer waivers granted, and likely to expand to include more municipalities. A regional authority would provide efficiency be coordinating inspections, provide training to municipal employees, increase access to technical assistance.

Potential next steps, the York County Board of Commissioners charged the York County Planning Commission to move forward with Storm Water Authority implementation. The implementation plan is intended to address a number of issues related to a formation of a regional storm water candidate including funding sources and staffing, a division of labor between a regional organization and individual municipalities, the legal authority for the formation, who would hold the required permits, and the methodology for selecting storm water projects to be funded. Input will be requested for these projects.

Councilman Noll sat on the Storm Water Authority group, which he presented to council. Any input that can be provided will be good, this will become a huge dollar issue because we are a small municipality. More sophisticated municipalities are pushing back on this, as they are already doing a good job managing these issues. These municipalities have the funding and the staff to do a good job, what they are missing out on is the regional cooperation, they are not seeing that storm water and streams don’t stop at their boundaries. Some of the things that are coming with the upcoming MS4, are going to be very costly. They are asking that we map beyond the municipality. There is a huge cost benefit by collaborating.

Storm water meetings are now advertised, and have people come to hear about storm water. The permits are going to require that sessions are held and that there are people in attendance. A regional approach may get more people to participate.

Ms. Ruby’s presentation tonight fulfills MSM6. Discussion continued.

Patti McGonagle had a few issues she wanted to discuss. 85 E Wilson had recently been foreclosed, bought and flipped, and is now for rent. During the flip a bathroom was added in the garage area. Mrs. McGonagle wanted to know if the property was going to be rented as a two household property, or just one. Councilman Noll let her know that we are unaware of how it would be rented out. But with the way the ordinances are written it can only be rented as a single household, as each apartment would need to have its own separate utilities which that property does not. Dana Shearer will be following up on this.

Another issues that Mrs. McGonalge wanted to discuss was the height of the grass at the park. The park has been rented several times, and the grass was very high, to the point she would have been upset had it been her. Mrs. McGonagle feels that it is unsightly and unacceptable, that if the grass at her home was that high the Zoning Officer would be issuing a warning. Mrs. McGonagle wanted to know if there was a reason the grass was so high. Mr. Shearer let her know there were several reasons, such as a lot of rain, he is the only one mowing, and he has broken equipment. Mr. Shearer does admit that the grass is high, but he is having a hard time keeping up with all of the mowing that needs to be done in the borough. Discussion regarding equipment and how often mowing is done continued.

Mrs. McGonalge also brought up the broken sliding board. Mr. Shearer did say he had a new sliding board, he just needs to get down there to replace it.

Discussion regarding replacing equipment, and use of community service continued.

Joseph Pellegrino came into discuss permit issues. Councilman Noll said he could address some of the issues. There were some items on the permit that needed additional information. Such as the pool and hot tub. Due to impervious surface issues measurements are needed for both items. Based on the drawing, it was not clear if any additional sidewalks or decking were being added, property lines had not been added, which is needed for setbacks. A plot plan is needed that shows boundary lines and gives definite dimension from lot lines, to where the pool is. Ordinances are online, and checking under pools will give more information.

Mr. Pelligrino’s contractor Mr. Collins wanted the council to know that the property meets and exceeds setbacks as the property is over four acres. But nothing has been committed to paper yet. As far as storm water goes the pool holds two inches of rain water, the evaporation factor also adds to that. Councilman Noll let Mr. Collins know that not all municipalities follow the same guidelines. The pool does have a deck, but it is a standard deck, and will let water through. Councilman Noll did request that total square feet for the project be sent in. Discussion continued.

Councilman Snyder brought up that the Borough does have a 500 square foot exemption. But it is not really an exemption. Stormwater control still needs to be maintained, even for one foot. The exemption part comes in, anything over 500 ft. requires the full E&S plan. Under the 500 sq. ft. can be handled under best practices and O&M, which still needs to be signed and filed with the municipality. Mr. Malesker further clarified by stating that if you put a 10×10 shed in yes, you are under the 500 sq. ft. exemption, but then you follow the small project guide that is at the end of the storm water appendix. You still have to put the trenches around because you have to control the volume of runoff. Discussion continued.

Requiring a fence around pools were brought up. The zoning ordinance requires fencing around the pool. The building code, and zoning ordinances are not the same, and the Borough is allowed to require above and beyond the building code. The purpose of the ordinance is to keep uninvited people out of the pool. Discussion regarding fence requirements continued.

Mr. Tyson came in to inquire about some things that Code Administrators had sent him. Mr. Tyson showed council a fence permit that Dallastown issues. He received a three page permit from Code Administrators. Councilman Noll and Solicitor Springer let Mr. Tyson know that we use a general permit. Mr. Tyson wanted to know if he was completing the permit correctly. Mr. Tyson also questioned the fees for the permit. Councilman Noll let him know that Code Administrators takes the time to review the application and plans etc. Councilman Snyder let Mr. Tyson know that he needs to submit the application to Code Administrators, and if something is incorrect they will let him know. Councilman Noll also stated that if Mr. Tyson has a contractor, he recommends the contractor complete the permit, as it is not always as easy as it should be to complete these permits. Discussion continued regarding another property that had just put up a new fence. Solicitor Springer mentioned that Mr. Tyson may want to check the ordinances online, specifically Section 27-403 subsection (d).

Mr. Tyson also wanted a few issues brought to the Council’s attention. Between Broad ST and Pennsylvania AVE, the East side, there is overgrown shrubbery. Also, along Pennsylvania AVE there is a van sitting in a driveway that the tags had run out on 5/2016 and it has been quite some time since the vehicle has been moved. There is also a boat that is sunken into the ground, which has been brought up to council in the past.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor Springer prepared a report for the meeting. Solicitor Springer did follow up with H.A. Thompson who is the insurer for the Borough. We do currently have EPL (Employee Practices Liability) coverage under the E&O policy. At the May meeting he received a registration for a Borough Association meeting coming up in August. Solicitor Springer will be attending, and wanted to know if Council had anything in particular they wanted him to attend.

Click here to download the 06-16 Solicitor’s Report.

Executive Session
Councilman Noll made a motion to go into executive session to discuss zoning and code issues. Councilman Myers seconded the motion, all in favor.

After reconvening the regular meeting a motion was made by Councilman Harper, for the Engineer to proceed in getting a checklist together for the secretary in how to instruct residents in the building permit process. Councilman Noll seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker has not heard back from York Township regarding the Borough map. Mr. Malesker wanted to discuss Broad ST repairs. Councilman Myers, Councilman Noll, Councilman Harper, Councilman Bankoske, and Mr. Shearer all walked with Mr. Malesker at different times to discuss needed repairs. Mr. Malesker referenced the Engineers report which outlined the cost and amount of the materials and total estimated cost of the repairs, from Main ST to Maple ST. The estimated cost being $23,800.00. From Maple to Poplar the estimated cost of repairs is $44,700.00. If the Borough chooses to do base repairs between Main and Poplar this year, the estimated cost for repairs would be low enough for three quotes, but won’t have to be sent out for bids.

However, once you get past Poplar, things really start deteriorating. Mr. Malesker has a couple of options laid out in his report. Once you get to the point greater than 50% base repair, you consider starting over. The estimate for repairs are starting at W. Poplar to W. Walnut are broken down on the report. Estimated amounts range from $94,200.00 for some base repairs, some paving fabric etc. for Option 1. Option 2 is, in Mr. Malesker’s opinion, a better option. There would be some milling, going down 12” with excavation, put some Geogrid in, some 2A stone, and full course Binder and Wearing, with an estimated amount of $149,300.00. Option 3 is Cold-In-Place recycling, essentially you take what is there and grind it up, add some emulsion that becomes the base course. You put a scratch and wear course over top of that. The estimated cost for Option 3 is $72,200.00, which essentially gives you a new roadway. The cheapest thing to do from Broad up Orchard, to Walnut, would be the Cold-In-Place recycling, which holds up very well. Mr. Malesker compares Cold-In-Place to option 2. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder requested figures for the actual dollar amount we have in our liquid fuels account to be presented at next month’s meeting.

Councilman Noll asked when the Water Company is looking to do their project. Mr. Malesker said that the project had to be re-bid as Kinsley was the only company that submitted a bid. They have received two more bids, and hope to award the project by June 8th, with the project hopefully starting mid-July. Discussion continued.

Councilman Snyder asked if Mr. Malesker had heard anything back from Jake. Mr. Malesker has not heard anything back, he has also checked the DEP website, and nothing is there. The grant has been extended. Discussion continued. Mr. Malesker cannot get quotes until he sees what Mr. Romig has submitted. Mr. Malesker still has not received any plans.

Mr. Shearer was asked to get estimates for new equipment.

Click here to download the 06-16 Engineer’s Report.

Maintenance Report
Newton Alley is now closed. Mr. Shearer also noted that the “Road Closed” sign had been stolen. Two residents had called in to report the drain rattling. Mr. Shearer is going to attempt to repair this in house.

Mr. Shearer also discussed the debris spillage that occurred late last month on Main ST. The borough incurred some expense on this, until the police were able to track down the driver. The driver did not have his tailgate latched. Dallastown came down to assist in the cleanup, a street sweeper also came out. Dallastown submitted a bill to the borough. Mr. Shearer provided this information to Officer Varner to include in the citation.

There have been a few kids fishing in the pond. Mr. Shearer is going to update, and add some signs to make it clear there should be no fishing there. The cops were called, and the kids warned. Mr. Shearer hasn’t seen the kids in that exact area again, but he has seen them around town with their fishing rods.

Zoning Officer’s Report
There were a few things around town that will be brought to Patti’s attention. There is one zoning permit being worked. 53 Church ST is still being worked on by the owner. Discussion continued.

EMA Report
The next training is on Saturday June, 18th.

Mayor’s Report
Problems on Pennsylvania with suspicious person in vehicles which will be checked into. Mayor Sanford will be speaking with the Police regarding our hours. Councilman Myers asked if we had any hours available to sit on Poplar ST. There is also an issue with large trucks on Main ST and Broad ST. Mr. Shearer said the Police had asked if the Borough would consider advanced warning signs. The drivers are claiming that they did not see any signs until they turned, at that point they are committed to continuing down that road. Penndot approval would be needed to place these signs. Councilman Noll asked Mr. Shearer to inquire about getting approval for the signs. Discussion continued.

Secretary’s Report
Christmas Magic coupons are now in, and have been put on the website. Councilman Snyder brought up outstanding invoices from the Sewer Authority. Councilman Snyder has also been trying to come in during the week to check in with both Sandy and Diana. Most of the issues that arise are due to permitting issues.

Unfinished Business
There was no unfinished business.

New Business
There was no new business.

Payment of Bills
The bills list is a little higher than normal, but this is because of the payment to the fire company, as well as the Police Department. Councilman Myers made a motion to pay the bills. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion, all in favor.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Bankose to adjourn at 10:05, seconded by Councilman Noll, all in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on May 3, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Sam Snyder at 7:02PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Sam Snyder
Seth Noll
Barry Myers
George Howett
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper

Others in attendance:
Dennis Attig, Resident
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
John Sanford, Mayor

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had a chance to look over the minutes. Council President Snyder requested that a clarification be made on page 3, second paragraph, third line, regarding the monument Mr. Attig was requesting. This needs to be clarified to say that the monument that was being discussed at this time was a personal property monument, not a borough boundary line monument. A motion was made to accept the minutes, with a note on clarification. Councilman Howett made the motion, and it was seconded by Councilman Harper, all in favor.

