Borough Council Minutes 06-25-2013

MANHEIM BOROUGH COUNCIL

June 25, 2013

 

Roll Call: Vice President Chris Simon, Pro-Tempore Philip Enterline, David Fenicle and Rebekah Bowers

 

Staff:  Mark Stivers, Borough Manager, Linda Gerhart, Recording Secretary and Police Chief Joseph Stauffer

 

Visitor Comments:

  • Mr. James Koontz and Mr. Brian Marchuck of Brown, Shultz, Sheridan & Fritz presented the annual audit report update for the borough.  They gave a highlighted presentation of the earlier full review that was presented to the Council Finance Committee.  The borough was given a clean opinion with no problems noted.  It was noted that the Manheim Borough Authority is part of the Manheim Borough audit, as the borough guarantees their debt.
  • Ms. Amy Wagner gave a presentation on her ongoing program for the control of Feral Cats in the borough.  She gave a power point presentation showing the efforts being used to control Cats and Feral Cats.  She gave statistics showing the existence of colonies in our borough and the current and continuing successful control of these areas with the TNR program.  There is always a need for volunteers to help with this program and the Borough was thanked for their continued support.

 

Mayor and Police Chief Reports: (See attached News Release and Report)

  • Chief Stauffer distributed his report and reviewed it with Council.
  • Chief Stauffer presented John Hoffner III for approval to start employment on Wednesday, July 3rd.  He was the top candidate interviewed through the Civil Service Process to fill the current vacancy in the Police Department.   Officer Hoffner will have the standard 6 month probationary period.
  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Enterline to approve John Hoffner III for employment to start on Wednesday, July 3rd with the Manheim Police Department.  The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers and passed unanimously.

Chief Stauffer reviewed the news releases and presented a draft sample of a Pawn Shops and Second-Hand Shops Ordinance for possible consideration to help curtail the sale of stolen property in the borough.

  • Chief Stauffer presented an application for a handicap parking space at 27 West Gramby Street for consideration.  After discussion the request was tabled until the next meeting so the neighbors at 29 West Gramby Street could be notified of the request, since the parking space would be located in front of their property.

 

Borough Manager Report:                                               

  • Mr. Stivers distributed his report and reviewed it with Council.
  • There was a break-in at the pool.  Even though they did not get any money, they did steal the cash register in the concession stand.
  • Market Square eastbound lane was milled by PennDOT on Friday June 21st.
  • The CDBG funds being used for the Fulton Street and Rain Garden Project have still not been released by the Federal Government, so the project is still on hold.
  • Manheim Downtown Development Group assessment held on Monday, June 24th went well.
  • Everyone was reminded that all solicitors in the borough need a permit from the Police Department and should be questioned to see their paperwork.

Action Items:

  • Approval of the June 11, 2013 Minutes:
    • A Motion was moved by Mr. Enterline to approve the Minutes of the June 11, 2013 Borough Council Meeting.  The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers and passed unanimously.
  • Approval of the Voucher List for June 25, 2013:
    • A Motion was moved by Mr. Fenicle to approve the voucher list in the amount of $127,018.96.  The Motion was seconded by Ms. Enterline and passed unanimously.
  • Authorization for Activation of the Fire Police for the Community Farm Show Parade:
    • A Motion was moved by Mr. Fenicle to approve the requested Activation of the Fire Police for the Community Farm Show Parade.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Enterline and passed unanimously.

 

Committee Reports:

  • The report from the Finance Committee was covered under the presentation from the Auditors at the beginning of the meeting.
  • There were no other Committee reports.

 

New Business:

  • Mr. Bradley Roth, Mr. Ryan Neff and Ms. Jean Gates were presented for consideration as possible candidates to be appointed to fill the unexpired term of John Eshelman from the 2nd Ward.  Ms. Gates and Mr. Roth gave a few remarks as to why they would like to serve as a council person.

 

A Motion was moved to nominate Ms. Jean Gates as Council Person for the 2nd Ward to fill the unexpired term of John Eshelman.

Roll Call Vote:

Dave Fenicle – No

Chris Simon – Yes

Philip Enterline – Yes

Rebekah Bowers – No

 

A Motion was moved to nominate Mr. Ryan Neff as Council Person for the 2nd Ward to fill the unexpired term of John Eshelman.

Roll Call Vote:

Dave Fenicle – No

Chris Simon – Yes

Philip Enterline – No

Rebekah Bowers – No

 

A Motion was moved to nominate Mr. Bradley Roth as Council Person for the 2nd Ward to fill the unexpired term of John Eshelman.

Roll Call Vote:

Dave Fenicle – Yes

Chris Simon – No

Philip Enterline – No

Rebekah Bowers -Yes

 

 

Mr. Stivers explained the process that needs to be followed since there was a tie vote.  Since President Martin is currently the acting Mayor she could not vote by phone during the meeting as she would have been able to do if she was a council member.  Ms. Jean Gates withdrew her name from consideration for the appointment. Another vote was held between the two remaining candidates.

 

A Motion was moved to nominate Mr. Ryan Neff as Council Person for the 2nd Ward to fill the unexpired term of John Eshelman.

Roll Call Vote:

Dave Fenicle – No

Chris Simon – Yes

Philip Enterline – No

Rebekah Bowers – No

 

A Motion was moved to nominate Mr. Bradley Roth as Council Person for the 2nd Ward to fill the unexpired term of John Eshelman.

Roll Call Vote:

Dave Fenicle – Yes

Chris Simon – No

Philip Enterline – Yes

Rebekah Bowers – Yes

 

Mr. Bradley Roth will finish the term of Mr. Eshelman for the 2nd Ward which expires on December 31, 2013.

  • A report from the Emergency Management Coordinator for the period of January 1, 2013 to May 31, 2013 was presented.
  • Ms. Emily Ditzler will be reading the Declaration of Independence at the Gazebo on Market Square on July 4th at 11:00 AM.
  • Mr. Rob Sowers has been appointed by Rapho Township to the Manheim Borough Authority Board as their representative to replace Mr. Linford Harley who has moved out of the area.
    • A Motion was moved by Mr. Enterline to approve Mr. Rob Sowers as a member of the Manheim Borough Authority Board to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Linford Harley.  The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers and passed with a vote of 3 to 0.  Mr. Fenicle abstained.

 

Adjournment:

  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Simon to adjourn at 8:10 PM.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Fenicle and passed unanimously.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,
 

 

Linda Gerhart

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