The following are the minutes recorded from the June 30 Newville Borough Council meeting, as posted on the borough’s website, www.newvilleborough.com.
The regular monthly meeting of the Newville Borough Council was held on Tuesday, June 30, at 7:01 p.m. via Zoom and live streamed on YouTube. The meeting was called to order by President Scott Penner. The invocation was offered by Mr. McKnight, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. On roll call, the following members were present: Joey Diehl, Jack Ericksen, Robert Darius, Edward Sinkovitz, Michael Croutch, and Scott Penner. Also, present: Borough Manager Fred Potzer, Mayor Randy Finkey, Chief Todd Koser, and Borough Solicitor Marcus A. McKnight III.
Consent Agenda: Sinkovitz made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Diehl. All were in favor. Motion passed 6-0.
Police Chief: Koser reported that there were 173 total calls for service, 32 traffic citations, and 4 traffic warnings issued. The officers drove 1,764 miles in the police vehicles. There are currently 39 outstanding warrants. Cadet Brady’s graduation date from HACC Police Academy will be Aug. 28, 2020. Officer Gutshall is finishing his last week of training with K-9 Lock. They did their first public relations event at a car show in Shippensburg on Friday, June 26, with the nonprofit Protection for Paws. The 2013 Ford Explorer needed to have emissions testing completed, tire rotation and control arm bushings replaced at a cost of $687.17.
Fire Chief: Report accepted as submitted.
Mayor: Finkey reported that $946.69 in revenues were earned from traffic fines and $21.96 in nontraffic fines for the month of May. Clerk of Court fines generated $178.25 in revenue and $15 worth of traffic fines were issued in May for a total revenue of $1,161.90. The mayor attended a Zoom meeting with Penner, Potzer, and the Commonwealth Code, as well as the Zoom meeting with the Newville Borough Council, on June 9, 2020.
Borough Solicitor: McKnight reported that there are two ordinances which are ready for approval. The first is Ordinance 2020-05, “An Ordinance of the Borough of Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to amend the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to further amend the provisions related to prohibited signage in all districts.” McKnight further explained that he had heard back from the County Planning Commission who felt the amendments to the ordinance prohibiting signs that exhibit statements, words or pictures that are obscene or pornographic were adoptable and consistent with the comprehensive plan of the borough. Potzer reported that no comments were submitted by the public. Ericksen made a motion to approve Ordinance 2020-05, seconded by Diehl. All were in favor. Motion passed 6-0.
McKnight presented Ordinance 2020-06, “An Ordinance of the Borough of Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania establishing a shade tree ordinance for the Borough of Newville.” He explained that this ordinance would remove the shade tree maintenance responsibilities from the Beautification Commission which is now recognized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. The Borough of Newville Council will respond to inquiries regarding shade trees. No comments from the public were submitted. Diehl made a motion to approve Ordinance 2020-06, seconded by Ericksen. The motion passed 6-0.
Borough Manager: Potzer noted that the rental ordinance has been updated and all redundancies have been removed and the language simplified. The new ordinance was reviewed on July 7, 2020, and will be adopted in August. A rental ordinance brochure has also been created.
Potzer reported that he has been working on a block grant application with Cumberland County and has secured $93,000 to update the storm drains and paving of North Corporation Street. On July 27, 2020, the resurfacing project will be started at the park, which is being paid for through a $145,000 grant. Potzer is also working on two grant applications to Cumberland County. The first is for reimbursement for costs associated with COVID-19. The second is for funding the startup of the Economic Development Authority. Potzer also made mention that he will be seeking council’s approval for USDA funding towards a new patrol car for the Newville Police Department.
WCCOG: The WCCOG has a new commissioner, Jean Foschi. McKnight mentioned that he attended the meeting and will also be raising the issue of working on a grant proposal for the fire companies.
Public Safety Committee: Darius mentioned that the crosswalk needs to be updated and that some sidewalks need maintenance. Penner also noted that there is an increase of tractor-trailers getting stuck at the light and in one instance hit a pole. Darius will also be reviewing the sidewalk plan with Potzer in the coming weeks to create an action plan for sidewalk maintenance.