Visitors
Mr. Dennis Attig was in attendance to discuss the sale of his mother’s property. York Township sent a letter that he does not need to get the parcel in York Township subdivided. Mr. Attig’s attorney is telling Mr. Attig that he does not have any letter from Yoe Borough regarding a subdivision. Mr. Attig did state that he has already sold the York Township property. Per Mr. Attig, Stacy McNeal spoke with Sandra Sterner in February, but they never received a letter regarding a subdivision. Councilman Noll clarified that Mr. Attig was selling the piece of property within the borough. Councilman Noll also requested clarification that the tax parcel boundaries match the borough boundaries. Mr. Attig stated all of this was correct. There was a discussion regarding the boundary lines, and questions of how much property was in either Borough lines or Township lines. Councilman Snyder said that there is nothing for the board. There is no action for the board at all. Councilman Snyder feels that Mr. Attig is asking the Council for a legal opinion. Mr. Attig was instructed to speak with his lawyer if he has further questions regarding a subdivision. Councilman Noll said that if it is a parcel within the Borough, and you are selling it, you can sell it. It is just a saleable piece of property, if you wish to change that in any way, if you want to put 5 houses on it, then you need to change it. If nothing is being done to the property other than selling it, nothing needs to be done. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll said the best thing we can do is take no action at all, as we do not know what ultimately Mr. Attig is doing with the property, we can’t render any opinion, and that is what Mr. Attig’s lawyer is getting paid to do. Councilman Noll also stated that the council does not wish to render any written opinion. Discussion continued. Mr. Attig asked if he would need a permit to change the siding on his home. Per Councilman Noll, no, the code allows under chapter 405 a repair does not require a permit.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor Springer started by discussing the question that had been posed at the last meeting regarding registration of nonconforming uses. The zoning does allow that nonconforming uses be recorded by the zoning officer, and be tied to the deed. Another issue that was discussed regarding a pool going in, and a need for walls. The zoning officer shall administer the zoning ordinance in accordance with its literal terms. That does not really answer the question being posed. Solicitor Springer requested an executive session to discuss the intent of the ordinance was when it was passed, and councils knowledge of the intent.

Executive Session
Motion was made by Councilman Myers, and seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh to go into executive session. After reconvening the regular meeting discussion regarding the ordinance regarding the swimming pools the wording contemplates an enclosure surrounding the pool not that parts of the pool should be considered part of the enclosure. When you are talking about a swimming pool with a 54” wall it still does not meet the requirements as worded by the ordinance. A motion was made by Councilman Howett, and seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh, for Councilman Noll to contact Norm regarding the enforcement of that ordinance, as well as the deficiencies in the permit in regards to E&S setbacks etc.

As also discussed in executive session personnel issues and restrictions were brought up for motion by council to reflect the new hours for the Secretary/Treasurer by 8AM – 12PM on Mondays. The Assistant Secretary/Treasurer will be 12PM – 4PM on Thursdays, and 8AM – 12PM on Fridays with overlap on as needed basis for Monday’s 8AM – 12PM, as seen fit by either Sandy Sterner or Diana Dvorak. Along with that, the Secretary/Treasurer due to liability issues brought up by the solicitor, borough employees are not to be expected to provide transportation. No borough employees should be transporting anyone while on the clock. Council President Snyder and Councilman Harper will be meeting with the Secretary/Treasurer on Wednesday at 9AM to inform her of the motion. A motion was made by Councilman Snyder, and seconded by Councilman Howett, all in favor.

Engineer’s Report
Since the last meeting Derek, and Mr. Malesker had met with Councilman Snyder regarding MS4 issues, that permit will be going in in July, so at some point Mr. Malesker will borrow the MS4 book, and have Derek take pictures. Mr. Malesker stated that the concrete monument has been put in that last quarter. The new map has been revised to show that as a monument, the map has also been sent to York Township. Gary responded that everything looked good. Any joint ordinance between municipalities is now in York Township’s court. Mr. Malesker was instructed to go forward with the new description. Councilman Noll said that Mr. Malesker should go forward with the description, and then send it to York Township saying this is our piece of the resolution. A motion was made by Councilman Noll, and seconded by Councilman Myers for C.S. Davidson to draft a legal description based off of the survey and get that to York Township to complete the required paperwork, all in favor. Mr. Malesker said it will be a little more than he thought initially, Dave Fuhrman pointed out that the previous one referenced all the properties adjacent to the lot and back when the original one was done there was only a few, now there is a lot, so it will be a lengthy description. Discussion continued.

There was discussion regarding a checklist pertaining to what is needed for permits. The current checklist is for Code Administrators, a second portion of the checklist should be for the Secretary, and what will be they will be responsible for obtaining. Discussion continued.

Mr. Malesker brought up doing a seminar on C.S. Datum, he feels that rather than having Borough employees attending a seminar for another company, a separate event should be done for Yoe Borough only. Mr. Malesker will send out dates. Discussion continued.

Councilman Myers asked Mr. Malesker if he had heard from Jake. Per Mr. Malesker, Jake sent an email stating that he was just waiting on the borough to get prices. Councilman Myers said we needed a copy of the permit. Mr. Malesker stated that at this point he had nothing to get quotes on. What Mr. Malesker would get quotes on is the plan he used for the DEP permit, because it was Jake’s concept. Mr. Malesker requested the plan from Jake, but has not received a reply, even though this has been requested several times, Jake keeps repeating that he was waiting on quotes. The Borough has not received anything. A packet of information should be coming in the mail from DEP. Mr. Malesker is going to check the DEP website to see if a permit has been issued. Discussion continued.

Maintenance Report
Mr. Shearer referenced an attached sheet regarding playground mulch. He feels he would need 60 cubic yards. He’d like to do this after the Sportsman’s raffle. A motion was made by Councilman Howett, and seconded by Councilman Harper, for Mr. Shearer to purchase the necessary amount of mulch, all in favor.

A bill was received from Fitz & Smith for the repair of a fire hydrant. It had also been requested that they repair the sidewalk. The initial estimate was $3800, the bill for the hydrant repair was $2600. Mr. Shearer feels that he can do the sidewalk repair for far less than the Fitz & Smith estimate. The Assistant Secretary is to write a letter to Fitz & Smith, to be enclosed with the payment for the hydrant repair, letting Fitz & Smith know that the enclosed check is a final payment, and sidewalk repair is no longer required. Mr. Shearer will give the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer a copy of the original contract so she can type up the letter for Mr. Shearer to sign.

Mr. Shearer is working on the package for winter storm Jonas, Mr. Shearer was able to speak with the FEMA guy. FEMA wants the borough to re-evaluate their 48hr period. Apply for 6PM Friday to 6PM Sunday. New paperwork will be required for this. This will probably net the borough another $600 – $800.

In regards to the tablet, Mr. Shearer is leaning to Microsoft. It is a hybrid laptop/tablet. It would be more functional as it is Windows based. The only cell phone carrier that supplies this tablet is AT&T, and they do offer COSTARS pricing. Mr. Shearer will also contact Sprint and Verizon for pricing.

Mr. Shearer referenced an email sent by Councilman Harper regarding a grant for sidewalks and streetscape enhancements. Councilman Harper was thinking of streetlights specifically. This grant is geared for replacement of the entire light pole. At this point that grant does not apply to the borough at this point. Discussion continued.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Mrs. Myers has been all over the place, trees, and brush junk, several people have been sent certified letters.

EMA Report
On April 13, Mayor Sanford attended a second training on CEM program, which is a computerized system to be able to do action plans such as the basin plan. Mr. Shearer will be instructed on this. Training on EMA was on April 6, this was regarding weather.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor Sanford reference the police report that had been distributed. A couple highlights from this past month; Mayor Sanford is going to contact Chief Damon to remind him about the block party on Elm ST on Saturday. Chief Damon did get back to Mayor Sanford regarding Councilman Snyder’s question on the difference between calls and arrests. That is attributed to unsolved burglaries, and some of the softer crimes around town. We are still in a negative factor, at the end of April we are negative 103 hours. Councilman Myers asked if we had no hours. Mayor Sanford clarified that we have a deficit in man hours . An incident that occurred a few months ago ate up a lot of hours. K9 funds that were being gathered – it was decided by the department not to replace the K9 dog, so those funds are being redistributed. Discussion continued.

Dates to remember – Dallastown’s kick of celebration for the 150th anniversary is May 21st, that is a Saturday, and there will fireworks for the kids.

Secretary’s Report
Councilman Snyder asked the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer if she was able to attend an upcoming Municipal training event. Diana said no, she would not be able to make that. Councilman Snyder said this was fine, it was not mandatory. Diana is going to check out the website and request paperwork regarding the municipal codes.

York Regional EMS report was also received.

Unfinished Business
Mr. Malesker will contact Jake Romig.

The Assistant Secretary asked if the borough would be going after a resident who started work without obtaining the required permits. This was sent to Code Administrators. The resident will be required to pay the fee, and get the permit. Based on the size there will be Storm Water requirements.

New Business
Councilman Noll said he had a few things. There is a MS4 workshop the cost is $50, and Councilman Noll would like to attend if it fits into his schedule. If he can’t make the York workshop, he will attend one in Wyomissing. Councilman Myers would also like to attend.

Smart meters will be installed starting in June. Smart meters will be installed on commercial and residential homes. There is no opt out, it is required by law to be replaced. Met Ed will be the contact for this. There is a fee for this, but it is already included in your electric bill in your rates. Information regarding the smart meter installation has been posted in the borough office, as well as the borough website. Replacing the meters will require the power to the residence to be shut off for a short period of time.

Councilman Noll also brought up that municipalities are being sued by the ADA for their websites because blind people cannot read the website. Councilman Noll is trying to get more information regarding this.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Noll made a motion for payment of the bills, this was seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Howett at 9:56 to adjourn the meeting. This was seconded by Councilman Snyder, all in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on April 5, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Sam Snyder at 7:02PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Sam Snyder
Seth Noll
Barry Myers
Bill Bankoske
George Howett
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Diana Dvorak, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
Timothy Damon, York Area Regional Police Chief
Andy Knaub, Dallastown Cougars
Dennis Attig, Resident

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had a chance to look over the minutes. A motion was made by Councilman Myers to approve the meeting minutes of March 1, 2016. The motion was seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor.

