Borough of Yoe

150 North Maple Street, Yoe, PA 17313 • (717) 244-5904

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.

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After much consideration it has been decided to cancel all public meetings until further notice, this includes the April Council meeting. In addition the playground equipment is closed to the public at this time; however the park remains open.


The Borough Office is closed, but the Secretary is working remotely and will be answering calls, and responding to email during normal business hours.


Anyone who has not yet joined our email alert system is encouraged to do so at this time by emailing Diana at Secretary@YoeBorough.org.

No bill payments for Water, Sewer or Tax bills are payable at the Borough office. Each payment needs to be sent to the address listed on the invoice. Yoe Borough is not responsible for any late fees or penalties for payments sent to the Borough in error. Taxes may be paid at the Borough office ONLY on the dates and times provided by the taxing authority.
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