Economic Development Authority: Ericksen announced that the Economic Development Authority was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Department of State on May 28, 2020. The first meeting was June 26, 2020, where officers were elected: Chairman- Andrea Green, Vice Chairman- Curt Saylor, Secretary- Richard Gobin, Treasurer- Ken Tuckey, and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer- Michael Neidlinger. The professional staff will be: Solicitor- Marcus McKnight of Irwin and McKnight PC, Project Manager- Chris Gulotta of The Gulotta Group LLC, and Engineer- Tim Cormany of Martin and Martin LLC. The Economic Development Authority will be focusing in the short term on COVID-19 economic recovery and in the long term are looking to work on infrastructure projects including update the traffic signal, South High Street streetscape, paving North Corporation Street and Parsonage Street. Funding opportunities will also be a main focus as the Economic Development Authority as they prospect new businesses to come to Newville.
Recreation Committee: Sinkovitz reported that the Big Spring Heights Church of God is requesting to restart the Faith and Fun events with a contribution of $500 from the Newville Area Events fund for the program. Sinkovitz made a motion, seconded by Diehl to approve the Faith and Fun events at the Newville Community Park and support it with a $500 contribution with the requirement that all CDC guidelines are followed. The motion passed 6-0.
Sinkovitz also mentioned that the American Legion reached out to him regarding an outside event on Aug. 27, 2020, from 7 to 10 p.m. with music provided. Since no road closures are needed, the council determined that they did not need to approve the event.
Quality of Life Committee: Penner reported that the meeting with PA Municipal Code Alliance went well in regards to concerns with current code enforcement practices. He went on to state that a number of violations have been issued since the meeting.
Administration Committee: Croutch reported that a Capital Improvement Plan meeting was held to determine and budget for large equipment purchases over the next five years. Croutch will be submitting a report at a later meeting.
Citizen Comments: None.
Correspondence: Southampton Township Cumberland County Board of Supervisors submitted a letter to the Borough of Newville regarding the renewal of the trash contract with Advanced Disposal set to expire on June 30, 2021.
Marcia Sinkovitz submitted her resignation from the Civil Service Commission and Zoning Hearing Board. Diehl made a motion, seconded by Darius to accept her resignation. The motion passed 5-0, with Ed Sinkovitz abstaining.
Penner thanked Mrs. Sinkovitz for all of her hard work over her many years of service. Potzer also noted the importance of filling the positions, especially on the Civil Service Commission.
Old Business: Diehl made a motion to approve the special insurance coverage for the K-9 dog at a cost of $100, which has been covered by a donation, seconded by Darius. The motion passed 6-0.
New Business: Diehl made a motion to approve a temporary reserved parking space for Olive Johnson, seconded by Darius. The motion passed 6-0.
Ericksen made a motion to approve Invoice 1085766, dated June 10, 2020, from Michael Baker International for professional services related to the Newville Borough Zoning Ordinance rewrite in the amount of $2,612.09, seconded by Sinkovitz. The motion passed 6-0.
Diehl made a motion to approve the purchase of a bulletproof vest from Atlantic Tactical for invoice 1085766 in the amount of $915 for Officer Brady, seconded by Ericksen. The motion passed 6-0.
Diehl made a motion to approve the renewal of PD Evidence LLC subscription at an annual cost of $1,499, seconded by Sinkovitz. The motion passed 6-0.
Sinkovitz made a motion to approve the rental toilet and portable washing station from Chamberlin-Wingert at a cost of $295, seconded by Diehl. The motion passed 6-0.
Ericksen made a motion to approve the letter to county, state and federal elected officials seeking financial assistance for municipalities, seconded by Diehl. The motion passed 6-0. Penner requested that all council members sign the letter.
Diehl made a motion to approve patrol car front end repairs in the amount of $687.14 to L&N Automotive, seconded by Darius. The motion passed 6-0.
Diehl made a motion to make a donation to Neighbors in Christ from the sale of Newville Together yard signs. Twenty-two signs remain unsold and Darius agreed to have Millrace LLC purchase them and donate the remaining signs to members of the community. The motion passed 6-0.
Diehl made a motion to allow Potzer to apply for a USDA Renewal Development Program to replace Newville Police Department equipment as necessary, seconded by Sinkovitz. The motion passed 6-0. Potzer explained that he anticipated the loan would be at a lower interest rate and that additional grant funds would be available due to COVID-19. The funding from the program helps to reduce upkeep costs for the police vehicles.