Resolution 2016-04
A resolution was made by Councilman Sam Snyder to appoint Diana Dvorak as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. Diana Dvorak was hired as a clerk until she could be appointed to the position of Assistant Secretary-Treasurer at the April Council meeting. During this time, Diana Dvorak, would be training under the current Secretary-Treasurer, Sandy. It was also discussed that Diana would be eligible for some benefits under the current ordinance. Diana, is entitled to the retirement plan, which will cost the borough an additional $720 a year. At this time Diana will be working Monday’s, Wednesday, and Friday’s. Diana had previously expressed that Wednesday’s are difficult for her and Thursdays would be better, when she is working on her own. What Sam asked, was that Diana work as many Monday’s Wednesday’s and Friday’s as possible at this point. When the training is complete, Diana can work, Thursday’s and Council meetings, and Sandy would work Monday, and Friday. Sam Snyder introduced Diana to the fellow council members, mayor, solicitor, and engineer. Yoe Borough Resolution 2016-04 was made to appoint Diana Dvorak as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. The motion to appoint Diana Dvorak was made by Councilman Bill Bankoske and seconded by Councilman Regan Strausbaugh, all in favor.

Visitors
Andy Knaub from the Dallastown Cougars was in attendance to discuss the use of Yoe Park. Mr. Knaub discussed some of the improvements that the Dallastown Cougars had made to the park. The improvements will cost around $3000-$4000. Per Mr. Knaub, all required clearances have been posted on their website. The portable toilet has also been paid for, and Mr. Knaub is aware that it will need to be removed prior to October 31, 2016. At this time Dana Shearer, voiced concerns over the shed that the Dallastown Cougars had placed on park grounds. Dana felt that the location of the shed did not meet the setback requirements. Dana stated that the shed should come forward. A temporary shed was set on stone, with no foundation, and is under the square footage for storm water management. Dana asked that the shed be moved closer to the dugout. Parking was also discussed. In previous years visitors had been parking on the adjacent owners property. The Council requested that parking be clearly outlined. The owner had planted trees to mark the property line. Mr. Knaub agreed to email the parents regarding the parking. Mr. Knaub also offered to paint a line, or rope off the parking area. Dana feels that the tree line is sufficient. Councilman Noll made a motion that the Dallastown Cougars be able to use the park as long as they obey property lines, provide a portable toilet, we have current license information, and the Borough is not responsible for any improvements from April 5, 2016 to October 31,2016. Motion seconded by Councilman Harper, all in favor. Mr. Knaub signed the park agreement.

Chief Damon was introduced. Chief Damon was here to discuss the annual report – specifically Yoe Borough. Mayor Sanford had previously reviewed the annual report with Chief Damon. The Annual Report will be available online on April 6, 2016. Yoe Borough makes up 1% of calls. Overall activity from 2014 to 2015 the calls have increased. Part 1 crimes are the more serious crimes; murders, sexual assaults, aggravated assault. Part 2 crimes are more vandalism, theft, DUI etc. Yoe Boroughs calls and crime went up in 2015 from 2014. Total calls are down, but Part 1 and Part 2 crimes are up. Accident calls have increased for the entire department. He explained that prior to his being appointed accidents had been coded in various ways, which may have led to the decreased number. Councilman Noll inquired if there was any pattern to look for in reference to the increase in part 1 crimes. Chief Damon said he could not answer that at this time, but the increase of heroin use may be related (discussion continued). Mayor Sanford referenced use of service hours. There was an increase in the service hours – Chief Damon provided an explanation. There was a report of a sexual assault, which was investigated. A relative of the victim was part of a gang, and was being monitored by the FBI. The FBI notified York Area Regional of the situation, but there was no further cooperation. Chief Damon feels their movements prevented action by this gang member. That being said, this situation took a lot of man hours. There was also another sexual assault around the same time, not related. Due to this, they backed off on traffic details. In the 1st quarter of 2016 there have been over 300 citations and 199 warnings. Officers are being proactive. The truck traffic on Broad ST is really hit or miss. Chief Damon has sat on Broad ST himself, and not seen anything. Mayor Sanford discussed trying to keep a buffer on man hours, as well as how many officers would be retiring in the next year. Per Chief Damon there are a few retirements coming up, but the decrease in staff will be offset by no longer covering Red Lion. The council then thanked Chief Damon for his efforts.

Dennis Attig was in attendance to inquire about the survey being done. Mr. Malesker said that the stakes have been set. Mr. Attig asked if they could be removed. Mr. Malesker said that if they are wooden, than yes, they can be removed. Mr. Attig inquired as to who was placing the monument. Yoe Borough will be taking care of this, to show the offset, this will be done once the new map is released. Once the monument has been placed York Township will pass a resolution that Dallastown, Yoe, and York Township sign that this is the official boundary of Yoe. Conversation continued regarding the monument. Mr. Attig was told that if wants a monument on his property that would be his responsibility. There was further discussion on the borough survey. It was reiterated that Mr. Attig direct further questions to his surveyor, engineer, or York Township.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor Springer was glad that York Township was passing along the petition, as the only thing he was able to find was in instances of dispute. York Township was asked to take the lead as they had done this previously. Mr. Springer was also asked to look into the issues regarding properties that go to foreclosure sale and the Borough has been maintaining them for quite some time, and they become a net loss. There are some practical steps that the Borough can take , as far as not maintaining them until there is a complaint, or maintaining them on as needed basis – spreading out the attention the Borough is giving these properties. Once these properties become an issue, it occurred to me, that the mortgage may have certain provisions that say that if the property owner allows the property to fall into disrepair would be a breach. Solicitor Springer would be willing to go to the recorder of deeds and locate the property owner and speak to them, letting them know that the property is in disrepair, that this could affect their ability to sell the property at a foreclosure sale. If they let it go too long there could be cold, water damage, problems with the foundation, what not. Solicitor Springer is still asking around, as this has been a problem for a number of years. Council President Snyder brought up that some of the repairs are $500 & $600, plus the lien cost and lawyer fees are costing the Borough upwards of $1000. Councilman Noll asked that Solicitor Springer check on variances, is it legal to require the property owner to be responsible for recording and tracking special exemptions and variances to their property. Solicitor Springer said that he’s not sure that if the variance is not recorded that it is valid. Further discussion and clarification was made regarding the variances, such as turning a house into an apartment, as that is not something that would need to be recorded. Solicitor Springer said he would look into it. Discussion continued.

Council President Snyder requested that something be done with the zoning cabinet. There is a problem with storm water not be recorded accurately, as it is cumulative, and no one is keeping cumulative data.

Councilman Snyder inquired about our ordinance book, because we codify, do we still need to have our ordinances in a bound book, and each page stamped with the Borough seal? Our current ordinance book is in a binder, and each page in a clear plastic document holder. Solicitor Snyder said at this point, because we codify, our current ordinance book is fine. He will look into this further. Discussion continued.

Solicitor Springer inquired about codification, who will continue to do our codification. We have had 4 total proposals. Councilman Snyder asked that Solicitor Springer get clarification on what is provided by the codification company, what is the total cost etc. Solicitor Springer will be looking into this. Councilman Snyder mentioned the different company quotes the borough received and the various different jargons for each company that were stated. Discussion continued.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker said Councilman Snyder made comments on zoning ordinance/building permit items. We are waiting on additional comments by Councilman Noll. Based on with the shed and questions about how we track those kinds of things. C. S Datum would be a good way to tract the data. Put a scan on that property, and put down the square feet. Councilman Noll said when people add footage/buildings to their property it becomes a storm water issue. We need to keep track of each project, if they go above 500 square feet total for the property, we are required by MS 4 to keep track of this property. Even after multiple applications for said property. We are looking at a cost for Dana for a data plan, for the data is provided by C. S. Datum. We can put anything we wanted on there. Have Code Administrators have availability to log in. And to send Dana, Patty and Diana to training classes for C. S. Datum. Discussion continued. Mr. Shearer will research into a tablet and data plan. Councilman Noll said to send them the information to the property owner at 211 W. Broad Street and say that a land development plan is not required and take care of the run off. And make Code Administrators responsible for checking it. Mr. Malesker said there is an appendix to the ordinance. Councilman Snyder said is it laid out for Code Administrators. Mr. Malesker said I don’t know if Code Administrators knows the whole ordinance. Councilman Snyder said we need to send all information to Code Administrators. Going forward for the record for the municipality sake, Codes when they do the building permit would require the appropriate drainage pit. Check them for compliance when they close out the permit.

Councilman Myers said you, Seth, Dana and I can get together to discuss Broad Street repairs. A meeting was set to look into Broad Street repairs.

Maintenance Report
Mr. Shearer asked if there are any questions from my report.

Councilman Myers said the fire hydrant is to be replaced.

Councilman Myers said asked Mr. Malesker if he saw any email correspondence with Jake Romig. We called Jake’s assistant, about the grant here on Locust Street. Mr. Romig said he sent the items via email. I went to the Conservation District because they give us the monies. We need the permits to do the work. Mr. Malesker said Mr. Romig said that the permit was sent in. We can’t do the work until we have the permit. As part of the permit Mr. Romig was to do the design so we can do the repairs. Councilman Snyder said there is a consensus from us, we never received anything from the state. If Jake is saying we should have received something but we haven’t. Jake should be making contact back to the state. Councilman Myers said I never saw anything and either did you. I never signed anything to hand the permit it. We told Jake that either Sam or I can sign it. Mr. Malesker asked did Gary give our deadlines for spending that money. Councilman Myers said I don’t know if we can get it extended. Mr. Malesker asked if Jake invoiced the borough. It could be he hasn’t submitted it. Councilman Myers said I am having the same problem with Mr. Romig and my employment. Councilman Myers asked if C. S. Davidson could design something? This was Jake’s specialty. Mr. Malesker said it was his concept. We know what their quantities were, but nothing about cross vanes and grading. Councilman Myers said I am going to meet with Gary Peacock, and have the grant pulled. I don’t want to look bad on the Conservation District’s eyes. Maybe that will jump start Jake because Mr. Peacock talks to Mr. Romig. Councilman Snyder said email Mr. Romig and copy Mr. Peacock. Mr. Malesker said perhaps to get an extension. If we can get a concept from Jake we can turn that into an application. Councilman Snyder said we got notice that his insurance was cancelled. We can’t use him for dredging at the dams. Discussion continued. Councilman Noll said he knows of someone that could dredge if needed. Councilman Snyder said put him on notice in writing, and say I think you are mistaken where we are in this process, neither the borough, Sam or Barry have received anything to sign, in time we will be turning it over to C. S. Davidson so we don’t lose the money and courtesy copy Mr. Peacock. We are setting the tone and if we do need to submit for an extension, Mr. Peacock is aware.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Councilman Noll said there is a report for March from Code Administrators. One zoning permit for 35 W. Broad Street.

Councilman Snyder said I did received a text from Mrs. Myers. She does not have a report but letters have been sent to both properties at the corner of Newton and Main Street for trash and junk. A letter was sent to the former Crull property across from the car lot for tree that is down. Councilman Myers said a property on Broad Street, the owner threw a person out, their personal property was put outside. Mrs. Myers asked that the property be bagged and put out for trash. Councilman Strausbaugh said I sent an email out yesterday to several people, I received an ear burn yesterday morning. The property on the northwest corner of W. Philadelphia and Main Street. Apparently the guy who owns it has been bringing items into the property and dumping it behind the property. The property is a mess. Councilman Snyder said take pictures and report to the police. Councilman Snyder said we can start the enforcement proceeding with Mrs. Myers. Discussion of garbage blowing around, be a good citizen and pick it up. Councilman Myers reminded council it takes thirty days after letters being sent. Councilman Snyder said tell the citizen that letters have been sent and she will investigate into the Geeting property.

