Borough Council Minutes 05-27-2014
MANHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL
May 27, 2014
Roll Call: President Dave Fenicle, Vice President Chris Simon, Pro-Tempore Brad Roth, Rebekah Bowers and Mayor Scot Funk
Staff: Mark Stivers, Borough Manager, Linda Gerhart, Recording Secretary and Police Chief Joseph Stauffer
- President Fenicle updated council on the discussion held at the last Facilities Committee Meeting for the Manheim Central School District concerning the future of the Stiegel Elementary School which will be closed when the new elementary school is built. Discussion was held as to the direction council would like to proceed with the possible use of the buildings that will be available. Council has supported the feasibility study grant being pursued by the library with the possibility of the borough offices moving to that location as well. Daily costs of operating that building would need to be seriously researched as well as the renovation costs. The option of consolidating all the public offices in the borough to one building was suggested and discussed. The uses for the buildings were also discussed, as to what business opportunities would be allowed to utilize these properties when they become available.
Mayor and Police Chief Report:
- Mayor Scot Funk distributed his report and reviewed it with Council. Council was updated on the new Safe Helmet Program, which rewards children who wear helmets to skateboard or ride bike.
- There will be a stand selling ice cream at the Rock N Glow as a fundraiser for the Police Department K9 Fund. The Manheim Women’s Club donated $500 to the Police Department K9 Fund.
- Chief Stauffer distributed his report and reviewed it with Council.
- Chief Stauffer reported the Rapho Contract with the Manheim Borough Police Department was unanimously approved by their Supervisors on May 15th. With approval of the contract Chief Stauffer will now be moving ahead with budget planning, hiring and promotions for 2015.
- Chief Stauffer updated on council on some changes for 2014 hiring consortium for the Lancaster County Chiefs of Police.
- The Police Department was the escort for the Memorial Day Parade and did receive a contribution for the cost from the VFW and the American Legion.
Borough Manager Report:
- Mr. Stivers distributed his report and reviewed it with Council.
- Council was updated on the current status of the new Police Station as the interior layout of the building continues to be reviewed and the Final Land Development Plan is being completed by David Christian.
- It was noted that the Town Hall Meeting held by Senator Brubaker at the Train Station was very poorly attended.
- Council was updated on the paving project for Main Street by PennDOT and Mr. Stivers has asked PennDOT if the County would trade this project for the repaving High Street instead.
- The new lamp posts on Market Square have been installed.
- Mr. Stivers gave an update on the project that MAEDC is currently considering; involving the White Farm immediately adjacent to the Greentree project. It was noted that the dedication of the sewer and water lines to the Authority and the streets by the Borough in Greentree will hopefully be accomplished soon. Council was also updated on the Penn Township improvements for the Doe Run Road corridor to the borough line.
- The auction date for the 45 Market Square property is August 28th.
- It was again emphasized how important it is to let residents know that the future of the pool depends on the success of this summer.
- Ordinance 639 – Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with Rapho Township was presented for adoption.
- A Motion was moved by Mr. Roth to approve Ordinance 639 – Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with Rapho Township. The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers and passed unanimously.
- A Memorandum of Understanding between the Manheim Borough Police Association & Manheim Borough was presented for approval
- A Motion was moved by Mr. Roth to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Manheim Borough Police Association & Manheim Borough. The Motion was seconded by Mr. Simon and passed unanimously.
- The Borough Council Meeting Minutes for May 13, 2014 were presented for approval.
➢ A Motion was moved by Mr. Simon to approve the Minutes of the May 13, 2014 Borough Council Meeting. The Motion was seconded by Mr. Roth and passed with a unanimous vote of 4 to 0. Mr. Fenicle recused himself, since he was not present at the May 13th Council Meeting.
- The Voucher List for May 27, 2014 in the amount of $93,643.71 was presented for approval.
- A Motion was moved by Mr. Simon to approve the voucher lists in the amount of $93,643.71. The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers and passed unanimously.
- The Voucher List from the PD Fund for May 27, 2014 in the amount of $550.23 was presented for ratification.
- A Motion was moved by Mr. Roth to ratify the Voucher List from the PD Fund in the amount of $550.23. The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers and passed unanimously.
- President Fenicle reviewed and discussed the Revenue and Expense report with Council. It was requested that financial figures for the pool from previous years for the same period of time be included with this year’s figures so revenue trends can be reviewed and cost comparisons can be made as we move through the pool season. This information will help council make future decisions for the pool.
- The Parks/Pool Committee met before the council meeting. The pool surveys received so far were reviewed by the committee. Mr. Stivers updated council on the property at the end of North Hazel Street that was being researched as a possible park with baseball fields. The actual value of the property and the potential of developing the land was discussed. Mayor Funk also discussed the possibility of a baseball field being developed on the Bond Casting property. Mr. Stivers will meet with the owners of the North Hazel Street property to see if there is a possibility of negotiating the price. Council members gave their suggestions and concerns for the property on North Hazel Street and it was also suggested the baseball field on the Bond Property be pursued.
- Maintenance issues with road patches on Lakeview Drive will be addressed by the Manheim Borough Authority.
- The Noise Ordinance is currently being revamped for changes and updates.
- It was noted that there are high weeds in the area of Baron Grove at Memorial Park. Borough Staff will check to see who owns the property. The lights on the basketball court are being repaired.
- The paving of alley ways and suggestions of how to maintain them was questioned and discussed.
- A Motion was moved by Mr. Simon to adjourn at 8:21 PM. The Motion was seconded by Mr. Roth and passed unanimously.