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CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Agenda

 

REGULAR MEETING                             MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2021

VIRTUAL MEETING                     at the conclusion of the COW Meeting

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1. OPENING MATTERS

A. CALL TO ORDER

B.  INVOCATION:  Robia Thomas, Union Baptist Church

C.  PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

D. ROLL CALL

E.  EXECUTIVE SESSIONS:  At the Nov 9 COW to discuss agency business, Nov 15th COW re personnel and litigation and Nov 22nd to discuss litigation

2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

3. PUBLIC COMMENT – AGENDA MATTERS:

Due to COVID-19 the public speaking requirements have been modified.  Comments posted in Zoom Chat and on Facebook are not considered public comment and a response may not occur.

 

Public Comment Instructions:

 

All remarks must be directed to Council as a body and not to any individual Council member or public or elected official in attendance. Any comment that is personally offensive or impertinent will not be read into the record. Comments on agenda matters are limited to 5 minutes in length and comments on non-agenda matters are limited to 3 minutes in length.

 

4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA & MINUTES

A. AGENDA:  Meeting of November 22, 2021

B. MINUTES:  November 8th Regular Meeting, the agenda, including the Consent Agenda legislation and approving the summations of discussion from the COWS on November 8th, 9th & 15th and 15th Nominations Meeting.

 

5. Consent Agenda Legislation

The Consent Agenda is designed to provide efficient approval of non-controversial legislation that does not require discussion/debate by giving approval via acclimation when the meeting agenda is approved.  The President of Council will call Council’s attention to the list of Consent Agenda legislation at the meeting before action is taken, which allows Council to remove a piece of legislation for separate consideration. 

A. Award of Contract – to Boyle Construction, Allentown, PA for the McKnight and Spring Firehouse engineering and construction management in the amount of $48,000.00

B. Award of Contract – for the ARPA Grants Management, Accounting and Compliance Project to Zelenkofske Axelrod, LLC, Harrisburg, PA. $150,000 will be paid in 2022 and $100,000 will be budgeted annually. The award is based on an hourly rate, not a specific dollar amount. The hourly rate is $325/hour for a Partner/Principal and $215/hour for a Manager

C. Award of Contract – for the Buttonwood Gateway Engineering Project to McTish, Kunkle & Associates, Allentown, PA. The fees for this part of the project will be paid from account code 34-07-24-4216. The total amount to be incurred is $225,508 over two (2) years. The payments will be broken down into $15,000 for year 2021 and $210,508 for year 2022.

D. Award of Contract – for the Bernhart’s Dam Spillway Removal Project to Flyway Construction, Mt. Joy, PA at the cost of $89,400

E. Award of Contract – for municipal trash collection for a 5 year period to Republic

Services, Leesport PA at the cost of $6,800,000 for Trash and $2,950,000 for Recycling

6. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

Written report attached.

7. REPORT FROM OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR

Written report attached

 

8. REPORT FROM DEPT. DIRECTORS, BOARDS, AUTHORITIES, & COMMISSIONS

 

9. ORDINANCES FOR FINAL PASSAGE

 

Budget Ordinances

Ordinance – 2022 Real Estate Tax Rate Introduced at the Oct 4 Special Meeting

Ordinance – 2022 Non-Resident EIT Tax Rate Introduced at the Oct 4 Special Meeting

Ordinance – 2022 Position Ordinance Introduced at the Oct 4 Special Meeting

Ordinance – 2022 General Fund Budget Introduced at the Oct 4 Special Meeting

Ordinance – 2022 Capital Fund Budget Introduced at the Oct 4 Special Meeting

Ordinance – Adjustments to Trash/Recyling Fees Introduced at the Oct 4 Special Meeting

Ordinance – ARPA Plan Introduced at the Oct 4 Special Meeting

 

A. Bill 75-2021 – amending the Code of Ordinances Chapter 62 New Officers and Employees Pension Fund, Section 102 to prohibit the participation of new members where the employee is hired or rehired on or after January 1, 2022 Introduced at the September 27 regular meeting; Tabled at the October 11, 25, and Nov 8 regular meetings

B. Bill 82-2021 – authorizing a budget transfer of $30,000 from Finance to the Mayor’s Office for the purchase of a car for the mayor.

C. Bill 83-2021 – authorizing a budget transfer of $12,000 from Finance to the Mayor’s Office to reimburse the Potteiger Trust fund to cover the cost of the gun buyback program, as this fund may only be used for charities

D. Bill 84-2021 – authorizing the addition of an Agency Fund line item in the amount of $25,000 for downtown holiday related costs

10. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ORDINANCES

 

A. Ordinance – authorizing a budget transfer in the amount of $60,000 from Solid Waste Contracted Services to Recycling Contracted Services to cover the increase in tipping fees through the end of 2021

B. Ordinance – authorizing a budget transfer in the amount of $12,500 within the Fire Department to cover unanticipated fuel costs in the EMS budget.

 

C. Ordinance – amend City Code Chapter 496, Part 1 Dumpster Placement with a rewrite that requires the annual permitting for permanent dumpsters/toters within the public right of way, screening of all dumpsters/toters,  requiring weekly collection from such dumpsters/toters and using any revenue realized for the expansion of the Clean City program

11. RESOLUTIONS

A. Resolution – appointing Michael Gombar Jr. as the Council Solicitor for a 2 year term, effective Dec 1st and authorizing the Council President to execute the attached employment agreement.

B. Resolution – appointing Nelson DeLeon to the Planning Commission

C. Resolution –

12. PUBLIC COMMENT – GENERAL MATTERS

Please see public speaking rules on second page

 

13. COUNCIL BUSINESS/COMMENTS

 

14. COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE

 

Monday, November 22

Committee of the Whole and Budget Review – review budget adjustments – 5 pm

Regular Business Meeting – immediately following COW

 

Tuesday, November 23

Budget Review – if needed – 5 pm

 

Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26

**Thanksgiving Holiday – City Hall closed**

 

Monday, November 29

Budget Review – if needed – 5 pm

 

Monday, December 6

Nominations & Appointments Committee – 4 pm

Budget Review – if needed – 5 pm

 

Monday, December 13

Committee of the Whole – last date to adopt 2022 budgets and related ordinances – 5

Regular Business Meeting – immediately following COW

15. ADJOURN