EMA Report
Mayor Sanford reported the classes I started to take in those MOD 1, 2 and 3, that allowed us to do some of those on the computer. That fell apart due to the budget. Those classes have been rescheduled. I’ll be taking them in April or May.

Mayor Sanford said Dana is going to attend the snow meeting on April 9th. We will get together to do the paperwork on that. I have the paperwork to sign. Councilman Snyder said we did a declaration of disaster. Mayor Sanford said this resolution for Dana to be able to sign documents. A motion to resolve Resolution 2016-05 for the designation of agent resolution by Councilman Noll. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. Councilman Snyder said so be it resolved.

Mayor Sanford said the last one is the electronic transfer authorization.

Mayor Sanford reported Rodney and I will be attending the monthly meeting on hazardous weather.

Mayor Sanford said I met with the vendor from the York County Department of Emergency Services for the radio change over. I made all the arrangements.

Mayor and Police Report
Mayor Sanford said you have my report, fairly busy month.

Mayor Sanford said I spent a lot of time on police business as discussed prior.

Mayor Sanford said the police report for February is on the back.

Secretary’s Report
Mrs. Dvorak reported that ethics reports are due May 1, folder on the council table.

Mrs. Dvorak reported that the liquid fuels check was deposited on March 4, 2016 for $26,554.33.

Mrs. Dvorak reported that Terry Ruby from YCPC will attend the June meeting and she will speaking on the storm water initiative. Councilman Noll said this about the storm water authority that the county is setting up.

Councilman Snyder said we did receive the annual audit for 2015. It went very well. There were only few financial entries in the journal. No major findings for accounting. SEK reports this as a significant deficiency, the management’s responsibility to establish internal controls for the balance sheet. It’s the borough responsibility to check the bank statements quarterly. The borough does not have adequate internal control procedures for adequate for segregation of duties. Basically its one person handles from beginning to end. They are informing oversight and reporting to you the condition. It’s not just one person that has all control. I do it on a routine basis, I will check the invoice and check the amount on the check and sign that invoice. I do not do it on everyone, you don’t know what I am going to check or not check.

Councilman Snyder said for your information to the council. Mrs. Sterner said that from here on. Mrs. Dvorak will be bonded. Mrs. Sterner made it to my attention, the secretary-treasurer had $250,000.00 bond. Right now she has $300,000.00. She asked about the amount that both should be bonded. Councilman Snyder said for us to attain a $250,000.00 wipe out. All accounts would have to be wiped out. Councilman Noll said this would be something that would be done over time. Councilman Snyder said we do audits every year. I am bringing this to council for their opinion. Discussion continued on the cost for the bond and the amount. Councilman Noll made a motion to do $250,000.00 for this year for the assistant secretary-treasurer and for the secretary-treasurer and next year get quotes for $300,000.00. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Councilman Snyder said there is free tire disposal on Earth Day from York County Solid Waste. Residents may pre register starting March 31.

Councilman Snyder said thank you’s were received from Village Library and the Red Lion Senior Center.

Unfinished Business
There was no unfinished business.

New Business
Councilman Myers said I would like to reserve the park free of charge for the American Public Works Association, for June 28th for two hours. We do a fund raiser for Make A Wish. Councilman Noll made a motion to have the public works association use the park free of charge and have the assistant secretary or secretary to contact the park coordinator and find out who is doing the cleanup. Councilman Myers said we will do it ourselves. And to check on the dates. The motion was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Councilman Myer said the fire company for years, use the park during the Saturday of Labor Day weekend for a picnic, we always reserved it. Two to three years, she rented it out on us. She was going on dates but not by the weekend. We told her, we get it always its reserved for the fire company. She said there are people who rent it every year. This year we said it again, we don’t have it again. We almost lost the sportsmen’s raffle. Mr. Shearer said we communicated with her last year. She was going to rent that, that weekend. I was about to become unglued. Councilman Myers said I don’t know how to correct the problem it’s every Father’s Day weekend. Mr. Shearer said Father’s Day it’s the third weekend. A motion was made to inform the Park Rental Coordinator that each year because we know of annual bookings, its understood that Yoe Fire Company has the park reserved for Father’s Day weekend(Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Inform the current renters that the fire company always has that Saturday so beginning in 2017 the fire company will have that Saturday of Labor Day weekend by Councilman Harper. The motion was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. In favor: Councilman Snyder, Councilman Howett, Councilman Noll, Councilman Strausbaugh. Abstain: Councilman Myers

Councilman Harper said to contact Penn Waste about throwing the recycling bins into the street up on Elm Street.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the bills. A motion was made by Councilman Myers to pay the bills as listed. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Bankoske to adjourn the meeting at 9:36PM. The motion was seconded by Councilman Snyder. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on March 1, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313. The meeting was called to order by Council President Sam Snyder at 7:02PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Sam Snyder
Seth Noll
Barry Myers
Bill Bankoske
George Howett
Regan Strausbaugh
Ryan Harper

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Beth Sikavis/Peter Costas, Residents
Dennis Attig, Resident

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had a chance to look over the minutes. A motion was made by Councilman Myers to approve the meeting minutes of February 2, 2016. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor.

Visitors
Beth Sikavis said she has been emailing Councilman Snyder about the block party at 308 S. Elm Street. Peter Costas was also represented. Ms. Sikavis said would we be able to have the block party for our wedding. Councilman Snyder said as for an update, I received an email from this lady requesting basically if it would be allowed to have a party in their back yard for a wedding reception. At that point, the closes thing I could find in our ordinance, would be a block party, and reminded her we have a noise ordinance. That pretty much says you can’t have noise going across your property, with having a party, especially if there is amount of people. With the amount of people, it would be behoove us to consider a block party, which at that point, our ordinance allows them to come to borough council. They can describe to council what the constrictions are on. If our solicitor agrees. Solicitor Springer asked what time were you planning on having the reception. Ms. Sikavis said the ceremony is at 4 and reception at 6PM. Solicitor Springer said it speaks in the negative, it should not occur between 10PM and 8AM. In the ordinance you gives us a least one month prior notification and not have it outside of that timeframe, the council can allow for it. Dependent on restrictions the council can put on. No open containers of alcohol. We have to make it an ordinance for all possible occurences. Councilman Noll asked what area of town, S. Elm Street. Councilman Snyder asked do you know how many people. Ms. Sikavis said right now its 56 people at 308 S. Elm Street. Councilman Snyder asked how many cars, carpooling? Ms. Sikavis said they will carpool, four to five per car. Councilman Myers asked do they need insurance? Councilman Noll said the homeowners insurance will cover. Solicitor Springer said electric will come from your home. All other ordinances are ineffect. Councilman Snyder asked the date. Ms. Sikavis said May 7th. We are from Silver Spring, MD. Mr. Shearer said there is off street parking and down below Third Street. Councilman Snyder said to tell their immediate neighbors. We can make sure we let the police know. Solicitor Springer said with alcohol, if they are out on the street and the police come by. You would note one month requirements have been met. Councilman Noll made a motion that council would allow a block party to occur at 308 S. Elm Street, within the borough on May 7, 2016. Provided that the police are notified of the event, and the block party be part of the ordinance about noise and any particulars. Councilman Snyder said I will notify the police. Councilman Noll said and as amended by our solicitor, there is a 56 person maximum occupancy for the event. The motion was seconded by Councilman Howett. All in favor.

Mr. Attig asked about the survey, did you find anything about it. Mr. Malesker said its actually very close to where its going to be. We found. I can show you it up here. Mr. Attig asked did they actually survey it already. Mr. Malesker said survey is done. They did find this borough, that is what your surveyor put in, rebar there. Its complicated where its going to be, because this line was the one that didn’t close on the deed. There are numbers transposed, its mainly right where it is. We were wondering what you wanted here, If you wanted a post, I don’t know if you want a monument in the trees. Mr. Attig said selling this, the guy wants monuments. Mr. Malesker said we could put a monument there. Councilman Noll said going through all this it would be worth to put monuments there. Mr. Malesker said you’ll going to have all the GPS coordinates, you won’t need the monuments. Mr. Attig said when they surveryed they have rebar. One up here, at the field. Mr. Malesker said this was all annexed, this line doesn’t go straight across. We knew to tie it in. This side follows your property line. Mr. Malesker said there is a concrete monument here. Its going to be in this guy’s driveway. That could be a rail road spike. Rail road spike could be a monument. We could put offsets. That is what we do right here.That could be a rebar already down to the level surface. Mr. Attig said our line goes down right here. He wants monuments in. The guy that originally surveyed, Davidson was going to notify. Mr. Malesker said we will share this information once its approved by the borough and township. I was advised to rewrite deed description to go with survey. Solicitor Springer said are they starting to write deeds to issue mapping? Mr. Malesker said its on state coordinates. Mr. Shearer said I see three stakes with pink ribbon, one the hillside besides the tennis courts, one right here which corresponds to the conversation about the spike with the ribbon on it, that is about the same spot. The other one, this being the parking area, is over here. Mr. Attig said they did a guide point. Mr. Shearer said I saw one at Boundary. Councilman Noll said the two at the park, were at Davidson? Is there activity up there? Mr. Shearer said the one at Boundary I wanted to make sure it wasn’t the line. Councilman Snyder said its important to get monuments. Discussion continued. Council discussed placement of monuments. Councilman Snyder said it’s a consensus of council to put in monuments and markers and legal description. Solicitor Springer said the accurate boundaries of the borough have to be listed. Councilman Noll said can you get us an estimate? Mr. Malesker said we can do it through our office. Solicitor Springer said I would outsource to the paralegal and then do my part. Mr. Malesker said York Township has to approve it. A motion to accept the new boundaries as laid out by C. S. Davidsonby Councilman Noll. The motion was accepted by Councilman Harper. All in favor.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor Springer said I was to look into the issues from the February meeting. As far as the property at 168 S. Main Street, it was purchased back by City Mortgage. Its still going through the process, they may engage in a short sale. The occupants had put on a new roof. IF that is the case, they may be in negoitations with the bank.

Solicitor Springer said the situation in Windsor Township. They didn’t get this FEMA letter. Their FEMA letter said they weren’t in compliance. There were steps to mitigate. They are working on that. We have the compliance letter.

Solicitor Springer said there were issues raised with the animal control officer. I could not find requirements. There are laws with dangerous wild animals. You would call the police in those situations, they will go to the owner. There is a requirement under borough code, that the borough enforces their ordinance. If you are in a wait and see period, solicitations for an officer, you can’t enforce the ordinance right now. If this is something that you don’t want to have an animal control ordinance. We would have to look at appealing it. We are in wait and see because of personnel issues. I didn’t see any strict requirements to have an animal control officer, but you may want to require one. Discussion continued. Solicitor Springer said without an animal control officer you can not enforce the animal control ordinances. Councilman Snyder said we have one proposal from Mary Harris, we can look at that contract. Solicitor Springer asked what is everyone else doing? Councilman Noll asked if we want to wait another month so I can check with the municipal administrators. Councilman Snyder said the SPCA will come and pick up the dog only.

Solicitor Springer said I was unable to find any other publishing company like Keystate Publishing. There are a lot of internal things that need to be done. We need to talk about to talk about an assistant secretary, to assist the secretary.

