Minutes

 

Stroudsburg Borough Council Meeting

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 7:15 PM

 

  1. Call Meeting to Order/Roll Call: Council President Kim Diddio called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM.   Borough Manager Barb ara Quarantello called roll.  Members present:  President Kim Diddio, Council Members Matthew Abell, Boyd Weiss, Jeff Ewen, and Joanne Kochanski.  Also present was Solicitor Ralph Matergia.  Absent were Vice President Neil Allen, Council Member Eric Scelza, and Mayor Charles Baughman. 

 

  1. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

  1. Public Input – None

 

  1. Approval of the Council Meeting Minutes from March 17, 2011:  Motion by Mrs. Kochanski, second by Mr. Weiss, to approve the Council Meeting Minutes from March 17, 2011 with the following correction;  Mr. Weiss did not want to know if Mr. Ace and the Street Department would be removing the trees from the creek, he wanted to know if PennDOT was responsible for removing trees within 50’ of the dam, who was responsible for removing them if they are not within 50’ of the dam.  If PennDOT is responsible, why is the Street Department doing the removal?  Motion passed unanimously.

 

  1. Old Business:

 

a.     Consider approval of the First Amendment to the Development Agreement between the Stroudsburg Area School District and the Borough of Stroudsburg: Mr. Matergia gave an update regarding the decorative light poles.  Their engineers certification of the stability of the poles has been received and the school has agreed to give us full indemnification.  The school board will be voting on this tonight. Mr. Matergia suggests the borough approve the amendment pending approval from the school board.  Motion by Mrs. Kochanski, second by Mr. Weiss, to approve the First Amendment to the Development Agreement between the Stroudsburg Area School District and the Borough of Stroudsburg.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

  1. New Business

 

a.     Declaration by the mayor setting April 29, 2011 as “Arbor Day”: In the absence of the mayor, Councilman Weiss read the proclamation. 

 

b.     Consider request from Lianna DeLuise form Jacob Stroud Corporation for fee waiver on utility permit: Motion by Mr. Weiss, second by Mr. Abell, to approve the fee waiver on a utility parking permit for Lianna DeLuise to be evaluated yearly.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

c.     Consider request from Monroe County Historical Association to use the Ann Street Park for their 3rd Annual Olde Time Fun in the Park Event” set for Saturday, June 11, 2011, in conjunction with the Pocono Raceway Festival (Olde Time event):  Motion by Mr. Weiss, second by Mrs. Kochanski, to approve the request from Monroe County Historical Association to use the Ann Street Park for their 3rd Annual Olde Time Fun in the Park Event” set for Saturday, June 11, 2011, in conjunction with the Pocono Raceway Festival.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

d.     Consider request from United Veterans Organization of Monroe County for Memorial Day Parade scheduled for Monday, May 30, 2011: Motion by Mr. Weiss, second Mr. Abell, to approve the request from United Veterans Organization of Monroe County for Memorial Day Parade scheduled for Monday, May 30, 2011.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

  1. Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Matergia updated council on a revision to the Pocono Ambulatory Project.  This was a three-lot plan.  The first lot has the existing center on it, the second will have the new building on it, and the third is an unbuildable lot north of Storm Street, south of the stream.  Mr. Matergia requested that the unbuildable lot be attached to the other two lots that have value because the storm water improvements are on that lot and he doesn’t want to see it conveyed away.  What the developers engineers proposed, and he and Mr. Oiler suggested, is to take a line down the middle of that lot so the first half gets attached to the lot with the existing building, and the second half gets attached to the lot with the new building.  There are a few other minor changes to the plan that their engineer has to make to Mr. Oiler’s satisfaction and then the development agreement can be signed.  Once the agreement is signed and we have the letter of credit in hand, Mr. Wilkins can issue permits.  It looks like this can all be wrapped up in a about a week. 

 

  1. Mayor’s Report:  None

 

  1. Councilmembers’ Reports:

 

Mrs. Kochanski has a huge concern about the infrastructure of our roads because of the Rt. 80 accident this week that had large tractor trailers lined up for hours on Ann Street.  Can our roads handle that?  What will it be like when the Seventh Street Bridge Project begins?  Mr. Weiss agreed and stated that that situation was a safety hazard.  A fire truck and/or ambulance could not get through that traffic.  Both Mrs. Kochanski and Mr. Weiss were also concerned that the major intersections were not manned by the Stroud Area Regional Police Department.  Mr. Ewen suggests that there be early warning signs along Rt. 80 before the Delaware Water Gap Bridge to reroute traffic. 

 

Mr. Ewen reported that the seam down the middle of Club Court is starting to separate.  He suggests we look at some of the paving jobs we have done in the past five years and fix them before the roads fall apart. 

 

Mr. Abell reported large potholes on Wallace Street between Oak and Fulmer.  Mrs. Kochanski added that there are also some on Eighth Street between Thomas and Main. 

 

Mr. Weiss wanted to know now that the good weather is here, where do we stand with the street sweeping being our new sweeper has been severely damaged in an accident.  Mrs. Quarantello stated that the sweeper has been evaluated but we haven’t heard anything yet.  We have a rental all lined up but we first need to get some questions answered by our insurance company. 

 

  1. Manager’s Report:  Mrs. Quarantello reported that we have $52,788.42 in CDBG monies that needs to be used by July.  She got together with Ray Guernsey and Nate Oiler and they decided to use the funds to mill and pave the Sarah Street Extension and do the handicapped ramps.  That cost is approximately $67,070.  We do have additional CDBG funds to add to the $52,788.42 to cover the project.  Motion by Mrs. Kochanski, second by Mr. Ewen, to authorize advertising bidding the Sarah Street Extension milling and paving project to include handicapped ramps.  Motion passed unanimously. 

 

  1.  Informational items: No discussion

 

  1. Approval of Bills on Warrant 110406:  Motion by Mr. Weiss, second by Mr. Abell, to approve the bills on Warrant 110406.  Motion passed unanimously. 

 

At this time Mr. Wilkins announced that there is one vacancy on each of the Zoning Hearing Board and Planning Commission.  Len Cimino and Laurel Masonis have both moved out of the borough.  Ms. Diddio suggested we post the vacancies on the borough website and see what feedback we get. 

 

  1. Executive Session: None

 

  1. Adjourn:  Motion by Mr. Ewen, second by Mrs. Kochanski, to adjourn at 7:41 PM.