May 10, 2021 Council Meeting Minutes

WYOMING BOROUGH

COUNCIL MEETING

                                                        Minutes

May 10, 2021

7:00 p.m.

                                                     Pledge of Allegiance                                                   

Meeting will be conducted Live on Zoom

Due to Covid-19

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84852215640?pwd=V3U3NlU2d1MzeENSa2xDTFVIMDNSUT09

Roll Call:

Mr. Michael Baloga        P                                   Mayor Joseph Dominick   P

Mr. Joseph Scaltz          P                                     Attorney Laura Dennis    P

Mr. John Lipski               P

Mr. Robert Borzell          P

Mr. Russell Herron       P                          

Mrs. Diane Smiles         P              

Citizens: ­­­        2                      Press:

Approval of minutes:  The minutes of the April 2021 meeting are available for review at the borough office. The minutes are approved on a motion made by Mr. Baloga and seconded by Mr. Borzell.

Motion Moved

Officers Reports: Reports of the Police Department, Street Commissioner and Code Enforcement Officer for the month of April 2021 have been submitted and placed on file for public inspection.

Mr. Scaltz: Memorial Day Parade

As you are aware the annual Wyoming / West Wyoming Memorial Day parade has been cancelled this year due to Covid 19. In order to still honor our veterans, the American legion 904 and VFW 396 will hold a 21-gun salute at the Wyoming Borough building Monday the 31st at 8:45 am. Following the tribute Wyoming Borough Police Department, Wyoming Fire Depts #1 and #2 and the Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance will honor our veterans by parading throughout our Wyoming Borough streets. We ask residents that if you choose to come outside when they are on your street that you remain on your porches or practice social distancing if you are roadside observing.

REPORTS AND COMMITTEES

Administration:  Finance and Grants

Chairman

Joseph Scaltz           John Lipski        Diane Smiles

The M&T Sewer Fund is not earning any interest, Fidelity Bank offered to pay .10%. The rate would also be reviewed every 6 months for changes.

Motion made to approve transfer of $500,000.00 from M&T Sewer Fund to Fidelity Sewer Fund.

Motion made by: Mr. Baloga

Seconded by:   Mrs. Smiles

Motion Moved

Motion made to approve the Engagement Letter with Prociak & Associates for the 2020 audit.

Motion made by: Mr. Borzell

Seconded by: Mr. Lipski

Motion Moved

Motion made approve Reimbursement #6 for the Charles Flack Memorial Grant contract # C000070171 in the amount of $6,470.00 for Rutkoski Fencing Inc.

Motion made by: Mr. Baloga

Seconded by: Mr. Herron

Motion Moved

Motion made to approve payoff of TAN note with Fidelity Bank in the amount of $150,986.45.

Motion made by: Mr. Lipski

Seconded by: Mr. Borzell

Motion Moved

Report: No Report

Emergency Service:  Police and Fire Departments

Chairman

Joseph Scaltz          John Lipski           Robert Borzell

Report: No Report

Health and Sanitation:  Recycling and Solid Waste

Chairman

Robert Borzell              John Lipski           Russell Herron

Report:   Face period amount $250.00 ending on May 14, 2021

               Senior discount of $240.00 expires on May 14, 2021 

Upcoming recycling event: Annual Shred Event, September 9, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the borough building parking lot.

Personnel:

Chairman

Diane Smiles             Robert Borzell            Joseph Scaltz

Motion made to hire Connie Barhight for crossing guard position in place of her husband Robert Barhight. The pay rate per hour is $10.00 with no benefits.

Motion made by: Mr. Baloga

Seconded by:  Mrs. Smiles

Motion Moved

Report: No Report

Public Property:  Borough Building and Recreation

Chairman

Diane Smiles           Russell Herron          Robert Borzell

Report: Community Yard sale will take place on June 5 2021 from 9-3. Residents can register their yard sale to the clerk@wyomingpa.org.

Rain date for Community Sale is June 12, 2021.

Streets and Sewers: Public Works

Chairman

Russell Herron               Joseph Scaltz              Robert Borzell

Motion will be made to permit the Borough Solicitor to send a letter of indemnification to Wyoming Area School District for a PennDOT permit to allow the class of 2021 to have a graduation parade through the Borough in June 2021.

Motion made by: Mrs. Smiles

Seconded by:  Mr. Herron

Motion Moved

Report: No Report

Zoning and Planning:

Chairman

John Lipski          Russell Herron          Robert Borzell

Report: Ordinance Zoning books will be given to each member of council to review. Will also be reviewed by Zoning Solicitor. Will discuss further at next month’s meeting.


Solicitor’s Report:

Motion made to pass Resolution #3-2021 Wyoming Borough to enter the Phase 2 for the Police Regionalization

Motion made by: Mr. Baloga

Seconded by: Mr. Lipski

Motion Moved

 Motion made to pass Resolution #3-2021 Resolution of the council of the borough of Wyoming, appointing a member of council and/ or Mayor to serve as a primary and secondary representative of a Regional Police Commission.

Motion to appoint: Mayor Joseph J Dominick and Councilman Joseph Scaltz.

Motion made by: Mr. Baloga

Seconded by:  Mr. Lipski

Motion Moved

Mayors Report:   The Police Department responded to 174 incidents in the month of April 2021.

A virtual meeting was held on April 23rd for the Wyoming Area Regionalization Police Study. Joseph Kirschner conducted the meeting and reviewed the study.

This can be a tremendous opportunity for the municipalities involved.

Municipalities will need to do a Resolution into the Study Phase and designate 2 individuals.

This can be a significant cost savings for the Wyoming Borough.

Based on projected calls for police, and along with the population and number of square miles that make of the communities, the study recommends a total of 13 full time officers, 12 part time officers and 2 full time clerical personnel.

The study done by the Borough had the police department budget for 2020 at $485,877.00. The Regional study shows a proposed 2021 police department budget of $284,000.00. This is based on Municipal Population of 3,011 at 16% of cost share.

Any questions or concerns can be given to the Borough’s contacts to present at the next meeting.

Floor opens to the public:

No emails received from the public.

Communications: A list of communications received since the last meeting have been presented to council and accepted on a motion made by Mr. Baloga and seconded by Mrs. Smiles.

Motion Moved

Payment of Bills: A listing of bills paid and received for payment for May have been presented to council and accepted on a motion made by Mr. Lipski and seconded by Mr. Borzell.

Motion Moved

 Unfinished Business:  Amendment to Ordinance on Stop Signs. Solicitor needs to contact Exeter Borough before the amendment can take place.                  

Cooperation agreement for Community Block Grant will be reviewed by Solicitor and presented at next month’s meeting.

Williams Pipeline Agreement to be voted on.

Motion to adjourn: Mr. Baloga

Seconded by:  Mr. Herron

Time: 8:03 p.m.

Date:  May 10, 2021

Minutes recorded by Roseanne Colarusso, Borough Manager