Executive Session
A motion was made by Councilman Harper to go into executive session. The motion was seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Reconvene of the Regular Council Meeting
Councilman Snyder said I’ll reconvene the regular meeting. Based on the discussion at the council meeting, we need a motion to establish an assistant secretary/treasurer. A motion was made by Councilman Myers. The motion was seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Councilman Snyder said Councilman Myers will make contacts of persons that would be viable. If none pan out. I will be contacting Seth Noll to reach out to a temp agency. That is a consensus of council.

A resolution will be needed for the position of assistant secretary-treasurer.

Councilman Snyder said we have a resolution for the fire department for their fund raiser on June 18, 2016. A motion to resolve 2016-03 was made by Counciman Howett. The motion was seconded by Councilman Harper. In favor: Councilman Snyder, Councilman Strausbaugh, Councilman Bankoske. Abstaining: Councilman Noll and Councilman Myers

Solicitor Springer said I will be recordation of the deed. And Mr. Malesker will be doing that. Mr. Malesker said once York Township agrees.

Solicitor Springer said I’ll get the resolution for the assistant secretary.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker said I went over everything about the survey.

Mr. Malesker said the MS 4 report will be worked on near the end of May. Derek and I meet around this time with Seth and Sam, is that how you want to continue to do that. Councilman Noll said I’ll get some dates for at the end of the day.Has Sandy been doing the MS 4 book? Mr. Malesker said there is a lot in the book. Councilman Myers said APWA, is having a conference at State College for credits. Its only going to be a two hour class. I am going to try to go. Mr. Malesker said if you’ve gone to anything make sure you get your stuff to me.

Councilman Snyder said we did receive notice from PENN DOT for liquid fuels for this year, that amount will be $26,564.33.

Maintenance Report
Mr. Shearer said we did get 132 tons for salt. WE got the 2016-17 contract for Co Stars in for 147 tons for next year.

Mr. Shearer said the quote from All Seasons for street sweeping for 2016 is $90.00/hours. Last year it cost us $1710.00 for 2015. I seek your approval. A motion was made by Councilman Myers to accept the proposal. The motion was seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor. Mr. Shearer said I will get that scheduled sometime beginning of April.

Mr. Shearer said the quote for mowing is the same rate as last year. $295.00 bi-monthly, or $60.00 a hour a monthly rate , last year we did 13 mowings at $295.00. We went from May up through the second week of November. All told, this coming year, I would say you may be looking at $4500.00 in costs at that rate.A motion was made by Councilman Howett to accept the grass mowing proposal from All Seasons for 2016. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor.

Mr. Shearer said the fire hydrant should be worked on in beginning of March.

Mr. Shearer reported that the leaf loader does not have a license or tags.

Mr. Shearer said we have until April 6 for all the rental income to be sent in.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Councilman Noll spoke with Norm Strenger and he is doing inspections at 53 N. Church Street. Patti has her report here. She talks about snow and sidewalks. I’ll pass this around.

EMA Report
No report

Mayor and Police Report
Mayor Sanford left a report that he will try to make the meeting from another meeting. His report speaks for itself including the January police report.

Secretary’s Report
A letter was received from DEP they approved our Act 101 recycling grant for $915.00.

We received the sewer outstanding invoices for 1/31/16. Deliquencies and who is going for shut offs etc.

There was a card here to sign for Jake, his mother passing away. If everyone has an opportunity to sign that.

Unfinished Business
Councilman Snyder said we are suppose to have a letter from DEP. Councilman Myers said we didn’t know if we have the grant or not. She went through the stack there. Nothing came in. IF you want to get back with him.
The animal control thing we discussed.

New Business
Councilman Myers said under the water authority, I don’t think its our responsibility because they are an authority. Its interesting, a house at 275 S. Main Street that was liened for $500.00 it doesn’t say the water is off. 39 E. Pennsylvania owes $1100.00., it also says the water is not off. The Richardson property we lost that revenue. I’m going to call Connie to see if the water is shut off, why isn’t it shut off. Councilman Harper said 179 S. Main Street says water is off. Councilman Myers said the other ones don’t say that. I’m going to call Connie and ask. Hopefully the sewer authority didn’t put water is off on the paper. I should probably just call Jan.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Snyder said I’m not sure if you look at the check detail, I paid myself. This month they have been paid, some left to go out tomorrow. A motion was made by Councilman Noll to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Banksoke to adjourn the meeting at 9:15PM. The motion was seconded by Councilman Snyder. All in favor.

The regular monthly meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on February 2, 2016 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA. 17313. The meeting was called to order at 7: 04 PM by President Sam Snyder followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Sam Snyder
Regan Strausbaugh
Seth Noll
Ryan Harper
Barry Myers
Bill Bankoske

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
John Sanford, Mayor
Seth Springer, Solicitor
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Dennis Attig, Resident

Open Council Seat from January 2016 meeting
Councilman Snyder said we had an open council seat from last month since Mr. Harper was unable to take the oath of office at that time. Mr. Harper were you able to satisfy the requirements for oath of office prior to the deadline? Councilman Harper said yes. Councilman Snyder said let the record reflect that Mr. Harper was able to meet the requirements of the oath of office for councilman, therefore I declare that the council seat is not vacant and is filled. With full compliment here tonight.

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if there are any corrections or additions to the minutes? Councilman Noll made a motion to accept the minutes of January 4, 2016 as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said minutes accepted.

Visitors
Councilman Snyder recognized Dennis Attig. Mr. Attig said I have one question in regards to surveying, you don’t know as far as when they are going to survey that line up there? Mr. Malesker said it’s a two part thing, the cost is split between Yoe Borough and York Township. I’ve been authorized by Yoe Borough. I sent an email to Gary Milbrand from York Township and he said he would get back to me this week. I haven’t heard anything yet. As soon as he gives the okay. After the rain tomorrow, there won’t be any snow left to hamper the survey. Mr. Attig said I will be selling the York Township part of the Anna Attig property. I need that survey. Mr. Malesker said once the survey is done, there will be comments on the survey. Mr. Attig said when the survey is complete then I can sell the part in York Township. As far a sewage, is that all closed off. Councilman Snyder said we do have some EDU’s. Off the top of my head, its between 25 or 30. Mr. Attig said on that property so if I decided to open that up, there are sewer EDU’s. Councilman Snyder in York Township that would be up to them. Mr. Attig said thank you.

Solicitor’s Report
Solicitor Springer said I got the code of ordinances from Blakey Yost.

Solicitor Springer said we scheduled a meeting on rail trail.

Councilman Snyder said we have two appointments for Yoe Borough Sewer Authority. I am not sure why they weren’t the same. Tana Bentzel (2/1/2021) and Karen Morton (3/1/2021). A motion was made to appoint Ms. Bentzel and Mrs. Morton for their five year terms by Councilman Myers. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Councilman Snyder said we received notice that the property at 168 S. Main Street from the Sheriff’s Department that the property is going up for sheriff’s sale on February 8, 2016. The lien should be extinguished by sale. Councilman Snyder asked is there any way that we can get discharged our lien from the sale? Solicitor Springer said it depends if its free and clear. It depends if its free and clear. This property has already gone through the stages, unfortunately that would not be able to get the lien charges. See what you can do? This is a double edged sword, if you let people get away with it. If the sale process goes this far, they get away with it anyways. Discussion continued. Solicitor Springer said if you think the property is worth something, then you need to decide if its worth liening. Councilman Snyder said see where we stand.

Councilman Snyder said we were notified, after signing a contract with Allegiant Animal, sent a resignation as of 1/31/16. The question before the board, we have no animal enforcement officer. The contract we have is Mary Harris Animal Enforcement. There is negotiable fee, wears a uniform, does not carry a weapon, and has a certificate of insurance. Councilman Noll asked if we are required to have an animal enforcement officer? Councilman Snyder said I am not sure if we are required by law. This person wants a $300.00 retainer officer. Councilman Snyder said we have a wildlife enforcement officer. This is mainly for lost dogs, return to owner fee, etc. Councilman Noll asked can we use our wildlife officer, just a question. We don’t use the animal enforcement officer that much, could we ask them. Councilman Snyder said I am not sure if it is shall or may in the borough code. There is something in place with the SPCA. Councilman Snyder said can we use the retainer as part of the first $300.00 of covered work. Its silent in regards to that. Councilman Noll said check out if we are required and see if we can use the wildlife officer.

Councilman Noll said we should check, Windsor Township got letters that their flood ordinance is not complaint. They have been cut off from the flood program. There are other municipalities that are not covered. Councilman Snyder said we got the letter from FEMA. Councilman Noll said a house sold in the township and can’t get insurance, the resident tried to get insurance. The resident called and asked what was going on. Councilman Snyder said they got the same letter we did. Solicitor Springer said I’ll give Charlie a call. Councilman Snyder said we made things stringent where we could. Councilman Noll said we did some minor things. The other thing they may have done, they didn’t make a separate flood ordinance. We made a separate stand alone ordinance, we may be okay. Councilman Snyder said we got a letter that said we are compliant.

Councilman Snyder said Keystate Publishes, Mr. Rotz passed away unexpectedly. They are shutting down the business. They were contacted, as long as she got the go ahead from council, she would finished up what was sent in to keep us codified. 2016 forward, probably going to have to find a new codifier. Solicitor Springer asked if the borough’s association endorses anyone? Councilman Snyder said the links to the website will go away.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker said we covered the survey.

Mr. Malesker said I did share with the surveyor everything we have. Councilman Snyder updated the council on the Attig property and if its sold.

Mr. Malesker said we got the letters from DEP, about the dam basin report. That the borough did the maintenance noted on the report. I don’t know if you got the rip rap in. Next December there will be a lot less items.

Councilman Snyder said reminder anything from Jake on this grant. Mr. Malesker said we reminded him when it was due. His mother passed away. I heard he was going to be out for awhile. That was one reason he wasn’t responding, his mother was in critical care. He should be back soon. Mr. Shearer said we got notification that Mr. Romig’s company certificate of insurance was cancelled.

Councilman Snyder said the annual invoices from York Township and Dallastown paid the 2015 costs for the dam. I appreciate the cooperation.

Councilman Noll said York Conservation District is now the enforcement agency and required to inspect farms. I don’t know if they will have the ability to enforce fines. It’s not going to be voluntary compliance. Mr. Malesker said they had the ability several years ago, the ability to fine. On the municipal level, several years ago. What they have to do. Councilman Snyder said they said they have 246 to do. Councilman Noll said they have the ability to decide to fine or not.

Maintenance Report
Mr. Shearer said I have another load of salt ordered, that will bring us up to the 60% requirement.

Mr. Shearer said we have to send in our request for next winter. The past winters it raised our 60% by one load. The first couple of years was around 60 tons. That only gave us 140 max. We are at 196 max. That is give and take where we were at the past few years. A motion was made by Councilman Noll to file with co stars of 140 tons of salt for next winter season. The motion was seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor.

Mr. Shearer said we got the tax list, so the property rental letters will go out.

Mr. Shearer said the fire hydrant should be repaired the beginning of March.

Mr. Shearer said as far as vehicle maintenance and repairs. We had some issues with the old truck as far as the transmission, it took a beating. Cherry Alley, the snow was such so much. It overworked the truck. What I want to do, take to the garage on Friday. Take a look at the transmission. Give us an idea if it’s something that needs fixed. That truck is 21 years old now. We did have Mr. Strobeck’s truck. He does want to retire from plowing snow. Getting commitments for big trucks will be hard for us. I’d like to sit down, so we can make plans in purchasing a bigger dump truck. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder said DELLCO takes care of all Comcast, all across the United States. He said anytime you need anything in this borough, just contact me. Maybe it’s time, to say, what equipment do you have. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder said it’s an option.

Mr. Shearer said get some prices on body panels for the newer truck.

Mr. Shearer said per request of the mayor, get some rain spouts out front. We have holes from the previous rain spouts. The one outback has taken a beating also. Councilman Noll said he would check into that. The mayor witnessed what I do for storm cleanup. Mayor Sanford said are there any alternative. Councilman Noll said there is a snow rail, that works a lot better. Councilman Noll suggested someone to Mayor Sanford to put up the gutters.

Mr. Shearer said the leaf loader, Dallastown asked we pick it up. So its near the salt shed. Councilman Noll asked if its of value? Mr. Shearer said it does work, its labor intensive. The best thing is to sell it. Mr. Shearer said I don’t remember if there is a license. Councilman Snyder said to check if there is a title. I think we have to put out for sealed bid. Mr. Shearer said if the value is over one thousand, then you have to advertise. Councilman Myers said the price has to be in writing. Councilman Myers said Brooke Shoffner buys equipment. Mr. Shearer said he is interested in the Ventrac. Councilman Myers said if its titled or licensed? If its not licensed then we don’t have a problem.

Mr. Shearer said Councilman Strausbaugh and I met with Met Ed on LED. All forty six lights will be eligible in December. The cobra head light at the traffic signal is borough owned. Met Ed won’t make recommendations. Councilman Noll said we met with Met Ed, said a minimum of 12, a maximum of 24 can be done. Mr. Shearer said we can tell them all 46, they can do 12 or 24, then come back and do the rest. Councilman Noll said the problem is figuring out the equivalency.

Mr. Shearer thanks his help for the Jonas Storm, to Mr. Sanford, Mr. Stem, Mr. Henry and Mr. Searle. We had someone on the street from the time the storm started until it ended. I only had one phone call.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Councilman Noll said I’ll pass this around. Mrs. Myers had one hearing and she also toured the borough. Code Administrator’s issued one permit.

Emergency Management Report
Mayor Sanford said I talked to Sam about extending time for people to shovel their sidewalks. Mrs. Myers didn’t go out until this past Friday to file citations. She would automatically file citations. She didn’t do anything with garbage. The garbage situation was confusing.

Mayor Sanford said I issued a storm emergency on January 21, 2016 from noon on Friday until noon on Sunday. I issued an emergency declaration of disaster. I do have a draft copy. I need a formalized copy. A motion was made by Councilman Snyder to formally adopt a declaration of emergency of disaster for Winter Storm Jonas. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor. Mayor Sanford said hopefully we will get funding from the federal government.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor Sanford said under police business, I received a phone call from Lt. Zech on a break in on Wilson Court. Councilman Noll said its in the area of the house, the next house up and the trailer. It is near where the Orth’s live. They went back of the house, they messed up the door. This happened about two and half weeks ago.

Mayor Sanford passed out the report from January.

Mayor Sanford said the police report for December and the year-end report for 2015.

Mayor Sanford said in the last report, there is conversation of merging, Spring Garden and Southern are part of it.

Councilman Harper said police were investigating speeding on Broad Street.

Councilman Snyder said the secretary is off for surgery. I’ll be doing that job off and on.

Councilman Snyder said the auditors are coming in on Friday.

Councilman Snyder said a letter was sent out for the $77.00 contribution to the Yoe Adamsville charge for the war memorial.

Councilman Snyder said it’s the council’s duty to review the financial reports sent in the packet.

Councilman Snyder said Yoe Borough Sewer Authority’s financial statement is part of the circulate for 2015.

Councilman Snyder said a copy of the uncollected taxes for 2015. A motion was made by Councilman Myers to accept the 2015 uncollected taxes. The motion was seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor.

Unfinished Business
There was no unfinished business.

New Business
Councilman Noll said Met Ed will be starting to install smart meters. We will be getting more information. They will be able to read everything remotely.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Snyder said its short due to it being very early. A motion was made by Councilman Harper to accept the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Bankoske to adjourn at 8:52PM. The motion was seconded by Councilman Snyder. All in favor.

The reorganization meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on January 4, 2016. Mayor Sanford called the meeting to order at 7:01PM, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

OATHS OF OFFICE
Mayor Sanford said let the minutes reflect that the affidavits of residency have been forwarded for George Howett, Samuel Snyder and William Bankoske. Let the minutes reflect that Ryan Harper has made arrangements to be sworn in on Wednesday of this week, which will bring him up to speed. He had work obligations tonight.

Mayor Sanford swore in William Bankoske, George Howett and Samuel Snyder. Mayor Sanford asked that right hands would be raised and the oaths of office were given to those newly elected. All answered, I do. The forms are completed and signed.

NOMINATIONS
Mayor Sanford said at this time I will open up the floor for nominations for President of Council for the next two years. Councilman Noll nominated Sam Snyder for President of Council. Mayor Sanford asked if there were any other nominations. Councilman Bankoske seconded the motion. Mayor Sanford said nominations are closed. Those voicing their vote in favor: Councilman Noll, Councilman Bankoske, Councilman Strausbaugh and Councilman Myers. Abstaining: Councilman Snyder.

Mayor Sanford said at this time I will open up the floor for nominations for Vice President of Council . Councilman Snyder nominated Seth Noll for Vice President Mayor Sanford asked if there are any other nominations. Councilman Myers made a motion to close the nominations and seconded the nomination. Those voicing their votes in favor: Councilman Snyder, Councilman Myers, Councilman Bankoske, Councilman Strausbaugh. Abstaining: Councilman Noll

Mayor Sanford said at this time I will open up the floor for nomiations of President Pro Tem. That position was used twice since I have been on council. One time we didn’t do it as it should have been done. What that is, in the event the President or Vice President are not able to chair or attend the meeting, the member that we choose now would be the third in line. Any questions? Hearing no questions I ask for a nomination. A motion was made by Councilman Howett to nominate Councilman Myers as President Pro Tem. The motion was made by Councilman Strausbaugh to close the nominations. Those voicing their votes in favor: Councilman Howett, Councilman Strausbaugh, Councilman Snyder, Councilman Noll and Councilman Bankoske. Abstaining: Councilman Myers.

Mayor Sanford said at this time I’ll turn the meeting over to President Sam Snyder.

Council members in attendance:
Sam Snyder
Seth Noll
Barry Myers
Bill Bankoske
Regan Strausbaugh

Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Seth Springer, Solicitor
John Sanford, Mayor
Steve Malesker, Engineer(arriving at 7:31PM)

Opening the Regular meeting at 7:19PM
Councilman Snyder said let the record reflect since Ryan Harper has not filed the appropriate affidavit of residency and oath of office at this time. He has ten days from the meeting date, as long as he does it on Wednesday, it would be within the time restraint. For the purpose of this meeting, the council seat is considered vacant. A quorum of the six existing members here tonight, any ties would have to be settled by the Mayor.

Appointment of Officials
Councilman Snyder said since all the officials are at the will of council. I will present the following list of officials for consideration. I will make one encompassing motion. List included with appointees. A motion was made by Councilman Howett to accept those appointees. The motion was seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor.

Adoption of Resolution 2016-01
Councilman Snyder said I updated the fees based on the schedule by C. S. Davidson, the subdivision/land development fees and new fees from Code Administrators,Inc. A motion to accept Resolution 2016-01 by Councilman Noll. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Adoption of Resolution 2016-02
Councilman Snyder said Resolution 2016-02, a resolution for appointment to the Zoning Hearing Board. Now therefore be it resolved, the Borough of Yoe does hereby appoint Michele Miller Noll to a term of three years to expire on 12/31/2018. A motion to resolve Resolution 2016-02 by Councilman Strausbaugh. The motion was seconded by Councilman Myers. Those in favor: Councilman Bankoske, Councilman Snyder, Councilman Howett. Abstaining: Councilman Noll. Councilman Snyder said so be it resolved.

Minutes
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the minutes from the prior meeting, any additions or corrections? A motion to accept the minutes of December 1, 2015 by Councilman Howett. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said minutes accepted.

Visitors
Councilman Snyder said let the record reflect there are no visitors present.

Solicitor’s Report
Councilman Snyder said welcome back.

Solicitor Springer said I contacted Keystate Publishing, it was difficult to email because it was so big. I updated myself to the revisions to the borough code. There is an update for the municipal law, I will go to that. I contacted PSAB to get on their list. I did read over the minutes from the last few minutes. I did see you had some problems with the tree that was split. I did notice one changes to the borough code, they are going to allow law libraries to get ordinances vial email. Great to be back.

Councilman Snyder said for your information, I had to do research into this. It was a notification of tax exemption for a property up on Wilson Court. It turns out that this law is in Title 51, Chapter 89 and it seems that this is the first one for Yoe Borough. Any veteran that has 100% service connected disability, makes an application to the local Department of Veterans Affairs, shows a hardship or financial that gets pushed up through the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs, they approve it and substantiate it that the veteran is 100% service connected disability and has a financial need. That information gets sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Veterans Affairs to issue ticket for tax exemption, that certificate gets passed back to the county level, who in turn gives it to the applicant. Who must give each municipality a copy of. We have no choice in the matter, the county will take this property off the tax roles and put it into the tax exempt status. That will fall into the tax exempt amount. I had to find out if we needed to do anything, I talked to the County and State. Its all handled on their end now. The laws are now changed, this is why the tax exempt parcels are going up. Now this individual has to notify the taxing authority. Rachel from the tax claim bureau, eventually Yoe Borough will have to give two months back prorated. Because he is tax exempt as of 10/28/2015 once we get formal notification. It has a five year determination so they have to prove financial need. Solicitor Springer said I am a veteran, he is entitled to this benefit, if he sold the property or passed. There may be a mechanism for that. Councilman Snyder said there is no taxes on this property, so to get a permit, its tax exempt. A copy was given to Connie. Sandy gave it to me. Discussion continued. That was enlightening. This came into affect in 1988. This disability had to be 100% service connected disabled.

Councilman Snyder said we have the copier contract to sign. Which is the standard contract. A motion to sign the Imageware Copier Contract by Councilman Myers. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Councilman Snyder said we have the contract with Code Administrators, Inc. This just follows up with the new fees. That contract is a 2016 contract for services for UCC and there is also 2016 for Zoning Code Services. A motion was made by Councilman Noll to sign both contracts with Code Administrators, Inc. The motion was seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Councilman Noll said do you have anything Barry with the rail trail? Councilman Myers said I need to sit down with him and go over it. Councilman Noll said she was going to over it with you, on the land issue. Councilman Snyder said while we are discussing the rail trail. York County Planning notified us that Red Lion under the MA and PA Community Greenway project that they put into, moved ahead. It said the YAMTO Technical Coordination Committee approved the completion the two contingencies for the MA and PA project, which is to secure the right of way in York Township and Red Lion Borough line and Locust Street in York Township with local financing. That’s moving forward on their end. At least to the York Township line. Mr. Malesker said they are one to do funding for federal funding. There was more money that was being allocated. Councilman Myers said York Township sent a letter to them stating that they are backing out of the project, to reduce the grant. I haven’t talked to Diane from some time. Councilman Noll said they are talking about taking it to Locust Street and to get the right of ways. There is going to be gap in York Township, it goes to Locust. It’s a matter if we want to pay for rights to the boundary of that property, but there will be a gap. Councilman Myers said the only way we can get to the borough, is to take on the project ourselves. Councilman Noll said we’re in a good position with the right of way to the park, we started the sidewalk down from the park. Discussion continued. Solicitor Springer said to give me a call to get updates. Councilman Myers said we need to finish up the one right of way, then we are good. I was thinking to bring it up Pennsylvania Avenue, so we could widen the street at some time. We found out through the realtor that the property we need right of way from is interested. Solicitor Springer handed out business cards.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker said the basin inspection report is complete. I did stop down, Dana was having some repairs done there. I checked out what the contractor was doing. Basically he is addressing everything we pointed out in the report. Everything that we recommended, he is addressing.

Councilman Myers said on that grant we have. Mr. Malesker said he has not yet submitted for the permit yet. That was in early December. He had just gotten the correspondence back from Fish and Game. It said you have to submit your plans, they have three weeks. He is aware he has until October for the grant. Councilman Myers said it has to be done by July8th. Mr. Malesker said its earlier than what I thought. Councilman Myers said the contract says July 8th. This has my attention. We need to push to get the permits. Mr. Malesker said hopefully he had to submit by December. Hopefully he will have them. All the regarding he has to do. The plan was to send it out for a quote. If its over, you need three written quotes. Mr. Shearer said I will look into what the threshold is, what that cut off is. Mr. Malesker said if Jake can’t do it. Councilman Snyder said this grant is for $18,900.00. Mr. Shearer said the bid threshold, is anything over $10,000.00 and $18,000.00 is the three phone quotes. Over $18,000.00 you need three written quotes. Councilman Snyder said the contract says if you do not initiate the implementation by July 8th. Mr. Shearer said according to PSAT’s website, their bid limits, it was $19400.00 for advertised bid, telephone bids at $10, 500.00. Councilman Snyder said its $18900.00. Mr. Malesker said you only need one quote.

Councilman Snyder said I was asked to verify, yes or no, if this $7670.00 of repairs at the dam should come out of the stormwater fund. Then bill York Township and Dallastown. Mr. Malesker said it should come out of the dam fund. Councilman Noll said I would take it out of the line item for dam maintenance. Councilman Snyder said it should come out of the dam maintenance. Pay it out of general fund. Said then to bill it back to other municipalities for 25% of total 2015 dam maintenance.

Mr. Malesker said I will let the zoning updates on the agenda.

Councilman Snyder said do you want to bring up , the Cottrell. Mr. Malesker said we wanted to find out where DEP stood. Mr. Shearer said for those of you, the DEP letter is in the circulate file. It was to the Cottrells as a follow up for the complaint on the E & S measures to the tributary of the creek. They laid out what they need to do to restore it. They actually pulled out the jersey barriers. For them to do any work there, they would need to get permits or waiver to the permit. In the middle of the month, we were copied on a letter from York County Conservation to York Township concerning a complaint from Yoe Borough, about flood waters from that property. Their investigation was made, they determined it was likely from alterations made to the storm water basin at Cape Horn Square at Jonathan Way. That left us lingering as to what county conservation is talking about because we were complaining about an E & S problem down here and all of sudden it turned to this flood problem. I talked to Garret Miller at county conservation, yes they had bumped it up to DEP. DEP said they said they were going to contact on this letter. Since that letter, was to Lisa Frye, I did forward copies of the letter to the township. I just wanted to make sure you understand, we were considering it was an E & S. I don’t know why the letter from the county conservation mentioned flood waters. She responded that she got the email. Councilman Snyder said from what I got from the letter they aren’t making him put anything back the way it was. Mr. Malesker said he has to remove the jersey barriers, since its such a small disturbance, to restore it, but no permit. Councilman Noll said what its saying because its under an acre of disturbance, they don’t need an E & S plan. Councilman Snyder said we have MS 4 updates, it works good for MS4. Mr. Shearer said there are fish, native trout seen by County Conservation down stream, we have to keep that in mind.

Councilman Snyder asked do you have an update on the boundary survey? Mr. Malesker said York Township was going to budget for it, I haven’t heard anything from them. Councilman Noll said I’ll say something to York Township. Councilman Snyder said when you find that out, just get with Steve. Everything is a go on our end. Mr. Malesker said Gary was going to budget of it. I haven’t heard from Dallastown, they did want that done. Councilman Noll asked Mr. Malesker to confirm that with Dallastown, I’ll take care of York Township.

Maintenance Report
Mr. Shearer said I did get the letter to the sewer authority for their December meeting. They do have some work and inspections that they have done on the lines. Some involved Broad Street, some will be in the areas where we excavated. Their situations now. Per Mark Clark, going to be working on what we need for restoration. Also there is some work to be done around town to be part of this package. Working on getting bids out this week to get the repair work. I am going to get in contact with Columbia Gas.

Mr. Shearer said we did get repairs done by Yoe Industrial right before Christmas. We did the upper pipe the first day, took all day to do. They didn’t have to bring in a grout pump, so I’m hoping we might see some reduction and savings. The proposal was to bring that pump in. We didn’t have as much segregation outside the pipe. Checked to make sure that anything was separated in that pipe. The lower pipe was in real good shape. They were in and out in a day and half. I am going to get two loads of rip rap, to get those placed. If I get it delivered, I should be able to move it around.

Mr. Shearer said I haven’t seen anything from Fitz and Smith. With the tempartures the way they are now, Joe doesn’t want to tackle it. We got three prices. Councilman Snyder said I think there is pattern there, with their low bidding. Mr. Shearer said they don’t have the staff they had ten years ago. They are trying to do the work with minimal staff.

Mr. Shearer said the street light update. Regan and I will be meeting on January 13, 2016 with Kathy Seilhammer with the rep of street lights.

Mr. Shearer said I had an opportunity to talk to a business man from York County who works with veterans, well connected on veterans organization. I talked to him about the war memorial. We still get money from Yoe Parts, we are still getting money in. I guess I want to see what all is involved. I was wondering if I can make some contacts, be the representative to get it addressed. Is there is someway to get some help. Councilman Snyder said I was here today talking to Sandy about trying to find out how much money in our account, all but $3000.00 in the account. I haven’t heard anything more from Jamie. The one thing I told Sandy I said, because this was her project. I think she was having her aunt, do something with the work. She had this figure of ten to twelve thousand in mind. I don’t’ know what she had planned. This money is just sitting there. We have no plan. We just had, I was thinking of contacting Bachman Memorial. They help us replace a confederate tombstone, they donated it, they go the engravings. We had a ceremony. Even if we just contact them, to backfill the memorial, get a bronze plate. I fill in the back and get a marble front with names engraved. Because the surrounding structure is relatively stable. Those two concepts are relatively inexpensive. Go to Bachmans and get a price. I’d like to know how much its going to cost. The land is deeded to us. Councilman Noll asked with the traffic is that in the right place. Councilman Snyder said I wouldn’t want to move it. If someone hit it, they aren’t going to walk away. Mr. Snyder said I took photographs of the monument when the names were still better. You can figure out the names. As far as of Korean and Vietnam war, we remembered all who fought in our dedication. Mr. Shearer said have POW recognition for Mr. Weitkamp. I am hoping to have a selling point for outside organizations to use to fund this monument. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder said there is a consensus of council to continue with it.

Mayor Sanford said the wire that is down on Main Street across from the fire hydrant. Mr. Shearer said there is caution tape, it appears to be have been pulled down. Somebody separated. Mayor Sanford said its across the alley. Its hanging off the insulators. It looks like an old fire box line. Councilman Myers said ours went up the street toward the park. Mayor Sanford asked that, this be followed up on, see what we can do to remove it or repair it. Mr. Shearer said I was under the assumption that someone would complain to Comcast. Mayor Sanford said it’s a hazard, follow up, remove it.

Councilman Myers asked if there is any cold patch. There is two or three holes up in the alley. It need s something down. Its broken up. Mr. Shearer said I will look at it.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Councilman Noll said working on overhanging trees on properties and the other is the letters and pictures that went out. We don’t have a December report. I’ll pass that around.

EMA Report
Mayor Sanford reported the first quarterly meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday night, Rodney and I will be attending, the topic is spring planning.

Mayor Sanford said the email that went out about the 911 radio update. If you are interested in that, the site is progressing.

Mayor’s Report
Mayor Sanford said you have my report. Two corrections, I have that I attended a regional police meeting on December 10th, that is incorrect that meeting that I attended was on December 23, 2015, which was a continuation of the meeting on the 10th. I do not have a year end report for December. I should have that by next meeting. It was a quiet month.

Mayor Sanford said the acting police chief, is Sgt. Tim Damon. He is acting chief until he is either chosen to be the next chief or another candidate is chosen. That process is on going. There is committee formed, within sixty days we should have a new chief.

Mayor Sanford said there was a DOA in the borough in the beginning of November. The gentleman was deceased for sometime before his family found him. That is the single wide rental trailer.

Mayor Sanford said I’ll call your attention to break in activity on Wilson and Third. Two houses have been entered, one on either corner. For those who live in the area. There was a suspicious vehicle report a couple of days before the break in.

Mayor Sanford said I forwarded a census email to Sam on December 14, 2015. I passed around a Christmas card from President Barrack.

Secretary’s Report
Councilman Snyder said ongoing health issues. The ethics reports need to be filled out. Councilman Noll said under number 10 of the ethics report , one thing we found out, direct sources of income. If you are employed by anyone, also the borough is considered an employers. Be sure you put them down as an employer. Several people got in trouble for that in York Township and were written up by the ethics committee. Anything from a source that is $1000.00 or over.Councilman Myers read same list the name and address of each source, of $1300.00 of gross income regardless of whether is received by you or jointly by you. Councilman Noll said that number must have gone up. Make sure that any source of income, if its over that amount. Councilman Myers said put a copy here. Councilman Noll said the borough is responsible and to hold a copy here. Councilman Noll said on line 13, where it says office directorship. Is that include a directorship of a non profit? Councilman Myers said I think it does. Councilman Noll said it says regardless of income. Mayor Sanford said I listed it, when I was a police commissioner, I listed it. Councilman Noll said I think it’s a positon of influence, I think I should put that down, I will list the Vice President and on the board of directors for Steam into History. Councilman Myers said I’m the treasurer of American Public Works Association. Councilman Noll said technically you should put that down. Councilman Snyder said there is folder on the table, its due on April and May. IT doesn’t have be down tonight.

Councilman Noll said is there any she needs. It is taking a lot of her. Councilman Snyder said she is tired.

Mr. Shearer it was posted on the association’s website. Those limits I have mentioned earlier are the same as 2015. 2016 bidding limits remain the same. Pennsylvania Labor and Industry announced that the borough code bidding threshold under Act 92 of 2011, will remain the same for 2016 as it was in 2015. No formal bidding under $10,500.00 requires no formal bidding of telephonic quotes. Contra cts or purchases in the amount of greater than $10,500.00 and less than $19, 400.00 require three telephonic quotations. Any contracts or purchases that are greater than $!9,400.00 requires formal public bidding processes prescribe in sections in 1402, 1403 and 1405 of the borough code. Those limits did not change.

Unfinished Business
There was no unfinished business.

New Business
There was no new business.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the bill list. We had one additional bill, Imageware bill $234.78 for the contract, we signed tonight. A motion was made by Councilman Myers to pay the bill as listed along with the addition. The motion was seconded by Councilman Noll. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said bills are paid.

Adjournment
Councilman Bankoske made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:45PM. The motion was seconded by Councilman Snyder. All in favor. 6,7,8,9

The regular meeting of Yoe Borough Council was held on December 1, 2015 at the Yoe Borough Municipal Building, 150 N. Maple Street, Yoe, PA. The meeting was called to order at 7:01PM by Council President Sam Snyder followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members in attendance:
Sam Snyder
Barry Myers
George Howett
Regan Strausbaugh
Bill Bankoske
Ryan Harper
Others in attendance:
Dana Shearer, Maintenance
Steve Malesker, Engineer
Peter Haldermann, Sitting in for Solicitor Rausch

Minutes
A motion was made by Councilman Howett to accept the meeting minutes of November 10.2015. The motion was seconded by Councilman Myers. In favor: Councilman Strausbaugh, Councilman Harper,Councilman Bankoske. Abstaining: Councilman Snyder

Visitors
Councilman Snyder said let the record reflect there are no visitors here tonight.

Solicitor’s Report
Attorney Haldermann said the 2015-05 Ordinance was advertised by the secretary. A signature page of the ordinance is needed for the ordinance and the mayor needs to sign it. It will need to be sent. Tonight is my last night, it was nice being here. You were my first municipal client, a good opportunity.

Attorney Haldermann took a copy of the FEMA ordinance to the law library.

Councilman Snyder said the preliminary budget was advertised for adoption. A motion was made by Councilman Strausbaugh to accept the 2016 Budget. The motion was seconded by Councilman Harper. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said budget is approved.

Adoption of Ordinance 2015-05

Councilman Snyder said that brings us to Ordinance 2015-05, which is the ordinance fixing the millage rate for 2016. That was duly advertised as well. Whereas the Borough of Yoe, in accordance with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Borough Code, Title 8 Act 37 may enact certain taxes and special levy taxes and establish millage rates therefore. Section 1, general millage rate for general revenue purposes shall be 3. 455 mills, millage rate for annual fire tax .452 mills and the millage rate for annual emergency services is .500 mills. Section II, the funds generated from the annual fire protection tax and the annual emergency services shall be considered special levy taxes. Section III, the effective date is January 1, 2016. Any comments or concerns? A motion to ordain Ordinance 2015-05 was made by Councilman Howett. The motion was seconded by Councilman Myers. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said so be it ordained. This will be left here for signature of the mayor.

Councilman Snyder said did everyone have an opportunity to look over the proposed meetings for next year. The annual MS 4 public hearing is part of the advertisement. There won’t be change for November, that predates the election. I remind everyone that with reorganization is the first Monday of the reorganizing year. A motion was made by Councilman Myers to accept and advertise the 2016 Meeting Dates. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said meetings all set for next year.

Councilman Snyder asked everyone have an opportunity to look over the two contracts for the animal enforcement. I like Allegiant, their contract is more complete. Seth wanted to check with York Township to see if they have any issues. The hold harmless is built into the agreement. The firearm permit is in the agreement. She made note, that we would need a copy of the certificate of insurance and of the firearm permits. Councilman Harper said Seth wanted the council to review for comparison. Discussion continued. A motion to accept Allegiant Care for 2016 for Yoe Borough by Councilman Harper. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Councilman Snyder said we need to approve the contract with the SPCA. The drop off point for Allegiant. That contract has not changed. A motion to accept the SPCA contract for 2016 by Councilman Harper. The motion was seconded by Councilman Bankoske. All in favor. Councilman Snyder said motion carried.

Engineer’s Report
Mr. Malesker said I have basin inspection is done. I forwarded the things that John needs to sign, for all those notices that are posted. He usually goes and checks them all and signs the pages. The report needs to be in by the end of the month. I just sent it today. He needs to check the boxes and sign.

Mr. Malesker said you and Seth are still working on the building and zoning ordinance listing.

Mr. Malesker asked if they mind if I am a little bit late. I have three meetings. Councilman Snyder said don’t forget the new year my job is done. When you get the new rates please leave me know,I have some resolutions do. Mr. Malesker are you still thinking of using C. S. Davidson at all, the website. Councilman Myers said I would like to, to set it up we would need an I Pad. The main user would be Dana. Mr. Malesker said its used in Dallastown for the rental inspection, it has streamlined the whole process. Discussion continued. Councilman Myers said we didn’t get billed, we didn’t pay for anything. We voted to use money to budget, as long as we didn’t start it or use it, we didn’t get billed. Councilman Malekser said its $2400.00 prorated. Councilman Snyder said we are interested, when we actually start it, it depends on when the actual training is set up. Councilman Myers said I use it on my computer at work, its sweet. If you have time, come into the office. Mr. Malesker was have 27 or 28 municipalties using it. There is a MS 4 layer. We keep adding on, if you have a need, let us know. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder said it’s a matter of transistion. MR. Malesker said we are going to complete the perimeter survey, the parcels will be in there with the final survey with the true boundaries. Councilman Myers said lets set up a meeting after the first of next year.

Councilman Snyder said we had an updated outstanding sewer invoice report.

Mr. Malesker said did Cottrell follow up on the notices from the conservation district? Mr. Shearer said I did not see any follow up report. That was in November. Mr. Malesker said they told him to stop. Mr. Shearer said it doesn’t look like he has done anything else. He put up jersey barriers for walls. The conservation district is the enforcers.

Mr. Shearer asked if there is anything major on the basin report? Mr. Malesker said same basic things, nothing new. There is seepage thru the pipes, that might be something that you may do some work on. The rip rap around the end walls, some erosion. Mr. Shearer said the intake of those pipes. Mr. Malesker said yes. The seepage inside the actual pipes themselves, then the joint material on the spillways. Mr. Shearer said Sam has the originals of prices, for repair work, to the intake boxes where the mirrors are and breaks on both pipes at the outfall of both dams. The intake of that outfall and the piping that carries that into the next basin. Essentially what we are going to do is by pass pump to get those pipes are dry as possible, there is some repairs where the pipes and boxes connect, we’l l have to pump grout into those holes. We have prices from Yoe Industrial Services and from Keystruct. The price from Yoe Industrial Services is $7670.00, the price from Keystruct was $9800.00. One had shorter mobilization which may be in our favor. Mr. Shearer said not sure what we will see in the bottom of the pipes. Hopefully there won’t be anything to be add that we already noted. This was from notes from last years basin inspection. This will be a 50/25/25 split. We maybe able to get this in this year. Discussion continued. A motion to accept the quote from Yoe Industrial Services for the price of $7670.00 by Councilman Howett. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor.

Councilman Myers said on W. Broad Street, with the water line repair, when are we going to pave next year or the following year? Mr.Malesker said Dallastown is going to replace the water lines next year. So we’re starting the engineering now. They’ll do a patch, then you pave it the following year. Unless you wanted to add a separate document for next year. You were thinking of settlement with the patch and pave the following year. Councilman Myers asked the sewer authority has been notified? Mr. Malesker said I can look into it. Mr. Shearer said Iam not sure they have been made aware. They should meet in December. Councilman Myers said I just wanted to make sure they are aware. Mr. Shearer said I’ll contact Mark Clark tomorrow. Councilman Myers asked if there are any storm drains to be added?Mr. Shearer said at Poplar Street and Broad Street, replace both inlets with new, pipe that interconnects them, to be placed. The pipe coming down Cherry Alley and Station Alley, they stay in place. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder said we can probably do those boxes next year with our stormwater infrastructure. Councilman Myers said put that on your list. Discussion continued. Councilman Snyder said when the contracts are given for water, check to see if they could do the outlets also. Mr. Malesker said Kinsley has gotten the last ones. Councilman Snyder said other funds from stormwater fund is the project that Jake is working on. Mr. Malesker said I think the first cost estimate was overlay, I think you need to consider base repair. The water authority will bring it up to 25 millimeter. A lot of your base repairs are along the curb. Mr. Shearer asked can we have a brain storm, to get estimates for materials. Mr. Malesker said they will send out letters, if you have a galvanized pipe, the property owner will have to replace it. Discussion continued. Councilman Myers said I’ll set up a meeting and we’ll walk the street. Discussion continued.

Mr.Malesker said Mayor Sanford sent an email, he’ll have those forms by the end of the week.

Zoning Officer’s Report
Councilman Snyder said let the record reflect there was no report.

Maintenance Report
Mr. Shearer reported we got the loan load of salt back to PENN DOT. I ordered two loads of salt for the borough.

Mr. Shearer reported that I have the spreader ready to go.

Mr. Shearer said we did the concrete repair price estimates.

Mr. Shearer said the fire hydrant, said the water authority wouldn’t like it to be done in the cold of winter. Fitz and Smith is to do the work. I may have to delay until spring.

Mr. Shearer said the LED upgrade, I did get a call back from Kathy Seilhammer. We have 46 of our 47 lights that will be eligible in December of 2016. Those will be eligible for upgrade. The 47th will be eligible for now. I believe it’s the one at the traffic light intersection. 42 of the 46 are overhead, the other four are post mounted lights, in front of the Walnut Street apartments. Going to have a meeting with her, January 13th at 1PM here. They are going to come here to look at some information, we can get a new contract to sign. We need to decide on the coverages for LED lights. If we need to add lights, that defeats the purpose of saving money. Discussion continued.

EMA Report
Councilman Snyder said let the record reflect there is no EMA report.

Mayor’s Report
Councilman Snyder said the record reflect his report was submitted and it stands for itself.

Our secretary is doing fine on road to recovery and wish her well.

Unfinished Business
Councilman Snyder said you’re going to take care of the unfinished business with Jake Romig.

New Business
Councilman Snyder said Dana went over that with the LED lights.

Councilman Snyder said there is a resignation/retirement of the Police Chief which helps with our budget because the price remains the same as in 2015.

Payment of Bills
Councilman Snyder asked if everyone had an opportunity to look over the bill list. Two additional bills: MCI of $26.95 and Met Ed $792.21. A motion was made by Councilman Howett to pay the bills as listed with the additional bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman Strausbaugh. All in favor.

Councilman Snyder said it’s been a pleasure to work with everyone and hopes everyone has a nice holiday. See everyone Monday January 4th.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Councilman Bankoske to adjourn the meeting at 8:27PM. The motion was seconded by Councilman Snyder. All in favor.

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